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Universal Credit reaches 20 more jobcentres this week

08 February, 2016

Universal Credit is now available in 623 jobcentres, helping over a quarter of a million people to find work faster and earn more

Data on migrants' benefits: statistics watchdog highlights time lag

08 February, 2016

In November the Prime Minister claimed that 43% of EU migrants rely on UK benefits during their first four years in the country

Saving Tenants up to £300 a Year on Their Fuel Bills

08 February, 2016

GGHT are helping local people save on average £300 per year on their fuel bills

Rents continue to grind upwards. Incomes are being left behind

08 February, 2016

It's now a year since the Office for National Statistics overhauled their experimental rent index and it's fair to say they feel pretty well bedded in

Five top tips for reducing void periods

08 February, 2016

Since welfare reforms were introduced, it seems that the sector's most dreaded expense is void periods and subsequent rent loss

DHP allocations announced

08 February, 2016

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced individual local authority Discretionary Housing Payment allocations for 2016/17

Tax credit cuts that escaped Osborne's U-turn to hit 800,000 workers

08 February, 2016

Labour condemns little-noticed change, known as 'income-rise disregard', which on average will cost £200-£300 a person and was blocked by Lords

How has the social housing revolution changed Scotland's heart and soul?

08 February, 2016

It wasn't until I was 10 that I understood what a "bought" house was

Councils to get power to enter private landlords' houses to maintain proper living standards

08 February, 2016

A change in legislation will see councils empowered with a right of entry when provisions in the Housing Act go live in April

Dealing with infestations in privately rented property in England

08 February, 2016

Properties infested with pests such as rats, mice, cockroaches, fleas and bed bugs are a risk to occupants and public health in general

Poverty charity blamed for evictions after selling up to developers

08 February, 2016

Labour MP Stella Creasy criticises the Glasspool Trust for sale of 63 houses to a company that then promptly started removing tenants

Vulnerable hit by housing benefit cuts

08 February, 2016

Urgent clarification needed on supported housing proposals

As private rents rise at rates above inflation in York, The Press considers the cost and asks the political parties what should be done

08 February, 2016

City of York Council's affordable housing policy offers the right balance between residents and developers

An attack on social housing is also an attack on older people

05 February, 2016

The young are not the only victims of Tory housing policy - David Cameron is driving older people from their homes too

Call for UK wide housing review to access impact of buy let tax change

05 February, 2016

A long term, strategic comprehensive review of housing policy and housing need in the UK is needed as recent changes are set to distort the property market

Rent reductions: Supporting implementation

05 February, 2016

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

Benefit 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

Housing Benefit review: local authority good practice guide

05 February, 2016

Best practice to help local authorities further improve the Housing Benefit review process

Landlords need carrot and stick to improve standards in the private rented sector

05 February, 2016

Mandatory licensing for landlords should be introduced to boost standards for private renters

David Cameron's child benefit plan 'won't apply to EU nationals already in the UK'

05 February, 2016

Millions of pounds of child benefit money sent abroad will continue, despite a promise to pay it at lower rates to EU migrants

EU offer on migrant benefits brake ignores workers' problems

05 February, 2016

Today Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, published draft proposals on Cameron's EU renegotiation agenda which will be discussed at the EU summit on 18-19 February

Private Tenancies Bill will give PRS tenants 'less security of tenure than under Thatcher'

05 February, 2016

The Scottish Government has been accused of failing Scotland's private sector tenants with its response the Scottish Parliament's infrastructure and capital investment committee report

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

Find out where the best Rental Yields are in London

04 February, 2016

Property prices rise, yields fall

Universal Credit: New concerns over delays and lack of clarity

04 February, 2016

The Public Accounts Committee highlights concerns over the roll-out of Universal Credit

Benefit cap: number of households capped to November 2015

04 February, 2016

Statistics on households that have had their benefits capped between 15 April 2013 and November 2015

HB S1/2016

04 February, 2016

Officers preparing claims for Discretionary Housing Payment

Buy-to-Let Index

04 February, 2016

Rents dip below £800 in time for Christmas

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

04 February, 2016

Scottish rents at a standstill for Christmas

We need to get Universal Credit back on track

04 February, 2016

Universal Credit can be a tool to deliver economic security for low-income families but changes are undermining and undoing its promise

Call for UK Government to protect vulnerable tenants

04 February, 2016

Communities Minister Lesley Griffiths has called on the UK Government to protect vulnerable tenants

The Government may be about to scrap one of its harshest disability benefit cuts

04 February, 2016

David Cameron and the DWP have both declined to say whether the ESA WRAG cuts will go ahead

EU referendum: Benefit brake 'to address UK concerns'

04 February, 2016

Limiting in-work benefits to new EU arrivals will help tackle the effects of record migration to the UK since 2004

Six-month tenancies plan 'could force women to stay in abusive relationships'

04 February, 2016

The Scottish Government has been urged to scrap plans for a six-month initial tenancy period for private landlords over fears it could force victims of domestic violence to stay in abusive relationships

Phil Brehaut has Parkinson's. Threatening to cut his benefits won't help him back to work

04 February, 2016

'How long are you likely to have Parkinson's?' asked the woman assessing his claim. No wonder he is scared for his future

Benefit cut for supported housing risks long-term damage

04 February, 2016

The UK government should think again on a benefit cut that will affect some of the most vulnerable people in our society

The (changing) effects of universal credit

03 February, 2016

The government is in the process of integrating six means - tested benefits and tax credits for working - age families into a single payment called universal credit

Tenants put at risk as landlords hang on to millions of pounds worth of deposits

03 February, 2016

Private tenants are in a "precarious" position within the housing market, having to part with larger rental deposits which then run the risk of not being protected

UK housing: Landlords report 'crisis inconfidence' amid George Osborne's war on buy-to-let

03 February, 2016

George Osborne's tax hikes on the UK's booming buy-to-let sector has left landlords feeling less confident about their prospects than in the darkest days of the financial crisis

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, October to December 2015

03 February, 2016

Private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 2.5% in the 12 months to December 2015

Will David Cameron's EU benefits deal actually encourage migrants to stay longer?

03 February, 2016

A "graduated" benefits system could end up giving EU workers a financial incentive to stay for at least four years

Landlords forcing tenants to pay unfair charges for accidental damage insurance

03 February, 2016

Landlords are insisting tenants take out accidental damage insurance that costs as much as £68 a year

Universal Credit and April Rent Increases

03 February, 2016

The DWP has confirmed that there will be no facility this year for the bulk transfer of data to adjust Universal Credit benefit payments for rent increases

UK seeing a crisis in private rented sector due to tumble in landlord confidence

03 February, 2016

Landlords' confidence in the buy to let sector in the UK has collapsed to an all-time low and is now worse than levels witnessed during the financial crash

Universal credit cuts support for working families, but helps make work pay where current system creates worst problems

03 February, 2016

During this parliament the government plans to replace most of the means-tested benefits system for working-age families with a single payment called universal credit

Details still needed on social housing benefit limits

03 February, 2016

Last week the government announced a pause in plans to force supported housing providers to reduce their rents

HB Direct Issue 164

03 February, 2016

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

Loss of confidence among buy-to-let landlords looks set to shrink private rented sector

02 February, 2016

A crisis of confidence among landlords in the buy-to-let sector is likely to provoke a contraction in the size of the private rented sector as investors pull out of the sector

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

The five biggest financial pressures social housing tenants face

02 February, 2016

Our financial inclusion team at a Wakefield housing association received 1,300 referrals last year for debt, benefit cuts and more

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

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

Women losing out in pension changes 'could turn to jobseeker's allowance'

02 February, 2016

Labour MPs brand suggestion by work and pensions minister Shailesh Vara as 'outrageous' and 'shocking'

Council house tenants' rents 'rise four times quicker than average wages'

02 February, 2016

Sharp rises in council rents have combined with high private rents and stagnant wages to drive up housing benefit bill

Rental Britain

02 February, 2016

Demand for rental homes will continue to rise despite Government policies

The rental market will still expand by more than one million households over the next five years despite measures to turn "generation rent into generation buy"

East Dunbartonshire Council launches rent arrears advertising campaign

02 February, 2016

A council advertising campaign aimed at tackling the issue of rent arrears is underway in East Dunbartonshire

Practical implications of Immigration Checks on new Lettings

01 February, 2016

CIH Report on the implications for social sector

Universal Credit available across Essex in latest rollout

01 February, 2016

Fifteen more jobcentres now offer Universal Credit, with nearly 600 offices live nationwide

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

Forcing landlords to check tenants' immigration status won't be easy

01 February, 2016

Right to rent is badly communicated, confusing and complex. And I've never met a landlord who can tell a valid Liechtenstein passport from a forgery

Shares of buy-to-let firms hit as tax changes for landlords get nearer

01 February, 2016

While Purplebricks' shares have put in a startling recovery, ending on Friday at 98p, just below their flotation price, shares in companies operating in the buy-to-let sector have been hit hard

The Tories new plan to squeeze the working poor

01 February, 2016

The Tory government been attacked over plans to extend controversial benefit sanctions to claimants with jobs

Cherie Blair fires first shot in legal battle against Government's buy-to-let tax

01 February, 2016

Wife of former Labour PM is using European human rights legislation in an attempt overturn Tories' planned property tax

Levy on luxury London homes would net £86m a year for social housing

01 February, 2016

Property tax would force global super-rich to subsidise affordable housing

Landlords 'don't understand right to rent immigration checks'

01 February, 2016

'Right to rent' obligations could stigmatise less well-off tenants and lead to accusations of racism

Buy-to-Let: London Rental Yield Map

01 February, 2016

Over the past 5 years, all 32 London boroughs have experienced substantial property price growth, fuelled by a combination of record levels of overseas investment and historically low interest rates

Spinning the roulette wheel

01 February, 2016

If you ever wonder why we as a nation are "obsessed" with home ownership when people happily rent for life in Germany and the Netherlands, consider the number of ways you can lose your home as a renter

Why you need to prepare for the new immigration checks

01 February, 2016

Immigration checks for all new private tenants start in England today - but what do social landlords need to know about the new scheme?

'Not enough homes' as thousands are made to wait for social housing

01 February, 2016

There are more than 3,000 people in North Somerset waiting to be put into social housing, with many of those families including children

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

80,000 council homes could be lost by 2020

29 January, 2016

At least 80,000 social rented homes could be lost by 2020 unless councils are given greater powers to build new homes

Landlord evicted tenants illegally after agent served proper notice

29 January, 2016

A landlord who illegally evicted a family of nine has been fined £700

All landlords and letting agents in England to make Right to Rent checks from Monday

29 January, 2016

All letting agents in England are reminded that as from February 1 they will have to perform Right to Rent checks on all prospective tenants

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

Buy-to-let landlords risk heavy fines: 300,000 fail to put tenant deposits in government-backed scheme

29 January, 2016

Around 300,000 landlords are estimated to be running the risk of a heavy fine for not placing tenant deposits into a government-backed scheme

Councils tell tenants to wait for bailiffs before moving out

29 January, 2016

An alarming number of private tenants are being told by their local council to ignore eviction notices served by their landlords

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

Sector welcomes social rent cuts delay in supported housing

29 January, 2016

The announcement by Brandon Lewis that supported housing would be exempt from the 1% rent reduction has been widely received by the sector

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

HB U1/2016

28 January, 2016

Court of Appeal judicial review decision concerning the maximum rent (social sector0

Landlords' Barometer - #32: Will buy-to-let still be profitable this year?

28 January, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #32", bringing you the latest landlord trending topics and sentiment

Boris scheme to regulate landlords will take 100 years to work

28 January, 2016

A scheme launched by Boris Johnson to improve the standard of rented property in the capital was branded an "embarrassing flop" today

Tories defeated in Lords over plans to cut ESA by £30 a week

28 January, 2016

Peers vote by 283 to 198 to send proposal back to Commons, in second welfare and work bill setback for government this week

Private rental sector insecurity 'causes surge in homelessness'

28 January, 2016

"Chronic" insecurity in the private rented sector in England has led to a fourfold increase since 2010 in the number of households forced into homelessness when tenancies end

One in four private tenants have been kicked out of their home by a landlord for no reason

28 January, 2016

Tenants have almost no legal protection against 'no fault' eviction

Kinship carers exempt from two-child benefit limits after government U-turn

28 January, 2016

Peers were concerned adults would be put off caring for relatives' children, which saves the state billions in care costs, due to the cap

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

Full house: Councils' role in allocating social housing

28 January, 2016

Demand for social housing is high and far outstrips the supply available to local housing authorities

Which UK cities' welfare bills have grown most in the last decade?

