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Welfare Benefits

Includes: income support, job seekers allowance, disability benefits, employment and support allowance, tax credits, pension credit, carers allowance, universal credit etc

Digital universal credit system is plagued by errors

07 September, 2024

Liberal Democrat Tom Brake says computer crashes and delays have left families in debt and at risk of eviction

Government defeated in bedroom tax case

28 April, 2017

A couple who had their housing benefit reduced because they were unable to share a bedroom due to a severe disability have defeated the government in court for the second time

Wales ponders alternative LHA model

28 April, 2017

Cabinet secretary for communities and children has said maybe now is the time for a "made in Wales" solution

The impact of tax and benefit reforms on household incomes

27 April, 2017

While cuts to benefits have been small as yet, government plans for future cuts would significantly reduce the incomes of low-income working-age households

Victory for bedroom tax couple as DWP defeated in court again

27 April, 2017

The government's attempt to block a legal route which is used by many people to appeal against benefits decisions has been defeated at the Upper Tribunal

Private firms barred from benefits assessments

27 April, 2017

Profiteers will have no place in Scotland's new welfare landscape

Housing benefits from 2% reduction in derelict and urban vacant land

27 April, 2017

The total amount of derelict and urban vacant land in Scotland has decreased by 253 hectares from the previous year

Scottish Welfare Fund pays out £26m to struggling Scots in nine months

26 April, 2017

More than £26 million in grants have been issued in nine months through the Scottish Welfare Fund to help Scottish households in need

Housing Benefit Speed of Processing Statistics

26 April, 2017

Housing Benefit is an income related benefit that is intended to help meet housing costs for rented accommodation

Cut in housing benefit may mean rise in foodbank use

26 April, 2017

The manager of a foodbank has stressed the need to help vulnerable people following a government policy that some claim could see youngsters facing homelessness

Government should rethink welfare changes

26 April, 2017

Former civil service chief and crossbench peer Lord Bob Kerslake has called on the government to look again at welfare changes in light of increasing homelessness and the rising cost of support

UK foodbank use continues to rise

25 April, 2017

UK foodbank use continues to rise as new report highlights growing impact of Universal Credit rollout on foodbanks

Food banks report record demand amid universal credit chaos

25 April, 2017

Charity calls for immediate reduction in six-week wait for first benefit payment after handing out 1,182,954 emergency parcels

Liberal Democrats pledge to bring back housing benefit for nearly 3,000 London youngsters

25 April, 2017

Almost 3,000 young Londoners would be able to claim housing benefit again under a Liberal Democrat government

These People Say They're Going Hungry Because Of The Government's Welfare Reforms

25 April, 2017

Neal Jones hasn't eaten for 24 hours. Sitting in a makeshift cafe in a church food bank on the outskirts of Rugby

Food bank use rises 20% in Cardiff in one year

25 April, 2017

The number of emergency meals handed out by a city food bank has risen by 20% in one year

Effects of taxes and benefits on UK household income: financial year ending 2016

25 April, 2017

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

This area of Birmingham will be worst hit by Tory housing benefit cut for youngsters

24 April, 2017

Charities have already warned the policy, which came into force this month, could force youngsters onto the streets

One in three low income Scots can't afford to eat

24 April, 2017

Living costs are pushing low income Scots further into poverty

The LHA cap raises problems for general needs housing too

21 April, 2017

If you were looking to design a policy to penalise the poorest families paying the cheapest rents, it would be very hard to come up with something better than the LHA cap.

No Stormont deal could see welfare reform with hard edge

21 April, 2017

The Government may have to step in to prevent a further postponement of the long-delayed welfare reforms in Northern Ireland

Housing costs for 18 to 21 year olds

21 April, 2017

This guidance explains the rules for housing costs for 18 to 21 year olds getting Universal Credit from 1 April 2017

Labour's framing of public services as universal benefits is a canny move

21 April, 2017

If more people become stakeholders in the welfare state it becomes so much more difficult for the Tories to lay waste to it

Housing benefit nightmare: Newcastle council tenants rack up massive rent arrears after changes

20 April, 2017

MP criticises introduction of new Universal Credit benefits system after it was tested in Newcastle - and did not go down well

There are 13 million disabled people in Britain. If we don't vote together, the DWP will tighten the screws on us

20 April, 2017

Ministers need to be taught that there is a price to be paid for the way they have behaved

Half of voters think welfare changes have gone too far

20 April, 2017

Half of voters think the government's benefit cuts have gone too far, an Ipsos Mori poll published today has revealed

Statistical shift against benefit cuts

19 April, 2017

New poll puts the proportion of voters who disagree with the extent of the benefit cuts at its highest level in four years

Women 'hardest hit' by UK welfare cuts

19 April, 2017

Women are being unfairly impacted by recent UK government cuts to benefits and welfare eligibility

Freezes to benefits mean that 'just about managing' families are bearing the brunt of Brexit

18 April, 2017

In normal circumstances the annual uprating of benefits and tax credits each April would offset the losses from a weak pound, price rises, and the economic turbulence created by the Brexit vote

Jeremy Corbyn defends 'credible' policies amid grilling on poll ratings

18 April, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn joked he had made "too many" mistakes to mention but insisted voters would begin to understand his party's anti-austerity message

DWP's unfair twist for disabled people

18 April, 2017

In light of figures showing 900 disabled people are losing their Motability cars each week I would like to challenge the response of DWP ministers when they have been pressed on the issue of PIP

Young people benefit cut to hit hardest in North

13 April, 2017

The cut to housing benefit for young people will have its largest impact in deprived areas of the North of England

Billions of pounds more in welfare cuts are enforced in Britain

13 April, 2017

The start of the UK's new financial year saw the introduction by the Conservative government of some of the most severe and punitive welfare benefit cuts seen for decades

The Tory housing benefit cuts will make more young people homeless

13 April, 2017

One morning, when Catherine Geddes was 16, her mother dropped her off at college, informed her that she'd changed all the locks, and told her daughter she would never be allowed to return home

One in three Londoners hit by benefits cap have found work

13 April, 2017

More people have found work after having their benefits capped in London than anywhere else in the UK

Stormont impasse threatens Northern Ireland benefits deal

12 April, 2017

The Stormont power-sharing stalemate jeopardises work to protect vulnerable people from benefit cuts

50,000 disabled people 'have adapted vehicles removed after benefits assessment'

12 April, 2017

Muscular Dystrophy UK says 900 cars are being taken away every week, as more people are rejected for PIP

Manchester providers offer to pilot alternative to LHA cap

12 April, 2017

Social landlords in Greater Manchester have offered to run a regional pilot of an alternative to the controversial Local Housing Allowance cap

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 9 Mar 2017

12 April, 2017

These experimental statistics cover the total live caseload, starts and claims for Universal Credit

Benefit changes that cause the innocent to suffer

12 April, 2017

There's understandable anger at the "Rape Clause" that's is being applied in child tax credit applications

Campaigners call for PIP to be scrapped and DLA reintroduced

11 April, 2017

Petition wants the controversial system to be halted to be replaced with the old one

Homeless 18-21 year olds still entitled to housing cost element of Universal Credit

11 April, 2017

A memo for the DWP decision makers outlines that homeless people, including those moving on, are still entitled to the housing cost element of Universal Credit

How much Universal Credit can I claim? The benefits have changed this week

11 April, 2017

Millions of people who claim a benefit called Universal Credit will see a big change this week

3 million households set to benefit from Universal Credit changes

10 April, 2017

Three million households across the country to keep more of what they earn due to a £700 million boost to Universal Credit

Welfare reform: Government must press ahead with Universal Credit, but crucial changes needed to support struggling families

10 April, 2017

As a raft of changes to the tax and benefit system come into effect, the Government is being urged to press ahead with the rollout of Universal Credit

Stop PIP reassessments for patients with progressive diseases

10 April, 2017

MPs and charities say rising number of retesting claimants with incurable diseases such as Parkinson's or multiple sclerosis makes little sense

'Rape clause' in family welfare cap harms mothers and children

10 April, 2017

Most mothers who have children as a result of a rape manage, admirably, to have a bond equal to that with children conceived by choice

MS sufferer slams 'awful' benefits chiefs who axed her Motability car in favour of £65,000 taxis

10 April, 2017

Benefits bosses axed a disabled woman's Motability car to save cash - but then agreed to pay out £65,000 to taxi her to and from work

Universal Credit's right - but we must take stock

07 April, 2017

Three priorities need immediate action to ensure Universal Credit achieves its goals and helps reduce poverty and increase living standards

The Tories are failing the poorest through benefit cuts - by choice

07 April, 2017

If the government truly wants to reduce expenditure on housing benefit it should tackle the root causes, not force young people and families from their homes

Social Security Minister: families with children hardest hit by UK welfare changes

07 April, 2017

Scottish Government will not apply two child cap to Council Tax Reduction Scheme

Eight things you should know about the benefit cap

06 April, 2017

'Fairness' was the word Lord Freud used to justify the lowering of the benefit cap

Universal Credit: a briefing

06 April, 2017

This briefing provides information and evidence on the latest developments as Universal Credit rolls out across the UK

The Benefits Cap: Is It Working?

06 April, 2017

How far should we go to force unemployed people back into work?

Universal Credit and families with more than 2 children: information for stakeholders

06 April, 2017

This guidance will help you in your conversations with claimants who may be effected by the Universal Credit 2 child policy

2 child limit: claiming benefits for 2 or more children

06 April, 2017

Information about the 2 child limit for claimants

Universal Credit and families with more than 2 children: information for claimants

06 April, 2017

Information on the two child limit in Universal Credit for existing and new Universal Credit claimants

Labour slam 'punitive cuts' to benefits

06 April, 2017

Labour have slammed cuts to benefits, including housing benefit for those under-22

Housing benefit slashed to 50p-a-week - and Birmingham is worst-hit

05 April, 2017

Almost 600 claimants picking up less than the price of a chocolate bar

Spending government money on broken relationships isn't going to help families torn apart by new benefit cuts

05 April, 2017

What's the point of spending £30m to help families to stay together when you're going to cut benefits at exactly the same time?

Government has broken vow on bereavement benefit cuts

05 April, 2017

Frank Field wants ministers to explain why policy will save £100m a year despite pledge not to slash funding for parents

Key changes to council tax support in 2017/18

05 April, 2017

CTS gives low-income working-age families a discount on the amount of council tax they have to pay

Thousands on 50p-a-week housing benefit

05 April, 2017

More than 7,500 households have lost their housing benefit and instead receive a nominal 50p a week because of the welfare cap

Up to 11,000 affected by under-21 benefit cap by 2021

05 April, 2017

Around 1,000 young people will be affected by the cut to housing benefit for under-21s this year, rising to 11,000 by 2020/21

Idris Elba savages housing benefit cuts at Shelter fund-raiser

05 April, 2017

Actor Idris Elba has attacked government cuts to housing benefits for 18-21-year-olds

Tackle poverty through housing and planning interventions

05 April, 2017

City regional institutions should play a bigger part in helping reduce the risk of poverty

Disabled students fear for their future as independence payments cut

04 April, 2017

With a clampdown on PIP and related benefits, students such as Lauren Hall are struggling to finish their degrees

Government will not reconsider LHA rate freeze

04 April, 2017

The government has refused to reconsider its decision to freeze the Local Housing Allowance

Labour and Ukip Thurrock councillors bid to scrap sheltered housing tax charges

04 April, 2017

Thurrock Council is bidding to scrap an "unfair" proposal to charge residents in sheltered housing up to £780

Scottish Government gains control over Discretionary Housing Payments

03 April, 2017

Control over DHPs has been transferred to the Scottish Government as of Saturday 1 April under the Scotland Act 2016

Welfare shakeup 'will push a quarter of a million children into poverty'

03 April, 2017

Analysis for the Guardian finds changes due on 6 April will also wipe thousands off payments for bereaved families

Poorest third of households will be worse off from tax and benefit changes starting this week, despite a £1bn giveaway

03 April, 2017

Four-fifths of the gains from tax and benefit changes coming into effect later this week (6 April) will go to the richest half of households

Universal credit risks destitution in Newcastle claim

03 April, 2017

People in one of the first areas where a major benefits system change has been introduced are at risk of "destitution" and "homelessness"

Housing costs element for UC claimants aged 18 to 21

03 April, 2017

This memo provides guidance on the Universal Credit Regulations 2017

How affordable is housing for people in lower-income occupations ?

03 April, 2017

This briefing explores housing affordability for lower-income occupations in the context of rising housing costs

'Distrust' in PIP system

31 March, 2017

Claimants of the government's disability benefits programme have an "inherent distrust" of the system

The Big Idea: Universal Basic Income

31 March, 2017

The concept of a Universal Basic Income is currently attracting attention

Welfare reforms and £330 million employment package start from April 2017

31 March, 2017

Employment help for people with health conditions will roll out from April, along with wider reforms to ensure a fair welfare system

Significant cuts to two parts of the benefit system to be phased in from next week

31 March, 2017

Next week will see the introduction of significant cuts to the generosity of two parts of the working-age benefits system

Housing benefit changes 'put young Scots at risk of homelessness'

31 March, 2017

Changes to housing benefit will put more young people in Scotland at risk of homelessness

Gap between LHA and cheapest rents making housing unaffordable for under-35s

30 March, 2017

The gap between LHA rates and rents has widened to the point where private rented housing is "out of reach" for under-35s

Money manager tool for Universal Credit claimants

30 March, 2017

An online budgeting tool for people who claim Universal Credit has been launched by the Department for Work and Pensions

Personal Independence Payment evaluation: wave 1 claimant survey findings

30 March, 2017

This research seeks to understand claimants' experiences of making a claim for Personal Independence Payment

DWP payments over £25,000 for 2017

30 March, 2017

Payments over £25,000 that DWP has made in 2017, including invoices, grants and expenses

Housing Benefit Assurance Process (HBAP)

30 March, 2017

These Housing Benefit (subsidy) Assurance Process modules are for reporting accountants and local authorities to use

Change afoot for homeless families on Universal Credit?

30 March, 2017

Paying housing costs through Universal Credit is causing problems for tenants, landlords and local councils alike

Painting disabled people as 'workshy': that's what benefits cuts are all about

30 March, 2017

The latest government changes equate illness with a lack of motivation, as welfare becomes a tool to modify behaviour

Government rejects calls to halt Universal Credit roll out

29 March, 2017

The government has rejected calls to halt the roll out of Universal Credit

Councils welcome government's Universal Credit U-turn

29 March, 2017

Councils have welcomed the government's move to make households that are made homeless exempt from Universal Credit following reports rent arrears bills have started to rack up

Disability benefits: MPs granted emergency debate in final attempt to halt controversial curbs

29 March, 2017

Ministers to be accused of a 'troubling subversion of democracy' after sneaking through the changes to Personal Independence Payments

It's a housing class war as the Tories set their sights on young people

29 March, 2017

Britain today: the Treasury gives away thousands to young people saving up to buy, but most young single people find housing almost completely out of reach

Nearly £2billion worth of housing benefit owed to the Government due to 'overpayment' errors to tenants

28 March, 2017

The Department of Work and Pensions sparked fresh uproar over wasting taxpayers' cash

Housing Benefit quality assurance process: good practice guide

28 March, 2017

Good practice to help local authorities ensure the processing of Housing Benefit claims is accurate and secure

Private landlords need a better deal from Universal Credit

27 March, 2017

Tenants and landlords rightly want to ensure that rents are paid in full and on time

UC policy to be reversed for homeless families

27 March, 2017

Homeless families set to receive housing benefit rather than universal credit due to design flaws in the new benefits system

Scotland extends welfare fund to help 18-21 year olds with housing costs

27 March, 2017

Interim assistance for Scottish 18 to 21-year-olds at risk through Westminster imposed changes to housing benefit

Housing Benefit subsidy initial estimates: Apr 2017 to Mar 2018

27 March, 2017

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2017 to 2018

Welfare reform update - March 2017

27 March, 2017

Future funding of Supported Housing Inquiry update

Nine homes by the age of nine - housing instability marks lives of children in poverty

27 March, 2017

The stress and uncertainty of repeatedly packing up their lives and moving home is becoming a worryingly normal part of life for some children growing up in poverty

Council tax bills to rise in nine out of 10 English local authorities

27 March, 2017

Figures are in stark contrast to five years ago when 90% of local authorities froze or cut council tax

Disability benefit spending and the recent change to regulations

24 March, 2017

PIP is the main working age benefit paid to disabled people who may face additional costs of living

Civil servant quizzed over supported housing funding rationale

24 March, 2017

The government plans to use LHA rates as a measure for capping benefit in supported housing because they are "already there" a senior civil servant has admitted

In Liverpool, Tory cuts have brought a city and its people to breaking point

23 March, 2017

Adding up the impact of slashed benefits and a 58% reduction in central funding, the council says it's England's poorest wards that are being hit again and again

Pressure mounts on UK government to halt universal credit

23 March, 2017

New system is leaving people destitute, renewing calls for its roll-out to be halted

The homelessness monitor: England 2017

23 March, 2017

The Homelessness Monitor: England 2017 is the sixth annual report of an independent study

Universal Credit arrears 'frightening'

22 March, 2017

The deliberate exclusion of social landlords from the Universal Credit system means arrears levels are even worse than was originally feared

Councils warn housing shortfall and benefit cuts fuel rising homelessness

22 March, 2017

Report calls on the government to invest in schemes that support people into the private rented sector such as a national rent deposit guarantee

SFHA welcomes Scottish Government call to halt Universal Credit full service roll-out

22 March, 2017

Feedback from SFHA members has revealed the system is causing hardship to vulnerable households and has resulted in unprecedented levels of rent arrears

Mhairi Black: benefit sanctions don't work. And Westminster knows it

22 March, 2017

Mhairi Black says the Tories' system of benefit sanctions is designed to victimise the most vulnerable in society

Are pantry schemes the new food banks?

22 March, 2017

More than 4 million people in Britain regularly go a whole day without eating. For just £2.50 a week, food clubs are filling their cupboards

Rising food and fuel prices hoist UK inflation rate to 2.3%

21 March, 2017

Standard of living fears build as wage growth slows and inflation leaps from 1.8% in January to highest level since September 2013

Bid to ban private contractors from hated PIP assessments

21 March, 2017

Amendments to be tabled to social security bill banning private companies undertaking assessments on disabled people

Tory benefits boss slammed after dismissing concerns welfare system is forcing people into rent arrears

21 March, 2017

Damian Green claimed "teething problems" had cleared up despite council figures showing average rent arrears of more than £900 among some Universal Credit claimants

Tory cuts to housing benefit show the "nasty party" lives on

20 March, 2017

In the Tories' cuts to young people's housing benefit, the nasty legacy of Cameron and Osborne lives on

I am a legal aid lawyer for people facing eviction - they are the real Daniel Blakes

20 March, 2017

From the care leaver paying £650 a month to live in a shed to the tenant with one light bulb, I never get used to the stories - and they are increasingly desperate

Woman jailed after dishonestly claiming more than £40,000 in benefits

17 March, 2017

Julie Gillard was overpaid income support, council tax support and housing benefits over a period of more than four years

Housing Benefit subsidy guidance manual 2016 to 2017

17 March, 2017

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

Government 'head in the sand' over Universal Credit

16 March, 2017

"Flabbergasting" response from DWP to the Commons Work and Pensions Committee downplays the impact of issues around the roll out

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to January 2017

16 March, 2017

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

Housing Benefit subsidy audited final claims: Apr 2015 to Mar 2016

16 March, 2017

This is the local authority Housing Benefit audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2015 to 2016

The Personal Independence Payment (Amendment) Regulations 2017: SSAC correspondence

16 March, 2017

A letter to the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work about the Personal Independence Payment (Amendment) Regulations 2017

Housing body shares its concerns over implementation of Universal Credit

16 March, 2017

Housing professionals in Scotland have expressed concern at the potential for a negative social impact and spiralling costs as a result of implementing Universal Credit

Welfare reforms risk undermining housing aims

16 March, 2017

The government's welfare reforms risk undermining its aim to make housing more accessible

Government welfare experts slam ministers for denying PIP disability benefits to 160,000 vulnerable people

16 March, 2017

Anger as Damian Green, the Work and Pensions Secretary, refuses to allow MPs to vote on the changes - insisting that is "above my pay grade"

Government urged to tackle zero-hours work as job figures reveal 'record high'

16 March, 2017

Unions are calling for the Government to tackle the rise in zero-hours work after new figures showed a record 905,000 people are employed on the controversial contracts in their main job

Shifting attitudes to welfare: Insights into our 'change audience'

15 March, 2017

This is the third in a series of blogs talking about Shelter's campaign to change public attitudes towards welfare

Universal Credit Statistics

15 March, 2017

Universal Credit aims to reduce poverty, by making work pay, and to help claimants and their families to become more independent

Housing associations and councils to give LHA evidence to UK parliamentary committees

15 March, 2017

The UK Parliament's work and pensions and communities and local government committees will hear from housing associations and local authorities

DWP 'tells disability benefits assessors to discriminate against people with mental health conditions'

15 March, 2017

It comes after ministers suggested people with anxiety do not really need help

Discretionary Housing Payments and long term awards

15 March, 2017

This was a judicial review of H&F's refusal of Discretionary Housing Payments to Ms H. Ms H has severe autism and learning and behavioural difficulties

Finding the Fix: Why we must protect housing benefit for 18-21 year olds

14 March, 2017

On a quiet Friday afternoon, the DWP laid draft regulations to end automatic entitlement to housing benefit for 18-21 year olds

Associations will not build supported housing without LHA cap certainty

13 March, 2017

Housing associations will not spend government funding earmarked for supported housing schemes unless more certainty is given over the Local Housing Allowance cap

Revealed: every benefit cut to hit families in Liverpool since Tories elected

13 March, 2017

Groundbreaking study reveals huge cost of welfare cuts for 55,000 families in the city

Poplar HARCA drives down arrears with RentSense

10 March, 2017

Poplar HARCA have created efficiencies, reduced arrears and prepared themselves for Universal Credit by investing in Mobysoft's RentSense application

Council commits to mitigating Bedroom Tax

10 March, 2017

The City of Cardiff Council has reaffirmed its commitment to assisting council tenants affected by the Bedroom Tax

Benefits cuts are the biggest worry after the Budget

10 March, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of families will be hit

Scrapping housing benefit for 18-year-olds? The Tories have Cone Syndrome

10 March, 2017

Hammond's budget leaves the housing crisis unsolved and this bad plan to cut housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds will cost more than it saves

How housing benefit cuts for the young will hit the North East's grandparents too

10 March, 2017

No housing benefit for under 21s will put more young people on the streets - and strain grans who have to care for three generations of their family

I'm 82 and MPs need to hear my views on this devastating housing benefit cap

10 March, 2017

If this cap goes ahead, my wife and I face a shortfall of £609 a year. I don't know how we'd cope if we have to leave our sheltered home

No DSS: Most flat shares refuse benefit claimants

09 March, 2017

Landlords are more likely to accept potential renters who own pets than people claiming benefits

Hammond is hoping nobody notices benefits freeze

09 March, 2017

The real significance of the Budget was the decision not to ease the effects of the government's benefits freeze

Damaging Welfare Reforms Not Addressed in Spring Budget

09 March, 2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond's Spring Budget announced an increase of £350million to the Scottish Budget

Testing the water

09 March, 2017

The 'full-service' Universal Credit roll-out is being road tested in pilots across the country

The Experience of Universal Credit: A Tenant's Perspective

09 March, 2017

Housing Associations in Wales provide 158,000 affordable homes and housing related services to around 10% of the Welsh population

Rules stopping MPs helping benefit claimants to be scrapped

09 March, 2017

U-turn by ministers comes after Guardian revealed DWP was preventing MPs from pursuing individual universal credit cases

ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: March 2017

09 March, 2017

Outcomes of Employment and Support Allowance Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals information

The government's welfare cuts are hurting their efforts to stop homelessness

08 March, 2017

Renters on a low income breathed a sigh of relief last year when the government said it would not make any additional benefit cuts

It's for their own good, says Govt, as MPs debate

08 March, 2017

Young people affected by the Government's housing benefit cut for 18-21 year olds will be expected to change their behaviour and live with their parents

Universal Credit in crisis: Calls for roll-out to be halted

08 March, 2017

Claimants on low incomes being left destitute with the introduction of the controversial system

Philip Hammond urged to pause cut in benefits for widowed parents

08 March, 2017

More than 3,200 people write to MPs to say reforms to bereaved support payments will leave 75% of people worse off in cash terms

Government refuses to publish housing benefit cut assessment

08 March, 2017

The government has refused to publish its equalities assessment into the removal of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds

Benefit changes could cost working single parents up to £2,850 a year

08 March, 2017

The Chancellor said there is no spending spree in the 2017 Budget - as figures make new claims about the devastating impact of welfare cuts

Universal Credit: changes to limited capability for work payments

08 March, 2017

This guide explains changes to Universal Credit limited capability for work payments from 3 April 2017

Disabled people failed by labyrinthine benefits system

07 March, 2017

Many disabled benefits claimants are 'liable to face years of illness in dire poverty'

Housing benefit cuts 'put young people at risk of homelessness'

07 March, 2017

Tenants aged 18 to 21 face exclusion from private rental market if stripped of benefit entitlement

Budget 2017 (background): welfare changes in April

07 March, 2017

In September 2016 Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Damian Green reaffirmed the Government's commitment to make "no new cuts" to social security and tax credits

Extra £47m to tackle hated bedroom tax

07 March, 2017

Ministers announce more funding to counteract bedroom tax in Scotland

Welfare mitigation 'overwhelmed' by further social security cuts

06 March, 2017

Scottish HAs say a boost to DHP offered by Holyrood cannot fully mitigate the impact of the Benefit Cap

Benefit freeze leaves families facing steep rent rise or eviction

06 March, 2017

Teachers and other public sector workers risk homelessness

Everything you need to know about a cut to housing benefit, which leave young people on the streets

06 March, 2017

The move has been condemned by campaigners and charities who fear it will lead to more young people on the streets

Scrapping housing benefit for 18- to 21-year-olds won't even save us that much money - it's ideological cruelty

06 March, 2017

When just 11,000 people will be affected - small fry in financial terms - it's hard to escape the conclusion that the goal isn't really to help people at all, but to punish them

Philippa Stroud: Hammond should boost Universal Credit now - and cut the deficit through more welfare reform later

03 March, 2017

Budgets should be, and always have the potential to be, nation-changing, nation-shaping events

Zero hours contracts reach record levels

03 March, 2017

The number of people on controversial zero hours contracts has reached a record high of 910,000

Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2016-17 to 2021-22

03 March, 2017

Debates over living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK are often hampered by the fact that official data on household incomes are available only with a significant lag

Impact of Universal Credit

03 March, 2017

Over four-fifths of respondents say that people on zero-hour contracts have difficulty meeting their housing costs

Government to make bedroom tax change five months after court judgment

02 March, 2017

The government will change its bedroom tax regulations five months after the Supreme Court ruled the policy was discriminatory for some households with a disabled person

Theresa May admits Government's social security experts were not consulted about disability benefits cuts

02 March, 2017

But The Independent can reveal the Social Security Advisory Committee will consider the new Personal Independence Payments regulations next week

'Affordable housing'? Not in Manchester. So we have made our own rules

02 March, 2017

Residents with an income under the national average can't afford rent at 80% of market rate

Single-parent families launch benefit cap legal challenge

02 March, 2017

The High Court has granted a legal challenge of the lower benefit cap brought by four single-parent families

Universal Credit: Rollout speeds up but leaves problems in its wake

01 March, 2017

A key parliamentary committee has re-launched an inquiry into Universal Credit

Broken promises: What has happened to support for low-income working families under universal credit?

01 March, 2017

This briefing presents some of the analysis to be published in a forthcoming report assessing the impacts of cuts to benefits from 2010 to 2020

Tenants terminating tenancies as Universal Credit rolls out

01 March, 2017

Northern Housing Consortium releases its latest findings on the impact of Universal Credit

Freeze on Local Housing Allowance rates 'must be scrapped'

28 February, 2017

The freeze on Local Housing Allowance rates must be scrapped to open up the private rented sector to the homeless

Volunteer - you won't lose your benefits

28 February, 2017

New guidance produced by Scottish charities and the UK government clarifies the rules around volunteering when on benefits

May adviser regrets saying benefits should only go to 'really disabled' people

28 February, 2017

Tory policy chief George Freeman says he 'hugely regrets' remarks suggesting funds should not go to people with anxiety

Calls for government to abandon housing benefit cuts

28 February, 2017

Housing and homeless organisations are concerned the cutback will lead to further hardship for the homeless

Scottish ministers demand 'urgent reassurance' over housing benefit changes

28 February, 2017

Scottish ministers have demanded "urgent reassurance" from the UK government over the scrapping of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds

Pressure mounts on DWP to replace sanctions with warnings

27 February, 2017

Influential committee of MPs urge DWP to trial warning system in place of punitive benefit sanctions

Universal Credit and you

27 February, 2017

This document gives an introduction to Universal Credit for people who are claiming it

Time to drop the 'hated' ban on housing benefit for 18-21s

27 February, 2017

Reports over the weekend suggest Ministers and advisers are looking again at controversial plans to bar 18-21s from claiming housing benefit

Alafat welcomes MPs' inquiry into impact of DWP's lower benefit cap on low-income families

27 February, 2017

An inquiry into the impact the Government's lowered benefit cap is having on Britain's households has been welcome by the CIH

MSPs call for action to address 'systematic problems' with Universal Credit

27 February, 2017

Serious systematic problems exist with the new Universal Credit system which will only get worse as a result of the UK government's planned closure of job centres in Scotland

Disability benefits: PIPs should be for 'really disabled'

27 February, 2017

Disability benefits should go to "really disabled people" not those "taking pills at home, who suffer from anxiety"

Changes to Personal Independence Payment regulations

23 February, 2017

DWP Information briefing

Crisis backs call to ensure sanctions do not lead to homelessness

22 February, 2017

Crisis has welcomed a report by the Committee of Public Accounts which says that 'suspending benefit payments can lead to rent arrears and homelessness'

MPs launch official inquiry into universal credit as criticism grows

22 February, 2017

Investigation into benefits system comes amid mounting evidence that payment delays have left thousands facing eviction

MPs condemn 'postcode lottery in benefit sanctions'

21 February, 2017

An "unacceptable" postcode lottery in benefits sanctions must be tackled to stop claimants being treated differently depending on where they live

MPs say housing benefit is being wrongly stripped from jobseekers, threatening them with eviction and homelessness

21 February, 2017

The Public Accounts Committee cites evidence that one-third of people who were claiming housing benefit lost their money when they were given a sanction

Government must review the use and impacts of benefit sanctions

21 February, 2017

The Public Accounts Committee report say that unexplained variations in the use of benefit sanctions are unacceptable and must be addressed

Benefit claimants face poverty at hands of erratic sanctions system

21 February, 2017

MPs call for review as PAC report finds sanctions are being unevenly applied and are forcing some people into homelessness

Bedroom tax: Westminster warned against cutting benefits

21 February, 2017

Scottish Government seeks "cast iron" commitments from Westminster benefits won't be clawed back

Westminster warned against benefits 'claw back' once 'bedroom tax' abolished in Scotland

20 February, 2017

Scottish ministers are to seek assurances from the UK government that it will not reduce the benefits of claimants in Scotland when the Scottish Government abolishes the 'bedroom tax'

Family of seriously ill man told housing benefit will be slashed under new bedroom tax rules

20 February, 2017

A Belfast family have spoken of their outrage after receiving a letter notifying them that their housing benefit is to be cut because their family home has been designated as under-occupied under new rules

Rent campaigners claim victory over Santander buy-to-let 'rent rise clause'

20 February, 2017

Santander has confirmed that it will remove a clause in its buy-to-let mortgages which housing campaigners claimed previously forced landlords to get "the maximum increase in the rent"

Basic income pilot considered in Glasgow

17 February, 2017

Glasgow could be the first city in the UK to pilot a basic universal income for every citizen

Universal Basic Income: best choice for the job?

16 February, 2017

What could possibly be wrong with a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement?

Susan Park appointed as Director General, Universal Credit operations

16 February, 2017

Susan Park has been appointed Director General Universal Credit Operations, accountable for its operation in jobcentres and service centres

Benefit freeze tenants 'shouldn't be taken to court for rent arrears'

16 February, 2017

Council tenants should not be taken to court if they cannot pay their rent due to benefit freezes

32% of people on housing benefit are employed

16 February, 2017

It's not good enough that a third of people on housing benefit also have to work in Aylesbury Vale

Calls for long-term funding for supported housing

15 February, 2017

Supported housing for older people should be excluded from new funding proposals until at least 2022

Just about managing: Four million more people living on inadequate incomes in modern Britain

15 February, 2017

Four million more people are living below an adequate standard of living and are just about managing at best

Could a Supported Housing Allowance offer a solution to the threat imposed by the LHA Cap?

15 February, 2017

It is very unclear exactly what problem the Government is trying to fix with its proposal to introduce a LHA cap for supported housing

Landlords refuse to take on new Universal Credit claimants in Great Yarmouth

15 February, 2017

Landlords are refusing to take on tenants who are in the process of claiming for benefits

DWP admits it hasn't assessed impact of closing 78 local jobcentres despite announcing policy last month

14 February, 2017

Ministers have denied Google MPs was used to draw up a list of potential closures

More must be done to end fuel poverty

13 February, 2017

Currently 2.38 million families - that is 10.6% of UK households cannot afford to keep their home warm; this is defined as being in 'fuel poverty'

New budgeting support for Universal Credit claimants

13 February, 2017

Free online support to help Universal Credit claimants with their personal finances has been launched.

