Following a lengthy review and consultation process that commenced in 2012, involving a Department-led review, independent research and a public consultation, the Northern Ireland Housing Association (NIHE) has begun the process of reforming the housing allocations process.

The Ministerial Advisory Panel on Community Wealth Building appointed by the Minister for Communities in March delivered its independent report in October, including 26 recommendations to deliver real and sustainable change.

Following recent Tribunal User Forum events in Belfast and Omagh, the President of the Tribunal asked us to highlight some essential resources that all representatives should be aware of. 

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) have won a case in the Upper Tribunal on behalf of an EU national with pre-settled status claiming entitlement to Universal Credit.

An investigation by the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman has led to the Department for Communities repaying over £11,000 to a man after it found poor advice caused him to lose his existing benefits.

A debate on DWP policy on benefit sanctions took place in Westminster Hall on 13 December. Scottish National Party MP Chris Stephens opened the debate:


Clanmil has become the first housing association in Northern Ireland to supply free mobile data for customers who need it, thanks to its membership of the UK National Databank.


Advice NI in partnership with MCNI continues to offer EUSS advice to EU nationals and their family members and family members of NI relevant persons.

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