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PIP figures fuel concerns over cuts, while activists plan day of action

24 June, 2016

DWP figures show that just 71 per cent of DLA recipients who applied for the new PIP were successful with their claim in April 2016

Councils sound warning over Pay to Stay timetable

24 June, 2016

The government is facing pressure from councils over the "horrendously short" timescale required to implement its controversial Pay to Stay policy by April next year

Whose Right to Buy Is It Anyway?

24 June, 2016

Around 2.5m council tenants across the UK have bought their homes since Right to Buy started in 1980

Birmingham landlord ordered to pay nearly £4,000

24 June, 2016

A Birmingham landlord has been ordered to pay nearly £4,000 after being found guilty of failing to apply for a House in Multiple Occupation licence

Personal Independence Payment: Official Statistics

24 June, 2016

This summary contains official statistics on PIP registrations, clearances and awards, clearance and outstanding times and mandatory reconsiderations

Buy-to-let mortgage rates take a tumble on Brexit fears as lenders scramble to tempt landlords stalling on investing

24 June, 2016

A stamp duty hike hangover and fears that Britain will vote to abandon the European Union today have pushed lenders to slash buy-to-let rates and bump up how much they'll lend to landlords who are delaying investment

Every week Charlotte sees desperation at first hand - outside the job centre

24 June, 2016

Her group have been helping jobseekers exposed to the vagaries of Britain's benefit system. She says people feel like criminals in a culture of fear

Landlords prosecuted for poor standards at Gloucester HMO under crackdown by council and fire and rescue service

24 June, 2016

Two more landlords have been prosecuted for poor standards at Houses in Multiple Occupation

Property market lull may follow vote to leave EU

24 June, 2016

Commentators suggest the lull in the UK property market will continue following the UK's vote to leave the EU

Economic uncertainty means renters need security

24 June, 2016

We haven't commented on the EU referendum as a debate about the future of the country was all a bit above us. Renters are a mixed bunch and have different reasons for voting Remain or Leave

15 things Brexit may mean for property

24 June, 2016

Reactions coming in thick and fast follwing today's Brexit vote

Who gets housing benefit and what does it cost?

23 June, 2016

The government spent £24bn on housing benefit in 2014. More than half of claimants under 35 are single mothers and many live in deprived coastal towns

HCA urges bids for supported housing grant

23 June, 2016

Landlords have been urged to bid for supported housing funding despite the government's benefit changes

Residents offered help to furnish their new homes

23 June, 2016

Tenants on low incomes are being helped to make their house into a home

Conference examines role of how customer service can save social housing

23 June, 2016

The role of customer service in "saving" social housing was on the agenda at Omfax System's annual user conference in Warwickshire

Rent increases and rent lawfully due

23 June, 2016

A few years ago now, I was instructed by Luton Law Centre in a series of possession cases brought by BPHA in Luton and Bedford County Courts

Need to cut the use of foodbanks

23 June, 2016

The second meeting of Motherwell and Wishaw Poverty Action Network discussed how foodbank use in the area could be slashed

Regardless of today's referendum result, lettings market to be 'unaffected' in short term

23 June, 2016

Whatever the outcome of today's EU referendum, lettings agents do not believe supply, demand or rental costs will be shaken or stirred - in the short term, at least

Scottish landlords now making paper losses of nearly £3,800 per year

23 June, 2016

Falling house prices and higher tax on purchases have seen landlord returns on buy-to-let drop in the 12 months to May

A short guide on right to rent

22 June, 2016

What is the right to rent?

Rent reduction : service cost de-pooling

22 June, 2016

This note examines the potential effects of de-pooling service costs from the rent for social landlords in England

ARLA PRS report

22 June, 2016

Letting agents don't anticipate major shift in rental market if UK votes for Brexit says ARLA report

Labour calls for answers over RTB fraud claims

22 June, 2016

Labour has tabled urgent questions and threatened to call for a National Audit Office investigation over Inside Housing's research into Right to Buy fraud

Landlords call for supported housing funding changes

22 June, 2016

The government should cap supported housing management costs and stop funding them through housing benefit

Tenants have their say on housing strategy

22 June, 2016

Residents of Edinburgh have influenced the city council on its housing budget strategy

Impact of Universal Credit

22 June, 2016

Average level of rent arrears of Universal Credit claimants in participating organisations has risen by 41.1% since roll out

Mapped: the tenancy fees faced nationwide by 'generation rent'

22 June, 2016

Tenancy fees can vary by more than 1,500pc depending on the agent and by hundreds of pounds between towns

Scottish rents hit record high as LBTT surcharge bites

22 June, 2016

Rents jump 1.3% month-on-month in April - the fastest growth on record, after new LBTT surcharge

16% of RTB purchasers 'on housing benefit'

21 June, 2016

Around 16% of council homes sold by 10 councils under the boosted Right to Buy have been to tenants on housing benefit

DWP spending on IT contractors rockets amid Universal Credit delays

21 June, 2016

Spending on external IT contractors by the Department for Work and Pensions has rocketed to £8m every month in a desperate attempt to get the heavily delayed Universal Credit scheme back on track

Letting agents and ghost listings

21 June, 2016

We were recently contacted by a homeowner that had fallen victim to fraudulent activity by a letting agent

Families now most common household in private rented sector

21 June, 2016

Families are the most common household type in the private rented sector for the first time

Tenants arrears tracker

21 June, 2016

Serious tenant arrears fall 4% as jobs boom

The effect of UK welfare reforms on the distribution of income and work incentives

21 June, 2016

As well as reducing expenditure, the UK government hopes that its welfare reforms will encourage work

Here's what £1,000 a month in rent gets you in British cities

21 June, 2016

Can you get more for your property pound in Welsh cities compared to the English equivalent?

Why is renting such a pain?

21 June, 2016

The United Kingdom is now the most expensive place to rent in Europe, with accommodation costing, on average, 43% of a tenant's income

Campaign against buy to let 'tax grab' extends fund-raising deadline

21 June, 2016

The landlords campaigning for a judicial review of the legislation curtailing mortgage interest tax relief for buy to let landlords have extended their fund-raising deadline until the end of August

Buy-to-let mortgage fraudster escapes jail after £750,000 scam

21 June, 2016

A fraudster has escaped jail after a £750,000 mortgage scam

Tenants launch union to challenge private landlords

20 June, 2016

New union aims to be antidote to landlords' industry bodies

How do you solve a problem like LHA?

20 June, 2016

The 'LHA problem' has become wide and far-reaching - and is hitting the vulnerable and those on low incomes the most

Starving and depending on foodbanks: why we need to rethink choice, deservingness, and stigma

20 June, 2016

With the growing foodbank queues came a growing interest towards their users

Charity condemns councils' £30m in 'sweeteners' to private landlords

20 June, 2016

An anti-poverty charity today attacked the millions of pounds in sweeteners paid by cash-strapped London boroughs to private landlords to persuade them to rent to council tenants

Major changes to the private rented sector

20 June, 2016

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 was recently passed by the Scottish Parliament

Rent deals, housing hot-spots and sneaky ways to save money

20 June, 2016

Rents have reversed their Spring trajectory as a tide of homes to let bought before the April Stamp Duty surcharge have reached the private rented sector

£10bn worth of benefits go unclaimed each year in the UK

20 June, 2016

Has social stigma gone too far?

Tax changes prompt a fall in rent

20 June, 2016

Rents have reversed their spring trajectory as a tide of homes to let bought before the Stamp Duty Surcharge have reached the private rented sector

Fury as Shadow Housing Minister claims 'landlords cause homelessness'

20 June, 2016

A furious landlord has written an open letter to a senior politician who claimed that landlords cause homelessness

'Flash flood' in lettings market as rents dip amid increasing supply

20 June, 2016

Landlords are experiencing a short-term chill as rents fall amid increasing supply of rental properties that came to the market ahead of the Stamp Duty deadline

More evictions, more homelessness: what's the government's response?

17 June, 2016

Every new set of homelessness figures shows that the ending of a private tenancy is the biggest reason why people are losing their homes

Landlord ordered to refund tenants of unlicensed HMOs

17 June, 2016

A legal tribunal has ruled that a landlord must refund his tenants rent totalling £2,934 because he housed them in unlicensed HMOs

HB Bulletin: G6/2016

17 June, 2016

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

DWP payments over £25,000 for 2016

17 June, 2016

Payments over £25,000 that DWP has made in 2016, including invoices, grants and expenses

Number of retired renters soars by more than 200,000 in 4 years

17 June, 2016

The number of people living in private rented accommodation in retirement has soared by more than 200,000 in the last four years, according to a poll of private renters

Council saves money on costly temporary accommodation by purchasing homes

17 June, 2016

A London council claims its has saved almost £1 million in two years by purchasing homes to use as an alternative to nightly accommodation for vulnerable families

Landlords welcome Supreme Court ruling that right to family life does not trump right to reclaim property

17 June, 2016

RLA has welcomed a Supreme Court ruling it says will boost investor confidence in the private rented sector by clarifying a point of law

Scottish landlords edge towards 'remain' though UK-wide vote is split

17 June, 2016

Landlords in Scotland intend to vote in favour of the UK remaining in the European Union in the upcoming referendum

Disrupt Social Housing: Before Someone Disrupts It For You

17 June, 2016

All organisations face common challenges in coming years

£17 million needed to repair 1,140 rented homes with 'serious hazards'

17 June, 2016

More than 1,100 private rented homes in parts of North Staffordshire have 'serious' hazards

Making it Real for Supported Housing

17 June, 2016

A guide for providers and commissioners

Abolish tenancy deposits, says agent, to release £3.2bn into economy

17 June, 2016

A lettings agent has called for deposits to be abolished, saying it would release money into the economy and help stamp out rogue landlords and agents who help themselves to tenants' money

Under 35, on housing benefit, and impossible to house?

16 June, 2016

The 'Local Housing Allowance cap' is already narrowing the housing options for under-35s, Inside Housing reveals, with many housing associations planning to tighten allocation rules

Over four-fifths of benefit claimants with disabilities worried about benefit changes

16 June, 2016

Nearly three-quarters of people with disabilities said they would feel more stressed about their financial situation if their benefits were to be cut or reduced

HB S7/2016

16 June, 2016

Rent Rebate Subsidy Limitation information - 2016/17

'I'm at the mercy of my landlord': life as a young renter

16 June, 2016

If you're under 30, you could spend half your income on renting a one-bedroom flat. How do our readers cope?

Netherlands landlord offers tenants 100 Euro rent cut for helping refugees

16 June, 2016

Trudo housing corporation residents to get monthly discount if they guide new arrivals through Dutch customs and rules

European court backs UK curbs on child benefit rights

16 June, 2016

A challenge to the UK's right to deny some EU migrants child benefit and child tax credits has been rejected by European judges

Landmark case as tenant loses after claiming Human Rights should prevent eviction

16 June, 2016

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a private tenant who claimed a possession order on her home was a breach of her human rights

Buy-to-let market like watching a train crash in slow motion

16 June, 2016

The buy-to-let market has been described as a slow motion train crash with a landlord exodus and much higher rents

On a knife's edge - how landlords view next week's EU poll

16 June, 2016

The results of next week's EU poll look far too close to call

350,000 renters put at risk of eviction in the last year - equivalent to more than the population of Leicester

15 June, 2016

Alarming new figures from housing charity Shelter have revealed more than 148,000 renting households in England were put at risk of losing their home in the past year

NFA floats switch to monthly rent collection

15 June, 2016

NFA is gathering the views of its members on moving from weekly to monthly rent collection

Borough bids for HMO control

15 June, 2016

A council coping with a rapid rise in HMOs is ready to "take back control"

Three-quarters of Benefit Claimants Worried about Future Welfare Changes

15 June, 2016

New research by the national charity Turn2us has found that 73% of low income households claiming means-tested benefits are worried about the welfare system

Spend half of your pay on rent? That's nothing out of the ordinary, you're just an average young single tenant in Britain

15 June, 2016

Young single tenants typically see half of their pay packet swallowed up in rent

Welfare support 'vital lifeline'

15 June, 2016

The majority of tenants claiming benefits are worried about future welfare changes

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 2 Jun 2016

15 June, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 2 June 2016

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to April 2016

15 June, 2016

Quarterly statistics including numbers of claims in payment, new claim registrations, decisions and awards made

Rental arrears fall as tenants get their finances back on track

15 June, 2016

Rental arrears fell by 4% in the first three months of the year

Landlords cite high capital gains tax as their biggest issue

15 June, 2016

Landlords have ranked the decision to maintain the old capital gains tax rate on property while cutting it elsewhere as their biggest challenge

Should private renters get the Right to Buy?

14 June, 2016

This is my second blog in response to Civitas's excellent new report Restoring a Nation of Homeownership

Moody's: 'Brexit could be negative for associations'

14 June, 2016

A ratings agency has issued fresh warnings about the impact on housing associations if the UK votes to leave the European Union

Punishing landlords will not help more people onto the property ladder

14 June, 2016

It is demonstrably possible to promote home ownership whilst at the same time creating the environment needed for the rented sector to grow

SNP falls short of socially-rented housing manifesto target

14 June, 2016

The SNP has missed a manifesto target to build more than 6,000 new socially-rented houses a year

Average Scottish tenancy deposits '£100 cheaper than England and Wales'

14 June, 2016

New renters in Scotland paid out on average almost £800 for a tenancy deposit over the last year

Implementing 'Right to Rent' immigration checks in Scotland: a recipe for confusion, complexity and discrimination?

14 June, 2016

There is fear that the UK government's latest round of immigration reforms could increase discrimination against some people wanting to rent privately and ride roughshod over Scottish housing law

'We have been treated like garbage. We are not garbage'

14 June, 2016

A man watched as his house was sold at auction

Right-wing think tank calls for Right to Buy to be extended to private tenants

14 June, 2016

A right-wing think tank has called for Right to Buy to be extended to private tenants

Restoring a Nation of Home Owners

14 June, 2016

Report by Civitas

What went wrong with home ownership in Britain, and how to start putting it right

HB A5/2016

13 June, 2016

Adjudication circulars provide updates to the Housing Benefit guidance manual for local authority staff

Our tenants will pay the new taxes, say buy-to-let investors, as they push up rents by 6pc

13 June, 2016

Landlords will make tenants bear the brunt of increased buy-to-let taxation

Rent fees are a step closer to being scrapped

13 June, 2016

If you rent in England, Wales or Northern Ireland then you'll know all about those fees you have to pay when you sign a rental contract with a letting agent

From the County Courts - deposits, evictions and introductory tenancies

13 June, 2016

Some county court cases reported in the indispensable 'Housing: Recent Developments' in Legal Action for May 2016

Kent Reliance Buy To Let Britain report

13 June, 2016

Limited company lending rockets but tenants bear brunt of buy to let tax changes

CIH responds to HCA analysis of cost variation in the social housing sector

13 June, 2016

It is pleasing to see that the regulator's analysis shows housing associations have continued to reduce their costs over the last five years

Regulator's new advisors help keep tenants at the heart of its work

13 June, 2016

The Scottish Housing Regulator has recruited a team of tenant advisors as one way of bringing a tenant perspective to the Regulator's scrutiny of landlords' services

Cost of renting one-bed property soars in UK

13 June, 2016

Workers under 30 pay almost half of monthly wages in rent, while those in London pay even more

Landlord and letting agent both fined over illegal HMO

13 June, 2016

A landlord and his letting agent have both been fined for a number of offences relating to an illegally established house in multiple occupation

Buy-to-let Britain

10 June, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords likely to increase rents to offset higher costs - report by Kent Reliance

The EU referendum and Fiscal impact on low income households

10 June, 2016

Report by National Institute of Social and Economic research

Low income families could receive hundreds of pounds less in benefit payments if the UK leaves the EU, according to report

Bill gains support to outlaw letting fees for renters

10 June, 2016

A Private Members Bill to ban estate agents from charging tenants letting fees and to clamp down on rogue landlords is gathering wide support

NLA donates to judicial review of clause 24

10 June, 2016

The NLA is to donate £10k to support the Judicial Review against the Government's controversial decision to remove Finance Costs for individual landlords

Tread carefully

10 June, 2016

Housing associations considering a move into the care home market should tread carefully

Men's domestic violence refuge

10 June, 2016

The first north Wales refuge for men fleeing domestic abuse has opened in Flintshire

What Does the EU Referendum Mean for Private Renters?

10 June, 2016

As a 'disabled' privately renting female in London, you may think that I have one foot in and one foot out when it comes to the upcoming EU Referendum

Debt and food banks: the legacy of universal credit's Long Hello

10 June, 2016

There is fresh evidence that lengthy waits for a first benefit payment faced by universal credit claimants trigger hunger and rent arrears

Landlord left family at 'serious risk' in dangerous house

10 June, 2016

A landlord refused to repair a house that council enforcement officers said put a family at serious risk

UK startup offers landlords continuous, deep surveillance of tenants' social media

10 June, 2016

New Startup That Sends Dossiers On Your Private Social Media Profiles To Potential Landlords

Home free: when 'adverse possession' can mean good news for squatters

10 June, 2016

A Sydney man has used the old common law right of 'adverse possession' to take over an empty terrace house. In 12 years it could be his

ESA Work Capability Assessment mandatory reconsiderations: data to April 2016

09 June, 2016

Numbers of ESA Work Capability Assessment mandatory reconsiderations received and cleared by decision type and outcome

Landlords check Facebook and other social media to vet tenants

09 June, 2016

Landlords and letting agents are paying for "personality reports" of potential tenants based on details obtained by trawling Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other sites

90% of Welsh private tenants 'satisfied'

09 June, 2016

Welsh private sector tenants are more satisfied than those in the social rented sector

Benefit cap puts supported housing at risk

09 June, 2016

Council leaders have called for supported housing to be exempt from the housing benefit cap to prevent the most vulnerable people from losing their homes

Number of homes to rent decreases

09 June, 2016

The repercussions of the government's stamp duty hike on second homes may already be starting to bite

Buy-to-let landlords win multimillion payout from West Bromwich

09 June, 2016

Court of appeal judges say building society was not entitled to raise tracker interest rates, ending 'David and Goliath' legal battle

Delivering better value for money: understanding differences in unit costs

09 June, 2016

Analysis of unit costs in the social housing sector

Stamp Duty surcharge starting to hit buy-to-let sector

09 June, 2016

The Stamp Duty surcharge on buy-to-let properties may be starting to bite

Lender to go into loss this year through having to refund £27.5m to buy-to-let borrowers

09 June, 2016

The West Bromwich Mortgage Company will have to refund £27.5m to thousands of buy-to-let borrowers who had tracker mortgages

Universal Credit Leads to Rent Arrears

09 June, 2016

Universal Credit is to blame for 79% of rent arrears since its roll-out in England.

One year on from the roll-out of Universal Credit (UC) in England, new research shows that 79% of council tenants in receipt of Universal Credit (UC) are in rent arrears.

Council to pay a £26.8m water bill refund to tenants

09 June, 2016

Many landlords with similar arrangements could also face large bills.

A London council faces paying a £26.8m refund to tenants who were overcharged for water, in a case that could have implications for many other landlords.

HomeLet Rental Index - May 2016

08 June, 2016

When London is excluded, the average UK rental value was £771pcm - this is 4.4% higher than the same period last year (£738pcm)

The biggest irony of all? Cutting someone's welfare makes them even less likely to get a job

08 June, 2016

Now we have the stats to prove what we knew all along - welfare cuts are based on stereotypes not evidence

Learning from testing times

08 June, 2016

Early evidence of the impact of universal credit in Scotland's CAB network

New tenancy laws not enough

08 June, 2016

Pressure groups call for further powers to improve quality of rental property and keep rent increases sustainable

Use of Equality and Diversity In formation by Scottish Social Landlords

08 June, 2016

This report presents the findings of our thematic inquiry on the information submitted by social landlords against the Charter standard and outcome for equalities

Financial adviser wins appeal court ruling on buy-to-let mortgages

08 June, 2016

A financial specialist has won the latest round of a legal battle with a mortgage company which he says could affect around a million people who own buy-to-let properties

Mortgage valuations up despite large drop in buy-to-let

08 June, 2016

Demand in the UK housing market is still strong despite the impending EU referendum

New rents still rising - but rate of growth slows

08 June, 2016

New rents across the UK continued to rise during May, but the rate of increase slowed

Annual house price growth unchanged at 9.2%

07 June, 2016

Prices in the three months to May were 9.2% higher than in the same three months a year earlier

New benefits change causing 'serious detriment' to vulnerable Scots

07 June, 2016

The UK government's much-heralded change to the social security system contains a number of inherent flaws which are causing serious problems for people in need

Mortgage lenders open up buy-to-let to longer tenancies

07 June, 2016

A significant, silent shift has taken place in the buy-to-let mortgage market

The Guardian view on a universal income: the high price of free money

07 June, 2016

Schemes to pay every citizen a stipend have much to commend them in theory. But a crashing defeat in a Swiss referendum shows they will go nowhere unless and until the practical details are got right

Universal Credit leads to rent arrears

07 June, 2016

Universal Credit is to blame for 79% of rent arrears cases

Move by Tower Hamlets to grab back council housing from 'failing' social landlords

07 June, 2016

Talks are under way to try bring social housing estates in London's deprived East End back under local authority control

Vicars, teachers and soldiers: The latest victims of buy-to-let stamp duty

07 June, 2016

A new stamp duty surcharge introduced earlier this month has affected a range of people from "accidental landlords" to parents helping their children buy a home

If housing's your problem, Universal Basic Income isn't the answer

07 June, 2016

A lot of young people support a universal basic income

Tories ignore the need for social housing and switch money from the poor to the rich

06 June, 2016

The term "housing crisis" is so well used in London that you cannot ignore it

Buy-to-let stamp duty loophole: flats above shops

06 June, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords are investing in commercial and semi-commercial property in an effort to beat the stamp duty rise

Welfare Reform European Social Fund project evaluation report

06 June, 2016

The aims of the project were to support unemployed and underemployed local people to find work or to increase their working hours

Docking welfare payments is not incentive to work

06 June, 2016

Government-backed employment project found benefit cuts that push claimants further into poverty also create barriers to finding work

Labour considering backing universal basic income as official party policy

06 June, 2016

'It's not official Labour Party policy. It's in the mix... we're considering it and looking at it and the feasibility of it'

New Law Proposed to Stop Councils Forcing Tenants to Wait for Bailiffs

06 June, 2016

The proportion of all repossession claims that have to be resolved by bailiffs in the last 12 months has shot up to 40%

FRC comments on issues arising in relation to accounting for social housing loans

06 June, 2016

Many entities are currently in the process of applying FRS 102 The Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland for the first time

Letting agency that found tenants for illegal HMO fined almost £12,000

06 June, 2016

A letting agent has been fined nearly £12,000 after finding tenants for an illegal House in Multiple Occupation, and for using the ARLA logo when it was not a member

Abandonment a problem for almost half of Scottish landlords

03 June, 2016

Almost half of private landlords in Scotland have had one of their properties abandoned by tenants

Is it really all over for social housing?

03 June, 2016

Is it true though? Is it true that we are so conditioned to strive for homeownership and spurn social housing that we are willing to stand by while it disappears?

UK Immigration, EU Referendum and Britain's Housing Crisis - How to Get a Council House

03 June, 2016

The reality of Britain's housing crisis can be easily lost in the statistics

Ashamed to claim? Just how common is benefits stigma?

03 June, 2016

Ever since the first benefits systems came into being, they have been accompanied by debates about benefits stigma

Brandon Lewis issues eviction warning to councils

03 June, 2016

The Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis, has written to all local councils in England to underline government guidance on the advice that councils give to tenants when seeking re-housing on the grounds of "homelessness" when faced with an eviction notice

Councils consider applying for rent cut exemption

03 June, 2016

Two councils are considering applying for an exemption to a government-imposed 1% rent cut for social housing tenants

Property investors look for HMOs to boost profits

03 June, 2016

Investors planning to expand their property portfolios are looking to do so with the purchase of complex property types

Room rents in commuter towns rising seven times faster than in London

03 June, 2016

Landlords may traditionally see London as the place where the highest rents are charged, but new data shows prices in commuter town are rising seven times faster than in the capital

Personal Independence Payment assessment guide for assessment providers

03 June, 2016

Guidance for providers carrying out assessments for Personal Independence Payment

Residents facing new benefits cap warned of "pressing need" for them to get a job

03 June, 2016

Residents set to be hit by a new benefits cap are being warned there is "a pressing need" for them to find a job

Fair Food Fund to be set up as part of welfare reforms

02 June, 2016

The Scottish government is to establish a "Fair Food Fund" as part of efforts to tackle poverty and inequality

Universal Basic Income: Dream or Nightmare?

02 June, 2016

We look at a radical economic plan being put forward by Swiss campaigners - free cash for everyone

How will Sadiq Khan help London's private renters?

02 June, 2016

The capital's new mayor is starting to flesh out some of his manifesto pledges in a key area of housing policy

Index of private housing rental prices in Great Britain, results: Apr 2016

02 June, 2016

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain

Telford Homes reports 42% revenue rise thanks to 'built for rent' homes

02 June, 2016

Housebuilder sells 150 homes in east London to M&G Real Estate for £63m, reflecting demand for rental properties

Does right to buy extension add up?

02 June, 2016

The government announced last year that the "right to buy" would be extended to housing association tenants

Council is accused of disregarding the views of local people on 70,000 housing target

02 June, 2016

Community campaigners are accusing Leeds City Council of disregarding the views of residents and riding roughshod over evidence against its 70,000 housing target

Review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter

02 June, 2016

This consultation seeks your views on the Scottish Social Housing Charter, which remains in force until 31 March 2017

Right to Rent Code of Practice

02 June, 2016

Scheme for landlords and their agents

Housing illegal immigrants in the private rented sector allows such people to establish a settled life in the UK and frustrate the necessary process of returning them to their home country

Welfare cuts will lead to rise in suicides

01 June, 2016

Government welfare cuts will lead to an increase in suicides

Housing & Planning Act offers scope to improve electrical safety in private rented sector

01 June, 2016

The trade association for electrical testing has welcomed measures in the Housing & Planning Act it says will improve safety in the private rented sector

The people dumped in "temporary" housing for more than a decade

01 June, 2016

Councils are dumping homeless people in "temporary accommodation" for more than a decade

Call for rent controls by Scottish nurses priced out of homes near hospitals

01 June, 2016

A union of nurses is calling for action to help NHS staff in Scotland find accommodation in the areas they provide hospital care

ARLA reports temporary rise in supply of rented housing

01 June, 2016

The supply of rented housing has increased from March this year but overall it is down from April 2015

HB Direct Issue 168

01 June, 2016

The HB Direct newsletter provides latest information on policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit

Charity bemoans 'shocking scale' of DHP recipients

01 June, 2016

New DHP statistics from the Scottish Government reveal the "shocking scale" of people struggling to pay housing costs

Why landlords should pass a fitting person test and criminal record checks

01 June, 2016

Being a landlord is a privilege, and it shouldn't be available to everybody: with the power they have over their tenants should come a sense of responsibility

'Boris ignored repeated warnings over launch of failed London Rental Standard'

01 June, 2016

The new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has hit out at the London Rental Standard - a flagship programme launched by his predecessor Boris Johnson

Government's clampdown on buy-to-let 'backfiring'

01 June, 2016

The Government's efforts to free up housing stock for first-time buyers through a clampdown on buy-to-let may be backfiring

EU court to back UK limits on migrants' access to child benefits

01 June, 2016

European court of justice set to throw out challenge by European commission over right to residence requirement

Landlords remind tenants of forthcoming benefit cap

31 May, 2016

Three County Durham landlords are advising tenants of a limit that may be placed on their benefit allowance later this year

Nearly £50 million awarded under Discretionary Housing Payments scheme in Scotland

31 May, 2016

Nearly £50 million was spent to support housing costs for those in financial hardship in Scotland during 2015/16

When sky-high repair bills can make right to buy the wrong choice

31 May, 2016

Former local authority tenants who bought their properties for as little as £44,000 are facing demands of up to £50,000, which they can't afford to pay

Social housing: the end of 'lifetime' tenancies in England?

31 May, 2016

Long-term security of tenure was introduced for most social housing tenants by the Housing Act 1980

DCLG reveals council rent cut exemption criteria

31 May, 2016

The government has published guidance for councils on how to apply for an exemption from the 1% rent cut

Bradford Council criticised for having more than 4,000 empty homes in Bradford

31 May, 2016

Bradford Council has been criticised over the thousands of homes standing empty in the district

Personal budgets allow people to control their own support and their own lives

31 May, 2016

Over the past decade, personal budgets have completely changed social care in England, despite unprecedented local authority cuts

Number of UK landlords rises to 1.75 million

31 May, 2016

The rapid pace of growth in buy-to-let investments has been illustrated by new figures showing the number of landlords rising by 7% in 2013-14 to reach 1.75 million

Innovation in Scottish housing is delivering improved value for money

27 May, 2016

Scottish social landlords are modernising services and making use of new technology to deliver real, quantifiable savings and improved productivity

Research: Unlocking strategic asset management in social housing

27 May, 2016

The operating environment for housing associations has changed in the face of an evolving policy environment over rent levels, right to buy and funding for new housing delivery

Information for local authorities on exemptions from the requirements of the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 and related regulations

27 May, 2016

The Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 ("the Act") contains provisions which introduce a new rent regime for registered providers of social housing

SHR updates guide for landlords on carrying out surveys of tenants and service users

27 May, 2016

The SHR has published an updated guide that simplifies and clarifies some of the steps for landlords to take when designing and carrying out surveys of their tenants and service users

London councils spend near £500m on temporary accommodation

27 May, 2016

London councils spent nearly £500m on temporary accommodation over the past 18 months

'Shocking' safety breaches at HMO

27 May, 2016

Council officers found 'shocking' safety breaches at an unlicensed multiple occupation property that fire inspectors had already flagged up as a risk

Buy-to-let index - April 2016

27 May, 2016

Rents rise at fastest rate since September

Universal Credit is on the way for everyone claiming benefits in East Hampshire

27 May, 2016

The man behind the roll out of the new Universal Credit benefit in East Hampshire, says he would rather help people back into work than earn much more working in the private sector

PRS remains "fundamental part" of housing market despite uncertain outlook

26 May, 2016

With tenant demand continuing to rise, the PRS will remain a "fundamental part" of the UK's housing market moving forward

Half of housing associations won't back a 'rogue list'

26 May, 2016

An exclusive survey by 24 housing has shown half of housing associations would not back plans to create a rogue housing associations list

Universal Credit expands to all claimants in 5 areas today

26 May, 2016

Bath, Newcastle, Bridgwater, Rugby and Lowestoft all expand Universal Credit

HB S6/2016

26 May, 2016

New Burdens payment 2016/17 for the Pension Credit Assessed Income Period Reform

Universal Credit if you have a disability or health condition: quick guide

26 May, 2016

The support that is available for Universal Credit claimants who have a disability or health condition

Benefit tenants set to lose out in race for private rented homes

26 May, 2016

Housing benefit tenants are set to lose out on private rented homes as landlords look to tenants less prone to missing rental payments, in order to minimise the impact of last year's Budget

2016 Wandsworth Food Poverty Report Launched

26 May, 2016

Our third annual Food Poverty Report is now published, looking at the triggers and causes of crisis leading to 4078 people receiving emergency food and support from Wandsworth Foodbank in the last year

Conducting surveys of tenants and service users - a guide

26 May, 2016

The passing of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010 and Social Housing Charter formed part of the legislation changes that introduced an obligation on landlords to regularly undertake surveys of their tenants

'Homeless' man sublet council house for 16 years

26 May, 2016

A council tenant who presented he and his family as homeless has to pay almost £130,000 for illegally subletting his council home over 16 years

Leith flats eviction suspended

26 May, 2016

The eviction of hundreds of residents from Leith flats has been suspended after the trust that owns them failed to find a buyer

HCA downgrades two landlords

26 May, 2016

The Homes and Communities Agency has today issued two housing associations with regulatory downgrades

Canterbury: 200 London families to move to council homes at Howe Barracks

25 May, 2016

More than 200 families from a London borough are set to move to council homes in east Kent after social housing bosses outbid the local authority to capture the ex-army properties

Two bed flats considered a good bet for rental yields

25 May, 2016

One bedroom flats are considered a good bet for the most attractive capital returns over the next year

Benefit sanctions lead claimants to suicide, crime and destitution

25 May, 2016

Benefit sanctions are "devastating" for claimants and can lead to destitution, crime, suicide, and throw up barriers to employment

Tenants are being notified about the impact of the Benefit Cap

25 May, 2016

Tenants that will be affected by the Benefit Cap from the autumn have been identified by the Department for Work and Pensions, and will receive a letter outlining the impact of the cap on their income

Scottish landlords expect cost rises to outstrip turnover

25 May, 2016

More than a third of Scottish social landlords expect cost rises to increase at a faster pace than revenue over the next year

The rental trap: soaring costs mean tenants are half as likely to afford monthly outgoings as homeowners

25 May, 2016

Soaring rents are making it impossible to save for the future, trapping tenants in a precarious financial situation

Find out how much rent your spare room could make you - and it's not London seeing the fastest rises

25 May, 2016

With rents rising Britons across the country could rake in unexpected amounts renting out their spare room

Aldingbourne landlords fined for breaching housing standards

25 May, 2016

Three landlords have been fined nearly £5,000 for breaching housing standards and letting their Aldingbourne property fall into disrepair

Rogue 'landlord' illegally evicted tenant from illegally sub-let flat

25 May, 2016

A tenant has told of being illegally evicted by a 'landlord' who was illegally sub-letting his council flat

Part 2: Essential guide to the new Immigration Act

24 May, 2016

The new Act also contains substantial new powers for landlords to evict tenants where they have been found to be in the country illegally

Landlords using Airbnb to bypass legal responsibilities as well as agents

24 May, 2016

Landlords and other property owners are potentially seeking to avoid their legal responsibilities by advertising the property as a holiday let on sites such as Airbnb

Rents on the up again - breaking records in three regions

24 May, 2016

Rents are now rising at the fastest rate for six months, standing last month at an average of £793 across England and Wales

Government won't reach its employment target for disabled people until 2030

24 May, 2016

The government is "years behind schedule" in delivering its manifesto commitment to halve the employment gap between disabled and non-disabled people by 2020

Benefits system 'a cruel bureaucracy', says Ken Loach after Cannes win

24 May, 2016

Fresh from winning Palme d'Or with I, Daniel Blake, director says he hopes it will affect government policy in the same way as earlier film Cathy Come Home

How you can start preparing for Voluntary Right to Buy - advice from the pilots

24 May, 2016

Back in November, Chancellor George Osborne announced Sovereign would be one of five housing associations given the challenge of piloting the new Voluntary Right to Buy

Two thirds of the British public support a universal basic income

24 May, 2016

The policy also has significant support across the European Union

Landlords seek to deregister from charity regulator

24 May, 2016

Housing associations are considering changing their legal status to avoid Charity Commission rules in the wake of the government's deregulation drive

The effects of taxes and benefits on household income: financial year ending 2015

24 May, 2016

The redistribution effects on households of direct and indirect taxation and benefits received in cash or kind analysed by household type

Benefit Cap External Partner High Level Briefing

24 May, 2016

The Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 is bringing in welfare reforms that are about incentivising work and ensuring we have a welfare system that is fair

Housing Benefit subsidy initial estimates: Apr 2013 to Mar 2014

24 May, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2013 to 2014

Housing Benefit subsidy audited final claims: Apr 2013 to Mar 2014

24 May, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2013 to 2014

Housing Benefit subsidy initial pre-audit final claims: Apr 2013 to Mar 2014

24 May, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial pre-audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2013 to 2014

Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2013 to Mar 2014

24 May, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit mid-year estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2013 to 2014

Housing Benefit expenditure and subsidy data

24 May, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit expenditure and subsidy data

Lack of social housing 'pushing thousands into poverty and homelessness'

23 May, 2016

Thousands of Scots are being pushed into poverty and homelessness because of higher private rental costs as a direct result of failures to protect the country's social housing stock

Wales' first fuel bank is giving free gas and electricity credit vouchers to eligible families

23 May, 2016

The scheme will provide credits worth £30 to eligible families in Cardiff

How bad is the housing crisis in Bristol? Nearly 10,000 people waiting for just 41 council homes

23 May, 2016

Nearly 10,000 people are waiting for a council home in Bristol - but only a few dozens are available for rent

Social landlords expect to manage more homes this year - but minority expect net revenue gains

23 May, 2016

More than two thirds of Scottish social housing landlords responding to a new survey expect the number of units they manage to increase over the next 12 months

Councils 'forcing homeless families to relocate miles away'

23 May, 2016

Overstretched local authorities unlawfully moving people up to 100 miles from schools and support networks

UN asks government to explain two-child cap on child tax credits

23 May, 2016

SNP raised concerns about 'medieval' clause that only allows exemption from cap for children conceived through rape

Private renting developer Grainger profits up as buy-to-let squeezed by the Government

23 May, 2016

Profits at Grainger, an institutional landlord, have grown as the UK government puts the squeeze on amateur buy-to-let investors

Osborne 'Pinocchio' over Brexit house price fall: IDS

23 May, 2016

Former cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith has compared George Osborne to "Pinocchio" over his claim that a vote to leave the EU would cause an economic shock to UK house prices

Essential legal update for agents: Right to Rent checks

23 May, 2016

On May 12, the Immigration Bill became the Immigration Act 2016

Local councils to be handed powers to cap private rents under Labour

23 May, 2016

Local councils will be given the power to limit "skyrocketing" rent increases in the private sector if Labour came to power

Housing benefit savings will disappear under their own complexity

20 May, 2016

Commentators may have been left scraping around to fill the space where substantive parts of the Queen's Speech should have been

Liverpool Licensing Woes Continue

20 May, 2016

Landlords with property in Liverpool should take note that a local NLA member has apparently uncovered a number of flaws in the Council's licensing application form

Fraud and error in the benefit system: financial year 2015/16 preliminary estimates

20 May, 2016

Preliminary estimates of fraud and error levels in the benefit system in Great Britain in the financial year 2015/16

HB G5/2016

20 May, 2016

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Benefit fraud and error at record low level

20 May, 2016

New figures show that fraud and error in the benefits system remains at the lowest level ever recorded

The Cheapest And Most Expensive Places To Rent In London: Mapped

20 May, 2016

If you want to rent a cheap room in London, you're best off looking in Havering or Croydon according to new government statistics

UK landlords looking for cheaper properties due to stamp duty surcharge

20 May, 2016

Landlords in the UK are looking for cheaper properties in response to the new 3% stamp duty charge on additional homes

Housing Benefit caseload statistics

20 May, 2016

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

Extraordinary increases driven by buy-to-let boom

20 May, 2016

The latest data revealed by the Agency Express Property Activity Index has shown a spike in activity for the UK lettings market

Council's rogue landlords scheme 'has teeth'

19 May, 2016

Three 'rogue' landlords have to pay over £4,000 in fines and costs for not signing up to a selective licensing scheme

Bill of Rights could have 'implications' for social landlords

19 May, 2016

A British Bill of Rights could have implications for social housing landlords

Fire safety in social housing - what can we learn?

19 May, 2016

For landlords and housing providers, ensuring the safety of client groups and tenants may not be as straightforward as it would first seem

Angela Constance given welfare and housing brief as new cabinet unveiled

19 May, 2016

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has tasked Angela Constance with overseeing the Scottish Government's pledge to deliver 50,000 new affordable homes

Buy-to-let to become 'rich person's game' as another lender introduces harsher criteria for landlords

19 May, 2016

Barclays has become the latest lender to impose tougher checks on landlords looking for mortgages

Number claiming unemployment benefits drops by 600

19 May, 2016

The number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits in Northern Ireland has fallen by 600

Housing associations own 40,000 PRS units

19 May, 2016

Housing associations own 40,000 private rented sector units - but it remains a fringe activity confined to a handful of providers

Rents and property values would drop after Brexit

19 May, 2016

Associations for estate and letting agents say average UK house would be worth £2,300 less in 2018 if Britain leaves the EU

Implementing Direct Payment of Housing Benefit: An Evaluation of Circle Housing's HB2U Pilot Project

19 May, 2016

This report provides findings from the evaluation of Circle Housing's HB2U Housing Benefit Direct Payment Pilot project

The HB2U project was created to provide learning for Circle Housing in preparation for the full introduction of Universal Credit

Landlord reveals findings of direct payment 'pilot'

19 May, 2016

A housing association is calling for changes to Universal Credit, after its unofficial 'pilot' showed tenants receiving housing benefit payments direct are more likely to fall into arrears

Landlord must accept pets (tenant has a walrus and flamingo)

19 May, 2016

If you are a letting agent in the Cardiff area, you may have had a letter from a keeper at Bristol Zoo inquiring about accommodation

Queen's Speech: the key housing and social reforms

18 May, 2016

A pledge to "increase the life chances for the most disadvantaged" was the main message

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 5 May 2016

18 May, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 5 May 2016

Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to December 2015

18 May, 2016

Data on Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions decisions made to December 2015

Benefit and pension rates: April 2016

18 May, 2016

A list of benefit and pension rates from April 2016. Most rates change in April every year

Social housing tenants who feel 'demonised as second-class citizens' - in pictures

18 May, 2016

People in temporary accommodation and council housing explain how the Housing and Planning Act will affect their lives, communities and homes

Circle Housing urges Government to commit to extra support for residents moving to Universal Credit

18 May, 2016

A leading housing association is calling on the Government to commit to additional face to face support for residents before they are moved on to Universal Credit

Fitch warns of EU exit impact on social landlords

18 May, 2016

A vote to leave the European Union could lead to a pause in social landlords taking out new finance as the housing market slows down

Taking stock

18 May, 2016

Understanding the effects of recent policy measures on the private rented sector and Buy-to-Let

This report clarifies the role of the private rented sector in the UK and the contribution made to it by the Buy-to-Let subsector

Chancellor George Osborne has 'insulted' private landlords

18 May, 2016

National Landlords Association chief executive Richard Lambert has accused the Government of "directly insulting" the body's members through its buy-to-let crackdown

Newcastle MP raises concerns over 'impossible' struggle of getting a council house

17 May, 2016

Labour MP Chi Onwurah says private rents have shot up in the city and that many people are struggling to get a council home

Hackney rents set to 'skyrocket' after housing bill is passed

17 May, 2016

Council tenants could see their rent "skyrocket" after the government's controversial housing bill was given Royal Assent

The government is skewing benefits appeals against disabled people

17 May, 2016

A new army of 'presenting officers' is to help the Department of Work and Pensions at benefit tribunals, while the disabled person making the appeal is left to struggle alone

Torbay benefits claimants among UK's most reliant on private lettings

17 May, 2016

Torbay has the UK's second highest density of housing benefit claimants reliant on the private rental market

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 - what it means for ALMOs and their councils

17 May, 2016

Now it's been passed, what does the Housing and Planning Act 2016 mean for ALMOs and their councils?

Labour minister calls for independent probe into benefit claimant deaths after DWP publishes reviews

17 May, 2016

'The Government are too worried about the facts it would uncover'

Iain Duncan Smith's plan to draft in job advisers to food banks quietly shelved by DWP

17 May, 2016

Owen Smith, the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said: 'It has now been revealed that the DWP has quietly given up on the national trial'

Facing up to defeat: why was social housing an easy target?

17 May, 2016

Housing campaigners need to acknowledge the uncomfortable quandary about the passing of the Housing and Planning Act

Landlord's inhumane properties 'had no place in modern Britain'

17 May, 2016

A criminal landlord who had tenants living and sleeping in "inhumane" conditions and who ignored numerous warnings to improve his property has been fined £35,000 and ordered to pay over £4,000 in costs

A home for just 18 months

17 May, 2016

On average, tenants get the moving itch after 18 months

Hinckley and Bosworth gets cash to combat bedroom tax

16 May, 2016

The Government has set aside £160 million over the next five years for discretionary housing payments

Just asking for trouble

16 May, 2016

On a recent programme about getting a council house one of the people in trouble with her rent said something that came as no surprise

Average renter stays just 18 months in a property

16 May, 2016

Renters spend an average of 18 months in a rented property before moving on

'Worse than the bedroom tax': Cambridge MP blasts plan that may force city to sell hundreds of homes

16 May, 2016

New laws that sound "the death knell of social housing" in Cambridge have been branded worse than the bedroom tax by the city's MP

Peer reviews of handling of benefit claims

16 May, 2016

DWP Freedom of Information (FOI) releases published in May 2016

Average asking price for first-time buyer home jumps 6.2% in a month

16 May, 2016

Prices pushed up by 'property drought' caused by buy-to-let investors diving in before rise in stamp duty

DWP to change Universal Credit procedures

16 May, 2016

The government has pledged to improve Universal Credit procedures this summer, following concerns from social landlords that they are frequently not informed that their tenants are claiming the benefit

Landlords should be 'squealing' under George Osborne's crackdown

16 May, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords are being hit by a significant crackdown

Hastings leader wants double council tax on holiday homes

16 May, 2016

The owners of holiday homes in Hastings should pay double the amount of council tax

Why you should research your potential landlord's credentials

13 May, 2016

Alex Johnson's round-up of the week's property news, including why sales fall through, closing garden gates, and the costs of running a home

Mind the gap: the growing shortfall between private rents and help with housing costs

13 May, 2016

People on low incomes living in the PRS may be able to get help towards paying their rents

Single people under 35 only receive an amount equivalent to the cost of a room in a shared house

Government urged to hand housing control back to councils

13 May, 2016

With the housing bill set for Royal Assent, government is now being pressed to put related investment plans, rents and assets back in the hands of local authorities

Help with housing costs isn't aligning with rent for private tenants

13 May, 2016

Tenants face an increasingly widening gap between the LHA they receive to help with their housing costs and the actual rent they pay

Crawley landlord rented out unsafe former garage as home for £600 a month

13 May, 2016

A Crawley landlord has been fined after renting out a home - which used to be a garage - for £600 a month that was not safe to live in

Partially paralysed man missing half his head 'declared fit for work by DWP'

13 May, 2016

A partially paralysed man who is missing part of his head has been told he is 'fit to work'

"Reckless" landlord put lives at risk

13 May, 2016

Magistrates have fined the leaseholders and landlords of a ten-flat property £120,000 after finding they had put the lives of up to 20 vulnerable tenants at risk

Half of low income households at risk of missing out on vital support

12 May, 2016

Low income households are not claiming the welfare benefits and tax credits they could be entitled to

Private renter eviction rates soar

12 May, 2016

Private renters are being evicted at a record rate, housing campaigners have warned

The role of social letting agents should be expanded in Scotland

12 May, 2016

Private renting in Scotland has changed

Universal credit is working, insists work and pensions secretary

12 May, 2016

Stephen Crabb rejects claim UC no longer serves original purpose of making people better off in work than on benefits

New DWP secretary Stephen Crabb signals further disability benefit changes to cut spending

12 May, 2016

Mr Crabb said the Government would adopt 'smart strategies' for reducing expenditure

Why council waiting lists are shrinking, despite more people in need of homes

12 May, 2016

The number of families on lists for council housing has fallen because of stricter rules on who can apply

Plans to force workers on universal credit to take second job 'risky'

12 May, 2016

MPs warn that sanctions against low-paid workers claiming benefits could be counterproductive or leave them worse off

Tax experts warn of unexpected effects of buy-to-let tax changes on affordable housing

12 May, 2016

The government's stamp duty land tax surcharge could lead to unexpected consequences for the affordable housing sector

New London Mayor finds property industry support for rent controls

12 May, 2016

Sadiq Khan, the newly elected Mayor of London, has found senior industry figures who back his campaign for rents tied to inflation

House price rises see buy-to-let returns outstrip FTSE 100

11 May, 2016

House price rises see buy-to-let returns outstrip FTSE 100

Universal Credit will increase child poverty

11 May, 2016

Research has warned that cuts to the new benefit system undermine its stated purpose

Peers 'to back down over housing reforms'

11 May, 2016

Peers are set to back down in their battle with the Government over its flagship housing reforms and they are now expected to become law

Campaigners admit defeat as Tories push through mass council homes sell-off with hours to spare

11 May, 2016

The Housing Bill cleared its final hurdle tonight as former housing chief Sir Bob Kerslake gave up his long battle

Yes, London Has A Housing Problem: Let's Not Make It Worse With Idiocy Like Rent Controls

11 May, 2016

It's seriously astonishing how terrible, lousy, no good and idiotic economic policy keeps turning up in response to the same old questions

For whom the bells toll: Housing Bill sounds "death knell" for social housing

11 May, 2016

The Housing & Planning Bill sounds the "death knell" for social housing in England

The government's "welfare revolution" has forgotten something important: where we live

11 May, 2016

the "welfare revolution" started by Iain Duncan Smith has failed to change the fundamental condition of many poorer people's live

£13bn in unclaimed welfare? It's just fuel for the Tories' Big Benefits Myth

11 May, 2016

Almost half of families on low incomes are going hungry by not taking up benefits, we learn today

Landlords raise awareness of forthcoming benefit cap

11 May, 2016

Three County Durham landlords are advising tenants of a limit that may be placed on their benefit allowance later this year

Forced council sales - hampering local authorities' fight against homelessness

11 May, 2016

Last week, we published research showing the Housing and Planning Bill could force the sale of 23,500 vacant council houses each year

Heartbreak for tenants made homeless after being ripped off by fake letting agent

11 May, 2016

A bogus letting agent has conned members of the public out of thousands of pounds, making some of them homeless in the process

Another agent reported to advertising watchdog over display of letting fees

11 May, 2016

Another complaint about the way an agent shows its letting fees has been made to the Advertising Standards Authority

Tenant evictions up in England and Wales

11 May, 2016

But homeowner repossessions fell to record low in first quarter of 2016

Buy-to-let valuation instructions plummet 40% as 'dodgy' deals put in an appearance

11 May, 2016

Buy-to-let valuation instructions have dropped like a stone since the Stamp Duty surcharge kicked in on second properties - and there are signs of a sharp rise in potentially 'dodgy' deals

Our rent strike at UCL has caught fire in the capital - and here's why

10 May, 2016

The threat to education access posed by university rent-setting policies isn't just a local issue. No wonder students everywhere are clamouring to join us

Housing and Planning Bill

10 May, 2016

Before I call the Minister, I wish to repeat what Mr Speaker said on 25 April

Cheaper to buy than rent in over half of UK cities

10 May, 2016

It is now cheaper to buy than rent in more than half of UK cities, according to property developer Strata Homes

Bexley Council accused of 'burying head in the sand' over lack of social and affordable housing

10 May, 2016

A Crayford resident has accused Bexley Council of burying its head in the sand, over a lack of affordable and social housing

Council campaign aims to ensure that tenants put Rent 1st

10 May, 2016

Perth and Kinross Council's housing service has launched a new drive to ensure that all its tenants are clear about their responsibilities to pay rent

Landlords must take safety obligations seriously

10 May, 2016

After a spate of fines for landlords who have broken gas safety rules, the AIIC is urging those renting out properties to ensure they are complying with Government legislation

Adding £2.3bn of debt to the accounts - social housing deregulation as an early test for the minority Welsh Government

10 May, 2016

Before the elections to the Welsh Assembly last week, Steffan Evans outlined how housing might be a key policy area around which bridges could be built in the Senedd

HB S5/2016

10 May, 2016

Payment of New Burdens relating to the Single Fraud Investigation Service Project for 2016/17

Forced council sales: looking at the homes that may actually be sold off

10 May, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill is now nearing the end of its passage through parliament

Housing association gets European investment for social housing

09 May, 2016

A housing association has secured £80 million to support construction of social housing and shared ownership

House prices fall as stamp duty changes cool buy-to-let market

09 May, 2016

Halifax says April saw prices drop by 0.8% after highly volatile pricing and a big rise in transaction numbers in February and March

'Heads up' on benefit cap

09 May, 2016

Three County Durham landlords are advising tenants of a limit that may be placed on their benefit allowance later this year

Whose homes are they anyway?

