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Deadline for Landlord Registration Scheme approaching - Storey

26 January, 2015

Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA, has reminded landlords that they need to sign up to the Landlord Registration Scheme by 25 February

CIH and BMENational launch housing rights website for migrant renters in the private sector

26 January, 2015

A new website has been launched to provide migrants with information and advice about their housing rights in the private rented sector

Universal Credit - monthly experimental official statistics to January 2015

26 January, 2015

Universal Credit is a new benefit which aims to reduce poverty, by making work pay, and to help claimants and their families to become more independent

Jan 15 Tenant Arrears Tracker

26 January, 2015

Tenant finances see short-term setback

Jobcentre areas where you can claim Universal Credit

26 January, 2015

Universal Credit is being introduced in stages. You may be able to claim Universal Credit if you live in certain parts of the UK

Welfare transformation comes to families in more areas

26 January, 2015

Universal Credit will be available to families in more areas across the country, from today

Why universal credit means a step change for housing associations

26 January, 2015

There's a lot about universal credit that is welcome - replacing six different benefits which have differing rules and payment arrangements with one as an example

Reform, Risk And Resilience: Social Housing In Scotland

26 January, 2015

The social housing sector in Scotland, chiefly housing association and council housing providers, confront a wide array of external and internal risks

'No veto' on Scots benefit changes

26 January, 2015

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has said the UK government will not be able to stop Scotland from making changes to areas of welfare benefits when they are devolved

Licensed to let?

26 January, 2015

By 25 February 2015 private landlords in Northern Ireland have to be registered with the landlord registration scheme

Jobless are being punished with hunger for claiming unemployment benefit

26 January, 2015

Coalition accused of using 'deliberate destitution' against claimants who miss meetings

Court forces tenants to comply with Council's gas safety checks

26 January, 2015

A judge has ordered two tenants to allow Swindon Borough Council to carry out essential gas safety checks at their homes after they persistently refused to give access to engineers

County councils refuse government request to freeze local tax rates in run up to election

26 January, 2015

Three-quarters of county councils are set to raise council tax in the run-up to the general election, defying government pleas to freeze the charge

Tailor benefits to match local needs and costs

26 January, 2015

Critics say 'local welfare' would lead to 'postcode lottery' and that people would move to places where there were higher benefit rates

Poverty and devolution: The role of devolved governments in a strong national social security system

23 January, 2015

This report assesses the impact of different localised approaches to reducing poverty

Universal Credit national expansion - Tranche two

23 January, 2015

In the jobcentre areas listed here, Universal Credit will roll out to new claims from single people who would otherwise have been eligible for Jobseeker's Allowance

Universal Credit data sharing between DWP and local support providers

23 January, 2015

Having carefully considered responses, we intend to continue as stated in the consultation documents and lay regulations on 23 January 2015, which will come into force on 13 February 2015

Why letting council tenants own their homes is a mistake

23 January, 2015

Selling off more council houses is no answer to Britain's housing problems,

SFHA calls on Prime Minister to delay roll-out of Universal Credit at launch of Draft Clauses

23 January, 2015

At the launch event for the Draft Clauses for further powers for Scotland, Mary Taylor, asked the Prime Minister to consider suspending the roll-out of Universal Credit

Social landlords 'still uncertain' about value for money rules

23 January, 2015

Survey finds social landlords think rules could be more clear

SNP will fight Westminster veto over welfare changes

23 January, 2015

First minister hits back as David Cameron pledges to prevent SNP from taking part in English-only votes

The effect of the coalition's tax and benefit changes on household incomes and work incentives

23 January, 2015

The coalition government has introduced a large number of tax and benefit changes during its five years in office

Low-income households with children and the very rich have lost the most from coalition's tax and benefit changes

23 January, 2015

The coalition government has implemented a set of tax changes which, broadly speaking, have left middle income households better off and have hit high income households

Food bank receives critical cash boost

22 January, 2015

Social landlord Isos has committed to supporting the crucial work of the West Northumberland Food Bank for a second year to help feed those in need

Social tenant evicted after sons' reign of terror

22 January, 2015

A family from Birkenhead has been evicted from their social housing property after a string of anti-social behaviour

Food banks: MPs call for fresh inquiry into scale of UK food poverty

22 January, 2015

A cross-party group of MPs has called on government to commission research into the extent and causes of food insecurity and the growth in food banks

HB A3/2015

22 January, 2015

Contains information on fraud and error reduction incentive scheme questions and answers

Dec 14 Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

22 January, 2015

Rent rises tumble during 2014

Housing Benefit: statistics on speed of processing 2014 to 2015

22 January, 2015

Measure of the average time taken to process new claims and changes of circumstances throughout the financial year 2014 to 2015

Universal Credit and Universal Support

22 January, 2015

Lord Freud's, Minister for Welfare Reform, speech to the Local Government Association (LGA) about Universal Credit and Universal Support

Scotland: Welfare changes at a glance

22 January, 2015

This factsheet sets out the impact of the draft clauses laid in Parliament on the responsibility for the welfare system in Scotland

New Scottish Parliament powers plan published

22 January, 2015

The UK government has published plans for new Scottish Parliament powers, but SNP ministers said they had been significantly watered down

'We need to adapt to the new digital landscape'

21 January, 2015

Ahead of CIH's latest digital housing event, Nick Atkin, chief executive of Halton Housing Trust, says social landlords must look to other industries and embrace new technology

Should I support 'rent control'? The devil is in the detail

21 January, 2015

At the beginning of the month the Independent reported that 'almost nobody in the UK is opposed to rent controls'; polling showed that 59% of people supported their reintroduction. 7% were in opposition and a sizeable 34% didn't know

Full employment alone will not close the living standards gap

21 January, 2015

Full employment must go hand-in-hand with better pay and government support for low-paid workers as a new report highlights the gulf in living standards for many families, says Katie Schmeucker

LHA rates may increase by up to 4% in certain areas of NI

21 January, 2015

A new statutory instrument takes effect on 20 January that will allow for the uprating of Local Housing Allowance by up to 4% in certain parts of Northern Ireland

'We cut back on everything to pay the rent - including food'

21 January, 2015

Michelle and Kevin live in Cambridge. When Kevin became self-employed, a cut in tax credits and housing benefit left the family facing homelessness

Householders hoping to get green deal assessments are out of pocket

21 January, 2015

Householders who arranged a green deal assessment through a firm called Tivium believing it was part of the government's official scheme are out of pocket after the firm failed to carry out promised work

Jobcentre 'hit squads' set up benefit claimants to fail, says former official

21 January, 2015

Bosses accused of setting targets for sanctions, while unscrupulous staff targeted weak and vulnerable customers

The estate we're in:how working class people became the 'problem'

21 January, 2015

My study of St Ann's in Nottingham where I lived for many years shows how pernicious the idea of the feckless poor has become. I will continue to fight against these stigmatising views

DWP stopping benefits of 100 people with mental health problems everyday

21 January, 2015

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is stopping the benefits of people with mental health problems at a rate of over 100 a day, new data has shown

Visa warns social landlords of possible rent payments bombshell

21 January, 2015

Housing associations and local authorities are being alerted to changes in transaction costs for rent payments made using a debit card

Social landlord puts £8,000 into food bank

21 January, 2015

A North East social landlord has put nearly £8,000 into a food bank to help support its staffing costs and provide advice and support to people currently using the service

An evaluation of Holiday Kitchen 2014: Learning, food and play for families who need it most in the West Midlands

20 January, 2015

Holiday Kitchen has been pioneered by Ashrammoseley, part of the Accord group

Regulator raps landlord over gas safety failures

20 January, 2015

A 20,500-home housing association has become the latest social landlord rapped by the English social housing regulator for failing to carry out sufficient gas safety checks

Tenant voices

20 January, 2015

As the housing world continues to change at a rapid pace, there is a danger that the views of tenants get lost amidst debates about policy and funding

30-year tenant evicted as council tackles ASB across borough

20 January, 2015

A nightmare tenant whose drunken arguments with her son made her neighbours' lives a misery has been evicted from her North London home of 30 years

Redress scheme sees letting agent complaints rise

20 January, 2015

The Property Redress Scheme has led to an increase in the number of consumer complaints being made against lettings, property management and estate agents

Citizens Advice Scotland calls for a halt to introduction of PIP until new Scottish system introduced

20 January, 2015

Citizens Advice Scotland's Chief Executive has written to the Secretaries of State for Scotland and Work and Pensions calling for a halt to the introduction of the new PIP

Where is housing heading?

20 January, 2015

Social housing's alternative futures

Housing association's new chief executive welcomes 'milestone' move into private rented sector

20 January, 2015

The new chief executive of a housing association has hailed its decision to move into the private rented sector as a "milestone" moment for the organisation

HomeLet Rental Index

20 January, 2015

The data included in the HomeLet Rental Index is gathered from our tenant referencing service

Government puts rocket boosters under plans to get troubled families back to work

19 January, 2015

Plans announced to do more to get some of England's hardest to help families back to work

Revealed: thousands of Britons on benefits across EU

19 January, 2015

At least 30,000 Britons on unemployment benefit in EU

Dec 14 Buy-to-Let Index

19 January, 2015

Rents rise 3% over course of 2014

Households below a minimum income standard: 2008/09 to 2012/13

19 January, 2015

The Minimum Income Standard (MIS) defines an 'adequate' income based on what the public think people need for a minimum acceptable living standard

HB G1/2015

19 January, 2015

Contains information on Personal Independence Payment roll

UK's renters forking out £300 on agent fees

19 January, 2015

More than four in 10 of the UK's PRS tenants are being hit by an average of £298 in letting agent and landlord fees every time they move home

Digital inclusion in housing? Try looking closer to home

19 January, 2015

There is no shortage of excellent digital inclusion work being done

Killer fees and creepy landlords: Welcome to renting in the UK

19 January, 2015

Watch out for this advert on Gumtree: "I have 1 bedroom apartment any nice lady or girl want to share free?"

Massive public support for rent controls in the UK, but no political will

19 January, 2015

Support for rent controls is gaining momentum in the UK as continuously climbing property prices are making housing unaffordable for middle class and young families

Value for money statements - Four ways you can make yours far better

19 January, 2015

The Homes and Communities Agency has written to 160 landlords warning them to do better on meeting the requirements of the value for money standard

Almost four in ten families with children are struggling to make ends meet

19 January, 2015

Families with children are now at greater risk than any other group of having an inadequate income

Committee Announces Second Evidence Session Into Benefit Sanctions

16 January, 2015

The Work and Pensions Select Committee has announced the second of three evidence sessions into controversial benefit sanctions

Stop talking about renting a home as though people have a choice

16 January, 2015

Private landlords are trying to make renting seem like a lifestyle option. The truth is that most renters are locked out of home Ownership, and could be for decades

Welfare reform update January 2015

16 January, 2015

Includes details of Universal Credit Week, welfare reform research and the latest on data sharing

HB A2/2015

16 January, 2015

Contains information on War Pensions: Uprating 2015-16

Landlord who put tenants' lives at risk prosecuted

16 January, 2015

Oldham Council has prosecuted a private landlord for failing to ensure his properties were safe to live in

Private rents up 3% over 2014

16 January, 2015

Rents in the private rented sector (PRS) rose by 3% across England and Wales in 2014, leaving tenants paying an average of £767 a month

Where now for local welfare schemes?

16 January, 2015

This chapter places the study in context by looking at the financial pressures faced by low income households, including those arising from Government's programme of welfare reforms

Increase in councils' rent loss from empty properties

16 January, 2015

The amount of rent English councils lost due to empty homes rose for the second consecutive year in 2013/14

Record numbers use Scottish food banks

16 January, 2015

A record number of adults and children relied upon food banks in Scotland in December

Hundreds of households in temporary accommodation for more than a decade

16 January, 2015

Nearly 700 households in London have been living in temporary accommodation for more than a decade

Universal Credit data sharing with local support providers: a consultation on draft regulations

15 January, 2015

The Department for Work and Pensions is consulting on a second set of regulations for Universal Credit, looking at Universal Support

Sheffield City Council to cut jobs and raise council tax

15 January, 2015

Sheffield City Council is planning to cut up to 200 jobs and raise council tax by 1.99% in an attempt to save £63m from next year's budget

Even more social rented homes lost in 2014 than in 2013

15 January, 2015

Statistics published just before Christmas show that the loss of housing let at social rents is speeding up

Council ends bedroom tax support for vast majority of tenants

15 January, 2015

A council has ended financial assistance for the vast majority of tenants hit by welfare cuts after spending most of its fund to provide emergency support

Cash incentive for residents

15 January, 2015

A cash incentive has been launched by Essex housing association Colne to help residents avoid getting into debt with high-interest and payday lenders

Buy-to-let borrowing grows while other buyers struggle

15 January, 2015

Lending to landlords is up 9pc over the year, while lending to mainstream homeowners and first-time buyers falls

Welfare reform forces up repairs costs

15 January, 2015

Housing associations in parts of England have been forced to increase spending on repairs and maintenance to entice new tenants into larger homes due to the government's welfare reforms

Half of money set aside for local welfare left unspent

15 January, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of applicants for emergency financial help turned away by councils

Touchbase DWP E-zine

15 January, 2015

January 2015

New landlord licence scheme to improve parts of Hartlepool

14 January, 2015

Private landlords operating in parts of Hartlepool are set to require a licence as part of a proposed new scheme

Renting uncovered

14 January, 2015

Evaluating consumer protections in the private rental sector

Digital inclusion - Staying online

14 January, 2015

Rapid changes in digital technology pose challenges for tenants and landlords alike. Louise Kingdon asks how the social housing sector should respond

Can credit unions provide a viable alternative to payday lenders?

