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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

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

Universal Credit data sharing with social landlords

19 September, 2014

Seeks views on allowing DWP to share information with social landlords to enable them to support tenants claiming Universal Credit

Welfare spending to be devolved to England, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as Scotland

19 September, 2014

England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be given control over spending on welfare

Death of 'cruel and iniquitous' bedroom tax is guaranteed under Labour

19 September, 2014

After being asked if Labour would completely scrap the bedroom tax or merely alter it, Ms Reynolds' declared to stamp it out

Housing (Wales) Bill 2014

19 September, 2014

One of the key elements of the Act is introduction of a compulsory registration and licensing scheme for private rented sector landlords and letting and management agents

Labour in power could abandon universal credit

19 September, 2014

Policy could be dumped within months if it wins election next year

Social landlords lobby for radical rent model

19 September, 2014

New 'affordable working rent' links payment level to household income

Tech & Tenure

19 September, 2014

Digital trends among renters and their satisfaction with tenure

Private rents 'hit record high'

19 September, 2014

Private sector rents have lifted to a new all-time average high of £761 a month as the peak season for tenants snapping up new homes gets under way

HB A14/2014

19 September, 2014

Contains information on Special Educational Needs (Consequential Amendments to Subordinate Legislation) Order 2014 (SI 2014 / 2103)

HB A13/2014

19 September, 2014

Contains information on discretionary housing payments

HB G9/2014

19 September, 2014

Contains information on Universal Credit Commencement Order

HomeLet Rental Index

18 September, 2014

The rental amounts are based on the actual achieved rental prices for new tenancies in the reported month

Private rents continue to rise

18 September, 2014

Average monthly rents in Preston have risen by eight per cent in the last three years

Approaches to tenancy management in the social housing sector

18 September, 2014

Exploring new models and changes in the tenant-landlord relationship

Coalition tax cuts benefit for too much living space

18 September, 2014

Mansfield MP Sir Alan Meale has welcomed a vote in the House of Commons that could lessen the impact of the bedroom tax

Homeless and alone... woman evicted after 30 years over a £200 bedroom tax bill

18 September, 2014

A woman who was evicted from her home of almost 30 years after being unable to pay a £210 bedroom tax bill is now homeless in Lincoln

Landlords' strategies to address poverty and disadvantage

18 September, 2014

Low-rent housing has played a significant role in reducing poverty in England

Delays to welfare payments for disabled people 'unacceptable'

18 September, 2014

Just under 40% of cases registered for Personal Independence Payment have been cleared in 16 months

How to... increase demand for hard to let properties

17 September, 2014

Hard to let properties have always posed a challenge to landlords and void properties are an inevitable aspect of housing management

Croydon Council invited to justify 'tenant tax'

17 September, 2014

The NLA has invited Croydon Borough Council to a meeting to justify proposals that could increase rents and diminish the availability of housing in the area

Universal Credit - experimental official statistics to August 2014

17 September, 2014

More than 11,000 households were claiming universal credit last month

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to July 2014

17 September, 2014

Personal Independent Payment claims in payment, new claim registrations, decisions and awards made

Andrew George MP on the future of the bedroom tax

17 September, 2014

Andrew George, MP for St Ives, reflects on the success of his recent Affordable Homes Private Members' Bill

Council adopts selective PRS licensing scheme to combat ASB

17 September, 2014

A London local authority is to bring in a selective licensing scheme for private rented sector housing, in a bid to tackle ASB

Survey highlights safety failings in rental sector

17 September, 2014

AXA warns of poor risk awareness among landlords, but challenges the popular image of a hostile tenant-landlord relationship

The impact of welfare reform on the Valleys

17 September, 2014

This project documents the impact of welfare reforms down to the local/neighbourhood level across the South Wales Valleys

Government to reconsider axing local welfare funding

17 September, 2014

Ministers have agreed to reconsider scrapping a fund aimed at providing support for people in crisis, following the threat of a High Court challenge

Boris Johnson announces new private rent developments

16 September, 2014

London Mayor Boris Johnson has selected preferred bidders for two sites to fast track the creation of more than 1,200 new homes, including 480 for long-term private rent

Ban payday adverts from TV and radio before 9pm, parents demand

16 September, 2014

Experts warn of impact of debt on children after research finds more than a third think commercials are fun or exciting

Major safety campaign targets dodgy fire doors in social housing

16 September, 2014

Scrutiny of fire safety in affordable homes is likely to remain at the top of many social landlords' agenda

'Bedroom tax' hastened death

16 September, 2014

The daughter of a Truro woman says her death from cancer was hastened by being forced to move house due to the so-called "bedroom tax"

Landlords strongly oppose bill on "revenge evictions"

16 September, 2014

Government ministers have said they will support Sarah Teather's private member's bill on "revenge evictions" in principle

Spend more on homes to cut benefit bill

16 September, 2014

The government should spend more cash on subsidising affordable homes and tackling low pay if it wants to cut the soaring housing benefit bill

Government's plans to abolish local welfare fund hit High Court hitch

16 September, 2014

The Tory-led coalition's plans to abolish the Local Welfare Provision Fund have come off the rails after being challenged in the High Court

Ticking the box for a welfare system that works

16 September, 2014

Spending on personal housing costs support in the form of housing benefit has grown relentlessly over the past two decades, both in absolute and real terms

LIN member report September 2014 - Universal Credit an update & How to work effectively with tenants on UC

16 September, 2014

This LIN member report is written by Rebecca Wilkie

This report briefs LIN members on Ashton Pioneer Homes' experience of supporting tenants claiming Universal Credit; and how they are using the lessons they are learning in order to prepare for full implementation of Universal Credit. The report aims to update landlords on ways in which they can best mitigate the risk of soaring rent arrears.

Claimants will be forced to visit job centres for 35 hours a week or face sanctions

15 September, 2014

Selected job seekers will be obliged to visit their Job Centre five days a week and spend 35 hours looking for work

Council writes off overpaid housing benefits

15 September, 2014

Cotswold District Council has written off £7,747 of overpaid benefits after the man who claimed them disappeared

Information for Landlords: Letting to Tenants on Housing Benefits

15 September, 2014

There are significant numbers of landlords in the UK who simply will not let their properties to those on Housing Benefit

Warning over government IT systems should Scotland vote for independence

15 September, 2014

The IT infrastructure of the entire public sector will be shaken up should Scotland vote for independence

Welfare reform: enough of the stick, time for the carrot

15 September, 2014

This coalition has bravely attempted to tackle welfare reform

It is time to recognise the benefits of social housing

15 September, 2014

What are the benefits of the social rented sector, and why must current and future governments significantly raise current levels of social housing construction?

UK's soaring rental market shows signs of easing

15 September, 2014

The UK's soaring rental market showed signs of easing last month

Tenants evicted over messy gardens

15 September, 2014

A number of social housing tenants who refused to tidy up their gardens have been evicted

Dumfries and Galloway council tax doubles on empty homes

15 September, 2014

Absentee property owners in Dumfries and Galloway will see their council tax double unless they put the accommodation up for sale or rent

Peter Robinson hopeful of £87m bonus for striking welfare deal

15 September, 2014

Northern Ireland could get an £87m sweetener from Westminster if agreement on welfare reform is reached

Private Rented Sector Code, 1st edition

12 September, 2014

This cross-industry code is intended to promote best practice in the letting and management of private rented sector housing in England

Model agreement for a shorthold assured tenancy

12 September, 2014

A model tenancy agreement for use in the private rented sector where a shorthold tenancy is being entered into

A better deal for hardworking tenants

12 September, 2014

Tenants renting privately will get a better, fairer deal under new measures

Tenants may win protection from eviction by rogue landlords

12 September, 2014

Nine million private tenants in the UK could be given extra protection from landlords who try to evict them

Rebalancing universal credit: Making it work for disabled people

12 September, 2014

This report focuses on support for disabled people under universal credit

Whilst we support the principles of universal credit, our analysis shows two important types of problems that will particularly affect disabled people; one relating to work incentives, the other concerning out of work support

The scandal of Britain's fuel poverty deaths

12 September, 2014

Thousands of people die each winter in the UK as a result of being unable to heat their homes. Are we doing enough to help them?

London Assembly urges Mayor to take action to protect private tenants

12 September, 2014

The London Assembly has passed a motion urging the Mayor Boris Johnson to instigate measures to provide greater protection for the capital's private renters

Thousands forced to rely on foodbanks over low income and benefit delays

12 September, 2014

Two-thirds of people who needed a foodbank to feed themselves last year did so because they were living on a low income or had benefits issues

Ministers making it easier for nightmare tenants

12 September, 2014

Landlords have attacked a government decision to outlaw 'revenge evictions'

Bedroom tax bill would 'create more administration for social landlords'

12 September, 2014

A proposed bill to exempt hundreds of thousands of households from the bedroom tax would lead to legal challenges

The Affordable Homes Bill: A Partial Solution

11 September, 2014

Nearly Legal Blog

Welfare sanctions and conditionality in the UK

11 September, 2014

JRH Report

Conditional welfare arrangements require people to behave in a certain way to access cash benefits, housing or support services. These conditions tend to be enforced through penalties or 'sanctions' that reduce, suspend or end access to these goods. This Round-up considers how effective welfare conditionality is, what the impacts are, how different groups fare, and to what extent it can be morally justified

Fife man at centre of 'bedroom tax' turmoil

11 September, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions is launching a bid to overturn a landmark ruling that size does matter when it comes to defining a bedroom

No further concessions on welfare, warns Nick Clegg

11 September, 2014

Nick Clegg has personally warned the First and Deputy First Ministers that there will be no further concession from Westminster on welfare changes.

