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

27 April, 2015

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

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

27 April, 2015

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

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

27 April, 2015

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

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

27 April, 2015

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

Suspension and termination of benefits: staff guide

27 April, 2015

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

Labour's rent control plans explained

27 April, 2015

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

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

27 April, 2015

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

Landlords to debate private renting policy with Parliamentary candidates

27 April, 2015

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

Key issues: welfare

27 April, 2015

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

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

24 April, 2015

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

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

24 April, 2015

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

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

24 April, 2015

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

Financial plight of social housing tenants revealed

24 April, 2015

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

Taxing disability benefits is plain wrong

24 April, 2015

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

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

24 April, 2015

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

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

24 April, 2015

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

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

24 April, 2015

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

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

23 April, 2015

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

Tackling fuel poverty

23 April, 2015

£224 million national scheme to launch in September

Rents rise 15% since May 2010

23 April, 2015

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

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

23 April, 2015

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

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

23 April, 2015

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

Welfare-to-work should focus on poverty reduction

23 April, 2015

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

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

23 April, 2015

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

First landlord prosecuted under Brent Council's additional licensing scheme

23 April, 2015

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

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

23 April, 2015

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

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

22 April, 2015

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

Foodbank use tops one million for first time says Trussell Trust

22 April, 2015

Record numbers seek help from UK's biggest foodbank charity

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

22 April, 2015

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

From benefits to bricks and other housing policy ideas

22 April, 2015

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

Housing Benefit: statistics on speed of processing 2014 to 2015

22 April, 2015

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

After May 7th - What happens on welfare?

22 April, 2015

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

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

22 April, 2015

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

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

22 April, 2015

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

A question of tenant satisfaction

21 April, 2015

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

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

21 April, 2015

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

Food banks not fault of 'nasty party'

21 April, 2015

Food bank usage rose 10-fold under Labour

Welfare Reform Committee

21 April, 2015

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

'Bedroom tax is making people homeless'

21 April, 2015

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

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

21 April, 2015

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

HB G4/2015

21 April, 2015

Contains information on Benefit Cap

Private sector rents: 2014

21 April, 2015

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

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

21 April, 2015

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

Wonga dives into red after scandals and crackdown

20 April, 2015

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

Solution to zero-hours contracts is to rebrand them

20 April, 2015

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

The latest universal credit figures are an embarrassment for the Tories

20 April, 2015

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

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

20 April, 2015

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

Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them

20 April, 2015

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

The great housing benefit scandal

20 April, 2015

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

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

20 April, 2015

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

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

20 April, 2015

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

What future for Universal Credit?

20 April, 2015

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

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

20 April, 2015

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

Universal Credit: rent arrears form

17 April, 2015

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

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

17 April, 2015

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

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

17 April, 2015

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

The truth about tenant satisfaction

17 April, 2015

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

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 9 Apr 2015

17 April, 2015

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

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

17 April, 2015

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

What the political parties offer renters

17 April, 2015

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

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

17 April, 2015

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

Yet another council introduces selective licensing regime

17 April, 2015

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

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

17 April, 2015

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

Rents and Equality. Barnet, again

16 April, 2015

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

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

16 April, 2015

In 2014 the Government unveiled a revised fuel poverty target

Universal Credit: the fantasy of a tidy world

16 April, 2015

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

Where will Cameron make his next cuts?

16 April, 2015

David Cameron struggled with questions on food banks when asked

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

16 April, 2015

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

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

16 April, 2015

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

Tenants to Benefit from Renewable Heat

16 April, 2015

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

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

16 April, 2015

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

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

16 April, 2015

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

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

16 April, 2015

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

Tories Open Door For Private Landlords

15 April, 2015

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

Ending Expensive Social Tenancies

15 April, 2015

Fairness, higher growth and more homes

Money Box Live

15 April, 2015

Puzzled by benefits or tax credits?

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

15 April, 2015

Today UKIP released their manifesto

Liberal Democrat Manifesto raises worrying ambiguity on key issues for landlords

15 April, 2015

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

Heat Networks - new responsibilities for HMO landlords

15 April, 2015

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

Welfare reform: context and consequences

15 April, 2015

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

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

15 April, 2015

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

Tories' rent policy could add millions to housing benefit bill

15 April, 2015

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

Benefits payment change leads to drug war in Dumfries

15 April, 2015

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

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

14 April, 2015

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

Tory austerity will eat up the welfare state

14 April, 2015

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

Conservatives omit to mention PRS in Manifesto

14 April, 2015

The Conservative Party have today released their manifesto

Green Party launch their manifesto: An attack on landlords?

14 April, 2015

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

Another nail in the coffin of social housing

14 April, 2015

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

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

14 April, 2015

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

Council fury over Scottish Government cuts to bedroom tax support

14 April, 2015

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

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

14 April, 2015

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

Right to Buy will cost £4bn in housing benefit

14 April, 2015

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

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

13 April, 2015

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

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

13 April, 2015

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

Bristol tenants plan demo after letting agents push for rent rise

13 April, 2015

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

Sinn Fein rules out welfare reform deal

13 April, 2015

Future of Stormont institutions thrown into chaos by Maskey comments

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

13 April, 2015

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

Labour publish manifesto but with no details on their PRS policies

13 April, 2015

The Labour Party has published their election manifesto today

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

13 April, 2015

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

Labour manifesto confirms 'pause' on Universal Credit

13 April, 2015

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

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

13 April, 2015

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

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

10 April, 2015

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

DUP warning amid welfare reform row

10 April, 2015

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

SNP fails to account for billions in welfare and pensions pledge

10 April, 2015

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

Wheatley Group helps tenants receive £12m in unclaimed benefits

10 April, 2015

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

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

10 April, 2015

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

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

10 April, 2015

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

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

09 April, 2015

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

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

09 April, 2015

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

Why this personal independence payment anniversary is no celebration

09 April, 2015

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

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

09 April, 2015

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

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

09 April, 2015

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

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

09 April, 2015

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

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

09 April, 2015

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

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

09 April, 2015

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

Rachel Reeves challenges George Osborne to rule out Child Benefit cut

09 April, 2015

Labour claims Conservatives are attacking middle class families

George Osborne refuses to rule out child benefit cuts

08 April, 2015

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

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

08 April, 2015

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

Cameron confident over welfare deal

08 April, 2015

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

Eight top tips for dealing with universal credit

08 April, 2015

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

Renters - don't miss your vote

08 April, 2015

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

Gas Safety is no Joke

08 April, 2015

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

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

08 April, 2015

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

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

08 April, 2015

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

HB Direct issue 158

07 April, 2015

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

Don't expect benefits if you spend your pension

07 April, 2015

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

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

07 April, 2015

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

Tax and benefits changes will help 14m households

07 April, 2015

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

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

07 April, 2015

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

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

07 April, 2015

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

Cardiff Council slaps warning on payday loan web pages

07 April, 2015

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

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

07 April, 2015

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

How has CTS affected claimants across England?

07 April, 2015

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

The Supreme Court didn't endorse the benefit cap

07 April, 2015

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

Labour's 'one month to scrap bedroom tax'

07 April, 2015

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

Will anyone house people on benefits from 8 May?

07 April, 2015

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

HB A7/2015

02 April, 2015

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

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

02 April, 2015

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

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

02 April, 2015

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

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

02 April, 2015

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

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

02 April, 2015

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

Property report: Renters in line for better deals

02 April, 2015

Things just got easier for 'generation rent'

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

02 April, 2015

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

Work and pensions secretary defends welfare reform record in Northampton

02 April, 2015

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

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

01 April, 2015

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

Shock survey result reveals that private landlords overwhelmingly vote Tory

01 April, 2015

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

A rising economic tide, but many left drowning in debt

01 April, 2015

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

Give zero-hours workers regular contracts after 3 months

01 April, 2015

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

Tenants 'could deliberately damage properties' to avoid eviction

01 April, 2015

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

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

01 April, 2015

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

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

01 April, 2015

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

Up and up: Rents continue to rise across country

01 April, 2015

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

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

01 April, 2015

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

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

01 April, 2015

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

Discretionary Housing Payments - the trouble with DLA

31 March, 2015

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

Beware of politicians making false promises of easy welfare cuts

31 March, 2015

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

Generous welfare systems actually make people more keen to work

31 March, 2015

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

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

31 March, 2015

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

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

31 March, 2015

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

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

31 March, 2015

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

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

31 March, 2015

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

Private rented sector reforms

31 March, 2015

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

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

30 March, 2015

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

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

30 March, 2015

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

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

30 March, 2015

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

It's time to end the great lettings agent swindle

30 March, 2015

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

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

30 March, 2015

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

No decisions yet on benefit cuts

30 March, 2015

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

HB A6/2015

30 March, 2015

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

HB S4/2015

30 March, 2015

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

The language of universal credit

30 March, 2015

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

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

30 March, 2015

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

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

30 March, 2015

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

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

30 March, 2015

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

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

27 March, 2015

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

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

27 March, 2015

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

New rules to help tenants introduced

27 March, 2015

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

Touchbase DWP E-zine

27 March, 2015

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

Universal Credit welcome guide

27 March, 2015

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

Why welfare and benefits matter in this election

27 March, 2015

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

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

27 March, 2015

Guidance explaining the criteria for making a selective licensing scheme

Cities raise concerns at speed of universal credit rollout

27 March, 2015

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

Social landlords express concern at Universal Credit roll-out

26 March, 2015

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

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion in Scotland 2015

26 March, 2015

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

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

26 March, 2015

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

Private landlords demand council delays licensing scheme

26 March, 2015

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

Benefit and pension rates: April 2015

26 March, 2015

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

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

26 March, 2015

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

Universal Credit and employers: frequently asked questions

26 March, 2015

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

Is Welfare Reform Working?

26 March, 2015

Impacts on working age tenants

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

26 March, 2015

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

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

26 March, 2015

Tenants in social housing have born the brunt of welfare cuts

Food Poverty in the UK - a state of Inertia

26 March, 2015

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

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

25 March, 2015

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

New tenants in UK facing higher rents as demand increases

25 March, 2015

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

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

25 March, 2015

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

Labour pledges to end dependency on food banks with welfare reforms

25 March, 2015

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

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

25 March, 2015

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

Universal Credit: how it helps your employees and workers

25 March, 2015

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

Universal Credit for HR and payroll staff

25 March, 2015

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

NLA demands delay to licensing as Liverpool Council criminalises landlords

25 March, 2015

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

Feb 15 Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

25 March, 2015

Slowest rent rises for two years

LIN Member Report March 2015 - The Budget

24 March, 2015

This member report is written by Neil Merrick

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

Tory minister filmed making benefits claimants joke in Channel 4 sting

24 March, 2015

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

Benefit sanctions: the 10 trivial breaches and administrative errors

24 March, 2015

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

Welfare reform deal 'still doable'

24 March, 2015

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

London's rental price growth slowing in 2015

24 March, 2015

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

MPs demand benefit sanctions review

24 March, 2015

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

Benefit sanctions policy beyond the Oakley Review

24 March, 2015

Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report

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

24 March, 2015

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

Private Rented Property Licence

24 March, 2015

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

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

24 March, 2015

Scottish Government Communities Analytical Services 2015

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

23 March, 2015

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

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

23 March, 2015

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

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

23 March, 2015

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

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2015

23 March, 2015

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

Council meeting to discuss Selective Licensing in Croydon

23 March, 2015

Croydon Council has passed a borough-wide Selective Licensing scheme

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

23 March, 2015

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

Welfare to work devolution in England

23 March, 2015

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

Unemployment down in Halton says DWP

23 March, 2015

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

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

23 March, 2015

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

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

20 March, 2015

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

We must take a bolder approach to welfare reform

20 March, 2015

The Chancellor failed to resolve three crucial issues in his Budget

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

20 March, 2015

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

Landmark disability discrimination judgment

20 March, 2015

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

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

20 March, 2015

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

Feb 15 Buy-to-Let

20 March, 2015

Largest annual rent rises since May 2013

Universal Credit at risk of collapse?

20 March, 2015

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

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

20 March, 2015

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

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

19 March, 2015

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

Osborne will need unprecedented cuts in welfare to meet targets

19 March, 2015

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

Food bank users at risk of developing nutritional problems

19 March, 2015

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

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

19 March, 2015

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

David Cameron's plans for obese benefit claimants questionable

19 March, 2015

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

Northern Ireland unemployment benefit claimants figure falls again

19 March, 2015

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

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

19 March, 2015

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

Universal Credit waiting days: statement from Paul Gray

19 March, 2015

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

Duncan Smith: critics proved wrong on Work Programme

19 March, 2015

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

What George Osborne did for Generation Rent

18 March, 2015

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

Supreme court to decide whether UK benefits cap is unlawful

18 March, 2015

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

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

18 March, 2015

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

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

18 March, 2015

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

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

18 March, 2015

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

An introduction to Universal Credit

18 March, 2015

Information for people claiming Universal Credit in Sutton

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to January 2015

18 March, 2015

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

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

18 March, 2015

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

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 12 Mar 2015

18 March, 2015

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

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

18 March, 2015

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

Supreme Court finds in favour of benefit cap

18 March, 2015

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

HB A5/2015

18 March, 2015

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

LHA Rates - 2015/16

18 March, 2015

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

Welfare 'could be debated in assembly next week'

17 March, 2015

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

Committee launches inquiry into the impact of welfare changes on women

17 March, 2015

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

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

17 March, 2015

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

Lifeline not Lifestyle

17 March, 2015

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

Westward tenants benefit from Tesco food bank

17 March, 2015

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

Number of EU migrants claiming benefits in the UK

17 March, 2015

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

Why we need to stop demonising people on benefits

17 March, 2015

Nobody loves a scrounger, especially when times are hard

Worcester firm launches new site for tenants to swap homes

17 March, 2015

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

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

17 March, 2015

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

HB G3/2015

17 March, 2015

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff about Universal Credit

Tenants hit by bedroom tax suffer range of health problems

16 March, 2015

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

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

16 March, 2015

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

A Recipe for Inequality

16 March, 2015

Why our food system is leaving low-income households behind

Thousands of disability claimants lose cars in cuts

16 March, 2015

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

Computer glitch hits Dumfries and Galloway housing benefit

16 March, 2015

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

'Revenge eviction' bill passed

16 March, 2015

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

HB S3/2015

16 March, 2015

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

A year to change the law

16 March, 2015

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

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

16 March, 2015

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

Peter Bolton King on PRS licensing and the 2015 UK Budget

16 March, 2015

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

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

13 March, 2015

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

Victoria's social housing plan not discriminatory

13 March, 2015

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

Council approves new regime to protect 3,500 PRS tenants

13 March, 2015

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

Housing Benefit subsidy guidance manual 2014 to 2015

13 March, 2015

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

Private rented sector

13 March, 2015

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

New measures help create a bigger, better private rented sector

13 March, 2015

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

Renting a safe home: a guide for tenants

13 March, 2015

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

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

13 March, 2015

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

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

13 March, 2015

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

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

12 March, 2015

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

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

12 March, 2015

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

Lib Dem grassroots plot yet another Bedroom Tax revolt

12 March, 2015

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

Tenants safer under new government measures

12 March, 2015

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

Supreme Court protects disabled tenants from eviction

12 March, 2015

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

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

12 March, 2015

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

Third Party Payments Creditor/Supplier Handbook

12 March, 2015

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

Ending the tenant tax to help tackle rogue landlords

12 March, 2015

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

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

11 March, 2015

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

Half of single parents borrow to pay childcare costs

11 March, 2015

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

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

11 March, 2015

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

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

11 March, 2015

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

Fewer council tenants will get help with rent after new cuts

11 March, 2015

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

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

11 March, 2015

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

Opinion: How housing associations are empowering communities

11 March, 2015

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

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

11 March, 2015

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

Severely disabled people face disaster if the Independent Living Fund ends

11 March, 2015

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

Welfare reform: Westminster will not provide extra money says minister

11 March, 2015

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

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

11 March, 2015

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

It's law: Landlords must install smoke alarms

11 March, 2015

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

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

11 March, 2015

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

Map of benefit sanctions shows cruelty

10 March, 2015

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

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

10 March, 2015

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

UK govt plans could prevent selective landlord licensing by councils

10 March, 2015

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

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

10 March, 2015

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

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

10 March, 2015

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

Welfare Reform Committee

10 March, 2015

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

'Universal credit is an unmitigated failure'

10 March, 2015

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

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

10 March, 2015

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

Council demands next UK government reforms PRS

10 March, 2015

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

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

10 March, 2015

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

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

09 March, 2015

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

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

09 March, 2015

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

'Dickensian' poor doors separating wealthy tenants should be banned

09 March, 2015

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

EU jobseekers barred from claiming Universal Credit

09 March, 2015

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

Real Life Reform

09 March, 2015

Report 6 - March 2015

Social housing rents - playing the percentage game

09 March, 2015

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

Universal Credit: entitlement of EEA nationals

09 March, 2015

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

New support for social tenants who want to work

09 March, 2015

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

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

06 March, 2015

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

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

06 March, 2015

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

Powers for councils to licence landlords diluted by government

06 March, 2015

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

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

06 March, 2015

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

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

06 March, 2015

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

Investors missing out in private rented sector

06 March, 2015

UK institutional investors are significantly underinvested in the private rented sector

Welby charity in legal fight against welfare reform

06 March, 2015

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

Housing association defends impact of bedroom tax in Dorset

06 March, 2015

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

Universal Credit is on the way to Swansea

05 March, 2015

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

Because you're special: Lovable landlords dropping asking price

05 March, 2015

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

NFA briefing on universal credit

05 March, 2015

Ready or not? Preparing for Universal Credit national roll out

Tories consider limiting child benefit to three children

05 March, 2015

The Conservatives are considering limiting child benefit to three children

Clanmil Housing Helps Tenants become "Savvy Savers"

05 March, 2015

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

Reform private rent before it breaks the housing benefit bank

05 March, 2015

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

Universal Credit factsheet

05 March, 2015

This factsheet contains information on universal credit

Disabled Southport woman gets bedroom tax Supreme Court date

05 March, 2015

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

Tory minister criticises 'inhuman inflexibility' in benefit sanctions

04 March, 2015

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

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

04 March, 2015

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

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

04 March, 2015

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

Minister hastily backtracks after condemning benefit sanctions

04 March, 2015

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

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

04 March, 2015

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

HB S2/2015

04 March, 2015

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

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

04 March, 2015

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

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

04 March, 2015

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

Disabled 'had to stay' after tax

04 March, 2015

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

Cheshire Hunger - Understanding Emergency Food Provision in West Cheshire

03 March, 2015

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

70% rise in Dundee council house rent arrears

03 March, 2015

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

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

03 March, 2015

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

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

03 March, 2015

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

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

03 March, 2015

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

Getting Universal Credit ready is sometimes about changing lives

03 March, 2015

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

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

03 March, 2015

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

Westminster sanctions hitting lone parents hardest

03 March, 2015

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

HB Direct issue 157

02 March, 2015

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

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

02 March, 2015

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

Labour rent cap fears halt buy-to-lets

02 March, 2015

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

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

02 March, 2015

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

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

02 March, 2015

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

Landlords cash in from rising house prices

02 March, 2015

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

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

02 March, 2015

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

Welfare reforms to hit lone parents

02 March, 2015

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

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

02 March, 2015

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

Fuel poverty could claim 100,000 lives over next 15 years

27 February, 2015

The NHS is currently bearing a yearly burden of approximately £1.5bn treating cold-related illnesses every winter

HB A4/2015

27 February, 2015

Contains information on pension flexibilities

Has 'bedroom tax' killed off this Durham community?

27 February, 2015

Our report from the County Durham village which residents say is "like Beirut" has raised many questions

Bedroom tax victims facing council tax support cut double whammy

27 February, 2015

Thousands of people hit by the Tory-led coalition's controversial bedroom tax may also be facing cuts to council tax support

UK rents up yet again in January

27 February, 2015

UK rents went up 2.5% in January, with the average monthly rent now £889

Housing Benefit overpayments guide

27 February, 2015

This guide is for staff who deal with Housing Benefit overpayments for local authorities and housing authorities

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments first independent review: government response

27 February, 2015

Government response to Paul Gray's independent review of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments

The politics of rent control

27 February, 2015

A debate is taking place about whether we should control - or cap - private rents in London

Why are we Brits such snobs about renting?

27 February, 2015

A penny pinching sharer or in the throes of a mid-life crisis - what kind of home renter are you?

No Love for the bedroom tax - MP fights on against policy

26 February, 2015

A Labour MP has renewed his commitment to fight the bedroom tax during his remaining time in parliament

Tenants let down by poor enforcement

26 February, 2015

Landlords are today calling on the next Government to undertake a review of the enforcement of regulations in the private rented sector

Renters at higher risk of mental health problems

26 February, 2015

Renters are 75% more likely to experience serious anxiety and depression than home-owners

The Universal Credit (Surpluses and Self-employed Losses) (Digital Service) Amendment Regulations 2015 (S.I. 2015 No.345): SSAC report

26 February, 2015

This report is about 'surplus earnings' and 'self-employed losses' in Universal Credit. It includes a government statement

Who uses the Universal Credit system? Almost nobody

26 February, 2015

Analyst: It'll take just 120 years to complete

DWP awards two-year Universal Credit hosting contract to SCC

26 February, 2015

The DWP has signed a hosting partnership with SCC, Europe's largest independent technology solutions company, in order to push ahead with Universal Credit

What if pensioners paid the bedroom tax?

26 February, 2015

Amid growing debate about intergenerational fairness, research shows some pensioners receive housing benefit for six empty bedrooms

Should the Assembly gain powers to scrap the bedroom tax? Think tank kick-starts debate on next stage of devolution

26 February, 2015

Institute of Welsh Affairs asks whether the National Assembly should gain welfare powers

'Very little progress' on universal credit

25 February, 2015

"Very little progress" has been made on the universal credit scheme despite its £700m cost to date

Payday lenders must allow price comparison

25 February, 2015

Payday lenders must make their product details available on at least one price comparison website to encourage greater competition

Retaliatory evictions and proposed changes to the law

25 February, 2015

Assured shorthold tenants have limited security of tenure and some landlords would rather evict tenants who complain about poor conditions in their home than carry out repairs

Welfare Reform: Older Londoners' Perspectives

25 February, 2015

Positive Ageing in London and Age UK London work independently and in collaboration to raise awareness of issues affecting older Londoners

Welfare handouts top £30,000 for thousands of homes

25 February, 2015

Families receiving benefits getting equivalent of £40k pay packet

Rent rises 'slower than England'

25 February, 2015

Rents in Scotland have increased at a slower rate than in England and Wales, rising 5.3% over the last four years

Should the Welsh Government have the ability to introduce new welfare benefits or payments?

25 February, 2015

Paul Chaney argues that Wales is disproportionately affected by Westminster's welfare cuts and that Welsh Government should have powers over welfare

Jan 15 Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

25 February, 2015

Scottish rents climb 1.3% in past twelve months

Welfare Reform Bill passes further consideration stage

25 February, 2015

The Welfare Reform Bill passed its further consideration stage after a marathon debate

English housing survey 2013 to 2014: headline report

25 February, 2015

Initial findings from the English housing survey for 2013 to 2014

Flexible Direct Debit days could see rent payments rise 20%

25 February, 2015

A public sector payment specialist has urged housing providers to adopt 'any day' rent payments for Direct Debits

Universal Credit: progress update

25 February, 2015

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee

How the deductions from benefit scheme works: a handbook for creditors or suppliers

25 February, 2015

Guidance for creditors or suppliers - for example, utility suppliers and landlords - on how the deductions from benefit scheme works

Tenant voices

24 February, 2015

As the housing world continues to change at a rapid pace, there is a danger that the views of tenants get lost amidst debates about policy and funding

Tenants' fury at being treated like 'beer-swilling chavs' after council newsletter advises them to budget for 'court fines, cigarettes, cable TV and alcohol'

24 February, 2015

A council has come under fire after sending tenants an 'insulting' newsletter telling them to set aside money for court fine, cigarettes, Sky TV and lottery tickets

Welfare bill could hit families with disabilities

24 February, 2015

Green MLA Steven Agnew said more than 3,000 families with disabled children could lose £26 a week as part of an upheaval of the benefits system

Scotland hands out over 100,000 DHPs in nine months

24 February, 2015

Scottish local authorities made just over 101,000 discretionary housing payment (DHP) awards between April and December 2014

Six ways landlords can help social housing tenants to move home

24 February, 2015

From home swaps to financial support, here's how to help tenants downsize to avoid the bedroom tax or move house for a new job

33,000 social homes lost to right to buy since 2012

24 February, 2015

The country has lost 33,000 of its social homes to the controversial right to buy scheme since the Tory-led coalition 'reinvigorated' the policy in 2012

Should Wales have the power to ditch the bedroom tax?

24 February, 2015

The spare room subsidy is a welfare reform created by the UK Government in Westminster to cut the benefits of those people in social housing with a spare room

North East social landlords come together to raise gas safety awareness

24 February, 2015

Coast & Country Housing hosted a meeting of North East-registered social landlords to share best practice and raise safety standards

Cameron under fire from left and right as he pledges to keep pensioner benefits in place

24 February, 2015

A Tory Government would keep the winter fuel payment and other benefits and steer clear of means-testing

New universal credit benefits system to start in Basildon next month

24 February, 2015

The first rollout of a new benefits system will go live in Basildon next month

Sharp exchanges as bedroom tax legislation looms

24 February, 2015

The war over welfare between Sinn Fein and the SDLP has deepened as legislation to bring in benefits reforms in Northern Ireland is set to return to the Assembly

No means testing for pensioner benefits - David Cameron

23 February, 2015

Universal benefits for pensioners will once again be protected if the Conservatives win May's general election

Official task force dedicated to tackling rogue landlords have never met, and don't plan to

23 February, 2015

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis also admitted that its predecessor group had only met three times since it was established in 2012

January ARLA Private Rented Sector Report

23 February, 2015

One in four letting agents witness rent hikes in the new year

Welfare reform: proof that you can get away with failure if it's boring and it doesn't affect People Like Us

23 February, 2015

Don't believe the hype about the rollout of universal credit and how the Tories are finally "making work pay"

Jobseeker's Allowance claimants by Jobcentre and caseload month: Oct 2012 to Aug 2014

23 February, 2015

Numbers on Jobseeker's Allowance claimants by Jobcentre Plus group, district or office and caseload month: Oct 2012 to Aug 2014

Mandatory electrical check requirements from December 2015

23 February, 2015

The Scottish Government has finalised its guidance on mandatory electrical testing

Affordable Housing: A fair deal for rural communities

23 February, 2015

There are severe housing shortages throughout the UK

Bedroom tax and sanctuary schemes

23 February, 2015

The judicial review of the bedroom tax regulations as being discriminatory on the basis that a 'panic room' equipped for domestic violence victims was classed as a 'spare bedroom' failed

'If Labour wins I'll become a minister... and go straight on maternity leave', claims Rachel Reeves - but not before abolishing the 'bedroom tax'

23 February, 2015

Labour frontbencher Rachel Reeves has declared she wants to become a Cabinet minister after the election

LIN member report February 2015 - Benefit sanctions: how tenants pay the penalty for not having a job

20 February, 2015

LIN member report written by Neil Merrick

It has been one of the hottest topics of the past 12 months and is likely to remain so - both up to the general election and beyond. Should people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) who fail to attend job interviews or demonstrate they are actively seeking work have their benefit stopped? And for how long? This LIN member report looks at the rules as they stand, the impact they are having, and where people who are affected can go for advice.

One council house is built to replace every 21 sold to tenants

20 February, 2015

Only one new home is being provided to replace every 21 that are being sold to council tenants under the government's right-to-buy scheme

Welfare Reform: 'DUP and Sinn Fein have sold out Northern Ireland's most vulnerable'

20 February, 2015

The Assembly has moved Welfare Reform Act through to its next stage almost without amendment

Crisis warns more support needed for homeless young people hit by benefit cuts

20 February, 2015

Scotland's Government and local authorities must provide greater support for homeless under-35s who are struggling to access private tenancies in the wake of cuts to housing benefit

Half a million people have benefits suspended in welfare crackdown

20 February, 2015

More than 466,000 people have their benefits suspended including 2,000 who are barred from claiming for three years

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

20 February, 2015

Use of emergency food aid in the UK, particularly in the form of food banks, has dramatically increased over the last decade

Liverpool City Council launches private landlord licence

20 February, 2015

A compulsory licence for landlords aimed at improving Liverpool's private rented housing has been introduced

Jan 15 Buy-to-Let Index

20 February, 2015

Rents 16% higher than in 2010

Universal Credit - monthly experimental official statistics to February 2015

20 February, 2015

Universal Credit is a new benefit which aims to reduce poverty, by making work pay, and to help claimants and their families to become more independent

'Generation rent'? We've been here before

19 February, 2015

A home-owning majority in Britain was a one-generation blip. But if we are becoming a renting country again, we'll need better regulation

Sector shows improved performance in meeting value for money standards

19 February, 2015

The latest assessment of registered providers' value for money submissions shows an overall improvement in the sector's compliance with the regulator's standard

What is welfare?

19 February, 2015

These are some of the key statistics about welfare in the UK, and in Wales

We can't vote on this government's welfare reform with out-of-date data

19 February, 2015

No new statistics on poverty and inequality will be published before the general election, making informed assessment about the coalition cuts impossible

Universal credit changes 'raise domestic abuse fears'

19 February, 2015

The government's flagship welfare scheme could leave women vulnerable to domestic abuse, a parliamentary watchdog says

Cutting councils' hardship fund will punish our most vulnerable residents

19 February, 2015

We haven't had to evict anyone yet because of bedroom tax arrears - but a £40m cut to safety net funding could see that change

Tenants offered increase in voting power

19 February, 2015

Tenants are being offered the chance to have greater influence over major decisions affecting North Lincolnshire Homes, part of ongo

Two thirds of tenants 'pay for repairs themselves'

19 February, 2015

A study of 500 private sector tenants claims that two thirds have had to dip into their own pockets to fund repairs because they could not wait for the agent or landlord any longer

LIN press release - Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates applicable from April 2015

18 February, 2015

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates applicable from April 2015 (Paid to tenants renting from private sector landlords and letting agents).

Tory youth welfare plans an attack on the north

18 February, 2015

Party produces analysis showing those most affected by the policy to make school leavers do community work or face losing state support will be in non Tory-voting areas

UK mortgage lending to landlords soared in last quarter of 2014

18 February, 2015

Bank and building society lending for buy-to-let far outstrips loans to first-time buyers

Labour 'infantilised' millions of people on benefits by letting them choose a life on the dole

18 February, 2015

Labour 'infantilised' welfare claimants by letting them choose a life on benefits

'The Welsh Government has a duty to stand up strongly against the bedroom tax': Plaid calls for action as thousands of tenants affected across Wales

18 February, 2015

In Cardiff 2,560 of the city council's tenants are paying bedroom tax with another 1,240 housing association tenants in the city affecteD

Cameron rejects bishops' warning against scapegoating people on benefits

18 February, 2015

PM defends philosophy behind Tory welfare cuts and says it is not right to 'pay people to stay idle'

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015

18 February, 2015

The government has just published draft regulations designed to promote energy efficiency in rented homes

Monthly Early Estimates of Income Support Lone Parent's (ISLP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Incapacity Benefits Client Groups

18 February, 2015

Technical note about early caseload estimates for working age inactive benefit client groups

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

18 February, 2015

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

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 12 Feb 2015

18 February, 2015

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

HB G2/2015

18 February, 2015

Contains information on PIP improved waiting times

Thousands of bedroom tax victims also hit by cuts to council tax benefits

17 February, 2015

New research found that tens of thousands of those affected by the bedroom tax are also getting hit by cuts to council tax support

Unemployed will have to do community work under Tories, says Cameron

17 February, 2015

18-to-21-year-olds who have not had a job for six months will lose benefits unless they start apprenticeship or complete community work

Scrap 'bedroom tax', says ACRE

17 February, 2015

The next government is being urged to scrap the 'bedroom tax' in rural communities with fewer than 3,000 people

Retrenchment, reform, continuity: welfare under the coalition

17 February, 2015

The coalition's record on working age social security is reviewed under the headings of continuity, retrenchment and reform

Universal credit 'a nightmare', says claimant who advertised welfare reform

17 February, 2015

A claimant who featured in a Government film about universal-credit said it is riddled with computer problems and could push people into hardship

Fuel advice service helps GHA tenants cut bills by £450,000

17 February, 2015

Tenants of Scotland's biggest social landlord have been helped to save more than £450,000 on their energy bills over the past year

The overlaps between the Bedroom Tax and cuts in council tax support

17 February, 2015

The Affordable Homes Bill, currently going through parliament, will reduce the number of families who pay the "Bedroom Tax"

Beyond the Universal Credit headlines: what IDS doesn't say

17 February, 2015

The "good news" headlines over the weekend suggest that Universal Credit is finally rolling out nationally, the implementation problems having been ironed out

Universal credit

17 February, 2015

Mike talks about the Universal Credit which has been piloted in Ashton and asks how you make ends meet if you are on benefits

Universal Credit Expanded Gateway Singles Survey

17 February, 2015

Wave 1 interim findings on attitudes, behaviour and early labour market outcomes

Council tax debt problems overtake credit card debt

17 February, 2015

Council tax debt is now the most common debt problem reported to Citizens Advice overtaking credit cards

Universal Credit Scheme Is Helping According To Iain Duncan Smith

16 February, 2015

Iain Duncan Smith has defended his flagship Universal Credit scheme, insisting evidence shows it is helping people find work quicker and earn more

David Cameron calls on obese to accept help or risk losing benefits

16 February, 2015

Conservatives consider whether to reduce or withhold payments worth about £100 a week for those they consider could do more to help themselves

Welfare Dependency and the Size of the State

16 February, 2015

At the Autumn Statement in December last year, the Chancellor outlined his plans to reach an absolute budget surplus by 2018/19

With Universal Credit, work might finally pay

16 February, 2015

It's been a long time coming, but Iain Duncan Smith's attempt to streamline the benefits system might finally be bearing fruit

Landlords shunning foreigners because of their accents, after new rules preventing illegal migrants from renting

16 February, 2015

New rules are already leading landlords to discriminate between applicants on the basis of their background, according to campaigners

First-time buyers almost 10% better off than renting

16 February, 2015

Annual savings of £742 for those getting on the housing ladder

Estimating the early labour market impacts of Universal Credit

16 February, 2015

This paper summarises early results from a ground-breaking, early analysis of the impact of UC using new data on employed status from HMRC

Low-pay Britain, where working families have to rent a fridge

16 February, 2015

'Deprivation poverty' - not being able afford to buy things most would regard as essential - is on the rise: and more than half of those affected have jobs

Q&A: Universal credit and the benefits overhaul

16 February, 2015

The introduction of the government's flagship universal credit payment marks the biggest overhaul of the benefits system since the 1940s

Iain Duncan-Smith: Universal Credit is £600m under budget

16 February, 2015

The new benefit - universal credit - is to be introduced across the country from tomorrow after delays caused by computer problems

Touchbase DWP E-zine

16 February, 2015

February 2015

How Universal Credit helps make work pay

16 February, 2015

A guide to how Universal Credit can support people in work by topping up their earnings

Universal Credit makes work pay

16 February, 2015

16 February 2015 the national roll out of Universal Credit begins

Universal Credit at work: spring 2015

16 February, 2015

Progress reports on the implementation of Universal Credit: how we are restoring work incentives, renewing fairness and transforming lives

Universal Credit claimant survey: Nov to Dec 2014 interim findings

16 February, 2015

This paper examines claimants' attitudes to Universal Credit, their behaviour and labour market outcomes

Housing Benefit overpayment recovery good practice

16 February, 2015

Good practice for local authority staff on recovering Housing Benefit overpayments

Budgeting your Universal Credit

16 February, 2015

How Universal Credit changes the way that benefits are paid and some tips on how to manage a monthly budget

The effect of changes to Local Housing Allowance on rent levels

16 February, 2015

Report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies

Record number of sanctions imposed on jobseekers

13 February, 2015

Labour pledges to remove targets as 18% of people claiming allowance suffer penalties

Troubles victims 'fear being left traumatised by welfare benefits means testing'

13 February, 2015

Victims of the Troubles fear being traumatised as they are assessed for new benefits, the Stormont minister in charge of welfare reform has warned

Evictions from rented homes hit record levels in 2014

13 February, 2015

Homes in England and Wales being repossessed at a rate of 115 a day

Sector 'speechless' over Tory plan to give away millions of social homes

13 February, 2015

A Tory plan to potentially give away millions of social homes to people who stop claiming benefits has caused uproar

PRS lacking political clout: Over half of renters unable to vote

13 February, 2015

An incredible 56% of people living in the PRS are currently unable to vote - the most under-registered group on the electoral roll

Empty Manchester homes brought back to life for bedroom tax victims

13 February, 2015

Deserted homes in Manchester, some of which have been empty for 15 years, are being brought back into use to help tenants hit by the bedroom tax

How will Universal Credit make work pay?

13 February, 2015

An illustrated guide to how Universal Credit makes work pay

Claiming Universal Credit

13 February, 2015

An illustrated guide to claiming Universal Credit

An introduction to Universal Credit

13 February, 2015

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

Tenant 'guinea pigs' wanted in experiment to engineer changes in rent payment behaviour

13 February, 2015

Property consultancy Capita is looking for social landlords willing to offer up their tenants as 'guinea pigs' in an experiment to see if they can modify their behaviour

Number of evictions rise but have landlords got better?

13 February, 2015

The number of tenants being turned out of their homes by bailiffs rises to a record high, but the number of private landlords making claims to evict tenants falls

DWP rejects call by civic Scotland to suspend roll-out of Universal Credit

12 February, 2015

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has rejected the call by civic Scotland to immediately suspend the roll-out of Universal Credit

Concern over 'breakneck speed' of welfare devolution plans

12 February, 2015

Equality campaigners have warned about the "breakneck speed" at which some welfare powers are being devolved to Scotland

What are the top tenant confessions?

12 February, 2015

As you would expect, the number one tenant confession revealed in the study was with regards to making excuses in order to avoid paying the rent

Manchester sets out strategy to ensure PRS quality as 55,000 new homes loom

12 February, 2015

Manchester City Council has set out a strategy to guarantee good quality in private rented housing, a sector the city has seen double in size in the last 10 years

End of revenge evictions moves step closer (but landlords not happy)

12 February, 2015

The House of Lords has given a glimmer of hope to campaigners seeking to end 'revenge evictions' by private sector landlords fed up with whinging tenants

Housing Benefit fraud and error: local authority insight survey wave 27

12 February, 2015

This research seeks to understand what local authorities are doing to prevent fraud and error in Housing Benefit

Deregulation Bill Update (TDP and Retaliatory Eviction)

12 February, 2015

All the Government amendments regarding Tenancy Deposit Protection

Welfare amendment deadline looms

12 February, 2015

There were three main elements to the welfare reform programme which threatened to destabilise Stormont and led the Treasury to impose fines of around £100m on the Executive for failing to implement them

Section 21: Yesterday's Vote In Parliament

12 February, 2015

Whether you manage your own properties or manage properties on behalf of a landlord this could affect you

UK buy to let sector surging ahead

11 February, 2015

The UK's buy to let sector surged ahead of other areas of the housing market in January

Could supermarkets for poor people tackle the UK's chronic food poverty?

11 February, 2015

Community Shop replaces the indignity of charity handouts from food banks with consumer choice and personal support

Against all odds, a welfare revolution is quietly under way

11 February, 2015

Universal Credit was going nowhere until a chance discovery gave it fresh momentum. Now it could finally be the radical welfare reform which lasts

Welfare reform bill: Five schemes to provide financial support

11 February, 2015

Five new schemes are being developed to provide financial support for people who would lose money due to welfare changes in Northern Ireland

No one will be out of pocket over new welfare system

11 February, 2015

No Northern Ireland household will be worse off as a result of the introduction of Universal Credit

Lack of competition from diminished social housing helps fuel buy-to-let boom

11 February, 2015

A lack of new social housing is slamming the brakes on a potential competitor to the buy-to-let juggernaut

£55m deal for 779 private rent homes in Manchester

11 February, 2015

The government's £1 billion 'build to rent' programme rolls on with housing minister Brandon Lewis welcoming a multi-million pound deal that will deliver nearly 800 homes

Universal Credit videos

11 February, 2015

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

The importance of checking your benefits entitlement

11 February, 2015

Throughout our Cut out the Cold campaign, we've been looking at the growing problems that families are experiencing because of rising energy costs

Buy-to-let 'even more attractive' as mortgage rates hit record lows

11 February, 2015

Lenders are slashing buy-to-let rates and relaxing lending terms as the 'mortgage rate war' spreads from mainstream to buy-to-let

Work to avoid the benefit cap and we will sanction you says DWP!!!

11 February, 2015

In the last hour an article has appeared on Inside Housing to say the DWP will sanction anyone who does not work full time

Retaliatory evictions: New government move 'to have major consequences'

10 February, 2015

A government amendment due to be debated on Wednesday has major implications for how agents deal with repair requests and how private landlords can take possession of their properties

Direct Payment of Housing Benefit: Are Social Landlords Ready?

