Impact of welfare changes on rented housing in Northern Ireland recommends realistic and achievable changes to housing and social security for policymakers in Northern Ireland, which could help to make housing more affordable and housing provision more viable in light of future welfare changes – particularly the application of local housing allowance rates to social housing.

The report is published by Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and is the first output of the CIH welfare changes and housing forum. The forum was launched at the beginning of 2017 to raise awareness of the impact of welfare changes on the housing sector and to inform its implementation. Chaired by CIH Northern Ireland board member and Radius Housing director of communities Eileen Patterson, the forum’s membership is drawn from social and private housing organisations, the homelessness sector, academia, and advice services from across Northern Ireland.

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