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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extra £47m to tackle hated bedroom tax

07 March, 2017

Ministers announce more funding to counteract bedroom tax in Scotland

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

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

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

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

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

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"

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

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

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

'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

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

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

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

Labour calls for PRS reform amid £2bn housing benefit spend to private landlords

05 January, 2017

New figures which reveal that private landlords in Scotland have made billions of pounds from housing benefit claimants in five years have led to calls for reform in the sector by Scottish Labour

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

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

Charity calls for major changes to Bedroom Tax

21 December, 2016

Anti-poverty commission proposes major changes to the Bedroom Tax

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

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

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

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

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

24 November, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Tory MP Attacks Theresa May On Bedroom Tax And Disability Cuts

14 November, 2016

Ken Loach urges Chancellor to drop cuts

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Benefit Cap rollout

01 November, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'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

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

27 September, 2016

London's housing market is an anomaly

'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

Housing Benefit:Written statement - HCWS154

16 September, 2016

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

End to council tax discount for second homes

15 September, 2016

Council tax reform legislation to tackle empty second homes

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

Housing Benefit Recoveries and Fraud Statistics

12 September, 2016

£1.88 billion Housing Benefit overpayments outstanding at January 2016

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

Scotland to abolish 'bedroom tax'

06 September, 2016

The Scottish government are to aim to abolish the bedroom tax

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

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

Poorer renters at risk from homelessness as benefit shortfall grows

24 August, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of households face a £100-a-month gap between private rents and housing benefit by 2020

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

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

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

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

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

DWP will not say whether it is going to cut disability supported housing, women's refuges, and homeless hostels

04 August, 2016

Fifteen of the UK's leading disability charities have written to the Department for Work and Pensions calling on it to end the 'shadow of uncertainty' cast on vulnerable people by its latest round of housing benefit cuts

Overhaul planned for Scots benefits system could also mean ban on use of private firms

02 August, 2016

Scottish ministers may stop private companies carrying out vital welfare assessments as Holyrood prepares to take charge of social security, it has emerged

We overspend to counter the bedroom tax in Glasgow because we have to

02 August, 2016

Discretionary payments help to mitigate the government's cruel and punitive benefits cuts. We chose not to put this burden on the backs of the poorest

Bromsgrove District Council warns housing benefit claimants cash will stop if they are away for four weeks

27 July, 2016

RESIDENTS going abroad for more than four weeks are being warned they will no longer be able to claim housing benefit because of new national rules coming into force later this month

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

Housing benefit powers 'could tackle poverty in Wales'

26 July, 2016

Devolving housing benefits to Wales could help boost affordable homes and tackle poverty, an independent think-tank has said

Government sneaks out report revealing 57,000 Bedroom Tax victims fell behind on rent

25 July, 2016

The report was slipped out in a mountain of more than 300 documents on the day MPs leave Westminster for their six-week summer holiday

The Tory sheltered housing benefit tax

25 July, 2016

Blog from SPeye

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

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

Paying for Supported Housing

19 July, 2016

House of Commons Briefing paper

Cash strapped councils turn down 21% of DHP applications

13 July, 2016

English councils with tenants hit hardest by welfare cuts are turning down one in five applicants for a hardship fund

LIN press release - DHP underspend 2015-16

13 July, 2016

LIN press release

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

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

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

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

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments: financial year 2015/16

06 July, 2016

Analysis of the use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds by local authorities

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

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

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

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

10 June, 2016

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

Universal Credit Leads to Rent Arrears

09 June, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cutting housing benefit reduces property prices

04 April, 2016

House prices fall when Housing Benefit is cut

Benefit Rates 2016-17

01 April, 2016

The benefit rates for 2016 to 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bedroom tax cases heard in Supreme Court

01 March, 2016

Two bedroom tax decisions are being appealed to the Supreme Court

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

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

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

What's pushing Charlotte and Jayson over the edge? £12 a week bedroom tax

25 February, 2016

It wouldn't be much money to a politician. But to the Carmichaels, struggling with Charlotte's severe spinal condition, it's a supreme court case against the government

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

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

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

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

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

Vulnerable hit by housing benefit cuts

08 February, 2016

Urgent clarification needed on supported housing proposals

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

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

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

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

'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 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

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

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

House Of Lords Official Report - Housing Benefit: Social Housing Units

26 January, 2016

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement the recommendations of the independent review of the overseas domestic workers visa published on 17 December 2015

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

Housing benefit delays and homelessness

08 January, 2016

Benefit delays and inaccuracies are contributing to the increase in homelessness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Benefit Cap Calculator

01 December, 2015

DWP calculator

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'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"

Experimental Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit flows data from November 2008

11 November, 2015

Experimental Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit flows data

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

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

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

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

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

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

Housing Benefit subsidy regime: local authority insight survey wave 30

22 October, 2015

This research presents findings from wave 30 of the local authority insight survey focusing on the Housing Benefit subsidy regime

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

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

'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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Over 80% of private landlords in Mid Ulster paid housing benefit

24 September, 2015

From issues like housing benefit costs and growing waiting lists to lifts in living rooms, the Housing Executive was truly grilled at a special meeting of Mid Ulster District Council

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'

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

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

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

Council benefit payment delays affect half of tenants

14 September, 2015

52% of private sector tenants on housing benefit have experienced delays over its payment from their local council, according to new research from the NLA

Housing Benefit Recoveries and Fraud National Statistics

11 September, 2015

Great Britain statistics for 2014/2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'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

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

New Discretionary Housing Payments guidance

13 August, 2015

The DWP has issued a new Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) guidance manual

Housing Benefit caseload statistics

12 August, 2015

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

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

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

Uncertain Futures

04 August, 2015

A report examining the impact of removing automatic entitlement to Housing Benefit for 18 to 21 year olds

Bedroom Tax and separated families - UT again

03 August, 2015

In this appeal tribunal, the appellant was represented, which was a problem in MR

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

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

Too poor to pay

30 July, 2015

Report by CPAG showing the impact of the second year of localised council tax support in London

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

'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

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

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

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?

Over 150,000 people are in receipt of house benefit

22 July, 2015

More than 150,000 people in Northern Ireland are currently receiving housing benefit

Cambridge landlords pocket £45,000+ in housing benefit as others shut the door to those on benefits

22 July, 2015

There are claims the majority of city landlords no longer take tenants on housing benefit - despite hundreds of thousands of pounds flowing into their pockets

Welfare cuts backed amid Labour revolt

21 July, 2015

MPs have backed government plans for £12bn in welfare cuts

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

Housing benefit plans in budget are an assault on young people says housing charity boss

16 July, 2015

A housing charity boss has slammed housing benefit cuts in the budget which he says will lead to more young people in Mansfield and Ashfield becoming homeless

"Housing benefit saved me as a teenager"

16 July, 2015

The government's plans to scrap housing benefit for young people have incensed Sali Hughes

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

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

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

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

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

Housing benefit to private landlords set to rise by £440m a year warns GMB

06 July, 2015

The amount of housing benefit paid to private landlords will increase by £440m a year

Housing benefit 'savings considered by ministers'

03 July, 2015

Ministers are considering forcing all housing benefit recipients to contribute towards their rent as part of efforts to save £12bn

Osborne targets housing benefit but rise in buy-to-let landlords 'will add millions to bill'

03 July, 2015

The booming buy-to-let market threatens to add millions to the already bloated housing benefit bill

Who will speak out for those hammered by housing benefit cuts?

03 July, 2015

Silent misery: that's the whole underlying premise of the government's £12bn cuts to social security

Tories 'could cut housing benefit' in £12bn welfare crackdown by making everyone pay towards rent

03 July, 2015

The move would hit thousands of families who have their full rent paid by the taxpayer if it's included in the Budget

Osborne could cut benefits cap to £20,000 for families outside the South East where the cost of living is lower

03 July, 2015

Families in the majority of the country could see their annual cap on benefit claims cut to £20,000

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

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

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.

Eroding Child Benefit

29 June, 2015

Two-child families to count the cost of freeze on child benefit

The demonisation of benefit claimants is helping fuel homelessness, and it's about to get even worse

29 June, 2015

With housing benefits cuts on the way, a rise in evictions is inevitable

Housing and Poverty

29 June, 2015

Until recently, a combination of social housing, Housing Benefit and the homelessness safety net has provided protection against poverty

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

Government accused of discriminating against private rented sector

24 June, 2015

Private landlords are facing discrimination as the Government rolls out Universal Credit

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

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

'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

'Living rents' would boost affordable homes delivery and cut the housing benefit bill

18 June, 2015

A new 'living rent' linked to local incomes could help tackle poverty and reduce the housing benefit bill

Cutting housing benefit - one brick at a time

18 June, 2015

Consensus has broken out in the fractious world of welfare reform

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

Food poverty made me feel ashamed

15 June, 2015

Mark lived in his home for more than 16 years

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

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

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'

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

Challenging Bedroom Tax Decisions

01 June, 2015

Tool kit for challenging bedroom tax decisions

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

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

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

LIN Press Release

22 May, 2015

A home without a household

Half a million children living in unsafe private rented homes

21 May, 2015

£1.3bn of housing benefit spent on dangerous homes

A home without a household

20 May, 2015

News of a very interesting First Tier Tribunal bedroom tax appeal

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

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

Experimental Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit flows data from November 2008

13 May, 2015

Experimental Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit flows data

'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

The Tory MPs and donors taking in millions in housing benefit

08 May, 2015

Tory MPs and donors are pocketing cash to the tune of millions in housing benefit

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

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

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

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'

£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

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

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

'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 great housing benefit scandal

20 April, 2015

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

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

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

Tories' rent policy could add millions to housing benefit bill

15 April, 2015

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

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

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?

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Benefit Rates 2015-16

01 April, 2015

The benefit rates for 2015 to 2016

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

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

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

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

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2015

23 March, 2015

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

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

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

Lifeline not Lifestyle

17 March, 2015

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

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

Computer glitch hits Dumfries and Galloway housing benefit

16 March, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Housing association defends impact of bedroom tax in Dorset

06 March, 2015

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

Reform private rent before it breaks the housing benefit bank

05 March, 2015

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

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

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

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

70% rise in Dundee council house rent arrears

03 March, 2015

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

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

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

Housing Benefit overpayments guide

27 February, 2015

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

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

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

Welfare handouts top £30,000 for thousands of homes

25 February, 2015

Families receiving benefits getting equivalent of £40k pay packet

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

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

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

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

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

'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

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

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

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

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"

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

Housing Benefit overpayment recovery good practice

16 February, 2015

Good practice for local authority staff on recovering Housing Benefit overpayments

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

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

12 February, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

'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

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

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

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

29 January, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Jobcentre 'hit squads' set up benefit claimants to fail, says former official

21 January, 2015

Bosses accused of setting targets for sanctions, while unscrupulous staff targeted weak and vulnerable customers

'We cut back on everything to pay the rent - including food'

21 January, 2015

Michelle and Kevin live in Cambridge. When Kevin became self-employed, a cut in tax credits and housing benefit left the family facing homelessness

LHA rates may increase by up to 4% in certain areas of NI

21 January, 2015

A new statutory instrument takes effect on 20 January that will allow for the uprating of Local Housing Allowance by up to 4% in certain parts of Northern Ireland

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

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

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

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

'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

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"

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

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

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

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

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')

Council vows to protect tenants with rents freeze

01 January, 2015

A local authority in the West Midlands has vowed to "protect working families" by announcing plans to freeze all council housing rents

Number of evicted tenants is soaring

30 December, 2014

Soaring numbers of tenants are being turned out of their homes by bailiffs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Benefits cap is getting more into work, research claims

15 December, 2014

Studies for the DWP found those affected by the cap were 41% more likely to get a job than people who were unaffected

Bedroom tax latest - Opposites repel

15 December, 2014

Bedroom Tax opinion article

Coping with the cap?

15 December, 2014

Report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies

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

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

£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

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

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

Far-left agenda has 'hijacked' anti-bedroom tax cause

05 December, 2014

Anti-bedroom tax campaigners who staged a noisy protest during full council have been 'hijacked' by a far-left agenda

Councils to receive cash incentives for cutting housing benefit fraud

04 December, 2014

The government will reward councils that cut housing benefit fraud with cash incentives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

04 November, 2014

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

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

04 November, 2014

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

Time to decide on fair council tax changes

03 November, 2014

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

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

03 November, 2014

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

Caerphilly cabinet approves cuts and council tax increase

31 October, 2014

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

Empty Bedrooms Undermine New Building

31 October, 2014

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

'Bedroom tax' stays to next parliament

31 October, 2014

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

Can private landlords refuse to let to Housing Benefit claimants?

30 October, 2014

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

Court rules against town hall on council tax scheme

30 October, 2014

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

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

30 October, 2014

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

HB U5/2014

29 October, 2014

Contains information on the bedroom tax

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

29 October, 2014

The Affordable Homes Bill has been indefinitely stalled

Removal of subsidy for spare room not unlawful

29 October, 2014

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

Miliband barred Lamont from attacking bedroom tax for 12 months

27 October, 2014

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

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

27 October, 2014

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

Housing association secures refunds for 788 bedroom tax tenants

27 October, 2014

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

Wait a week for jobless benefits

27 October, 2014

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

Filling the void

24 October, 2014

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

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

24 October, 2014

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

Separated families and bedroom tax

24 October, 2014

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

High Court rejects single parents' bedroom tax challenge

23 October, 2014

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

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

20 October, 2014

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

DWP condemned over benefit losses

17 October, 2014

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

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

17 October, 2014

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

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

17 October, 2014

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

Housing Benefit fraud and error

17 October, 2014

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

'Bedroom tax siege' man jailed

17 October, 2014

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

How we can end pensioner poverty

17 October, 2014

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

Bedroom tax arrears fears 'haven't materialised'

16 October, 2014

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

Bedroom tax exemption bill goes to next stage despite Tory opposition

16 October, 2014

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

Swap My Council House

15 October, 2014

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

Bedroom tax carer bill passes first reading

15 October, 2014

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

Rise in Tyneside working families having to claim housing benefit across

14 October, 2014

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

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

14 October, 2014

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

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

08 October, 2014

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

Tribunal ruling blow to bedroom tax tenants

08 October, 2014

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

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

08 October, 2014

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

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

07 October, 2014

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

Lib Dems vote against scrapping bedroom tax

07 October, 2014

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

Broken Market, Broken Dreams

03 October, 2014

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

Middle income earners forced to rely on housing benefit

03 October, 2014

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

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

03 October, 2014

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

Housing unaffordability puts a strain on the housing benefit bill

02 October, 2014

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

Nicola Sturgeon calls for delay to universal credit launch in Scotland

02 October, 2014

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

Sleepless nights and flawed rationale of Bedroom Tax

02 October, 2014

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

Trapped by the bedroom tax

02 October, 2014

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

A bad business for everyone caught in the bedroom tax trap

01 October, 2014

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

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

25 September, 2014

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

Bedroom tax campaign heats up as 600 tenants face appeal

25 September, 2014

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

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

25 September, 2014

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

Coast & Country tenants' group supports bedroom tax challenge

25 September, 2014

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

Anxious wait for Glenrothes man in 'bedroom tax' case

24 September, 2014

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

Problems caused by bedroom tax so predictable

24 September, 2014

The bedroom tax is continuing to cause problems in Dundee

Labour to call on Lib Dems to back scrapping bedroom tax

23 September, 2014

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

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

23 September, 2014

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

Islwyn MP Chris Evans votes against 'Bedroom Tax'

23 September, 2014

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

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

22 September, 2014

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

Tories defeated as benefit bill clears first Commons hurdle

22 September, 2014

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

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

19 September, 2014

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

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

18 September, 2014

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

Coalition tax cuts benefit for too much living space

18 September, 2014

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

Andrew George MP on the future of the bedroom tax

17 September, 2014

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

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

16 September, 2014

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

'Bedroom tax' hastened death

16 September, 2014

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

Information for Landlords: Letting to Tenants on Housing Benefits

15 September, 2014

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

Council writes off overpaid housing benefits

15 September, 2014

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

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

12 September, 2014

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

Fife man at centre of 'bedroom tax' turmoil

11 September, 2014

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

The Affordable Homes Bill: A Partial Solution

11 September, 2014

Nearly Legal Blog

Council considers sealing off rooms in bedroom tax battle

10 September, 2014

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

Housing benefit error rises by 9%

10 September, 2014

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

Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud data April 2013 to March 2014

10 September, 2014

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

Fife man at centre of 'bedroom tax' turmoil

10 September, 2014

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

The long goodbye

09 September, 2014

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

MPs vote for bedroom tax changes

08 September, 2014

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

Lib Dems expand criticisms of coalition welfare policies

08 September, 2014

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

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

08 September, 2014

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

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

08 September, 2014

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

61% rise in number of Bournemouth employees claiming housing benefit

08 September, 2014

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

Housing benefit: Coalition faces Commons split

05 September, 2014

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

Tories defeated as benefit bill clears first Commons hurdle

05 September, 2014

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

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

05 September, 2014

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

DWP minister set to vote on bedroom tax bill

05 September, 2014

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

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

05 September, 2014

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

Brent housing benefit tenant living in 'unfit' room

05 September, 2014

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

Nick Clegg faces activist revolt over ending bedroom tax

05 September, 2014

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

Local authorities and advisers: removal of the spare room subsidy

04 September, 2014

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

Legal challenge to bedroom tax fails

03 September, 2014

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

Bedroom tax proposals should be scrapped in Northern Ireland

03 September, 2014

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

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

02 September, 2014

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

Why the bedroom tax is not political

02 September, 2014

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

New 'bedroom tax homes' built

02 September, 2014

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

Beyond belief

02 September, 2014

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

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

02 September, 2014

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

Bedroom tax rent arrears double in a year

02 September, 2014

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

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

01 September, 2014

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

Warnings over housing benefit devolution plan

01 September, 2014

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

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

29 August, 2014

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

Council tax victory for poorest residents

29 August, 2014

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

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

29 August, 2014

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

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

28 August, 2014

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

Nearly 1,000 affected by the bedroom tax in Breckland

28 August, 2014

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

Four councils spend 100% of their DHP funds

27 August, 2014

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

Lib Dem MP attempts to water down bedroom tax

27 August, 2014

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

Tribunal fees are a silent bedroom tax

27 August, 2014

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

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

26 August, 2014

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

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

26 August, 2014

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

Call for clarity on latest universal credit phase

22 August, 2014

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

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

22 August, 2014

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

Soaring bill for housing benefit in York revealed

21 August, 2014

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

Clean up your local park and get a council tax rebate

20 August, 2014

Policy Exchange says 'green guardians' could help stem deterioration of green spaces under threat from spending cuts

Bedroom tax victim claims ghost haunts spare room

20 August, 2014

A social housing tenant has claimed that she should be excused from paying the government's controversial bedroom tax

Yorkshire taxpayer pays price as rent rises outstrip stagnant pay

20 August, 2014

The skyrocketing cost to the taxpayer of helping Yorkshire families keep a roof over their heads is revealed

21,000 council tax discount claims to be checked in Flintshire

15 August, 2014

More than 21,000 people in Flintshire who have the 25% single person reduction on their council tax are to have their claims checked

Repossessions are up - is the bedroom tax to blame?

15 August, 2014

Sadly, every year, there are families in England that lose their home

What's to be done about the bedroom tax?

15 August, 2014

The bedroom tax isn't everyone's cup of tea. Well, actually it isn't anyone's cup of tea, apart from huge fanboy Iain Duncan Smith and fellow swooner Lord Freud

IDS doubts 'bedroom tax' disability figures

14 August, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith has cast doubt on figures showing two-thirds of those affected by the so-called bedroom tax are disabled

Council to appeal tribunal defeat over 'spare room subsidy'

14 August, 2014

Kirklees Council is to appeal a FTT ruling that upheld a couple's challenge to its decision to cut their housing benefit under the 'spare room subsidy' rules

Outstanding council tax rises 6% to over £2.5 billion

14 August, 2014

The total amount of council tax still outstanding is £2.528 billion, an increase of £152 million or 6% on the figure uncollected by the end of March 2013

Housing benefit claimants in work double

13 August, 2014

The number of housing benefit claimants in work has more than doubled in five years

'Bedroom tax' M-way death inquest

12 August, 2014

A coroner has recorded a verdict of suicide over the death of a woman hit by a lorry who left her family a note blaming the bedroom tax

Council denies putting pressure on bedroom tax suicide tenant

12 August, 2014

A council has denied pressurising a woman hit by the bedroom tax to move home before she committed suicide

Bedroom Tax 'savings' are obliterated by record levels of housing benefit fraud and error

11 August, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith has been slammed after the bill for cheating and claimant mistakes is now six per cent of the total housing benefit budget

Demand for housing support payments has more than trebled in Wales since the bedroom tax was introduced

11 August, 2014

The bedroom tax and welfare changes have led to the 250% rise in demands for Discretionary Housing Payment help

IDS 'to intensify welfare reforms'

11 August, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith will signal his determination to intensify welfare reforms, arguing that the crackdown on benefits is cutting unemployment

High Court council tax judgment to cost councils more than £5m

07 August, 2014

The High Court has outlawed the practice of councils imposing residency qualifications for discounts on council tax in a ruling that could cost them millions in refunds

A new Poor Law? How councils are trying to cut the benefits of domestic violence victims

07 August, 2014

Councils are trying to penalise women who have to use domestic violence refuges outside their local area - by withdrawing their right to council tax support

Dewsbury couple win spare bedroom housing benefit fight

07 August, 2014

A couple from West Yorkshire who went to court to challenge a cut to their housing benefit have won their case

Call to reboot council tax to fund affordable homes

07 August, 2014

The British Property Federation is urging all political parties to commit to a full revaluation of council tax in their election manifestos

Benefit cap: 10,000 people find jobs or stop claiming Housing Benefit

07 August, 2014

Almost 10,000 people who had their benefits capped have now moved into work or stopped claiming Housing Benefit entirely

Bedroom tax stories: Sam

06 August, 2014

Sam found herself spiralling into debt and despair after the introduction of the bedroom tax

Scotland to set its own housing benefit if independence is rejected

06 August, 2014

David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg have signed a joint pledge that Scotland will have more powers

Workers on benefit 'will double'

06 August, 2014

The number of workers claiming housing benefit "to make ends meet" will continue to increase if a Conservative government is elected next year, Labour will claim today

Bristol tenants in bedroom tax arrears will only be evicted as a last resort

06 August, 2014

Tenants in Bristol who fall into arrears because of the controversial "bedroom tax" will only be evicted as a last resort

Number of people in work claiming housing benefit soars

05 August, 2014

The number of working people relying on HB to boost their income has doubled in five years, at a cost of billions of pounds to the taxpayer

Landmark bedroom tax ruling issued

05 August, 2014

A tribunal has overturned a decision on the bedroom tax, setting a precedent that could force some councils to rethink how they decide who needs a room for an overnight carer

'Poverty pay' doubles number of workers claiming housing benefit

05 August, 2014

Nearly 1 million people in work are being forced to rely on housing benefit, double the figure five years ago

Total hit by bedroom tax loophole revealed

05 August, 2014

Hundreds of Wigan households were affected by a glitch in bedroom tax regulations earlier this year

Benefit cuts have pushed more people into work

04 August, 2014

Ben Broadbent says welfare reforms have encouraged people on benefits to rejoin the labour force

Council tax: how does your bill compare?

04 August, 2014

There's a £1,000 difference in yearly council tax bills between local authorities

Bedroom tax could see council's rent arrears bill shoot up £19m

04 August, 2014

Sheffield City Council could see its rent arrears bill soar by £19 million as tenants struggle with the government's controversial bedroom tax

Bedroom tax impact on grant allocations

01 August, 2014

The government is 'storing up future problems' because more than three-quarters of its grant funding programme will be used for the development of one and two-bedroom homes

I was ill with hunger, went to prison for stealing food and became homeless

31 July, 2014

Welfare expert Matthew Oakley should have spoken to me. I could have told him all about benefits sanctions

Police warn that 'relentless' bedroom tax is turning people into criminals

31 July, 2014

Concerns have been expressed by police chiefs that victims of the "Bedroom Tax" are being forced to turn to crime and loan sharks

Tenants pin hopes on bedroom tax speed dating

31 July, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith hopes 'speed dating' sessions for tenants affected by welfare reform will undo a housing log jam

Bedroom tax tenants in Bristol see rent arrears reach £725,000

31 July, 2014

Rent arrears for council tenants in Bristol who have been hit by the so-called bedroom tax have soared to more than £725,000

Cameron warns illegal immigrants: we will find you and send you home

30 July, 2014

PM's threat comes as Labour and Ukip say crackdown on benefits for new arrivals from EU is not tough enough

Call for community volunteers to pay less council tax

29 July, 2014

Community volunteers who help out in their local library or do charitable work should get discounts on their council tax bills, a new plan proposes

A new disability minister to take on the reforms

29 July, 2014

Britain has a new Minister of State for Disabled People - Mark Harper, MP for the Forest of Dean

Padiham man wrongly claimed £52,000 housing benefit

28 July, 2014

A Padiham man who claimed housing benefit had failed to state he was the joint owner of the property

Council tax rises hit Britain's poor hardest

25 July, 2014

Cuts to the benefit system have seen nearly 16,000 people in London alone referred to bailiffs for non-payment

Councils failing to spend £millions in DHPs as families struggle

24 July, 2014

Local authorities are failing to spend millions of pounds that could potentially be used as emergency payments for families hit by welfare cuts

Bedroom tax sufferers not the only victims looking to swap their homes

22 July, 2014

With the controversial 'bedroom tax' under review for "pushing people into rent arrears", the attractiveness of downsizing in social housing appears never to have been higher

Bedroom Tax Commons vote to be forced through to abolish hated charge after Lib Dem U-turn

21 July, 2014

Blameless residents are forced to pay an average £14 a week for one extra bedroom and £25 for two or more - Labour leader Mr Miliband has pledged to scrap the tax

Nick Clegg 'spineless' on bedroom tax

21 July, 2014

Voters may regard Nick Clegg as "spineless" after performing a u-turn on the bedroom tax and has repeated the error of tuition fees

Bedroom Tax is top of list of complaints in forgotten corner of Nick Clegg's constituency

21 July, 2014

There are 1,700 people in Sheffield Hallam hit by it - and because of its high concentration of council houses most are in Stannington

Labour calls for bedroom tax vote in the autumn

21 July, 2014

Labour plans to force a parliamentary vote on the bedroom tax in the autumn

Bedroom tax is forcing poorest citizens into unmanageable debt

18 July, 2014

A DWP report has found that 523,000 tenants have been unable to meet rent arrears due to housing-benefit caps

Nick Clegg accused of hypocrisy after U-turn on bedroom tax

17 July, 2014

Lib Dem leader says party no longer supports policy in its present form in intensification of Tory 'differentiation strategy'

Housing benefit cuts have had 'little impact' on PRS rents

17 July, 2014

Government cuts to HB for around 900,000 tenants in the PRS have had little impact on average rents, new study reveals

Lib Dems 'ignored chance to soften bedroom benefits cut impact'

17 July, 2014

The Lib Dems were given the chance in March to soften the impact of benefit cuts for people judged to have too many bedrooms

Downsizing with the bedroom tax

17 July, 2014

The price for underoccupying a home is high for many vulnerable people. Jess McCabe visits Stoke-on-Trent to find out how landlords are attempting to help

Council tax: a chaotic way to impoverish the already poor

17 July, 2014

Amid mounting debt, court summons and poverty, a new report asks if the localised system of council tax support costs more than it will save

Local Housing Allowance: monitoring the impact of changes

16 July, 2014

These are the final reports evaluating the changes to the Local Housing Allowance system of Housing Benefit from April 2011

Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy

15 July, 2014

DWP report interim report

My Bedroom Tax Story

14 July, 2014

Under-occupied blog

Touchbase DWP e-zine

10 July, 2014

July 2014 - includes information on the continued expansion of Universal Credit and also PIP

Prime Minister grilled over Tory MP Richard Benyon's 'social cleansing'

03 July, 2014

Prime Minister put on the spot as dozens of poor families face eviction after Britain's richest MP took a stake in their homes

Bedroom tax victims helped out by new housing developments

02 July, 2014

Two new housing schemes in Merseyside are helping families hit by the government's controversial bedroom tax

Tenants hit with 'bedroom tax' get £1.5m from Hull and East Riding councils

02 July, 2014

More than £1.5m has been paid out to cash-strapped tenants in East Yorkshire struggling to cope with the financial fallout of the Government's "bedroom tax"

Fife Council urged to help those whose benefits have been 'stolen'

01 July, 2014

Campaigners against the controversial 'bedroom tax' have urged Fife Council to ensure all tenants entitled to help with their rent receive it

Bedroom tax: Housing association rent arrears laid bare in the House of Commons

01 July, 2014

Housing associations are facing mounting problems with rent arrears as a direct result of the bedroom tax

Hopkins 'clarifies' comments about tenants on housing benefit

01 July, 2014

It is 'not appropriate' for private landlords to evict tenants because they are on housing benefit

Mitigating the 'bedroom tax' in Scotland: SFHA welcomes 'letter of comfort'

30 June, 2014

The SFHA has welcomed the issue of a letter

Pay the jobless to move house to find work, says Duncan Smith's former think tank in echo of Tebbit's 'on yer bike' message

30 June, 2014

The jobless would be given financial help to move house to find work under a plan to tackle long-term unemployment

Labour keen for further housing spending devolution

30 June, 2014

Labour will transfer £30 billion in funding to local authorities to 'begin reversing a century of centralisation'

UK Housing Review

26 June, 2014

An update to the UKHR 2014

Peers round on Lord Freud over bedroom tax

26 June, 2014

Lord Freud withstood a barrage of questions about the bedroom tax in the House of Lords

'Pickle the bedroom tax' protest to coincide with minister's speech

26 June, 2014

Tenants and campaigners called for the bedroom tax to be 'pickled' outside the Chartered Institute of Housing conference

Tories 'should amend bedroom tax'

25 June, 2014

The Conservative party should not impose the bedroom tax on tenants unless they turn down a suitable alternative offer of accommodation

Council tax exemption removal sees 1,400 empty homes brought back into use

24 June, 2014

Birmingham has seen 1,400 privately owned empty properties brought back into use since the city council removed council tax exemption for vacant homes

Housing benefit size criteria

24 June, 2014

Impacts for social sector tenants and options for reform

Report of a telephone survey with g15 tenants

23 June, 2014

Eight in 10 London housing association tenants surveyed have a bank account

Bedrooms: Living, moving and relaxing

23 June, 2014

A couple of new bedroom tax FTT decisions

Q&A: The benefits cap and you

20 June, 2014

The government says that households claiming benefits should be no better off than the average family in work

DWP capped access to discretionary housing fund

19 June, 2014

Discretionary housing help held back to stop bedroom tax 'buy out'

Welfare cuts one year on: Now Britain's poorest are on par with former Eastern bloc

18 June, 2014

Ros Wynne-Jones meets the people who are suffering a year after Bedroom Tax as rent arrears have rocketed

Quantifying the extent of space shortages: English dwellings

18 June, 2014

Lack of internal space is a problem in UK homes, and is often linked to a lack of space standards for housing in the UK

Fife Council accused of 'morally bankrupt' use of 'bedroom tax' refunds

17 June, 2014

Fife Council has been branded 'morally bankrupt' after clawing back 'bedroom tax' refunds from tenants

Welfare Reform: The Impact on Homelessness and Tenancy Sustainment for Scottish Housing Associations

17 June, 2014

The cumulative impact of the 'bedroom tax', benefit sanctions and problems accessing financial assistance at times of crisis is likely to result in an increase in homelessness in Scotland

HB A12/2014

16 June, 2014

Contains information on universal credit: Change of circumstances affecting Housing Benefit

Benefit blunder apology to evicted Pulborough family

16 June, 2014

A housing benefit service said the district council 'may have made incorrect judgements' on a housing benefit claim resulting in a Pulborough family's eviction

More than £400,000 distributed to meet cost of 'Bedroom Tax'

16 June, 2014

More than £400,000 has been distributed to 1,537 households across Angus in financial assistance to help meet the cost of the 'Bedroom Tax'

Secretary of state's behaviour during bedroom tax meeting riles tenant

13 June, 2014

A social housing tenant from Cardiff has told Inside Housing that he was deeply upset by the way he was spoken to by David Jones

Tribunal tells councils to end tax on empty homes

13 June, 2014

Housing associations win case against London boroughs charging tax

The state of that bedroom

12 June, 2014

This is a rather unusual bedroom tax First Tier Tribunal decision from Islington

Quarterly survey of private registered providers

11 June, 2014

Rent arrears in the English housing association sector fell for the second successive month

MPs claiming £millions to rent second homes

10 June, 2014

Over 250 MPs are claiming more in expenses to pay rent on their second homes than the maximum a normal person living in Westminster is allowed to claim in housing benefit

Housing benefit bill for working families soaring by £1.1billion despite Tory pledges to curb spending

10 June, 2014

The figures from the House of Commons library are a damning indictment of the Government inaction

Bedroom Tax - Gambling with our Futures

09 June, 2014

Tenants Working Together is a group of like minded social housing tenants who come together to campaign about social inequity, welfare reform and the draconian Bedroom Tax

Housing benefit bill set to rise by £1 billion, warns Labour

09 June, 2014

The housing benefit bill will rise by £1 billion by 2018, the Labour Party has warned

Council apologises to nearly 2,000 housing benefit claimants over data leak

06 June, 2014

A council has contacted 1,900 housing benefit claimants to alert them that their personal details has been mistakenly given out

'Stupid' bedroom tax sees tenant threaten to blow up house

05 June, 2014

A man facing eviction due to the bedroom tax has been arrested after threatening to blow up his social home

Anti-bedroom tax campaigners to gather in Manchester

05 June, 2014

Anti-bedroom tax campaigners from across Britain are to gather in Manchester this weekend to decide the next course of action in their fight against Government cuts to benefits

Bedroom tax judicial review fails

05 June, 2014

A recent Judicial Review of the bedroom tax, supported by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has failed

NFA, ARCH and CWAG survey reveals over one third of council tenants are still in rent arrears nine months after 'bedroom tax' introduced

05 June, 2014

Nine months after the introduction of the 'bedroom tax', just over one third of council tenants are still in rent arrears

Bedroom Tax victims tell David Cameron: Visit our home and you'll axe the charge

04 June, 2014

Warren Todd is one of only 100 known cases of Potocki-Shaffer syndrome in the world

Welfare Reform Survey - 2013/14 Quarter 2 and Quarter 3 Update

04 June, 2014

Summary of responses June 2014

The injustice of our council tax system demands redress

04 June, 2014

Advice from the European Commission, one may imagine, does not reach very far inside No 10 Downing Street

Wirral council accused of 'persecution' over bedroom tax

03 June, 2014

Birkenhead Green Party councillor Pat Clearly blasts council decision to appeal tribunal ruling

Money expert Martin Lewis blasts Bedroom Tax and urges David Cameron to scrap hated levy

02 June, 2014

The hated charge means as many as 660,000 people of a working age in social housing who have a spare bedroom will have housing benefit cut by £40 a month

Family loses High Court challenge against bedroom tax

02 June, 2014

The High Court has dismissed a bedroom tax challenge brought by grandparents caring for a disabled child

Government scores bedroom tax own goal

02 June, 2014

As most people will know the bedroom tax came into operation in April 2013

Family of disabled grandchild lose spare bedroom fight

30 May, 2014

The family of a severely disabled teenager from Pembrokeshire have lost their High Court challenge

Council tax hardship payments judgment victory

30 May, 2014

A landmark judgment confirming that Tribunal has unlimited power to overturn decisions by councils which refuse to award DHP

Government scores bedroom tax own goal

30 May, 2014

As most people will know the bedroom tax came into operation in April 2013

Caring through the night

30 May, 2014

The latest challenge to the bedroom tax focuses on overnight carers for disabled children

Bedroom tax pushes households into debt and fear of eviction

29 May, 2014

A third have cut back on food and a quarter have cut back on heating

A fair start for everyone

29 May, 2014

Benefit cuts to trap five million UK children in poverty by 2020

'Bedroom tax' hitting North hard

28 May, 2014

Households in the North of England hit by controversial cuts to housing benefits are going without basic essentials for fear of falling into arrears

Housing Benefit: Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs)

28 May, 2014

Parliamentary briefing note

Welsh Ministers savage coalition's child poverty strategy - for including the 'bedroom tax' as part of it

27 May, 2014

Jeff Cuthbert and Vaughan Gething attacked UK Government's strategy for failing to recognise the impact of tax and benefit changes

Council tax arrears become most common debt case at Citizens Advice

27 May, 2014

More people now approach the charity over council tax bills than over difficulties with unsecured loans or credit cards

Bedroom tax a year on - can the evidence speak for itself?