27 January, 2016

Welfare spending: it's a hot topic

Council considers writing off £436,000 of historical rent arrears

27 January, 2016

Councillors in West Dunbartonshire will be asked to consider writing off historical debts from former council tenants at a meeting next week

Lib-Dems to fight welfare cut 'that will cost single parents £1,000 a year'

27 January, 2016

Peers are to launch a bid to block a welfare reform which they claim could cause hundreds of thousands of families to lose an average of more than £1,000 a year

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

Changeover to universal credit is driving people into long-term debt

27 January, 2016

Waits of more than seven weeks for the first payment create arrears that can plague claimants for months or years

Housing for vulnerable South West residents at risk from welfare reforms

27 January, 2016

Homes designed for some of the most vulnerable members of society could become "unsustainable" as a result of government welfare reform

One in four private renters face losing home

27 January, 2016

The lack of stability in private rented housing means more than a quarter of tenants can expect to lose their home through no fault of their own

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

Unaffordable, unstable, unsafe: We need to fix renting

27 January, 2016

1 in 4 Londoners are renting from a private landlord, and far too many are living with mould or mice, paying far too much for homes that are all too temporary

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

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

'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

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

Benefit cap on social housing will leave thousands homeless

26 January, 2016

Up to 82,000 specialist homes for most vulnerable residents, including domestic violence victims, at threat of closure

The benefit cap puts housing at risk for more than 400,000 vulnerable people

26 January, 2016

The closure of supported housing schemes is a human tragedy, but it will also push up health and social care costs. This economic argument hasn't been fully understood

Welsh landlords being 'clobbered' again

26 January, 2016

Welsh landlords face the prospect of being clobbered again as they will now have to pay for planning permission to convert properties without assurances that permission will be granted

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

Government urged to think of refuge provision amid welfare changes

26 January, 2016

Changes to the system could result in the closure of 82,000 specialist homes

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

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

Not-so Temporary Accommodation

26 January, 2016

The provision of temporary accommodation is a marker of Scotland's world-recognised progressive homelessness legislation from 2012

Capping of social housing rents - what impact will it have on your service?

26 January, 2016

The proposed capping of social housing rents at Local Housing Allowance levels could have a devastating impact on homelessness services

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

Benefit cap on full-time carers for adult relatives to be scrapped

26 January, 2016

Charities hail major victory as it emerges that those who spend more than 35 hours a week caring will be exempt from the cap

My council house gave me security and opportunity. Now the Tories are out to destroy them

26 January, 2016

The Lords will try to stop the Tory assault on housing. Here one Labour peer explains why he owes everything to his council house

Tenants 'charged extra' whenever they cook, do the laundry or have guests

25 January, 2016

Tenants are being charged additional fees - for cooking, washing clothes, or having visitors

Scotland's gone 'too far' on universal benefits says poverty advisor

25 January, 2016

Scotland has gone "too far" on universal benefits according to the Scottish government's poverty advisor

Homelessness in UK soaring as rents rise and tenancies end

25 January, 2016

Government figures show homelessness has risen by just under a third since 2010 amid crisis in affordable homes

Funding increase for councils to crack down on 'cowboy' landlords

25 January, 2016

Councils will receive a £5m boost to help them tackle rogue landlords in their area

Investors 'rushing to snap up homes before buy-to-let tax comes in'

25 January, 2016

Estate agents report increased demand before stamp duty changes come into force on 1 April

Online rental fraud rising steeply

25 January, 2016

Rental fraud is rising sharply, the BBC has learned during an investigation in which it confronted two online fraudsters for their crimes

Our annual health check of the largest cities and towns asks: how do we build a high-wage, low-welfare economy?

25 January, 2016

In the Summer Budget 2015, the Chancellor set out his vision to build a "higher wage, low-welfare" economy in Britain

Tenant who signed 'no pets' clause ordered to pay £1,000 after moving in with dog and cats

25 January, 2016

In what has been described as a "a very unusual case", a court has ordered a former tenant to pay £1,000 in compensation after damage estimated at £12,000 was found at the property

What is the minimum size for a bedroom in a licensed HMO?

25 January, 2016

If only I could give you a simple answer!

Universal credit: 4 top tips for housing providers

25 January, 2016

The roll-out of universal credit has been very gradual but from April job centres in every part of the country will be processing claims

Welfare advice project generates £1.2m for ACHA tenants

25 January, 2016

A major milestone has been reached by an advice project run in partnership with Argyll Community Housing Association

Cuts to benefits 'will make it harder for disabled people to find work'

25 January, 2016

Cuts to benefits threaten to force sick and disabled people "further away from work and closer to poverty"

Jobcentre areas where you can claim Universal Credit

25 January, 2016

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

Market commentary January 2016

22 January, 2016

The buy-to-let sector is going through an uncertain period as it is unclear how changes to the tax treatment of the sector will affect it

Letter to MPs - The real impact of LHA on vulnerable people

22 January, 2016

I am writing to personally urge you to consider the implications of the Local Housing Allowance cap being applied to vulnerable social housing tenants

Wales would 'lose out' if more welfare is devolved

22 January, 2016

Wales would "lose out" if more welfare benefits were devolved

Supreme Court to rule on test case of tenant arguing human rights to avoid eviction

22 January, 2016

The Supreme Court has granted the Residential Landlords Association permission to intervene in a high-profile repossession case that could have far-reaching implications

What do students really think about tenancy reform?

22 January, 2016

Yesterday MSPs agreed the principles of the much-needed Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill, set to rectify problems in a sector where the bulk of power lies with landlords

Class-based punishment? How legislation to evict social tenants involved in riots is unjust

22 January, 2016

Part of the 'fightback' by the Coalition Government against the 2011 riots was to take tough action on sections of Britain's society

Breaching the welfare cap is actually good news for the Conservatives

22 January, 2016

The news that the government's welfare spending cap will be breached for the first three years of this Parliament is a major embarrassment for George Osborne

Carers looking after disabled adult could see benefits capped

22 January, 2016

Carers who look after a disabled adult at home could see their benefits capped further as a result of new policies

Luke Loy had a life, until his benefits started falling away

22 January, 2016

The DWP placed sanctions on a schizophrenic man when he fell into difficulties

"I don't want to live like this"

22 January, 2016

Today's announcement of new government funding for councils to tackle rogue landlords is very welcome

Social Landlord Support Pack

22 January, 2016

Getting social tenants ready for direct payment of housing costs

Funds to tackle criminal landlords not enough

22 January, 2016

New funds to tackle criminal landlords are not enough

Half of landlords unprepared for 'right to rent'

21 January, 2016

A new survey of 5,000 landlords finds many unprepared for imminent new legislation, leaving them prone to receiving serious fines

51 days and counting: Buy-to-let investors rushing to get ahead of deadline

21 January, 2016

Demand for property jumped after the Chancellor announced the 3% Stamp Duty surcharge for buyers of second homes, including buy-to-let investors

George Osborne 'has done more than any other Chancellor' to help lettings industry

21 January, 2016

A London agent has said George Osborne has done more than any other Chancellor in history to help the lettings industry

Stage 1 debate briefing for the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill

21 January, 2016

Shelter Scotland supports the principles of this bill and welcomes the move to modernise and simplify the tenancy for private renters in Scotland

Axed steelworkers are already facing benefit sanctions 'for not applying for jobs in bars'

21 January, 2016

An MP revealed the "horrendous" treatment at the hands of Jobcentre staff in Redcar, where 2,200 workers lost their jobs

Half of landlords in England unaware of start date for right to rent rules change

21 January, 2016

Half of UK landlords are not prepared for the Right to Rent legislation set to come into force on 01 February

Dumfries foodbank helps hundreds since launch

21 January, 2016

A foodbank launched in controversial circumstances in Dumfries has helped hundreds of people since it opened

Investors rush for UK buy-to-let homes ahead of tax hike

21 January, 2016

Investors are looking more urgently for buy-to-let properties in Britain ahead of the introduction of a tax hike aimed at cooling one engine of the country's housing market

Local welfare safety net - government support must get through to those in crisis

20 January, 2016

Last week saw the publication of two separate reports on the local welfare safety net

Liverpool City-wide Licensing FAQs

20 January, 2016

Liverpool City Council introduced its licensing scheme in April 2015 and all landlords in the area should have applied to the Council and paid the required fee

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 7 Jan 2016

20 January, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 7 January 2016

Green party calls for 'immediate' rent caps

20 January, 2016

The Green party has called for immediate rent caps, saying these are needed to protect tenants from escalating house prices

Major landlord body taking legal advice on challenge to Osborne's tax plans

20 January, 2016

The Residential Landlords Association is taking legal advice on whether to challenge the Government over its planned changes on tax

Tory landlord guilty of failing to repair run-down house after criminal prosecution by his OWN council

20 January, 2016

Jonny Bucknell - the son of a DIY pioneer - pleaded guilty just a week after his party voted against forcing homes to be fit to live in

George Osborne giving foreign buy-to-let investors an advantage claim landlords

20 January, 2016

UK landlords claim the government is putting them at a disadvantage against wealthy foreign buy-to-let investors by hiking stamp duty for additional property purchases

New buy-to-let stamp duty rules hit parents trying to help children buy a house

20 January, 2016

Parents putting their name on a mortgage to help their children buy a house are set to be stung by the 3pc stamp duty penalty aimed at buy-to-let landlords

More than one in four Britons fear rent or mortgage arrears in 2016

20 January, 2016

Over a quarter of Britons fear they will fall into rent or mortgage arrears in 2016

Even if Universal Credit is eventually implemented, most will now lose out

20 January, 2016

Perhaps no government reform has been billed as more transformative than Universal Credit

Welfare Reform Mitigations Working Group report

19 January, 2016

The mitigation strategy that we recommend has three strands

it is, of course, obvious that, as we look to the future, a key determinant of the wellbeing of people in Northern Ireland will be economic growth

A New welfare state To Deny Help?

19 January, 2016

Before you get on a bus or train you always check where it is going

Fixing Broken Britain? An audit of working-age welfare reform since 2010

19 January, 2016

The thorny issue of benefit dependency has bedevilled the welfare state since the 1970s, and has increased in importance with each successive decade

Should Housing Benefit be devolved?

19 January, 2016

Victoria Winckler reflects on whether better use could be made of the £1 billion spent on Housing Benefit in Wales

Plan to restrict zero-hours contracts for home carers

19 January, 2016

Zero-hours contracts for home carers in Wales could be restricted to improve recruitment and care standards

Local councils guilty of 'softly, softly approach' to rogue landlords

19 January, 2016

Research shows that authorities received 51,916 complaints about poor living conditions but inspected just 14,043 homes

Welfare reform is no longer the sole responsibility of the DWP

19 January, 2016

The government came to office in 2010 with the promise of revolutionising the welfare state as we have known it

Private Rented Sector reforms still put landlords and investors first

19 January, 2016

The Scottish Government's package of reforms to the Private Rented Sector just don't go far enough

Women claiming ESA or JSA by age and average weekly amount: May 2015

19 January, 2016

The number of women claiming ESA or JSA by age and average weekly amount at May 2015

Two weeks to go until Right to Rent: Expert housing lawyer David Smith calls for delay

18 January, 2016

Lawyer David Smith has called for next month's roll-out of Right to Rent to be deferred

Landlords and agents 'should not face jail if they innocently let to illegal immigrants'

18 January, 2016

Landlords and agents should not face the prospect of up to five years in prison if, through no fault of their own, they let to a tenant who should not be in this country

As many as 1.5m benefits claimants 'could face destitution after disappearing from welfare system'

18 January, 2016

The authorities are failing to keep tabs on why claimants have disappeared from the roll meaning it has no idea how many people are being left penniless

Britain's lowest paid workers could be stripped of tax credits under latest plans to cut EU migration

18 January, 2016

Controversial plan would exclude in-work benefits only to EU workers earning the minimum wage - including Brits

David Cameron has 'earned £500,000 renting out his Notting Hill home since becoming PM' while cracking down on social housing

18 January, 2016

David Cameron has come under fire for saying he worries about his children being able to afford a home after it was revealed he is believed to have earned £500,000 in rent

Jump in two-bed flats for sale after buy-to-let clampdown

18 January, 2016

More properties have become available for first-time buyers and prices have stopped rising

HB G1/2016

18 January, 2016

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

You can now claim Universal Credit at 80% of all jobcentres

18 January, 2016

New milestone reached with 568 jobcentres offering the new benefit

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

Landlords fined thousands in Southampton licence crackdown

18 January, 2016

Two Southampton landlords have been slapped with fines worth thousands of pounds as part of an ongoing crackdown

New legal judgment denies PIP to those facing "overwhelming psychological distress"

15 January, 2016

An important legal judgment has been issued that will likely deny an award of the Personal Independence Payment mobility component to disabled people, with conditions such as depression, panic attacks or anxiety

Landbay Rental Index

15 January, 2016

Average UK rents rise by 3.8%, twice as fast as wages

£400m welfare benefit could be devolved to Wales

15 January, 2016

Responsibility for a major welfare benefit could be transferred to the Welsh government

Government's pay to stay policy 'chastises the poor' in Cambridge

15 January, 2016

A Cambridge council tenant has accused the Government of "chastising the poor" over the impact its new 'pay-to-stay' policy could have in the city

Beckett report: Labour lost election over economy, immigration and benefits

15 January, 2016

Leaked internal inquiry into 2015 election loss also blames SNP coalition fears and Ed Miliband's weakness

House purchase lending up 18% year-on-year in November

15 January, 2016

Home-owner house purchase lending totaled £10.7bn in November, down 9% on October but up 18% on November 2014

Is this why the Tories refused to force landlords to make homes fit for human habitation?