09 May, 2016

While publicity on the Housing and Planning Bill has been rightly focussed on the forced sale of council homes and Right to Buy, there has been little mention of a late Government amendment

Leader of Sutton Council apologises for sending mock eviction notices to thousands of people

09 May, 2016

The leader of Sutton Council has apologised for sending "crass and irresponsible" mock eviction notices to thousands of people to promote a Liberal Democrat petition

Scottish rents rising faster than rest of UK

09 May, 2016

Average private rents in Scotland are rising faster than anywhere else in the UK

Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle

09 May, 2016

A documentary exploring the failures and deception behind the social housing crisis in Britain

Too Poor to Eat: 8.4 million struggling to afford to eat in the UK

09 May, 2016

8.4 million struggling to afford to eat in the United Kingdom

Middle-class 'buy-to-let dream' is over - as mortgage lenders to demand 40pc deposits

09 May, 2016

Investing in buy-to-let property is on the verge of becoming unaffordable for middle-class savers

Birmingham forced to sell more than 1,000 council houses - every year

06 May, 2016

Housing charity Shelter's warning about the impact of housing policy on Birmingham

In which British cities is renting the norm?

06 May, 2016

We write about rents a lot around here

Report argues buy-to-let crackdown will damage UK's rental market

06 May, 2016

A new report from a political consultancy has warned that the Government's efforts to crack down on buy-to-let investment will have "major consequences" for the UK rental market

The benefits capital of Britain is revealed: New map shows which parts of the country guzzle the biggest chunks of UK's £161 billion welfare bill

06 May, 2016

This map reveals the areas which receive the biggest chunks of Britain's £161billion welfare bill, with some guzzling six times more in handouts than other parts of the nation

DCLG: Tenancies change will not hit protected groups

06 May, 2016

The phasing out of lifetime tenancies will not negatively impact protected demographic groups overall

You can rent a house in London for £700 a month

06 May, 2016

The 'one bedroom house' is in south-east London's Abbey Wood

Agent who conned 'vulnerable' tenants out of deposits is jailed

06 May, 2016

A former agent with Reeds Rains has been jailed after conning overseas student into paying deposits for accommodation that he knew he could not let to them

Empty Housing (England)

06 May, 2016

High levels of empty properties are recognised as having a serious impact on the viability of communities

Harlow groups defy report to support Universal Credit

06 May, 2016

Clients of support charity Home-Start Harlow have welcomed Universal Credit after a think tank criticised the benefit reform

Rising rents ease landlord fears over tax increases

05 May, 2016

Fears that higher Stamp Duty charges on buy-to-let rental property purchases might destabilise the market have so far proved unfounded

New call for estate agents to be licensed as MPs probe money laundering

05 May, 2016

MPs have been told that estate agents should be licensed as billions of pounds 'slosh' through London, with some of the world's vilest dictators buying up property

Call for rent caps when properties let to tenants on benefit

05 May, 2016

A local politician claims to be in talks with the Government about introducing rent caps when landlords let to tenants on benefit

Ban for Glasgow landlord who kept almost £7,000 of deposits

05 May, 2016

An "appalling" landlord who kept tenants' deposits worth almost £7,000 has been barred from renting out his property by Glasgow City Council

Benefit cap statistics: background information and methodology

05 May, 2016

Information about benefit cap statistics and methodology including the purpose, source, definitions and limitations of statistics covered

Benefit cap: number of households capped to February 2016

05 May, 2016

Statistics on households that have had their benefits capped between 15 April 2013 and February 2016

Leading government figures see social housing as toxic

05 May, 2016

The Lords debate on the unfair housing and planning bill is soon coming to end, but the debate in the country should not

Rents continue to rise across the UK and in London

05 May, 2016

Latest figures show average rent outside London rose to £764 a month, while within the capital it hit £1,543

Concern over use of bailiffs to chase council tax debts

04 May, 2016

Charities have raised concerns over councils' "aggressive" use of bailiffs to chase people in council tax arrears

Baroness Thomas: I'm not holding my breath for DWP changes to PIP

04 May, 2016

Lib Dem peer Baroness Thomas of Winchester writes on the topic of her Lords debate

Renter help

04 May, 2016

The role of social letting agents should be expanded in Scotland

Buy-to-let clampdown could hurt challenger banks

04 May, 2016

Challenger banks could be hit hard by a tax hike targeting Britain's landlords

Debt charities see record Council Tax arrears problems

04 May, 2016

Council Tax arrears problems among clients have hit a new high

Tory MP calls for end to 'exploitative fees' charged by letting agents

04 May, 2016

The Government have rejected a bid to have letting agent fees capped or banned in a debate called by a Tory MP who hit out out at letting agents charging "arbitrary and exploitative fees"

'High' to 'higher' forced sales mean 23,500 council homes lost per year and an average annual £26m bill

04 May, 2016

We previously sounded the alarm that a subtle amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill allows the Secretary of State to force the sale of a much broader range of council homes than before

You won't believe this totally mind-blowing method of reducing your letting agent fees!

04 May, 2016

Letting agent fees are one of the most painful aspects of renting

More Trap Than Trampoline: Universal Credit Is Failing To Help People Progress

03 May, 2016

Although the new Work and Pensions Secretary has stopped cuts to disability benefits he seems to be in lock-step with his predecessor in worrying that the benefit system "locks people into workless-ness"

Stamping out buy-to-let is a dangerous move

03 May, 2016

The buy-to-let boom has grown at a rapid pace in recent years, doubling the size of the private rented sector since 2004

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

03 May, 2016

Biggest monthly drop in Scottish rents on record

Changes to DWP Family and Household Income Statistics 2014/15: statistical notice

03 May, 2016

Statistical notice giving details of proposed changes to future DWP Family and Household income statistics data and publications

HB S4/2016

03 May, 2016

Additional New Burdens funding to meet the costs of implementing welfare reform changes in 2016/17

New Work and Pensions Secretary must reclaim Universal Credit from the Treasury

03 May, 2016

Resolution Foundation calls for major reforms as full roll-out of Universal Credit begins this month

Nationwide tightens lending criteria for buy-to-let landlords

03 May, 2016

Building society's changes come as the Bank of England attempts to rein in buy-to-let lending

A Warm Deal for London's Renters

03 May, 2016

The need for a London-wide minimum energy efficiency standard

Call for new tax and welfare department at Holyrood

03 May, 2016

The next Scottish government should set up a new department for tax and welfare powers coming to Holyrood

Extending the Right to Buy to housing association tenants

03 May, 2016

Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report

Rollout of flagship welfare reform Universal Credit reaches historic milestone

03 May, 2016

Universal Credit is now in every jobcentre across the country for single jobseekers

HCA-backed £1bn housing fund launches

03 May, 2016

A new £1bn fund to help cash-strapped councils build 10,000 mixed-tenure homes has been launched with the support of the HCA

Plight of family where landlords refuse point blank to consider tenants on benefits

03 May, 2016

What happens to tenants who have to leave their home because the landlord is selling up?

The Aspiration Tax

03 May, 2016

Equality Trust report

Benefit sanctions handed out to thousands of people 'unlawful'

29 April, 2016

The Court of Appeal dismissed a legal challenge by the Government

How many council homes are left in England after 20 year sell-off

29 April, 2016

Figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government have revealed the number of local authority owned social houses

Peers vote for inflation-linked Pay to Stay threshold

29 April, 2016

Peers have voted for Pay to Stay 'high-income' thresholds to be increased in line with inflation every three years

Gap widens between LHA and rent costs

29 April, 2016

Private tenants face a growing gap between help with housing costs and rent

Lloyds Banking Group reveals surge in buy-to-let lending

29 April, 2016

Mortgage lender pins rise on rush to beat new stamp duty charges as bank group reveals profits nearly halved in first quarter

Buy-to-let landlords blamed for decline in DIY among under-30s

29 April, 2016

Figures suggesting spending on DIY among 'generation rent' has fallen by third since 1996 coincide with report showing age of first-time buyers still rising

Rent rise fears after letting agents reveal fall in available supply

29 April, 2016

The supply of rental housing on letting agents' books has "nosedived"

DWP payments over £25,000 for 2016

29 April, 2016

Payments over £25,000 that DWP has made in 2016, including invoices, grants and expenses

Are we facing an evictions crisis?

28 April, 2016

Imagine knowing that you are going to lose your home but not knowing when the bailiffs will come knocking

Race to the bottom for low income tenants as gap between rents and local housing allowance widens

28 April, 2016

Low income tenants in the private rented sector face a widening gap between the actual rent they must pay and the help they receive to meet their housing costs

Monthly ARLA Private Rented Sector Report March 2016

28 April, 2016

The supply of rental housing stock on letting agents' books fell in March, to the lowest level since the start of last year

Food bank warehouse opens doors to tackle food poverty across Wythenshawe

28 April, 2016

The Unit-E food storage warehouse, based in the town centre, will distribute food to seven food banks in the area

Council tenant discount card launches in Edinburgh

28 April, 2016

A new City of Edinburgh Council tenant discount scheme has been launched which will save tenants money

Rogue landlord's failed eviction plans cement his place in court

28 April, 2016

A rogue managing agent who tried to force out his tenants by filling the stopcock chamber with cement so that they would have no running water has been sentenced in court

Foxtons braced for revenue slump after stamp duty surcharge

28 April, 2016

Estate agent reported 28.5% rise in property sales in first quarter amid rush to complete deals before deadline but Brexit fears weigh down expectations

Housing Bill defeat on council house replacements

28 April, 2016

The House of Lords has delivered a 12th defeat for the government on the Housing and Planning Bill over the type of homes that will replace the sale of higher-value council stock

Petition against letting agent fees gathers over 250,000 signatures

28 April, 2016

A petition against letting agent fees has now gathered some 250,000 signatures

Many landlords 'will stop renting to tenants on Universal Credit'

28 April, 2016

The Government's new Universal Credit payments could have a disastrous impact on the private rented sector, with more and more landlords refusing to let to tenants on benefits

Government increases fixed-term tenancy limit to 10 years

27 April, 2016

Government increases fixed-term tenancy limit to 10 year

Londoners urged to share the horrors of renting with #ventyourrent campaign

27 April, 2016

A campaign group is encouraging London's renters to take to social media and share their horror stories on the realities of renting using the hashtag #ventyourrent

Landlords welcome Govt's "pragmatic" shift on landlord protections in Immigration Bill

27 April, 2016

Landlords have welcomed MPs' approval of measures intended to provide greater protection to responsible landlords wanting to evict illegal immigrants

More than a million people in UK living in destitution

27 April, 2016

Research by Joseph Rowntree Foundation finds 668,000 households unable to afford essentials such as food, heating and clothes

Scottish Welfare Fund: £24.5 million spent during April to December 2015

27 April, 2016

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Struggling families will soon be able to get free fuel vouchers from Cardiff foodbank

27 April, 2016

Npower is to give credits worth two weeks' worth of energy

Tumbleweed as property investors desert the market

27 April, 2016

Property investors are deserting the market, with estate agents haart reporting a 55% monthly drop in buy-to-let sales during the first two weeks of April

Tenants complain as more licensing pushes up rents

27 April, 2016

It is unlikely that the policy makers at Whitehall read the Fenland Citizen - but it would be no bad thing if they did

Destitution in the UK

27 April, 2016

JRF report

This report defines destitution in the UK, looking at how many people are affected, who they are, and the main pathways in and out of destitution. It looks at the impact and experience of those people directly affected

More rent than pay a mortgage: the Tory dream for London has crashed and burned

26 April, 2016

The capital is now a city of tenants, proof that the Thatcherite property hegemony has had its day

Rent to buy: Council tenants could be given chance to pay off mortgages

26 April, 2016

Council tenants could be given the chance to get on the housing ladder by paying a mortgage instead of cut-price rent

Housing Bill should also include rogue tenants list

26 April, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill, which includes measures to tackle criminal landlords and letting agents, should also address the issue of problem tenants

Situation for first-time buyers little better despite waning buy-to-let competition

26 April, 2016

With the passing of the buy-to-let rush to avoid stamp duty, the pressure on first time buyers may seem to ease at first

More homes, more social housing - how Welsh Labour will lead the way

26 April, 2016

I have never understood why, but in election after election, housing is the dog that never quite barks

All Scottish jobcentres now offer Universal Credit

26 April, 2016

Last 5 offices in Scotland switch over to offer the new service

Landlords on the ladder feel financial boost of buy-to-let tax dash

26 April, 2016

Flurry of buy-to-let property interest in March pushes total annual returns to 12.2% for existing landlords

Is universal basic income too simplistic to meet housing need?

26 April, 2016

For supporters of basic income, Beveridge's 'problem of rent' is an even bigger headache today than it was in the 40s

Responsible landlords to get protection from Immigration Bill

26 April, 2016

Members of parliament have approved measures that will give greater protection to responsible landlords wanting to evict illegal immigrants

New scheme launched to help people who rely on foodbanks

26 April, 2016

Employees at a Dundee organisation are set to donate some of their salaries in a bid to help out people who rely on foodbanks in Dundee

Holyrood election 2016: Where the parties stand on welfare

26 April, 2016

Voters in Scotland go to the polls on Thursday 5 May to choose their next MSPs. But where do the parties stand on key issues?

More than 225,000 households claiming Universal Credit

25 April, 2016

More than 225,000 people are now claiming the government's Universal Credit benefit

UK: Millions of low income families will be poorer under welfare reforms

25 April, 2016

This month, cuts to Universal Credit - the Tory government's cover scheme for slashing welfare - were implemented for some 80,000 households

Cheaper mortgages could sweeten pill for landlords

25 April, 2016

Lenders are cutting the cost of buy-to-let mortgages in a move that will bring some relief to Scotland's army of amateur landlords

Allocations policy favouring workers ruled unlawful

25 April, 2016

A council's policy to ringfence 20% of its lettings for people in work has been found discriminatory and unlawful by the High Court

Housing Bill: 16 Defeats And U-Turns Inflicted On Government's Flagship Reforms

25 April, 2016

A bumpy ride for "pay-to-stay" charges and ending lifelong council homes

Five cabinet ministers' constituencies 'least hit by council budget cuts'

25 April, 2016

Theresa May, Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt among ministers whose areas escape brunt of austerity measures

Letting agents jailed for total of seven years after £400,000 thefts

25 April, 2016

A couple who ran a lettings agency have been jailed for a total of seven years after stealing over £400,000

Making welfare work for Wales

25 April, 2016

The Bevan Foundation has just completed an investigation of the future of the welfare system in Wales. Victoria Winckler looks at some of the issues on housing benefit

Call to ban letting agency fees for those renting homes

25 April, 2016

Fears about the impact of a booming property market in parts of the UK are often in the headlines, as are the various initiatives to give people a foot up onto the housing ladder

The social landlords stepping in to help computer-illiterate residents

25 April, 2016

Universal credit will hugely increase demand for digital access - so housing associations have started doing more for tenants without the internet

GBP 1 billion EIB backing for UK social housing

25 April, 2016

The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide GBP 1 billion for new social housing investment across the UK

LIN member report April 2016 - The Welfare Reform and Work Act

25 April, 2016

LIN member report written by Neil Merrick

This report will ensure you discover everything you need to know about this important piece of legislation

HB G4/2016

22 April, 2016

Information for all housing benefit staff

UK housing: Spring rent rises are the 'calm before the storm' in the private rental market

22 April, 2016

Renters should prepare for a "calm before the storm" as recent tax increases on landlords take effect

What could a Citizen's Income do for the housing crisis?

22 April, 2016

There's been an upsurge of interest in Universal Basic Income (UBI), or Citizen's Income

DWP drew up plans to charge disabled people for fit-to-work appeals

22 April, 2016

Charities warned the plans reflected badly on DWP officials

Aberdeen slipping but Scotland's rents remains on the up to an all-time high

22 April, 2016

Average private sector rents in Scotland have hit an all time high according to the latest quarterly report from rental property portal Citylets

Housing, energy efficiency and welfare feature high on SNP manifesto

22 April, 2016

The SNP has unveiled plans for 50,000 new affordable homes, a Warm Homes Bill to help tackle fuel poverty and a social security system based on dignity and respect

York council consults on strategy to improve private housing

22 April, 2016

York Council has opened a public consultation on its a draft strategy intended to tackle poverty and disadvantage among people living in private sector housing

Landlords count their happy returns as property prices rise

22 April, 2016

Landlords starting or building their buy-to-let portfolios may have been clamouring to beat the Stamp Duty deadline in March, but this has helped boost existing property investors

The Welfare stigma which is leaving the poorest homeless

22 April, 2016

It's hard to think of a worse time in the last 50 years to be on benefits and living in London

If the DWP is forced to publish its secret records on benefits claimants' suicides, everything could change

21 April, 2016

In cases like suicide, stories are important. If we let a government keep our stories secret, we give it permission to rewrite history

Buy-to-let: Massive scale of investor 'frenzy' to beat stamp duty hike revealed

21 April, 2016

New mortgage lending and property transaction figures reveal the scale of a "frenzy" in March of buy-to-let investors trying to close deals and beat a stamp duty hike in April

Wales - The PRS in 2016 and Beyond

21 April, 2016

A lot of change is happening in Wales this year, and it is important that landlords stay up to date. Below are the main issues of which members with property in Wales should be aware

Generation Rent most at risk from criminal landlords

21 April, 2016

Nearly 3,000 landlords have faced prosecution under the Housing Act over the past five years - with resulting fines running into the millions, writes Bill Tanner

Angry protests as council houses go under the hammer

21 April, 2016

There was a heavy police presence as protesters tried to disrupt an auction of council homes in Bristol tonight

Generation Rent - Living to Let

21 April, 2016

Richard Hill is one of three million young adults in the UK still living with their parents. He meets others who've gone to extreme lengths to find somewhere affordable to live

Can you rent out a home bought with a Help to Buy ISA/Lifetime ISA?

21 April, 2016

The Help to Buy ISA is a huge boon for first-time buyers. It means when you save in it for a mortgage deposit, you'll get up to £3,000 added on top

Government defends Pay to Stay after Lords defeats

21 April, 2016

The government has pledged to ensure the social housing sector only supports those 'who genuinely need it', in response to a hat-trick of heavy defeats in the Lords on Pay to Stay

British surveyors report weakest private housing growth in nearly three years

21 April, 2016

Construction of private homes slowed sharply in the first three months of 2016, reflecting planning delays and possibly uncertainty linked to Britain's upcoming referendum on European Union membership

Six in ten London tenants enduring daily living hazards

21 April, 2016

Six in ten private tenants in London are forced to endure hazards such as mould, leaks or pest infestations

Oil crisis brings rents in Aberdeen crashing down 20% in a year

21 April, 2016

Shortly after the passing of the Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill in the Scottish Parliament, average rents in the country have hit an all time high

Impact of capping Housing Benefit at Local Housing Allowance rates

21 April, 2016

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in his Autumn Statement that housing benefit and housing costs within Universal Credit for social housing tenants will be capped

Welfare reform newsletter

21 April, 2016

National housing federation newsletter on welfare reform

The startup that wants to replace letting agents

20 April, 2016

Digital disruptor RentSquare uses open data to identify the rent 'sweet spot' for landlords and tenants

'We are losing the case on social housing'

20 April, 2016

Crisis chief executive Jon Sparkes has claimed the housing sector is "losing the case of social housing"

Landlords claim Universal Credit is 'shambolic'

20 April, 2016

Universal Credit payments could have a disastrous impact on the private rented sector

Universal Credit statistics: background information and methodology

20 April, 2016

Information about Universal Credit statistics methodology including the purpose, source, definitions and limitations of statistics covered

2 out of 3 ain't bad!

20 April, 2016

Too often, renting is unsafe. Our Fix Renting campaign , launched in January, focuses on three ways to make renting safer

Lifeline for London families facing eviction after charity sold their flats

20 April, 2016

Residents of Walthamstow estate unaware their homes had been sold until eviction notices were handed out

These are the 9 areas of the UK where letting fees are highest - and seven are in London

20 April, 2016

The areas with the highest letting fees in the UK have been uncovered by the National Private Tenants Organisation, also known as "Generation Rent"

Measuring the Impact

20 April, 2016

2015 NFA & ARCH Welfare Reform Survey Findings

DWP may have to publish details of benefit claimant deaths

20 April, 2016

Disability rights campaigners win appeal against government's refusal to publicise investigations into alleged suicides

Duration on working-age benefits: April 2010 to March 2015

19 April, 2016

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

Benefit sanction statistics: publication strategy

19 April, 2016

Details of planned changes to official statistics on benefit sanctions

Political short-termism: the buy-to-let housing market

19 April, 2016

Over the past year you may have heard about a 'war' being waged against the buy-to-let market

Tories' Pay to Stay rent hikes smashed to bits in humiliating triple defeat

19 April, 2016

Pay to Stay in the Housing Bill would have forced 215,000 households earning £30,000 to pay the full market rent - but it's been bludgeoned

Discretionary Housing Payment underspend explained by councillors

19 April, 2016

Funds given to Oxford City Council to help individuals pay their rent have jumped back up this year despite the fact that it was not all spent in 2015/16

Top 10 cheapest areas to rent:Londoners are heading to Bexley borough where rents are half the average price

19 April, 2016

Londoners in search of cheaper rents should head to Bexley in the south-east corner of the capital where costs are half the average price

Rising Bristol rents are forcing people to live on the streets

19 April, 2016

The city's housing crisis is forcing more and more people onto the streets with 235 families currently living in B&Bs to prevent them from becoming homeless

Call to ban letting agents' fees

19 April, 2016

Generation Rent is calling on the government to ban letting agents from charging fees to tenants

Selling off affordable homes 'would add £4bn to housing benefit bill'

19 April, 2016

Labour says sale of council and housing association property will force poorer people into expensive private rented accommodation

Housing Bill: Government Faces U-Turn Over 'Pay To Stay' After Hat-Trick Of House of Lords Defeats

19 April, 2016

Housing and Planning Bill has now lost six times after peers voted to alter 'vindictive' charge

Council will not appeal water charge ruling

19 April, 2016

A council will not appeal a landmark court ruling, meaning social landlords could have to repay millions of pounds to tenants in water charges

Every jobcentre in Yorkshire now offers Universal Credit

18 April, 2016

Last 4 offices in Yorkshire switch over to new service

How to help residents trapped by financial exclusion

18 April, 2016

Join us on Tuesday 26 April 11:30 - 13:00 BST, to discuss how professionals in councils, charities and housing can promote financial inclusion

Why the housing bill could give the Lords another victory

18 April, 2016

This badly-drafted and timed bill won't address sky-high rents or house prices - expect peers to win concessions

Lib Dems pledge more homes for rent and 'fair' Scottish welfare system

18 April, 2016

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have set out plans to increase in housing supply by expanding the Housing Fund for Scotland model and tackle youth homelessness through mediation

Rush to beat buy-to-let tax rise pushes cost of a house to a record high: Average property price jumps to more than £307,000

18 April, 2016

Average asking price across all homes increased by 7.3 per cent this year

Housing organisations say ministers should think again about unfair rent hikes for hard-working council tenants

18 April, 2016

As the Government's Housing Bill approaches the next stage in its bumpy ride through the House of Lords, tenant and housing campaigners have called on Ministers to drop proposals announced in George Osborne's 2015 Budge

'Political warfare' over food bank group's million users claim hurting hungry people - MPs

18 April, 2016

The "political warfare" over discredited suggestions that more than one million people in Britain rely on food banks may have harmed the chances of genuinely hungry people getting help

Victory for vulnerable tenants

18 April, 2016

The Government has agreed a Liberal Democrat amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill, which protects vulnerable tenants from being wrongly evicted

Buy-to-let landlord surge ignites chain reaction in housing market

18 April, 2016

Rightmove claims landlord rush to beat stamp duty surcharge fuelled rise in homeowners selling up and trading up

Landlords launch new crowdfunding campaign in legal challenge to Osborne

18 April, 2016

A second round of crowdfunding has been launched in a bid to raise money for a legal battle against the Government

Talking point: Is the Government killing off buy-to-let?

18 April, 2016

From the end of mortgage interest relief to extra Stamp Duty surcharges, there is plenty to suggest the Government is trying to kill off the buy-to-let sector

No vote, no voice: Renters need to register!

15 April, 2016

Over a third of renters in London have moved 3 or more times in the last five years

DWP 'punishing' low-paid full-time workers under new benefits rule

15 April, 2016

Critics say scheme under which working people claiming universal credit can be fined for failing to do enough to find more work is 'political dynamite'

Buy-to-let loses ground as first-time buyers 'find their feet'

15 April, 2016

First time buyers are the new 'frontline' for a housing market buoyed by its best opening quarter lending figures in nine years

This is how 'poor landlords' will be tackled to help solve housing issues in studentville Treforest

15 April, 2016

Landlords would have to show their properties meet an acceptable standard

Interest in buy-to-let drops by over a quarter as tax changes begin

15 April, 2016

Interest in new purchases from buy-to-let investors dropped 27% in March compared to the same month last year as April 1st tax change starts to bite

Foodbank use remains at record high

15 April, 2016

Trussell Trust says that one million three day food supplies a year must not become the new normal

1% of tenants take up the Right to Buy

15 April, 2016

Less than 1% of the housing association tenants offered the chance to purchase their home under a pilot of the Right to Buy have so far made a formal application to buy

New trade body launches today in rental sector

15 April, 2016

A new trade body launches on the 15th April, aimed at the professional 'build to rent' sector

Most landlords considering hiking rent after tax 'assaults' on sector

15 April, 2016

Almost all landlords are considering increasing rents to pay for the higher taxes they now face

Landlords warn of rent increases

14 April, 2016

Almost all landlords are considering increasing rents to pay for the higher taxes they now face

DHP (Dysfunctional Housing Payments)

14 April, 2016

When you're on the brink of eviction, what do you think it takes to get your council's attention? A lot, it transpires.

Benefit fraud or tax evasion: row over the Tories' targets

14 April, 2016

Figures show thousands more government inspectors are employed tackling benefits fraud than dealing with abuse of tax system

Reduced PCSO cover in parts of Cheshire 'caused by rent cuts'

14 April, 2016

Two housing associations in Cheshire have stopped funding Police Community Support Officers, blaming rent reductions imposed by the government

Housing market 'to cool' as buy-to-let rush dies and Brexit worries mount

14 April, 2016

The UK's housing market is set for a slowdown as the buy-to-let rush of the first three months of the year dies away

EU migrants coming to UK for higher wages but no evidence of 'benefits tourism'

14 April, 2016

Higher wages and a lack of a jobs in the eurozone are listed as 'pull factors'

Mortgage lending dips as buy-to-let purchasers take foot off pedal

14 April, 2016

Mortgage lending dipped during March as buy-to-let activity eased

Government to review Right to Rent guidelines

14 April, 2016

The Government is reviewing its guidance on Right to Rent and the immigration status checks that landlords and agents must by law make on all prospective tenants

'As a landlady, I can see what needs to change in our rental market'

13 April, 2016

Maureen is a London landlady; here she tells us why she feels renting needs fixing

Generation rent is losing the battle to buy its own homes

13 April, 2016

Couples and individuals struggling to get on the local housing ladder are being forced to pay the highest rental costs in the county

Weeks later... and council letting agency still has just one home listed

13 April, 2016

It's several weeks on from our story about a local authority setting up its own private letting agency and having only one property - and it STILL has only one property

HomeLet Rental Index - March 2016

13 April, 2016

When London is excluded, the average UK rental value was £755pcm - this is 4.9% higher than the same period last year

Ministers seek to reduce councils' influence over HAs

13 April, 2016

The government has taken further steps to deregulate the sector by limiting the influence of councils over housing associations

Housing minister denies Government is trying to kill off buy-to-let

13 April, 2016

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has rejected claims that the Government is "choking off the buy-to-let sector"

HMO landlord fined

13 April, 2016

An unlicensed East Barnet landlord has been fined over £3,000

£100 Council Tax cut for greener homes

13 April, 2016

Welsh households could receive £100 towards their council tax by going green

Testing times ahead for Universal Credit

13 April, 2016

The government's scheme to overhaul the welfare system has been the subject of much scrutiny in Westminster, but now the same is happening outside a north London job centre

Government should ditch social housing benefit cap 'as a matter of basic humanity'

13 April, 2016

A Wirral MP has warned some of the most vulnerable people in the borough could be plunged into crisis under Government plans to cap housing benefit payments

Fresh fears of housing price crash as buy-to-let purchases plunge

13 April, 2016

Prospective buy-to-let owners have fallen by more than a quarter amid a punishing new tax on landlord buyers, fuelling fears of a price crash in parts of the country

Home-owner house purchase lending up 21% year-on-year in February

13 April, 2016

Home-owners borrowed £8.7bn for house purchase, up 4% month-on-month and 21% year-on-year. They took out 48,000 loans, up 4% on January and 12% on February 2015

Revealed: which Dorset councils have built the most affordable homes (and you might be surprised)

12 April, 2016

Christchurch and Purbeck built fewer homes than their neighbouring authorities

Buy-to-let landlords keep benefiting from cheaper mortgages

12 April, 2016

Finance website Moneyfacts says buy-to-let mortgage rates continue to fall despite Bank of England moves to dampen market

Why it's time for Generation Rent to fight back against letting agents' fees

12 April, 2016

Journalist and nomadic Londoner Vicky Spratt on why the capital's twenty-somethings are living in constant fear of rent hikes

Gracehill Housing Scheme gets the green light from planners despite 70 letters of objection

12 April, 2016

A proposal for a social housing development in Gracehill, which attracted 70 letters of objection, has been approved by Council's Planning Committee

Buy-to-let providers slash mortgage rates

12 April, 2016

The buy-to-let market has been under extra pressure in the last few months thanks to the stamp duty hike

Stephen Crabb 'committed' to Universal Credit

12 April, 2016

Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb has said he is "absolutely committed" to the government's flagship Universal Credit reform

Claim tax credits before Universal Credit arrives

12 April, 2016

Low-income workers are being urged to claim any tax credits sooner rather than later

HB U1/2016

12 April, 2016

Judgment of the Court of Appeal judicial review decision concerning the maximum rent (social sector)

Getting tenants off to a flying start

12 April, 2016

Finding somewhere to live is difficult enough at the best of times, but without the right information and advice it can be an even more daunting prospect

What do you think of private rental market statistics?

11 April, 2016

Statistics on the Private Rented Sector (PRS) can be an invaluable resource

Record number of families with nine or more children are claiming housing benefit handouts costing taxpayers £6million a year

11 April, 2016

447 nine-child families received £4m last year; £2m for those with ten plus

£300 million childcare boost for hard-working families under Universal Credit

11 April, 2016

Parents on Universal Credit will now be able to claim back 85% of their childcare costs when they move into work - up from 70%

The Housing and Planning Bill risks missing out half of England's young private-renting households

11 April, 2016

This afternoon, the House of Lords will kick-off the first round of voting on key amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill

Watch: how we can make renting better by stabilising rents

11 April, 2016

Last week, in the run-up to the London elections, Shelter published new research showing that over half of renters in the capital are struggling to pay the rent

Three practical amendments Shelter is fighting for on the Housing Bill

11 April, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill returns to the House of Lords for Report stage today

Tory local government leader asks Lords to block housing reforms

11 April, 2016

Peers are being urged to reject amendments to bill forcing councils to sell their most expensive properties

Bill change 'could increase council home sales further'

11 April, 2016

Sector figures fear councils may have to sell more of their stock to fund the Right to Buy extension than previously expected

End of long-term tenancies will 'damage family life'

11 April, 2016

Calls to scrap Tory plans to reform social housing as fears grow over damage to communities and children's education

Is Universal Credit doomed to fail?

11 April, 2016

Later this month Universal Credit will finally roll across the country, but the Department of Work and Pensions is being challenged in court to release files about its management in the early days

Universal credit cuts to lose low-income families up to £200 a month

11 April, 2016

Changes to be introduced on Monday will push more low-paid working families into poverty

The effects of taxes and benefits on income inequality: 1977 to financial year ending 2015

08 April, 2016

The redistribution effects on households of direct and indirect taxation and benefits received in cash or kind analysed by household type, and the changing levels of income inequality over time

Families renting privately twice as likely to have moved in the last year

08 April, 2016

Almost one in five of London's privately renting families have moved in the last 12 months

'Pay £78 a week for heating and hot water', disabled tenants in Holloway sheltered accommodation told

08 April, 2016

Disabled pensioners in Holloway were sent letters by their housing association threatening a 450 per cent increase in bills

Buy-to-let's "last hurrah" blamed for 10.1% annual house price rise

08 April, 2016

Double digit growth in house prices over the last year has been blamed on the "last hurrah" of buy-to-let investors as they seek to head off the rise in stamp duty

Over half London's private renters are struggling. Renting needs fixing now

08 April, 2016

When does a city's housing problem get so bad that it's legitimate to describe it as a 'crisis'?

Human rights watchdog to review welfare reforms

08 April, 2016

A human rights watchdog is to launch an inquiry into the effects of the government's welfare reforms on minority groups

RICS calls for mandatory licence for all estate agents

08 April, 2016

The RICS has called for the introduction of a mandatory, recognised licence for all estate agents in the UK

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2016

07 April, 2016

Historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data usually consistent with the annual Budget and Autumn Statement

Tax credit change 'may cause hardship'

07 April, 2016

Families who have been overpaid tax credits will have to repay the money at a much faster rate from now on

Thousands of disabled claimants wrongly barred from Personal Independence Payments

07 April, 2016

Three in five Brits who contest a decision to reject their Personal Independence Payment win on appeal

Home benefits: the SFHA's Mary Taylor explains why welfare reform is a concern for housing associations

07 April, 2016

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations chief executive tells Holyrood of her concerns about the LHA cap, changes to benefits and the potential reclassification of social housing

The Tories are promising to freeze council tax for five years if they win the Assembly election

07 April, 2016

The Tories say they would provide funding for councils to make up for the shortfall when council tax is frozen

Counting the cost of becoming a nation of renters

07 April, 2016

Proof, if proof was needed, earlier this week that property prices in the capital are out of control

New rental properties surge on to market as Stamp Duty bites

07 April, 2016

A large number of new rental properties came on stream at the end of March, with the influx due to a significant number of buy-to-let purchases completed by investors before the Stamp Duty hike

A guide to Rent Repayment Orders: Part 1

07 April, 2016

This is part one of a three-part guide on Rent Repayment Orders outlining what you need to know

Bedroom tax and benefit sanctions: social workers must get to grips with welfare law

06 April, 2016

People who use services are feeling the impact of cuts and welfare reform. To make a difference to their lives, professionals need to understand these issues

Labour claims scrapping council tax would save people money

06 April, 2016

Scots will save more than £100 a year on average under Labour's plans to scrap the council tax

Know your rights when dealing with lousy landlords

06 April, 2016

If you're like me and have bounced around rented accommodation in your student days and beyond, you've probably encountered your fair share of worn down flats and colourful landlords

The great service debate

06 April, 2016

From this month, social landlords will see revenues from rents fall by 1% each year for four years

Tenants who complain being 'bullied' by landlords

06 April, 2016

Tenants are being threatened and bullied by landlords if they make a complaint

Balance becomes 'relative' as Southwark tackles empty homes

06 April, 2016

A London council that has placed over 1,000 households beyond its borough boundaries over the past year has an estimated 2,000 empty private sector homes

Buying cheaper than renting in nearly half of Britain's major cities

06 April, 2016

Glasgow, Coventry and Birmingham topped the list of places where buying beats renting

Whew! Over 1,200 deals completed by conveyancer on eve of Stamp Duty change

06 April, 2016

In the 24 hours before the Stamp Duty surcharge kicked in, Britain's largest conveyancer completed a record number of transactions

Landlords' Barometer - #35: Why are landlords being singled out by Osborne?

06 April, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #35", with all the latest news and trending topics from the world of landlords!

Reduction in social housing rents

05 April, 2016

This note provides an outline of The Social Housing Rents (Exceptions and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2016

The Positive Impact of Social Housing Provision

05 April, 2016

It is evident that social housing supports individuals and households with pressing housing needs

Housing Benefit subsidy guidance manual 2015 to 2016

05 April, 2016

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

Key Changes to Council Tax Support in 2016/17

05 April, 2016

April 2016 marks the beginning of the fourth year since Council Tax Benefit

Free heat meter surveys for social landlords

05 April, 2016

At Sustainable Homes we know that the recent heat metering regulations have concentrated effort on installing meters in heat networks

Housing and Inequality in London

05 April, 2016

Over the past 20 years the price of housing in London has quadrupled, and the number of people renting privately has grown dramatically

Rapid rise in single parent debt problems

05 April, 2016

The number of single parents approaching StepChange Debt Charity for help has doubled over the last four years and they are now the fastest growing group among its clients

Lib Dems call for immediate ban on letting agent fees

05 April, 2016

The Lib Dems have called for an immediate ban on letting fees charged by agents

Green Party pledge to push for rent controls

05 April, 2016

Sian Berry, the Green mayoral candidate for London, has issued her manifesto

Struggling generation rent is being driven into debt

04 April, 2016

Figures from charities reveal how people unable to get on the housing ladder are under pressure from overdrafts, loans and arrears in rent

UK Government's housing policy targeting homeless families is 'tantamount to social cleansing'

04 April, 2016

Charities and politicians demand urgent safeguards after Independent investigation uncovers cases of homeless children dying from neglect and abuse

Cutting housing benefit reduces property prices

04 April, 2016

House prices fall when Housing Benefit is cut

How Cambridge development with just 6% social housing is making £17m in extra sales

04 April, 2016

One of the most controversial developments in Cambridge is set to make millions of pounds more in profit than forecast when the original builder avoided hitting the city council's affordable housing target

Top UK earners to receive as much in handouts as poorest by 2020

04 April, 2016

The wealthiest 20% of Britain's earners will receive almost as much support from the state through the "shadow welfare"

Lender concerns prompt Housing Bill change

04 April, 2016

Ministers are set to change the Housing and Planning Bill following concerns that a new system of managing sector insolvencies would lead to lenders asking social landlords for more security

Half of private rented properties checked 'below standards'

04 April, 2016

Almost half of private rented properties visited during a crackdown against problem landlords were found to be falling below acceptable standards by the council

Minimum energy efficiency standards become law for private rentals

04 April, 2016

The Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015 will bring into force minimum energy efficiency standards for the residential private rented sector

Survey reveals tenants' rent cut concerns

04 April, 2016

More than half of social tenants to answer a survey said they are concerned about a reduction in services from their landlord as a result of the rent cut

UK buy-to-let is broken - and change will be good for investors

04 April, 2016

New stamp duty hikes on second homes, seen by many as a clamp down on buy-to-let, could pave the way for a revolution in Britain's rental market

Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit back to work schemes

01 April, 2016

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

Buy-to-let stamp duty hike begins as landlords warn rents will soar 'through the roof'

01 April, 2016

Chancellor George Osborne's controversial hike of stamp duty for buy-to-let investors is now in force, as the new tax year begins

Rental prices in UK up by 2.6% in year to February 2016

01 April, 2016

Private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 2.6% in the 12 months to February 2016

Why stamp duty isn't the end for your second home dreams

01 April, 2016

For second-home buyers, whether they are looking for holiday homes or buy-to-let, April 1 2016 is a crucial date

MPs launch inquiry into 'disability employment gap' and impact of ESA cuts

01 April, 2016

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) will be cut from £103 to £73 a week in April 2017

EEA migrants: access to social housing (England)

01 April, 2016

Part 1 of this briefing gives a broad overview of the law governing the rights of EEA migrants to access social housing in England

Questor share tip: bet on Grainger as buy-to-let crackdown begins

01 April, 2016

Buy-to-let investing has been dealt a blow with higher rates of stamp duty kicking in

Fears council house evictions could rise due to benefits changes

01 April, 2016

Aberdeenshire's local authority has raised concerns that the number of council house evictions in the area may rise under the government's new universal credit scheme

Largest council tax rises this decade loom for English householders

31 March, 2016

Households across England will face the biggest council tax rises this decade from Friday

From bad to worse

31 March, 2016

It is naive to think that the rental and homeownership markets are not intimately linked

Bedroom Tax Year 3 (How IDS stole my home)

31 March, 2016

As the third anniversary of the introduction of the bedroom tax passes, events over the preceding weekends took a poignant turn for Rob Gershon

Charity workers fear benefit claimants will struggle as Universal Credit is rolled out in SE1

31 March, 2016

It is revealed that new applicants will have to wait six weeks for first payment, and will need a bank account

Standard of ESA and PIP assessments unacceptable says Public Accounts Committee

31 March, 2016

Standard of ESA and PIP assessments unacceptable says Public Accounts Committee

Possession Court Fees Increase

31 March, 2016

Unfortunately, there are occasions when landlords must resort to using the courts in order to regain possession of their property

Without supported housing, a lot of people will be left outside to die

31 March, 2016

A proposed change to housing benefit rules will spell disaster for many of societys most vulnerable people

2016 Annual Review of Social Housing

31 March, 2016

Welcome to the latest Beever and Struthers' review of social housing

We discuss the accounts and annual reports of the largest 100 Registered Providers

Index of private housing rental prices: February 2016

31 March, 2016

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain

Mother claims she is forced to live with no electricity, crumbling walls and rats because her housing association landlord will not carry out proper repairs to her home

30 March, 2016

A mother says she is being forced to live with rats, crumbling walls and no electricity in the downstairs of her home because her housing association will not carry out proper repairs

Explainer: what are rent controls - and who benefits from them?

30 March, 2016

New York, San Francisco and Stockholm have them. And now some Londoners are calling for them to curb rising rents

Buy to Let 'big risk' to UK economy

30 March, 2016

The Bank of England has warned Britain must burst its Buy to Let bubble to ward off future financial risk

Homelessness statistics make uncomfortable reading for politicians worried about welfare cuts

30 March, 2016

Last weekend's news was dominated by the political fallout from Iain Duncan Smith's resignation and by signs of growing political unease around the latest proposed cuts to welfare

Gaps in welfare safety net still pose risk Committee says

30 March, 2016

The Work and Pensions Committee has published the Government's response to its report on the Local welfare safety net

LendInvest research reveals tenants and landlords alike face stamp duty squeeze

30 March, 2016

The 3% stamp duty rise coming into effect on 1 April is set to put the squeeze is likely to see landlords passing on the extra cost to tenants

En-suite education: the unstoppable rise of luxury student housing

30 March, 2016

The UK's student boom has seen a spate of new, expensive, high-spec studio flats for them to live in

Can the new work and pensions secretary win back trust on welfare?

30 March, 2016

After the furore over disability benefits and the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith, Stephen Crabb's challenge is to rebuild the Conservatives' credibility on social justice

Landlords at risk of missing asset register deadline

30 March, 2016

A large number of housing associations are in danger of failing to meet Thursday's deadline for completing a register of assets and liabilities

Latest clampdown on landlords to cut buy-to-let lending by up to 20%

30 March, 2016

Lending to buy-to-let borrowers is to be tightened up, with 'stress' levels raised

Bank Of England Set For New Buy-To-Let Powers

29 March, 2016

George Osborne says it is "highly likely" the Bank will be given powers over the buy-to-let mortgage market "later this year"

Stephen Crabb urged to overhaul 'salami-sliced' universal credit system

29 March, 2016

Shadow work and pensions secretary Owen Smith says the welfare policy will hit millions of low-paid workers in the pocket

Government spends £100,000 on lawyers to defend the bedroom tax

29 March, 2016

The DWP is fighting a rape victim and the family of a severely disabled child

Consternation as Lewisham Council approved new landlord licensing fee of £500 per bedroom

29 March, 2016

Following approval of a new additional landlord licensing scheme on 2 March, Lewisham Council's Licensing Supplementary Committee met on 22 March and approved proposals for a dramatic increase in HMO licence application fees

Has there been a rush of buy-to-let investment in PRS?

29 March, 2016

An earlier post at the beginning of March 1st touched on the 'B2L investment rush' we are apparently experiencing

Tenants' lives put at risk by lack of smoke alarms

29 March, 2016

Fifth of privately rented homes not fitted with device despite law requiring landlords install them on every floor

Osborne's war on buy-to-let: Further clampdowns to come

29 March, 2016

The Chancellor is set for a new crackdown on buy-to-let mortgages

Universal Credit Support in Bradford

24 March, 2016

Social Housing provider Incommunities and Bradford District Credit Union talk to BCB Radio about their partnership with Bradford Council to support those receiving Universal Credit

Rent Smart Wales slashes license-fee rates following concerns

24 March, 2016

UKALA has persuaded Rent Smart Wales to revise the cost of its licence for letting and managements agents after expressing concerns the proposed fee would have a detrimental impact on standards

Landlords face £5k fines for not fitting smoke alarms

24 March, 2016

Hackney has become one of the first London boroughs to impose a maximum penalty fine in a bid to protect tenants

Campaign launched to help housing benefit tenants get a fairer deal

24 March, 2016

Is blame for DSS discrimination being pointed at the wrong people? Is it landlords or letting agents who make the process difficult?

