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

28 May, 2015

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

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

28 May, 2015

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

Scottish rents 1.6% higher than a year ago

28 May, 2015

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

Queens Speech: NLA summary for the Private Rented Sector

28 May, 2015

In the first Conservative majority Queen's Speech since 1996, Her Majesty announced over 20 Bills that the Government propose to introduce

Universal Credit case studies wanted

28 May, 2015

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

HB S6/2015

28 May, 2015

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

HB S5/2015

28 May, 2015

Contains information on new burdens payment for migrants access to benefits

More complaints about agents being made to advertising watchdog

28 May, 2015

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

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

28 May, 2015

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

Rents rise as more landlords sell up

28 May, 2015

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

Northern Ireland welfare dispute: Westminster could take over powers

28 May, 2015

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

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

28 May, 2015

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

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

28 May, 2015

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

Tessa Jowell's mayoral pledge to tackle rogue landlords

28 May, 2015

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

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

28 May, 2015

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

Legal help: where to go and how to pay

28 May, 2015

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

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

Queens Speech

27 May, 2015

NLA summary for the Private Rented Sector

Northern Ireland welfare reform bill fails

27 May, 2015

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

Ofgem to investigate 'forcibly installed' pre-pay meters

27 May, 2015

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

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

27 May, 2015

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

The Queen's Speech

27 May, 2015

The Queen's Speech 2015

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

27 May, 2015

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

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

27 May, 2015

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

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

26 May, 2015

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

Benefit cuts: where might they come from?

26 May, 2015

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

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

Universal Credit now available in more Scottish towns

26 May, 2015

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

People still facing daily money worries and concerns about future finances

26 May, 2015

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

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

26 May, 2015

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

Bombshell as Cameron announces mandatory licensing of landlords

26 May, 2015

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

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

26 May, 2015

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

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

26 May, 2015

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

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

26 May, 2015

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

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

26 May, 2015

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

Arrears cause most stress to UK residential landlords

26 May, 2015

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

Welfare scandal as disabled are driven to use food banks

26 May, 2015

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

Northern Ireland welfare reform debate goes ahead

26 May, 2015

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

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

26 May, 2015

Child benefit cuts causing pressure for families and social care services

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

26 May, 2015

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

LIN Press Release

22 May, 2015

A home without a household

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

22 May, 2015

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

Welfare reform update - May 2015

22 May, 2015

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

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

22 May, 2015

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

The removal of the removal of the spare room subsidy

22 May, 2015

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

Landlords pay the price after losing licensing scheme challenge

22 May, 2015

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

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

22 May, 2015

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

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

22 May, 2015

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

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

22 May, 2015

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

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

22 May, 2015

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

An anatomy of a bedroom tax appeal

22 May, 2015

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

Welfare changes an 'absolute requirement' for EU renegotiation

21 May, 2015

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

Intensive talks over welfare bill

21 May, 2015

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

The changing characteristics of UK disability benefit recipients

21 May, 2015

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

Universal Credit Q&A

21 May, 2015

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

A nation of renters

21 May, 2015

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

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

21 May, 2015

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

Welfare reform: leaked document outlines financial crisis facing executive

21 May, 2015

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

Half a million children living in unsafe private rented homes

21 May, 2015

£1.3bn of housing benefit spent on dangerous homes

Clock ticks down towards duty to publish letting fees

21 May, 2015

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

Social landlords welfare expect cuts to trigger new wave of homelessness

20 May, 2015

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

Temporary Accommodation - a long way from home

20 May, 2015

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

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

20 May, 2015

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

Private landlord fined for failing to heat property

20 May, 2015

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

Welfare reform impasse a proper crisis says Mike Nesbitt

20 May, 2015

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

A home without a household

20 May, 2015

News of a very interesting First Tier Tribunal bedroom tax appeal

Progress stalls for tenant finances in 2015

20 May, 2015

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

More tenants in rent arrears as they struggle on low pay

20 May, 2015

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

Landlords fail in court bid for review of licensing plan

19 May, 2015

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

'I felt pressured into signing an inaccurate inventory'

19 May, 2015

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

Where Does Welfare Spending Actually Go?

19 May, 2015

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

Seven ways social landlords can prepare for universal credit

19 May, 2015

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

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

19 May, 2015

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

Peter Robinson warns assembly could collapse over welfare powers

19 May, 2015

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

DWP reveals sanctions link to one in five benefit claimant deaths

19 May, 2015

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

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

19 May, 2015

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

Wonga aims for reinvention in new payday lending ads

19 May, 2015

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

£108m to improve social housing in Wales

19 May, 2015

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

Easing the burden

18 May, 2015

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

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

18 May, 2015

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

Universal Credit videos

18 May, 2015

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

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

18 May, 2015

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

CIH NI calls for private landlord licensing

18 May, 2015

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

Out of a home: The tenants forced to leave town

18 May, 2015

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

Bedroom Tax battle couple's Human Rights Act fear

18 May, 2015

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

Social housing problems

18 May, 2015

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

Charity hits out at report on housing benefit payments

18 May, 2015

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

Social landlords expect cuts to trigger new wave of homelessness

18 May, 2015

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

Residential rent gains expected to slow

18 May, 2015

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

HB G5/2015

15 May, 2015

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Graph showing how Universal Credit helps make work pay

15 May, 2015

A graph showing how Universal Credit helps make work pay

How will Universal Credit make work pay?

15 May, 2015

An illustrated guide to how Universal Credit makes work pay

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

15 May, 2015

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

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

15 May, 2015

Iain Duncan Smith has hailed the success of the benefit cap

Tenancy Sustainment

15 May, 2015

Summary Report May 2015

Disability payments delay 'forced claimants to use food banks'

15 May, 2015

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

After the election, what happens now for residents?

15 May, 2015

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

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

15 May, 2015

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

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

15 May, 2015

The unexpected Conservative majority means they cannot back down

Fall in benefits capped households

15 May, 2015

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

April 2015 HomeLet Rental Index

15 May, 2015

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

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

14 May, 2015

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

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

14 May, 2015

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

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

14 May, 2015

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

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

14 May, 2015

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

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

14 May, 2015

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

Jobseeker's Allowance reclaimants

14 May, 2015

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

Benefit cap: number of households capped to February 2015

14 May, 2015

Number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to February 2015

Benefit cap: thousands move into work or off Housing Benefit

14 May, 2015

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

Jobseeker benefit sanctions down, but ESA sanctions triple

14 May, 2015

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

Robinson 'would seek London deal'

14 May, 2015

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

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

14 May, 2015

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

What now for the welfare of Scotland?

13 May, 2015

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

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

13 May, 2015

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

Experimental Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit flows data from November 2008

13 May, 2015

Experimental Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit flows data

Universal Credit: Apr 2013 to May 2015

13 May, 2015

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 7 May 2015

In work benefit claimants as a percentage of all claimants of each type of benefit

13 May, 2015

Statistics on in work benefit claimants as a percentage of all claimants of each type of state support

Benefit sanctions down as more people helped into work

13 May, 2015

The number of benefit sanctions has gone down by a third over the past year

ARLA response to Scottish Government's 2nd consultation on a new tenancy for the private sector

13 May, 2015

ARLA's response to the Scottish Government's 2nd consultation on a new tenancy argues that there is no argument for the Scottish Government to impose rent controls

Arlene Foster warns welfare reform impasse will cost £500m

13 May, 2015

The new finance minister Arlene Foster has warned a £500m hole will open in the executive's budget if the Stormont House Agreement is not implemented

Young told to get a job or lose benefits: Tory 'earn or learn' plan to be at the heart of Cameron's first Queen's Speech

13 May, 2015

School leavers will be forced to take a job or sign up for training under government plans to prepare young people for the world of work

Villiers losing hope Northern Ireland parties can agree welfare reform

13 May, 2015

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers has admitted she is not "hugely optimistic" the Stormont impasse over welfare reform can be resolved

Food bank realities: The mother thrilled to get hot water bottles so her children didn't have to go to bed in coats

12 May, 2015

A blind pensioner living on custard creams after falling behind with gas payments is also among the tales of hardship seen every day by just one Welsh food bank

CIH Scotland responds to Scottish Government consultation on a new tenancy for the private rented sector

12 May, 2015

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland has welcomed Scottish Government moves to make private renting more secure for tenants

£800m shortfall on social housing in London since 2011 revealed

12 May, 2015

Proportion of homes started each year in capital that are affordable has halved after cut in social housing subsidy

Personal Independence Payment: data to March 2015

12 May, 2015

Statistics on Personal Independence Payment new claims and Disability Living Allowance reassessment claims to March 2015

Universal Credit roll out continues

12 May, 2015

The national roll out of Universal Credit continues with the benefit now available to new single claimants in Richmond, Kirkwall, Lerwick and Stornoway

Alternative Queen's Speech for housing 'to protect renters and wean country off rising house prices'

12 May, 2015

Housing campaign group Generation Rent today called on the new government to agree a strategy to "jumpstart" housebuilding and create a fair deal for people renting

Stockton-on-Tees residents fight back over Benefits Street series

12 May, 2015

Benefits Street series one caused Channel 4 to be accused of making 'poverty porn'

David Cameron challenged to live on minimum wage and volunteer at food bank to understand impact of Tory welfare cuts

12 May, 2015

A letter urging the PM to 'understand the cost' of his policies has gone viral

Petition opposing rent controls handed in to Scottish Government

12 May, 2015

A petition opposing rent control introduction and also the abolition of the 'no fault' ground for repossession has been handed in to the Scottish Government

'Pure evil' Bedroom Tax will hit one million more people as Tories launch 100-day welfare blitz

11 May, 2015

David Cameron will hit society's most vulnerable the hardest as he finally begins to identify his £12billion of welfare cuts

What are the implications of the election result for the social housing sector?