10 February, 2015

This summary presents the key findings of a survey of social landlords in England, Scotland and Wales

Fire chiefs call for smoke alarms to be legally required in all private rented homes

10 February, 2015

Private landlords must be compelled by law to install smoke alarms in their properties

Welfare reform: MLAs debate bill at consideration stage

10 February, 2015

Stormont's controversial welfare reform legislation is being debated by MLAs on Tuesday

Further devolution of powers to Scotland: Universal Credit housing element and payment arrangements

10 February, 2015

This note explains the Smith Commission's proposals and the Draft Scotland Clauses in relation to Universal Credit

Private landlords attack 'revenge evictions' bill

10 February, 2015

Landlords in Wales have savaged plans to tackle so-called 'revenge evictions', claiming that a new bill is a "lawyer's charter"

Universal Credit: Index of Relevant Districts

10 February, 2015

Local authorities and jobcentre areas that will begin to deliver Universal Credit between February and July 2015, and affected postcodes

Fraud and Error Reduction Incentive Scheme: local authority monitoring template

10 February, 2015

Local authority template to monitor reductions in weekly Housing Benefit entitlement under the Fraud and Error Reduction Incentive Scheme

Why Blackpool has asked the Treasury to slash residents' housing benefit

10 February, 2015

The Labour council at England's largest seaside town is taking drastic measures to end the highly lucrative trade in abysmal quality bedsits

A quarter of councils agree to freeze council tax

10 February, 2015

Only one in four councils have agreed to freeze council tax, despite pleas from Ministers

Making money like a landlord

09 February, 2015

UK landlords make £77.7bn each year in rent and capital gains. This is more than Morocco's GDP of £68.6bn

Bedroom Tax leaves 1,500 larger homes empty and councils with a £20MILLION rent deficit

09 February, 2015

The Government's own figures reveal the multiple-bedroom properties are vacant because tenants cannot afford to move into them

The real reasons Labour won't kill buy-to-let

09 February, 2015

For all its crowd-pleasing talk, Labour will not - and cannot - seriously hurt the swelling ranks of buy-to-let investors

Shared care isn't occupation as a home

09 February, 2015

A short Upper Tribunal decision has put an end to bedroom tax appeals based on the 'part-time' residence of a child of a separated family with shared care

Details emerge of planned Northern Ireland welfare changes

09 February, 2015

More details have emerged about planned changes to Northern Ireland's welfare and benefits system

'Eviction rise risk' with Welsh government's rent plan

09 February, 2015

Plans to renovate the rental sector in Wales could mean less security for private tenants and an increased eviction risk

Renting law to tackle rogue landlords

09 February, 2015

Rogue landlords will be tackled by a new law to make renting a home simpler

More help requests from Dumfries and Galloway tenants

09 February, 2015

Applications for financial help from tenants in Dumfries and Galloway have increased more than three-fold since welfare reforms were introduced

DWP announce 25% cut in DHP funding 2015-16

09 February, 2015

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) recently announced the discretionary housing payments budget for 2015/16

Landmark Bill to make it simpler and easier to rent a home in Wales

09 February, 2015

Ground-breaking legislation to reform the Welsh rented housing sector has today been introduced by the Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister

Moving On

06 February, 2015

Findings from CIH's housing mobility survey

Landlords to be banned from letting draughtiest homes

06 February, 2015

New energy efficiency regulations could help around a million tenants who are currently paying £1,000 more than average on their energy bills

Independent report on the private rental sector in England

06 February, 2015

With the private rental sector gaining importance in the housing market, new policies and recommendations are being made

Universal Credit Debate

06 February, 2015

Recorded coverage of the debate in the House of Lords on the review into the setting of Universal Credit conditionality when children are in distress

Council moves to bring overcrowded private sector flats into social housing sector

06 February, 2015

A council has embarked on a £9.3 million mission to bring four blocks of privately-owned tenement flats into the social housing sector

Rogue landlord's 'huge mistake' costs him £300,000

06 February, 2015

A rogue landlord who told a court he had made a "huge mistake" has been fined over £300,000

Landlords begin 2015 on an historic high

06 February, 2015

Just three in 10 landlords had experienced a void period in Q4 and a similar figure (32 per cent) had faced tenant arrears in the past year

Buy-to-let landlords face paying thousands to hit new green targets

06 February, 2015

Landlords could be hit by bills of up to £9,000 under plans to make homes more energy efficient

Benefit Cap Quarterly Statistics: GB households capped to November 2014

06 February, 2015

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

Silver landlords to use pension pots to buy property

05 February, 2015

From April 6 - Pension Freedom Day - people will no longer be forced to convert their pension pots into annuities and can spend it as they wish

Crisis Private Renting Toolkit

05 February, 2015

A guide to setting up a PRS access scheme

RLA says landlords won't put up with rent controls - they'll leave the market

05 February, 2015

The majority of private landlords would leave the private rented market if rent controls were introduced, leaving tenants even worse off than they are now

Benefit sanctions are effective

05 February, 2015

Esther McVey says international evidence points to effectiveness of sanctions but concedes 'no system is perfect'

Social housing tenants banned from luxury garden

05 February, 2015

Southwark's planning committee has agreed to alter the legal agreement for the One Tower Bridge development to prevent tenants of a new block of council housing from being able to use the communal garden

Council tax in Caerphilly borough set to rise by 3.9%

05 February, 2015

Council tax in Caerphilly county is due to rise by 3.9% in 2015/16 as the local authority sets its budget

Evictions Legislation will do little to tackle criminal landlords says Shelter Wales

05 February, 2015

With the House of Lords due to vote on legislation to ban retaliatory evictions on 11th February, this appears to undermine support for this from various organisations

RLA statement on Government Amendment to Deregulation Bill

05 February, 2015

RLA statement on Government Amendment to Deregulation Bill

Jobseeker's allowance putting women and their families at risk

05 February, 2015

JSA system is damaging hard won gains for female equality and putting some women and their families at risk

Retaliatory eviction: policy statement on amendment to Deregulation Bill

05 February, 2015

Description of government amendment to Deregulation Bill tabled on 4 February 2015

Stronger support against rogue landlords

05 February, 2015

Tenants to be given stronger protections against rogue landlords

250 homes to take part in universal credit impact pilot

05 February, 2015

Around 250 households in West Yorkshire are taking part in a pilot scheme to gauge the impact of universal credit

Benefit cap: number of households capped to November 2014

05 February, 2015

Number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to November 2014

Benefit cap: 200 people into work or off Housing Benefit every week

05 February, 2015

The benefit cap is encouraging more people to work or stop claiming Housing Benefit

HB Direct issue 156

04 February, 2015

This HB Direct brings news of significant developments in Universal Credit

Why a Labour win is a disaster for homeowners, landlords and tenants

04 February, 2015

Mansion tax is "rich-bashing" and pure "vote winning", says property expert

Labour Party announces plans to cap private rents during visit to Kilburn

04 February, 2015

The Labour Party will cap rents in the private sector if they win the General Election

Sanctions: staff pressured to penalise benefit claimants

04 February, 2015

Jobcentre staff face losing pay rises if they fail to sanction enough jobseekers, claims fresh evidence presented to an MPs inquiry

Universal Credit: Are you ready?

04 February, 2015

Are you ready for Universal Credit?

Government finds extra £74m for councils to fund social care and welfare

04 February, 2015

Money follows representations from local government leaders over demand for social care and ending of specific fund for welfare assistance

Time to rethink these dysfunctional benefit sanctions

04 February, 2015

We want a welfare system that supports rather than punishes and is built on trust, not fear

New interactive map gives landlords the lowdown on licensing

04 February, 2015

A new interactive map that outlines all of the existing and planned landlord licensing schemes in England and Wales has been launched by the NLA

Benefit and tax credit expenditure growth from 1951 to 2015

04 February, 2015

Real terms growth in benefit and tax credit expenditure during each Parliament from 1951 to 2015

Government costcutting plans will mean stricter measures for benefit claimants

03 February, 2015

All unemployed people might have to "sign on" at the Jobcentre twice as often if they want to continue receiving benefits

Labour will help 9m renters save £600 each, Ed Miliband to promise

03 February, 2015

Nine million renters would save more than £600 each in the next parliament under Labour's plans to ban letting agent fees and cap rent increases for longer-term tenants

Thousands of tenants set to benefit from deposit loans

03 February, 2015

Brandon Lewis announces government-wide support for a new scheme that will become available to thousands of tenants

DHP fund to be slashed by £40 million

03 February, 2015

The Tory-led coalition has revealed that it will slash the amount it contributes to discretionary housing payments by £40 million for 2015/16

A government agenda to dehumanise benefit claimants

03 February, 2015

The Department for Work and Pensions will be allowed to share personal data including benefits and debts, and medical records

Social Housing A force for good

03 February, 2015

Social housing is in my blood, it provided a home when I was homeless and a job when I was unemployed

Link unemployment benefit to personal contributions, urges thinktank

03 February, 2015

Treasury examining radical ideas on jobseeker's allowance, child benefit and winter fuel allowance to meet Tories' £12.5bn welfare cuts

Government and Labour trade accusations and insults over Universal Credit progress

03 February, 2015

The political battle over the future of Universal Credit is heating up as the general election approaches

Gov dodged scrutiny of Universal Credit

03 February, 2015

The damage coalition cuts and bodge have done to Universal Credit was omitted from the National Audit Office assessment of the scheme in November

'Cold and hungry' impact of 'bedroom tax' in Haringey

03 February, 2015

A mother has told of the devastating impact the bedroom tax has on her life

Reduced benefit cap would 'force large families out of the south-east'

02 February, 2015

Tory plans to reduce benefit cap to £23,000 a year would leave large families on benefits unable to afford rent and facing relocation elsewhere in UK

Scottish private rental market 'lacking supply'

02 February, 2015

A significant number of people have been struggling to find suitable private-rented accommodation in Scotland

Gordon Brown to promise Scots higher pensions and benefits

02 February, 2015

Former Prime Minister is to unveil a major Labour election pledge allowing Scotland to top up UK-wide state benefits and create new benefits not available to people south of the Border

The Benefit Cap: Did it cause a "rush" to the job centre?

02 February, 2015

David Cameron has pledged to lower the benefit cap to £23,000 a year if he is re-elected

The danger of hanging your hat on experimental statistics

02 February, 2015

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have updated the methodology for their index of private rents

Rent control could swing the vote in Scotland

02 February, 2015

The outcome of the General Election looks increasingly likely to be determined by the party who wins most seats in Scotland: Labour or the Scottish Nationalists

Personal Budgeting Support and Alternative Payment Arrangements

02 February, 2015

Universal Credit prepares claimants for the world of work in which 75 per cent of employees are paid monthly

Rent controls would spell disaster for thousands of buy-to-let investors

02 February, 2015

Rent controls as suggested by think tank Civitas could be the final straw for landlords, says Richard Dyson - especially if they coincide with rising mortgage rates

Tenant who tripped on path not owned by landlord wins case

02 February, 2015

An important new case has major implications for letting agents who manage properties and for landlords

Ukip fury at Northern Ireland families on £23,000 welfare benefits: 'Sift out unemployable hangers-on'

30 January, 2015

Right-wing unionists say we can't afford benefits bill for 12,000 households

Council Tax Exemptions for Charitable Housing Associations

30 January, 2015

Judgment was handed down today in 3 appeals concerning whether a charitable housing association is entitled to council tax exemption for the void periods between lets

A fair benefits system is crucial

30 January, 2015

The statistics showing the level of benefits going into a significant number of homes in Northern Ireland are startling

There are more landlords in Parliament than women

30 January, 2015

Renters feel like they get a tough deal from law-makers. This will only make them feel worse

The welfare debate must be about values not exceptions

30 January, 2015

The Prime Minister has said that the Conservatives' plans to lower the cap to £23,000

Social landlord looks to sell empty homes as bedroom tax bites

30 January, 2015

A social landlord has "reluctantly" asked the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) for permission to sell over 100 of its empty homes

HB S1/2015

30 January, 2015

Contains information on Discretionary Housing Payments government contribution for 2015/16

Working to help local people facing fuel poverty

30 January, 2015

In a bid to help reduce the stress and anxiety of fuel debt, local housing provider North Star Housing Group has been working in partnership with energy advice specialists Tadea

Boy battling leukaemia fed by foodbanks after Department for Work and Pensions axed his benefits

30 January, 2015

Tommi Miller, now 7, had the all-clear but officials refused to restart payments when the cancer returned to attack his spinal cord, bone marrow and brainstem

Scrapping welfare assistance funding 'an expensive mistake', warn councils

29 January, 2015

The removal of government funding for local welfare 'safety net' schemes in April would be an expensive mistake

This is what young people have to say about David Cameron's plan to cut housing benefits for under 21 year olds

29 January, 2015

With David Cameron vowing to remove housing benefit from 18 to 21 year olds on Jobseekers' Allowance, vulnerable young people have responded with disbelief at the Prime Minister's proposal

Rent levels and the benefit cap - What happens to rent affordability and development capacity if the benefit cap is reduced from £26,000 to £23,000?

29 January, 2015

In 2013, Moat released The housing cliff, which examined the impact of various government policies on build capacity post-2015

Debt is on the rise because tenants' incomes have been squeezed

29 January, 2015

Housing associations should support the expansion of community lending and consider providing short-term crisis loans directly to tenants

Over 31,000 Londoners facing eviction threat

29 January, 2015

More than 31,000 people in London are living under the threat of eviction

Grieving Scots pensioner asked to pay back £4 housing benefit - because his wife had just died

29 January, 2015

Gerrard Daly said he was "disgusted" to receive a letter from North Lanarkshire Council which highlighted the outstanding debt he owed

Expected Universal Credit Relevant Districts / LA Areas (by Apr 2015)

29 January, 2015

The map show the expected areas where Universal Credit can be claimed by the end of April 2015 (filtered by claimant group)

Universal Credit costs will not be revealed until after general election

29 January, 2015

The government will not reveal the full cost of its troubled Universal Credit system until after the general election in May 2015

The second year of value for money self-assessment - Insight to the sector experience and good practice

28 January, 2015

This publication should be of use to those with an interest in improving the approach to VFM self-assessment

Cutting benefit cap and removing housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds a dangerous move

28 January, 2015

Commenting on David Cameron's announcement that a Conservative government would lower the benefit cap

Yes, David Cameron, cutting the benefit cap tells us a lot about modern Britain

28 January, 2015

Far from helping people into work, lowering the cap to £23,000 will only bring more stress and misery to those least able to cope

Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) 'signing on' trials: evaluation

28 January, 2015

Evaluation of 3 trials to test different Jobseeker's Allowance 'signing on' arrangements

Personal Independence Payment new claims: ad hoc statistics

28 January, 2015

Statistics on Personal Independence Payment new claims. Covers assessment provider referrals and returns, clearances and outstanding claims

Substantial cuts made, but biggest changes to the benefit system yet to come

28 January, 2015

The government has implemented changes to the benefit system that mean spending in 2015-16 will be £16.7 billion lower than it would otherwise have been

Benefit spending and reforms: the coalition government's record

28 January, 2015

Real terms benefit spending is forecast to be almost exactly the same in 2015-16 as it was in 2010-11, at £220 billion

Members share experiences of adapting to Universal Credit

28 January, 2015

Universal Credit has been live in areas of the North West for over a year now

Benefits cap plan 'fairness issue'

27 January, 2015

David Cameron has said Tory plans for a fresh squeeze on benefits if he regains power at the general election in May are a "basic issue of fairness"

Social Policy in Cold Climate

27 January, 2015

The Coalition's Social Policy Record: Policy, Spending and Outcomes 2010-2015

The challenges of superdiversity for social housing

27 January, 2015

The changing nature of many urban communities in the UK is providing challenges to traditional models of managing social housing

Benefit cap 'encouraging work' says PM

27 January, 2015

David Cameron has defended Conservative plans to reduce the annual benefits cap from £26,000 to £23,000 if they remain in power after the election

£1 million in extra funding for tenants secured by housing association

27 January, 2015

One of London's largest housing associations has managed to secure £1 million in additional benefit income for its tenants over the past two years

Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics to 30 September 2014

27 January, 2015

The number of Scottish households applying for welfare assistance soared by a third last year

PIP postcode map (UK)

27 January, 2015

Map showing postcode areas for PIP assessment providers and reassessment of existing DLA claimants

JRF response to the Prime Minister's announcement on benefit cap reduction

27 January, 2015

In response to Conservative plans to lower the benefits cap to £23,000, Helen Barnard Policy and Research Manager at JRF said

The Social Security (Information-sharing in relation to Welfare Services etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

27 January, 2015

These Regulations amend the Social Security (Information-sharing in relation to Welfare Services etc.) Regulations 2012 ("the principal Regulations")

How Together Housing Group are preparing for Universal Credit

27 January, 2015

Housing benefit is 40% of our income - Universal Credit puts at risk £9 million of previously guaranteed income

David Cameron is right on welfare and tax cuts

27 January, 2015

The Tories can boast about stability, but they can also boast about how they have made the country better

Tailor benefits to match local needs and costs

26 January, 2015

Critics say 'local welfare' would lead to 'postcode lottery' and that people would move to places where there were higher benefit rates

County councils refuse government request to freeze local tax rates in run up to election

26 January, 2015

Three-quarters of county councils are set to raise council tax in the run-up to the general election, defying government pleas to freeze the charge

Court forces tenants to comply with Council's gas safety checks

26 January, 2015

A judge has ordered two tenants to allow Swindon Borough Council to carry out essential gas safety checks at their homes after they persistently refused to give access to engineers

Jobless are being punished with hunger for claiming unemployment benefit

26 January, 2015

Coalition accused of using 'deliberate destitution' against claimants who miss meetings

Licensed to let?

26 January, 2015

By 25 February 2015 private landlords in Northern Ireland have to be registered with the landlord registration scheme

'No veto' on Scots benefit changes

26 January, 2015

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has said the UK government will not be able to stop Scotland from making changes to areas of welfare benefits when they are devolved

Reform, Risk And Resilience: Social Housing In Scotland

26 January, 2015

The social housing sector in Scotland, chiefly housing association and council housing providers, confront a wide array of external and internal risks

Why universal credit means a step change for housing associations

26 January, 2015

There's a lot about universal credit that is welcome - replacing six different benefits which have differing rules and payment arrangements with one as an example

Welfare transformation comes to families in more areas

26 January, 2015

Universal Credit will be available to families in more areas across the country, from today

Jobcentre areas where you can claim Universal Credit

26 January, 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

Jan 15 Tenant Arrears Tracker

26 January, 2015

Tenant finances see short-term setback

Universal Credit - monthly experimental official statistics to January 2015

26 January, 2015

Universal Credit is a new benefit which aims to reduce poverty, by making work pay, and to help claimants and their families to become more independent

CIH and BMENational launch housing rights website for migrant renters in the private sector

26 January, 2015

A new website has been launched to provide migrants with information and advice about their housing rights in the private rented sector

Deadline for Landlord Registration Scheme approaching - Storey

26 January, 2015

Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA, has reminded landlords that they need to sign up to the Landlord Registration Scheme by 25 February

Low-income households with children and the very rich have lost the most from coalition's tax and benefit changes

23 January, 2015

The coalition government has implemented a set of tax changes which, broadly speaking, have left middle income households better off and have hit high income households

The effect of the coalition's tax and benefit changes on household incomes and work incentives

23 January, 2015

The coalition government has introduced a large number of tax and benefit changes during its five years in office

SNP will fight Westminster veto over welfare changes

23 January, 2015

First minister hits back as David Cameron pledges to prevent SNP from taking part in English-only votes

Social landlords 'still uncertain' about value for money rules

23 January, 2015

Survey finds social landlords think rules could be more clear

SFHA calls on Prime Minister to delay roll-out of Universal Credit at launch of Draft Clauses

23 January, 2015

At the launch event for the Draft Clauses for further powers for Scotland, Mary Taylor, asked the Prime Minister to consider suspending the roll-out of Universal Credit

Why letting council tenants own their homes is a mistake

23 January, 2015

Selling off more council houses is no answer to Britain's housing problems,

Universal Credit data sharing between DWP and local support providers

23 January, 2015

Having carefully considered responses, we intend to continue as stated in the consultation documents and lay regulations on 23 January 2015, which will come into force on 13 February 2015

Universal Credit national expansion - Tranche two

23 January, 2015

In the jobcentre areas listed here, Universal Credit will roll out to new claims from single people who would otherwise have been eligible for Jobseeker's Allowance

Poverty and devolution: The role of devolved governments in a strong national social security system

23 January, 2015

This report assesses the impact of different localised approaches to reducing poverty

New Scottish Parliament powers plan published

22 January, 2015

The UK government has published plans for new Scottish Parliament powers, but SNP ministers said they had been significantly watered down

Scotland: Welfare changes at a glance

22 January, 2015

This factsheet sets out the impact of the draft clauses laid in Parliament on the responsibility for the welfare system in Scotland

Universal Credit and Universal Support

22 January, 2015

Lord Freud's, Minister for Welfare Reform, speech to the Local Government Association (LGA) about Universal Credit and Universal Support

Housing Benefit: statistics on speed of processing 2014 to 2015

22 January, 2015

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

Dec 14 Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

22 January, 2015

Rent rises tumble during 2014

HB A3/2015

22 January, 2015

Contains information on fraud and error reduction incentive scheme questions and answers

Food banks: MPs call for fresh inquiry into scale of UK food poverty

22 January, 2015

A cross-party group of MPs has called on government to commission research into the extent and causes of food insecurity and the growth in food banks

Social tenant evicted after sons' reign of terror

22 January, 2015

A family from Birkenhead has been evicted from their social housing property after a string of anti-social behaviour

Food bank receives critical cash boost

22 January, 2015

Social landlord Isos has committed to supporting the crucial work of the West Northumberland Food Bank for a second year to help feed those in need

Social landlord puts £8,000 into food bank

21 January, 2015

A North East social landlord has put nearly £8,000 into a food bank to help support its staffing costs and provide advice and support to people currently using the service

Visa warns social landlords of possible rent payments bombshell

21 January, 2015

Housing associations and local authorities are being alerted to changes in transaction costs for rent payments made using a debit card

DWP stopping benefits of 100 people with mental health problems everyday

21 January, 2015

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is stopping the benefits of people with mental health problems at a rate of over 100 a day, new data has shown

The estate we're in:how working class people became the 'problem'

21 January, 2015

My study of St Ann's in Nottingham where I lived for many years shows how pernicious the idea of the feckless poor has become. I will continue to fight against these stigmatising views

Jobcentre 'hit squads' set up benefit claimants to fail, says former official

21 January, 2015

Bosses accused of setting targets for sanctions, while unscrupulous staff targeted weak and vulnerable customers

Householders hoping to get green deal assessments are out of pocket

21 January, 2015

Householders who arranged a green deal assessment through a firm called Tivium believing it was part of the government's official scheme are out of pocket after the firm failed to carry out promised work

'We cut back on everything to pay the rent - including food'

21 January, 2015

Michelle and Kevin live in Cambridge. When Kevin became self-employed, a cut in tax credits and housing benefit left the family facing homelessness

LHA rates may increase by up to 4% in certain areas of NI

21 January, 2015

A new statutory instrument takes effect on 20 January that will allow for the uprating of Local Housing Allowance by up to 4% in certain parts of Northern Ireland

Full employment alone will not close the living standards gap

21 January, 2015

Full employment must go hand-in-hand with better pay and government support for low-paid workers as a new report highlights the gulf in living standards for many families, says Katie Schmeucker

Should I support 'rent control'? The devil is in the detail

21 January, 2015

At the beginning of the month the Independent reported that 'almost nobody in the UK is opposed to rent controls'; polling showed that 59% of people supported their reintroduction. 7% were in opposition and a sizeable 34% didn't know

'We need to adapt to the new digital landscape'

21 January, 2015

Ahead of CIH's latest digital housing event, Nick Atkin, chief executive of Halton Housing Trust, says social landlords must look to other industries and embrace new technology

HomeLet Rental Index

20 January, 2015

The data included in the HomeLet Rental Index is gathered from our tenant referencing service

Housing association's new chief executive welcomes 'milestone' move into private rented sector

20 January, 2015

The new chief executive of a housing association has hailed its decision to move into the private rented sector as a "milestone" moment for the organisation

Where is housing heading?

20 January, 2015

Social housing's alternative futures

Citizens Advice Scotland calls for a halt to introduction of PIP until new Scottish system introduced

20 January, 2015

Citizens Advice Scotland's Chief Executive has written to the Secretaries of State for Scotland and Work and Pensions calling for a halt to the introduction of the new PIP

Redress scheme sees letting agent complaints rise

20 January, 2015

The Property Redress Scheme has led to an increase in the number of consumer complaints being made against lettings, property management and estate agents

30-year tenant evicted as council tackles ASB across borough

20 January, 2015

A nightmare tenant whose drunken arguments with her son made her neighbours' lives a misery has been evicted from her North London home of 30 years

Tenant voices

20 January, 2015

As the housing world continues to change at a rapid pace, there is a danger that the views of tenants get lost amidst debates about policy and funding

Regulator raps landlord over gas safety failures

20 January, 2015

A 20,500-home housing association has become the latest social landlord rapped by the English social housing regulator for failing to carry out sufficient gas safety checks

An evaluation of Holiday Kitchen 2014: Learning, food and play for families who need it most in the West Midlands

20 January, 2015

Holiday Kitchen has been pioneered by Ashrammoseley, part of the Accord group

Almost four in ten families with children are struggling to make ends meet

19 January, 2015

Families with children are now at greater risk than any other group of having an inadequate income

Value for money statements - Four ways you can make yours far better

19 January, 2015

The Homes and Communities Agency has written to 160 landlords warning them to do better on meeting the requirements of the value for money standard

Massive public support for rent controls in the UK, but no political will

19 January, 2015

Support for rent controls is gaining momentum in the UK as continuously climbing property prices are making housing unaffordable for middle class and young families

Killer fees and creepy landlords: Welcome to renting in the UK

19 January, 2015

Watch out for this advert on Gumtree: "I have 1 bedroom apartment any nice lady or girl want to share free?"

Digital inclusion in housing? Try looking closer to home

19 January, 2015

There is no shortage of excellent digital inclusion work being done

UK's renters forking out £300 on agent fees

19 January, 2015

More than four in 10 of the UK's PRS tenants are being hit by an average of £298 in letting agent and landlord fees every time they move home

HB G1/2015

19 January, 2015

Contains information on Personal Independence Payment roll

Households below a minimum income standard: 2008/09 to 2012/13

19 January, 2015

The Minimum Income Standard (MIS) defines an 'adequate' income based on what the public think people need for a minimum acceptable living standard

Dec 14 Buy-to-Let Index

19 January, 2015

Rents rise 3% over course of 2014

Revealed: thousands of Britons on benefits across EU

19 January, 2015

At least 30,000 Britons on unemployment benefit in EU

Government puts rocket boosters under plans to get troubled families back to work

19 January, 2015

Plans announced to do more to get some of England's hardest to help families back to work

Hundreds of households in temporary accommodation for more than a decade

16 January, 2015

Nearly 700 households in London have been living in temporary accommodation for more than a decade

Record numbers use Scottish food banks

16 January, 2015

A record number of adults and children relied upon food banks in Scotland in December

Increase in councils' rent loss from empty properties

16 January, 2015

The amount of rent English councils lost due to empty homes rose for the second consecutive year in 2013/14

Where now for local welfare schemes?

16 January, 2015

This chapter places the study in context by looking at the financial pressures faced by low income households, including those arising from Government's programme of welfare reforms

Private rents up 3% over 2014

16 January, 2015

Rents in the private rented sector (PRS) rose by 3% across England and Wales in 2014, leaving tenants paying an average of £767 a month

Landlord who put tenants' lives at risk prosecuted

16 January, 2015

Oldham Council has prosecuted a private landlord for failing to ensure his properties were safe to live in

HB A2/2015

16 January, 2015

Contains information on War Pensions: Uprating 2015-16

Welfare reform update January 2015

16 January, 2015

Includes details of Universal Credit Week, welfare reform research and the latest on data sharing

Stop talking about renting a home as though people have a choice

16 January, 2015

Private landlords are trying to make renting seem like a lifestyle option. The truth is that most renters are locked out of home Ownership, and could be for decades

Committee Announces Second Evidence Session Into Benefit Sanctions

16 January, 2015

The Work and Pensions Select Committee has announced the second of three evidence sessions into controversial benefit sanctions

Enhanced Court Fees

16 January, 2015

The Government Response to Part 2 of the Consultation on Reform of Court Fees and Further Proposals for Consultation

Touchbase DWP E-zine

15 January, 2015

January 2015

Half of money set aside for local welfare left unspent

15 January, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of applicants for emergency financial help turned away by councils

Welfare reform forces up repairs costs

15 January, 2015

Housing associations in parts of England have been forced to increase spending on repairs and maintenance to entice new tenants into larger homes due to the government's welfare reforms

Buy-to-let borrowing grows while other buyers struggle

15 January, 2015

Lending to landlords is up 9pc over the year, while lending to mainstream homeowners and first-time buyers falls

Cash incentive for residents

15 January, 2015

A cash incentive has been launched by Essex housing association Colne to help residents avoid getting into debt with high-interest and payday lenders

Council ends bedroom tax support for vast majority of tenants

15 January, 2015

A council has ended financial assistance for the vast majority of tenants hit by welfare cuts after spending most of its fund to provide emergency support

Even more social rented homes lost in 2014 than in 2013

15 January, 2015

Statistics published just before Christmas show that the loss of housing let at social rents is speeding up

Sheffield City Council to cut jobs and raise council tax

15 January, 2015

Sheffield City Council is planning to cut up to 200 jobs and raise council tax by 1.99% in an attempt to save £63m from next year's budget

Universal Credit data sharing with local support providers: a consultation on draft regulations

15 January, 2015

The Department for Work and Pensions is consulting on a second set of regulations for Universal Credit, looking at Universal Support

Middle class hardest hit by benefit cuts and tax rises

14 January, 2015

Institute for Fiscal Studies finds families with both parents earning £54k or more have been hardest hit

Local Welfare Cuts: A Risky Business

14 January, 2015

This Thursday, the consultation on the Local Government Finance Settlement closes

Politicians urged to make private rented sector 'first choice' for housing

14 January, 2015

Politicians have a golden opportunity to make private rented housing a "first choice" for those seeking a place to live

Housing association's energy advice team helps tenants save over £80,000

14 January, 2015

A housing association has helped to tackle fuel poverty amongst its tenants by helping them to collectively save over £80,000

Three quarters of low income families say children's health hit by cold homes

14 January, 2015

A huge 78% of low income families struggled with their energy bills in the last year, with children's health and wellbeing harmed by strained family finances

The private rented sector is a success story

14 January, 2015

The starting gun has been fired on the general election campaign and the political slanging match has already begun

Jargon Buster a guide to housing jargon for tenants and housing staff

14 January, 2015

This quick and easy Jargon Buster gives explanations to some of the many terms and acronyms Tenants and Housing Staff may come across in relation to Social Housing

Can credit unions provide a viable alternative to payday lenders?

14 January, 2015

With the cap on short-term loans now in force, people may turn to loan sharks for crisis funds. I've joined my local credit union to help it plug the gap

Digital inclusion - Staying online

14 January, 2015

Rapid changes in digital technology pose challenges for tenants and landlords alike. Louise Kingdon asks how the social housing sector should respond

Renting uncovered

14 January, 2015

Evaluating consumer protections in the private rental sector

New landlord licence scheme to improve parts of Hartlepool

14 January, 2015

Private landlords operating in parts of Hartlepool are set to require a licence as part of a proposed new scheme

Losses due to housing benefit fraud and errors rising

13 January, 2015

DWP overpaid claimants with £1.4bn of taxpayers' money in 2013/14 and failed to tackle underpayment

Thousands of homes across the North were already waiting to downsize before Bedroom Tax came into force

13 January, 2015

New figures have sparked fury from MPs who say the government knew a chronic shortage of housing would leave families unfairly losing money

Credit unions 'can't compete' with payday lenders

13 January, 2015

Credit unions in Wales find it "impossible" to compete with the marketing budgets of payday lenders

Housing benefit fraud and error report published

13 January, 2015

The Department has failed to tackle problems with Housing Benefit fraud and error quickly or convincingly according to the Public Accounts Committee's report

'Chronic social housing shortage' leaves 1 in 10 homeless households in temporary accommodation for over a year

13 January, 2015

One in 10 homeless households in Scotland spend more than a year in temporary accommodation

High street lettings agency debut for council

13 January, 2015

The housing department of an east London local authority has made its high street debut with its very own lettings agency

Disability Rights UK on the impact of sanctions

13 January, 2015

Disability Rights UK featured in the televised Work and Pensions select committee evidence gathering on the impact of benefit sanctions on January 7th

Payday

13 January, 2015

Landlords must ensure they help tenants manage their finances as welfare reforms push low-income households towards payday lenders

A chance to boost standards in the private rented sector

13 January, 2015

New figures from Savills have revealed that private landlords have made £177 billion from rising house prices in five years

Refund rights needed for private renters

13 January, 2015

Citizens Advice says private renters should get their money back when the home they're paying rent for is dangerously uninhabitable

One in five people who bought their council house in upmarket Westminster were living on housing benefit

12 January, 2015

One in five people who bought their council home in one of Britain's wealthiest areas was receiving housing benefit when they applied

Miliband 'open' to benefit cap cut

12 January, 2015

Ed Miliband has said he is "open to" a reduction in the £26,000 limit on household benefit payments

Disabled tenants to challenge bedroom tax in supreme court

12 January, 2015

Rights groups say tax is unfair to people with physical problems who cannot trade down to smaller, rented property

Warning plans to shake-up benefit system will 'wreak havoc' with the poor

12 January, 2015

Westminster plans to shake up the benefits system before related powers are passed to Holyrood could "wreak havoc" with the most vulnerable people in society

Storey signals move to bring Welfare Bill to the Assembly

12 January, 2015

The minister for social development said he would shortly be bringing forward a paper to the Assembly that would allow the Welfare Reform Bill to progress to the house

Letter urges IDS to suspend universal credit

12 January, 2015

An open letter signed by nearly 60 civic organisations from across Scotland has been sent to work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith

£4,000 fine for landlord who left tenant in dangerous house

12 January, 2015

A private landlord who left a tenant living in a damp and dangerous house has been hit with a £4,000 fine

HB A1/2015

12 January, 2015

Contains information on Real Time Information Bulk Data Matching Initiative - Frequently Asked Questions

Connected Housing Initiative speaks out on the fight against digital exclusion

12 January, 2015

'Work with Internet providers to develop affordable, flexible home internet for the digitally excluded' says Housing Association lobby group, CIH

Warmer Homes

09 January, 2015

Improving fuel poverty and energy efficiency policy in the UK

Impact of welfare reforms on housing associations

09 January, 2015

Effects and responses by landlords

Tenant anger over plan to share personal details

09 January, 2015

Plans to share a host of data on benefit claimants, including health records and IT literacy, with landlords and charities have been condemned by a national tenant organisation

'Bedroom Tax' cost Caerphilly Council tenants £2.1m as arrears and evictions rise

09 January, 2015

Caerphilly Council tenants have been forced to pay out an extra £2.1 million in rent since the 'Bedroom Tax' came in - almost £1,050 each

Inventive responses to welfare reform

09 January, 2015

Rhondda Housing working with FareShare Cymru - to develop a practical and inventive solution to poverty and debt

Welfare reform: Building new homes 'takes time'

09 January, 2015

A housing association says building more smaller homes for people feeling the impact of welfare reforms cannot happen overnight

Welfare reform: Betws tenant says life 'hard' with extra costs

09 January, 2015

A tenant on benefits describes the difficulty in managing after having to pay £12 a week more for having a spare room

Universal Credit - is it worth it?

09 January, 2015

In November 2010 the government published Universal Credit: welfare that works, which set out proposals for a radical shake-up of benefits and tax credits for people of working age

Ageing-tech expert sought by DWP

09 January, 2015

The government is seeking an expert in systems that are more than 40 years old to revamp technology used by the Department for Work and Pensions

Housing benefit debate

09 January, 2015

MPs took part in a Labour led opposition day debate on the abolition of social sector size criteria in housing benefit - or "scrapping the bedroom tax"

Labour push for private rented sector improvements in Westminster

09 January, 2015

Labour councillors in Westminster have called for an urgent improvement of the borough's private rented sector

Flats refurb scheme halves tenants' heating bills

09 January, 2015

Tenants living in three blocks of flats in east Manchester have had their annual heating bills halved, thanks to a refurbishment scheme

Rent caps and protests: the housing issues to watch out for in 2015

09 January, 2015

With unaffordable homes, unrest among young people and a general election, here are the four issues that will dominate the housing headlines this year

Welfare reform impact assessment: Final report

08 January, 2015

Read the final report from our major research project looking at the effects of welfare reform on housing associations and their tenants

Government urged to suspend benefit sanctions regime

08 January, 2015

MPs hear that the sanctions regime has changed to create a punitive culture of fear - especially amongst the disabled

Tenant finances getting worse in the UK private rented sector

08 January, 2015

Tenants in the UK have felt a financial setback with the number falling into serious rental arrears rising on an annual basis for the first time since 2012

Managing the Impact of Welfare Reform Changes on Social Housing Tenants in Wales

08 January, 2015

This report looks at the impact of welfare reform changes on social housing tenants in Wales

£21.9bn of BTL mortgage repayments shows staggering scale of landlord investment

08 January, 2015

The combined cost of buy to let (BTL) mortgage repayments in the last 12 months is £21.9bn according to the UK's leading landlord association

Budgets raided to support tenants hit by welfare cuts

08 January, 2015

Cash-strapped town halls are raiding housing budgets to provide emergency assistance to those hit by welfare reform

Immigrants' abuse of benefits system must be fixed

08 January, 2015

The German Chancellor backs David Cameron's bid to reform the welfare system, but says freedom of movement must stay

Labour would end this Government's demonisation of benefits claimants

08 January, 2015

This afternoon I will be leading a debate on the treatment - or more accurately the demonisation - of benefits claimants

Ringing up an eviction bill

08 January, 2015

Statutory damages for unlawful eviction must be calculated the same way for private and social sector tenants

High house prices breed a new generation of 'revolving door' renters

07 January, 2015

Almost a million more people in England rent their home than they did five years ago

Rise in homeless among private rental tenants

07 January, 2015

Almost a fifth of homeless applications now come from the private rented sector

allpay welcomes government extension of Post Office Card Account

07 January, 2015

Payment specialist allpay has welcomed a seven-year extension of the Post Office Card Account

Benefits sanction regime needs 'fundamental reform'

07 January, 2015

The representative body for the employment support sector has called for an urgent overhaul of the current benefit sanctions regime

Homelessness in Scotland 2014: Getting behind the statistics

07 January, 2015

There has been a marked decrease in the number of homeless applications, with 36,457 applications made in 2013-14

Are you suffering from rent arrears?

07 January, 2015

If your tenants aren't paying their rent that can have a huge impact on your finances, as a landlord

Andrew Dunn of the University of Lincoln discusses research on jobseekers' attitudes to employment

07 January, 2015

The coalition's increased use of conditionality for claimants of JSA is part of a policy trend that is underpinned by politicians' belief that many people prefer benefits to employment

Welfare reform advice fund tops £4 million

07 January, 2015

Extra cash to help poverty-stricken Scots

Benefits are top worry for elderly in Sheffield

07 January, 2015

Benefits are the most common worry for older people in Sheffield

Will universal credit be successfully rolled out in 2015?

06 January, 2015

This month we asked two experts if universal credit will fare well in 2015

Shortfall in council tax support funding likely to hit low-income families

06 January, 2015

Rising numbers of families on low incomes are likely to face bigger council tax bills this year because of a shortfall in government funding for council tax support

Rent setting for social housing tenancies (England)

06 January, 2015

This note explains policy developments in relation to setting social housing rent levels in England since 2002

Public wi-fi won't lift poorest out of digital exclusion - charity boss

06 January, 2015

Providing internet access in public places will not help the 20% of UK consumers who aren't online, the head of a digital skills charity has said

The number of IB and ESA claimants with alcoholism by LA: Aug 2013 to May 2014

06 January, 2015

FOI for numbers of IB and ESA claimants with alcoholism by local authority: August 2013 to May 2014

Statistics on ESA and IB/SDA claimants with a drug misuse condition in Scotland: May 2014

06 January, 2015

Statistics on ESA and IB/SDA claimants with a drug misuse condition in south Lanarkshire and Scotland: May 2014

Wheatley Group helps thousands of tenants keep warm this winter

06 January, 2015

Thousands of older tenants are being helped to stay warm and cosy this winter

Impact of welfare reform on Scottish households to be investigated

06 January, 2015

New research on the impact of welfare reform on Scottish households has been commissioned by a Scottish Parliament committee for 2015

The return of rent control?

