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Councils sit on £67m in emergency help for poor

22 April, 2014

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

Multiple Cuts for the Poorest Families

22 April, 2014

Oxfam report

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

Jumping the Shark

22 April, 2014

Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)report

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

Abolition of crisis funds creates postcode lottery for most vulnerable

22 April, 2014

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

Government approves property ombudsman to provide independent redress service

22 April, 2014

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

Providing social housing for local people

22 April, 2014

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

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

22 April, 2014

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

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

22 April, 2014

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

Generation rent

22 April, 2014

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

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

22 April, 2014

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

Plea to aid downsizing amid empty rooms glut

22 April, 2014

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

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

22 April, 2014

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

General practitioner fined after HMO licence breach

22 April, 2014

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

HB G4/2014

17 April, 2014

April 2014

Two in three associations pay living wage

17 April, 2014

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

Are you borrowing to pay your rent or mortgage?

17 April, 2014

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

HSBC enters social housing sector with £75m loan

17 April, 2014

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

Financial situation deteriorating for majority of low income social housing tenants

17 April, 2014

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

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

17 April, 2014

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

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

17 April, 2014

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

Bedroom tax preparations pay off for social landlord as arrears drop

17 April, 2014

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

The welfare state: Charity that wounds?

17 April, 2014

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

Learning curve

17 April, 2014

A year on from the introduction of the bedroom tax

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

16 April, 2014

This member report is written by Viv Ashley

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

Fees for eviction proceedings to rise by 150%

16 April, 2014

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

Even renters who work should be worried about housing benefit changes

16 April, 2014

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

A fifth of landlords have had disputes with tenants

16 April, 2014

Disputes were overwhelmingly related to the state of the property

Food banks see 'shocking' rise in number of users

16 April, 2014

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

Universal Credit: experimental official statistics to January 2014

16 April, 2014

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

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

16 April, 2014

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

SFHA comments on latest Scottish Government welfare reform mitigation statistics

16 April, 2014

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

Latest foodbank figures top 900,000

16 April, 2014

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

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

15 April, 2014

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

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

15 April, 2014

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

Post-implementation effects of the benefit cap: headline findings

15 April, 2014

Survey about the effects of the benefit cap following its implementation

Stronger protections for tenants and leaseholders

15 April, 2014

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

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

15 April, 2014

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

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

15 April, 2014

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

Is a new JSA sanctions storm brewing?

15 April, 2014

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

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

15 April, 2014

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

Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland

15 April, 2014

More than £25m DHP awarded in Scotland

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

14 April, 2014

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

Millions of private renters putting up with substandard homes

14 April, 2014

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

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

14 April, 2014

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

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

14 April, 2014

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

Bedroom tax savings to be used to build new homes

14 April, 2014

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

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

14 April, 2014

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

Third of rented homes 'not up to standard'

14 April, 2014

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

3,000 jobless European migrants on benefits

14 April, 2014

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

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

14 April, 2014

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

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

14 April, 2014

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

Removal of the spare room subsidy: information videos

14 April, 2014

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

Local partnership opportunities with Jobcentre Plus

11 April, 2014

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

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

11 April, 2014

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

Personal independence payments are a punishment of the poor and ill

11 April, 2014

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

Ministers call for Exemptions for Disabled Tenants with Adapted Homes

11 April, 2014

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

Challenging the bedroom tax

11 April, 2014

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

Impact of welfare reform on rent arrears

11 April, 2014

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

Council launches scheme to rent spare rooms to tenants facing homelessness

11 April, 2014

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

Help for those in food poverty

11 April, 2014

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

Croydon Council rent arrears drop by nine per cent

11 April, 2014

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

Bedrooms and brickbats

11 April, 2014

The bedroom tax will probably survive

Public access

11 April, 2014

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

Food bank provision & welfare reform in the UK

10 April, 2014

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

Life on the front line after the benefits cap

10 April, 2014

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

Tenants and landlords need clear advice on bedroom tax payment

10 April, 2014

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

Benefit claim assessments take 'double time'

10 April, 2014

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

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

10 April, 2014

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

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

10 April, 2014

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

Touchbase DWP E-zine

10 April, 2014

April 2014

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

10 April, 2014

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

London's housing benefit claimants being turned away by landlords

10 April, 2014

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

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

10 April, 2014

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

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

09 April, 2014

Are the government's housing welfare reforms working?

The impact of welfare reform on social landlords and tenants

09 April, 2014

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

Need for food banks is caused by welfare cuts

09 April, 2014

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

Universal Credit inquiry 'hampered by ministers'

09 April, 2014

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

Migrant welfare curbs extended to child benefits

09 April, 2014

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

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

09 April, 2014

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

SNP pledge to reverse benefit reforms after independence

09 April, 2014

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

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

09 April, 2014

There remains worrying uncertainty about the new Universal Credit IT system

Social landlords may need to lower rents

09 April, 2014

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

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

09 April, 2014

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

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

09 April, 2014

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

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

08 April, 2014

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

Welfare reforms: Conflicting estimates may be assessed

08 April, 2014

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

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

08 April, 2014

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

Council records sharp drop in rent arrears

08 April, 2014

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

Universal Credit starts in Wales

08 April, 2014

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

New measures to protect the integrity of the benefits system

08 April, 2014

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

Welfare reform will cost Wales almost £1bn a year

08 April, 2014

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

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

08 April, 2014

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

Universal Credit first for Deeside jobseekers

08 April, 2014

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

Households facing serious rent arrears fall by a third

08 April, 2014

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

CH 3295 2012

07 April, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - recovery of overpayments

CH 1277 2013

07 April, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - rent restrictions

Iain Duncan Smith defends welfare reforms

07 April, 2014

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

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

07 April, 2014

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

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

07 April, 2014

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

Families are forced into arrears by bedroom tax

07 April, 2014

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

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

07 April, 2014

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

The unexpected costs of the 'welfare revolution'

07 April, 2014

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

Tracking the impact of welfare reform changes on real people

07 April, 2014

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

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

07 April, 2014

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

Jobseekers required to do more to find work

07 April, 2014

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

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

07 April, 2014

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

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

07 April, 2014

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

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

04 April, 2014

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

Council defends unspent DHP

04 April, 2014

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

Social landlord blames bond price on Osborne pension changes

04 April, 2014

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

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

04 April, 2014

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

Council temporary housing funding cut

04 April, 2014

Local authorities to lose money under new universal credit system

Second home owners could face double council tax hike

04 April, 2014

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

Benefits sanctions give landlords cause for concern

04 April, 2014

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

Council threatens residents with bailiffs

04 April, 2014

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

Time to rethink bedroom tax and offer exemptions to disabled people

04 April, 2014

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

CH 2067 2012

04 April, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - other

CH 4085 2012

04 April, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - recovery of overpayments

CH 2889 2013

04 April, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - Human rights law

Support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system

03 April, 2014

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

Overhauling the welfare system would hit Northern Ireland hardest

03 April, 2014

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

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

03 April, 2014

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

ULI UK Launches Best Practice Design Guide for Build To Rent

03 April, 2014

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

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

03 April, 2014

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

Tenants urged to unite with private landlords over licensing scheme

03 April, 2014

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

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

03 April, 2014

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

More than 30 organisations call for PRS energy efficiency standard

03 April, 2014

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

Welfare reform one year on

03 April, 2014

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

HB A10/2014

02 April, 2014

Discretionary Housing Payment Guidance 2014

Vulnerable suffering as result of housing welfare reforms

02 April, 2014

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

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

02 April, 2014

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

Take politics out of food bank debate

02 April, 2014

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

Progress South East: Getting to grips with welfare

02 April, 2014

Landlords must change to weather the storm of welfare reform

Families hit hard by scrapping of council tax benefits

02 April, 2014

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

Bedroom tax 'saves Scottish taxpayers £42 million'

02 April, 2014

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

Cause for concerm?

02 April, 2014

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

Housing benefit changes distress disabled people

02 April, 2014

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

On the front line of welfare reform

02 April, 2014

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

Right Time Right Place

02 April, 2014

Engaging with the Private Rented Sector

Direct Payments Demonstration Projects Landlord Learning Document

01 April, 2014

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

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

HB Direct

01 April, 2014

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

Warning for rogue payday loan firms

01 April, 2014

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

Benefit sanctions will hit homeless hardest

01 April, 2014

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

Rent arrears soar for bedroom tax-hit tenants

01 April, 2014

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

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

01 April, 2014

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

Bedroom tax driving hungry tenants to food banks

01 April, 2014

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

Bedroom tax - children who require overnight care

01 April, 2014

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

Government welfare cap policy will cost more than it saves

01 April, 2014

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

DCLG to merge with DWP

01 April, 2014

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

Tenants could get more rights under new legislation

01 April, 2014

A new Bill in Parliament could further extend tenants' rights

Is landlord licensing on the rocks?

01 April, 2014

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

HB A9/2014

31 March, 2014

Contains information on temporary accommodation in Housing Benefit and Universal Credit

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

31 March, 2014

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

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

31 March, 2014

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

More help to go to those hurt by bedroom tax

31 March, 2014

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

Executive Summary UK Fuel Poverty Monitor 2013-2014

31 March, 2014

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

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

31 March, 2014

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

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

31 March, 2014

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

Scottish care provider wins tenants 139 bedroom tax exemptions

31 March, 2014

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

Why young people are losing faith in the welfare state

31 March, 2014

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

George Osborne hails reforms as key to economic recovery

31 March, 2014

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

HB A8/2014

28 March, 2014

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

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

28 March, 2014

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

Bedroom tax has failed on every count

28 March, 2014

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

New Build to Rent deal to deliver homes for private rent

28 March, 2014

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

It's official: the bedroom tax causes misery

28 March, 2014

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

Charity reports rise in arrears

28 March, 2014

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

The bedroom tax

28 March, 2014

Bedroom Tax Information

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

'Urgent action' needed to hit fuel poverty targets

28 March, 2014

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

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

28 March, 2014

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

Councils return more than £1m unspent DHPs

28 March, 2014

Underspending councils will return emergency funding to government

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

27 March, 2014

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

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

Report: The Borrowers

27 March, 2014

Looking beyond the financial impact of debt

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

Council tax held down for all but the poor

27 March, 2014

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

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

27 March, 2014

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

Bedroom tax tribunal victory for single parent

27 March, 2014

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

Fears Budget pensions shake-up could hit landlord bonds

27 March, 2014

Warning that pensions plan could hit investors' appetite for bonds

MPs vote for government's cap on welfare bill

27 March, 2014

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

DWP responds to universal credit payment concerns

27 March, 2014

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

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

27 March, 2014

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

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

27 March, 2014

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

Local authority led pilots: preparing for Universal Credit implementation

27 March, 2014

DWP Universal Credit Guidance

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

MPs set to vote on setting annual welfare cap

26 March, 2014

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

Real Life Reform

26 March, 2014

March 2014

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

26 March, 2014

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

HB U3/2014

26 March, 2014

New Migrant Access to Benefit Measures - First tier Tribunal Decisions

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

26 March, 2014

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

Does the cap fit?

26 March, 2014

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

SFHA comment on Welfare Reform Resilience Fund

26 March, 2014

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

Woman killed herself over benefits cut

26 March, 2014

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

Real-terms cut in Council Tax for fourth year

26 March, 2014

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

Miliband faces rebellion on welfare

26 March, 2014

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

Working and workless households, 4th Quarter 2004 to 2013

25 March, 2014

Homes in which no-one has a job has fallen

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

25 March, 2014

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

Universal credit and 'exempt accommodation' - changes explained

25 March, 2014

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

Tory welfare reform impact to be measured by social landlords

25 March, 2014

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

Welfare reforms forcing social housing tenants into poverty

25 March, 2014

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

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

25 March, 2014

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

Work and Welfare Reform

25 March, 2014

Impact in the South West

Return of the slumlords

25 March, 2014

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

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

25 March, 2014

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

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

25 March, 2014

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

LIN member report March 2014 - The Budget

25 March, 2014

This member report is written by Neil Merrick

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

HB S3/2014

24 March, 2014

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

Rogue landlords in London avoiding £183m in tax

24 March, 2014

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

Labour MPs set to rebel against party over welfare cap

24 March, 2014

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

Local authority ponders private landlord licensing scheme

24 March, 2014

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

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

24 March, 2014

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

Digital inclusion: housing providers need to think mobile

24 March, 2014

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

Payday loan advert ban on children's TV ruled out

24 March, 2014

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

Research to look at impact of welfare reforms in Essex

24 March, 2014

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

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

24 March, 2014

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

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

21 March, 2014

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

HB S2/2014

21 March, 2014

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

Union backs protest against private landlords' housing benefit profits

21 March, 2014

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

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

21 March, 2014

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

Welfare cap could make housing association homes 'unaffordable'

21 March, 2014

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

Second London council to introduce landlord licensing scheme

21 March, 2014

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

Welfare cap protects wealthier claimants, not those in greatest need

21 March, 2014

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

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

21 March, 2014

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

HB A7/2014

20 March, 2014

Containing information on Discretionary Housing Payments, reporting measures

Spending cap won't tackle causes of welfare dependency

20 March, 2014

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

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

20 March, 2014

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

Fit to rent?

20 March, 2014

Today's Private Rented Sector in Wales

7 ways Universal Credit will be a better deal

20 March, 2014

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

Universal Credit statistics: Apr 2013 to 31 Dec 2013

20 March, 2014

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

Welfare cap criticised by economic experts

20 March, 2014

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

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

20 March, 2014

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

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

20 March, 2014

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

Childcare subsidy for working parents to be increased

19 March, 2014

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

Landlords declare victory after council abandons licensing scheme

19 March, 2014

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

Britons are among the LEAST hungry in the developed world

19 March, 2014

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

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

19 March, 2014

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

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

19 March, 2014

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

Employment rate hits 5 year high fuelled by private sector growth

19 March, 2014

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

Budget Submission 2014

19 March, 2014

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

Pension reforms open door to property investment

19 March, 2014

Commenting on today's Budget announcement

New rules will help end extortionate fees for private tenants

19 March, 2014

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

Discretionary Housing Payment spending

19 March, 2014

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

Disabled benefit delays unacceptable

18 March, 2014

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

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

18 March, 2014

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

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

18 March, 2014

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

Private rented sector in Wales

18 March, 2014

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

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

18 March, 2014

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

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

18 March, 2014

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Landlords confident of UK's financial recovery

18 March, 2014

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

Housing benefit review helps 283 customers

18 March, 2014

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

Council tax single person discount 'should be reviewed'

17 March, 2014

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

Housing Benefit Recoveries and Fraud National Statistics

17 March, 2014

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

Tenants borrow to pay bills

17 March, 2014

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

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

17 March, 2014

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

Every spare bedroom tells a story

17 March, 2014

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

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

17 March, 2014

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

G3/2014

17 March, 2014

Housing Benefit Bulletin G3/2014

First tenants benefit from multi-million pound energy efficiency project

17 March, 2014

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

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

17 March, 2014

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

DWP on verge of meltdown over big welfare projects

14 March, 2014

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

HB A6/2014

14 March, 2014

The Housing Benefit (Habitual Residence) Amendment Regulations 2014

Landlords rethink private sector plans

14 March, 2014

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

Bailiffs given access to benefit claimants' credit records

14 March, 2014

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

Councils launch legal challenge into London mayor's rent plan

14 March, 2014

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

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

14 March, 2014

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

How bedroom tax affects those on domestic violence protection scheme

14 March, 2014

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

Credit check plan to crack down on benefit cheats

14 March, 2014

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

Energy bills may rise by £600 a year

14 March, 2014

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

Benefit changes tackle 'dependency'

14 March, 2014

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

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

14 March, 2014

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

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

Landlords report falling void periods

13 March, 2014

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

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

13 March, 2014

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

Public land to be released for PRS schemes in London

13 March, 2014

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

Costs for low income PRS households increasingly unaffordable

13 March, 2014

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

Bedroom tax - Landlords successful in tackling stock management challenges

13 March, 2014

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

'Huge' rise in help for council tax arrears

13 March, 2014

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

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

13 March, 2014

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

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

13 March, 2014

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

Poor conditions causing misery for thousands of private renters

13 March, 2014

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

Would independence make Scotland's welfare fairer?

12 March, 2014

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

More than 200,000 PRS tenants 'unfairly' evicted

12 March, 2014

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

DWP advising jobcentres on sending claimants to food banks

12 March, 2014

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

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

12 March, 2014

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

Shelter exposes true scale of 'revenge evictions'

12 March, 2014

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

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

12 March, 2014

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

Landlord association hits back over charity's eviction figures

12 March, 2014

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

Better protection for PRS tenants backed by MPs

12 March, 2014

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

Council tenants offered advice on rent arrears

12 March, 2014

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

Payday lenders to face review over collection methods

12 March, 2014

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

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

12 March, 2014

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

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

Council tax benefits 'perverse'

11 March, 2014

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

A5/2014

11 March, 2014

Housing Benefit Circular

Council puts £10m into fund for homeless families

11 March, 2014

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

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

11 March, 2014

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

CIH and Shelter at loggerheads over housing bill

11 March, 2014

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

Housing Benefit has made landlords complacent

11 March, 2014

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

IPPR: Devolve certain benefits to 'improve social outcomes'

11 March, 2014

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

Universal Credit: Iain Duncan Smith and welfare changes

11 March, 2014

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

Private landlords unprepared for voids

11 March, 2014

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

Freud and IDS stonewalling bedroom tax fund request

11 March, 2014

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

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

11 March, 2014

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

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

10 March, 2014

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

Lord Freud: Benefit cap is helping people back into work

10 March, 2014

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

Circle Housing chief urges housing leaders to tackle welfare reform together

10 March, 2014

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

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

10 March, 2014

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

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

10 March, 2014

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

Iain Duncan Smith takes viewers' questions on welfare

10 March, 2014

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

Children 'pushed into poverty' by welfare changes

10 March, 2014

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

£400,000 in housing benefit payments go missing

10 March, 2014

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

DWP cuts put government's welfare reforms at risk

10 March, 2014

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

UK Landlords Calling For Streamlined Eviction Process

10 March, 2014

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

Energy Efficiency and the Private Rented Sector

07 March, 2014

A British Property Federation Guide

Benefit cuts and disabled tenants

07 March, 2014

Habinteg Report

Government warned over age discrimination housing proposals

07 March, 2014

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

Third of homeless are tenants thrown out by private landlords

07 March, 2014

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

Longer term tenancies would make renting more attractive

07 March, 2014

Private Rented Sector report

Housing association reveals 800 families face repossession due to government policies

07 March, 2014

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

LIN Press Release - Housing Benefit Prior to Occupation

07 March, 2014

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

HB U2/2014

07 March, 2014

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

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

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

06 March, 2014

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

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

06 March, 2014

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

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

06 March, 2014

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

Work Programme - competitive market delivering constant improvement

06 March, 2014

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

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

06 March, 2014

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

Hundreds of housing association tenants escape welfare reform

06 March, 2014

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

Replacing council tax would save poorest £200 finds new research

06 March, 2014

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

Foodbank user endures 12-mile walk

06 March, 2014

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

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

06 March, 2014

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

Smarter Sanctions

06 March, 2014

Policy Exchange Report

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

Touchbase DWP e-zine

05 March, 2014

March 2014

The families priced out of their London homes by benefit cap

05 March, 2014

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

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

05 March, 2014

Would taxing property values be fairer than the Council Tax?

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

05 March, 2014

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

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

05 March, 2014

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

Landmark housing benefit ruling provides boost for disabled people

05 March, 2014

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

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

05 March, 2014

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

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

05 March, 2014

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

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

05 March, 2014

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

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

05 March, 2014

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

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

05 March, 2014

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

Councils spending £3m on food poverty and food banks

04 March, 2014

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

FOI response to Universal Credit IT system query

04 March, 2014

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

Housing standards in the private rented sector

04 March, 2014

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

Half of country 'will be renting within 30 years'

04 March, 2014

Half the country could be renting within 30 years

Councils in England 'plan slight rise' in council tax

04 March, 2014

Councils in England 'plan slight rise' in council tax

Social housing - Public money, Private Pay

04 March, 2014

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

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

04 March, 2014

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

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

04 March, 2014

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

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

04 March, 2014

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

Getting the most out of voids

04 March, 2014

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

Poor 'Driven To Food Banks' By Benefits Curbs

04 March, 2014

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

68,000 have benefits unfairly withdrawn

04 March, 2014

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

Bedroom tax cutting people adrift from their lives

04 March, 2014

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

A4/2014

03 March, 2014

Housing Benefit Circular A4/2014

HB Direct

03 March, 2014

Issue 146 March Edition

Sale of small council homes condemning thousands to bedroom tax

03 March, 2014

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

Household benefit cap and Universal Credit housing costs

03 March, 2014

DWP proposals relating to the new definition of exempt accommodation

Bedroom tax refund delay woe for householders

03 March, 2014

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

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

03 March, 2014

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

West Dunbartonshire Council secures additional funding for struggling tenants

03 March, 2014

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

Crabb says Wales needs welfare reform 'more than UK'

03 March, 2014

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

Government 'cannot ignore food bank rise' says bishop

03 March, 2014

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

One in five could be in housing association homes by 2033

03 March, 2014

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

FOI request in relation to Universal Credit and self employment

03 March, 2014

Freedom of Information request 201/2014

Bedroom tax loophole closes

03 March, 2014

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

Lib Dems likely to oppose the bedroom tax in 2015

28 February, 2014

President 'does not expect' support for unreformed policy

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

28 February, 2014

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

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

28 February, 2014

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

English Housing Survey Bulletin

28 February, 2014

2012-13 Headline Report published

Bedroom tax 'helping to end child poverty'

28 February, 2014

Ministers claim bedroom tax is cutting child poverty

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

28 February, 2014

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

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

28 February, 2014

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

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

28 February, 2014

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

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

28 February, 2014

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

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

27 February, 2014

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

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

27 February, 2014

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

Empty social homes and rent arrears up in Wales

27 February, 2014

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

Tenants 'ripped off' by letting agents keeping deposits

27 February, 2014

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

DWP panned for poor Personal Independence Payment performance

27 February, 2014

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

DWP: Housing benefit will be sanctioned

27 February, 2014

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

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

27 February, 2014

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

Personal Independence Payment: early progress

27 February, 2014

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

Debt charity reports big rise in payday loan problems

27 February, 2014

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

Watchdog slams DWP over benefit tests

27 February, 2014

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

London rents more than twice national average

26 February, 2014

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

Duncan Smith rules out regional benefit cap

26 February, 2014

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

Benefit cuts explicitly linked to mental health problems

26 February, 2014

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

English Housing Survey

26 February, 2014

Headline Report 2012-13

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

26 February, 2014

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

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

26 February, 2014

SDR 31/2014 26 February 2014

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

26 February, 2014

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

HB A3/2014

26 February, 2014

HB circular which contains information on minimum earnings threshold

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

26 February, 2014

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

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

26 February, 2014

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

English housing survey 2011 to 2012: household report

26 February, 2014

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

Reforming PRS core of Labour's housing strategy

25 February, 2014

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

Creating a fair and flexible private rented sector

25 February, 2014

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

£2.3 million to support hard working families with child care

25 February, 2014

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

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

25 February, 2014

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

UK sees rise in new tenancies and rent costs

25 February, 2014

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

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

25 February, 2014

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

Duncan Smith mocks Labour bedroom tax figures

25 February, 2014

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

Homelessness PRS scheme lands £2m government funding

25 February, 2014

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

Helping single homeless people into homes

25 February, 2014

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

Renting in London: our readers' stories

25 February, 2014

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

Funding offering a new start for single homeless people

25 February, 2014

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

Campaigners fail to overturn bedroom tax court ruling

24 February, 2014

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

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

24 February, 2014

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

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

24 February, 2014

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

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

24 February, 2014

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

Housing minister calls for fairer private rented sector

24 February, 2014

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

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

24 February, 2014

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

LGA: £347m emergency welfare fund must be kept

24 February, 2014

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

Universal Credit expands to Bath and Harrogate

24 February, 2014

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

Social landlords need to do more to protect tenants' data

24 February, 2014

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

Councils urged to build homes for private rent

24 February, 2014

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

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

24 February, 2014

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

People stripped of benefits could be charged for challenging decision

21 February, 2014

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

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

21 February, 2014

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

Bolton ruling does not define a bedroom

21 February, 2014

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

Impacts of Welfare Reforms on the Social Rented Sector

21 February, 2014

Report of a Welsh Government Task and Finish Group

Five lose housing benefit cut appeal

21 February, 2014

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

Minimum earnings threshold for EEA migrants introduced

21 February, 2014

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

Food bank use soars 400% in two years

21 February, 2014

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

Bedroom tax human rights appeal fails

21 February, 2014

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

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

21 February, 2014

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

Social landlord agrees immigration deal with the Home Office

21 February, 2014

Glasgow landlord to report suspicions over legal status of housing applicants

Council uses EDMO to help tenants affected by bedroom tax

21 February, 2014

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

Court to rule on bedroom tax legality

20 February, 2014

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

DWP reveals nearly 500,000 households affected by bedroom tax

20 February, 2014

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

Rent arrears 'in line with expectations'

20 February, 2014

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

Bedroom Tax Toolkit

20 February, 2014

Coast and Country Housing Association Bedroom Tax appeal toolkit

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

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

20 February, 2014

IT glitches and low numbers threaten £2bn project

Benefit sanctions figures published

20 February, 2014

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

Bedroom tax boosts activity on home swapping websites

20 February, 2014

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

UK Government's welfare cuts will hurt Welsh economy

20 February, 2014

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

Housing Benefit caseload statistics

20 February, 2014

Tables detailing the number of Housing Benefit claimants

Church of England bishops demand action over hunger

20 February, 2014

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

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

20 February, 2014

Implementation was always going to be slow and tricky

PM announces Council Tax refunds for flood hit households

20 February, 2014

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

Welfare reform offers new hope, says David Cameron

19 February, 2014

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

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

19 February, 2014

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

MPs debate welfare reform WOW petition

19 February, 2014

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

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

19 February, 2014

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

'Bedroom Tax' help

19 February, 2014

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

Landlords forced into credit balancing act between lenders and tenants

19 February, 2014

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

Two thirds of new claimants for disability benefit are rejected

19 February, 2014

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

If welfare deal fails, all Executive departments will face cuts

19 February, 2014

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

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

19 February, 2014

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

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

19 February, 2014

Part 2: Impacts in local authority areas

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

Counting the Cuts

19 February, 2014

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

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

Renting: the true cost

19 February, 2014

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

Universal Credit: New claimant figures

19 February, 2014

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

Welfare reforms cost Wales £930m, claims Welsh government

18 February, 2014

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

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

18 February, 2014

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

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

18 February, 2014

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

Growth of loans for Scottish social landlords lowest since 2004

18 February, 2014

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

43 per cent reduction in landlords seeking vacant possession

18 February, 2014

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

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

18 February, 2014

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

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

18 February, 2014

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

West Dunbartonshire Council rent rise to be invested in housing

18 February, 2014

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

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

18 February, 2014

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

Archbishop Nichols: UK welfare system 'seriously wrong'

18 February, 2014

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

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

18 February, 2014

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

HB G2/2014

17 February, 2014

February 2014

Benefit reforms are hiding the true number of unemployed

17 February, 2014

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

Tories reject Archbishop Nichols' warning on welfare cuts

17 February, 2014

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

Council to buy homes with right to buy cash

17 February, 2014

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

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

17 February, 2014

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

Social landlords still struggling with anti social behaviour

17 February, 2014

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

Almond tenants to benefit from free insulation

17 February, 2014

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

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

17 February, 2014

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

Welfare reform hitting most vulnerable, says Jeff Cuthbert

17 February, 2014

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

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

17 February, 2014

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

Landlord group campaigns against selective licensing

17 February, 2014

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

Impact of welfare reform on housing associations

17 February, 2014

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

NLA calls for Council Tax relief for flood-hit landlords

17 February, 2014

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

Number of home repossessions falls to lowest level since 2007

14 February, 2014

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

HCA fee advances snubbed by landlords

14 February, 2014

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

Evictions in rental sector at highest level since records began

14 February, 2014

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

Support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system

14 February, 2014

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

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

CIH Scotland commentary on recent bedroom tax tribunal rulings

14 February, 2014

Second revised edition - February 2014

No comfort for those in fuel poverty

14 February, 2014

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

Right time to invest in energy efficiency?

14 February, 2014

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

Pensioner hid thousands in savings while claiming benefits

14 February, 2014

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

Government closes bedroom tax loophole

14 February, 2014

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

LIN Welfare Benefits Rates Card for 2014/15

14 February, 2014

DWP Benefits Rates Card 2014/15

Bedroom tax 'unfair' says housing firm boss

14 February, 2014

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

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

13 February, 2014

This member report is written by Kevin McCready

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

HB A2/2014

13 February, 2014

The Housing Benefit (Miscellaneous Amendment) Regulations 2014

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

13 February, 2014

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

Homes fit for energy needs

13 February, 2014

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

Couple win appeal against 'bedroom tax'

13 February, 2014

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

Impact of welfare reform on housing associations

13 February, 2014

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

'Tragedy' of 200,000 'hardcore' jobless

13 February, 2014

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

Arrears drop in Passivhaus schemes

13 February, 2014

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

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

13 February, 2014

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

The fight for social housing

13 February, 2014

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

Bid to scrap bedroom tax to get second Commons reading

13 February, 2014

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

LIN Press Release - Removal of the spare room subsidy

13 February, 2014

Changes to the Housing Benefit Regulations for pre-1996 tenants

Solar panel investment to continue

12 February, 2014

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

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

12 February, 2014

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

'Bedroom tax' wrongly levied on thousands of homes

12 February, 2014

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

Landlords should offer more efficient mutual home exchange

12 February, 2014

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

Councils fail to prioritise disabled bedroom tax-hit tenants

12 February, 2014

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

The State of Living Standards

12 February, 2014

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

Personal Independence Payment statistics

12 February, 2014

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

Review of property conditions in the private rented sector

12 February, 2014

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

HB A1/2014

12 February, 2014

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

'Axe debts' for bedroom tax tenants

12 February, 2014

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

'Bedroom tax' rebate on Merseyside to be £560

12 February, 2014

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

Buy-To-Let Borrowing Rates Dive To New Low

11 February, 2014

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

The hidden families who have to share

11 February, 2014

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

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

11 February, 2014

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

Councils ignoring Government 'bedroom tax' advice penalising disabled people

11 February, 2014

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

Housing minister: social landlords should help tenants to move

11 February, 2014

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

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

11 February, 2014

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

Personal Independence Payment

11 February, 2014

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

Seen and heard

11 February, 2014

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

Free access to computers in Liverpool

11 February, 2014

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

Helping unemployed young people to find private-sector work

11 February, 2014

Joseph Rowntree Report

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

Scotland pays out 35,000 hardship grants to poorest families

11 February, 2014

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

Early impacts of Welfare Reform on rent arrears

10 February, 2014

Research Report 2 from the Scottish Housing Regulator

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

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

10 February, 2014

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

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

10 February, 2014

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

Bedroom Tax Tribunal result

10 February, 2014

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

New Legal Aid Ruling

10 February, 2014

Shelter policy blog

Promoting mobility through mutual exchange: realising the potential

10 February, 2014

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

Bedroom Tax loophole

10 February, 2014

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

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

A million workers off sick for more than a month

10 February, 2014

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

CH 140 2014

10 February, 2014

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

Universal Credit IT 'probably over ambitious'

07 February, 2014

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

New LHA rates published for 2014/15

07 February, 2014

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

Poorest pay the price for welfare reform

07 February, 2014

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

Councils 'best placed' to help welfare claimants into work

07 February, 2014

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

Benefits abuse

07 February, 2014

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

Scots 'bedroom tax' arrears amount to £5m

07 February, 2014

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

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

07 February, 2014

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

Majority of associations to hike rents by maximum

07 February, 2014

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

DWP dramatically underestimates 'pre-1996' bedroom tax exemptions

07 February, 2014

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

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

07 February, 2014

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

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

06 February, 2014

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

Town halls asked to help freeze Council Tax this year

06 February, 2014

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

The minor prophet and the bedroom tax miracle

06 February, 2014

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

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

06 February, 2014

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

Housing benefit reforms 'could waste millions' in disability costs

06 February, 2014

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

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

06 February, 2014

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

Government MPs think disabled people are exempt from bedroom tax

06 February, 2014

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

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

06 February, 2014

Amendment of the Housing Benefit Regulations

New benefit cap statistics released

06 February, 2014

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

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

06 February, 2014

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

Funding Matters - Extra Care Housing

05 February, 2014

Housing Learning and Improvement Network Report

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

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

05 February, 2014

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

Localising Support for Council Tax

05 February, 2014

DCLG Document - Vulnerable people and key local authority duties

Bigger council tax rises forced by Liberal Democrats

05 February, 2014

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

PRS rents in London rise less than inflation

05 February, 2014

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

Housing officers trained to help tenants with welfare reform pressures

05 February, 2014

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

Claimants lose all their income under disability benefits reform

05 February, 2014

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

Top tips for letting to benefits tenants

05 February, 2014

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

Latest universal credit chief working part-time since Christmas

05 February, 2014

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

Bedroom tax fiasco: 124 Westminster families owed £700 each

05 February, 2014

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

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

05 February, 2014

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

Is the 'bedroom tax' the new Poll Tax?

04 February, 2014

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

Tenants continue to be baffled by universal credit

04 February, 2014

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

Personal Independence Payment rolls out to existing claimants in northern England

04 February, 2014

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

Scotland pledges to meet full cost of bedroom tax

04 February, 2014

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

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

04 February, 2014

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

Report: Adequate Housing

04 February, 2014

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

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

Iain Duncan Smith faces angry MPs over universal credit

04 February, 2014

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

Landlord loan rates dive to new low

04 February, 2014

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

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

04 February, 2014

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

Duncan Smith: MPs 'cannot run' my department

04 February, 2014

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

Government review into councils' housing spending welcomed by ALMOs

04 February, 2014

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

City sees drop in number of bedroom tax victims

04 February, 2014

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

NHF calls for overhaul of universal credit payment rules

03 February, 2014

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

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

03 February, 2014

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

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

03 February, 2014

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

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

03 February, 2014

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

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

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

03 February, 2014

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

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

03 February, 2014

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

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

03 February, 2014

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

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

03 February, 2014

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

Social housing's clients should drive change

03 February, 2014

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

Minister Nicola Sturgeon in call over benefit aid cap

03 February, 2014

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

How can we help generation rent?

03 February, 2014

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

HB Direct

03 February, 2014

Issue 145 February 2014

Touchbase DWP e-zine

03 February, 2014

February 2014

Food banks: an inconvenient truth for the government

31 January, 2014

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

U-turn looms over Freud pledge on bedroom tax

31 January, 2014

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

Nearly half of landlords set to raise rents

31 January, 2014

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

Social landlords should focus on helping tenants, not boosting profits

31 January, 2014

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

MSPs call for end of 'bedroom tax'

31 January, 2014

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

NHF calls for overhaul of universal credit payment rules

31 January, 2014

Alternative payment process criticised by pilot landlords in north west

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

31 January, 2014

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

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

31 January, 2014

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

White knuckle ride

31 January, 2014

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

Payback time

31 January, 2014

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

Report: Renters reject workplace pensions

31 January, 2014

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

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

The role of Jobcentre Plus in the reformed welfare system

30 January, 2014

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

Universal credit: DWP answers key questions on housing payments

30 January, 2014

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

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

30 January, 2014

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

Fewer homes funded if councils restrict conversions to affordable rent

30 January, 2014

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

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

30 January, 2014

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

Tough ask

30 January, 2014

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

Video: 'Bedroom tax' petition evidence session

30 January, 2014

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

Report: Back to Rising Damp

30 January, 2014

Addressing Housing Quality in the Private Rented Sector

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

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

30 January, 2014

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

Disabled childrens bedroom tax amendment defeated

30 January, 2014

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

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

30 January, 2014

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

£165m fund to help housing benefit claimants

30 January, 2014

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

DWP helps cut telephone call costs from March 2014

29 January, 2014

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

Almost half of housing staff have experienced resident suicide threats

29 January, 2014

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

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

Landlords in the spotlight - how tenants can avoid getting stung

29 January, 2014

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

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

29 January, 2014

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

S1/2014

29 January, 2014

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

Universal Credit rolling out - what it means for employers

29 January, 2014

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

Universal Credit and rented housing

29 January, 2014

This document explains what Universal Credit means for landlords and tenants

Housing association gives boost to vulnerable people

29 January, 2014

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

Scots bedroom tax error answers demanded

29 January, 2014

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

Turned away

29 January, 2014

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

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

29 January, 2014

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

164 tenants wrongly charged bedroom tax

29 January, 2014

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

Get-rich-quick schemes target laid back landlords

29 January, 2014

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

ICO backs DWP refusal to publish universal credit risk document

28 January, 2014

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

Renting in London 'costs twice as much as elsewhere'

28 January, 2014

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

Transforming welfare

28 January, 2014

How welfare has changed in the last 4 years

UK rents have risen by 8% over the last year

28 January, 2014

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

Court of Appeal to hear benefits cap case

28 January, 2014

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

Benefit cap 'hits most vulnerable'

28 January, 2014

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

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

28 January, 2014

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

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

28 January, 2014

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

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

28 January, 2014

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

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

28 January, 2014

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

Crooked grandmother evicted from council home

28 January, 2014

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

Food bank rise driven by unfair benefit sanctions - MPs

28 January, 2014

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

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

28 January, 2014

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

Tenancy fraud scheme 'frees up' Gloucestershire social housing

28 January, 2014

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

Explain benefit reform error, Scots minister Burgess demands

28 January, 2014

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

High rents push fifth more households below minimum income standard

28 January, 2014

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

Rent increases shrink North South divide

27 January, 2014

Rents drop for tenants in the most expensive regions in Britain, Greater London and the South East

Renting: it's war as desperate tenants face bidding for properties

27 January, 2014

Website Auctionlets goes live this month, amid fears it will push up rental prices even more

Committee to investigate DWP's lost £billions

27 January, 2014

An inquiry into fraud and error in the benefits system is to begin, after an estimated £3.5 billion was lost in overpayments during 2012/13

Labour's Reynolds slams Govt complacency in face of rent rises

27 January, 2014

Shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds has accused the Government of complacency

Judicial review sought over council's 'unfair' housing policy

27 January, 2014

A Black Country council is facing a judicial review over its handling of a housing benefits claim

SFHA calls for funding to cut fuel poverty

27 January, 2014

The SFHA has called for money to be invested in schemes to cut fuel poverty

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

27 January, 2014

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

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices

27 January, 2014

September to December 2013

Report: The Index 2013

27 January, 2014

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

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

Drive for more one and two bedroom homes in HCA prospectus

27 January, 2014

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

Three ways to help communities cope with welfare reform

27 January, 2014

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

Million new ESA claimants found fit for work

27 January, 2014

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

Exempt accommodation discussion paper

27 January, 2014

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

Timetable for PIP replacing DLA

24 January, 2014

This publication sets out the dates during which PIP will replace DLA and sets out the age groups and parts of the country affected at each stage

Millions of buy-to-let landlords fear huge flood insurance hikes

24 January, 2014

Millions of buy-to-let landlords and small businesses could face huge hikes to their insurance premiums as the government considers excluding them from an affordable cover scheme

Households below a minimum income standard: 2008/9 to 2011/12

24 January, 2014

Joseph Rowntree Report

The Minimum Income Standard (MIS) shows how much households need for an acceptable standard of living according to members of the public. The latest household income data show trends in the numbers living below this threshold up to early 2012. This research reveals that the number of households living on incomes below the level needed to afford an adequate standard of living has increased by a fifth in just three years.