23 May, 2014

Opinion of Alan Humphreys, chief executive, Grand Union Housing Group

Relief for 'bedroom tax' 'victims'

23 May, 2014

People in Inverclyde hit by financial misery through the 'bedroom tax' will now automatically get relief payments under a new council deal

Government proposal to extend benefit waiting days: consultation announced

23 May, 2014

Public consultation on extending number of days claimants must wait before they are entitled to receive certain benefits from three to seven

Four ways to help tenants appeal against bedroom tax

22 May, 2014

By helping tenants in bedroom tax appeals, housing providers can bring more money into communities and minimise arrears

Affordable homes to beat 'bedroom tax' in Telford

22 May, 2014

A total of 44 low-cost homes will be built in Telford in a bid to help those trying to escape 'bedroom tax' by downsizing

Call for bedroom tax scrap for the abused

22 May, 2014

E-petition calling on the Government's Department for Work and Pensions to exempt victims of domestic violence from the bedroom tax

Ukip housing spokesman making a fortune from immigrants on housing benefit

22 May, 2014

The UK Independence Party's housing spokesman has admitted making money from immigrants on housing benefit

One third of Torbay households claiming housing benefits

22 May, 2014

ONE third of households in Torbay are claiming housing benefit and council tax support

The Impact of the Bedroom Tax in Scotland: Devolving the DHP Cap

21 May, 2014

Scottish Affairs Committee - Fourteenth Report

Bedroom Tax - one year on

21 May, 2014

One year report: bedroom tax hasn't solved under-occupancy

Shapps council bungles bedroom tax leaflet

21 May, 2014

The council that controls the constituency of Tory chairman Grant Shapps has sent out leaflets referring to the government's 'spare room subsidy' as the 'bedroom tax'

MPs call for full mitigation of bedroom tax 'without delay'

21 May, 2014

Powers should be transferred to the Scottish Government to allow full mitigation of the bedroom tax 'without delay'

Scottish Government under pressure to mitigate effects of bedroom tax

20 May, 2014

The Committee calls once more for a clear commitment from the Scottish Government that it will use its chosen method of mitigating the effects of the bedroom tax

Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland: 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014

20 May, 2014

Councils in Scotland have made more than 87,000 discretionary housing payments

Court battles against the bedroom tax can be won

20 May, 2014

The legislation on taxing 'spare' bedrooms is open to interpretation, and I've seen it successfully challenged so don't suffer in silence

MPs call for Holyrood powers on bedroom tax

20 May, 2014

The UK and Scottish governments need to act quickly to transfer new powers to Holyrood that will allow ministers there to fully mitigate the impact of the bedroom tax

Bedroom tax victims should be represented at appeals by their housing associations

19 May, 2014

The party's housing spokeswoman Jocelyn Davies said ministers should look to form a strategy to support tenants who face losing their homes

Bedroom Tax First Tier Tribunal decisions

19 May, 2014

As decisions by the First Tier Tribunal on bedroom tax appeals seem to be coming in thick and fast, here is a list of them

'Bedroom tax victimising mentally ill patients'

16 May, 2014

The government's controversial bedroom tax is victimising patients with mental health problems

Ending bedroom tax injustice

16 May, 2014

It looks increasingly likely that the introduction of the bedroom tax will be filed as a regret

Breadline licensees could lose tax credits

16 May, 2014

Publicans currently claiming working tax credits could lose the benefit if their pub is not "gainful" under new Government changes

Universal Credit fraud fears raised by MPs

15 May, 2014

Government attempts to cut fraud by introducing the Universal Credit risk being "seriously undermined" by issues with housing benefits

Fraud and error in the benefits system

15 May, 2014

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

BPF calls for DWP to assist housing professionals maintain tenancies

15 May, 2014

Government should do its utmost to ensure that its flagship welfare policy, Universal Credit, does not further increase pressure on housing benefit claimants in the private rented sector

Fraud and error: Jobseeker's Allowance and Income Support overpayments at lowest levels ever

15 May, 2014

Jobseeker's Allowance and Income Support fraud and error overpayments are at their lowest recorded levels

Pembrokeshire grandparents in 'Bedroom tax' row have their challenge heard in High Court

15 May, 2014

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) who represented Paul and Susan Rutherford says it could be weeks before a ruling is made

Bedroom tax facing High Court legal challenge

14 May, 2014

The government's controversial bedroom tax is today facing a judicial review challenge at the High Court

1.66m housing benefit claimants live in private sector

14 May, 2014

A third of all housing benefit claimants live in the private rented sector

Bedroom tax challenge today for children with care needs

14 May, 2014

A judicial review in the High Court today will argue that the bedroom tax unfairly discriminates against children with overnight care needs

New DWP proposal will trap people in their homes, and in debt

14 May, 2014

New DWP proposals to protect landlords' rental incomes are in danger of trapping people in their homes, creating a modern day version of a debtor's prison

Bedroom tax and welfare reforms leave tenant evictions at highest level in over ten years

13 May, 2014

Welfare reforms have helped increase the number of tenants facing eviction to the highest level in over a decade

Tories create new north-south divide in amount of support available for Bedroom Tax victims

12 May, 2014

Labour-controlled Liverpool could only hand out £143 per applicant while Tory-run Westminster could afford to pay £2,038 each

City in grip of housing benefits 'explosion'

12 May, 2014

New figures show that Bradford is in the grip of a low pay crisis - with an explosion in the number of working people surviving on housing benefit

Rent arrears wiped out for Derby mum with disabled son after MP's intervention

12 May, 2014

Rent arrears wiped out for Derby mum with disabled son after MP's intervention

Tenants facing eviction after refusing to pay a penny of bedroom tax

09 May, 2014

A West Midlands ALMO has revealed that 36 of its tenants hit by the government's controversial bedroom tax have not paid a penny of it

Councils reject 70,000 crisis fund requests

09 May, 2014

Research reveals north-south divide between DHP allocations and demand for help

In-work housing benefit claims soar by 60%

09 May, 2014

The number of people in work and claiming housing benefit has rocketed by 59%

So-called "bedroom tax" to be fully mitigated in Scotland

09 May, 2014

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said, that thanks to Scottish government action, "there will be no need for anyone to fall into rent arrears, or face eviction, as a result of the bedroom tax"

Families with children make up 60% of households hit by benefit cap

09 May, 2014

More than 40,000 households have had their benefits capped by the government since it was introduced last year, according to new figures

Assembly Members call for abolition of the 'bedroom tax' in one-year anniversary vote

08 May, 2014

Plaid Cymru amendment labelled removal of spare room subsidy for social housing tenants as 'penal'

Scottish Parliament Bedroom Tax statement

08 May, 2014

Bedroom Tax and Discretionary Housing Payments

New help with 'bedroom tax' - but you need to apply

08 May, 2014

Fife Council can now offset the full impact of the 'bedroom tax' following confirmation on Friday that the cap on Discretionary Housing Payments will be lifted

'Bedroom tax': Derby's disabled devastated as nine homes available for 170

07 May, 2014

More than 170 homes lived in by disabled people in Derby are being hit by the so-called bedroom tax, despite the property being specially adapted

Putting the 'bedroom tax' in a shallow grave?

07 May, 2014

It seemed no doubt, in the words of a not too successful spin doctor, a good day to bury bad news.

AMs to vote today on new call to scrap the 'bedroom tax'

07 May, 2014

The vote will mark one year since the controversial policy was introduced

Political party opposed to bedroom tax to launch election campaign

07 May, 2014

A political party that has vowed to refuse to implement the controversial bedroom tax is set to launch its local election campaign this Friday

HB S4/2014

07 May, 2014

Qualification of Housing Benefit Subsidy Claims in local authorities

Benefits risk to jobseekers refusing zero-hours contracts

06 May, 2014

Jobseekers risk losing benefits if they turn down certain zero-hours contracts without good reason

Bedroom tax: the penalty for being disabled

02 May, 2014

Since the government introduced the bedroom tax, we have seen substantial and sustained media coverage

Welsh MPs turn guns on UK Government for 'wicked' welfare changes

02 May, 2014

Westminster Hall debate puts so-called bedroom tax and Work Programme under scrutiny

Holyrood offered powers to offset housing benefit changes in Scotland

02 May, 2014

The UK government has offered to devolve the power to set the cap on Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland

Eviction rate doubles under 'unjust' bedroom tax

02 May, 2014

A council's eviction rate has doubled since the government's controversial bedroom tax came into effect last April

Scottish government given powers to 'offset' bedroom tax

02 May, 2014

Scotland has been given new powers to add more money to a fund that is claimed will offset the cost of the bedroom tax

Liberty granted permission for bedroom tax court challenge

02 May, 2014

Liberty has been given permission to proceed with a judicial review, claiming the policy unfairly affects separated families

New bill seeks to exempt domestic violence victims from 'evil' bedroom tax

30 April, 2014

Victims of domestic violence living in social housing fitted with 'sanctuary rooms' should be exempt from paying the 'evil' bedroom tax

Bedroom tax victim turned to 'spare room' cannabis factory to cope with debts

29 April, 2014

A tenant caught out by the bedroom tax allowed one of her spare rooms to be used as a cannabis factory to cover her loss in benefits

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2014

28 April, 2014

Historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data for people receiving benefits, consistent with Budget 2014

The #indyref debate on housing in Scotland needs to go beyond the so-called 'bedroom tax'

28 April, 2014

With less than six months until the independence vote, Scotland needs to decide how it will house its poorest families

Iain Duncan Smith spends £170,000 plugging hated Bedroom Tax

28 April, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith has been forced to spend £170,000 promoting the Bedroom Tax - because it's so hated

'Thanks for paying your bedroom tax - here's a Creme Egg'

25 April, 2014

Housing association Valleys to Coast in Bridgend has written to tenants offering the gesture to thank those struggling with financial hardship for their "efforts to pay this shortfall"

Bedroom Tax appeal victory

25 April, 2014

Jayson Carmichael has been successful in appealing his local authority's decision to reduce his housing benefit award as a result of the under-occupancy rules

Bedroom Tax human rights ruling could pave way for 420,000 to launch similar appeals

24 April, 2014

Spina bifida sufferer Jacqueline Carmichael and 24-hour carer Jayson were told the Coalition's hated charge contravened their human rights

Discretionary Housing Payments Guidance Manual

23 April, 2014

DWP guide which includes a Local Authority Good Practice Guide - April 2014

Average housing benefit claim processed a week late

23 April, 2014

Local authorities took longer than three weeks to process housing benefit claims on average, a week longer than their target time

Plea to aid downsizing amid empty rooms glut

22 April, 2014

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

HB G4/2014

17 April, 2014

April 2014

Are you borrowing to pay your rent or mortgage?

17 April, 2014

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

Learning curve

17 April, 2014

A year on from the introduction of the bedroom tax

LIN member report April 2014 - One Year On: A Follow-Up Report on the 'Bedroom Tax'

17 April, 2014

This LIN member report is written by Viv Ashley

Even renters who work should be worried about housing benefit changes

16 April, 2014

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

SFHA comments on latest Scottish Government welfare reform mitigation statistics

16 April, 2014

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

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

15 April, 2014

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

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

15 April, 2014

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

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

15 April, 2014

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

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

14 April, 2014

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

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

14 April, 2014

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

Bedroom tax savings to be used to build new homes

14 April, 2014

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

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

14 April, 2014

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

Removal of the spare room subsidy: information videos

14 April, 2014

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

Ministers call for Exemptions for Disabled Tenants with Adapted Homes

11 April, 2014

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

Challenging the bedroom tax

11 April, 2014

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

Impact of welfare reform on rent arrears

11 April, 2014

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

Council launches scheme to rent spare rooms to tenants facing homelessness

11 April, 2014

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

Bedrooms and brickbats

11 April, 2014

The bedroom tax will probably survive

Tenants and landlords need clear advice on bedroom tax payment

10 April, 2014

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

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

10 April, 2014

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

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

10 April, 2014

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

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

10 April, 2014

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

London's housing benefit claimants being turned away by landlords

10 April, 2014

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

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

09 April, 2014

Are the government's housing welfare reforms working?

SNP pledge to reverse benefit reforms after independence

09 April, 2014

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

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

08 April, 2014

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

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

07 April, 2014

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

Families are forced into arrears by bedroom tax

07 April, 2014

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

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

07 April, 2014

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

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

07 April, 2014

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

HB Direct

06 April, 2014

Issue 148 May 2014 - a transition update about the Public Services Network

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

04 April, 2014

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

Time to rethink bedroom tax and offer exemptions to disabled people

04 April, 2014

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

Support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system

03 April, 2014

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

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

03 April, 2014

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

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

03 April, 2014

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

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

03 April, 2014

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

Vulnerable suffering as result of housing welfare reforms

02 April, 2014

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

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

02 April, 2014

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

Bedroom tax 'saves Scottish taxpayers £42 million'

02 April, 2014

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

Housing benefit changes distress disabled people

02 April, 2014

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

On the front line of welfare reform

02 April, 2014

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

Direct Payments Demonstration Projects Landlord Learning Document

01 April, 2014

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

HB Direct

01 April, 2014

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

Rent arrears soar for bedroom tax-hit tenants

01 April, 2014

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

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

01 April, 2014

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

Bedroom tax driving hungry tenants to food banks

01 April, 2014

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

Bedroom tax - children who require overnight care

01 April, 2014

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

HB A9/2014

31 March, 2014

Contains information on temporary accommodation in Housing Benefit and Universal Credit

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

31 March, 2014

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

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

31 March, 2014

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

More help to go to those hurt by bedroom tax

31 March, 2014

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

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

31 March, 2014

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

Scottish care provider wins tenants 139 bedroom tax exemptions

31 March, 2014

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

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

28 March, 2014

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

Bedroom tax has failed on every count

28 March, 2014

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

It's official: the bedroom tax causes misery

28 March, 2014

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

The bedroom tax

28 March, 2014

Bedroom Tax Information

Councils return more than £1m unspent DHPs

28 March, 2014

Underspending councils will return emergency funding to government

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

27 March, 2014

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

Bedroom tax tribunal victory for single parent

27 March, 2014

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

DWP responds to universal credit payment concerns

27 March, 2014

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

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

27 March, 2014

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

Real-terms cut in Council Tax for fourth year

26 March, 2014

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

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

25 March, 2014

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

Research to look at impact of welfare reforms in Essex

24 March, 2014

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

Union backs protest against private landlords' housing benefit profits

21 March, 2014

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

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

21 March, 2014

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

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

18 March, 2014

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Housing benefit review helps 283 customers

18 March, 2014

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

Council tax single person discount 'should be reviewed'

17 March, 2014

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

Housing Benefit Recoveries and Fraud National Statistics

17 March, 2014

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

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

17 March, 2014

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

Every spare bedroom tells a story

17 March, 2014

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

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

17 March, 2014

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

G3/2014

17 March, 2014

Housing Benefit Bulletin G3/2014

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

17 March, 2014

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

How bedroom tax affects those on domestic violence protection scheme

14 March, 2014

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

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

14 March, 2014

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

Costs for low income PRS households increasingly unaffordable

13 March, 2014

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

Bedroom tax - Landlords successful in tackling stock management challenges

13 March, 2014

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

'Huge' rise in help for council tax arrears

13 March, 2014

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

Would independence make Scotland's welfare fairer?

12 March, 2014

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

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

12 March, 2014

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

A5/2014

11 March, 2014

Housing Benefit Circular

Housing Benefit has made landlords complacent

11 March, 2014

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

IPPR: Devolve certain benefits to 'improve social outcomes'

11 March, 2014

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

Freud and IDS stonewalling bedroom tax fund request

11 March, 2014

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

£400,000 in housing benefit payments go missing

10 March, 2014

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

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

06 March, 2014

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

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

06 March, 2014

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

Replacing council tax would save poorest £200 finds new research

06 March, 2014

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

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

06 March, 2014

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

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

05 March, 2014

Would taxing property values be fairer than the Council Tax?

Landmark housing benefit ruling provides boost for disabled people

05 March, 2014

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

Councils in England 'plan slight rise' in council tax

04 March, 2014

Councils in England 'plan slight rise' in council tax

Bedroom tax cutting people adrift from their lives

04 March, 2014

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

A4/2014

03 March, 2014

Housing Benefit Circular A4/2014

HB Direct

03 March, 2014

Issue 146 March Edition

Sale of small council homes condemning thousands to bedroom tax

03 March, 2014

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

Household benefit cap and Universal Credit housing costs

03 March, 2014

DWP proposals relating to the new definition of exempt accommodation

Bedroom tax refund delay woe for householders

03 March, 2014

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

West Dunbartonshire Council secures additional funding for struggling tenants

03 March, 2014

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

Bedroom tax loophole closes

03 March, 2014

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

Lib Dems likely to oppose the bedroom tax in 2015

28 February, 2014

President 'does not expect' support for unreformed policy

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

28 February, 2014

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

Bedroom tax 'helping to end child poverty'

28 February, 2014

Ministers claim bedroom tax is cutting child poverty

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

27 February, 2014

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

DWP: Housing benefit will be sanctioned

27 February, 2014

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

Duncan Smith rules out regional benefit cap

26 February, 2014

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

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

26 February, 2014

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

Duncan Smith mocks Labour bedroom tax figures

25 February, 2014

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

Campaigners fail to overturn bedroom tax court ruling

24 February, 2014

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

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

24 February, 2014

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

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

24 February, 2014

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

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

24 February, 2014

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

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

24 February, 2014

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

Bolton ruling does not define a bedroom

21 February, 2014

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

Five lose housing benefit cut appeal

21 February, 2014

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

Bedroom tax human rights appeal fails

21 February, 2014

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

Council uses EDMO to help tenants affected by bedroom tax

21 February, 2014

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

Court to rule on bedroom tax legality

20 February, 2014

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

DWP reveals nearly 500,000 households affected by bedroom tax

20 February, 2014

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

Bedroom Tax Toolkit

20 February, 2014

Coast and Country Housing Association Bedroom Tax appeal toolkit

Bedroom tax boosts activity on home swapping websites

20 February, 2014

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

Housing Benefit caseload statistics

20 February, 2014

Tables detailing the number of Housing Benefit claimants

'Bedroom Tax' help

19 February, 2014

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

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

19 February, 2014

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

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

18 February, 2014

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

Archbishop Nichols: UK welfare system 'seriously wrong'

18 February, 2014

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

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

18 February, 2014

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

HB G2/2014

17 February, 2014

February 2014

Benefit reforms are hiding the true number of unemployed

17 February, 2014

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

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

17 February, 2014

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

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

17 February, 2014

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

Impact of welfare reform on housing associations

17 February, 2014

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

CIH Scotland commentary on recent bedroom tax tribunal rulings

14 February, 2014

Second revised edition - February 2014

Government closes bedroom tax loophole

14 February, 2014

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

Bedroom tax 'unfair' says housing firm boss

14 February, 2014

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

HB A2/2014

13 February, 2014

The Housing Benefit (Miscellaneous Amendment) Regulations 2014

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

13 February, 2014

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

Homes fit for energy needs

13 February, 2014

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

Couple win appeal against 'bedroom tax'

13 February, 2014

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

Bid to scrap bedroom tax to get second Commons reading

13 February, 2014

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

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

12 February, 2014

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

'Bedroom tax' wrongly levied on thousands of homes

12 February, 2014

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

Councils fail to prioritise disabled bedroom tax-hit tenants

12 February, 2014

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

HB A1/2014

12 February, 2014

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

'Axe debts' for bedroom tax tenants

12 February, 2014

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

'Bedroom tax' rebate on Merseyside to be £560

12 February, 2014

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

Councils ignoring Government 'bedroom tax' advice penalising disabled people

11 February, 2014

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

Housing minister: social landlords should help tenants to move

11 February, 2014

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

Seen and heard

11 February, 2014

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

Scotland pays out 35,000 hardship grants to poorest families

11 February, 2014

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

Early impacts of Welfare Reform on rent arrears

10 February, 2014

Research Report 2 from the Scottish Housing Regulator

Bedroom Tax Tribunal result

10 February, 2014

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

Bedroom Tax loophole

10 February, 2014

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

Scots 'bedroom tax' arrears amount to £5m

07 February, 2014

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

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

07 February, 2014

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

DWP dramatically underestimates 'pre-1996' bedroom tax exemptions

07 February, 2014

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

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

07 February, 2014

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

The minor prophet and the bedroom tax miracle

06 February, 2014

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

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

06 February, 2014

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

Housing benefit reforms 'could waste millions' in disability costs

06 February, 2014

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

Government MPs think disabled people are exempt from bedroom tax

06 February, 2014

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

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

06 February, 2014

Amendment of the Housing Benefit Regulations

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

06 February, 2014

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

Funding Matters - Extra Care Housing

05 February, 2014

Housing Learning and Improvement Network Report

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

05 February, 2014

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

Localising Support for Council Tax

05 February, 2014

DCLG Document - Vulnerable people and key local authority duties

Bigger council tax rises forced by Liberal Democrats

05 February, 2014

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

Bedroom tax fiasco: 124 Westminster families owed £700 each

05 February, 2014

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

Is the 'bedroom tax' the new Poll Tax?

04 February, 2014

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

Scotland pledges to meet full cost of bedroom tax

04 February, 2014

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

Adequate Housing

04 February, 2014

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

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

04 February, 2014

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

Duncan Smith: MPs 'cannot run' my department

04 February, 2014

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

City sees drop in number of bedroom tax victims

04 February, 2014

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

NHF calls for overhaul of universal credit payment rules

03 February, 2014

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

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

03 February, 2014

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

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

03 February, 2014

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

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

03 February, 2014

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

Minister Nicola Sturgeon in call over benefit aid cap

03 February, 2014

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

HB Direct

03 February, 2014

Issue 145 February 2014

U-turn looms over Freud pledge on bedroom tax

31 January, 2014

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

MSPs call for end of 'bedroom tax'

31 January, 2014

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

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

31 January, 2014

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

Payback time

31 January, 2014

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

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

30 January, 2014

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

Video: 'Bedroom tax' petition evidence session

30 January, 2014

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

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

30 January, 2014

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

Disabled childrens bedroom tax amendment defeated

30 January, 2014

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

£165m fund to help housing benefit claimants

30 January, 2014

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

S1/2014

29 January, 2014

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

Scots bedroom tax error answers demanded

29 January, 2014

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

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

29 January, 2014

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

164 tenants wrongly charged bedroom tax

29 January, 2014

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

Court of Appeal to hear benefits cap case

28 January, 2014

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

Benefit cap 'hits most vulnerable'

28 January, 2014

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

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

28 January, 2014

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

Crooked grandmother evicted from council home

28 January, 2014

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

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

28 January, 2014

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

Explain benefit reform error, Scots minister Burgess demands

28 January, 2014

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

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

27 January, 2014

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

Drive for more one and two bedroom homes in HCA prospectus

27 January, 2014

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

Exempt accommodation discussion paper

27 January, 2014

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

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

24 January, 2014

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

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

24 January, 2014

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

Benefit claimants will find it harder to rent, warn landlords

24 January, 2014

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

Bedroom tax victory for Army mother

24 January, 2014

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

Bedroom tax appeal allowed based on space standard legislation

23 January, 2014

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

'Chilling' impact of the bedroom tax revealed in Newcastle

23 January, 2014

Newcastle council has published a report into the 'chilling' impact of the bedroom tax and other welfare changes on the city

DWP stands by low loophole estimate

23 January, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions has revealed how it calculated just 3,000 people might be affected by a bedroom tax loophole

'Bedroom tax' help given to 45,000 in Scotland

22 January, 2014

More than 45,000 households in Scotland have received special financial help from councils since changes to housing benefit were made in April

Charity slams coalition's 'ill-conceived' plan to cut benefits for under-25s

22 January, 2014

Birmingham YMCA has slammed the coalition's 'ill-conceived' proposals to reduce or completely remove housing benefit for 16 to 25-year-olds

The Real Cost of The Bedroom Tax

22 January, 2014

For Scottish Housing Associations and Co-operatives

Bedroom tax home swap campaign signs up 50,000 properties

22 January, 2014

Circle's website to help social tenants swap houses is thriving after being shortlisted at Guardian Public Services Awards

Bedroom tax takes toll on grieving parents

22 January, 2014

The Mirror's Real Britain columnist Ros Wynne-Jones describes how some councils are finding ways around penalising people with the hated tax

More landlords turn away housing benefit claimants

21 January, 2014

A survey finds that of the landlords who currently let to people on benefits, more than half say they won't after the roll-out of universal credit

SNP warn hundreds of Dundee children would pay price of housing benefit cuts

21 January, 2014

Westminster proposals to cut housing benefit for people under 25 will affect more than 1,500 young people and around 700 children in Dundee

Six in 10 private landlords refuse benefit claimants

21 January, 2014

Only 18% of the UK's private landlords currently let to tenants receiving housing benefit, and only 35% have done so in the past

Bedroom tax: Scotland's local authorities dish out £15m in emergency housing payments

21 January, 2014

Local authorities in Scotland have handed out more than £15 million in emergency housing payments during the first eight months of the bedroom tax

Cuts to council tax support increase numbers seeking debt advice

21 January, 2014

Four in five English local authorities reduced entitlements to council tax support this financial year

HB G1/2014

20 January, 2014

Information about benefit fraud, DLA and PIP

Housing benefit ban for jobless migrants

20 January, 2014

Jobless migrants from within the European Union will be denied access to housing benefit from April this year

Disabled campaigners take fight against hated bedroom tax to Court of Appeal

20 January, 2014

Judges will listen to evidence about the devastating impact of the charge up and down the country

Benefits claimants are shortchanged by £5bn a year

20 January, 2014

One million people a year do not receive full housing benefit, rebutting argument that they are being overindulged

Challenge to bedroom tax ruling today

20 January, 2014

Disabled men and women will today challenge in the Court of Appeal a ruling that the bedroom tax is lawful

No housing benefit for unemployed EU migrants from April

20 January, 2014

Unemployed European Union migrants will no longer be able to claim housing benefit from April

New rules to stop migrants claiming Housing Benefit

20 January, 2014

New migrant jobseekers from the European Economic Area (EEA) will no longer be able to get Housing Benefit from April 2014

'Unintended' housing benefit cuts hit tenants

17 January, 2014

Councils are cutting off housing benefit payments to tenants who are entitled to receive them, as an unintended consequence of sanctions applied to other benefits

Confusion on extent of bedroom tax loophole

17 January, 2014

Housing experts are split over how many tenants they think could temporarily escape the bedroom tax as a result of a technical error by the Department for Work and Pensions

Bill proposed to protect bedroom tax victims from eviction

17 January, 2014

A consultation on a member's bill launched by a member of the Scottish parliament to protect bedroom tax victims from the threat of eviction has closed

Proposed Protection from Eviction (Bedroom Tax) (Scotland) Bill

17 January, 2014

Proposal for a Bill to protect Scottish secure tenants from eviction as a result of rent arrears attributable to under-occupancy deductions of housing benefit

RLA encourages landlords to back those on housing benefit

17 January, 2014

RLA consultant Bill Irvine reassures landlords that there is no need to follow the lead of Fergus Wilson

Thousands in court for council tax arrears as benefit cuts hit home

16 January, 2014

Many people who were formerly exempt from paying now face court, as the bedroom tax adds to spiralling debt burden

Councils have until February to apply for additional DHP

16 January, 2014

Councils hoping to bid for a share of £20 million in additional emergency hardship funding have until February to apply

Will landlords evict benefit tenants?

16 January, 2014

The NLA announced in December 2013 that half of landlords say they will not consider letting to tenants on benefits

Resident speaks of outrage at 'bedroom tax' confusion

16 January, 2014

There are warnings tonight that the so-called 'bedroom tax' is causing chaos and confusion, as thousands of people who thought they were liable to pay it are discovering they're not

Lord Freud takes a pasting in bedroom tax 'cock-up' debate

15 January, 2014

Lord Freud has confirmed that a policy oversight that means thousands of social housing tenants are exempt from paying the bedroom tax will be closed in March

Pioneering pair launch a new service for landlords

15 January, 2014

Two entrepreneurs with years of experience of dealing with housing benefits and recovering rent arrears have launched an innovative letting agency for landlords with tenants on benefits

The bedroom tax error explained

15 January, 2014

A newly discovered bedroom tax loophole could see tens of thousands of households paid back millions in housing benefit payments. But who will be affected by it and what happens next?

Has bedroom tax caused housing trust's lettings struggle?

15 January, 2014

Perplexed housing chiefs say there has been an enormous and unaccountable drop in the number of people in need asking for trust homes

Call for more welfare reform support

15 January, 2014

Housing experts have called for the Government to increase the amount of cash it has pledged to support people affected by welfare reform

Plan to cut housing benefit for under-25s to hit 20,000 Scottish children

14 January, 2014

Over 20,000 Scottish children will be affected if the Chancellor follows up on plans to stop housing benefit for under-25s

MP questions bedroom tax debacle as council slams 'administrative nightmare'

14 January, 2014

An MP has asked questions in Parliament concerning the recent revelation that some social housing tenants are legally exempt from the bedroom tax

Why landlords are shunning profitable benefit tenants

13 January, 2014

Benefit claimants are more profitable than many types of tenants, but landlords are turning them away

First council announces bedroom tax refunds since revelation of legal loophole

13 January, 2014

Exeter CC has revealed that "a small of number" of tenants are due bedroom tax refunds after a recent revelation

Tory MP Anne McIntosh joins revolt against bedroom tax

13 January, 2014

One of the North's Conservative MPs yesterday joined the revolt against the 'bedroom tax' - calling for an exemption for rural areas

Housing benefit cuts for under-25s: young people again feel the worst of it

13 January, 2014

Far from living the life of Riley, most of this group are parents in a generation already facing social exclusion

Property tycoon Fergus Wilson hits back after criticism of mass evictions

13 January, 2014

Controversial landlord spells out why his housing benefit tenants had to go - and northerners must get on their bikes

What the housing benefit tenants say

13 January, 2014

The Guardian asked tenants to tell them about trying to rent while claiming housing benefits

House building versus Housing Benefit: what are we spending?

13 January, 2014

England has a housing shortage. That much, at least, is agreed by both government and opposition

Bedroom Tax suicide victim Stephanie Bottrill was exempt from losing her housing benefit

13 January, 2014

Her son, says Iain Duncan Smith has "blood on his hands" - people are calling for the Work and Pensions Secretary to apologise

Liverpool mayor pledges support for tenants hit by bedroom tax error

13 January, 2014

The Mayor of Liverpool has pledged to support residents who have been wrongly hit by the bedroom tax

Landlords 'may turn away people on benefits when universal credit comes in'

13 January, 2014

Private landlords warn that many are considering rejecting tenants on benefits amid fears of increasing rent defaults

Benefits debate

10 January, 2014

BBC Debate

DWP: 'Less than 5,000 are exempt from paying bedroom tax'

10 January, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions said the number of housing benefit recipients who are exempt from paying the bedroom tax due to a legal loophole is estimated to be "less than 5,000"

Opinion: The bedroom tax - chaos and misery

10 January, 2014

Phil Morgan, housing consultant and former TPAS chief executive

Property boss shocked by landlords' "short-sighted and self-defeating" move to turf out housing benefit claimants

10 January, 2014

A property boss has said he his shocked by a landlord couple's decision to evict all of their tenants who are in receipt of housing benefit

Pickles denies large-scale PRS rejection of housing benefit tenants

09 January, 2014

Eric Pickles has told an MP who raised that private rented sector landlords are refusing to accept tenants who claim housing benefit to 'get out more'

The bedroom tax on bereavement: Grieving families to face spare-room benefit cut within three months

09 January, 2014

Families will be hit by the bedroom tax if a room remains unoccupied for just three months after the death of a family member

DWP confirms temporary bedroom tax loophole

09 January, 2014

Thousands of social housing tenants will be temporarily exempted from the bedroom tax as a result of a 'technical error' in legislation

Tory MP attacks OAP exemption from Bedroom Tax - saying they could downsize to free up family homes

08 January, 2014

Julian Brazier wrote that it was akin to the government 'subsidising people to live in accommodation that is too big for their needs'

Housing benefit removal regulations upheld by judges

08 January, 2014

It is lawful to discriminate against tenants with disabilities by removing their housing benefit if their home is left unoccupied for more than a year

Money owed to Gwent landlords soars in 2013

08 January, 2014

Money owed to housing associations across Gwent increased by 14 per cent in 2013 from last year

Cameron branded 'out of touch' over housing benefit answer

08 January, 2014

David Cameron failed to tackle private sector landlords refusing tenancies to people on housing benefit during prime minister's questions today

Five reasons why HB should not be stopped for our young tenants

08 January, 2014

George Osborne announced that for the first time the Government will set a cap on the overall welfare budget so that it can be properly controlled

First tenant to be threatened with eviction over 'bedroom tax' in court

08 January, 2014

Unemployed Michael Lindsey, 37, has racked up more than £650 in unpaid rent since the government introduced the charge

Welfare cuts 'hurt those in work'

07 January, 2014

Most of the welfare cuts announced by the Government are affecting people in work, including those on low pay

Nigel Farage calls for five-year ban on migrant benefits

07 January, 2014

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has called for immigrants to be barred from receiving any benefits until they have been resident in the UK for five years

Government beefs up rules to hamper EU migrants' entitlement to benefits

07 January, 2014

The government has introduced new rules it says will ensure that migrants to the UK cannot take advantage of the benefits system

NLA statement on evicting housing benefit tenants

07 January, 2014

In light of the recent news regarding the landlord in Kent issuing eviction notices to his tenants on welfare, the NLA has released the following statement

Refurbished bedsits in Hull relieve some of those hit by bedroom tax

07 January, 2014

Previously boarded-up homes on estate provide one-bed social housing - but nowhere near enough to meet demand

The 'Unrentables'

07 January, 2014

It might sound like a bad cartoon movie, but it's becoming real life: the 'unrentables' are a subset of the 10 million renters in Britain

Early impacts of Welfare Reform on rent arrears

07 January, 2014

Survey on rent arrears and the impact of Welfare Reform on the social housing sector in Scotland

Back to Rising Damp? One million rented homes in private sector are substandard

06 January, 2014

Taxpayers' money is going to private landlords who keep their housing benefit tenants in slum-like conditions

Buy-to-let tycoon evicts tenants on benefits in favour of Eastern Europeans - because 'they are better at paying rent'

06 January, 2014

A buy-to-let tycoon has banned housing benefit tenants in favour of Eastern European migrants who he says are more likely to pay their rent on time

Eviction of tenants on welfare 'will create benefit blackspots'

06 January, 2014

A big landlord's decision to reject housing benefit claimants is the latest symptom of a trend that could see the low-paid excluded from whole areas of the country

Bedroom tax slammed by minister after costing more than saving

06 January, 2014

The controversial bedroom tax is costing more than it is saving, according to the Scottish government

Five years to rehouse all of Westminster's bedroom tax victims

06 January, 2014

It will take over five years for Westminster Council to re-house all of its social housing tenants hit by the government's bedroom tax in smaller flats

How to make the 2015 spending review work for all of Britain

06 January, 2014

Councils should become more proactive in the private rented sector and use housing benefit money to improve standards

Good samaritan to pay bedroom tax bill for Merseyside mum and disabled daughter

03 January, 2014

Anonymous donor steps in after reading Dawn Lennon's story on Echo website

Bedroom Tax - the protected pre 1996 regulations - sources and comment

02 January, 2014

If you have been in receipt of HB since before 1 January 1996 then you are exempt from the bedroom tax

Bedroom tax hits 60,000 families with carers

02 January, 2014

About 60,000 families living in council homes where there is someone caring for an elderly or disabled relative have been caught out by the 'bedroom tax'

Housing Management via Housing Benefit? Really?

02 January, 2014

Challenge to the legality of the housing benefit social sector size criteria

Bedroom tax loophole offers hope for some tenants

02 January, 2014

Over the last few days an interesting loophole in the bedroom tax rules has been identified

Bedroom tax may be on the brink of collapse

02 January, 2014

Experts expose legal loophole that could spark wave of appeals against cruel policy

Tough new migrant benefit rules come into force

31 December, 2013

From 1 January 2014, tough new rules come into force to ensure that migrants don't take advantage of the British benefits system

Bedroom tax 'costing more than saving'

27 December, 2013

The bedroom tax and benefit sanctions are disproportionately affecting Scotland's most vulnerable citizens, Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess has said

70% of English councils spend less than half DHP pot

24 December, 2013

Official government figures show 70% of councils committed to pay out less than half their emergency hardship fund pots by the midpoint of the financial year

Bedroom tax problem 'will last a generation'

24 December, 2013

Preston's bedroom tax problem will take at least 18 years to sort out, councillors have been told

High rents and benefit cuts putting young at risk of homelessness

23 December, 2013

More young people are at risk of homelessness due to high rents, low benefits and a lack of decent housing, homelessness charity Crisis has warned

How the Discretionary Housing Payment fund has been spent by region

23 December, 2013

How the Discretionary Housing Payment fund has been spent by region - April to September 2013

Jubilant Fife mum urges more to fight 'bedroom tax'

23 December, 2013

A jubilant Fife mother and her disabled son have become the latest family to win their appeal against the so-called 'bedroom tax’

Millions of pounds still available in housing fund

20 December, 2013

Tens of millions of pounds specifically ring-fenced to help people adapt to welfare reforms this year is still available through local authorities

Bedroom Tax First Tier Tribunal decisions

20 December, 2013

Information from the Nearly Legal website

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments

20 December, 2013

Analysis of mid-year returns from local authorities

HB A24/2013

19 December, 2013

Housing Benefit: 2014-15 Uprating

Vulnerable cut off from bedroom tax relief as demand for emergency help triples

19 December, 2013

Just one in ten disabled people hit by tax in parts of Kent get discretionary housing payments

Councils could be banned from using 'bedroom tax' phrase in move to veto contentious language

19 December, 2013

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles could be given power to put a blue pencil through any language with which he disagrees

Disabled tenants come off worse in bedroom tax DHP lottery

19 December, 2013

Social housing tenants hit by the government's controversial bedroom tax have wildly varying chances of receiving financial help

A third of disabled people refused DHP

19 December, 2013

Nearly a third of disabled people hit by the bedroom tax have been refused discretionary housing payments

Bedroom tax: one-third of disabled applicants refused emergency grants

19 December, 2013

In some councils as few as 14% are given help from fund intended to smooth introduction of bedroom tax

Support for Housing Benefit claimants to meet any rent shortfall

19 December, 2013

Documents to assist local authorities with their support for HB claimants affected by the size criteria for social sector tenants

Letter to claimants affected by removal of the spare room subsidy

19 December, 2013

A suggested letter for local authorities to send to claimants affected by the removal of the spare room subsidy

Curbs on EU benefits to come into force on 1 January

18 December, 2013

New rules on how long EU jobseekers will have to wait to claim benefits are to be brought in early

Two-thirds of single parents skipping meals to feed children

18 December, 2013

Gingerbread says fifth of lone parents are at least £100 a month worse off since benefit reforms were introduced in April 2013

DWP chops 35,000 Scots' benefits in last eight months

18 December, 2013

The DWP's Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions have led to over 35,000 Scots having their benefits stopped or reduced in the last eight months

Call For 'Bedroom Tax' To Be Scrapped

18 December, 2013

In a pointed report, the Scottish Affairs Committee has called on the government in London to scrap the reforms

Government committee calls for bedroom tax to be abolished

17 December, 2013

The Commons Scottish Affairs Committee has called on the government to abolish the bedroom tax

HB A23/2013

17 December, 2013

Benefit cap: dual cases in different local authorities

Freud: 'Why should we hurry with universal credit?'

