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Controversial Belfast city centre apartment blocks approved in secret vote despite not meeting social housing requirements

A controversial planning application for a major new set of city centre apartment blocks was approved this week in a secret vote at Belfast City Council, despite the plan not meeting social and affordable housing targets - Secret vote (Opens in a new window)

Two million UK prepay meter users to be cut off from gas or electric this winter

More than 2 million people across the UK will be cut off from their gas and electricity this winter because they cannot afford to top up their prepayment meters, according to Citizens Advice - Cut off (Opens in a new window)

Christine: How I ended up homeless . . .

As homeless figures continue to surge in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland because of deliberate decisions not to invest in public housing and the encouragement of property speculation, Christine’s experience is still being lived by thousands of families and individuals who have literally been thrown into a land of private property, landlordism and homelessness – Homelessness (Opens in a new window)

Thousands of drug overdose deaths could be prevented, according to new study led by Queen’s University Belfast

Drug overdose prevention centres (OPCs) could prevent thousands of deaths, according to a major new report led by Queen’s University Belfast and including research funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) – Drug overdose (Opens in a new window)

Prison reform campaigner Erwin James dies aged 66

I learnt late last night that prison reform campaigner Erwin James had died aged 66 – Erwin James (Opens in a new window)

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