14 January, 2015

With the cap on short-term loans now in force, people may turn to loan sharks for crisis funds. I've joined my local credit union to help it plug the gap

Jargon Buster a guide to housing jargon for tenants and housing staff

14 January, 2015

This quick and easy Jargon Buster gives explanations to some of the many terms and acronyms Tenants and Housing Staff may come across in relation to Social Housing

The private rented sector is a success story

14 January, 2015

The starting gun has been fired on the general election campaign and the political slanging match has already begun

Three quarters of low income families say children's health hit by cold homes

14 January, 2015

A huge 78% of low income families struggled with their energy bills in the last year, with children's health and wellbeing harmed by strained family finances

Housing association's energy advice team helps tenants save over £80,000

14 January, 2015

A housing association has helped to tackle fuel poverty amongst its tenants by helping them to collectively save over £80,000

Politicians urged to make private rented sector 'first choice' for housing

14 January, 2015

Politicians have a golden opportunity to make private rented housing a "first choice" for those seeking a place to live

Local Welfare Cuts: A Risky Business

14 January, 2015

This Thursday, the consultation on the Local Government Finance Settlement closes

Middle class hardest hit by benefit cuts and tax rises

14 January, 2015

Institute for Fiscal Studies finds families with both parents earning £54k or more have been hardest hit

Refund rights needed for private renters

13 January, 2015

Citizens Advice says private renters should get their money back when the home they're paying rent for is dangerously uninhabitable

A chance to boost standards in the private rented sector

13 January, 2015

New figures from Savills have revealed that private landlords have made £177 billion from rising house prices in five years

Payday

13 January, 2015

Landlords must ensure they help tenants manage their finances as welfare reforms push low-income households towards payday lenders

Disability Rights UK on the impact of sanctions

13 January, 2015

Disability Rights UK featured in the televised Work and Pensions select committee evidence gathering on the impact of benefit sanctions on January 7th

High street lettings agency debut for council

13 January, 2015

The housing department of an east London local authority has made its high street debut with its very own lettings agency

'Chronic social housing shortage' leaves 1 in 10 homeless households in temporary accommodation for over a year

13 January, 2015

One in 10 homeless households in Scotland spend more than a year in temporary accommodation

Housing benefit fraud and error report published

13 January, 2015

The Department has failed to tackle problems with Housing Benefit fraud and error quickly or convincingly according to the Public Accounts Committee's report

Credit unions 'can't compete' with payday lenders

13 January, 2015

Credit unions in Wales find it "impossible" to compete with the marketing budgets of payday lenders

Thousands of homes across the North were already waiting to downsize before Bedroom Tax came into force

13 January, 2015

New figures have sparked fury from MPs who say the government knew a chronic shortage of housing would leave families unfairly losing money

Losses due to housing benefit fraud and errors rising

13 January, 2015

DWP overpaid claimants with £1.4bn of taxpayers' money in 2013/14 and failed to tackle underpayment

Connected Housing Initiative speaks out on the fight against digital exclusion

12 January, 2015

'Work with Internet providers to develop affordable, flexible home internet for the digitally excluded' says Housing Association lobby group, CIH

HB A1/2015

12 January, 2015

Contains information on Real Time Information Bulk Data Matching Initiative - Frequently Asked Questions

£4,000 fine for landlord who left tenant in dangerous house

12 January, 2015

A private landlord who left a tenant living in a damp and dangerous house has been hit with a £4,000 fine

Letter urges IDS to suspend universal credit

12 January, 2015

An open letter signed by nearly 60 civic organisations from across Scotland has been sent to work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith

Storey signals move to bring Welfare Bill to the Assembly

12 January, 2015

The minister for social development said he would shortly be bringing forward a paper to the Assembly that would allow the Welfare Reform Bill to progress to the house

Warning plans to shake-up benefit system will 'wreak havoc' with the poor

12 January, 2015

Westminster plans to shake up the benefits system before related powers are passed to Holyrood could "wreak havoc" with the most vulnerable people in society

Disabled tenants to challenge bedroom tax in supreme court

12 January, 2015

Rights groups say tax is unfair to people with physical problems who cannot trade down to smaller, rented property

Miliband 'open' to benefit cap cut

12 January, 2015

Ed Miliband has said he is "open to" a reduction in the £26,000 limit on household benefit payments

One in five people who bought their council house in upmarket Westminster were living on housing benefit

12 January, 2015

One in five people who bought their council home in one of Britain's wealthiest areas was receiving housing benefit when they applied

Rent caps and protests: the housing issues to watch out for in 2015

09 January, 2015

With unaffordable homes, unrest among young people and a general election, here are the four issues that will dominate the housing headlines this year

Flats refurb scheme halves tenants' heating bills

09 January, 2015

Tenants living in three blocks of flats in east Manchester have had their annual heating bills halved, thanks to a refurbishment scheme

Labour push for private rented sector improvements in Westminster

09 January, 2015

Labour councillors in Westminster have called for an urgent improvement of the borough's private rented sector

Housing benefit debate

09 January, 2015

MPs took part in a Labour led opposition day debate on the abolition of social sector size criteria in housing benefit - or "scrapping the bedroom tax"

Ageing-tech expert sought by DWP

09 January, 2015

The government is seeking an expert in systems that are more than 40 years old to revamp technology used by the Department for Work and Pensions

Universal Credit - is it worth it?

09 January, 2015

In November 2010 the government published Universal Credit: welfare that works, which set out proposals for a radical shake-up of benefits and tax credits for people of working age

Welfare reform: Betws tenant says life 'hard' with extra costs

09 January, 2015

A tenant on benefits describes the difficulty in managing after having to pay £12 a week more for having a spare room

Welfare reform: Building new homes 'takes time'

09 January, 2015

A housing association says building more smaller homes for people feeling the impact of welfare reforms cannot happen overnight

Inventive responses to welfare reform

09 January, 2015

Rhondda Housing working with FareShare Cymru - to develop a practical and inventive solution to poverty and debt

'Bedroom Tax' cost Caerphilly Council tenants £2.1m as arrears and evictions rise

09 January, 2015

Caerphilly Council tenants have been forced to pay out an extra £2.1 million in rent since the 'Bedroom Tax' came in - almost £1,050 each

Tenant anger over plan to share personal details

09 January, 2015

Plans to share a host of data on benefit claimants, including health records and IT literacy, with landlords and charities have been condemned by a national tenant organisation

Impact of welfare reforms on housing associations

09 January, 2015

Effects and responses by landlords

Warmer Homes

09 January, 2015

Improving fuel poverty and energy efficiency policy in the UK

Ringing up an eviction bill

08 January, 2015

Statutory damages for unlawful eviction must be calculated the same way for private and social sector tenants

Labour would end this Government's demonisation of benefits claimants

08 January, 2015

This afternoon I will be leading a debate on the treatment - or more accurately the demonisation - of benefits claimants

Immigrants' abuse of benefits system must be fixed

08 January, 2015

The German Chancellor backs David Cameron's bid to reform the welfare system, but says freedom of movement must stay

Budgets raided to support tenants hit by welfare cuts

08 January, 2015

Cash-strapped town halls are raiding housing budgets to provide emergency assistance to those hit by welfare reform

£21.9bn of BTL mortgage repayments shows staggering scale of landlord investment

08 January, 2015

The combined cost of buy to let (BTL) mortgage repayments in the last 12 months is £21.9bn according to the UK's leading landlord association

Managing the Impact of Welfare Reform Changes on Social Housing Tenants in Wales

08 January, 2015

This report looks at the impact of welfare reform changes on social housing tenants in Wales

Tenant finances getting worse in the UK private rented sector

08 January, 2015

Tenants in the UK have felt a financial setback with the number falling into serious rental arrears rising on an annual basis for the first time since 2012

Government urged to suspend benefit sanctions regime

08 January, 2015

MPs hear that the sanctions regime has changed to create a punitive culture of fear - especially amongst the disabled

Welfare reform impact assessment: Final report

08 January, 2015

Read the final report from our major research project looking at the effects of welfare reform on housing associations and their tenants

Benefits are top worry for elderly in Sheffield

07 January, 2015

Benefits are the most common worry for older people in Sheffield

Welfare reform advice fund tops £4 million

07 January, 2015

Extra cash to help poverty-stricken Scots

Andrew Dunn of the University of Lincoln discusses research on jobseekers' attitudes to employment

07 January, 2015

The coalition's increased use of conditionality for claimants of JSA is part of a policy trend that is underpinned by politicians' belief that many people prefer benefits to employment

Are you suffering from rent arrears?

07 January, 2015

If your tenants aren't paying their rent that can have a huge impact on your finances, as a landlord

Homelessness in Scotland 2014: Getting behind the statistics

07 January, 2015

There has been a marked decrease in the number of homeless applications, with 36,457 applications made in 2013-14

Benefits sanction regime needs 'fundamental reform'

07 January, 2015

The representative body for the employment support sector has called for an urgent overhaul of the current benefit sanctions regime

allpay welcomes government extension of Post Office Card Account

07 January, 2015

Payment specialist allpay has welcomed a seven-year extension of the Post Office Card Account

Rise in homeless among private rental tenants

07 January, 2015

Almost a fifth of homeless applications now come from the private rented sector

High house prices breed a new generation of 'revolving door' renters

07 January, 2015

Almost a million more people in England rent their home than they did five years ago

The return of rent control?

06 January, 2015

An idea that was supposedly buried a generation ago is rising rapidly up the housing policy agenda

Impact of welfare reform on Scottish households to be investigated

06 January, 2015

New research on the impact of welfare reform on Scottish households has been commissioned by a Scottish Parliament committee for 2015

Wheatley Group helps thousands of tenants keep warm this winter

06 January, 2015

Thousands of older tenants are being helped to stay warm and cosy this winter

Statistics on ESA and IB/SDA claimants with a drug misuse condition in Scotland: May 2014

06 January, 2015

Statistics on ESA and IB/SDA claimants with a drug misuse condition in south Lanarkshire and Scotland: May 2014

The number of IB and ESA claimants with alcoholism by LA: Aug 2013 to May 2014

06 January, 2015

FOI for numbers of IB and ESA claimants with alcoholism by local authority: August 2013 to May 2014

Will universal credit be successfully rolled out in 2015?

