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

24 April, 2014

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

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

24 April, 2014

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

Home Truths 2013/14

24 April, 2014

North West

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

Drug-dealing tenants evicted as housing provider cracks down on ASB

24 April, 2014

A housing association has carried out two evictions and obtained five court injunctions in the last six months

Residents to benefit from free Wifi thanks to Trust project

24 April, 2014

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

Census suggests 1.1 million households in England and Wales were overcrowded

24 April, 2014

ONS census analysis on occupancy ratings by household type

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

Expert highlights opportunity to develop fairer welfare system and tackle poverty

24 April, 2014

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

Iain Duncan Smith warns over costs of Scottish welfare pledges

24 April, 2014

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

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

24 April, 2014

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

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

24 April, 2014

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

1.75m British families poorer due to welfare cuts

23 April, 2014

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

Average housing benefit claim processed a week late

23 April, 2014

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

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

23 April, 2014

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

Anonymous housing assault survey launches

23 April, 2014

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

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

23 April, 2014

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

Food for Thought

23 April, 2014

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

Payday lending summit staged in Glasgow

23 April, 2014

Plans to reduce the number of payday lenders on the high street are being discussed at Scotland's first payday lending summit in Glasgow

Should landlords renting out poor quality homes lose their tax breaks?

23 April, 2014

A third of privately rented homes would not meet the decent homes standard, but could cutting tax breaks encourage landlords to raise standards?

Discretionary Housing Payments Guidance Manual

23 April, 2014

DWP guide which includes a Local Authority Good Practice Guide - April 2014

General practitioner fined after HMO licence breach

22 April, 2014

A general practitioner from Carmarthenshire has been prosecuted for failing to licence a house in multiple occupation

Food bank sees donations soar 1000% after 'utterly vile' Mail on Sunday attack

22 April, 2014

A food bank charity has seen donations soar by over 1000% in the wake of a widely slammed Mail on Sunday article that attacked the organisation

Plea to aid downsizing amid empty rooms glut

22 April, 2014

Seven in 10 households in England and Wales have at least one spare bedroom despite a severe housing shortage, census figures show

Hundreds diagnosed with malnutrition in Wales amid anger over dependence on foodbanks

22 April, 2014

Doctors have diagnosed hundreds of patients in Wales with malnutrition over recent years, amid anger about soaring dependence on foodbanks

Generation rent

22 April, 2014

How thousands across Wales accept they may never be able to buy their own home

Just one in 29 benefit cheats goes to jail despite ministers' promises to crack down on swindlers

22 April, 2014

Just 250 out of of 7,188 benefits cheats were put behind bars in 2012, despite claims from Westminster that a tougher stance would be taken on swindlers

A quarter of teachers bring food into school to help hungry pupils

22 April, 2014

Teachers are having to bring in food to give their pupils breakfast every day because they are too hungry and exhausted to learn as a result of increased poverty, according to a new report

Providing social housing for local people

22 April, 2014

Statutory guidance on social housing allocations for local authorities in England - summary of consultation responses

Government approves property ombudsman to provide independent redress service

22 April, 2014

The Government has approved The Property Ombudsman (TPO) to provide a free and independent redress service to landlords and tenants, as part of new legislative changes coming into effect for lettings agents

Abolition of crisis funds creates postcode lottery for most vulnerable

22 April, 2014

Slashing emergency support for families in trouble is likely to force those who need urgent help into a vicious cycle of poverty

Jumping the Shark

22 April, 2014

Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)report

This report suggests that a one-off £450 million levy on the payday loan industry would be enough to create a sector of not-for-profit lenders to rival 'firms like Wonga, Quick Quid and Payday Express'lenders to take on what it calls 'Britain's legal loan sharks'.

Multiple Cuts for the Poorest Families

22 April, 2014

Oxfam report

The UK government has introduced a number of changes to the benefit system in recent years and 1.75 million of the poorest families have seen their benefits cut to date due to welfare reform. For each individual change, the government publishes an impact assessment, but it has not assessed how they overlap. This report identifies how many of the poorest families have seen their benefits cut by at least one of these changes, and how much worse off they are.

Councils sit on £67m in emergency help for poor

22 April, 2014

Record numbers of families have pleas for help rejected even though councils in England are failing to spend allocated cash

Learning curve

17 April, 2014

A year on from the introduction of the bedroom tax

The welfare state: Charity that wounds?

17 April, 2014

Could too much compassion in the welfare state hurt the very people it is supposed to help?

Bedroom tax preparations pay off for social landlord as arrears drop

17 April, 2014

A social landlord has hailed its preparations for the government's welfare reforms as the driver for a "significant reduction" in rent arrears

Food bank charity 'is misleading the public': Claim that 1m need food parcels 'just self promotion'

17 April, 2014

Claims that 1,000,000 people resorted to emergency supplies from food banks were dismissed as 'misleading and emotionally manipulative'

Life of a food bank user: no gas, no cooker, benefits delayed

17 April, 2014

I just met Keith, from Watford. He used to crew a Nimrod in the RAF. Now his most challenging mission is to feed himself on £58.92 a week

Financial situation deteriorating for majority of low income social housing tenants

17 April, 2014

Almost two thirds of social housing households feel that their financial situation has worsened in the last year

HSBC enters social housing sector with £75m loan

17 April, 2014

A HA has confirmed it has secured a £75 million debt facility from HSBC, marking the bank's first major direct lending to the sector

Are you borrowing to pay your rent or mortgage?

17 April, 2014

Many feel they have no choice but to borrow in order to pay their rent or mortgage each month

Two in three associations pay living wage

17 April, 2014

The majority of landlords are helping to keep employees above the breadline

HB G4/2014

17 April, 2014

April 2014

Latest foodbank figures top 900,000

16 April, 2014

Life has got worse not better for the poorest in 2013/14

SFHA comments on latest Scottish Government welfare reform mitigation statistics

16 April, 2014

From April 2013 to February 2014, local authorities in Scotland made just over 70,000 awards under the Discretionary Housing Payments scheme

Massive rise in food poverty as nearly 1 million flock to food banks

16 April, 2014

Nearly 1,000,000 Brits received three days' emergency food from Trussell Trust food banks in 2013-14

Universal Credit: experimental official statistics to January 2014

16 April, 2014

Universal Credit is a new benefit that has started to replace six existing benefits and tax credits with a single monthly payment

Food banks see 'shocking' rise in number of users

16 April, 2014

A food bank charity says it has handed out 913,000 food parcels in the last year, up from 347,000 the year before

A fifth of landlords have had disputes with tenants

16 April, 2014

Disputes were overwhelmingly related to the state of the property

Even renters who work should be worried about housing benefit changes

16 April, 2014

If you lose your job, benefit changes mean your home is no longer safe. The social safety net is disappearing

Fees for eviction proceedings to rise by 150%

16 April, 2014

Fees for issuing eviction proceeding notices to social tenants are due to surge by 150 per cent to £250

One Year On: A Follow-Up Report on the 'Bedroom Tax'

16 April, 2014

This member report is written by Viv Ashley

In our first report briefing members on the so-called 'bedroom tax', we urged members to be alert to ongoing developments as this particularly controversial element of welfare reform continued to impact on tenants and landlords. In the six month since that report was published much has occurred, and here we update members on matters of particular interest.

Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland

15 April, 2014

More than £25m DHP awarded in Scotland

Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland: 1 April 2013 to 28 February 2014

15 April, 2014

Scottish local authorities have approved more than £25 million in discretionary housing payment awards

Is a new JSA sanctions storm brewing?

15 April, 2014

In recent months we've seen a huge leap in the numbers of people coming to Citizens Advice Bureaux seeking advice about sanctions on their JSA

Bedroom tax which has left Plymouth people out of pocket has 'failed to reduce waiting lists'

15 April, 2014

A peer once charged with solving the South West's housing crisis says the "bedroom tax" has "failed" to reduce housing waiting lists and save money, and "deprives" families of money they "need"

All letting agents told to sign up to compensation scheme as complaints against estate agents rise

15 April, 2014

All lettings agents will be forced to join a compensation scheme that will investigate complaints and force redress to tenants

Stronger protections for tenants and leaseholders

15 April, 2014

All letting and property management agents will be required to join an approved 'redress scheme' later this year

Post-implementation effects of the benefit cap: headline findings

15 April, 2014

Survey about the effects of the benefit cap following its implementation

£7m a month bill in welfare row: Taxpayers 'will suffer' as parties continue to squabble over benefit reform

15 April, 2014

Failure to implement welfare reforms in Northern Ireland will cost Stormont more than £7m per month in this financial year

Tower Hamlets spends £3 million to protect vulnerable residents from bedroom tax and benefit cap

15 April, 2014

A London council today announced it had spent £3 million protecting the borough's most vulnerable from the bedroom tax and other welfare reforms

Removal of the spare room subsidy: information videos

14 April, 2014

Videos to support local authorities, housing providers and support organisations in communicating the removal of the spare room subsidy

Tower Hamlets bails out 2,500 families hit by 'Bedroom Tax'

14 April, 2014

Thousands of families in London's deprived East End have lost an average of £1,000 since the government's controversial 'Bedroom Tax' was brought in a year ago

From food banks to property bubbles - the moral decay that blights Britain

14 April, 2014

Social historians will have no difficulty in giving an accurate portrait of the decline of today's Britain

3,000 jobless European migrants on benefits

14 April, 2014

New figures show extent of benefits tourism by unemployed European migrants as Iain Duncan Smith tightens the rules to stamp out abuse

Third of rented homes 'not up to standard'

14 April, 2014

A third of privately rented homes in England are in such a bad condition that they fail basic decency standards

SFHA welcomes launch of domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) but expresses concerns over Green Deal Assessments for social housing stock

14 April, 2014

The SFHA has welcomed the launch of the domestic RHI but has called on the Government to forgo Green Deal Assessments for social housing stock

Bedroom tax savings to be used to build new homes

14 April, 2014

Grant Shapps has said that the money the government has saved through the bedroom tax will be used to build new homes for people on housing waiting lists

Almost four million families could be just one paycheque away from losing their home

14 April, 2014

Millions of working families in the UK could not pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job

Grandmother becomes first tenant in Caerphilly to win an appeal against paying bedroom tax

14 April, 2014

A tribunal in Newport ruled her room is not big enough to be deemed a bedroom

Millions of private renters putting up with substandard homes

14 April, 2014

A third of private rented homes in England are failing decency standards

Does Freud care about bedroom tax evictions? Welfare minister faces Lords quiz over under-occupancy policy

14 April, 2014

Lord Freud has been asked if he knows or cares about how many social housing tenants have been evicted as a consequence of the controversial bedroom tax

Public access

11 April, 2014

A new scheme launched by the Bar is designed to help social landlords access legal help effortlessly

Bedrooms and brickbats

11 April, 2014

The bedroom tax will probably survive

Croydon Council rent arrears drop by nine per cent

11 April, 2014

Rent arrears for Croydon Council tenants have dropped by more than nine per cent in the last year

Help for those in food poverty

11 April, 2014

People who have to access Scotland's food banks will receive help through a support package of £1 million over the next two years

Council launches scheme to rent spare rooms to tenants facing homelessness

11 April, 2014

Mansfield District Council has introduced a new initiative to encourage households to rent spare rooms to those at risk of becoming homeless

Impact of welfare reform on rent arrears

11 April, 2014

Rent arrears believed to be caused by the bedroom tax in Scotland rose by £570,000 to £5.43 million between September and December

Challenging the bedroom tax

11 April, 2014

Peter Barker explains the current situation and reminds landlords that there are other ways to challenge the controversial policy

Ministers call for Exemptions for Disabled Tenants with Adapted Homes

11 April, 2014

Five Welsh Government Ministers joined together today to call on Lord Freud to exempt disabled tenants who have had adaptations undertaken to their homes

Personal independence payments are a punishment of the poor and ill

11 April, 2014

PIP should be a national scandal: Iain Duncan Smith's new system already has a huge backlog and people are dying waiting

87,000 households living in fear of the bailiffs after council tax support is axed

11 April, 2014

The disabled, war widows and the vulnerable are among those struggling to pay what has been described as 'the new Poll Tax'

Local partnership opportunities with Jobcentre Plus

11 April, 2014

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

MPs less than impressed with DWP's costly IT fiasco and "snail's pace" roll out of Universal Credit

10 April, 2014

The Government's implementation of UC is proceeding at a "snail's pace" and local authorities will now have to administer new claims for housing benefit for at least two years longer than previously thought

London's housing benefit claimants being turned away by landlords

10 April, 2014

London's private landlords are becoming increasingly more reluctant to let to housing benefit tenants, affecting a third of claimants across the capital

Bedroom Tax 'forces Falklands war hero to sell his prized medals' after being crippled by benefits cuts

10 April, 2014

Merseysider Jim Pritchard's debts mounted after his state income was cut following the controversial Con-Dem welfare reforms

Touchbase DWP E-zine

10 April, 2014

April 2014

Whatever you think of the bedroom tax, the policy is causing problems in practice

10 April, 2014

The government's 'bedroom tax' penalises social housing tenants if they are deemed to be under-occupying their homes - with some losing up to 25% of their housing benefit

Social landlord's new 'bedroom tax beating' development welcomed

10 April, 2014

A social landlord's new housing development which was designed to 'beat the bedroom tax' has been welcomed by Wirral Borough Council

Benefit claim assessments take 'double time'

10 April, 2014

The head of a company assessing people in Wales for a new disability payment has admitted they are taking "significantly longer" than predicted

Tenants and landlords need clear advice on bedroom tax payment

10 April, 2014

Whilst the Scottish Government has gone a long way to cover the cost of the bedroom tax in 2014/15, it has not given tenants and landlords clear advice about whether or not the liability should be paid

Life on the front line after the benefits cap

10 April, 2014

It is more than six months since the government's benefits cap was introduced

Food bank provision & welfare reform in the UK

10 April, 2014

This brief is focused on the impact of recent welfare reform in the UK on driving need for food bank provision

Confusion over Universal Credit puts landlords off renting to people on benefits

09 April, 2014

Welfare recipients will find it harder to rent in the private sector as larger landlords are increasingly turning their backs on welfare recipients

Universal Credit confusion risks driving large landlords away from housing benefit tenants

09 April, 2014

Confusion over how rent arrears will be tackled under the Universal Credit has prompted almost four in 10 larger landlords to reduce the number of properties they let to welfare recipients

Social landlords may need to lower rents

09 April, 2014

Social landlords may be forced to lower rents because tenants cannot keep up with soaring housing costs

Universal Credit implementation: monitoring DWP's performance in 2012-13

09 April, 2014

There remains worrying uncertainty about the new Universal Credit IT system

SNP pledge to reverse benefit reforms after independence

09 April, 2014

Nicola Sturgeon highlights £6 billion of savings the welfare reform programme will deliver in Scotland by 2015/16

Mother on welfare cuts: 'There aren't many options here'

09 April, 2014

Changes to the UK's welfare state system have been described as the biggest since its inception in 1948

Migrant welfare curbs extended to child benefits

09 April, 2014

Rules limiting out-of-work benefits for migrants from EU countries will be extended to child welfare payments

Universal Credit inquiry 'hampered by ministers'

09 April, 2014

A Commons committee has accused the government of "hampering" its scrutiny of the Universal Credit welfare policy

Need for food banks is caused by welfare cuts

09 April, 2014

Report warns that as social security safety nets become weaker, charity provision could replace state-funded schemes

The impact of welfare reform on social landlords and tenants

09 April, 2014

How are social housing tenants and landlords being affected by welfare reforms?

