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028 9024 5640: Housing & Debt Helpline for Northern Ireland

July 2017

Housing Rights 4th annual Private Rented Sector conference will take place on 15 November 2017.

The private rented sector in Northern Ireland has grown dramatically and now makes up over 16% of the total housing market.  This one-day conference will look at key issues facing the sector; showcase good practice from other jurisdictions, and stimulates policy debate

Confirmed speakers to date include:

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Private Tenancies

Over 40,000 tenants were evicted from their homes across England and Wales by landlords in 2015; an increase of a third since 2003 and the highest level recorded, according to the latest available figures in research conducted by Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).

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Benefits, Outside NI, Private Tenancies, Welfare Reform
Susan is a housing association tenant who came to us through NIACRO floating support. Susan lives in supported accommodation due to extensive disability needs.

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Social Tenancies, Practical tips, Adviser

Researchers at Heriot-Watt University have examined the evidence to increase our understanding of why some people are more at risk of becoming homeless than other people. 

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Research, Homelessness

It's now been over a year since Personal Independence Payments (PIP) were introduced in Northern Ireland. With this in mind, and in light of the ongoing programme of transferring existing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) claimants over to PIP, we wanted to highlight some of the ways in which an individual's housing situation could be impacted by this change. 

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Benefits, Welfare Reform

Staff from the Housing Executive briefed members of Housing Rights’ Practitioners’ Forum on the operation of the “bedroom tax” policy, at the most recent meeting on 15th June.

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Practical tips, Welfare Reform

Housing Rights’ Director Janet Hunter has spoken at the launch of the CIH Welfare Reform Group’s report, on the impact of welfare changes on rented housing in Northern Ireland, at the Long Gallery in Parliament Buildings.

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Welfare Reform

On the 20th June 2017, the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland published their “Statement on Key Inequalities in Housing and Communities in Northern Ireland”. The Statement illustrates that the provision of housing in NI faces new, existing and persistent challenges.

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Minority Groups, Research, Equality