11 May, 2015

Many in the sector were taken aback by the Conservative Party's right to buy proposals

Universal Credit welcome guide

11 May, 2015

An introduction to Universal Credit, including how it works and how it tops up your earnings to help make work pay

Mortgage rate rise would make buy-to-let 'unviable' in 7 out of 10 regions

11 May, 2015

Property price rises have far outstripped rent increases, narrowing landlords' profits and making them vulnerable to higher rates

Benefit claimants are the new miners - growing grass roots activism

11 May, 2015

Sian James, real life star of the film Pride, spoke at TAI 2015 about her experiences of the miners' strike

Tories weigh up options for £12bn welfare cuts

11 May, 2015

Party rallied support on basis of balancing the books but knows it can be tarred as nasty if cuts are seen as unfair

11 reasons the poor are worried that Iain Duncan Smith is back in charge of benefits cuts

11 May, 2015

The former Tory leader will have to find £12 billion worth of welfare cuts, with fears he will target the carers, disabled people and the working age poor

Iain Duncan Smith returns to cabinet to oversee £12bn welfare cuts

11 May, 2015

Work and pensions secretary returns to his job, David Cameron has confirmed, ahead of full reshuffle announcement on Monday

Reduce the stress of your arrears process

08 May, 2015

A challenging rental market can generate extra stress when it comes to the arrears process

London council pays tenants to leave the crowded city

08 May, 2015

As rents rise and population exceeds 8.6 million renters offered up to £6,000 to leave

The Tories' £12bn of welfare cuts could come back to haunt them

08 May, 2015

Such huge cutbacks won't just hit the mythical scroungers, but also people who may have voted the Conservatives in

Conservative general election victory: 5 ways the benefits system will change

08 May, 2015

The Conservatives look set to claim victory in the 2015 general election. And this means if you claim benefits, your life could change dramatically

Why are so many people being evicted in Coalition Britain?

08 May, 2015

Caught in a collision of unemployment, precarious jobs and reduced public services

Lettings agent emailed tenants warning over Labour win

08 May, 2015

Email expressed views on Labour's plan to scrap tenants' fees that were 'distasteful' and 'false'

The Tory MPs and donors taking in millions in housing benefit

08 May, 2015

Tory MPs and donors are pocketing cash to the tune of millions in housing benefit

Andover Food Bank have released worrying figures revealing that five per cent of Test Valley population used food banks last year

07 May, 2015

More than 1,700 deprived kids were forced to use Andover food bank for toiletries, nappies and nutrition in 2014

5 ways benefits changes are making things worse for women

07 May, 2015

Women's group Engender has raised the alarm about the impact of welfare reform on women

Would rent controls really improve the private rented sector?

07 May, 2015

Organisations such as Shelter campaign for longer tenancies because some tenants fear their landlord may not renew a letting

Election 2015 - What's in it for landlords?

07 May, 2015

The 2015 General Election is tipped to be the closest in living memory

The true impact of welfare cuts

07 May, 2015

"Tough choices set to affect more than just us" say disabled people

1.26 million priced out of home ownership under the coalition

07 May, 2015

3.8m private renters are unable to afford the average first home, new analysis from PricedOut finds today

RICS calls for balance in the private rented sector

07 May, 2015

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Scotland has called for a balanced approach to the country's private rented sector reforms

Lib Dems would force Tories to water down welfare cuts as price for coalition

07 May, 2015

Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, is likely to demand that the Tories water down their plans to cut £12billion from the welfare bill

Social landlords lock tenants into energy companies and fuel poverty

06 May, 2015

Some social housing tenants are unable to switch their energy suppliers for heating and hot water because their social landlord has 'locked' them in to buying from one supplier

Welfare Reform Committee 2

06 May, 2015

The Welfare Reform Committee continued to take evidence on Personal Independence Payments (PIP) on 5 May 2015

Welfare Reform Committee 1

06 May, 2015

The Welfare Reform Committee took evidence on Personal Independence Payments on 5 May 2015

Five proactive things you can do to offset the impact of universal credit

06 May, 2015

Housing professionals are working proactively to counteract the changes brought about by universal credit before migration moves tenants onto the benefit

Private landlords give warning over law changes

06 May, 2015

Proposed changes to the law on private rented homes could drive landlords out of the sector

Women would suffer £7.8bn of £8.6bn cuts to tax credits and child benefit under Tories

06 May, 2015

Women would suffer £7.8bn of £8.6bn of cuts to tax credits and child benefit the Conservatives would implement if they retain power

Tories could raise the Bedroom Tax as part of £12billion welfare cuts

06 May, 2015

Tenants struggling to afford their rents face being slapped with another big rise or forced to leave their homes

'Work not done' on Tory welfare cuts

06 May, 2015

The Conservatives will not say how they will find £12bn in welfare cuts in the next Parliament because they have not yet "done the work on it"

Revealed: hitlist of welfare cuts facing Britain's next chancellor

06 May, 2015

Extremely controversial' ideas drawn up by civil servants include benefit freeze and making it harder for sick people to claim state aid

Number of MPs who earn from renting out property rises by a third

06 May, 2015

One in four MPs now a landlord, as figures show 153 members declared an income from rental property in 2015 - an increase of 36 since 2010

High rents a far bigger concern for tenants than agents' fees

06 May, 2015

The biggest concerns of tenants are the cost of renting and buying

Generation Rent calls for landlords to pay 'rent tax' to fund house building

06 May, 2015

Lower property prices should be the objective of the next government, Generation Rent director Alex Hilton has said

Taxes and benefits: the parties' plans

05 May, 2015

The last five years have seen considerable policy activity in the tax and benefit sphere

This briefing examines the main proposed changes to income tax, mansion tax, other taxes, and benefits in turn, with a particular focus on Labour and the Conservatives. It then goes on to consider most of the specific tax and benefit policies of Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in detail

Those food bank data: complicated yes; exaggerated, no

05 May, 2015

Recent reports that 1.1m people went to Trussell Trust food banks last year stoked controversy about how food bank use is counted

Five ways social landlords can be better at procurement

05 May, 2015

In the changing landscape of social housing, we ask an expert how landlords can improve supply management to get the best results for their tenants

A rent cap in name only

05 May, 2015

A year ago to the day, Ed Miliband announced that a future Labour Government will legislate to make long-term tenancies the legal default

Compare and Contrast Manifestos - where do the parties stand on the Private Rented Sector?

05 May, 2015

Finally all the parties have released their election manifestos and we can compare what all the parties say on key issues

Are rent controls actually a good idea - or will they just make everything worse?

05 May, 2015

British? Then there's a fairly good chance you quite fancy a spot of rent control

New research into the impact of benefit sanctions in the North East

05 May, 2015

A new project is underway to develop a better understanding of benefit sanctions in relation to homeless people in the North East

How £8.9bn benefits budget is spent in Wales

05 May, 2015

Benefits is a word you will have heard during this election campaign, but exactly how much does it cost a year in Wales?

Vote Labour and you can help scrap the bedroom tax, Ed Miliband tells the people of Wales

05 May, 2015

In his own words, the Labour leader sets out his vision for how he wants to change Wales and put the UK on the road to prosperity and fairness

Call for tighter PRS restrictions to prevent tenants being 'edged into poverty'

05 May, 2015

Campaigners have called for the reintroduction of private rent controls after new figures reveal a massive increase in rents in Scotland's biggest cities

'A 20% rent rise has forced us out of our home'

05 May, 2015

With the number of people renting on the rise, alongside the costs involved, the UK's housing market is an increasingly political topic

Landlord fined £160k for safety breaches after tenant killed in fire in west London

05 May, 2015

A landlady has been fined £160,000 after one of her tenants was killed in a fire

Housing experts predict a disaster for buy-to-let landlords as Labour vows to interfere with the market by capping rent rises

05 May, 2015

Britain's growing army of buy-to-let landlords will hold its breath this week - and pray that a Labour Government is not elected

Ban on letting fees could be disaster for tenants

05 May, 2015

A ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants could have a disastrous effect, the president of ARLA has warned

Food banks: 'Most people at the school gates have used them'

01 May, 2015

Five years ago, food banks were a rarity. Now there are more than 1,000 across the UK

Historic house undergoes £600,000 redevelopment to help people affected by the 'bedroom tax'

01 May, 2015

A landmark property in a Staffordshire village which stood empty for many years has undergone a makeover and is now providing homes for people affected by the 'bedroom tax'

Renters are left out in the cold in the run up to the general election

01 May, 2015

The housing crisis has been a key issue this election, but there is no promise of a brighter future for the many who will rent their homes for the foreseeable future

Money advice leads to £3m savings for tenants

01 May, 2015

Tenants in County Durham are now more than £3m better off thanks to the advice and support provided by their local housing association

Fuel poverty killed 15,000 people last winter

01 May, 2015

An estimated 15,000 people died unnecessarily between December and March because they were living in homes they couldn't afford to heat

Tory minister admits bedroom tax is 'not an easy sell' on the doorstep

01 May, 2015

The so-called bedroom tax is "not an easy sell" on the election doorstep, a Tory Cabinet minister has privately admitted

PM says child benefit is safe as he's forced to rule out cuts after smear bid by Lib Dems

01 May, 2015

David Cameron has been forced to rule out cuts to child benefits

Miliband to say Labour would immediately put an end to the bedroom tax

01 May, 2015

Today the Labour leader will explain how Labour would put an immediate end to the Tories' bedroom tax

Housing Benefit for supported housing

01 May, 2015

Changes introduced by the Housing Benefit and Universal Credit (Supported Housing) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

Universal Credit rolls out in region

30 April, 2015

Only a small number of people in the Borders will be affected by this week's initial rollout of Universal Credit in the area

Rent controls linked to inflation would have raised prices for many people - not cut them

30 April, 2015

It's not hard to see why the idea of rent controls appeals to those dubbed Generation Rent

Islington landlords face 30% increase in HMO licensing fees

30 April, 2015

The cost of licensing larger HMOs in Islington has increased by 30% after Islington Council reviewed their schedule of charges

A million tenants could lose their rental properties

30 April, 2015

Labour's pledge to introduce new anti-landlord rental policies could result in up to a million tenants losing their rental properties

PM does not rule out more tax credit cuts after Labour claim of 'secret plan'

30 April, 2015

David Cameron says he will press on with welfare reforms after Miliband's earlier claim Tories have plan for cuts to tax credits that would devastate family finances

Over 50,000 families shipped out of London in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents

30 April, 2015

Councils are currently moving homeless mothers and children out of their boroughs at a rate of close to 500 families a week

'Secret' Tory plans for £8bn in welfare cuts exposed by Danny Alexander

30 April, 2015

Lib Dem chief secretary accuses Tories of 'trying to con the British people'

Agent jailed for ten months after hanging on to tenants' deposits

30 April, 2015

An agent who hung on to thousands of pounds of tenants' deposits as cash-flow has been jailed

'A million tenants could lose their homes if Labour is elected'

29 April, 2015

Furious reaction to Labour's political package for the private rented sector continues to pour out from agents

Landlord support for Labour and Lib Dems halves since 2010 election

29 April, 2015

Landlord support for Labour and the Liberal Democrat Party has halved since the 2010 General Election

Tax credits in 'firing line' under Tories says Miliband

29 April, 2015

Labour would raise tax credits at least in line with inflation every year until 2020 to "protect family budgets"

Conservative and Labour benefits proposals

29 April, 2015

Presented at the 'Manifesto analysis: the parties' tax and benefit plans' event on Thursday 28th April 2015

Majority support for rent controls

29 April, 2015

56% say the government should introduce rent controls

Landlords predict rent rises to tail off

29 April, 2015

UK landlords expect annual rent growth to slow to 1.7% by next year

Scottish Landlords see record returns

29 April, 2015

Landlords' total annual returns hit record high of 9.7% in March 2015

What do the party manifestos mean for housing and welfare?