Housing benefit size criteria: impacts for social sector tenants and options for reform

09 April, 2014

Are the government's housing welfare reforms working?

Households facing serious rent arrears fall by a third

08 April, 2014

Tenants struggling with late rent have made significant progress in the last twelve months, according to the latest Tenant Arrears Tracker

Universal Credit first for Deeside jobseekers

08 April, 2014

Jobseekers in Deeside will be the first in Wales to be able to make a claim for Universal Credit

Renters may abandon a government that fails to stand up for their rights

08 April, 2014

The government's efforts to improve standards for private renters do not go far enough - and it could cost them in the polls

Welfare reform will cost Wales almost £1bn a year

08 April, 2014

The Welsh Government said welfare reform will cost the country £930 million a year by 2016 and that cuts to welfare will cost the average working age-adult £500 per year

New measures to protect the integrity of the benefits system

08 April, 2014

The government has announced new rules to deter claimants from committing benefit fraud, and ensure stolen money is returned.

Universal Credit starts in Wales

08 April, 2014

New jobseekers in Shotton can claim Universal Credit from 7 April 2014 as the new benefit rolls out

Council records sharp drop in rent arrears

08 April, 2014

Croydon Council has seen rent arrears amongst its tenants drop by 9% in the last year

High Court to hear Pembrokeshire family's bedroom tax judicial review next month

08 April, 2014

Challenge has been prompted by Paul and Susan Rutherford, from Pembrokeshire, who care full-time for their grandson Warren

Welfare reforms: Conflicting estimates may be assessed

08 April, 2014

The executive is considering appointing someone to examine the conflicting estimates of the impact of welfare reforms on Northern Ireland

'Black-hole' of universal credit should be stopped in Wales

08 April, 2014

The Welsh Government is calling for Westminster to rethink its controversial new welfare benefit

While there is evidence that workless spells are associated across generations, the 'culture of welfare dependency' argument does not hold

07 April, 2014

There is little hard evidence on the extent to which the 'curse' of intergenerational worklessness exists and what might be driving it

Landlords are wrong and tenants right? The two sides of the eviction story

07 April, 2014

We tell two cautionary tales of rent eviction: one from a landlord's point of view and the other from a tenant's

Jobseekers required to do more to find work

07 April, 2014

Under new rules coming into force at the end of this month jobseekers will have to do more to find work

Tory councillor attacks NHF's 'false representation' of bedroom tax

07 April, 2014

A Tory councillor has accused the National Housing Federation and 'socialist politicians' of ignoring the 'successes' of the government's bedroom tax

Tracking the impact of welfare reform changes on real people

07 April, 2014

Welfare reform changes are beginning to affect the lives of social housing customers

The unexpected costs of the 'welfare revolution'

07 April, 2014

If the government's 'welfare revolution' is to work , then it has to work in places like Torfaen in south Wales

Bedroom tax: Scottish government's message to council.. we'll give you the cash to cover it for tenants

07 April, 2014

Margaret Burgess told the chief executives of all Scotland's local authorities that money will be available to 'fully mitigate' the Con Dem policy

Families are forced into arrears by bedroom tax

07 April, 2014

Families are struggling to keep up with the widescale changes in the benefit system, with the biggest culprit the bedroom tax, introduced a year ago this week

New chapter in 'bedroom tax' saga - now councils run out of emergency funds to help worst cases

07 April, 2014

The 'bedroom tax' has resulted in thousands of people being 'driven into destitution' as councils run out of the emergency funds set aside to rescue those worst affected

Benefits cheats could lose their homes to pay fines as Iain Duncan Smith tells jobless the era of just 'signing on' is over

07 April, 2014

The unemployed will no longer be able simply to 'sign on' for benefits and welfare cheats are to face higher fines and losing their homes, ministers will say this week

Iain Duncan Smith defends welfare reforms

07 April, 2014

The work and pensions secretary has defended changes to the welfare system, including disability benefit reforms

CH 1277 2013

07 April, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - rent restrictions

CH 3295 2012

07 April, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - recovery of overpayments

CH 2889 2013

04 April, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - Human rights law

CH 4085 2012

04 April, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - recovery of overpayments

CH 2067 2012

04 April, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - other

Time to rethink bedroom tax and offer exemptions to disabled people

04 April, 2014

MPs today urged the government to rethink the bedroom tax and offer exemptions to disabled people

Council threatens residents with bailiffs

04 April, 2014

Cardiff Council has threatened its residents with bailiff action if they fail to clear their debts

Benefits sanctions give landlords cause for concern

04 April, 2014

Jobseekers' Allowance sanctions regime is unfair in its decision-making process says Scottish Federation of Housing Associations report

Second home owners could face double council tax hike

04 April, 2014

Council tax on holiday and other second homes could be doubled under proposals unveiled by the Welsh government

Council temporary housing funding cut

04 April, 2014

Local authorities to lose money under new universal credit system

Labour mocks Lib Dems as its peers vote to keep bedroom tax

04 April, 2014

Labour questions why only two Lib Dem peers voted against tax during Lords debate, despite Tim Farron's call to oppose it

Social landlord blames bond price on Osborne pension changes

04 April, 2014

A social landlord has blamed the price of a £200 million bond issue on George Osborne's shake-up of pensions in the recent Budget

Council defends unspent DHP

04 April, 2014

North Lincolnshire spends just 17 per cent of its housing DHP funds

Ed Balls says that the average British family is £974 worse off than in 2010

04 April, 2014

Coalition is taking far more than it gives, says shadow chancellor as the Tory rise in personal tax allowance to £10,000 starts

Welfare reform one year on

03 April, 2014

Given Home Group's geographical spread from Dundee to Devon, it's no surprise that the impact of welfare reform has been felt differently across the UK

More than 30 organisations call for PRS energy efficiency standard

03 April, 2014

A joint statement has been released by more 30 organisations calling on the government to set a minimum energy efficiency standard for homes in the private rented sector

Number of social housing tenants swapping homes due to bedroom tax up by a quarter

03 April, 2014

The number of social housing tenants using home-swapping services as a result of welfare reform has risen by a quarter in the last 12 months

Tenants urged to unite with private landlords over licensing scheme

03 April, 2014

A private landlords' organisation is calling for tenants to join forces with property owners in Liverpool

NI welfare changes: Peter Robinson warns of 'nuclear options'

03 April, 2014

Mr Robinson claims that if the changes are not implemented as much as £1bn would be lost from Stormont's block grant over the next five years

ULI UK Launches Best Practice Design Guide for Build To Rent

03 April, 2014

ULI UK's Residential Council has published Best Practice Design Guide for Build to Rent

'Beds in sheds' warning from private landlords over benefit changes

03 April, 2014

Private landlords have claimed that more people could be forced into poor quality 'beds in sheds' unless benefit restrictions on new shared housing for young people are eased

Overhauling the welfare system would hit Northern Ireland hardest

03 April, 2014

The UK is overhauling the welfare system to produce savings and ensure that working always pays better than being on benefit

Support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system

03 April, 2014

The aims of the reforms are to reduce benefit expenditure, incentivise people to enter work, or increase their hours, and to make the benefit system fairer

Right Time Right Place

02 April, 2014

Engaging with the Private Rented Sector

On the front line of welfare reform

02 April, 2014

Stephen Howlett says his staff are doing their best to mitigate the impact of the government's welfare reforms

Housing benefit changes distress disabled people

02 April, 2014

Changes to housing benefit in England, Scotland and Wales are creating 'financial hardship and distress' for disabled people

Cause for concerm?

02 April, 2014

Early impacts of benefit sanctions on housing associations and cooperatives in scotland

Bedroom tax 'saves Scottish taxpayers £42 million'

02 April, 2014

The bedroom tax has saved Scottish taxpayers £42 million, the government claimed today as it celebrated the first anniversary of the controversial policy

Families hit hard by scrapping of council tax benefits

02 April, 2014

Here's the good news: local authorities up and down the country are falling over themselves not to put up council tax this year

Progress South East: Getting to grips with welfare

02 April, 2014

Landlords must change to weather the storm of welfare reform

Take politics out of food bank debate

02 April, 2014

We cannot rely on anecdotes, hearsay and unsubstantiated statistics, says John Glen at launch of inquiry into food poverty

Lib Dem president will withdraw party's support for bedroom tax

02 April, 2014

Tim Farron to oppose bedroom tax in speech and say it has caused 'huge social problems'

Vulnerable suffering as result of housing welfare reforms

02 April, 2014

Reforms to the support provided for housing costs - including the Social Sector Size Criteria

HB A10/2014

02 April, 2014

Discretionary Housing Payment Guidance 2014

Is landlord licensing on the rocks?

01 April, 2014

Moves towards mandatory landlord licensing were dealt a further blow last week following news that two regional schemes are in jeopardy

Tenants could get more rights under new legislation

01 April, 2014

A new Bill in Parliament could further extend tenants' rights

DCLG to merge with DWP

01 April, 2014

The Department for Communities and Local Government is set to merge with the Department for Work and Pensions

Government welfare cap policy will cost more than it saves

01 April, 2014

The government's new welfare cap will cost more than it saves

Bedroom tax - children who require overnight care

01 April, 2014

CPAG is acting for Paul and Susan Rutherford and their grandson Warren in a judicial review challenge to the bedroom tax

Bedroom tax driving hungry tenants to food banks

01 April, 2014

Hundreds of social housing tenants on Merseyside are being driven to food banks by the impact of the controversial bedroom tax

'Bedroom tax' - one year on, is it working?

01 April, 2014

It is 12 months since the government removed its spare room subsidy

Rent arrears soar for bedroom tax-hit tenants

01 April, 2014

Rent arrears among social housing tenants in Merseyside have soared 35 per cent since the introduction of the bedroom tax

Benefit sanctions will hit homeless hardest

01 April, 2014

Homeless people will be hit disproportionately hard by benefit cuts in Scotland

Warning for rogue payday loan firms

01 April, 2014

The Financial Conduct Authority watchdog has warned it will 'take out' payday lenders who do not follow stricter new rules

HB Direct

01 April, 2014

Issue 147 April 2014 - Preparing for Universal Credit and Direct Payment Demonstrations Project and Removal of Spare Room Subsidy Toolkit

Direct Payments Demonstration Projects Landlord Learning Document

01 April, 2014

This publication pulls together key issues and learning that the organisations involved collectively agree on and also provides practical examples.

The registered social landlords (RSLs) and councils involved in the Direct Payment Demonstration Projects have learned a lot about their tenants, staff, culture, systems and practices during the last 18 months. This publication pulls together the key issues and learning that they collectively agree on and provides examples.

