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Local Welfare Assistance: How much are people worth?

19 December, 2014

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

Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: The longitudinal survey of tenants

19 December, 2014

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

More than 130 councils on course to run out of DHP

19 December, 2014

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

Discretionary Housing Payments statistics

19 December, 2014

Statistics on local authorities' use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds

HB G12/2014

19 December, 2014

Contains information on 2015/16 Housing Benefit administration subsidy arrangement

HB A18 /2014

19 December, 2014

Contains information on Housing Benefit: Uprating 2015-16

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

19 December, 2014

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

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

19 December, 2014

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

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

19 December, 2014

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

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

19 December, 2014

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

DWP rapped over benefit cap claims

19 December, 2014

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

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

19 December, 2014

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

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

19 December, 2014

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

Cabinet split over crisis fund for vulnerable people

18 December, 2014

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

Budget has a 'serious omission' on welfare reform penalties

18 December, 2014

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

Government shreds vital safety net for poorest people

18 December, 2014

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

Housing costs for tenants in social housing

18 December, 2014

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

Work Programme evaluation: participant experience

18 December, 2014

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

Universal Credit employers' insight

18 December, 2014

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

Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: final reports

18 December, 2014

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

Graph showing how Universal Credit helps make work pay

18 December, 2014

A graph showing how Universal Credit helps make work pay

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

18 December, 2014

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

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

18 December, 2014

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

New database names and maps private landlords convicted under Housing Act

18 December, 2014

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

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

17 December, 2014

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

Think Rent First

17 December, 2014

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

Labour to push for vote to repeal bedroom tax

17 December, 2014

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

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 11 Dec 2014

17 December, 2014

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

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to October 2014

17 December, 2014

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

A Christmas Bedroom Tax Tale: Dark Tomorrows

17 December, 2014

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

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

17 December, 2014

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

Coping with the cap?

17 December, 2014

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

Scottish council tax arrears 'highest in UK'

17 December, 2014

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

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

17 December, 2014

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

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

17 December, 2014

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

Social housing lettings in England: April 2013 to March 2014

17 December, 2014

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

Landlords owed more than £800m in unpaid rent

16 December, 2014

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

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

16 December, 2014

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

Bedroom tax: size matters sometimes

16 December, 2014

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

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

16 December, 2014

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

Iain Duncan Smith on Universal Credit introduction

16 December, 2014

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

IDS's 'fit for work' projections in tatters

16 December, 2014

Sickness benefits claimants were not 'faking it'

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

16 December, 2014

Four possible scenarios for social services in Scotland in 2025

In-depth interviews with people affected by the Benefit Cap

16 December, 2014

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

Pickles under attack over plan for referendums on council tax rises

16 December, 2014

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

More research needed on 'revenge evictions'

16 December, 2014

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

Benefit claimants 'forced out of central London'

16 December, 2014

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

Touchbase DWP E-zine

16 December, 2014

December 2014

Coping with the cap?

15 December, 2014

Report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies

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

15 December, 2014

Commons Library Standard Note

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

The Benefits of Tackling Worklessness and Low Pay

15 December, 2014

Joseph Rowntree Report

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

Bedroom tax latest - Opposites repel

15 December, 2014

Bedroom Tax opinion article

Focus on Inequality and Growth

15 December, 2014

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

Food bank use tiny compared with Germany, says minister

15 December, 2014

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

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

15 December, 2014

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

Benefits cap is getting more into work, research claims

15 December, 2014

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

Priority debts

15 December, 2014

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

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

15 December, 2014

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

A united view on universal credit

12 December, 2014

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

How to create sustainable tenancies

12 December, 2014

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

Council launches crackdown on landlords' poor accommodation

12 December, 2014

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

Local authority housing statistics : year ending March 2014

12 December, 2014

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

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

12 December, 2014

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

Public perceptions of social tenants and the social rented sector

12 December, 2014

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

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

12 December, 2014

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

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

12 December, 2014

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

HB Bulletin U6/2014

12 December, 2014

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

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

11 December, 2014

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

Six ways to reduce evictions

11 December, 2014

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

DWP overturns bedroom tax room size judgement

11 December, 2014

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

Council tenant evictions soar following bedroom tax introduction

11 December, 2014

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

London has 75% of England's temporary accommodation households

11 December, 2014

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

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

11 December, 2014

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

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

11 December, 2014

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

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

11 December, 2014

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

Universal Credit and employers: frequently asked questions

11 December, 2014

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

Universal credit: Treasury still to sign off business case

11 December, 2014

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

Diane Abbott pledges rent controls in mayoral bid

11 December, 2014

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

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

10 December, 2014

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

Should private landlords be 'amateur border guards'?

10 December, 2014

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

Households in fuel poverty require 'additional policies'

10 December, 2014

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

Universal Credit data sharing between DWP and local support providers

10 December, 2014

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

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

10 December, 2014

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

Sheffield gets Christmas spirit by telling residents to pay their rent

10 December, 2014

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

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

10 December, 2014

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

Benefit sanctions and the re-emergence of street begging

10 December, 2014

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

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

10 December, 2014

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

Bedroom tax has saved taxpayer £830m

09 December, 2014

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

Government pilots benefit sanctions scheme for homeless

09 December, 2014

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

Universal Credit national expansion

09 December, 2014

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

Local welfare assistance scheme policy guidance

09 December, 2014

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

Minister demands government does more to combat fuel poverty

09 December, 2014

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

Welfare Reform Committee

09 December, 2014

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

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

09 December, 2014

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

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

09 December, 2014

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

Food banks: Duncan Smith promises positive response after critical report

09 December, 2014

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

Universal Credit: increasing the childcare offer

09 December, 2014

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

Tenant evicted due to state of garden

08 December, 2014

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

Paying tax on rent to landlords abroad

08 December, 2014

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

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

08 December, 2014

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

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

08 December, 2014

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

Majority of Brits on good terms with their landlord

08 December, 2014

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

Group to examine impact of welfare reforms on Scotland

08 December, 2014

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

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

08 December, 2014

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

How people have come to depend on food banks to survive

08 December, 2014

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

'Pay benefits faster' to reduce hunger

08 December, 2014

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

Feeding Britain

08 December, 2014

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

CSH 42 2014

08 December, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits - other

CSH 41 2014

08 December, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits - other

The elephant in the bedroom

08 December, 2014

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

LIN Member Report December 2014 - Will your vote count? - A look at the parties' policies on housing and welfare

08 December, 2014

LIN member report written by Neil Merrick

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

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

05 December, 2014

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

Personal taxes and benefits

05 December, 2014

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

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

05 December, 2014

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

How much?! Damages for unlawfully evicted secure tenants

05 December, 2014

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

Residents urged to back gas safety proposals

05 December, 2014

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

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

05 December, 2014

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

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

05 December, 2014

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

London council loses landmark unlawful eviction case

05 December, 2014

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

Social landlords 'downgrading welfare reform as a risk'

05 December, 2014

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

Delays to welfare reform boost Treasury coffers

04 December, 2014

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

Food, fuel, finance - tackling the poverty premium

04 December, 2014

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

Joint tenancy rights

04 December, 2014

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

Chancellor Announces Stamp Duty Reform - Big Win for Landlords!

04 December, 2014

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

Proposed benefit and pension rates 2015 to 2016

04 December, 2014

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

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

04 December, 2014

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

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

04 December, 2014

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

Private sector rent reform debate

04 December, 2014

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

Councils to receive cash incentives for cutting housing benefit fraud

04 December, 2014

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

Key vote removes cap on housing payments

03 December, 2014

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

Who actually supports the idea of privatising social housing?

