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How will the 'benefit cap' affect me?

28 July, 2015

Who does the 'benefit cap' apply to and what will be the effect of the changes to it announced in the Budget?

Welfare reforms 'will force families out of the borough' because of high housing costs, charity organiser says

28 July, 2015

Families will be forced out of the borough by impending welfare reforms, Kingston Foodbank has warned

65% of landlords considering rent rises following budget

28 July, 2015

Interim findings from a survey of landlords by the RLA has found that 65% are now considering increasing rents as a direct result of the budget

'Bedroom tax' cash help for Welsh tenants urged by AMs

28 July, 2015

Social housing tenants hit by the so-called bedroom tax should get more financial help from the Welsh government

High rents force 1 in 3 young Brits into debt

28 July, 2015

Many Brits under the age of 25 simply can't cope with their housing costs, according to one report, and are turning to credit cards and loans instead

Buy-to-let hotspots revealed: London top of 'buoyant' market for investors snapping up homes - but Birmingham, Manchester and Nottingham rise

28 July, 2015

Landlords looking to invest in buy-to-let properties are still flocking to the capital, as London sits at the top of a list of UK hotspots

Welsh government urged to take lead on opposing welfare changes

28 July, 2015

Labour-led administration must do more to protect citizens from impact of policies such as bedroom tax

Buy to let us ... boost a pension, buy a property and help our children

28 July, 2015

Despite George Osborne's budget crackdown, there's a growing breed of 'amateur' investors using buy-to-let for many different reasons

Pensioner landlord risks being criminalised if blanket licensing goes ahead

27 July, 2015

A landlord has spelled out to EYE just how devastating the consequences of a blanket licensing scheme will be if it goes ahead

One buy-to-let mortgage should be enough for anyone

27 July, 2015

What a wonderful suggestion from Helen Simpson

Survey reveals that more than a third of the UK support welfare cuts

27 July, 2015

1120 participants were asked which of the conservative party's visions for welfare reform they supported

Payday loans customers win back £10m as lender caves in over unfair fees

27 July, 2015

Payday lender Cash Genie has set up the compensation scheme with the Financial Conduct Authority

Review of benefit sanctions urged amid concern over regime's effectiveness

27 July, 2015

Advisers to Iain Duncan Smith say there is no hard evidence that stopping payments to claimants is helping people get jobs

What It's Really Like To Be Young, British, And On Housing Benefit

27 July, 2015

The chancellor has announced that he will end automatic entitlement to housing benefit for people aged 18-21

Benefits cap: Unemployed families 'risk eviction' if they don't pay shortfall

27 July, 2015

Unemployed families will have to make up a £50-a-week shortfall in rent or risk eviction when the Government's benefits cap is lowered

New benefits scheme to be tried in Didcot

27 July, 2015

A pilot programme giving Didcot residents greater responsibility over paying their housing benefit has been labelled 'fantastic' by town mayor Des Healy

Council tenants in Cardiff are £1m in arrears - and that's up since the bedroom tax was introduced

27 July, 2015

Bedroom tax is blamed for contributing to the £1m owed to Cardiff council

MPs launch inquiry into the holes in our benefits safety net

27 July, 2015

We learned this week that MPs are to explore many of the concerns we've been raising about the holes that have been created in our benefits safety net

Rogue Landlord Database

24 July, 2015

Environmental Health News on-line

The rogue landlord database lists every prosecution under the Housing Act 2004 between 2006 and 2014

The benefit cap risks turning half of England into a ghetto

24 July, 2015

Housing benefit cuts will see poor families on benefits priced almost completely out of the south - and even some northern cities. Where will they go?

Private renters: the squeeze and then the freeze

24 July, 2015

You will hear us talk a lot about our concern that rents are rising

Criminal landlord database shows what protections we still need

24 July, 2015

EHN has done us all a huge service by publishing a list of landlords with convictions for housing offences

Half of landlords say they will make tenants pay more rent to cover Budget tax break cuts

24 July, 2015

Half of landlords intend to increase rents in response to measures in the Chancellor's budget

Private rents predicted to soar over next five years

24 July, 2015

The cost to tenants of private renting is on the up

George Osborne's social housing rent cut to save tenants £s, cost Cheltenham Borough Council £7m

24 July, 2015

With one hand he giveth and with the other he taketh away

Bashing buy-to-let landlords will push up rents and hit the UK economy hard

24 July, 2015

Buy-to-let landlords have a huge advantage in the market as they can offset their mortgage interest payments against their income

Rents in EVERY London postcode are 'unaffordable' for workers on Living Wage

24 July, 2015

Rent in every London postcode is now "unaffordable" for low-paid workers - even those on the London Living Wage

Trussell Trust defends Dumfries foodbank decision

24 July, 2015

A charity has defended its decision to invite Scotland's only Conservative MP to open a new foodbank

Universal Credit national expansion - Tranches Three and Four

23 July, 2015

On 16 February 2015 the DWP began the national expansion of Universal Credit to the remaining areas across Great Britain

Benefit safety net 'holes' warning from Bevan Foundation

23 July, 2015

More people will be driven further into poverty unless Welsh policymakers react to a shake-up of the UK's welfare system

What is the government's five-year vision for social housing?

23 July, 2015

After the right to buy and cuts to rental income take effect, social housing will be a far smaller player in the housing market

Call for evidence on DWP benefit delivery

23 July, 2015

The Work and Pensions Committee is calling for evidence on the accuracy and timeliness of benefit delivery by the DWP

Worklessness, welfare and social housing

23 July, 2015

Getting people back into work is a major priority for the Government and housing associations

Our report 'Worklessness, welfare and social housing', produced by the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion, takes a new approach to understanding and responding to worklessness

Councils 'frustrated' by DWP's 'lack of clarity' over Universal Credit

23 July, 2015

A lack of "clear information" from the DWP is preventing councils from properly preparing for the switch to Universal Credit

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill

23 July, 2015

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill had its second reading in the House of Commons on Monday

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

23 July, 2015

Scottish rents climb 3.1% in a year

Osborne poised for 'imminent' new crackdown on buy-to-let

23 July, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne could crack down on the buy-to-let sector "imminently"

Osborne got it wrong, says RLA as survey finds tax changes prompt landlords to consider upping rents

22 July, 2015

Changes to the way private landlords are taxed have prompted a majority of landlords to consider pushing up their rents

Labour's welfare confusion mirrors society's wider dilemmas

22 July, 2015

Divisions within the party reflect the fact the rhetoric of hostility to austerity is not enough but the range of options is small

Labour made 'a mess' of welfare vote

22 July, 2015

Labour made "a mess" of its approach to the government's Welfare Bill and is "crying out for leadership"

Cambridge landlords pocket £45,000+ in housing benefit as others shut the door to those on benefits

22 July, 2015

There are claims the majority of city landlords no longer take tenants on housing benefit - despite hundreds of thousands of pounds flowing into their pockets

Over 150,000 people are in receipt of house benefit

22 July, 2015

More than 150,000 people in Northern Ireland are currently receiving housing benefit

Welsh Labour rebellion as a quarter of Wales' MPs say No to Government's welfare shakeup

22 July, 2015

The Labour unrest comes as new research shows more than three million people could lost an average of £1,350 a year

Poor households renting privately doubled 2008 - 2013

22 July, 2015

Providing affordable and good quality rented accommodation has the potential to help people out of poverty

400,000 landlords affected by property damage

22 July, 2015

An estimated 400,000 landlords in the UK (29 per cent) have had their property damaged by tenants in the last 12 months

HB G7/2015

22 July, 2015

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

DWP accused of still stalling over release of controversial disability benefit death stats

22 July, 2015

Data on the numbers of disability benefit claimants who died after being found fit to work may still not be published for months

Buy-to-let: five ways landlords can beat new tax hikes

22 July, 2015

The removal of mortgage interest tax relief, announced in the Budget and effective from 2017, will hit hundreds of thousands of property investors

Findings from the local authority insight survey wave 28: Universal Credit

21 July, 2015

This research presents findings from wave 28 of the local authority insight survey. It looks at preparations for Universal Credit

Universal Credit: Index of Relevant Districts

21 July, 2015

Local authorities and jobcentre areas that will begin to deliver Universal Credit as part of national expansion during 2015 and 2016

48 Labour MPs 'swim through vomit' to oppose £12bn welfare cuts

21 July, 2015

Almost 50 Labour MPs ignored the party whip to vote against the government's £12 billion in welfare cuts

Opinion: Email separated but not yet divorced

21 July, 2015

How are we coping without email?

Free school meals served over holiday

21 July, 2015

North Ayrshire Council is serving thousands of free dinners to children over the summer holidays

Benefit cuts to hit huge number of children, government figures show

21 July, 2015

Study identifies more than 330,000 youngsters who will lose out in policy that will take £300m out of pockets of affected families in first full year

Social rent cut set to take £2.6bn from councils

21 July, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne's decision to cut social housing rents by 1% in each of the next four years will cost local authorities a total of £2.6bn in lost revenue

Welfare bill: Labour is in emotional trauma after revolt, says David Blunkett

21 July, 2015

Former home secretary says the vote, in which Harriet Harman had urged MPs to abstain, has placed focus on party being divided

Lower benefit caps 'will exclude poor families from large parts of England'

21 July, 2015

Study finds plans to cut benefit cap to £20,000 will make many areas of south-east, south-west and some northern cities unaffordable

Welfare cuts backed amid Labour revolt

21 July, 2015

MPs have backed government plans for £12bn in welfare cuts

JRF Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Second Reading

20 July, 2015

This briefing addresses the welfare Reform and work Bill in the form in which it will be read to the House of Commons

Universal Credit: Index of Relevant Districts

20 July, 2015

Local authorities and jobcentre areas that will begin to deliver Universal Credit as part of national expansion during 2015 and 2016

The five most controversial welfare cuts the Government is making

20 July, 2015

Scores of Labour MPs are set to defy their acting leader and vote against the Government's planned welfare changes and cuts

The Welfare Bill - Cause for Concern

20 July, 2015

This afternoon, MPs will be debating the Welfare Reform & Work Bill in the House of Commons

Universal credit staff in strike action over conditions

20 July, 2015

DWP staff in Glasgow and Bolton are taking part in a 48-hour strike in a dispute over the delivery of benefits changes

Rent rises are "pedal to the metal" says Your Move and Reeds Rains boss

20 July, 2015

A national estate agency chain has called for the construction of more homes as a "national priority" after revealing rents have risen at their fastest rate since 2009 with no sign of the pace letting up

'Don't betray Wales' Plaid Cymru tells Labour as party urges MPs to vote against welfare changes

20 July, 2015

Plaid's Hywel Williams argues 'tens of thousands of working families' face cuts to tax credits, and Lib Dem Mark Williams also pledges to oppose the changes

Single parents will be forced to start looking for work when their children reach three or face having their benefits axed under latest welfare crackdown

20 July, 2015

The Government are to lower the age which allows single parents to claim benefit money for having children

Watchdog backs DWP refusal to release 49 benefit deaths reports

20 July, 2015

The DWP has been told by the information watchdog that it does not need to release secret reviews it carried out into the deaths of 49 benefit claimants

SNP set to do battle over budget welfare cuts

20 July, 2015

The bitter divide between UK and Scottish ministers over welfare policy will deepen further today

Blackpool consults on expansion of selective licensing to town centre

20 July, 2015

A nationally acclaimed selection licensing scheme in Blackpool could be set to expand as the council looks at rolling it out to the town centre

George Osborne calls on Labour MPs to back welfare changes in Commons vote

20 July, 2015

Writing in the Guardian, the chancellor says 'moderate' Labour MPs should recognise that the public largely supports the plans

400,000 landlords affected by property damage

17 July, 2015

An estimated 400,000 landlords in the UK have had their property damaged by tenants in the last 12 months, according to the latest research from the NLA

Seven things we learned from the English Housing Survey household report

17 July, 2015

Chartered Institute of Housing comments on the headlines from the English Housing Survey household report 2013/14

Asylum seekers with children to have support payments cut

17 July, 2015

Ministers say current UK payment system gives asylum seekers' families 'significantly more cash than necessary' to meet essential needs

Where do we add value? - It's the local economy, stupid.

17 July, 2015

Weaver Vale Trust Report

This report estimates the economic impact of the housing, retail, financial inclusion and employment programmes operated by Weaver Vale Housing Trust in 2014/15

Harman seeks to end Labour row with 'reasoned amendment' to welfare bill

17 July, 2015

Acting Labour leader hopes amendment setting out reasons why bill should be rejected can end fighting within party

English housing survey 2013 to 2014: household report

17 July, 2015

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

Tenants in England spend half their pay on rent

17 July, 2015

London tenants pay 72% of earnings on rent, according to latest figures from the English Housing Survey

Carney indicates interest rates may rise at 'turn of year'

17 July, 2015

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has indicated that UK interest rates could rise 'at the turn of this year'

Private rental licensing will give council £470,000 windfall

16 July, 2015

Yet another council is proposing a licence on properties let out in the private rental sector - this time suggesting one of the country's highest fees of £580 per home

Universal Credit staff in Bolton set to strike next week over 'oppressive' working conditions

16 July, 2015

Staff in Bolton working on the Government's flagship Universal Credit programme are set to strike for two days next week over claims of 'increasingly oppressive' working conditions

HB S8 /2015

16 July, 2015

Contains information on Payment of New Burdens relating to the Single Fraud Investigation Service for 2015/16

Benefit cuts are linked to a surprise fall in births as women delay starting a family until they feel more financially secure

16 July, 2015

Benefit cuts could have triggered a fall in younger women having children

Housing benefit for under-21s is a vital safety net

16 July, 2015

Osborne wants young people to 'earn or learn', but benefit cuts can push the vulnerable even further from the workforce

A Budget for workers?

