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What Went Wrong With Welfare Reform?

21 November, 2014

Simon Duffy explores the reality of welfare reform in the UK

Tenant finances absorb record rents

21 November, 2014

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

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

21 November, 2014

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

£311k to send benefit claimants to financial advice charities

21 November, 2014

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

99.5% of people unaware of new renter protection rules

21 November, 2014

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

Scale of arrears clawback plan sparks fears

21 November, 2014

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

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

21 November, 2014

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

Newcastle landlord builds homes to meet the bedroom tax

21 November, 2014

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

Bad news for job seekers

21 November, 2014

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

HB S6/2014

20 November, 2014

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

HB S7/2014

20 November, 2014

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

HB S8/2014

20 November, 2014

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

HB S9/2014

20 November, 2014

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

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

20 November, 2014

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

New research confronts social housing stereotypes

20 November, 2014

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

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

20 November, 2014

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

Devolve parts of welfare system to Wales

20 November, 2014

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

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

20 November, 2014

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

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

20 November, 2014

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

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

20 November, 2014

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

Rent First...please

20 November, 2014

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

Court challenge to benefit changes for 'secure' housing

19 November, 2014

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

EU migrants would wait two years for jobless benefits

19 November, 2014

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

Coastline embarks on stock improvement to tackle fuel poverty

19 November, 2014

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

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

19 November, 2014

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

Food banks say welfare reform is fuelling demand

19 November, 2014

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

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

19 November, 2014

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

How can you slow the unstoppable rise of evictions?

19 November, 2014

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

Welfare cuts will increase fire risk for poorer families

19 November, 2014

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

How the Welfare State wrecked marriage

19 November, 2014

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

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

18 November, 2014

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

Church leaders launch attack on 'unjust' bedroom tax

18 November, 2014

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

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

18 November, 2014

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

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

18 November, 2014

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

What is happening to spending on social security?

18 November, 2014

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

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

18 November, 2014

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

Scotland needs a more 'coherent approach' to welfare reform

18 November, 2014

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

Tenants get eviction reprieve but future still uncertain

18 November, 2014

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

What will the housing market look like in 2040?

17 November, 2014

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

Touchbase DWP E-zine

17 November, 2014

November 2014

HB G11/2014

17 November, 2014

Contains information on Fraud and Error in the benefit system

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

17 November, 2014

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

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

17 November, 2014

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

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

17 November, 2014

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

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

17 November, 2014

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

Practical implications of immigration checks on new letting

17 November, 2014

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

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

17 November, 2014

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

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

14 November, 2014

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

Food for thought

14 November, 2014

An insight into why young people in England access foodbanks

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

14 November, 2014

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

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

14 November, 2014

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

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

14 November, 2014

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

Number of housing benefit claimants drop

14 November, 2014

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

Grim warning amid fears of housing payment cut

14 November, 2014

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

Universal credit: The 20% deduction explained

14 November, 2014

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

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

14 November, 2014

Third Party Deductions For Rent Arrears - Important Announcement

Barnet Council proposes 'unlawful' rent rise

13 November, 2014

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

Welfare reforms and people living with disability debate

13 November, 2014

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

Figures reveal slow take up of universal credit

13 November, 2014

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

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

13 November, 2014

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

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

13 November, 2014

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

Universal Credit support boost for social landlords

13 November, 2014

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

Social landlord support pack

13 November, 2014

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

How Universal Credit supports families

13 November, 2014

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

Universal Credit: claimant journey for families

13 November, 2014

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

Universal Credit and families: questions and answers

13 November, 2014

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

We don't know how many revenge evictions there are

13 November, 2014

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

Loss of rented housing is causing homelessness says CIH NI

13 November, 2014

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

Angus food bank donations given a vital boost

13 November, 2014

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

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

12 November, 2014

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

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

12 November, 2014

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

Why welfare is not about them and us

12 November, 2014

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

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

12 November, 2014

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

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

12 November, 2014

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

Public are positive towards contribution and value of social housing

12 November, 2014

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

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 6 Nov 2014

12 November, 2014

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

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

12 November, 2014

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

Record-breaking number of people in jobs

12 November, 2014

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

Freeing Housing Associations: Better financing, more homes

12 November, 2014

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

Top EU court rules against 'welfare tourists'

12 November, 2014

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

Payday loan charges cap announced by FCA

11 November, 2014

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

More households can benefit from renewable heating

11 November, 2014

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

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

11 November, 2014

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

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

11 November, 2014

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

What do private renters say about their tenure?

11 November, 2014

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

Nicola Sturgeon promises 'strong focus' on inequality

11 November, 2014

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

Landlords to predict arrears with 'big data'

11 November, 2014

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

Association creating home swap app

11 November, 2014

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

No buy to let finance for one in five landlords

11 November, 2014

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

How welfare can kill the appetite for work

11 November, 2014

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

Latest foodbank figures top 900,000

10 November, 2014

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

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

10 November, 2014

Shortage of smaller flats combines with surplus of larger homes

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

10 November, 2014

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

Two thirds of renters overcharged by letting agents

10 November, 2014

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

"Second class citizens"?

10 November, 2014

The personal impact of the public debate on benefits

Tenants to present petition asking for rent freeze

10 November, 2014

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

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

10 November, 2014

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

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

10 November, 2014

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

IDS hails benefit cap 'impact'

07 November, 2014

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

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

07 November, 2014

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

Private landlords to own £1tn of property by 2015

07 November, 2014

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

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

07 November, 2014

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

Storey announces review of private rented sector regulation

07 November, 2014

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

Housing bodies call for a Scottish welfare system

07 November, 2014

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

Fuel poverty and its effect on our health

07 November, 2014

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

Benefits changes warning over social housing rents

07 November, 2014

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

Number of workless households in Wales falls

07 November, 2014

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

The bus stops here for tenants and landlords...

07 November, 2014

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

The Work Programme

06 November, 2014

Twenty-first Report of Session 2014-15

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

06 November, 2014

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

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

06 November, 2014

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

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

06 November, 2014

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

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

06 November, 2014

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

Committee launch inquiry into benefit sanctions

06 November, 2014

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

Benefit cap: number of households capped to August 2014

06 November, 2014

Number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to August 2014

Fraud and error in the benefit system

06 November, 2014

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

Benefit cap: thousands move into work

06 November, 2014

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

Universal Credit - an overview

06 November, 2014

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

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

06 November, 2014

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

Too much welfare spending? Depends what 'welfare' is

06 November, 2014

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

HB Direct

05 November, 2014

Issue 154 - November 2014

A new agenda for welfare

05 November, 2014

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

The truth about welfare spending: Facts or propaganda?

05 November, 2014

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

Stop universal credit and devolve welfare system demand social landlords

05 November, 2014

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

Council acting unlawfully against disabled bedroom tax couple

05 November, 2014

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

Local welfare provision review

05 November, 2014

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

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

05 November, 2014

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

Pay your child maintenance or damage your credit rating

05 November, 2014

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

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

04 November, 2014

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

You say welfare, we say...

04 November, 2014

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

Guidance for handling arrears and possession sales of shared ownership properties

04 November, 2014

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

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

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

04 November, 2014

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

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

04 November, 2014

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

Draft code of practice on illegal immigrants and private rented accommodation

04 November, 2014

Civil penalty scheme for landlords and their agents

Code of Practice for Landlords

04 November, 2014

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

Private renting needs the right reforms

04 November, 2014

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

Private Rented Property Licensing

04 November, 2014

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

Time to decide on fair council tax changes

03 November, 2014

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

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

03 November, 2014

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

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

03 November, 2014

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

Q&A: What benefits can EU migrants get?

03 November, 2014

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

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

03 November, 2014

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

More powers for Scotland could help improve housing system

03 November, 2014

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

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

03 November, 2014

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

Crawley Council landlord licensing plan sparks alarm

03 November, 2014

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

Generation Rent: ignored, insecure - and on the rise

03 November, 2014

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

New rules for buy to let lending on the way

03 November, 2014

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

Private tenants in poorer properties

03 November, 2014

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

DWP Stakeholder Bulletin - October 2014

31 October, 2014

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

Real Life Reform

31 October, 2014

Report 5 - October 2014

Caerphilly cabinet approves cuts and council tax increase

31 October, 2014

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

Empty Bedrooms Undermine New Building

31 October, 2014

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

DUP to 'bring welfare reform issue to a head'

31 October, 2014

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

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

31 October, 2014

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

UK's Universal Credit is too vital to ignore

31 October, 2014

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

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

31 October, 2014

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

'Bedroom tax' stays to next parliament

31 October, 2014

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

Cuts to employment and support allowance 'considered'

30 October, 2014

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

MPs urged to prepare for shift among voters towards renting

30 October, 2014

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

London exodus surges as welfare and housing pressures take toll

30 October, 2014

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

Welfare reform concessions 'not enough to protect vulnerable'

30 October, 2014

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

Who gave what: DHP allocation analysis

30 October, 2014

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

Can private landlords refuse to let to Housing Benefit claimants?

30 October, 2014

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

Renter Power

30 October, 2014

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

Building the future

30 October, 2014

The economic and fiscal impacts of making homes energy efficient

Court rules against town hall on council tax scheme

30 October, 2014

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

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

30 October, 2014

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

A Democratic Tenant Conversation

30 October, 2014

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

HB U5/2014

29 October, 2014

Contains information on the bedroom tax

Payday loan brokers regularly raid bank accounts of poor customers

29 October, 2014

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

Inside Welfare Reform

29 October, 2014

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

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

29 October, 2014

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

Welfare reform to be discussed at conference

29 October, 2014

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

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

29 October, 2014

The Affordable Homes Bill has been indefinitely stalled

Better repairs 'top priority' for social tenants

29 October, 2014

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

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

29 October, 2014

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

Removal of subsidy for spare room not unlawful

29 October, 2014

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

Partnership with Credit Union helping tenants to get ahead financially

29 October, 2014

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

Welfare Reform Committee 1

28 October, 2014

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

Welfare Reform Committee 2

28 October, 2014

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

Leaked universal credit memo shows jobcentre staff struggling with rollout

28 October, 2014

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

Can technology resolve our universal credit headaches?

28 October, 2014

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

Credit agency issues warning over two year benefit freeze

28 October, 2014

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

Five ways housing associations can improve their customer service

28 October, 2014

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

Welfare trends report - October 2014

28 October, 2014

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

How mobile working is helping us adapt to welfare reform

28 October, 2014

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

Benefits Britain

28 October, 2014

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

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, July to September 2014

27 October, 2014

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

Miliband barred Lamont from attacking bedroom tax for 12 months

27 October, 2014

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

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

27 October, 2014

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

Council brings in scheme to raise PRS standards

27 October, 2014

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

Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit back to work schemes

27 October, 2014

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

Housing association secures refunds for 788 bedroom tax tenants

27 October, 2014

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

Let's stop the scourge of revenge evictions

27 October, 2014

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

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

27 October, 2014

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

Wait a week for jobless benefits

27 October, 2014

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

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

27 October, 2014

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

Universal Credit: changing the culture of Jobcentre Plus

27 October, 2014

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

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

24 October, 2014

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

Government rejects social landlords' gas access call

24 October, 2014

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

Filling the void

24 October, 2014

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

The private rented sector divide

24 October, 2014

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

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

24 October, 2014

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

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

24 October, 2014

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

Council takes steps to protect PRS tenants from appalling standards

24 October, 2014

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

MPs launch inquiry into 'revenge' evictions bill

24 October, 2014

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

Separated families and bedroom tax

24 October, 2014

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

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

23 October, 2014

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

Landmark appeal against out-of-London placements refused

23 October, 2014

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

High Court rejects single parents' bedroom tax challenge

23 October, 2014

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

Unemployed foreigners will be barred from claiming benefits

23 October, 2014

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

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

23 October, 2014

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

Tenant to receive 'maximum payment' for emergency repair delay

23 October, 2014

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

Crisis decisions

23 October, 2014

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

Reasons to be cheerful from Iain Duncan Smith?

23 October, 2014

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

Brighton and Hove 'living rent' petition to be discussed

23 October, 2014

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

Universal Credit at Work

23 October, 2014

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

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

23 October, 2014

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

'Rancour' in welfare reform debate

22 October, 2014

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

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

22 October, 2014

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

Universal credit will be rolled out by 2018

22 October, 2014

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

Universal Credit: transforming the welfare state

22 October, 2014

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

Universal Credit Pathfinder Evaluation

22 October, 2014

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

Comparison of Universal Credit and Jobseeker's Allowance outcomes

22 October, 2014

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

Welfare advice scores £450,000 for WHG tenants

22 October, 2014

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

Benefit fraud - the facts and figures

22 October, 2014

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

Government posters to target benefit fraud

21 October, 2014

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

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

21 October, 2014

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

Rent price growth eases

21 October, 2014

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

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

21 October, 2014

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

Campaign says no compromise in crackdown on benefit fraud

21 October, 2014

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

Benefit overpayments linked to increase of in-work claimants

21 October, 2014

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

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

21 October, 2014

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

Churches leaders voice concerns over welfare reform

21 October, 2014

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

Progress Housing Group gets involved with Get Online Week

21 October, 2014

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

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

21 October, 2014

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

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

20 October, 2014

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

Peter Robinson outlines disability fund welfare change plan

20 October, 2014

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

Sept 14 Buy-to-Let Index

20 October, 2014

Rents hit fresh record despite sharp slow down in annual rises

HB G10/2014

20 October, 2014

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

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

20 October, 2014

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

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

20 October, 2014

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

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

20 October, 2014

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

Understanding the new ASB Act - essential reading for landlords

20 October, 2014

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

Quarter of PRS tenants accept they will never own a home

20 October, 2014

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

Housing association drops mandatory conditions from tenancy agreements

20 October, 2014

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

Landlords and tenants behaving responsibly

20 October, 2014

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

DWP condemned over benefit losses

17 October, 2014

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

Generation Y turning to high-cost credit

17 October, 2014

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

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

17 October, 2014

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

Reform fit for our time

17 October, 2014

Universal credit is going nationwide

Helping tenants get online

17 October, 2014

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

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

17 October, 2014

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

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

17 October, 2014

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

Housing Benefit fraud and error

17 October, 2014

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

'Bedroom tax siege' man jailed

17 October, 2014

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

Targeting benefit cheats and the penalties they could face

17 October, 2014

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

How we can end pensioner poverty

17 October, 2014

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

Data Sharing and Universal Credit

17 October, 2014

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

Consultation on Universal Credit 'waiting days'

17 October, 2014

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

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

16 October, 2014

This LIN member report is written by Neil Merrick

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

Scotland's jobless total falls by record 40,000

16 October, 2014

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

How to take down economic inequality

16 October, 2014

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

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

16 October, 2014

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

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

16 October, 2014

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

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

16 October, 2014

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

Rent increase blow to landlords

16 October, 2014

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

Sector backs government's universal credit alert plan

16 October, 2014

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

Bedroom tax arrears fears 'haven't materialised'

16 October, 2014

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

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

16 October, 2014

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

Bedroom tax exemption bill goes to next stage despite Tory opposition

16 October, 2014

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

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

15 October, 2014

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

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

15 October, 2014

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

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

15 October, 2014

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

Swap My Council House

15 October, 2014

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

Families' health at risk as rogue landlords refuse repairs

15 October, 2014

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

Council launches tenancy fraud amnesty

15 October, 2014

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

Social housing tenants' debt widening income divide

15 October, 2014

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

Record year for credit union as thousands of new members join

15 October, 2014

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

Universal Credit: Apr 2013 to Sep 2014

15 October, 2014

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

Bedroom tax carer bill passes first reading

15 October, 2014

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

Home Truths 2014/15: Yorkshire and Humber

15 October, 2014

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

'We need answers on universal credit'

15 October, 2014

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

Making Contributions Count

15 October, 2014

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

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

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

14 October, 2014

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

Campaign against illegal evictions to launch in Scotland

14 October, 2014

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

Rise in Tyneside working families having to claim housing benefit across

14 October, 2014

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

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

14 October, 2014

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

Scottish Government invests millions in fuel poverty scheme

14 October, 2014

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

Residents urged to support foodbanks in face of growing demand

14 October, 2014

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

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

14 October, 2014

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

IDS confirms Universal Credit rollout plan

14 October, 2014

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

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

13 October, 2014

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

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

13 October, 2014

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

Tackling Food Poverty Together

13 October, 2014

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

Renting redress scheme launched and no-one notices

13 October, 2014

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

Young people being failed by PRS

13 October, 2014

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

Touchbase DWP E-zine

13 October, 2014

October 2014

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

13 October, 2014

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

Scottish Government pushes to tackle fuel poverty

13 October, 2014

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

Plans announced for accelerated rollout of Universal Credit

13 October, 2014

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

Access To Private Rented Housing For The Under 35s

13 October, 2014

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

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

10 October, 2014

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

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

10 October, 2014

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

Benefit rule 'worse than poor law'

10 October, 2014

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

Passport patrol for renting a home

10 October, 2014

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

'Greedy' local authorities slammed over bedsit council tax

10 October, 2014

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

Social housing tenants get bespoke BT internet service

10 October, 2014

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

Local welfare provision in 2015 to 2016

10 October, 2014

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

New rules spurs reminder of the importance of tenant checks

10 October, 2014

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

A new fuel poverty strategy for England

10 October, 2014

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

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

10 October, 2014

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

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

09 October, 2014

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

Church leaders unite to urge politicians to sort out welfare impasse

09 October, 2014

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

How to ... create sustainable tenancies

09 October, 2014

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

Council housing standards must improve

09 October, 2014

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

CMA sets out proposals to lower payday loan costs

09 October, 2014

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

Association suspends tenant moves due to welfare reform

09 October, 2014

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

New service offers tenants rent savings on mobile top ups

09 October, 2014

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

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

09 October, 2014

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

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

08 October, 2014

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

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

08 October, 2014

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

Where does Working Tax Credit go?

08 October, 2014

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

UK's landlords reminded to check tenants' immigration status

08 October, 2014

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

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

08 October, 2014

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

Tribunal ruling blow to bedroom tax tenants

08 October, 2014

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

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

08 October, 2014

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

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

08 October, 2014

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

Universal Credit rolled out to 50th North West job centre

08 October, 2014

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

'Limited' licensing judicial review to go ahead

07 October, 2014

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

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

07 October, 2014

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

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

07 October, 2014

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

Universal Support - delivered locally: information for local authorities

07 October, 2014

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

Lettings agents and property managers: redress schemes

07 October, 2014

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

Lib Dems vote against scrapping bedroom tax

07 October, 2014

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

Councils urge Govt not to slash welfare assistance funding

07 October, 2014

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

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

07 October, 2014

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

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

07 October, 2014

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

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

06 October, 2014

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

Licensing scheme for PRS landlords to launch in Liverpool

06 October, 2014

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

Councils urge Government to reconsider scrapping local welfare assistance fund

06 October, 2014

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

Government considering increasing PRS tenancy securities

06 October, 2014

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

Universal Credit - maximising the 'housing costs' element

06 October, 2014

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

Universal credit data sharing will help landlords support social tenants

06 October, 2014

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

Consultation on a New Tenancy for the Private Sector

06 October, 2014

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

Lib Dems outline 'yellow card system' for benefits

06 October, 2014

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

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

06 October, 2014

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

Broken Market, Broken Dreams

03 October, 2014

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

Landlords' development concerns over Tory benefit freeze

03 October, 2014

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

Food Poverty: Experts Say Foodbanks Are Inevitable in the UK

03 October, 2014

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

Middle income earners forced to rely on housing benefit

03 October, 2014

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

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

03 October, 2014

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

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

03 October, 2014

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

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

03 October, 2014

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

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

03 October, 2014

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

Housing Benefit Direct

03 October, 2014

Issue 153 - October 2014

HB A16/2014

03 October, 2014

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

Universal credit delay call rejected

02 October, 2014

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

Property ombudsman reveals sharp rise in complaints about lettings agents

02 October, 2014

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

Housing unaffordability puts a strain on the housing benefit bill

02 October, 2014

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

Rent will rise more slowly

02 October, 2014

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

Nicola Sturgeon calls for delay to universal credit launch in Scotland

02 October, 2014

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

Sleepless nights and flawed rationale of Bedroom Tax

02 October, 2014

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

Trapped by the bedroom tax

02 October, 2014

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

David Cameron defends plans to cut benefits for working poor

01 October, 2014

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

Is Conservative benefit freeze fair?

01 October, 2014

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

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

01 October, 2014

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

A living rent?

01 October, 2014

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

Landlords warned over Legionnaires' disease responsibility

01 October, 2014

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

DWP stakeholder bulletin for national organisations: September 2014

01 October, 2014

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

Complaints about letting agents rise 37%

01 October, 2014

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

Private landlords 'expect rents to rise below inflation'

01 October, 2014

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

Benefit cut could force social landlords to turn tenants away

01 October, 2014

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

Landlords' bedroom tax prep

01 October, 2014

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

A bad business for everyone caught in the bedroom tax trap

01 October, 2014

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

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

01 October, 2014

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

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

30 September, 2014

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

Tories would freeze benefits for two years

30 September, 2014

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

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

30 September, 2014

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

£4.5 million to heat social rented homes

30 September, 2014

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

Government to speed up universal credit roll out

30 September, 2014

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

Number of people making a claim application to Universal Credit

30 September, 2014

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

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

30 September, 2014

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

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

30 September, 2014

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

Universal Credit Rollout

30 September, 2014

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

David Cameron unveils welfare changes in drive to end youth unemployment

29 September, 2014

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

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

29 September, 2014

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

Universal Credit Analysis

29 September, 2014

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

Welfare Freeze: Who Would Be Hit?

