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Be tough on the causes of benefits

22 July, 2014

To reduce the benefits bill, the government needs to address issues such as high rents and low wages rather than tightening eligibility for what can be claimed

Generation Rent hits out at tenancy deposit 'rip off'

22 July, 2014

Campaign group Generation Rent has criticised the fact that renters are missing out on interest on their tenancy deposits

Government to update communications with benefit claimants

22 July, 2014

The government is updating the way it talks to benefit claimants following an independent review of Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions

Bedroom tax sufferers not the only victims looking to swap their homes

22 July, 2014

With the controversial 'bedroom tax' under review for "pushing people into rent arrears", the attractiveness of downsizing in social housing appears never to have been higher

Government to update dealings with claimants after report finds sanctions hitting most vulnerable

22 July, 2014

The government has announced that is to update the way it talks to benefit claimants

Joined Up Welfare - The next steps for personalisation

22 July, 2014

Policy Exchange wants to see a high growth, enterprise led economy in the UK with freer markets driving growth and opportunity

Mental health problems, low skills, family disruption, criminal history, social networks that don’t encourage work, substance abuse, physical health issues, disabilities, unstable housing, lack of resources - more than one in ten adults in Britain suffer from multiple disadvantages of these kind at any one time, including many of the most vulnerable people in our society

Osborne plays down benefit reports

22 July, 2014

Chancellor George Osborne has sought to play down reports that the Conservatives are backing plans to stop families claiming child benefit for more than four children

The 'scroungers' fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes

22 July, 2014

Carl Havern is a model Big Society citizen. He volunteers for three different causes every week and cares passionately about improving his community

Government to update dealings with claimants after report finds sanctions hitting most vulnerable

22 July, 2014

The government has announced that is to update the way it talks to benefit claimants

Landlords expecting stable growth

21 July, 2014

Almost 100% of landlords report that tenant demand is currently stable or growing

Labour calls for bedroom tax vote in the autumn

21 July, 2014

Labour plans to force a parliamentary vote on the bedroom tax in the autumn

Generation landlord: is it time to invest in a buy-to-let?

21 July, 2014

As fears of pension shortfalls increase, more investors are putting their money in buy-top-let properties

Poll finds 75% of renters have never switched energy supplier

21 July, 2014

More than 75% of bill payers living in rented accommodation have never switched their energy supplier

Bedroom Tax is top of list of complaints in forgotten corner of Nick Clegg's constituency

21 July, 2014

There are 1,700 people in Sheffield Hallam hit by it - and because of its high concentration of council houses most are in Stannington

Nick Clegg 'spineless' on bedroom tax

21 July, 2014

Voters may regard Nick Clegg as "spineless" after performing a u-turn on the bedroom tax and has repeated the error of tuition fees

Bedroom Tax Commons vote to be forced through to abolish hated charge after Lib Dem U-turn

21 July, 2014

Blameless residents are forced to pay an average £14 a week for one extra bedroom and £25 for two or more - Labour leader Mr Miliband has pledged to scrap the tax

900,000 landlords face buy-to-let tax probe: Second home owners face investigation as concern grows over undeclared profits

21 July, 2014

Landlords and second home owners face a crackdown as concerns grow over the boom in buy-to-let mortgages

Bedroom tax is forcing poorest citizens into unmanageable debt

18 July, 2014

A DWP report has found that 523,000 tenants have been unable to meet rent arrears due to housing-benefit caps

Buy to Let Income

18 July, 2014

LSL Report July 2014

6,000 people claiming universal credit

18 July, 2014

Nearly 6,000 people were claiming the new universal credit benefit payment at the end of April

HB G7/2014

18 July, 2014

Contains information on DHP and PIP

Migrants remain in hostels to avoid losing housing benefit

18 July, 2014

Welfare reforms are causing supported housing to be 'clogged up'

Disabled people struggling in unfit homes

18 July, 2014

People with disabilities are struggling in unfit accommodation because councils are failing to adapt their homes

The impact of recent reforms to Local Housing Allowances: Summary of key findings

18 July, 2014

DWP Report

This report summarises the main findings from a series of technical research papers that form the final outputs from the independent evaluation of the recent changes to HB claims assessed under the LHA rules in the PRS

What's the secret behind our jobs miracle? Welfare reform

18 July, 2014

Bizarrely, Nick Clegg is running away from a policy that has been a world-beating success

Buy-to-let: the rise of the mega landlords

18 July, 2014

They quit their run-of-the-mill jobs and instead made hundreds of millions from buy-to-let. How did they do it?

Dramatic rise of families forced out of London

18 July, 2014

The number of homeless households forced to move outside London has risen by nearly 40 per cent in one year

Property rents rise at twice speed of average earnings

18 July, 2014

Monthly cost of renting a home increased on average by £10 in June to £747, which is a year-on-year increase of 1.4%

Council tax: a chaotic way to impoverish the already poor

17 July, 2014

Amid mounting debt, court summons and poverty, a new report asks if the localised system of council tax support costs more than it will save

Universal Credit

17 July, 2014

Experimental official statistics to April 2014

Downsizing with the bedroom tax

17 July, 2014

The price for underoccupying a home is high for many vulnerable people. Jess McCabe visits Stoke-on-Trent to find out how landlords are attempting to help

Lib Dems 'ignored chance to soften bedroom benefits cut impact'

17 July, 2014

The Lib Dems were given the chance in March to soften the impact of benefit cuts for people judged to have too many bedrooms

London's poor struggling with 'new poll tax'

17 July, 2014

CPAG Report

London's poorest families are struggling to afford to live in the face of a "new poll tax", according to this report

Unemployment in Wales falls by 6,000 remaining at 6.6%

17 July, 2014

Unemployment in Wales has fallen by 6,000 in the three months to May, official figures show

Hope for homeless families in need of Legal Aid

17 July, 2014

New ruling by the High Court has ruled that Government changes, which would have left homeless families without help, have been ruled 'unauthorised, discriminatory and impossible to justify'

Thinktank proposes cap on child benefit to cut welfare spending

17 July, 2014

Policy Exchange claim limiting child benefit to four children per household could save around £1bn per parliament

Housing benefit cuts have had 'little impact' on PRS rents

17 July, 2014

Government cuts to HB for around 900,000 tenants in the PRS have had little impact on average rents, new study reveals

LSL Property Services' Tenant Arrears Tracker reveals 35% drop in tenants severely behind on rent payments

17 July, 2014

The number of tenants severely behind on rent payments has fallen by 35,000 (35%) in the last 12 months

Nick Clegg accused of hypocrisy after U-turn on bedroom tax

17 July, 2014

Lib Dem leader says party no longer supports policy in its present form in intensification of Tory 'differentiation strategy'

Don't mention social housing

16 July, 2014

Here is the speech delivered by Tom Murtha, SHOUT campaigner and former Midland Heart chief executive

The social housing brand is broken

16 July, 2014

Boris Worral, writing in a personal capacity as someone with experience of campaign and lobby work, responds to Tom Murtha

Local Housing Allowance: monitoring the impact of changes

16 July, 2014

These are the final reports evaluating the changes to the Local Housing Allowance system of Housing Benefit from April 2011

This report summarises the main findings from a series of technical research papers that form the final outputs from the independent evaluation of the recent changes to Housing Benefit claims assessed under the Local Housing Allowance rules in the private rented sector in Great Britain, which were rolled out to claimants between April 2011 and December 2012

12% of Welfare fund not spent

16 July, 2014

The Scottish Government has been accused of failing the most vulnerable after it was revealed more than 10% of the fund was not spent

Digital inclusion can benefit both colleagues and customers

16 July, 2014

A hands-on approach to digital inclusion makes a definite impact, but providers need to look at their internal strategies and infrastructure

Child poverty - a collective responsibility this summer

16 July, 2014

With the summer holidays now upon us, how can housing providers better meet the needs of the low-income families they house?

Councils ignoring mayor's plea to hit empty homes with 150% council tax bill

16 July, 2014

Boris Johnson has lobbied London local authorities to apply a 50% council tax premium on homes that have been empty for more than two years

ALMOs bringing hundreds of empty homes back into use

16 July, 2014

Housing ALMOs are managing to bring hundreds of empty homes across England back into use

Bringing empty homes back into use is a stated priority for the Coalition Government and for many councils across the county. As part of the Comprehensive Spending Review in October 2010, the Government announced a £100m fund to bring more empty homes back into use and included tackling empty homes as a key priority in its 2011 Housing Strategy

Ratings agency to review negative social sector outlook after 'promising developments'

16 July, 2014

A ratings agency will review its negative outlook after reporting housing associations have 'coped well' with recent challenges

FCA proposes payday loans cap of 0.8% per day

16 July, 2014

Plans for a cap on the amount that payday lenders can charge their customers have been announced by the City regulator

Report on living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK

15 July, 2014

Report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies

Poorest and youngest suffer as poverty rises and living standards tumble

Thousands of tenants without rent arrears face eviction

15 July, 2014

A growing number of private sector tenants are facing eviction despite being up to date with rent, a charity has revealed

Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy

15 July, 2014

DWP report interim report

Thousands of low-income tenants have been plunged into "heat or eat" hardship as a result of the bedroom tax, according to this analysis of the policy's impact

The growth of the private rented sector: what do local authorities think?

15 July, 2014

Report from The Smith Institute

This report aims to understand views from local government on the changing role of the PRS in local housing markets

Exeter tenants evicted from flats with 'no warning'

15 July, 2014

More than 40 people including children have been evicted from a block of flats in a raid by bailiffs

Council benefits complaints rise

15 July, 2014

Complaints about English local councils' handling of tax and benefits soared by more than a quarter last year, according to the local Government Ombudsman

Mark Carney faces an almost impossible decision on interest rates

15 July, 2014

In this unsettled climate the Bank of England governor has little chance of predicting the effect of an interest rate rise

Inflation and house prices data to fuel interest rate debate

15 July, 2014

Consumer price inflation and property price figures out from Office for National Statistics

Benefit payments rose during recession

15 July, 2014

Welfare claimants were protected from the recession and actually saw their income rise as people faced pay cuts and job losses, Institute for Fiscal studies finds

Dignity and Opportunity for All: Securing the rights of disabled people in the austerity era

15 July, 2014

Report published by Just Fair

This report finds that the UK government is in breach of its legal obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of disabled people

RLA furious over 'scaremongering' private rental data

14 July, 2014

The RLA is up in arms over a housing organisation's claim that rents in Wales' private rented sector have risen sharply.

Keeping rent arrears stable

14 July, 2014

By John Bryson, employment and inclusion manager, East Thames

My Bedroom Tax Story

14 July, 2014

Under-occupied blog

Britain's debt hotspots revealed

14 July, 2014

The postcodes where households owe the most on personal loans

Tenants face eviction as landlords capitalise on rising house prices

14 July, 2014

Soaring numbers of people in private rented homes face eviction despite being up to date with their rent because rising house prices are prompting landlords to ask tenants to leave

Benefits Street series 2

14 July, 2014

Follow-up documentary Immigrant Street has locals worried

Green deal: what next for government's energy efficiency scheme?

14 July, 2014

Efforts to revive the flagging policy still fail to address critics' concerns over cost and complications

Households clear out new £7,600 per home Green Deal cashback

14 July, 2014

The most generous cashback in the Government's overhauled Green Deal scheme could be gone in one month, the Telegraph can disclose

Does traditional social housing have a future?