15 January, 2016

Conservative MPs this week voted down a rule forcing landlords to make homes fit for habitation

The social housing sector has never known a year like last year...

15 January, 2016

I can safely say that the social housing sector and the regulator have never known a year quite like it

Tory MP landlords named after voting down proposal to outlaw unfit homes

15 January, 2016

At least 72 of the Tory MPs who voted against an amendment to ensure their rental homes are fit for human habitation are themselves private landlords

Landlords are rushing to buy

15 January, 2016

A rush of landlords looking to purchase buy-to-let properties has been confirmed this morning by new figures from a national surveying and valuation firm

The Housing and Planning Bill: a small response to a big challenge

14 January, 2016

The last Parliament saw housing become a truly national crisis

Number of MP landlords has risen by a quarter since last parliament

14 January, 2016

As the government pushes its controversial housing and planning bill, research reveals almost a third of MPs let out houses or flats

Liverpool City Council signs co-regulation agreement with ARLA, NALS and RLA to drive up private rented sector standards

14 January, 2016

Liverpool City Council has signed a co-regulation agreement - the first of its type in the country - in a bid to help drive up standards in the private rented sector

Landlord fined for 'taking the law into his own hands'

14 January, 2016

A landlord was fined at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 13 January 2016 for 'taking the law into his own hands' and illegally evicting a couple and their seven children from their home in Bordesley Green

Hexagon invests in predictive technology to mitigate on-going welfare reform

14 January, 2016

Hexagon Housing Association has invested in Mobysoft's predictive technology to help mitigate the effects of on-going welfare reform

Lobby against benefit cuts to ESA

13 January, 2016

Today disabled people from across the country will be lobbying their MPs to reverse planned changes to employment support allowance

A fair deal for renters? Not under this Tory government

13 January, 2016

The repeated voting down of plans to ensure accommodation is fit for human habitation tells you everything you need to know about tenants' rights today

Serious rent arrears worsening towards 2013 highs

13 January, 2016

Cases of tenants seriously behind on rent are rising once more

Tory MP warns that Right to Buy could be extended to private tenants

13 January, 2016

A Tory MP has warned that Right to Buy could be extended to tenants of private landlords

Housing associations working together to tackle tenancy fraud

13 January, 2016

Housing associations in Northern Ireland have been stepping up measures to prevent and detect social housing tenancy fraud

Amateur landlords under attack as British home ownership falls

13 January, 2016

They have pocketed some of the most lucrative returns available to investors in recent decades

How David Cameron plans to destroy Britain's social housing in 7 easy steps

13 January, 2016

The Tories new housing bill has been sneaked in while nobody's looking, and it could spell the end of social housing

Tories reject move to ensure rented homes fit for human habitation

13 January, 2016

Labour amendment to housing bill, aimed at holding landlords to account, is defeated as minister claims it would push up rents

Families feel pinch as debt rises

13 January, 2016

More households seeking advice about tackling their debts or managing money

Scottish Government urged to reverse fuel poverty budget cut

13 January, 2016

The Existing Homes Alliance has called on the Scottish Government to reverse its decision to cut the fuel poverty/energy efficiency budget

Right to Rent: Why one landlord cannot rent to his own partner

12 January, 2016

A private landlord has said that he would not be able to let to his own partner because, although she is legally entitled to be in the UK, she does not pass the Home Office checker

The local welfare safety net

12 January, 2016

Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report

Responsibility for providing discretionary emergency welfare assistance and Council Tax support to people on very low incomes was transferred from Whitehall to local authorities

Committee presses Minister for action on Benefit Cap rules for carers

12 January, 2016

The Committee has written to Lord Freud to urge the Government to ensure that parents who care full-time for their adult disabled children in the family home are not affected by the Benefit Cap

Brighton and Bristol tenants hit by 18% rent rises in 2015

12 January, 2016

Rents rose nationally by an average of 4.9% last year, with renters in the two cities enduring the worst hikes

Local welfare provision

12 January, 2016

Overall spending on discretionary local welfare support by central and local government has reduced since April 2013

Tory bill could cost UK nearly 200,000 council houses

12 January, 2016

Shadow housing minister says forcing councils to sell could see homes bought by overseas investors and buy-to-let landlords rather than those in housing need

The use of temporary accommodation in Scotland

12 January, 2016

In 2014-15 local authorities provided an estimated 3.8 million days of temporary accommodation for homeless households

What's reducing social housing lettings by housing associations, and why does it matter?

12 January, 2016

Last year social housing lettings by housing associations decreased by 1% to 268,273, against the long term trend

Tim Farron attempts to curb Right to Rent policy

12 January, 2016

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has tabled a motion to axe the Right to Rent plans

HomeLet Rental Index

12 January, 2016

When London is excluded, the average UK rental value was £739pcm - this is 4.9% higher than the same period last year

HB A13/2015 Revised

12 January, 2016

Housing Benefit: Uprating 2016-17

New video launches to help end most tenancy deposit disputes

12 January, 2016

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

Update on Local Housing Allowance caps on social housing rents

11 January, 2016

Lord Freud has responded to David Orr's letter that highlighted the impact of introducing the cap to supported housing

Countdown to Right to Rent: 1 February 2016 Landlords' Obligations

11 January, 2016

On 1 February 2016 the Right to Rent immigration checks scheme will go live across the country

Cancer patients at risk of homelessness through proposed benefits cuts

11 January, 2016

Cancer patients face the possibility of losing their homes if proposed cuts to a disability benefit go ahead

PM says 'no conflict' between fighting poverty and cutting benefits

11 January, 2016

David Cameron sets out plan to improve life chances of the 'left behind', insisting strategy compatible with welfare cuts

Mapped: how buy-to-let will lose money in 91pc of regions by 2021

11 January, 2016

Buy-to-let is under threat from rising mortgage rates, new regulation and swingeing taxes. By region and city, this shows how quickly property investments could turn sour

Record high for family debt shows that we don't have a recovery that works for all

11 January, 2016

New analysis published Friday by the TUC shows that household debt is rising again, with total unsecured debt reaching a new high

Labour says Scottish Government has cut fuel poverty funding by 10%

11 January, 2016

The Scottish Government has cut funding for fuel poverty by more than a 10th

The social housing tenants taking to Twitter to influence policy

11 January, 2016

Not all tenants want to be on a housing association board. Social media gives them the opportunity to shape housing and fight back against bad PR

Who's better protected, dogs or renters?

11 January, 2016

When a landlord tries to get a licence so they can rent their home out, they have to confirm that no one will die from a preventable gas leak

Councils responding to Britain's housing crisis by telling tenants to stay put in buy-to-let properties when landlords ask them to leave

11 January, 2016

Tenants have been advised to sit tight until they are evicted leaving landlords with hundreds of pounds of legal costs

EU referendum: David Cameron 'hopeful' of February deal

11 January, 2016

David Cameron says he is "hopeful" of reaching a deal with European leaders in February that will allow him to hold the UK's EU referendum

Landlords' Barometer - #31: Does a major housing meltdown lie ahead?

11 January, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #31", my first of 2016 - a year that promises to be VERY interesting and challenging for the private rented sector!

Property frauds escalating as buyers and tenants are robbed of deposits

11 January, 2016

Cyber crime gangs are stealing millions of pounds from house buyers and sellers in a conveyancing fraud

Contracted-out health and disability assessments

08 January, 2016

The Department for Work and Pensions has not yet achieved value for money in managing contracted-out health and disability assessments

Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill

08 January, 2016

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament in October 2015

How social housing landlords can tackle the rise of rent arrears

08 January, 2016

Social landlords have a vital role to play in reducing this amount and payment flexibility is a critical success factor in achieving this

Housing benefit delays and homelessness

08 January, 2016

Benefit delays and inaccuracies are contributing to the increase in homelessness

Serious rent arrears worsening towards 2013 highs

08 January, 2016

Cases of tenants seriously behind on rent are rising once more

Views given on council housing rent level in South Lanarkshire

08 January, 2016

Council tenants in South Lanarkshire have taken the opportunity to give their views on the rent level options for the next financial year

Rents rise - and so do tenants arrears

08 January, 2016

More and more tenants are getting into trouble with their rents

Warning of risks as purchasers scramble to buy second homes and buy-to-let properties

08 January, 2016

A firm of tax accountants has warned that purchasers of second homes and buy-to-let properties who exchange on properties over the next few weeks are doing so with their eyes shut

Housing and planning bill, as amended

08 January, 2016

Consideration of bill (report stage)

Families facing whopping council tax rises FIFTY times higher than inflation

08 January, 2016

But Welsh Labour insist councils need to protect vital frontline services

Disability benefit tests have doubled in cost

08 January, 2016

Disability benefit assessments have doubled in cost to £579m a year but targets are still being missed

Cameron closing in on 'four years' deal on in-work benefits to deter EU migrant workers

08 January, 2016

Outlines of EU deal emerging that will allow David Cameron to claim victory on his key pre-referendum demand to curb benefits for EU workers

DWP told woman she was not ill enough for benefit on day she died

08 January, 2016

Dawn Amos was sent letter about attendance allowance on day her husband agreed to switch off her life support machine

Government response to Work and Pensions Committee Welfare to Work Inquiry

07 January, 2016

The Government has responded the Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into DWP's contracted welfare-to-work provision

Evicts the pensioner and kills sheltered housing - Yes the LHA maxima (again!)

07 January, 2016

Joe Halewood writes about tenant and welfare wrongs

NFA & ARCH Welfare Reform 2015 Analysis

07 January, 2016

NFA and ARCH survey reveals 89% of Universal Credit Claimants in rent arrears

Shared ownership boost for budding homeowners

07 January, 2016

The government is relaxing the criteria for those who can apply for the shared ownership scheme from April

Invitation to tender: action research learning lessons from the Voluntary Right to Buy pilots

07 January, 2016

The NHF in partnership with the pilot housing associations, is commissioning research to learn lessons from the Voluntary Right to Buy pilots to inform the wider programme

First Time Buyer Tracker

07 January, 2016

November 2015

Council Tax proposals could damage house building

07 January, 2016

Charging Council Tax on unbuilt developments could decrease house building numbers by deterring SME house builders

Care crisis

07 January, 2016

We must stop Local Housing Allowance caps applying to care and support housing rents

Current registered providers of social housing

06 January, 2016

Current registered providers of social housing plus new registrations and deregistrations

Clock already ticking for buy-to-let deals to escape Stamp Duty penalty

06 January, 2016

The clock is already ticking for buy-to-let purchases to go through before the 3% Stamp Duty surcharge is implemented on April 1

How Ordinary People Became Buy-To-Let 'Market' Fodder

06 January, 2016

The year has barely begun and already David Cameron has been trumpeting his latest idea for the building of "affordable" homes on publicly owned land

Benefit sanctions have failed: a Comprehensive Review is needed

06 January, 2016

Since the election of the Coalition in 2010, there has been a massive campaign of sanctions

Social Homes valued at over £500,000

06 January, 2016

Now that we've valued nearly all social homes in England we can start interrogating the data and we're open to suggestions on this

More than 2.5 million people a year could be subject to new immigration checks to rent a home

06 January, 2016

At least 2.6 million people a year could be subject to new immigration checks when the government's 'right to rent' scheme is rolled out across England in February

Tories slammed for 'appalling' decision to push through crucial housing law at 3am

06 January, 2016

Labour blasted the decision to rush through a six-hour debate on the Housing Bill - which includes plans to end lifelong council tenancies

'It's a steel-toothed poverty trap' - three tenants on the misery of pay to stay

06 January, 2016

With properly affordable rents in social housing under attack, older working women explain why they are so worried by the government's new policy

A recap of the Housing Bill so far

06 January, 2016

Prior to the Bill and its latest amendments being debated, much of the talk was on how it was already a done deal and the real battle would be in the Lords

Tories latest welfare attack set to be torpedoed by House of Lords

06 January, 2016

The Lib Dems will spearhead a drive to derail cuts to Universal Credit when they come before the House of Lords

Caroline Lucas blasts Housing and Planning Bill as "another nail in the coffin for British social housing" as she prepares to vote against it