29 April, 2015

The purpose of this briefing is to provide members with a concise overview of the major parties' general election positions on housing and welfare

Lib Dems will have to accept Tory welfare cuts for deficit reduction deal

29 April, 2015

If the Conservatives were not prepared to compromise on long-term plans, the Liberal Democrats would have to swallow £15bn in spending cuts in 2018-19

Learn landlord deposit rules or face £3,600 penalty - eight questions answered

28 April, 2015

Buy-to-let landlords must register their deposits by June 23 or face (potentially unlimited) fines

How does the next government plan to make further cuts in welfare?

28 April, 2015

I was listening to Radio 4 getting my daily fix of politics when I heard a candidate say that the best way to support people on welfare is to help them get a job

UK landlords are failing to take running costs into account when measuring buy-to-let returns

28 April, 2015

UK landlords are at risk of overestimating the profitability of their buy-to-let investment by neglecting to take into account key running costs

Private Landlords Housing Benefits "Winners" Named

28 April, 2015

GMB Name "Winners" Of £9,296 Million Housing Benefit Paid To Private Landlords In Britain In 2013/14

Private landlords say rent rises to 'taper off'

28 April, 2015

Private landlords expect rent rises will 'taper off' over the next 12 months

Protest halts Coventry man's eviction from home of 40 years

28 April, 2015

The eviction of a man from his home of more than 40 years was stopped after protestors surrounded the house

Reality Check: Rent controls and costs

28 April, 2015

Labour has announced it would guarantee three-year tenancy agreements with rent increases "capped" at the rate of inflation for those renting in the private sector in England

Welfare reform parked until after General Election

28 April, 2015

Further debate on welfare reform is unlikely to take place until after the General Election

Skelmersdale bedroom tax victim has toes amputated after spending winter in a tent

28 April, 2015

Mitchell and Keith Keenan were evicted from their four-bedroomed house in Birch Green last year

Millions wiped off value of housebuilders as Miliband promise rent controls, land grabs and stamp duty cut for first-time buyers

28 April, 2015

Millions of pounds were wiped off the value of leading housebuilders today after Labour announced a raft of new policies on housing

£827,000: What Ukip's housing spokesman was paid in housing benefit as a private landlord

28 April, 2015

Britain's wealthiest private landlords being paid millions in housing benefit despite social housing being cut

A bigger, better and safer private rented sector for all

27 April, 2015

Following HMO fire door concerns being raised in Parliamentary debates last month, landlords will now be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Key issues: welfare

27 April, 2015

The division between the parties on welfare is one of the key areas of division between the parties

Landlords to debate private renting policy with Parliamentary candidates

27 April, 2015

Landlords in Wales will have the chance to grill parliamentary candidates about their parties' plans for the private rented sector tomorrow

Peter Bolton King comments on UK Labour's private rented sector proposals

27 April, 2015

Peter Bolton King FRICS, RICS' Global Property Standards Director, picks up some of the recent comments concerning the UK Labour Party's private rented sector policy

Labour's rent control plans explained

27 April, 2015

Ed Miliband's announcement that a Labour government would cap rents for private tenants have been attacked by Tories and landlords' groups, but what would the effect really be?

Suspension and termination of benefits: staff guide

27 April, 2015

Guidance for DWP staff who suspend or terminate payment of benefit or defer a decision on a benefit claim

Why Labour's rent cap won't make your rent cheaper

27 April, 2015

Sounds a bit strange to say this but it's absolutely true, however, it will make your tenure more secure

Tories' right to buy 'could dent public finances and reduce social housing'

27 April, 2015

IFS sounds warning over flagship Tory policy, saying sale of best council stock also risks widening gulf between rich and poor

New landlord 'mansion tax' marks fresh attack on buy-to-let

27 April, 2015

Now all the political parties are rounding on buy-to-let. We list the four biggest dangers to landlord returns, starting with a new "mansion tax"

Ed Miliband: I'll peg private rent rises to inflation

27 April, 2015

Labour promises a cap on rent rises for 11 million people while David Cameron sets out his '2020 vision' for black and minority ethnic Britons

Senior Tory tells local hustings he's not sure food banks are a bad thing

24 April, 2015

Until recently Dominic Grieve was the Tory Attorney General, and a member of David Cameron's Cabinet

The Tories' war on welfare has caused untold suffering. Here are three ways we can stop it

24 April, 2015

For years the right has made the political running. But the argument is winnable

Statistical Bulletin Office for National Statistics | 1 Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, January to March 2015

24 April, 2015

Private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 2.1% in the 12 months to March 2015

Taxing disability benefits is plain wrong

24 April, 2015

Noting that many disability benefit recipients are in the top half of the income distribution as a justification for taxing them betrays a misunderstanding of the purpose of these benefits

Financial plight of social housing tenants revealed

24 April, 2015

More than 80% of social housing tenants have seen no sign of their financial situation improving despite an upturn in the economy

How to fix the UK's poverty problem? Listen to people at a food bank

24 April, 2015

Stopped benefits, low wages, soaring bills - and bare cupboards

Tories' lack of clarity over welfare cuts sparks fear, anger and suspicion

24 April, 2015

Critics say refusal to reveal how £12bn of welfare cuts will be achieved makes party look shifty and afraid to confront voters with reality of where axe will fall

Fuel banks pilot scheme aims to address austerity-era dilemma of 'heat or eat'

24 April, 2015

Fuel voucher for families who use prepayment meters will be available to those in crisis referred to food banks by welfare advice agencies, GPs and social workers

The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know

23 April, 2015

If a prison decided to implement a policy of punishing its inmates by cutting their food supply, it would be universally condemned as a human rights abuse

First landlord prosecuted under Brent Council's additional licensing scheme

23 April, 2015

A landlord who evaded the need for a licence under Brent Council's new additional licensing scheme has found himself before the courts

The best buy-to-let mortgage rates to build your property portfolio or cut your monthly costs

23 April, 2015

Landlords are benefiting from both increased choice and the some of the best ever buy-to-let mortgage rates on the market

Welfare-to-work should focus on poverty reduction

23 April, 2015

Poverty means that you can't afford basic necessities and stops you from participating in society

Almost half of renters feels there's no place like home

23 April, 2015

L&Q has revealed that almost half of renters feel unable to consider the place where they live a proper home

Right-to-buy pledge flies in the face of welfare reform philosophy

23 April, 2015

The Conservatives are putting the needs of the individual before the needs of the many with the proposal to extend Right-to-Buy

Rents rise 15% since May 2010

23 April, 2015

Residential rents have risen by 15.2% over the course of this Parliament

Tackling fuel poverty

23 April, 2015

£224 million national scheme to launch in September

Cracking down on the payday lender Wonga is just the first step

23 April, 2015

Better regulation of the payday loans industry is welcome. Now we need to help people deal with their debts in a sustainable, affordable way

'Ashamed' Tories quit Newsnight welfare debate at the last moment

22 April, 2015

Conservative Mark Harper agreed to appear alongside rivals and Benefits Street star White Dee, but cancelled on the BBC show with two hours to spare

'As a private tenant, I see the market can't solve housing need'

22 April, 2015

Private renters' rights campaigner Heather Kennedy says politicians are not listening

After May 7th - What happens on welfare?

22 April, 2015

I probably don't need to tell you that last week was dominated by the launch of the main parties' manifestos

Housing Benefit: statistics on speed of processing 2014 to 2015

22 April, 2015

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

From benefits to bricks and other housing policy ideas

22 April, 2015

Abigail Davies looks back on her time as former assistant director of policy and practice at the Chartered Institute of Housing, and ponders what the future may hold for housing

Welfare cuts have hit women hardest - a step back on the path to equality

22 April, 2015

There's no avoiding the facts: austerity has been gendered

Foodbank use tops one million for first time says Trussell Trust

22 April, 2015

Record numbers seek help from UK's biggest foodbank charity

Pension freedoms spark flood of cheap buy-to-let mortgages

22 April, 2015

The number of cheap deals on the market has risen more than three-fold in a year, with the average two-year rate dropping from 3.7pc to 3.45pc in just six months

Newly let property rents up in the UK while others remain stable

21 April, 2015

Rents in the UK remain stable for renewed and occupied tenancies but continue to increase for newly let properties in the first quarter of 2015

Private sector rents: 2014

21 April, 2015

An annual report which includes information on rents paid in the private rented sector

HB G4/2015

21 April, 2015

Contains information on Benefit Cap

Right to buy extension will put more housing benefit in pockets of private landlords

21 April, 2015

The extension of the right to buy to housing associations will add to the amount of housing benefit being paid to private landlords

'Bedroom tax is making people homeless'

21 April, 2015

Barry resident Wendy Evans told the BBC Wales election 2015 tour the so-called bedroom tax is unfair

Welfare Reform Committee

21 April, 2015

The Welfare Reform Committee took evidence on the impact of welfare reform on children's services on 21 April 2015

Food banks not fault of 'nasty party'

21 April, 2015

Food bank usage rose 10-fold under Labour

What can be done about the rising number of food banks?

21 April, 2015

The number using food banks continues to rise. What's being done about the problem of public hunger, and what must we do next?