LHA cap: £64m funding gap risks breaking service

13 February, 2017

The Local Housing Allowance cap for supported housing risks "breaking" sheltered housing, three major specialist housing providers have warned

Bedford foodbank funds frozen 'because of US law'

10 February, 2017

A fundraiser had £400 in donations for a UK foodbank charity frozen after his "very common name" appeared on a restriction list for the US Treasury

Mother of 'fit for work' victim calls for ministers to face criminal charges

10 February, 2017

The mother of a disabled man who starved to death after he was found "fit for work" and lost his out-of-work disability benefits has called for ministers to face criminal charges

Renewed calls to halt Universal Credit pilots

10 February, 2017

The controversial benefits reform pilot scheme should be halted

G4S to take over welfare support for families facing deportation

10 February, 2017

Home Office expected to announce controversial contractor will provide services rather than Barnardo's charity

Benefit cap hitting single parents hardest in Nottingham

10 February, 2017

More than half of the 404 Nottingham households hit by the Government's spending cap are run by single parents

Welfare reform 'will cost Dundee economy £100m a year'

09 February, 2017

The UK government's welfare reform measures are set to cost Dundee's economy almost £100 million every year by 2021

The demise of the welfare state is now the defining issue of our time

09 February, 2017

There are four ways to spend money, as the great economist Milton Friedman once explained

High street banks 'charging more than payday lenders' on overdrafts

09 February, 2017

Borrowers who need as little as £100 could be charged up to £156 more by their bank than a payday lender would demand

Benefits shake-up causing rent arrears

09 February, 2017

The pressure on councils to find the cash for more homes could not come at a worse time for many

'I borrowed money from my mum to buy food': life on universal credit

09 February, 2017

Recipients are falling into rent arrears because of payment delays, forcing some to rely on food banks

Freud says Universal Credit figures 'incomprehensible'

08 February, 2017

Lord Freud has defended the scheme in an evidence session, saying there is an "obsession" to find things wrong with policy

Benefit overpayment recovery: staff guide

08 February, 2017

A DWP staff guide about how overpayments of benefits are recovered

Making the cap fit

07 February, 2017

The new benefit cap, the latest welfare reform, is providing a stern test to our sector and we are starting to see its impact on many of our residents

Universal credit flaws pushing claimants towards debt and eviction

07 February, 2017

Recipients falling into rent arrears because of payment delays, forcing them to turn to food banks

Benefit Cap

06 February, 2017

There is a limit on the total amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get. This is called the benefit cap

City council forced to admit plans to scrap sheltered housing completely

06 February, 2017

The budget for sheltered housing in Glasgow is to be scrapped completely

Mid Ulster housing tenants 'worried' by bedroom tax letters

06 February, 2017

Patsy McGlone has said that there is understandable confusion about the introduction of the bedroom tax on housing benefit payments in Northern Ireland

Concentrix tax credit cases to be reviewed

06 February, 2017

Thousands more families who were wrongly stripped of their tax credits by the US contractor Concentrix are to have their cases reviewed

Cut to disability benefits may make return to work harder

03 February, 2017

Government warned cutting benefits by almost £30 a week may push many disabled people into poverty, instead of incentivising them back into work

Benefit cap: number of households capped to November 2016

03 February, 2017

Number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to November 2016

Benefit cap restores fairness to the system

03 February, 2017

Figures published on 2 February 2017 show that 26,000 households who had their benefits capped have moved into work

Shifting attitudes to welfare: why knowing your audience is key to any campaign strategy

03 February, 2017

This is the second in a series of blogs talking about Shelter's campaign to change public attitudes towards welfare

Disability employment gap

03 February, 2017

The Government is aiming to halve the disability employment gap

New welfare advice centre opens at Dundee hospital

02 February, 2017

A new Advice Centre in Dundee means that visitors, staff and patients can access information on issues including welfare and financial topics without having to leave the hospital

PlaceShapers lobby to sustain supported housing

02 February, 2017

PlaceShapers response to the DCLG and DWP consultation sets proposals to help sustain and develop supported housing for elderly and vulnerable people

Scottish welfare fund helps low income households

01 February, 2017

Total of £116m allocated since the scheme was established

UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years

01 February, 2017

Resolution Foundation says inflation, welfare cuts and squeeze on pay will punish least well-off hardest

Personal injury? Get in touch, urges DWP minister

01 February, 2017

Think you're entitled to money back for supported housing? Get in touch

'More must be done to tackle fuel poverty'

31 January, 2017

According to National Energy Action, fuel poverty now affects over four million households, up from one million in 2004

Scottish councils warn lower benefit cap putting pressure on DHP budgets

31 January, 2017

A number of Scottish councils have warned they may not be able to afford the full cost of DHPs to cover tenants' rent in the future because of the new lower benefit cap

Conservative MPs attack Government for plans to close dozens of local jobcentres

31 January, 2017

MPs accused the DWP of using Google Maps to close the jobcentres

Universal Credit move 'to benefit 700,000 homes'

30 January, 2017

The Scottish government has said up to 700,000 homes will benefit from its plans to make Universal Credit payments more flexible

Universal basic income 'worrying and expensive'

30 January, 2017

Paying everyone in Wales a universal basic income would be a "worrying and extremely expensive socialist experiment"

Reducing homelessness: The bill and beyond

27 January, 2017

In 2015, Wales changed the way it provides support to people threatened with homelessness

Rent reductions: Supporting implementation

27 January, 2017

This revised briefing sets out the practical implications of implementing the -1% rent cut in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Scottish government 'interested' in universal basic income

27 January, 2017

The concept of a universal basic income is of "interest" to the Scottish government as one potential option to reducing poverty and inequality

Alternatives to local welfare schemes - because being unable to afford a fridge should not mean losing your home

26 January, 2017

Making a new tenancy work after a period of homelessness is near on impossible if you have no cooker, fridge, carpets or curtains

Rough sleeping: time to overhaul the way we understand homelessness?

26 January, 2017

The latest rough sleeping data has been released by DCLG and it shows that yet again the number of people forced to sleep on the streets has gone up

The return of the Bedroom Tax monster?

26 January, 2017

Four years ago, when the first wave of welfare cuts was breaking, Shelter Scotland ran a high profile campaign to Banish the Bedroom Tax Monster

Housing Benefit Speed of Processing Statistics

25 January, 2017

Housing Benefit is an income related benefit that is intended to help meet housing costs for rented accommodation

Housing Benefit Entitlement Reductions: Caseload Management Information

25 January, 2017

Housing Benefit (HB) is an income related benefit that is intended to help meet housing costs for rented accommodation

Council tax support schemes in 2017-18: what are the key issues ahead of councils' decisions?

25 January, 2017

The main change between the national Council Tax Benefit scheme and the local Council Tax Support scheme is that now working-age claimants may have to pay some of their council tax liability

Caroline Nokes MP commits to supporting tenants

24 January, 2017

The welfare reform minister has urged housing leaders to lobby her own government over benefits changes

Touchbase - edition 117

24 January, 2017

January 2017

Early warnings about the lower benefit cap

24 January, 2017

The reduction of the benefit cap from £23,000 to £20,000 per household is currently being rolled out across Scotland

'Rogue' landlords receive £2.3bn in housing benefit

24 January, 2017

One in every £10 spent on housing benefit in England goes to a private landlord letting a sub-standard home

Housing benefit claimants increasingly shut out of private rental market

23 January, 2017

Campaigners say growing instances of 'No DSS' are problematic

Disabled and cold: Sandra is penalised for being poor. Fuel poverty is harsh

20 January, 2017

Their freezing home makes her asthmatic son sick, but she can't access a cheaper energy tariff. So she rations heat, cuts out food and goes to bed early

Man dies from heart attack on way home from Jobcentre after being ruled 'fit to work'

19 January, 2017

A man collapsed and died in the street after being ruled "fit to work" and forced to sign on

Sheffield named as Britain's low pay capital

19 January, 2017

Sheffield is Britain's "low pay capital" with hourly rates 10% below the national average

Combating food poverty

19 January, 2017

£350,000 to make fresh and healthy food available

Council landlords welcome Scottish Government's use of new welfare powers

19 January, 2017

Council housing staff across Scotland have welcomed the news that the Scottish Government will use its new welfare powers to allow the housing element of Universal Credit to be paid directly to landlords

DWP slammed for "shambolic" Universal Credit roll-out

18 January, 2017

MP demands figures on how many people are being put on Universal Credit in error

Benefit freezes and "poverty premium" leave struggling families out in the cold

18 January, 2017

Rises in the cost of living will outstrip meagre increases in child benefit by 17 times by 2020

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 8 Dec 2016

18 January, 2017

These experimental statistics cover the total live caseload, starts and claims for Universal Credit

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2017

17 January, 2017

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

Disabled claimant takes DWP to court over email

17 January, 2017

Claimant believes DWP is breaching disability legislation

Concentrix claimant 'taking out payday loans to cope'

17 January, 2017

A benefit claimant has told the BBC she is still suffering as a result of having her payments wrongly blocked by the US contractor Concentrix

HMRC criticised over spiralling payments to outsourcing firm

17 January, 2017

Watchdog says tax officials increased commission paid to outsourcing firm Concentrix despite evidence of failure

Government yet to introduce bedroom tax exemption despite court ruling

17 January, 2017

The government is yet to exempt certain people with a disability from the bedroom tax despite a Supreme Court ruling two months ago

Stormont votes for bedroom tax mitigation payments

17 January, 2017

Northern Irish politicians have voted for regulations that will mitigate the effect of the upcoming bedroom tax despite the political turmoil taking place in the country

Contradictory advice of civil servants has ministers at odds on welfare cash

16 January, 2017

The two ministers at the centre of the row over a 'bedroom tax' relief scheme have published conflicting advice from their most senior civil servants

Universal Credit tenants in arrears increases to 86%

16 January, 2017

The percentage of council tenants on Universal Credit in rent arrears has increased to a "critically high" 86% over the past year

Universal Credit to be paid more regularly in Scotland

16 January, 2017

The Scottish Government plans to use its new social security powers for the first time to make Universal Credit payments more regular

Universal Credit - Progress Update

16 January, 2017

This publication sets out the results of a survey launched in November 2016 of 33 stock retaining councils and Arm's Length Management Organisations

Welsh Social Landlords take new approach to January Debt

16 January, 2017

New data solution identifies those at risk to loan sharks

First use of new Scots welfare powers over Universal Credit

13 January, 2017

The Scottish government plans use its new social security powers for the first time to increase the frequency of Universal Credit payments

Resolution in sight for NI mitigation measures

13 January, 2017

Political wrangling over Stormont's plan to mitigate the impact of the so-called bedroom tax seems to be ending

Deadlock in Stormont could spell turmoil for social housing tenants

13 January, 2017

The resignation of Martin McGuinness jeopardises Northern Ireland's plans to delay the bedroom tax - introducing it now wouldn't just be cruel, but dangerous

'Bedroom tax' impact mitigation scheme 'not a way forward'

11 January, 2017

The communities minister has said a scheme proposed by the finance minister to mitigate the impact of the 'bedroom tax' is not possible

Housing chief's concerns amid welfare overhaul

06 January, 2017

A Dundee housing chief has warned that "horrendous" changes to welfare payments could plunge some of the city's poorest people further into poverty

Scotland labels UK welfare changes 'damaging'

06 January, 2017

Minister Jeane Freeman has expressed strong opposition to the UK Government on its changes to the welfare system

January is the cruellest month for families with just 50p to pay the rent

06 January, 2017

Theresa May isn't helping 'just about managing' families - she's hammering them in an ideological crusade by slashing the benefit cap

SNP and Labour unite against Westminster 'Bedroom Tax Two' welfare cuts

06 January, 2017

Scotland's government and opposition parties have attacked Whitehall plans for fresh welfare cuts dubbed 'Bedroom Tax Two' with one prominent figure the proposals "must be stopped"

Tenants to lose £1.9m in benefits

06 January, 2017

Luton tenants are expected to lose around £1.9m a year in housing benefit after a new Benefit Cap was enacted by the government on Boxing Day

Welfare changes 'damaging' to low income families

05 January, 2017

Minister for Social Security Jeane Freeman has expressed strong opposition to the UK Government on its proposal to limit the number of children in families who can qualify for Child Tax Credit

Building our homes, communities and future

05 January, 2017

Local government shares the collective national ambition to build one million new homes

The secretly homeless social worker who used welfare services she offered others

05 January, 2017

Just a few thousand pounds of debt say Theresa Yemisi Williams sleeping in her car and dealing with the mental breakdown of her daughter

Families left with just 50p a week in housing benefit after cuts

05 January, 2017

Forty-two Grimsby-area families have been left with 50p or less a week in Housing Benefit, following rules that brought in a lower cap for claimants

Petrol and food prices expected to continue rising in 2017

04 January, 2017

With prices at pumps starting the year at their highest since 2014, cost of food and other essentials is also predicted to go up

Midland Heart has deployed rostrvm for Housing to tackle the impact of Universal Credit

04 January, 2017

Midland Heart is a leading UK housing, care and support business, providing 33,000 high quality affordable homes to over 70,000 customers

More than 2.3m families living in fuel poverty in England

03 January, 2017

Tories urged to act as one in 10 households is fuel poor, rising to about one in five for those renting from private landlords

Universal basic income trials being considered in Scotland

03 January, 2017

Two councils, Fife and Glasgow, are investigating idea of offering everyone a fixed income regardless of earnings

Need for rethink on Bedroom Tax II

03 January, 2017

Some were always sceptical about Theresa May's speech on the steps of Downing Street about helping families who are just about getting by

New benefits cap affecting 3,500 Sheffield children 'is despicable'

29 December, 2016

A Government crackdown on the amount of benefits one family can claim affecting 3,500 Sheffield children is 'despicable'

Homelessness group worker suspended for sleeping rough in council garage

28 December, 2016

Arleen Matthews suspended by organisation that manages homes for London's Haringey council after she was evicted for falling behind with rent

Judge tells benefit fraudster she is taking money from 'people like me'

23 December, 2016

A mother who stole almost £80,000 in welfare handouts has been condemned by a judge for taking money from "people like me"

New Universal Credit benefits system in East Lothian linked to petty crime

22 December, 2016

A controversial new benefits system has been cited as an increased factor in instances of petty crime

Benefits are Changing

22 December, 2016

Did you know the benefit system has been changing?

Half of people on emergency food supplies may go without heating this winter

21 December, 2016

Almost half of people referred to foodbanks are at risk of going cold as well as hungry this winter

Charity calls for major changes to Bedroom Tax

21 December, 2016

Anti-poverty commission proposes major changes to the Bedroom Tax

East Lothian rent arrears up 20 per cent in first three months of Universal Credit

20 December, 2016

Universal Credit has caused a 20 per cent rise in rent arrears from East Lothian Council tenants in just three months

Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions early warning trial evaluation: interim report

20 December, 2016

This report presents interim findings from the Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions early warning trial

Fifth of Scots struggling on pay below real living wage

19 December, 2016

The number of Scots struggling to get by on low pay is on the rise prompting fresh calls for the Scottish Government to "get to grips" with poverty among people in work

Fuel poverty in the UK

19 December, 2016

When a household can't afford adequate heating this is referred to as 'fuel poverty'

Why politicians must listen to people on low incomes

16 December, 2016

One reason UK poverty persists is that people on low incomes are often marginalised. They must have a stronger voice in democracy

The Welfare State is an extension of us, not a replacement for us

16 December, 2016

The Welfare State is an important extension of our human community's capacity to care; not a replacement for it

Inquiry into supported housing funding reform launched

16 December, 2016

The Work and Pensions Committee and the Communities and Local Government Committee launch a joint inquiry into the Government's funding reform for supported housing

Call for universal basic income trail in the West Midlands

15 December, 2016

Unison's 20-point manifesto also calls for the building of genuinely affordable housing, fair public transport fares and English language lessons for new arrivals

Energy companies urged to tackle 'poverty premium' paid by low income households

15 December, 2016

Representatives from the 'Big Six' energy companies attended a summit yesterday looking at ways to help low income households living in fuel poverty

Bereaved unmarried mother loses benefits test case

14 December, 2016

A "groundbreaking" ruling which gave an unmarried mother entitlement to a widowed parent's allowance after her partner's death has been overturned

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 10 Nov 2016

14 December, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 10 November 2016

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to October 2016

14 December, 2016

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

Women have suffered 86% of the impact of tax and benefit changes since 2010

14 December, 2016

Labour accuses the Government of a 'woeful record' towards women - and a complete disinterest in the issue

Have cuts to Council Tax Support in England led to rising council tax arrears?

13 December, 2016

Council Tax arrears have risen in the years since the introduction of Council Tax Support

Welfare Reform Impact report

13 December, 2016

This report considers the impact of the changes in welfare support on social landlords' income, arrears and collection costs

Discretionary Housing Payments guidance manual

13 December, 2016

This guidance is for local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales who are responsible for administering Discretionary Housing Payments

Jobseeker's Allowance: statistics on claim duration and sanctions

13 December, 2016

Information about the length of time individuals have claimed Jobseeker's Allowance and the number of sanctions imposed

Blaenau Gwent to see launch of fuel bank to help foodbank users

13 December, 2016

It is only the second area in South Wales to provide the service

Council tax bills set for further inflation-busting rises

12 December, 2016

Council tax bills across England are set for a second year of inflation-busting rises in April

Unpaid benefits at record level

12 December, 2016

A total of £1.7bn in benefits was not paid to those entitled to the money in 2015-16 owing to fraud and error, a new record rate of underpayment

Claimants win 60 per cent of benefit appeals

09 December, 2016

Tribunals and gender recognition certificate statistics quarterly: July to September 2016

The housing poverty trap means work doesn't pay

09 December, 2016

A toxic trio of high rents, low pay and cuts to in-work benefits have created a perfect storm, with housing costs fueling poverty

2,000 disabled people wrongly declared 'fit to work' by DWP in just three months

09 December, 2016

Most appeals found the original decision was wrong

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

08 December, 2016

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

ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: December 2016

08 December, 2016

Outcomes of Employment Support Allowance Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals information

Recovery of overpaid benefits hits record high of £1 billion

08 December, 2016

A record £1 billion in overpaid benefits through fraud and error was recovered in 2015/16, latest figures show

Coping with the cap

08 December, 2016

After a year of rumours, promises and fears, Simon Brandon asks what the future will look like for supported housing once the new funding mechanism kicks in

Universal Credit roll out to begin in September 2017

07 December, 2016

Communities Minister Paul Givan today announced plans for the roll out of Universal Credit in Northern Ireland

Staggering £800,000 weekly bill for benefit fraud in Northern Ireland

07 December, 2016

The cost of fraud in Northern Ireland's benefits system has reached its highest level for more than a decade

The rent gap: what is the local housing allowance?

07 December, 2016

The LHA benefit helps tenants renting privately who can't afford their full housing costs

Study finds 7m Britons in poverty despite being from working families

07 December, 2016

More than 7 million people in the UK are living in poverty despite being part of a working family

New style Jobseeker's Allowance

06 December, 2016

Depending on your circumstances you may be able to claim new style Jobseeker's Allowance

Almost 100,000 households move out of fuel poverty

06 December, 2016

Charities warn against complacency with around 748,000 Scottish households still fuel poor

Overpaid housing benefits 'funded terrorism'

06 December, 2016

Cash held in a housing benefit account was handed to a suspect in the Brussels airport bombing during a meeting in a Birmingham park

One in three people claiming sickness benefits have conditions which are fuelled by obesity

06 December, 2016

One in three people claiming benefits because they are too sick to work have conditions which are fuelled by obesity, a government review has found

No 10 rules out forcing obese people to undergo treatment to get benefits

06 December, 2016

Theresa May's spokesman says sanctioning obese people who refuse help is not under consideration after report dismissed idea

Kayleigh is on universal credit. Her first payment arrives next year

02 December, 2016

The built-in delay in universal credit payments means she and her two young children will have to rely on £34/week child benefit over Christmas

Theresa May appears to have 'historically obsolete' view on welfare

02 December, 2016

Despite her claim to govern not in the interests of the privileged few Ms May is continuing austerity with further welfare

Minister who helped create the Universal Credit leaves government

02 December, 2016

A minister instrumental to Conservative welfare reform has left his government post after more than six years

Welfare reform update

02 December, 2016

National Housing Federation welfare reform update

Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary at August 2016 published

01 December, 2016

The Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary, providing an overview of the main DfC administered benefits, has been published

Campaign launched to move beyond foodbanks in Scotland

01 December, 2016

Charities awarded cash to find more dignified solution

Tax credit benefit removals criticised by MPs

01 December, 2016

A "cut first, think later" attitude plunged tax credit claimants into humiliating hardship and debt

One in four Jobseeker's Allowance claimants caught abusing benefits system as watchdog reveals chaos

30 November, 2016

One in four people on Jobseeker's Allowance has been punished for abusing the benefits system in the last five years

Benefits sanctions don't work and plunge claimants 'hunger and depression'

30 November, 2016

The benefit sanctions system has become a 'postcode lottery' and is doing more harm than good, according to the public spending watchdog

Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland: as at 30 September 2016

30 November, 2016

Following consultation with users, the frequency of Discretionary Housing Payments publications has reduced from quarterly to six-monthly

'Limited evidence' for benefit sanctions

30 November, 2016

Benefit sanctions leading to "hardship, hunger and depression" are being imposed on people despite "limited evidence" on how well they work

Evidence shows benefit sanctions are not fit for purpose

30 November, 2016

The sanctions system is in urgent need of reform

Benefit sanctions

30 November, 2016

This report examines the Department for Work & Pensions' administration of benefit sanctions in Great Britain

Autumn Statement 2016

29 November, 2016

This briefing covers the main announcements relevant to housing and housing associations in the 2016 Autumn Statement

Rise in 'child benefit loans' to cover Christmas costs

29 November, 2016

Parents struggling to access affordable credit are turning to a co-operative for an 'advance' on their welfare payments

A toxic concoction means women of colour are hit hardest by austerity

29 November, 2016

Minority-ethnic working-class women experience triple discrimination through class, race and gender - but their voices are never heard in the austerity debate

Councils could face new duty to prevent homelessness

29 November, 2016

As rents rise and benefits fall, more people face losing their home

Proposed benefit and pension rates 2017 to 2018

28 November, 2016

A list of the proposed benefit rates and pension rates for 2017 to 2018

The long road to shifting attitudes on welfare

28 November, 2016

There is little doubt that when it comes to the question of welfare the public aren't exactly flag waving supporters

The Autumn Statement was a let-down for 'just about managing' families. How do we talk about poverty in a way that makes politicians listen?

28 November, 2016

The Autumn Statement contained some measures aimed at helping the so-called 'just about managing' in society

A statement of intent on the LHA

28 November, 2016

Paul Langley blogs on the far-reaching implications of the UK government's latest announcement on the LHA and social housing

Mum-of-four faces losing home after 75% housing benefit cut

25 November, 2016

Keiley Messham, from Rhewl, has had her support cut from £124 a week to just £34 since benefit cap brought in

Scotland could trial giving each citizen a universal basic income

25 November, 2016

Development of radical scheme, which would see welfare benefits including child and tax credits replaced with universal flat-rate payment, due to be tested in Fife

Local Housing Allowance cap U-turn 'creates new bedroom tax'

25 November, 2016

Housing association leaders have compared a shift in the government's Local Housing Allowance cap policy to the controversial bedroom tax because it will hit tenants in their current circumstances

Widened scope of LHA cap 'to affect over 240,000 more tenancies in Scotland'

24 November, 2016

The SFHA has highlighted that 241,000 more tenants in Scotland will be affected by the announcement that all social housing tenants on Universal Credit will be brought under the new LHA cap

'I worry about money all the time': the Jam reality in Birmingham

24 November, 2016

The households Theresa May promised to help in her first speech on the steps of Downing Street are waiting nervously

Autumn Statement 2016: Iain Duncan Smith tells Philip Hammond to do more to reverse welfare cuts

24 November, 2016

The former Work and Pensions Secretary welcomes moves to cushion cuts to universal credit - but says they must be a 'downpayment' only

Government's £500,000 legal bill over Bedroom Tax

24 November, 2016

Figures show massive bill for legal proceedings over 'bedroom tax'

Four ways the Autumn Statement could help those who are just about managing

23 November, 2016

How can the Chancellor improve the prospects of people who are struggling to make ends meet while boosting the economy?

Autumn Statement: Philip Hammond to invest £1 billion in welfare to ease impact of George Osborne's cuts

23 November, 2016

More than £1 billion will be diverted into the welfare system in a move designed to ease the impact of cuts introduced by George Osborne

Philip Hammond rejects calls to reverse £3bn annual cut to work allowance

23 November, 2016

While the chancellor will soften the impact of in-work benefits cuts by reducing taper rates, Osborne's other key pledge will remain in place

Millions affected by universal credit cuts to be partly compensated by chancellor

22 November, 2016

Philip Hammond will attempt in the autumn statement to fulfil PM's pledge to support families who are 'just about managing'

Government delays plans to cap housing benefit by a year

22 November, 2016

The Government has delayed its plans to cap housing benefit by a year, as it unveiled plans for a radical overhaul of the system

Government backtracks on a new 'bedroom tax' set to hit thousands of poorer pensioners

22 November, 2016

The proposal to penalise older people in social housing who 'underoccupy' their homes - revealed by The Independent - will be delayed by one year

LHA cap will hit existing Universal Credit tenants

22 November, 2016

The government has announced the Local Housing Allowance cap will apply to all tenants who receive Universal Credit, in a significant change that could affect thousands of tenants

Universal Credit pilot council calls for suspension

22 November, 2016

One of the councils piloting the roll-out of Universal Credit has written to the Department for Work and Pensions calling for the immediate suspension of the housing benefit part of the new system

A survey of the UK benefit system

22 November, 2016

This briefing note provides a survey of the benefit system in Great Britain

Housing Benefit and Universal Credit: Written statement - HCWS273

21 November, 2016

One of the Government's key commitments is to protect the most vulnerable

No wonder people are being forced to live in caravans - housing benefit bears no relation to reality anymore

21 November, 2016

Housing benefit has been subject to repeated cuts since 2011 and is only set to get worse with Local Housing Allowance rates frozen until 2020

Concentrix was wrong to stop tax credits in 90 per cent of appealed cases

21 November, 2016

Appeals have been overwhelmingly successful

We must reform Universal Credit to prevent it from penalising low-earners

21 November, 2016

When the government announced plans to cut £4bn of in-work social security in its summer budget last year, it was widely condemned by commentators and organisations for hitting some of the poorest working families hardest

Gateshead furniture charity warning over benefit cap

21 November, 2016

A cap on benefit payments to people in social housing could leave some tenants unable to furnish their homes

Austerity effect hits women 'twice as hard as it does men'

21 November, 2016

Tax and benefit changes since 2010 have increased equality gap

'Just about managing' families to be £2,500 a year worse off by 2020

21 November, 2016

Cost of austerity shown in research as PM prepares to announce cutting corporation tax to lowest of top 20 economies

Tory MPs call for welfare cuts rethink after pause motion passed

18 November, 2016

No MPs voted against motion to stop cuts to employment support allowance, with 127 in favour, but it is only symbolic

Number of care workers on zero-hours contracts jumps to one in seven

18 November, 2016

The latest in a series on the increasingly precarious world of work finds accusations of 'endemic' abuse of minimum wage laws

Talking about poverty: how experts and the public understand UK poverty

18 November, 2016

The idea of poverty and the meaning of the term in the UK is contested, and those working to tackle poverty are finding it difficult to shift negative public attitudes and cultivate broad public support for policies to solve it

£30 week cut to ESA intolerable says Disability Rights UK

17 November, 2016

A £30 a week cut in income is intolerable, especially when disabled people often live in deep poverty

Unemployment drops to fresh 11-year low but rise in benefit claims signals jobs slowdown ahead

17 November, 2016

Britain's jobless rate fell to a fresh 11-year low in the quarter to September

Fuel poverty: How can UK tackle cold homes and high bills?

17 November, 2016

One in ten families in the UK face heating bills they cannot afford this winter

Richmond faces huge homeless bill: London's richest borough to spend £3.5m with more than 100 families in need of emergency housing

17 November, 2016

The maximum allowed in benefits falls short of the cost of renting in London's richest borough

'Rent costs mean we keep having to move home'

17 November, 2016

"We've basically never had a family home. We've never been anywhere where we could actually put our stamp on."

Devolution of Scottish welfare 'being used as political football'

16 November, 2016

Social security minister Jeane Freeman accuses opponents of 'careless disregard for the impact their words'

Benefits transfer delay claims 'utter nonsense'

16 November, 2016

Nicola Sturgeon has dismissed as "absolute utter nonsense" suggestions the Scottish Government is delaying taking responsibility for new welfare powers

How our benefit and housing policies forced a 60-year-old woman onto the streets

16 November, 2016

What happens when the welfare state shuts its doors

SNP Social Security Minister denies ducking welfare powers

16 November, 2016

The SNP's Social Security Minister denied her government was trying to duck new powers over welfare after it emerged there will be a three-year delay in her taking responsibility for making payments

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 13 Oct 2016

16 November, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 13 October 2016

From welfare state to welfare system

16 November, 2016

A welfare state is not enough. We need a system that involves many players - health professionals, employers and voluntary organisations

Benefit sanctions statistics: background information and methodology

16 November, 2016

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

Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to June 2016

16 November, 2016

Data on Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions decisions made to June 2016

Long benefit payment delays affect 92,000 claimants in one year, forcing many to use food banks

15 November, 2016

People are turning to emergency food parcels because the Government is still failing to process new claims quickly enough

Under-Occupancy Charge Urgent Question

15 November, 2016

Recorded coverage of the urgent question in the House of Commons on the recent Supreme Court decision on the Under-Occupancy Charge applied to housing benefit

Renting in the UK: number of tenants with a spare room falls to lowest level on record

15 November, 2016

The number of tenants with a spare bedroom has halved over the past six years

Spike in food bank usage blamed on delays in benefit claims

15 November, 2016

MP Frank Field calls for five-day target to process applications, saying too many being left for too long without support

Fraudster dodges jail after renting out Notting Hill housing association home while claiming benefit tax

15 November, 2016

Soran Karimi was given a suspended prison sentence when he appeared at Isleworth Crown Court

Tory MP Attacks Theresa May On Bedroom Tax And Disability Cuts

14 November, 2016

Ken Loach urges Chancellor to drop cuts

Employees £3,500 a year worse off under Tories

14 November, 2016

Party says slow wage growth means chancellor should not go ahead with 'damaging cuts' to universal credit

Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2016 to Mar 2017

11 November, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit mid-year estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2016 to 2017

The fight goes on to free more families from the bedroom tax nightmare

11 November, 2016

Forcing people to pay for 'extra' rooms is deliberately cruel and punishes people who, through no fault of their own, have nowhere else to go

Liverpool plans referendum on 10% council tax rise

11 November, 2016

Mayor says 'desperate' council needs £90m over next three years amid government cuts

London boroughs prepare for impacts of lowered benefit cap

11 November, 2016

The cap is not being lowered as much in London as in the rest of the country, but even so the numbers left worse off will more than double

Supreme Court's rulings mean bedroom tax 'will still unfairly hit thousands'

11 November, 2016

The government's "bedroom tax" discriminates unlawfully against some disabled people who need an extra bedroom because of their impairment, but not against others

Dozens of Welsh councillors failed to pay their council tax in time last year

10 November, 2016

The figures were revealed following freedom of information requests by Private Eye magazine

Families win supreme court appeals over 'unfair' bedroom tax

10 November, 2016

Panel upholds claim of Jacqueline Carmichael, who is disabled, and carers Paul and Susan Rutherford against housing law

Mhairi Black slams "shameful" rise in foodbank use

10 November, 2016

500,000 three-day emergency food supplies were given out in the first half of this year - over 188,500 were for children

The new benefit cap will not only make people poorer - it will harm their health

10 November, 2016

For many families living on very low incomes who rely on state support to help pay their rent, it's just got even harder to make ends meet

Two cases won against housing benefit cut

09 November, 2016

A woman who suffers from spina bifida and a couple who look after their severely disabled grandson have won their Supreme Court appeals against the so-called "bedroom tax"

Theresa May has kept George Osborne's most callous and stupid welfare cut in place

09 November, 2016

The benefit cap doesn't address the underlying reason why a small minority of families receive outsize benefit payments, which is that rents have soared due to a chronic shortage of new housing supply

Benefits rethink urged as 24% of NI children 'living in poverty'

09 November, 2016

Almost one in four children lives in poverty in Northern Ireland

Win for 'bedroom tax' fight at Supreme Court

09 November, 2016

Court finds for two families - but other challenges to the policy are dismissed despite 'profound sympathy' from senior judges

Benefit cap 'not designed as cost-saving measure'

08 November, 2016

The lowered overall household benefits cap was never "designed as a cost-saving" measure

Benefits squeeze

08 November, 2016

The lower benefit cap has kicked in, a day that many households may have been anxiously awaiting, faced with the prospect of losing up to £100 a week.

Former DWP minister Stephen Crabb admits disability benefit test is 'traumatic'

08 November, 2016

Ex-Work and Pensions Secretary urges the Government to 'fix' the assessment process for Personal Independence Payments

The extended benefit cap is a cynical ploy by the UK government

08 November, 2016

It will simply foster division and prejudice, without tackling the roots of the problems

UK austerity policies 'amount to violations of disabled people's rights'

08 November, 2016

UN says measures aimed at reducing public spending since 2010 have affected disabled people disproportionately

Damian Green says government's benefits cap is a 'real success'

07 November, 2016

Work and pensions secretary hails cap, set to be lowered at a cost for 88,000 families of an average of more than £2,000 a year

Brutal reality of lower benefit cap hits home for struggling UK families

07 November, 2016

Tens of thousands more UK households will see their benefits capped on Monday despite little proof it grows employment

A tighter benefit cap

07 November, 2016

A lower cap on the total amount of benefits that households can receive comes into force on 7th November

Lower benefit cap comes into effect

07 November, 2016

Changes to the benefit cap come into effect on 7 November 2016, reducing the total amount of benefits a household can receive

New benefit cap starts amid fears for single parents

07 November, 2016

A single mother has told the BBC she fears losing her home, on the day the new benefits cap is introduced

Lower benefit cap will hit 11,000 children

04 November, 2016

The homes of about 11,000 children in Wales will lose hundreds of pounds a month under a new lower cap on benefit payments

Social landlords fund research into Universal Credit

04 November, 2016

A London council has commissioned independent research into the effects of Universal Credit on social housing tenants

New benefits cap will force single parents to 'choose between a roof over their child's head and food'

04 November, 2016

It is more difficult for single parents to find work because of childcare duties

DWP head denies sanctions and suicide link

04 November, 2016

Welfare minister defends sanctions regime, despite evidence it is hurting the vulnerable

Landlords will make 'benefit cap' tenants even poorer

04 November, 2016

Despite his ongoing protestations about the bedroom tax, even Rob Gershon can see that the impending reduction in the overall benefit cap is a more damaging policy for tenants

The benefit cap: time for a rethink

04 November, 2016

The reduction to the benefit cap starts on Monday, putting more families at risk of losing their home

Benefit cap makes large parts of UK unaffordable

03 November, 2016

Benefit cap undermines the government's housebuilding plans

New benefits cap may force 300,000 families to move

03 November, 2016

Fall-out from the new benefit cap is expected to trigger a surge in families seeking cheaper homes to rent

Benefit cap: number of households capped to August 2016

03 November, 2016

Number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to August 2016

Record homeless toll results in £23m bill for temporary housing

03 November, 2016

More than £23m has been spent on emergency housing in the last five years as the number of homeless people hit a record high

Rallying round to help victims of benefit cuts

03 November, 2016

The impact of the new, lower benefit cap on Birkenhead's vulnerable human underbelly is powerfully described by Aditya Chakrabortty

Benefits system fails people with mental health problems

03 November, 2016

New social security system must work for people with mental health problems

Theresa May to slash major benefit for 157,000 families next week

02 November, 2016

"HORRENDOUS" housing benefit cuts will plunge more than 157,000 of Britain's poorest homes into crippling poverty

Tory MPs launch fresh revolt against looming disability benefits cuts

02 November, 2016

A group of Conservative MPs is threatening to challenge Budget legislation over a £30-a-week cut to employment and support allowance - coming in next April

How council cuts are devastating the poorest communities

02 November, 2016

The poorest Scots who are most dependent on the voluntary sector are being disproportionately hit by council cuts

What is the new benefit cap and will it affect me? The government's cuts explained

02 November, 2016

Soon thousands of families will start losing up to £115 a week. So what is it, how did we get here, and will it affect you?