14 July, 2014

24 Housing debate

Labour calls for regular checks on child poverty

14 July, 2014

As figures show an extra 300,000 children living in households that cannot afford to keep their house warm, Labour accuses Osborne of ignoring the issue

Islington selected for universal credit trial

11 July, 2014

The London Borough of Islington has been selected to trial a new support system for residents

UK government's welfare reforms piling misery on the poorest households

11 July, 2014

The devastating impact of the government's welfare reforms on people living in social housing is laid bare in the Real Life Reform report

Social landlord offers cash for occupancy

11 July, 2014

Guinness Partnership is offering buyers at its east London development a £10,000 cash incentive to live in its properties

Number of 'amateur' landlords reaches record levels

11 July, 2014

The number of part-time or 'amateur' landlords has reached its highest ever level

How to tackle digital exclusion (and avoid the common pitfalls)

11 July, 2014

Going digital has huge benefits, but it equally presents dangers that some people could be left out in the cold

'Community work for homes' scheme to be trialled by landlord

11 July, 2014

New tenants compelled to commit to volunteering in 'aspirational' project

Fuel cell pilot hopes to slash tenant energy use

11 July, 2014

Landlords trialling eco-friendly heating systems that are cheaper for tenants

The introduction of Universal Credit to couples

11 July, 2014

This briefing looks at the implications for housing associations and tenants of the roll out to include couples

Iain Duncan Smith: Sir Bob Kerslake was right about universal credit business case

11 July, 2014

IDS has been forced to admit that the lifetime business case for the implementation of UC has not yet been signed off by the Treasury

London's biggest landlords record £1bn surplus

11 July, 2014

Capital's 15 biggest associations generate £1bn surplus on back of capital's property boom

Five tips for handling rent arrears

10 July, 2014

Experts offer their advice on how housing providers can better manage arrears and help residents struggling to pay rent

NLA challenges homeless charities to do more

10 July, 2014

The NLA has challenged homeless charities and agencies to think more like landlords to help the homeless in to private housing

Renting to homeless is too risky

10 July, 2014

Charities must do more to improve private landlords' confidence in letting to homeless people

Lord Freud announces welfare reform support projects

10 July, 2014

Lord David Freud has announced 11 new projects to trial ways of helping benefit claimants cope with welfare reform

Local support announced for jobseekers to help prepare for Universal Credit

10 July, 2014

Jobseekers to get extra help to get online and manage their finances on a monthly basis to prepare for the world of work under Universal Credit

Over a million public sector workers walk out in UK-wide strikes

10 July, 2014

More than a million public sector workers are striking in disputes about pay and coalition cuts

Council facing 'disproportionate' cuts of £44 per home

10 July, 2014

Camden Council has complained that it is facing a further budget gap of £70 million because of coalition cuts - which it must close by 2018

Fall in wages could be 20% more than estimated

10 July, 2014

Average wages in Britain have fallen more than official figures suggest due to shift to self employment

Bridgend Council workers 'are turning to foodbanks and benefits to survive'

10 July, 2014

Claim comes as local government staff go on strike over pay

Scottish regulator reports on landlords' failures

10 July, 2014

Scottish social landlords are being urged to make it easier for tenants to report failures in performance

53,000 troubled families' lives turned around

10 July, 2014

Councils have been praised for turning around the lives of almost 53,000 troubled families in little over 2 years

Price of electricity could double over next 20 years

10 July, 2014

Pipes and pylons operator says failure to invest more in local gas production would leave country 90% dependent on imports

Social landlord's record-breaking £174m surplus

10 July, 2014

L&Q has generated a mammoth £174m surplus, smashing the sector record it set last year by more than half

Touchbase DWP e-zine

10 July, 2014

July 2014 - includes information on the continued expansion of Universal Credit and also PIP

Digital exclusion is a modern social evil we can abolish

09 July, 2014

Almost 20% of the UK population still lack basic internet skills, but there's a tremendous opportunity to empower people, transform lives and support vulnerable groups

CH 18 2014

09 July, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - Meaning of "change of circumstances" in Reg 67 (c) of the Council Tax Benefit Regulations 2006

Scottish independence: Better Together says welfare cuts would be needed

09 July, 2014

Better Together have launched a paper that claims that pensions and benefits are more secure in Scotland as part of the UK

DWP staff lack empathy and communicate poorly, report claims

09 July, 2014

The DWP staff have been slammed by participants in a CAB Cymru report for the way they communicate and for offering a lack of support to claimants hit by welfare reform

Government in court over disability benefit changes

09 July, 2014

Court proceedings will begin in Birmingham to determine whether the Government's decision to change the eligibility criteria for PIP was unlawful

Payday loan victims urged to speak out

09 July, 2014

The Financial Ombudsman Service has urged people struggling with payday loans to confront the 'shame factor' and seek help

£10,000 donation for credit union

09 July, 2014

A credit union has said that a £10,000 donation it has received from a global law firm will help it bring affordable loans

Duncan Smith denies 'deception' over universal credit

09 July, 2014

A Labour MP has accused ministers of a "deliberate act of deception" over whether the Treasury has signed off the business case for universal credit

Funding affordable housing

08 July, 2014

Low income housing tax credits in the USA and their potential in the UK

A United States-style model involving private investment supported by tax credits could be an alternative to the current system of social housing grant funding in the United Kingdom

DWP accused of 'black propaganda' in universal credit debate

08 July, 2014

Glenda Jackson has attacked the Department of Work and Pensions for embarking on a programme of "black propaganda"

'Forging Futures' for social housing

08 July, 2014

Dr Chris Handy, chair of the Matrix Strategy Committee and chief executive of the Accord Group

Better Together says welfare cuts needed

08 July, 2014

The pro-Union campaign has said that cuts to public spending would be needed in an independent Scotland

The Beveridge report revisited

08 July, 2014

Where now for the welfare state?

After unprecedented public spending cuts, The Guardian revisit Sir William Beveridge's welfare state 70 years on and explore the modern evils that society professionals must battle and defeat

Welfare reform 'takes toll on poor'

08 July, 2014

Vulnerable people are being forced into hardship due to welfare reform

Social landlord's staff to strike after being forced to 'work for free'

08 July, 2014

A Scottish social landlord's maintenance staff will take industrial action after being forced to work extra hours 'for free'

To Put Up and Shut Up?

08 July, 2014

Speaking to PRs on our helpline there seem to be two issues that come up time and time again; bad conditions and the threat of eviction

Bid to help tenants with complants

08 July, 2014

The Government is taking steps to ensure social tenants are aware of the correct procedure for complaining about their landlord

£1million energy advice programme opens for business

08 July, 2014

Householders and tenants up and down the country are set to benefit from an extensive programme of energy saving advice

Payday complaints double in two years

08 July, 2014

Complaints about payday loans have more than doubled in the last two years

Treasury has not signed off on Duncan Smith's universal credit

08 July, 2014

Head of civil service admits Treasury is only releasing money for troubled Tory policy after 'conditional reassurances' on progress

We say end over 65s PIP assessments

07 July, 2014

Disability Rights UK calls for end to automatic PIP assessment for over 65s

Social housing tenants must get the service they deserve

07 July, 2014

Tenants have a right to know how to complain if they get a poor service from their social landlord

London landlords jubilant as rents reach '£1 High Club'

07 July, 2014

Delighted central London landlords have seen average weekly rents climb to £1.05 per square foot, meaning only one thing: Payday

Young mother faces prison after receiving £52,000 meant for social landlord

07 July, 2014

A woman from Lichfield has been ordered to pay back outstanding money that was wrongly transferred to her bank account by Lichfield Council

Britain's biggest buy-to-let landlords to sell entire portfolio of properties

07 July, 2014

Sale of nearly 1,000 homes in Ashford and Maidstone area likely to net Fergus and Judith Wilson at least £100m

On my Own

07 July, 2014

Barnardos report on young care leavers

Many young people leaving the care system are struggling to find housing or are living in unsuitable, unsafe or insecure accommodation, new research has revealed

Public urged to take part in HMO survey

07 July, 2014

Exeter City Council is eager to find out what its residents think about houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)

Minister announces boost to roll out digital inclusion for hard to reach groups

07 July, 2014

A major push to target people who are not yet online was announced by the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty

The law on renting needs changing: it's far too easy for landlords to evict

07 July, 2014

A tenant evicted after complaining about a plumbing problem lost his court case, but each year tenants do suffer 'revenge' evictions

IDS anger as former Marxist Raquel Rolnik attacks his benefit cuts

07 July, 2014

A group of United Nations poverty 'ambassadors' has launched a bizarre attack on the Coalition's welfare reforms

Renting brings lower yields for buy-to-let landlords as property prices rise

07 July, 2014

Buy-to-let landlords are facing a squeeze on rental yields because of rising property prices, according to mortgage broker, Mortgages for Business

Of course landlords turn away benefit claimants. Let's move the debate on

04 July, 2014

Would you rather politicians simply stuck their heads in the sand?

Racist incidents deter tenants in Belfast

04 July, 2014

Offers of housing turned down because of fears of racial prejudice

The extent of single homeless cuts

04 July, 2014

Freedom of Information Act requests shows how single homeless people have been disproportionately hit by council budget cuts

Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: learning and payment figures: May 2014

04 July, 2014

Information about payments and other feedback from the 6 Housing Benefit Direct Payment Demonstration projects that ran until December 2013

Bristol failing housing charity 'to evict all tenants'

04 July, 2014

All the tenants of a failing housing charity for vulnerable people in Bristol are being evicted

The next generation rent?

04 July, 2014

Robert Flint, solicitor, Winckworth Sherwood

Common Allocations Policy

04 July, 2014

Ceredigion County Council has drafted a Common Allocations Policy

Food bank advice for shoplifters in north Wales

04 July, 2014

Shoplifters in north Wales will be given details of food banks after evidence that offences are being committed to obtain food

Balancing risks after Cosmopolitan

04 July, 2014

The lesson from the Cosmopolitan crisis is that landlords must calculate and manage their risk

Regulatory fees for associations on hold

04 July, 2014

HCA fees for housing associations will not now come into effect in April

Angry councils lay down the law to control rogue landlords

04 July, 2014

London councils are rebelling against the Government's refusal to introduce licensing for private landlords and are setting up schemes

'Do your research'

03 July, 2014

NLA warns councils that their lack of understanding of the realities of the PRS is hampering efforts to improve standards

Council considers rent cap scheme for private landlords

03 July, 2014

London School of Economics to examine a council's proposals for rent control

IDS promises PIP 16 week turnaround

03 July, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith has promised that, before the end of the year, those claiming PIP will wait no longer than 16 weeks for a decision

Universal Credit: Towards an effective poverty reduction strategy

03 July, 2014

The report asserts that people will have to work fewer hours to escape poverty under Universal Credit

The key findings of the report are that Universal Credit will have a net positive impact on poverty through both 'pockets' and 'prospects'. However we find that the impact varies by both household type and income level

Burdening tenants with extra conditions doesn't work

03 July, 2014

The opinion of Alison Inman, CIH and TPAS board member and former chair of the National Federation of ALMOs

Welsh government beats digital exclusion targets

03 July, 2014

The Welsh Government has published a set of revised targets for reducing digital exclusion after surpassing its original aims

The distributional effects of the UK government's tax and welfare reforms in Wales

03 July, 2014

Institute for Fiscal Studies' analysis of Welfare Reforms in Wales

This report is an updated analysis of the personal tax and benefit reforms implemented, or due to be implemented, by the UK's coalition government from when it was elected in May 2010 up to and including April 2015. This includes those measures that had been pre-announced by the previous Labour government which the new government chose to implement. Attention is restricted to personal tax and benefit reforms alone: it does not examine the impact of reforms to corporation tax and other taxes formally paid by businesses, nor the impact of changes to spending on public services

Protest against residents being made 'homeless' during estate regeneration

03 July, 2014

Campaigners and residents of a London estate, currently undergoing regeneration, are protesting about tenants being made 'homeless'

Council finance broken

03 July, 2014

Councils in England and Wales should stop "moaning from the sidelines" and help redesign the totally broken local government finance system

Prime Minister grilled over Tory MP Richard Benyon's 'social cleansing'

03 July, 2014

Prime Minister put on the spot as dozens of poor families face eviction after Britain's richest MP took a stake in their homes

Social landlord defends Asian housing priority after outcry

03 July, 2014

Social landlord Orbit Housing has been accused of discrimination after apparently giving priority to Asian people at one of its housing schemes

Five jobcentres start offering Universal Credit to couples

02 July, 2014

Five jobcentres have started offering Universal Credit to couples as well as single people

Tenants hit with 'bedroom tax' get £1.5m from Hull and East Riding councils

02 July, 2014

More than £1.5m has been paid out to cash-strapped tenants in East Yorkshire struggling to cope with the financial fallout of the Government's "bedroom tax"

Bedroom tax victims helped out by new housing developments

02 July, 2014

Two new housing schemes in Merseyside are helping families hit by the government's controversial bedroom tax

Sanctioned: what benefit?

02 July, 2014

Thousands of sick, disabled and unemployed Scots are being left in poverty as their benefit payments are stopped

This report is one of the most detailed examinations of the impact of sanctions in Scotland so far. It provides an analysis of the current system, its impact on clients , real case evidence and the findings of a survey of Scottish CAB advisers. We also provide 16 recommendations that are needed to the current system and why they are needed.