George Osborne hails reforms as key to economic recovery

31 March, 2014

Chancellor lauds creation of more than 1.3m posts as tax and welfare changes 'encourage jobs growth' across Britain

Why young people are losing faith in the welfare state

31 March, 2014

Recent proposals for benefit reform have centred upon the argument that at present many people feel they get nothing for something from the welfare state

Scottish care provider wins tenants 139 bedroom tax exemptions

31 March, 2014

Care provider Blackwood set up a service to guide vulnerable tenants through the changes brought on by the bedroom tax

Fire expert calls for register as PRS landlords 'ignore basic safety needs

31 March, 2014

Britain's top independent fire safety expert has called for the creation of a private sector landlords' register to help protect millions of tenants across the UK

Third of all Newcastle households hit by bedroom tax and welfare reforms

31 March, 2014

A least one third of Newcastle's households have been hit by the Tory-led coalition's raft of welfare reforms that came in last April

Executive Summary UK Fuel Poverty Monitor 2013-2014

31 March, 2014

National Energy Action and Energy Action Scotland are national charities working to increase investment in energy efficiency to tackle fuel poverty

More help to go to those hurt by bedroom tax

31 March, 2014

Government is to lift cap on the amount of money councils can spend in discretionary housing payments for tenants

One year after hated bedroom tax families can only watch as debt upon debt piles up

31 March, 2014

Leah Newton lost her job as a care home cook and has lived in her home in Hull for 12 years - but can only watch in horror as her life spirals out of control

Poorest homes face £120 council tax rise as safety net goes

31 March, 2014

More than 670,000 households in UK face increase in council tax from Tuesday

HB A9/2014

31 March, 2014

Contains information on temporary accommodation in Housing Benefit and Universal Credit

Councils return more than £1m unspent DHPs

28 March, 2014

Underspending councils will return emergency funding to government

Welfare and Benefits Officer helping social housing tenants increase household incomes by half a million pounds

28 March, 2014

A Welfare and Benefits Officer based in Stockton-on-Tees has been helping social housing tenants to increase their household incomes by over half a million pounds

'Urgent action' needed to hit fuel poverty targets

28 March, 2014

National targets to eradicate fuel poverty will be missed unless politicians take urgent action to tackle the 'cold-homes crisis'

The bedroom tax

28 March, 2014

Bedroom Tax Information

From the 1st of April 2013, the 'bedroom tax' brought in new rules for people claiming housing benefit for their council or housing association homes. There is now a limit on the number of bedrooms housing benefit will help pay for

Charity reports rise in arrears

28 March, 2014

The number of people approaching Citizens Advice centres for help with social housing rent arrears has risen by 10 per cent in a year

It's official: the bedroom tax causes misery

28 March, 2014

I don't think the increasingly strained Iain Duncan Smith intends to cause suffering, but that's exactly what his bedroom tax does

New Build to Rent deal to deliver homes for private rent

28 March, 2014

New deal will deliver newly-built homes for private rent in 6 towns

Bedroom tax has failed on every count

28 March, 2014

We now know the policy is barely helping overcrowding and the savings are far less than the government hoped

Housing benefits: Changes 'see 6% of tenants move'

28 March, 2014

About 6% of social housing tenants in Britain affected by changes to benefits partly designed to cut under-occupancy have moved home

HB A8/2014

28 March, 2014

The Housing Benefit and Universal Credit (Supported Accommodation) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

Local authority led pilots: preparing for Universal Credit implementation

27 March, 2014

DWP Universal Credit Guidance

This guidance covers the experiences and learning of the 12 local authority led pilots that looked at preparing claimants for Universal Credit and ran between September 2012 and December 2013.

New homes being built to help 'victims of bedroom tax'

27 March, 2014

Twenty-one new homes are set to be built in Merthyr Tydfil next week to help those struggling with the 'Bedroom Tax'

Lack of trust 'major barrier' to financial inclusion ahead of universal credit roll-out

27 March, 2014

People's reluctance is one of the biggest concerns facing housing providers and local authorities ahead of the roll-out of universal credit

DWP responds to universal credit payment concerns

27 March, 2014

DWP to change process of social landlords applying for 'alternative payment arrangements' under UC for tenants who are not paying their rent

MPs vote for government's cap on welfare bill

27 March, 2014

George Osborne's cap on welfare spending has been voted through in the House of Commons with a landslide majority

Fears Budget pensions shake-up could hit landlord bonds

27 March, 2014

Warning that pensions plan could hit investors' appetite for bonds

Bedroom tax tribunal victory for single parent

27 March, 2014

A Northumberland social housing tenant who saw his housing benefit slashed by 25% has won an appeal against the bedroom tax

Residents more than £500,000 better off with help from Contour Homes

27 March, 2014

Residents struggling to cope with the benefits system are more than £500,000 better off because of help from one of the North West's biggest housing associations

Council tax held down for all but the poor

27 March, 2014

As the government holds down council tax increases for a fourth year in a row, it's ignoring the hikes faced by millions of low income households

Report: The Borrowers

27 March, 2014

Looking beyond the financial impact of debt

UK consumers are struggling with almost £5bn of hidden debt, made up of rent arrears, and unpaid council tax and household bills

Report: Welfare Cap risks pushing 345,000 more children into poverty

27 March, 2014

The welfare cap risks pushing as many as 345,000 more children into poverty in the next four years

The cap is being applied - for example ringfencing the pensions pot - combined with pressures such as population growth and demographic shifts such as an aging population, will mean savings of £3bn need to be found

Miliband faces rebellion on welfare

26 March, 2014

Ed Miliband has ordered Labour MPs to back Government moves to write into law a cap on overall welfare spending

Real-terms cut in Council Tax for fourth year

26 March, 2014

New official figures show that the average Council Tax bill in England has fallen in real-terms for the fourth year

Woman killed herself over benefits cut

26 March, 2014

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland finds that woman took her own life after assessor docked benefits by 30%

SFHA comment on Welfare Reform Resilience Fund

26 March, 2014

Commenting on the announcement today by Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess MSP of the £600,000 Welfare Reform Resilience Fund

Does the cap fit?

26 March, 2014

The debate about the welfare cap seems to be all about the politics

Eating and heating sidelined as PRS tenants try to cope with soaring rents

26 March, 2014

Escalating rent costs are forcing two in five of those in the private rented sector to cut back on heating, while a third are avoiding buying food

HB U3/2014

26 March, 2014

New Migrant Access to Benefit Measures - First tier Tribunal Decisions

Renters cutting back on heating and eating due to cost of rent

26 March, 2014

Two in five private renters (39%) are cutting back on heating because of the cost of rent, while a third (33%) are skimping on food

Real Life Reform

26 March, 2014

March 2014

MPs set to vote on setting annual welfare cap

26 March, 2014

MPs are set to vote on plans to introduce an overall cap on the amount the UK spends on welfare each year

LIN member report March 2014 - The Budget

25 March, 2014

This member report is written by Neil Merrick

In line with recent trends, many announcements were made in the days before George Osborne addressed the House of Commons. This included news about garden cities and the extension of the Help to Buy equity loan scheme. But there was still enough left over to make the Budget speech interesting, if not exactly ground breaking.

450,000 fall in households where no one has a job

25 March, 2014

The number of homes where no-one has a job has fallen by nearly half a million in just two years

More than 8000 Milton Keynes families will get help with childcare costs

25 March, 2014

A major childcare package is set to help 8820 families in Milton Keynes

Return of the slumlords

25 March, 2014

In 1918, 90 per cent of the UK population were private tenants, but the squalid legacy of the Victorian industrial city was not 'fit for heroes'

Work and Welfare Reform

25 March, 2014

Impact in the South West

Housing and local government leaders pledge joint action on climate change and fuel poverty

25 March, 2014

Liverpool City Region today pledged closer working to raise the priority of addressing global climate change and fuel poverty for the benefit of the people

Welfare reforms forcing social housing tenants into poverty

25 March, 2014

Eleven housing associations in the South West of England have joined forces

Tory welfare reform impact to be measured by social landlords

25 March, 2014

Eleven housing associations across the South West have joined forces to tackle the employment issues faced by people in affordable housing

Universal credit and 'exempt accommodation' - changes explained

25 March, 2014

For many months the housing charity Homeless Link has been in close discussion with the Department for Work and Pensions to resolve the challenges of universal credit

Energy bill and bedroom tax-besieged tenants get £500,000 boost from landlord

25 March, 2014

Tenants struggling to cope with the government's raft of changes to the benefits system and rising energy bills are more than £500,000 better off thanks to their social landlord

Working and workless households, 4th Quarter 2004 to 2013

25 March, 2014

Homes in which no-one has a job has fallen

Benefits cap is evidence of Tories' vile political smearing of sick, disabled and jobless poor

24 March, 2014

Mirror associate editor Kevin Maguire is angry that the Right-whingers seem to be popular as a result of their divide and rule tactics

Research to look at impact of welfare reforms in Essex

24 March, 2014

Nationally, the impact of reforms like the bedroom tax and universal credit has already been making the headlines

Payday loan advert ban on children's TV ruled out

24 March, 2014

Payday loan adverts could still be aired on children's TV despite a call from a committee of MPs for a ban

Digital inclusion: housing providers need to think mobile

24 March, 2014

Residents are increasingly accessing the internet via mobiles - and social housing providers must react to the trend

"Legacy of recession" remains as Citizens Advice reports 26 per cent rise in house repossession problems during 2013

24 March, 2014

National charity helped with 87,000 social housing rent arrears problems last year

Local authority ponders private landlord licensing scheme

24 March, 2014

A local authority is proposing a consultation to find out if it needs to bring in a selective licensing scheme for private landlords

Labour MPs set to rebel against party over welfare cap

24 March, 2014

Diane Abbott and other backbenchers refuse to join leadership in backing Osborne's measure

Rogue landlords in London avoiding £183m in tax

24 March, 2014

Rogue landlords are costing the treasury £183 million in tax by not declaring rent receipts in London alone

HB S3/2014

24 March, 2014

Confirmation of funding and overall expenditure limits for Discretionary Housing Payments in 2013/14

Salix Homes teams up with Community Switch to help Salford tenants save money on energy bills

21 March, 2014

Salford-based Salix Homes is working with Community Switch to help its tenants to save money by switching to a cheaper energy supplier

Welfare cap protects wealthier claimants, not those in greatest need

21 March, 2014

The government's newly-announced welfare cap will disproportionately target benefits claimed by the least well off

Second London council to introduce landlord licensing scheme

21 March, 2014

A second London council will introduce mandatory borough wide landlord licensing in the autumn

Welfare cap could make housing association homes 'unaffordable'

21 March, 2014

The head of one of the UK's largest housing providers has said the welfare cap outlined in today's Budget could see housing association homes become unaffordable

New twist in bedroom tax loophole saga as DWP reveals more tenants eligible for refunds

21 March, 2014

More people could be eligible for a refund on the bedroom tax following further clarification about the loophole debacle from the Department for Work and Pensions

Union backs protest against private landlords' housing benefit profits

21 March, 2014

GMB has put its support behind a planned protest outside a private residential property management company that received more than £2 million in housing benefits over 2012/13

HB S2/2014

21 March, 2014

Additional funding to meet the costs of implementing welfare reform changes in 2014/15

People using food banks spend the money they save on junk food

21 March, 2014

People use food banks to get basic items free and spend their remaining cash on junk food, Lord Tebbit claimed yesterday

Council approval to create one of the UK's largest private sector-led regeneration of empty homes

20 March, 2014

Phase two of project to refurbish 131 empty homes in Accrington, Lancs will help to revive market town

Scheme to bring private rented properties up to scratch is proving popular in Hartlepool

20 March, 2014

A scheme that aims to prevent the wider decline of neighbourhoods across Hartlepool by bringing individual empty properties back into use is proving a big success

Welfare cap criticised by economic experts

20 March, 2014

The overall cap on welfare spending outlined in the Budget yesterday has been criticised by economic experts

Universal Credit statistics: Apr 2013 to 31 Dec 2013

20 March, 2014

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

7 ways Universal Credit will be a better deal

20 March, 2014

New figures show 4,280 people started claiming Universal Credit by the end of 2013 - as the national roll-out of the new benefit continues

Fit to rent?

20 March, 2014

Today's Private Rented Sector in Wales

Inclusion's response to the Budget 2014: the Welfare Cap

20 March, 2014

The Budget confirms that the government will be introducing an overall cap on social security and tax credits expenditure from 2015/16

Spending cap won't tackle causes of welfare dependency

20 March, 2014

Tax credits and housing benefit limited to £119.5bn in central plank of plan to cut the deficit

HB A7/2014

20 March, 2014

Containing information on Discretionary Housing Payments, reporting measures

Discretionary Housing Payment spending

19 March, 2014

The SFHA has urged all housing associations to contact their local authority to see whether they can access DHPs for tenants affected by welfare reform

New rules will help end extortionate fees for private tenants

19 March, 2014

My new bill has been put to parliament to address the many struggles of those who rent privately

Pension reforms open door to property investment

19 March, 2014

Commenting on today's Budget announcement

Budget Submission 2014

19 March, 2014

JRF has responded to the consultation on the Budget 2014 using our evidence about how policy could best support people and places in poverty

Employment rate hits 5 year high fuelled by private sector growth

19 March, 2014

The employment rate has hit a 5 year high and a record 30.19 million people are now in jobs

Osborne Budget sets 'permanent' cap on welfare spending - apart from the state pension

19 March, 2014

George Osborne used today's budget to confirm a £119.5 billion cap on welfare spending for the period 2015-16

Budget 2014: Welfare spending cap set at £119.5bn in 2015-16

19 March, 2014

UK spending on welfare is to be capped at £119.5bn for 2015-2016, Chancellor George Osborne has announced

Britons are among the LEAST hungry in the developed world

19 March, 2014

The number of families saying they are going hungry has fallen over the past five years - as the number of food banks has risen

Landlords declare victory after council abandons licensing scheme

19 March, 2014

A landlords group has announced its 'delight' after a council abandoned plans to introduce a city-wide selective licensing scheme

Childcare subsidy for working parents to be increased

19 March, 2014

As many as 1.9 million working families will get the chance to benefit from a childcare subsidy worth up to £2,000 per child under government plans

Housing benefit review helps 283 customers

18 March, 2014

Fife Council's Benefits and Council Tax team have now completed the checking exercise to identify tenants affected by a Department for Work and Pensions error over reduced Housing Benefit

Landlords confident of UK's financial recovery

18 March, 2014

Landlords' confidence in the UK's financial markets has tripled over the last year

Over £21.9 million paid out to support housing costs for those in financial hardship

18 March, 2014

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Half of social housing tenants forced to choose between food and fuel

18 March, 2014

Half of a social landlord's tenants think their energy bills are too high, with some even choosing between paying bills and buying food

Private rented sector in Wales

18 March, 2014

The Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru has joined forces with six partner organisations

DWP and food bank referrals: 'a way to keep your job but salve your conscience'