Benefit Cap rollout

01 November, 2016

The new Benefit Cap will be introduced from 17 November through to the end of January 2017

Direct payment to landlords could be six years away

01 November, 2016

The direct payment of the housing element of Universal Credit to social landlords may not happen until 2022

Nearly half of social housing tenants 'can't afford to eat'

01 November, 2016

Survey shows four in 10 tenants on benefits go hungry and half turn off winter heating because they're strapped for cash

Tory and SNP MPs demand benefit cut debate

01 November, 2016

Some Conservative MPs are to join the SNP in demanding a debate on postponing disability benefit cuts

Housing benefit overpayments are costing Plymouth taxpayers £1 million a year

01 November, 2016

Housing benefit overpayments are expected to cost Plymouth taxpayers an estimated £1million this year

Benefit cap: actions taken by local authorities and DWP staff

01 November, 2016

Local authorities and DWP staff share actions they have taken to support claimants that are affected by the benefit cap changes

The likely impact of the lower over all benefit cap

01 November, 2016

The overall benefit cap was introduced between April and September 2013

Universal Credit: and welfare cuts effect on incomes

31 October, 2016

Universal Credit is a single payment made to welfare claimants that rolls together six existing benefits whilst encouraging people into work by making work pay

Housing Benefit subsidy initial estimates: Apr 2016 to Mar 2017

31 October, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2016 to 2017

Anger of IDS over £3.4bn welfare cuts: Former minister to call for cuts imposed by George Osborne to be reversed

28 October, 2016

Iain Duncan Smith resigned from Cabinet shortly before EU referendum

A man falsely claimed £40,000 in benefits after failing to declare he owned a house

28 October, 2016

Christopher Prole, who owned a house worth £65,000, falsely claimed Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction and Employment and Support Allowance

59-year-old declared fit for work - while he has brain surgery

28 October, 2016

A former chef had his sickness benefits stopped - while he was in hospital recovering from emergency brain surgery

Iain Duncan Smith urges PM to reverse Universal Credit cuts

28 October, 2016

Former Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is urging Theresa May to reverse cuts to Universal Credit

Welfare reform could price tenants out of social housing

27 October, 2016

House prices are increasing in comparison to wages, meaning it's harder and harder to afford a home

A problem shared

27 October, 2016

Cuts in housing benefit for young single people under 35 have forced shared housing on to the agenda for social landlords

Record low interest rates help fuel demand for personal loans and credit cards

27 October, 2016

Record low interest rates are helping to fuel a strong demand for personal loans and credit cards, as consumer credit grows at its fastest levels in nearly a decade

The impact of benefit sanctioning on food insecurity: a dynamic cross-area study of food bank us age in the UK

27 October, 2016

Household food security, which may be compromised by short-term income shocks, is a key determinant of health

Last call in Scots devolved welfare system consultation

26 October, 2016

Ministers have issued a final call for views on how benefits should be delivered in Scotland's devolved social security system

Jobcentre areas where couples and families can claim Universal Credit

26 October, 2016

Universal Credit is already available to single people throughout Great Britain. It is also available to couples and families in some jobcentre areas

Housing Benefit: statistics on speed of processing 2016 to 2017

26 October, 2016

Speed of processing is a measure of the average time it takes to process a new claim or a change in circumstance of an existing claimant

Housing Benefit: entitlement reductions, 2016 to 2017 (experimental)

26 October, 2016

Quarterly statistics on Housing Benefit entitlement reductions identified by local authorities as a proportion of expected reductions

Housing Benefit: Speed of Processing overview

26 October, 2016

Speed of processing is the mean average processing time in calendar days, rounded to the nearest day

I've been a tourist in benefits land. I know what it does to you

26 October, 2016

Like the hero of Ken Loach's film, I, Daniel Blake, I faced a box-ticking assessment designed to thwart and frustrate the people it's supposed to support

More support for low income households

26 October, 2016

£9.2 million given out during times of crisis

Hotel bills for homeless people run into billions

26 October, 2016

Councils have spent billions of pounds putting homeless people up in bed and breakfasts, hotels and private rented homes

A third of Scots are now living in fuel poverty

25 October, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of households struggle to heat their homes - despite a pledge to eradicate the problem by November

Rent warning to Enfield tenants in advance of new benefits cap

25 October, 2016

Tenants are being warned to ensure they keep up their rent payments when government benefit cap changes come into force on November 7

Government to support new legislation to reduce homelessness

25 October, 2016

The Homelessness Reduction Private Members Bill is to be supported by the government, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed today

Employment support cuts could affect 45,000 disabled jobseekers

24 October, 2016

Association warns schemes set to replace current government programmes are dramatically smaller

An independent Scotland would protect vulnerable welfare claimants claims I

24 October, 2016

An independent Scotland would not allow welfare claimants to be persecuted and humiliated in the same way as the main characters as in the newly-released film, I Daniel Blake

Housing Benefit subsidy initial estimates: Apr 2015 to Mar 2016

24 October, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2015 to 2016

Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2015 to Mar 2016

24 October, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit mid-year estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2015 to 2016

Housing Benefit subsidy initial pre-audit final claims: Apr 2015 to Mar 2016

24 October, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial pre-audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2015 to 2016

'Can a charity help me pay my utility bills?'

24 October, 2016

There are some charitable grants available for people who are having problems affording some utility bills

Exceptions to the limiting of the individual Child Element of Child Tax Credit and the Child Element of Universal Credit to a maximum of two children

24 October, 2016

The consultation seeks views and evidence in relation to the detailed design and implementation of the exceptions to the policy to limit the Individual Child Element of Child Tax Credit and the Child Element of Universal Credit to a maximum of two children

Theresa May 'raiding' childcare fund for poor families to fulfil election promise

24 October, 2016

Disadvantaged children paying the price as ministers struggle to fund election promise of extra childcare hours for the better-off

HMRC to take over work of tax credits firm Concentrix

21 October, 2016

US firm that was hired to handle UK claims and prevent fraud - but was accused of 'targeting families' - loses contract renewal

Givan announces campaign to raise awareness of Personal Independence Payment

21 October, 2016

Communities Minister Paul Givan MLA has announced an advertising campaign to raise public awareness of the new Personal Independence Payment benefit

Fining homeless people for being homeless is cruel and unworkable

21 October, 2016

One in 10 councils are using their powers to criminalise rough sleepers - let's hope public anger can translate into pressure to end homelessness, for good

DWP to create new Universal Credit tech lead role

21 October, 2016

Recruitment underway for entirely new position to oversee technology scope of the new digital service gradually being trialled as part of government's delayed welfare reforms

Theresa May faces Tory backlash over planned cuts to in-work benefits

21 October, 2016

Backbenchers girding themselves' for campaign to make new system of universal credit fairer before chancellor's autumn statement

DWP must end harmful welfare conditionality

20 October, 2016

The Behavioural Insights Team says using the threat of sanctions may be counterproductive

Falling sterling, rising prices and the benefits freeze

20 October, 2016

This morning the Office for National Statistics announced that inflation, as measured by the CPI, was 1.0% in the year to September

Welfare reform criticised as social housing changes approved

20 October, 2016

Government welfare reform came under fire as a council approved changes to its letting policy for social housing

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 6 Oct 2016

19 October, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 6 October 2016

Universal Credit opened up work for Beverley and now she's really enjoying her job

19 October, 2016

Here's how Beverley was offered the job and has continued to receive support from Universal Credit since

BME communities 'disproportionately impacted' by Universal Credit

19 October, 2016

With the BME National conference later this week, 24housing are publishing a series of pieces to mark the occasion

Food banks 'a poor solution' as hungry families stay away

18 October, 2016

For every person who uses a food bank in Glasgow almost another four face going hungry

Self-employed earn less than in 2001 - and will be hit by welfare cuts

18 October, 2016

Number of people working for themselves up by half in 15 years but their average pay down £60 a week

People with experience of benefits to design new social security system

17 October, 2016

At least 2,000 people who have direct experience of receiving benefits are to help shape Scotland's first ever social security system

Rape victims who give birth to be forced to report their abuse or face losing child benefits

14 October, 2016

Women's charities condemn 'unacceptable' and 'deeply flawed' plans

Universal state pension age review 'a breath of fresh air'

14 October, 2016

The possibility of replacing the universal state pension age with something more tailored to people's individual needs has been raised

Welfare reforms not made expected savings

14 October, 2016

Big headline-grabbing reforms of the welfare system have not been very good at saving money

Universal Credit - and help with budgeting

14 October, 2016

Universal Credit is opening up work for people across the North West by making more opportunities available than ever before

Joint ministerial welfare group discusses progress of transfer of powers

13 October, 2016

UK and Scottish government ministers met again this week as part of the on-going process to transfer the remaining welfare powers under the Scotland Act 2016

How benefit cuts will hit the 50,000 homes programme

13 October, 2016

LHA restrictions will hamper the Scottish Government's plan to deliver 50,000 homes over the next five years

Universal Credit is "less generous" than tax credits

13 October, 2016

For the first time, an authoritative statutory body has recognised that the cuts to Universal Credit announced in last summer's Budget will mean that it is much less generous than was originally planned

Will disability benefits appeals become less fair?

12 October, 2016

Plans to scrap in-person tribunals and remove expert panel members risk skewing the system further against disabled claimants

Bedroom tax: Pensioners in Somerset could be hit by change to subsidy

12 October, 2016

Pensioners in Somerset will be hit by changes to the way older people get housing benefit

From bedroom tax to business owner in one year

12 October, 2016

A housing association tenant has turned her life around with help from a self-employment course

Office for Budget Responsibility: Welfare trends report

12 October, 2016

This is our third Welfare trends report, in which we examine trends in public spending on different elements of the welfare system, including those subject to the Government's 'welfare cap'

New funding allows Link to extend project for tenants affected by welfare reform

11 October, 2016

Link Group has been awarded an additional £40,715 to extend its Welfare Reform project until March 2017

Single mother had to give up her job when her £140-a-week tax credits were stopped after Government-hired scandal-hit firm wrongly claimed she was living with people she had never met

11 October, 2016

A single mother lost her job when her tax credits were stopped by scandal-hit firm Concentrix after it wrongly claimed she was living with people she'd never met

Council cuts push specialist housing for vulnerable people into the cold

11 October, 2016

Charities say 14% fall in spending by councils on supported housing for people with mental health issues is short-sighted and will cost more in the long run

'I have £47 a week to pay for all of my food and my bills' This is what happens at a Cardiff food bank

10 October, 2016

One group has helped more than 1.1m people in the UK over the last year

General needs tenants would 'face income shortfalls'

10 October, 2016

Up to 26,000 new general needs tenants a year would be hit by a proposed welfare cut if current allocations trends continue

More than 700 Liverpool families to be hit by £44 a week cut in benefits

10 October, 2016

Liverpool's poorest families hit by 'tsunami' of Government benefit cuts

Rent reductions: Supporting implementation

07 October, 2016

This revised briefing sets out the practical implications of implementing the -1% rent cut in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Rent arrears: Lost in translation

05 October, 2016

New research has claimed an indisputable link between the introduction of Universal Credit and tenants getting behind in their rent

£9m funding for fuel poverty in Scotland

04 October, 2016

The Scottish Government is to allocate over £9m to help drive down energy bills

Hanging on

04 October, 2016

The stresses and strains of Britain's 'just managing' families

LGA chief hits out at supported housing duty proposal

04 October, 2016

The chair of the Local Government Association has pledged to oppose proposals for a new duty on councils to provide supported housing

NI has 'no solution' for bedroom tax

03 October, 2016

As Bedroom Tax in Northern Ireland nears implementation date, the Housing Executive has said it is not ready

In Liverpool, 840 families risk losing their homes because of benefits cuts

03 October, 2016

The government is cutting £37,200 a week from housing benefit for our city's most vulnerable residents. It's a policy that doesn't add up

DWP scraps retesting for chronically ill sickness benefits claimants

03 October, 2016

Department for Work and Pensions says those with severe, lifelong conditions will no longer face six-monthly reassessments

6.5m households put health and welfare at risk by failing to save

01 October, 2016

Millions of British households face financial disaster if their incomes dry up

Universal Credit: In Work Progression Randomised Control Trial

30 September, 2016

Universal Credit will support people in work to earn more

Six million low-income 'worse off than 10 years ago'

30 September, 2016

Rising costs to housing and childcare have hit 'just managing' families, as identified by Theresa May in her maiden Downing Street speech

Council blasts 'false economy' of lowering benefit cap

30 September, 2016

A study by welfare chiefs at Liverpool City Council has revealed an additional 710 families will be affected by the government's lowering of the benefit cap from November

The banking needs of Universal Credit claimants: the potential role of budgeting accounts

29 September, 2016

This report presents evidence on the potential role of budgeting accounts for Universal Credit claimants

Labour MPs debate universal basic income policy for the first time

28 September, 2016

An audience heard from supportive, undecided, and critical MPs

'Nudge' techniques could reduce housing benefit fraud and error

28 September, 2016

Housing benefit overpayments are more likely to be identified when residents receive a separate communication written in clear language

Debt problems with high cost credit products on the rise as payday loan issues fall

28 September, 2016

Citizens Advice says cap on payday loans should be extended to other high cost credit

Burnham: give Manchester its own welfare budget

28 September, 2016

Andy Burnham has called on the government to devolve welfare spending to Greater Manchester

'I feel ashamed in a way I never did before': your stories of PIP assessment

27 September, 2016

Changes to benefits mean people with disabilities who had been told their support was lifelong are being forced through reassessment

The benefit cap and the myth of work incentives

27 September, 2016

As the 7th November looms ever closer nearly a quarter of a million children will face the threat of homelessness as their parents benefit's are due to be arbitrarily capped

Here's how we can translate London's housing benefit bill into affordable housing

27 September, 2016

London's housing market is an anomaly

Stoke-on-Trent councillors raise concerns over Universal Credit

27 September, 2016

Dozens of benefit claimants have fallen into debt after being hit by the introduction of Universal Credit

Disabled family forced to sleep on sofas for years as authorities can't get them house they need

26 September, 2016

A Belfast man is being forced to sleep on a living room sofa with his disabled wife and son every night because of a severe lack of suitable housing

The future funding of supported housing - what do we need to know?

26 September, 2016

CIH's senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis talks us through what we need to know about the future funding of supported housing

In-depth briefing on the Local Housing Allowance cap for Supported Housing

26 September, 2016

Supported Housing will be exempt from the LHA cap until March 2019

A local problem?

23 September, 2016

Many social landlords are not happy with the government's plans for the future funding of supported housing

PM needs to 'get a grip of Universal Credit roll-out'

23 September, 2016

Labour hit back on new Universal Credit guidance from the Department of Work and Pensions, which shows people's award drop if they get paid twice in one month

Universal Credit: different earning patterns and your payments

23 September, 2016

This guide provides information about different earnings patterns and how these may affect your Universal Credit payment

Evening Standard comment: Dealing with food poverty: here's how

22 September, 2016

The scandal that people in struggle to feed themselves and their families while enormous amounts of food goes for animal feedis the basis of the Food for London campaign

'LHA cap' will apply to existing supported housing tenants

22 September, 2016

A new housing benefit cap will apply to existing as well as future supported housing tenants

National living wage 'failing to provide basic needs for lowest paid'

22 September, 2016

Living Wage Commission says £7.20 an hour for over-25s needs to take into account rising rents and slow wages growth

Council tax reductions will continue to protect the most vulnerable

21 September, 2016

Local Government Secretary Mark Drakeford has confirmed that vulnerable and low income households will continue to be supported by Council Tax Reduction schemes until at least the end of 2017-18

Mother forced to use food banks after tax agency ruled she was living with famous 19th century quaker Joseph Rowntree

21 September, 2016

The blunder has affected other benefits the woman depends on

Our response to the PIP second independent review call for evidence

21 September, 2016

The Department for Work and Pensions appointed Paul Gray CB to undertake the second independent review of the PIP assessment

Scottish Government promises to reform hated disability benefit

20 September, 2016

A Scottish Government minister has committed to reforming Personal Independence Payment assessment procedures when powers are devolved in the spring

I remember the welfare state being built. A divided Labour cannot save it

20 September, 2016

The threat to the NHS and the social safety net is real, and our best chance of fighting back is a Labour party that fights the Tories, not itself

No more welfare cuts to come under Theresa May

19 September, 2016

Damian Green, the work and pensions secretary, hints at end to austerity agenda, promising no further raids on benefits

Homeless charity hands out eviction notices to its own tenants

19 September, 2016

A leading homeless charity has come under fire after handing out eviction notices to tenants living in properties it owns in the capital

Supported accommodation LHA funding to transfer to Holyrood

19 September, 2016

The UK government has announced that its policy to cap LHA for supported accommodation will be put on ice until 2019 when the funding for Scotland will then be transferred to Holyrood

New benefit to helped disabled people is 'deeply flawed'

19 September, 2016

A new benefit to help disabled people needs "radical" reform across the UK as nearly two-thirds of claimants who challenge awards are successful

Thousands due back-dated tax credit payments after HMRC contractor blunders

16 September, 2016

HMRC has allocated 150 staff to help those who may have been affected and said it will assess cases as quickly as possible

Housing Benefit:Written statement - HCWS154

16 September, 2016

Supported accommodation plays a vital role in the lives of many vulnerable people

Department of Communities creating 170 jobs for benefits contract

16 September, 2016

The Department of Communities is to recruit 170 staff to work on a contract it has been awarded by the UK's Department for Work and Pensions

Welsh Women's Aid 'delighted' refuges are exempt from housing benefit cap

16 September, 2016

Last year 2,973 survivors of abuse were accommodated in refuges in Wales

G15 calls for benefit system overhaul

15 September, 2016

London's largest housing associations have urged the government to overhaul the benefits system to ensure that "work pays"

Jeremy Corbyn to investigate idea of universal basic income

15 September, 2016

Labour leader to 'research and test' policy that would give every citizen a taxpayer-funded income

'Deeply unfair' fees of up to £900 for the poorest energy customers should be scrapped

14 September, 2016

Ofgem calls for £150 cap and blanket ban on fees for vulnerable

Healey: "Council tenants to face tax rates of over 80% under Tory plans"

14 September, 2016

New analysis for Labour MP and former Treasury Minister John Healey has revealed that thousands of working families living in council homes will pay effective tax rates of over 80%

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 1 Sept 2016

14 September, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 1 September 2016

PIP postcode map (UK)

14 September, 2016

Map showing postcode areas for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment providers

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to July 2016

14 September, 2016

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

'Failing' welfare contractor Concentrix will still be paid tens of millions before its contract runs out

14 September, 2016

The firm is being dropped by HMRC but not until May 2017

Nearly half of working families are cutting back on food or clothing to pay rent or mortgage

14 September, 2016

Almost 50 per cent of working families have had to cut back on essential items

Reductions in the United Kingdom's Government Housing Benefit and Symptoms of Depression in Low-Income Households

13 September, 2016

Housing security is an important determinant of mental ill health

Government housing benefit cuts directly linked to rise in depression in low income households

13 September, 2016

Cuts to housing benefit by the UK coalition government have led to a 10 per cent increase in people from low income households reporting poor mental health and helped propel an additional 26,000 people into depression

Minister reveals 'Trusted Partner' landlords

13 September, 2016

The government has revealed the social landlords piloting a scheme to stop vulnerable Universal Credit claimants falling into debt

Social cleansing: The mums at the sharp end of the housing crisis

13 September, 2016

Boundary House in Welwyn Garden City is the not sort of the place you would want to raise your children

Magenta Living's investment in Rentsense helps to mitigate Universal Credit

12 September, 2016

Magenta Living invested in Mobysoft's predictive analytical tool Rentsense to help create efficiencies within their income function

Housing Benefit Recoveries and Fraud Statistics

12 September, 2016

£1.88 billion Housing Benefit overpayments outstanding at January 2016

Councils should provide alternative to payday lenders

12 September, 2016

Local authorities should provide alternatives to payday lenders through credit unions

London HA's challenge Secretary of State over "unfit" benefit system

09 September, 2016

A group of London's largest housing providers is calling on the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to undertake a fundamental review of an "unfit for purpose" welfare benefit system

Contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours: September 2016

09 September, 2016

Estimates of the number of employment contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours are derived from our twice-yearly survey of businesses

ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: September 2016

09 September, 2016

Outcomes of Employment Support Allowance Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals information

Universal credit is undeliverable: but who'll tell ministers the truth?

09 September, 2016

The Tories' flagship welfare reform has been bedevilled by their determination to make the poor suffer

Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud data: April 2015 to March 2016

08 September, 2016

Twice-yearly National Statistics publication on Housing Benefit overpayments and fraud

DWP Secretary of State called upon to fundamentally review welfare benefit system

08 September, 2016

A group of London's largest housing providers is calling on the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to undertake a fundamental review of the welfare benefit system

Work won't pay without social housing, says London's g15, in call for review of welfare benefit system

08 September, 2016

Some of London's largest housing associations have urged Government to invest in social housing and review welfare benefit system in an effort to "ensure work really does pay"

Prime Minister confirms women's refuges to be exempt from benefits cap

08 September, 2016

Safe houses for women and children escaping domestic violence are to be exempted from the Government's planned welfare cuts

Universal basic income 'not a credible' idea, says Labour leadership contender Owen Smith

07 September, 2016

'I don't think talking about universal basic income, however attractive an idea it is, is the answer'

Projects get £900,000 to tackle food poverty

06 September, 2016

Twenty-one projects to tackle food poverty will benefit from over £900,000 through a new fund established by the Scottish Government

Scotland to abolish 'bedroom tax'

06 September, 2016

The Scottish government are to aim to abolish the bedroom tax

Learning the lessons from Universal Credit

06 September, 2016

This report looks at the failure and potential recovery of Universal Credit, the ambitious government project to simplify the welfare system

Funding to tackle food poverty

05 September, 2016

21 projects get share of £900,000

Scottish Parliament gets power to introduce higher benefits

05 September, 2016

The Scottish Parliament has today assumed new powers to increase state benefits so they are higher than in the rest of the UK

Welfare cap would decimate women's refuges

05 September, 2016

More than two-thirds of refuges for victims of domestic abuse in England and Wales will close unless these lifeline services are made exempt from a new government welfare spending cap

Clegg: Osborne casually cut welfare for poorest to boost Tory popularity

05 September, 2016

Former deputy PM says 'cynical' ex-chancellor was not bothered about human consequences

May is urged to consider policy of 'living rents' linked to wage levels

02 September, 2016

As PM's social reform committee meets for first time, report says rental sector needs to be looked at urgently

Council Tax Reduction for around half a million Scots

02 September, 2016

The Scottish Government's Council Tax Reduction scheme is giving support to almost 500,000 low income households across the country

Increase in Londoners facing bailiffs for council tax arrears

02 September, 2016

The number of low-income Londoners referred to bailiffs for council tax debt rose to nearly 20,000 last year, with people facing millions in court costs

Supported housing and the impact of capping Housing Benefit

02 September, 2016

This evidence paper looks at the distribution of supported housing by region across England nationally

Too poor to pay

01 September, 2016

The impact of the second year of localised council tax support in London

The lower overall benefit cap: what do we need to know?

01 September, 2016

Last week the government confirmed that the new, lower overall benefit cap will be introduced from the 7 November

Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary at May 2016 published

01 September, 2016

The Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary, providing an overview of the main DfC administered benefits, was published by the Department for Communities today

The left has lost its nerve on welfare. It needs a new agenda

31 August, 2016

Labour needs a long-term plan to raise living standards for low- and middle-income families

Future of Welfare Reform Group update

31 August, 2016

The third meeting of the Federation's Future of Welfare Reform group was held on 15 July and had a well-informed agenda on the key issues the housing sector is facing

For us all

31 August, 2016

Redesigning social security, for the 2020s

Social security system fast becoming unfit for purpose

31 August, 2016

Most low-income working households to be worse off by 2020, and families on out-of-work benefits face losing fifth of income

Poorest in Scotland 'pay more for services'

31 August, 2016

Poorer people in Scotland are paying more than others for essential services

Lower benefit cap to hit a quarter of a million poor children

30 August, 2016

Changes coming in this autumn will take an average of £60 a week from households affected

Life after community death: this food bank has a lesson for Labour

30 August, 2016

Two women who restored pride to a blighted town can show Jeremy Corbyn and his colleagues what a social movement could be used for

Theresa May urged to reshape welfare with 'social insurance'

30 August, 2016

Firmer link between contributions and receipts is on table as PM calls first cabinet meeting since summer break

Housing benefit pumped into the private rented sector is dead money

26 August, 2016

If the government truly cared about value for money for taxpayers rather than the profits of private landlords, they'd build social housing

New Housing Benefit Limits For Claimants Going Abroad

26 August, 2016

People living in Great Britain can now only receive Housing Benefit for 4 weeks if they are out of the country. Previously, housing benefit claimants could continue having their rent paid for up to 13 weeks

Welfare Reform and Work Act: impact assessment for the benefit cap

25 August, 2016

Impact assessment for the benefit cap to be implemented from November 2016 under the Welfare Reform and Work Act

Analysis of EEA migrants' access to income-related benefits measures

25 August, 2016

Analysis relating to the measures introduced to restrict access to income-related benefits for EEA migrants from December 2013

Nationality at point of NINo registration of DWP working age benefit recipients: data to Feb 2016

25 August, 2016

Nationality at point of National Insurance number (NINo) registration of DWP working age benefit recipients

Universal credit delays forcing people to food banks

25 August, 2016

Delays in government's flagship welfare reform has caused debt, rent arrears and health problems

Building affordable homes is the way to control the housing benefit bill

23 August, 2016

Housing benefit payments to tenants in the private rented sector have doubled in the last ten years, to £9.3 billion a year

Wages standstill sees over a million low-income families struggle with extreme debt

23 August, 2016

More than a million families with a household income below £30,000 are in extreme debt

Welfare 'Dependency': Hard Right Keeps Up the Pressure to attack the less Well Off

22 August, 2016

The Centre for Policy Studies has a thing about 'welfare dependency'

My challenge to Lord Freud, Minister of State for Welfare Reform: Can you live on 63pence per week for nearly seven weeks?

22 August, 2016

If the answer to that question is No, then why are you imposing a policy on Universal Credit claimants that achieves just this?

The growing Housing Benefit spend in the private rented sector

22 August, 2016

This briefing examines the reasons and factors behind the recent growth in Housing Benefit expenditure in the private rented sector

Private landlords 'lining their pockets' with housing benefit

22 August, 2016

Private landlords "are lining their pockets" with housing benefit

Greater Maryhill Foodbank founder charged with fraud

19 August, 2016

The founder of a high-profile Glasgow foodbank has been charged with fraud

Gloucester Foodbank to continue at new storage site

19 August, 2016

A food bank which was under threat of closure will continue to operate after a deal was made to use a storage site

I can't prepare a meal or walk and talk normally. But the Government has just cut my benefits

18 August, 2016

A woman from York who was diagnosed with early onset dementia in her 50s has spoken of her devastation that her disability payments have been cut

Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to March 2016

17 August, 2016

Data on Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions decisions made to March 2016

Benefits rule change forces 500 disabled people to give back vehicles every week

17 August, 2016

'Having a progressive illness is difficult enough without being treated as though you are exaggerating,'

Bedroom tax fails on objectives

17 August, 2016

Research shows the government's Bedroom Tax is failing in its aim of freeing up larger homes

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 4 Aug 2016

17 August, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 4 August 2016

Housing Benefit caseload statistics

17 August, 2016

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

G15: Bedroom tax failing to free up larger homes

17 August, 2016

The bedroom tax is failing to free up larger social homes in London, according to research by the G15 group of housing associations

Benefit gaps put half a million working renters at risk

16 August, 2016

More than half a million working renters in Yorkshire are at risk of being unable to cover housing costs should they lose a wage

Latest universal credit roll out schedule announced

12 August, 2016

The department of work and pensions have announced the next stages of the universal credit rollout schedule

Disability and Poverty

11 August, 2016

Reducing poverty among disabled people has to be at the heart of any attempts to reduce poverty overall in the United Kingdom

Our welfare state shouldn't be a source of shame, but of pride - and fury

10 August, 2016

With so many working families a month's pay away from losing their homes, Labour's duty isn't to get tough on benefit claimants, it's to rid the system of its stigma

'Biased' fit for work tests penalise poorer people

09 August, 2016

New study finds that disabled people living in deprived areas are more likely to lose their benefits under the government's controversial assessments system

Jeremy Corbyn Looking At 'Universal Basic Income'; Says House Price Fall Could Help Tackle Housing Crisis

08 August, 2016

Adds house price fall could help tackle housing crisis

Government cuts to supported housing could force services to close

08 August, 2016

The plans to restrict housing benefit for vulnerable people living in supported housing are one of the most pernicious proposals from this Tory government

360,000 families afflicted by council tax poverty trap

08 August, 2016

Previously exempt households in arrears crisis as benefits are cut; while Liverpool city council is owed £10m in council tax

DR UK says all ESA claimants should be exempt from the benefit cap

08 August, 2016

While some disabled people are exempt from the benefit cap - including those receiving DLA or PIP or support component - those in the ESA work related activity group are not

Benefit Cap

08 August, 2016

There is a limit on the total amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get. This is called the benefit cap

23,000 in work thanks to Iain Duncan Smith's benefits cap

05 August, 2016

Households impacted by rules are 41 per cent more likely to find a job, new figures reveal

This is a housing crisis

03 August, 2016

Locked out of home ownership for a lifetime, the state would be left to foot the bill for Generation Rent when they are retired and still living in the high-cost, high-turnover private rented sector

Legal aid cuts 'causing advice desert and homelessness'

28 July, 2016

Cuts in legal aid have led to an advice 'desert' that means more people are becoming homeless according to the Law Society

Some supported housing could avoid 'LHA cap'

26 July, 2016

Associations could lessen the impact of the government's 'Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap' by leasing their supported housing to a non-registered subsidiary

Helping hand

26 July, 2016

Social landlords have a duty to help tenants into work

Reduce 'LHA cap' impact

21 July, 2016

Scottish ministers should use their new welfare powers to ease the impact of UK government cuts to housing benefit

Housing Benefit Cap to be debated in House of Commons

21 July, 2016

An Opposition Day Debate on the proposals to cut housing benefit for vulnerable people in supported housing is to be held on the 20 July 2016

Universal Credit scheme delayed

21 July, 2016

Ministers have announced a further delay to the government's flagship Universal Credit scheme

Theresa May is right to highlight families' struggle with housing costs - but rent is the worry, not mortgages

21 July, 2016

Theresa May's first speech as Prime Minister included a promise to empower 'working class' families

Housing benefit cuts 'risk damaging UK's international reputation'

21 July, 2016

New PM's will "jeopardise the safety" of people fleeing domestic violence and also affect the elderly, people mental health difficulties and the homeless

Supported housing announcement in Autumn

21 July, 2016

Vulnerable people living in social housing will know if they are to be included in benefit cuts later this year

Universal credit falls five years behind schedule

21 July, 2016

Troubled welfare scheme will now not be completed until 2022, the seventh announced delay since 2013

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 7 Jul 2016

20 July, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 7 Jul 2016

DWP benefit Blockchain trial slammed by digital experts

14 July, 2016

The DWP trial, which began in May and will run for three to six months, currently involves eight benefits claimants but may increase to up to 24

LIN press release - DHP underspend 2015-16

13 July, 2016

LIN press release

Citizens Advice Scotland: Welfare system 'not working'

13 July, 2016

The most vulnerable people in Scotland are falling into destitution because the benefits system is 'simply not working', according to a charity

The secret life of a benefits officer: we are the human face of bad government decisions

13 July, 2016

We fall into two camps: those who want to help people keep a roof over their heads and those who seek to weed out fraudulent claimants

UK welfare state 'mediocre' and in need of reform

12 July, 2016

Region ranks 15th out of 23 countries in terms tackling poverty and social exclusion

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment: second independent review call for evidence

12 July, 2016

We are seeking feedback on how the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment is working

Squalor still endemic in Britain as UK welfare state judged 'mediocre' to other European countries

12 July, 2016

With approximately 15 million people classified by Eurostat as at 'risk of poverty or social exclusion', the UK is ranked 15th of 23 European countries on the ILC-UK's Poverty and Social Exclusion Index

Universal Credit evaluation framework: 2016

11 July, 2016

This document updates the original framework by reviewing what we have done so far and setting out future evaluation plans

Universal Credit online channel usage

11 July, 2016

This publication provides ad hoc statistics on the online completion of tasks by claimants in the Universal Credit full service

Universal Credit: Data on alternative payment arrangements

11 July, 2016

Statistics on Managed Payment to Landlord (MPTL) Alternative Payment Arrangements (APAs) in the Universal Credit live service

DWP plans longer-term supported housing exemption

08 July, 2016

Ministers plan to extend an exemption for supported housing from the 'Local Housing Allowance cap' as they seek a long-term solution to the problem

Suffolk Housing Society takes steps to mitigate Universal Credit

08 July, 2016

Suffolk Housing Society, a social landlord in East Anglia with over 2,500 properties, has invested in Mobysoft's Rentsense solution to help them mitigate the rent cut and Universal Credit

Councils spend £100m helping renters hit by benefit cuts

08 July, 2016

Discretionary payments of £85.3m made to close gap left by bedroom tax while just over £14m paid to those squeezed by cap on benefits

The myth of Bristol's benefit claimants exposed - the city's missing millions going unclaimed

08 July, 2016

The amount of money being stolen by benefit cheats in Bristol is 20 times smaller than the amount of benefits people are entitled to claim but haven't

Third of councils top up housing benefits after cap

07 July, 2016

About a third of English councils have spent additional money topping up a government fund aimed at cushioning the impact of welfare changes

Universal Credit forcing landlords into evictions

07 July, 2016

The Universal Credit system that replaced six means-tested benefits and tax credits is causing people to be unnecessarily evicted

The Housing Benefit and State Pension Credit (Temporary Absence)(Amendment) Regulations 2016: SSAC report and government statement

07 July, 2016

A SSAC report on regulations to change how long someone absent from Great Britain can remain entitled - and the government's response

Evaluation of the Universal Support delivered locally trials

07 July, 2016

This report presents findings from evaluation of the Universal Support delivered locally trials

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments: financial year 2015/16

06 July, 2016

Analysis of the use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds by local authorities

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment: second independent review

06 July, 2016

The second independent review of the Personal Independence Payment assessment process

Money Box Live: Benefits - is the system too complex?