06 January, 2015

This month we asked two experts if universal credit will fare well in 2015

Public wi-fi won't lift poorest out of digital exclusion - charity boss

06 January, 2015

Providing internet access in public places will not help the 20% of UK consumers who aren't online, the head of a digital skills charity has said

Rent setting for social housing tenancies (England)

06 January, 2015

This note explains policy developments in relation to setting social housing rent levels in England since 2002

Shortfall in council tax support funding likely to hit low-income families

06 January, 2015

Rising numbers of families on low incomes are likely to face bigger council tax bills this year because of a shortfall in government funding for council tax support

Universal Credit now at Frome jobcentre

05 January, 2015

Frome Jobcentre is one of 150 Jobcentres around the country that will start taking Universal Credit claims for the first time from February

Tenants 'should get new rights'

05 January, 2015

Tenants of private landlords should be given new rights to stay in their home as long as they please as well as guarantees that their rent will not increase above inflation

Majority of UK supports rent controls

05 January, 2015

Over half of Brits support the return of rent controls

Suicides highlight the grim toll of benefits sanctions in austerity Britain

05 January, 2015

Department for Work and Pensions investigates 60 claimant suicides, with sanctioning connected to crime and depression

Tory councillor Mark Winn says food banks are only used by 'those with drug, alcohol and mental health problems'

05 January, 2015

A Tory councillor has provoked a Twitter backlash after claiming that food banks are only visited by "those with drug, alcohol and mental health problems"

Iain Duncan Smith to accelerate benefit reforms to stop Labour reversing them

05 January, 2015

Benefits reform will be one of the key battlegrounds at May's general election and the suggestion that Mr Duncan Smith wants to bed in fully his benefit reforms will infuriate Labour

Until the UK introduces rent controls, so many of us will continue to face lifetimes of exploitation

05 January, 2015

By capping rental costs and lowering house prices for landlords, we can make the UK housing market fair once again

Millions fear missing January's rent or mortgage payments

05 January, 2015

Interest rate rise would put many more in trouble, with almost 60% saying they are already struggling to meet housing costs

Candidate hits out after bedroom-tax bid rejected

02 January, 2015

Labour's candidate for Berwick in next year's General Election has hit out at the incumbent MP for again voting in favour of the so-called bedroom tax

New rules will protect consumers from harmful fee-charging credit broking practices

02 January, 2015

New rules have been introduced by the FCA today to tackle poor practice in the credit broking market which is causing serious detriment to consumers

Under-occupation of social housing: Housing Benefit entitlement

02 January, 2015

This note provides information on who is affected by the under-occupation deduction in the social rented sector (also referred to as the 'spare room subsidy' and the 'bedroom tax')

Payday lender rules come into effect

02 January, 2015

City watchdog rules have come into effect today aimed at stopping spiralling debts due to payday lending

Six in 10 'back rent controls'

02 January, 2015

Six in 10 British adults back a return to controls on private rents

The Future of Private Renting

02 January, 2015

Shaping a fairer market for tenants and taxpayers

HB Direct issue 155

02 January, 2015

The HB Direct newsletter provides latest information on policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit

Council vows to protect tenants with rents freeze

01 January, 2015

A local authority in the West Midlands has vowed to "protect working families" by announcing plans to freeze all council housing rents

Can this landlord evict his tenants under a contractual agreement to evict under short notice?

01 January, 2015

I know it is very frustrating when tenants fail to pay rent, but that is one of the hazards of being a landlord

Red tape regime as 600,000 self-employed must fill in tax form every MONTH

31 December, 2014

The Tories' controversial Universal Credit system will force 600,000 of those who get in-work benefits to submit fresh accounts to the Government every month

Over 73,000 Scots reliant on food banks

31 December, 2014

More than 73,000 people in Scotland are relying on food banks to survive

WP174 provider memo: job outcome claims with Universal Credit interest

31 December, 2014

Work Programme provider memo WP174 about job outcome and sustained job outcome claims with Universal Credit interest

WP173 provider memo: Working Tax Credits and self-employment

31 December, 2014

Work Programme provider memo WP173 about Working Tax Credits and self-employment

New reforms cut red tape for house builders and tenants

31 December, 2014

New reforms to reduce bureaucracy for house builders and measures to protect tenants introduced in the latest Statement of New Regulation

Iain Duncan Smith:'We'll root out the benefits cheats who pretend to be ill for money'

30 December, 2014

Britain's benefit system is seen as a money-making scam by criminals, Iain Duncan Smith warned yesterday

Number of evicted tenants is soaring

30 December, 2014

Soaring numbers of tenants are being turned out of their homes by bailiffs

Support for those hit by Tory cuts will continue

30 December, 2014

Support for those hit by Tory welfare cuts will continue in 2015, the SNP has said today

Universal credit to change the way Burnham and Highbridge jobless claim benefits in the New Year

29 December, 2014

Universal credit to change the way Bridgwater jobless claim benefits in the New Year

The three biggest themes in welfare reform last year

29 December, 2014

The three biggest themes in welfare reform last year. Carl Brown reports

One in four landlords line up rent rises of more than 3pc for 2015

29 December, 2014

More than one in four landlords plan to increase their rent next year by at least triple the rate of inflation

Food bank use jumps 20% in Wales

29 December, 2014

The number of people using food banks in Wales has continued to rise

Impact Of Welfare Reforms On Households To Be Examined

29 December, 2014

New research on the impact of welfare reform on Scottish households has been commissioned by a Scottish Parliament committee for 2015

Devon and Cornwall council tax arrears soar

29 December, 2014

Council tax arrears have risen sharply in the past five years, according to statistics from local authorities in Devon and Cornwall

Tory benefits freeze means tax cuts won't help low-income families

29 December, 2014

'They will be running just to stand still,' says Resolution Foundation

Family Finances Report

29 December, 2014

The Aviva Family Finances Report looks at the contrasting fortunes of different family types, and has been examining data about their financial situations since 2011

Birmingham's bedroom tax fund nearly dry

24 December, 2014

Fears for poor as hardship pot for housing benefit changes in city set to run out

Benefit cuts are already being blamed for the deaths of many vulnerable people, but there could be 60 more that we never hear about

24 December, 2014

The Government are still weighing up whether their reviews into benefits-related deaths are in the "public interest"

Housing association lowers proposed rent increase

24 December, 2014

A Scottish housing association has cut back on proposed rent increases as tenants struggle to cope with the cost of living

Thieves steal food bank supplies

24 December, 2014

Burglars stole food and other items from a Welsh food bank last week

CIH comment on Stormont deal announcement

24 December, 2014

We remain hopeful that local politicians will take sensible steps to avoid the impact of the bedroom tax here

Give and Take - How Conservatives think about welfare

24 December, 2014

Since the middle of the twentieth century, 'welfare' has been increasingly provided by the government

Deal agreed on Northern Ireland welfare reform

24 December, 2014

A £1.9bn agreement on welfare reform and the budget for Northern Ireland has been reached this afternoon, following gruelling talks lasting more than 40 hours

Energy firms urged to offer prepay customers a 'debt holiday'

24 December, 2014

Citizens Advice is calling on all energy companies to give prepayment customers a 'debt holiday' this winter

Labour Holyrood candidate slams SNP for voting down amendments to the Housing Bill which would "make the private rented sector fairer"

23 December, 2014

SNP MSP Margaret Burgess has defended the Scottish Goverment's housing record following criticism by Kilwinning Councillor Joe Cullinane

Bedroom tax is punishing families

23 December, 2014

Last year in Amber Valley, over 800 familes lost an average of over £750 each thanks to the bedroom tax

The benefit cap is making central London a no-go zone for low income families

23 December, 2014

Families who have lived their whole lives in central London are being forced out by a perfect storm of falling wages, rocketing house prices and government cuts

More than one million British families now live in fuel poverty

23 December, 2014

Families hit by a combination of soaring energy costs and the squeeze on benefits

Landlord receives maximum £20,000 fine for not applying for a selective licence

23 December, 2014

A London-based landlord, previously fined £15,000 for failing to comply with selective licensing, has again been fined £20,000 for renting out a property without a selective licence

Reshaping housing tenure in the UK: the role of buy-to-let

23 December, 2014

There has been much misunderstanding about the role of buy-to-let in the UK housing market since ARLA and innovative mortgage lenders launched the buy-to-let mortgage initiative 18 years ago

The future of social housing - a look ahead to 2015

23 December, 2014

What do you anticipate will be the biggest challenge facing Housing Associations during 2015

Three million people are struggling to pay their rent

23 December, 2014

The Federation finds that the equivalent of three million people are struggling to pay their rent

Paying your rent this Christmas

22 December, 2014

Have a look at this video which shows the difficulties of paying your rent at Christmas and gives some options and guidance to help you out

Spare rooms, myth or reality? Let's have a 'common sense' bedroom standard

22 December, 2014

A lot has been written about the under-occupation penalty

Tenants could be left homeless by decision not to include private rented properties in Flood Re insurance cap scheme

22 December, 2014

The Government has come under fire from the RLA over its decision not to include private rented properties in its flood insurance cap scheme

A fifth of last year's Christmas borrowers are still in the red

22 December, 2014

Survey reveals six million adults expect to use a credit or loan product to pay for this Christmas - up on last year

High court holds LB Enfield as acting unlawfully when imposing licensing

22 December, 2014

The High Court has held that a local authority acted unlawfully when designating the whole of its area as subject to additional and selective licensing under the Housing Act 2004

Northern Ireland given welfare reform ultimatum

22 December, 2014

The impasse on welfare reform must be resolved today, the Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers said yesterday

40% of PRS landlords to raise rents in 2015

22 December, 2014

Four in 10 landlords (40%) in the private rented sector (PRS) say they plan to raise rents in 2015

Engaging with tenants

22 December, 2014

This year has been the year UKHousing decided to take to social media en masse

Welfare Reform Committee to discuss food bank rise with minister

22 December, 2014

The Scotland Office Minister has agreed to meet with members of the Welfare Reform Committee in the New Year to discuss the rise in food bank usage

NI welfare system: What changes are proposed

22 December, 2014

The welfare system in Northern Ireland is legally and practically a devolved matter

2015 Benefit uprating - Commons Library Standard Note

22 December, 2014

Since April 2013, there have been two main factors used to increase benefits

Poorest UK households pay almost half their income in tax

22 December, 2014

Analysis of ONS figures puts average gross income of poorest 10% at £9,743, but only £5,132 after all taxes deducted

Local Welfare Assistance: How much are people worth?

19 December, 2014

Imagine for a minute that you're 74 years old, and you've fled your abusive partner after decades of cruelty

Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: The longitudinal survey of tenants

19 December, 2014

This report is one of a series of outputs from the evaluation of the Direct Payment Demonstration Projects

More than 130 councils on course to run out of DHP

19 December, 2014

Emergency funds to support those worst affected by welfare reform are on course to run out before the end of the financial year in 132 local authorities

Discretionary Housing Payments statistics

19 December, 2014

Statistics on local authorities' use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds

HB G12/2014

19 December, 2014

Contains information on 2015/16 Housing Benefit administration subsidy arrangement

HB A18 /2014

19 December, 2014

Contains information on Housing Benefit: Uprating 2015-16

From benefit claimant to boss: over 60,000 new businesses set up with government backing

19 December, 2014

Over 450 new businesses every week have been set up over the last year thanks to a government scheme

Social housing providers warned full impact of welfare reform yet to come

19 December, 2014

The social housing sector is yet to feel the full impact of the Tory-led coalition's welfare reforms

Only a minority of UK landlords experience disputes with damage top of the list

19 December, 2014

Image Over the last 12 months under 10% of UK landlords have experienced a tenant dispute but when it does happen it usually concerns damage

Buy-to-let landlords with older homes will be forced to install insulation and double-glazing or face a ban from taking tenants

19 December, 2014

Landlords who rent out properties built in the Victorian era and early part of the twentieth century may be forced to make upgrades to make them more energy efficient

DWP rapped over benefit cap claims

19 December, 2014

The DWP has been rebuked by the statistics watchdog over a claim that more than 12,000 households have found work or stopped welfare claims because of the benefit cap

Social landlords 'could be breaking criminal law' over consumer regulation

19 December, 2014

Housing associations providing debt advice to tenants without authorisation from the UK financial watchdog are breaking criminal laws

Cuts to local welfare schemes 'a Christmas present to loan sharks'

19 December, 2014

Government refusal to guarantee funding for schemes will force families to turn to food banks and loan sharks

Cabinet split over crisis fund for vulnerable people

18 December, 2014

Osborne is said to be resisting calls by Pickles to save fund for people hit by floods or domestic violence or who run out of food

Budget has a 'serious omission' on welfare reform penalties

18 December, 2014

The draft budget for Northern Ireland 'does not really balance' and fails to account for welfare reform penalties

Government shreds vital safety net for poorest people

18 December, 2014

A London local authority has slammed the government for axing a "vital safety net" for some the poorest residents in its borough

Housing costs for tenants in social housing

18 December, 2014

Research about communications with social housing tenants affected by the removal of the spare room subsidy

Work Programme evaluation: participant experience

18 December, 2014

This research is part of a comprehensive evaluation of the Work Programme, to provide an independent assessment of delivery and performance

Universal Credit employers' insight

18 December, 2014

Qualitative research with employers to help inform the design and implementation of Universal Credit

Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: final reports

18 December, 2014

Final evaluation of the Direct Payment Demonstration Project relating to the direct payment of Housing Benefit to tenants in social housing

Graph showing how Universal Credit helps make work pay

18 December, 2014

A graph showing how Universal Credit helps make work pay

Outlook for household finances hits survey - record high amid falling inflation expectations

18 December, 2014

This release contains the December findings from the Markit HFI, intended to anticipate changing consumer behaviour accurately.