18 March, 2014

Internal documents show how Jobcentre staff send benefits claimants to food banks

MPs criticise DWP for 'spin' on official statistics and benefit claimants

18 March, 2014

Commons work and pensions committee warns Iain Duncan Smith's department to exercise care in its press releases

Disabled benefit delays unacceptable

18 March, 2014

MPs have said it is unacceptable that disabled and sick people have to wait six months or more to find out if they are eligible for benefits as a result of government changes

Bedroom tax victim jailed after setting fire to his own flat 'because of stress'

17 March, 2014

Thulani Dlodlo was jailed for more than a year after causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage to the property

First tenants benefit from multi-million pound energy efficiency project

17 March, 2014

Work has begun on a multi-million pound energy efficiency project that could see The Gateshead Housing Company and Home Group tenants fuel bills reduce

G3/2014

17 March, 2014

Housing Benefit Bulletin G3/2014

The bedroom tax is an attack on the living conditions of the poor

17 March, 2014

Peter Brown, chief executive of Herefordshire Housing, looks at five ways to extend the government's 'spare room subsidy'

Every spare bedroom tells a story

17 March, 2014

Almost a year after its introduction, the bedroom tax has not lost its ability to spring surprises

Bedroom tax-hit tenants urged to start business in spare room

17 March, 2014

Tenants could escape the bedroom tax by starting a business in their spare room

Tenants borrow to pay bills

17 March, 2014

Hard-up families are borrowing money on a regular basis to pay their bills and keep their heads above water

Housing Benefit Recoveries and Fraud National Statistics

17 March, 2014

This Statistical First Release contains statistics produced by the DWP on Housing Benefit Recoveries and Fraud

Council tax single person discount 'should be reviewed'

17 March, 2014

Wealthy people living alone in large homes should lose their council tax discount to fund more help for poorer families

The impact of the bedroom tax on stock management by social landlords

14 March, 2014

CIH Scotland, in conjunction with the Scottish Housing Best Value Network (SHBVN) sample survey of social landlords

In February 2014 CIH Scotland, in conjunction with the Scottish Housing Best Value Network (SHBVN) carried out a sample survey of social landlords to assess whether the bedroom tax had had any significant impact on landlords' ability to manage their stock effectively. The survey used relet time data provided by its members to SHBVN to provide a statistical context, then supplemented this with a small number of questions on general trends identified by landlords.

Benefit changes tackle 'dependency'

14 March, 2014

Big benefit changes, which start being introduced in Wales next month, will help transform a 'dependency' culture

Energy bills may rise by £600 a year

14 March, 2014

Cost of building power stations, replacing grids and erecting wind farms will add £640 a year to household bills

Credit check plan to crack down on benefit cheats

14 March, 2014

Benefit cheats will be subject to credit checks to see if they have any high-value assets

How bedroom tax affects those on domestic violence protection scheme

14 March, 2014

One in 20 of those on the sanctuary scheme, which creates a safe room within a property to protect those at risk of domestic violence, have been forced to pay the bedroom tax

300,000 fewer social homes will receive insulation due to proposed cuts

14 March, 2014

Proposed government cuts to retrofit subsidy funding will result in almost 300,000 fewer social rented homes receiving insulation over the life of the scheme

Councils launch legal challenge into London mayor's rent plan

14 March, 2014

Councils will find it difficult to get developers to build affordable housing under plans by Boris Johnson to raise rent levels

Bailiffs given access to benefit claimants' credit records

14 March, 2014

DWP gets new power as part of effort to make it easier to confiscate possessions from people who make fraudulent claims

Landlords rethink private sector plans

14 March, 2014

Help to buy has sent returns tumbling on build-to-rent schemes, housing associations claim

HB A6/2014

14 March, 2014

The Housing Benefit (Habitual Residence) Amendment Regulations 2014

DWP on verge of meltdown over big welfare projects

14 March, 2014

Department for Work and Pensions has particular problem with private firms says damning report on government contracts

Poor conditions causing misery for thousands of private renters

13 March, 2014

Thousands of people living in the private rented sector in Wales are suffering ill-health as a result of poor housing conditions

The £155m hardship fund that local councils fail to spend

13 March, 2014

Welfare cuts have taken £2.6bn out of communities, yet councils routinely fail to spend a meagre £155m pot designed to cover the shortfall

Scotland's social landlords urged to rethink above inflation rent increases

13 March, 2014

Social landlords have been urged to rethink plans for above inflation rent increases to relieve pressure on tenants hit by welfare reforms

'Huge' rise in help for council tax arrears

13 March, 2014

A major debt charity has reported a 'huge' increase in the number of people seeking help for council tax arrears

Bedroom tax - Landlords successful in tackling stock management challenges

13 March, 2014

Scottish social landlords have worked hard to minimise the impact of the bedroom tax on the speed with which property is re-let

Costs for low income PRS households increasingly unaffordable

13 March, 2014

Commenting on the Department for Social Development's report on the impact of changes to housing benefit and local housing allowances on the private rented sector

Public land to be released for PRS schemes in London

13 March, 2014

Boris Johnson will release public land in a bid to woo institutional investors to fund the building of hundreds of private rented sector homes in the capital

Universal Credit Boss Steps Down After Only A Year In The Job

13 March, 2014

DWP Chief Information Officer has stepped down from his role overseeing the roll-out of Universal Credit after only a year in charge

Landlords report falling void periods

13 March, 2014

Landlords have reported a fall in the frequency and average length of void periods

Monitoring the impact of recent measures affecting Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowances

12 March, 2014

Monitoring the impact of recent measures affecting Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowances in the private rented sector in Northern Ireland

This report is based on primary research with landlords, claimants and housing advisers undertaken in three local housing markets in the province - Armagh, Greater Shankill and West Belfast

Payday lenders to face review over collection methods

12 March, 2014

Payday lenders will be subject to an inquiry into the way they collect debts and manage borrowers in arrears

Council tenants offered advice on rent arrears

12 March, 2014

Council tenants in Edinburgh falling behind with their rent were urged not to bury their heads in the sand and ignore the consequences of not paying their rent

Better protection for PRS tenants backed by MPs

12 March, 2014

A bill calling for greater protection for private rented sector tenants passed the first stage in parliament unanimously today

Landlord association hits back over charity's eviction figures

12 March, 2014

The Residential Landlord's Association has hit back after Shelter published statistics on tenant evictions claiming that the charity is 'playing to people's fear'

Lib Dem president leads bid to protect PRS tenants from unscrupulous letting agents

12 March, 2014

The president of the Liberal Democrats is calling for the government to do more to protect tenants in the private rented sector from unscrupulous letting agents

Shelter exposes true scale of 'revenge evictions'

12 March, 2014

Countless renters across the country are facing 'revenge evictions' just for speaking up about bad conditions

Councils warned to spend millions in bedroom tax assistance money as deadline looms

12 March, 2014

Millions of pounds in funds set aside to help victims of the government's bedroom tax and other welfare reforms are yet to be allocated by local authorities across Scotland

DWP advising jobcentres on sending claimants to food banks

12 March, 2014

Government insists charities form no part of welfare system and this is merely a 'signpost', but 'high level process' in place

More than 200,000 PRS tenants 'unfairly' evicted

12 March, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of private rented sector tenants have been evicted after asking their landlord to deal with a problem, like a repair or a condition issue

Would independence make Scotland's welfare fairer?

12 March, 2014

Plans to scrap bedroom tax and other welfare reforms are all very well but a future Scottish government will be constrained by finances

Report finds 'work doesn't pay' due to welfare cuts

11 March, 2014

Some working people are losing 97p of every £1 earned after being hit by a combination of welfare cuts

Freud and IDS stonewalling bedroom tax fund request

11 March, 2014

Lord Freud and Iain Duncan Smith have been stonewalling Scotland's request to add more money to a bedroom tax fund

Private landlords unprepared for voids

11 March, 2014

The vast majority of private landlords (90%) say they don't factor in the financial impact of voids when letting their property

Universal Credit: Iain Duncan Smith and welfare changes

11 March, 2014

The work and pensions secretary has started the biggest overhaul of the UK's welfare state since it was brought in

IPPR: Devolve certain benefits to 'improve social outcomes'

11 March, 2014

Responsibility for housing benefit and the work programme should be devolved to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Housing Benefit has made landlords complacent

11 March, 2014

Social landlords have allowed tenants to disconnect from their contractual responsibility to pay rent

CIH and Shelter at loggerheads over housing bill

11 March, 2014

A row has broken out between Shelter and the Chartered Institute of Housing over proposed Scottish legislation

George Osborne's tax cuts penalise single-earner families with a stay-at-home parent

11 March, 2014

A Church of England bishop has accused the Government of penalising stay-at-home mothers and carers

Council puts £10m into fund for homeless families

11 March, 2014

A local authority is to invest in a property fund that is designed to own and manage accommodation for homeless people stuck on waiting lists

A5/2014

11 March, 2014

Housing Benefit Circular

Council tax benefits 'perverse'

11 March, 2014

Changes to council tax benefits have weakened work incentives for almost a quarter of a million people in England

UK Landlords Calling For Streamlined Eviction Process

10 March, 2014

A more streamlined eviction process in the buy to let sector would encourage more landlords to enter the market and provide a greater choice of properties for reliable tenants

DWP cuts put government's welfare reforms at risk

10 March, 2014

Department for Work and Pensions is struggling to meet demands for savings

£400,000 in housing benefit payments go missing

10 March, 2014

Up to £400,000 in housing benefit has disappeared after being paid to a property agent

Children 'pushed into poverty' by welfare changes

10 March, 2014

More children will be 'pushed into poverty' by UK government welfare reforms

Iain Duncan Smith takes viewers' questions on welfare

10 March, 2014

Universal Credit and welfare reforms meant 'millions will be better off', promised the work and pensions secretary

Yes, you're better off working than on benefits - but it's not enough to reduce poverty

10 March, 2014

'People are better off on benefits than working' is one of the most persistent myths about poverty in the UK

Gordon Brown calls for Scotland to have right to set tax and welfare policies

10 March, 2014

Ex-prime minister sets out radical plan to rewrite UK constitution giving Scots more powers

Circle Housing chief urges housing leaders to tackle welfare reform together

10 March, 2014

Mark Rogers has urged the housing industry, government and third sector agencies to pull together and support customers affected by welfare reform

Lord Freud: Benefit cap is helping people back into work

10 March, 2014

More than 4,000 households subjected to the government's benefit cap have now found jobs

It's very hard to know why people go to food banks

10 March, 2014

A Tory welfare minister is under fire for claiming it is 'very hard to know why' people go to food banks

HB U2/2014

07 March, 2014

Housing Benefit urgent bulletin - Court of Appeal Judgement: MA and Others

This bulletin advises that the Court of Appeal judgement which was handed down in relation to five cases on 21 February 2014 finds in favour of DWP and held that the policy does not unlawfully discriminate against any of the claimants and that the Secretary of State complied with his public sector equality duty in respect of all of the claimants when formulating the policy

LIN Press Release - Housing Benefit Prior to Occupation

07 March, 2014

R v LB Lewisham and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, ex parte Mahmoudi - Housing Benefit Prior to Occupation

Housing association reveals 800 families face repossession due to government policies

07 March, 2014

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith faced protests as he visited Bath to check the progress of universal credit, which is being trialled in the city

Longer term tenancies would make renting more attractive

07 March, 2014

Private Rented Sector report

Third of homeless are tenants thrown out by private landlords

07 March, 2014

Vulnerable tenants thrown out by private landlords and unable to find anywhere else to live accounted for a third of all homelessness in London last year

Government warned over age discrimination housing proposals

07 March, 2014

The Scottish government has been warned to abandon plans to allow social landlords to discriminate against potential tenants because of their age

Benefit cuts and disabled tenants

07 March, 2014

Habinteg Report

Energy Efficiency and the Private Rented Sector

07 March, 2014

A British Property Federation Guide

Smarter Sanctions

06 March, 2014

Policy Exchange Report

This report estimates that nearly 5,600 claimants per month receive a first 'lower tier' sanction violation which is later overturned. Whilst they eventually receive the full sum in payment, the delay while appeals and requests for reconsideration take place can be problematic for a family or individual's cash flow.