A question of tenant satisfaction

21 April, 2015

I read with interest the 24dash.com article from HouseMark chief executive Ross Fraser on tenant satisfaction in social housing

Young mum-to-be blames online benefits forms for driving her dyslexic partner to kill himself

20 April, 2015

Erin Weston, 22, said the forms were the 'final straw' for Mark Jacka, 26, from Aberystwyth, and she will name his son in his honour

What future for Universal Credit?

20 April, 2015

Universal Credit can't reduce poverty on its own, says Chris Goulden

Don't trip up: six things to watch out for with universal credit

20 April, 2015

The introduction of universal credit means big changes for social landlords and tenants

Landlords have two months to register deposits - or face £3,600 fine

20 April, 2015

Buy-to-let investors have until June 23 to sign up to an official deposit scheme or pay costly penalties

The great housing benefit scandal

20 April, 2015

Nine billion pounds of taxpayers' money goes to private landlords every year in housing benefit

Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them

20 April, 2015

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid continues, despite the IMF and Germany praise for Osborne and Britain's 'jobs miracle'

Cameron suggests rise in food bank use is down to better advertising

20 April, 2015

After George Osborne's difficult Marr interview last week (where he failed to answer the same question 18 times) it was David Cameron's turn on the Marr sofa today

The latest universal credit figures are an embarrassment for the Tories

20 April, 2015

Department of Work and Pensions published their latest figures for the number of people claiming universal credit

Solution to zero-hours contracts is to rebrand them

20 April, 2015

Conservative work and pensions secretary blames Labour and the media for scare stories about contracts he says should be renamed 'flexible-hours contracts'

Wonga dives into red after scandals and crackdown

20 April, 2015

Wonga, the biggest payday lender in the UK, has plunged deeply into the red

Don't expect buy-to-let's interstellar gains to be repeated - 1996 was a much better time to invest in property than today

17 April, 2015

Buy-to-let investors have done very well over the past two decades

Yet another council introduces selective licensing regime

17 April, 2015

Wirral council is the latest authority to introduced a selective licensing scheme, in this case covering parts of Birkenhead and Wallasey

Zero-hours contracts should be renamed 'flexible-hours contracts' and are good for your work-life balance

17 April, 2015

The work and pensions secretary says the contracts are actually 'good'

What the political parties offer renters

17 April, 2015

Fancy spending a few hours wading through political jargon to find out what each of the parties are offering renters?

Councils pay private landlords up to £4,000 to house tenants

17 April, 2015

Housing charities say widespread practice underlines difficulties for councils housing tenants in market where landlords hold balance of power

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 9 Apr 2015

17 April, 2015

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 9 April 2015

The truth about tenant satisfaction

17 April, 2015

This week, we published our annual review of the latest Star tenant satisfaction survey results which reveal that satisfaction levels amongst social housing tenants has remained constant

What would a serious attempt at tackling under-occupation look like?

17 April, 2015

Tackling under-occupation can play a part in addressing the housing crisis - but we need a fundamental review of the issue based on the evidence

The Tories don't believe in the principle of social housing

17 April, 2015

An extension of Right to Buy will segregate communities, especially in London

Universal Credit: rent arrears form

17 April, 2015

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

TSB pilots buy-to-let mortgages as boom continues despite housing crisis

16 April, 2015

Buy-to-let landlords have been unwittingly dragged into the election debate by both sides

How many young people could benefit from Help-to-Rent?

16 April, 2015

The Liberal Democrats have proposed to make government loans available to young adults so they can cover the costs of a tenancy deposit

Ten energy-saving tips for tenants that are cheap and easy to follow

16 April, 2015

You don't have to live in the dark or stop washing to save energy

Tenants to Benefit from Renewable Heat

16 April, 2015

The UK's most ambitious retrofit upgrades programme featuring ground source heat pumps in social housing is set to halve the energy costs of over 130 residents

'Bedroom Tax' legal battle to go to Supreme Court in March 2016

16 April, 2015

Lawyers announce date for Supreme Court hearing in 'Bedroom Tax' legal case

Alex Salmond predicts bedroom tax will lead to demise of Lib Dems

16 April, 2015

Former First Minister Alex Salmond has predicted that the hated bedroom tax would lead to the "destruction" of the Liberal Democrats

Where will Cameron make his next cuts?

16 April, 2015

David Cameron struggled with questions on food banks when asked

Universal Credit: the fantasy of a tidy world

16 April, 2015

The coalition presents its benefit reforms as fair, rational and efficient

The fuel poverty strategy - what does it mean for social landlords?

16 April, 2015

In 2014 the Government unveiled a revised fuel poverty target

Rents and Equality. Barnet, again

16 April, 2015

It appears that Barnet Council (via the Mayor's casting vote) are determined to carry on with their plan to raise rents for council tenants

Benefits payment change leads to drug war in Dumfries

15 April, 2015

Mark Frankland from First Base says drug gangs are aiming to cash in by trapping users in a spiral of debt

Tories' rent policy could add millions to housing benefit bill

15 April, 2015

The Barnet Conservatives' plan to increase council rents to 80% of average market rents

Lib Dems vow to block Tory welfare cuts plan in any coalition talks

15 April, 2015

Nick Clegg pledges to 'add heart to a Conservative government and a brain to a Labour one' as he launches his party's manifesto

Welfare reform: context and consequences

15 April, 2015

Northern Ireland has yet to pass legislation for all the reforms already in the process of being implemented in the UK

Heat Networks - new responsibilities for HMO landlords

15 April, 2015

From 20 April 2015 landlords of shared accommodation, where heating of water and/or space is included, are required to comply with 'the Heat Network Regulations'

Liberal Democrat Manifesto raises worrying ambiguity on key issues for landlords

15 April, 2015

Tis the season of party election manifesto's and today saw the launch of the Liberal Democrats manifesto

No mention of PRS in UKIP Manifesto. Can you help find it?

15 April, 2015

Today UKIP released their manifesto

Money Box Live

15 April, 2015

Puzzled by benefits or tax credits?

Ending Expensive Social Tenancies

15 April, 2015

Fairness, higher growth and more homes

Tories Open Door For Private Landlords

15 April, 2015

£9.3 Billion Housing Benefits To Private Landlords As Tories Unveil Plans To Open Housing Association Property To Private Landlords

Right to Buy will cost £4bn in housing benefit

14 April, 2015

The Conservative party's pledge to grant 1.3 million housing association tenants the right to buy their homes would cost the country £4 billion more in housing benefit

Furious bedroom tax campaigners claim their petition has been 'kicked into long grass'

14 April, 2015

"Disgusted" campaigners claim their petition has been "kicked into the long grass"

Council fury over Scottish Government cuts to bedroom tax support

14 April, 2015

Colin Smyth says government cuts are "draconian" and a "nasty and vindictive attack on the region's vulnerable"

No, welfare reforms aren't 'working for everyone'

14 April, 2015

'Tough love' is not the right tactic for children and disabled people who depend on benefits

Another nail in the coffin of social housing

14 April, 2015

As they head into the general election, all the parties recognise that there is a severe housing shortage

Green Party launch their manifesto: An attack on landlords?

14 April, 2015

The Green Party have today launched their manifesto which contains what can only be described as a one-sided view of the PRS

Conservatives omit to mention PRS in Manifesto

14 April, 2015

The Conservative Party have today released their manifesto

Tory austerity will eat up the welfare state

14 April, 2015

With Britain's most vulnerable already suffering badly, few are safe from the £12bn social security cuts planned under a new Conservative-led government

Lib Dems will not enter Tory coalition if £12bn welfare cuts made

14 April, 2015

Party leader says Conservatives want poorest to make additional sacrifices while not asking the richest to pay more taxes to balance books

Scrapping the Bedroom Tax, raising minimum wage and five other Labour election pledges that could genuinely affect people on Merseyside

13 April, 2015

Ed Miliband unveils Labour's election manifesto - but what could it mean for Liverpool?

Labour manifesto confirms 'pause' on Universal Credit

13 April, 2015

The Labour Party's manifesto, unveiled this morning, has confirmed that the party plans to take stock of Universal Credit

Agent says "99.5% of tenants don't know about redress"

13 April, 2015

A lettings agent claims to have discovered that an amazing 99.5 per cent of them know nothing of any of the three redress schemes which apply across the PRS

Labour publish manifesto but with no details on their PRS policies

13 April, 2015

The Labour Party has published their election manifesto today

Council tax: six steps local authorities can take before sending in the bailiffs

13 April, 2015

Arrears need to be recovered in a more sustainable way to prevent households sinking into problem debt

Sinn Fein rules out welfare reform deal

13 April, 2015

Future of Stormont institutions thrown into chaos by Maskey comments

Bristol tenants plan demo after letting agents push for rent rise

13 April, 2015

Letter from agents CJ Hole to prospective clients asks 'Are you getting enough rent?' and says it can arrange increase for anyone switching

Taxpayers Subsidise Big Business by an Estimated £11 billion a Year

13 April, 2015

The UK's low pay culture is costing tax payers £11 billion per year according to research released by community organising charity

Buy-to-lets top investment, with returns of up to 1,400%

13 April, 2015

Buy-to-let property investments made the highest returns of any major asset over the last 18 years

Bedroom tax: it's four against and one for in housing crisis debate

10 April, 2015

"Axe the bedroom tax", say all the parliamentary hopefuls standing in Islington South and Finsbur

North East sees 48% rise in housing benefit claimants since 2010

10 April, 2015

The region is second only to London for the highest rise in housing benefit and Labour says low pay is to blame

Wheatley Group helps tenants receive £12m in unclaimed benefits

10 April, 2015

Wheatley Group has helped tenants access £12 million in unclaimed benefits in just over two years

SNP fails to account for billions in welfare and pensions pledge

10 April, 2015

Thinktank says cost of key promises not clear in Sturgeon's plan to raise UK public spending and lower increases would be required - or tax rises

DUP warning amid welfare reform row

10 April, 2015

Sinn Fein has refused to settle a dispute over welfare reform which threatened the devolved government institutions in Northern Ireland until after the General Election

Warm Homes scheme brings 2,000 people out of fuel poverty and cuts A&E admissions by 30%

10 April, 2015

A ground-breaking council-backed ECO scheme in Oldham has helped more than 2,000 people out of fuel poverty and achieved a 30% reduction in A&E admissions

Rachel Reeves challenges George Osborne to rule out Child Benefit cut

09 April, 2015

Labour claims Conservatives are attacking middle class families

Salmond backs SFHA's call on Universal Credit at housing hustings

09 April, 2015

Alex Salmond has backed calls by the SFHA to suspend the roll-out of Universal Credit in Scotland