06 July, 2016

Is our welfare benefit system too complex?

Mentally ill man was 'let down by the mental health and benefits systems'

05 July, 2016

The family of a mentally ill man who was found dead in his home say he was let down by the system

Tory tax and benefit plans 'widen generation divide'

04 July, 2016

Split seen in EU referendum will worsen as cash redistributed to the old, independent analysis finds

Making welfare for Wales: Should benefits for people of working age be devolved?

30 June, 2016

Social security payments totaling approximately £10 billion are distributed in Wales every year

Welfare

30 June, 2016

Support for government welfare reform

UK borrowing rises at fastest rate in more than a decade

30 June, 2016

Value of credit cards, personal loans and overdrafts rose by 9.9% on a year earlier in May

Universal Credit expands to all claimants in 5 more areas

29 June, 2016

Universal Credit becomes available to all types of claimant in Harrogate, Richmond (North Yorkshire), Inverness, Hammersmith and Ryedale

Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up: financial year 2014/15

28 June, 2016

Estimates of take-up of income-related benefits for Great Britain for the financial year 2014/15

Future of the welfare state

27 June, 2016

As one of the key challenges facing the nation, successfully tackling the housing crisis is a critical litmus test for politicians and policy makers

Austerity is the cause of our economic woes. It's nothing to do with the EU

27 June, 2016

The referendum shows how far Britain's economic failures have divided the country, but Brexit will only make them harder to address

The Impact of Welfare Reform in Scotland - Tracking Study - Sweep 4 Report

27 June, 2016

The aim of this study was to explore the impact of ongoing welfare changes on a range of working age households in Scotland

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

24 June, 2016

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

Personal Independence Payment: Official Statistics

24 June, 2016

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

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

24 June, 2016

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

Who gets housing benefit and what does it cost?

23 June, 2016

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

Labour calls for answers over RTB fraud claims

22 June, 2016

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

Landlords call for supported housing funding changes

22 June, 2016

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

Impact of Universal Credit

22 June, 2016

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

16% of RTB purchasers 'on housing benefit'

21 June, 2016

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

DWP spending on IT contractors rockets amid Universal Credit delays

21 June, 2016

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

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

21 June, 2016

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

How do you solve a problem like LHA?

20 June, 2016

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

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

20 June, 2016

Has social stigma gone too far?

DWP payments over £25,000 for 2016

17 June, 2016

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

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

16 June, 2016

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

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

16 June, 2016

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

European court backs UK curbs on child benefit rights

16 June, 2016

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

NFA floats switch to monthly rent collection

15 June, 2016

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

Three-quarters of Benefit Claimants Worried about Future Welfare Changes

15 June, 2016

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

Welfare support 'vital lifeline'

15 June, 2016

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

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 2 Jun 2016

15 June, 2016

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

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to April 2016

15 June, 2016

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

The EU referendum and Fiscal impact on low income households

10 June, 2016

Report by National Institute of Social and Economic research

ESA Work Capability Assessment mandatory reconsiderations: data to April 2016

09 June, 2016

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

Benefit cap puts supported housing at risk

09 June, 2016

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

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

08 June, 2016

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

Learning from testing times

08 June, 2016

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

New benefits change causing 'serious detriment' to vulnerable Scots

07 June, 2016

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

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

07 June, 2016

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

Universal Credit leads to rent arrears

07 June, 2016

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

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

07 June, 2016

A lot of young people support a universal basic income

Welfare Reform European Social Fund project evaluation report

06 June, 2016

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

Docking welfare payments is not incentive to work

06 June, 2016

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

Labour considering backing universal basic income as official party policy

06 June, 2016

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

Ashamed to claim? Just how common is benefits stigma?

03 June, 2016

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

Personal Independence Payment assessment guide for assessment providers

03 June, 2016

Guidance for providers carrying out assessments for Personal Independence Payment

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

03 June, 2016

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

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

02 June, 2016

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

Universal Basic Income: Dream or Nightmare?

02 June, 2016

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

Welfare cuts will lead to rise in suicides

01 June, 2016

Government welfare cuts will lead to an increase in suicides

Charity bemoans 'shocking scale' of DHP recipients

01 June, 2016

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

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

01 June, 2016

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

Landlords remind tenants of forthcoming benefit cap

31 May, 2016

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

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

31 May, 2016

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

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

27 May, 2016

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

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

27 May, 2016

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

Universal Credit expands to all claimants in 5 areas today

26 May, 2016

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

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

26 May, 2016

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

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

26 May, 2016

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

2016 Wandsworth Food Poverty Report Launched

26 May, 2016

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

'Homeless' man sublet council house for 16 years

26 May, 2016

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

Benefit sanctions lead claimants to suicide, crime and destitution

25 May, 2016

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

Tenants are being notified about the impact of the Benefit Cap

25 May, 2016

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

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

24 May, 2016

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

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

24 May, 2016

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

Two thirds of the British public support a universal basic income

24 May, 2016

The policy also has significant support across the European Union

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

24 May, 2016

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

Benefit Cap External Partner High Level Briefing

24 May, 2016

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

Housing Benefit subsidy initial estimates: Apr 2013 to Mar 2014

24 May, 2016

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

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

24 May, 2016

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

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

24 May, 2016

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

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

24 May, 2016

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

Housing Benefit expenditure and subsidy data

24 May, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit expenditure and subsidy data

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

23 May, 2016

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

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

23 May, 2016

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

Housing benefit savings will disappear under their own complexity

20 May, 2016

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

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

20 May, 2016

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

Benefit fraud and error at record low level

20 May, 2016

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

Housing Benefit caseload statistics

20 May, 2016

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

Angela Constance given welfare and housing brief as new cabinet unveiled

19 May, 2016

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

Number claiming unemployment benefits drops by 600

19 May, 2016

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

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

19 May, 2016

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

Landlord reveals findings of direct payment 'pilot'

19 May, 2016

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

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 5 May 2016

18 May, 2016

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

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

18 May, 2016

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

Benefit and pension rates: April 2016

18 May, 2016

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

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

18 May, 2016

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

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

18 May, 2016

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

The government is skewing benefits appeals against disabled people

17 May, 2016

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

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

17 May, 2016

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

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

17 May, 2016

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

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

17 May, 2016

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

Hinckley and Bosworth gets cash to combat bedroom tax

16 May, 2016

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

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

16 May, 2016

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

Peer reviews of handling of benefit claims

16 May, 2016

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

DWP to change Universal Credit procedures

16 May, 2016

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

Hastings leader wants double council tax on holiday homes

16 May, 2016

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

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

13 May, 2016

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

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

13 May, 2016

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

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

13 May, 2016

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

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

12 May, 2016

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

Universal credit is working, insists work and pensions secretary

12 May, 2016

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

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

12 May, 2016

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

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

12 May, 2016

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

Universal Credit will increase child poverty

11 May, 2016

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

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

11 May, 2016

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

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

11 May, 2016

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

Landlords raise awareness of forthcoming benefit cap

11 May, 2016

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

'Heads up' on benefit cap

09 May, 2016

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

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

06 May, 2016

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

Harlow groups defy report to support Universal Credit

06 May, 2016

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

Rising rents ease landlord fears over tax increases

05 May, 2016

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

Call for rent caps when properties let to tenants on benefit

05 May, 2016

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

Benefit cap statistics: background information and methodology

05 May, 2016

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

Benefit cap: number of households capped to February 2016

05 May, 2016

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

Concern over use of bailiffs to chase council tax debts

04 May, 2016

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

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

04 May, 2016

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

Debt charities see record Council Tax arrears problems

04 May, 2016

Council Tax arrears problems among clients have hit a new high

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

03 May, 2016

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

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

03 May, 2016

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

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

03 May, 2016

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

Call for new tax and welfare department at Holyrood

03 May, 2016

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

Rollout of flagship welfare reform Universal Credit reaches historic milestone

03 May, 2016

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

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

03 May, 2016

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

Benefit sanctions handed out to thousands of people 'unlawful'

29 April, 2016

The Court of Appeal dismissed a legal challenge by the Government

DWP payments over £25,000 for 2016

29 April, 2016

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

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

28 April, 2016

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

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

27 April, 2016

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

All Scottish jobcentres now offer Universal Credit

26 April, 2016

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

Is universal basic income too simplistic to meet housing need?

26 April, 2016

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

Holyrood election 2016: Where the parties stand on welfare

26 April, 2016

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

More than 225,000 households claiming Universal Credit

25 April, 2016

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

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

25 April, 2016

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

Making welfare work for Wales

25 April, 2016

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

The social landlords stepping in to help computer-illiterate residents

25 April, 2016

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

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

22 April, 2016

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

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

22 April, 2016

Charities warned the plans reflected badly on DWP officials

The Welfare stigma which is leaving the poorest homeless

22 April, 2016

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

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

21 April, 2016

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

Impact of capping Housing Benefit at Local Housing Allowance rates

21 April, 2016

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

Welfare reform newsletter

21 April, 2016

National housing federation newsletter on welfare reform

Landlords claim Universal Credit is 'shambolic'

20 April, 2016

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

Universal Credit statistics: background information and methodology

20 April, 2016

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

Measuring the Impact

20 April, 2016

2015 NFA & ARCH Welfare Reform Survey Findings

DWP may have to publish details of benefit claimant deaths

20 April, 2016

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

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

19 April, 2016

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

Benefit sanction statistics: publication strategy

19 April, 2016

Details of planned changes to official statistics on benefit sanctions

Discretionary Housing Payment underspend explained by councillors

19 April, 2016

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

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

19 April, 2016

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

Every jobcentre in Yorkshire now offers Universal Credit

18 April, 2016

Last 4 offices in Yorkshire switch over to new service

How to help residents trapped by financial exclusion

18 April, 2016

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

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

18 April, 2016

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

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

18 April, 2016

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

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

15 April, 2016

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

DHP (Dysfunctional Housing Payments)

14 April, 2016

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

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

14 April, 2016

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

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

14 April, 2016

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

£100 Council Tax cut for greener homes

13 April, 2016

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

Testing times ahead for Universal Credit

13 April, 2016

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

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

13 April, 2016

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

Stephen Crabb 'committed' to Universal Credit

12 April, 2016

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

Claim tax credits before Universal Credit arrives

12 April, 2016

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

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

11 April, 2016

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

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

11 April, 2016

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

Is Universal Credit doomed to fail?

11 April, 2016

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

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

11 April, 2016

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

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

08 April, 2016

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

Human rights watchdog to review welfare reforms

08 April, 2016

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

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2016

07 April, 2016

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

Tax credit change 'may cause hardship'

07 April, 2016

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

Thousands of disabled claimants wrongly barred from Personal Independence Payments

07 April, 2016

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

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

07 April, 2016

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

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

07 April, 2016

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

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

06 April, 2016

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

Labour claims scrapping council tax would save people money

06 April, 2016

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

Housing Benefit subsidy guidance manual 2015 to 2016

05 April, 2016

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

Key Changes to Council Tax Support in 2016/17

05 April, 2016

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

Rapid rise in single parent debt problems

05 April, 2016

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

Cutting housing benefit reduces property prices

04 April, 2016

House prices fall when Housing Benefit is cut

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

04 April, 2016

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

Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit back to work schemes

01 April, 2016

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

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

01 April, 2016

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

Fears council house evictions could rise due to benefits changes

01 April, 2016

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

Benefit Rates 2016-17

01 April, 2016

The benefit rates for 2016 to 2017

Largest council tax rises this decade loom for English householders

31 March, 2016

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

Bedroom Tax Year 3 (How IDS stole my home)

31 March, 2016

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

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

31 March, 2016

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

Standard of ESA and PIP assessments unacceptable says Public Accounts Committee

31 March, 2016

Standard of ESA and PIP assessments unacceptable says Public Accounts Committee

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

31 March, 2016

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

Homelessness statistics make uncomfortable reading for politicians worried about welfare cuts

30 March, 2016

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

Gaps in welfare safety net still pose risk Committee says

30 March, 2016

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

Can the new work and pensions secretary win back trust on welfare?

30 March, 2016

After the furore over disability benefits and the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith, Stephen Crabb's challenge is to rebuild the Conservatives' credibility on social justice

Stephen Crabb urged to overhaul 'salami-sliced' universal credit system

29 March, 2016

Shadow work and pensions secretary Owen Smith says the welfare policy will hit millions of low-paid workers in the pocket

Government spends £100,000 on lawyers to defend the bedroom tax

29 March, 2016

The DWP is fighting a rape victim and the family of a severely disabled child

Universal Credit Support in Bradford

24 March, 2016

Social Housing provider Incommunities and Bradford District Credit Union talk to BCB Radio about their partnership with Bradford Council to support those receiving Universal Credit

Government 'writes off' £40 million of overpaid housing benefit

24 March, 2016

Around £40 million in housing benefit overpayments has been written off, new figures have shown

BBC banned from broadcasting disability benefit cuts protest in Parliament

24 March, 2016

The broadcaster was forced to terminate a broadcast from a protest outside the House of Commons chamber

Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud data: April 2015 to September 2015

23 March, 2016

Twice-yearly National Statistics publication on Housing Benefit overpayments and fraud

Damage done by cuts and sanctions brings Oxfam to Wales

23 March, 2016

The international aid charity hopes to tackle Welsh poverty head on and help victims of austerity in the country

Failures and u-turns: the Conservative Party's record on welfare

23 March, 2016

Welfare reform and its implementation has been a crucial test for the Conservative Party's rebrand

The fight to claim back council housing from this poisonous Tory attack

23 March, 2016

At the Unite union we've taken the fight for social housing to Great Yarmouth, the very doorstep of housing minister Brandon Lewis

Billions of pounds of welfare cuts on way despite PIP U-turn

23 March, 2016

Ministers say no more social security cuts - but have approved a huge package of savings for this parliament already

MPs approve Chancellor George Osborne's Budget

23 March, 2016

MPs have approved the Budget after Chancellor George Osborne was forced to shelve planned cuts to disability benefits

What IDS really thinks about disability cuts (according to one of his own colleagues)

22 March, 2016

Stephen MacPartland says the sanctification of IDS has been "absolutely disgraceful"

New minister faces call to re-think 'LHA cap'

22 March, 2016

New work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb is facing immediate calls to re-examine plans to apply a new housing benefit cap to supported housing

New benefits boss Stephen Crabb is fighting his OWN constituents in the Supreme Court

22 March, 2016

Paul and Sue Rutherford are being dragged through the Supreme Court over the Bedroom Tax by their own MP

How Osborne's budgets have changed the welfare bill - interactive

22 March, 2016

Chancellor's decision to ringfence pensions has seen welfare spending grow since his first budget in 2010

Disability benefits U-turn leaves Cameron with £4.4bn to find

22 March, 2016

Prime minister forced to concede that black hole will not be filled by further cuts

Iain Duncan Smith was 'isolated' in government over welfare

21 March, 2016

Conservative Party infighting dramatically escalated last night in the wake of Iain Duncan Smith's resignation as he delivered a stinging attack on the direction of the party leadership's austerity drive

All Welsh jobcentres switch over to Universal Credit

21 March, 2016

Wales becomes the first nation in the UK to complete the rollout of Universal Credit

40,000 to be hit by cuts to disability benefits

21 March, 2016

Opposition voiced at UK Government plans

Nadine Dorries slams Iain Duncan Smith for begging her to vote for disability cuts before resigning

21 March, 2016

The outspoken backbencher claims Iain Duncan Smith 'begged and bribed' her not to vote against his cuts to Employment Support Allowance

IDS loses legal challenge to keep Universal Credit problems secret

21 March, 2016

Iain Duncan Smith has lost his latest attempt to keep potentially damning Universal Credit documents secret

Who will disability 'cuts' impact?

18 March, 2016

Behind the frantic number-crunching and political fallout from Wednesday's Budget lies a large group of disabled people who will be affected by the latest benefit reform

Government not backing down on disability cuts despite minister's words

18 March, 2016

Suggestions by a Cabinet minister that the government may back down over cuts to disability benefit have been played down amid a growing Conservative row

Iain Duncan Smith quits over planned disability benefit changes

18 March, 2016

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has resigned citing pressure to make cuts to disability benefits

Disability Benefits

17 March, 2016

The day after a Budget is usually a difficult one for any Chancellor, but this year, George Osborne has been subject to sustained and withering scrutiny

Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016

17 March, 2016

An Act to make provision about reports on progress towards full employment and the apprenticeships target

Budget 2016: The Disabled Are 'Paying The Price For George Osborne's Tax Breaks For The Rich'

17 March, 2016

Labour and charities say it's a 'bleak day' as £4.4bn slashed

Benefit cuts threaten independent living for thousands of disabled people

16 March, 2016

Budget announcements by George Osborne set to be 'last straw' for many who fear heavy impact from tighter assessments and benefit cuts

What next for disabled claimants who face welfare reform?

16 March, 2016

The changes to the way Personal Independence Payment or PIP is assessed are unpopular measures where I am

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to January 2016

16 March, 2016

Statistics on claims in payment, new claim registrations, decisions and awards made and other aspects of Personal Independence Payment

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 3 Mar 2016

16 March, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 3 March 2016

The 200 landlords making £1MILLION a year from housing benefits

15 March, 2016

One letting agent made £2million from the taxpayer in the last three years

Tories must reverse Universal Credit cuts to show they're serious about helping savers

14 March, 2016

The Tories have been criticised for inconsistency following the announcement of their 'Help to Save' scheme

Every jobcentre in London and home counties switched to Universal Credit

14 March, 2016

Over 95% of jobcentres now offer Universal Credit

Disability benefit change to affect half a million

14 March, 2016

More than half a million disabled people could lose out as a result of further changes over the next four years to welfare payments

Universal Credit cuts will leave millions of families worse off

14 March, 2016

A single mum working full time on the minimum wage and who has two kids will be stripped of £554 a year

Social housing benefit cap will put thousands on streets

14 March, 2016

Limit for local housing allowance would lead to widespread bed closures in hostels and supported housing

Battling the bedroom tax: the wider implications of the Supreme Court hearing

14 March, 2016

Following the recent 'bedroom tax' hearing in the UK Supreme Court, Jed Meers from the University of York considers the potential implications of the upcoming judgment for policies relying on elements of conditionality

'Broken' disability benefits need total overhaul

11 March, 2016

Fit-for-work tests and sanctions for those with chronic illness or disability should be scrapped

Personal Independence Payment consultation response announced

11 March, 2016

The government is changing the assessment criteria for the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment

Families face biggest council-tax increase in eight years

11 March, 2016

Authorities able to raise council-tax charges by up to 3.99 per cent in 2016-17 without having to call a local referendum

DWP not snubbing Scottish Government over welfare reforms

10 March, 2016

There is no reluctance for DWP ministers to appear before the Scottish Parliament, despite 11 requests to go to Holyrood being refused

ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments: claims made to Jun 2015 and appeals to Dec 2015

10 March, 2016

Outcomes of Work Capability Assessments for Employment and Support Allowance claims made to June 2015 and appeal outcomes to December 2015

Agents who turn down tenants on benefits 'are not breaking law'

10 March, 2016

It is not unlawful discrimination for an agent or landlord to refuse to let to a prospective tenant who is on benefit

Adam Perkins: 'Welfare dependency can be bred out'

09 March, 2016

The author and academic argues that workless people breed children with job-resistant traits

The uneven impact of welfare reform

09 March, 2016

The financial losses to places and people

Welfare reforms 'will worsen regional inequalities'

09 March, 2016

Government welfare reforms will "further entrench deep-seated regional inequalities across Britain"

Coalition of 60 national disability charities condemn Tory cuts to ESA

09 March, 2016

'The cuts to employment and support allowance and universal credit mark a step backwards for disabled people'

The phantom benefit cheat is the perfect patsy for austerity

09 March, 2016

It's in the government's interests to keep promoting the very myths that keep the benefit fraud hotline ringing - and distract us from real social problems

Scottish property industry expresses concern about Sturgeon's council tax reforms

09 March, 2016

Scotland's property industry has warned that tax proposals underlying the Scottish Government's reform of council tax could harm developers and landowners

Criticism as £30-a-week disability benefit cuts go ahead

08 March, 2016

Peers have backed down in their battle with MPs over cuts to disabled people's benefits after ministers invoked special powers to push them through

New Powers new Scotland

08 March, 2016

How the Scottish parliament could use its new tax and benefit responsibilities

Universal Credit work allowances

08 March, 2016

Information about changes to the Universal Credit work allowances from April 2016

Think tank calls for single Scottish department for tax and welfare

07 March, 2016

The Scottish Government should have a single department responsible for both new tax and welfare powers due to be devolved

Lords ESA cuts debate: latest ping pong

07 March, 2016

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill returns to the House of Lords today for consideration of Commons amendments in 'ping pong'

A deeply dehumanising experience

07 March, 2016

M.E./CFS journeys through the PIP claim process in Scotland

Tories block plan to look at the impact of their disability benefit cuts

04 March, 2016

The Government says the cuts to Employment and Support Allowance will help disabled people

Numbers claiming housing benefit tumbles in Cambridge - social cleansing or economic success?

04 March, 2016

The number of people claiming housing benefit has plummeted in Cambridge and around the county - prompting different explanations from across the political divide

IDS urges Tory MPs to vote through cuts to disability benefits - despite his own watchdog warning they are unfair

03 March, 2016

The plans have been accused of causing 'unnecessary hardship'

Iain Duncan Smith: the latest MP to pretend council cuts are not his fault

03 March, 2016

It's bad enough that the secretary of state used his position to hammer Enfield council on efficiency, but let's not forget the damage caused by welfare reform

The tax credit cut that Osborne sneaked through

03 March, 2016

It would have been impossible to miss the furore last year regarding George Osborne's proposed changes to tax credits arising from the Budget 2015

Equalities watchdog criticises planned cuts to work support allowance

02 March, 2016

Equalities and Human Rights Commission says cutting £30 a week from ESA benefits will disproportionately hit disabled people

Scottish government to set up benefits agency to streamline welfare

02 March, 2016

Nicola Sturgeon hopes strategy, which will see new agency running benefits devolved to Holyrood, will boost SNP lead in polls

Highest council tax bands 'to pay more' says Nicola Sturgeon

02 March, 2016

People in Scotland's four highest council tax bands are to pay more under new Scottish government proposals

Incomes of the poor being boosted by strong employment growth, but will be hit by benefit cuts

02 March, 2016

Strong employment growth has reduced the number of people living in households with incomes below a fixed poverty line over the last two years

Scottish government to set up new welfare delivery agency

01 March, 2016

The Scottish government is to set up a new agency to deliver social security payments when new powers are devolved

Bedroom tax cases heard in Supreme Court

01 March, 2016

Two bedroom tax decisions are being appealed to the Supreme Court

JSA sanction decisions relating to Universal Jobmatch: Jun 2013 to Jun 2015

01 March, 2016

Number of Jobseeker's Allowance sanction decisions relating to Universal Jobmatch

Compromised and under pressure: social housing in the wake of universal credit

01 March, 2016

Welfare reform has spurred record levels of debt among tenants, with 25% of council tenants on universal credit facing legal action in some areas

Lords rebuff Tory plan to cut ESA for second time

01 March, 2016

Peers defeat government again over proposed £30-a-week cut to benefits for ill and disabled found 'unfit to work'

Rents in social housing: the trade-offs

01 March, 2016

The cost of housing has risen rapidly, largely due to constrained housing supply

Supported and sheltered housing exempt from LHA cap for one year

01 March, 2016

Government announces delay to introduction of the Local Housing Allowance cap to allow for a proper strategic review

Housing benefit changes causing 'heartache' Supreme Court told

29 February, 2016

The husband of a disabled woman has told the Supreme Court of the "heartache" they have suffered following changes to housing benefits

BT accused of 'shameless profiteering' over universal credit helpline

29 February, 2016

Tim Farron estimates the telecoms company has made a minimum of £1.49m from calls made by people struggling with the new benefits system

Joshua Rozenberg: Supreme Court to sort out bedroom tax mess - but it won't be easy

29 February, 2016

The background to this week's human rights showdown explained by Britain's best-known commentator on the law

Universal Credit in all jobcentres in the Humber and north-east Yorkshire

29 February, 2016

New milestone reached as over 660 jobcentres now offer Universal Credit

Disability campaigners gather at supreme court for bedroom tax cases

29 February, 2016

Women's rights groups also among activists outside court where judges will consider appeals claiming tax is discriminatory

Digs campaign slams 'discrimination' against renters on housing benefit

26 February, 2016

'No DSS' policy affects disabled and low income workers

Claims abuses need curtailed

26 February, 2016

One in nine people in Northern Ireland are drawing Disability Living Allowance

New rules: PIP and terminal illness

25 February, 2016

New amending regulations have been issued that modify the requirement for a terminally ill claimant transferring from DLA to PIP to wait a minimum of 28 days after the first pay day for PIP to be paid

LHA maxima cuts - worse than stated

25 February, 2016

Joe Halewood Blog

Home - No less will do campaign

25 February, 2016

Shelter campaign

Charities slam Tories for forcing through disability benefit cuts despite House of Lords defeat

24 February, 2016

MPs voted 306-279 to cut Employment and Support Allowance by £30 a week - ignoring peers and a Tory backbencher

Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland: as at 31 December 2015

24 February, 2016

Statistics released today by Scotland's Chief Statistician show that during the period 1 April to 31 December 2015

The UK's top 10 benefits hotspots

23 February, 2016

New numbers on joblessness reveal the dramatic divide between neighbouring towns and cities

The Future of Family Incomes

23 February, 2016

How key tax and welfare changes will affect families to 2020

Millions of children face benefits freeze

23 February, 2016

More than seven million children live in families facing a four-year freeze to their benefits

90% of jobcentres now offer Universal Credit

22 February, 2016

Today, 16 more jobcentres will start offering the new benefit

DWP benefit expenditure on claims from EEA nationals, 2013/14

22 February, 2016

Estimates of expenditure on the main DWP working age benefits for European Economic Area (EEA) nationals in the financial year 2013/14

EU referendum: David Cameron admits he does not know how migrant benefits system would work

22 February, 2016

The Prime Minister tells Andrew Marr 'we're going to settle all that later'

Tory MPs pressure David Cameron over plan to reinstate disability benefit cut

22 February, 2016

Ministers plan to reinstate £30-a-week cut to employment support allowance that was blocked by House of Lords in January

Why cuts to Local Welfare Provision could cause repeat homelessness

22 February, 2016

Last week the government released its final local government finance settlement for 2016/17

Female labour supply, human capital and welfare reform

19 February, 2016

We estimate a dynamic model of employment, human capital accumulation - including education, and savings for women in the UK, exploiting tax and benefit reforms, and use it to analyze the effects of welfare policy

Bedroom Tax hits one in five Merseyside social homes

19 February, 2016

A massive 8,546 Liverpool households have suffered out of a possible 40,672

Benefit cap: planning estimates of number of households in scope for lower benefit cap levels

18 February, 2016

Planning estimates for local authorities of the number of households that could be subject to lower benefit cap levels from autumn 2016

Eviction is the last refuge for poor tenants

18 February, 2016

Cash-strapped social landlords are increasingly turfing out tenants hit by welfare cuts for whom homelessness is the only option

Labour Party considering universal basic income policy

18 February, 2016

The UK Labour Party is considering universal basic income as part of its new economic policy

Iain Duncan Smith refuses to set up freephone for families claiming benefits

18 February, 2016

Universal credit system will be claimed either online or by ringing an 0345 number, which costs 45p a minute from mobile or 12p a minute from landline

Refuge calls for refuges to be exempt from housing benefit caps

17 February, 2016

In November George Osborne announced his decision to limit housing benefit

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 4 Feb 2016

17 February, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 4 February 2016

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

17 February, 2016

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

Housing Benefit caseload statistics

17 February, 2016

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

Housing benefit is the lifeblood of women's refuges - and it's under threat

17 February, 2016

If organisations such as ours are not exempt from the extension of the benefit cap to social housing, the lives of women fleeing domestic violence are at risk

Our support for vulnerable tenants will be destroyed by this benefits cap

16 February, 2016

Housing benefits cap will see my association's income slashed by £2.83m and devastate the care we provide to people in most need

Sheltered housing developments 'shelved due to benefit cuts'

16 February, 2016

Hundreds of planned new sheltered accommodation units have been delayed or scrapped owing to proposed cuts to housing benefit

Maximus 'has falsified results of fitness for work tests'

16 February, 2016

The discredited US outsourcing giant contracted to carry out "fitness for work" tests on behalf of the government has been accused by an MP of "falsifying" the results of assessments

Landlords reluctant to rent to young people denied housing benefit by Govt cuts

16 February, 2016

The Government's proposal to abolish housing benefit for those aged 18 to 21 will make it far more difficult for them to rent a home

Transition Rollout Schedule - Phases 1 and 2: May to December 2016

16 February, 2016

The full Universal Credit service remains on track to be delivered nationally for all types of claimants from May 2016, completing in June 2018

Government cuts housing investment despite soaring housing benefit bill

15 February, 2016

The cuts come despite warnings from David Cameron that investment should take priority over benefits

Welfare reform and work bill

11 February, 2016

Lords Amendments

Benefits cuts will put vulnerable in North East under threat warns campaigners

11 February, 2016

Dire warning that charities and social housing providers will have to close due to Tory cuts to housing benefit

'Murdered by the Tories': Mentally ill man killed himself after government mistakenly stopped his benefits

11 February, 2016

The family of Paul Donnachie blame David Cameron for his death and claim the government "murdered him"

Universal Credit transition to full service

11 February, 2016

Local authorities and jobcentre areas that will transition to the full Universal Credit service

Discretionary Housing Payments guidance manual

10 February, 2016

This guidance is for local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales who are responsible for administering Discretionary Housing Payments

EU reform will not deter UK-bound migrants

10 February, 2016

Cutting benefits for new EU migrants would not put people off wanting to move to the UK

Islwyn MP criticises welfare cuts to the terminally ill

10 February, 2016

Islwyn MP Chris Evans has criticised the UK Government's decision to freeze employment and support allowance for the terminally ill

ESA reassessments by prognosis length: Oct 2008 to Jun 2015

09 February, 2016

Employment and Support Allowance Work Capability Assessments by prognosis length

ESA (WCA) table by number of points scored: Apr 2014 to Mar 2015

09 February, 2016

Employment and Support Allowance Work Capability Assessments by number of points scored

Plans to hand control of £5bn benefit to councils 'could restrict older people's care'

09 February, 2016

Responsibility for attendance allowance could be transferred to local authorities, but critics say it is disguised cost-cutting

'Make the Call' - Improving Benefit Uptake

09 February, 2016

As part of the Social Security Agency's Improving Benefit Uptake Programme, the community outreach service is keen to engage with housing associations

Neil blasts 'unacceptable uncertainty' over 'LHA cap'

09 February, 2016

A Scottish housing minister has described the uncertainty over the Local Housing Allowance cap for supported housing as "unacceptable"

Vulnerable hit by housing benefit cuts

08 February, 2016

Urgent clarification needed on supported housing proposals

Tax credit cuts that escaped Osborne's U-turn to hit 800,000 workers

08 February, 2016

Labour condemns little-noticed change, known as 'income-rise disregard', which on average will cost £200-£300 a person and was blocked by Lords

DHP allocations announced

08 February, 2016

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced individual local authority Discretionary Housing Payment allocations for 2016/17

Five top tips for reducing void periods

08 February, 2016

Since welfare reforms were introduced, it seems that the sector's most dreaded expense is void periods and subsequent rent loss

Data on migrants' benefits: statistics watchdog highlights time lag

08 February, 2016

In November the Prime Minister claimed that 43% of EU migrants rely on UK benefits during their first four years in the country

Universal Credit reaches 20 more jobcentres this week

08 February, 2016

Universal Credit is now available in 623 jobcentres, helping over a quarter of a million people to find work faster and earn more

National awards finals after Cobalt knocks down walls to tackle bedroom tax

05 February, 2016

Cobalt Housing who knocked down walls to create smaller homes for families who can't afford the bedroom tax is in the running for a top national award

EU offer on migrant benefits brake ignores workers' problems

05 February, 2016

Today Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, published draft proposals on Cameron's EU renegotiation agenda which will be discussed at the EU summit on 18-19 February

David Cameron's child benefit plan 'won't apply to EU nationals already in the UK'

05 February, 2016

Millions of pounds of child benefit money sent abroad will continue, despite a promise to pay it at lower rates to EU migrants

Housing Benefit review: local authority good practice guide

05 February, 2016

Best practice to help local authorities further improve the Housing Benefit review process

Benefit cap: 950 households a month move into work, stop claiming Housing benefit or reduce their claim

05 February, 2016

Around 31,000 households who had their benefits capped have moved into work, reduced their Housing Benefit claim or no longer claim it

Rent reductions: Supporting implementation

05 February, 2016

This revised briefing sets out the practical implications of implementing the -1% rent cut in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Benefit cut for supported housing risks long-term damage

04 February, 2016

The UK government should think again on a benefit cut that will affect some of the most vulnerable people in our society

Phil Brehaut has Parkinson's. Threatening to cut his benefits won't help him back to work

04 February, 2016

'How long are you likely to have Parkinson's?' asked the woman assessing his claim. No wonder he is scared for his future

EU referendum: Benefit brake 'to address UK concerns'

04 February, 2016

Limiting in-work benefits to new EU arrivals will help tackle the effects of record migration to the UK since 2004

The Government may be about to scrap one of its harshest disability benefit cuts

04 February, 2016

David Cameron and the DWP have both declined to say whether the ESA WRAG cuts will go ahead

We need to get Universal Credit back on track

04 February, 2016

Universal Credit can be a tool to deliver economic security for low-income families but changes are undermining and undoing its promise

Benefit cap: number of households capped to November 2015

04 February, 2016

Statistics on households that have had their benefits capped between 15 April 2013 and November 2015

Universal Credit: New concerns over delays and lack of clarity

04 February, 2016

The Public Accounts Committee highlights concerns over the roll-out of Universal Credit

Details still needed on social housing benefit limits

03 February, 2016

Last week the government announced a pause in plans to force supported housing providers to reduce their rents

Universal credit cuts support for working families, but helps make work pay where current system creates worst problems

03 February, 2016

During this parliament the government plans to replace most of the means-tested benefits system for working-age families with a single payment called universal credit

Universal Credit and April Rent Increases

03 February, 2016

The DWP has confirmed that there will be no facility this year for the bulk transfer of data to adjust Universal Credit benefit payments for rent increases

Will David Cameron's EU benefits deal actually encourage migrants to stay longer?