Bedroom tax protesters take to city streets in Newcastle over benefit cuts

06 March, 2014

Bedroom tax protesters made their voice heard as Newcastle Council met to pass the latest cuts package

Foodbank user endures 12-mile walk

06 March, 2014

A Fife foodbank user walked 12 miles from Ballingry to Dunfermline to access a service

Replacing council tax would save poorest £200 finds new research

06 March, 2014

Almost two-thirds of households would see bills fall by more than 10% if council tax was replaced by a progressive national property tax

Hundreds of housing association tenants escape welfare reform

06 March, 2014

Hundreds of tenants have escaped the impact of welfare reform, but their housing association landlord warns the real problem may be how tenants are paying

Barrister predicts bedroom definition 'will' go before Court of Appeal

06 March, 2014

The question of what constitutes a bedroom for the purposes of welfare reform 'will' go before the Court of Appeal this year

Work Programme - competitive market delivering constant improvement

06 March, 2014

Nearly half a million people have been helped into jobs through the Work Programme and new measures will continue to improve the scheme

Benefit cap: Over 9,000 of the highest benefit claimers find jobs or cut claim

06 March, 2014

9,200 households that had their benefits capped have moved into work, or reduced their own benefit claim below the weekly limit of the cap

Fife Council leader issues warning to John Swinney on 'bedroom tax' impact

06 March, 2014

Scottish and UK Governments may have underestimated the impact of the so-called bedroom tax on Fife

Landlord exposed 'substantial' number of tenants to gas safety risk

06 March, 2014

A 60,000-home landlord failed to carry out a 'significant number' of gas safety checks exposing tenants to potential harm

Three-year investigation by Shelter and Crisis reveals serious failings in private renting for formerly homeless people

05 March, 2014

Charities are calling on the government to make reforms to private renting after a three-year investigation revealed the struggles faced by homeless people

Growing demand for food banks is 'inextricably linked' to welfare reforms

05 March, 2014

As reported by the Daily Record, the growing demand for foodbanks is 'inextricably linked' to welfare reforms

Performance Matters: social landlords get ready to report on their performance

05 March, 2014

The Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) has today published the first edition of a new series of reports about 'Performance Matters'

Landlord's arrears rise by £241,000 during universal credit pilot

05 March, 2014

A pilot of direct payments to 1,000 tenants saw arrears rise by £241,000, with an average debt of £130 per person

Taking on the payday lenders: Council's cash boost for credit union

05 March, 2014

Haringey Council is to loan £250,000 to a borough credit union, in a move designed to drive people away from payday lenders

Landmark housing benefit ruling provides boost for disabled people

05 March, 2014

Local authorities should now use a wider interpretation of the term 'adapt the dwelling' when deciding housing benefit allocations for disabled people

Thermal imaging camera reveals shocking extent of illegal 'beds in sheds' housing for immigrants built by rogue landlords

05 March, 2014

Hundreds of rogue landlords in one London borough are illegally renting out 'beds in sheds' to immigrants on an industrial scale

The families priced out of their London homes by benefit cap

05 March, 2014

Families are faced with moving to cities as far afield as Grimsby as the new benefit cap hits, along with the high cost of renting in the capital

Second round of build-to-rent to deliver 6,500 PRS units

05 March, 2014

The second round of build-to-rent will deliver 6,500 private rented sector homes with £700 million of government loans

After the Council Tax: impacts of property tax reform on people, places and house prices

05 March, 2014

Would taxing property values be fairer than the Council Tax?

Touchbase DWP e-zine

05 March, 2014

March 2014

Bedroom tax cutting people adrift from their lives

04 March, 2014

Bishop of Swansea and Brecon John Davies will join a protest rally against the tax in Cardiff

68,000 have benefits unfairly withdrawn

04 March, 2014

As many as 68,000 people on jobseeker's allowance have had their benefits taken away by mistake

Poor 'Driven To Food Banks' By Benefits Curbs

04 March, 2014

Nearly 70,000 are wrongly having benefits removed leaving them struggling to eat

Getting the most out of voids

04 March, 2014

Although voids are an unwelcome risk of any lettings business, they can be viewed as an opportunity for catching up on maintenance

'Bleak outlook' for 870,000 living in poverty in Scotland

04 March, 2014

More than 870,000 people in Scotland are living in poverty

Government's moral case for welfare reform 'a sham'

04 March, 2014

The coalition government's 'moral case' for welfare reform is harming the living standards of poor and vulnerable people in Scotland

Food banks explosion: 'We were feeding 30 a week now it's 1,600'

04 March, 2014

Times are so tough, volunteers are being forced to supply 'kettle boxes' for those no longer able to use a cooker due to soaring energy costs

Social housing - Public money, Private Pay

04 March, 2014

Attracting top talent to the social housing sector is essential but how are things right now?

Councils in England 'plan slight rise' in council tax

04 March, 2014

Councils in England 'plan slight rise' in council tax

Half of country 'will be renting within 30 years'

04 March, 2014

Half the country could be renting within 30 years

Housing standards in the private rented sector

04 March, 2014

Letter from Kris Hopkins to local housing authority leaders about housing standards in the private rented sector

FOI response to Universal Credit IT system query

04 March, 2014

Estimates of the cost of using private IT firms to complete the UC IT system without government digital involvement

Councils spending £3m on food poverty and food banks

04 March, 2014

Almost £3m of public money is being used to help tackle food poverty, BBC Panorama has discovered

Bedroom tax loophole closes

03 March, 2014

A loophole which allowed thousands of tenants to escape the bedroom tax closes

FOI request in relation to Universal Credit and self employment

03 March, 2014

Freedom of Information request 201/2014

One in five could be in housing association homes by 2033

03 March, 2014

Housing associations could house one in five of England's population by 2033

Government 'cannot ignore food bank rise' says bishop

03 March, 2014

A bishop has said the government cannot ignore the rise in the number of food banks across the UK

Crabb says Wales needs welfare reform 'more than UK'

03 March, 2014

Wales Office minister Stephen Crabb says Wales needs welfare reform as much as the rest of the UK, if not more

West Dunbartonshire Council secures additional funding for struggling tenants

03 March, 2014

West Dunbartonshire Council has secured an extra £500,000 of Discretionary Housing Payments to help residents affected by the bedroom tax

Should council tenants move so that bankers can have nice homes?

03 March, 2014

Londoner Kevin Mullins and his wife need a bigger home in prime Covent Garden but council rules say they should go to the 'affordable' fringes

Bedroom tax refund delay woe for householders

03 March, 2014

Council chiefs in the North-East say they are struggling to find hundreds of people unlawfully charged the 'bedroom tax' after blunder

Household benefit cap and Universal Credit housing costs

03 March, 2014

DWP proposals relating to the new definition of exempt accommodation

Sale of small council homes condemning thousands to bedroom tax

03 March, 2014

Council housing sell-offs forcing vulnerable children into unfit properties in private sector

HB Direct

03 March, 2014

Issue 146 March Edition

A4/2014

03 March, 2014

Housing Benefit Circular A4/2014

A Roof Over My Head: The final report of the Sustain project

28 February, 2014

Sustain: A longitudinal study of housing outcomes and wellbeing in private rented accommodation

Disability rights 'disgrace': Terminally ill facing distress and financial difficulty for weeks because of delays in benefits contract

28 February, 2014

Spending watchdog casts doubt over whether Personal Independence payments will ever be value for money

Number of people seeking help for payday loan problems doubles and average debts exceed monthly pay of borrowers

28 February, 2014

The number of people seeking help with payday loan problems from Stepchange almost doubled in the last year

Council to provide 3,500 new homes in 'ground breaking' PRS scheme

28 February, 2014

A London borough will establish a council-owned company to build thousands of private rented homes

Bedroom tax 'helping to end child poverty'

28 February, 2014

Ministers claim bedroom tax is cutting child poverty

English Housing Survey Bulletin

28 February, 2014

2012-13 Headline Report published

Key players move to position private rented sector as tenure of choice to solve housing crisis

28 February, 2014

A thriving private rented sector offers a unique chance to help solve the housing crisis and provide high quality, secure and affordable homes

Council tax 'higher in Wales than in rich London boroughs'

28 February, 2014

From April, council tax on a Band D property in Cardiff will go up to £1,164. In Kensington and Chelsea, they will be paying £1,071

Lib Dems likely to oppose the bedroom tax in 2015

28 February, 2014

President 'does not expect' support for unreformed policy

Watchdog slams DWP over benefit tests

27 February, 2014

Long delays to disabled people's benefit eligibility tests are causing distress and financial difficulties for claimants

Debt charity reports big rise in payday loan problems

27 February, 2014

A leading debt advice charity says it has seen a big rise in the number of clients with payday loan problems

Personal Independence Payment: early progress

27 February, 2014

The DWP has had to delay the Personal Independence Payment programme's roll-out and reduce expected savings during this Spending Review period

National Minimum Wage boost welcome but more needed to help working poor

27 February, 2014

The National Minimum Wage falls well short of the amount people need to cover costs and achieve an adequate standard of living in the UK

DWP: Housing benefit will be sanctioned

27 February, 2014

Part-time workers judged to be doing too little to find full-time work face having their benefit for housing costs sanctioned by the government for the first time under universal credit

DWP panned for poor Personal Independence Payment performance

27 February, 2014

The National Audit Office, which scrutinises public spending for parliament, has blasted the Department for Work and Pensions over its flawed handling of the introduction of the PIP

Tenants 'ripped off' by letting agents keeping deposits

27 February, 2014

Some letting agents are fraudulently taking thousands of pounds from tenants as a holding deposit, not letting them move in and keeping the money

Empty social homes and rent arrears up in Wales

27 February, 2014

Empty social homes and tenant arrears have increased in Wales, according to the latest social housing figures

Rubbish tips and mice: one mum's story of the private rental sector

27 February, 2014

Damp, mould, mice and cockroaches. Water running down walls and coming through ceilings. Aggressive or unresponsive landlords and the almost constant fear of eviction

Recap Bedroom Tax vote: MPs decided against scrapping the controversial levy

27 February, 2014

Labour, with the support of Caroline Lucas, had forced a vote in the House of Commons to enable MPs to express their opposition to the hated Bedroom Tax

English housing survey 2011 to 2012: household report

26 February, 2014

Annual report on households in England, covering themes such as housing needs, housing moves, and vulnerable and disadvantaged groups

Market rent in retirement and extra care housing: a new offer for older people?

26 February, 2014

The past two years have seen a growing interest in the potential role of a 'new PRS' in delivering quality housing and greater tenure choice

The Missing Option? Expanding private/market rented housing for older people

26 February, 2014

Extensive detail into why there isn't more high quality housing for older people to rent privately in mainstream or specialist accommodation

HB A3/2014

26 February, 2014

HB circular which contains information on minimum earnings threshold

A better private rented sector can weed out rogue landlords for good

26 February, 2014

It's the fastest growing area of the market, but rented homes are dominated by amateur landlords. It's time for that to change

Social Housing Vacancies, Lettings and Rent Arrears, 2012-13

26 February, 2014

SDR 31/2014 26 February 2014

MPs to vote on bedroom tax as government moves to close loophole

26 February, 2014

MPs are gathered in the House of Commons this afternoon to potentially give a 'vote of no confidence' on the government's bedroom tax

English Housing Survey

26 February, 2014

Headline Report 2012-13

Benefit cuts explicitly linked to mental health problems

26 February, 2014

Oxfordshire Mind receives six-figure sum from the Big Lottery fund to deal with fallout from welfare reforms

Duncan Smith rules out regional benefit cap

26 February, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith has dismissed the possibility of introducing a new regional cap on benefits that could have seen payments to families in many parts of Yorkshire slashed further

London rents more than twice national average

26 February, 2014

The average London rent is now 102 per cent more than the national average

Funding offering a new start for single homeless people

25 February, 2014

A successful scheme helping single homeless people into homes in the private rented sector is to be extended by 2 years

Renting in London: our readers' stories

25 February, 2014

An article on the increasingly fraught London renting market elicited many accounts from our readers

Helping single homeless people into homes

25 February, 2014

A scheme helping single homeless people into homes in the private rented sector is to be extended by 2 years

Homelessness PRS scheme lands £2m government funding

25 February, 2014

A Crisis scheme helping single homeless people into private rented sector homes has been given a £2 million funding boost by the government

Duncan Smith mocks Labour bedroom tax figures

25 February, 2014

More than 21,500 people have now been identified as wrongly paying the bedroom tax according to figures obtained by the Labour Party

Government putting most vulnerable at risk by scrapping £347 million welfare fund

25 February, 2014

The scrapping of a fund used by councils will make it difficult to help vulnerable people facing short-term crises, LAs are warning

UK sees rise in new tenancies and rent costs

25 February, 2014

The number of new tenancies has risen by 15% in the UK in the past year, with rents rising by 8%

£billions paid to MPs, peers and royalty in housing benefit

25 February, 2014

A new study has revealed that MPs and members of the Royal Family are paid billions of pounds in housing benefit

£2.3 million to support hard working families with child care

25 February, 2014

Councils across Wales are to receive £2.3 million of funding to help provide quality, affordable child care out of school hours

Creating a fair and flexible private rented sector

25 February, 2014

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has emphasised the need to create a fairer, more flexible private rented sector

Reforming PRS core of Labour's housing strategy

25 February, 2014

Reforming the private rented sector will be at the core of Labour's bid to tackle the housing crisis, the shadow planning minister has said

Victory for government in benefits court challenge as the bedroom tax and cap on handouts are backed by judges as lawful

24 February, 2014

Accusations that the spare bedroom subsidy unlawfully discriminates against the disabled are rejected

Councils urged to build homes for private rent

24 February, 2014

Local councils should set targets for building homes for the private rented sector

Why we won't build smaller homes just to clean up the mess of the bedroom tax

24 February, 2014

Ministers want more one-bed homes - but these will last for 100 years while the bedroom tax may already be on its last legs

Social landlords need to do more to protect tenants' data

24 February, 2014

To avoid breaching the law, social landlords need to do more to protect tenants' data

Universal Credit expands to Bath and Harrogate

24 February, 2014

New jobseekers in Bath and Harrogate will be able to make a claim for Universal Credit today as the new benefit rolls out

LGA: £347m emergency welfare fund must be kept

24 February, 2014

The scrapping of a Government fund used by councils to provide emergency support will make it increasingly difficult to help vulnerable people facing short-term crises

Housing minister calls for fairer private rented sector

24 February, 2014

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has called for the creation of a fairer and more flexible private rented sector

Largest recipients of housing benefits in Wales pocket £25m in a single year

24 February, 2014

Landed estates, letting agents and private landlords as well as charities and not-for-profit organisations share mammoth benefits cash pot

Richest MP in Britain slams welfare state but makes £625k a year in housing benefit

24 February, 2014

Tory toff Richard Benyon is worth millions and makes his fortune from the very people he condemns

London landlords earning more than five times the returns of their counterparts in the North East

24 February, 2014

London landlords are raking in more than five times the annual revenue of their counterparts in the North East of England

Campaigners fail to overturn bedroom tax court ruling

24 February, 2014

A group of people with disabilities has failed to overturn a court ruling which found the bedroom tax is lawful