16 July, 2015

The impact of the Summer Budget on work incentives in Universal Credit

The combination of increases in the minimum wage, cuts to income tax and sharp reductions in working-age welfare presented in the Summer Budget produces a complex mix of winners and losers

Labour Party faces Commons vote divide over welfare

16 July, 2015

The Labour Party faces an open split over the government's planned cuts to benefits spending

"Housing benefit saved me as a teenager"

16 July, 2015

The government's plans to scrap housing benefit for young people have incensed Sali Hughes

Housing benefit plans in budget are an assault on young people says housing charity boss

16 July, 2015

A housing charity boss has slammed housing benefit cuts in the budget which he says will lead to more young people in Mansfield and Ashfield becoming homeless

LHA landlords to be able to request direct payment by email

15 July, 2015

A new facility to enable Landlords to email Alternative Payment Arrangement applications to Universal Credit will be available from 15th July 2015

Landlords in Wales to 'Rent Smart' from the Autumn

15 July, 2015

The Welsh Government has launched the 'Rent Smart Wales' brand ahead of introducing licensing of all private landlords in the Autumn

Lone parents receiving JSA: monthly claimant count

15 July, 2015

A monthly count of lone parents receiving Jobseeker's Allowance in Great Britain from April 2005 to May 2015

Children in out-of-work benefit households: 31 May 2014

15 July, 2015

The number of children who lived in households where a parent or guardian claimed an out-of-work benefit at 31 May 2014

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 2 July 2015

15 July, 2015

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 2 July 2015

Landlords of HMOs offered licensing discount

15 July, 2015

Exeter City Council have launched an incentive to drive up the standards of properties for tenants

Mhairi Black attacks housing benefit cuts in maiden Commons speech

15 July, 2015

After housing benefit for under-21s abolished in budget, new MP says she is now only 20-year-old whom chancellor is helping with housing

Corbyn backs Parliamentary motion on DWP deaths

15 July, 2015

MPs are being urged to support a Parliamentary motion calling on the Conservative Government to publish death statistics relating to people on benefit

The government's plans are nothing short of an attack on social housing

15 July, 2015

Social housing used not to be the preserve of the few. That's a ideal worth harking back to

Tenant could claim back rent from unlicensed landlord

15 July, 2015

A landlord who failed to properly manage a home he rented out has become the first landlord prosecuted under a council's selective licensing regime

The impact of welfare changes

15 July, 2015

Poverty exists, in a variety of manifestations, on our doorstep in our communities

Cuts could affect tenants

14 July, 2015

Plans to cut tax relief for landlords to help first-time buyers, have received a cool response from Plymouth estate agents

Wales' new licensing system for landlords, Rent Smart Wales, launches this autumn

14 July, 2015

All landlords will have to register with Rent Smart Wales and register their properties

David Cameron is open to introducing private insurance for sickness and unemployment benefits

14 July, 2015

David Cameron is open to the idea of workers funding their own unemployment or sickness benefits privately through financial products

Buy-to-let lenders face longer-term pain

14 July, 2015

Tax changes in the Budget could be a major blow to specialist lenders, analysts warn

Harriet Harman struggles to hold Labour together over welfare changes

14 July, 2015

MPs give interim leader lukewarm response at parliamentary Labour party meeting over response to welfare reform bill

If Labour want to be a credible opposition, they should oppose the government's benefits cap

14 July, 2015

We're often told that politicians have to make "hard decisions"

Lies, Damn Lies and the Welfare Debate

14 July, 2015

Next week the Government plans to bring forward a new Bill on welfare reform

What do low-paid workers think would improve their working lives?

14 July, 2015

This study explores the experiences and perceptions of low-paid, low-income workers in the retail, hospitality and care sectors

How do these workers feel about work, and what do they think would most improve their working lives?

Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015 delegated powers

14 July, 2015

This publication identifies the provisions for delegated, or secondary, legislation in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015

Universal Credit in 14 more Jobcentres in London, Cornwall and Wales

14 July, 2015

Today 14 more Jobcentres start offering Universal Credit - the new benefit that makes work always pay

Harriet Harman seeks to defuse Labour welfare row

13 July, 2015

Labour's acting leader Harriet Harman has sought to defuse a row over the scale of her party's support for welfare cuts

Benefit Cap modelling

13 July, 2015

NHF Report

Briefing on Benefit Cap modelling which indicates the difference between housing credit and average rent for families with two and three children

Key PIP mobility judgment issued

13 July, 2015

An important legal judgment has been issued that may lead to the award of the PIP mobility component to disabled people, with conditions such as depression, panic attacks or anxiety

Number of UK property millionaires tops half a million

13 July, 2015

The number of homeowners in Britain whose property is worth £1m or more making them 'property millionaires' has exceeded half a million for the first time, according to Zoopla

£3.8bn paid out in benefits to families with four children or more

13 July, 2015

New statistics show the scale of benefits paid out to large families, after Chancellor announces plans to limit tax credit support to two children

£3.2 million funding to help victims of domestic violence and abuse

13 July, 2015

The government has pledged to support the victims of domestic violence and abuse through a £3.2 million fund to boost the provision of services including refuges

More than 200,000 unemployed people endured 'appalling' bureaucratic delays while benefit claims were assessed

13 July, 2015

More than 200,000 unemployed people endured 'appalling' bureaucratic delays last year while their benefit claims were assessed, it has been disclosed

Credit unions 'good value for money' but must be easier to access, survey says

13 July, 2015

Three times more consumers use payday loans or 'loan sharks' than credit unions, despite the astronomical interest rates

Osborne drops tax bombshell that will wipe out bulk of buy-to-let profits

13 July, 2015

The chancellor's speech contained a number of surprises, but for landlords it was a particular shock

Bedroom tax sent council house rent arrears soaring in Swansea

10 July, 2015

Council house rent arrears shot up as a result of the bedroom tax, according to housing officers in Swansea

Bank alert over steep rise in buy-to-let properties

10 July, 2015

The Bank of England is looking at ways to curb risks to financial stability that might be posed by the burgeoning buy-to-let market

Osborne opens the door to council tax hikes: Chancellor quietly drops 2% cap from Budget

10 July, 2015

Council tax rises could be on the horizon after no mention of a new freeze was made in the Budget

Budget 2015: Campaigners hit back as landlords hint at rent rises

10 July, 2015

Campaigners for rent controls have hit back at Scottish landlords who may be planning to raise rents in response to a reduction in the amount of tax relief for buy-to-let mortgages

Budget reaction 2015: North Wales families will be hit hard by welfare cuts

10 July, 2015

Osborne's announcement what it will mean for us

Benefit changes and distributional analysis

10 July, 2015

Changes announced yesterday reduce benefit spending by £12 billion in 2019-20

Most working-age benefits frozen in cash terms until April 2020

CH 62 2015

10 July, 2015

Housing and council tax benefits - payments that are eligible for HB

CH 144 2015

10 July, 2015

Housing and council tax benefits - occupation of the home, two homes and temporary absence

Taxing Times Ahead

09 July, 2015

NLA Blog

Housing and the budget: what you need to know

09 July, 2015

In a budget with a heavy focus on housing, we've rounded up the key policies from the chancellor's briefcase

Benefit changes

09 July, 2015

Who will be affected?

Summer Budget 2015

09 July, 2015

Key announcements

Welfare Reform and Work Bill published

09 July, 2015

Following the announcement made in the Chancellor's speech on the Summer Budget, the Government has published the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Cuts to tax credits in budget hit women twice as hard as men, says Labour

09 July, 2015

George Osborne guilty of 'shameful betrayal of parents' by cutting child tax credit says Yvette Cooper, as Andy Burnham says chancellor has divided young and old

George Osborne to slash social security payments by £46bn in next five years

09 July, 2015

Charities and thinktanks warn cuts focusing on tax credits and housing benefit could see child poverty soar and harm ill and disabled people

Rent rises forecast after Osborne's tax-relief cut for landlords

09 July, 2015

From April 2017 landlords will no longer be able to claim tax reliefs worth 40% or 45% of the interest payments on their buy-to-let mortgages

There are other options to balance the books besides cutting our safety net

08 July, 2015

Today the Chancellor is set to unveil up to £12 billion of the cuts in welfare that he the first committed to a year and a half ago

Summer Budget: Social housing and welfare - the details

08 July, 2015

George Osborne today delivered sweeping changes to rents and benefits in a Summer Budget that could change the face of social housing forever

Citizens Impact Assessment - Lowering the Benefit Cap

08 July, 2015

The Government has set out plans to lower the overall benefit cap to £23,000 per year

'We could raise rents if we lose tax breaks,' UK landlords warn Osborne ahead of summer Budget

08 July, 2015

Landlords say they may be forced to hike rents if Chancellor George Osborne sweeps away lucrative tax breaks in tomorrow's Budget

Benefit cap will pitch thousands more British children into poverty

08 July, 2015

The cynical benefit cap expected in George Osborne's budget is emblematic of the Tories' £12bn welfare cuts, immiserating hundreds of thousands of families

'There's never any money left': threat of welfare cuts alarms Blackburn families

08 July, 2015

Wednesday's budget is expected to include sweeping cuts to child and working tax credits, leaving families dependent on them anxious about the future

Universal Credit staff vote to strike over 'inadequate' IT systems

08 July, 2015

Employees at centres in Glasgow and Bolton say they face an 'increasingly oppressive working environment'

Budget 2015: SNP says Osborne 'taking from the poor'

08 July, 2015

George Osborne has been accused of being the "high priest of an austerity cult" after he set out plans to cut the welfare budget by £12bn

Letting agent and landlords support reform of private renting

08 July, 2015

A leading letting agent has backed a charity campaign to reform the private rented sector in Scotland

Benefits cap change 'may lead to reduced rates in Wales'

08 July, 2015

A reduced benefits cap outside London could lead to lower benefit rates in Wales

Budget 2015: Welsh warning over welfare cuts

08 July, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled plans for £12bn of welfare cuts in his Budget, amid warnings from Wales about the impact on the poorest in society

George Osborne says benefits should be capped at £20,000 to meet average earnings - but working families take home £31,500

08 July, 2015

It is our youngest that will disproportionately bear the brunt of the lower income cap

Will Osborne's social housing rent rises for high-earners discourage work?

08 July, 2015

Despite rallying against the culture of worklessness, the UK chancellor's budget plans seem to discourage tenants from work - and further divide communities

Buy-to-let: How today's Budget will affect landlords

08 July, 2015

Landlords could see their profits wiped out as the Chancellor targets the buy-to-let market

Minimum wage would have to double to almost £12 an hour for families to live without tax credits

07 July, 2015

George Osborne confirmed he will cut tax credits in Wednesday's budget

The Myth of "Broken Britain": Welfare Reform and the Production of Ignorance

07 July, 2015

This article takes on the challenge of what Robert Proctor calls "agnotology" (the study of ignorance) to analyse the current assault on the British welfare state

Emma Freud on the plight of the first-time landlord

07 July, 2015

It's too big, it's too small and the people who send their people to look round my house - the trials and tribulations of renting out your home

Hundreds of North East families set to lose up to £6,000 in Chancellor's benefits squeeze

07 July, 2015

North East MPs warn plans to cut benefits will cause hardship in region because of historic lower wage levels

How is the welfare budget spent?

07 July, 2015

In the financial year 2013/14, the UK government spent £251 billion on welfare, which made up 37% of all government spending

Investors make 40% better returns on HMOs than standard buy-to-lets

07 July, 2015

HMOs were by far the best performing asset class over the four year period from 2010-14

How to effectively manage void properties

07 July, 2015

Re-letting empty properties is a core function for housing providers

Terminally ill benefit claimants asked when they expect to die

07 July, 2015

Frank Field writes to work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, over claims of 'intrusive and painful questioning' by assessors

SNP attack Tory budget as 'sermon from an austerity cult'

07 July, 2015

The SNP's comments come as new figures suggest almost half of families in Scotland could be left struggling if plans to cut working tax credits go ahead

How did we get to this welfare state?

07 July, 2015

We think of the welfare state as a creation of the 20th Century but its roots stretch back to Elizabethan times

The benefit cap didn't cause 30,000 to get back into work

07 July, 2015

It's not correct to say that 30,000 people have moved into work after having their benefits capped

Will wages fill the tax credit gap? Don't Budget for it

07 July, 2015

Recent high-profile converts are bringing headlines and new vim to the debate on working poverty

Six ways the Government can tackle poverty and work with food banks

07 July, 2015

Poverty is always with us. For some of the world, it is absolute

The legal challenge to the 'bedroom tax' - a new hope

07 July, 2015

Desmond Rutledge reviews the prospects of the bedroom tax litigation succeeding in the light of the recent Supreme Court judgment in the household benefit cap case

Making renting fit for families

06 July, 2015

A quarter of families now bring up their children in the private rented sector (PRS). But the sector is not fit for families

Telling The Real Story of Benefits

06 July, 2015

Too often those who have been helped by benefits get ignored, misrepresented or at worst blamed for their situation

George Osborne's emergency budget has social housing tenants in its sights

06 July, 2015

George Osborne has social housing tenants firmly in his sights in this week's emergency budget

Osborne announces cut in benefits cap to £20,000 a year outside London

06 July, 2015

Chancellor says £23,000 figure in manifesto only applies in Greater London as he launches further attacks on BBC during interview about welfare savings

George Osborne: £12bn in welfare savings have been found

06 July, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne says he has identified how the government will make the £12bn of welfare cuts promised in the Conservative election manifesto

George Osborne's tax credit cuts will 'affect more than seven million children'

06 July, 2015

More than seven million children will be hit by the proposed cuts to tax credits to be announced in George Osborne's post-election Budget on Wednesday

Is Britain sitting on a £200bn buy-to-let time-bomb? Landlords borrow vast sums to fund property empires

06 July, 2015

Joe Kennedy, millionaire investor, businessman and father of the powerful American political family, knew precisely when to run like hell from an 'investment opportunity'

3rd Report, 2015 (Session 4): Women and Social Security

06 July, 2015

This report sets out the findings and recommendations made by the Welfare Reform Committee on its inquiry into the impact of welfare reform on women

The Committee has heard evidence which suggests that there is an existing inequality for women which has been aggravated by the recent reforms to the social security system

Welsh Conservative leader says benefits cap is 'fair'

06 July, 2015

Plans to impose a lower benefits cap outside London is fair

Housing benefit to private landlords set to rise by £440m a year warns GMB

06 July, 2015

The amount of housing benefit paid to private landlords will increase by £440m a year

JRF budget briefing: Using the July 2015 budget to tackle poverty

06 July, 2015

Cutting welfare without addressing the economic causes of poverty in the UK will mean many families on low incomes face increased hardship and insecurity

Public sector could save billions without cutting frontline services

03 July, 2015

Whitehall can expect huge cuts in the emergency budget but there is scope for major efficiencies in procurement and shared services

Osborne could cut benefits cap to £20,000 for families outside the South East where the cost of living is lower

03 July, 2015

Families in the majority of the country could see their annual cap on benefit claims cut to £20,000

Conservatives see best chance in 18 years to cut welfare bill

03 July, 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives have their best chance in almost two decades to remould Britain's economy next week

Tories 'could cut housing benefit' in £12bn welfare crackdown by making everyone pay towards rent

03 July, 2015

The move would hit thousands of families who have their full rent paid by the taxpayer if it's included in the Budget

Who will speak out for those hammered by housing benefit cuts?