03 December, 2014

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

Croydon Council backtracks on landlord licensing scheme

03 December, 2014

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

Scotland could re-introduce direct payments to landlords

03 December, 2014

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

Scottish councils facing 50% shortfall in benefit subsidy

03 December, 2014

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

The private rented sector didn't kill Tiny Tim

03 December, 2014

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

Engaging Private Landlords in Energy Efficiency

03 December, 2014

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

Evictions rocket as welfare reforms and rising property prices hit home

03 December, 2014

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

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

02 December, 2014

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

Just about Surviving

02 December, 2014

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

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

02 December, 2014

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

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

02 December, 2014

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

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

02 December, 2014

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

Payday loan brokers subject to emergency action as regulator steps in

02 December, 2014

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

DWP Stakeholder Bulletin - November 2014

02 December, 2014

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

Housing Benefit Direct

02 December, 2014

Issue 155 - December 2014

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

01 December, 2014

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

Payday loan middlemen face crackdown

01 December, 2014

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

Immigration checks: a pointless tax on tenants

01 December, 2014

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

Treating renters as imbeciles

01 December, 2014

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

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

01 December, 2014

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

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

01 December, 2014

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

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

01 December, 2014

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

Iain Duncan Smith vetoed greater Scottish powers over universal credit

01 December, 2014

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

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

01 December, 2014

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

Missing the target

01 December, 2014

Tax cuts and low to middle income Britain

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

'Right to rent' checks start in West Midlands

01 December, 2014

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

The impact of welfare reform on communities and households in Sheffield

01 December, 2014

This report documents the impact of welfare reform on Sheffield

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

28 November, 2014

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

Jobseeker's Allowance: help while you look for work

28 November, 2014

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

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

28 November, 2014

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

A challenging time - supporting customers with money management

28 November, 2014

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

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

28 November, 2014

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

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

28 November, 2014

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

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

28 November, 2014

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

Smith Commission 'dropped welfare proposals'

28 November, 2014

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

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

28 November, 2014

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

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

28 November, 2014

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

Hastings landlords warn of rent rise under new scheme

28 November, 2014

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

Universal Credit information for claimants in Sutton

28 November, 2014

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

David Cameron seeks EU support for new migration curbs

28 November, 2014

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

The Smith Commission

27 November, 2014

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

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

27 November, 2014

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

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

27 November, 2014

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

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

27 November, 2014

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

Benefits sanctions system 'broken'

27 November, 2014

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

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

27 November, 2014

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

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

27 November, 2014

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

Scottish parliament to get control over income tax and welfare spending

27 November, 2014

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

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

27 November, 2014

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

HB S11/2014

27 November, 2014

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

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

26 November, 2014

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

More private renters struggling with horror homes

26 November, 2014

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

Universal Credit: progress update

26 November, 2014

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

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

26 November, 2014

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

Concern about increase in welfare sanctions

26 November, 2014

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

Scottish rent rises out pace rest of UK

26 November, 2014

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

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

26 November, 2014

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

Tenancies (Reform) Bill (HC Bill 19)

26 November, 2014

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

Nick Clegg sets out plans to curb benefits to EU migrants

26 November, 2014

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

Universal Credit: Watchdog warns of cost of further delays

26 November, 2014

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

There's more to reducing poverty than Universal Credit

25 November, 2014

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

Rent arrears caused by DWP maladministration!

25 November, 2014

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

HAs fearful of sudden universal credit influx

25 November, 2014

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

Voices from the frontline

25 November, 2014

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

Can we afford to featherbed our pensioners?

25 November, 2014

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

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

25 November, 2014

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

IFS warns on rise in poverty following welfare caps

25 November, 2014

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

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

25 November, 2014

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

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

25 November, 2014

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

HB S10/2014

25 November, 2014

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

HB Circular A17/2014

25 November, 2014

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

Universal Credit: your claim journey

25 November, 2014

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

Universal Credit and work

25 November, 2014

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

Universal Credit and your Claimant Commitment

25 November, 2014

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

Making your Universal Credit claim

25 November, 2014

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

Universal Credit frequently asked questions

25 November, 2014

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

Universal Credit personal budgeting support and alternative payment arrangements guidance

25 November, 2014

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

Local partnership opportunities with Jobcentre Plus

25 November, 2014

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

Help with budgeting your Universal Credit

24 November, 2014

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

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

24 November, 2014

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

Universal Credit and tax credits

24 November, 2014

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

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

24 November, 2014

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

Deadline to the Breadline

24 November, 2014

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

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

24 November, 2014

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

Lib Dems back welfare devolution

24 November, 2014

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

Advice to landlords: Register or face a fine

24 November, 2014

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

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

24 November, 2014

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

EU free movement: make it fair to keep it free

24 November, 2014

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

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion 2014

24 November, 2014

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

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

24 November, 2014

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

Bad news for job seekers

21 November, 2014

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

Newcastle landlord builds homes to meet the bedroom tax

21 November, 2014

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

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

21 November, 2014

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

Scale of arrears clawback plan sparks fears

21 November, 2014

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

99.5% of people unaware of new renter protection rules

21 November, 2014

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

£311k to send benefit claimants to financial advice charities

21 November, 2014

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

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

21 November, 2014

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

Tenant finances absorb record rents

21 November, 2014

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

What Went Wrong With Welfare Reform?

21 November, 2014

Simon Duffy explores the reality of welfare reform in the UK

Rent First...please

20 November, 2014

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

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

20 November, 2014

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

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

20 November, 2014

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

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

20 November, 2014

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

Devolve parts of welfare system to Wales

20 November, 2014

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

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

20 November, 2014

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

New research confronts social housing stereotypes

20 November, 2014

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

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

20 November, 2014

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

HB S9/2014

20 November, 2014

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

HB S8/2014

20 November, 2014

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

HB S7/2014

20 November, 2014

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

HB S6/2014

20 November, 2014

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

How the Welfare State wrecked marriage

19 November, 2014

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

Welfare cuts will increase fire risk for poorer families

19 November, 2014

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

How can you slow the unstoppable rise of evictions?

19 November, 2014

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

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

19 November, 2014

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

Food banks say welfare reform is fuelling demand

19 November, 2014

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

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

19 November, 2014

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

Coastline embarks on stock improvement to tackle fuel poverty

19 November, 2014

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

EU migrants would wait two years for jobless benefits

19 November, 2014

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

Court challenge to benefit changes for 'secure' housing

19 November, 2014

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

Tenants get eviction reprieve but future still uncertain

18 November, 2014

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

Scotland needs a more 'coherent approach' to welfare reform

18 November, 2014

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

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

18 November, 2014

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

What is happening to spending on social security?

18 November, 2014

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

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

18 November, 2014

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

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

18 November, 2014

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

Church leaders launch attack on 'unjust' bedroom tax

18 November, 2014

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

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

18 November, 2014

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

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

17 November, 2014

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

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

17 November, 2014

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

Practical implications of immigration checks on new letting

17 November, 2014

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

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

17 November, 2014

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

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

17 November, 2014

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

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

17 November, 2014

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

HB G11/2014

17 November, 2014

Contains information on Fraud and Error in the benefit system

Touchbase DWP E-zine

17 November, 2014

November 2014

What will the housing market look like in 2040?

17 November, 2014

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

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

14 November, 2014

Third Party Deductions For Rent Arrears - Important Announcement

Universal credit: The 20% deduction explained

14 November, 2014

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

Grim warning amid fears of housing payment cut

14 November, 2014

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

Number of housing benefit claimants drop

14 November, 2014

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

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

14 November, 2014

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

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

14 November, 2014

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

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

14 November, 2014

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

Food for thought

14 November, 2014

An insight into why young people in England access foodbanks

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

14 November, 2014

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

Angus food bank donations given a vital boost

13 November, 2014

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

Loss of rented housing is causing homelessness says CIH NI

13 November, 2014

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

We don't know how many revenge evictions there are

13 November, 2014

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

Universal Credit and families: questions and answers

13 November, 2014

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

Universal Credit: claimant journey for families

13 November, 2014

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

How Universal Credit supports families

13 November, 2014

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

Social landlord support pack

13 November, 2014

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

Universal Credit support boost for social landlords

13 November, 2014

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

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

13 November, 2014

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

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

13 November, 2014

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

Figures reveal slow take up of universal credit

13 November, 2014

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

Welfare reforms and people living with disability debate

13 November, 2014

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

Barnet Council proposes 'unlawful' rent rise

13 November, 2014

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

Top EU court rules against 'welfare tourists'

12 November, 2014

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

Freeing Housing Associations: Better financing, more homes

12 November, 2014

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

Record-breaking number of people in jobs

12 November, 2014

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

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

12 November, 2014

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

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 6 Nov 2014

12 November, 2014

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

Public are positive towards contribution and value of social housing

12 November, 2014

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

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

12 November, 2014

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

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

12 November, 2014

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

Why welfare is not about them and us

12 November, 2014

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

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

12 November, 2014

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

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

12 November, 2014

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

LIN Member Report November 2014 - Running up debt: Why poorer households can't afford council tax

11 November, 2014

LIN member report written by Neil Merrick

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

How welfare can kill the appetite for work

11 November, 2014

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

No buy to let finance for one in five landlords

11 November, 2014

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

Association creating home swap app

11 November, 2014

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

Landlords to predict arrears with 'big data'

11 November, 2014

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

Nicola Sturgeon promises 'strong focus' on inequality

11 November, 2014

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

What do private renters say about their tenure?