Minister claims waiting list reductions 'show bedroom tax is working'

18 December, 2014

A government minister has claimed reduced social housing waiting lists provide evidence that the bedroom tax is working

New database names and maps private landlords convicted under Housing Act

18 December, 2014

Database provides private renters with the first at-a-glance guide to landlords and letting agents who have been prosecuted

Forced to pay the cruel Bedroom Tax because of the death of her hero son in Afghanistan

17 December, 2014

Moe Bland was forced to downsize because she no longer needed the room that was once inhabited by her son who died in the army

Think Rent First

17 December, 2014

Homes for Northumberland (HfN) is urging its tenants to put their rent first this Christmas

Labour to push for vote to repeal bedroom tax

17 December, 2014

Labour is hoping to push through a vote on repealing the bedroom tax in an opposition day debate today

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 11 Dec 2014

17 December, 2014

Official experimental Universal Credit statistics and how the department will manage the release of further statistics

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to October 2014

17 December, 2014

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claims in payment, new claim registrations, decisions and awards made

A Christmas Bedroom Tax Tale: Dark Tomorrows

17 December, 2014

After five more years of coalition government, Rob Gershon looks back from a future where we didn't get rid of the bedroom tax

1 in 6 people use their credit cards to pay housing costs

17 December, 2014

For most people, paying your mortgage or rent each month is your biggest bill

Coping with the cap?

17 December, 2014

In 2013 the government introduced a cap on the amount that some working-age families can receive in benefits

Scottish council tax arrears 'highest in UK'

17 December, 2014

Scots have the highest level of council tax arrears and payday loan debts in the UK

How a group of tenants got their social landlord to take their damp problems seriously

17 December, 2014

A group of social housing tenants operating under the collective pseudonym 'Bessy Banks' started an online campaign to get their landlord Bromford Housing Group to sort out damp problems

Social housing app brings a touch of 'Tinder' to house swaps and wins £40,000 open data innovation prize

17 December, 2014

A new smartphone app, MoveMaker, has won the Housing Open Data Challenge

Social housing lettings in England: April 2013 to March 2014

17 December, 2014

DCLG collects and publishes official statistics relating to deprivation, fire and rescue services, housing and homelessness, local government finance, planning performance and land use

Landlords owed more than £800m in unpaid rent

16 December, 2014

32 per cent of landlords in the UK say they have experienced rent arrears in the last 12 months

Post Office service for pensioners and benefit claimants to be safeguarded with new government contract

16 December, 2014

A new £250 million contract, to protect vulnerable pensioners, benefit claimants and help safeguard the future of the Post Office, agreed by the government

Bedroom tax: size matters sometimes

16 December, 2014

A new Housing Benefit Upper Tribunal decision means that Housing Act 1985 overcrowding rules cannot be applied in bedroom tax cases

How the DWP's bedroom tax guidance has trumped the law

16 December, 2014

Some time ago, I wrote a blog piece about the possibility that Lord Freud was skirting around the legal decisions that had been made in a case that underpinned a lot of the early legal discussion about bedroom tax

Iain Duncan Smith on Universal Credit introduction

16 December, 2014

One in three job centres will be using Universal Credit by the spring of 2015, and "pretty much everybody" on it by 2019

IDS's 'fit for work' projections in tatters

16 December, 2014

Sickness benefits claimants were not 'faking it'

Post welfare or fully integrated: what will social care be like in a decade?

16 December, 2014

Four possible scenarios for social services in Scotland in 2025

In-depth interviews with people affected by the Benefit Cap

16 December, 2014

In 2013, the Government introduced a cap on the total amount of benefit that most working-age households could receive

Pickles under attack over plan for referendums on council tax rises

16 December, 2014

Theresa May and the Lib Dems say votes will cost money and decision will cause real-term cuts in budgets

More research needed on 'revenge evictions'

16 December, 2014

Legislation might not be the best way of stopping 'revenge evictions' and more research should be done on the scale of the problem

Benefit claimants 'forced out of central London'

16 December, 2014

Low income families are being forced out of the capital, Labour has said, after revealing a 27% drop in housing benefit claimants in central London

Touchbase DWP E-zine

16 December, 2014

December 2014

Coping with the cap?

15 December, 2014

Report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies

The impact of the under-occupation deduction from Housing Benefit (social rented housing)

15 December, 2014

Commons Library Standard Note

This note summarises some key findings of the ongoing studies into the impact of the under-occupation deduction from Housing Benefit (HB) which has applied to social housing tenants since April 2013

The Benefits of Tackling Worklessness and Low Pay

15 December, 2014

Joseph Rowntree Report

This report explores the gains to government and to local economies of reducing worklessness and low pay, in terms of a reduced social security bill, increased economic activity and overall benefits to society.

Bedroom tax latest - Opposites repel

15 December, 2014

Bedroom Tax opinion article

Focus on Inequality and Growth

15 December, 2014

Report from the OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs

Food bank use tiny compared with Germany, says minister

15 December, 2014

The number of people using food banks in the UK is "tiny" compared with Germany, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has told the BBC

Child benefit may be limited to two children, says Iain Duncan Smith

15 December, 2014

Minister hints that move 'to help behavioural change' is being considered despite fears it could alienate parents

Benefits cap is getting more into work, research claims

15 December, 2014

Studies for the DWP found those affected by the cap were 41% more likely to get a job than people who were unaffected

Priority debts

15 December, 2014

Some bills are classed as priorities. This is because the consequences of not paying them is more serious than the consequences of not paying others

Millions of Britons to get fee-free basic accounts under Treasury's 'landmark deal' with lenders

15 December, 2014

The UK Treasury will unveil a "landmark deal" with nine lenders in the country to provide fee-free accounts to millions of consumers

A united view on universal credit

12 December, 2014

The independence of families relies on the successful roll-out of universal credit, argues Lord David Freud

How to create sustainable tenancies

12 December, 2014

What's the best way of creating sustainable tenancies? Business improvement consultant Cath Davies shares her top tips for social landlords

Council launches crackdown on landlords' poor accommodation

12 December, 2014

Oldham Council is set to introduce a licensing scheme for private landlords to stamp out the letting of poor quality accommodation

Local authority housing statistics : year ending March 2014

12 December, 2014

The focus of this statistical release is on social housing that is owned and managed by local authorities

Landmark case as agent is held to account over tenants' behaviour

12 December, 2014

A landmark ruling could have implications for letting agents and landlords in connection with the behaviour of tenants

Public perceptions of social tenants and the social rented sector

12 December, 2014

The British public are positive towards contribution and value of social housing

Low wages force Britain to spend £900m more on tax credits than planned

12 December, 2014

Taxpayers have been hit by a bill for an extra £900m in wage top-ups in the past year because so many of the new jobs being created are low-paid

Record number of homeless families in 'out of area' temporary accommodation

12 December, 2014

High rents and housing benefit cap making it harder for councils to find safe and decent places in local area

HB Bulletin U6/2014

12 December, 2014

Upper Tribunal decisions CSH/41/14 and CSH/42/14

We need rent controls to help solve London's housing crisis

11 December, 2014

The words "rent control" are anathema to housing policy wonks and Westminster politician

Six ways to reduce evictions

11 December, 2014

Evictions are at an all-time high as benefit cuts take their toll on residents. How can housing providers buck the trend and help people to stay in their homes?

DWP overturns bedroom tax room size judgement

11 December, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions has overturned a tribunal's decision to exempt two brothers from the bedroom tax due to room size

Council tenant evictions soar following bedroom tax introduction

11 December, 2014

The number of council tenants evicted for rent arrears soared by 19% in the first year of the bedroom tax

London has 75% of England's temporary accommodation households

11 December, 2014

The number of London households in temporary accommodation accounts for 75% of England's total

ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments: claims made to Mar 2014 and appeals to Sept 2014

11 December, 2014

Work Capability Assessment outcomes for new Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claims and incapacity benefits claims converted to ESA

Sanctions for JSA and ESA claimants with dependent children in Scotland from June 2012 to May 2013

11 December, 2014

FOI query for number of sanctions for JSA and ESA claimants with dependent children in Scotland from 1 June 2012 to 31 May 2013

Back-to-work schemes are 'making mental illness worse' says charity

11 December, 2014

The government's back-to-work schemes are ineffective and damaging for people with mental health problems

Universal Credit and employers: frequently asked questions

11 December, 2014

This guidance explains what Universal Credit will mean for employers and their employees

Universal credit: Treasury still to sign off business case

11 December, 2014

Treasury spokeswoman tells MPs money spent so far is 'value for money' despite tens of millions being written off in IT

Diane Abbott pledges rent controls in mayoral bid

11 December, 2014

A London mayoral hopeful has pledged to cap private rents in the capital and levy cash from private landlords to build more social housing

Looking beyond food banks to dig up the roots of hunger in Britain

10 December, 2014

We do not support or propose the institutionalisation of food banks in their current form

Should private landlords be 'amateur border guards'?

10 December, 2014

New measures requiring private landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants started to come into force on 1 December

Households in fuel poverty require 'additional policies'

10 December, 2014

Families living in poverty will need additional help to pay their fuel bills

Universal Credit data sharing between DWP and local support providers

10 December, 2014

The DWP are seeking views on data sharing between DWP and local support providers

Statistics on ESA claimants with an adverse sanction decision by disease in GB: Jan to Mar 2014

10 December, 2014

Employment and Support Allowance claimants with an adverse sanction decision by the International Classification of Diseases summary code

Sheffield gets Christmas spirit by telling residents to pay their rent

10 December, 2014

Sheffield Council is urging its tenants "to put their rent first this Christmas" and offering them a chance to win £250 of shopping vouchers

Safe and Decent Homes: Solutions for a better private rented sector

10 December, 2014

In 2014, renting from a private landlord is the only housing option for an increasing number of families

Benefit sanctions and the re-emergence of street begging

10 December, 2014

Have you noticed an increase in street begging in recent months? I know I have, and it has come as something of a surprise

Thousands of working families forced to depend on charity handouts this Christmas

10 December, 2014

Organisers of festive hampers for low-income households say the numbers receiving help are higher than ever

Bedroom tax has saved taxpayer £830m

09 December, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith has claimed the government has saved £830m as a result of the bedroom tax, and is on track to save £1bn over two years

Government pilots benefit sanctions scheme for homeless

09 December, 2014

The government is piloting a scheme aimed at preventing vulnerable homeless people being hit by benefit sanctions

Universal Credit national expansion

09 December, 2014

List of the local authorities and jobcentres that will begin to deliver Universal Credit between February and April 2015

Local welfare assistance scheme policy guidance

09 December, 2014

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has published one hundred and fifty local welfare assistance scheme policy documents

Minister demands government does more to combat fuel poverty

09 December, 2014

The Scottish government's housing minister has demanded that the Tory-led coalition does more to cut energy bills for vulnerable households

Welfare Reform Committee

09 December, 2014

MSPs took evidence from witnesses John Lindsay and James Nesbit about their experience of welfare reform and its impact on mental health

Britain's rental crisis: 61% of renters have suffered damp, mould or leaking roofs

09 December, 2014

The plight of millions of people living in damp, mouldy or mice-infested rented homes has prompted campaigners to call for a national register of landlords

£90m benefits giveaway... fraud and error result in huge overpayments to claimants

09 December, 2014

Fraud and error resulted in more than £90m worth of benefits being overpaid in Northern Ireland last year

Food banks: Duncan Smith promises positive response after critical report

09 December, 2014

Work and pensions secretary promises reforms to help stop people 'stumbling into' process of benefits sanctions

Universal Credit: increasing the childcare offer

09 December, 2014

Report on increasing the Universal Credit childcare offer and how it will interact with Tax-Free Childcare

Tenant evicted due to state of garden

08 December, 2014

Nottingham City Homes is warning its tenants to make sure they keep their gardens tidy - or else face eviction as one former tenant has

Paying tax on rent to landlords abroad

08 December, 2014

How tenants and letting agents in the UK pay tax on behalf of landlords abroad under the Non-resident Landlord (NRL) Scheme

JSA adverse sanction decisions by age group and length of claim in GB: Apr 2013 to Mar 2014

08 December, 2014

Adverse sanction decisions on Jobseeker's Allowance claims by age group and length of claim in Great Britain from April 2013 to March 2014

Over 900,000 benefit sanctions imposed on JSA claimants during 12-month period

08 December, 2014

The government imposed over 900,000 benefit sanctions on Job Seeker's Allowance claimants during a 12-month period, a freedom of information request has revealed

Majority of Brits on good terms with their landlord

08 December, 2014

The majority of Britain's renters are fond of their landlord

Group to examine impact of welfare reforms on Scotland

08 December, 2014

A new group is being launched in Glasgow to examine the impact of welfare reforms on Scotland

Women bear 85% of burden after Coalition's tax and benefit tweaks

08 December, 2014

£22bn of £26bn made from benefit reforms taken from women

How people have come to depend on food banks to survive

08 December, 2014

A former army nurse and a mother of three talk about how food banks have been the last line of support

'Pay benefits faster' to reduce hunger

08 December, 2014

An income squeeze, benefit delays and excessive utility bills are blamed by a cross-party group of MPs for a huge rise in the use of food banks

Feeding Britain

08 December, 2014

A strategy for zero hunger in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

CSH 42 2014

08 December, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits - other

CSH 41 2014

08 December, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits - other

The elephant in the bedroom

08 December, 2014

Finally, the long awaited Upper Tribunal decision on room size and the bedroom tax has been released

Will your vote count? - A look at the parties' policies on housing and welfare

08 December, 2014

LIN member report written by Neil Merrick

This LIN member report looks at what is likely to happen to the bedroom tax, universal credit and the benefit cap under different political leadership.