Women will die' as legal aid becomes more difficult for victims of domestic abuse to get

11 September, 2014

Campaigners say the tightening of legal aid rules and budget cuts are putting victims of domestic violence at greater risk

Right to Move

11 September, 2014

Government launches consultation to support social tenants who want to work

Interest rates: voting for rise shows lack of compassion for low-income families

11 September, 2014

Mark Carney looks to jobs market as justification for vote, but agrees many still forced to take low paid low hours jobs

Homelessness rising due to conflict between welfare and housing policy

11 September, 2014

The conflict between welfare and housing policy is causing increasing homelessness and should be subject to a national review

Private landlords should be subjected to more stringent gas safety checks

10 September, 2014

The Gas Safety Trust today called for private landlords to be subjected to more stringent gas safety checks

Fife man at centre of 'bedroom tax' turmoil

10 September, 2014

The UK Government's controversial "bedroom tax" policy could be thrown into chaos later this month

Touchbase DWP E-zine

10 September, 2014

September 2014

Mutual exchange: 10 ways to help tenants swap homes

10 September, 2014

From financial incentives to flexibility, a CIH adviser provides tips on how landlords can help social housing tenants move home

Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud data April 2013 to March 2014

10 September, 2014

Statistics on Housing Benefit fraud volumes and incorrectly paid benefit from April 2013 to March 2014

Housing benefit error rises by 9%

10 September, 2014

Housing benefit overpayment in Britain due to error has increased by 9% compared to last year

Right to Move: government launches consultation to support social tenants who want to work

10 September, 2014

Social tenants who need to move to a new area for work will no longer be pushed to the back of the housing waiting list

Government launches 'right to move' consultation for social housing tenants

10 September, 2014

Social housing tenants who want to move to a new area for work will no longer be pushed to the back of the housing waiting list under new proposals being drawn up for town halls

More than half of tenants have problems with landlords and letting agents

10 September, 2014

One in seven tenants say that their problems have never been resolved

Council considers sealing off rooms in bedroom tax battle

10 September, 2014

A council in Scotland is considering plans to seal off rooms in a bid to help residents affected by the bedroom tax

Universal Credit: A policy under review

09 September, 2014

Universal Credit represents the most significant transformation of our welfare system, merging six separate out-of and in-work benefits into one

Private landlord fined for putting life of young mother and her child at risk

09 September, 2014

A private landlord put the lives of a young mother and her child at risk by allowing them to live in a property installed with a faulty gas oven

I'm on benefits - so no landlord would rent my family a house

09 September, 2014

Negative attitudes towards people supported by benefits undermine the help that any safety net provides

'Welfare reforms still a risk' rating agency warns

09 September, 2014

Welfare reforms still pose a credit risk for housing associations despite their resilience in coping with the changes so far

Second class citizens

09 September, 2014

The personal impact of the public debate on benefits

The latest Who Benefits? research shows just how damaging the current debate about benefit is and how it urgently needs to change

The long goodbye

09 September, 2014

Three images spring to mind in the aftermath of Friday's momentous vote to amend the bedroom tax

Renewed call for smoke alarms in all PRS homes after family saved from flat fire

09 September, 2014

Former housing minister Nick Raynsford has repeated his call for smoke alarms to be installed in all private rented sector properties

Helping tenants to make a house a home

09 September, 2014

A new pilot scheme in Sparkbrook could revolutionise the way new tenants learn to set up home in Birmingham

Councils urged to continue welfare support after emergency funding ends in April 2015

09 September, 2014

Local authorities must not leave vulnerable people in the lurch when central government emergency funding comes to an end in April 2015

Universal Credit set to be rolled out across West Lancashire

08 September, 2014

Lord David Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform talks to The Advertiser about the impact of the change

61% rise in number of Bournemouth employees claiming housing benefit

08 September, 2014

A combination of low wages and high housing costs has led to a drastic rise in the number of Bournemouth people claiming housing benefit while in work

The bedroom tax - policy making in a league of its own

08 September, 2014

Patrick Butler highlighted in his article that the DWP's own studies have shown that 60% of tenants have been unable to pay the shortfall in their rent

Lib Dem MP's bill to curtail bedroom tax wins in Commons

08 September, 2014

An MP's private members bill aimed at overturning key elements of the coalition's changes to the welfare system has passed the first hurdle in the House of Commons

Welfare claimants to get attitude tests

08 September, 2014

New interviews will see whether benefits claimants are psychologically prepared to work

Think-tank criticises 'pointless' Labour rent cap scheme

08 September, 2014

Ed Miliband's proposal to put a cap on rent increases will push up cost of living and exacerbate Britain's chronic housing shortage

Lib Dems expand criticisms of coalition welfare policies

08 September, 2014

After siding with Labour to defeat bedroom tax motion, party takes aim at benefit sanctions as conference season approaches

MPs vote for bedroom tax changes

08 September, 2014

MPs have voted in favour of a bill that would exempt large numbers of people from the bedroom tax

Nick Clegg faces activist revolt over ending bedroom tax

05 September, 2014

Nick Clegg is facing a rebellion by grassroots Liberal Democrats who are demanding that he pledges to abolish the so-called bedroom tax

Brent housing benefit tenant living in 'unfit' room

05 September, 2014

BBC London has discovered that Brent Council allowed a landlord to continue renting a room to a man on housing benefits even though its own inspectors said it was unfit for habitation

Mersey MPs could help end bedroom tax as we know it in Westminster debate today

05 September, 2014

Lib Dems' call for changes to law to spare disabled people from benefit sanction

The Social Security (Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance) (Waiting Days) Amendment Regulations 2014

05 September, 2014

Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance are income replacement benefits for jobseekers and people with a health condition or a disability

DWP minister set to vote on bedroom tax bill

05 September, 2014

A minister in the department for work and pensions could be set to vote against government policy on a bill which aims to water down the bedroom tax

Former housing minister speaks up for Andrew George's bill to blunt the bedroom tax

05 September, 2014

Former Labour Housing Minister and MP for Greenwich and Woolwich Nick Raynsford today spoke in the House of Commons in support of Andrew George

Tories defeated as benefit bill clears first Commons hurdle

05 September, 2014

Liberal Democrat and Labour MPs have joined forces to defeat Conservatives in a Commons vote to partly overturn housing benefit changes

Scottish independence: Campaigners focus on welfare

05 September, 2014

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon claims that independence is an "opportunity for all sectors of Scottish society"

Housing benefit: Coalition faces Commons split

05 September, 2014

The Lib Dems and Conservatives are set for a Commons showdown over a bid to ease housing benefit changes

Immigration: pilot area decided

04 September, 2014

Greater West Midlands, including Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton, will all 'host' the pilot scheme

Lib Dems to cut council tax for energy efficient homes

04 September, 2014

The Liberal Democrat party have pledged to cut council tax for energy efficient homes by more than £100 a year

Local authorities and advisers: removal of the spare room subsidy

04 September, 2014

Tookit for local authorities, housing providers and support organisations in the social rented sector, providing information on the removal of the spare room subsidy

Landlord body predicts green deal 'shambles' will lead to empty homes

04 September, 2014

The government should 'tread cautiously' when introducing energy efficiency requirements into the private rented sector

Universal credit help scheme trialled

04 September, 2014

Assessments and guidance aim to prevent tenants falling into arrears

Payday loan debt continues to soar

04 September, 2014

The number of people getting into debt with payday loan companies has risen drastically in the last year

The Big Tenant Survey - why did social landlords do so badly?

04 September, 2014

The Big Tenant Survey 2014 was completed by 61,000 tenants, who make up 7% of the 850,000 social housing tenants registered on the HomeSwapper mutual exchange platform

A record number of people are looking for extra hours to top up their wages

04 September, 2014

The number of people who are under-employed has increased by nearly 100,000 over the last two years, according to new analysis published by the TUC today

Unions demand Labour ends UK fuel poverty

04 September, 2014

Eight of the UK's largest trade unions have called on the Labour Party to develop a domestic energy efficiency programme that cuts bills

Bedroom tax proposals should be scrapped in Northern Ireland

03 September, 2014

The bedroom tax is causing hardship and suffering across Great Britain, says CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright

Code of practice on illegal immigrants and private rented accommodation

03 September, 2014

Guidance for landlords affected by the introduction of right to rent checks

HB Direct

03 September, 2014

Issue 152 - September 2014

Eviction for fraudsters who lied on social housing applications

03 September, 2014

Two people who claimed they needed social housing have been evicted from their homes after making false claims on their applications

Coalition rolls out immigration rental check scheme

03 September, 2014

The coalition government has begun an immigration rental check pilot scheme across five local authority areas in the Midlands

Universal credit 'on life-support' as clock ticks down on Treasury funding guarantee

03 September, 2014

Universal credit is on 'life-support' with only 247 days of guaranteed funding left

Legal challenge to bedroom tax fails

03 September, 2014

An attempt to overturn a bedroom tax decision on human rights grounds has failed because of discretionary housing payments

What's really happened to rents in Scotland?