16 December, 2013

The rollout of universal credit for the most vulnerable people will take 'as much time as it takes'

HB G12/2013

16 December, 2013

Benefit cap - official statistics release

The impact of the Bedroom Tax in Scotland: Interim Report

16 December, 2013

The Scottish Affairs Committee wishes to see the bedroom tax repealed

Duncan Smith's welfare reforms give flavour of election

13 December, 2013

It's difficult to think of a more divisive subject than welfare reform

Direct Payment Demonstration Project: Learning and Payment figures

12 December, 2013

Feedback and payment figures on direct payments of Housing Benefit to tenants in Direct Payment Demonstration Projects areas - December 2013

25% of housing benefit payments switched back to landlords

12 December, 2013

One in four tenants on the UC direct payment demonstration projects have had their benefit switched back to their landlords due to rent arrears

Council tax frozen for seventh year in a row

12 December, 2013

Scotland's council tax will remain frozen for the seventh year running

England's 'economic recovery' pushing hundreds of working people onto housing benefit daily

11 December, 2013

Though parts of England might be showing signs of economic recovery, conditions are pushing 310 people a day onto housing benefit

Disabled people are worst affected by bedroom tax and welfare reforms

11 December, 2013

Benefit cuts leave disabled people facing decreasing incomes, postcode lotteries and threats to their independence

Surge in numbers asking for help with housing costs

11 December, 2013

Region has seen a 99 per cent rise in working people claiming housing benefit since 2009 and also the smallest increase in new businesses

Iain Duncan Smith confronts claims DWP staff given targets to stop benefits

10 December, 2013

Whistleblower says staff warned they would be disciplined unless they increased number of claimants coming off register

Families Facing 'Heat or Eat' Dilemma This Christmas

10 December, 2013

Ten housing providers have united to investigate how changes to the benefits system and Welfare to Work initiatives are affecting their customers

Universal Credit will threaten rent setting freedom

10 December, 2013

A greater proportion of social housing tenants will be on benefit under Universal Credit than is currently the case under Housing Benefit

Touchbase DWP e-zine

09 December, 2013

December 2013 - Contains information on the change to the Spare Room Subsidy size criteria to allow for children with severe disabilities to have a room of their own

Benefits capped in almost 1,000 Scottish households

09 December, 2013

Almost 1,000 households have already had their benefits capped in Scotland since the introduction of benefit changes

Proposed benefit and pension rates 2014 to 2015

09 December, 2013

A list of the proposed benefit and pension rates for 2014 to 2015

Around 50% of households affected by benefit cap in London

06 December, 2013

A government report has revealed today that 47 per cent of households affected by the benefit cap to October were in London

Universal Credit has become the one-eyed mother-in-law of the Coalition

06 December, 2013

Universal Credit has now become the one-eyed mother-in-law of the Coalition government

Bedroom tax could be a 'perverse disincentive to work,'

05 December, 2013

The government's controversial bedroom tax could discourage people from working

DWP allows £45 million LHA increase

05 December, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions has committed £45 million to allow housing benefit for private tenants to rise in certain areas

Benefit changes 'penalising tenants'

05 December, 2013

Housing benefit changes are penalising tenants and putting substantial pressure on landlords' resources

'Immoral' bedroom tax penalises my disabled son

03 December, 2013

Looking at the spare room in Hayley Sims' Mickleover home, you could easily mistake it for a hospital storage cupboard

Withdrawal of council tax support leads to 30% increase in court proceedings

02 December, 2013

Councils that passed on government's cut to means-tested council tax relief report doubling in rate of liability orders sent to non-payers

Charities Turn 'Bedroom Tax' Attack On PM

02 December, 2013

David Cameron says disabled people who need the extra room are exempt from the subsidy - but organisations claim this is not true

Benefits sanctions a 'ticking timebomb' for the homeless

29 November, 2013

Warnings are growing that the effects of another aspect of welfare reform could be far worse

Hastings 'under pressure' from London benefit families

29 November, 2013

An East Sussex council says it is concerned about the number of benefit dependent families being moved out of London into Hastings

Bedroom tax: stress and struggle as benefits clawback hits home

28 November, 2013

Claimants explain how the policy has forced changes, from heating cutbacks to fruitless hunts for smaller homes

Will council crisis funds last the winter?

28 November, 2013

As local assistance schemes take over from the social fund, families may have to choose between 'heat and eat'

Association tenants 'working but claiming benefit'

28 November, 2013

The majority of London's housing association tenants are in work, but still require housing benefit to pay their rent

Majority of employed London tenants still require housing benefit

28 November, 2013

The majority of London's housing association tenants are in work but still require housing benefit to pay their rent

Council's 'Feeling the Pain' report shows majority of bedroom tax victims now in arrears

27 November, 2013

Sixty-five percent of Salford's social housing tenants hit by the government's controversial bedroom tax have fallen into arrears

SNP: Independent Scotland 'would remove housing benefit from universal credit'

27 November, 2013

An independent Scotland would remove housing benefit from universal credit and maintain direct payments to landlords, an SNP white paper has said

Government to tighten housing benefit rules for new migrants

27 November, 2013

David Cameron has announced migrants will not be entitled to housing benefit immediately upon arriving in the United Kingdom

DBC demands bedroom tax exemptions for disabled people

27 November, 2013

The Disability Benefits Consortium is calling on the Government to take immediate action to exempt disabled people, their families and carers from the 'bedroom tax' changes to HB

CIH Scotland commentary on recent bedroom tax tribunal rulings

26 November, 2013

A short account of recent UK tribunal rulings on the bedroom tax has been produced by CIH Scotland

White Paper: Health, wellbeing and social protection

26 November, 2013

Eleanor Bradford analyses the part of the White Paper that looks at health, wellbeing and social protection

DWP issue guidance on Bedroom Tax in Universal Credit

26 November, 2013

This memo gives guidance on changes introduced by the Housing Benefit and Universal Credit Regulations 2013

Scotland pledges to end bedroom tax and PIP

26 November, 2013

An independent Scottish Government pledges to abolish the bedroom tax, stop PIP and Universal Credit roll out

Bedroom tax is plunging tenants into debt spiral

25 November, 2013

Families in Central Bedfordshire are among some of the hardest hit by the government's 'bedroom tax' in the whole of the country with many unable to move or pay to stay

Victory in shared care bedroom tax tribunal

25 November, 2013

A disabled man who spends two or three nights a week at his mother's house occupies the property for bedroom tax purposes

Bedroom tax is 'costing more than it will save'

25 November, 2013

Local government body Cosla claims the policy will cost about £58-60 million this year, which outweighs the estimated savings of £50m on the benefits bill

Welfare reform setbacks

25 November, 2013

The UK Government has issued new regulations which outline the conditions when a disabled child can be exempted from sharing with a sibling

Victory in shared care bedroom tax tribunal

22 November, 2013

A disabled man who spends two or three nights a week at his mother's house occupies the property for bedroom tax purposes

Half of bedroom tax victims failing to apply for help

22 November, 2013

Nearly half of Edinburgh's council tenants hit by the bedroom tax have not applied for extra help to pay their rent

Paying Housing Benefit direct to tenants in social rented housing

22 November, 2013

Council tenants receive Housing Benefit as a rent rebate. Housing associations invariably require tenants' HB be paid direct to them

Bedroom tax may be axed if review questions effectiveness

22 November, 2013

The controversial 'bedroom tax' could be scrapped if a Coalition-ordered review finds it is not saving any money, a Cabinet Minister has suggested

Council urges bedroom tax hit tenants to apply for DHP

21 November, 2013

Only half of Edinburgh's council tenants affected by the bedroom tax have applied for discretionary housing payments

MSPs reject plea for national bedroom tax no eviction policy

21 November, 2013

SNP and Conservative MSPs rejected a plea for a national 'bedroom tax' no evictions policy

Only 3% of Welsh bedroom tax tenants able to downsize

21 November, 2013

Just 3 per cent of the 22,000 housing association tenants hit by the bedroom tax in Wales have been able to downsize leaving landlords with £1 million of arrears

Labour: We'll scrap benefits for under 25s

20 November, 2013

Only those in 'purposeful' training or carrying out an 'intensive' job search would be eligible for the allowance

Bedroom tax causing 'misery across Wales'

20 November, 2013

Housing chief warns £2m of rent arrears could put 1,000 homes under threat

Wolverhampton MP speaks out against impact of bedroom tax

20 November, 2013

New figures reveal more than 3,000 households in Wolverhampton are being "clobbered" by the measure

Housing benefit reform: Housing associations struggle to let 700 homes

20 November, 2013

Changes to benefits payments have led to difficulties letting affordable homes and may stop hundreds more being built every year

Bedroom tax traps Welsh tenants into arrears and misery

20 November, 2013

Wales is hit harder by the bedroom tax than any other part of the UK - with a lack of smaller homes for families

Bedroom tax-driven small property development begins

20 November, 2013

A £6.3 million development of 75 smaller properties designed to tackle the impact of the bedroom tax has begun in Liverpool

Bedroom tax must be kept under review, says RICS president

20 November, 2013

The government must review its welfare reforms to prevent them unfairly penalising people who are unable to move to cheaper accommodation

The kidney patient subject to bedroom tax - even if room is used for dialysis machine

19 November, 2013

Plight of MP's brother raises questions about fairness of controversial welfare reform

Welfare reforms are needed urgently, but the bedroom tax is still unfair

18 November, 2013

Social housing has contributed to the dangerous rise of welfare dependency and it must stop. But not with the bedroom tax

Labour Bedroom Tax absence an 'insult' to victims says MP

18 November, 2013

The Scottish National Party has called on Scottish Labour to explain the absence of ten MPs at a vote in the House of Commons

Fury at Glasgow woman's Bedroom Tax eviction

18 November, 2013

A woman from Glasgow has become the first in Scotland to be evicted due to the Bedroom Tax after falling behind with her rent

DWP response to SSAC over bedroom tax

18 November, 2013

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions explains why the DWP rejected the SSAC recommendations on size criteria exemptions for disabled children

DWP claims welfare savings are on track

15 November, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions has insisted it is on track to achieve its planned bedroom tax savings

Landlords with high voids monitored by HCA

15 November, 2013

The regulator is monitoring landlords which are losing rental income as a result of bedroom-taxed properties becoming hard to let

Sheltered housing tenant sent massive bedroom tax bill in error

15 November, 2013

A tenant living in a one-bed sheltered housing block was sent a bedroom tax bill for over £1,200 in error by Westminster Council

Council says feared benefit cap 'exodus' has failed to materialise

15 November, 2013

An 'exodus' that was predicted in a London borough as a consequence of the benefit cap has failed to materialise, Hammersmith and Fulham council has claimed

Under-occupation of social housing: Housing Benefit entitlement

14 November, 2013

Parliamentary briefing - Updated November 2013

Bedroom tax affected more than 522,000 people

14 November, 2013

The government has released the first statistics showing the impact of the controversial subsidy withdrawal in August

Saying the unsayable?

14 November, 2013

Mick Kent, CEO at Bromford, has written an open letter sharing his opinion on the implementation of Welfare Reforms and the battle to repair deep rooted cultural damage caused by years of dependence on the state

'No evictions' petition is sending out wrong message on rent arrears

14 November, 2013

A 'well-intended' move to cripple the implementation of the bedroom tax by outlawing evictions for the arrears it causes has backfired

Voices from the Frontline...The Bedroom Tax

14 November, 2013

CAB Report

Labour loses housing benefit U-turn vote

13 November, 2013

The government has seen off a Labour challenge to its housing benefit changes in the House of Commons

Bedroom tax tenants should act like biblical disciples

13 November, 2013

Benefits claimants should act like 'disciples' and move to the 'promised land' to protect themselves against the welfare reforms

The 'bedroom tax'; what the public think

13 November, 2013

During the party conference season it was reported that Lord Ashcroft said that Labour was on the wrong side of public opinion

Two Lib Dems rebel over the bedroom tax

13 November, 2013

Two Liberal Democrat MPs have rebelled against their Conservative coalition partners and voted to scrap the bedroom tax

Glasgow hardest hit by the bedroom tax

13 November, 2013

Glasgow has the most people hit by the bedroom tax, according to government figures released today

Housing Benefit: data published on reforms to restore fairness

13 November, 2013

New figures released today show the number of households claiming Housing Benefit that have been affected by the removal of the spare room subsidy

Social housing boss: I'm a big supporter of welfare reform... but the bedroom tax is simply unfair

13 November, 2013

Ministers must radically reform welfare, says a top housing association chief

DWP Quarterly Statistical Summary - Focus on Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy

13 November, 2013

This Statistical Summary aims to give users a structured overview of the benefit National and Official Statistics, published by the DWP

Labour criticises Iain Duncan Smith for missing bedroom tax debate

12 November, 2013

Labour says coalition is out of touch on bedroom tax, which it says is unfair and will result in 'perverse consequences'

Government's 'bedroom tax' could cost more money than it saves

12 November, 2013

The bedroom tax could eventually cost more than it saves

Abolition of the Bedroom Tax

12 November, 2013

In April 2013, the UK Government implemented under-occupation restrictions for tenants of social landlords who are in receipt of Housing Benefit

Calls for bedroom tax to be scrapped ahead of debate today

12 November, 2013

Charities and sector figures have called on MPs to scrap the 'unworkable and unfair' bedroom tax

Affordable homes facing demolition because of bedroom tax

11 November, 2013

Housing associations say change to benefit rules means tenants cannot afford to rent three-bed maisonettes

Nick Clegg's promise of bedroom tax review is a 'sham,' says Harriet Harman

11 November, 2013

Criticism comes as it emerges evaluation will take two years and will not include public consultation

Bedroom tax leaves properties standing empty, North East MPs claim

11 November, 2013

Tenants are scared to move in to larger properties because of the under-occupation penalty, according to North East MPs

Council plans not to evict bedroom tax tenants unless they turn down offers to move

11 November, 2013

Tenants in arrears as a result of the bedroom tax will not be evicted unless they decline two offers of alternative accommodation

Poll shows support for removal of spare room subsidy

11 November, 2013

New independent research shows there is strong public support for reducing under-occupation and overcrowding in social housing

Make a wish

10 November, 2013

200 days of the bedroom tax and counting

RCT Homes in bedroom tax evictions row

08 November, 2013

A Welsh housing association is at loggerheads with a council over the association's refusal to adopt a 'no-evictions' policy for tenants hit by the bedroom tax

DWP criticised for tribunal 'panic'

08 November, 2013

An urgent Department for Work and Pensions bulletin issued to councils shows it is 'panicking' in the wake of nine successful bedroom tax tribunal challenges by tenants

Protests planned to coincide with bedroom tax debate

08 November, 2013

Tenants and disabled people's groups will be protesting at the parliament next Tuesday as MPs debate abolishing the bedroom tax

Public perceptions of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (RSRS)

08 November, 2013

A report of research carried out by the Department for Work and Pensions

Bedroom tax law fails disabled children

08 November, 2013

Disability Rights UK is disappointed that the Government has failed to extend protection from the 'bedroom tax' to all disabled children

New sanctions see more benefits cut, DWP figures show

07 November, 2013

More than 400,000 people have lost Jobseeker's Allowance under new government sanctions aimed at ensuring they actively seek work

Housing minister grilled over bedroom tax

07 November, 2013

A group of cross party MPs, including the shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds, grilled Kris Hopkins on the bedroom tax yesterday

Yet more bedroom tax-linked rent arrears discovered

07 November, 2013

The number of English council households in rent arrears has risen by 21% since the April introduction of the bedroom tax

Benefit cap: 36,000 accept work help

07 November, 2013

New figures show almost 36,000 people potentially affected by the benefit cap have accepted support to get into work

Labour plans to challenge Lib Dem MPs with bedroom tax vote

06 November, 2013

The party's announcement that it will hold a Commons vote next Tuesday on scrapping the measure is a test of those in Clegg's party

Bedroom tax begins to bite on council house tenants

06 November, 2013

Seven months after welfare reform, two thirds of council tenants affected are behind with rent

Coalition's 'bedroom tax' pushes poorest into debt, research finds

06 November, 2013

The UK Government's 'bedroom tax' puts basic rights at risk and pushes vulnerable people into debt

Parents under pressure as rising rents add to cost of living crisis

06 November, 2013

The lack of affordable housing is adding to the country's cost of living crisis with private rents in England set to rise another 44% by 2020

Benefit sanctions - ending the 'somthing for nothing' culture

06 November, 2013

Latest figures show Jobseeker's Allowance claimants who failed to do enough to find work had their benefits payments suspended 580,000 times

Single mothers lose legal challenge to benefit cap

05 November, 2013

Three single mothers and their children have lost a legal challenge to the government's benefit cap

Government IT systems 'main reason' for increased benefit fraud, auditor says

05 November, 2013

Soaring housing benefit fraud in Northern Ireland was a result of new IT systems introduced by the UK government, an auditor's report has said

Lords debates affordable housing

04 November, 2013

Members of the Lords discussed the availability of affordable housing in the United Kingdom and the impact of the under-occupancy charge

Single parents bear brunt of benefits changes

04 November, 2013

Universal credit and a new childcare voucher forecast to hit struggling lower-income households hardest

Disabled children now exempt from the 'Bedroom Tax' - DWP Amends its policy

04 November, 2013

The Government has amended its controversial 'under-occupation penalty' scheme, commonly known as the 'bedroom tax.'

Bedroom Tax pensioner killed himself over fears he could not afford his home

04 November, 2013

A pensioner hanged himself after telling pals he was worried about how he would afford the Bedroom Tax

Bedroom tax sparks council rent arrears surge

01 November, 2013

Around three-quarters of all city tenants dragged into the bedroom tax saga are now debt-ridden and behind in their rent

DWP issues 'urgent bulletin' about bedroom tax tribunal decisions

01 November, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions has issued an 'urgent bulletin' calling on councils to notify it about any tribunal decisions relating to the bedroom tax

Council Tax policy information note

01 November, 2013

This note sets out the allocation of 2014 to 2015 localised Council Tax support administration subsidy to local authorities in England

Bedroom Tax: Just 38 one bedroom properties for let in five Gwent housing associations

31 October, 2013

Five Gwent housing associations have as few as 38 one bedroom properties to rent but have 331 households requesting a move because of the so-called bedroom tax

Tenants in rent arrears offered six-month bedroom tax 'holiday'

31 October, 2013

A Welsh housing association is offering tenants a six-month 'holiday' from the bedroom tax, as arrears soar across the country

Housing bodies call for repeal of 'bedroom tax'

30 October, 2013

Two of Scotland's major housing bodies have launched a joint call for the repeal of the 'bedroom tax'

HB U7-2013

30 October, 2013

HB Bulletin in regards to the removal of the spare room subsidy

Deaf and blind man fears losing home over 'bedroom tax' as disabled legal challenges mount

29 October, 2013

Martin Styles, whose wife and son are also deaf, needs his 'spare' room to keep equipment that he needs to communicate

Change for a Room

28 October, 2013

Youtube video about Bedroom Tax

Lord Freud says Bedroom Tax term is misleading... then refers to it as Bedroom Tax himself

28 October, 2013

David Cameron will hit the roof because he insists the hated measure is called the spare room subsidy to make it sound less cruel

Barrister warns bedroom reclassification could lead to refinancing

28 October, 2013

A top housing barrister warned landlords could trigger a repricing of their stock by reclassifying the number of bedrooms in their property

Bedroom tax tenants hit by rising rent arrears

25 October, 2013

Rent arrears for council tenants hit by the bedroom tax have shot up at an 'alarming rate'

North Lanarkshire Council claims sharp rise in rent arrears

25 October, 2013

More than 2,000 people in one part of Scotland have got into rent arrears for the first time since changes to housing benefit were made in the spring

Rent arrears soar under bedroom tax

25 October, 2013

The amount of households in rent arrears soared by 21% between March and June

51% of Welsh housing association tenants pushed into arrears due to bedroom tax

24 October, 2013

The majority of tenants in Wales affected by the bedroom tax in 22 housing associations have been pushed into arrears

Bedroom tax drives massive rise in rent arrears

24 October, 2013

The government's widely condemned bedroom tax has driven an explosion in rent arrears across Wales

Benefit cap 'not encouraging work or saving money'

23 October, 2013

The government's benefit cap will struggle to meet its aims of encouraging people into work and saving taxpayers' money

Experiences and effects of the benefit cap in Haringey

23 October, 2013

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

Benefit cap has 'failed in its main objectives'

23 October, 2013

The government will struggle to make the benefit cap encourage people into work

10% more housing associations see rises in rent arrears after bedroom tax

23 October, 2013

The number of Scottish housing associations experiencing a rise in rent arrears in the first three months of the bedroom tax has risen by ten percentage

The benefit cap just shunts welfare costs on to councils

23 October, 2013

My fears are confirmed: the benefit cap fails to address the real problems of a lack of jobs, training and affordable housing and childcare

Benefit cap will struggle to save taxpayers' money

23 October, 2013

The government's benefit cap will struggle to save taxpayers' money and encourage people into work

Single man granted tenancy of three bedroom house due to impact of 'bedroom tax'

23 October, 2013

In a recent case, a local housing association brought trespass proceedings against a single man occupying a three bed roomed property

Government admits it does not know how well benefit cap is working

23 October, 2013

Work and pensions minister condemns report that found cap not working but is unable to offer official figures

Can't stay, can't go

23 October, 2013

Tenants who are affected by the Bedroom Tax are still facing an impossible choice, according to a new report released by Grand Union Housing

Scottish tenants are 'resisting' downsizing for the 'bedroom tax'

22 October, 2013

Research published by the Scottish Parliament's Welfare Reform Committee said that despite the financial pressure of the 'bedroom tax'

Report highlights people opting to stay and pay bedroom tax

22 October, 2013

An examination of the bedroom tax in Scotland has found that the 'pull factors' keeping people in their current homes and communities outweighed the 'push driver' of the charge

Viridian publishes new bedroom tax research

22 October, 2013

New research published by Viridian Housing Association

£20m to help bedroom tax victims next year

21 October, 2013

Nicola Sturgeon has announced an additional £20 million will be made available for Scottish tenants hit by the bedroom tax next year

EU report 'misleading' and 'one-sided'

21 October, 2013

A Scottish homelessness charity has condemned a European Union report into the UK's housing as 'misleading and one-sided'

Salmond pledges to axe bedroom tax

21 October, 2013

The leader of the Scottish National Party Alex Salmond has pledged to axe the bedroom tax in Scotland should the country gain independence

Bedroom tax hits tenants in Wales harder than anywhere in Britain

18 October, 2013

The bedroom tax hits tenants in Wales harder than anywhere else in Great Britain, a select committee has found

SNP conference: John Swinney says independence 'will protect needy'

18 October, 2013

Finance Secretary John Swinney has told the SNP conference Scotland has to have independence to protect the needy

Incentives would encourage bedroom tax tenants to pay up

18 October, 2013

Incentives such as vouchers for essential items and rent holidays are most likely to be effective in getting bedroom tax-hit tenants to pay rent on time

The bedroom tax: only fair to private tenants?

18 October, 2013

Of all the arguments made for the bedroom tax, the most slippery is the one about it being 'only fair to private tenants'

'Bedroom tax costs could heat family home for a week'

17 October, 2013

The average financial loss faced by social housing tenants as a result of the government's controversial bedroom tax could heat a family home for almost a week

Housing benefit changes: Report warns of 'problems' for Wales

17 October, 2013

Changes to housing benefit - described by critics as the 'bedroom tax' - will cause potential problems in Wales

Rise in working families claiming benefit for housing

17 October, 2013

As early as Christmas working households claiming support for private sector rent could outnumber those in which nobody works

Nick Clegg orders independent study into Bedroom tax

16 October, 2013

Research is underway to examine impact of controversial Government policy

Volunteer pleas to help Coventry families facing eviction due to 'bedroom tax'

16 October, 2013

Coventry Against the Bedroom Tax create 'anti-eviction network' to support those threatened with eviction or a possession order

Clegg admits bedroom tax creates 'real dilemmas''

16 October, 2013

Nick Clegg has admitted the bedroom tax creates 'real dilemmas' and could vary 'enormously' between different parts of the country

Housing benefit changes defended

16 October, 2013

A Wales Office minister has defended changes to housing benefit described by critics as the 'bedroom tax'

'Affordable rents are driving up costs and housing benefit'

16 October, 2013

Policy and practice officer Laura Shimili looks at the new statistics on fixed term tenancies and affordable rents for 2012/13

Salmond challenges cameron on bedroom tax

15 October, 2013

ALEX Salmond is to raise the impact of the Coalition's bedroom tax at a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron this week

Housing benefit cheat must pay back double

15 October, 2013

A fraudster who cheated himself to over £4,000 in housing benefit has been ordered to pay back over £8,000

Bedroom tax: savings likely to be '£160m less than official projections'

15 October, 2013

Analysis suggesting savings could be £160m less than official projections of £480m dismissed as 'vested interests' by employment minister

Testing DWP's assessment of the impact of the social rented sector size criterion on Housing Benefit costs and other factors

15 October, 2013

Research questions bedroom tax's ability to make savings - The government may have significantly over-estimated the savings likely to be generated by the bedroom tax

Bedroom Tax minister Lord Freud admits 'not enough one-bedroom homes' bungle

14 October, 2013

But he brazenly tried to shift responsibility for the logjam to local authorities as he defended the tax in the House of Lords

Housing benefit reform savings 'lower than planned'

14 October, 2013

The amount of money saved by a controversial housing benefit change may be considerably less than expected

Bedroom tax deal to be announced 'within weeks'

11 October, 2013

A deal to pave the way for the introduction of the bedroom tax in Northern Ireland is due to be announced 'within weeks'

Not granting second bedroom to couple with disabilities is discrimination

11 October, 2013

A tribunal found a couple, who had been assessed as having one bedroom and a spare room, should qualify for local housing allowance under the two bedroom rate to avoid discrimination

Up to 450,000 face court over council tax arrears

11 October, 2013

156,500 people in England have received summonses in response to the changes to benefits six months ago

Welsh Labour MPs launch attack on Government's 'bedroom tax' policy

10 October, 2013

But Montgomeryshire Conservative MP Glyn Davies argued the Welsh Government could not escape blame for the situation

Families rehoused to avoid bedroom tax penalty

09 October, 2013

A London council said it has helped nearly 190 local families avoid the impact of the bedroom tax by getting them rehoused in more suitably sized accommodation

David Davies tells 'bedroom tax' teenager to 'go home'

08 October, 2013

Monmouth MP David Davies became involved in an argument with a 17-year-old girl when he told her that she should move back to her mother's home

David Davies: Housing benefit reform working better outside Wales

08 October, 2013

Changes to housing benefits - mainly so-called bedroom tax - are not working as well in Wales as other parts of the UK

A Monmouth MP sees effects of 'bedroom tax'

08 October, 2013

A Welsh Conservative politician says that the under occupancy charge - which Labour calls the "bedroom tax" - does not work as well in Wales

Bedroom tax means more tenants face eviction

07 October, 2013

Shortage of available smaller homes means tenants cannot move to avoid the charge

How many young single parents are claiming Housing Benefit?

07 October, 2013

After Cameron hinted at a new 'earn or learn' policy whereby under 25s would lose their Housing Benefit if they refuse to work or stay in education

Bedroom tax: rehoused victims of domestic violence face eviction

07 October, 2013

Local authorities must exempt victims of domestic abuse from the under-occupancy charge

Benefits cuts for under 25s could increase homelessness

07 October, 2013

This week Framework is hosting a special seminar in Mansfield on its work with vulnerable young people

Bedroom tax: Queen helps desperate victim by sending his letter to David Cameron

07 October, 2013

Bedroom tax: Queen helps desperate victim by sending his letter to David Cameron

Disabled woman wins bedroom tax appeal

04 October, 2013

Couples who cannot share a bedroom because of one partner's disability have been given fresh hope of being able to escape the bedroom tax

Bedroom tax deal wins Northern Ireland a four-year reprieve

04 October, 2013

The effect of the notorious 'bedroom tax' is likely to be mitigated in Northern Ireland under a deal reached with the Treasury over benefit changes

Disabled teenager's family seek 'Bedroom Tax' judicial review

04 October, 2013

Warren, 13, has a rare chromosome disorder, Potocki-Schaffer Syndrome, and his grandparents are his full-time carers

£20m fund to help bedroom tax victims allocated

03 October, 2013

The Scottish government has announced where it will allocate the £20 million pot to help households affected by the bedroom tax

SNP 'unlikely'to back bedroom tax legislation

03 October, 2013

The Scottish National Party is 'unlikely' to back a piece of Labour legislation designed to protect Scottish tenants from the bedroom tax

Removing benefits from under-25s could increase homelessness

03 October, 2013

Homeless charities have spoken out against David Cameron's proposals to remove benefits from under-25s if they are re-elected

No bedroom tax eviction policy would save taxpayers money

02 October, 2013

Plaid Cymru's shadow housing minister said yesterday that a 'no evictions' policy could protect vulnerable families as well as saving Welsh taxpayers money

Outlawing bedroom tax evictions will send the wrong messages, says CIH Scotland

02 October, 2013

The proposed Bill to outlaw bedroom tax evictions is well intended but will send all the wrong messages to tenants, according to CIH Scotland

What impact will the PM's 'earn or learn' strategy have?

02 October, 2013

The Prime Minister wants the under 25s to 'earn or learn', rather than opting for a life on benefits

HB-Direct Issue 141 October Edition

01 October, 2013

October 2013 edition of HB Direct

Billions more to be cut from welfare cash before 2020 in Tory pledge for budget surplus

01 October, 2013

George Osborne said surplus would be 'insurance against difficult times ahead'

Payday loans being used to feed desperate families, charity says

01 October, 2013

Christians Against Poverty says some lenders are not even checking whether people are in work and able to pay loans back

Bedroom tax drives £2m arrears increase in Merseyside

01 October, 2013

Rent arrears have increased by £2.2 million in Merseyside in the six months since the introduction of the government's controversial bedroom tax

Spare room rules 'not working' in Oxfordshire

01 October, 2013

An Oxfordshire charity says rural families are suffering since housing benefit rules changed six months ago

Glasgow judge finds bedroom tax breaches human rights

01 October, 2013

Applying the bedroom tax to a couple who cannot share a room because of one partner's disability is a breach of their human rights

Bedroom tax tribunal victory 'likely to be followed', law firm say

30 September, 2013

Tenants who claim spare rooms have never been used as bedrooms could escape the bedroom tax following a tribunal decision

How six months of benefits changes hit hard in Blackpool

30 September, 2013

At this time of year, Blackpool's illuminated mile sparkles with neon self-confidence

Salmond under pressure to outlaw bedroom tax evictions

30 September, 2013

Alex Salmond has been challenged to support moves to outlaw bedroom tax evictions amid angry claims he has been exploiting the benefits cut

Benefit cuts hitting social tenants' mental health

30 September, 2013

The government's raft of benefit cuts is has having a negative effect on people's mental health, a major study has revealed

Housing benefit cap will be 'kept under review'

30 September, 2013

The minister in charge of UK welfare reform has reiterated a pledge that a cap on housing benefit payments to the rate of inflation will be monitored

Council to take £1m out of housing budget to help bedroom tax victims

27 September, 2013

Southwark Council is to take £1 million out of its housing revenue account to support tenants hit by the government's wide-ranging welfare reforms

Bedroom tax guidance panned

27 September, 2013

'Bizarre' government guidelines place onus on landlords not local authorities to define a bedroom

Plan to divert benefits of troubled families scrapped

27 September, 2013

A plan to put benefits paid to some of Britain's most troubled families under their caseworker's control has been shelved

Bill 'protects' against UK welfare change

27 September, 2013

A Labour backbench bill which aims to protect people from UK-wide housing benefit changes has been lodged at the Scottish Parliament

DWP to appeal groundbreaking Fife 'bedroom tax' judgments

27 September, 2013

The UK Government is seeking leave to appeal against landmark rulings exempting tenants from the controversial "bedroom tax"

SFHA Statement: Scottish Labour 'Bedroom Tax' Bill

27 September, 2013

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), which has been actively campaigning for months for the repeal of the so-called 'bedroom tax'

Benefit cap successfully in place nationwide

27 September, 2013

The £500 a week benefit cap is in place across the country and a major welfare reform has been successfully delivered

Luton woman fined almost £12,000 for unlawfully claiming housing benefits for house in Harrow

25 September, 2013

A woman who cheated Harrow Council out of nearly £12,000 in housing benefit has been ordered to carry out community work and repay the falsely-claimed money

Bedroom Tax: 3,200 people fighting for just 45 homes in one city 24 Sep 2013 19:22

25 September, 2013

Housing bosses admit to a chronic shortage of single bedroom properties as 7,000 are hit with benefit cuts

The bedroom tax: echoes of the poll tax

24 September, 2013

The bedroom tax represents everything about the governing party that voters say they most dislike. Ed Miliband's pledge to ban it gives Labour delegates a boost on the doorstep

Full details of first bedroom tax tribunal rulings

23 September, 2013

The first tribunal rulings on bedroom tax appeals have emerged - and Inside Housing is now able to reveal the full details

Miliband pledges to reverse social housing changes

23 September, 2013

Labour has said it will reverse controversial changes to housing benefit if it wins the next election

Research published on impact of welfare reform

23 September, 2013

New research published on the impact of the proposed housing benefit reforms on the social rented sector

The woman from Brazil

20 September, 2013

UN special rapporteur Raquel Rolnik ruffled plenty of feathers last week after rubbishing UK housing policy

One in three 'behind on rent' since housing benefit changes

19 September, 2013

One in three council tenants affected by a recent cut to housing benefit has fallen behind on rent since the policy took effect

More than half of families hit by bedroom tax pushed into debt

19 September, 2013

Half of families hit by the bedroom tax have been pushed into rent arrears in the first three months of the controversial policy

Should the bedroom tax be scrapped?

19 September, 2013

More than half of families hit by bedroom tax are in debt after three months of the policy

CIH advises councils to collect data on the size of bedrooms

19 September, 2013

The Chartered Institute of Housing is advising councils to ensure they gather data about room sizes from social landlords

How to beat the 'bedroom tax'

19 September, 2013

Social housing tenants in Fife are using housing law from the 1980s to successfully challenge demands for extra rent under the so-called bedroom tax

'Bedroom tax' marchers takes to the streets

18 September, 2013

Campaigners chanted "axe the bedroom tax" at a protest against the controversial charge held in Bolton town centre

Bedroom Tax: Lib Dem members demand review of levy for 'discriminating against vulnerable'

17 September, 2013

Nick Clegg has personally defended the £14 a week raid on some of the poorest families

Miliband urged to take a stance on bedroom tax policy

17 September, 2013

The Labour leader is being urged to take a stance on whether the party would scrap the bedroom tax if they came into power

What's wrong with the bedroom tax?

17 September, 2013

Whether you call it the 'bedroom tax' or the 'spare room subsidy', it's the wrong prescription, based on a faulty diagnosis

'Vigorous' examination of bedroom tax after landslide vote

17 September, 2013

The Liberal Democrats will 'vigorously evaluate' the impact of the bedroom tax, after a motion slamming it passed by a landslide at conference yesterday

Lib Dem conference: Members back review of housing benefit changes

17 September, 2013

Lib Dems have backed a review of the government's controversial housing benefit shake-up

Touchbase DWP e-zine

16 September, 2013

September 2013 - report on the roll out of the benefit cap to the final 40 local authority areas which began on 12 August and will be completed at the end of September

HB A17/2013

16 September, 2013

Housing Benefit General Information Bulletin

Can you be a buy-to-let landlord and still be ethical?

16 September, 2013

Landlord investors aren't all known for putting people ahead of profit - but there are ways to strike the right the balance

Labour disputes 'bedroom tax' claim by Jackie Baillie

16 September, 2013

Labour has said it has not pledged to reverse housing benefit changes

Housing benefit by region

16 September, 2013

Every region in Great Britain saw increases in the number of housing benefit claims

Social housing unites in Nottingham to oppose bedroom tax-linked evictions

16 September, 2013

Nottingham's largest social housing providers have agreed to take an anti-eviction policy against people who fall into rent arrears due to the bedroom tax

Leaked email outlines bedroom tax defence for Lib Dems

16 September, 2013

An email outlining how Liberal Democrat members should defend the bedroom tax in interviews was accidentally leaked to the media this morning

'Party politics' stopping tenants from getting bedroom tax discretionary payments

16 September, 2013

Local councils are 'playing politics' by not granting discretionary payments to tenants affected by the bedroom tax

Benefit fraud could lead to 10-year jail terms,

16 September, 2013

Benefit cheats in England and Wales could face longer jail terms of up to 10 years, following new guidance from the director of public prosecutions

Longer sentences for benefit fraud: will it work?