29 September, 2014

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

Duncan Smith outlines plans for pre-paid benefit cards

29 September, 2014

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

Tories would tighten benefit cap to fund apprenticeships

29 September, 2014

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

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

29 September, 2014

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

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

29 September, 2014

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

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

29 September, 2014

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

Jobcentres where you can claim Universal Credit

29 September, 2014

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

Poll Digest - Social - Circle Housing Group Social Housing Survey

29 September, 2014

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

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

29 September, 2014

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

HB U4/2014

26 September, 2014

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

Landlord set to launch £750m northern PRS drive

26 September, 2014

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

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

26 September, 2014

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

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

26 September, 2014

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

Tenants trust social landlords for advice on energy savings

26 September, 2014

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

Social housing chief executives' enormous pay packets are indefensible

26 September, 2014

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

Calico encourages customers to get online ahead of Universal Credit

26 September, 2014

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

Is Labour genuinely committed to social rent?

26 September, 2014

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

Disabled couple win Bedroom Tax exemption - but welfare chiefs appeal to overturn decision

25 September, 2014

Jacqueline Carmichael, 42, who has spina bifida, and Jayson, 52, won an exemption when a tribunal ruled the tax breached their human rights

Welfare reform is not simple, but it needs to be done quickly

25 September, 2014

Welfare reform has been portrayed as a direct attack on the most vulnerable people in this community

Bedroom tax campaign heats up as 600 tenants face appeal

25 September, 2014

A housing association has sent letters to over 600 of its tenants who have been identified as potentially having grounds to appeal against the bedroom tax

How to rent - Updated Guide

25 September, 2014

This guide is for people who are looking for a house or flat to rent

Model agreement for a shorthold assured tenancy

25 September, 2014

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

The impacts of Council Tax Support reduction on arrears, collection rates and court and administration costs

25 September, 2014

In April 2013, Council Tax Benefit (CTB) was abolished and replaced by Council Tax Support (CTS)

Low Pay and the Cost of Living: A Supply-Side Approach

25 September, 2014

The 'cost of living crisis' is now a substantial part of the UK's political discourse

Homelessness figures confirm need for review of housing and welfare policy conflict

25 September, 2014

The number of households living in temporary accommodation increased by six per cent in the year to the end of June, as did the number living in bed and breakfast accommodation

Coast & Country tenants' group supports bedroom tax challenge

25 September, 2014

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

Labour plans would be death knell for rented housing

25 September, 2014

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

Housing associations rally internet providers to help more residents get online

24 September, 2014

26 housing associations, 12 IT companies and 18 influencers were brought together to discuss how to work together to help more social housing residents get online

Fifty Families

24 September, 2014

Exploding the myths about the unemployed

Over 400,000 private landlords' properties damaged by tenants

24 September, 2014

Research has revealed that 28% of the country's private landlords have had their property damaged by tenants in the last 12 months

Credit union borrowers save £millions

24 September, 2014

Londoners who have taken out loans with of the city's credit unions have saved £6.5 million in interest payments and other charges over the last 12 months

Anxious wait for Glenrothes man in 'bedroom tax' case

24 September, 2014

Campaigners against the Government's bedroom tax have an anxious wait following a tribunal appeal hearing in Edinburgh

Help with Universal Credit

24 September, 2014

Residents are being urged to get in touch with RBH if they need help in adjusting to Universal Credit (UC) as it is rolled out across the borough

Problems caused by bedroom tax so predictable

24 September, 2014

The bedroom tax is continuing to cause problems in Dundee

HB A15/2014

23 September, 2014

Contains information on Real Time Information Bulk Data Matching Initiative - guide for local authorities

Robinson warns on welfare reform

23 September, 2014

A political dispute which could lead to £1 billion being cut off the public spending budget is capable of bringing the devolved administration down

What does welfare reform mean for Belfast families on benefits?

23 September, 2014

It has divided the Stormont Executive and some have predicted it could bring down the Northern Ireland Assembly

Private rented homes should reach decent standard by 2027

23 September, 2014

A Labour government would require all private rented homes to meet a decency standard by 2027

Landlord plans own universal credit pilot

23 September, 2014

Coastline Housing is planning its own pilot of universal credit in an attempt to assess the 'real impact' of the flagship benefit reform

Labour to call on Lib Dems to back scrapping bedroom tax

23 September, 2014

Labour will challenge the Liberal Democrats in the autumn to join them in voting to scrap the bedroom tax entirely

Rachel Reeves MP challenges Lib Dems to team up with Labour to scrap hated Bedroom Tax

23 September, 2014

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary has already written to Nick Clegg asking him to help overthrow the hated tax

Islwyn MP Chris Evans votes against 'Bedroom Tax'

23 September, 2014

Islwyn MP Chris Evans joined other Labour MPs recently to vote against the so-called 'Bedroom Tax' during a Parliamentary debate

Controversial benefits shake-up rolled out to more areas of Greater Manchester

23 September, 2014

Universal Credit, first trialled in Ashton-under-Lyne last year, is now available to jobseekers in Cheetham Hill, Newton Heath and Wythenshawe

Do qualifications for landlords really affect standards?

22 September, 2014

In Northern Ireland, CIH has been delivering a qualification for private landlords for more than two years now, and our evidence says that it does

Top tips on avoiding fuel poverty this year

22 September, 2014

Julian Scott from Yarlington Housing Group tells Ben McGrail how we can avoid fuel poverty and explains why they've employed two new 'energy advisors' for their residents

Council finds larger home for disabled couple - then stings them for bedroom tax

22 September, 2014

A local authority arranged for a disabled couple to move from their one-bedroom flat into a two-bedroom bungalow but then forced them to pay the "bedroom tax"

Tories defeated as benefit bill clears first Commons hurdle

22 September, 2014

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

Boost for social landlords as DWP consults on missing piece of universal credit jigsaw

22 September, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions today launched a consultation on one of the key missing pieces of the universal credit jigsaw

A tenth of landlords unable to confirm their tenants are gas safe

22 September, 2014

One in ten landlords are unable to confirm their tenants are living in a gas safe home, according to new research by British Gas and Shelter

Campaign to beef up social landlord's legal powers to access properties for mandatory gas safety checks

22 September, 2014

Campaigners are calling on the Government to beef up legal powers to allow regulated social landlords to access their properties to carry out mandatory gas safety checks

Ed Balls sets out priorities for 'first Labour Budget'

22 September, 2014

Ed Balls has said he will increase the minimum wage and the top rate of income tax and extend child benefit curbs in his first Budget if Labour wins power

HB G9/2014

19 September, 2014

Contains information on Universal Credit Commencement Order

HB A13/2014

19 September, 2014

Contains information on discretionary housing payments

HB A14/2014

19 September, 2014

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

Private rents 'hit record high'

19 September, 2014

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

Tech & Tenure

19 September, 2014

Digital trends among renters and their satisfaction with tenure

Social landlords lobby for radical rent model

19 September, 2014

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

Labour in power could abandon universal credit

19 September, 2014

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

Housing (Wales) Bill 2014

19 September, 2014

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

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

19 September, 2014

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

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

19 September, 2014

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

Universal Credit data sharing with social landlords

19 September, 2014

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

Delays to welfare payments for disabled people 'unacceptable'

18 September, 2014

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

Landlords' strategies to address poverty and disadvantage

18 September, 2014

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

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

18 September, 2014

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

Coalition tax cuts benefit for too much living space

18 September, 2014

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

Approaches to tenancy management in the social housing sector

18 September, 2014

Exploring new models and changes in the tenant-landlord relationship

Private rents continue to rise

18 September, 2014

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

HomeLet Rental Index

18 September, 2014

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

Government to reconsider axing local welfare funding

17 September, 2014

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

The impact of welfare reform on the Valleys

17 September, 2014

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

Survey highlights safety failings in rental sector

17 September, 2014

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

Council adopts selective PRS licensing scheme to combat ASB

17 September, 2014

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

Andrew George MP on the future of the bedroom tax

17 September, 2014

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

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to July 2014

17 September, 2014

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

Universal Credit - experimental official statistics to August 2014

17 September, 2014

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

Croydon Council invited to justify 'tenant tax'

17 September, 2014

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

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

17 September, 2014

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

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

16 September, 2014

This LIN member report is written by Rebecca Wilkie

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

Ticking the box for a welfare system that works

16 September, 2014

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

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

16 September, 2014

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

Spend more on homes to cut benefit bill

16 September, 2014

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

Landlords strongly oppose bill on "revenge evictions"

16 September, 2014

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

'Bedroom tax' hastened death

16 September, 2014

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

Major safety campaign targets dodgy fire doors in social housing

16 September, 2014

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

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

16 September, 2014

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

Boris Johnson announces new private rent developments

16 September, 2014

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

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

15 September, 2014

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

Dumfries and Galloway council tax doubles on empty homes

15 September, 2014

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

Tenants evicted over messy gardens

15 September, 2014

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

UK's soaring rental market shows signs of easing

15 September, 2014

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

It is time to recognise the benefits of social housing

15 September, 2014

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

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

15 September, 2014

This coalition has bravely attempted to tackle welfare reform

Warning over government IT systems should Scotland vote for independence

15 September, 2014

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

Information for Landlords: Letting to Tenants on Housing Benefits

15 September, 2014

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

Council writes off overpaid housing benefits

15 September, 2014

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

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

15 September, 2014

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

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

12 September, 2014

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

Ministers making it easier for nightmare tenants

12 September, 2014

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

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

12 September, 2014

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

A better deal for hardworking tenants

12 September, 2014

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

Model agreement for a shorthold assured tenancy

12 September, 2014

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

London Assembly urges Mayor to take action to protect private tenants

12 September, 2014

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

The scandal of Britain's fuel poverty deaths

12 September, 2014

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

Rebalancing universal credit: Making it work for disabled people

12 September, 2014

This report focuses on support for disabled people under universal credit

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

Tenants may win protection from eviction by rogue landlords

12 September, 2014

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

Private Rented Sector Code, 1st edition

12 September, 2014

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

Homelessness rising due to conflict between welfare and housing policy

11 September, 2014

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

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

11 September, 2014

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

Right to Move

11 September, 2014

Government launches consultation to support social tenants who want to work

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

11 September, 2014

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

No further concessions on welfare, warns Nick Clegg

11 September, 2014

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

Fife man at centre of 'bedroom tax' turmoil

11 September, 2014

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

Welfare sanctions and conditionality in the UK

11 September, 2014

JRH Report

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

The Affordable Homes Bill: A Partial Solution

11 September, 2014

Nearly Legal Blog

Council considers sealing off rooms in bedroom tax battle

10 September, 2014

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

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

10 September, 2014

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

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

10 September, 2014

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

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

10 September, 2014

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

Housing benefit error rises by 9%

10 September, 2014

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

Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud data April 2013 to March 2014

10 September, 2014

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

Mutual exchange: 10 ways to help tenants swap homes

10 September, 2014

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

Touchbase DWP E-zine

10 September, 2014

September 2014

Fife man at centre of 'bedroom tax' turmoil

10 September, 2014

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

Private landlords should be subjected to more stringent gas safety checks

10 September, 2014

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

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

09 September, 2014

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

Helping tenants to make a house a home

09 September, 2014

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

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

09 September, 2014

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

The long goodbye

09 September, 2014

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

Second class citizens

09 September, 2014

The personal impact of the public debate on benefits

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

'Welfare reforms still a risk' rating agency warns

09 September, 2014

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

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

09 September, 2014

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

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

09 September, 2014

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

Universal Credit: A policy under review

09 September, 2014

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

MPs vote for bedroom tax changes

08 September, 2014

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

Lib Dems expand criticisms of coalition welfare policies

08 September, 2014

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

Think-tank criticises 'pointless' Labour rent cap scheme

08 September, 2014

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

Welfare claimants to get attitude tests

08 September, 2014

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

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

08 September, 2014

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

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

08 September, 2014

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

61% rise in number of Bournemouth employees claiming housing benefit

08 September, 2014

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

Universal Credit set to be rolled out across West Lancashire

08 September, 2014

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

Workers on the breadline: the families struggling to eat

06 September, 2014

Last year 3.3 million households claimed what are now called tax credits

Housing benefit: Coalition faces Commons split

05 September, 2014

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

Scottish independence: Campaigners focus on welfare

05 September, 2014

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

Tories defeated as benefit bill clears first Commons hurdle

05 September, 2014

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

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

05 September, 2014

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

DWP minister set to vote on bedroom tax bill

05 September, 2014

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

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

05 September, 2014

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

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

05 September, 2014

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

Brent housing benefit tenant living in 'unfit' room

05 September, 2014

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

Nick Clegg faces activist revolt over ending bedroom tax

05 September, 2014

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

Unions demand Labour ends UK fuel poverty

04 September, 2014

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

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

04 September, 2014

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

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

04 September, 2014

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

Payday loan debt continues to soar

04 September, 2014

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

Universal credit help scheme trialled

04 September, 2014

Assessments and guidance aim to prevent tenants falling into arrears

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

04 September, 2014

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

Local authorities and advisers: removal of the spare room subsidy

04 September, 2014

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

Lib Dems to cut council tax for energy efficient homes

04 September, 2014

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

Immigration: pilot area decided

04 September, 2014

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

What's really happened to rents in Scotland?

03 September, 2014

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

Legal challenge to bedroom tax fails

03 September, 2014

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

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

03 September, 2014

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

Coalition rolls out immigration rental check scheme

03 September, 2014

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

Eviction for fraudsters who lied on social housing applications

03 September, 2014

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

HB Direct

03 September, 2014

Issue 152 - September 2014

Code of practice on illegal immigrants and private rented accommodation

03 September, 2014

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

Bedroom tax proposals should be scrapped in Northern Ireland

03 September, 2014

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

Voices from the Frontline: Personal Independence Payment

03 September, 2014

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a crucial benefit for many sick and disabled people

Payday loan hardship cases up 42%

02 September, 2014

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

Enfield tears up rules in radical attempt to ease housing problem

02 September, 2014

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

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

02 September, 2014

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

Free school meal scheme begins

02 September, 2014

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

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

02 September, 2014

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

Why the bedroom tax is not political

02 September, 2014

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

New 'bedroom tax homes' built

02 September, 2014

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

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

02 September, 2014

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

Evictions by housing associations surge 18.6%

02 September, 2014

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

Beyond belief

02 September, 2014

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

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

02 September, 2014

The Big Tenant Survey did not make good reading for landlords

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

02 September, 2014

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

Bedroom tax rent arrears double in a year

02 September, 2014

More than 300 Barnet households hit by the so-called bedroom tax have fallen into rent arrears - twice as many as this time last year

The Big Tenant Survey

01 September, 2014

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

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

01 September, 2014

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

Rental demand soars as seven potential tenants chase every property

01 September, 2014

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

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

01 September, 2014

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

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

01 September, 2014

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

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

01 September, 2014

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

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

01 September, 2014

Unscrupulous landlords are providing vulnerable tenants with substandard housing

Warnings over housing benefit devolution plan

01 September, 2014

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

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

01 September, 2014

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

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

01 September, 2014

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

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

29 August, 2014

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

Council tax victory for poorest residents

29 August, 2014

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

Scottish landlord data 'will empower social housing tenants'

29 August, 2014

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

Rogue landlords targeted with licence plan

29 August, 2014

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

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

29 August, 2014

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

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

29 August, 2014

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

Tenant fees ban has speeded up Scottish rent rises

29 August, 2014

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

Quarter of Leicester City Council tenants in arrears with rent

29 August, 2014

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

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

28 August, 2014

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

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

28 August, 2014

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

Social tenants left without gas reconnected

28 August, 2014

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

1st October date confirmed for letting agent redress

28 August, 2014

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

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

28 August, 2014

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

Working families forced to cut back to pay their housing costs

28 August, 2014

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

Nearly 1,000 affected by the bedroom tax in Breckland

28 August, 2014

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

Free childcare for more two-year-olds

28 August, 2014

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

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

27 August, 2014

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

Four councils spend 100% of their DHP funds

27 August, 2014

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

Scottish rents rise as estate agents blame tenancy fees ban

27 August, 2014

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

Lib Dem MP attempts to water down bedroom tax

27 August, 2014

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

Citizens Advice Scotland in 'rogue' payday brokers warning

27 August, 2014

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

Tribunal fees are a silent bedroom tax

27 August, 2014

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

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

27 August, 2014

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

It's time to move on beyond the landlord bashing

27 August, 2014

The private rented sector is a great success

Benefit reform lands claimants in debt

26 August, 2014

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

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

26 August, 2014

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

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

26 August, 2014

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

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

26 August, 2014

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

Poor families wave goodbye to Bank Holiday beach trip

26 August, 2014

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

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

26 August, 2014

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

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

26 August, 2014

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

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

26 August, 2014

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

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

26 August, 2014

Universal Credit & Credit Unions - Update statement from the DWP

Boards shrink for housing associations but diversity is static

22 August, 2014

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

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

22 August, 2014

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

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

22 August, 2014

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

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

22 August, 2014

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

Sharing made easier for social landlords

22 August, 2014

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

Home Group's plans for its £62m surplus

22 August, 2014

Mark Henderson, chief executive, Home Group

Consultation on government's fuel poverty strategy published

22 August, 2014

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

Housing association starts and completions up 10%

22 August, 2014

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

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

22 August, 2014

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

Call for clarity on latest universal credit phase

22 August, 2014

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

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

22 August, 2014

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

Quarterly Survey of Private Registered Providers

21 August, 2014

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

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

21 August, 2014

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

UK rents soaring while struggling tenants' see incomes freeze

21 August, 2014

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

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

21 August, 2014

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

How families have survived the benefit cap is beyond me

21 August, 2014

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

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

21 August, 2014

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

Free Budgeting Advice For Universal Credit In Bath

21 August, 2014

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

Soaring bill for housing benefit in York revealed

21 August, 2014

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

Clean up your local park and get a council tax rebate

20 August, 2014

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

Sinn Fein challenges ministers to spend week on benefits

20 August, 2014

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

Bedroom tax victim claims ghost haunts spare room

20 August, 2014

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

Tablet-equipped tenants to be denied phone access to landlord

20 August, 2014

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

All Welsh social landlords now have domestic violence policy

20 August, 2014

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

Iain Duncan Smith champions welfare reform

20 August, 2014

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

New universal credit rules for tenants begin this week

20 August, 2014

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

Yorkshire taxpayer pays price as rent rises outstrip stagnant pay

20 August, 2014

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

Benefit cash delays causing misery

20 August, 2014

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

Spending watchdog accuses DWP of hiding universal credit's failings

19 August, 2014

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

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

19 August, 2014

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

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

19 August, 2014

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

Whither Universal Credit?

19 August, 2014

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

Paying rent through Facebook

19 August, 2014

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

Payday loan middlemen complaints 'more than double'

19 August, 2014

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

Was universal credit 'reset' attempt to hide problems?

19 August, 2014

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

Social landlord launches credit union tender

19 August, 2014

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

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

19 August, 2014

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

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

19 August, 2014

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

A Better Deal for Nation Rent

18 August, 2014

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

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

18 August, 2014

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

Change to Universal Credit housing costs process

18 August, 2014

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

Housing associations urge benefit claimants to pay extra rent in advance

18 August, 2014

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

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

18 August, 2014

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

Proposals for further 10% benefit cap reduction questioned

18 August, 2014

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

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

18 August, 2014

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

Private rental costs soar in Scotland

18 August, 2014

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

DWP announces roll-out of Housing Cost Verification Trial

18 August, 2014

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

HB G8/2014

15 August, 2014

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

Voids fall despite welfare reform fears

15 August, 2014

Social landlords defy a previously predicted rise in empty homes

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

15 August, 2014

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

Social landlords showing value for money

15 August, 2014

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

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

15 August, 2014

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

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

15 August, 2014

More than 21,000 people in Flintshire who have the 25% single person reduction on their council tax are to have their claims checked

UK rents 'rise by 2% in a year'

15 August, 2014

The cost of renting a home has risen by 2% in the last year, with increases seen across nearly every region of the UK

Repossessions are up - is the bedroom tax to blame?

15 August, 2014

Sadly, every year, there are families in England that lose their home

UK rents up £62 in a year

15 August, 2014

The average advertised rent in Britain increased by £62 (6.56%) in July 2014 compared to the same time last year, reaching £1,029 per month

What's to be done about the bedroom tax?