Far-left agenda has 'hijacked' anti-bedroom tax cause

05 December, 2014

Anti-bedroom tax campaigners who staged a noisy protest during full council have been 'hijacked' by a far-left agenda

Personal taxes and benefits

05 December, 2014

Presentation given at the 'Autumn Statement 2014: IFS analysis' event on 4 December 2014

Iain Duncan Smith's Universal Credit Set For Even More Delays

05 December, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith's much-delayed welfare project, Universal Credit, is set to take even longer to roll out across the country

How much?! Damages for unlawfully evicted secure tenants

05 December, 2014

So, if a local authority unlawfully evicts a secure tenant (and yes, it happens) what should the measure of damages be?

Residents urged to back gas safety proposals

05 December, 2014

Enfield Council is urging residents to back a campaign which wants to give social landlords extra powers to make sure gas appliances in the properties they own are safe

Oxford, Brighton and Bath overtake areas of London as the most unaffordable places to rent

05 December, 2014

Towns and cities such as Oxford and Brighton have overtaken areas of London as the most unaffordable places in the country to rent

Lords to pick up ruins of 'revenge evictions' bill smashed by Tory filibusters

05 December, 2014

The smoking ruins of the 'revenge evictions' bill that was destroyed by a Tory filibustering tag team last week have been picked up by members of the House of Lords

London council loses landmark unlawful eviction case

05 December, 2014

The Supreme Court has ruled that statutory damages for unlawful eviction of tenants should be calculated in the same way for social landlords as it is for private landlords

Social landlords 'downgrading welfare reform as a risk'

05 December, 2014

Social landlords are downgrading the threat posed by welfare reform in their business plans, following delays with the implementation of universal credit

Delays to welfare reform boost Treasury coffers

04 December, 2014

Delays in implementing universal credit will save the government more than £900 million in the next parliament through reduced payments and administrative savings

Food, fuel, finance - tackling the poverty premium

04 December, 2014

Conventional anti-poverty strategies have principally focused on measures to boost household incomes. But can we find ways of tackling poverty by reducing household costs?

Joint tenancy rights

04 December, 2014

The Supreme Court has ruled one partner can end a joint tenancy without breaching the other tenant's human rights

Chancellor Announces Stamp Duty Reform - Big Win for Landlords!

04 December, 2014

Today in his Autumn Statement, the Chancellor listened to the NLA's long running campaign and abolished the residential slab system applied to calculate Stamp Duty Land Tax

Proposed benefit and pension rates 2015 to 2016

04 December, 2014

A list of the proposed benefit and pension rates for 2015 to 2016

Statistics to support the Jobseeker's Allowance (Habitual Residence) Amendment Regulations 2013 impact assessment

04 December, 2014

FOI response about the numbers of adult overseas nationals entering the UK and claiming an out of work benefit from 2002 to 2013

George Osborne accused of putting universal credit in 'very real danger'

04 December, 2014

George Osborne was today accused of putting universal credit in "very real danger" after freezing work allowances under the new benefits system for a further year to 2018

Private sector rent reform debate

04 December, 2014

Labour MSP Mary Fee led a debate on the private rented sector, on 3 December 2014

Councils to receive cash incentives for cutting housing benefit fraud

04 December, 2014

The government will reward councils that cut housing benefit fraud with cash incentives

Key vote removes cap on housing payments

03 December, 2014

A key vote in the Scottish Parliament has removed the last hurdle to lifting the cap on Discretionary Housing Payments and will allow for the full mitigation of the 'bedroom tax'

Who actually supports the idea of privatising social housing?

03 December, 2014

This is no example of the north/south divide - I can't find a single voice in support of the effective privatisation of social housing

Croydon Council backtracks on landlord licensing scheme

03 December, 2014

Croydon Council has revised their proposals for a landlord licensing scheme after pressure from the National Landlords Association

Scotland could re-introduce direct payments to landlords

03 December, 2014

The Scottish government is considering changing universal credit rules to allow housing costs to be paid directly to landlords

Scottish councils facing 50% shortfall in benefit subsidy

03 December, 2014

Scottish councils have been forced to make up a near 50% shortfall in housing benefit and council tax administration subsidy

The private rented sector didn't kill Tiny Tim

03 December, 2014

Child poverty and social inequality is a big problem in the UK

Engaging Private Landlords in Energy Efficiency

03 December, 2014

This paper examines approaches for London boroughs to work with landlords and raise the standards in their private rented sectors

Evictions rocket as welfare reforms and rising property prices hit home

03 December, 2014

As thousands of tenants face court battles to keep the bailiffs at bay, housing charities call for greater protection for renters

Landlords to rent homes to 'white tenants with British-sounding names' to avoid immigration red tape

02 December, 2014

The new requirements - which are trialled in the west Midlands from Monday - are part of the Government's attempts to cut down on migrants coming to the UK

Just about Surviving

02 December, 2014

This is the third report from a longitudinal project looking at the impacts of welfare reform on individuals and communities in the London Borough of Newham

Part-time landlords pocket £28 billion buy to let rents

02 December, 2014

Part-time landlords are earning more than £28 billion in rents but are failing to put the cash back into looking after their properties

Findings from Wave 26 of the Local Authority Insight Survey: Removal of access to Housing Benefit for European Economic Area (EEA) jobseekers

02 December, 2014

The survey found that more than seven in ten (72%) of LAs have affected EEA jobseekers

Social housing in crisis as right-to-buy depletes stock

02 December, 2014

Lib Dems say tackling deficit is 'political priority', with only quarter of replacement homes being built

Payday loan brokers subject to emergency action as regulator steps in

02 December, 2014

Seven blocked from taking on new business and three of those in line for 'enforcement action' over fees charged

DWP Stakeholder Bulletin - November 2014

02 December, 2014

Contains information on new time limit for Jobseeker's Allowance EEA claimants

Housing Benefit Direct

02 December, 2014

Issue 155 - December 2014

My Life, My Choice video shows why people need help from benefits

01 December, 2014

See why people need help from benefits and how they contribute to society

Payday loan middlemen face crackdown

01 December, 2014

Thousands of payday loan middlemen face tough new rules after the City watchdog highlighted "blatantly unfair" treatment of customers

Immigration checks: a pointless tax on tenants

01 December, 2014

New checks to prevent undocumented immigrants from renting homes risk come into force in parts of the West Midlands today

Treating renters as imbeciles

01 December, 2014

In the last week parliament has had the chance to tackle two of the most glaring injustices for private tenants and flunked both of them

Camden's licensing consultation 'a farce', say landlords

01 December, 2014

NLA has questioned Camden Council's consultation process after the council admitted during a meeting that the decision to introduce a new landlord licensing scheme has already been made

Tory MP who smashed 'revenge-evictions' bill is private landlord

01 December, 2014

A backbench Tory MP who today helped to derail a Private Member's Bill aimed at criminalising so-called 'revenge evictions' in the PRS is himself a private landlord

Renters' woes revealed as 'hotspot' map of Britain published

01 December, 2014

London is Britain's vermin capital while renters in Yorkshire make the most repair requests and Scottish tenants have a big problem with heating

Iain Duncan Smith vetoed greater Scottish powers over universal credit

01 December, 2014

Holyrood allowed to vary key parts of housing elements of universal credit but not other elements after DWP intervention

'The toilet is in the shower': vulnerable tenants in tiny £258 a week flats hit with 'revenge evictions'

01 December, 2014

Tenants in Stoke Newington flats threatened with eviction after complaining about noise from music rehearsal studios below

Missing the target

01 December, 2014

Tax cuts and low to middle income Britain

This report has two main objectives. First, to assess the main political parties' leading proposals on tax cuts for the next Parliament. Second, to consider whether there is a different approach to that advocated by the main parties that would better serve low and middle income Britain

'Right to rent' checks start in West Midlands

01 December, 2014

Landlords in the West Midlands who fail to check whether prospective tenants are in the country legally will face a £3,000 fine

The impact of welfare reform on communities and households in Sheffield

01 December, 2014

This report documents the impact of welfare reform on Sheffield

Scotland to control £14bn of income tax and welfare benefits in cross-party deal

28 November, 2014

Lord Smith describes agreement as 'biggest transfer of powers to the Scottish parliament since its establishment'

Jobseeker's Allowance: help while you look for work

28 November, 2014

This leaflet explains what Jobseeker's Allowance is, who can get it and how to make a claim

Boris Johnson slammed for leaving London renters 'at mercy of landlords'

28 November, 2014

London mayor Boris Johnson has been slammed for leaving the capital's renters "at the mercy of landlords", six months on from the launch of his flagship LRS

A challenging time - supporting customers with money management

28 November, 2014

Welfare reform has presented a number of challenges to housing associations and their customers, and minimising the risks presented, continues to be a focus

Government to 'name and shame' local authorities for failing to help disabled people hit by bedroom tax

28 November, 2014

The government is to 'name and shame' local authorities that are failing to use discretionary housing payments to help disabled people affected by the bedroom tax

Universal credit: Now UK's banks turn on coalition over free bank account plan

28 November, 2014

Some of the UK's largest banks have balked at the Tory-led coalition's proposal to force them to set-up free current accounts for UC claimants

Fury as Conservative MPs kill off bill to ban 'revenge evictions'

28 November, 2014

Housing campaign groups have reacted with fury after two Conservative MPs today killed off the Tenancies Reform Bill through filibustering

Smith Commission 'dropped welfare proposals'

28 November, 2014

Plans to give Holyrood more extensive welfare powers appear to have been struck out of the Smith Commission's report in the final days of negotiations

SFHA says Smith Report is step in the right direction and makes urgent call for Universal Credit roll-out to be suspended

28 November, 2014

The SFHA gives a guarded welcome to the report published today by the Smith Commission recommending furthers powers for the Scottish Parliament

Food banks: 'Rapid rise in demand' for emergency food parcels says Advice NI

28 November, 2014

There has been a rapid rise in the amount of people in Northern Ireland seeking access to food banks

Hastings landlords warn of rent rise under new scheme

28 November, 2014

Landlords in Hastings have warned they will have to put up rents if plans for a licensing scheme are introduced

Universal Credit information for claimants in Sutton

28 November, 2014

Additional information for people claiming Universal Credit in the SM5 2 postcode area of Sutton

David Cameron seeks EU support for new migration curbs

28 November, 2014

David Cameron has passionately urged other EU leaders to support his "reasonable" proposals for far-reaching curbs on welfare benefits for migrants

The Smith Commission

27 November, 2014

Report of the Smith Commission for further devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament

Iain Duncan Smith accused of 'burying' further delays to universal credit

27 November, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of "burying" further delays to the roll out of universal credit

Universal credit eligibility guide for families makes a mockery of IDS claims

27 November, 2014

The government this week hailed the next stage in its "welfare revolution" as universal credit is made available to families for the first time

'Letting agent charged £1,260 to change two names - then evicted us'

27 November, 2014

'I can replace you easily. Pay or you're out,' agent tells tenants renting £3,600-a-month house

Benefits sanctions system 'broken'

27 November, 2014

Thousands of single parents are facing wrongful sanctions under a broken regime overly focussed on sanctions at the expense of the practical support that would help single parents into work

Tory minister joins calls for U-turn on local welfare cuts

27 November, 2014

Amber Rudd appeals against plans to scrap funding for crisis schemes as cross-party opposition to £180m a year cut grows

The cost of renting in your 20s? £66,800

27 November, 2014

'Generation Rent' is in denial about the eye-watering sums they are paying to landlords,

Scottish parliament to get control over income tax and welfare spending

27 November, 2014

Far-reaching reforms to go ahead after Labour drops opposition but Westminster to have overall control of personal allowance

Employment and Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessments: response to the Work and Pensions Committee

27 November, 2014

The government's response to the Work and Pensions Committee report on Employment and Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessments

HB S11/2014

27 November, 2014

Contains information on new burdens payment for Real Time Information bulk data matching initiative

What's behind the massive increase of renters in poverty?