HB S3/2016

24 March, 2016

Final New Burdens payment 2015/16 for the Real Time Information Bulk Data Matching Initiative, reduction in Housing Benefit backdating and removal of Family Premium

Government 'writes off' £40 million of overpaid housing benefit

24 March, 2016

Around £40 million in housing benefit overpayments has been written off, new figures have shown

BBC banned from broadcasting disability benefit cuts protest in Parliament

24 March, 2016

The broadcaster was forced to terminate a broadcast from a protest outside the House of Commons chamber

Buy-to-let market will 'drop like a stone' after Stamp Duty surcharge

24 March, 2016

The Stamp Duty surcharge on buy-to-let purchases which comes into effect next week will increase rent costs for tenants and trigger a decline in the supply of available properties

Landlords in one borough to be hit with licensing fee rising by nearly 300%

24 March, 2016

Landlords of bedsits above shops in a London borough could be clobbered with a licensing fee that is set to rise by 278%

Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud data: April 2015 to September 2015

23 March, 2016

Twice-yearly National Statistics publication on Housing Benefit overpayments and fraud

A crucial step towards a secure future for Scotland's private renters

23 March, 2016

Last week, the Scottish Parliament passed landmark legislation to boost the legal rights that private tenants have to stay in their homes

Association of residential letting agents private rented sector report

23 March, 2016

The number of prospective tenants registered per branch increased by a fifth (19%) in February to 37

Damage done by cuts and sanctions brings Oxfam to Wales

23 March, 2016

The international aid charity hopes to tackle Welsh poverty head on and help victims of austerity in the country

The My Home Finance loan scheme is in trouble, but tenants still need affordable finance

23 March, 2016

Whatever the causes of the My Home Finance scheme's crisis, it highlights the difficulty of providing genuinely affordable loans for those who need them

Failures and u-turns: the Conservative Party's record on welfare

23 March, 2016

Welfare reform and its implementation has been a crucial test for the Conservative Party's rebrand

The fight to claim back council housing from this poisonous Tory attack

23 March, 2016

At the Unite union we've taken the fight for social housing to Great Yarmouth, the very doorstep of housing minister Brandon Lewis

Billions of pounds of welfare cuts on way despite PIP U-turn

23 March, 2016

Ministers say no more social security cuts - but have approved a huge package of savings for this parliament already

MPs approve Chancellor George Osborne's Budget

23 March, 2016

MPs have approved the Budget after Chancellor George Osborne was forced to shelve planned cuts to disability benefits

Sales go up as landlords scrabble ahead of Stamp Duty surcharge

23 March, 2016

HMRC has reported that there were 94,590 residential property transactions in the UK in February

What IDS really thinks about disability cuts (according to one of his own colleagues)

22 March, 2016

Stephen MacPartland says the sanctification of IDS has been "absolutely disgraceful"

New minister faces call to re-think 'LHA cap'

22 March, 2016

New work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb is facing immediate calls to re-examine plans to apply a new housing benefit cap to supported housing

New benefits boss Stephen Crabb is fighting his OWN constituents in the Supreme Court

22 March, 2016

Paul and Sue Rutherford are being dragged through the Supreme Court over the Bedroom Tax by their own MP

Latest council offers cash for downsizing

22 March, 2016

Hackney are the latest local authority to offer residents a cash incentive if they downsize

How Osborne's budgets have changed the welfare bill - interactive

22 March, 2016

Chancellor's decision to ringfence pensions has seen welfare spending grow since his first budget in 2010

Households underestimate monthly bills by £700 - while many consider themselves 'in debt' only if they owe £45k

22 March, 2016

Monthly outgoings typically £1,505 - £693 less than estimated

The effect of forthcoming housing policy changes on social-tenant employment and the London economy

22 March, 2016

London is facing an unprecedented housing crisis

The expected reduction in the amount of social housing in inner London due to the Housing and Planning Bill will affect local infrastructure and employers

Disability benefits U-turn leaves Cameron with £4.4bn to find

22 March, 2016

Prime minister forced to concede that black hole will not be filled by further cuts

High-income tenants exempt from rent cut

22 March, 2016

The 1% annual rent cut will not apply to households with household income of £60,000 or more

Local authorities 'no confidence' in dealing with rogue landlords

22 March, 2016

Rogue landlords often escape punishment from local councils as the authority has "no confidence in their legal support"

Rent Smart Wales licensing fees revised

22 March, 2016

New licence fees for Letting and Management Agents will range from £1,890 to £6,600 for five years depending on number of properties

Buy-to-Let Index - February 2016

22 March, 2016

Spring heat from rental market - as tenants feel first rent rises since September

Iain Duncan Smith was 'isolated' in government over welfare

21 March, 2016

Conservative Party infighting dramatically escalated last night in the wake of Iain Duncan Smith's resignation as he delivered a stinging attack on the direction of the party leadership's austerity drive

Succession rights and social housing (England)

21 March, 2016

Within the current statutory framework there can only be one statutory succession to a council or housing association tenancy in England

All Welsh jobcentres switch over to Universal Credit

21 March, 2016

Wales becomes the first nation in the UK to complete the rollout of Universal Credit

40,000 to be hit by cuts to disability benefits

21 March, 2016

Opposition voiced at UK Government plans

New rental income guarantee to drive 'significant expansion' of Scottish private rental market

21 March, 2016

Although the UK's PRS market is presently immature, it is expected to expand significantly in the near future

Nadine Dorries slams Iain Duncan Smith for begging her to vote for disability cuts before resigning

21 March, 2016

The outspoken backbencher claims Iain Duncan Smith 'begged and bribed' her not to vote against his cuts to Employment Support Allowance

IDS loses legal challenge to keep Universal Credit problems secret

21 March, 2016

Iain Duncan Smith has lost his latest attempt to keep potentially damning Universal Credit documents secret

Robin Hood Gardens and the demise of Britsh social housing

21 March, 2016

The rise and fall of Robin Hood Gardens echoes the fate of British social housing, as developers take from the poor to house the rich

'Generation rent' have given up hope of buying own home

21 March, 2016

Three-quarters of people in Britain fear it will be impossible for future generations to have a home to settle down in

It was the PM himself who wanted Right to Rent checks

21 March, 2016

It was David Cameron himself who wanted Right to Rent checks on tenants' immigration status - despite overwhelming lack of support from his ministers

LIN member report March 2016 - The Budget

21 March, 2016

LIN member report written by Neil Merrick

Who will disability 'cuts' impact?

18 March, 2016

Behind the frantic number-crunching and political fallout from Wednesday's Budget lies a large group of disabled people who will be affected by the latest benefit reform

Tackling fuel poverty

18 March, 2016

Bromford is working towards developing a service offer around affordable warmth and fuel poverty

MSPs approve new regulations for tenants and landlords

18 March, 2016

MSPs have approved new rules for landlords and tenants to regulate the private rental sector

Work alongside private landlords, politicians in Wales are urged ahead of Assembly election

18 March, 2016

An election hustings on housing was held in Cardiff Bay on Tuesday evening

Government not backing down on disability cuts despite minister's words

18 March, 2016

Suggestions by a Cabinet minister that the government may back down over cuts to disability benefit have been played down amid a growing Conservative row

UK housing: Landlords making best returns in 17 months as rents and house prices rise

18 March, 2016

Rents are picking up in England and Wales as landlords begin to pass on higher taxes from the Treasury to tenants

A crucial step towards a secure future for Scotland's private renters

18 March, 2016

Yesterday, the Scottish Parliament passed landmark legislation to boost the legal rights that private tenants have to stay in their homes

HB G3/2016

18 March, 2016

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Iain Duncan Smith quits over planned disability benefit changes

18 March, 2016

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has resigned citing pressure to make cuts to disability benefits

8 things you didn't know about private landlords

17 March, 2016

The number of private landlords has exploded in recent years with the growth of the private rented sector

Disability Benefits

17 March, 2016

The day after a Budget is usually a difficult one for any Chancellor, but this year, George Osborne has been subject to sustained and withering scrutiny

The women who escape domestic abuse but lose their social housing

17 March, 2016

Women and their children often have to forfeit their homes to escape violent partners. One housing association is offering an answer

Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016

17 March, 2016

An Act to make provision about reports on progress towards full employment and the apprenticeships target

Budget 2016: The Disabled Are 'Paying The Price For George Osborne's Tax Breaks For The Rich'

17 March, 2016

Labour and charities say it's a 'bleak day' as £4.4bn slashed

The property market battle lines are drawn: Buy-to-let landlords denied tax break by the Chancellor as homebuyers get a savings boost

17 March, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords have been denied a tax break on their property profits as the Chancellor excluded them from a big capital gains tax cut

Ministers to 'explore ways of getting social tenants into homeownership'

17 March, 2016

The government has announced it will look at ways of further increasing homeownership levels among social tenants

Despair as ARLA slams Osborne's 'outright assault' on PRS in 'catastrophic' Budget

17 March, 2016

Yesterday's Budget was attacked as a clobbering of the private rented sector

Not what the Government wanted - but 'more landlords will go corporate'

17 March, 2016

New Capital Gains Tax rules will encourage property investors to operate as companies

Cambridge needs social housing to correct an 'imperfect' market

16 March, 2016

Cambridge needs to build more social housing to correct an "imperfect" property market here in the city

Benefit cuts threaten independent living for thousands of disabled people

16 March, 2016

Budget announcements by George Osborne set to be 'last straw' for many who fear heavy impact from tighter assessments and benefit cuts

What next for disabled claimants who face welfare reform?

16 March, 2016

The changes to the way Personal Independence Payment or PIP is assessed are unpopular measures where I am

It's not just Blair raking in rental profits. Nearly a third of MPs are landlords

16 March, 2016

For the many people who can't afford to buy, it's galling that so many MPs are profiting from renters - and have an interest in keeping house prices high

SFHA comments on LHA cap delay for supported tenants

16 March, 2016

Commenting on today's UK Budget announcement and the reiteration by the UK Government that it will delay the LHA cap for tenants in supported accommodation by a year

Budget 2016: George Osborne extends buy-to-let stamp duty hike to large-scale purchases

16 March, 2016

George Osborne will extend a planned stamp duty hike on purchases of additional property to include those who buy more than 15 properties

Government 'damaging supply' of rented housing

16 March, 2016

A former Conservative shadow cabinet member has criticised the government's approach to the private rented sector

The future of social housing in the North West

16 March, 2016

The legal implications and financing of building new homes in the North West to meet George Osborne's plans for a "Northern powerhouse" are being discussed at a major conference in Liverpool this week

Call for mandatory electrical checks for all social housing and owner-occupied flats

16 March, 2016

A charity which led the successful call for mandatory electrical checks in Scotland's PRS has called for these to be extended to all social housing and owner occupied flats

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to January 2016

16 March, 2016

Statistics on claims in payment, new claim registrations, decisions and awards made and other aspects of Personal Independence Payment

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 3 Mar 2016

16 March, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 3 March 2016

A sharing economy as rents rise and tenants pile in together

16 March, 2016

The average rent for new tenancies in the UK, excluding London, is now £744 per month - up 4.8% on a year ago

A tale of two cities: winners and losers in London's social housing divide

15 March, 2016

In one part of London, residents are being bulldozed out of council-built homes to make way for a privately led development most cannot afford

Council takes on 'rip off' private rental sector

15 March, 2016

A London council is ready to fight a "rip off" private rental sector - on its own terms

Housing Minister writes to councils over evictions advice following NLA pressure

15 March, 2016

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has written to all local councils in England in order to clarify homelessness guidance

As the Mayoral election nears, London renters are demanding change

15 March, 2016

In just eight weeks, London will have a new Mayor. Will they have a plan to fix London's renting crisis?

There are now 157 foodbanks operating in Wales compared to 16 between 1998 and 2010

15 March, 2016

Austerity has been blamed for the rise and it's warned that their use was now becoming 'institutionalised'

The 200 landlords making £1MILLION a year from housing benefits

15 March, 2016

One letting agent made £2million from the taxpayer in the last three years

Young families priced out of rental markets in two-thirds of the UK

15 March, 2016

Figures suggest soaring rents make having children financially prohibitive for young couples in southern England and beyond

Letting agents accused on TV of milking benefits system

15 March, 2016

Over 200 millionaires have been created among landlords and agents in the last three years by the housing benefits system

Number of rough sleepers in Barrow revealed as lack of social housing is labelled 'monstrous'

14 March, 2016

People are being forced to sleep on the streets of Barrow as waiting lists for the area's council houses reach crisis point

Property tax reform could encourage landlords to sell to private tenants

14 March, 2016

Our new report has indicated that the Chancellor should help generation rent to own their current properties through the reform of Capital Gains Tax

Tories must reverse Universal Credit cuts to show they're serious about helping savers

14 March, 2016

The Tories have been criticised for inconsistency following the announcement of their 'Help to Save' scheme

Every jobcentre in London and home counties switched to Universal Credit

14 March, 2016

Over 95% of jobcentres now offer Universal Credit

'Prices are rising at a terrifying rate': the rent worries that keep you up at night

14 March, 2016

The stress of keeping up rent or mortgage payments has sent more than a million people in the UK to the doctor

Disability benefit change to affect half a million

14 March, 2016

More than half a million disabled people could lose out as a result of further changes over the next four years to welfare payments

Universal Credit cuts will leave millions of families worse off

14 March, 2016

A single mum working full time on the minimum wage and who has two kids will be stripped of £554 a year

How landlords are using companies to dodge the stamp duty crackdown on property purchases

14 March, 2016

Surge in landlord purchases through companies as tax hike looms

Social housing benefit cap will put thousands on streets

14 March, 2016

Limit for local housing allowance would lead to widespread bed closures in hostels and supported housing

Housing Bill: From pay to stay to right to rent - the controversial legislation explained

14 March, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill is approaching its final stage in parliament before - if all goes to the government's plan - passing into law

Battling the bedroom tax: the wider implications of the Supreme Court hearing

14 March, 2016

Following the recent 'bedroom tax' hearing in the UK Supreme Court, Jed Meers from the University of York considers the potential implications of the upcoming judgment for policies relying on elements of conditionality

Councils told to stop telling tenants in process of eviction to stay put

14 March, 2016

Local authorities must stop routinely advising tenants to stay put until the bailiff arrives before they can be accepted as homeless

Leeds campaigners rally against new law which will 'effectively end social housing'

11 March, 2016

A group of campaigners in Leeds will be holding a Housing Summit this weekend to oppose the government's planned cuts in social housing

Buy-to-let tax changes: A perfect storm for landlords and tenants

11 March, 2016

Upcoming tax changes have ignited debate about the role private landlords should play in meeting the UK's housing needs

'Broken' disability benefits need total overhaul

11 March, 2016

Fit-for-work tests and sanctions for those with chronic illness or disability should be scrapped

Personal Independence Payment consultation response announced

11 March, 2016

The government is changing the assessment criteria for the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment

Average length of time in PRS rises to 14 years

11 March, 2016

A survey of more than 800 Private Rented Sector tenants has found high levels of satisfaction with rented accommodation

Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

11 March, 2016

This briefing provides a summary of the parliamentary scrutiny of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill prior to the Stage 3 proceedings which are scheduled to take place on Thursday 17 March 2016

Families face biggest council-tax increase in eight years

11 March, 2016

Authorities able to raise council-tax charges by up to 3.99 per cent in 2016-17 without having to call a local referendum

Landlords rein in pay ahead of rent cut

11 March, 2016

Housing associations are reining in pay and cutting back on previously protected tenants' services in a bid to cope with the impact of government policy

London mayoral election: Sadiq Khan pledges to name 'bad' landlords

10 March, 2016

Labour's mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan announced a number of measures aimed at protecting private renters as he launched his election manifesto

London council launches letting agency for private renters

10 March, 2016

A London council has launched a letting agency for private renters, in a move it said would protect tenants from "the scourge of rip-off fees and charges"

DWP not snubbing Scottish Government over welfare reforms

10 March, 2016

There is no reluctance for DWP ministers to appear before the Scottish Parliament, despite 11 requests to go to Holyrood being refused

Social housing: 'pay to stay' at market rents

10 March, 2016

Following a consultation exercise in 2012 the Coalition Government gave social landlords in England the discretion to charge market or near market rents to tenants with an income of £60,000 or more a year

ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments: claims made to Jun 2015 and appeals to Dec 2015

10 March, 2016

Outcomes of Work Capability Assessments for Employment and Support Allowance claims made to June 2015 and appeal outcomes to December 2015

UK housing: Millions more face higher rents in 'perfect storm for a major renting crisis'

10 March, 2016

The number of renters in England and Wales soar will over the coming decade as millions more people are caught in a trap of high rents and house prices

UK workers on zero-hours contracts rise above 800,000

10 March, 2016

Workers on zero-hours contracts more likely to be young, part-time, women, or in full-time education

Conveyancers report 'turbo-charged' increase in Buy-to-Let activity as SDLT change looms

10 March, 2016

Buy-to-Let and second-home activity increased by 46% since the additional Stamp Duty Land Tax announcement was made in November 2015

Bye bye! One in five tenants expects to lose deposits

10 March, 2016

One in five tenants expects never to see their deposit money again after handing it over

Agents who turn down tenants on benefits 'are not breaking law'

10 March, 2016

It is not unlawful discrimination for an agent or landlord to refuse to let to a prospective tenant who is on benefit

Adam Perkins: 'Welfare dependency can be bred out'

09 March, 2016

The author and academic argues that workless people breed children with job-resistant traits

Fixed term tenancies failing on everyone's terms

09 March, 2016

The government's plan to remove security from social tenants and restrict tenancies to 2-5 years will hopefully get the scrutiny it deserves this week

Credit cards are pushing people into damaging long-term debt

09 March, 2016

They were introduced as a convenient way to borrow over the short term, but have become dangerous debt builders

The uneven impact of welfare reform

09 March, 2016

The financial losses to places and people

Pay to Stay: Fairer Rents in Social Housing

09 March, 2016

Consultation response

Welfare reforms 'will worsen regional inequalities'

09 March, 2016

Government welfare reforms will "further entrench deep-seated regional inequalities across Britain"

Coalition of 60 national disability charities condemn Tory cuts to ESA

09 March, 2016

'The cuts to employment and support allowance and universal credit mark a step backwards for disabled people'

The phantom benefit cheat is the perfect patsy for austerity

09 March, 2016

It's in the government's interests to keep promoting the very myths that keep the benefit fraud hotline ringing - and distract us from real social problems

Scottish property industry expresses concern about Sturgeon's council tax reforms

09 March, 2016

Scotland's property industry has warned that tax proposals underlying the Scottish Government's reform of council tax could harm developers and landowners

Criticism as £30-a-week disability benefit cuts go ahead

08 March, 2016

Peers have backed down in their battle with MPs over cuts to disabled people's benefits after ministers invoked special powers to push them through

37,000 tenants 'overcharged for water by south London council'

08 March, 2016

Thousands of council tenants have been overcharged for water and sewage services

Tenants Must Be Protected From Wrongful Evictions

08 March, 2016

The Lib Dems have a good track record on fighting for tenants against wrongful evictions

Tenant arrears tracker

08 March, 2016

Tenants reverse trend to serious rent arrears

The women leading the charge in Britain's 150 year fight for social housing

08 March, 2016

From Octavia Hill in 1866 to the women of New Era estate in 2014, female campaigners have often been the driving force for better housing rights

Pay to Stay tapers - a policy not for u-turning

08 March, 2016

The front page of this weekend's Observer newspaper declared that "ministers are planning to modify hugely contentious elements of the housing reforms the chancellor announced last summer"

New Powers new Scotland

08 March, 2016

How the Scottish parliament could use its new tax and benefit responsibilities

Buy-to-let landlords 'can make £100 more a week renting property on Airbnb'

08 March, 2016

London now has the third highest number of Airbnb listings in the world

Homelessness advocates call for evictions ban to protect older women

08 March, 2016

Anna Bligh calls for rental subsidies to help the growing number of women over the age of 55 at risk of becoming homeless

Universal Credit work allowances

08 March, 2016

Information about changes to the Universal Credit work allowances from April 2016

Tory climbdown over pay-to-stay plan to raise social housing rents

07 March, 2016

Partial U-turn part of bid to clear decks ahead of Europe referendum poll day

"Buy-to-let-to-retire" is the new downsizing

07 March, 2016

One in five over 55s are considering buying their ideal retirement home now and letting it out until they retire

Food for fought: Politicians to face public grilling on food banks and poverty at conference set up by Trussell Trust

07 March, 2016

Food bank users are being given a voice today when they get to quiz leading politicians

Landlords unhappy with London Housing Commission's licensing proposals

07 March, 2016

A landlords' body said the LHC is just plain wrong with its proposals that councils be given greater leeway to create landlord licensing schemes

Landlords must prepare for longer tenancies

07 March, 2016

Landlords and property managers must prepare for long-term tenancies

Think tank calls for single Scottish department for tax and welfare

07 March, 2016

The Scottish Government should have a single department responsible for both new tax and welfare powers due to be devolved

Lords ESA cuts debate: latest ping pong

07 March, 2016

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill returns to the House of Lords today for consideration of Commons amendments in 'ping pong'

A deeply dehumanising experience

07 March, 2016

M.E./CFS journeys through the PIP claim process in Scotland

This in-depth report, based on interviews with people with M.E./CFS in Scotland, demonstrates that one of the measures designed to mitigate this impact is failing

Participation pays

07 March, 2016

Tenant involvement praised by minister

Plans for wide-ranging cap on energy bills expected to be scrapped

04 March, 2016

Competition watchdog likely to ditch price curbs for customers on standard tariffs amid pressure from UK's biggest suppliers

Tories block plan to look at the impact of their disability benefit cuts

04 March, 2016

The Government says the cuts to Employment and Support Allowance will help disabled people

Assembly calls for rent regulation devolution

04 March, 2016

London Assembly members have called for the next mayor of London to seek devolved powers to introduce three-year default tenancies for private renters

Numbers claiming housing benefit tumbles in Cambridge - social cleansing or economic success?

04 March, 2016

The number of people claiming housing benefit has plummeted in Cambridge and around the county - prompting different explanations from across the political divide

UCL rent strike: Student support in fight against 'social cleansing' and soaring accommodation costs increases

04 March, 2016

Strike organisers say amount of rent now being withheld is at over £1 million, something which could rise as more students decide whether to join the cause or not

One in six tenants has sub-let with more likely to do so

04 March, 2016

Research by landlord insurance provider Direct Line for Business reveals that one in six tenants in the UK admits to having rented out part or all of their property to someone not on the lease agreement

House price inflation fails to take off despite claims buy-to-let investors are racing to snap up homes ahead of stamp duty hike

04 March, 2016

House prices remained steady in February, despite a steep increase in mortgage approvals since the turn of the year ahead of the looming stamp duty hike for buy to let investors this April

Buy to Let and household debts are risks

04 March, 2016

The rapidly growing Buy to Let market is increasing risks to the housing market

Gloucester Foodbank appeals for depot for 25 tonnes of food

04 March, 2016

Food bank volunteers in Gloucestershire are "desperately" trying to find somewhere to store 25 tonnes of food

Opinion: Buy to Let needs level playing field

04 March, 2016

Since the government's election in May 2015 the Chancellor has had the buy-to-let market in his sights

New landlord licensing scheme in Peterborough

04 March, 2016

A new landlord licensing scheme approved today, will mean that private landlords operating in designated areas of Peterborough will have to apply for a licence or face potential fines of up to £20,000 and prosecution

Changes to Immigration Bill will 'protect' landlords

03 March, 2016

Landlords taking 'reasonable steps' are now protected from failing to pick up illegal tenants

'Rent trap' catches aspiring first-time buyers who paid over £40,000 to landlords in five years

03 March, 2016

Renters in England forked out to landlords since 2010 the equivalent of almost a fifth of the average price of a first-time buyer's property

Financial stability in the social housing sector continues

03 March, 2016

Latest quarterly survey published

IDS urges Tory MPs to vote through cuts to disability benefits - despite his own watchdog warning they are unfair

03 March, 2016

The plans have been accused of causing 'unnecessary hardship'

Iain Duncan Smith: the latest MP to pretend council cuts are not his fault

03 March, 2016

It's bad enough that the secretary of state used his position to hammer Enfield council on efficiency, but let's not forget the damage caused by welfare reform

Landlords warn on one year 'LHA cap' exemption

03 March, 2016

Supported housing developments stalled due to uncertainty will stay frozen

Right to rent checks in the social housing sector now in force

03 March, 2016

The introduction of right to rent checks on 1 February 2016 will have important implications for social housing providers

The tax credit cut that Osborne sneaked through

03 March, 2016

It would have been impossible to miss the furore last year regarding George Osborne's proposed changes to tax credits arising from the Budget 2015

HB A4/2016

02 March, 2016

Housing Benefit operational information, performance support and engagement 2016/17

Equalities watchdog criticises planned cuts to work support allowance

02 March, 2016

Equalities and Human Rights Commission says cutting £30 a week from ESA benefits will disproportionately hit disabled people

Greater Manchester sees record number of evictions

02 March, 2016

A record number of people were forced out of their homes after falling behind with rent, according to government stats

Scottish government to set up benefits agency to streamline welfare

02 March, 2016

Nicola Sturgeon hopes strategy, which will see new agency running benefits devolved to Holyrood, will boost SNP lead in polls

Highest council tax bands 'to pay more' says Nicola Sturgeon

02 March, 2016

People in Scotland's four highest council tax bands are to pay more under new Scottish government proposals

Landlord satisfaction across UK highest in Wales

02 March, 2016

More renters in Wales are satisfied with their landlord than in any other part of the UK

Incomes of the poor being boosted by strong employment growth, but will be hit by benefit cuts

02 March, 2016

Strong employment growth has reduced the number of people living in households with incomes below a fixed poverty line over the last two years

The Bank of England: Assessing Risks on a B2L Near You

02 March, 2016

Those with a genuine interest in the functioning of the housing and private rental markets may well be aware of the important research being carried out by the Bank of England into financial stability risks and the buy-to-let market

Current buy to let changes won't help first time buyers

01 March, 2016

Not one of the raft of buy to let rule changes being introduced by Chancellor George Osborne will actually directly help first timers

Scottish government to set up new welfare delivery agency

01 March, 2016

The Scottish government is to set up a new agency to deliver social security payments when new powers are devolved

Bedroom tax cases heard in Supreme Court

01 March, 2016

Two bedroom tax decisions are being appealed to the Supreme Court

JSA sanction decisions relating to Universal Jobmatch: Jun 2013 to Jun 2015

01 March, 2016

Number of Jobseeker's Allowance sanction decisions relating to Universal Jobmatch

HB Direct Issue 165

01 March, 2016

The HB Direct newsletter provides latest information on policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit

Compromised and under pressure: social housing in the wake of universal credit

01 March, 2016

Welfare reform has spurred record levels of debt among tenants, with 25% of council tenants on universal credit facing legal action in some areas

Shelter Scotland launches advice hub for private renters

01 March, 2016

A new online hub has been launched to help renters in Scotland's private rented sector navigate their rights and responsibilities

Lords rebuff Tory plan to cut ESA for second time

01 March, 2016

Peers defeat government again over proposed £30-a-week cut to benefits for ill and disabled found 'unfit to work'

Rental prices force residents away

01 March, 2016

Renters are being driven out of Brighton and Hove by spiralling housing costs

Rents in social housing: the trade-offs

01 March, 2016

The cost of housing has risen rapidly, largely due to constrained housing supply

There are no easy answers for welfare policy: either the state spends increasingly large amounts subsidising housing costs, or it lets housing costs push increasing numbers of people into hardship

Supported and sheltered housing exempt from LHA cap for one year

01 March, 2016

Government announces delay to introduction of the Local Housing Allowance cap to allow for a proper strategic review

U.K. Mortgage Approvals Jump in Rush to Beat Tax Increase

01 March, 2016

U.K. mortgage approvals reached a two-year high in January as buy-to-let landlords rushed to beat a tax increase

Housing benefit changes causing 'heartache' Supreme Court told

29 February, 2016

The husband of a disabled woman has told the Supreme Court of the "heartache" they have suffered following changes to housing benefits

BT accused of 'shameless profiteering' over universal credit helpline

29 February, 2016

Tim Farron estimates the telecoms company has made a minimum of £1.49m from calls made by people struggling with the new benefits system

Tories blocked social housing as it produced Labour votes

29 February, 2016

David Cameron opposed increased funding for social housing in the last parliament because it would "produce more Labour voters"

Plan to build 700 new homes shelved - after tenants get rents slashed

29 February, 2016

Plans to build 700 new properties across North Lincolnshire have been shelved

In London, Renters Now Outnumber Homeowners

29 February, 2016

Over the next decade the ratio will tip even further, with wide-ranging consequences

Joshua Rozenberg: Supreme Court to sort out bedroom tax mess - but it won't be easy

29 February, 2016

The background to this week's human rights showdown explained by Britain's best-known commentator on the law

Landlords 'forced into debt' if interest rates rise by 2.5%

29 February, 2016

Buy to let in seven out of 10 UK towns and cities could become unprofitable if interest rates rise by just 2.5%

Universal Credit in all jobcentres in the Humber and north-east Yorkshire

29 February, 2016

New milestone reached as over 660 jobcentres now offer Universal Credit

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index - January 2016

29 February, 2016

Scotland's tenants move back into the black

Disability campaigners gather at supreme court for bedroom tax cases

29 February, 2016

Women's rights groups also among activists outside court where judges will consider appeals claiming tax is discriminatory

Crisis warns of 'homelessness trap'

26 February, 2016

The vast majority of landlords are reluctant to rent to the homeless and people on benefits, according to Crisis

Councils axe build programmes after rent cut

26 February, 2016

Councils have axed thousands of homes planned under fledgling development programmes, as they battle to accommodate the 1% rent reduction imposed by the government

Digs campaign slams 'discrimination' against renters on housing benefit

26 February, 2016

'No DSS' policy affects disabled and low income workers

Four million children in fuel poverty which costs the NHS £27,000 a day

26 February, 2016

Cold homes caused by unaffordable heating are having serious consequences

Asda backs down over food bank ban

26 February, 2016

Supermarket chain to allow collection points back into its UK supermarkets after backlash

Claims abuses need curtailed

26 February, 2016

One in nine people in Northern Ireland are drawing Disability Living Allowance

ARLA finds supply of rented homes at its lowest ebb

26 February, 2016

The supply of rental properties has dropped to its lowest level in a year, according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents

Lambeth council's campaign to hammer home the reality of cuts

26 February, 2016

The London borough's chief executive has tough choices to make and wants to get residents on side

HB A3/2016

25 February, 2016

HB Circular - Abolition of the Family premium and limiting backdating from 6 months to 3 months with effect from 1 April 2016

Garages and laundry rooms converted to flats by council

25 February, 2016

Kingston Council and the Greater London Authority have converted garages and disused laundry rooms into flats under a joint funding initiative

New rules: PIP and terminal illness

25 February, 2016

New amending regulations have been issued that modify the requirement for a terminally ill claimant transferring from DLA to PIP to wait a minimum of 28 days after the first pay day for PIP to be paid

IMF urges G20 to take 'bold action' on global economy

25 February, 2016

Fund's report says risks of more severe downturn are mounting as UK government battles sluggish productivity growth

Could supported housing survive a 68% loss of income?

25 February, 2016

If the LHA caps come in, how will supported housing services survive such severe reductions to their rental income

LHA maxima cuts - worse than stated

25 February, 2016

Joe Halewood Blog

Are letting agents helping to lock renters out?

25 February, 2016

Low income renters are in a precarious position. The help they get to pay the rent is shrivelling, whilst rents are blossoming. Its little surprise that half of private renters say they are already struggling or falling behind with their rent

What's pushing Charlotte and Jayson over the edge? £12 a week bedroom tax

25 February, 2016

It wouldn't be much money to a politician. But to the Carmichaels, struggling with Charlotte's severe spinal condition, it's a supreme court case against the government

More families are renting and fewer people expect to ever own a home

25 February, 2016

Seven things we've learned from the 2016 English housing survey about how tenures have changed in the past 10 years

Home - No less will do campaign

25 February, 2016

Shelter campaign

Are letting agents helping to lock renters out?

24 February, 2016

Low income renters are in a precarious position

Buy-to-Let Index - January 2016

24 February, 2016

Best buy-to-let - let returns since 2014

January 2016 figures for the high street banks

24 February, 2016

The start of the year has seen a significant rise in mortgage borrowing

Unions threaten HA strike over restructure

24 February, 2016

Unions are threatening one of the largest industrial actions in the housing association sector's history over Circle's plans to restructure ahead of the rent cut

Charities slam Tories for forcing through disability benefit cuts despite House of Lords defeat

24 February, 2016

MPs voted 306-279 to cut Employment and Support Allowance by £30 a week - ignoring peers and a Tory backbencher

How can social landlords help people at risk of becoming homeless?

24 February, 2016

Homelessness is on the increase again and the number of families in temporary accommodation is also rising

Britain's "disqualified adults": No passport equals no home

24 February, 2016

The new 'Right to Rent Scheme' creates a hostile environment for those without immigration status

Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland: as at 31 December 2015

24 February, 2016

Statistics released today by Scotland's Chief Statistician show that during the period 1 April to 31 December 2015

Value for Money pilot shows the value of small social landlords

24 February, 2016

Smaller housing associations are providing more efficient management and maintenance services than larger or medium sized organisations

The UK's top 10 benefits hotspots

23 February, 2016

New numbers on joblessness reveal the dramatic divide between neighbouring towns and cities

Has the death of buy-to-let been greatly exaggerated? We take a look at the storm clouds for property investors

23 February, 2016

Buy-to-let has long provided double-digit bumper returns for investors, but a number of clouds on the horizon have prompted concern the sector may be doomed

Rented housing energy efficiency schemes 'too complex'

23 February, 2016

MPs and peers are calling for tenants to be given clearer up-front information on the cost of all utility bills

Landlords set out steps to improve efficiency & reduce impacts

23 February, 2016

The recent climate change agreement in Paris has shown a world appetite for reducing impacts and operating more sustainably

London buy-to-let hotspots offering biggest rental returns from Docklands to Brentford

23 February, 2016

Where prospective landlords can find the balance between rentability and potential price growth

The Future of Family Incomes

23 February, 2016

How key tax and welfare changes will affect families to 2020

Residents protected from 'revenge evictions'

23 February, 2016

Tower Hamlet residents complaining of disrepair in their property can now be protected from so-called revenge evictions by private landlords

Landlords in Thanet urged to renew licences early!

23 February, 2016

Thanet's selective licensing scheme requires private landlords to obtain a licence and comply with a range of licence conditions to ensure good property management

Nomadic renting - those who don't want to move suffer the most

23 February, 2016

The headline finding was that well over a quarter of renters have moved at least three times in the last five years

Survey of Private Landlords

23 February, 2016

The results of a Shelter and YouGov survey of over 1,000 UK landlords

Social housing: tenants will need to live in an area for four years to be eligible

23 February, 2016

White paper says the change - double the current two-year requirement - will apply to anyone moving within Britain as well as new immigrants

Millions of children face benefits freeze

23 February, 2016

More than seven million children live in families facing a four-year freeze to their benefits

Bracknell families waiting for social housing rise by 10 per cent

23 February, 2016

In 2015 the number of families and individuals waiting for social housing rose to 2,282

90% of jobcentres now offer Universal Credit

22 February, 2016

Today, 16 more jobcentres will start offering the new benefit

DWP benefit expenditure on claims from EEA nationals, 2013/14

22 February, 2016

Estimates of expenditure on the main DWP working age benefits for European Economic Area (EEA) nationals in the financial year 2013/14

How property crowdfunding could help the next generation of homeowners

22 February, 2016

Homeownership rates among young people have declined dramatically in the UK in past decades despite nine out of ten of this group aspiring to buy a home

EU referendum: David Cameron admits he does not know how migrant benefits system would work

22 February, 2016

The Prime Minister tells Andrew Marr 'we're going to settle all that later'

Exodus from EU may spark correction in the rental market

22 February, 2016

International companies could flee from London if the UK severs ties with Europe finds survey

Tory MPs pressure David Cameron over plan to reinstate disability benefit cut

22 February, 2016

Ministers plan to reinstate £30-a-week cut to employment support allowance that was blocked by House of Lords in January

Why cuts to Local Welfare Provision could cause repeat homelessness

22 February, 2016

Last week the government released its final local government finance settlement for 2016/17

Sanctuary merger to create Scotland's 4th largest social landlord

22 February, 2016

Two housing providers owned by Sanctuary Group will merge with Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association after tenants overwhelmingly endorsed a proposal to unite

Homeless youths caught in temporary accommodation 'limbo' for up to two years

22 February, 2016

Young homeless people in Scotland are being left in temporary accommodation for up to two years

Halt Right to Rent roll-out now: Two peers launch bid this week

22 February, 2016

Two peers are to challenge the Government this week over Right to Rent

LIN member report February 2016 - Universal Credit Update

22 February, 2016

LIN member report by Rebecca Wilkie

HB G2/2015

19 February, 2016

Information for all housing benefit staff

Female labour supply, human capital and welfare reform

19 February, 2016

We estimate a dynamic model of employment, human capital accumulation - including education, and savings for women in the UK, exploiting tax and benefit reforms, and use it to analyze the effects of welfare policy

London's private renters outnumber homeowners for the first time in a decade

19 February, 2016

Private renters in the capital outnumber homeowners for the first time in a more than a decade

Buy-to-let growth boosts lending market

19 February, 2016

A surge in buy-to-let lending ahead of April's tax changes means January sees 85,432 house purchase approvals

First-time buying cheaper than renting

19 February, 2016

First-time buyers are £1,440 a year better off with their own home

Bedroom Tax hits one in five Merseyside social homes

19 February, 2016

A massive 8,546 Liverpool households have suffered out of a possible 40,672

Rise in social housing tenants planning to buy home

19 February, 2016

More than half of local authority tenants who would like to get onto the property ladder intend to buy their current home

Landlords' Barometer - #33: The rapid rise of leaseholds

19 February, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #33", bringing you hot topics from the Property Tribes forum

Lords Committee slams government housing policy as 'short sighted'

19 February, 2016

The current government policy on housing is unlikely to meet demand for either the quantity or quality of housing needed

Social housing groups in Bradford fear housing allowance changes could make vulnerable people homeless

19 February, 2016

Social housing groups in the Bradford district have received national backing after calling for the Government to reconsider changes they fear could make vulnerable people homeless

Growing shortage of social housing sparks Cannock Chase Council leader's plea to MPs

19 February, 2016

A council leader has pleaded with the government to build more social housing in his borough, warning the area faces a housing crisis

When letting agents go bust: the need for client money protection

18 February, 2016

When you think about it, renters take a number of risks when they start a new tenancy

Incorporating 'doesn't stack up' for majority of landlords

18 February, 2016

Four in 10 landlords are either seriously considering forming a limited company in order to limit their exposure to changes that will restrict mortgage interest

Benefit cap: planning estimates of number of households in scope for lower benefit cap levels

18 February, 2016

Planning estimates for local authorities of the number of households that could be subject to lower benefit cap levels from autumn 2016

Eviction is the last refuge for poor tenants

18 February, 2016

Cash-strapped social landlords are increasingly turfing out tenants hit by welfare cuts for whom homelessness is the only option

English housing survey 2014 to 2015: headline report

18 February, 2016

The latest findings from the English housing survey 2014 to 2015

Tackling perceptions of social housing

18 February, 2016

With TV programmes such as Benefits Street portraying council house tenants as scroungers, can social media combat these negative images?

Asda removes food bank donation points from UK stores

18 February, 2016

Supermarket chain ceases scheme, which allowed customers to donate food bought in store or brought from home, without announcing to media

Poll finds more than half of Scots want rent control system

18 February, 2016

More than half of Scots want to see a system of rent control introduced to help tenants in private accommodation

Buy to Let Needs Defending

18 February, 2016

With so much new housing and tax legislation currently being drafted in Scotland it is too easy to ignore what is happening South of the Border

Buy-to-let investors looking to swerve April's stamp duty hike at risk of being fooled by early deadline

18 February, 2016

Stamp duty hike for buy-to-let comes into effect on 1 April, not on 6 April

Labour Party considering universal basic income policy

18 February, 2016

The UK Labour Party is considering universal basic income as part of its new economic policy

Iain Duncan Smith refuses to set up freephone for families claiming benefits

18 February, 2016

Universal credit system will be claimed either online or by ringing an 0345 number, which costs 45p a minute from mobile or 12p a minute from landline

ALMOs call for Pay to Stay data access

18 February, 2016

ALMOs are calling for changes to enable them to access tenants' income data in order to ensure correct rent-setting under Pay to Stay

Budget airline court case could have implications for Right to Rent

18 February, 2016

Judgement in a court case reported yesterday may significantly reduce the Government's ability to enforce its 'Right to Rent' policy

Corporate Complaint - failure of the Council to properly monitor Section 106 requirements for social rented housing

17 February, 2016

We wish to complain that Southwark Council is failing in its duty to ensure that new housing developments comply with the terms and conditions of their Section 106 agreements

Briefing: the need for stable renting in England

17 February, 2016

This briefing sets out the case for making renting in England longer-term

Buy-to-let: How to set up as a company to save tax, and when it's worth it

17 February, 2016

Thousands of landlords are considering setting up companies through which to own property

Refuge calls for refuges to be exempt from housing benefit caps

17 February, 2016

In November George Osborne announced his decision to limit housing benefit

Renters' rage is justified

17 February, 2016

All politicians - even the ruling Conservatives - acknowledge that there is a housing crisis in Britain

London to be transformed from city of home-owners to city of home-renters in a generation

17 February, 2016

Patterns of home ownership in London are changing fundamentally

Cameron's own advisor thinks ending lifetime council tenancy would be "a mistake"

17 February, 2016

Two months ago it was reported that the government had quietly tabled an amendment to the Housing Bill that sets a maximum of five-year terms for new secure tenancies

First-time buyers outnumbering buy-to-let purchasers by three to one

17 February, 2016

There were 311,700 mortgages issued to first-time buyers last year

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 4 Feb 2016

17 February, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 4 February 2016

Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to September 2015

17 February, 2016

Data on Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions decisions made to September 2015

Housing Benefit caseload statistics

17 February, 2016

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

Housing benefit is the lifeblood of women's refuges - and it's under threat

17 February, 2016

If organisations such as ours are not exempt from the extension of the benefit cap to social housing, the lives of women fleeing domestic violence are at risk

Nottingham tenants to make voice heard against Housing Bill

16 February, 2016

More than 200 Nottingham City Homes tenants are planning to make their voices heard in Westminster

Our support for vulnerable tenants will be destroyed by this benefits cap

16 February, 2016

Housing benefits cap will see my association's income slashed by £2.83m and devastate the care we provide to people in most need

Scotland's landowners warn amendments to tenancy bill could cause problems for rural housing providers

16 February, 2016

Proposed amendments to legislation currently making its way through the Scottish parliament could create "significant problems" for the provision of rural homes

Sheltered housing developments 'shelved due to benefit cuts'

16 February, 2016

Hundreds of planned new sheltered accommodation units have been delayed or scrapped owing to proposed cuts to housing benefit

Maximus 'has falsified results of fitness for work tests'

16 February, 2016

The discredited US outsourcing giant contracted to carry out "fitness for work" tests on behalf of the government has been accused by an MP of "falsifying" the results of assessments

30% ex Barnet council houses for rent

16 February, 2016

Nearly 30% Of Ex Council Dwellings In Barnet Now Owned By Millionaire Elite Private Landlords

Landlords reluctant to rent to young people denied housing benefit by Govt cuts

16 February, 2016

The Government's proposal to abolish housing benefit for those aged 18 to 21 will make it far more difficult for them to rent a home

Agents will not have to report rejected tenants found to be illegal immigrants

16 February, 2016

Any agent or landlord who vets a prospective tenant and finds that they are an illegal immigrant does not have to report them - provided they do not allow that person to rent

Further falls forecast in home ownership as private rental sector grows over next decade

16 February, 2016

Within the first 25 years of this century, home ownership will have fallen 9.5% across the UK, and private renting will have gone up 14.5%

Transition Rollout Schedule - Phases 1 and 2: May to December 2016

16 February, 2016

The full Universal Credit service remains on track to be delivered nationally for all types of claimants from May 2016, completing in June 2018

Touchbase - Edition 108

16 February, 2016

This editions looks at current and forth-coming schemes intended to help individuals and businesses

Help-to-buy loan scheme nets Treasury £213m in paper profit

15 February, 2016

Hometrack analysis shows biggest gains in areas with high levels of building and buoyant market such as Buckinghamshire but some areas have lost money

Osborne's buy-to-let measures risk damaging whole economy

15 February, 2016

George Osborne's measures to curb the buy-to-let housing market risk damaging the whole economy

EasyFoodstore brings in 10 item limit

15 February, 2016

Move to stop convenience store owners stockpiling goods at the 25p an item retailer

Fear and fury of tenants who say 'pay to stay' policy punishes them for working

15 February, 2016

The Observer's story about plans to cap the amount households can earn before they must pay market rent for social housing triggered a huge response from readers

Scandal of working poor living on streets as rents soar beyond the reach of wages

15 February, 2016

Ros Wynne Jones uncovers the poverty scandal of a cleaner, a chef and bricklayer whose hard work is not enough to get them a roof over their heads

Rootless and ruled by the landlord class - the future for young adults

15 February, 2016

The disappearance of home ownership and secure employment will have a profound effect on UK cities

Government cuts housing investment despite soaring housing benefit bill

15 February, 2016

The cuts come despite warnings from David Cameron that investment should take priority over benefits

Right to Rent: private landlords' duty to carry out immigration status checks

15 February, 2016

As part of the Government's attempts to cut down on illegal migration, the Immigration Act 2014 contains a number of measures to restrict access to services for those without a valid right to remain in the UK

Agents' licensing fee in Wales: We will think again

15 February, 2016

New licensing fees are set to be published next month for Welsh letting agents

Saving money tips for landlords that also help residents

12 February, 2016

Sustainable Homes is always looking out for opportunities for landlords to save money and improve environmental performance

Lib Dems fight for an open register of rogue landlords

12 February, 2016

Liberal Democrats are fighting to ensure potential renters have access to lists of rogue landlords

Tenancy Bill amendments will create significant problems for Scottish rural housing

12 February, 2016

New amendments to the Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill have the potential to create significant problems for the provision of rural homes

First-time buyers' '£50,000 rent bill'

12 February, 2016

First-time buyers in England who buy a house this year will already have spent an average of £52,900 on rent

Landlords' legal battle against Chancellor moves up a gear

12 February, 2016

Chancellor George Osborne is set to be challenged in court by two landlords over planned tax changes

Administrators of compulsory licensing scheme used 'estimates' to set fee for agents

12 February, 2016

The official scheme in Wales under which letting agents must be compulsorily licensed arrived at the fee - £3,729 for five years, a sum which has caused outrage - through guesswork

HB S2/2016

12 February, 2016

Extension of Fraud and Error Reduction Incentive Scheme 2016/17 Maintenance Fund

HomeLet Rental Index - January 2016

11 February, 2016

When London is excluded, the average UK rental value was £740pcm - this is 5.5% higher than the same period last year (£702pcm)

New kitchens and bathrooms for council houses - plus rent cut for 63,000 tenants

11 February, 2016

Thousands of council homes will also get new kitchens, bathrooms and central heating

Private Tenancies Bill amendments 'welcome, but not enough'

11 February, 2016

The Scottish Government has passed amendments to its Private Tenancies Bill to strengthen its proposed rent control laws

The capping of social rents to the rate of local housing allowance

11 February, 2016

The Chancellor announced in his Autumn Statement that the amount of rent that Housing Benefit will cover in the social rented sector will be capped at the relevant LHA level

Welfare reform and work bill

11 February, 2016

Lords Amendments

Surge of buy-to-let investors pushes up home prices

11 February, 2016

With buy-to-let investors rushing to get into the market ahead of the stamp duty hike, the near-term pressure on prices is intensifying despite a higher level of supply

Council refuses 1% rent cut exemption

11 February, 2016

Stevenage Borough Council has pledged to defy the government and implement a 1% rent reduction for supported housing tenants

Benefits cuts will put vulnerable in North East under threat warns campaigners

11 February, 2016

Dire warning that charities and social housing providers will have to close due to Tory cuts to housing benefit

'Murdered by the Tories': Mentally ill man killed himself after government mistakenly stopped his benefits

11 February, 2016

The family of Paul Donnachie blame David Cameron for his death and claim the government "murdered him"

Landlord Licensing Scheme to be introduced

11 February, 2016

Following consultation, the council's cabinet has decided to implement a private sector landlord licensing scheme in specific areas of borough

Universal Credit transition to full service

11 February, 2016

Local authorities and jobcentre areas that will transition to the full Universal Credit service

Five big concerns about Pay to Stay

11 February, 2016

Parliament must look long and hard at the potential impacts of the Government's proposed Pay to Stay policy

Tenant evictions reach highest level on record

11 February, 2016

More than 250 tenants were evicted every day in England and Wales in 2015

Social landlords: It's not all about the "3 Rs" (Rent, Repairs and Arrears!) - it's now about the '5 Rs'!

10 February, 2016

One of the most hotly debated issues for housing associations and their trustees is the issue of paying board members

Discretionary Housing Payments guidance manual

10 February, 2016

This guidance is for local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales who are responsible for administering Discretionary Housing Payments

EU reform will not deter UK-bound migrants

10 February, 2016

Cutting benefits for new EU migrants would not put people off wanting to move to the UK

Caroline Pidgeon pledges 50,000 low rent council homes

10 February, 2016

Caroline Pidgeon has promised an 'Olympic effort' on housing when she becomes Mayor of London

Could new "right to rent" immigration checks put domestic violence victims at risk?

10 February, 2016

The latest group to find themselves co-opted as gatekeepers in the government's attempt to clamp down on migrants are... landlords

Tenants satisfied with social landlords' performance

10 February, 2016

Social landlords in Scotland are performing well against the standards and outcomes in the Scottish Social Housing Charter and either maintaining or improving on the previous year

Cameron 'buying off' Tory MPs threatening to rebel over council cuts

10 February, 2016

Labour says its analysis shows most of new £300m fund to ease funding cuts to local government will go to Tory-run councils

Islwyn MP criticises welfare cuts to the terminally ill

10 February, 2016

Islwyn MP Chris Evans has criticised the UK Government's decision to freeze employment and support allowance for the terminally ill

Bank wary of buy-to-let exodus

09 February, 2016

The Bank of England does not know how buy-to-ley investors will react in a downturn

Tower Hamlets Council to introduce private sector landlord licensing scheme in Spitalfields and Banglatown, Weavers and Whitechapel

09 February, 2016

Tower Hamlets Council is to introduce a private sector landlord licensing scheme in specific areas of the borough

ESA reassessments by prognosis length: Oct 2008 to Jun 2015

09 February, 2016

Employment and Support Allowance Work Capability Assessments by prognosis length

ESA (WCA) table by number of points scored: Apr 2014 to Mar 2015

09 February, 2016

Employment and Support Allowance Work Capability Assessments by number of points scored

The 2nd National Report on the Scottish Social Housing Charter - An analysis of landlords' 2014/15 annual returns

09 February, 2016

These annual National Reports provide an analysis of the performance information reported to us by social housing landlords across Scotland

What do the ONS private rental stats tell us about poverty?