03 July, 2015

Silent misery: that's the whole underlying premise of the government's £12bn cuts to social security

Osborne targets housing benefit but rise in buy-to-let landlords 'will add millions to bill'

03 July, 2015

The booming buy-to-let market threatens to add millions to the already bloated housing benefit bill

Call for tax 'flaws' to be examined to encourage investment in renting market

03 July, 2015

A commission looking at alternatives to the council tax should tackle "flaws" in the system to encourage more investment in the private rented sector

Council facing judicial review over private sector licensing

03 July, 2015

Landlords have launched a legal challenge to plans by a local authority to charge for licences to manage properties

Housing benefit 'savings considered by ministers'

03 July, 2015

Ministers are considering forcing all housing benefit recipients to contribute towards their rent as part of efforts to save £12bn

Social housing sector continues in a strong financial position

02 July, 2015

The social housing sector remains in a strong financial position with access to sufficient finance

Millions spent papering over the cracks of bedroom tax disaster

02 July, 2015

Merseyside councils last year paid out £4.6 million in discretionary housing payments (DHPs) to help households affected by the bedroom tax

Croydon Council to license all private rented homes from 1 October 2015

02 July, 2015

Landlords and letting agents operating in Croydon are being warned they have three months to get their properties licensed or face possible legal action

How We Work

02 July, 2015

The Scottish Housing Regulator has made more information available about how it assesses risk in registered social landlords (RSLs) and local authorities

In this report, we set out the detail of how we assess risk for RSLs, the information we use and how we decide upon our level engagement with each RSL

UK government votes down Scotland Bill's welfare amendments

02 July, 2015

Amendments to the Scotland Bill have been rejected by the UK government

Now Charles's charity joins protests against welfare cuts that 'make it harder for jobless young people to get work'

02 July, 2015

The Prince of Wales' personal charity yesterday joined the chorus of protests against welfare reforms

Discretionary Housing Payments

02 July, 2015

Briefing Paper

This briefing paper looks at the eligibility for DHPs, the funding, the evidence used and DHPs in Scotland and Wales

Quarterly Survey of Private Registered Providers

02 July, 2015

The survey indicates that the sector as a whole remains financially strong with access to sufficient finance

The quarterly survey report is based on responses from 253 private registered providers (PRPs) of social housing who own or manage more than 1,000 homes

Time for tax reform

02 July, 2015

The 8 July Budget may prove to be George Osborne's best chance to bring in some much-needed reforms to our creaking and increasingly incoherent tax system

Agents and landlords rise up in anger against new licensing scheme

01 July, 2015

A LA faces the possibility of a judicial review just 3 months ahead of its plans to introduce Newham-style blanket licensing of all rental properties

Families struggle to close budget gap despite a pause in the rise of the cost of living

01 July, 2015

The cost of a decent standard of living, as defined by the public, has stopped rising for the first time since the recession began

The Benefit Cap

01 July, 2015

Briefing Paper

This briefing explains how the household benefit cap operates and considers evidence of its impact to date

Bedroom tax protesters campaign at the Senedd

01 July, 2015

Campaigners from across South Wales attended the protest at the Senedd against the Bedroom Tax

Labour and SNP accuse Tories of failing to deliver Smith on welfare

01 July, 2015

Labour and the SNP have both accused David Cameron's Government of failing to deliver the Smith Commission proposals on extra welfare powers

Views sought on welfare powers use

01 July, 2015

MSPs are seeking views on how proposed new powers over welfare should be used to design a benefits system in Scotland

Economic Bulletin

01 July, 2015

Welfare Dependency Falls But Still Much Further To Go

This report reveals that 51.5% of households still receive more from the state than they pay in tax

Scots charities fire welfare warning to UK government

01 July, 2015

13 biggest charities, anti-poverty groups and welfare campaigners have warned the UK government that cuts will signal a financial death knell

How much do families rely on tax credits?

01 July, 2015

Reducing in-work support without increasing take-home pay first will mean low-earning families fall even further short of a decent living standard

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

01 July, 2015

Scots' rent peak after record monthly jump

HB Direct Issue 160

01 July, 2015

This edition covers Housing Benefit subsidy, Personal Independence Payment and Single Fraud Investigation Service

What do we know about the links between housing and poverty?

30 June, 2015

There is a real danger that, on current trends, the UK's housing system will create poverty, rather than provide protection against it.

Poverty and low incomes prevent people from accessing potential housing options, and make others hard to sustain.

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments Financial year 2014/15

30 June, 2015

This statistical release presents analysis of information submitted to DWP by local authorities.

This statistical release presents analysis of information submitted to DWP by local authorities, covering the financial year April 2014 to March 2015. Local authorities provide details of their use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds to DWP twice a year. These are published for the first 6 months of the financial year and for the whole of the financial year.

Half of households receive more in benefits than they pay in taxes

30 June, 2015

More than 13 million households in Britain receive more in benefits than they pay in taxes

New online toolkit launched to help landlords keep houses safe

30 June, 2015

A new online tool has been launched, aimed at making rented homes safe and legally compliant

Nightmare for landlord whose tenant claimed false disrepair

30 June, 2015

Evictions specialist Paul Shamplina has again hit out at the impending change in the law

Housing associations excluding homeless tenants

30 June, 2015

Demanding rent in advance is at odds with the ethos and role of social landlords and stops homeless people getting accommodation

Score Annual Summary Report

30 June, 2015

2014-15

Score is a collection of information from Registered Social Landlords about the new lets they make in a given year

Political Battles Between Inclusion and Welfare

30 June, 2015

There was a major shift in the way many sick and disabled people have organised themselves to protest against 'welfare reforms'

Prime London rents exceed £100 a day

30 June, 2015

The average rent on a two-bedroom flat is £707 a week

Scottish Housing Regulator welcomes new report on value for money

30 June, 2015

The Scottish Housing Regulator has welcomed a new report contributing to the debate on what value for money means

Further welfare cuts would severely hit those least able to cope

30 June, 2015

Charities, churches and frontline community organisations across Scotland are dealing with the impact of cuts to services and benefits

Universal Credit Rollout - Map

30 June, 2015

This map shows the Jobcentre Plus offices where you can now claim Universal Credit

HB S7/2015

29 June, 2015

New Burdens payment for the Real Time Information bulk data matching initiative

Housing and Poverty

29 June, 2015

Until recently, a combination of social housing, Housing Benefit and the homelessness safety net has provided protection against poverty

This report is a round-up of evidence on the relationship between housing and poverty. This publication presents evidence emerging from JRF's Housing and poverty research programme

The Effects of Taxes and Benefits on Household Income

29 June, 2015

Financial Year Ending 2014

The overall impact of taxes and benefits are that they lead to income being shared more equally between households

The demonisation of benefit claimants is helping fuel homelessness, and it's about to get even worse

29 June, 2015

With housing benefits cuts on the way, a rise in evictions is inevitable

Newcastle City Council 'forced' to plunder welfare funds

29 June, 2015

A north-east of England council says government budget cuts are forcing it to use funding earmarked for vulnerable residents

Right to rent: all landlords must check immigration status or face £3,000 fine

29 June, 2015

Landlords in England will be responsible for spotting illegal tenants 'from September' after a trial in the West Midlands results in fines

Lettings agent report warns private rental sector is hotting up

29 June, 2015

Pressure in the private rental sector has increased, according to the Association of Residential Lettings Agents

Eroding Child Benefit

29 June, 2015

Two-child families to count the cost of freeze on child benefit

This report shows that by the time of the next election a family with two children is already likely to be more than £9 a week - £470 a year - worse off, regardless of further cuts that may not yet have been announced

Future funding outlook for councils 2019/20

29 June, 2015

Interim 2015 update

Councils in England could face a £3.3 billion reduction in central government funding for local services in 2016/17

Properties being let in shortest time on record

29 June, 2015

One third of new lets are being agreed before the existing tenant moves out

New bids to reform private rented sector

26 June, 2015

A new private member's Bill where private tenants registering for council tax would give details of the tenure and their landlord

Slump in supply of properties available to rent

26 June, 2015

The supply of available rental property has fallen, says ARLA

Major Projects Authority Annual Report

26 June, 2015

2014-15

This report reveals an increase in lifetime cost since changes to the plan made to 'reset' the troubled welfare reform programme

Labour says universal credit will take 495 years to roll out as costs rise £3bn

26 June, 2015

Cost of IDS's troubled plan for benefits rises to £15.8bn as Major Projects Authority report reveals HS2 also among schemes at high risk of failing

Is welfare reform working?

26 June, 2015

Today was the day, when we'd see a sharp rise in poverty as official figures included the full impact of welfare cuts for the first time

The impacts of welfare reform on residents in Brighton & Hove

26 June, 2015

A report to Brighton & Hove City Council from the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion and Rocket Science UK

This report assess the impacts of government welfare reforms on Brighton & Hove residents and services, to explore how residents have responded to changes, and to provide the Council with recommendations on the design and delivery of future support and services

Benefit cap will lead to 'inevitable' increase in homelessness

26 June, 2015

The proposed reduction to the benefit cap will "inevitably lead to a sharp increase in homelessness"

Income-Related Benefits:Estimates of Take-up - Financial Year 2013/14

26 June, 2015

June 2015

This report looks at the amount of money claimed for Welfare, Housing Benefit, Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support and Pension Credit

Regulator's National Panel says quality of homes central to tenant satisfaction

26 June, 2015

The quality of tenants' homes, speed of emergency repairs response and affordability are central to tenant satisfaction

Evictions, child poverty, homelessness - London borough issues stark warning over new benefit cap

26 June, 2015

A London borough today warned that a £3,000 reduction in the benefit cap could have a devastating impact on its most impoverished families

Welfare cuts axe falling in the wrong place

25 June, 2015

We are led to believe Britain is beginning to boom again with wages up, jobs-a-plenty and inflation lower than a rattlesnake's belly

Living wage in the social housing sector: what housing associations told us

25 June, 2015

Lowest-paid staff in social housing sector receive below the living wage, at an average of £7.69 per hour, Guardian survey finds

Figures detailing benefit-related deaths to be published, says David Cameron

25 June, 2015

Prime minister's disclosure, in wake of 200,000-strong petition, comes two days after IDS's claim in parliament that such data did not exist

Homelessness rises as more private tenancies end

25 June, 2015

13,520 households in England accepted as statutorily homeless between January 1 and March 31 this year - rise of 8% on the first quarter of last year

Rental Yield Data Table

25 June, 2015

Social Housing v Private Rent Yield Comparison

David Cameron under pressure from Tory MPs to review controversial 'bedroom tax'

25 June, 2015

Conservative MPs reported the controversial policy proved hugely unpopular on the doorsteps during the general election campaign

Conference to put PRS tenancy agreement proposal under the spotlight

25 June, 2015

Reforming Scotland's private rented sector to make it fit for the 21st Century and fair for all is the theme of a major conference

Housing Generation Rent

25 June, 2015

'Welfare reform hitting vulnerable young people in the housing market'

This report situated young people's housing experiences within the broader social, economic and political context in Scotland

As Cameron and Osborne wield the axe to find an extra £12billion, here's where the welfare budget is really spent

25 June, 2015

David Cameron and George Osborne have two weeks to find £12billion in extra cuts from the benefits budget

£21 billion saved? Welfare spending over the last parliament

25 June, 2015

£21 billion of welfare savings last parliament, £12 billion this parliament. Pleasingly symmetrical but politically controversial figures

Private renters in UK pay double the European average

24 June, 2015

Despite the growing number of private renters in the UK, PR remains comparably unattractive to many and often viewed as the 'tenure of last resort'

MP introducing measure to crack down on criminal landlords

24 June, 2015

The measure being introduced to parliament would require tenants to provide details of their landlord on council tax registration forms

Government accused of discriminating against private rented sector

24 June, 2015

Private landlords are facing discrimination as the Government rolls out Universal Credit

UK Housing Review

24 June, 2015

2015 Briefing Paper

Drawing on the latest statistics, the Briefing therefore assesses the implications of new policy and market developments in twelve key topic areas, beginning with an overall synopsis of the challenges now faced

'Welfare reform hitting vulnerable young people in the housing market'

24 June, 2015

Young people face considerable challenges navigating the housing market

Conservative MP challenges government on link between food banks and benefit sanctions

24 June, 2015

Priti Patel came under attack yesterday over the government's reluctance to recognise the link between benefit sanctions and rise in food bank use

CIH chief executive says housing sector will hold government to account over radical plans

24 June, 2015

The housing world "must engage" with government on its "radical & far-reaching" plans for the sector but needs to ensure policy is based on evidence

The Only Way is Renting: Essex dominates most in demand rental hotspots

24 June, 2015

6 of the top 10 rental hotspots outside Greater London are in Essex, with Stevenage in Hertfordshire just pipping Southend to the post as number one

The moral case for welfare reform

24 June, 2015

The Prime Minister makes the right case for spending less on benefits

People choose to be poor and disabled - this is the logic behind the Tories' £12bn of welfare cuts

24 June, 2015

The idea that benefit claimants can be scared or starved out of poverty is a complete myth

Universal Credit in 10 more Jobcentres across England, Scotland and Wales

23 June, 2015

Today, 10 more Jobcentres start offering Universal Credit in Scotland, Wales, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and the Black Country

Female Labour Supply, Human Capital and Welfare Reform

23 June, 2015

Estimate a dynamic model of employment, human capital accumulation - including education, and savings for women in the UK, exploiting policy changes

An analysis of both the incentive effects and the welfare implications of tax credits and income support programs and we account for their insurance value

How the welfare budget is spent and options for savings

23 June, 2015

The government says it needs to find a further £12bn in savings from the annual welfare bill to meet its goal of balancing the books by 2017-8

The charts that show how much each benefit costs and which are most in danger of George Osborne and David Cameron's £12bn axe

23 June, 2015

The total welfare bill is a staggering £220bn - around 30 per cent of all public spending

IDS warned of social housing evictions risk posed by lower benefit cap and universal credit

23 June, 2015

A lower benefit cap combined with the introduction of direct rent payments under universal credit could lead to a rise in evictions from social housing

People on benefits are dying. It's time for some transparency

23 June, 2015

The DWP's benefits crackdown includes threatening a disabled man who can't walk or talk

Five ways David Cameron can cut tax credits without making workers worse off

23 June, 2015

David Cameron wants to cut in-work tax credits, and wants companies to pay staff more. How can he do it?