06 January, 2015

An idea that was supposedly buried a generation ago is rising rapidly up the housing policy agenda

Millions fear missing January's rent or mortgage payments

05 January, 2015

Interest rate rise would put many more in trouble, with almost 60% saying they are already struggling to meet housing costs

Until the UK introduces rent controls, so many of us will continue to face lifetimes of exploitation

05 January, 2015

By capping rental costs and lowering house prices for landlords, we can make the UK housing market fair once again

Iain Duncan Smith to accelerate benefit reforms to stop Labour reversing them

05 January, 2015

Benefits reform will be one of the key battlegrounds at May's general election and the suggestion that Mr Duncan Smith wants to bed in fully his benefit reforms will infuriate Labour

Tory councillor Mark Winn says food banks are only used by 'those with drug, alcohol and mental health problems'

05 January, 2015

A Tory councillor has provoked a Twitter backlash after claiming that food banks are only visited by "those with drug, alcohol and mental health problems"

Suicides highlight the grim toll of benefits sanctions in austerity Britain

05 January, 2015

Department for Work and Pensions investigates 60 claimant suicides, with sanctioning connected to crime and depression

Majority of UK supports rent controls

05 January, 2015

Over half of Brits support the return of rent controls

Tenants 'should get new rights'

05 January, 2015

Tenants of private landlords should be given new rights to stay in their home as long as they please as well as guarantees that their rent will not increase above inflation

Universal Credit now at Frome jobcentre

05 January, 2015

Frome Jobcentre is one of 150 Jobcentres around the country that will start taking Universal Credit claims for the first time from February

New Approaches to delivering social value

05 January, 2015

Housing associations and local authorities are called 'social' landlords for an obvious reason

Candidate hits out after bedroom-tax bid rejected

02 January, 2015

Labour's candidate for Berwick in next year's General Election has hit out at the incumbent MP for again voting in favour of the so-called bedroom tax

HB Direct issue 155

02 January, 2015

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

Payday lender rules come into effect

02 January, 2015

City watchdog rules have come into effect today aimed at stopping spiralling debts due to payday lending

Six in 10 'back rent controls'

02 January, 2015

Six in 10 British adults back a return to controls on private rents

Under-occupation of social housing: Housing Benefit entitlement

02 January, 2015

This note provides information on who is affected by the under-occupation deduction in the social rented sector (also referred to as the 'spare room subsidy' and the 'bedroom tax')

The Future of Private Renting

02 January, 2015

Shaping a fairer market for tenants and taxpayers

New rules will protect consumers from harmful fee-charging credit broking practices

02 January, 2015

New rules have been introduced by the FCA today to tackle poor practice in the credit broking market which is causing serious detriment to consumers

Can this landlord evict his tenants under a contractual agreement to evict under short notice?

01 January, 2015

I know it is very frustrating when tenants fail to pay rent, but that is one of the hazards of being a landlord

Council vows to protect tenants with rents freeze

01 January, 2015

A local authority in the West Midlands has vowed to "protect working families" by announcing plans to freeze all council housing rents

New reforms cut red tape for house builders and tenants

31 December, 2014

New reforms to reduce bureaucracy for house builders and measures to protect tenants introduced in the latest Statement of New Regulation

WP173 provider memo: Working Tax Credits and self-employment

31 December, 2014

Work Programme provider memo WP173 about Working Tax Credits and self-employment

WP174 provider memo: job outcome claims with Universal Credit interest

31 December, 2014

Work Programme provider memo WP174 about job outcome and sustained job outcome claims with Universal Credit interest

Over 73,000 Scots reliant on food banks

31 December, 2014

More than 73,000 people in Scotland are relying on food banks to survive

Red tape regime as 600,000 self-employed must fill in tax form every MONTH

31 December, 2014

The Tories' controversial Universal Credit system will force 600,000 of those who get in-work benefits to submit fresh accounts to the Government every month

Support for those hit by Tory cuts will continue

30 December, 2014

Support for those hit by Tory welfare cuts will continue in 2015, the SNP has said today

Number of evicted tenants is soaring

30 December, 2014

Soaring numbers of tenants are being turned out of their homes by bailiffs

Iain Duncan Smith:'We'll root out the benefits cheats who pretend to be ill for money'

30 December, 2014

Britain's benefit system is seen as a money-making scam by criminals, Iain Duncan Smith warned yesterday

Family Finances Report

29 December, 2014

The Aviva Family Finances Report looks at the contrasting fortunes of different family types, and has been examining data about their financial situations since 2011

Tory benefits freeze means tax cuts won't help low-income families

29 December, 2014

'They will be running just to stand still,' says Resolution Foundation

Devon and Cornwall council tax arrears soar

29 December, 2014

Council tax arrears have risen sharply in the past five years, according to statistics from local authorities in Devon and Cornwall

Impact Of Welfare Reforms On Households To Be Examined

29 December, 2014

New research on the impact of welfare reform on Scottish households has been commissioned by a Scottish Parliament committee for 2015

Food bank use jumps 20% in Wales

29 December, 2014

The number of people using food banks in Wales has continued to rise

One in four landlords line up rent rises of more than 3pc for 2015

29 December, 2014

More than one in four landlords plan to increase their rent next year by at least triple the rate of inflation

The three biggest themes in welfare reform last year

29 December, 2014

The three biggest themes in welfare reform last year. Carl Brown reports

Universal credit to change the way Burnham and Highbridge jobless claim benefits in the New Year

29 December, 2014

Universal credit to change the way Bridgwater jobless claim benefits in the New Year

Energy firms urged to offer prepay customers a 'debt holiday'

24 December, 2014

Citizens Advice is calling on all energy companies to give prepayment customers a 'debt holiday' this winter

Deal agreed on Northern Ireland welfare reform

24 December, 2014

A £1.9bn agreement on welfare reform and the budget for Northern Ireland has been reached this afternoon, following gruelling talks lasting more than 40 hours

Give and Take - How Conservatives think about welfare

24 December, 2014

Since the middle of the twentieth century, 'welfare' has been increasingly provided by the government

CIH comment on Stormont deal announcement

24 December, 2014

We remain hopeful that local politicians will take sensible steps to avoid the impact of the bedroom tax here

Thieves steal food bank supplies

24 December, 2014

Burglars stole food and other items from a Welsh food bank last week

Housing association lowers proposed rent increase

24 December, 2014

A Scottish housing association has cut back on proposed rent increases as tenants struggle to cope with the cost of living

Benefit cuts are already being blamed for the deaths of many vulnerable people, but there could be 60 more that we never hear about

24 December, 2014

The Government are still weighing up whether their reviews into benefits-related deaths are in the "public interest"

Birmingham's bedroom tax fund nearly dry

24 December, 2014

Fears for poor as hardship pot for housing benefit changes in city set to run out

Three million people are struggling to pay their rent

23 December, 2014

The Federation finds that the equivalent of three million people are struggling to pay their rent

The future of social housing - a look ahead to 2015

23 December, 2014

What do you anticipate will be the biggest challenge facing Housing Associations during 2015

Reshaping housing tenure in the UK: the role of buy-to-let

23 December, 2014

There has been much misunderstanding about the role of buy-to-let in the UK housing market since ARLA and innovative mortgage lenders launched the buy-to-let mortgage initiative 18 years ago

Landlord receives maximum £20,000 fine for not applying for a selective licence

23 December, 2014

A London-based landlord, previously fined £15,000 for failing to comply with selective licensing, has again been fined £20,000 for renting out a property without a selective licence

More than one million British families now live in fuel poverty

23 December, 2014

Families hit by a combination of soaring energy costs and the squeeze on benefits

The benefit cap is making central London a no-go zone for low income families

23 December, 2014

Families who have lived their whole lives in central London are being forced out by a perfect storm of falling wages, rocketing house prices and government cuts

Bedroom tax is punishing families

23 December, 2014

Last year in Amber Valley, over 800 familes lost an average of over £750 each thanks to the bedroom tax

Labour Holyrood candidate slams SNP for voting down amendments to the Housing Bill which would "make the private rented sector fairer"

23 December, 2014

SNP MSP Margaret Burgess has defended the Scottish Goverment's housing record following criticism by Kilwinning Councillor Joe Cullinane

Poorest UK households pay almost half their income in tax

22 December, 2014

Analysis of ONS figures puts average gross income of poorest 10% at £9,743, but only £5,132 after all taxes deducted

2015 Benefit uprating - Commons Library Standard Note

22 December, 2014

Since April 2013, there have been two main factors used to increase benefits

NI welfare system: What changes are proposed

22 December, 2014

The welfare system in Northern Ireland is legally and practically a devolved matter

Welfare Reform Committee to discuss food bank rise with minister

22 December, 2014

The Scotland Office Minister has agreed to meet with members of the Welfare Reform Committee in the New Year to discuss the rise in food bank usage

Engaging with tenants

22 December, 2014

This year has been the year UKHousing decided to take to social media en masse

40% of PRS landlords to raise rents in 2015

22 December, 2014

Four in 10 landlords (40%) in the private rented sector (PRS) say they plan to raise rents in 2015

Northern Ireland given welfare reform ultimatum

22 December, 2014

The impasse on welfare reform must be resolved today, the Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers said yesterday

High court holds LB Enfield as acting unlawfully when imposing licensing

22 December, 2014

The High Court has held that a local authority acted unlawfully when designating the whole of its area as subject to additional and selective licensing under the Housing Act 2004

A fifth of last year's Christmas borrowers are still in the red

22 December, 2014

Survey reveals six million adults expect to use a credit or loan product to pay for this Christmas - up on last year

Tenants could be left homeless by decision not to include private rented properties in Flood Re insurance cap scheme

22 December, 2014

The Government has come under fire from the RLA over its decision not to include private rented properties in its flood insurance cap scheme

Spare rooms, myth or reality? Let's have a 'common sense' bedroom standard

22 December, 2014

A lot has been written about the under-occupation penalty

Paying your rent this Christmas

22 December, 2014

Have a look at this video which shows the difficulties of paying your rent at Christmas and gives some options and guidance to help you out

Cuts to local welfare schemes 'a Christmas present to loan sharks'

19 December, 2014

Government refusal to guarantee funding for schemes will force families to turn to food banks and loan sharks

Social landlords 'could be breaking criminal law' over consumer regulation

19 December, 2014

Housing associations providing debt advice to tenants without authorisation from the UK financial watchdog are breaking criminal laws

DWP rapped over benefit cap claims

19 December, 2014

The DWP has been rebuked by the statistics watchdog over a claim that more than 12,000 households have found work or stopped welfare claims because of the benefit cap

Buy-to-let landlords with older homes will be forced to install insulation and double-glazing or face a ban from taking tenants

19 December, 2014

Landlords who rent out properties built in the Victorian era and early part of the twentieth century may be forced to make upgrades to make them more energy efficient

Only a minority of UK landlords experience disputes with damage top of the list

19 December, 2014

Image Over the last 12 months under 10% of UK landlords have experienced a tenant dispute but when it does happen it usually concerns damage

Social housing providers warned full impact of welfare reform yet to come

19 December, 2014

The social housing sector is yet to feel the full impact of the Tory-led coalition's welfare reforms

From benefit claimant to boss: over 60,000 new businesses set up with government backing

19 December, 2014

Over 450 new businesses every week have been set up over the last year thanks to a government scheme

HB A18 /2014

19 December, 2014

Contains information on Housing Benefit: Uprating 2015-16

HB G12/2014

19 December, 2014

Contains information on 2015/16 Housing Benefit administration subsidy arrangement

Discretionary Housing Payments statistics

19 December, 2014

Statistics on local authorities' use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds

More than 130 councils on course to run out of DHP

19 December, 2014

Emergency funds to support those worst affected by welfare reform are on course to run out before the end of the financial year in 132 local authorities

Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: The longitudinal survey of tenants

19 December, 2014

This report is one of a series of outputs from the evaluation of the Direct Payment Demonstration Projects

Local Welfare Assistance: How much are people worth?

19 December, 2014

Imagine for a minute that you're 74 years old, and you've fled your abusive partner after decades of cruelty

New database names and maps private landlords convicted under Housing Act

18 December, 2014

Database provides private renters with the first at-a-glance guide to landlords and letting agents who have been prosecuted

Minister claims waiting list reductions 'show bedroom tax is working'

18 December, 2014

A government minister has claimed reduced social housing waiting lists provide evidence that the bedroom tax is working

Outlook for household finances hits survey - record high amid falling inflation expectations

18 December, 2014

This release contains the December findings from the Markit HFI, intended to anticipate changing consumer behaviour accurately.

Graph showing how Universal Credit helps make work pay

18 December, 2014

A graph showing how Universal Credit helps make work pay

Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: final reports

18 December, 2014

Final evaluation of the Direct Payment Demonstration Project relating to the direct payment of Housing Benefit to tenants in social housing

Universal Credit employers' insight

18 December, 2014

Qualitative research with employers to help inform the design and implementation of Universal Credit

Work Programme evaluation: participant experience

18 December, 2014

This research is part of a comprehensive evaluation of the Work Programme, to provide an independent assessment of delivery and performance

Housing costs for tenants in social housing

18 December, 2014

Research about communications with social housing tenants affected by the removal of the spare room subsidy

Government shreds vital safety net for poorest people

18 December, 2014

A London local authority has slammed the government for axing a "vital safety net" for some the poorest residents in its borough

Budget has a 'serious omission' on welfare reform penalties

18 December, 2014

The draft budget for Northern Ireland 'does not really balance' and fails to account for welfare reform penalties

Cabinet split over crisis fund for vulnerable people

18 December, 2014

Osborne is said to be resisting calls by Pickles to save fund for people hit by floods or domestic violence or who run out of food

Social housing lettings in England: April 2013 to March 2014

17 December, 2014

DCLG collects and publishes official statistics relating to deprivation, fire and rescue services, housing and homelessness, local government finance, planning performance and land use

Social housing app brings a touch of 'Tinder' to house swaps and wins £40,000 open data innovation prize

17 December, 2014

A new smartphone app, MoveMaker, has won the Housing Open Data Challenge

How a group of tenants got their social landlord to take their damp problems seriously

17 December, 2014

A group of social housing tenants operating under the collective pseudonym 'Bessy Banks' started an online campaign to get their landlord Bromford Housing Group to sort out damp problems

Scottish council tax arrears 'highest in UK'

17 December, 2014

Scots have the highest level of council tax arrears and payday loan debts in the UK

Coping with the cap?

17 December, 2014

In 2013 the government introduced a cap on the amount that some working-age families can receive in benefits

1 in 6 people use their credit cards to pay housing costs

17 December, 2014

For most people, paying your mortgage or rent each month is your biggest bill

A Christmas Bedroom Tax Tale: Dark Tomorrows

17 December, 2014

After five more years of coalition government, Rob Gershon looks back from a future where we didn't get rid of the bedroom tax

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to October 2014

17 December, 2014

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

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 11 Dec 2014

17 December, 2014

Official experimental Universal Credit statistics and how the department will manage the release of further statistics

Labour to push for vote to repeal bedroom tax

17 December, 2014

Labour is hoping to push through a vote on repealing the bedroom tax in an opposition day debate today

Think Rent First

17 December, 2014

Homes for Northumberland (HfN) is urging its tenants to put their rent first this Christmas

Forced to pay the cruel Bedroom Tax because of the death of her hero son in Afghanistan

17 December, 2014

Moe Bland was forced to downsize because she no longer needed the room that was once inhabited by her son who died in the army

Touchbase DWP E-zine

16 December, 2014

December 2014

Benefit claimants 'forced out of central London'

16 December, 2014

Low income families are being forced out of the capital, Labour has said, after revealing a 27% drop in housing benefit claimants in central London

More research needed on 'revenge evictions'

16 December, 2014

Legislation might not be the best way of stopping 'revenge evictions' and more research should be done on the scale of the problem

Pickles under attack over plan for referendums on council tax rises

16 December, 2014

Theresa May and the Lib Dems say votes will cost money and decision will cause real-term cuts in budgets

In-depth interviews with people affected by the Benefit Cap

16 December, 2014

In 2013, the Government introduced a cap on the total amount of benefit that most working-age households could receive

Post welfare or fully integrated: what will social care be like in a decade?

16 December, 2014

Four possible scenarios for social services in Scotland in 2025

IDS's 'fit for work' projections in tatters

16 December, 2014

Sickness benefits claimants were not 'faking it'

Iain Duncan Smith on Universal Credit introduction

16 December, 2014

One in three job centres will be using Universal Credit by the spring of 2015, and "pretty much everybody" on it by 2019

How the DWP's bedroom tax guidance has trumped the law

16 December, 2014

Some time ago, I wrote a blog piece about the possibility that Lord Freud was skirting around the legal decisions that had been made in a case that underpinned a lot of the early legal discussion about bedroom tax

Bedroom tax: size matters sometimes

16 December, 2014

A new Housing Benefit Upper Tribunal decision means that Housing Act 1985 overcrowding rules cannot be applied in bedroom tax cases

Post Office service for pensioners and benefit claimants to be safeguarded with new government contract

16 December, 2014

A new £250 million contract, to protect vulnerable pensioners, benefit claimants and help safeguard the future of the Post Office, agreed by the government

Landlords owed more than £800m in unpaid rent

16 December, 2014

32 per cent of landlords in the UK say they have experienced rent arrears in the last 12 months

Millions of Britons to get fee-free basic accounts under Treasury's 'landmark deal' with lenders

15 December, 2014

The UK Treasury will unveil a "landmark deal" with nine lenders in the country to provide fee-free accounts to millions of consumers

Priority debts

15 December, 2014

Some bills are classed as priorities. This is because the consequences of not paying them is more serious than the consequences of not paying others

Benefits cap is getting more into work, research claims

15 December, 2014

Studies for the DWP found those affected by the cap were 41% more likely to get a job than people who were unaffected

Child benefit may be limited to two children, says Iain Duncan Smith

15 December, 2014

Minister hints that move 'to help behavioural change' is being considered despite fears it could alienate parents

Food bank use tiny compared with Germany, says minister

15 December, 2014

The number of people using food banks in the UK is "tiny" compared with Germany, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has told the BBC

The Benefits of Tackling Worklessness and Low Pay

15 December, 2014

Joseph Rowntree Report

This report explores the gains to government and to local economies of reducing worklessness and low pay, in terms of a reduced social security bill, increased economic activity and overall benefits to society.

Focus on Inequality and Growth

15 December, 2014

Report from the OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs

Bedroom tax latest - Opposites repel

15 December, 2014

Bedroom Tax opinion article

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

15 December, 2014

Commons Library Standard Note

This note summarises some key findings of the ongoing studies into the impact of the under-occupation deduction from Housing Benefit (HB) which has applied to social housing tenants since April 2013

Coping with the cap?

15 December, 2014

Report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies

HB Bulletin U6/2014

12 December, 2014

Upper Tribunal decisions CSH/41/14 and CSH/42/14

Record number of homeless families in 'out of area' temporary accommodation

12 December, 2014

High rents and housing benefit cap making it harder for councils to find safe and decent places in local area

Low wages force Britain to spend £900m more on tax credits than planned

12 December, 2014

Taxpayers have been hit by a bill for an extra £900m in wage top-ups in the past year because so many of the new jobs being created are low-paid

Public perceptions of social tenants and the social rented sector

12 December, 2014

The British public are positive towards contribution and value of social housing

Landmark case as agent is held to account over tenants' behaviour

12 December, 2014

A landmark ruling could have implications for letting agents and landlords in connection with the behaviour of tenants

Local authority housing statistics : year ending March 2014

12 December, 2014

The focus of this statistical release is on social housing that is owned and managed by local authorities

Council launches crackdown on landlords' poor accommodation

12 December, 2014

Oldham Council is set to introduce a licensing scheme for private landlords to stamp out the letting of poor quality accommodation

How to create sustainable tenancies

12 December, 2014

What's the best way of creating sustainable tenancies? Business improvement consultant Cath Davies shares her top tips for social landlords

A united view on universal credit

12 December, 2014

The independence of families relies on the successful roll-out of universal credit, argues Lord David Freud

Diane Abbott pledges rent controls in mayoral bid

11 December, 2014

A London mayoral hopeful has pledged to cap private rents in the capital and levy cash from private landlords to build more social housing

Universal credit: Treasury still to sign off business case

11 December, 2014

Treasury spokeswoman tells MPs money spent so far is 'value for money' despite tens of millions being written off in IT

Universal Credit and employers: frequently asked questions

11 December, 2014

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

Back-to-work schemes are 'making mental illness worse' says charity

11 December, 2014

The government's back-to-work schemes are ineffective and damaging for people with mental health problems

Sanctions for JSA and ESA claimants with dependent children in Scotland from June 2012 to May 2013

11 December, 2014

FOI query for number of sanctions for JSA and ESA claimants with dependent children in Scotland from 1 June 2012 to 31 May 2013

ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments: claims made to Mar 2014 and appeals to Sept 2014

11 December, 2014

Work Capability Assessment outcomes for new Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claims and incapacity benefits claims converted to ESA

London has 75% of England's temporary accommodation households

11 December, 2014

The number of London households in temporary accommodation accounts for 75% of England's total

Council tenant evictions soar following bedroom tax introduction

11 December, 2014

The number of council tenants evicted for rent arrears soared by 19% in the first year of the bedroom tax

DWP overturns bedroom tax room size judgement

11 December, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions has overturned a tribunal's decision to exempt two brothers from the bedroom tax due to room size

Six ways to reduce evictions

11 December, 2014

Evictions are at an all-time high as benefit cuts take their toll on residents. How can housing providers buck the trend and help people to stay in their homes?

We need rent controls to help solve London's housing crisis

11 December, 2014

The words "rent control" are anathema to housing policy wonks and Westminster politician

Thousands of working families forced to depend on charity handouts this Christmas

10 December, 2014

Organisers of festive hampers for low-income households say the numbers receiving help are higher than ever

Benefit sanctions and the re-emergence of street begging

10 December, 2014

Have you noticed an increase in street begging in recent months? I know I have, and it has come as something of a surprise

Safe and Decent Homes: Solutions for a better private rented sector

10 December, 2014

In 2014, renting from a private landlord is the only housing option for an increasing number of families

Sheffield gets Christmas spirit by telling residents to pay their rent

10 December, 2014

Sheffield Council is urging its tenants "to put their rent first this Christmas" and offering them a chance to win £250 of shopping vouchers

Statistics on ESA claimants with an adverse sanction decision by disease in GB: Jan to Mar 2014

10 December, 2014

Employment and Support Allowance claimants with an adverse sanction decision by the International Classification of Diseases summary code

Universal Credit data sharing between DWP and local support providers

10 December, 2014

The DWP are seeking views on data sharing between DWP and local support providers

Households in fuel poverty require 'additional policies'

10 December, 2014

Families living in poverty will need additional help to pay their fuel bills

Should private landlords be 'amateur border guards'?

10 December, 2014

New measures requiring private landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants started to come into force on 1 December

Looking beyond food banks to dig up the roots of hunger in Britain

10 December, 2014

We do not support or propose the institutionalisation of food banks in their current form

Universal Credit: increasing the childcare offer

09 December, 2014

Report on increasing the Universal Credit childcare offer and how it will interact with Tax-Free Childcare

Food banks: Duncan Smith promises positive response after critical report

09 December, 2014

Work and pensions secretary promises reforms to help stop people 'stumbling into' process of benefits sanctions

£90m benefits giveaway... fraud and error result in huge overpayments to claimants

09 December, 2014

Fraud and error resulted in more than £90m worth of benefits being overpaid in Northern Ireland last year

Britain's rental crisis: 61% of renters have suffered damp, mould or leaking roofs

09 December, 2014

The plight of millions of people living in damp, mouldy or mice-infested rented homes has prompted campaigners to call for a national register of landlords

Welfare Reform Committee

09 December, 2014

MSPs took evidence from witnesses John Lindsay and James Nesbit about their experience of welfare reform and its impact on mental health

Minister demands government does more to combat fuel poverty

09 December, 2014

The Scottish government's housing minister has demanded that the Tory-led coalition does more to cut energy bills for vulnerable households

Local welfare assistance scheme policy guidance

09 December, 2014

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has published one hundred and fifty local welfare assistance scheme policy documents

Universal Credit national expansion

09 December, 2014

List of the local authorities and jobcentres that will begin to deliver Universal Credit between February and April 2015

Government pilots benefit sanctions scheme for homeless

09 December, 2014

The government is piloting a scheme aimed at preventing vulnerable homeless people being hit by benefit sanctions

Bedroom tax has saved taxpayer £830m

09 December, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith has claimed the government has saved £830m as a result of the bedroom tax, and is on track to save £1bn over two years

Will your vote count? - A look at the parties' policies on housing and welfare

08 December, 2014

LIN member report written by Neil Merrick

This LIN member report looks at what is likely to happen to the bedroom tax, universal credit and the benefit cap under different political leadership.

The elephant in the bedroom

08 December, 2014

Finally, the long awaited Upper Tribunal decision on room size and the bedroom tax has been released

CSH 41 2014

08 December, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits - other

CSH 42 2014

08 December, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits - other

Feeding Britain

08 December, 2014

A strategy for zero hunger in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

'Pay benefits faster' to reduce hunger

08 December, 2014

An income squeeze, benefit delays and excessive utility bills are blamed by a cross-party group of MPs for a huge rise in the use of food banks

How people have come to depend on food banks to survive

08 December, 2014

A former army nurse and a mother of three talk about how food banks have been the last line of support

Women bear 85% of burden after Coalition's tax and benefit tweaks

08 December, 2014

£22bn of £26bn made from benefit reforms taken from women

Group to examine impact of welfare reforms on Scotland

08 December, 2014

A new group is being launched in Glasgow to examine the impact of welfare reforms on Scotland

Majority of Brits on good terms with their landlord

08 December, 2014

The majority of Britain's renters are fond of their landlord

Over 900,000 benefit sanctions imposed on JSA claimants during 12-month period

08 December, 2014

The government imposed over 900,000 benefit sanctions on Job Seeker's Allowance claimants during a 12-month period, a freedom of information request has revealed

JSA adverse sanction decisions by age group and length of claim in GB: Apr 2013 to Mar 2014

08 December, 2014

Adverse sanction decisions on Jobseeker's Allowance claims by age group and length of claim in Great Britain from April 2013 to March 2014

Paying tax on rent to landlords abroad

08 December, 2014

How tenants and letting agents in the UK pay tax on behalf of landlords abroad under the Non-resident Landlord (NRL) Scheme

Tenant evicted due to state of garden

08 December, 2014

Nottingham City Homes is warning its tenants to make sure they keep their gardens tidy - or else face eviction as one former tenant has

Social landlords 'downgrading welfare reform as a risk'

05 December, 2014

Social landlords are downgrading the threat posed by welfare reform in their business plans, following delays with the implementation of universal credit

London council loses landmark unlawful eviction case

05 December, 2014

The Supreme Court has ruled that statutory damages for unlawful eviction of tenants should be calculated in the same way for social landlords as it is for private landlords

Lords to pick up ruins of 'revenge evictions' bill smashed by Tory filibusters

05 December, 2014

The smoking ruins of the 'revenge evictions' bill that was destroyed by a Tory filibustering tag team last week have been picked up by members of the House of Lords

Oxford, Brighton and Bath overtake areas of London as the most unaffordable places to rent

05 December, 2014

Towns and cities such as Oxford and Brighton have overtaken areas of London as the most unaffordable places in the country to rent

Residents urged to back gas safety proposals

05 December, 2014

Enfield Council is urging residents to back a campaign which wants to give social landlords extra powers to make sure gas appliances in the properties they own are safe

How much?! Damages for unlawfully evicted secure tenants

05 December, 2014

So, if a local authority unlawfully evicts a secure tenant (and yes, it happens) what should the measure of damages be?

Iain Duncan Smith's Universal Credit Set For Even More Delays

05 December, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith's much-delayed welfare project, Universal Credit, is set to take even longer to roll out across the country

Personal taxes and benefits

05 December, 2014

Presentation given at the 'Autumn Statement 2014: IFS analysis' event on 4 December 2014

Far-left agenda has 'hijacked' anti-bedroom tax cause

05 December, 2014

Anti-bedroom tax campaigners who staged a noisy protest during full council have been 'hijacked' by a far-left agenda

Councils to receive cash incentives for cutting housing benefit fraud

04 December, 2014

The government will reward councils that cut housing benefit fraud with cash incentives

Private sector rent reform debate

04 December, 2014

Labour MSP Mary Fee led a debate on the private rented sector, on 3 December 2014

George Osborne accused of putting universal credit in 'very real danger'

04 December, 2014

George Osborne was today accused of putting universal credit in "very real danger" after freezing work allowances under the new benefits system for a further year to 2018

Statistics to support the Jobseeker's Allowance (Habitual Residence) Amendment Regulations 2013 impact assessment

04 December, 2014

FOI response about the numbers of adult overseas nationals entering the UK and claiming an out of work benefit from 2002 to 2013

Proposed benefit and pension rates 2015 to 2016

04 December, 2014

A list of the proposed benefit and pension rates for 2015 to 2016

Chancellor Announces Stamp Duty Reform - Big Win for Landlords!

04 December, 2014

Today in his Autumn Statement, the Chancellor listened to the NLA's long running campaign and abolished the residential slab system applied to calculate Stamp Duty Land Tax

Joint tenancy rights

04 December, 2014

The Supreme Court has ruled one partner can end a joint tenancy without breaching the other tenant's human rights

Food, fuel, finance - tackling the poverty premium

04 December, 2014

Conventional anti-poverty strategies have principally focused on measures to boost household incomes. But can we find ways of tackling poverty by reducing household costs?

Delays to welfare reform boost Treasury coffers

04 December, 2014

Delays in implementing universal credit will save the government more than £900 million in the next parliament through reduced payments and administrative savings

Evictions rocket as welfare reforms and rising property prices hit home

03 December, 2014

As thousands of tenants face court battles to keep the bailiffs at bay, housing charities call for greater protection for renters

Engaging Private Landlords in Energy Efficiency

03 December, 2014

This paper examines approaches for London boroughs to work with landlords and raise the standards in their private rented sectors

The private rented sector didn't kill Tiny Tim

03 December, 2014

Child poverty and social inequality is a big problem in the UK

Scottish councils facing 50% shortfall in benefit subsidy

03 December, 2014

Scottish councils have been forced to make up a near 50% shortfall in housing benefit and council tax administration subsidy

Scotland could re-introduce direct payments to landlords

03 December, 2014

The Scottish government is considering changing universal credit rules to allow housing costs to be paid directly to landlords

Croydon Council backtracks on landlord licensing scheme

03 December, 2014

Croydon Council has revised their proposals for a landlord licensing scheme after pressure from the National Landlords Association

Who actually supports the idea of privatising social housing?

03 December, 2014

This is no example of the north/south divide - I can't find a single voice in support of the effective privatisation of social housing

Key vote removes cap on housing payments

03 December, 2014

A key vote in the Scottish Parliament has removed the last hurdle to lifting the cap on Discretionary Housing Payments and will allow for the full mitigation of the 'bedroom tax'

Housing Benefit Direct

02 December, 2014

Issue 155 - December 2014

DWP Stakeholder Bulletin - November 2014

02 December, 2014

Contains information on new time limit for Jobseeker's Allowance EEA claimants

Payday loan brokers subject to emergency action as regulator steps in

02 December, 2014

Seven blocked from taking on new business and three of those in line for 'enforcement action' over fees charged

Social housing in crisis as right-to-buy depletes stock

02 December, 2014

Lib Dems say tackling deficit is 'political priority', with only quarter of replacement homes being built

Findings from Wave 26 of the Local Authority Insight Survey: Removal of access to Housing Benefit for European Economic Area (EEA) jobseekers

02 December, 2014

The survey found that more than seven in ten (72%) of LAs have affected EEA jobseekers

Part-time landlords pocket £28 billion buy to let rents

02 December, 2014

Part-time landlords are earning more than £28 billion in rents but are failing to put the cash back into looking after their properties

Just about Surviving

02 December, 2014

This is the third report from a longitudinal project looking at the impacts of welfare reform on individuals and communities in the London Borough of Newham

Landlords to rent homes to 'white tenants with British-sounding names' to avoid immigration red tape

02 December, 2014

The new requirements - which are trialled in the west Midlands from Monday - are part of the Government's attempts to cut down on migrants coming to the UK

The impact of welfare reform on communities and households in Sheffield

01 December, 2014

This report documents the impact of welfare reform on Sheffield

'Right to rent' checks start in West Midlands

01 December, 2014

Landlords in the West Midlands who fail to check whether prospective tenants are in the country legally will face a £3,000 fine

Missing the target

01 December, 2014

Tax cuts and low to middle income Britain

This report has two main objectives. First, to assess the main political parties' leading proposals on tax cuts for the next Parliament. Second, to consider whether there is a different approach to that advocated by the main parties that would better serve low and middle income Britain

'The toilet is in the shower': vulnerable tenants in tiny £258 a week flats hit with 'revenge evictions'

01 December, 2014

Tenants in Stoke Newington flats threatened with eviction after complaining about noise from music rehearsal studios below

Iain Duncan Smith vetoed greater Scottish powers over universal credit

01 December, 2014

Holyrood allowed to vary key parts of housing elements of universal credit but not other elements after DWP intervention

Renters' woes revealed as 'hotspot' map of Britain published

01 December, 2014

London is Britain's vermin capital while renters in Yorkshire make the most repair requests and Scottish tenants have a big problem with heating

Tory MP who smashed 'revenge-evictions' bill is private landlord

01 December, 2014

A backbench Tory MP who today helped to derail a Private Member's Bill aimed at criminalising so-called 'revenge evictions' in the PRS is himself a private landlord

Camden's licensing consultation 'a farce', say landlords

01 December, 2014

NLA has questioned Camden Council's consultation process after the council admitted during a meeting that the decision to introduce a new landlord licensing scheme has already been made

Treating renters as imbeciles

01 December, 2014

In the last week parliament has had the chance to tackle two of the most glaring injustices for private tenants and flunked both of them

Immigration checks: a pointless tax on tenants

01 December, 2014

New checks to prevent undocumented immigrants from renting homes risk come into force in parts of the West Midlands today

Payday loan middlemen face crackdown

01 December, 2014

Thousands of payday loan middlemen face tough new rules after the City watchdog highlighted "blatantly unfair" treatment of customers

My Life, My Choice video shows why people need help from benefits

01 December, 2014

See why people need help from benefits and how they contribute to society

David Cameron seeks EU support for new migration curbs

28 November, 2014

David Cameron has passionately urged other EU leaders to support his "reasonable" proposals for far-reaching curbs on welfare benefits for migrants

Universal Credit information for claimants in Sutton

28 November, 2014

Additional information for people claiming Universal Credit in the SM5 2 postcode area of Sutton

Hastings landlords warn of rent rise under new scheme

28 November, 2014

Landlords in Hastings have warned they will have to put up rents if plans for a licensing scheme are introduced

Food banks: 'Rapid rise in demand' for emergency food parcels says Advice NI

28 November, 2014

There has been a rapid rise in the amount of people in Northern Ireland seeking access to food banks

SFHA says Smith Report is step in the right direction and makes urgent call for Universal Credit roll-out to be suspended

28 November, 2014

The SFHA gives a guarded welcome to the report published today by the Smith Commission recommending furthers powers for the Scottish Parliament

Smith Commission 'dropped welfare proposals'

28 November, 2014

Plans to give Holyrood more extensive welfare powers appear to have been struck out of the Smith Commission's report in the final days of negotiations

Fury as Conservative MPs kill off bill to ban 'revenge evictions'

28 November, 2014

Housing campaign groups have reacted with fury after two Conservative MPs today killed off the Tenancies Reform Bill through filibustering

Universal credit: Now UK's banks turn on coalition over free bank account plan

28 November, 2014

Some of the UK's largest banks have balked at the Tory-led coalition's proposal to force them to set-up free current accounts for UC claimants

Government to 'name and shame' local authorities for failing to help disabled people hit by bedroom tax

28 November, 2014

The government is to 'name and shame' local authorities that are failing to use discretionary housing payments to help disabled people affected by the bedroom tax

A challenging time - supporting customers with money management

28 November, 2014

Welfare reform has presented a number of challenges to housing associations and their customers, and minimising the risks presented, continues to be a focus

Boris Johnson slammed for leaving London renters 'at mercy of landlords'

28 November, 2014

London mayor Boris Johnson has been slammed for leaving the capital's renters "at the mercy of landlords", six months on from the launch of his flagship LRS

Jobseeker's Allowance: help while you look for work

28 November, 2014

This leaflet explains what Jobseeker's Allowance is, who can get it and how to make a claim

Scotland to control £14bn of income tax and welfare benefits in cross-party deal

28 November, 2014

Lord Smith describes agreement as 'biggest transfer of powers to the Scottish parliament since its establishment'

HB S11/2014

27 November, 2014

Contains information on new burdens payment for Real Time Information bulk data matching initiative

Employment and Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessments: response to the Work and Pensions Committee

27 November, 2014

The government's response to the Work and Pensions Committee report on Employment and Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessments

Scottish parliament to get control over income tax and welfare spending

27 November, 2014

Far-reaching reforms to go ahead after Labour drops opposition but Westminster to have overall control of personal allowance

The cost of renting in your 20s? £66,800

27 November, 2014

'Generation Rent' is in denial about the eye-watering sums they are paying to landlords,

Tory minister joins calls for U-turn on local welfare cuts

27 November, 2014

Amber Rudd appeals against plans to scrap funding for crisis schemes as cross-party opposition to £180m a year cut grows

Benefits sanctions system 'broken'

27 November, 2014

Thousands of single parents are facing wrongful sanctions under a broken regime overly focussed on sanctions at the expense of the practical support that would help single parents into work

'Letting agent charged £1,260 to change two names - then evicted us'

27 November, 2014

'I can replace you easily. Pay or you're out,' agent tells tenants renting £3,600-a-month house

Universal credit eligibility guide for families makes a mockery of IDS claims

27 November, 2014

The government this week hailed the next stage in its "welfare revolution" as universal credit is made available to families for the first time

Iain Duncan Smith accused of 'burying' further delays to universal credit

27 November, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of "burying" further delays to the roll out of universal credit

The Smith Commission

27 November, 2014

Report of the Smith Commission for further devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament

Universal Credit: Watchdog warns of cost of further delays

26 November, 2014

Ministers risk racking up a multi-billion pound bill if IT systems to run their flagship benefits reforms are not introduced on time

Nick Clegg sets out plans to curb benefits to EU migrants

26 November, 2014

Deputy PM insists UK can tackle 'benefits tourism' without challenging the key principle of free movement

Tenancies (Reform) Bill (HC Bill 19)

26 November, 2014

Protect tenants against retaliatory evictions; to amend the law on notices requiring possession relating to assured shorthold tenancies; and for connected purposes

"Tory Welfare Waste" - why Reeves' new attack line will cut through with voters

26 November, 2014

Rachel Reeves will make a speech today slamming the Tories' handling of the welfare system

Scottish rent rises out pace rest of UK

26 November, 2014

Property rents have risen faster in Scotland than in England and Wales over the past year

Concern about increase in welfare sanctions

26 November, 2014

A jump in the number of sanctions given to those who receive a key benefit in Wales is "a concern"

The Tenancies (Reform) Bill - an end to revenge evictions?

26 November, 2014

Shelter policy officer Hannah Gousy explains why revenge evictions are such an important issue

Universal Credit: progress update

26 November, 2014

The DWP has reset Universal Credit on a sounder basis but at significant cost, by extending the time for implementation and choosing a more expensive approach

More private renters struggling with horror homes

26 November, 2014

More people are struggling with private rented homes which are damp, dangerous and in need of significant repair

What's behind the massive increase of renters in poverty?

26 November, 2014

The number of private renters living in poverty has doubled in a decade even though the rates for everybody else have fallen

Local partnership opportunities with Jobcentre Plus

25 November, 2014

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

Universal Credit personal budgeting support and alternative payment arrangements guidance

25 November, 2014

Universal Credit prepares claimants for the world of work in which 75 per cent of employees are paid monthly

Universal Credit frequently asked questions

25 November, 2014

Answers to some common questions about Universal Credit and how it will work

Making your Universal Credit claim

25 November, 2014

A guide that describes who can claim Universal Credit and what they will need to do in return, including attending appointments and looking for work

Universal Credit and your Claimant Commitment

25 November, 2014

How the Universal Credit Claimant Commitment works and what is expected of claimants in return for getting Universal Credit

Universal Credit and work

25 November, 2014

How Universal Credit supports claimants in looking for work and what happens when they start a part-time or full-time job

Universal Credit: your claim journey

25 November, 2014

An overview of the steps that people will take when claiming Universal Credit, from making a claim through to starting work

HB Circular A17/2014

25 November, 2014

This guide gives local authorities details of the Fraud and Error Reduction Incentive Scheme to support and encourage participation

HB S10/2014

25 November, 2014

This circular sets out the arrangements for distributing Fraud and Error Reduction Incentive Scheme funding to local authorities

Welfare revolution rolls out to families: Universal Credit to be in a third of Jobcentres by spring

25 November, 2014

By spring 2015, 1 in 3 of the country's Jobcentres will be taking claims for Universal Credit

Duncan Smith rejects claims of Universal Credit's 'glacial pace'

25 November, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith told MPs Universal Credit would bring £35bn in economic benefits to the UK - as Labour attacked the "glacial pace" of its roll out

IFS warns on rise in poverty following welfare caps

25 November, 2014

IFS has today warned that number of people in poverty is likely to start increasing due to caps in the uprating of benefits coupled with an increase in wage rates

Helping to protect tenants and people who use the services of social landlords

25 November, 2014

We are the independent regulator of social landlords in Scotland, accountable directly to the Scottish Parliament

Can we afford to featherbed our pensioners?