09 February, 2016

At the end of last week ONS published its annual update of how private rents have increased across the country

Plans to hand control of £5bn benefit to councils 'could restrict older people's care'

09 February, 2016

Responsibility for attendance allowance could be transferred to local authorities, but critics say it is disguised cost-cutting

'Make the Call' - Improving Benefit Uptake

09 February, 2016

As part of the Social Security Agency's Improving Benefit Uptake Programme, the community outreach service is keen to engage with housing associations

Neil blasts 'unacceptable uncertainty' over 'LHA cap'

09 February, 2016

A Scottish housing minister has described the uncertainty over the Local Housing Allowance cap for supported housing as "unacceptable"

As private rents rise at rates above inflation in York, The Press considers the cost and asks the political parties what should be done

08 February, 2016

City of York Council's affordable housing policy offers the right balance between residents and developers

Vulnerable hit by housing benefit cuts

08 February, 2016

Urgent clarification needed on supported housing proposals

Poverty charity blamed for evictions after selling up to developers

08 February, 2016

Labour MP Stella Creasy criticises the Glasspool Trust for sale of 63 houses to a company that then promptly started removing tenants

Dealing with infestations in privately rented property in England

08 February, 2016

Properties infested with pests such as rats, mice, cockroaches, fleas and bed bugs are a risk to occupants and public health in general

Councils to get power to enter private landlords' houses to maintain proper living standards

08 February, 2016

A change in legislation will see councils empowered with a right of entry when provisions in the Housing Act go live in April

How has the social housing revolution changed Scotland's heart and soul?

08 February, 2016

It wasn't until I was 10 that I understood what a "bought" house was

Tax credit cuts that escaped Osborne's U-turn to hit 800,000 workers

08 February, 2016

Labour condemns little-noticed change, known as 'income-rise disregard', which on average will cost £200-£300 a person and was blocked by Lords

DHP allocations announced

08 February, 2016

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced individual local authority Discretionary Housing Payment allocations for 2016/17

Five top tips for reducing void periods

08 February, 2016

Since welfare reforms were introduced, it seems that the sector's most dreaded expense is void periods and subsequent rent loss

Rents continue to grind upwards. Incomes are being left behind

08 February, 2016

It's now a year since the Office for National Statistics overhauled their experimental rent index and it's fair to say they feel pretty well bedded in

Saving Tenants up to £300 a Year on Their Fuel Bills

08 February, 2016

GGHT are helping local people save on average £300 per year on their fuel bills

Data on migrants' benefits: statistics watchdog highlights time lag

08 February, 2016

In November the Prime Minister claimed that 43% of EU migrants rely on UK benefits during their first four years in the country

Universal Credit reaches 20 more jobcentres this week

08 February, 2016

Universal Credit is now available in 623 jobcentres, helping over a quarter of a million people to find work faster and earn more

National awards finals after Cobalt knocks down walls to tackle bedroom tax

05 February, 2016

Cobalt Housing who knocked down walls to create smaller homes for families who can't afford the bedroom tax is in the running for a top national award

Private Tenancies Bill will give PRS tenants 'less security of tenure than under Thatcher'

05 February, 2016

The Scottish Government has been accused of failing Scotland's private sector tenants with its response the Scottish Parliament's infrastructure and capital investment committee report

EU offer on migrant benefits brake ignores workers' problems

05 February, 2016

Today Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, published draft proposals on Cameron's EU renegotiation agenda which will be discussed at the EU summit on 18-19 February

David Cameron's child benefit plan 'won't apply to EU nationals already in the UK'

05 February, 2016

Millions of pounds of child benefit money sent abroad will continue, despite a promise to pay it at lower rates to EU migrants

Landlords need carrot and stick to improve standards in the private rented sector

05 February, 2016

Mandatory licensing for landlords should be introduced to boost standards for private renters

Housing Benefit review: local authority good practice guide

05 February, 2016

Best practice to help local authorities further improve the Housing Benefit review process

Benefit cap: 950 households a month move into work, stop claiming Housing benefit or reduce their claim

05 February, 2016

Around 31,000 households who had their benefits capped have moved into work, reduced their Housing Benefit claim or no longer claim it

Rent reductions: Supporting implementation

05 February, 2016

This revised briefing sets out the practical implications of implementing the -1% rent cut in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Call for UK wide housing review to access impact of buy let tax change

05 February, 2016

A long term, strategic comprehensive review of housing policy and housing need in the UK is needed as recent changes are set to distort the property market

An attack on social housing is also an attack on older people

05 February, 2016

The young are not the only victims of Tory housing policy - David Cameron is driving older people from their homes too

Benefit cut for supported housing risks long-term damage

04 February, 2016

The UK government should think again on a benefit cut that will affect some of the most vulnerable people in our society

Phil Brehaut has Parkinson's. Threatening to cut his benefits won't help him back to work

04 February, 2016

'How long are you likely to have Parkinson's?' asked the woman assessing his claim. No wonder he is scared for his future

Six-month tenancies plan 'could force women to stay in abusive relationships'

04 February, 2016

The Scottish Government has been urged to scrap plans for a six-month initial tenancy period for private landlords over fears it could force victims of domestic violence to stay in abusive relationships

EU referendum: Benefit brake 'to address UK concerns'

04 February, 2016

Limiting in-work benefits to new EU arrivals will help tackle the effects of record migration to the UK since 2004

The Government may be about to scrap one of its harshest disability benefit cuts

04 February, 2016

David Cameron and the DWP have both declined to say whether the ESA WRAG cuts will go ahead

Call for UK Government to protect vulnerable tenants

04 February, 2016

Communities Minister Lesley Griffiths has called on the UK Government to protect vulnerable tenants

We need to get Universal Credit back on track

04 February, 2016

Universal Credit can be a tool to deliver economic security for low-income families but changes are undermining and undoing its promise

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

04 February, 2016

Scottish rents at a standstill for Christmas

Buy-to-Let Index

04 February, 2016

Rents dip below £800 in time for Christmas

HB S1/2016

04 February, 2016

Officers preparing claims for Discretionary Housing Payment

Benefit cap: number of households capped to November 2015

04 February, 2016

Statistics on households that have had their benefits capped between 15 April 2013 and November 2015

Universal Credit: New concerns over delays and lack of clarity

04 February, 2016

The Public Accounts Committee highlights concerns over the roll-out of Universal Credit

Find out where the best Rental Yields are in London

04 February, 2016

Property prices rise, yields fall

HB Direct Issue 164

03 February, 2016

The HB Direct newsletter provides latest information on policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit

Details still needed on social housing benefit limits

03 February, 2016

Last week the government announced a pause in plans to force supported housing providers to reduce their rents

Universal credit cuts support for working families, but helps make work pay where current system creates worst problems

03 February, 2016

During this parliament the government plans to replace most of the means-tested benefits system for working-age families with a single payment called universal credit

UK seeing a crisis in private rented sector due to tumble in landlord confidence

03 February, 2016

Landlords' confidence in the buy to let sector in the UK has collapsed to an all-time low and is now worse than levels witnessed during the financial crash

Universal Credit and April Rent Increases

03 February, 2016

The DWP has confirmed that there will be no facility this year for the bulk transfer of data to adjust Universal Credit benefit payments for rent increases

Landlords forcing tenants to pay unfair charges for accidental damage insurance

03 February, 2016

Landlords are insisting tenants take out accidental damage insurance that costs as much as £68 a year

Will David Cameron's EU benefits deal actually encourage migrants to stay longer?

03 February, 2016

A "graduated" benefits system could end up giving EU workers a financial incentive to stay for at least four years

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, October to December 2015

03 February, 2016

Private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 2.5% in the 12 months to December 2015

UK housing: Landlords report 'crisis inconfidence' amid George Osborne's war on buy-to-let

03 February, 2016

George Osborne's tax hikes on the UK's booming buy-to-let sector has left landlords feeling less confident about their prospects than in the darkest days of the financial crisis

Tenants put at risk as landlords hang on to millions of pounds worth of deposits

03 February, 2016

Private tenants are in a "precarious" position within the housing market, having to part with larger rental deposits which then run the risk of not being protected

The (changing) effects of universal credit

03 February, 2016

The government is in the process of integrating six means - tested benefits and tax credits for working - age families into a single payment called universal credit

East Dunbartonshire Council launches rent arrears advertising campaign

02 February, 2016

A council advertising campaign aimed at tackling the issue of rent arrears is underway in East Dunbartonshire

Rental Britain

02 February, 2016

Demand for rental homes will continue to rise despite Government policies

The rental market will still expand by more than one million households over the next five years despite measures to turn "generation rent into generation buy"

Council house tenants' rents 'rise four times quicker than average wages'

02 February, 2016

Sharp rises in council rents have combined with high private rents and stagnant wages to drive up housing benefit bill

Women losing out in pension changes 'could turn to jobseeker's allowance'

02 February, 2016

Labour MPs brand suggestion by work and pensions minister Shailesh Vara as 'outrageous' and 'shocking'

Departmental questions send IDS into Downfall overdrive

02 February, 2016

The work and pensions secretary's semi-comatose state was finally alleviated when he was forced to defend the discriminatory bedroom tax

Applying the bedroom tax to domestic violence victims is actually costing taxpayers

02 February, 2016

The Government is set to spend thousands on a Supreme Court appeal

The five biggest financial pressures social housing tenants face

02 February, 2016

Our financial inclusion team at a Wakefield housing association received 1,300 referrals last year for debt, benefit cuts and more

The Housing Benefit and State Pension Credit (Temporary Absence) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

02 February, 2016

In accordance with section 176(1) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992(d) the Secretary of State has consulted with organisations appearing to him to be representative of the authorities concerned

Loss of confidence among buy-to-let landlords looks set to shrink private rented sector

02 February, 2016

A crisis of confidence among landlords in the buy-to-let sector is likely to provoke a contraction in the size of the private rented sector as investors pull out of the sector

Cwmbran mum left broke after Bron Afon Community Housing wrongly told her to pay £2,000 'bedroom tax'

01 February, 2016

A CWMBRAN mother claims to "have nothing left" after wrongly paying the so-called bedroom tax for almost two years - for a box room

'Not enough homes' as thousands are made to wait for social housing

01 February, 2016

There are more than 3,000 people in North Somerset waiting to be put into social housing, with many of those families including children

Why you need to prepare for the new immigration checks

01 February, 2016

Immigration checks for all new private tenants start in England today - but what do social landlords need to know about the new scheme?

Spinning the roulette wheel

01 February, 2016

If you ever wonder why we as a nation are "obsessed" with home ownership when people happily rent for life in Germany and the Netherlands, consider the number of ways you can lose your home as a renter

Buy-to-Let: London Rental Yield Map

01 February, 2016

Over the past 5 years, all 32 London boroughs have experienced substantial property price growth, fuelled by a combination of record levels of overseas investment and historically low interest rates

Landlords 'don't understand right to rent immigration checks'

01 February, 2016

'Right to rent' obligations could stigmatise less well-off tenants and lead to accusations of racism

Levy on luxury London homes would net £86m a year for social housing

01 February, 2016

Property tax would force global super-rich to subsidise affordable housing

Cherie Blair fires first shot in legal battle against Government's buy-to-let tax

01 February, 2016

Wife of former Labour PM is using European human rights legislation in an attempt overturn Tories' planned property tax

The Tories new plan to squeeze the working poor

01 February, 2016

The Tory government been attacked over plans to extend controversial benefit sanctions to claimants with jobs

Shares of buy-to-let firms hit as tax changes for landlords get nearer

01 February, 2016

While Purplebricks' shares have put in a startling recovery, ending on Friday at 98p, just below their flotation price, shares in companies operating in the buy-to-let sector have been hit hard

Forcing landlords to check tenants' immigration status won't be easy

01 February, 2016

Right to rent is badly communicated, confusing and complex. And I've never met a landlord who can tell a valid Liechtenstein passport from a forgery

The legal aspects behind the successful Bedroom Tax appeals

01 February, 2016

Benefits payable as DHPs are discretionary and are administered by the relevant local authority

Universal Credit available across Essex in latest rollout

01 February, 2016

Fifteen more jobcentres now offer Universal Credit, with nearly 600 offices live nationwide

Practical implications of Immigration Checks on new Lettings

01 February, 2016

CIH Report on the implications for social sector

HB A2/2016

01 February, 2016

Extension of Fraud and Error Reduction Incentive Scheme 2016/17

What the bedroom tax court of appeal decisions mean

29 January, 2016

There have been many reactions to announcement that the Court of Appeal has ruled that elements of the social sector size criteria

Sector welcomes social rent cuts delay in supported housing

29 January, 2016

The announcement by Brandon Lewis that supported housing would be exempt from the 1% rent reduction has been widely received by the sector

Bedroom tax: No change as DWP appeals court case and issues guidance

29 January, 2016

Following the successful bedroom tax court appeal the DWP have been given permission to appeal the decisions and has issued local authority guidance to do nothing until the appeal is heard

Councils tell tenants to wait for bailiffs before moving out

29 January, 2016

An alarming number of private tenants are being told by their local council to ignore eviction notices served by their landlords

Buy-to-let landlords risk heavy fines: 300,000 fail to put tenant deposits in government-backed scheme

29 January, 2016

Around 300,000 landlords are estimated to be running the risk of a heavy fine for not placing tenant deposits into a government-backed scheme

Call for immediate 'bedroom tax' exemptions after court ruling

29 January, 2016

Ministers should immediately exempt people "discriminated" against by the "bedroom tax" rather than write a "blank cheque" for legal fees

All landlords and letting agents in England to make Right to Rent checks from Monday

29 January, 2016

All letting agents in England are reminded that as from February 1 they will have to perform Right to Rent checks on all prospective tenants

Landlord evicted tenants illegally after agent served proper notice

29 January, 2016

A landlord who illegally evicted a family of nine has been fined £700

80,000 council homes could be lost by 2020

29 January, 2016

At least 80,000 social rented homes could be lost by 2020 unless councils are given greater powers to build new homes

Full house: Councils' role in allocating social housing

28 January, 2016

Demand for social housing is high and far outstrips the supply available to local housing authorities

Family of disabled grandson: 'Bedroom tax unfair'

28 January, 2016

A couple who care for their severely disabled grandchild have described the so-called bedroom tax as "unfair" after winning an appeal

Kinship carers exempt from two-child benefit limits after government U-turn

28 January, 2016

Peers were concerned adults would be put off caring for relatives' children, which saves the state billions in care costs, due to the cap

One in four private tenants have been kicked out of their home by a landlord for no reason

28 January, 2016

Tenants have almost no legal protection against 'no fault' eviction

Private rental sector insecurity 'causes surge in homelessness'

28 January, 2016

"Chronic" insecurity in the private rented sector in England has led to a fourfold increase since 2010 in the number of households forced into homelessness when tenancies end

Tories defeated in Lords over plans to cut ESA by £30 a week

28 January, 2016

Peers vote by 283 to 198 to send proposal back to Commons, in second welfare and work bill setback for government this week

Boris scheme to regulate landlords will take 100 years to work

28 January, 2016

A scheme launched by Boris Johnson to improve the standard of rented property in the capital was branded an "embarrassing flop" today

Landlords' Barometer - #32: Will buy-to-let still be profitable this year?

28 January, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #32", bringing you the latest landlord trending topics and sentiment

HB U1/2016

28 January, 2016

Court of Appeal judicial review decision concerning the maximum rent (social sector0

'Bedroom tax': Government loses Court of Appeal cases

27 January, 2016

The Court of Appeal has ruled that the so-called bedroom tax discriminates against a domestic violence victim and the family of a disabled teenager

Housing Benefit: entitlement reductions statistics

27 January, 2016

Statistics and background information on Housing Benefit entitlement reductions identified by local authorities as a proportion of expected reductions

Housing Benefit: statistics on speed of processing 2015 to 2016

27 January, 2016

Speed of processing is a measure of the average time it takes to process a new claim or a change in circumstance of an existing claimant

Unaffordable, unstable, unsafe: We need to fix renting

27 January, 2016

1 in 4 Londoners are renting from a private landlord, and far too many are living with mould or mice, paying far too much for homes that are all too temporary

The government still think that the Bedroom Tax is fair play

27 January, 2016

The Court of Appeal today ruled that the Bedroom Tax unlawfully discriminates against women feeling domestic violence, and severely disabled children who need overnight care

One in four private renters face losing home

27 January, 2016

The lack of stability in private rented housing means more than a quarter of tenants can expect to lose their home through no fault of their own

Housing for vulnerable South West residents at risk from welfare reforms

27 January, 2016

Homes designed for some of the most vulnerable members of society could become "unsustainable" as a result of government welfare reform

Changeover to universal credit is driving people into long-term debt

27 January, 2016

Waits of more than seven weeks for the first payment create arrears that can plague claimants for months or years

Housing Benefit changes could cost sector hundreds of millions and threaten health and wellbeing of tenants

27 January, 2016

The SFHA is urgently calling on the UK Government to rethink upcoming changes to Housing Benefit

Lib-Dems to fight welfare cut 'that will cost single parents £1,000 a year'

27 January, 2016

Peers are to launch a bid to block a welfare reform which they claim could cause hundreds of thousands of families to lose an average of more than £1,000 a year

Council considers writing off £436,000 of historical rent arrears

27 January, 2016

Councillors in West Dunbartonshire will be asked to consider writing off historical debts from former council tenants at a meeting next week

Which UK cities' welfare bills have grown most in the last decade?

27 January, 2016

Welfare spending: it's a hot topic

CH 5411 2014

27 January, 2016

Housing and council tax benefits - recovery of overpayments

My council house gave me security and opportunity. Now the Tories are out to destroy them

26 January, 2016

The Lords will try to stop the Tory assault on housing. Here one Labour peer explains why he owes everything to his council house

Benefit cap on full-time carers for adult relatives to be scrapped

26 January, 2016

Charities hail major victory as it emerges that those who spend more than 35 hours a week caring will be exempt from the cap

Bank boss alarm at 'buy to let' housing boom

26 January, 2016

Bank of England governor Mark Carney today expressed concern at the rapid boom in buy-to-let housing

Capping of social housing rents - what impact will it have on your service?

26 January, 2016

The proposed capping of social housing rents at Local Housing Allowance levels could have a devastating impact on homelessness services

Not-so Temporary Accommodation

26 January, 2016

The provision of temporary accommodation is a marker of Scotland's world-recognised progressive homelessness legislation from 2012

It's time for a cross-party campaign to end the Bedroom Tax

26 January, 2016

It seems quite an often occurrence to go to bed after seeing headlines about another family facing tragedy and casualty because of the bedroom tax

Most vulnerable to lose £68 a week in housing benefit

26 January, 2016

Planned changes to housing benefit could leave vast numbers of the country's most vulnerable people unable to afford rent on their homes

Government urged to think of refuge provision amid welfare changes

26 January, 2016

Changes to the system could result in the closure of 82,000 specialist homes

Buy-to-let: the "storm is coming"

26 January, 2016

The housing market is facing a buy-to-let "storm" as investors rush to buy property before the stamp duty surcharge comes into force in April

Welsh landlords being 'clobbered' again

26 January, 2016

Welsh landlords face the prospect of being clobbered again as they will now have to pay for planning permission to convert properties without assurances that permission will be granted

The benefit cap puts housing at risk for more than 400,000 vulnerable people

26 January, 2016

The closure of supported housing schemes is a human tragedy, but it will also push up health and social care costs. This economic argument hasn't been fully understood

Benefit cap on social housing will leave thousands homeless

26 January, 2016

Up to 82,000 specialist homes for most vulnerable residents, including domestic violence victims, at threat of closure

House Of Lords Official Report - Housing Benefit: Social Housing Units

26 January, 2016

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement the recommendations of the independent review of the overseas domestic workers visa published on 17 December 2015

Jobcentre areas where you can claim Universal Credit

25 January, 2016

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

Cuts to benefits 'will make it harder for disabled people to find work'

25 January, 2016

Cuts to benefits threaten to force sick and disabled people "further away from work and closer to poverty"

Welfare advice project generates £1.2m for ACHA tenants

25 January, 2016

A major milestone has been reached by an advice project run in partnership with Argyll Community Housing Association

Universal credit: 4 top tips for housing providers

25 January, 2016

The roll-out of universal credit has been very gradual but from April job centres in every part of the country will be processing claims

What is the minimum size for a bedroom in a licensed HMO?

25 January, 2016

If only I could give you a simple answer!

Tenant who signed 'no pets' clause ordered to pay £1,000 after moving in with dog and cats

25 January, 2016

In what has been described as a "a very unusual case", a court has ordered a former tenant to pay £1,000 in compensation after damage estimated at £12,000 was found at the property

Our annual health check of the largest cities and towns asks: how do we build a high-wage, low-welfare economy?

25 January, 2016

In the Summer Budget 2015, the Chancellor set out his vision to build a "higher wage, low-welfare" economy in Britain

Online rental fraud rising steeply

25 January, 2016

Rental fraud is rising sharply, the BBC has learned during an investigation in which it confronted two online fraudsters for their crimes

Investors 'rushing to snap up homes before buy-to-let tax comes in'

25 January, 2016

Estate agents report increased demand before stamp duty changes come into force on 1 April

Funding increase for councils to crack down on 'cowboy' landlords

25 January, 2016

Councils will receive a £5m boost to help them tackle rogue landlords in their area

Homelessness in UK soaring as rents rise and tenancies end

25 January, 2016

Government figures show homelessness has risen by just under a third since 2010 amid crisis in affordable homes

Scotland's gone 'too far' on universal benefits says poverty advisor

25 January, 2016

Scotland has gone "too far" on universal benefits according to the Scottish government's poverty advisor

Tenants 'charged extra' whenever they cook, do the laundry or have guests

25 January, 2016

Tenants are being charged additional fees - for cooking, washing clothes, or having visitors

Funds to tackle criminal landlords not enough

22 January, 2016

New funds to tackle criminal landlords are not enough

Social Landlord Support Pack

22 January, 2016

Getting social tenants ready for direct payment of housing costs

"I don't want to live like this"

22 January, 2016

Today's announcement of new government funding for councils to tackle rogue landlords is very welcome

Luke Loy had a life, until his benefits started falling away

22 January, 2016

The DWP placed sanctions on a schizophrenic man when he fell into difficulties

Carers looking after disabled adult could see benefits capped

22 January, 2016

Carers who look after a disabled adult at home could see their benefits capped further as a result of new policies

Breaching the welfare cap is actually good news for the Conservatives

22 January, 2016

The news that the government's welfare spending cap will be breached for the first three years of this Parliament is a major embarrassment for George Osborne

Class-based punishment? How legislation to evict social tenants involved in riots is unjust

22 January, 2016

Part of the 'fightback' by the Coalition Government against the 2011 riots was to take tough action on sections of Britain's society

What do students really think about tenancy reform?

22 January, 2016

Yesterday MSPs agreed the principles of the much-needed Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill, set to rectify problems in a sector where the bulk of power lies with landlords

Supreme Court to rule on test case of tenant arguing human rights to avoid eviction

22 January, 2016

The Supreme Court has granted the Residential Landlords Association permission to intervene in a high-profile repossession case that could have far-reaching implications

Wales would 'lose out' if more welfare is devolved

22 January, 2016

Wales would "lose out" if more welfare benefits were devolved

Letter to MPs - The real impact of LHA on vulnerable people

22 January, 2016

I am writing to personally urge you to consider the implications of the Local Housing Allowance cap being applied to vulnerable social housing tenants

Market commentary January 2016

22 January, 2016

The buy-to-let sector is going through an uncertain period as it is unclear how changes to the tax treatment of the sector will affect it

Investors rush for UK buy-to-let homes ahead of tax hike

21 January, 2016

Investors are looking more urgently for buy-to-let properties in Britain ahead of the introduction of a tax hike aimed at cooling one engine of the country's housing market

Dumfries foodbank helps hundreds since launch

21 January, 2016

A foodbank launched in controversial circumstances in Dumfries has helped hundreds of people since it opened

Half of landlords in England unaware of start date for right to rent rules change

21 January, 2016

Half of UK landlords are not prepared for the Right to Rent legislation set to come into force on 01 February

Axed steelworkers are already facing benefit sanctions 'for not applying for jobs in bars'

21 January, 2016

An MP revealed the "horrendous" treatment at the hands of Jobcentre staff in Redcar, where 2,200 workers lost their jobs

Stage 1 debate briefing for the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill

21 January, 2016

Shelter Scotland supports the principles of this bill and welcomes the move to modernise and simplify the tenancy for private renters in Scotland

George Osborne 'has done more than any other Chancellor' to help lettings industry

21 January, 2016

A London agent has said George Osborne has done more than any other Chancellor in history to help the lettings industry

51 days and counting: Buy-to-let investors rushing to get ahead of deadline

21 January, 2016

Demand for property jumped after the Chancellor announced the 3% Stamp Duty surcharge for buyers of second homes, including buy-to-let investors

Half of landlords unprepared for 'right to rent'

21 January, 2016

A new survey of 5,000 landlords finds many unprepared for imminent new legislation, leaving them prone to receiving serious fines

Even if Universal Credit is eventually implemented, most will now lose out

20 January, 2016

Perhaps no government reform has been billed as more transformative than Universal Credit

More than one in four Britons fear rent or mortgage arrears in 2016

20 January, 2016

Over a quarter of Britons fear they will fall into rent or mortgage arrears in 2016

New buy-to-let stamp duty rules hit parents trying to help children buy a house

20 January, 2016

Parents putting their name on a mortgage to help their children buy a house are set to be stung by the 3pc stamp duty penalty aimed at buy-to-let landlords

George Osborne giving foreign buy-to-let investors an advantage claim landlords

20 January, 2016

UK landlords claim the government is putting them at a disadvantage against wealthy foreign buy-to-let investors by hiking stamp duty for additional property purchases

Tory landlord guilty of failing to repair run-down house after criminal prosecution by his OWN council

20 January, 2016

Jonny Bucknell - the son of a DIY pioneer - pleaded guilty just a week after his party voted against forcing homes to be fit to live in

Major landlord body taking legal advice on challenge to Osborne's tax plans

20 January, 2016

The Residential Landlords Association is taking legal advice on whether to challenge the Government over its planned changes on tax

Green party calls for 'immediate' rent caps

20 January, 2016

The Green party has called for immediate rent caps, saying these are needed to protect tenants from escalating house prices

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 7 Jan 2016

20 January, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 7 January 2016

Liverpool City-wide Licensing FAQs

20 January, 2016

Liverpool City Council introduced its licensing scheme in April 2015 and all landlords in the area should have applied to the Council and paid the required fee

Local welfare safety net - government support must get through to those in crisis

20 January, 2016

Last week saw the publication of two separate reports on the local welfare safety net

Women claiming ESA or JSA by age and average weekly amount: May 2015

19 January, 2016

The number of women claiming ESA or JSA by age and average weekly amount at May 2015

Private Rented Sector reforms still put landlords and investors first

19 January, 2016

The Scottish Government's package of reforms to the Private Rented Sector just don't go far enough

Welfare reform is no longer the sole responsibility of the DWP

19 January, 2016

The government came to office in 2010 with the promise of revolutionising the welfare state as we have known it

Local councils guilty of 'softly, softly approach' to rogue landlords

19 January, 2016

Research shows that authorities received 51,916 complaints about poor living conditions but inspected just 14,043 homes

Plan to restrict zero-hours contracts for home carers

19 January, 2016

Zero-hours contracts for home carers in Wales could be restricted to improve recruitment and care standards

Should Housing Benefit be devolved?

19 January, 2016

Victoria Winckler reflects on whether better use could be made of the £1 billion spent on Housing Benefit in Wales

Fixing Broken Britain? An audit of working-age welfare reform since 2010

19 January, 2016

The thorny issue of benefit dependency has bedevilled the welfare state since the 1970s, and has increased in importance with each successive decade

A New welfare state To Deny Help?

19 January, 2016

Before you get on a bus or train you always check where it is going

Welfare Reform Mitigations Working Group report

19 January, 2016

The mitigation strategy that we recommend has three strands

it is, of course, obvious that, as we look to the future, a key determinant of the wellbeing of people in Northern Ireland will be economic growth

Landlords fined thousands in Southampton licence crackdown

18 January, 2016

Two Southampton landlords have been slapped with fines worth thousands of pounds as part of an ongoing crackdown

David Cameron makes a great case for abolishing bedroom tax

18 January, 2016

Rob Gershon suggests that the Prime Minister has a look at the staggering amount of evidence from parliamentary reports suggesting the bedroom tax is causing it

You can now claim Universal Credit at 80% of all jobcentres

18 January, 2016

New milestone reached with 568 jobcentres offering the new benefit

HB G1/2016

18 January, 2016

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Jump in two-bed flats for sale after buy-to-let clampdown

18 January, 2016

More properties have become available for first-time buyers and prices have stopped rising

David Cameron has 'earned £500,000 renting out his Notting Hill home since becoming PM' while cracking down on social housing

18 January, 2016

David Cameron has come under fire for saying he worries about his children being able to afford a home after it was revealed he is believed to have earned £500,000 in rent

Britain's lowest paid workers could be stripped of tax credits under latest plans to cut EU migration

18 January, 2016

Controversial plan would exclude in-work benefits only to EU workers earning the minimum wage - including Brits

As many as 1.5m benefits claimants 'could face destitution after disappearing from welfare system'

18 January, 2016

The authorities are failing to keep tabs on why claimants have disappeared from the roll meaning it has no idea how many people are being left penniless

Landlords and agents 'should not face jail if they innocently let to illegal immigrants'

18 January, 2016

Landlords and agents should not face the prospect of up to five years in prison if, through no fault of their own, they let to a tenant who should not be in this country

Two weeks to go until Right to Rent: Expert housing lawyer David Smith calls for delay

18 January, 2016

Lawyer David Smith has called for next month's roll-out of Right to Rent to be deferred

Landlords are rushing to buy

15 January, 2016

A rush of landlords looking to purchase buy-to-let properties has been confirmed this morning by new figures from a national surveying and valuation firm

Tory MP landlords named after voting down proposal to outlaw unfit homes

15 January, 2016

At least 72 of the Tory MPs who voted against an amendment to ensure their rental homes are fit for human habitation are themselves private landlords

The social housing sector has never known a year like last year...

15 January, 2016

I can safely say that the social housing sector and the regulator have never known a year quite like it

Is this why the Tories refused to force landlords to make homes fit for human habitation?

15 January, 2016

Conservative MPs this week voted down a rule forcing landlords to make homes fit for habitation

House purchase lending up 18% year-on-year in November

15 January, 2016

Home-owner house purchase lending totaled £10.7bn in November, down 9% on October but up 18% on November 2014

Beckett report: Labour lost election over economy, immigration and benefits

15 January, 2016

Leaked internal inquiry into 2015 election loss also blames SNP coalition fears and Ed Miliband's weakness

Government's pay to stay policy 'chastises the poor' in Cambridge

15 January, 2016

A Cambridge council tenant has accused the Government of "chastising the poor" over the impact its new 'pay-to-stay' policy could have in the city

£400m welfare benefit could be devolved to Wales

15 January, 2016

Responsibility for a major welfare benefit could be transferred to the Welsh government

Landbay Rental Index

15 January, 2016

Average UK rents rise by 3.8%, twice as fast as wages

New legal judgment denies PIP to those facing "overwhelming psychological distress"

15 January, 2016

An important legal judgment has been issued that will likely deny an award of the Personal Independence Payment mobility component to disabled people, with conditions such as depression, panic attacks or anxiety

Hexagon invests in predictive technology to mitigate on-going welfare reform

14 January, 2016

Hexagon Housing Association has invested in Mobysoft's predictive technology to help mitigate the effects of on-going welfare reform

Landlord fined for 'taking the law into his own hands'

14 January, 2016

A landlord was fined at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 13 January 2016 for 'taking the law into his own hands' and illegally evicting a couple and their seven children from their home in Bordesley Green

Liverpool City Council signs co-regulation agreement with ARLA, NALS and RLA to drive up private rented sector standards

14 January, 2016

Liverpool City Council has signed a co-regulation agreement - the first of its type in the country - in a bid to help drive up standards in the private rented sector

Number of MP landlords has risen by a quarter since last parliament

14 January, 2016

As the government pushes its controversial housing and planning bill, research reveals almost a third of MPs let out houses or flats

The Housing and Planning Bill: a small response to a big challenge

14 January, 2016

The last Parliament saw housing become a truly national crisis

Scottish Government urged to reverse fuel poverty budget cut

13 January, 2016

The Existing Homes Alliance has called on the Scottish Government to reverse its decision to cut the fuel poverty/energy efficiency budget

Families feel pinch as debt rises

13 January, 2016

More households seeking advice about tackling their debts or managing money

Tories reject move to ensure rented homes fit for human habitation

13 January, 2016

Labour amendment to housing bill, aimed at holding landlords to account, is defeated as minister claims it would push up rents

How David Cameron plans to destroy Britain's social housing in 7 easy steps

13 January, 2016

The Tories new housing bill has been sneaked in while nobody's looking, and it could spell the end of social housing

Amateur landlords under attack as British home ownership falls

13 January, 2016

They have pocketed some of the most lucrative returns available to investors in recent decades

Housing associations working together to tackle tenancy fraud

13 January, 2016

Housing associations in Northern Ireland have been stepping up measures to prevent and detect social housing tenancy fraud

Tory MP warns that Right to Buy could be extended to private tenants

13 January, 2016

A Tory MP has warned that Right to Buy could be extended to tenants of private landlords

Serious rent arrears worsening towards 2013 highs

13 January, 2016

Cases of tenants seriously behind on rent are rising once more

A fair deal for renters? Not under this Tory government

13 January, 2016

The repeated voting down of plans to ensure accommodation is fit for human habitation tells you everything you need to know about tenants' rights today

Lobby against benefit cuts to ESA

13 January, 2016

Today disabled people from across the country will be lobbying their MPs to reverse planned changes to employment support allowance

New video launches to help end most tenancy deposit disputes

12 January, 2016

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

HB A13/2015 Revised

12 January, 2016

Housing Benefit: Uprating 2016-17

HomeLet Rental Index

12 January, 2016

When London is excluded, the average UK rental value was £739pcm - this is 4.9% higher than the same period last year

Tim Farron attempts to curb Right to Rent policy

12 January, 2016

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has tabled a motion to axe the Right to Rent plans

What's reducing social housing lettings by housing associations, and why does it matter?

12 January, 2016

Last year social housing lettings by housing associations decreased by 1% to 268,273, against the long term trend

The use of temporary accommodation in Scotland

12 January, 2016

In 2014-15 local authorities provided an estimated 3.8 million days of temporary accommodation for homeless households

Tory bill could cost UK nearly 200,000 council houses

12 January, 2016

Shadow housing minister says forcing councils to sell could see homes bought by overseas investors and buy-to-let landlords rather than those in housing need

Local welfare provision

12 January, 2016

Overall spending on discretionary local welfare support by central and local government has reduced since April 2013

Brighton and Bristol tenants hit by 18% rent rises in 2015

12 January, 2016

Rents rose nationally by an average of 4.9% last year, with renters in the two cities enduring the worst hikes

Committee presses Minister for action on Benefit Cap rules for carers

12 January, 2016

The Committee has written to Lord Freud to urge the Government to ensure that parents who care full-time for their adult disabled children in the family home are not affected by the Benefit Cap

The local welfare safety net

12 January, 2016

Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report

Responsibility for providing discretionary emergency welfare assistance and Council Tax support to people on very low incomes was transferred from Whitehall to local authorities

Right to Rent: Why one landlord cannot rent to his own partner

12 January, 2016

A private landlord has said that he would not be able to let to his own partner because, although she is legally entitled to be in the UK, she does not pass the Home Office checker

Property frauds escalating as buyers and tenants are robbed of deposits

11 January, 2016

Cyber crime gangs are stealing millions of pounds from house buyers and sellers in a conveyancing fraud

Landlords' Barometer - #31: Does a major housing meltdown lie ahead?

11 January, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #31", my first of 2016 - a year that promises to be VERY interesting and challenging for the private rented sector!

EU referendum: David Cameron 'hopeful' of February deal

11 January, 2016

David Cameron says he is "hopeful" of reaching a deal with European leaders in February that will allow him to hold the UK's EU referendum

Councils responding to Britain's housing crisis by telling tenants to stay put in buy-to-let properties when landlords ask them to leave

11 January, 2016

Tenants have been advised to sit tight until they are evicted leaving landlords with hundreds of pounds of legal costs

Who's better protected, dogs or renters?

11 January, 2016

When a landlord tries to get a licence so they can rent their home out, they have to confirm that no one will die from a preventable gas leak

The social housing tenants taking to Twitter to influence policy

11 January, 2016

Not all tenants want to be on a housing association board. Social media gives them the opportunity to shape housing and fight back against bad PR

Labour says Scottish Government has cut fuel poverty funding by 10%

11 January, 2016

The Scottish Government has cut funding for fuel poverty by more than a 10th

Record high for family debt shows that we don't have a recovery that works for all

11 January, 2016

New analysis published Friday by the TUC shows that household debt is rising again, with total unsecured debt reaching a new high

Mapped: how buy-to-let will lose money in 91pc of regions by 2021

11 January, 2016

Buy-to-let is under threat from rising mortgage rates, new regulation and swingeing taxes. By region and city, this shows how quickly property investments could turn sour

PM says 'no conflict' between fighting poverty and cutting benefits

11 January, 2016

David Cameron sets out plan to improve life chances of the 'left behind', insisting strategy compatible with welfare cuts

Cancer patients at risk of homelessness through proposed benefits cuts

11 January, 2016

Cancer patients face the possibility of losing their homes if proposed cuts to a disability benefit go ahead

Countdown to Right to Rent: 1 February 2016 Landlords' Obligations

11 January, 2016

On 1 February 2016 the Right to Rent immigration checks scheme will go live across the country

Update on Local Housing Allowance caps on social housing rents

11 January, 2016

Lord Freud has responded to David Orr's letter that highlighted the impact of introducing the cap to supported housing

DWP told woman she was not ill enough for benefit on day she died

08 January, 2016

Dawn Amos was sent letter about attendance allowance on day her husband agreed to switch off her life support machine

Cameron closing in on 'four years' deal on in-work benefits to deter EU migrant workers

08 January, 2016

Outlines of EU deal emerging that will allow David Cameron to claim victory on his key pre-referendum demand to curb benefits for EU workers

Disability benefit tests have doubled in cost

08 January, 2016

Disability benefit assessments have doubled in cost to £579m a year but targets are still being missed

Families facing whopping council tax rises FIFTY times higher than inflation

08 January, 2016

But Welsh Labour insist councils need to protect vital frontline services

Housing and planning bill, as amended

08 January, 2016

Consideration of bill (report stage)

Warning of risks as purchasers scramble to buy second homes and buy-to-let properties

08 January, 2016

A firm of tax accountants has warned that purchasers of second homes and buy-to-let properties who exchange on properties over the next few weeks are doing so with their eyes shut

Rents rise - and so do tenants arrears

08 January, 2016

More and more tenants are getting into trouble with their rents

Views given on council housing rent level in South Lanarkshire

08 January, 2016

Council tenants in South Lanarkshire have taken the opportunity to give their views on the rent level options for the next financial year

Serious rent arrears worsening towards 2013 highs

08 January, 2016

Cases of tenants seriously behind on rent are rising once more

Housing benefit delays and homelessness

08 January, 2016

Benefit delays and inaccuracies are contributing to the increase in homelessness

How social housing landlords can tackle the rise of rent arrears

08 January, 2016

Social landlords have a vital role to play in reducing this amount and payment flexibility is a critical success factor in achieving this

Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill

08 January, 2016

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament in October 2015

Contracted-out health and disability assessments

08 January, 2016

The Department for Work and Pensions has not yet achieved value for money in managing contracted-out health and disability assessments

Care crisis

07 January, 2016

We must stop Local Housing Allowance caps applying to care and support housing rents

Council Tax proposals could damage house building

07 January, 2016

Charging Council Tax on unbuilt developments could decrease house building numbers by deterring SME house builders

First Time Buyer Tracker

07 January, 2016

November 2015

Invitation to tender: action research learning lessons from the Voluntary Right to Buy pilots

07 January, 2016

The NHF in partnership with the pilot housing associations, is commissioning research to learn lessons from the Voluntary Right to Buy pilots to inform the wider programme

Shared ownership boost for budding homeowners

07 January, 2016

The government is relaxing the criteria for those who can apply for the shared ownership scheme from April

NFA & ARCH Welfare Reform 2015 Analysis

07 January, 2016

NFA and ARCH survey reveals 89% of Universal Credit Claimants in rent arrears

Evicts the pensioner and kills sheltered housing - Yes the LHA maxima (again!)

07 January, 2016

Joe Halewood writes about tenant and welfare wrongs

Government response to Work and Pensions Committee Welfare to Work Inquiry

07 January, 2016

The Government has responded the Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into DWP's contracted welfare-to-work provision

Tories latest welfare attack set to be torpedoed by House of Lords

06 January, 2016

The Lib Dems will spearhead a drive to derail cuts to Universal Credit when they come before the House of Lords

A recap of the Housing Bill so far

06 January, 2016

Prior to the Bill and its latest amendments being debated, much of the talk was on how it was already a done deal and the real battle would be in the Lords

'It's a steel-toothed poverty trap' - three tenants on the misery of pay to stay

06 January, 2016

With properly affordable rents in social housing under attack, older working women explain why they are so worried by the government's new policy

Tories slammed for 'appalling' decision to push through crucial housing law at 3am

06 January, 2016

Labour blasted the decision to rush through a six-hour debate on the Housing Bill - which includes plans to end lifelong council tenancies

More than 2.5 million people a year could be subject to new immigration checks to rent a home

06 January, 2016

At least 2.6 million people a year could be subject to new immigration checks when the government's 'right to rent' scheme is rolled out across England in February

Social Homes valued at over £500,000

06 January, 2016

Now that we've valued nearly all social homes in England we can start interrogating the data and we're open to suggestions on this

Benefit sanctions have failed: a Comprehensive Review is needed

06 January, 2016

Since the election of the Coalition in 2010, there has been a massive campaign of sanctions

How Ordinary People Became Buy-To-Let 'Market' Fodder

06 January, 2016

The year has barely begun and already David Cameron has been trumpeting his latest idea for the building of "affordable" homes on publicly owned land

Clock already ticking for buy-to-let deals to escape Stamp Duty penalty

06 January, 2016

The clock is already ticking for buy-to-let purchases to go through before the 3% Stamp Duty surcharge is implemented on April 1

Current registered providers of social housing

06 January, 2016

Current registered providers of social housing plus new registrations and deregistrations

Rob the poor and give to the rich - housing policy for 2016

05 January, 2016

The bill before parliament is ideology at its purest: a full-throttle attack on social tenants everywhere

Borrowing jumped ahead of Christmas

05 January, 2016

The amount of money being borrowed by consumers in the run-up to Christmas rose by £1.5bn, the largest rise for nearly eight years

8,768 Preston households owe millions in council tax arrears

05 January, 2016

Cash-strapped Preston Council is owed millions in unpaid taxes

The Government is wrong to attack Buy to Let

05 January, 2016

I hope the Government will re-think its sudden attack on Buy to Let this summer and autumn

Tories urged to push disabled benefit claimants onto private insurance schemes

05 January, 2016

It looks like there's a new drive to push benefit claimants onto private insurance schemes that aren't likely to pay out

Evictions specialist Shamplina calls for public blacklist of rogue tenants

05 January, 2016

With a proposed blacklist of rogue agents and landlords a key part of the Housing and Planning Bill, Landlord Action founder Paul Shamplina is calling for a public blacklist of rogue tenants

£23m cash blow to Kirklees Council as government demands council house rent reduction

05 January, 2016

Latest cut forces another budget re-think

Buy-to-let tax raid: Landlords raise full £50,000 for judicial review

05 January, 2016

Some 740 backers contributed the full amount in just one week

Caroline Lucas blasts Housing and Planning Bill as "another nail in the coffin for British social housing" as she prepares to vote against it

05 January, 2016

Caroline Lucas, the Green Party's MP for Brighton Pavilion, will vote against the Housing and Planning Bill later today

Britons driven to food banks by poverty seen as 'collateral damage' by DWP

04 January, 2016

Britain's biggest food bank provider says the Government has threatened the charity for speaking out on the issue

Market glut as buy-to-let landlords quit

04 January, 2016

Half a million properties will come on to the housing market over the next five years as landlords sell up after George Osborne's changes to buy-to-let rules

Early Christmas payday causes problems for struggling Brits' finances

04 January, 2016

January blues: More than half of the nation struggle to meet their new year bills after splashing out at Christmas

Cities unite against David Cameron's attack on council tenants' lifetime leases

04 January, 2016

Local authority chiefs have joined forces against the Tory scheme which they say will hurt families and damage neighbourhood communities

Paying a high price for a faulty product

04 January, 2016

This report explores how private housing tenants from across income scales are living in unsafe homes that fail to meet basic legal standards

Rogue landlords are making billions of pounds from 700,000 private rented homes in England with a category 1 hazard

Mapped: buying is now cheaper than renting across Britain

04 January, 2016

Rising rents and rock-bottom mortgage rates mean even homeowners with huge mortgages are better off than tenants

George Osborne facing legal challenge from furious landlords

04 January, 2016

Chancellor George Osborne is facing a legal challenge after two private landlords launched a crowdfunding campaign on Boxing Day

Scottish Buy-to-Let index

04 January, 2016

Scottish rents at a standstill for Christmas

The end of council housing

04 January, 2016

In 1979, 42% of Britons lived in council homes

UK rents set to sky-rocket because of Osborne's tax grab

31 December, 2015

Landlords across the UK have already started to increase rents for current tenants

Iain Duncan Smith is offering £140,000 a year for someone to take charge of his troubled Universal Credit programme

31 December, 2015

The successful candidate will be among the top-paid civil servants and will earn more than the Work and Pensions Secretary himself

Cleethorpes landlord handed suspended prison sentence for illegal eviction of tenant

31 December, 2015

A landlord has been handed a 56 day prison sentence, suspended for six months, after he was found guilty of illegally evicting a tenant

Council Tax Reduction Schemes

31 December, 2015

As part of the 2010 Spending Review the Coalition Government announced its intention to localise support for Council Tax

'A bonanza for landlords' - the soaring cost of renting in Cambridge revealed

31 December, 2015

Cambridge's private rental market has been branded "a bonanza for landlords" as it emerged the cost of renting in the city has soared more than almost anywhere else

Could State Aid Law protect Buy-to-Let Landlords?

31 December, 2015

The Guardian and The Telegraph have posted articles in the last week picking up the quandary of buy-to-let landlords

Germany eyes law change to stop EU migrants claiming benefits

31 December, 2015

Move comes after court ruled authorities must pay subsistence benefits to newcomers despite contributions-based system

4 New Year budgeting tips for universal credit claimants in South West Wales

31 December, 2015

With the New Year fast approaching and with family finances traditionally tighter after the festive season, many in the region could take advantage of budgeting advice

Buy-to-let stamp duty: will you have to pay?

30 December, 2015

Further details of the change to stamp duty on additional property purchases have been published

Dozens asked to leave homes for rent arrears and bad behaviour

30 December, 2015

Dozens of people have been thrown out of their council houses in Dundee this year after falling into rent arrears worth thousands of pounds

Buy to let stamp duty could make investment unviable for new entrants in UK

30 December, 2015

The extra 3% stamp duty tax being levied on buy to let and second home buyers in April 2016 means that it may no longer be financially viable for new entrants to the lower end of the private landlord market

Benefit cuts: George Osborne urged to make U-turn on universal credit

30 December, 2015

Advisers warn merging of in-work benefits threatens to undo 'welcome decision to reverse tax credit changes'

Landlords to launch legal challenge to George Osborne's tax relief changes

30 December, 2015

Buy-to-let group says plans introduced in chancellor's autumn statement are an unfair tax grab that could be unlawful

Questions over new benefit sanctions warning system

30 December, 2015

An SNP MP has raised questions over a new benefit sanctions warning system to be trialled in Scotland next year

Greg Clark refuses London borough licensing scheme

30 December, 2015

Redbridge Council have expressed their disappointment at Greg Clark's decision not to approve the implementation of a Borough wide Licensing Scheme

Almost half of landlords to raise rent in 2016

30 December, 2015

With an uncertain year ahead for buy-to-let landlords, almost half are planning to raise their rents in 2016

Council evicts 55 in a year

29 December, 2015

Dozens of people have been thrown out of their council houses this year after falling into rent arrears worth thousands of pounds

2015 in housing: 12 months of growing crisis

29 December, 2015

We look back on a year of escalating protests over dwindling social housing supply and a Tory focus on homeownership despite booming costs

Landlord prosecuted for regulations breach

29 December, 2015

Mr Vas Tari of North Bar Street, Banbury pleaded guilty at Banbury Magistrates' Court

Benefit delays leaving families hungry

29 December, 2015

Benefit mistakes and delays are causing families to go hungry and putting homes at risk

Lewisham Homes top for reducing arrears in the South

29 December, 2015

Lewisham Homes was the best performing organisation at reducing council tenants' rent arrears in the South of England last year

Thousands of children 'on council housing waiting lists'

29 December, 2015

Tens of thousands of children are on waiting lists for council housing

Higher rents and continued lack of supply set to dominate 2016 UK housing markets

29 December, 2015

Residential rents are set to go up in 2016

Rent costs to soar for half a million disabled and elderly as Tories wield axe on housing benefit

24 December, 2015

Shadow Housing Minister John Healey urged Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne to put a stop to the plans, branding them "catastrophic"

Housing benefit cuts would 'affect schemes for vulnerable'

24 December, 2015

Housing projects helping more than 400,000 vulnerable adults face closure because of government welfare cuts

Southend taking in London's homeless - local authorities feeling pinch under new Government welfare reforms

24 December, 2015

Southend and other areas in south Essex are taking in London's homeless

ARLA Private Rented Sector Report

24 December, 2015

November 2015 - The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes is at the lowest this year

Two fifths of agents predict supply will fall in the private rented sector, following buy-to-let tax announced during Chancellor's Autumn Statement

Landlord licensing - how we're using the evidence and the experience of our members to develop our policies

24 December, 2015

If you only pay attention to the newspaper headlines or horror stories you hear, you'd be forgiven for thinking privately rented homes are at the bottom of the heap when it comes to housing choice

Borough-wide landlord licensing scheme rejected by Secretary of State

23 December, 2015

A landlord licensing scheme to tackle poorly managed rental properties has been rejected by the Department for Communities and Local Government

Contributory Welfare State investigated by Committee

23 December, 2015

The Work and Pensions Committee agreed to hold an initial seminar with experts on the possibility of converting the eligibility for welfare as we know it

'I'm worrying about Christmas and how we'll afford food'

23 December, 2015

Michelle lives in Cambridge with her husband. The family is struggling to keep up with rent and bills

The pain of Iain Duncan Smith's welfare cuts is only just starting to be felt

23 December, 2015

In the run up to the last general election, the media was full of reports and investigations into the impact of welfare reform

Council asks housing tenants how rent should be spent

23 December, 2015

Council housing tenants in Caithness are being asked their views on how their rent should be spent

Universal Credit vs JSA - what's the difference?