05 January, 2016

Caroline Lucas, the Green Party's MP for Brighton Pavilion, will vote against the Housing and Planning Bill later today

Buy-to-let tax raid: Landlords raise full £50,000 for judicial review

05 January, 2016

Some 740 backers contributed the full amount in just one week

£23m cash blow to Kirklees Council as government demands council house rent reduction

05 January, 2016

Latest cut forces another budget re-think

Evictions specialist Shamplina calls for public blacklist of rogue tenants

05 January, 2016

With a proposed blacklist of rogue agents and landlords a key part of the Housing and Planning Bill, Landlord Action founder Paul Shamplina is calling for a public blacklist of rogue tenants

Tories urged to push disabled benefit claimants onto private insurance schemes

05 January, 2016

It looks like there's a new drive to push benefit claimants onto private insurance schemes that aren't likely to pay out

The Government is wrong to attack Buy to Let

05 January, 2016

I hope the Government will re-think its sudden attack on Buy to Let this summer and autumn

8,768 Preston households owe millions in council tax arrears

05 January, 2016

Cash-strapped Preston Council is owed millions in unpaid taxes

Borrowing jumped ahead of Christmas

05 January, 2016

The amount of money being borrowed by consumers in the run-up to Christmas rose by £1.5bn, the largest rise for nearly eight years

Rob the poor and give to the rich - housing policy for 2016

05 January, 2016

The bill before parliament is ideology at its purest: a full-throttle attack on social tenants everywhere

The end of council housing

04 January, 2016

In 1979, 42% of Britons lived in council homes

Scottish Buy-to-Let index

04 January, 2016

Scottish rents at a standstill for Christmas

George Osborne facing legal challenge from furious landlords

04 January, 2016

Chancellor George Osborne is facing a legal challenge after two private landlords launched a crowdfunding campaign on Boxing Day

Mapped: buying is now cheaper than renting across Britain

04 January, 2016

Rising rents and rock-bottom mortgage rates mean even homeowners with huge mortgages are better off than tenants

Paying a high price for a faulty product

04 January, 2016

This report explores how private housing tenants from across income scales are living in unsafe homes that fail to meet basic legal standards

Rogue landlords are making billions of pounds from 700,000 private rented homes in England with a category 1 hazard

Cities unite against David Cameron's attack on council tenants' lifetime leases

04 January, 2016

Local authority chiefs have joined forces against the Tory scheme which they say will hurt families and damage neighbourhood communities

Early Christmas payday causes problems for struggling Brits' finances

04 January, 2016

January blues: More than half of the nation struggle to meet their new year bills after splashing out at Christmas

Market glut as buy-to-let landlords quit

04 January, 2016

Half a million properties will come on to the housing market over the next five years as landlords sell up after George Osborne's changes to buy-to-let rules

Britons driven to food banks by poverty seen as 'collateral damage' by DWP

04 January, 2016

Britain's biggest food bank provider says the Government has threatened the charity for speaking out on the issue

4 New Year budgeting tips for universal credit claimants in South West Wales

31 December, 2015

With the New Year fast approaching and with family finances traditionally tighter after the festive season, many in the region could take advantage of budgeting advice

Germany eyes law change to stop EU migrants claiming benefits

31 December, 2015

Move comes after court ruled authorities must pay subsistence benefits to newcomers despite contributions-based system

Could State Aid Law protect Buy-to-Let Landlords?

31 December, 2015

The Guardian and The Telegraph have posted articles in the last week picking up the quandary of buy-to-let landlords

'A bonanza for landlords' - the soaring cost of renting in Cambridge revealed

31 December, 2015

Cambridge's private rental market has been branded "a bonanza for landlords" as it emerged the cost of renting in the city has soared more than almost anywhere else

Council Tax Reduction Schemes

31 December, 2015

As part of the 2010 Spending Review the Coalition Government announced its intention to localise support for Council Tax

Cleethorpes landlord handed suspended prison sentence for illegal eviction of tenant

31 December, 2015

A landlord has been handed a 56 day prison sentence, suspended for six months, after he was found guilty of illegally evicting a tenant

Iain Duncan Smith is offering £140,000 a year for someone to take charge of his troubled Universal Credit programme

31 December, 2015

The successful candidate will be among the top-paid civil servants and will earn more than the Work and Pensions Secretary himself

UK rents set to sky-rocket because of Osborne's tax grab

31 December, 2015

Landlords across the UK have already started to increase rents for current tenants

Almost half of landlords to raise rent in 2016

30 December, 2015

With an uncertain year ahead for buy-to-let landlords, almost half are planning to raise their rents in 2016

Greg Clark refuses London borough licensing scheme

30 December, 2015

Redbridge Council have expressed their disappointment at Greg Clark's decision not to approve the implementation of a Borough wide Licensing Scheme

Questions over new benefit sanctions warning system

30 December, 2015

An SNP MP has raised questions over a new benefit sanctions warning system to be trialled in Scotland next year

Landlords to launch legal challenge to George Osborne's tax relief changes

30 December, 2015

Buy-to-let group says plans introduced in chancellor's autumn statement are an unfair tax grab that could be unlawful

Benefit cuts: George Osborne urged to make U-turn on universal credit

30 December, 2015

Advisers warn merging of in-work benefits threatens to undo 'welcome decision to reverse tax credit changes'

Buy to let stamp duty could make investment unviable for new entrants in UK

30 December, 2015

The extra 3% stamp duty tax being levied on buy to let and second home buyers in April 2016 means that it may no longer be financially viable for new entrants to the lower end of the private landlord market

Dozens asked to leave homes for rent arrears and bad behaviour

30 December, 2015

Dozens of people have been thrown out of their council houses in Dundee this year after falling into rent arrears worth thousands of pounds

Buy-to-let stamp duty: will you have to pay?

30 December, 2015

Further details of the change to stamp duty on additional property purchases have been published

Higher rents and continued lack of supply set to dominate 2016 UK housing markets

29 December, 2015

Residential rents are set to go up in 2016

Thousands of children 'on council housing waiting lists'

29 December, 2015

Tens of thousands of children are on waiting lists for council housing

Lewisham Homes top for reducing arrears in the South

29 December, 2015

Lewisham Homes was the best performing organisation at reducing council tenants' rent arrears in the South of England last year

Benefit delays leaving families hungry

29 December, 2015

Benefit mistakes and delays are causing families to go hungry and putting homes at risk

Landlord prosecuted for regulations breach

29 December, 2015

Mr Vas Tari of North Bar Street, Banbury pleaded guilty at Banbury Magistrates' Court

2015 in housing: 12 months of growing crisis

29 December, 2015

We look back on a year of escalating protests over dwindling social housing supply and a Tory focus on homeownership despite booming costs

Council evicts 55 in a year

29 December, 2015

Dozens of people have been thrown out of their council houses this year after falling into rent arrears worth thousands of pounds

Landlord licensing - how we're using the evidence and the experience of our members to develop our policies

24 December, 2015

If you only pay attention to the newspaper headlines or horror stories you hear, you'd be forgiven for thinking privately rented homes are at the bottom of the heap when it comes to housing choice

ARLA Private Rented Sector Report

24 December, 2015

November 2015 - The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes is at the lowest this year

Two fifths of agents predict supply will fall in the private rented sector, following buy-to-let tax announced during Chancellor's Autumn Statement

Southend taking in London's homeless - local authorities feeling pinch under new Government welfare reforms

24 December, 2015

Southend and other areas in south Essex are taking in London's homeless

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

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"

Council asks housing tenants how rent should be spent

23 December, 2015

Council housing tenants in Caithness are being asked their views on how their rent should be spent

The pain of Iain Duncan Smith's welfare cuts is only just starting to be felt

23 December, 2015

In the run up to the last general election, the media was full of reports and investigations into the impact of welfare reform

'I'm worrying about Christmas and how we'll afford food'

23 December, 2015

Michelle lives in Cambridge with her husband. The family is struggling to keep up with rent and bills

Contributory Welfare State investigated by Committee

23 December, 2015

The Work and Pensions Committee agreed to hold an initial seminar with experts on the possibility of converting the eligibility for welfare as we know it

Borough-wide landlord licensing scheme rejected by Secretary of State

23 December, 2015

A landlord licensing scheme to tackle poorly managed rental properties has been rejected by the Department for Communities and Local Government

Statistics on Personal Independence Payment (PIP): Release strategy

22 December, 2015

This document explains how DWP manages the release of statistics on PIP

Jeremy Corbyn Unveils Plans To Tackle Britain's Housing Crisis, With Rent Caps, More Council Homes And An End To Tory 'Social Cleansing'

22 December, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to tackle Britain's housing crisis with new moves to cap private rent levels

Jobless and disabled people could have benefits stopped on Christmas Eve under 'tough new sanctions regime'

22 December, 2015

The SNP claims the Government has quietly scrapped a system which spared claimants from the worst hardship at Christmas

Make up for benefit cuts by working 200 more hours

22 December, 2015

Department for Work and Pensions admits work allowance will fall under universal credit but people can 'recoup the loss'

Rent rises could soon outpace house prices

22 December, 2015

The cost of renting in the UK could rise faster than house prices over the next five years

Labour accuses David Cameron of causing homelessness crisis with "disgraceful" welfare cuts

22 December, 2015

The number of households classed as homeless has risen by more than a third in England since 2010 and could DOUBLE by the next general election

Letting agents expect buy-to-let stamp duty rise to trigger decline in rental supply

22 December, 2015

High stamp duties for the buy-to-let sector has provoked a pessimistic outlook among lettings agents

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

Universal Credit vs JSA - what's the difference?

22 December, 2015

Our benefits and money team are working to advise Isos residents on how to prepare for Universal Credit as it gets introduced across the North East

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

Government response to SSAC Occasional Paper 15

21 December, 2015

This is the government's response to the report 'Universal Credit: priorities for action' by the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC)

Government response: SSAC report on Universal Credit

21 December, 2015

This is the government's response to the report 'Universal Credit: priorities for action' by the Social Security Advisory Committee

Homeless Households and Benefit Cap Amendments

21 December, 2015

In the Welfare Reform & Work Bill, Shelter is seeking an amendment that takes homeless households out of the benefit cap while they get back on their feet

Trying to make sense of current social housing policy

21 December, 2015

Social housing policy has for a long time been muddled

Families hungry due to benefit mistakes and delays

21 December, 2015

Benefit errors and delays are making families go hungry and putting their homes at risk

Living wage will lead to new boom in migrants

21 December, 2015

Tory critics brand David Cameron's strategy 'a farce' and say pay boost will draw ever more workers to the UK

Tenancy sustainment amongst those aged under 35

21 December, 2015

Single men aged 21-25 appear to be the most at risk of eviction and serious arrears

Rent arrears were not always associated with evictions: larger households were more likely to be in arrears, yet singe adults were more likely to be evicted

A route map to ending hunger as we know it in the United Kingdom

21 December, 2015

Five key reforms outlined in this report are being pursued by a new charitable organisation called Feeding Britain

The Scottish Government's Tenancy Proposals and their context amongst Tenancy Reforms

21 December, 2015

Prior to the First World War, the private rented sector provided about 90 per cent of Britain's housing needs

Number of London renters becoming homeless increases 700% in five years

21 December, 2015

New figures show 6,790 London households in 2014/2015 were made homeless following the end of their tenancies

MP Frank Field backs builder training for benefit claimants

21 December, 2015

Tens of thousands of young benefit claimants should be trained as builders to curb immigration, slash welfare costs and end the housing crisis

Labour calls for halt on housing benefit cap over fears it will hit supported accommodation

21 December, 2015

Labour has called for a halt to a new housing benefit cap over fears it could force the closure of supported accommodation for the elderly, disabled and homeless

Timeline confirmed for digital Universal Credit

18 December, 2015

The Department for Work and Pensions updated on the rollout plans for the digital Universal Credit service when giving evidence to the Public Accounts Select Committee last week

Universal Credit and rented housing

18 December, 2015

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

Buy-to-Let Index - November 2015

18 December, 2015

Rents dip below £800 in time for Christmas

HB G12/2015

18 December, 2015

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Online Universal Credit could exclude thousands

18 December, 2015

Although the internet is quickly becoming an integral part of our everyday private, public and working lives, there are still one in five UK adults unable to complete simple tasks like paying bills online

Lay off private landlords, Chancellor is told by big agency chain

18 December, 2015

Major property firm LSL this morning called for the Treasury to lay off private landlords and instead look for solutions to the housing crisis

Bank of England to get new powers on buy-to-let lending

18 December, 2015

The government is to consult on new powers to allow the Bank of England to rein in the buy-to-let mortgage market

Why do people resent buy-to-letters so much?