03 February, 2016

A "graduated" benefits system could end up giving EU workers a financial incentive to stay for at least four years

The (changing) effects of universal credit

03 February, 2016

The government is in the process of integrating six means - tested benefits and tax credits for working - age families into a single payment called universal credit

Women losing out in pension changes 'could turn to jobseeker's allowance'

02 February, 2016

Labour MPs brand suggestion by work and pensions minister Shailesh Vara as 'outrageous' and 'shocking'

Departmental questions send IDS into Downfall overdrive

02 February, 2016

The work and pensions secretary's semi-comatose state was finally alleviated when he was forced to defend the discriminatory bedroom tax

Applying the bedroom tax to domestic violence victims is actually costing taxpayers

02 February, 2016

The Government is set to spend thousands on a Supreme Court appeal

The Housing Benefit and State Pension Credit (Temporary Absence) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

02 February, 2016

In accordance with section 176(1) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992(d) the Secretary of State has consulted with organisations appearing to him to be representative of the authorities concerned

Cwmbran mum left broke after Bron Afon Community Housing wrongly told her to pay £2,000 'bedroom tax'

01 February, 2016

A CWMBRAN mother claims to "have nothing left" after wrongly paying the so-called bedroom tax for almost two years - for a box room

The legal aspects behind the successful Bedroom Tax appeals

01 February, 2016

Benefits payable as DHPs are discretionary and are administered by the relevant local authority

Universal Credit available across Essex in latest rollout

01 February, 2016

Fifteen more jobcentres now offer Universal Credit, with nearly 600 offices live nationwide

What the bedroom tax court of appeal decisions mean

29 January, 2016

There have been many reactions to announcement that the Court of Appeal has ruled that elements of the social sector size criteria

Bedroom tax: No change as DWP appeals court case and issues guidance

29 January, 2016

Following the successful bedroom tax court appeal the DWP have been given permission to appeal the decisions and has issued local authority guidance to do nothing until the appeal is heard

Call for immediate 'bedroom tax' exemptions after court ruling

29 January, 2016

Ministers should immediately exempt people "discriminated" against by the "bedroom tax" rather than write a "blank cheque" for legal fees

Family of disabled grandson: 'Bedroom tax unfair'

28 January, 2016

A couple who care for their severely disabled grandchild have described the so-called bedroom tax as "unfair" after winning an appeal

Kinship carers exempt from two-child benefit limits after government U-turn

28 January, 2016

Peers were concerned adults would be put off caring for relatives' children, which saves the state billions in care costs, due to the cap

Tories defeated in Lords over plans to cut ESA by £30 a week

28 January, 2016

Peers vote by 283 to 198 to send proposal back to Commons, in second welfare and work bill setback for government this week

'Bedroom tax': Government loses Court of Appeal cases

27 January, 2016

The Court of Appeal has ruled that the so-called bedroom tax discriminates against a domestic violence victim and the family of a disabled teenager

Housing Benefit: entitlement reductions statistics

27 January, 2016

Statistics and background information on Housing Benefit entitlement reductions identified by local authorities as a proportion of expected reductions

Housing Benefit: statistics on speed of processing 2015 to 2016

27 January, 2016

Speed of processing is a measure of the average time it takes to process a new claim or a change in circumstance of an existing claimant

The government still think that the Bedroom Tax is fair play

27 January, 2016

The Court of Appeal today ruled that the Bedroom Tax unlawfully discriminates against women feeling domestic violence, and severely disabled children who need overnight care

Housing for vulnerable South West residents at risk from welfare reforms

27 January, 2016

Homes designed for some of the most vulnerable members of society could become "unsustainable" as a result of government welfare reform

Changeover to universal credit is driving people into long-term debt

27 January, 2016

Waits of more than seven weeks for the first payment create arrears that can plague claimants for months or years

Housing Benefit changes could cost sector hundreds of millions and threaten health and wellbeing of tenants

27 January, 2016

The SFHA is urgently calling on the UK Government to rethink upcoming changes to Housing Benefit

Lib-Dems to fight welfare cut 'that will cost single parents £1,000 a year'

27 January, 2016

Peers are to launch a bid to block a welfare reform which they claim could cause hundreds of thousands of families to lose an average of more than £1,000 a year

Which UK cities' welfare bills have grown most in the last decade?

27 January, 2016

Welfare spending: it's a hot topic

Benefit cap on full-time carers for adult relatives to be scrapped

26 January, 2016

Charities hail major victory as it emerges that those who spend more than 35 hours a week caring will be exempt from the cap

Bank boss alarm at 'buy to let' housing boom

26 January, 2016

Bank of England governor Mark Carney today expressed concern at the rapid boom in buy-to-let housing

It's time for a cross-party campaign to end the Bedroom Tax

26 January, 2016

It seems quite an often occurrence to go to bed after seeing headlines about another family facing tragedy and casualty because of the bedroom tax

Most vulnerable to lose £68 a week in housing benefit

26 January, 2016

Planned changes to housing benefit could leave vast numbers of the country's most vulnerable people unable to afford rent on their homes

Government urged to think of refuge provision amid welfare changes

26 January, 2016

Changes to the system could result in the closure of 82,000 specialist homes

Buy-to-let: the "storm is coming"

26 January, 2016

The housing market is facing a buy-to-let "storm" as investors rush to buy property before the stamp duty surcharge comes into force in April

The benefit cap puts housing at risk for more than 400,000 vulnerable people

26 January, 2016

The closure of supported housing schemes is a human tragedy, but it will also push up health and social care costs. This economic argument hasn't been fully understood

Benefit cap on social housing will leave thousands homeless

26 January, 2016

Up to 82,000 specialist homes for most vulnerable residents, including domestic violence victims, at threat of closure

Jobcentre areas where you can claim Universal Credit

25 January, 2016

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

Cuts to benefits 'will make it harder for disabled people to find work'

25 January, 2016

Cuts to benefits threaten to force sick and disabled people "further away from work and closer to poverty"

Welfare advice project generates £1.2m for ACHA tenants

25 January, 2016

A major milestone has been reached by an advice project run in partnership with Argyll Community Housing Association

Universal credit: 4 top tips for housing providers

25 January, 2016

The roll-out of universal credit has been very gradual but from April job centres in every part of the country will be processing claims

Our annual health check of the largest cities and towns asks: how do we build a high-wage, low-welfare economy?

25 January, 2016

In the Summer Budget 2015, the Chancellor set out his vision to build a "higher wage, low-welfare" economy in Britain

Scotland's gone 'too far' on universal benefits says poverty advisor

25 January, 2016

Scotland has gone "too far" on universal benefits according to the Scottish government's poverty advisor

Luke Loy had a life, until his benefits started falling away

22 January, 2016

The DWP placed sanctions on a schizophrenic man when he fell into difficulties

Carers looking after disabled adult could see benefits capped

22 January, 2016

Carers who look after a disabled adult at home could see their benefits capped further as a result of new policies

Breaching the welfare cap is actually good news for the Conservatives

22 January, 2016

The news that the government's welfare spending cap will be breached for the first three years of this Parliament is a major embarrassment for George Osborne

Wales would 'lose out' if more welfare is devolved

22 January, 2016

Wales would "lose out" if more welfare benefits were devolved

Axed steelworkers are already facing benefit sanctions 'for not applying for jobs in bars'

21 January, 2016

An MP revealed the "horrendous" treatment at the hands of Jobcentre staff in Redcar, where 2,200 workers lost their jobs

Even if Universal Credit is eventually implemented, most will now lose out

20 January, 2016

Perhaps no government reform has been billed as more transformative than Universal Credit

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 7 Jan 2016

20 January, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 7 January 2016

Local welfare safety net - government support must get through to those in crisis

20 January, 2016

Last week saw the publication of two separate reports on the local welfare safety net

Women claiming ESA or JSA by age and average weekly amount: May 2015

19 January, 2016

The number of women claiming ESA or JSA by age and average weekly amount at May 2015

Welfare reform is no longer the sole responsibility of the DWP

19 January, 2016

The government came to office in 2010 with the promise of revolutionising the welfare state as we have known it

Should Housing Benefit be devolved?

19 January, 2016

Victoria Winckler reflects on whether better use could be made of the £1 billion spent on Housing Benefit in Wales

Fixing Broken Britain? An audit of working-age welfare reform since 2010

19 January, 2016

The thorny issue of benefit dependency has bedevilled the welfare state since the 1970s, and has increased in importance with each successive decade

A New welfare state To Deny Help?

19 January, 2016

Before you get on a bus or train you always check where it is going

Welfare Reform Mitigations Working Group report

19 January, 2016

The mitigation strategy that we recommend has three strands

David Cameron makes a great case for abolishing bedroom tax

18 January, 2016

Rob Gershon suggests that the Prime Minister has a look at the staggering amount of evidence from parliamentary reports suggesting the bedroom tax is causing it

You can now claim Universal Credit at 80% of all jobcentres

18 January, 2016

New milestone reached with 568 jobcentres offering the new benefit

Britain's lowest paid workers could be stripped of tax credits under latest plans to cut EU migration

18 January, 2016

Controversial plan would exclude in-work benefits only to EU workers earning the minimum wage - including Brits

As many as 1.5m benefits claimants 'could face destitution after disappearing from welfare system'

18 January, 2016

The authorities are failing to keep tabs on why claimants have disappeared from the roll meaning it has no idea how many people are being left penniless

Beckett report: Labour lost election over economy, immigration and benefits

15 January, 2016

Leaked internal inquiry into 2015 election loss also blames SNP coalition fears and Ed Miliband's weakness

£400m welfare benefit could be devolved to Wales

15 January, 2016

Responsibility for a major welfare benefit could be transferred to the Welsh government

New legal judgment denies PIP to those facing "overwhelming psychological distress"

15 January, 2016

An important legal judgment has been issued that will likely deny an award of the Personal Independence Payment mobility component to disabled people, with conditions such as depression, panic attacks or anxiety

Hexagon invests in predictive technology to mitigate on-going welfare reform

14 January, 2016

Hexagon Housing Association has invested in Mobysoft's predictive technology to help mitigate the effects of on-going welfare reform

Lobby against benefit cuts to ESA

13 January, 2016

Today disabled people from across the country will be lobbying their MPs to reverse planned changes to employment support allowance

New video launches to help end most tenancy deposit disputes

12 January, 2016

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

Local welfare provision

12 January, 2016

Overall spending on discretionary local welfare support by central and local government has reduced since April 2013

Committee presses Minister for action on Benefit Cap rules for carers

12 January, 2016

The Committee has written to Lord Freud to urge the Government to ensure that parents who care full-time for their adult disabled children in the family home are not affected by the Benefit Cap

The local welfare safety net

12 January, 2016

Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report

EU referendum: David Cameron 'hopeful' of February deal

11 January, 2016

David Cameron says he is "hopeful" of reaching a deal with European leaders in February that will allow him to hold the UK's EU referendum

Record high for family debt shows that we don't have a recovery that works for all

11 January, 2016

New analysis published Friday by the TUC shows that household debt is rising again, with total unsecured debt reaching a new high

PM says 'no conflict' between fighting poverty and cutting benefits

11 January, 2016

David Cameron sets out plan to improve life chances of the 'left behind', insisting strategy compatible with welfare cuts

Cancer patients at risk of homelessness through proposed benefits cuts

11 January, 2016

Cancer patients face the possibility of losing their homes if proposed cuts to a disability benefit go ahead

Update on Local Housing Allowance caps on social housing rents

11 January, 2016

Lord Freud has responded to David Orr's letter that highlighted the impact of introducing the cap to supported housing

DWP told woman she was not ill enough for benefit on day she died

08 January, 2016

Dawn Amos was sent letter about attendance allowance on day her husband agreed to switch off her life support machine

Cameron closing in on 'four years' deal on in-work benefits to deter EU migrant workers

08 January, 2016

Outlines of EU deal emerging that will allow David Cameron to claim victory on his key pre-referendum demand to curb benefits for EU workers

Disability benefit tests have doubled in cost

08 January, 2016

Disability benefit assessments have doubled in cost to £579m a year but targets are still being missed

Families facing whopping council tax rises FIFTY times higher than inflation

08 January, 2016

But Welsh Labour insist councils need to protect vital frontline services

Housing benefit delays and homelessness

08 January, 2016

Benefit delays and inaccuracies are contributing to the increase in homelessness

Contracted-out health and disability assessments

08 January, 2016

The Department for Work and Pensions has not yet achieved value for money in managing contracted-out health and disability assessments

Tories latest welfare attack set to be torpedoed by House of Lords

06 January, 2016

The Lib Dems will spearhead a drive to derail cuts to Universal Credit when they come before the House of Lords

Benefit sanctions have failed: a Comprehensive Review is needed

06 January, 2016

Since the election of the Coalition in 2010, there has been a massive campaign of sanctions

8,768 Preston households owe millions in council tax arrears

05 January, 2016

Cash-strapped Preston Council is owed millions in unpaid taxes

Tories urged to push disabled benefit claimants onto private insurance schemes

05 January, 2016

It looks like there's a new drive to push benefit claimants onto private insurance schemes that aren't likely to pay out

Iain Duncan Smith is offering £140,000 a year for someone to take charge of his troubled Universal Credit programme

31 December, 2015

The successful candidate will be among the top-paid civil servants and will earn more than the Work and Pensions Secretary himself

Council Tax Reduction Schemes

31 December, 2015

As part of the 2010 Spending Review the Coalition Government announced its intention to localise support for Council Tax

Germany eyes law change to stop EU migrants claiming benefits

31 December, 2015

Move comes after court ruled authorities must pay subsistence benefits to newcomers despite contributions-based system

4 New Year budgeting tips for universal credit claimants in South West Wales

31 December, 2015

With the New Year fast approaching and with family finances traditionally tighter after the festive season, many in the region could take advantage of budgeting advice

Benefit cuts: George Osborne urged to make U-turn on universal credit

30 December, 2015

Advisers warn merging of in-work benefits threatens to undo 'welcome decision to reverse tax credit changes'

Questions over new benefit sanctions warning system

30 December, 2015

An SNP MP has raised questions over a new benefit sanctions warning system to be trialled in Scotland next year

2015 in housing: 12 months of growing crisis

29 December, 2015

We look back on a year of escalating protests over dwindling social housing supply and a Tory focus on homeownership despite booming costs

Benefit delays leaving families hungry

29 December, 2015

Benefit mistakes and delays are causing families to go hungry and putting homes at risk

Rent costs to soar for half a million disabled and elderly as Tories wield axe on housing benefit

24 December, 2015

Shadow Housing Minister John Healey urged Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne to put a stop to the plans, branding them "catastrophic"

Housing benefit cuts would 'affect schemes for vulnerable'

24 December, 2015

Housing projects helping more than 400,000 vulnerable adults face closure because of government welfare cuts

Southend taking in London's homeless - local authorities feeling pinch under new Government welfare reforms

24 December, 2015

Southend and other areas in south Essex are taking in London's homeless

Contributory Welfare State investigated by Committee

23 December, 2015

The Work and Pensions Committee agreed to hold an initial seminar with experts on the possibility of converting the eligibility for welfare as we know it

'I'm worrying about Christmas and how we'll afford food'

23 December, 2015

Michelle lives in Cambridge with her husband. The family is struggling to keep up with rent and bills

The pain of Iain Duncan Smith's welfare cuts is only just starting to be felt

23 December, 2015

In the run up to the last general election, the media was full of reports and investigations into the impact of welfare reform

Universal Credit vs JSA - what's the difference?

22 December, 2015

Our benefits and money team are working to advise Isos residents on how to prepare for Universal Credit as it gets introduced across the North East

When I asked people for bedroom tax stories, the response was shocking

22 December, 2015

I helped start the blog My Spare Room to tell the stories of those losing their dignity, social life and health to the tax. For their sake, we must push for change

Labour accuses David Cameron of causing homelessness crisis with "disgraceful" welfare cuts

22 December, 2015

The number of households classed as homeless has risen by more than a third in England since 2010 and could DOUBLE by the next general election

Make up for benefit cuts by working 200 more hours

22 December, 2015

Department for Work and Pensions admits work allowance will fall under universal credit but people can 'recoup the loss'

Jobless and disabled people could have benefits stopped on Christmas Eve under 'tough new sanctions regime'

22 December, 2015

The SNP claims the Government has quietly scrapped a system which spared claimants from the worst hardship at Christmas

Statistics on Personal Independence Payment (PIP): Release strategy

22 December, 2015

This document explains how DWP manages the release of statistics on PIP

Labour calls for halt on housing benefit cap over fears it will hit supported accommodation

21 December, 2015

Labour has called for a halt to a new housing benefit cap over fears it could force the closure of supported accommodation for the elderly, disabled and homeless

MP Frank Field backs builder training for benefit claimants

21 December, 2015

Tens of thousands of young benefit claimants should be trained as builders to curb immigration, slash welfare costs and end the housing crisis

Living wage will lead to new boom in migrants

21 December, 2015

Tory critics brand David Cameron's strategy 'a farce' and say pay boost will draw ever more workers to the UK

Families hungry due to benefit mistakes and delays

21 December, 2015

Benefit errors and delays are making families go hungry and putting their homes at risk

Homeless Households and Benefit Cap Amendments

21 December, 2015

In the Welfare Reform & Work Bill, Shelter is seeking an amendment that takes homeless households out of the benefit cap while they get back on their feet

Government response: SSAC report on Universal Credit

21 December, 2015

This is the government's response to the report 'Universal Credit: priorities for action' by the Social Security Advisory Committee

Government response to SSAC Occasional Paper 15

21 December, 2015

This is the government's response to the report 'Universal Credit: priorities for action' by the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC)

Impact on supported housing of capping Housing Benefit to Local Housing Allowance

21 December, 2015

David Orr has written to both Lord Freud and Brandon Lewis seeking urgent clarification on how supported housing will be protected

EU renegotiations: Pathway for deal found

18 December, 2015

David Cameron has said there is a " pathway to a deal" on new terms for Britain's membership of the EU after talks with other leaders

Online Universal Credit could exclude thousands

18 December, 2015

Although the internet is quickly becoming an integral part of our everyday private, public and working lives, there are still one in five UK adults unable to complete simple tasks like paying bills online

Universal Credit and rented housing

18 December, 2015

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

Timeline confirmed for digital Universal Credit

18 December, 2015

The Department for Work and Pensions updated on the rollout plans for the digital Universal Credit service when giving evidence to the Public Accounts Select Committee last week

Lords veto powers 'to be curtailed'

17 December, 2015

David Cameron is preparing to use the full force of the law to clip the wings of the House of Lords after it blocked his welfare cuts

Welfare reform survey 2015

17 December, 2015

This document sets out the results of a survey of stock retaining councils and ALMOs, conducted during October and November 2015

Households with prepayment meters pay up to £250 more in energy bills

17 December, 2015

Lack of competitive tariffs to switch to means prepayment customers are losing out to those on direct debit tariffs

Benefit cuts under universal credit could be illegal

17 December, 2015

Shadow work and pensions secretary says differences between tax credits and new welfare system are discriminatory and leave families worse off

Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy

17 December, 2015

This report presents findings from the evaluation of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy

Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy evaluation: final report

17 December, 2015

This report presents findings from the evaluation of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (RSRS) in Housing Benefit

The new benefits trap: why I'm proposing an amendment to the Welfare Bill

16 December, 2015

One of the government's big achievements has been helping people off benefits and back into work

The principled and pragmatic case for a Universal Basic Income

16 December, 2015

The RSA is today recommending a new Universal Basic Income system

More than four in ten homeless young people could be hit by removal of housing support

16 December, 2015

Up to 44% of young people in homelessness services could be affected by the proposal to remove the automatic entitlement to housing costs for 18-21 year

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to October 2015

16 December, 2015

Statistics on claims in payment, new claim registrations, decisions and awards made, and other aspects of Personal Independence Payment

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 3 Dec 2015

16 December, 2015

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 3 December 2015

David Cameron faces compromise over plans for EU migrants' welfare access

15 December, 2015

EU commissioner proposes block on claims for first six months, far cry from prime minister's hopes for four-year exclusion

Thousands of benefit staff face the axe as Tories ramp up plans to cut cash with Universal Credit

15 December, 2015

Some 5,000 staff are primed for the axe as part of Universal Credit - which is already being trialled in three-quarters of all job centres

UK cuts will leave poorest Scots' more than £800 a year' worse off

15 December, 2015

Spending reductions and benefit cuts imposed by the UK government could make Scotland's poorest families more than £800 a year worse

Cameron still appears isolated on four-year migrant benefit ban ahead of EU summit

15 December, 2015

The scale of David Cameron's task on EU reform has been underlined by No 10 after it indicated that not a single other member state was publicly supporting his four-year migrant benefit ban

Despite the tax credit U-turn a radical upheaval in support for the working poor is still underway

15 December, 2015

The government's decision to scrap tax credit cuts was a welcome move

1p rise in Scots income tax 'needed to cancel Tory cuts'

15 December, 2015

Scotland's poorest families could be more than £800 a year worse off as a result of spending and benefit cuts

Housing shortage and welfare cuts leaving thousands at risk of homeless this Christmas

15 December, 2015

Welfare cuts and a shortage of affordable housing mean thousands of North-East families are on the brink of being homeless this Christmas

Are you a council tenant? Then you must be punished

14 December, 2015

The end of lifetime council tenancies looks like another welfare-bashing crapshoot

EU referendum: PM 'to continue with benefit demands'

14 December, 2015

Downing Street has insisted that David Cameron will pursue demands for a curb on in-work benefits for EU migrants in the UK

Tory welfare reforms causing 'devastating harm' to the most vulnerable in society

14 December, 2015

The welfare reforms being spearheaded by Tory minister Iain Duncan Smith are causing "devastating harm" to the most vulnerable in society

Universal Credit - is it working and will it do enough?

14 December, 2015

By September 2015, nearly 175 000 people had made a claim for Universal Credit

Commission says council tax in Scotland 'must end'

14 December, 2015

The current council tax system in Scotland "must end", the specially set up Commission on Local Tax Reform has concluded

The Future Delivery of Social Security in Scotland

14 December, 2015

This report sets out the findings and recommendations made by the Welfare Reform Committee

Universal Credit now in three-quarters of all jobcentres

14 December, 2015

New milestone reached with over a quarter of a million claims made to Universal Credit

Benefit sanctions forcing people to sleep rough and go hungry

11 December, 2015

Crisis is calling for reform of how benefit sanctions work for the most vulnerable

Cameron hopeful of deal to curb migrants' benefits

11 December, 2015

David Cameron insists he can reach a deal on benefit curbs for EU migrants

Food bank opens for young people hit by benefit sanctions

11 December, 2015

Merseyside Youth Association says service in Liverpool helps 16-to 25-year-olds who are going hungry but feel uneasy about visiting other food banks

A third of Scottish benefit claimants 'unable to get by'

11 December, 2015

CAS has urged Holyrood to use new powers to create a fairer welfare system

More than half of council tax used to pay interest on debts

11 December, 2015

Dundee City Council is paying out more than half its council tax income on servicing its debt

Basic income for all could end benefits trap

10 December, 2015

As welfare and the world of work get more complex, Finland's bold experiment offers us a solution

How I helped a man with a degenerative spinal disease beat the bedroom tax

10 December, 2015

He was charged for living in a home adapted to his disability with a spare room for his daughter. I stepped in when his rent arrears reached £1,000

Leicester City Council overpaid £4 million of housing benefits in six months

10 December, 2015

Leicester City Council overpaid £4 million in housing benefits over a six month period this year

Wales worst hit by Housing Benefit reform, yet again

10 December, 2015

The news that Housing Benefit for social tenants would be capped at Local Housing Allowance levels from 2016 made few waves when George Osborne made the announcement as part of the Spending Review

One in three people on benefits 'can't get by on money they receive'

10 December, 2015

More than one-third of welfare claimants are unable to get by on the benefits they receive

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments: April to September 2015

10 December, 2015

Analysis of local authorities' use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds from April to September 2015

Personal Independence Payment: aids and appliances descriptors

10 December, 2015

Consultation on aids and appliances and the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment

The DWP is cutting a disability benefit that already leaves a third of recipients struggling to afford food

09 December, 2015

Employment and Support Allowance WRAG payments are being cut by £30 a week from April 2017

Duncan Smith urges Cameron not to cave on benefits for EU migrants

09 December, 2015

Eurosceptic evokes spirit of Thatcher as he warns Downing Street to 'play the system hard' in pre-referendum negotiations on in-work benefits

Halving The Gap?

09 December, 2015

A Review into the Government's proposed reduction to Employment and Support Allowance and its impact on halving the disability employment gap

Cutting migrant benefits won't halt flow, PM told: Advisers say four year wait would have little influence on reducing numbers coming to the UK

09 December, 2015

David Cameron's flagship plan to curb benefits for EU migrants would do little to cut immigration, the Government's top economic advisers warned yesterday

Changes to housing benefit for social tenants will hit young people

08 December, 2015

Over the last week I've been unpicking the implications of the announcement that housing benefit for social tenants will be limited to the level of the local housing allowance

Why housing benefit is broken

08 December, 2015

Now the government has U-turned on plans to abolish tax credits, it should look at housing benefit for welfare savings

Scotland's new tax and welfare powers should be devolved on a "use it or lose it", Lords to hear

08 December, 2015

Scotland's new tax and welfare powers should be devolved on a "use it or lose it" basis

The Government must not be distracted from delivering Universal Credit

08 December, 2015

In the wake of the Tax Credits debate, it would be extremely easy to be distracted from arguably the most important legacy of a Conservative-led welfare agenda: Universal Credit

'Dear Dave, we can't agree to four-year migrant benefit ban': Brussels chief delivers blow to Cameron's plans for EU reform

08 December, 2015

European Union leaders have refused to agree to David Cameron's plan to ban migrants claiming benefits for up to four years

The Impacts of the 'Bedroom Tax' on Children and Their Education: A Study in the City of Manchester

08 December, 2015

The so - called bedroom tax has cut the benefits claimed by social housing tenants and put them under pressure to move into smaller homes

Workless households at lowest levels

08 December, 2015

Number of workless households is now at its lowest level since records began

Universal Credit at Work (December 2015)

08 December, 2015

A progress report on how Universal Credit is restoring work incentives, restoring fairness and transforming claimants' lives

Universal Credit claimants significantly more likely to get a job

08 December, 2015

People claiming Universal Credit are significantly more likely to move into work than those on Jobseeker's Allowance

Welfare reforms will still take £3bn from poorest Britons

07 December, 2015

Costings after U-turn on tax credits reveal changes to universal credit will save the Treasury almost as much money

Using council tax to offset care cuts 'will widen gap between rich and poor'

07 December, 2015

Disadvantaged areas will be able to raise too little extra revenue to make any difference

Universal Credit: estimating the early labour market impacts: updated analysis

07 December, 2015

This analysis assesses the short-term impact of Universal Credit and informs its further development

'No consensus' over UK welfare reforms

07 December, 2015

There are "substantial political differences" over the PM's demands for welfare curbs for EU migrants

Universal Credit now in almost 550 jobcentres

07 December, 2015

On 7th December 18 more jobcentre offices start offering Universal Credit

DWP to apologise to woman whose brother killed himself after his benefits were cut

04 December, 2015

Health service ombudsman partially upholds Linda Cooksey's complaint over case of her late brother Tim Salter

Council Tax Reduction in Scotland, July to September 2015

03 December, 2015

This publication provides statistics on the Council Tax Reduction scheme

Engaging with tenants is everyone's job

03 December, 2015

I remember listening to a speaker describing how the housing sector was then perceived to be in the middle of 'the perfect storm' of issues including welfare reform and universal credit

Housing provider helps transition to Universal Credit

03 December, 2015

The Government's new welfare system is coming to Teesside and one local housing provider is helping their tenants get to grips with the changes

Council tax reform in the age of localism: why councils should take the lead

02 December, 2015

In England (and Scotland), council tax is still levied on the basis of the 1991 property values used when the tax was introduced in 1993

Osborne's devolution experiment will hit poorer councils where it hurts

02 December, 2015

The chancellor talks the talk on decentralisation but he's clawing back central funds with no regard to local councils' tax base, entrenching regional divisions

Welfare reforms set for Northern Ireland rollout in early 2016

02 December, 2015

Welfare reforms will roll out in Northern Ireland early in 2016

Universal Credit comes into force on the Isle of Wight

02 December, 2015

The government's new Universal Credit scheme will be implemented on the Isle of Wight from 7 December

LIN Member Report December 2015 - Spending Review and Autumn Statement

02 December, 2015

LIN member report by Claire Turner

Family of severely disabled Blackburn teen twice forced to leave specially adapted homes due to bedroom tax

01 December, 2015

The family of a severely disabled 14-year-old forced to twice leave specially adapted homes because of the bedroom tax said they are having to fundraise to convert a third home

The benefits cap on carers is discriminatory and a false economy

01 December, 2015

The cap has been ruled discriminatory and unlawful for full-time carers of disabled adult relatives

What happens if homeless families are hit by the benefit cap?

01 December, 2015

The number of homeless families is going up and the number of affordable homes is going down

Household bills targeted by chancellor as Labour raises fears over benefit cuts

30 November, 2015

George Osborne and Sajid Javid want more competition to drive down prices, as Labour claims thousands could lose out due to in-work benefit cuts

DWP scraps mandatory 'work for your benefits' scheme without fanfare

27 November, 2015

The scheme was deemed ineffective by a DWP analysis but had since been expanded

Iain Duncan Smith suffers major defeat as High Court rules benefit cap for carers is unlawful

27 November, 2015

Judge rules that the Work and Pensions Secretary had discriminated on the grounds of disability against unpaid carers who look after severely disabled people for more than 35 hours a week

The tax credit reversal is great news - but Universal Credit is what matters

27 November, 2015

Reversing Tax Credit reductions will give families valuable breathing space but it's Universal Credit that's important in the long term

Annual council tax bills will be £25 higher

27 November, 2015

Chancellor confirms increase and hits out at council bosses being paid more than the Prime Minister, warning Britons are 'fed up' with high salaries

Low-income working families on Universal Credit set to lose £1,300

27 November, 2015

Working households on Universal Credit are set to lose an average of £1,000 in 2020, rising to £1,300 for those with children

Institute for Fiscal Studies, Post Autumn Statement briefing

27 November, 2015

The first thing to say is this is not the end of "austerity"

Spending Review: Welfare cuts rely on troubled Universal Credit

27 November, 2015

Following Chancellor George Osborne decision yesterday to scrap his tax credit cuts, one of the key ways he is going to meet his manifesto commitment of cutting £12bn from welfare spending

Welfare cuts postponed, not axed

27 November, 2015

George Osborne was in the end not just for turning, but for totally reversing his position on those controversial tax credits that were set to hit millions of working families

Osborne: I will continue to take 'difficult decisions' after tax credits U-turn

26 November, 2015

Chancellor makes clear he is not abandoning his overall approach to eliminate structural budget deficit two years before 2020 election

Victory for families in carers' benefit cap challenge

26 November, 2015

A Government failure to exempt individual family carers in receipt of carer's allowance from the benefit cap amounts to "objectively unjustifiable indirect discrimination" and is not lawful

100,000 NI families boosted by decision to scrap tax credit changes

26 November, 2015

More than 100,000 families in Northern Ireland will benefit from the decision to scrap tax credit changes

The devil is in the detail: most tax credit cuts rolled back, but cuts to Universal Credit going ahead

26 November, 2015

Many of the tax credit cuts announced by Chancellor George Osborne in the 2015 Budget were rolled back today

Spending review 2015: things you may have missed in Osborne's small print

26 November, 2015

The tax credit cuts that will still go ahead, the bad news for students, and other devils in George Osborne's detail

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

26 November, 2015

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

Proposed benefit and pension rates 2016 to 2017

26 November, 2015

A list of the proposed benefit and pension rates for 2016 to 2017

Osborne tinkers with welfare

26 November, 2015

The assault on housing benefit has been unrelenting over the past 5 years

Housing benefit is clearly essential

26 November, 2015

Until the housing crisis is cracked and the government take real steps to build more homes that people can afford, housing benefit is the most important mechanism we have

Benefit and tax credit changes

26 November, 2015

Government still planning £12bn cut to annual benefit spending by end of the parliament

Spending Review and Autumn Statement

25 November, 2015

George Osborne delivering Autumn Statement and Spending Review

How can we learn from Stockport Homes 'all staff' approach to welfare reform?

