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Monthly ARLA Private Rented Sector Report July 2015

28 August, 2015

The number of available private rented properties rose in July, according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents monthly PRS Report

Landlord loses deposit case after damage in communal area

28 August, 2015

In this dispute, a landlord claimed for the replacement of an area of damaged flooring in the weights section of the building's communal gym

Treasury tells landlord protesters that Osborne will stand firm on tax changes

28 August, 2015

A 'say no to George' petition demanding that the Government reverses its decision to cut tax relief for private landlords has attracted over 20,600 signatures

Energy improvements in rented homes: Where tenants will foot the bill

28 August, 2015

As yet another deadline approaches for the private rented sector, there seems to be a common misunderstanding about what it actually means

Private rented sector in Scotland almost triples as home ownership falls

28 August, 2015

Drops in home ownership and in social housing have fuelled growth in Scotland's private rented sector

MSP condemns 'broken' private rented sector as rents reach record levels

28 August, 2015

Fresh calls have been made for the Scottish Government to increase the availability of affordable homes after average rents in the private sector reached an all-time high

'My mother's death was hastened by long delay in processing her benefits'

28 August, 2015

Moira Drury overcame domestic violence and severe disability to work as a nurse and bring up three children as a single parent

Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures'

28 August, 2015

Iain Duncan Smith should resign after the release of statistics showing thousands of people died soon after being found fit to work in disability benefit tests

Majority of renters experience deposit disputes

28 August, 2015

The majority of UK flatsharers have been involved in a dispute with a landlord over their tenancy deposit, and only a third of Brits are aware of their rights as renters

Mortality Statistics: Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance

27 August, 2015

Additional information on those who have died after claiming Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance

Mortality statistics: out-of-work benefit claimants, March 2003 to February 2014

27 August, 2015

Mortality statistics for people on out-of-work benefits in Great Britain by age group and sex, from March 2003 to February 2014

Death has become a part of Britain's benefits system

27 August, 2015

More than 80 people a month are now dying after being declared 'fit for work'. The safety net that used to be there for the most vulnerable is being torn to shreds

Timetable for PIP

27 August, 2015

DWP started to take new claims to PIP from people aged 16 to 64 living in the North West and part of the North East of England only

Local authorities refer 2.1 million debts to bailiffs in 12 months

27 August, 2015

Debt charity's research shows councils' use of bailiffs up 16% in two years

Hundreds of Flintshire tenants in rent arrears due to bedroom tax

27 August, 2015

Council report reveals 660 residents feel impact of under-occupancy charge, with debts totalling £236,457

Vulnerable are easy targets as a Job Centre Plus whistleblower reveals the scandal of benefits sanctions

27 August, 2015

Those who are 'under-educated' or mentally ill are the easy victims of Iain Duncan Smith's welfare changes

SNP calls for immediate halt to all benefit sanctions

27 August, 2015

The Scottish governing party has called for a moratorium on the benefit cuts

The Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary

27 August, 2015

Providing an overview of the main Social Security Agency benefits

Housing Benefit: withdrawing entitlement from 18-21 year olds

27 August, 2015

The Government intends to withdraw Housing Benefit entitlement from some 18-21 year olds from April 2017

Thousands of families would be hit by a cap on Northern Ireland benefits

26 August, 2015

Some 22,000 Northern Ireland households receive welfare handouts of more than £20,000 - the new benefits cap planned by Westminster

Bland assertions on the bedroom tax don't help anyone

26 August, 2015

As the possibility of a political solution to the bedroom tax drifts ever farther from the democratic process, some stories are still shocking enough to reach the headlines

Rogue landlords have little to fear from cash-strapped councils

26 August, 2015

Councils will soon have new powers to tackle rogue landlords, but five years of cuts has left them without the staff to do this

Scottish rents stall at peak level in July

26 August, 2015

Rents across Scotland at record levels except in Edinburgh and Glasgow, as growth cools in the cities

Are current approaches to measuring and analysing resident satisfaction fit for purpose?

26 August, 2015

Using surveys to measure resident satisfaction has become one of the key ways to assess the effectiveness of housing providers

The changing face of personal debt

26 August, 2015

Levels of unsecured personal debt in the UK are growing

Letting agents in Scotland and Wales get ready for mandatory licensing

26 August, 2015

A consultation has been launched in Scotland on a new code of practice for letting agents and a mandatory requirement for agents to undergo training before they can register

Essential Section 21 update for letting agents: Important changes just weeks away

26 August, 2015

Important changes affecting letting agents and landlords are just weeks away, courtesy of The Deregulation Act

Figures suggest Dundee-Glasgow benefit sanctions 'lottery'

26 August, 2015

Evidence of a postcode lottery in benefit sanctions has been uncovered by a new analysis of the latest figures

LIN Member Report August 2015 - Council spending on discretionary housing payments

