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Increase in number of homeless households in N Ireland

November 19, 2014

Increase in number of homeless households in N Ireland There has been a 10 per cent jump in the number of homeless households presenting to the N Ireland Housing Executive since early 2013, according to the Norhtern Ireland Housing Bulleting for April to June 2014. The New Director of Chartered Institute of Housing for Northern…

LANI Representatives invited to attend Repossessions Task Force Conference

November 19, 2014

LANI Representatives invited to attend Repossessions Task Force Conference As mentioned at the General Meeting last week LANI representatives attended this event. We have now received a link to a copy of the key speakers’ presentations – Why not take a look at the key messages that are coming across at these events -these can…

Private Tenants Forum N Ireland launches its 8 point Agenda for action aimed to influence Policy

November 10, 2014

Private Tenants Forum N Ireland launches its 8 point Agenda for action aimed to influence Policy The NI Private Tenants’ Forum was set up in 2012 as a partnership with Housing Rights Service. It is made up a group of tenants in private rented accommodation who have come together to campaign for better conditions. It…

LANI welcomes the Northern Ireland Executive commitment to allow direct payment of Housing Benefit to Landlords

October 17, 2012

LANI welcomes the Northern Ireland Executive Commitment to allow direct payment of Housing Benefit to Landlords Department for Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland informed the BBC NI Good Morning Ulster programme that as part of the flexibility within the Welfare Reform Bill he is committed to keep tenants’ rights to have their housing allowance paid…

Northern Ireland Assembly vote in favour of Welfare Reform Bill

October 10, 2012

After a lengthy debate last night, The Northern Ireland Assembly voted in favour of the Welfare Reform Bill. The second stage of the Welfare Reform Bill was passed by 60 votes to 42 late on Tuesday night (9 October 2012). The debate in Stormont started on Tuesday morning and ended after midnight.  Every party raised…

An early government proposal to end of Housing benefit to people under 25

April 13, 2012

The government is considering a proposal which would end the receipt of housing benefit to people under 25 years of age.  Inside Housing.co.uk reported that the government’s policy unit was investigating the possibility of preventing young people under the age of 25 from receiving housing benefit thus making them live with their parents.  The government…

Empty Homes to be Targeted by New Project

April 12, 2012

Giving the go ahead for  a pilot project to target empty homes Social Development  Minister, Nelson McCausland said: “The wastefulness of empty homes is an issue I hear raised time and time again. I recognise the opportunity to bring these homes back to use both in terms of providing housing, enhancing neighbourhoods and removing magnets…