16 September, 2013

The latest effort to 'get tough' on benefit fraud will see maximum sentences increased to ten years

DWP mulls fresh bedroom tax advice

13 September, 2013

The DWP is considering issuing fresh guidance to councils and tribunals following four successful appeals against the bedroom tax

UN expert says UK government 'most aggressive' in 11 missions

13 September, 2013

An under-fire UN inspector said she had never faced such an 'aggressive' reaction from a government, after a report she wrote was branded an 'absolute disgrace' by a senior Tory politician

'Bedroom tax for the better off' possible in Wales if stamp duty is devolved

13 September, 2013

Devolving stamp duty powers to Wales could be used to create a 'bedroom tax for the better off'

£20m to help bedroom tax victims in Scotland this year

13 September, 2013

The Scottish Government has announced in its draft budget that £20 million will be made available this year to help those struggling from the effect of the bedroom tax

Less than 5% of landlord's households affected by bedroom tax willing to downsize

13 September, 2013

Peabody has said less than five per cent of its households hit by the bedroom tax are willing to downsize

UN official will urge government to fund social housing

13 September, 2013

A United Nations investigator will recommend the government starts funding social housing again, to avoid breaching international treaties on housing

DWP mulls fresh bedroom tax advice

13 September, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions is considering issuing fresh guidance to councils and tribunals following four successful appeals against the bedroom tax

Nottingham landlords draw up bedroom tax eviction protocol

13 September, 2013

Nottingham's largest social landlords are introducing a city-wide eviction prevention protocol for dealing with tenants hit by the bedroom tax

Grant Shapps should reconsider his ill-informed UN 'bedroom tax' outrage

13 September, 2013

Raquel Rolnik acted within her remit and did meet the government despite the Tory chairman's claims to the contrary

It's an extra room, but does it count as a bedroom?

13 September, 2013

Four council tenants have had a cut in their housing benefit reversed, after a tribunal in Fife ruled that an extra room in their home was not a bedroom

Housing association backs UN official's slamming of 'abhorrent' bedroom tax

12 September, 2013

Coast & Country Housing has welcomed the findings of a United Nations' special rapporteur, which branded the bedroom tax a 'shocking' policy that should be abolished

7,000 Scottish tenants to get grants to curb bedroom tax effects

12 September, 2013

An extra 7,000 households hit by the bedroom tax in Scotland can receive hardship grants as result of the Scottish Government more than doubling funding in its budget

The bedroom tax is a bad idea - but welfare reform is necessary

12 September, 2013

If you want to give people the chance of a future that's better than a life on benefits you have to change this mess of a system

Cuts Watch Cymru: Mitigating the Impact of Changes to Housing Benefit in Wales

12 September, 2013

The UK Government has embarked on radical changes to Housing Benefit

Shapps requests investigation into UN housing expert's actions

12 September, 2013

The Conservative chair has requested an investigation into the actions of the UN special rapporteur for housing Raquel Rolnik today in a letter to Ban Ki-Moon

'Shocking' bedroom tax should be axed, says UN investigator

11 September, 2013

Housing expert Raquel Rolnik says policy could constitute a violation of the human right to adequate housing

Conservatives protest to UN over 'bedroom tax' report

11 September, 2013

Conservative chairman Grant Shapps has condemned as an "absolute disgrace" a UN official's critical comments on the government's housing benefit changes

Protestors gather at parliament to banish bedroom tax 'monster'

11 September, 2013

Protestors against the coalition's bedroom tax are congregating today at the Scottish parliament, as housing charity Shelter Scotland steps up its campaign against the widely-hated policy

UN tells government to abolish 'shocking' bedroom tax

11 September, 2013

The United Nations' special rapporteur on the right to adequate housing has told the Tory-led coalition that it should abolish its controversial bedroom tax

Bedroom tax is a human rights issue

11 September, 2013

The UN special investigator's shock over bedroom tax exposes the low status social rights are afforded in Britain

HB G9/2013

11 September, 2013

Housing Benefit General Information Bulletin

Bedroom tax effect questioning continues

10 September, 2013

The committee probing the effect of the bedroom tax in Scotland will continue their examination today

Size matters - Fife rulings could have national implications for future of 'bedroom tax'

10 September, 2013

The UK Government's controversial "bedroom tax" policy could be thrown into disarray following a decision by a top QC

Bristol council tenants in arrears 'may be evicted'

10 September, 2013

Council tenants in Bristol who have fallen into arrears due to housing benefit changes may have to be evicted, the city's mayor has admitted

Liverpool housing association will pay Bedroom Tax

09 September, 2013

South Liverpool housing trust says it will cover people's bedroom tax shortfall if they make an effort to get a job

Landlord to pay tenants' bedroom tax while they train

09 September, 2013

SLH has started a scheme to try to help its tenants hit by the government's bedroom tax - paying for their housing benefit losses while they train for work

Tenant wins appeal against the bedroom tax

09 September, 2013

A tenant has won one of the first tribunal appeals against the bedroom tax

Tax paid for tenants in training

06 September, 2013

A Liverpool landlord is covering bedroom tax shortfalls for tenants to incentivise take-up of a training and employability programme

'Escalating human cost' of welfare reform highlighted in Manchester

06 September, 2013

Manchester housing providers have highlighted the 'escalating human cost' of welfare reform, five months after the bedroom tax came into effect

Speed dating event for downsizers

06 September, 2013

Ealing Council is to host a 'speed dating' house swap event for tenants looking to move to smaller or larger homes

Homelessness stats reveal housing benefit cuts hitting home

06 September, 2013

Official statistics released today show deep cuts to housing benefit are to blame for a dramatic increase in people becoming homeless because they can no longer stay in their private rented accommodation

Statement of intent on up-rating for pensioners on Council Tax support

06 September, 2013

Statement of intent on amendments to the prescribed requirements regulations to up-rate the allowances, premia and non-dependant deductions for pensioners for 2014 to 2015

Revealed: Human cost of hard-hitting welfare cuts in Manchester

05 September, 2013

New research warns of overcrowding, new social ghettos, soaring levels of debt and mental illness - with minorities bearing the brunt

Charity's campaign to banish the bedroom tax 'monster'

04 September, 2013

Housing charity Shelter Scotland has launched a campaign to get the UK government's controversial bedroom tax abolished

Bedroom tax investigated by UN housing official

04 September, 2013

Raquel Rolnik on two-week tour of UK cities to assess general housing policy as well as impact of bedroom tax on human rights

Elderly residents to receive lodger support under council scheme

03 September, 2013

A scheme to keep elderly people in their own homes for longer by having a lodger move in to provide low-level support is set to be introduced by the Royal Borough

Tenant slashes wrist in housing office after being driven to despair by bedroom tax

03 September, 2013

Tormented former miner attempted suicide in front of staff because he couldn't cope with running up rent arrears as a result of the hated tax

Council tenants in B&Bs slashed to zero

03 September, 2013

The number of families living in bed and breakfast accommodation in Westminster for more than six weeks has been slashed to zero

Bedroom Tax: Ed Miliband says Labour will scrap hated levy

02 September, 2013

In a sensational victory for the Sunday People's campaign, the Labour leader could unveil his plan as early as this month in his Brighton conference speech

Landlord is ordered to repay housing benefit

02 September, 2013

A landlord who lives in London but owns properties in Salford has been heavily fined by a residential property tribunal at a hearing which he did not attend

Labour pledges £50m to battle 'bedroom tax'

02 September, 2013

Labour will pledge to find £50 million in Scotland's budget in order to negate the impact of the so-called 'bedroom tax' in Scotland

UN to investigate bedroom tax

30 August, 2013

A United Nations representative is to take part in a meeting to hear how the bedroom tax is affecting the UK's social housing tenants

Bedroom tax could cause Christmas homelessness crisis

30 August, 2013

Landlord repossession claims and court orders issued after the introduction of the tax in April saw double digit rises in the three months to June

Frozen out

30 August, 2013

When the government announced its controversial welfare reforms, it promised that supported housing would be protected from the impact. So why are some providers still left out in the cold?

£40,000 to get tenants online

29 August, 2013

Tenants of Fabrick Housing Group and the Vela Group are to be helped to get online with £40,000 in government funding

Motion opposing bedroom tax could be a threat to party leadership, MPs warn

29 August, 2013

Liberal Democrat MPs have warned the party they could face defeat over a motion opposing the bedroom tax tabled for next month's conference

The bedroom tax's impact on one of the UK's hardest hit towns

29 August, 2013

Two-thirds of affected tenants fail to keep up with payments and face years on waiting lists for smaller homes in Hartlepool

North East sees highest increase in demand for foodbanks

29 August, 2013

New figures from Newcastle CAB show a sharp rise in inquiries about foodbanks in the past six months, with an increase of 216%

Proportion of UK workless households falls to record low

29 August, 2013

Official figures show 17.1% of all households have no adult aged 16-64 in work, down from 17.9% a year earlier

Fraudster claimed benefits despite having thousands in savings

29 August, 2013

A benefit cheat who claimed almost £14,000 in job seeker's allowance while having undeclared savings of £16,000 tied up in a property has been prosecuted

Why the bedroom tax penalises council tenants in the north

28 August, 2013

Northern tenants are being hit particularly hard because few smaller properties exist and most tenants have nowhere to go

Bedroom Tax costing more than it saves as housing benefit bill soars by £1.5bn

28 August, 2013

Figures from the Commons library show the amount of housing benefit paid to private landlords will rise from £7.9billion to £9.4billion

Weaver Vale housing team sort out money matters

28 August, 2013

WVH Trust's Money Matters team is helping tenants get on top of their finances with advice on a number of problems: debt, budgeting, housing benefit and welfare reform.

Number of benefit claimants in work nears 1 million landmark

28 August, 2013

The proportion of housing benefit claimants who are in work has soared, approaching the 1 million mark for the first time

Pickles to slash 'unfair' council tax charge for extended families

28 August, 2013

Eric Pickles has announced plans to help extended families by abolishing an "unfair" council tax surcharge on annexes and home improvements

New Council Tax cut for families staying together

27 August, 2013

Ending unfair 'family tax penalty' will support extended families and provide more affordable housing

Drinkers lose share of housing benefit help

27 August, 2013

Edinburgh City Council is the first in the country to assess how much people spend on 'luxuries' when deciding whether to give them extra funding

'No homelessness' policy protects tenants affected by bedroom tax

27 August, 2013

Residents who fall behind on rent will be guaranteed alternative accommodation under housing association's new policy

Bedroom Tax is postcode lottery as it is revealed residents in some areas avoid levy

27 August, 2013

A survey of local authorities shows that what you pay depends on where you live, with some local authorities using a loophole to exempt tenants with tiny bedrooms

Cambridgeshire councils see rent problems increase after benefit changes

27 August, 2013

The number of people asking for help with rent payments in the last few months has quadrupled in some areas, Cambridgeshire councils' data shows

Bedroom tax boosts arrears for Welsh housing associations

23 August, 2013

Housing associations in south Wales have seen more than half their tenants affected by the bedroom tax fall into rent arrears

Benefits swindler spared jail

23 August, 2013

A benefits fraudster has been spared jail after an investigation revealed she had swindled £24,000 in welfare payments

Bedroom tax activists to take part in mass sleep out

23 August, 2013

Anti-bedroom tax campaigners across the country will take part in a mass sleep out tomorrow night

Council calls for power to double council tax on empty homes

23 August, 2013

Camden Council is urging the government to allow it to double the council tax charge on empty properties in the borough

Cut back on fags and booze to get DHPs, council says

23 August, 2013

Edinburgh denies tenants emergency housing cash if they spend on 'luxuries'

Bedroom tax MPs claim child housing subsidy

23 August, 2013

MPs criticised for taking extra public money so children can stay over

Disabled single mother becomes first Scottish victim of bedroom tax

22 August, 2013

A severely disabled mother of two is to become the first tenant in Scotland to be evicted from her home as a result of the bedroom tax

'Speed dating' homes swap event for Oxford tenants

22 August, 2013

A 'speed dating' event is being held for council and housing association tenants in Oxford who want to swap their homes

Drag artist Mark Hawthorn jailed for benefits fraud

22 August, 2013

A drag artist who fraudulently claimed about £90,000 in benefits has been jailed for six months

Lib Dems to revolt against bedroom tax

22 August, 2013

Liberal Democrat grassroot supporters are planning a revolt against the coalition's controversial bedroom tax

Tenants may beat 'bedroom tax' with new bathrooms

21 August, 2013

Hundreds of people who could fall victim to the "tax" are to benefit from new plans to convert spare bedrooms into bathrooms.

Bedroom tax forcing previously paid-up tenants into arrears

21 August, 2013

Shocking new figures appear to suggest that social housing tenants who previously kept up with their rent payments have been forced into arrears since the introduction of the widely condemned bedroom tax

Error leads to councils receiving wrong DHP sum

21 August, 2013

A 'departmental error' has led to Scottish councils receiving incorrect discretionary housing payment allocations

'Bedroom tax will destroy rural communities'

20 August, 2013

The government's bedroom tax will lead to the break-up of rural communities, a pressure group has warned

Bedroom tax putting thousands into debt

20 August, 2013

Thousands of the most deprived people in St Helens are being sent into a vicious spiral of debt and hardship

Gwent tenants owe £190,000 after housing benefit changes

20 August, 2013

Tenants of four Gwent housing associations who were hit by changes to housing benefit now owe more than £190,000 despite previously making the rent,

Why we had to go further than 'no eviction' policy

20 August, 2013

Bolton At Home Blog

Supporting vulnerable people back into society requires time, Patience and commitment, not punitive measures

20 August, 2013

Abigail Scott Paul reveals how benefits changes are affecting people on the front line of poverty in the North East

Housing association pledges to rehome bedroom tax victims

20 August, 2013

A housing association has pledged to rehome anyone who goes into arrears and is evicted due to the bedroom tax

Foodbank demand increase 'shocking', says Bradford charity boss

19 August, 2013

The number of hard-pressed people seeking help from foodbanks has risen 78 per cent in the last six months

Boomerang Generation: the young adults living back with parents

19 August, 2013

One man's struggle to lead an independent life has been thwarted by high rents and hefty bills, like thousands of others

Bedroom tax putting thousands into debt

19 August, 2013

Thousands of the most deprived people in St Helens are being sent into a vicious spiral of debt and hardship by the government's controversial "bedroom tax"

Bolton at Home becomes first association in country to make 'no homelessness' pledge over 'bedroom tax'

19 August, 2013

Bolton at Home has become the first housing association in the country to introduce a "no homelessness" policy

Housing staff 'may be target of bedroom tax protests'

19 August, 2013

Staff at a housing association have been warned against wearing their uniforms outside working hours for fear of being attacked by anti-bedroom tax protesters

Making Discretionary Housing Payments work for disabled people

15 August, 2013

According to this report from the Papworth Trust 1 in 3 disabled people are refused DHPs

More than 40,500 new housing benefit claims in a year

15 August, 2013

Statistics published by the Department for Work and Pensions revealed that the number of people claiming housing benefit as of May 2013 was 5,072,264

FOI reveals effects of bedroom tax in Wales

14 August, 2013

More than half of Welsh councils received more requests for additional housing payments in the first two months of the bedroom tax than for the same period last year

Rise in hardship payments across Wales as effects of 'bedroom tax' kick in

13 August, 2013

Councils report seeing huge increases in applications for hardship payments since the introduction of the 'bedroom tax' in April

Plaid Cymru concern at rent payment help claims after benefit changes

13 August, 2013

Big increases in people applying for help to pay their rent have been reported following changes to housing benefit

Benefit cap - final stage starts

12 August, 2013

The benefit cap started in the final council areas on 12 August 2013 and will be completed nationally by the end of September

The local impacts of welfare reform

12 August, 2013

CESI Report

For those eyeballing benefits as a one-way ticket to easy street, I have a wake-up call for you: those days are over! Says Iain Duncan Smith

12 August, 2013

The last stage of the benefits cap roll-out has begun with claimants across the country having their benefits capped to a maximum of £26,000 a year

Benefit cap completes roll-out

12 August, 2013

The government's benefits cap begins its roll-out into the country's final council areas

The benefit cap: what we know so far

12 August, 2013

Information from the CIH

3,000 families affected by benefit cap

08 August, 2013

Nearly 3,000 households have had their incomes slashed as a result of the total benefits cap trialled in four London boroughs

Scotland secures £3.5m extra for DHP

08 August, 2013

The Scottish Government has secured a further £3.5 million of financial help for its rural communities to adjust to housing benefit changes

Direct payment of housing benefit

07 August, 2013

Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing is one of the organisations taking part in the direct payment demonstration projects. Neighbourhoods manager Chris Shepherd talks about the experience so far

Evictions loom as social landlord reports 86% arrears rise since bedroom tax

07 August, 2013

A Northumberland social landlord has warned that evictions might be on the cards after seeing its rent arrears shoot up by 86% since the introduction of the bedroom tax

Bedroom tax: Huge rise in tenants in arrears

07 August, 2013

The number of social housing tenants plunging into rent arrears in the Scottish capital soared in the two months following the introduction of the bedroom tax

Scottish charity plots bedroom tax challenge

06 August, 2013

A charity is pulling together a working group to plot a legal challenge to the bedroom tax in the Scottish courts

Benefits cap to be applied if Scots vote yes

06 August, 2013

The amount of money households can claim in benefits would be capped in an independent Scotland

96% of bedroom tax victims have nowhere to downsize to

06 August, 2013

The vast majority of social housing tenants affected by the bedroom tax have no smaller properties available to them to downsize to

Bedroom tax judgment will increase demand for scarce emergency payments

05 August, 2013

A reliance on temporary discretionary housing payments to protect residents from the bedroom tax will not go far enough

'Big lie' behind the bedroom tax: Families trapped with nowhere to move face penalty for having spare room

05 August, 2013

The Government's justification for its controversial "bedroom tax" has been debunked by new figures showing that up to 96 per cent of those affected have, in effect, nowhere to move

Bedroom Tax: Neighbours form ring of steel to help foster mum ruined by levy

05 August, 2013

Irene Lockett could not pay the extra £23.24 per week docked from those with empty rooms under new welfare rules.

£35million DHP top-up futile

02 August, 2013

A £35 million boost to discretionary housing payments will not relieve the worst effects of the bedroom tax, housing sector figures have warned

Tax boost for existing tenants

02 August, 2013

Sinn Fein is 'confident' the bedroom tax will not apply to existing tenants in Northern Ireland, a representative has said

How the Bedroom Tax differs from the Local Housing Allowance of 2008.

31 July, 2013

A blog predominantly about things to do with bedroom tax, by Rob G

'Bedroom tax will hit the poorest' says minister disappointed at High Court ruling

31 July, 2013

The Scottish government's welfare minister has expressed her disappointment at the High Court ruling over the bedroom tax

Government comes up with £35m to assist housing benefit cut victims

31 July, 2013

The government has announced an extra £35 million in funding to help claimants in the social sector affected by the cuts to housing benefit

The bedroom tax court judgment has thrown up some puzzling anomalies

31 July, 2013

Disabled people are left wondering how a policy which leads to such significant discrimination and hardship can ever be justified

Disabled families await housing benefits cuts ruling

30 July, 2013

The High Court is to rule on whether cuts to housing benefit for social housing residents with spare bedrooms discriminates against disabled people

High Court rejects disabled tenants bedroom tax challenge

30 July, 2013

The High Court has just rejected ten families' challenge against the bedroom tax. The families plan to appeal

Housing benefit challenge dismissed by High Court

30 July, 2013

Disabled families have lost a court challenge to social housing benefit cuts for residents with spare bedrooms in England, Wales and Scotland

Housing groups slam bedroom tax ruling

30 July, 2013

Housing groups and charities have been left 'deeply disappointed' after the High Court dismissed a legal challenge to the government's bedroom tax

'Bedroom Tax' leads to rise in Glasgow rent arrears

30 July, 2013

Rent arrears are rising across Glasgow since the 'bedroom tax' was introduced almost four months ago

Bedroom tax legal challenge dismissed by high court

30 July, 2013

Ten families who argue the tax discriminates against those with disabilities vow to appeal as campaigners warn that ruling puts such families at 'real risk of homelessness'

Housing benefit challenge cases

30 July, 2013

A group of 10 disabled people have lost a legal challenge to government plans to cut housing benefit. They are from various parts of the UK all say they are being badly affected by the benefit changes. Here are the arguments of four of them.

Bristol City Council may relax rules on tenants in rent arrears

29 July, 2013

Council tenants in arrears in Bristol could be allowed to move home after the council said it may relax its regulations on those who owe rent

Bothered by the bedroom tax? Try speed dating

29 July, 2013

A council's speed dating experiment has proved successful in helping social housing tenants beat the bedroom tax

No bedroom tax evictions, TUC leaders demand

26 July, 2013

TUC leaders in Manchester have urged the city council not to evict any tenants who fall into arrears as a result of the bedroom tax

Stay or go?

25 July, 2013

Inside Housing Blog

Government must change the rules on night shelter housing benefit claims, says Salford mayor

24 July, 2013

The Mayor of Salford has called on the Government to support homeless people by scrapping changes to housing benefit rules

The sector needs a new vision to mitigate risk

24 July, 2013

From the introduction of Universal Credit to the decline in government funding, less reliable income streams are becoming more critical

MPs call for rural bedroom tax exemption

24 July, 2013

The bedroom tax should be scrapped in smaller villages to prevent under-occupying tenants being forced out of the countryside

100 days of the Bedroom Tax

23 July, 2013

Arrears and hardship rise as bedroom tax hits home

Iain Duncan Smith's benefit cap beggars belief

23 July, 2013

The benefit cap is probably the government's most popular policy, but the case for recipients must be made

Bedroom tax: Samaritans called in to train housing staff as levy sparks suicide attempts

22 July, 2013

Demand for training sessions with experts from the emotional support charity has shot up 48% in the past three months

'Vacant' homes checked for occupants in council tax avoidance clampdown

19 July, 2013

Vacant homes across Exeter are to be examined to make sure that they truly are unoccupied, as the local authority tries to mop up council tax avoiders

Large turnout for food bank plan for town

19 July, 2013

Organisations and members of the public turned out in force to hear about a bid to establish an emergency food bank in Whitby to feed the town's poor

Porsche-driving housing benefit cheat must pay back £30,000

19 July, 2013

A housing benefit cheat who swindled £30,000 from the taxpayer must pay back her ill-gotten gains

The families who feel 'priced out of London'

18 July, 2013

BBC News report

Council rehouses just 28 of 440 tenants hit by bedroom tax

16 July, 2013

Just 28 of 440 social housing tenants hit by the bedroom tax in Westminster have been rehoused by the council

MPs continue to examine the implications of the Bedroom Tax in Scotland

16 July, 2013

The impact of the Bedroom Tax & other changes to housing benefit in Scotland Inquiry

PM urged to tighten teenage mum benefit rules

15 July, 2013

Tories in the most marginal seats in parliament are urging David Cameron to bring in tougher conditions on housing benefit for some teenage mothers

Applications to hardship fund surge by 300%

12 July, 2013

English councils received more than 13,272 extra applications for an emergency hardship fund in the first month of the bedroom tax

Welfare reform - how are landlords preparing?

12 July, 2013

A summary of findings from a CIH/Circle Housing survey

Council slammed by Ombudsman after failing homeless people

12 July, 2013

Bristol City Council has been failing in its legal duty to provide homeless people with the chance to appeal against its decisions not to house them

Landlords win reprieve on renewable heat scheme

12 July, 2013

Social landlords will be able to benefit from a scheme to encourage the use of renewable heating equipment

Homelessness applicants denied right to appeal

12 July, 2013

The local government watchdog has criticised a council for denying people the chance to appeal against decisions not to house them

Disabled benefit claimants forced to cut food bills

11 July, 2013

Nine in 10 disabled people hit by the bedroom tax who have been refused a discretionary housing payment are cutting back on food or bills to make ends meet

Landlords struggle to rehouse bedroom tax tenants

11 July, 2013

Most social landlords will only be able to rehouse less than a fifth of tenants hit by the bedroom tax

Government's bedroom tax forces carers to cut back on food

10 July, 2013

Carers are being forced to cut back on essentials such as food and electricity because of the so-called bedroom tax

East Midlands sees £15m housing benefit cuts

10 July, 2013

Housing benefit payments in the East Midlands are being cut by more than £15m this year under the government reform of the welfare system

Carers facing debt and eviction because of bedroom tax

10 July, 2013

Carers UK says cash promised by ministers to help vulnerable carers does not meet demand

Councils face £25m loss through bedroom tax

09 July, 2013

Local authorities saw rent arrears in Scotland increase by £2 million during April, compared with the same period last year

Tenants hit by bedroom tax get lifeline

09 July, 2013

Hundreds of tenants hit by the government's major changes to the benefits system are being urged to seek advice to help them cope

Housing crisis: The poor struggling to pay rent

09 July, 2013

Since April about 660,000 people living in social housing have been told they may only claim benefit for what is judged to be an appropriate number of bedrooms

The bedroom tax and disabled tenants

09 July, 2013

Following Lord Freud's appearance at Housing 2013, Sue McCafferty details the impact of welfare reform on sick and disabled people

Bedroom tax's 'appalling aftermath' behind massive rise in rent arrears

08 July, 2013

The Scottish government has slammed the coalition's welfare reforms, as 75% of Scotland's councils report that the bedroom tax is directly responsible for a massive increase in rent arrears

Rent arrears jump by £2m after introduction of 'bedroom tax'

08 July, 2013

Social housing rent arrears increased to £2m during April, compared with the same month in 2012, following cuts to housing benefit

Bedroom tax sparks surge in rent arrears

08 July, 2013

Six thousand households in housing association properties in Merseyside fell behind on rent payments for the first time within weeks of the bedroom tax coming into force

Evidence of bedroom tax causing debts and homelessness

08 July, 2013

The controversial bedroom tax has left thousands of social housing tenants in the region behind on their rent

Housing benefit cuts 'lead to thousands in Merseyside in debt'

05 July, 2013

Thousands of families on Merseyside have 'spiralled into debt' in the 100 days since the government introduced housing benefit cuts

Leeds Council ignores Freud threat

05 July, 2013

A council has pledged to legally challenge the government over its stance on bedroom tax reclassifications

Landlords could demolish bedroom-taxed homes

05 July, 2013

Social landlords have warned the bedroom tax could lead to the demolition of homes as larger properties become increasingly hard to let in some parts of England

The Bedroom Tax in Merseyside

05 July, 2013

Our report highlights the impact of the bedroom tax after 100 days

The bedroom tax has left me constantly sick with fear

05 July, 2013

Years ago I sold my house to a housing association. Now I am ill and would move to a smaller flat, but there are none to be had

Lessons learned from the Torfaen direct payment demonstration project

05 July, 2013

Bron Afon has been taking part in a national demonstration project to test a range of different payment triggers and levels of support for Housing Benefit claimants

Going private

05 July, 2013

Finding a private rented home in Oxford has become increasingly hard for working families, but the council thinks it can help by donning the hat of a private landlord

IDS claims bedroom tax is 'a success'

04 July, 2013

The shadow work and pensions secretary said the government should be 'taxing mansions not bedrooms' in a heated exchange with Iain Duncan Smith in the House of Commons this week

Duncan Smith accused of 'living on a different planet' after hailing success of bedroom tax

03 July, 2013

Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of 'living on a different planet' after hailing the controversial bedroom tax 'a success' in a House of Commons debate

'Bedroom tax' costs Dundee City Council more than £250,000

03 July, 2013

Non-payment of the 'bedroom tax' has already cost Dundee City Council more than a quarter of a million pounds in the three months since it began

Work minister Lord Freud: Demand for food banks 'has nothing to do with benefits squeeze'

03 July, 2013

A wealthy Conservative minister provoked anger last night after questioning the connection between the soaring use of food banks and the Government's squeeze on benefits

Government urged to act as food poverty hits 18% of UK

03 July, 2013

Charities last night urged the Government to act over the millions of tonnes of food wasted each year

Northumberland housing firm sees arrears soar as bedroom tax bites Northumberland housing firm sees arrears soar as bedroom tax bites

03 July, 2013

A Housing organisation in Northumberland has reported a massive increase in tenants falling behind with their rent since the introduction of the bedroom tax

Food poverty children facing hungry holidays

03 July, 2013

One in five parents in the UK is struggling to feed their children - skipping meals and relying on handouts from friends and family

Struggles of benefit recipients 'must be told'

02 July, 2013

Housing professionals must focus on telling the 'personal' and 'deeply emotional' experiences of people receiving housing benefit

Benefit changes 'causing chaos and saving no money'

02 July, 2013

Rent arrears are soaring in many areas and some properties are being left empty because tenants cannot afford to move in as a result of cuts to housing benefit

Northumberland housing firm sees arrears soar as bedroom tax bites

02 July, 2013

A housing organisation in Northumberland has reported an 86% rise in rent arrears since the introduction of the bedroom tax

Family Mosaic identifies illegal sublets and spare bedrooms through data project

02 July, 2013

Housing association Family Mosaic has worked with Landmark Information Group to access a range of address matching, data cleansing and property analysis services

Bedroom Tax: Government breaks promise to exempt military families in 'ultimate betrayal'

01 July, 2013

It comes despite ministers promising to spare 'adult children in the Armed Forces' from the tax if they lived at home when they signed up

Impact of housing benefit changes 'worse than feared'

01 July, 2013

The consequences of the housing benefit cut introduced in April are worse than feared

Bedroom tax compounds direct payment problems

01 July, 2013

The implementation of the bedroom tax has left landlords with a 'crisis just around the corner'

Housing benefit rules for night shelters 'have not changed' despite court judgement

01 July, 2013

The government has moved to clear up confusion around the payment of housing benefit to people staying in night shelters

Government steps in over night shelter payments

01 July, 2013

The government has written to councils saying they can still pay housing benefit to the majority of night shelters to try to clear up confusion caused by a case in Wales

Direct Payments system

28 June, 2013

Speech by Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform

LIN Press Release - Freud: Universal Credit protection for tenants and landlords

28 June, 2013

Universal Credit and Direct Payments information

Scottish parliament considers bedroom tax petition

28 June, 2013

The Scottish Parliament's Petition Committee has agreed to remit Govan Law Centre's (GLC) bedroom tax petition to the Welfare Reform Committee for full

Freud: Bedroom tax will keep down interest rates

27 June, 2013

Lord David Freud has defended the bedroom tax by saying it is needed to keep interest rates low

One in four tenants need extra support under government benefit plans

27 June, 2013

Landlords warned over income levels as housing associations reveal extent of unpaid bedroom tax and return of rent collectors

'It's not a bedroom tax' claims Freud as he faces angry protests from within and without

27 June, 2013

Lord Freud has faced a room full of social housing officials angry over the government's bedroom tax policy at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference

Shelter responds to Comprehensive Spending Review

27 June, 2013

Housing benefit could face further cuts from 2015

Social landlords handed new formula for rents

26 June, 2013

Social landlords will be able to increase rents by the consumer price index of inflation plus 1 per cent for up to 10 years

Government to limit spending on housing benefit

26 June, 2013

The government will set an overall cap on the amount that can be spent on key welfare payments, including housing benefit

Protesters call for bedroom tax leniency

26 June, 2013

Campaigners called on housing staff not to enforce the bedroom tax in a picket outside the Chartered Institute of Housing's annual conference today

Most of London's new housing benefit claims are from working families

26 June, 2013

Study debunks myth claimants are 'workshy', and finds benefit cap is driving poorer families to suburbs as rents spiral up

Renfrewshire Council moves to mitigate housing benefit cuts

25 June, 2013

A Scottish council is considering moves to mitigate the impact of controversial changes to housing benefit

North East homeless are hit by Government's bedroom tax

25 June, 2013

THE head of the North East's biggest homeless charity has revealed the Government's bedroom tax is even affecting those who sleep on the streets

Government warns Leeds City Council on bedroom tax

24 June, 2013

Leeds City Council has been warned it could lose money after it reduced the number of bedrooms it said were in some council homes

Unison: Members must collect bedroom tax arrears

24 June, 2013

Unison is advising its members to co-operate in collecting rent arrears resulting from the bedroom tax or risk putting their jobs at risk

Bedroom Tax: Ed Miliband slammed for not promising to scrap the tax

24 June, 2013

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson says he is ashamed his party's leader would not make the vow

Housing benefit changes and how one man downsized

24 June, 2013

A single man explained how he moved from a three-bedroom house to a flat after his children moved out and changes to housing benefit, which were introduced in April, cut his income

Bedroom tax debt mounts

21 June, 2013

As housing providers across Britain scrabble to get to grips with the bedroom tax, Inside Housing asks a focus group of 10 social landlords how painful it has been so far

Benefit Cap rollout

21 June, 2013

National implementation of the benefit cap will be managed over a 10 week period split into two tranches:

Halton social landlord says house exchange schemes helping tenants hit by bedroom tax

21 June, 2013

Home swaps are helping tenants affected by the 'bedroom tax' to relocate

Cuts and bruises

21 June, 2013

Over the past two-and-a-half years, Inside Housing has carried many warnings about the likely dire impacts of welfare reform on tenants and social landlords

ACHA Raises Concerns about the Bedroom Tax

20 June, 2013

Two months after the introduction of the bedroom tax by the UK Government 583 of its 5000 tenants are affected by it

Freud issues bedroom tax reclassification warning

20 June, 2013

Freud has threatened to withdraw or restrict housing benefit subsidy to councils which 'inappropriately' reclassify properties for bedroom tax purposes

Bedroom tax protest storm brewing for Freud at CIH conference

20 June, 2013

Lord Freud is due to walk into a bedroom tax storm when he attends next week's Chartered Institute of Housing conference

Housing association urges government to abolish bedroom tax and create jobs

20 June, 2013

Wakefield and District Housing's chief executive has claimed that the bedroom tax is creating a "false economy"

Council considers reclassifying bedrooms

19 June, 2013

A Hertfordshire council is considering reclassifying small bedrooms in at least 100 homes to help tenants avoid the bedroom tax

Affordable rent model under threat

19 June, 2013

Tenants living in homes built under the affordable rent scheme are in greater poverty than those living in already existing social homes

Benefit changes see council tenants rent arrears rise

19 June, 2013

More than a third of council tenants in Cornwall affected by an extra charge for spare rooms are already behind on their rent

Mayor 'shamed' by Labour Party stance on bedroom tax

18 June, 2013

The Mayor of Liverpool has said that he is 'absolutely ashamed' of the Labour Party leadership's stance on the bedroom tax

Discretionary Housing Payment includes DLA

18 June, 2013

Irwin Mitchell challenge local authority's decision to take Disability Living Allowance into account when considering Discretionary Housing Payments

Bedroom can be any size for bedroom tax

18 June, 2013

West Berkshire Council rule that a bedroom is not a bedroom because it is only 49 square feet

Bad landlords face licensing crackdown

17 June, 2013

With multiple tenants crammed into decrepit properties, one London borough is taking direct action

Mark Prisk teams up with Church and defends bedroom tax

17 June, 2013

Housing minister Mark Prisk last week joined with representatives from churches and housing organisations for the "Mobilising the Church" conference in Bradford

Bedroom Tax - heads in the sand?