11 November, 2014

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

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

11 November, 2014

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

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

11 November, 2014

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

More households can benefit from renewable heating

11 November, 2014

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

Payday loan charges cap announced by FCA

11 November, 2014

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

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

10 November, 2014

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

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

10 November, 2014

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

Tenants to present petition asking for rent freeze

10 November, 2014

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

"Second class citizens"?

10 November, 2014

The personal impact of the public debate on benefits

Two thirds of renters overcharged by letting agents

10 November, 2014

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

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

10 November, 2014

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

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

10 November, 2014

Shortage of smaller flats combines with surplus of larger homes

Latest foodbank figures top 900,000

10 November, 2014

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

The bus stops here for tenants and landlords...

07 November, 2014

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

Number of workless households in Wales falls

07 November, 2014

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

Benefits changes warning over social housing rents

07 November, 2014

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

Fuel poverty and its effect on our health

07 November, 2014

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

Housing bodies call for a Scottish welfare system

07 November, 2014

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

Storey announces review of private rented sector regulation

07 November, 2014

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

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

07 November, 2014

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

Private landlords to own £1tn of property by 2015

07 November, 2014

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

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

07 November, 2014

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

IDS hails benefit cap 'impact'

07 November, 2014

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

Too much welfare spending? Depends what 'welfare' is

06 November, 2014

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

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

06 November, 2014

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

Universal Credit - an overview

06 November, 2014

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

Benefit cap: thousands move into work

06 November, 2014

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

Fraud and error in the benefit system

06 November, 2014

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

Benefit cap: number of households capped to August 2014

06 November, 2014

Number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to August 2014

Committee launch inquiry into benefit sanctions

06 November, 2014

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

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

06 November, 2014

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

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

06 November, 2014

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

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

06 November, 2014

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

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

06 November, 2014

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

The Work Programme

06 November, 2014

Twenty-first Report of Session 2014-15

Pay your child maintenance or damage your credit rating

05 November, 2014

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

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

05 November, 2014

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

Local welfare provision review

05 November, 2014

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

Council acting unlawfully against disabled bedroom tax couple

05 November, 2014

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

Stop universal credit and devolve welfare system demand social landlords

05 November, 2014

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

The truth about welfare spending: Facts or propaganda?

05 November, 2014

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

A new agenda for welfare

05 November, 2014

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

HB Direct

05 November, 2014

Issue 154 - November 2014

Private Rented Property Licensing

04 November, 2014

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

Private renting needs the right reforms

04 November, 2014

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

Code of Practice for Landlords

04 November, 2014

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

Draft code of practice on illegal immigrants and private rented accommodation

04 November, 2014

Civil penalty scheme for landlords and their agents

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

04 November, 2014

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

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

04 November, 2014

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

Guidance for handling arrears and possession sales of shared ownership properties

04 November, 2014

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

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

You say welfare, we say...

04 November, 2014

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

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

04 November, 2014

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

Private tenants in poorer properties

03 November, 2014

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

New rules for buy to let lending on the way

03 November, 2014

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

Generation Rent: ignored, insecure - and on the rise

03 November, 2014

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

Crawley Council landlord licensing plan sparks alarm

03 November, 2014

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

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

03 November, 2014

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

More powers for Scotland could help improve housing system

03 November, 2014

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

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

03 November, 2014

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

Q&A: What benefits can EU migrants get?

03 November, 2014

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

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

03 November, 2014

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

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

03 November, 2014

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

Time to decide on fair council tax changes

03 November, 2014

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

'Bedroom tax' stays to next parliament

31 October, 2014

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

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

31 October, 2014

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

UK's Universal Credit is too vital to ignore

31 October, 2014

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

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

31 October, 2014

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

DUP to 'bring welfare reform issue to a head'

31 October, 2014

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

Empty Bedrooms Undermine New Building

31 October, 2014

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

Caerphilly cabinet approves cuts and council tax increase

31 October, 2014

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

Real Life Reform

31 October, 2014

Report 5 - October 2014

DWP Stakeholder Bulletin - October 2014

31 October, 2014

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

A Democratic Tenant Conversation

30 October, 2014

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

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

30 October, 2014

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

Court rules against town hall on council tax scheme

30 October, 2014

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

Building the future

30 October, 2014

The economic and fiscal impacts of making homes energy efficient

Renter Power

30 October, 2014

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

Can private landlords refuse to let to Housing Benefit claimants?

30 October, 2014

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

Who gave what: DHP allocation analysis

30 October, 2014

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

Welfare reform concessions 'not enough to protect vulnerable'

30 October, 2014

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

London exodus surges as welfare and housing pressures take toll

30 October, 2014

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

MPs urged to prepare for shift among voters towards renting

30 October, 2014

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

Cuts to employment and support allowance 'considered'

30 October, 2014

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

Partnership with Credit Union helping tenants to get ahead financially

29 October, 2014

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

Removal of subsidy for spare room not unlawful

29 October, 2014

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

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

29 October, 2014

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

Better repairs 'top priority' for social tenants

29 October, 2014

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

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

29 October, 2014

The Affordable Homes Bill has been indefinitely stalled

Welfare reform to be discussed at conference

29 October, 2014

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

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

29 October, 2014

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

Inside Welfare Reform

29 October, 2014

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

Payday loan brokers regularly raid bank accounts of poor customers

29 October, 2014

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

HB U5/2014

29 October, 2014

Contains information on the bedroom tax

Benefits Britain

28 October, 2014

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

How mobile working is helping us adapt to welfare reform

28 October, 2014

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

Welfare trends report - October 2014

28 October, 2014

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

Five ways housing associations can improve their customer service

28 October, 2014

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

Credit agency issues warning over two year benefit freeze

28 October, 2014

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

Can technology resolve our universal credit headaches?

28 October, 2014

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

Leaked universal credit memo shows jobcentre staff struggling with rollout

28 October, 2014

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

Welfare Reform Committee 2

28 October, 2014

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

Welfare Reform Committee 1

28 October, 2014

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

Universal Credit: changing the culture of Jobcentre Plus

27 October, 2014

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

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

27 October, 2014

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

Wait a week for jobless benefits

27 October, 2014

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

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

27 October, 2014

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

Let's stop the scourge of revenge evictions

27 October, 2014

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

Housing association secures refunds for 788 bedroom tax tenants

27 October, 2014

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

Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit back to work schemes

27 October, 2014

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

Council brings in scheme to raise PRS standards

27 October, 2014

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

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

27 October, 2014

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

Miliband barred Lamont from attacking bedroom tax for 12 months

27 October, 2014

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

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, July to September 2014

27 October, 2014

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

Separated families and bedroom tax

24 October, 2014

This was the Liberty backed judicial review of the bedroom tax regulations

MPs launch inquiry into 'revenge' evictions bill

24 October, 2014

A group of MPs has launched an inquiry into a Liberal Democrat bill to outlaw 'revenge' evictions