Council uses EDMO to help tenants affected by bedroom tax

21 February, 2014

Knowsley Council has taken control of a problem property, allowing a tenant affected by the bedroom tax to downsize

Social landlord agrees immigration deal with the Home Office

21 February, 2014

Glasgow landlord to report suspicions over legal status of housing applicants

The first year of welfare reforms: how housing providers are coping

21 February, 2014

Welfare reforms have been handled well so far, but the worst may be yet to come for those housing society's most vulnerable

Bedroom tax human rights appeal fails

21 February, 2014

The Court of Appeal has upheld an earlier High Court decision that the bedroom tax rules are was not a breach of human rights for disabled adults

Food bank use soars 400% in two years

21 February, 2014

Food bank use amongst Londoners has soared by 393% over the last two years

Minimum earnings threshold for EEA migrants introduced

21 February, 2014

Migrants from the EEA who claim to have been in work or self-employed to get benefits, will face a more robust test from 1 March 2014

Five lose housing benefit cut appeal

21 February, 2014

Five disabled social housing tenants have lost their Court of Appeal bid to have benefit cuts for those with spare bedrooms ruled unlawful

Impacts of Welfare Reforms on the Social Rented Sector

21 February, 2014

Report of a Welsh Government Task and Finish Group

Bolton ruling does not define a bedroom

21 February, 2014

The importance of a tribunal ruling that campaigners claim could help tenants overturn bedroom tax decisions has been downplayed by the Chartered Institute of Housing

Government accused of suppressing the damning report that suggests its flagship welfare reforms are forcing ever more people to resort to food banks

21 February, 2014

Welfare reforms are forcing many more people to resort to emergency food handouts

People stripped of benefits could be charged for challenging decision

21 February, 2014

Critics argue that proposal in leaked document from Department for Work and Pensions would hit poorest people in the country

PM announces Council Tax refunds for flood hit households

20 February, 2014

Government will make £4 million available to fund Council Tax rebates for people whose homes have been flooded

Universal Credit: The real flaw in IDS's benefits reform is the timetable

20 February, 2014

Implementation was always going to be slow and tricky

Church of England bishops demand action over hunger

20 February, 2014

Forty-three Christian leaders, including 27 Anglican bishops, have signed a letter urging David Cameron to ensure people get enough to eat

Housing Benefit caseload statistics

20 February, 2014

Tables detailing the number of Housing Benefit claimants

UK Government's welfare cuts will hurt Welsh economy

20 February, 2014

Welfare reform is 'siphoning off' millions of pounds a year from the Welsh economy because of cuts to benefits for working age adults

Bedroom tax boosts activity on home swapping websites

20 February, 2014

One website, House Exchange, said registrations from would-be downsizers were up by 49% year-on-year

Benefit sanctions figures published

20 February, 2014

JSA payments to claimants who haven't stuck to the rules have been suspended 818,000 times since we introduced new rules in October 2012

Universal Credit: Government's welfare reform 'may be scrapped after next election'

20 February, 2014

IT glitches and low numbers threaten £2bn project

Bedroom Tax Toolkit

20 February, 2014

Coast and Country Housing Association Bedroom Tax appeal toolkit

This bedroom tax appeal pack contains simple template letters for different appeal grounds such as room size, usage, need for extra bedrooms for disability purposes etc.

Rent arrears 'in line with expectations'

20 February, 2014

Nine in 10 landlords have reported levels of rent arrears and voids in line with or better than their expectations

DWP reveals nearly 500,000 households affected by bedroom tax

20 February, 2014

The DWP has released statistics breaking down the number of households affected by bedroom tax and the average amount deducted from HB

Court to rule on bedroom tax legality

20 February, 2014

The Court of Appeal is due to rule on whether the bedroom tax is legal when applied to disabled people

Universal Credit: New claimant figures

19 February, 2014

New figures show 3,610 people claimed Universal Credit up to 30 November 2013

Renting: the true cost

19 February, 2014

Lifetime renters in the capital spend £410,000, a third more than the rest of the country, and other expenses can mean it's cheaper to buy

Counting the Cuts

19 February, 2014

Report in regards to the impact of the UK Governments cuts programme

This report, published on behalf of the Campaign for a Fair Society, summarises the impact of the UK Government's cuts programme. It demonstrates how the cuts target people in poverty and disabled people

Analysing the impact of the UK Government's welfare reforms in Wales - Stage 3 analysis

19 February, 2014

Part 2: Impacts in local authority areas

This report includes analysis that has been undertaken by the Welsh Government as part of Stage 3 of the programme of research to assess the impact of the UK Government's welfare reforms in Wales

Independent Scotland is the only way to scrap bedroom tax for good says Margaret Burgess

19 February, 2014

The only way to scrap the bedroom tax for good is through the powers of an independent Scottish Parliament said Welfare Minister

If welfare deal fails, all Executive departments will face cuts

19 February, 2014

The Finance Minister says he will have no option but to publish a list of cuts from every department to meet the potential £1bn cost

Two thirds of new claimants for disability benefit are rejected

19 February, 2014

Almost two thirds of new claimants assessed for the Government's re-designed disability benefit have been turned down

Landlords forced into credit balancing act between lenders and tenants

19 February, 2014

Landlords are absorbing losses from rental arrears in order to keep up buy-to-let mortgage payments, government statistics have indicated

Welfare state presides over 'culture of fear', charities say

19 February, 2014

New figures presented to benefits inquiry expected to show record numbers of claimants have had cash withheld

Welfare reform offers new hope, says David Cameron

19 February, 2014

The prime minister has rejected the claim by the Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols

'Bedroom Tax' help

19 February, 2014

Nearly 7,000 extra households receive assistance in just one month

Council accused of 'social cleansing' after halving housing waiting list

19 February, 2014

A campaign group has accused Brent Council of 'social cleansing' after it more than halved its housing waiting list

MPs debate welfare reform WOW petition

19 February, 2014

MPs will take part in a debate on a motion relating to the effects of welfare reform on sick and disabled people as a result of the WOW petition

People urged to take up social housing as bedroom tax leaves properties empty

18 February, 2014

A local authority is set to discuss encouraging more people into social housing as homes sit empty due to the ravages of the bedroom tax

Archbishop Nichols: UK welfare system 'seriously wrong'

18 February, 2014

The UK's welfare system is "seriously wrong" in allowing poorer members of society to remain "in a destitute situation"

Housing benefit 'spare room' rebates for 3,000 in West Midlands

18 February, 2014

At least 3,000 tenants in the West Midlands are set to be eligible for rebates after having benefits wrongly cut because of extra bedrooms

West Dunbartonshire Council rent rise to be invested in housing

18 February, 2014

Rents for council tenants in West Dunbartonshire are to rise by 7.63%, which the council states will help fund improvements to housing

Tory-run councils will ignore pleas from ministers and impose tax rises

18 February, 2014

Dozens of Conservative councils will defy pleas from ministers and impose council tax rises on their residents in April

UK Government welfare cuts to take hundreds of pounds out of Welsh adult's pockets

18 February, 2014

The Welsh Government is warning that working age adults in Wales will be hundreds of pounds a year worse off due to UK Government cuts to welfare

43 per cent reduction in landlords seeking vacant possession

18 February, 2014

The NLA reports a 43 per cent reduction in the number of landlords seeking vacant possession of their properties year on year

Growth of loans for Scottish social landlords lowest since 2004

18 February, 2014

The growth of loans available to Scottish housing associations has been squeezed to its lowest rate since 2004

Majority of UK's social housing tenants believe homes sub-standard

18 February, 2014

Over half of the UK's social housing tenants believe the property they in live fails to meet decent homes standards

Average monthly rent to climb above £1,000 this year

18 February, 2014

Average monthly rental costs across Britain are on track to climb above £1,000 this year

Welfare reforms cost Wales £930m, claims Welsh government

18 February, 2014

About £930m is being lost to the Welsh economy every year because of welfare reform

NLA calls for Council Tax relief for flood-hit landlords

17 February, 2014

The NLA is calling on the government to widen its offer of 100 per cent Business Rate relief for those affected by the recent devastation

Impact of welfare reform on housing associations

17 February, 2014

Early effects and responses by housing associations to the introduction of welfare reforms

Landlord group campaigns against selective licensing

17 February, 2014

The NLA has launched a social media campaign against the introduction of selective licensing in certain parts of England

Households 'worse off' in benefit reform says Bevan Foundation boss

17 February, 2014

Reaction to claims by a Welsh government report that the nation's economy is losing £930m every year because of welfare reform

Welfare reform hitting most vulnerable, says Jeff Cuthbert

17 February, 2014

Welfare reform is "hitting the most vulnerable" in Wales, according to the minister for communities and tackling poverty

20% rise in number of tenants being evicted from their homes in Wales

17 February, 2014

Landlord possession claims have soared by 20% in the past year

Almond tenants to benefit from free insulation

17 February, 2014

Households in West Lothian are set to benefit from cheaper heating bills through a new energy efficiency project

Social landlords still struggling with anti social behaviour

17 February, 2014

Taking quick and effective action in serious anti social behaviour cases remains challenging

Local Authorities break the law, taking DLA/PIP into account for DHP allocations

17 February, 2014

Lord Freud and the Department for Work and Pensions have issued advice to Local Authorities suggesting that they break the law

Council to buy homes with right to buy cash

17 February, 2014

Milton Keynes Council intends to buy homes with right to buy sales cash to help ease a rental property shortage

Tories reject Archbishop Nichols' warning on welfare cuts

17 February, 2014

Government rejects Vincent Nichols' attack on the impact of welfare cuts on the poor

Benefit reforms are hiding the true number of unemployed

17 February, 2014

Universal credit recipients don't appear in jobless figures, linked to jobseeker's allowance

HB G2/2014

17 February, 2014

February 2014

Bedroom tax 'unfair' says housing firm boss

14 February, 2014

The boss of Plymouth's largest social housing provider has supported the National Housing Federation's opposition to the bedroom tax

Evictions in rental sector at highest level since records began

14 February, 2014

Over 12,000 people were evicted in the last three months of 2013

HCA fee advances snubbed by landlords

14 February, 2014

Sector angry that HCA plan won't necessarily improve the regulator's resources

LIN Welfare Benefits Rates Card for 2014/15

14 February, 2014

DWP Benefits Rates Card 2014/15

Government closes bedroom tax loophole

14 February, 2014

An oversight that exempted some of the victims of the bedroom tax from being hit by the policy has been closed by the government

Pensioner hid thousands in savings while claiming benefits

14 February, 2014

A pensioner has been given a suspended prison sentence after it was discovered he had concealed a fortune of £130,000 while claiming benefits for eight years

Right time to invest in energy efficiency?

14 February, 2014

Is it still a good time for social landlords to invest in energy efficiency?

No comfort for those in fuel poverty

14 February, 2014

Imagine living in a house so cold, you stay in bed all day just to keep warm. This is the reality for hundreds of social housing tenants

CIH Scotland commentary on recent bedroom tax tribunal rulings

14 February, 2014

Second revised edition - February 2014

Support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system

14 February, 2014

During a Work and Pensions committee hearing on 12.2.14, Ministers were called to give answers about welfare reform in the provision of housing

Lord Freud and Housing Minster Kris Hopkins gave telling testimony about how they view the law, how they view disabled tenants affected by bedroom tax

Number of home repossessions falls to lowest level since 2007

14 February, 2014

The number of home repossessions by banks and building societies fell to its lowest annual level for six years according to Council of Mortgage lenders report

LIN Press Release - Removal of the spare room subsidy

13 February, 2014

Changes to the Housing Benefit Regulations for pre-1996 tenants

Bid to scrap bedroom tax to get second Commons reading

13 February, 2014

A Labour MP's bill calling for the bedroom tax to be scrapped will get a second reading after successfully passing its first hurdle

The fight for social housing

13 February, 2014

The HCA Prospectus marks another milestone in the slow death of social housing, but the sector must fight to defend it

As cost of rent rises and housing supply remains stretched should the Government increase frozen rent-a-room tax threshold

13 February, 2014

The rent-a-room tax threshold is out of date and needs to be hiked to keep up with far higher rental costs

Arrears drop in Passivhaus schemes

13 February, 2014

A landlord claims it has slashed rent arrears close to zero by housing tenants in super energy-efficient Passivhaus homes

'Tragedy' of 200,000 'hardcore' jobless

13 February, 2014

Wales has 200,000 'hardcore unemployed' people who have 'never worked a day in their lives'

Impact of welfare reform on housing associations

13 February, 2014

Early effects and responses by housing associations to the introduction of welfare reforms

Couple win appeal against 'bedroom tax'

13 February, 2014

A disabled man and his wife are among the first in Wales to win an appeal against the controversial 'bedroom tax' after an Aberystwyth tribunal accepted that they needed separate bedrooms

Homes fit for energy needs

13 February, 2014

The bedroom tax has its critics, but many tenants rattle around in homes unsuitable for their energy needs

Tory MP Kris Hopkins says disabled people hit by bedroom tax need to change their ways

13 February, 2014

The housing minister said some were having difficulty adjusting to the 'cultural change' of how they spend their money

HB A2/2014

13 February, 2014

The Housing Benefit (Miscellaneous Amendment) Regulations 2014

LIN Member Report February 2014 - Poverty: The Cost of Being Poor

13 February, 2014

This member report is written by Kevin McCready

The perception that the poor pay a higher cost for services and goods is not a new one. This idea has been recently given added focus with the ongoing reform of the welfare system. This report looks at examples of the various ways that this "poverty premium" can manifest itself and gives good examples of how housing providers are trying to support their tenants.