When talking about benefit cuts it's unhelpful to refer to the "£220 billion" welfare budget

23 June, 2015

The £220 billion figure given includes expenditure on state pensions and universal pensioner benefits too-something the Conservatives have committed to increase

How do you know if you are providing value for money?

23 June, 2015

Defining, managing and demonstrating Value for Money in Scotland

Our findings reflect the practical experience in implementing VFM (Value For Money) of housing workers and tenants from local authorities and housing associations

UK benefits cuts: Working families could lose up to £1,690 in tax credits, ministers warned

23 June, 2015

Families with two children could lose up to £1,690 if the Government implements deep cuts to tax credits in its drive to slash spending on welfare

Q&A: Tax credits explained

23 June, 2015

The government says it needs to find a further £12bn in savings from the annual welfare bill to meet its goal of balancing the books by 2017-18

Iain Duncan Smith refuses to rule out cutting disability benefits, but says he will be 'kind'

23 June, 2015

Ministers have refused to rule out making further cuts to disability benefits as speculation grows about exactly where the Government's welfare cuts will fall

Give & Take

23 June, 2015

How conservatives think about welfare

The primary focus of this report is outlining the different views and principles of conservatives

Softening the ground to cut in-work benefits

23 June, 2015

Many have expressed doubts as to whether the government will go through with the full £12 billion of benefit cuts

Benefit cuts - coming soon

22 June, 2015

"You identify a million people who you'd like to take £1,000 away from and I'll do it."

CIH accused of 'scaremongering' over impact of benefit cap on housing association families

22 June, 2015

The CIH was today accused of "scaremongering" after it published research showing how a reduction in the benefit cap would make many parts of England "off limits"

Migrant benefits scandal: 12,000 children living abroad sent tax credits from Britain

22 June, 2015

Almost 12,000 children living outside the UK are being supported by tax credits sent home from Britain

Leaving the nest - are you prepared for the bedroom tax?

22 June, 2015

If you are in receipt of Housing Benefit (HB), you need to start looking at your options for dealing with the bedroom tax

The UK needs a living rent for a living wage

22 June, 2015

With the right framework housing associations are ready to deliver on the Governments aspirations for more new homes and full employment

Benefits changes threaten young dads

22 June, 2015

Young, single dads could struggle to have their child stay overnight with them, if housing benefit changes proposed by the government go ahead

Benefit cap cut will force families out of South East England, say housing experts

22 June, 2015

The Government is pressing ahead with moves to reduce the limit households can receive in benefits from £26,000 to £23,000

The DWP won't tell anyone how many people have died after having their benefits stopped

22 June, 2015

Over 200,000 people have signed a petition asking the Government to publish figures on how many people have died after having benefits stopped

Home ownership down and renting up for first time in a century

22 June, 2015

The decade 2001 to 2011 saw substantial changes in longstanding trends in home ownership and renting

Osborne to proceed with £12bn welfare cuts despite anti-austerity protests

22 June, 2015

Chancellor dismisses reports the cuts could be delayed or scaled back, saying details will be in next month's budget

The Guardian view on benefits reform: Labour needs a compelling response

22 June, 2015

With the latest cuts likely to hit the poorest and most vulnerable the hardest, this could be the issue that makes or breaks the Labour party

'I was faced with electrocution or eviction'

22 June, 2015

Tanz explains the steps she took to challenge her landlord's revenge eviction

Landlords asked: What does your agent charge you for repairs

22 June, 2015

The Residential Landlords Association has launched a survey among its members into letting agent fees charged to landlords on repairs

Welfare reform update - June 2015

19 June, 2015

Includes our submission to the emergency Budget, new seven-day waiting period for Universal Credit and details of new reports on welfare reform

May 15 Buy-to-Let Index

19 June, 2015

Rents driven to new all-time record by divergent south eastern regions

Landlord and tenant rental property responsibilities guide

19 June, 2015

New guidance has been published online to help tenants and landlords address their own responsibilities when it comes to DIY tasks and maintenance

On Britain's left, there's growing talk of a national rent strike

19 June, 2015

"As far as I'm concerned, all rent is theft," says David Dahlborn

Social rent setting policy proposed for NI

19 June, 2015

DSD yesterday briefed the Social Development Committee on proposals for a social rent setting policy for Northern Ireland

Regulating The Standard

19 June, 2015

This new version of 'Regulating the Standards' outlines the regulator's operational approach to assessing providers' compliance with the economic and consumer standards

Those standards and the requirements they place upon registered providers are set out in separate documents available on the HCA pages on GOV.UK

No children, no dogs, no DSS: The alternative landlord guide

19 June, 2015

In our swollen, overheated private rental market, some letting agencies have started to misbehave

The election has finally opened Tory eyes to the disaster of the bedroom tax

19 June, 2015

After praising the bedroom tax for five years, Tory MPs returned from their constituency doorsteps with a better understanding of the chaos it has caused

Experian calculates the price social tenants pay for poverty

19 June, 2015

Poverty comes at a premium

Tackling fuel poverty - carrot or the stick?

19 June, 2015

The debate raged on at the CIH Scotland Energy Efficiency, Fuel Poverty and Renewables event

'One person had her housing benefit stopped while in hospital giving birth'

19 June, 2015

As a support officer for a housing provider, I help people who are one step away from homelessness

The time is right to reduce our welfare bill

19 June, 2015

Much to the dismay of Britain's would-be "progressive alliance", there was more good news on the UK economy on Wednesday

Cutting housing benefit - one brick at a time

18 June, 2015

Consensus has broken out in the fractious world of welfare reform

Work Programme helps drive long-term unemployment to 5 year low

18 June, 2015

The biggest employment programme Britain has ever seen has helped push long-term unemployment to its lowest level in more than 5 years

Britain responsible for 'unsustainable' 7% of world's welfare spend

18 June, 2015

Chancellor deploys figure at PMQs as a justification for the government's plan to target £12bn in welfare spending cuts 'so that work pays'

Welfare spending, wage growth and housing: factchecking Prime Minister's Questions

18 June, 2015

George Osborne stood in for the PM at this week's clashes in the Commons, with Hilary Benn at the despatch box for Labour

Ideas to tackle poverty for the long term

18 June, 2015

An IPPR approach to reducing poverty

This report contributes to JRF's developing anti-poverty strategy for the UK. It proposes five ideas to reduce poverty which could make a substantial impact in the long term, including boosting social investment and redesigning back-to-work support for disabled people

Tenants calling UK government - is anyone out there?

18 June, 2015

Social housing tenants are a diverse bunch

'Living rents' would boost affordable homes delivery and cut the housing benefit bill

18 June, 2015

A new 'living rent' linked to local incomes could help tackle poverty and reduce the housing benefit bill

Why the government's long-term economic plan should include building more social rented homes

18 June, 2015

CIH policy adviser John Perry examines the case for building more low-rent homes set out in a new report

Licensing scheme extended to thousands more shared houses and flats across Brighton and Hove

18 June, 2015

A licensing scheme has been extended to thousands more shared houses and flats across Brighton and Hove

Britain has 1% of the global population but spends 7% of the world's benefits

18 June, 2015

Britain has only one per cent of the world's population but accounts for 7 per cent of all welfare spending on the planet

The basic rights of people with a learning disability are threatened by welfare cuts

18 June, 2015

Campaigners fought for more than 60 years so people with a learning disability can make their own choices in life and be part of mainstream society

330,000 tenancy deposits at risk and landlords in danger of fines as important deadline approaches

17 June, 2015

Landlords could risk facing heavy fines if they fail to protect their tenants' deposits before an important new deadline on 23rd June

HB G6/2015

17 June, 2015

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to April 2015

17 June, 2015

Statistics on claims in payment, new claim registrations, decisions and awards made and other aspects of Personal Independence Payment

Universal Credit: Apr 2013 to 28 May 2015

17 June, 2015

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 28 May 2015

1.3 million social housing tenants miss out on savings

17 June, 2015

People in social housing to get fair and affordable access to essential, everyday services

Lord Freud quotes housing associations to defend bedroom tax from critics

17 June, 2015

The impact of the bedroom tax on housing associations and their tenants has not been as severe as critics suggest

Building New Social Rent Homes

17 June, 2015

A report by Capital Economics for SHOUT and the NFA #BuildToSave

Evaluating the economic case for building 100,000 new social rent homes each year

Lettings industry is descending into disrepute - warning

17 June, 2015

The private rented sector is rapidly descending into a trough of total disrepute

Axe child benefit

17 June, 2015

Child benefit should be scrapped and some welfare payments to disabled people should be taxed as part of efforts to cut the amount of the social security budget going to middle-class claimants

Building the new private rented sector: issues and prospects (England)

17 June, 2015

This briefing paper sets out measures taken by the Government, and policy proposals from those within the private rented sector, to increase the supply of privately rented properties in England

Since 2012-13 private rental has been the second largest housing tenure in England behind owner occupation, overtaking social housing

How to run a country: working age welfare

17 June, 2015

The welfare state is central to the wellbeing of the nation

Moving towards a new welfare state

17 June, 2015

The Treasury will currently be working overtime to complete the Chancellor's Emergency Budget in time for July 8

Scots private sector rents up nine per cent

17 June, 2015

A new tenant in Scotland is paying 9.2 per cent more on average than a year ago

The rise of sanctioning in Great Britain

16 June, 2015

Benefit sanctions have become an increasingly prominent part of the social security system in Great Britain

There were 686,000 benefit sanctions in Great Britain in 2014

Universal Credit comes to Lewes and Newhaven

16 June, 2015

Benefit claimants in Lewes, Newhaven and Eastbourne are now able to receive Universal Credit at their local Jobcentre

Why Universal Credit could lead to even more sanctions

16 June, 2015

Benefit sanction rates are already at record levels

London borough introduces licensing amnesty for HMO landlords

16 June, 2015

A London borough has introduced an amnesty on the licensing of houses in multiple occupation

Landlord fails in claim after tenant quits without notice

16 June, 2015

This month's case looks at a dispute over a claim made by a landlord against the tenants' deposit for rent in lieu of notice

London rents exceed £1,500pm for first time

16 June, 2015

Rents have risen in all 12 UK regions in the three months to May 2015 compared to last year

Scottish government renews call for extra powers on tax and welfare

16 June, 2015

John Swinney asks for Holyrood to be given control of £8.5bn of national insurance, £3bn corporation tax, the new universal credit and minimum wage

1 in 3 ESA claimants waiting more than 8 months for a decision

16 June, 2015

The latest ESA statistics released last week show that one third of claimants have still not had a decision on their claim after 8-11 months

'I'd heard of food banks, but only on TV'

16 June, 2015

Gill, who suffers from severe arthritis and mental health difficulties, was left in extreme financial distress when the benefit payments she received for her disabilities were suspended

Alarm at subdued home-buying lending while buy-to-let sectors grows apace

16 June, 2015

A decline in mortgage lending for the purpose of buying a home while borrowing for buy-to-let grows has prompted one property services business to express its alarm at the imbalance

Anti-social behaviour in private housing (England)

16 June, 2015

This briefing paper provides summary of the key remedies available to victims of ASB who live next door to private tenants or anti-social owner-occupiers

Kingdom provides advice for Fife tenants on Universal Credit changes

15 June, 2015

Over eighty Fife tenants have attended events in Dunfermline and Glenrothes to receive support and advice on the forthcoming implementation of Universal Credit

Bedroom Tax too extreme even for Tory backbench

15 June, 2015

The SNP is today renewing its call for the abolition of the Bedroom Tax - after it emerged that even Tory MPs are calling for the policy to be revisited

How long must a family friendly private tenancy be?