15 August, 2014

The bedroom tax isn't everyone's cup of tea. Well, actually it isn't anyone's cup of tea, apart from huge fanboy Iain Duncan Smith and fellow swooner Lord Freud

Universal credit: Some hard facts

15 August, 2014

In the past I've highlighted concerns over the way the universal credit 'assessment period' operates when there is a change in the claimant's household make-up and/or financial circumstances

LIN member report August 2014 - Stress Suffered by Staff Associated with Welfare Reform

15 August, 2014

This LIN member report is written by Kevin McCready

This LIN member report looks at how housing staff who have more personal contact with tenants are suffering from increased levels of stress and absenteeism and looks at ways to minimise this negative impact on staffing levels

New tenant rules for universal credit

14 August, 2014

New system will keep landlords up to date with payment methods

IDS doubts 'bedroom tax' disability figures

14 August, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith has cast doubt on figures showing two-thirds of those affected by the so-called bedroom tax are disabled

Council to appeal tribunal defeat over 'spare room subsidy'

14 August, 2014

Kirklees Council is to appeal a FTT ruling that upheld a couple's challenge to its decision to cut their housing benefit under the 'spare room subsidy' rules

Scottish Government: thousands face disability payment cuts

14 August, 2014

More than 100,000 Scots are expected to lose some, or all, of their UK disability benefits by 2018

Outstanding council tax rises 6% to over £2.5 billion

14 August, 2014

The total amount of council tax still outstanding is £2.528 billion, an increase of £152 million or 6% on the figure uncollected by the end of March 2013

Making the Most of Northern Ireland's Private Rented Sector to Meet Housing Need

14 August, 2014

The Chartered Institute of Housing, the Department for Social Development and SmartMove NI have collaboratively produced and published this thinkpiece

Iain Duncan Smith hails largest drop in UK unemployment rate since 2009 but wages are squeezed

14 August, 2014

Figures show both unemployment and wages have fallen in the last quarter

Welfare reforms leaving pensioners isolated and lonely

14 August, 2014

Pensioners are being left lonely and isolated by welfare reform and the situation is set to worsen

Universal Credit rollout could take over 1,000 years

14 August, 2014

Latest figures show just 540 people started claiming the benefit in May, the lowest monthly take-up since July 2013

Labour rebuked over benefit increase claims

13 August, 2014

UK Statistics Authority says statistics used by Chuka Umunna, Labour's shadow business secretary, used 'factually incorrect' statistics

Benefits fraudster who claimed £74,000 in handouts while owning £2.6million property empire that raked in £150,000 rent a year is jailed for 12 months

13 August, 2014

A benefits fraudster has been jailed after fleecing the taxpayer out of nearly £74,000 while running a £2.6million property empire

Number of 'amateur' private landlords hits record high

13 August, 2014

Seven in 10 private landlords are now part-time or 'amateur'

UK jobless rate nears six-year low

13 August, 2014

UK unemployment edged closer to a six-year low in the three months to the end of June

Thousands could lose disability benefits, Scottish government claims

13 August, 2014

More than 100,000 people in Scotland will lose disability benefits under UK-wide welfare changes

Floundering DWP move universal credit goalposts

13 August, 2014

The Department of Work and Pensions has moved the goalposts to make it appear that more people have signed up to its new universal credit system

Universal Credit One Year In - Full Report

13 August, 2014

Report by NHF

The experiences of housing associations in pathfinder areas

Major study to recommend further benefit cuts and child support cap

13 August, 2014

A major study is due to recommend that the government slashes the benefit budget even further and caps child support at four children

Universal Credit One Year In - Executive Summary

13 August, 2014

Report by NHF

The experiences of housing associations in pathfinder areas

Universal Credit statistics: Apr 2013 to 31 May 2014

13 August, 2014

Statistics for April 2013 to 31 May 2014 with breakdowns by Jobcentre Plus office, local authority and parliamentary constituency

Housing benefit claimants in work double

13 August, 2014

The number of housing benefit claimants in work has more than doubled in five years

Housing associations should have some say in who lives in their homes

12 August, 2014

When councils nominate tenants who are not appropriate for a property, housing associations should be able to intervene

'Financial triage' to be offered at food banks

12 August, 2014

Trussell Trust hopes debt and money advice will help clients who are struggling to manage rising food and energy prices

Landlords warned they may be required to check immigration status of tenants or face £3,000 fine in plan to tackle 'beds in sheds'

12 August, 2014

Landlords may be forced to check the immigration status of prospective tenants before allowing them to rent a property from next year or face a potential hefty fine

'Bedroom tax' M-way death inquest

12 August, 2014

A coroner has recorded a verdict of suicide over the death of a woman hit by a lorry who left her family a note blaming the bedroom tax

PRS landlords warned to remember tenant obligations

12 August, 2014

An organisation that represents landlords in the private rented sector has warned property owners to remember their obligations to their tenants

Council denies putting pressure on bedroom tax suicide tenant

12 August, 2014

A council has denied pressurising a woman hit by the bedroom tax to move home before she committed suicide

Increase welfare caps to keep up with the rising cost of living

12 August, 2014

With the cost of bringing up a child now approaching £90 a week, the government needs to do more to help low-earning families

Iain Duncan Smith's delusional world of welfare reform

12 August, 2014

He's the misery man, turning to tricks and magical thinking when the flaws in his benefits plans are revealed

Families 'stuck in working poverty'

12 August, 2014

Families working full time at the national minimum wage are 18% short of the basic amount needed to provide a minimum standard of living

Cutting benefits is vital for economy

11 August, 2014

The Work and Pensions Secretary will use a speech to say the economy will never fully recover unless families on benefits return to work

Bedroom Tax 'savings' are obliterated by record levels of housing benefit fraud and error

11 August, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith has been slammed after the bill for cheating and claimant mistakes is now six per cent of the total housing benefit budget

Cutting benefits outside London could save millions

11 August, 2014

Policy Exchange suggests that benefit payments should be cut outside London and the South East

Huge fine for landlords who rented out unsafe property

11 August, 2014

Two landlords have been prosecuted and ordered to pay a total of £65,970 after renting out an unsafe House in Multiple Occupation

Demand for housing support payments has more than trebled in Wales since the bedroom tax was introduced

11 August, 2014

The bedroom tax and welfare changes have led to the 250% rise in demands for Discretionary Housing Payment help

Food poverty in Scotland 'not acceptable' says Sturgeon

11 August, 2014

The level of food poverty in Scotland is "simply not acceptable"

Welfare reform must continue, Iain Duncan Smith says

11 August, 2014

Welfare reforms driving the "jobs miracle" must continue, says Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

Iain Duncan Smith to signal further welfare crackdown

11 August, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith is to signal a further crackdown on welfare in a speech suggesting that changes to the benefit system have lowered unemployment

IDS 'to intensify welfare reforms'

11 August, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith will signal his determination to intensify welfare reforms, arguing that the crackdown on benefits is cutting unemployment

Housing set to be hardest hit by budget cuts

08 August, 2014

Housing is set to be hit hardest in the round of cuts to council spending on local services this year

Landlord alliance to sell energy to tenants

08 August, 2014

Landlords with 357,000 homes to form company to sell energy at cost price

ASB drops as Sovereign replaces concrete with grass for Christchurch residents

08 August, 2014

Sovereign housing association has seen anti-social behaviour drop after building residents in Christchurch a new communal area

Concerns over localised funding for supported housing

08 August, 2014

The government wants to localise funding for supported housing. Heather Spurr explains why this has landlords so worried

Nearly 100 new homes for rent at below market rates

08 August, 2014

Nearly 100 new affordable homes are to be built at Western Harbour in Leith through the ground-breaking National Housing Trust initiative

Families still struggling to cope

08 August, 2014

People are still worried about rising living costs despite a growing economy

Council staff are not overpaid - far from it

08 August, 2014

Where the Taxpayers' Alliance sees waste, I see investment in our communities - and not enough of it

A rent first approach to Universal Credit

08 August, 2014

Outlines the changes introduced to tackle the challenge to housing association income posed by Universal Credit

Social landlord's care worker arrested after 16 poisoned

08 August, 2014

A 23-year-old female care worker has been placed in a psychiatric unit

25% of PRS tenants have waited a week for repairs

08 August, 2014

Nearly a 25% of people living in the PRS have been left waiting at least a week for broken down central heating, blocked drains or leaking pipes

Controversial private landlord loses assault appeal

08 August, 2014

Fergus Wilson, the private landlord of around 1,000 homes who said he would be evicting tenants claiming housing benefit has lost an appeal against his conviction for assaulting a local estate agent

High Court council tax judgment to cost councils more than £5m

07 August, 2014

The High Court has outlawed the practice of councils imposing residency qualifications for discounts on council tax in a ruling that could cost them millions in refunds

A new Poor Law? How councils are trying to cut the benefits of domestic violence victims

07 August, 2014

Councils are trying to penalise women who have to use domestic violence refuges outside their local area - by withdrawing their right to council tax support

Council forced to write off £1.1 million in rent arrears following IT fault

07 August, 2014

An east London council has been forced to write-off £1.1 million in rent arrears following a malfunction with an IT system

Dewsbury couple win spare bedroom housing benefit fight

07 August, 2014

A couple from West Yorkshire who went to court to challenge a cut to their housing benefit have won their case

Social landlord is making a meal of things

07 August, 2014

A social landlord is offering breakfasts, lunches and learning activities to 500 families in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull this summer

Call to reboot council tax to fund affordable homes

07 August, 2014

The British Property Federation is urging all political parties to commit to a full revaluation of council tax in their election manifestos

Benefit cap: 10,000 people find jobs or stop claiming Housing Benefit

07 August, 2014

Almost 10,000 people who had their benefits capped have now moved into work or stopped claiming Housing Benefit entirely

Touchbase DWP E-zine

06 August, 2014

August 2014

Universal Credit: moving deductions from benefits for rent arrears

06 August, 2014

Deductions from benefits for rent arrears - migration to UC

Developing a Scottish benefits system

06 August, 2014

David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg have agreed that Scotland will be allowed to set its own levels of income tax and benefits if the country rejects independence

Bedroom tax stories: Sam

06 August, 2014

Sam found herself spiralling into debt and despair after the introduction of the bedroom tax

London borough to limit average rent to below £100 per week

06 August, 2014

An inner-London borough has pledged to keep rents below an average of £100 per week for council tenants in the face of a lack of affordable housing in the capital

Scotland to set its own housing benefit if independence is rejected

06 August, 2014

David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg have signed a joint pledge that Scotland will have more powers

Workers on benefit 'will double'

06 August, 2014

The number of workers claiming housing benefit "to make ends meet" will continue to increase if a Conservative government is elected next year, Labour will claim today

The government needs to understand the impact of its own housing policies

06 August, 2014

A number of different figures have popped out this week which should worry anyone who is even a little bit sentient

Bristol tenants in bedroom tax arrears will only be evicted as a last resort

06 August, 2014

Tenants in Bristol who fall into arrears because of the controversial "bedroom tax" will only be evicted as a last resort

Number of people in work claiming housing benefit soars

05 August, 2014

The number of working people relying on HB to boost their income has doubled in five years, at a cost of billions of pounds to the taxpayer

Iain Duncan Smith: Ready to sail into sunset?

05 August, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith shuffles along the bench to take his seat opposite me in a Westminster restaurant buzzing with hobnobbing hacks and politicians

Cunning Plan sees Facebook rent payment system created

05 August, 2014

Social housing tenants in Salford can now pay their rent via Facebook

Landmark bedroom tax ruling issued

05 August, 2014

A tribunal has overturned a decision on the bedroom tax, setting a precedent that could force some councils to rethink how they decide who needs a room for an overnight carer

North west landlord scores record surplus despite welfare reform

05 August, 2014

Great Places Housing Group has posted a record surplus of £9.3m for 2013/14

'Poverty pay' doubles number of workers claiming housing benefit

05 August, 2014

Nearly 1 million people in work are being forced to rely on housing benefit, double the figure five years ago

Help for housing costs is forcing up the UK benefits

05 August, 2014

Rachel Reeves highlights how housing payments make up 14% of welfare spending, with more working people claiming benefit

Total hit by bedroom tax loophole revealed

05 August, 2014

Hundreds of Wigan households were affected by a glitch in bedroom tax regulations earlier this year

Benefit cuts have pushed more people into work

04 August, 2014

Ben Broadbent says welfare reforms have encouraged people on benefits to rejoin the labour force

Court quashes Peabody eviction of vulnerable tenant

04 August, 2014

A housing association's attempt to evict a 58-year-old disabled man has been quashed after a judge ruled it did not follow its own policies for dealing with vulnerable tenants

'No one should die penniless and alone' : the victims of Britain's harsh welfare sanctions

04 August, 2014

David Clapson was found dead last year after his benefits were stopped on the grounds that he wasn't taking the search for work seriously

Former DWP staff go rogue to help benefit claimants

04 August, 2014

Website set up to offer advice inundated with messages from people claiming their benefits were unfairly cut

Council tax: how does your bill compare?

04 August, 2014

There's a £1,000 difference in yearly council tax bills between local authorities

Liverpool's PRS tenants get charter

04 August, 2014

Tenants living in Liverpool's private rented sector are to be given more information about their rights and responsibilities

PRS tenants see deposits soar by 34%

04 August, 2014

Tenants in the private rented sector have seen their deposits soar by 34% since 2007

Bedroom tax could see council's rent arrears bill shoot up £19m

04 August, 2014

Sheffield City Council could see its rent arrears bill soar by £19 million as tenants struggle with the government's controversial bedroom tax

Bedroom tax impact on grant allocations

01 August, 2014

The government is 'storing up future problems' because more than three-quarters of its grant funding programme will be used for the development of one and two-bedroom homes

Social housing and social investment

01 August, 2014

Report published by the DWP into Social housing

This report looks at the relationship between housing provided for people on low incomes or with particular needs and social investment

Universal credit staff costs 'unsustainable'

01 August, 2014

Housing association trial suggests it faces £1.2m hit

£millions in right to buy fraud uncovered by council

01 August, 2014

Barnet Council has uncovered nearly £12 million in right to buy, tenancy and benefit fraud in a 12-month period

Local authority slapped by judge over 'irrational and unfair' council tax policy

01 August, 2014

A local authority's decision to ban council tax support for residents has been branded "irrational and unfair" by a judge

Court quashes Peabody eviction of vulnerable tenant

01 August, 2014

A housing association's attempt to evict a 58-year-old disabled man has been quashed after a judge ruled it did not follow its own policies

Landlord fined after keeping nine unrelated tenants including baby in filthy and infested family home

01 August, 2014

A landlord has been ordered to pay nearly £19,000 after his tenants were found to be living in unsafe, squalid conditions with an infestation of mice

Social landlord doubles surplus

01 August, 2014

Cost-cutting measures result in £40.2m surplus, despite drop in turnover

London PRS rents now costing 60% of monthly salary

01 August, 2014

Rents in London's private rented sector now cost more than 60% of the average monthly salary

HB Direct

01 August, 2014

Issue 151 - August 2014

Councils shun flagship government homelessness scheme

31 July, 2014

London boroughs are 'increasingly unwilling' to take part in the government's programme for single homeless people

Social landlord more than doubles anticipated surplus

31 July, 2014

Circle Housing has produced a surplus of £44.5m for 2013/14, more than doubling the £20m it had targeted at the start of the year

Genesis surplus down 10%

31 July, 2014

Genesis Housing Association has seen its annual surplus decrease by just under 10% to £40.1m

Local authority's 'benefit tourism' rule discriminated against residents

31 July, 2014

Sandwell council's policy, designed to deter low-income families from south-east moving to the area, harmed locals

'Poor doors': not the worst thing about social housing

31 July, 2014

Separate entrances are nothing new, and the truth is that social housing providers demand them

I was ill with hunger, went to prison for stealing food and became homeless

31 July, 2014

Welfare expert Matthew Oakley should have spoken to me. I could have told him all about benefits sanctions

Private rents in Wales fall against inflation

31 July, 2014

Rents in Wales have fallen year-on-year in comparison to inflation

DWP plotting 'secret' universal credit plans

31 July, 2014

Labour MP has claimed the governemnt is keeping plans "under wraps" about Universal Credit

Police warn that 'relentless' bedroom tax is turning people into criminals

31 July, 2014

Concerns have been expressed by police chiefs that victims of the "Bedroom Tax" are being forced to turn to crime and loan sharks

Injunction for PRS tenant after death threats to social housing resident

31 July, 2014

A PRS tenant has been given an anti-social behaviour injunction after making threats of violence towards a neighbour living in social housing

Universal credit safeguards are working

31 July, 2014

By Lord Freud, the government's minister for welfare reform and one of the chief architects of universal credit

Tenants pin hopes on bedroom tax speed dating

31 July, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith hopes 'speed dating' sessions for tenants affected by welfare reform will undo a housing log jam

Bedroom tax tenants in Bristol see rent arrears reach £725,000

31 July, 2014

Rent arrears for council tenants in Bristol who have been hit by the so-called bedroom tax have soared to more than £725,000

Personal insolvencies rise sparks fears for struggling households

30 July, 2014

Surge in individuals unable to repay their debts prompted fresh warnings over impact of future interest rate increase

Social landlord reports record £75m surplus

30 July, 2014

Affinity Sutton has reported a record £75m surplus, despite deciding to limit its exposure to the sales market

Cameron warns illegal immigrants: we will find you and send you home

30 July, 2014

PM's threat comes as Labour and Ukip say crackdown on benefits for new arrivals from EU is not tough enough

Council, charity and disabled man team up to take government to court

30 July, 2014

Islington Council, a disabled man in Cheshire and charity Child Poverty Action Group have teamed up to take High Court action against the government

Calculating social wellbeing

30 July, 2014

By having a standard way of calculating social impact, Affinity Sutton has worked out the value of community investment programmes compare to other projects

Stepping Stones

30 July, 2014

The role of the voluntary sector in future welfare to work schemes

How can volunteers and voluntary organisations provide much needed engagement with local people? This report aims to tackle these questions and provides real examples of how services can be commissioned in a way that truly enables community-led delivery

What's really happening to rents?

30 July, 2014

Are rents rising more slowly than house prices? That's what the figures from the Office for National Statistics suggests

'Poor doors' show why we can't rely on developers for affordable housing

30 July, 2014

While the idea of mixed communities and mixed tenure was always faintly patronising, even not-so-affordable housing is now bitterly resisted

Unemployed? Don't go to your local jobcentre

30 July, 2014

Jobcentres have failed young people abysmally. This redundant service should be replaced by effective local job brokerages

Eight housing apprenticeships launched in Sheffield

30 July, 2014

Sheffield City Council has launched a new apprenticeship scheme in all aspects of housing for "enthusiastic" young people

Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions resulting from Universal Jobmatch conditions: Jun 2013 to Dec 2013

30 July, 2014

Statistics on Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions resulting from Universal Jobmatch conditions from June 2013 to December 2013

Boris Johnson rules out 'poor door' ban on London housing developments

29 July, 2014

Mayor says he will discourage use of separate entrances for poorer tenants, but argues they help keep housing costs down

EU migrants will lose benefits after just three months under new Tory plans

29 July, 2014

Moves are designed to hammer home the message to new arrivals that they cannot expect to get 'something for nothing'

Call for community volunteers to pay less council tax

29 July, 2014

Community volunteers who help out in their local library or do charitable work should get discounts on their council tax bills, a new plan proposes

Meeting the value for money standard - is your organisation on track?

29 July, 2014

Social housing providers have been struggling to meet the value for money standard set up by the Homes and Communities Agency

West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative Delivers Amazing Savings On Fuel For Tenants

29 July, 2014

West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative has announced its fuel prices for its much vaunted Biomass Energy Project

Barriers to housing delivery - update : Private sector housing development on larger sites in London

29 July, 2014

This report's conclusion can be summarised as 'big schemes in London are commencing units in line with the numbers required to meet housing need'

A new disability minister to take on the reforms

29 July, 2014

Britain has a new Minister of State for Disabled People - Mark Harper, MP for the Forest of Dean

'We have created a mess'

29 July, 2014

Since 2010 England has seen a NET loss of 35,000 social rented homes every year

Couple jailed for £188,000 benefits fraud

29 July, 2014

A couple has been jailed for carrying out a seven-year fraud, using money to buy properties and finance mortgage repayments

Rental Index

28 July, 2014

Tenants in London now pay rents that double those across the rest of Britain

The next "generation rent"

28 July, 2014

Has the baby boom generation really had it all?

Council tax bombshell: Cardiff rates could rise by 5% a year for three years

28 July, 2014

Councillor Graham Hinchey makes the revelation during a debate at a full council meeting

Tackling fuel poverty

28 July, 2014

Social landlords should not wait for government targets in order to respond to fuel poverty

Affordable housing tenants given separate doors in luxury developments

28 July, 2014

Social tenants are being forced to enter through separate 'poor doors' in multi-million-pound London developments

Padiham man wrongly claimed £52,000 housing benefit

28 July, 2014

A Padiham man who claimed housing benefit had failed to state he was the joint owner of the property

Killed by benefits cuts: Starving soldier died 'as result of Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reform'

28 July, 2014

Diabetic David Clapson, 59, died with just £3.44 left in his account after his Jobseeker's Allowance was axed because he missed an appointment

Universal Credit launches in local area

28 July, 2014

New jobseekers in the Wilmslow area will join the Government's new benefits system when they start to claim Universal Credit for the first time

Nearly 60pc of rented homes fail inspections

28 July, 2014

Close to 60pc of all private rental premises that were inspected by local authorities last year failed basic minimum requirements

London rents more than double rest of UK

28 July, 2014

For the first time in recorded history, the average cost of renting a home in Greater London is more than double the cost across the rest of the UK

Council tax rises hit Britain's poor hardest

25 July, 2014

Cuts to the benefit system have seen nearly 16,000 people in London alone referred to bailiffs for non-payment

The future of social housing

25 July, 2014

This week the Homes and Communities Agency and GLA both published details of the funding they have allocated through their affordable homes programmes

London landlords urge rent overhaul

25 July, 2014

London's 15 largest housing associations are calling for the government to review rent setting for tenants

Digital isn't everything - many social housing tenants prefer paper

25 July, 2014

Just under half of all adults who have never been online live in social housing, so perhaps it's time to recognise the role of print

Landlords' multi-billion-pound fuel poverty hit

25 July, 2014

The government's fuel poverty strategy has left social landlords responsible for funding billions of pounds of improvement works

Should large families face benefit sanctions?

25 July, 2014

As a leading think tank says parents should only be able to claim child benefit for their first four children

Call for tenant rating system

25 July, 2014

Private landlords have called for councils to rate prospective tenants' behaviour through 'traffic light schemes'

Hard up renters turning to payday lenders for deposits

25 July, 2014

Renters are being priced out of house and home by deposits that have soared by 50% since the financial crisis began

Private rents rise 1% in a year

25 July, 2014

Private rental prices increased by just 1% in the year to June, roughly a third of the rent increases faced by social tenants and well below inflation

Generation rent is here to stay and deserves a fair deal

25 July, 2014

The English Housing Survey tells us what we already know - we need affordable renting

Government response: SSAC report on the cumulative impact of welfare reform

25 July, 2014

A letter from the Minister for Welfare Reform to the chair of SSAC responding to the SSAC report on the cumulative impact of welfare reform

Young adults face housing squeeze, English Housing Survey shows

24 July, 2014

A growing proportion of young people have been squeezed out of the housing market in England and are renting privately instead

Councils failing to spend £millions in DHPs as families struggle

24 July, 2014

Local authorities are failing to spend millions of pounds that could potentially be used as emergency payments for families hit by welfare cuts

Disabled people's 'fit for work' assessments should be scrapped

24 July, 2014

Select committee finds that eligibility tests for benefits are inaccurate and system fails to help claimants back into work

LIN member report July 2014 - Money goes begging: how councils could spend more on discretionary housing payments

24 July, 2014

This LIN member report is written by Neil Merrick

This LIN member report highlights that many Local Authorities have, again, not spent the full amount of their DHP budget, in fact the latest figures show that more than £20m that local authorities were allocated to spend on DHP payments in 2013/14 remained unspent. This money has now been lost as local authorities cannot carry over any underspend from 2013/14 to 2014/15. A record £165m is available for councils to allocate in DHPs in 2014/15.