25 November, 2015

After winning the 2015 UK Housing Award for 'managing the impact of welfare reform', the team at Stockport Homes shares its top tips for meeting both customer and business needs

'Fit for work' tests have normalised the suffering of sick and disabled people

25 November, 2015

The distress, physical pain and even death of disabled and mentally ill citizens are no longer seen as travesties to avoid but rather little more than collateral damage

NI welfare reform: Bill passes through House of Lords

25 November, 2015

The Northern Ireland Welfare Reform Bill has passed through the House of Lords

Spending Review: Nicola Sturgeon welcomes tax credit U-turn

25 November, 2015

Scotland's first minister has welcomed a U-turn by the Chancellor on tax credit cuts

City on course to have £8m spend on bedroom tax arrears

25 November, 2015

Glasgow is on course to have more than £8m spent on payments to mitigate the bedroom tax this year

Residents left without food or electricity while waiting for first benefits payment

25 November, 2015

People claiming the new universal credit have been left unable to pay their rent or afford food or electricity

Landlord tax changes will lead to rent increases

25 November, 2015

More than two thirds of landlords say that changes to buy-to-let mortgage tax relief will lead to increased rents

Key points: Spending Review and Autumn Statement at-a-glance

25 November, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne has set out the state of the economy in the Autumn Statement and spending plans for the next four years in the Spending Review

Autumn statement: George Osborne cancels planned tax credit cuts after U-turn

25 November, 2015

The Chancellor said he was listening to concerns raised about tax credit cuts

Glasgow tops Scotland's Discretionary Housing Payments bill

25 November, 2015

Glasgow is on course to have more than £8 million spent on payments to mitigate the 'bedroom tax' this year

Fit-for-work tests linked to relapses in those with mental health problems

24 November, 2015

Dr Jed Boardman says work capability assessment causes distress for people with severe problems and has led to relapses

'Conscious cruelty': Ken Loach's shock at benefit sanctions and food banks

24 November, 2015

'Hunger is being used as a weapon,' says veteran director, calling for public rage over situation he says is worse than when he made Cathy Come Home in 1966

George Osborne should change course on tax credits

24 November, 2015

Nicola Sturgeon will call on the Chancellor to abandon "potentially catastrophic" cuts to tax credits which she says will hurt many of those most in need of help

Jeremy Corbyn scolds Tory MPs for 'laughing at food poverty'

24 November, 2015

Labour leader said inequality, climate change, food and water security should be part of the national security review, as well as the more conventional defence measures

Spending Review: Tax credit winners and losers

24 November, 2015

The chancellor will announce what is to become of his plans to cut working tax credits

Osborne under pressure on tax credits

23 November, 2015

George Osborne is refusing to be drawn on how he will claw back the £4.3bn cost of postponing tax credit cuts in Wednesday's Spending Review

Survey suggests backing for council tax reform

23 November, 2015

A clear majority of the people who took part in a major online survey about the council tax want to see it replaced or reformed

Softening of tax credit blow to be funded by housing benefit cuts

23 November, 2015

The compromise over George Osborne's controversial measure will hit many of the same people already losing their tax credits

NI welfare reform: House of Commons due to push legislation through

23 November, 2015

Welfare reform legislation for Northern Ireland agreed in last week's political deal at Stormont is due to be pushed through the House of Commons later

Housing association fights back against Bedroom Tax

23 November, 2015

One housing association has decided they are going to combat the Bedroom Tax, by knocking down walls

Universal Credit now available in 70% of all jobcentres

23 November, 2015

More job centres across Britain now offer Universal Credit as 12 more offices take new claims

JSA, UC, ESA and IS sanction decisions in Wales: Apr 2010 to Mar 2015

20 November, 2015

Number of JSA, UC, ESA and IS claimants in Wales who have received at least one sanction decision during April 2010 to March 2015

Sinn Fein accused of surrendering to Tories over welfare reform

20 November, 2015

Sinn Fein has been accused of "doing austerity" for the Conservatives and of handing back hard-won welfare reform powers to Westminster

George Osborne, get your beady eye off the housing benefit budget

20 November, 2015

If the chancellor cuts housing benefit in the spending review, the Conservative legacy in office will be one of endemic poverty

Adjusting Scotland's Block Grant for new Tax and Welfare Powers: Assessing the Options

20 November, 2015

The Scotland Bill, currently making its way through the Houses of Parliament, will transfer a range of tax and spending powers from Westminster to the Scottish Parliament

Autumn Statement 2015: the first test for the Chancellor's welfare cap

20 November, 2015

The latest official forecast suggested that borrowing this year would be £69.5 billion, falling to £6.4 billion by 2018-19

Benefits sanctions are creating 'horrifying levels of destitution'

20 November, 2015

New figures on emergency payments to benefit claimants show that the UK government is creating 'horrifying' levels of destitution

Tim Farron vows continued Lib Dem push against tax credit cuts

19 November, 2015

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron is pledging to keep up his party's fight against the Government's plans to cut tax credits for millions of low earners

Stormont Assembly members approve welfare reform measures

19 November, 2015

Stormont Assembly members have voted to allow the Government to finally roll out its welfare reforms in Northern Ireland

Following the tax credit row, the welfare axe could fall on renters and disabled claimants

19 November, 2015

What are the options for the Chancellor to save £4bn from the welfare budget to smooth his cuts to tax credits in the upcoming spending review?

July Budget measures will strengthen work incentives overall despite tax credit cuts

19 November, 2015

Our report focuses on the effects on work incentives of changes proposed in the July Budget

The impact of the UK Government's tax, welfare and minimum wage reforms in Wales

19 November, 2015

On 8 July 2015, Chancellor George Osborne delivered the first Budget of the new all-Conservative administration, implementing a number of changes to taxes and benefits proposed by the Conservative party during

Tax credit cuts will hit poorest UK regions hardest

18 November, 2015

The TUC analysis shows that 91% working tax credit households in the UK will be worse off as a result of the government's cuts

Flaws in universal credit system leaving vulnerable people penniless

18 November, 2015

Built-in delay of at least 42 days before claimants receive payments leaves people struggling to pay bills and buy food

Cuts to housing benefit could make claimants £570 a year worse off

18 November, 2015

Cuts to housing benefit are likely to damage similar groups of in-work poor claimants by depriving them of more than £500 a year

Colchester Council plans to spend £350,000 to help people affected by benefits cuts

17 November, 2015

Colchester Council plans to spend £350,000 over three years to help people affected by benefits cuts, if it can find savings and increase revenue

Fit-for-work tests may have taken serious toll on mental health

17 November, 2015

Research links additional 590 suicides and 725,000 antidepressant prescriptions over three years to impact of work capability assessment

George Osborne abandons cuts to Universal Credit after IDS quit threat

16 November, 2015

Iain Duncan Smith has "won the day" and seen off attempts by George Osborne to cut £2bn from Universal Credit

Tory benefit cuts face new attack in Lords

16 November, 2015

Labour and Lib Dem peers will use debate on reform to warn of child poverty surge

Benefits culture has made generations less motivated to seek employment, says university academic

16 November, 2015

New book warns that the welfare system is boosting the number of children born into workless households

Universal Credit now available in over 500 jobcentres

16 November, 2015

More jobcentres across Britain now offer Universal Credit as 17 more sites start taking new claims from today

How 'pay to stay' housing will penalise disabled people like my daughter

16 November, 2015

My daughter is severely disabled and I have cancer. Not only is there is hardly any housing for us, George Osborne's pay to stay scheme will double our rent

Benefit sanctions against people with mental health problems up by 600 per cent

13 November, 2015

Charities have warned that sanctions are making mental health problems worse

New Wolverhampton tenants facing rent rise of £15 per week

13 November, 2015

New tenants in Wolverhampton could see their rents increase by up to £15 per week despite a Government ruling that rents across the country must be reduced

Tory minister Tracey Crouch says families hit by tax credit cuts should stop spending money on TV subscriptions

13 November, 2015

The minister says helping families cut back their spending was the kindest approach

EU welfare reforms: Some claimants 'better off with no job'

13 November, 2015

Claimants for some in-work benefits could be better off giving up their job temporarily as a consequence of the government's EU negotiations

New powers could consign 'bedroom tax' to history

13 November, 2015

Commenting on the DWP's Housing Benefit caseload statistics which show that the City of Glasgow Area has the highest number of 'bedroom tax' cases in the UK at 12,443

David Cameron EU migrant benefits figures blasted by UK Statistics Authority watchdog

12 November, 2015

The UK Statistics Authority said the way in which the figures were disclosed was 'unsatisfactory' and prevented effective scrutiny

'Bedroom tax' hits record one in four in Copeland

12 November, 2015

One in four housing benefit claimants in Copeland, Cumbria, has had their support cut thanks to the "bedroom tax"

LIN member report November 2015 - Tax credits and low pay

11 November, 2015

LIN member report written by Neil Merrick

My tax credits are a lifeline. Osborne is wrong to slash them

11 November, 2015

Instead of escaping poverty, millions of working parents and their children will struggle - even if the minimum wage is raised

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 29 October 2015

11 November, 2015

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

Delay tax credit cuts

11 November, 2015

Tax credit cuts should be delayed for at least a year

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

11 November, 2015

Experimental Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit flows data

Census output area data on workless benefit claimants: to May 2015

11 November, 2015

Number of people by area claiming Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support and other income-related benefits

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

11 November, 2015

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

EU referendum: David Cameron accused of backtracking on demands to restrict benefits to migrants

11 November, 2015

Mr Cameron has hinted that the benefit restrictions were no longer a red line for the Government

UK faith leaders unite to challenge welfare penalties on larger families

11 November, 2015

Christian churches and Jewish groups urge House of Lords to block government's plans to limit tax credits to first two children

EU migrants on benefits: separating the statistics from the spin

11 November, 2015

Britain's referendum on EU membership may decided in large part by the issue, but the information available is scant at best

The benefit cap is a sucker punch for councils

11 November, 2015

Cuts to benefits may well be helping the government pay off its overdraft, but they could cost councils the earth

Hundreds of thousands have tax credit calls unanswered by HMRC

10 November, 2015

HMRC failed to deal with over 400,000 phone calls in March

Housing is the next target in David Cameron's dismantling of the welfare state

10 November, 2015

For the many people who can't afford to own a home, the new housing bill will have a devastating impact, as social rented properties are lost

Cameron's EU wishlist dismissed by Tory MPs as 'thin gruel' as he retreats on banning benefits for migrants four years

10 November, 2015

Tory Eurosceptic MPs today rounded on David Cameron's plans to reform the European Union, dismissing his list of demands as 'thin gruel' which would fail to impress the British people

SNP told to reveal benefits costs as MPs vote on powers

10 November, 2015

David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary, tells the SNP to spell out the cost of using powers in the Scotland Bill to increase benefits

Housing Benefit (Abolition of the Family Premium and date of claim) (Amendment) Regulations 2015: SSAC report and government statement

10 November, 2015

A SSAC report on draft Housing Benefit regulations about backdating claims and removing the family premium and the government's response

UK benefit and tax credit claims by recently arrived EEA migrants

10 November, 2015

Analysis of the extent to which recently arrived EEA nationals are in households receiving UK welfare support whilst either in or out of work

Mum and FOUR kids forced to sleep in one bed thanks to the benefits cap

09 November, 2015

Stacey and her four children are all cramped into one double bed with her uncle in a second bedroom and her gran in a third

Labour hits out at Osborne's planned cuts to universal credit

09 November, 2015

Opposition says families will be worse off if taper rate is raised by chancellor, with dissent also evident among Conservatives

Universal Credit now available in nearly 70% of all jobcentres

09 November, 2015

Universal Credit reaches 492 jobcentres as 22 more start taking new claims from Monday 9 November 2015

Benefit cap: tens of thousands move into work or off Housing Benefit

09 November, 2015

New figures show around 28,000 people who have had their benefits capped have moved into work, allowing savings on Housing Benefit

Universal Credit: Iain Duncan Smith resists Treasury cuts

09 November, 2015

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is resisting Treasury efforts to make the new Universal Credit benefit less generous

Discretionary Housing Payments - why this quick fix won't last long

06 November, 2015

Recent, near-constant tinkering with welfare has resulted in many people losing vital support

Nicola Sturgeon vows to replace tax credit losses for families in Scotland

06 November, 2015

First minister promises 'credible' plans to mitigate cuts, but will not confirm if she will match full amount of lost benefits

George Osborne to raid Iain Duncan Smith's Universal Credit

06 November, 2015

George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith clash over plans to soften the impact of tax credit cuts by raiding the budget for Universal Credit

Tax Credits can't be reduced in isolation - we need to tackle the drivers of poverty too

06 November, 2015

The debate on Tax Credits highlights a deeper question about the right balance of responsibilities between individuals, employers and the state

Local Welfare Safety Net Inquiry: Submission from the New Policy Institute

06 November, 2015

The NPI have responded to the Committee's call for evidence on the local welfare safety net

Holyrood 'will have tax credit powers'

05 November, 2015

Changes to the Scotland Bill will give Holyrood the power to restore any tax credit cuts made by the UK government

Election battle lines drawn as SNP and Labour clash over tax credit cuts

05 November, 2015

Battle lines for next year's Holyrood election have been drawn after the SNP refused to back Labour's plan to reverse controversial tax credit cuts in Scotland

George Osborne urged to squeeze incomes of high-rate taxpayers to ease burden of tax credit cuts

05 November, 2015

Alan Milburn says the move would spare working families with young children from his tax credit cuts

Universal Credit will make the benefits system worse for people with mental health issues

05 November, 2015

The Government's new Universal Credit welfare reform is likely to make the benefits system more hostile for people with mental health issues

Now is not the time to fudge on tax credits

05 November, 2015

Public policy questions are often difficult, with significant trade-offs between equally important objectives

Tax credits and the pantomime dame

05 November, 2015

Do you remember the so-called bedroom tax? Well, of course you do. It was a substantial political and social controversy with significant impact

Benefit cap: number of households capped to August 2015

05 November, 2015

Number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to August 2015

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

05 November, 2015

Final estimates of total overpayments and underpayments across the benefit system in financial year 2014/15

Labour attempts to build support to block universal credit cuts

04 November, 2015

Opposition claims George Osborne's cost-saving measures will hit hardworking families by reducing incentives to work

'Why have a surplus if you don't protect the poor?': Architect of Tory welfare reform tells Osborne to rethink his tax credit cuts

04 November, 2015

The architect of the government's welfare reforms today calls on George Osborne to radically rethink his multi-billion pound tax credit cut

Universal Credit information for claimants in Croydon, Southwark and Sutton

04 November, 2015

Universal Credit in the CR0 2 and CR0 4 postcode areas of Croydon, SE1 5 postcode area of Southwark and SM5 2, SM6 7, SM6 8 and SM6 9 postcode areas of Sutton

Committee urges George Osborne to clarify 'true picture' on tax credit cuts

03 November, 2015

Pressure on George Osborne to publish details of the "true picture" of the impact of tax credit cuts on low-wage families has been joined by an influential cross-party panel

Iain Duncan Smith says leaving EU may be the 'only way' to control benefits

03 November, 2015

Prominent Eurosceptic's comments come as George Osborne begins spelling out vision for 'two-speed' Europe

David Cameron: I know families on the breadline

03 November, 2015

Prime Minister rejects claims he is "out of touch" on tax credit cuts and confirms he will not stay on as Conservative leader for a third term

Edinburgh's less well-off hit by £270 million in welfare cuts

03 November, 2015

The true cost of austerity measures imposed by the UK Government has been calculated for Edinburgh

5,300 Borders children hit by tax credit plans

03 November, 2015

There will be 5,300 children in the Borders hit by the government's planned tax credit cuts

ESA sanction decisions by disease Jan 2011 to Mar 2015

03 November, 2015

Statistics on Employment and Support Allowance adverse, non-adverse and cancelled sanction decisions by disease, January 2011 to March 2015

More welfare powers added to Scotland Bill

03 November, 2015

New welfare legislation will bring about big changes for Scotland that can make a difference to the lives of people in Scotland

Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015 delegated powers

02 November, 2015

This paper identifies the provisions for delegated, or secondary, legislation in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015

Universal Credit: how it can help your business

02 November, 2015

Information for employers about Universal Credit and the changes it brings

Universal Credit: how it helps you into work

02 November, 2015

If you're on a low income or out of work, Universal Credit supports you to find a job or increase the hours you work

Universal Credit now available in 470 jobcentres

02 November, 2015

Universal Credit is available in 16 more from jobcentres from Monday 2 November

Couple with eight children who were offered £222 a WEEK in housing benefits say it's not enough for a suitable home - and they won't consider moving to cheaper area

02 November, 2015

An unemployed couple who have eight children say it is impossible for them to find a suitable home because of the inadequate benefit payments they receive

Kezia Dugdale pledges to protect Scots from Tory tax credit cuts

02 November, 2015

Scottish Labour leader vows to use new tax and welfare powers coming to MSPs from April 2017 to ensure families do not lose out

SNP MP Mhairi Black told by Iain Duncan Smith Scotland has power to stop tax credit cuts

02 November, 2015

Scotland has the power now to ensure that future cuts to tax credits will not operate north of the border

Tax credit cuts may well spark a turn against the Conservatives

02 November, 2015

Reducing tax credits will not force companies to raise wages, just as capping housing benefit does not force landlords to lower rents

Universal Credit: expression of interest for Trusted Partner Pilot

30 October, 2015

We are seeking expressions of interest from landlords to join the Trusted Partner Pilot to help Universal Credit tenants manage their rent

Tax credit cuts problematic

30 October, 2015

A Welsh Conservative MP has warned his party's plan to cut tax credits would "penalise the poorest workers"

Public view on tax credit cuts: unfair and painful, but potentially necessary

30 October, 2015

British people tend to say the proposed tax credit cuts are unfair

UK welfare reforms to be investigated by United Nations

30 October, 2015

The United Nations will investigate UK welfare reforms and equal rights policies as part of a planned review

Backbench Tories pile pressure on Osborne over tax credit cuts

30 October, 2015

MPs step up demands for radical rethink of policy with warning that reductions are too deep and too soon

MPs to debate tax credits after House of Lords defeat

29 October, 2015

MPs are set to return to the thorny issue of tax credits in the wake of the Government's bruising defeat in the House of Lords

David Cameron refuses to answer Jeremy Corbyn six times on tax credits

29 October, 2015

PM repeatedly ducks question of whether people will be worse off after Lords vote down cuts

Benefits sanctions are working the way they are supposed to

29 October, 2015

The sanctions have been associated with child poverty, homelessness, and unfair decisions

Scottish Welfare Fund reaches more than 164,000 vulnerable households

29 October, 2015

More than 164,000 vulnerable households, including around 54,000 families with children, have received essential help to buy everyday products like nappies, food and cookers

George Osborne ready to bow to pressure to soften tax credit cuts

28 October, 2015

Chancellor has 'wriggle room' and is likely to use Treasury cash to lessen impact of cuts, says senior government source

Benefit fraud clampdown 'lacks ambition'

28 October, 2015

Ministers have made progress in reducing benefit fraud and error but their efforts reveal a "paucity of ambition"

George Osborne gets roasted live on TV over defeat on tax credits in the Lords

28 October, 2015

Chancellor rejects repeated calls to scrap cuts 'victimising working parents and children'

'Desperate' Tories flew in peer Andrew Lloyd Webber from New York to prop up government vote on tax credits

28 October, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne's plan to reduce tax credits was defeated by the House of Lords

Cancer made me too ill to work yet I'm well enough for my benefits to be cut

28 October, 2015

Now my leukaemia's in remission, I'd love to return to teaching

The one chart that shows how tax credit cuts will actually affect you

28 October, 2015

How different families will lose out from the changes

Housing Benefit: statistics on speed of processing 2015 to 2016

28 October, 2015

Speed of processing is a measure of the average time it takes to process a new claim or a change in circumstance of an existing claimant

Employment and Support Allowance claimants by main disabling condition: Feb 2015

28 October, 2015

The number of ESA claimants by main disabling condition and phase of claim

Benefit sanctions are broken - and the government can't be trusted to fix them

27 October, 2015

When 58% of jobseekers' appeals against sanctions are successful, it's clear the government's response to criticism is little more than a whitewash

Tax credits: No return to 'uncontrolled' spending says Osborne

27 October, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne has vowed to bring tax credit spending "under control" despite the government's defeats in the House of Lords

Tax credit cuts will leave the low-paid facing a 93 per cent effective tax rate

27 October, 2015

The benefit withdrawal rate will make it almost financially pointless to take more hours at work

Housing associations are seeing tenants move from exclusion to real poverty

27 October, 2015

Welfare reform and mounting cuts have made it more difficult for the social housing sector to help tenants in financial crisis

'Frankly I'm terrified': meet those set to be hit by tax credit cuts

27 October, 2015

With the government determined to push through planned tax credits cuts, we asked readers how they would be affected

A U-Turn on tax credits may be harder than it looks

27 October, 2015

The government has boxed itself in, leaving itself with few ways to lessen the blow

Working poor: What it's like when you have a job - but can't pay the bills

26 October, 2015

The number of people in-work who fall below the poverty line has risen by 70 per cent in London

'Scottish political establishment' against tax credit changes

26 October, 2015

The whole of the Scottish political establishment is against the UK government's tax credit changes

Call for Welsh Government to subsidise families hit by the bedroom tax

26 October, 2015

A coalition of the church, charities and campaign groups is calling for a measure to fund rent arrears caused by removal of the spare room subsidy

Tax credits: government faces showdown in House of Lords

26 October, 2015

Tax credits: government faces showdown in House of Lords

Tax credits cuts 'will leave key workers up to £12,000 poorer by 2020'

26 October, 2015

Teaching assistants, social workers and other key public sector workers could lose more than £1,500 a year as a result of controversial government cuts to working tax credits

Labour signals fresh raid on the middle class: McDonnell calls for 'wealth tax' on family assets to pay for higher tax credits

26 October, 2015

Labour could introduce a swingeing new 'wealth tax' on family assets to pay for higher benefits

Tax credits: Lords challenge defended by Labour and Lib Dems

26 October, 2015

Labour and the Lib Dems have defended their challenge to tax credit cuts as ministers warned of taking an "unprecedented constitutional path"

Universal Credit now available in over 60% of jobcentres in the UK

26 October, 2015

Over 450 jobcentres now offer Universal Credit as 25 more start taking new claims from 26 October 2015

Housing benefit changes "will impact less on North East"

26 October, 2015

Controversial changes to housing benefits are unlikely to have as much impact on the North East as other parts of the country

Government loses tax credits vote in House of Lords

26 October, 2015

The government has lost a vote in the House of Lords after peers voted to delay cuts to tax credits

Benefits sanction warning period to be introduced

23 October, 2015

Claimants will be given a two-week warning period to prove their case

Tax credit cuts: Osborne 'comfortable' with plan despite pressure from fellow Tories

23 October, 2015

Chancellor defends decision to Treasury committee after predecessor Nigel Lawson joins calls to soften impact on lowest paid

George Osborne insists he 'signalled' tax credit cuts before the election

23 October, 2015

The Government's tax credit cuts were "signalled" before the general election

Welfare cuts: Cancer patients face losing up to £120 a month in Government support

23 October, 2015

Macmillan's concerns come as George Osborne tells MPs that he is 'comfortable' with controversial tax credit cuts

Kirsty Williams warns of 238,000 Welsh households hit by tax credit cuts while Tory pressure for measures to help the worst-off grows

23 October, 2015

Aberconwy Conservative MP Guto Bebb wants to avoid 'penalising hard-working families' and Lord Lawson suggests 'tweaks'

The Benefit Cap: hurting homeless families

23 October, 2015

So you've been hit by the benefit cap

JSA sanctions: impact of not sending written notifications to claimants, Jan 2014 to Dec 2014

22 October, 2015

Estimates of the impacts of issuing and not issuing written benefit sanction notifications to Jobseeker's Allowance claimants

Cutting tax credits to reduce inheritance tax punishes work and rewards unearned privilege

22 October, 2015

George Osborne's plans to take money from low-paid workers and give it to the children of the wealthy are wrong - and not Conservative

Commons Speaker warns Lords not to block tax credit cuts

22 October, 2015

John Bercow says constitutional position is clear and longstanding, after David Cameron says at PMQs he is 'delighted' cuts have been passed by MPs

Peers in House of Lords move to block £4.4bn cuts to tax credits

22 October, 2015

David Cameron accuses Labour and Lib Dem peers of overstepping constitutional role by seeking to block central government decision

We can't (tax) cut our way out of the tax credit problem

22 October, 2015

When it comes to this April's tax credit cuts we're now swiftly approaching the point where everyone accepts there is a problem, and starts to ask the real question - what is the solution?

Tax credit changes: Who will be the winners and losers?

21 October, 2015

Proposed changes to tax credits have been amongst the most controversial policies of the Conservative government, as it attempts to tackle the deficit

Tory MP uses maiden speech to plead with George Osborne to soften impact of tax credit cuts: 'Something must give'

21 October, 2015

Heidi Allen questioned how many Tory MPs knew what it felt like to choose 'whether to eat or heat' as she accused George Osborne of 'betraying' Conservative values

Work Programme can do better

21 October, 2015

The Government's flagship welfare-to-work programme deserves credit for producing results

Why George Osborne should have opted for much more radical welfare reform

21 October, 2015

Negative income tax and/or a basic income guarantee would have been a much more effective way of dealing with income support

Lords forced to back down on tax credits motion as Tory rebellion grows

21 October, 2015

Peers warned of constitutional crisis and loss of powers if they press ahead with plan to kill off cuts

Welfare-to-work must focus on complex needs

21 October, 2015

More focus must be given to people facing homelessness by those running the welfare-to-work programmes

The Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2015: SSAC comments

21 October, 2015

Correspondence between SSAC and the HM Treasury about changes to tax credits

Work and Pensions Committee to hold urgent session on tax credit reforms

20 October, 2015

The Commons Work and Pensions Committee will hold an urgent session on proposed reforms to the tax credit system

If you liked the cut to tax credit... you'll love the local housing allowance freeze

20 October, 2015

Almost 400,000 working families in England receive housing benefit

Conservatives voice tax credit doubts ahead of Commons debate

20 October, 2015

Tory MPs have continued to voice doubts about proposed cuts to tax credits as the Commons debates the issue

Labour urges Tory MPs to vote against tax credit changes

20 October, 2015

Letter asking Conservatives to abandon party politics comes amid claim by Boris Johnson that George Osborne is already planning to revise proposals

Tax credit claimants, nationalities and 'non-UK families'

20 October, 2015

The tax office defines non-UK families as those where at least one adult is a migrant, meaning restricting their access to tax credits will hit UK nationals too

Labour is committed to reversing tax credit cuts in full

19 October, 2015

Shadow chief secretary Seema Malhotra had previously appeared to equivocate on reversing the cuts

UN arrives in Scotland to probe 'grave' violations of disabled people's human rights by Tory welfare cuts

19 October, 2015

United Nations officials have arrived in Scotland to investigate allegations that Westminster welfare reforms have led to "grave or systematic violations" of disabled people's human rights

Tax credits: give affected families fair notice so they can find extra work and childcare

19 October, 2015

Last week's Question Time will be remembered for an emotional appeal from a 35 year old self-employed working mum to stop cuts to her family's tax credits in April

Tory MPs in 71 marginal seats at risk from cuts to tax credits

19 October, 2015

Fresh pressure on George Osborne to halt controversial measure that will leave 3.2 million families worse off by average of £1,300 a year

Tax credits 'tweak' suggested by ex-minister Mitchell

19 October, 2015

A former Conservative Cabinet minister has suggested the government's tax credit reforms could be "tweaked" before they come into force in April

Jobcentre areas where you can claim Universal Credit

19 October, 2015

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

Welfare system failing thousands of its most vulnerable claimants

19 October, 2015

Long waits for payments biggest cause of food bank use, and are forcing people including terminally ill into debt and 'survival crime'

Tax Credit changes from April 2016

19 October, 2015

Summer Budget 2015 announced a package of welfare measures expected to yield savings of £13 billion a year by 2020-21

Child health at risk from welfare cuts

16 October, 2015

Poverty has an enduring influence on children's development, health outcomes, and survival

Jeremy Corbyn PMQs: Woman who asked question on tax credits says David Cameron's response 'made her blood boil'

16 October, 2015

The Labour Party member sent her PMQs question to Mr Corbyn to test if he was really crowd-sourcing his questions to the Prime Minister

Government accused of covering up negative impact of tax credit cuts

16 October, 2015

Treasury select committee member describes official analysis, which fails to show how poorer families will be hit, as 'obvious sleight of hand'

Scotland cannot afford to reverse all welfare cuts imposed by George Osborne

16 October, 2015

Scotland cannot afford to reverse all of the welfare cuts being imposed by Chancellor George Osborne

Iain Duncan Smith's flagship Universal Credit roll-out is actually slowing

15 October, 2015

The scheme has been plagued by problems and delays since its launch

Tax credits, poverty and council housing: factchecking Prime Minister's Questions

15 October, 2015

Back from their respective party conferences, David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn were back at the despatch box for Prime Minister's Questions

Abolish housing benefit

15 October, 2015

There is a £25bn annual hurdle in the way of our national economy becoming the full spectrum powerhouse it deserves to be

Will changes to tax credits cost families £1,300 a year?

14 October, 2015

Upcoming changes to working tax credit will reduce the incomes of all households that currently receive it

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 17 Sept 2015

14 October, 2015

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 17 September 2015

'We've had to go without food' - personal stories of the bedroom tax

14 October, 2015

Social housing tenants, embarrassed and powerless, share experiences of life under the bedroom tax

Reducing risk in the social housing sector

13 October, 2015

2015 has brought with it a number of changes to Britain's welfare system

Jobseeker's Allowance and Attendance Allowance accounts by method of payment: May 2010 to May 2014

13 October, 2015

The ways Jobseeker's Allowance and Attendance Allowance claimants are paid

Universal Credit in 15 more jobcentres in Sussex, Scotland, Kent and the East Midlands

12 October, 2015

15 more jobcentres start offering Universal Credit - the new benefit that means you are better off in work

Scotland Bill will give benefit 'top up' powers

12 October, 2015

The Scottish government will be able to "top up" tax credits and child benefit payments as part of new powers coming to Holyrood

Labour to try to scrap Tory tax credit cuts with changes to welfare bill

12 October, 2015

Shadow work and pensions secretary Owen Smith planning to table amendment to give Tory MPs last chance to reverse cuts

Ken Clarke tells Osborne: Get your tin hat on over tax credits

12 October, 2015

Former Conservative Chancellor Ken Clarke has advised George Osborne to "get your tin hat on" and press ahead with tax credit cuts

Jeremy Corbyn accuses the Tories of 'robbing' millions of Britain's poorest families

12 October, 2015

Labour leader condemns David Cameron over 'fake claims' to fight poverty on a visit to Scotland

Treasury admits Tory tax credits will make families worse off next year

09 October, 2015

Responding to research claiming tax credit cuts will push 200,000 children into poverty next year, Treasury spokesperson says overall welfare changes will make 'most households better off' but only by 2017

Tax credit cuts will hit 250,000 children in Wales

08 October, 2015

Families could face losing more than a tenth of their take-home pay under changes brought in under the last Budget

Touchbase

08 October, 2015

DWP news about work, working-age benefits and services

Welfare Reform and Work Bill Committee Stage Clauses 19 - 22: Social Rent Reduction

08 October, 2015

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill is currently being considered by a Committee of MPs.

Osborne: public support for welfare system will be lost without reforms

07 October, 2015

Chancellor rejects calls to water down his plans to cut tax credits in interview with Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner

Iain Duncan Smith tells disabled people to work their way out of poverty

07 October, 2015

The DWP secretary says benefits should not be a route out of poverty

US professor warns UK of consequences of cuts and extreme poverty

07 October, 2015

Kathryn Edin says the UK should think very carefully before following the US approach and cutting welfare to the bone

So Iain Duncan Smith, what about the death of Michael O'Sullivan?

07 October, 2015

Duncan Smith's work capability tests have been blamed for causing a death

MPs calling for protection from blistering tax-credit cuts for poorest paid

07 October, 2015

David Cameron is being urged to meet with MPs about the plans

Tory welfare reforms 'restoring lives'

07 October, 2015

Iain Duncan Smith has insisted the government must "rededicate itself" to its shake-up of welfare, saying its mission is to "restore people's lives"

The low paid will suffer if I don't cut their tax credits

06 October, 2015

The Chancellor says his cuts are for the good of low income families

Is George Osborne correct to say workers will be £2,000 a year better off?

06 October, 2015

The IFS and Resolution Foundation thinktanks say the chancellor's welfare overhaul will leave many families worse off. Do the government's claims add up?

Hunt: tax credit cuts will make Britons work like Chinese or Americans

06 October, 2015

Health secretary tells Conservative conference fringe meeting that controversial benefit cuts of up to £1,300 were a 'step towards self-respect'

Parents of truants to have benefits docked

06 October, 2015

Parents in England who refuse to pay a penalty after their children play truant will have their child benefit docked

Bishop of Manchester says let benefit cheats off

06 October, 2015

Benefit cheats should be allowed to get away with fraud to stop innocent people being punished with sanctions and late payments

Stephen Crabb insists Conservatives are a party of social justice and says Tony Blair understood the need for welfare reform

06 October, 2015

The Welsh Secretary says he is 'determined to fight' for a more equal and cohesive society

No progress made over welfare reform says Theresa Villiers

06 October, 2015

No real progress was made during talks on welfare reform on Tuesday, Secretary of State Theresa Villiers has said

DWP finally acts to end housing benefit 'maladministration' scandal

06 October, 2015

The DWP has issued orders to end a bureaucratic bungle which caused thousands of sanctioned claimants to fall into debt and face eviction

David Cameron rejects calls to soften impact of planned tax-credit cuts

05 October, 2015

Prime minister defends cuts in face of cross-party campaign warning that 3 million of poorest working families will be worse off

Taxpayers' Alliance: Cut pensioner benefits 'immediately'

05 October, 2015

Ministers should waste no time to make unpopular cuts to pensioner benefits

Universal Credit in 13 more jobcentres in Scotland, the Midlands and London

05 October, 2015

13 more jobcentres start offering Universal Credit - the new benefit that means you are better off in work

George Osborne's tax credit problem is dishonesty, not cruelty

05 October, 2015

Welfare cuts that hurt poor people can be sold to the electorate, as long as it's done honestly and openly

Once-homeless girl in heartbreaking plea to students for help fighting cruel housing benefit cuts

05 October, 2015

Catherine Geddes has turned her life around but has appealed to students starting university this autumn to consider the plight of their less fortunate peers

Bedroom tax and landlord's bedroom count - UT again

02 October, 2015

The Upper Tribunal seems to have taken an opportunity to re-state, in clear terms, one of the findings of SSWP v David Nelson and Fife Council

Welfare reform: Department for Social Development sharing plans with NIO

02 October, 2015

The most senior official in the Department for Social Development has told MLAs he is sharing information with his Northern Ireland Office counterparts on welfare reform plans

Far fewer social welfare cases get legal aid

02 October, 2015

Legal aid cut to the bone. In the year we left office, over 470,000 cases received advice or assistance for social welfare issues

Universal Credit has landed

01 October, 2015

It's here, it's finally here! Universal Credit is rolling out across Scotland and I can tell you a little about what it looks like

Investing in council housing will actually make a profit for the taxpayer

30 September, 2015

The new Labour leader argued that investment in social housing would drive down the housing benefit bill and thus reduce the amount of money spent on benefits

Children in out-of-work benefit households: 2014 snapshot

30 September, 2015

Statistics on the number and proportion of children living in out-of-work benefit households for each local authority in England

Troubled Families: benefits and employment, Apr 2012 to Jul 2015 (experimental)

30 September, 2015

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

Free school meals will not be cut, says Cameron

29 September, 2015

David Cameron has dismissed speculation free school meals for all infant children could face cuts

Labour MP says his constituents care more about welfare cuts and housing than Trident

29 September, 2015

Murray argues that poverty, education and the state of the country's public services were 'much, much, much bigger issues'

Tax credits cut 'affects 120,000 NI households'

29 September, 2015

More than 120,000 households in Northern Ireland will have their tax credit payments reduced as a result of the July budget

Universal Credit in 15 more jobcentres in Suffolk, Berkshire and Yorkshire

28 September, 2015

15 more jobcentres start offering Universal Credit - the new benefit means that you are better off in work

Tory welfare cuts will destroy benefit of new living wage

28 September, 2015

Rise of 50p an hour will not cover loss of benefits for 6.5 million people

Universal Credit digital tests to be expanded to third trial area

28 September, 2015

London Bridge will begin select trials of enhanced digital service for benefit reforms from the autumn as national rollout plans continue

Jeremy Corbyn 'wants to scrap welfare cap'

24 September, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn has reaffirmed his desire to scrap the welfare cap after differences with his shadow cabinet, calling the policy "devastating"

Social landlords must be wondering how much longer they can survive

24 September, 2015

Welfare cuts are forcing housing associations to adapt or die, while their role to provide affordable housing for the poorest is under threat

Why social landlords are knocking on doors to help young tenants find jobs

24 September, 2015

Plans to scrap housing benefit for unemployed 18-21 year olds have forced housing associations into doing more to help tenants find work

70 new businesses a day set up by benefit claimants

23 September, 2015

The New Enterprise Allowance has enabled 73,290 business starts since 2011

Analysis and Housing Benefit

23 September, 2015

Last night there was an impressive episode of Analysis on Radio 4 with Paul Johnson of the Institute of Fiscal Studies asking 'What's Housing Benefit for'

The impact of welfare reform on Scotland: lots of pain for not much gain

23 September, 2015

Welfare reform is a Westminster Government policy that affects all parts of Britain, but the impact of the reforms varies a great deal from place to place

A man has killed himself because he was found 'fit to work', exposing the monstrous cruelty of the DWP

22 September, 2015

I feel sickened to even have to write this - not just as someone who struggles with their mental health, or as someone on a low income - but as a human being

Scottish parents with sick children to regain lost benefits under new changes

22 September, 2015

The so-called '84 day rule' will be abolished as soon as new welfare powers are devolved from Westminster to Holyrood

Welfare Reform Committee

22 September, 2015

The Cumulative Impact of Welfare Reform on Households in Scotland

Redistribution from a Lifetime Perspective

22 September, 2015

Most analysis of the effects of the tax and benefit system is based on snapshot information about a single cross-section of people

National rollout of Universal Credit continues

21 September, 2015

Today, 24 more jobcentres start offering Universal Credit from Durham to Reading

Next stage of Universal Credit rollout begins

21 September, 2015

Universal Credit will be in three-quarters of all jobcentres by Christmas, as the next phase of the national rollout begins today

Why is the UK's housing benefit bill so high?