03 September, 2014

Last week, Estate Agent LSL Property Services used the release of their Buy-to-Let index to claim that the ban on letting fees in Scotland has caused a 'rent hike'

Second homes curb dropped to get support for axing 'bedroom tax'

02 September, 2014

Proposals to legislation to cap the number of second homes in popular holiday areas such as Cornwall, Devon and Somerset have been dropped

The lessons that social landlords should learn from a damning tenant survey

02 September, 2014

The Big Tenant Survey did not make good reading for landlords

Beyond belief

02 September, 2014

So is it time to celebrate the rise in housing benefit claims by people in work as a reflection of the government's success in getting people off benefits?

Evictions by housing associations surge 18.6%

02 September, 2014

Evictions of housing association tenants in England increased 18.6% last year, suggesting landlords are toughening up their procedures in the midst of welfare reform

Universal Credit business case to be signed off 'very shortly'

02 September, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith, is insisting that the business case for the troubled Universal Credit programme is expected "very shortly"

New 'bedroom tax homes' built

02 September, 2014

Work has begun on 18 new 'affordable' homes in Lancaster that are intended to boost the supply of properties for people hit by the bedroom tax

Why the bedroom tax is not political

02 September, 2014

Despite all the evidence about how badly the bedroom tax is failing tenants and failing to meet any of its own policy objectives, the government seems intent on proceeding with it

Sinn Fein's fury at Iain Duncan Smith's call to back welfare reforms

02 September, 2014

It is time for Sinn Fein to bite the bullet on welfare reforms, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said

Free school meal scheme begins

02 September, 2014

First children between the ages of five and seven to begin receiving a free lunch

Tory candidate slams crime commissioner's bedroom tax-crime link

02 September, 2014

A prospective Tory parliamentary candidate has slammed a police and crime commissioner's claim that a rise in shoplifting can be linked to the government's controversial bedroom tax

Enfield tears up rules in radical attempt to ease housing problem

02 September, 2014

Pushed into a corner by soaring prices, greedy landlords and a cap on benefits, one London council has embarked on a daring set of untested policies

Payday loan hardship cases up 42%

02 September, 2014

The number of people struggling with payday loans has risen by 42% in the past year

Eat or pay the rent, Shelter warns of stark choice facing working parents

01 September, 2014

Working parents are cutting back on buying food in an effort to keep up with their rent or mortgage payments

20% of borough's right to buy council homes in hands of 'extortionate' private landlords

01 September, 2014

A fifth of a London borough's former council homes sold off under the controversial right to buy scheme are in the hands of private landlords

Warnings over housing benefit devolution plan

01 September, 2014

Westminster's promise to devolve housing benefit to Scotland is poorly thought through and needs greater examination

Rogue landlords: What is it like to live in a substandard home?

01 September, 2014

Unscrupulous landlords are providing vulnerable tenants with substandard housing

Nick Clegg must put his money where his mouth is and scrap Bedroom Tax say Labour

01 September, 2014

Senior Lib Dem Danny Alexander recently announced the party wants to persuade the Tories to axe the hated levy before next year's election

We know tax credits were overpaid. Now it's revealed the figure is £5.6bn

01 September, 2014

The debt owed to government after more than a decade of overpaying tax credits to some of Britain's poorest citizens has now reached more than £5.6bn

The new landlords: How you could soon pay rent to a brand

01 September, 2014

Leaky pipes, broken boilers and sudden evictions are routine hazards for Britain's nine million private tenants

Rental demand soars as seven potential tenants chase every property

01 September, 2014

Demand for rental properties across the UK grows by 18pc on an annual basis amid shrinking supply

More than a roof: how incentives can improve standards in the private rented sector

01 September, 2014

What can we do to improve standards in the private rented sector?

The Big Tenant Survey

01 September, 2014

The vast majority of social housing tenants do not feel listened to or cared about by their landlords

Quarter of Leicester City Council tenants in arrears with rent

29 August, 2014

More than a quarter of a council's tenants have fallen behind with their rent payments

Crawley couple fear homelessness because landlords are reluctant to accept benefits claimants as tenants

29 August, 2014

A Working couple who receive housing benefit to top up their low income fear they may end up on the streets because landlords are reluctant to accept benefit claimants as tenants

Tenant fees ban has speeded up Scottish rent rises

29 August, 2014

The ban on tenant fees has pushed up rents since it was introduced in Scotland in 2012

Churchill Home Insurance research reveals social renters experience more household crime than homeowners

29 August, 2014

Social renters are the tenancy group worst affected by household crime according to new research released by Churchill Home Insurance

Bedroom tax under threat: Lib Dem MP launches private members' bill to cut back policy

29 August, 2014

A Liberal Democrat MP is seeking the backing of fellow MPs for his private members' bill that aims to curtail the controversial bedroom tax

Rogue landlords targeted with licence plan

29 August, 2014

Private landlords in north-west London will have to pay £350 to subscribe to a licensing scheme as part of plans aimed at targeting rogue practices

Scottish landlord data 'will empower social housing tenants'

29 August, 2014

Council and housing association tenants in Scotland are to be given more information about how well their landlord is performing

Council tax victory for poorest residents

29 August, 2014

The President of the Valuation Tribunal has issued a landmark judgment today, confirming that his Tribunal has unlimited power to overturn decisions by councils

Free childcare for more two-year-olds

28 August, 2014

Hundreds more working families in west Cheshire will be eligible for free childcare for their two-year-olds from September

Nearly 1,000 affected by the bedroom tax in Breckland

28 August, 2014

Nearly 1,000 people in the Breckland area have been affected by the bedroom tax it has been revealed

Working families forced to cut back to pay their housing costs

28 August, 2014

Working parents are struggling to make ends meet, with the equivalent of 880,000 working parents skipping a meal in the past year to pay their housing costs

Now UN sparks fury after launching human rights investigation into Britain's disability benefit reforms

28 August, 2014

The United Nations sparked fury today after launching an unprecedented inquiry into Britain's treatment of the disabled

1st October date confirmed for letting agent redress

28 August, 2014

Officials have confirmed that the legal requirement for all letting agents in England to provide access to impartial redress will come into force on 1 October 2014

Social tenants left without gas reconnected

28 August, 2014

More than 210 of 250 social homes in Wales left without fuel after water entered gas supply pipes have now been reconnected

Up to 40% of council tax levied on low-income households unpaid

28 August, 2014

Campaigners say poor cannot afford charge imposed on them for first time last year, leaving councils chasing lost revenue

10.5% of working parents in England skip meals to pay rent

28 August, 2014

Shelter also found that 37% cut back on buying food and 13% put off buying new shoes for their children to meet housing cost

It's time to move on beyond the landlord bashing

27 August, 2014

The private rented sector is a great success

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

27 August, 2014

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

Tribunal fees are a silent bedroom tax

27 August, 2014

Since David Cameron got into No.10, government's responsibility to protect the vulnerable has been largely ignored

Citizens Advice Scotland in 'rogue' payday brokers warning

27 August, 2014

Scots who want to take out a payday loan are being "ripped off" by online middlemen before they even get to apply for the money

Lib Dem MP attempts to water down bedroom tax

27 August, 2014

A Liberal Democrat MP will attempt to water down the bedroom tax as part of an 'affordable homes' private members bill to be debated in parliament next week

Scottish rents rise as estate agents blame tenancy fees ban

27 August, 2014

Scottish estate agents are blaming the country's ban on tenancy fees for a recent rise in rents

Four councils spend 100% of their DHP funds

27 August, 2014

Four Scottish councils have already spent or committed their share of the country's emergency housing payments for this financial year

DWP's new universal credit 'safeguards' include paying the rent itself

27 August, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions is stepping up its efforts to keep tenant arrears down under universal credit

LIN Press Release - Universal Credit and Credit Unions - DWP update

26 August, 2014

Universal Credit & Credit Unions - Update statement from the DWP

Family set to become Derby's first 'bedroom tax' evictions

26 August, 2014

A mum-of-two has told how she will be homeless after becoming the first person in Derby to be evicted because of the so-called bedroom tax

Rent cap to control spiralling benefit costs 'would distort housing market'

26 August, 2014

Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers has dismissed calls for a rent cap to be introduced in a bid to control the spiralling cost of housing benefit

Welfare reforms spectacularly fail the Prime Minister's new family test

26 August, 2014

The majority of social security cuts announced by the government will fall on working families, who will suffer twice the level of benefit losses as out of work families

Poor families wave goodbye to Bank Holiday beach trip

26 August, 2014

No-frills day trip to coast costs up to £172. One in five families can't afford trips from any towns surveyed

Public health expert: 'Extremely harsh' benefit sanctions are causing rising hunger

26 August, 2014

'Extremely harsh' welfare sanctions are causing rising hunger and wider use of food banks, a public health body has warned

Move to Midlands or be homeless: London mum brands council 'inhumane'

26 August, 2014

Cecilia Bruce-Annan has been told to move with her three children to Stoke-on-Trent because of the benefits cap

Landlord fined for renting room that could only be entered on all fours

26 August, 2014

Tenants would need to be less than 2 feet 4 inches tall to walk to the Hendon room's door