25 November, 2014

First, state spending, after inflation, won't be much different in 2019 to what it was in 2010

Voices from the frontline

25 November, 2014

Our launch publication explores the experiences of people with complex needs and the frontline staff who are working with them

HAs fearful of sudden universal credit influx

25 November, 2014

Thirty North West housing associations have expressed fears of a sudden New Year-influx of new claimants of the government's troubled universal credit

Rent arrears caused by DWP maladministration!

25 November, 2014

Earlier this year I highlighted a social security scandal relating to JSA/ESA sanctions and their unintended knock-on effect on housing benefit

There's more to reducing poverty than Universal Credit

25 November, 2014

Universal Credit must be made to work. But it can't lower poverty unless it is part of a comprehensive anti-poverty strategy

Revenge evictions: 'An electrician said our shower was unsafe. The landlord's response was to evict us'

24 November, 2014

More and more tenants are being evicted - often unfairly - new figures show. But pressure is growing for change

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion 2014

24 November, 2014

Our annual assessment of progress in tackling poverty and disadvantage across the UK

EU free movement: make it fair to keep it free

24 November, 2014

Proposals being considered by Number 10 to bar migrants from claiming tax credits and housing benefits could diminish key pull factor for EU immigration

Benefit changes mean a choice of 'eat or heat' for an increasing number of families

24 November, 2014

The cost-of-living crisis is damaging the health of children with disabilities

Advice to landlords: Register or face a fine

24 November, 2014

Landlords who let residential property in Northern Ireland must be registered by 25 February 2015 or face a fine of up to £2,500

Lib Dems back welfare devolution

24 November, 2014

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have given their backing to the transfer of powers over welfare to the Scottish Parliament

Benefits stopped a whopping 70,000 times for jobseekers who can't show they're looking for work

24 November, 2014

Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith accused the Government of 'punishing' vulnerable people

Deadline to the Breadline

24 November, 2014

If a household's income suffers an unexpected shock and suddenly stops, their money would run out in just 26 days on average

Immigration minister James Brokenshire on new rules requiring landlords to check tenants' right to be in the UK

24 November, 2014

When we don't have firm - but fair - controls on immigration, everyone suffers

Universal Credit and tax credits

24 November, 2014

An overview of how people who are claiming tax credits might be affected by Universal Credit

Universal Credit: support if you are dependent on drugs or alcohol

24 November, 2014

How Universal Credit can be tailored to support a claimant if they are dependent on drugs and/or alcohol

Help with budgeting your Universal Credit

24 November, 2014

This guide gives details on how Universal Credit is paid and the budgeting support available through DWP and other organisations

What Went Wrong With Welfare Reform?

21 November, 2014

Simon Duffy explores the reality of welfare reform in the UK

Tenant finances absorb record rents

21 November, 2014

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

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

21 November, 2014

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

£311k to send benefit claimants to financial advice charities

21 November, 2014

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

99.5% of people unaware of new renter protection rules

21 November, 2014

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

Scale of arrears clawback plan sparks fears

21 November, 2014

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

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

21 November, 2014

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

Newcastle landlord builds homes to meet the bedroom tax

21 November, 2014

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

Bad news for job seekers

21 November, 2014

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

HB S6/2014

20 November, 2014

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

HB S7/2014

20 November, 2014

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

HB S8/2014

20 November, 2014

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

HB S9/2014

20 November, 2014

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

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

20 November, 2014

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

New research confronts social housing stereotypes

20 November, 2014

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

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

20 November, 2014

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

Devolve parts of welfare system to Wales

20 November, 2014

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

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

20 November, 2014

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

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

20 November, 2014

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

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

20 November, 2014

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

Rent First...please

20 November, 2014

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

Court challenge to benefit changes for 'secure' housing

19 November, 2014

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

EU migrants would wait two years for jobless benefits

19 November, 2014

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

Coastline embarks on stock improvement to tackle fuel poverty

19 November, 2014

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

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

19 November, 2014

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

Food banks say welfare reform is fuelling demand

19 November, 2014

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

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

19 November, 2014

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

How can you slow the unstoppable rise of evictions?

19 November, 2014

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

Welfare cuts will increase fire risk for poorer families

19 November, 2014

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

How the Welfare State wrecked marriage

19 November, 2014

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

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

18 November, 2014

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

Church leaders launch attack on 'unjust' bedroom tax

18 November, 2014

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

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

18 November, 2014

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

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

18 November, 2014

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

What is happening to spending on social security?

18 November, 2014

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

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

18 November, 2014

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

Scotland needs a more 'coherent approach' to welfare reform

18 November, 2014

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

Tenants get eviction reprieve but future still uncertain

18 November, 2014

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

What will the housing market look like in 2040?

17 November, 2014

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

Touchbase DWP E-zine

17 November, 2014

November 2014

HB G11/2014

17 November, 2014

Contains information on Fraud and Error in the benefit system

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

17 November, 2014

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

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

17 November, 2014

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

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

17 November, 2014

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

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

17 November, 2014

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

Practical implications of immigration checks on new letting

17 November, 2014

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

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

17 November, 2014

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

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

14 November, 2014

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

Food for thought

14 November, 2014

An insight into why young people in England access foodbanks

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

14 November, 2014

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

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

14 November, 2014

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

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

14 November, 2014

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

Number of housing benefit claimants drop

14 November, 2014

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

Grim warning amid fears of housing payment cut

14 November, 2014

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

Universal credit: The 20% deduction explained

14 November, 2014

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

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

14 November, 2014

Third Party Deductions For Rent Arrears - Important Announcement

Barnet Council proposes 'unlawful' rent rise

13 November, 2014

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

Welfare reforms and people living with disability debate

13 November, 2014

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

Figures reveal slow take up of universal credit

13 November, 2014

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

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

13 November, 2014

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

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

13 November, 2014

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

Universal Credit support boost for social landlords

13 November, 2014

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

Social landlord support pack

13 November, 2014

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

How Universal Credit supports families

13 November, 2014

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

Universal Credit: claimant journey for families

13 November, 2014

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

Universal Credit and families: questions and answers

13 November, 2014

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

We don't know how many revenge evictions there are

13 November, 2014

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

Loss of rented housing is causing homelessness says CIH NI

13 November, 2014

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

Angus food bank donations given a vital boost

13 November, 2014

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

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

12 November, 2014

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

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

12 November, 2014

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

Why welfare is not about them and us

12 November, 2014

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

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

12 November, 2014

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

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

12 November, 2014

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

Public are positive towards contribution and value of social housing

12 November, 2014

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

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 6 Nov 2014

12 November, 2014

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

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

12 November, 2014

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

Record-breaking number of people in jobs

12 November, 2014

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

Freeing Housing Associations: Better financing, more homes

12 November, 2014

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

Top EU court rules against 'welfare tourists'

12 November, 2014

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

Payday loan charges cap announced by FCA

11 November, 2014

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

More households can benefit from renewable heating

11 November, 2014

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

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

11 November, 2014

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

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

11 November, 2014

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

What do private renters say about their tenure?

11 November, 2014

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

Nicola Sturgeon promises 'strong focus' on inequality

11 November, 2014

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

Landlords to predict arrears with 'big data'

11 November, 2014

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

Association creating home swap app

11 November, 2014

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

No buy to let finance for one in five landlords

11 November, 2014

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

How welfare can kill the appetite for work

11 November, 2014

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

Running up debt: Why poorer households can't afford council tax

11 November, 2014

LIN member report written by Neil Merrick

This LIN member report looks at what has happened in the 18 months since the abolition of CTB and ahead to what could happen next year as local authorities keep their council tax support schemes under review

Latest foodbank figures top 900,000

10 November, 2014

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

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

10 November, 2014

Shortage of smaller flats combines with surplus of larger homes

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

10 November, 2014

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

Two thirds of renters overcharged by letting agents

10 November, 2014

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

"Second class citizens"?

10 November, 2014

The personal impact of the public debate on benefits

Tenants to present petition asking for rent freeze

10 November, 2014

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

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

10 November, 2014

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

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

10 November, 2014

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

IDS hails benefit cap 'impact'

07 November, 2014

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

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

07 November, 2014

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

Private landlords to own £1tn of property by 2015

07 November, 2014

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

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

07 November, 2014

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

Storey announces review of private rented sector regulation

07 November, 2014

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

Housing bodies call for a Scottish welfare system

07 November, 2014

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

Fuel poverty and its effect on our health

07 November, 2014

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

Benefits changes warning over social housing rents

07 November, 2014

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

Number of workless households in Wales falls

07 November, 2014

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

The bus stops here for tenants and landlords...

07 November, 2014

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

The Work Programme

06 November, 2014

Twenty-first Report of Session 2014-15

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

06 November, 2014

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

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

06 November, 2014

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

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

06 November, 2014

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

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

06 November, 2014

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

Committee launch inquiry into benefit sanctions

06 November, 2014

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

Benefit cap: number of households capped to August 2014

06 November, 2014

Number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to August 2014

Fraud and error in the benefit system

06 November, 2014

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

Benefit cap: thousands move into work

06 November, 2014

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

Universal Credit - an overview

06 November, 2014

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

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

06 November, 2014

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

Too much welfare spending? Depends what 'welfare' is

06 November, 2014

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

HB Direct

05 November, 2014

Issue 154 - November 2014

A new agenda for welfare

05 November, 2014

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

The truth about welfare spending: Facts or propaganda?

05 November, 2014

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

Stop universal credit and devolve welfare system demand social landlords

05 November, 2014

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

Council acting unlawfully against disabled bedroom tax couple

05 November, 2014

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

Local welfare provision review

05 November, 2014

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

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

05 November, 2014

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

Pay your child maintenance or damage your credit rating

05 November, 2014

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

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

04 November, 2014

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

You say welfare, we say...

04 November, 2014

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

Guidance for handling arrears and possession sales of shared ownership properties

04 November, 2014

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

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

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

04 November, 2014

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

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

04 November, 2014

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

Draft code of practice on illegal immigrants and private rented accommodation

04 November, 2014

Civil penalty scheme for landlords and their agents

Code of Practice for Landlords

04 November, 2014

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

Private renting needs the right reforms

04 November, 2014

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

Private Rented Property Licensing

04 November, 2014

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

Time to decide on fair council tax changes

03 November, 2014

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

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

03 November, 2014

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

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

03 November, 2014

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

Q&A: What benefits can EU migrants get?

03 November, 2014

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

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

03 November, 2014

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

More powers for Scotland could help improve housing system

03 November, 2014

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

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

03 November, 2014

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

Crawley Council landlord licensing plan sparks alarm

03 November, 2014

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

Generation Rent: ignored, insecure - and on the rise

03 November, 2014

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

New rules for buy to let lending on the way

03 November, 2014

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

Private tenants in poorer properties

03 November, 2014

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

DWP Stakeholder Bulletin - October 2014

31 October, 2014

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

Real Life Reform

31 October, 2014

Report 5 - October 2014

Caerphilly cabinet approves cuts and council tax increase

31 October, 2014

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

Empty Bedrooms Undermine New Building

31 October, 2014

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

DUP to 'bring welfare reform issue to a head'

31 October, 2014

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

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

31 October, 2014

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

UK's Universal Credit is too vital to ignore

31 October, 2014

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

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

31 October, 2014

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

'Bedroom tax' stays to next parliament

31 October, 2014

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

Cuts to employment and support allowance 'considered'

30 October, 2014

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

MPs urged to prepare for shift among voters towards renting

30 October, 2014

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

London exodus surges as welfare and housing pressures take toll

30 October, 2014

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

Welfare reform concessions 'not enough to protect vulnerable'

30 October, 2014

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

Who gave what: DHP allocation analysis

30 October, 2014

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

Can private landlords refuse to let to Housing Benefit claimants?

30 October, 2014

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

Renter Power

30 October, 2014

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

Building the future

30 October, 2014

The economic and fiscal impacts of making homes energy efficient

Court rules against town hall on council tax scheme

30 October, 2014

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

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

30 October, 2014

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

A Democratic Tenant Conversation

30 October, 2014

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

HB U5/2014

29 October, 2014

Contains information on the bedroom tax

Payday loan brokers regularly raid bank accounts of poor customers

29 October, 2014

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

Inside Welfare Reform

29 October, 2014

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

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

29 October, 2014

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

Welfare reform to be discussed at conference

29 October, 2014

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

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

29 October, 2014

The Affordable Homes Bill has been indefinitely stalled

Better repairs 'top priority' for social tenants

29 October, 2014

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

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

29 October, 2014

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

Removal of subsidy for spare room not unlawful

29 October, 2014

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

Partnership with Credit Union helping tenants to get ahead financially

29 October, 2014

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

Welfare Reform Committee 1

28 October, 2014

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

Welfare Reform Committee 2

28 October, 2014

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

Leaked universal credit memo shows jobcentre staff struggling with rollout

28 October, 2014

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

Can technology resolve our universal credit headaches?

28 October, 2014

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

Credit agency issues warning over two year benefit freeze

28 October, 2014

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

Five ways housing associations can improve their customer service

28 October, 2014

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

Welfare trends report - October 2014

28 October, 2014

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

How mobile working is helping us adapt to welfare reform

28 October, 2014

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

Benefits Britain

28 October, 2014

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

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, July to September 2014

27 October, 2014

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

Miliband barred Lamont from attacking bedroom tax for 12 months

27 October, 2014

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

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

27 October, 2014

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

Council brings in scheme to raise PRS standards

27 October, 2014

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

Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit back to work schemes

27 October, 2014

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

Housing association secures refunds for 788 bedroom tax tenants

27 October, 2014

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

Let's stop the scourge of revenge evictions

27 October, 2014

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

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

27 October, 2014

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

Wait a week for jobless benefits

27 October, 2014

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

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

27 October, 2014

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

Universal Credit: changing the culture of Jobcentre Plus

27 October, 2014

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

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

24 October, 2014

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

Government rejects social landlords' gas access call

24 October, 2014

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

Filling the void

24 October, 2014

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

The private rented sector divide

24 October, 2014

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

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

24 October, 2014

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

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

24 October, 2014

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

Council takes steps to protect PRS tenants from appalling standards

24 October, 2014

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

MPs launch inquiry into 'revenge' evictions bill

24 October, 2014

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

Separated families and bedroom tax

24 October, 2014

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

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

23 October, 2014

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

Landmark appeal against out-of-London placements refused

23 October, 2014

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

High Court rejects single parents' bedroom tax challenge

23 October, 2014

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

Unemployed foreigners will be barred from claiming benefits

23 October, 2014

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

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

23 October, 2014

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

Tenant to receive 'maximum payment' for emergency repair delay

23 October, 2014

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

Crisis decisions

23 October, 2014

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

Reasons to be cheerful from Iain Duncan Smith?

23 October, 2014

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

Brighton and Hove 'living rent' petition to be discussed

23 October, 2014

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

Universal Credit at Work

23 October, 2014

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

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

23 October, 2014

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

'Rancour' in welfare reform debate

22 October, 2014

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

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

22 October, 2014

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

Universal credit will be rolled out by 2018

22 October, 2014

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

Universal Credit: transforming the welfare state

22 October, 2014

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

Universal Credit Pathfinder Evaluation

22 October, 2014

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

Comparison of Universal Credit and Jobseeker's Allowance outcomes

22 October, 2014

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

Welfare advice scores £450,000 for WHG tenants

22 October, 2014

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

Benefit fraud - the facts and figures

22 October, 2014

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

Government posters to target benefit fraud

21 October, 2014

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

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

21 October, 2014

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

Rent price growth eases

21 October, 2014

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

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

21 October, 2014

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

Campaign says no compromise in crackdown on benefit fraud

21 October, 2014

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

Benefit overpayments linked to increase of in-work claimants

21 October, 2014

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

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

21 October, 2014

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

Churches leaders voice concerns over welfare reform

21 October, 2014

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

Progress Housing Group gets involved with Get Online Week

21 October, 2014

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

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

21 October, 2014

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

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

20 October, 2014

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

Peter Robinson outlines disability fund welfare change plan

20 October, 2014

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

Sept 14 Buy-to-Let Index

20 October, 2014

Rents hit fresh record despite sharp slow down in annual rises

HB G10/2014

20 October, 2014

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

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

20 October, 2014

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

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

20 October, 2014

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

Survey finds growing North-South divide over impact of welfare reforms

20 October, 2014

One year since the introduction of the government's 'bedroom tax', a new survey by three national council housing organisations has discovered a growing north-south divide

Understanding the new ASB Act - essential reading for landlords

20 October, 2014

ASB consultant Gez Kinsella shares his thoughts on preparations for the new Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act

Quarter of PRS tenants accept they will never own a home

20 October, 2014

Nearly a quarter of tenants in the private rented sector (PRS) accept they will never own their own home

Housing association drops mandatory conditions from tenancy agreements

20 October, 2014

A housing association has quietly dropped mandatory conditions from its tenancy agreements after a pilot found they were not needed

Landlords and tenants behaving responsibly

20 October, 2014

International Tenants Day on 6th October saw the launch of the Responsible Housing CSR Code of Conduct at a major conference of 150 delegates

DWP condemned over benefit losses

17 October, 2014

The DWP has been severely criticised by the Whitehall spending watchdog for failing to curb the "escalating" losses due to fraud and error in the housing benefit system

Generation Y turning to high-cost credit

17 October, 2014

62 per cent of young people using high-interest credit are turning to payday loans

DWP hits out at city council for failing to spend £103k to stop bedroom tax victims being evicted

17 October, 2014

Government officials have hit out at the city council after the authority failed to spend tens of thousands of pounds to help bedroom tax victims

Reform fit for our time

17 October, 2014

Universal credit is going nationwide

Helping tenants get online

17 October, 2014

This week, thousands of people across the country are being inspired to get online and see what the internet could do for them

Benefit reform blamed for rise in youth homelessness in the North-East

17 October, 2014

Bedroom tax and benefit reform have been blamed for a rise in youth homelessness as parents struggle to accommodate their children

Universal Credit: government proposal to take account of past earnings in repeat claims

17 October, 2014

A consultation on the proposal to take account of surplus earnings from the prior 6-month period when a person reclaims Universal Credit

Housing Benefit fraud and error

17 October, 2014

The Department for Work & Pensions should have increased its focus on Housing Benefit fraud and error sooner, and is now facing an escalating problem

'Bedroom tax siege' man jailed

17 October, 2014

A man who threatened to blow up his social home after bailiffs arrived to evict him because of arrears accrued under the bedroom tax has been jailed

Targeting benefit cheats and the penalties they could face

17 October, 2014

How we're identifying benefit fraud and the penalties people could face for deliberately withholding information for their benefit claim

How we can end pensioner poverty

17 October, 2014

Up to 390,000 older people in poverty could have claimed housing benefit last year but didn't

Data Sharing and Universal Credit

17 October, 2014

The DWP consulted on changes that will allow information to be shared with social landlords about Universal Credit claims

Consultation on Universal Credit 'waiting days'

17 October, 2014

The Social Security Advisory Committee is consulting on proposals that certain Universal Credit claimants must wait seven days before they are entitled to benefit

Meet the new tenants: How early support can ensure longer-lasting tenancies

16 October, 2014

This LIN member report is written by Neil Merrick

This LIN member report gives members more detail on how offering early support to prospective tenants reduces tenant turnover and therefore voids. The report also shows how tenants who attend a workshop or training session will be far less likely to run into financial and other problems and so remain in their home longer.

Scotland's jobless total falls by record 40,000

16 October, 2014

Unemployment in Scotland fell by 40,000 between June and August to stand at 151,000

How to take down economic inequality

16 October, 2014

The global gap between incomes, wealth and living standards is a long-standing failure of human ingenuity and purpose

The Real Britain Index: a more accurate measure of living standards

16 October, 2014

The rate at which prices are increasing is, according to the government's preferred measure, gradually slowing down

How a jump in Universal Credit statistics was overstated by 25%

16 October, 2014

Counts are now made on the 2nd Thursday each month, meaning that the latest month-on-month increase in caseload was 25% overstated

The regulation of private sector letting and managing agents (England)

16 October, 2014

There is no overarching statutory regulation of private sector letting or managing agents in England or any legal requirement for them to belong to a trade association

Rent increase blow to landlords

16 October, 2014

Housing experts are warning that landlords face a costs squeeze under the reformed social rent formula as a result of unprecedentedly low inflation rates

Sector backs government's universal credit alert plan

16 October, 2014

Housing organisations have broadly welcomed government proposals to alert social landlords when their tenants move on to universal credit

Bedroom tax arrears fears 'haven't materialised'

16 October, 2014

Councils evicted a tiny fraction of tenants hit by the bedroom tax in the first year of the reform

Welfare spending cap plans hit by rising housing and incapacity benefit bills

16 October, 2014

OBR also warns public finances suffering despite the recovery as workers take low-paid jobs so pay correspondingly less tax

Bedroom tax exemption bill goes to next stage despite Tory opposition

16 October, 2014

Barbara Keeley MP presented a 10 minute rule bill to the House of Commons on Tuesday 14th October with the aim of exempting carers and those needing overnight care from the Bedroom Tax

Tory Councillor Dawn Barnett Wants Food Bank Ban For People On 'Good Benefits'

15 October, 2014

A Tory councillor who once described golliwogs as "nostalgic, not racist" has called for those on "good benefits" to be banned from using food banks as they can afford food

Workers 'could be forced to pay £5 a week' to get benefits

15 October, 2014

Workers could be forced to pay at least £5 a week into a personal "welfare account" to get higher benefits if they lose their job

SF's welfare claims exposed in Nolan interview with Alex Maskey

15 October, 2014

The senior Sinn Fein MLA responsible for the party's welfare reform policy has been exposed for wildly exaggerating the cost of changes to the benefits system

Swap My Council House

15 October, 2014

Swap My Council House charts the growing phenomenon of the mutual exchange - where social housing tenants simply swap their homes in order to move house

Families' health at risk as rogue landlords refuse repairs

15 October, 2014

More than 1 in 10 renting families have suffered health problems in the past year because of their landlords failing to deal with bad living conditions

Council launches tenancy fraud amnesty

15 October, 2014

Haringey Council has launched an amnesty for tenants that are illegally subletting their council homes

Social housing tenants' debt widening income divide

15 October, 2014

A housing association's research into the impact of financial and economic changes on households has uncovered a widening income gap between its tenants

Record year for credit union as thousands of new members join

15 October, 2014

A credit union has had a record year, as more and more people turn to it for help with low cost loans

Universal Credit: Apr 2013 to Sep 2014

15 October, 2014

Statistics for April 2013 to September 2014 with breakdowns by Jobcentre Plus office, local authority and parliamentary constituency

Bedroom tax carer bill passes first reading

15 October, 2014

MPs have voted to exempt social tenants with a carer from the bedroom tax in a bill's first reading

Home Truths 2014/15: Yorkshire and Humber

15 October, 2014

Broken Market, Broken Dreams, a new report by the National Housing Federation, is an analysis of the housing market in Yorkshire and Humber

'We need answers on universal credit'

15 October, 2014

Latest government figures show that 14,170 people were claiming universal credit by September 11

Making Contributions: Reforms to create a social security system for the 21st Century Count

15 October, 2014

Policy Exchange Report - Reforms to create a social security system for the 21st Century

This report recommends a new system that will simultaneously bring the social security system back to its founding roots and ensure it is fit for the 21st Century

Tenant Leading Change is about tenants and landlords coming together to support effective tenant involvement

14 October, 2014

The Government wants to see all social landlords offer tenants the chance to get involved and take control of their neighbourhoods

Campaign against illegal evictions to launch in Scotland

14 October, 2014

A campaign targeting landlords' illegal eviction of tenants is launching in Scotland today

Rise in Tyneside working families having to claim housing benefit across

14 October, 2014

Around 15% of all households in the North East that claim housing benefit are in work

Do They Know Its Christmas? was released exactly thirty years ago to publicise third world food crisis

14 October, 2014

Severnside Housing has its Digital Den in Meole Brace that is available for everyone to use

Scottish Government invests millions in fuel poverty scheme

14 October, 2014

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that the Scottish Government will invest millions in a new national fuel poverty scheme from 2015

Residents urged to support foodbanks in face of growing demand

14 October, 2014

The Trussell Trust in Blackwood, New Tredegar and Risca fed a staggering 1,821 people between April and September 2014

MPs back motion to end the "unfair" government's "bedroom tax"

14 October, 2014

MPs today backed a motion calling for an end to the "unfair" impact of the Government's so-called "bedroom tax" on unpaid carers

IDS confirms Universal Credit rollout plan

14 October, 2014

Universal Credit will be available in all jobcentres from February to new single claimants previously eligible for Jobseekers' Allowance

Bogus letting agents rent through Airbnb to fleece would-be tenants

13 October, 2014

The owner of this flat let it out for a weekend through Airbnb. She returned to find five 'tenants' - who'd in total paid £8,500 in deposits and expected to move in permanently

Iain Duncan Smith's benefits chaos may cost taxpayers £1.25 billion as Universal Credit bill soars

13 October, 2014

The cost of the bunging Tory's benefit reforms would be enough to build four new hospitals, 45 schools or fund 10,000 hospital beds for a year

Tackling Food Poverty Together

13 October, 2014

Greater Manchester Tackling Food Poverty Together - a week of action 13-19th October 2014

Renting redress scheme launched and no-one notices

13 October, 2014

No-one noticed this week when a complaints scheme aimed at stopping letting agents using misleading adverts, charging excessive fees and not carrying out repairs was launched

Young people being failed by PRS

13 October, 2014

The government should be doing more to help young people into the private rented sector (PRS)

Touchbase DWP E-zine

13 October, 2014

October 2014

Impact of the UK Welfare Reforms on families - Autumn 2014 update

13 October, 2014

This paper summarises some of the key changes to the UK benefits system which may impact on families in Scotland

Scottish Government pushes to tackle fuel poverty

13 October, 2014

The Scottish Government has launched a campaign to help people reduce their winter fuel bills and called for bids for a fuel poverty contract worth £224m

Plans announced for accelerated rollout of Universal Credit

13 October, 2014

The government has announced that Universal Credit will now be rolled out nationally for new single applicants from February next year

Access To Private Rented Housing For The Under 35s

13 October, 2014

The purpose of the APPG is to raise awareness of the private rented housing sector in Parliament

Trial study of pre-payment benefit cards cancelled by North Tyneside Council

10 October, 2014

A council project to create pre-payment cards for people on benefits has been cancelled, after only two volunteers signed up

'Tenants are being judged by the standards of Benefits Street'

10 October, 2014

Should social landlords be imposing conditions on tenants as part of their tenancy agreements?

Benefit rule 'worse than poor law'

10 October, 2014

A plan to make people wait seven days before they are entitled to benefit has been slammed as 'worse than the poor law'

Passport patrol for renting a home

10 October, 2014

Midland residents will soon have to produce passports and immigration documents in order to rent a home in the private or social rented sector

'Greedy' local authorities slammed over bedsit council tax

10 October, 2014

The country's local authorities have been accused of being "greedy" for charging bedsit tenants council tax

Social housing tenants get bespoke BT internet service

10 October, 2014

Social housing tenants are now able to get access to an internet service specifically designed for them, after the launch of a new system by BT Business

Local welfare provision in 2015 to 2016

10 October, 2014

Consultation on how local welfare provision should be funded in 2015 to 2016

New rules spurs reminder of the importance of tenant checks

10 October, 2014

The NLA is reminding landlords about the importance of conducting tenant checks shortly before new legislation will require them to check the immigration status of every new tenant

A new fuel poverty strategy for England

10 October, 2014

The Federation welcomes and fully supports the proposal for an energy efficiency target of Energy Performance Certificate Band C for all homes in fuel poverty

Oldham Universal Credit pilot reveals flaws in Universal Credit causing hardship to tenants

10 October, 2014

A social landlord in one of the Universal Credit pilot areas has highlighted the havoc it's wreaking on tenants' ability to manage their finances

England's 'rent-trap': just another reason housing is now a top 5 issue for voters

09 October, 2014

The last few weeks have seen senior politicians in all parties clamber over each other to promise bold action to solve our housing shortage

Church leaders unite to urge politicians to sort out welfare impasse

09 October, 2014

Church leaders have intervened in the current welfare impasse, urging politicians to sort it out

How to ... create sustainable tenancies

09 October, 2014

Housing providers are now thinking radically about how they deliver front-line services to respond to the unprecedented changes they face as a result of welfare reform

Council housing standards must improve

09 October, 2014

Local authorities in Wales are in danger of providing a second class service for their tenants due to the slow progress in bringing their homes up to scratch

CMA sets out proposals to lower payday loan costs

09 October, 2014

The CMA has set out proposals to increase price competition between payday lenders and help borrowers get a better deal

Association suspends tenant moves due to welfare reform

09 October, 2014

A housing association has put a temporary suspension on tenants moving between tenancies to allow homes that have become empty, due to welfare reform, to be repaired

New service offers tenants rent savings on mobile top ups

09 October, 2014

Social housing tenants are being offered a new service that allows them to save money on their rent when they top up their mobile phone

Welfare row: The changes, the cost, and the likely effects

09 October, 2014

The "enhancement of the GB welfare system" which Peter Robinson is urging Sinn Fein to accept was brought to ministers in June last year

The impact of the under-occupation deduction from Housing Benefit (social rented housing) - Commons Library Standard Note

08 October, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) initially estimated that the measure would save £490 million a year

Politicians should stop bullying young jobless people into trying to find work

08 October, 2014

Young people need help and support to find work, not benefit cuts and constant scapegoating as an idle underclass

Where does Working Tax Credit go?

08 October, 2014

Working tax credit (WTC) is a benefit paid to workers with a low family income

UK's landlords reminded to check tenants' immigration status

08 October, 2014

The UK's private sector landlords are being warned that they must check the immigration status of all of their new tenants

HA prepares tenants for 'greatest change to benefits in a generation'

08 October, 2014

A Welsh housing association is taking action to prepare its tenants for the introduction of the government's controversial flagship reform of the benefits system UC

Tribunal ruling blow to bedroom tax tenants

08 October, 2014

The vast majority of appeals against the bedroom tax on discrimination grounds are now likely to fail following a landmark tribunal ruling

Tory freeze would mean 'claimants losing £558m in housing benefit'

08 October, 2014

The Conservatives' proposed benefits freeze would lead to claimants losing £558m of housing benefit over two years

Wonga banned from using ad that didn't mention 5,853% interest rate

08 October, 2014

Payday loan firm told by Advertising Standards Authority that commercial breaches code after complaint from Citizens Advice

Universal Credit rolled out to 50th North West job centre

08 October, 2014

Universal Credit has been one of the coalition government's most controversial reforms

'Limited' licensing judicial review to go ahead

07 October, 2014

Both sides are claiming victory in a High Court test case over whether a local authority's landlord licensing scheme should be subject to judicial review

Stoke-on-Trent City Council forced to evict 25 tenants unable to meet rent due to the 'bedroom tax'

07 October, 2014

Dozens of council tenants have been evicted from their homes - after being unable to pay their rent due to the controversial bedroom tax

Universal credit's flaws exposed by tenants as system forces some to pay day lenders

07 October, 2014

A North West housing association has said a survey of its tenants has exposed flaws in the government's universal credit (UC) system

Universal Support - delivered locally: information for local authorities

07 October, 2014

How local authorities and DWP will work together to trial support for Universal Credit claimants: Universal Support - delivered locally

Lettings agents and property managers: redress schemes

07 October, 2014

Information on the requirement for lettings agents and property managers in England to belong to a government approved redress scheme

Lib Dems vote against scrapping bedroom tax

07 October, 2014

Liberal Democrat members have voted overwhelmingly against pledging to scrap the bedroom tax outright

Councils urge Govt not to slash welfare assistance funding

07 October, 2014

Some of the most vulnerable people in the county face the prospect of losing emergency support provided by local authorities from April 2015

Vince Cable claims the Conservatives are on a mission to destroy the welfare state

07 October, 2014

Business Secretary Vince Cable made the case for taxes and borrowing at the Liberal Democrat party conference in Glasgow

Iain Duncan Smith: 'My mission is to lift people out of poverty and I will not give up'

07 October, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith on his vocation to help the poor, why Britain must get a better deal from the EU and his love of Austen and Eminem

Lib Dems will 'resist' Tory under 21 benefit axe plan

06 October, 2014

The Liberal Democrats will resist Conservative plans to remove housing benefit from under 21s in any future coalition

Licensing scheme for PRS landlords to launch in Liverpool

06 October, 2014

Liverpool City Council is set to introduce a licensing scheme for the city's 50,000 private rented properties in a bid to raise standards

Councils urge Government to reconsider scrapping local welfare assistance fund

06 October, 2014

One in six local authorities will abandon any crisis safety net, forcing families to use food banks or loan sharks

Government considering increasing PRS tenancy securities

06 October, 2014

Plans to give tenants in the private rented sector (PRS) more security of tenure are to be discussed in a new consultation launched today

Universal Credit - maximising the 'housing costs' element

06 October, 2014

One of the most common questions we get asked by social landlords is: "How much of the tenant's rent are we likely to receive and when will we receive it?"

Universal credit data sharing will help landlords support social tenants

06 October, 2014

Allpay has welcomed a consultation by the DWP seeking views on sharing UC claimant information with social landlords and local authorities

Consultation on a New Tenancy for the Private Sector

06 October, 2014

This paper sets out the Scottish Government's proposals for developing a new type of tenancy for the private rented sector and seeks views on these

Lib Dems outline 'yellow card system' for benefits

06 October, 2014

The Liberal Democrats have announced they would introduce a 'yellow card' system for benefit sanctions if they come to power

Ignore the stereotypes - most social tenants don't want to rely on benefits

06 October, 2014

Low pay and part-time work are the main reasons people are trapped in working poverty, including many in social housing

Broken Market, Broken Dreams

03 October, 2014

The number of middle-income earners relying on housing benefit to keep their homes has risen by 350,000 since 2008

Landlords' development concerns over Tory benefit freeze

03 October, 2014

Housing associations have expressed concern about their ability to develop new homes under Conservative plans to introduce a two-year freeze on benefits

Food Poverty: Experts Say Foodbanks Are Inevitable in the UK

03 October, 2014

Food insecurity and malnutrition in the UK is a much wider problem than has been recognised

Middle income earners forced to rely on housing benefit

03 October, 2014

New research reveals that the housing crisis is hitting middle-income earners at a shocking rate

Tenant escapes eviction after taking five years to clear garden of scrap and cars

03 October, 2014

A social housing tenant has narrowly avoided being evicted by her social landlord, after finally cleaning up her garden

Working poor: 1 in 4 people on housing benefit are in work

03 October, 2014

But can't afford a roof over their heads. Another sign of how work isn't enough to pay the bills for many in Cameron's Britain

Majority of UK's private renters being ripped-off by letting agents

03 October, 2014

A majority of the UK's private rented sector (PRS) tenants believe that the fees charged by letting agents are poor value for money

Welfare cuts 'leave councils with huge bill to put families in hotels'

03 October, 2014

Thousands of London families are being shunted between hotels as councils struggle with a wave of homelessness sparked by Government cuts

Housing Benefit Direct

03 October, 2014

Issue 153 - October 2014

HB A16/2014

03 October, 2014

Containing information on Real Time Information Bulk Data Matching Initiative - additional guidance for local authorities

Universal credit delay call rejected

02 October, 2014

The UK government has rejected a call by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to halt the introduction of universal credit in Scotland

Property ombudsman reveals sharp rise in complaints about lettings agents

02 October, 2014

There's been a sharp rise in the number of complaints made about lettings agents ahead of the requirement that came into effect today that they register with an approved redress scheme

Housing unaffordability puts a strain on the housing benefit bill

02 October, 2014

Any government that wants to target the housing benefit bill needs to fully understand housing affordability

Rent will rise more slowly

02 October, 2014

A quarter of renters have no plans to own their own home in the future

Nicola Sturgeon calls for delay to universal credit launch in Scotland

02 October, 2014

Tories and Labour want to devolve powers over housing benefit, which deputy first minister says is in effect being abolished

Sleepless nights and flawed rationale of Bedroom Tax

02 October, 2014

The recent Government defeat on the Lib Dem's amendment to the unpopular Bedroom Tax is an appropriate moment to review the law on this controversial issue

Trapped by the bedroom tax

02 October, 2014

From April 2013, I have been affected by the 'bedroom tax'

David Cameron defends plans to cut benefits for working poor

01 October, 2014

PM says plans for £3bn-a-year cuts set out by George Osborne are better than reducing benefits for wealthier pensioners

Is Conservative benefit freeze fair?

01 October, 2014

The prime minister often talks about benefits as if they are paid to people who don't work and paid for by people who do

The welfare rights adviser on a mission to shame Iain Duncan Smith

01 October, 2014

From the frontline of benefits changes, Nick Dilworth wants to expose the fallout from this government's 'misconceived' welfare reforms

A living rent?

01 October, 2014

Mark Lupton and Helen Collins from Savills Housing Consultancy explain how their rent model linked to household income would work

Landlords warned over Legionnaires' disease responsibility

01 October, 2014

Landlords have been warned that recent changes to legislation means they have a responsibility to make sure their tenants are not exposed to the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease

DWP stakeholder bulletin for national organisations: September 2014

01 October, 2014

Our stakeholder bulletin has news and policy information for chief executives and others in national stakeholder organisations - September 2014

Complaints about letting agents rise 37%

01 October, 2014

Complaints about letting agents rose by 37% in the first half of the year, an ombudsman has revealed as new legislation to curb rogue agents comes into force

Private landlords 'expect rents to rise below inflation'

01 October, 2014

Private landlords expect rents to grow below the target rate of inflation over the next year

Benefit cut could force social landlords to turn tenants away

01 October, 2014

Housing associations warn Conservative policy would also prevent them from building new homes as funding dries up

Landlords' bedroom tax prep

01 October, 2014

The members of our welfare reform focus group are preparing for the next round of welfare changes: universal credit

A bad business for everyone caught in the bedroom tax trap

01 October, 2014

Enough with the bedroom tax, already. Sadly, it's not so easy to wish it away; as those on the receiving end know only too well

Pre-paid benefits cards fuel booze-and-fags stereotype

01 October, 2014

Benefits claimants do not spend all their money on booze and fags if they are left to their own devices

Know your rights: The new rules for the rental market that will protect against bad landlords - and six tips for tenants

30 September, 2014

From October 1, every lettings agent must be a member of an ombudsman-style scheme

Tories would freeze benefits for two years

30 September, 2014

Welfare benefits would be frozen for two years under a Conservative government

George Osborne's vision for Britain is stuck in the dark ages

30 September, 2014

Conference speech inspired by Industrial Revolution as freezes on tax credit, child benefit and more make future look bleak

£4.5 million to heat social rented homes

30 September, 2014

The Scottish government has announced a £4.5 million scheme to improve the energy performance of 1,600 social housing homes

Government to speed up universal credit roll out

30 September, 2014

The government has announced that the roll out of its troubled universal credit (UC) programme is to be accelerated

Number of people making a claim application to Universal Credit

30 September, 2014

The number of people making a claim application to Universal Credit from April 2013 to 11 September 2014

The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor's benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households

30 September, 2014

A two-year freeze in working-age benefits will save £3bn, but critics - including Lib Dems - question whether this is the fairest way to fix the deficit

Benefits freeze could "spell disaster for thousands" and drive up homelessness

30 September, 2014

The Chancellor has today announced proposals to freeze working age benefits for two years if the Conservative Party is elected in 2015

Universal Credit Rollout

30 September, 2014

Watch this short film and find out how Universal Credit is being introduced across the UK

David Cameron unveils welfare changes in drive to end youth unemployment

29 September, 2014

Plan to bar 18- to 21-year-olds from housing benefit and remove entitlement to jobseeker's allowance after six months out of work

Government accused of forcing unemployed into 'financial black hole' under new benefits rules

29 September, 2014

Newly unemployed will have to wait a full week before claiming JSA

Universal Credit Analysis

29 September, 2014

The current system of working age benefits is confusing and often unreliable

Welfare Freeze: Who Would Be Hit?