21 September, 2015

The UK currently spends billions of pounds a year on housing benefit

My Spare Room: a new blog explores the real cost of the bedroom tax

21 September, 2015

A new blog launched today by Eileen Herden and colleagues at LSE Housing and Communities

Labour warns children would go hungry if universal free meals scrapped

21 September, 2015

Flagship policy of Nick Clegg to give free meals to all schoolchildren should not be cancelled

Government back-to-work scheme failing thousands with mental health problems

18 September, 2015

The latest statistics from the DWP reveal that less than 9 per cent of people with mental health problems currently being supported by ESA have been helped into a job by the Work Programme

Work and Pensions Committee launches welfare safety net inquiry

18 September, 2015

The Work and Pensions Committee has launched a new inquiry into the "local welfare safety net"

Jeremy Corbyn's frontbenchers rebel over leader's opposition to the benefit cap

17 September, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet have contradicted him over his outright opposition to the benefit cap

Cameron vs Corbyn at PMQs: Housing and welfare dominates

17 September, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn made his first appearance as Labour leader at PMQs

Commons back Osborne plan for tax credit cuts

16 September, 2015

MPs have backed government plans to cut spending on tax credits in the face of opposition from Labour and the SNP

Adapting neighbourhood management for Universal Credit

15 September, 2015

In the days of austerity Ashton Pioneer Homes have learned valuable lessons as the first pathfinder for Universal Credit

MS patients 'can suffer relapses' over benefit problems

14 September, 2015

MS Society says 48% of those questioned who had an assessment for ESA felt it was of harm to their health

Employment and Support Allowance

10 September, 2015

Outcomes of Work Capability Assessments, Great Britain

ESA data

10 September, 2015

Numbers of claimants on Employment and Support Allowance with progressive conditions

Universal Credit arrival leads to loan shark warning

09 September, 2015

Ensuring that the perpetrators of illegal money lending do not prey on the most vulnerable in our societies is becoming even more important

Iain Duncan Smith calls people without a disability 'normal'

09 September, 2015

Work and pensions secretary criticised for Commons remark as he prepares radical overhaul of sickness benefit rules

Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud data: April 2014 to March 2015

09 September, 2015

Statistics on Housing Benefit fraud volumes and incorrectly paid benefit from April 2014 to March 2015

Benefit delay forces our clients to use foodbanks

08 September, 2015

We welcomed the new committee's decision to launch this inquiry as we know delays and errors in the delivery of benefits cause real harm to our clients

Tax credit cuts to cost Britain's five million poorest children £750 each a year

08 September, 2015

Five million of Britain's poorest children will lose an average of £750 each a year because of the Government's cuts to tax credits

July Budget 2015 reforms - impacts on households

08 September, 2015

In the previous parliament, the coalition government published a document alongside every Budget that showed the distributional impact on households by income deciles and quintiles

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015

08 September, 2015

Work is the best route out of poverty and being in work should always pay more than being on benefits

The Universal Credit (Work Allowance) Amendment Regulations 2015

08 September, 2015

Draft proposals explaining the policy behind the intended regulatory changes, to the Social Security Advisory Committee

Iain Duncan Smith defends universal credit targets

08 September, 2015

Iain Duncan Smith came under fire regarding the failure to meet universal credit targets in the House of Commons

A sector that justifies its means - our asks for the 2015 Spending Review

08 September, 2015

Investment in the right support and a welfare system that works for the most vulnerable are just two of the things we ask for in this year's Spending Review

Think I'm living the high life on benefits? Here's what being disabled costs me every day

07 September, 2015

Without the benefits I claim and the care I receive I would struggle to stay alive

Sinn Fein warns over threat of welfare cuts in Northern Ireland

07 September, 2015

Westminster's threat to impose reforms further deepens divisions among parties in Stormont's power-sharing coalition

Shortfall rent payments at all time high

07 September, 2015

Shelter Scotland has hit out at the UK Government over the increase in payments being made to families across Scotland

Jobseekers 'face dip in living standards'

07 September, 2015

Out-of-work couples with children face "a decade of sharply declining living standards" owing to changes made to benefits

Scottish Welfare Funds independent review process consultation

07 September, 2015

The Welfare Funds may be the final safety net for some of the most vulnerable in our society

Work Programme: Universal Credit provider guidance

04 September, 2015

This guidance is for DWP Work Programme providers working with Universal Credit claimants

Budget Buddies will help neighbours deal with benefit changes

04 September, 2015

A group of tenants from a Ripley-based housing association have signed up to help their friends and neighbours get into better financial shape and prepare for wholesale changes to the UK benefit system

Right to Rent - just how bad is it?

04 September, 2015

We thought it would be bad. And thanks to the JCWI, we can now have an evidence based stab at an answer

SFHA gives evidence to Parliamentary committee on further welfare powers

03 September, 2015

The Scotland Bill has the potential to enable social landlords to support and transform tenants' lives though sections of the it fail to meet the "spirit or substance" of the Smith Commission

DWP again refuses to release data on disability benefits - using the same excuse as before

03 September, 2015

The Department for Work and Pensions has again refused to release data about the impact of changes to the disability benefit system

'No one I've ever met was helped back to work by sanctions'

02 September, 2015

Benefit sanctions plunge jobseekers into crisis and often push them further away from paid employment, unlike the made-up claimants in the now withdrawn benefits leaflet

Universal Credit - Withdrawing entitlement to housing element from 18-21 year olds

02 September, 2015

The Government has, on a number of occasions, flagged up the likelihood of Housing Benefit entitlement being withdrawn from the majority of 18-21 year olds

'Vast social cleansing' pushes tens of thousands of families out of London

01 September, 2015

Data shows that the numbers claiming free school meals has dropped by almost a third in some boroughs, suggesting areas are becoming preserves of the rich

UN investigating British Government over human rights abuses caused by IDS welfare reforms

01 September, 2015

A leading disability charity says it has been approached by the UN as part of an investigation

Guinness denies unfair treatment of single mother faced with eviction from Brixton flat

01 September, 2015

Trade unionists and community campaigners will stage a demonstration outside Lambeth County Court today in support of a single mother they claim faces being unfairly evicted from her Brixton flat

He cannot talk, read or write, but Tories want severely disabled Stuart Chester to fill in 20-page form to keep benefits

01 September, 2015

A severely disabled man is the latest target in Iain Duncan Smith's campaign against Scotland's most vulnerable

Bedroom Tax victims fighting to prevent disabled grandson going into care - and costing Government much more

01 September, 2015

Paul and Susan Rutherford have defeated Iain Duncan-Smith's bid to block their legal appeal against a ruling which could see them separated from grandson Warren

£2 million paid out in Dundee to ease 'bedroom tax' pain

01 September, 2015

Almost £2 million has been awarded to Dundonians this year alone to help them cope with the effects of the so-called bedroom tax

Measuring the impact of delays to benefit payments

01 September, 2015

The Government is calling for written evidence about the impact of delays and inaccuracy on benefit payments

Bristol students overturn 95% of DWP 'fit for work' declarations

01 September, 2015

Student volunteers at the Bristol and Avon Law Centre have overturned 95 per cent of DWP decisions made over the last two years

The Impact of Welfare Reform on the Scottish Labour Market. An Exploratory Analysis

01 September, 2015

This report was commissioned by the Welfare Reform Committee

Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures'

28 August, 2015

Iain Duncan Smith should resign after the release of statistics showing thousands of people died soon after being found fit to work in disability benefit tests

'My mother's death was hastened by long delay in processing her benefits'

28 August, 2015

Moira Drury overcame domestic violence and severe disability to work as a nurse and bring up three children as a single parent

Housing Benefit: withdrawing entitlement from 18-21 year olds

27 August, 2015

The Government intends to withdraw Housing Benefit entitlement from some 18-21 year olds from April 2017

The Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary

27 August, 2015

Providing an overview of the main Social Security Agency benefits

SNP calls for immediate halt to all benefit sanctions

27 August, 2015

The Scottish governing party has called for a moratorium on the benefit cuts

Vulnerable are easy targets as a Job Centre Plus whistleblower reveals the scandal of benefits sanctions

27 August, 2015

Those who are 'under-educated' or mentally ill are the easy victims of Iain Duncan Smith's welfare changes

Hundreds of Flintshire tenants in rent arrears due to bedroom tax

27 August, 2015

Council report reveals 660 residents feel impact of under-occupancy charge, with debts totalling £236,457

Local authorities refer 2.1 million debts to bailiffs in 12 months

27 August, 2015

Debt charity's research shows councils' use of bailiffs up 16% in two years

Timetable for PIP

27 August, 2015

DWP started to take new claims to PIP from people aged 16 to 64 living in the North West and part of the North East of England only

Death has become a part of Britain's benefits system

27 August, 2015

More than 80 people a month are now dying after being declared 'fit for work'. The safety net that used to be there for the most vulnerable is being torn to shreds

Mortality statistics: out-of-work benefit claimants, March 2003 to February 2014

27 August, 2015

Mortality statistics for people on out-of-work benefits in Great Britain by age group and sex, from March 2003 to February 2014

Mortality Statistics: Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance

27 August, 2015

Additional information on those who have died after claiming Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance

Figures suggest Dundee-Glasgow benefit sanctions 'lottery'

26 August, 2015

Evidence of a postcode lottery in benefit sanctions has been uncovered by a new analysis of the latest figures

Bland assertions on the bedroom tax don't help anyone

26 August, 2015

As the possibility of a political solution to the bedroom tax drifts ever farther from the democratic process, some stories are still shocking enough to reach the headlines

Thousands of families would be hit by a cap on Northern Ireland benefits

26 August, 2015

Some 22,000 Northern Ireland households receive welfare handouts of more than £20,000 - the new benefits cap planned by Westminster

Benefits cuts and low pay are killing people

25 August, 2015

A "modest" increase in benefits and working tax credits would prevent thousands of hospital admissions and premature deaths

DHPs a "lifeline" for tenants in Scotland, says Burgess as official figures reveal 84,000 payments made this year

25 August, 2015

Scotland's housing minister said the country's Government will do all it can to "limit the damaging effects" of Westminster's welfare cuts

DWP Sanctions Are Hurting Britons' Mental Health And Keeping Them Out Of Work

25 August, 2015

Threatening to punish people by cutting their benefits when they fail to do certain mandatory activities has a negative effect on people's mental health

Use of fake quotes in benefits leaflet 'quite wrong', Iain Duncan Smith admits

25 August, 2015

Minister says withdrawn leaflet is now subject of investigation, and publishing case studies based on fictional people is not DWP policy

Moves of Housing Benefit claimants: Jun-Aug 2013 to Sep-Nov 2014

25 August, 2015

Statistics on moves of Housing Benefit claimants from quarter June to August 2013 to quarter September to November 2014

Rowallane credit union placed into liquidation

24 August, 2015

A County Down credit union with around 700 members has been placed into liquidation

Zero-hours contracts offered to 'a quarter of all unemployed'

21 August, 2015

Older job-seekers more likely to turn down zero-hour contracts, according to survey

Benefit Sanctions and Homelessness

20 August, 2015

A report by the North East Homelessness Think Tank

Almost half of ESA & JSA sanctions overturned when reviewed

20 August, 2015

Almost half of all sanctions imposed on the UK government's Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) have been overturned when reviewed, according to official figures

Universal credit pathfinders in devolution call

19 August, 2015

Two Greater Manchester authorities that piloted the government's universal credit regime are calling for greater control over key parts of the revamped welfare state

Benefit sanctions ruin lives. No wonder the DWP turned to fiction

19 August, 2015

In the real world claimants have been driven to theft and suicide, making the Department for Work and Pension's invention of the grateful 'Zac' and 'Sarah' particularly grotesque

Unemployed offered unpaid work experience at the job centre

19 August, 2015

Department for Work and Pensions said the placements offered 'invaluable' office experience for claimants

Disabled teenagers are easily lost in a welfare state cut to the bone

19 August, 2015

As a 17-year-old deaf youngster living at home, Sanjeev is now not eligible for any benefits - even help to get to job interviews. What chance does he have?

Housing benefits axed: How will cuts affect young people in Milton Keynes?

18 August, 2015

Earlier this month the Government announced that they are going to axe housing benefits for 18-21 year-olds

Universal Credit 'could make Scots carers worse off'

18 August, 2015

Family carers for vulnerable children in Scotland are likely to be left worse off under Universal Credit

Soaring £4.8m cost of emergency council payments to people hit by bedroom tax in Greater Manchester

18 August, 2015

Town halls spend £4.8m in discretionary housing payments to people on benefits who can no longer afford the rent

DWP Admits Using Fake Claimant's Comments In Benefit Sanctions Leaflet

18 August, 2015

Government officials have admitted that claimant's comments used in an official benefit sanctions information leaflet were "for illustrative purposes only"

One in four claiming disability benefits faces serious difficulties including delays, unfair dismissals and confusion over eligibility

18 August, 2015

Almost a quarter of all people applying for disability benefits to help them live independently are encountering serious difficulties

Donations roll in as a woman with no money for food is fined £328 for shoplifting a Mars bar

18 August, 2015

A fundraising campaign is helping a benefits sanction victim who had not eaten in days pay her £328.75 fine for stealing a packet of Mars bars worth 75p

Go to work 'bootcamp' or lose your benefits, jobless youths are told: Unemployed will be given three-weeks of training on writing CVs and interview technique

17 August, 2015

Jobless youngsters will be sent on a three-week work 'bootcamp' or face losing their benefits

LIN Press Release - New Discretionary Housing Payments Guidance (DHP)

14 August, 2015

A local authority's decision to take the care component of disability living allowance when assessing DHP's was unlawful, the high court has said

Peter Robinson welcomes 'serious' welfare reform summer talks with Sinn Fein

14 August, 2015

Northern Ireland's First Minister has indicated progress has been made in talks to resolve a row over welfare reform

'Stark warning' on welfare cuts after number of homeless families soars 47% - what's changed

14 August, 2015

The number of families forced into B&Bs and other temporary accommodation is on the up

Universal Credit national expansion tranches 3 and 4

14 August, 2015

Local authorities and jobcentre areas that will begin to deliver Universal Credit as part of national expansion during 2015 and 2016

Number of people evicted from rented homes has soared since housing benefit cuts began

14 August, 2015

The number of people being evicted from their rented homes has increased by almost 50 per cent since housing benefit cuts were introduced four years ago

Ill-judged welfare cuts have puts thousands at risk

14 August, 2015

In the last three months alone over 10,000 households have lost their home

Dumfries foodbank faces funding shortfall

13 August, 2015

A foodbank in Dumfries has said it needs to raise £15,000 by January in order to continue to keep going

New Discretionary Housing Payments guidance

13 August, 2015

The DWP has issued a new Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) guidance manual

Welsh council tax debt: 6,000 struggling to pay bill

12 August, 2015

Over 6,000 people are struggling to pay council tax bills in Wales - double the number a year ago

Housing Benefit caseload statistics

12 August, 2015

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

Census output area data on workless benefit claimants: to Feb 2015

12 August, 2015

Number of people by area claiming Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support and other income-related benefits

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

12 August, 2015

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

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 30 July 2015

12 August, 2015

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 30 July 2015

New benefits powers for Scotland

12 August, 2015

Payment revamp could help 700,000 households

Labour issues warning on benefits restriction plan

12 August, 2015

Labour has warned most people would find it unacceptable if British workers under the age of 22 are prevented from receiving tax credits and housing benefits

£1/2 m welfare and debt relief for Eden residents

11 August, 2015

A partnership linking Eden Housing Association and The Cumbria Law Centre has seen Eden tenants benefit from an estimated £1/2 million in welfare and debt relief

Universal Credit and rented housing - frequently asked questions

11 August, 2015

This document provides private and social sector landlords with up to date information on Universal Credit

Tax credits betray the hard-working majority. Scrapping them only harms the workshy

11 August, 2015

If we really care about the plight of "hard-working families", might it not be a good idea if we work out who these families actually are before we offer billions of pounds of taxpayers' money to them?

People need affordable housing not a cap on benefits

11 August, 2015

63,000 families have had their benefits capped to date

Universal Credit: Concerns those on benefits won't cope with monthly budgeting

11 August, 2015

"They'll have to pay their rent themselves, pay bills and budget for food. We know that we'll have more people coming in here,"

'Cruel' cuts to asylum-seekers' support payments will push children into poverty

10 August, 2015

Tens of thousands of asylum-seekers with children will be pushed deeper into poverty by "cruel" cuts to their support payments which come into force on 10 August

Benefit cap: number of households capped to May 2015

07 August, 2015

Number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to May

Tenants plunge further into poverty as council rent arrears rise

07 August, 2015

There are warning signs that people in West Dunbartonshire are falling further into poverty as rent arrears continue to rise at the local authority

One in six jobseekers have allowance stopped by DWP each year

06 August, 2015

Guardian research contradicts government claims that only a small minority of jobseekers have been affected by increasingly severe welfare policies

Benefit cap: thousands of people move into work or off Housing Benefit

06 August, 2015

According to new figures, 25,300 people who had their benefits capped moved into work, reduced their Housing Benefit claim or no longer claim Housing Benefit at all

Support cut-off for refused asylum seekers may affect 2,900 families in UK

05 August, 2015

Home Office ministers calculate savings of £49m a year in move to withdraw state pay-outs of £36.95 a week to rejected applicants

Benefit cuts mean this summer holiday has been even more hungry than usual

05 August, 2015

High demand for Scottish charities giving youngsters hot meals in the holidays shows the devastating impact of benefit cuts as parents struggle to feed their children while schools are shut

Young people are on benefits out of necessity, not out of choice

05 August, 2015

Housing and unemployment benefits for the young support thousands of parents, care leavers and homeless people, who ought to be protected

'Britain's generous welfare system behind pupils' lack of ambition,'

04 August, 2015

British students are less motivated to study hard if they know they will get government handouts

Families of refused asylum seekers to be stripped of automatic right to financial support

04 August, 2015

Home Office ministers to adopt more hardline approach to those who have exhausted appeal rights, to demonstrate that UK is not 'land of milk and honey'

Uncertain Futures

04 August, 2015

A report examining the impact of removing automatic entitlement to Housing Benefit for 18 to 21 year olds

UK proposals to strip obese claimants of benefits 'flawed and unethical'

03 August, 2015

Experts say evidence shows that psychological treatment doesn't work if patients are coerced into accepting treatment

SNP renews attack over tax credit changes

03 August, 2015

Almost 350,000 Scottish children will be worse off as a result of "shameful" changes made by the UK government to tax credits

Bedroom Tax and separated families - UT again

03 August, 2015

In this appeal tribunal, the appellant was represented, which was a problem in MR

Some tax credits recipients will keep only 7p of every extra pound earned

03 August, 2015

It found that in the current financial year, they lose 90.6p of every extra pound they earn - But after the Budget cuts take effect, the figure would rise to 93p

Concerns raised over plan to strip failed asylum seeker families of benefits

03 August, 2015

Home Office accused of 'morally reprehensible' action over plan to remove automatic right to benefits from families who do not win asylum

Welfare reform stalemate stymies Civil Service job cull

03 August, 2015

Hundreds of civil servants are facing uncertainty as the go-ahead for Stormont's public sector jobs cull hangs in the balance

Council Tax: what it is, how much it costs and how to save money

01 August, 2015

Council Tax is used to help pay for services such as waste collection, street lighting and cleaning, and police and fire services

Labour accuses Tories of pushing tax credit cuts through Parliament without proper scrutiny

31 July, 2015

Harriet Harman wants the £6bn in cuts to be examined by the Commons Treasury and Work and Pensions Select Committees

A word on what's missing from the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

31 July, 2015

Since the Chancellor's budget earlier this month, here at Crisis we've been worrying about some of the drastic cuts to housing benefit that were announced

Cuts to council tax benefits have gone largely unreported - but the consequences are big news for Britain's poorest

31 July, 2015

The axe has been devolved, with big consequences for Britain's poorest families

Stricter Universal Credit rules could affect half of Britain's children

31 July, 2015

Britain's welfare system is undergoing huge change, and cuts are coming too. Here's what's planned - and how it could affect working families

Responding to welfare reform in Wales

29 July, 2015

The major focus of the UK Government's reforms covered by the Auditor General's report were the changes to Housing Benefit

Birmingham's council tax income lowest in the country because of cheap housing

29 July, 2015

City average of £737 per household despite the council tax rate being one of the highest nationally

Obese people and drug users who refuse treatment could have benefits cut

29 July, 2015

David Cameron launches review by Dame Carol Black of welfare for those with drug, alcohol or obesity problems

Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics: 2014/15

29 July, 2015

This publication provides information on the Scottish Welfare Fund for the period 2014/15 (1st April 2014 to 31 March 2015)

An independent review into the impact on employment outcomes of drug or alcohol addiction, and obesity

29 July, 2015

The government has commissioned Professor Dame Carol Black to undertake an independent review

Welsh government urged to take lead on opposing welfare changes

28 July, 2015

Labour-led administration must do more to protect citizens from impact of policies such as bedroom tax

'Bedroom tax' cash help for Welsh tenants urged by AMs

28 July, 2015

Social housing tenants hit by the so-called bedroom tax should get more financial help from the Welsh government

Welfare reforms 'will force families out of the borough' because of high housing costs, charity organiser says

28 July, 2015

Families will be forced out of the borough by impending welfare reforms, Kingston Foodbank has warned

How will the 'benefit cap' affect me?

28 July, 2015

Who does the 'benefit cap' apply to and what will be the effect of the changes to it announced in the Budget?

MPs launch inquiry into the holes in our benefits safety net

27 July, 2015

We learned this week that MPs are to explore many of the concerns we've been raising about the holes that have been created in our benefits safety net

Council tenants in Cardiff are £1m in arrears - and that's up since the bedroom tax was introduced

27 July, 2015

Bedroom tax is blamed for contributing to the £1m owed to Cardiff council

New benefits scheme to be tried in Didcot

27 July, 2015

A pilot programme giving Didcot residents greater responsibility over paying their housing benefit has been labelled 'fantastic' by town mayor Des Healy

Benefits cap: Unemployed families 'risk eviction' if they don't pay shortfall

27 July, 2015

Unemployed families will have to make up a £50-a-week shortfall in rent or risk eviction when the Government's benefits cap is lowered

What It's Really Like To Be Young, British, And On Housing Benefit

27 July, 2015

The chancellor has announced that he will end automatic entitlement to housing benefit for people aged 18-21

Review of benefit sanctions urged amid concern over regime's effectiveness

27 July, 2015

Advisers to Iain Duncan Smith say there is no hard evidence that stopping payments to claimants is helping people get jobs

Survey reveals that more than a third of the UK support welfare cuts

27 July, 2015

1120 participants were asked which of the conservative party's visions for welfare reform they supported

Call to allow local authorities to scrap council tax in favour of more local alternatives

26 July, 2015

A think tank has unveiled radical plans which would give local authorities the power to scrap council tax and business rates and replace them with a range of other levies

Discretionary housing payments

25 July, 2015

Discretionary housing payments offer a lifeline for tenants who need extra help with housing costs or to offset the harmful effects of the bedroom tax

The benefit cap risks turning half of England into a ghetto

24 July, 2015

Housing benefit cuts will see poor families on benefits priced almost completely out of the south - and even some northern cities. Where will they go?

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill

23 July, 2015

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill had its second reading in the House of Commons on Monday

Councils 'frustrated' by DWP's 'lack of clarity' over Universal Credit

23 July, 2015

A lack of "clear information" from the DWP is preventing councils from properly preparing for the switch to Universal Credit

Worklessness, welfare and social housing

23 July, 2015

Getting people back into work is a major priority for the Government and housing associations

Call for evidence on DWP benefit delivery

23 July, 2015

The Work and Pensions Committee is calling for evidence on the accuracy and timeliness of benefit delivery by the DWP

Benefit safety net 'holes' warning from Bevan Foundation

23 July, 2015

More people will be driven further into poverty unless Welsh policymakers react to a shake-up of the UK's welfare system

Universal Credit national expansion - Tranches Three and Four

23 July, 2015

On 16 February 2015 the DWP began the national expansion of Universal Credit to the remaining areas across Great Britain

DWP accused of still stalling over release of controversial disability benefit death stats

22 July, 2015

Data on the numbers of disability benefit claimants who died after being found fit to work may still not be published for months

Welsh Labour rebellion as a quarter of Wales' MPs say No to Government's welfare shakeup

22 July, 2015

The Labour unrest comes as new research shows more than three million people could lost an average of £1,350 a year

Labour made 'a mess' of welfare vote

22 July, 2015

Labour made "a mess" of its approach to the government's Welfare Bill and is "crying out for leadership"

Labour's welfare confusion mirrors society's wider dilemmas

22 July, 2015

Divisions within the party reflect the fact the rhetoric of hostility to austerity is not enough but the range of options is small

Benefit cuts to hit huge number of children, government figures show

21 July, 2015

Study identifies more than 330,000 youngsters who will lose out in policy that will take £300m out of pockets of affected families in first full year

Free school meals served over holiday

21 July, 2015

North Ayrshire Council is serving thousands of free dinners to children over the summer holidays

George Osborne calls on Labour MPs to back welfare changes in Commons vote

20 July, 2015

Writing in the Guardian, the chancellor says 'moderate' Labour MPs should recognise that the public largely supports the plans

SNP set to do battle over budget welfare cuts

20 July, 2015

The bitter divide between UK and Scottish ministers over welfare policy will deepen further today

Watchdog backs DWP refusal to release 49 benefit deaths reports

20 July, 2015

The DWP has been told by the information watchdog that it does not need to release secret reviews it carried out into the deaths of 49 benefit claimants

Single parents will be forced to start looking for work when their children reach three or face having their benefits axed under latest welfare crackdown

20 July, 2015

The Government are to lower the age which allows single parents to claim benefit money for having children

'Don't betray Wales' Plaid Cymru tells Labour as party urges MPs to vote against welfare changes

20 July, 2015

Plaid's Hywel Williams argues 'tens of thousands of working families' face cuts to tax credits, and Lib Dem Mark Williams also pledges to oppose the changes

Universal credit staff in strike action over conditions

20 July, 2015

DWP staff in Glasgow and Bolton are taking part in a 48-hour strike in a dispute over the delivery of benefits changes

The Welfare Bill - Cause for Concern

20 July, 2015

This afternoon, MPs will be debating the Welfare Reform & Work Bill in the House of Commons

The five most controversial welfare cuts the Government is making

20 July, 2015

Scores of Labour MPs are set to defy their acting leader and vote against the Government's planned welfare changes and cuts

Universal Credit: Index of Relevant Districts

20 July, 2015

Local authorities and jobcentre areas that will begin to deliver Universal Credit as part of national expansion during 2015 and 2016

English housing survey 2013 to 2014: household report

17 July, 2015

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

Where do we add value? - It's the local economy, stupid.

17 July, 2015

Weaver Vale Trust Report

"Housing benefit saved me as a teenager"

16 July, 2015

The government's plans to scrap housing benefit for young people have incensed Sali Hughes

Labour Party faces Commons vote divide over welfare

16 July, 2015

The Labour Party faces an open split over the government's planned cuts to benefits spending

A Budget for workers?

16 July, 2015

The impact of the Summer Budget on work incentives in Universal Credit

Housing benefit for under-21s is a vital safety net

16 July, 2015

Osborne wants young people to 'earn or learn', but benefit cuts can push the vulnerable even further from the workforce

Benefit cuts are linked to a surprise fall in births as women delay starting a family until they feel more financially secure

16 July, 2015

Benefit cuts could have triggered a fall in younger women having children

Universal Credit staff in Bolton set to strike next week over 'oppressive' working conditions

16 July, 2015

Staff in Bolton working on the Government's flagship Universal Credit programme are set to strike for two days next week over claims of 'increasingly oppressive' working conditions

The impact of welfare changes

15 July, 2015

Poverty exists, in a variety of manifestations, on our doorstep in our communities

Corbyn backs Parliamentary motion on DWP deaths

15 July, 2015

MPs are being urged to support a Parliamentary motion calling on the Conservative Government to publish death statistics relating to people on benefit

Mhairi Black attacks housing benefit cuts in maiden Commons speech

15 July, 2015

After housing benefit for under-21s abolished in budget, new MP says she is now only 20-year-old whom chancellor is helping with housing

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 2 July 2015

15 July, 2015

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 2 July 2015

Children in out-of-work benefit households: 31 May 2014

15 July, 2015

The number of children who lived in households where a parent or guardian claimed an out-of-work benefit at 31 May 2014

Lone parents receiving JSA: monthly claimant count

15 July, 2015

A monthly count of lone parents receiving Jobseeker's Allowance in Great Britain from April 2005 to May 2015

Universal Credit in 14 more Jobcentres in London, Cornwall and Wales

14 July, 2015

Today 14 more Jobcentres start offering Universal Credit - the new benefit that makes work always pay

Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015 delegated powers

14 July, 2015

This publication identifies the provisions for delegated, or secondary, legislation in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015

Lies, Damn Lies and the Welfare Debate

14 July, 2015

Next week the Government plans to bring forward a new Bill on welfare reform

If Labour want to be a credible opposition, they should oppose the government's benefits cap

14 July, 2015

We're often told that politicians have to make "hard decisions"

Harriet Harman struggles to hold Labour together over welfare changes

14 July, 2015

MPs give interim leader lukewarm response at parliamentary Labour party meeting over response to welfare reform bill

David Cameron is open to introducing private insurance for sickness and unemployment benefits

14 July, 2015

David Cameron is open to the idea of workers funding their own unemployment or sickness benefits privately through financial products

Credit unions 'good value for money' but must be easier to access, survey says

13 July, 2015

Three times more consumers use payday loans or 'loan sharks' than credit unions, despite the astronomical interest rates

More than 200,000 unemployed people endured 'appalling' bureaucratic delays while benefit claims were assessed

13 July, 2015

More than 200,000 unemployed people endured 'appalling' bureaucratic delays last year while their benefit claims were assessed, it has been disclosed

£3.2 million funding to help victims of domestic violence and abuse

13 July, 2015

The government has pledged to support the victims of domestic violence and abuse through a £3.2 million fund to boost the provision of services including refuges

Key PIP mobility judgment issued

13 July, 2015

An important legal judgment has been issued that may lead to the award of the PIP mobility component to disabled people, with conditions such as depression, panic attacks or anxiety

Benefit Cap modelling

13 July, 2015

NHF Report

Harriet Harman seeks to defuse Labour welfare row

13 July, 2015

Labour's acting leader Harriet Harman has sought to defuse a row over the scale of her party's support for welfare cuts

Benefit changes and distributional analysis

10 July, 2015

Changes announced yesterday reduce benefit spending by £12 billion in 2019-20

Budget reaction 2015: North Wales families will be hit hard by welfare cuts

10 July, 2015

Osborne's announcement what it will mean for us

Osborne opens the door to council tax hikes: Chancellor quietly drops 2% cap from Budget

10 July, 2015

Council tax rises could be on the horizon after no mention of a new freeze was made in the Budget

Bedroom tax sent council house rent arrears soaring in Swansea

10 July, 2015

Council house rent arrears shot up as a result of the bedroom tax, according to housing officers in Swansea

Cuts to tax credits in budget hit women twice as hard as men, says Labour

09 July, 2015

George Osborne guilty of 'shameful betrayal of parents' by cutting child tax credit says Yvette Cooper, as Andy Burnham says chancellor has divided young and old

Welfare Reform and Work Bill published

09 July, 2015

Following the announcement made in the Chancellor's speech on the Summer Budget, the Government has published the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

George Osborne says benefits should be capped at £20,000 to meet average earnings - but working families take home £31,500

08 July, 2015

It is our youngest that will disproportionately bear the brunt of the lower income cap

Budget 2015: Welsh warning over welfare cuts

08 July, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled plans for £12bn of welfare cuts in his Budget, amid warnings from Wales about the impact on the poorest in society

Benefits cap change 'may lead to reduced rates in Wales'

08 July, 2015

A reduced benefits cap outside London could lead to lower benefit rates in Wales

Budget 2015: SNP says Osborne 'taking from the poor'

08 July, 2015

George Osborne has been accused of being the "high priest of an austerity cult" after he set out plans to cut the welfare budget by £12bn

Universal Credit staff vote to strike over 'inadequate' IT systems

08 July, 2015

Employees at centres in Glasgow and Bolton say they face an 'increasingly oppressive working environment'

'There's never any money left': threat of welfare cuts alarms Blackburn families

08 July, 2015

Wednesday's budget is expected to include sweeping cuts to child and working tax credits, leaving families dependent on them anxious about the future

Benefit cap will pitch thousands more British children into poverty

08 July, 2015

The cynical benefit cap expected in George Osborne's budget is emblematic of the Tories' £12bn welfare cuts, immiserating hundreds of thousands of families

Citizens Impact Assessment - Lowering the Benefit Cap

08 July, 2015

The Government has set out plans to lower the overall benefit cap to £23,000 per year

There are other options to balance the books besides cutting our safety net

08 July, 2015

Today the Chancellor is set to unveil up to £12 billion of the cuts in welfare that he the first committed to a year and a half ago

The legal challenge to the 'bedroom tax' - a new hope

07 July, 2015

Desmond Rutledge reviews the prospects of the bedroom tax litigation succeeding in the light of the recent Supreme Court judgment in the household benefit cap case

Will wages fill the tax credit gap? Don't Budget for it

07 July, 2015

Recent high-profile converts are bringing headlines and new vim to the debate on working poverty

The benefit cap didn't cause 30,000 to get back into work

07 July, 2015

It's not correct to say that 30,000 people have moved into work after having their benefits capped

How did we get to this welfare state?