Stormont welfare stand-off may be close to resolution

24 July, 2014

Outline agreement has finally been reached to resolve Stormont's spending stalemate

A lifestyle choice for families?

24 July, 2014

Report from LSE on private renting in London, New York, Berlin and Randstad

Great housing divide

24 July, 2014

Three-quarters of over-55s live in their own homes but two-thirds of under-35s are forced to rent

MPs say Employment and Support Allowance needs 'fundamental redesign'

24 July, 2014

The ESA system has serious flaws causing "considerable distress and anxiety" and requires "fundamental redesign", according to the Work and Pensions Committee

Homelessness axed from housing minister's brief

24 July, 2014

The housing minister will no longer have responsibility for homelessness

Bad news for landlords as Green Deal fund is slashed

24 July, 2014

NLA comments on the reduction of Green Deal Home Improvement Funds for solid wall insulation from £6000 to £4000

UK Housing Boom: Landlords Outside Central London Making Biggest Returns

23 July, 2014

Landlords are making better returns on their investments in cities outside of central London amid rising rents and property prices

Government's fuel poverty proposals slammed

23 July, 2014

The government has been slammed by campaigners over plans announced today to target fuel poverty

The rise of middle-aged renters

23 July, 2014

Single young professionals are increasingly choosing to settle in family suburbs rather than city centres

English housing survey 2012 to 2013: household report

23 July, 2014

Annual report on households in England, covering themes such as housing needs, housing moves, and vulnerable and disadvantaged groups

Warning to landlords and tenants after 'near miss' from communal blaze

23 July, 2014

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has warned tenants and landlords of the dangers of leaving combustible materials in communal areas

Social and private renters

23 July, 2014

Demographic and economic data on social and private renters

'Social housing should not be more expensive than affordable housing'

23 July, 2014

As a growing number of people cannot afford private rent, we roundup the main points from our debate on affordable housing

A bold plan to make welfare more personalised and responsive

23 July, 2014

Jobs must surely be one of the great success stories of this government: 1.8 million more people in work

Is social housing a failed brand?

23 July, 2014

Social housing is now a damaged brand. Housing associations need to return to their roots

Government to update dealings with claimants after report finds sanctions hitting most vulnerable

22 July, 2014

The government has announced that is to update the way it talks to benefit claimants

The 'scroungers' fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes

22 July, 2014

Carl Havern is a model Big Society citizen. He volunteers for three different causes every week and cares passionately about improving his community

Osborne plays down benefit reports

22 July, 2014

Chancellor George Osborne has sought to play down reports that the Conservatives are backing plans to stop families claiming child benefit for more than four children

Joined Up Welfare - The next steps for personalisation

22 July, 2014

Policy Exchange wants to see a high growth, enterprise led economy in the UK with freer markets driving growth and opportunity

Mental health problems, low skills, family disruption, criminal history, social networks that don't encourage work, substance abuse, physical health issues, disabilities, unstable housing, lack of resources - more than one in ten adults in Britain suffer from multiple disadvantages of these kind at any one time, including many of the most vulnerable people in our society

Bedroom tax sufferers not the only victims looking to swap their homes

22 July, 2014

With the controversial 'bedroom tax' under review for "pushing people into rent arrears", the attractiveness of downsizing in social housing appears never to have been higher

Government to update communications with benefit claimants

22 July, 2014

The government is updating the way it talks to benefit claimants following an independent review of Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions

Generation Rent hits out at tenancy deposit 'rip off'

22 July, 2014

Campaign group Generation Rent has criticised the fact that renters are missing out on interest on their tenancy deposits

Be tough on the causes of benefits

22 July, 2014

To reduce the benefits bill, the government needs to address issues such as high rents and low wages rather than tightening eligibility for what can be claimed

900,000 landlords face buy-to-let tax probe: Second home owners face investigation as concern grows over undeclared profits

21 July, 2014

Landlords and second home owners face a crackdown as concerns grow over the boom in buy-to-let mortgages

Bedroom Tax Commons vote to be forced through to abolish hated charge after Lib Dem U-turn

21 July, 2014

Blameless residents are forced to pay an average £14 a week for one extra bedroom and £25 for two or more - Labour leader Mr Miliband has pledged to scrap the tax

Nick Clegg 'spineless' on bedroom tax

21 July, 2014

Voters may regard Nick Clegg as "spineless" after performing a u-turn on the bedroom tax and has repeated the error of tuition fees

Bedroom Tax is top of list of complaints in forgotten corner of Nick Clegg's constituency

21 July, 2014

There are 1,700 people in Sheffield Hallam hit by it - and because of its high concentration of council houses most are in Stannington

Poll finds 75% of renters have never switched energy supplier

21 July, 2014

More than 75% of bill payers living in rented accommodation have never switched their energy supplier

Generation landlord: is it time to invest in a buy-to-let?

21 July, 2014

As fears of pension shortfalls increase, more investors are putting their money in buy-top-let properties

Labour calls for bedroom tax vote in the autumn

21 July, 2014

Labour plans to force a parliamentary vote on the bedroom tax in the autumn

Landlords expecting stable growth

21 July, 2014

Almost 100% of landlords report that tenant demand is currently stable or growing

Property rents rise at twice speed of average earnings

18 July, 2014

Monthly cost of renting a home increased on average by £10 in June to £747, which is a year-on-year increase of 1.4%

Dramatic rise of families forced out of London

18 July, 2014

The number of homeless households forced to move outside London has risen by nearly 40 per cent in one year

Buy-to-let: the rise of the mega landlords

18 July, 2014

They quit their run-of-the-mill jobs and instead made hundreds of millions from buy-to-let. How did they do it?

What's the secret behind our jobs miracle? Welfare reform

18 July, 2014

Bizarrely, Nick Clegg is running away from a policy that has been a world-beating success

The impact of recent reforms to Local Housing Allowances: Summary of key findings

18 July, 2014

DWP Report

This report summarises the main findings from a series of technical research papers that form the final outputs from the independent evaluation of the recent changes to HB claims assessed under the LHA rules in the PRS

Disabled people struggling in unfit homes

18 July, 2014

People with disabilities are struggling in unfit accommodation because councils are failing to adapt their homes

Migrants remain in hostels to avoid losing housing benefit

18 July, 2014

Welfare reforms are causing supported housing to be 'clogged up'

HB G7/2014

18 July, 2014

Contains information on DHP and PIP

6,000 people claiming universal credit

18 July, 2014

Nearly 6,000 people were claiming the new universal credit benefit payment at the end of April

Buy to Let Income

18 July, 2014

LSL Report July 2014

Bedroom tax is forcing poorest citizens into unmanageable debt

18 July, 2014

A DWP report has found that 523,000 tenants have been unable to meet rent arrears due to housing-benefit caps

Nick Clegg accused of hypocrisy after U-turn on bedroom tax

17 July, 2014

Lib Dem leader says party no longer supports policy in its present form in intensification of Tory 'differentiation strategy'

LSL Property Services' Tenant Arrears Tracker reveals 35% drop in tenants severely behind on rent payments

17 July, 2014

The number of tenants severely behind on rent payments has fallen by 35,000 (35%) in the last 12 months

Housing benefit cuts have had 'little impact' on PRS rents

17 July, 2014

Government cuts to HB for around 900,000 tenants in the PRS have had little impact on average rents, new study reveals

Thinktank proposes cap on child benefit to cut welfare spending

17 July, 2014

Policy Exchange claim limiting child benefit to four children per household could save around £1bn per parliament

Hope for homeless families in need of Legal Aid

17 July, 2014

New ruling by the High Court has ruled that Government changes, which would have left homeless families without help, have been ruled 'unauthorised, discriminatory and impossible to justify'

Unemployment in Wales falls by 6,000 remaining at 6.6%

17 July, 2014

Unemployment in Wales has fallen by 6,000 in the three months to May, official figures show

London's poor struggling with 'new poll tax'

17 July, 2014

CPAG Report

London's poorest families are struggling to afford to live in the face of a "new poll tax", according to this report

Lib Dems 'ignored chance to soften bedroom benefits cut impact'

17 July, 2014

The Lib Dems were given the chance in March to soften the impact of benefit cuts for people judged to have too many bedrooms

Downsizing with the bedroom tax

17 July, 2014

The price for underoccupying a home is high for many vulnerable people. Jess McCabe visits Stoke-on-Trent to find out how landlords are attempting to help

Universal Credit

17 July, 2014

Experimental official statistics to April 2014

Council tax: a chaotic way to impoverish the already poor

17 July, 2014

Amid mounting debt, court summons and poverty, a new report asks if the localised system of council tax support costs more than it will save

Ratings agency to review negative social sector outlook after 'promising developments'

16 July, 2014

A ratings agency will review its negative outlook after reporting housing associations have 'coped well' with recent challenges

FCA proposes payday loans cap of 0.8% per day

16 July, 2014

Plans for a cap on the amount that payday lenders can charge their customers have been announced by the City regulator

ALMOs bringing hundreds of empty homes back into use

16 July, 2014

Housing ALMOs are managing to bring hundreds of empty homes across England back into use

Bringing empty homes back into use is a stated priority for the Coalition Government and for many councils across the county. As part of the Comprehensive Spending Review in October 2010, the Government announced a £100m fund to bring more empty homes back into use and included tackling empty homes as a key priority in its 2011 Housing Strategy

Councils ignoring mayor's plea to hit empty homes with 150% council tax bill

16 July, 2014

Boris Johnson has lobbied London local authorities to apply a 50% council tax premium on homes that have been empty for more than two years

Child poverty - a collective responsibility this summer

16 July, 2014

With the summer holidays now upon us, how can housing providers better meet the needs of the low-income families they house?

Digital inclusion can benefit both colleagues and customers

16 July, 2014

A hands-on approach to digital inclusion makes a definite impact, but providers need to look at their internal strategies and infrastructure

12% of Welfare fund not spent

16 July, 2014

The Scottish Government has been accused of failing the most vulnerable after it was revealed more than 10% of the fund was not spent

Local Housing Allowance: monitoring the impact of changes

16 July, 2014

These are the final reports evaluating the changes to the Local Housing Allowance system of Housing Benefit from April 2011

This report summarises the main findings from a series of technical research papers that form the final outputs from the independent evaluation of the recent changes to Housing Benefit claims assessed under the Local Housing Allowance rules in the private rented sector in Great Britain, which were rolled out to claimants between April 2011 and December 2012

The social housing brand is broken

16 July, 2014

Boris Worral, writing in a personal capacity as someone with experience of campaign and lobby work, responds to Tom Murtha

Don't mention social housing

16 July, 2014

Here is the speech delivered by Tom Murtha, SHOUT campaigner and former Midland Heart chief executive

Dignity and Opportunity for All: Securing the rights of disabled people in the austerity era

15 July, 2014

Report published by Just Fair

This report finds that the UK government is in breach of its legal obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of disabled people

Benefit payments rose during recession

15 July, 2014

Welfare claimants were protected from the recession and actually saw their income rise as people faced pay cuts and job losses, Institute for Fiscal studies finds

Inflation and house prices data to fuel interest rate debate

15 July, 2014

Consumer price inflation and property price figures out from Office for National Statistics

Mark Carney faces an almost impossible decision on interest rates

15 July, 2014

In this unsettled climate the Bank of England governor has little chance of predicting the effect of an interest rate rise

Council benefits complaints rise

15 July, 2014

Complaints about English local councils' handling of tax and benefits soared by more than a quarter last year, according to the local Government Ombudsman

Exeter tenants evicted from flats with 'no warning'

15 July, 2014

More than 40 people including children have been evicted from a block of flats in a raid by bailiffs

The growth of the private rented sector: what do local authorities think?

15 July, 2014

Report from The Smith Institute

This report aims to understand views from local government on the changing role of the PRS in local housing markets

Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy

15 July, 2014

DWP report interim report

Thousands of low-income tenants have been plunged into "heat or eat" hardship as a result of the bedroom tax, according to this analysis of the policy's impact

Thousands of tenants without rent arrears face eviction

15 July, 2014

A growing number of private sector tenants are facing eviction despite being up to date with rent, a charity has revealed

Report on living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK

15 July, 2014

Report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies

Poorest and youngest suffer as poverty rises and living standards tumble

Labour calls for regular checks on child poverty

14 July, 2014

As figures show an extra 300,000 children living in households that cannot afford to keep their house warm, Labour accuses Osborne of ignoring the issue

Does traditional social housing have a future?

14 July, 2014

24 Housing debate

Households clear out new £7,600 per home Green Deal cashback

14 July, 2014

The most generous cashback in the Government's overhauled Green Deal scheme could be gone in one month, the Telegraph can disclose

Green deal: what next for government's energy efficiency scheme?

14 July, 2014

Efforts to revive the flagging policy still fail to address critics' concerns over cost and complications

Benefits Street series 2

14 July, 2014

Follow-up documentary Immigrant Street has locals worried

Tenants face eviction as landlords capitalise on rising house prices

14 July, 2014

Soaring numbers of people in private rented homes face eviction despite being up to date with their rent because rising house prices are prompting landlords to ask tenants to leave

Britain's debt hotspots revealed

14 July, 2014

The postcodes where households owe the most on personal loans

My Bedroom Tax Story

14 July, 2014

Under-occupied blog

Keeping rent arrears stable

14 July, 2014

By John Bryson, employment and inclusion manager, East Thames

RLA furious over 'scaremongering' private rental data

14 July, 2014

The RLA is up in arms over a housing organisation's claim that rents in Wales' private rented sector have risen sharply.

London's biggest landlords record £1bn surplus

11 July, 2014

Capital's 15 biggest associations generate £1bn surplus on back of capital's property boom

Iain Duncan Smith: Sir Bob Kerslake was right about universal credit business case

11 July, 2014

IDS has been forced to admit that the lifetime business case for the implementation of UC has not yet been signed off by the Treasury

The introduction of Universal Credit to couples

11 July, 2014

This briefing looks at the implications for housing associations and tenants of the roll out to include couples

Fuel cell pilot hopes to slash tenant energy use

11 July, 2014

Landlords trialling eco-friendly heating systems that are cheaper for tenants

'Community work for homes' scheme to be trialled by landlord

11 July, 2014

New tenants compelled to commit to volunteering in 'aspirational' project

How to tackle digital exclusion (and avoid the common pitfalls)

11 July, 2014

Going digital has huge benefits, but it equally presents dangers that some people could be left out in the cold

Number of 'amateur' landlords reaches record levels

11 July, 2014

The number of part-time or 'amateur' landlords has reached its highest ever level

Social landlord offers cash for occupancy

11 July, 2014

Guinness Partnership is offering buyers at its east London development a £10,000 cash incentive to live in its properties

UK government's welfare reforms piling misery on the poorest households

11 July, 2014

The devastating impact of the government's welfare reforms on people living in social housing is laid bare in the Real Life Reform report

Islington selected for universal credit trial

11 July, 2014

The London Borough of Islington has been selected to trial a new support system for residents

Touchbase DWP e-zine

10 July, 2014

July 2014 - includes information on the continued expansion of Universal Credit and also PIP

Social landlord's record-breaking £174m surplus

10 July, 2014

L&Q has generated a mammoth £174m surplus, smashing the sector record it set last year by more than half

Price of electricity could double over next 20 years

10 July, 2014

Pipes and pylons operator says failure to invest more in local gas production would leave country 90% dependent on imports

53,000 troubled families' lives turned around

10 July, 2014

Councils have been praised for turning around the lives of almost 53,000 troubled families in little over 2 years

Scottish regulator reports on landlords' failures

10 July, 2014

Scottish social landlords are being urged to make it easier for tenants to report failures in performance

Bridgend Council workers 'are turning to foodbanks and benefits to survive'

10 July, 2014

Claim comes as local government staff go on strike over pay

Fall in wages could be 20% more than estimated

10 July, 2014

Average wages in Britain have fallen more than official figures suggest due to shift to self employment

Council facing 'disproportionate' cuts of £44 per home

10 July, 2014

Camden Council has complained that it is facing a further budget gap of £70 million because of coalition cuts - which it must close by 2018

Over a million public sector workers walk out in UK-wide strikes

10 July, 2014

More than a million public sector workers are striking in disputes about pay and coalition cuts

Local support announced for jobseekers to help prepare for Universal Credit

10 July, 2014

Jobseekers to get extra help to get online and manage their finances on a monthly basis to prepare for the world of work under Universal Credit

Lord Freud announces welfare reform support projects

10 July, 2014

Lord David Freud has announced 11 new projects to trial ways of helping benefit claimants cope with welfare reform

Renting to homeless is too risky

10 July, 2014

Charities must do more to improve private landlords' confidence in letting to homeless people

NLA challenges homeless charities to do more

10 July, 2014

The NLA has challenged homeless charities and agencies to think more like landlords to help the homeless in to private housing

Five tips for handling rent arrears

10 July, 2014

Experts offer their advice on how housing providers can better manage arrears and help residents struggling to pay rent

Duncan Smith denies 'deception' over universal credit

09 July, 2014

A Labour MP has accused ministers of a "deliberate act of deception" over whether the Treasury has signed off the business case for universal credit

£10,000 donation for credit union

09 July, 2014

A credit union has said that a £10,000 donation it has received from a global law firm will help it bring affordable loans

Payday loan victims urged to speak out

09 July, 2014

The Financial Ombudsman Service has urged people struggling with payday loans to confront the 'shame factor' and seek help

Government in court over disability benefit changes

09 July, 2014

Court proceedings will begin in Birmingham to determine whether the Government's decision to change the eligibility criteria for PIP was unlawful

DWP staff lack empathy and communicate poorly, report claims

09 July, 2014

The DWP staff have been slammed by participants in a CAB Cymru report for the way they communicate and for offering a lack of support to claimants hit by welfare reform

Scottish independence: Better Together says welfare cuts would be needed

09 July, 2014

Better Together have launched a paper that claims that pensions and benefits are more secure in Scotland as part of the UK

CH 18 2014

09 July, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - Meaning of "change of circumstances" in Reg 67 (c) of the Council Tax Benefit Regulations 2006

Digital exclusion is a modern social evil we can abolish

09 July, 2014

Almost 20% of the UK population still lack basic internet skills, but there's a tremendous opportunity to empower people, transform lives and support vulnerable groups

Treasury has not signed off on Duncan Smith's universal credit

08 July, 2014

Head of civil service admits Treasury is only releasing money for troubled Tory policy after 'conditional reassurances' on progress

Payday complaints double in two years

08 July, 2014

Complaints about payday loans have more than doubled in the last two years

£1million energy advice programme opens for business

08 July, 2014

Householders and tenants up and down the country are set to benefit from an extensive programme of energy saving advice

Bid to help tenants with complants

08 July, 2014

The Government is taking steps to ensure social tenants are aware of the correct procedure for complaining about their landlord

To Put Up and Shut Up?

08 July, 2014

Speaking to PRs on our helpline there seem to be two issues that come up time and time again; bad conditions and the threat of eviction

Social landlord's staff to strike after being forced to 'work for free'

08 July, 2014

A Scottish social landlord's maintenance staff will take industrial action after being forced to work extra hours 'for free'

Welfare reform 'takes toll on poor'

08 July, 2014

Vulnerable people are being forced into hardship due to welfare reform

The Beveridge report revisited

08 July, 2014

Where now for the welfare state?

After unprecedented public spending cuts, The Guardian revisit Sir William Beveridge's welfare state 70 years on and explore the modern evils that society professionals must battle and defeat

Better Together says welfare cuts needed

08 July, 2014

The pro-Union campaign has said that cuts to public spending would be needed in an independent Scotland

'Forging Futures' for social housing

08 July, 2014

Dr Chris Handy, chair of the Matrix Strategy Committee and chief executive of the Accord Group

DWP accused of 'black propaganda' in universal credit debate

08 July, 2014

Glenda Jackson has attacked the Department of Work and Pensions for embarking on a programme of "black propaganda"

Funding affordable housing

08 July, 2014

Low income housing tax credits in the USA and their potential in the UK

A United States-style model involving private investment supported by tax credits could be an alternative to the current system of social housing grant funding in the United Kingdom

Renting brings lower yields for buy-to-let landlords as property prices rise

07 July, 2014

Buy-to-let landlords are facing a squeeze on rental yields because of rising property prices, according to mortgage broker, Mortgages for Business

IDS anger as former Marxist Raquel Rolnik attacks his benefit cuts

07 July, 2014

A group of United Nations poverty 'ambassadors' has launched a bizarre attack on the Coalition's welfare reforms

The law on renting needs changing: it's far too easy for landlords to evict

07 July, 2014

A tenant evicted after complaining about a plumbing problem lost his court case, but each year tenants do suffer 'revenge' evictions

Minister announces boost to roll out digital inclusion for hard to reach groups

07 July, 2014

A major push to target people who are not yet online was announced by the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty

Public urged to take part in HMO survey

07 July, 2014

Exeter City Council is eager to find out what its residents think about houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)

On my Own

07 July, 2014

Barnardos report on young care leavers

Many young people leaving the care system are struggling to find housing or are living in unsuitable, unsafe or insecure accommodation, new research has revealed

Britain's biggest buy-to-let landlords to sell entire portfolio of properties

07 July, 2014

Sale of nearly 1,000 homes in Ashford and Maidstone area likely to net Fergus and Judith Wilson at least £100m

Young mother faces prison after receiving £52,000 meant for social landlord

07 July, 2014

A woman from Lichfield has been ordered to pay back outstanding money that was wrongly transferred to her bank account by Lichfield Council

London landlords jubilant as rents reach '£1 High Club'

07 July, 2014

Delighted central London landlords have seen average weekly rents climb to £1.05 per square foot, meaning only one thing: Payday

Social housing tenants must get the service they deserve

07 July, 2014

Tenants have a right to know how to complain if they get a poor service from their social landlord

We say end over 65s PIP assessments

07 July, 2014

Disability Rights UK calls for end to automatic PIP assessment for over 65s

Angry councils lay down the law to control rogue landlords

04 July, 2014

London councils are rebelling against the Government's refusal to introduce licensing for private landlords and are setting up schemes

Regulatory fees for associations on hold

04 July, 2014

HCA fees for housing associations will not now come into effect in April

Balancing risks after Cosmopolitan

04 July, 2014

The lesson from the Cosmopolitan crisis is that landlords must calculate and manage their risk

Food bank advice for shoplifters in north Wales

04 July, 2014

Shoplifters in north Wales will be given details of food banks after evidence that offences are being committed to obtain food

Common Allocations Policy

04 July, 2014

Ceredigion County Council has drafted a Common Allocations Policy

The next generation rent?