Benefit reform lands claimants in debt

26 August, 2014

Leaked figures reveal that benefit claimants on the UC system have become mired in debt, forcing the government to step in to pay their rent

Mum of Derby disabled boy wins her bitter 'bedroom tax' battle

22 August, 2014

The mother of a severely disabled boy who was having her benefits slashed because of the so-called bedroom tax has won a rare legal victory

Call for clarity on latest universal credit phase

22 August, 2014

Officials at DWP are to hold a meeting to discuss how to resolve a technical difficulty in cancelling HB when claimants switch to UC

Landlord fined for renting room that could only be entered on all fours

22 August, 2014

Tenants would need to be less than 2 feet 4 inches tall to walk to the Hendon room's door

Housing association starts and completions up 10%

22 August, 2014

The number of annual starts and completions for housing associations in England have increased by 10% year-on-year

Consultation on government's fuel poverty strategy published

22 August, 2014

Future governments will be required to tackle England's least energy efficient properties to fight fuel poverty

Home Group's plans for its £62m surplus

22 August, 2014

Mark Henderson, chief executive, Home Group

Sharing made easier for social landlords

22 August, 2014

Social landlords that promote Scottish government shared equity schemes have received some good news

'Generation rent' suffers 10% drop in wages under coalition

22 August, 2014

Earnings for 18-to 21-year-olds have dropped by 10.3% since 2010, while 22-to 29-year-olds saw their weekly income fall 9.4%

Water meters mean higher bills for more than a third of consumers

22 August, 2014

The number of water meters installed in homes across England and Wales has risen above 10 million

Landlords told to shop around for best value letting agent after dirty tricks and wide variations in cost are revealed

22 August, 2014

Landlords have been warned to check the terms they get from their letting agent

Boards shrink for housing associations but diversity is static

22 August, 2014

60% of current board members weren't in place in 2010/11 - but demographics barely shift

Soaring bill for housing benefit in York revealed

21 August, 2014

The amount of housing benefits paid out by City of York Council has almost doubled in less than a decade

Free Budgeting Advice For Universal Credit In Bath

21 August, 2014

People claiming Universal Credit in Bath are being urged to take advantage of free budgeting advice to help them manage their money, now paid to them every month

What would a yes vote in the Scottish referendum mean for social housing?

21 August, 2014

Housing has already been devolved to the Scottish government, but a yes vote could mark big changes for social landlords

How families have survived the benefit cap is beyond me

21 August, 2014

Working in housing can some times feel as rewarding as head-butting a rather unforgiving wall

More than one in four adults forced to borrow money from family members

21 August, 2014

More than one in four adults has been forced to borrow money from family members

UK rents soaring while struggling tenants' see incomes freeze

21 August, 2014

The UK's private rented sector (PRS) tenants are being increasingly squeezed as rental costs soar in the face of static incomes

CIH warns landlords about 'unfairly pressurising' tenants to pay extra rent

21 August, 2014

The CIH has warned social landlords against putting 'unfair pressure' on tenants to pay extra rent under the rollout of universal credit

Quarterly Survey of Private Registered Providers

21 August, 2014

The June 2014 quarterly survey report is based on responses from 257 private registered providers of social housing who own or manage more than 1,000 homes

Benefit cash delays causing misery

20 August, 2014

A Five-week wait for benefit payments could push St Helens residents into rent arrears

Yorkshire taxpayer pays price as rent rises outstrip stagnant pay

20 August, 2014

The skyrocketing cost to the taxpayer of helping Yorkshire families keep a roof over their heads is revealed

New universal credit rules for tenants begin this week

20 August, 2014

An alteration meaning social landlords can now tell who is claiming universal credit began yesterday

Iain Duncan Smith champions welfare reform

20 August, 2014

In this speech at the Centre for Social Justice in January this year, Iain Duncan Smith argues that the coalition welfare reforms will have far-reaching benefits for society

All Welsh social landlords now have domestic violence policy

20 August, 2014

Every social landlord in Wales now has a domestic abuse policy for both tenants and staff following an intervention by the Welsh housing minister

Tablet-equipped tenants to be denied phone access to landlord

20 August, 2014

Landlord's 'Digital Deal' scheme will deny tenants phone access for queries

Bedroom tax victim claims ghost haunts spare room

20 August, 2014

A social housing tenant has claimed that she should be excused from paying the government's controversial bedroom tax

Sinn Fein challenges ministers to spend week on benefits

20 August, 2014

Sinn Fein has challenged DUP, UUP and Alliance ministers who have backed the implementation of welfare reform to spend a week living on benefits

Clean up your local park and get a council tax rebate

20 August, 2014

Policy Exchange says 'green guardians' could help stem deterioration of green spaces under threat from spending cuts

HA's universal credit experiment records 99% rent collection rate

19 August, 2014

A Salford housing association says its experiment with direct housing benefit payments to tenants has been very successful

Total rent arrears written off by Fife Council tops £1million

19 August, 2014

Rent arrears written off as bad debts by Fife Council have shot up by £256,000 in a year to just over £1million

Social landlord launches credit union tender

19 August, 2014

A social landlord has announced plans to team up with a credit union, in a bid to offer tailored financial support to its tenants and staff

Was universal credit 'reset' attempt to hide problems?

19 August, 2014

Decision to 'reset' universal credit (UC) programme may have been an attempt to "keep information secret and prevent scrutiny"

Payday loan middlemen complaints 'more than double'

19 August, 2014

Complaints about payday loan middlemen - so-called credit broking websites - have more than doubled in the last year

Paying rent through Facebook

19 August, 2014

The stark reality is there are 8.7 million adults in the UK that have never been online - and worryingly almost half are social housing tenants

Whither Universal Credit?

19 August, 2014

Arch has been tracking the impact of the underoccupation penalty on tenants and landlords through a joint survey with CWAG and the NFA

94% of UK's social housing tenants face financial pains

19 August, 2014

The mass majority of the UK's social housing tenants have faced some kind of financial difficulty in the past six month

"Scraping the Barrel" - The Cost of Living for Social Housing Residents: Executive Summary

19 August, 2014

Today we launch the first part of our research on the cost of living for social housing residents

Spending watchdog accuses DWP of hiding universal credit's failings

19 August, 2014

Public accounts committee says that categorising the scheme as 'reset' may have been to prevent scrutiny and hide problems

DWP announces roll-out of Housing Cost Verification Trial

18 August, 2014

The DWP formally announced today the roll-out of a Housing Cost Verification trial that it had been running with New Charter Housing Association in North West England

Private rental costs soar in Scotland

18 August, 2014

Private sector rents in Scotland soared by 10% last month, bringing the average monthly cost to £636

Expert says HAs shouldn't need to collect rent upfront in wake of universal credit storm

18 August, 2014

A UC expert has said that housing associations shouldn't need to ask for rent up front

Proposals for further 10% benefit cap reduction questioned

18 August, 2014

A property expert has questioned a think tank's recommendation to cap benefits even further

Pensioners hit hardest by £9BILLION welfare spending cuts as David Cameron breaks election promise

18 August, 2014

A shock report reveals that a quarter of welfare cuts fall on pensioner households with pension credit, attendance allowance and disability living allowance for OAPs

Housing associations urge benefit claimants to pay extra rent in advance

18 August, 2014

Fears are growing that tenants will default on their payments once they are transferred to universal credit

Change to Universal Credit housing costs process

18 August, 2014

Following a successful trial in Warrington, a new housing cost verification process will be extended to all live running sites

Welfare reform: will Iain Duncan Smith's benefits revolution happen?

18 August, 2014

The work and pensions secretary has restated his determination to transform Britain's welfare system

A Better Deal for Nation Rent

18 August, 2014

In our paper Nation Rent we set out the financial investment benefits of a dynamic housing portfolio approach

LIN member report August 2014 - Stress Suffered by Staff Associated with Welfare Reform

15 August, 2014

This LIN member report is written by Kevin McCready

This LIN member report looks at how housing staff who have more personal contact with tenants are suffering from increased levels of stress and absenteeism and looks at ways to minimise this negative impact on staffing levels

Universal credit: Some hard facts

15 August, 2014

In the past I've highlighted concerns over the way the universal credit 'assessment period' operates when there is a change in the claimant's household make-up and/or financial circumstances

What's to be done about the bedroom tax?

15 August, 2014

The bedroom tax isn't everyone's cup of tea. Well, actually it isn't anyone's cup of tea, apart from huge fanboy Iain Duncan Smith and fellow swooner Lord Freud

UK rents up £62 in a year

15 August, 2014

The average advertised rent in Britain increased by £62 (6.56%) in July 2014 compared to the same time last year, reaching £1,029 per month

Repossessions are up - is the bedroom tax to blame?