15 June, 2015

The case for longer tenancies in the private rented sector couldn't be clearer

Universal Credit now available at 6 more Jobcentres in Cornwall and Newcastle

15 June, 2015

Today Universal Credit is available to more people in 6 more Jobcentres across the country and will make sure work always pays

Rents crack a new record in London and rise throughout UK

15 June, 2015

Average new rents in London have gone through the £1,500 barrier for the first time

Assessing the proposal to cut £5 billion from Child Tax Credit

15 June, 2015

Last week, the BBC reported that the government was contemplating a major reduction in Child Tax Credit

Landlords should be forced to provide cooker and fridge

15 June, 2015

All-party Feeding Britain group of MPs warns that food bank clients are forced to buy expensive processed meals as private-sector accommodation lacks facilities

Strengthening the voice of private tenants

15 June, 2015

A house is more than bricks and mortar, it's also a home

Food poverty made me feel ashamed

15 June, 2015

Mark lived in his home for more than 16 years

Landlords could launch legal challenge over licensing scheme warns property guru

15 June, 2015

Redbridge Council has been warned it could "have a battle on its hands" from landlords who could launch a judicial review over a licensing scheme

Unstoppable rise of the PRS: 20% more letting agents in three years

12 June, 2015

New data reveals that the number of letting agents has increased by 20% over the past three years

Agents continue to keep pressure up over Scottish rent reforms

12 June, 2015

The lettings industry in Scotland is continuing to keep up its pressure on the Government over its proposed reforms for the sector

Buy to let surges in UK as first time buyer activity retreats

12 June, 2015

May has seen an acceleration in property valuations for buy to let landlords, while first time buyer activity has retreated

Big fall in payday loan problems reported to Citizens Advice

12 June, 2015

After an FCA clampdown on the sector, the number of cases in England and Wales nearly halves to 5,554 in first three months of 2015

George Osborne under pressure to slow welfare cuts

12 June, 2015

Chancellor urged to accept some 'loss of face' to avoid lasting damage to Tories amid warnings his spending plans will force him to slash child tax credits

Private landlords claim they face discrimination when it comes to Universal Credit protections

12 June, 2015

The Government has been accused of discriminating against private landlords when it comes to the roll-out of its Universal Credit benefit reform

The government is quietly making a U-turn on universal credit

12 June, 2015

A small but significant concession to the controversial system is being tested in Oldham. Perhaps the government is finally noticing the warning signs

Benefits for working families could be slashed by £5billion: Tax credits may be reduced as part of Osborne's plans to cut welfare spending

12 June, 2015

Benefits for working families could be slashed to save up to £5billion in George Osborne's emergency Budget

The Universal Credit (Waiting Days) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (S.I. 2015 No. 1362): SSAC report

11 June, 2015

A SSAC report on the Universal Credit (Waiting Days) Amendment Regulations 2015. It includes a government statement

Universal Credit: rent arrears form UC47

11 June, 2015

These guides explain what Universal Credit means for landlords, local authorities and tenants

Huge jump in buy-to-let activity as first-timers fall back

11 June, 2015

There has been a major acceleration in property valuations for buy-to-let landlords, while first-time buyer activity has retreated

George Osborne considering £5bn cuts to child tax credits

11 June, 2015

The government is considering reducing tax credits for millions of working families as part of its £12bn welfare cuts

Dozens of families "being made homeless" by benefits cap

11 June, 2015

Tooting MP Sadiq Khan criticised the Government for making nearly 100 Wandsworth families homeless due to the benefits cap

Former CIH President raises more than £40,000 for foodbank charity

11 June, 2015

Former Chartered Institute of Housing President Steve Stride has raised more than £40,000 for charity

Welfare trends report

11 June, 2015

This is our second Welfare trends report (WTR), in which we examine trends in public spending on different elements of the welfare system

The term 'welfare' means different things to different people

Birmingham the City for buy to let landlords

11 June, 2015

Birmingham has been a city that has been criticised by outsiders for its concrete and industry

Bedroom tax ruling 'opens the door' for separated parents

11 June, 2015

A tribunal in England has ruled that separated parents are being wrongly charged with the 'bedroom tax' in a ruling that can open the floodgates for thousands of claimants

PRS awaits new tenancy regime consultation outcome

11 June, 2015

The private rented sector is fully aware it has a crucial role to play in tackling Scotland's housing crisis

Redbridge Council to implement borough wide property licensing

11 June, 2015

Thousands more private rented properties look set to be licensed following a decision by Redbridge Council

Letting agents warned over new tenancy deposit deadline

11 June, 2015

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says the government's controversial Deregulation Act, which is now in force, is creating critical new tenancy deposit deadlines which agents must take into account

Buy-to-let surge leads to smallest number of homes on sale since 1978

11 June, 2015

The number of homes for sale has plunged to its lowest level since records began in 1978 - as a buy-to-let boom takes an increasing amount of property off the market

Universal Credit information for claimants in Croydon and Sutton

10 June, 2015

Universal Credit in the CR0 4 postcode area of Croydon and SM5 2, SM6 7, SM6 8 and SM6 9 postcode areas of Sutton

Lettings industry could be walking into 'reputational' time bomb

10 June, 2015

The lettings industry risks sleep walking into an administrative and reputational time bomb just months away

Cash-strapped Trading Standards in no rush to police new letting agents law

10 June, 2015

A letter seen by Eye suggests that cash-strapped Trading Standards will not be rushing to enforce a new law that, on paper, requires strict compliance by letting agents

Andy Burnham jeered at first Labour leadership hustings over benefits cap

10 June, 2015

Frontrunner to be next leader receives less than warm response at event during union conference after refusing to say whether he opposes £23,000 annual cap

Build more affordable homes, boost standards for private renters and help councils tackle rogue landlords

10 June, 2015

The chancellor should use next month's emergency budget to build more affordable homes, improve standards for private renters and give councils more resources to tackle rogue landlords

Scrap bedroom tax, Tories tell PM: Cameron warned the measure is a 'fly in the "One Nation" ointment'

10 June, 2015

David Cameron is facing pressure from his own party to ditch the so-called 'bedroom tax'

Justin Tomlinson, Minister for Disabled People, writes about the recent Personal Independence Payment (PIP) ruling

10 June, 2015

This article follows the High Court ruling on the case of 2 disabled people who faced delays waiting for their PIP claims to be processed

Flawed benefits test is pushing people to the brink

10 June, 2015

The British Psychological Society has today released a new report calling for fundamental reform of the Work Capability Assessment

New Benefit Cap Means Workless Private Renters Now Banned From 92% of UK

10 June, 2015

A reduction in the benefit cap was a centre piece of the Tory manifesto in the run-up to May's election

Thousands of tenants sign-up to new landlord agreement

09 June, 2015

Almost 13,000 tenants have signed up to a new agreement following the transfer of ownership of their home

Why sorry is the hardest word for the DWP over disability benefit fiasco

09 June, 2015

The 'unlawful' delay of the personal independence payment for disabled people is just the latest in a dismal list of benefit reform failures

Taxing disability benefits is not a 'welfare saving', it's a deeply unfair cut

09 June, 2015

Life costs on average £550 more a month if you are disabled

Reducing the benefit bill by helping people into work: joint submission to the emergency budget

09 June, 2015

We believe housing associations are the most consistently successful public-private partnership in the economy today

Personal Independence Payment myth buster

09 June, 2015

The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) myth buster aims to provide reassurance on some common misunderstandings about PIP

Working families could become 'second-class savers' under universal credit

09 June, 2015

Working families moving onto universal credit could become "second-class savers", with any money put aside potentially counting against their benefit entitlement

Welfare Reform Committee

09 June, 2015

The Welfare Reform Committee took evidence from Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil on 9 June 2015

Buy-to-let tycoon Fergus Wilson: 'I sold 50 Ashford semis to a Chinese estate agent'

09 June, 2015

Fergus Wilson, the original 'buy-to-let king' with 1,000 Kent properties, has sold 50 of them to a Chinese buyer

This site lets you review your landlord

09 June, 2015

If you're a landlord, you're likely to have the pick of hundreds of tenants replying to your property listing

Labour urged to adopt radical welfare reform rather than support Tory cuts

09 June, 2015

Labour is being urged to embrace radical welfare reform in an attempt to stop George Osborne laying another "political trap" for the party by challenging it to support his £12bn of benefit cuts

14% of adults permanently offline, despite online benefits

09 June, 2015

14% of adults surveyed don't use the internet at all, despite the benefits that being online can bring

Mandatory licensing: immigration red tape will tie me up in knots says the accidental landlord

09 June, 2015

The accidental landlord is nervous at the prospect of mandatory licensing

Credit where it's due? How to reform and make the most out of Universal Credit

08 June, 2015

There are some issues where a little bit of knowledge, and a lot of bluster, are all that's needed for a politician - whether government or opposition - to get through a standard media grilling

Universal Credit now available at 50% of all Scottish Jobcentres from today

08 June, 2015

All Glasgow Jobcentres now offer Universal Credit, with the new benefit that makes work always pay, available to all new single claimants

'Reboot' universal credit, ministers urged

08 June, 2015

Hundreds of thousands more women would be helped into work if the government "rebooted" its flagship welfare reforms

Countdown under way towards tenancy deposit protection

08 June, 2015

There are just days left in which to protect historic tenancy deposits

Landlord body vents fury as another licensing scheme gets go-ahead

08 June, 2015

Just one person has been given responsibility for deciding whether up to 8,000 more private rental properties should be licensed in her borough

Buy-to-let returns 'will fall by 60pc in a year'

08 June, 2015

Buy-to-let returns will plunge in the next 12 months

Give Scotland more power over welfare, Labour and SNP tell the Tories

08 June, 2015

Labour is set to join forces with the Scottish National Party by demanding more powers for the Scottish Parliament over welfare

The reality of Britain in 2015... food banks, welfare cuts and privatisation

08 June, 2015

Columnist Aled Blake tells of his experience helping his mother out at the local food bank and says he hates what they represent

The Guardian view on universal credit: needs more work

08 June, 2015

The Resolution Foundation has carried out an important analysis of his biggest reform of the welfare system

Making the most of UC: Final report of the Resolution Foundation review of Universal Credit

08 June, 2015

The improvements necessary to enable UC to, at a minimum, make work pay and smooth the transition into work must be made before millions of families are moved onto the new system

Through analysing the evidence, it became apparent to us that the policy focus in UC must shift from reducing worklessness to encouraging and supporting all members of a household into decent, sustainable work

Universal Credit and improving your skills for work

05 June, 2015

How Universal Credit can help claimants to find work by supporting them in improving their skills

Universal Credit and self-employment: quick guide

05 June, 2015

The support offered by Universal Credit to help claimants start their own business and what will be expected of them in return

Help with budgeting your Universal Credit

05 June, 2015

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

Private landlords call for 'urgent meeting' with minister after EU VAT bombshell

05 June, 2015

Private landlords are calling for urgent discussions with the government following a ruling by the European Court of Justice that they claim will make it more expensive to insulate homes

PIPs disability benefit delay unlawful

05 June, 2015

A delay in paying welfare benefits to two disabled people was unlawful, the High Court has ruled

Could Right to Buy be extended to private tenants

05 June, 2015

A Labour MP has said that the "inevitable logic" is to give private tenants the same right to acquire their home at a discount

Camden Council attacks Airbnb for pushing up rents, reducing supply

05 June, 2015

Camden Council has attacked holiday-let websites like Airbnb for allegedly pushing up rents in the area

Disability benefits: Court to rule on delay test case

05 June, 2015

The High Court is expected to rule later on whether the government took too long to process benefit claims by two disabled people

Concerns over how £12bn welfare cuts will affect devolved social security powers

05 June, 2015

Social justice secretary Alex Neil has called for an inter-governmental meeting to discuss the implications of a planned £12 billion welfare cut on powers contained in the new Scotland Bill

Tenants demand their own Minister as more are forced to rent for longer

04 June, 2015

More than 60% of renters favour the appointment of a Minister with specific responsibility for tenants

Landlords granted appeal of West Brom buy-to-let tracker rate rise

04 June, 2015

A group of tenacious landlords is continuing its legal battle against West Bromwich

The Benefit Cap: hamstringing housing associations?

04 June, 2015

The government has confirmed that the Benefit Cap will be lowered from £500 to £442 a week (£23,000 a year)

Application for third party deductions: Universal Credit

04 June, 2015

This form can be used by a creditor to request a third party deduction from a Universal Credit claimant

Housing benefit to be targeted in Osborne's welfare cuts

04 June, 2015

Housing benefit could be cut by over 10% in George Osborne's July Budget as the government attempts to deliver its commitment to reduce welfare spending by £12 billion in two years

Northern Ireland political crisis deepens as parties fail to reach agreement over welfare reform

04 June, 2015

The situation at Stormont "looks increasingly grim" the Secretary of State has warned after talks to resolve the welfare crisis broke up without progress yesterday

Iain Duncan Smith to fight David Cameron over cuts to child benefit

04 June, 2015

Work and Pensions Secretary has not given up on his plans to slash benefit, despite the Prime Minister publicly slapping him down

Cameron fails to rule out cuts to disability benefits

04 June, 2015

Asked in the Commons if he stood by the commitments he made on disability benefits during the election campaign

Two more authorities poised to bring in licensing schemes

04 June, 2015

Two more London councils are poised to introduce additional licensing schemes

Talks set to continue at Stormont over Welfare Reform

03 June, 2015

The Government is prepared for weeks more of talks on Welfare Reform and the Stormont House Agreement

Calling UK tenants - it's time to push for Berlin-style rent controls

03 June, 2015

Berlin's authorities, seeing the effect of spiralling rents in London, are bringing in controls to ensure the city remains habitable for all

Thinking about joining the buy-to-let boom? Britain's property hotspots for landlord returns revealed

03 June, 2015

So where are the best buy-to-let profits to be made?

How to make your buy-to-let property irresistible to house-hunting tenants

03 June, 2015

Choosing a buy-to-let can be an exciting project - who doesn't love house hunting?

Daily catch-up: £12bn welfare spending cuts - more achievable in theory than in practice

03 June, 2015

Plus Moose Allain's cartoon, and some ancient history of the campaign for 'fair votes'

Behaviour change and welfare reform: If it's working it's hurting?