Council takes steps to protect PRS tenants from appalling standards

24 October, 2014

Islington Council has taken steps to protect private rented sector tenants from appalling conditions by proposing extra landlord licensing

Tories revert to 'Nasty Party' type to derail bedroom tax bill

24 October, 2014

An MP has slammed Tory MPs he believes are using a timewasting plot to sabotage his bill to curtail the effects of the controversial bedroom tax

16% of 'universal credit renters' in arrears after three months

24 October, 2014

Sixteen percent of universal credit claimants who rent a property found themselves in arrears after three months of claiming the new benefit

The private rented sector divide

24 October, 2014

Northern social landlords are starting to eye the private rented sector, but at the same time other social landlords are cancelling their PRS plans

Filling the void

24 October, 2014

Helena Partnerships was faced with a glut of three bedroom homes it couldn't rent. So it turned to the private rental market for answers

Government rejects social landlords' gas access call

24 October, 2014

Campaign to allow housing associations greater access to homes to save £500m receives major blow

Almost half of British renters might never be able to afford to buy a home

24 October, 2014

The spiralling cost of buying a first home in the UK means that almost half of all renters are not sure they will ever be able to get on the property ladder

Buy-to-let boom: one in five homes now owned by landlords

23 October, 2014

Britain's two million-strong army of buy-to-let investors have almost doubled their property holdings in a decade - and they are set to buy up even more homes

Universal Credit at Work

23 October, 2014

It was four years ago that we published a Government White Paper entitled 'Universal Credit: welfare that works'

Brighton and Hove 'living rent' petition to be discussed

23 October, 2014

A petition calling for licensing of private landlords in Brighton and Hove is due to be discussed by councillors

Reasons to be cheerful from Iain Duncan Smith?

23 October, 2014

Borrowing may be up, immigration rising and the number of foreign prisoners stubbornly high

Crisis decisions

23 October, 2014

A consultation on how the government could fund local welfare schemes will be received differently by charities and councils

Tenant to receive 'maximum payment' for emergency repair delay

23 October, 2014

An ombudsman has recommended that Waverley Housing pays a tenant the 'maximum amount' under the landlord's policy for 'unreasonable delay' in completing an emergency repair

Lower benefit cap would 'push affordable rents out of reach'

23 October, 2014

Affordable rents would be out of reach for families on benefit in London if welfare is capped at £23,000 a year

Unemployed foreigners will be barred from claiming benefits

23 October, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith says he wants to end the 'something for nothing' culture by tackling benefit tourism

High Court rejects single parents' bedroom tax challenge

23 October, 2014

Three single parents, who claimed the bedroom tax breached their human rights by limiting access to their children, have had their case rejected

Landmark appeal against out-of-London placements refused

23 October, 2014

Councils can house tenants outside of London without carrying out a detailed assessment of all the available properties nearby

Why universal credit won't be universal until 2018. At the earliest

23 October, 2014

It's the best of times and worst of times for welfare secretary Iain Duncan Smith

Benefit fraud - the facts and figures

22 October, 2014

The government is launching a £1m advertising campaign to tackle benefit fraud. But is it money well spent? Here are some figures to help you decide

Welfare advice scores £450,000 for WHG tenants

22 October, 2014

Thousands of residents in a Midlands town have collectively gained over £450,000 thanks to their social landlord's money advisors

Comparison of Universal Credit and Jobseeker's Allowance outcomes

22 October, 2014

Analysis of Universal Credit claims to estimate the proportion that would be in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance at 30 day intervals

Universal Credit Pathfinder Evaluation

22 October, 2014

This report provides the main findings from the evaluation of the Universal Credit Pathfinder

Universal Credit: transforming the welfare state

22 October, 2014

People are doing more to find work as Universal Credit begins to help people move into work more quickly

Universal credit will be rolled out by 2018

22 October, 2014

Most benefit claimants will have transferred onto the government's universal credit scheme by the end of 2018

PRS and buy-to-let trends overview 2013/2014

22 October, 2014

For many, 2013 was a year of further recovery which revived optimism and confidence in the sector; this positive sentiment was echoed by many Paragon landlords operating in the PRS

'Rancour' in welfare reform debate

22 October, 2014

The rancour needs to be removed from the debate over welfare reform in Northern Ireland to allow more informed examination of the problem

1996: the birth of buy-to-let Britain - in numbers

21 October, 2014

There are now almost two million landlords owning £1 trillion of property

Progress Housing Group gets involved with Get Online Week

21 October, 2014

Lancashire-based Progress Housing Group is encouraging its tenants to find out more about the benefits of getting online as part of a national campaign

Churches leaders voice concerns over welfare reform

21 October, 2014

The leaders of the four main churches have met the new Social Development Minister to voice their concerns over the impact of welfare reforms

New report reveals majority of social housing tenants who can work, are in work

21 October, 2014

While the majority of Londoners think people in social housing are unemployed, new research reveals that 74% of those who can work do

Benefit overpayments linked to increase of in-work claimants

21 October, 2014

An increase in the overpayments of housing benefit could be because of an increase in the number of claimants in work

Campaign says no compromise in crackdown on benefit fraud

21 October, 2014

We've launched a major advertising campaign targeted at nearly 50 towns and cities across the country

Government must help younger renters, says housing law firm Winckworth Sherwood

21 October, 2014

Renting a flat if you're under 35 is now the "new normal" with a housing law firm urging the government to do more for young people looking for PRS accommodation

Rent price growth eases

21 October, 2014

For two consecutive months the UK has experienced an easing in rental price growth, with twice as many regions seeing rental price falls than those recording an increase

Evictions soar by 60% in wake of coalition's welfare cuts

21 October, 2014

The Tory-led coalition's welfare reforms appear to have led to a 60% increase in evictions due to rent arrears in the London Borough of Hackney

Government posters to target benefit fraud

21 October, 2014

The government is launching an advertising campaign urging benefit claimants to report changes in circumstances or face prison

Landlords and tenants behaving responsibly

20 October, 2014

International Tenants Day on 6th October saw the launch of the Responsible Housing CSR Code of Conduct at a major conference of 150 delegates

Housing association drops mandatory conditions from tenancy agreements

20 October, 2014

A housing association has quietly dropped mandatory conditions from its tenancy agreements after a pilot found they were not needed

Quarter of PRS tenants accept they will never own a home

20 October, 2014

Nearly a quarter of tenants in the private rented sector (PRS) accept they will never own their own home

Understanding the new ASB Act - essential reading for landlords

20 October, 2014

ASB consultant Gez Kinsella shares his thoughts on preparations for the new Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act

Survey finds growing North-South divide over impact of welfare reforms

20 October, 2014

One year since the introduction of the government's 'bedroom tax', a new survey by three national council housing organisations has discovered a growing north-south divide

Landlord let vulnerable tenant live in squalor and misery for over a year

20 October, 2014

A landlord has been branded unfit to let out property after allowing a vulnerable woman to live in squalor for over a year

Highest rents on record in the South East, East Anglia and Scotland

20 October, 2014

Rents increase £66 every month in year on year comparison - London market climbs £118 in Q3 2014 and is £230 higher than October 2013

HB G10/2014

20 October, 2014

Contains information on increase to waiting days for new claims to Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance

Sept 14 Buy-to-Let Index

20 October, 2014

Rents hit fresh record despite sharp slow down in annual rises

Peter Robinson outlines disability fund welfare change plan

20 October, 2014

First Minister Peter Robinson has set out ways that he believes would make the government's welfare changes more acceptable in Northern Ireland

PM slashes the welfare cap to £23,000 a year: £300m in benefit savings 'will help fund millions of apprenticeships'

20 October, 2014

Tens of thousands of families will have their benefits slashed by up to £60 a week under a new welfare cap

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

17 October, 2014

A consultation on the proposal to take account of surplus earnings from the prior 6-month period when a person reclaims Universal Credit

Consultation on Universal Credit 'waiting days'

17 October, 2014

The Social Security Advisory Committee is consulting on proposals that certain Universal Credit claimants must wait seven days before they are entitled to benefit