04 July, 2014

Robert Flint, solicitor, Winckworth Sherwood

Bristol failing housing charity 'to evict all tenants'

04 July, 2014

All the tenants of a failing housing charity for vulnerable people in Bristol are being evicted

Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: learning and payment figures: May 2014

04 July, 2014

Information about payments and other feedback from the 6 Housing Benefit Direct Payment Demonstration projects that ran until December 2013

The extent of single homeless cuts

04 July, 2014

Freedom of Information Act requests shows how single homeless people have been disproportionately hit by council budget cuts

Racist incidents deter tenants in Belfast

04 July, 2014

Offers of housing turned down because of fears of racial prejudice

Of course landlords turn away benefit claimants. Let's move the debate on

04 July, 2014

Would you rather politicians simply stuck their heads in the sand?

Social landlord defends Asian housing priority after outcry

03 July, 2014

Social landlord Orbit Housing has been accused of discrimination after apparently giving priority to Asian people at one of its housing schemes

Prime Minister grilled over Tory MP Richard Benyon's 'social cleansing'

03 July, 2014

Prime Minister put on the spot as dozens of poor families face eviction after Britain's richest MP took a stake in their homes

Council finance broken

03 July, 2014

Councils in England and Wales should stop "moaning from the sidelines" and help redesign the totally broken local government finance system

Protest against residents being made 'homeless' during estate regeneration

03 July, 2014

Campaigners and residents of a London estate, currently undergoing regeneration, are protesting about tenants being made 'homeless'

The distributional effects of the UK government's tax and welfare reforms in Wales

03 July, 2014

Institute for Fiscal Studies' analysis of Welfare Reforms in Wales

This report is an updated analysis of the personal tax and benefit reforms implemented, or due to be implemented, by the UK's coalition government from when it was elected in May 2010 up to and including April 2015. This includes those measures that had been pre-announced by the previous Labour government which the new government chose to implement. Attention is restricted to personal tax and benefit reforms alone: it does not examine the impact of reforms to corporation tax and other taxes formally paid by businesses, nor the impact of changes to spending on public services

Welsh government beats digital exclusion targets

03 July, 2014

The Welsh Government has published a set of revised targets for reducing digital exclusion after surpassing its original aims

Burdening tenants with extra conditions doesn't work

03 July, 2014

The opinion of Alison Inman, CIH and TPAS board member and former chair of the National Federation of ALMOs

Universal Credit: Towards an effective poverty reduction strategy

03 July, 2014

The report asserts that people will have to work fewer hours to escape poverty under Universal Credit

The key findings of the report are that Universal Credit will have a net positive impact on poverty through both 'pockets' and 'prospects'. However we find that the impact varies by both household type and income level

IDS promises PIP 16 week turnaround

03 July, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith has promised that, before the end of the year, those claiming PIP will wait no longer than 16 weeks for a decision

Council considers rent cap scheme for private landlords

03 July, 2014

London School of Economics to examine a council's proposals for rent control

'Do your research'

03 July, 2014

NLA warns councils that their lack of understanding of the realities of the PRS is hampering efforts to improve standards

New rules for payday lenders come into effect

02 July, 2014

Short-term lenders will no longer be able to roll over loans more than twice or repeatedly raid accounts

MP claims evictions are hampering government's Troubled Families programme

02 July, 2014

Eric Pickles has been forced to defend the Troubled Families programme after a Labour MP claimed the housing crisis had hampered its impact

Bill to ban retaliatory evictions launched

02 July, 2014

A Liberal Democrat MP has launched a private members bill seeking to outlaw retaliatory evictions

Sanctioned: what benefit?

02 July, 2014

Thousands of sick, disabled and unemployed Scots are being left in poverty as their benefit payments are stopped

This report is one of the most detailed examinations of the impact of sanctions in Scotland so far. It provides an analysis of the current system, its impact on clients , real case evidence and the findings of a survey of Scottish CAB advisers. We also provide 16 recommendations that are needed to the current system and why they are needed.

Council house evictions in Lambeth are symptom of 'profit making culture'

02 July, 2014

The borough of Lambeth is gripped by a 'profit making culture' over the emptying of council houses

Homeless get jobless benefit boost

02 July, 2014

Newly-homeless unemployed people may no longer be stripped of jobless benefits if they stop seeking work while they look for a new place

Bedroom tax victims helped out by new housing developments

02 July, 2014

Two new housing schemes in Merseyside are helping families hit by the government's controversial bedroom tax

Tenants hit with 'bedroom tax' get £1.5m from Hull and East Riding councils

02 July, 2014

More than £1.5m has been paid out to cash-strapped tenants in East Yorkshire struggling to cope with the financial fallout of the Government's "bedroom tax"

Five jobcentres start offering Universal Credit to couples

02 July, 2014

Five jobcentres have started offering Universal Credit to couples as well as single people

HB Direct

01 July, 2014

Issue 150 July 2014 - Universal Credit expansion across north west England

Government eases sanctions for homeless people

01 July, 2014

Homeless people have been granted new exemptions from benefit sanctions under regulations laid before parliament today

Social housing tenant survey results 'deeply worrying'

01 July, 2014

The results of a social housing tenant survey have been described as 'deeply disturbing', with residents caught in a spiral of poverty which is affecting their health and wellbeing

Welcome to 'Shanty Town' Britain: Desperate Britons are paying £20 a week to landlords renting out 'beds in sheds' as UK's housing crisis spirals

01 July, 2014

The grim reality of Britain's housing crisis has been laid bare by these pictures of the slum-like conditions endured by the most desperate people in UK society

Fife Council urged to help those whose benefits have been 'stolen'

01 July, 2014

Campaigners against the controversial 'bedroom tax' have urged Fife Council to ensure all tenants entitled to help with their rent receive it

Fuel Poverty - Tackling the Triple Injustice

01 July, 2014

The Green Housing Forum is a place for social housing professionals to engage, network, share ideas and disseminate good practice around sustainability

The Journey to Work: Welfare reform for the next Parliament

01 July, 2014

Unemployed social tenants who are willing to move for work should be prioritised for discretionary housing payments

Households Below Average Income

01 July, 2014

An analysis of the income distribution 1994/95 - 2012/13 July 2014

Bedroom tax: Housing association rent arrears laid bare in the House of Commons

01 July, 2014

Housing associations are facing mounting problems with rent arrears as a direct result of the bedroom tax

Reeves versus Duncan Smith - universal credit debate highlights

01 July, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith was once again forced to defend universal credit in the House of Commons yesterday

MP proposes bill to end 'revenge evictions'

01 July, 2014

A Lib Dem MP is introducing a new bill in the House of Commons to end so-called 'revenge evictions'

Hopkins 'clarifies' comments about tenants on housing benefit

01 July, 2014

It is 'not appropriate' for private landlords to evict tenants because they are on housing benefit

New UK child poverty strategy 'ignores impact of government's welfare reforms'

30 June, 2014

The Child Poverty Action Group has accused the government of ignoring the impact of its welfare reforms in drawing up its new child poverty strategy

Mitigating the 'bedroom tax' in Scotland: SFHA welcomes 'letter of comfort'

30 June, 2014

The SFHA has welcomed the issue of a letter

Pay the jobless to move house to find work, says Duncan Smith's former think tank in echo of Tebbit's 'on yer bike' message

30 June, 2014

The jobless would be given financial help to move house to find work under a plan to tackle long-term unemployment

The inconvenient truth - quality of tenant data is average at best

30 June, 2014

Social housing has never been at the forefront of technology, and arguably has never needed to be

'Get a grip on DWP chaos' demands Labour

30 June, 2014

The Labour Party is set to demand that the coalition gets a grip on the "chaos" at the Department for Work and Pensions

Labour keen for further housing spending devolution

30 June, 2014

Labour will transfer £30 billion in funding to local authorities to 'begin reversing a century of centralisation'

Universal credit 'could be beginning of the end' for homeless charity

30 June, 2014

A homelessness charity has said the introduction of universal credit could be the beginning of the end of its service

EU migrants milking benefits will be KICKED OUT of Britain

30 June, 2014

Jobless EU migrants who have been claiming benefits for the past six months and show no signs of being able to find work could be forced to leave the UK from Tuesday

Cumbria Welfare Reform Commission 2014

30 June, 2014

Report of findings June 2014

Private landlords might be warming to national register

30 June, 2014

The UK's private landlords may be warming to the idea of a national landlords register

Universal Credit to take the first new claims for couples

30 June, 2014

Universal Credit will be extended again as the service opens up to new claims from couples

DWP loses universal credit documents appeal

27 June, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions has lost an upper tribunal appeal over documents concerning the progress of UC implementation

Five commandments for landlords after Cosmopolitan

27 June, 2014

The Cosmopolitan crisis had a huge impact on the housing sector. The five commandments to enable landlords avoid the pitfalls of the past

PRS landlord wants section 106 relaxed

27 June, 2014

A private rented sector landlord is calling for local authorities to adjust section 106 requirements for private rented sector landlords

'Beds in sheds' building in north-west London is torn down by council

27 June, 2014

A council has taken landmark action to demolish an outbuilding which it suspected would have been used as an illegal "beds in sheds" dwelling

Benefits link to food banks use: MP

27 June, 2014

Some people have gone to food banks because their benefits have been cut or delayed, a Conservative minister has said

Is income being distributed fairly through benefits and taxation?

27 June, 2014

52% of households received more in benefits than they paid to the state but the poorest are paying the biggest proportion of their income in tax

Rise in tenancy terminations

27 June, 2014

As the number of notices seeking possession rises, Carl Brown investigates why landlords are taking a tougher line

Fuel bill-busting tenants reveal secrets

27 June, 2014

A couple explained to delegates at the CIH conference this week how they managed to cut their domestic gas & electricity bills by 50%

Eviction cases reach Supreme Court

27 June, 2014

Two potentially significant housing cases are being heard in the highest court in England this week

Rogue landlords should face nationwide bans

27 June, 2014

Cross-party group's report suggests nationwide banning orders, a national licence for landlords, plus a guide for tenants on renting a property

UK Housing Review

26 June, 2014

An update to the UKHR 2014

Within one year of the end of office, the coalition government's plans for housing, welfare benefits and the economy are now showing their effects. Economic recovery has begun, but so far while house prices and transactions have moved upwards new housing output remains depressingly low compared with growing needs. Drawing on the latest statistics, the Briefing assesses the implications of policy and market changes in twelve key topic areas, together with dedicated pages on Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the English regions

Shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds unveils Labour's plans to reform the private rented sector

26 June, 2014

A Labour Government would reform the private rented sector - banning letting agent fees being put onto tenants

Peers round on Lord Freud over bedroom tax

26 June, 2014

Lord Freud withstood a barrage of questions about the bedroom tax in the House of Lords

Link between affordable rents and higher levels of child poverty

26 June, 2014

Affordable rent is linked with higher levels of child poverty, CEX of the Child Poverty Action Group told the CIH conference

Tenants at risk over Care Act

26 June, 2014

New legislation may cause councils to cut funding for vulnerable people

Benefit fraud and errors of £16m discovered by Audit Scotland

26 June, 2014

Benefit fraud and errors worth £16m, including money claimed by illegal immigrants, have been identified by the public spending watchdog

'Pickle the bedroom tax' protest to coincide with minister's speech

26 June, 2014

Tenants and campaigners called for the bedroom tax to be 'pickled' outside the Chartered Institute of Housing conference

Labour motion on private rented sector defeated

26 June, 2014

A motion to introduce longer term tenancies and ban letting agency fees has been defeated during an opposition day debate in the House of Commons

Mayor signs anti-eviction petition to Tottenham letting agent

26 June, 2014

A tenant facing eviction has delivered a petition signed by the mayor of Tower Hamlets and 18 councillors to his landlord's letting agent

Welfare reforms boost skills training by 40%

26 June, 2014

Welfare reforms have boosted the number of benefit claimants training to improve their skills by almost 40%

Child poverty strategy launched

26 June, 2014

Supporting families into work, improving living standards and raising educational attainment are the fundamental aims set out

£10bn ready to be invested in private rented sector

25 June, 2014

There is £10 billion of new money ready to be invested in the UK's professional private rented sector

Tories 'should amend bedroom tax'

25 June, 2014

The Conservative party should not impose the bedroom tax on tenants unless they turn down a suitable alternative offer of accommodation

Why housing providers should enquire about their tenants' sexuality

25 June, 2014

Questions about sexuality, religion and disability can be seen as invasive, but can organisations use the data to provide better services?

Alex Salmond's local income tax 'to cost families £550 extra'

25 June, 2014

Scottish Parliament economists calculate how much a local income tax would cost

Private renters feel the effect of the high cost of housing

25 June, 2014

Ipsos MORI survey for the Chartered Institute of Housing

A newly commissioned poll, conducted on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Housing, shows that private renters are currently feeling the effects of the high cost of housing. Thirty-nine per cent of those living in private rented homes agree they might have to leave their local area in the future because the cost of housing is too high, compared with 20% across Great Britain as a whole

Further cuts to the poor are inevitable

25 June, 2014

Lord Daniel Finkelstein, a Conservative peer and friend of George Osborne, said today that further cuts to the poor are inevitable

'Smileys' could cut fuel bills by £80 a year

25 June, 2014

A study looking into tenant's energy use

A major new study of people's energy use in the home has found that giving people feedback on their energy use can have as big an impact in cutting bills as installing loft insulation or upgrading a boiler - a saving equivalent to 2.7m tonnes of carbon per year for the UK

David Cameron message to Northern Ireland over welfare reform

25 June, 2014

PM has said Northern Ireland people must understand welfare reform is to return people to work, not to cut the budget for benefit payments

'Hardened' attitudes over disability

25 June, 2014

Disabled people are suffering from "hardened" attitudes as well as benefit cuts amid the debate about welfare reform

Housing staff must get closer to tenants

25 June, 2014

Frontline housing staff believe they will need to work more closely with tenants in the future

'Bizarre' that landlords don't comply with FOI Act

25 June, 2014

The information commissioner has said it is 'bizarre' that large housing associations do not have to comply with the Freedom of Information Act

Lord Freud: IDS took decision to 'reset' universal credit

25 June, 2014

Lord Freud has reassured peers that the decision to 'reset' universal credit does not put the flagship policy in jeopardy

LIN Press Release: Discretionary Housing Payment Underspend

25 June, 2014

More than £20 million specifically earmarked to help people adapt to welfare reforms was not spent by local authorities last year

New figures show that almost two-thirds (63%) of councils paid out less than their total Discretionary Housing Payment allocation to tenants, leaving £13.3 million left over

First Minister to highlight £1bn investment in social housing

24 June, 2014

The £1bn spent by the Scottish Government on social housing in recent years is 'good for our economy and good for our society'

Call for landlords to be forced to check electric wires

24 June, 2014

Campaigners are calling for a change in the law to make landlords in England conduct mandatory checks on electrical fittings in rented properties

Performance of the private rental market in Northern Ireland - Summary Research Report July - December 2013

24 June, 2014

The continued growth of the Northern Ireland rental market means there remains considerable interest and debate on the viability and sustainability of the private rental market

Council's licensing scheme to target rogue landlords

24 June, 2014

Rogue landlords who provide poor quality housing are the target of a new licensing scheme to improve private rented accommodation for tenants in Croydon

Council tax exemption removal sees 1,400 empty homes brought back into use

24 June, 2014

Birmingham has seen 1,400 privately owned empty properties brought back into use since the city council removed council tax exemption for vacant homes

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment: first independent review

24 June, 2014

DWP has commissioned Paul Gray CB to undertake an independent review of how the Personal Independence Payment assessment is working

£20 million support for welfare reform claimants unspent

24 June, 2014

More than £20 million specifically earmarked to help people adapt to welfare reforms was not spent by local authorities last year

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments 2013 to 2014

24 June, 2014

Analysis of the use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds by local authorities for the financial year 2013 to 2014

Housing benefit size criteria

24 June, 2014

Impacts for social sector tenants and options for reform

Reductions in levels of Housing Benefit for social sector tenants based on occupancy levels were introduced in April 2013. It is often referred to as the 'spare room subsidy', 'under-occupancy charge' and 'bedroom tax' but this study uses the more neutral term of the 'Housing Benefit size criteria'. It sets out a range of reform options that would reduce adverse impacts of the policy

The impact of welfare reform

24 June, 2014

The impact of welfare reform on social landlords and tenants

Welfare reform was one of the early targets of drastic public spending cuts. This research examines the impact on two of the groups most directly affected: social landlords and their tenants

Housing crisis taking its toll on private renters

23 June, 2014

More than a third of private renters in Great Britain fear having to move out of their local area because of the high cost of housing

Homeless figures treble among private rental tenants

23 June, 2014

The number of people made homeless when a private tenancy ends has trebled in the last five years

Church of England to open credit union in its 'war on Wonga'

23 June, 2014

All members of the Church of England will be able to join church-endorsed credit union within five years

DWP denies risk of rising disability benefits breaching welfare spending cap

23 June, 2014

Leaked documents suggested cost of employment and support allowance left government vulnerable to breach of self-imposed cap

Rachel Reeves: Labour will 'pause' Universal Credit if we win power

23 June, 2014

The shadow work and pensions minister says that Labour would not 'throw good money after bad' on the troubled benefit

Report of a telephone survey with g15 tenants

23 June, 2014

Eight in 10 London housing association tenants surveyed have a bank account

Bedrooms: Living, moving and relaxing

23 June, 2014

A couple of new bedroom tax FTT decisions

Universal credit extended to four more areas

23 June, 2014

Universal credit was extended to four more areas of the north west of England

Tenants unprepared for Universal Credit

23 June, 2014

Riverside working with New Direction and Barclays, has been preparing its tenants for welfare reform, specifically Universal Credit, to help them cope with the changes

5th Report, 2014 (Session 4): Report on Local Impact of Welfare Reform

23 June, 2014

Statistical 'proof' that welfare reform hits the poorest individuals hardest has been obtained by MSPs

We will protect you

20 June, 2014

Universal credit is still a work in progress, but that means proper safeguards are being put in place

Government 'could breach its own welfare spending cap'

20 June, 2014

The government could breach its self-imposed cap on welfare spending as a result of the cost of the main sickness benefit

Firms won't need to hire foreign workers any more, claims IDS: Benefits reforms 'make part-time jobs attractive'

20 June, 2014

Unemployed Britons are being made to take jobs currently filled chiefly by immigrant workers thanks to sweeping reforms of the benefits system

Renting 'cheaper in real terms'

20 June, 2014

Private sector rents have been getting cheaper in real terms throughout the last year as stability returns to the market

Stop disability benefits 'fiasco'

20 June, 2014

Thousands forced to rely on loans and charity

Benefit cuts for the young - secret agreement

20 June, 2014

There is widespread agreement about the need to cut benefits for young people but it doesn't suit the political parties to admit this

Tenants should be treated as customers too

20 June, 2014

Scrutiny of landlords' performance benefits all

Poor quality and tenure issues mean most councillors do not see PRS as top priority

20 June, 2014

Only 2% of councillors in England see the private rented sector supply of housing as their top priority for new housing supply

Universal Credit policy to expand to 90 jobcentres

20 June, 2014

The government's flagship welfare policy, Universal Credit, is to be introduced in 90 jobcentres in north-west England

Q&A: The benefits cap and you

20 June, 2014

The government says that households claiming benefits should be no better off than the average family in work

Personal Independence Payment

20 June, 2014

The DWP has rushed the introduction of PIP and the non-piloting of the new benefit has led to long and unacceptable delays to disabled people who have claimed it

Labour to cut youth benefits and focus on path to work

19 June, 2014

Labour leader sets out reforms based on training incentives as poll finds 78% of voters think welfare system unfair

Rogue landlords exploit deposit protection loophole

19 June, 2014

Legislation to rein in bad landlords and agents can leave tenants out of pocket

Further Universal Credit roll out in the North West

19 June, 2014

Universal Credit will be introduced in additional jobcentres from 23 June

Thousands left in limbo in benefit appeals system grinding to a halt

19 June, 2014

An extra 'mandatory reconsideration' stage added to the disability benefits appeal process by government is creating huge suffering

Letting agents in Scotland want compulsory code of conduct

19 June, 2014

More than 80% of Scotland's letting agents want a compulsory code of conduct

CIH NI welcomes new Private Rented Access Scheme for Homeless

19 June, 2014

CIH NI policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright welcomes a new scheme from the Housing Executive and SmartMove NI that aims to tackle homelessness

Government moves to reassure landlords over Superstrike

19 June, 2014

Following a year of concerted lobbying and pressure by the industry, the DCLG has tabled amendments to the Deregulation Bill

DWP capped access to discretionary housing fund

19 June, 2014

Discretionary housing help held back to stop bedroom tax 'buy out'

Government considering new rules for universal credit

19 June, 2014

Some 'trusted' landlords may receive benefits direct at an earlier stage

Supreme Court to hear landmark council tax rebate case

19 June, 2014

A landmark case concerning local authorities' obligations when carrying out public consultations will be heard by the Supreme Court today

Cuts may undermine work incentives in universal credit

18 June, 2014

Thinktank launches expert review of welfare scheme, saying policy changes have not received sufficient scrutiny

Renting in Tower Hamlets 'now more expensive than in leafy Richmond'

18 June, 2014

Soaring rents in popular east London boroughs such as Hackney and Tower Hamlets have overtaken those in affluent west London areas for the first time

Can the changes to LHA achieve their aims in London's housing market?