03 June, 2015

Where will the axe fall? It's the question that's been preoccupying us here at Shelter, as we wait for confirmation of the government's £12 billion planned cuts

Cameron and Harman on child benefit and tax credits

03 June, 2015

The prime minister was asked about welfare pledges by Harriet Harman, and whether he was committed to keeping child benefit and tax credits for the full five years of the new Parliament

Northern Ireland crisis talks fail to resolve standoff over welfare reforms

03 June, 2015

Cross-party cooperation under strain after Stormont Castle crunch meeting attended by leaders of five main parties, Theresa Villiers, and Charlie Flanagan

Berlin becomes first German city to make rent cap a reality

03 June, 2015

Capital pioneers law prohibiting landlords from charging new tenants more than 10% above local average

Benefits cap will leave 'tens of thousands' of children surviving on £3 or less a day

03 June, 2015

The Tory Government plans to reduce the benefits cap to £23,000 a year. This is who it's going to affect the most and why

New scheme to get Kirklees tenants online

02 June, 2015

A new project to help people get online has officially been launched in two areas of Kirklees this week

Cutting Child Benefit but increasing free childcare - where is the poverty test?

02 June, 2015

Cutting the deficit while reducing poverty and improving prospects is a mighty challenge

I'm calling on the Government to ban food waste because no-one should be starving in the UK

02 June, 2015

With food bank visits at an all-time high, the amount supermarkets are throwing away is appalling

How to join the buy to let boom: The top 10 tips, how to buy a rental home empire and avoid being taken for a ride by tenants

02 June, 2015

The essential dos and don'ts of buying and renting out a home, how you could build a buy-to-let empire and how to keep good tenants - and avoid the bad ones

How to build a rental home empire: Why stop at one property? Invest wisely and you'll be surprised at what's possible

02 June, 2015

Vanessa Warwick and Nick Tadd desperately needed a new way of life. The married couple had grown tired of their day jobs and, as they hit their 40s, wanted more independence

UK government urged to improve welfare reform implementation

02 June, 2015

The UK government's spending watchdog has criticised the DWP for its failure to anticipate problems in its implementation of welfare reform

Disability Benefit Receipt and Reform: Reconciling Trends in the United Kingdom

02 June, 2015

The UK has enacted a number of reforms to the structure of disability benefits that has made it a major case study for other countries thinking of reform

The reduced benefit cap could be the killer blow for social housing

02 June, 2015

As rents have risen, a lower benefit cap could leave thousands of Londoners facing eviction and relocation - and their landlords facing an identity crisis

IDS DID rule out cuts to Child Benefit & Child Tax Credits on BBCDP show

02 June, 2015

The front page of the Times was revealed on social media and on Newsnight stating that IDS is furious as Cameron has ruled out cuts to Child Benefit

Universal Credit and rented housing - frequently asked questions

02 June, 2015

This document provides private and social sector landlords with up to date information on Universal Credit

Housing the Nation: Ensuring councils can deliver more and better homes

02 June, 2015

At this timely seminar APSE and the TCPA will launch a high-profile research study which demonstrates that local authorities can - and want to - deliver more and better housing

The report aims to address key issues for councils in delivering and managing more social and affordable housing, and sets out key recommendations for the new Government

Is a £12bn welfare cut achievable? Only with a big pay rise!

02 June, 2015

The government made the Queen say "northern powerhouse" in her speech but, having decided one silly phrase was enough, stopped short of making her say "£12 billion welfare cuts"

Labour's new shadow chancellor is against rent control... and guess what, he's a landlord

02 June, 2015

Labour should not have sought to control rents by regulating landlords

Universal Credit now available at 15 more Jobcentres

01 June, 2015

Universal Credit is now available to more people at 15 more Jobcentres across the country and will make sure work always pays

Challenging Bedroom Tax Decisions

01 June, 2015

Tool kit for challenging bedroom tax decisions

The social sector size criteria or 'Bedroom Tax' rules were introduced in April 2013 and affect social tenants of working age who are deemed by the Housing Benefit Office to be living in a property larger than they need

Benefit Cap Quarterly Statistics: GB households capped to February 2015

01 June, 2015

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

Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary

01 June, 2015

The number of Jobseeker's Allowance claimants was 45,350. This represents a decrease of 11,590 in the last year

£800 agency fee to rent £650-a-month one-bed flat

01 June, 2015

Prospective tenant Rory Gray couldn't believe the list of 'nonsense' charges he faced from Fulfords in Exeter

High Court Orders Benefit Cap Judicial Review

01 June, 2015

The high court has ordered an urgent judicial review into the benefit cap and its impact on disabled people and their carers

Letting agents hit tenants with 'reservation' fees

01 June, 2015

Some firms are asking would-be renters to cough up an upfront fee if they want their application to proceed

New buy-to-let investor portal launches today

01 June, 2015

A new portal is launched today, dealing purely with property investment listings

Generation Rent renews call for letting agent fees to be banned

01 June, 2015

Generation Rent has renewed its call for a ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants

Cameron's landlord licensing scheme: Important update

01 June, 2015

Just over a week after David Cameron's announcement of a national mandatory licensing scheme for private landlords, there has now been clarification

The Impacts of Welfare Reform in Scotland

01 June, 2015

The aim of the study is to explore the impacts of ongoing changes to the welfare system on a range of households in Scotland over time

This report provides a review of the literature and presents the results of the first sweep of interviews which took place from September 2013 to January 2014

HB Direct issue 159

01 June, 2015

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

6 things your landlord doesn't have to do that you probably wish they did

29 May, 2015

There are a number of areas where Britain's tenants get very little protection

Labour's Andy Burnham suggests he might back further welfare cuts

29 May, 2015

Leadership favourite tells business figures he wants to counter perception party is 'soft on people who want something for nothing' and doesn't celebrate enterprise

Annual Fuel Poverty Statistics Report, 2015

29 May, 2015

The aim of this publication is to provide a comprehensive view of the latest statistical trends and analysis of fuel poverty in England

n 2013, the number of households in fuel poverty in England was estimated at 2.35 million, representing approximately 10.4 per cent of all English households. This is broadly unchanged from 2.36 million households in 2012 (a change of around 0.5 per cent)

More money in your pocket

29 May, 2015

A guide to claiming benefits for people over pension age

Every year, millions of pounds in benefits including Pension Credit and Housing Benefit - money intended for people on low incomes - are unclaimed by older people in Northern Ireland

Awareness and support set to help Eden residents with Welfare Reform

29 May, 2015

Eden Housing Association is helping residents get to grips with Welfare reform

Demand for foodbank soars in York and Selby

29 May, 2015

Foodbank demand in York and Selby has risen again, although less steeply than the national average

Spectrum takes important steps to prepare for Universal Credit with Who's Home

29 May, 2015

Housing Partners has entered into partnership with Spectrum Housing Group for delivery of the Who's Home service

Benefit cap could drop 40,000 children into poverty, leaked memo warns

29 May, 2015

Internal government assessment seen by the Guardian shows lowering of welfare cap will be disastrous for families if parents are unable to find extra work

Do transparent fees mean better renting?

29 May, 2015

Amid the pomp and ceremony of the Queens Speech on Wednesday, you may have missed the rather more low key news that a key part of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 came into effect

Welfare reform - lessons learned

29 May, 2015

What can we learn from recent welfare reforms?

In the past five years the Department for Work & Pensions (the Department) has changed the support it offers to jobseekers, pensioners, disabled people and separated parents. The Department has had a mixed record of implementing reforms, raising questions on how to manage individual reforms and how to assess its overall capacity for change

Manchester is the UK's top buy-to-let hotspot

29 May, 2015

Latest data on rental returns highlights the best UK cities and towns for landlord investment

Buy to Let Britain

29 May, 2015

77% of the new households formed in Great Britain were created in the PRS, which now accounts for 18% of all households in total

Welcome to the second edition of the Kent Reliance Buy to Let Britain report, a half-yearly report analysing the trends in Great Britain's private rented sector (PRS), and the buy to let mortgage market that supports it

For service users who rely on benefits, the Queen's speech brought no relief

29 May, 2015

It is not just the lack of funding for social care in comparison with the NHS that makes things seem bleak

We want our own government minister

29 May, 2015

Britain's tenants would overwhelmingly support the appointment of a government minister solely responsible for tenancy issues

The Tories' benefit cap is 'social justice in action'

29 May, 2015

The government's benefit cap is an example of "social justice in action", Iain Duncan Smith has said

Booming buy-to-let puts £112bn in pockets of British landlords

29 May, 2015

Rental income is worth almost £4bn a month nationwide as the sector's popularity for investment continues to increase, locking out first-time buyers

What can 1.4 million private renters expect in the next round of welfare reforms?

28 May, 2015

The government plan to cut a further £12 billion from the welfare bill across the next two years

The government can cut less than £12 billion from benefits - and still meet its welfare target

28 May, 2015

The impact of the cuts already made by the Coalition Government has been severe

Scottish rents 1.6% higher than a year ago

28 May, 2015

Residential rents have climbed 1.6% year-on-year - the fastest rate of increase since November 2014

Universal Credit case studies wanted

28 May, 2015

Nine Lives Media are making another Channel 4 Dispatches about benefit changes, and are focussing on how people who are in work and on benefits are being affected

HB S6/2015

28 May, 2015

Contains information on rent rebate subsidy limitation information - 2015/2016

HB S5/2015

28 May, 2015

Contains information on new burdens payment for migrants access to benefits

More complaints about agents being made to advertising watchdog

28 May, 2015

The Advertising Standards Authority dealt with a record number of complaints last year, including those made by and about estate agents

Compulsory PRS licensing still firmly on agenda despite Queen's Speech silence

28 May, 2015

No detail or even mention was given in yesterday's Queen's Speech on the mandatory licensing of private landlords

Rents rise as more landlords sell up

28 May, 2015

Three in ten (32%) ARLA letting agents reported that rents increased in April

Northern Ireland welfare dispute: Westminster could take over powers

28 May, 2015

The secretary of state has said she cannot rule out Westminster legislating on welfare matters in Northern Ireland

Benefits father of fourteen claims £70,000 a year to keep his family running

28 May, 2015

A father of fourteen, who receives an estimated £70,000 a year from the taxpayer, says he can't get a job because he needs to be around for his children

Bedroom Tax: How to appeal because of joint custody of a child

28 May, 2015

The Tory election victory means Bedroom Tax is here to stay, and the only way to avoid paying it is to appeal

Tessa Jowell's mayoral pledge to tackle rogue landlords

28 May, 2015

Labour's Tessa Jowell has announced plans to establish mandatory licensing for the private rental sector to help deal with rogue landlords

Labour moves to support Tories lower benefit cap despite 'children on breadline' warnings

28 May, 2015

Labour has moved to support the Government's plan to lower the benefit cap to £23,000, according to a statement made by interim leader Harriet Harman

Legal help: where to go and how to pay

28 May, 2015

This note provides information about where to seek legal help and advice

The Gov.uk website links to searchable databases of legal advisers provided respectively by the Law Societies of England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Queens Speech

27 May, 2015

NLA summary for the Private Rented Sector

Northern Ireland welfare reform bill fails

27 May, 2015

Northern Ireland's Welfare Reform Bill has failed to pass following the issuing of a petition of concern by the Sinn Fein and Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP)

Ofgem to investigate 'forcibly installed' pre-pay meters

27 May, 2015

More than half a million pre-payment energy meters have been forcibly installed in people's homes over the last six years

Opinion: Five ways Housing Associations can challenge the right to buy

27 May, 2015

Rob Gershon looks at innovative ways that the right to buy could be undermined

The Queen's Speech

27 May, 2015

The Queen's Speech 2015

The Tories' welfare cuts will either make people poorer or less likely to work, IFS says

27 May, 2015

The Conservatives' £12bn cuts to welfare will likely either increase poverty or undermine ministers' claims that they will 'make work pay', according to a new analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies

Landlords enjoy £14bn tax breaks as figures reveal buy-to-let expansion

27 May, 2015

Shelter urges review of tax treatment of landlords as freedom of information request shows they declared £6.3bn against mortgage interest in 2012-13

Life in cold, damp, rat-infested rental housing is scarring - I know, I'm living it

26 May, 2015

Rogue landlords are raking in £5.6bn a year from unsafe properties - generation rent is suffering, and there's no end in sight

Benefit cuts: where might they come from?

26 May, 2015

The Conservative Party manifesto confirmed a long-discussed commitment to find a further £12bn of cuts

The Conservative Party manifesto confirmed a long-discussed commitment to find a further £12bn of cuts to the annual social security budget, and to do this by 201718. Thats £11.8bn cut in todays prices (as all subsequent figures in this observation will be). This observation, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, briefly summarises previous IFS analysis of the context for these choices and the kinds of options that are on the table.

Universal Credit now available in more Scottish towns

26 May, 2015

Universal Credit arrives in Banff, Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Falkirk, Grangemouth, Stirling and Alloa. Learn about how it can benefit you

People still facing daily money worries and concerns about future finances

26 May, 2015

New figures from Citizens Advice reveal falling consumer debt and unemployment issues yet many people across all income scales still face daily money worries

Was housing minister caught out by Cameron's licensing bombshell?