Data Sharing and Universal Credit

17 October, 2014

The DWP consulted on changes that will allow information to be shared with social landlords about Universal Credit claims

How we can end pensioner poverty

17 October, 2014

Up to 390,000 older people in poverty could have claimed housing benefit last year but didn't

Targeting benefit cheats and the penalties they could face

17 October, 2014

How we're identifying benefit fraud and the penalties people could face for deliberately withholding information for their benefit claim

'Bedroom tax siege' man jailed

17 October, 2014

A man who threatened to blow up his social home after bailiffs arrived to evict him because of arrears accrued under the bedroom tax has been jailed

Housing Benefit fraud and error

17 October, 2014

The Department for Work & Pensions should have increased its focus on Housing Benefit fraud and error sooner, and is now facing an escalating problem

Benefit reform blamed for rise in youth homelessness in the North-East

17 October, 2014

Bedroom tax and benefit reform have been blamed for a rise in youth homelessness as parents struggle to accommodate their children

Helping tenants get online

17 October, 2014

This week, thousands of people across the country are being inspired to get online and see what the internet could do for them

Reform fit for our time

17 October, 2014

Universal credit is going nationwide

DWP hits out at city council for failing to spend £103k to stop bedroom tax victims being evicted

17 October, 2014

Government officials have hit out at the city council after the authority failed to spend tens of thousands of pounds to help bedroom tax victims

Generation Y turning to high-cost credit

17 October, 2014

62 per cent of young people using high-interest credit are turning to payday loans

DWP condemned over benefit losses

17 October, 2014

The DWP has been severely criticised by the Whitehall spending watchdog for failing to curb the "escalating" losses due to fraud and error in the housing benefit system

Bedroom tax exemption bill goes to next stage despite Tory opposition

16 October, 2014

Barbara Keeley MP presented a 10 minute rule bill to the House of Commons on Tuesday 14th October with the aim of exempting carers and those needing overnight care from the Bedroom Tax

Welfare spending cap plans hit by rising housing and incapacity benefit bills

16 October, 2014

OBR also warns public finances suffering despite the recovery as workers take low-paid jobs so pay correspondingly less tax

Bedroom tax arrears fears 'haven't materialised'

16 October, 2014

Councils evicted a tiny fraction of tenants hit by the bedroom tax in the first year of the reform

Sector backs government's universal credit alert plan

16 October, 2014

Housing organisations have broadly welcomed government proposals to alert social landlords when their tenants move on to universal credit

Rent increase blow to landlords

16 October, 2014

Housing experts are warning that landlords face a costs squeeze under the reformed social rent formula as a result of unprecedentedly low inflation rates

The regulation of private sector letting and managing agents (England)

16 October, 2014

There is no overarching statutory regulation of private sector letting or managing agents in England or any legal requirement for them to belong to a trade association

How a jump in Universal Credit statistics was overstated by 25%

16 October, 2014

Counts are now made on the 2nd Thursday each month, meaning that the latest month-on-month increase in caseload was 25% overstated

The Real Britain Index: a more accurate measure of living standards

16 October, 2014

The rate at which prices are increasing is, according to the government's preferred measure, gradually slowing down

How to take down economic inequality

16 October, 2014

The global gap between incomes, wealth and living standards is a long-standing failure of human ingenuity and purpose

Scotland's jobless total falls by record 40,000

16 October, 2014

Unemployment in Scotland fell by 40,000 between June and August to stand at 151,000

LIN Member Report October 2014 - Meet the new tenants: How early support can ensure longer-lasting tenancies

16 October, 2014

This LIN member report is written by Neil Merrick

This LIN member report gives members more detail on how offering early support to prospective tenants reduces tenant turnover and therefore voids. The report also shows how tenants who attend a workshop or training session will be far less likely to run into financial and other problems and so remain in their home longer.

LIN Member Report October 2014 - Making Contributions: Reforms to create a social security system for the 21st Century Count

15 October, 2014

Policy Exchange Report - Reforms to create a social security system for the 21st Century

This report recommends a new system that will simultaneously bring the social security system back to its founding roots and ensure it is fit for the 21st Century

'We need answers on universal credit'

15 October, 2014

Latest government figures show that 14,170 people were claiming universal credit by September 11

Home Truths 2014/15: Yorkshire and Humber

15 October, 2014

Broken Market, Broken Dreams, a new report by the National Housing Federation, is an analysis of the housing market in Yorkshire and Humber

Bedroom tax carer bill passes first reading

15 October, 2014

MPs have voted to exempt social tenants with a carer from the bedroom tax in a bill's first reading

Universal Credit: Apr 2013 to Sep 2014

15 October, 2014

Statistics for April 2013 to September 2014 with breakdowns by Jobcentre Plus office, local authority and parliamentary constituency

Record year for credit union as thousands of new members join

15 October, 2014

A credit union has had a record year, as more and more people turn to it for help with low cost loans

Social housing tenants' debt widening income divide

15 October, 2014

A housing association's research into the impact of financial and economic changes on households has uncovered a widening income gap between its tenants

Council launches tenancy fraud amnesty

15 October, 2014

Haringey Council has launched an amnesty for tenants that are illegally subletting their council homes

Families' health at risk as rogue landlords refuse repairs

15 October, 2014

More than 1 in 10 renting families have suffered health problems in the past year because of their landlords failing to deal with bad living conditions

Swap My Council House

15 October, 2014

Swap My Council House charts the growing phenomenon of the mutual exchange - where social housing tenants simply swap their homes in order to move house

SF's welfare claims exposed in Nolan interview with Alex Maskey

15 October, 2014

The senior Sinn Fein MLA responsible for the party's welfare reform policy has been exposed for wildly exaggerating the cost of changes to the benefits system

Workers 'could be forced to pay £5 a week' to get benefits

15 October, 2014

Workers could be forced to pay at least £5 a week into a personal "welfare account" to get higher benefits if they lose their job

Tory Councillor Dawn Barnett Wants Food Bank Ban For People On 'Good Benefits'

15 October, 2014

A Tory councillor who once described golliwogs as "nostalgic, not racist" has called for those on "good benefits" to be banned from using food banks as they can afford food

IDS confirms Universal Credit rollout plan

14 October, 2014

Universal Credit will be available in all jobcentres from February to new single claimants previously eligible for Jobseekers' Allowance

MPs back motion to end the "unfair" government's "bedroom tax"

14 October, 2014

MPs today backed a motion calling for an end to the "unfair" impact of the Government's so-called "bedroom tax" on unpaid carers

Residents urged to support foodbanks in face of growing demand

14 October, 2014

The Trussell Trust in Blackwood, New Tredegar and Risca fed a staggering 1,821 people between April and September 2014

Scottish Government invests millions in fuel poverty scheme

14 October, 2014

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that the Scottish Government will invest millions in a new national fuel poverty scheme from 2015

Do They Know Its Christmas? was released exactly thirty years ago to publicise third world food crisis

14 October, 2014

Severnside Housing has its Digital Den in Meole Brace that is available for everyone to use

Rise in Tyneside working families having to claim housing benefit across

14 October, 2014

Around 15% of all households in the North East that claim housing benefit are in work

Campaign against illegal evictions to launch in Scotland

14 October, 2014

A campaign targeting landlords' illegal eviction of tenants is launching in Scotland today

Tenant Leading Change is about tenants and landlords coming together to support effective tenant involvement

14 October, 2014

The Government wants to see all social landlords offer tenants the chance to get involved and take control of their neighbourhoods

Access To Private Rented Housing For The Under 35s

13 October, 2014

The purpose of the APPG is to raise awareness of the private rented housing sector in Parliament

Plans announced for accelerated rollout of Universal Credit

13 October, 2014

The government has announced that Universal Credit will now be rolled out nationally for new single applicants from February next year

Scottish Government pushes to tackle fuel poverty

13 October, 2014

The Scottish Government has launched a campaign to help people reduce their winter fuel bills and called for bids for a fuel poverty contract worth £224m