29 September, 2014

Cutting welfare goes down well with voters. But it is notoriously difficult to achieve meaningful savings without hurting the very people you are looking to support and encourage

Duncan Smith outlines plans for pre-paid benefit cards

29 September, 2014

The government is to introduce pre-paid benefit cards to stop claimants spending their money on alcohol, drugs or gambling habits

Tories would tighten benefit cap to fund apprenticeships

29 September, 2014

The Conservatives would cap benefits further to fund three million apprenticeships if they win the general election

Osborne to cut benefits for unemployed young people in new welfare crackdown

29 September, 2014

The benefit cap will be cut to £23,000 and out-of-work people aged 18 to 21 will be paid a maximum of six months' jobseekers allowance

Grave concerns that Tories' latest benefit cut plans will drive homelessness

29 September, 2014

A charity has expressed grave concerns that the Tories' plans to axe housing benefit for single 18-21 years olds could lead to a further rise in homelessness

Plans announced for accelerated rollout of Universal Credit after success in north west

29 September, 2014

DWP announce that Universal Credit will be rolled out to all Jobcentres and local authorities across the country from early next year

Jobcentres where you can claim Universal Credit

29 September, 2014

Universal Credit is being introduced in stages. You may be able to claim Universal Credit if you live in certain parts of the UK

Poll Digest - Social - Circle Housing Group Social Housing Survey

29 September, 2014

Almost half of Britons believe social housing tenants choose to claim benefits as a lifestyle choice

Chancellor's welfare cuts won't solve housing crisis or ease poverty

29 September, 2014

Osborne's proposed crackdown on welfare benefits might have played well to the crowd at the Conservative conference today, but it hasn't gone down so well among housing professionals

HB U4/2014

26 September, 2014

Contains information on removal of the spare room subsidy - Upper Tribunal decisions

Landlord set to launch £750m northern PRS drive

26 September, 2014

A housing association is launching a £750m drive into the PRS to capitalise on the 'pent up demand' for rented housing in the north of England

Landlord fined after breaching a raft of health and safety regulations with flats found to 'be a danger to live in'

26 September, 2014

Flats deemed a danger after a series of breaches found during insepection

Why the self-employed need to wake up to the threat posed by Universal Credit

26 September, 2014

In theory Universal Credit is a dream policy. The idea has been to streamline the welfare system, rolling six means-tested benefits into one so that work will always pay

Tenants trust social landlords for advice on energy savings

26 September, 2014

A study has found associations managing property are in the best position to offer help, ahead of energy charities and family and friends

Social housing chief executives' enormous pay packets are indefensible

26 September, 2014

While social tenants suffer benefit cuts and rent hikes, the salaries of those in charge of housing them continue to soar

Calico encourages customers to get online ahead of Universal Credit

26 September, 2014

Calico is giving customers who don't use the internet the opportunity to see for themselves how getting online can make a real difference to their lives

Is Labour genuinely committed to social rent?

26 September, 2014

Labour needs to explain the role it sees for genuine social housing after May

Disabled couple win Bedroom Tax exemption - but welfare chiefs appeal to overturn decision

25 September, 2014

Jacqueline Carmichael, 42, who has spina bifida, and Jayson, 52, won an exemption when a tribunal ruled the tax breached their human rights

Welfare reform is not simple, but it needs to be done quickly

25 September, 2014

Welfare reform has been portrayed as a direct attack on the most vulnerable people in this community

Bedroom tax campaign heats up as 600 tenants face appeal

25 September, 2014

A housing association has sent letters to over 600 of its tenants who have been identified as potentially having grounds to appeal against the bedroom tax

How to rent - Updated Guide

25 September, 2014

This guide is for people who are looking for a house or flat to rent

Model agreement for a shorthold assured tenancy

25 September, 2014

A model tenancy agreement for use in the private rented sector where a shorthold tenancy is being entered into, and accompanying guidance

The impacts of Council Tax Support reduction on arrears, collection rates and court and administration costs

25 September, 2014

In April 2013, Council Tax Benefit (CTB) was abolished and replaced by Council Tax Support (CTS)

Low Pay and the Cost of Living: A Supply-Side Approach

25 September, 2014

The 'cost of living crisis' is now a substantial part of the UK's political discourse

Homelessness figures confirm need for review of housing and welfare policy conflict

25 September, 2014

The number of households living in temporary accommodation increased by six per cent in the year to the end of June, as did the number living in bed and breakfast accommodation

Coast & Country tenants' group supports bedroom tax challenge

25 September, 2014

Coast & Country Tenant's Working Together Group, supported by the Redcar-based housing association, is stepping up its Bedroom Tax information campaign

Labour plans would be death knell for rented housing

25 September, 2014

Nearly 60 percent of housing stock created since 1986 has been in the private rented sector

CH 1991 2014

25 September, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits - payments that are eligible for HB

Housing associations rally internet providers to help more residents get online

24 September, 2014

26 housing associations, 12 IT companies and 18 influencers were brought together to discuss how to work together to help more social housing residents get online

Fifty Families

24 September, 2014

Exploding the myths about the unemployed

Over 400,000 private landlords' properties damaged by tenants

24 September, 2014

Research has revealed that 28% of the country's private landlords have had their property damaged by tenants in the last 12 months

Credit union borrowers save £millions

24 September, 2014

Londoners who have taken out loans with of the city's credit unions have saved £6.5 million in interest payments and other charges over the last 12 months

Anxious wait for Glenrothes man in 'bedroom tax' case

24 September, 2014

Campaigners against the Government's bedroom tax have an anxious wait following a tribunal appeal hearing in Edinburgh

Help with Universal Credit

24 September, 2014

Residents are being urged to get in touch with RBH if they need help in adjusting to Universal Credit (UC) as it is rolled out across the borough

Problems caused by bedroom tax so predictable

24 September, 2014

The bedroom tax is continuing to cause problems in Dundee

HB A15/2014

23 September, 2014

Contains information on Real Time Information Bulk Data Matching Initiative - guide for local authorities

Robinson warns on welfare reform

23 September, 2014

A political dispute which could lead to £1 billion being cut off the public spending budget is capable of bringing the devolved administration down

What does welfare reform mean for Belfast families on benefits?

23 September, 2014

It has divided the Stormont Executive and some have predicted it could bring down the Northern Ireland Assembly

Private rented homes should reach decent standard by 2027

23 September, 2014

A Labour government would require all private rented homes to meet a decency standard by 2027

Landlord plans own universal credit pilot

23 September, 2014

Coastline Housing is planning its own pilot of universal credit in an attempt to assess the 'real impact' of the flagship benefit reform

Labour to call on Lib Dems to back scrapping bedroom tax

23 September, 2014

Labour will challenge the Liberal Democrats in the autumn to join them in voting to scrap the bedroom tax entirely

Rachel Reeves MP challenges Lib Dems to team up with Labour to scrap hated Bedroom Tax

23 September, 2014

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary has already written to Nick Clegg asking him to help overthrow the hated tax

Islwyn MP Chris Evans votes against 'Bedroom Tax'

23 September, 2014

Islwyn MP Chris Evans joined other Labour MPs recently to vote against the so-called 'Bedroom Tax' during a Parliamentary debate

Controversial benefits shake-up rolled out to more areas of Greater Manchester

23 September, 2014

Universal Credit, first trialled in Ashton-under-Lyne last year, is now available to jobseekers in Cheetham Hill, Newton Heath and Wythenshawe

Do qualifications for landlords really affect standards?

22 September, 2014

In Northern Ireland, CIH has been delivering a qualification for private landlords for more than two years now, and our evidence says that it does

Top tips on avoiding fuel poverty this year

22 September, 2014

Julian Scott from Yarlington Housing Group tells Ben McGrail how we can avoid fuel poverty and explains why they've employed two new 'energy advisors' for their residents

Council finds larger home for disabled couple - then stings them for bedroom tax

22 September, 2014

A local authority arranged for a disabled couple to move from their one-bedroom flat into a two-bedroom bungalow but then forced them to pay the "bedroom tax"

Tories defeated as benefit bill clears first Commons hurdle

22 September, 2014

Liberal Democrat and Labour MPs have joined forces to defeat Conservatives in a Commons vote to partly overturn housing benefit changes

Boost for social landlords as DWP consults on missing piece of universal credit jigsaw

22 September, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions today launched a consultation on one of the key missing pieces of the universal credit jigsaw

A tenth of landlords unable to confirm their tenants are gas safe

22 September, 2014

One in ten landlords are unable to confirm their tenants are living in a gas safe home, according to new research by British Gas and Shelter

Campaign to beef up social landlord's legal powers to access properties for mandatory gas safety checks

22 September, 2014

Campaigners are calling on the Government to beef up legal powers to allow regulated social landlords to access their properties to carry out mandatory gas safety checks

Ed Balls sets out priorities for 'first Labour Budget'

22 September, 2014

Ed Balls has said he will increase the minimum wage and the top rate of income tax and extend child benefit curbs in his first Budget if Labour wins power

HB G9/2014

19 September, 2014

Contains information on Universal Credit Commencement Order

HB A13/2014

19 September, 2014

Contains information on discretionary housing payments

HB A14/2014

19 September, 2014

Contains information on Special Educational Needs (Consequential Amendments to Subordinate Legislation) Order 2014 (SI 2014 / 2103)

Private rents 'hit record high'

19 September, 2014

Private sector rents have lifted to a new all-time average high of £761 a month as the peak season for tenants snapping up new homes gets under way

Tech & Tenure

19 September, 2014

Digital trends among renters and their satisfaction with tenure

Social landlords lobby for radical rent model

19 September, 2014

New 'affordable working rent' links payment level to household income

Labour in power could abandon universal credit

19 September, 2014

Policy could be dumped within months if it wins election next year

Housing (Wales) Bill 2014

19 September, 2014

One of the key elements of the Act is introduction of a compulsory registration and licensing scheme for private rented sector landlords and letting and management agents

Death of 'cruel and iniquitous' bedroom tax is guaranteed under Labour

19 September, 2014

After being asked if Labour would completely scrap the bedroom tax or merely alter it, Ms Reynolds' declared to stamp it out

Welfare spending to be devolved to England, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as Scotland

19 September, 2014

England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be given control over spending on welfare

Universal Credit data sharing with social landlords

19 September, 2014

Seeks views on allowing DWP to share information with social landlords to enable them to support tenants claiming Universal Credit

Delays to welfare payments for disabled people 'unacceptable'

18 September, 2014

Just under 40% of cases registered for Personal Independence Payment have been cleared in 16 months

Landlords' strategies to address poverty and disadvantage

18 September, 2014

Low-rent housing has played a significant role in reducing poverty in England

Homeless and alone... woman evicted after 30 years over a £200 bedroom tax bill

18 September, 2014

A woman who was evicted from her home of almost 30 years after being unable to pay a £210 bedroom tax bill is now homeless in Lincoln

Coalition tax cuts benefit for too much living space

18 September, 2014

Mansfield MP Sir Alan Meale has welcomed a vote in the House of Commons that could lessen the impact of the bedroom tax

Approaches to tenancy management in the social housing sector

18 September, 2014

Exploring new models and changes in the tenant-landlord relationship

Private rents continue to rise

18 September, 2014

Average monthly rents in Preston have risen by eight per cent in the last three years

HomeLet Rental Index

18 September, 2014

The rental amounts are based on the actual achieved rental prices for new tenancies in the reported month

CH 4417 2013

18 September, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits - other

Government to reconsider axing local welfare funding

17 September, 2014

Ministers have agreed to reconsider scrapping a fund aimed at providing support for people in crisis, following the threat of a High Court challenge

The impact of welfare reform on the Valleys

17 September, 2014

This project documents the impact of welfare reforms down to the local/neighbourhood level across the South Wales Valleys

Survey highlights safety failings in rental sector

17 September, 2014

AXA warns of poor risk awareness among landlords, but challenges the popular image of a hostile tenant-landlord relationship

Council adopts selective PRS licensing scheme to combat ASB

17 September, 2014

A London local authority is to bring in a selective licensing scheme for private rented sector housing, in a bid to tackle ASB

Andrew George MP on the future of the bedroom tax

17 September, 2014

Andrew George, MP for St Ives, reflects on the success of his recent Affordable Homes Private Members' Bill

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to July 2014

17 September, 2014

Personal Independent Payment claims in payment, new claim registrations, decisions and awards made

Universal Credit - experimental official statistics to August 2014

17 September, 2014

More than 11,000 households were claiming universal credit last month

Croydon Council invited to justify 'tenant tax'

17 September, 2014

The NLA has invited Croydon Borough Council to a meeting to justify proposals that could increase rents and diminish the availability of housing in the area

How to... increase demand for hard to let properties

17 September, 2014

Hard to let properties have always posed a challenge to landlords and void properties are an inevitable aspect of housing management

LIN Member Report September 2014 - Universal Credit an update & How to work effectively with tenants on UC

16 September, 2014

This LIN member report is written by Rebecca Wilkie

This report briefs LIN members on Ashton Pioneer Homes' experience of supporting tenants claiming Universal Credit; and how they are using the lessons they are learning in order to prepare for full implementation of Universal Credit. The report aims to update landlords on ways in which they can best mitigate the risk of soaring rent arrears.

Ticking the box for a welfare system that works

16 September, 2014

Spending on personal housing costs support in the form of housing benefit has grown relentlessly over the past two decades, both in absolute and real terms

Government's plans to abolish local welfare fund hit High Court hitch

16 September, 2014

The Tory-led coalition's plans to abolish the Local Welfare Provision Fund have come off the rails after being challenged in the High Court

Spend more on homes to cut benefit bill

16 September, 2014

The government should spend more cash on subsidising affordable homes and tackling low pay if it wants to cut the soaring housing benefit bill

Landlords strongly oppose bill on "revenge evictions"

16 September, 2014

Government ministers have said they will support Sarah Teather's private member's bill on "revenge evictions" in principle

'Bedroom tax' hastened death

16 September, 2014

The daughter of a Truro woman says her death from cancer was hastened by being forced to move house due to the so-called "bedroom tax"

Major safety campaign targets dodgy fire doors in social housing

16 September, 2014

Scrutiny of fire safety in affordable homes is likely to remain at the top of many social landlords' agenda

Ban payday adverts from TV and radio before 9pm, parents demand

16 September, 2014

Experts warn of impact of debt on children after research finds more than a third think commercials are fun or exciting

Boris Johnson announces new private rent developments

16 September, 2014

London Mayor Boris Johnson has selected preferred bidders for two sites to fast track the creation of more than 1,200 new homes, including 480 for long-term private rent

Peter Robinson hopeful of £87m bonus for striking welfare deal

15 September, 2014

Northern Ireland could get an £87m sweetener from Westminster if agreement on welfare reform is reached

Dumfries and Galloway council tax doubles on empty homes

15 September, 2014

Absentee property owners in Dumfries and Galloway will see their council tax double unless they put the accommodation up for sale or rent

Tenants evicted over messy gardens

15 September, 2014

A number of social housing tenants who refused to tidy up their gardens have been evicted

UK's soaring rental market shows signs of easing

15 September, 2014

The UK's soaring rental market showed signs of easing last month

It is time to recognise the benefits of social housing

15 September, 2014

What are the benefits of the social rented sector, and why must current and future governments significantly raise current levels of social housing construction?

Welfare reform: enough of the stick, time for the carrot

15 September, 2014

This coalition has bravely attempted to tackle welfare reform

Warning over government IT systems should Scotland vote for independence

15 September, 2014

The IT infrastructure of the entire public sector will be shaken up should Scotland vote for independence

Information for Landlords: Letting to Tenants on Housing Benefits

15 September, 2014

There are significant numbers of landlords in the UK who simply will not let their properties to those on Housing Benefit

Council writes off overpaid housing benefits

15 September, 2014

Cotswold District Council has written off £7,747 of overpaid benefits after the man who claimed them disappeared

Claimants will be forced to visit job centres for 35 hours a week or face sanctions

15 September, 2014

Selected job seekers will be obliged to visit their Job Centre five days a week and spend 35 hours looking for work

Bedroom tax bill would 'create more administration for social landlords'

12 September, 2014

A proposed bill to exempt hundreds of thousands of households from the bedroom tax would lead to legal challenges

Ministers making it easier for nightmare tenants

12 September, 2014

Landlords have attacked a government decision to outlaw 'revenge evictions'

Thousands forced to rely on foodbanks over low income and benefit delays

12 September, 2014

Two-thirds of people who needed a foodbank to feed themselves last year did so because they were living on a low income or had benefits issues

A better deal for hardworking tenants

12 September, 2014

Tenants renting privately will get a better, fairer deal under new measures

Model agreement for a shorthold assured tenancy

12 September, 2014

A model tenancy agreement for use in the private rented sector where a shorthold tenancy is being entered into

London Assembly urges Mayor to take action to protect private tenants

12 September, 2014

The London Assembly has passed a motion urging the Mayor Boris Johnson to instigate measures to provide greater protection for the capital's private renters

The scandal of Britain's fuel poverty deaths

12 September, 2014

Thousands of people die each winter in the UK as a result of being unable to heat their homes. Are we doing enough to help them?

Rebalancing universal credit: Making it work for disabled people

12 September, 2014

This report focuses on support for disabled people under universal credit

Whilst we support the principles of universal credit, our analysis shows two important types of problems that will particularly affect disabled people; one relating to work incentives, the other concerning out of work support

Tenants may win protection from eviction by rogue landlords

12 September, 2014

Nine million private tenants in the UK could be given extra protection from landlords who try to evict them

Private Rented Sector Code: 1st edition

12 September, 2014

This cross-industry code is intended to promote best practice in the letting and management of private rented sector housing in England

Homelessness rising due to conflict between welfare and housing policy

11 September, 2014

The conflict between welfare and housing policy is causing increasing homelessness and should be subject to a national review

Interest rates: voting for rise shows lack of compassion for low-income families

11 September, 2014

Mark Carney looks to jobs market as justification for vote, but agrees many still forced to take low paid low hours jobs

Right to Move

11 September, 2014

Government launches consultation to support social tenants who want to work

Women will die' as legal aid becomes more difficult for victims of domestic abuse to get

11 September, 2014

Campaigners say the tightening of legal aid rules and budget cuts are putting victims of domestic violence at greater risk

No further concessions on welfare, warns Nick Clegg

11 September, 2014

Nick Clegg has personally warned the First and Deputy First Ministers that there will be no further concession from Westminster on welfare changes.

Fife man at centre of 'bedroom tax' turmoil

11 September, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions is launching a bid to overturn a landmark ruling that size does matter when it comes to defining a bedroom

Welfare sanctions and conditionality in the UK

11 September, 2014

JRH Report

Conditional welfare arrangements require people to behave in a certain way to access cash benefits, housing or support services. These conditions tend to be enforced through penalties or 'sanctions' that reduce, suspend or end access to these goods. This Round-up considers how effective welfare conditionality is, what the impacts are, how different groups fare, and to what extent it can be morally justified

The Affordable Homes Bill: A Partial Solution

11 September, 2014

Nearly Legal Blog

Council considers sealing off rooms in bedroom tax battle

10 September, 2014

A council in Scotland is considering plans to seal off rooms in a bid to help residents affected by the bedroom tax

More than half of tenants have problems with landlords and letting agents

10 September, 2014

One in seven tenants say that their problems have never been resolved

Government launches 'right to move' consultation for social housing tenants

10 September, 2014

Social housing tenants who want to move to a new area for work will no longer be pushed to the back of the housing waiting list under new proposals being drawn up for town halls

Right to Move: government launches consultation to support social tenants who want to work

10 September, 2014

Social tenants who need to move to a new area for work will no longer be pushed to the back of the housing waiting list

Housing benefit error rises by 9%

10 September, 2014

Housing benefit overpayment in Britain due to error has increased by 9% compared to last year

Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud data April 2013 to March 2014

10 September, 2014

Statistics on Housing Benefit fraud volumes and incorrectly paid benefit from April 2013 to March 2014

Mutual exchange: 10 ways to help tenants swap homes

10 September, 2014

From financial incentives to flexibility, a CIH adviser provides tips on how landlords can help social housing tenants move home

Touchbase DWP E-zine

10 September, 2014

September 2014

Fife man at centre of 'bedroom tax' turmoil

10 September, 2014

The UK Government's controversial "bedroom tax" policy could be thrown into chaos later this month

Private landlords should be subjected to more stringent gas safety checks

10 September, 2014

The Gas Safety Trust today called for private landlords to be subjected to more stringent gas safety checks

Councils urged to continue welfare support after emergency funding ends in April 2015

09 September, 2014

Local authorities must not leave vulnerable people in the lurch when central government emergency funding comes to an end in April 2015

Helping tenants to make a house a home

09 September, 2014

A new pilot scheme in Sparkbrook could revolutionise the way new tenants learn to set up home in Birmingham

Renewed call for smoke alarms in all PRS homes after family saved from flat fire

09 September, 2014

Former housing minister Nick Raynsford has repeated his call for smoke alarms to be installed in all private rented sector properties

The long goodbye

09 September, 2014

Three images spring to mind in the aftermath of Friday's momentous vote to amend the bedroom tax

Second class citizens

09 September, 2014

The personal impact of the public debate on benefits

The latest Who Benefits? research shows just how damaging the current debate about benefit is and how it urgently needs to change

'Welfare reforms still a risk' rating agency warns

09 September, 2014

Welfare reforms still pose a credit risk for housing associations despite their resilience in coping with the changes so far

I'm on benefits - so no landlord would rent my family a house

09 September, 2014

Negative attitudes towards people supported by benefits undermine the help that any safety net provides

Private landlord fined for putting life of young mother and her child at risk

09 September, 2014

A private landlord put the lives of a young mother and her child at risk by allowing them to live in a property installed with a faulty gas oven

Universal Credit: A policy under review

09 September, 2014

Universal Credit represents the most significant transformation of our welfare system, merging six separate out-of and in-work benefits into one

MPs vote for bedroom tax changes

08 September, 2014

MPs have voted in favour of a bill that would exempt large numbers of people from the bedroom tax

Lib Dems expand criticisms of coalition welfare policies

08 September, 2014

After siding with Labour to defeat bedroom tax motion, party takes aim at benefit sanctions as conference season approaches

Think-tank criticises 'pointless' Labour rent cap scheme

08 September, 2014

Ed Miliband's proposal to put a cap on rent increases will push up cost of living and exacerbate Britain's chronic housing shortage

Welfare claimants to get attitude tests

08 September, 2014

New interviews will see whether benefits claimants are psychologically prepared to work

Lib Dem MP's bill to curtail bedroom tax wins in Commons

08 September, 2014

An MP's private members bill aimed at overturning key elements of the coalition's changes to the welfare system has passed the first hurdle in the House of Commons

The bedroom tax - policy making in a league of its own

08 September, 2014

Patrick Butler highlighted in his article that the DWP's own studies have shown that 60% of tenants have been unable to pay the shortfall in their rent

61% rise in number of Bournemouth employees claiming housing benefit

08 September, 2014

A combination of low wages and high housing costs has led to a drastic rise in the number of Bournemouth people claiming housing benefit while in work

Universal Credit set to be rolled out across West Lancashire

08 September, 2014

Lord David Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform talks to The Advertiser about the impact of the change

Workers on the breadline: the families struggling to eat

06 September, 2014

Last year 3.3 million households claimed what are now called tax credits

Housing benefit: Coalition faces Commons split

05 September, 2014

The Lib Dems and Conservatives are set for a Commons showdown over a bid to ease housing benefit changes

Scottish independence: Campaigners focus on welfare

05 September, 2014

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon claims that independence is an "opportunity for all sectors of Scottish society"

Tories defeated as benefit bill clears first Commons hurdle

05 September, 2014

Liberal Democrat and Labour MPs have joined forces to defeat Conservatives in a Commons vote to partly overturn housing benefit changes

Former housing minister speaks up for Andrew George's bill to blunt the bedroom tax

05 September, 2014

Former Labour Housing Minister and MP for Greenwich and Woolwich Nick Raynsford today spoke in the House of Commons in support of Andrew George

DWP minister set to vote on bedroom tax bill

05 September, 2014

A minister in the department for work and pensions could be set to vote against government policy on a bill which aims to water down the bedroom tax

The Social Security (Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance) (Waiting Days) Amendment Regulations 2014

05 September, 2014

Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance are income replacement benefits for jobseekers and people with a health condition or a disability

Mersey MPs could help end bedroom tax as we know it in Westminster debate today

05 September, 2014

Lib Dems' call for changes to law to spare disabled people from benefit sanction

Brent housing benefit tenant living in 'unfit' room

05 September, 2014

BBC London has discovered that Brent Council allowed a landlord to continue renting a room to a man on housing benefits even though its own inspectors said it was unfit for habitation

Nick Clegg faces activist revolt over ending bedroom tax

05 September, 2014

Nick Clegg is facing a rebellion by grassroots Liberal Democrats who are demanding that he pledges to abolish the so-called bedroom tax

CSH 589 2014

05 September, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits - payments that are eligible for HB

Unions demand Labour ends UK fuel poverty

04 September, 2014

Eight of the UK's largest trade unions have called on the Labour Party to develop a domestic energy efficiency programme that cuts bills

A record number of people are looking for extra hours to top up their wages

04 September, 2014

The number of people who are under-employed has increased by nearly 100,000 over the last two years, according to new analysis published by the TUC today

The Big Tenant Survey - why did social landlords do so badly?

04 September, 2014

The Big Tenant Survey 2014 was completed by 61,000 tenants, who make up 7% of the 850,000 social housing tenants registered on the HomeSwapper mutual exchange platform

Payday loan debt continues to soar

04 September, 2014

The number of people getting into debt with payday loan companies has risen drastically in the last year

Universal credit help scheme trialled

04 September, 2014

Assessments and guidance aim to prevent tenants falling into arrears

Landlord body predicts green deal 'shambles' will lead to empty homes

04 September, 2014

The government should 'tread cautiously' when introducing energy efficiency requirements into the private rented sector

Local authorities and advisers: removal of the spare room subsidy

04 September, 2014

Tookit for local authorities, housing providers and support organisations in the social rented sector, providing information on the removal of the spare room subsidy

Lib Dems to cut council tax for energy efficient homes

04 September, 2014

The Liberal Democrat party have pledged to cut council tax for energy efficient homes by more than £100 a year

Immigration: pilot area decided

04 September, 2014

Greater West Midlands, including Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton, will all 'host' the pilot scheme

CSH 188 2014

04 September, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits - payments that are eligible for HB

What's really happened to rents in Scotland?

03 September, 2014

Last week, Estate Agent LSL Property Services used the release of their Buy-to-Let index to claim that the ban on letting fees in Scotland has caused a 'rent hike'

Legal challenge to bedroom tax fails

03 September, 2014

An attempt to overturn a bedroom tax decision on human rights grounds has failed because of discretionary housing payments

Universal credit 'on life-support' as clock ticks down on Treasury funding guarantee

03 September, 2014

Universal credit is on 'life-support' with only 247 days of guaranteed funding left

Coalition rolls out immigration rental check scheme

03 September, 2014

The coalition government has begun an immigration rental check pilot scheme across five local authority areas in the Midlands

Eviction for fraudsters who lied on social housing applications

03 September, 2014

Two people who claimed they needed social housing have been evicted from their homes after making false claims on their applications

HB Direct

03 September, 2014

Issue 152 - September 2014

Code of practice on illegal immigrants and private rented accommodation

03 September, 2014

Guidance for landlords affected by the introduction of right to rent checks

Bedroom tax proposals should be scrapped in Northern Ireland

03 September, 2014

The bedroom tax is causing hardship and suffering across Great Britain, says CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright

Voices from the Frontline: Personal Independence Payment

03 September, 2014

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a crucial benefit for many sick and disabled people

Payday loan hardship cases up 42%

02 September, 2014

The number of people struggling with payday loans has risen by 42% in the past year

Enfield tears up rules in radical attempt to ease housing problem

02 September, 2014

Pushed into a corner by soaring prices, greedy landlords and a cap on benefits, one London council has embarked on a daring set of untested policies

Tory candidate slams crime commissioner's bedroom tax-crime link

02 September, 2014

A prospective Tory parliamentary candidate has slammed a police and crime commissioner's claim that a rise in shoplifting can be linked to the government's controversial bedroom tax

Free school meal scheme begins

02 September, 2014

First children between the ages of five and seven to begin receiving a free lunch

Sinn Fein's fury at Iain Duncan Smith's call to back welfare reforms

02 September, 2014

It is time for Sinn Fein to bite the bullet on welfare reforms, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said

Why the bedroom tax is not political

02 September, 2014

Despite all the evidence about how badly the bedroom tax is failing tenants and failing to meet any of its own policy objectives, the government seems intent on proceeding with it

New 'bedroom tax homes' built

02 September, 2014

Work has begun on 18 new 'affordable' homes in Lancaster that are intended to boost the supply of properties for people hit by the bedroom tax

Universal Credit business case to be signed off 'very shortly'

02 September, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith, is insisting that the business case for the troubled Universal Credit programme is expected "very shortly"

Evictions by housing associations surge 18.6%

02 September, 2014

Evictions of housing association tenants in England increased 18.6% last year, suggesting landlords are toughening up their procedures in the midst of welfare reform

Beyond belief

02 September, 2014

So is it time to celebrate the rise in housing benefit claims by people in work as a reflection of the government's success in getting people off benefits?

The lessons that social landlords should learn from a damning tenant survey

02 September, 2014

The Big Tenant Survey did not make good reading for landlords

Second homes curb dropped to get support for axing 'bedroom tax'

02 September, 2014

Proposals to legislation to cap the number of second homes in popular holiday areas such as Cornwall, Devon and Somerset have been dropped

Bedroom tax rent arrears double in a year

02 September, 2014

More than 300 Barnet households hit by the so-called bedroom tax have fallen into rent arrears - twice as many as this time last year

The Big Tenant Survey

01 September, 2014

The vast majority of social housing tenants do not feel listened to or cared about by their landlords

More than a roof: how incentives can improve standards in the private rented sector

01 September, 2014

What can we do to improve standards in the private rented sector?

Rental demand soars as seven potential tenants chase every property

01 September, 2014

Demand for rental properties across the UK grows by 18pc on an annual basis amid shrinking supply

The new landlords: How you could soon pay rent to a brand

01 September, 2014

Leaky pipes, broken boilers and sudden evictions are routine hazards for Britain's nine million private tenants

We know tax credits were overpaid. Now it's revealed the figure is £5.6bn

01 September, 2014

The debt owed to government after more than a decade of overpaying tax credits to some of Britain's poorest citizens has now reached more than £5.6bn

Nick Clegg must put his money where his mouth is and scrap Bedroom Tax say Labour

01 September, 2014

Senior Lib Dem Danny Alexander recently announced the party wants to persuade the Tories to axe the hated levy before next year's election

Rogue landlords: What is it like to live in a substandard home?

01 September, 2014

Unscrupulous landlords are providing vulnerable tenants with substandard housing

Warnings over housing benefit devolution plan

01 September, 2014

Westminster's promise to devolve housing benefit to Scotland is poorly thought through and needs greater examination

20% of borough's right to buy council homes in hands of 'extortionate' private landlords

01 September, 2014

A fifth of a London borough's former council homes sold off under the controversial right to buy scheme are in the hands of private landlords

Eat or pay the rent, Shelter warns of stark choice facing working parents

01 September, 2014

Working parents are cutting back on buying food in an effort to keep up with their rent or mortgage payments

Crawley couple fear homelessness because landlords are reluctant to accept benefits claimants as tenants

29 August, 2014

A Working couple who receive housing benefit to top up their low income fear they may end up on the streets because landlords are reluctant to accept benefit claimants as tenants

Council tax victory for poorest residents

29 August, 2014

The President of the Valuation Tribunal has issued a landmark judgment today, confirming that his Tribunal has unlimited power to overturn decisions by councils

Scottish landlord data 'will empower social housing tenants'

29 August, 2014

Council and housing association tenants in Scotland are to be given more information about how well their landlord is performing

Rogue landlords targeted with licence plan

29 August, 2014

Private landlords in north-west London will have to pay £350 to subscribe to a licensing scheme as part of plans aimed at targeting rogue practices

Bedroom tax under threat: Lib Dem MP launches private members' bill to cut back policy

29 August, 2014

A Liberal Democrat MP is seeking the backing of fellow MPs for his private members' bill that aims to curtail the controversial bedroom tax

Churchill Home Insurance research reveals social renters experience more household crime than homeowners

29 August, 2014

Social renters are the tenancy group worst affected by household crime according to new research released by Churchill Home Insurance

Tenant fees ban has speeded up Scottish rent rises

29 August, 2014

The ban on tenant fees has pushed up rents since it was introduced in Scotland in 2012

Quarter of Leicester City Council tenants in arrears with rent

29 August, 2014

More than a quarter of a council's tenants have fallen behind with their rent payments

10.5% of working parents in England skip meals to pay rent

28 August, 2014

Shelter also found that 37% cut back on buying food and 13% put off buying new shoes for their children to meet housing cost

Up to 40% of council tax levied on low-income households unpaid

28 August, 2014

Campaigners say poor cannot afford charge imposed on them for first time last year, leaving councils chasing lost revenue

Social tenants left without gas reconnected

28 August, 2014

More than 210 of 250 social homes in Wales left without fuel after water entered gas supply pipes have now been reconnected

1st October date confirmed for letting agent redress

28 August, 2014

Officials have confirmed that the legal requirement for all letting agents in England to provide access to impartial redress will come into force on 1 October 2014

Now UN sparks fury after launching human rights investigation into Britain's disability benefit reforms

28 August, 2014

The United Nations sparked fury today after launching an unprecedented inquiry into Britain's treatment of the disabled

Working families forced to cut back to pay their housing costs

28 August, 2014

Working parents are struggling to make ends meet, with the equivalent of 880,000 working parents skipping a meal in the past year to pay their housing costs

Nearly 1,000 affected by the bedroom tax in Breckland

28 August, 2014

Nearly 1,000 people in the Breckland area have been affected by the bedroom tax it has been revealed

Free childcare for more two-year-olds

28 August, 2014

Hundreds more working families in west Cheshire will be eligible for free childcare for their two-year-olds from September

CSH 372 2014

28 August, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits - payments that are eligible for HB

DWP's new universal credit 'safeguards' include paying the rent itself

27 August, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions is stepping up its efforts to keep tenant arrears down under universal credit

Four councils spend 100% of their DHP funds

27 August, 2014

Four Scottish councils have already spent or committed their share of the country's emergency housing payments for this financial year

Scottish rents rise as estate agents blame tenancy fees ban

27 August, 2014

Scottish estate agents are blaming the country's ban on tenancy fees for a recent rise in rents

Lib Dem MP attempts to water down bedroom tax

27 August, 2014

A Liberal Democrat MP will attempt to water down the bedroom tax as part of an 'affordable homes' private members bill to be debated in parliament next week

Citizens Advice Scotland in 'rogue' payday brokers warning

27 August, 2014

Scots who want to take out a payday loan are being "ripped off" by online middlemen before they even get to apply for the money

Tribunal fees are a silent bedroom tax

27 August, 2014

Since David Cameron got into No.10, government's responsibility to protect the vulnerable has been largely ignored

'Vulnerable people' will be caught up in Universal Credit fiasco warns Oldham MP

27 August, 2014

Debbie Abrahams warns there remains an uncertainty about the Universal credit IT system and the way vulnerable people will be supported with the changed it brings

It's time to move on beyond the landlord bashing

27 August, 2014

The private rented sector is a great success

Benefit reform lands claimants in debt

26 August, 2014

Leaked figures reveal that benefit claimants on the UC system have become mired in debt, forcing the government to step in to pay their rent

Landlord fined for renting room that could only be entered on all fours

26 August, 2014

Tenants would need to be less than 2 feet 4 inches tall to walk to the Hendon room's door

Move to Midlands or be homeless: London mum brands council 'inhumane'

26 August, 2014

Cecilia Bruce-Annan has been told to move with her three children to Stoke-on-Trent because of the benefits cap

Public health expert: 'Extremely harsh' benefit sanctions are causing rising hunger

26 August, 2014

'Extremely harsh' welfare sanctions are causing rising hunger and wider use of food banks, a public health body has warned

Poor families wave goodbye to Bank Holiday beach trip

26 August, 2014

No-frills day trip to coast costs up to £172. One in five families can't afford trips from any towns surveyed

Welfare reforms spectacularly fail the Prime Minister's new family test

26 August, 2014

The majority of social security cuts announced by the government will fall on working families, who will suffer twice the level of benefit losses as out of work families

Rent cap to control spiralling benefit costs 'would distort housing market'

26 August, 2014

Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers has dismissed calls for a rent cap to be introduced in a bid to control the spiralling cost of housing benefit

Family set to become Derby's first 'bedroom tax' evictions

26 August, 2014

A mum-of-two has told how she will be homeless after becoming the first person in Derby to be evicted because of the so-called bedroom tax

LIN Press Release - Universal Credit and Credit Unions - DWP update

26 August, 2014

Universal Credit & Credit Unions - Update statement from the DWP

Boards shrink for housing associations but diversity is static

22 August, 2014

60% of current board members weren't in place in 2010/11 - but demographics barely shift

Landlords told to shop around for best value letting agent after dirty tricks and wide variations in cost are revealed

22 August, 2014

Landlords have been warned to check the terms they get from their letting agent

Water meters mean higher bills for more than a third of consumers

22 August, 2014

The number of water meters installed in homes across England and Wales has risen above 10 million

'Generation rent' suffers 10% drop in wages under coalition

22 August, 2014

Earnings for 18-to 21-year-olds have dropped by 10.3% since 2010, while 22-to 29-year-olds saw their weekly income fall 9.4%

Sharing made easier for social landlords

22 August, 2014

Social landlords that promote Scottish government shared equity schemes have received some good news

Home Group's plans for its £62m surplus

22 August, 2014

Mark Henderson, chief executive, Home Group

Consultation on government's fuel poverty strategy published

22 August, 2014

Future governments will be required to tackle England's least energy efficient properties to fight fuel poverty

Housing association starts and completions up 10%

22 August, 2014

The number of annual starts and completions for housing associations in England have increased by 10% year-on-year

Landlord fined for renting room that could only be entered on all fours

22 August, 2014

Tenants would need to be less than 2 feet 4 inches tall to walk to the Hendon room's door

Call for clarity on latest universal credit phase

22 August, 2014

Officials at DWP are to hold a meeting to discuss how to resolve a technical difficulty in cancelling HB when claimants switch to UC

Mum of Derby disabled boy wins her bitter 'bedroom tax' battle

22 August, 2014

The mother of a severely disabled boy who was having her benefits slashed because of the so-called bedroom tax has won a rare legal victory

CSH 374 2014

22 August, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits - payments that are eligible for HB

Quarterly Survey of Private Registered Providers

21 August, 2014

The June 2014 quarterly survey report is based on responses from 257 private registered providers of social housing who own or manage more than 1,000 homes

CIH warns landlords about 'unfairly pressurising' tenants to pay extra rent

21 August, 2014

The CIH has warned social landlords against putting 'unfair pressure' on tenants to pay extra rent under the rollout of universal credit

UK rents soaring while struggling tenants' see incomes freeze

21 August, 2014

The UK's private rented sector (PRS) tenants are being increasingly squeezed as rental costs soar in the face of static incomes

More than one in four adults forced to borrow money from family members

21 August, 2014

More than one in four adults has been forced to borrow money from family members

How families have survived the benefit cap is beyond me

21 August, 2014

Working in housing can some times feel as rewarding as head-butting a rather unforgiving wall

What would a yes vote in the Scottish referendum mean for social housing?

21 August, 2014

Housing has already been devolved to the Scottish government, but a yes vote could mark big changes for social landlords

Free Budgeting Advice For Universal Credit In Bath

21 August, 2014

People claiming Universal Credit in Bath are being urged to take advantage of free budgeting advice to help them manage their money, now paid to them every month

Soaring bill for housing benefit in York revealed

21 August, 2014

The amount of housing benefits paid out by City of York Council has almost doubled in less than a decade

Clean up your local park and get a council tax rebate

20 August, 2014

Policy Exchange says 'green guardians' could help stem deterioration of green spaces under threat from spending cuts

Sinn Fein challenges ministers to spend week on benefits

20 August, 2014

Sinn Fein has challenged DUP, UUP and Alliance ministers who have backed the implementation of welfare reform to spend a week living on benefits

Bedroom tax victim claims ghost haunts spare room

20 August, 2014

A social housing tenant has claimed that she should be excused from paying the government's controversial bedroom tax

Tablet-equipped tenants to be denied phone access to landlord

20 August, 2014

Landlord's 'Digital Deal' scheme will deny tenants phone access for queries

All Welsh social landlords now have domestic violence policy

20 August, 2014

Every social landlord in Wales now has a domestic abuse policy for both tenants and staff following an intervention by the Welsh housing minister

Iain Duncan Smith champions welfare reform

20 August, 2014

In this speech at the Centre for Social Justice in January this year, Iain Duncan Smith argues that the coalition welfare reforms will have far-reaching benefits for society

New universal credit rules for tenants begin this week

20 August, 2014

An alteration meaning social landlords can now tell who is claiming universal credit began yesterday

Yorkshire taxpayer pays price as rent rises outstrip stagnant pay

20 August, 2014

The skyrocketing cost to the taxpayer of helping Yorkshire families keep a roof over their heads is revealed

Benefit cash delays causing misery

20 August, 2014

A Five-week wait for benefit payments could push St Helens residents into rent arrears

Spending watchdog accuses DWP of hiding universal credit's failings

19 August, 2014

Public accounts committee says that categorising the scheme as 'reset' may have been to prevent scrutiny and hide problems

"Scraping the Barrel" - The Cost of Living for Social Housing Residents: Executive Summary

19 August, 2014

Today we launch the first part of our research on the cost of living for social housing residents

94% of UK's social housing tenants face financial pains

19 August, 2014

The mass majority of the UK's social housing tenants have faced some kind of financial difficulty in the past six month

Whither Universal Credit?