17 June, 2013

Funny how you can stomach a rotten meal if you keep telling yourself it's not actually that bad

UK rents rise again in May

17 June, 2013

The advertised rent for properties in the UK rose by 0.45% in May, reaching an average of £970 per month

The poor are still paying more for basic utilities and financial services

17 June, 2013

Payment structures and price plans in utilities and financial services continue to inflict higher costs on the poorest in society

Welsh minister lobbies Freud over welfare reform

17 June, 2013

The number of people asking for emergency help with their rent has risen by more than 800 per cent in one area of Wales

Bedroom tax hits 500 Westminster council tenants as rent arrears shoot up 16%

14 June, 2013

Nearly 500 social housing tenants have been hit by the bedroom tax in a London borough that has seen rent arrears jump by 16% in a single month

SNP government would axe bedroom tax

14 June, 2013

A Scottish National Party government would axe the bedroom tax north of the border within a year of Scottish independence

East Lothian to pay bedroom tax bills

14 June, 2013

East Lothian Housing Association is paying the bedroom tax for some of its tenants - having developed an assistance scheme for households it feels are particularly unfairly hit

Bedroom tax protest in memory of suicide victim

14 June, 2013

A protest is being staged in Birmingham on Saturday 15 June in memory of a woman who committed suicide over the bedroom tax

CIH urged to invite anti-bedroom tax tenant to speak at conference

13 June, 2013

Social tenants across the country have signed a letter to the Chartered Institute of Housing opposed to the bedroom tax

Under-occupying tenant's 'emotional attachment' to home no defence against eviction

13 June, 2013

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a tenant has no right to remain in her social home simply because she has an 'emotional attachment' to it

The social tenant's guide to taking in a lodger

13 June, 2013

With the changes in benefits about to come into force on 1st April 2013, there are new rules about under-occupancy

Leeds council proposes plan to combat poverty and payday loans

13 June, 2013

More than 2,400 council tenants have fallen behind on their rent in Leeds since changes to housing benefit came into effect

Bedroom tax campaigners protesting outside court as landlord seeks mother's eviction

12 June, 2013

Bedroom tax campaigners are currently protesting outside Manchester's Civil Justice Centre on behalf of a single parent who is facing eviction by her housing association

Three ways to curb the impact of the bedroom tax on the most vulnerable

12 June, 2013

Tackling low pay, building more houses and changing how the under-occupation charge is calculated will make a big difference

36 councils call on government to abolish bedroom tax

12 June, 2013

Councillors representing 36 local authorities have urged the government to abolish its controversial bedroom tax policy

Collecting Rent is Crucial for Housing Associations

12 June, 2013

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations has re-stated that the Federation and its members do not support a headline 'no evictions' policy

As bedroom tax bites housing arrears in Newcastle soar

11 June, 2013

The bedroom tax has left Newcastle facing more than £250,000 of debt just weeks after hard-hit families were told to pay up

MPs to examine the implications of the bedroom tax in Scotland

11 June, 2013

The Scottish Affairs Committee is today publishing written evidence ahead of the first hearing tomorrow

Bedroom tax is a cut not a reform

11 June, 2013

The bedroom tax should not be thought of as a 'welfare reform' but simply as a cost-saving measure

Scottish independence: 'Retain welfare set-up for transitional period'

11 June, 2013

The administration of pensions and benefits in an independent Scotland should be shared with the rest of the UK for a transitional period

Labour councillor apologises for 'crass' bedroom tax eviction letters

11 June, 2013

A bedroom tax-protesting Labour councillor who sent out bogus eviction letters to all 28 of a council's Tory councillors has apologised for his actions

Labour to examine housing benefit and retirement age in event of election win

10 June, 2013

Ed Balls clarifies Labour's plan for curbing welfare spending via three-year cap in event of a general election victory in 2015

Costs soar as wealthy councils rehouse families in hotels and B&Bs

10 June, 2013

Bill to house the homeless in Westminster rises by 63.5% as thousands of people moved to temporary accommodation

£50m upgrade to bring cheaper energy costs for social housing tenants

10 June, 2013

Thousands of social housing tenants in Plymouth could soon be enjoying lower energy bills thanks to a £50 million scheme to upgrade their homes

Tenants struggling to pay the 'bedroom tax' fall £22,500 behind in rents in just 8 weeks

10 June, 2013

Just half of all Cambridge council tax tenants affected by the 'bedroom tax' are paying the extra bills - running up combined arrears of £22,500 in just eight weeks

Hard-up families offered computers for £24

10 June, 2013

Millions of less well-off families not on the internet are to be offered computers for just £24

Universal credit docked to recover rent arrears

10 June, 2013

A mechanism to automatically recover rent arrears is to be introduced alongside the direct payment of housing benefit to tenants

Councils want power to negotiate private rents

07 June, 2013

Six councils want to negotiate private rents on behalf of benefit recipients and put the money saved into house building

Emergency payments cause staffing headache

07 June, 2013

Inconsistent councils put pressure on landlords over rent support

'Bedroom tax' failing, says housing associations' report

07 June, 2013

The government's policy on homes has come under fire in a report by the University of Cambridge and seven housing associations across the eastern region

Majority of Brits want government to tackle root causes of housing benefit bill

07 June, 2013

The majority of the British public believe the government should be tackling the root causes of the country's high housing benefit bill

Council convenes bedroom tax summit

06 June, 2013

Thirty councils are expected to come together at a summit on Friday to discuss how to help tenants faced with bedroom tax cuts

Bedroom Tax: Early Impacts

06 June, 2013

The UK government said the changes "bedroom tax" would total £50m in Scotland this year. But the SFHA said only £10m had been made available to help tenants

Miliband to support welfare spending limit and pledge to tackle high rents

06 June, 2013

Ed Miliband seeks to bring down rising housing benefit bill as PM accuses opposition of using 'policy altering substances'

People with electric heating 'to pay £282 more' a year

06 June, 2013

Millions of people who use electricity to heat their homes may have to pay £282 more a year by 2020, it is being claimed

England's spare bedroom owners sitting on £69 billion goldmine

06 June, 2013

England's spare bedrooms could generate £5.8 billion a month if homeowners rented them out, according to easyroommate.co.uk

Tory MP: Food poverty is growing, food banks are not the answer

06 June, 2013

Laura Sandys says the government needs to tackle supermarket dominance and get a grip on food policy if it is to address the UK's food crisis

Homelessness and B&B use rise again

06 June, 2013

The number of applicants accepted as homeless by councils leapt up by 6 per cent in the past year and those placed in bed and breakfasts by 14 per cent, according to government statistics

Downsizing tenants face 24-year wait for homes

06 June, 2013

It would take 24 years to rehouse everyone hit by the bedroom tax in the east of England who needs a one bedroom home

'No-eviction' policies to tackle the bedroom tax won't work

05 June, 2013

Council's would be better advised to offer practical help for low-income households than take this problematic approach

Spending review could help councils build homes

05 June, 2013

Communities minister Don Foster has hinted the government may unveil plans to help councils build homes in the spending review

Benefit cap implementation schedule

05 June, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced details of the benefit cap roll out

Service to prevent prisoners becoming homeless

05 June, 2013

A new service to provide support and advice to newly released prisoners to prevent them becoming homeless and reoffending has been launched in Scotland

Direct payment pilot launches IT scheme

04 June, 2013

A Scottish landlord piloting the direct payment of benefit to tenants has launched a scheme to provide IT access and computer training in community centres

Universal Credit will cost taxpayers £12.8bn

04 June, 2013

The government's recent review of major projects revealed that the flagship Universal Credit welfare programme will cost nearly six times more than previously billed

Housing association continues PRS drive

04 June, 2013

Thames Valley Housing Association's private rented sector subsidiary has completed its third acquisition, buying 45 units in Poplar, east London

Housing group calls the Samaritans as welfare reforms take their toll

04 June, 2013

Housing group Riverside has enlisted the help of the Samaritans to train its customer service centre staff after an alarming jump in the number of calls from distressed tenants

Bedroom tax plunges thousands of Greater Manchester residents into debt hell

04 June, 2013

Many tenants who had their housing payments cut on April 1 are already falling behind with rent, with one housing association saying up to 70 per cent are affected

Council reclassifies homes and offers refunds to help residents hit by bedroom tax

03 June, 2013

More than 800 homes in Leeds are being reclassified by the city council to help residents cope with the bedroom tax

Councils to provide extra assistance for homeless

03 June, 2013

.Councils in Scotland now have a legal duty to support unintentionally homeless households in the country to help them sustain tenancies and stop repeat homelessness

Chancellor urged to rethink welfare reforms

03 June, 2013

The Chartered Institute of Housing is calling on the government to review the impact of its welfare reforms when the chancellor announces his future spending plans later this month

Samaritans called in over Liverpool bedroom tax suicide risk

03 June, 2013

City's housing associations say one tenant attempted suicide, with more people becoming distressed and overwhelmed

Monitoring the impact of changes to the Local Housing Allowance system of Housing Benefit

03 June, 2013

This is a summary of the interim report from the independent review, commissioned by the DWP

Size Criteria ('bedroom tax') briefing

03 June, 2013

An updated briefing on the Government's under-occupation penalty, which came into effect on 1 April 2013

NHF: Lack of affordable housing destroying economic recovery

31 May, 2013

Sky-rocketing rents and house prices are stifling local businesses and making it difficult for them to recruit staff

Bedroom tax madness as mum faces eviction from home housing chiefs spent £60k making fit for her disabled son

31 May, 2013

LOUISE Rennie and her son Luis, 7, who has cerebral palsy and is registered blind, are facing eviction from the specially adapted home

Leeds council tackles bedroom tax with semantic solution

30 May, 2013

Reclassifying spare rooms as 'non-specific rooms' should help tenants in social housing avoid reduction in housing benefit

How to avoid paying your bedroom tax - get it reclassified as a study

30 May, 2013

Councils and housing associations are reclassifying thousands of bedrooms across Britain as box rooms, studies or non-specific rooms so that tenants can avoid the so-called "bedroom tax".

'Bedroom tax': More tenants apply for financial help

30 May, 2013

Bedroom tax or spare room subsidy? The politicians may argue over the title but one fact can't be ignored. That's the growing evidence of council tenants facing real financial difficulties

Direct payment offered in exchange for regulation

29 May, 2013

Housing benefit could be paid direct to private landlords in return for greater regulation of the sector, under proposals published by the Labour Party

Rape victim legally challenges bedroom tax

29 May, 2013

A victim of rape, assault, harassment and stalking has launched a legal challenge against the bedroom tax on the grounds it is 'discriminatory'

Ten lessons landlords should learn about the bedroom tax

29 May, 2013

Shelter Cymru's Jennie Bibbings explains the best and worst ways in which housing providers have handled the bedroom tax

Bedroom tax 'should be scrapped'

29 May, 2013

A group that influences the Labour Party's housing policy has called for housing benefit caps to be regionalised and the bedroom tax to be scrapped

'Bedroom tax': More tenants apply for financial help

29 May, 2013

Bedroom tax or spare room subsidy? The politicians may argue over the title but one fact can't be ignored

Rural communities hit by bedroom tax

24 May, 2013

Community Housing Cymru has warned that welfare reforms will adversely affect thousands of tenants in rural Wales

Benefits cap will have catastrophic effect on families, court will hear

24 May, 2013

Vulnerable families challenging £500-a-week cap say it may force victims of domestic violence to return to their abusers

'Ill-thought-out bedroom tax draining £25,000 out of Rochdale economy each week'

24 May, 2013

The bedroom tax is draining money out of the Rochdale economy, according to Rochdale Boroughwide Housing

Coventry council apologises to families told they could not appeal against 'bedroom tax' cuts to benefits

24 May, 2013

Council accepts letters to tenants were wrong after challenge by campaign group Coventry Against the Bedroom Tax

Reclassification 'will not hit rent hard'

24 May, 2013

A leading academic has claimed that landlords reclassifying their properties to protect tenants from the bedroom tax would only suffer 'very limited' losses

Council tax benefit cuts leading to 'more bailiff visits' for poor households

24 May, 2013

Citizens Advice says there has been a big rise in the number of people using its services following introduction of new scheme

'Boom time for bailiffs' warning as cuts to council tax support hit most vulnerable

24 May, 2013

Bailiffs are set to profit from cuts to council tax support as stretched households struggle to cover the extra costs and local authorities take action to collect people's debts, Citizens Advice warn

Council 'sorry' for empty room letter to disabled woman

23 May, 2013

A disabled woman who was wrongly told she had to pay an under-occupancy charge has received an apology from the council for "causing her distress"

DWP faces legal challenge over benefit cap

23 May, 2013

Four families have launched a legal challenge against the government's benefit cap on the grounds it is 'discriminatory and unreasonable'

Bedroom Tax Snapshot

23 May, 2013

The best and the worst of landlord and local authority practice, as experienced through Shelter casework

Homes 'standing empty' because of bedroom tax

23 May, 2013

The shadow work and pensions secretary has claimed homes are being left empty because of the bedroom tax, and called for the controversial policy to be axed

Social landlord's new phone app has bedroom tax calculator

22 May, 2013

One vision Housing revamped smart phone app now comes with a bedroom tax calculator - so tenants can work out if their HB will be cut

Homes 'standing empty' because of bedroom tax

22 May, 2013

The shadow work and pensions secretary has claimed homes are being left empty because of the bedroom tax, and called for the controversial policy to be axed

Benefit cap: 7,000 families in London will lose over £100 a week

22 May, 2013

Campaigners fear that many families will be unable to avoid the cap or cope with the drastic loss of income - and will face eviction and homelessness as a result

Bedroom tax picnic protest planned

21 May, 2013

Margate campaigners against the government's bedroom tax are holding a picnic protest against the policy this Sunday

Council apologises over tenant 'bedroom tax' eviction letter

21 May, 2013

A Scots council has apologised for threatening to evict a tenant over the so-called 'bedroom tax'

Social landlords team up and offer speed-dating to tackle bedroom tax

21 May, 2013

Four housing associations in the Bristol area have teamed up to offer their tenants a housing speed-dating event, in an effort to help combat the bedroom tax

Too many questions about welfare changes remain unanswered

21 May, 2013

The UK Government's welfare changes are throwing a question mark over the Welsh Government's ability to deliver support to some of Wales' most vulnerable people, Tackling Poverty Minister Huw Lewis warned

Tenants fail to pay the bedroom tax

20 May, 2013

A large proportion of tenants hit by the bedroom tax have so far failed to pay the resulting shortfall in their rent

Liverpool City Council issues advice to tenants challenging the bedroom tax

20 May, 2013

Liverpool City Council is issuing guidance to help its tenants beat the bedroom tax

Housing chief issues second warning over 'unfair and incompetent' bedroom tax

17 May, 2013

A housing chief has issued a second warning to government over its reforms of the benefits system

Direct payment pilots extended to test bedroom tax

16 May, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions has extended pilots testing the direct payment of housing benefit to tenants to assess the impact of the bedroom tax

Universal Credit direct payment pilots to be extended for further six months

16 May, 2013

The Universal Credit direct payment demonstration projects will be extended for a further six months, Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud has announced

Universal Credit direct payment demonstration projects - latest findings

16 May, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions today published its latest report into the Universal Credit demonstration projects testing the payment of housing benefit direct to social housing tenants

LIN Press Release - Direct Payment projects extended for 6 months

16 May, 2013

DWP Direct Payment Projects extended for 6 months

Lord Freud: Bedroom tax suicide 'desperately sad'

16 May, 2013

Welfare reform minister Lord Freud has described a suicide linked to his controversial bedroom tax policy as a "desperately sad event"

Bedroom tax victims begin High Court challenge

16 May, 2013

Ten claims being brought against the government's bedroom tax have begun to be heard at the High Court

Direct payment pilots extended to test bedroom tax

16 May, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions has extended pilots testing the direct payment of housing benefit to tenants to assess the impact of the bedroom tax

UKIP would scrap the bedroom tax

16 May, 2013

The UK Independence Party would scrap the bedroom tax if it came into power

Disabled families at High Court in housing benefit challenge

15 May, 2013

Disabled people and their families are challenging the government's decision to cut housing benefit for recipients living in properties deemed too large

Families hit by bedroom tax 'can go out to work or use a sofa bed', says senior Tory

15 May, 2013

Lord Freud's comments to Welsh Affairs committee branded 'deeply offensive' by Labour

Poor hit hardest by financial crisis and welfare cuts will make it worse

15 May, 2013

After taxes, the richest 10 per cent earned 9.5 times the income of the poorest 10 per cent in 2010

Tenants shoulder cost of welfare reforms

15 May, 2013

Housing benefit claimants in the private rented sector have had to meet 94 per cent of the shortfall caused by local housing allowance cuts

Full impact of housing benefit reforms in private rented sector 'still to happen'

15 May, 2013

The impact of housing benefit reform on tenants living in the private rented sector has been 'geographically limited' but London has been hardest hit

Welsh Questions, TV's Michael Fabricant and sofabeds

15 May, 2013

Michael Fabricant found time in his busy schedule to drop in on Welsh Question Time

Councils swamped with demand for welfare fund

14 May, 2013

More councils across Britain are reporting a surge in demand for an emergency hardship fund following the introduction of the bedroom tax

Welfare reform is the first test of the mutual housing model

14 May, 2013

The bedroom tax is placing strain on a new model of housing management

Bedroom Tax suicide: Brave driver who tried to save Stephanie Bottrill begs Coalition to scrap charge

14 May, 2013

He begged David Cameron to scrap the tax to prevent any more householders taking their lives as Stephanie did because she could not afford to pay

Birmingham 'facing a housing crisis as the bedroom tax hits home'

14 May, 2013

Authorities in city and Solihull warning they will struggle to cope with effects of benefit changes after gran's suicide

Welfare reform is the first test of the mutual housing model

14 May, 2013

The bedroom tax is placing strain on a new model of housing management. It's a tough challenge in racially-divided Rochdale

Monitoring the impact of changes to the Local Housing Allowance system of Housing Benefit: Interim report

14 May, 2013

This Interim Report forms part of the DWPs independent review in evaluating the impact of changes to the LHA system of HB, which were introduced from April 2011

Bedroom Tax suicide: Grieving son of Stephanie Bottrill hits out at David Cameron

13 May, 2013

Iain Duncan Smith's punishing new payments were the last straw for the tragic 53-year-old who killed herself to avoid plunging into further poverty

Fighting talk from anti-Bedroom Tax protestors as Benefit Justice summit declares day of action

13 May, 2013

Campaigners planning a national day of protest against the bedroom tax and other welfare reforms have accused the Government of waging war against ordinary Britons

Tragic lessons

13 May, 2013

She was fine before this bedroom tax

LIN Member Report May 2013 - Direct Payments to Tenants and the Impact on Rent Arrears

13 May, 2013

This LIN member report is written by Vivienne Ashley

Benefit cap - frequently asked questions

13 May, 2013

DWP Information Leaflet

Council secures £2m in funding to help council tax victims

10 May, 2013

Victims of the government's welfare reforms in Birmingham will be assisted by extra funding to help with council tax costs

Providers warned over temporary housing plan

10 May, 2013

Housing associations pulling out of managing temporary accommodation due to benefit caps risk reducing the amount of available stock for homeless households, London Councils has warned

High Court to consider tenants' claims against Bedroom Tax

09 May, 2013

The High Court is to consider 10 claims being brought against the government's Bedroom Tax

Bedroom tax tenants failing to pay rent

09 May, 2013

South Yorkshire Housing Association has revealed that half of its tenants affected by the bedroom tax have failed to cover the resulting shortfall in their rent

105,000 Scots to be hit by bedroom tax - new figures

07 May, 2013

More than 100,000 people living in Scotland will be affected by the bedroom tax

How the bedroom tax unfolds: the letters and home visits people are getting

07 May, 2013

We're talking to people who have been told they must pay the bedroom tax and we're following their stories, to see how this frightening tax unfolds

Family in fully occupied house hit by bedroom tax

07 May, 2013

A family say they are being asked to pay the controversial 'bedroom tax' - despite living with four children in a three bedroom house

Bedroom tax: Domestic violence victim may lose home after panic room is classed as spare bedroom

07 May, 2013

The mum-of-one was abused by the thug, also arrested for attempted murder of a police officer

Housing association apologises for 'eviction' letter

03 May, 2013

Housing association Genesis has apologised for any distress it may have caused by a letter it sent out that appeared to threaten tenants with eviction

How housing providers are beating the bedroom tax

03 May, 2013

Faced with a huge increase in arrears as a result of the under-occupation penalty, some housing providers have taken major steps to protect their residents and themselves

Opinion: It's not too late to save struggling families from devastating cuts

01 May, 2013

Bob Taylor, chief executive of Knowsley Housing Trust argues that people must be given a sense of hope

Diabetic man says dialysis room is 'not a spare bedroom'

30 April, 2013

A man who uses a room of his house for daily dialysis treatment says the government's changes to housing benefits are unfair

Council pledges £1m fund to help bedroom tax victims

30 April, 2013

Doncaster Council has created a £1 million fund to help residents hit by the government's bedroom tax

Under-occupancy charge: More than 200 tenants want to downsize

30 April, 2013

More than 200 council tenants in Northampton have applied to transfer to smaller homes because of the charge on under-occupied rooms

Universal credit: Major benefits shake-up begins

29 April, 2013

A massive shake-up in the UK benefits system starts with the first claims being made for the new universal credit payment

Law group warns against mass appeals

26 April, 2013

A wave of mass appeals against bedroom tax decisions risks leaving people in limbo due to tribunal delays, law centres have warned

LIN Welfare Benefits Rates Card for 2013-2014

26 April, 2013

LIN members Welfare Benefits Rates card 2013-14

Rights law is an asset

26 April, 2013

Without article 8, those in bedroom tax disputes will have an uphill struggle, according to Giles Peaker, solicitor at Anthony Gold

Social hearted, commercially minded

25 April, 2013

Housing associations must forge new relationships with their tenants to help with increasingly squeezed finances, according to a report from the think tank The Smith Institute

Charity warns 'bedroom tax' will push up homelessness

25 April, 2013

A Swansea mother has told ITV News that she sufferes sleepless nights and has even considered suicide due to changes to the benefits system

Bedroom tax drove tenant to create cannabis cake factory in shed

24 April, 2013

A social housing tenant who turned his shed into a cannabis factory has claimed he did so to raise funds to pay the bedroom tax

Housing association re-designates size of properties to help tenants hit by bedroom tax

23 April, 2013

A housing association has re-designated the size of some of its properties in an attempt to help tenants hit by the bedroom tax

Edinburgh confirms no eviction policy

23 April, 2013

Edinburgh Council has adopted a 'no eviction' policy for tenants affected by the 'bedroom tax'

High Court upholds bar on migrant benefits

23 April, 2013

A legal advice agency has vowed to appeal a High Court decision which upholds regulations barring migrant parents from mainstream benefits

Bedroom tax protestors hit councillors with 'eviction notices'

22 April, 2013

Bedroom tax protestors have hit the homes of Poole councillors with 'eviction notices' and police tape

London's private rents soar by 1.3% during March

22 April, 2013

Private rents in London soared by 1.3% during March to a record average of £1,106 per month

Rising costs and falling wages squeeze life at home

22 April, 2013

The deterioration in household finances sped up last month as rising living costs and falling income continued to take their toll on cash reserves

How prepared are Local Authorities for Welfare Reform?

19 April, 2013

Homelessness Link Report

Benefits cap pilots claim DWP cash is not enough

19 April, 2013

The first four councils to test the government's new benefit cap have warned they have not received enough money to implement the changes

Bedroom tax protestors target Lord Freud's house

18 April, 2013

Around 200 UK Uncut and Occupy London activists held a bedroom tax protest outside the London home of welfare reform minister Lord Freud

£2m development brings affordable homes to village

18 April, 2013

The residents of a Staffordshire village have been invited to view plans to develop 21 new affordable homes in the area

Rent control is not the answer

18 April, 2013

Richard Blanco, National Landlords Association explains why the UK must not return to Rent Control

Welfare reform: where now for social housing?

18 April, 2013

Tim Brown has advice for housing organisations preparing to manage fallout from the bewildering array of changes to benefits

Bedroom tax will empty homes and end up costing the taxpayer more, say housing providers

18 April, 2013

Housing providers have warned the UK Government of the damaging effects of welfare changes

Half of privately owned homes are 'under-occupied'

18 April, 2013

Research from Naionwide shows 49% of owned homes have two or more spare bedrooms, while in the private rental sector only 16% do

Council to use HRA funds to limit bedroom tax

17 April, 2013

Swindon council has got permission from the housing minister to use money from rental income to set up a £420,000 fund to support tenants affected by welfare cuts

Benefits diaries: Meet the authors

16 April, 2013

Meet the writers behind the benefits diaries - telling the real story behind the government's welfare reforms

Housing benefit change 'complete madness'

16 April, 2013

UK government changes to housing benefit are "complete madness", a Welsh government minister has told MPs

Call to dodge 'bedroom tax' by reclassifying box rooms as studies

15 April, 2013

Housing chiefs will debate whether to reclassify 'box rooms' in council houses to limit the impact of the Government's welfare reforms

GPs advised not to help Glasgow 'bedroom tax' appeals

15 April, 2013

GPS in Glasgow are being advised not to help patients who could be exempt from the 'bedroom tax'

Thousands in Scotland have no hope of avoiding 'bedroom tax'

15 April, 2013

Councils wouldn't have enough single bed properties to cope with demand if every tenant facing cuts in their housing benefit asked to downsize

The bedroom tax is already ruining Welsh communities

15 April, 2013

BBC has today unearthed evidence demonstrating the extent of the impact of the bedroom tax

Top tips: lessons from the direct payment pilot schemes

15 April, 2013

How can you prepare for the introduction of direct payment? Our panel of experts involved in the government's pilot schemes share their advice

Council urged to limit impact of bedroom tax

15 April, 2013

Councillors in Cambridge will this week discuss measures to limit the impact of the government's 'bedroom tax' including reclassifying some properties

Benefit cap: in defiance of logic

15 April, 2013

If you had set out to make children poorer for being born into large families, then this might be a sensible way to do it

Council urged to limit impact of bedroom tax

15 April, 2013

Councillors in Cambridge to discuss measures to limit the impact of the 'bedroom tax' including reclassifying some properties

Minister claims benefit cap is boosting employment

15 April, 2013

The cap on benefit payments coming into force today has already prompted 8,000 people to move into work, the employment minister has said

Benefit change: Tenants outnumber available Wales homes

12 April, 2013

There are not enough suitable homes available for tenants in Wales who want to downsize amid changes to the benefit system, BBC Wales research shows

Housing bodies slate bedroom tax mass appeals

12 April, 2013

Chartered Institute of Housing warns campaign may risk strong cases

Labour MPs stage bedroom tax protest outside Chequers

11 April, 2013

Three Labour MPs have staged a bedroom tax protest outside the gates of Chequers, the Prime Minister's palatial country home

Housing bodies slate bedroom tax appeals

11 April, 2013

Housing bodies have warned mass appeals against the bedroom tax are unlikely to work and could lead to strong cases not being heard as quickly

Labour MPs stage bedroom tax protest outside Chequers

11 April, 2013

Three Labour MPs have staged a bedroom tax protest outside the gates of Chequers, the Prime Minister's palatial country home

Knowsley saves 200 households from bedroom tax

11 April, 2013

Knowsley Housing Trust has so far succeeded in exempting up to 200 tenants from the bedroom tax

Welfare reform is needed but the bedroom tax will end badly

10 April, 2013

The 'bedroom tax' does little for either benefits claimants or the public purse and is likely to become the poll tax of 2013

Northern focus: will the bedroom tax hit northerners the hardest?

10 April, 2013

Housing policy historically meant the building of bigger family homes, now residents in the north will be penalised by the bedroom tax because of a shortage of smaller ones

Charity wins appeal over bedroom tax for Sheffield family

10 April, 2013

A Charity has secured exemption from the 'bedroom tax' for a Sheffield family - and say others could have success too

Housing sector aiming to get tenants on the internet with 'Spring Online'

09 April, 2013

Housing providers across the UK are to help their tenants get internet access as they take part in this year's 'Spring Online' campaign

Live discussion: direct payment demonstration pilots

08 April, 2013

The government's pilot schemes have seen arrears double in the first four months, but what can be learned from the six schemes' progress so far?

Bedroom tax to cost Northern Ireland '£21m'

08 April, 2013

The bedroom tax will cost Northern Ireland more to implement than it will save in housing benefit

Bedroom tax is a 'complete failure'

08 April, 2013

The bedroom tax has been a "complete failure" in Westminster

Benefit changes: Leeds City Council could 'reclassify' bedrooms

08 April, 2013

Plans to "reclassify" bedrooms in more than 800 council homes are being considered in Leeds, in response to housing benefit changes

A slice of life

08 April, 2013

Over the next year, Inside Housing will track the impact on their businesses and lives through this new welfare reform focus group

Discretionary Housing Payments Guidance Manual

05 April, 2013

April 2013 Good Practice Guide for DHP's

Housing benefit changes may prompt return of rent collectors

05 April, 2013

Nine in 10 housing professionals predict increased arrears under universal credit, requiring landlords to rethink rent collection methods

The impact of localising council tax benefit

05 April, 2013

Joseph Rowntree report

A better future

05 April, 2013

April heralds a number of changes across housing benefits, so it seems timely to reflect on those changes that have already come into effect, and the changes that come in this month

Bedroom tax to cost more than it can save

05 April, 2013

The bedroom tax will cost Northern Ireland more to implement than it will save in HB, according to new figures released by CIH and the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations NIFHA

Sheltered housing and welfare reform

05 April, 2013

NHF Report

Changes to council tax on empty homes introduced this week

04 April, 2013

Information from the Empty Homes Agency Limited

'Chaotic' council tax changes may lead to rent rises

04 April, 2013

The government's council tax changes could lead to a rise in rents, a lettings agent had warned

Chancellor George Osborne to defend benefits changes

03 April, 2013

Chancellor George Osborne is to defend benefits and tax changes, saying "this month we will make work pay"

Benefit changes devastating - Welsh minister Huw Lewis

03 April, 2013

Huw Lewis believes that people will lose their homes because of the latest reforms

Welfare system reforms are fair

03 April, 2013

Changes to the UK's welfare system are fair, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has insisted, as some of the new measures came into effect

The Bedroom Tax isn't funny - and we're not April Fools

03 April, 2013

People are being funnelled into a private rented sector that is too often insecure, indecent and unaffordable

The bedroom tax's authors were either careless or cruel - it must be fought

03 April, 2013

Campaigners against the bedroom tax will be responding with similar inflexibility to the government

Thousands of families 'facing debt nightmare over the bedroom tax'

03 April, 2013

Town hall chiefs have warned that thousands of families across Greater Manchester could sink into debt as the bedroom tax kicks in this week

Bedroom Tax: Some Home Truths

03 April, 2013

Bedroom tax could cost taxpayers more, not less, according to new NHF report

The Bedroom tax map of Britain: where will it hit hardest?

03 April, 2013

The National Housing Federation has worked out what this will mean per year for claimants in each constituency across the country

£40 million for council tax cuts

03 April, 2013

The Scottish Government has pledged to protect vulnerable residents from increased council tax bills by launching a £40 million fund to bridge the gap

LIN Member Report April 2013 - Bedroom Tax Appeals

02 April, 2013

This LIN member report is written by Claire Turner

Scottish government says law to prevent 'bedroom tax' evictions is unnecessary

02 April, 2013

The Scottish government has rejected Labour's call for emergency legislation to prevent tenants being evicted as a result of arrears caused by the so-called "bedroom tax".

Bedroom tax could increase housing benefit bill

02 April, 2013

The annual housing benefit bill will increase by £143 million a year if tenants affected by the government's under-occupation penalty downsize

Impact of Welfare Reform on Social Landlords in the South-West

28 March, 2013

A new study has revealed that 56 percent of housing associations and almost 30 percent of councils are worried that their tenants still know hardly anything about the welfare changes

Government lose Bedroom Tax challenge decision

28 March, 2013

The Government fails in its attempt to prevent legal action against its controversial Bedroom Tax

Tenants choose to stay and pay bedroom tax

28 March, 2013

Just 1 per cent of households affected by the government's 'bedroom tax' have moved home to avoid the controversial under-occupancy charge, which comes into effect on Monday

Minister defends bedroom tax but accepts life will be 'very difficult'

27 March, 2013

Nick Boles has defended the government's 'spare room subsidy' and challenged Labour MPs to come up with a better solution to cutting the housing benefit bill

Housing association visits 4,000 tenants on bedroom tax mission

27 March, 2013

A housing association has visited over 4,000 of its tenants to make sure they understand the implications of the imminent bedroom tax

Scottish Labour seeks emergency law change to avoid 'bedroom tax' evictions

27 March, 2013

Labour is calling on the Scottish government to pass emergency legislation to ensure no tenants are evicted as a result of arrears

Brick up doors and knock down walls to defy bedroom tax, MP urges

27 March, 2013

A Labour MP has called on social landlords to "brick up" doorways and "knock down the walls" to defy the government's forthcoming bedroom tax

Draconian bedroom tax will cause severe hardship

27 March, 2013

A housing chief has slammed the government's bedroom tax as a draconian policy

4 out of 10 families cut back on food to stay in their homes

27 March, 2013

4 out of 10 families with children have cut down on what they spend on food to help pay for their housing costs in the past year

Council hits out: bedroom tax will strike the most vulnerable

27 March, 2013

A council has claimed that government's bedroom tax will hit families in low paid job, disabled occupants and children living in poverty particularly hard

Housing Benefit reform

25 March, 2013

Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy fact sheet

Bedroom tax: Wasted £700m fund could have helped victims of vicious tax

25 March, 2013

Iain Duncan Smith's Department for Work and Pensions underspent while also cutting £500million from housing benefits

Bedroom tax sting for kidney patient with dialysis machine in spare room

25 March, 2013

A grandad suffering from chronic kidney disease is facing a bedroom tax benefits cut despite his spare room being specially fitted with a dialysis machine to treat his condition

Scotland's councils body Cosla says 'don't blame us' for 'bedroom tax'

25 March, 2013

Councils have urged the public not to blame them for carrying out what they have dubbed "extreme and ill thought-out" welfare reforms

Bedroom tax: Mayor declares no resident to be evicted until help agreed

25 March, 2013

No residents in Bristol affected by the bedroom tax will be evicted from their homes until the council has decided on the best way to help those at risk, the city's mayor has announced

Government should raise bedroom tax threshold

25 March, 2013

The government should concentrate its efforts to tackle under-occupation on households with two spare bedrooms and remove the exemption for pensioners

LIN Member Report March 2013 - Help available to poorer households to pay council tax

25 March, 2013

This LIN member report is written by Neil Merrick

Potential human rights violation sees government face fresh bedroom tax legal challenge

22 March, 2013

The government is facing another legal challenge against its imminent bedroom tax policy

Ministers may increase direct payment exceptions

22 March, 2013

More people might be switched from direct payment of benefit under universal credit than ministers first thought, a civil servant has said

Bedroom tax faces second legal challenge

21 March, 2013

Human rights group Liberty is launching legal action against the government's penalty for under-occupation of social housing

Housing benefit bill forecasts raised by £3.7bn

21 March, 2013

The Office for Budget Responsibility is predicting further increases in housing benefit despite government attempts to cut the bill

The bedroom tax is an intrusion into the most private family space

21 March, 2013

This attack on the vulnerable ignores the fact that the bedroom is regarded by all classes as more than just a place to sleep

Liberty: Bedroom tax breaches right to family life

21 March, 2013

Today Liberty announced it will seek Judicial Review of the Government's controversial new 'bedroom tax' policy based on the impact on separated families with shared custody of children

Budget 2013: Ministers deny 'second home subsidy'

21 March, 2013

A row has erupted over whether a Budget initiative aimed at helping people get on the housing ladder could be used to fund the purchase of second homes

Campaigners plan next wave of bedroom tax unrest

20 March, 2013

Labour Left has announced details of a further 27 protests against the bedroom tax on 30 March

One city to see over three thousand disabled tenants hit by bedroom tax

20 March, 2013

Up to 3,400 disabled tenants are due to be hit by the government's forthcoming bedroom tax in one city alone

'Bedroom tax' to cost Scottish tenants on housing benefit £53m a year

20 March, 2013

Changes to housing benefit which have been dubbed a "bedroom tax" could cost Scots council and housing association tenants £53m a year

'No evictions because of bedroom tax' in Darlington, says council leader

20 March, 2013

No council tenant will be evicted from their home because they can't afford to pay the so-called 'bedroom tax'

Brighton's Greens declare 'no Bedroom Tax evictions here'

19 March, 2013

Green Party councillors in Brighton and Hove have declared that council tenants won't be evicted just because they can't afford to pay the Bedroom Tax

Young social tenants get help with bedroom tax and benefits cap

19 March, 2013

Young social tenants are to receive help with money management ahead of the government's bedroom tax and benefits cap

Former prime minister attacks bedroom tax

19 March, 2013

Former prime minister Gordon Brown has waded into a debate on the bedroom tax

Universal credit threatens eviction amnesty

19 March, 2013

Councils that have pledged not to evict tenants who run up arrears as a result of the government's 'bedroom tax' could struggle

Housing association infuriates tenants with 'disgusting' bedroom tax 'no cigs, no bingo' newsletter slur

19 March, 2013

A Manchester HA has apologised to its tenants after a piece in its latest newsletter appeared to mock those who will be hit by the coming bedroom tax

How will the housing benefit changes work?

18 March, 2013

A forthcoming change in housing benefit rules has been dubbed the "bedroom tax" by Labour and, for many, the name has stuck

Council: no tenant to be evicted over bedroom tax

18 March, 2013

A council has declared that none of its social tenants will be evicted if they cannot afford to pay the government's forthcoming bedroom tax

Eviction fears over universal credit housing changes

18 March, 2013

The government says it'll empower tenants, but there's growing concern that changes to the way housing benefit works could lead to more evictions

Thousands protest against bedroom tax

18 March, 2013

Thousands of people have gathered at demonstrations across the UK to protest against the government's 'bedroom tax' penalty for under-occupation of social housing

'Bedroom tax' set to hit thousands of East Lancs families

18 March, 2013

Controversial 'bedroom tax' cuts set to hit thousands of families have been slammed as a 'shambles'

Bedroom tax: drastic u-turns, partial concessions, and spin

15 March, 2013

The most significant - and potentially most politically damaging - bodyswerve on the bedroom tax this week was slipped out without fanfare

Birmingham landlord finds just 6% of tenants will downsize

15 March, 2013

A survey of residents by a Castle Vale Community Housing Association has found that only 6 per cent intend to move to a smaller house as a result of the 'bedroom tax'

Courts will fill up with tenants, lawyers warn

15 March, 2013

Lawyers expect courts to be inundated with 'thousands' of legal cases following the introduction of the government's 'bedroom tax' next month

Bedroom tax: why you should march against this heartless, pointless 'reform'

15 March, 2013

Mass evictions of the most vulnerable are no way to tackle the housing benefit bill, and we must do all we can to stop them

Foster carers with more than one child will still face 'bedroom tax'

14 March, 2013

Carers' exemption from under-occupancy charge does not extend to more than one 'spare bedroom', ministers reveal

Welsh seek control of welfare cuts support budget

14 March, 2013

The Welsh housing minister has called for the UK government to devolve discretionary housing payments to the Welsh administration

What will be the impact of the bedroom tax in Northern Ireland?

13 March, 2013

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive manages three-bedroom homes. It faces unique pressures over benefit reform

Bedroom tax 'in chaos' after Iain Duncan Smith announces exemptions

13 March, 2013

Work and pensions secretary says foster carers and parents with children in armed forces will not have to pay for spare bedrooms

How will the housing benefit changes work?

13 March, 2013

A forthcoming change in housing benefit rules has been dubbed the 'bedroom tax' by Labour and, for many, the name has stuck

Universal credit pilots issue digital access warning

13 March, 2013

Three projects testing aspects of the government's universal credit welfare reform have warned there are serious flaws in the way people access the scheme

Westminster Council under attack over bedroom tax claims

12 March, 2013

A councillor has written to Westminster City Council's cabinet member for housing to complain that of over 500 tenants due to be hit by the bedroom tax, only 8 have so far been downsized

5 top tips to tackle the 'bedroom tax'

12 March, 2013

Information from the Bevan Foundation

IDS pledges to protect disabled children

12 March, 2013

The work and pensions secretary has pledged to protect disabled children who will be hit by the bedroom tax

Charity launches spare rooms campaign

12 March, 2013

Depaul UK is calling on UK households with spare rooms to offer them to homeless young people

Council's bedroom tax avoidance house swap event creates 200 viewing requests

12 March, 2013

Croydon Council's house swapping event has led to almost 200 requests to view properties.