Impact of the UK Welfare Reforms on families - Autumn 2014 update

13 October, 2014

This paper summarises some of the key changes to the UK benefits system which may impact on families in Scotland

Touchbase DWP E-zine

13 October, 2014

October 2014

Young people being failed by PRS

13 October, 2014

The government should be doing more to help young people into the private rented sector (PRS)

Renting redress scheme launched and no-one notices

13 October, 2014

No-one noticed this week when a complaints scheme aimed at stopping letting agents using misleading adverts, charging excessive fees and not carrying out repairs was launched

Tackling Food Poverty Together

13 October, 2014

Greater Manchester Tackling Food Poverty Together - a week of action 13-19th October 2014

Iain Duncan Smith's benefits chaos may cost taxpayers £1.25 billion as Universal Credit bill soars

13 October, 2014

The cost of the bunging Tory's benefit reforms would be enough to build four new hospitals, 45 schools or fund 10,000 hospital beds for a year

Bogus letting agents rent through Airbnb to fleece would-be tenants

13 October, 2014

The owner of this flat let it out for a weekend through Airbnb. She returned to find five 'tenants' - who'd in total paid £8,500 in deposits and expected to move in permanently

Oldham Universal Credit pilot reveals flaws in Universal Credit causing hardship to tenants

10 October, 2014

A social landlord in one of the Universal Credit pilot areas has highlighted the havoc it's wreaking on tenants' ability to manage their finances

A new fuel poverty strategy for England

10 October, 2014

The Federation welcomes and fully supports the proposal for an energy efficiency target of Energy Performance Certificate Band C for all homes in fuel poverty

New rules spurs reminder of the importance of tenant checks

10 October, 2014

The NLA is reminding landlords about the importance of conducting tenant checks shortly before new legislation will require them to check the immigration status of every new tenant

Local welfare provision in 2015 to 2016

10 October, 2014

Consultation on how local welfare provision should be funded in 2015 to 2016

Social housing tenants get bespoke BT internet service

10 October, 2014

Social housing tenants are now able to get access to an internet service specifically designed for them, after the launch of a new system by BT Business

'Greedy' local authorities slammed over bedsit council tax

10 October, 2014

The country's local authorities have been accused of being "greedy" for charging bedsit tenants council tax

Passport patrol for renting a home

10 October, 2014

Midland residents will soon have to produce passports and immigration documents in order to rent a home in the private or social rented sector

Benefit rule 'worse than poor law'

10 October, 2014

A plan to make people wait seven days before they are entitled to benefit has been slammed as 'worse than the poor law'

'Tenants are being judged by the standards of Benefits Street'

10 October, 2014

Should social landlords be imposing conditions on tenants as part of their tenancy agreements?

Trial study of pre-payment benefit cards cancelled by North Tyneside Council

10 October, 2014

A council project to create pre-payment cards for people on benefits has been cancelled, after only two volunteers signed up

Welfare row: The changes, the cost, and the likely effects

09 October, 2014

The "enhancement of the GB welfare system" which Peter Robinson is urging Sinn Fein to accept was brought to ministers in June last year

New service offers tenants rent savings on mobile top ups

09 October, 2014

Social housing tenants are being offered a new service that allows them to save money on their rent when they top up their mobile phone

Association suspends tenant moves due to welfare reform

09 October, 2014

A housing association has put a temporary suspension on tenants moving between tenancies to allow homes that have become empty, due to welfare reform, to be repaired

CMA sets out proposals to lower payday loan costs

09 October, 2014

The CMA has set out proposals to increase price competition between payday lenders and help borrowers get a better deal

Council housing standards must improve

09 October, 2014

Local authorities in Wales are in danger of providing a second class service for their tenants due to the slow progress in bringing their homes up to scratch

How to ... create sustainable tenancies

09 October, 2014

Housing providers are now thinking radically about how they deliver front-line services to respond to the unprecedented changes they face as a result of welfare reform

Church leaders unite to urge politicians to sort out welfare impasse

09 October, 2014

Church leaders have intervened in the current welfare impasse, urging politicians to sort it out

England's 'rent-trap': just another reason housing is now a top 5 issue for voters

09 October, 2014

The last few weeks have seen senior politicians in all parties clamber over each other to promise bold action to solve our housing shortage

Universal Credit rolled out to 50th North West job centre

08 October, 2014

Universal Credit has been one of the coalition government's most controversial reforms

Wonga banned from using ad that didn't mention 5,853% interest rate

08 October, 2014

Payday loan firm told by Advertising Standards Authority that commercial breaches code after complaint from Citizens Advice

Tory freeze would mean 'claimants losing £558m in housing benefit'

08 October, 2014

The Conservatives' proposed benefits freeze would lead to claimants losing £558m of housing benefit over two years

Tribunal ruling blow to bedroom tax tenants

08 October, 2014

The vast majority of appeals against the bedroom tax on discrimination grounds are now likely to fail following a landmark tribunal ruling

HA prepares tenants for 'greatest change to benefits in a generation'

08 October, 2014

A Welsh housing association is taking action to prepare its tenants for the introduction of the government's controversial flagship reform of the benefits system UC

UK's landlords reminded to check tenants' immigration status

08 October, 2014

The UK's private sector landlords are being warned that they must check the immigration status of all of their new tenants

Where does Working Tax Credit go?

08 October, 2014

Working tax credit (WTC) is a benefit paid to workers with a low family income

Politicians should stop bullying young jobless people into trying to find work

08 October, 2014

Young people need help and support to find work, not benefit cuts and constant scapegoating as an idle underclass

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

08 October, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) initially estimated that the measure would save £490 million a year

Iain Duncan Smith: 'My mission is to lift people out of poverty and I will not give up'

07 October, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith on his vocation to help the poor, why Britain must get a better deal from the EU and his love of Austen and Eminem

Vince Cable claims the Conservatives are on a mission to destroy the welfare state

07 October, 2014

Business Secretary Vince Cable made the case for taxes and borrowing at the Liberal Democrat party conference in Glasgow

Councils urge Govt not to slash welfare assistance funding

07 October, 2014

Some of the most vulnerable people in the county face the prospect of losing emergency support provided by local authorities from April 2015

Lib Dems vote against scrapping bedroom tax

07 October, 2014

Liberal Democrat members have voted overwhelmingly against pledging to scrap the bedroom tax outright

Lettings agents and property managers: redress schemes

07 October, 2014

Information on the requirement for lettings agents and property managers in England to belong to a government approved redress scheme

Universal Support - delivered locally: information for local authorities

07 October, 2014

How local authorities and DWP will work together to trial support for Universal Credit claimants: Universal Support - delivered locally

Universal credit's flaws exposed by tenants as system forces some to pay day lenders

07 October, 2014

A North West housing association has said a survey of its tenants has exposed flaws in the government's universal credit (UC) system

Stoke-on-Trent City Council forced to evict 25 tenants unable to meet rent due to the 'bedroom tax'

07 October, 2014

Dozens of council tenants have been evicted from their homes - after being unable to pay their rent due to the controversial bedroom tax

'Limited' licensing judicial review to go ahead

07 October, 2014

Both sides are claiming victory in a High Court test case over whether a local authority's landlord licensing scheme should be subject to judicial review

Ignore the stereotypes - most social tenants don't want to rely on benefits

06 October, 2014

Low pay and part-time work are the main reasons people are trapped in working poverty, including many in social housing

Lib Dems outline 'yellow card system' for benefits

06 October, 2014

The Liberal Democrats have announced they would introduce a 'yellow card' system for benefit sanctions if they come to power

Consultation on a New Tenancy for the Private Sector

06 October, 2014

This paper sets out the Scottish Government's proposals for developing a new type of tenancy for the private rented sector and seeks views on these

Universal credit data sharing will help landlords support social tenants

06 October, 2014

Allpay has welcomed a consultation by the DWP seeking views on sharing UC claimant information with social landlords and local authorities

Universal Credit - maximising the 'housing costs' element

06 October, 2014

One of the most common questions we get asked by social landlords is: "How much of the tenant's rent are we likely to receive and when will we receive it?"