Duration on working-age benefits: April 2010 to March 2014

09 April, 2015

Annual statistics on the total time claimants spent on one or more the main DWP working-age benefits

Cuts to council tax support lead to surge in court summons for low-income families

09 April, 2015

There has been a huge surge in the number of low-income families being summoned to court for non-payment of council tax

Austerity, sanctions, and the rise of food banks in the UK

09 April, 2015

Doctors are witnessing increasing numbers of patients seeking referrals to food banks in the United Kingdom

New proposals for a private tenancy: five things renters need to know

09 April, 2015

Last week the Scottish Government published a second consultation on a new private tenancy

Why this personal independence payment anniversary is no celebration

09 April, 2015

Two years after the introduction of Pip, sick and disabled people's dignity is suffering as a result of the coalition's ideological attack on benefit claimants

No regrets in the bedroom, says Iain Duncan Smith as he pops £1bn question to Rachel Reeves

09 April, 2015

Iain Duncan Smith does not even pause when asked if he has any regrets over the so-called 'bedroom tax'

Increased food bank use linked to areas where unemployment is higher and benefit cuts are deeper

09 April, 2015

There is "clear evidence" linking increased food bank use with UK areas that have seen greater unemployment and welfare and government spending cuts

Bank of England vows to 'monitor buy-to-let market closely' after recent rise in mortgages to landlords

08 April, 2015

The Bank of England has vowed to keep a close eye on buy-to-let lending after recent increases in the number interest-only deals granted to landlords

The bedroom tax would be abolished 'in a matter of months' under a new Labour government

08 April, 2015

Rachel Reeves, shadow work and pensions secretary, visited a Barry food bank which has seen the number of people use it increase by 500 in just two years

Gas Safety is no Joke

08 April, 2015

Research has found that private rental landlords in the UK are openly ignoring Gas Safety regulations

Renters - don't miss your vote

08 April, 2015

Private renters come in all shapes and sizes; students, young professionals, families, pensioners

Eight top tips for dealing with universal credit

08 April, 2015

The introduction of universal credit brings many changes for social landlords and tenants

Cameron confident over welfare deal

08 April, 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron is confident the NI welfare deal can get back on track

What has happened to the disabled people affected by the Coalition's welfare reforms?

08 April, 2015

Frances Ryan revisits previous interviewees to find out how they are coping with the bedroom tax and the changes to benefits like the Disability Living Allowance

George Osborne refuses to rule out child benefit cuts

08 April, 2015

Chancellor refuses to say he will not roll child benefits into the Universal Credit system, in a move that would deny 4.3 million households the payments

Will anyone house people on benefits from 8 May?

07 April, 2015

Friday 8 May 2015 is the day the welfare state provision of housing dies

Labour's 'one month to scrap bedroom tax'

07 April, 2015

People have one month in which to scrap the so-called "bedroom tax" by voting Labour

The Supreme Court didn't endorse the benefit cap

07 April, 2015

The benefit cap is lawful, ruled the Supreme Court by a majority of 3:2 last month

How has CTS affected claimants across England?

07 April, 2015

From April 2013, local authorities across England were given the power to devise their own systems of CTS for working-age adults

The future of the bedroom tax is in the hands of the people of Wales

07 April, 2015

The Tories argue there are 90,000 people in Wales on housing waiting lists and 13,000 in over-crowded social accommodation

Cardiff Council slaps warning on payday loan web pages

07 April, 2015

More than 300 payday loan sites will trigger a warning page when accessed on public computers in libraries and community centres

Tenant wins battle to stop Westminster council moving her out of London

07 April, 2015

Titina Nzolameso prevents council moving her family to Milton Keynes in a supreme court ruling that will impact how local authorities house the homeless

Council privately rent houses - as 1,700 still on waiting list

07 April, 2015

Council houses are being offered for rent on the open market because people do not want to live in them

Tax and benefits changes will help 14m households

07 April, 2015

Chancellor says changes will save working households £17 per month as David Cameron hails 'Money-back Monday'

Half a million more people summoned to court over unpaid council tax, after benefits scrapped

07 April, 2015

Half a million more people were summoned to court last year over unpaid council tax

Don't expect benefits if you spend your pension

07 April, 2015

Savers who spend all their pension pot should not expect to be able to rely on means-tested state benefits

HB Direct issue 158

07 April, 2015

New legislation will come into effect on 6 April 2015 which will increase the rate of deduction that can be made by a Direct Earnings Attachment

Work and pensions secretary defends welfare reform record in Northampton

02 April, 2015

Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith defended his record on welfare reform

Two years on - the Bedroom Tax has brought untold hardship to hundreds of thousands of people

02 April, 2015

If there was ever an anniversary not to celebrate it's today's marker of two years since the Bedroom Tax was introduced

Property report: Renters in line for better deals

02 April, 2015

Things just got easier for 'generation rent'

Archbishop of Wales Barry Morgan fears that prospect of welfare cuts means the worst could be yet to come

02 April, 2015

The Anglican leader is alarmed by the rise in the use of food banks, the effects of the so-called 'bedroom tax' and threats to libraries

Benefit receipt more widespread and inequality lower in the long-run

02 April, 2015

Almost three times as many people interact with the benefit system over an 18 year period than in a single year on average

Thought the bedroom tax was bad? Let's talk about cuts to council tax support

02 April, 2015

Poor people need help with council tax. Instead they get bailiffs, court summons and spiralling debt that could land them in prison

Landlady sentenced to six months jail after tenants kick up a stink

02 April, 2015

A rogue landlady has been brought to justice by the tenants she illegally evicted from their home in Fulham

HB A7/2015

02 April, 2015

Information about pension flexibilities with defined contribution funds or money purchase benefits schemes

LIN Welfare Benefits Rates Card for 2015/16

01 April, 2015

DWP Benefits Rates Card 2015/16

Liverpool's landlord licensing scheme branded a "populist vanity project"

01 April, 2015

A new licensing scheme for landlords in Liverpool has been condemned as a "vanity project" that will do nothing to protect tenants from crooks

UK adults wary of being buy-to-let landlords, don't like repairing toilet

01 April, 2015

More than a third of UK adults (36%) say it's 'extremely risky' being a buy-to-let landlord

Up and up: Rents continue to rise across country

01 April, 2015

Outside of the capital, private sector rents rose 1% in February compared to January, and 7% annually, to reach an average of £705 per calendar month

Scrap the £26,000 cap on benefits claims, says the SNP as surge in support boosts Sturgeon plan to end austerity

01 April, 2015

The SNP today demanded the end of the £26,000 cap on benefits claims as a price for supporting Labour

Family 'threatened with eviction' for not paying bedroom tax on toilet

01 April, 2015

A Cornwall father who converted a bedroom into a toilet to help his seriously ill son says his family have been threatened with eviction for refusing to pay the bedroom tax on it

Tenants 'could deliberately damage properties' to avoid eviction

01 April, 2015

Tenants trying to avoid eviction could abuse a new legal system designed to ban revenge evictions, by deliberately damaging properties

Give zero-hours workers regular contracts after 3 months

01 April, 2015

Labour leader plans to give employees legal right to a regular contract after 12 weeks' continuous work but critics say employers will sack staff before deadline

A rising economic tide, but many left drowning in debt

01 April, 2015

Despite positive economic news rapidly increasing numbers of people are seeking help for debt problems

Shock survey result reveals that private landlords overwhelmingly vote Tory

01 April, 2015

Nearly half the landlords we asked intend to vote Conservative in the upcoming election. That's more than twice as many as Labour

Jobseeker's Allowance claimants who received one or more sanction decisions in Fife

01 April, 2015

Statistics on Jobseeker's Allowance claimants who received one or more adverse sanction decisions in the Fife local authority area

Private rented sector reforms

31 March, 2015

Plans to reform private sector tenancy laws will remove the fear of eviction and help tenants to assert their rights

The Devolution of Housing Benefit and Social Security: Rebalancing Housing Subsidies in Scotland

31 March, 2015

This report examines the existing Housing Benefit system in Scotland and makes recommendations for its improvement in the light of the Smith Commission's report on devolution

Tenancy deposit scheme overhauled by the Deregulation Act 2015 - Retrospectively!

31 March, 2015

On 26 March 2015 changes to the tenancy deposit scheme under the Deregulation Act 2015 came into force

Low pay and benefits the 'new normal' for social housing tenants

31 March, 2015

A combination of low pay and benefits has become the 'new normal' for social housing tenants

Disabled couple's High Court bedroom tax victory 'could have significant consequences'

31 March, 2015

A disabled couple have successfully challenged a council's bedroom tax policy in a case that could have significant consequences across the country

Generous welfare systems actually make people more keen to work

31 March, 2015

Generous welfare systems do not create a culture of dependency and actually make people more keen to work

Beware of politicians making false promises of easy welfare cuts

31 March, 2015

Britain's Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith arrives for a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in London February 4, 2014

Discretionary Housing Payments - the trouble with DLA

31 March, 2015

According to DWP survey evidence, some 75% of Councils take Disability Living Allowance into account as income

Calls to abolish bedroom tax after Harold Hill mum speaks of struggle to downsize

30 March, 2015

A mother-of-two has spoken of her difficulty downsizing her property under the threat of the bedroom tax as a leading charity has called for it to be abolished

Housing Health and Safety Rating System - Guidance for Landlords and Property Related Professionals

30 March, 2015

This document has been prepared in light of the Housing Act 2004 (the Act) for those owners and landlords who have a limited number of properties

Mayor of Newham hits out as Eric Pickles given right to veto private landlord licensing schemes

30 March, 2015

The Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales has slammed new powers that will give Communities Secretary Eric Pickles the right to veto local authority private landlord licensing schemes

The language of universal credit

30 March, 2015

Universal credit brings with it new terminology which housing professionals will need to understand so they can work effectively with tenants

HB S4/2015

30 March, 2015

This circular is about the allocation of additional funding to meet the costs of implementing welfare reform changes in 2015/16

HB A6/2015

30 March, 2015

A request for local authorities to send their Discretionary Housing Payments returns for the year April 2014 to March 2015 by 15 May 2015

No decisions yet on benefit cuts

30 March, 2015

No decisions have been made on where to make further benefit cuts, should the Conservatives win the general election