26 November, 2014

The number of private renters living in poverty has doubled in a decade even though the rates for everybody else have fallen

More private renters struggling with horror homes

26 November, 2014

More people are struggling with private rented homes which are damp, dangerous and in need of significant repair

Universal Credit: progress update

26 November, 2014

The DWP has reset Universal Credit on a sounder basis but at significant cost, by extending the time for implementation and choosing a more expensive approach

The Tenancies (Reform) Bill - an end to revenge evictions?

26 November, 2014

Shelter policy officer Hannah Gousy explains why revenge evictions are such an important issue

Concern about increase in welfare sanctions

26 November, 2014

A jump in the number of sanctions given to those who receive a key benefit in Wales is "a concern"

Scottish rent rises out pace rest of UK

26 November, 2014

Property rents have risen faster in Scotland than in England and Wales over the past year

"Tory Welfare Waste" - why Reeves' new attack line will cut through with voters

26 November, 2014

Rachel Reeves will make a speech today slamming the Tories' handling of the welfare system

Tenancies (Reform) Bill (HC Bill 19)

26 November, 2014

Protect tenants against retaliatory evictions; to amend the law on notices requiring possession relating to assured shorthold tenancies; and for connected purposes

Nick Clegg sets out plans to curb benefits to EU migrants

26 November, 2014

Deputy PM insists UK can tackle 'benefits tourism' without challenging the key principle of free movement

Universal Credit: Watchdog warns of cost of further delays

26 November, 2014

Ministers risk racking up a multi-billion pound bill if IT systems to run their flagship benefits reforms are not introduced on time

There's more to reducing poverty than Universal Credit

25 November, 2014

Universal Credit must be made to work. But it can't lower poverty unless it is part of a comprehensive anti-poverty strategy

Rent arrears caused by DWP maladministration!

25 November, 2014

Earlier this year I highlighted a social security scandal relating to JSA/ESA sanctions and their unintended knock-on effect on housing benefit

HAs fearful of sudden universal credit influx

25 November, 2014

Thirty North West housing associations have expressed fears of a sudden New Year-influx of new claimants of the government's troubled universal credit

Voices from the frontline

25 November, 2014

Our launch publication explores the experiences of people with complex needs and the frontline staff who are working with them

Can we afford to featherbed our pensioners?

25 November, 2014

First, state spending, after inflation, won't be much different in 2019 to what it was in 2010

Helping to protect tenants and people who use the services of social landlords

25 November, 2014

We are the independent regulator of social landlords in Scotland, accountable directly to the Scottish Parliament

IFS warns on rise in poverty following welfare caps

25 November, 2014

IFS has today warned that number of people in poverty is likely to start increasing due to caps in the uprating of benefits coupled with an increase in wage rates

Duncan Smith rejects claims of Universal Credit's 'glacial pace'

25 November, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith told MPs Universal Credit would bring £35bn in economic benefits to the UK - as Labour attacked the "glacial pace" of its roll out

Welfare revolution rolls out to families: Universal Credit to be in a third of Jobcentres by spring

25 November, 2014

By spring 2015, 1 in 3 of the country's Jobcentres will be taking claims for Universal Credit

HB S10/2014

25 November, 2014

This circular sets out the arrangements for distributing Fraud and Error Reduction Incentive Scheme funding to local authorities

HB Circular A17/2014

25 November, 2014

This guide gives local authorities details of the Fraud and Error Reduction Incentive Scheme to support and encourage participation

Universal Credit: your claim journey

25 November, 2014

An overview of the steps that people will take when claiming Universal Credit, from making a claim through to starting work

Universal Credit and work

25 November, 2014

How Universal Credit supports claimants in looking for work and what happens when they start a part-time or full-time job

Universal Credit and your Claimant Commitment

25 November, 2014

How the Universal Credit Claimant Commitment works and what is expected of claimants in return for getting Universal Credit

Making your Universal Credit claim

25 November, 2014

A guide that describes who can claim Universal Credit and what they will need to do in return, including attending appointments and looking for work

Universal Credit frequently asked questions

25 November, 2014

Answers to some common questions about Universal Credit and how it will work

Universal Credit personal budgeting support and alternative payment arrangements guidance

25 November, 2014

Universal Credit prepares claimants for the world of work in which 75 per cent of employees are paid monthly

Local partnership opportunities with Jobcentre Plus

25 November, 2014

Partnership opportunities for public and voluntary organisations to help Jobcentre Plus move people off benefits and into employment

Help with budgeting your Universal Credit

24 November, 2014

This guide gives details on how Universal Credit is paid and the budgeting support available through DWP and other organisations

Universal Credit: support if you are dependent on drugs or alcohol

24 November, 2014

How Universal Credit can be tailored to support a claimant if they are dependent on drugs and/or alcohol

Universal Credit and tax credits

24 November, 2014

An overview of how people who are claiming tax credits might be affected by Universal Credit

Immigration minister James Brokenshire on new rules requiring landlords to check tenants' right to be in the UK

24 November, 2014

When we don't have firm - but fair - controls on immigration, everyone suffers

Deadline to the Breadline

24 November, 2014

If a household's income suffers an unexpected shock and suddenly stops, their money would run out in just 26 days on average

Benefits stopped a whopping 70,000 times for jobseekers who can't show they're looking for work

24 November, 2014

Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith accused the Government of 'punishing' vulnerable people

Lib Dems back welfare devolution

24 November, 2014

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have given their backing to the transfer of powers over welfare to the Scottish Parliament

Advice to landlords: Register or face a fine

24 November, 2014

Landlords who let residential property in Northern Ireland must be registered by 25 February 2015 or face a fine of up to £2,500

Benefit changes mean a choice of 'eat or heat' for an increasing number of families

24 November, 2014

The cost-of-living crisis is damaging the health of children with disabilities

EU free movement: make it fair to keep it free

24 November, 2014

Proposals being considered by Number 10 to bar migrants from claiming tax credits and housing benefits could diminish key pull factor for EU immigration

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion 2014

24 November, 2014

Our annual assessment of progress in tackling poverty and disadvantage across the UK

Revenge evictions: 'An electrician said our shower was unsafe. The landlord's response was to evict us'

24 November, 2014

More and more tenants are being evicted - often unfairly - new figures show. But pressure is growing for change

Bad news for job seekers

21 November, 2014

Your warmly welcomed headline "People power saves our town's jobcentre" does not tell the whole story

Newcastle landlord builds homes to meet the bedroom tax

21 November, 2014

A social landlord in Newcastle has completed work on a £2 million development of smaller homes built to meet the need created by the bedroom tax

How can you charge the bedroom tax on a stalked woman's panic room?

21 November, 2014

Under the bedroom tax regime, a panic room built to keep a woman and her son safe from abuse has been deemed a "spare bedroom"

Scale of arrears clawback plan sparks fears

21 November, 2014

Government-enforced changes to how landlords recoup rent arrears under universal credit could force tenants into the arms of loan sharks, housing associations have warned

99.5% of people unaware of new renter protection rules

21 November, 2014

Just one person in 200 is aware government scheme designed to protect renters exists

£311k to send benefit claimants to financial advice charities

21 November, 2014

The Social Security Agency spent £311,000 on a scheme which told benefit claimants where they could get free advice on managing their money

Half of all benefit claimants sent on placements turn up to work

21 November, 2014

Claimants face having their benefits stopped for not turning up to training and work placements

Tenant finances absorb record rents

21 November, 2014

Rents across England & Wales reach new record of £770 per month, up 1.5% over the last twelve months

What Went Wrong With Welfare Reform?

21 November, 2014

Simon Duffy explores the reality of welfare reform in the UK

Rent First...please

20 November, 2014

An annual campaign to encourage council tenants to prioritise paying their rent in the lead up to Christmas is due to start on Monday (24th November)

Food banks - when is research evidence 'good enough?'

20 November, 2014

What lies behind the rise in people using food banks in Britain?

Local authority insight survey wave 26: removal of access to Housing Benefit for European Economic Area (EEA) jobseekers

20 November, 2014

This research asks local authorities about limiting access to benefits for European Economic Area nationals

The Housing Benefit (Habitual Residence) Amendment Regulations 2014 (S.I. 2014 No. 539): SSAC report

20 November, 2014

A report on the Housing Benefit (Habitual Residence) Amendment Regulations 2014 (S.I. 2014 No. 539). It includes a government statement

Devolve parts of welfare system to Wales

20 November, 2014

A charity which runs food banks says parts of the welfare system should be devolved to Wales to reduce poverty

Nine local authorities in first wave of accelerated Universal Credit roll-out

20 November, 2014

Nine Scottish local authorities are among the 77 councils identified for the first wave of the accelerated Universal Credit roll-out

New research confronts social housing stereotypes

20 November, 2014

Report debunks the myth that social housing residents are characterised by high levels of benefit dependency, lone parenthood, long-term unemployment and limited aspiration

Emergency Use Only: Understanding and reducing the use of food banks in the UK

20 November, 2014

The use of emergency food aid in the UK, particularly in the form of food banks, has dramatically increased

HB S9/2014

20 November, 2014

Contains information on payment of New Burdens relating to the Single Fraud Investigation Service for 2014/15

HB S8/2014

20 November, 2014

Contains information on 2015/16 Housing Benefit administration subsidy arrangements for English local authorities

HB S7/2014

20 November, 2014

Contains information on 2015/16 Housing Benefit administration subsidy arrangements for Welsh local authorities

HB S6/2014

20 November, 2014

Contains information on 2015/16 Housing Benefit administration subsidy arrangements for Scottish local authorities

How the Welfare State wrecked marriage

19 November, 2014

For many years I have been studying the Welfare State and its effects on British life

Welfare cuts will increase fire risk for poorer families

19 November, 2014

Firefighters have warned the government that cutting provisions that help low income families replace old and unsafe electrical goods could increase the risk of fire and fatalities

How can you slow the unstoppable rise of evictions?

19 November, 2014

The number of evictions has more than doubled in a year, throwing thousands of families into turmoil and temporary accommodation

New research reveals lack of awareness of charitable grants and effects on those in financial hardship

19 November, 2014

A stark lack of awareness of the support available through charitable grants amongst people in financial hardship has been revealed

Food banks say welfare reform is fuelling demand

19 November, 2014

An organisation which runs food banks says nearly half of all its referrals in Wales last year were due to changes or delays to benefits payments

Statistics reveal modest rent rises in private sector for most regions in Scotland

19 November, 2014

New statistics have revealed mixed trends in private sector rent levels across Scotland with modest rises below the rate of inflation in most areas between 2010 and 2014

Coastline embarks on stock improvement to tackle fuel poverty

19 November, 2014

Cornwall's Coastline Housing Association has launched an ambitious plan to reduce fuel poverty for up to 4,000 tenants by 2019

EU migrants would wait two years for jobless benefits

19 November, 2014

EU migrants would have to wait two years before claiming out of work benefits, under new Labour Party plans

Court challenge to benefit changes for 'secure' housing

19 November, 2014

Housing benefit changes should not apply to people who have had their accommodation adapted to protect them from a violent ex-partner

Tenants get eviction reprieve but future still uncertain

18 November, 2014

Tenants facing eviction from a London estate have won an eleventh hour reprieve - but are still facing an uncertain future

Scotland needs a more 'coherent approach' to welfare reform

18 November, 2014

Scotland needs a more 'coherent approach' to mitigate the effects of welfare reform

Government slammed after nearly 3,000 Swansea tenants hit by 'cruel, unfair' bedroom tax

18 November, 2014

The coalition has been slammed by a member of the Welsh Assembly after figures revealed that 2,740 social housing tenants in Swansea have fallen foul of the bedroom tax

What is happening to spending on social security?