15 August, 2014

Sadly, every year, there are families in England that lose their home

UK rents 'rise by 2% in a year'

15 August, 2014

The cost of renting a home has risen by 2% in the last year, with increases seen across nearly every region of the UK

21,000 council tax discount claims to be checked in Flintshire

15 August, 2014

More than 21,000 people in Flintshire who have the 25% single person reduction on their council tax are to have their claims checked

Why housing associations should not be able to pick and choose their tenants

15 August, 2014

If providers chose their tenants, the poorest and most vulnerable people could be excluded in favour of the financially independent

Social landlords showing value for money

15 August, 2014

Value for money is the name of the game for social landlords preparing their annual results

Housing pinched: Understanding which households spend the most on housing costs

15 August, 2014

Close to 1.6 million UK households - the housing pinched - are spending more than half their disposable income on the ongoing costs of housing each month

Voids fall despite welfare reform fears

15 August, 2014

Social landlords defy a previously predicted rise in empty homes

HB G8/2014

15 August, 2014

Contains information on sanction changes, HB/CTB decisions by Upper Tribunal and attribution of earnings in Housing Benefit

Universal Credit rollout could take over 1,000 years

14 August, 2014

Latest figures show just 540 people started claiming the benefit in May, the lowest monthly take-up since July 2013

Welfare reforms leaving pensioners isolated and lonely

14 August, 2014

Pensioners are being left lonely and isolated by welfare reform and the situation is set to worsen

Iain Duncan Smith hails largest drop in UK unemployment rate since 2009 but wages are squeezed

14 August, 2014

Figures show both unemployment and wages have fallen in the last quarter

Making the Most of Northern Ireland's Private Rented Sector to Meet Housing Need

14 August, 2014

The Chartered Institute of Housing, the Department for Social Development and SmartMove NI have collaboratively produced and published this thinkpiece

Outstanding council tax rises 6% to over £2.5 billion

14 August, 2014

The total amount of council tax still outstanding is £2.528 billion, an increase of £152 million or 6% on the figure uncollected by the end of March 2013

Scottish Government: thousands face disability payment cuts

14 August, 2014

More than 100,000 Scots are expected to lose some, or all, of their UK disability benefits by 2018

Council to appeal tribunal defeat over 'spare room subsidy'

14 August, 2014

Kirklees Council is to appeal a FTT ruling that upheld a couple's challenge to its decision to cut their housing benefit under the 'spare room subsidy' rules

IDS doubts 'bedroom tax' disability figures

14 August, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith has cast doubt on figures showing two-thirds of those affected by the so-called bedroom tax are disabled

New tenant rules for universal credit

14 August, 2014

New system will keep landlords up to date with payment methods

Housing benefit claimants in work double

13 August, 2014

The number of housing benefit claimants in work has more than doubled in five years

Universal Credit statistics: Apr 2013 to 31 May 2014

13 August, 2014

Statistics for April 2013 to 31 May 2014 with breakdowns by Jobcentre Plus office, local authority and parliamentary constituency

Universal Credit One Year In - Executive Summary

13 August, 2014

Report by NHF

The experiences of housing associations in pathfinder areas

Major study to recommend further benefit cuts and child support cap

13 August, 2014

A major study is due to recommend that the government slashes the benefit budget even further and caps child support at four children

Universal Credit One Year In - Full Report

13 August, 2014

Report by NHF

The experiences of housing associations in pathfinder areas

Floundering DWP move universal credit goalposts

13 August, 2014

The Department of Work and Pensions has moved the goalposts to make it appear that more people have signed up to its new universal credit system

Thousands could lose disability benefits, Scottish government claims

13 August, 2014

More than 100,000 people in Scotland will lose disability benefits under UK-wide welfare changes

UK jobless rate nears six-year low

13 August, 2014

UK unemployment edged closer to a six-year low in the three months to the end of June

Number of 'amateur' private landlords hits record high

13 August, 2014

Seven in 10 private landlords are now part-time or 'amateur'

Benefits fraudster who claimed £74,000 in handouts while owning £2.6million property empire that raked in £150,000 rent a year is jailed for 12 months

13 August, 2014

A benefits fraudster has been jailed after fleecing the taxpayer out of nearly £74,000 while running a £2.6million property empire

Labour rebuked over benefit increase claims

13 August, 2014

UK Statistics Authority says statistics used by Chuka Umunna, Labour's shadow business secretary, used 'factually incorrect' statistics

Housing associations should have some say in who lives in their homes

12 August, 2014

When councils nominate tenants who are not appropriate for a property, housing associations should be able to intervene

Families 'stuck in working poverty'

12 August, 2014

Families working full time at the national minimum wage are 18% short of the basic amount needed to provide a minimum standard of living

Iain Duncan Smith's delusional world of welfare reform

12 August, 2014

He's the misery man, turning to tricks and magical thinking when the flaws in his benefits plans are revealed

Increase welfare caps to keep up with the rising cost of living

12 August, 2014

With the cost of bringing up a child now approaching £90 a week, the government needs to do more to help low-earning families

Council denies putting pressure on bedroom tax suicide tenant

12 August, 2014

A council has denied pressurising a woman hit by the bedroom tax to move home before she committed suicide

PRS landlords warned to remember tenant obligations

12 August, 2014

An organisation that represents landlords in the private rented sector has warned property owners to remember their obligations to their tenants

'Bedroom tax' M-way death inquest

12 August, 2014

A coroner has recorded a verdict of suicide over the death of a woman hit by a lorry who left her family a note blaming the bedroom tax

Landlords warned they may be required to check immigration status of tenants or face £3,000 fine in plan to tackle 'beds in sheds'

12 August, 2014

Landlords may be forced to check the immigration status of prospective tenants before allowing them to rent a property from next year or face a potential hefty fine

'Financial triage' to be offered at food banks

12 August, 2014

Trussell Trust hopes debt and money advice will help clients who are struggling to manage rising food and energy prices

IDS 'to intensify welfare reforms'

11 August, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith will signal his determination to intensify welfare reforms, arguing that the crackdown on benefits is cutting unemployment

Iain Duncan Smith to signal further welfare crackdown

11 August, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith is to signal a further crackdown on welfare in a speech suggesting that changes to the benefit system have lowered unemployment

Welfare reform must continue, Iain Duncan Smith says

11 August, 2014

Welfare reforms driving the "jobs miracle" must continue, says Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

Food poverty in Scotland 'not acceptable' says Sturgeon

11 August, 2014

The level of food poverty in Scotland is "simply not acceptable"

Demand for housing support payments has more than trebled in Wales since the bedroom tax was introduced

11 August, 2014

The bedroom tax and welfare changes have led to the 250% rise in demands for Discretionary Housing Payment help

Huge fine for landlords who rented out unsafe property

11 August, 2014

Two landlords have been prosecuted and ordered to pay a total of £65,970 after renting out an unsafe House in Multiple Occupation

Cutting benefits outside London could save millions

11 August, 2014

Policy Exchange suggests that benefit payments should be cut outside London and the South East

Bedroom Tax 'savings' are obliterated by record levels of housing benefit fraud and error

11 August, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith has been slammed after the bill for cheating and claimant mistakes is now six per cent of the total housing benefit budget

Cutting benefits is vital for economy

11 August, 2014

The Work and Pensions Secretary will use a speech to say the economy will never fully recover unless families on benefits return to work

Controversial private landlord loses assault appeal

08 August, 2014

Fergus Wilson, the private landlord of around 1,000 homes who said he would be evicting tenants claiming housing benefit has lost an appeal against his conviction for assaulting a local estate agent

25% of PRS tenants have waited a week for repairs

08 August, 2014

Nearly a 25% of people living in the PRS have been left waiting at least a week for broken down central heating, blocked drains or leaking pipes

Social landlord's care worker arrested after 16 poisoned

08 August, 2014

A 23-year-old female care worker has been placed in a psychiatric unit

A rent first approach to Universal Credit

08 August, 2014

Outlines the changes introduced to tackle the challenge to housing association income posed by Universal Credit

Council staff are not overpaid - far from it

08 August, 2014

Where the Taxpayers' Alliance sees waste, I see investment in our communities - and not enough of it

Families still struggling to cope

08 August, 2014

People are still worried about rising living costs despite a growing economy

Nearly 100 new homes for rent at below market rates

08 August, 2014

Nearly 100 new affordable homes are to be built at Western Harbour in Leith through the ground-breaking National Housing Trust initiative

Concerns over localised funding for supported housing

08 August, 2014

The government wants to localise funding for supported housing. Heather Spurr explains why this has landlords so worried

ASB drops as Sovereign replaces concrete with grass for Christchurch residents

08 August, 2014

Sovereign housing association has seen anti-social behaviour drop after building residents in Christchurch a new communal area

Landlord alliance to sell energy to tenants

08 August, 2014

Landlords with 357,000 homes to form company to sell energy at cost price

Housing set to be hardest hit by budget cuts

08 August, 2014

Housing is set to be hit hardest in the round of cuts to council spending on local services this year

Benefit cap: 10,000 people find jobs or stop claiming Housing Benefit

07 August, 2014

Almost 10,000 people who had their benefits capped have now moved into work or stopped claiming Housing Benefit entirely

Call to reboot council tax to fund affordable homes

07 August, 2014

The British Property Federation is urging all political parties to commit to a full revaluation of council tax in their election manifestos

Social landlord is making a meal of things

07 August, 2014

A social landlord is offering breakfasts, lunches and learning activities to 500 families in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull this summer

Dewsbury couple win spare bedroom housing benefit fight

07 August, 2014

A couple from West Yorkshire who went to court to challenge a cut to their housing benefit have won their case

Council forced to write off £1.1 million in rent arrears following IT fault

07 August, 2014

An east London council has been forced to write-off £1.1 million in rent arrears following a malfunction with an IT system

A new Poor Law? How councils are trying to cut the benefits of domestic violence victims