'Bedroom tax' rebate on Merseyside to be £560

12 February, 2014

Nearly 2,600 people across Merseyside will be eligible for rebates running into hundreds of pounds after wrongly paying the so-called 'bedroom tax'

'Axe debts' for bedroom tax tenants

12 February, 2014

Tenants in arrears because of the so-called 'bedroom tax' should have their debt written off and 'charges' refunded

HB A1/2014

12 February, 2014

The Housing Benefit (Transitional Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

Review of property conditions in the private rented sector

12 February, 2014

The quality of privately rented housing has improved rapidly over the past decade

Personal Independence Payment statistics

12 February, 2014

The first official statistics for claims of Personal Independence Payment - show 37% of standard claims have been successful

The State of Living Standards

12 February, 2014

The Resolution Foundation's annual audit of living standards in Britain

Councils fail to prioritise disabled bedroom tax-hit tenants

12 February, 2014

Councils are ignoring government guidance and failing to prioritise disabled people for payments to help cope with the bedroom tax

Landlords should offer more efficient mutual home exchange

12 February, 2014

Kris Hopkins said social landlords should do more to help tenants switch homes as the government launched an updated mutual exchange guide

'Bedroom tax' wrongly levied on thousands of homes

12 February, 2014

Labour FOI request suggests as many as 50,000 households have been charged in error

Two thirds of households hit by bedroom tax are in debt as anniversary approaches

12 February, 2014

One in seven at risk of eviction despite support from housing associations

Solar panel investment to continue

12 February, 2014

A housing association has announced further plans to fit energy saving solar panels on some of its oldest properties

Scotland pays out 35,000 hardship grants to poorest families

11 February, 2014

A total of 35,000 emergency hardship payments were paid to some of Scotland's poorest households over the past six months

Helping unemployed young people to find private-sector work

11 February, 2014

Joseph Rowntree Report

This report investigates the initial labour market experiences of two young people working in multinational, private sector companies, and the role of employers and support services

Free access to computers in Liverpool

11 February, 2014

In a bid to get more people online Riverside is joining forces with Imagine If Trust to provide free access to computers

Seen and heard

11 February, 2014

Jules Birch blog about the Dispatches documentary on the bedroom tax on Channel 4

Personal Independence Payment

11 February, 2014

Management information for Personal Independence Payment new claims registered and decisions made April 2013 to December 2013

Immigration minister's resignation highlights 'stupidity of his own laws'

11 February, 2014

The resignation of the immigration minister demonstrates the "stupidity" of the laws he was introducing, a lettings agent has claimed

Housing minister: social landlords should help tenants to move

11 February, 2014

Social landlords should do more to help tenants who want to move home, Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has claimed

Councils ignoring Government 'bedroom tax' advice penalising disabled people

11 February, 2014

Councils are ignoring government guidance and failing to prioritise disabled people for payments to help cope with the bedroom tax according to the Papworth Trust

Couple on benefits are said to have conned a string of landlords

11 February, 2014

A married couple on benefits lived in a string of luxury homes before fleeing without paying rent, reports suggest

The hidden families who have to share

11 February, 2014

New analysis of the 2011 census has revealed that almost 300,000 'concealed families' share their home with another family in England and Wales

Buy-To-Let Borrowing Rates Dive To New Low

11 February, 2014

The rates are at their lowest since before the recession, fuelling fierce competition between landlords and would-be buyers

CH 140 2014

10 February, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - additional room for non-resident carer - whether a bedroom

A million workers off sick for more than a month

10 February, 2014

As many as 960,000 employees were on sick leave for a month or more each year on average between Oct 2010 & Sep 2013. They are preparing to launch a new Health and Work Service to combat this problem

Bedroom Tax loophole

10 February, 2014

The Government has closed the bedroom tax 'loophole' with effect from 3 March 2014

On 8 January 2014 the DWP admitted that an oversight when drafting bedroom tax legislation meant that HB regulations dating from 1996 had not been correctly updated. This loophole meant that social housing tenants who have lived in their property since at least the 1 January 1996 and have been continuously entitled to HB since that date were exempt from the bedroom tax.

Promoting mobility through mutual exchange: realising the potential

10 February, 2014

This guide draws on the experience of 12 mobility pilots which the DCLG funded to test innovative and cost-effective ways of supporting mobility through mutual exchange

New Legal Aid Ruling

10 February, 2014

Shelter policy blog

Bedroom Tax Tribunal result

10 February, 2014

Nearly Legal - a new bedroom tax First Tier Tribunal decision from Monmouthshire raises some issues on the First Tier Tribunal's approach to room use

Changes to state pensions will hit the poorest, warns think tank

10 February, 2014

Inequalities set to grow as people in the most deprived parts of the country live healthy lives 20 years shorter than the average

Londoners can't afford to cook food bank hand-outs as energy bills soar

10 February, 2014

An astonishing 68% of Londoners have cut back on heating their homes in the wake of big energy price hikes, a survey has revealed

Early impacts of Welfare Reform on rent arrears

10 February, 2014

Research Report 2 from the Scottish Housing Regulator

This report includes the findings of the second phase of the Scottish Housing Regulators research on the early impact of Welfare Reform on social landlords. The research covers the period to September 2013, six months into the removal of the Housing Benefit Spare Room Subsidy (commonly known as the 'bedroom tax')

Who Pays? -The Impact of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy on Disabled Residents living in Adapted Properties in Wales.

07 February, 2014

'£40m public money set to be wasted in Wales' due to bedroom tax impact on disabled people according to this new report from Wales and West Housing

DWP dramatically underestimates 'pre-1996' bedroom tax exemptions

07 February, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions has dramatically underestimated the number of people entitled to refunds due to 'pre-1996' bedroom tax exemptions

Majority of associations to hike rents by maximum

07 February, 2014

More than 95 per cent of housing associations will increase their rents up to the maximum allowed

Minister renews call for 'bedroom tax' exemptions and announces a further £1.3m to help those affected

07 February, 2014

Carl Sargeant has renewed his call for certain tenants to be exempted from the housing benefit changes

Scots 'bedroom tax' arrears amount to £5m

07 February, 2014

Rent arrears of at least £5m are owed to Scottish councils and housing associations as a result of the so-called 'bedroom tax'

Benefits abuse

07 February, 2014

A test case will decide if the benefit cap unfairly discriminates against domestic violence victims

Councils 'best placed' to help welfare claimants into work

07 February, 2014

The government should scrap national welfare-to-work programmes and fund councils to take charge of their own employment schemes

Poorest pay the price for welfare reform

07 February, 2014

Councils are generally in favour of welfare reform. The problem is that the government thinks reforms and cuts are the same thing

New LHA rates published for 2014/15

07 February, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published the 2014/15 Local Housing Allowance rates which will take effect from April this year

Universal Credit IT 'probably over ambitious'

07 February, 2014

Max Tse said that most of the problems at DWP were down to governance

The bedroom tax loophole: a guide for councils and housing associations

06 February, 2014

A step-by-step guide for identifying cases, challenging decisions and dealing with discretionary housing payments

New benefit cap statistics released

06 February, 2014

Over 8,000 households who had their benefits capped have found jobs, reduced their benefit claim, or had another change of circumstance

The Housing Benefit (Transitional Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

06 February, 2014

Amendment of the Housing Benefit Regulations

Government MPs think disabled people are exempt from bedroom tax

06 February, 2014

The chair of the House of Commons Work and Pensions select committee says coalition MPs are oblivious to the bedroom tax's impact on disabled people

Benefit cap: number of households capped, data to December 2013

06 February, 2014

The Government has introduced a cap on the total amount of benefit that working age households can receive

Housing benefit reforms 'could waste millions' in disability costs

06 February, 2014

Changes in housing benefit payments affecting disabled people could cost the public purse millions of pounds in Wales

'£40m public money set to be wasted in Wales' due to bedroom tax impact on disabled people

06 February, 2014

More than £40m of public money is set to be wasted in Wales due to the removal of the spare room subsidy from disabled people

The minor prophet and the bedroom tax miracle

06 February, 2014

Iain Gray advised his fellow MSPs to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God after speech in regards to Bedroom Tax

Town halls asked to help freeze Council Tax this year

06 February, 2014

Eric Pickles has called on councils to take up the offer of additional central government funding to help freeze Council Tax this year

Labour MPs call for urgent action on London's private rented sector

06 February, 2014

A selection of Labour MPs from London boroughs have called for urgent action on the private rented sector in the capital

Iain Duncan Smith's doomed Universal Credit scheme cost £225k Per Person

05 February, 2014

The project has already cost the taxpayer £612million and has been dogged by delays and IT blunders

Bedroom tax fiasco: 124 Westminster families owed £700 each

05 February, 2014

A total of 124 families living in social housing in Westminster are owed £700 each after wrongly being hit with the government's bedroom tax

Latest universal credit chief working part-time since Christmas

05 February, 2014

The man brought in to 'rescue' universal credit has been working part-time since Christmas due to being off sick with bronchitis

Top tips for letting to benefits tenants

05 February, 2014

Following speculation that buy-to-let landlords could shun tenants on benefits after the introduction of the universal credit scheme George Spencer offers advice to landlords

Claimants lose all their income under disability benefits reform

05 February, 2014

Anyone wanting to appeal a decision that they are fit to work first has to have all their paperwork looked at again, while receiving no sickness benefits

Housing officers trained to help tenants with welfare reform pressures

05 February, 2014

Housing officers in Greater Manchester and Nottingham are being trained so they are better equipped to help vulnerable tenants with the increasing financial and emotional pressures of welfare reform

PRS rents in London rise less than inflation

05 February, 2014

London private rented sector rents have risen by 'much less' than inflation

Bigger council tax rises forced by Liberal Democrats

05 February, 2014

Lib Dem ministers, backed by some Tory council leaders, reject plan to cap council tax rises at 1.5 per cent

Localising Support for Council Tax

05 February, 2014

DCLG Document - Vulnerable people and key local authority duties

Funding Matters - Extra Care Housing

05 February, 2014

Housing Learning and Improvement Network Report

This recent update of the Funding Extra Care Housing Technical Brief details the sources of capital and revenue funding driving new investment opportunities for developing new extra care housing and maintaining the viability of existing provision in England

Up to 600 homes in Wirral set to receive bedroom tax refunds

05 February, 2014

Up to 600 homes in Wirral could receive refunds of around £1,000 after discovering they should have been exempt from paying the bedroom tax

City sees drop in number of bedroom tax victims

04 February, 2014

Bristol City Council has reported a drop in the number of tenants hit by the bedroom tax

Government review into councils' housing spending welcomed by ALMOs

04 February, 2014

The National Federation of ALMOs has welcomed the government's decision to launch an independent review into the role councils can play

Duncan Smith: MPs 'cannot run' my department

04 February, 2014

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has told MPs they "cannot run" his department as he defended decisions taken over key welfare reforms

Ministers branded "utterly clueless" over Bedroom Tax's impact on disabled people

04 February, 2014

Campaigners claim up to 400,000 have to pay the £14-a-week surcharge - but when Tory Employment minister Esther McVey was asked she did not know

Landlord loan rates dive to new low

04 February, 2014

Buy-to-let mortgages are now cheaper than before the credit crisis

Iain Duncan Smith faces angry MPs over universal credit

04 February, 2014

Work and pensions secretary questioned about failures in IT system used to implement new benefit

Report: Adequate Housing

04 February, 2014

United Nations report on adequate housing and housing benefits in Great Britain

Report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context, Raquel Rolnik

Benefit cuts leave 70,000 people in council tax arrears, says Labour

04 February, 2014

Around 70,000 people are being pursued by bailiffs for council tax arrears following benefit cuts, the Labour Party has claimed

Scotland pledges to meet full cost of bedroom tax

04 February, 2014

Scotland has pledged to meet the full cost of the bedroom tax by finding an extra £15 million for housing benefit support

Personal Independence Payment rolls out to existing claimants in northern England

04 February, 2014

Personal Independence Payment roll out is extended to cover 5 new areas of the country

Tenants continue to be baffled by universal credit

04 February, 2014

The government's stuttering universal credit system is continuing to baffle tenants

Is the 'bedroom tax' the new Poll Tax?

04 February, 2014

The withdrawal of the spare room subsidy has definitely gained an enhanced political salience, beyond its arithmetical and social impact

Touchbase DWP e-zine

03 February, 2014

February 2014

HB Direct

03 February, 2014

Issue 145 February 2014

How can we help generation rent?