07 July, 2015

We think of the welfare state as a creation of the 20th Century but its roots stretch back to Elizabethan times

SNP attack Tory budget as 'sermon from an austerity cult'

07 July, 2015

The SNP's comments come as new figures suggest almost half of families in Scotland could be left struggling if plans to cut working tax credits go ahead

Terminally ill benefit claimants asked when they expect to die

07 July, 2015

Frank Field writes to work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, over claims of 'intrusive and painful questioning' by assessors

How is the welfare budget spent?

07 July, 2015

In the financial year 2013/14, the UK government spent £251 billion on welfare, which made up 37% of all government spending

Hundreds of North East families set to lose up to £6,000 in Chancellor's benefits squeeze

07 July, 2015

North East MPs warn plans to cut benefits will cause hardship in region because of historic lower wage levels

The Myth of "Broken Britain": Welfare Reform and the Production of Ignorance

07 July, 2015

This article takes on the challenge of what Robert Proctor calls "agnotology" (the study of ignorance) to analyse the current assault on the British welfare state

Minimum wage would have to double to almost £12 an hour for families to live without tax credits

07 July, 2015

George Osborne confirmed he will cut tax credits in Wednesday's budget

JRF budget briefing: Using the July 2015 budget to tackle poverty

06 July, 2015

Cutting welfare without addressing the economic causes of poverty in the UK will mean many families on low incomes face increased hardship and insecurity

Welsh Conservative leader says benefits cap is 'fair'

06 July, 2015

Plans to impose a lower benefits cap outside London is fair

3rd Report, 2015 (Session 4): Women and Social Security

06 July, 2015

This report sets out the findings and recommendations made by the Welfare Reform Committee on its inquiry into the impact of welfare reform on women

George Osborne's tax credit cuts will 'affect more than seven million children'

06 July, 2015

More than seven million children will be hit by the proposed cuts to tax credits to be announced in George Osborne's post-election Budget on Wednesday

George Osborne: £12bn in welfare savings have been found

06 July, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne says he has identified how the government will make the £12bn of welfare cuts promised in the Conservative election manifesto

Osborne announces cut in benefits cap to £20,000 a year outside London

06 July, 2015

Chancellor says £23,000 figure in manifesto only applies in Greater London as he launches further attacks on BBC during interview about welfare savings

George Osborne's emergency budget has social housing tenants in its sights

06 July, 2015

George Osborne has social housing tenants firmly in his sights in this week's emergency budget

Telling The Real Story of Benefits

06 July, 2015

Too often those who have been helped by benefits get ignored, misrepresented or at worst blamed for their situation

Conservatives see best chance in 18 years to cut welfare bill

03 July, 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives have their best chance in almost two decades to remould Britain's economy next week

Now Charles's charity joins protests against welfare cuts that 'make it harder for jobless young people to get work'

02 July, 2015

The Prince of Wales' personal charity yesterday joined the chorus of protests against welfare reforms

UK government votes down Scotland Bill's welfare amendments

02 July, 2015

Amendments to the Scotland Bill have been rejected by the UK government

Millions spent papering over the cracks of bedroom tax disaster

02 July, 2015

Merseyside councils last year paid out £4.6 million in discretionary housing payments (DHPs) to help households affected by the bedroom tax

Scots charities fire welfare warning to UK government

01 July, 2015

13 biggest charities, anti-poverty groups and welfare campaigners have warned the UK government that cuts will signal a financial death knell

Economic Bulletin

01 July, 2015

Welfare Dependency Falls But Still Much Further To Go

Views sought on welfare powers use

01 July, 2015

MSPs are seeking views on how proposed new powers over welfare should be used to design a benefits system in Scotland

Labour and SNP accuse Tories of failing to deliver Smith on welfare

01 July, 2015

Labour and the SNP have both accused David Cameron's Government of failing to deliver the Smith Commission proposals on extra welfare powers

Bedroom tax protesters campaign at the Senedd

01 July, 2015

Campaigners from across South Wales attended the protest at the Senedd against the Bedroom Tax

Further welfare cuts would severely hit those least able to cope

30 June, 2015

Charities, churches and frontline community organisations across Scotland are dealing with the impact of cuts to services and benefits

Political Battles Between Inclusion and Welfare

30 June, 2015

There was a major shift in the way many sick and disabled people have organised themselves to protest against 'welfare reforms'

Half of households receive more in benefits than they pay in taxes

30 June, 2015

More than 13 million households in Britain receive more in benefits than they pay in taxes

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments Financial year 2014/15

30 June, 2015

This statistical release presents analysis of information submitted to DWP by local authorities.

What do we know about the links between housing and poverty?

30 June, 2015

There is a real danger that, on current trends, the UK's housing system will create poverty, rather than provide protection against it.

Newcastle City Council 'forced' to plunder welfare funds

29 June, 2015

A north-east of England council says government budget cuts are forcing it to use funding earmarked for vulnerable residents

The impacts of welfare reform on residents in Brighton & Hove

26 June, 2015

A report to Brighton & Hove City Council from the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion and Rocket Science UK

Is welfare reform working?

26 June, 2015

Today was the day, when we'd see a sharp rise in poverty as official figures included the full impact of welfare cuts for the first time

£21 billion saved? Welfare spending over the last parliament

25 June, 2015

£21 billion of welfare savings last parliament, £12 billion this parliament. Pleasingly symmetrical but politically controversial figures

As Cameron and Osborne wield the axe to find an extra £12billion, here's where the welfare budget is really spent

25 June, 2015

David Cameron and George Osborne have two weeks to find £12billion in extra cuts from the benefits budget

Housing Generation Rent

25 June, 2015

'Welfare reform hitting vulnerable young people in the housing market'

David Cameron under pressure from Tory MPs to review controversial 'bedroom tax'

25 June, 2015

Conservative MPs reported the controversial policy proved hugely unpopular on the doorsteps during the general election campaign

Welfare cuts axe falling in the wrong place

25 June, 2015

We are led to believe Britain is beginning to boom again with wages up, jobs-a-plenty and inflation lower than a rattlesnake's belly

People choose to be poor and disabled - this is the logic behind the Tories' £12bn of welfare cuts

24 June, 2015

The idea that benefit claimants can be scared or starved out of poverty is a complete myth

The moral case for welfare reform

24 June, 2015

The Prime Minister makes the right case for spending less on benefits

Conservative MP challenges government on link between food banks and benefit sanctions

24 June, 2015

Priti Patel came under attack yesterday over the government's reluctance to recognise the link between benefit sanctions and rise in food bank use

'Welfare reform hitting vulnerable young people in the housing market'

24 June, 2015

Young people face considerable challenges navigating the housing market

Government accused of discriminating against private rented sector

24 June, 2015

Private landlords are facing discrimination as the Government rolls out Universal Credit

Softening the ground to cut in-work benefits

23 June, 2015

Many have expressed doubts as to whether the government will go through with the full £12 billion of benefit cuts

Give & Take

23 June, 2015

How conservatives think about welfare

Iain Duncan Smith refuses to rule out cutting disability benefits, but says he will be 'kind'

23 June, 2015

Ministers have refused to rule out making further cuts to disability benefits as speculation grows about exactly where the Government's welfare cuts will fall

Q&A: Tax credits explained

23 June, 2015

The government says it needs to find a further £12bn in savings from the annual welfare bill to meet its goal of balancing the books by 2017-18

UK benefits cuts: Working families could lose up to £1,690 in tax credits, ministers warned

23 June, 2015

Families with two children could lose up to £1,690 if the Government implements deep cuts to tax credits in its drive to slash spending on welfare

When talking about benefit cuts it's unhelpful to refer to the "£220 billion" welfare budget

23 June, 2015

The £220 billion figure given includes expenditure on state pensions and universal pensioner benefits too-something the Conservatives have committed to increase

Five ways David Cameron can cut tax credits without making workers worse off

23 June, 2015

David Cameron wants to cut in-work tax credits, and wants companies to pay staff more. How can he do it?

People on benefits are dying. It's time for some transparency

23 June, 2015

The DWP's benefits crackdown includes threatening a disabled man who can't walk or talk

IDS warned of social housing evictions risk posed by lower benefit cap and universal credit

23 June, 2015

A lower benefit cap combined with the introduction of direct rent payments under universal credit could lead to a rise in evictions from social housing

The charts that show how much each benefit costs and which are most in danger of George Osborne and David Cameron's £12bn axe

23 June, 2015

The total welfare bill is a staggering £220bn - around 30 per cent of all public spending

How the welfare budget is spent and options for savings

23 June, 2015

The government says it needs to find a further £12bn in savings from the annual welfare bill to meet its goal of balancing the books by 2017-8

Female Labour Supply, Human Capital and Welfare Reform

23 June, 2015

Estimate a dynamic model of employment, human capital accumulation - including education, and savings for women in the UK, exploiting policy changes

Universal Credit in 10 more Jobcentres across England, Scotland and Wales

23 June, 2015

Today, 10 more Jobcentres start offering Universal Credit in Scotland, Wales, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and the Black Country

The Guardian view on benefits reform: Labour needs a compelling response

22 June, 2015

With the latest cuts likely to hit the poorest and most vulnerable the hardest, this could be the issue that makes or breaks the Labour party

Osborne to proceed with £12bn welfare cuts despite anti-austerity protests

22 June, 2015

Chancellor dismisses reports the cuts could be delayed or scaled back, saying details will be in next month's budget

The DWP won't tell anyone how many people have died after having their benefits stopped

22 June, 2015

Over 200,000 people have signed a petition asking the Government to publish figures on how many people have died after having benefits stopped

Benefit cap cut will force families out of South East England, say housing experts

22 June, 2015

The Government is pressing ahead with moves to reduce the limit households can receive in benefits from £26,000 to £23,000

Leaving the nest - are you prepared for the bedroom tax?

22 June, 2015

If you are in receipt of Housing Benefit (HB), you need to start looking at your options for dealing with the bedroom tax

Migrant benefits scandal: 12,000 children living abroad sent tax credits from Britain

22 June, 2015

Almost 12,000 children living outside the UK are being supported by tax credits sent home from Britain

CIH accused of 'scaremongering' over impact of benefit cap on housing association families

22 June, 2015

The CIH was today accused of "scaremongering" after it published research showing how a reduction in the benefit cap would make many parts of England "off limits"

Benefit cuts - coming soon

22 June, 2015

"You identify a million people who you'd like to take £1,000 away from and I'll do it."

The time is right to reduce our welfare bill

19 June, 2015

Much to the dismay of Britain's would-be "progressive alliance", there was more good news on the UK economy on Wednesday

'One person had her housing benefit stopped while in hospital giving birth'

19 June, 2015

As a support officer for a housing provider, I help people who are one step away from homelessness

The election has finally opened Tory eyes to the disaster of the bedroom tax

19 June, 2015

After praising the bedroom tax for five years, Tory MPs returned from their constituency doorsteps with a better understanding of the chaos it has caused

Welfare reform update - June 2015

19 June, 2015

Includes our submission to the emergency Budget, new seven-day waiting period for Universal Credit and details of new reports on welfare reform

The basic rights of people with a learning disability are threatened by welfare cuts

18 June, 2015

Campaigners fought for more than 60 years so people with a learning disability can make their own choices in life and be part of mainstream society

Britain has 1% of the global population but spends 7% of the world's benefits

18 June, 2015

Britain has only one per cent of the world's population but accounts for 7 per cent of all welfare spending on the planet

Welfare spending, wage growth and housing: factchecking Prime Minister's Questions

18 June, 2015

George Osborne stood in for the PM at this week's clashes in the Commons, with Hilary Benn at the despatch box for Labour

Britain responsible for 'unsustainable' 7% of world's welfare spend

18 June, 2015

Chancellor deploys figure at PMQs as a justification for the government's plan to target £12bn in welfare spending cuts 'so that work pays'

Cutting housing benefit - one brick at a time

18 June, 2015

Consensus has broken out in the fractious world of welfare reform

Moving towards a new welfare state

17 June, 2015

The Treasury will currently be working overtime to complete the Chancellor's Emergency Budget in time for July 8

How to run a country: working age welfare

17 June, 2015

The welfare state is central to the wellbeing of the nation

Axe child benefit

17 June, 2015

Child benefit should be scrapped and some welfare payments to disabled people should be taxed as part of efforts to cut the amount of the social security budget going to middle-class claimants

Lord Freud quotes housing associations to defend bedroom tax from critics

17 June, 2015

The impact of the bedroom tax on housing associations and their tenants has not been as severe as critics suggest

Universal Credit: Apr 2013 to 28 May 2015

17 June, 2015

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 28 May 2015

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to April 2015

17 June, 2015

Statistics on claims in payment, new claim registrations, decisions and awards made and other aspects of Personal Independence Payment

1 in 3 ESA claimants waiting more than 8 months for a decision

16 June, 2015

The latest ESA statistics released last week show that one third of claimants have still not had a decision on their claim after 8-11 months

Scottish government renews call for extra powers on tax and welfare

16 June, 2015

John Swinney asks for Holyrood to be given control of £8.5bn of national insurance, £3bn corporation tax, the new universal credit and minimum wage

Why Universal Credit could lead to even more sanctions

16 June, 2015

Benefit sanction rates are already at record levels

Universal Credit comes to Lewes and Newhaven

16 June, 2015

Benefit claimants in Lewes, Newhaven and Eastbourne are now able to receive Universal Credit at their local Jobcentre

The rise of sanctioning in Great Britain

16 June, 2015

Benefit sanctions have become an increasingly prominent part of the social security system in Great Britain

Food poverty made me feel ashamed

15 June, 2015

Mark lived in his home for more than 16 years

Assessing the proposal to cut £5 billion from Child Tax Credit

15 June, 2015

Last week, the BBC reported that the government was contemplating a major reduction in Child Tax Credit

Universal Credit now available at 6 more Jobcentres in Cornwall and Newcastle

15 June, 2015

Today Universal Credit is available to more people in 6 more Jobcentres across the country and will make sure work always pays

Bedroom Tax too extreme even for Tory backbench

15 June, 2015

The SNP is today renewing its call for the abolition of the Bedroom Tax - after it emerged that even Tory MPs are calling for the policy to be revisited

Kingdom provides advice for Fife tenants on Universal Credit changes

15 June, 2015

Over eighty Fife tenants have attended events in Dunfermline and Glenrothes to receive support and advice on the forthcoming implementation of Universal Credit

Benefits for working families could be slashed by £5billion: Tax credits may be reduced as part of Osborne's plans to cut welfare spending

12 June, 2015

Benefits for working families could be slashed to save up to £5billion in George Osborne's emergency Budget

The government is quietly making a U-turn on universal credit

12 June, 2015

A small but significant concession to the controversial system is being tested in Oldham. Perhaps the government is finally noticing the warning signs

Private landlords claim they face discrimination when it comes to Universal Credit protections

12 June, 2015

The Government has been accused of discriminating against private landlords when it comes to the roll-out of its Universal Credit benefit reform

George Osborne under pressure to slow welfare cuts

12 June, 2015

Chancellor urged to accept some 'loss of face' to avoid lasting damage to Tories amid warnings his spending plans will force him to slash child tax credits

Bedroom tax ruling 'opens the door' for separated parents

11 June, 2015

A tribunal in England has ruled that separated parents are being wrongly charged with the 'bedroom tax' in a ruling that can open the floodgates for thousands of claimants

Welfare trends report

11 June, 2015

This is our second Welfare trends report (WTR), in which we examine trends in public spending on different elements of the welfare system

Dozens of families "being made homeless" by benefits cap

11 June, 2015

Tooting MP Sadiq Khan criticised the Government for making nearly 100 Wandsworth families homeless due to the benefits cap

George Osborne considering £5bn cuts to child tax credits

11 June, 2015

The government is considering reducing tax credits for millions of working families as part of its £12bn welfare cuts

Universal Credit: rent arrears form UC47

11 June, 2015

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

The Universal Credit (Waiting Days) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (S.I. 2015 No. 1362): SSAC report

11 June, 2015

A SSAC report on the Universal Credit (Waiting Days) Amendment Regulations 2015. It includes a government statement

New Benefit Cap Means Workless Private Renters Now Banned From 92% of UK

10 June, 2015

A reduction in the benefit cap was a centre piece of the Tory manifesto in the run-up to May's election

Flawed benefits test is pushing people to the brink

10 June, 2015

The British Psychological Society has today released a new report calling for fundamental reform of the Work Capability Assessment

Justin Tomlinson, Minister for Disabled People, writes about the recent Personal Independence Payment (PIP) ruling

10 June, 2015

This article follows the High Court ruling on the case of 2 disabled people who faced delays waiting for their PIP claims to be processed

Scrap bedroom tax, Tories tell PM: Cameron warned the measure is a 'fly in the "One Nation" ointment'

10 June, 2015

David Cameron is facing pressure from his own party to ditch the so-called 'bedroom tax'

Andy Burnham jeered at first Labour leadership hustings over benefits cap

10 June, 2015

Frontrunner to be next leader receives less than warm response at event during union conference after refusing to say whether he opposes £23,000 annual cap

Universal Credit information for claimants in Croydon and Sutton

10 June, 2015

Universal Credit in the CR0 4 postcode area of Croydon and SM5 2, SM6 7, SM6 8 and SM6 9 postcode areas of Sutton

Labour urged to adopt radical welfare reform rather than support Tory cuts

09 June, 2015

Labour is being urged to embrace radical welfare reform in an attempt to stop George Osborne laying another "political trap" for the party by challenging it to support his £12bn of benefit cuts

Welfare Reform Committee

09 June, 2015

The Welfare Reform Committee took evidence from Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil on 9 June 2015

Working families could become 'second-class savers' under universal credit

09 June, 2015

Working families moving onto universal credit could become "second-class savers", with any money put aside potentially counting against their benefit entitlement

Personal Independence Payment myth buster

09 June, 2015

The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) myth buster aims to provide reassurance on some common misunderstandings about PIP

Reducing the benefit bill by helping people into work: joint submission to the emergency budget

09 June, 2015

We believe housing associations are the most consistently successful public-private partnership in the economy today

Taxing disability benefits is not a 'welfare saving', it's a deeply unfair cut

09 June, 2015

Life costs on average £550 more a month if you are disabled

Why sorry is the hardest word for the DWP over disability benefit fiasco

09 June, 2015

The 'unlawful' delay of the personal independence payment for disabled people is just the latest in a dismal list of benefit reform failures

Making the most of UC: Final report of the Resolution Foundation review of Universal Credit

08 June, 2015

The improvements necessary to enable UC to, at a minimum, make work pay and smooth the transition into work must be made before millions of families are moved onto the new system

The Guardian view on universal credit: needs more work

08 June, 2015

The Resolution Foundation has carried out an important analysis of his biggest reform of the welfare system

Give Scotland more power over welfare, Labour and SNP tell the Tories

08 June, 2015

Labour is set to join forces with the Scottish National Party by demanding more powers for the Scottish Parliament over welfare

'Reboot' universal credit, ministers urged

08 June, 2015

Hundreds of thousands more women would be helped into work if the government "rebooted" its flagship welfare reforms

Universal Credit now available at 50% of all Scottish Jobcentres from today

08 June, 2015

All Glasgow Jobcentres now offer Universal Credit, with the new benefit that makes work always pay, available to all new single claimants

Credit where it's due? How to reform and make the most out of Universal Credit

08 June, 2015

There are some issues where a little bit of knowledge, and a lot of bluster, are all that's needed for a politician - whether government or opposition - to get through a standard media grilling

Concerns over how £12bn welfare cuts will affect devolved social security powers

05 June, 2015

Social justice secretary Alex Neil has called for an inter-governmental meeting to discuss the implications of a planned £12 billion welfare cut on powers contained in the new Scotland Bill

Disability benefits: Court to rule on delay test case

05 June, 2015

The High Court is expected to rule later on whether the government took too long to process benefit claims by two disabled people

PIPs disability benefit delay unlawful

05 June, 2015

A delay in paying welfare benefits to two disabled people was unlawful, the High Court has ruled

Help with budgeting your Universal Credit

05 June, 2015

This guide gives details on how Universal Credit is paid and the budgeting support available through DWP and other organisations

Universal Credit and self-employment: quick guide

05 June, 2015

The support offered by Universal Credit to help claimants start their own business and what will be expected of them in return

Universal Credit and improving your skills for work

05 June, 2015

How Universal Credit can help claimants to find work by supporting them in improving their skills

Cameron fails to rule out cuts to disability benefits

04 June, 2015

Asked in the Commons if he stood by the commitments he made on disability benefits during the election campaign

Iain Duncan Smith to fight David Cameron over cuts to child benefit

04 June, 2015

Work and Pensions Secretary has not given up on his plans to slash benefit, despite the Prime Minister publicly slapping him down

Northern Ireland political crisis deepens as parties fail to reach agreement over welfare reform

04 June, 2015

The situation at Stormont "looks increasingly grim" the Secretary of State has warned after talks to resolve the welfare crisis broke up without progress yesterday

Housing benefit to be targeted in Osborne's welfare cuts

04 June, 2015

Housing benefit could be cut by over 10% in George Osborne's July Budget as the government attempts to deliver its commitment to reduce welfare spending by £12 billion in two years

Application for third party deductions: Universal Credit

04 June, 2015

This form can be used by a creditor to request a third party deduction from a Universal Credit claimant

The Benefit Cap: hamstringing housing associations?

04 June, 2015

The government has confirmed that the Benefit Cap will be lowered from £500 to £442 a week (£23,000 a year)

Benefits cap will leave 'tens of thousands' of children surviving on £3 or less a day

03 June, 2015

The Tory Government plans to reduce the benefits cap to £23,000 a year. This is who it's going to affect the most and why

Northern Ireland crisis talks fail to resolve standoff over welfare reforms

03 June, 2015

Cross-party cooperation under strain after Stormont Castle crunch meeting attended by leaders of five main parties, Theresa Villiers, and Charlie Flanagan

Cameron and Harman on child benefit and tax credits

03 June, 2015

The prime minister was asked about welfare pledges by Harriet Harman, and whether he was committed to keeping child benefit and tax credits for the full five years of the new Parliament

Behaviour change and welfare reform: If it's working it's hurting?

03 June, 2015

Where will the axe fall? It's the question that's been preoccupying us here at Shelter, as we wait for confirmation of the government's £12 billion planned cuts

Daily catch-up: £12bn welfare spending cuts - more achievable in theory than in practice

03 June, 2015

Plus Moose Allain's cartoon, and some ancient history of the campaign for 'fair votes'

Talks set to continue at Stormont over Welfare Reform

03 June, 2015

The Government is prepared for weeks more of talks on Welfare Reform and the Stormont House Agreement

Is a £12bn welfare cut achievable? Only with a big pay rise!

02 June, 2015

The government made the Queen say "northern powerhouse" in her speech but, having decided one silly phrase was enough, stopped short of making her say "£12 billion welfare cuts"

Universal Credit and rented housing - frequently asked questions

02 June, 2015

This document provides private and social sector landlords with up to date information on Universal Credit

IDS DID rule out cuts to Child Benefit & Child Tax Credits on BBCDP show

02 June, 2015

The front page of the Times was revealed on social media and on Newsnight stating that IDS is furious as Cameron has ruled out cuts to Child Benefit

The reduced benefit cap could be the killer blow for social housing

02 June, 2015

As rents have risen, a lower benefit cap could leave thousands of Londoners facing eviction and relocation - and their landlords facing an identity crisis

Disability Benefit Receipt and Reform: Reconciling Trends in the United Kingdom

02 June, 2015

The UK has enacted a number of reforms to the structure of disability benefits that has made it a major case study for other countries thinking of reform

UK government urged to improve welfare reform implementation

02 June, 2015

The UK government's spending watchdog has criticised the DWP for its failure to anticipate problems in its implementation of welfare reform

Cutting Child Benefit but increasing free childcare - where is the poverty test?

02 June, 2015

Cutting the deficit while reducing poverty and improving prospects is a mighty challenge

The Impacts of Welfare Reform in Scotland

01 June, 2015

The aim of the study is to explore the impacts of ongoing changes to the welfare system on a range of households in Scotland over time

High Court Orders Benefit Cap Judicial Review

01 June, 2015

The high court has ordered an urgent judicial review into the benefit cap and its impact on disabled people and their carers

Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary

01 June, 2015

The number of Jobseeker's Allowance claimants was 45,350. This represents a decrease of 11,590 in the last year

Benefit Cap Quarterly Statistics: GB households capped to February 2015

01 June, 2015

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

Challenging Bedroom Tax Decisions

01 June, 2015

Tool kit for challenging bedroom tax decisions

Universal Credit now available at 15 more Jobcentres

01 June, 2015

Universal Credit is now available to more people at 15 more Jobcentres across the country and will make sure work always pays

The Tories' benefit cap is 'social justice in action'

29 May, 2015

The government's benefit cap is an example of "social justice in action", Iain Duncan Smith has said

For service users who rely on benefits, the Queen's speech brought no relief

29 May, 2015

It is not just the lack of funding for social care in comparison with the NHS that makes things seem bleak

Welfare reform - lessons learned

29 May, 2015

What can we learn from recent welfare reforms?

Benefit cap could drop 40,000 children into poverty, leaked memo warns

29 May, 2015

Internal government assessment seen by the Guardian shows lowering of welfare cap will be disastrous for families if parents are unable to find extra work

Spectrum takes important steps to prepare for Universal Credit with Who's Home

29 May, 2015

Housing Partners has entered into partnership with Spectrum Housing Group for delivery of the Who's Home service

Awareness and support set to help Eden residents with Welfare Reform

29 May, 2015

Eden Housing Association is helping residents get to grips with Welfare reform

More money in your pocket

29 May, 2015

A guide to claiming benefits for people over pension age

Labour's Andy Burnham suggests he might back further welfare cuts

29 May, 2015

Leadership favourite tells business figures he wants to counter perception party is 'soft on people who want something for nothing' and doesn't celebrate enterprise

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

28 May, 2015

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

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

28 May, 2015

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

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

28 May, 2015

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

Northern Ireland welfare dispute: Westminster could take over powers

28 May, 2015

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

Universal Credit case studies wanted

28 May, 2015

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

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

28 May, 2015

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

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

28 May, 2015

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

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

26 May, 2015

Child benefit cuts causing pressure for families and social care services

Northern Ireland welfare reform debate goes ahead

26 May, 2015

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

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

26 May, 2015

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

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

26 May, 2015

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

People still facing daily money worries and concerns about future finances

26 May, 2015

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

Universal Credit now available in more Scottish towns

26 May, 2015

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

Benefit cuts: where might they come from?

26 May, 2015

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

An anatomy of a bedroom tax appeal

22 May, 2015

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

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

22 May, 2015

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

The removal of the removal of the spare room subsidy

22 May, 2015

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

Welfare reform update - May 2015

22 May, 2015

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

Half a million children living in unsafe private rented homes

21 May, 2015

£1.3bn of housing benefit spent on dangerous homes

Welfare reform: leaked document outlines financial crisis facing executive

21 May, 2015

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

Universal Credit Q&A

21 May, 2015

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

The changing characteristics of UK disability benefit recipients

21 May, 2015

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

Intensive talks over welfare bill

21 May, 2015

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

Welfare changes an 'absolute requirement' for EU renegotiation

21 May, 2015

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

A home without a household

20 May, 2015

News of a very interesting First Tier Tribunal bedroom tax appeal

Welfare reform impasse a proper crisis says Mike Nesbitt

20 May, 2015

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

DWP reveals sanctions link to one in five benefit claimant deaths

19 May, 2015

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

Peter Robinson warns assembly could collapse over welfare powers

19 May, 2015

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

Seven ways social landlords can prepare for universal credit

19 May, 2015

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

Where Does Welfare Spending Actually Go?

19 May, 2015

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

Charity hits out at report on housing benefit payments

18 May, 2015

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

Bedroom Tax battle couple's Human Rights Act fear

18 May, 2015

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

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

18 May, 2015

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

Universal Credit videos

18 May, 2015

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

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

18 May, 2015

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

Easing the burden

18 May, 2015

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

Fall in benefits capped households

15 May, 2015

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

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

15 May, 2015

The unexpected Conservative majority means they cannot back down

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

15 May, 2015

Iain Duncan Smith has hailed the success of the benefit cap

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

15 May, 2015

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

How will Universal Credit make work pay?

15 May, 2015

An illustrated guide to how Universal Credit makes work pay

Graph showing how Universal Credit helps make work pay

15 May, 2015

A graph showing how Universal Credit helps make work pay

Robinson 'would seek London deal'

14 May, 2015

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

Jobseeker benefit sanctions down, but ESA sanctions triple

14 May, 2015

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

Benefit cap: thousands move into work or off Housing Benefit

14 May, 2015

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

Benefit cap: number of households capped to February 2015

14 May, 2015

Number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to February 2015

Jobseeker's Allowance reclaimants

14 May, 2015

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

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

14 May, 2015

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

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

14 May, 2015

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

Villiers losing hope Northern Ireland parties can agree welfare reform

13 May, 2015

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

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

13 May, 2015

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

Arlene Foster warns welfare reform impasse will cost £500m

13 May, 2015

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

Benefit sanctions down as more people helped into work

13 May, 2015

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

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

13 May, 2015

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

Universal Credit: Apr 2013 to May 2015

13 May, 2015

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

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

13 May, 2015

Experimental Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit flows data

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

13 May, 2015

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

What now for the welfare of Scotland?

13 May, 2015

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

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

12 May, 2015

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

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

12 May, 2015

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

Universal Credit roll out continues

12 May, 2015

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

Personal Independence Payment: data to March 2015

12 May, 2015

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

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

11 May, 2015

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

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

11 May, 2015

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

Tories weigh up options for £12bn welfare cuts

11 May, 2015

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

Benefit claimants are the new miners - growing grass roots activism

11 May, 2015

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

Universal Credit welcome guide

11 May, 2015

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

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

11 May, 2015

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

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

08 May, 2015

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

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

08 May, 2015

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

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

07 May, 2015

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

The true impact of welfare cuts

07 May, 2015

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

5 ways benefits changes are making things worse for women

07 May, 2015

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

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

07 May, 2015

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

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

06 May, 2015

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

'Work not done' on Tory welfare cuts

06 May, 2015

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

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

06 May, 2015

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

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

06 May, 2015

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

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

06 May, 2015

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

Welfare Reform Committee 1

06 May, 2015

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

Welfare Reform Committee 2

06 May, 2015

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

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

05 May, 2015

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

How £8.9bn benefits budget is spent in Wales

05 May, 2015

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

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

05 May, 2015

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

Taxes and benefits: the parties' plans

05 May, 2015

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

Housing Benefit for supported housing

01 May, 2015

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

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

01 May, 2015

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

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

01 May, 2015

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

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

01 May, 2015

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

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

01 May, 2015

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

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

30 April, 2015

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

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

30 April, 2015

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

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

30 April, 2015

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

Universal Credit rolls out in region

30 April, 2015

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

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

29 April, 2015

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

What do the party manifestos mean for housing and welfare?

29 April, 2015

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

Conservative and Labour benefits proposals

29 April, 2015

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

Tax credits in 'firing line' under Tories says Miliband

29 April, 2015

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

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

28 April, 2015

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

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

28 April, 2015

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

Welfare reform parked until after General Election

28 April, 2015

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

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

28 April, 2015

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

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

28 April, 2015

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

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

Key issues: welfare

27 April, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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?

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

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

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

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

Sinn Fein rules out welfare reform deal

13 April, 2015

Future of Stormont institutions thrown into chaos by Maskey comments

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?

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

LIN Welfare Benefits Rates Card for 2015/16

01 April, 2015

DWP Benefits Rates Card 2015/16

Benefit Rates 2015-16

01 April, 2015

The benefit rates for 2015 to 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

New rules to help tenants introduced

27 March, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2015

23 March, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Welfare Reform Bill passes further consideration stage

25 February, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Benefit sanctions are effective

05 February, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jobless are being punished with hunger for claiming unemployment benefit

26 January, 2015

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

'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'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

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

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

Digital inclusion in housing? Try looking closer to home

19 January, 2015

There is no shortage of excellent digital inclusion work being done

Revealed: thousands of Britons on benefits across EU

19 January, 2015

At least 30,000 Britons on unemployment benefit in EU

Record numbers use Scottish food banks

16 January, 2015

A record number of adults and children relied upon food banks in Scotland in December

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

Welfare reform update January 2015

16 January, 2015

Includes details of Universal Credit Week, welfare reform research and the latest on data sharing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Payday

13 January, 2015

Landlords must ensure they help tenants manage their finances as welfare reforms push low-income households towards payday lenders

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

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

EU migrant benefit plan 'could hit thousands of young Britons'

11 January, 2015

Thousands of young Britons could lose the right to claim some benefits for four years as part of government plans to tighten the rules for EU migrants

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"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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')

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bedroom tax is punishing families

23 December, 2014

Last year in Amber Valley, over 800 families lost an average of over £750 each thanks to the bedroom tax

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Benefits of Tackling Worklessness and Low Pay

15 December, 2014

Joseph Rowntree Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

The impact of welfare reform on communities and households in Sheffield

01 December, 2014

This report documents the impact of welfare reform on Sheffield

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

"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

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"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 the Welfare State wrecked marriage

19 November, 2014

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

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

HB G11/2014

17 November, 2014

Contains information on Fraud and Error in the benefit system

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How welfare can kill the appetite for work

11 November, 2014

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

Latest foodbank figures top 900,000

10 November, 2014

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

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

10 November, 2014

Shortage of smaller flats combines with surplus of larger homes

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

10 November, 2014

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

"Second class citizens"?

10 November, 2014

The personal impact of the public debate on benefits

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

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

Housing bodies call for a Scottish welfare system

07 November, 2014

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

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

Committee launch inquiry into benefit sanctions

06 November, 2014

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

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

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

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