Bank of England governor: interest rate rise not on the agenda

24 January, 2014

Mark Carney vows to keep cost of borrowing at record low 0.5% despite policy linking a rate rise to a sharp fall in unemployment

One in seven over 65s consider renting spare room as they struggle to live off pensions

24 January, 2014

One in seven over 65s say they are prepared to become landlords as they struggle to live off their pensions

DHP spend in Scotland increases by £11m in a year

24 January, 2014

More than £15.3 million in discretionary housing payments has been claimed in Scotland between April and November 2013, with 11 councils spending more than estimated

StepChange Debt Charity sees rise in people with arrears

24 January, 2014

A debt charity says it has seen a 44% rise in people in Wales with arrears on essential household costs like rent over the last year

UK Government defends so-called 'bedroom tax' after Welsh MPs raise concerns

24 January, 2014

More than £1bn is paid in housing benefit each year in Wales to support 250,000-plus people

Benefit claimants will find it harder to rent, warn landlords

24 January, 2014

People on welfare are likely to find it harder to rent unless the government offers greater certainty over when housing benefit will be paid to landlords, claims the RLA

Growing need for debt awareness in social housing

24 January, 2014

Opinion piece by John Morris, chief executive, Trident Social Investment Group

Bedroom tax victory for Army mother

24 January, 2014

A mother of two British soldiers has overturned a decision by her council who said she would have to pay 'bedroom tax' while her sons lived in barracks

Bedroom tax appeal allowed based on space standard legislation

23 January, 2014

An unused room under 50 square feet should not lead to tenants being penalised by the bedroom tax

Universal Credit - experimental official statistics to October 2013

23 January, 2014

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

'Chilling' impact of the bedroom tax revealed in Newcastle

23 January, 2014

Newcastle council has published a report into the 'chilling' impact of the bedroom tax and other welfare changes on the city

Government celebrates high universal credit take-up by under-25s

23 January, 2014

The government is celebrating new figures that show nearly 3,000 people started claiming its new welfare system, universal credit

Social landlord optimises rent payments ahead of universal credit with pioneering agreement

23 January, 2014

A social landlord is optimising rent payments from tenants ahead of universal credit through a pioneering agreement with its local credit union

Department for Work and Pensions mid-year report April 2013 to September 2013

23 January, 2014

Report on progress made against the department's objectives for the first half of the financial year 2013 to 2014

Arrears up by £1.7m for north west landlords

23 January, 2014

Rent arrears for 15 housing associations in north west England have risen by £1.7 million over the last year

Iain Duncan Smith: welfare reform is like struggle against slavery

23 January, 2014

The Work and Pensions Secretary likens 'historic mission' of welfare reform to Wilberforce's campaign against the slave trade

Less than half of PRS tenants have contents insurance

23 January, 2014

Only four in 10 tenants in the private rented sector have home contents insurance

DWP stands by low loophole estimate

23 January, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions has revealed how it calculated just 3,000 people might be affected by a bedroom tax loophole

'Bedroom tax' help given to 45,000 in Scotland

22 January, 2014

More than 45,000 households in Scotland have received special financial help from councils since changes to housing benefit were made in April

Charity slams coalition's 'ill-conceived' plan to cut benefits for under-25s

22 January, 2014

Birmingham YMCA has slammed the coalition's 'ill-conceived' proposals to reduce or completely remove housing benefit for 16 to 25-year-olds

Cameron quizzed over 'suppressed' food bank report

22 January, 2014

David Cameron was asked whether the government report into food poverty and food bank use has been 'suppressed' in Prime Minister's Questions today

Universal Credit improves work incentives for young people

22 January, 2014

New figures show that 2,960 people started claiming Universal Credit in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire areas from April 2013 to the end of October 2013

The Real Cost of The Bedroom Tax

22 January, 2014

For Scottish Housing Associations and Co-operatives

Bedroom tax home swap campaign signs up 50,000 properties

22 January, 2014

Circle's website to help social tenants swap houses is thriving after being shortlisted at Guardian Public Services Awards

Bedroom tax takes toll on grieving parents

22 January, 2014

The Mirror's Real Britain columnist Ros Wynne-Jones describes how some councils are finding ways around penalising people with the hated tax

Short-termism in the welfare debate is shortchanging our society

22 January, 2014

Making access to benefits tougher for young people could be counter-productive

More landlords turn away housing benefit claimants

21 January, 2014

A survey finds that of the landlords who currently let to people on benefits, more than half say they won't after the roll-out of universal credit

Food bank issues parcels for those too poor to heat dinner

21 January, 2014

Charity distributes products that can be prepared by adding boiling water or eaten cold in a 'sign of how bad things are'

Northern Ireland welfare delays to cost £200m a year

21 January, 2014

Delays to welfare reform in Northern Ireland could cost the Stormont Executive £200m a year by 2017

SNP warn hundreds of Dundee children would pay price of housing benefit cuts

21 January, 2014

Westminster proposals to cut housing benefit for people under 25 will affect more than 1,500 young people and around 700 children in Dundee

Six in 10 private landlords refuse benefit claimants

21 January, 2014

Only 18% of the UK's private landlords currently let to tenants receiving housing benefit, and only 35% have done so in the past

Bedroom tax: Scotland's local authorities dish out £15m in emergency housing payments

21 January, 2014

Local authorities in Scotland have handed out more than £15 million in emergency housing payments during the first eight months of the bedroom tax

Rent 'good value for money', say tenants

21 January, 2014

The majority of tenants say their rent provides good value for money, according to the National Landlords Association's latest research findings

LifeKit to help customers with Welfare Reforms

21 January, 2014

Halton Housing Trust customers are set to benefit from a newly launched online tool

Cuts to council tax support increase numbers seeking debt advice

21 January, 2014

Four in five English local authorities reduced entitlements to council tax support this financial year

Hundreds of benefit claimants are fined each day

21 January, 2014

More than 200 benefit claimants a day have faced cash penalties for breaching jobseeking agreements

HB G1/2014

20 January, 2014

Information about benefit fraud, DLA and PIP

Housing benefit ban for jobless migrants

20 January, 2014

Jobless migrants from within the European Union will be denied access to housing benefit from April this year

Whistleblower claims company swindled hundreds of thousands from social landlords

20 January, 2014

A building company fiddled hundreds of thousands of pounds from councils and housing associations by paying bribes and deliberately overcharging for repairs

Disabled campaigners take fight against hated bedroom tax to Court of Appeal

20 January, 2014

Judges will listen to evidence about the devastating impact of the charge up and down the country

Benefits claimants are shortchanged by £5bn a year

20 January, 2014

One million people a year do not receive full housing benefit, rebutting argument that they are being overindulged

Regaining possession where tenants are in arrears

20 January, 2014

Expert opinions on best practice for regaining possession in England and Wales where tenants are in arrears

Challenge to bedroom tax ruling today

20 January, 2014

Disabled men and women will today challenge in the Court of Appeal a ruling that the bedroom tax is lawful

No housing benefit for unemployed EU migrants from April

20 January, 2014

Unemployed European Union migrants will no longer be able to claim housing benefit from April

British renters now paying £854 a month

20 January, 2014

The average British tenant now pays £854 a month in rent but the upward trajectory of charges could be slowing

New rules to stop migrants claiming Housing Benefit

20 January, 2014

New migrant jobseekers from the European Economic Area (EEA) will no longer be able to get Housing Benefit from April 2014

NFA calls for welfare stability and more council homes

20 January, 2014

If the next government wants to avert a worsening housing crisis then it must make council housing a priority

Payday lenders to share information as research reveals almost a million took loans last year

17 January, 2014

Payday lenders including Wonga are to start using a new 'real-time' information sharing service about consumers'

'Unintended' housing benefit cuts hit tenants

17 January, 2014

Councils are cutting off housing benefit payments to tenants who are entitled to receive them, as an unintended consequence of sanctions applied to other benefits

Confusion on extent of bedroom tax loophole

17 January, 2014

Housing experts are split over how many tenants they think could temporarily escape the bedroom tax as a result of a technical error by the Department for Work and Pensions

Rent support scheme nears 100% success rate in preventing evictions

17 January, 2014

A scheme that helps vulnerable tenants in rent arrears avoid eviction has recorded a 97% success rate for keeping people in their homes

Bill proposed to protect bedroom tax victims from eviction

17 January, 2014

A consultation on a member's bill launched by a member of the Scottish parliament to protect bedroom tax victims from the threat of eviction has closed

Benefit claimants losing record amounts of money due to mistakes

17 January, 2014

Fraud and error in the benefit system has risen considerably since 2005

Avoiding rent arrears

17 January, 2014

40% of landlords earn little more than enough to break even each month, meaning just one missed payment can leave them financially vulnerable

Proposed Protection from Eviction (Bedroom Tax) (Scotland) Bill

17 January, 2014

Proposal for a Bill to protect Scottish secure tenants from eviction as a result of rent arrears attributable to under-occupancy deductions of housing benefit

RLA encourages landlords to back those on housing benefit

17 January, 2014

RLA consultant Bill Irvine reassures landlords that there is no need to follow the lead of Fergus Wilson

Rental costs fell in December

17 January, 2014

The cost of renting a home in England and Wales fell by 1% in December compared with the previous month

CH 2897 2011

16 January, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - Earnings and other income

CH 4148 2012

16 January, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - Whether periodic tenant liable for council tax after ceasing to reside in the dwelling

Sheffield Page Hall landlord licensing scheme approved

16 January, 2014

Landlords in an area of Sheffield where MPs have warned of "tensions" between communities will soon have to register for a £725 five-year licence

George Osborne says UK has huge amount to do on welfare cuts

16 January, 2014

Chancellor says Britain should 'praise' European nations for their welfare reforms, and singles out Germany for having 'led the way'

Cold homes make 23% of social housing tenants ill

16 January, 2014

More than a fifth of social housing tenants have suffered ill health as a result of cold homes, as they struggle to cope with spiralling energy bills

Thousands in court for council tax arrears as benefit cuts hit home

16 January, 2014

Many people who were formerly exempt from paying now face court, as the bedroom tax adds to spiralling debt burden

Council warns vulnerable residents as coalition axe falls on £172m welfare grant

16 January, 2014

Islington council is warning its vulnerable residents that things are about to get tougher for them as the government axes the Local Welfare Provision Grant

Councils have until February to apply for additional DHP

16 January, 2014

Councils hoping to bid for a share of £20 million in additional emergency hardship funding have until February to apply

Council may ban right to buy homes being let

16 January, 2014

A Labour-led council in London is attempting to become the first to bar social tenants that take up the right to buy from ever letting the property to private tenants

Will landlords evict benefit tenants?

16 January, 2014

The NLA announced in December 2013 that half of landlords say they will not consider letting to tenants on benefits

Resident speaks of outrage at 'bedroom tax' confusion

16 January, 2014

There are warnings tonight that the so-called 'bedroom tax' is causing chaos and confusion, as thousands of people who thought they were liable to pay it are discovering they're not

Lord Freud takes a pasting in bedroom tax 'cock-up' debate

15 January, 2014

Lord Freud has confirmed that a policy oversight that means thousands of social housing tenants are exempt from paying the bedroom tax will be closed in March

Pioneering pair launch a new service for landlords

15 January, 2014

Two entrepreneurs with years of experience of dealing with housing benefits and recovering rent arrears have launched an innovative letting agency for landlords with tenants on benefits

Thousands turning to payday lenders to hide rent or mortgage problems

15 January, 2014

Thousands of Brits are turning to payday lenders to hide problems they are having paying their rent or mortgage, new research has revealed

Landlords fined after health and safety breaches

15 January, 2014

Two private landlords have been fined for failing to properly protect their tenants from health and safety risks

PRS tenants in severe arrears up while landlords mortgage arrears down

15 January, 2014

The number of households in England and Wales that owe more than two months' rent rose by 3.4 per cent to 67,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013

The bedroom tax error explained

15 January, 2014

A newly discovered bedroom tax loophole could see tens of thousands of households paid back millions in housing benefit payments. But who will be affected by it and what happens next?

CH 1757 2013

15 January, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - Occupation of the home, two homes and temporary absence (Move delayed because of need for social fund payment to buy furniture)

CH 2042 2011

15 January, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - Striking out for non-return of the enquiry form is contrary to the overriding objective Local authorities must allow claimants at least one month to provide information

Has bedroom tax caused housing trust's lettings struggle?

15 January, 2014

Perplexed housing chiefs say there has been an enormous and unaccountable drop in the number of people in need asking for trust homes

Call for more welfare reform support

15 January, 2014

Housing experts have called for the Government to increase the amount of cash it has pledged to support people affected by welfare reform

Private sector meltdown

15 January, 2014

Inside Out Blog from Inside Housing

LIN member Report January 2014 - Access to Department for Work and Pensions Services using 0845 Numbers and IT

15 January, 2014

This member report is written by Kevin McCready

The replacement of the DWP walk-in offices by call centres during the 1990s started a shift towards accessing the associated services via phone. Given that most people did not have mobile phones at that time (especially those on lower incomes) access was based on BT land lines to the 0845 and 0800 numbers. At that time calls to these numbers were relatively cheap (or free) from a land line. With the changes to the benefits system in the UK since the 1990s and in particular with welfare reform, the need to access DWP services by phone has increased significantly. The introduction of the Universal credit system from October 2013 has seen the government also now promoting the use of IT to access the services that Benefits Claimants now require. This report looks at the: Impact of using mobile phones & The Results of promoting a culture of "Digital Inclusion".

Illegal subletters get month's amnesty to own up

14 January, 2014

Social housing tenants that are illegally subletting their homes in Croydon are to be offered a month-long amnesty to confess

£12 billion in welfare cuts will make many homeless

14 January, 2014

The Chancellor's plan to cut housing benefit for the under 25s could have devastating consequences, warned the CAH Director today

Tenants save half a million pounds through housing provider's scheme

14 January, 2014

A scheme to help people in fuel poverty and facing financial difficulties has saved tenants nearly half a million pounds of debt

Duncan Smith hints at cut in the benefit cap

14 January, 2014

Work and Pensions Secretary says 'we will keep the policy under review' when asked whether the cap could be reduced from £26,000

MPs vote for inquiry into impact of Government benefit cuts

14 January, 2014

One Labour MP accused the cuts of bringing 'absolute poverty' back to Britain for the first time since the Victorian age

Council consulting on large-scale PRS landlord licensing

14 January, 2014

A London council has launched a consultation on extending its current landlord licensing to target poor conditions and anti-social behaviour

Plan to cut housing benefit for under-25s to hit 20,000 Scottish children

14 January, 2014

Over 20,000 Scottish children will be affected if the Chancellor follows up on plans to stop housing benefit for under-25s

Universal Credit on the Red Button

14 January, 2014

Information about Universal Credit and finding work is now available by hitting the red button on the TV remote control

Is welfare reform making us less willing to accept help when we need it?

14 January, 2014

Current welfare reforms may be exacerbating underlying feelings that prevent us from getting the help we need

MP questions bedroom tax debacle as council slams 'administrative nightmare'

14 January, 2014

An MP has asked questions in Parliament concerning the recent revelation that some social housing tenants are legally exempt from the bedroom tax

Hardest word

14 January, 2014

Inside Housing Blog

Report: From Right to Buy to Buy to Let

13 January, 2014

Private landlords cash in on right-to-buy - and send rents soaring for poorest tenants

The data compiled for this study shows that across London more than 36% of all the homes sold by councils now appear to be let through the private rented sector

Why landlords are shunning profitable benefit tenants

13 January, 2014

Benefit claimants are more profitable than many types of tenants, but landlords are turning them away

Government steps up efforts to sell-off social housing stock

13 January, 2014

The government is to offer more incentives to help social housing tenants take up the right to buy in 2014, communities secretary Eric Pickles has announced

First council announces bedroom tax refunds since revelation of legal loophole

13 January, 2014

Exeter CC has revealed that "a small of number" of tenants are due bedroom tax refunds after a recent revelation

Tory MP Anne McIntosh joins revolt against bedroom tax

13 January, 2014

One of the North's Conservative MPs yesterday joined the revolt against the 'bedroom tax' - calling for an exemption for rural areas

Rents for social housing from 2015-16

13 January, 2014

The consultation invites views on the proposed rent policy for social housing from 2015 onwards

Housing benefit cuts for under-25s: young people again feel the worst of it

13 January, 2014

Far from living the life of Riley, most of this group are parents in a generation already facing social exclusion

Property tycoon Fergus Wilson hits back after criticism of mass evictions

13 January, 2014

Controversial landlord spells out why his housing benefit tenants had to go - and northerners must get on their bikes

What the housing benefit tenants say

13 January, 2014

The Guardian asked tenants to tell them about trying to rent while claiming housing benefits

Just two housing landlords prosecuted in Swansea last year despite 443 complaints

13 January, 2014

Only two housing landlords were prosecuted last year, despite 443 complaints being made to Swansea Council

House building versus Housing Benefit: what are we spending?

13 January, 2014

England has a housing shortage. That much, at least, is agreed by both government and opposition

Report: Paying the Price

13 January, 2014

Single parents in the age of austerity

This report is the first from Gingerbread's Paying the Price project, which runs until June 2015. The project will examine single parents' experiences of the 'age of austerity', and the combined impact of a weak economy, public spending cuts and welfare reform on their families

Which? challenges payday lenders over high missed payment fees

13 January, 2014

Consumer group says borrowers are being exploited by excessive fees and regulator must ensure all charges are fair

Bedroom Tax suicide victim Stephanie Bottrill was exempt from losing her housing benefit

13 January, 2014

Her son, says Iain Duncan Smith has "blood on his hands" - people are calling for the Work and Pensions Secretary to apologise

"I'm no slouch on welfare reform" - Nick Clegg

13 January, 2014

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has attacked the welfare reform plans of Conservative coalition partners

Liverpool mayor pledges support for tenants hit by bedroom tax error

13 January, 2014

The Mayor of Liverpool has pledged to support residents who have been wrongly hit by the bedroom tax

Housing organisations lag behind in social media and digital engagement

13 January, 2014

A lack of digital skills among housing staff is preventing online engagement with residents

Benefits tenants good and bad, say Britain's most successful landlords

13 January, 2014

Opinion among top private property owners differs as to whether working tenants are actually much different

Landlords 'may turn away people on benefits when universal credit comes in'

13 January, 2014

Private landlords warn that many are considering rejecting tenants on benefits amid fears of increasing rent defaults

Benefits debate

10 January, 2014

BBC Debate

DWP: 'Less than 5,000 are exempt from paying bedroom tax'

10 January, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions said the number of housing benefit recipients who are exempt from paying the bedroom tax due to a legal loophole is estimated to be "less than 5,000"

Opinion: The bedroom tax - chaos and misery

10 January, 2014

Phil Morgan, housing consultant and former TPAS chief executive

Property boss shocked by landlords' "short-sighted and self-defeating" move to turf out housing benefit claimants

10 January, 2014

A property boss has said he his shocked by a landlord couple's decision to evict all of their tenants who are in receipt of housing benefit

Tackling the advice deficit: a strategy for access to advice and legal support on social welfare law in England and Wales

10 January, 2014

Report of the Low Commission on the future of advice and legal support

HB Direct issue - January 2014

10 January, 2014

DWP newsletter which includes information about how people who do not have internet access at home can now find information about Universal Credit by hitting the red button on their TV remote control

Housing staff relive eviction shooting

10 January, 2014

Front line housing staff, shot without warning as they tried to evict a tenant, knew practically 'nothing' about him before proceeding, a court heard this week

Staff deal with suicide threats

10 January, 2014

Nearly half of front line housing workers dealt with tenants threatening to commit suicide during the six months to November last year

Amendment 'stigmatising' social tenants passes in House of Lords

10 January, 2014

A heavy defeat for the government in the House of Lords last night paved the way for an amendment which 'stigmatises' social tenants

Councils start to offer license fee refund

10 January, 2014

NLA Statement

House Price Index

10 January, 2014

December 2013

Mortgage Monitor

10 January, 2014

December 2013

Pickles denies large-scale PRS rejection of housing benefit tenants

09 January, 2014

Eric Pickles has told an MP who raised that private rented sector landlords are refusing to accept tenants who claim housing benefit to 'get out more'

Maude denies Universal Credit rift with Duncan Smith

09 January, 2014

Claims of a rift between two government departments over Universal Credit were 'simply incorrect'

Newham to prosecute 134 PRS landlords

09 January, 2014

The first council to bring in a borough-wide private rented sector licensing scheme is seeking to prosecute 134 landlords for breaches under the initiative

Reynolds: Labour will make PRS licences easier

09 January, 2014

Councils that bring in borough or city-wide private rented sector licensing schemes run the risk of High Court challenges under current legislation

The bedroom tax on bereavement: Grieving families to face spare-room benefit cut within three months

09 January, 2014

Families will be hit by the bedroom tax if a room remains unoccupied for just three months after the death of a family member

DWP confirms temporary bedroom tax loophole

09 January, 2014

Thousands of social housing tenants will be temporarily exempted from the bedroom tax as a result of a 'technical error' in legislation

Private renters to benefit from £5.4m fuel poverty fund

09 January, 2014

Thousands of private renters and homeowners will receive free boilers and insulation under a £5.4 million programme

Benefits capped for 33,000 households

09 January, 2014

New figures show almost 33,000 households had their benefits capped by November 2013

Touchbase DWP e-zine

09 January, 2014

Updates on the rollouts of both Universal Credit and the Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Payday loan companies 'should face levy to fund debt advice services'

09 January, 2014

Low commission recommends creation of £100m-a-year fund to be paid for by government, lottery and payday lenders

Three ways to improve how you handle housing complaints

09 January, 2014

Handling complaints well can save time and resources later on. Here's how you can resolve them more effectively

Government's flagship benefits scheme faces more delays after rift

08 January, 2014

Documents reveal friction between Department for Work and Pensions and Cabinet Office as IT problems mount

Tory MP attacks OAP exemption from Bedroom Tax - saying they could downsize to free up family homes

08 January, 2014

Julian Brazier wrote that it was akin to the government 'subsidising people to live in accommodation that is too big for their needs'

Housing benefit removal regulations upheld by judges

08 January, 2014

It is lawful to discriminate against tenants with disabilities by removing their housing benefit if their home is left unoccupied for more than a year

Money owed to Gwent landlords soars in 2013

08 January, 2014

Money owed to housing associations across Gwent increased by 14 per cent in 2013 from last year

Francis Maude denies IT row with Iain Duncan Smith

08 January, 2014

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has denied falling out with Iain Duncan Smith over the government's flagship universal credit scheme

Cameron branded 'out of touch' over housing benefit answer

08 January, 2014

David Cameron failed to tackle private sector landlords refusing tenancies to people on housing benefit during prime minister's questions today

Five reasons why HB should not be stopped for our young tenants

08 January, 2014

George Osborne announced that for the first time the Government will set a cap on the overall welfare budget so that it can be properly controlled

First tenant to be threatened with eviction over 'bedroom tax' in court

08 January, 2014

Unemployed Michael Lindsey, 37, has racked up more than £650 in unpaid rent since the government introduced the charge

Why retirees are becoming increasingly important to the rental sector

08 January, 2014

As the number of people living in rental accommodation expands, letting agents are catering to a much wider range of tenants than they have in the past

Action call on poor housing in private rented sector in Hyndburn

08 January, 2014

Residents living in privately-rented homes should be guaranteed similar living standards to those living in social housing

New rules to battle problem area

08 January, 2014

Irresponsible landlords are being targeted in a bid to improve community relations in an area of Sheffield blighted by anti-social behaviour

HB U1/2014

08 January, 2014

DWP circular which has now confirmed that a housing benefit claim that was continuous from pre 1 January 1996 is exempt from the bedroom tax

Cabinet split over George Osborne's plan for £12bn more welfare cuts

07 January, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith alarmed at chancellor's approach to social security reform

Welfare cuts 'hurt those in work'

07 January, 2014

Most of the welfare cuts announced by the Government are affecting people in work, including those on low pay

Key trends in the private rented sector in England

07 January, 2014

It has been suggested that 'the growth of the private rented sector is probably the most notable change in the housing market over the last decade'

Nigel Farage calls for five-year ban on migrant benefits

07 January, 2014

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has called for immigrants to be barred from receiving any benefits until they have been resident in the UK for five years

Government beefs up rules to hamper EU migrants' entitlement to benefits

07 January, 2014

The government has introduced new rules it says will ensure that migrants to the UK cannot take advantage of the benefits system

NLA statement on evicting housing benefit tenants

07 January, 2014

In light of the recent news regarding the landlord in Kent issuing eviction notices to his tenants on welfare, the NLA has released the following statement

Refurbished bedsits in Hull relieve some of those hit by bedroom tax

07 January, 2014

Previously boarded-up homes on estate provide one-bed social housing - but nowhere near enough to meet demand

PRS landlord defends 'financial decision' to evict tenants

07 January, 2014

A private rented sector landlord has defended his 'financial decision' to send eviction letters to 200 of his tenants who receive housing benefit

The 'Unrentables'

07 January, 2014

It might sound like a bad cartoon movie, but it's becoming real life: the 'unrentables' are a subset of the 10 million renters in Britain

Evicting housing benefit tenants

07 January, 2014

NLA statement

Early impacts of Welfare Reform on rent arrears

07 January, 2014

Survey on rent arrears and the impact of Welfare Reform on the social housing sector in Scotland

Back to Rising Damp? One million rented homes in private sector are substandard

06 January, 2014

Taxpayers' money is going to private landlords who keep their housing benefit tenants in slum-like conditions

Buy-to-let tycoon evicts tenants on benefits in favour of Eastern Europeans - because 'they are better at paying rent'

06 January, 2014

A buy-to-let tycoon has banned housing benefit tenants in favour of Eastern European migrants who he says are more likely to pay their rent on time

Eviction of tenants on welfare 'will create benefit blackspots'

06 January, 2014

A big landlord's decision to reject housing benefit claimants is the latest symptom of a trend that could see the low-paid excluded from whole areas of the country

Renting - Britain's social scandal that is being ignored

06 January, 2014

Private landlords threaten eviction as they pocket half of their tenants' wages

George Osborne targets welfare as he warns of £25bn more cuts

06 January, 2014

A further £25bn spending cuts - much of it from the welfare budget - will be needed after the next election, Chancellor George Osborne has warned

Bedroom tax slammed by minister after costing more than saving

06 January, 2014

The controversial bedroom tax is costing more than it is saving, according to the Scottish government

Five years to rehouse all of Westminster's bedroom tax victims

06 January, 2014

It will take over five years for Westminster Council to re-house all of its social housing tenants hit by the government's bedroom tax in smaller flats

How to make the 2015 spending review work for all of Britain

06 January, 2014

Councils should become more proactive in the private rented sector and use housing benefit money to improve standards

Rising demand for public services, moves to reduce the welfare bill and the geographical iniquities of previous spending reviews together mean that the 2015 spending review will need to be substantively different

Osborne accused of 'deliberately misleading people' by Labour

06 January, 2014

Labour has accused George Osborne of 'deliberately misleading people' by claiming the coalition is funding an expanded social housing programme

Half of landlords to increase rents in 2014

06 January, 2014

Almost half of the UK's private landlords have plans to increase rents this year

Credit Unions are a better way of solving January money problems

06 January, 2014

The Scottish Government are urging those who feel they need help with financial difficulties to consider a credit union instead of a payday loan company

Multiple sclerosis charity says benefits reform is creating anxiety amongst sufferers

03 January, 2014

Changes to the benefits system are forcing those in greatest need of aid to suffer, a charity has warned

Benefits overpayments being targeted by new campaign

03 January, 2014

Benefit claimants are being warned to disclose changes in circumstances as part of a campaign aimed at cutting the £1.6bn-a-year cost of overpayments

Good samaritan to pay bedroom tax bill for Merseyside mum and disabled daughter

03 January, 2014

Anonymous donor steps in after reading Dawn Lennon's story on Echo website

How councils can prepare residents for universal credit

03 January, 2014

Findings show that 90% of Citizen's Advice clients are not ready for universal credit - so what can councils do?

Survey shows 1 in 11 people fear losing their home this month

03 January, 2014

Housing worries are overwhelming people in Britain, with one in 11 fearing they will not be able to keep a roof over their head by the end of this month, research reveals

Household finances at breaking point, says Shelter

03 January, 2014

Housing charity says it is seeing a 'stream of cases' of families unable to cope with mounting rent or mortgage payments

300,000 poor people live more than 1km from free cash machine

02 January, 2014

Labour MP Frank Field says figures show it is 'time to take the gloves off', with not enough progress in poorer areas

Bedroom Tax - the protected pre 1996 regulations - sources and comment

02 January, 2014

If you have been in receipt of HB since before 1 January 1996 then you are exempt from the bedroom tax

Money has corrupted us. We no longer understand what it's worth

02 January, 2014

It's time we made money do what we want, rather than letting it diminish and degrade us

Providing social housing for local people

02 January, 2014

Statutory guidance on social housing allocations for local authorities in England

Bedroom tax hits 60,000 families with carers

02 January, 2014

About 60,000 families living in council homes where there is someone caring for an elderly or disabled relative have been caught out by the 'bedroom tax'

Ministers scrap £20m scheme to keep elderly warm

02 January, 2014

Ministers 'shameful' for scrapping £20m scheme to keep pensioners warm

Housing Management via Housing Benefit? Really?

02 January, 2014

Challenge to the legality of the housing benefit social sector size criteria

Benefits changes causing anxiety in MS sufferers

02 January, 2014

Poll finds majority feel more anxious about how they will manage their condition because of benefit changes

Bedroom tax loophole offers hope for some tenants

02 January, 2014

Over the last few days an interesting loophole in the bedroom tax rules has been identified

Bedroom tax may be on the brink of collapse

02 January, 2014

Experts expose legal loophole that could spark wave of appeals against cruel policy

Number of households getting help with insulation plummets

31 December, 2013

1.61m lofts were fully insulated in 2012, but just 110,000 were treated in the year to October 2013 - a pro-rata fall of 93%

Bulgarian migrants are given lessons in exploiting British benefits

31 December, 2013

Seats on buses to London are booked up for days as thousands of Bulgarian and Romanian migrants expected to head to the UK

Economic recovery felt by only one in 50 voters, TUC poll finds

31 December, 2013

TUC says its survey is 'bad news for the government' as most people said they expect living standards crisis to continue

Where is housing Heading - Where are we coming from?

31 December, 2013

CIH briefing

A new series of policy discussions on the key issues facing housing over the next five years. Two years after the coalition government published its housing strategy Laying the Foundations, and 18 months ahead of the General Election, this report takes the opportunity to pause and consider developments since 2010.

Where is housing heading - Looking to the future

31 December, 2013

CIH Report

A new series of policy discussions on the key issues facing housing over the next five years. Two years after the coalition government published its housing strategy Laying the Foundations, and 18 months ahead of the General Election, this report takes the opportunity to pause and consider developments since 2010: where we have ended up, what's worked, what hasn't, what we've learnt about the policy positions of the main parties and where things might be heading next.

Tough new migrant benefit rules come into force

31 December, 2013

From 1 January 2014, tough new rules come into force to ensure that migrants don't take advantage of the British benefits system

Police going easy on mothers who steal food 'simply to live'

30 December, 2013

Police forces have announced they will take a softer approach to mothers who are caught stealing food to feed their hungry families

Closer to the edge?

30 December, 2013

Report from the Resolution Foundation

Millions of UK households will face "perilous" levels of debt when interest rates begin to rise, according to a think tank focused on living standards

Big society? Cutting welfare to 'aid recovery' is just a big lie

30 December, 2013

Heartless policies are merely adding to the plight of the needy. It is imperative that Labour does not follow the coalition's example

'Greedy' charity shops under fire for prices beyond means of poor

30 December, 2013

Bargains are becoming a thing of the past as stores attract label hunters with deep pockets

Benefit cuts blind man committed suicide after Atos ruled him fit to work

30 December, 2013

Desperate agoraphobe Tim Salter was left penniless when his benefits were slashed despite his failing eyesight and he faced eviction

Cash for councils to stop rogue landlords

30 December, 2013

Councils across the country will receive a £4 million Christmas cash boost to tackle rogue landlords in their area

Accent staff turn lottery win into 2,432 food items for Peterborough Foodbank

30 December, 2013

Staff at Peterborough housing association Accent have come up with a new idea to boost their donations for the Peterborough Food Bank this Christmas

Bedroom tax 'costing more than saving'

27 December, 2013

The bedroom tax and benefit sanctions are disproportionately affecting Scotland's most vulnerable citizens, Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess has said

Some Christmas Eve benefits not paid due to DWP 'error'

27 December, 2013

More than 32,000 people have not received benefit payments in time for Christmas due to a Department for Work and Pensions "administrative error"

No hiding place for those who opt for a life on benefits, says Duncan Smith

27 December, 2013

Unemployed people who make a 'lifestyle choice' to live on benefits without bothering to seek work will face a crackdown from next year, Iain Duncan Smith has announced

Reports of damp soar in social housing as residents avoid turning on heating

27 December, 2013

Condensation dampness - regarded as major public health risk - is said to be increasing, with experts blaming rising energy bills

My first year as a food bank organiser

24 December, 2013

'When we started, we knew there was a need, but had no idea how much' - Ruth Fox on how her new job has changed her view of Britain, for both better and worse

Saving water? It's in the bag

24 December, 2013

Wrekin Housing Trust tenants will be able to save litres of water every day thanks to a simple solution

70% of English councils spend less than half DHP pot

24 December, 2013

Official government figures show 70% of councils committed to pay out less than half their emergency hardship fund pots by the midpoint of the financial year

The impact of welfare reform can only be understood through a local lens

24 December, 2013

The government's top-down approach ignores vast differences in the way local authorities are experiencing benefit cuts

Salvation Army food banks boosted by proceeds of crime

24 December, 2013

The Salvation Army says the cash will be used to buy supplies for food banks throughout West Yorkshire over the Christmas and New Year period

Bedroom tax problem 'will last a generation'

24 December, 2013

Preston's bedroom tax problem will take at least 18 years to sort out, councillors have been told

Bishop of Warrington's warning on universal credit

24 December, 2013

A bishop has warned the UK risks "losing the safety net" the benefit system "should provide" as the new universal credit is brought in

Work Programme statistics

24 December, 2013

DWP Work Programme official statistics on referrals, attachments, job outcome payments and sustainment payments

Stronger PRS regulation needed to deal with EU migrants, report says

24 December, 2013

Further regulation of the private rented sector is necessary to help deal with an influx of new migrants from Romania and Bulgaria, a think tank has recommended

Council opens letting agency to help protect private sector tenants

23 December, 2013

A London council has launched its own letting agency in a bid to lower the cost of private sector housing

Councils allow bailiff aggression, says Citizens Advice

23 December, 2013

Citizens Advice is accusing councils of letting bailiffs get away with threatening and aggressive behaviour when collecting council tax debts

Memo to King Herod: the Bethlehem bedroom tax

23 December, 2013

A tax on spare rooms and benefit cuts - Peter Beresford takes a satirical look at social work and the nativity

Homelessness rises as recession and welfare reforms bite

23 December, 2013

A Cardiff charity reports a 160% increase in the number of people using its night centres while senior council official says the city has experienced a 34% rise

Payday loans industry by numbers

23 December, 2013

Some findings about the payday loans industry in numbers

Must do better: reflections on a disappointing year for housing

23 December, 2013

Instead of making the case against welfare reform, the sector has splintered and its campaigns have fallen on deaf ears

Citizens Advice reports sharp rise in social housing rent arrears cases

23 December, 2013

The number of social housing rent arrears cases reported to Citizens Advice has increased by 13% since the same time last year due to the introduction of the bedroom tax and other welfare cuts

High rents and benefit cuts putting young at risk of homelessness

23 December, 2013

More young people are at risk of homelessness due to high rents, low benefits and a lack of decent housing, homelessness charity Crisis has warned

How the Discretionary Housing Payment fund has been spent by region

23 December, 2013

How the Discretionary Housing Payment fund has been spent by region - April to September 2013

Jubilant Fife mum urges more to fight 'bedroom tax'

23 December, 2013

A jubilant Fife mother and her disabled son have become the latest family to win their appeal against the so-called 'bedroom tax’

Stop the rot

23 December, 2013

Low-income households need subsidised energy costs as well as subsidised rent

In transition: Romanian and Bulgarian migration to the UK

23 December, 2013

IPPR Report

In January 2014, temporary restrictions on the working rights of Romanian and Bulgarian citizens in the UK will be lifted. This report outlines the potential impacts of new migration flows from eastern Europe and identifies the key lessons UK policymakers can take from the previous wave of new migration, in 2004.

How to beat the buy-now-pay-later profiteers at their own game

23 December, 2013

One housing provider has set up a cheaper alternative to buy-now-pay-later deals that carry costly mark-ups for residents

Rents rise twice as much as earnings

20 December, 2013

Rise in cost of renting in England and Wales over year to November puts pressure on tenants' finances

Rent arrears and threat of homelessness on the rise as economic growth fails to reach social tenants

20 December, 2013

Despite growing confidence in the UK's economic recovery, social housing rent arrears cases reported to Citizens Advice from July to September this year increased

Tackling Homelessness Must Be New Year Priority

20 December, 2013

John Morris, chief executive, Trident Social Investment Group - Opinion piece

Buy-to-let Index

20 December, 2013

November 2013

Immigration bill could lead to racism and homelessness, say MPs and peers

20 December, 2013

Human rights committee warns of discrimination risk, especially from proposed checks by landlords on immigration status

MPs call for payday loan advert ban on children's TV

20 December, 2013

A committee of MPs has called for a ban on payday loan advertising on children's television, but the industry regards its report as wide of the mark

Millions of pounds still available in housing fund

20 December, 2013

Tens of millions of pounds specifically ring-fenced to help people adapt to welfare reforms this year is still available through local authorities

Delays to Lord Freud's pledge

20 December, 2013

Civil servants are encountering serious complications fulfilling Lord David Freud's pledge to protect vulnerable and disabled people from the 'unintended consequences' of welfare reform

Over 200,000 English households at risk of repossession or eviction

20 December, 2013

One in every 105 households in England is at risk from repossession or eviction, new statistics have revealed

Eviction and Repossession Hotspots

20 December, 2013

2013 Data from Shelter

Bedroom Tax First Tier Tribunal decisions

20 December, 2013

Information from the Nearly Legal website

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments

20 December, 2013

Analysis of mid-year returns from local authorities

Starting in 2013/14, LAs were requested to provide details to DWP of their use of DHP funds. This information is being collected twice yearly, in the middle of the financial year and at the end of the financial year. This statistical release presents a summary of the information in the first set of returns, which cover the period from April to September 2013

Summary of Discretionary Housing Payment awards by local authority

20 December, 2013

DWP statistics

Starting in 2013 to 14, local authorities were requested to provide details to DWP of their use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds. This information is being collected twice yearly, in the middle of the financial year and at the end of the financial year. This statistical release presents a summary of the information in the first set of returns, which cover the period from April to September 2013.

HB A24/2013

19 December, 2013

Housing Benefit: 2014-15 Uprating

Vulnerable cut off from bedroom tax relief as demand for emergency help triples

19 December, 2013

Just one in ten disabled people hit by tax in parts of Kent get discretionary housing payments

Fewer people expected to rent homes next year

19 December, 2013

Average rents in London are expected to increase by 1pc next year

Councils could be banned from using 'bedroom tax' phrase in move to veto contentious language

19 December, 2013

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles could be given power to put a blue pencil through any language with which he disagrees

£250,000 invested to help tenants through difficult times

19 December, 2013

Guinness South is investing £250,000 into a new five-person team designed to help tenants sustain their tenancies through difficult times

Disabled tenants come off worse in bedroom tax DHP lottery

19 December, 2013

Social housing tenants hit by the government's controversial bedroom tax have wildly varying chances of receiving financial help

Cycle safety must be considered in GLA affordable grant bids

19 December, 2013

London social landlords bidding for affordable housing grant will have to submit a 'cycle safety statement' as part of their bids

A third of disabled people refused DHP

19 December, 2013

Nearly a third of disabled people hit by the bedroom tax have been refused discretionary housing payments

Bedroom tax: one-third of disabled applicants refused emergency grants

19 December, 2013

In some councils as few as 14% are given help from fund intended to smooth introduction of bedroom tax

Support for Housing Benefit claimants to meet any rent shortfall

19 December, 2013

Documents to assist local authorities with their support for HB claimants affected by the size criteria for social sector tenants

Letter to claimants affected by removal of the spare room subsidy

19 December, 2013

A suggested letter for local authorities to send to claimants affected by the removal of the spare room subsidy

Homelessness services feel mounting pressure as welfare reform bites

19 December, 2013

UK councils have seen a rise in demand for homelessness services, but there is only so much they can do

The Financial & Social Cost of Evictions

19 December, 2013

Recent reports show the number of pre-eviction notices soaring by 26% across UK social housing

Curbs on EU benefits to come into force on 1 January

18 December, 2013

New rules on how long EU jobseekers will have to wait to claim benefits are to be brought in early

Life on the Edge? - Report

18 December, 2013

Wakefield and District Housing's story of the first 200 days of the under-occupation penalty

This report highlights how rent arrears and the number of people facing financial hardship and potentially facing eviction have increased. Both have led to a huge swell in demand for support ranging from Discretionary Housing Payments to food parcels

Two-thirds of single parents skipping meals to feed children

18 December, 2013

Gingerbread says fifth of lone parents are at least £100 a month worse off since benefit reforms were introduced in April 2013

Christmas card warns London council tenants 'pay your rent'

18 December, 2013

"Insulting" Christmas cards warning "Don't overindulge this Christmas. Pay your rent!", have been sent out to west London council tenants

DWP chops 35,000 Scots' benefits in last eight months

18 December, 2013

The DWP's Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions have led to over 35,000 Scots having their benefits stopped or reduced in the last eight months

Private landlords call for mandatory electrical checks

18 December, 2013

The Residential Landlords Association is supporting calls for mandatory electrical safety checks in private rented housing

Social landlord fails to assure HCA

18 December, 2013

A housing association has so far failed to assure the Homes and Communities Agency it can manage development risks

Survey finds UK landlords uneasy about proposed immigration checks

18 December, 2013

Residential landlords in the UK are concerned about proposed Immigration Bill responsibilities

Food poverty: so, which of the hungry poor most 'deserve' charity help?