How welfare HARMS the poor: Labour attacks the Tories for cutting benefits. But a damning new book argues that handouts destroy communities and families

30 March, 2015

The future of the welfare state, always one of the most controversial issues in British politics, is certain to be at the heart of the imminent General Election campaign

It's time to end the great lettings agent swindle

30 March, 2015

With private renting becoming the new normal for millions of people this could be the first election in which renters make their voices heard

Blow your pension pot and you'll lose your benefits: Savers warned they risk being refused state payouts if they spend nest-egg on luxuries

30 March, 2015

Savers who blow their pensions on a Lamborghini - or any other luxury - under new freedoms are being warned that they cannot expect to fall back on benefits

Charities 'very worried' after leak suggests Tories plan to tax disabled benefits if re-elected

30 March, 2015

The document detailed plans to impose taxes on the disability living allowance, personal independence payments and attendance allowance

Tories may not reveal details of £12bn welfare cuts until after election

30 March, 2015

Iain Duncan Smith says Conservatives will talk about where axe should fall when party is ready, as IFS director warns of 'pretty dramatic' cuts

Cities raise concerns at speed of universal credit rollout

27 March, 2015

Concerns have been raised about the speed of the national rollout of universal credit to two major cities

Selective licensing in the private rented sector: a guide for local authorities

27 March, 2015

Guidance explaining the criteria for making a selective licensing scheme

Why welfare and benefits matter in this election

27 March, 2015

At any one time, half the UK population receives help in the form of government benefits

Universal Credit welcome guide

27 March, 2015

An introduction to Universal Credit, including how it works and how it tops up your earnings to help make work pay

Touchbase DWP E-zine

27 March, 2015

News about benefits, pensions and DWP services for people who work with or advise our customers - March 2015

New rules to help tenants introduced

27 March, 2015

The Welsh Government have worked to develop new protocols for awarding Discretionary Housing Payments

Number of people in Wales seeking advice from debt charity StepChange grows by 84% over three years

27 March, 2015

StepChange said household bills were the main problem with arrears on rent, council tax and water bills all increasing since 2011

We'll cut £12bn from welfare - but we won't tell you how

27 March, 2015

Conservative Treasury Minister David Gauke this morning confirmed the party plan to cut the welfare budget by £12 billion

Food Poverty in the UK - a state of Inertia

26 March, 2015

Food Poverty has been a national media concern since back in 2012

Debt, sanctions and skipped meals: how welfare reform affects social tenants

26 March, 2015

Tenants in social housing have born the brunt of welfare cuts

Rising homelessness: Too much welfare reform and not enough rental reform?

26 March, 2015

Every household who loses their home and turns to their council for help represents a tragedy

Is Welfare Reform Working?

26 March, 2015

Impacts on working age tenants

Universal Credit and employers: frequently asked questions

26 March, 2015

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

Tackling fraud, error and debt in the benefits and tax credits system

26 March, 2015

Progress report on tackling fraud, error and debt in the benefits and tax credits system over the last 5 years, and planned future improvements

Benefit and pension rates: April 2015

26 March, 2015

A list of benefit and pension rates from April 2015. Most rates change in April every year

Private landlords demand council delays licensing scheme

26 March, 2015

A private landlords group is demanding that Liverpool City Council postpones the launch of a city-wide licensing scheme

Electrical Safety First roundtable calls for urgent requirement for electrical safety checks for private rented sector through Renting Homes (Wales) Bill

26 March, 2015

Welsh Government called to include an urgent requirement for five yearly electrical safety checks for the private rented sector

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion in Scotland 2015

26 March, 2015

The changing face of poverty in Scotland: young adults and those privately renting now at greater risk

Social landlords express concern at Universal Credit roll-out

26 March, 2015

A conference took place yesterday in the Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, at the invitation of the DWP

Feb 15 Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

25 March, 2015

Slowest rent rises for two years

NLA demands delay to licensing as Liverpool Council criminalises landlords

25 March, 2015

The NLA is demanding that Liverpool City Council (LCC) postpones the launch of its city-wide licensing scheme

Universal Credit for HR and payroll staff

25 March, 2015

Universal Credit helps people on a low wage by topping up their earnings, it's based on income and not hours

Universal Credit: how it helps your employees and workers

25 March, 2015

Universal Credit is a new benefit that supports people who are on a low income or out of work

Labour, drop the benefits doublespeak and let's hear your underdog-whistle

25 March, 2015

George Osborne's callous benefits cuts are an open goal - for a party prepared to back its belief in the good welfare state

Labour pledges to end dependency on food banks with welfare reforms

25 March, 2015

Party is promising to scrap benefit sanctions and low pay culture that it believes is forcing people to turn to food banks

Iain Duncan Smith refuses to meet with food bank charity about poverty - then meets with investment bankers about it instead

25 March, 2015

Iain Duncan Smith has refused to meet with Britain's biggest food bank charity for over a year

New tenants in UK facing higher rents as demand increases

25 March, 2015

There is an increase in demand for property in the UK private rental sector with new tenants seeing a rise in monthly rents from a third of lettings agents

Migrants who won't learn English to be stripped of housing benefits under Tories

25 March, 2015

Claimants who reject English lessons will lose housing support under Conservative plans to put 'rocket boosters' under current sanctions

Public Attitudes to Poverty, Inequality and Welfare in Scotland and Britain

24 March, 2015

Scottish Government Communities Analytical Services 2015

Private Rented Property Licence

24 March, 2015

Waltham Forest Council has designated Waltham Forest as a Private Rented Property Licence Area

600,000 fewer workless households since 2010: Workless households now lowest in a decade

24 March, 2015

New figures show the number of workless households has fallen by more than 600,000 since 2010, the lowest in a decade

Benefit sanctions policy beyond the Oakley Review

24 March, 2015

Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report

MPs demand benefit sanctions review

24 March, 2015

The Tory-led coalition's controversial benefit sanctions regime should be subject to a full independent review to investigate whether they are being applied appropriately

London's rental price growth slowing in 2015

24 March, 2015

Rents rise in seven out of twelve regions across the UK in the three months to February 2015

Welfare reform deal 'still doable'

24 March, 2015

A deal on welfare reform is still doable, Northern Ireland's First Minister said

Benefit sanctions: the 10 trivial breaches and administrative errors

24 March, 2015

MPs' inquiry heard copious evidence of claimants being docked hundreds of pounds and pitched into financial crisis for often absurd reasons

Tory minister filmed making benefits claimants joke in Channel 4 sting

24 March, 2015

A Conservative Foreign Office minister has joked that benefit claimants can afford to donate £55,000 to his party's election campaign

LIN Member Report March 2015 - The Budget

24 March, 2015

This member report is written by Neil Merrick

On the welfare front, the government confirmed that migrants from the European Economic Area will not be able to claim universal credit from July. There will be also be more co-ordinated efforts to tackle benefit fraud. As ever, housing providers are calling for more direct government investment and, for a change, there is the prospect of that actually happening. But there is a general election looming first, an event that could potentially overshadow everything that was announced by the Chancellor last week.

Labour claims bedroom tax is 'costing London's poor £50m a year'

23 March, 2015

The "bedroom tax" is squeezing more than £50 million a year from London's poorest families

Unemployment down in Halton says DWP

23 March, 2015

Jobcentre Plus stresses that jobseekers will not be sanctioned for refusing zero-hour contracts as benefits begin switch to Universal Credit

Welfare to work devolution in England

23 March, 2015

This report reviews policy developments and evidence on the devolution of welfare to work policies in Britain, Canada, the USA, the Netherlands and Germany

Welfare to work policy needs a radical shake up if we're going to meaningfully reduce poverty

23 March, 2015

Getting people off benefits isn't enough - they need sustained employment with opportunities for progression too

Council meeting to discuss Selective Licensing in Croydon

23 March, 2015

Croydon Council has passed a borough-wide Selective Licensing scheme

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2015

23 March, 2015

Historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data for people receiving benefits

Two fires a day in London high rise flats 'show landlords must act'

23 March, 2015

Fire chiefs have called for landlords to act after figures showed nearly two fires a day are reported in London's high rise flats

The Northern Ireland families who get over £56,000 a year in benefit payouts

23 March, 2015

How ten Northern Ireland households are sharing in £500,000 of state handouts, money that '98% of families here can't even imagine'

Iain Duncan Smith: Government's controversial bedroom tax has saved taxpayers £1 billion

23 March, 2015

Work and Pensions Secretary says payments for spare bedrooms was costing £1 million a day

Iain Duncan Smith's universal credit: bad for landlords, worse for tenants

20 March, 2015

Iain Duncan Smith's universal credit is bad news for tenants and landlords alike - and I should know

We must take a bolder approach to welfare reform

20 March, 2015

The Chancellor failed to resolve three crucial issues in his Budget

What are the welfare cuts Osborne is hiding until after the election?

20 March, 2015

The Chancellor has vowed to cut £12bn from welfare - but he's announced just £3bn of savings

Universal Credit at risk of collapse?

20 March, 2015

The flagship welfare reform has recently been described as "in meltdown" by its own staff

Feb 15 Buy-to-Let

20 March, 2015

Largest annual rent rises since May 2013

Troubled Families: benefits and employment, Apr 2012 to Jan 2015

20 March, 2015

Experimental statistics on benefits and employment for individuals and households on the DCLG Troubled Families programme

Landmark disability discrimination judgment

20 March, 2015

The ruling means that, in most cases where there is likely to be an arguable case that the tenant has been discriminated against on the grounds of their disability, it will not be dealt with in a summary hearing

Osborne plans cuts of £30bn - but how can he squeeze welfare any further?