Homeless get jobless benefit boost

02 July, 2014

Newly-homeless unemployed people may no longer be stripped of jobless benefits if they stop seeking work while they look for a new place

Council house evictions in Lambeth are symptom of 'profit making culture'

02 July, 2014

The borough of Lambeth is gripped by a 'profit making culture' over the emptying of council houses

Bill to ban retaliatory evictions launched

02 July, 2014

A Liberal Democrat MP has launched a private members bill seeking to outlaw retaliatory evictions

MP claims evictions are hampering government's Troubled Families programme

02 July, 2014

Eric Pickles has been forced to defend the Troubled Families programme after a Labour MP claimed the housing crisis had hampered its impact

New rules for payday lenders come into effect

02 July, 2014

Short-term lenders will no longer be able to roll over loans more than twice or repeatedly raid accounts

Hopkins 'clarifies' comments about tenants on housing benefit

01 July, 2014

It is 'not appropriate' for private landlords to evict tenants because they are on housing benefit

MP proposes bill to end 'revenge evictions'

01 July, 2014

A Lib Dem MP is introducing a new bill in the House of Commons to end so-called 'revenge evictions'

Reeves versus Duncan Smith - universal credit debate highlights

01 July, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith was once again forced to defend universal credit in the House of Commons yesterday

Bedroom tax: Housing association rent arrears laid bare in the House of Commons

01 July, 2014

Housing associations are facing mounting problems with rent arrears as a direct result of the bedroom tax

Households Below Average Income

01 July, 2014

An analysis of the income distribution 1994/95 - 2012/13 July 2014

The Journey to Work: Welfare reform for the next Parliament

01 July, 2014

Unemployed social tenants who are willing to move for work should be prioritised for discretionary housing payments

Fuel Poverty - Tackling the Triple Injustice

01 July, 2014

The Green Housing Forum is a place for social housing professionals to engage, network, share ideas and disseminate good practice around sustainability

Fife Council urged to help those whose benefits have been 'stolen'

01 July, 2014

Campaigners against the controversial 'bedroom tax' have urged Fife Council to ensure all tenants entitled to help with their rent receive it

Welcome to 'Shanty Town' Britain: Desperate Britons are paying £20 a week to landlords renting out 'beds in sheds' as UK's housing crisis spirals

01 July, 2014

The grim reality of Britain's housing crisis has been laid bare by these pictures of the slum-like conditions endured by the most desperate people in UK society

Social housing tenant survey results 'deeply worrying'

01 July, 2014

The results of a social housing tenant survey have been described as 'deeply disturbing', with residents caught in a spiral of poverty which is affecting their health and wellbeing

Government eases sanctions for homeless people

01 July, 2014

Homeless people have been granted new exemptions from benefit sanctions under regulations laid before parliament today

HB Direct

01 July, 2014

Issue 150 July 2014 - Universal Credit expansion across north west England

Universal Credit to take the first new claims for couples

30 June, 2014

Universal Credit will be extended again as the service opens up to new claims from couples

Private landlords might be warming to national register

30 June, 2014

The UK's private landlords may be warming to the idea of a national landlords register

Cumbria Welfare Reform Commission 2014

30 June, 2014

Report of findings June 2014

EU migrants milking benefits will be KICKED OUT of Britain

30 June, 2014

Jobless EU migrants who have been claiming benefits for the past six months and show no signs of being able to find work could be forced to leave the UK from Tuesday

Universal credit 'could be beginning of the end' for homeless charity

30 June, 2014

A homelessness charity has said the introduction of universal credit could be the beginning of the end of its service

Labour keen for further housing spending devolution

30 June, 2014

Labour will transfer £30 billion in funding to local authorities to 'begin reversing a century of centralisation'

'Get a grip on DWP chaos' demands Labour

30 June, 2014

The Labour Party is set to demand that the coalition gets a grip on the "chaos" at the Department for Work and Pensions

The inconvenient truth - quality of tenant data is average at best

30 June, 2014

Social housing has never been at the forefront of technology, and arguably has never needed to be

Pay the jobless to move house to find work, says Duncan Smith's former think tank in echo of Tebbit's 'on yer bike' message

30 June, 2014

The jobless would be given financial help to move house to find work under a plan to tackle long-term unemployment

Mitigating the 'bedroom tax' in Scotland: SFHA welcomes 'letter of comfort'

30 June, 2014

The SFHA has welcomed the issue of a letter

New UK child poverty strategy 'ignores impact of government's welfare reforms'

30 June, 2014

The Child Poverty Action Group has accused the government of ignoring the impact of its welfare reforms in drawing up its new child poverty strategy

Rogue landlords should face nationwide bans

27 June, 2014

Cross-party group's report suggests nationwide banning orders, a national licence for landlords, plus a guide for tenants on renting a property

Eviction cases reach Supreme Court

27 June, 2014

Two potentially significant housing cases are being heard in the highest court in England this week

Fuel bill-busting tenants reveal secrets

27 June, 2014

A couple explained to delegates at the CIH conference this week how they managed to cut their domestic gas & electricity bills by 50%

Rise in tenancy terminations

27 June, 2014

As the number of notices seeking possession rises, Carl Brown investigates why landlords are taking a tougher line

Is income being distributed fairly through benefits and taxation?

27 June, 2014

52% of households received more in benefits than they paid to the state but the poorest are paying the biggest proportion of their income in tax

Benefits link to food banks use: MP

27 June, 2014

Some people have gone to food banks because their benefits have been cut or delayed, a Conservative minister has said

'Beds in sheds' building in north-west London is torn down by council

27 June, 2014

A council has taken landmark action to demolish an outbuilding which it suspected would have been used as an illegal "beds in sheds" dwelling

PRS landlord wants section 106 relaxed

27 June, 2014

A private rented sector landlord is calling for local authorities to adjust section 106 requirements for private rented sector landlords

Five commandments for landlords after Cosmopolitan

27 June, 2014

The Cosmopolitan crisis had a huge impact on the housing sector. The five commandments to enable landlords avoid the pitfalls of the past

DWP loses universal credit documents appeal

27 June, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions has lost an upper tribunal appeal over documents concerning the progress of UC implementation

Child poverty strategy launched

26 June, 2014

Supporting families into work, improving living standards and raising educational attainment are the fundamental aims set out

Welfare reforms boost skills training by 40%

26 June, 2014

Welfare reforms have boosted the number of benefit claimants training to improve their skills by almost 40%

Mayor signs anti-eviction petition to Tottenham letting agent

26 June, 2014

A tenant facing eviction has delivered a petition signed by the mayor of Tower Hamlets and 18 councillors to his landlord's letting agent

Labour motion on private rented sector defeated

26 June, 2014

A motion to introduce longer term tenancies and ban letting agency fees has been defeated during an opposition day debate in the House of Commons

'Pickle the bedroom tax' protest to coincide with minister's speech

26 June, 2014

Tenants and campaigners called for the bedroom tax to be 'pickled' outside the Chartered Institute of Housing conference

Benefit fraud and errors of £16m discovered by Audit Scotland

26 June, 2014

Benefit fraud and errors worth £16m, including money claimed by illegal immigrants, have been identified by the public spending watchdog

Tenants at risk over Care Act

26 June, 2014

New legislation may cause councils to cut funding for vulnerable people

Link between affordable rents and higher levels of child poverty

26 June, 2014

Affordable rent is linked with higher levels of child poverty, CEX of the Child Poverty Action Group told the CIH conference

Peers round on Lord Freud over bedroom tax

26 June, 2014

Lord Freud withstood a barrage of questions about the bedroom tax in the House of Lords

Shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds unveils Labour's plans to reform the private rented sector

26 June, 2014

A Labour Government would reform the private rented sector - banning letting agent fees being put onto tenants

UK Housing Review

26 June, 2014

An update to the UKHR 2014

Within one year of the end of office, the coalition government's plans for housing, welfare benefits and the economy are now showing their effects. Economic recovery has begun, but so far while house prices and transactions have moved upwards new housing output remains depressingly low compared with growing needs. Drawing on the latest statistics, the Briefing assesses the implications of policy and market changes in twelve key topic areas, together with dedicated pages on Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the English regions

LIN Press Release: Discretionary Housing Payment Underspend

25 June, 2014

More than £20 million specifically earmarked to help people adapt to welfare reforms was not spent by local authorities last year

New figures show that almost two-thirds (63%) of councils paid out less than their total Discretionary Housing Payment allocation to tenants, leaving £13.3 million left over

Lord Freud: IDS took decision to 'reset' universal credit

25 June, 2014

Lord Freud has reassured peers that the decision to 'reset' universal credit does not put the flagship policy in jeopardy

'Bizarre' that landlords don't comply with FOI Act

25 June, 2014

The information commissioner has said it is 'bizarre' that large housing associations do not have to comply with the Freedom of Information Act

Housing staff must get closer to tenants

25 June, 2014

Frontline housing staff believe they will need to work more closely with tenants in the future

'Hardened' attitudes over disability

25 June, 2014

Disabled people are suffering from "hardened" attitudes as well as benefit cuts amid the debate about welfare reform

David Cameron message to Northern Ireland over welfare reform

25 June, 2014

PM has said Northern Ireland people must understand welfare reform is to return people to work, not to cut the budget for benefit payments

'Smileys' could cut fuel bills by £80 a year

25 June, 2014

A study looking into tenant's energy use

A major new study of people's energy use in the home has found that giving people feedback on their energy use can have as big an impact in cutting bills as installing loft insulation or upgrading a boiler - a saving equivalent to 2.7m tonnes of carbon per year for the UK

Further cuts to the poor are inevitable

25 June, 2014

Lord Daniel Finkelstein, a Conservative peer and friend of George Osborne, said today that further cuts to the poor are inevitable

Private renters feel the effect of the high cost of housing

25 June, 2014

Ipsos MORI survey for the Chartered Institute of Housing

A newly commissioned poll, conducted on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Housing, shows that private renters are currently feeling the effects of the high cost of housing. Thirty-nine per cent of those living in private rented homes agree they might have to leave their local area in the future because the cost of housing is too high, compared with 20% across Great Britain as a whole

Alex Salmond's local income tax 'to cost families £550 extra'

25 June, 2014

Scottish Parliament economists calculate how much a local income tax would cost

Why housing providers should enquire about their tenants' sexuality

25 June, 2014

Questions about sexuality, religion and disability can be seen as invasive, but can organisations use the data to provide better services?

Tories 'should amend bedroom tax'

25 June, 2014

The Conservative party should not impose the bedroom tax on tenants unless they turn down a suitable alternative offer of accommodation

£10bn ready to be invested in private rented sector

25 June, 2014

There is £10 billion of new money ready to be invested in the UK's professional private rented sector

The impact of welfare reform

24 June, 2014

The impact of welfare reform on social landlords and tenants

Welfare reform was one of the early targets of drastic public spending cuts. This research examines the impact on two of the groups most directly affected: social landlords and their tenants

Housing benefit size criteria

24 June, 2014

Impacts for social sector tenants and options for reform

Reductions in levels of Housing Benefit for social sector tenants based on occupancy levels were introduced in April 2013. It is often referred to as the 'spare room subsidy', 'under-occupancy charge' and 'bedroom tax' but this study uses the more neutral term of the 'Housing Benefit size criteria'. It sets out a range of reform options that would reduce adverse impacts of the policy

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments 2013 to 2014

24 June, 2014

Analysis of the use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds by local authorities for the financial year 2013 to 2014

£20 million support for welfare reform claimants unspent

24 June, 2014

More than £20 million specifically earmarked to help people adapt to welfare reforms was not spent by local authorities last year

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment: first independent review

24 June, 2014

DWP has commissioned Paul Gray CB to undertake an independent review of how the Personal Independence Payment assessment is working

Council tax exemption removal sees 1,400 empty homes brought back into use

24 June, 2014

Birmingham has seen 1,400 privately owned empty properties brought back into use since the city council removed council tax exemption for vacant homes

Council's licensing scheme to target rogue landlords

24 June, 2014

Rogue landlords who provide poor quality housing are the target of a new licensing scheme to improve private rented accommodation for tenants in Croydon

Performance of the private rental market in Northern Ireland - Summary Research Report July - December 2013

24 June, 2014

The continued growth of the Northern Ireland rental market means there remains considerable interest and debate on the viability and sustainability of the private rental market

Call for landlords to be forced to check electric wires

24 June, 2014

Campaigners are calling for a change in the law to make landlords in England conduct mandatory checks on electrical fittings in rented properties

First Minister to highlight £1bn investment in social housing

24 June, 2014

The £1bn spent by the Scottish Government on social housing in recent years is 'good for our economy and good for our society'

5th Report, 2014 (Session 4): Report on Local Impact of Welfare Reform

23 June, 2014

Statistical 'proof' that welfare reform hits the poorest individuals hardest has been obtained by MSPs

Tenants unprepared for Universal Credit

23 June, 2014

Riverside working with New Direction and Barclays, has been preparing its tenants for welfare reform, specifically Universal Credit, to help them cope with the changes

Universal credit extended to four more areas

23 June, 2014

Universal credit was extended to four more areas of the north west of England

Bedrooms: Living, moving and relaxing

23 June, 2014

A couple of new bedroom tax FTT decisions

Report of a telephone survey with g15 tenants

23 June, 2014

Eight in 10 London housing association tenants surveyed have a bank account

Rachel Reeves: Labour will 'pause' Universal Credit if we win power

23 June, 2014

The shadow work and pensions minister says that Labour would not 'throw good money after bad' on the troubled benefit

DWP denies risk of rising disability benefits breaching welfare spending cap

23 June, 2014

Leaked documents suggested cost of employment and support allowance left government vulnerable to breach of self-imposed cap

Church of England to open credit union in its 'war on Wonga'

23 June, 2014

All members of the Church of England will be able to join church-endorsed credit union within five years

Homeless figures treble among private rental tenants

23 June, 2014

The number of people made homeless when a private tenancy ends has trebled in the last five years

Housing crisis taking its toll on private renters

23 June, 2014

More than a third of private renters in Great Britain fear having to move out of their local area because of the high cost of housing

Personal Independence Payment

20 June, 2014

The DWP has rushed the introduction of PIP and the non-piloting of the new benefit has led to long and unacceptable delays to disabled people who have claimed it

Q&A: The benefits cap and you

20 June, 2014

The government says that households claiming benefits should be no better off than the average family in work

Universal Credit policy to expand to 90 jobcentres

20 June, 2014

The government's flagship welfare policy, Universal Credit, is to be introduced in 90 jobcentres in north-west England

Poor quality and tenure issues mean most councillors do not see PRS as top priority

20 June, 2014

Only 2% of councillors in England see the private rented sector supply of housing as their top priority for new housing supply

Tenants should be treated as customers too

20 June, 2014

Scrutiny of landlords' performance benefits all

We will protect you

20 June, 2014

Universal credit is still a work in progress, but that means proper safeguards are being put in place