18 December, 2015

A series of measures have now been taken to combat the growth of buy-to-let landlords, and each is greeted with glee by an often hostile public

EU renegotiations: Pathway for deal found

18 December, 2015

David Cameron has said there is a " pathway to a deal" on new terms for Britain's membership of the EU after talks with other leaders

Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy evaluation: final report

17 December, 2015

This report presents findings from the evaluation of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (RSRS) in Housing Benefit

The end of social housing

17 December, 2015

The Housing and Planning Bill is one of the most dangerous and far-reaching pieces of legislation passed in this country in a long time

Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy

17 December, 2015

This report presents findings from the evaluation of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy

The DWP's data shows a reduction in the number of households affected by the RSRS from 547,000 to 465,000 by November 2014

Londoners break tradition to start families in rented homes

17 December, 2015

A quarter of London renters are getting married and having children while still renting

Benefit cuts under universal credit could be illegal

17 December, 2015

Shadow work and pensions secretary says differences between tax credits and new welfare system are discriminatory and leave families worse off

Households with prepayment meters pay up to £250 more in energy bills

17 December, 2015

Lack of competitive tariffs to switch to means prepayment customers are losing out to those on direct debit tariffs

Landbay Rental Index

17 December, 2015

UK rents see small monthly dip of 0.4% in November

A seasonal slowdown has hit the UK rental market as the country draws closer to the festive season

Welfare reform survey 2015

17 December, 2015

This document sets out the results of a survey of stock retaining councils and ALMOs, conducted during October and November 2015

In total 31% of respondents' tenants were in arrears at the end of 2014/15

Lords veto powers 'to be curtailed'

17 December, 2015

David Cameron is preparing to use the full force of the law to clip the wings of the House of Lords after it blocked his welfare cuts

Scottish Government follows Westminster with 3% surcharge for buy-to-let purchasers

17 December, 2015

The Scottish Government has followed Westminster in announcing a 3% tax surcharge for purchasers of buy-to-let and second homes

Landlords' Barometer - #30: It really is all change

17 December, 2015

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #30" where this time I am focusing on issues that landlords need to be aware of in order to plan ahead

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 3 Dec 2015

16 December, 2015

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 3 December 2015

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to October 2015

16 December, 2015

Statistics on claims in payment, new claim registrations, decisions and awards made, and other aspects of Personal Independence Payment

Bedroom farce

16 December, 2015

We want housing association landlords and tenants to reap the benefits from shorter-term tenancies as well

Pay to stay to be voluntary for housing associations

16 December, 2015

Terrie Alafat said: "We have warned that pay to stay could discourage social housing tenants from increasing their earnings or finding work"

Carney promises action on buy-to-let property market

16 December, 2015

The Bank of England has again expressed concern about the UK's buy-to-let property market

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

The principled and pragmatic case for a Universal Basic Income

16 December, 2015

The RSA is today recommending a new Universal Basic Income system

Finland announced last week it is undertaking a major pilot to replace its welfare system and there are cities in the Netherlands also currently testing schemesFinland announced last week it is undertaking a major pilot to replace its welfare system and there are cities in the Netherlands also currently testing schemes

The new benefits trap: why I'm proposing an amendment to the Welfare Bill

16 December, 2015

One of the government's big achievements has been helping people off benefits and back into work

Welsh Government maintains policy for social housing rents in 2016/17

16 December, 2015

Welsh Government has announced that the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty has agreed to maintain the Welsh Government Policy for Social Housing Rents for 2016/17

Housing shortage and welfare cuts leaving thousands at risk of homeless this Christmas

15 December, 2015

Welfare cuts and a shortage of affordable housing mean thousands of North-East families are on the brink of being homeless this Christmas

1p rise in Scots income tax 'needed to cancel Tory cuts'

15 December, 2015

Scotland's poorest families could be more than £800 a year worse off as a result of spending and benefit cuts

HB A13/2015

15 December, 2015

Housing Benefit: Uprating 2016 - 17

Despite the tax credit U-turn a radical upheaval in support for the working poor is still underway

15 December, 2015

The government's decision to scrap tax credit cuts was a welcome move

Cameron still appears isolated on four-year migrant benefit ban ahead of EU summit

15 December, 2015

The scale of David Cameron's task on EU reform has been underlined by No 10 after it indicated that not a single other member state was publicly supporting his four-year migrant benefit ban

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

Where buy-to-let landlords are making the most lucrative returns from tenants

15 December, 2015

Forget London - landlords are likely to make more money each year by renting out properties in Wales and the North of England

Thousands of benefit staff face the axe as Tories ramp up plans to cut cash with Universal Credit

15 December, 2015

Some 5,000 staff are primed for the axe as part of Universal Credit - which is already being trialled in three-quarters of all job centres

David Cameron faces compromise over plans for EU migrants' welfare access

15 December, 2015

EU commissioner proposes block on claims for first six months, far cry from prime minister's hopes for four-year exclusion

Universal Credit now in three-quarters of all jobcentres

14 December, 2015

New milestone reached with over a quarter of a million claims made to Universal Credit

Playing Russian Roulette with housing tenancies

14 December, 2015

The government is in the process of removing security of tenure for council tenants

The Future Delivery of Social Security in Scotland

14 December, 2015

This report sets out the findings and recommendations made by the Welfare Reform Committee

In order to inform its scrutiny the Committee conducted visits to Highland Council and to various ethnic minority representative organisations

Stamp Duty surcharge will cost landlords 11 months of rental income

14 December, 2015

The 3% surcharge of Stamp Duty Land Tax that kicks in next April will be the equivalent of 11 months' income for the average landlord buying with a mortgage

Commission says council tax in Scotland 'must end'

14 December, 2015

The current council tax system in Scotland "must end", the specially set up Commission on Local Tax Reform has concluded

Shock 50% rise in use of food banks in Northern Ireland in just one year

14 December, 2015

The use of food banks has soared by almost 50%

Newcastle foodbank flooded with presents after theft

14 December, 2015

Hundreds of Christmas presents have been donated to a foodbank after thieves stole gifts destined for needy children

As a social housing tenant, I have always been treated with dignity

14 December, 2015

After my marriage broke down my housing association flat was my lifeboat - now I'm a member of the association board and it values my opinions

Universal Credit - is it working and will it do enough?

14 December, 2015

By September 2015, nearly 175 000 people had made a claim for Universal Credit

Tory welfare reforms causing 'devastating harm' to the most vulnerable in society

14 December, 2015

The welfare reforms being spearheaded by Tory minister Iain Duncan Smith are causing "devastating harm" to the most vulnerable in society

EU referendum: PM 'to continue with benefit demands'

14 December, 2015

Downing Street has insisted that David Cameron will pursue demands for a curb on in-work benefits for EU migrants in the UK

Are you a council tenant? Then you must be punished

14 December, 2015

The end of lifetime council tenancies looks like another welfare-bashing crapshoot

Why the war on buy-to-let will make the UK housing crisis worse

11 December, 2015

Landlords sighed with relief at the Conservative victory in the General Election in May

Paying a high price for a faulty product

11 December, 2015

This report explores how private housing tenants from across income scales are living in unsafe homes that fail to meet basic legal standards

Rogue landlords are making billions of pounds from 700,000 private rented homes in England

Make 'specified' homes exempt from rent cuts

11 December, 2015

David Orr has called on the government to protect specialist homes, as the reductions in rents may see a decline in services for those that need them the most

Record fine for unregistered HMO landlord

11 December, 2015

As the number of private renters continues to increase, so do prosecutions against landlords renting out unsafe or unlicensed HMOs

London council adds another 8,000 rental properties to licensing scheme

11 December, 2015

Agents and landlords across a large part of central London are warned that this week, a new licensing scheme came into force

More than half of council tax used to pay interest on debts

11 December, 2015

Dundee City Council is paying out more than half its council tax income on servicing its debt

A third of Scottish benefit claimants 'unable to get by'

11 December, 2015

CAS has urged Holyrood to use new powers to create a fairer welfare system

Care home rooms offered for sale to private investors on 'buy-to-let' basis

11 December, 2015

Hundreds of speculators promised returns of 10 per cent a year, squeezing funds available for actual care

Food bank opens for young people hit by benefit sanctions

11 December, 2015

Merseyside Youth Association says service in Liverpool helps 16-to 25-year-olds who are going hungry but feel uneasy about visiting other food banks

Conservative minister says ending lifetime council tenancies will 'help social mobility'

11 December, 2015

Labour MPs attack government for sneaking in changes which will cause insecurity as housing minister Marcus Jones says tenants will benefit

Oxford City Council breaks homeless housing law

11 December, 2015

Oxford City Council has broken a law against housing homeless families in B&Bs for more than six weeks

Cameron hopeful of deal to curb migrants' benefits

11 December, 2015

David Cameron insists he can reach a deal on benefit curbs for EU migrants

Benefit sanctions forcing people to sleep rough and go hungry

11 December, 2015

Crisis is calling for reform of how benefit sanctions work for the most vulnerable

The dream of social housing is being chiselled away to nothing

10 December, 2015

The government's new policy of reviewing council tenancies every five years will pitch thousands of people into an uncertain future

Personal Independence Payment: aids and appliances descriptors

10 December, 2015

Consultation on aids and appliances and the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments: April to September 2015

10 December, 2015

Analysis of local authorities' use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds from April to September 2015

Sold! Britain's most controversial buy-to-let landlords finally sell up

10 December, 2015

Britain's most controversial buy-to-let landlords, Fergus and Judith Wilson, have sold their property empire

Poll finds 82% think food banks 'a sign something is wrong in society'

10 December, 2015

More than four-fifths of people in Scotland believe the need for food banks is a sign that something is fundamentally wrong in society

One in three people on benefits 'can't get by on money they receive'

10 December, 2015

More than one-third of welfare claimants are unable to get by on the benefits they receive

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

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

750,000 families with children 'struggling with serious debt'

10 December, 2015

Research finds growing number of households in financial difficulty, as zero-hours contracts and less secure work leave them vulnerable

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

Basic income for all could end benefits trap

10 December, 2015

As welfare and the world of work get more complex, Finland's bold experiment offers us a solution

Cutting migrant benefits won't halt flow, PM told: Advisers say four year wait would have little influence on reducing numbers coming to the UK

09 December, 2015

David Cameron's flagship plan to curb benefits for EU migrants would do little to cut immigration, the Government's top economic advisers warned yesterday

Mortgage Lenders and Administrators Statistics - 2015 Q3

09 December, 2015

MLAR statistics are quarterly statistics aggregated from the returns from around 300 regulated mortgage lenders and administrators

HomeLet Rental Index November 2015

09 December, 2015

The average UK rental value excluding London was £743pcm - this is 3.8% higher than last year

Council 'forcing us into fuel poverty'

09 December, 2015

"Stop forcing us into fuel poverty" was the message from worried residents

Halving The Gap?

09 December, 2015

A Review into the Government's proposed reduction to Employment and Support Allowance and its impact on halving the disability employment gap

Duncan Smith urges Cameron not to cave on benefits for EU migrants

09 December, 2015

Eurosceptic evokes spirit of Thatcher as he warns Downing Street to 'play the system hard' in pre-referendum negotiations on in-work benefits

The DWP is cutting a disability benefit that already leaves a third of recipients struggling to afford food

09 December, 2015

Employment and Support Allowance WRAG payments are being cut by £30 a week from April 2017

Best Locations for Buy-to-Let Returns to Change Under New Stamp Duty

09 December, 2015

The best areas for buy-to-let returns are likely to change when the new Stamp Duty rules come in from April

The impacts of changes to social rents policy

08 December, 2015

We analyse effects of big changes to social rent policy in England

Young people learning to avoid eviction: 'I thought rent wasn't a priority'

08 December, 2015

Living alone can be extremely daunting for young vulnerable people. A new course teaches them how to cope with tenancy, debt and isolation

Universal Credit claimants significantly more likely to get a job

08 December, 2015

People claiming Universal Credit are significantly more likely to move into work than those on Jobseeker's Allowance

Universal Credit at Work (December 2015)

08 December, 2015

A progress report on how Universal Credit is restoring work incentives, restoring fairness and transforming claimants' lives

Workless households at lowest levels

08 December, 2015

Number of workless households is now at its lowest level since records began

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

Tenants may be saved from Leith flats eviction

08 December, 2015

Tenants facing eviction from their homes in Leith could be allowed to stay on after a housing association began negotiations to buy the properties

Bad bedsit conditions and rogue landlords to be tackled in new council role

08 December, 2015

An increasing number of residents have turned to Rushmoor Borough Council expressing concern about overcrowding, safety and disrepair

'Dear Dave, we can't agree to four-year migrant benefit ban': Brussels chief delivers blow to Cameron's plans for EU reform

08 December, 2015

European Union leaders have refused to agree to David Cameron's plan to ban migrants claiming benefits for up to four years