22 December, 2015

Our benefits and money team are working to advise Isos residents on how to prepare for Universal Credit as it gets introduced across the North East

When I asked people for bedroom tax stories, the response was shocking

22 December, 2015

I helped start the blog My Spare Room to tell the stories of those losing their dignity, social life and health to the tax. For their sake, we must push for change

Letting agents expect buy-to-let stamp duty rise to trigger decline in rental supply

22 December, 2015

High stamp duties for the buy-to-let sector has provoked a pessimistic outlook among lettings agents

Labour accuses David Cameron of causing homelessness crisis with "disgraceful" welfare cuts

22 December, 2015

The number of households classed as homeless has risen by more than a third in England since 2010 and could DOUBLE by the next general election

Rent rises could soon outpace house prices

22 December, 2015

The cost of renting in the UK could rise faster than house prices over the next five years

Make up for benefit cuts by working 200 more hours

22 December, 2015

Department for Work and Pensions admits work allowance will fall under universal credit but people can 'recoup the loss'

Jobless and disabled people could have benefits stopped on Christmas Eve under 'tough new sanctions regime'

22 December, 2015

The SNP claims the Government has quietly scrapped a system which spared claimants from the worst hardship at Christmas

Jeremy Corbyn Unveils Plans To Tackle Britain's Housing Crisis, With Rent Caps, More Council Homes And An End To Tory 'Social Cleansing'

22 December, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to tackle Britain's housing crisis with new moves to cap private rent levels

Statistics on Personal Independence Payment (PIP): Release strategy

22 December, 2015

This document explains how DWP manages the release of statistics on PIP

Labour calls for halt on housing benefit cap over fears it will hit supported accommodation

21 December, 2015

Labour has called for a halt to a new housing benefit cap over fears it could force the closure of supported accommodation for the elderly, disabled and homeless

MP Frank Field backs builder training for benefit claimants

21 December, 2015

Tens of thousands of young benefit claimants should be trained as builders to curb immigration, slash welfare costs and end the housing crisis

Number of London renters becoming homeless increases 700% in five years

21 December, 2015

New figures show 6,790 London households in 2014/2015 were made homeless following the end of their tenancies

The Scottish Government's Tenancy Proposals and their context amongst Tenancy Reforms

21 December, 2015

Prior to the First World War, the private rented sector provided about 90 per cent of Britain's housing needs

A route map to ending hunger as we know it in the United Kingdom

21 December, 2015

Five key reforms outlined in this report are being pursued by a new charitable organisation called Feeding Britain

Tenancy sustainment amongst those aged under 35

21 December, 2015

Single men aged 21-25 appear to be the most at risk of eviction and serious arrears

Rent arrears were not always associated with evictions: larger households were more likely to be in arrears, yet singe adults were more likely to be evicted

Living wage will lead to new boom in migrants

21 December, 2015

Tory critics brand David Cameron's strategy 'a farce' and say pay boost will draw ever more workers to the UK

Families hungry due to benefit mistakes and delays

21 December, 2015

Benefit errors and delays are making families go hungry and putting their homes at risk

Trying to make sense of current social housing policy

21 December, 2015

Social housing policy has for a long time been muddled

Homeless Households and Benefit Cap Amendments

21 December, 2015

In the Welfare Reform & Work Bill, Shelter is seeking an amendment that takes homeless households out of the benefit cap while they get back on their feet

Government response: SSAC report on Universal Credit

21 December, 2015

This is the government's response to the report 'Universal Credit: priorities for action' by the Social Security Advisory Committee

Government response to SSAC Occasional Paper 15

21 December, 2015

This is the government's response to the report 'Universal Credit: priorities for action' by the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC)

Impact on supported housing of capping Housing Benefit to Local Housing Allowance

21 December, 2015

David Orr has written to both Lord Freud and Brandon Lewis seeking urgent clarification on how supported housing will be protected

EU renegotiations: Pathway for deal found

18 December, 2015

David Cameron has said there is a " pathway to a deal" on new terms for Britain's membership of the EU after talks with other leaders

Why do people resent buy-to-letters so much?

18 December, 2015

A series of measures have now been taken to combat the growth of buy-to-let landlords, and each is greeted with glee by an often hostile public

Bank of England to get new powers on buy-to-let lending

18 December, 2015

The government is to consult on new powers to allow the Bank of England to rein in the buy-to-let mortgage market

Lay off private landlords, Chancellor is told by big agency chain

18 December, 2015

Major property firm LSL this morning called for the Treasury to lay off private landlords and instead look for solutions to the housing crisis

Online Universal Credit could exclude thousands

18 December, 2015

Although the internet is quickly becoming an integral part of our everyday private, public and working lives, there are still one in five UK adults unable to complete simple tasks like paying bills online

HB G12/2015

18 December, 2015

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Buy-to-Let Index - November 2015

18 December, 2015

Rents dip below £800 in time for Christmas

Universal Credit and rented housing

18 December, 2015

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

Timeline confirmed for digital Universal Credit

18 December, 2015

The Department for Work and Pensions updated on the rollout plans for the digital Universal Credit service when giving evidence to the Public Accounts Select Committee last week

Landlords' Barometer - #30: It really is all change

17 December, 2015

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #30" where this time I am focusing on issues that landlords need to be aware of in order to plan ahead

Scottish Government follows Westminster with 3% surcharge for buy-to-let purchasers

17 December, 2015

The Scottish Government has followed Westminster in announcing a 3% tax surcharge for purchasers of buy-to-let and second homes

Lords veto powers 'to be curtailed'

17 December, 2015

David Cameron is preparing to use the full force of the law to clip the wings of the House of Lords after it blocked his welfare cuts

Welfare reform survey 2015

17 December, 2015

This document sets out the results of a survey of stock retaining councils and ALMOs, conducted during October and November 2015

In total 31% of respondents' tenants were in arrears at the end of 2014/15

Landbay Rental Index

17 December, 2015

UK rents see small monthly dip of 0.4% in November

A seasonal slowdown has hit the UK rental market as the country draws closer to the festive season

Households with prepayment meters pay up to £250 more in energy bills

17 December, 2015

Lack of competitive tariffs to switch to means prepayment customers are losing out to those on direct debit tariffs

Benefit cuts under universal credit could be illegal

17 December, 2015

Shadow work and pensions secretary says differences between tax credits and new welfare system are discriminatory and leave families worse off

Londoners break tradition to start families in rented homes

17 December, 2015

A quarter of London renters are getting married and having children while still renting

Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy

17 December, 2015

This report presents findings from the evaluation of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy

The DWP's data shows a reduction in the number of households affected by the RSRS from 547,000 to 465,000 by November 2014

The end of social housing

17 December, 2015

The Housing and Planning Bill is one of the most dangerous and far-reaching pieces of legislation passed in this country in a long time

Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy evaluation: final report

17 December, 2015

This report presents findings from the evaluation of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (RSRS) in Housing Benefit

Welsh Government maintains policy for social housing rents in 2016/17

16 December, 2015

Welsh Government has announced that the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty has agreed to maintain the Welsh Government Policy for Social Housing Rents for 2016/17

The new benefits trap: why I'm proposing an amendment to the Welfare Bill

16 December, 2015

One of the government's big achievements has been helping people off benefits and back into work

The principled and pragmatic case for a Universal Basic Income

16 December, 2015

The RSA is today recommending a new Universal Basic Income system

Finland announced last week it is undertaking a major pilot to replace its welfare system and there are cities in the Netherlands also currently testing schemesFinland announced last week it is undertaking a major pilot to replace its welfare system and there are cities in the Netherlands also currently testing schemes

More than four in ten homeless young people could be hit by removal of housing support

16 December, 2015

Up to 44% of young people in homelessness services could be affected by the proposal to remove the automatic entitlement to housing costs for 18-21 year

Carney promises action on buy-to-let property market

16 December, 2015

The Bank of England has again expressed concern about the UK's buy-to-let property market

Pay to stay to be voluntary for housing associations

16 December, 2015

Terrie Alafat said: "We have warned that pay to stay could discourage social housing tenants from increasing their earnings or finding work"

Bedroom farce

16 December, 2015

We want housing association landlords and tenants to reap the benefits from shorter-term tenancies as well

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to October 2015

16 December, 2015

Statistics on claims in payment, new claim registrations, decisions and awards made, and other aspects of Personal Independence Payment

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 3 Dec 2015

16 December, 2015

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 3 December 2015

David Cameron faces compromise over plans for EU migrants' welfare access

15 December, 2015

EU commissioner proposes block on claims for first six months, far cry from prime minister's hopes for four-year exclusion

Thousands of benefit staff face the axe as Tories ramp up plans to cut cash with Universal Credit

15 December, 2015

Some 5,000 staff are primed for the axe as part of Universal Credit - which is already being trialled in three-quarters of all job centres

Where buy-to-let landlords are making the most lucrative returns from tenants

15 December, 2015

Forget London - landlords are likely to make more money each year by renting out properties in Wales and the North of England

UK cuts will leave poorest Scots' more than £800 a year' worse off

15 December, 2015

Spending reductions and benefit cuts imposed by the UK government could make Scotland's poorest families more than £800 a year worse

Cameron still appears isolated on four-year migrant benefit ban ahead of EU summit

15 December, 2015

The scale of David Cameron's task on EU reform has been underlined by No 10 after it indicated that not a single other member state was publicly supporting his four-year migrant benefit ban

Despite the tax credit U-turn a radical upheaval in support for the working poor is still underway

15 December, 2015

The government's decision to scrap tax credit cuts was a welcome move

HB A13/2015

15 December, 2015

Housing Benefit: Uprating 2016 - 17

1p rise in Scots income tax 'needed to cancel Tory cuts'

15 December, 2015

Scotland's poorest families could be more than £800 a year worse off as a result of spending and benefit cuts

Housing shortage and welfare cuts leaving thousands at risk of homeless this Christmas

15 December, 2015

Welfare cuts and a shortage of affordable housing mean thousands of North-East families are on the brink of being homeless this Christmas

Are you a council tenant? Then you must be punished

14 December, 2015

The end of lifetime council tenancies looks like another welfare-bashing crapshoot

EU referendum: PM 'to continue with benefit demands'

14 December, 2015

Downing Street has insisted that David Cameron will pursue demands for a curb on in-work benefits for EU migrants in the UK

Tory welfare reforms causing 'devastating harm' to the most vulnerable in society

14 December, 2015

The welfare reforms being spearheaded by Tory minister Iain Duncan Smith are causing "devastating harm" to the most vulnerable in society

Universal Credit - is it working and will it do enough?

14 December, 2015

By September 2015, nearly 175 000 people had made a claim for Universal Credit

As a social housing tenant, I have always been treated with dignity

14 December, 2015

After my marriage broke down my housing association flat was my lifeboat - now I'm a member of the association board and it values my opinions

Newcastle foodbank flooded with presents after theft

14 December, 2015

Hundreds of Christmas presents have been donated to a foodbank after thieves stole gifts destined for needy children

Shock 50% rise in use of food banks in Northern Ireland in just one year

14 December, 2015

The use of food banks has soared by almost 50%

Commission says council tax in Scotland 'must end'

14 December, 2015

The current council tax system in Scotland "must end", the specially set up Commission on Local Tax Reform has concluded

Stamp Duty surcharge will cost landlords 11 months of rental income

14 December, 2015

The 3% surcharge of Stamp Duty Land Tax that kicks in next April will be the equivalent of 11 months' income for the average landlord buying with a mortgage

The Future Delivery of Social Security in Scotland

14 December, 2015

This report sets out the findings and recommendations made by the Welfare Reform Committee

In order to inform its scrutiny the Committee conducted visits to Highland Council and to various ethnic minority representative organisations

Playing Russian Roulette with housing tenancies

14 December, 2015

The government is in the process of removing security of tenure for council tenants

Universal Credit now in three-quarters of all jobcentres

14 December, 2015

New milestone reached with over a quarter of a million claims made to Universal Credit

Benefit sanctions forcing people to sleep rough and go hungry

11 December, 2015

Crisis is calling for reform of how benefit sanctions work for the most vulnerable

Cameron hopeful of deal to curb migrants' benefits

11 December, 2015

David Cameron insists he can reach a deal on benefit curbs for EU migrants

Oxford City Council breaks homeless housing law

11 December, 2015

Oxford City Council has broken a law against housing homeless families in B&Bs for more than six weeks

Conservative minister says ending lifetime council tenancies will 'help social mobility'

11 December, 2015

Labour MPs attack government for sneaking in changes which will cause insecurity as housing minister Marcus Jones says tenants will benefit

Food bank opens for young people hit by benefit sanctions

11 December, 2015

Merseyside Youth Association says service in Liverpool helps 16-to 25-year-olds who are going hungry but feel uneasy about visiting other food banks

Care home rooms offered for sale to private investors on 'buy-to-let' basis

11 December, 2015

Hundreds of speculators promised returns of 10 per cent a year, squeezing funds available for actual care

A third of Scottish benefit claimants 'unable to get by'

11 December, 2015

CAS has urged Holyrood to use new powers to create a fairer welfare system

More than half of council tax used to pay interest on debts

11 December, 2015

Dundee City Council is paying out more than half its council tax income on servicing its debt

London council adds another 8,000 rental properties to licensing scheme

11 December, 2015

Agents and landlords across a large part of central London are warned that this week, a new licensing scheme came into force

Record fine for unregistered HMO landlord

11 December, 2015

As the number of private renters continues to increase, so do prosecutions against landlords renting out unsafe or unlicensed HMOs

Make 'specified' homes exempt from rent cuts

11 December, 2015

David Orr has called on the government to protect specialist homes, as the reductions in rents may see a decline in services for those that need them the most

Paying a high price for a faulty product

11 December, 2015

This report explores how private housing tenants from across income scales are living in unsafe homes that fail to meet basic legal standards

Rogue landlords are making billions of pounds from 700,000 private rented homes in England

Why the war on buy-to-let will make the UK housing crisis worse

11 December, 2015

Landlords sighed with relief at the Conservative victory in the General Election in May

Basic income for all could end benefits trap

10 December, 2015

As welfare and the world of work get more complex, Finland's bold experiment offers us a solution

How I helped a man with a degenerative spinal disease beat the bedroom tax

10 December, 2015

He was charged for living in a home adapted to his disability with a spare room for his daughter. I stepped in when his rent arrears reached £1,000

750,000 families with children 'struggling with serious debt'

10 December, 2015

Research finds growing number of households in financial difficulty, as zero-hours contracts and less secure work leave them vulnerable

Leicester City Council overpaid £4 million of housing benefits in six months

10 December, 2015

Leicester City Council overpaid £4 million in housing benefits over a six month period this year

Wales worst hit by Housing Benefit reform, yet again

10 December, 2015

The news that Housing Benefit for social tenants would be capped at Local Housing Allowance levels from 2016 made few waves when George Osborne made the announcement as part of the Spending Review

One in three people on benefits 'can't get by on money they receive'

10 December, 2015

More than one-third of welfare claimants are unable to get by on the benefits they receive

Poll finds 82% think food banks 'a sign something is wrong in society'

10 December, 2015

More than four-fifths of people in Scotland believe the need for food banks is a sign that something is fundamentally wrong in society

Sold! Britain's most controversial buy-to-let landlords finally sell up

10 December, 2015

Britain's most controversial buy-to-let landlords, Fergus and Judith Wilson, have sold their property empire

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments: April to September 2015

10 December, 2015

Analysis of local authorities' use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds from April to September 2015

Personal Independence Payment: aids and appliances descriptors

10 December, 2015

Consultation on aids and appliances and the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment

The dream of social housing is being chiselled away to nothing

10 December, 2015

The government's new policy of reviewing council tenancies every five years will pitch thousands of people into an uncertain future

Best Locations for Buy-to-Let Returns to Change Under New Stamp Duty

09 December, 2015

The best areas for buy-to-let returns are likely to change when the new Stamp Duty rules come in from April

The DWP is cutting a disability benefit that already leaves a third of recipients struggling to afford food

09 December, 2015

Employment and Support Allowance WRAG payments are being cut by £30 a week from April 2017

Duncan Smith urges Cameron not to cave on benefits for EU migrants

09 December, 2015

Eurosceptic evokes spirit of Thatcher as he warns Downing Street to 'play the system hard' in pre-referendum negotiations on in-work benefits

Halving The Gap?

09 December, 2015

A Review into the Government's proposed reduction to Employment and Support Allowance and its impact on halving the disability employment gap

Council 'forcing us into fuel poverty'

09 December, 2015

"Stop forcing us into fuel poverty" was the message from worried residents

HomeLet Rental Index November 2015

09 December, 2015

The average UK rental value excluding London was £743pcm - this is 3.8% higher than last year

Mortgage Lenders and Administrators Statistics - 2015 Q3

09 December, 2015

MLAR statistics are quarterly statistics aggregated from the returns from around 300 regulated mortgage lenders and administrators

Cutting migrant benefits won't halt flow, PM told: Advisers say four year wait would have little influence on reducing numbers coming to the UK

09 December, 2015

David Cameron's flagship plan to curb benefits for EU migrants would do little to cut immigration, the Government's top economic advisers warned yesterday

Changes to housing benefit for social tenants will hit young people

08 December, 2015

Over the last week I've been unpicking the implications of the announcement that housing benefit for social tenants will be limited to the level of the local housing allowance

Another buy-to-let lender cracks down on mortgages

08 December, 2015

Would-be landlords will soon need 50pc deposit, commentators warn, as another lender tightens its criteria

Why housing benefit is broken

08 December, 2015

Now the government has U-turned on plans to abolish tax credits, it should look at housing benefit for welfare savings

Scotland's new tax and welfare powers should be devolved on a "use it or lose it", Lords to hear

08 December, 2015

Scotland's new tax and welfare powers should be devolved on a "use it or lose it" basis

The Government must not be distracted from delivering Universal Credit

08 December, 2015

In the wake of the Tax Credits debate, it would be extremely easy to be distracted from arguably the most important legacy of a Conservative-led welfare agenda: Universal Credit

'Dear Dave, we can't agree to four-year migrant benefit ban': Brussels chief delivers blow to Cameron's plans for EU reform

08 December, 2015

European Union leaders have refused to agree to David Cameron's plan to ban migrants claiming benefits for up to four years

Bad bedsit conditions and rogue landlords to be tackled in new council role

08 December, 2015

An increasing number of residents have turned to Rushmoor Borough Council expressing concern about overcrowding, safety and disrepair

Tenants may be saved from Leith flats eviction

08 December, 2015

Tenants facing eviction from their homes in Leith could be allowed to stay on after a housing association began negotiations to buy the properties

The Impacts of the 'Bedroom Tax' on Children and Their Education: A Study in the City of Manchester

08 December, 2015

The so - called bedroom tax has cut the benefits claimed by social housing tenants and put them under pressure to move into smaller homes

Workless households at lowest levels

08 December, 2015

Number of workless households is now at its lowest level since records began

Universal Credit at Work (December 2015)

08 December, 2015

A progress report on how Universal Credit is restoring work incentives, restoring fairness and transforming claimants' lives

Universal Credit claimants significantly more likely to get a job

08 December, 2015

People claiming Universal Credit are significantly more likely to move into work than those on Jobseeker's Allowance

Young people learning to avoid eviction: 'I thought rent wasn't a priority'

08 December, 2015

Living alone can be extremely daunting for young vulnerable people. A new course teaches them how to cope with tenancy, debt and isolation

The impacts of changes to social rents policy

08 December, 2015

We analyse effects of big changes to social rent policy in England

Social housing sector in rude financial health as HCA reveals £5.3bn cash in hand and high investor confidence

07 December, 2015

The social housing sector is in rude health, according to the Homes and Communities Agency

Students rise up against soaring housing rents

07 December, 2015

Demands for cuts and compensation spread as protests in London call for 40% reduction in accommodation costs

Welfare reforms will still take £3bn from poorest Britons

07 December, 2015

Costings after U-turn on tax credits reveal changes to universal credit will save the Treasury almost as much money

Using council tax to offset care cuts 'will widen gap between rich and poor'

07 December, 2015

Disadvantaged areas will be able to raise too little extra revenue to make any difference

Up to 750,000 elderly people 'forced to choose between food and heating their homes' this winter

07 December, 2015

A third of pensioner households live on less than £300 a week

Food banks in the UK: Volunteers face a growing battle as benefits crisis bites

07 December, 2015

Food banks barely existed when David Cameron came to power in 2010, but now there are 425 across the country

Why Rent Is Still Rising In Places Where It's Cheaper To Own

07 December, 2015

Five years into the recovery, renters are still paying the price for the Great Recession

Universal Credit: estimating the early labour market impacts: updated analysis

07 December, 2015

This analysis assesses the short-term impact of Universal Credit and informs its further development

'No consensus' over UK welfare reforms

07 December, 2015

There are "substantial political differences" over the PM's demands for welfare curbs for EU migrants

Universal Credit now in almost 550 jobcentres

07 December, 2015

On 7th December 18 more jobcentre offices start offering Universal Credit

Call to protect renters as Osborne's plans leave 4m without a secure home

07 December, 2015

Generation Rent will call on the government to protect private renters from no-fault evictions on Tuesday

Housing crisis: Osborne's 3% stamp duty on buy-to-let properties could raise rents by £55 a month

04 December, 2015

Osborne announced an additional 3 per cent stamp duty on second homes and buy to let properties in his Autumn Statement

Buy-to-let landlords turned off buying more property as tax changes bite

04 December, 2015

More than half of investors are not planning to buy any more properties in the next year

DWP to apologise to woman whose brother killed himself after his benefits were cut

04 December, 2015

Health service ombudsman partially upholds Linda Cooksey's complaint over case of her late brother Tim Salter

Buy to Let Britain report

04 December, 2015

In the last year, 77% of the new households formed in Great Britain were created in the private rented sector

The average landlord made a total annual return of 12.5% per property at end of first quarter of 2015

Don't cry for landlords: they still rule the housing market

04 December, 2015

Watch out, tenants: Kent Reliance says the meanie in No 11 Downing Street is going to cost YOU £55 a month extra in rent

Zero-hours and short-hours contracts in the UK: Employer and employee perspectives

04 December, 2015

Zero-hours contracts remain controversial, but the number of people on them is increasing

The CIPD has made a leading contribution to understanding of zero-hours contracts and our research has been quoted by government, employers and unions - both supporters and opponents of zero-hours contracts

England Has Lowest Number Of New Socially Rented Homes Since Records Began

04 December, 2015

While the number of new affordable homes in England rose 55% year-on-year, those on social rents - the cheapest on offer - fell to an all-time-low

Lewis challenges councils to spend £2bn on social housing

04 December, 2015

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has challenged local authorities to use more than £2bn to build more social housing

Why council housing won't go away

04 December, 2015

There's about to be a new era for council house

Touchbase - Edition 107

04 December, 2015

Saturday 5 December is Small Business Saturday, a day when government, local councils and businesses promote the importance of small business to everyday life

Barclays is first to toughen buy-to-let tests with landlords forced to prove rent is 135% of mortgage payments

03 December, 2015

Barclays has rushed to impose stricter affordability checks on aspiring buy-to-let landlords ahead of the Chancellor's tax squeeze

Landlord of shared housing in Camden? Make sure you have a licence

03 December, 2015

Landlords of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in Camden must have a licence by December 8

Council Tax Reduction in Scotland, July to September 2015

03 December, 2015

This publication provides statistics on the Council Tax Reduction scheme

There were 512,340 Council Tax Reduction recipients in Scotland in September 2015

Engaging with tenants is everyone's job

03 December, 2015

I remember listening to a speaker describing how the housing sector was then perceived to be in the middle of 'the perfect storm' of issues including welfare reform and universal credit

'Buy-to-let investors will need 50pc deposit - or no mortgage'

03 December, 2015

In future only investors with hefty deposits will qualify for loans, brokers warn, as Barclays cuts buy-to-let lending

Housing provider helps transition to Universal Credit

03 December, 2015

The Government's new welfare system is coming to Teesside and one local housing provider is helping their tenants get to grips with the changes

Renters at risk

03 December, 2015

We all hope we never go through the devastating experience of losing our home

Over the twelve months to September 2015, more than 42,000 renting househ olds lost their battle and were evicted by bailiffs

Chancellor's attack could "destroy buy-to-let"

03 December, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne's stamp duty surcharge could backfire by slashing tax revenues as investors desert the market

Saving lives through mandatory electrical safety checks

03 December, 2015

Sadly, every year 350,000 people are injured because of electrical faults in the home

Buy-to-let 'woes' for landlords mounting, as analyst warns that BoE 'will be watching you'

02 December, 2015

The Bank of England has said it will crack down on buy-to-let lending

Landlords' Barometer - #29: And it's all about Osborne's clampdown

02 December, 2015

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #29", dedicated to the Autumn Statement and how it will impact on the private rented sector

Council tax reform in the age of localism: why councils should take the lead

02 December, 2015

In England (and Scotland), council tax is still levied on the basis of the 1991 property values used when the tax was introduced in 1993

Osborne's devolution experiment will hit poorer councils where it hurts

02 December, 2015

The chancellor talks the talk on decentralisation but he's clawing back central funds with no regard to local councils' tax base, entrenching regional divisions

Welfare reforms set for Northern Ireland rollout in early 2016

02 December, 2015

Welfare reforms will roll out in Northern Ireland early in 2016

Scottish Government issued with final demand to end fuel poverty

02 December, 2015

The Scottish Government has been issued with a 'final demand' to end fuel poverty by the national fuel poverty charity Energy Action Scotland

Housing Statistics for Scotland Quarterly Update

02 December, 2015

This quarterly statistical publication provides information on recent trends in

Why we don't need to panic about buy-to-let lending

02 December, 2015

Don't take fright at the Prudential Regulation Authority's rising concerns about buy-to-let lending

Tenants shouldn't pay their landlord to decorate their rental property

02 December, 2015

Tenants should not be coerced into paying higher rents to redecorate their landlord's property

Universal Credit comes into force on the Isle of Wight

02 December, 2015

The government's new Universal Credit scheme will be implemented on the Isle of Wight from 7 December

LIN Member Report December 2015 - Spending Review and Autumn Statement

02 December, 2015

LIN member report by Claire Turner

Social housing completions up 10% in Scotland

01 December, 2015

Scotland has seen a 10% increase in the number of social sector homes completed in the past year

Family of severely disabled Blackburn teen twice forced to leave specially adapted homes due to bedroom tax

01 December, 2015

The family of a severely disabled 14-year-old forced to twice leave specially adapted homes because of the bedroom tax said they are having to fundraise to convert a third home

Landlords urged to use new procedure to maintain properties

01 December, 2015

Landlords are being urged to make use of a new procedure which will allow them to gain access to their properties to carry out essential work

Tackling fraud in the social housing sector

01 December, 2015

A short guide for directors and senior managers of housing associations

This guide is for directors and senior managers of housing associations in England and Wales and their professional advisers

Title sponsor Yarlington Housing Group puts the focus on tackling fuel poverty

01 December, 2015

AS we enter the colder weather fuel poverty will no doubt once again become a topic of conversation both locally and nationally

Bank of England warns on Buy-to-Let market

01 December, 2015

The Bank of England has raised fresh concerns about mortgage lending in the Buy to Let market

The benefits cap on carers is discriminatory and a false economy

01 December, 2015

The cap has been ruled discriminatory and unlawful for full-time carers of disabled adult relatives

I'm a tenant, a loser by today's standards. But I won't shut up

01 December, 2015

Trying to voice a tenant's perspective on social housing is like shouting into a hurricane

What happens if homeless families are hit by the benefit cap?

01 December, 2015

The number of homeless families is going up and the number of affordable homes is going down

HB Direct issue 163

01 December, 2015

The HB Direct newsletter provides latest information on policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit

Festive crackdown to stop loan sharks exploiting vulnerable people

30 November, 2015

Police describe the Christmas period as the 'hunting season for loan sharks'

Investors get set for buy-to-let "scramble"

30 November, 2015

Property market experts have warned that the forthcoming buy-to-let surcharge on stamp duty will trigger a shortlived scramble for property in the run up to April

Landlord Charged Over Migrant Tenants

30 November, 2015

A Sealand landlord has been charged with 16 Housing Act offences after it was discovered that over 100 migrant workers were living in his rental property

Landlord went to inspect the boiler at his property only to discover his tenants had trashed it and done a runner

30 November, 2015

A landlord pensioner who stopped by his property to fix a boiler was shocked to find that his tenants had completely trashed the house before abandoning it

Landlords Bruised by U.K. Tax Rise May Face New Loan Limits

30 November, 2015

The U.K.'s amateur landlords, already bruised by higher taxes when they buy rentals and lower rates of tax relief, could be facing a new blow

Fuel poverty: England's poorest households won't all be properly heated for nearly 100 years

30 November, 2015

Poorest and coldest households receiving improved insulation at a rate of only 1 per cent a year

Sixty Icon 'Pay to stay' will discourage people from increasing earnings or finding work, housing professionals fear

30 November, 2015

The government's 'pay to stay' policy will discourage people living in social housing from increasing their earnings or finding work

Household bills targeted by chancellor as Labour raises fears over benefit cuts

30 November, 2015

George Osborne and Sajid Javid want more competition to drive down prices, as Labour claims thousands could lose out due to in-work benefit cuts

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index - October 2015

30 November, 2015

Scottish rent rises halved in four months

DWP scraps mandatory 'work for your benefits' scheme without fanfare

27 November, 2015

The scheme was deemed ineffective by a DWP analysis but had since been expanded

Osborne slipped social housing's obituary into the autumn statement

27 November, 2015

Chancellor claims to be 'fixing the roof while the sun is shining'. Cuts to housing benefit and forced sales of council homes say otherwise

The state of private rented homes

27 November, 2015

In his first speech to the Labour party conference as leader, Jeremy Corbyn claimed that a third of all private rented homes don't meet basic health and safety standards

Iain Duncan Smith suffers major defeat as High Court rules benefit cap for carers is unlawful

27 November, 2015

Judge rules that the Work and Pensions Secretary had discriminated on the grounds of disability against unpaid carers who look after severely disabled people for more than 35 hours a week

The tax credit reversal is great news - but Universal Credit is what matters

27 November, 2015

Reversing Tax Credit reductions will give families valuable breathing space but it's Universal Credit that's important in the long term

Rise in buy-to-let stamp duty 'could restrict supply of new homes'

27 November, 2015

Osborne's plan to increase taxes on property investors may jeopardise funding for newbuild developments

Stamp Duty increase likely to benefit the Northern housing market say experts

27 November, 2015

The UK's buy-to-let housing market is likely to expect a shift towards the North, following the Chancellor's announcement of a Stamp Duty increase for property investment purchases in yesterday's Autumn Statement

Annual council tax bills will be £25 higher

27 November, 2015

Chancellor confirms increase and hits out at council bosses being paid more than the Prime Minister, warning Britons are 'fed up' with high salaries

Low-income working families on Universal Credit set to lose £1,300

27 November, 2015

Working households on Universal Credit are set to lose an average of £1,000 in 2020, rising to £1,300 for those with children

Institute for Fiscal Studies, Post Autumn Statement briefing

27 November, 2015

The first thing to say is this is not the end of "austerity"

IFS Post-Spending Review/Autumn Statement Analysis, November 2015

Spending Review: Welfare cuts rely on troubled Universal Credit

27 November, 2015

Following Chancellor George Osborne decision yesterday to scrap his tax credit cuts, one of the key ways he is going to meet his manifesto commitment of cutting £12bn from welfare spending

Welfare cuts postponed, not axed

27 November, 2015

George Osborne was in the end not just for turning, but for totally reversing his position on those controversial tax credits that were set to hit millions of working families

'Catastrophe' Budget: Agents and landlords get to grips with 3% more on BTL Stamp Duty

26 November, 2015

The industry is trying to assimilate the changes announced in yesterday's Budget Statement whereby buy-to-let investors and those purchasing second homes are to be hit with a 3% increase in Stamp Duty Land Tax

Osborne: I will continue to take 'difficult decisions' after tax credits U-turn

26 November, 2015

Chancellor makes clear he is not abandoning his overall approach to eliminate structural budget deficit two years before 2020 election

UK plans tax rise on buy-to-let and second homes

26 November, 2015

Britain is to increase a tax on buy-to-let and second homes to ease demand for those squeezed out by house price rises

Spending Review: George Osborne Has Missed 'Open Goal' On Housing By Not Helping Private Renters

26 November, 2015

George Osborne has missed an "open goal" on solving the housing crisis by handing taxpayers' money to private developers instead of tackling high rents

The housing market is broken - people need help to rent, let alone buy

26 November, 2015

Plans in the autumn statement to tax buy-to-let landlords will help cut property demand but more new homes are needed

Victory for families in carers' benefit cap challenge

26 November, 2015

A Government failure to exempt individual family carers in receipt of carer's allowance from the benefit cap amounts to "objectively unjustifiable indirect discrimination" and is not lawful

100,000 NI families boosted by decision to scrap tax credit changes

26 November, 2015

More than 100,000 families in Northern Ireland will benefit from the decision to scrap tax credit changes

The devil is in the detail: most tax credit cuts rolled back, but cuts to Universal Credit going ahead

26 November, 2015

Many of the tax credit cuts announced by Chancellor George Osborne in the 2015 Budget were rolled back today

Spending review 2015: things you may have missed in Osborne's small print

26 November, 2015

The tax credit cuts that will still go ahead, the bad news for students, and other devils in George Osborne's detail

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments first independent review: second government response

26 November, 2015

The government's second response to Paul Gray's independent review of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments

Proposed benefit and pension rates 2016 to 2017

26 November, 2015

A list of the proposed benefit and pension rates for 2016 to 2017

HB U2/2015

26 November, 2015

Judgment in a judicial review of R v Secretary of State of the inclusion of Carer's Allowance in the benefit cap

October 2015 Buy-to-let index

26 November, 2015

Rental reprieve in October - but property prices boost landlord returns

Osborne tinkers with welfare

26 November, 2015

The assault on housing benefit has been unrelenting over the past 5 years

Housing benefit is clearly essential

26 November, 2015

Until the housing crisis is cracked and the government take real steps to build more homes that people can afford, housing benefit is the most important mechanism we have

Benefit and tax credit changes

26 November, 2015

Government still planning £12bn cut to annual benefit spending by end of the parliament

Spending Review and Autumn Statement

25 November, 2015

George Osborne delivering Autumn Statement and Spending Review

South West housing job loss risk after social rent cut

25 November, 2015

Dozens of jobs could go at one of the largest housing associations in the South West due to planned rent cuts

How can we learn from Stockport Homes 'all staff' approach to welfare reform?

25 November, 2015

After winning the 2015 UK Housing Award for 'managing the impact of welfare reform', the team at Stockport Homes shares its top tips for meeting both customer and business needs

'Fit for work' tests have normalised the suffering of sick and disabled people

25 November, 2015

The distress, physical pain and even death of disabled and mentally ill citizens are no longer seen as travesties to avoid but rather little more than collateral damage

NI welfare reform: Bill passes through House of Lords

25 November, 2015

The Northern Ireland Welfare Reform Bill has passed through the House of Lords

Where to now for Northern Ireland's private rented sector?

25 November, 2015

The DSD is currently considering changes to help make the private rented sector a more attractive housing option

Spending Review: Nicola Sturgeon welcomes tax credit U-turn

25 November, 2015

Scotland's first minister has welcomed a U-turn by the Chancellor on tax credit cuts

City on course to have £8m spend on bedroom tax arrears

25 November, 2015

Glasgow is on course to have more than £8m spent on payments to mitigate the bedroom tax this year

Residents left without food or electricity while waiting for first benefits payment

25 November, 2015

People claiming the new universal credit have been left unable to pay their rent or afford food or electricity

Landlord tax changes will lead to rent increases

25 November, 2015

More than two thirds of landlords say that changes to buy-to-let mortgage tax relief will lead to increased rents

Key points: Spending Review and Autumn Statement at-a-glance

25 November, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne has set out the state of the economy in the Autumn Statement and spending plans for the next four years in the Spending Review

Autumn statement 2015: Buy-to-let landlords sacrificed again with 3pc stamp duty hike to 'help first time buyers'

25 November, 2015

The new 3pc surcharge was announced as Chancellor George Osborne outlined plans to help more people get on the housing ladder

Autumn statement: George Osborne cancels planned tax credit cuts after U-turn

25 November, 2015

The Chancellor said he was listening to concerns raised about tax credit cuts

Glasgow tops Scotland's Discretionary Housing Payments bill

25 November, 2015

Glasgow is on course to have more than £8 million spent on payments to mitigate the 'bedroom tax' this year

Resolution Foundation Report

25 November, 2015

Report on the combined Spending Review and Autumn Statement

Fit-for-work tests linked to relapses in those with mental health problems

24 November, 2015

Dr Jed Boardman says work capability assessment causes distress for people with severe problems and has led to relapses

Privatising UK social housing won't work - just look at Europe

24 November, 2015

The government is putting its faith in the market to solve our housing crisis. But many European countries have already done so and regret it

'Conscious cruelty': Ken Loach's shock at benefit sanctions and food banks

24 November, 2015

'Hunger is being used as a weapon,' says veteran director, calling for public rage over situation he says is worse than when he made Cathy Come Home in 1966

Haringey council tenants protest against 'social cleansing'

24 November, 2015

A group of tenants are protesting against council plans to demolish over three and a half thousand homes on council estates

George Osborne should change course on tax credits

24 November, 2015

Nicola Sturgeon will call on the Chancellor to abandon "potentially catastrophic" cuts to tax credits which she says will hurt many of those most in need of help

Jeremy Corbyn scolds Tory MPs for 'laughing at food poverty'

24 November, 2015

Labour leader said inequality, climate change, food and water security should be part of the national security review, as well as the more conventional defence measures

Ahead of the CSR, tenants living on the edge

24 November, 2015

Wednesday's Comprehensive Spending Review may seal the fate of 100 years of housing associations as independent and community-based organisations if George Osborne decides on the asset sell-off

Council hit out at Pay to Stay scheme

24 November, 2015

Exeter City Council have criticised the Pay to Stay scheme set to be introduced by the government in April 2017

Spending Review: Tax credit winners and losers

24 November, 2015

The chancellor will announce what is to become of his plans to cut working tax credits

Welsh housing minister launches landlord licensing scheme

24 November, 2015

Welsh housing minister, Lesley Griffiths, has launched Rent Smart Wales in a bid to lead the way in driving up standards in the private rented sector

Landlord who was a fireman is jailed after blaze killed tenants

23 November, 2015

A landlord who was a fireman when five members of a family were killed by arson in one of his properties has been jailed

A new era starts today for private rented sector in Wales

23 November, 2015

A new era begins today for the private rented sector in Wales

Osborne under pressure on tax credits

23 November, 2015

George Osborne is refusing to be drawn on how he will claw back the £4.3bn cost of postponing tax credit cuts in Wednesday's Spending Review

New social homes could be sold off before occupancy under government plans

23 November, 2015

More than 700 new council homes in Hackney could be sold off as soon as they are built and before anyone has lived in them

Survey suggests backing for council tax reform

23 November, 2015

A clear majority of the people who took part in a major online survey about the council tax want to see it replaced or reformed

Landmark landlord licensing scheme hailed as UK first

23 November, 2015

Housing Minister Lesley Griffiths will say Wales is leading the way on driving up standards in the private rented sector

Softening of tax credit blow to be funded by housing benefit cuts

23 November, 2015

The compromise over George Osborne's controversial measure will hit many of the same people already losing their tax credits

NI welfare reform: House of Commons due to push legislation through

23 November, 2015

Welfare reform legislation for Northern Ireland agreed in last week's political deal at Stormont is due to be pushed through the House of Commons later

Housing association fights back against Bedroom Tax

23 November, 2015

One housing association has decided they are going to combat the Bedroom Tax, by knocking down walls

Universal Credit now available in 70% of all jobcentres

23 November, 2015

More job centres across Britain now offer Universal Credit as 12 more offices take new claims

Low awareness of new Welsh landlord licensing scheme

23 November, 2015

65 per cent of tenants in Wales are unaware of new laws to register and license landlords and letting agents in the country

Fewer landlords are hitting tenants with rent hikes

23 November, 2015

The number of landlords hiking up the rents they charge has dropped to its lowest level this year

JSA, UC, ESA and IS sanction decisions in Wales: Apr 2010 to Mar 2015

20 November, 2015

Number of JSA, UC, ESA and IS claimants in Wales who have received at least one sanction decision during April 2010 to March 2015

Sinn Fein accused of surrendering to Tories over welfare reform

20 November, 2015

Sinn Fein has been accused of "doing austerity" for the Conservatives and of handing back hard-won welfare reform powers to Westminster

Pay to Stay: Fairer Rents in Social Housing - National Federation of ALMOs

20 November, 2015

The NFA would like to see councils and its members be able to retain any profit made from implementing this policy to benefit the community

Average London rents to hit £2,000 a month by the start of the next decade

20 November, 2015

The average rent for a two-bed home in the capital will hit £2,007 a month by January 2020 if rents continue to rise at their current pace

George Osborne, get your beady eye off the housing benefit budget

20 November, 2015

If the chancellor cuts housing benefit in the spending review, the Conservative legacy in office will be one of endemic poverty

Adjusting Scotland's Block Grant for new Tax and Welfare Powers: Assessing the Options

20 November, 2015

The Scotland Bill, currently making its way through the Houses of Parliament, will transfer a range of tax and spending powers from Westminster to the Scottish Parliament

Autumn Statement 2015: the first test for the Chancellor's welfare cap

20 November, 2015

The latest official forecast suggested that borrowing this year would be £69.5 billion, falling to £6.4 billion by 2018-19

Reduced tax relief is top worry for landlords thinking of selling up

20 November, 2015

Budget squeeze on buy-to-let tax relief is a factor for half (50%) of landlords currently looking to sell

Benefits sanctions are creating 'horrifying levels of destitution'

20 November, 2015

New figures on emergency payments to benefit claimants show that the UK government is creating 'horrifying' levels of destitution

'Shaking off' the stigma of social housing

19 November, 2015

Do you think the reality of social housing is what you watch on the TV series 'Benefits Street'?

Landlords delay repairs to maximise 'wear and tear' tax break

19 November, 2015

Renters could face months waiting for repairs as change to tax allowances throws up window of opportunity for landlords

Renting Homes (Wales) Bill

19 November, 2015

An Act of the National Assembly for Wales to make provision about tenancies and licences which confer the right to occupy a dwelling as a home

UK private rented sector stable with voids at historic lows

19 November, 2015

The private rented sector in the UK is a stable market where yields have seen modest improvements and void periods, the average amount of time PRS properties spend unoccupied, are at historic lows

Tim Farron vows continued Lib Dem push against tax credit cuts

19 November, 2015

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron is pledging to keep up his party's fight against the Government's plans to cut tax credits for millions of low earners

Stormont Assembly members approve welfare reform measures

19 November, 2015

Stormont Assembly members have voted to allow the Government to finally roll out its welfare reforms in Northern Ireland

Rent reform laws 'equivalent of giving tenants a zero hours contract'

19 November, 2015

Measures contained in new laws aimed at reforming Scotland's private rental market are the "equivalent of giving tenants a zero hours contract on their homes"

Pay to Stay: Fairer Rents in Social Housing - CIH Response

19 November, 2015

In our view the implementation of this policy will lead to a range of perverse outcomes which run counter to government's wider ambitions to deregulate housing providers

Following the tax credit row, the welfare axe could fall on renters and disabled claimants

19 November, 2015

What are the options for the Chancellor to save £4bn from the welfare budget to smooth his cuts to tax credits in the upcoming spending review?

July Budget measures will strengthen work incentives overall despite tax credit cuts

19 November, 2015

Our report focuses on the effects on work incentives of changes proposed in the July Budget

The impact of the UK Government's tax, welfare and minimum wage reforms in Wales

19 November, 2015

On 8 July 2015, Chancellor George Osborne delivered the first Budget of the new all-Conservative administration, implementing a number of changes to taxes and benefits proposed by the Conservative party during

Oxford's landlord licensing 'a complete failure'

18 November, 2015

A scheme to crack down on rogue landlords in Oxford has been branded a "complete failure" as half the city's shared houses have not been registered

Fifth of private rented homes in Chichester 'a hazard'

18 November, 2015

More than one in five private rented homes in Chichester, West Sussex, poses a threat to the health or safety of its tenants

Rent cut risks hitting Britain's most vulnerable groups

18 November, 2015

War veterans, people with learning disabilities and victims of domestic violence are just three of the highly vulnerable groups

UK foodbank use still at record levels as hunger remains major concern for low income families

18 November, 2015

Food bank use in Scotland has increased to record levels, with more than 60,000 referrals over a six-month period

Tax credit cuts will hit poorest UK regions hardest

18 November, 2015

The TUC analysis shows that 91% working tax credit households in the UK will be worse off as a result of the government's cuts

In Northern Ireland, where average income per head is the lowest in the UK, the average loss to working tax credit claimants will be £1,480 - the highest of any UK nation and region

Landbay Rental Index

18 November, 2015

No sign of seasonal slow - down in rental market as UK rents rise 0.7% in October 2015

Flaws in universal credit system leaving vulnerable people penniless

18 November, 2015

Built-in delay of at least 42 days before claimants receive payments leaves people struggling to pay bills and buy food

The Immigration Act: When should agents carry out Right to Rent checks?

18 November, 2015

With the Immigration Act 2014 and its obligations to check all tenants have a right to rent coming into force across all of England from February 1, many agents are getting concerned about what they will need to do

Landlords will 'sell up' because of tax changes

18 November, 2015

The Government's reduction of landlord buy-to-let tax relief to the 20% basic rate is a major factor for half of all landlords currently looking to sell

HB G11/2015

18 November, 2015

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Half of tenant subletting occurs behind landlords' backs

18 November, 2015

Almost half of tenants who sublet their property do so without their landlord's consent

Who lives in the 4.1m social homes in England and Wales?

18 November, 2015

An analysis of the most recent data shows that households in the social housing sector are older, smaller and more British than people might expect

Half of low income working households struggling with energy costs

18 November, 2015

New research by the national charity Turn2us has found that one in two low income households are struggling to afford their energy costs, despite being in work

Cuts to housing benefit could make claimants £570 a year worse off

18 November, 2015

Cuts to housing benefit are likely to damage similar groups of in-work poor claimants by depriving them of more than £500 a year

Peers urged to reject 1% rent cut

17 November, 2015

Peers have been urged to reject the government's plans to impose a 1% rent cut on social housing

Facts are facts. 7 in 10 renters want longer tenancies

17 November, 2015

We've been campaigning for longer tenancies in the private rented sector for a few years now

I'm not against home ownership, just the destruction of social housing

17 November, 2015

Selling off homes and not replacing them will be catastrophic for the social fabric of estates like mine

Colchester Council plans to spend £350,000 to help people affected by benefits cuts

17 November, 2015

Colchester Council plans to spend £350,000 over three years to help people affected by benefits cuts, if it can find savings and increase revenue

Fit-for-work tests may have taken serious toll on mental health

17 November, 2015

Research links additional 590 suicides and 725,000 antidepressant prescriptions over three years to impact of work capability assessment

'I am no longer willing to be silent - I am a proud tenant'

17 November, 2015

When I was approached last year by my landlord, Cottsway Housing, to write my personal Housing Day story, my first response was to inwardly cringe

The wrong debate about regulation of social landlords

17 November, 2015

Reclassification of housing associations was an accident waiting to happen

Generation rent: only 26% of young adults will be on housing ladder by 2025

17 November, 2015

Sky-high prices and rising interest rates threaten to lock 20- to 39-year-olds out of property ownership

The looming 'fraud' cloud hanging over landlords

17 November, 2015

There has been a lot written about the risks that tenants face around ID fraud but what about the dangers to landlords?