18 December, 2013

And explosion of demand for food aid in the south-east of England is confronting hard-pressed charity workers with tricky ethical dilemmas

Call For 'Bedroom Tax' To Be Scrapped

18 December, 2013

In a pointed report, the Scottish Affairs Committee has called on the government in London to scrap the reforms

A fair deal for councils and fair bills for taxpayers

18 December, 2013

Councils should focus on sensible savings to protect services and keep Council Tax down

Reassessing existing DLA claimants for PIP

18 December, 2013

The process for inviting existing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) claimants to claim for Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

House Price Index Scotland

18 December, 2013

Oct 2013

House Price Index Wales

18 December, 2013

Oct 2013

LIN member report December 2013 - The Autumn Statement

17 December, 2013

This member report is written by Neil Merrick

Rogue landlords' squalid homes revealed by Newham Council

17 December, 2013

The squalid homes which rogue landlords are renting out have been revealed as part a London council's crackdown

What the welfare cuts mean for us: 'The feeling of dread never goes away'

17 December, 2013

The government is three years into a savage programme of welfare cuts. What does this mean for people who need support?

Encouraging a more professional private rented sector

17 December, 2013

The number of people living in Ireland's private rented sector is growing, but is the legislation designed to regulate it working?

Welfare reforms costing housing association £10 million a year

17 December, 2013

The government's welfare reforms are costing one housing association an estimated £10 million a year

Struggling tenants receive food bank vouchers

17 December, 2013

Frontline housing officers from the UK's biggest housing association have been approved as official voucher holders for Trussell Trust foodbanks

Government committee calls for bedroom tax to be abolished

17 December, 2013

The Commons Scottish Affairs Committee has called on the government to abolish the bedroom tax

How to avoid rent arrears

17 December, 2013

A survey of landlords and tenants commissioned by the NLA has found that 40% of landlords earn little more than enough to break even each month

Maintenance and repairs during a tenancy

17 December, 2013

Landlords' responsibilities do not end when a tenancy agreement is signed

HB A23/2013

17 December, 2013

Benefit cap: dual cases in different local authorities

House Price Index

16 December, 2013

November 2013

Freud: 'Why should we hurry with universal credit?'

16 December, 2013

The rollout of universal credit for the most vulnerable people will take 'as much time as it takes'

HB G12/2013

16 December, 2013

Benefit cap - official statistics release

Universal Credit: guidance for local authorities on implementation

16 December, 2013

Key Questions and Answers for Local Authorities

Public sector housing rents set to rise by 5% in April

16 December, 2013

People living in public sector homes in the Isle of Man will see their rent rise by five per cent next year

The impact of the Bedroom Tax in Scotland: Interim Report

16 December, 2013

The Scottish Affairs Committee wishes to see the bedroom tax repealed

Multi-million pound electricity trial begins to support tenants in fuel poverty

16 December, 2013

A £5.49 million energy project is set to begin next month to support tenants living in fuel poverty in the borough

Social housing will perish if its supporters don't defend it

16 December, 2013

The government displays a deep hostility towards social housing and its defenders are nowhere to be found

Citizens Advice Bureau issues warning over introduction of Universal Credit

16 December, 2013

York CAB has warned it will need more resources to cope with soaring demand for help when Universal Credit is introduced

Cameron rejects child benefit cap proposal

16 December, 2013

David Cameron has rejected a proposal from a member of the number 10 policy board to limit child benefit to two children for every family

Town halls 'failing to protect vulnerable' from higher council tax

16 December, 2013

It is 'not clear' if the cut to council tax credit will meet the government's objectives to protect vulnerable people from tax increases

Eviction notices surge by 26%

16 December, 2013

The number of eviction warning notices issued to social tenants because of rent arrears has soared by more than a quarter in a year

George Osborne announces fresh attack on welfare budget

13 December, 2013

In challenge to Labour, chancellor tells MPs billions will need to be shaved from welfare to avoid deeper departmental cuts

Food Poverty: 1.5m UK Pensioners Struggling

13 December, 2013

More than 1.5 million British pensioners are now living in food poverty

More than 80% of ALMOs plan house building boost in 2014

13 December, 2013

More than 80 per cent of arm's-length management organisations in England plan to undertake a house building push next year

Welfare minister urges local councils to invest in food banks

13 December, 2013

Lord Freud accused of backing away from principle of welfare after saying local authorities should 'ramp up support in kind'

Universal Credit: working together for improved outcomes

13 December, 2013

How DWP and local authorities are working together to implement Universal Credit

Landlords count the cost of storm damage

13 December, 2013

Housing organisations are facing bills for hundreds of thousands of pounds in the wake of a tidal surge and deadly storm that battered the UK last week

Duncan Smith's welfare reforms give flavour of election

13 December, 2013

It's difficult to think of a more divisive subject than welfare reform

Improved benefit test for migrants launched

13 December, 2013

A new test for migrants who want to claim income-related benefits is being rolled out to Jobcentres across England, Scotland and Wales

GB Social Housing to re-enter market

13 December, 2013

Bond aggregator, GB Social Housing, is re-entering the lending market under new management

Osborne: Billions more in welfare savings needed

13 December, 2013

Billions of pounds need to be cut from the UK's welfare budget, Chancellor George Osborne has said

Rogue estate agent prosecuted for HMO failure

13 December, 2013

Camden Council has prosecuted a rogue estate agency in the week that it launched a campaign to improve standards in the PRS

Speak English or lose benefits

13 December, 2013

Iain Duncan Smith announces that migrants whose grasp of English is so poor that they will struggle to find work could be denied benefits

Stealth cuts are making universal credit toxic to the working poor

13 December, 2013

Concerns about IT bungling and delays obscure a series of cuts that are changing the policy's character before it's even in place

Rent arrears fastest-growing problem

12 December, 2013

Rent arrears are becoming the fastest-growing debt problem in the UK, according to the Money Advice Trust charity

HSBC to start lending to housing associations

12 December, 2013

The world's largest bank, HSBC, plans to start lending to housing associations next year

Southwark takes first step towards compulsory PRS licensing scheme

12 December, 2013

A London borough has taken the first steps towards mandatory landlord licensing with the introduction of a rental standard

Government's flood insurance plans exclude private landlords, RLA complains

12 December, 2013

The RLA has complained that government plans to ensure that flood insurance is widely available will not extend to private rental property

Direct Payment Demonstration Project: Learning and Payment figures

12 December, 2013

Feedback and payment figures on direct payments of Housing Benefit to tenants in Direct Payment Demonstration Projects areas - December 2013

Welfare spending cap: a political game?

12 December, 2013

If you ever doubted that the next election campaign is already under way, think again

HCA warns of potential downgrades as landlords contacted over VfM performance

12 December, 2013

The Homes and Communities Agency has written to a number of housing associations over concerns about their value for money performance

25% of housing benefit payments switched back to landlords

12 December, 2013

One in four tenants on the UC direct payment demonstration projects have had their benefit switched back to their landlords due to rent arrears

Debt advice charity reports massive surge in people seeking help with rent arrears

12 December, 2013

Rent arrears are the fastest growing debt problem in the UK

Spotlight on the private rented sector in Scotland

12 December, 2013

This CIH Scotland briefing is aimed primarily at landlords, letting agents and other housing professionals who work closely with the private rented sector

Council tax frozen for seventh year in a row

12 December, 2013

Scotland's council tax will remain frozen for the seventh year running

England's 'economic recovery' pushing hundreds of working people onto housing benefit daily

11 December, 2013

Though parts of England might be showing signs of economic recovery, conditions are pushing 310 people a day onto housing benefit

Make no mistake: Iain Duncan Smith wants the end of social security

11 December, 2013

Don't let the bluster, incompetence and misinformation obscure the Quiet Man's true, Tory purpose: destroying the welfare safety net

Commons clash over Universal Credit

11 December, 2013

The government is prioritising the 'safe and secure' delivery of Universal Credit

Poor being stigmatised by welfare debate

11 December, 2013

Stereotypes of the poor and the language often used to describe them needs to be challenged

Scotland sees drop in number of homes suffering from fuel poverty

11 December, 2013

The number of Scottish households living in fuel poverty has seen a major drop

NAO report highlights UC concerns

11 December, 2013

This National Audit Office report reiterates the earlier NAO report 'Universal Credit: early progress' published in September 2013

Disabled people are worst affected by bedroom tax and welfare reforms

11 December, 2013

Benefit cuts leave disabled people facing decreasing incomes, postcode lotteries and threats to their independence

George Osborne's U-turn could add £200bn to energy bills

11 December, 2013

Chancellor's plan to scrap climate change targets could cost every household £8,000

Reliance on private rental sector 'must be addressed'

11 December, 2013

Chief executive of the National Housing Federation David Orr says the reliance on the private rental sector must be addressed to reduce the burden on the taxpayer

Surge in numbers asking for help with housing costs

11 December, 2013

Region has seen a 99 per cent rise in working people claiming housing benefit since 2009 and also the smallest increase in new businesses

First social supermarket in the UK opens

10 December, 2013

The first 'social supermarket', where products can be bought for as much as 70 per cent off, has opened in South Yorkshire - but only for 500 families

MPs to examine delays in Universal Credit introduction

10 December, 2013

MPs are to examine problems hampering the implementation of the central pillar of government changes to the welfare system

MP sorry for money 'wasted' on Universal Credit system

10 December, 2013

A Conservative MP on the Work and Pensions Select Committee has apologised for money wasted on rolling out the Universal Credit System

Landlords 'Avoid Tenants On Universal Credit'

10 December, 2013

Sky News has obtained figures which suggest a rising number of landlords are steering clear of benefit claimants over fears of non-payment

Universal credit failed IT system write-off increased by £6m

10 December, 2013

But Iain Duncan Smith's department says cost of more software over next five years will be revised downward

Iain Duncan Smith confronts claims DWP staff given targets to stop benefits

10 December, 2013

Whistleblower says staff warned they would be disciplined unless they increased number of claimants coming off register

Quarter of a million tenants withhold rent as punishment for taking too long to make urgent repairs - but are they breaking the law?

10 December, 2013

A quarter of a million private tenants a year are withholding rent money from their landlords because of delays resolving emergencies

Families Facing 'Heat or Eat' Dilemma This Christmas

10 December, 2013

Ten housing providers have united to investigate how changes to the benefits system and Welfare to Work initiatives are affecting their customers

Universal Credit will threaten rent setting freedom

10 December, 2013

A greater proportion of social housing tenants will be on benefit under Universal Credit than is currently the case under Housing Benefit

Deals signed for 132 new PRS homes in London

10 December, 2013

Construction firm Willmott Dixon's build-to-rent arm, be:here, has signed deals to build 132 homes in west London

Helping new tenants settle in

10 December, 2013

To ensure a successful and long-lasting tenancy, make sure you start off the relationship on the right foot and provide tenants with all the information they may need

Home Truths 2013/14: the housing market in England

10 December, 2013

NHF Report

This report shows England's distorted economic recovery is pushing an extra 310 working people a day on to housing benefit.

Over three quarters of London's social tenants are in work

09 December, 2013

The majority of London's social housing tenants are in work

Duncan Smith defends Universal Credit from growing criticism

09 December, 2013

Iain Duncan Smith has rejected claims his flagship welfare policy will miss key targets and insisted the IT system underpinning it 'seems to be fine'

Touchbase DWP e-zine

09 December, 2013

December 2013 - Contains information on the change to the Spare Room Subsidy size criteria to allow for children with severe disabilities to have a room of their own

Benefits capped in almost 1,000 Scottish households

09 December, 2013

Almost 1,000 households have already had their benefits capped in Scotland since the introduction of benefit changes

Inside the food bank on David Cameron's doorstep where desperate families need help just to eat

09 December, 2013

Although Banbury and Chipping Norton are market towns in the same rural county, their populations lead very different lives

Iain Duncan Smith: Universal Credit reform 'on budget'

09 December, 2013

The work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has told that the government's Universal Credit reform remains "on budget"

Welfare Reform and Temporary Accommodation - New CIH Scotland Briefing

09 December, 2013

In response to the severe impact of the welfare reforms on temporary accommodation for homeless household

Social landlord closes property linked with violence and drugs

09 December, 2013

A social landlord has managed to close a property that had become a centre for anti-social behaviour

Labour councils to build 87% more social homes for rent

09 December, 2013

Labour local authorities, and the social landlords they work with, have on average 87 per cent more social and affordable homes with planning permission

Thousands of Sheffield council tenants urged to open jam jar accounts ahead of universal credit

09 December, 2013

Sign up to jam jar accounts being offered by the city's credit union ahead of direct payments being introduced under universal credit

Proposed benefit and pension rates 2014 to 2015

09 December, 2013

A list of the proposed benefit and pension rates for 2014 to 2015

The Human Impact of Welfare Reform Exposed

09 December, 2013

Ministers hope the Government's flagship welfare reform will teach people to be more responsible but can they shoulder the burden?

HB Direct issue 143 - December 13

06 December, 2013

Universal Credit update

HCA to downgrade housing associations after poor VfM performance

06 December, 2013

The HCA will downgrade a number of housing associations in the New Year as a consequence of their poor value for money performance

ECO cuts put landlords' retrofit plans at risk

06 December, 2013

Government plans to cut back a vital £1.3 billion a year green subsidy have left hundreds of millions of pounds of social housing retrofit projects across Britain at risk

G320 has capacity to build 15,000 homes

06 December, 2013

Social landlords in London have the capacity to build up to 15,000 homes over 10 years if they are given greater access to grant funding and land

Delays to Universal Credit Cause Concern

06 December, 2013

Commenting on reports today that Universal Credit may not be fully implemented across the country by the 2017 deadline

Around 50% of households affected by benefit cap in London

06 December, 2013

A government report has revealed today that 47 per cent of households affected by the benefit cap to October were in London

Preparing for Universal Credit Implementation

06 December, 2013

Key questions and answers for Local Authorities

Government ends 'family tax penalty' for hardworking families

06 December, 2013

£5 million Council Tax discount will help increase affordable housing

Universal Credit has become the one-eyed mother-in-law of the Coalition

06 December, 2013

Universal Credit has now become the one-eyed mother-in-law of the Coalition government

Conference hears how digital revolution can beat the welfare reform blues

06 December, 2013

Technology can help ease the burden of welfare reform, delegates at a conference for social landlords in the North West were told recently

Social Housing Fraud... Let the battle commence

06 December, 2013

Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013

Lifting of council borrowing limit welcomed but concern over selling off of "expensive" council homes

06 December, 2013

The Chancellor's announcement that local authorities will be expected to sell off 'expensive' council homes has been met with less enthusiasm

Benefit Cap - number of households capped, data to October 2013, GB

06 December, 2013

Households on out-of-work benefits will no longer receive more in welfare payments than the average weekly wage for working households

Suppressed report: welfare reform link to homelessness and food bank use

05 December, 2013

A Tory council has withdrawn its own official report linking welfare cuts to a range of social problems from food poverty to violent crime

Bedroom tax could be a 'perverse disincentive to work,'

05 December, 2013

The government's controversial bedroom tax could discourage people from working

DWP allows £45 million LHA increase

05 December, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions has committed £45 million to allow housing benefit for private tenants to rise in certain areas

Concern over rent arrears led to discovery of woman's body at sheltered housing complex

05 December, 2013

The body of an elderly woman went undiscovered for six weeks at a sheltered housing complex

Benefit changes 'penalising tenants'

05 December, 2013

Housing benefit changes are penalising tenants and putting substantial pressure on landlords' resources

Universal credit - an IT fiasco?

05 December, 2013

It's an ambitious plan to transform the benefits system - but it looks as though the technology meant to power universal credit is turning into an IT disaster

Universal Credit may not hit 2017 deadline

05 December, 2013

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has told the BBC that the Universal Credit programme may not be complete by 2017 as planned

Social tenants Christmas eviction warning

05 December, 2013

A housing association has told its tenants that those who are up to date with their rent will get two 'rent free' weeks this Christmas

Universal Credit progress

05 December, 2013

Universal Credit will account for £70 billion of benefit spending each year, and bring a £38 billion economic benefit to society over 10 years

Extra weighting added to Local Housing Allowance paid in London

05 December, 2013

The body representing London's borough councils has welcomed a decision by the DWP to add a little extra weight to the LHA paid in the capital

AS2013: New spending cap on welfare from next year

05 December, 2013

George Osborne has announced from next year there will be a new spending cap on welfare in the autumn statement

Universal Credit may not hit 2017 deadline, says Duncan Smith

05 December, 2013

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has told the BBC that the Universal Credit programme may not be complete by 2017 as planned

Autumn Statement: At-a-glance summary of key points

05 December, 2013

Chancellor George Osborne has updated MPs on the state of the economy and the government's future plans in his Autumn Statement. Here are the key points.

Universal Credit progress

05 December, 2013

DWP - Written Ministerial statement

Further details of the roll out have been announced, with more complex cases being taken within the live areas from summer 2014

Homelessness, violent crime and debt on the rise after government welfare reforms

04 December, 2013

Welfare reforms are being linked to a rise in homelessness, violent crime, people in debt and the number of children relying on food banks to get by in Kent

Housing association to share rent payment data of 36,000 tenants to help build credit history

04 December, 2013

Asra Housing Group is to share rent payment data as part of the national Rental Exchange

More than 50% drop of social home starts in Scotland

04 December, 2013

The number of social home starts in Scotland has dropped by more than 50 per cent quarter-on-quarter

Food poverty 'now a health emergency'

04 December, 2013

Food poverty in the UK has now become such a big problem that it should be seen as a 'public health emergency'

Real London Lives project shows 80% in HAs are working

04 December, 2013

4 in 5 people living in housing association homes in the capital go to work each day

Landlords being ripped off by up to £500 by lettings agents

04 December, 2013

Rogue letting agents are pocketing profits of as much as 600 per cent by ripping off landlords with hidden costs

Welfare reform having serious financial impact in Scotland

04 December, 2013

Welfare reforms are having a serious financial impact on social landlords in Scotland, the SFHA will tell a UK parliamentary committee today

Universal Credit: Housing association pilots prepaid card for automatic rent payments

04 December, 2013

Housing association Moat is piloting a prepaid card that will help its tenants pay their rent when they receive housing benefit direct under UC

Housing leaders: What we want from the autumn statement 2013

04 December, 2013

Housing chief executives tell us what they want to see in George Osborne's autumn statement

Government urged to remove borrowing cap so councils can build new homes

04 December, 2013

Parts of the country with thousands of families languishing on social housing waiting lists are being prevented from building council housing

HB A22/2013

03 December, 2013

Clarification of information sharing relating to Welfare Services

£120m social housing contract for green deal provider

03 December, 2013

A green deal provider has secured a £120 million contract to provide solar panels to social housing clients across England and Wales

UK's most successful empty home scheme celebrates milestone

03 December, 2013

A council's long-running empty homes scheme has now brought a landmark 3,027 properties back into use

Benefit cuts and disabled tenants

03 December, 2013

Report on the impact of welfare reform on disabled tenants

What price independent lives? paints a compelling picture of the impact of benefit cuts on disabled people's rights and ability to live independent lives

DWP reveals universal credit numbers

03 December, 2013

A total of 2,150 people started claiming universal credit in the first four pathfinder areas

Registered Social Landlords

03 December, 2013

A report providing information on lets made by Registered Social Landlords in 2012/13 has been released by Scotland's Chief Statistician

Young, poor, repeat borrowers with children: Payday lender's own survey reveals portrait of its 'average' customer

03 December, 2013

The majority of people applying for its short-term loans are on salaries of less than £20,000

Securing rental income through Universal Credit

03 December, 2013

Are landlords doing all they can to make their preferred payment methods attractive to residents?

Universal Credit claimants in Pathfinder areas

03 December, 2013

Key findings between April 2013 and 30th September

Sub-letting tenants could face prison

03 December, 2013

New legislation carries a 2 year sentence or fine of up to £5,000

'Immoral' bedroom tax penalises my disabled son

03 December, 2013

Looking at the spare room in Hayley Sims' Mickleover home, you could easily mistake it for a hospital storage cupboard

Fuel poverty: Ministers 'shifting goalposts'

02 December, 2013

A committee of MPs has accused ministers of 'shifting the goalposts' to reduce the number of households in England classed as in fuel poverty

More borrowing under universal credit scheme

02 December, 2013

New review of pilot projects shows universal credit claimants are resorting to payday lenders, overdrafts and other loans

Withdrawal of council tax support leads to 30% increase in court proceedings

02 December, 2013

Councils that passed on government's cut to means-tested council tax relief report doubling in rate of liability orders sent to non-payers

Experts claim social landlord assets undervalued by £14bn

02 December, 2013

Housing association assets are undervalued by more than £14 billion

Residents without bank accounts at risk of arrears under new benefits system

02 December, 2013

Universal credit will be paid directly into bank accounts, but a worrying number of social housing residents do not yet have one

Stop changes to energy bill or commit to ending fuel poverty

02 December, 2013

The changes to the 'fuel poverty definition and target' should be stopped if the government isn't prepared to commit to end fuel poverty

Newcastle landlord launches 'rent to own' scheme

02 December, 2013

A Newcastle MP has backed a 'rent to own' scheme for white goods, furniture and electronic gadgets

Charities Turn 'Bedroom Tax' Attack On PM

02 December, 2013

David Cameron says disabled people who need the extra room are exempt from the subsidy - but organisations claim this is not true

Limited Universal Credit pilot sees 90% of people claim benefits online

02 December, 2013

An interim report into the use of the new Universal Credit welfare system has found that 90 percent of people in the pilot claimed their benefits online

Autumn Statement 2013: Britain can no longer afford welfare state, warns Osborne

02 December, 2013

George Osborne will set out more details on his planned cap on welfare spending in the Autumn Statement on Thursday

Equality Analysis for Housing Benefit

02 December, 2013

Uprating Local Housing Allowance by 1 per cent and the targeted affordability funding

Landlords risk missing out on 10.3bn Euro cash

29 November, 2013

An international affordable housing body has warned that social landlords risk missing out on a share of 325 billion Euro of EU cohesion funding

Food poverty: MPs call for 'delayed' food banks report to be published

29 November, 2013

All-party group says the findings of the Defra report will kick start a proper debate on the causes of food poverty in the UK

Get a grip on repair costs

29 November, 2013

Fixed-price repairs contracts cannot be applied automatically to leaseholders

Talks to begin on landlord licensing

29 November, 2013

Liverpool is driving forward with plans to become the first city in the country to introduce a citywide licensing scheme for private landlords

Settlement could see Welsh rents fall

29 November, 2013

A new rent settlement in Wales could force housing associations to reduce their rents so that they fall below the lowest 30 per cent of private market rents

Council to prioritise housing for locals and armed forces whilst punishing bad behaviour

29 November, 2013

Southwark Council has decided to prioritise its social housing to people with a local connection and members of the armed forces

Benefit cuts undermining independent living for disabled people

29 November, 2013

Disabled people are being hit hardest by the cumulative impact of the government's welfare reform policies

A Brief Guide to Rents for Social Housing from 2015-16

29 November, 2013

Main changes to the legislation to the Social Rent Policy that the Government are proposing

Benefits sanctions a 'ticking timebomb' for the homeless

29 November, 2013

Warnings are growing that the effects of another aspect of welfare reform could be far worse

Hastings 'under pressure' from London benefit families

29 November, 2013

An East Sussex council says it is concerned about the number of benefit dependent families being moved out of London into Hastings

Universal Credit pathfinder evaluation: interim results from the Universal Credit claimant survey, wave 1

29 November, 2013

Interim results from the Universal Credit pathfinder evaluation claimant survey, wave 1, conducted between August 2013 and October 2013

Universal Credit encourages people to look for jobs

29 November, 2013

Research shows that Universal Credit claimants do more to get into work than jobseekers claiming under the current system

Councils may be asked to return HRA cash

29 November, 2013

Cash-strapped councils that topped up their ailing general funds with millions of pounds of rent money could be forced to return the cash

Bedroom tax: stress and struggle as benefits clawback hits home

28 November, 2013

Claimants explain how the policy has forced changes, from heating cutbacks to fruitless hunts for smaller homes

Will council crisis funds last the winter?

28 November, 2013

As local assistance schemes take over from the social fund, families may have to choose between 'heat and eat'

Midlands councils to act on social fund payments

28 November, 2013

Just imagine you face a sudden, unexpected emergency which could plunge you into acute hardship and possibly even put you at risk of losing your home

Hastings 'under pressure' from London benefit families

28 November, 2013

An East Sussex council says it is concerned about the number of benefit dependent families being moved out of London into Hastings

Association tenants 'working but claiming benefit'

28 November, 2013

The majority of London's housing association tenants are in work, but still require housing benefit to pay their rent

Wakefield and District Housing reveals plans for digital hub

28 November, 2013

WDH has revealed plans for a new state-of-the-art digital suite offering free computer access to the public in Wakefield city centre

Build-to-rent tenants jump queue for family-size homes

28 November, 2013

Faced with a 10-year wait for scarce two- and three-bed houses, group in London will help build 10 to rent themselves

New mums on low incomes will find it harder to make work pay under Universal Credit

28 November, 2013

A failing in the design of the Universal Credit system will undermine the Coalition's stated intention

The Tipping Point

28 November, 2013

This report considers the impact of the changes in welfare support on social landlords' income, arrears, collection costs and empty properties

Majority of employed London tenants still require housing benefit

28 November, 2013

The majority of London's housing association tenants are in work but still require housing benefit to pay their rent

Council's 'Feeling the Pain' report shows majority of bedroom tax victims now in arrears

27 November, 2013

Sixty-five percent of Salford's social housing tenants hit by the government's controversial bedroom tax have fallen into arrears

Downing Street defiant over tougher EU benefit plans

27 November, 2013

The Government has said powers to deport homeless migrants and cut rights to unemployment and housing benefits would come in "as quickly as possible"

Indebted lives: the complexities of life in debt

27 November, 2013

Report about the nine million people in 'serious' debt across the UK

Across the UK approximately 8.8 million people are over-indebted. These are individuals who have been at least three months behind with their bills in the last six months or have said that they feel their debts are a heavy burden This Money Advice Service research analysed their characteristics and identifies smaller sub-groups that display similar situations, attitudes and motivations

Nine million in 'serious' debt across the UK

27 November, 2013

Nearly nine million people across the UK are living with serious debt problems, according to a new report

Youth unemployment will lead to widespread poverty in old age

27 November, 2013

Pensions built on monthly contributions will be undermined if workers are unemployed for long periods, says thinktank

SNP: Independent Scotland 'would remove housing benefit from universal credit'

27 November, 2013

An independent Scotland would remove housing benefit from universal credit and maintain direct payments to landlords, an SNP white paper has said

Disabled people 'forced to cut back on food and heating' to pay bedroom tax - charities

27 November, 2013

Nine in 10 disabled people and three quarters of carers affected by the bedroom tax are having to cut back on food and heating in order to pay their rent

Help us stop the sanctions...

27 November, 2013

St Vincent's Housing Association campaign highlights 'unfair' benefit sanctions

Government to tighten housing benefit rules for new migrants

27 November, 2013

David Cameron has announced migrants will not be entitled to housing benefit immediately upon arriving in the United Kingdom

Real London Lives

27 November, 2013

Independent Research - Stage 1

The first stage of the research involved a telephone survey in August 2013 with a random sample of g15 tenants. There were 1,648 respondents. This initial report gives a brief overview of their financial situations at the time.

DBC demands bedroom tax exemptions for disabled people

27 November, 2013

The Disability Benefits Consortium is calling on the Government to take immediate action to exempt disabled people, their families and carers from the 'bedroom tax' changes to HB

Bristol woman 'killed herself after benefits were stopped'

26 November, 2013

Partially-sighted and only able to walk with the aid of a stick, Jacqueline Harris suffered crippling pain due to slipped discs in her back and neck

CIH Scotland commentary on recent bedroom tax tribunal rulings

26 November, 2013

A short account of recent UK tribunal rulings on the bedroom tax has been produced by CIH Scotland

White Paper: Health, wellbeing and social protection

26 November, 2013

Eleanor Bradford analyses the part of the White Paper that looks at health, wellbeing and social protection

Social landlords to form alliance with police

26 November, 2013

Social landlords from across Greater Manchester are to sign a new pledge that will lead to them working more closely with the police

DWP issue guidance on Bedroom Tax in Universal Credit

26 November, 2013

This memo gives guidance on changes introduced by the Housing Benefit and Universal Credit Regulations 2013

Scotland pledges to end bedroom tax and PIP

26 November, 2013

An independent Scottish Government pledges to abolish the bedroom tax, stop PIP and Universal Credit roll out

Payday lenders see benefit reforms as an 'opportunity'

26 November, 2013

Controversial payday lenders could profit from major changes to the benefit system by giving money to those struggling to make ends meet after reforms are rolled out

Buy-to-let landlords profit from 'unfair' tax relief

26 November, 2013

Landlords must be prevented from claiming billions of pounds of tax relief on mortgage payments if young people are to climb the housing ladder

Call to extend new fire rules to social landlords

26 November, 2013

A new fire safety scheme where businesses can select just one fire authority to set regulations 'must' be extended to social landlords

Feeling the Pain

26 November, 2013

The impact of Welfare Reform in Salford

Payday loans to be capped by government

26 November, 2013

The cost of payday loans will be capped by the government in new legislation aimed at stopping companies charging huge rates of interest

Working in a UC Pathfinder Area - A Case Study Report

25 November, 2013

LIN Member Report - November 2013

This member report looks at how the early roll-out of Universal Credit in the North West Pathfinder areas is currently testing elements of the system in order to inform full implementation across the UK. Ashton-Under-Lyne was the first job centre to accept UC claims in April 2013, and Ashton Pioneer Homes is one of the first social landlords to experience its impact.

HB S10/2013

25 November, 2013

Details of the specific grant for administration costs for Scottish authorities

Payday loans: New law to cap costs

25 November, 2013

The government is to introduce a new law to cap the cost of payday loans

Iain Duncan Smith 'targeting seriously ill claimants' in benefits overhaul

25 November, 2013

Nearly 550,000 people currently considered too sick to work face losing financial support if radical changes go ahead

Bedroom tax is plunging tenants into debt spiral

25 November, 2013

Families in Central Bedfordshire are among some of the hardest hit by the government's 'bedroom tax' in the whole of the country with many unable to move or pay to stay

Victory in shared care bedroom tax tribunal

25 November, 2013

A disabled man who spends two or three nights a week at his mother's house occupies the property for bedroom tax purposes

Inverness first in Scotland to operate Universal Credit

25 November, 2013

Inverness has become the first place in Scotland to operate the UK government's Universal Credit benefit

Bedroom tax is 'costing more than it will save'

25 November, 2013

Local government body Cosla claims the policy will cost about £58-60 million this year, which outweighs the estimated savings of £50m on the benefits bill

Use Autumn statement to help raise standards in private rented sector and build more homes

25 November, 2013

The Chancellor should use next month's Autumn statement to explore new ways of boosting standards in the private rented sector

Boris Johnson pledges new homes for 'capped' rent

25 November, 2013

Boris Johnson has pledged to fund the building of new homes at lower 'capped' rents in the 2015/18 affordable homes programme

Foodbank partnership to help vulnerable tenants

25 November, 2013

A housing association has gone into partnership with a food bank to help tenants struggling with debt and unemployment

Universal Credit expands to Rugby and Inverness

25 November, 2013

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

The private rented sector

25 November, 2013

As the number of homeowners decline following the credit crunch, more and more people are being pushed into the private rented sector

Welfare reform setbacks

25 November, 2013

The UK Government has issued new regulations which outline the conditions when a disabled child can be exempted from sharing with a sibling

Foodbank partnership to help vulnerable tenants

25 November, 2013

A housing association has gone into partnership with a food bank to help tenants struggling with debt and unemployment

Victory in shared care bedroom tax tribunal

22 November, 2013

A disabled man who spends two or three nights a week at his mother's house occupies the property for bedroom tax purposes

Housing association surpluses soar by 60 per cent to nearly £1 billion

22 November, 2013

The combined surpluses of Britain's 30 biggest housing associations by number of homes owned soared to almost £1 billion in 2012/13

Hopkins: it's easy to fill voids

22 November, 2013

Housing minister dismisses claims welfare reform has made it harder to let larger social homes

Senior government official apologises over ECO uncertainty

22 November, 2013

A senior government official has apologised for the situation facing landlords planning to bid for billions of pounds-worth of subsidies

Training people to use universal credit 'could cost hundreds of millions'

22 November, 2013

Research shows many benefit claimants will need extensive help to get online, open bank accounts and manage budgets

Half of bedroom tax victims failing to apply for help

22 November, 2013

Nearly half of Edinburgh's council tenants hit by the bedroom tax have not applied for extra help to pay their rent

Paying Housing Benefit direct to tenants in social rented housing

22 November, 2013

Council tenants receive Housing Benefit as a rent rebate. Housing associations invariably require tenants' HB be paid direct to them

Bedroom tax may be axed if review questions effectiveness

22 November, 2013

The controversial 'bedroom tax' could be scrapped if a Coalition-ordered review finds it is not saving any money, a Cabinet Minister has suggested

Politicians slam strict housing bill measures

22 November, 2013

Measures to tackle rogue landlords may have to be watered down to allow the housing bill to pass through the Welsh Assembly

Council urges bedroom tax hit tenants to apply for DHP

21 November, 2013

Only half of Edinburgh's council tenants affected by the bedroom tax have applied for discretionary housing payments

PM says more needs to be done to tackle social landlord payoffs

21 November, 2013

David Cameron said today that local authorities need to do more to stop big payoffs to chief executives of housing associations

Building better dialogue between tenants and landlords

21 November, 2013

How social landlords are engaging with their tenants on the ground

MSPs reject plea for national bedroom tax no eviction policy

21 November, 2013

SNP and Conservative MSPs rejected a plea for a national 'bedroom tax' no evictions policy

Only 3% of Welsh bedroom tax tenants able to downsize

21 November, 2013

Just 3 per cent of the 22,000 housing association tenants hit by the bedroom tax in Wales have been able to downsize leaving landlords with £1 million of arrears

Trust offers homes on website to tackle high private rents

21 November, 2013

A housing trust has started advertising some of its properties on a new national website in a bid to combat high private sector rents

The landlord-tenant relationship must adapt to welfare reform

21 November, 2013

Attempts to change tenants' behaviour are only half of the solution. Landlords must change how they work as well

Keep in touch with tenants to avoid the voids

21 November, 2013

Keeping your property in good condition - and a good rapport with your tenants - could mean your buy-to-let stays occupied for longer

Rural-poverty: when the food bank is only 20 miles away

21 November, 2013

Low-income families skip meals because they can't afford to get to the nearest shop to buy groceries, and walk for hours to get a charity food parcel

HB A21/2013

21 November, 2013

The Housing Benefit and Universal Credit (Size Criteria) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2013

Maxed Out - Serious Personal Debt in Britain

20 November, 2013

Centre for Social Justice Report

This report builds on previous research, exploring how the financial and social landscape has changed following the financial crash and how personal debt has continued to grow. While not all debt is bad and while everyone across the income spectrum can struggle financially, the report focusses on 'problem debt' and the impact it can have on low-income and vulnerable people

Labour: We'll scrap benefits for under 25s

20 November, 2013

Only those in 'purposeful' training or carrying out an 'intensive' job search would be eligible for the allowance

Green Deal take-up passes 1,000 mark

20 November, 2013

The number of people agreeing to take up the government's Green Deal on home energy has passed the 1,000 barrier

Bedroom tax causing 'misery across Wales'

20 November, 2013

Housing chief warns £2m of rent arrears could put 1,000 homes under threat

Wolverhampton MP speaks out against impact of bedroom tax

20 November, 2013

New figures reveal more than 3,000 households in Wolverhampton are being "clobbered" by the measure

Archbishop attacks UK food poverty

20 November, 2013

John Sentamu calls for 'more equitable, more caring world' and questions effects of government's welfare reforms

Housing benefit reform: Housing associations struggle to let 700 homes

20 November, 2013

Changes to benefits payments have led to difficulties letting affordable homes and may stop hundreds more being built every year

Bedroom tax traps Welsh tenants into arrears and misery

20 November, 2013

Wales is hit harder by the bedroom tax than any other part of the UK - with a lack of smaller homes for families

Bedroom tax-driven small property development begins

20 November, 2013

A £6.3 million development of 75 smaller properties designed to tackle the impact of the bedroom tax has begun in Liverpool

Bedroom tax must be kept under review, says RICS president

20 November, 2013

The government must review its welfare reforms to prevent them unfairly penalising people who are unable to move to cheaper accommodation

Over 1,000 households now signed up to Green Deal

19 November, 2013

Over 1,000 households had signed up to the government's Green Deal by the end of October

Fall in Scottish homelessness applications

19 November, 2013

The number of people seeking help for homelessness has fallen by 11% to 9,474 in the past year

The kidney patient subject to bedroom tax - even if room is used for dialysis machine

19 November, 2013

Plight of MP's brother raises questions about fairness of controversial welfare reform

The Redress Schemes for Lettings Agency work and Property Management Work

19 November, 2013

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 provided the Secretary of State with the power to require that all letting and property management agents in England are a member of a government approved redress scheme

This document provides the detailed conditions for approval which will be used by the Secretary of State when approving redress schemes

New data shows how many North West families are really being hit by the bedroom tax

19 November, 2013

Manchester, Liverpool and Salford among top ten most affected

MPs' bedroom tax hypocrisy - a sensible solution, at last

19 November, 2013

Why not stick those politicians claiming housing expenses while voting for the bedroom tax in a block of studio flats in central London?

MPs attack proposals to make landlords check immigration

19 November, 2013

Illegal immigration is one of the hot political topics at the moment. NLAs response to the Government asking private-landlords to carry out immigration checks

Tackling in-work poverty by supporting dual - earning families

18 November, 2013

JRT Report

This research reviews trends in employment among couple families with children and considers policies and the wider context in four areas likely to affect their employment rate: family leave, childcare, the labour market, and the tax and benefit system

Welfare reforms are needed urgently, but the bedroom tax is still unfair

18 November, 2013

Social housing has contributed to the dangerous rise of welfare dependency and it must stop. But not with the bedroom tax

HB Bulletin G11-2013

18 November, 2013

HB Bulletin - Benefit Cap

Universal Credit rollout

18 November, 2013

Further details of the rollout schedule are now available with Rugby and Inverness the next areas to take Universal Credit claims from 25 November

Paying benefits 'does not make unemployed lazy'

18 November, 2013

Paying high levels of benefits to the unemployed does not lead to them becoming lazy

Helping tenants to ensure their rent is paid

18 November, 2013

How through volunteers, partnerships and direct communications Riverside are helping tenants like Robert ensure their rent is paid

Labour Bedroom Tax absence an 'insult' to victims says MP

18 November, 2013

The Scottish National Party has called on Scottish Labour to explain the absence of ten MPs at a vote in the House of Commons

Fury at Glasgow woman's Bedroom Tax eviction

18 November, 2013

A woman from Glasgow has become the first in Scotland to be evicted due to the Bedroom Tax after falling behind with her rent

Housing Bill to tackle Wales' rogue landlords and homelessness

18 November, 2013

Unscrupulous landlords and family homelessness will be targeted under new legislation over housing in Wales

Welsh housing bill could be defeated over PRS registration

18 November, 2013

Provisions to register private sector landlords in the long-awaited Welsh Housing Bill could be defeated

Calls to social landlord surge 35% since welfare reform

18 November, 2013

A housing association has recorded an upsurge in the number of calls to its customer call centre since welfare changes came into effect this year

DWP response to SSAC over bedroom tax

18 November, 2013

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions explains why the DWP rejected the SSAC recommendations on size criteria exemptions for disabled children

Avoid the pitfalls and become a successful first time landlord

18 November, 2013

First time prospective landlords shouldn't be put off entering the buy to let market

Private sector rent arrears 'the lowest' since 2008

15 November, 2013

The number of people who are behind with their rent has fallen to its lowest level for five years

DWP claims welfare savings are on track

15 November, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions has insisted it is on track to achieve its planned bedroom tax savings

Landlords with high voids monitored by HCA

15 November, 2013

The regulator is monitoring landlords which are losing rental income as a result of bedroom-taxed properties becoming hard to let

Scottish Index

15 November, 2013

Sep 13

Buy-to-Let Index

15 November, 2013

Oct 13

Sheltered housing tenant sent massive bedroom tax bill in error

15 November, 2013

A tenant living in a one-bed sheltered housing block was sent a bedroom tax bill for over £1,200 in error by Westminster Council

Halton mulls online-only move for 90% of customers

15 November, 2013

A landlord is considering giving tenants tablets and smartphones as part of a drive to get 90 per cent of its customers online only by 2018 in a bid to cut costs in the face of welfare reform

Council says feared benefit cap 'exodus' has failed to materialise

15 November, 2013

An 'exodus' that was predicted in a London borough as a consequence of the benefit cap has failed to materialise, Hammersmith and Fulham council has claimed

Council offices to become food bank

15 November, 2013

Camden Council is allowing some of its empty offices to become storage facilities for food banks, meeting a rise in demand from households across the borough

Rogue landlord crackdown to widen

15 November, 2013

A council is proposing to extend a licensing scheme in its effort to crackdown on rogue landlords and poor housing

Touchbase DWP e-zine

15 November, 2013

November 2013 - includes information on PIP, Digital revolution for jobseekers and Universal Credit

Under-occupation of social housing: Housing Benefit entitlement

14 November, 2013

Parliamentary briefing - Updated November 2013

This note provides information on under-occupation in the social rented sector, summarises evidence of the impact of Housing Benefit deductions and responses by landlords and tenants

Bedroom tax affected more than 522,000 people

14 November, 2013

The government has released the first statistics showing the impact of the controversial subsidy withdrawal in August

Sneaky electricity hikes to hit 2.6million of poorest homes this winter

14 November, 2013

People who rely on electricity to heat their homes will be landed with an even bigger spike than that seen in the gas market

Saying the unsayable?