The Government must not be distracted from delivering Universal Credit

08 December, 2015

In the wake of the Tax Credits debate, it would be extremely easy to be distracted from arguably the most important legacy of a Conservative-led welfare agenda: Universal Credit

Scotland's new tax and welfare powers should be devolved on a "use it or lose it", Lords to hear

08 December, 2015

Scotland's new tax and welfare powers should be devolved on a "use it or lose it" basis

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

Another buy-to-let lender cracks down on mortgages

08 December, 2015

Would-be landlords will soon need 50pc deposit, commentators warn, as another lender tightens its criteria

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

Call to protect renters as Osborne's plans leave 4m without a secure home

07 December, 2015

Generation Rent will call on the government to protect private renters from no-fault evictions on Tuesday

Universal Credit now in almost 550 jobcentres

07 December, 2015

On 7th December 18 more jobcentre offices start offering Universal Credit

'No consensus' over UK welfare reforms

07 December, 2015

There are "substantial political differences" over the PM's demands for welfare curbs for EU migrants

Universal Credit: estimating the early labour market impacts: updated analysis

07 December, 2015

This analysis assesses the short-term impact of Universal Credit and informs its further development

Why Rent Is Still Rising In Places Where It's Cheaper To Own

07 December, 2015

Five years into the recovery, renters are still paying the price for the Great Recession

Food banks in the UK: Volunteers face a growing battle as benefits crisis bites

07 December, 2015

Food banks barely existed when David Cameron came to power in 2010, but now there are 425 across the country

Up to 750,000 elderly people 'forced to choose between food and heating their homes' this winter

07 December, 2015

A third of pensioner households live on less than £300 a week

Using council tax to offset care cuts 'will widen gap between rich and poor'

07 December, 2015

Disadvantaged areas will be able to raise too little extra revenue to make any difference

Welfare reforms will still take £3bn from poorest Britons

07 December, 2015

Costings after U-turn on tax credits reveal changes to universal credit will save the Treasury almost as much money

Students rise up against soaring housing rents

07 December, 2015

Demands for cuts and compensation spread as protests in London call for 40% reduction in accommodation costs

Social housing sector in rude financial health as HCA reveals £5.3bn cash in hand and high investor confidence

07 December, 2015

The social housing sector is in rude health, according to the Homes and Communities Agency

Touchbase - Edition 107

04 December, 2015

Saturday 5 December is Small Business Saturday, a day when government, local councils and businesses promote the importance of small business to everyday life

Why council housing won't go away

04 December, 2015

There's about to be a new era for council house

Lewis challenges councils to spend £2bn on social housing

04 December, 2015

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has challenged local authorities to use more than £2bn to build more social housing

England Has Lowest Number Of New Socially Rented Homes Since Records Began

04 December, 2015

While the number of new affordable homes in England rose 55% year-on-year, those on social rents - the cheapest on offer - fell to an all-time-low

Zero-hours and short-hours contracts in the UK: Employer and employee perspectives

04 December, 2015

Zero-hours contracts remain controversial, but the number of people on them is increasing

The CIPD has made a leading contribution to understanding of zero-hours contracts and our research has been quoted by government, employers and unions - both supporters and opponents of zero-hours contracts

Don't cry for landlords: they still rule the housing market

04 December, 2015

Watch out, tenants: Kent Reliance says the meanie in No 11 Downing Street is going to cost YOU £55 a month extra in rent

Buy to Let Britain report

04 December, 2015

In the last year, 77% of the new households formed in Great Britain were created in the private rented sector

The average landlord made a total annual return of 12.5% per property at end of first quarter of 2015

DWP to apologise to woman whose brother killed himself after his benefits were cut

04 December, 2015

Health service ombudsman partially upholds Linda Cooksey's complaint over case of her late brother Tim Salter

Buy-to-let landlords turned off buying more property as tax changes bite

04 December, 2015

More than half of investors are not planning to buy any more properties in the next year

Housing crisis: Osborne's 3% stamp duty on buy-to-let properties could raise rents by £55 a month

04 December, 2015

Osborne announced an additional 3 per cent stamp duty on second homes and buy to let properties in his Autumn Statement

Saving lives through mandatory electrical safety checks

03 December, 2015

Sadly, every year 350,000 people are injured because of electrical faults in the home

Chancellor's attack could "destroy buy-to-let"

03 December, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne's stamp duty surcharge could backfire by slashing tax revenues as investors desert the market

Renters at risk

03 December, 2015

We all hope we never go through the devastating experience of losing our home

Over the twelve months to September 2015, more than 42,000 renting househ olds lost their battle and were evicted by bailiffs

Housing provider helps transition to Universal Credit

03 December, 2015

The Government's new welfare system is coming to Teesside and one local housing provider is helping their tenants get to grips with the changes

'Buy-to-let investors will need 50pc deposit - or no mortgage'

03 December, 2015

In future only investors with hefty deposits will qualify for loans, brokers warn, as Barclays cuts buy-to-let lending

Engaging with tenants is everyone's job

03 December, 2015

I remember listening to a speaker describing how the housing sector was then perceived to be in the middle of 'the perfect storm' of issues including welfare reform and universal credit

Council Tax Reduction in Scotland, July to September 2015

03 December, 2015

This publication provides statistics on the Council Tax Reduction scheme

There were 512,340 Council Tax Reduction recipients in Scotland in September 2015

Landlord of shared housing in Camden? Make sure you have a licence

03 December, 2015

Landlords of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in Camden must have a licence by December 8

Barclays is first to toughen buy-to-let tests with landlords forced to prove rent is 135% of mortgage payments

03 December, 2015

Barclays has rushed to impose stricter affordability checks on aspiring buy-to-let landlords ahead of the Chancellor's tax squeeze

LIN Member Report December 2015 - Spending Review and Autumn Statement

02 December, 2015

LIN member report by Claire Turner

Universal Credit comes into force on the Isle of Wight

02 December, 2015

The government's new Universal Credit scheme will be implemented on the Isle of Wight from 7 December

Tenants shouldn't pay their landlord to decorate their rental property

02 December, 2015

Tenants should not be coerced into paying higher rents to redecorate their landlord's property

Why we don't need to panic about buy-to-let lending

02 December, 2015

Don't take fright at the Prudential Regulation Authority's rising concerns about buy-to-let lending

Housing Statistics for Scotland Quarterly Update

02 December, 2015

This quarterly statistical publication provides information on recent trends in

Scottish Government issued with final demand to end fuel poverty

02 December, 2015

The Scottish Government has been issued with a 'final demand' to end fuel poverty by the national fuel poverty charity Energy Action Scotland

Welfare reforms set for Northern Ireland rollout in early 2016

02 December, 2015

Welfare reforms will roll out in Northern Ireland early in 2016

Osborne's devolution experiment will hit poorer councils where it hurts

02 December, 2015

The chancellor talks the talk on decentralisation but he's clawing back central funds with no regard to local councils' tax base, entrenching regional divisions

Council tax reform in the age of localism: why councils should take the lead

02 December, 2015

In England (and Scotland), council tax is still levied on the basis of the 1991 property values used when the tax was introduced in 1993

Landlords' Barometer - #29: And it's all about Osborne's clampdown

02 December, 2015

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #29", dedicated to the Autumn Statement and how it will impact on the private rented sector

Buy-to-let 'woes' for landlords mounting, as analyst warns that BoE 'will be watching you'

02 December, 2015

The Bank of England has said it will crack down on buy-to-let lending

HB Direct issue 163

01 December, 2015

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

What happens if homeless families are hit by the benefit cap?

01 December, 2015

The number of homeless families is going up and the number of affordable homes is going down

I'm a tenant, a loser by today's standards. But I won't shut up

01 December, 2015

Trying to voice a tenant's perspective on social housing is like shouting into a hurricane

The benefits cap on carers is discriminatory and a false economy

01 December, 2015

The cap has been ruled discriminatory and unlawful for full-time carers of disabled adult relatives

Bank of England warns on Buy-to-Let market

01 December, 2015

The Bank of England has raised fresh concerns about mortgage lending in the Buy to Let market

Title sponsor Yarlington Housing Group puts the focus on tackling fuel poverty

01 December, 2015

AS we enter the colder weather fuel poverty will no doubt once again become a topic of conversation both locally and nationally

Tackling fraud in the social housing sector

01 December, 2015

A short guide for directors and senior managers of housing associations

This guide is for directors and senior managers of housing associations in England and Wales and their professional advisers

Landlords urged to use new procedure to maintain properties

01 December, 2015

Landlords are being urged to make use of a new procedure which will allow them to gain access to their properties to carry out essential work

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

Social housing completions up 10% in Scotland

01 December, 2015

Scotland has seen a 10% increase in the number of social sector homes completed in the past year

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index - October 2015

30 November, 2015

Scottish rent rises halved in four months

Household bills targeted by chancellor as Labour raises fears over benefit cuts

30 November, 2015

George Osborne and Sajid Javid want more competition to drive down prices, as Labour claims thousands could lose out due to in-work benefit cuts

Sixty Icon 'Pay to stay' will discourage people from increasing earnings or finding work, housing professionals fear

30 November, 2015

The government's 'pay to stay' policy will discourage people living in social housing from increasing their earnings or finding work

Fuel poverty: England's poorest households won't all be properly heated for nearly 100 years

30 November, 2015

Poorest and coldest households receiving improved insulation at a rate of only 1 per cent a year

Landlords Bruised by U.K. Tax Rise May Face New Loan Limits

30 November, 2015

The U.K.'s amateur landlords, already bruised by higher taxes when they buy rentals and lower rates of tax relief, could be facing a new blow

Landlord went to inspect the boiler at his property only to discover his tenants had trashed it and done a runner

30 November, 2015

A landlord pensioner who stopped by his property to fix a boiler was shocked to find that his tenants had completely trashed the house before abandoning it

Landlord Charged Over Migrant Tenants

30 November, 2015

A Sealand landlord has been charged with 16 Housing Act offences after it was discovered that over 100 migrant workers were living in his rental property

Investors get set for buy-to-let "scramble"

30 November, 2015

Property market experts have warned that the forthcoming buy-to-let surcharge on stamp duty will trigger a shortlived scramble for property in the run up to April

Festive crackdown to stop loan sharks exploiting vulnerable people

30 November, 2015

Police describe the Christmas period as the 'hunting season for loan sharks'

Welfare cuts postponed, not axed

27 November, 2015

George Osborne was in the end not just for turning, but for totally reversing his position on those controversial tax credits that were set to hit millions of working families

Spending Review: Welfare cuts rely on troubled Universal Credit

27 November, 2015

Following Chancellor George Osborne decision yesterday to scrap his tax credit cuts, one of the key ways he is going to meet his manifesto commitment of cutting £12bn from welfare spending

Institute for Fiscal Studies, Post Autumn Statement briefing

27 November, 2015

The first thing to say is this is not the end of "austerity"

IFS Post-Spending Review/Autumn Statement Analysis, November 2015

Low-income working families on Universal Credit set to lose £1,300

27 November, 2015

Working households on Universal Credit are set to lose an average of £1,000 in 2020, rising to £1,300 for those with children

Annual council tax bills will be £25 higher

27 November, 2015

Chancellor confirms increase and hits out at council bosses being paid more than the Prime Minister, warning Britons are 'fed up' with high salaries

Stamp Duty increase likely to benefit the Northern housing market say experts

27 November, 2015

The UK's buy-to-let housing market is likely to expect a shift towards the North, following the Chancellor's announcement of a Stamp Duty increase for property investment purchases in yesterday's Autumn Statement

Rise in buy-to-let stamp duty 'could restrict supply of new homes'

27 November, 2015

Osborne's plan to increase taxes on property investors may jeopardise funding for newbuild developments

The tax credit reversal is great news - but Universal Credit is what matters

27 November, 2015

Reversing Tax Credit reductions will give families valuable breathing space but it's Universal Credit that's important in the long term

Iain Duncan Smith suffers major defeat as High Court rules benefit cap for carers is unlawful

27 November, 2015

Judge rules that the Work and Pensions Secretary had discriminated on the grounds of disability against unpaid carers who look after severely disabled people for more than 35 hours a week

The state of private rented homes

27 November, 2015

In his first speech to the Labour party conference as leader, Jeremy Corbyn claimed that a third of all private rented homes don't meet basic health and safety standards

Osborne slipped social housing's obituary into the autumn statement

27 November, 2015

Chancellor claims to be 'fixing the roof while the sun is shining'. Cuts to housing benefit and forced sales of council homes say otherwise

DWP scraps mandatory 'work for your benefits' scheme without fanfare

27 November, 2015

The scheme was deemed ineffective by a DWP analysis but had since been expanded

Benefit and tax credit changes

26 November, 2015

Government still planning £12bn cut to annual benefit spending by end of the parliament