07 August, 2014

Councils are trying to penalise women who have to use domestic violence refuges outside their local area - by withdrawing their right to council tax support

High Court council tax judgment to cost councils more than £5m

07 August, 2014

The High Court has outlawed the practice of councils imposing residency qualifications for discounts on council tax in a ruling that could cost them millions in refunds

Bristol tenants in bedroom tax arrears will only be evicted as a last resort

06 August, 2014

Tenants in Bristol who fall into arrears because of the controversial "bedroom tax" will only be evicted as a last resort

The government needs to understand the impact of its own housing policies

06 August, 2014

A number of different figures have popped out this week which should worry anyone who is even a little bit sentient

Workers on benefit 'will double'

06 August, 2014

The number of workers claiming housing benefit "to make ends meet" will continue to increase if a Conservative government is elected next year, Labour will claim today

Scotland to set its own housing benefit if independence is rejected

06 August, 2014

David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg have signed a joint pledge that Scotland will have more powers

London borough to limit average rent to below £100 per week

06 August, 2014

An inner-London borough has pledged to keep rents below an average of £100 per week for council tenants in the face of a lack of affordable housing in the capital

Bedroom tax stories: Sam

06 August, 2014

Sam found herself spiralling into debt and despair after the introduction of the bedroom tax

Developing a Scottish benefits system

06 August, 2014

David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg have agreed that Scotland will be allowed to set its own levels of income tax and benefits if the country rejects independence

Universal Credit: moving deductions from benefits for rent arrears

06 August, 2014

Deductions from benefits for rent arrears - migration to UC

Touchbase DWP E-zine

06 August, 2014

August 2014

Total hit by bedroom tax loophole revealed

05 August, 2014

Hundreds of Wigan households were affected by a glitch in bedroom tax regulations earlier this year

Help for housing costs is forcing up the UK benefits

05 August, 2014

Rachel Reeves highlights how housing payments make up 14% of welfare spending, with more working people claiming benefit

'Poverty pay' doubles number of workers claiming housing benefit

05 August, 2014

Nearly 1 million people in work are being forced to rely on housing benefit, double the figure five years ago

North west landlord scores record surplus despite welfare reform

05 August, 2014

Great Places Housing Group has posted a record surplus of £9.3m for 2013/14

Landmark bedroom tax ruling issued

05 August, 2014

A tribunal has overturned a decision on the bedroom tax, setting a precedent that could force some councils to rethink how they decide who needs a room for an overnight carer

Cunning Plan sees Facebook rent payment system created

05 August, 2014

Social housing tenants in Salford can now pay their rent via Facebook

Iain Duncan Smith: Ready to sail into sunset?

05 August, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith shuffles along the bench to take his seat opposite me in a Westminster restaurant buzzing with hobnobbing hacks and politicians

Number of people in work claiming housing benefit soars

05 August, 2014

The number of working people relying on HB to boost their income has doubled in five years, at a cost of billions of pounds to the taxpayer

Bedroom tax could see council's rent arrears bill shoot up £19m

04 August, 2014

Sheffield City Council could see its rent arrears bill soar by £19 million as tenants struggle with the government's controversial bedroom tax

PRS tenants see deposits soar by 34%

04 August, 2014

Tenants in the private rented sector have seen their deposits soar by 34% since 2007

Liverpool's PRS tenants get charter

04 August, 2014

Tenants living in Liverpool's private rented sector are to be given more information about their rights and responsibilities

Council tax: how does your bill compare?

04 August, 2014

There's a £1,000 difference in yearly council tax bills between local authorities

Former DWP staff go rogue to help benefit claimants

04 August, 2014

Website set up to offer advice inundated with messages from people claiming their benefits were unfairly cut

'No one should die penniless and alone' : the victims of Britain's harsh welfare sanctions

04 August, 2014

David Clapson was found dead last year after his benefits were stopped on the grounds that he wasn't taking the search for work seriously

Court quashes Peabody eviction of vulnerable tenant

04 August, 2014

A housing association's attempt to evict a 58-year-old disabled man has been quashed after a judge ruled it did not follow its own policies for dealing with vulnerable tenants

Benefit cuts have pushed more people into work

04 August, 2014

Ben Broadbent says welfare reforms have encouraged people on benefits to rejoin the labour force

HB Direct

01 August, 2014

Issue 151 - August 2014

London PRS rents now costing 60% of monthly salary

01 August, 2014

Rents in London's private rented sector now cost more than 60% of the average monthly salary

Social landlord doubles surplus

01 August, 2014

Cost-cutting measures result in £40.2m surplus, despite drop in turnover

Landlord fined after keeping nine unrelated tenants including baby in filthy and infested family home

01 August, 2014

A landlord has been ordered to pay nearly £19,000 after his tenants were found to be living in unsafe, squalid conditions with an infestation of mice

Court quashes Peabody eviction of vulnerable tenant

01 August, 2014

A housing association's attempt to evict a 58-year-old disabled man has been quashed after a judge ruled it did not follow its own policies

Local authority slapped by judge over 'irrational and unfair' council tax policy

01 August, 2014

A local authority's decision to ban council tax support for residents has been branded "irrational and unfair" by a judge

£millions in right to buy fraud uncovered by council

01 August, 2014

Barnet Council has uncovered nearly £12 million in right to buy, tenancy and benefit fraud in a 12-month period

Universal credit staff costs 'unsustainable'

01 August, 2014

Housing association trial suggests it faces £1.2m hit

Social housing and social investment

01 August, 2014

Report published by the DWP into Social housing

This report looks at the relationship between housing provided for people on low incomes or with particular needs and social investment

Bedroom tax impact on grant allocations

01 August, 2014

The government is 'storing up future problems' because more than three-quarters of its grant funding programme will be used for the development of one and two-bedroom homes

Bedroom tax tenants in Bristol see rent arrears reach £725,000

31 July, 2014

Rent arrears for council tenants in Bristol who have been hit by the so-called bedroom tax have soared to more than £725,000

Tenants pin hopes on bedroom tax speed dating

31 July, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith hopes 'speed dating' sessions for tenants affected by welfare reform will undo a housing log jam

Universal credit safeguards are working

31 July, 2014

By Lord Freud, the government's minister for welfare reform and one of the chief architects of universal credit

Injunction for PRS tenant after death threats to social housing resident

31 July, 2014

A PRS tenant has been given an anti-social behaviour injunction after making threats of violence towards a neighbour living in social housing

Police warn that 'relentless' bedroom tax is turning people into criminals

31 July, 2014

Concerns have been expressed by police chiefs that victims of the "Bedroom Tax" are being forced to turn to crime and loan sharks

DWP plotting 'secret' universal credit plans

31 July, 2014

Labour MP has claimed the governemnt is keeping plans "under wraps" about Universal Credit

Private rents in Wales fall against inflation

31 July, 2014

Rents in Wales have fallen year-on-year in comparison to inflation

I was ill with hunger, went to prison for stealing food and became homeless

31 July, 2014

Welfare expert Matthew Oakley should have spoken to me. I could have told him all about benefits sanctions

'Poor doors': not the worst thing about social housing

31 July, 2014

Separate entrances are nothing new, and the truth is that social housing providers demand them

Local authority's 'benefit tourism' rule discriminated against residents

31 July, 2014

Sandwell council's policy, designed to deter low-income families from south-east moving to the area, harmed locals

Genesis surplus down 10%

31 July, 2014

Genesis Housing Association has seen its annual surplus decrease by just under 10% to £40.1m

Social landlord more than doubles anticipated surplus

31 July, 2014

Circle Housing has produced a surplus of £44.5m for 2013/14, more than doubling the £20m it had targeted at the start of the year

Councils shun flagship government homelessness scheme

31 July, 2014

London boroughs are 'increasingly unwilling' to take part in the government's programme for single homeless people

Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions resulting from Universal Jobmatch conditions: Jun 2013 to Dec 2013

30 July, 2014

Statistics on Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions resulting from Universal Jobmatch conditions from June 2013 to December 2013

Eight housing apprenticeships launched in Sheffield

30 July, 2014

Sheffield City Council has launched a new apprenticeship scheme in all aspects of housing for "enthusiastic" young people

Unemployed? Don't go to your local jobcentre

30 July, 2014

Jobcentres have failed young people abysmally. This redundant service should be replaced by effective local job brokerages

'Poor doors' show why we can't rely on developers for affordable housing

30 July, 2014

While the idea of mixed communities and mixed tenure was always faintly patronising, even not-so-affordable housing is now bitterly resisted

What's really happening to rents?