George Osborne abandons cuts to Universal Credit after IDS quit threat

16 November, 2015

Iain Duncan Smith has "won the day" and seen off attempts by George Osborne to cut £2bn from Universal Credit

The rogue landlords exploiting the deepening UK housing crisis

16 November, 2015

Campaigners claim landlords have been breaking housing regulations with impunity across the UK

Tory benefit cuts face new attack in Lords

16 November, 2015

Labour and Lib Dem peers will use debate on reform to warn of child poverty surge

What does the Autumn Statement have in store for the social housing sector

16 November, 2015

Commenting ahead of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement on 25 November

Benefits culture has made generations less motivated to seek employment, says university academic

16 November, 2015

New book warns that the welfare system is boosting the number of children born into workless households

Agent hit with bill over unlicensed properties speaks out

16 November, 2015

A letting agent has been hit with a bill of nearly £10,000 after managing two unlicensed properties

Landlords 'not comfortable' with Right to Rent scheme

16 November, 2015

The government has announced that from 1 February 2016, all private landlords in England will have to check new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property

Universal Credit now available in over 500 jobcentres

16 November, 2015

More jobcentres across Britain now offer Universal Credit as 17 more sites start taking new claims from today

How 'pay to stay' housing will penalise disabled people like my daughter

16 November, 2015

My daughter is severely disabled and I have cancer. Not only is there is hardly any housing for us, George Osborne's pay to stay scheme will double our rent

Benefit sanctions against people with mental health problems up by 600 per cent

13 November, 2015

Charities have warned that sanctions are making mental health problems worse

New Wolverhampton tenants facing rent rise of £15 per week

13 November, 2015

New tenants in Wolverhampton could see their rents increase by up to £15 per week despite a Government ruling that rents across the country must be reduced

Tory minister Tracey Crouch says families hit by tax credit cuts should stop spending money on TV subscriptions

13 November, 2015

The minister says helping families cut back their spending was the kindest approach

EU welfare reforms: Some claimants 'better off with no job'

13 November, 2015

Claimants for some in-work benefits could be better off giving up their job temporarily as a consequence of the government's EU negotiations

New powers could consign 'bedroom tax' to history

13 November, 2015

Commenting on the DWP's Housing Benefit caseload statistics which show that the City of Glasgow Area has the highest number of 'bedroom tax' cases in the UK at 12,443

Right to Rent: Agents warned to get checking procedures in place within weeks

13 November, 2015

Letting agents across England who take on responsibility must get their Right to Rent procedures in place within the next six weeks

Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics Quarterly, England and Wales

13 November, 2015

This quarterly bulletin presents statistics on mortgage and landlord possession actions in the county courts of England and Wales in July to September 2015

In July to September 2015, 5,010 mortgage possession claims were recorded in county courts

George Osborne's social housing ping pong

13 November, 2015

There are some who say that the housing association sector has taken us so far but might not be the right partner for the future

Touchbase - Edition 106

13 November, 2015

Addressing future skills needs, encouraging small local businesses to expand and helping local economies meet local needs, are all integral to ensuring continued growth in employment

Greg Clark offers councils £5 million 'beds in sheds' fund to crack down on rogue landlords

12 November, 2015

Communities secretary Greg Clark has offered councils a £5 million fund to help them crack down on rogue landlords

David Cameron EU migrant benefits figures blasted by UK Statistics Authority watchdog

12 November, 2015

The UK Statistics Authority said the way in which the figures were disclosed was 'unsatisfactory' and prevented effective scrutiny

'Bedroom tax' hits record one in four in Copeland

12 November, 2015

One in four housing benefit claimants in Copeland, Cumbria, has had their support cut thanks to the "bedroom tax"

Private rented households see eviction rates rise

12 November, 2015

There has been a 14% rise in the eviction numbers of private rented households in England in the past year

Vulnerable people will be hardest hit by social housing rent cut

12 November, 2015

An annual 1% reduction in social rents will endanger our charity's support for young people and those who need us most

Duncan Smith's great council house giveaway: Millions of tenants could own 70% of their home under scheme being pushed by Work and Pensions Secretary

12 November, 2015

Millions of council tenants could become the owner of most of their home for free

Renting in London: no respite for tenants spending half their income on rent

12 November, 2015

There's no let-up in the capital as renters spend more than half their income on rent - and deposits continue to soar out of reach

Landlords raise tenancy concerns at Scottish Parliament committee

12 November, 2015

Organisations representing private landlords and investors yesterday appeared before the Scottish Parliament to continue to urge to create policies that will protect both tenants and landlords

Electricity safety first for Glasgow HA tenants

12 November, 2015

Almost two thirds of fires in Scottish homes are linked to electricity

LIN member report November 2015 - Tax credits and low pay

11 November, 2015

LIN member report written by Neil Merrick

My tax credits are a lifeline. Osborne is wrong to slash them

11 November, 2015

Instead of escaping poverty, millions of working parents and their children will struggle - even if the minimum wage is raised

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 29 October 2015

11 November, 2015

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

Delay tax credit cuts

11 November, 2015

Tax credit cuts should be delayed for at least a year

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

11 November, 2015

Experimental Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit flows data

Census output area data on workless benefit claimants: to May 2015

11 November, 2015

Number of people by area claiming Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support and other income-related benefits

Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to June 2015

11 November, 2015

Data on Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions decisions made to June 2015

Tackling rogue landlords and improving the private rental sector: government response

11 November, 2015

This publication collates the responses received by the Department for Communities and Local Government to this technical discussion document

EU referendum: David Cameron accused of backtracking on demands to restrict benefits to migrants

11 November, 2015

Mr Cameron has hinted that the benefit restrictions were no longer a red line for the Government

Food bank starts providing free sanitary products to women

11 November, 2015

A food bank has started to provide free sanitary products to women who are unable to afford them

UK faith leaders unite to challenge welfare penalties on larger families

11 November, 2015

Christian churches and Jewish groups urge House of Lords to block government's plans to limit tax credits to first two children

EU migrants on benefits: separating the statistics from the spin

11 November, 2015

Britain's referendum on EU membership may decided in large part by the issue, but the information available is scant at best

MP accuses agents and landlords of leaving To Let boards up all year round

11 November, 2015

An MP has accused agents and landlords of leaving up To Let signs all year round

Two new custodial tenancy deposit protection schemes announced

11 November, 2015

Tenancy deposit protection is to be beefed up, alongside other new measures announced today by the Department for Communities and Local Government

New DPS boss says deposits now repaid within two days

11 November, 2015

Today, it is announced that the Deposit Protection Service has won a renewed contract from the Government to run an authorised tenancy deposit protection service

The benefit cap is a sucker punch for councils

11 November, 2015

Cuts to benefits may well be helping the government pay off its overdraft, but they could cost councils the earth

Hundreds of thousands have tax credit calls unanswered by HMRC

10 November, 2015

HMRC failed to deal with over 400,000 phone calls in March

Two million homes change tenure since 2005

10 November, 2015

1,550,000 properties have gone from being lived in by their owner to being lived in by a tenant

Housing is the next target in David Cameron's dismantling of the welfare state

10 November, 2015

For the many people who can't afford to own a home, the new housing bill will have a devastating impact, as social rented properties are lost

Poverty premium: why it costs so much more to be poor

10 November, 2015

The poorest UK households are locked out of the cheapest deals on energy and phone tariffs - but some councils are taking action

Cameron's EU wishlist dismissed by Tory MPs as 'thin gruel' as he retreats on banning benefits for migrants four years

10 November, 2015

Tory Eurosceptic MPs today rounded on David Cameron's plans to reform the European Union, dismissing his list of demands as 'thin gruel' which would fail to impress the British people

Residents and landlords need flexibility on tenancies

10 November, 2015

If plans to scrap lifetime tenancies for new social housing tenants go ahead, landlords must be given the flexibility to support different tenants in different areas

HomeLet Rental Index October 2015

10 November, 2015

When London is excluded, the average UK rental value was £749pcm - this is 3.5% higher than the same period last year (£724pcm)

Average rental values have increased in nine out of twelve regions in the UK

SNP told to reveal benefits costs as MPs vote on powers

10 November, 2015

David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary, tells the SNP to spell out the cost of using powers in the Scotland Bill to increase benefits

Reforms to rental housing

10 November, 2015

As MPs got the chance last week to consider the long awaited Housing and Planning Bill for the first time, a number of themes emerged concerning private rented housing

Housing Benefit (Abolition of the Family Premium and date of claim) (Amendment) Regulations 2015: SSAC report and government statement

10 November, 2015

A SSAC report on draft Housing Benefit regulations about backdating claims and removing the family premium and the government's response

UK benefit and tax credit claims by recently arrived EEA migrants

10 November, 2015

Analysis of the extent to which recently arrived EEA nationals are in households receiving UK welfare support whilst either in or out of work

EPCs and why they are important if you are a landlord

09 November, 2015

You might not think much of an EPC and less than 10% of tenants say they considered the energy efficiency of their current home as an important factor when deciding to live there

Rising tide of complaints against unscrupulous landlords

09 November, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of people have encountered severe difficulties with their landlords

Mum and FOUR kids forced to sleep in one bed thanks to the benefits cap

09 November, 2015

Stacey and her four children are all cramped into one double bed with her uncle in a second bedroom and her gran in a third

DWP staff received almost £140 million in bonuses over the last three years

09 November, 2015

Bonuses at the Department for Work and Pensions totalled £42.1 million for the year 2014-2015

Government proposes minimum bedroom size for rental properties

09 November, 2015

Size would be set at 6.5 sq metres in attempt to stop landlords creating 'rabbit hutch properties' to increase rental income

Labour hits out at Osborne's planned cuts to universal credit

09 November, 2015

Opposition says families will be worse off if taper rate is raised by chancellor, with dissent also evident among Conservatives

Mandatory licensing of HMOs to be extended down to bungalows

09 November, 2015

The mandatory HMO licensing regime is to be extended to two-storey homes and even bungalows, while there will have to be minimum bedroom sizes

Ireland to introduce rent controls this month

09 November, 2015

Rent controls are set to be introduced in Ireland, with the move due to be agreed by the Irish cabinet tomorrow

Landlords' Barometer - #27: Are agents up to speed with landlords' tax changes?

09 November, 2015

Do letting agents know about the tax changes?

Universal Credit now available in nearly 70% of all jobcentres

09 November, 2015

Universal Credit reaches 492 jobcentres as 22 more start taking new claims from Monday 9 November 2015

Eight out of ten renters want tenancies of a year or less

09 November, 2015

Eight out of ten of those renting accommodation want tenancy agreements of one year or less

Benefit cap: tens of thousands move into work or off Housing Benefit

09 November, 2015

New figures show around 28,000 people who have had their benefits capped have moved into work, allowing savings on Housing Benefit

Universal Credit: Iain Duncan Smith resists Treasury cuts

09 November, 2015

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is resisting Treasury efforts to make the new Universal Credit benefit less generous

Discretionary Housing Payments - why this quick fix won't last long

06 November, 2015

Recent, near-constant tinkering with welfare has resulted in many people losing vital support

Social rents policy: choices and tradeoffs

06 November, 2015

Reductions in social rents announced in the July Budget will be of little or no direct benefit to most of the 3.9 million households in England living in social housing

New measures to tackle rogue landlords and overcrowded housing

06 November, 2015

New measures will clamp down on criminal landlords who trap and cram vulnerable tenants in unsafe, overcrowded homes

Not enough landlords fitting smoke alarms, despite new laws

06 November, 2015

The CFOA is very concerned at these findings; as it means that some of the UK's most at risk households continue to lack smoke and CO alarms

Nicola Sturgeon vows to replace tax credit losses for families in Scotland

06 November, 2015

First minister promises 'credible' plans to mitigate cuts, but will not confirm if she will match full amount of lost benefits

George Osborne to raid Iain Duncan Smith's Universal Credit

06 November, 2015

George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith clash over plans to soften the impact of tax credit cuts by raiding the budget for Universal Credit

Rental sector to boom as first time buyers need £50,000 to proceed

06 November, 2015

The rental market looks set to benefit from the continuing housing market strength as new research claims that first time buyers need on average a minimum household income of £50,000 to purchase a house in the UK

Tax Credits can't be reduced in isolation - we need to tackle the drivers of poverty too

06 November, 2015

The debate on Tax Credits highlights a deeper question about the right balance of responsibilities between individuals, employers and the state

Challenger banks cash in on buy-to-let boom

06 November, 2015

Challenger bank OneSavings has increased lending by almost £1bn so far this year, as it makes the most of the buy-to-let mortgage boom

Local Welfare Safety Net Inquiry: Submission from the New Policy Institute

06 November, 2015

The NPI have responded to the Committee's call for evidence on the local welfare safety net

How has England fared in building affordable homes for rent?

05 November, 2015

The government is to scrap section 106, which forced developers to build affordable homes - but it was already marred by missed targets and segregation

Young tenants now reliant upon HA support

05 November, 2015

Young social tenants are increasingly reliant upon housing associations for support as their lives become more precarious

Holyrood 'will have tax credit powers'

05 November, 2015

Changes to the Scotland Bill will give Holyrood the power to restore any tax credit cuts made by the UK government

Election battle lines drawn as SNP and Labour clash over tax credit cuts

05 November, 2015

Battle lines for next year's Holyrood election have been drawn after the SNP refused to back Labour's plan to reverse controversial tax credit cuts in Scotland

Hundreds of thousands of council tenants face a rent rise of up to £3,000 a year

05 November, 2015

Experts warn George Osborne's little noticed 'pay to stay' scheme will leave an estimated 250,000 people in social housing worse off

George Osborne urged to squeeze incomes of high-rate taxpayers to ease burden of tax credit cuts

05 November, 2015

Alan Milburn says the move would spare working families with young children from his tax credit cuts

Universal Credit will make the benefits system worse for people with mental health issues

05 November, 2015

The Government's new Universal Credit welfare reform is likely to make the benefits system more hostile for people with mental health issues

Cuts to social rents will benefit exchequer more than tenants, but will strengthen work incentives

05 November, 2015

Reductions in social rents announced in the July Budget will be of little or no direct benefit to most of the 3.9 million households in England living in social housing

Now is not the time to fudge on tax credits

05 November, 2015

Public policy questions are often difficult, with significant trade-offs between equally important objectives

Tax credits and the pantomime dame

05 November, 2015

Do you remember the so-called bedroom tax? Well, of course you do. It was a substantial political and social controversy with significant impact

Benefit cap: number of households capped to August 2015

05 November, 2015

Number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to August 2015

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

05 November, 2015

Final estimates of total overpayments and underpayments across the benefit system in financial year 2014/15

Labour attempts to build support to block universal credit cuts

04 November, 2015

Opposition claims George Osborne's cost-saving measures will hit hardworking families by reducing incentives to work

'Why have a surplus if you don't protect the poor?': Architect of Tory welfare reform tells Osborne to rethink his tax credit cuts

04 November, 2015

The architect of the government's welfare reforms today calls on George Osborne to radically rethink his multi-billion pound tax credit cut

Government defends temporary accommodation stats

04 November, 2015

The government has fought statistic with statistic as they came under scrutiny in the Commons

Local authorities support greater power to residents

04 November, 2015

The overwhelming majority of local authority members, residents and volunteers want to see more collaboration between local authorities and communities

Havering Council look set to consult on new landlord licensing scheme

04 November, 2015

Investigations by London Property Licensing have uncovered proposals to implement a selective licensing scheme in the London Borough of Havering

Watford landlord fined £30,000 for housing 12 tenants in five-person flat

04 November, 2015

Zuo Jun He pleads guilty to 11 charges, including overcrowding, regarding property from which he was taking £515 a week in rent

House of Lords investigation into housing market will look at rent controls

04 November, 2015

The House of Lords has launched an "urgent" investigation into the housing market and wants views

Mortgage lenders warn over changes in Scottish buy-to-let market

04 November, 2015

Mortgage lenders have expressed their concerns about changes in the buy-to-let market in Scotland

Housing minister attempts to ease fears of Private Tenancies Bill's ASB 'limitations'

04 November, 2015

Housing minister Margaret Burgess has reaffirmed to landlords that ASB is grounds for eviction under the new Private Tenancies Bill

Muir Group announces redundancies due to rent reductions

04 November, 2015

Muir Group have announced that due to the government rent reductions, they will have to make some of their staff redundant

Universal Credit information for claimants in Croydon, Southwark and Sutton

04 November, 2015

Universal Credit in the CR0 2 and CR0 4 postcode areas of Croydon, SE1 5 postcode area of Southwark and SM5 2, SM6 7, SM6 8 and SM6 9 postcode areas of Sutton

Committee urges George Osborne to clarify 'true picture' on tax credit cuts

03 November, 2015

Pressure on George Osborne to publish details of the "true picture" of the impact of tax credit cuts on low-wage families has been joined by an influential cross-party panel

Iain Duncan Smith says leaving EU may be the 'only way' to control benefits

03 November, 2015

Prominent Eurosceptic's comments come as George Osborne begins spelling out vision for 'two-speed' Europe

David Cameron: I know families on the breadline

03 November, 2015

Prime Minister rejects claims he is "out of touch" on tax credit cuts and confirms he will not stay on as Conservative leader for a third term

Social housing sector 'worth £1bn in jobs and investment'

03 November, 2015

Social housing organisations generate around £1bn a year in employment and investment in communities

Edinburgh's less well-off hit by £270 million in welfare cuts

03 November, 2015

The true cost of austerity measures imposed by the UK Government has been calculated for Edinburgh

Tenants in West Midlands suffer most from rent rises, but those in East of England are happiest

03 November, 2015

Tenants in the West Midlands are suffering the most from rent increases

5,300 Borders children hit by tax credit plans

03 November, 2015

There will be 5,300 children in the Borders hit by the government's planned tax credit cuts

Tenants to get a say on RTB deal

03 November, 2015

Tenants will be able to air their reservations to David Orr

ESA sanction decisions by disease Jan 2011 to Mar 2015

03 November, 2015

Statistics on Employment and Support Allowance adverse, non-adverse and cancelled sanction decisions by disease, January 2011 to March 2015

Life coaching for tenants: helping young people avoid eviction

03 November, 2015

There's been a surge in young renters losing their homes. One social landlord is tackling problems early with intensive support

More welfare powers added to Scotland Bill

03 November, 2015

New welfare legislation will bring about big changes for Scotland that can make a difference to the lives of people in Scotland

Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015 delegated powers

02 November, 2015

This paper identifies the provisions for delegated, or secondary, legislation in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015

London's private renting poor are staying put but getting poorer

02 November, 2015

It's claimed that benefit caps have caused a mass displacement of the capital's low income households, but most are tightening their belts in order to avoid it

Universal Credit: how it can help your business

02 November, 2015

Information for employers about Universal Credit and the changes it brings

Universal Credit: how it helps you into work

02 November, 2015

If you're on a low income or out of work, Universal Credit supports you to find a job or increase the hours you work

Universal Credit now available in 470 jobcentres

02 November, 2015

Universal Credit is available in 16 more from jobcentres from Monday 2 November

Fight is on to stop landlords being automatically criminalised by Right to Rent

02 November, 2015

Strong concerns have been expressed in the Commons that landlords - or their agents - would automatically be committing an offence if told by the Home Office that a tenant is in the UK illegally

Cheshire East Council says tenants will have no right to buy homes

02 November, 2015

Tenants will not have the right to buy 2,000 planned council houses in east Cheshire, despite the government expanding its right-to-buy scheme

Couple with eight children who were offered £222 a WEEK in housing benefits say it's not enough for a suitable home - and they won't consider moving to cheaper area

02 November, 2015

An unemployed couple who have eight children say it is impossible for them to find a suitable home because of the inadequate benefit payments they receive

Kezia Dugdale pledges to protect Scots from Tory tax credit cuts

02 November, 2015

Scottish Labour leader vows to use new tax and welfare powers coming to MSPs from April 2017 to ensure families do not lose out

SNP MP Mhairi Black told by Iain Duncan Smith Scotland has power to stop tax credit cuts

02 November, 2015

Scotland has the power now to ensure that future cuts to tax credits will not operate north of the border

Tax credit cuts may well spark a turn against the Conservatives

02 November, 2015

Reducing tax credits will not force companies to raise wages, just as capping housing benefit does not force landlords to lower rents

Rogue landlord gets £23,000 bill after string of safety breaches

02 November, 2015

A rogue landlord has been fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £3,343 costs as well as a victim surcharge of £120 after admitting a string of offences

Universal Credit: expression of interest for Trusted Partner Pilot

30 October, 2015

We are seeking expressions of interest from landlords to join the Trusted Partner Pilot to help Universal Credit tenants manage their rent

Written Statement - Starting Date for Rent Smart Wales - new requirements under Part 1 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014

30 October, 2015

Rent Smart Wales, the brand name for the new registration and licensing requirements, will be launched on 23 November 2015

Social housing: future, what future?

30 October, 2015

The government may have begun by slowly boiling the frog of social housing, but it now seems poised to hurl our metaphorical amphibian into a pressure cooker

Hospital food banks expose the gap between benefits and the cost of survival

30 October, 2015

With some families forced to feed themselves on just £19 a week and parents skipping meals so their children can eat, no wonder food banks are everywhere

Tax credit cuts problematic

30 October, 2015

A Welsh Conservative MP has warned his party's plan to cut tax credits would "penalise the poorest workers"

Public view on tax credit cuts: unfair and painful, but potentially necessary

30 October, 2015

British people tend to say the proposed tax credit cuts are unfair

UK welfare reforms to be investigated by United Nations

30 October, 2015

The United Nations will investigate UK welfare reforms and equal rights policies as part of a planned review

Backbench Tories pile pressure on Osborne over tax credit cuts

30 October, 2015

MPs step up demands for radical rethink of policy with warning that reductions are too deep and too soon

MPs to debate tax credits after House of Lords defeat

29 October, 2015

MPs are set to return to the thorny issue of tax credits in the wake of the Government's bruising defeat in the House of Lords

David Cameron refuses to answer Jeremy Corbyn six times on tax credits

29 October, 2015

PM repeatedly ducks question of whether people will be worse off after Lords vote down cuts

Benefits sanctions are working the way they are supposed to

29 October, 2015

The sanctions have been associated with child poverty, homelessness, and unfair decisions

NHS hospital to offer food parcels to patients at risk of malnutrition

29 October, 2015

Tameside, Greater Manchester, to join other hospitals in opening food bank, with staff trained to spot signs of poor nutrition

Scottish Welfare Fund reaches more than 164,000 vulnerable households

29 October, 2015

More than 164,000 vulnerable households, including around 54,000 families with children, have received essential help to buy everyday products like nappies, food and cookers

Social housing builder Genesis blames rent cut as it slashes affordable homes

29 October, 2015

One of Britain's biggest housing associations plans to cut the number of affordable homes it builds each year and double the amount of properties it will sell after George Osborne said he would cut social rents

Pay to Stay Consultation: Fairer Rent in the Social Housing Sector?

29 October, 2015

It is the Government intention to introduce a policy from April 2017 in England to enable housing association to charge rent according to the means of tenants

City on the brink of a boom in rental flats

29 October, 2015

Data from Deloitte Real Estate suggests that 10,000 PRS flats are due to be built in Manchester

Thousands of new homes 'at risk' after social rent cut

29 October, 2015

Thousands of new homes are at risk following cuts to social rent, warn Daniel Watney LLP

Index of private housing rental prices: July to September 2015 results

29 October, 2015

The IPHRP is a quarterly experimental price index. It tracks the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain

The IPHRP measures the change in price of renting residential property from private landlords

The loss of our low rent homes

29 October, 2015

At Shelter we have tried to estimate the impact that the some of the Government's housing policies might have on genuinely affordable homes

CH 2062 2015

29 October, 2015

Housing and council tax benefits - liability, commerciality and contrivance

George Osborne ready to bow to pressure to soften tax credit cuts

28 October, 2015

Chancellor has 'wriggle room' and is likely to use Treasury cash to lessen impact of cuts, says senior government source

Benefit fraud clampdown 'lacks ambition'

28 October, 2015

Ministers have made progress in reducing benefit fraud and error but their efforts reveal a "paucity of ambition"

George Osborne gets roasted live on TV over defeat on tax credits in the Lords

28 October, 2015

Chancellor rejects repeated calls to scrap cuts 'victimising working parents and children'

'Desperate' Tories flew in peer Andrew Lloyd Webber from New York to prop up government vote on tax credits

28 October, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne's plan to reduce tax credits was defeated by the House of Lords

MP accuses East Thames Housing Association of turfing out tenants

28 October, 2015

Poplar and Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick accuses social landlord of pushing out some of its tenants

Cancer made me too ill to work yet I'm well enough for my benefits to be cut

28 October, 2015

Now my leukaemia's in remission, I'd love to return to teaching

Report on Department for Social Development - Advanced Land Purchases

28 October, 2015

C&AG has reported for a number of years on his significant concerns on matters relating to Housing Associations

In Helm Housing Association there were major problems surrounding their governance and their ongoing developments which were reported by the Department and also by the C&AG in 2012

The one chart that shows how tax credit cuts will actually affect you

28 October, 2015

How different families will lose out from the changes

Job advisers placed in food banks

28 October, 2015

Job advisers are set to be placed in food banks across the country

Housing Benefit: statistics on speed of processing 2015 to 2016

28 October, 2015

Speed of processing is a measure of the average time it takes to process a new claim or a change in circumstance of an existing claimant

Employment and Support Allowance claimants by main disabling condition: Feb 2015

28 October, 2015

The number of ESA claimants by main disabling condition and phase of claim

Buy to Let Mortgage Costs Index

28 October, 2015

In Q3 2015 there was an average of 952 buy to let mortgage products from 33 active lenders on the market

Money Market Swap Rates reversed the increases recorded in Q2 and are now at very similar levels to six months ago

Benefit sanctions are broken - and the government can't be trusted to fix them

27 October, 2015

When 58% of jobseekers' appeals against sanctions are successful, it's clear the government's response to criticism is little more than a whitewash

Tax credits: No return to 'uncontrolled' spending says Osborne

27 October, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne has vowed to bring tax credit spending "under control" despite the government's defeats in the House of Lords

Tax credit cuts will leave the low-paid facing a 93 per cent effective tax rate

27 October, 2015

The benefit withdrawal rate will make it almost financially pointless to take more hours at work

Housing associations are seeing tenants move from exclusion to real poverty

27 October, 2015

Welfare reform and mounting cuts have made it more difficult for the social housing sector to help tenants in financial crisis

'Frankly I'm terrified': meet those set to be hit by tax credit cuts

27 October, 2015

With the government determined to push through planned tax credits cuts, we asked readers how they would be affected

A short guide for landlords on right to rent

27 October, 2015

This is the check a landlord, agent or householder renting out property should make to ensure that the prospective tenants or occupants have a right to rent

Right to rent checks should be made by landlords, agents or householders who are letting private rented accommodation, or taking in a lodger

The UK's fuel poverty crisis can, and must, be fixed

27 October, 2015

Our housing stock is one of the least energy-efficient in Europe. Improving it must be a national priority - energy efficiency would offer greater benefits than the HS2 rail programme

A U-Turn on tax credits may be harder than it looks

27 October, 2015

The government has boxed itself in, leaving itself with few ways to lessen the blow

Tarring all landlords as rogues is unfair and counter-productive

27 October, 2015

It is just wrong to claim that there is "no regulation" in the PRS and that registration schemes "have no resources or effective powers"

CH 2606 2014

27 October, 2015

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

CH 3440 2014

27 October, 2015

Housing and council tax benefits - Other

Working poor: What it's like when you have a job - but can't pay the bills

26 October, 2015

The number of people in-work who fall below the poverty line has risen by 70 per cent in London

'Scottish political establishment' against tax credit changes

26 October, 2015

The whole of the Scottish political establishment is against the UK government's tax credit changes

Call for Welsh Government to subsidise families hit by the bedroom tax

26 October, 2015

A coalition of the church, charities and campaign groups is calling for a measure to fund rent arrears caused by removal of the spare room subsidy

The Tory policy that encourages people to work less hard or lose their home

26 October, 2015

Despite the government's claim to represent hardworking families, 'pay to stay' will force some social housing tenants to actually work less

Tax credits: government faces showdown in House of Lords

26 October, 2015

Tax credits: government faces showdown in House of Lords

Tax credits cuts 'will leave key workers up to £12,000 poorer by 2020'

26 October, 2015

Teaching assistants, social workers and other key public sector workers could lose more than £1,500 a year as a result of controversial government cuts to working tax credits

Labour signals fresh raid on the middle class: McDonnell calls for 'wealth tax' on family assets to pay for higher tax credits

26 October, 2015

Labour could introduce a swingeing new 'wealth tax' on family assets to pay for higher benefits

Tax credits: Lords challenge defended by Labour and Lib Dems

26 October, 2015

Labour and the Lib Dems have defended their challenge to tax credit cuts as ministers warned of taking an "unprecedented constitutional path"

Universal Credit now available in over 60% of jobcentres in the UK

26 October, 2015

Over 450 jobcentres now offer Universal Credit as 25 more start taking new claims from 26 October 2015

Housing benefit changes "will impact less on North East"

26 October, 2015

Controversial changes to housing benefits are unlikely to have as much impact on the North East as other parts of the country

Clueless David Cameron's callous assault on social housing makes no sense at all

26 October, 2015

The Tories have mounted such a sustained assault on social housing it's a miracle more aren't homeless says People political editor Nigel Nelson

North Ayrshire Council seeks tenants' views on proposed rent charges

26 October, 2015

Council tenants in North Ayrshire are being urged to have their say on proposed rent charges for next year

Government loses tax credits vote in House of Lords

26 October, 2015

The government has lost a vote in the House of Lords after peers voted to delay cuts to tax credits

Dozens of Aspire staff face the axe as rents are cut

23 October, 2015

Up to 70 housing association staff are facing redundancy - because tenant's rents are being cut

Benefits sanction warning period to be introduced

23 October, 2015

Claimants will be given a two-week warning period to prove their case

Tax credit cuts: Osborne 'comfortable' with plan despite pressure from fellow Tories

23 October, 2015

Chancellor defends decision to Treasury committee after predecessor Nigel Lawson joins calls to soften impact on lowest paid

George Osborne insists he 'signalled' tax credit cuts before the election

23 October, 2015

The Government's tax credit cuts were "signalled" before the general election

Changing perceptions is key to the future of the social housing sector

23 October, 2015

The North West Housing conference is underway, with speeches from many prominent figures across the social housing sector addressing the 200 delegates

Welfare cuts: Cancer patients face losing up to £120 a month in Government support

23 October, 2015

Macmillan's concerns come as George Osborne tells MPs that he is 'comfortable' with controversial tax credit cuts

Kirsty Williams warns of 238,000 Welsh households hit by tax credit cuts while Tory pressure for measures to help the worst-off grows

23 October, 2015

Aberconwy Conservative MP Guto Bebb wants to avoid 'penalising hard-working families' and Lord Lawson suggests 'tweaks'

Compulsory registration and licensing of all letting agents in Wales set to go live

23 October, 2015

The new compulsory system of registering and licensing for agents and landlords in Wales is going live on November 23

Bank of England to be given powers to curb buy-to-let lending

23 October, 2015

The Bank of England is to be given powers to control buy-to-let mortgage lending

Council delays bringing in licensing schemes as it is not ready

23 October, 2015

A local authority has delayed the start of new licensing schemes by two months because its own systems are not ready

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

23 October, 2015

Scottish rents rise at one-third the speed of England and Wales

The Benefit Cap: hurting homeless families

23 October, 2015

So you've been hit by the benefit cap

JSA sanctions: impact of not sending written notifications to claimants, Jan 2014 to Dec 2014

22 October, 2015

Estimates of the impacts of issuing and not issuing written benefit sanction notifications to Jobseeker's Allowance claimants

Housing Benefit subsidy regime: local authority insight survey wave 30

22 October, 2015

This research presents findings from wave 30 of the local authority insight survey focusing on the Housing Benefit subsidy regime

Forcing landlords to check tenants' immigration status will cost renters extra £70m

22 October, 2015

Compulsory checks by landlord and agents on the immigration status of new tenants could cost tenants an extra £70 million, warns Daniel Watney LLP

Cutting tax credits to reduce inheritance tax punishes work and rewards unearned privilege

22 October, 2015

George Osborne's plans to take money from low-paid workers and give it to the children of the wealthy are wrong - and not Conservative

Rents and Returns

22 October, 2015

The private rental market has become an important part of the UK housing market over the last two decades

This looks set to continue in coming years despite the Government being enthralled by homeownership

Commons Speaker warns Lords not to block tax credit cuts

22 October, 2015

John Bercow says constitutional position is clear and longstanding, after David Cameron says at PMQs he is 'delighted' cuts have been passed by MPs

Peers in House of Lords move to block £4.4bn cuts to tax credits

22 October, 2015

David Cameron accuses Labour and Lib Dem peers of overstepping constitutional role by seeking to block central government decision

The scandal of the shockingly low fines for landlords who illegally evict their tenants

22 October, 2015

Tessa pointed me at a story earlier this week of an Oxford landlord, Riasat Ali, who threatened violence against his tenant and illegally evicted him

We can't (tax) cut our way out of the tax credit problem

22 October, 2015

When it comes to this April's tax credit cuts we're now swiftly approaching the point where everyone accepts there is a problem, and starts to ask the real question - what is the solution?

Tax credit changes: Who will be the winners and losers?

21 October, 2015

Proposed changes to tax credits have been amongst the most controversial policies of the Conservative government, as it attempts to tackle the deficit

Right to rent checks: what they mean for you

21 October, 2015

What the new right to rent checks mean for private landlords and tenants

All landlords forced to carry out immigration checks from 1 February 2016

21 October, 2015

The Home Office today announced that all landlords in England and Wales will be forced to carry out "papers please" immigration checks on tenants from 1 February 2015

Mystery shopping to test the potential for discrimination within the private rental sector

21 October, 2015

Part of the Right to Rent evaluation

From 1 December 2014 landlords and letting agents in the local authority areas of Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton (phase one locations) have been required to check that new tenants have the right to reside in the UK

Tory MP uses maiden speech to plead with George Osborne to soften impact of tax credit cuts: 'Something must give'

21 October, 2015

Heidi Allen questioned how many Tory MPs knew what it felt like to choose 'whether to eat or heat' as she accused George Osborne of 'betraying' Conservative values

Work Programme can do better

21 October, 2015

The Government's flagship welfare-to-work programme deserves credit for producing results

Why George Osborne should have opted for much more radical welfare reform

21 October, 2015

Negative income tax and/or a basic income guarantee would have been a much more effective way of dealing with income support

Lords forced to back down on tax credits motion as Tory rebellion grows

21 October, 2015

Peers warned of constitutional crisis and loss of powers if they press ahead with plan to kill off cuts

Right to Rent pilot scheme unearthed 109 illegal immigrants

21 October, 2015

In the first six months of the Right to Rent pilot scheme, 109 illegal immigrants were detected

Right to Rent: A simple guide to checks that must be made

21 October, 2015

Under Right to Rent, landlords or their agents should check identity documents for all new tenants, and take copies

Right to Rent roll out announced

21 October, 2015

The Home Office has today confirmed the roll-out date of the government's Right to Rent policy in England

Welfare-to-work must focus on complex needs

21 October, 2015

More focus must be given to people facing homelessness by those running the welfare-to-work programmes

The Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2015: SSAC comments

21 October, 2015

Correspondence between SSAC and the HM Treasury about changes to tax credits

LIN Press Release - Right to Rent being extended across England from 1 February 2016

20 October, 2015

LIN Press Release - Right to Rent being extended across England from 1 February 2016

News items are reported on a daily basis on the LIN news update webpage http://www.landlordinformationnetwork.co.uk/news.php and members also receive a weekly news and policy update to ensure that all news items of interest to private landlords and letting agents, are not missed.

Immigration Act Rollout Announcement

20 October, 2015

The Home Office has announced details of the rollout of Right to Rent checks.From 1 February 2016 all landlords and letting agents in England who allow a tenancy will need to make checks on ID for all adult occupiers

HB G10/2015

20 October, 2015

Contains information on changes to the Housing Benefit Matching Service

Addressing anti-social behaviour in private rented housing

20 October, 2015

CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright discusses whether sharing information around ASB could be extended to the private rented sector

Scheme to check immigration status of renters shows "alarming" impact on homelessness

20 October, 2015

The government has today announced that it will push ahead with plans requiring landlords to check the immigration status of renters

Work and Pensions Committee to hold urgent session on tax credit reforms

20 October, 2015

The Commons Work and Pensions Committee will hold an urgent session on proposed reforms to the tax credit system

If you liked the cut to tax credit... you'll love the local housing allowance freeze

20 October, 2015

Almost 400,000 working families in England receive housing benefit

Conservatives voice tax credit doubts ahead of Commons debate

20 October, 2015

Tory MPs have continued to voice doubts about proposed cuts to tax credits as the Commons debates the issue

Labour urges Tory MPs to vote against tax credit changes

20 October, 2015

Letter asking Conservatives to abandon party politics comes amid claim by Boris Johnson that George Osborne is already planning to revise proposals

New group to explore ways to reduce reliance on foodbanks

20 October, 2015

Representatives from poverty organisations and charities will convene today to investigate food poverty and possible solutions to Scotland's increasing reliance on foodbanks

Tax credit claimants, nationalities and 'non-UK families'

20 October, 2015

The tax office defines non-UK families as those where at least one adult is a migrant, meaning restricting their access to tax credits will hit UK nationals too

Deterring buy-to-let investment will harm tenants more than landlords

20 October, 2015

Tighter buy-to-let regulation could constrain the supply of rented property

Research on the effect of rent stabilisation measures in London

20 October, 2015

The London Assembly's Housing Committee commissioned this study as part of an investigation into the likely impact of a range of rent stabilisation measures on London's housing market

The Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research had recently completed research commissioned by Shelter in the same field looking at the overall national picture

MP accuses Commons of seeking to impose unnecessary legislation on landlords

20 October, 2015

A Private Member's Bill calling for tenants to be able to sue landlords if the accommodation is not fit for human habitation is to return to the Commons in the New Year

Research with landlords, letting agents and tenants

20 October, 2015

This report is part of the evaluation of phase one of the Right to Rent scheme covering the impact on landlords, agents, tenants and housing market

No one asked social tenants if they want right to buy or lower rent

20 October, 2015

Many social housing tenants are worried these policies threaten the future of the sector - but government doesn't ask for their views

LIN member report October 2015 - 'Right to Rent'

20 October, 2015

LIN member report by Rebecca Wilkie

Labour is committed to reversing tax credit cuts in full

19 October, 2015

Shadow chief secretary Seema Malhotra had previously appeared to equivocate on reversing the cuts

Landlord Tory MP Philip Davies says law requiring homes be fit for human habitation is an unnecessary burden

19 October, 2015

Philip Davies says the law would put a 'huge burden' on landlords and that it can be hard to keep up with regulation

UN arrives in Scotland to probe 'grave' violations of disabled people's human rights by Tory welfare cuts

19 October, 2015

United Nations officials have arrived in Scotland to investigate allegations that Westminster welfare reforms have led to "grave or systematic violations" of disabled people's human rights

Tax credits: give affected families fair notice so they can find extra work and childcare

19 October, 2015

Last week's Question Time will be remembered for an emotional appeal from a 35 year old self-employed working mum to stop cuts to her family's tax credits in April

Tory MPs in 71 marginal seats at risk from cuts to tax credits

19 October, 2015

Fresh pressure on George Osborne to halt controversial measure that will leave 3.2 million families worse off by average of £1,300 a year

Tax credits 'tweak' suggested by ex-minister Mitchell

19 October, 2015

A former Conservative Cabinet minister has suggested the government's tax credit reforms could be "tweaked" before they come into force in April

Jobcentre areas where you can claim Universal Credit

19 October, 2015

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

Welfare system failing thousands of its most vulnerable claimants

19 October, 2015

Long waits for payments biggest cause of food bank use, and are forcing people including terminally ill into debt and 'survival crime'

Tax Credit changes from April 2016

19 October, 2015

Summer Budget 2015 announced a package of welfare measures expected to yield savings of £13 billion a year by 2020-21

Tax credits - the Child Tax Credit and the Working Tax Credit - were introduced in April 2003. They replaced Working Families Tax Credit and Disabled Persons Tax Credit, which had been introduced in 1999

Child health at risk from welfare cuts

16 October, 2015

Poverty has an enduring influence on children's development, health outcomes, and survival

Innovative App could help social landlords tackle fuel poverty

16 October, 2015

An innovative new app for social landlords and housebuilders was officially launched this week

Jeremy Corbyn PMQs: Woman who asked question on tax credits says David Cameron's response 'made her blood boil'

16 October, 2015

The Labour Party member sent her PMQs question to Mr Corbyn to test if he was really crowd-sourcing his questions to the Prime Minister

Powerless: no expectations, choice or security

16 October, 2015

The voices of tenants living in the private rented sector in Glasgow

At a time of further socio-economic austerity policies, extremely low inflation, no signidicant wage or benefit rises, we have seen very significant year on year rent increases in the Scottish private rented sector

Government accused of covering up negative impact of tax credit cuts

16 October, 2015

Treasury select committee member describes official analysis, which fails to show how poorer families will be hit, as 'obvious sleight of hand'

Record rents diverge from inflation

16 October, 2015

Rents push to a new all - time record in September, now averaging £816 per month across England & Wales

New Bill would give tenants powers to sue landlords over poor accommodation

16 October, 2015

Tenants living in sub-standard accommodation will be given the right to sue their landlords if a new Bill gets through Parliament

Rental Price Growth Slows Across The UK

16 October, 2015

Rent price rises have slowed to match the pace of house price growth in the UK after 9 months of sustained faster growth

Scotland cannot afford to reverse all welfare cuts imposed by George Osborne

16 October, 2015

Scotland cannot afford to reverse all of the welfare cuts being imposed by Chancellor George Osborne

Immigration bill progresses despite fears it will 'force families into destitution'

15 October, 2015

Government's controversial plans pass second reading in Commons after Labour bid to amend proposals fails

7,000 council homes a year could be lost if right to buy funding gap isn't closed

15 October, 2015

Almost 7,000 council homes a year could be lost when right to buy is extended to housing associations in England if no extra funding is provided

Iain Duncan Smith's flagship Universal Credit roll-out is actually slowing

15 October, 2015

The scheme has been plagued by problems and delays since its launch

Tax credits, poverty and council housing: factchecking Prime Minister's Questions

15 October, 2015

Back from their respective party conferences, David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn were back at the despatch box for Prime Minister's Questions

Councils told new law renders local licensing schemes redundant

15 October, 2015

Local councils are being urged to drop landlord licensing schemes following the publication of new laws showing that they are not needed

Letting agent fined maximum amount after failing to answer council request

15 October, 2015

A letting agency has received a maximum £5,000 fine for ignoring a request for information

MPs to vote to let tenants sue negligent landlords

15 October, 2015

Private renters living in squalid conditions could get the ability to sue their landlord if MPs approve a private member's Bill

Abolish housing benefit

15 October, 2015

There is a £25bn annual hurdle in the way of our national economy becoming the full spectrum powerhouse it deserves to be

Will changes to tax credits cost families £1,300 a year?

14 October, 2015

Upcoming changes to working tax credit will reduce the incomes of all households that currently receive it

Historic Housing and Planning Bill will transform generation rent into generation buy

14 October, 2015

New Housing and Planning Bill has been introduced to Parliament by the government

Tim Farron blasts David Cameron's 'assault on social housing'

14 October, 2015

Lib Dem leader says prime minister is 'choosing to turn a blind eye and ignore the most vulnerable people in Britain'

How to deal with pests and vermin in your home

14 October, 2015

Nobody wants to share their home with mice, cockroaches or other pests. Find out how deal with infestations

A Living rent for Scotland's private tenants

14 October, 2015

The Living Rent Campaign was founded in October 2014 to lobby for the re-introduction of rent controls and security of tenure for Scotland's private tenants

In 1988, Margaret Thatcher's Government scrapped rent controls across the UK

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 17 Sept 2015

14 October, 2015

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 17 September 2015

The Housing Bill: towards better conditions for renters

14 October, 2015

There's nothing more annoying than buying a dress, paying through the roof, only for the stitching to unravel the next day

'We've had to go without food' - personal stories of the bedroom tax

14 October, 2015

Social housing tenants, embarrassed and powerless, share experiences of life under the bedroom tax

New Housing Bill will set up register of rogue letting agents

14 October, 2015

The new Housing and Planning Bill, published yesterday, makes new provisions about agents

Pay to Stay: Fairer Rents in Social Housing

14 October, 2015

The Government's view is that tenants in social housing should not always benefit automatically from subsidised rents

Rented Accommodation on the Right Track in Scotland

14 October, 2015

Last week saw the announcement of the Private Rented Tenancies Bill in Scotland

Tackling Fuel Poverty in Social Housing

14 October, 2015

The main thrust of the new Government Policy for energy efficiency, is to tackle the overriding problems of Fuel Poverty in the UK, particularly in the social housing sector

Mumsnet community outraged by couple facing £150 tenant referencing fee

13 October, 2015

It may not be the most obvious forum to discuss agents, but you can certainly trust Mumsnet to open up some forthright debate

Reducing risk in the social housing sector

13 October, 2015

2015 has brought with it a number of changes to Britain's welfare system

Jobseeker's Allowance and Attendance Allowance accounts by method of payment: May 2010 to May 2014

13 October, 2015

The ways Jobseeker's Allowance and Attendance Allowance claimants are paid

Hastings landlords urged to take advantage of 'early bird' selective licensing discount

13 October, 2015

Hastings Borough Council's Selective Licensing scheme comes into force on 26th October 2015

Eastern European tenants in social housing 'trebled since 2007'

13 October, 2015

The proportion of typical social housing in England being let to Eastern Europeans has trebled over the last eight years

David Cameron's "Generation Buy" pledge criticised by major Worcestershire social housing landlord

13 October, 2015

The chief executive of Worcestershire's biggest social housing provider has criticised David Cameron's tactic to create "Generation Buy"

These lunatic Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarm Regulations

13 October, 2015

This says that they need to have smoke alarms on every storey with living accommodation, and carbon monoxide alarms in every room which has a solid fuel burning combustion appliance

MPs and peers to consider energy efficiency of rented housing

13 October, 2015

The All Party Parliamentary Group for the private rented sector has launched an inquiry into the energy efficiency of private rented housing

Liverpool's Lord Mayor and Merseyside MPs sign pact to tackle fuel poverty

13 October, 2015

Merseyside MPs have joined the Lord Mayor of Liverpool in signing up to a commitment to support local organisations working to tackle fuel poverty in the region

New fast-track eviction powers could breach human rights

12 October, 2015

Measures in government's proposed immigration bill could violate protections if families and children are made destitute as a result of being made homeless

Universal Credit in 15 more jobcentres in Sussex, Scotland, Kent and the East Midlands

12 October, 2015

15 more jobcentres start offering Universal Credit - the new benefit that means you are better off in work

Rogue landlord ordered to pay over £400k after illegal letting

12 October, 2015

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £400k after converting a property into flats without permission

Right to Rent scheme risks discriminating against immigrants

12 October, 2015

Landlords checking immigration status could refuse to let to people with 'ethnic-sounding names'

Scotland Bill will give benefit 'top up' powers

12 October, 2015

The Scottish government will be able to "top up" tax credits and child benefit payments as part of new powers coming to Holyrood

Labour to try to scrap Tory tax credit cuts with changes to welfare bill

12 October, 2015

Shadow work and pensions secretary Owen Smith planning to table amendment to give Tory MPs last chance to reverse cuts

Ken Clarke tells Osborne: Get your tin hat on over tax credits

12 October, 2015

Former Conservative Chancellor Ken Clarke has advised George Osborne to "get your tin hat on" and press ahead with tax credit cuts

Jeremy Corbyn accuses the Tories of 'robbing' millions of Britain's poorest families

12 October, 2015

Labour leader condemns David Cameron over 'fake claims' to fight poverty on a visit to Scotland

Government to help home owners on to the buy-to-let ladder?

12 October, 2015

The Government is to build 200,000 second houses to help home owners on to the buy-to-let ladder

'Asleep at wheel' politicians have left Scotland's private tenants with few rights

12 October, 2015

We searched out and listened to the personal experience of a wide range of tenants in Glasgow's private rented sector

HB A12/2015

12 October, 2015

Process to obtain appropriate claimant Personal Independence Payment information not available via the Customer Information System

Buy to Let Tax Relief

12 October, 2015

How will the Buy to Let tax relief affect first-time buyers and private renters?