14 November, 2013

Mick Kent, CEO at Bromford, has written an open letter sharing his opinion on the implementation of Welfare Reforms and the battle to repair deep rooted cultural damage caused by years of dependence on the state

'No evictions' petition is sending out wrong message on rent arrears

14 November, 2013

A 'well-intended' move to cripple the implementation of the bedroom tax by outlawing evictions for the arrears it causes has backfired

Survey finds landlords in limbo over ECO contracts

14 November, 2013

Rumours that the UK's main subsidy for energy efficiency work on homes may be scrapped or considerably altered have left social landlords wondering about the fate of contracts worth millions

Voices from the Frontline...The Bedroom Tax

14 November, 2013

CAB Report

Through these briefings citizens advice bureaux show the stark reality of welfare changes for real people

Help to buy no problem for landlords

14 November, 2013

Private landlords are unworried about the affect the Government's Help to Buy scheme will have on the private-rental sector

How can housing associations avoid financial disaster?

14 November, 2013

After two organisations' finances hit the rocks in the past year, our experts give their advice on how to manage risk

Labour loses housing benefit U-turn vote

13 November, 2013

The government has seen off a Labour challenge to its housing benefit changes in the House of Commons

£2,000 fuel bills on the way, consumers warned

13 November, 2013

Forecast comes as EDF announces 3.9% rise and National Audit Office casts doubts on government price predictions

Council's welfare fraud crackdown yields nearly £300,000

13 November, 2013

A council's crackdown on welfare crooks has identified nearly £300,000 in overpayments to corrupt benefit claimants

Bedroom tax tenants should act like biblical disciples

13 November, 2013

Benefits claimants should act like 'disciples' and move to the 'promised land' to protect themselves against the welfare reforms

Councils demand power to crackdown on anti-social private tenants

13 November, 2013

Council leaders are urging the House of Lords to grant them the power to force private landlords to crackdown on anti-social behaviour perpetrated by their tenants

Welfare reform: Mike Penning warns 'clock is ticking' on NI financial penalties

13 November, 2013

Northern Ireland is facing financial penalties because of welfare reform delay and the clock is ticking

The 'bedroom tax'; what the public think

13 November, 2013

During the party conference season it was reported that Lord Ashcroft said that Labour was on the wrong side of public opinion

Two Lib Dems rebel over the bedroom tax

13 November, 2013

Two Liberal Democrat MPs have rebelled against their Conservative coalition partners and voted to scrap the bedroom tax

Glasgow hardest hit by the bedroom tax

13 November, 2013

Glasgow has the most people hit by the bedroom tax, according to government figures released today

HB S9/2013

13 November, 2013

HB subsidy arrangements 2014/15

Housing Benefit: data published on reforms to restore fairness

13 November, 2013

New figures released today show the number of households claiming Housing Benefit that have been affected by the removal of the spare room subsidy

Social housing boss: I'm a big supporter of welfare reform... but the bedroom tax is simply unfair

13 November, 2013

Ministers must radically reform welfare, says a top housing association chief

DWP Quarterly Statistical Summary - Focus on Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy

13 November, 2013

This Statistical Summary aims to give users a structured overview of the benefit National and Official Statistics, published by the DWP

Poverty, Economic Status and Skills: What Are The Links?

13 November, 2013

JRF Report

This research considers ways to reduce poverty according to household circumstances and introduce measures to support working parents

Better finance for 1m social tenants if data was shared

12 November, 2013

One in five social tenants are unable to get loans from traditional mainstream lenders because they fail to pass credit tests

Labour criticises Iain Duncan Smith for missing bedroom tax debate

12 November, 2013

Labour says coalition is out of touch on bedroom tax, which it says is unfair and will result in 'perverse consequences'

Government's 'bedroom tax' could cost more money than it saves

12 November, 2013

The bedroom tax could eventually cost more than it saves

Helping tenants back to work

12 November, 2013

All of us working in social housing know how tough the current economic climate is for our tenants

Abolition of the Bedroom Tax

12 November, 2013

In April 2013, the UK Government implemented under-occupation restrictions for tenants of social landlords who are in receipt of Housing Benefit

Seven simple ways you can help residents reduce their energy bills

12 November, 2013

As energy prices soar many face a choice between heating and eating. Here's how you can help people in your communities

Calls for bedroom tax to be scrapped ahead of debate today

12 November, 2013

Charities and sector figures have called on MPs to scrap the 'unworkable and unfair' bedroom tax

NLA demands licence fee refunds

12 November, 2013

Three recent judgements may entitle landlords to a refund for fees paid to licence their properties

Universal credit and a very public mess

12 November, 2013

The fortress mentality in the Department for Work and Pensions is exacerbated by the standoff between Iain Duncan Smith and his civil servants over welfare reform

House Price Index

12 November, 2013

Oct 13

High-rate 0845 phone tariffs for government services 'inappropriate'

11 November, 2013

Whitehall says that UK's poorest and most vulnerable must not be forced to use higher rate phone lines

Affordable homes facing demolition because of bedroom tax

11 November, 2013

Housing associations say change to benefit rules means tenants cannot afford to rent three-bed maisonettes

Landlords seek changes to new immigration bill

11 November, 2013

The Government is listening to industry concerns that the proposed immigration bill may unfairly penalise landlords and letting agents

Nick Clegg's promise of bedroom tax review is a 'sham,' says Harriet Harman

11 November, 2013

Criticism comes as it emerges evaluation will take two years and will not include public consultation

Energy bills could fall by 7% if Government cuts green tax

11 November, 2013

Leading members of the "Big Six" energy companies promise to cut prices if Government scraps or delays green tax scheme

Bedroom tax leaves properties standing empty, North East MPs claim

11 November, 2013

Tenants are scared to move in to larger properties because of the under-occupation penalty, according to North East MPs

Council plans not to evict bedroom tax tenants unless they turn down offers to move

11 November, 2013

Tenants in arrears as a result of the bedroom tax will not be evicted unless they decline two offers of alternative accommodation

Poll shows support for removal of spare room subsidy

11 November, 2013

New independent research shows there is strong public support for reducing under-occupation and overcrowding in social housing

One in three private tenants 'faces eviction if they complain'

11 November, 2013

Private tenants are putting up with major defects such as damp and faulty boilers for fear of being evicted if they dare to complain

Welfare reforms 'must be reviewed'

11 November, 2013

Action has to be taken to get a welfare scheme which has been criticised by MPs "back on track"

Make a wish

10 November, 2013

200 days of the bedroom tax and counting

Benefit cap: dozens were receiving equivalent of £70,000 salary year

08 November, 2013

Some households were receiving benefits equivalent to the take-home pay from a job with a salary of almost £70,000 a year

MPs attack proposal to make landlords check immigration status of tenants

08 November, 2013

Commons home affairs committee says landlords could discriminate against all immigrants regardless of their status

Landlord fears rent arrears rise under Universal Credit

08 November, 2013

A private sector landlord with more than 700 homes says benefit changes could put his business at risk

CHC respond to 'Universal Credit Early Progress' report

08 November, 2013

Today the Public Accounts Committee have launched a report looking at 'Universal Credit Early Progress'

RCT Homes in bedroom tax evictions row

08 November, 2013

A Welsh housing association is at loggerheads with a council over the association's refusal to adopt a 'no-evictions' policy for tenants hit by the bedroom tax

Into the red

08 November, 2013

Inside Housing launched its welfare reform focus group to chart the impact of the government's welfare reforms on social landlords and their tenants in April

DWP criticised for tribunal 'panic'

08 November, 2013

An urgent Department for Work and Pensions bulletin issued to councils shows it is 'panicking' in the wake of nine successful bedroom tax tribunal challenges by tenants

Protests planned to coincide with bedroom tax debate

08 November, 2013

Tenants and disabled people's groups will be protesting at the parliament next Tuesday as MPs debate abolishing the bedroom tax

Councils fail to spend hardship funds

08 November, 2013

English authorities could be forced to return £26 million to government if they don't start spending

Public perceptions of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (RSRS)

08 November, 2013

A report of research carried out by the Department for Work and Pensions

Bedroom tax law fails disabled children

08 November, 2013

Disability Rights UK is disappointed that the Government has failed to extend protection from the 'bedroom tax' to all disabled children

Government no comprehensive plan for Universal Credit

08 November, 2013

The Public Accounts Committee has published its 30th Report on Universal Credit: early progress

More than a third of landlords struggle to pay their bills when tenants miss payments

08 November, 2013

A survey of landlords and tenants commissioned by the NLA has found that 40 per cent of landlords earn little more than enough to break even each month

Universal credit scheme will waste at least £140m, say MPs

07 November, 2013

Committee criticises 'alarmingly weak' management and questions whether project can be delivered by 2017 deadline

New sanctions see more benefits cut, DWP figures show

07 November, 2013

More than 400,000 people have lost Jobseeker's Allowance under new government sanctions aimed at ensuring they actively seek work

Housing minister grilled over bedroom tax

07 November, 2013

A group of cross party MPs, including the shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds, grilled Kris Hopkins on the bedroom tax yesterday

Many English councils plan to increase tax, survey suggests

07 November, 2013

Almost a third of all English councils plan to increase council tax next year despite a government cash incentive to freeze it

Social landlord to launch new shared ownership model

07 November, 2013

Thames Valley Housing is launching a shared ownership model where home owners automatically buy 1 per cent more of their property each year

Yet more bedroom tax-linked rent arrears discovered

07 November, 2013

The number of English council households in rent arrears has risen by 21% since the April introduction of the bedroom tax

PM backs Iain Duncan Smith over Universal Credit 'failures'

07 November, 2013

David Cameron has backed Iain Duncan Smith's handling of Universal Credit after a report by MPs claimed the welfare shake-up had gone wrong

Q&A: Universal credit and the benefits overhaul

07 November, 2013

The introduction of the government's flagship universal credit benefit - a new payment that marks the biggest overhaul

Benefit cap: 36,000 accept work help

07 November, 2013

New figures show almost 36,000 people potentially affected by the benefit cap have accepted support to get into work

Public Accounts Committee report: 'Universal Credit: early progress'

07 November, 2013

DWP Response to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report: 'Universal Credit: early progress'

Community and voluntary services in the age of austerity

07 November, 2013

Unison Report

This report lays bare the impact of austerity on services provided by the community and voluntary sector and on the workers for whom providing a service is not just a job, but part of a deep personal commitment to the people they support

Labour plans to challenge Lib Dem MPs with bedroom tax vote

06 November, 2013

The party's announcement that it will hold a Commons vote next Tuesday on scrapping the measure is a test of those in Clegg's party

DWP ministers to decide whether to scrap all of the £300m Universal Credit IT

06 November, 2013

Ministers at the DWP are to decide whether to immediately scrap all of the £300m Universal Credit IT systems and start again from scratch

Bedroom tax begins to bite on council house tenants

06 November, 2013

Seven months after welfare reform, two thirds of council tenants affected are behind with rent

Coalition's 'bedroom tax' pushes poorest into debt, research finds

06 November, 2013

The UK Government's 'bedroom tax' puts basic rights at risk and pushes vulnerable people into debt

Housing associations in Wales give £1bn economic boost

06 November, 2013

More than £1bn a year is being spent by Welsh housing associations with 80% of the money staying in Wales, according to independent research

Welfare reform and social housing

06 November, 2013

Given the far reaching impact and implications of the Government's welfare reforms, how have providers responded to the challenges

Parents under pressure as rising rents add to cost of living crisis

06 November, 2013

The lack of affordable housing is adding to the country's cost of living crisis with private rents in England set to rise another 44% by 2020

Social landlord becomes living wage employer

06 November, 2013

A North East social landlord has pledged to pay its staff the living wage

Benefit sanctions - ending the 'somthing for nothing' culture

06 November, 2013

Latest figures show Jobseeker's Allowance claimants who failed to do enough to find work had their benefits payments suspended 580,000 times

Government IT systems 'main reason' for increased benefit fraud, auditor says

06 November, 2013

Soaring housing benefit fraud in Northern Ireland was a result of new IT systems introduced by the UK government

HB U8/2013

05 November, 2013

Judicial Review on the Benefit Cap - DWP Bulletin

Single mothers lose legal challenge to benefit cap

05 November, 2013

Three single mothers and their children have lost a legal challenge to the government's benefit cap

LIN Press Release - Judicial Review on the Benefit Cap

05 November, 2013

HB Bulletin - Judicial Review on the Benefit Cap

Government IT systems 'main reason' for increased benefit fraud, auditor says

05 November, 2013

Soaring housing benefit fraud in Northern Ireland was a result of new IT systems introduced by the UK government, an auditor's report has said

'Millions' owed to Scottish councils in housing arrears

05 November, 2013

Scottish councils believe they are owed more than £3m in rent arrears brought about by recent changes to housing benefit

More than £1 million claimed for tenants

05 November, 2013

Tenants from a North East housing association are now more than £1 million better off thanks to an innovative in-house financial advice service

Landlord warns over lettings scam

05 November, 2013

A North London landlord has revealed how dodgy letting agents were cheating her - and taxpayers - out of thousands of pounds each month

Credit crunched: Single parents, universal credit and the struggle to make work pay

05 November, 2013

Gingerbread report

Universal credit, which is being gradually introduced across the country from this October onwards, is rolling together six separate benefits into one payment. This is being done in order to simplify the system. The government has emphasised that this new welfare scheme is being designed to 'make work pay - at each and every hour',: encouraging people to move into work, or increase their working hours. This research suggests that for many single parents, work still won’t pay under universal credit.

Impact of welfare reform on people with disabilities

05 November, 2013

NHF Report

The Welfare Reform Act replaces Disability Living Allowance with Personal Independence Payments, a tax free benefit that helps with the additional costs associated with disability. Some elements remain the same, yet there are some substantial differences. Many claimants will no longer be eligible, impacting tenants and housing associations alike

Universal Credit: early progress

05 November, 2013

The Public Accounts Committee publishes its 30th Report on Universal Credit: early progress

Green tax to knock £75 off energy bills

04 November, 2013

Household gas and electricity bills could be cut by up to £75 a year under plans being considered by ministers to reduce green levies on energy companies

Lords debates affordable housing

04 November, 2013

Members of the Lords discussed the availability of affordable housing in the United Kingdom and the impact of the under-occupancy charge

Housing providers braced for 80% rise in arrears

04 November, 2013

The social housing sector is preparing for an 80% rise in rent arrears rates as a consequence of the government's welfare reforms

How the Poundbury project became a model for innovation

04 November, 2013

For 20 years, the Prince of Wales's housing scheme in Dorset has led the way on green energy and social housing

Single parents bear brunt of benefits changes

04 November, 2013

Universal credit and a new childcare voucher forecast to hit struggling lower-income households hardest

'Millions' owed to Scottish councils in housing arrears

04 November, 2013

Scottish councils believe they are owed more than £3m in rent arrears brought about by recent changes to housing benefit, according to BBC research

Social landlord and partners provide affordable broadband for tenants

04 November, 2013

Scotland's largest housing association has teamed up with BT and the Scottish Government to give its residents affordable broadband

HB Direct issue 142 - November 2013

04 November, 2013

Reassessment for PIP began on Monday 28 October 2013

Disabled children now exempt from the 'Bedroom Tax' - DWP Amends its policy

04 November, 2013

The Government has amended its controversial 'under-occupation penalty' scheme, commonly known as the 'bedroom tax.'

Bedroom Tax pensioner killed himself over fears he could not afford his home

04 November, 2013

A pensioner hanged himself after telling pals he was worried about how he would afford the Bedroom Tax

Universal credit: £120m could be written off to rescue welfare reform

01 November, 2013

Labour says ministers in disarray as leaked documents reveal two options for saving project to merge benefits and tax credits

Reforms spark surge in staff costs

01 November, 2013

Study shows providers expect 27% rise in staff costs and 82% rise in arrears

Rents for social housing from 2015 to 2016

01 November, 2013

This consultation sets out the proposed changes to rent policy for social housing, to apply from April 2015 onwards

Council bid to avoid reforms

01 November, 2013

Scottish authority wants to exempt supported housing from benefit changes

New social rent policy branded 'unfair' by local authorities

01 November, 2013

Council landlords have branded the government's new social rent policy 'unfair'

Bedroom tax sparks council rent arrears surge

01 November, 2013

Around three-quarters of all city tenants dragged into the bedroom tax saga are now debt-ridden and behind in their rent

Welfare dependency isn't Britain's gravest economic problem

01 November, 2013

If the government really wanted to cut its benefit bill, it would ensure that employers give their workers a living wage

DWP issues 'urgent bulletin' about bedroom tax tribunal decisions

01 November, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions has issued an 'urgent bulletin' calling on councils to notify it about any tribunal decisions relating to the bedroom tax

Council Tax policy information note

01 November, 2013

This note sets out the allocation of 2014 to 2015 localised Council Tax support administration subsidy to local authorities in England

PRS landlord fined £24,000 for tenant safety breaches

31 October, 2013

A private landlord has been ordered to pay £24,250 after pleading guilty to fire safety offences and not registering a house in multiple occupation

NLA voices concern to Immigration Bill Committee

31 October, 2013

Giving oral evidence to the House of Commons Committee considering the Immigration Bill, Carolyn Uphill, Chairman of The NLA voiced concerns about the Government's proposals

Landlord tax crackdown 'gets serious'

31 October, 2013

Having issued several warnings to non-paying landlords, HMRC is now 'getting tough', accountants warn

Bedroom Tax: Just 38 one bedroom properties for let in five Gwent housing associations

31 October, 2013

Five Gwent housing associations have as few as 38 one bedroom properties to rent but have 331 households requesting a move because of the so-called bedroom tax

Time to put the professional into the PRS

31 October, 2013

Robert Flint from Winckworth Sherwood discusses ways in which social landlords can increase the professionalism of the private rented sector

Tenants in rent arrears offered six-month bedroom tax 'holiday'

31 October, 2013

A Welsh housing association is offering tenants a six-month 'holiday' from the bedroom tax, as arrears soar across the country

Checking tenants immigration status would create 'hostile' environment for landlords

31 October, 2013

A government scheme to make landlords check the immigration status of their residents will foster an 'underclass of rogue operators'

14 low-tech ways to keep your house warm over the winter

31 October, 2013

There's growing concern about price rises from British energy companies

Impact of welfare reform on people with disabilities

31 October, 2013

The Welfare Reform Act introduces Universal Credit, replacing most means tested benefits

'Cap rents to reduce welfare spend'

30 October, 2013

James Alexander counts himself as one of many working people living in York who are being priced out of the city

Visa checks 'could put landlords in physical danger'

30 October, 2013

Landlords could be put in physical danger by being asked to check the immigration status of their tenants

Housing bodies call for repeal of 'bedroom tax'

30 October, 2013

Two of Scotland's major housing bodies have launched a joint call for the repeal of the 'bedroom tax'

Five things to consider before renting homes out at full market rates

30 October, 2013

Social landlords are increasingly developing homes for rent by young professionals and others ineligible for social housing

What will happen when the High Court sees the human face of the benefit cap

30 October, 2013

The benefit cap is another Coalition policy that, advertised as creating fairness, targets the most vulnerable

UK fuel poverty levels second only to Estonia

30 October, 2013

Research shows Britain has a higher number of people struggling to pay their energy bills than every European country bar one

Energy firms 'overcharge by £3.7bn a year'

30 October, 2013

MPs told that some suppliers cannot justify increases in household bills

HB U7-2013

30 October, 2013

HB Bulletin in regards to the removal of the spare room subsidy

New approaches to market rented housing

30 October, 2013

CIH Report

This briefing looks at the potential opportunities and challenges involved in letting homes at a market rent. It looks at the options for both: Managing properties on behalf of existing private landlords establishing a portfolio of properties by purchasing and/or developing them for this purpose.

Landlords welcome immigration bill change

30 October, 2013

The RLA has welcomed the government's decision to amend the Immigration Bill after concerns that it would have imposed a double penalty

Social landlord pledges £65m to develop private rented homes

29 October, 2013

A social landlord has become the latest association to divert significant financial resources into the development of privately rented homes

Local authority reduces households in temporary accommodation by 58%

29 October, 2013

A local authority has reduced the number of households in temporary accommodation by 58 per cent year-on-year

Deaf and blind man fears losing home over 'bedroom tax' as disabled legal challenges mount

29 October, 2013

Martin Styles, whose wife and son are also deaf, needs his 'spare' room to keep equipment that he needs to communicate

DWP delays universal credit pilot roll out

29 October, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions has again changed the timetable for the roll out of universal credit

Shelter's fixed-term contracts will 'fatally undermine' PRS

29 October, 2013

Proposals by housing charity Shelter to introduce fixed-term contracts into the private rented sector and bans on real rent changes within them are poorly thought out

More Universal Credit delays

29 October, 2013

Instead of the expected six Jobcentre areas, selected for the much vaunted roll out of Universal Credit, Hammersmith will be the sole 'flagship' for the new benefit

Personal Independence Payment rolls out to existing claimants

29 October, 2013

Personal Independence Payment is being rolled out to existing claimants of Disability Living Allowance

Universal credit: 'a genuine and bold reform to how we do welfare'

29 October, 2013

National Housing Federation chief David Orr has described Universal Credit as 'a genuine and bold reform to how we do welfare'

Change for a Room

28 October, 2013

Youtube video about Bedroom Tax

Universal Credit scheme rolls out

28 October, 2013

The government's flagship welfare reform - Universal Credit - is starting the next phase of its national launch but far more slowly than intended

Disability welfare changes delayed by assessment process

28 October, 2013

Disability welfare changes for England, Scotland and Wales have been delayed because the government has been unable to assess claimants in time

Lord Freud says Bedroom Tax term is misleading... then refers to it as Bedroom Tax himself

28 October, 2013

David Cameron will hit the roof because he insists the hated measure is called the spare room subsidy to make it sound less cruel

Barrister warns bedroom reclassification could lead to refinancing

28 October, 2013

A top housing barrister warned landlords could trigger a repricing of their stock by reclassifying the number of bedrooms in their property

Universal Credit scheme is 'massive transformation'

28 October, 2013

Changes to the welfare system are still on track according to the minister in charge

Universal Credit expands to London

28 October, 2013

New jobseekers in Hammersmith will be able to make a claim for Universal Credit

Proposals to introduce fixed-term contracts in the private rented sector are poorly thought out

28 October, 2013

Proposals to introduce fixed-term contracts in the private rented sector and bans on real rent changes within them are poorly thought out

North Tyneside Council takes action against payday loan firms

28 October, 2013

Payday loan firms will be banned from setting up businesses in commercial property owned by a Tyneside council

Payday loans defended by new consumer champion

28 October, 2013

Head of a City watchdog, Sue Lewis, compares taking a high-interest loan with dining out on her credit card

Freud 'not in a position' to give timetable for universal credit

28 October, 2013

Lord Freud has said he is 'not in a position' to say when couples and children will be moved onto universal credit

Income Support: leaflet

25 October, 2013

DWP information

Two housing benefit cheats sentenced

25 October, 2013

Hambleton District Council has prosecuted two benefit cheats after its fraud team discovered the offenders had failed to tell the authority of changes to their work arrangements

Bedroom tax tenants hit by rising rent arrears

25 October, 2013

Rent arrears for council tenants hit by the bedroom tax have shot up at an 'alarming rate'

HCA: 'Get tough on gas access'

25 October, 2013

Social landlords should take legal action against tenants who refuse gas safety engineers access to their homes

Fuel poverty: 'Leaky homes' must be better insulated

25 October, 2013

Four of the big six energy companies have announced price rises in recent weeks, adding pressure to household budgets over the winter

Girl aged just eight writes moving letter to MP on how family is 'on verge of destitution' due to cuts

25 October, 2013

In the handwritten note, given to Labour's Stephen Timms by the parents, the girl says the family now all have to sleep in one room

Welfare reform: where is Stormont's legislation?

25 October, 2013

It is the biggest change in the benefits system for decades

North Lanarkshire Council claims sharp rise in rent arrears

25 October, 2013

More than 2,000 people in one part of Scotland have got into rent arrears for the first time since changes to housing benefit were made in the spring

Early impacts of welfare reform on rent arrears

25 October, 2013

Research Report

The Wales Report

25 October, 2013

Tenants in Wales say they can't cope with changes to the benefits system

Campaigners lobby David Cameron over cold homes

25 October, 2013

Fuel poverty campaigners have written to Prime Minister David Cameron demanding cross-party action on the 'national crisis' of cold homes

Crunch time

25 October, 2013

Without government support, universal credit will come as a nasty shock to many households

Rent arrears soar under bedroom tax

25 October, 2013

The amount of households in rent arrears soared by 21% between March and June

Action stations

25 October, 2013

In his first interview since becoming housing minister two weeks ago, Kris Hopkins tells Martin Hilditch how he'll be a vocal advocate for England's regions

Draft Tenants' Charter

25 October, 2013

DCLG Guidance note for discussion

This charter aims to help more than nine million people who live in the private rented sector in England have a better understanding of what they can expect and, if something goes wrong, where to go for help.

LIN member report October 2013 - Watching the landlords: why the PRS faces greater scrutiny

24 October, 2013

This LIN member report is written by Neil Merrick

Superstrike Ltd vs. Marino Rodrigues

24 October, 2013

Guidance on the implications of the Court of Appeal judgment

Rent arrears up since spare room subsidy abolished

24 October, 2013

Rent arrears owed to housing associations and local authorities rose in the three months after the spare room subsidy was abolished

Rent debts mount in Torfaen universal credit pilot

24 October, 2013

A leading economist says changes to housing benefits will result in a need for increased government spending on advice and support for tenants

Social landlords given a chunk of second RHPP pot announced

24 October, 2013

Social landlords across Great Britain have been awarded a share of an additional £5 million pot to kit out homes with renewable heating equipment

51% of Welsh housing association tenants pushed into arrears due to bedroom tax

24 October, 2013

The majority of tenants in Wales affected by the bedroom tax in 22 housing associations have been pushed into arrears

How to support households affected by the overall benefit cap

24 October, 2013

In June 2010 government announced that it would cap the total amount of welfare benefits any working age household with children can receive at £500 per week

What Can I Rent for My Budget in London?

24 October, 2013

Many of the people who move to London each year are surprised by how high rents are in the city

Bedroom tax drives massive rise in rent arrears

24 October, 2013

The government's widely condemned bedroom tax has driven an explosion in rent arrears across Wales

Rogue landlords: Another step forward

24 October, 2013

In the last 10 years the private rented sector has expanded rapidly

Benefit cap 'not encouraging work or saving money'

23 October, 2013

The government's benefit cap will struggle to meet its aims of encouraging people into work and saving taxpayers' money

Experiences and effects of the benefit cap in Haringey

23 October, 2013

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

Benefit cap has 'failed in its main objectives'

23 October, 2013

The government will struggle to make the benefit cap encourage people into work

Social landlord and council launch electric pay-per-use car club

23 October, 2013

A London borough and housing association have launched an entirely electric pay-per-use car club in East London today

10% more housing associations see rises in rent arrears after bedroom tax

23 October, 2013

The number of Scottish housing associations experiencing a rise in rent arrears in the first three months of the bedroom tax has risen by ten percentage

The benefit cap just shunts welfare costs on to councils

23 October, 2013

My fears are confirmed: the benefit cap fails to address the real problems of a lack of jobs, training and affordable housing and childcare

Benefit cap will struggle to save taxpayers' money

23 October, 2013

The government's benefit cap will struggle to save taxpayers' money and encourage people into work

Single man granted tenancy of three bedroom house due to impact of 'bedroom tax'

23 October, 2013

In a recent case, a local housing association brought trespass proceedings against a single man occupying a three bed roomed property

Government admits it does not know how well benefit cap is working

23 October, 2013

Work and pensions minister condemns report that found cap not working but is unable to offer official figures

Can't stay, can't go

23 October, 2013

Tenants who are affected by the Bedroom Tax are still facing an impossible choice, according to a new report released by Grand Union Housing

Scottish tenants are 'resisting' downsizing for the 'bedroom tax'

22 October, 2013

Research published by the Scottish Parliament's Welfare Reform Committee said that despite the financial pressure of the 'bedroom tax'

Homeless to live in shipping containers for up to five years in bid to tackle housing shortage

22 October, 2013

The converted containers will provide temporary homes for a period of five years for 36 men and women with a history of homelessness

Report highlights people opting to stay and pay bedroom tax

22 October, 2013

An examination of the bedroom tax in Scotland has found that the 'pull factors' keeping people in their current homes and communities outweighed the 'push driver' of the charge

Private landlords urged to attend Midlands housing conference

22 October, 2013

A housing conference taking place in Walsall this month aims to encourage private landlords to make the best use of the region's housing stock

Viridian publishes new bedroom tax research

22 October, 2013

New research published by Viridian Housing Association

The Ipsos MORI research underlines the emotional and financial impacts on residents affected by these changes, as well as highlighting some windows of opportunity for encouraging people to downsize. A key component of this is personal contact from landlords, helping people understand their financial situation and support using the transfers system that will boost the extent to which residents are willing at least to consider moving.

Letting agents fleecing tenants out of hundreds in admin fees

22 October, 2013

Letting agents are fleecing tenants out of up to £600 in non-refundable fees

Rogue landlords targeted as hotline launched

22 October, 2013

Rogue landlords in Northampton are being told to get their house in order - or face prosecution

Labour backs Theresa May's Immigration Bill

22 October, 2013

Labour has said it will back government plans to toughen the immigration system by cutting back on benefit payments and grounds for appeal against deportation

Making the Links: Poverty, Ethnicity and Social Networks

22 October, 2013

Joseph Rowntree Report

This research is part of JRF's focus on the links between poverty and ethnicity, and examines how social networks help or hinder people in moving out of poverty

£20m to help bedroom tax victims next year

21 October, 2013

Nicola Sturgeon has announced an additional £20 million will be made available for Scottish tenants hit by the bedroom tax next year

EU report 'misleading' and 'one-sided'

21 October, 2013

A Scottish homelessness charity has condemned a European Union report into the UK's housing as 'misleading and one-sided'

Salmond pledges to axe bedroom tax

21 October, 2013

The leader of the Scottish National Party Alex Salmond has pledged to axe the bedroom tax in Scotland should the country gain independence

Benefit changes rent arrears amnesty 'would need caution'

21 October, 2013

Any rent arrears amnesty as part of efforts to mitigate changes to the welfare system should be approached with caution

Dramatic fall in the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance

21 October, 2013

The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance fell dramatically over the last month, by more than 40,000

Social landlord gives residents food bank vouchers as poverty increases

21 October, 2013

London housing association steps in to support food banks after seeing residents struggle to buy food

Landlords and letting agents in line of fire as tenants join fightback

21 October, 2013

With the average tenant now paying £757 a month, many are mobilising to campaign on everything from landlord evictions to the abolition of letting agents fees

Boost for buy-to-let landlords as rents and prices soar

21 October, 2013

Record high rents, rising house prices and growing yields have created a sweet spot for buy-to-let investors

Credit union offers cheap online payday-style loans

21 October, 2013

A credit union says that more than 6,000 customers have now successfully applied online for its payday-style loans

Government Response to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee Report: The Private Rented Sector

18 October, 2013

The Communities and Local Government Select Committee inquiry into the private rented sector

Buy-to-Let index September 2013

18 October, 2013

Rents in private sector hit record high, says LSL

Bedroom tax hits tenants in Wales harder than anywhere in Britain

18 October, 2013

The bedroom tax hits tenants in Wales harder than anywhere else in Great Britain, a select committee has found

State of the Nation 2013: social mobility and child poverty in Great Britain

18 October, 2013

Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission

This report highlights the legally-binding goal of ending child poverty by 2020 is likely to be missed by a considerable margin, and progress on social mobility may be undermined by the twin problems of high youth unemployment and falling living standards.

Landlords slam welfare pilots

18 October, 2013

Landlords in the universal credit pathfinder areas are complaining of poor communication from the Department for Work and Pensions

Rents begin to fall outside London

18 October, 2013

Government efforts to unclog the mortgage market could help to further drive down rents outside the capital

SNP conference: John Swinney says independence 'will protect needy'

18 October, 2013

Finance Secretary John Swinney has told the SNP conference Scotland has to have independence to protect the needy

Incentives would encourage bedroom tax tenants to pay up

18 October, 2013

Incentives such as vouchers for essential items and rent holidays are most likely to be effective in getting bedroom tax-hit tenants to pay rent on time

Flagship Tory council: welfare reforms are causing the homelessness surge

18 October, 2013

Fined £100,000 for illegally keeping families in B&B accommodation, Westminster council blames the government's housing benefit cuts

The bedroom tax: only fair to private tenants?

18 October, 2013

Of all the arguments made for the bedroom tax, the most slippery is the one about it being 'only fair to private tenants'

Labour plans payday lenders levy to fund low-cost credit

17 October, 2013

Labour has pledged to impose a levy on the profits of payday lenders to help support lower-cost lending from credit unions and boost money advice services

Salmond says no agreement on benefit reforms after Cameron talks

17 October, 2013

The impact of changes to housing benefit has been raised by First Minister Alex Salmond in talks with Prime Minister David Cameron

Underlying causes of food poverty rise are complex

17 October, 2013

It is certainly true that food poverty is getting more acute and that the government is doing very little about it

Package of measures to improve PRS conditions announced

17 October, 2013

The government has outlined a package of measures aimed at improving conditions in the private rented sector

'Bedroom tax costs could heat family home for a week'

17 October, 2013

The average financial loss faced by social housing tenants as a result of the government's controversial bedroom tax could heat a family home for almost a week

Housing benefit changes: Report warns of 'problems' for Wales

17 October, 2013

Changes to housing benefit - described by critics as the 'bedroom tax' - will cause potential problems in Wales

Alan Milburn says child poverty 'no longer problem of the workless and work-shy'

17 October, 2013

Working parents in Britain 'simply do not earn enough to escape poverty'

Rise in working families claiming benefit for housing

17 October, 2013

As early as Christmas working households claiming support for private sector rent could outnumber those in which nobody works

The impact of changes to Housing Benefit in Wales

17 October, 2013

Commons Select Committee Report

The Welsh Affairs Committee says that the Government should carefully monitor the impact of housing benefit changes.

Top tips: How local government can improve its digital strategy

16 October, 2013

Our panel discuss the best way for councils to be effective online, from digital services to using social media to engage with residents

Nick Clegg orders independent study into Bedroom tax

16 October, 2013

Research is underway to examine impact of controversial Government policy

Eric Pickles to better regulate landlords and letting agents

16 October, 2013

Plans include forcing letting agents to join a redress scheme allowing complaints about poor service or hidden fees to be independently examined

A better private rented sector must not be at the expense of social homes

16 October, 2013

While the government's £1bn build-to-rent fund could help those renting privately and expand the sector, thought must be given to how the policy affects need at the bottom of the market

Volunteer pleas to help Coventry families facing eviction due to 'bedroom tax'

16 October, 2013

Coventry Against the Bedroom Tax create 'anti-eviction network' to support those threatened with eviction or a possession order

Food vouchers for hungry in 28 boroughs

16 October, 2013

A landlord has struck deals in 28 London boroughs to issue food vouchers to residents who are 'going hungry'

Cameron asked if he is 'proud' of food bank use tripling in a year

16 October, 2013

A charity has found the number of people relying on their food banks has tripled in a year

Clegg admits bedroom tax creates 'real dilemmas''

16 October, 2013

Nick Clegg has admitted the bedroom tax creates 'real dilemmas' and could vary 'enormously' between different parts of the country

Housing benefit changes defended

16 October, 2013

A Wales Office minister has defended changes to housing benefit described by critics as the 'bedroom tax'

Immigration checks will exclude ethnic minorities from renting

16 October, 2013

New bill that requires private landlords to vet tenants is an unworkable example of daft politicking

'Affordable rents are driving up costs and housing benefit'

16 October, 2013

Policy and practice officer Laura Shimili looks at the new statistics on fixed term tenancies and affordable rents for 2012/13

Labour calls for inquiry after black tenants 'turned down'

16 October, 2013

Labour has called for an 'urgent' investigation into alleged racial discrimination in the private rented property sector

Local people will be prioritised for council housing under new statutory guidance

15 October, 2013

New measures announced by the Government will ensure that local people are prioritised for council housing, said Eric Pickles

Shropshire and Mid Wales homes waiting list hits 25,000

15 October, 2013

The waiting list for social housing across Shropshire and Mid Wales has grown to 25,000 people, figures showed today

Young mothers evicted from London hostel may be rehoused 200 miles away

15 October, 2013

Newham council says cuts and welfare reform mean it might have to look outside borough to rehouse 29 single mothers

Boston landlord licensing plans to tackle anti-social behaviour

15 October, 2013

A Lincolnshire council is planning to introduce a licensing system for landlords to crack down on anti-social behaviour at their properties

Salmond challenges cameron on bedroom tax

15 October, 2013

ALEX Salmond is to raise the impact of the Coalition's bedroom tax at a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron this week

Housing benefit cheat must pay back double

15 October, 2013

A fraudster who cheated himself to over £4,000 in housing benefit has been ordered to pay back over £8,000

What you need to know about the new social housing fraud act

15 October, 2013

The new act comes into force today to crack down on the estimated 100,000 social housing properties subject to fraud

Bedroom tax: savings likely to be '£160m less than official projections'

15 October, 2013

Analysis suggesting savings could be £160m less than official projections of £480m dismissed as 'vested interests' by employment minister

Testing DWP's assessment of the impact of the social rented sector size criterion on Housing Benefit costs and other factors

15 October, 2013

Research questions bedroom tax's ability to make savings - The government may have significantly over-estimated the savings likely to be generated by the bedroom tax

Touchbase DWP e-zine

15 October, 2013

October 2013 - includes information on PIP, National roll-out of DWPs claimant commitment and measures to get long-term unemployed into work

Bedroom Tax minister Lord Freud admits 'not enough one-bedroom homes' bungle

14 October, 2013

But he brazenly tried to shift responsibility for the logjam to local authorities as he defended the tax in the House of Lords

Help to buy scheme 'could lower rents in London'

14 October, 2013

Rents in London could fall over the next few years as a result of the government's Help to Buy scheme

Private tenants to be hit by ASB exclusions after government U-turn

14 October, 2013

Private tenants who commit anti-social behaviour could face exclusion from their homes, after a government U-turn last week

Only 'well-established' locals to be considered for social housing

14 October, 2013

Only people with a 'well-established' connection to a local area will be considered for council housing

London letting agents 'refuse black tenants'

14 October, 2013

Letting agents in London are prepared to discriminate against would-be tenants on the grounds of race

Poverty in social housing decreases but increases in PRS

14 October, 2013

The number of people living in poverty in London's social housing has decreased by 340,000 over the last ten years

Jobseekers to start signing new Claimant Commitment

14 October, 2013

New jobseekers will have to account more clearly for their efforts to find work to get their benefit

Council offers grants for tenants to downsize

14 October, 2013

Harrow Council is offering its tenants grants to downsize their homes in an effort to reduce its 4,000-strong housing waiting list

Housing benefit reform savings 'lower than planned'

14 October, 2013

The amount of money saved by a controversial housing benefit change may be considerably less than expected

Poor internet connections in the countryside are hitting rural property market

11 October, 2013

Rural homes without superfast internet broadband connections are becoming unsellable with some estate agents refusing to put them on their books

Landlords don't want to be immigration police

11 October, 2013

People who cannot pass as 'obviously British' may find themselves unable to rent privately as landlords retreat from the legal burdens imposed on them by the Government's Immigration Bill

Bedroom tax deal to be announced 'within weeks'

11 October, 2013

A deal to pave the way for the introduction of the bedroom tax in Northern Ireland is due to be announced 'within weeks'

HB A20/2013

11 October, 2013

The Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 3) Regulations 2013

Not granting second bedroom to couple with disabilities is discrimination

11 October, 2013

A tribunal found a couple, who had been assessed as having one bedroom and a spare room, should qualify for local housing allowance under the two bedroom rate to avoid discrimination

Up to 450,000 face court over council tax arrears

11 October, 2013

156,500 people in England have received summonses in response to the changes to benefits six months ago

Labour considering indexing to limit PRS rents

11 October, 2013

The new shadow housing minister hinted Labour would consider indexing to limit private sector rents

Red Cross launches food aid campaign for Britain

11 October, 2013

The Red Cross is to start collecting food for families in the UK who are struggling to feed themselves

Credit where credit's due

11 October, 2013

Universal credit pilot projects show direct payment of benefits to tenants does work

Asylum claimants wait for years in unacceptable conditions

11 October, 2013

Damning report from Home Affairs select committee finds long delays, poor housing and intrusive questioning of gay applicants

Licence to thrill

11 October, 2013

Newham Council has led the way by introducing private sector property licensing and the results are encouraging

Labour admits welfare cap a hard sell after leak of briefing

10 October, 2013

Pollster warns of 'severe challenge' for party on on benefit cuts and will struggle to win support of floating voters

Rent model to drive up average affordable rents

10 October, 2013

Boris Johnson's affordable rent policy will result in a higher-than-expected price hike which will force low income residents out of London

Welsh Labour MPs launch attack on Government's 'bedroom tax' policy

10 October, 2013

But Montgomeryshire Conservative MP Glyn Davies argued the Welsh Government could not escape blame for the situation

Public think benefit cap claimants should work or move

10 October, 2013

Independent research published on public view about the benefit cap

This quantitative research looked at public attitudes to the Benefit Cap as well as some of the early pre-implementation effects on a specific group of claimants who had received additional Jobcentre Plus support prior to full implementation of the policy.