18 June, 2014

A report by New Policy Institute for Shelter

Fresh perspective on renting

18 June, 2014

A new manifesto for private renters published today highlights the new thinking on housing emerging ahead of the general election

Welfare cuts one year on: Now Britain's poorest are on par with former Eastern bloc

18 June, 2014

Ros Wynne-Jones meets the people who are suffering a year after Bedroom Tax as rent arrears have rocketed

Quantifying the extent of space shortages: English dwellings

18 June, 2014

Lack of internal space is a problem in UK homes, and is often linked to a lack of space standards for housing in the UK

All aboard the universal credit bus

18 June, 2014

Salix Homes is using a community bus to help tenants get ready for universal credit which is being introduced in Salford this summer

Report to call for 'radical reform' of welfare state

18 June, 2014

Plans for a radical overhaul of the welfare state will be published in a report that will be launched by Ed Miliband on Thursday

Housing rent deposits rise 50% since 2007

18 June, 2014

Lobby group Generation Rent calls for longer tenancies and a landlords' register as average deposits rise to £900

Call for country-wide universal credit rollout

18 June, 2014

The government should roll out its universal credit system across the country rather than phasing it in through pilots

Letting agents 'must publish fees' says minister

17 June, 2014

Tenants will be able to 'shop around' for a letting agent that does not charge excessive fees under Government plans to fine those that do not display their costs

Council offers bond in place of deposit to PRS landlords

17 June, 2014

South Northamptonshire Council is offering landlords a bond instead of a cash deposit in an effort to ease tenants into the private rented sector

Fife Council accused of 'morally bankrupt' use of 'bedroom tax' refunds

17 June, 2014

Fife Council has been branded 'morally bankrupt' after clawing back 'bedroom tax' refunds from tenants

Lottery funding for Coventry food poverty

17 June, 2014

More than £370,000 in lottery funding has been awarded to tackle food poverty in Coventry - home to one of the UK's busiest food banks

Social landlords could build 100,000 new homes a year

17 June, 2014

Social Housing Under Threat - a campaign for social housing - launches this week

What should be in the Renter's Manifesto?

17 June, 2014

There is one year until the 2015 General Election and housing will be a central issue

Welfare Reform: The Impact on Homelessness and Tenancy Sustainment for Scottish Housing Associations

17 June, 2014

The cumulative impact of the 'bedroom tax', benefit sanctions and problems accessing financial assistance at times of crisis is likely to result in an increase in homelessness in Scotland

Budding entrepreneurs helped off benefits

17 June, 2014

Around 2,000 businesses a month have been set up over the past year by people who have moved from claiming benefits to being their own boss

HB G6/2014

17 June, 2014

Contains information on work capability assessment independent review and official experimental Universal Credit statistics

LIN member report June 2014 - Response of Housing Associations to "Helping People to Find and Stay in Work"

17 June, 2014

This LIN member report is written by Kevin McCready

This LIN member report reviews the various ways that Housing Associations work with tenants to improve their employment prospects and the various approaches that have been taken

HB A12/2014

16 June, 2014

Contains information on universal credit: Change of circumstances affecting Housing Benefit

Majority of UK landlords reject tenants on benefits

16 June, 2014

Eight out of 10 landlords in the UK refuse tenants whose rent is paid by local authorities with just 18% happy to let to this group

Labour policy report calls for radical reform of welfare state

16 June, 2014

Thinktank's report for policy review will propose benefits be linked more closely to contributions

The poor need free food says Rowan Williams: Former Archbishop of Canterbury attacks the Government's benefits policy

16 June, 2014

Rowan Williams reignited the debate over food banks yesterday by claiming a generation of children is growing up with 'anxiety and deprivation'

Politicians just don't understand what it's like to be a renter

16 June, 2014

The 335 MPs who rent a second home on expenses do not experience the reality of life in the private rented sector

Consumer protection law for lettings professionals

16 June, 2014

Guidance for lettings professionals on complying with consumer protection laws, and laws about dealing with other businesses

Benefit blunder apology to evicted Pulborough family

16 June, 2014

A housing benefit service said the district council 'may have made incorrect judgements' on a housing benefit claim resulting in a Pulborough family's eviction

More than £400,000 distributed to meet cost of 'Bedroom Tax'

16 June, 2014

More than £400,000 has been distributed to 1,537 households across Angus in financial assistance to help meet the cost of the 'Bedroom Tax'

Welfare Reforms Hit Londoners Hardest

16 June, 2014

36% of London's children live below the poverty line

Evictions on rise as landlords toughen up

13 June, 2014

Survey shows landlords protecting income by dealing with arrears more robustly

Food bank charity 'was threatened with closure by Iain Duncan Smith's aide'

13 June, 2014

A senior aide to Iain Duncan Smith was accused last night of threatening to 'shut down' Britain's main provider of food banks

Pushing pay-to-stay

13 June, 2014

The government wants tenants to tell social landlords if their incomes rise to more than £60,000 a year - and then see their rents leap

Why should council tenants be left behind?

13 June, 2014

Did you know nationally that 82% of people are online but if you live in social housing - the figure is more likely to be 64%

Energy saving devices could save tenants hundreds of pounds

13 June, 2014

Thousands of tenants are going to benefit from cheaper utility bills thanks to new energy saving devices

'Time bomb' warning on migrant welfare cut

13 June, 2014

Loss of 'transitional protection' benefit may put migrants on streets

Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill published

13 June, 2014

The first step towards setting out in law the permanent arrangements for the £33 million SWF has been made with the introduction of the Welfare Funds (Scotland)

£200,000 fine for rogue landlord's 'bed in shed'

13 June, 2014

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay more than £200,000 - or go to prison

Minister welcomes sharp fall in appeals against benefit decisions

13 June, 2014

The number of benefit decision appeals dropped by 79% to 32,546 between January and March 2014, compared to same time last year

Secretary of state's behaviour during bedroom tax meeting riles tenant

13 June, 2014

A social housing tenant from Cardiff has told Inside Housing that he was deeply upset by the way he was spoken to by David Jones

Tribunal tells councils to end tax on empty homes

13 June, 2014

Housing associations win case against London boroughs charging tax

Why is only one social landlord signed up to the digital inclusion charter?

13 June, 2014

Despite being well placed to get people online, few organisations have signed up to be a part of the government's official strategy

Countrywide Monthly Lettings Index - May 2014

12 June, 2014

Landlords achieve greater returns on their rental property as capital appreciation grows significantly

Payday loan firms not competitive

12 June, 2014

Payday lenders lack price competition, so customers may be paying too much for their loans

Hundreds of thousands hit by benefits backlog

12 June, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by a benefits backlog

Universal Credit statistics: Apr 2013 to 31 March 2014

12 June, 2014

Universal Credit statistics: April 2013 to 31 March 2014 with breakdowns by Jobcentre Plus office, local authority and parliamentary constituency

Will universal credit create discerning tenants? Perhaps - but that's not point

12 June, 2014

Hopes for a new generation of responsible renters will be undone by the risk of rising arrears

Increased benefits 'help poor more'

12 June, 2014

Increasing benefits for low income workers would be a cheaper and more effective way of helping struggling families than tax cuts floated by the major parties

MP welcomes move to force letting agents to publish fees

12 June, 2014

Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron has welcomed the government's decision to force letting agents to publish full tariffs of their fees

Fuel Poverty, England 2012: Statistical press release

12 June, 2014

Through the Energy Act 2013, the Government has laid the ground for a new legal framework to monitor fuel poverty in England using the Low Income High Costs Indicator

Why we should give a monkeys about the PRS

12 June, 2014

Ahead of CIH Cymru's 3rd annual PRS summit Julie Nicholas asks the difficult question: When is a primate like a privately rented home?

How the other 40,000 live

12 June, 2014

Statistics show Wales has been hit harder by the removal of the spare room subsidy or 'bedroom tax' than any other part of the UK

The state of that bedroom

12 June, 2014

This is a rather unusual bedroom tax First Tier Tribunal decision from Islington

Families on the brink: welfare reform in London

11 June, 2014

London has the highest child poverty rates and highest housing costs in the UK

London has the highest child poverty rates and highest housing costs in the UK

11 June, 2014

Get angry about people playing the system by all means, but start at the top and work your way down if you expect to be taken seriously

MP wants watchdog to probe 'overtly political' Oxfam campaign

11 June, 2014

The Charity Commission is assessing whether a promotional campaign by Oxfam broke its rules by criticising the government's austerity programme

Welfare Reform is working in South Ribble

11 June, 2014

Labour opposed all welfare reforms proposed by the government as the Conservatives put into place their long-term economic plan to turn around the economy

Quarterly survey of private registered providers

11 June, 2014

Rent arrears in the English housing association sector fell for the second successive month

The social housing stigma: how to fight the stereotyping of social tenants

11 June, 2014

Residents are not the scroungers they are often portrayed as, but social housing is hardly a workers' paradise

Renters turn to Shelter as revenge evictions soar

11 June, 2014

New figures from the Shelter helpline today show a massive rise in calls from renters at risk of losing their homes

4th Report, 2014 (Session 4): Interim Report on the New Benefit Sanctions Regime: Tough Love or Tough Luck?

11 June, 2014

A review of the benefits sanctions regime has been called for by a group of MSPs in another critical report of the welfare system

Top tribunals judge questions universal credit 'disappearance'

11 June, 2014

A senior tribunals judge has thrown doubt over the future of universal credit after it 'disappeared' from Department for Work and Pensions forecasts on the number of predicted appeals

How to personalise a rented property

11 June, 2014

If you rent your property, it can often feel like a challenge to make you house feel like a home due to the restrictions that landlords put in place

Welfare reform puts single people at risk of homelessness

11 June, 2014

Study of risk factors in the north east finds rent arrears, food poverty and crime on the rise. Homelessness will come next

Families are slipping through the welfare net into hunger and poverty

11 June, 2014

10-year-old Cara described how it feels to be hungry in Britain in 2014

MPs claiming £millions to rent second homes

10 June, 2014

Over 250 MPs are claiming more in expenses to pay rent on their second homes than the maximum a normal person living in Westminster is allowed to claim in housing benefit

End to outdated laws will allow Londoners to let homes for extra cash

10 June, 2014

Eric Pickles announces the end of rules that prevent short-term renting of private homes

Housing benefit bill for working families soaring by £1.1billion despite Tory pledges to curb spending

10 June, 2014

The figures from the House of Commons library are a damning indictment of the Government inaction

Court costs soar to 150% as eviction cases are on the rise

10 June, 2014

Halton Housing Trust warns customers that they face a significant rise in court costs of up to 150 per cent

How to rent

10 June, 2014

This guide is for people who are looking for a house or flat to rent

PRS to come under the spotlight

10 June, 2014

The future of Scotland's private rented sector will come under the spotlight tomorrow

'Rent controls could have saved London tenants £2,800'

10 June, 2014

If the rent control model advocated by a majority of the London Assembly had been brought in, the capital's private tenants would have saved £2,796 in the two years

Scotland's 'worst performing' council for arrears slammed

10 June, 2014

A council has been issued with a damning report on its rent collection, after a review by the Scottish Housing Regulator

'Phase out' private rent and build more council homes

10 June, 2014

A trade union has called for the private rented sector to be 'phased out' in favour of a massive council house building programme

Below the Breadline: The relentless rise of food poverty in Britain

09 June, 2014

Although the UK is the seventh richest country in the world, it is also deeply unequal, and millions of families across the UK are living below the breadline

Touchbase DWP e-zine

09 June, 2014

June 2014- includes information on the latest jobs figures which show that employment is continuing to rise with a record number of people, over 30.4 million, now in work

Ineligible welfare claimants keep benefits after going unchallenged in court

09 June, 2014

Welfare claimants who should have their benefits cut under government rules are keeping their higher payouts due to a lack of government representation at tribunals

Ministers reject food banks' 20million meals figure

09 June, 2014

Charities in row with Government after it emerges half of meals are handed out to good causes such as lunch clubs

Bedroom Tax - Gambling with our Futures

09 June, 2014

Tenants Working Together is a group of like minded social housing tenants who come together to campaign about social inequity, welfare reform and the draconian Bedroom Tax

DWP starts IT overhaul as it commits to 25% SMB spend

09 June, 2014

The DWP has committed to increasing its spend with SMBs to 25% of expenditure as it outlined its revised IT transformation programme

Housing benefit bill set to rise by £1 billion, warns Labour

09 June, 2014

The housing benefit bill will rise by £1 billion by 2018, the Labour Party has warned

The 3 S's of Universal Credit

09 June, 2014

Many would argue that we have not seen such change in the welfare system since the creation of the welfare state

Where are we now with VFM self-assessment?

09 June, 2014

Over the past six months the HCA has not minced its words: it is not happy with the sector's response to the VFM standard

Thousands of social homes to benefit from ££0m British Gas solar partnership

09 June, 2014

More than 6,000 social homes will become rooftop solar sites as part of a £60m partnership between British Gas, Social Finance and Gen Community

Council apologises to nearly 2,000 housing benefit claimants over data leak

06 June, 2014

A council has contacted 1,900 housing benefit claimants to alert them that their personal details has been mistakenly given out

Landlords to identify violent extremists

06 June, 2014

Manchester police to launch national scheme training housing staff to spot tenants vulnerable to radicalisation

Stormont probes growing demand for food banks

06 June, 2014

Stormont has launched an investigation into the growing demand for food banks by desperate families across Northern Ireland

Poorer households council tax support extended in Wales

06 June, 2014

Benefits to help poorer households in Wales pay council tax will be paid beyond the 2016 assembly election

Ticking the box for housing: latest poll results

06 June, 2014

What do CIH members think of Labour's proposals for the private rented sector?

Iain Duncan Smith says Big Issue magazine is 'helping UK benefit tourists'

06 June, 2014

Mr Duncan Smith said the magazine was being used 'more and more' as a foothold for Romanians to access tax credits

BPF says build-to-rent fund has laid the foundations for long-term PRS success

06 June, 2014

The property industry will today hear how the Build-to-Rent Fund, PRS Taskforce and the Montague Review have played important roles

Riverside helps tenants claim over £350,000

06 June, 2014

In the first year since Government changes to the benefits system, Riverside Carlisle's Money Advice Service has increased the amount their tenants have been eligible to claim

Behind the scenes at a foodbank

06 June, 2014

It's estimated that over 500,000 people across the UK now access food banks

HB S5/2014

05 June, 2014

Rent Rebate Subsidy Limitation information - 2014/15

Labour to encourage culture of rental increases

05 June, 2014

The Labour Party's proposal to introduce an annual indexation of rents will leave more tenants out of pocket and only exacerbate high rents in the UK

Poorer households council tax support extended in Wales

05 June, 2014

Benefits to help poorer households in Wales pay council tax will be paid beyond the next assembly election

'Stupid' bedroom tax sees tenant threaten to blow up house

05 June, 2014

A man facing eviction due to the bedroom tax has been arrested after threatening to blow up his social home

Rent deadlock drives landlord out of boroughs

05 June, 2014

Lack of assurances means association will build larger homes elsewhere

Riverside supports Durham Food Bank

05 June, 2014

Durham Foodbank provides emergency food for local people in crisis

Anti-bedroom tax campaigners to gather in Manchester

05 June, 2014

Anti-bedroom tax campaigners from across Britain are to gather in Manchester this weekend to decide the next course of action in their fight against Government cuts to benefits

Bedroom tax judicial review fails

05 June, 2014

A recent Judicial Review of the bedroom tax, supported by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has failed

NFA, ARCH and CWAG survey reveals over one third of council tenants are still in rent arrears nine months after 'bedroom tax' introduced

05 June, 2014

Nine months after the introduction of the 'bedroom tax', just over one third of council tenants are still in rent arrears

Stop interfering over benefits, Iain Duncan Smith tells EU as he demands new rights to curb handouts

04 June, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith opened up a new front in the Tory battle with Brussels last night, demanding new rights for Britain to restrict welfare handouts for EU migrants

Bedroom Tax victims tell David Cameron: Visit our home and you'll axe the charge

04 June, 2014

Warren Todd is one of only 100 known cases of Potocki-Shaffer syndrome in the world

Welfare Reform Survey - 2013/14 Quarter 2 and Quarter 3 Update

04 June, 2014

Summary of responses June 2014

Re-thinking Welfare: Fair, Personal and Simple

04 June, 2014

This is the 2nd report of the Expert Working Group on Welfare looking at the medium and long term options for welfare in an independent Scotland

Crackdown on landlords who fail to tackle criminal behaviour

04 June, 2014

New powers to clamp down on private rented sector landlords who do not take action against organised crime in their properties are expected to be announced today in the Queen's speech

Back to square one for universal credit

04 June, 2014

The controversial welfare benefit has been classified as an entirely new project by a Whitehall body, so it's not too late to make the necessary changes

The injustice of our council tax system demands redress

04 June, 2014

Advice from the European Commission, one may imagine, does not reach very far inside No 10 Downing Street

Scottish independence: Call to increase minimum wage

04 June, 2014

An expert group on welfare set up by the Scottish government has recommended a substantial rise in the minimum wage

What would welfare look like in an independent Scotland?

04 June, 2014

The Scottish government's working group reports today on recommended changes to the benefits system after a yes vote

HB Direct

03 June, 2014

Issue 149 June 2014 - a look at the reasons why not all of you are using the Valuation Office Agency's VICTER system

HB A11/2014

03 June, 2014

Contains information on the process to obtain appropriate claimant Personal Independence Payment information not available via the Customer Information System

Wirral council accused of 'persecution' over bedroom tax

03 June, 2014

Birkenhead Green Party councillor Pat Clearly blasts council decision to appeal tribunal ruling

Landlords face prosecution over criminal tenants

03 June, 2014

New offence to be announced in the Queen's Speech will make it an offence to turn a blind eye to criminal behaviour on your property

Find out what happened when an AM tried living on benefits for a week

03 June, 2014

Rebecca Evans AM writes about her week of living on the equivalent of Jobseeker's Allowance, to examine the impact of welfare reform

Lottery funding awarded to South West charities

03 June, 2014

A project in Cornwall supporting male victims of domestic abuse has been awarded more than £400,000 in lottery funding

European Commission questions UK government's welfare and housing policies

03 June, 2014

The European Commission has called on the UK government to ensure its welfare reforms contribute to the reduction of child poverty in low-income households

Helping renters doesn't have to mean harming landlords

03 June, 2014

You often hear people suggest the way to fix the problems with private renting is for renters to simply complain or shop around

DWP refuses to disclose universal credit alternative payment figures

03 June, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions has refused to disclose figures relating to the number of alternative payment arrangements made under universal credit

The EU's wise advice to the UK shouldn't be ignored

03 June, 2014

It's not up to the unelected commission to determine Britain's policies, but it has reason and evidence on its side

Welfare reforms 'impacting on children'

03 June, 2014

The UK Government has been criticised in a row about the impact of controversial welfare reforms on children

A minimum income standard for the UK in 2014

03 June, 2014

How much money do you need for an adequate standard of living?

Department of Work and Pensions in denial on food banks

02 June, 2014

The Department of Work and Pensions within the UK Government is in denial about the cause of the increase in food bank use

We need a new deal for tenants

02 June, 2014

Labour Leader Ed Miliband is surely right in principle to propose greater regulation of the private rented market

Money expert Martin Lewis blasts Bedroom Tax and urges David Cameron to scrap hated levy

02 June, 2014

The hated charge means as many as 660,000 people of a working age in social housing who have a spare bedroom will have housing benefit cut by £40 a month

Family loses High Court challenge against bedroom tax

02 June, 2014

The High Court has dismissed a bedroom tax challenge brought by grandparents caring for a disabled child

Government scores bedroom tax own goal

02 June, 2014

As most people will know the bedroom tax came into operation in April 2013

Jersey minister says rent control 'doesn't work'

02 June, 2014

Jersey's housing minister says he has deep reservations over calls for rent controls

Government offers £500,000 to combat massive rise in food bank usage

02 June, 2014

The Scottish government is offering food aid organisations the chance to apply for funding through its £500,000 Emergency Food Fund

Councils stifling local housing investment

02 June, 2014

The majority of landlords considering future property purchases plan to buy in their local area

Government considering new laws to stop 'retaliatory evictions' of private tenants

30 May, 2014

DCLG considering introducing legislation to outlaw the 'retaliatory eviction' of tenants who complain to landlords about poor conditions

Landlords call for clarity on pay-to-stay rent rules

30 May, 2014

Providers encouraged to charge high-earning tenants more rent

GLA to be flexible over retrofit plans

30 May, 2014

Landlords will not be forced to carry out work they cannot afford

Family of disabled grandchild lose spare bedroom fight

30 May, 2014

The family of a severely disabled teenager from Pembrokeshire have lost their High Court challenge

Council tax hardship payments judgment victory

30 May, 2014

A landmark judgment confirming that Tribunal has unlimited power to overturn decisions by councils which refuse to award DHP

Government agrees specialist housing team for universal credit

30 May, 2014

The government has agreed to include a specialist housing team within the universal credit service centre

Are housing associations really killing off social housing?