19 August, 2014

Arch has been tracking the impact of the underoccupation penalty on tenants and landlords through a joint survey with CWAG and the NFA

Paying rent through Facebook

19 August, 2014

The stark reality is there are 8.7 million adults in the UK that have never been online - and worryingly almost half are social housing tenants

Payday loan middlemen complaints 'more than double'

19 August, 2014

Complaints about payday loan middlemen - so-called credit broking websites - have more than doubled in the last year

Was universal credit 'reset' attempt to hide problems?

19 August, 2014

Decision to 'reset' universal credit (UC) programme may have been an attempt to "keep information secret and prevent scrutiny"

Social landlord launches credit union tender

19 August, 2014

A social landlord has announced plans to team up with a credit union, in a bid to offer tailored financial support to its tenants and staff

Total rent arrears written off by Fife Council tops £1million

19 August, 2014

Rent arrears written off as bad debts by Fife Council have shot up by £256,000 in a year to just over £1million

HA's universal credit experiment records 99% rent collection rate

19 August, 2014

A Salford housing association says its experiment with direct housing benefit payments to tenants has been very successful

A Better Deal for Nation Rent

18 August, 2014

In our paper Nation Rent we set out the financial investment benefits of a dynamic housing portfolio approach

Welfare reform: will Iain Duncan Smith's benefits revolution happen?

18 August, 2014

The work and pensions secretary has restated his determination to transform Britain's welfare system

Change to Universal Credit housing costs process

18 August, 2014

Following a successful trial in Warrington, a new housing cost verification process will be extended to all live running sites

Housing associations urge benefit claimants to pay extra rent in advance

18 August, 2014

Fears are growing that tenants will default on their payments once they are transferred to universal credit

Pensioners hit hardest by £9BILLION welfare spending cuts as David Cameron breaks election promise

18 August, 2014

A shock report reveals that a quarter of welfare cuts fall on pensioner households with pension credit, attendance allowance and disability living allowance for OAPs

Proposals for further 10% benefit cap reduction questioned

18 August, 2014

A property expert has questioned a think tank's recommendation to cap benefits even further

Expert says HAs shouldn't need to collect rent upfront in wake of universal credit storm

18 August, 2014

A UC expert has said that housing associations shouldn't need to ask for rent up front

Private rental costs soar in Scotland

18 August, 2014

Private sector rents in Scotland soared by 10% last month, bringing the average monthly cost to £636

DWP announces roll-out of Housing Cost Verification Trial

18 August, 2014

The DWP formally announced today the roll-out of a Housing Cost Verification trial that it had been running with New Charter Housing Association in North West England

HB G8/2014

15 August, 2014

Contains information on sanction changes, HB/CTB decisions by Upper Tribunal and attribution of earnings in Housing Benefit

Voids fall despite welfare reform fears

15 August, 2014

Social landlords defy a previously predicted rise in empty homes

Housing pinched: Understanding which households spend the most on housing costs

15 August, 2014

Close to 1.6 million UK households - the housing pinched - are spending more than half their disposable income on the ongoing costs of housing each month

Social landlords showing value for money

15 August, 2014

Value for money is the name of the game for social landlords preparing their annual results

Why housing associations should not be able to pick and choose their tenants

15 August, 2014

If providers chose their tenants, the poorest and most vulnerable people could be excluded in favour of the financially independent

21,000 council tax discount claims to be checked in Flintshire

15 August, 2014

More than 21,000 people in Flintshire who have the 25% single person reduction on their council tax are to have their claims checked

UK rents 'rise by 2% in a year'

15 August, 2014

The cost of renting a home has risen by 2% in the last year, with increases seen across nearly every region of the UK

Repossessions are up - is the bedroom tax to blame?

15 August, 2014

Sadly, every year, there are families in England that lose their home

UK rents up £62 in a year

15 August, 2014

The average advertised rent in Britain increased by £62 (6.56%) in July 2014 compared to the same time last year, reaching £1,029 per month

What's to be done about the bedroom tax?

15 August, 2014

The bedroom tax isn't everyone's cup of tea. Well, actually it isn't anyone's cup of tea, apart from huge fanboy Iain Duncan Smith and fellow swooner Lord Freud

Universal credit: Some hard facts

15 August, 2014

In the past I've highlighted concerns over the way the universal credit 'assessment period' operates when there is a change in the claimant's household make-up and/or financial circumstances

LIN Member Report August 2014 - Stress Suffered by Staff Associated with Welfare Reform

15 August, 2014

This LIN member report is written by Kevin McCready

This LIN member report looks at how housing staff who have more personal contact with tenants are suffering from increased levels of stress and absenteeism and looks at ways to minimise this negative impact on staffing levels

CSH 777 2013

15 August, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits - payments that are eligible for HB

New tenant rules for universal credit

14 August, 2014

New system will keep landlords up to date with payment methods

IDS doubts 'bedroom tax' disability figures

14 August, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith has cast doubt on figures showing two-thirds of those affected by the so-called bedroom tax are disabled

Council to appeal tribunal defeat over 'spare room subsidy'

14 August, 2014

Kirklees Council is to appeal a FTT ruling that upheld a couple's challenge to its decision to cut their housing benefit under the 'spare room subsidy' rules

Scottish Government: thousands face disability payment cuts

14 August, 2014

More than 100,000 Scots are expected to lose some, or all, of their UK disability benefits by 2018

Outstanding council tax rises 6% to over £2.5 billion

14 August, 2014

The total amount of council tax still outstanding is £2.528 billion, an increase of £152 million or 6% on the figure uncollected by the end of March 2013

Making the Most of Northern Ireland's Private Rented Sector to Meet Housing Need

14 August, 2014

The Chartered Institute of Housing, the Department for Social Development and SmartMove NI have collaboratively produced and published this thinkpiece

Iain Duncan Smith hails largest drop in UK unemployment rate since 2009 but wages are squeezed

14 August, 2014

Figures show both unemployment and wages have fallen in the last quarter

Welfare reforms leaving pensioners isolated and lonely

14 August, 2014

Pensioners are being left lonely and isolated by welfare reform and the situation is set to worsen

Universal Credit rollout could take over 1,000 years

14 August, 2014

Latest figures show just 540 people started claiming the benefit in May, the lowest monthly take-up since July 2013

Labour rebuked over benefit increase claims

13 August, 2014

UK Statistics Authority says statistics used by Chuka Umunna, Labour's shadow business secretary, used 'factually incorrect' statistics

Benefits fraudster who claimed £74,000 in handouts while owning £2.6million property empire that raked in £150,000 rent a year is jailed for 12 months

13 August, 2014

A benefits fraudster has been jailed after fleecing the taxpayer out of nearly £74,000 while running a £2.6million property empire

Number of 'amateur' private landlords hits record high

13 August, 2014

Seven in 10 private landlords are now part-time or 'amateur'

UK jobless rate nears six-year low

13 August, 2014

UK unemployment edged closer to a six-year low in the three months to the end of June

Thousands could lose disability benefits, Scottish government claims

13 August, 2014

More than 100,000 people in Scotland will lose disability benefits under UK-wide welfare changes

Floundering DWP move universal credit goalposts

13 August, 2014

The Department of Work and Pensions has moved the goalposts to make it appear that more people have signed up to its new universal credit system

Universal Credit One Year In - Full Report

13 August, 2014

Report by NHF

The experiences of housing associations in pathfinder areas

Major study to recommend further benefit cuts and child support cap

13 August, 2014

A major study is due to recommend that the government slashes the benefit budget even further and caps child support at four children

Universal Credit One Year In - Executive Summary

13 August, 2014

Report by NHF

The experiences of housing associations in pathfinder areas

Universal Credit statistics: Apr 2013 to 31 May 2014

13 August, 2014

Statistics for April 2013 to 31 May 2014 with breakdowns by Jobcentre Plus office, local authority and parliamentary constituency

Housing benefit claimants in work double

13 August, 2014

The number of housing benefit claimants in work has more than doubled in five years

CSH 969 2013

13 August, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits - occupation of the home, two homes and temporary absence

Housing associations should have some say in who lives in their homes

12 August, 2014

When councils nominate tenants who are not appropriate for a property, housing associations should be able to intervene

'Financial triage' to be offered at food banks

12 August, 2014

Trussell Trust hopes debt and money advice will help clients who are struggling to manage rising food and energy prices

Landlords warned they may be required to check immigration status of tenants or face £3,000 fine in plan to tackle 'beds in sheds'

12 August, 2014

Landlords may be forced to check the immigration status of prospective tenants before allowing them to rent a property from next year or face a potential hefty fine

'Bedroom tax' M-way death inquest

12 August, 2014

A coroner has recorded a verdict of suicide over the death of a woman hit by a lorry who left her family a note blaming the bedroom tax

PRS landlords warned to remember tenant obligations

12 August, 2014

An organisation that represents landlords in the private rented sector has warned property owners to remember their obligations to their tenants

Council denies putting pressure on bedroom tax suicide tenant

12 August, 2014

A council has denied pressurising a woman hit by the bedroom tax to move home before she committed suicide

Increase welfare caps to keep up with the rising cost of living

12 August, 2014

With the cost of bringing up a child now approaching £90 a week, the government needs to do more to help low-earning families

Iain Duncan Smith's delusional world of welfare reform

12 August, 2014

He's the misery man, turning to tricks and magical thinking when the flaws in his benefits plans are revealed

Families 'stuck in working poverty'

12 August, 2014

Families working full time at the national minimum wage are 18% short of the basic amount needed to provide a minimum standard of living

Cutting benefits is vital for economy

11 August, 2014

The Work and Pensions Secretary will use a speech to say the economy will never fully recover unless families on benefits return to work

Bedroom Tax 'savings' are obliterated by record levels of housing benefit fraud and error

11 August, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith has been slammed after the bill for cheating and claimant mistakes is now six per cent of the total housing benefit budget

Cutting benefits outside London could save millions

11 August, 2014

Policy Exchange suggests that benefit payments should be cut outside London and the South East

Huge fine for landlords who rented out unsafe property

11 August, 2014

Two landlords have been prosecuted and ordered to pay a total of £65,970 after renting out an unsafe House in Multiple Occupation

Demand for housing support payments has more than trebled in Wales since the bedroom tax was introduced

11 August, 2014

The bedroom tax and welfare changes have led to the 250% rise in demands for Discretionary Housing Payment help

Food poverty in Scotland 'not acceptable' says Sturgeon

11 August, 2014

The level of food poverty in Scotland is "simply not acceptable"

Welfare reform must continue, Iain Duncan Smith says

11 August, 2014

Welfare reforms driving the "jobs miracle" must continue, says Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

Iain Duncan Smith to signal further welfare crackdown

11 August, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith is to signal a further crackdown on welfare in a speech suggesting that changes to the benefit system have lowered unemployment

IDS 'to intensify welfare reforms'

11 August, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith will signal his determination to intensify welfare reforms, arguing that the crackdown on benefits is cutting unemployment

Housing set to be hardest hit by budget cuts

08 August, 2014

Housing is set to be hit hardest in the round of cuts to council spending on local services this year

Landlord alliance to sell energy to tenants

08 August, 2014

Landlords with 357,000 homes to form company to sell energy at cost price

ASB drops as Sovereign replaces concrete with grass for Christchurch residents

08 August, 2014

Sovereign housing association has seen anti-social behaviour drop after building residents in Christchurch a new communal area

Concerns over localised funding for supported housing

08 August, 2014

The government wants to localise funding for supported housing. Heather Spurr explains why this has landlords so worried

Nearly 100 new homes for rent at below market rates

08 August, 2014

Nearly 100 new affordable homes are to be built at Western Harbour in Leith through the ground-breaking National Housing Trust initiative

Families still struggling to cope

08 August, 2014

People are still worried about rising living costs despite a growing economy

Council staff are not overpaid - far from it

08 August, 2014

Where the Taxpayers' Alliance sees waste, I see investment in our communities - and not enough of it

A rent first approach to Universal Credit

08 August, 2014

Outlines the changes introduced to tackle the challenge to housing association income posed by Universal Credit

Social landlord's care worker arrested after 16 poisoned

08 August, 2014

A 23-year-old female care worker has been placed in a psychiatric unit

25% of PRS tenants have waited a week for repairs

08 August, 2014

Nearly a 25% of people living in the PRS have been left waiting at least a week for broken down central heating, blocked drains or leaking pipes

Controversial private landlord loses assault appeal

08 August, 2014

Fergus Wilson, the private landlord of around 1,000 homes who said he would be evicting tenants claiming housing benefit has lost an appeal against his conviction for assaulting a local estate agent

High Court council tax judgment to cost councils more than £5m

07 August, 2014

The High Court has outlawed the practice of councils imposing residency qualifications for discounts on council tax in a ruling that could cost them millions in refunds

A new Poor Law? How councils are trying to cut the benefits of domestic violence victims

07 August, 2014

Councils are trying to penalise women who have to use domestic violence refuges outside their local area - by withdrawing their right to council tax support

Council forced to write off £1.1 million in rent arrears following IT fault

07 August, 2014

An east London council has been forced to write-off £1.1 million in rent arrears following a malfunction with an IT system

Dewsbury couple win spare bedroom housing benefit fight

07 August, 2014

A couple from West Yorkshire who went to court to challenge a cut to their housing benefit have won their case

Social landlord is making a meal of things

07 August, 2014

A social landlord is offering breakfasts, lunches and learning activities to 500 families in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull this summer

Call to reboot council tax to fund affordable homes

07 August, 2014

The British Property Federation is urging all political parties to commit to a full revaluation of council tax in their election manifestos

Benefit cap: 10,000 people find jobs or stop claiming Housing Benefit

07 August, 2014

Almost 10,000 people who had their benefits capped have now moved into work or stopped claiming Housing Benefit entirely

Touchbase DWP E-zine

06 August, 2014

August 2014

Universal Credit: moving deductions from benefits for rent arrears

06 August, 2014

Deductions from benefits for rent arrears - migration to UC

Developing a Scottish benefits system

06 August, 2014

David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg have agreed that Scotland will be allowed to set its own levels of income tax and benefits if the country rejects independence

Bedroom tax stories: Sam

06 August, 2014

Sam found herself spiralling into debt and despair after the introduction of the bedroom tax

London borough to limit average rent to below £100 per week

06 August, 2014

An inner-London borough has pledged to keep rents below an average of £100 per week for council tenants in the face of a lack of affordable housing in the capital

Scotland to set its own housing benefit if independence is rejected

06 August, 2014

David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg have signed a joint pledge that Scotland will have more powers

Workers on benefit 'will double'

06 August, 2014

The number of workers claiming housing benefit "to make ends meet" will continue to increase if a Conservative government is elected next year, Labour will claim today

The government needs to understand the impact of its own housing policies

06 August, 2014

A number of different figures have popped out this week which should worry anyone who is even a little bit sentient

Bristol tenants in bedroom tax arrears will only be evicted as a last resort

06 August, 2014

Tenants in Bristol who fall into arrears because of the controversial "bedroom tax" will only be evicted as a last resort

Number of people in work claiming housing benefit soars

05 August, 2014

The number of working people relying on HB to boost their income has doubled in five years, at a cost of billions of pounds to the taxpayer

Iain Duncan Smith: Ready to sail into sunset?

05 August, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith shuffles along the bench to take his seat opposite me in a Westminster restaurant buzzing with hobnobbing hacks and politicians

Cunning Plan sees Facebook rent payment system created

05 August, 2014

Social housing tenants in Salford can now pay their rent via Facebook

Landmark bedroom tax ruling issued

05 August, 2014

A tribunal has overturned a decision on the bedroom tax, setting a precedent that could force some councils to rethink how they decide who needs a room for an overnight carer

North west landlord scores record surplus despite welfare reform

05 August, 2014

Great Places Housing Group has posted a record surplus of £9.3m for 2013/14

'Poverty pay' doubles number of workers claiming housing benefit

05 August, 2014

Nearly 1 million people in work are being forced to rely on housing benefit, double the figure five years ago

Help for housing costs is forcing up the UK benefits

05 August, 2014

Rachel Reeves highlights how housing payments make up 14% of welfare spending, with more working people claiming benefit

Total hit by bedroom tax loophole revealed

05 August, 2014

Hundreds of Wigan households were affected by a glitch in bedroom tax regulations earlier this year

Benefit cuts have pushed more people into work

04 August, 2014

Ben Broadbent says welfare reforms have encouraged people on benefits to rejoin the labour force

Court quashes Peabody eviction of vulnerable tenant

04 August, 2014

A housing association's attempt to evict a 58-year-old disabled man has been quashed after a judge ruled it did not follow its own policies for dealing with vulnerable tenants

'No one should die penniless and alone' : the victims of Britain's harsh welfare sanctions

04 August, 2014

David Clapson was found dead last year after his benefits were stopped on the grounds that he wasn't taking the search for work seriously

Former DWP staff go rogue to help benefit claimants

04 August, 2014

Website set up to offer advice inundated with messages from people claiming their benefits were unfairly cut

Council tax: how does your bill compare?

04 August, 2014

There's a £1,000 difference in yearly council tax bills between local authorities

Liverpool's PRS tenants get charter

04 August, 2014

Tenants living in Liverpool's private rented sector are to be given more information about their rights and responsibilities

PRS tenants see deposits soar by 34%

04 August, 2014

Tenants in the private rented sector have seen their deposits soar by 34% since 2007

Bedroom tax could see council's rent arrears bill shoot up £19m

04 August, 2014

Sheffield City Council could see its rent arrears bill soar by £19 million as tenants struggle with the government's controversial bedroom tax

Bedroom tax impact on grant allocations

01 August, 2014

The government is 'storing up future problems' because more than three-quarters of its grant funding programme will be used for the development of one and two-bedroom homes

Social housing and social investment

01 August, 2014

Report published by the DWP into Social housing

This report looks at the relationship between housing provided for people on low incomes or with particular needs and social investment

Universal credit staff costs 'unsustainable'

01 August, 2014

Housing association trial suggests it faces £1.2m hit

£millions in right to buy fraud uncovered by council

01 August, 2014

Barnet Council has uncovered nearly £12 million in right to buy, tenancy and benefit fraud in a 12-month period

Local authority slapped by judge over 'irrational and unfair' council tax policy

01 August, 2014

A local authority's decision to ban council tax support for residents has been branded "irrational and unfair" by a judge

Court quashes Peabody eviction of vulnerable tenant

01 August, 2014

A housing association's attempt to evict a 58-year-old disabled man has been quashed after a judge ruled it did not follow its own policies

Landlord fined after keeping nine unrelated tenants including baby in filthy and infested family home

01 August, 2014

A landlord has been ordered to pay nearly £19,000 after his tenants were found to be living in unsafe, squalid conditions with an infestation of mice

Social landlord doubles surplus

01 August, 2014

Cost-cutting measures result in £40.2m surplus, despite drop in turnover

London PRS rents now costing 60% of monthly salary

01 August, 2014

Rents in London's private rented sector now cost more than 60% of the average monthly salary

HB Direct

01 August, 2014

Issue 151 - August 2014

Councils shun flagship government homelessness scheme

31 July, 2014

London boroughs are 'increasingly unwilling' to take part in the government's programme for single homeless people

Social landlord more than doubles anticipated surplus

31 July, 2014

Circle Housing has produced a surplus of £44.5m for 2013/14, more than doubling the £20m it had targeted at the start of the year

Genesis surplus down 10%

31 July, 2014

Genesis Housing Association has seen its annual surplus decrease by just under 10% to £40.1m

Local authority's 'benefit tourism' rule discriminated against residents

31 July, 2014

Sandwell council's policy, designed to deter low-income families from south-east moving to the area, harmed locals

'Poor doors': not the worst thing about social housing

31 July, 2014

Separate entrances are nothing new, and the truth is that social housing providers demand them

I was ill with hunger, went to prison for stealing food and became homeless

31 July, 2014

Welfare expert Matthew Oakley should have spoken to me. I could have told him all about benefits sanctions

Private rents in Wales fall against inflation

31 July, 2014

Rents in Wales have fallen year-on-year in comparison to inflation

DWP plotting 'secret' universal credit plans

31 July, 2014

Labour MP has claimed the governemnt is keeping plans "under wraps" about Universal Credit

Police warn that 'relentless' bedroom tax is turning people into criminals

31 July, 2014

Concerns have been expressed by police chiefs that victims of the "Bedroom Tax" are being forced to turn to crime and loan sharks

Injunction for PRS tenant after death threats to social housing resident

31 July, 2014

A PRS tenant has been given an anti-social behaviour injunction after making threats of violence towards a neighbour living in social housing

Universal credit safeguards are working

31 July, 2014

By Lord Freud, the government's minister for welfare reform and one of the chief architects of universal credit

Tenants pin hopes on bedroom tax speed dating

31 July, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith hopes 'speed dating' sessions for tenants affected by welfare reform will undo a housing log jam

Bedroom tax tenants in Bristol see rent arrears reach £725,000

31 July, 2014

Rent arrears for council tenants in Bristol who have been hit by the so-called bedroom tax have soared to more than £725,000

Personal insolvencies rise sparks fears for struggling households

30 July, 2014

Surge in individuals unable to repay their debts prompted fresh warnings over impact of future interest rate increase

Social landlord reports record £75m surplus

30 July, 2014

Affinity Sutton has reported a record £75m surplus, despite deciding to limit its exposure to the sales market

Cameron warns illegal immigrants: we will find you and send you home

30 July, 2014

PM's threat comes as Labour and Ukip say crackdown on benefits for new arrivals from EU is not tough enough

Council, charity and disabled man team up to take government to court

30 July, 2014

Islington Council, a disabled man in Cheshire and charity Child Poverty Action Group have teamed up to take High Court action against the government

Calculating social wellbeing

30 July, 2014

By having a standard way of calculating social impact, Affinity Sutton has worked out the value of community investment programmes compare to other projects

Stepping Stones

30 July, 2014

The role of the voluntary sector in future welfare to work schemes

How can volunteers and voluntary organisations provide much needed engagement with local people? This report aims to tackle these questions and provides real examples of how services can be commissioned in a way that truly enables community-led delivery

What's really happening to rents?

30 July, 2014

Are rents rising more slowly than house prices? That's what the figures from the Office for National Statistics suggests

'Poor doors' show why we can't rely on developers for affordable housing

30 July, 2014

While the idea of mixed communities and mixed tenure was always faintly patronising, even not-so-affordable housing is now bitterly resisted

Unemployed? Don't go to your local jobcentre

30 July, 2014

Jobcentres have failed young people abysmally. This redundant service should be replaced by effective local job brokerages

Eight housing apprenticeships launched in Sheffield

30 July, 2014

Sheffield City Council has launched a new apprenticeship scheme in all aspects of housing for "enthusiastic" young people

Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions resulting from Universal Jobmatch conditions: Jun 2013 to Dec 2013

30 July, 2014

Statistics on Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions resulting from Universal Jobmatch conditions from June 2013 to December 2013

Boris Johnson rules out 'poor door' ban on London housing developments

29 July, 2014

Mayor says he will discourage use of separate entrances for poorer tenants, but argues they help keep housing costs down

EU migrants will lose benefits after just three months under new Tory plans

29 July, 2014

Moves are designed to hammer home the message to new arrivals that they cannot expect to get 'something for nothing'

Call for community volunteers to pay less council tax

29 July, 2014

Community volunteers who help out in their local library or do charitable work should get discounts on their council tax bills, a new plan proposes

Meeting the value for money standard - is your organisation on track?

29 July, 2014

Social housing providers have been struggling to meet the value for money standard set up by the Homes and Communities Agency

West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative Delivers Amazing Savings On Fuel For Tenants

29 July, 2014

West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative has announced its fuel prices for its much vaunted Biomass Energy Project

Barriers to housing delivery - update : Private sector housing development on larger sites in London

29 July, 2014

This report's conclusion can be summarised as 'big schemes in London are commencing units in line with the numbers required to meet housing need'

A new disability minister to take on the reforms

29 July, 2014

Britain has a new Minister of State for Disabled People - Mark Harper, MP for the Forest of Dean

'We have created a mess'

29 July, 2014

Since 2010 England has seen a NET loss of 35,000 social rented homes every year

Couple jailed for £188,000 benefits fraud

29 July, 2014

A couple has been jailed for carrying out a seven-year fraud, using money to buy properties and finance mortgage repayments

Rental Index

28 July, 2014

Tenants in London now pay rents that double those across the rest of Britain

The next "generation rent"

28 July, 2014

Has the baby boom generation really had it all?

Council tax bombshell: Cardiff rates could rise by 5% a year for three years

28 July, 2014

Councillor Graham Hinchey makes the revelation during a debate at a full council meeting

Tackling fuel poverty

28 July, 2014

Social landlords should not wait for government targets in order to respond to fuel poverty

Affordable housing tenants given separate doors in luxury developments

28 July, 2014

Social tenants are being forced to enter through separate 'poor doors' in multi-million-pound London developments

Padiham man wrongly claimed £52,000 housing benefit

28 July, 2014

A Padiham man who claimed housing benefit had failed to state he was the joint owner of the property

Killed by benefits cuts: Starving soldier died 'as result of Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reform'

28 July, 2014

Diabetic David Clapson, 59, died with just £3.44 left in his account after his Jobseeker's Allowance was axed because he missed an appointment

Universal Credit launches in local area

28 July, 2014

New jobseekers in the Wilmslow area will join the Government's new benefits system when they start to claim Universal Credit for the first time

Nearly 60pc of rented homes fail inspections

28 July, 2014

Close to 60pc of all private rental premises that were inspected by local authorities last year failed basic minimum requirements

London rents more than double rest of UK

28 July, 2014

For the first time in recorded history, the average cost of renting a home in Greater London is more than double the cost across the rest of the UK

Council tax rises hit Britain's poor hardest

25 July, 2014

Cuts to the benefit system have seen nearly 16,000 people in London alone referred to bailiffs for non-payment

The future of social housing

25 July, 2014

This week the Homes and Communities Agency and GLA both published details of the funding they have allocated through their affordable homes programmes

London landlords urge rent overhaul

25 July, 2014

London's 15 largest housing associations are calling for the government to review rent setting for tenants

Digital isn't everything - many social housing tenants prefer paper

25 July, 2014

Just under half of all adults who have never been online live in social housing, so perhaps it's time to recognise the role of print

Landlords' multi-billion-pound fuel poverty hit

25 July, 2014

The government's fuel poverty strategy has left social landlords responsible for funding billions of pounds of improvement works

Should large families face benefit sanctions?

25 July, 2014

As a leading think tank says parents should only be able to claim child benefit for their first four children

Call for tenant rating system

25 July, 2014

Private landlords have called for councils to rate prospective tenants' behaviour through 'traffic light schemes'

Hard up renters turning to payday lenders for deposits

25 July, 2014

Renters are being priced out of house and home by deposits that have soared by 50% since the financial crisis began

Private rents rise 1% in a year

25 July, 2014

Private rental prices increased by just 1% in the year to June, roughly a third of the rent increases faced by social tenants and well below inflation

Generation rent is here to stay and deserves a fair deal

25 July, 2014

The English Housing Survey tells us what we already know - we need affordable renting

Government response: SSAC report on the cumulative impact of welfare reform

25 July, 2014

A letter from the Minister for Welfare Reform to the chair of SSAC responding to the SSAC report on the cumulative impact of welfare reform

Young adults face housing squeeze, English Housing Survey shows

24 July, 2014

A growing proportion of young people have been squeezed out of the housing market in England and are renting privately instead

Councils failing to spend £millions in DHPs as families struggle

24 July, 2014

Local authorities are failing to spend millions of pounds that could potentially be used as emergency payments for families hit by welfare cuts

Disabled people's 'fit for work' assessments should be scrapped

24 July, 2014

Select committee finds that eligibility tests for benefits are inaccurate and system fails to help claimants back into work

LIN member report July 2014 - Money goes begging: how councils could spend more on discretionary housing payments

24 July, 2014

This LIN member report is written by Neil Merrick

This LIN member report highlights that many Local Authorities have, again, not spent the full amount of their DHP budget, in fact the latest figures show that more than £20m that local authorities were allocated to spend on DHP payments in 2013/14 remained unspent. This money has now been lost as local authorities cannot carry over any underspend from 2013/14 to 2014/15. A record £165m is available for councils to allocate in DHPs in 2014/15.

Stormont welfare stand-off may be close to resolution

24 July, 2014

Outline agreement has finally been reached to resolve Stormont's spending stalemate

A lifestyle choice for families?

24 July, 2014

Report from LSE on private renting in London, New York, Berlin and Randstad

Great housing divide

24 July, 2014

Three-quarters of over-55s live in their own homes but two-thirds of under-35s are forced to rent

MPs say Employment and Support Allowance needs 'fundamental redesign'

24 July, 2014

The ESA system has serious flaws causing "considerable distress and anxiety" and requires "fundamental redesign", according to the Work and Pensions Committee

Homelessness axed from housing minister's brief

24 July, 2014

The housing minister will no longer have responsibility for homelessness

Bad news for landlords as Green Deal fund is slashed

24 July, 2014

NLA comments on the reduction of Green Deal Home Improvement Funds for solid wall insulation from £6000 to £4000

UK Housing Boom: Landlords Outside Central London Making Biggest Returns

23 July, 2014

Landlords are making better returns on their investments in cities outside of central London amid rising rents and property prices

Government's fuel poverty proposals slammed

23 July, 2014

The government has been slammed by campaigners over plans announced today to target fuel poverty

The rise of middle-aged renters

23 July, 2014

Single young professionals are increasingly choosing to settle in family suburbs rather than city centres

English housing survey 2012 to 2013: household report

23 July, 2014

Annual report on households in England, covering themes such as housing needs, housing moves, and vulnerable and disadvantaged groups

Warning to landlords and tenants after 'near miss' from communal blaze

23 July, 2014

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has warned tenants and landlords of the dangers of leaving combustible materials in communal areas

Social and private renters

23 July, 2014

Demographic and economic data on social and private renters

'Social housing should not be more expensive than affordable housing'

23 July, 2014

As a growing number of people cannot afford private rent, we roundup the main points from our debate on affordable housing

A bold plan to make welfare more personalised and responsive

23 July, 2014

Jobs must surely be one of the great success stories of this government: 1.8 million more people in work

Is social housing a failed brand?

23 July, 2014

Social housing is now a damaged brand. Housing associations need to return to their roots

Government to update dealings with claimants after report finds sanctions hitting most vulnerable

22 July, 2014

The government has announced that is to update the way it talks to benefit claimants

The 'scroungers' fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes

22 July, 2014

Carl Havern is a model Big Society citizen. He volunteers for three different causes every week and cares passionately about improving his community

Osborne plays down benefit reports

22 July, 2014

Chancellor George Osborne has sought to play down reports that the Conservatives are backing plans to stop families claiming child benefit for more than four children

Joined Up Welfare - The next steps for personalisation

22 July, 2014

Policy Exchange wants to see a high growth, enterprise led economy in the UK with freer markets driving growth and opportunity

Mental health problems, low skills, family disruption, criminal history, social networks that don't encourage work, substance abuse, physical health issues, disabilities, unstable housing, lack of resources - more than one in ten adults in Britain suffer from multiple disadvantages of these kind at any one time, including many of the most vulnerable people in our society

Bedroom tax sufferers not the only victims looking to swap their homes

22 July, 2014

With the controversial 'bedroom tax' under review for "pushing people into rent arrears", the attractiveness of downsizing in social housing appears never to have been higher

Government to update communications with benefit claimants

22 July, 2014

The government is updating the way it talks to benefit claimants following an independent review of Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions

Generation Rent hits out at tenancy deposit 'rip off'

22 July, 2014

Campaign group Generation Rent has criticised the fact that renters are missing out on interest on their tenancy deposits

Be tough on the causes of benefits

22 July, 2014

To reduce the benefits bill, the government needs to address issues such as high rents and low wages rather than tightening eligibility for what can be claimed

900,000 landlords face buy-to-let tax probe: Second home owners face investigation as concern grows over undeclared profits

21 July, 2014

Landlords and second home owners face a crackdown as concerns grow over the boom in buy-to-let mortgages

Bedroom Tax Commons vote to be forced through to abolish hated charge after Lib Dem U-turn

21 July, 2014

Blameless residents are forced to pay an average £14 a week for one extra bedroom and £25 for two or more - Labour leader Mr Miliband has pledged to scrap the tax

Nick Clegg 'spineless' on bedroom tax

21 July, 2014

Voters may regard Nick Clegg as "spineless" after performing a u-turn on the bedroom tax and has repeated the error of tuition fees

Bedroom Tax is top of list of complaints in forgotten corner of Nick Clegg's constituency

21 July, 2014

There are 1,700 people in Sheffield Hallam hit by it - and because of its high concentration of council houses most are in Stannington

Poll finds 75% of renters have never switched energy supplier

21 July, 2014

More than 75% of bill payers living in rented accommodation have never switched their energy supplier

Generation landlord: is it time to invest in a buy-to-let?

21 July, 2014

As fears of pension shortfalls increase, more investors are putting their money in buy-top-let properties

Labour calls for bedroom tax vote in the autumn

21 July, 2014

Labour plans to force a parliamentary vote on the bedroom tax in the autumn

Landlords expecting stable growth

21 July, 2014

Almost 100% of landlords report that tenant demand is currently stable or growing

Property rents rise at twice speed of average earnings

18 July, 2014

Monthly cost of renting a home increased on average by £10 in June to £747, which is a year-on-year increase of 1.4%

Dramatic rise of families forced out of London

18 July, 2014

The number of homeless households forced to move outside London has risen by nearly 40 per cent in one year

Buy-to-let: the rise of the mega landlords

18 July, 2014

They quit their run-of-the-mill jobs and instead made hundreds of millions from buy-to-let. How did they do it?

What's the secret behind our jobs miracle? Welfare reform

18 July, 2014

Bizarrely, Nick Clegg is running away from a policy that has been a world-beating success

The impact of recent reforms to Local Housing Allowances: Summary of key findings

18 July, 2014

DWP Report

This report summarises the main findings from a series of technical research papers that form the final outputs from the independent evaluation of the recent changes to HB claims assessed under the LHA rules in the PRS

Disabled people struggling in unfit homes

18 July, 2014

People with disabilities are struggling in unfit accommodation because councils are failing to adapt their homes

Migrants remain in hostels to avoid losing housing benefit

18 July, 2014

Welfare reforms are causing supported housing to be 'clogged up'

HB G7/2014

18 July, 2014

Contains information on DHP and PIP

6,000 people claiming universal credit

18 July, 2014

Nearly 6,000 people were claiming the new universal credit benefit payment at the end of April

Buy to Let Income

18 July, 2014

LSL Report July 2014

Bedroom tax is forcing poorest citizens into unmanageable debt

18 July, 2014

A DWP report has found that 523,000 tenants have been unable to meet rent arrears due to housing-benefit caps

Nick Clegg accused of hypocrisy after U-turn on bedroom tax

17 July, 2014

Lib Dem leader says party no longer supports policy in its present form in intensification of Tory 'differentiation strategy'

LSL Property Services' Tenant Arrears Tracker reveals 35% drop in tenants severely behind on rent payments

17 July, 2014

The number of tenants severely behind on rent payments has fallen by 35,000 (35%) in the last 12 months

Housing benefit cuts have had 'little impact' on PRS rents

17 July, 2014

Government cuts to HB for around 900,000 tenants in the PRS have had little impact on average rents, new study reveals

Thinktank proposes cap on child benefit to cut welfare spending

17 July, 2014

Policy Exchange claim limiting child benefit to four children per household could save around £1bn per parliament

Hope for homeless families in need of Legal Aid

17 July, 2014

New ruling by the High Court has ruled that Government changes, which would have left homeless families without help, have been ruled 'unauthorised, discriminatory and impossible to justify'

Unemployment in Wales falls by 6,000 remaining at 6.6%

17 July, 2014

Unemployment in Wales has fallen by 6,000 in the three months to May, official figures show

London's poor struggling with 'new poll tax'

17 July, 2014

CPAG Report

London's poorest families are struggling to afford to live in the face of a "new poll tax", according to this report

Lib Dems 'ignored chance to soften bedroom benefits cut impact'

17 July, 2014

The Lib Dems were given the chance in March to soften the impact of benefit cuts for people judged to have too many bedrooms

Downsizing with the bedroom tax

17 July, 2014

The price for underoccupying a home is high for many vulnerable people. Jess McCabe visits Stoke-on-Trent to find out how landlords are attempting to help

Universal Credit

17 July, 2014

Experimental official statistics to April 2014

Council tax: a chaotic way to impoverish the already poor

17 July, 2014

Amid mounting debt, court summons and poverty, a new report asks if the localised system of council tax support costs more than it will save

Ratings agency to review negative social sector outlook after 'promising developments'

16 July, 2014

A ratings agency will review its negative outlook after reporting housing associations have 'coped well' with recent challenges

FCA proposes payday loans cap of 0.8% per day

16 July, 2014

Plans for a cap on the amount that payday lenders can charge their customers have been announced by the City regulator

ALMOs bringing hundreds of empty homes back into use

16 July, 2014

Housing ALMOs are managing to bring hundreds of empty homes across England back into use

Bringing empty homes back into use is a stated priority for the Coalition Government and for many councils across the county. As part of the Comprehensive Spending Review in October 2010, the Government announced a £100m fund to bring more empty homes back into use and included tackling empty homes as a key priority in its 2011 Housing Strategy

Councils ignoring mayor's plea to hit empty homes with 150% council tax bill

16 July, 2014

Boris Johnson has lobbied London local authorities to apply a 50% council tax premium on homes that have been empty for more than two years

Child poverty - a collective responsibility this summer

16 July, 2014

With the summer holidays now upon us, how can housing providers better meet the needs of the low-income families they house?

Digital inclusion can benefit both colleagues and customers

16 July, 2014

A hands-on approach to digital inclusion makes a definite impact, but providers need to look at their internal strategies and infrastructure

12% of Welfare fund not spent

16 July, 2014

The Scottish Government has been accused of failing the most vulnerable after it was revealed more than 10% of the fund was not spent

Local Housing Allowance: monitoring the impact of changes

16 July, 2014

These are the final reports evaluating the changes to the Local Housing Allowance system of Housing Benefit from April 2011

This report summarises the main findings from a series of technical research papers that form the final outputs from the independent evaluation of the recent changes to Housing Benefit claims assessed under the Local Housing Allowance rules in the private rented sector in Great Britain, which were rolled out to claimants between April 2011 and December 2012

The social housing brand is broken

16 July, 2014

Boris Worral, writing in a personal capacity as someone with experience of campaign and lobby work, responds to Tom Murtha

Don't mention social housing

16 July, 2014

Here is the speech delivered by Tom Murtha, SHOUT campaigner and former Midland Heart chief executive

Dignity and Opportunity for All: Securing the rights of disabled people in the austerity era

15 July, 2014

Report published by Just Fair

This report finds that the UK government is in breach of its legal obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of disabled people

Benefit payments rose during recession

15 July, 2014

Welfare claimants were protected from the recession and actually saw their income rise as people faced pay cuts and job losses, Institute for Fiscal studies finds

Inflation and house prices data to fuel interest rate debate

15 July, 2014

Consumer price inflation and property price figures out from Office for National Statistics

Mark Carney faces an almost impossible decision on interest rates

15 July, 2014

In this unsettled climate the Bank of England governor has little chance of predicting the effect of an interest rate rise

Council benefits complaints rise

15 July, 2014

Complaints about English local councils' handling of tax and benefits soared by more than a quarter last year, according to the local Government Ombudsman

Exeter tenants evicted from flats with 'no warning'

15 July, 2014

More than 40 people including children have been evicted from a block of flats in a raid by bailiffs

The growth of the private rented sector: what do local authorities think?

15 July, 2014

Report from The Smith Institute

This report aims to understand views from local government on the changing role of the PRS in local housing markets

Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy

15 July, 2014

DWP report interim report

Thousands of low-income tenants have been plunged into "heat or eat" hardship as a result of the bedroom tax, according to this analysis of the policy's impact

Thousands of tenants without rent arrears face eviction

15 July, 2014

A growing number of private sector tenants are facing eviction despite being up to date with rent, a charity has revealed

Report on living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK

15 July, 2014

Report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies

Poorest and youngest suffer as poverty rises and living standards tumble

Labour calls for regular checks on child poverty

14 July, 2014

As figures show an extra 300,000 children living in households that cannot afford to keep their house warm, Labour accuses Osborne of ignoring the issue

Does traditional social housing have a future?

14 July, 2014

24 Housing debate

Households clear out new £7,600 per home Green Deal cashback

14 July, 2014

The most generous cashback in the Government's overhauled Green Deal scheme could be gone in one month, the Telegraph can disclose

Green deal: what next for government's energy efficiency scheme?

14 July, 2014

Efforts to revive the flagging policy still fail to address critics' concerns over cost and complications

Benefits Street series 2

14 July, 2014

Follow-up documentary Immigrant Street has locals worried

Tenants face eviction as landlords capitalise on rising house prices

14 July, 2014

Soaring numbers of people in private rented homes face eviction despite being up to date with their rent because rising house prices are prompting landlords to ask tenants to leave

Britain's debt hotspots revealed

14 July, 2014

The postcodes where households owe the most on personal loans

My Bedroom Tax Story

14 July, 2014

Under-occupied blog

Keeping rent arrears stable

14 July, 2014

By John Bryson, employment and inclusion manager, East Thames

RLA furious over 'scaremongering' private rental data

14 July, 2014

The RLA is up in arms over a housing organisation's claim that rents in Wales' private rented sector have risen sharply.