CIH warning over Immigration Bill

10 October, 2013

The Chartered Institute of Housing has sounded a warning about the government's Immigration Bill, saying it could warn to "destitution" for many people

Rent-to-rent guru disappears - leaving hundreds of tenants out of pocket

10 October, 2013

Daniel Burton ran seminars to show other property speculators how to rent and then sublet to as many people as possible. Now he has disappeared - and so have many tenants' deposits

Harrow council offers social housing tenants up to £38,000 to move and buy

10 October, 2013

Home ownership grant one of London borough's downsizing incentives and illustrates scarcity of social housing in parts of UK

Middle-class people are the benefit fraudsters it's OK to like

10 October, 2013

So 165,000 high-earning parents claiming child benefit have not yet signed up for self-assessment. Yet they don't get demonised

Social housing sales in England: 2012 to 2013

10 October, 2013

This statistical release presents national statistics on the number of sales of existing social housing stock in England for 2012 to 2013

Most people agree benefits are an important safety net for people charity poll reveals

09 October, 2013

Most people agree that benefits are an important safety net to support people

Help to Buy could 'drive London rents down by 5pc'

09 October, 2013

The early launch of the Help to Buy scheme could see London rents drop by 5pc

Families rehoused to avoid bedroom tax penalty

09 October, 2013

A London council said it has helped nearly 190 local families avoid the impact of the bedroom tax by getting them rehoused in more suitably sized accommodation

There's no cure for brain damage so why is ATOS retesting Francesca Martinez?

09 October, 2013

Disabled people are disproportionately affected by the Bedroom Tax and other cuts like those to council tax and housing benefit

Family of 12 to get Ipswich council homes joined together

09 October, 2013

Plans to knock two Ipswich council houses together for a family with 10 children have sparked a petition from neighbours opposing it

Local workless families to benefit from launch of new Families Programme in Peterborough

09 October, 2013

Peterborough's largest housing association has joined forces with public service provider Reed to deliver the European Social Funds' Families Programme

Re-energising The Green Agenda

09 October, 2013

Report by the All Party Parliamentary Group calls for green deal social landlords consultation

Where can I afford to live?

09 October, 2013

Whether you are house-hunting or just daydreaming, try using this calculator to see where in the country you could afford to live - and would it be cheaper to rent or buy?

Wonga 'Mr Sandman' ad banned by Advertising Standards Authority

09 October, 2013

ASA says ad by payday lender Wonga gave impression that taking out a high-interest loan could be done lightly

David Cameron's benefits crackdown 'will hit single parents hardest'

08 October, 2013

Critics warn that Tory 'earn or learn' policy could leave 160,000 with nowhere to live

Complaining to landlords causes a third of tenant eviction threats

08 October, 2013

A survey has found that 32 per cent of renters who have been evicted, or threatened with eviction, were put in this position after making a complaint to their landlord

Stoke-on-Trent council flats to be rented privately - because tenants don't want to live there

08 October, 2013

High-rise council flats and family homes are set to be offered for rent to professionals - because tenants do not want to live there

David Davies tells 'bedroom tax' teenager to 'go home'

08 October, 2013

Monmouth MP David Davies became involved in an argument with a 17-year-old girl when he told her that she should move back to her mother's home

David Davies: Housing benefit reform working better outside Wales

08 October, 2013

Changes to housing benefits - mainly so-called bedroom tax - are not working as well in Wales as other parts of the UK

Crackdown on tenancy fraud in Gloucestershire

08 October, 2013

Social landlords across Gloucestershire, including Cheltenham Borough Homes (CBH), will be shining a spotlight on tenancy fraud this week

A Monmouth MP sees effects of 'bedroom tax'

08 October, 2013

A Welsh Conservative politician says that the under occupancy charge - which Labour calls the "bedroom tax" - does not work as well in Wales

Heat or eat?

08 October, 2013

Patrick Butler's recent Guardian article, drawing on testimonies of people in Liverpool forced to choose whether to go without meals or heating, is extraordinary

DWP slammed for 'shocking lack of financial control' on universal credit

08 October, 2013

A 'good news only' culture masked a 'shocking lack of financial control' of the government's universal credit programme

Lord Freud: Benefit cap 'helping people into work'

08 October, 2013

The benefit cap is helping people into employment, according to welfare reform minister Lord Freud

Bedroom tax means more tenants face eviction

07 October, 2013

Shortage of available smaller homes means tenants cannot move to avoid the charge

High court to rule on benefits cap 'within a month'

07 October, 2013

The High Court will decide whether the government's benefit cap regime breaches the human rights of the vulnerable 'within a month'

How many young single parents are claiming Housing Benefit?

07 October, 2013

After Cameron hinted at a new 'earn or learn' policy whereby under 25s would lose their Housing Benefit if they refuse to work or stay in education

Jobseekers embrace digital revolution

07 October, 2013

The way people claim benefits is being revolutionised with the proportion of claims made online more than doubling in a year

More benefit sanctions means more suffering for those who live on the edge

07 October, 2013

Homeless people and people with mental health problems will be victims of further cuts. There's no safety net for the vulnerable

Bedroom tax: rehoused victims of domestic violence face eviction

07 October, 2013

Local authorities must exempt victims of domestic abuse from the under-occupancy charge

Benefits cuts for under 25s could increase homelessness

07 October, 2013

This week Framework is hosting a special seminar in Mansfield on its work with vulnerable young people

Bedroom tax: Queen helps desperate victim by sending his letter to David Cameron

07 October, 2013

Bedroom tax: Queen helps desperate victim by sending his letter to David Cameron

Local authority lettings in England drop 17% in six years

04 October, 2013

Statistics released today show the number of homes let by councils in England has dropped 17 per cent in six years from 145,403 in 2007/08 to 120,012 in 2012/13

Removing benefits for the under-25s is the opposite of caring conservatism

04 October, 2013

If Cameron really thinks young people choose a life on benefits, he's wrong

Private tenants in severe rental arrears at two year low

04 October, 2013

Figures released today showed private tenants in severe arrears - two months or more behind on their rent - have fallen sharply to the lowest level in two years

Disabled woman wins bedroom tax appeal

04 October, 2013

Couples who cannot share a bedroom because of one partner's disability have been given fresh hope of being able to escape the bedroom tax

Benefits cap to leave families 'destitute'

04 October, 2013

Lone mothers and their children face 'destitution' as a result of the £500-a-week household benefits cap

Bedroom tax deal wins Northern Ireland a four-year reprieve

04 October, 2013

The effect of the notorious 'bedroom tax' is likely to be mitigated in Northern Ireland under a deal reached with the Treasury over benefit changes

Disabled teenager's family seek 'Bedroom Tax' judicial review

04 October, 2013

Warren, 13, has a rare chromosome disorder, Potocki-Schaffer Syndrome, and his grandparents are his full-time carers

Payday loans action: it makes sense to focus on the vulnerable borrowers

04 October, 2013

The Financial Conduct Authority has tried to protect punters whom Wonga et el should not be lending to in the first place

Food banks can become bad habit among poor people

04 October, 2013

Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, said: 'We can't make food banks part of the welfare state... it can become a habit'

HB A19/2013

03 October, 2013

The Universal Credit (Transitional Provisions) and Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2013 - includes information on payment of Universal Credit into Credit Union current accounts

Crackdown on payday loan companies

03 October, 2013

A clampdown on payday lenders which will see an end to firms giving loans the green light in 10 minutes has been announced by the City regulator

Conservative minister promises a welfare system that 'lifts you when you can rise'

03 October, 2013

Iain Duncan Smith does not have to look far to find critics of his reforms

Welfare reforms 'will cost Northern Ireland economy £750m'

03 October, 2013

Reforms to the welfare system are expected to have a greater financial impact in Northern Ireland than in any other part of the UK

Benefit cap hits more than 8,000 householders

03 October, 2013

The government's cap on the total amount of benefits a non-working household can receive has affected 8,400 households between April and August

£20m fund to help bedroom tax victims allocated

03 October, 2013

The Scottish government has announced where it will allocate the £20 million pot to help households affected by the bedroom tax

SNP 'unlikely'to back bedroom tax legislation

03 October, 2013

The Scottish National Party is 'unlikely' to back a piece of Labour legislation designed to protect Scottish tenants from the bedroom tax

Removing benefits from under-25s could increase homelessness

03 October, 2013

Homeless charities have spoken out against David Cameron's proposals to remove benefits from under-25s if they are re-elected

Financial watchdog outlines new proposals for payday loans

03 October, 2013

A mandatory check on whether borrowers can afford a payday loan could be introduced from 1 April 2014

78% of people who took payday loans wanted money for food

02 October, 2013

A debt charity is calling for tighter regulations to protect vulnerable people from payday lenders after publishing findings from a survey of its clients

No bedroom tax eviction policy would save taxpayers money

02 October, 2013

Plaid Cymru's shadow housing minister said yesterday that a 'no evictions' policy could protect vulnerable families as well as saving Welsh taxpayers money

Outlawing bedroom tax evictions will send the wrong messages, says CIH Scotland

02 October, 2013

The proposed Bill to outlaw bedroom tax evictions is well intended but will send all the wrong messages to tenants, according to CIH Scotland

Millions 'will struggle' with Universal Credit payments

02 October, 2013

Millions of benefits claimants will struggle to manage their money under Universal Credit

Welfare reform PR a 'worry' for minister responsible

02 October, 2013

The government 'really needs to worry on the PR around welfare reform', according to the minister responsible for the process

Payday lenders' access to bank accounts should be restricted, says minister

02 October, 2013

Lord Freud wants to stop lenders taking money direct from borrowers' accounts until utility bills and rent have been paid

Judicial review of benefit caps reaches High Court

02 October, 2013

Three children and their mothers will challenge the government's 'irrational and discriminatory' benefit caps in the High Court today

Fund launched for people in debt after benefit reforms

02 October, 2013

A new fund to help people who are in debt or affected by welfare reforms launched yesterday in Scotland

Under-25s next on Cameron's benefits clamp-down list

02 October, 2013

David Cameron today called for further 'bold action' on further reducing benefit dependency in Britain in the next Conservative Party manifesto

More than 2.7m people will struggle with universal credit

02 October, 2013

A survey released today has found more than 2.7 million benefit recipients think they will struggle to make sense of their payments

David Cameron: Labour's the point

02 October, 2013

Elections are won by the party that defines the question

What impact will the PM's 'earn or learn' strategy have?

02 October, 2013

The Prime Minister wants the under 25s to 'earn or learn', rather than opting for a life on benefits

HB-Direct Issue 141 October Edition

01 October, 2013

October 2013 edition of HB Direct

Billions more to be cut from welfare cash before 2020 in Tory pledge for budget surplus

01 October, 2013

George Osborne said surplus would be 'insurance against difficult times ahead'

Payday loans being used to feed desperate families, charity says

01 October, 2013

Christians Against Poverty says some lenders are not even checking whether people are in work and able to pay loans back

Sleepy housing associations must become more efficient, says Boles

01 October, 2013

Conservative ministers have warned housing associations must become much more efficient in their use of assets if they are to remain 'relevant'

Bedroom tax drives £2m arrears increase in Merseyside

01 October, 2013

Rent arrears have increased by £2.2 million in Merseyside in the six months since the introduction of the government's controversial bedroom tax

Spare room rules 'not working' in Oxfordshire

01 October, 2013

An Oxfordshire charity says rural families are suffering since housing benefit rules changed six months ago

Is the Conservative party bringing about the end of social housing?

01 October, 2013

This government is forcing housing associations to charge 'affordable rents' that are too pricey

Glasgow judge finds bedroom tax breaches human rights

01 October, 2013

Applying the bedroom tax to a couple who cannot share a room because of one partner's disability is a breach of their human rights

Future of work programme should include 'more involvement' for social landlords

01 October, 2013

Welfare minister Lord David Freud has hinted the government will answer pleas by social landlords for its flagship employment scheme to be overhauled

Better tenancies for families in rental homes

01 October, 2013

New measures will encourage family-friendly tenancies in the private rented sector

Bedroom tax tribunal victory 'likely to be followed', law firm say

30 September, 2013

Tenants who claim spare rooms have never been used as bedrooms could escape the bedroom tax following a tribunal decision

How six months of benefits changes hit hard in Blackpool

30 September, 2013

At this time of year, Blackpool's illuminated mile sparkles with neon self-confidence

Salmond under pressure to outlaw bedroom tax evictions

30 September, 2013

Alex Salmond has been challenged to support moves to outlaw bedroom tax evictions amid angry claims he has been exploiting the benefits cut

Millions of ghosts in UK's rented properties

30 September, 2013

Up to 3.3 million 'ghost' tenants are living unofficially in rented properties across the UK, new research has revealed

Benefit cuts hitting social tenants' mental health

30 September, 2013

The government's raft of benefit cuts is has having a negative effect on people's mental health, a major study has revealed

Vulnerable people are 'terrified' by welfare reforms

30 September, 2013

vulnerable people are 'absolutely terrified' by some proposed measures

Long term unemployed will have to work or train for benefits

30 September, 2013

Long-term unemployed will have to carry out work or training placements in return for their benefits from April, Osborne expected to say

Housing benefit cap will be 'kept under review'

30 September, 2013

The minister in charge of UK welfare reform has reiterated a pledge that a cap on housing benefit payments to the rate of inflation will be monitored

Housing benefit challenge set for Appeal Court

27 September, 2013

The legality of housing benefit changes is to be challenged after lawyers for 10 adults and children with disabilities won the right to take their cases to the Court of Appeal

LIN member report September 2013 - Can't Pay, Can't Move: A Progress Report on the 'Bedroom Tax'

27 September, 2013

This LIN member report is written by Vivienne Ashley

Disabled tenants get ok to fight bedroom tax in Court of Appeal

27 September, 2013

Adults and children with disabilities who are challenging the government's bedroom tax have been granted permission to take their fight to the Court of Appeal

Council to take £1m out of housing budget to help bedroom tax victims

27 September, 2013

Southwark Council is to take £1 million out of its housing revenue account to support tenants hit by the government's wide-ranging welfare reforms

Opinion: Let's fight back against tenancy fraud

27 September, 2013

Housing tenancy fraud costs tax payers millions each year. Here a fraud investigator at Viridian Housing, shares the initiatives that the housing association has implemented to tackle tenancy fraud

Bedroom tax guidance panned

27 September, 2013

'Bizarre' government guidelines place onus on landlords not local authorities to define a bedroom

Social landlords to 'stress-test' business models rather than ring-fencing assets

27 September, 2013

Social landlords will no longer be required to ring-fence their social housing assets from riskier commercial ventures elsewhere in their business as had been planned

Plan to divert benefits of troubled families scrapped

27 September, 2013

A plan to put benefits paid to some of Britain's most troubled families under their caseworker's control has been shelved

Bill 'protects' against UK welfare change

27 September, 2013

A Labour backbench bill which aims to protect people from UK-wide housing benefit changes has been lodged at the Scottish Parliament

DWP to appeal groundbreaking Fife 'bedroom tax' judgments

27 September, 2013

The UK Government is seeking leave to appeal against landmark rulings exempting tenants from the controversial "bedroom tax"

SFHA Statement: Scottish Labour 'Bedroom Tax' Bill

27 September, 2013

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), which has been actively campaigning for months for the repeal of the so-called 'bedroom tax'

Digital revolution

27 September, 2013

Welfare reform has placed a heavy burden on social landlords' resources

Benefit cap successfully in place nationwide

27 September, 2013

The £500 a week benefit cap is in place across the country and a major welfare reform has been successfully delivered

Digital champions may hold the key to empowering housing communities

26 September, 2013

This week's launch of the Digital Champions Network could be the beginning of a new era of online literacy for residents

Work Programme

26 September, 2013

Latest published figures show over 168,000 jobseekers have escaped long-term unemployment and found lasting work through the Work Programme

Rural broadband rollout: Taxpayers being 'ripped off', say MPs

26 September, 2013

The taxpayer is being "ripped off" over the cost of rolling out broadband to rural areas of the UK, MPs have said

Red alert

26 September, 2013

The shooting of a housing employee during an eviction in July highlighted the dangers front line workers face in the line of duty

Employment challenges in the public sector

26 September, 2013

Over 70% of housing professionals feel their job has changed over the past 12 months due to welfare reform

In-work poverty, ethnicity and workplace cultures

26 September, 2013

JRF Report

This research is part of JRF's focus on the links between poverty and ethnicity, and examines the role of workplace cultures in routes out of poverty for people of all ethnicities

'Bedroom tax' lawyers win chance to fight case at Court of Appeal

26 September, 2013

Lawyers representing disabled families, including one from London, have won permission to challenge the legality of the government's so-called "bedroom tax" in the Court of Appeal

NLA issues Green Deal warning

25 September, 2013

The NLA has warned of an 'arc of disillusion' amongst landlords which threatens the chances of the Green Deal succeeding in the private-rented sector

Welfare reform: 'A Tsunami of fear'

25 September, 2013

Debt, hunger, and stress emerge as key themes from the first phase of an ongoing study of the social impact of welfare reform

Labour calls on PM to 'sack' benefits test company

25 September, 2013

The company that carries out "fitness-for-work" tests on disabled benefits claimants is a "disgrace" and should be sacked, Labour has said

Luton woman fined almost £12,000 for unlawfully claiming housing benefits for house in Harrow

25 September, 2013

A woman who cheated Harrow Council out of nearly £12,000 in housing benefit has been ordered to carry out community work and repay the falsely-claimed money

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices

25 September, 2013

June to August 2013 - Office for National Statistics

Property websites: 15 great alternatives to Rightmove

25 September, 2013

Online property sales are dominated by a handful of websites, but there are many others with a different focus, specialist criteria and alternative search facilities

Vulnerable people facing eviction after council cuts support for hostel residents

25 September, 2013

Up to 150 people affected after Bristol authority decides to cut funding to save £750,000 a year

Bedroom Tax: 3,200 people fighting for just 45 homes in one city 24 Sep 2013 19:22

25 September, 2013

Housing bosses admit to a chronic shortage of single bedroom properties as 7,000 are hit with benefit cuts

House exchanges: helping tenants move into homes of their choice

25 September, 2013

Swapping homes can help overcome the barriers of housing transfers. It's easy and benefits both tenants and landlords

LIN Press Release - Removal of the spare room subsidy

24 September, 2013

Urgent bulletin - Removal of the spare room subsidy - First-tier Tribunal cases

Massive rise in rent arrears as one in 10 admit being conned by a lodger

24 September, 2013

Research by 192.com has discovered that one in 10 letters have been conned by a lodger, with one in five renters admitting to often concealing their true identity when applying for a property

'Beds in sheds' couple fined £60,000

24 September, 2013

A couple from Hillingdon have been fined £58,750 for failing to license a property as a house of multiple occupancy (HMO)

A High Cost to Pay

24 September, 2013

Homeless link report

Homeless Link's new report A High Cost to Pay, shows that those who are homeless are being disproportionately affected by benefit sanctions, particularly those who are disabled

Real Life Reform - Report 1

24 September, 2013

Coalition watch report

Nearly two thirds of households in Real Life Reform's study on the impact of the government's welfare reforms have less than £10 per week to live on after rent and essentials, such as food and bills. The first report in the study examines the impact of welfare reforms on 74 households across the north of England and includes some hard hitting facts.

Increased costs for tenants living in Doncaster

24 September, 2013

Carl Agar, the NLA Local Representative for Doncaster provides the latest blog speaking about Selective Licensing in his City

The bedroom tax: echoes of the poll tax

24 September, 2013

The bedroom tax represents everything about the governing party that voters say they most dislike. Ed Miliband's pledge to ban it gives Labour delegates a boost on the doorstep

Charity calls for move away from short-term tenancies

24 September, 2013

A homelessness charity is calling for the Scottish Government to move away from insecure short-term tenancies which dominate the country's private rented sector

Costly business

24 September, 2013

The bill for housing families in bed and breakfast accommodation is quickly mounting - find out more about this costly business

Council to compensate families illegally housed in B&Bs for more than 6 weeks

24 September, 2013

A London local authority will pay up to half a million pounds to families it housed in bed and breakfasts for more than six weeks following an official inquiry

Full details of first bedroom tax tribunal rulings

23 September, 2013

The first tribunal rulings on bedroom tax appeals have emerged - and Inside Housing is now able to reveal the full details

Miliband pledges to reverse social housing changes

23 September, 2013

Labour has said it will reverse controversial changes to housing benefit if it wins the next election

Homeless jobseekers hit hard by benefit cuts

23 September, 2013

Tough new sanctions regime 'is pushing people into petty crime'

Research published on impact of welfare reform

23 September, 2013

New research published on the impact of the proposed housing benefit reforms on the social rented sector

Glasgow's credit unions are pushing out payday lenders

23 September, 2013

One in four Glaswegians now have a credit union account as the city boosts community lending to tackle spiralling personal debt

Study finds 1 in 3 homeless people on jobseekers faced penalties

23 September, 2013

The government's benefit sanctions have disproportionately affected homeless people

Private landlords slam NHF chief's call for rent cap

23 September, 2013

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has slammed the National Housing Federation (NHF) chief executive's call for rental controls

Private landlords 'surprised' at Orr's call for rent controls

23 September, 2013

An organisation representing private landlords has expressed its surprise and dismay at NHF chief David Orr's calls for rent controls

HB Bulletin U6/2013

23 September, 2013

HB Bulletin - Removal of the spare room subsidy

HB A18/2013

23 September, 2013

Housing Benefit Circular - Discretionary Housing Payment Reserve Funding for the Removal of Spare Room Subsidy: Invitation to bid for funding

Buy-to-Let index August 2013

20 September, 2013

Average monthly rents for England and Wales are just £1 behind their all-time high, according to LSL Buy to Let index

The buy-to-let index, produced by LSL Property Services, shows average rents rose to £743 in August - a monthly rise of 0.7%. The record high of £744 a month was in October 2012

Labour cannot be defenders of status quo on welfare, says Liam Byrne

20 September, 2013

Shadow work and pensions secretary claims party could save £5bn from benefits bill by raising employment levels

Eligible Loan Deduction Scheme

20 September, 2013

DWP Guidance

Supporting young people to claim PIP

20 September, 2013

DWP fact sheet

Independent reviewer of benefit sanctions announced

20 September, 2013

Matthew Oakley, a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee, has been appointed to carry out an independent review of benefit sanctions for the government

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion in Wales 2013

20 September, 2013

Joseph Rowntree Foundation survey finds thousands in arrears due to so called 'bedroom tax'

The woman from Brazil

20 September, 2013

UN special rapporteur Raquel Rolnik ruffled plenty of feathers last week after rubbishing UK housing policy

At the end of the road

20 September, 2013

The Welsh Government is planning to abolish the mandatory ground for possession commonly known as ground 8 (of schedule 2 of the Housing Act 1988)

David Orr: government should consider capping private rents

20 September, 2013

National Housing Federation chief executive says bold measures needed to solve UK housing crisis

The Welfare Benefits Up-rating Act 2013 (Commencement) Order 2013

20 September, 2013

Benefit uprating for 2014/15 and 2015/16 to be set at 1%.

One in three 'behind on rent' since housing benefit changes

19 September, 2013

One in three council tenants affected by a recent cut to housing benefit has fallen behind on rent since the policy took effect

More than half of families hit by bedroom tax pushed into debt

19 September, 2013

Half of families hit by the bedroom tax have been pushed into rent arrears in the first three months of the controversial policy

Give social landlords funding for advising tenants about universal credit

19 September, 2013

Social landlords must be funded to provide advice to tenants if universal credit is going to succeed

Salmond says in an independent Scotland welfare will be fairer

19 September, 2013

In a speech today, one year before the independence referendum, Alex Salmond said if the country votes for independence welfare would be fairer

Should the bedroom tax be scrapped?

19 September, 2013

More than half of families hit by bedroom tax are in debt after three months of the policy

Yorkshire MP claims need for food banks is a 'disgrace'

19 September, 2013

A Barnsley MP has said that the need for people to use food banks in Britain is a 'disgrace'

UNISON fights back against payday lenders

19 September, 2013

credit unions would out-compete the chief executive of Wonga's payday lending company

Take cues from the private sector and form partnerships, says housing association head

19 September, 2013

Social housing needs to take more cues from the private sector and providers should attempt to form better partnerships across this boundary

CIH advises councils to collect data on the size of bedrooms

19 September, 2013

The Chartered Institute of Housing is advising councils to ensure they gather data about room sizes from social landlords

How to beat the 'bedroom tax'

19 September, 2013

Social housing tenants in Fife are using housing law from the 1980s to successfully challenge demands for extra rent under the so-called bedroom tax

Universal Credit works for employers: quick guide

18 September, 2013

A quick guide for partner organisations about what Universal Credit means for employers

Tenants positive about planned immigration checks

18 September, 2013

According to the latest Tenant Index from the NLA, 87% of tenants say they are personally happy to demonstrate their right to live in the UK when looking for private housing

'Bedroom tax' marchers takes to the streets

18 September, 2013

Campaigners chanted "axe the bedroom tax" at a protest against the controversial charge held in Bolton town centre

Sector study on governance of housing associations registered in Wales

18 September, 2013

This research study assesses how well housing association Boards meet certain standards of governance in use across Wales

More than six in ten tenants at risk from faulty gas fittings

18 September, 2013

Well over half of those in rented accommodation in the UK could be at risk from faulty gas fittings and appliances

Housing staff get terrorism training

18 September, 2013

Chorley Community Housing's (CCH) staff have been briefed on the role they can play in tackling terrorism by Greater Manchester Police

Housing associations take the lead in promoting social value

18 September, 2013

Public bodies can learn from services and campaigns of housing organisations, says government social value ambassador

Welsh: Universal Credit works for employers

18 September, 2013

A quick guide for partner organisations about what Universal Credit means for employers in Welsh

Free school lunch for every child in infant school

18 September, 2013

Nick Clegg announces free school lunch for every child in state-funded infant school and disadvantaged students in further education

Bedroom Tax: Lib Dem members demand review of levy for 'discriminating against vulnerable'

17 September, 2013

Nick Clegg has personally defended the £14 a week raid on some of the poorest families

Miliband urged to take a stance on bedroom tax policy

17 September, 2013

The Labour leader is being urged to take a stance on whether the party would scrap the bedroom tax if they came into power

What's wrong with the bedroom tax?

17 September, 2013

Whether you call it the 'bedroom tax' or the 'spare room subsidy', it's the wrong prescription, based on a faulty diagnosis

Study shows tenants found it harder to heat homes last winter

17 September, 2013

Tenants found it harder to heat their homes last winter due to a 'steady erosion of the gap between income and expenditure'

'Vigorous' examination of bedroom tax after landslide vote

17 September, 2013

The Liberal Democrats will 'vigorously evaluate' the impact of the bedroom tax, after a motion slamming it passed by a landslide at conference yesterday

Tougher penalties for benefit crooks welcomed by social landlord

17 September, 2013

Guinness South has welcomed government proposals to increase jail terms for benefit cheats to up to 10 years

Lib Dem conference: Members back review of housing benefit changes

17 September, 2013

Lib Dems have backed a review of the government's controversial housing benefit shake-up

Benefit cheats face 10 years in prison as Keir Starmer sets out 'tough' new Crown Prosecution Service guidelines

17 September, 2013

Director of Public Prosecutions said those suspected of benefit cheating can now be charged under the Fraud Act

Touchbase DWP e-zine

16 September, 2013

September 2013 - report on the roll out of the benefit cap to the final 40 local authority areas which began on 12 August and will be completed at the end of September

HB A17/2013

16 September, 2013

Housing Benefit General Information Bulletin

Can you be a buy-to-let landlord and still be ethical?

16 September, 2013

Landlord investors aren't all known for putting people ahead of profit - but there are ways to strike the right the balance

Labour disputes 'bedroom tax' claim by Jackie Baillie

16 September, 2013

Labour has said it has not pledged to reverse housing benefit changes

Housing benefit by region

16 September, 2013

Every region in Great Britain saw increases in the number of housing benefit claims

Social housing unites in Nottingham to oppose bedroom tax-linked evictions

16 September, 2013

Nottingham's largest social housing providers have agreed to take an anti-eviction policy against people who fall into rent arrears due to the bedroom tax

Leaked email outlines bedroom tax defence for Lib Dems

16 September, 2013

An email outlining how Liberal Democrat members should defend the bedroom tax in interviews was accidentally leaked to the media this morning

'Party politics' stopping tenants from getting bedroom tax discretionary payments

16 September, 2013

Local councils are 'playing politics' by not granting discretionary payments to tenants affected by the bedroom tax

Regulator for payday lenders will have 'much sharper teeth'

16 September, 2013

A new regulator for payday lenders will have 'much sharper teeth' to issue unlimited fines to lenders and order them to pay money back to consumers

Charity threatens legal action over tenants benefit cuts

16 September, 2013

A Bristol charity is threatening legal action saying its residents have unfairly had their benefits cut

Benefit fraud could lead to 10-year jail terms,

16 September, 2013

Benefit cheats in England and Wales could face longer jail terms of up to 10 years, following new guidance from the director of public prosecutions

Longer sentences for benefit fraud: will it work?

16 September, 2013

The latest effort to 'get tough' on benefit fraud will see maximum sentences increased to ten years

DWP mulls fresh bedroom tax advice

13 September, 2013

The DWP is considering issuing fresh guidance to councils and tribunals following four successful appeals against the bedroom tax

UN expert says UK government 'most aggressive' in 11 missions

13 September, 2013

An under-fire UN inspector said she had never faced such an 'aggressive' reaction from a government, after a report she wrote was branded an 'absolute disgrace' by a senior Tory politician

'Bedroom tax for the better off' possible in Wales if stamp duty is devolved

13 September, 2013

Devolving stamp duty powers to Wales could be used to create a 'bedroom tax for the better off'

£20m to help bedroom tax victims in Scotland this year

13 September, 2013

The Scottish Government has announced in its draft budget that £20 million will be made available this year to help those struggling from the effect of the bedroom tax

Less than 5% of landlord's households affected by bedroom tax willing to downsize

13 September, 2013

Peabody has said less than five per cent of its households hit by the bedroom tax are willing to downsize

UN official will urge government to fund social housing

13 September, 2013

A United Nations investigator will recommend the government starts funding social housing again, to avoid breaching international treaties on housing

DWP mulls fresh bedroom tax advice

13 September, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions is considering issuing fresh guidance to councils and tribunals following four successful appeals against the bedroom tax

Nottingham landlords draw up bedroom tax eviction protocol

13 September, 2013

Nottingham's largest social landlords are introducing a city-wide eviction prevention protocol for dealing with tenants hit by the bedroom tax

Grant Shapps should reconsider his ill-informed UN 'bedroom tax' outrage

13 September, 2013

Raquel Rolnik acted within her remit and did meet the government despite the Tory chairman's claims to the contrary

Swinney: Cash to ease benefit reforms

13 September, 2013

The Scottish Government's draft budget for 2013-14 has been outlined

It's an extra room, but does it count as a bedroom?

13 September, 2013

Four council tenants have had a cut in their housing benefit reversed, after a tribunal in Fife ruled that an extra room in their home was not a bedroom

Identity theft: keep it safe

12 September, 2013

As a landlord, your personal details - name, phone number, business and financial details, etc - will be in the public domain, so be sure to protect your identity

Benefit cuts put frontline housing staff in danger

12 September, 2013

Housing providers have become de facto enforcers of many benefit cuts and are finding themselves at greater at risk of harm

£69 million more for Start-Up Loans and New Enterprise Allowance

12 September, 2013

Extra financial support for British entrepreneurs to start a business is now available through Start-Up Loans and New Enterprise Allowance

Party leaders urged to reject benefit claimant 'stereotypes'

12 September, 2013

A new campaign has kicked off with a letter to the UK's political party leaders urging them to reject misleading stereotypes of benefit claimants

Housing association backs UN official's slamming of 'abhorrent' bedroom tax

12 September, 2013

Coast & Country Housing has welcomed the findings of a United Nations' special rapporteur, which branded the bedroom tax a 'shocking' policy that should be abolished

NHS trust told to alert landlords after suicide

12 September, 2013

A coroner has recommended a London hospital trust passes information about vulnerable patients to social landlords

7,000 Scottish tenants to get grants to curb bedroom tax effects

12 September, 2013

An extra 7,000 households hit by the bedroom tax in Scotland can receive hardship grants as result of the Scottish Government more than doubling funding in its budget

RESI: Councils still don't recognise PRS social benefits

12 September, 2013

Councils are still reluctant to recognise the private rented sector's social benefits, a conference heard today

The bedroom tax is a bad idea - but welfare reform is necessary

12 September, 2013

If you want to give people the chance of a future that's better than a life on benefits you have to change this mess of a system

£200m of Universal Credit IT could be scrapped, MPs told

12 September, 2013

A further £200m of IT work on the troubled Universal Credit programme could still be written off

Cuts Watch Cymru: Mitigating the Impact of Changes to Housing Benefit in Wales

12 September, 2013

The UK Government has embarked on radical changes to Housing Benefit

Shapps requests investigation into UN housing expert's actions

12 September, 2013

The Conservative chair has requested an investigation into the actions of the UN special rapporteur for housing Raquel Rolnik today in a letter to Ban Ki-Moon

'Shocking' bedroom tax should be axed, says UN investigator

11 September, 2013

Housing expert Raquel Rolnik says policy could constitute a violation of the human right to adequate housing

Landlord eviction of tenants at five-year high

11 September, 2013

The number of tenants who have been evicted from rental properties by their landlords reaches highest level in five years

Tribunal may pave way for 'bedroom tax' appeals

11 September, 2013

Legal challenges against the "bedroom tax" could be opened up across the UK after a key ruling declared that small spare rooms should not be considered for the controversial penalty

Conservatives protest to UN over 'bedroom tax' report

11 September, 2013

Conservative chairman Grant Shapps has condemned as an "absolute disgrace" a UN official's critical comments on the government's housing benefit changes

Michael Gove: poor have only themselves to blame for food banks

11 September, 2013

Michael Gove has blamed the rise in food banks on the behaviour of poorer people

Protestors gather at parliament to banish bedroom tax 'monster'

11 September, 2013

Protestors against the coalition's bedroom tax are congregating today at the Scottish parliament, as housing charity Shelter Scotland steps up its campaign against the widely-hated policy

UN tells government to abolish 'shocking' bedroom tax

11 September, 2013

The United Nations' special rapporteur on the right to adequate housing has told the Tory-led coalition that it should abolish its controversial bedroom tax

Universal Credit - How even agile development couldn't keep this mega-project on track

11 September, 2013

ZD net have published an article which considers how the Universal Credit programme, described as the world's biggest agile software project, has run into cost overruns and delays

The scheme sold as the world's biggest agile software project, the UK's £2.4bn Universal Credit programme, has run into cost overruns and delays. So what went wrong?

Record numbers of people in work as employment rises by 80,000 in 3 months

11 September, 2013

Latest employment figures from the Office for National Statistics: September 2013

Bedroom tax is a human rights issue

11 September, 2013

The UN special investigator's shock over bedroom tax exposes the low status social rights are afforded in Britain

Universal credit hits new snag as David Cameron casts doubt on timetable

11 September, 2013

Prime minister says he is not 'religious' about meeting 2017 date, leading Labour to claim 'Iain Duncan Smith's promises have been shot to pieces by his boss'

HB G9/2013

11 September, 2013

Housing Benefit General Information Bulletin

Bedroom tax effect questioning continues

10 September, 2013

The committee probing the effect of the bedroom tax in Scotland will continue their examination today

30th British Social Attitudes report

10 September, 2013

30 years of insight into a changing Britain

Size matters - Fife rulings could have national implications for future of 'bedroom tax'

10 September, 2013

The UK Government's controversial "bedroom tax" policy could be thrown into disarray following a decision by a top QC

Bristol council tenants in arrears 'may be evicted'

10 September, 2013

Council tenants in Bristol who have fallen into arrears due to housing benefit changes may have to be evicted, the city's mayor has admitted

First Time Buyer Monitor

10 September, 2013

August 2013

Massive fine for lettings agent that committed 15 offences

10 September, 2013

A Hounslow letting agent found guilty of 15 housing offences has been hit with £47,540 in costs

Council's energy saving work set to save social tenants thousands

10 September, 2013

Tenants of Sandwell Council are set to collectively save over £38,000 year-on-year following the installation of energy saving features to properties by Wates Living Space

'Not enough being done' as tenancy fraud rises by 70%

10 September, 2013

A credit reference company has warned that much more needs to be done to combat tenancy fraud as new figures reveal that the number of detected cases of the crime increased by 70% in 2012

The inns and outs of inventories

10 September, 2013

A free guide for landlords, agents and tenants

Tenants fear rent rises as a result of landlord licensing

10 September, 2013

Tenants will be hit with rent rises as a result of a licensing scheme set to be introduced in Nottingham, a group of landlords has warned

Liverpool housing association will pay Bedroom Tax

09 September, 2013

South Liverpool housing trust says it will cover people's bedroom tax shortfall if they make an effort to get a job

Landlord to pay tenants' bedroom tax while they train

09 September, 2013

SLH has started a scheme to try to help its tenants hit by the government's bedroom tax - paying for their housing benefit losses while they train for work

UK's lowest-paid employees to be classed as 'not working enough'

09 September, 2013

One million people could be pushed to earn more - or have their benefits cut, says Department for Work and Pensions

Tenant wins appeal against the bedroom tax

09 September, 2013

A tenant has won one of the first tribunal appeals against the bedroom tax

MP broken by party backing welfare cap will stand down

09 September, 2013

An MP has announced she will step down at the next election after 'something broke' in her when her party responded to concern about welfare by backing a cap on benefits

Tribunal for resolving tenant and landlord disputes to be set up

09 September, 2013

A new tribunal will be set up in Scotland to act as a specialist decision maker for disputes between landlords and tenants in the private rented sector

Benefit fraudster hid £150,000 from council

09 September, 2013

A London welfare cheat hid a £150,000 inheritance windfall while fraudulently claiming £6,500 in housing and council tax benefits

Attitudes of different generations to the welfare system

09 September, 2013

Why has support for the welfare system fallen dramatically over the last two decades - and how have generational attitudes changed

This latest report shows the view that benefits for unemployed people are 'too high and discourage work' fell from a high of 62% in 2011 to 51% in 2012.

CH 1940 2012

09 September, 2013

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - Size Criteria and whether a room used by carer must be a 'bedroom'

CH 2431 2012

09 September, 2013

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - Assured life tenancy - whether a long tenancy for purposes of reg 12(2)(a)

Michael Gove school comments appear at odds with bedroom tax

06 September, 2013

Education minister says children from less affluent backgrounds suffer because they do not have their own bedroom

Families in B&B accommodation total hits 10-year high

06 September, 2013

The number of families without accommodation being put up by local councils in B&Bs has risen to its highest in 10 years

Three in 10 parents have grown-up children still living at home

06 September, 2013

National Housing Federation says empty nest syndrome becoming a thing of the past as 89% of people surveyed blame dearth of affordable housing

Tax paid for tenants in training

06 September, 2013

A Liverpool landlord is covering bedroom tax shortfalls for tenants to incentivise take-up of a training and employability programme

'Escalating human cost' of welfare reform highlighted in Manchester

06 September, 2013

Manchester housing providers have highlighted the 'escalating human cost' of welfare reform, five months after the bedroom tax came into effect

Speed dating event for downsizers

06 September, 2013

Ealing Council is to host a 'speed dating' house swap event for tenants looking to move to smaller or larger homes

Homelessness stats reveal housing benefit cuts hitting home

06 September, 2013

Official statistics released today show deep cuts to housing benefit are to blame for a dramatic increase in people becoming homeless because they can no longer stay in their private rented accommodation

Statement of intent on up-rating for pensioners on Council Tax support

06 September, 2013

Statement of intent on amendments to the prescribed requirements regulations to up-rate the allowances, premia and non-dependant deductions for pensioners for 2014 to 2015

Universal credit: Iain Duncan Smith blames civil servants for IT failings

06 September, 2013

Cabinet minister takes rare step of publicly blaming civil servants after report says they have weak control of welfare project

Q&A: Universal credit and the benefits overhaul

06 September, 2013

The first trial of universal credit - a new payment that marks the biggest overhaul of the benefits system since the 1940s

Rental Security top tips

06 September, 2013

Tips from Rightmove

Universal Credit: early progress

05 September, 2013

Report from the National Audit Office

This report concludes that the DWP was overly ambitious in both the timetable and scope of the programme. The DWP took risks to try to meet the short timescale and used a new project management approach which it had never before used on a programme of this size and complexity. It was unable to explain how it originally decided on its ambitious plans or evaluated their feasibility. The National Audit Office has concluded that the DWP has not achieved value for money in its early implementation of Universal Credit.