18 November, 2014

Over the course of this parliament, the government have made changes to benefits and tax credits

'Hundreds of disabled people hit by 'bedroom tax' could be missing out on financial help'

18 November, 2014

Hundreds of disabled people affected by the bedroom tax in Wales are missing out on financial help, due to a lack of parity on policy across local authorities

Government's unemployment figures questioned as research reveals sanctioned JSA claimants 'disappeared'

18 November, 2014

The government's unemployment figures could be hugely understating the true extent of joblessness in the UK

Church leaders launch attack on 'unjust' bedroom tax

18 November, 2014

Senior clergy described policy as 'unjust' and 'deeply unfair'

A third of people are planning to take out short-term credit to pay for Christmas

18 November, 2014

Latest research show that one third of people are planning to take out some kind of short-term credit to pay for Christmas

Credit unions gallop ahead with help from pop stars, politicians and royalty

17 November, 2014

An old form of borrowing and saving is getting a new lease of life with everyone from Camilla to Imelda May getting an account

The social security system: long-term trends and recent changes

17 November, 2014

The British welfare state has changed dramatically in size and shape over the 70 years since the Beveridge Report

Practical implications of immigration checks on new letting

17 November, 2014

Immigration checks on new lettings are required by the Immigration Act 2014

Were we really all in it together? The distributional effects of the UK Coalition government's tax-benefit policy changes

17 November, 2014

This paper examines the distributional impacts of the changes to benefits, tax credits, pensions and direct (but not indirect) taxes

Only 4% of people in Liverpool fighting bedroom tax have had lost money paid back

17 November, 2014

Lengthy tribunal process misery for many facing 'under occupancy charge'

No internet, no child tax break: 200,000 families are likely to miss out because they do not have access to the web

17 November, 2014

One in 10 families entitled to the benefit will have difficulty claiming it

HB G11/2014

17 November, 2014

Contains information on Fraud and Error in the benefit system

Touchbase DWP E-zine

17 November, 2014

November 2014

What will the housing market look like in 2040?

17 November, 2014

This research explores how the housing market is likely to change in the coming decades, and how this will affect poverty

LIN Press Release - Third Party Deductions For Rent Arrears - Important Announcement

14 November, 2014

Third Party Deductions For Rent Arrears - Important Announcement

Universal credit: The 20% deduction explained

14 November, 2014

The DWP has just published a compendium of the most recent reports, relating to the development and implementation of universal credit

Grim warning amid fears of housing payment cut

14 November, 2014

Beneficiaries have been warned by a councillor there may "depressing times ahead" in Oxford if there are further cuts

Number of housing benefit claimants drop

14 November, 2014

The number of people claiming housing benefit has dropped by 2% over the past year

Use autumn statement to support private tenants at risk of becoming homeless

14 November, 2014

The chancellor should use next month's autumn statement to increase support for private tenants at risk of becoming homeless

SFHA highlights 'bedroom tax' to illustrate challenges of existing devolution settlement

14 November, 2014

SFHA joined 28 civic organisations invited to make arguments to the Commission on further powers for Scotland

Housing group accused of hiking rents by 36% in four years

14 November, 2014

A London housing association accused of hiking the rents on more than 1,000 homes by 36% over the past four years says it is making a loss on the properties

Food for thought

14 November, 2014

An insight into why young people in England access foodbanks

Surge in evictions as poorest tenants are hit by new benefit cap

14 November, 2014

The number of tenants evicted by their landlords is at a record high

Angus food bank donations given a vital boost

13 November, 2014

A Tayside charity has doubled its food bank donations in Angus by asking local supermarkets to get involved

Loss of rented housing is causing homelessness says CIH NI

13 November, 2014

Tenants on low incomes are struggling to meet the increasing shortfall between their housing benefit assistance and their rent

We don't know how many revenge evictions there are

13 November, 2014

In just over two weeks' time, MPs are due to debate Sarah Teather's Bill aimed at outlawing "retaliatory evictions"

Universal Credit and families: questions and answers

13 November, 2014

This guide explains what Universal Credit will mean for families who make a Universal Credit claim

Universal Credit: claimant journey for families

13 November, 2014

Illustrated guides to the steps that people will take when making a Universal Credit claim as a family

How Universal Credit supports families

13 November, 2014

Illustrated guide showing the support Universal Credit provides to families and what is expected of them in return

Social landlord support pack

13 November, 2014

This guide explain what Universal Credit means for local authorities and tenants

Universal Credit support boost for social landlords

13 November, 2014

A support pack has been designed to give social landlords practical advice on how to ensure their tenants are prepared for Universal Credit

DWP could pay 20% of universal credit directly to landlords in arrears cases

13 November, 2014

Tenants in receipt of universal credit who fall into arrears will see up to 20% of their monthly payment diverted directly to their landlord

Will 'world first' energy pilot see tenants' fuel bills fall?

13 November, 2014

Hundreds of council tenants are set to benefit from cheaper energy bills thanks to a world first trial

Figures reveal slow take up of universal credit

13 November, 2014

Only 20,540 claimants started on universal credit between April 2013 and October 2014

Welfare reforms and people living with disability debate

13 November, 2014

The Scottish government led a debate on the impact of welfare benefits reform on people living with disabilities on Wednesday, 12 November

Barnet Council proposes 'unlawful' rent rise

13 November, 2014

Barnet Council's proposals to increase its tenants' rents to 80% of market rent levels could be unlawful

Top EU court rules against 'welfare tourists'

12 November, 2014

European Union countries can block jobless immigrants from receiving welfare benefits, Europe's top court said on Tuesday

Freeing Housing Associations: Better financing, more homes

12 November, 2014

Housing associations are being stifled by unnecessary red tape that prevents them from building 100,000 new homes a year

Record-breaking number of people in jobs

12 November, 2014

A record-breaking number of people are now in work, averaging over 13,000 more people in jobs every single week over the last year

Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to June 2014

12 November, 2014

Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to June 2014

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 6 Nov 2014

12 November, 2014

Universal Credit statistics including the number of claims made up to 6 Nov 2014, starts to 9 Oct 2014 and total caseload at 9 Oct 2014

Public are positive towards contribution and value of social housing

12 November, 2014

The British public are positive about the contribution and value of social housing

Escape Plan: Understanding who progresses from low pay and who gets stuck

12 November, 2014

Our findings highlight that employees can move into higher paying roles but escaping completely from low pay is more difficult

'My landlord said he couldn't be bothered with the hassle'

12 November, 2014

I've lived in Brighton for 12 years and I love my life here

Why welfare is not about them and us

12 November, 2014

Public perceptions that society is split into those who benefit from welfare and those who pay - take no account that we will all benefit from the NHS and pensions

Cap on the cost of credit will help fight exploitative payday lending

12 November, 2014

New evidence from Citizens Advice reveals North East and West Midlands are payday loan hotspots

Iain Duncan Smith's Universal Credit system thrown into doubt by Government findings

12 November, 2014

The scheme would have to deal with 1.6million changes per month to people's claims, and has been dogged by delays and glitches so far

Running up debt: Why poorer households can't afford council tax

11 November, 2014

LIN member report written by Neil Merrick

This LIN member report looks at what has happened in the 18 months since the abolition of CTB and ahead to what could happen next year as local authorities keep their council tax support schemes under review

How welfare can kill the appetite for work

11 November, 2014

On our front page yesterday, we posed a rhetorical question that encapsulates a deep economic malaise afflicting this country: 'Is there no one left in Britain who can make a sandwich?'

No buy to let finance for one in five landlords

11 November, 2014

Three in 10 landlords say they will look for additional buy to let lending or to re-mortgage in the next three months, yet many may not gain access to finance

Association creating home swap app

11 November, 2014

A social landlord is developing the housing sector's answer to dating app Tinder in order to help tenants swap homes

Landlords to predict arrears with 'big data'

11 November, 2014

A housing charity is leading a consortium of social landlords to make the sector's first foray into using 'big data' from half a million homes to predict properties at risk of rent arrears

Nicola Sturgeon promises 'strong focus' on inequality

11 November, 2014

Nicola Sturgeon has promised to lead a government with a "sharp focus" on tackling inequality when she becomes first minister

What do private renters say about their tenure?

11 November, 2014

What people think about their tenure really interests me so the tweet above totally grabbed my attention

Modernising benefit delivery in the Social Security Agency's local office network

11 November, 2014

The SSA is responsible for the provision of a wide range of welfare benefits and services, working alongside the DEL which provides assistance to people looking for work

The story of the millionaire Tory MP and the tenants facing homelessness

11 November, 2014

One estate's tradition of providing affordable flats is ending with the rush to cash in on the housing boom

More households can benefit from renewable heating

11 November, 2014

More social landlords and their tenants could soon be benefitting from renewable heating, helping them have warmer homes and lower bills

Payday loan charges cap announced by FCA

11 November, 2014

A cap on the amount that payday lenders can charge their customers has been announced by the City regulator

Iain Duncan Smith accused of benefits cover-up over Universal Credit cash

10 November, 2014

The Work and Pensions Secretary told MPs "no money has been wasted" as he rolls most working age benefits into one - Labour branded this a lie

UK Government 'in denial' about human cost of welfare reforms

10 November, 2014

A Holyrood committee has called on Scotland Office minister David Mundell to keep a promise to meet food bank providers

Tenants to present petition asking for rent freeze

10 November, 2014

Peabody residents will hand over a petition today with more than 1,000 signatures to ask for a year's rent freeze

"Second class citizens"?

10 November, 2014

The personal impact of the public debate on benefits

Two thirds of renters overcharged by letting agents

10 November, 2014

Back in 2013, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) described the private lettings market as 'dysfunctional'

Housing Law and the Welfare State - the role of 'law' in governing state-citizen relations

10 November, 2014

In 2012, Nicola Sturgeon heralded the scrapping of 'priority need' assessments for homeless households in Scotland

Bedroom tax sees Liverpool homes stand empty as they are too expensive to live in

10 November, 2014

Shortage of smaller flats combines with surplus of larger homes

Latest foodbank figures top 900,000

10 November, 2014

Life has got worse not better for poorest in 2013/14, and this is just the tip of the iceberg

The bus stops here for tenants and landlords...

07 November, 2014

Staff from Birmingham City Council's private rented services are catching the bus next week... to help tenants and landlords find out about the support that's available to them

Number of workless households in Wales falls

07 November, 2014

The number of households where no one has a job fell in all but four of the 22 local authorities in Wales between 2012 and 2013

Benefits changes warning over social housing rents

07 November, 2014

More benefit reforms by the UK government could make it difficult for housing associations in Wales to take on any more of the responsibilities that councils can no longer afford

Fuel poverty and its effect on our health

07 November, 2014

If your energy bill had come down in line with the drop in wholesale prices, you'd be better off by around £70

Housing bodies call for a Scottish welfare system

07 November, 2014

Social landlords say full control of welfare system must be given to Scots

Storey announces review of private rented sector regulation

07 November, 2014

Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA, has announced a review which aims to enhance the private rented sector in Northern Ireland

Tories plan to deny EU migrants out-of-work benefits under universal credit

07 November, 2014

Ministers believe unified system will be exempt from rule that labour-market benefits must be available to all EU workers

Private landlords to own £1tn of property by 2015

07 November, 2014

Figures show sector worth three-and-a-half times more than 2001, with new pension rules likely to see more money flow in

Payday loans crackdown 'will hit the poor' and leave families without credit

07 November, 2014

A government crackdown on legal "loan sharks" will leave poor families without any access to credit

IDS hails benefit cap 'impact'

07 November, 2014

More than 12,000 households have taken up jobs or stopped claiming Housing Benefit after being subjected to the benefit cap

Too much welfare spending? Depends what 'welfare' is

06 November, 2014

A YouGov polling experiment confirms that voters take very different views on welfare spending depending on how it is broken down

Universal Credit: Government proposal to take account of past earnings in repeat claims

06 November, 2014

Read our submission in response to the consultation on surpluses and self-employed losses under Universal Credit

Universal Credit - an overview

06 November, 2014

This briefing provides an introduction to the potential issues surrounding Universal Credit

Benefit cap: thousands move into work

06 November, 2014

More than 12,000 households have made the choice to move into work or stop claiming Housing Benefit because of the benefit cap

Fraud and error in the benefit system

06 November, 2014

Estimates of fraud and error levels in the benefit system in Great Britain

Benefit cap: number of households capped to August 2014

06 November, 2014

Number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to August 2014

Committee launch inquiry into benefit sanctions

06 November, 2014

The Work and Pensions Committee has decided to conduct an inquiry into benefit sanctions policy

Landlord's plan to ban tenants on zero-hour contracts slammed

06 November, 2014

A property expert has slammed a major landlord's plan to ban tenants employed on zero-hour contracts from renting his properties

Renters need reform now - not the promise of a house in seven years

06 November, 2014

Will Labour break the grip of the home ownership political orthodoxy?