30 May, 2014

Critics may not like the tough decisions social landlords have taken, but we are more focused than ever on our social purpose

Government scores bedroom tax own goal

30 May, 2014

As most people will know the bedroom tax came into operation in April 2013

Caring through the night

30 May, 2014

The latest challenge to the bedroom tax focuses on overnight carers for disabled children

Government claims 'digital success' with Universal Credit

30 May, 2014

Widening access to Universal Credit information across a range of digital devices is proving popular with claimants & boosting digital skills

Bedroom tax pushes households into debt and fear of eviction

29 May, 2014

A third have cut back on food and a quarter have cut back on heating

Should the social housing regulator charge for regulation?

29 May, 2014

What impact could the proposals have and is there merit to charging for regulation?

New Approaches

29 May, 2014

New approaches of tackling tenancy fraud

This briefing will explore how housing providers across England have approached the fraudulent use of social housing, including preventing and detecting a range of fraudulent activities. It will highlight emerging issues and risks in tackling tenancy fraud and establish good practice from providers in how to meet these new challenges

A fair start for everyone

29 May, 2014

Benefit cuts to trap five million UK children in poverty by 2020

The new report from Save the Children 'A Fair Start for Every Child', reveals that children have paid the highest price in the recession, with families having been hit by a "triple whammy" of years of flat wages, cuts to benefits and the rising cost of living

CIH warns worst offenders may 'simply ignore' new London Rental Standard

29 May, 2014

The mayor of London's new London Rental Standard, sets out standards for landlord and letting agent accreditation schemes

Universal Credit: 100,000 views on the red button, smartphone apps and Facebook

29 May, 2014

Interactive TV, smartphone apps and social media has been used to view over 100,000 pages of Universal Credit information

London rental standard is a 'meaningless gimmick'

29 May, 2014

Tom Copley, Labour London Assembly and housing spokesperson, has described the London Rental Standard as a 'meaningless gimmick'

Generation Rent blasts 1.1 million empty homes as overcrowding rises

29 May, 2014

The OfNS has found a 25% increase in households with six or more people, and a 25% increase in unoccupied homes from 878,000 to 1.1 million

Helping Tenants to Combat Poverty

29 May, 2014

Practical Interventions in Housing

The tough economic climate, public sector austerity and welfare reform combined mean that many individuals and families are struggling to make ends meet. While the economy is said to be recovering, many households and communities are not feeling the benefit and the numbers in poverty are expected to increase

Boris Johnson's private rental accreditation scheme dismissed as a PR stunt

29 May, 2014

A campaign group for PRs has declared the accreditation scheme for PR sector landlords as an expensive PR stunt, doing little to help tenants

Universal Credit service improvements

29 May, 2014

Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed some changes to Universal Credit service, which should benefit landlords and tenants

The real cost-of-living-crisis: Five million British children 'sentenced to life of poverty thanks to welfare reforms'

28 May, 2014

Children in working families, rather than beggars and vagrants, are the face of modern poverty in Britain today

Reading and Brighton offer fastest growing returns for landlords as young professionals give up on London

28 May, 2014

Reading and Brighton provided the biggest jump in potential returns for landlords last year as a flight of priced-out young professionals from London boosted rents in the towns

Council turns to private sector landlords to solve housing crisis

28 May, 2014

A council has appealed to private rented sector landlords to offer homes for families on its waiting list

If payday lenders are quitting Britain, what comes next?

28 May, 2014

Loan sharks will move in unless people in poorer communities can borrow from legitimate local sources like credit unions

One year on: The impact of welfare reforms on housing association tenants

28 May, 2014

Ipsos MORI research report looking at the impacts of welfare reform specifically from the tenant perspective

Millions of our kids are living in poverty - when are we going to do something about it?

28 May, 2014

If the economy is growing, why are 3.5 million children living in poverty?

Cost of renting rises 10% to average of £777 a month

28 May, 2014

The cost of renting has soared by 10 per cent during the past year as the supply of properties fails to keep pace with tenant demand

Iain Duncan Smith has failed on Universal Credit. He must be replaced

28 May, 2014

He has proved himself to be inept at managing its implementation over the past three years

'Bedroom tax' hitting North hard

28 May, 2014

Households in the North of England hit by controversial cuts to housing benefits are going without basic essentials for fear of falling into arrears

Housing Benefit: Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs)

28 May, 2014

Parliamentary briefing note

Delays to universal credit lead watchdog to rate it as a new project

27 May, 2014

Due to the delays to universal credit, a government watchdog has assessed it as 'reset' meaning it is considered a new scheme

Major Projects Authority's annual assessment

27 May, 2014

Annual Report 2013-2014

Welsh Ministers savage coalition's child poverty strategy - for including the 'bedroom tax' as part of it

27 May, 2014

Jeff Cuthbert and Vaughan Gething attacked UK Government's strategy for failing to recognise the impact of tax and benefit changes

Council tax arrears become most common debt case at Citizens Advice

27 May, 2014

More people now approach the charity over council tax bills than over difficulties with unsecured loans or credit cards

Council tax arrears now biggest debt problem reported to Citizens Advice

27 May, 2014

One in five people reporting debt problems to Citizens Advice has a council tax arrears issue

Govt proposes no benefits for 7 days

27 May, 2014

The SSAC has launched a public consultation on the Government's intention to extend the number of days a claimant must wait before they are entitled to receive certain benefits from 3 to 7

'Vulnerable people' will be caught up in Universal Credit fiasco warns Oldham MP

27 May, 2014

Debbie Abrahams, warns there remains an uncertainty about the Universal credit IT system and the way vulnerable people will be supported with the changed it brings

Concerns as charity helps more homeless

27 May, 2014

A homelessness charity has revealed a large increase in the number of people needing help in Chorley - and fears that demand could still rise further

Octavia trial makes district heating hot topic for social landlords

27 May, 2014

A project by Octavia Housing is helping landlords re-think how they deliver heat and tackle fuel poverty in thousands of social housing properties

Rents for Social Housing from 2015-16

23 May, 2014

Consultation: Summary of Responses

Legal battle looms over rent reform

23 May, 2014

Stock transfer associations say new rent regime will cost them millions

Universal credit 'reset' after catalogue of blunders

23 May, 2014

The government's spluttering flagship reform of the benefits system has been officially 'reset'

Can the PRS do even more to help meet housing need?

23 May, 2014

The pendulum of housing investment has swung from the public to the private rented sector in the last decade

Guidance on rents for social housing

23 May, 2014

This guidance sets out the government's policy on rents for social housing from April 2015 onwards

Direction on the rent standard 2014

23 May, 2014

This direction will apply to standards set by the social housing regulator in relation to rent for registered providers from 1 April 2015

Localising Council Tax support administration subsidy grant determination (2014 to 2015)

23 May, 2014

This document sets out the distribution of subsidy paid to local authorities in England

Bedroom tax a year on - can the evidence speak for itself?

23 May, 2014

Opinion of Alan Humphreys, chief executive, Grand Union Housing Group

Relief for 'bedroom tax' 'victims'

23 May, 2014

People in Inverclyde hit by financial misery through the 'bedroom tax' will now automatically get relief payments under a new council deal

Government proposal to extend benefit waiting days: consultation announced

23 May, 2014

Public consultation on extending number of days claimants must wait before they are entitled to receive certain benefits from three to seven

IDS continues to block universal credit report

22 May, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith is continuing to block the publication of reports believed to reveal the failure of the universal credit scheme

Four ways to help tenants appeal against bedroom tax

22 May, 2014

By helping tenants in bedroom tax appeals, housing providers can bring more money into communities and minimise arrears

4,000 English households risk losing homes every week

22 May, 2014

215,000 homes in England are at risk of eviction or repossession

Affordable homes to beat 'bedroom tax' in Telford

22 May, 2014

A total of 44 low-cost homes will be built in Telford in a bid to help those trying to escape 'bedroom tax' by downsizing

Beamish welcomes rent reform

22 May, 2014

South Scotland MSP Claudia Beamish has backed plans to reform the private rented sector in Scotland

Call for bedroom tax scrap for the abused

22 May, 2014

E-petition calling on the Government's Department for Work and Pensions to exempt victims of domestic violence from the bedroom tax

Young Men Most Likely to be on Universal Credit

22 May, 2014

More than six in ten (63%) of new claims for Universal Credit are for people under 25 and only 4% of claimants are over 50

Ukip housing spokesman making a fortune from immigrants on housing benefit

22 May, 2014

The UK Independence Party's housing spokesman has admitted making money from immigrants on housing benefit

One third of Torbay households claiming housing benefits

22 May, 2014

ONE third of households in Torbay are claiming housing benefit and council tax support

I'm a renter - and guess what? I love it

22 May, 2014

Renting your home doesn't have to be grim and rootless, it's only the desperate rush to buy that makes it seem a worst-case scenario

The Impact of the Bedroom Tax in Scotland: Devolving the DHP Cap

21 May, 2014

Scottish Affairs Committee - Fourteenth Report

Bedroom Tax - one year on

21 May, 2014

One year report: bedroom tax hasn't solved under-occupancy

Shapps council bungles bedroom tax leaflet

21 May, 2014

The council that controls the constituency of Tory chairman Grant Shapps has sent out leaflets referring to the government's 'spare room subsidy' as the 'bedroom tax'

Tenants fail to check fate of their deposits

21 May, 2014

More than half of tenants (53%) admit they never check if landlords put their deposits in mandatory tenancy deposit schemes

Iain Duncan Smith continues to hide reports showing failure of universal credit

21 May, 2014

The DWP is continuing to block publication of reports set to reveal the failure of the Universal Credit scheme, despite a series of rulings insisting they should be released

DWP 'leads the way in openness and transparency'

21 May, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions is a pioneer of truthfulness regarding statistics, one of its spokespersons has said

PRS tenant campaign group accused of 'playing to people's fears'

21 May, 2014

A campaign group that fights for tenants in the private rented sector has been accused of "playing to people's fears" and "failing to provide a true reflection of the sector"

MPs call for full mitigation of bedroom tax 'without delay'

21 May, 2014

Powers should be transferred to the Scottish Government to allow full mitigation of the bedroom tax 'without delay'

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments: first independent review

21 May, 2014

DWP - The first independent review of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment process

PRS campaigners release renter's manifesto

20 May, 2014

A campaign group that fights for tenants' rights in the private rented sector has released a renter's manifesto

Scottish Government under pressure to mitigate effects of bedroom tax

20 May, 2014

The Committee calls once more for a clear commitment from the Scottish Government that it will use its chosen method of mitigating the effects of the bedroom tax

Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland: 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014

20 May, 2014

Councils in Scotland have made more than 87,000 discretionary housing payments

Will tenants ever pay their rent by smartphone?

20 May, 2014

More people are using mobile apps to make digital payments. Landlords need to get savvy now

Court battles against the bedroom tax can be won

20 May, 2014

The legislation on taxing 'spare' bedrooms is open to interpretation, and I've seen it successfully challenged so don't suffer in silence

HB G5/2014

20 May, 2014

Contains information on tax credits and decisions by the Upper Tribunal

Head of Coast and Country blames government welfare reforms for rise in tenants losing homes

20 May, 2014

The number of possession claims by social landlords is on the rise in Redcar and Cleveland, Middlesbrough and in Stockton

Universal Credit - the critical issues

20 May, 2014

Universal Credit is the biggest change in the welfare benefits system in a generation - getting it wrong is just not an option

MPs call for Holyrood powers on bedroom tax

20 May, 2014

The UK and Scottish governments need to act quickly to transfer new powers to Holyrood that will allow ministers there to fully mitigate the impact of the bedroom tax

Landlords see rents rise just £5 in a year - but house price boom pushes average total return to almost £17,000

19 May, 2014

Buy-to-let landlords may be piling into the market, but rents in England and Wales are just 0.6 per cent higher than a year ago

Govt proposals for greater clarity on lettings agents fees welcomed by landlords

19 May, 2014

Landlords have welcomed Government proposals to improve the transparency of fees charged by lettings agents

Benefit reforms: One year on, universal credit is not working

19 May, 2014

The people of Warrington have been feeling like Iain Duncan Smith's guinea pigs

Soaring energy and housing costs force poorest homes to turn to food banks

19 May, 2014

All-party parliamentary inquiry, co-chaired by Labour's Frank Field, finds evidence behind growth in food banks

Bedroom tax victims should be represented at appeals by their housing associations

19 May, 2014

The party's housing spokeswoman Jocelyn Davies said ministers should look to form a strategy to support tenants who face losing their homes

DWP caught out after falsifying figures about disabled people

19 May, 2014

The DWP has been caught out by the watchdog for repeatedly making false claims about the numbers of people living on disability benefits

Landlord fined for safety issues

19 May, 2014

Cardiff Council has fined a private landlord £1,100 under the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Wales) Regulations 2006

Ed Miliband sets out Labour's minimum wage plans

19 May, 2014

Ed Miliband says a Labour government would set a statutory minimum wage target linked to average earnings, as he set out plans to tackle low pay

Bedroom Tax First Tier Tribunal decisions

19 May, 2014

As decisions by the First Tier Tribunal on bedroom tax appeals seem to be coming in thick and fast, here is a list of them

Council survey on impact of welfare reform

19 May, 2014

Aberdeenshire Council are looking for people and organisations who have been affected by changes to the benefits system

Poverty in Northampton: counting the cost of wide welfare reforms

19 May, 2014

Advice agencies say tougher sanctioning on welfare claimants could be unfairly impacting on the poorest in Northampton

Can Europe provide the answer to London's private rental nightmare?

16 May, 2014

London's PRS is spiralling out of control. Search for solutions to unaffordable rents and substandard properties turns to Europe

Nearly 6,000 people on universal credit

16 May, 2014

Statistics on universal credit pilots, show that between April 2013 and Feb 2014, a total of 5,910 people started claiming universal credit

New SORP threat to balance sheets

16 May, 2014

Landlords are warned changes to policy could hit their accounts

Here for everyone

16 May, 2014

The roll-out of universal credit is moving steadily forward and employers and claimants are already seeing benefits, says Lord David Freud

MPs warn of fraud uncertainties surrounding universal credit

16 May, 2014

It remains uncertain how the Department for Work and Pensions will manage the housing costs element of universal credit

'Bedroom tax victimising mentally ill patients'

16 May, 2014

The government's controversial bedroom tax is victimising patients with mental health problems

Online logbook puts Birmingham tenants in control of digital future

16 May, 2014

The process of learning digital skills starts with the very first time a tenant logs into the system

The Universal Credit (Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2014

16 May, 2014

Treatment of ongoing entitlement to certain benefits: benefit cap

MPs fear housing fraud could thwart Universal Credit savings

16 May, 2014

MPs have raised fears welfare savings promised by the introduction of Universal Credit (UC) could be undermined

MPs muse on rented homes for under-35s

16 May, 2014

The All Party Parliamentary Group for the PRS has this week launched an inquiry into access to rented housing for the under-35s

Ending bedroom tax injustice

16 May, 2014

It looks increasingly likely that the introduction of the bedroom tax will be filed as a regret

Breadline licensees could lose tax credits

16 May, 2014

Publicans currently claiming working tax credits could lose the benefit if their pub is not "gainful" under new Government changes

LIN member report May 2014 - Abuse and Violence towards Staff – What Can Be Done?

16 May, 2014

This LIN member report is written by Kevin McCready and Duncan Page

For Housing staff, a correlation between violence towards Housing staff and the current Welfare Reform programme has been suggested with many Housing Officers putting the increase in violence and aggression down to housing reforms such as the ‘bedroom tax’, abolition of council tax benefits and the introduction of the benefits cap. As the government’s welfare reforms continue with the roll-out of Universal Credit, housing professionals are reporting that their relationships with some tenants are growing increasingly hostile. Landlords are reacting to recent events by tightening up their policies and procedures to safeguard staff, is this on your agenda? Read our latest report to find out how you can support your staff to be more resilient.

Universal Credit fraud fears raised by MPs

15 May, 2014

Government attempts to cut fraud by introducing the Universal Credit risk being "seriously undermined" by issues with housing benefits

Fraud and error in the benefits system

15 May, 2014

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee

BPF calls for DWP to assist housing professionals maintain tenancies

15 May, 2014

Government should do its utmost to ensure that its flagship welfare policy, Universal Credit, does not further increase pressure on housing benefit claimants in the private rented sector

Why are social housing tenants stigmatised?

15 May, 2014

Kate Davies, Notting Hill Housing Group chief executive and CIH governing board member Sarah Webb Lecture, OneCIH Conference, Birmingham

DWP celebrates as benefit fraud figure drops minutely

15 May, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions is celebrating news that jobseeker's allowance and income support fraud and error overpayments have dropped by £130 million in a year

Fraud and error: Jobseeker's Allowance and Income Support overpayments at lowest levels ever

15 May, 2014

Jobseeker's Allowance and Income Support fraud and error overpayments are at their lowest recorded levels

Measures to limit migrants' access to benefits

15 May, 2014

The Government has introduced a raft of measures 'to tighten up our EEA migration rules to ensure our welfare system is not taken advantage of'

Social landlords prepare to enter energy markets

15 May, 2014

Social landlords are muscling into the energy market for the first time, launching initiatives in a bid to protect them from price rises

Housing associations and welfare reform

15 May, 2014

Facing up to the realities

Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research report looking at how housing associations have responded to changes

Letting agents charging 'hidden fees' to renters will be fined under plans being drawn up by the Government

15 May, 2014

Letting agents who fail to clearly display their fees on their websites and in their offices will be hit with fines under new rules

Pembrokeshire grandparents in 'Bedroom tax' row have their challenge heard in High Court

15 May, 2014

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) who represented Paul and Susan Rutherford says it could be weeks before a ruling is made

Landlord exposed council to 'serious risk'

15 May, 2014

Arm's-length management organisation was unable to monitor repairs spend

Nick Clegg under pressure from Lib Dem activists to water down Coalition's welfare reforms

14 May, 2014

Fear that vulnerable people are 'falling through the safety net'

Letting agent fees: a sigh of relief, but only for the time being

14 May, 2014

Agents can breathe a sigh of relief after yesterday's motion by Labour in the Commons to ban fees to tenants was defeated

Rise in food banks not due to welfare reforms says UK minister

14 May, 2014

The UK employment minister has said rising food bank use is not the fault of Westminster's welfare reforms

SPF warns of negative impact of rent controls on fledgling build-to-rent sector

14 May, 2014

SPF has sounded a note of caution over the proposed rent caps that will be debated as part of the Scottish Housing Bill

Bedroom Tax Mitigation - Devolved powers on Discretionary Housing Payments

14 May, 2014

After weeks of uncertainty, the UK Government has now responded to the Scottish Government's request to allow the cap on DHPs to be raised

Bedroom tax facing High Court legal challenge

14 May, 2014

The government's controversial bedroom tax is today facing a judicial review challenge at the High Court

Universal Credit

14 May, 2014

Local Support Services Expression of Interest Trialling Prospectus

A summary of what the LSSF robust trials will cover to provide learning on how we can best support those who need help make and manage a UC claim

1.66m housing benefit claimants live in private sector

14 May, 2014

A third of all housing benefit claimants live in the private rented sector

Bedroom tax challenge today for children with care needs

14 May, 2014

A judicial review in the High Court today will argue that the bedroom tax unfairly discriminates against children with overnight care needs

New DWP proposal will trap people in their homes, and in debt

14 May, 2014

New DWP proposals to protect landlords' rental incomes are in danger of trapping people in their homes, creating a modern day version of a debtor's prison

New affordable warmth scheme must not exclude PRS tenants

13 May, 2014

Proposals for achieving affordable warmth must continue to bring private tenants out of fuel poverty

Letting agents 'will have to publish their fees in full'

13 May, 2014

The government has said letting agents will face a new obligation to display full details of their fees both on their websites and in their offices

'Letting agent fee ban will increase rent costs'

13 May, 2014

Banning fees charged to tenants by letting agents will push rent costs up

Clegg will vote against banning letting agent fees

13 May, 2014

Nick Clegg has said that the government will vote against Labour's push to ban letting agent fees today

Government set to miss benefit fraud targets

13 May, 2014

The government is behind on its targets to tackle fraud in the benefit system, a report is expected to say on Thursday

The living wage was a good start - but what we really need now is a living rent

13 May, 2014

Housing costs take up an enormous amount of income for renters and frequent increases risk dismantling communities

How 10 families on benefits were paid more on average each week than someone with a salary of £85,000

13 May, 2014

Britain's top 10 benefits claimants were paid on average more in handouts than someone earning over £85,000, it can be revealed

Bedroom tax and welfare reforms leave tenant evictions at highest level in over ten years

13 May, 2014

Welfare reforms have helped increase the number of tenants facing eviction to the highest level in over a decade

Plans to licence private rented sector cut

13 May, 2014

Licensing of all private rented sector housing will not go ahead, with the council choosing to wait and see how a fund works

Landlords: What are your responsibilities?