20 March, 2015

Chancellor plans to eliminate deficit by 2019 but remains tight-lipped over details as experts question where more cuts could be made to benefits

Duncan Smith: critics proved wrong on Work Programme

19 March, 2015

More than 400,000 long-term unemployed people are now in work because of the Work Programme

Universal Credit waiting days: statement from Paul Gray

19 March, 2015

Paul Gray provides an update on the committee's consultation on the introduction of Universal Credit waiting days

£3 million fund means thousands more tenants will have working smoke alarms

19 March, 2015

Fire Minister announces boost to support the delivery of working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to privately rented homes

Northern Ireland unemployment benefit claimants figure falls again

19 March, 2015

The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Northern Ireland fell by 1,700 in February

David Cameron's plans for obese benefit claimants questionable

19 March, 2015

Weight-loss programmes often fail and forcing claimants to undergo surgery is unethical - better to work on health of whole population, says journal's editorial

Fruit and vegetable vouchers could buy poorer people a more nutritious diet

19 March, 2015

A pilot scheme in London is helping families provide healthier meals for their children while supporting local markets

Food bank users at risk of developing nutritional problems

19 March, 2015

People who rely on food banks risk developing nutritional problems because of the lack of fresh produce

Osborne will need unprecedented cuts in welfare to meet targets

19 March, 2015

The Treasury will need to find "unprecedented" welfare savings over the next three years for the government to achieve its public spending plans

Household incomes: overall trends and the impact of tax and benefit changes

19 March, 2015

Chancellor and the Leader of the Opposition made contrasting claims about living standards yesterday

LHA Rates - 2015/16

18 March, 2015

Effective from 1 April 2015, the maximum achievable LHA rates which tenants will be able to access for the year 2015/16 will change

HB A5/2015

18 March, 2015

Guidance for local authorities on DWP's approach to Housing Benefit operational information, performance support and inspection in 2015/16

Supreme Court finds in favour of benefit cap

18 March, 2015

Judges in the country's highest court have declared that the benefit cap is lawful

Duncan Smith: Record employment rate shows we were right to reform

18 March, 2015

The employment rate has now hit an all time record high in the UK, after growing faster than any major economy over the past year

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 12 Mar 2015

18 March, 2015

This summary contains statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 12 March 2015

Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Housing Benefit by employment sector 2010 to 2013

18 March, 2015

Freedom of Information response about benefit units receiving Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Housing Benefit by employment sector

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to January 2015

18 March, 2015

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

An introduction to Universal Credit

18 March, 2015

Information for people claiming Universal Credit in Sutton

Supreme Court finds 'Benefit Cap' in breach of children's rights

18 March, 2015

The Supreme Court has declared that the 'benefit cap' breaches the government's international obligations; it overrides the rights of children

"Surprised and saddened": MSPs react to Mundell food bank evidence

18 March, 2015

Scottish Parliament has announced that it has sent evidence, which shows the link between the UK welfare reforms and an increase in the use of food banks

Labour vows to reduce reliance on food banks if it comes to power

18 March, 2015

Shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves blames benefits delays and welfare sanctions for an increase in food bank use

Supreme court to decide whether UK benefits cap is unlawful

18 March, 2015

Those in unique circumstances - such as fleeing violent partners - put at risk of homelessness by policy that breaches rights under European law

What George Osborne did for Generation Rent

18 March, 2015

London couples on a steady income see the prospect of ever owning their own home receding to zero

HB G3/2015

17 March, 2015

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff about Universal Credit

Liz on the Bedroom Tax and Local Housing Allowance - Labour will Scrap the Bedroom Tax

17 March, 2015

The "Bedroom Tax" and The Local Housing Allowance do appear to be similar policies on first sight

Worcester firm launches new site for tenants to swap homes

17 March, 2015

IT services provider Housing Partners has launched a £1 million new version of its market leading HomeSwapper service

Why we need to stop demonising people on benefits

17 March, 2015

Nobody loves a scrounger, especially when times are hard

Number of EU migrants claiming benefits in the UK

17 March, 2015

Statistics on the number of EU migrants claiming benefits in the UK

Westward tenants benefit from Tesco food bank

17 March, 2015

Alexandra House, Westward's supported housing scheme for single people in Exmouth, is now benefiting from food donations

Lifeline not Lifestyle

17 March, 2015

An economic analysis of the impacts of cutting housing benefit for young people

Rip-off rents: Britain's priciest places to be a tenant

17 March, 2015

The UK housing supply crisis hits tenants in the pocket as rents soar, but where are the most expensive places for lettings?

Committee launches inquiry into the impact of welfare changes on women

17 March, 2015

The impact of recent welfare reforms on women in Scotland will be the focus of a new inquiry by the Scottish Parliament's Welfare Reform Committee

Welfare 'could be debated in assembly next week'

17 March, 2015

The welfare reform bill could be debated in the assembly again next week if there is sufficient movement in ongoing negotiations

Peter Bolton King on PRS licensing and the 2015 UK Budget

16 March, 2015

Peter Bolton King, comments on the announcement by UK Housing Minster, Brandon Lewis MP, on PRS licensing

In tenants' own words: why the bedroom tax makes you ill

16 March, 2015

The bedroom tax causes stress, depression, loneliness and hunger, social housing tenants told an academic study

A year to change the law

16 March, 2015

Two weeks ago, the Prime Minister gave a speech about housing

HB S3/2015

16 March, 2015

Contains information on Fraud and Error Reduction Incentive Scheme 2015/16 Funding

'Revenge eviction' bill passed

16 March, 2015

The House of Lords has this afternoon passed a law banning so-called 'revenge evictions'

Computer glitch hits Dumfries and Galloway housing benefit

16 March, 2015

Dumfries and Galloway Council says every effort has been made to support tenants after a computer glitch delayed their housing benefit payments

Thousands of disability claimants lose cars in cuts

16 March, 2015

Figures obtained by ITV News have revealed that around 100 disability claimants are losing their car benefit every week

A Recipe for Inequality

16 March, 2015

Why our food system is leaving low-income households behind

Housing benefit bill rose by £2.4-billion under coalition as Labour claim new homes needed

16 March, 2015

New analysis of a report on housing benefit shows that the total bill has risen by £2.4-billion since the coalition took power in 2010

Tenants hit by bedroom tax suffer range of health problems

16 March, 2015

Stress, anxiety, hunger, ill-health and depression are all experienced by people who have been affected by the controversial welfare policy

Review of property conditions in the private rented sector: government response

13 March, 2015

This report is the government's response to the discussion document that considers how best to tackle rogue landlords, without negatively impacting on good landlords

Improving the private rented sector and tackling bad practice: a guide for local authorities

13 March, 2015

This is guidance for local authority housing officers to help them effectively tackle poor and illegal practices by landlords and letting agents

Renting a safe home: a guide for tenants

13 March, 2015

This guide provides information for private rented sector tenants on how to rent a safe home

New measures help create a bigger, better private rented sector

13 March, 2015

New measures have been introduced that will create a bigger, better private rented sector for tenants and landlords

Private rented sector

13 March, 2015

Written ministerial statement by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on the private rented sector

Housing Benefit subsidy guidance manual 2014 to 2015

13 March, 2015

This guidance is for local authorities. It explains the subsidies DWP pays them for certain costs of the Housing Benefit scheme

Council approves new regime to protect 3,500 PRS tenants

13 March, 2015

Islington Council has given the green light for a new licensing regime that will protect around 3,500 tenants in the private rented sector

Victoria's social housing plan not discriminatory

13 March, 2015

Richard Wynne says allowing developers to build cheaper housing away from apartment complexes more 'flexible'

Blackpool council's plan to cut benefits is no way to tackle the housing crisis

13 March, 2015

The seaside town took the unusual step of requesting the Treasury cut housing benefit for residents, but tenants should not pay for the sins of their landlords

Ending the tenant tax to help tackle rogue landlords

12 March, 2015

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis pledged to end the "tenants' tax" that pushes up rents and imposes unnecessary red tape on decent landlords

Third Party Payments Creditor/Supplier Handbook

12 March, 2015

The aim of this handbook is to provide an overview of how the Third Party Deductions Scheme works for organisations and individuals who receive Third Party Payments

Nine out of 10 tenants are satisfied with social landlords' services

12 March, 2015

Eighty eight per cent of tenants of Scottish social landlords are satisfied with the service provided by their landlord

Supreme Court protects disabled tenants from eviction

12 March, 2015

There is often little that some tenants can do if their landlord decides they want the property back

Tenants safer under new government measures

12 March, 2015

Landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties

Lib Dem grassroots plot yet another Bedroom Tax revolt

12 March, 2015

Nick Clegg is facing a revolt from grassroots Liberal Democrats who will demand a firm pledge to scrap the bedroom tax at the party's spring conference starting on Friday

Cambridge one-bed rental prices rise by half in less than two years

12 March, 2015

Spiralling costs of renting in Cambridge are leaving those on housing benefit further and further behind

George Osborne's big benefit freeze: Budget to signal election pledge to cut £12billion from welfare

12 March, 2015

Slashing £12billion from the nation's bloated benefits bill will be at the heart of the Tory pitch for a second term in office

Victory for landlords - councils' powers to license further diluted by housing minister

11 March, 2015

With effect from 1.4.15 Local councils will no longer have the power to licence landlords across a whole borough or city following reforms of Selective Licensing, restricting local decision-making powers

It's law: Landlords must install smoke alarms

11 March, 2015

England's landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties, under new measures announced by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis

Poverty and Employment Transitions in the UK and EU, 2007-2012

11 March, 2015

This article provides analysis on people in income poverty and the effect that moving from unemployment to employment has on their poverty status

Welfare reform: Westminster will not provide extra money says minister

11 March, 2015

Martin McGuinness has said £200m would solve problems over welfare reform but the Northern Ireland Secretary has said there will be no extra cash

Severely disabled people face disaster if the Independent Living Fund ends

11 March, 2015

Campaigners say closure of the Independent Living Fund will exacerbate 'grave and systematic violation' of disabled people's rights

The cost of the cuts: the impact on local government and poorer communities

11 March, 2015

Cuts to local authority budgets are having a profound effect on the services people receive.

Opinion: How housing associations are empowering communities

11 March, 2015

As traditional methods of support for communities are undermined, social landlords have an increasingly important role to play.

Coalition Britain: after the teething problems, will universal credit work?

11 March, 2015

Supporters of the coalition's flagship welfare reform programme are buoyant but some question the services efficiency.

Fewer council tenants will get help with rent after new cuts

11 March, 2015

Fewer housing benefit claimants in Oxford will be eligible for money to help them pay their rent after funding was cut.

More than 105,000 households 'helped by troubled families programme'

11 March, 2015

Communities secretary Eric Pickles claims programme - which works with families with various social problems - has saved taxpayers £1.2bn

BTL 'will pass £30bn in 2015 and make up 25% of homes by 2020'

11 March, 2015

Experts predict buy-to-let lending will break £30bn this year and the private rented sector will account for 25% of properties by 2020.