Benefit cuts for the young - secret agreement

20 June, 2014

There is widespread agreement about the need to cut benefits for young people but it doesn't suit the political parties to admit this

Stop disability benefits 'fiasco'

20 June, 2014

Thousands forced to rely on loans and charity

Renting 'cheaper in real terms'

20 June, 2014

Private sector rents have been getting cheaper in real terms throughout the last year as stability returns to the market

Firms won't need to hire foreign workers any more, claims IDS: Benefits reforms 'make part-time jobs attractive'

20 June, 2014

Unemployed Britons are being made to take jobs currently filled chiefly by immigrant workers thanks to sweeping reforms of the benefits system

Government 'could breach its own welfare spending cap'

20 June, 2014

The government could breach its self-imposed cap on welfare spending as a result of the cost of the main sickness benefit

Supreme Court to hear landmark council tax rebate case

19 June, 2014

A landmark case concerning local authorities' obligations when carrying out public consultations will be heard by the Supreme Court today

Government considering new rules for universal credit

19 June, 2014

Some 'trusted' landlords may receive benefits direct at an earlier stage

DWP capped access to discretionary housing fund

19 June, 2014

Discretionary housing help held back to stop bedroom tax 'buy out'

Government moves to reassure landlords over Superstrike

19 June, 2014

Following a year of concerted lobbying and pressure by the industry, the DCLG has tabled amendments to the Deregulation Bill

CIH NI welcomes new Private Rented Access Scheme for Homeless

19 June, 2014

CIH NI policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright welcomes a new scheme from the Housing Executive and SmartMove NI that aims to tackle homelessness

Letting agents in Scotland want compulsory code of conduct

19 June, 2014

More than 80% of Scotland's letting agents want a compulsory code of conduct

Thousands left in limbo in benefit appeals system grinding to a halt

19 June, 2014

An extra 'mandatory reconsideration' stage added to the disability benefits appeal process by government is creating huge suffering

Further Universal Credit roll out in the North West

19 June, 2014

Universal Credit will be introduced in additional jobcentres from 23 June

Rogue landlords exploit deposit protection loophole

19 June, 2014

Legislation to rein in bad landlords and agents can leave tenants out of pocket

Labour to cut youth benefits and focus on path to work

19 June, 2014

Labour leader sets out reforms based on training incentives as poll finds 78% of voters think welfare system unfair

Call for country-wide universal credit rollout

18 June, 2014

The government should roll out its universal credit system across the country rather than phasing it in through pilots

Housing rent deposits rise 50% since 2007

18 June, 2014

Lobby group Generation Rent calls for longer tenancies and a landlords' register as average deposits rise to £900

Report to call for 'radical reform' of welfare state

18 June, 2014

Plans for a radical overhaul of the welfare state will be published in a report that will be launched by Ed Miliband on Thursday

All aboard the universal credit bus

18 June, 2014

Salix Homes is using a community bus to help tenants get ready for universal credit which is being introduced in Salford this summer

Quantifying the extent of space shortages: English dwellings

18 June, 2014

Lack of internal space is a problem in UK homes, and is often linked to a lack of space standards for housing in the UK

Welfare cuts one year on: Now Britain's poorest are on par with former Eastern bloc

18 June, 2014

Ros Wynne-Jones meets the people who are suffering a year after Bedroom Tax as rent arrears have rocketed

Fresh perspective on renting

18 June, 2014

A new manifesto for private renters published today highlights the new thinking on housing emerging ahead of the general election

Can the changes to LHA achieve their aims in London's housing market?

18 June, 2014

A report by New Policy Institute for Shelter

Renting in Tower Hamlets 'now more expensive than in leafy Richmond'

18 June, 2014

Soaring rents in popular east London boroughs such as Hackney and Tower Hamlets have overtaken those in affluent west London areas for the first time

Cuts may undermine work incentives in universal credit

18 June, 2014

Thinktank launches expert review of welfare scheme, saying policy changes have not received sufficient scrutiny

HB G6/2014

17 June, 2014

Contains information on work capability assessment independent review and official experimental Universal Credit statistics

Budding entrepreneurs helped off benefits

17 June, 2014

Around 2,000 businesses a month have been set up over the past year by people who have moved from claiming benefits to being their own boss

Welfare Reform: The Impact on Homelessness and Tenancy Sustainment for Scottish Housing Associations

17 June, 2014

The cumulative impact of the 'bedroom tax', benefit sanctions and problems accessing financial assistance at times of crisis is likely to result in an increase in homelessness in Scotland

What should be in the Renter's Manifesto?

17 June, 2014

There is one year until the 2015 General Election and housing will be a central issue

Social landlords could build 100,000 new homes a year

17 June, 2014

Social Housing Under Threat - a campaign for social housing - launches this week

Lottery funding for Coventry food poverty

17 June, 2014

More than £370,000 in lottery funding has been awarded to tackle food poverty in Coventry - home to one of the UK's busiest food banks

Fife Council accused of 'morally bankrupt' use of 'bedroom tax' refunds

17 June, 2014

Fife Council has been branded 'morally bankrupt' after clawing back 'bedroom tax' refunds from tenants

Council offers bond in place of deposit to PRS landlords

17 June, 2014

South Northamptonshire Council is offering landlords a bond instead of a cash deposit in an effort to ease tenants into the private rented sector

Letting agents 'must publish fees' says minister

17 June, 2014

Tenants will be able to 'shop around' for a letting agent that does not charge excessive fees under Government plans to fine those that do not display their costs

Welfare Reforms Hit Londoners Hardest

16 June, 2014

36% of London's children live below the poverty line

More than £400,000 distributed to meet cost of 'Bedroom Tax'

16 June, 2014

More than £400,000 has been distributed to 1,537 households across Angus in financial assistance to help meet the cost of the 'Bedroom Tax'

Benefit blunder apology to evicted Pulborough family

16 June, 2014

A housing benefit service said the district council 'may have made incorrect judgements' on a housing benefit claim resulting in a Pulborough family's eviction

Consumer protection law for lettings professionals

16 June, 2014

Guidance for lettings professionals on complying with consumer protection laws, and laws about dealing with other businesses

Politicians just don't understand what it's like to be a renter

16 June, 2014

The 335 MPs who rent a second home on expenses do not experience the reality of life in the private rented sector

The poor need free food says Rowan Williams: Former Archbishop of Canterbury attacks the Government's benefits policy

16 June, 2014

Rowan Williams reignited the debate over food banks yesterday by claiming a generation of children is growing up with 'anxiety and deprivation'

Labour policy report calls for radical reform of welfare state

16 June, 2014

Thinktank's report for policy review will propose benefits be linked more closely to contributions

Majority of UK landlords reject tenants on benefits

16 June, 2014

Eight out of 10 landlords in the UK refuse tenants whose rent is paid by local authorities with just 18% happy to let to this group

HB A12/2014

16 June, 2014

Contains information on universal credit: Change of circumstances affecting Housing Benefit

Why is only one social landlord signed up to the digital inclusion charter?

13 June, 2014

Despite being well placed to get people online, few organisations have signed up to be a part of the government's official strategy

Tribunal tells councils to end tax on empty homes

13 June, 2014

Housing associations win case against London boroughs charging tax

Secretary of state's behaviour during bedroom tax meeting riles tenant

13 June, 2014

A social housing tenant from Cardiff has told Inside Housing that he was deeply upset by the way he was spoken to by David Jones

Minister welcomes sharp fall in appeals against benefit decisions

13 June, 2014

The number of benefit decision appeals dropped by 79% to 32,546 between January and March 2014, compared to same time last year

£200,000 fine for rogue landlord's 'bed in shed'

13 June, 2014

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay more than £200,000 - or go to prison

Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill published

13 June, 2014

The first step towards setting out in law the permanent arrangements for the £33 million SWF has been made with the introduction of the Welfare Funds (Scotland)

'Time bomb' warning on migrant welfare cut

13 June, 2014

Loss of 'transitional protection' benefit may put migrants on streets

Energy saving devices could save tenants hundreds of pounds

13 June, 2014

Thousands of tenants are going to benefit from cheaper utility bills thanks to new energy saving devices

Why should council tenants be left behind?

13 June, 2014

Did you know nationally that 82% of people are online but if you live in social housing - the figure is more likely to be 64%

Pushing pay-to-stay

13 June, 2014

The government wants tenants to tell social landlords if their incomes rise to more than £60,000 a year - and then see their rents leap

Food bank charity 'was threatened with closure by Iain Duncan Smith's aide'

13 June, 2014

A senior aide to Iain Duncan Smith was accused last night of threatening to 'shut down' Britain's main provider of food banks

Evictions on rise as landlords toughen up

13 June, 2014

Survey shows landlords protecting income by dealing with arrears more robustly

The state of that bedroom

12 June, 2014

This is a rather unusual bedroom tax First Tier Tribunal decision from Islington

How the other 40,000 live

12 June, 2014

Statistics show Wales has been hit harder by the removal of the spare room subsidy or 'bedroom tax' than any other part of the UK

Why we should give a monkeys about the PRS

12 June, 2014

Ahead of CIH Cymru's 3rd annual PRS summit Julie Nicholas asks the difficult question: When is a primate like a privately rented home?

Fuel Poverty, England 2012: Statistical press release

12 June, 2014

Through the Energy Act 2013, the Government has laid the ground for a new legal framework to monitor fuel poverty in England using the Low Income High Costs Indicator

MP welcomes move to force letting agents to publish fees

12 June, 2014

Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron has welcomed the government's decision to force letting agents to publish full tariffs of their fees

Increased benefits 'help poor more'

12 June, 2014

Increasing benefits for low income workers would be a cheaper and more effective way of helping struggling families than tax cuts floated by the major parties

Will universal credit create discerning tenants? Perhaps - but that's not point

12 June, 2014

Hopes for a new generation of responsible renters will be undone by the risk of rising arrears

Universal Credit statistics: Apr 2013 to 31 March 2014

12 June, 2014

Universal Credit statistics: April 2013 to 31 March 2014 with breakdowns by Jobcentre Plus office, local authority and parliamentary constituency

Hundreds of thousands hit by benefits backlog

12 June, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by a benefits backlog

Payday loan firms not competitive

12 June, 2014

Payday lenders lack price competition, so customers may be paying too much for their loans

Countrywide Monthly Lettings Index - May 2014

12 June, 2014

Landlords achieve greater returns on their rental property as capital appreciation grows significantly

Families are slipping through the welfare net into hunger and poverty

11 June, 2014

10-year-old Cara described how it feels to be hungry in Britain in 2014

Welfare reform puts single people at risk of homelessness

11 June, 2014

Study of risk factors in the north east finds rent arrears, food poverty and crime on the rise. Homelessness will come next

How to personalise a rented property

11 June, 2014

If you rent your property, it can often feel like a challenge to make you house feel like a home due to the restrictions that landlords put in place

Top tribunals judge questions universal credit 'disappearance'

11 June, 2014

A senior tribunals judge has thrown doubt over the future of universal credit after it 'disappeared' from Department for Work and Pensions forecasts on the number of predicted appeals

4th Report, 2014 (Session 4): Interim Report on the New Benefit Sanctions Regime: Tough Love or Tough Luck?

11 June, 2014

A review of the benefits sanctions regime has been called for by a group of MSPs in another critical report of the welfare system

Renters turn to Shelter as revenge evictions soar

11 June, 2014

New figures from the Shelter helpline today show a massive rise in calls from renters at risk of losing their homes

The social housing stigma: how to fight the stereotyping of social tenants

11 June, 2014

Residents are not the scroungers they are often portrayed as, but social housing is hardly a workers' paradise

Quarterly survey of private registered providers

11 June, 2014

Rent arrears in the English housing association sector fell for the second successive month

Welfare Reform is working in South Ribble

11 June, 2014

Labour opposed all welfare reforms proposed by the government as the Conservatives put into place their long-term economic plan to turn around the economy

MP wants watchdog to probe 'overtly political' Oxfam campaign

11 June, 2014

The Charity Commission is assessing whether a promotional campaign by Oxfam broke its rules by criticising the government's austerity programme

London has the highest child poverty rates and highest housing costs in the UK

11 June, 2014

Get angry about people playing the system by all means, but start at the top and work your way down if you expect to be taken seriously

Families on the brink: welfare reform in London

11 June, 2014

London has the highest child poverty rates and highest housing costs in the UK

'Phase out' private rent and build more council homes

10 June, 2014

A trade union has called for the private rented sector to be 'phased out' in favour of a massive council house building programme

Scotland's 'worst performing' council for arrears slammed

10 June, 2014

A council has been issued with a damning report on its rent collection, after a review by the Scottish Housing Regulator

'Rent controls could have saved London tenants £2,800'

10 June, 2014

If the rent control model advocated by a majority of the London Assembly had been brought in, the capital's private tenants would have saved £2,796 in the two years

PRS to come under the spotlight

10 June, 2014

The future of Scotland's private rented sector will come under the spotlight tomorrow

How to rent

10 June, 2014

This guide is for people who are looking for a house or flat to rent

Court costs soar to 150% as eviction cases are on the rise

10 June, 2014

Halton Housing Trust warns customers that they face a significant rise in court costs of up to 150 per cent

Housing benefit bill for working families soaring by £1.1billion despite Tory pledges to curb spending

10 June, 2014

The figures from the House of Commons library are a damning indictment of the Government inaction

End to outdated laws will allow Londoners to let homes for extra cash

10 June, 2014

Eric Pickles announces the end of rules that prevent short-term renting of private homes

MPs claiming £millions to rent second homes

10 June, 2014

Over 250 MPs are claiming more in expenses to pay rent on their second homes than the maximum a normal person living in Westminster is allowed to claim in housing benefit

Thousands of social homes to benefit from ££0m British Gas solar partnership

09 June, 2014

More than 6,000 social homes will become rooftop solar sites as part of a £60m partnership between British Gas, Social Finance and Gen Community

Where are we now with VFM self-assessment?