26 May, 2015

The housing minister Brandon Lewis himself appears to have been among those caught on the hop by the Prime Minister's shock announcement

Bombshell as Cameron announces mandatory licensing of landlords

26 May, 2015

Prime minister David Cameron is set to introduce a mandatory licensing regime of private landlords

Welfare cuts so large, even IDS is worried at the 'sheer scale' of them

26 May, 2015

Ian Duncan Smith is believed to be wrangling with his cabinet colleagues over the cuts required by his department if it is to achieve the Conservatives' planned £12 billion in welfare budget savings

Slash welfare and stop mass migration to win back power: Labour MP releases 'Blue' manifesto for next leader

26 May, 2015

Labour needs to embrace a 'huge cut' in the welfare bill and severe restrictions on the free movement of European migrants

Cameron told not to pass the buck onto landlords in his crackdown on illegal immigration

26 May, 2015

The new Immigration Bill announced by the Prime Minister David Cameron has been given a cautious welcome by landlords but with a warning not to pass the buck on to them for illegal immigration

A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people

26 May, 2015

Deepening divisions between the haves and have-nots will increase the number of people requiring emergency food assistance

Arrears cause most stress to UK residential landlords

26 May, 2015

The majority of landlords in the UK find managing their properties more stressful than their full or part time jobs, with arrears causing the most worry

Welfare scandal as disabled are driven to use food banks

26 May, 2015

Nearly 70% of users at a Glasgow foodbank identify themselves as having a disability

Northern Ireland welfare reform debate goes ahead

26 May, 2015

Northern Ireland Assembly members are debating the final stage of the controversial welfare reform bill

Short Changed: the true cost of cuts to children's benefits

26 May, 2015

Child benefit cuts causing pressure for families and social care services

Eviction action against private rented sector tenants in Cambridge reaches record high

26 May, 2015

Record amounts of eviction action is being taken against the city's tenants in the private rented sector

LIN Press Release

22 May, 2015

A home without a household

We're well on the way to becoming a nation of renters

22 May, 2015

The housing crisis affects people in many ways, but one of the most obvious shifts we've seen is the number of us who can't afford a home of our own

Welfare reform update - May 2015

22 May, 2015

Includes how we are responding to the Government's potential welfare reforms, changes to the Universal Credit process and the introduction of a seven-day waiting period on Universal Credit claims

Private landlords irate after Citizens Advice says 740,000 homes 'severe threat' to health

22 May, 2015

Private landlord groups have hit back at a major Citizens Advice study which showed that "740,000 households in England live in privately rented homes that present a severe threat to tenants' health"

The removal of the removal of the spare room subsidy

22 May, 2015

It's been a numbing couple of weeks for those of us affected by, and hoping for reform or repeal of, the bedroom tax

Landlords pay the price after losing licensing scheme challenge

22 May, 2015

Private landlords have lost an expensive battle to try and prevent a council introducing a selective licensing scheme

Rents rise at fastest rate since 2010 to hit all - time record high

22 May, 2015

Residential rents have grown 4.6% year-on-year - the fastest rate of increase since November 2010

Five steps to avoid buy-to-let headaches - and make sure you don't fall foul of the law

22 May, 2015

Monopoly fans will know that building a property empire is no easy task

More than 2 million children in families struggling to pay for essentials

22 May, 2015

Below-inflation rises to child benefit and tax credits have led parents to cut spending on food, clothes or heat

Poverty forced people to turn to food banks and now it's forcing them into fuel banks

22 May, 2015

A fuel bank has opened in a church in London to help those who cannot afford to pay for their energy bills

An anatomy of a bedroom tax appeal

22 May, 2015

Rob Gershon investigates the unique structure behind Coast and Country's project to empower tenants to mount their appeals

Welfare changes an 'absolute requirement' for EU renegotiation

21 May, 2015

As net immigration hits 318,000 - triple the Conservatives' 100,000 'ambition' - Prime Minister calls for EU-level action

Intensive talks over welfare bill

21 May, 2015

Another crisis is looming at Stormont with the welfare reform bill expected to fall next week unless a last-minute deal is struck

The changing characteristics of UK disability benefit recipients

21 May, 2015

Reform of disability benefits is high on the public policy agenda in many countries

Universal Credit Q&A

21 May, 2015

Summary of questions raised and discussed at the Federation's welfare reform member events Spring 2015

A nation of renters

21 May, 2015

Exploring how renting in England has changed dramatically in the past few decades

Lies, lies and damned statistics: NLA responds to CAB report on private housing standards

21 May, 2015

Commenting on the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) report: A Nation of Renters

Welfare reform: leaked document outlines financial crisis facing executive

21 May, 2015

The BBC has seen a document in which Finance Minister Arlene Foster outlines the financial crisis facing the Northern Ireland Executive

Half a million children living in unsafe private rented homes

21 May, 2015

£1.3bn of housing benefit spent on dangerous homes

Clock ticks down towards duty to publish letting fees

21 May, 2015

The clock is ticking as letting agents are reminded that they now have less than a week to ensure that they fully publicise the fees they charge to both landlords and tenants

Social landlords welfare expect cuts to trigger new wave of homelessness

20 May, 2015

Further cuts to welfare funding by the UK government result in a surge in rent arrears

Temporary Accommodation - a long way from home

20 May, 2015

The worst effects of the housing crisis have been starkly illustrated by the news of unprecedented numbers of homeless families being sent out of London

LibDems uneasy over sharing tenants' rent history with credit reference agency

20 May, 2015

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have expressed concern over a letter which they say has been sent to tenants by Coastal Housing Group

Private landlord fined for failing to heat property

20 May, 2015

A landlord in Hitchin has been fined over £1,300 after failing to install fixed heating to a property she was renting

Welfare reform impasse a proper crisis says Mike Nesbitt

20 May, 2015

Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt has said the impasse over welfare reform at Stormont is "a proper crisis"

A home without a household

20 May, 2015

News of a very interesting First Tier Tribunal bedroom tax appeal

Progress stalls for tenant finances in 2015

20 May, 2015

Progress for tenants significantly behind on rent has halted at the start of 2015

More tenants in rent arrears as they struggle on low pay

20 May, 2015

An increasing number of tenants struggled to pay rent in the first quarter of this year

Landlords fail in court bid for review of licensing plan

19 May, 2015

Landlords have failed in their bid to take Rotherham Council to a judicial review over a selective licensing scheme

'I felt pressured into signing an inaccurate inventory'

19 May, 2015

A letting agent asked her to sign an inventory before she was allowed to have access to the property

Where Does Welfare Spending Actually Go?

19 May, 2015

The government is planning to cut billions from welfare. But where will it come from, and how severe will the pain be?

Seven ways social landlords can prepare for universal credit

19 May, 2015

Sanctuary Housing took part in pilot tests for the government's new benefits payment system. Here are its tips on preparing for the changeover

Escalating row between newsagents and PayPoint could affect thousands of rent and council tax payers

19 May, 2015

Thousands of residents across the country who use PayPoint outlets to make rent, council tax and utility payments could be affected by a row between the payments company and newsagents

Peter Robinson warns assembly could collapse over welfare powers

19 May, 2015

First Minister Peter Robinson has warned that the Stormont Assembly could collapse next week if welfare reform is not agreed

DWP reveals sanctions link to one in five benefit claimant deaths

19 May, 2015

One in five benefit claimants whose deaths were subject to official reviews had been sanctioned by the Department for Work and Pensions

As rents increase by 2.7% landlords increasingly look to purchase properties with sitting tenants

19 May, 2015

Over a quarter of the rental properties bought by landlords in London last year were with a sitting tenant

Wonga aims for reinvention in new payday lending ads

19 May, 2015

Short-term lender Wonga has swapped its controversial puppets for "hard-working dinner ladies and mums"

£108m to improve social housing in Wales

19 May, 2015

More than £100m is to be spent on improving Wales' stock of social housing, the Welsh government has announced

Easing the burden

18 May, 2015

The impact of welfare reform on local government and the social housing sector

Housing benefit cuts for under-21s would be disastrous for young people

18 May, 2015

The cost of evictions, homelessness and temporary accommodation would all but wipe out the controversial policy's predicted savings

Universal Credit videos

18 May, 2015

These explain how Universal Credit works and how it supports claimants in getting back to work

Government warned over rising cost of welfare reform and impact of planned cuts

18 May, 2015

Any cuts to discretionary housing payments (DHP) need to be carefully thought through by the government

CIH NI calls for private landlord licensing

18 May, 2015

Licensing for private landlords and letting agents through accreditation is the way forward for Northern Ireland

Out of a home: The tenants forced to leave town

18 May, 2015

Just two families cling on here. The tenants of the other 140 houses have been evicted over the last five months, to make way for a private development

Bedroom Tax battle couple's Human Rights Act fear

18 May, 2015

Jacqueline Carmichael and partner Jayson are worried their Supreme Court case will be influenced by scrapping of Act

Social housing problems

18 May, 2015

Danny Cox sits in for Ali and discusses if Oxford City Council should be allowed to move social housing tenants as far away as Birmingham and Coventry?

Charity hits out at report on housing benefit payments

18 May, 2015

A charity has hit back after being placed on a list of "housing benefit millionaires"

Social landlords expect cuts to trigger new wave of homelessness

18 May, 2015

Report based on survey of English housing associations and councils suggests government moves to restrict benefits will result in a surge in tenant evictions

Residential rent gains expected to slow

18 May, 2015

Established buy-to-let landlords are in a sweet spot at the moment; mortgage rates are falling, capital values are rising

HB G5/2015

15 May, 2015

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Graph showing how Universal Credit helps make work pay

15 May, 2015

A graph showing how Universal Credit helps make work pay

How will Universal Credit make work pay?

15 May, 2015

An illustrated guide to how Universal Credit makes work pay

Iain Duncan Smith gets more time to rescue the loathed universal credit

15 May, 2015

Despite the warnings, delays and write-offs, the work and pensions secretary survives to deliver this shambolic reform

Iain Duncan Smith hails success of benefit cap as evictions hit record levels

15 May, 2015

Iain Duncan Smith has hailed the success of the benefit cap

Tenancy Sustainment

15 May, 2015

Summary Report May 2015

Disability payments delay 'forced claimants to use food banks'

15 May, 2015

Two disabled people had to turn to loan sharks and food banks because the government took so long to process their benefit claims

After the election, what happens now for residents?

15 May, 2015

After the surprise election result, attention has now turned to what the Conservatives' policy proposals could mean for social housing and social tenants

Boris Johnson launches 'social supermarkets' fund to tackle food poverty

15 May, 2015

Mayor of London Boris Johnson today took the food bank debate to a whole new level by launching a £300,000 fund to create 'social supermarkets'

Tories must now come clean about where their £12bn of welfare cuts will be made

15 May, 2015

The unexpected Conservative majority means they cannot back down

Fall in benefits capped households

15 May, 2015

The number of households subjected to the Government's benefits cap has dropped by more than 1,000 to fewer than 23,100

April 2015 HomeLet Rental Index

15 May, 2015

Average rents in newly agreed tenancies have risen almost everywhere across the UK

Arrears and repossessions fall across both home ownership and buy-to-let

14 May, 2015

Mortgage arrears and repossessions are falling across both owner-occupier and buy-to-let lending

ARLA raises concerns over protection of tenants in 'exceptional hardship'

14 May, 2015

David Cox, managing director of ARLA, will this morning be giving evidence before the Welsh Assembly on its Renting (Homes) Bill

10% of all households are in fuel poverty - including 1 in 5 young people

14 May, 2015

Who would you think are in fuel poverty in England? Would it surprise you to find out that one in five young people are? Or that almost one in five private renters are?

Tenant evictions reach six-year high amid rising rents and benefit cuts

14 May, 2015

Bailiffs in England and Wales evicted more than 11,000 families in the first three months of 2015, 51% higher than in same period five years ago

Fraud and error in the benefit system: financial year 2014/15 preliminary estimates

14 May, 2015

Preliminary estimates of fraud and error levels in the benefit system in Great Britain in the financial year 2014/15

Jobseeker's Allowance reclaimants

14 May, 2015

Number of JSA claimants who stopped claiming JSA and started reclaiming again in quarters ending November 2013 and May 2014

Benefit cap: number of households capped to February 2015

14 May, 2015

Number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to February 2015

Benefit cap: thousands move into work or off Housing Benefit

14 May, 2015

The benefit cap continues to provide an incentive to work, with over 22,000 people who had their benefits capped moving into work

Jobseeker benefit sanctions down, but ESA sanctions triple

14 May, 2015

The number of jobseekers having their benefits sanctioned - or temporarily cut - fell by nearly a third in 2014

Robinson 'would seek London deal'

14 May, 2015

Stormont's First Minister has said he will seek an Assembly vote on handing welfare powers back to London if Sinn Fein refuse to implement reforms of the benefits system

Agency boss calls on ministers to bring in urgent regulation of letting agents

14 May, 2015

Estate agency chain Leaders has called on the new government to bring in formal regulation of letting agents

What now for the welfare of Scotland?