26 August, 2015

LIN member report written by Neil Merrick

Moves of Housing Benefit claimants: Jun-Aug 2013 to Sep-Nov 2014

25 August, 2015

Statistics on moves of Housing Benefit claimants from quarter June to August 2013 to quarter September to November 2014

Rent setting: social housing (England)

25 August, 2015

In 2002 the Labour Government introduced a rent convergence policy under which, over a ten year period, rents in social housing were to be brought into alignment

A rent formula was established with actual rents moving towards a national formula rent which took account of values of properties and local earnings relative to national earnings

Long term landlords characterise the market

25 August, 2015

On average landlords only trade properties every 17 years compared to 14 years for the average homeowner

Use of fake quotes in benefits leaflet 'quite wrong', Iain Duncan Smith admits

25 August, 2015

Minister says withdrawn leaflet is now subject of investigation, and publishing case studies based on fictional people is not DWP policy

DWP Sanctions Are Hurting Britons' Mental Health And Keeping Them Out Of Work

25 August, 2015

Threatening to punish people by cutting their benefits when they fail to do certain mandatory activities has a negative effect on people's mental health

UK households £17 a week better off than last year in July thanks to continued lower food and petrol prices

25 August, 2015

UK households on average had £190 a week to spend on extras in July, £17 more than this time last year, thanks to falling food and petrol prices

Pensioner buy-to-let hotspots revealed

25 August, 2015

Brandon in Suffolk is the most profitable location for pensioners to invest in buy-to-let property with an average yield of 8.59%

DHPs a "lifeline" for tenants in Scotland, says Burgess as official figures reveal 84,000 payments made this year

25 August, 2015

Scotland's housing minister said the country's Government will do all it can to "limit the damaging effects" of Westminster's welfare cuts

Renters pay £30 a week for government housing failure

25 August, 2015

Inflation is one of those annoying things that you just have to accept and deal with - the official target is, after all, 2%. But that gives the government no excuse to allow rents to go up the way they have

Benefits cuts and low pay are killing people

25 August, 2015

A "modest" increase in benefits and working tax credits would prevent thousands of hospital admissions and premature deaths

Rowallane credit union placed into liquidation

24 August, 2015

A County Down credit union with around 700 members has been placed into liquidation

Furnishing Homes, Furnishing Lives: An Initial Discussion of How Furnished Tenancies Support Sustainable Communities

24 August, 2015

An Initial Discussion of How Furnished Tenancies Support Sustainable Communities

'Suicide guidance' given to benefits staff preparing for desperate calls on welfare reform

24 August, 2015

GUIDELINES on how to deal with suicidal benefits claimants have been handed out by the Department for Work and Pensions to Scots workers

Generation rent v the landlords: 'They can't evict millions of us'

24 August, 2015

The mould in Georges Almond's houseshare got so bad, he turned it into an art installation. Meet the private renters who are fighting back against price hikes, unhealthy homes and revenge evictions

Full data released: Right to Buy to Let

24 August, 2015

Inside Housing reveals the full data behind its investigation into Right to Buy re-lets.

DWP seeks 2,800 short-term staff weeks after shedding thousands of full-timers

24 August, 2015

Union says adverts are for roles similar to those done by 3,824 workers who left two months ago and shows 'further casualisation' of department

Death of buy-to-let: landlords wake up to Osborne's 150pc tax

24 August, 2015

Buy-to-let investors paying more than 100% of their profits in tax are already selling up

Benefits shakeup aims to force more disabled people into jobs

24 August, 2015

Government wants radical reform to push 1m more people into work, but disability campaigners fear they are being targeted

Pace of rent rises quickens as average UK rent reaches £937 a month

24 August, 2015

Rents were up 4.6% in July on the year before, figures show, with median rent for one-bedroom flat in London now more than £1,000 a month

Social housing: 'pay to stay' at market rents

21 August, 2015

Parliament UK research briefing

This note provides information on the 'pay to stay' scheme in England under which social landlords can charge tenants with an income of over £60,000 market or near market rents. The Government intends to make higher rents compulsory in due course for social tenants earning over £40,000 in London and £30,000 elsewhere

Buy to Let Index

21 August, 2015

July 2015

Buy-to-let bets

21 August, 2015

Rental returns in England, Scotland and Wales

Safe as Houses

21 August, 2015

Crime and changing tenure patterns

Burglary is likely to be more common in areas with higher levels of private rented housing than in social housing neighbourhoods, according to a report by independent think tank

Zero-hours contracts offered to 'a quarter of all unemployed'

21 August, 2015

Older job-seekers more likely to turn down zero-hour contracts, according to survey

Ealing court fines rogue landlord £75,215

21 August, 2015

A landlord has been handed substantial fines totalling nearly £70,000 for failing to licence four properties; protect tenants; comply with improvement notices; and comply with prohibition orders

Benefit sanctions ruin lives. No wonder the DWP turned to fiction

20 August, 2015

In the real world claimants have been driven to theft and suicide, making the Department for Work and Pension's invention of the grateful 'Zac' and 'Sarah' particularly grotesque