Scotland's social landlords call on Smith Commission to devolve welfare system

06 November, 2014

Scotland's social landlords are calling on the Smith Commission to devolve all aspects of the welfare system, with the full fiscal and tax powers needed to fund the system

Work Programme adviser: 'Almost every day one of my clients mentioned feeling suicidal'

06 November, 2014

Whistleblower says her job was box ticking, sanctioning sick people who had little chance of employment, and she wasn't able to treat clients as human beings

The Work Programme

06 November, 2014

Twenty-first Report of Session 2014-15

Pay your child maintenance or damage your credit rating

05 November, 2014

Separated parents who fail to contribute financially to the upbringing of their children, face ruining their credit rating from next year

Understanding the Role of Immigrants' Legal Status: Evidence from Policy Experiments

05 November, 2014

European migrants to the UK are not a drain on Britain's finances and pay out far more in taxes than they receive in state benefits

Local welfare provision review

05 November, 2014

A review of local welfare provision, with input from local authorities, third sector organisations and the Local Government Association

Council acting unlawfully against disabled bedroom tax couple

05 November, 2014

A council has been accused of unlawfully discriminating against a disabled couple hit by the government's controversial bedroom tax

Stop universal credit and devolve welfare system demand social landlords

05 November, 2014

Scotland's social landlords are calling for all aspects of the welfare system to be devolved and for the roll-out of universal credit to be immediately halted

The truth about welfare spending: Facts or propaganda?

05 November, 2014

Forget the number of shopping days till Christmas. We are now just six months away from a general election

A new agenda for welfare

05 November, 2014

Britain needs a social security system based on solidarity, risk sharing and collective action

HB Direct

05 November, 2014

Issue 154 - November 2014

Private Rented Property Licensing

04 November, 2014

Borough landlords are to be written to over the next couple of months to put them on alert that the new Private Rented Property Licensing scheme comes into effect from 1 April 2015

Private renting needs the right reforms

04 November, 2014

The private rental market is expanding dramatically - and that will involve change

Code of Practice for Landlords

04 November, 2014

Avoiding unlawful discrimination when conducting 'right to rent' checks in the private rented residential sector

Draft code of practice on illegal immigrants and private rented accommodation

04 November, 2014

Civil penalty scheme for landlords and their agents

Iain Duncan Smith accuses universal credit and bedroom tax opponents of 'getting their facts wrong'

04 November, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith insisted universal credit was "doing really well" and the bedroom tax was "decent and fair" as he was once again forced to defend his welfare reforms

Landmark housing benefit figure reached after 60% surge in working claimants

04 November, 2014

More than one million working people are now in receipt of housing benefit

Guidance for handling arrears and possession sales of shared ownership properties

04 November, 2014

This guidance for lenders and HAs has been prepared jointly by the CML, NHF, HCA and the BSA

It embodies the commitment of both organisations to ensure that the shared ownership model, which has worked successfully for over 30 years, functions as effectively as possible for the benefit of owner/tenants, HAs and lenders

You say welfare, we say...

04 November, 2014

How the Government is misleading us with its definition of welfare, and why it matters

DWP orders man to work without pay for company that let him go

04 November, 2014

John McArthur is sanctioned by jobcentre after refusing 'forced labour' at firm where he was previously paid minimum wage

Private tenants in poorer properties

03 November, 2014

I endorse one hundred per cent Pamela Huson's letter when she spoke about the lack of social housing being built, and says, it is a national disgrace

New rules for buy to let lending on the way

03 November, 2014

Chancellor George Osborne is warning the government may restrict buy to let borrowing with loan caps and rent cover limits

Generation Rent: ignored, insecure - and on the rise

03 November, 2014

Politicians ignore the number of people renting property at their peril - they could become a hugely powerful political faction

Crawley Council landlord licensing plan sparks alarm

03 November, 2014

Henry Smith, MP for Crawley, is alarmed that Crawley Council could be considering more licensing for local landlords

In-work Housing Benefit: Analysis of on-flows and off-flows of in-work Housing Benefit claims

03 November, 2014

This publication presents analysis of the flows into and out of in-work Housing Benefit (HB) over time

More powers for Scotland could help improve housing system

03 November, 2014

Giving the Scottish government extra powers could help it build more homes and improve the country's housing system

80% of UK's landlords unaware of imminent tenant immigration status law

03 November, 2014

A new survey has found that the majority of UK landlords are unaware of imminent legislation that will require them to check the immigration status of tenants

Q&A: What benefits can EU migrants get?

03 November, 2014

The benefits that EU migrants can claim in another EU country vary across the 28-nation bloc, but certain basic rules are enshrined in EU law

I'm on benefits and I'm not proud to be on them

03 November, 2014

I am 35 living in Somerset, working voluntarily within my community. I have two children and one has special needs

Zero-hours contract workers turned away by some of UK's biggest landlords

03 November, 2014

As well as high rents, workers with no fixed hours or income face problems finding a landlord who will agree to house them

Time to decide on fair council tax changes

03 November, 2014

Preparatory work to make council tax fair should start now if changes are to be introduced after local authorities are merged

'Bedroom tax' stays to next parliament

31 October, 2014

The 'bedroom tax' will survive into the next parliament, after the Conservatives killed off a Bill that would effectively scrap it

Salford families are waiting more than a month for housing claim decisions

31 October, 2014

Households are having to wait on average 36 days for a decision on whether they can get help to pay the rent

UK's Universal Credit is too vital to ignore

31 October, 2014

There has been a bit of glee locally that Universal Credit is running into trouble

Council becomes first to use new anti-social powers to evict tenants

31 October, 2014

Oldham Council is believed to have become the first local authority in the country to use new anti-social behaviour powers to remove tenants from a property

DUP to 'bring welfare reform issue to a head'

31 October, 2014

The DUP says it intends to bring the controversial welfare reform issue "to a head" before Christmas if it is not resolved in the current talks process

Empty Bedrooms Undermine New Building

31 October, 2014

The growing trend towards under-occupation is exacerbating Britain's housing crisis

Caerphilly cabinet approves cuts and council tax increase

31 October, 2014

Services are to be hit significantly after draft savings and budget cuts were endorsed by Caerphilly council's cabinet

Real Life Reform

31 October, 2014

Report 5 - October 2014

DWP Stakeholder Bulletin - October 2014

31 October, 2014

Containing information on: CSA arrangements are ending, Benefit Fraud - Do the right thing campaign and Transition from Tax Credits to Universal Credit

A Democratic Tenant Conversation

30 October, 2014

Results of the T.A.R.O.E. National Survey of Tenant

Bedroom tax victims are the real losers of the EU referendum bill's death

30 October, 2014

The strange death of the Tories' EU referendum bill has been a particularly ugly coalition one

Court rules against town hall on council tax scheme

30 October, 2014

Councils across England may have to overhaul their procedures on reducing council tax support after a court ruled a London borough's consultation was unlawful

Building the future

30 October, 2014

The economic and fiscal impacts of making homes energy efficient

Renter Power

30 October, 2014

Is Parliament's paradigm of home ownership coming to an end?

Can private landlords refuse to let to Housing Benefit claimants?

30 October, 2014

It is not unusual for private landlords to advertise properties to let stating that they will not accept applications from Housing Benefit claimants

Who gave what: DHP allocation analysis

30 October, 2014

Last year, councils were allocated special funds to help housing benefit claimants struggling with welfare changes

Welfare reform concessions 'not enough to protect vulnerable'

30 October, 2014

Modifications to Westminster's welfare reforms are not enough to protect the most vulnerable

London exodus surges as welfare and housing pressures take toll

30 October, 2014

The number of families given council help to leave London rose sharply last year

MPs urged to prepare for shift among voters towards renting

30 October, 2014

Politicians have been urged to take the concerns of tenants more seriously after research indicated that more than 100 MPs will represent renter-dominated constituencies

Cuts to employment and support allowance 'considered'

30 October, 2014

Ministers are considering drastically cutting the main Employment and Support Allowance sickness benefit

Partnership with Credit Union helping tenants to get ahead financially

29 October, 2014

Lewisham Homes' partnership with the Lewisham Plus Credit Union provides financial support to residents through basic budgeting, loans, current accounts

Removal of subsidy for spare room not unlawful

29 October, 2014

Whether you call it the 'spare room subsidy' or the 'bedroom tax', the removal of this type of housing benefit has been nothing short of controversial

Sky-high housing costs leave five million stuck in the 'rent-trap'

29 October, 2014

Two thirds of private renters in England - the equivalent of five million people - are unable to save a penny towards a deposit for a home of their own

Better repairs 'top priority' for social tenants

29 October, 2014

Four in 10 social housing tenants have cited better repairs and maintenance as their top priority for improving quality of life

An MP's valiant effort to crush the bedroom tax has come undone

29 October, 2014

The Affordable Homes Bill has been indefinitely stalled

Welfare reform to be discussed at conference

29 October, 2014

A conference dealing with the impact of welfare reform is due to get underway in Belfast later

Single mother-of-five made homeless by benefits cap turns to Supreme Court over Westminster Council's attempts at 'social cleansing'

29 October, 2014

Titina Nzolameso wanted to remain in London, but was instead offered accommodation near Milton Keynes

Inside Welfare Reform

29 October, 2014

Economist Jonathan Portes assesses how well the government has implemented its controversial welfare reforms

Payday loan brokers regularly raid bank accounts of poor customers

29 October, 2014

Natwest receives hundreds of complaints daily from vulnerable people who have unexpectedly had money taken from accounts

HB U5/2014

29 October, 2014

Contains information on the bedroom tax

Benefits Britain

28 October, 2014

Dispatches investigates a £13 billion revolution taking place on Britain's benefit streets

How mobile working is helping us adapt to welfare reform

28 October, 2014

Blending new technology with face-to-face support has led to dramatic improvements in income collection and sustaining tenancies

Welfare trends report - October 2014

28 October, 2014

This is our first WTR, a new annual publication that will examine trends in spending on different elements of the welfare system

Five ways housing associations can improve their customer service

28 October, 2014

To survive in a more commercial world, housing providers need better customer service

Credit agency issues warning over two year benefit freeze

28 October, 2014

A major credit agency has warned that a proposed benefits freeze could lead to 'downward pressure' on rents and make it 'increasingly difficult' for housing associations to manage arrears

Can technology resolve our universal credit headaches?

28 October, 2014

As we continue to prepare for the onset of universal credit, many organisations are naturally looking at the technological solutions in the market place to help them

Leaked universal credit memo shows jobcentre staff struggling with rollout

28 October, 2014

Jobcentre whistleblower tells Dispatches that computerised benefits scheme is 'unworkable, poorly designed and out of date'

Welfare Reform Committee 2

28 October, 2014

The Welfare Reform Committee took evidence on the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill on 28 October 2014

Welfare Reform Committee 1

28 October, 2014

The Welfare Reform Committee took evidence from people who had accessed the Scottish Welfare Fund, on 28 October 2014

Universal Credit: changing the culture of Jobcentre Plus

27 October, 2014

Policy in Practice recently went to see Universal Credit (UC) live in Hammersmith Jobcentre Plus

Wales' rental market is lagging behind the rest of Britain with almost no growth over the last year

27 October, 2014

Private rental prices grew just 0.2% across Wales from September 2013 to September this year according to the Index of Private Housing Rental Prices

Wait a week for jobless benefits

27 October, 2014

Unemployed benefits' claimants will have to wait a week for their payments under new rules to be introduced tomorrow

Universal credit is a tale of failure that's still unfolding

27 October, 2014

The wildly over-ambitious timetable, the soaring costs, the human suffering - Iain Duncan Smith's flagship policy has been flagship disaster

Let's stop the scourge of revenge evictions

27 October, 2014

People should not live in fear of being evicted by their landlord if they complain about a problem with their home

Housing association secures refunds for 788 bedroom tax tenants

27 October, 2014

A Kent housing association has used its unique 'unregistered' status to secure 788 tenants bedroom tax refunds worth in total more than £500,000

Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit back to work schemes

27 October, 2014

Guidance about the different back to work schemes available to JSA and Universal Credit claimants

Council brings in scheme to raise PRS standards

27 October, 2014

Salford City Council has introduced a scheme aimed at increasing standards in the private rented sector (PRS) in parts of Eccles and Barton

Tories in Commons 'time wasting' plot to save the hated Bedroom Tax

27 October, 2014

A private Bill that would scrap the cruel tax for many victims is now being considered by a committee of MPs

Miliband barred Lamont from attacking bedroom tax for 12 months

27 October, 2014

Glasgow Pollok MSP, who quit as head of Scottish Labour, was told to stay mute on topic while party leader decided on policy

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, July to September 2014

27 October, 2014

Private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 1.0% in the 12 months to September 2014

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