E-Safety and young people

12 October, 2015

Improving understanding and support in the social housing sector

Orbit Group owns and manages 39,000 homes and has around 100,000 customers

I fear the 1% cut to my social housing rent will lead to poorer service

09 October, 2015

Vital maintenance work will be hit if the government doesn't compensate councils - and writing off historic and unfair debt is the way to do it

Chief planner asks councils to embrace the potential of PRS

09 October, 2015

Council planners have been urged to consider the potential of the private rented sector in meeting housing need and demand in their area

New laws to protect private tenants

09 October, 2015

New laws which are intended to protect the country's 700,000 private sector tenants from rogue landlords have been unveiled by the Scottish government

Buy-to-let investors: 'Let us off capital gains tax and we'll sell to first-time buyers'

09 October, 2015

Britain's biggest landlord trade body is urging the Government to waive capital gains tax where properties are sold to first-time buyers

Who benefits, and who loses out, from David Cameron's housing plan?

09 October, 2015

The prime minister's plan to scrap the affordable rental homes requirement

Treasury admits Tory tax credits will make families worse off next year

09 October, 2015

Responding to research claiming tax credit cuts will push 200,000 children into poverty next year, Treasury spokesperson says overall welfare changes will make 'most households better off' but only by 2017

Revealed: England's top buy-to-let hotspots

09 October, 2015

Towns in east of England dominate the 10 places where landlords can get the highest total return on their investment

Fair rents will ensure higher-earning tenants 'pay to stay'

09 October, 2015

Higher-earning tenants in social housing, will pay a fair level of rent to continue living there, under consultation proposals

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

09 October, 2015

We are the independent Regulator of just under 200 social landlords

Our one objective is to safeguard and promote the interests of current and future tenants of social landlords

Tax credit cuts will hit 250,000 children in Wales

08 October, 2015

Families could face losing more than a tenth of their take-home pay under changes brought in under the last Budget

Research on the effect of rent stabilisation measures in London

08 October, 2015

The London Assembly's Housing Committee commissioned this study as part of an investigation into the likely impact of a range of rent stabilisation measures on London's housing market

London landlords would 'sell up rather than cut rents'

08 October, 2015

London landlords are opposed to rent controls and many would sell up if they were forced to cut or cap their rents

Rent controls would take us back to evil Rachman days - warning

08 October, 2015

Rents in the private sector have been falling in real terms - and private landlords are fiercely opposed to any firm of rent controls, according to a new study

Carbon monoxide legal duties: Agents warned that pressing 'test' is not enough

08 October, 2015

Agents are warned that they may not be compliant if they simply press the "test button" on carbon monoxide alarms

Buy-to-let sales up 50% year-on-year

08 October, 2015

Equifax Touchstone analysis of the intermediary marketplace shows buy-to-let sales in August 2015 were up by 54.1% compared to the corresponding month last year, hitting £3.31 billion

Touchbase

08 October, 2015

DWP news about work, working-age benefits and services

Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill

08 October, 2015

An Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision about private rented housing; in particular to establish a new type of tenancy to be known as a private residential tenancy

Scotland's Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill promises more security and stability for renters but PRS 4 Scotland express concerns over rent caps and one-size fits all tenancies

08 October, 2015

Scotland's Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill has been published today promising "more security, stability and predictability" for tenants in the private rented sector

Welfare Reform and Work Bill Committee Stage Clauses 19 - 22: Social Rent Reduction

08 October, 2015

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill is currently being considered by a Committee of MPs.

This is a particular concern for housing associations that provide supported housing for vulnerable groups such as domestic abuse refuges, homelessness hostels andhomes for people with disabilities or other acute care needs, including frail older people.

Steep falls in Aberdeen rents 'may pose questions' for rent control plans

07 October, 2015

As the Scottish Government presses ahead with proposals for rent controls and details of the Private Tenancies Bill are expected to be published this week

Social Housing Lettings : April 2014 to March 2015, England

07 October, 2015

Social housing lettings by private registered providers decreased by 1% to 268,273 in 2014/15

Osborne: public support for welfare system will be lost without reforms

07 October, 2015

Chancellor rejects calls to water down his plans to cut tax credits in interview with Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner

Iain Duncan Smith tells disabled people to work their way out of poverty

07 October, 2015

The DWP secretary says benefits should not be a route out of poverty

US professor warns UK of consequences of cuts and extreme poverty

07 October, 2015

Kathryn Edin says the UK should think very carefully before following the US approach and cutting welfare to the bone

So Iain Duncan Smith, what about the death of Michael O'Sullivan?

07 October, 2015

Duncan Smith's work capability tests have been blamed for causing a death

Labour warns Westminster Council: either tackle high rents or face discretionary housing payments disaster

07 October, 2015

Labour councillors today issued a stark warning to Westminster Council Leader

MPs calling for protection from blistering tax-credit cuts for poorest paid

07 October, 2015

David Cameron is being urged to meet with MPs about the plans

Tory welfare reforms 'restoring lives'

07 October, 2015

Iain Duncan Smith has insisted the government must "rededicate itself" to its shake-up of welfare, saying its mission is to "restore people's lives"

David Cameron is on track to kill off social housing

07 October, 2015

No one who has followed the past five years of Tory policy will be surprised that government wants to scrap the requirement to build affordable homes

The low paid will suffer if I don't cut their tax credits

06 October, 2015

The Chancellor says his cuts are for the good of low income families

Is George Osborne correct to say workers will be £2,000 a year better off?

06 October, 2015

The IFS and Resolution Foundation thinktanks say the chancellor's welfare overhaul will leave many families worse off. Do the government's claims add up?

Hunt: tax credit cuts will make Britons work like Chinese or Americans

06 October, 2015

Health secretary tells Conservative conference fringe meeting that controversial benefit cuts of up to £1,300 were a 'step towards self-respect'

Parents of truants to have benefits docked

06 October, 2015

Parents in England who refuse to pay a penalty after their children play truant will have their child benefit docked

Bishop of Manchester says let benefit cheats off

06 October, 2015

Benefit cheats should be allowed to get away with fraud to stop innocent people being punished with sanctions and late payments

Stephen Crabb insists Conservatives are a party of social justice and says Tony Blair understood the need for welfare reform

06 October, 2015

The Welsh Secretary says he is 'determined to fight' for a more equal and cohesive society

No progress made over welfare reform says Theresa Villiers

06 October, 2015

No real progress was made during talks on welfare reform on Tuesday, Secretary of State Theresa Villiers has said

DWP finally acts to end housing benefit 'maladministration' scandal

06 October, 2015

The DWP has issued orders to end a bureaucratic bungle which caused thousands of sanctioned claimants to fall into debt and face eviction

ARLA says rent controls could lead to even more expense for tenants

05 October, 2015

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says rent controls would do nothing to benefit tenants

Sure, we changed the law on revenge evictions. But what does that mean?

05 October, 2015

The law on revenge evictions has changed

Private renters increase while home ownership flat lines

05 October, 2015

More people are renting their homes from private landlords than ever before

There is a property boom, especially for the SNP

05 October, 2015

It's hypocritical of MPs from the cuddly party to run buy-to-let empires

Campaigners slam 'unacceptable' rent rises

05 October, 2015

The Living Rent Campaign has called on the Scottish Government to take action following "unacceptable" rent increases of more than 8 per cent in a year in Edinburgh

David Cameron rejects calls to soften impact of planned tax-credit cuts

05 October, 2015

Prime minister defends cuts in face of cross-party campaign warning that 3 million of poorest working families will be worse off

Taxpayers' Alliance: Cut pensioner benefits 'immediately'

05 October, 2015

Ministers should waste no time to make unpopular cuts to pensioner benefits

Fifteen rented homes in 15 years - mine is an everyday housing story

05 October, 2015

Homeowners who function as their friends' 'landlord' are contributing to Britain's wealth divide

Universal Credit in 13 more jobcentres in Scotland, the Midlands and London

05 October, 2015

13 more jobcentres start offering Universal Credit - the new benefit that means you are better off in work

George Osborne's tax credit problem is dishonesty, not cruelty

05 October, 2015

Welfare cuts that hurt poor people can be sold to the electorate, as long as it's done honestly and openly

Don't 'demonise' private rented sector

05 October, 2015

Landlords have urged the Scottish Government not to demonise the private rented sector and ensure that new legislation protects tenants' rights without strangling investment

Once-homeless girl in heartbreaking plea to students for help fighting cruel housing benefit cuts

05 October, 2015

Catherine Geddes has turned her life around but has appealed to students starting university this autumn to consider the plight of their less fortunate peers

HB Direct issue 162

02 October, 2015

The HB Direct newsletter provides latest information on policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit

Treating Symptoms, Damaging Cures?

02 October, 2015

The Living Rent Campaign has called on the Scottish Government to take action following "unacceptable" rent increases of more than 8 per cent in a year in Edinburgh

Landlords, are you ready for the right to rent?

02 October, 2015

As a result of The Immigration Act 2014, all landlords will eventually be required to ensure that their tenants have the right to live in the UK before signing a tenancy agreement

How much does it cost to run a buy-to-let property each year? Our calculator lets you do the maths

02 October, 2015

With interest rates still languishing at all-time lows, buy-to-let has proved an appealing prospect for many savers whose money is languishing in the bank

New letting scheme helps tackle homelessness in Salford and Trafford

02 October, 2015

A letting scheme to help tenants find social housing in Salford and Trafford has launched a new facility, which will help tackle homelessness in the region

Do people want to live in the private rented sector?

02 October, 2015

Perhaps the most important question about reforming or growing the private rented sector is currently not part of the debate: do people actually want to rent from a private landlord?

Bedroom tax and landlord's bedroom count - UT again

02 October, 2015

The Upper Tribunal seems to have taken an opportunity to re-state, in clear terms, one of the findings of SSWP v David Nelson and Fife Council

The hefty price of living in the capital: London renters forced to pay much more than they can afford

02 October, 2015

The average renter in London is paying £100 more than they can afford

Welfare reform: Department for Social Development sharing plans with NIO

02 October, 2015

The most senior official in the Department for Social Development has told MLAs he is sharing information with his Northern Ireland Office counterparts on welfare reform plans

Far fewer social welfare cases get legal aid

02 October, 2015

Legal aid cut to the bone. In the year we left office, over 470,000 cases received advice or assistance for social welfare issues

Bombshell as official guidance on revenge evictions 'contradicts the law'

02 October, 2015

Ministers delivered a new bombshell to the private rented sector yesterday with guidance explaining that tenants will be able to stave off eviction by complaining about repair issues without having to tell the landlord or agent of the problem

Universal Credit has landed

01 October, 2015

It's here, it's finally here! Universal Credit is rolling out across Scotland and I can tell you a little about what it looks like

9 in 10 tenants unaware of new law to protect them from revenge evictions

01 October, 2015

Nine in 10 tenants say they are unaware of a new law introduced on 1st October that is intended to protect them from so called retaliatory or revenge evictions

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

01 October, 2015

Q&A Booklet for the Private Rented Sector - landlords and tenants

1 October - a day of change for landlords

01 October, 2015

As of 1 October 2015 new rules come into force which will change the responsibilities of landlords who let properties in England when it comes to three key issues

5 top tips to keep your heating bills under control

01 October, 2015

It's beginning to get colder and that means the time to whack on the heating again is looming

Why we're voting against the social housing right-to-buy deal

01 October, 2015

Here at Red Kite community housing, we think the ballot to extend right to buy could be another bedroom tax moment in the making

HB U1/2015

01 October, 2015

Clarification on the impact of sanctions on Housing Benefit

Don't be fooled - housing associations are still under threat

01 October, 2015

The threat to social housing is still very real, and it hasn't gone away

'Tea cosy' homes boost health and wealth

01 October, 2015

A new development in Liverpool designed to cut fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions is also having a knock-on effect on residents' health

Agents and landlords mobilise in Scotland as rent controls draw nearer

01 October, 2015

Agent and landlord groups remain on a collision course with the Scottish Government over its plans to introduce rent controls and other measures

'I've got 25 tenants chasing every property' - buy-to-let tycoon Fergus Wilson

30 September, 2015

Controversial landlord warns of housing 'disaster' with multiple families forced to share a single property, or live in prefab homes 'like after the war'

Jeremy Corbyn speech: intense focus on social housebuilding and tenant rights

30 September, 2015

The Labour party leader has said housing is his number one priority, so what was announced in his speech?

Investing in council housing will actually make a profit for the taxpayer

30 September, 2015

The new Labour leader argued that investment in social housing would drive down the housing benefit bill and thus reduce the amount of money spent on benefits

Housing associations' deal over right to buy could lead to the "social cleansing" of rich British cities

30 September, 2015

Housing associations have until five o'clock on Friday afternoon to accept a "voluntary" deal on the right to buy that could change social housing for ever

Lawyer warns that agents must check smoke alarms on day of new tenancy and not before

30 September, 2015

Agents are reminded that as from tomorrow, October 1, the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations come into effect

Children in out-of-work benefit households: 2014 snapshot

30 September, 2015

Statistics on the number and proportion of children living in out-of-work benefit households for each local authority in England

Troubled Families: benefits and employment, Apr 2012 to Jul 2015 (experimental)

30 September, 2015

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

I've been happily renting my council flat for 24 years - but for how much longer?

30 September, 2015

I held out against right to buy as I strongly believe in the principle of council homes and mixed communities

Tenant arrears tracker - September 2015

30 September, 2015

Severe tenant arrears at two year high

New buy-to-let deal escapes George Osborne's landlord tax

30 September, 2015

A 'crowdfunding' website now offers investors mortgaged flats and houses - using a loophole to avoid the new buy-to-let tax

Roll out of 'right to rent' in Scotland could push vulnerable migrants towards illegal and unscrupulous landlords says Margaret Burgess

29 September, 2015

Vulnerable migrants in Scotland could be pushed towards illegal and unscrupulous landlords by the roll out of the Immigration Act 2014 and the linked Immigration Bill 2015

Private registered provider social housing stock in England

29 September, 2015

Statistical data return 2014-2015

Corbyn commits to council housing

29 September, 2015

The Labour Party's new leader has pledged to start a very large council house building programme

Landlord Survey - Buying to Let

29 September, 2015

As the number of buy-to-let investors continues to soar, the UK landlord landscape has never looked so promising for forward-thinking investors

Free school meals will not be cut, says Cameron

29 September, 2015

David Cameron has dismissed speculation free school meals for all infant children could face cuts

Labour MP says his constituents care more about welfare cuts and housing than Trident

29 September, 2015

Murray argues that poverty, education and the state of the country's public services were 'much, much, much bigger issues'

Tax credits cut 'affects 120,000 NI households'

29 September, 2015

More than 120,000 households in Northern Ireland will have their tax credit payments reduced as a result of the July budget

Immigration Bill eviction measures 'should not be extended to Scotland'

29 September, 2015

The CIH in Scotland has added its voice to growing concerns over the potential impact of the UK government's 2015 Immigration Bill on migrants living in the private rented sector

Labour shadow chancellor lays into private rented sector and calls for rent controls

29 September, 2015

Labour's controversial new shadow chancellor John McDonnell has laid into the private rented sector

Tenant evictions firm investigating number of 'rogue' agents

29 September, 2015

A firm more used to evicting tenants on behalf of landlords and agents has revealed that it is currently investigating six or seven 'rogue' agents

Property prices are not reduced by integrated social housing

28 September, 2015

New research by the NHBC Foundation has found that house prices are not reduced on developments which successfully integrate social and private housing

Universal Credit in 15 more jobcentres in Suffolk, Berkshire and Yorkshire

28 September, 2015

15 more jobcentres start offering Universal Credit - the new benefit means that you are better off in work

Rented housing law change: Katie Haines' mum says "they need to go further"

28 September, 2015

New changes to the law mean the smoke alarms must be fitted in rented homes but the law on carbon monoxide detectors does not go far enough

Bank of England concerns over buy-to-let boom

28 September, 2015

The growing buy-to-let property market in the UK could post a threat to wider financial stability

New EU boiler directive comes into force

28 September, 2015

New energy standards for home boilers entering into force this month are expected to take offline the equivalent of 47 Fukushima-type nuclear power stations

Tory welfare cuts will destroy benefit of new living wage

28 September, 2015

Rise of 50p an hour will not cover loss of benefits for 6.5 million people

Agents kept waiting as still no date announced for mandatory licensing in Wales

28 September, 2015

The lettings industry in Wales is gearing up for important changes heralding a completely new mandatory regime - but no date for implementation has been announced beyond "this autumn"

Landmark case as landlord jailed for leaving tenants in fire danger

28 September, 2015

A landlord has been jailed for four months and landed with a £10,000 bill after leaving his tenants in danger of fire

Universal Credit digital tests to be expanded to third trial area

28 September, 2015

London Bridge will begin select trials of enhanced digital service for benefit reforms from the autumn as national rollout plans continue

Touchbase DWP E-zine

25 September, 2015

DWP news about work, working-age benefits and services - Issue 104

Buy-to-let leads to 'boom and bust'

25 September, 2015

The growing buy-to-let property market in the UK could post a threat to wider financial stability

Why we must fight tooth and claw against social housing sell-off

25 September, 2015

In a sector already ravaged by right to buy, millions more homes may now be at risk of privatisation

Why Social Housing Matters

25 September, 2015

The timely release of homelessness figures is a reminder for both the sector and Central Government why social housing is badly needed

Government says spare rooms not needed for Syrian refugees as Bristol charity looks to private rents

25 September, 2015

The first of 20,000 refugees have arrived in Britain and will soon be resettled in various cities and towns

More people than ever are being made homeless by insecure private tenancies

25 September, 2015

A third of people are now made homeless by a tenancy ending

Latest Private Rented Sector Trends Report Shows a Steady Market

25 September, 2015

Low void periods and tenant demand expected to remain strong

Paragon Mortgages' latest PRS trends report for Q3 indicates a healthy rental market

Out in the cold: The UK's social housing emergency

25 September, 2015

Forcible evictions fuel a housing crunch amid sharp welfare cuts and surging rent costs in London

Private landlords: duty to carry out immigration checks

24 September, 2015

As part of the Government's attempts to cut down on illegal migration, the Immigration Act 2014 contains a number of measures to restrict access to services

Is the growth of unsecured debt creating problems for the future?

24 September, 2015

This year marks a turning point in the story of debt in the UK

Jeremy Corbyn 'wants to scrap welfare cap'

24 September, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn has reaffirmed his desire to scrap the welfare cap after differences with his shadow cabinet, calling the policy "devastating"

Scottish Private Rented Sector - Real Rents Revealed

24 September, 2015

Reading some sectors of the press would leave you feeling that the Scottish PRS is facing a wholesale crisis with rents out of control nationally

Statutory homelessness in England: April to June 2015

24 September, 2015

Data on households found to be homeless by local authorities under homelessness legislation

If faced with the loss of their home, any household can apply to their local authority for acceptance for housing assistance

Social landlords must be wondering how much longer they can survive

24 September, 2015

Welfare cuts are forcing housing associations to adapt or die, while their role to provide affordable housing for the poorest is under threat

Why social landlords are knocking on doors to help young tenants find jobs

24 September, 2015

Plans to scrap housing benefit for unemployed 18-21 year olds have forced housing associations into doing more to help tenants find work

5% rise in homelessness reveals "desperate state" of private renting sector

24 September, 2015

13,850 households were accepted as homeless between April and June of this year

Over 80% of private landlords in Mid Ulster paid housing benefit

24 September, 2015

From issues like housing benefit costs and growing waiting lists to lifts in living rooms, the Housing Executive was truly grilled at a special meeting of Mid Ulster District Council

Landlords are penalising renters by refusing to allow them to switch energy supplier and save hundreds

24 September, 2015

There are massive savings to be made by moving gas and electricity companies, but many tenants are being barred from doing so

The rise of the 'gran-lord': one in 10 over 50s are buy to let landlords

23 September, 2015

With new pension freedoms has come a boom of over 50s buy-to-let landlords

70 new businesses a day set up by benefit claimants

23 September, 2015

The New Enterprise Allowance has enabled 73,290 business starts since 2011

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

23 September, 2015

Rent growth does an about - turn in August

The Government's new Immigration Bill - even more bad news for renters and landlords

23 September, 2015

Last week, the Government introduced another Immigration Bill, which will have its second reading in Parliament on 13 October

On social housing, Tory ideology trumps all evidence

23 September, 2015

The Conservative government has declared war on housing associations despite them being a success story

Private sector house building is critical to meeting supply in Northern Ireland

23 September, 2015

It's been clear for some time that housing supply isn't keeping up with demand

Analysis and Housing Benefit

23 September, 2015

Last night there was an impressive episode of Analysis on Radio 4 with Paul Johnson of the Institute of Fiscal Studies asking 'What's Housing Benefit for'

"Major flaw" in new regulations designed to protect tenants

23 September, 2015

New regulations designed to provide additional protection for tenants in the private rented sector have a major flaw

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

23 September, 2015

This report was undertaken by Jane Perry

Use of emergency food aid in the UK, particularly in the form of food banks, has dramatically increased over the last decade

The impact of welfare reform on Scotland: lots of pain for not much gain

23 September, 2015

Welfare reform is a Westminster Government policy that affects all parts of Britain, but the impact of the reforms varies a great deal from place to place

Tax bombshell awaiting six out of ten private landlords

23 September, 2015

The scale of the tax upheaval facing private landlords has become clear, with six in ten saying they face being pushed from paying the basic to higher rates of income tax as a result of the new regime

Students most likely of all tenants to lose deposit money

23 September, 2015

Students are among the most likely renters to leave their properties in an inadequate condition at the end of their tenancies, and therefore are more likely to lose part of their deposit

Social housing must plan for a radically different future

22 September, 2015

My advice for housing associations at this year's National Housing Federation conference is to connect with politicians and think business

A man has killed himself because he was found 'fit to work', exposing the monstrous cruelty of the DWP

22 September, 2015

I feel sickened to even have to write this - not just as someone who struggles with their mental health, or as someone on a low income - but as a human being

Glasgow City Council given new powers to tackle rogue landlords

22 September, 2015

Glasgow City Council has become the first council in Scotland to be granted powers to designate an Enhanced Enforcement Area

Scottish parents with sick children to regain lost benefits under new changes

22 September, 2015

The so-called '84 day rule' will be abolished as soon as new welfare powers are devolved from Westminster to Holyrood

Syrian refugees - what can social landlords do to help?

22 September, 2015

Up to 20,000 refugees will be resettled in Britain from Syria

Welfare Reform Committee

22 September, 2015

The Cumulative Impact of Welfare Reform on Households in Scotland

This report documents for the first time the cumulative impact of the welfare reforms on different types of households across Scotland

Redistribution from a Lifetime Perspective

22 September, 2015

Most analysis of the effects of the tax and benefit system is based on snapshot information about a single cross-section of people

This paper investigates how our impression of redistribution undertaken by the tax and benefit system changes when viewed from a lifetime perspective

Private sector landlords face paying higher rates of income tax

22 September, 2015

Over 60% of private sector landlords face being pushed from the basic to higher rates of income tax as a result of government reforms

Letting agents and tenants' groups clash over tenants' fees

22 September, 2015

Letting agents and tenants' representatives clashed, with agents vehemently defending their right to charge fees

National rollout of Universal Credit continues

21 September, 2015

Today, 24 more jobcentres start offering Universal Credit from Durham to Reading

Next stage of Universal Credit rollout begins

21 September, 2015

Universal Credit will be in three-quarters of all jobcentres by Christmas, as the next phase of the national rollout begins today

Food banks, zero hours contracts and falling wages: are we worse off?

21 September, 2015

John McDonnell argued on last night's BBC Question Time that some of the government's economic boasts are hollow

Why is the UK's housing benefit bill so high?

21 September, 2015

The UK currently spends billions of pounds a year on housing benefit

Sitra briefing on rent reduction

21 September, 2015

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill makes a provision that housing association rents are to be reduced 1% per year for 4 years starting in April 2016

As the Bill stands the rent reduction does apply to supported housing that is defined as social housing, including accommodation that falls under the specified accommodation definition

New website could 'change the face of the social housing sector'

21 September, 2015

Social home seekers could see the way they find their property change thanks to "an innovative website that could change the face of the social housing sector"

My Spare Room: a new blog explores the real cost of the bedroom tax

21 September, 2015

A new blog launched today by Eileen Herden and colleagues at LSE Housing and Communities

ARLA reports fewer landlords hiked their rents last month

21 September, 2015

Demand in the private rented sector has increased even as the number of available properties has fallen

Labour warns children would go hungry if universal free meals scrapped

21 September, 2015

Flagship policy of Nick Clegg to give free meals to all schoolchildren should not be cancelled

Rogue landlords should face stronger sentencing, tougher license conditions and potential blacklisting

21 September, 2015

Councils need greater powers to tackle rogue landlords taking advantage of residents struggling to find decent housing in the private rented sector

Agents and landlords will have to evict illegal immigrant tenants in 28 days

21 September, 2015

The new Immigration Bill which will make it a criminal offence for landlords and agents to breach Right to Rent rules has now been published

Is this case study the perfect example of what the Bristol rental market has become?

18 September, 2015

Frances Lewis has struggled to find a rented home for her and her four-year-old daughter Matilda

National Federation of ALMOs' submission to the Public Bill Committee on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015-16

18 September, 2015

The supply and affordability of housing is a central issue for Government both because of the cost to the welfare system of supporting low income households in private rented housing

Recent decades have seen a shift in the tenure mix, with growth in private renting (and recently renting at Affordable Rents) substituting for renting at traditional social levels

Landlords' Barometer - #24: Private rented sector faces massive threat

18 September, 2015

The private rented sector is facing a massive threat

August 2015 Buy-to-let index

18 September, 2015

Rents retreat in August

ARLA clears up confusion over smoke alarm regulations

18 September, 2015

ARLA has clarified some slight confusion arising from a comment posted on our story yesterday regarding the passing of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations in Parliament

Government back-to-work scheme failing thousands with mental health problems

18 September, 2015

The latest statistics from the DWP reveal that less than 9 per cent of people with mental health problems currently being supported by ESA have been helped into a job by the Work Programme

Work and Pensions Committee launches welfare safety net inquiry

18 September, 2015

The Work and Pensions Committee has launched a new inquiry into the "local welfare safety net"

Council forces entry to service tenants gas boiler

18 September, 2015

Carmarthenshire County Council has executed a warrant to gain entry into a Llanelli tenant's home after failed attempts to service his gas boiler

New strategic working group to help tackle fuel poverty

18 September, 2015

A short life strategic working group will be set up to help the on-going efforts to tackle fuel poverty

Jeremy Corbyn's frontbenchers rebel over leader's opposition to the benefit cap

17 September, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet have contradicted him over his outright opposition to the benefit cap

Cameron vs Corbyn at PMQs: Housing and welfare dominates

17 September, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn made his first appearance as Labour leader at PMQs

Rent caps will cut housing supply by 50k

17 September, 2015

A Conservative City Hall hopeful has attacked Labour proposals for rent controls, saying such market interventions would reduce rental revenues and ultimately cut into the capital's housing supply

Scotland's university cities experience highest yields for landlords

17 September, 2015

Edinburgh has been ranked as the best city for buy-to-let investors in the UK

Landlord fined thousands for breaking licensing rules

17 September, 2015

A landlord who put his tenants' safety at risk by knowingly flaunting licensing conditions has been made to pay more than £10,000

A race against time: Just two weeks to fit smoke alarms in all rental properties

17 September, 2015

The clock is now ticking fast after the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations were finally passed in Parliament

TDS sees 25% rise in tenancy deposit disputes as agents raise one-third of claims

17 September, 2015

The value of deposits protected by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme grew by £100m last year, to over £1.3bn

HB G9/2015

17 September, 2015

Contains information for all HB staff

Commons back Osborne plan for tax credit cuts

16 September, 2015

MPs have backed government plans to cut spending on tax credits in the face of opposition from Labour and the SNP

Buy-to-let boom to push house prices up as landlords take advantage of low rates

16 September, 2015

Landlords are leading the charge in Britain's resurgent housing market, snapping up properties while interest rates are still low

How do Landlords Address Poverty

16 September, 2015

A poverty-focused review of the strategies of Local Authorities, Landlords & Letting Agents in England

The refugee crisis will hit the UK's working class areas hardest

16 September, 2015

There's a risk of resentment towards people being given asylum in communities that already feel powerless and under pressure

Breaking Point

16 September, 2015

The Crisis in Accessible Housing and Adaptations

Free broadband satellite dishes for remote homes

16 September, 2015

Government to launch pilot scheme to deliver universal service commitment

Scottish landlords to meet Treasury officials over tax plans

16 September, 2015

Scottish landlords are due to meet with senior UK Treasury officials in London to urge them to rethink planned tax changes for the sector

Zero-hours contracts 'have helped to break link between unemployment and crime'

16 September, 2015

The changing nature of the British jobs market has broken the link between unemployment and crime, according to new research

Project tackling fuel poverty wins 'Community Heating Project' award

16 September, 2015

Kensa Heat Pumps and Trent & Dove Housing's joint project aimed at tackling fuel poverty in 133 rural sheltered housing bungalows in Staffordshire has been awarded 'Community Heating Project of the Year'

"Major error" in rented housing regulations

16 September, 2015

A major drafting error in government regulations affecting the private rented sector risks undermining confidence in new legislation being applied to the sector

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 3 September 2015

16 September, 2015

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 3 September 2015

Universal Credit statistics

16 September, 2015

These official experimental statistics cover total live caseload, starts and claims

CH 4784 2014

15 September, 2015

Housing and council tax benefits - liability, commerciality and contrivance

Corbyn addresses TUC Congress on housing and welfare

15 September, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn addressed the TUC Congress this afternoon and spoke at length about the issues he is looking to tackle during his time as Labour leader

Council set to withdraw energy efficiency programme

15 September, 2015

Following national problems with the government's flagship energy efficiency Green Deal, Birmingham City Council are set to approve the city's withdrawal from its own local version of the initiative

Council taking firm action to clampdown on rent arrears bills

15 September, 2015

Barking and Dagenham Council are taking firm action to clampdown on rent arrears bills

Parliament approve Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

15 September, 2015

Parliament approve Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 in time for 1 Oct deadline

Comprehensive Spending Review 2015

15 September, 2015

NHF Submission

LIN member report September 2015 - Sector Based Work Academies - Getting Tenants into Work

15 September, 2015

LIN member report written by Richard Walker

Adapting neighbourhood management for Universal Credit

15 September, 2015

In the days of austerity Ashton Pioneer Homes have learned valuable lessons as the first pathfinder for Universal Credit

New Scottish fund to help the young find work

15 September, 2015

Councils are to receive nearly £6m of government cash to help young people prepare for the world of work and get jobs

Evaluation of Cathays Additional Licensing Scheme

15 September, 2015

Evaluation of Cathays Additional Licensing Scheme 2010-2015

Rent rises ease across the UK

15 September, 2015

Rent rises have moderated across the UK according to the latest findings from the HomeLet Rental Index

North of England holds greatest proportion of long-term empty homes

14 September, 2015

Research published by Empty Homes shows the proportion of homes that are long-term empty is greatest in the north of England

As migrants fill his properties, Fergus Wilson puts up rents by 33%

14 September, 2015

But landlord has 'concern' for low-income Maidstone-born people who are priced out

MS patients 'can suffer relapses' over benefit problems

14 September, 2015

MS Society says 48% of those questioned who had an assessment for ESA felt it was of harm to their health

Interest rates must rise 'relatively soon', says Bank of England's Martin Weale

14 September, 2015

Continuing wage growth and inflation mean rate hike likely follow despite recent economic slowdown, according to Bank's monetary policy committee member

Council houses have been sold at 70% under their market value

14 September, 2015

The discounts are bigger than those ever envisaged by Margaret Thatcher and amount to almost £4bn, a Guardian investigation has found

Council on course to become property developer

14 September, 2015

Cambridgeshire County Council is set to be the first local authority of its kind in the UK to become a commercial property developer

Cardiff landlords 'slow' to respond to beefed up licensing regime as 71% of properties flout rules

14 September, 2015

Report says widespread non-compliance means it's difficult to argue homes in Cathays are 'effectively managed'

Tax relief cuts will see landlords passing the buck

14 September, 2015

Blog by Karim Goudiaby, chief executive officer of EasyRoommate

Touchbase DWP E-zine

14 September, 2015

News on DLA and changes to mortgage support - September 2015

Council benefit payment delays affect half of tenants

14 September, 2015

52% of private sector tenants on housing benefit have experienced delays over its payment from their local council, according to new research from the NLA

Section 21

11 September, 2015

What all agents need to know about the changes

Explanatory Memorandum

11 September, 2015

The Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations 2015

George Osborne's higher minimum wage won't make up for his tax credit cuts

11 September, 2015

People on low incomes will be significantly worse off after changes to the minimum wage and tax credit and benefits system in George Osborne's budget, it has been calculated

Appeals against DWP 'fit to work' decisions more successful than ever before

11 September, 2015

A greater proportion of people declared 'fit to work' when applying for disability benefits are having their decisions overturned at appeal than ever before

New Birmingham scheme to help rough sleepers

11 September, 2015

A scheme which aims to avoid putting homeless people in custody has been launched in Birmingham

Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion in Wales 2015

11 September, 2015

New report by NPI, shows that 23% of people in Wales are living in poverty

Housing Benefit Recoveries and Fraud National Statistics

11 September, 2015

Great Britain statistics for 2014/2015

An assessment of the potential compensation provided by the new 'National Living Wage'

11 September, 2015

For the personal tax and benefit measures announced for implementation in the current parliament

North East housing provider helping tenants transition to Universal Credit

11 September, 2015

The Governments new welfare system is coming to Teesside and one local housing provider is helping their tenants get to grips with the changes

House Price Index

11 September, 2015

August 2015

Mortgage Monitor

11 September, 2015

September 2015

Caroline Flint urges 'protected' energy tariff for vulnerable customers

10 September, 2015

Shadow energy secretary says price set by regulator would help consumers who do not switch tariffs and are getting a bad deal for gas and electricity

Low-income families in private housing face large benefit shortfalls

10 September, 2015

Freeze will leave 300,000 households in England hundreds of pounds behind on rent each month, says Shelter

Work Programme 'failing the most vulnerable young Scots'

10 September, 2015

Some of the most vulnerable young people in Scotland are not getting the support they need to help them into work

Preventing Homelessness and Reducing Reoffending

10 September, 2015

Insights from service users of the Supporting Prisoners; Advice Network, Scotland

Council's solar panel plan scuppered

10 September, 2015

Government proposals to slash the household returns from solar panels have scuppered Carmarthenshire council's plan to install solar panels on around 2,700 of its homes

Residents helped to get online in Warrington

10 September, 2015

A new scheme that will help local people access the internet, learn new skills and access services online has been launched in Warrington.

Low pay and short hours are putting working families in Wales at greater risk of poverty

10 September, 2015

Working families and young people in Wales are at greater risk of poverty now than they were ten years ago according to research from JRF and NPI

Opinion: Benefit delays are forcing our clients to use food banks

10 September, 2015

Between April and November 2014, 20 out of 55 food bank vouchers were distributed to clients because of benefit delays

Employment and Support Allowance

10 September, 2015

Outcomes of Work Capability Assessments, Great Britain

ESA data

10 September, 2015

Numbers of claimants on Employment and Support Allowance with progressive conditions

Brandon Lewis pledges to remove rental 'red tape'

09 September, 2015

Property chiefs are welcoming a bid by Brandon Lewis to professionalise Britain's booming rental market

Spike in social housing tenants leaving Cambridge to rent - more evidence of 'social cleansing'?

09 September, 2015

There are fresh fears about the "social cleansing" of Cambridge after new figures showed a flood of people leaving the city for cheaper housing

Universal Credit arrival leads to loan shark warning

09 September, 2015

Ensuring that the perpetrators of illegal money lending do not prey on the most vulnerable in our societies is becoming even more important

Landlords at risk of £5,000 fine as government delays mandatory smoke alarm legislation

09 September, 2015

The landlord community has hit out at government for unnecessary delays in the introduction of legislation which will make it compulsory to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Mapped: top class university towns for buy-to-let property

09 September, 2015

Here are the best locations in the country in which to buy a rental home for your children and other students to live in

Iain Duncan Smith calls people without a disability 'normal'

09 September, 2015

Work and pensions secretary criticised for Commons remark as he prepares radical overhaul of sickness benefit rules

Chaos as Lords reject smoke alarm law with just three weeks to go

09 September, 2015

Chaos reigns over the mandatory introduction of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in private rented homes

Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud data: April 2014 to March 2015

09 September, 2015

Statistics on Housing Benefit fraud volumes and incorrectly paid benefit from April 2014 to March 2015

Goverment says Welfare Reform and Work Bill compatible with European Convention on Human Rights

09 September, 2015

The DWP has sent a Memorandum to the Joint Committee on Human Rights about the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Benefit delay forces our clients to use foodbanks

08 September, 2015

We welcomed the new committee's decision to launch this inquiry as we know delays and errors in the delivery of benefits cause real harm to our clients

Tax credit cuts to cost Britain's five million poorest children £750 each a year

08 September, 2015

Five million of Britain's poorest children will lose an average of £750 each a year because of the Government's cuts to tax credits

July Budget 2015 reforms - impacts on households

08 September, 2015

In the previous parliament, the coalition government published a document alongside every Budget that showed the distributional impact on households by income deciles and quintiles

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015

08 September, 2015

Work is the best route out of poverty and being in work should always pay more than being on benefits

The Universal Credit (Work Allowance) Amendment Regulations 2015

08 September, 2015

Draft proposals explaining the policy behind the intended regulatory changes, to the Social Security Advisory Committee

Iain Duncan Smith defends universal credit targets

08 September, 2015

Iain Duncan Smith came under fire regarding the failure to meet universal credit targets in the House of Commons

A sector that justifies its means - our asks for the 2015 Spending Review

08 September, 2015

Investment in the right support and a welfare system that works for the most vulnerable are just two of the things we ask for in this year's Spending Review

Boris backs lettings reform and banning rogue agents

08 September, 2015

London Mayor and Tory leadership wannabee Boris Johnson wants rogue operators in the private rental sectors to be banned with repeat offenders given steep fines

Problem debt: number of households affected rises by a quarter

08 September, 2015

New research finds 3.2 million families spent at least 25% of their gross monthly pay servicing unsecured debt in 2014

Rent controls in Scotland are just the first step to a fairer society

07 September, 2015

Nicola Sturgeon's pledge to rein in the private rented sector is welcome, but we need an overhaul of our whole housing system

Think I'm living the high life on benefits? Here's what being disabled costs me every day

07 September, 2015

Without the benefits I claim and the care I receive I would struggle to stay alive

Sinn Fein warns over threat of welfare cuts in Northern Ireland

07 September, 2015

Westminster's threat to impose reforms further deepens divisions among parties in Stormont's power-sharing coalition

Shortfall rent payments at all time high

07 September, 2015

Shelter Scotland has hit out at the UK Government over the increase in payments being made to families across Scotland

Jobseekers 'face dip in living standards'

07 September, 2015

Out-of-work couples with children face "a decade of sharply declining living standards" owing to changes made to benefits

Food banks are 'storing-up a health nightmare for the future' due to food's lack of nutritional standards

07 September, 2015

Many are struggling to store and distribute fresh produce, forcing suppliers to only hand out dried, tinned or powdered produce

'I own 75 buy-to-let properties but I haven't deprived other buyers'

07 September, 2015

As investors digest George Osborne's surprise new tax on buy-to-let, questions emerge about the wider impact on housing and rents

Right to Rent pilot branded a 'fiasco' by top housing lawyer

07 September, 2015

A leading housing lawyer has condemned feedback on the Right to Rent pilot scheme as a fiasco and "even worse than I expected"

Courts fine rogue landlords thousands of pounds

07 September, 2015

The courts have clamped down hard on two landlords who let out sub-standard accommodation

Scottish Welfare Funds independent review process consultation

07 September, 2015

The Welfare Funds may be the final safety net for some of the most vulnerable in our society

They provide for support to be given to those facing a crisis or an emergency, and help others to remain independent in their home rather than need to enter inst itutional care

Landlords urged to fit carbon monoxide detectors ahead of law change

07 September, 2015

Housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland is urging landlords to install carbon monoxide alarms in their properties ahead of a change in the law

Work Programme: Universal Credit provider guidance

04 September, 2015

This guidance is for DWP Work Programme providers working with Universal Credit claimants

'No Passport Equals No Home': An independent evaluation of the 'Right to Rent' scheme

04 September, 2015

The Right to Rent checks form part of a package of measures intended to create a "hostile environment" for irregular migrants in the UK

London rental barometer shows cooling

04 September, 2015

The central London rental market cooled last month, partly in reaction to economic uncertainty

Budget Buddies will help neighbours deal with benefit changes

04 September, 2015

A group of tenants from a Ripley-based housing association have signed up to help their friends and neighbours get into better financial shape and prepare for wholesale changes to the UK benefit system

Stuck with a terrible landlord? As if tenants have any other choice

04 September, 2015

Private landlords hold all the power in the UK's skewed rental sector. No wonder so many tenants have tales of horror and harrassment

DCLG technical discussion paper: Tackling rogue landlords and improving the private rental sector

04 September, 2015

The LGA is the voice of English local government. Our mission is to help support, promote and improve local authorities in England

Councils work in partnership with investors and landlords of all tenures to raise standards across the private rented sector and encourage investment to meet demand

Right to Rent - just how bad is it?

04 September, 2015

We thought it would be bad. And thanks to the JCWI, we can now have an evidence based stab at an answer

Landlords' Barometer - #23: Tax changes could lead to exodus

04 September, 2015

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #23", bringing you a round of trending topics for landlords and property professionals

UK living wage increase set to benefit more than 3m women

03 September, 2015

Increase outlined by George Osborne in July budget set to raise pay for 30% of female workforce

Right to Rent leads to 'discrimination'

03 September, 2015

A trial to force landlords to evict tenants who lose the right to live in the UK has led to "increased racial profiling"

SFHA gives evidence to Parliamentary committee on further welfare powers

03 September, 2015

The Scotland Bill has the potential to enable social landlords to support and transform tenants' lives though sections of the it fail to meet the "spirit or substance" of the Smith Commission

Make sure you have your say on landlords' licensing scheme

03 September, 2015

Residents and private landlords are being encouraged to air their views on new proposals to create further selective licensing areas

Employee contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours: 2015 update

03 September, 2015

ONS produces biannual estimates of the number of contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours

The latest estimate of the number of people who are employed on "zero-hours contracts" in their main employment is 744,000

Letting agents warned after rise in fake passports

03 September, 2015

Letting agents have been warned to be on their guard after a tenant vetting firm said the number of prospective tenants it is seeing with fake passports has rocketed

HB A11/2015

03 September, 2015

Fraud and Error Reduction Incentive Scheme Incentive Payments: Clarity on the end of year adjustment

How can I get my problem tenant evicted and what are the rules?

03 September, 2015

I have a problem tenant in my buy-to-let property, who I have had complaints from neighbours about and I think is damaging the property

DWP again refuses to release data on disability benefits - using the same excuse as before

03 September, 2015

The Department for Work and Pensions has again refused to release data about the impact of changes to the disability benefit system

Thousands of tenants in England 'suffering abuse' from private landlords

02 September, 2015

Housing charity Shelter says 17,000 renters have called its helpline during the last year with complaints including harassment, threats and assaults

Help your tenants register for their free gas safety toolkit

02 September, 2015

For Gas Safety Week 2015, show tenants how to get a free Gas Safety Toolkit

'No one I've ever met was helped back to work by sanctions'

02 September, 2015

Benefit sanctions plunge jobseekers into crisis and often push them further away from paid employment, unlike the made-up claimants in the now withdrawn benefits leaflet

Rent control plans 'threaten Scotland's burgeoning PRS market'

02 September, 2015

Plans to introduce a power for local rent controls in 'high-pressure' rental areas in Scotland could deter investment in Scotland's PRS and curtail much-needed housing supply

How to improve London's private rented housing sector - and how not to

02 September, 2015

As the London Assembly politicians have heard, private renting in the capital is a growing and complex aspect of a changing housing culture

Universal Credit - Withdrawing entitlement to housing element from 18-21 year olds

02 September, 2015

The Government has, on a number of occasions, flagged up the likelihood of Housing Benefit entitlement being withdrawn from the majority of 18-21 year olds

"Poverty pay" hits more than half of women working part-time in parts of Merseyside

02 September, 2015

New figures show how widespread low pay is among women in part-time jobs

Renting from a rogue landlord? It's time to know your rights

02 September, 2015

Moving into a new flat should be an exciting time, especially for a couple who have just married

'Vast social cleansing' pushes tens of thousands of families out of London

01 September, 2015

Data shows that the numbers claiming free school meals has dropped by almost a third in some boroughs, suggesting areas are becoming preserves of the rich

UN investigating British Government over human rights abuses caused by IDS welfare reforms

01 September, 2015

A leading disability charity says it has been approached by the UN as part of an investigation

Guinness denies unfair treatment of single mother faced with eviction from Brixton flat

01 September, 2015

Trade unionists and community campaigners will stage a demonstration outside Lambeth County Court today in support of a single mother they claim faces being unfairly evicted from her Brixton flat

He cannot talk, read or write, but Tories want severely disabled Stuart Chester to fill in 20-page form to keep benefits

01 September, 2015

A severely disabled man is the latest target in Iain Duncan Smith's campaign against Scotland's most vulnerable

Bedroom Tax victims fighting to prevent disabled grandson going into care - and costing Government much more

01 September, 2015

Paul and Susan Rutherford have defeated Iain Duncan-Smith's bid to block their legal appeal against a ruling which could see them separated from grandson Warren

£2 million paid out in Dundee to ease 'bedroom tax' pain

01 September, 2015

Almost £2 million has been awarded to Dundonians this year alone to help them cope with the effects of the so-called bedroom tax

Llandudno landlord back in court - this time for unlicensed properties

01 September, 2015

Mark Thorogood had a court bill for almost £7,000 - he'll pay back his fines at £40 per month

Measuring the impact of delays to benefit payments

01 September, 2015

The Government is calling for written evidence about the impact of delays and inaccuracy on benefit payments

Bristol students overturn 95% of DWP 'fit for work' declarations

01 September, 2015

Student volunteers at the Bristol and Avon Law Centre have overturned 95 per cent of DWP decisions made over the last two years

The Impact of Welfare Reform on the Scottish Labour Market. An Exploratory Analysis

01 September, 2015

This report was commissioned by the Welfare Reform Committee

It was produced by Christina Beatty and Steve Fothergill of the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University

Majority of renters experience deposit disputes

28 August, 2015

The majority of UK flatsharers have been involved in a dispute with a landlord over their tenancy deposit, and only a third of Brits are aware of their rights as renters

Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures'

28 August, 2015

Iain Duncan Smith should resign after the release of statistics showing thousands of people died soon after being found fit to work in disability benefit tests

'My mother's death was hastened by long delay in processing her benefits'

28 August, 2015

Moira Drury overcame domestic violence and severe disability to work as a nurse and bring up three children as a single parent

MSP condemns 'broken' private rented sector as rents reach record levels

28 August, 2015

Fresh calls have been made for the Scottish Government to increase the availability of affordable homes after average rents in the private sector reached an all-time high

Private rented sector in Scotland almost triples as home ownership falls

28 August, 2015

Drops in home ownership and in social housing have fuelled growth in Scotland's private rented sector

Energy improvements in rented homes: Where tenants will foot the bill

28 August, 2015

As yet another deadline approaches for the private rented sector, there seems to be a common misunderstanding about what it actually means

Treasury tells landlord protesters that Osborne will stand firm on tax changes

28 August, 2015

A 'say no to George' petition demanding that the Government reverses its decision to cut tax relief for private landlords has attracted over 20,600 signatures

Landlord loses deposit case after damage in communal area

28 August, 2015

In this dispute, a landlord claimed for the replacement of an area of damaged flooring in the weights section of the building's communal gym

Monthly ARLA Private Rented Sector Report July 2015

28 August, 2015

The number of available private rented properties rose in July, according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents monthly PRS Report

Housing Benefit: withdrawing entitlement from 18-21 year olds

27 August, 2015

The Government intends to withdraw Housing Benefit entitlement from some 18-21 year olds from April 2017

The Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary

27 August, 2015

Providing an overview of the main Social Security Agency benefits

SNP calls for immediate halt to all benefit sanctions

27 August, 2015

The Scottish governing party has called for a moratorium on the benefit cuts

Vulnerable are easy targets as a Job Centre Plus whistleblower reveals the scandal of benefits sanctions

27 August, 2015

Those who are 'under-educated' or mentally ill are the easy victims of Iain Duncan Smith's welfare changes

Hundreds of Flintshire tenants in rent arrears due to bedroom tax

27 August, 2015

Council report reveals 660 residents feel impact of under-occupancy charge, with debts totalling £236,457

Local authorities refer 2.1 million debts to bailiffs in 12 months

27 August, 2015

Debt charity's research shows councils' use of bailiffs up 16% in two years

Timetable for PIP

27 August, 2015

DWP started to take new claims to PIP from people aged 16 to 64 living in the North West and part of the North East of England only

Death has become a part of Britain's benefits system

27 August, 2015

More than 80 people a month are now dying after being declared 'fit for work'. The safety net that used to be there for the most vulnerable is being torn to shreds

Mortality statistics: out-of-work benefit claimants, March 2003 to February 2014

27 August, 2015

Mortality statistics for people on out-of-work benefits in Great Britain by age group and sex, from March 2003 to February 2014

Mortality Statistics: Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance

27 August, 2015

Additional information on those who have died after claiming Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance

LIN Member Report August 2015 - Council spending on discretionary housing payments

26 August, 2015

LIN member report written by Neil Merrick

Figures suggest Dundee-Glasgow benefit sanctions 'lottery'

26 August, 2015

Evidence of a postcode lottery in benefit sanctions has been uncovered by a new analysis of the latest figures

Essential Section 21 update for letting agents: Important changes just weeks away

26 August, 2015

Important changes affecting letting agents and landlords are just weeks away, courtesy of The Deregulation Act

Letting agents in Scotland and Wales get ready for mandatory licensing

26 August, 2015

A consultation has been launched in Scotland on a new code of practice for letting agents and a mandatory requirement for agents to undergo training before they can register

The changing face of personal debt

26 August, 2015

Levels of unsecured personal debt in the UK are growing

Are current approaches to measuring and analysing resident satisfaction fit for purpose?