30 July, 2014

Are rents rising more slowly than house prices? That's what the figures from the Office for National Statistics suggests

Stepping Stones

30 July, 2014

The role of the voluntary sector in future welfare to work schemes

How can volunteers and voluntary organisations provide much needed engagement with local people? This report aims to tackle these questions and provides real examples of how services can be commissioned in a way that truly enables community-led delivery

Calculating social wellbeing

30 July, 2014

By having a standard way of calculating social impact, Affinity Sutton has worked out the value of community investment programmes compare to other projects

Council, charity and disabled man team up to take government to court

30 July, 2014

Islington Council, a disabled man in Cheshire and charity Child Poverty Action Group have teamed up to take High Court action against the government

Cameron warns illegal immigrants: we will find you and send you home

30 July, 2014

PM's threat comes as Labour and Ukip say crackdown on benefits for new arrivals from EU is not tough enough

Social landlord reports record £75m surplus

30 July, 2014

Affinity Sutton has reported a record £75m surplus, despite deciding to limit its exposure to the sales market

Personal insolvencies rise sparks fears for struggling households

30 July, 2014

Surge in individuals unable to repay their debts prompted fresh warnings over impact of future interest rate increase

Couple jailed for £188,000 benefits fraud

29 July, 2014

A couple has been jailed for carrying out a seven-year fraud, using money to buy properties and finance mortgage repayments

'We have created a mess'

29 July, 2014

Since 2010 England has seen a NET loss of 35,000 social rented homes every year

A new disability minister to take on the reforms

29 July, 2014

Britain has a new Minister of State for Disabled People - Mark Harper, MP for the Forest of Dean

Barriers to housing delivery - update : Private sector housing development on larger sites in London

29 July, 2014

This report's conclusion can be summarised as 'big schemes in London are commencing units in line with the numbers required to meet housing need'

West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative Delivers Amazing Savings On Fuel For Tenants

29 July, 2014

West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative has announced its fuel prices for its much vaunted Biomass Energy Project

Meeting the value for money standard - is your organisation on track?

29 July, 2014

Social housing providers have been struggling to meet the value for money standard set up by the Homes and Communities Agency

Call for community volunteers to pay less council tax

29 July, 2014

Community volunteers who help out in their local library or do charitable work should get discounts on their council tax bills, a new plan proposes

EU migrants will lose benefits after just three months under new Tory plans

29 July, 2014

Moves are designed to hammer home the message to new arrivals that they cannot expect to get 'something for nothing'

Boris Johnson rules out 'poor door' ban on London housing developments

29 July, 2014

Mayor says he will discourage use of separate entrances for poorer tenants, but argues they help keep housing costs down

London rents more than double rest of UK

28 July, 2014

For the first time in recorded history, the average cost of renting a home in Greater London is more than double the cost across the rest of the UK

Nearly 60pc of rented homes fail inspections

28 July, 2014

Close to 60pc of all private rental premises that were inspected by local authorities last year failed basic minimum requirements

Universal Credit launches in local area

28 July, 2014

New jobseekers in the Wilmslow area will join the Government's new benefits system when they start to claim Universal Credit for the first time

Killed by benefits cuts: Starving soldier died 'as result of Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reform'

28 July, 2014

Diabetic David Clapson, 59, died with just £3.44 left in his account after his Jobseeker's Allowance was axed because he missed an appointment

Padiham man wrongly claimed £52,000 housing benefit

28 July, 2014

A Padiham man who claimed housing benefit had failed to state he was the joint owner of the property

Affordable housing tenants given separate doors in luxury developments

28 July, 2014

Social tenants are being forced to enter through separate 'poor doors' in multi-million-pound London developments

Tackling fuel poverty

28 July, 2014

Social landlords should not wait for government targets in order to respond to fuel poverty

Council tax bombshell: Cardiff rates could rise by 5% a year for three years

28 July, 2014

Councillor Graham Hinchey makes the revelation during a debate at a full council meeting

The next "generation rent"

28 July, 2014

Has the baby boom generation really had it all?

Rental Index

28 July, 2014

Tenants in London now pay rents that double those across the rest of Britain

Government response: SSAC report on the cumulative impact of welfare reform

25 July, 2014

A letter from the Minister for Welfare Reform to the chair of SSAC responding to the SSAC report on the cumulative impact of welfare reform

Generation rent is here to stay and deserves a fair deal

25 July, 2014

The English Housing Survey tells us what we already know - we need affordable renting

Private rents rise 1% in a year

25 July, 2014

Private rental prices increased by just 1% in the year to June, roughly a third of the rent increases faced by social tenants and well below inflation

Hard up renters turning to payday lenders for deposits

25 July, 2014

Renters are being priced out of house and home by deposits that have soared by 50% since the financial crisis began

Call for tenant rating system

25 July, 2014

Private landlords have called for councils to rate prospective tenants' behaviour through 'traffic light schemes'

Should large families face benefit sanctions?

25 July, 2014

As a leading think tank says parents should only be able to claim child benefit for their first four children

Landlords' multi-billion-pound fuel poverty hit

25 July, 2014

The government's fuel poverty strategy has left social landlords responsible for funding billions of pounds of improvement works

Digital isn't everything - many social housing tenants prefer paper

25 July, 2014

Just under half of all adults who have never been online live in social housing, so perhaps it's time to recognise the role of print

London landlords urge rent overhaul

25 July, 2014

London's 15 largest housing associations are calling for the government to review rent setting for tenants

The future of social housing

25 July, 2014

This week the Homes and Communities Agency and GLA both published details of the funding they have allocated through their affordable homes programmes

Council tax rises hit Britain's poor hardest

25 July, 2014

Cuts to the benefit system have seen nearly 16,000 people in London alone referred to bailiffs for non-payment

LIN member report July 2014 - Money goes begging: how councils could spend more on discretionary housing payments

24 July, 2014

This LIN member report is written by Neil Merrick

This LIN member report highlights that many Local Authorities have, again, not spent the full amount of their DHP budget, in fact the latest figures show that more than £20m that local authorities were allocated to spend on DHP payments in 2013/14 remained unspent. This money has now been lost as local authorities cannot carry over any underspend from 2013/14 to 2014/15. A record £165m is available for councils to allocate in DHPs in 2014/15.

Bad news for landlords as Green Deal fund is slashed

24 July, 2014

NLA comments on the reduction of Green Deal Home Improvement Funds for solid wall insulation from £6000 to £4000

Homelessness axed from housing minister's brief

24 July, 2014

The housing minister will no longer have responsibility for homelessness

MPs say Employment and Support Allowance needs 'fundamental redesign'

24 July, 2014

The ESA system has serious flaws causing "considerable distress and anxiety" and requires "fundamental redesign", according to the Work and Pensions Committee

Great housing divide

24 July, 2014

Three-quarters of over-55s live in their own homes but two-thirds of under-35s are forced to rent

A lifestyle choice for families?

24 July, 2014

Report from LSE on private renting in London, New York, Berlin and Randstad

Stormont welfare stand-off may be close to resolution

24 July, 2014

Outline agreement has finally been reached to resolve Stormont's spending stalemate

Disabled people's 'fit for work' assessments should be scrapped

24 July, 2014

Select committee finds that eligibility tests for benefits are inaccurate and system fails to help claimants back into work

Councils failing to spend £millions in DHPs as families struggle

24 July, 2014

Local authorities are failing to spend millions of pounds that could potentially be used as emergency payments for families hit by welfare cuts

Young adults face housing squeeze, English Housing Survey shows

24 July, 2014

A growing proportion of young people have been squeezed out of the housing market in England and are renting privately instead

Is social housing a failed brand?

23 July, 2014

Social housing is now a damaged brand. Housing associations need to return to their roots

A bold plan to make welfare more personalised and responsive

23 July, 2014

Jobs must surely be one of the great success stories of this government: 1.8 million more people in work

'Social housing should not be more expensive than affordable housing'

23 July, 2014

As a growing number of people cannot afford private rent, we roundup the main points from our debate on affordable housing

Social and private renters

23 July, 2014

Demographic and economic data on social and private renters

Warning to landlords and tenants after 'near miss' from communal blaze

23 July, 2014

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has warned tenants and landlords of the dangers of leaving combustible materials in communal areas

English housing survey 2012 to 2013: household report

23 July, 2014

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

The rise of middle-aged renters

23 July, 2014

Single young professionals are increasingly choosing to settle in family suburbs rather than city centres

Government's fuel poverty proposals slammed

23 July, 2014

The government has been slammed by campaigners over plans announced today to target fuel poverty

UK Housing Boom: Landlords Outside Central London Making Biggest Returns

23 July, 2014

Landlords are making better returns on their investments in cities outside of central London amid rising rents and property prices

Be tough on the causes of benefits

22 July, 2014

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

Generation Rent hits out at tenancy deposit 'rip off'

22 July, 2014

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

Government to update communications with benefit claimants

22 July, 2014

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

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

22 July, 2014

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

Joined Up Welfare - The next steps for personalisation

22 July, 2014

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

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

Osborne plays down benefit reports

22 July, 2014

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

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

22 July, 2014

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

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

22 July, 2014

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

Landlords expecting stable growth

21 July, 2014

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

Labour calls for bedroom tax vote in the autumn

21 July, 2014

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

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

21 July, 2014

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

Poll finds 75% of renters have never switched energy supplier

21 July, 2014

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

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

21 July, 2014

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

Nick Clegg 'spineless' on bedroom tax

21 July, 2014

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

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

21 July, 2014

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

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

21 July, 2014

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

Bedroom tax is forcing poorest citizens into unmanageable debt

18 July, 2014

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

Buy to Let Income

18 July, 2014

LSL Report July 2014

6,000 people claiming universal credit

18 July, 2014

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

HB G7/2014

18 July, 2014

Contains information on DHP and PIP

Migrants remain in hostels to avoid losing housing benefit

18 July, 2014

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

Disabled people struggling in unfit homes

18 July, 2014

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

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

18 July, 2014

DWP Report

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

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

18 July, 2014

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

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

18 July, 2014

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

Dramatic rise of families forced out of London

18 July, 2014

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

Property rents rise at twice speed of average earnings

18 July, 2014

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

Council tax: a chaotic way to impoverish the already poor

17 July, 2014

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

Universal Credit

17 July, 2014

Experimental official statistics to April 2014

Downsizing with the bedroom tax

17 July, 2014

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

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

17 July, 2014

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

London's poor struggling with 'new poll tax'