LIN Press Release - Partial U-turn over bedroom tax

12 March, 2013

Partial U-turn over bedroom tax announced by Iain Duncan Smith

HB/CTB U2/2013

12 March, 2013

Housing and Council Tax Benefit Circular - Court of Appeal judgement: Burnip, Trengove and Gorry

Welfare reform trial sees rent arrears rise in Torfaen

11 March, 2013

Tenants in south Wales taking part in a trial of the UK government's benefits reforms have seen rent arrears rise seven-fold to £140,000 in seven months

Archbishop of Canterbury attacks Government welfare reforms

11 March, 2013

The Archbishop of Canterbury is supporting a campaign to derail a key part of the Government's welfare reforms

IDS on warpath after Archbishop attacks 'immoral' welfare reforms

11 March, 2013

Iain Duncan Smith has hit back after his welfare reform plans were attacked as "immoral" by the Archbishop of Canterbury

Scottish Government pledges £2.5 million support for households hit by bedroom tax

11 March, 2013

The Scottish government have announced £2.5 million in extra funding for social landlords to help their tenant cope with the bedroom tax and other welfare reforms

Occupancy Analyser

11 March, 2013

Wirral Partnership Homes has launched a new 'occupancy analyser' toolkit to help assess the financial impact of the bedroom tax on its future income

These 'spare' bedrooms are far from empty, Mr Shapps

11 March, 2013

If 'we're all in this together', let's have escalating council tax bands based on bedroom size

Three quarters of bedroom tax tenants won't move

11 March, 2013

Three quarters of tenants who will be affected by the bedroom tax would refuse to move even if smaller properties were available, according to research conducted by Aspire HA

80,000 People in London fall foul of Bedroom Tax

11 March, 2013

Thousands of low-income families across the capital will be forced to pay more rent or move out of their homes when the bedroom tax comes in according to NHF

Labour 'spreading fear over bedroom tax', says IDS

08 March, 2013

The Labour Party is deliberately spreading fear among housing benefit claimants over Coalition changes to the treatment of spare rooms

Bedroom tax fact check

08 March, 2013

Following Prime Minister's Questions this article looks at the claims made about who will be exempt from the bedroom tax

Tenants asked to sign bedroom tax disclaimer

08 March, 2013

A Liverpool-based housing association is asking tenants to sign forms that say they accept they will be hit with legal action if they don't pay their rent as a result of the 'bedroom tax'

Anger on the streets

08 March, 2013

Protests against the government's controversial bedroom tax are being staged across the country ahead of the policy's implementation on 1 April

Marching on

08 March, 2013

Inside Housing report

Minister casts doubt on PM's housing benefit claim

08 March, 2013

A senior Conservative has cast doubt on claims by David Cameron that severely disabled children are exempt from what critics have dubbed the "bedroom tax"

'Bedroom tax will stop new homes being built'

07 March, 2013

The forthcoming bedroom tax will limit the amount of new homes social landlords are able to build, according to a speaker at a CIH South East Conference

'Under-occupancy charge is not a tax' says PM

07 March, 2013

The Prime Minister has been defending the coalition's "under-occupancy charge", which has been dubbed "bedroom tax", at Prime Ministers Questions

Universal Credit: Proposal for Direct Payments trigger

07 March, 2013

CIH has joined forces with the National Housing Federation and Community Housing Cymru to advise the government

PMQs: David Cameron and Ed Miliband clash over 'bedroom tax'

07 March, 2013

Ed Miliband goes on the attack over the so-called 'bedroom tax' but the Prime Minister defends the policy, saying vulnerable people are exempt

DWP sets date for national benefit cap roll-out

07 March, 2013

The national roll-out of the benefit cap will begin on 15th July announced the Department for Work and Pensions

Figures show where bedroom tax will hit hardest

06 March, 2013

The NHF has calculated which constituencies will be hit hardest by penalties for under-occupation of social housing that come into force on 1 April

HB/CTB A4/2013

06 March, 2013

Housing and Council Tax Benefit Circular - DWP change to support the abolition of Council Tax Benefit

Ministers urged to exempt foster carers from 'bedroom tax'

06 March, 2013

Leaders of 11 children's charities say new rules will make it more difficult for people in social housing to become foster carers

Benefit changes: Residents look to 'swap properties'

06 March, 2013

People in Croydon who may lose out of benefits as the government changes its rules on spare bedrooms have said the changes will have a big impact on their lives

Bedroom tax to be introduced before legal challenge

06 March, 2013

A legal challenge to the government's penalty for the under-occupation of social housing will not go ahead until after the policy is introduced on 1 April

Lord Palmer criticises bedroom tax

05 March, 2013

Lord Palmer warns Parliament that the bedroom tax would lead to some people facing unaffordable rent prices

Bedroom tax: ministers given 14 days to make case against judicial review

05 March, 2013

Legal challenge claims disabled people will be disproportionately affected by change to benefit rules

The perfect storm: 'There will be an almighty crash in the autumn'

05 March, 2013

The bedroom tax, the benefit cap, the new council tax regime and a range of other welfare cuts are upon us. Throw in cuts to legal aid, advice services and the state of the UK economy and we're faced with two powerful weather fronts and a hurricane

New 'bedroom tax' will affect 30,000 people in Devon and Cornwall

05 March, 2013

People in the South West hit by the so-called 'bedroom tax' will lose around £780 a year - the biggest reduction outside of London

Children's rights cited in legal challenge launched against 'bedroom tax'

05 March, 2013

Change in benefit rules expected to lead to a reduction in benefits for hundreds of thousands of people

New bedroom tax figures show local impact

05 March, 2013

New figures estimating the numbers of people hit by the bedroom tax at constituency level have been released by the National Housing Federation

Children launch legal challenge to 'bedroom tax'

04 March, 2013

Ten disabled and vulnerable children have launched legal proceedings against work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith to fight penalties for the under-occupation of social housing

Bedroom tax will cost disabled people £100m

04 March, 2013

The introduction of the government's 'bedroom tax' will cost disabled people £100 million, the National Housing Federation has found

Disabled people short changed over bedroom tax

04 March, 2013

Government help for the most vulnerable people hit by the bedroom tax is falling so far short of what is needed to help them it will leave people struggling to make ends meet

Bedroom tax savings don't add up

04 March, 2013

Two Rivers has warned that the Government's plans for a spare bedroom tax for housing benefit claimants has hidden costs that the community will struggle to cope with

'Bedroom tax' will hit single parents and disabled people hardest

04 March, 2013

Research shows that 150,000 of those affected by new tax are single parents, who will lose an average £728 each

300% rise in demand for youth emergency accommodation

04 March, 2013

Depaul UK's campaign is calling on the 7.5 million households nationwide that have spare rooms to consider making it available to a young homeless person

Case study considers effect of bedroom tax on disabled tenants

01 March, 2013

A housing association has conducted a case study on one of its tenants to gauge the effect that the Government's bedroom tax might have on disabled people

Nationwide to stop lending to landlords with Local Housing Allowance tenants

01 March, 2013

Mortgage provider Nationwide, which provides mortgages for over a third of the buy-to-let market, has withdrawn from lending to new landlord customers with LHA tenants

41% of local authorities planning council tax rises

01 March, 2013

Over a third of England's local authorities are planning to raise council tax rates in April

Benefit cap will force more children to move schools mid-year, says thinktank

01 March, 2013

RSA warns that poorer children are more likely to have their education disrupted if they are forced out of affluent areas

'Bedroom tax' legal challenge

01 March, 2013

A disabled couple have gone to the High Court to take legal action against the Government's so-called bedroom tax

Exclusive: Benefit claimants offered £6,500 to move out

28 February, 2013

Labour-run Brent LBC will offer 150 benefit recipients with large families a one-off payment of £6,500 to move out of the borough, under a proposed £1m 'new start' scheme for those hit hard by welfare cuts

Northern Ireland households almost twice as likely to be hit by bedroom tax

28 February, 2013

Almost two-thirds of Northern Ireland's working age housing benefit claimants in the social sector will be hit by the bedroom tax

62 percent of Northern Ireland's social housing benefit claimants to be hit by bedroom tax

28 February, 2013

The bedroom tax will hit nearly two thirds of Northern Ireland's housing benefit claimants in the social sector

Opposition MPs fail in bid to scrap bedroom tax

28 February, 2013

A last ditch attempt to derail the government's 'bedroom tax' has failed

Bedroom tax should be scrapped

28 February, 2013

The UK Government should abandon its plan to introduce a bedroom tax, Scotland's Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess said today

The Bedroom Tax Will Drive Up Food Poverty in the UK

28 February, 2013

When my constituents started writing to me with their fears about the impact of the 'bedroom tax' I was shocked

Landlord backs tenants' bedroom tax protest

28 February, 2013

A housing association is backing more than 100,000 social tenants in the north east of England to launch a 'mass protest' against the government's 'bedroom tax'

Housing benefit claimants increasingly excluded from private rented sector

28 February, 2013

Taxpayers will pick up the bill for expensive emergency accommodation amid further mortgage lender restrictions. It's time for the government to think again

Rent arrears rise predicted by housing associations

28 February, 2013

The vast majority of Scotland's housing associations are predicting that rent arrears will rise next year because of changes to benefits

Sleepless nights for the families hit by the threat of new 'bedroom tax'

27 February, 2013

Is it right to 'tax' people who are not using all of the bedrooms in their home all of the time?

MPs mount last ditch challenge to bedroom tax

27 February, 2013

Welsh, Scottish and Green Party MPs are making a final attempt today to get the government to scrap its plans to introduce penalties for the under-occupation of social housing

Housing provider organising mass bedroom tax protests

27 February, 2013

A social landlord is harnessing the voice and power of 100,000 tenants across the North East to launch a mass protest against the bedroom tax

The bedroom tax - a prime example that class politics are still relevant

27 February, 2013

The 'bedroom tax' is not only a vicious attack on some of the poorest people in society, it is also an example that the politics of class is still relevant in Britain today

Bedroom tax will cost taxpayers more

26 February, 2013

The coming bedroom tax will end up costing Scottish taxpayers more not less, Shelter Scotland has warned.

Scottish charity calls for £50m bedroom tax fund

26 February, 2013

A housing charity has told the Scottish Government it needs to set aside £50 million to protect social tenants from the impact of the bedroom tax

Bedroom tax protestors to target One Vision Housing

26 February, 2013

Protestors against the forthcoming bedroom tax are to converge on One Vision Housing's offices this Thursday

Bedroom tax protests planned across UK

26 February, 2013

A left-wing thinktank is organising protests across the country as part of a 'day of action' against the government's bedroom tax

Tenants exempted from bedroom tax after landlord reclassifies properties

26 February, 2013

Nearly 600 households will escape the bedroom tax as Knowsley Housing Trust takes a bold management decision

Riverside urges MPs to keep the pressure up on bedroom tax

26 February, 2013

Riverside has written to all MPs in constituencies where it has over 50 homes

DWP: bedroom tax will not be changed

25 February, 2013

There will be no changes made to the bedroom tax according to the Department for Work and Pensions

Bedroom tax protestors joining 'benefit justice summit'

25 February, 2013

Tenants protesting against the bedroom tax and other welfare cuts are to join a 'benefit justice summit'

The bedroom tax ignores the link between home and health

25 February, 2013

The emotional costs of 'bedroom tax' could far exceed savings in housing benefits according to JRF

Coast & Country launches mass protest against the bedroom tax

25 February, 2013

Coast & Country is harnessing the voice of tens of thousands of social housing tenants from across the North East to launch a mass protest against the bedroom tax - speaker from LIN Director Claire Turner opens this event

Bedroom tax will hit poorer students

25 February, 2013

The bedroom tax could hit students already struggling to survive without financial support from their parents

Top tips: managing the bedroom tax in social housing

25 February, 2013

How can housing providers protect tenants and their bottom lines from the impact of the under-occupation penalty? Our experts share their advice

DWP rules out changes to bedroom tax

22 February, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions has insisted there will be no change to the bedroom tax following reports that Iain Duncan Smith has asked officials to look at how the policy will affect disabled people

Home swap service to tackle welfare reform

22 February, 2013

Social landlords are to set up a national mobility scheme to help tenants move to avoid the impact of the government’s welfare reforms and to find work

Challenging Times, Changing Lives

22 February, 2013

Welfare reforms will fail to result in positive changes unless the government and social landlords increase support services for tenants, Riverside study warns

Charities say millions without internet access will face benefits struggle

22 February, 2013

Online-only Universal Credit system will come into force later this year following the closure of many advice centres

Council tax benefit cuts: the expense of getting people with no money to pay up

22 February, 2013

As a money-saving exercise, council tax reduction is counterproductive and will lead to increased staff costs

London housing crisis: soaring benefit claimant numbers indicate displacement from centre

22 February, 2013

New government figures show a rise in London as a whole, but sharp falls in the most expensive boroughs

Analysing the impact of the UK Government's welfare reforms in Wales - stage 2

21 February, 2013

Ministerial Task and Finish Group on Welfare Reform stage 2 analysis

Scots urged to change use of rooms to avoid 'tax'

21 February, 2013

A consortium of welfare advice services has called on the Scottish government to publish guidance to help people escape the bedroom tax

A tax on carers: Charities say 420,000 disabled people will be hit by bedroom tax

21 February, 2013

Spare rooms are essential for many households with disabled people as they give a carer a space of their own

Minister fears housing benefit plan risks rise in homelessness

21 February, 2013

Danny Alexander urges Iain Duncan Smith to think again, saying vulnerable tenants may lose homes

Alexander clashes with IDS over paying housing benefit direct to claimants

21 February, 2013

A ministerial wrangle has erupted over plans to pay housing benefits direct to claimants rather than to their landlords

MP lives on £18 a week to say bedroom tax unfair

21 February, 2013

A Labour MP is attempting to live off £18 a week to prove the government's bedroom tax is unfair

Disability charities call for bedroom tax reprieve

21 February, 2013

Seven charities have written to George Osborne calling for carers and disabled people to be exempt from the controversial bedroom tax

'Bedroom tax' rules re-examined

21 February, 2013

Welfare secretary Iain Duncan Smith has instructed officials to "look again" at how the "bedroom tax" will affect disabled people, the BBC has been told

Government backtracks on pensioner bedroom tax

21 February, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions has pledged to protect some of the pensioners that could be hit by the bedroom tax

Southwark Council pilot findings cast doubt on viability of Direct Payment of benefits

21 February, 2013

A London council has projected it faces a rocketing £14 million increase in rent arrears once the direct payment of HB to tenants comes into effect later this year

Universal credit: more tenants face eviction and rent arrears

20 February, 2013

Emerging findings from direct payment pilots suggest vulnerable housing benefit claimants will struggle with new measures

Reduced budget for Council Tax benefit from April 2013

20 February, 2013

Changes to Council Tax exemptions are a hot topic for landlords at the moment

Is the 'bedroom tax' fair?

20 February, 2013

MPs Helen Goodman and Richard Harrington debate whether people should have their benefits cut if they have a spare room

Why the 'bedroom tax' provides weak protection for hard cases

20 February, 2013

Concern at the impact of the bedroom tax has finally tipped into the mainstream, as real families have come forward to share their fears about what April will bring

'Tax' on soldier son's bedroom in Crawley

20 February, 2013

A father from Crawley who keeps two bedrooms free at his council house for his grown-up son and his granddaughter says he is angry that his benefits will now be cut

Labour attacks 'perverse' bedroom tax

18 February, 2013

The coalition government's bedroom tax is 'perverse' the shadow employment minister has said

'We won't put up with this': Residents facing brunt of 'bedroom tax' will refuse to pay

18 February, 2013

The so-called 'bedroom tax' will affect 660,000 social housing tenants. In Leeds, Jonathan Brown finds that some of them are in fighting mood

Haringey council tax ruling taken to Court of Appeal

18 February, 2013

A single mother who opposes plans to make people on benefits contribute to their council tax bill has taken her legal battle to the Court of Appeal

LIN Press Release - Information on Direct payment of Universal Credit Housing costs direct to landlords

15 February, 2013

Universal Credit (UC) - Guidance on Personal Budgeting Support

67,000 pensioners to be hit by bedroom tax

15 February, 2013

More than 67,000 pensioners could be hit by the bedroom tax - despite the government's insistence the controversial policy will only apply to people of working age

Tenants avoid bedroom tax after Knowsley reclassifies homes

15 February, 2013

Knowsley Housing Trust is reclassifying 566 properties as smaller homes, in a move which will help tenants affected by the bedroom tax

Direct payments housing association: 'Welfare reforms could cost us £10m a year'

14 February, 2013

Wakefield and District HA who are taking part in the DWP Direct Payment demonstration projects says the Government's welfare reforms could end up costing it £10million a year

'Social landlords don't have to collect the bedroom tax'

14 February, 2013

Current claims that the bedroom tax will increase the housing benefit bill by forcing under occupiers into the private sector are one dimensional

Bedroom tax hardship fund 'should be increased'

14 February, 2013

A total of 61 MPs have signed an early day motion calling for an increase in the size of a hardship fund to help people affected by the bedroom tax

Benefit cuts: London tenants told to move away from Capital

14 February, 2013

Camden council is considering shipping tenants that'll be hit by the coming benefit cuts as far away as Leicester and Birmingham

Social landlord backs motion to help those hit by bedroom tax

14 February, 2013

Liverpool Mutual Homes is backing a Parliamentary motion to increase Discretionary Housing Payment funding in the face of the coming bedroom tax

London council forced to move families away

14 February, 2013

A London council is considering moving up to 2,817 people miles out of the borough because benefit changes mean they will struggle to pay private sector rents

Universal Credit

14 February, 2013

Guidance on personal budgeting support

'Bedroom tax will stop me seeing my kids'

13 February, 2013

A devoted dad fears he will not be able to have regular overnight access to his children when the controversial bedroom tax comes into force

Clegg insists bedroom tax will cut under-occupation

13 February, 2013

The deputy prime minister has insisted penalties for the under-occupation of social housing will help to address the shortage of homes

'Bedroom' tax's impact on northern families

12 February, 2013

Officially it's called the 'under-occupancy charge' but critics have dubbed it the 'bedroom tax'

Room without review: Thoughts on tackling the bedroom tax

12 February, 2013

Report from nearlylegal - housing law, news and comment

£20k benefit cheat prosecuted

12 February, 2013

A woman has been prosecuted for fraudulently claiming nearly £20,000 in housing and council tax benefit and Jobseeker's Allowance

How 'bedroom tax' will impact on communities

12 February, 2013

BBC information video

'I do not accept the bedroom tax is a tax'

12 February, 2013

David Cameron made that rather self-defeating comment in the Commons on the 6th February during Prime Minister's Questions

Gloucestershire food bank plugs benefits delays

11 February, 2013

A food bank charity has said nearly half its users in Gloucestershire rely on food bank supplies due to delays in the benefits process

Universal Credit - Local support services framework

11 February, 2013

The Local support services framework states it will be up to the DWP to make exceptions to normal payment rules such as paying the housing element of Universal Credit direct to landlords

LIN Press Release - Universal Credit (UC)

11 February, 2013

The local support services framework for the government's flagship welfare reform, Universal Credit, states it will be up to the DWP to make exceptions to normal payment rules such as paying the housing element of the credit to landlords

Would you like a new house in your life? Try speed dating

11 February, 2013

Housing associations in Bristol are inviting their tenants to a 'Speed Dating for Houses' event, in an effort to confront the coming 'bedroom tax'

Bedroom tax 'won't work in Liverpool'

11 February, 2013

The government's bedroom tax won't work in Liverpool, a housing association targeted by protestors has said

'The bedroom tax won't work in Liverpool' - LMH

08 February, 2013

A shortage of one and two-bed social housing properties in Liverpool will result in more working age tenants being hit harder than other parts of the country under the Government's bedroom tax

Bad (green) deal

08 February, 2013

The so-called 'bedroom tax' has dominated the headlines over the past few days

Poor told to move to Birmingham: Tory chief says 'London's not everything' as housing benefit cap strugglers face placements away from London

08 February, 2013

The Town Hall is looking at placing families stung by benefit cuts in cities as far away as Birmingham and Leicester

People 'should work more' to pay bedroom tax

08 February, 2013

People affected by the bedroom tax should work extra hours to pay for their spare room if they want to keep it

London borough declares bedroom tax "morally right"

08 February, 2013

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has come out in favour of the Government's bedroom tax saying it is "morally right"

Bedroom tax activists stage protest at LMH offices

07 February, 2013

Activists are currently staging a protest against the forthcoming 'bedroom tax' at the offices of Liverpool Mutual Homes

Work longer to keep spare room, says pensions minister

07 February, 2013

People facing a cut in housing benefit because they have a spare room in their council home could work more hours to keep it, the pension minister has said

'Bedroom tax' will cost taxpayers more

06 February, 2013

The government's controversial new "bedroom tax" will cost rather than save money in parts of the country, it has been claimed

'Bedroom tax': Carer criticises housing benefit cut

06 February, 2013

A man who gave up work to care for his sick wife is "disgusted" at the so-called "bedroom tax" which may see him lose £60 a month in housing benefit

Welfare reform day 2 - Spotlight on the 'Bedroom Tax'

05 February, 2013

TWO out of every five housing benefits claimants in Glasgow could be hit by the UK Government's new 'Bedroom Tax', say opponents of the changes

'Bedroom tax' is "morally right" says Hammersmith and Fulham Council

05 February, 2013

A West London council has made a strong declaration of support for the Government's so-called'bedroom tax' - calling it the "morally right" thing to do

How will the 'bedroom tax' work?

05 February, 2013

A forthcoming change in housing benefit rules has been dubbed the "bedroom tax", and the name has stuck

Warning over 'bedroom tax' evictions

04 February, 2013

Tenants in social housing with a spare room could be facing a cut in housing benefit

Under-occupation and the new policy framework

04 February, 2013

Report by the Cambridge Centre for Housing & Planning Research

Campaigners unite to fight housing benefit cuts

01 February, 2013

More than 30 tenant, trade union and campaign groups are linking up to build a national umbrella campaign to fight cuts to housing benefit

Editor's blog: why the bedroom tax is not the poll tax of the Cameron era

01 February, 2013

Though a poorly-designed policy with little hope of success, the spare room cut won't unite opposition on its own

Benefit Cap

01 February, 2013

DWP information leaflet - updated

Grieving Liverpool parents told dead son's room will be hit with bedroom tax

01 February, 2013

A grieving Liverpool family were told they must pay the controversial "bedroom tax" after their son choked to death on a sweet

Vulnerable residents mount High Court challenge to controversial council tax changes

31 January, 2013

Councils across the UK are facing High Court action after vulnerable residents launched legal action challenging controversial new council tax policies which they claim will "hit the poor hardest".

No Clear Benefit

31 January, 2013

The financial impact of Council Tax Benefit reform on low income households

'Millions of low-income households' face council tax rise

31 January, 2013

Millions of the poorest households face council tax rises because most councils in England will pass on a 10% benefit funding cut, research suggests

PMQs: Bedroom tax and housing benefit clash

30 January, 2013

David Cameron says the thousands of people in privately rented accommodation who "cannot afford extra bedrooms" show why housing benefits must be reformed

Who needs a spare room, anyway?

30 January, 2013

I'm sure Lord Freud would love the chance to swap just one of his eight bedrooms in his comfy mansion for a single sofa

The Bedroom Tax exemplifies everything that is wrong with this coalition government

30 January, 2013

The Bedroom Tax is this Government's sickest joke

New 'poll tax' blow for UK's poorest

30 January, 2013

Reforms leave millions facing bills of up to £600

Rent cards could avoid direct payment problems

30 January, 2013

Housing benefit could be put on pre-payment cards to ensure it is spent on rent, a think tank has suggested

Going spare

29 January, 2013

With just 62 days left the bedroom tax has gone mainstream in parliament and the national press

Set in place solid foundations - Then tackle the myriad of welfare reforms

28 January, 2013

LIN complimentary report for landlords

Government 'could change' bedroom tax

28 January, 2013

A junior minister has said the controversial bedroom tax could change if there are impacts the government has 'not thought of'

Freud: Direct payments will not reduce incomes

28 January, 2013

Lord David Freud said he does not expect landlords to 'suffer sudden losses of income' as a result of direct payment of benefit to tenants

The spare bedroom tax: a mess of contradiction and impossibility

28 January, 2013

In April the new 'spare bedroom tax' comes into force, meaning many low-income families and disabled people will be forced to move or face yet more cuts. The implications are frightening

Tenants get £40 boost to open jam jar accounts

28 January, 2013

Walsall housing association is offering its tenants financial incentives to open up jam jar accounts

Housing benefit cheat jailed

28 January, 2013

A man who fraudulently claimed £12,500 in housing benefit by using fake tenancy documents has been jailed for 12 months

Universal Credit

28 January, 2013

Lord Freud conference speech

Merseyside families to be hit with yearly £16 million 'bedroom tax' bill

25 January, 2013

Analysis of DWP data by the NHF has revealed that the Government's 'bedroom tax' could cost Merseyside's social tenants over £16 million a year

landlords should get systems in place before Universal Credit

25 January, 2013

Here Claire Turner, director of LIN, argues that landlords should take steps to prepare for Universal Credit before payments are made direct to tenants

Landlord to cushion bedroom tax blow

25 January, 2013

A housing association plans to pay tenants the amount they will lose through the bedroom tax over three years as a lump sum cash incentive to downsize

Evictions warning over housing benefit reforms

24 January, 2013

Changes to housing benefit later this year could lead to a rise in evictions, a key housing body has warned

Millions to struggle with rents under welfare reforms

24 January, 2013

A million people living in social housing could struggle with their rent and end up in debt as a result of the Government's welfare shakeup

Benefit changes may cause evictions, says housing federation

24 January, 2013

Changes to housing benefit could lead to a rise in evictions, according to the National Housing Federation

Nameless housing benefit fraudster jailed

23 January, 2013

A Ruislip man who used a fraudulently obtained passport to scam over £14,000 in benefits has been jailed

'The sleights of hand in the changes to Local Housing Allowance funding'

23 January, 2013

David Lawrenson explains the "work arounds" and the sleights of hand involved in the latest changes in Local Housing Allowance funding

Supporting People funding boost is a mirage for cash-strapped councils

23 January, 2013

Whitehall allocations process suggests SP boost but 'obscures' real funding cuts that leave local authorities out of pocket

MPs debate impact of 'bedroom tax' changes in Wales

22 January, 2013

MPs will discuss the impact of a so-called "bedroom tax" which will impose an under-occupancy penalty on tenants

Council tax blow to people on benefits

21 January, 2013

The London borough of Haringey is planning to make people on benefits pay a percentage of council tax

Benefits and child credits squeeze pushes 200,000 children into poverty

18 January, 2013

Government admits statistic that Labour says shows children are victims of Tory 'games' and 'economic failure'

Councils protest at benefit cap switch

18 January, 2013

Councils being hit first by the benefits cap plan to lobby the government over fears they will be disadvantaged by the surprise move

Landlord to host 'soap opera' about benefit changes

17 January, 2013

New Charter Homes is turning its offices into the venue for a 'soap opera' to help tell tenants about important changes to their welfare benefits

Police officer sentenced for housing benefit fraud

17 January, 2013

A former Suffolk police officer has been handed a 12-month community supervision order after admitting fraudulently claiming housing and council tax benefits

Relief for poor families as Welsh Government makes council tax U-turn

17 January, 2013

Around 250,000 of Wales' most deprived families will not have to pay council tax after all following a major U-turn by the Welsh Government

Exempt accommodation update

17 January, 2013

NHF report on how the reform of benefits to cover housing costs will affect people living in supported and sheltered housing

Poorer households face postcode lottery as council tax benefit cuts bite

15 January, 2013

Research shows 670,000 working-age claimants will have to pay council tax for the first time in April

The direct payment guinea pigs

11 January, 2013

Inside Housing examines the results of six pilot projects, which have been testing the new system since June, to find out what landlords can expect

LIN Press release - Universal Credit Service Charges

09 January, 2013

Universal Credit service charges - guidance for landlords

Benefit cut set to hit forces families

07 January, 2013

The bedroom tax will penalise families with empty bedrooms - forcing tenants to downsize or pay for the rooms. It means service personnel deployed away from home could have nowhere to come back to when they are on leave

Labour urges temporary jobs for long-term unemployed

04 January, 2013

Labour has said it would offer the long-term unemployed a guarantee of a six-month job if it was in government

Action on council tax

04 January, 2013

The Communities Secretary hailed new rules for 2013 that mean taxpayers can now choose to pay their bill over 12 months rather than 10

Measures to reduce Housing Benefit expenditure - an overview

03 January, 2013

Briefing by the Libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

Paying the housing element of Universal Credit direct to tenants in social rented housing

03 January, 2013

Briefing by the Libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

LIN Memebr Report January 2013 - The Household Benefit Cap

03 January, 2013

Briefing by the Libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

Battle over plan to cap benefits ahead of Commons vote

02 January, 2013

It is unfair for benefits to rise at a faster rate than wages, the work and pensions secretary has said ahead of a key Commons vote on capping benefits

Direct housing benefit credits 'could push a million into debt'

01 January, 2013

Paying housing benefit directly to claimants could be a threat to the vulnerable, say social policy groups

Council protecting low paid from council tax hikes

01 January, 2013

Wandsworth Council has confirmed that it will protect its low income residents from the higher council tax bills that are due as part of the Government's welfare changes

Three-quarters of local authorities to put up council tax for poorest families

01 January, 2013

Bills will rise by up to £600 a year for some struggling households, according to research by thinktank

Universal Credit

01 January, 2013

2013 Focus LA Led Pilots Monthly Update December 2012

City to cut council tax support by 20 per cent

27 December, 2012

Families in one of the UK's largest cities are facing a 20% cut in council tax benefit under proposals expected to be approved next month

Website tracking council tax benefit changes launched

24 December, 2012

A think tank has launched a website tracking changes to council tax support in England

Young claimants shut out of private rented sector

24 December, 2012

Just 1.5 % of rental properties are available to single people on benefits, according to research from homelessness charity Crisis

Number of homeless families in B&Bs on the rise

24 December, 2012

Official figure doubled from 1,230 to 2,460 in London between 2010 and 2011, and rose again in first six months of 2012

DWP confirms benefit cap to be trialled in 4 London boroughs

21 December, 2012

The Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed that the benefits cap will be introduced across four London boroughs in April

'Government's benefit cuts will make 14,000 working families in Tower Hamlets worse off'

21 December, 2012

The Goverment's decision to cap benefit increases at 1% will leave 14,000 working families in Tower Hamlets worse off, Labour has claimed

Benefit Cap implementation

21 December, 2012

The DWP have confirmed the four London LAs where the Benefit Cap roll out will start in April - Bromley, Croydon, Enfield and Haringey

Localising Support for Council Tax - Taking work incentives into account

21 December, 2012

Localising Council Tax Support - This document updates the guidance that was published in May 2012

LIN Press Release - Benefit Cap news

21 December, 2012

Benefit Cap news: Phased roll-out

Tenants handed computers in Christmas giveaway

21 December, 2012

Newlon Fusion, the community arm of Newlon Housing Trust is presenting tenants with computers and training as part of work to prepare for the impact of welfare reforms

Temporary accommodation

21 December, 2012

NHF submission to DWP in response to their update on temporary accommodation reforms

Editor's blog: my Christmas wish is for housing to find a voice on welfare

21 December, 2012

Latest evidence on rent arrears under universal credit is damning, but next analysis will come too late

Benefit Cap implementation

20 December, 2012

The Department for Work and Pensions today confirmed the four London local authorities where the Benefit Cap roll out will start in April

Cameron finally admits he lied on HB

19 December, 2012

Back in January 2012 at PMQS Cameron said Housing Benefit has reduced and then claimed when challenged on this that it had fallen and consistently maintained that line

Arrears 'too high' on demonstration projects

18 December, 2012

The arrears percentage on the Government's direct payment demonstration projects is "too high" and would be hard for landlords to support in the longer term, warns CIH

Direct payment projects warn of creeping arrears

18 December, 2012

The creeping of arrears in the direct payment demonstration projects is further evidence landlords will need to provide a range of payment options

Charity launches legal challenge to benefit cuts

18 December, 2012

Changes to the way housing benefit payments are calculated will be challenged in the High Court

Direct Payment projects: Rent worth more than £500,000 not collected

17 December, 2012

More than £500k of rent was not collected by RSL's and LA's during the first four months of the Government's Direct Payment Demonstration Projects

Housing provider's adviser army to prepare 1000s of tenants for welfare reform

17 December, 2012

A housing provider is sending out an army of advisers to inform its tenants about the Government's imminent welfare reforms

Discretionary Housing Payments

17 December, 2012

DWP response to the consultation on the Discretionary Housing Payments guidance manual

LIN Press release - Direct payment pilots report increased arrears

17 December, 2012

Landlords testing direct payment of benefit failed to collect 8 per cent of rent on average in the first four months of the six pilot projects

Housing benefit changes challenged in high court

17 December, 2012

Z2K charity says plans to link housing benefit to inflation rather than rents are 'unlawful and undemocratic'

Would payment of housing benefit to landlords create a stable private sector?

11 December, 2012

Labour will address direct payment in exchange for offering longer, more stable tenancies. Will the policy work?

Direct payments will require landlord to collect extra £23m a year

10 December, 2012

Golden Gates has warned that the move to pay housing benefit directly to tenants as part of UC will require it to collect an extra £23m each year

Social landlord's 'stark warning' so far ignored by 700 'under occupiers'

10 December, 2012

A social landlord which wrote to 1,400 'under occupying' tenants who will be affected by the coming Bedroom Tax is yet to receive replies from half of them

Localising council tax support - Council tax reduction scheme (default scheme) regulations - taking account of Universal Credit income

10 December, 2012

This document now provides some worked examples of how default scheme universal credit provisions operate

Direct payment to cost pilot landlord £8 million a year

07 December, 2012

The Department for Work and Pensions has insisted its plans for direct payment of benefit will proceed despite a landlord on a pilot project claiming the policy will cost it £8 million a year

Housing benefit to rise less than rate of inflation

06 December, 2012

Payment increases to landlords to be capped at 1% from 2014, while plan to end housing benefits for under-25s is dropped

Osborne unveils fresh welfare cuts

06 December, 2012

George Osborne has announced a series of welfare cuts in his autumn statement

Landlords 'deeply concerned' over new benefit caps

06 December, 2012

Housing associations are "deeply concerned" around proposals to cap working age benefit increases

Autumn Statement: At-a-glance summary of key point

05 December, 2012

Chancellor George Osborne has updated MPs on the state of the economy and the government's future plans in his Autumn Statemen

George Osborne set to drop plan to end housing benefit for under-25s

03 December, 2012

Lib Dems revolt against David Cameron's 'unjust' move in runup to chancellor's autumn statement

£1.1 billion lost to Housing Benefit fraud and error

03 December, 2012

Over a billion pounds worth of Housing Benefit expenditure was lost to fraud and official error between April 2011 and March 2012

Landlord warning on Benefits Changes

30 November, 2012

The National Landlords Association has concerns about changes to benefits

DWP IT system causes benefit data backlog

26 November, 2012

Concerned councils left overloaded by system crucial to government welfare reforms

Welfare reform and not paying the rent

23 November, 2012

Government plans to change the way social housing tenants pay their rent, could have serious consequences for some of the poorest people in Britain

Universal Credit implementation: meeting the needs of vulnerable claimants

23 November, 2012

Work and Pensions Committee - Third Report

Benefits stigma in Britain

22 November, 2012

Report by Turn2us

'Bedroom tax' dilemma for social housing tenants

20 November, 2012

Research seen by the BBC suggests almost 95,000 people in England could be forced into arrears because there are no smaller homes for them to move into

Social tenants' finances and vulnerability to direct payments

20 November, 2012

NHF report which identifies those who will struggle with move to Universal Credit

Supreme Court paves way for 'bedroom tax' appeal

19 November, 2012

The Supreme Court has granted the Government permission to challenge a ruling which held that the housing benefit regulations discriminate against disabled people

Cable defends 'immoral' benefit cap

19 November, 2012

Vince Cable has defended the coalition government's £26,000-a-year benefits cap following criticism from a high profile Liberal Democrat colleague.