David Cameron's £2.4bn universal credit project riddled with problems

05 September, 2013

£34m wasted on failed IT programmes and Labour says report proves cover up of issues that put welfare claimants at risk

Work for the Dole

05 September, 2013

A proposal to fix welfare dependency

Revealed: Human cost of hard-hitting welfare cuts in Manchester

05 September, 2013

New research warns of overcrowding, new social ghettos, soaring levels of debt and mental illness - with minorities bearing the brunt

Universal credit IT systems in question

05 September, 2013

The Head of the IT project for Universal Credit at the Department of Work and Pensions is being forced to defend the project

Labour plans Scottish tenant welfare laws

05 September, 2013

Scottish Labour has proposed new laws to 'protect' housing tenants from eviction under controversial UK government welfare changes

'Titanic-sized IT disaster' universal credit is 'overly ambitious'

05 September, 2013

The government's universal credit system has been slammed by the National Audit Office as overly ambitious in both its timetable and scope

Watchdog slams DWP for 'weak management' of universal credit

05 September, 2013

The implementation of universal credit suffered from 'weak management, ineffective control and poor governance'

Universal credit: Welfare reform 'poor value' watchdog says

05 September, 2013

The government's flagship welfare reform has been badly managed, is "overambitious" and poor value for money, the spending watchdog has said

Opinion: Benefit reforms are sending us back to the future

04 September, 2013

Steve White, the outgoing chief executive of Blackwood Housing Association, argues that the government's welfare reforms signal a fundamental shift in the way the sector operates

Landlord loses battle to keep 'bed in shed'

04 September, 2013

A landlord has lost his appeal to house a tenant in an outbuilding in his garden

Councillors call for Wonga ban

04 September, 2013

Westminster Councillors call for Wonga ban

Discretionary Housing Payments: your rights explained

04 September, 2013

Disability Rights UK Factsheet

Force claimants to work for benefits, government urged

04 September, 2013

A US-style "work for the dole" scheme could save £3.5bn a year in welfare costs, a campaign group has said

Bristol housing charity goes into administration

04 September, 2013

A housing charity in Bristol has gone into administration prompting the local authority to step in

Charity's campaign to banish the bedroom tax 'monster'

04 September, 2013

Housing charity Shelter Scotland has launched a campaign to get the UK government's controversial bedroom tax abolished

Bedroom tax investigated by UN housing official

04 September, 2013

Raquel Rolnik on two-week tour of UK cities to assess general housing policy as well as impact of bedroom tax on human rights

Technical Consultation on the Council Tax Reduction Schemes and Prescribed Requirements (Wales) Regulations 2013

04 September, 2013

This is a technical consultation on the draft Council Tax Reduction Schemes and Prescribed Requirements (Wales) Regulations 2013. Consultation ends 20.9.13.

Nightmare letting agent stories

04 September, 2013

Shelter Policy Blog

Free childcare extended to working families on low incomes

03 September, 2013

20% of 2-year-olds from some of the poorest families are now eligible for free childcare - this number will double next year

Elderly residents to receive lodger support under council scheme

03 September, 2013

A scheme to keep elderly people in their own homes for longer by having a lodger move in to provide low-level support is set to be introduced by the Royal Borough

Tenant slashes wrist in housing office after being driven to despair by bedroom tax

03 September, 2013

Tormented former miner attempted suicide in front of staff because he couldn't cope with running up rent arrears as a result of the hated tax

Council tenants in B&Bs slashed to zero

03 September, 2013

The number of families living in bed and breakfast accommodation in Westminster for more than six weeks has been slashed to zero

Universal Credit: The First 100 days

03 September, 2013

Speech by Howard Shiplee, a former Olympics executive who was drafted in to direct the Universal Credit scheme

Universal Credit has been plagued by problems, says director

03 September, 2013

Britain's welfare reforms have been undermined by a series of "missteps" with officials in denial over emerging problems

Landmark ruling sees landlord pay triple deposit to tenants

03 September, 2013

A landlord has been ordered to pay his tenants three times the value of their deposit under the first use of Scotland's tenancy deposit scheme regulations

Letting to students proves academic for landlords

03 September, 2013

The NLA's latest Landlord Panel research suggests that students are amongst some of the most reliable tenants

Six Yorkshire councils block 'predator' payday lender websites

03 September, 2013

Six councils across Yorkshire are blocking access to "predatory" payday lender websites from their computers

Landlords launch consortium to cut costs and support business

02 September, 2013

Scottish social landlords are to launch a new procurement consortium to cut costs and support local businesses

Regulator acts to avert landlord insolvency

02 September, 2013

A new report highlights the decisive action taken by the Scottish Housing Regulator to avert the insolvency of a registered social landlord

Energy providers vie to offer longest fixed-rate tariff

02 September, 2013

Growing range of energy deals allows consumers to lock in ahead of expected £142 rise in average household energy bill

Sky-high rent? Why not get a home on the cheap and live like a lord

02 September, 2013

As the costs of renting soar we look at innovative ways to find accommodation on the cheap

Bedroom Tax: Ed Miliband says Labour will scrap hated levy

02 September, 2013

In a sensational victory for the Sunday People's campaign, the Labour leader could unveil his plan as early as this month in his Brighton conference speech

Renting cheaper than buying in London, the South East and Scotland

02 September, 2013

Inflated house prices mean mortgages are less affordable than renting for many, even with a 20pc deposit

Landlord is ordered to repay housing benefit

02 September, 2013

A landlord who lives in London but owns properties in Salford has been heavily fined by a residential property tribunal at a hearing which he did not attend

Labour pledges £50m to battle 'bedroom tax'

02 September, 2013

Labour will pledge to find £50 million in Scotland's budget in order to negate the impact of the so-called 'bedroom tax' in Scotland

Welfare support centre sees attendance soar

30 August, 2013

A Westminster community centre has seen the amount of residents approaching it for advice on welfare reforms double since the start of the year

UN to investigate bedroom tax

30 August, 2013

A United Nations representative is to take part in a meeting to hear how the bedroom tax is affecting the UK's social housing tenants

Facebook could be used to decide if borrowers should get a loan

30 August, 2013

The Facebook and Twitter accounts of borrowers could be analysed by banks to decide whether they should give people in Britain a loan or mortgage

Bedroom tax could cause Christmas homelessness crisis

30 August, 2013

Landlord repossession claims and court orders issued after the introduction of the tax in April saw double digit rises in the three months to June

Frozen out

30 August, 2013

When the government announced its controversial welfare reforms, it promised that supported housing would be protected from the impact. So why are some providers still left out in the cold?

Claimant commitment to spell out what jobseekers must do in return for benefits

30 August, 2013

DWP information

Jobseekers will have to account more clearly for their efforts to find work and will be given a weekly timetable of tasks to complete, as part of the Claimant Commitment which rolls out nationwide from this autumn

CIH backs Welsh Government proposal to scrap Ground 8

30 August, 2013

The Chartered Institute of Housing has backed Welsh government proposals that mandatory possession grounds should be scrapped

Welsh associations call to keep ground 8

30 August, 2013

Removing controversial mandatory eviction powers will 'exacerbate' viability problems caused by welfare reforms, the body representing Welsh housing associations has warned

The Gender Impact of Welfare Reform

30 August, 2013

Scottish Government report

Welfare reforms introduced by the UK Government through the Welfare Reform Act 2012 as well as through successive budgets, Autumn Statements and the Spending Review have resulted in significant changes to the benefits system. Many of these changes have a significant impact on women – largely due to women's caring responsibilities. This report explores the gender impact of Welfare Reform on women

£40,000 to get tenants online

29 August, 2013

Tenants of Fabrick Housing Group and the Vela Group are to be helped to get online with £40,000 in government funding

'No good news' in annual Scottish housing statistics

29 August, 2013

Scottish government statistics for 2012/13 show decline across house building in the private sector, housing associations and local authorities

Smaller landlords shun ratings in deal drive

29 August, 2013

Small and medium-sized housing associations without credit ratings are turning to capital market funding, due to improved investor appetite

Motion opposing bedroom tax could be a threat to party leadership, MPs warn

29 August, 2013

Liberal Democrat MPs have warned the party they could face defeat over a motion opposing the bedroom tax tabled for next month's conference

Social landlord on verge of mass stock transfer

29 August, 2013

Salford's Salix Homes has been recommended as the preferred bidder to take ownership of 8,200 council properties in the city

The bedroom tax's impact on one of the UK's hardest hit towns

29 August, 2013

Two-thirds of affected tenants fail to keep up with payments and face years on waiting lists for smaller homes in Hartlepool

North East sees highest increase in demand for foodbanks

29 August, 2013

New figures from Newcastle CAB show a sharp rise in inquiries about foodbanks in the past six months, with an increase of 216%

Proportion of UK workless households falls to record low

29 August, 2013

Official figures show 17.1% of all households have no adult aged 16-64 in work, down from 17.9% a year earlier

Tenant gets the boot after years of misery

29 August, 2013

A woman has been evicted from her Cardiff council home after subjecting her neighbours to two and a half years of crime and anti-social behaviour

Fraudster claimed benefits despite having thousands in savings

29 August, 2013

A benefit cheat who claimed almost £14,000 in job seeker's allowance while having undeclared savings of £16,000 tied up in a property has been prosecuted

Why the bedroom tax penalises council tenants in the north

28 August, 2013

Northern tenants are being hit particularly hard because few smaller properties exist and most tenants have nowhere to go

Bedroom Tax costing more than it saves as housing benefit bill soars by £1.5bn

28 August, 2013

Figures from the Commons library show the amount of housing benefit paid to private landlords will rise from £7.9billion to £9.4billion

Weaver Vale housing team sort out money matters

28 August, 2013

WVH Trust's Money Matters team is helping tenants get on top of their finances with advice on a number of problems: debt, budgeting, housing benefit and welfare reform.

Family Mosaic builds less to keep rents low

28 August, 2013

Family Mosaic's surplus rose by 18 per cent to £45 million in 2012/13, but it built fewer homes in an attempt to keep rents at social levels

Welsh Government Renting Homes

28 August, 2013

A better way for Wales

Number of benefit claimants in work nears 1 million landmark

28 August, 2013

The proportion of housing benefit claimants who are in work has soared, approaching the 1 million mark for the first time

Women biggest victims in coalition's welfare blitz

28 August, 2013

The blitz of reforms to the welfare system by the Tory-led coalition has had a disproportionally negative impact on women, new analysis has revealed

ASB victims get support from social landlord

28 August, 2013

Sovereign Housing Association has launched a pilot scheme with Victim Support to give enhanced assistance to victims of anti-social behaviour

Pickles to slash 'unfair' council tax charge for extended families

28 August, 2013

Eric Pickles has announced plans to help extended families by abolishing an "unfair" council tax surcharge on annexes and home improvements

The workers who can never make ends meet

27 August, 2013

Four million suffer sleepless nights because they run out of money every single month

New Council Tax cut for families staying together

27 August, 2013

Ending unfair 'family tax penalty' will support extended families and provide more affordable housing

Eviction for anti-social tenant

27 August, 2013

An Ipswich social housing tenant has been evicted after a campaign of harassment and noise

Council Tax: national council tax discount for annexes consultation

27 August, 2013

The government is helping local councils and developers work with communities improving the quality of rented housing and providing housing support for vulnerable people

Drinkers lose share of housing benefit help

27 August, 2013

Edinburgh City Council is the first in the country to assess how much people spend on 'luxuries' when deciding whether to give them extra funding

'No homelessness' policy protects tenants affected by bedroom tax

27 August, 2013

Residents who fall behind on rent will be guaranteed alternative accommodation under housing association's new policy

Changing priorities

27 August, 2013

Landlords are taking advantage of new flexibilities to review their allocations policies, with some interesting results, says Jonathan Hulley

Bedroom Tax is postcode lottery as it is revealed residents in some areas avoid levy

27 August, 2013

A survey of local authorities shows that what you pay depends on where you live, with some local authorities using a loophole to exempt tenants with tiny bedrooms

Water damage and everyday repairs

27 August, 2013

Landlords who fail to stop a trickle may soon find themselves swept away in a flood of costly repair bills, warns Property Club editor

Cambridgeshire councils see rent problems increase after benefit changes

27 August, 2013

The number of people asking for help with rent payments in the last few months has quadrupled in some areas, Cambridgeshire councils' data shows

Bedroom tax boosts arrears for Welsh housing associations

23 August, 2013

Housing associations in south Wales have seen more than half their tenants affected by the bedroom tax fall into rent arrears

Benefits swindler spared jail

23 August, 2013

A benefits fraudster has been spared jail after an investigation revealed she had swindled £24,000 in welfare payments

Bedroom tax activists to take part in mass sleep out

23 August, 2013

Anti-bedroom tax campaigners across the country will take part in a mass sleep out tomorrow night

Council calls for power to double council tax on empty homes

23 August, 2013

Camden Council is urging the government to allow it to double the council tax charge on empty properties in the borough

Number of benefit claimants in work nears 1 million landmark

23 August, 2013

Boost driven by increase in employed private renters claiming

Cut back on fags and booze to get DHPs, council says

23 August, 2013

Edinburgh denies tenants emergency housing cash if they spend on 'luxuries'

Bedroom tax MPs claim child housing subsidy

23 August, 2013

MPs criticised for taking extra public money so children can stay over

Long-term unemployed find work through social landlord

23 August, 2013

Fifteen long-term unemployed people in Trafford have been given career opportunities in construction with the delivery of a national training scheme

English seaside towns suffer from above-average deprivation

22 August, 2013

Skegness most deprived out of 57 large and medium-sized resorts in 2010, according to analysis by the ONS

Buy To Let Corporate Welfare

22 August, 2013

Growth In Buy To Let Lending Will Fuel Public Spending On Corporate Welfare Says GMB

Cities offering the biggest returns to landlords

22 August, 2013

Buy-to-let properties outside of London offer the highest rental yields with some areas returning 10pc or more

Bailiffs called in by councils for 1.8m debts, charity warns

22 August, 2013

Local councils have called in bailiffs an "excessive" 1.8m times in the last year to collect debts on their behalf, according to the Money Advice Trust

Government urged to rethink illegal immigrant proposals

22 August, 2013

The BPF has warned the government that its proposals to tackle illegal immigration through rented homes could lead to landlords being prosecuted for failing to recognise complex immigration documents

Disabled single mother becomes first Scottish victim of bedroom tax

22 August, 2013

A severely disabled mother of two is to become the first tenant in Scotland to be evicted from her home as a result of the bedroom tax

Digital TV access considered standard issue for young people moving home

22 August, 2013

More than half (52%) of those aged 18-34 now expect access to a digital TV service as standard in their homes, according to a new survey

'Speed dating' homes swap event for Oxford tenants

22 August, 2013

A 'speed dating' event is being held for council and housing association tenants in Oxford who want to swap their homes

Drag artist Mark Hawthorn jailed for benefits fraud

22 August, 2013

A drag artist who fraudulently claimed about £90,000 in benefits has been jailed for six months

Lib Dems to revolt against bedroom tax

22 August, 2013

Liberal Democrat grassroot supporters are planning a revolt against the coalition's controversial bedroom tax

Gumtree Scams on the Increase

22 August, 2013

A number of defrauded tenants have contacted the NLA about a new wave of scams on the online classifieds website, Gumtree

Tenants may beat 'bedroom tax' with new bathrooms

21 August, 2013

Hundreds of people who could fall victim to the "tax" are to benefit from new plans to convert spare bedrooms into bathrooms.

Bedroom tax forcing previously paid-up tenants into arrears

21 August, 2013

Shocking new figures appear to suggest that social housing tenants who previously kept up with their rent payments have been forced into arrears since the introduction of the widely condemned bedroom tax

The biggest turn-offs for prospective renters and housebuyers

21 August, 2013

Noisy neighbours named as the most off-putting factor for people looking for a new property

DWP 'chaos' to cost £1.4bn, says Labour's Liam Byrne

21 August, 2013

Iain Duncan Smith's flagship welfare programmes have gone so badly wrong they are set to cost taxpayers £1.4bn, his Labour shadow has claimed

Labour to slam coalition's benefits revolution

21 August, 2013

The Labour Party is set to lay into the government's expansive reforms of the benefits system

26,000 new businesses set up by entrepreneurial jobseekers

21 August, 2013

Jobseekers have set up more than 26,000 new businesses under the New Enterprise Allowance scheme according to DWP

Welsh Index

21 August, 2013

June 2013

Error leads to councils receiving wrong DHP sum

21 August, 2013

A 'departmental error' has led to Scottish councils receiving incorrect discretionary housing payment allocations

'Bedroom tax will destroy rural communities'

20 August, 2013

The government's bedroom tax will lead to the break-up of rural communities, a pressure group has warned

Two thirds of London tenants in conflict with their landlord

20 August, 2013

Two thirds of tenants in London have had bad experiences with a landlord and more than half parted ways while in dispute over deposits according to a recent survey

Bedroom tax putting thousands into debt

20 August, 2013

Thousands of the most deprived people in St Helens are being sent into a vicious spiral of debt and hardship

Gwent tenants owe £190,000 after housing benefit changes

20 August, 2013

Tenants of four Gwent housing associations who were hit by changes to housing benefit now owe more than £190,000 despite previously making the rent,

Why we had to go further than 'no eviction' policy

20 August, 2013

Bolton At Home Blog

Supporting vulnerable people back into society requires time, Patience and commitment, not punitive measures

20 August, 2013

Abigail Scott Paul reveals how benefits changes are affecting people on the front line of poverty in the North East

Housing association pledges to rehome bedroom tax victims

20 August, 2013

A housing association has pledged to rehome anyone who goes into arrears and is evicted due to the bedroom tax

Welfare reform staff describe 'culture of secrecy' and stress

20 August, 2013

Staff working on the government's flagship welfare reforms have claimed the programme is in chaos due to a lack of leadership and stressful working conditions.

The rise of retired renters is the housing market's new story

20 August, 2013

More older people are stepping off the property ladder, selling their homes to pay off debts or fund retirement

HB G8/2013

19 August, 2013

Housing Benefit Circular - includes a Benefit Cap implementation update

Council supports moves to evict rogue landlords

19 August, 2013

Wolverhampton City Council has joined a national campaign to tackle rogue landlords and support private housing tenants

Families struggling as child costs rise

19 August, 2013

Families are struggling as the cost of bringing up a child has risen to £148,000, according to research for the Child Poverty Action Group charity

Tenancy deposit protection schemes

19 August, 2013

Letter from Housing Minister Mark Prisk to the Chairman of the Residential Landlords Association

Foodbank demand increase 'shocking', says Bradford charity boss

19 August, 2013

The number of hard-pressed people seeking help from foodbanks has risen 78 per cent in the last six months

Boomerang Generation: the young adults living back with parents

19 August, 2013

One man's struggle to lead an independent life has been thwarted by high rents and hefty bills, like thousands of others

Bedroom tax putting thousands into debt

19 August, 2013

Thousands of the most deprived people in St Helens are being sent into a vicious spiral of debt and hardship by the government's controversial "bedroom tax"

Two thirds of London tenants in conflict with their landlord

19 August, 2013

Two thirds of tenants in London have had bad experiences with a landlord and more than half parted ways while in dispute over deposits

Bolton at Home becomes first association in country to make 'no homelessness' pledge over 'bedroom tax'

19 August, 2013

Bolton at Home has become the first housing association in the country to introduce a "no homelessness" policy

New welfare reform timetable announced

19 August, 2013

The Social Security Agency has issued a revised timetable for welfare reforms and benefit changes in Northern Ireland

Housing staff 'may be target of bedroom tax protests'

19 August, 2013

Staff at a housing association have been warned against wearing their uniforms outside working hours for fear of being attacked by anti-bedroom tax protesters

Scottish Index

16 August, 2013

June 2013

Landlords spoil pay-to-stay party

16 August, 2013

Many social landlords intend to reject the government's pay-to-stay policy, an exclusive poll by Inside Housing reveals

Tenants 'see smaller rent rises'

16 August, 2013

Millions of private tenants across the UK are experiencing smaller rent rises than normal, according to two separate surveys

Bedroom tax safety warning

16 August, 2013

A Merseyside HA is advising staff not to display their uniforms or name badges outside work hours due to fears for their safety from bedroom tax protestors

Attempts to enforce basic rental standards blasted

16 August, 2013

The attempts to enforce basic standards in London's private rented sector are currently 'wholly inadequate,' according to a new report

Islington devolves DHP decisions to landlords

16 August, 2013

A council is delegating power to housing associations to decide who receives discretionary housing payments and emergency loans in a bid to speed up applications

Unlicensed landlord must pay back £20,000 in housing benefit

16 August, 2013

A landlord has been ordered to repay £19,958.84 in housing benefit for renting out five Salford houses without a licence

Buy-to-Let Index

16 August, 2013

July 2013

Statistics on Income Support lone parent regime (ISLP) with figures on lone parent Work Focused Interviews and ISLP sanctions to March 2013

15 August, 2013

Official statistics relating to the Income Support lone parent (ISLP) regime. They contains figures on lone parent Work Focused Interviews (WFIs) and ISLP sanctions up to March 2013

Welfare reform update

15 August, 2013

National Housing Federation - August 2013

Majority of UK renters unhappy with landlords and agents

15 August, 2013

Over half (51%) of renters in the private sector have had bad experiences of letting agents and landlords

Landlord hit with £12,000 fine for unlicensed HMO

15 August, 2013

A Manchester landlord has been fined £12,000 for renting a house in multiple occupancy (HMO) without a license

Making Discretionary Housing Payments work for disabled people

15 August, 2013

According to this report from the Papworth Trust 1 in 3 disabled people are refused DHPs

More than 40,500 new housing benefit claims in a year

15 August, 2013

Statistics published by the Department for Work and Pensions revealed that the number of people claiming housing benefit as of May 2013 was 5,072,264

Four more payday lenders quit the market

15 August, 2013

Another four payday lenders have left the market amid a crackdown on the industry that is forcing firms to prove their practices are up to scratch

Britain's dole queues shrink but young people remain the hardest hit

15 August, 2013

Number claiming JSA is at lowest level since 2009, as ministers seize on figures to claim economic boost

More NI housing benefit recipients in private than in social homes

15 August, 2013

A report by PricewaterhouseCooper says 70% of social housing tenants with the housing executive and housing associations are currently in receipt of HB and the remainder receive subsidised housing

Renters return to sharing in face of soaring costs

14 August, 2013

Large numbers of people are returning to flat-sharing after living alone or with a partner, new research has revealed

Housing association staff donate to food bank

14 August, 2013

Staff at Sanctuary Housing in Salisbury have donated food from their own kitchens to a local food bank

Large rise in London renters but standards poor

14 August, 2013

The proportion of people renting in London has gone up from 18% to 25% in the last two years, new research has revealed

Early caseload estimates for working age inactive benefit client groups

14 August, 2013

Questions and answers about early caseload estimates for working age inactive benefit client groups

DWP statistical summaries 2013

14 August, 2013

DWP Information

Lone parents receiving JSA: claimant count

14 August, 2013

This release contains a breakdown of the lone parents receiving JSA claimant count at the end of June 2013

Statistics on the take-up of the In Work Credit up to March 2013

14 August, 2013

Statistics take-up of the In Work Credit, a financial incentive available to lone parents moving into work up to March 2013.

Labour Market Statistics

14 August, 2013

August 2013

SFHA call for evidence

14 August, 2013

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations is currently gathering evidence on the ability of under occupying tenants to move to smaller homes

Carrot or stick? Why we need tax breaks for private landlords

14 August, 2013

A combination of tax incentives and penalty fines would encourage landlords to improve their properties

FOI reveals effects of bedroom tax in Wales

14 August, 2013

More than half of Welsh councils received more requests for additional housing payments in the first two months of the bedroom tax than for the same period last year

Rise in hardship payments across Wales as effects of 'bedroom tax' kick in

13 August, 2013

Councils report seeing huge increases in applications for hardship payments since the introduction of the 'bedroom tax' in April

Plaid Cymru concern at rent payment help claims after benefit changes

13 August, 2013

Big increases in people applying for help to pay their rent have been reported following changes to housing benefit

Councils forced to switch spending to help people hit by benefit reforms

13 August, 2013

LGA survey suggests councils will have to spend more money helping families asking for help to make ends meet

Property tips for landlords

13 August, 2013

Experienced landlord, Phil Spencer, and the Telegraph's Christopher Middleton offer up their top tips for investing in the buy-to-let market

Pawnbroker stops payday loans and describes Wonga's rates as 'ludicrous'

13 August, 2013

H&T pawnbrokers can no longer afford to make loans at 13% rate since cheque guarantee cards withdrawn

Free lunches for Birmingham low-income family children

13 August, 2013

Children from families on low incomes are being offered free lunches during the summer holidays

Payday loan adverts banned in Plymouth city centre

13 August, 2013

Payday loan adverts have been banned from billboards and bus stops by Plymouth City Council, while Cheshire East Council has banned access to their websites from its computers

Stressed: A Review of London's Private Rental Sector

13 August, 2013

Report from the Centre for London

Benefit cuts could leave homeless out in the cold

13 August, 2013

Night shelters will struggle with demand this winter. Councils need to plan now to tackle long-term homelessness

Benefit cap - final stage starts

12 August, 2013

The benefit cap started in the final council areas on 12 August 2013 and will be completed nationally by the end of September

The local impacts of welfare reform

12 August, 2013

CESI Report

The study, which is the first ever assessment of the cumulative impact of the Government's Welfare Reforms, compares the financial impact on benefit recipients in a given area with the local job opportunities and potential to move into cheaper accommodation. The report finds only one in eight households facing cuts will be able to find work

Digital Deal: 12 projects to help social tenants get online

12 August, 2013

The government's Digital Deal has provided funding for internet services and training to social housing tenants

For those eyeballing benefits as a one-way ticket to easy street, I have a wake-up call for you: those days are over! Says Iain Duncan Smith

12 August, 2013

The last stage of the benefits cap roll-out has begun with claimants across the country having their benefits capped to a maximum of £26,000 a year

Benefit cap completes roll-out

12 August, 2013

The government's benefits cap begins its roll-out into the country's final council areas

Government funds effort to get social housing tenants online

12 August, 2013

South Essex Homes is one of twelve UK housing associations that have secured funding from the government's 'Digital Deal'

Jail for 'parasitic' £90,000 benefits cheat

12 August, 2013

A man who illegally raked in almost £90,000 in benefits using two passports held in different names has been jailed for two years

The benefit cap: what we know so far

12 August, 2013

Information from the CIH

Tenants should wait until genuinely at risk says Boris Johnson as he again refuses PRS landlord register

12 August, 2013

'Two million private rented sector tenants should wait until they are "genuinely at risk" before local authorities intervene, according to London Mayor Boris Johnson

Summer of hunger: Huge rise in food bank use as demand linked to 'welfare reform'

12 August, 2013

Trust running country's largest network says some branches have had double the number of requests for emergency parcels since start of school holidays

Salford residents to use phones to pay for homes

12 August, 2013

A Salford housing provider has launched a unique scheme in which its customers can help bring down the cost of their rent, simply by chatting on the phone

Buy-to-let fuels house price boom

09 August, 2013

Lending to landlords and mortgage subsidies pull market to record level as investors cash in on cheap deals

Major flaws revealed in pay-to-stay policy

09 August, 2013

The government's pay-to-stay policy will not work in parts of 16 LAs across London because tenants will have to earn more than the £60k cap to be able to pay affordable rents

Majority of social tenants happy with their homes but bedroom tax causing anxiety

09 August, 2013

Two thirds of social housing tenants say they are happy or very happy with the condition of their properties and a third believe the standard of social housing is on the up

No internet access in 17% of UK homes, ONS data shows

09 August, 2013

Four million homes in the UK are still not connected to the internet, according to the Office of National Statistics

House Price Index

09 August, 2013

July 2013

'If the middle are being squeezed, the poor are being starved'

09 August, 2013

Look beyond the headline figures at the values underpinning housing policy and its impact on tenants

Mortgage Monitor

09 August, 2013

July 2013

Rental demand fuels buy-to-let mortgage surge

09 August, 2013

Strong rental demand is leading to the buoyant recovery of the buy-to-let sector with a 19% surge of loans advanced in the second quarter of this year

Touchbase DWP e-zine

09 August, 2013

August 2013 - report on two initiatives that have been designed to help improve the long-term employment outcomes for disabled people

Scottish housing providers urge tenants to claim benefits

08 August, 2013

Two Scottish housing associations have helped their tenants claw back almost £4 million in unclaimed benefits in the last year

3,000 families affected by benefit cap

08 August, 2013

Nearly 3,000 households have had their incomes slashed as a result of the total benefits cap trialled in four London boroughs

Millions miss out as Britain's broadband divide reaches record levels

08 August, 2013

Millions of Britons in rural areas are missing out on the "superfast" broadband revolution, as figures revealed huge divide between internet speeds in cities and the countryside

Salford's highest rent arrears tenant loses home

08 August, 2013

A social landlord has secured a possession order against a tenant with the highest rent arrears in Salford

Number of Disability Living Allowance claimants who work

08 August, 2013

DWP Statistics - Number and percentage of working age Disability Living Allowance recipients in employment in GB and abroad at 29 February 2012

Fuel poverty report

08 August, 2013

Annual report on fuel poverty statistics 2013.

Mortgage and landlord possession statistics quarterly

08 August, 2013

April to June 2013

Benefit cap - number of households capped across phased area local authorities, data to June 2013

08 August, 2013

DWP statistics showing the number of households capped to June 2013

By the end of June 2013: Almost 2.7 thousand households had their housing benefit capped 85% of households had between 1 and 4 children 74% of households constituted a single parent with child dependents 69% of households were capped by £100 or less

The secrets of success in tackling social housing fraud

08 August, 2013

By clamping down on tenancy fraud, Sandwell council recovered 44 properties and saved nearly £1m

Scotland secures £3.5m extra for DHP

08 August, 2013

The Scottish Government has secured a further £3.5 million of financial help for its rural communities to adjust to housing benefit changes

Universal Credit could limit benefit access, Labour warns

07 August, 2013

Entitlement to free school meals, legal aid and a range of health measures threatened by new system

Iain Duncan Smith's DWP blowing £1.3million checking benefit cap by hand because computers are not ready

07 August, 2013

The Government has had to take on 112 workers to check what each household receives in the pilot areas

If single mothers are denied social housing will anyone benefit?

07 August, 2013

The government seems set on taking us back to an era when single mothers were penalised most. What next? The poorhouse?

Carbon monoxide alarm law toughened

07 August, 2013

Carbon monoxide alarms will have to be fitted when new boilers or gas appliances are installed in Scottish properties, under a change to the law

Direct payment of housing benefit

07 August, 2013

Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing is one of the organisations taking part in the direct payment demonstration projects. Neighbourhoods manager Chris Shepherd talks about the experience so far

Universal credit is doomed - one-size-fits-all suits no one

07 August, 2013

Simplifying benefits is not a new idea. But cutting everyone down to the same size is hopeless in the face of differing needs

CH 3834 2012

07 August, 2013

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - Recovery of overpayments - Whether delay amounts to official error will depend on the facts of the particular case

Sanctions: hitting the most vulnerable

07 August, 2013

JRF Blog

Evictions loom as social landlord reports 86% arrears rise since bedroom tax

07 August, 2013

A Northumberland social landlord has warned that evictions might be on the cards after seeing its rent arrears shoot up by 86% since the introduction of the bedroom tax

Bedroom tax: Huge rise in tenants in arrears

07 August, 2013

The number of social housing tenants plunging into rent arrears in the Scottish capital soared in the two months following the introduction of the bedroom tax

LIN member report August 2013 - Payday lenders - is their number up

07 August, 2013

This LIN member report is written by Neil Merrick

Payday borrowers 'could complain about lenders'

06 August, 2013

A host of payday loan customers have grounds for complaint against lenders over the way repayments were collected according to Citizens Advice

Payday loans: Know your rights

06 August, 2013

Citizens Advice Video

Cap payday loan interest

06 August, 2013

The UK government should cap the interest rates of payday loan companies to better regulate the industry

Dane to advise on Scots welfare

06 August, 2013

A Danish expert on cradle-to-grave welfare services across Scandinavia is to help plan the welfare system of an independent Scotland

Scottish charity plots bedroom tax challenge

06 August, 2013

A charity is pulling together a working group to plot a legal challenge to the bedroom tax in the Scottish courts

Benefits cap to be applied if Scots vote yes

06 August, 2013

The amount of money households can claim in benefits would be capped in an independent Scotland

Rent controls: should they be reintroduced?

06 August, 2013

With 9 million people dependent on the private rented sector, calls for rent controls have been increasing. But what are the arguments for and against?

Tax-Free Childcare

06 August, 2013

Consultation - closing date 14 October 2013

Childcare voucher scheme: Plan 'will include parents who are carers'

Good news for tenants and landlords alike; Arrears and voids decline

06 August, 2013

NLA research

This research shows that 39% of private landlords have experienced instances of rental arrears in the last 12 months - down 9% year on year and back to levels previously seen in quarter one of 2010. Void periods in the PRS have also fallen, down 5% since last quarter to 33%, a low last seen in 2012.

96% of bedroom tax victims have nowhere to downsize to

06 August, 2013

The vast majority of social housing tenants affected by the bedroom tax have no smaller properties available to them to downsize to

HB Direct August 2013

06 August, 2013

August 2013 - includes news about:- Completion of Universal Credit Pathfinder roll-out, Universal Credit Local Support Services Framework, local authority led pilots and benefit cap good practice

Bedroom tax judgment will increase demand for scarce emergency payments

05 August, 2013

A reliance on temporary discretionary housing payments to protect residents from the bedroom tax will not go far enough

Responses to the Universal Credit local support services framework

05 August, 2013

In February this year Lord Freud published the Universal Credit Local Support Services Framework which was developed in partnership with local authorities

The framework sets out the principles for providing support for claimants with additional or complex needs to help them make and manage Universal Credit claims and prepare for work. The Framework sought comments on the proposed approach.This report summarises the responses received which have been categorised into a number of recurring themes.

HB U5/2013

05 August, 2013

Information about the judgment in respect of ten judicial review claims brought against the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

This judgement challenged the Government's policy to reduce HB for social sector tenants who are deemed to be under occupying their property by reference to the size criteria set out in the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006.

Childcare voucher scheme: Plan 'will include parents who are carers'

05 August, 2013

The government says it wants to expand a new childcare tax credit scheme to include parents who stay at home because they are full-time carers

'Big lie' behind the bedroom tax: Families trapped with nowhere to move face penalty for having spare room

05 August, 2013

The Government's justification for its controversial "bedroom tax" has been debunked by new figures showing that up to 96 per cent of those affected have, in effect, nowhere to move

Universal Credit staff describe chaos behind scenes of flagship Tory reform

05 August, 2013

DWP employees criticise environment of poor management and high stress in leaked internal survey

Bedroom Tax: Neighbours form ring of steel to help foster mum ruined by levy

05 August, 2013

Irene Lockett could not pay the extra £23.24 per week docked from those with empty rooms under new welfare rules.

Families with two working parents will be offered Government help with childcare

05 August, 2013

Families with two working parents will be offered taxpayer-funded help with child care, worth up to £1,200 a child, under new plans - but critics describe system as "insult" to single-earner families.

NLA warns landlords of 'no win no fee' deposit claims

05 August, 2013

The Chairman of the NLA has warned landlords to ensure their tenants' deposits are properly protected and that they've fully complied with Tenancy Deposit Protection law

The warning comes after a growing number of information requests to TDP schemes from 'no win no fee' claims companies who, on behalf of tenants, are targeting landlords who may not have fully protected deposits.

Aerial imaging reveals over 6,000 suspected 'beds in sheds'

02 August, 2013

Slough Borough Council is planning a crackdown on illegally occupied 'beds in sheds' after aerial thermal imaging revealed 6,139 suspect outbuildings

Sanctions and conditionality briefing

02 August, 2013

New conditions and associated sanctions are being attached to welfare benefits. This is intended to reflect the principle behind Universal Credit that people who can, must look for work - NHF report

Claimants will fall into one of four conditionality groups to reflect the degree of work-related commitment expected of them. The conditions will be introduced with Universal Credit, although the same sanctions will be trialled under Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) from 22 October 2012

Financial struggles with bills and debts 'worsen'

02 August, 2013

More than half of UK adults are struggling to keep up with bills and debt repayments, a major survey of people's finances has suggested

More than half of Britons say housing costs limit spending

02 August, 2013

More than half (53%) of people in Britain say they are limited in their spending as a result of their housing costs. According to the CIH

£35million DHP top-up futile

02 August, 2013

A £35 million boost to discretionary housing payments will not relieve the worst effects of the bedroom tax, housing sector figures have warned

Tax boost for existing tenants

02 August, 2013

Sinn Fein is 'confident' the bedroom tax will not apply to existing tenants in Northern Ireland, a representative has said

Housing association joins community bank

02 August, 2013

A Somerset-based housing provider has told its tenants they are set to benefit from its new partnership with a community bank

Welfare changes could threaten winter night shelters, warns Homeless Link

02 August, 2013

Homeless Link has warned that welfare changes could increase the death toll this winter

Food vouchers for hard-up tenants

02 August, 2013

Tenants of North Lincolnshire Homes who are struggling financially are being offered vouchers to exchange for three days worth of food

Superstrike Ltd vs Marino Rodrigues - Briefing Two - Likely Implications

02 August, 2013

The 14 June appeal judgment in the Superstrike v Rodrigues case has created a significant amount of uncertainty in the private-rented sector

CH 3343 2012

01 August, 2013

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - Ex parte Menear (1991) 24 HLR 115 has no application when claimant is not on IS/JSA

CH 2551 2011

01 August, 2013

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - recovery of overpayments and whether failure to disclose by landlord

CH 1528 2012

01 August, 2013

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - Exempt Accommodation Voluntary Organisation Housing association

HMO landlord fined for endangering tenants' lives

01 August, 2013

A landlord and his company have been ordered to pay out nearly £40,000 for letting out five houses in multiple occupation where the lives of the tenants were endangered

Charities mapping out crisis loan availability

01 August, 2013

Charities are working together to map out how different local authorities are handing out emergency loans to vulnerable people to help them with housing costs

Regulator launches survey to examine early impact of Welfare Reform

01 August, 2013

The Scottish Housing Regulator has launched a short survey of all social landlords to gather information on the early impact of Welfare Reform on the payment of rent

Credit union comes to high street

01 August, 2013

A Welsh credit union has opened its first high street branch

Unite vows to continue the fight after High Court judge rejects Bedroom Tax challenge

01 August, 2013

Unite has vowed to continue the fight against the Bedroom Tax following the High Court's dismissal of a legal challenge, by a group of 10 families

Support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system

01 August, 2013

The Government has asked landlords, Local Authorities and claimants to submit written evidence into an inquiry into how support for housing costs should work

They are especially interested in views on:the effects and implications of the reforms; LHA reform; Benefit Cap; Bedroom Tax; Localised Council Tax Support; housing support under Universal Credit; and any innovations planned or undertaken

British Gas plans to offer free power on Saturdays

01 August, 2013

British Gas has said it is planning to offer free power on Saturdays to some of its customers

How the Bedroom Tax differs from the Local Housing Allowance of 2008.