03 February, 2014

Investing in private rented sector is good for competitiveness and it provides a shot in the arm to the economy in terms of jobs and growth

Minister Nicola Sturgeon in call over benefit aid cap

03 February, 2014

A further £15m has been found by the Scottish government to help those hit by the so-called "bedroom tax" in the year ahead

Social housing's clients should drive change

03 February, 2014

A highly partial and confused picture of our social housing reform process

Strain for Shoreline over £179k owed in bedroom tax arrears from struggling tenants

03 February, 2014

More than half the Shoreline tenants affected by the so-called bedroom tax are in arrears

Councils 'could save £125m from running welfare schemes'

03 February, 2014

Councils could cut the amount they spend administering welfare payments by as much as £125m, the Audit Commission has said

Freud: Bedroom tax figures 'may indicate people are downsizing''

03 February, 2014

The lower than expected number of people hit by the bedroom tax may be due to people downsizing into smaller properties

Bedroom tax will waste £234Million of taxpayers' money if disabled tenants forced to move house

03 February, 2014

The figure is nearly Half the £500million the Government hoped to save this year with the hated rules - ministers estimate around 35,000 claimants will be affected

Report: UK's private rented sector set to grow further

03 February, 2014

The UK's private rented sector has more than doubled in size in the last 14 years, and it is set to keep expanding

This report examines the private rented sector in detail, discussing the dynamics underpinning the recent growth in the sector and examining the policy moves to encourage more institutional investment. It includes our forecasts for the size of the rental sector and rental movements in the UK

'Poll tax mark II' pushes Britain's poorest into debt

03 February, 2014

Cuts in council tax benefit to thousands force householders to pawn goods and fend off bailiffs

Tories are taxing poor while ignoring 'Billionaires Row' scandal, says Labour

03 February, 2014

MP says The Bishops Avenue is 'stark example of empty homes problem' and wants councils to be given powers to treble rates

NHF calls for overhaul of universal credit payment rules

03 February, 2014

The National Housing Federation has called for an overhaul of universal credit switch-back rules in the wake of concerns from landlords

Report: Renters reject workplace pensions

31 January, 2014

Renters are significantly more likely than homeowners to reject their workplace pension schemes

The research by Dr Mark Bryan from the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex with James Lloyd of the thinktank, The Strategic Society Centre, found that renters were nearly ten percentage points more likely to reject their workplace pension scheme, and 26 percentage points less likely to join it subsequently, compared to homeowners, even after analysts controlled for the influence of other factors such as a person's level of earnings, age and education

Payback time

31 January, 2014

DWP acknowledges that social housing tenants who have been claiming housing benefit for same home since 1996 are exempt from the bedroom tax

White knuckle ride

31 January, 2014

Social landlords taking part in the universal credit pathfinder projects have found themselves on a roller-coaster ride

More than 600,000 parents facing a salary cut as curbs on child benefit bite

31 January, 2014

More than 600,000 parents affected by the Government's controversial child benefit changes could be hit by an unexpected drop in their salary

Government pledges £50m more in aid for benefit claimants hit by bedroom tax

31 January, 2014

The Government today promised more than £50 million extra to help London benefit claimants affected by the so-called "bedroom tax"

NHF calls for overhaul of universal credit payment rules

31 January, 2014

Alternative payment process criticised by pilot landlords in north west

MSPs call for end of 'bedroom tax'

31 January, 2014

A Holyrood committee has called on the UK government to abolish the spare room subsidy or hand powers to the Scottish Parliament

U-turn looms over Freud pledge on bedroom tax

31 January, 2014

Peer's plans to exempt vulnerable tenants may derail entire policy

Social landlords should focus on helping tenants, not boosting profits

31 January, 2014

With residents facing a debt crisis, landlords should get their own homes in order before wheeling and dealing in the city

Nearly half of landlords set to raise rents

31 January, 2014

Four in ten landlords will raise their rents in the next year

Food banks: an inconvenient truth for the government

31 January, 2014

Food banks show welfare cuts and inefficiency cause hundreds of thousands of people to depend on emergency food aid

£165m fund to help housing benefit claimants

30 January, 2014

Councils will receive £165 million to support vulnerable claimants who might need extra support next year (2014 to 2015)

Non-domestic rates collected by local councils in England: forecast for 2013 to 2014

30 January, 2014

Details of the forecasts of national non-domestic rates to be collected by local authorities in England

Disabled childrens bedroom tax amendment defeated

30 January, 2014

An amendment to the bedroom tax exempting disabled children from the bedroom tax was defeated in the Lords by 185 votes to 154

Council pledges to help hundreds of tenants wrongly hit by bedroom tax

30 January, 2014

Sheffield City Council has pledged to support hundreds of social housing tenants wrongly charged with the controversial bedroom tax

Report: Back to Rising Damp

30 January, 2014

Addressing Housing Quality in the Private Rented Sector

Private renting is the fastest growing sector of housing. Low levels of housebuilding, diminishing stock, rising prices and a shift in state spending from building houses to subsidising rent, mean that the percentage of households renting their homes increased in all English regions in the decade to 2011

Video: 'Bedroom tax' petition evidence session

30 January, 2014

The Welfare Reform Committee hosted a second evidence session on petition PE01496

Tough ask

30 January, 2014

On the whole social landlords need to up their game to get funds from philanthropists

Iain Duncan Smith Blasts Council Of Europe 'Lunacy' Over 'Inadequate' UK Benefits Warning

30 January, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith has lashed out at the Council of Europe's "lunacy" for calling on the UK to raise the amount of benefits paid out

Fewer homes funded if councils restrict conversions to affordable rent

30 January, 2014

Councils that seek to restrict the conversion of social homes to affordable rent will see 'fewer homes funded in their area'

More than 270,000 poorest households in England face £80 council tax rise

30 January, 2014

Dozens more local authorities say they are reducing protection for vulnerable residents

The role of Jobcentre Plus in the reformed welfare system

30 January, 2014

Make better use of Jobcentre resources; promote longer-term outputs; and mitigate the risks of perverse, target-driven behaviour

Universal credit: DWP answers key questions on housing payments

30 January, 2014

The DWP has published a new guide for social landlords to help them understand and plan for the direct payment of housing costs under UC

Universal Credit and rented housing

29 January, 2014

This document explains what Universal Credit means for landlords and tenants

Universal Credit rolling out - what it means for employers

29 January, 2014

Lord Freud discusses how Universal Credit will help employees to work more hours and calls on employers to champion the new benefit

Get-rich-quick schemes target laid back landlords

29 January, 2014

Landlords are at risk of unethical schemes which take over the management of a property under the promise of guaranteed rental income

164 tenants wrongly charged bedroom tax

29 January, 2014

164 of 1,356 tenants affected by the bedroom tax are due a refund because of a major error by the DWP when they drafted the regulations

Unspent millions in former Social Fund budget prompts call for 'bedroom tax' help

29 January, 2014

Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister Jeff Cuthbert confirmed Discretionary Assistance Fund hasn't spent more than half its budget

Turned away

29 January, 2014

Will the Scottish housing bill make it easier for social landlords to abandon homeless people

Scots bedroom tax error answers demanded

29 January, 2014

Clarification over how many people in Scotland may have been wrongly hit by the bedroom tax has been demanded by the Scottish Government

Housing association gives boost to vulnerable people

29 January, 2014

A scheme to help vulnerable people manage their money has secured a total of nearly £58,000 for residents in Carlisle

S1/2014

29 January, 2014

Details of the government contribution towards DHP for local authorities (LAs) in 2014/15

Benefit cap: still no proof that it persuades the unemployed to get a job

29 January, 2014

A committee of MPs has demanded that ministers prove the benefit cap works. But even if they couldn't would they scrap it?

Landlords in the spotlight - how tenants can avoid getting stung

29 January, 2014

Landlords can run checks on potential tenants, but tenants can't do likewise. However, with a little conscientious research would-be renters can avoid some major pitfalls

Almost half of housing staff have experienced resident suicide threats

29 January, 2014

Housing officers should receive more training and support to help residents affected by welfare reforms

Why not book Landlord Information Networks Stress Awareness course for your staff and find out how to minimise stress caused by welfare reform copy and paste this link to find out more http://www.landlordinformationnetwork.co.uk/training_course.php?id=41

DWP helps cut telephone call costs from March 2014

29 January, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions will start to introduce alternative 0345 phone numbers for its major call lines from March 2014

High rents push fifth more households below minimum income standard

28 January, 2014

The number of households lacking a sufficient income to accommodate their minimum needs has shot up by a fifth over three years, Joseph Rowntree Foundation reports

ICO backs DWP refusal to publish universal credit risk document

28 January, 2014

The Information Commissioner has upheld a decision by the DWP to refuse to publish its 'risk register' for universal credit

Court of Appeal to hear benefits cap case

28 January, 2014

An attempt by three vulnerable lone parents to overturn the benefits cap has been allowed to go to the Court of Appeal

Explain benefit reform error, Scots minister Burgess demands

28 January, 2014

The Scottish government has demanded to know how many "vulnerable people" in Scotland have incorrectly lost out

Tenancy fraud scheme 'frees up' Gloucestershire social housing

28 January, 2014

A scheme to provide social housing for "people who genuinely need it" has seen fraudulent tenants evicted from up to 70 homes in Gloucestershire

Bedroom tax builds: HAs must develop smaller homes to win grant share

28 January, 2014

Housing associations are being advised to deliver one and two-bed homes if they want to win a share of the latest affordable housing grant

Food bank rise driven by unfair benefit sanctions - MPs

28 January, 2014

Sanctions imposed by Jobcentre Plus staff are one of the key reasons behind the rise in the number of people receiving help from food banks

Crooked grandmother evicted from council home

28 January, 2014

A woman who fraudulently claimed £42,000 in benefits has been evicted from her council home

People in Wales could find it harder to rent under UK Govt rules

28 January, 2014

Government rules on the payment of housing benefit will make it harder for people to rent a home in Wales

Rogue landlord measures 'ineffective' and Welsh Government's Housing Bill costings 'woefully underestimated' landlords' body claims

28 January, 2014

Residential Landlords Association warns Housing Bill measures would create a 'bureaucratic machine' for private landlords

Lawyers Granted Judicial Review Against Councils 'Unfair' 'Bedroom Tax' Housing Policy

28 January, 2014

Lawyers acting on behalf of a disabled couple, have been granted permission to bring a judicial review

Kent's homelessness crisis worsens, as those sleeping on the streets goes up by nearly half

28 January, 2014

The number of rough sleepers on Kent's streets has surged by nearly half - leaving charity workers stretched to the limit

Benefit cap 'hits most vulnerable'

28 January, 2014

The Government's so-called "benefit cap" is threatening to cause severe hardship to some of the most vulnerable people in society

UK rents have risen by 8% over the last year

28 January, 2014

Meanwhile, flatsharing among the over-40s is on the increase

Transforming welfare

28 January, 2014

How welfare has changed in the last 4 years

Renting in London 'costs twice as much as elsewhere'

28 January, 2014

Figures from Gumtree show the average UK rent is £665, while tenants in London fork out £1,516

Exempt accommodation discussion paper

27 January, 2014

NHF discussion document to develop a proposition on what a new system should look like and what principles should under pin it

Million new ESA claimants found fit for work

27 January, 2014

Latest analysis shows almost a million people who applied for sickness benefit have instead been found fit for work

Three ways to help communities cope with welfare reform

27 January, 2014

One organisation set up a shop that helped 2,000 people out of millions of pounds of debt

Drive for more one and two bedroom homes in HCA prospectus

27 January, 2014

Affordable housing providers will be expected to deliver more small homes to help bedroom tax tenants downsize

Report: The Index 2013

27 January, 2014

The results of a tenant survey that was designed to find out about the issues affecting residents' lives

For the last two years Affinity Sutton have surveyed a cross section of residents nationwide to find out what they think about some of the really important issues affecting their lives - finance, energy use, internet use, employment and community

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices

27 January, 2014

September to December 2013

National Union of Students Wales reveals "terrible" living conditions for tenants

27 January, 2014

New evidence from NUS Wales has revealed the terrible conditions that some tenants are living in with common problems

SFHA calls for funding to cut fuel poverty

27 January, 2014

The SFHA has called for money to be invested in schemes to cut fuel poverty

Judicial review sought over council's 'unfair' housing policy

27 January, 2014

A Black Country council is facing a judicial review over its handling of a housing benefits claim

Labour's Reynolds slams Govt complacency in face of rent rises

27 January, 2014

Shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds has accused the Government of complacency

Committee to investigate DWP's lost £billions

27 January, 2014

An inquiry into fraud and error in the benefits system is to begin, after an estimated £3.5 billion was lost in overpayments during 2012/13

Renting: it's war as desperate tenants face bidding for properties

27 January, 2014

Website Auctionlets goes live this month, amid fears it will push up rental prices even more

Rent increases shrink North South divide

27 January, 2014

Rents drop for tenants in the most expensive regions in Britain, Greater London and the South East

Bedroom tax victory for Army mother

24 January, 2014

A mother of two British soldiers has overturned a decision by her council who said she would have to pay 'bedroom tax' while her sons lived in barracks

Millions of buy-to-let landlords fear huge flood insurance hikes

24 January, 2014

Millions of buy-to-let landlords and small businesses could face huge hikes to their insurance premiums as the government considers excluding them from an affordable cover scheme

Timetable for PIP replacing DLA

24 January, 2014

This publication sets out the dates during which PIP will replace DLA and sets out the age groups and parts of the country affected at each stage

Growing need for debt awareness in social housing

24 January, 2014

Opinion piece by John Morris, chief executive, Trident Social Investment Group

Benefit claimants will find it harder to rent, warn landlords

24 January, 2014

People on welfare are likely to find it harder to rent unless the government offers greater certainty over when housing benefit will be paid to landlords, claims the RLA

UK Government defends so-called 'bedroom tax' after Welsh MPs raise concerns

24 January, 2014

More than £1bn is paid in housing benefit each year in Wales to support 250,000-plus people

StepChange Debt Charity sees rise in people with arrears

24 January, 2014

A debt charity says it has seen a 44% rise in people in Wales with arrears on essential household costs like rent over the last year

DHP spend in Scotland increases by £11m in a year

24 January, 2014

More than £15.3 million in discretionary housing payments has been claimed in Scotland between April and November 2013, with 11 councils spending more than estimated

One in seven over 65s consider renting spare room as they struggle to live off pensions

24 January, 2014

One in seven over 65s say they are prepared to become landlords as they struggle to live off their pensions

Bank of England governor: interest rate rise not on the agenda

24 January, 2014

Mark Carney vows to keep cost of borrowing at record low 0.5% despite policy linking a rate rise to a sharp fall in unemployment

Households below a minimum income standard: 2008/9 to 2011/12

24 January, 2014

Joseph Rowntree Report

The Minimum Income Standard (MIS) shows how much households need for an acceptable standard of living according to members of the public. The latest household income data show trends in the numbers living below this threshold up to early 2012. This research reveals that the number of households living on incomes below the level needed to afford an adequate standard of living has increased by a fifth in just three years.

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