Young benefit claimants must do 30 hours of weekly 'community work'

15 November, 2012

A new mandatory scheme designed to get young people off of benefits has been announced by Mark Hoban, the employment minister

Freud admits reforms could force families to move

15 November, 2012

The minister for welfare reform Lord David Freud has admitted that a reduced cap on housing benefit could force families in high-value areas to move

HB bill has risen by £37.85p PER SECOND since election

14 November, 2012

Today sees the release of the latest HB figures from the DWP

'Beyond cynical': ministers, housing benefit cuts, and homelessness

13 November, 2012

There has been uproar over council plans to house vulnerable homeless families many miles away from where they live

Government claim that universal credit will always make work pay for single parents is at risk of failure, new research shows

13 November, 2012

Universal credit will fail to provide all working single parent families with a route out of poverty, and act as a disincentive to work longer hours for some

Benefits reform under threat after IT glitch

12 November, 2012

National roll-out of flagship policy delayed by at least a year as costs soar and key personnel quit

Cutting housing benefit for under-25s 'is unworkable and irresponsible'

12 November, 2012

Crisis says move to save £1.8bn risks condemning thousands of vulnerable young people to homelessness

McCausland rules out call for six-month freeze on government's 'bedroom tax'

12 November, 2012

Northern Ireland's social development minister has ruled out any postponement of the "bedroom tax", due to be introduced in April next year

RLA/SAL Universal Credit Survey

09 November, 2012

Landlords in the PRS have rejected the Government's welfare reform plans for HB, and point to a lack of housing in the sector to cope with the Government's changes

HB Direct

09 November, 2012

November 2012 - includes information on Council Tax Support, Supported 'exempt' accommodation and Universal Credit, Temporary accommodation, Universal Credit and the HB Direct pilots

Knock, knock

09 November, 2012

Who's there? This is the question Aspire Housing is asking tenants during visits to their homes to find out who will be hit by the bedroom tax next April

Direct payment tenants taken to court

08 November, 2012

One of the HA's involved in the Government's direct payment demonstration projects has warned social landlords to get strict with their arrears policy ahead of UC

£5.67: the value of £1 spent on confidence and skills for tenants

08 November, 2012

With the Social Value Act coming into force next year, housing associations are fighting to prove their financial worth

Iain Duncan Smith: direct payments to remain for refuges

07 November, 2012

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has told MPs that domestic violence victims will see their housing benefit paid directy to their refuge under Universal Credit

Landlords reject direct payment plans

07 November, 2012

Private landlords would be less likely to rent to benefit claimants if it is up to councils to decide whether housing benefit can be paid direct to the landlord after tenants reach eight weeks arrears

The cost of running a home

06 November, 2012

A guide from Wolverhampton Homes which aims to give an idea of those costs that tenants will have to budget for when running their own home

The best of British banking

06 November, 2012

A report by Accent on basic bank accounts for Consumer Focus

Direct payment to landlord scheme has cut private rents, says Freud

05 November, 2012

A temporary scheme to enable private landlords to receive direct housing benefit payments in return for dropping rents has been a success, welfare reform minister Lord Freud has said

PDF: Lost benefits - An article from February 2004

05 November, 2012

Disturbing results from a trial of direct housing benefit payments mean the government should think long and hard before applying the reform to the social sector

Bedroom Tax Guidance

05 November, 2012

CIH Scotland - This practice guidance is aimed primarily at Scottish social landlords - i.e. local authority landlords and registered social landlords

April is the cruellest month

05 November, 2012

Every time you think you have got your head around the impact of the April 2013 welfare changes you realise you have forgotten something that makes it even worse

London housing crisis: benefit bill soars as rents rise and wages lag

05 November, 2012

New government data on in-work households in the capital claiming housing benefit illustrates the impact of high rents, especially in the poorer suburbs

Evaluation of the Direct Payment Demonstration Projects- Emerging Learning

02 November, 2012

This is the second report in this series

Managing the Impact of Housing Benefit Reform

02 November, 2012

National Audit Office Report

NIFHA calls for bedroom tax delay

02 November, 2012

The Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations has called for a six month postponement to the introduction of the under-occupation penalty

Landlords plan bank account

02 November, 2012

A group of Greater Manchester landlords is working with local credit unions to set up a new type of bank account to help thousands of tenants who could be made worse off by welfare reform

Direct payments landlord wants policy u-turn

02 November, 2012

The CEX of Wakefield and District Housing who are involved in the Government's direct payment demonstration projects says he hopes the results will change policy to allow tenants to retain the choice to have HB paid to their landlord

Government can't even convince own members of council tax plans, claims MP

01 November, 2012

A Labour MP has claimed that the Government's plans to localise council tax support is in such a "shambles" that they can't even convince their own members to support it

Council stands to lose £70m in welfare shake-up

01 November, 2012

One of England's largest local authorities stands to lose £70m over the next five years as its tenants feel the brunt of welfare cuts

Housing benefit changes: Warning over affordable housing shortfalls

01 November, 2012

Plans to change the way HB is calculated could leave half of local authority areas in England with shortfalls of properties affordable to LHA claimants, the NAO

Government agrees to council tax benefit review

01 November, 2012

The government has accepted an amendment from the House of Lords requiring it to review its controversial council tax benefit localisation policy within three years

No regrets, says direct payments landlord

31 October, 2012

Family Mosaic says it's pleased it's taken part in the Direct Payment demonstration project as it has given it a better understanding of how to prepare itself and its tenants ahead of UC

Housing associations and provision for destitute migrants

31 October, 2012

Social landlords can take advantage of a pack that has been launched to prevent migrants being homeless

Localising support for council tax

30 October, 2012

Amendments to draft regulations relating to default scheme under universal credit published by Department for Communities and Local Government

DWP issues warnings to households in benefit cap hotspots

30 October, 2012

Nearly 89,000 households across Great Britain may be affected by next April's household benefit cap, with 42% living in social housing, according to the DWP

DWP holds back data on direct payment pilots

30 October, 2012

The Department for Work and Pensions has insisted tenants are ready to manage their own money but is not yet releasing data from its direct payment pilot projects

Lord Freud told to explain 'unique circumstances' of direct payments concession

29 October, 2012

A Labour MP has called for an urgent debate or statement from Lord Freud as to why he has let tenants in Northern Ireland continue to have HB paid directly to their landlord under UC

Sanctions and conditionality briefing

29 October, 2012

NHF Report

Localising support for council tax: Re-stated default scheme universal credit provisions

29 October, 2012

Re-stated default scheme universal credit provisions taking into account minor amendments/simplifications since the July 2012 publication

Localising support for council tax: Explanatory note on re-stated default scheme universal credit provisions

29 October, 2012

Explanatory note on re-stated default scheme universal credit provisions, detailing how these support work incentives and take into account minor amendments/simplifications since the July 2012 publication

IDS plans 'two-child' family benefit cap

26 October, 2012

Families claiming child-related benefits may find the amount they are entitled to capped at two children, the work and pensions secretary said today

Landlords to access tenants benefit data

26 October, 2012

Housing associations in Liverpool have launched a new IT system with the city council's benefits service that will give them access to tenants' benefit data

Open letter to landlords: why renting to housing benefit claimants makes sense

26 October, 2012

Put those prejudices aside. This is a real period of opportunity for those letting properties in the private rented sector

Are banks turning their backs on state-sponsored Universal Credit accounts?

26 October, 2012

It appears not all is going to plan with the DWP's attempts to get a national payment supplier to offer 'budgeting accounts' for Universal Credit claimants

Lib Dems will not back child benefits cap

26 October, 2012

The Liberal Democrats will not back a call from the work and pensions secretary to cap child-related benefits for families with more than two children

Millions set aside to cover welfare costs

26 October, 2012

The UK's largest landlords are stockpiling cash in preparation for next year's onslaught of welfare reforms

Legal aid cuts 'will exacerbate benefit delays'

26 October, 2012

Charities have warned that delays in transferring successful asylum seekers from Home Office support to mainstream benefits could get worse when legal aid cuts kick in next year

No welfare concessions for Scotland and Wales

26 October, 2012

The Scottish and Welsh governments are unlikely to gain concessions on welfare reform, despite Northern Irish politicians successfully challenging the changes

Housing Benefit Spending: Busting the Myths

24 October, 2012

The growing government Housing Benefit bill is due to a shortage of social rented housing and increased subsidies for expensive private sector rents, new research from the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has revealed

Benefits encourage problem families, says Iain Duncan Smith

24 October, 2012

The welfare system is "promoting destructive behaviour" by encouraging poorer families to have more children and denying them the incentive to get a job, the Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith will warn

Universal Credit: Northern Ireland to continue direct payments to landlords

23 October, 2012

Tenants in Northern Ireland will still be able to have their housing costs paid directly to their landlord, it has been announced

Scotland: 77% of 'severely disadvantaged' families living in social housing

23 October, 2012

A new report has estimated that up to 24,000 families in Scotland face severe disadvantages, of which 77% are currently living in social housing

Peers win council tax benefit review

23 October, 2012

Peers have defeated the government on an amendment to the Local Government Finance Bill

SFHA: Benefit bill due to lack of social homes

23 October, 2012

The growing HB bill is due to a shortage of social rented housing and increased subsidies for expensive private sector rents, new research from the SFHA has found

Housing benefit limit only for future claimants

22 October, 2012

Plans to end housing benefit for under-25s would only apply to new claimants, the Department for Work and Pensions has said

Home Truths 2012: the housing market in England

22 October, 2012

This National Housing Federation report says that by the next election one million earners will be dependent on welfare to afford rent

Northern Ireland tenants 'worst hit' by bedroom tax

22 October, 2012

The bedroom tax will cost housing association tenants in Northern Ireland more than £70,000 a week, the chief executive of a membership body has said

Local authorities to seek minimum council tax payments

19 October, 2012

More than 100 councils fear they cannot plug the funding cuts in council tax benefit by hiking up rates on empty and second homes

Minister's domestic abuse warning about welfare reforms

19 October, 2012

Welfare reforms could make it harder for female victims of domestic abuse to leave violent partners, according to Welsh government minister

Industry pans payment control

19 October, 2012

Plans to introduce pre-payment cards to restrict how groups of people spend their benefit money risk stigmatising claimants, housing organisations have warned

Localising support for council tax: Transitional grant scheme

19 October, 2012

DCLG is making available an additional £100m for one year to support those LAs in developing well-designed council tax support schemes and maintain positive incentives to work

Is the benefit system too baffling to be solved?

18 October, 2012

Simplifying welfare is a top government priority. But why are benefits so baffling?

Tenants 'not confident' about direct payments

18 October, 2012

One in three social housing tenants on benefit are not confident they can keep up to date with rental payments if they receive their benefit direct, a report has found

Peer calls for disabled exemption to bedroom tax

18 October, 2012

A Labour peer has called for thousands of disabled people to be exempt from the bedroom tax

Cameron 'standing up for wrong people' in benefit cuts row

18 October, 2012

David Cameron has been accused of "standing up for the wrong people" as charities warn that up to half a million disabled people will be worse off under Universal Credit

Council offering £25k payout to tenants who downsize homes

17 October, 2012

Camden Council is offering up to £25k for tenants to downsize to smaller homes

Lords fear bedroom tax will hurt disabled tenants

17 October, 2012

Peers have raised concerns about the impact of the bedroom tax on disabled people - and said discretionary housing payments will do little to help the problem

Government's extra £100m council tax transition cash 'too little too late'

16 October, 2012

The Government has launched a further £100m of funding to help local authorities launch new council tax support schemes from next April

Conservative-run Wandsworth to protect council tax benefit entitlement

16 October, 2012

A flagship Conservative-run local authority says it will plough on with the current council tax benefit scheme for residents in the borough - and will pick up the tab for doing so

LIN Member Report October 2012 - How to tackle under-occupation

15 October, 2012

This LIN member report is written by Rebecca Wilkie.

120,000 troubled families could be legally banned from spending benefits on alcohol and tobacco

15 October, 2012

Troubled families living on benefits will be legally barred from spending welfare money on alcohol and tobacco, under plans being drawn up in Whitehall

Clegg vows to oppose age limit on housing benefit

15 October, 2012

Nick Clegg has vowed to oppose a 'blanket ban' on housing benefit for under 25-year-olds, but stressed further welfare cuts will be needed

Discretionary Housing payments

12 October, 2012

Report by the NHF

Data sharing

12 October, 2012

Report by the NHF

Council Tax changes

12 October, 2012

Report by the NHF

Call for housing associations to collect council tax

12 October, 2012

A West Midlands-based housing association says it's worth exploring the idea of social landlords collecting council tax on behalf of local authorities as a result of the Government's welfare reform

Lord Best tables council tax rise amendment

11 October, 2012

The president of the Local Government Association has tabled an amendment to legislation in order to allow councils to charge single-person households more council tax

£8m in DHP funds left unspent by councils

10 October, 2012

Councils across Britain failed to spend nearly £8m in Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) last year, a Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed

Jury out on state-sponsored bank accounts for Universal Credit

10 October, 2012

Housing associations have given a cautious welcome to Government plans to subsidise for a year bank accounts that would help claimants manage monthly payments under Universal Credit

Technology could limit how benefits are spent

10 October, 2012

Think tank Demos has called for the government to use new technology to control how people spend their benefit

PM confirms age limit plan for housing benefit

10 October, 2012

David Cameron has confirmed the government will look to end automatic housing benefit for under 25-year-olds

Osborne's housing benefit proposals 'will hit families with children hardest'

09 October, 2012

Charities say impact of cutting housing benefit for under-25s would be to discourage mobility and increase homelessness

Conservative conference: Welfare needs 'cultural shift'

09 October, 2012

The government will bring about a "complete cultural shift" in its efforts to end reliance on benefits, Iain Duncan Smith has promised

Cutting under-25's housing benefit will increase youth homelessness

09 October, 2012

History tells us that George Osborne's plan to remove housing benefit based on age instead of need will have a severe impact on young people

Why aren't councils claiming millions in DHP funds to help homeless tenants?

09 October, 2012

Freedom of Information request obtained by Landlord Information Network which shows that hundreds of councils have underspent on their DHP pot

Tory MP outlines exemptions to under-25s benefit cut

09 October, 2012

Plans to stop under-25s claiming housing benefit would not affect anyone coming out of care or fleeing domestic violence, a parliamentary aide has clarified

Child starved to death after benefits delay

08 October, 2012

The government has been warned it must urgently fix flaws in its support system for successful asylum seekers, after a destitute child starved to death in temporary accommodation in Westminster

Benefit pilot avoids arrears

08 October, 2012

A Scottish housing association claims to have so far avoided arrears in its universal credit direct payment pilot by not insisting on direct debits

George Osborne in £10bn benefit cut vow

08 October, 2012

Chancellor George Osborne will tell the Tory conference that the government is determined to cut a further £10bn from the benefits budget to fight the deficit

Planning minister to raise direct payment concerns

08 October, 2012

An influential government minister has pledged to raise the issue of stopping paying HB direct to landlords with the DWP after concern with the impact of the policy on investment in new homes

Universal Credit and HB cuts: something for something?

08 October, 2012

Shelter Policy Blog

Anger mounts as chancellor commits Tories to £10bn of welfare cuts

08 October, 2012

Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed the Conservative Party's pledge to find £10bn of welfare savings by the first full year of the next Parliament, despite warnings from charities and housing providers

Cut rents, not benefits, Tories told

08 October, 2012

A politician has warned that further cuts to welfare for young Londoners could exacerbate rising homelessness and harm the economy

Bedroom tax: concern over homeless lodger scheme

05 October, 2012

Crawley BC has played down concerns tenants will be forced to take in a homeless lodger in its bid to mitigate the impacts of the Government's under-occupation penalties

HB Direct

05 October, 2012

October 2012 - includes information about welfare reforms and the benefit cap

Public want controls on benefit spending

04 October, 2012

The majority of the public want benefit spend monitored, according to a recent poll

Should empty second homes be charged increased rates of council tax?

04 October, 2012

Camden council will charge second home owners an increased council tax rate if their properties are left empty for more than two years. Should others follow suit?

Housing association steps up interventions on direct payment project

03 October, 2012

One of the HA's involved in the Government's direct payment demonstration projects says more interventions are being taken to collect unpaid rent

Housing associations call on DWP to answer 'big questions' on supported housing

03 October, 2012

The National Housing Federation is calling on the Government to answer the "big questions" on the future of housing benefit for supported housing

Hilary Benn: Bedroom tax is a shameful policy

02 October, 2012

The government's so-called 'bedroom tax' is a "shameful policy", shadow secretary of state for communities and local government, Hilary Benn has said

Universal Credit: Claimants could keep fortnightly payments for two years

28 September, 2012

Welfare reform minister Lord Freud says Universal Credit claimants could keep fortnightly payments for up to two years with their cases reviewed periodically

Council withdraws benefits from man with autistic son

27 September, 2012

A London borough which was forced to pay out damages to a father after his autistic son was illegally removed from his care have threatened to withdraw the family's housing benefit

How to - Help tenants manage their money

27 September, 2012

CIH guide for housing staff

Welfare bill could lead to increase in homeless

27 September, 2012

People on benefits could be made homeless if housing payments are no longer made directly to landlords as part of the proposed welfare reforms, an MLA has warned

Council tax: the easy way to make mansion-dwellers pay

26 September, 2012

Adding further bands to this locally raised tax would be fair and effective. But our politicians lack the guts

Universal Credit regulations date

26 September, 2012

Ministers have confirmed that Universal Credit regulations will be laid after the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Autumn Statement on 5 December

Universal Credit Announcements

26 September, 2012

In a letter to the SSAC the DWP has confirmed that initially exempt accommodation cases will still be handled as part of HB rather than as part of universal credit housing costs

Jobs, skills and unemployment in Scotland 2012

25 September, 2012

CESI report

Government eyes end to benefits and inflation link

21 September, 2012

The government is considering ending the automatic annual increase in benefits in line with inflation

Burgess vows to mitigate impact of welfare reforms

21 September, 2012

The new Scottish housing and welfare minister has vowed to help the poorest members of society cope with reforms to the benefits system which 'threaten to hit Scots hard'

Housing association warns sector after direct payments blow

19 September, 2012

Payment errors in the first 2 months of a project to pay tenants HB directly has seen a HA warn the sector over the importance of communication with LA's, residents and the DWP

Universal Credit: Freud lays down criteria for new bank accounts

19 September, 2012

Ministers are calling for a range of suppliers to explore the feasibility of new financial products to help benefit claimants budget and manage their money under Universal Credit

Who can afford retirement housing?

19 September, 2012

Joseph Rowntree report

Freud: New financial products to help Universal Credit claimants manage money

18 September, 2012

Ministers are calling for a range of suppliers to explore the feasibility of new financial products to help benefit claimants budget and manage their money

New monthly universal credit scheme to go ahead, says IDS

18 September, 2012

One of the biggest attempted reforms of Britain's welfare system will go ahead according to the Gov's timetable despite a host of warnings about what could go wrong

DWP clarifies advance payments' for Universal Credit claimants

18 September, 2012

Welfare reform minister Lord Freud says benefit claimants used to being paid fortnightly will be able to opt in for an advance payment to bridge them on to the monthly system of Universal Credit

The housing benefits cap means a wretched life for thousands in B&Bs

17 September, 2012

Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reform will leave families already on the lowest housing rung with nowhere to go

Local authorities expect half of poor residents to refuse to pay council tax

16 September, 2012

Councils are budgeting for large losses after coalition's benefit changes mean 2 million low-income workers must pay tax

Iain Duncan Smith moots plan to reshuffle benefits staff

14 September, 2012

Some of the 20,000 HB staff under threat by the forthcoming Universal Credit system could be found new roles dealing with Council Tax Benefit

LIN Member Report September 2012 - Case Study - Helping Landlords to prepare for Welfare Reform

13 September, 2012

This LIN member report is written by Claire Turner and Peter Hall

Landlord fears Universal Credit could deter self-employed

12 September, 2012

A housing association has warned the Government that strict new rules for Universal Credit could "totally undermine" efforts by landlords to support residents starting up their own businesses

IDS to look at 'social housing broadband tariff' for Universal Credit

12 September, 2012

Iain Duncan Smith says the Government will explore a 'social housing broadband tariff' to enable those to claim the new Universal Credit online

Universal credits and changes to benefit claims debate

11 September, 2012

The row over the new universal credits - with a government bid to simplify benefits - saw Welfare Secretary Iain Duncan Smith face questions from MPs in the Commons

Housing associations talking to DWP over 'benefit verifier' role

10 September, 2012

Places for People and several other large housing associations have been in talks with the DWP about joint-working initiatives to smooth the roll-out of UC next year

Newham fears benefit cap blow for temporary households

10 September, 2012

The London borough of Newham wants the Government to drop planned restrictions on councils housing families outside of their area

Homeless Westminster families offered housing 54 miles away

10 September, 2012

Homeless families in Westminster are being offered accommodation as distant as Bletchley - 54 miles away

Fears raised over digital benefits

10 September, 2012

MPs have been warned that people from disadvantaged backgrounds may suffer if the government pushes ahead with plans to digitise the benefits system

Charity concerned welfare reform is increasing homelessness

07 September, 2012

Homeless Link is concerned that welfare reform could be driving an increase in homelessness - as new figures show an alarming rise in cases of people losing their homes

Housing Benefit cheat prosecuted

07 September, 2012

A Housing Benefit cheat has been given 150 hours of unpaid work and £450 fine after illegally claiming more than £7,000 in benefits

It Shouldn't Happen Here

06 September, 2012

Parents go hungry to feed children, according to research from Save The Children

Housing association offers £10,000 to release spare bedrooms

06 September, 2012

To tackle the bedroom tax, Viridian has introduced an incentive scheme helping under-occupiers switch accommodation.

Plans to move Iain Duncan Smith is hardly reassuring for housing associations

05 September, 2012

According to reports, IDS was offered the Ministry of Justice role, with the Government keen on the hard-line approach of Chris Grayling to spearhead its further assault on the welfare bill

'Spare room tax' will affect disabled people says Bromford Group

04 September, 2012

People with disabilities in the West Midlands could be severely affected by changes to the benefits system, warns Bromford Group

London borough facing £3m shortfall in council tax benefit shake-up

03 September, 2012

Islington Council says it's facing a £3m shortfall in funding to support residents with their council tax as a result of Government reforms

NHF commissions welfare reform study

03 September, 2012

The NHF has commissioned Ipsos Mori & Cambridge University to carry out a sector-wide assessment of how the gov's welfare changes will hit landlords and their tenants

Supported housing rent row sparks care crisis

31 August, 2012

Benefit payment disputes leave supported housing providers running on empty

Localising support for council tax - Council tax base and funding for local precepting authorities: Consultation

30 August, 2012

This consultation sets out the Government's proposals to provide certainty to local precepting authorities by allowing the council tax base for those areas to be calculated excluding localised council tax support reductions. Consultation closing date 9.10.12

'Jam Jar' Accounts

28 August, 2012

Landlords are beginning to develop their own mechanisms to protect their rental income.

Discretionary Housing Payments Consultation

28 August, 2012

NHF consultation response

Fear of poverty: just like it was in 1912?

27 August, 2012

Living in cuts-and-austerity Britain is generating the same anxieties as those expressed by the Edwardian poor, claims the Salvation Army

Landlords pay tenants to open 'jam jar' accounts

24 August, 2012

Housing associations are paying tenants to open credit union accounts to protect their rental income from forthcoming welfare reforms.By encouraging tenants to open 'jam jar' accounts the organisations hope to ease the impact of the universal credit, which will be phased in from October 2013.

Beating the bedroom tax

23 August, 2012

Landlords will do what they can to help under-occupying tenants, but concerns remain for disabled tenants

Preventing the poverty premium - Lottery invests over £31m

23 August, 2012

Money-saving expert Martin Lewis, National Housing Federation and Citizens Advice are backing a multi-million pound Big Lottery Fund initiative aimed at preventing thousands of the most vulnerable people living in social housing across England from falling into a spiral of debt

Economic pressures drive young adults home to roost

23 August, 2012

Families rediscover the financial benefits of intergenerational living as high house prices, increased unemployment and care issues take their toll, Aviva report says

Social tenants to accept bedroom tax penalty

22 August, 2012

Nearly half of social tenants who will be affected by the government's 'bedroom tax' are not prepared to move to smaller properties, research has found

Case law argues London's priced out tenants are 'homeless'

21 August, 2012

Legal precedent demands that tenants unable to meet unaffordable housing costs are legally homeless - What does this mean in today's London?

Tenants in under-occupied homes will have to move

21 August, 2012

Tenants who live in homes with more bedrooms than people will be moved - or face losing their housing benefits

Your Homes Newcastle Take A Dramatic Approach To Tenant Arrears

20 August, 2012

Your Homes Newcastle has taken an innovative approach to arrears recovery as part of their ongoing staff development

Tenants on direct payment pilots pay rent on time

17 August, 2012

The majority of tenants of two landlords taking part in direct payment pilot projects have made their first rent payments on time

Publicising discretionary hardship fund criticised

17 August, 2012

A call on councils to more aggressively promote a hardship fund by the Department for Work and Pensions has been criticised

Feeling the strain - DHPs

17 August, 2012

An in-depth look at the system of Discretionary Housing Payments by Keith Cooper, Inside Housing

The impact of Welfare Reform on housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland

17 August, 2012

Scottish Federation of Housing Associations Report

Publicising discretionary hardship fund criticised

17 August, 2012

A call on councils to more aggressively promote a hardship fund by the Department for Work and Pensions has been criticised

Government told to step-in if welfare cuts increase homelessness

16 August, 2012

A national charity wants a commitment from the Government to 'respond quickly' should welfare reform lead to a rise in homelessness

DWP opportunities for local partnership working

16 August, 2012

DWP aspire to join up public services such as health, housing, transport, employment and skills to help local people back into work

Women's Aid concerns over Universal Credit and Housing Benefit changes

15 August, 2012

Charity Women's Aid has voiced concerns over the implementation of Universal Credit and changes to Housing Benefit

Touch base - DWP e-zine

15 August, 2012

August 2012

Landlord urges tenants to use 'jam jar' accounts

15 August, 2012

A west midlands landlord is encouraging tenants to set up 'jam jar' accounts with a local credit union to help them manage their finances once welfare reforms come into force

Universal credit penalties 'will increase debt'

15 August, 2012

Penalties for benefit recipients who run up debts - including rent arrears - are too high and will lead to hardship and a cycle of debt, a homelessness group has warned

Creating a reward society through the social housing sector

15 August, 2012

To get the society you want, you must reward the type of behaviour you want to see. Banks already know this, but what about housing providers?

IT firms fear council tax benefit collapse

14 August, 2012

A North London council says LA's are finding it difficult to find an 'affordable' IT supplier to devise a system for the Gov's new council tax benefit regime

Housing benefit caps see tenants move out of London borough

14 August, 2012

Over 30% of HB clmts in Camden who were claiming LHA when the caps were introduced last year have either moved out of the borough or have met the rent out of other income

Benefit cap

14 August, 2012

Frequently asked questions for local authorities

LIN Member Report August 2012 - Welfare Reform Case Study - Vela Group

13 August, 2012

This LIN member report is written by Claire Turner, Lynn McPartlin and Anthony Scarre.

Welfare reform will leave social tenants perpetually poor

13 August, 2012

Households already struggling before the financial crisis are now find their incomes eroded, creating greater dependency

London borough fears Poll Tax return

13 August, 2012

The London borough of Camden fears the government's council tax benefit reform is like going back to the dark days of the Poll Tax - which saw rioting across British towns and cities

Why are older people exempted from the impact of welfare reform?

13 August, 2012

Elderly people commonly underoccupy property, overconsume assets, and put pressure on rent and house prices

Editor's blog: five unanswered questions about welfare reform

13 August, 2012

With the weight of expectation lying on their shoulders, housing providers wait for clarity and confidence from government

Should social landlords pass on the bedroom tax to tenants?

10 August, 2012

The tax on underoccupation could cost social landlords more than it saves. Reducing rent could be the answer

Councils stockpile benefits war chest

10 August, 2012

Councils are stockpiling money from a hardship fund that helps tenants hit by welfare reforms because they are expecting a huge jump in need next year

Bedroom tax offer for training tenants

10 August, 2012

Liverpool Mutual Homes is planning to pay the bedroom tax for tenants who complete training programmes or voluntary activities on its estates

Localising the social fund: moving too fast?

09 August, 2012

Councils are left with little time to prepare for the responsibility of awarding crisis loans and community care grants

DWP: 'no plans' to increase bedroom tax reductions

09 August, 2012

The DWP says it currently has "no plans" to amend the percentage reduction rates for the 'bedroom tax' that will hit social housing tenants next April

Credit crunch

09 August, 2012

From: Inside edge

LIN Press release - Evaluation of the Direct Payment Demonstration Projects

09 August, 2012

Evaluation of the Direct Payment Demonstration Projects- Emerging Learning

Housing benefit: 'Homes will have to be handed to the private sector'

09 August, 2012

Notting Hill Housing faces an end to 700 tenancies when the housing benefit cap hits London households next year

Calls for Edinburgh report on welfare reform

08 August, 2012

The impact of the government's welfare reform is likely to be scrutinised by Edinburgh Council

Universal credit doesn't help tenants off benefits and into work

08 August, 2012

New regulations remove the incentives that support unemployed residents back into work

Unintended consequences: Local Housing Allowance

08 August, 2012

People Place and Policy report

What is 'vulnerable'?

08 August, 2012

If you thought the new Universal Credit regulations were done, dusted and ready for implementation, you'd be wrong.

Man made homeless over housing benefit cuts in tent protest outside council

08 August, 2012

A homeless man pitched his tent outside Swindon Council's offices after he claimed housing benefit cuts made him homeless - and was rehoused hours later

Working lives: preparing for direct payment of housing benefit

08 August, 2012

Vulnerable tenants will see housing benefit paid directly to their landlord despite Universal Credit. But who is considered vulnerable?

Hilary Benn: Council tax benefit reform like poll tax

07 August, 2012

Hilary Benn has slammed the government's council tax benefit reform, likening the policy to the poll tax

Drop in families claiming housing benefit over £30,000

07 August, 2012

Nearly 1,400 families received in excess of £30,000 in housing benefit as of March 2012, official figures show

Lord Freud: 'We must allow people to run their lives independently'

07 August, 2012

The architect of welfare reform on how the DWP will tackle low pay and how the housing sector can help tenants off benefits

Wales to launch 'NHS-style' welfare service

06 August, 2012

Welsh housing minister pledges to create an 'NHS-type' welfare advice service to cope with a predicted spike in the number of people hit by welfare reforms

Lord Best calls for council tax rise for single people

06 August, 2012

Single-person households would pay more council tax under proposals from the president of the Local Government Association

Remand prisoners - thematic review

03 August, 2012

An HM Inspectorate of Prisons survey of 4,868 prisoners at 33 local prisons discovered just 20% on remand said they knew who to contact for help on housing issues when they were released

Rent a Room scheme

03 August, 2012

Adactus Survey Results

Council to sell empty homes for £1 to tenants hit by housing benefit cuts

02 August, 2012

Stoke-on-Trent Council wants to offer loans of £30k to families hit by housing benefit cuts to refurbish empty homes which it will sell to them for a £1

Universal Credit: Confusion over who informs DWP of rent changes

02 August, 2012

Housing Associations are seeking clarity over who will inform the DWP about annual rent increases under Universal Credit

Hunger strikers protest against housing benefit cuts

02 August, 2012

Three men have launched a hunger strike outside Camden Town Hall to protest against housing benefit cuts which they say have left them homeless and unable to access healthcare

Barnet plans to remove Council Tax discounts

02 August, 2012

Barnet Council has proposed removing exemptions on empty properties and second homes, to cover costs of the Gov's planned 10% reduction in Council Tax support

DHPs - Public Consultation

02 August, 2012

Consultation seeking views on the Discretionary Housing Payments guidance manual. Consultation closing date 31.8.12

HB/CTB A6/2012

02 August, 2012

HB/CTB circular - Court of Appeal judgment: Burnip, Trengove and Gorry

Council tax on Welsh empty homes could double

02 August, 2012

Councils in Wales could be allowed to charge up to double the cost of council tax on long-term empty homes

Getting tenants online: housing officers as digital champions

02 August, 2012

There is a serious lack of personal digital skills in the UK and we need a new kind of housing officer who can train tenants

LIN Press release - DWP model documents

01 August, 2012

Support for Housing Benefit claimants to meet any rent shortfall - model documents

Social Security Advisory Committee's call for evidence on the Universal Credit regulations

01 August, 2012

Crisis response to the SSAC consultation on Universal Credit

Housing associations offer £50 cashback for tenants to switch to direct debit

01 August, 2012

Adactus Group tenants are being offered £50 cashback if they switch to paying their rent by direct debit

Social Security Advisory Committee's call for evidence on the Universal Credit regulations

01 August, 2012

St Mungo's response to the SSAC: Universal Credit and related regulations

Social Security Advisory Committee's call for evidence on the Universal Credit regulations

31 July, 2012

NHF response to the SSAC: Universal Credit and related regulations

Council house tenants in Devon paid to downsize

31 July, 2012

More than £700,000 worth of cash incentives have been paid out to social housing tenants in Devon to encourage them to move into smaller properties

Understanding Downsizing

31 July, 2012

An Intergenerational Foundation report

Lib Dems plot revolt over Tory plans for more welfare cuts

31 July, 2012

Grassroots wants to fight next election with pledge to wipe out deficit by raising taxes on wealthy

Fairer by design: efficient tax reform for those on low to middle incomes

31 July, 2012

Tax rules favour mansion owners over council tenants

Social Security Advisory Committee's call for evidence on the Universal Credit regulations

31 July, 2012

CIH response response to the SSAC: Universal Credit and related regulations

Fears council tax benefit cut will jeopardise income

27 July, 2012

Councils across England are devising strategies to protect tenants and prevent arrears from rocketing due to a 10 per cent cut to council tax benefit

Benefit reforms will cause 'family breakdown'

27 July, 2012

New rules will leave young benefit claimants struggling to contribute towards their households' rent, leading to family breakdown, housing bodies have warned

Fears council tax benefit cut will jeopardise income

27 July, 2012

Councils across England are devising strategies to protect tenants and prevent arrears from rocketing due to a 10 per cent cut to council tax benefit

Is localising Council Tax Benefit good or bad?

27 July, 2012

Joseph Rowntree foundation blog

Plan to cut 'bedroom tax' death exemption period under Universal Credit

26 July, 2012

Gov plans to cut the time allowed after a death before a tenant becomes eligible for 'bedroom tax' penalties is "harsh and unnecessary", according to NHF

Housing association offers tenants up to £10,000 for spare rooms

26 July, 2012

Viridian housing association is offering tenants up to £10,000 to downsize ahead of new rules which come in next April penalising social tenants with spare bedrooms

Benefit reforms will cause 'family breakdown'

26 July, 2012

New rules will leave young benefit claimants struggling to contribute towards their households' rent, leading to family breakdown, housing bodies have warned

The poll tax is back from the dead - it's Cameron localism

25 July, 2012

The council tax benefit 'reform' is yet another example of the axe being devolved - and of the poorest being hit hardest

Tax and benefit policy: insights from behavioural economics

25 July, 2012

Institute for Fiscal Studies report

Universal Credit Regulations: SSAC call for evidence

24 July, 2012

Read this new briefing before sending your response to the Social Security Advisory Committee

Benefit cap factsheet

24 July, 2012

Updated 24.7.12

LIN press release - HB Direct and Service charges

24 July, 2012

Information on Housing Benefit Direct and Service Charges under Universal Credit

Freud names local authority pilot long-list for Universal Credit

23 July, 2012

The DWP have named fifteen local authorities in England recommended as potential pilot sites for Universal Credit

Freud: Bedroom tax will ease overcrowding

23 July, 2012

The coalition government's bedroom tax will ease overcrowding and help tackle the shortage of social housing, Lord David Freud has said

Rise in working housing benefit claimants

20 July, 2012

The number of employed people claiming housing benefit has increased again - despite a drop in the overall number of claimants

Tenant discovers 'bedroom tax' loophole

19 July, 2012

We learn this week that a tenant who had pored through the regs had discovered a loophole in the 'bedroom tax' regs and had duly informed their L/L

Housing Benefit recipients

19 July, 2012

Aged under 25 by Local Authority, March 2012

Housing Benefit recipients

19 July, 2012

Aged under 25 by Local Authority, March 2012 (Tables)

Welfare reform: direct payment landlord hires 20 staff to support tenants

18 July, 2012

WDH (part of the direct payment demonstration project) has recruited 20 previously unemployed people to offer support to tenants hit by welfare reform

Welfare Benefit Reform

18 July, 2012

A Private Landlord Briefing

Benefit cap

17 July, 2012

Ad hoc statistics on early feedback from claimants who are at risk of having their benefit capped in April 2013

Draft Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Prescribed Requirements) Regulations

17 July, 2012

These draft regulations relate to the prescribed requirements of Council Tax Reduction Schemes

Draft Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Default Scheme) Regulations

17 July, 2012

These draft regulations relate to the Default Council Tax Reduction Scheme

Localising support for council tax

17 July, 2012

Explanatory Note on Draft Regulations

Government claims benefit cap is already pushing people into work

17 July, 2012

1,700 claimants who may have been affected by next April's household benefit cap have moved into work with a further 5,000 requesting back-to-work support

Universal Credit benefit reforms 'threatened by IT system'

16 July, 2012

Flagship reforms of the welfare system are under threat because the IT scheme behind the project is £100m over budget and plagued by glitches

When worlds collide: regeneration and the bedroom tax crisis

13 July, 2012

The government's policies on housing will hit the north hard, and with few local Conservative representatives who will fight back?

Landlord offers 'budgeting accounts' ahead of Universal Credit

13 July, 2012

Walsall Housing Group, is signing tenants up to new budgeting accounts - offered through its local credit union - ahead of Universal Credit next year

DWP to close bedroom tax loophole

12 July, 2012

The Department for Work and Pensions has pledged to close a loophole which would have inadvertently exempted long-term housing association tenants from the bedroom tax

Tenants tell landlord they can take 'bedroom tax' hit

12 July, 2012

A housing association in the North West says some of the 2,300 tenants it has started to contact about housing benefit cuts believe they can afford to stay in their homes

Yarlington Housing Group asks tenants to downsize

12 July, 2012

A housing association in Somerset has begun asking its tenants to consider downsizing to free up larger family-sized houses

Bereavement Benefit for the 21st Century

11 July, 2012

New proposals for better supporting people on benefits after the loss of a spouse or civil partner have been set out by Lord Freud

Housing benefit cheat sent child to private school

10 July, 2012

A housing benefit cheat who lied about being a single mother sent her child to a private school in Ireland

Under-occupation clause in council's new fixed-term tenancies

10 July, 2012

Barnet warns that their new 2-5 year fixed-term tenancies will not normally be renewed where a tenant is under-occupying by one room or more

Jargon warning after 40 different households ignore same benefit cut letter

10 July, 2012

Lambeth councillor warns social landlords to carefully consider communications to tenants around welfare reform after 40 households ignore benefit cut letter

Extra 20,000 'under-occupiers' to lose housing benefit entitlement

09 July, 2012

The Government has doubled the number of partial HB claimants it believes will lose all of their entitlement as a result of the new under-occupation rules

Under 25s to be offered two-year council tenancies in London borough

09 July, 2012

Most young people under 25 will be offered 2 year fixed-term tenancies in Barnet, while the majority of new tenants will be offered 5 year terms

English Housing Survey: Household Report 2010-11

06 July, 2012

Published July 2012

Welfare cuts: housing benefit claimants not welcome here

06 July, 2012

Only a fraction of private rented homes in Hackney are affordable under welfare reforms, and many L/L's are actively refusing to let to HB recipients

Landlord part-funding housing benefit officer

06 July, 2012

Trident Group is part-funding a member of the HB team in Birmingham CC in a bid to support residents and ensure claims are handled as efficiently as possible

How to - Reduce underoccupation

06 July, 2012

CIH good practice Guide

Data-sharing and welfare reform

05 July, 2012

New powers from 2 July allow local authorities to share information with social landlords on who may be affected by the bedroom tax and benefit cap

Housing benefit cut 'will see rise in homelessness'

05 July, 2012

Poll shows majority concerned about fallout from Cameron's plan to end aid for under-25s

Petition calls for rethink on direct payment

05 July, 2012

Private landlords have set up a petition urging the government to rethink its approach to making housing benefit payments direct to tenants

Co-operative accommodation: towards a mutually agreeable housing

05 July, 2012

The PM's plans to remove housing benefit from the under-25s is symptomatic of a failed system - how can mutualisation help?