31 July, 2013

A blog predominantly about things to do with bedroom tax, by Rob G

Lambeth council holds a summit to discuss payday loans

31 July, 2013

This week Lambeth meets with colleagues from Southwark and Newham to discuss ways to drive out high interest lenders

High-earning tenants forced to declare income

31 July, 2013

High-earning social tenants are to be legally obliged to declare their income under plans to force households that earn more than £60,000 to pay market rent

Landlords exit local housing allowance market

31 July, 2013

According to the latest research from the NLA, the number of landlords letting to tenants in receipt of LHA has fallen to 27%, a 7& reduction since quarter one this year

Rent Payment and Collection Under Universal Credit

31 July, 2013

CIH Scotland practical guidance for Scottish social landlords on rent payment and collection under Universal Credit

This practice guidance, is aimed primarily at Scottish social landlords. It is relevant for staff across a range of job functions given the scale and range of changes under welfare reform. It looks at how it can be made easier for tenants to pay rent, and how landlords can adapt and improve rent collection arrangements

'Bedroom tax will hit the poorest' says minister disappointed at High Court ruling

31 July, 2013

The Scottish government's welfare minister has expressed her disappointment at the High Court ruling over the bedroom tax

Government comes up with £35m to assist housing benefit cut victims

31 July, 2013

The government has announced an extra £35 million in funding to help claimants in the social sector affected by the cuts to housing benefit

Scottish independence: Welfare reforms 'possible but potentially costly'

31 July, 2013

Independence would allow Scotland to reverse recent "poorly-designed" reforms to the UK's welfare system

The bedroom tax court judgment has thrown up some puzzling anomalies

31 July, 2013

Disabled people are left wondering how a policy which leads to such significant discrimination and hardship can ever be justified

Disabled families await housing benefits cuts ruling

30 July, 2013

The High Court is to rule on whether cuts to housing benefit for social housing residents with spare bedrooms discriminates against disabled people

High Court rejects disabled tenants bedroom tax challenge

30 July, 2013

The High Court has just rejected ten families' challenge against the bedroom tax. The families plan to appeal

Housing benefit challenge dismissed by High Court

30 July, 2013

Disabled families have lost a court challenge to social housing benefit cuts for residents with spare bedrooms in England, Wales and Scotland

Humphrys cleared but BBC's welfare reform programme broke accuracy and impartiality rules

30 July, 2013

The BBC Trust has ruled that a programme the corporation broadcast in October 2011 on welfare breached its rules on impartiality and accuracy

HB S5/2013

30 July, 2013

Allocation of Housing Benefit reforms transitional funding in 2013/14

HB S6/2013

30 July, 2013

Discretionary Housing Payments government contribution for 2013/14

HB/CTB Circular S1/2013 provided details of the distribution of the government contribution and overall expenditure limit for DHPs for 2013/14. The total funding originally available was £155 million. Lord Freud, the Minister for Welfare Reform, wrote to local authority Chief Executives on 30 July 2013 to announce that an extra £5 million will be added to the DHP fund. This is specifically aimed at helping the 21 least densely populated areas in Great Britain. This funding is to avoid a disproportionate impact on those affected by the removal of the spare room subsidy in remote and isolated communities where the geography means that the potential remedies are less readily available; work, alternative accommodation, people looking for lodging etc.

HB U4/2013

30 July, 2013

Discretionary Housing Payments - additional funding

The Government have announced a package of new in-year funding for local authorities (LAs) to help support Housing Benefit (HB) claimants who are continuing to adjust to the removal of the spare room subsidy. The total additional funding package for 2013/14 will be £35 million and comprises of: £10 million of new in-year transitional funding (see HB Circular S5/2013 also issued on 30 July); £5 million of new Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) funding for isolated rural areas; £20 million of new DHP funding that which will be available for LAs to submit bids for. (Further details of the scheme will be issued shortly)

Housing groups slam bedroom tax ruling

30 July, 2013

Housing groups and charities have been left 'deeply disappointed' after the High Court dismissed a legal challenge to the government's bedroom tax

Spare room subsidy: funding update

30 July, 2013

The government has announced an additional £35m in-year funding to help claimants affected by changes to housing benefit in the social sector who need extra support

'Bedroom Tax' leads to rise in Glasgow rent arrears

30 July, 2013

Rent arrears are rising across Glasgow since the 'bedroom tax' was introduced almost four months ago

Bedroom tax legal challenge dismissed by high court

30 July, 2013

Ten families who argue the tax discriminates against those with disabilities vow to appeal as campaigners warn that ruling puts such families at 'real risk of homelessness'

Housing benefit challenge cases

30 July, 2013

A group of 10 disabled people have lost a legal challenge to government plans to cut housing benefit. They are from various parts of the UK all say they are being badly affected by the benefit changes. Here are the arguments of four of them.

LIN Press Release - Spare room subsidy: funding update

30 July, 2013

DWP Spare room subsidy: funding update

Letter from Lord Freud to Local Authority Chief Executive Officers

30 July, 2013

Additional funding to support those affected by the removal of the spare room subsidy

High-earning tenants forced to declare income

29 July, 2013

High-earning social tenants are to be legally obliged to declare their income under plans to force households that earn more than £60,000 to pay market rent

Wonga is a 'force for good', founder claims

29 July, 2013

The chief executive of Wonga has defended the payday lender by claiming it is "a powerful force for good in the financial world."

I'm proud of our welfare reforms

29 July, 2013

I don't apologise for trying to make the welfare state fair - it's something only this government can do

Bristol City Council may relax rules on tenants in rent arrears

29 July, 2013

Council tenants in arrears in Bristol could be allowed to move home after the council said it may relax its regulations on those who owe rent

Spread the word

29 July, 2013

ALMOs can play a key role in improving standards in the private rented sector

London mayor publishes rental standard

29 July, 2013

London mayor Boris Johnson has published a final version of his London rental standard, aimed at raising standards in the city's booming private rented sector

Bothered by the bedroom tax? Try speed dating

29 July, 2013

A council's speed dating experiment has proved successful in helping social housing tenants beat the bedroom tax

Housing association pledges year's support to food banks

29 July, 2013

Wulvern Housing has pledged to support two food banks for another year

Universal Credit comes to Oldham and Warrington

29 July, 2013

New jobseekers in Oldham and Warrington will now be able to make a claim to Universal Credit

Credit unions thriving even before Archbishop Welby's attack on Wonga

29 July, 2013

Bank of England figures show membership has passed a million - but thousands are behind with loan repayments

Nowhere to turn? Changes to emergency support

26 July, 2013

Childrens society report

Th report reveals that money given to local authorities to replace the DWPs Social Fund has almost been halved, compared to equivalent spending since 2010. It also shows that almost two-thirds of local authorities are no longer providing interest-free emergency loans through their replacement schemes. We fear this could drive vulnerable families deeper into debt, as they are forced to turn to loan sharks and high cost money lenders.

Man cuts own throat in bedroom tax protest

26 July, 2013

Witnesses say the middle-aged man sliced his throat from ear-to-ear with a knife as he spoke to an adviser

Too much, too fast: the government's 'welfare revolution' starts to unwind

26 July, 2013

Poor results for universal credit, work programme and youth contract

No bedroom tax evictions, TUC leaders demand

26 July, 2013

TUC leaders in Manchester have urged the city council not to evict any tenants who fall into arrears as a result of the bedroom tax

Half of all adults are concerned with debt

26 July, 2013

Personal debt concerns around a half of all UK adults, according to recent research

Councils lock away housing crisis funds

26 July, 2013

The scrapping of a scheme to provide emergency loans to vulnerable people is worsening homelessness, charities have warned

Church of England: People are not aware of credit unions

26 July, 2013

Reverend Malcolm Brown explains why the Church of England wants to put payday lenders out of business by building up a network of credit unions.

Councils cut millions from Supporting People

26 July, 2013

Councils have slashed millions from spending on Supporting People contracts and swapped the focus to price rather than quality

Welfare reform sparks sharp rise in complaints

26 July, 2013

Welfare reforms have contributed to a sharp increase in complaints and enquiries made to the housing ombudsman

Church declares war on 'legal loan sharks'

25 July, 2013

Reverend Justin Welby has outlined plans to expand the Church of England's credit unions to offer people a viable alternative to the likes of Wonga

Local Authority Led Universal Credit Pilots: A summary of early learning from the pilots

25 July, 2013

DWP Report

This paper presents early findings (October 2012 to March 2013) from the LA Led UC Pilots analysis and is based on information prepared by each pilot authority. The research report sets out 'challenges' including limited access to internet amongst claimants and widespread problems with debt and rent arrears

Transfers and Mutual Exchanges - survey results

25 July, 2013

Adactus Housing Survey results

Tottenham hatches plan to crackdown on bad landlords

25 July, 2013

Haringey Council has revealed plans for a crackdown on bad landlords in Tottenham

High Income Social Tenants

25 July, 2013

DCLG Pay to Stay Consultation Paper: Summary of Responses

Stay or go?

25 July, 2013

Inside Housing Blog

Upsize Downsize event

25 July, 2013

Cross Keys Homes

Why we're fighting to make our city free of payday loan companies

25 July, 2013

A Plymouth councillor explains plans to ban high interest lenders

Welsh Index

25 July, 2013

May 2013

Plymouth council becomes first to ban payday loan ads on billboards

24 July, 2013

City council is blocking access to websites and ads on billboards and bus stops in drive to protect locals from unmanageable debt

Sheffield Page Hall landlord licensing consultation launched

24 July, 2013

Landlords in Sheffield could be forced to apply for special licences to let property in an area of the city, the council has said

Government must change the rules on night shelter housing benefit claims, says Salford mayor

24 July, 2013

The Mayor of Salford has called on the Government to support homeless people by scrapping changes to housing benefit rules

The sector needs a new vision to mitigate risk

24 July, 2013

From the introduction of Universal Credit to the decline in government funding, less reliable income streams are becoming more critical

MPs call for rural bedroom tax exemption

24 July, 2013

The bedroom tax should be scrapped in smaller villages to prevent under-occupying tenants being forced out of the countryside

Benefit cap 'could be lowered by £6,000'

24 July, 2013

Chancellor George Osborne is considering lowering the maximum amount families can claim in benefits to £20,000 a year, Treasury sources say

First rental deal yields hundreds of new homes

24 July, 2013

Housing Minister Mark Prisk welcomes the first deal under the government's £1 billion Build to Rent scheme

HB G7/2013

23 July, 2013

Includes information on the Universal Credit Local Authority Led Pilots. the Council Tax Reduction Scheme and new Statutory Instruments

DWP Stakeholder Bulletin

23 July, 2013

July 2013 - Contains Information on Disability Employment Conference - Working together and the Universal Credit Pathfinder

'People will remember welfare reform as the state punishing the poor'

23 July, 2013

Leeds council leader Keith Wakefield on the bedroom tax and how he knows what it's like to live on the breadline

Government sets out right to transfer rules

23 July, 2013

Long-awaited plans to give tenants' groups the right to take ownership of their estates have been published

Landlords 'spend £325m a year on ASB'

23 July, 2013

Social landlords spend £325 million every year dealing with anti-social behaviour

100 days of the Bedroom Tax

23 July, 2013

Arrears and hardship rise as bedroom tax hits home

Should I Stay or Should I go - 100 days of the Bedroom Tax

23 July, 2013

Aragon Housing Association Report

This report highlights the huge shortage of suitable smaller homes for people to down-size into if they choose to move to save money. It also shows how some disabled tenants face having to move out of their adapted homes, at huge cost to either themselves or the tax payer.

Iain Duncan Smith's benefit cap beggars belief

23 July, 2013

The benefit cap is probably the government's most popular policy, but the case for recipients must be made

How to fulfil your electrical obligations and protect tenants

23 July, 2013

Electrical accidents kill one person a week and cause half of all house fires. How can you ensure your properties are safe?

Should tenants pay more rent if they can afford to?

23 July, 2013

Unnecessary subsidy paid to 16% of social-rent households could go towards the development of thousands more homes

Retired households reluctant to downsize

23 July, 2013

Retired people are reluctant to move to smaller homes despite acknowledging a range of financial and lifestyle benefits, research has found

Government's welfare benefits and tax changes amount to 'speeded-up Thatcherism'

22 July, 2013

The economy may be growing, but inequality is rising more quickly than in 1980s

Asylum seekers 'evicted for rent arrears' after failures by G4S contractors

22 July, 2013

Three women alleged to have been turned out of their homes because firms working for G4S had failed to pay rent

Housing provider helps out food banks

22 July, 2013

Staff at North Lincolnshire Homes (NLH) have donated over 250kg of food to the region's foodbanks

Govan and Easthall Community Banking Welfare Reform Initiative

22 July, 2013

Easthall Park Housing Co-operative has been awarded £309,386 as part of the latest Support and Connect funding package from the Big Lottery Fund

As renters cry out for change, ministers bury their heads in the sand

22 July, 2013

Private renting used to be a stepping stone

Is private renting the new social housing sector?

22 July, 2013

A new Communities and Local Government report recommends some changes to the private rented sector

Bedroom tax: Samaritans called in to train housing staff as levy sparks suicide attempts

22 July, 2013

Demand for training sessions with experts from the emotional support charity has shot up 48% in the past three months

The BBC is colluding in the government's attack on benefit claimants

22 July, 2013

The cruellest thing about the benefits cap is that it's not really about people on benefits at all

Not feeling the benefit: the welfare cap, housing and UK cities

22 July, 2013

Paul Swinney argues that unless we address the undersupply of housing in the UK, the Government's new benefit cap will not deliver

HB A16/2013

22 July, 2013

Accession of Croatia to the European Union

Rent-to-rent, the latest property get-rich-quick scheme

22 July, 2013

Rent a house, then sublet the rooms to as many people as possible. We report on the rise of an ethically dubious practice

The Private Rented Sector

22 July, 2013

Communities and Local Government Committee Report

New Communities and Local Government report which recommends some changes to the private rented sector, including regulation.

Rent payment and collection under universal credit - guidance for landlords

22 July, 2013

CIH Report

Following the November 2012 guidance on the bedroom tax, this CIH Scotland guidance focuses on practical rent payment and collection issues for social landlords. It was produced with financial support from the Scottish Government.

New £3 million fund to crack down on rogue landlords

19 July, 2013

New funding will help councils take on the rogue landlords who make tenants' lives a misery

Homeless tenants 'will' be forced out of London

19 July, 2013

homeless tenants in London will 'inevitably' be forced out of the city, a group of MPs has concluded

Councils 'lack funding' to handle benefits cap

19 July, 2013

Local authorities claim they are under-resourced and will struggle to implement the government's benefits cap

Centre supporting private sector landlords and tenants to consider financial inclusion

19 July, 2013

Earlier this week, the Wales Co-operative Centre's THFI project team joined housing professionals and landlord representatives at the CIH PRS Summit

Government must battle banks to improve the private rented sector

19 July, 2013

Longer tenancies are blocked by restrictions put in place by mortgage lenders, but will the government stand up to them?

RHI open to social landlords

19 July, 2013

Social landlords will be able to benefit from a scheme to encourage the use of renewable heating technology

The emerging consensus on private renting

19 July, 2013

What goes up may come down. Only 10 years ago, the growth of home ownership was believed to be inexorable: people would talk of it reaching 90% of households

'Vacant' homes checked for occupants in council tax avoidance clampdown

19 July, 2013

Vacant homes across Exeter are to be examined to make sure that they truly are unoccupied, as the local authority tries to mop up council tax avoiders

Large turnout for food bank plan for town

19 July, 2013

Organisations and members of the public turned out in force to hear about a bid to establish an emergency food bank in Whitby to feed the town's poor

Porsche-driving housing benefit cheat must pay back £30,000

19 July, 2013

A housing benefit cheat who swindled £30,000 from the taxpayer must pay back her ill-gotten gains

Letting agents: Curb 'cowboy' practices, say MPs

18 July, 2013

Letting agents should be subject to tighter regulations that would make it possible to ban those guilty of sharp practice

Government considering five-year PRS tenancies

18 July, 2013

The government is looking at a proposal to offer five-year tenancies in the private rented sector and stop rent rises going above inflation

The families who feel 'priced out of London'

18 July, 2013

BBC News report

Divided City? The value of mixed communities in expensive neighbourhoods

18 July, 2013

LSE report

This report explores what it is like to a be a social housing tenant in expensive areas of London and what the benefits of spending scarce resources on low-income families in these areas are.

Breaking free from payday loan debt

18 July, 2013

Payday Loan Survival Guide from Govan Law Centre explains how someone can break free from payday lending debts, and take control of their money and life

Benefit cap spells 'unintended havoc and untold damage' for landlords

18 July, 2013

The government's recently introduced welfare cap might mean 'unintended havoc and untold damage' for landlords

Welfare reforms will 'hit women hardest'

18 July, 2013

Welfare reforms will hit women harder than men, research published by the Welsh Government revealed yesterday

Osborne mulls further £6k cut to benefit cap

18 July, 2013

Chancellor George Osborne is considering lowering the benefits cap by a further £6,000, one of his aides confirmed to Inside Housing today

More people are dependent on the private rented sector: it should meet their needs better

18 July, 2013

The private rented sector is confusing, under-regulated and insecure

Does Universal Credit enable households to reach a minimum income standard?

17 July, 2013

Joseph Rowntree Foundation Report

This report looks at the impact Universal Credit (UC)will have on the disposable incomes of families with low or no earnings. It examines whether they have enough to reach a minimum acceptable standard of living, as measured by the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) for the United Kingdom

House Price Index

17 July, 2013

June 2013

Mortgage Monitor

17 July, 2013

June 2013

Private rents price out many of Britain's poorer families

17 July, 2013

Resolution Foundation report says in 10% of local authorities a family with a £22,000 income has to spend more than half of it on rent

Back to the nineties: Number out of work for more than a year hits highest level since 1996

17 July, 2013

The number of people out of work for more than a year has hit the highest level for 17 years according to new figures

Mark Hoban: benefits cap may be too high outside London

17 July, 2013

The Coalition's £500-a-week cap on household benefits may be too generous for claimants in poorer parts of the country, a minister has suggested

UK rental market soars 22%

17 July, 2013

The number of new tenancies agreed in the UK increased by 22% over the last 12 months, and by 20% in London

Find your local welfare assistance scheme

16 July, 2013

Information from the childrens society about local welfare assistance schemes across the UK

Council rehouses just 28 of 440 tenants hit by bedroom tax

16 July, 2013

Just 28 of 440 social housing tenants hit by the bedroom tax in Westminster have been rehoused by the council

Tories accused of making poor pay with benefit cap

16 July, 2013

The Tories have been accused of making the poor pay following yesterday's introduction of the benefit cap

MPs continue to examine the implications of the Bedroom Tax in Scotland

16 July, 2013

The impact of the Bedroom Tax & other changes to housing benefit in Scotland Inquiry

Benefit cap 'could be lowered by £6,000'

16 July, 2013

Chancellor George Osborne is considering lowering the maximum amount families can claim in benefits to £20,000 a year

Housing association battling to keep tenants away from payday loan 'sharks'

16 July, 2013

Coast & Country Housing is launching a fair loan deal as part of an anti-extortionate lending campaign to stop tenants falling prey to payday loan companies

Subletting benefits cheat sentenced

16 July, 2013

A woman who sublet rooms in her house whilst claiming benefits has received a six-week prison sentence after pleading guilty to fraud

Benefit Cap

16 July, 2013

DWP information sheet - FAQs

Implementing Universal Credit

16 July, 2013

The implementation of Universal Credit in the Pathfinder and plans for rolling-out the next stage

Touchbase DWP e-zine

15 July, 2013

July 2013 - includes information on Universal Credit Protection, Universal Credit roll-out and the work capability assessment

Rent 'unaffordable' for low-income families in third of UK

15 July, 2013

A third of Britain is effectively off-limits to lower-income working families because private rents are unaffordable

Benefits cap encourages job seekers, says government

15 July, 2013

More than 12,000 people have moved into work after being told about the benefits cap

PM urged to tighten teenage mum benefit rules

15 July, 2013

Tories in the most marginal seats in parliament are urging David Cameron to bring in tougher conditions on housing benefit for some teenage mothers

DWP finally admits Universal Credit IT not up to scratch - calling in GDS

15 July, 2013

It claims that any 'enhanced IT solution' needs to be cost effective and delivered on time

Universal credit is simple: work more and get paid less

15 July, 2013

This Tory benefit reform was meant to give people incentives to work - but crunch the figures and you find the opposite is true

National roll out of benefit cap begins

15 July, 2013

The total household benefits cap will begin to be rolled out in hundreds of areas across Great Britain from today

National introduction of benefit cap begins

15 July, 2013

The benefit cap starts being introduced across the country

Homeless people have strong motivation to work

15 July, 2013

Homeless people are strongly motivated to work despite challenges to sustaining employment including being financially worse off than when on benefits

Welfare reform update - July 2013

15 July, 2013

The latest news on welfare reform including the impact of the bedroom tax, announcements on Universal Credit and sharing best practice among housing associations

Public perceptions of the Benefit Cap and pre-implementation impacts

15 July, 2013

DWP online survey of just over 2,000 British adults to assess public attitudes to benefits in general and the Benefit Cap specifically

Real Life Reform

12 July, 2013

Liverpool Housing Trust Project brief - Monitoring the real impact of Welfare Reform across the North 2013-2014

A research project which brings together case studies of social housing customers affected by these welfare reform changes. The research will track their journey over a period of time to really understand and capture the financial and human impact welfare reform changes may have.

Bedroom tax forcing disabled people to cut back on food & medicine

12 July, 2013

Nine in 10 disabled people in social housing are cutting back on buying food and medical supplies as the government's controversial bedroom tax begins to bite

Boom-time for legal loan sharks

12 July, 2013

Report from the Centre for Labour and Social Studies on how deregulation, market failure and a crisis in wages has led to the rise of payday lenders

This paper calls for the government to set a cap on the cost of credit and end self-regulation. It also calls for the introduction of a reasonable rollover limit, restrictions on the amount of times a person can take out loans in order to service the interest of existing or 'live' loans and an obligation on all lenders to put all credit transactions through a credit reference agency

Applications to hardship fund surge by 300%

12 July, 2013

English councils received more than 13,272 extra applications for an emergency hardship fund in the first month of the bedroom tax

Welfare reform - how are landlords preparing?

12 July, 2013

A summary of findings from a CIH/Circle Housing survey

A survey of how social landlords across Britain are preparing to meet the challenges posed by welfare reform in general and the under-occupation penalty (known as the bedroom tax) in particular.

Council slammed by Ombudsman after failing homeless people

12 July, 2013

Bristol City Council has been failing in its legal duty to provide homeless people with the chance to appeal against its decisions not to house them

Landlords win reprieve on renewable heat scheme

12 July, 2013

Social landlords will be able to benefit from a scheme to encourage the use of renewable heating equipment

Homelessness applicants denied right to appeal

12 July, 2013

The local government watchdog has criticised a council for denying people the chance to appeal against decisions not to house them

Private sector employment hits new record high

12 July, 2013

Private sector employment has hit a new record high, according to official statistics published

Universal Credit: The scheme faces difficulties that must be resolved before it is rolled out

12 July, 2013

Nigel Keohane examines the government's Universal Credit scheme and points out five areas of concern

Landlords turn to food bank as benefit reforms hit

11 July, 2013

Two housing associations in Birmingham have reported they are sending at least one family a week to a food bank

Whose Home? Understanding landlords and their effect on public policy

11 July, 2013

New research and policy analysis by the Strategic Society Centre about private landlords in the UK

The report provides detailed evidence on the demographic, socio-economic, financial and rental characteristics of private landlords in the UK, and compares landlords to other homeowners, private tenants and the general population

In search of a London-wide lettings agency

11 July, 2013

A London Councils report outlines proposals for a city-wide social lettings agency, but what will it take to make it work?

9 in 10 claimants 'not ready' for universal credit

11 July, 2013

New research by Citizens Advice shows nine out of 10 people are not ready for universal credit

Disabled benefit claimants forced to cut food bills

11 July, 2013

Nine in 10 disabled people hit by the bedroom tax who have been refused a discretionary housing payment are cutting back on food or bills to make ends meet

Childcare costs could undermine welfare reforms

11 July, 2013

The high cost of childcare will undermine the government's aim of ensuring people are better off in work than on benefits

Landlords struggle to rehouse bedroom tax tenants

11 July, 2013

Most social landlords will only be able to rehouse less than a fifth of tenants hit by the bedroom tax

Duncan Smith issues warning to payday lenders

11 July, 2013

Iain Duncan Smith has vowed action against payday loan companies who lend money to benefit claimants

Universal credit: National roll-out delayed, claims Labour

11 July, 2013

The national roll-out of the government's flagship universal credit scheme has been hit by fresh delays, Labour claims

Eleven payday lenders to stop offering short-term loans

11 July, 2013

Regulator waits for another 22 payday lenders to respond to ultimatum to clean up their act

Welfare reform: How landlords are preparing

11 July, 2013

House Exchange and CIH report

In February 2013, House Exchange (part of Circle Housing) and the CIH came together to design and carry out a survey of how social landlords across Britain are preparing to meet the challenges posed by welfare reform in general and the under occupation penalty (or 'bedroom tax') in particular. This report summarises the survey's key findings

Government's bedroom tax forces carers to cut back on food

10 July, 2013

Carers are being forced to cut back on essentials such as food and electricity because of the so-called bedroom tax

East Midlands sees £15m housing benefit cuts

10 July, 2013

Housing benefit payments in the East Midlands are being cut by more than £15m this year under the government reform of the welfare system

Private rental research reveals some home truths

10 July, 2013

With a survey showing most landlords are wealthier than other homeowners, there may be scope for policymakers to improve the position of tenants

Bad Weather, Good Habits

10 July, 2013

Encouraging social housing tenants to save more

According to this report social landlords should help tenants save money by allowing them to overpay their rent and shifting the excess into a separate account

Landlords and letting agents face more legal requirements

10 July, 2013

Despite the coalition government looking to reduce red tape, legal requirements to let and manage property are on the increase

LIN press release - Universal Credit will expand to 6 new Jobcentres starting from October 2013

10 July, 2013

Ministers set out the next stage of the roll out for Universal Credit following the successful launch in April

Carers facing debt and eviction because of bedroom tax

10 July, 2013

Carers UK says cash promised by ministers to help vulnerable carers does not meet demand

The Effects of Taxes and Benefits on Household Income, 2011/12

10 July, 2013

Office for National Statistics report

David Lammy: 'Lack of housing forcing people into poverty'

10 July, 2013

Labour MP David Lammy is worried that parts of the private rental sector are forcing people back into poverty

English Housing Survey

10 July, 2013

July 2013

More trouble for IDS: how claimants are unprepared for Universal Credit

09 July, 2013

Ahead of Duncan Smith's grilling by MPs, a new study shows 92 per cent of claimants are unprepared for the new system in at least one area

Councils face £25m loss through bedroom tax

09 July, 2013

Local authorities saw rent arrears in Scotland increase by £2 million during April, compared with the same period last year

Private tenants call for letting agent regulation

09 July, 2013

Protestors calling for rent controls staged a series of actions outside letting agents on Saturday

Tenants hit by bedroom tax get lifeline

09 July, 2013

Hundreds of tenants hit by the government's major changes to the benefits system are being urged to seek advice to help them cope

Duncan Smith and Freud to face MPs on Universal Credit progress

09 July, 2013

UC architects Iain Duncan Smith and Lord Freud will face the Work and Pensions Select Committee on the government's revolution of the welfare system

Housing crisis: The poor struggling to pay rent

09 July, 2013

Since April about 660,000 people living in social housing have been told they may only claim benefit for what is judged to be an appropriate number of bedrooms

The bedroom tax and disabled tenants

09 July, 2013

Following Lord Freud's appearance at Housing 2013, Sue McCafferty details the impact of welfare reform on sick and disabled people

840 tonnes of furniture saved by housing association's scheme

09 July, 2013

A housing association has managed to divert 840 tonnes of furniture from ending up in landfill sites over the last eight years

Tenant Arrears Tracker - July 2013

08 July, 2013

Nearly 100,000 private tenants are now more than two months behind on their rent, according to figures published by LSL property services

Newcastle tenants hit by bedroom tax urged to take part in home swap events

08 July, 2013

Council tenants in Newcastle affected by the bedroom tax are being invited to take part in a series of home swap events across the city

Family Mosaic looks at 'whole person' to get 1,000 back to work

08 July, 2013

Family Mosaic is taking a look at the 'whole person' to get 1,000 people back to work and is encouraging the rest of the social housing sector to learn from its employment 'Boot Camp' programme

Bedroom tax's 'appalling aftermath' behind massive rise in rent arrears

08 July, 2013

The Scottish government has slammed the coalition's welfare reforms, as 75% of Scotland's councils report that the bedroom tax is directly responsible for a massive increase in rent arrears

Universal credit fears revealed through Citizens Advice survey

08 July, 2013

Survey conducted by charity suggests 90% of benefit claimants will be unprepared for new single payment benefits scheme

Rent arrears jump by £2m after introduction of 'bedroom tax'

08 July, 2013

Social housing rent arrears increased to £2m during April, compared with the same month in 2012, following cuts to housing benefit

Bedroom tax sparks surge in rent arrears

08 July, 2013

Six thousand households in housing association properties in Merseyside fell behind on rent payments for the first time within weeks of the bedroom tax coming into force

Councils must gain more power to raise standards in the private rented sector

08 July, 2013

Local authorities should enforce private rented sector standards yet lack funds to do so. Expanding selective licensing can fix this

Evidence of bedroom tax causing debts and homelessness

08 July, 2013

The controversial bedroom tax has left thousands of social housing tenants in the region behind on their rent

Housing benefit cuts 'lead to thousands in Merseyside in debt'

05 July, 2013

Thousands of families on Merseyside have 'spiralled into debt' in the 100 days since the government introduced housing benefit cuts

IDS: Benefit cap 'successfully delivered in London'

05 July, 2013

The benefit cap has been 'successfully delivered' in four London areas, according to Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

Leeds Council ignores Freud threat

05 July, 2013

A council has pledged to legally challenge the government over its stance on bedroom tax reclassifications

Landlords could demolish bedroom-taxed homes

05 July, 2013

Social landlords have warned the bedroom tax could lead to the demolition of homes as larger properties become increasingly hard to let in some parts of England

Single parents hit hardest by benefit cap

05 July, 2013

A limit on the total amount of benefits that can be claimed by a household is hitting single parents hardest

Funding rules will not end social housing

05 July, 2013

Landlords will not be expected to convert all re-lets to affordable rents in the new funding programme

The Bedroom Tax in Merseyside

05 July, 2013

Our report highlights the impact of the bedroom tax after 100 days

The bedroom tax has left me constantly sick with fear

05 July, 2013

Years ago I sold my house to a housing association. Now I am ill and would move to a smaller flat, but there are none to be had

Rogue landlords face £3,000 fines

05 July, 2013

Private landlords who rent homes to illegal immigrants could be fined up to £3,000 per individual, under government proposals published yesterday

Understanding Landlords

05 July, 2013

A study of private landlords in the UK using the Wealth and Assets Survey

The last 15 years has seen a revolution in the private rented sector (PRS), with more people renting privately and an increase in the number of private landlords. However, the evidence base on PRS landlords has always been limited in scope and detail. This report fills that gap with robust evidence on PRS landlords and their tenants from a largescale nationally representative dataset: the Wealth and Assets Survey 2008-10.

Lessons learned from the Torfaen direct payment demonstration project

05 July, 2013

Bron Afon has been taking part in a national demonstration project to test a range of different payment triggers and levels of support for Housing Benefit claimants

Going private

05 July, 2013

Finding a private rented home in Oxford has become increasingly hard for working families, but the council thinks it can help by donning the hat of a private landlord

Wandsworth Council to partner with credit union to help residents cope with Universal Credit

04 July, 2013

Wandsworth Council has agreed to enter into partnership with a credit union to help its residents cope with Universal Credit

HB Direct July 2013

04 July, 2013

July 2013 - includes news about the expansion of the Universal Credit pathfinder

Freud denies food bank rise and welfare reform link

04 July, 2013

Lord David Freud has said there is 'no evidence' of a link between the government's welfare reforms and the surge in the numbers of people using food banks

Benefit cap complete in 4 London areas

04 July, 2013

The benefit cap has been successfully delivered in 4 London areas

Government plans will draw more people into welfare system

04 July, 2013

A little-noticed effect of the government's universal credit scheme is that it draws more people into the benefit system

IDS claims bedroom tax is 'a success'

04 July, 2013

The shadow work and pensions secretary said the government should be 'taxing mansions not bedrooms' in a heated exchange with Iain Duncan Smith in the House of Commons this week

To Lord Freud, a food bank is an excuse for a free lunch

04 July, 2013

The welfare minister's attempt to link the rise in food banks to greed rather than poverty shows a withered meanness

Benefit cap - number of households capped across phased area Local Authorities

04 July, 2013

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

Minister promises big changes to homelessness

03 July, 2013

A Welsh minister has promised the forthcoming Housing Bill will include 'the most progressive changes to homelessness legislation since the 1970s'

Duncan Smith accused of 'living on a different planet' after hailing success of bedroom tax

03 July, 2013

Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of 'living on a different planet' after hailing the controversial bedroom tax 'a success' in a House of Commons debate

Monitoring the real impact of welfare reform across the north

03 July, 2013

Welfare reform has and will make an impact on the lives of social housing tenants, their families and social networks and the communities within which they live

'Bedroom tax' costs Dundee City Council more than £250,000

03 July, 2013

Non-payment of the 'bedroom tax' has already cost Dundee City Council more than a quarter of a million pounds in the three months since it began

Work minister Lord Freud: Demand for food banks 'has nothing to do with benefits squeeze'

03 July, 2013

A wealthy Conservative minister provoked anger last night after questioning the connection between the soaring use of food banks and the Government's squeeze on benefits

Government urged to act as food poverty hits 18% of UK

03 July, 2013

Charities last night urged the Government to act over the millions of tonnes of food wasted each year

Northumberland housing firm sees arrears soar as bedroom tax bites Northumberland housing firm sees arrears soar as bedroom tax bites

03 July, 2013

A Housing organisation in Northumberland has reported a massive increase in tenants falling behind with their rent since the introduction of the bedroom tax

Food poverty children facing hungry holidays

03 July, 2013

One in five parents in the UK is struggling to feed their children - skipping meals and relying on handouts from friends and family

Struggles of benefit recipients 'must be told'

02 July, 2013

Housing professionals must focus on telling the 'personal' and 'deeply emotional' experiences of people receiving housing benefit

Major study by social housing providers to reveal 'human impact' of welfare reforms

02 July, 2013

The human impact of the government's welfare reforms is to be revealed in a major study of households across the north of England

Benefit changes 'causing chaos and saving no money'

02 July, 2013

Rent arrears are soaring in many areas and some properties are being left empty because tenants cannot afford to move in as a result of cuts to housing benefit

Direct Payment of Universal Credit to Landlords Provides Greatest Protection Against Arrears

02 July, 2013

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has welcomed the announcement

Mutual benefits would make welfare fair

02 July, 2013

The coalition benefit cap offers Labour another opportunity to leapfrog the welfare reform agenda

Northumberland housing firm sees arrears soar as bedroom tax bites

02 July, 2013

A housing organisation in Northumberland has reported an 86% rise in rent arrears since the introduction of the bedroom tax

Family Mosaic identifies illegal sublets and spare bedrooms through data project

02 July, 2013

Housing association Family Mosaic has worked with Landmark Information Group to access a range of address matching, data cleansing and property analysis services

Freud Announces Universal Credit Protection for Tenants and Landlords

02 July, 2013

Protection for renters claiming Universal Credit and their landlords has been announced by the Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud

Households in arrears after council tax benefit cuts

02 July, 2013

Thousands of low income families in Cornwall have gone into council tax arrears after benefit cuts

Voters back George Osborne's welfare crackdown

01 July, 2013

A welfare crackdown unveiled by George Osborne wins strong backing from voters in a new opinion poll

Bedroom Tax: Government breaks promise to exempt military families in 'ultimate betrayal'

01 July, 2013

It comes despite ministers promising to spare 'adult children in the Armed Forces' from the tax if they lived at home when they signed up

Impact of housing benefit changes 'worse than feared'

01 July, 2013

The consequences of the housing benefit cut introduced in April are worse than feared

Bedroom tax compounds direct payment problems

01 July, 2013

The implementation of the bedroom tax has left landlords with a 'crisis just around the corner'

Universal Credit hits Wigan as 'slow, safe and controlled' roll-out continues

01 July, 2013

Universal Credit can now be claimed by people living in Wigan from today as the new benefits system continued its 'slow, safe and controlled roll-out'

Housing benefit rules for night shelters 'have not changed' despite court judgement

01 July, 2013

The government has moved to clear up confusion around the payment of housing benefit to people staying in night shelters

£12 million in discretionary housing payments unused by local authorities

01 July, 2013

Local authorities failed to spend more than £12 million last year that was earmarked by the government for families struggling to pay rent

Payday lenders 'failing to follow new codes' says minister

01 July, 2013

Payday lenders are failing to live up to the 'spirit or the letter' of codes they signed up to last year

Universal Credit roll-out progresses

01 July, 2013

Next step in the roll-out of Universal Credit and the reforms to the welfare system

Government steps in over night shelter payments

01 July, 2013

The government has written to councils saying they can still pay housing benefit to the majority of night shelters to try to clear up confusion caused by a case in Wales

Direct Payments system

28 June, 2013

Speech by Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform

LIN Press Release - Freud: Universal Credit protection for tenants and landlords

28 June, 2013

Universal Credit and Direct Payments information

CIH backs Freud over bedroom tax threat

28 June, 2013

The Chartered Institute of Housing has defended the welfare reform minister's threat to councils over the 'inappropriate' reclassification of properties for bedroom tax purposes

Evaluation of the temporary jobs pilot: Proving Talent

28 June, 2013

Report by the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion for the Give Us A Chance consortium of social landlords

The first five Proving Talent pilot partnerships that were developed entailed a substantial commitment of over £400,000 to 56 temporary jobs and two cohorts on self-employment awareness courses during 2012-13. This evaluation uses a mixture of methods to capture the success and outcomes of these pilots

High Risk Renewals: Tax credits customers' experiences of and responses to the High Risk Renewals intervention

28 June, 2013

Report by CESI

Inclusion conducted 57 face-to-face depth interviews with tax credits customers who were identified as having recently undergone a High Risk Renewals (HRR) intervention

Scottish parliament considers bedroom tax petition

28 June, 2013

The Scottish Parliament's Petition Committee has agreed to remit Govan Law Centre's (GLC) bedroom tax petition to the Welfare Reform Committee for full

Wales House Price Index

28 June, 2013

April 2013

Spending review: George Osborne targets benefits and slashes public sector jobs

28 June, 2013

Chancellor unveils unexpected package of welfare measures that include extension of wait before unemployed can sign on

Freud: Bedroom tax will keep down interest rates

27 June, 2013

Lord David Freud has defended the bedroom tax by saying it is needed to keep interest rates low

Inquiry into homelessness prevention launched

27 June, 2013

The Scottish Housing Regulator is to carry out its first national inquiry into an approach used by councils in the country for homelessness prevention

Lord Freud offers new direct payment 'guarantees' to protect social landlords

27 June, 2013

Lord Freud today announced further concessions on Universal Credit direct payments as he sought to appease social landlords' concerns over the controversial policy

One in four tenants need extra support under government benefit plans

27 June, 2013

Landlords warned over income levels as housing associations reveal extent of unpaid bedroom tax and return of rent collectors

Direct Payments system

27 June, 2013

Speech by Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform

Was the Spending Review a good deal for Britain's struggling households?

27 June, 2013

People struggling to pay their rent or mortgage or to get on the housing ladder may not have followed the Spending Review

Freud: Universal Credit protection for tenants and landlords

27 June, 2013

Protection for renters claiming Universal Credit and their landlords was announced by the Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud

'It's not a bedroom tax' claims Freud as he faces angry protests from within and without

27 June, 2013

Lord Freud has faced a room full of social housing officials angry over the government's bedroom tax policy at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference

Spending Review: George Osborne wields welfare axe

27 June, 2013

A new welfare crackdown to be introduced just weeks before the next general election

Welfare curbs 'risk food banks and loan sharks'

27 June, 2013

Child poverty will grow under measures to make unemployment benefit claimants wait seven days before they can sign on

Charities attack 'cruel' welfare reforms

27 June, 2013

Housing charities have attacked 'cruel' welfare reforms announced in the spending review, which they say will increase pressure

Shelter responds to Comprehensive Spending Review

27 June, 2013

Housing benefit could face further cuts from 2015

CIH bedroom tax protestors gearing up for 'gangster' Freud

26 June, 2013

Campaigners against the government's controversial bedroom tax have amassed outside the Chartered Institute of Housing's conference in Manchester

Spending Review: An at-a-glance summary of the key points

26 June, 2013

Chancellor George Osborne has announced government spending plans for 2015-16 and cuts to individual departmental budgets. Here is a summary of the main points

Social landlords handed new formula for rents

26 June, 2013

Social landlords will be able to increase rents by the consumer price index of inflation plus 1 per cent for up to 10 years

Government to limit spending on housing benefit

26 June, 2013

The government will set an overall cap on the amount that can be spent on key welfare payments, including housing benefit

LHA cuts are driving up rents

26 June, 2013

Councils in London are calling for a reassessment of welfare reforms after finding housing benefit changes have failed to reduce rents

CIH: Rents must fall if government to reel in benefits bill

26 June, 2013

The government will never manage to get people off of benefits unless it takes action to decrease rent costs

Benefit cap 'driving families from London'

26 June, 2013

The introduction of the benefit cap and direct payments of universal credit already appear to be driving some families from London

Most pensioners accept need for cuts to benefits

26 June, 2013

Older people are more likely to accept cuts to their pensioner benefits than the young

What can housing providers do to help those most at risk of debt during welfare reform?

26 June, 2013

Household debt can affect a wide range of households, and the situation is becoming more complex

Protesters call for bedroom tax leniency

26 June, 2013

Campaigners called on housing staff not to enforce the bedroom tax in a picket outside the Chartered Institute of Housing's annual conference today

Most of London's new housing benefit claims are from working families

26 June, 2013

Study debunks myth claimants are 'workshy', and finds benefit cap is driving poorer families to suburbs as rents spiral up

Spending Review: Public sector to lose automatic rises in pay

26 June, 2013

An £11.5bn cuts package has been unveiled by Chancellor George Osborne. He also announced a cap on total welfare spending

Poverty and problematic debt: what can social housing providers do?