London's biggest landlords record £1bn surplus

11 July, 2014

Capital's 15 biggest associations generate £1bn surplus on back of capital's property boom

Iain Duncan Smith: Sir Bob Kerslake was right about universal credit business case

11 July, 2014

IDS has been forced to admit that the lifetime business case for the implementation of UC has not yet been signed off by the Treasury

The introduction of Universal Credit to couples

11 July, 2014

This briefing looks at the implications for housing associations and tenants of the roll out to include couples

Fuel cell pilot hopes to slash tenant energy use

11 July, 2014

Landlords trialling eco-friendly heating systems that are cheaper for tenants

'Community work for homes' scheme to be trialled by landlord

11 July, 2014

New tenants compelled to commit to volunteering in 'aspirational' project

How to tackle digital exclusion (and avoid the common pitfalls)

11 July, 2014

Going digital has huge benefits, but it equally presents dangers that some people could be left out in the cold

Number of 'amateur' landlords reaches record levels

11 July, 2014

The number of part-time or 'amateur' landlords has reached its highest ever level

Social landlord offers cash for occupancy

11 July, 2014

Guinness Partnership is offering buyers at its east London development a £10,000 cash incentive to live in its properties

UK government's welfare reforms piling misery on the poorest households

11 July, 2014

The devastating impact of the government's welfare reforms on people living in social housing is laid bare in the Real Life Reform report

Islington selected for universal credit trial

11 July, 2014

The London Borough of Islington has been selected to trial a new support system for residents

Touchbase DWP e-zine

10 July, 2014

July 2014 - includes information on the continued expansion of Universal Credit and also PIP

Social landlord's record-breaking £174m surplus

10 July, 2014

L&Q has generated a mammoth £174m surplus, smashing the sector record it set last year by more than half

Price of electricity could double over next 20 years

10 July, 2014

Pipes and pylons operator says failure to invest more in local gas production would leave country 90% dependent on imports

53,000 troubled families' lives turned around

10 July, 2014

Councils have been praised for turning around the lives of almost 53,000 troubled families in little over 2 years

Scottish regulator reports on landlords' failures

10 July, 2014

Scottish social landlords are being urged to make it easier for tenants to report failures in performance

Bridgend Council workers 'are turning to foodbanks and benefits to survive'

10 July, 2014

Claim comes as local government staff go on strike over pay

Fall in wages could be 20% more than estimated

10 July, 2014

Average wages in Britain have fallen more than official figures suggest due to shift to self employment

Council facing 'disproportionate' cuts of £44 per home

10 July, 2014

Camden Council has complained that it is facing a further budget gap of £70 million because of coalition cuts - which it must close by 2018

Over a million public sector workers walk out in UK-wide strikes

10 July, 2014

More than a million public sector workers are striking in disputes about pay and coalition cuts

Local support announced for jobseekers to help prepare for Universal Credit

10 July, 2014

Jobseekers to get extra help to get online and manage their finances on a monthly basis to prepare for the world of work under Universal Credit

Lord Freud announces welfare reform support projects

10 July, 2014

Lord David Freud has announced 11 new projects to trial ways of helping benefit claimants cope with welfare reform

Renting to homeless is too risky

10 July, 2014

Charities must do more to improve private landlords' confidence in letting to homeless people

NLA challenges homeless charities to do more

10 July, 2014

The NLA has challenged homeless charities and agencies to think more like landlords to help the homeless in to private housing

Five tips for handling rent arrears

10 July, 2014

Experts offer their advice on how housing providers can better manage arrears and help residents struggling to pay rent

CH 403 2013

10 July, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits - liability, commerciality and contrivance

Duncan Smith denies 'deception' over universal credit

09 July, 2014

A Labour MP has accused ministers of a "deliberate act of deception" over whether the Treasury has signed off the business case for universal credit

£10,000 donation for credit union

09 July, 2014

A credit union has said that a £10,000 donation it has received from a global law firm will help it bring affordable loans

Payday loan victims urged to speak out

09 July, 2014

The Financial Ombudsman Service has urged people struggling with payday loans to confront the 'shame factor' and seek help

Government in court over disability benefit changes

09 July, 2014

Court proceedings will begin in Birmingham to determine whether the Government's decision to change the eligibility criteria for PIP was unlawful

DWP staff lack empathy and communicate poorly, report claims

09 July, 2014

The DWP staff have been slammed by participants in a CAB Cymru report for the way they communicate and for offering a lack of support to claimants hit by welfare reform

Scottish independence: Better Together says welfare cuts would be needed

09 July, 2014

Better Together have launched a paper that claims that pensions and benefits are more secure in Scotland as part of the UK

CH 18 2014

09 July, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - Meaning of "change of circumstances" in Reg 67 (c) of the Council Tax Benefit Regulations 2006

Digital exclusion is a modern social evil we can abolish

09 July, 2014

Almost 20% of the UK population still lack basic internet skills, but there's a tremendous opportunity to empower people, transform lives and support vulnerable groups

Treasury has not signed off on Duncan Smith's universal credit

08 July, 2014

Head of civil service admits Treasury is only releasing money for troubled Tory policy after 'conditional reassurances' on progress

Payday complaints double in two years

08 July, 2014

Complaints about payday loans have more than doubled in the last two years

£1million energy advice programme opens for business

08 July, 2014

Householders and tenants up and down the country are set to benefit from an extensive programme of energy saving advice

Bid to help tenants with complants

08 July, 2014

The Government is taking steps to ensure social tenants are aware of the correct procedure for complaining about their landlord

To Put Up and Shut Up?

08 July, 2014

Speaking to PRs on our helpline there seem to be two issues that come up time and time again; bad conditions and the threat of eviction

Social landlord's staff to strike after being forced to 'work for free'

08 July, 2014

A Scottish social landlord's maintenance staff will take industrial action after being forced to work extra hours 'for free'

Welfare reform 'takes toll on poor'

08 July, 2014

Vulnerable people are being forced into hardship due to welfare reform

The Beveridge report revisited

08 July, 2014

Where now for the welfare state?

After unprecedented public spending cuts, The Guardian revisit Sir William Beveridge's welfare state 70 years on and explore the modern evils that society professionals must battle and defeat

Better Together says welfare cuts needed

08 July, 2014

The pro-Union campaign has said that cuts to public spending would be needed in an independent Scotland

'Forging Futures' for social housing

08 July, 2014

Dr Chris Handy, chair of the Matrix Strategy Committee and chief executive of the Accord Group

DWP accused of 'black propaganda' in universal credit debate

08 July, 2014

Glenda Jackson has attacked the Department of Work and Pensions for embarking on a programme of "black propaganda"

Funding affordable housing

08 July, 2014

Low income housing tax credits in the USA and their potential in the UK

A United States-style model involving private investment supported by tax credits could be an alternative to the current system of social housing grant funding in the United Kingdom

Renting brings lower yields for buy-to-let landlords as property prices rise

07 July, 2014

Buy-to-let landlords are facing a squeeze on rental yields because of rising property prices, according to mortgage broker, Mortgages for Business

IDS anger as former Marxist Raquel Rolnik attacks his benefit cuts

07 July, 2014

A group of United Nations poverty 'ambassadors' has launched a bizarre attack on the Coalition's welfare reforms

The law on renting needs changing: it's far too easy for landlords to evict

07 July, 2014

A tenant evicted after complaining about a plumbing problem lost his court case, but each year tenants do suffer 'revenge' evictions

Minister announces boost to roll out digital inclusion for hard to reach groups

07 July, 2014

A major push to target people who are not yet online was announced by the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty

Public urged to take part in HMO survey

07 July, 2014

Exeter City Council is eager to find out what its residents think about houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)

On My Own

07 July, 2014

Barnardos report on young care leavers

Many young people leaving the care system are struggling to find housing or are living in unsuitable, unsafe or insecure accommodation, new research has revealed

Britain's biggest buy-to-let landlords to sell entire portfolio of properties

07 July, 2014

Sale of nearly 1,000 homes in Ashford and Maidstone area likely to net Fergus and Judith Wilson at least £100m

Young mother faces prison after receiving £52,000 meant for social landlord

07 July, 2014

A woman from Lichfield has been ordered to pay back outstanding money that was wrongly transferred to her bank account by Lichfield Council

London landlords jubilant as rents reach '£1 High Club'

07 July, 2014

Delighted central London landlords have seen average weekly rents climb to £1.05 per square foot, meaning only one thing: Payday

Social housing tenants must get the service they deserve

07 July, 2014

Tenants have a right to know how to complain if they get a poor service from their social landlord

We say end over 65s PIP assessments

07 July, 2014

Disability Rights UK calls for end to automatic PIP assessment for over 65s

Angry councils lay down the law to control rogue landlords

04 July, 2014

London councils are rebelling against the Government's refusal to introduce licensing for private landlords and are setting up schemes

Regulatory fees for associations on hold

04 July, 2014

HCA fees for housing associations will not now come into effect in April

Balancing risks after Cosmopolitan

04 July, 2014

The lesson from the Cosmopolitan crisis is that landlords must calculate and manage their risk

Food bank advice for shoplifters in north Wales

04 July, 2014

Shoplifters in north Wales will be given details of food banks after evidence that offences are being committed to obtain food

Common Allocations Policy

04 July, 2014

Ceredigion County Council has drafted a Common Allocations Policy

The next generation rent?

04 July, 2014

Robert Flint, solicitor, Winckworth Sherwood

Bristol failing housing charity 'to evict all tenants'

04 July, 2014

All the tenants of a failing housing charity for vulnerable people in Bristol are being evicted

Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: learning and payment figures: May 2014

04 July, 2014

Information about payments and other feedback from the 6 Housing Benefit Direct Payment Demonstration projects that ran until December 2013

The extent of single homeless cuts

04 July, 2014

Freedom of Information Act requests shows how single homeless people have been disproportionately hit by council budget cuts

Racist incidents deter tenants in Belfast

04 July, 2014

Offers of housing turned down because of fears of racial prejudice

Of course landlords turn away benefit claimants. Let's move the debate on

04 July, 2014

Would you rather politicians simply stuck their heads in the sand?

Social landlord defends Asian housing priority after outcry

03 July, 2014

Social landlord Orbit Housing has been accused of discrimination after apparently giving priority to Asian people at one of its housing schemes

Prime Minister grilled over Tory MP Richard Benyon's 'social cleansing'

03 July, 2014

Prime Minister put on the spot as dozens of poor families face eviction after Britain's richest MP took a stake in their homes

Council finance broken

03 July, 2014

Councils in England and Wales should stop "moaning from the sidelines" and help redesign the totally broken local government finance system

Protest against residents being made 'homeless' during estate regeneration

03 July, 2014

Campaigners and residents of a London estate, currently undergoing regeneration, are protesting about tenants being made 'homeless'

The distributional effects of the UK government's tax and welfare reforms in Wales

03 July, 2014

Institute for Fiscal Studies' analysis of Welfare Reforms in Wales

This report is an updated analysis of the personal tax and benefit reforms implemented, or due to be implemented, by the UK's coalition government from when it was elected in May 2010 up to and including April 2015. This includes those measures that had been pre-announced by the previous Labour government which the new government chose to implement. Attention is restricted to personal tax and benefit reforms alone: it does not examine the impact of reforms to corporation tax and other taxes formally paid by businesses, nor the impact of changes to spending on public services

Welsh government beats digital exclusion targets

03 July, 2014

The Welsh Government has published a set of revised targets for reducing digital exclusion after surpassing its original aims

Burdening tenants with extra conditions doesn't work

03 July, 2014

The opinion of Alison Inman, CIH and TPAS board member and former chair of the National Federation of ALMOs

Universal Credit: Towards an effective poverty reduction strategy

03 July, 2014

The report asserts that people will have to work fewer hours to escape poverty under Universal Credit

The key findings of the report are that Universal Credit will have a net positive impact on poverty through both 'pockets' and 'prospects'. However we find that the impact varies by both household type and income level

IDS promises PIP 16 week turnaround

03 July, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith has promised that, before the end of the year, those claiming PIP will wait no longer than 16 weeks for a decision

Council considers rent cap scheme for private landlords

03 July, 2014

London School of Economics to examine a council's proposals for rent control

'Do your research'

03 July, 2014

NLA warns councils that their lack of understanding of the realities of the PRS is hampering efforts to improve standards

New rules for payday lenders come into effect

02 July, 2014

Short-term lenders will no longer be able to roll over loans more than twice or repeatedly raid accounts

MP claims evictions are hampering government's Troubled Families programme

02 July, 2014

Eric Pickles has been forced to defend the Troubled Families programme after a Labour MP claimed the housing crisis had hampered its impact

Bill to ban retaliatory evictions launched

02 July, 2014

A Liberal Democrat MP has launched a private members bill seeking to outlaw retaliatory evictions

Sanctioned: what benefit?

02 July, 2014

Thousands of sick, disabled and unemployed Scots are being left in poverty as their benefit payments are stopped

This report is one of the most detailed examinations of the impact of sanctions in Scotland so far. It provides an analysis of the current system, its impact on clients , real case evidence and the findings of a survey of Scottish CAB advisers. We also provide 16 recommendations that are needed to the current system and why they are needed.

Council house evictions in Lambeth are symptom of 'profit making culture'

02 July, 2014

The borough of Lambeth is gripped by a 'profit making culture' over the emptying of council houses

Homeless get jobless benefit boost

02 July, 2014

Newly-homeless unemployed people may no longer be stripped of jobless benefits if they stop seeking work while they look for a new place

Bedroom tax victims helped out by new housing developments

02 July, 2014

Two new housing schemes in Merseyside are helping families hit by the government's controversial bedroom tax

Tenants hit with 'bedroom tax' get £1.5m from Hull and East Riding councils

02 July, 2014

More than £1.5m has been paid out to cash-strapped tenants in East Yorkshire struggling to cope with the financial fallout of the Government's "bedroom tax"

Five jobcentres start offering Universal Credit to couples

02 July, 2014

Five jobcentres have started offering Universal Credit to couples as well as single people

HB Direct

01 July, 2014

Issue 150 July 2014 - Universal Credit expansion across north west England

Government eases sanctions for homeless people

01 July, 2014

Homeless people have been granted new exemptions from benefit sanctions under regulations laid before parliament today

Social housing tenant survey results 'deeply worrying'

01 July, 2014

The results of a social housing tenant survey have been described as 'deeply disturbing', with residents caught in a spiral of poverty which is affecting their health and wellbeing

Welcome to 'Shanty Town' Britain: Desperate Britons are paying £20 a week to landlords renting out 'beds in sheds' as UK's housing crisis spirals

01 July, 2014

The grim reality of Britain's housing crisis has been laid bare by these pictures of the slum-like conditions endured by the most desperate people in UK society

Fife Council urged to help those whose benefits have been 'stolen'

01 July, 2014

Campaigners against the controversial 'bedroom tax' have urged Fife Council to ensure all tenants entitled to help with their rent receive it

Fuel Poverty - Tackling the Triple Injustice

01 July, 2014

The Green Housing Forum is a place for social housing professionals to engage, network, share ideas and disseminate good practice around sustainability

The Journey to Work: Welfare reform for the next Parliament

01 July, 2014

Unemployed social tenants who are willing to move for work should be prioritised for discretionary housing payments

Households Below Average Income

01 July, 2014

An analysis of the income distribution 1994/95 - 2012/13 July 2014

Bedroom tax: Housing association rent arrears laid bare in the House of Commons

01 July, 2014

Housing associations are facing mounting problems with rent arrears as a direct result of the bedroom tax

Reeves versus Duncan Smith - universal credit debate highlights

01 July, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith was once again forced to defend universal credit in the House of Commons yesterday

MP proposes bill to end 'revenge evictions'

01 July, 2014

A Lib Dem MP is introducing a new bill in the House of Commons to end so-called 'revenge evictions'

Hopkins 'clarifies' comments about tenants on housing benefit

01 July, 2014

It is 'not appropriate' for private landlords to evict tenants because they are on housing benefit

New UK child poverty strategy 'ignores impact of government's welfare reforms'

30 June, 2014

The Child Poverty Action Group has accused the government of ignoring the impact of its welfare reforms in drawing up its new child poverty strategy

Mitigating the 'bedroom tax' in Scotland: SFHA welcomes 'letter of comfort'

30 June, 2014

The SFHA has welcomed the issue of a letter

Pay the jobless to move house to find work, says Duncan Smith's former think tank in echo of Tebbit's 'on yer bike' message

30 June, 2014

The jobless would be given financial help to move house to find work under a plan to tackle long-term unemployment

The inconvenient truth - quality of tenant data is average at best

30 June, 2014

Social housing has never been at the forefront of technology, and arguably has never needed to be

'Get a grip on DWP chaos' demands Labour

30 June, 2014

The Labour Party is set to demand that the coalition gets a grip on the "chaos" at the Department for Work and Pensions

Labour keen for further housing spending devolution

30 June, 2014

Labour will transfer £30 billion in funding to local authorities to 'begin reversing a century of centralisation'

Universal credit 'could be beginning of the end' for homeless charity

30 June, 2014

A homelessness charity has said the introduction of universal credit could be the beginning of the end of its service

EU migrants milking benefits will be KICKED OUT of Britain

30 June, 2014

Jobless EU migrants who have been claiming benefits for the past six months and show no signs of being able to find work could be forced to leave the UK from Tuesday

Cumbria Welfare Reform Commission 2014

30 June, 2014

Report of findings June 2014

Private landlords might be warming to national register

30 June, 2014

The UK's private landlords may be warming to the idea of a national landlords register

Universal Credit to take the first new claims for couples

30 June, 2014

Universal Credit will be extended again as the service opens up to new claims from couples

DWP loses universal credit documents appeal

27 June, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions has lost an upper tribunal appeal over documents concerning the progress of UC implementation

Five commandments for landlords after Cosmopolitan

27 June, 2014

The Cosmopolitan crisis had a huge impact on the housing sector. The five commandments to enable landlords avoid the pitfalls of the past

PRS landlord wants section 106 relaxed

27 June, 2014

A private rented sector landlord is calling for local authorities to adjust section 106 requirements for private rented sector landlords

'Beds in sheds' building in north-west London is torn down by council

27 June, 2014

A council has taken landmark action to demolish an outbuilding which it suspected would have been used as an illegal "beds in sheds" dwelling

Benefits link to food banks use: MP

27 June, 2014

Some people have gone to food banks because their benefits have been cut or delayed, a Conservative minister has said

Is income being distributed fairly through benefits and taxation?

27 June, 2014

52% of households received more in benefits than they paid to the state but the poorest are paying the biggest proportion of their income in tax

Rise in tenancy terminations

27 June, 2014

As the number of notices seeking possession rises, Carl Brown investigates why landlords are taking a tougher line

Fuel bill-busting tenants reveal secrets

27 June, 2014

A couple explained to delegates at the CIH conference this week how they managed to cut their domestic gas & electricity bills by 50%

Eviction cases reach Supreme Court

27 June, 2014

Two potentially significant housing cases are being heard in the highest court in England this week

Rogue landlords should face nationwide bans

27 June, 2014

Cross-party group's report suggests nationwide banning orders, a national licence for landlords, plus a guide for tenants on renting a property

UK Housing Review

26 June, 2014

An update to the UKHR 2014

Within one year of the end of office, the coalition government's plans for housing, welfare benefits and the economy are now showing their effects. Economic recovery has begun, but so far while house prices and transactions have moved upwards new housing output remains depressingly low compared with growing needs. Drawing on the latest statistics, the Briefing assesses the implications of policy and market changes in twelve key topic areas, together with dedicated pages on Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the English regions

Shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds unveils Labour's plans to reform the private rented sector

26 June, 2014

A Labour Government would reform the private rented sector - banning letting agent fees being put onto tenants

Peers round on Lord Freud over bedroom tax

26 June, 2014

Lord Freud withstood a barrage of questions about the bedroom tax in the House of Lords

Link between affordable rents and higher levels of child poverty

26 June, 2014

Affordable rent is linked with higher levels of child poverty, CEX of the Child Poverty Action Group told the CIH conference

Tenants at risk over Care Act

26 June, 2014

New legislation may cause councils to cut funding for vulnerable people

Benefit fraud and errors of £16m discovered by Audit Scotland

26 June, 2014

Benefit fraud and errors worth £16m, including money claimed by illegal immigrants, have been identified by the public spending watchdog

'Pickle the bedroom tax' protest to coincide with minister's speech

26 June, 2014

Tenants and campaigners called for the bedroom tax to be 'pickled' outside the Chartered Institute of Housing conference

Labour motion on private rented sector defeated

26 June, 2014

A motion to introduce longer term tenancies and ban letting agency fees has been defeated during an opposition day debate in the House of Commons

Mayor signs anti-eviction petition to Tottenham letting agent

26 June, 2014

A tenant facing eviction has delivered a petition signed by the mayor of Tower Hamlets and 18 councillors to his landlord's letting agent

Welfare reforms boost skills training by 40%

26 June, 2014

Welfare reforms have boosted the number of benefit claimants training to improve their skills by almost 40%

Child poverty strategy launched

26 June, 2014

Supporting families into work, improving living standards and raising educational attainment are the fundamental aims set out

£10bn ready to be invested in private rented sector

25 June, 2014

There is £10 billion of new money ready to be invested in the UK's professional private rented sector

Tories 'should amend bedroom tax'

25 June, 2014

The Conservative party should not impose the bedroom tax on tenants unless they turn down a suitable alternative offer of accommodation

Why housing providers should enquire about their tenants' sexuality

25 June, 2014

Questions about sexuality, religion and disability can be seen as invasive, but can organisations use the data to provide better services?

Alex Salmond's local income tax 'to cost families £550 extra'

25 June, 2014

Scottish Parliament economists calculate how much a local income tax would cost

Private renters feel the effect of the high cost of housing

25 June, 2014

Ipsos MORI survey for the Chartered Institute of Housing

A newly commissioned poll, conducted on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Housing, shows that private renters are currently feeling the effects of the high cost of housing. Thirty-nine per cent of those living in private rented homes agree they might have to leave their local area in the future because the cost of housing is too high, compared with 20% across Great Britain as a whole

Further cuts to the poor are inevitable

25 June, 2014

Lord Daniel Finkelstein, a Conservative peer and friend of George Osborne, said today that further cuts to the poor are inevitable

'Smileys' could cut fuel bills by £80 a year

25 June, 2014

A study looking into tenant's energy use

A major new study of people's energy use in the home has found that giving people feedback on their energy use can have as big an impact in cutting bills as installing loft insulation or upgrading a boiler - a saving equivalent to 2.7m tonnes of carbon per year for the UK

David Cameron message to Northern Ireland over welfare reform

25 June, 2014

PM has said Northern Ireland people must understand welfare reform is to return people to work, not to cut the budget for benefit payments

'Hardened' attitudes over disability

25 June, 2014

Disabled people are suffering from "hardened" attitudes as well as benefit cuts amid the debate about welfare reform

Housing staff must get closer to tenants

25 June, 2014

Frontline housing staff believe they will need to work more closely with tenants in the future

'Bizarre' that landlords don't comply with FOI Act

25 June, 2014

The information commissioner has said it is 'bizarre' that large housing associations do not have to comply with the Freedom of Information Act

Lord Freud: IDS took decision to 'reset' universal credit

25 June, 2014

Lord Freud has reassured peers that the decision to 'reset' universal credit does not put the flagship policy in jeopardy

LIN Press Release: Discretionary Housing Payment Underspend

25 June, 2014

More than £20 million specifically earmarked to help people adapt to welfare reforms was not spent by local authorities last year

New figures show that almost two-thirds (63%) of councils paid out less than their total Discretionary Housing Payment allocation to tenants, leaving £13.3 million left over

First Minister to highlight £1bn investment in social housing

24 June, 2014

The £1bn spent by the Scottish Government on social housing in recent years is 'good for our economy and good for our society'

Call for landlords to be forced to check electric wires

24 June, 2014

Campaigners are calling for a change in the law to make landlords in England conduct mandatory checks on electrical fittings in rented properties

Performance of the private rental market in Northern Ireland - Summary Research Report July - December 2013

24 June, 2014

The continued growth of the Northern Ireland rental market means there remains considerable interest and debate on the viability and sustainability of the private rental market

Council's licensing scheme to target rogue landlords

24 June, 2014

Rogue landlords who provide poor quality housing are the target of a new licensing scheme to improve private rented accommodation for tenants in Croydon

Council tax exemption removal sees 1,400 empty homes brought back into use

24 June, 2014

Birmingham has seen 1,400 privately owned empty properties brought back into use since the city council removed council tax exemption for vacant homes

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment: first independent review

24 June, 2014

DWP has commissioned Paul Gray CB to undertake an independent review of how the Personal Independence Payment assessment is working

£20 million support for welfare reform claimants unspent

24 June, 2014

More than £20 million specifically earmarked to help people adapt to welfare reforms was not spent by local authorities last year

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments 2013 to 2014

24 June, 2014

Analysis of the use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds by local authorities for the financial year 2013 to 2014

Housing benefit size criteria

24 June, 2014

Impacts for social sector tenants and options for reform

Reductions in levels of Housing Benefit for social sector tenants based on occupancy levels were introduced in April 2013. It is often referred to as the 'spare room subsidy', 'under-occupancy charge' and 'bedroom tax' but this study uses the more neutral term of the 'Housing Benefit size criteria'. It sets out a range of reform options that would reduce adverse impacts of the policy

The Impact of Welfare Reform

24 June, 2014

The impact of welfare reform on social landlords and tenants

Welfare reform was one of the early targets of drastic public spending cuts. This research examines the impact on two of the groups most directly affected: social landlords and their tenants

Housing crisis taking its toll on private renters

23 June, 2014

More than a third of private renters in Great Britain fear having to move out of their local area because of the high cost of housing

Homeless figures treble among private rental tenants

23 June, 2014

The number of people made homeless when a private tenancy ends has trebled in the last five years

Church of England to open credit union in its 'war on Wonga'

23 June, 2014

All members of the Church of England will be able to join church-endorsed credit union within five years

DWP denies risk of rising disability benefits breaching welfare spending cap

23 June, 2014

Leaked documents suggested cost of employment and support allowance left government vulnerable to breach of self-imposed cap

Rachel Reeves: Labour will 'pause' Universal Credit if we win power

23 June, 2014

The shadow work and pensions minister says that Labour would not 'throw good money after bad' on the troubled benefit

Report of a telephone survey with g15 tenants

23 June, 2014

Eight in 10 London housing association tenants surveyed have a bank account

Bedrooms: Living, moving and relaxing

23 June, 2014

A couple of new bedroom tax FTT decisions

Universal credit extended to four more areas

23 June, 2014

Universal credit was extended to four more areas of the north west of England

Tenants unprepared for Universal Credit

23 June, 2014

Riverside working with New Direction and Barclays, has been preparing its tenants for welfare reform, specifically Universal Credit, to help them cope with the changes

5th Report, 2014 (Session 4): Report on Local Impact of Welfare Reform

23 June, 2014

Statistical 'proof' that welfare reform hits the poorest individuals hardest has been obtained by MSPs

We will protect you

20 June, 2014

Universal credit is still a work in progress, but that means proper safeguards are being put in place

Government 'could breach its own welfare spending cap'

20 June, 2014

The government could breach its self-imposed cap on welfare spending as a result of the cost of the main sickness benefit

Firms won't need to hire foreign workers any more, claims IDS: Benefits reforms 'make part-time jobs attractive'

20 June, 2014

Unemployed Britons are being made to take jobs currently filled chiefly by immigrant workers thanks to sweeping reforms of the benefits system

Renting 'cheaper in real terms'

20 June, 2014

Private sector rents have been getting cheaper in real terms throughout the last year as stability returns to the market

Stop disability benefits 'fiasco'

20 June, 2014

Thousands forced to rely on loans and charity

Benefit cuts for the young - secret agreement

20 June, 2014

There is widespread agreement about the need to cut benefits for young people but it doesn't suit the political parties to admit this

Tenants should be treated as customers too

20 June, 2014

Scrutiny of landlords' performance benefits all

Poor quality and tenure issues mean most councillors do not see PRS as top priority

20 June, 2014

Only 2% of councillors in England see the private rented sector supply of housing as their top priority for new housing supply

Universal Credit policy to expand to 90 jobcentres

20 June, 2014

The government's flagship welfare policy, Universal Credit, is to be introduced in 90 jobcentres in north-west England

Q&A: The benefits cap and you

20 June, 2014

The government says that households claiming benefits should be no better off than the average family in work

Personal Independence Payment

20 June, 2014

The DWP has rushed the introduction of PIP and the non-piloting of the new benefit has led to long and unacceptable delays to disabled people who have claimed it

Labour to cut youth benefits and focus on path to work

19 June, 2014

Labour leader sets out reforms based on training incentives as poll finds 78% of voters think welfare system unfair

Rogue landlords exploit deposit protection loophole

19 June, 2014

Legislation to rein in bad landlords and agents can leave tenants out of pocket

Further Universal Credit roll out in the North West

19 June, 2014

Universal Credit will be introduced in additional jobcentres from 23 June

Thousands left in limbo in benefit appeals system grinding to a halt

19 June, 2014

An extra 'mandatory reconsideration' stage added to the disability benefits appeal process by government is creating huge suffering

Letting agents in Scotland want compulsory code of conduct

19 June, 2014

More than 80% of Scotland's letting agents want a compulsory code of conduct

CIH NI welcomes new Private Rented Access Scheme for Homeless

19 June, 2014

CIH NI policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright welcomes a new scheme from the Housing Executive and SmartMove NI that aims to tackle homelessness

Government moves to reassure landlords over Superstrike

19 June, 2014

Following a year of concerted lobbying and pressure by the industry, the DCLG has tabled amendments to the Deregulation Bill

DWP capped access to discretionary housing fund

19 June, 2014

Discretionary housing help held back to stop bedroom tax 'buy out'

Government considering new rules for universal credit

19 June, 2014

Some 'trusted' landlords may receive benefits direct at an earlier stage

Supreme Court to hear landmark council tax rebate case

19 June, 2014

A landmark case concerning local authorities' obligations when carrying out public consultations will be heard by the Supreme Court today

Cuts may undermine work incentives in universal credit

18 June, 2014

Thinktank launches expert review of welfare scheme, saying policy changes have not received sufficient scrutiny

Renting in Tower Hamlets 'now more expensive than in leafy Richmond'

18 June, 2014

Soaring rents in popular east London boroughs such as Hackney and Tower Hamlets have overtaken those in affluent west London areas for the first time

Can the changes to LHA achieve their aims in London's housing market?

18 June, 2014

A report by New Policy Institute for Shelter

Fresh perspective on renting

18 June, 2014

A new manifesto for private renters published today highlights the new thinking on housing emerging ahead of the general election

Welfare cuts one year on: Now Britain's poorest are on par with former Eastern bloc

18 June, 2014

Ros Wynne-Jones meets the people who are suffering a year after Bedroom Tax as rent arrears have rocketed

Quantifying the extent of space shortages: English dwellings

18 June, 2014

Lack of internal space is a problem in UK homes, and is often linked to a lack of space standards for housing in the UK

All aboard the universal credit bus

18 June, 2014

Salix Homes is using a community bus to help tenants get ready for universal credit which is being introduced in Salford this summer

Report to call for 'radical reform' of welfare state

18 June, 2014

Plans for a radical overhaul of the welfare state will be published in a report that will be launched by Ed Miliband on Thursday

Housing rent deposits rise 50% since 2007

18 June, 2014

Lobby group Generation Rent calls for longer tenancies and a landlords' register as average deposits rise to £900

Call for country-wide universal credit rollout

18 June, 2014

The government should roll out its universal credit system across the country rather than phasing it in through pilots

Letting agents 'must publish fees' says minister

17 June, 2014

Tenants will be able to 'shop around' for a letting agent that does not charge excessive fees under Government plans to fine those that do not display their costs

Council offers bond in place of deposit to PRS landlords

17 June, 2014

South Northamptonshire Council is offering landlords a bond instead of a cash deposit in an effort to ease tenants into the private rented sector

Fife Council accused of 'morally bankrupt' use of 'bedroom tax' refunds

17 June, 2014

Fife Council has been branded 'morally bankrupt' after clawing back 'bedroom tax' refunds from tenants

Lottery funding for Coventry food poverty

17 June, 2014

More than £370,000 in lottery funding has been awarded to tackle food poverty in Coventry - home to one of the UK's busiest food banks

Social landlords could build 100,000 new homes a year

17 June, 2014

Social Housing Under Threat - a campaign for social housing - launches this week

What should be in the Renter's Manifesto?

17 June, 2014

There is one year until the 2015 General Election and housing will be a central issue

Welfare Reform: The Impact on Homelessness and Tenancy Sustainment for Scottish Housing Associations

17 June, 2014

The cumulative impact of the 'bedroom tax', benefit sanctions and problems accessing financial assistance at times of crisis is likely to result in an increase in homelessness in Scotland

Budding entrepreneurs helped off benefits

17 June, 2014

Around 2,000 businesses a month have been set up over the past year by people who have moved from claiming benefits to being their own boss

HB G6/2014

17 June, 2014

Contains information on work capability assessment independent review and official experimental Universal Credit statistics

LIN Member Report June 2014 - Response of Housing Associations to "Helping People to Find and Stay in Work"

17 June, 2014

This LIN member report is written by Kevin McCready

This LIN member report reviews the various ways that Housing Associations work with tenants to improve their employment prospects and the various approaches that have been taken

HB A12/2014

16 June, 2014

Contains information on universal credit: Change of circumstances affecting Housing Benefit

Majority of UK landlords reject tenants on benefits

16 June, 2014

Eight out of 10 landlords in the UK refuse tenants whose rent is paid by local authorities with just 18% happy to let to this group

Labour policy report calls for radical reform of welfare state

16 June, 2014

Thinktank's report for policy review will propose benefits be linked more closely to contributions

The poor need free food says Rowan Williams: Former Archbishop of Canterbury attacks the Government's benefits policy

16 June, 2014

Rowan Williams reignited the debate over food banks yesterday by claiming a generation of children is growing up with 'anxiety and deprivation'

Politicians just don't understand what it's like to be a renter

16 June, 2014

The 335 MPs who rent a second home on expenses do not experience the reality of life in the private rented sector

Consumer protection law for lettings professionals

16 June, 2014

Guidance for lettings professionals on complying with consumer protection laws, and laws about dealing with other businesses

Benefit blunder apology to evicted Pulborough family

16 June, 2014

A housing benefit service said the district council 'may have made incorrect judgements' on a housing benefit claim resulting in a Pulborough family's eviction

More than £400,000 distributed to meet cost of 'Bedroom Tax'

16 June, 2014

More than £400,000 has been distributed to 1,537 households across Angus in financial assistance to help meet the cost of the 'Bedroom Tax'

Welfare Reforms Hit Londoners Hardest

16 June, 2014

36% of London's children live below the poverty line

Evictions on rise as landlords toughen up

13 June, 2014

Survey shows landlords protecting income by dealing with arrears more robustly

Food bank charity 'was threatened with closure by Iain Duncan Smith's aide'

13 June, 2014

A senior aide to Iain Duncan Smith was accused last night of threatening to 'shut down' Britain's main provider of food banks

Pushing pay-to-stay

13 June, 2014

The government wants tenants to tell social landlords if their incomes rise to more than £60,000 a year - and then see their rents leap

Why should council tenants be left behind?

13 June, 2014

Did you know nationally that 82% of people are online but if you live in social housing - the figure is more likely to be 64%

Energy saving devices could save tenants hundreds of pounds

13 June, 2014

Thousands of tenants are going to benefit from cheaper utility bills thanks to new energy saving devices

'Time bomb' warning on migrant welfare cut

13 June, 2014

Loss of 'transitional protection' benefit may put migrants on streets

Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill published

13 June, 2014

The first step towards setting out in law the permanent arrangements for the £33 million SWF has been made with the introduction of the Welfare Funds (Scotland)

£200,000 fine for rogue landlord's 'bed in shed'

13 June, 2014

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay more than £200,000 - or go to prison

Minister welcomes sharp fall in appeals against benefit decisions

13 June, 2014

The number of benefit decision appeals dropped by 79% to 32,546 between January and March 2014, compared to same time last year

Secretary of state's behaviour during bedroom tax meeting riles tenant

13 June, 2014

A social housing tenant from Cardiff has told Inside Housing that he was deeply upset by the way he was spoken to by David Jones

Tribunal tells councils to end tax on empty homes

13 June, 2014

Housing associations win case against London boroughs charging tax

Why is only one social landlord signed up to the digital inclusion charter?

13 June, 2014

Despite being well placed to get people online, few organisations have signed up to be a part of the government's official strategy

Countrywide Monthly Lettings Index - May 2014

12 June, 2014

Landlords achieve greater returns on their rental property as capital appreciation grows significantly

Payday loan firms not competitive

12 June, 2014

Payday lenders lack price competition, so customers may be paying too much for their loans

Hundreds of thousands hit by benefits backlog

12 June, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by a benefits backlog

Universal Credit statistics: Apr 2013 to 31 March 2014

12 June, 2014

Universal Credit statistics: April 2013 to 31 March 2014 with breakdowns by Jobcentre Plus office, local authority and parliamentary constituency

Will universal credit create discerning tenants? Perhaps - but that's not point

12 June, 2014

Hopes for a new generation of responsible renters will be undone by the risk of rising arrears

Increased benefits 'help poor more'

12 June, 2014

Increasing benefits for low income workers would be a cheaper and more effective way of helping struggling families than tax cuts floated by the major parties

MP welcomes move to force letting agents to publish fees

12 June, 2014

Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron has welcomed the government's decision to force letting agents to publish full tariffs of their fees

Fuel Poverty, England 2012: Statistical press release

12 June, 2014

Through the Energy Act 2013, the Government has laid the ground for a new legal framework to monitor fuel poverty in England using the Low Income High Costs Indicator

Why we should give a monkeys about the PRS

12 June, 2014

Ahead of CIH Cymru's 3rd annual PRS summit Julie Nicholas asks the difficult question: When is a primate like a privately rented home?

How the other 40,000 live

12 June, 2014

Statistics show Wales has been hit harder by the removal of the spare room subsidy or 'bedroom tax' than any other part of the UK

The state of that bedroom

12 June, 2014

This is a rather unusual bedroom tax First Tier Tribunal decision from Islington

Families on the brink: welfare reform in London

11 June, 2014

London has the highest child poverty rates and highest housing costs in the UK

London has the highest child poverty rates and highest housing costs in the UK

11 June, 2014

Get angry about people playing the system by all means, but start at the top and work your way down if you expect to be taken seriously

MP wants watchdog to probe 'overtly political' Oxfam campaign

11 June, 2014

The Charity Commission is assessing whether a promotional campaign by Oxfam broke its rules by criticising the government's austerity programme

Welfare Reform is working in South Ribble

11 June, 2014

Labour opposed all welfare reforms proposed by the government as the Conservatives put into place their long-term economic plan to turn around the economy

Quarterly survey of private registered providers

11 June, 2014

Rent arrears in the English housing association sector fell for the second successive month

The social housing stigma: how to fight the stereotyping of social tenants

11 June, 2014

Residents are not the scroungers they are often portrayed as, but social housing is hardly a workers' paradise

Renters turn to Shelter as revenge evictions soar

11 June, 2014

New figures from the Shelter helpline today show a massive rise in calls from renters at risk of losing their homes

4th Report, 2014 (Session 4): Interim Report on the New Benefit Sanctions Regime: Tough Love or Tough Luck?