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

Osborne tinkers with welfare

26 November, 2015

The assault on housing benefit has been unrelenting over the past 5 years

October 2015 Buy-to-let index

26 November, 2015

Rental reprieve in October - but property prices boost landlord returns

HB U2/2015

26 November, 2015

Judgment in a judicial review of R v Secretary of State of the inclusion of Carer's Allowance in the benefit cap

Proposed benefit and pension rates 2016 to 2017

26 November, 2015

A list of the proposed benefit and pension rates for 2016 to 2017

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

26 November, 2015

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

Spending review 2015: things you may have missed in Osborne's small print

26 November, 2015

The tax credit cuts that will still go ahead, the bad news for students, and other devils in George Osborne's detail

The devil is in the detail: most tax credit cuts rolled back, but cuts to Universal Credit going ahead

26 November, 2015

Many of the tax credit cuts announced by Chancellor George Osborne in the 2015 Budget were rolled back today

100,000 NI families boosted by decision to scrap tax credit changes

26 November, 2015

More than 100,000 families in Northern Ireland will benefit from the decision to scrap tax credit changes

Victory for families in carers' benefit cap challenge

26 November, 2015

A Government failure to exempt individual family carers in receipt of carer's allowance from the benefit cap amounts to "objectively unjustifiable indirect discrimination" and is not lawful

The housing market is broken - people need help to rent, let alone buy

26 November, 2015

Plans in the autumn statement to tax buy-to-let landlords will help cut property demand but more new homes are needed

Spending Review: George Osborne Has Missed 'Open Goal' On Housing By Not Helping Private Renters

26 November, 2015

George Osborne has missed an "open goal" on solving the housing crisis by handing taxpayers' money to private developers instead of tackling high rents

UK plans tax rise on buy-to-let and second homes

26 November, 2015

Britain is to increase a tax on buy-to-let and second homes to ease demand for those squeezed out by house price rises

Osborne: I will continue to take 'difficult decisions' after tax credits U-turn

26 November, 2015

Chancellor makes clear he is not abandoning his overall approach to eliminate structural budget deficit two years before 2020 election

'Catastrophe' Budget: Agents and landlords get to grips with 3% more on BTL Stamp Duty

26 November, 2015

The industry is trying to assimilate the changes announced in yesterday's Budget Statement whereby buy-to-let investors and those purchasing second homes are to be hit with a 3% increase in Stamp Duty Land Tax

Resolution Foundation Report

25 November, 2015

Report on the combined Spending Review and Autumn Statement

Glasgow tops Scotland's Discretionary Housing Payments bill

25 November, 2015

Glasgow is on course to have more than £8 million spent on payments to mitigate the 'bedroom tax' this year

Autumn statement: George Osborne cancels planned tax credit cuts after U-turn

25 November, 2015

The Chancellor said he was listening to concerns raised about tax credit cuts

Autumn statement 2015: Buy-to-let landlords sacrificed again with 3pc stamp duty hike to 'help first time buyers'

25 November, 2015

The new 3pc surcharge was announced as Chancellor George Osborne outlined plans to help more people get on the housing ladder

Key points: Spending Review and Autumn Statement at-a-glance

25 November, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne has set out the state of the economy in the Autumn Statement and spending plans for the next four years in the Spending Review

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

Residents left without food or electricity while waiting for first benefits payment

25 November, 2015

People claiming the new universal credit have been left unable to pay their rent or afford food or electricity

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

Spending Review: Nicola Sturgeon welcomes tax credit U-turn

25 November, 2015

Scotland's first minister has welcomed a U-turn by the Chancellor on tax credit cuts

Where to now for Northern Ireland's private rented sector?

25 November, 2015

The DSD is currently considering changes to help make the private rented sector a more attractive housing option

NI welfare reform: Bill passes through House of Lords

25 November, 2015

The Northern Ireland Welfare Reform Bill has passed through the House of Lords

'Fit for work' tests have normalised the suffering of sick and disabled people

25 November, 2015

The distress, physical pain and even death of disabled and mentally ill citizens are no longer seen as travesties to avoid but rather little more than collateral damage

How can we learn from Stockport Homes 'all staff' approach to welfare reform?

25 November, 2015

After winning the 2015 UK Housing Award for 'managing the impact of welfare reform', the team at Stockport Homes shares its top tips for meeting both customer and business needs

South West housing job loss risk after social rent cut

25 November, 2015

Dozens of jobs could go at one of the largest housing associations in the South West due to planned rent cuts

Spending Review and Autumn Statement

25 November, 2015

George Osborne delivering Autumn Statement and Spending Review

Welsh housing minister launches landlord licensing scheme

24 November, 2015

Welsh housing minister, Lesley Griffiths, has launched Rent Smart Wales in a bid to lead the way in driving up standards in the private rented sector

Spending Review: Tax credit winners and losers

24 November, 2015

The chancellor will announce what is to become of his plans to cut working tax credits

Council hit out at Pay to Stay scheme

24 November, 2015

Exeter City Council have criticised the Pay to Stay scheme set to be introduced by the government in April 2017

Ahead of the CSR, tenants living on the edge

24 November, 2015

Wednesday's Comprehensive Spending Review may seal the fate of 100 years of housing associations as independent and community-based organisations if George Osborne decides on the asset sell-off

Jeremy Corbyn scolds Tory MPs for 'laughing at food poverty'

24 November, 2015

Labour leader said inequality, climate change, food and water security should be part of the national security review, as well as the more conventional defence measures

George Osborne should change course on tax credits

24 November, 2015

Nicola Sturgeon will call on the Chancellor to abandon "potentially catastrophic" cuts to tax credits which she says will hurt many of those most in need of help

Haringey council tenants protest against 'social cleansing'

24 November, 2015

A group of tenants are protesting against council plans to demolish over three and a half thousand homes on council estates

'Conscious cruelty': Ken Loach's shock at benefit sanctions and food banks

24 November, 2015

'Hunger is being used as a weapon,' says veteran director, calling for public rage over situation he says is worse than when he made Cathy Come Home in 1966

Fit-for-work tests linked to relapses in those with mental health problems

24 November, 2015

Dr Jed Boardman says work capability assessment causes distress for people with severe problems and has led to relapses

Privatising UK social housing won't work - just look at Europe

24 November, 2015

The government is putting its faith in the market to solve our housing crisis. But many European countries have already done so and regret it

Fewer landlords are hitting tenants with rent hikes

23 November, 2015

The number of landlords hiking up the rents they charge has dropped to its lowest level this year

Low awareness of new Welsh landlord licensing scheme

23 November, 2015

65 per cent of tenants in Wales are unaware of new laws to register and license landlords and letting agents in the country

Universal Credit now available in 70% of all jobcentres

23 November, 2015

More job centres across Britain now offer Universal Credit as 12 more offices take new claims

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

NI welfare reform: House of Commons due to push legislation through

23 November, 2015

Welfare reform legislation for Northern Ireland agreed in last week's political deal at Stormont is due to be pushed through the House of Commons later

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

Landmark landlord licensing scheme hailed as UK first

23 November, 2015

Housing Minister Lesley Griffiths will say Wales is leading the way on driving up standards in the private rented sector

Survey suggests backing for council tax reform

23 November, 2015

A clear majority of the people who took part in a major online survey about the council tax want to see it replaced or reformed

New social homes could be sold off before occupancy under government plans

23 November, 2015

More than 700 new council homes in Hackney could be sold off as soon as they are built and before anyone has lived in them

Osborne under pressure on tax credits

23 November, 2015

George Osborne is refusing to be drawn on how he will claw back the £4.3bn cost of postponing tax credit cuts in Wednesday's Spending Review

A new era starts today for private rented sector in Wales

23 November, 2015

A new era begins today for the private rented sector in Wales

Landlord who was a fireman is jailed after blaze killed tenants

23 November, 2015

A landlord who was a fireman when five members of a family were killed by arson in one of his properties has been jailed

Benefits sanctions are creating 'horrifying levels of destitution'

20 November, 2015

New figures on emergency payments to benefit claimants show that the UK government is creating 'horrifying' levels of destitution

Reduced tax relief is top worry for landlords thinking of selling up

20 November, 2015

Budget squeeze on buy-to-let tax relief is a factor for half (50%) of landlords currently looking to sell

Autumn Statement 2015: the first test for the Chancellor's welfare cap

20 November, 2015

The latest official forecast suggested that borrowing this year would be £69.5 billion, falling to £6.4 billion by 2018-19

Adjusting Scotland's Block Grant for new Tax and Welfare Powers: Assessing the Options

20 November, 2015

The Scotland Bill, currently making its way through the Houses of Parliament, will transfer a range of tax and spending powers from Westminster to the Scottish Parliament

George Osborne, get your beady eye off the housing benefit budget

20 November, 2015

If the chancellor cuts housing benefit in the spending review, the Conservative legacy in office will be one of endemic poverty

Average London rents to hit £2,000 a month by the start of the next decade

20 November, 2015

The average rent for a two-bed home in the capital will hit £2,007 a month by January 2020 if rents continue to rise at their current pace

Pay to Stay: Fairer Rents in Social Housing - National Federation of ALMOs

20 November, 2015

The NFA would like to see councils and its members be able to retain any profit made from implementing this policy to benefit the community

Sinn Fein accused of surrendering to Tories over welfare reform

20 November, 2015

Sinn Fein has been accused of "doing austerity" for the Conservatives and of handing back hard-won welfare reform powers to Westminster

JSA, UC, ESA and IS sanction decisions in Wales: Apr 2010 to Mar 2015

20 November, 2015

Number of JSA, UC, ESA and IS claimants in Wales who have received at least one sanction decision during April 2010 to March 2015

The impact of the UK Government's tax, welfare and minimum wage reforms in Wales

19 November, 2015

On 8 July 2015, Chancellor George Osborne delivered the first Budget of the new all-Conservative administration, implementing a number of changes to taxes and benefits proposed by the Conservative party during

July Budget measures will strengthen work incentives overall despite tax credit cuts

19 November, 2015

Our report focuses on the effects on work incentives of changes proposed in the July Budget

Following the tax credit row, the welfare axe could fall on renters and disabled claimants

19 November, 2015

What are the options for the Chancellor to save £4bn from the welfare budget to smooth his cuts to tax credits in the upcoming spending review?

Pay to Stay: Fairer Rents in Social Housing - CIH Response

19 November, 2015

In our view the implementation of this policy will lead to a range of perverse outcomes which run counter to government's wider ambitions to deregulate housing providers

Rent reform laws 'equivalent of giving tenants a zero hours contract'

19 November, 2015

Measures contained in new laws aimed at reforming Scotland's private rental market are the "equivalent of giving tenants a zero hours contract on their homes"

Stormont Assembly members approve welfare reform measures

19 November, 2015

Stormont Assembly members have voted to allow the Government to finally roll out its welfare reforms in Northern Ireland

Tim Farron vows continued Lib Dem push against tax credit cuts

19 November, 2015

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron is pledging to keep up his party's fight against the Government's plans to cut tax credits for millions of low earners

UK private rented sector stable with voids at historic lows

19 November, 2015

The private rented sector in the UK is a stable market where yields have seen modest improvements and void periods, the average amount of time PRS properties spend unoccupied, are at historic lows

Renting Homes (Wales) Bill

19 November, 2015

An Act of the National Assembly for Wales to make provision about tenancies and licences which confer the right to occupy a dwelling as a home

Landlords delay repairs to maximise 'wear and tear' tax break

19 November, 2015

Renters could face months waiting for repairs as change to tax allowances throws up window of opportunity for landlords

'Shaking off' the stigma of social housing

19 November, 2015

Do you think the reality of social housing is what you watch on the TV series 'Benefits Street'?

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

Half of low income working households struggling with energy costs

18 November, 2015

New research by the national charity Turn2us has found that one in two low income households are struggling to afford their energy costs, despite being in work

Who lives in the 4.1m social homes in England and Wales?

18 November, 2015

An analysis of the most recent data shows that households in the social housing sector are older, smaller and more British than people might expect

Half of tenant subletting occurs behind landlords' backs

18 November, 2015

Almost half of tenants who sublet their property do so without their landlord's consent

HB G11/2015

18 November, 2015

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Landlords will 'sell up' because of tax changes

18 November, 2015

The Government's reduction of landlord buy-to-let tax relief to the 20% basic rate is a major factor for half of all landlords currently looking to sell

The Immigration Act: When should agents carry out Right to Rent checks?