09 June, 2014

Over the past six months the HCA has not minced its words: it is not happy with the sector's response to the VFM standard

The 3 S's of Universal Credit

09 June, 2014

Many would argue that we have not seen such change in the welfare system since the creation of the welfare state

Housing benefit bill set to rise by £1 billion, warns Labour

09 June, 2014

The housing benefit bill will rise by £1 billion by 2018, the Labour Party has warned

DWP starts IT overhaul as it commits to 25% SMB spend

09 June, 2014

The DWP has committed to increasing its spend with SMBs to 25% of expenditure as it outlined its revised IT transformation programme

Bedroom Tax - Gambling with our Futures

09 June, 2014

Tenants Working Together is a group of like minded social housing tenants who come together to campaign about social inequity, welfare reform and the draconian Bedroom Tax

Ministers reject food banks' 20million meals figure

09 June, 2014

Charities in row with Government after it emerges half of meals are handed out to good causes such as lunch clubs

Ineligible welfare claimants keep benefits after going unchallenged in court

09 June, 2014

Welfare claimants who should have their benefits cut under government rules are keeping their higher payouts due to a lack of government representation at tribunals

Below the Breadline: The relentless rise of food poverty in Britain

09 June, 2014

Although the UK is the seventh richest country in the world, it is also deeply unequal, and millions of families across the UK are living below the breadline

Touchbase DWP e-zine

09 June, 2014

June 2014- includes information on the latest jobs figures which show that employment is continuing to rise with a record number of people, over 30.4 million, now in work

Behind the scenes at a foodbank

06 June, 2014

It's estimated that over 500,000 people across the UK now access food banks

Riverside helps tenants claim over £350,000

06 June, 2014

In the first year since Government changes to the benefits system, Riverside Carlisle's Money Advice Service has increased the amount their tenants have been eligible to claim

BPF says build-to-rent fund has laid the foundations for long-term PRS success

06 June, 2014

The property industry will today hear how the Build-to-Rent Fund, PRS Taskforce and the Montague Review have played important roles

Iain Duncan Smith says Big Issue magazine is 'helping UK benefit tourists'

06 June, 2014

Mr Duncan Smith said the magazine was being used 'more and more' as a foothold for Romanians to access tax credits

Ticking the box for housing: latest poll results

06 June, 2014

What do CIH members think of Labour's proposals for the private rented sector?

Poorer households council tax support extended in Wales

06 June, 2014

Benefits to help poorer households in Wales pay council tax will be paid beyond the 2016 assembly election

Stormont probes growing demand for food banks

06 June, 2014

Stormont has launched an investigation into the growing demand for food banks by desperate families across Northern Ireland

Landlords to identify violent extremists

06 June, 2014

Manchester police to launch national scheme training housing staff to spot tenants vulnerable to radicalisation

Council apologises to nearly 2,000 housing benefit claimants over data leak

06 June, 2014

A council has contacted 1,900 housing benefit claimants to alert them that their personal details has been mistakenly given out

NFA, ARCH and CWAG survey reveals over one third of council tenants are still in rent arrears nine months after 'bedroom tax' introduced

05 June, 2014

Nine months after the introduction of the 'bedroom tax', just over one third of council tenants are still in rent arrears

Bedroom tax judicial review fails

05 June, 2014

A recent Judicial Review of the bedroom tax, supported by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has failed

Anti-bedroom tax campaigners to gather in Manchester

05 June, 2014

Anti-bedroom tax campaigners from across Britain are to gather in Manchester this weekend to decide the next course of action in their fight against Government cuts to benefits

Riverside supports Durham Food Bank

05 June, 2014

Durham Foodbank provides emergency food for local people in crisis

Rent deadlock drives landlord out of boroughs

05 June, 2014

Lack of assurances means association will build larger homes elsewhere

'Stupid' bedroom tax sees tenant threaten to blow up house

05 June, 2014

A man facing eviction due to the bedroom tax has been arrested after threatening to blow up his social home

Poorer households council tax support extended in Wales

05 June, 2014

Benefits to help poorer households in Wales pay council tax will be paid beyond the next assembly election

Labour to encourage culture of rental increases

05 June, 2014

The Labour Party's proposal to introduce an annual indexation of rents will leave more tenants out of pocket and only exacerbate high rents in the UK

HB S5/2014

05 June, 2014

Rent Rebate Subsidy Limitation information - 2014/15

What would welfare look like in an independent Scotland?

04 June, 2014

The Scottish government's working group reports today on recommended changes to the benefits system after a yes vote

Scottish independence: Call to increase minimum wage

04 June, 2014

An expert group on welfare set up by the Scottish government has recommended a substantial rise in the minimum wage

The injustice of our council tax system demands redress

04 June, 2014

Advice from the European Commission, one may imagine, does not reach very far inside No 10 Downing Street

Back to square one for universal credit

04 June, 2014

The controversial welfare benefit has been classified as an entirely new project by a Whitehall body, so it's not too late to make the necessary changes

Crackdown on landlords who fail to tackle criminal behaviour

04 June, 2014

New powers to clamp down on private rented sector landlords who do not take action against organised crime in their properties are expected to be announced today in the Queen's speech

Re-thinking Welfare: Fair, Personal and Simple

04 June, 2014

This is the 2nd report of the Expert Working Group on Welfare looking at the medium and long term options for welfare in an independent Scotland

Welfare Reform Survey - 2013/14 Quarter 2 and Quarter 3 Update

04 June, 2014

Summary of responses June 2014

Bedroom Tax victims tell David Cameron: Visit our home and you'll axe the charge

04 June, 2014

Warren Todd is one of only 100 known cases of Potocki-Shaffer syndrome in the world

Stop interfering over benefits, Iain Duncan Smith tells EU as he demands new rights to curb handouts

04 June, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith opened up a new front in the Tory battle with Brussels last night, demanding new rights for Britain to restrict welfare handouts for EU migrants

A minimum income standard for the UK in 2014

03 June, 2014

How much money do you need for an adequate standard of living?

Welfare reforms 'impacting on children'

03 June, 2014

The UK Government has been criticised in a row about the impact of controversial welfare reforms on children

The EU's wise advice to the UK shouldn't be ignored

03 June, 2014

It's not up to the unelected commission to determine Britain's policies, but it has reason and evidence on its side

DWP refuses to disclose universal credit alternative payment figures

03 June, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions has refused to disclose figures relating to the number of alternative payment arrangements made under universal credit

Helping renters doesn't have to mean harming landlords

03 June, 2014

You often hear people suggest the way to fix the problems with private renting is for renters to simply complain or shop around

European Commission questions UK government's welfare and housing policies

03 June, 2014

The European Commission has called on the UK government to ensure its welfare reforms contribute to the reduction of child poverty in low-income households

Lottery funding awarded to South West charities

03 June, 2014

A project in Cornwall supporting male victims of domestic abuse has been awarded more than £400,000 in lottery funding

Find out what happened when an AM tried living on benefits for a week

03 June, 2014

Rebecca Evans AM writes about her week of living on the equivalent of Jobseeker's Allowance, to examine the impact of welfare reform

Landlords face prosecution over criminal tenants

03 June, 2014

New offence to be announced in the Queen's Speech will make it an offence to turn a blind eye to criminal behaviour on your property

Wirral council accused of 'persecution' over bedroom tax

03 June, 2014

Birkenhead Green Party councillor Pat Clearly blasts council decision to appeal tribunal ruling

HB A11/2014

03 June, 2014

Contains information on the process to obtain appropriate claimant Personal Independence Payment information not available via the Customer Information System

HB Direct

03 June, 2014

Issue 149 June 2014 - a look at the reasons why not all of you are using the Valuation Office Agency's VICTER system

Money expert Martin Lewis blasts Bedroom Tax and urges David Cameron to scrap hated levy

02 June, 2014

The hated charge means as many as 660,000 people of a working age in social housing who have a spare bedroom will have housing benefit cut by £40 a month

We need a new deal for tenants

02 June, 2014

Labour Leader Ed Miliband is surely right in principle to propose greater regulation of the private rented market

Councils stifling local housing investment

02 June, 2014

The majority of landlords considering future property purchases plan to buy in their local area

Government offers £500,000 to combat massive rise in food bank usage

02 June, 2014

The Scottish government is offering food aid organisations the chance to apply for funding through its £500,000 Emergency Food Fund

Jersey minister says rent control 'doesn't work'

02 June, 2014

Jersey's housing minister says he has deep reservations over calls for rent controls

Government scores bedroom tax own goal

02 June, 2014

As most people will know the bedroom tax came into operation in April 2013

Family loses High Court challenge against bedroom tax

02 June, 2014

The High Court has dismissed a bedroom tax challenge brought by grandparents caring for a disabled child

Department of Work and Pensions in denial on food banks

02 June, 2014

The Department of Work and Pensions within the UK Government is in denial about the cause of the increase in food bank use

Government claims 'digital success' with Universal Credit

30 May, 2014

Widening access to Universal Credit information across a range of digital devices is proving popular with claimants & boosting digital skills

Caring through the night

30 May, 2014

The latest challenge to the bedroom tax focuses on overnight carers for disabled children

Government scores bedroom tax own goal

30 May, 2014

As most people will know the bedroom tax came into operation in April 2013

Are housing associations really killing off social housing?

30 May, 2014

Critics may not like the tough decisions social landlords have taken, but we are more focused than ever on our social purpose

Government agrees specialist housing team for universal credit

30 May, 2014

The government has agreed to include a specialist housing team within the universal credit service centre

Council tax hardship payments judgment victory

30 May, 2014

A landmark judgment confirming that Tribunal has unlimited power to overturn decisions by councils which refuse to award DHP

Family of disabled grandchild lose spare bedroom fight

30 May, 2014

The family of a severely disabled teenager from Pembrokeshire have lost their High Court challenge

GLA to be flexible over retrofit plans

30 May, 2014

Landlords will not be forced to carry out work they cannot afford

Landlords call for clarity on pay-to-stay rent rules

30 May, 2014

Providers encouraged to charge high-earning tenants more rent

Government considering new laws to stop 'retaliatory evictions' of private tenants

30 May, 2014

DCLG considering introducing legislation to outlaw the 'retaliatory eviction' of tenants who complain to landlords about poor conditions

Universal Credit service improvements

29 May, 2014

Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed some changes to Universal Credit service, which should benefit landlords and tenants

Boris Johnson's private rental accreditation scheme dismissed as a PR stunt

29 May, 2014

A campaign group for PRs has declared the accreditation scheme for PR sector landlords as an expensive PR stunt, doing little to help tenants

Helping Tenants to Combat Poverty

29 May, 2014

Practical Interventions in Housing

The tough economic climate, public sector austerity and welfare reform combined mean that many individuals and families are struggling to make ends meet. While the economy is said to be recovering, many households and communities are not feeling the benefit and the numbers in poverty are expected to increase

Generation Rent blasts 1.1 million empty homes as overcrowding rises

29 May, 2014

The OfNS has found a 25% increase in households with six or more people, and a 25% increase in unoccupied homes from 878,000 to 1.1 million

London rental standard is a 'meaningless gimmick'

29 May, 2014

Tom Copley, Labour London Assembly and housing spokesperson, has described the London Rental Standard as a 'meaningless gimmick'

Universal Credit: 100,000 views on the red button, smartphone apps and Facebook

29 May, 2014

Interactive TV, smartphone apps and social media has been used to view over 100,000 pages of Universal Credit information

CIH warns worst offenders may 'simply ignore' new London Rental Standard

29 May, 2014

The mayor of London's new London Rental Standard, sets out standards for landlord and letting agent accreditation schemes

A fair start for everyone

29 May, 2014

Benefit cuts to trap five million UK children in poverty by 2020

The new report from Save the Children 'A Fair Start for Every Child', reveals that children have paid the highest price in the recession, with families having been hit by a "triple whammy" of years of flat wages, cuts to benefits and the rising cost of living

New Approaches

29 May, 2014

New approaches of tackling tenancy fraud

This briefing will explore how housing providers across England have approached the fraudulent use of social housing, including preventing and detecting a range of fraudulent activities. It will highlight emerging issues and risks in tackling tenancy fraud and establish good practice from providers in how to meet these new challenges

Should the social housing regulator charge for regulation?

29 May, 2014

What impact could the proposals have and is there merit to charging for regulation?