Government considering increasing PRS tenancy securities

06 October, 2014

Plans to give tenants in the private rented sector (PRS) more security of tenure are to be discussed in a new consultation launched today

Councils urge Government to reconsider scrapping local welfare assistance fund

06 October, 2014

One in six local authorities will abandon any crisis safety net, forcing families to use food banks or loan sharks

Licensing scheme for PRS landlords to launch in Liverpool

06 October, 2014

Liverpool City Council is set to introduce a licensing scheme for the city's 50,000 private rented properties in a bid to raise standards

Lib Dems will 'resist' Tory under 21 benefit axe plan

06 October, 2014

The Liberal Democrats will resist Conservative plans to remove housing benefit from under 21s in any future coalition

HB A16/2014

03 October, 2014

Containing information on Real Time Information Bulk Data Matching Initiative - additional guidance for local authorities

Housing Benefit Direct

03 October, 2014

Issue 153 - October 2014

Welfare cuts 'leave councils with huge bill to put families in hotels'

03 October, 2014

Thousands of London families are being shunted between hotels as councils struggle with a wave of homelessness sparked by Government cuts

Majority of UK's private renters being ripped-off by letting agents

03 October, 2014

A majority of the UK's private rented sector (PRS) tenants believe that the fees charged by letting agents are poor value for money

Working poor: 1 in 4 people on housing benefit are in work

03 October, 2014

But can't afford a roof over their heads. Another sign of how work isn't enough to pay the bills for many in Cameron's Britain

Tenant escapes eviction after taking five years to clear garden of scrap and cars

03 October, 2014

A social housing tenant has narrowly avoided being evicted by her social landlord, after finally cleaning up her garden

Middle income earners forced to rely on housing benefit

03 October, 2014

New research reveals that the housing crisis is hitting middle-income earners at a shocking rate

Food Poverty: Experts Say Foodbanks Are Inevitable in the UK

03 October, 2014

Food insecurity and malnutrition in the UK is a much wider problem than has been recognised

Landlords' development concerns over Tory benefit freeze

03 October, 2014

Housing associations have expressed concern about their ability to develop new homes under Conservative plans to introduce a two-year freeze on benefits

Broken Market, Broken Dreams

03 October, 2014

The number of middle-income earners relying on housing benefit to keep their homes has risen by 350,000 since 2008

Trapped by the bedroom tax

02 October, 2014

From April 2013, I have been affected by the 'bedroom tax'

Sleepless nights and flawed rationale of Bedroom Tax

02 October, 2014

The recent Government defeat on the Lib Dem's amendment to the unpopular Bedroom Tax is an appropriate moment to review the law on this controversial issue

Nicola Sturgeon calls for delay to universal credit launch in Scotland

02 October, 2014

Tories and Labour want to devolve powers over housing benefit, which deputy first minister says is in effect being abolished

Rent will rise more slowly

02 October, 2014

A quarter of renters have no plans to own their own home in the future

Housing unaffordability puts a strain on the housing benefit bill

02 October, 2014

Any government that wants to target the housing benefit bill needs to fully understand housing affordability

Property ombudsman reveals sharp rise in complaints about lettings agents

02 October, 2014

There's been a sharp rise in the number of complaints made about lettings agents ahead of the requirement that came into effect today that they register with an approved redress scheme

Universal credit delay call rejected

02 October, 2014

The UK government has rejected a call by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to halt the introduction of universal credit in Scotland

Pre-paid benefits cards fuel booze-and-fags stereotype

01 October, 2014

Benefits claimants do not spend all their money on booze and fags if they are left to their own devices

A bad business for everyone caught in the bedroom tax trap

01 October, 2014

Enough with the bedroom tax, already. Sadly, it's not so easy to wish it away; as those on the receiving end know only too well

Landlords' bedroom tax prep

01 October, 2014

The members of our welfare reform focus group are preparing for the next round of welfare changes: universal credit

Benefit cut could force social landlords to turn tenants away

01 October, 2014

Housing associations warn Conservative policy would also prevent them from building new homes as funding dries up

Private landlords 'expect rents to rise below inflation'

01 October, 2014

Private landlords expect rents to grow below the target rate of inflation over the next year

Complaints about letting agents rise 37%

01 October, 2014

Complaints about letting agents rose by 37% in the first half of the year, an ombudsman has revealed as new legislation to curb rogue agents comes into force

DWP stakeholder bulletin for national organisations: September 2014

01 October, 2014

Our stakeholder bulletin has news and policy information for chief executives and others in national stakeholder organisations - September 2014

Landlords warned over Legionnaires' disease responsibility

01 October, 2014

Landlords have been warned that recent changes to legislation means they have a responsibility to make sure their tenants are not exposed to the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease

A living rent?

01 October, 2014

Mark Lupton and Helen Collins from Savills Housing Consultancy explain how their rent model linked to household income would work

The welfare rights adviser on a mission to shame Iain Duncan Smith

01 October, 2014

From the frontline of benefits changes, Nick Dilworth wants to expose the fallout from this government's 'misconceived' welfare reforms

Is Conservative benefit freeze fair?

01 October, 2014

The prime minister often talks about benefits as if they are paid to people who don't work and paid for by people who do

David Cameron defends plans to cut benefits for working poor

01 October, 2014

PM says plans for £3bn-a-year cuts set out by George Osborne are better than reducing benefits for wealthier pensioners

Universal Credit Rollout

30 September, 2014

Watch this short film and find out how Universal Credit is being introduced across the UK

Benefits freeze could "spell disaster for thousands" and drive up homelessness

30 September, 2014

The Chancellor has today announced proposals to freeze working age benefits for two years if the Conservative Party is elected in 2015

The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor's benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households

30 September, 2014

A two-year freeze in working-age benefits will save £3bn, but critics - including Lib Dems - question whether this is the fairest way to fix the deficit

Number of people making a claim application to Universal Credit

30 September, 2014

The number of people making a claim application to Universal Credit from April 2013 to 11 September 2014

Government to speed up universal credit roll out

30 September, 2014

The government has announced that the roll out of its troubled universal credit (UC) programme is to be accelerated

£4.5 million to heat social rented homes

30 September, 2014

The Scottish government has announced a £4.5 million scheme to improve the energy performance of 1,600 social housing homes

George Osborne's vision for Britain is stuck in the dark ages

30 September, 2014

Conference speech inspired by Industrial Revolution as freezes on tax credit, child benefit and more make future look bleak

Tories would freeze benefits for two years

30 September, 2014

Welfare benefits would be frozen for two years under a Conservative government

Know your rights: The new rules for the rental market that will protect against bad landlords - and six tips for tenants

30 September, 2014

From October 1, every lettings agent must be a member of an ombudsman-style scheme

Chancellor's welfare cuts won't solve housing crisis or ease poverty

29 September, 2014

Osborne's proposed crackdown on welfare benefits might have played well to the crowd at the Conservative conference today, but it hasn't gone down so well among housing professionals

Poll Digest - Social - Circle Housing Group Social Housing Survey

29 September, 2014

Almost half of Britons believe social housing tenants choose to claim benefits as a lifestyle choice

Jobcentres where you can claim Universal Credit

29 September, 2014

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

Plans announced for accelerated rollout of Universal Credit after success in north west

29 September, 2014

DWP announce that Universal Credit will be rolled out to all Jobcentres and local authorities across the country from early next year

Grave concerns that Tories' latest benefit cut plans will drive homelessness

29 September, 2014

A charity has expressed grave concerns that the Tories' plans to axe housing benefit for single 18-21 years olds could lead to a further rise in homelessness

Osborne to cut benefits for unemployed young people in new welfare crackdown

29 September, 2014

The benefit cap will be cut to £23,000 and out-of-work people aged 18 to 21 will be paid a maximum of six months' jobseekers allowance

Tories would tighten benefit cap to fund apprenticeships

29 September, 2014

The Conservatives would cap benefits further to fund three million apprenticeships if they win the general election

Duncan Smith outlines plans for pre-paid benefit cards

29 September, 2014

The government is to introduce pre-paid benefit cards to stop claimants spending their money on alcohol, drugs or gambling habits

Welfare Freeze: Who Would Be Hit?