25 June, 2013

The current economic situation and planned welfare reform have led to concerns over a potential increase in problematic debt among social housing residents

Renfrewshire Council moves to mitigate housing benefit cuts

25 June, 2013

A Scottish council is considering moves to mitigate the impact of controversial changes to housing benefit

Majority of social landlords fearing explosion in rent arrears

25 June, 2013

Three quarters of the UK's social housing landlords fear an explosion in rental arrears and void properties

Credit union in first national tie-up

25 June, 2013

More than 160,000 social tenants are set to be the first to get a financial kick-start following the Government's relaxation of "common bond" geographic credit union rules

North East homeless are hit by Government's bedroom tax

25 June, 2013

THE head of the North East's biggest homeless charity has revealed the Government's bedroom tax is even affecting those who sleep on the streets

Why councils should help teach residents to grow their own food

25 June, 2013

In tough financial times, community vegetable gardening and cooking lessons can save money, as well as improve wellbeing

Food poverty: 'I was brought up not to steal. But that's how bad it's got'

25 June, 2013

The police have reported an increase in food shoplifting for personal use by "previously law-abiding" people, and a growth in the market for "knock off" groceries

HB G6/2013

24 June, 2013

HB Circular which contains information on the Re-designation of properties and the removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (including the letter from Lord Freud to Local Authority Chief Executives)

Government warns Leeds City Council on bedroom tax

24 June, 2013

Leeds City Council has been warned it could lose money after it reduced the number of bedrooms it said were in some council homes

Unison: Members must collect bedroom tax arrears

24 June, 2013

Unison is advising its members to co-operate in collecting rent arrears resulting from the bedroom tax or risk putting their jobs at risk

Universal Credit could cut poverty - but only if the government will spend money on it

24 June, 2013

Ask the government about the poverty impacts of its austerity programme and the answer is always the same: universal credit

Housing report critical of government 'short termism'

24 June, 2013

Successive governments have failed to produce a coherent long-term strategy for housing

Bedroom Tax: Ed Miliband slammed for not promising to scrap the tax

24 June, 2013

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson says he is ashamed his party's leader would not make the vow

Report Calls For Action To Prevent Homelessness For The Next Generation

24 June, 2013

No Excuses, explores the causes of homelessness amongst 16 and 17 year olds

Housing benefit changes and how one man downsized

24 June, 2013

A single man explained how he moved from a three-bedroom house to a flat after his children moved out and changes to housing benefit, which were introduced in April, cut his income

HB A15/2013

21 June, 2013

This circular contains details of the provisions contained in the Welfare Reform Act 2012 that introduced a cap on the total amount of benefits to which working-age people can be entitled

The cap was introduced in Bromley, Croydon, Enfield, and Haringey from April 2013, and will be implemented in the rest of the country from 15 July 2013.

Bedroom tax debt mounts

21 June, 2013

As housing providers across Britain scrabble to get to grips with the bedroom tax, Inside Housing asks a focus group of 10 social landlords how painful it has been so far

Welfare cuts spark assaults rise fears

21 June, 2013

Front line housing workers increasingly fear for their safety because of the government's welfare reforms

Benefit Cap rollout

21 June, 2013

National implementation of the benefit cap will be managed over a 10 week period split into two tranches:

Tranche 1 will include all local authorities with 275 households or fewer and capping will commence from 15 July 2013; Tranche 2 will include all local authorities with 276 or more households to be capped and is likely to commence from the week of 12 August 2013. It is important to recognise that there will need to be flexibility with this date as the clearance of Tranche 1 will affect the precise start date of Tranche 2

RICS: benefit reforms offputting to investors

21 June, 2013

Welfare reform is undermining investment in the housing sector, according to an expert commission set up by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Week ahead in committees

21 June, 2013

It's a quieter week on the committee corridor, with many committees braced to examine the impact of the latest Comprehensive Spending Review

Halton social landlord says house exchange schemes helping tenants hit by bedroom tax

21 June, 2013

Home swaps are helping tenants affected by the 'bedroom tax' to relocate

What do you know?

21 June, 2013

Universal credit has started. Claimants in Manchester are receiving payments right now

Cuts and bruises

21 June, 2013

Over the past two-and-a-half years, Inside Housing has carried many warnings about the likely dire impacts of welfare reform on tenants and social landlords

Lenders call to keep ground 8

21 June, 2013

Organisations representing lenders and housing associations in Wales are opposing government proposals to abolish a mandatory eviction power

How to manage income collection effectively

20 June, 2013

Social landlords are operating in an increasingly challenging financial environment

Welfare reform piles pressure on victims of domestic violence

20 June, 2013

The universal credit scheme risks putting women supported by refuges in debt, and threatens the survival of the refuge service

ACHA Raises Concerns about the Bedroom Tax

20 June, 2013

Two months after the introduction of the bedroom tax by the UK Government 583 of its 5000 tenants are affected by it

Welfare Reform Good Practice Briefing

20 June, 2013

Tackling Financial Exclusion

Freud issues bedroom tax reclassification warning

20 June, 2013

Freud has threatened to withdraw or restrict housing benefit subsidy to councils which 'inappropriately' reclassify properties for bedroom tax purposes

Bedroom tax protest storm brewing for Freud at CIH conference

20 June, 2013

Lord Freud is due to walk into a bedroom tax storm when he attends next week's Chartered Institute of Housing conference

Housing association urges government to abolish bedroom tax and create jobs

20 June, 2013

Wakefield and District Housing's chief executive has claimed that the bedroom tax is creating a "false economy"

Rough sleeping in London increases by 13%

20 June, 2013

The number of people sleeping rough on London's streets has increased by 13% in a year

ASB landlords could face ban on collecting rent

20 June, 2013

Local authorities are urging the government to give them the power to ban private landlords from collecting rent if they fail to deal with anti-social tenants

Council considers reclassifying bedrooms

19 June, 2013

A Hertfordshire council is considering reclassifying small bedrooms in at least 100 homes to help tenants avoid the bedroom tax

Affordable rent model under threat

19 June, 2013

Tenants living in homes built under the affordable rent scheme are in greater poverty than those living in already existing social homes

Councils call for powers to tackle nuisance tenants in private rental sector

19 June, 2013

Councils are calling for extra powers that will let them tackle anti-social behaviour committed by people living in privately rented homes

Benefit changes see council tenants rent arrears rise

19 June, 2013

More than a third of council tenants in Cornwall affected by an extra charge for spare rooms are already behind on their rent

HB A14/2013

19 June, 2013

Questions and Answers for HB Circular A13/2013 Universal Credit: Change of circumstances affecting Housing Benefit

Birmingham MP warns over soaring levels of food poverty

19 June, 2013

A Midland MP has hit out at benefit cuts which he claims are set to cause a further increase in people turning to food banks for support

Anti social residents kept off council waiting list

19 June, 2013

Slough Council may bar people who have behaved anti-socially or are 'not financially responsible' from its housing waiting list until they 'change their ways'

'We hate to be called a food bank'

19 June, 2013

A new approach to tackling poor people's hunger recognises that food poverty isn't the only issue they are struggling with

Those already in need will be hardest hit by increased means testing

19 June, 2013

Government policies appear to be targeting the have-nots rather than the haves, argues Peter Beresford

DWP to launch Personal Independence Payment mobility consultation

18 June, 2013

DWP announces a further consultation on the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment to be launched late June 2013

Plans to deduct rent arrears from benefits will not work says Landlord Action

18 June, 2013

Landlord Action has expressed concerns for both landlords and tenants over plans to deduct Universal Credit payments in order to recoup rent arrears

Mayor 'shamed' by Labour Party stance on bedroom tax

18 June, 2013

The Mayor of Liverpool has said that he is 'absolutely ashamed' of the Labour Party leadership's stance on the bedroom tax

Landlords offered cash to help homeless people

18 June, 2013

A charitable social enterprise is offering landlords with properties to let the chance to help vulnerably housed and homeless Londoners through its private sector leasing service

Discretionary Housing Payment includes DLA

18 June, 2013

Irwin Mitchell challenge local authority's decision to take Disability Living Allowance into account when considering Discretionary Housing Payments

Bedroom can be any size for bedroom tax

18 June, 2013

West Berkshire Council rule that a bedroom is not a bedroom because it is only 49 square feet

Housing and employment services: Collaboration in a time of change

18 June, 2013

A joint publication from the Employment Related Services Association and the Federation highlighting successful partnerships between housing associations and employment support providers

Legal aid cuts: What has changed?

18 June, 2013

Significant changes to civil legal aid in England and Wales came into effect on 1 April 2013, as part of a plan to reform the system and save £350m a year

Concern over Winchester council housing development

18 June, 2013

A Hampshire council has revealed plans to build a development of small council houses to help tenants downsize and free up larger properties for families

Bad landlords face licensing crackdown

17 June, 2013

With multiple tenants crammed into decrepit properties, one London borough is taking direct action

Housing association adopts proactive approach to navigate benefit reforms

17 June, 2013

Reforms of the welfare system signal a new approach to income management for housing associations

Mark Prisk teams up with Church and defends bedroom tax

17 June, 2013

Housing minister Mark Prisk last week joined with representatives from churches and housing organisations for the "Mobilising the Church" conference in Bradford

Top tips: how to engage with residents online

17 June, 2013

How can councils interact with residents through social media? Read the advice of experts

Welfare changes prompt up to 800% increase in number of people seeking help with rent

17 June, 2013

Councils in Wales are seeing huge increases in claims for help with housing payments as 'deep concern' is expressed over impact of welfare reforms

Bedroom Tax - heads in the sand?

17 June, 2013

Funny how you can stomach a rotten meal if you keep telling yourself it's not actually that bad

UK rents rise again in May

17 June, 2013

The advertised rent for properties in the UK rose by 0.45% in May, reaching an average of £970 per month

The poor are still paying more for basic utilities and financial services

17 June, 2013

Payment structures and price plans in utilities and financial services continue to inflict higher costs on the poorest in society

Subletting costs landlords £1.8 billion

17 June, 2013

Housing tenancy fraud cost social landlords nearly £1.8 billion in 2012, according to official figures

Welsh minister lobbies Freud over welfare reform

17 June, 2013

The number of people asking for emergency help with their rent has risen by more than 800 per cent in one area of Wales

Clampdown on councils using heavy-handed bailiffs

17 June, 2013

New guidelines for councils set out that they should no longer be collecting 'contractual kickbacks' from bailiffs or employing those seeking to exploit residents through 'phantom visits' or excessive fees

Bad landlords face licensing crackdown

14 June, 2013

With multiple tenants crammed into decrepit properties, one London borough is taking direct action

Landlords urged to act as 20% of properties risk becoming unlettable

14 June, 2013

Commercial and residential landlords should act now to avoid being left with unlettable properties when new energy efficiency rules come into place

Credit union accounts for all Glasgow school pupils to combat rise of payday loans

14 June, 2013

Every young Glaswegian will be given a credit union account as part of a bid to halt the rise of high-cost payday lenders, the city council has announced

Bedroom tax hits 500 Westminster council tenants as rent arrears shoot up 16%

14 June, 2013

Nearly 500 social housing tenants have been hit by the bedroom tax in a London borough that has seen rent arrears jump by 16% in a single month

Liverpool landlord prosecuted for HMO breach after inspectors smelt a rat

14 June, 2013

A Liverpool landlord has been prosecuted for operating a house in Multiple Occupation (HMO) without a licence after officers followed up a rat complaint

DWP Poverty statistics

14 June, 2013

DWP data which shows median income is at lowest level for a decade due to pay freezes and austerity

SNP government would axe bedroom tax

14 June, 2013

A Scottish National Party government would axe the bedroom tax north of the border within a year of Scottish independence

Councils handed £50m to fight fuel poverty

14 June, 2013

The Scottish Government has allocated £50 million for councils to improve the energy efficiency of homes

East Lothian to pay bedroom tax bills

14 June, 2013

East Lothian Housing Association is paying the bedroom tax for some of its tenants - having developed an assistance scheme for households it feels are particularly unfairly hit

Bedroom tax protest in memory of suicide victim

14 June, 2013

A protest is being staged in Birmingham on Saturday 15 June in memory of a woman who committed suicide over the bedroom tax

Personal Independence Payment - free guide to making a claim

14 June, 2013

Disability Rights UK Guide

House Price Index

14 June, 2013

May 2013

Mortgage Monitor

14 June, 2013

May 2013

Touchbase DWP e-zine

13 June, 2013

June 2013 - includes information on PIP, Direct payment pilots and Appeals

HB Direct June 2013

13 June, 2013

June 2013 - includes information on the Benefit Cap

Design competition seeks homes for PRS

13 June, 2013

The Royal Institute of British Architects has launched a competition to design homes for the private rented sector

PIPs won't help disabled people out of deprivation

13 June, 2013

The government's new disability benefit is based on an outdated medical model that cannot assess true needs or costs

Improving residents' lives during welfare reform changes

13 June, 2013

Welfare reform presents a huge challenge for social housing providers, but JRHT is working to help its residents

Universal Credit 'switchback' details published

13 June, 2013

The government has responded to a Communities and Local Government Select Committee report

CIH urged to invite anti-bedroom tax tenant to speak at conference

13 June, 2013

Social tenants across the country have signed a letter to the Chartered Institute of Housing opposed to the bedroom tax

Under-occupying tenant's 'emotional attachment' to home no defence against eviction

13 June, 2013

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a tenant has no right to remain in her social home simply because she has an 'emotional attachment' to it

Credit unions to take on payday lenders with higher cap on rates

13 June, 2013

Britain's credit unions will be allowed to increase the interest they charge on loans in a bid to stop people turning to payday lenders

The social tenant's guide to taking in a lodger

13 June, 2013

With the changes in benefits about to come into force on 1st April 2013, there are new rules about under-occupancy

Leeds council proposes plan to combat poverty and payday loans

13 June, 2013

More than 2,400 council tenants have fallen behind on their rent in Leeds since changes to housing benefit came into effect

Addressing the poverty premium - Approaches to regulation

13 June, 2013

JRHT and Consumer Futures report

This report, based on research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, is about how people on low incomes pay more for essential goods and services and what can be done about it.

Patch work: Solving the rent equation

12 June, 2013

New research by LIN has found a direct link between arrears and the number of staff employed to collect rent. But even with smaller 'patch' sizes, housing officers are struggling to keep tenant debt under control

Will £24 PCs help Britain's poor get online?

12 June, 2013

A new Microsoft-backed scheme is aiming to get the poorest Brits online by selling refurbished laptops and PCs for as little as £24

Majority of private landlords wary of Universal Credit

12 June, 2013

The majority of private landlords remain concerned about the impact that UC will have on the sector

Bedroom tax campaigners protesting outside court as landlord seeks mother's eviction

12 June, 2013

Bedroom tax campaigners are currently protesting outside Manchester's Civil Justice Centre on behalf of a single parent who is facing eviction by her housing association

Three ways to curb the impact of the bedroom tax on the most vulnerable

12 June, 2013

Tackling low pay, building more houses and changing how the under-occupation charge is calculated will make a big difference

Landlords Wary of Universal Credit

12 June, 2013

According to the latest research from the National Landlords Association, landlords remain concerned over the impact of Universal Credit

36 councils call on government to abolish bedroom tax

12 June, 2013

Councillors representing 36 local authorities have urged the government to abolish its controversial bedroom tax policy

'Cold homes are a disgrace'

12 June, 2013

Is this, as David Cameron claims, the 'greenest government ever'? Friends of the Earth's Andy Atkins says its policies offer only tiny steps in the right direction

Insulate to accumulate

12 June, 2013

The government's green deal programme means money wasted heating energy-inefficient properties can be invested in improving them. Fiona Harvey weighs up the pros and cons

Letting agency fees force renters into debt

12 June, 2013

Shelter is calling for an end to letting agency fees

Council's figures reveal it saves six from homelessness everyday

12 June, 2013

Southwark Council saves six people a day from homelessness, according to new figures

Collecting Rent is Crucial for Housing Associations

12 June, 2013

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations has re-stated that the Federation and its members do not support a headline 'no evictions' policy

Tenants driven from private rented sector in anticipation of benefit cap

11 June, 2013

With just weeks to go before the benefit cap takes effect, landlords are locking out tenants supported by state benefits

As bedroom tax bites housing arrears in Newcastle soar

11 June, 2013

The bedroom tax has left Newcastle facing more than £250,000 of debt just weeks after hard-hit families were told to pay up

MPs to examine the implications of the bedroom tax in Scotland

11 June, 2013

The Scottish Affairs Committee is today publishing written evidence ahead of the first hearing tomorrow

Bedroom tax is a cut not a reform

11 June, 2013

The bedroom tax should not be thought of as a 'welfare reform' but simply as a cost-saving measure

Welfare reform to 'push up' homelessness in Wales

11 June, 2013

The UK government's welfare reforms are likely to increase homelessness in Wales

Scottish independence: 'Retain welfare set-up for transitional period'

11 June, 2013

The administration of pensions and benefits in an independent Scotland should be shared with the rest of the UK for a transitional period

Labour councillor apologises for 'crass' bedroom tax eviction letters

11 June, 2013

A bedroom tax-protesting Labour councillor who sent out bogus eviction letters to all 28 of a council's Tory councillors has apologised for his actions

Implementation of Welfare Reform by Local Authorities

10 June, 2013

The Government Response to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee Report: Implementation of Welfare Reform by Local Authorities

The Communities and Local Government Select Committee has conducted an inquiry into the implementation of the welfare reforms by local authorities

Labour to examine housing benefit and retirement age in event of election win

10 June, 2013

Ed Balls clarifies Labour's plan for curbing welfare spending via three-year cap in event of a general election victory in 2015

Disability Living Allowance changes begin

10 June, 2013

A new system of disability benefits has begun to take effect across England, Scotland and Wales

Costs soar as wealthy councils rehouse families in hotels and B&Bs

10 June, 2013

Bill to house the homeless in Westminster rises by 63.5% as thousands of people moved to temporary accommodation

Mayor urged to 'stabilise' private rents

10 June, 2013

The London Assembly has called for the mayor to intervene in the capital’s private rented sector to stabilise rents and encourage longer tenancies

£50m upgrade to bring cheaper energy costs for social housing tenants

10 June, 2013

Thousands of social housing tenants in Plymouth could soon be enjoying lower energy bills thanks to a £50 million scheme to upgrade their homes

Tenants struggling to pay the 'bedroom tax' fall £22,500 behind in rents in just 8 weeks

10 June, 2013

Just half of all Cambridge council tax tenants affected by the 'bedroom tax' are paying the extra bills - running up combined arrears of £22,500 in just eight weeks

Lord Freud exclusive: 'We are listening to social landlords on Universal Credit'

10 June, 2013

Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud says the Universal Credit demonstration projects have helped to shape new thinking around direct payments to tenants

Fund to help tenants start their own businesses

10 June, 2013

Social housing tenants in west and south Yorkshire are to benefit from a scheme to help them start up their own businesses thanks to £1.5 million of European cash

Hard-up families offered computers for £24

10 June, 2013

Millions of less well-off families not on the internet are to be offered computers for just £24

Universal credit docked to recover rent arrears

10 June, 2013

A mechanism to automatically recover rent arrears is to be introduced alongside the direct payment of housing benefit to tenants

Dozens of local councils close to collapse, says MPs' committee

07 June, 2013

Public accounts committee warns that some councils may have to be bailed out unless plans are made to prop them up

Notting Hill's £500m private sector plan

07 June, 2013

'Housing associations need to generate extra surpluses - we have not been getting the grant levels we used to,' according to Andy Belton chief operating officer at Notting Hill Housing Group

Tories criticise Ed Miliband's 'vacuous' housing benefit reforms

07 June, 2013

As Miliband urges subsidisation of housebuilding rather than rent, experts say his plan will not generate savings for years

Councils want power to negotiate private rents

07 June, 2013

Six councils want to negotiate private rents on behalf of benefit recipients and put the money saved into house building

Ministers order crackdown on councils illegally housing homeless residents

07 June, 2013

Councils under pressure to help families stay in their homes rather than re-housing them in temporary accommodation

Intended and unintended consequences?

07 June, 2013

A case study survey of housing associations and welfare reforms by Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning research

A case study survey of housing associations and welfare reforms

Emergency payments cause staffing headache

07 June, 2013

Inconsistent councils put pressure on landlords over rent support

'Bedroom tax' failing, says housing associations' report

07 June, 2013

The government's policy on homes has come under fire in a report by the University of Cambridge and seven housing associations across the eastern region

Skills selector

07 June, 2013

Housing providers are on the hunt for employees with specialist skills as a result of welfare reforms, which are putting tenants' finances and landlords' incomes under pressure

Council bidding to boost DHP funds as government cuts kick in

07 June, 2013

Birmingham City Council is bidding for an extra £2 million to help people struggling to pay their rent in the wake of the government's welfare reforms

Majority of Brits want government to tackle root causes of housing benefit bill

07 June, 2013

The majority of the British public believe the government should be tackling the root causes of the country's high housing benefit bill

Council convenes bedroom tax summit

06 June, 2013

Thirty councils are expected to come together at a summit on Friday to discuss how to help tenants faced with bedroom tax cuts

Bedroom Tax: Early Impacts

06 June, 2013

The UK government said the changes "bedroom tax" would total £50m in Scotland this year. But the SFHA said only £10m had been made available to help tenants

Miliband to support welfare spending limit and pledge to tackle high rents

06 June, 2013

Ed Miliband seeks to bring down rising housing benefit bill as PM accuses opposition of using 'policy altering substances'

People with electric heating 'to pay £282 more' a year

06 June, 2013

Millions of people who use electricity to heat their homes may have to pay £282 more a year by 2020, it is being claimed

England's spare bedroom owners sitting on £69 billion goldmine

06 June, 2013

England's spare bedrooms could generate £5.8 billion a month if homeowners rented them out, according to easyroommate.co.uk

Tory MP: Food poverty is growing, food banks are not the answer

06 June, 2013

Laura Sandys says the government needs to tackle supermarket dominance and get a grip on food policy if it is to address the UK's food crisis

Homelessness and B&B use rise again

06 June, 2013

The number of applicants accepted as homeless by councils leapt up by 6 per cent in the past year and those placed in bed and breakfasts by 14 per cent, according to government statistics

Downsizing tenants face 24-year wait for homes

06 June, 2013

It would take 24 years to rehouse everyone hit by the bedroom tax in the east of England who needs a one bedroom home

Housing benefit cheat must pay back fraudulent gains

05 June, 2013

A woman who claimed she lived alone in order to illegally pocket more than £22,000 in housing and council tax benefit has been ordered to repay the money she fraudulently claimed

'No-eviction' policies to tackle the bedroom tax won't work

05 June, 2013

Council's would be better advised to offer practical help for low-income households than take this problematic approach

Spending review could help councils build homes

05 June, 2013

Communities minister Don Foster has hinted the government may unveil plans to help councils build homes in the spending review

There's a worse crisis on the way unless we get serious about tackling debt

05 June, 2013

For all of the talk of austerity, Britain is still drowning in debt, private as well as public

Benefit cap implementation schedule

05 June, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced details of the benefit cap roll out

Private housing sector leads boost in construction market

05 June, 2013

Growth in the private housing sector has led a 1.9% rise in new building project starts in the three months to May, the latest Glenigan Index figures have revealed

Welfare reforms will increase food poverty, warns Trust

05 June, 2013

The number of people forced to rely on handouts from foodbanks to ward off hunger has almost tripled in the last year to nearly 350,000, the biggest recorded increase, charities have reported

Service to prevent prisoners becoming homeless

05 June, 2013

A new service to provide support and advice to newly released prisoners to prevent them becoming homeless and reoffending has been launched in Scotland

Direct payment pilot launches IT scheme

04 June, 2013

A Scottish landlord piloting the direct payment of benefit to tenants has launched a scheme to provide IT access and computer training in community centres

Newham Council's private landlord licensing scheme hits 30,000 applications

04 June, 2013

Newham Council has received license applications from 30,000 private landlords as part of its pioneering scheme to improve housing conditions in the borough

Universal Credit will cost taxpayers £12.8bn

04 June, 2013

The government's recent review of major projects revealed that the flagship Universal Credit welfare programme will cost nearly six times more than previously billed

Housing association continues PRS drive

04 June, 2013

Thames Valley Housing Association's private rented sector subsidiary has completed its third acquisition, buying 45 units in Poplar, east London

Use housing benefit cash to build 80,000 social homes a year

04 June, 2013

More than 80,000 new homes could be built in Britain each year if just half of the country's total annual housing benefit bill was invested in new stock

Housing group calls the Samaritans as welfare reforms take their toll

04 June, 2013

Housing group Riverside has enlisted the help of the Samaritans to train its customer service centre staff after an alarming jump in the number of calls from distressed tenants

Bedroom tax plunges thousands of Greater Manchester residents into debt hell

04 June, 2013

Many tenants who had their housing payments cut on April 1 are already falling behind with rent, with one housing association saying up to 70 per cent are affected

Families to be £1,800 a year worse off by 2015, IFS says

04 June, 2013

The average middle-income family in Britain is likely to be nearly £1,800 a year worse-off by 2015, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies

Personal Independence Payment - guide to making a claim

04 June, 2013

Disability Rights UK has produced this guide to help you through the claiming process

Council reclassifies homes and offers refunds to help residents hit by bedroom tax

03 June, 2013

More than 800 homes in Leeds are being reclassified by the city council to help residents cope with the bedroom tax

Councils to provide extra assistance for homeless

03 June, 2013

.Councils in Scotland now have a legal duty to support unintentionally homeless households in the country to help them sustain tenancies and stop repeat homelessness

Chancellor urged to rethink welfare reforms

03 June, 2013

The Chartered Institute of Housing is calling on the government to review the impact of its welfare reforms when the chancellor announces his future spending plans later this month

Pensioners facing bitterness and bankruptcy in retirement as debt levels soar

03 June, 2013

Instead of a happy retirement, many over-65s are now in debt to loan sharks

Shelter launches website aimed at solving young people's housing problems

03 June, 2013

Housing charity Shelter has launched a new website designed to assist people working with young people on their housing and homelessness problems

Samaritans called in over Liverpool bedroom tax suicide risk

03 June, 2013

City's housing associations say one tenant attempted suicide, with more people becoming distressed and overwhelmed

Monitoring the impact of changes to the Local Housing Allowance system of Housing Benefit

03 June, 2013

This is a summary of the interim report from the independent review, commissioned by the DWP

Size Criteria ('bedroom tax') briefing

03 June, 2013

An updated briefing on the Government's under-occupation penalty, which came into effect on 1 April 2013

Custodial sentence for benefits cheat

31 May, 2013

A woman has been handed a suspended six-week jail sentence for benefit fraud

A place to stay, a place to call home

31 May, 2013

A Strategy for the Private Rented Sector in Scotland

NHF: Lack of affordable housing destroying economic recovery

31 May, 2013

Sky-rocketing rents and house prices are stifling local businesses and making it difficult for them to recruit staff

UK faces European Court over benefits for EU nationals

31 May, 2013

The European Commission is taking the British government to court for alleged discrimination after it refused to pay welfare benefits

What it is like to rely on food banks?

31 May, 2013

After it is revealed that more than half a million people in the UK may rely on food banks, what is life like for those who use them?

Incapacity benefit test claims 'conflated figures' - watchdog

31 May, 2013

Suggestions that 878,300 benefit claimants dropped their claims rather than take a medical test have been challenged by the statistics watchdog

Plans announced to modernise private rented sector

31 May, 2013

The Scottish government has announced plans to modernise the country's private rented sector (PRS)

Bedroom tax madness as mum faces eviction from home housing chiefs spent £60k making fit for her disabled son

31 May, 2013

LOUISE Rennie and her son Luis, 7, who has cerebral palsy and is registered blind, are facing eviction from the specially adapted home

Unlicensed landlord ordered to repay rent to tenants

30 May, 2013

An unlicensed landlord whose property was found to be dangerous has been ordered to repay more than £6,800 in rent back to its tenants

Brighton speed daters get to keep each other's houses

30 May, 2013

A local authority has come up with a novel way to help tenants hit by the bedroom tax - speed dating

EU To Take UK To Court Over Migrant Benefits

30 May, 2013

The European Union is set to take Britain to court over benefits for migrants - setting the Government on course for a battle with Brussels

Hungry Britain

30 May, 2013

Welfare cuts leave more than 500,000 people forced to use food banks, warns Oxfam

Leeds council tackles bedroom tax with semantic solution

30 May, 2013

Reclassifying spare rooms as 'non-specific rooms' should help tenants in social housing avoid reduction in housing benefit

Almost a third of renters unaware of their deposit rights

30 May, 2013

Almost one in three renters are unaware of their rights under tenancy deposit protection schemes, new research from Shelter has found

How to avoid paying your bedroom tax - get it reclassified as a study

30 May, 2013

Councils and housing associations are reclassifying thousands of bedrooms across Britain as box rooms, studies or non-specific rooms so that tenants can avoid the so-called "bedroom tax".

A third of councils are considering compulsory landlord licensing

30 May, 2013

Health and safety concerns, and the sheer growth of the sector, lead local authorities to pay more attention to private rentals

'Bedroom tax': More tenants apply for financial help

30 May, 2013

Bedroom tax or spare room subsidy? The politicians may argue over the title but one fact can't be ignored. That's the growing evidence of council tenants facing real financial difficulties

Direct payment offered in exchange for regulation

29 May, 2013

Housing benefit could be paid direct to private landlords in return for greater regulation of the sector, under proposals published by the Labour Party

Labour pledging steps to clean up rented sector and deal with dodgy landlords

29 May, 2013

The Labour Party has published a policy review that explores ways of driving up standards in the private rented sector - and keeping bad landlords out

Worcester benefit fraudster prosecuted for £20,000 swindle

29 May, 2013

A Worcester woman who falsely claimed over £20,000 in welfare support has been prosecuted

Lone parents receiving Jobseeker's Allowance: claimant count

29 May, 2013

A breakdown of the headline count to show recipient numbers at the end of May 2013, following the roll out of Lone Parent Obligations

HB U3/2013

29 May, 2013

Housing Benefit Circular - Contains the case code for all appeals to the First Tier Tribunal against decisions made by a LA to reduce HB because of the number of bedrooms a person has

Poverty, Participation and Choice

29 May, 2013

Joseph Rowntree Report

Rape victim legally challenges bedroom tax

29 May, 2013

A victim of rape, assault, harassment and stalking has launched a legal challenge against the bedroom tax on the grounds it is 'discriminatory'

Downsizing in later life and appropriate housing size across our lifetime

29 May, 2013

Think tank report calls for more support for downsizing

A lack of attractive retirement housing and negative perceptions are preventing larger family homes being made available for younger buyers, a study has found

Ten lessons landlords should learn about the bedroom tax

29 May, 2013

Shelter Cymru's Jennie Bibbings explains the best and worst ways in which housing providers have handled the bedroom tax

Cabinet Office issues warning over welfare reforms

29 May, 2013

The government's own major projects watchdog has questioned whether the DWP is on track with some of its key welfare reforms

Bedroom tax 'should be scrapped'

29 May, 2013

A group that influences the Labour Party's housing policy has called for housing benefit caps to be regionalised and the bedroom tax to be scrapped

Social landlord saves club for the elderly

29 May, 2013

A club for the elderly has been saved from the axe after a social landlord stepped in with funds

'Bedroom tax': More tenants apply for financial help

29 May, 2013

Bedroom tax or spare room subsidy? The politicians may argue over the title but one fact can't be ignored

Iain Duncan Smith: cut welfare to fund police and Forces

28 May, 2013

Iain Duncan Smith has offered to cut Britain's welfare Bill by up to another £3 billion annually to protect spending on the Armed Forces and police

Mass benefit fraud of mother who entered 'disabled' children into Britain's Got Talent

28 May, 2013

A mother of eight who claimed five of her children had disabilities and medical conditions in order to obtain welfare payments is facing jail after being found guilty of benefit fraud

The Hidden Costs of Private Renting in Northern Ireland

28 May, 2013

An Investigation into the Practice of Letting Charges

The hidden costs of renting private accommodation in Northern Ireland have been revealed in an undercover survey carried out by the Housing Rights Service

Major new project to transform credit union sector

28 May, 2013

The credit union sector is set to become transformed over the next two years following the signing up of 31 credit unions to a major new project

Plans to force millions of private landlords to carry out immigration checks on tenants to be watered down

28 May, 2013

Plans to force millions of private landlords to vouch safe for the immigration status of their tenants are to be watered down, with the new rules only applying to certain problem areas in the country

Blue Labour: Would Ed Miliband shrink the welfare state?

28 May, 2013

Now, a rising force within the Labour Party wants to silence the party's critics and win the welfare debate - by abandoning some of its oldest principles

Homeless in London? Here's a train ticket for Birmingham

28 May, 2013

The plight of a mother and daughter forced to live in a hotel room 127 miles from their former home in the capital

Food banks struggle to feed hungry as demand rises

28 May, 2013

Charities torn between helping those in need and resisting prospect of taking over duty previously fulfilled by state

Bedroom tax 'could make thousands of poor people homeless'

28 May, 2013

False Economy says severe shortage of one-bedroom properties will hit tens of thousands unless new homes are built

Tenants face eviction over controversial 'bedroom tax'

28 May, 2013

Thousands could lose their homes as councils and housing associations begin a clampdown on those in rent arrears

Nipped in the bud: Osborne dismisses more welfare cuts

28 May, 2013

George Osborne has ruled out any further cuts to the welfare budget in next month's spending review

National register of private landlords considered by Labour

28 May, 2013

Party says proposal would help drive criminals out of the industry as well as ensuring that landlords paid appropriate taxes

CH 912 2012 - Earnings and other income

24 May, 2013

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - Fluctuations in income Calculation of income of self-employed

CH 1857 2012 - liability, commerciality and contrivance

24 May, 2013

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - liability, commerciality and contrivance

Rural communities hit by bedroom tax

24 May, 2013

Community Housing Cymru has warned that welfare reforms will adversely affect thousands of tenants in rural Wales

Welfare reforms compared to poll tax

24 May, 2013

A council deputy leader has compared the government's welfare reforms to the poll tax, warning they may lead to widespread debt

Benefits cap will have catastrophic effect on families, court will hear

24 May, 2013

Vulnerable families challenging £500-a-week cap say it may force victims of domestic violence to return to their abusers

'Ill-thought-out bedroom tax draining £25,000 out of Rochdale economy each week'

24 May, 2013

The bedroom tax is draining money out of the Rochdale economy, acording to Rochdale Boroughwide Housing

Private rented sector considers longer term tenancies

24 May, 2013

The Residential Landlords Association has launched a survey of 100,000 landlords to gauge opinion on longer term tenancies in the private rented sector

Coventry council apologises to families told they could not appeal against 'bedroom tax' cuts to benefits

24 May, 2013

Council accepts letters to tenants were wrong after challenge by campaign group Coventry Against the Bedroom Tax

Reclassification 'will not hit rent hard'

24 May, 2013

A leading academic has claimed that landlords reclassifying their properties to protect tenants from the bedroom tax would only suffer 'very limited' losses

How can the Digital Deal help social housing providers?

24 May, 2013

Social landlords have until June 3 to bid for a share of the Digital Deal, a £400,000 government fund aimed at helping tenants get online and improving their IT skills

Council tax benefit cuts leading to 'more bailiff visits' for poor households

24 May, 2013

Citizens Advice says there has been a big rise in the number of people using its services following introduction of new scheme

'Boom time for bailiffs' warning as cuts to council tax support hit most vulnerable

24 May, 2013

Bailiffs are set to profit from cuts to council tax support as stretched households struggle to cover the extra costs and local authorities take action to collect people's debts, Citizens Advice warn

Charities claim victory over Employment and Support Allowance ruling; DWP to appeal

23 May, 2013

Charities have claimed a major legal victory over who is eligible for the Employment and Support Allowance

Three judges ruled on Wednesday that the eligibility procedure currently used by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) disadvantages people with mental health problems, learning disabilities and autism

Council 'sorry' for empty room letter to disabled woman

23 May, 2013

A disabled woman who was wrongly told she had to pay an under-occupancy charge has received an apology from the council for "causing her distress"

DWP Stakeholder Bulletin

23 May, 2013

May 2013 - includes information on Universal Credit, PIP, the Appeals process and social fund reform

DWP faces legal challenge over benefit cap

23 May, 2013

Four families have launched a legal challenge against the government's benefit cap on the grounds it is 'discriminatory and unreasonable'

High cost consumer credit

23 May, 2013

Commons Library Standard Note

This note outlines issues about high cost credit lending and attempts to reform it. It looks at evidence from various academic research and other reports into the impact of the sector on individuals both here and abroad. It also looks at the opportunities for other lenders to enter the market and to offer more competition to the current market leaders

Bedroom Tax Snapshot

23 May, 2013

The best and the worst of landlord and local authority practice, as experienced through Shelter casework

Homes 'standing empty' because of bedroom tax

23 May, 2013

The shadow work and pensions secretary has claimed homes are being left empty because of the bedroom tax, and called for the controversial policy to be axed

Renting Homes - A better way for Wales

23 May, 2013

Welsh Government White Paper

Private landlord group aims to accredit all members by end of decade

22 May, 2013

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has announced plans to accredit all of its members by 2020

Work Programme staff struggle to help unemployed when 'jobs aren't there'

22 May, 2013

In Hull, shortage of work leaves jobseekers - and their employment coaches - feeling demoralised

Social landlord's new phone app has bedroom tax calculator

22 May, 2013

One vision Housing revamped smart phone app now comes with a bedroom tax calculator - so tenants can work out if their HB will be cut

Touchbase DWP e-zine

22 May, 2013

May 2013 - includes information on Universal Credit, PIP, Benefit Cap and the Appeals process

Wales House Price Index

22 May, 2013

March 2013

Homes 'standing empty' because of bedroom tax

22 May, 2013

The shadow work and pensions secretary has claimed homes are being left empty because of the bedroom tax, and called for the controversial policy to be axed

Universal credit assessments are a recipe for confusion for leaseholders

22 May, 2013

Government guidance notes offer an insight into the startling complexity around how benefit assessments will be made

Benefit cap: 7,000 families in London will lose over £100 a week

22 May, 2013

Campaigners fear that many families will be unable to avoid the cap or cope with the drastic loss of income - and will face eviction and homelessness as a result

Bedroom tax picnic protest planned

21 May, 2013

Margate campaigners against the government's bedroom tax are holding a picnic protest against the policy this Sunday

Council apologises over tenant 'bedroom tax' eviction letter

21 May, 2013

A Scots council has apologised for threatening to evict a tenant over the so-called 'bedroom tax'

Universal credit assessments are a recipe for confusion for leaseholders

21 May, 2013

Government guidance notes offer an insight into the startling complexity around how benefit assessments will be made

Growing up renting: A childhood spent in private rented homes

21 May, 2013

Our rental market is having a damaging impact on children's lives

The truth about universal credit

21 May, 2013

Universal Credit was officially launched on a very small scale at the end of last month in Ashton-under-Lyne in Lancashire

'Nottingham Council's landlord licencing consultation breached data rules and will push up rents'

21 May, 2013

Nottingham City Council's consultation for a proposed landlord licencing scheme has breached data protection rules and will result in rents going up, according to RLA

Social landlords team up and offer speed-dating to tackle bedroom tax

21 May, 2013

Four housing associations in the Bristol area have teamed up to offer their tenants a housing speed-dating event, in an effort to help combat the bedroom tax

Local authority shakes up its housing allocations policy

21 May, 2013

Richmond Council has rewritten its housing allocation policy to give priority to locals, ex-service personnel, foster carers, people in work and those making a "significant contribution to society".

Law 'should change' to stop B&B use

21 May, 2013

A flagship Conservative council has called for law changes to prevent it 'frittering away millions of pounds' on housing people in temporary accommodation

Too many questions about welfare changes remain unanswered

21 May, 2013

The UK Government's welfare changes are throwing a question mark over the Welsh Government's ability to deliver support to some of Wales' most vulnerable people, Tackling Poverty Minister Huw Lewis warned

Liam Byrne: Labour would aim for 'full employment'

20 May, 2013

Full employment is the 'foundation' on which the economy should be rebuilt, a senior Labour politician has said

Tenants fail to pay the bedroom tax

20 May, 2013

A large proportion of tenants hit by the bedroom tax have so far failed to pay the resulting shortfall in their rent

Welfare reform could cost landlords £1.4bn a year

20 May, 2013

Social landlords face losing £1.4 billion of rental income a year as a result of welfare reform, according to a new report

Universal credit landlord concerned by rising debt

20 May, 2013

The housing association at the heart of the first universal credit pathfinder has expressed concern about rising levels of tenant debt

Regulator warns of 'substantial' threat to finances

20 May, 2013

Housing providers face being hit by a 'double whammy' of increased rent collection costs and reduced income due to welfare reform

Quarter of poor families struggle with housing costs

20 May, 2013

One in four low-to-middle income households are spending more than 35 per cent of their income on housing

Liverpool City Council issues advice to tenants challenging the bedroom tax

20 May, 2013

Liverpool City Council is issuing guidance to help its tenants beat the bedroom tax