13 May, 2015

David Bookbinder on the tricky issue of welfare in Scotland and the UK following last week's general election result

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

13 May, 2015

Data on Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions decisions made to December 2014

Experimental Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit flows data from November 2008

13 May, 2015

Experimental Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit flows data

Universal Credit: Apr 2013 to May 2015

13 May, 2015

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 7 May 2015

In work benefit claimants as a percentage of all claimants of each type of benefit

13 May, 2015

Statistics on in work benefit claimants as a percentage of all claimants of each type of state support

Benefit sanctions down as more people helped into work

13 May, 2015

The number of benefit sanctions has gone down by a third over the past year

ARLA response to Scottish Government's 2nd consultation on a new tenancy for the private sector

13 May, 2015

ARLA's response to the Scottish Government's 2nd consultation on a new tenancy argues that there is no argument for the Scottish Government to impose rent controls

Arlene Foster warns welfare reform impasse will cost £500m

13 May, 2015

The new finance minister Arlene Foster has warned a £500m hole will open in the executive's budget if the Stormont House Agreement is not implemented

Young told to get a job or lose benefits: Tory 'earn or learn' plan to be at the heart of Cameron's first Queen's Speech

13 May, 2015

School leavers will be forced to take a job or sign up for training under government plans to prepare young people for the world of work

Villiers losing hope Northern Ireland parties can agree welfare reform

13 May, 2015

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers has admitted she is not "hugely optimistic" the Stormont impasse over welfare reform can be resolved

Food bank realities: The mother thrilled to get hot water bottles so her children didn't have to go to bed in coats

12 May, 2015

A blind pensioner living on custard creams after falling behind with gas payments is also among the tales of hardship seen every day by just one Welsh food bank

CIH Scotland responds to Scottish Government consultation on a new tenancy for the private rented sector

12 May, 2015

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland has welcomed Scottish Government moves to make private renting more secure for tenants

£800m shortfall on social housing in London since 2011 revealed

12 May, 2015

Proportion of homes started each year in capital that are affordable has halved after cut in social housing subsidy

Personal Independence Payment: data to March 2015

12 May, 2015

Statistics on Personal Independence Payment new claims and Disability Living Allowance reassessment claims to March 2015

Universal Credit roll out continues

12 May, 2015

The national roll out of Universal Credit continues with the benefit now available to new single claimants in Richmond, Kirkwall, Lerwick and Stornoway

Alternative Queen's Speech for housing 'to protect renters and wean country off rising house prices'

12 May, 2015

Housing campaign group Generation Rent today called on the new government to agree a strategy to "jumpstart" housebuilding and create a fair deal for people renting

Stockton-on-Tees residents fight back over Benefits Street series

12 May, 2015

Benefits Street series one caused Channel 4 to be accused of making 'poverty porn'

David Cameron challenged to live on minimum wage and volunteer at food bank to understand impact of Tory welfare cuts

12 May, 2015

A letter urging the PM to 'understand the cost' of his policies has gone viral

Petition opposing rent controls handed in to Scottish Government

12 May, 2015

A petition opposing rent control introduction and also the abolition of the 'no fault' ground for repossession has been handed in to the Scottish Government

'Pure evil' Bedroom Tax will hit one million more people as Tories launch 100-day welfare blitz

11 May, 2015

David Cameron will hit society's most vulnerable the hardest as he finally begins to identify his £12billion of welfare cuts

What are the implications of the election result for the social housing sector?

11 May, 2015

Many in the sector were taken aback by the Conservative Party's right to buy proposals

Universal Credit welcome guide

11 May, 2015

An introduction to Universal Credit, including how it works and how it tops up your earnings to help make work pay

Mortgage rate rise would make buy-to-let 'unviable' in 7 out of 10 regions

11 May, 2015

Property price rises have far outstripped rent increases, narrowing landlords' profits and making them vulnerable to higher rates

Benefit claimants are the new miners - growing grass roots activism

11 May, 2015

Sian James, real life star of the film Pride, spoke at TAI 2015 about her experiences of the miners' strike

Tories weigh up options for £12bn welfare cuts

11 May, 2015

Party rallied support on basis of balancing the books but knows it can be tarred as nasty if cuts are seen as unfair

11 reasons the poor are worried that Iain Duncan Smith is back in charge of benefits cuts

11 May, 2015

The former Tory leader will have to find £12 billion worth of welfare cuts, with fears he will target the carers, disabled people and the working age poor

Iain Duncan Smith returns to cabinet to oversee £12bn welfare cuts

11 May, 2015

Work and pensions secretary returns to his job, David Cameron has confirmed, ahead of full reshuffle announcement on Monday

Reduce the stress of your arrears process

08 May, 2015

A challenging rental market can generate extra stress when it comes to the arrears process

London council pays tenants to leave the crowded city

08 May, 2015

As rents rise and population exceeds 8.6 million renters offered up to £6,000 to leave

The Tories' £12bn of welfare cuts could come back to haunt them

08 May, 2015

Such huge cutbacks won't just hit the mythical scroungers, but also people who may have voted the Conservatives in

Conservative general election victory: 5 ways the benefits system will change

08 May, 2015

The Conservatives look set to claim victory in the 2015 general election. And this means if you claim benefits, your life could change dramatically

Why are so many people being evicted in Coalition Britain?

08 May, 2015

Caught in a collision of unemployment, precarious jobs and reduced public services

Lettings agent emailed tenants warning over Labour win

08 May, 2015

Email expressed views on Labour's plan to scrap tenants' fees that were 'distasteful' and 'false'

The Tory MPs and donors taking in millions in housing benefit

08 May, 2015

Tory MPs and donors are pocketing cash to the tune of millions in housing benefit

Andover Food Bank have released worrying figures revealing that five per cent of Test Valley population used food banks last year

07 May, 2015

More than 1,700 deprived kids were forced to use Andover food bank for toiletries, nappies and nutrition in 2014

5 ways benefits changes are making things worse for women

07 May, 2015

Women's group Engender has raised the alarm about the impact of welfare reform on women

Would rent controls really improve the private rented sector?

07 May, 2015

Organisations such as Shelter campaign for longer tenancies because some tenants fear their landlord may not renew a letting

Election 2015 - What's in it for landlords?

07 May, 2015

The 2015 General Election is tipped to be the closest in living memory

The true impact of welfare cuts

07 May, 2015

"Tough choices set to affect more than just us" say disabled people

1.26 million priced out of home ownership under the coalition

07 May, 2015

3.8m private renters are unable to afford the average first home, new analysis from PricedOut finds today

RICS calls for balance in the private rented sector

07 May, 2015

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Scotland has called for a balanced approach to the country's private rented sector reforms

Lib Dems would force Tories to water down welfare cuts as price for coalition

07 May, 2015

Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, is likely to demand that the Tories water down their plans to cut £12billion from the welfare bill

Social landlords lock tenants into energy companies and fuel poverty

06 May, 2015

Some social housing tenants are unable to switch their energy suppliers for heating and hot water because their social landlord has 'locked' them in to buying from one supplier

Welfare Reform Committee 2

06 May, 2015

The Welfare Reform Committee continued to take evidence on Personal Independence Payments (PIP) on 5 May 2015

Welfare Reform Committee 1

06 May, 2015

The Welfare Reform Committee took evidence on Personal Independence Payments on 5 May 2015

Five proactive things you can do to offset the impact of universal credit

06 May, 2015

Housing professionals are working proactively to counteract the changes brought about by universal credit before migration moves tenants onto the benefit

Private landlords give warning over law changes

06 May, 2015

Proposed changes to the law on private rented homes could drive landlords out of the sector

Women would suffer £7.8bn of £8.6bn cuts to tax credits and child benefit under Tories

06 May, 2015

Women would suffer £7.8bn of £8.6bn of cuts to tax credits and child benefit the Conservatives would implement if they retain power

Tories could raise the Bedroom Tax as part of £12billion welfare cuts

06 May, 2015

Tenants struggling to afford their rents face being slapped with another big rise or forced to leave their homes

'Work not done' on Tory welfare cuts

06 May, 2015

The Conservatives will not say how they will find £12bn in welfare cuts in the next Parliament because they have not yet "done the work on it"

Revealed: hitlist of welfare cuts facing Britain's next chancellor

06 May, 2015

Extremely controversial' ideas drawn up by civil servants include benefit freeze and making it harder for sick people to claim state aid

Number of MPs who earn from renting out property rises by a third

06 May, 2015

One in four MPs now a landlord, as figures show 153 members declared an income from rental property in 2015 - an increase of 36 since 2010

High rents a far bigger concern for tenants than agents' fees

06 May, 2015

The biggest concerns of tenants are the cost of renting and buying

Generation Rent calls for landlords to pay 'rent tax' to fund house building

06 May, 2015

Lower property prices should be the objective of the next government, Generation Rent director Alex Hilton has said

Taxes and benefits: the parties' plans

05 May, 2015

The last five years have seen considerable policy activity in the tax and benefit sphere

This briefing examines the main proposed changes to income tax, mansion tax, other taxes, and benefits in turn, with a particular focus on Labour and the Conservatives. It then goes on to consider most of the specific tax and benefit policies of Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in detail

Those food bank data: complicated yes; exaggerated, no

05 May, 2015

Recent reports that 1.1m people went to Trussell Trust food banks last year stoked controversy about how food bank use is counted

Five ways social landlords can be better at procurement

05 May, 2015

In the changing landscape of social housing, we ask an expert how landlords can improve supply management to get the best results for their tenants

A rent cap in name only

05 May, 2015

A year ago to the day, Ed Miliband announced that a future Labour Government will legislate to make long-term tenancies the legal default

Compare and Contrast Manifestos - where do the parties stand on the Private Rented Sector?

05 May, 2015

Finally all the parties have released their election manifestos and we can compare what all the parties say on key issues

Are rent controls actually a good idea - or will they just make everything worse?

05 May, 2015

British? Then there's a fairly good chance you quite fancy a spot of rent control

New research into the impact of benefit sanctions in the North East

05 May, 2015

A new project is underway to develop a better understanding of benefit sanctions in relation to homeless people in the North East

How £8.9bn benefits budget is spent in Wales

05 May, 2015

Benefits is a word you will have heard during this election campaign, but exactly how much does it cost a year in Wales?

Vote Labour and you can help scrap the bedroom tax, Ed Miliband tells the people of Wales

05 May, 2015

In his own words, the Labour leader sets out his vision for how he wants to change Wales and put the UK on the road to prosperity and fairness

Call for tighter PRS restrictions to prevent tenants being 'edged into poverty'

05 May, 2015

Campaigners have called for the reintroduction of private rent controls after new figures reveal a massive increase in rents in Scotland's biggest cities

'A 20% rent rise has forced us out of our home'

05 May, 2015

With the number of people renting on the rise, alongside the costs involved, the UK's housing market is an increasingly political topic

Landlord fined £160k for safety breaches after tenant killed in fire in west London

05 May, 2015

A landlady has been fined £160,000 after one of her tenants was killed in a fire

Housing experts predict a disaster for buy-to-let landlords as Labour vows to interfere with the market by capping rent rises

05 May, 2015

Britain's growing army of buy-to-let landlords will hold its breath this week - and pray that a Labour Government is not elected

Ban on letting fees could be disaster for tenants

05 May, 2015

A ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants could have a disastrous effect, the president of ARLA has warned

Food banks: 'Most people at the school gates have used them'

01 May, 2015

Five years ago, food banks were a rarity. Now there are more than 1,000 across the UK

Historic house undergoes £600,000 redevelopment to help people affected by the 'bedroom tax'

01 May, 2015

A landmark property in a Staffordshire village which stood empty for many years has undergone a makeover and is now providing homes for people affected by the 'bedroom tax'

Renters are left out in the cold in the run up to the general election

01 May, 2015

The housing crisis has been a key issue this election, but there is no promise of a brighter future for the many who will rent their homes for the foreseeable future

Money advice leads to £3m savings for tenants

01 May, 2015

Tenants in County Durham are now more than £3m better off thanks to the advice and support provided by their local housing association

Fuel poverty killed 15,000 people last winter

01 May, 2015

An estimated 15,000 people died unnecessarily between December and March because they were living in homes they couldn't afford to heat

Tory minister admits bedroom tax is 'not an easy sell' on the doorstep

01 May, 2015

The so-called bedroom tax is "not an easy sell" on the election doorstep, a Tory Cabinet minister has privately admitted

PM says child benefit is safe as he's forced to rule out cuts after smear bid by Lib Dems

01 May, 2015

David Cameron has been forced to rule out cuts to child benefits

Miliband to say Labour would immediately put an end to the bedroom tax

01 May, 2015

Today the Labour leader will explain how Labour would put an immediate end to the Tories' bedroom tax

Housing Benefit for supported housing

01 May, 2015

Changes introduced by the Housing Benefit and Universal Credit (Supported Housing) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

Universal Credit rolls out in region

30 April, 2015

Only a small number of people in the Borders will be affected by this week's initial rollout of Universal Credit in the area

Rent controls linked to inflation would have raised prices for many people - not cut them

30 April, 2015

It's not hard to see why the idea of rent controls appeals to those dubbed Generation Rent

Islington landlords face 30% increase in HMO licensing fees

30 April, 2015

The cost of licensing larger HMOs in Islington has increased by 30% after Islington Council reviewed their schedule of charges

A million tenants could lose their rental properties

30 April, 2015

Labour's pledge to introduce new anti-landlord rental policies could result in up to a million tenants losing their rental properties

PM does not rule out more tax credit cuts after Labour claim of 'secret plan'

30 April, 2015

David Cameron says he will press on with welfare reforms after Miliband's earlier claim Tories have plan for cuts to tax credits that would devastate family finances

Over 50,000 families shipped out of London in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents

30 April, 2015

Councils are currently moving homeless mothers and children out of their boroughs at a rate of close to 500 families a week

'Secret' Tory plans for £8bn in welfare cuts exposed by Danny Alexander

30 April, 2015

Lib Dem chief secretary accuses Tories of 'trying to con the British people'

Agent jailed for ten months after hanging on to tenants' deposits

30 April, 2015

An agent who hung on to thousands of pounds of tenants' deposits as cash-flow has been jailed

'A million tenants could lose their homes if Labour is elected'

29 April, 2015

Furious reaction to Labour's political package for the private rented sector continues to pour out from agents

Landlord support for Labour and Lib Dems halves since 2010 election

29 April, 2015

Landlord support for Labour and the Liberal Democrat Party has halved since the 2010 General Election

Tax credits in 'firing line' under Tories says Miliband

29 April, 2015

Labour would raise tax credits at least in line with inflation every year until 2020 to "protect family budgets"

Conservative and Labour benefits proposals

29 April, 2015

Presented at the 'Manifesto analysis: the parties' tax and benefit plans' event on Thursday 28th April 2015

Majority support for rent controls

29 April, 2015

56% say the government should introduce rent controls

Landlords predict rent rises to tail off

29 April, 2015

UK landlords expect annual rent growth to slow to 1.7% by next year

Scottish Landlords see record returns

29 April, 2015

Landlords' total annual returns hit record high of 9.7% in March 2015

What do the party manifestos mean for housing and welfare?

29 April, 2015

The purpose of this briefing is to provide members with a concise overview of the major parties' general election positions on housing and welfare

Lib Dems will have to accept Tory welfare cuts for deficit reduction deal

29 April, 2015

If the Conservatives were not prepared to compromise on long-term plans, the Liberal Democrats would have to swallow £15bn in spending cuts in 2018-19

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