Half of single parents borrow to pay childcare costs

11 March, 2015

Decade old childcare costs cap is set to undermine government pledge that universal credit will make work pay

50% rise in long-term unemployment for young ethnic minority people in UK

11 March, 2015

Labour cites figures in attack on coalition for 'abandonment' of 16- to 24-year-olds from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds to joblessness

Minister for Disabled People irritated by questions about disabled people in bedroom tax debate

10 March, 2015

The Minister for Disabled People was in no mood for questions about the bedroom tax

Council demands next UK government reforms PRS

10 March, 2015

A London borough has demanded that the UK's next government reforms the private rented sector to improve standards and reign in rogue landlords

IDS furious as Reeves taunts him over 1,605-year roll-out plan for universal credit

10 March, 2015

The full roll out of universal credit will now take 1,605 years based on the latest estimates, the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary has told the House of Commons

'Universal credit is an unmitigated failure'

10 March, 2015

The Tory-led coalition's oft-bungled universal credit (UC) system has been blasted as an "unmitigated failure"

Welfare Reform Committee

10 March, 2015

The Welfare Reform Committee took evidence on the cumulative impact of welfare reform on households in Scotland on 10 March 2015

Food bank Britain: why it only takes one week of school holidays to tip families into food poverty

10 March, 2015

Missing out on free school meals for just one week at half term is tipping some families into acute food poverty

No support for paying housing benefit payments directly to tenants rather than landlords in Wales

10 March, 2015

Lesley Griffiths, has welcomed the publication of a report which has revealed a lack of support for the UK Government's plans to pay housing benefit payments directly to claimants as opposed to landlords

UK govt plans could prevent selective landlord licensing by councils

10 March, 2015

Councils in the UK could be prevented from introducing selective licensing for private sector landlords unless there are specific reasons for doing so

Credit where it's due? Assessing the benefits and risks of Universal Credit

10 March, 2015

The government's plans for Universal Credit were first set out in November 2010, and its concept has received broad cross-party support

Map of benefit sanctions shows cruelty

10 March, 2015

A benefits sanction map of the UK shows how claimants are being treated with cruelty

New support for social tenants who want to work

09 March, 2015

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

Universal Credit: entitlement of EEA nationals

09 March, 2015

Correspondence between SSAC and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions about the entitlement of EEA nationals to Universal Credit

Social housing rents - playing the percentage game

09 March, 2015

Inflation is falling and could soon reach a negative figure - but neither tenants nor social landlords should start celebrating when it comes to rents

Real Life Reform

09 March, 2015

Report 6 - March 2015

EU jobseekers barred from claiming Universal Credit

09 March, 2015

New EU migrants arriving in the UK will be prevented from claiming universal credit

'Dickensian' poor doors separating wealthy tenants should be banned

09 March, 2015

Developers should be banned from the "Dickensian" practice of having separate "poor doors" for social housing tenants

Councils turning to bailiffs to evict tenants, instead of helping them with rent arrears

09 March, 2015

Councils have been accused of turning to bailiffs and the courts rather than helping people in rent arrears

Bill for housing benefit falls for the first time in a decade as welfare reforms curb spending

09 March, 2015

Spending on housing benefit has fallen for the first time in a decade

Housing association defends impact of bedroom tax in Dorset

06 March, 2015

A housing association with properties in Sherborne has defended the 'bedroom tax'

Welby charity in legal fight against welfare reform

06 March, 2015

A charity whose patrons include Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Jeremy Paxman is taking Iain Duncan Smith to court over welfare reform

Investors missing out in private rented sector

06 March, 2015

UK institutional investors are significantly underinvested in the private rented sector

The effects of changes to housing benefit in the private rented sector

06 March, 2015

This presentation was delivered at a seminar at the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin on 5 March 2015

People hit by council tax support cuts are broke, but the system is broken

06 March, 2015

Court rooms are clogged with people who have fallen behind on payments since support funds were axed, yet the rich still fail to pay their fair share of the tax

Powers for councils to licence landlords diluted by government

06 March, 2015

Department of Communities and Local Government's (DCLG) intention to introduce additional legislation for the licensing of private rented properties

Social housing vacancies, lettings and rent arrears, 2013-14

06 March, 2015

Social housing refers to dwellings, bedsits and bedspaces owned, or partly owned, by local authorities and Registered Social Landlords

Shadwell tenant notified of 70% rent rise after twice beating retaliatory eviction attempts

06 March, 2015

A private tenant who beat his landlord's attempts to twice evict him has been notified of a 70 per cent increase in rent this week in a bid to force him out

Disabled Southport woman gets bedroom tax Supreme Court date

05 March, 2015

Jacqueline Carmichael and her husband, Jayson, are challenging the government over bedroom tax at the highest court of appeal in the UK

Universal Credit factsheet

05 March, 2015

This factsheet contains information on universal credit

Reform private rent before it breaks the housing benefit bank

05 March, 2015

The housing crisis is giving landlords ample scope to milk the public purse by inflating rents so that more and more people in work end up relying on housing benefit to keep a roof over their heads

Clanmil Housing Helps Tenants become "Savvy Savers"

05 March, 2015

The Clanmil Housing Group has launched an innovative new scheme offering its tenants an opportunity and incentive to start saving

Tories consider limiting child benefit to three children

05 March, 2015

The Conservatives are considering limiting child benefit to three children

NFA briefing on universal credit

05 March, 2015

Ready or not? Preparing for Universal Credit national roll out

Because you're special: Lovable landlords dropping asking price

05 March, 2015

More tenants are paying less than the advertised rent for private rented homes

Universal Credit is on the way to Swansea

05 March, 2015

Welfare benefit changes have been high on the poverty and prevention agenda in recent years

Disabled 'had to stay' after tax

04 March, 2015

A "significant number" of disabled people living in specially adapted homes have had to bear the cost of the so-called bedroom tax

Universal Credit rolled out to tackle East End's benefit-capped unemployed

04 March, 2015

The government's much-criticised "making work pay" Universal Credit has arrived at Jobcentres in London's deprived East End

Tory disabilities minister blames Lib Dems for disabled people bedroom tax fiasco

04 March, 2015

It was revealed that the reason the Department for Work and Pensions has been unable to respond to a carefully researched, well-evidenced report into 'Support for Housing Costs in a reformed welfare system' is the Liberal Democrats

HB S2/2015

04 March, 2015

Contains information on New Burdens payment for Real Time Information bulk data matching initiative

Number of HB (Aug 2014) and out of work benefit (May 2013) claimants with dependant

04 March, 2015

Number of Housing Benefit claimants with dependants at August 2014 and out of work benefit claimants with dependants at May 2013 in GB

Minister hastily backtracks after condemning benefit sanctions

04 March, 2015

Business minister Nick Boles has withdrawn his comments that benefit sanctions are "inhuman" and "unreasonable" and instead said he was "a strong supporter"

I have succeeded to a tenancy, why can't I stay?

04 March, 2015

Many people live with and care for a family member tenant of a housing association or council property, with the expectation that they will be able to remain there and take over the tenancy if the tenant should die

Tories must not look like we want to punish people on benefits, says IDS with warning against 'finger wagging' at the poor

04 March, 2015

Conservatives must show they are not driven by a desire to 'punish' people on benefits

Tory minister criticises 'inhuman inflexibility' in benefit sanctions

04 March, 2015

Business minister Nick Boles says system needs to be looked at after election, despite colleagues' defence of sanctions

Westminster sanctions hitting lone parents hardest

03 March, 2015

Ahead of the Scottish Parliament's Stage Three debate on the Welfare Funds Bill, the SNP is highlighting new evidence of the impact of welfare cuts and sanctions on lone parents

Special event to help landlords deal with tenant money problems after benefits change

03 March, 2015

A special event is being staged for landlords to help them deal with tenants with money problems following changes to the benefits system

Getting Universal Credit ready is sometimes about changing lives

03 March, 2015

As you all know Universal Credit is coming. In preparation for its roll out in Cornwall this May we set up a pilot project on one of our estates in Bodmin

Why England can't just 'get used to renting'

03 March, 2015

The proportion of people who own their own home is continuing its rapid decline across England

UK's buy-to-letters spooked by coming election

03 March, 2015

Almost half of the UK's private rented sector (PRS) landlords have halted plans to expand their property empires ahead of the general election

Paying rent in London eats up two thirds of tenants' incomes in some boroughs

03 March, 2015

Struggling private tenants in London are spending almost half their gross income on rent

70% rise in Dundee council house rent arrears

03 March, 2015

The number of former council house tenants in arrears has risen by more than 70%

Cheshire Hunger - Understanding Emergency Food Provision in West Cheshire

03 March, 2015

Across the UK, more and more people have resorted to using emergency food provision to make ends meet

Benefit cap cuts housing benefit to 22 Cambridge families with at least five children

02 March, 2015

Forty Cambridge families have been hit by a cap on their benefits under the Government's welfare reforms - including 22 with at least five children

Welfare reforms to hit lone parents

02 March, 2015

Lone parents with young children stand to lose more than £1,800 a year under the UK Government's welfare reforms

Bedroom tax: New figures reveal more than 10,000 have had benefits cuts across Lanarkshire

02 March, 2015

North Lanarkshire is the second most affected local authority in Scotland, while South Lanarkshire comes in fifth spot

Landlords cash in from rising house prices

02 March, 2015

The amount buy-to-let landlords are putting down in deposits has jumped by 15pc to £100,000 in the last year

Statistics on HB claimants in the private rented sector at May 2014

02 March, 2015

Housing Benefit claimants in the private rented sector by reason for payment to landlord or property agent at May 2014

A million more families will pay the hated Bedroom Tax if David Cameron triumphs in May

02 March, 2015

Sunday People political editor Nigel Nelson reveals how 220,000 more families will pay be forced to pay Bedroom Tax each year if the Tories win the General Election

Labour rent cap fears halt buy-to-lets

02 March, 2015

Many landlords have halted plans to invest further in buy-to-let property ahead of May's general election, amid concerns that a change in Government could lead to rent controls

Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut

02 March, 2015

Nearly 100,000 of the poorest children in the UK went hungry last year because their parents' benefits were stopped or cut

HB Direct issue 157

02 March, 2015

As you will see, there is no shortage of activity in DWP too and so this is a bit of a bumper edition

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