17 July, 2014

CPAG Report

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

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

17 July, 2014

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

Hope for homeless families in need of Legal Aid

17 July, 2014

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

Thinktank proposes cap on child benefit to cut welfare spending

17 July, 2014

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

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

17 July, 2014

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

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

17 July, 2014

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

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

17 July, 2014

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

Don't mention social housing

16 July, 2014

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

The social housing brand is broken

16 July, 2014

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

Local Housing Allowance: monitoring the impact of changes

16 July, 2014

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

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

12% of Welfare fund not spent

16 July, 2014

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

Digital inclusion can benefit both colleagues and customers

16 July, 2014

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

Child poverty - a collective responsibility this summer

16 July, 2014

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

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

16 July, 2014

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

ALMOs bringing hundreds of empty homes back into use

16 July, 2014

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

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

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

16 July, 2014

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

FCA proposes payday loans cap of 0.8% per day

16 July, 2014

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

Report on living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK

15 July, 2014

Report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies

Poorest and youngest suffer as poverty rises and living standards tumble

Thousands of tenants without rent arrears face eviction

15 July, 2014

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

Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy

15 July, 2014

DWP report interim report

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

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

15 July, 2014

Report from The Smith Institute

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

Exeter tenants evicted from flats with 'no warning'

15 July, 2014

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

Council benefits complaints rise

15 July, 2014

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

Mark Carney faces an almost impossible decision on interest rates

15 July, 2014

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

Inflation and house prices data to fuel interest rate debate

15 July, 2014

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

Benefit payments rose during recession

15 July, 2014

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

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

15 July, 2014

Report published by Just Fair

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

RLA furious over 'scaremongering' private rental data

14 July, 2014

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

Keeping rent arrears stable

14 July, 2014

By John Bryson, employment and inclusion manager, East Thames

My Bedroom Tax Story

14 July, 2014

Under-occupied blog

Britain's debt hotspots revealed

14 July, 2014

The postcodes where households owe the most on personal loans

Tenants face eviction as landlords capitalise on rising house prices

14 July, 2014

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

Benefits Street series 2

14 July, 2014

Follow-up documentary Immigrant Street has locals worried

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

14 July, 2014

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

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

14 July, 2014

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

Does traditional social housing have a future?

14 July, 2014

24 Housing debate

Labour calls for regular checks on child poverty

14 July, 2014

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

Islington selected for universal credit trial

11 July, 2014

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

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

11 July, 2014

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

Social landlord offers cash for occupancy

11 July, 2014

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

Number of 'amateur' landlords reaches record levels

11 July, 2014

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

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

11 July, 2014

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

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

11 July, 2014

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

Fuel cell pilot hopes to slash tenant energy use

11 July, 2014

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

The introduction of Universal Credit to couples

11 July, 2014

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

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

11 July, 2014

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

London's biggest landlords record £1bn surplus

11 July, 2014

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

Five tips for handling rent arrears

10 July, 2014

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

NLA challenges homeless charities to do more

10 July, 2014

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

Renting to homeless is too risky

10 July, 2014

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

Lord Freud announces welfare reform support projects

10 July, 2014

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

Local support announced for jobseekers to help prepare for Universal Credit

10 July, 2014

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

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

10 July, 2014

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

Council facing 'disproportionate' cuts of £44 per home

10 July, 2014

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

Fall in wages could be 20% more than estimated

10 July, 2014

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

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

10 July, 2014

Claim comes as local government staff go on strike over pay

Scottish regulator reports on landlords' failures

10 July, 2014

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

53,000 troubled families' lives turned around

10 July, 2014

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

Price of electricity could double over next 20 years

10 July, 2014

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

Social landlord's record-breaking £174m surplus

10 July, 2014

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

Touchbase DWP e-zine

10 July, 2014

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

Digital exclusion is a modern social evil we can abolish

09 July, 2014

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

CH 18 2014

09 July, 2014

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

Scottish independence: Better Together says welfare cuts would be needed

09 July, 2014

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

DWP staff lack empathy and communicate poorly, report claims

09 July, 2014

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

Government in court over disability benefit changes

09 July, 2014

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

Payday loan victims urged to speak out

09 July, 2014

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

£10,000 donation for credit union

09 July, 2014

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

Duncan Smith denies 'deception' over universal credit

09 July, 2014

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

Funding affordable housing

08 July, 2014

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

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

DWP accused of 'black propaganda' in universal credit debate

08 July, 2014

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

'Forging Futures' for social housing

08 July, 2014

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

Better Together says welfare cuts needed

08 July, 2014

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

The Beveridge report revisited

08 July, 2014

Where now for the welfare state?

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

Welfare reform 'takes toll on poor'

08 July, 2014

Vulnerable people are being forced into hardship due to welfare reform

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

08 July, 2014

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

To Put Up and Shut Up?

08 July, 2014

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

Bid to help tenants with complants

08 July, 2014

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

£1million energy advice programme opens for business

08 July, 2014

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

Payday complaints double in two years

08 July, 2014

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

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

08 July, 2014

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

We say end over 65s PIP assessments

07 July, 2014

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

Social housing tenants must get the service they deserve

07 July, 2014

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

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

07 July, 2014

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

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

07 July, 2014

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

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

07 July, 2014

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

On my Own

07 July, 2014

Barnardos report on young care leavers

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

Public urged to take part in HMO survey

07 July, 2014

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

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

07 July, 2014

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

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

07 July, 2014

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

IDS anger as former Marxist Raquel Rolnik attacks his benefit cuts

07 July, 2014

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

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

07 July, 2014

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

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

04 July, 2014

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

Racist incidents deter tenants in Belfast

04 July, 2014

Offers of housing turned down because of fears of racial prejudice

The extent of single homeless cuts

04 July, 2014

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

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

04 July, 2014

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

Bristol failing housing charity 'to evict all tenants'

04 July, 2014

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

The next generation rent?

04 July, 2014

Robert Flint, solicitor, Winckworth Sherwood

Common Allocations Policy

04 July, 2014

Ceredigion County Council has drafted a Common Allocations Policy

Food bank advice for shoplifters in north Wales

04 July, 2014

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

Balancing risks after Cosmopolitan

04 July, 2014

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

Regulatory fees for associations on hold

04 July, 2014

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

Angry councils lay down the law to control rogue landlords

04 July, 2014

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

'Do your research'

03 July, 2014

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

Council considers rent cap scheme for private landlords

03 July, 2014

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

IDS promises PIP 16 week turnaround

03 July, 2014

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

Universal Credit: Towards an effective poverty reduction strategy

03 July, 2014

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

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

Burdening tenants with extra conditions doesn't work

03 July, 2014

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

Welsh government beats digital exclusion targets

03 July, 2014

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

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

03 July, 2014

Institute for Fiscal Studies' analysis of Welfare Reforms in Wales

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

Protest against residents being made 'homeless' during estate regeneration

03 July, 2014

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

Council finance broken

03 July, 2014

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

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

03 July, 2014

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

Social landlord defends Asian housing priority after outcry

03 July, 2014

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

Five jobcentres start offering Universal Credit to couples

02 July, 2014

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

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

02 July, 2014

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

Bedroom tax victims helped out by new housing developments

02 July, 2014

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

Sanctioned: what benefit?

02 July, 2014

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

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

Homeless get jobless benefit boost

02 July, 2014

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

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

02 July, 2014

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

Bill to ban retaliatory evictions launched

02 July, 2014

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

MP claims evictions are hampering government's Troubled Families programme

02 July, 2014

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

New rules for payday lenders come into effect

02 July, 2014

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

Hopkins 'clarifies' comments about tenants on housing benefit

01 July, 2014

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

MP proposes bill to end 'revenge evictions'

01 July, 2014

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

Reeves versus Duncan Smith - universal credit debate highlights

01 July, 2014

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

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

01 July, 2014

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

Households Below Average Income

01 July, 2014

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

The Journey to Work: Welfare reform for the next Parliament

01 July, 2014

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

Fuel Poverty - Tackling the Triple Injustice

01 July, 2014

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

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

01 July, 2014

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

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

01 July, 2014

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

Social housing tenant survey results 'deeply worrying'

01 July, 2014

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

Government eases sanctions for homeless people

01 July, 2014

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

HB Direct

01 July, 2014

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

Universal Credit to take the first new claims for couples

30 June, 2014

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

Private landlords might be warming to national register

30 June, 2014

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

Cumbria Welfare Reform Commission 2014

30 June, 2014

Report of findings June 2014

EU migrants milking benefits will be KICKED OUT of Britain

30 June, 2014

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

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

30 June, 2014

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

Labour keen for further housing spending devolution

30 June, 2014

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

'Get a grip on DWP chaos' demands Labour

30 June, 2014

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

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

30 June, 2014

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

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

30 June, 2014

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

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

30 June, 2014

The SFHA has welcomed the issue of a letter

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

30 June, 2014

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

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