26 August, 2015

Using surveys to measure resident satisfaction has become one of the key ways to assess the effectiveness of housing providers

Scottish rents stall at peak level in July

26 August, 2015

Rents across Scotland at record levels except in Edinburgh and Glasgow, as growth cools in the cities

Rogue landlords have little to fear from cash-strapped councils

26 August, 2015

Councils will soon have new powers to tackle rogue landlords, but five years of cuts has left them without the staff to do this

Bland assertions on the bedroom tax don't help anyone

26 August, 2015

As the possibility of a political solution to the bedroom tax drifts ever farther from the democratic process, some stories are still shocking enough to reach the headlines

Thousands of families would be hit by a cap on Northern Ireland benefits

26 August, 2015

Some 22,000 Northern Ireland households receive welfare handouts of more than £20,000 - the new benefits cap planned by Westminster

Benefits cuts and low pay are killing people

25 August, 2015

A "modest" increase in benefits and working tax credits would prevent thousands of hospital admissions and premature deaths

Renters pay £30 a week for government housing failure

25 August, 2015

Inflation is one of those annoying things that you just have to accept and deal with - the official target is, after all, 2%. But that gives the government no excuse to allow rents to go up the way they have

DHPs a "lifeline" for tenants in Scotland, says Burgess as official figures reveal 84,000 payments made this year

25 August, 2015

Scotland's housing minister said the country's Government will do all it can to "limit the damaging effects" of Westminster's welfare cuts

Pensioner buy-to-let hotspots revealed

25 August, 2015

Brandon in Suffolk is the most profitable location for pensioners to invest in buy-to-let property with an average yield of 8.59%

UK households £17 a week better off than last year in July thanks to continued lower food and petrol prices

25 August, 2015

UK households on average had £190 a week to spend on extras in July, £17 more than this time last year, thanks to falling food and petrol prices

DWP Sanctions Are Hurting Britons' Mental Health And Keeping Them Out Of Work

25 August, 2015

Threatening to punish people by cutting their benefits when they fail to do certain mandatory activities has a negative effect on people's mental health

Use of fake quotes in benefits leaflet 'quite wrong', Iain Duncan Smith admits

25 August, 2015

Minister says withdrawn leaflet is now subject of investigation, and publishing case studies based on fictional people is not DWP policy

Long term landlords characterise the market

25 August, 2015

On average landlords only trade properties every 17 years compared to 14 years for the average homeowner

Rent setting: social housing (England)

25 August, 2015

In 2002 the Labour Government introduced a rent convergence policy under which, over a ten year period, rents in social housing were to be brought into alignment

A rent formula was established with actual rents moving towards a national formula rent which took account of values of properties and local earnings relative to national earnings

Moves of Housing Benefit claimants: Jun-Aug 2013 to Sep-Nov 2014

25 August, 2015

Statistics on moves of Housing Benefit claimants from quarter June to August 2013 to quarter September to November 2014

Pace of rent rises quickens as average UK rent reaches £937 a month

24 August, 2015

Rents were up 4.6% in July on the year before, figures show, with median rent for one-bedroom flat in London now more than £1,000 a month

Benefits shakeup aims to force more disabled people into jobs

24 August, 2015

Government wants radical reform to push 1m more people into work, but disability campaigners fear they are being targeted

Death of buy-to-let: landlords wake up to Osborne's 150pc tax

24 August, 2015

Buy-to-let investors paying more than 100% of their profits in tax are already selling up

DWP seeks 2,800 short-term staff weeks after shedding thousands of full-timers

24 August, 2015

Union says adverts are for roles similar to those done by 3,824 workers who left two months ago and shows 'further casualisation' of department

Full data released: Right to Buy to Let

24 August, 2015

Inside Housing reveals the full data behind its investigation into Right to Buy re-lets.

Generation rent v the landlords: 'They can't evict millions of us'

24 August, 2015

The mould in Georges Almond's houseshare got so bad, he turned it into an art installation. Meet the private renters who are fighting back against price hikes, unhealthy homes and revenge evictions

'Suicide guidance' given to benefits staff preparing for desperate calls on welfare reform

24 August, 2015

GUIDELINES on how to deal with suicidal benefits claimants have been handed out by the Department for Work and Pensions to Scots workers

Furnishing Homes, Furnishing Lives: An Initial Discussion of How Furnished Tenancies Support Sustainable Communities

24 August, 2015

An Initial Discussion of How Furnished Tenancies Support Sustainable Communities

Rowallane credit union placed into liquidation

24 August, 2015

A County Down credit union with around 700 members has been placed into liquidation

Ealing court fines rogue landlord £75,215

21 August, 2015

A landlord has been handed substantial fines totalling nearly £70,000 for failing to licence four properties; protect tenants; comply with improvement notices; and comply with prohibition orders

Zero-hours contracts offered to 'a quarter of all unemployed'

21 August, 2015

Older job-seekers more likely to turn down zero-hour contracts, according to survey

Safe as Houses

21 August, 2015

Crime and changing tenure patterns

Burglary is likely to be more common in areas with higher levels of private rented housing than in social housing neighbourhoods, according to a report by independent think tank

Buy-to-let bets

21 August, 2015

Rental returns in England, Scotland and Wales

Buy to Let Index

21 August, 2015

July 2015

Social housing: 'pay to stay' at market rents

21 August, 2015

Parliament UK research briefing

This note provides information on the 'pay to stay' scheme in England under which social landlords can charge tenants with an income of over £60,000 market or near market rents. The Government intends to make higher rents compulsory in due course for social tenants earning over £40,000 in London and £30,000 elsewhere

Sky-high London rents prompt calls for new controls on landlords

20 August, 2015

With many Londoners paying at least half their salary in rent, politicians say urgent measures are needed to prevent a ghettoisation of the capital

Local authority admits to widespread non-compliance over licensing

20 August, 2015

Brent Council estimated that there were 20,000 licensable properties in its borough but has only received just over 5,000 online applications since they introduced mandatory licensing

Public relations body investigating DWP fake welfare claimants leaflet

20 August, 2015

CIPR has written to members who work at DWP to find out if they had any part in producing document which featured two non-existent benefits claimants

Government housing sell-off is 'impossible'

20 August, 2015

A LEADING Wychavon councillor has described the Government's policy to sell off housing association properties as 'impossible.'

Benefit Sanctions and Homelessness

20 August, 2015

A report by the North East Homelessness Think Tank

research to: Develop a robust understanding of the administration and impact of benefit sanctions in relation to vulnerable people in the North East, and develop an alternative vision for the benefits system which both supports people into work and prevents homelessness

Rent Smart Wales

20 August, 2015

Countdown to new law affecting landlords and agents in Wales

Isolation and Hunger

20 August, 2015

Report on the reality of the school holidays for struggling families

Almost half of ESA & JSA sanctions overturned when reviewed

20 August, 2015

Almost half of all sanctions imposed on the UK government's Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) have been overturned when reviewed, according to official figures

Benefit sanctions ruin lives. No wonder the DWP turned to fiction

20 August, 2015

In the real world claimants have been driven to theft and suicide, making the Department for Work and Pension's invention of the grateful 'Zac' and 'Sarah' particularly grotesque

Universal credit pathfinders in devolution call

19 August, 2015

Two Greater Manchester authorities that piloted the government's universal credit regime are calling for greater control over key parts of the revamped welfare state

Benefit sanctions ruin lives. No wonder the DWP turned to fiction

19 August, 2015

In the real world claimants have been driven to theft and suicide, making the Department for Work and Pension's invention of the grateful 'Zac' and 'Sarah' particularly grotesque

Sky-high London rents prompt calls for new controls on landlords

19 August, 2015

With many Londoners paying at least half their salary in rent, politicians say urgent measures are needed to prevent a ghettoisation of the capital

Hoxton tenants to pay personalised rents

19 August, 2015

Wealthier tenants on an east London housing estate will pay more than their neighbours in a new rent scheme

Unemployed offered unpaid work experience at the job centre

19 August, 2015

Department for Work and Pensions said the placements offered 'invaluable' office experience for claimants

Disabled teenagers are easily lost in a welfare state cut to the bone

19 August, 2015

As a 17-year-old deaf youngster living at home, Sanjeev is now not eligible for any benefits - even help to get to job interviews. What chance does he have?

Carmarthenshire Council to claw back £1.8m from hundreds of benefit fraudsters

19 August, 2015

Council bosses say hundreds of people have been caught committing offences

Worklessness and social housing: a look behind the numbers

19 August, 2015

Social housing is stigmatised for high rates of unemployment among tenants, but there's more to the numbers than meets the eye

Important changes are imminent for private rented sector

19 August, 2015

We are indebted to lawyer Tessa Shepperson for her round-up of all the legal changes imminently coming the way of the lettings industry in England

Register now but come back in ten years' time, agents tell tenants

19 August, 2015

Can you imagine someone walking into your agency to ask about rental properties - and you having to ask them to register their interest and come back in ten years' time?

SNP students call for Scottish Government to back rent controls

18 August, 2015

Youth group are latest to support Living Rent campaign to control housing costs

Housing benefits axed: How will cuts affect young people in Milton Keynes?

18 August, 2015

Earlier this month the Government announced that they are going to axe housing benefits for 18-21 year-olds

Universal Credit 'could make Scots carers worse off'

18 August, 2015

Family carers for vulnerable children in Scotland are likely to be left worse off under Universal Credit

Soaring £4.8m cost of emergency council payments to people hit by bedroom tax in Greater Manchester

18 August, 2015

Town halls spend £4.8m in discretionary housing payments to people on benefits who can no longer afford the rent

DWP Admits Using Fake Claimant's Comments In Benefit Sanctions Leaflet

18 August, 2015

Government officials have admitted that claimant's comments used in an official benefit sanctions information leaflet were "for illustrative purposes only"

One in four claiming disability benefits faces serious difficulties including delays, unfair dismissals and confusion over eligibility

18 August, 2015

Almost a quarter of all people applying for disability benefits to help them live independently are encountering serious difficulties

Donations roll in as a woman with no money for food is fined £328 for shoplifting a Mars bar

18 August, 2015

A fundraising campaign is helping a benefits sanction victim who had not eaten in days pay her £328.75 fine for stealing a packet of Mars bars worth 75p

Stormont research shows low income is top reason for food bank use

18 August, 2015

Stormont's social development minister has met food bank organisations to discuss his department's research into their usage

Hoarding: Key considerations and examples of best practice

18 August, 2015

NHF Report

This report draws on the learning from a series of regional events organised by the NHF and Sitra in February and March 2015. The principal aim of the events was to raise awareness of the complex issues surrounding hoarding disorder, to share learning and highlight innovative practice, and to identify future housing workforce training and development needs

Go to work 'bootcamp' or lose your benefits, jobless youths are told: Unemployed will be given three-weeks of training on writing CVs and interview technique

17 August, 2015

Jobless youngsters will be sent on a three-week work 'bootcamp' or face losing their benefits

Deregulation will only make things worse for desperate tenants

17 August, 2015

The calls for a lower standard of housing for the poorest reminds us that arguments about rights to shelter are not won yet

Profit or purpose? The fight over the future of social housing in Britain

17 August, 2015

A housing association's decision to stop building homes for the poor has left the sector divided over its future. Is this the beginning of the end for social housing?

Camila Batmanghelidjh set to open children's food bank

17 August, 2015

Founder of collapsed Kids Company says 50 former staff have volunteered to help run Kids Dining Room in south London

Rent controls are not the answer to tackling housing shortage in private rented sector

17 August, 2015

There has never been more consensus in Scotland that we need a thriving, vibrant and investable private rented sector

HB G8/2015

17 August, 2015

Information for all housing benefit staff

Four in ten ex-council flats now in private rented sector

17 August, 2015

Nearly 40% of all ex-council flats sold under the Right to Buy in England are now almost certainly being rented out privately

Citizens Advice lobbying for more private rental regulation

17 August, 2015

The Citizens Advice charity is urging people to lobby for more controls over the private rental sector

Government U-turn on longer private sector tenancies

17 August, 2015

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has backtracked on suggestions that the government may introduce longer standard tenancy agreements in the private rental sector

LIN Press Release - New Discretionary Housing Payments Guidance (DHP)

14 August, 2015

A local authority's decision to take the care component of disability living allowance when assessing DHP's was unlawful, the high court has said

The claimants, Mr and Mrs Hardy, who are both disabled and both receive the care and mobility components of DLA, live in a three bedroom property. They have lived in their current home for around 20 years, but were caught by the 'bedroom tax' when their housing benefit was reduced as a result of their having a spare bedroom.

HB A9/2015

14 August, 2015

Discretionary Housing Payment Guidance 2015

HB A10/2015

14 August, 2015

April Uprating: Clarification of effective dates for Housing Benefit

Agents warned new licensing scheme is one of most complex to date

14 August, 2015

A licensing scheme described by an expert as one of the most complex to date is set to go live on November 1

Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics Quarterly, England and Wales

14 August, 2015

This quarterly bulletin presents statistics on mortgage and landlord possession actions in the county courts of England and Wales in April to June 2015

Mortgage arrears and repossessions continue to fall in second quarter

14 August, 2015

The repossession rate - already at its lowest since records began - continued to fall in the second quarter of 2015

Peter Robinson welcomes 'serious' welfare reform summer talks with Sinn Fein

14 August, 2015

Northern Ireland's First Minister has indicated progress has been made in talks to resolve a row over welfare reform

'Stark warning' on welfare cuts after number of homeless families soars 47% - what's changed

14 August, 2015

The number of families forced into B&Bs and other temporary accommodation is on the up

Universal Credit national expansion tranches 3 and 4

14 August, 2015

Local authorities and jobcentre areas that will begin to deliver Universal Credit as part of national expansion during 2015 and 2016

Number of people evicted from rented homes has soared since housing benefit cuts began

14 August, 2015

The number of people being evicted from their rented homes has increased by almost 50 per cent since housing benefit cuts were introduced four years ago

Ill-judged welfare cuts have puts thousands at risk

14 August, 2015

In the last three months alone over 10,000 households have lost their home

Right to Buy: 40% of homes sold under Government scheme are being let out privately

14 August, 2015

Almost 40 per cent of former council homes sold on the cheap under the Government's Right to Buy scheme are now being let out on the hugely expensive private rental market

Universal Credit payment revamp 'could help 700,000 households'

13 August, 2015

New powers to make changes over how Universal Credit is paid will eventually affect over 700,000 households across the country, according to the Scottish Government

Dumfries foodbank faces funding shortfall

13 August, 2015

A foodbank in Dumfries has said it needs to raise £15,000 by January in order to continue to keep going

Universal Credit

13 August, 2015

Monthly experimental official statistics

London borough of Newham has highest social rents in England and Wales

13 August, 2015

The London borough of Newham has the highest average social rent in England and Wales, according to housing costs analysis from the Office for National Statistics

Course helps Sheffield young people live independently

13 August, 2015

A housing scheme for vulnerable young people in Sheffield is celebrating having its very own training course nationally accredited for the first time

Council tenants set to save more than £1.4m in heating bills

13 August, 2015

Sheffield council tenants are set to save more than £1.4million on their annual heating bills through a new initiative being delivered to thousands of council homes across the city

English Housing Survey bulletin

13 August, 2015

A newsletter for users of the English Housing Survey

New Discretionary Housing Payments guidance

13 August, 2015

The DWP has issued a new Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) guidance manual

Hardy, R v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. A local authority's decision to take the care component of disability living allowance (DLA) into account when assessing discretionary housing payments (DHPs) was unlawful, the High Court has said

High success rate in ESA sanction challenges

13 August, 2015

New DWP statistics show that almost 67,000 sanctions applied to employment and support allowance claimants under new regime

House Price Index

13 August, 2015

July 2015

Welsh council tax debt: 6,000 struggling to pay bill

12 August, 2015

Over 6,000 people are struggling to pay council tax bills in Wales - double the number a year ago

A Changing State - Food banks on the front line

12 August, 2015

George Osbourne recently called for suggestions from public services on how to save £20bn in the autumn spending review

Housing Benefit caseload statistics

12 August, 2015

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

Census output area data on workless benefit claimants: to Feb 2015

12 August, 2015

Number of people by area claiming Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support and other income-related benefits

Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to March 2015

12 August, 2015

Data on Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions decisions made to March 2015

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 30 July 2015

12 August, 2015

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 30 July 2015

New benefits powers for Scotland

12 August, 2015

Payment revamp could help 700,000 households

Half of landlords affected by removal of wear and tear allowance

12 August, 2015

Almost half (47 per cent) of landlords will be affected by the removal of the annual wear and tear allowance

Labour issues warning on benefits restriction plan

12 August, 2015

Labour has warned most people would find it unacceptable if British workers under the age of 22 are prevented from receiving tax credits and housing benefits

High street crackdown means you'll need a bigger deposit and face tighter checks for a buy-to-let loan

12 August, 2015

Landlords looking for a buy-to-let mortgage are being warned they could face tighter checks and higher interest rates when they look to snap up more properties

A new way to get 6pc from buy-to-let

12 August, 2015

Specialist buy-to-let lender Paragon is raising a further tranche of cash - and offering investors in its bonds 6pc returns

Glasgow Credit Union scheme to help first time buyers

12 August, 2015

A new scheme is to be launched which will allow people in Glasgow who cannot afford a deposit to buy their home

£1/2 m welfare and debt relief for Eden residents

11 August, 2015

A partnership linking Eden Housing Association and The Cumbria Law Centre has seen Eden tenants benefit from an estimated £1/2 million in welfare and debt relief

Universal Credit and rented housing - frequently asked questions

11 August, 2015

This document provides private and social sector landlords with up to date information on Universal Credit

Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA, has encouraged students, and all those living in privately rented accommodation, to ensure their deposits are protected

11 August, 2015

The 'Tenancy Deposit Scheme' reminder comes at a time when students are arranging accommodation before they begin the new academic year

Private rental growth in UK centred in regional cities

11 August, 2015

The growth of the private rented sector in the UK continues and there is evidence that activity in this market is market is increasingly clustering in cities around the country

Tax credits betray the hard-working majority. Scrapping them only harms the workshy

11 August, 2015

If we really care about the plight of "hard-working families", might it not be a good idea if we work out who these families actually are before we offer billions of pounds of taxpayers' money to them?

People need affordable housing not a cap on benefits

11 August, 2015

63,000 families have had their benefits capped to date

Universal Credit: Concerns those on benefits won't cope with monthly budgeting

11 August, 2015

"They'll have to pay their rent themselves, pay bills and budget for food. We know that we'll have more people coming in here,"

The homelessness monitor: Wales 2015

11 August, 2015

The homelessness monitor is a longitudinal study that provides an independent analysis of the impact on homelessness of recent economic and policy developments across the UK

The key areas of interest are the homelessness consequences of the post-2007 economic recession, and the subsequent recovery, as well as welfare reform and cuts

Good tenants/bad landlords or good landlords/bad tenants?

10 August, 2015

Registered private landlord John shares his frustrations about bad tenants and calls for balance in any new regulation of the private rented sector

Knock knock knockin' on tenant's door

10 August, 2015

It has been over a year since the MoJ replaced a commercial landlord's centuries-old right of distress against his tenant to recover outstanding rent arrears

Bailiff regulation reforms leave landlords exposed

10 August, 2015

Commercial landlords have raised concerns that changes made to bailiff regulation last year have made it easier for tenants to pay their rent late and remove valuable items from their premises ahead of debt collection

Renters don't need to ditch the capital - yet

10 August, 2015

London workers trying to save money on rent and travel costs should move to Bexley

Tenure trends and cross tenure analysis

10 August, 2015

Data on the nature and number of tenancies at both the regional and national level

Rogue landlords and letting agents to get stiffer fines in rental market shakeup

10 August, 2015

Government proposals include blacklisting rogues and forcing them to repay rent taken since the start of a tenancy, as well as civil penalties

'Cruel' cuts to asylum-seekers' support payments will push children into poverty

10 August, 2015

Tens of thousands of asylum-seekers with children will be pushed deeper into poverty by "cruel" cuts to their support payments which come into force on 10 August

Tenants who face eviction every year

10 August, 2015

Letting agents and landlords are using Section 21 notices to force private renters into signing new contracts at higher rents

Sheltered housing and extra care housing by LA in Wales (March 2015)

10 August, 2015

Social rented stock for Welsh social landlords by local authority area by the number of sheltered housing and extra care housing units of accommodation

Homelet Rental Index July 2015

10 August, 2015

In the three months to July, average rental values for new tenancies in the UK were 11.8% higher than the same period last year

Help to secure a rental home: the MOD Tenancy Deposit Loan Scheme

07 August, 2015

The MOD has launched a scheme that allows defence personnel to apply for a loan to meet the cost of a deposit for a rental property

Cameron's flagship crackdown on illegal migrants renting homes caught just SEVEN landlords and fined them £800 each

07 August, 2015

David Cameron's flagship plan to stop landlords renting flats to illegal immigrants has so far caught just seven people

Pilot scheme forcing landlords to check tenants' immigration status 'has failed'

07 August, 2015

Damning assessment presented by government's own data and separate investigations will raise fears the scheme could prove unworkable

Thousands of tenants face eviction at short notice

07 August, 2015

Thousands of tenants in the private rented sector face eviction at short notice when their homes are repossessed

Social housing stock and rents

07 August, 2015

An annual report which includes information on the number of dwellings, bedsits and bedspaces owned or partly owned by local authorities and registered social landlords

There continued to be a very slight increase in socially rented housing stock

Benefit cap: number of households capped to May 2015

07 August, 2015

Number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to May

Buy to let: not a saint, not a sinner

07 August, 2015

Is there a risk that the buy-to-let sector may be taking too much of the rap for a wider policy failure to deliver adequate housing supply more generally?

Clock ticks down to blanket licensing scheme as objectors go to court

07 August, 2015

A decision on whether to allow a legal challenge to a blanket licensing scheme is expected next Thursday, August 13

Tenants plunge further into poverty as council rent arrears rise

07 August, 2015

There are warning signs that people in West Dunbartonshire are falling further into poverty as rent arrears continue to rise at the local authority

Scottish Government handed petition demanding rent controls

06 August, 2015

A petition demanding rent controls has been handed in to the Scottish housing minister

Tackling the Housing Crisis

06 August, 2015

Report by Jeremy Corbyn

Quakers welcome House of Lords amendment to Charities Bill as right to buy threat looms

06 August, 2015

The Quaker movement is backing a House of Lords amendment to the Charities Bill that will protect homes under threat from government plans to extend the right to buy to housing associations

Second Consultation on a New Tenancy for the Private Sector

06 August, 2015

Analysis of Consultation Responses

One in six jobseekers have allowance stopped by DWP each year

06 August, 2015

Guardian research contradicts government claims that only a small minority of jobseekers have been affected by increasingly severe welfare policies

Social housing became less affordable over past decade

06 August, 2015

Office of National Statistics information

Interest rates going up? Not so fast

06 August, 2015

After the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee again held UK interest rates at 0.5% - for the 78th straight month - experts have cautioned against the growing belief that the only way is up

Thousands of tenants face eviction at short notice - Citizens Advice

06 August, 2015

Thousands of tenants in the private rented sector face eviction at short notice when their homes are repossessed, according to Citizens Advice

Benefit cap: thousands of people move into work or off Housing Benefit

06 August, 2015

According to new figures, 25,300 people who had their benefits capped moved into work, reduced their Housing Benefit claim or no longer claim Housing Benefit at all

Universal Credit Waiting Days

06 August, 2015

Guidance on seven waiting days for Universal Credit

Decision imminent on legal challenge to Croydon Council's landlord licensing scheme

05 August, 2015

A final decision on the legal challenge of the council's landlord licensing scheme is expected next Thursday

Support cut-off for refused asylum seekers may affect 2,900 families in UK

05 August, 2015

Home Office ministers calculate savings of £49m a year in move to withdraw state pay-outs of £36.95 a week to rejected applicants

Student lives put at risk by negligent landlords

05 August, 2015

Landlords and letting agents are threatening student lives by failing to sort out dangerous electrical problems

A Tenancy Deposit or Rent in Advance?

05 August, 2015

An interesting decision from Scotland has highlighted the distinction between a tenancy deposit and rent collected in advance

Britain's housing system is an example of just how bad it can get for renters

05 August, 2015

Europeans enjoy more rights and stabler rents than people in the UK, who suffer from the uniquely British phenomenon of amateur landlords

Benefit cuts mean this summer holiday has been even more hungry than usual

05 August, 2015

High demand for Scottish charities giving youngsters hot meals in the holidays shows the devastating impact of benefit cuts as parents struggle to feed their children while schools are shut

How far is Sinn Fein going to let welfare sulk go?

05 August, 2015

It was interesting to note that when Martin McGuinness was told by the Government "there is no more money"

Illegal rent fees 'are still being charged'

05 August, 2015

Some letting agents in Scotland are still charging private tenants illegal fees

Young people are on benefits out of necessity, not out of choice

05 August, 2015

Housing and unemployment benefits for the young support thousands of parents, care leavers and homeless people, who ought to be protected

Tenant who missed rent payment was beaten up in street

05 August, 2015

A man who attacked a tenant who missed a rent payment has been jailed for seven years

Right To Rent immigration checks: agents happy, landlords not

04 August, 2015

There has been a mixed reaction to the government's announcement that agents and landlords face jail if they fail to conduct Right To Rent checks or fail to evict known illegal migrants from privately rented properties

British Landlords Banned From Leasing Energy Inefficient Buildings

04 August, 2015

Buildings in the UK that fail to satisfy minimum energy performance benchmarks will soon be prohibited from leasing to tenants

British citizens without passports being turned away by landlords

04 August, 2015

Evidence emerges that scheme requiring private landlords not to rent to illegal immigrants may be affecting British citizens

'Britain's generous welfare system behind pupils' lack of ambition,'

04 August, 2015

British students are less motivated to study hard if they know they will get government handouts

Tackling rogue landlords and improving the private rental sector

04 August, 2015

The private rented sector is an important part of our housing market, housing 4.4 million households in England

The government wants to support good landlords who provide decent well maintained homes, and avoid further regulation on them

Families of refused asylum seekers to be stripped of automatic right to financial support

04 August, 2015

Home Office ministers to adopt more hardline approach to those who have exhausted appeal rights, to demonstrate that UK is not 'land of milk and honey'

HB Direct issue 161

04 August, 2015

The HB Direct newsletter provides latest information on policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit

Chaos! Can agents and landlords cope after being 'dumped' with immigration nightmare?

04 August, 2015

Concerns are rising that the imminent roll-out of Right to Rent has been badly thought out on grounds too numerous to mention

Uncertain Futures

04 August, 2015

A report examining the impact of removing automatic entitlement to Housing Benefit for 18 to 21 year olds

This report seeks to challenge some of the assumptions underpinning the argument that many young people are choosing a life on benefits

'Right-to-Rent'

04 August, 2015

NLA update

New repayment rules to make it even harder for graduates to get on housing ladder

03 August, 2015

New graduates will find it harder than ever to get on the housing ladder

New licensing regime will 'hound' tenants in their homes

03 August, 2015

A local authority has been attacked over its plans for a selective licensing scheme which will force landlords or their agents to inspect their properties every month

UK proposals to strip obese claimants of benefits 'flawed and unethical'

03 August, 2015

Experts say evidence shows that psychological treatment doesn't work if patients are coerced into accepting treatment

SNP renews attack over tax credit changes

03 August, 2015

Almost 350,000 Scottish children will be worse off as a result of "shameful" changes made by the UK government to tax credits

Bedroom Tax and separated families - UT again

03 August, 2015

In this appeal tribunal, the appellant was represented, which was a problem in MR

Immigration Bill: Landlords 'must evict' illegal immigrants

03 August, 2015

Landlords will be expected to evict tenants who lose the right to live in England under new measures to clamp down on illegal immigration

Some tax credits recipients will keep only 7p of every extra pound earned

03 August, 2015

It found that in the current financial year, they lose 90.6p of every extra pound they earn - But after the Budget cuts take effect, the figure would rise to 93p

Concerns raised over plan to strip failed asylum seeker families of benefits

03 August, 2015

Home Office accused of 'morally reprehensible' action over plan to remove automatic right to benefits from families who do not win asylum

Landlords threatened with jail if they rent to illegal immigrants but tenants won't automatically be kicked out of the UK

03 August, 2015

The government's latest attempt to get a grip on illegal immigration was plunged into confusion today amid doubts it will lead to anyone being kicked out of Britain

Welfare reform stalemate stymies Civil Service job cull

03 August, 2015

Hundreds of civil servants are facing uncertainty as the go-ahead for Stormont's public sector jobs cull hangs in the balance

New measures to crackdown on illegal immigrants renting properties

03 August, 2015

New measures to crackdown on rogue landlords and make Britain an even harder place for illegal migrants to operate will be announced today

Council Tax: what it is, how much it costs and how to save money

01 August, 2015

Council Tax is used to help pay for services such as waste collection, street lighting and cleaning, and police and fire services

Labour accuses Tories of pushing tax credit cuts through Parliament without proper scrutiny

31 July, 2015

Harriet Harman wants the £6bn in cuts to be examined by the Commons Treasury and Work and Pensions Select Committees

Landlords challenged to recognise trafficked tenants

31 July, 2015

Landlords and letting agents are being urged to watch out for trafficked tenants

Living Rent Campaign hands in 8,000 strong petition calling for rent controls

31 July, 2015

The Living Rent Campaign will today hand in a petition calling for the re-introduction of rent controls

Scrutiny Live - Findings with Evidence

31 July, 2015

When we got together to plan Scrutiny Live earlier this year, we couldn't have imagined the support and encouragement we would get from so many people

Engage with your tenants on national issues. Support them to have their say. Don't assume you know what they want you to say

A word on what's missing from the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

31 July, 2015

Since the Chancellor's budget earlier this month, here at Crisis we've been worrying about some of the drastic cuts to housing benefit that were announced

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, April to June 2015

31 July, 2015

Private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 2.5% in the 12 months to June 2015

How George Osborne could kill off Britain's bu-to-let business

31 July, 2015

In 1995, buy-to-let was a great investment. Over the last 20 years there's probably been none better

Cuts to council tax benefits have gone largely unreported - but the consequences are big news for Britain's poorest

31 July, 2015

The axe has been devolved, with big consequences for Britain's poorest families

Stricter Universal Credit rules could affect half of Britain's children

31 July, 2015

Britain's welfare system is undergoing huge change, and cuts are coming too. Here's what's planned - and how it could affect working families

Insolvency Service: Personal insolvencies at 10-year low

30 July, 2015

The number of people being declared insolvent has fallen to its lowest level for nearly a decade according to the Insolvency Service

Opinion: The right to play

30 July, 2015

Affinity Sutton has taken the decision to remove all 'No ball games' signs on its estates

Too poor to pay

30 July, 2015

Report by CPAG showing the impact of the second year of localised council tax support in London

Bailiffs sent out 13,000 times in a year over late London council tax bills

Government pledges to get people on 'sick benefit' back into work

30 July, 2015

The government has launched a review into how best to 'support' benefit claimants with addictions and potentially treatable conditions back into work

Employment and Support Allowance Sanctions

30 July, 2015

Information leaflet

Free Alarms Fan Flames of Confusion

30 July, 2015

NLA information on free smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

Universal Credit : priorities for action

30 July, 2015

Social Security Advisory Committee

Work Programme provider guidance

30 July, 2015

DWP provider guidance for the Work Programme

HB A8/2015

29 July, 2015

European Economic Area right to reside - permanent residence status

Responding to welfare reform in Wales

29 July, 2015

The major focus of the UK Government's reforms covered by the Auditor General's report were the changes to Housing Benefit

Over recent years, numbers claiming Housing Benefit in Great Britain had increased significantly

Birmingham's council tax income lowest in the country because of cheap housing

29 July, 2015

City average of £737 per household despite the council tax rate being one of the highest nationally

Obese people and drug users who refuse treatment could have benefits cut

29 July, 2015

David Cameron launches review by Dame Carol Black of welfare for those with drug, alcohol or obesity problems

Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics: 2014/15

29 July, 2015

This publication provides information on the Scottish Welfare Fund for the period 2014/15 (1st April 2014 to 31 March 2015)

These statistics are being published as experimental statistics

Dumfries foodbank opening 'broke rules' claims MP

29 July, 2015

Dumfries and Galloway SNP MP Richard Arkless has claimed David Mundell may have broken House of Commons rules by opening a foodbank in his constituency

Buy-to-let enthusiasm can drive new supply if we demolish housing barriers

29 July, 2015

It was at the time of another landmark Budget - Nigel Lawson's in 1988 - that the UK's rental market as we know it first began to emerge

Housing rent reduction policy will hit plans to build 42,000 new homes

29 July, 2015

Proposals announced in the Summer Budget to lower rents for social housing tenants could force district councils to scrap plans to build an extra 40,000 new homes over the next 30 years

An independent review into the impact on employment outcomes of drug or alcohol addiction, and obesity

29 July, 2015

The government has commissioned Professor Dame Carol Black to undertake an independent review

A call for evidence to inform an independent review into the effects on employment outcomes of drug or alcohol addiction and obesity

Buy to let us ... boost a pension, buy a property and help our children

28 July, 2015

Despite George Osborne's budget crackdown, there's a growing breed of 'amateur' investors using buy-to-let for many different reasons

Welsh government urged to take lead on opposing welfare changes

28 July, 2015

Labour-led administration must do more to protect citizens from impact of policies such as bedroom tax

Buy-to-let hotspots revealed: London top of 'buoyant' market for investors snapping up homes - but Birmingham, Manchester and Nottingham rise

28 July, 2015

Landlords looking to invest in buy-to-let properties are still flocking to the capital, as London sits at the top of a list of UK hotspots

High rents force 1 in 3 young Brits into debt

28 July, 2015

Many Brits under the age of 25 simply can't cope with their housing costs, according to one report, and are turning to credit cards and loans instead

'Bedroom tax' cash help for Welsh tenants urged by AMs

28 July, 2015

Social housing tenants hit by the so-called bedroom tax should get more financial help from the Welsh government

65% of landlords considering rent rises following budget

28 July, 2015

Interim findings from a survey of landlords by the RLA has found that 65% are now considering increasing rents as a direct result of the budget

Welfare reforms 'will force families out of the borough' because of high housing costs, charity organiser says

28 July, 2015

Families will be forced out of the borough by impending welfare reforms, Kingston Foodbank has warned

How will the 'benefit cap' affect me?

28 July, 2015

Who does the 'benefit cap' apply to and what will be the effect of the changes to it announced in the Budget?

MPs launch inquiry into the holes in our benefits safety net

27 July, 2015

We learned this week that MPs are to explore many of the concerns we've been raising about the holes that have been created in our benefits safety net

Council tenants in Cardiff are £1m in arrears - and that's up since the bedroom tax was introduced

27 July, 2015

Bedroom tax is blamed for contributing to the £1m owed to Cardiff council

New benefits scheme to be tried in Didcot

27 July, 2015

A pilot programme giving Didcot residents greater responsibility over paying their housing benefit has been labelled 'fantastic' by town mayor Des Healy

Benefits cap: Unemployed families 'risk eviction' if they don't pay shortfall

27 July, 2015

Unemployed families will have to make up a £50-a-week shortfall in rent or risk eviction when the Government's benefits cap is lowered

What It's Really Like To Be Young, British, And On Housing Benefit

27 July, 2015

The chancellor has announced that he will end automatic entitlement to housing benefit for people aged 18-21

Review of benefit sanctions urged amid concern over regime's effectiveness

27 July, 2015

Advisers to Iain Duncan Smith say there is no hard evidence that stopping payments to claimants is helping people get jobs

Payday loans customers win back £10m as lender caves in over unfair fees

27 July, 2015

Payday lender Cash Genie has set up the compensation scheme with the Financial Conduct Authority

Survey reveals that more than a third of the UK support welfare cuts

27 July, 2015

1120 participants were asked which of the conservative party's visions for welfare reform they supported

One buy-to-let mortgage should be enough for anyone

27 July, 2015

What a wonderful suggestion from Helen Simpson

Pensioner landlord risks being criminalised if blanket licensing goes ahead

27 July, 2015

A landlord has spelled out to EYE just how devastating the consequences of a blanket licensing scheme will be if it goes ahead

Call to allow local authorities to scrap council tax in favour of more local alternatives

26 July, 2015

A think tank has unveiled radical plans which would give local authorities the power to scrap council tax and business rates and replace them with a range of other levies

Discretionary housing payments

25 July, 2015

Discretionary housing payments offer a lifeline for tenants who need extra help with housing costs or to offset the harmful effects of the bedroom tax

Rogue Landlord Database

24 July, 2015

Environmental Health News on-line

The rogue landlord database lists every prosecution under the Housing Act 2004 between 2006 and 2014

Trussell Trust defends Dumfries foodbank decision

24 July, 2015

A charity has defended its decision to invite Scotland's only Conservative MP to open a new foodbank

Rents in EVERY London postcode are 'unaffordable' for workers on Living Wage

24 July, 2015

Rent in every London postcode is now "unaffordable" for low-paid workers - even those on the London Living Wage

Bashing buy-to-let landlords will push up rents and hit the UK economy hard

24 July, 2015

Buy-to-let landlords have a huge advantage in the market as they can offset their mortgage interest payments against their income

George Osborne's social housing rent cut to save tenants £s, cost Cheltenham Borough Council £7m

24 July, 2015

With one hand he giveth and with the other he taketh away

Private rents predicted to soar over next five years

24 July, 2015

The cost to tenants of private renting is on the up

Half of landlords say they will make tenants pay more rent to cover Budget tax break cuts

24 July, 2015

Half of landlords intend to increase rents in response to measures in the Chancellor's budget

Criminal landlord database shows what protections we still need

24 July, 2015

EHN has done us all a huge service by publishing a list of landlords with convictions for housing offences

Private renters: the squeeze and then the freeze

24 July, 2015

You will hear us talk a lot about our concern that rents are rising

The benefit cap risks turning half of England into a ghetto

24 July, 2015

Housing benefit cuts will see poor families on benefits priced almost completely out of the south - and even some northern cities. Where will they go?

Osborne poised for 'imminent' new crackdown on buy-to-let

23 July, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne could crack down on the buy-to-let sector "imminently"

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

23 July, 2015

Scottish rents climb 3.1% in a year

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill

23 July, 2015

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill had its second reading in the House of Commons on Monday

Councils 'frustrated' by DWP's 'lack of clarity' over Universal Credit

23 July, 2015

A lack of "clear information" from the DWP is preventing councils from properly preparing for the switch to Universal Credit

Worklessness, welfare and social housing

23 July, 2015

Getting people back into work is a major priority for the Government and housing associations

Our report 'Worklessness, welfare and social housing', produced by the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion, takes a new approach to understanding and responding to worklessness

Call for evidence on DWP benefit delivery

23 July, 2015

The Work and Pensions Committee is calling for evidence on the accuracy and timeliness of benefit delivery by the DWP

What is the government's five-year vision for social housing?

23 July, 2015

After the right to buy and cuts to rental income take effect, social housing will be a far smaller player in the housing market

Benefit safety net 'holes' warning from Bevan Foundation

23 July, 2015

More people will be driven further into poverty unless Welsh policymakers react to a shake-up of the UK's welfare system

Universal Credit national expansion - Tranches Three and Four

23 July, 2015

On 16 February 2015 the DWP began the national expansion of Universal Credit to the remaining areas across Great Britain

Buy-to-let: five ways landlords can beat new tax hikes

22 July, 2015

The removal of mortgage interest tax relief, announced in the Budget and effective from 2017, will hit hundreds of thousands of property investors

DWP accused of still stalling over release of controversial disability benefit death stats

22 July, 2015

Data on the numbers of disability benefit claimants who died after being found fit to work may still not be published for months

HB G7/2015

22 July, 2015

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

400,000 landlords affected by property damage

22 July, 2015

An estimated 400,000 landlords in the UK (29 per cent) have had their property damaged by tenants in the last 12 months

Poor households renting privately doubled 2008 - 2013

22 July, 2015

Providing affordable and good quality rented accommodation has the potential to help people out of poverty

Welsh Labour rebellion as a quarter of Wales' MPs say No to Government's welfare shakeup

22 July, 2015

The Labour unrest comes as new research shows more than three million people could lost an average of £1,350 a year

Over 150,000 people are in receipt of house benefit

22 July, 2015

More than 150,000 people in Northern Ireland are currently receiving housing benefit

Cambridge landlords pocket £45,000+ in housing benefit as others shut the door to those on benefits

22 July, 2015

There are claims the majority of city landlords no longer take tenants on housing benefit - despite hundreds of thousands of pounds flowing into their pockets

Labour made 'a mess' of welfare vote

22 July, 2015

Labour made "a mess" of its approach to the government's Welfare Bill and is "crying out for leadership"

Labour's welfare confusion mirrors society's wider dilemmas

22 July, 2015

Divisions within the party reflect the fact the rhetoric of hostility to austerity is not enough but the range of options is small

Osborne got it wrong, says RLA as survey finds tax changes prompt landlords to consider upping rents

22 July, 2015

Changes to the way private landlords are taxed have prompted a majority of landlords to consider pushing up their rents

Welfare cuts backed amid Labour revolt

21 July, 2015

MPs have backed government plans for £12bn in welfare cuts

Lower benefit caps 'will exclude poor families from large parts of England'

21 July, 2015

Study finds plans to cut benefit cap to £20,000 will make many areas of south-east, south-west and some northern cities unaffordable

Welfare bill: Labour is in emotional trauma after revolt, says David Blunkett

21 July, 2015

Former home secretary says the vote, in which Harriet Harman had urged MPs to abstain, has placed focus on party being divided

Social rent cut set to take £2.6bn from councils

21 July, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne's decision to cut social housing rents by 1% in each of the next four years will cost local authorities a total of £2.6bn in lost revenue

Benefit cuts to hit huge number of children, government figures show

21 July, 2015

Study identifies more than 330,000 youngsters who will lose out in policy that will take £300m out of pockets of affected families in first full year

Free school meals served over holiday

21 July, 2015

North Ayrshire Council is serving thousands of free dinners to children over the summer holidays

Opinion: Email separated but not yet divorced

21 July, 2015

How are we coping without email?

48 Labour MPs 'swim through vomit' to oppose £12bn welfare cuts

21 July, 2015

Almost 50 Labour MPs ignored the party whip to vote against the government's £12 billion in welfare cuts

Universal Credit: Index of Relevant Districts

21 July, 2015

Local authorities and jobcentre areas that will begin to deliver Universal Credit as part of national expansion during 2015 and 2016

Findings from the local authority insight survey wave 28: Universal Credit

21 July, 2015

This research presents findings from wave 28 of the local authority insight survey. It looks at preparations for Universal Credit

Blackpool consults on expansion of selective licensing to town centre

20 July, 2015

A nationally acclaimed selection licensing scheme in Blackpool could be set to expand as the council looks at rolling it out to the town centre

George Osborne calls on Labour MPs to back welfare changes in Commons vote

20 July, 2015

Writing in the Guardian, the chancellor says 'moderate' Labour MPs should recognise that the public largely supports the plans

SNP set to do battle over budget welfare cuts

20 July, 2015

The bitter divide between UK and Scottish ministers over welfare policy will deepen further today

Watchdog backs DWP refusal to release 49 benefit deaths reports

20 July, 2015

The DWP has been told by the information watchdog that it does not need to release secret reviews it carried out into the deaths of 49 benefit claimants

Single parents will be forced to start looking for work when their children reach three or face having their benefits axed under latest welfare crackdown

20 July, 2015

The Government are to lower the age which allows single parents to claim benefit money for having children

'Don't betray Wales' Plaid Cymru tells Labour as party urges MPs to vote against welfare changes

20 July, 2015

Plaid's Hywel Williams argues 'tens of thousands of working families' face cuts to tax credits, and Lib Dem Mark Williams also pledges to oppose the changes

Rent rises are "pedal to the metal" says Your Move and Reeds Rains boss

20 July, 2015

A national estate agency chain has called for the construction of more homes as a "national priority" after revealing rents have risen at their fastest rate since 2009 with no sign of the pace letting up

Universal credit staff in strike action over conditions

20 July, 2015

DWP staff in Glasgow and Bolton are taking part in a 48-hour strike in a dispute over the delivery of benefits changes

The Welfare Bill - Cause for Concern

20 July, 2015

This afternoon, MPs will be debating the Welfare Reform & Work Bill in the House of Commons

The five most controversial welfare cuts the Government is making

20 July, 2015

Scores of Labour MPs are set to defy their acting leader and vote against the Government's planned welfare changes and cuts

Universal Credit: Index of Relevant Districts

20 July, 2015

Local authorities and jobcentre areas that will begin to deliver Universal Credit as part of national expansion during 2015 and 2016

JRF Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Second Reading

20 July, 2015

This briefing addresses the welfare Reform and work Bill in the form in which it will be read to the House of Commons

Carney indicates interest rates may rise at 'turn of year'

17 July, 2015

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has indicated that UK interest rates could rise 'at the turn of this year'

Tenants in England spend half their pay on rent

17 July, 2015

London tenants pay 72% of earnings on rent, according to latest figures from the English Housing Survey

English housing survey 2013 to 2014: household report

17 July, 2015

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

Harman seeks to end Labour row with 'reasoned amendment' to welfare bill

17 July, 2015

Acting Labour leader hopes amendment setting out reasons why bill should be rejected can end fighting within party

Where do we add value? - It's the local economy, stupid.

17 July, 2015

Weaver Vale Trust Report

This report estimates the economic impact of the housing, retail, financial inclusion and employment programmes operated by Weaver Vale Housing Trust in 2014/15

Asylum seekers with children to have support payments cut

17 July, 2015

Ministers say current UK payment system gives asylum seekers' families 'significantly more cash than necessary' to meet essential needs

Seven things we learned from the English Housing Survey household report

17 July, 2015

Chartered Institute of Housing comments on the headlines from the English Housing Survey household report 2013/14

400,000 landlords affected by property damage

17 July, 2015

An estimated 400,000 landlords in the UK have had their property damaged by tenants in the last 12 months, according to the latest research from the NLA

Housing benefit plans in budget are an assault on young people says housing charity boss

16 July, 2015

A housing charity boss has slammed housing benefit cuts in the budget which he says will lead to more young people in Mansfield and Ashfield becoming homeless

"Housing benefit saved me as a teenager"

16 July, 2015

The government's plans to scrap housing benefit for young people have incensed Sali Hughes

Labour Party faces Commons vote divide over welfare

16 July, 2015

The Labour Party faces an open split over the government's planned cuts to benefits spending

A Budget for workers?

16 July, 2015

The impact of the Summer Budget on work incentives in Universal Credit

The combination of increases in the minimum wage, cuts to income tax and sharp reductions in working-age welfare presented in the Summer Budget produces a complex mix of winners and losers

Housing benefit for under-21s is a vital safety net

16 July, 2015

Osborne wants young people to 'earn or learn', but benefit cuts can push the vulnerable even further from the workforce

Benefit cuts are linked to a surprise fall in births as women delay starting a family until they feel more financially secure

16 July, 2015

Benefit cuts could have triggered a fall in younger women having children

HB S8 /2015

16 July, 2015

Contains information on Payment of New Burdens relating to the Single Fraud Investigation Service for 2015/16

Universal Credit staff in Bolton set to strike next week over 'oppressive' working conditions

16 July, 2015

Staff in Bolton working on the Government's flagship Universal Credit programme are set to strike for two days next week over claims of 'increasingly oppressive' working conditions

Private rental licensing will give council £470,000 windfall

16 July, 2015

Yet another council is proposing a licence on properties let out in the private rental sector - this time suggesting one of the country's highest fees of £580 per home

The impact of welfare changes

15 July, 2015

Poverty exists, in a variety of manifestations, on our doorstep in our communities

Tenant could claim back rent from unlicensed landlord

15 July, 2015

A landlord who failed to properly manage a home he rented out has become the first landlord prosecuted under a council's selective licensing regime

The government's plans are nothing short of an attack on social housing

15 July, 2015

Social housing used not to be the preserve of the few. That's a ideal worth harking back to

Corbyn backs Parliamentary motion on DWP deaths

15 July, 2015

MPs are being urged to support a Parliamentary motion calling on the Conservative Government to publish death statistics relating to people on benefit

Mhairi Black attacks housing benefit cuts in maiden Commons speech

15 July, 2015

After housing benefit for under-21s abolished in budget, new MP says she is now only 20-year-old whom chancellor is helping with housing

Landlords of HMOs offered licensing discount

15 July, 2015

Exeter City Council have launched an incentive to drive up the standards of properties for tenants

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 2 July 2015

15 July, 2015

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 2 July 2015

Children in out-of-work benefit households: 31 May 2014

15 July, 2015

The number of children who lived