Every new 'affordable home' to cost £17,500 in increased housing benefit

04 July, 2012

Taxpayers will have to fork out £17,500 in increased HB costs for every new home built under the Gov's Affordable Rent programme according to NAO

HB/CTB A4/2012

03 July, 2012

Housing and Council Tax Benefit Circular - Housing Benefit size criteria restrictions for working age claimants in the social rented sector from 1 April 2013

Benefit Cap

03 July, 2012

Frequently asked questions

Hull fraudster claimed £100k housing benefit

02 July, 2012

A HULL businessman who claimed more than £100,000 in false housing benefit has been forced to pay most of the money back

Housing Association and Welfare Rights Best Practice Guide

01 July, 2012

Scottish Federation Of Housing Association publication

Fewer service charges to be covered by benefits

29 June, 2012

Proposed new rules could lead to fewer service charges being covered by housing benefit, sector experts have warned

New banking concept to protect rents

29 June, 2012

Gentoo is in talks with credit unions about setting up 'jam jar accounts' to protect its income stream

Southwark in private rent cap negotiations

29 June, 2012

Southwark Council could be the first UK local authority to introduce a rent cap for private landlords to make their homes more affordable to benefit claimants

Benefit 'shock' in draft Universal Credit regs

29 June, 2012

Benefit claimants absent from home due to long-term hospital care will only be eligible for 6 months HB not 12 months, under the draft UC regulations

MPs 'surprised' at Cameron's attack on his Government's benefit reform

29 June, 2012

MPs have expressed "surprise" at the Prime Minster's attack on non-dependant deductions which have been reformed by his Government

Wellingborough's Fish shop: pooling resources in times of financial crisis

28 June, 2012

Bringing housing, public health and employment services together helps to save money and improve quality of life

Make jobs, not cuts, to reduce reliance on the state

28 June, 2012

Most people want to work, so cutting welfare won't help: only a co-ordinated effort in Whitehall will truly reduce dependency

MSPs pass Scottish welfare changes

28 June, 2012

Proposed new laws to "limit the impact" of UK-wide welfare reforms in Scotland have been passed by MSPs

No sense in taxpayer funding '1 million spare rooms in social rented sector' - Chris Grayling

27 June, 2012

Mr Grayling was responding to another MP's concerns in the House of Commons about the impacts of the new under-occupation rules from April 2013

Plan to Remove Housing Benefit from Under-25s "Unfair" - SFHA

27 June, 2012

An idea put forward this week by the Prime Minister to scrap HB for under-25s has been described as unfair and counter-productive by the SFHA

Homeownership drop to create £8bn benefit bill

27 June, 2012

The cost of HB for elderly people will soar by £8b a year by 2060 unless steps are taken to address falling homeownership, a think tank has warned

Charities submit joint letter to Prime Minister

27 June, 2012

Shelter has signed a joint letter to the Prime Minister today, in response to Conservative Party proposals to cut housing benefit for under 25s

Cameron takes aim at non-dependant deductions

26 June, 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron has taken aim at non-dependant deductions (NDD) when referring to families who want their adult children to stay living at home

Long-term unemployed 'could have benefits cut'

26 June, 2012

Unemployment benefits could be cut for people who fail to get work over long periods of time, under Conservative plans to change the welfare system

DWP Stakeholder Bulletin

26 June, 2012

June 2012

David Cameron's 17 ideas to cut extra £10bn from welfare

26 June, 2012

David Cameron's proposals come on top of restrictions to benefits in the Welfare Act, to be introduced from 2013

BBC Rogue Traders' Dan Penteado admits benefit fraud

26 June, 2012

A presenter on the BBC consumer affairs programme Rogue Traders has admitted illegally claiming housing and council tax benefits totalling £24,000

Welfare Wales: 'Confusion' on regional benefits

26 June, 2012

Welsh ministers have accused the UK coalition government of "a great deal of confusion" over the idea of regional benefits

Landlord helps tenants claim £3m of benefits

26 June, 2012

Radian housing association found that tenants had not claimed benefits worth £3 million over the course of a year

Housing figures criticise PM's benefit plans

26 June, 2012

Housing figures have criticised David Cameron's suggestion that housing benefit could be removed for under 25s pointing out many claimants are in employment

Cameron to axe housing benefits for feckless under 25s

25 June, 2012

Prime Minister reveals housing benefit will be scrapped for under 25s and dole money will be stopped for those who refuse to find work

Cameron targeting social housing entry age with benefit bill assault

25 June, 2012

Iain Duncan Smith says the prime minister's discussion on welfare support is partly focusing on the average age at which people enter into social housing, currently 21

The Social Security (Information-sharing in relation to Welfare Services etc.) Regulations 2012

25 June, 2012

Data sharing regulations for social sector landlords which covers information referring to housing benefit, under-occupation, the benefits cap etc

Councils underspend payments for struggling households by £8m

25 June, 2012

A quarter of the £30m fund for discretionary housing payments left untouched compounds concerns over the scheme's efficiency

Is scrapping housing benefit for under-25s a good idea?

25 June, 2012

The prime minister David Cameron says the policy would save £2bn a year, and send out a clear message on welfare

Economic gap between young and old significantly worse since 2008 – study

25 June, 2012

Findings will fuel row over David Cameron's promise to shield pensioners while targeting welfare cuts on the young

Welfare speech

25 June, 2012

Speech by Prime Minister David Cameron on welfare, at Bluewater, Kent on Monday 25th June, 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron considers benefit cuts

24 June, 2012

BBC One's Sunday Politics video clip

Government to end extended payments

22 June, 2012

The new benefits system will disincentivise people to work by abolishing temporary payments which cover claimants' housing costs when they find a job

UK's largest stock-holding council in 'bedroom tax' avoidance bid

22 June, 2012

The UK's largest stock holding council says a new consortium will help tenants avoid benefit cuts and protect landlords' rental income

Benefit cuts blamed for rise in homelessness and B&B use

22 June, 2012

Councils are blaming government cuts to HB for rising homelessness applications and a huge increase in the use of bed and breakfast accommodation

Scottish landlords issue warning over welfare cuts

21 June, 2012

The changes to welfare payments will put at risk efforts to improve social housing and build new affordable homes, according to housing reps in Scotland

Housing benefit is out of control, but there is an alternative

21 June, 2012

Councils should be given an affordable housing grant to boost building, making rents - and subsidies - less expensive

50,000 North East families to be hit by 'bedroom tax'

18 June, 2012

Up to 50,000 North East families could be affected by the so-called 'bedroom tax', figures from the National Housing Federation highlight

LHA landlords told to seek alternatives to eviction

18 June, 2012

The umbrella body for local authorities in London has warned against hasty evictions after a report found tenants in the capital are being hit hardest by benefit cuts

Landlord can't rehouse 'bedroom tax' families

18 June, 2012

A north east housing association is warning it has only 16 homes to rehouse 2,500 tenants affected by the 'bedroom tax'

Research shows 'worrying' impact of housing benefit cap

18 June, 2012

Study shows landlords in London are three times more likely to evict tenants on housing benefit than elsewhere in UK

Housing Benefit Cap regulations

18 June, 2012

Welfare Reform Regulations

Monitoring the impact of changes to the Local Housing Allowance system of housing benefit:summary of early findings

15 June, 2012

The first report from an independent research into housing benefit reform

NHF warns against bedroom tax rises

15 June, 2012

Federation also calls for landlords to say what defines under-occupation

Walsall's biggest social landlord eyes bigger credit union take-up

14 June, 2012

Walsall-based social landlord whg says it's working with its local credit union to support tenants hit by the Government's welfare reforms

LIN Member Report June 2012 - More money to spare: How local authorities are still failing to award discretionary housing payments

14 June, 2012

LIN June member report by Neil Merrick which looks at the DHP fund, which is one measure, that could help offset the impact of the Welfare Reforms

Direct payments: Council no longer fearing dramatic increase in arrears

14 June, 2012

One of the councils involved in the Government's HB demonstration projects says it no longer fears a dramatic increase in arrears

Discretionary Housing Payments in Wales

14 June, 2012

Shelter Cymru - policy briefing

Lord Freud quizzed on bedroom numbers in heated welfare address

13 June, 2012

Lord Freud has been quizzed on how many homes he owned and how many bedrooms he had in a heated debate on welfare reform

LIN Memebr Report June 2012 - Making it Fit: a guide to preparing for the social sector size criteria

13 June, 2012

Toolkit published to help landlords prepare for the bedroom tax

Mandatory consideration of revision before appeal

13 June, 2012

Government interim response to public consultation

Housing 2012: the sector must meet the challenge of welfare reform

13 June, 2012

Housing is key to the transformation of the welfare system and breaking dependency, says the minister for welfare reform

Direct housing benefit switch to 'shake' confidence of investors

12 June, 2012

CEX of Bromford Group warns Government that plans to pay HB direct to tenants will "shake" the confidence of institutional investors

Premium phone line fined for targeting vulnerable

12 June, 2012

A premium rate phone line claiming to help people on benefits find accommodation in the private rented sector has been fined £100,000

Universal credit in Scotland: why we're taking part in a direct payment pilot

12 June, 2012

Dunedin Canmore is the only Scottish housing association to trial direct payment of housing benefit early - here's why

Universal Credit will support young people in work

11 June, 2012

Young people will receive greater incentives to get into work under Universal Credit, Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud has said

Touchbase DWP e-zine

11 June, 2012

June 2012

Lord Freud exclusive: 'Poorest should be prepared to take greatest risks'

11 June, 2012

24housing Editor Jon Land meets Welfare Reform Minister Lord Freud to talk about Universal Credit demonstration projects & under-occupation rules

DWP bids to overturn housing benefit ruling on spare rooms

08 June, 2012

(DWP) is bidding to overturn a ruling that stated the size criteria in the housing benefit regulations discriminate against disabled people

Benefits cap Calculator

07 June, 2012

There is now an online benefits cap calculator on the DirectGov website, where you can test how the benefits cap might affect you

Benefit cap

06 June, 2012

DWP on-line Benefit Cap Calculator

Landlords do not plan to reclassify their homes

01 June, 2012

The majority of England's largest social landlords have ruled out reclassifying properties to enable tenants to avoid the 'bedroom tax'

Reforms to Council Tax benefit 'could undermine Universal Credit'

01 June, 2012

Government plans to localise council tax benefit while cutting funding for it by 10% threatens to undermine the new Universal Credit system

Should rent charged be linked to the services tenants choose to use?

01 June, 2012

Darrin Gamble asks why housing associations don't just charge their customers for the services they need and use

Housing Benefit: Size Criteria for People Renting in the Social Rented Sector

01 June, 2012

Introducing restrictions to Housing Benefit for working age customers living in the social rented sector

Reforming Council Tax Benefit

31 May, 2012

Joseph Rowntree report

Benefits spending blows out by £9bn

31 May, 2012

Benefit spending will be £9bn higher than planned because of Coalition's failure to get people off welfare, research suggests

Benefit cap factsheet

31 May, 2012

From April 2013 the Benefit cap will be implemented for new and existing claimants via a deduction from Housing Benefit

Amount of young adults living with parents rises 20%

30 May, 2012

Nearly 3 million young adults were living with their parents in 2011, an increase of nearly 500,000 from 1997 according to the Office of National Statistics

Young, hidden and homeless

29 May, 2012

Crisis briefing

Housing benefit changes

28 May, 2012

Advice and information for tenants

Charity calls for rent cap as 600 families face being made homeless

25 May, 2012

A homeless charity has called for rent controls after it was revealed that 600 families face being made homeless because of housing benefit changes

Early roll out of Universal Credit to go live in Manchester and Cheshire

25 May, 2012

Universal Credit will go live in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire region in April 2013 – six months before the national roll-out

Fraud Guide

25 May, 2012

The Fraud Guide is used by DWP staff who investigate allegations of benefit fraud

Freud insists welfare reforms are cutting rents

25 May, 2012

Lord David Freud has insisted that rents are coming down as a result of the coalition's welfare reforms

Ruling could force 'bedroom tax' change

24 May, 2012

Charity warns - The Gov will have to amend the under-occupation housing benefit rules pending its decision to appeal against a recent court judgement

Direct payment could double rent arrears

24 May, 2012

Housing associations are anticipating rent arrears could double as a result of moves to pay housing welfare payments direct to tenants

New Universal Credit benefit to be tested in North West

24 May, 2012

The new single benefit, which the government claims will simplify the welfare system, is to be introduced six months earlier than planned

Housing Association bids to help residents caught in a new benefit trap

24 May, 2012

SHA is taking action to ensure its tenants are forewarned about new HB rules which could leave them up to £14 a week worse off

Violent offenders forced into shared accommodation by welfare changes

23 May, 2012

Attempts to protect tenants from harm are flawed, leaving dangerous and vulnerable people slipping through the net

Window cleaner benefit cheat Thomas Kenny jailed

23 May, 2012

A Bootle man who was caught on camera working as a window cleaner while claiming disability benefits has been jailed for a £33,000 benefit fraud

Freud under fire for bedroom tax 'ruse'

23 May, 2012

Housing professionals have demanded the welfare minister 'own up' to the motivation for the government's controversial bedroom tax

Near 30,000 increase in housing benefit recipients pushes claims over 5 million

21 May, 2012

The number of people claiming housing benefit has topped 5 million, according to Government statistics

Suffolk pair dishonestly claimed housing benefit

21 May, 2012

A man and a woman who dishonestly claimed £42,000 in housing benefit, have been given an eight month prison sentence, suspended for two years

Danger system will 'explode around the edges', warns housing boss

18 May, 2012

A CEX has warned there are "real dangers" in the way the Government is cutting welfare payments

Housing benefit claims reach record level

18 May, 2012

The number of housing benefit claimants in the United Kingdom has broken the five million barrier for the first time

Court ruling could force rethink on bedroom tax

18 May, 2012

The government could be forced to make changes to its controversial bedroom tax policy following a Court of Appeal ruling this week

LIN Member Report May 2012 - Welfare Reform - Key Changes to Benefits in 2012/13

17 May, 2012

This LIN member report is written by Peter Hall

£25bn further welfare cuts? 'Froth'

17 May, 2012

Lord David Freud has dismissed reports that the prime minister is considering £25 billion of further welfare cuts as 'froth'

Lord Freud urges 'rational approach' to bedroom definitions

17 May, 2012

The architect of the Government's welfare reforms has urged social landlords to take a 'rational approach' to bedroom definitions ahead of HB changes

The housing benefit drain from central London begins

17 May, 2012

A woman born and raised in Ladbroke Grove in west London has been moved out to Dagenham following the government's cut to housing benefit

Complex benefit system leading to fraud and error

17 May, 2012

New fraud and error figures show why fundamental reform of the benefits system is so vital, Ministers have said

Smartphones and tablets save £1m a year for frontline housing staff

16 May, 2012

ALMO Your Homes Newcastle has invested in new software that will help overhaul its tenant concierge service

HB Direct Newsletter May 2012

16 May, 2012

May 2012

MSPs support Scottish welfare changes

16 May, 2012

Proposed new laws to "limit the impact" of UK-wide welfare reforms in Scotland should be passed, MSPs have said

'Victory for rights of disabled' as Government loses spare room benefit case

15 May, 2012

A charity is hailing a victory for rights of disabled people after Court of Appeal rules the HB regs size criteria discriminate against disabled

Report questions legality of household benefit cap

15 May, 2012

The government may have broken equality laws when introducing the total household benefits cap, according to watchdog the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Judgement to force changes to benefit rules

15 May, 2012

Housing benefit rules for private rented tenants discriminate against disabled people and will have to be changed, the Court of Appeal has ruled

Welfare changes could harm work programme

15 May, 2012

The Department for Work and Pensions has failed to consider the impact welfare reform will have on its flagship employment programme, according to a group of MPs

Getting to grips with the nation's welfare

15 May, 2012

Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reforms are welcome but we need to go further

Council severs link between homelessness applications and social tenancies

14 May, 2012

Hammersmith and Fulham Council is to sever the link between a homelessness application and a social housing tenancy as it overhauls allocations policy

Support for people on sickness benefits to get back into the workplace

14 May, 2012

Thousands of people who have been on sickness benefits for more than 15 years have been found fit to work and will now get support to help them back into a job, new analysis reveals

Eviction fear after housing benefit changes

14 May, 2012

BBC Welfare Reforms video

Balancing rights and responsibilities - rebuilding the social security system in the 21st century

11 May, 2012

Malcolm Wicks argues many voters have lost faith in the welfare system and that to revive it the contributory principle needs to be restored

Shapps issues B&B warning to councils

11 May, 2012

The housing minister has warned 20 councils to improve the way they deal with homeless people

Parliament fails to accommodate growing housing problem

11 May, 2012

Letters to the Guardian

Flat rentals hit record highs as tenants forced to pay small homes premium

10 May, 2012

The cost of renting a flat in the UK has a reached record high, with tenants being forced to pay a premium for smaller properties, according to property website FindaProperty.com

Housing providers' approaches to tackling worklessness

10 May, 2012

HACT and Inclusion report outlining how housing providers can increase the impact of employment and skills programmes aimed at getting residents into work

The woman who lives in a shed: how London landlords are cashing in

10 May, 2012

Council finds people living in everything from massively overcrowded houses to a walk-in freezer - and the problem is getting worse

Housing association leads way on direct benefit payments in Scotland

09 May, 2012

Dunedin Canmore Housing Association are the first social landlord in Scotland to take part in the DWP demonstration projects

Bedroom tax: 'In the eye of the perfect storm'

09 May, 2012

with less than a year before it comes into effect, how are those housing associations and their tenants preparing for it in the North of England

Benefits Rates Card

09 May, 2012

From April 2012 - 2013

Save money, downsize

08 May, 2012

Landlord re-launches its 'downsizing' scheme to help assist tenants who may face difficulty with the HB, Welfare Reform, underoccupancy cuts

Government gives one year's notice of benefit cap

08 May, 2012

Letters are being sent this week to households who may be affected by the benefit cap

More than 11,000 households claim benefits worth more than higher rate taxpayers' earnings

07 May, 2012

The figure was disclosed by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith before letters are sent to households this week explaining a new cap on benefits

The future of HB in supported and sheltered housing

07 May, 2012

Support Solutions briefing

Housing providers' approaches to tackling worklessness

04 May, 2012

Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion report

Thousands get first warning they may lose their homes as Coalition's benefits cuts arrive

04 May, 2012

Over 90,000 people begin to hear how they will be affected by the new benefits cap

Thousands to learn if their homes are at risk

04 May, 2012

The National Housing Federation is urging councils to share information with housing associations as thousands of households find out their homes could be put at risk by benefit cuts

Landlords risk breaching loan agreements if they reclassify properties to protect their tenants from the 'bedroom tax'

04 May, 2012

Landlords risk breaching loan agreements if they reclassify properties to protect their tenants from the 'bedroom tax'

Income and Expenditure form

03 May, 2012

Complete an income and expenditure form to ensure that income exceeds expenditure and a tenant has enough excess income to pay any rent shortfall

NHF Finance policy quarterly update

02 May, 2012

Spring 2012 - The update provides a snapshot of a range of finance policy issues including information on Welfare Reform

Underoccupancy and our tenants

02 May, 2012

Adactus Housing Association Survey Results

Charity chief hits out at 'inhumane' work test

02 May, 2012

The government's test to assess whether individuals are suitable for employment is an 'inhumane ordeal' for homeless people, according to head of Crisis

Queries about Housing Benefit expenditure in Merseyside, December 2008 to December 2011

01 May, 2012

Information released under the Freedom of Information Act - May 2012

Fears welfare reforms will increase fast-track evictions

30 April, 2012

Landlords will fast-track possession claims using ‘draconian’ legal measures to defend their businesses against the impact of welfare reform

Duncan Smith opposes Osborne's £10bn welfare cut

30 April, 2012

The work and pensions secretary has suggested £10 billion of further welfare cuts threatened by the chancellor would be opposed by his department

Government to set up 'beds in sheds' task force

30 April, 2012

A new national taskforce will be set up to tackle the issue of "beds in sheds" by taking action against criminal landlords and removing illegal immigrants

Peer pressure

30 April, 2012

The government's welfare reforms faced a fierce opponent in Lord Richard Best as he battled to protect society’s poorest people

Welfare Reform assessing the impact on children

30 April, 2012

Welfare Reform Bill reports by Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY)

New Housing Benefit Regulations (Under-occupation)

30 April, 2012

Read how the draft regulations which govern how the size criteria, also known as the bedroom tax, will be applied. Explanatory cover note by DWP

New Housing Benefit Regulations (Under-occupation)

30 April, 2012

Read the draft regulations

'We're not a dumping ground for London's poor', says Derby councillor

27 April, 2012

A Derby councillor has hit out at proposals that could see London boroughs relocating homeless housing benefit claimants in the East Midlands

Dromey asks London councils to reveal numbers of displaced LHA claimants

27 April, 2012

Labour's Shadow Housing Minister and Shadow Minister for London have written to London councils asking how many homeless people are being housed outside the capital

Bedroom tax deal struck

27 April, 2012

RSL strikes deal with LA to continue providing 1 & 2 bed homes for homeless people, despite smaller properties being prioritised for tenants hit by bedroom tax

Welfare Reform Act

27 April, 2012

Briefing paper from the CIH

Calls for Government to reform LHA following Newham re-housing row

26 April, 2012

Newham Council's plans to re-house 500 families 100 miles away claiming that they can't afford to stay in the borough with HB caps has provoked a media backlash

Newham's housing crisis is an issue of basic morality

26 April, 2012

Peaks & Plains Housing Trust discarded its letter in disgust at the 'lazy' approach to tackling policy change

Waltham Forest admits moving residents to Luton, Margate and Walsall

25 April, 2012

Waltham Forest is the latest London borough to come under scruinty over its decision to house residents in other parts of the country due to a shortage of suitable homes

Westminster weighs up offer to house homeless in the East Midlands

25 April, 2012

A London borough is considering an offer from a hotel group to re-house dozens of homeless housing benefit claimants to Derby and Nottingham

Send Newham families to Stoke? It reflects a broken housing policy

25 April, 2012

Affordable homes are being demolished, while the budget for new builds is halved and the building industry stagnates

'Social cleansing' housing benefit cap row: Grant Shapps hits back

24 April, 2012

The government has defended its housing benefit cap after it emerged London's Newham council was trying to find homes for some families 160 miles away

The Newham Council letter to Stoke-based Brighter Futures Housing Association - in full

24 April, 2012

Here is the text of the letter from Newham Council to Stoke-on-Trent-based Brighter Futures Housing Association requesting that it leases accommodation to more than 500 families

Q&A: Rehousing families on benefits

24 April, 2012

Newham council has been accused of "social cleansing" in London. What is meant by social cleansing, and what will it mean for the city?

Fed warns Newham problems are 'tip of iceberg'

24 April, 2012

Moves by a London council to house families hundreds of miles away from the capital are just the 'tip of the iceberg' the National Housing Federation has warned

Families priced out by benefits cap

24 April, 2012

Shelter is urging the Government to consider the damage inflicted on families by cuts to housing benefit

Bedroom tax: 'Why it's the homeless and the elderly that should be worrying'

20 April, 2012

The far-reaching impact of a policy trimming around the edges of benefit expenditure continues to claim new potential victims

Councils not asking landlords to lower rents

20 April, 2012

Three-quarters of private landlords have not been approached by councils about reducing rents in return for direct payment of local housing allowance

Tackling the bedroom tax: finding new homes for cash-strapped tenants

19 April, 2012

Liverpool Mutual Homes has launched a Mersey-wide lettings scheme to help tenants avoid the penalty for under occupation

Housing chief predicts 'acceleration' of Universal Credit claims

19 April, 2012

CEX believes the Government may look to 'accelerate' the transition of benefit claimants on to Universal Credit to achieve projected welfare savings

DWP to 'leave out definition of bedroom' in under-occupation rules

18 April, 2012

The DWP is set to leave out the definition of a bedroom in its published regulations for the under-occupation penalties for social housing tenants

Car dealer hit with fine over benefit fraud

18 April, 2012

A man who bought and sold cars worth up to £540,000 has been found guilty of benefit fraud after failing to declare money earned while trading

Benefit and Pension rates

18 April, 2012

April 2012

Household incomes' biggest drop in 15 years as family finance squeeze goes on

17 April, 2012

Household incomes saw their biggest drop in 15 years in 2011 as the squeeze on family finances increased

Government to invoke controversial rule in bid to squash LASPO changes

17 April, 2012

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that it will invite the House of Commons to invoke 'financial privilege' to overrule eight of the amendments

Right to Buy hits Westminster rents

17 April, 2012

Westminster Council has negotiated with owners of former council flats to lower rents for households affected by the housing benefit cap

New research reveals true benefits of work experience

17 April, 2012

Young people taking part in a Government-backed work experience placement are more likely to get off benefits and into work, according to research

LIN press release - Under occupation and under-35's

16 April, 2012

LIN press release and information leaflet

'Abroad fraud' warning for benefit thieves

16 April, 2012

Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, sends a warning to people who commit benefit fraud abroad

Warning over housing benefit plan for under-25s

13 April, 2012

Attempts to simplify benefits through universal credit will fail if the government accepts a controversial proposal to stop out-of-work under-25s receiving housing benefit

Cutting housing benefit for under-25s ultimately saves nothing

13 April, 2012

Young housing benefit claimants are infantilised by policymakers, who are ignoring structural economic problems

Real Time Information PAYE pilot goes live at HMRC

12 April, 2012

HMRC has launched a pilot of Real Time Information (RTI) for PAYE.

Ending housing benefit for under-25s? A policy with more holes than a sieve

11 April, 2012

This out-of-touch plan, slipped out just before the bank holiday getaway, contains so many flaws that it surely can't be serious

Benefit cap factsheet

11 April, 2012

DWP information factsheet

'Bedroom tax is a complete change of direction for housing'

10 April, 2012

Discussion on the impact of the 'bedroom tax'

Concern over plan to withdraw housing benefit from under-25s

10 April, 2012

Government proposal would hit thousands of vulnerable young people, charities and campaign groups warn

Abundance of land, shortage of housing

10 April, 2012

The government's 'timid' planning reform will not solve the housing crisis, according to a new report by the Institute of Economic Affairs

Homelessness: 'We're entering a very nasty period'

05 April, 2012

The country is entering a "very nasty period" as homelessness soars to levels "unseen for 25 years", Big Issue founder John Bird has warned

Family budgets hit by 'Bad Friday' bombshell

05 April, 2012

CPAG briefing on the cuts, which families will be affected and the consequences for child poverty

Get Set for Welfare Reform

02 April, 2012

LIN and PHHS can provide support for social sector landlords dealing with the Welfare Reforms

Cost of housing benefit grows as working households struggle to pay rent

02 April, 2012

Almost all new benefit claimants are in employment but hit by wage freezes and shorter hours, study finds

Bishop warns housing benefit cap will lead to 'torn and fractured communities'

30 March, 2012

The former Bishop of Southwark has warned that the Gov's housing benefit cap poses "a real threat to families living in central London communities"

The Growth of In-Work Housing Benefit Claimants: Evidence and policy implications

30 March, 2012

This research analyses the growth of HB claimant numbers in Great Britain in 2010/2011, including the rapid growth in the number of in-work HB claims

Welfare reform: the dangers to older people's housing

30 March, 2012

The Welfare Reform Act will hit older people and their housing providers hard and risks overlooking important changes to vulnerable tenants

When affordable rents are no longer affordable

29 March, 2012

The Government is introducing a £500pw cap on household benefits from 2013, but at the same time, is raising the rents for those on the lowest incomes

Universal Credit: The impact on Passported Benefits

28 March, 2012

DWP have published the government's response to SSAC's report into the impact of Universal Credit on passported benefits

Committee seeking views on welfare reform

27 March, 2012

A parliamentary committee in Scotland has called for suggestions for how Scotland should implement the Welfare Reform Act

Welfare Reform Bill

26 March, 2012

A new Bill has been published

Benefit IT system 'not fully operational' for launch

23 March, 2012

DWP admit the IT system handling direct payment of housing benefit to tenants will not be fully operational by the implementation date - October 2013

Landlords join up to avoid 'bedroom tax'

23 March, 2012

Landlords across Merseyside are launching a region-wide home swap scheme in a bid to protect their tenants and rental income from the impact of the government's 'bedroom tax'

Universal Credit: Banks unlikely to deliver new financial products ahead of direct payments trial - DWP

22 March, 2012

DWP admit banks are unlikely to deliver new financial products to help social sector manage direct HB payments to tenants in time for demonstration projects

Social landlord considers 'affordability assessments' on prospective new tenants

22 March, 2012

Hyde Housing are considering carrying out 'affordability assessments' on prospective new tenants

Scope response to the Budget

22 March, 2012

Responding to the Chancellor's announcement of the possibility of a further £10 billion of cuts to welfare, Richard Hawkes, CEX of Scope, said:

Critics say cuts in housing benefits will hit most vulnerable

22 March, 2012

Case study - Stephen is a 28-year-old unemployed single man who is about to be hit by the so-called "bedroom tax"

Social landlord fears £1.3 million loss as 2,000 homes declared 'under-occupied'

21 March, 2012

2,000 properties owned by Liverpool Mutual Homes are officially under-occupied based on the Gov's definition of the term according to the landlord

Chancellor threatens further welfare cuts

21 March, 2012

George Osborne has today raised the prospect of further welfare spending cuts in the next spending review

Welfare reform fears prompt small rent increase

20 March, 2012

Knowsley Housing Trust is limiting its rent increase to tenants in preparation for the impact that welfare changes will have

Housing associations bolster rent arrears teams ahead of benefit changes

19 March, 2012

Housing associations are looking to bolster their rent arrears teams ahead of the Government changes to the benefits system, according to research by Badenoch & Clark

MP Adrian Sanders warns on regional benefits system

19 March, 2012

A localised welfare system would penalise deprived parts of the South West, a Devon MP has said

CIH: Holyrood should handle housing benefit

16 March, 2012

Devolving the administration of housing benefit to the Scottish Government would improve the current system by bringing it in line with Scottish policy priorities, a report has said

Welfare reform warning to Scottish councils

16 March, 2012

Audit Scotland has warned of 'significant implications' for councils over the introduction of the universal credit as part of the Welfare Reform Act

Landlord's arrears fears over monthly payment of Universal Credit

16 March, 2012

A HA has spent thousands of pounds on debt advice and targeted campaigns to help tenants pay their rent and sustain their tenancies ahead of UC

DWP to consult on social homes under-occupation

16 March, 2012

The government has said that it 'does not expect' changes to the shared accommodation rate to be applied to social housing tenants

Why the shared room rate doesn't add up

15 March, 2012

Forcing housing benefit claimants under 35 to share a house leaves vulnerable tenants such as single pregnant women at risk

Universal Credit Information leaflet

15 March, 2012

Tenants information leaflet

Housing benefit recipients near 5 million

15 March, 2012

The number of housing benefit claimants has risen to almost 5 million, according to the latest figures

Ending Child Poverty: Ensuring Universal Credit supports working mums

14 March, 2012

How will Universal Credit affect poor families? Report by Save the Children

MPs and peers to examine private rented sector

14 March, 2012

A Parliamentary group is to examine the impact welfare reforms will have on young people in the private rented sector

Westminster's new leader hits back at 'social cleansing' accusations

14 March, 2012

Westminster residents will be hit hard by the benefits cap, but the council's new leader, Philippa Roe, says they needn't go far

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit caseload

14 March, 2012

The latest national statistics on Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit caseload produced by the Department for Work and Pensions

Benefit reforms 'will hit single working mothers' warns Save The Children

13 March, 2012

Single working mothers in Wales will be hardest hit by reforms to the benefits system, a charity has claimed

Sex offenders forced into shared houses

12 March, 2012

Paedophiles and rapists who used to receive payments enabling them to live on their own could be moved into shared homes with women and children, due to housing benefit reforms

Landlords braced for impact of benefit reform

12 March, 2012

Social landlords are preparing to commit significant amounts of extra cash and resources to ready themselves for the impact of the Welfare Reforms

Grayling backs housing association paid work pilots for young unemployed

12 March, 2012

Unemployed young people will be given the chance to get on the career ladder thanks to a group of social housing providers

Risk warning issued over universal credit

12 March, 2012

The government is taking unnecessary risks through its plans to move to a centralised system for administering benefits, a welfare expert has warned

Welfare Reform Act 2012

12 March, 2012

Legislation

Conservative MP calls on landlords to pilot 'jam jar' accounts for Universal Credit

09 March, 2012

A Conservative MP has called for RSL's to pilot an existing type of bank account to help tenants better manage their finances ahead of Universal Credit in 2013

Minister Announces £6.6 Million Funding for Citizens Advice Cymru

09 March, 2012

Local Government and Communities Minister Carl Sargeant has announced funding of over £6 million for the next three financial years for Citizens Advice Cymru

Direct payments: are rent arrears set to rocket?

08 March, 2012

Nearly a decade ago, L&Q trialled paying housing benefit directly to social tenants with disastrous results. The group’s rent arrears nearly doubled

Landlords 'refusing to let to those on benefits', says council leader

08 March, 2012

Private landlords are starting to refuse to let to those on benefits, the leader of Brighton and Hove City Council told housing professionals

Welfare Bill turns law 'marking biggest reform for 60 years'

08 March, 2012

The Welfare Reform Bill became law today containing some of the biggest changes to the system for 60 years

Iain Duncan Smith: Welfare reforms realised

08 March, 2012

Iain Duncan Smith's Welfare Reform Bill has now become law marking an historic moment for the Coalition Government

LIN Member Report March 2012 - Welfare Reform - What Next?

08 March, 2012

This LIN member report is written by Peter Hall, Director, PHHS.

Welfare Reform Act 2012: key issues

08 March, 2012

Read briefings on the key issues contained in the Welfare Reform Act 2012

Touchbase DWP e-zine

07 March, 2012

March 2012

Third of Londoners expect to leave due to high housing costs

07 March, 2012

Almost a third (30%) of Londoners say they expect to be driven out of the capital by the high cost of housing, a new survey by housing and homelessness charity Shelter reveals

Youth homelessness: Falling through the net?

06 March, 2012

Life for Britain's younger generation doesn't seem to be getting easier, young people now face an additional problem - of ending up on the streets

NICVA fears welfare reform will hit poor hardest

06 March, 2012

The body which represents the voluntary sector has warned that the government's welfare reform bill will take £500m a year out of the NI economy

Lords abandon new bid for statutory welfare review

06 March, 2012

A renewed attempt to get an independent review of the impact of the government's welfare reforms enshrined in law has been abandoned

Breaking the Bank : Family Fortunes

05 March, 2012

Families are facing an unprecedented squeeze on their finances and spending as little as £2 a day on food, according to charity Family Action

Were single mothers better off in the 19th Century?

05 March, 2012

As far back as the 1800s, single mothers were receiving benefits. At that time, they would be paid up front and in cash, but were they better off than today?

National Housing Federation disappointed over 'bedroom tax' result

02 March, 2012

The chief executive of the National Housing Federation has said it is 'hugely disappointing' that the government has succeeded in forcing its plans for a 'bedroom tax' through parliament

Man faces deportation after £100,000 benefits con

02 March, 2012

Islington Council has successfully prosecuted a fraudster who conned £100,000 in benefits using a fake French passport

Hove man in £100K Brighton council benefit fraud jailed

02 March, 2012

A man has been jailed for cheating Brighton and Hove City Council out of more than £100,000 in council tax and housing benefits

Welfare Reform Bill passes final House of Lords hurdle

01 March, 2012

The government's controversial Welfare Reform Bill has passed its final hurdle in the House of Lords

Cameron on Welfare Reform: 'An historic moment'

01 March, 2012

The Government's Welfare Reform Bill finally passed on Wednesday night after peers dropped their final resistance to the measures

Government promises independent review of 'bedroom tax'

01 March, 2012

The Government has promised to set up an independent review on the impact of the bedroom tax following the passing of the controversial Welfare Reform Bill

Welfare Reform Bill reaches conclusion

01 March, 2012

The Welfare Reform Bill came to the end of the consideration of amendments stage (ping pong) in the House of Lords on Wednesday 29 February 2012

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Good Practice Guide

01 March, 2012

DWP Good Practice Guide

Peer in bid to make welfare reform transparent

29 February, 2012

Crossbench peer Lord Richard Best has tabled a last-ditch amendment aimed at making the impact of controversial welfare reforms more transparent

Charities warn of welfare reform damage

29 February, 2012

One in four people in Wales will be affected by welfare reform, a coalition of poverty charities and voluntary organisations has warned

Analysing the impact of the UK Government's welfare reforms in Wales - Stage 1 Analysis

29 February, 2012

The Welsh Govs Ministerial Task and Finish Group for Welfare Reform has commissioned a programme of work to assess the impact of the UK Govs welfare reforms in Wales

Welfare Reform - Implications for Tenancy and Allocations Policies and Strategies

28 February, 2012

PHHS report which sets out the key welfare reform implications to consider building into social housing tenancy & allocations policies and strategies

Benefit reform 'could put 6,000 children into poverty'

28 February, 2012

The number of cases of child poverty in Wales will increase by 6,000 next year as a result of changes to the tax and benefits system

Benefits families could pay off £1m mortgage

27 February, 2012

Almost 100 families are raking in enough HB to fund a £1million mortgage, raising fresh doubts over the Government's cap, according to latest figures