13 May, 2014

Landlords have specific legal responsibilities to their tenants when it comes to gas safety. Here we look at some of the major points

Universal Credit - Rent Arrears Form

12 May, 2014

This form is for private and social sector landlords to claim Universal Credit rent arrears

Tories create new north-south divide in amount of support available for Bedroom Tax victims

12 May, 2014

Labour-controlled Liverpool could only hand out £143 per applicant while Tory-run Westminster could afford to pay £2,038 each

MPs to warn ministers over benefit fraud

12 May, 2014

Ministers are on course to miss their targets to reduce the amount of taxpayers' money stolen by benefit cheats and lost due to errors by officials

City in grip of housing benefits 'explosion'

12 May, 2014

New figures show that Bradford is in the grip of a low pay crisis - with an explosion in the number of working people surviving on housing benefit

Mortgage and landlord possession statistics quarterly

12 May, 2014

January to March 2014 - Ministry of Justice Statistics bulletin

The number of mortgage possession claims in County Courts increased from 62,862 in 2002 to a peak of 142,741 in 2008. Since then it has fallen 62% to 53,662 in 2013

MPs urged to support ban on letting agent fees

12 May, 2014

MPs will be given a chance to ban letting agent fees tomorrow, after the Labour Party tabled an amendment on the Consumers Rights Bill

New affordable warmth scheme must not exclude PRS tenants

12 May, 2014

The Department for Social Development's proposals for achieving affordable warmth must continue to bring private tenants out of fuel poverty

Zero-hours abuses must be stopped

12 May, 2014

The rise of zero-hours contracts in the UK has increased concerns they are being used to exploit workers

Rent arrears wiped out for Derby mum with disabled son after MP's intervention

12 May, 2014

Rent arrears wiped out for Derby mum with disabled son after MP's intervention

Family of five face eviction from one room bed and breakfast accommodation

12 May, 2014

The family have no cooking facilities, no access to a washing machine and are not allowed to have visitors in the B&B where Reading Borough Council has placed them

Tenants facing eviction after refusing to pay a penny of bedroom tax

09 May, 2014

A West Midlands ALMO has revealed that 36 of its tenants hit by the government's controversial bedroom tax have not paid a penny of it

Eric Pickles accused of forcing vulnerable families towards loan sharks

09 May, 2014

Four Tory council leaders criticise communities secretary's decision to scrap £347m local welfare assistance fund

Councils reject 70,000 crisis fund requests

09 May, 2014

Research reveals north-south divide between DHP allocations and demand for help

In-work housing benefit claims soar by 60%

09 May, 2014

The number of people in work and claiming housing benefit has rocketed by 59%

Labour to call Commons vote on letting agent fee ban

09 May, 2014

Labour are to call a vote in the Commons in an attempt to ban letting agents from charging fees to tenants

So-called "bedroom tax" to be fully mitigated in Scotland

09 May, 2014

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said, that thanks to Scottish government action, "there will be no need for anyone to fall into rent arrears, or face eviction, as a result of the bedroom tax"

Tower Hamlets

09 May, 2014

A Report on the Housing Crisis in one of London's most expensive borough by Tower Hamlets Citizens

Families with children make up 60% of households hit by benefit cap

09 May, 2014

More than 40,000 households have had their benefits capped by the government since it was introduced last year, according to new figures

Touchbase DWP e-zine

09 May, 2014

May 2014- includes information on PIP, Universal Credit roll-out, Credit Unions and ESA

Assembly Members call for abolition of the 'bedroom tax' in one-year anniversary vote

08 May, 2014

Plaid Cymru amendment labelled removal of spare room subsidy for social housing tenants as 'penal'

Rent controls would critically damage private rented sector in Wales

08 May, 2014

Rent controls would critically damage any prospects of growth in the private rented sector in Wales according to Douglas Haig

Scottish Parliament Bedroom Tax statement

08 May, 2014

Bedroom Tax and Discretionary Housing Payments

Benefit Cap information

08 May, 2014

New official statistics - which cover the first year of the policy - show that in almost 6,000 households previously subjected to the benefit cap someone has found employment

Landlord possession claims at decade high

08 May, 2014

The number of renters at risk of losing their homes is at its highest level for a decade

Investors back Miliband's PRS reforms

08 May, 2014

Labour's plans to reform the private rented sector have been backed by a number of major investors

Labour's rent reforms: will a European model really work in the UK?

08 May, 2014

Ed Miliband looked to Germany for his rent reforms, but there are huge cultural differences to overcome before they can work

New help with 'bedroom tax' - but you need to apply

08 May, 2014

Fife Council can now offset the full impact of the 'bedroom tax' following confirmation on Friday that the cap on Discretionary Housing Payments will be lifted

Fears over digital move for universal credit

08 May, 2014

There are fresh concerns that people on low incomes will struggle to access the digital service for universal credit as it is rolled out across the North West

'Bedroom tax': Derby's disabled devastated as nine homes available for 170

07 May, 2014

More than 170 homes lived in by disabled people in Derby are being hit by the so-called bedroom tax, despite the property being specially adapted

Where is housing?

07 May, 2014

What role for social renting in the new world?

Where is housing?

07 May, 2014

So what's not to like about social renting?

Putting the 'bedroom tax' in a shallow grave?

07 May, 2014

It seemed no doubt, in the words of a not too successful spin doctor, a good day to bury bad news.

AMs to vote today on new call to scrap the 'bedroom tax'

07 May, 2014

The vote will mark one year since the controversial policy was introduced

Political party opposed to bedroom tax to launch election campaign

07 May, 2014

A political party that has vowed to refuse to implement the controversial bedroom tax is set to launch its local election campaign this Friday

Former fire minister makes case for compulsory smoke alarms

07 May, 2014

A Labour MP is calling on the government to make mandatory the provision of smoke alarms in private rented homes

More reasons to rein in private landlords

07 May, 2014

In Newcastle, some £32m a year in housing benefit is paid to private landlords with virtually no conditions

Mortgage Voice: Mapping the Mortgage Market; Meeting Market Need

07 May, 2014

Consumer Attitudes and Analysis

Is zero-hours move fair?

07 May, 2014

The government has announced jobseekers risk losing their benefits if they turn down certain zero-hours contracts without good reason

HB S4/2014

07 May, 2014

Qualification of Housing Benefit Subsidy Claims in local authorities

Benefits risk to jobseekers refusing zero-hours contracts

06 May, 2014

Jobseekers risk losing benefits if they turn down certain zero-hours contracts without good reason

Keep it quiet, but even right-wing hacks support Miliband's rent reforms

06 May, 2014

Many right-wingers have taken an expectedly unfavourable view of Ed Miliband's new plans to keep rents low

Council fined over mouldy flat

06 May, 2014

A London Council has been ordered to pay £1,000 after failing to deal with 'serious damp and mould' in a tenant's flat

Tenant evicted 'because he wanted hot water'

06 May, 2014

Britain's most controversial landlords, the Wilsons, gave a tenant an eviction notice days after he asked them to fix his boiler

Thousands could be hit by 'back door' energy cutoffs

06 May, 2014

Energy suppliers accused of not giving early help to vulnerable households on prepayment meters

Labour's renting reforms: what do tenants and landlords want?

06 May, 2014

We asked people whether Ed Miliband's promise of three-year tenancies and stricter eviction rules would make a difference

One year on: The impact of welfare reforms on housing association tenants

06 May, 2014

New survey for the National Housing Federation assesses tenant preparedness for Universal Credit

Ipsos MORI and the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research have been commissioned by the National Housing Federation to conduct a programme of research to assess the impacts of welfare reform across the Housing Association sector

Social landlord launches credit union

06 May, 2014

A social landlord is set to launch a new credit union for its tenants

'Agoraphobic' singing benefits cheat swindled £35,000

06 May, 2014

A pub singer who claimed he was agoraphobic managed to swindle £35,000 in incapacity benefits

Proposed 'age discrimination' removed from Scottish housing bill

06 May, 2014

Scottish Government has removed a section of the Housing Bill that would have allowed social landlords to discriminate tenants on age basis

What PIP means for local authorities

06 May, 2014

Personal Independence Payment guidance for local authority employees

A brief explanation of how Personal Independence Payment (PIP) affects local authorities

Fear that Universal Credit will leave tenants struggling

06 May, 2014

National Housing Federation research demonstrates that people aren't ready for such significant upheaval

Bedroom tax: the penalty for being disabled

02 May, 2014

Since the government introduced the bedroom tax, we have seen substantial and sustained media coverage

Cameron: Increase in food bank use all about better promotion and nothing to do with poverty

02 May, 2014

PM David Cameron says the increase in the use of food banks is due to the fact they are "properly advertised and promoted"

Tougher powers are needed for councils to tackle rogue landlords forcing tenants to live in 'hell-hole homes'

02 May, 2014

LGA media release

The LGA, which represents almost 400 councils in England and Wales, says there are many good private landlords, who councils currently work with

The foaming Tory response to Labour's rental reforms stops any rational debate

02 May, 2014

Baiting Ed Miliband's rental proposals as reds-under-the-beds shows a Tory party afraid of proper political engagement

How would Labour's rent reforms affect tenants and landlords?

02 May, 2014

As Ed Miliband unveils his policy centrepiece on the rental sector, we look at what it will mean for millions of families

Welsh MPs turn guns on UK Government for 'wicked' welfare changes

02 May, 2014

Westminster Hall debate puts so-called bedroom tax and Work Programme under scrutiny

Fears Universal Credit will leave tenants struggling

02 May, 2014

Seven in ten not ready for shift to online benefits system

Holyrood offered powers to offset housing benefit changes in Scotland

02 May, 2014

The UK government has offered to devolve the power to set the cap on Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland

Annual rent-increase cap is focus of Labour campaign launch

02 May, 2014

A future Labour government would cap rent increases in the private sector to give a "fairer deal" to tenants

Eviction rate doubles under 'unjust' bedroom tax

02 May, 2014

A council's eviction rate has doubled since the government's controversial bedroom tax came into effect last April

Scottish government given powers to 'offset' bedroom tax

02 May, 2014

Scotland has been given new powers to add more money to a fund that is claimed will offset the cost of the bedroom tax

Liberty granted permission for bedroom tax court challenge

02 May, 2014

Liberty has been given permission to proceed with a judicial review, claiming the policy unfairly affects separated families

Annual rent-increase cap is focus of Labour launch

01 May, 2014

A future Labour government would cap rent increases in the private sector and scrap letting fees to estate agents to give a 'fairer deal' to tenants

Private landlords reap the benefits from a lack of social housing

01 May, 2014

A trade union has spoken out against a growing buy-to-let rental sector it says is costing the country a fortune in public money that could be better spent building social housing

DWP and payday loans 'driving food bank use'

01 May, 2014

The Department of Work and Pension and payday loan firms are pushing more people to use food banks

Foodbank opens for those in 'full time employment'

01 May, 2014

Due to a "rapid rise" in demand Cardiff is to get a fifth foodbank

Energy bills 'to rise twice as fast as expected' due to inefficient products

01 May, 2014

Household energy bills will rise by £127 by 2020 - £63 more than forecast - because consumers are not buying new energy-efficient appliances

Milton Keynes rent 'guarantee' to curb illegal B&B stays

01 May, 2014

Private landlords in Milton Keynes are being encouraged to house families living illegally in bed and breakfast accommodation

Landlord questions Ed Miliband's PRS knowledge

01 May, 2014

A landlord has questioned whether Ed Miliband understands many of the conditions within the private rented sector

Investors could be spooked by Labour PRS policy, warns BPF

01 May, 2014

Institutional investors eyeing up the private rented sector will be 'feeling extremely nervous' following Labour's surprise announcement

Landlord opens school of social housing

01 May, 2014

A housing association has opened an academy in south London aimed at teaching residents about the social housing sector

Poorly thought through and completely unworkable: NLA responds to Labour's private renting reforms

01 May, 2014

Commenting on Ed Milliband's announcement of proposals to reform private renting, NLA Chief Executive Officer Richard Lambert

Eric Pickles backs RLA's longer term tenancy proposals

01 May, 2014

The Department for Communities and Local Government has made clear its eagerness to establish reforms based on consensus within the industry

Council housing - more than cheap rent and taxpayer 'subsidies'

01 May, 2014

Thoughts about community and social housing, which naturally contain a (mercifully short) moan about bedroom tax

The rent racket: tenants are trapped in a game of Monopoly that won't end

30 April, 2014

Private landlords enjoy an absurd level of power over tenants. Yet they reject even minimal regulation

Benefit cuts and food banks usage not related

30 April, 2014

The rise of food banks is the result of 'poor people maximising their economic choices' and has not been caused by tougher rules over benefit payments

Universal Credit: First year of welfare transformation and north west next steps

30 April, 2014

The expansion of the full Universal Credit benefit to the rest of the north west of England will start in June

Full universal credit to be rolled out across whole of North West

30 April, 2014

The government's flagship reform of the benefit system, universal credit, is to be rolled out in full across the whole of the North West from June

Cardiff opens fifth food bank as DWP director blames rise on poor people 'maximising economic choices'

30 April, 2014

A work services director at the Department for Works and Pensions has claimed that the explosion in food banks is a consequence of poor people 'maximising their economic choices'

New bill seeks to exempt domestic violence victims from 'evil' bedroom tax

30 April, 2014

Victims of domestic violence living in social housing fitted with 'sanctuary rooms' should be exempt from paying the 'evil' bedroom tax

The cumulative impact of welfare reform: a commentary

30 April, 2014

A study by the Social Security Advisory Committee Occasional Paper No. 12

Housing professionals have their say on the impact of welfare reforms

30 April, 2014

The Chartered Institute of Housing asked staff how welfare changes will affect the sector

CAS Short Briefing for the Welfare Reform Committee - food parcels

30 April, 2014

CAS has submitted evidence on food parcels to the Welfare Reform Committee ahead of an oral evidence session on the 29th April 2014

London's working poor are being driven out of private rental sector by welfare reform and rising rents

30 April, 2014

Poorer families are being driven out of the private rented sector in parts of London

Welfare reform driving poor out of London, says CIH

29 April, 2014

Changes to welfare made under the coalition government are driving poor families in London out of the private rented sector

How your council tax bill could be cut by £100 if councils forced everyone to pay their debts

29 April, 2014

Council tax bills could be cut by an average £100 per household if authorities chased up debts properly

A million futures: halving the disability employment gap

29 April, 2014

Scope Report - New research with hundreds of disabled people found that a lack of flexibility in the workplace is a critical issue

New report exploring disabled people's working lives. The report - 'A million futures' - shows that last year alone, 220,000 more disabled people fell out of work than found a new job

PRS regulation is letting tenants down

29 April, 2014

Tenants and landlords are paying the price of the rising tide of regulation in the PRS while rogue landlords get away with poor practice

Rough sleeping on the increase in London

29 April, 2014

The number of people sleeping rough in London has risen again despite the country's economic recovery

Bedroom tax victim turned to 'spare room' cannabis factory to cope with debts

29 April, 2014

A tenant caught out by the bedroom tax allowed one of her spare rooms to be used as a cannabis factory to cover her loss in benefits

Reliance on credit cards could increase council tax bill by 3..%

29 April, 2014

Alarming data about peoples' credit card habits and their reliance on using their plastic for household bills

Private renters will take 15 years to save for deposit

29 April, 2014

It will take private renters 15 years to save enough for a deposit on a house

Should private landlords be subject to greater regulation?

29 April, 2014

As the private rented sector grows, so do calls for regulation. We asked a tenants group and the landlord lobby for their thoughts

Rent controls will ruin tenant finances, claim landlords

29 April, 2014

The RLA has spoken out against the idea of rent controls, claiming they would damage tenants' budgets in introduced

Universal Credit: First year of welfare transformation and north west next steps

29 April, 2014

The expansion of the full Universal Credit benefit to the rest of the north west of England will start in June

Jobless must sign on every day: Government to dock money from long-term unemployed if they do not comply

28 April, 2014

Harsh rules to drive the long-term unemployed into work come into force today

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2014

28 April, 2014

Historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data for people receiving benefits, consistent with Budget 2014

Rogue landlords who are getting rich at the taxpayers' expense should face crackdown say Tessa Munt MP

28 April, 2014

More needs to be done to protect renters from being evicted when they complain

Rising private rents threaten Scotland's poverty record

28 April, 2014

Scotland's poorest families are facing higher housing costs as more move into private rented homes

Lower poverty in Scotland: pinning down the change

28 April, 2014

Poverty levels in Scotland are falling and are now lower than in the rest of the UK

Charity aimed at improving PRS conditions offers funding

28 April, 2014

A new charity with a mission to improve standards in private rented housing management has today launched its website and is inviting applications for funding

New contract demanding more from jobseekers in place across Britain

28 April, 2014

635,000 claimants have signed new agreements setting out what they will do to find work in return for their benefits

The #indyref debate on housing in Scotland needs to go beyond the so-called 'bedroom tax'

28 April, 2014

With less than six months until the independence vote, Scotland needs to decide how it will house its poorest families

Iain Duncan Smith spends £170,000 plugging hated Bedroom Tax

28 April, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith has been forced to spend £170,000 promoting the Bedroom Tax - because it's so hated

DWP calls on digital services framework for new pension system

28 April, 2014

The DWP is planning to procure more services from the digital services framework, this time for a beta version of its new state pension system

Universal Credit: Rent arrears form

28 April, 2014

DWP form for applying for rent arrears deductions

Zero-hours crackdown plan unveiled by Labour leader

25 April, 2014

Ed Miliband will detail plans to tackle the "epidemic" of zero-hours contracts in a speech in Scotland

'Thanks for paying your bedroom tax - here's a Creme Egg'

25 April, 2014

Housing association Valleys to Coast in Bridgend has written to tenants offering the gesture to thank those struggling with financial hardship for their "efforts to pay this shortfall"

Safe as houses

25 April, 2014

The health and safety of tenants is the most basic and important responsibility of any landlord, social or otherwise

Bedroom Tax appeal victory

25 April, 2014

Jayson Carmichael has been successful in appealing his local authority's decision to reduce his housing benefit award as a result of the under-occupancy rules

Food banks make me sick

25 April, 2014

24 Dash opinion piece

Social landlord's 'Talent Pool' gets grandmother job

25 April, 2014

A grandmother-of-three has been helped into work by her social landlord

Thamesbank and Hounslow Council Help for struggling families

25 April, 2014

Residents struggling with the impact of welfare reform will be able to get help managing their finances thanks to a partnership between Hounslow Council and Thamesbank

Renters to demand housing changes from political candidates

25 April, 2014

Private renters in Hackney to gather on the steps of the town hall tomorrow to demand changes of the council

Claimant Commitment: early results of national roll-out

25 April, 2014

Claimant Commitment: Numbers of Claimant Commitments signed and staff trained during the national roll-out

First Time Buyer Tracker

25 April, 2014

April 2014

Benefit cuts creating new generation of entrepreneurs, Bank of England suggests

24 April, 2014

Bank of England suggests welfare reforms are encouraging people to become self-employed

Bedroom Tax human rights ruling could pave way for 420,000 to launch similar appeals

24 April, 2014

Spina bifida sufferer Jacqueline Carmichael and 24-hour carer Jayson were told the Coalition's hated charge contravened their human rights

Iain Duncan Smith warns over costs of Scottish welfare pledges

24 April, 2014

Work and pensions secretary says Scottish government has not explained how independent Scotland would afford spending

Expert highlights opportunity to develop fairer welfare system and tackle poverty

24 April, 2014

The SNP has welcomed an intervention in the referendum debate highlighting Scotland's potential to tackle poverty

Census suggests 1.1 million households in England and Wales were overcrowded

24 April, 2014

ONS census analysis on occupancy ratings by household type

The latest census analysis by ONS looks into the occupancy ratings of different household types in England and Wales. The 2011 Census was the first census that collected occupancy ratings for bedrooms

Residents to benefit from free Wifi thanks to Trust project

24 April, 2014

Knowsley Housing Trust introduces scheme that allows residents of Gaywood Green free access to WiFi

Home Truths 2013/14

24 April, 2014

North West

Home Truths 2013/14: North West is the National Housing Federation's annual report on the housing market for the region

UK housing benefit bill will soar to £25bn by 2017

24 April, 2014

Welfare reforms may have pushed costs down - but housing benefit payments are set to reach record highs within three years

North West economy threatened by rising rents and house prices, NHF warns

24 April, 2014

Workers in the region are struggling to afford rising rents and house prices

Spotlight on PRS licensing scheme

24 April, 2014

Councils across the UK are considering licensing schemes to tackle rogue private landlords

Discretionary Housing Payments Guidance Manual

23 April, 2014

DWP guide which includes a Local Authority Good Practice Guide - April 2014

Should landlords renting out poor quality homes lose their tax breaks?

23 April, 2014

A third of privately rented homes would not meet the decent homes standard, but could cutting tax breaks encourage landlords to raise standards?

Payday lending summit staged in Glasgow

23 April, 2014

Plans to reduce the number of payday lenders on the high street are being discussed at Scotland's first payday lending summit in Glasgow

Food for Thought

23 April, 2014

Riverside one of the UK's leading housing providers has provided £500 of funding to Gateshead Foodbank

Bishop delivering food poverty letter to Cameron's office met by police

23 April, 2014

David Cameron's constituency office called the police as the Bishop of Oxford and Reverend Hebden tried to present an open letter on food poverty

Anonymous housing assault survey launches

23 April, 2014

Inside Housing is surveying the social housing sector for the third year in a row to find out more about the levels of abuse that housing professionals experience in the course of doing their jobs

Credit union in 'Europe's richest borough' coverts wealthy residents

23 April, 2014

A credit union in the 'richest borough in Europe' is making a play for more of its wealthy residents to get on board to support some of the area's estimated 24,500 struggling families

Average housing benefit claim processed a week late

23 April, 2014

Local authorities took longer than three weeks to process housing benefit claims on average, a week longer than their target time

1.75m British families poorer due to welfare cuts

23 April, 2014

The bedroom tax and other welfare cuts have caused 1.75 million of Britain's lowest income families to become poorer, according to a report

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

LIN member report April 2014 - One Year On: A Follow-Up Report on the 'Bedroom Tax'

17 April, 2014

This LIN 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.

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

HB Direct

06 April, 2014

Issue 148 May 2014 - a transition update about the Public Services Network

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

allpay reveals housing procurement trends at NHF Housing Finance 2014

19 March, 2014

Research into housing procurement trends by allpay

Results of new research into the most important factors to consider when changing housing finance service providers and how to go about switching solutions will be revealed at the 2014 NHF Housing Finance conference and exhibition

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

Wellbeing Valuation Approach

10 March, 2014

Report by Affinity Sutton - measuring the social impact of community investment

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".

Scotland: Key issues at-a-glance

15 January, 2014

This page summarises the implications of the referendum for pensions and welfare

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

Communities Count

01 January, 2014

The Four Steps To Unlocking Social Value

More than two-thirds of local authorities and housing associations say delivering social value has led to better service delivery and community relations

Smoke Alarms in Private Lets

01 January, 2014

Scottish Government has produced revised statutory guidance on the requirements for smoke alarms

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.

Self - employment and Universal Credit

20 December, 2013

A detailed guide for advisers

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