29 September, 2014

Cutting welfare goes down well with voters. But it is notoriously difficult to achieve meaningful savings without hurting the very people you are looking to support and encourage

Universal Credit Analysis

29 September, 2014

The current system of working age benefits is confusing and often unreliable

Government accused of forcing unemployed into 'financial black hole' under new benefits rules

29 September, 2014

Newly unemployed will have to wait a full week before claiming JSA

David Cameron unveils welfare changes in drive to end youth unemployment

29 September, 2014

Plan to bar 18- to 21-year-olds from housing benefit and remove entitlement to jobseeker's allowance after six months out of work

Is Labour genuinely committed to social rent?

26 September, 2014

Labour needs to explain the role it sees for genuine social housing after May

Calico encourages customers to get online ahead of Universal Credit

26 September, 2014

Calico is giving customers who don't use the internet the opportunity to see for themselves how getting online can make a real difference to their lives

Social housing chief executives' enormous pay packets are indefensible

26 September, 2014

While social tenants suffer benefit cuts and rent hikes, the salaries of those in charge of housing them continue to soar

Tenants trust social landlords for advice on energy savings

26 September, 2014

A study has found associations managing property are in the best position to offer help, ahead of energy charities and family and friends

Why the self-employed need to wake up to the threat posed by Universal Credit

26 September, 2014

In theory Universal Credit is a dream policy. The idea has been to streamline the welfare system, rolling six means-tested benefits into one so that work will always pay

Landlord fined after breaching a raft of health and safety regulations with flats found to 'be a danger to live in'

26 September, 2014

Flats deemed a danger after a series of breaches found during insepection

Landlord set to launch £750m northern PRS drive

26 September, 2014

A housing association is launching a £750m drive into the PRS to capitalise on the 'pent up demand' for rented housing in the north of England

HB U4/2014

26 September, 2014

Contains information on removal of the spare room subsidy - Upper Tribunal decisions

CH 1991 2014

25 September, 2014

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

Labour plans would be death knell for rented housing

25 September, 2014

Nearly 60 percent of housing stock created since 1986 has been in the private rented sector

Coast & Country tenants' group supports bedroom tax challenge

25 September, 2014

Coast & Country Tenant's Working Together Group, supported by the Redcar-based housing association, is stepping up its Bedroom Tax information campaign

Homelessness figures confirm need for review of housing and welfare policy conflict

25 September, 2014

The number of households living in temporary accommodation increased by six per cent in the year to the end of June, as did the number living in bed and breakfast accommodation

Low Pay and the Cost of Living: A Supply-Side Approach

25 September, 2014

The 'cost of living crisis' is now a substantial part of the UK's political discourse

The impacts of Council Tax Support reduction on arrears, collection rates and court and administration costs

25 September, 2014

In April 2013, Council Tax Benefit (CTB) was abolished and replaced by Council Tax Support (CTS)

Model agreement for a shorthold assured tenancy

25 September, 2014

A model tenancy agreement for use in the private rented sector where a shorthold tenancy is being entered into, and accompanying guidance

How to rent - Updated Guide

25 September, 2014

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

Bedroom tax campaign heats up as 600 tenants face appeal

25 September, 2014

A housing association has sent letters to over 600 of its tenants who have been identified as potentially having grounds to appeal against the bedroom tax

Welfare reform is not simple, but it needs to be done quickly

25 September, 2014

Welfare reform has been portrayed as a direct attack on the most vulnerable people in this community

Disabled couple win Bedroom Tax exemption - but welfare chiefs appeal to overturn decision

25 September, 2014

Jacqueline Carmichael, 42, who has spina bifida, and Jayson, 52, won an exemption when a tribunal ruled the tax breached their human rights

Problems caused by bedroom tax so predictable

24 September, 2014

The bedroom tax is continuing to cause problems in Dundee

Help with Universal Credit

24 September, 2014

Residents are being urged to get in touch with RBH if they need help in adjusting to Universal Credit (UC) as it is rolled out across the borough

Anxious wait for Glenrothes man in 'bedroom tax' case

24 September, 2014

Campaigners against the Government's bedroom tax have an anxious wait following a tribunal appeal hearing in Edinburgh

Credit union borrowers save £millions

24 September, 2014

Londoners who have taken out loans with of the city's credit unions have saved £6.5 million in interest payments and other charges over the last 12 months

Over 400,000 private landlords' properties damaged by tenants

24 September, 2014

Research has revealed that 28% of the country's private landlords have had their property damaged by tenants in the last 12 months

Fifty Families

24 September, 2014

Exploding the myths about the unemployed

Housing associations rally internet providers to help more residents get online

24 September, 2014

26 housing associations, 12 IT companies and 18 influencers were brought together to discuss how to work together to help more social housing residents get online

Controversial benefits shake-up rolled out to more areas of Greater Manchester

23 September, 2014

Universal Credit, first trialled in Ashton-under-Lyne last year, is now available to jobseekers in Cheetham Hill, Newton Heath and Wythenshawe

Islwyn MP Chris Evans votes against 'Bedroom Tax'

23 September, 2014

Islwyn MP Chris Evans joined other Labour MPs recently to vote against the so-called 'Bedroom Tax' during a Parliamentary debate

Rachel Reeves MP challenges Lib Dems to team up with Labour to scrap hated Bedroom Tax

23 September, 2014

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary has already written to Nick Clegg asking him to help overthrow the hated tax

Labour to call on Lib Dems to back scrapping bedroom tax

23 September, 2014

Labour will challenge the Liberal Democrats in the autumn to join them in voting to scrap the bedroom tax entirely

Landlord plans own universal credit pilot

23 September, 2014

Coastline Housing is planning its own pilot of universal credit in an attempt to assess the 'real impact' of the flagship benefit reform

Private rented homes should reach decent standard by 2027

23 September, 2014

A Labour government would require all private rented homes to meet a decency standard by 2027

What does welfare reform mean for Belfast families on benefits?

23 September, 2014

It has divided the Stormont Executive and some have predicted it could bring down the Northern Ireland Assembly

Robinson warns on welfare reform

23 September, 2014

A political dispute which could lead to £1 billion being cut off the public spending budget is capable of bringing the devolved administration down

HB A15/2014

23 September, 2014

Contains information on Real Time Information Bulk Data Matching Initiative - guide for local authorities

Ed Balls sets out priorities for 'first Labour Budget'

22 September, 2014

Ed Balls has said he will increase the minimum wage and the top rate of income tax and extend child benefit curbs in his first Budget if Labour wins power

Campaign to beef up social landlord's legal powers to access properties for mandatory gas safety checks

22 September, 2014

Campaigners are calling on the Government to beef up legal powers to allow regulated social landlords to access their properties to carry out mandatory gas safety checks

A tenth of landlords unable to confirm their tenants are gas safe

22 September, 2014

One in ten landlords are unable to confirm their tenants are living in a gas safe home, according to new research by British Gas and Shelter

Boost for social landlords as DWP consults on missing piece of universal credit jigsaw

22 September, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions today launched a consultation on one of the key missing pieces of the universal credit jigsaw

Tories defeated as benefit bill clears first Commons hurdle

22 September, 2014

Liberal Democrat and Labour MPs have joined forces to defeat Conservatives in a Commons vote to partly overturn housing benefit changes

Do qualifications for landlords really affect standards?

22 September, 2014

In Northern Ireland, CIH has been delivering a qualification for private landlords for more than two years now, and our evidence says that it does

Council finds larger home for disabled couple - then stings them for bedroom tax

22 September, 2014

A local authority arranged for a disabled couple to move from their one-bedroom flat into a two-bedroom bungalow but then forced them to pay the "bedroom tax"

Top tips on avoiding fuel poverty this year

22 September, 2014

Julian Scott from Yarlington Housing Group tells Ben McGrail how we can avoid fuel poverty and explains why they've employed two new 'energy advisors' for their residents

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