Bedroom tax pushes households into debt and fear of eviction

29 May, 2014

A third have cut back on food and a quarter have cut back on heating

Housing Benefit: Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs)

28 May, 2014

Parliamentary briefing note

'Bedroom tax' hitting North hard

28 May, 2014

Households in the North of England hit by controversial cuts to housing benefits are going without basic essentials for fear of falling into arrears

Iain Duncan Smith has failed on Universal Credit. He must be replaced

28 May, 2014

He has proved himself to be inept at managing its implementation over the past three years

Cost of renting rises 10% to average of £777 a month

28 May, 2014

The cost of renting has soared by 10 per cent during the past year as the supply of properties fails to keep pace with tenant demand

Millions of our kids are living in poverty - when are we going to do something about it?

28 May, 2014

If the economy is growing, why are 3.5 million children living in poverty?

One year on: The impact of welfare reforms on housing association tenants

28 May, 2014

Ipsos MORI research report looking at the impacts of welfare reform specifically from the tenant perspective

If payday lenders are quitting Britain, what comes next?

28 May, 2014

Loan sharks will move in unless people in poorer communities can borrow from legitimate local sources like credit unions

Council turns to private sector landlords to solve housing crisis

28 May, 2014

A council has appealed to private rented sector landlords to offer homes for families on its waiting list

Reading and Brighton offer fastest growing returns for landlords as young professionals give up on London

28 May, 2014

Reading and Brighton provided the biggest jump in potential returns for landlords last year as a flight of priced-out young professionals from London boosted rents in the towns

The real cost-of-living-crisis: Five million British children 'sentenced to life of poverty thanks to welfare reforms'

28 May, 2014

Children in working families, rather than beggars and vagrants, are the face of modern poverty in Britain today

Octavia trial makes district heating hot topic for social landlords

27 May, 2014

A project by Octavia Housing is helping landlords re-think how they deliver heat and tackle fuel poverty in thousands of social housing properties

Concerns as charity helps more homeless

27 May, 2014

A homelessness charity has revealed a large increase in the number of people needing help in Chorley - and fears that demand could still rise further

'Vulnerable people' will be caught up in Universal Credit fiasco warns Oldham MP

27 May, 2014

Debbie Abrahams, warns there remains an uncertainty about the Universal credit IT system and the way vulnerable people will be supported with the changed it brings

Govt proposes no benefits for 7 days

27 May, 2014

The SSAC has launched a public consultation on the Government's intention to extend the number of days a claimant must wait before they are entitled to receive certain benefits from 3 to 7

Council tax arrears now biggest debt problem reported to Citizens Advice

27 May, 2014

One in five people reporting debt problems to Citizens Advice has a council tax arrears issue

Council tax arrears become most common debt case at Citizens Advice

27 May, 2014

More people now approach the charity over council tax bills than over difficulties with unsecured loans or credit cards

Welsh Ministers savage coalition's child poverty strategy - for including the 'bedroom tax' as part of it

27 May, 2014

Jeff Cuthbert and Vaughan Gething attacked UK Government's strategy for failing to recognise the impact of tax and benefit changes

Major Projects Authority's annual assessment

27 May, 2014

Annual Report 2013-2014

Delays to universal credit lead watchdog to rate it as a new project

27 May, 2014

Due to the delays to universal credit, a government watchdog has assessed it as 'reset' meaning it is considered a new scheme

Government proposal to extend benefit waiting days: consultation announced

23 May, 2014

Public consultation on extending number of days claimants must wait before they are entitled to receive certain benefits from three to seven

Relief for 'bedroom tax' 'victims'

23 May, 2014

People in Inverclyde hit by financial misery through the 'bedroom tax' will now automatically get relief payments under a new council deal

Bedroom tax a year on - can the evidence speak for itself?

23 May, 2014

Opinion of Alan Humphreys, chief executive, Grand Union Housing Group

Localising Council Tax support administration subsidy grant determination (2014 to 2015)

23 May, 2014

This document sets out the distribution of subsidy paid to local authorities in England

Direction on the rent standard 2014

23 May, 2014

This direction will apply to standards set by the social housing regulator in relation to rent for registered providers from 1 April 2015

Guidance on rents for social housing

23 May, 2014

This guidance sets out the government's policy on rents for social housing from April 2015 onwards

Can the PRS do even more to help meet housing need?

23 May, 2014

The pendulum of housing investment has swung from the public to the private rented sector in the last decade

Universal credit 'reset' after catalogue of blunders

23 May, 2014

The government's spluttering flagship reform of the benefits system has been officially 'reset'

Legal battle looms over rent reform

23 May, 2014

Stock transfer associations say new rent regime will cost them millions

Rents for Social Housing from 2015-16

23 May, 2014

Consultation: Summary of Responses

I'm a renter - and guess what? I love it

22 May, 2014

Renting your home doesn't have to be grim and rootless, it's only the desperate rush to buy that makes it seem a worst-case scenario

One third of Torbay households claiming housing benefits

22 May, 2014

ONE third of households in Torbay are claiming housing benefit and council tax support

Ukip housing spokesman making a fortune from immigrants on housing benefit

22 May, 2014

The UK Independence Party's housing spokesman has admitted making money from immigrants on housing benefit

Young Men Most Likely to be on Universal Credit

22 May, 2014

More than six in ten (63%) of new claims for Universal Credit are for people under 25 and only 4% of claimants are over 50

Call for bedroom tax scrap for the abused

22 May, 2014

E-petition calling on the Government's Department for Work and Pensions to exempt victims of domestic violence from the bedroom tax

Beamish welcomes rent reform

22 May, 2014

South Scotland MSP Claudia Beamish has backed plans to reform the private rented sector in Scotland

Affordable homes to beat 'bedroom tax' in Telford

22 May, 2014

A total of 44 low-cost homes will be built in Telford in a bid to help those trying to escape 'bedroom tax' by downsizing

4,000 English households risk losing homes every week

22 May, 2014

215,000 homes in England are at risk of eviction or repossession

Four ways to help tenants appeal against bedroom tax

22 May, 2014

By helping tenants in bedroom tax appeals, housing providers can bring more money into communities and minimise arrears

IDS continues to block universal credit report

22 May, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith is continuing to block the publication of reports believed to reveal the failure of the universal credit scheme

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments: first independent review

21 May, 2014

DWP - The first independent review of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment process

MPs call for full mitigation of bedroom tax 'without delay'

21 May, 2014

Powers should be transferred to the Scottish Government to allow full mitigation of the bedroom tax 'without delay'

PRS tenant campaign group accused of 'playing to people's fears'

21 May, 2014

A campaign group that fights for tenants in the private rented sector has been accused of "playing to people's fears" and "failing to provide a true reflection of the sector"

DWP 'leads the way in openness and transparency'

21 May, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions is a pioneer of truthfulness regarding statistics, one of its spokespersons has said

Iain Duncan Smith continues to hide reports showing failure of universal credit

21 May, 2014

The DWP is continuing to block publication of reports set to reveal the failure of the Universal Credit scheme, despite a series of rulings insisting they should be released

Tenants fail to check fate of their deposits

21 May, 2014

More than half of tenants (53%) admit they never check if landlords put their deposits in mandatory tenancy deposit schemes

Shapps council bungles bedroom tax leaflet

21 May, 2014

The council that controls the constituency of Tory chairman Grant Shapps has sent out leaflets referring to the government's 'spare room subsidy' as the 'bedroom tax'

Bedroom Tax - one year on

21 May, 2014

One year report: bedroom tax hasn't solved under-occupancy

The Impact of the Bedroom Tax in Scotland: Devolving the DHP Cap

21 May, 2014

Scottish Affairs Committee - Fourteenth Report

MPs call for Holyrood powers on bedroom tax

20 May, 2014

The UK and Scottish governments need to act quickly to transfer new powers to Holyrood that will allow ministers there to fully mitigate the impact of the bedroom tax

Universal Credit - the critical issues

20 May, 2014

Universal Credit is the biggest change in the welfare benefits system in a generation - getting it wrong is just not an option

Head of Coast and Country blames government welfare reforms for rise in tenants losing homes

20 May, 2014

The number of possession claims by social landlords is on the rise in Redcar and Cleveland, Middlesbrough and in Stockton

HB G5/2014

20 May, 2014

Contains information on tax credits and decisions by the Upper Tribunal

Court battles against the bedroom tax can be won

20 May, 2014

The legislation on taxing 'spare' bedrooms is open to interpretation, and I've seen it successfully challenged so don't suffer in silence

Will tenants ever pay their rent by smartphone?

20 May, 2014

More people are using mobile apps to make digital payments. Landlords need to get savvy now

Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland: 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014

20 May, 2014

Councils in Scotland have made more than 87,000 discretionary housing payments

Scottish Government under pressure to mitigate effects of bedroom tax

20 May, 2014

The Committee calls once more for a clear commitment from the Scottish Government that it will use its chosen method of mitigating the effects of the bedroom tax

PRS campaigners release renter's manifesto

20 May, 2014

A campaign group that fights for tenants' rights in the private rented sector has released a renter's manifesto

Poverty in Northampton: counting the cost of wide welfare reforms

19 May, 2014

Advice agencies say tougher sanctioning on welfare claimants could be unfairly impacting on the poorest in Northampton

Council survey on impact of welfare reform

19 May, 2014

Aberdeenshire Council are looking for people and organisations who have been affected by changes to the benefits system

Bedroom Tax First Tier Tribunal decisions

19 May, 2014

As decisions by the First Tier Tribunal on bedroom tax appeals seem to be coming in thick and fast, here is a list of them

Ed Miliband sets out Labour's minimum wage plans

19 May, 2014

Ed Miliband says a Labour government would set a statutory minimum wage target linked to average earnings, as he set out plans to tackle low pay

Landlord fined for safety issues

19 May, 2014

Cardiff Council has fined a private landlord £1,100 under the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Wales) Regulations 2006

DWP caught out after falsifying figures about disabled people

19 May, 2014

The DWP has been caught out by the watchdog for repeatedly making false claims about the numbers of people living on disability benefits

Bedroom tax victims should be represented at appeals by their housing associations

19 May, 2014

The party's housing spokeswoman Jocelyn Davies said ministers should look to form a strategy to support tenants who face losing their homes

Soaring energy and housing costs force poorest homes to turn to food banks

19 May, 2014

All-party parliamentary inquiry, co-chaired by Labour's Frank Field, finds evidence behind growth in food banks

Benefit reforms: One year on, universal credit is not working

19 May, 2014

The people of Warrington have been feeling like Iain Duncan Smith's guinea pigs

Govt proposals for greater clarity on lettings agents fees welcomed by landlords

19 May, 2014

Landlords have welcomed Government proposals to improve the transparency of fees charged by lettings agents

Landlords see rents rise just £5 in a year - but house price boom pushes average total return to almost £17,000

19 May, 2014

Buy-to-let landlords may be piling into the market, but rents in England and Wales are just 0.6 per cent higher than a year ago

Breadline licensees could lose tax credits

16 May, 2014

Publicans currently claiming working tax credits could lose the benefit if their pub is not "gainful" under new Government changes

Ending bedroom tax injustice

16 May, 2014

It looks increasingly likely that the introduction of the bedroom tax will be filed as a regret

MPs muse on rented homes for under-35s

16 May, 2014

The All Party Parliamentary Group for the PRS has this week launched an inquiry into access to rented housing for the under-35s

MPs fear housing fraud could thwart Universal Credit savings

16 May, 2014

MPs have raised fears welfare savings promised by the introduction of Universal Credit (UC) could be undermined

The Universal Credit (Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2014

16 May, 2014

Treatment of ongoing entitlement to certain benefits: benefit cap

Online logbook puts Birmingham tenants in control of digital future

16 May, 2014

The process of learning digital skills starts with the very first time a tenant logs into the system

'Bedroom tax victimising mentally ill patients'

16 May, 2014

The government's controversial bedroom tax is victimising patients with mental health problems

MPs warn of fraud uncertainties surrounding universal credit

16 May, 2014

It remains uncertain how the Department for Work and Pensions will manage the housing costs element of universal credit

Here for everyone

16 May, 2014

The roll-out of universal credit is moving steadily forward and employers and claimants are already seeing benefits, says Lord David Freud

New SORP threat to balance sheets

16 May, 2014

Landlords are warned changes to policy could hit their accounts

Nearly 6,000 people on universal credit

16 May, 2014

Statistics on universal credit pilots, show that between April 2013 and Feb 2014, a total of 5,910 people started claiming universal credit

Can Europe provide the answer to London's private rental nightmare?

16 May, 2014

London's PRS is spiralling out of control. Search for solutions to unaffordable rents and substandard properties turns to Europe

Landlord exposed council to 'serious risk'

15 May, 2014

Arm's-length management organisation was unable to monitor repairs spend

Pembrokeshire grandparents in 'Bedroom tax' row have their challenge heard in High Court

15 May, 2014

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) who represented Paul and Susan Rutherford says it could be weeks before a ruling is made

Letting agents charging 'hidden fees' to renters will be fined under plans being drawn up by the Government

15 May, 2014

Letting agents who fail to clearly display their fees on their websites and in their offices will be hit with fines under new rules

Housing associations and welfare reform

15 May, 2014

Facing up to the realities

Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research report looking at how housing associations have responded to changes

Social landlords prepare to enter energy markets

15 May, 2014

Social landlords are muscling into the energy market for the first time, launching initiatives in a bid to protect them from price rises

Measures to limit migrants' access to benefits

15 May, 2014

The Government has introduced a raft of measures 'to tighten up our EEA migration rules to ensure our welfare system is not taken advantage of'

Fraud and error: Jobseeker's Allowance and Income Support overpayments at lowest levels ever

15 May, 2014

Jobseeker's Allowance and Income Support fraud and error overpayments are at their lowest recorded levels

DWP celebrates as benefit fraud figure drops minutely

15 May, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions is celebrating news that jobseeker's allowance and income support fraud and error overpayments have dropped by £130 million in a year

Why are social housing tenants stigmatised?