11 June, 2014

A review of the benefits sanctions regime has been called for by a group of MSPs in another critical report of the welfare system

Top tribunals judge questions universal credit 'disappearance'

11 June, 2014

A senior tribunals judge has thrown doubt over the future of universal credit after it 'disappeared' from Department for Work and Pensions forecasts on the number of predicted appeals

How to personalise a rented property

11 June, 2014

If you rent your property, it can often feel like a challenge to make you house feel like a home due to the restrictions that landlords put in place

Welfare reform puts single people at risk of homelessness

11 June, 2014

Study of risk factors in the north east finds rent arrears, food poverty and crime on the rise. Homelessness will come next

Families are slipping through the welfare net into hunger and poverty

11 June, 2014

10-year-old Cara described how it feels to be hungry in Britain in 2014

MPs claiming £millions to rent second homes

10 June, 2014

Over 250 MPs are claiming more in expenses to pay rent on their second homes than the maximum a normal person living in Westminster is allowed to claim in housing benefit

End to outdated laws will allow Londoners to let homes for extra cash

10 June, 2014

Eric Pickles announces the end of rules that prevent short-term renting of private homes

Housing benefit bill for working families soaring by £1.1billion despite Tory pledges to curb spending

10 June, 2014

The figures from the House of Commons library are a damning indictment of the Government inaction

Court costs soar to 150% as eviction cases are on the rise

10 June, 2014

Halton Housing Trust warns customers that they face a significant rise in court costs of up to 150 per cent

How to rent

10 June, 2014

This guide is for people who are looking for a house or flat to rent

PRS to come under the spotlight

10 June, 2014

The future of Scotland's private rented sector will come under the spotlight tomorrow

'Rent controls could have saved London tenants £2,800'

10 June, 2014

If the rent control model advocated by a majority of the London Assembly had been brought in, the capital's private tenants would have saved £2,796 in the two years

Scotland's 'worst performing' council for arrears slammed

10 June, 2014

A council has been issued with a damning report on its rent collection, after a review by the Scottish Housing Regulator

'Phase out' private rent and build more council homes

10 June, 2014

A trade union has called for the private rented sector to be 'phased out' in favour of a massive council house building programme

Below the Breadline: The relentless rise of food poverty in Britain

09 June, 2014

Although the UK is the seventh richest country in the world, it is also deeply unequal, and millions of families across the UK are living below the breadline

Touchbase DWP e-zine

09 June, 2014

June 2014- includes information on the latest jobs figures which show that employment is continuing to rise with a record number of people, over 30.4 million, now in work

Ineligible welfare claimants keep benefits after going unchallenged in court

09 June, 2014

Welfare claimants who should have their benefits cut under government rules are keeping their higher payouts due to a lack of government representation at tribunals

Ministers reject food banks' 20million meals figure

09 June, 2014

Charities in row with Government after it emerges half of meals are handed out to good causes such as lunch clubs

Bedroom Tax - Gambling with our Futures

09 June, 2014

Tenants Working Together is a group of like minded social housing tenants who come together to campaign about social inequity, welfare reform and the draconian Bedroom Tax

DWP starts IT overhaul as it commits to 25% SMB spend

09 June, 2014

The DWP has committed to increasing its spend with SMBs to 25% of expenditure as it outlined its revised IT transformation programme

Housing benefit bill set to rise by £1 billion, warns Labour

09 June, 2014

The housing benefit bill will rise by £1 billion by 2018, the Labour Party has warned

The 3 S's of Universal Credit

09 June, 2014

Many would argue that we have not seen such change in the welfare system since the creation of the welfare state

Where are we now with VFM self-assessment?

09 June, 2014

Over the past six months the HCA has not minced its words: it is not happy with the sector's response to the VFM standard

Thousands of social homes to benefit from ££0m British Gas solar partnership

09 June, 2014

More than 6,000 social homes will become rooftop solar sites as part of a £60m partnership between British Gas, Social Finance and Gen Community

Council apologises to nearly 2,000 housing benefit claimants over data leak

06 June, 2014

A council has contacted 1,900 housing benefit claimants to alert them that their personal details has been mistakenly given out

Landlords to identify violent extremists

06 June, 2014

Manchester police to launch national scheme training housing staff to spot tenants vulnerable to radicalisation

Stormont probes growing demand for food banks

06 June, 2014

Stormont has launched an investigation into the growing demand for food banks by desperate families across Northern Ireland

Poorer households council tax support extended in Wales

06 June, 2014

Benefits to help poorer households in Wales pay council tax will be paid beyond the 2016 assembly election

Ticking the box for housing: latest poll results

06 June, 2014

What do CIH members think of Labour's proposals for the private rented sector?

Iain Duncan Smith says Big Issue magazine is 'helping UK benefit tourists'

06 June, 2014

Mr Duncan Smith said the magazine was being used 'more and more' as a foothold for Romanians to access tax credits

BPF says build-to-rent fund has laid the foundations for long-term PRS success

06 June, 2014

The property industry will today hear how the Build-to-Rent Fund, PRS Taskforce and the Montague Review have played important roles

Riverside helps tenants claim over £350,000

06 June, 2014

In the first year since Government changes to the benefits system, Riverside Carlisle's Money Advice Service has increased the amount their tenants have been eligible to claim

Behind the scenes at a foodbank

06 June, 2014

It's estimated that over 500,000 people across the UK now access food banks

HB S5/2014

05 June, 2014

Rent Rebate Subsidy Limitation information - 2014/15

Labour to encourage culture of rental increases

05 June, 2014

The Labour Party's proposal to introduce an annual indexation of rents will leave more tenants out of pocket and only exacerbate high rents in the UK

Poorer households council tax support extended in Wales

05 June, 2014

Benefits to help poorer households in Wales pay council tax will be paid beyond the next assembly election

'Stupid' bedroom tax sees tenant threaten to blow up house

05 June, 2014

A man facing eviction due to the bedroom tax has been arrested after threatening to blow up his social home

Rent deadlock drives landlord out of boroughs

05 June, 2014

Lack of assurances means association will build larger homes elsewhere

Riverside supports Durham Food Bank

05 June, 2014

Durham Foodbank provides emergency food for local people in crisis

Anti-bedroom tax campaigners to gather in Manchester

05 June, 2014

Anti-bedroom tax campaigners from across Britain are to gather in Manchester this weekend to decide the next course of action in their fight against Government cuts to benefits

Bedroom tax judicial review fails

05 June, 2014

A recent Judicial Review of the bedroom tax, supported by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has failed

NFA, ARCH and CWAG survey reveals over one third of council tenants are still in rent arrears nine months after 'bedroom tax' introduced

05 June, 2014

Nine months after the introduction of the 'bedroom tax', just over one third of council tenants are still in rent arrears

Stop interfering over benefits, Iain Duncan Smith tells EU as he demands new rights to curb handouts

04 June, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith opened up a new front in the Tory battle with Brussels last night, demanding new rights for Britain to restrict welfare handouts for EU migrants

Bedroom Tax victims tell David Cameron: Visit our home and you'll axe the charge

04 June, 2014

Warren Todd is one of only 100 known cases of Potocki-Shaffer syndrome in the world

Welfare Reform Survey - 2013/14 Quarter 2 and Quarter 3 Update

04 June, 2014

Summary of responses June 2014

Re-thinking Welfare: Fair, Personal and Simple

04 June, 2014

This is the 2nd report of the Expert Working Group on Welfare looking at the medium and long term options for welfare in an independent Scotland

Crackdown on landlords who fail to tackle criminal behaviour

04 June, 2014

New powers to clamp down on private rented sector landlords who do not take action against organised crime in their properties are expected to be announced today in the Queen's speech

Back to square one for universal credit

04 June, 2014

The controversial welfare benefit has been classified as an entirely new project by a Whitehall body, so it's not too late to make the necessary changes

The injustice of our council tax system demands redress

04 June, 2014

Advice from the European Commission, one may imagine, does not reach very far inside No 10 Downing Street

Scottish independence: Call to increase minimum wage

04 June, 2014

An expert group on welfare set up by the Scottish government has recommended a substantial rise in the minimum wage

What would welfare look like in an independent Scotland?

04 June, 2014

The Scottish government's working group reports today on recommended changes to the benefits system after a yes vote

HB Direct

03 June, 2014

Issue 149 June 2014 - a look at the reasons why not all of you are using the Valuation Office Agency's VICTER system

HB A11/2014

03 June, 2014

Contains information on the process to obtain appropriate claimant Personal Independence Payment information not available via the Customer Information System

Wirral council accused of 'persecution' over bedroom tax

03 June, 2014

Birkenhead Green Party councillor Pat Clearly blasts council decision to appeal tribunal ruling

Landlords face prosecution over criminal tenants

03 June, 2014

New offence to be announced in the Queen's Speech will make it an offence to turn a blind eye to criminal behaviour on your property

Find out what happened when an AM tried living on benefits for a week

03 June, 2014

Rebecca Evans AM writes about her week of living on the equivalent of Jobseeker's Allowance, to examine the impact of welfare reform

Lottery funding awarded to South West charities

03 June, 2014

A project in Cornwall supporting male victims of domestic abuse has been awarded more than £400,000 in lottery funding

European Commission questions UK government's welfare and housing policies

03 June, 2014

The European Commission has called on the UK government to ensure its welfare reforms contribute to the reduction of child poverty in low-income households

Helping renters doesn't have to mean harming landlords

03 June, 2014

You often hear people suggest the way to fix the problems with private renting is for renters to simply complain or shop around

DWP refuses to disclose universal credit alternative payment figures

03 June, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions has refused to disclose figures relating to the number of alternative payment arrangements made under universal credit

The EU's wise advice to the UK shouldn't be ignored

03 June, 2014

It's not up to the unelected commission to determine Britain's policies, but it has reason and evidence on its side

Welfare reforms 'impacting on children'

03 June, 2014

The UK Government has been criticised in a row about the impact of controversial welfare reforms on children

A minimum income standard for the UK in 2014

03 June, 2014

How much money do you need for an adequate standard of living?

Department of Work and Pensions in denial on food banks

02 June, 2014

The Department of Work and Pensions within the UK Government is in denial about the cause of the increase in food bank use

We need a new deal for tenants

02 June, 2014

Labour Leader Ed Miliband is surely right in principle to propose greater regulation of the private rented market

Money expert Martin Lewis blasts Bedroom Tax and urges David Cameron to scrap hated levy

02 June, 2014

The hated charge means as many as 660,000 people of a working age in social housing who have a spare bedroom will have housing benefit cut by £40 a month

Family loses High Court challenge against bedroom tax

02 June, 2014

The High Court has dismissed a bedroom tax challenge brought by grandparents caring for a disabled child

Government scores bedroom tax own goal

02 June, 2014

As most people will know the bedroom tax came into operation in April 2013

Jersey minister says rent control 'doesn't work'

02 June, 2014

Jersey's housing minister says he has deep reservations over calls for rent controls

Government offers £500,000 to combat massive rise in food bank usage

02 June, 2014

The Scottish government is offering food aid organisations the chance to apply for funding through its £500,000 Emergency Food Fund

Councils stifling local housing investment

02 June, 2014

The majority of landlords considering future property purchases plan to buy in their local area

Government considering new laws to stop 'retaliatory evictions' of private tenants

30 May, 2014

DCLG considering introducing legislation to outlaw the 'retaliatory eviction' of tenants who complain to landlords about poor conditions

Landlords call for clarity on pay-to-stay rent rules

30 May, 2014

Providers encouraged to charge high-earning tenants more rent

GLA to be flexible over retrofit plans

30 May, 2014

Landlords will not be forced to carry out work they cannot afford

Family of disabled grandchild lose spare bedroom fight

30 May, 2014

The family of a severely disabled teenager from Pembrokeshire have lost their High Court challenge

Council tax hardship payments judgment victory

30 May, 2014

A landmark judgment confirming that Tribunal has unlimited power to overturn decisions by councils which refuse to award DHP

Government agrees specialist housing team for universal credit

30 May, 2014

The government has agreed to include a specialist housing team within the universal credit service centre

Are housing associations really killing off social housing?

30 May, 2014

Critics may not like the tough decisions social landlords have taken, but we are more focused than ever on our social purpose

Government scores bedroom tax own goal

30 May, 2014

As most people will know the bedroom tax came into operation in April 2013

Caring through the night

30 May, 2014

The latest challenge to the bedroom tax focuses on overnight carers for disabled children

Government claims 'digital success' with Universal Credit

30 May, 2014

Widening access to Universal Credit information across a range of digital devices is proving popular with claimants & boosting digital skills

Bedroom tax pushes households into debt and fear of eviction

29 May, 2014

A third have cut back on food and a quarter have cut back on heating

Should the social housing regulator charge for regulation?

29 May, 2014

What impact could the proposals have and is there merit to charging for regulation?

New Approaches

29 May, 2014

New approaches of tackling tenancy fraud

This briefing will explore how housing providers across England have approached the fraudulent use of social housing, including preventing and detecting a range of fraudulent activities. It will highlight emerging issues and risks in tackling tenancy fraud and establish good practice from providers in how to meet these new challenges

A fair start for everyone

29 May, 2014

Benefit cuts to trap five million UK children in poverty by 2020

The new report from Save the Children 'A Fair Start for Every Child', reveals that children have paid the highest price in the recession, with families having been hit by a "triple whammy" of years of flat wages, cuts to benefits and the rising cost of living

CIH warns worst offenders may 'simply ignore' new London Rental Standard

29 May, 2014

The mayor of London's new London Rental Standard, sets out standards for landlord and letting agent accreditation schemes

Universal Credit: 100,000 views on the red button, smartphone apps and Facebook

29 May, 2014

Interactive TV, smartphone apps and social media has been used to view over 100,000 pages of Universal Credit information

London rental standard is a 'meaningless gimmick'

29 May, 2014

Tom Copley, Labour London Assembly and housing spokesperson, has described the London Rental Standard as a 'meaningless gimmick'

Generation Rent blasts 1.1 million empty homes as overcrowding rises

29 May, 2014

The OfNS has found a 25% increase in households with six or more people, and a 25% increase in unoccupied homes from 878,000 to 1.1 million

Helping Tenants to Combat Poverty

29 May, 2014

Practical Interventions in Housing

The tough economic climate, public sector austerity and welfare reform combined mean that many individuals and families are struggling to make ends meet. While the economy is said to be recovering, many households and communities are not feeling the benefit and the numbers in poverty are expected to increase

Boris Johnson's private rental accreditation scheme dismissed as a PR stunt

29 May, 2014

A campaign group for PRs has declared the accreditation scheme for PR sector landlords as an expensive PR stunt, doing little to help tenants

Universal Credit service improvements

29 May, 2014

Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed some changes to Universal Credit service, which should benefit landlords and tenants

The real cost-of-living-crisis: Five million British children 'sentenced to life of poverty thanks to welfare reforms'

28 May, 2014

Children in working families, rather than beggars and vagrants, are the face of modern poverty in Britain today

Reading and Brighton offer fastest growing returns for landlords as young professionals give up on London

28 May, 2014

Reading and Brighton provided the biggest jump in potential returns for landlords last year as a flight of priced-out young professionals from London boosted rents in the towns

Council turns to private sector landlords to solve housing crisis

28 May, 2014

A council has appealed to private rented sector landlords to offer homes for families on its waiting list

If payday lenders are quitting Britain, what comes next?

28 May, 2014

Loan sharks will move in unless people in poorer communities can borrow from legitimate local sources like credit unions

One year on: The impact of welfare reforms on housing association tenants

28 May, 2014

Ipsos MORI research report looking at the impacts of welfare reform specifically from the tenant perspective

Millions of our kids are living in poverty - when are we going to do something about it?

28 May, 2014

If the economy is growing, why are 3.5 million children living in poverty?

Cost of renting rises 10% to average of £777 a month

28 May, 2014

The cost of renting has soared by 10 per cent during the past year as the supply of properties fails to keep pace with tenant demand

Iain Duncan Smith has failed on Universal Credit. He must be replaced

28 May, 2014

He has proved himself to be inept at managing its implementation over the past three years

'Bedroom tax' hitting North hard

28 May, 2014

Households in the North of England hit by controversial cuts to housing benefits are going without basic essentials for fear of falling into arrears

Housing Benefit: Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs)

28 May, 2014

Parliamentary briefing note

Delays to universal credit lead watchdog to rate it as a new project

27 May, 2014

Due to the delays to universal credit, a government watchdog has assessed it as 'reset' meaning it is considered a new scheme

Major Projects Authority's annual assessment

27 May, 2014

Annual Report 2013-2014

Welsh Ministers savage coalition's child poverty strategy - for including the 'bedroom tax' as part of it

27 May, 2014

Jeff Cuthbert and Vaughan Gething attacked UK Government's strategy for failing to recognise the impact of tax and benefit changes

Council tax arrears become most common debt case at Citizens Advice

27 May, 2014

More people now approach the charity over council tax bills than over difficulties with unsecured loans or credit cards

Council tax arrears now biggest debt problem reported to Citizens Advice

27 May, 2014

One in five people reporting debt problems to Citizens Advice has a council tax arrears issue

Govt proposes no benefits for 7 days

27 May, 2014

The SSAC has launched a public consultation on the Government's intention to extend the number of days a claimant must wait before they are entitled to receive certain benefits from 3 to 7

'Vulnerable people' will be caught up in Universal Credit fiasco warns Oldham MP

27 May, 2014

Debbie Abrahams, warns there remains an uncertainty about the Universal credit IT system and the way vulnerable people will be supported with the changed it brings

Concerns as charity helps more homeless

27 May, 2014

A homelessness charity has revealed a large increase in the number of people needing help in Chorley - and fears that demand could still rise further

Octavia trial makes district heating hot topic for social landlords

27 May, 2014

A project by Octavia Housing is helping landlords re-think how they deliver heat and tackle fuel poverty in thousands of social housing properties

Rents for Social Housing from 2015-16

23 May, 2014

Consultation: Summary of Responses

Legal battle looms over rent reform

23 May, 2014

Stock transfer associations say new rent regime will cost them millions

Universal credit 'reset' after catalogue of blunders

23 May, 2014

The government's spluttering flagship reform of the benefits system has been officially 'reset'

Can the PRS do even more to help meet housing need?

23 May, 2014

The pendulum of housing investment has swung from the public to the private rented sector in the last decade

Guidance on rents for social housing

23 May, 2014

This guidance sets out the government's policy on rents for social housing from April 2015 onwards

Direction on the rent standard 2014

23 May, 2014

This direction will apply to standards set by the social housing regulator in relation to rent for registered providers from 1 April 2015

Localising Council Tax support administration subsidy grant determination (2014 to 2015)

23 May, 2014

This document sets out the distribution of subsidy paid to local authorities in England

Bedroom tax a year on - can the evidence speak for itself?

23 May, 2014

Opinion of Alan Humphreys, chief executive, Grand Union Housing Group

Relief for 'bedroom tax' 'victims'

23 May, 2014

People in Inverclyde hit by financial misery through the 'bedroom tax' will now automatically get relief payments under a new council deal

Government proposal to extend benefit waiting days: consultation announced

23 May, 2014

Public consultation on extending number of days claimants must wait before they are entitled to receive certain benefits from three to seven

IDS continues to block universal credit report

22 May, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith is continuing to block the publication of reports believed to reveal the failure of the universal credit scheme

Four ways to help tenants appeal against bedroom tax

22 May, 2014

By helping tenants in bedroom tax appeals, housing providers can bring more money into communities and minimise arrears

4,000 English households risk losing homes every week

22 May, 2014

215,000 homes in England are at risk of eviction or repossession

Affordable homes to beat 'bedroom tax' in Telford

22 May, 2014

A total of 44 low-cost homes will be built in Telford in a bid to help those trying to escape 'bedroom tax' by downsizing

Beamish welcomes rent reform

22 May, 2014

South Scotland MSP Claudia Beamish has backed plans to reform the private rented sector in Scotland

Call for bedroom tax scrap for the abused

22 May, 2014

E-petition calling on the Government's Department for Work and Pensions to exempt victims of domestic violence from the bedroom tax

Young Men Most Likely to be on Universal Credit

22 May, 2014

More than six in ten (63%) of new claims for Universal Credit are for people under 25 and only 4% of claimants are over 50

Ukip housing spokesman making a fortune from immigrants on housing benefit

22 May, 2014

The UK Independence Party's housing spokesman has admitted making money from immigrants on housing benefit

One third of Torbay households claiming housing benefits

22 May, 2014

ONE third of households in Torbay are claiming housing benefit and council tax support

I'm a renter - and guess what? I love it

22 May, 2014

Renting your home doesn't have to be grim and rootless, it's only the desperate rush to buy that makes it seem a worst-case scenario

The Impact of the Bedroom Tax in Scotland: Devolving the DHP Cap

21 May, 2014

Scottish Affairs Committee - Fourteenth Report

Bedroom Tax - one year on

21 May, 2014

One year report: bedroom tax hasn't solved under-occupancy

Shapps council bungles bedroom tax leaflet

21 May, 2014

The council that controls the constituency of Tory chairman Grant Shapps has sent out leaflets referring to the government's 'spare room subsidy' as the 'bedroom tax'

Tenants fail to check fate of their deposits

21 May, 2014

More than half of tenants (53%) admit they never check if landlords put their deposits in mandatory tenancy deposit schemes

Iain Duncan Smith continues to hide reports showing failure of universal credit

21 May, 2014

The DWP is continuing to block publication of reports set to reveal the failure of the Universal Credit scheme, despite a series of rulings insisting they should be released

DWP 'leads the way in openness and transparency'

21 May, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions is a pioneer of truthfulness regarding statistics, one of its spokespersons has said

PRS tenant campaign group accused of 'playing to people's fears'

21 May, 2014

A campaign group that fights for tenants in the private rented sector has been accused of "playing to people's fears" and "failing to provide a true reflection of the sector"

MPs call for full mitigation of bedroom tax 'without delay'

21 May, 2014

Powers should be transferred to the Scottish Government to allow full mitigation of the bedroom tax 'without delay'

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments: first independent review

21 May, 2014

DWP - The first independent review of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment process

PRS campaigners release renter's manifesto

20 May, 2014

A campaign group that fights for tenants' rights in the private rented sector has released a renter's manifesto

Scottish Government under pressure to mitigate effects of bedroom tax

20 May, 2014

The Committee calls once more for a clear commitment from the Scottish Government that it will use its chosen method of mitigating the effects of the bedroom tax

Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland: 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014

20 May, 2014

Councils in Scotland have made more than 87,000 discretionary housing payments

Will tenants ever pay their rent by smartphone?

20 May, 2014

More people are using mobile apps to make digital payments. Landlords need to get savvy now

Court battles against the bedroom tax can be won

20 May, 2014

The legislation on taxing 'spare' bedrooms is open to interpretation, and I've seen it successfully challenged so don't suffer in silence

HB G5/2014

20 May, 2014

Contains information on tax credits and decisions by the Upper Tribunal

Head of Coast and Country blames government welfare reforms for rise in tenants losing homes

20 May, 2014

The number of possession claims by social landlords is on the rise in Redcar and Cleveland, Middlesbrough and in Stockton

Universal Credit - the critical issues

20 May, 2014

Universal Credit is the biggest change in the welfare benefits system in a generation - getting it wrong is just not an option

MPs call for Holyrood powers on bedroom tax

20 May, 2014

The UK and Scottish governments need to act quickly to transfer new powers to Holyrood that will allow ministers there to fully mitigate the impact of the bedroom tax

Landlords see rents rise just £5 in a year - but house price boom pushes average total return to almost £17,000

19 May, 2014

Buy-to-let landlords may be piling into the market, but rents in England and Wales are just 0.6 per cent higher than a year ago

Govt proposals for greater clarity on lettings agents fees welcomed by landlords

19 May, 2014

Landlords have welcomed Government proposals to improve the transparency of fees charged by lettings agents

Benefit reforms: One year on, universal credit is not working

19 May, 2014

The people of Warrington have been feeling like Iain Duncan Smith's guinea pigs

Soaring energy and housing costs force poorest homes to turn to food banks

19 May, 2014

All-party parliamentary inquiry, co-chaired by Labour's Frank Field, finds evidence behind growth in food banks

Bedroom tax victims should be represented at appeals by their housing associations

19 May, 2014

The party's housing spokeswoman Jocelyn Davies said ministers should look to form a strategy to support tenants who face losing their homes

DWP caught out after falsifying figures about disabled people

19 May, 2014

The DWP has been caught out by the watchdog for repeatedly making false claims about the numbers of people living on disability benefits

Landlord fined for safety issues

19 May, 2014

Cardiff Council has fined a private landlord £1,100 under the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Wales) Regulations 2006

Ed Miliband sets out Labour's minimum wage plans

19 May, 2014

Ed Miliband says a Labour government would set a statutory minimum wage target linked to average earnings, as he set out plans to tackle low pay

Bedroom Tax First Tier Tribunal decisions

19 May, 2014

As decisions by the First Tier Tribunal on bedroom tax appeals seem to be coming in thick and fast, here is a list of them

Council survey on impact of welfare reform

19 May, 2014

Aberdeenshire Council are looking for people and organisations who have been affected by changes to the benefits system

Poverty in Northampton: counting the cost of wide welfare reforms

19 May, 2014

Advice agencies say tougher sanctioning on welfare claimants could be unfairly impacting on the poorest in Northampton

Can Europe provide the answer to London's private rental nightmare?

16 May, 2014

London's PRS is spiralling out of control. Search for solutions to unaffordable rents and substandard properties turns to Europe

Nearly 6,000 people on universal credit

16 May, 2014

Statistics on universal credit pilots, show that between April 2013 and Feb 2014, a total of 5,910 people started claiming universal credit

New SORP threat to balance sheets

16 May, 2014

Landlords are warned changes to policy could hit their accounts

Here for everyone

16 May, 2014

The roll-out of universal credit is moving steadily forward and employers and claimants are already seeing benefits, says Lord David Freud

MPs warn of fraud uncertainties surrounding universal credit

16 May, 2014

It remains uncertain how the Department for Work and Pensions will manage the housing costs element of universal credit

'Bedroom tax victimising mentally ill patients'

16 May, 2014

The government's controversial bedroom tax is victimising patients with mental health problems

Online logbook puts Birmingham tenants in control of digital future

16 May, 2014

The process of learning digital skills starts with the very first time a tenant logs into the system

The Universal Credit (Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2014

16 May, 2014

Treatment of ongoing entitlement to certain benefits: benefit cap

MPs fear housing fraud could thwart Universal Credit savings

16 May, 2014

MPs have raised fears welfare savings promised by the introduction of Universal Credit (UC) could be undermined

MPs muse on rented homes for under-35s

16 May, 2014

The All Party Parliamentary Group for the PRS has this week launched an inquiry into access to rented housing for the under-35s

Ending bedroom tax injustice

16 May, 2014

It looks increasingly likely that the introduction of the bedroom tax will be filed as a regret

Breadline licensees could lose tax credits

16 May, 2014

Publicans currently claiming working tax credits could lose the benefit if their pub is not "gainful" under new Government changes

LIN Member Report May 2014 - Abuse and Violence towards Staff - What Can Be Done?

16 May, 2014

This LIN member report is written by Kevin McCready and Duncan Page

For Housing staff, a correlation between violence towards Housing staff and the current Welfare Reform programme has been suggested with many Housing Officers putting the increase in violence and aggression down to housing reforms such as the 'bedroom tax', abolition of council tax benefits and the introduction of the benefits cap. As the government' s welfare reforms continue with the roll-out of Universal Credit, housing professionals are reporting that their relationships with some tenants are growing increasingly hostile. Landlords are reacting to recent events by tightening up their policies and procedures to safeguard staff, is this on your agenda? Read our latest report to find out how you can support your staff to be more resilient.

Universal Credit fraud fears raised by MPs

15 May, 2014

Government attempts to cut fraud by introducing the Universal Credit risk being "seriously undermined" by issues with housing benefits

Fraud and error in the benefits system

15 May, 2014

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee

BPF calls for DWP to assist housing professionals maintain tenancies

15 May, 2014

Government should do its utmost to ensure that its flagship welfare policy, Universal Credit, does not further increase pressure on housing benefit claimants in the private rented sector

Why are social housing tenants stigmatised?

15 May, 2014

Kate Davies, Notting Hill Housing Group chief executive and CIH governing board member Sarah Webb Lecture, OneCIH Conference, Birmingham

DWP celebrates as benefit fraud figure drops minutely

15 May, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions is celebrating news that jobseeker's allowance and income support fraud and error overpayments have dropped by £130 million in a year

Fraud and error: Jobseeker's Allowance and Income Support overpayments at lowest levels ever

15 May, 2014

Jobseeker's Allowance and Income Support fraud and error overpayments are at their lowest recorded levels

Measures to limit migrants' access to benefits

15 May, 2014

The Government has introduced a raft of measures 'to tighten up our EEA migration rules to ensure our welfare system is not taken advantage of'

Social landlords prepare to enter energy markets

15 May, 2014

Social landlords are muscling into the energy market for the first time, launching initiatives in a bid to protect them from price rises

Housing associations and welfare reform

15 May, 2014

Facing up to the realities

Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research report looking at how housing associations have responded to changes

Letting agents charging 'hidden fees' to renters will be fined under plans being drawn up by the Government

15 May, 2014

Letting agents who fail to clearly display their fees on their websites and in their offices will be hit with fines under new rules

Pembrokeshire grandparents in 'Bedroom tax' row have their challenge heard in High Court

15 May, 2014

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) who represented Paul and Susan Rutherford says it could be weeks before a ruling is made

Landlord exposed council to 'serious risk'

15 May, 2014

Arm's-length management organisation was unable to monitor repairs spend

Nick Clegg under pressure from Lib Dem activists to water down Coalition's welfare reforms

14 May, 2014

Fear that vulnerable people are 'falling through the safety net'

Letting agent fees: a sigh of relief, but only for the time being

14 May, 2014

Agents can breathe a sigh of relief after yesterday's motion by Labour in the Commons to ban fees to tenants was defeated

Rise in food banks not due to welfare reforms says UK minister

14 May, 2014

The UK employment minister has said rising food bank use is not the fault of Westminster's welfare reforms

SPF warns of negative impact of rent controls on fledgling build-to-rent sector

14 May, 2014

SPF has sounded a note of caution over the proposed rent caps that will be debated as part of the Scottish Housing Bill

Bedroom Tax Mitigation - Devolved powers on Discretionary Housing Payments

14 May, 2014

After weeks of uncertainty, the UK Government has now responded to the Scottish Government's request to allow the cap on DHPs to be raised

Bedroom tax facing High Court legal challenge

14 May, 2014

The government's controversial bedroom tax is today facing a judicial review challenge at the High Court

Universal Credit

14 May, 2014

Local Support Services Expression of Interest Trialling Prospectus

A summary of what the LSSF robust trials will cover to provide learning on how we can best support those who need help make and manage a UC claim

1.66m housing benefit claimants live in private sector

14 May, 2014

A third of all housing benefit claimants live in the private rented sector

Bedroom tax challenge today for children with care needs

14 May, 2014

A judicial review in the High Court today will argue that the bedroom tax unfairly discriminates against children with overnight care needs

New DWP proposal will trap people in their homes, and in debt

14 May, 2014

New DWP proposals to protect landlords' rental incomes are in danger of trapping people in their homes, creating a modern day version of a debtor's prison

New affordable warmth scheme must not exclude PRS tenants

13 May, 2014

Proposals for achieving affordable warmth must continue to bring private tenants out of fuel poverty

Letting agents 'will have to publish their fees in full'

13 May, 2014

The government has said letting agents will face a new obligation to display full details of their fees both on their websites and in their offices

'Letting agent fee ban will increase rent costs'

13 May, 2014

Banning fees charged to tenants by letting agents will push rent costs up

Clegg will vote against banning letting agent fees

13 May, 2014

Nick Clegg has said that the government will vote against Labour's push to ban letting agent fees today

Government set to miss benefit fraud targets

13 May, 2014

The government is behind on its targets to tackle fraud in the benefit system, a report is expected to say on Thursday

The living wage was a good start - but what we really need now is a living rent

13 May, 2014

Housing costs take up an enormous amount of income for renters and frequent increases risk dismantling communities

How 10 families on benefits were paid more on average each week than someone with a salary of £85,000

13 May, 2014

Britain's top 10 benefits claimants were paid on average more in handouts than someone earning over £85,000, it can be revealed

Bedroom tax and welfare reforms leave tenant evictions at highest level in over ten years

13 May, 2014

Welfare reforms have helped increase the number of tenants facing eviction to the highest level in over a decade

Plans to licence private rented sector cut

13 May, 2014

Licensing of all private rented sector housing will not go ahead, with the council choosing to wait and see how a fund works

Landlords: What are your responsibilities?

13 May, 2014

Landlords have specific legal responsibilities to their tenants when it comes to gas safety. Here we look at some of the major points

Universal Credit - Rent Arrears Form

12 May, 2014

This form is for private and social sector landlords to claim Universal Credit rent arrears

Tories create new north-south divide in amount of support available for Bedroom Tax victims

12 May, 2014

Labour-controlled Liverpool could only hand out £143 per applicant while Tory-run Westminster could afford to pay £2,038 each

MPs to warn ministers over benefit fraud

12 May, 2014

Ministers are on course to miss their targets to reduce the amount of taxpayers' money stolen by benefit cheats and lost due to errors by officials

City in grip of housing benefits 'explosion'

12 May, 2014

New figures show that Bradford is in the grip of a low pay crisis - with an explosion in the number of working people surviving on housing benefit

Mortgage and landlord possession statistics quarterly

12 May, 2014

January to March 2014 - Ministry of Justice Statistics bulletin

The number of mortgage possession claims in County Courts increased from 62,862 in 2002 to a peak of 142,741 in 2008. Since then it has fallen 62% to 53,662 in 2013

MPs urged to support ban on letting agent fees

12 May, 2014

MPs will be given a chance to ban letting agent fees tomorrow, after the Labour Party tabled an amendment on the Consumers Rights Bill

New affordable warmth scheme must not exclude PRS tenants

12 May, 2014

The Department for Social Development's proposals for achieving affordable warmth must continue to bring private tenants out of fuel poverty

Zero-hours abuses must be stopped

12 May, 2014

The rise of zero-hours contracts in the UK has increased concerns they are being used to exploit workers

Rent arrears wiped out for Derby mum with disabled son after MP's intervention

12 May, 2014

Rent arrears wiped out for Derby mum with disabled son after MP's intervention

Family of five face eviction from one room bed and breakfast accommodation

12 May, 2014

The family have no cooking facilities, no access to a washing machine and are not allowed to have visitors in the B&B where Reading Borough Council has placed them

Tenants facing eviction after refusing to pay a penny of bedroom tax

09 May, 2014

A West Midlands ALMO has revealed that 36 of its tenants hit by the government's controversial bedroom tax have not paid a penny of it

Eric Pickles accused of forcing vulnerable families towards loan sharks

09 May, 2014

Four Tory council leaders criticise communities secretary's decision to scrap £347m local welfare assistance fund

Councils reject 70,000 crisis fund requests

09 May, 2014

Research reveals north-south divide between DHP allocations and demand for help

In-work housing benefit claims soar by 60%

09 May, 2014

The number of people in work and claiming housing benefit has rocketed by 59%

Labour to call Commons vote on letting agent fee ban

09 May, 2014

Labour are to call a vote in the Commons in an attempt to ban letting agents from charging fees to tenants

So-called "bedroom tax" to be fully mitigated in Scotland

09 May, 2014

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said, that thanks to Scottish government action, "there will be no need for anyone to fall into rent arrears, or face eviction, as a result of the bedroom tax"

Tower Hamlets

09 May, 2014

A Report on the Housing Crisis in one of London's most expensive borough by Tower Hamlets Citizens

Families with children make up 60% of households hit by benefit cap

09 May, 2014

More than 40,000 households have had their benefits capped by the government since it was introduced last year, according to new figures

Touchbase DWP e-zine

09 May, 2014

May 2014- includes information on PIP, Universal Credit roll-out, Credit Unions and ESA

Assembly Members call for abolition of the 'bedroom tax' in one-year anniversary vote

08 May, 2014

Plaid Cymru amendment labelled removal of spare room subsidy for social housing tenants as 'penal'

Rent controls would critically damage private rented sector in Wales

08 May, 2014

Rent controls would critically damage any prospects of growth in the private rented sector in Wales according to Douglas Haig

Scottish Parliament Bedroom Tax statement

08 May, 2014

Bedroom Tax and Discretionary Housing Payments

Benefit Cap information

08 May, 2014

New official statistics - which cover the first year of the policy - show that in almost 6,000 households previously subjected to the benefit cap someone has found employment

Landlord possession claims at decade high

08 May, 2014

The number of renters at risk of losing their homes is at its highest level for a decade

Investors back Miliband's PRS reforms

08 May, 2014

Labour's plans to reform the private rented sector have been backed by a number of major investors

Labour's rent reforms: will a European model really work in the UK?

08 May, 2014

Ed Miliband looked to Germany for his rent reforms, but there are huge cultural differences to overcome before they can work

New help with 'bedroom tax' - but you need to apply

08 May, 2014

Fife Council can now offset the full impact of the 'bedroom tax' following confirmation on Friday that the cap on Discretionary Housing Payments will be lifted

Fears over digital move for universal credit

08 May, 2014

There are fresh concerns that people on low incomes will struggle to access the digital service for universal credit as it is rolled out across the North West

'Bedroom tax': Derby's disabled devastated as nine homes available for 170

07 May, 2014

More than 170 homes lived in by disabled people in Derby are being hit by the so-called bedroom tax, despite the property being specially adapted

Where is housing?

07 May, 2014

What role for social renting in the new world?

Where is housing?

07 May, 2014

So what's not to like about social renting?

Putting the 'bedroom tax' in a shallow grave?

07 May, 2014

It seemed no doubt, in the words of a not too successful spin doctor, a good day to bury bad news.

AMs to vote today on new call to scrap the 'bedroom tax'

07 May, 2014

The vote will mark one year since the controversial policy was introduced

Political party opposed to bedroom tax to launch election campaign

07 May, 2014

A political party that has vowed to refuse to implement the controversial bedroom tax is set to launch its local election campaign this Friday

Former fire minister makes case for compulsory smoke alarms

07 May, 2014

A Labour MP is calling on the government to make mandatory the provision of smoke alarms in private rented homes

More reasons to rein in private landlords

07 May, 2014

In Newcastle, some £32m a year in housing benefit is paid to private landlords with virtually no conditions

Mortgage Voice: Mapping the Mortgage Market; Meeting Market Need

07 May, 2014

Consumer Attitudes and Analysis

Is zero-hours move fair?

07 May, 2014

The government has announced jobseekers risk losing their benefits if they turn down certain zero-hours contracts without good reason

HB S4/2014

07 May, 2014

Qualification of Housing Benefit Subsidy Claims in local authorities

Benefits risk to jobseekers refusing zero-hours contracts

06 May, 2014

Jobseekers risk losing benefits if they turn down certain zero-hours contracts without good reason

Keep it quiet, but even right-wing hacks support Miliband's rent reforms

06 May, 2014

Many right-wingers have taken an expectedly unfavourable view of Ed Miliband's new plans to keep rents low

Council fined over mouldy flat

06 May, 2014

A London Council has been ordered to pay £1,000 after failing to deal with 'serious damp and mould' in a tenant's flat

Tenant evicted 'because he wanted hot water'

06 May, 2014

Britain's most controversial landlords, the Wilsons, gave a tenant an eviction notice days after he asked them to fix his boiler

Thousands could be hit by 'back door' energy cutoffs

06 May, 2014

Energy suppliers accused of not giving early help to vulnerable households on prepayment meters

Labour's renting reforms: what do tenants and landlords want?

06 May, 2014

We asked people whether Ed Miliband's promise of three-year tenancies and stricter eviction rules would make a difference

One year on: The impact of welfare reforms on housing association tenants

06 May, 2014

New survey for the National Housing Federation assesses tenant preparedness for Universal Credit

Ipsos MORI and the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research have been commissioned by the National Housing Federation to conduct a programme of research to assess the impacts of welfare reform across the Housing Association sector

Social landlord launches credit union

06 May, 2014

A social landlord is set to launch a new credit union for its tenants

'Agoraphobic' singing benefits cheat swindled £35,000

06 May, 2014

A pub singer who claimed he was agoraphobic managed to swindle £35,000 in incapacity benefits

Proposed 'age discrimination' removed from Scottish housing bill

06 May, 2014

Scottish Government has removed a section of the Housing Bill that would have allowed social landlords to discriminate tenants on age basis

What PIP means for local authorities

06 May, 2014

Personal Independence Payment guidance for local authority employees

A brief explanation of how Personal Independence Payment (PIP) affects local authorities

Fear that Universal Credit will leave tenants struggling

06 May, 2014

National Housing Federation research demonstrates that people aren't ready for such significant upheaval

Bedroom tax: the penalty for being disabled

02 May, 2014

Since the government introduced the bedroom tax, we have seen substantial and sustained media coverage

Cameron: Increase in food bank use all about better promotion and nothing to do with poverty

02 May, 2014

PM David Cameron says the increase in the use of food banks is due to the fact they are "properly advertised and promoted"

Tougher powers are needed for councils to tackle rogue landlords forcing tenants to live in 'hell-hole homes'

02 May, 2014

LGA media release

The LGA, which represents almost 400 councils in England and Wales, says there are many good private landlords, who councils currently work with

The foaming Tory response to Labour's rental reforms stops any rational debate

02 May, 2014

Baiting Ed Miliband's rental proposals as reds-under-the-beds shows a Tory party afraid of proper political engagement

How would Labour's rent reforms affect tenants and landlords?

02 May, 2014

As Ed Miliband unveils his policy centrepiece on the rental sector, we look at what it will mean for millions of families

Welsh MPs turn guns on UK Government for 'wicked' welfare changes

02 May, 2014

Westminster Hall debate puts so-called bedroom tax and Work Programme under scrutiny

Fears Universal Credit will leave tenants struggling

02 May, 2014

Seven in ten not ready for shift to online benefits system

Holyrood offered powers to offset housing benefit changes in Scotland

02 May, 2014

The UK government has offered to devolve the power to set the cap on Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland

Annual rent-increase cap is focus of Labour campaign launch

02 May, 2014

A future Labour government would cap rent increases in the private sector to give a "fairer deal" to tenants

Eviction rate doubles under 'unjust' bedroom tax

02 May, 2014

A council's eviction rate has doubled since the government's controversial bedroom tax came into effect last April

Scottish government given powers to 'offset' bedroom tax

02 May, 2014

Scotland has been given new powers to add more money to a fund that is claimed will offset the cost of the bedroom tax

Liberty granted permission for bedroom tax court challenge

02 May, 2014

Liberty has been given permission to proceed with a judicial review, claiming the policy unfairly affects separated families