18 November, 2015

With the Immigration Act 2014 and its obligations to check all tenants have a right to rent coming into force across all of England from February 1, many agents are getting concerned about what they will need to do

Flaws in universal credit system leaving vulnerable people penniless

18 November, 2015

Built-in delay of at least 42 days before claimants receive payments leaves people struggling to pay bills and buy food

Landbay Rental Index

18 November, 2015

No sign of seasonal slow - down in rental market as UK rents rise 0.7% in October 2015

Tax credit cuts will hit poorest UK regions hardest

18 November, 2015

The TUC analysis shows that 91% working tax credit households in the UK will be worse off as a result of the government's cuts

In Northern Ireland, where average income per head is the lowest in the UK, the average loss to working tax credit claimants will be £1,480 - the highest of any UK nation and region

UK foodbank use still at record levels as hunger remains major concern for low income families

18 November, 2015

Food bank use in Scotland has increased to record levels, with more than 60,000 referrals over a six-month period

Rent cut risks hitting Britain's most vulnerable groups

18 November, 2015

War veterans, people with learning disabilities and victims of domestic violence are just three of the highly vulnerable groups

Fifth of private rented homes in Chichester 'a hazard'

18 November, 2015

More than one in five private rented homes in Chichester, West Sussex, poses a threat to the health or safety of its tenants

Oxford's landlord licensing 'a complete failure'

18 November, 2015

A scheme to crack down on rogue landlords in Oxford has been branded a "complete failure" as half the city's shared houses have not been registered

The looming 'fraud' cloud hanging over landlords

17 November, 2015

There has been a lot written about the risks that tenants face around ID fraud but what about the dangers to landlords?

Generation rent: only 26% of young adults will be on housing ladder by 2025

17 November, 2015

Sky-high prices and rising interest rates threaten to lock 20- to 39-year-olds out of property ownership

The wrong debate about regulation of social landlords

17 November, 2015

Reclassification of housing associations was an accident waiting to happen

'I am no longer willing to be silent - I am a proud tenant'

17 November, 2015

When I was approached last year by my landlord, Cottsway Housing, to write my personal Housing Day story, my first response was to inwardly cringe

Fit-for-work tests may have taken serious toll on mental health

17 November, 2015

Research links additional 590 suicides and 725,000 antidepressant prescriptions over three years to impact of work capability assessment

Colchester Council plans to spend £350,000 to help people affected by benefits cuts

17 November, 2015

Colchester Council plans to spend £350,000 over three years to help people affected by benefits cuts, if it can find savings and increase revenue

I'm not against home ownership, just the destruction of social housing

17 November, 2015

Selling off homes and not replacing them will be catastrophic for the social fabric of estates like mine

Facts are facts. 7 in 10 renters want longer tenancies

17 November, 2015

We've been campaigning for longer tenancies in the private rented sector for a few years now

Peers urged to reject 1% rent cut

17 November, 2015

Peers have been urged to reject the government's plans to impose a 1% rent cut on social housing

How 'pay to stay' housing will penalise disabled people like my daughter

16 November, 2015

My daughter is severely disabled and I have cancer. Not only is there is hardly any housing for us, George Osborne's pay to stay scheme will double our rent

Universal Credit now available in over 500 jobcentres

16 November, 2015

More jobcentres across Britain now offer Universal Credit as 17 more sites start taking new claims from today

Landlords 'not comfortable' with Right to Rent scheme

16 November, 2015

The government has announced that from 1 February 2016, all private landlords in England will have to check new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property

Agent hit with bill over unlicensed properties speaks out

16 November, 2015

A letting agent has been hit with a bill of nearly £10,000 after managing two unlicensed properties

Benefits culture has made generations less motivated to seek employment, says university academic

16 November, 2015

New book warns that the welfare system is boosting the number of children born into workless households

What does the Autumn Statement have in store for the social housing sector

16 November, 2015

Commenting ahead of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement on 25 November

Tory benefit cuts face new attack in Lords

16 November, 2015

Labour and Lib Dem peers will use debate on reform to warn of child poverty surge

The rogue landlords exploiting the deepening UK housing crisis

16 November, 2015

Campaigners claim landlords have been breaking housing regulations with impunity across the UK

George Osborne abandons cuts to Universal Credit after IDS quit threat

16 November, 2015

Iain Duncan Smith has "won the day" and seen off attempts by George Osborne to cut £2bn from Universal Credit

Touchbase - Edition 106

13 November, 2015

Addressing future skills needs, encouraging small local businesses to expand and helping local economies meet local needs, are all integral to ensuring continued growth in employment

George Osborne's social housing ping pong

13 November, 2015

There are some who say that the housing association sector has taken us so far but might not be the right partner for the future

Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics Quarterly, England and Wales

13 November, 2015

This quarterly bulletin presents statistics on mortgage and landlord possession actions in the county courts of England and Wales in July to September 2015

In July to September 2015, 5,010 mortgage possession claims were recorded in county courts

Right to Rent: Agents warned to get checking procedures in place within weeks

13 November, 2015

Letting agents across England who take on responsibility must get their Right to Rent procedures in place within the next six weeks

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

EU welfare reforms: Some claimants 'better off with no job'

13 November, 2015

Claimants for some in-work benefits could be better off giving up their job temporarily as a consequence of the government's EU negotiations

Tory minister Tracey Crouch says families hit by tax credit cuts should stop spending money on TV subscriptions

13 November, 2015

The minister says helping families cut back their spending was the kindest approach

New Wolverhampton tenants facing rent rise of £15 per week

13 November, 2015

New tenants in Wolverhampton could see their rents increase by up to £15 per week despite a Government ruling that rents across the country must be reduced

Benefit sanctions against people with mental health problems up by 600 per cent

13 November, 2015

Charities have warned that sanctions are making mental health problems worse

Electricity safety first for Glasgow HA tenants

12 November, 2015

Almost two thirds of fires in Scottish homes are linked to electricity

Landlords raise tenancy concerns at Scottish Parliament committee

12 November, 2015

Organisations representing private landlords and investors yesterday appeared before the Scottish Parliament to continue to urge to create policies that will protect both tenants and landlords

Renting in London: no respite for tenants spending half their income on rent

12 November, 2015

There's no let-up in the capital as renters spend more than half their income on rent - and deposits continue to soar out of reach

Duncan Smith's great council house giveaway: Millions of tenants could own 70% of their home under scheme being pushed by Work and Pensions Secretary

12 November, 2015

Millions of council tenants could become the owner of most of their home for free

Vulnerable people will be hardest hit by social housing rent cut

12 November, 2015

An annual 1% reduction in social rents will endanger our charity's support for young people and those who need us most

Private rented households see eviction rates rise

12 November, 2015

There has been a 14% rise in the eviction numbers of private rented households in England in the past year

'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"

David Cameron EU migrant benefits figures blasted by UK Statistics Authority watchdog

12 November, 2015

The UK Statistics Authority said the way in which the figures were disclosed was 'unsatisfactory' and prevented effective scrutiny

Greg Clark offers councils £5 million 'beds in sheds' fund to crack down on rogue landlords

12 November, 2015

Communities secretary Greg Clark has offered councils a £5 million fund to help them crack down on rogue landlords

The benefit cap is a sucker punch for councils

11 November, 2015

Cuts to benefits may well be helping the government pay off its overdraft, but they could cost councils the earth

New DPS boss says deposits now repaid within two days

11 November, 2015

Today, it is announced that the Deposit Protection Service has won a renewed contract from the Government to run an authorised tenancy deposit protection service

Two new custodial tenancy deposit protection schemes announced

11 November, 2015

Tenancy deposit protection is to be beefed up, alongside other new measures announced today by the Department for Communities and Local Government

MP accuses agents and landlords of leaving To Let boards up all year round

11 November, 2015

An MP has accused agents and landlords of leaving up To Let signs all year round

EU migrants on benefits: separating the statistics from the spin

11 November, 2015

Britain's referendum on EU membership may decided in large part by the issue, but the information available is scant at best

UK faith leaders unite to challenge welfare penalties on larger families

11 November, 2015

Christian churches and Jewish groups urge House of Lords to block government's plans to limit tax credits to first two children

Food bank starts providing free sanitary products to women

11 November, 2015

A food bank has started to provide free sanitary products to women who are unable to afford them

EU referendum: David Cameron accused of backtracking on demands to restrict benefits to migrants

11 November, 2015

Mr Cameron has hinted that the benefit restrictions were no longer a red line for the Government

Tackling rogue landlords and improving the private rental sector: government response

11 November, 2015

This publication collates the responses received by the Department for Communities and Local Government to this technical discussion document

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

11 November, 2015

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

Census output area data on workless benefit claimants: to May 2015

11 November, 2015

Number of people by area claiming Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support and other income-related benefits

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

11 November, 2015

Experimental Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit flows data

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 29 October 2015

11 November, 2015

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

Delay tax credit cuts

11 November, 2015

Tax credit cuts should be delayed for at least a year

My tax credits are a lifeline. Osborne is wrong to slash them

11 November, 2015

Instead of escaping poverty, millions of working parents and their children will struggle - even if the minimum wage is raised

LIN member report November 2015 - Tax credits and low pay

11 November, 2015

LIN member report written by Neil Merrick

HomeLet Rental Index October 2015

10 November, 2015

When London is excluded, the average UK rental value was £749pcm - this is 3.5% higher than the same period last year (£724pcm)

Average rental values have increased in nine out of twelve regions in the UK

UK benefit and tax credit claims by recently arrived EEA migrants

10 November, 2015

Analysis of the extent to which recently arrived EEA nationals are in households receiving UK welfare support whilst either in or out of work

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

Reforms to rental housing

10 November, 2015

As MPs got the chance last week to consider the long awaited Housing and Planning Bill for the first time, a number of themes emerged concerning private rented housing

SNP told to reveal benefits costs as MPs vote on powers

10 November, 2015

David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary, tells the SNP to spell out the cost of using powers in the Scotland Bill to increase benefits

Residents and landlords need flexibility on tenancies

10 November, 2015

If plans to scrap lifetime tenancies for new social housing tenants go ahead, landlords must be given the flexibility to support different tenants in different areas

Cameron's EU wishlist dismissed by Tory MPs as 'thin gruel' as he retreats on banning benefits for migrants four years

10 November, 2015

Tory Eurosceptic MPs today rounded on David Cameron's plans to reform the European Union, dismissing his list of demands as 'thin gruel' which would fail to impress the British people

Poverty premium: why it costs so much more to be poor

10 November, 2015

The poorest UK households are locked out of the cheapest deals on energy and phone tariffs - but some councils are taking action

Housing is the next target in David Cameron's dismantling of the welfare state

10 November, 2015

For the many people who can't afford to own a home, the new housing bill will have a devastating impact, as social rented properties are lost

Two million homes change tenure since 2005

10 November, 2015

1,550,000 properties have gone from being lived in by their owner to being lived in by a tenant

Hundreds of thousands have tax credit calls unanswered by HMRC

10 November, 2015

HMRC failed to deal with over 400,000 phone calls in March

Universal Credit: Iain Duncan Smith resists Treasury cuts

09 November, 2015

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is resisting Treasury efforts to make the new Universal Credit benefit less generous

Benefit cap: tens of thousands move into work or off Housing Benefit

09 November, 2015

New figures show around 28,000 people who have had their benefits capped have moved into work, allowing savings on Housing Benefit

Eight out of ten renters want tenancies of a year or less

09 November, 2015

Eight out of ten of those renting accommodation want tenancy agreements of one year or less

Universal Credit now available in nearly 70% of all jobcentres

09 November, 2015

Universal Credit reaches 492 jobcentres as 22 more start taking new claims from Monday 9 November 2015

Landlords' Barometer - #27: Are agents up to speed with landlords' tax changes?

09 November, 2015

Do letting agents know about the tax changes?

Ireland to introduce rent controls this month

09 November, 2015

Rent controls are set to be introduced in Ireland, with the move due to be agreed by the Irish cabinet tomorrow

Mandatory licensing of HMOs to be extended down to bungalows

09 November, 2015

The mandatory HMO licensing regime is to be extended to two-storey homes and even bungalows, while there will have to be minimum bedroom sizes

Labour hits out at Osborne's planned cuts to universal credit

09 November, 2015

Opposition says families will be worse off if taper rate is raised by chancellor, with dissent also evident among Conservatives

Government proposes minimum bedroom size for rental properties

09 November, 2015

Size would be set at 6.5 sq metres in attempt to stop landlords creating 'rabbit hutch properties' to increase rental income

DWP staff received almost £140 million in bonuses over the last three years

09 November, 2015

Bonuses at the Department for Work and Pensions totalled £42.1 million for the year 2014-2015

Mum and FOUR kids forced to sleep in one bed thanks to the benefits cap

09 November, 2015

Stacey and her four children are all cramped into one double bed with her uncle in a second bedroom and her gran in a third

Rising tide of complaints against unscrupulous landlords

09 November, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of people have encountered severe difficulties with their landlords

EPCs and why they are important if you are a landlord

09 November, 2015

You might not think much of an EPC and less than 10% of tenants say they considered the energy efficiency of their current home as an important factor when deciding to live there

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