15 May, 2014

Kate Davies, Notting Hill Housing Group chief executive and CIH governing board member Sarah Webb Lecture, OneCIH Conference, Birmingham

BPF calls for DWP to assist housing professionals maintain tenancies

15 May, 2014

Government should do its utmost to ensure that its flagship welfare policy, Universal Credit, does not further increase pressure on housing benefit claimants in the private rented sector

Fraud and error in the benefits system

15 May, 2014

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee

Universal Credit fraud fears raised by MPs

15 May, 2014

Government attempts to cut fraud by introducing the Universal Credit risk being "seriously undermined" by issues with housing benefits

New DWP proposal will trap people in their homes, and in debt

14 May, 2014

New DWP proposals to protect landlords' rental incomes are in danger of trapping people in their homes, creating a modern day version of a debtor's prison

Bedroom tax challenge today for children with care needs

14 May, 2014

A judicial review in the High Court today will argue that the bedroom tax unfairly discriminates against children with overnight care needs

1.66m housing benefit claimants live in private sector

14 May, 2014

A third of all housing benefit claimants live in the private rented sector

Universal Credit

14 May, 2014

Local Support Services Expression of Interest Trialling Prospectus

A summary of what the LSSF robust trials will cover to provide learning on how we can best support those who need help make and manage a UC claim

Bedroom tax facing High Court legal challenge

14 May, 2014

The government's controversial bedroom tax is today facing a judicial review challenge at the High Court

Bedroom Tax Mitigation - Devolved powers on Discretionary Housing Payments

14 May, 2014

After weeks of uncertainty, the UK Government has now responded to the Scottish Government's request to allow the cap on DHPs to be raised

SPF warns of negative impact of rent controls on fledgling build-to-rent sector

14 May, 2014

SPF has sounded a note of caution over the proposed rent caps that will be debated as part of the Scottish Housing Bill

Rise in food banks not due to welfare reforms says UK minister

14 May, 2014

The UK employment minister has said rising food bank use is not the fault of Westminster's welfare reforms

Letting agent fees: a sigh of relief, but only for the time being

14 May, 2014

Agents can breathe a sigh of relief after yesterday's motion by Labour in the Commons to ban fees to tenants was defeated

Nick Clegg under pressure from Lib Dem activists to water down Coalition's welfare reforms

14 May, 2014

Fear that vulnerable people are 'falling through the safety net'

Landlords: What are your responsibilities?

13 May, 2014

Landlords have specific legal responsibilities to their tenants when it comes to gas safety. Here we look at some of the major points

Plans to licence private rented sector cut

13 May, 2014

Licensing of all private rented sector housing will not go ahead, with the council choosing to wait and see how a fund works

Bedroom tax and welfare reforms leave tenant evictions at highest level in over ten years

13 May, 2014

Welfare reforms have helped increase the number of tenants facing eviction to the highest level in over a decade

How 10 families on benefits were paid more on average each week than someone with a salary of £85,000

13 May, 2014

Britain's top 10 benefits claimants were paid on average more in handouts than someone earning over £85,000, it can be revealed

The living wage was a good start - but what we really need now is a living rent

13 May, 2014

Housing costs take up an enormous amount of income for renters and frequent increases risk dismantling communities

Government set to miss benefit fraud targets

13 May, 2014

The government is behind on its targets to tackle fraud in the benefit system, a report is expected to say on Thursday

Clegg will vote against banning letting agent fees

13 May, 2014

Nick Clegg has said that the government will vote against Labour's push to ban letting agent fees today

'Letting agent fee ban will increase rent costs'

13 May, 2014

Banning fees charged to tenants by letting agents will push rent costs up

Letting agents 'will have to publish their fees in full'

13 May, 2014

The government has said letting agents will face a new obligation to display full details of their fees both on their websites and in their offices

New affordable warmth scheme must not exclude PRS tenants

13 May, 2014

Proposals for achieving affordable warmth must continue to bring private tenants out of fuel poverty

Family of five face eviction from one room bed and breakfast accommodation

12 May, 2014

The family have no cooking facilities, no access to a washing machine and are not allowed to have visitors in the B&B where Reading Borough Council has placed them

Rent arrears wiped out for Derby mum with disabled son after MP's intervention

12 May, 2014

Rent arrears wiped out for Derby mum with disabled son after MP's intervention

Zero-hours abuses must be stopped

12 May, 2014

The rise of zero-hours contracts in the UK has increased concerns they are being used to exploit workers

New affordable warmth scheme must not exclude PRS tenants

12 May, 2014

The Department for Social Development's proposals for achieving affordable warmth must continue to bring private tenants out of fuel poverty

MPs urged to support ban on letting agent fees

12 May, 2014

MPs will be given a chance to ban letting agent fees tomorrow, after the Labour Party tabled an amendment on the Consumers Rights Bill

Mortgage and landlord possession statistics quarterly

12 May, 2014

January to March 2014 - Ministry of Justice Statistics bulletin

The number of mortgage possession claims in County Courts increased from 62,862 in 2002 to a peak of 142,741 in 2008. Since then it has fallen 62% to 53,662 in 2013

City in grip of housing benefits 'explosion'

12 May, 2014

New figures show that Bradford is in the grip of a low pay crisis - with an explosion in the number of working people surviving on housing benefit

MPs to warn ministers over benefit fraud

12 May, 2014

Ministers are on course to miss their targets to reduce the amount of taxpayers' money stolen by benefit cheats and lost due to errors by officials

Tories create new north-south divide in amount of support available for Bedroom Tax victims

12 May, 2014

Labour-controlled Liverpool could only hand out £143 per applicant while Tory-run Westminster could afford to pay £2,038 each

Universal Credit - Rent Arrears Form

12 May, 2014

This form is for private and social sector landlords to claim Universal Credit rent arrears

Touchbase DWP e-zine

09 May, 2014

May 2014- includes information on PIP, Universal Credit roll-out, Credit Unions and ESA

Tenants facing eviction after refusing to pay a penny of bedroom tax

09 May, 2014

A West Midlands ALMO has revealed that 36 of its tenants hit by the government's controversial bedroom tax have not paid a penny of it

Families with children make up 60% of households hit by benefit cap

09 May, 2014

More than 40,000 households have had their benefits capped by the government since it was introduced last year, according to new figures

Tower Hamlets

09 May, 2014

A Report on the Housing Crisis in one of London's most expensive borough by Tower Hamlets Citizens

So-called "bedroom tax" to be fully mitigated in Scotland

09 May, 2014

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said, that thanks to Scottish government action, "there will be no need for anyone to fall into rent arrears, or face eviction, as a result of the bedroom tax"

Labour to call Commons vote on letting agent fee ban

09 May, 2014

Labour are to call a vote in the Commons in an attempt to ban letting agents from charging fees to tenants

Eric Pickles accused of forcing vulnerable families towards loan sharks

09 May, 2014

Four Tory council leaders criticise communities secretary's decision to scrap £347m local welfare assistance fund

In-work housing benefit claims soar by 60%

09 May, 2014

The number of people in work and claiming housing benefit has rocketed by 59%

Councils reject 70,000 crisis fund requests

09 May, 2014

Research reveals north-south divide between DHP allocations and demand for help

Fears over digital move for universal credit

08 May, 2014

There are fresh concerns that people on low incomes will struggle to access the digital service for universal credit as it is rolled out across the North West

New help with 'bedroom tax' - but you need to apply

08 May, 2014

Fife Council can now offset the full impact of the 'bedroom tax' following confirmation on Friday that the cap on Discretionary Housing Payments will be lifted

Labour's rent reforms: will a European model really work in the UK?

08 May, 2014

Ed Miliband looked to Germany for his rent reforms, but there are huge cultural differences to overcome before they can work

Investors back Miliband's PRS reforms

08 May, 2014

Labour's plans to reform the private rented sector have been backed by a number of major investors

Landlord possession claims at decade high

08 May, 2014

The number of renters at risk of losing their homes is at its highest level for a decade

Benefit Cap information

08 May, 2014

New official statistics - which cover the first year of the policy - show that in almost 6,000 households previously subjected to the benefit cap someone has found employment

Scottish Parliament Bedroom Tax statement

08 May, 2014

Bedroom Tax and Discretionary Housing Payments

Rent controls would critically damage private rented sector in Wales

08 May, 2014

Rent controls would critically damage any prospects of growth in the private rented sector in Wales according to Douglas Haig

Assembly Members call for abolition of the 'bedroom tax' in one-year anniversary vote

08 May, 2014

Plaid Cymru amendment labelled removal of spare room subsidy for social housing tenants as 'penal'

HB S4/2014

07 May, 2014

Qualification of Housing Benefit Subsidy Claims in local authorities

Is zero-hours move fair?

07 May, 2014

The government has announced jobseekers risk losing their benefits if they turn down certain zero-hours contracts without good reason

Mortgage Voice: Mapping the Mortgage Market; Meeting Market Need

07 May, 2014

Consumer Attitudes and Analysis

More reasons to rein in private landlords

07 May, 2014

In Newcastle, some £32m a year in housing benefit is paid to private landlords with virtually no conditions

Former fire minister makes case for compulsory smoke alarms

07 May, 2014

A Labour MP is calling on the government to make mandatory the provision of smoke alarms in private rented homes

Political party opposed to bedroom tax to launch election campaign

07 May, 2014

A political party that has vowed to refuse to implement the controversial bedroom tax is set to launch its local election campaign this Friday

AMs to vote today on new call to scrap the 'bedroom tax'

07 May, 2014

The vote will mark one year since the controversial policy was introduced

Putting the 'bedroom tax' in a shallow grave?

07 May, 2014

It seemed no doubt, in the words of a not too successful spin doctor, a good day to bury bad news.

Where is housing?

07 May, 2014

So what's not to like about social renting?

Where is housing?

07 May, 2014

What role for social renting in the new world?

'Bedroom tax': Derby's disabled devastated as nine homes available for 170

07 May, 2014

More than 170 homes lived in by disabled people in Derby are being hit by the so-called bedroom tax, despite the property being specially adapted

Fear that Universal Credit will leave tenants struggling

06 May, 2014

National Housing Federation research demonstrates that people aren't ready for such significant upheaval

What PIP means for local authorities

06 May, 2014

Personal Independence Payment guidance for local authority employees

A brief explanation of how Personal Independence Payment (PIP) affects local authorities

Proposed 'age discrimination' removed from Scottish housing bill

06 May, 2014

Scottish Government has removed a section of the Housing Bill that would have allowed social landlords to discriminate tenants on age basis

'Agoraphobic' singing benefits cheat swindled £35,000

06 May, 2014

A pub singer who claimed he was agoraphobic managed to swindle £35,000 in incapacity benefits

Social landlord launches credit union

06 May, 2014

A social landlord is set to launch a new credit union for its tenants

One year on: The impact of welfare reforms on housing association tenants

06 May, 2014

New survey for the National Housing Federation assesses tenant preparedness for Universal Credit

Ipsos MORI and the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research have been commissioned by the National Housing Federation to conduct a programme of research to assess the impacts of welfare reform across the Housing Association sector

Labour's renting reforms: what do tenants and landlords want?

06 May, 2014

We asked people whether Ed Miliband's promise of three-year tenancies and stricter eviction rules would make a difference

Thousands could be hit by 'back door' energy cutoffs

06 May, 2014

Energy suppliers accused of not giving early help to vulnerable households on prepayment meters

Tenant evicted 'because he wanted hot water'

06 May, 2014

Britain's most controversial landlords, the Wilsons, gave a tenant an eviction notice days after he asked them to fix his boiler

Council fined over mouldy flat

06 May, 2014

A London Council has been ordered to pay £1,000 after failing to deal with 'serious damp and mould' in a tenant's flat

Keep it quiet, but even right-wing hacks support Miliband's rent reforms

06 May, 2014

Many right-wingers have taken an expectedly unfavourable view of Ed Miliband's new plans to keep rents low

Benefits risk to jobseekers refusing zero-hours contracts

06 May, 2014

Jobseekers risk losing benefits if they turn down certain zero-hours contracts without good reason

Liberty granted permission for bedroom tax court challenge

02 May, 2014

Liberty has been given permission to proceed with a judicial review, claiming the policy unfairly affects separated families

Scottish government given powers to 'offset' bedroom tax

02 May, 2014

Scotland has been given new powers to add more money to a fund that is claimed will offset the cost of the bedroom tax

Eviction rate doubles under 'unjust' bedroom tax

02 May, 2014

A council's eviction rate has doubled since the government's controversial bedroom tax came into effect last April

Annual rent-increase cap is focus of Labour campaign launch

02 May, 2014

A future Labour government would cap rent increases in the private sector to give a "fairer deal" to tenants

Holyrood offered powers to offset housing benefit changes in Scotland

02 May, 2014

The UK government has offered to devolve the power to set the cap on Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland

Fears Universal Credit will leave tenants struggling

02 May, 2014

Seven in ten not ready for shift to online benefits system

Welsh MPs turn guns on UK Government for 'wicked' welfare changes

02 May, 2014

Westminster Hall debate puts so-called bedroom tax and Work Programme under scrutiny

How would Labour's rent reforms affect tenants and landlords?

02 May, 2014

As Ed Miliband unveils his policy centrepiece on the rental sector, we look at what it will mean for millions of families

The foaming Tory response to Labour's rental reforms stops any rational debate

02 May, 2014

Baiting Ed Miliband's rental proposals as reds-under-the-beds shows a Tory party afraid of proper political engagement

Tougher powers are needed for councils to tackle rogue landlords forcing tenants to live in 'hell-hole homes'

02 May, 2014

LGA media release

The LGA, which represents almost 400 councils in England and Wales, says there are many good private landlords, who councils currently work with

Cameron: Increase in food bank use all about better promotion and nothing to do with poverty

02 May, 2014

PM David Cameron says the increase in the use of food banks is due to the fact they are "properly advertised and promoted"

Bedroom tax: the penalty for being disabled

02 May, 2014

Since the government introduced the bedroom tax, we have seen substantial and sustained media coverage

Council housing - more than cheap rent and taxpayer 'subsidies'

01 May, 2014

Thoughts about community and social housing, which naturally contain a (mercifully short) moan about bedroom tax

Eric Pickles backs RLA's longer term tenancy proposals

01 May, 2014

The Department for Communities and Local Government has made clear its eagerness to establish reforms based on consensus within the industry

Poorly thought through and completely unworkable: NLA responds to Labour's private renting reforms

01 May, 2014

Commenting on Ed Milliband's announcement of proposals to reform private renting, NLA Chief Executive Officer Richard Lambert

Landlord opens school of social housing

01 May, 2014

A housing association has opened an academy in south London aimed at teaching residents about the social housing sector

Investors could be spooked by Labour PRS policy, warns BPF

01 May, 2014

Institutional investors eyeing up the private rented sector will be 'feeling extremely nervous' following Labour's surprise announcement

Landlord questions Ed Miliband's PRS knowledge

01 May, 2014

A landlord has questioned whether Ed Miliband understands many of the conditions within the private rented sector

Milton Keynes rent 'guarantee' to curb illegal B&B stays

01 May, 2014

Private landlords in Milton Keynes are being encouraged to house families living illegally in bed and breakfast accommodation

Energy bills 'to rise twice as fast as expected' due to inefficient products

01 May, 2014

Household energy bills will rise by £127 by 2020 - £63 more than forecast - because consumers are not buying new energy-efficient appliances

Foodbank opens for those in 'full time employment'

01 May, 2014

Due to a "rapid rise" in demand Cardiff is to get a fifth foodbank

DWP and payday loans 'driving food bank use'

01 May, 2014

The Department of Work and Pension and payday loan firms are pushing more people to use food banks

Private landlords reap the benefits from a lack of social housing

01 May, 2014

A trade union has spoken out against a growing buy-to-let rental sector it says is costing the country a fortune in public money that could be better spent building social housing

Annual rent-increase cap is focus of Labour launch

01 May, 2014

A future Labour government would cap rent increases in the private sector and scrap letting fees to estate agents to give a 'fairer deal' to tenants

London's working poor are being driven out of private rental sector by welfare reform and rising rents

30 April, 2014

Poorer families are being driven out of the private rented sector in parts of London

CAS Short Briefing for the Welfare Reform Committee - food parcels

30 April, 2014

CAS has submitted evidence on food parcels to the Welfare Reform Committee ahead of an oral evidence session on the 29th April 2014

Housing professionals have their say on the impact of welfare reforms

30 April, 2014

The Chartered Institute of Housing asked staff how welfare changes will affect the sector

The cumulative impact of welfare reform: a commentary

30 April, 2014

A study by the Social Security Advisory Committee Occasional Paper No. 12

New bill seeks to exempt domestic violence victims from 'evil' bedroom tax

30 April, 2014

Victims of domestic violence living in social housing fitted with 'sanctuary rooms' should be exempt from paying the 'evil' bedroom tax

Cardiff opens fifth food bank as DWP director blames rise on poor people 'maximising economic choices'

30 April, 2014

A work services director at the Department for Works and Pensions has claimed that the explosion in food banks is a consequence of poor people 'maximising their economic choices'

Full universal credit to be rolled out across whole of North West

30 April, 2014

The government's flagship reform of the benefit system, universal credit, is to be rolled out in full across the whole of the North West from June

Universal Credit: First year of welfare transformation and north west next steps

30 April, 2014

The expansion of the full Universal Credit benefit to the rest of the north west of England will start in June

Benefit cuts and food banks usage not related

30 April, 2014

The rise of food banks is the result of 'poor people maximising their economic choices' and has not been caused by tougher rules over benefit payments

The rent racket: tenants are trapped in a game of Monopoly that won't end

30 April, 2014

Private landlords enjoy an absurd level of power over tenants. Yet they reject even minimal regulation

Universal Credit: First year of welfare transformation and north west next steps

29 April, 2014

The expansion of the full Universal Credit benefit to the rest of the north west of England will start in June

Rent controls will ruin tenant finances, claim landlords

29 April, 2014

The RLA has spoken out against the idea of rent controls, claiming they would damage tenants' budgets in introduced

Should private landlords be subject to greater regulation?

29 April, 2014

As the private rented sector grows, so do calls for regulation. We asked a tenants group and the landlord lobby for their thoughts

Private renters will take 15 years to save for deposit

29 April, 2014

It will take private renters 15 years to save enough for a deposit on a house

Reliance on credit cards could increase council tax bill by 3..%

29 April, 2014

Alarming data about peoples' credit card habits and their reliance on using their plastic for household bills

Bedroom tax victim turned to 'spare room' cannabis factory to cope with debts

29 April, 2014

A tenant caught out by the bedroom tax allowed one of her spare rooms to be used as a cannabis factory to cover her loss in benefits

Rough sleeping on the increase in London

29 April, 2014

The number of people sleeping rough in London has risen again despite the country's economic recovery

PRS regulation is letting tenants down

29 April, 2014

Tenants and landlords are paying the price of the rising tide of regulation in the PRS while rogue landlords get away with poor practice

A million futures: halving the disability employment gap

29 April, 2014

Scope Report - New research with hundreds of disabled people found that a lack of flexibility in the workplace is a critical issue

New report exploring disabled people's working lives. The report - 'A million futures' - shows that last year alone, 220,000 more disabled people fell out of work than found a new job

How your council tax bill could be cut by £100 if councils forced everyone to pay their debts

29 April, 2014

Council tax bills could be cut by an average £100 per household if authorities chased up debts properly

Welfare reform driving poor out of London, says CIH

29 April, 2014

Changes to welfare made under the coalition government are driving poor families in London out of the private rented sector

DWP calls on digital services framework for new pension system

28 April, 2014

The DWP is planning to procure more services from the digital services framework, this time for a beta version of its new state pension system

Iain Duncan Smith spends £170,000 plugging hated Bedroom Tax

28 April, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith has been forced to spend £170,000 promoting the Bedroom Tax - because it's so hated

The #indyref debate on housing in Scotland needs to go beyond the so-called 'bedroom tax'

28 April, 2014

With less than six months until the independence vote, Scotland needs to decide how it will house its poorest families

New contract demanding more from jobseekers in place across Britain

28 April, 2014

635,000 claimants have signed new agreements setting out what they will do to find work in return for their benefits

Charity aimed at improving PRS conditions offers funding

28 April, 2014

A new charity with a mission to improve standards in private rented housing management has today launched its website and is inviting applications for funding

Lower poverty in Scotland: pinning down the change

28 April, 2014

Poverty levels in Scotland are falling and are now lower than in the rest of the UK

Rising private rents threaten Scotland's poverty record

28 April, 2014

Scotland's poorest families are facing higher housing costs as more move into private rented homes

Rogue landlords who are getting rich at the taxpayers' expense should face crackdown say Tessa Munt MP

28 April, 2014

More needs to be done to protect renters from being evicted when they complain

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2014

28 April, 2014

Historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data for people receiving benefits, consistent with Budget 2014

Jobless must sign on every day: Government to dock money from long-term unemployed if they do not comply

28 April, 2014

Harsh rules to drive the long-term unemployed into work come into force today

First Time Buyer Tracker

25 April, 2014

April 2014

Claimant Commitment: early results of national roll-out

25 April, 2014

Claimant Commitment: Numbers of Claimant Commitments signed and staff trained during the national roll-out

Renters to demand housing changes from political candidates

25 April, 2014

Private renters in Hackney to gather on the steps of the town hall tomorrow to demand changes of the council

Thamesbank and Hounslow Council Help for struggling families

25 April, 2014

Residents struggling with the impact of welfare reform will be able to get help managing their finances thanks to a partnership between Hounslow Council and Thamesbank

Social landlord's 'Talent Pool' gets grandmother job

25 April, 2014

A grandmother-of-three has been helped into work by her social landlord

Food banks make me sick

25 April, 2014

24 Dash opinion piece

Bedroom Tax appeal victory

25 April, 2014

Jayson Carmichael has been successful in appealing his local authority's decision to reduce his housing benefit award as a result of the under-occupancy rules

Safe as houses

25 April, 2014

The health and safety of tenants is the most basic and important responsibility of any landlord, social or otherwise

'Thanks for paying your bedroom tax - here's a Creme Egg'

25 April, 2014

Housing association Valleys to Coast in Bridgend has written to tenants offering the gesture to thank those struggling with financial hardship for their "efforts to pay this shortfall"

Zero-hours crackdown plan unveiled by Labour leader

25 April, 2014

Ed Miliband will detail plans to tackle the "epidemic" of zero-hours contracts in a speech in Scotland

Spotlight on PRS licensing scheme

24 April, 2014

Councils across the UK are considering licensing schemes to tackle rogue private landlords

North West economy threatened by rising rents and house prices, NHF warns

24 April, 2014

Workers in the region are struggling to afford rising rents and house prices

UK housing benefit bill will soar to £25bn by 2017

24 April, 2014

Welfare reforms may have pushed costs down - but housing benefit payments are set to reach record highs within three years

Home Truths 2013/14

24 April, 2014

North West

Home Truths 2013/14: North West is the National Housing Federation's annual report on the housing market for the region

Residents to benefit from free Wifi thanks to Trust project

24 April, 2014

Knowsley Housing Trust introduces scheme that allows residents of Gaywood Green free access to WiFi

Census suggests 1.1 million households in England and Wales were overcrowded

24 April, 2014

ONS census analysis on occupancy ratings by household type

The latest census analysis by ONS looks into the occupancy ratings of different household types in England and Wales. The 2011 Census was the first census that collected occupancy ratings for bedrooms

Expert highlights opportunity to develop fairer welfare system and tackle poverty

24 April, 2014

The SNP has welcomed an intervention in the referendum debate highlighting Scotland's potential to tackle poverty

Iain Duncan Smith warns over costs of Scottish welfare pledges

24 April, 2014

Work and pensions secretary says Scottish government has not explained how independent Scotland would afford spending

Bedroom Tax human rights ruling could pave way for 420,000 to launch similar appeals

24 April, 2014

Spina bifida sufferer Jacqueline Carmichael and 24-hour carer Jayson were told the Coalition's hated charge contravened their human rights

Benefit cuts creating new generation of entrepreneurs, Bank of England suggests

24 April, 2014

Bank of England suggests welfare reforms are encouraging people to become self-employed

1.75m British families poorer due to welfare cuts

23 April, 2014

The bedroom tax and other welfare cuts have caused 1.75 million of Britain's lowest income families to become poorer, according to a report

Average housing benefit claim processed a week late

23 April, 2014

Local authorities took longer than three weeks to process housing benefit claims on average, a week longer than their target time

Credit union in 'Europe's richest borough' coverts wealthy residents

23 April, 2014

A credit union in the 'richest borough in Europe' is making a play for more of its wealthy residents to get on board to support some of the area's estimated 24,500 struggling families

Anonymous housing assault survey launches

23 April, 2014

Inside Housing is surveying the social housing sector for the third year in a row to find out more about the levels of abuse that housing professionals experience in the course of doing their jobs

Bishop delivering food poverty letter to Cameron's office met by police

23 April, 2014

David Cameron's constituency office called the police as the Bishop of Oxford and Reverend Hebden tried to present an open letter on food poverty

Food for Thought

23 April, 2014

Riverside one of the UK's leading housing providers has provided £500 of funding to Gateshead Foodbank

Payday lending summit staged in Glasgow

23 April, 2014

Plans to reduce the number of payday lenders on the high street are being discussed at Scotland's first payday lending summit in Glasgow

Should landlords renting out poor quality homes lose their tax breaks?

23 April, 2014

A third of privately rented homes would not meet the decent homes standard, but could cutting tax breaks encourage landlords to raise standards?

Discretionary Housing Payments Guidance Manual

23 April, 2014

DWP guide which includes a Local Authority Good Practice Guide - April 2014

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