Almost half of ESA & JSA sanctions overturned when reviewed

20 August, 2015

Almost half of all sanctions imposed on the UK government's Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) have been overturned when reviewed, according to official figures

Isolation and Hunger

20 August, 2015

Report on the reality of the school holidays for struggling families

Rent Smart Wales

20 August, 2015

Countdown to new law affecting landlords and agents in Wales

Benefit Sanctions and Homelessness

20 August, 2015

A report by the North East Homelessness Think Tank

research to: Develop a robust understanding of the administration and impact of benefit sanctions in relation to vulnerable people in the North East, and develop an alternative vision for the benefits system which both supports people into work and prevents homelessness

Government housing sell-off is 'impossible'

20 August, 2015

A LEADING Wychavon councillor has described the Government's policy to sell off housing association properties as 'impossible.'

Public relations body investigating DWP fake welfare claimants leaflet

20 August, 2015

CIPR has written to members who work at DWP to find out if they had any part in producing document which featured two non-existent benefits claimants

Local authority admits to widespread non-compliance over licensing

20 August, 2015

Brent Council estimated that there were 20,000 licensable properties in its borough but has only received just over 5,000 online applications since they introduced mandatory licensing

Sky-high London rents prompt calls for new controls on landlords

20 August, 2015

With many Londoners paying at least half their salary in rent, politicians say urgent measures are needed to prevent a ghettoisation of the capital

Register now but come back in ten years' time, agents tell tenants

19 August, 2015

Can you imagine someone walking into your agency to ask about rental properties - and you having to ask them to register their interest and come back in ten years' time?

Important changes are imminent for private rented sector

19 August, 2015

We are indebted to lawyer Tessa Shepperson for her round-up of all the legal changes imminently coming the way of the lettings industry in England

Worklessness and social housing: a look behind the numbers

19 August, 2015

Social housing is stigmatised for high rates of unemployment among tenants, but there's more to the numbers than meets the eye

Carmarthenshire Council to claw back £1.8m from hundreds of benefit fraudsters

19 August, 2015

Council bosses say hundreds of people have been caught committing offences

Disabled teenagers are easily lost in a welfare state cut to the bone

19 August, 2015

As a 17-year-old deaf youngster living at home, Sanjeev is now not eligible for any benefits - even help to get to job interviews. What chance does he have?

Unemployed offered unpaid work experience at the job centre

19 August, 2015

Department for Work and Pensions said the placements offered 'invaluable' office experience for claimants

Hoxton tenants to pay personalised rents

19 August, 2015

Wealthier tenants on an east London housing estate will pay more than their neighbours in a new rent scheme

Sky-high London rents prompt calls for new controls on landlords

19 August, 2015

With many Londoners paying at least half their salary in rent, politicians say urgent measures are needed to prevent a ghettoisation of the capital

Benefit sanctions ruin lives. No wonder the DWP turned to fiction

19 August, 2015

In the real world claimants have been driven to theft and suicide, making the Department for Work and Pension's invention of the grateful 'Zac' and 'Sarah' particularly grotesque

Universal credit pathfinders in devolution call

19 August, 2015

Two Greater Manchester authorities that piloted the government's universal credit regime are calling for greater control over key parts of the revamped welfare state

Hoarding: Key considerations and examples of best practice

18 August, 2015

NHF Report

This report draws on the learning from a series of regional events organised by the NHF and Sitra in February and March 2015. The principal aim of the events was to raise awareness of the complex issues surrounding hoarding disorder, to share learning and highlight innovative practice, and to identify future housing workforce training and development needs

Stormont research shows low income is top reason for food bank use

18 August, 2015

Stormont's social development minister has met food bank organisations to discuss his department's research into their usage

Donations roll in as a woman with no money for food is fined £328 for shoplifting a Mars bar

18 August, 2015

A fundraising campaign is helping a benefits sanction victim who had not eaten in days pay her £328.75 fine for stealing a packet of Mars bars worth 75p

One in four claiming disability benefits faces serious difficulties including delays, unfair dismissals and confusion over eligibility

18 August, 2015

Almost a quarter of all people applying for disability benefits to help them live independently are encountering serious difficulties

DWP Admits Using Fake Claimant's Comments In Benefit Sanctions Leaflet

18 August, 2015

Government officials have admitted that claimant's comments used in an official benefit sanctions information leaflet were "for illustrative purposes only"

Soaring £4.8m cost of emergency council payments to people hit by bedroom tax in Greater Manchester

18 August, 2015

Town halls spend £4.8m in discretionary housing payments to people on benefits who can no longer afford the rent

Universal Credit 'could make Scots carers worse off'

18 August, 2015

Family carers for vulnerable children in Scotland are likely to be left worse off under Universal Credit

Housing benefits axed: How will cuts affect young people in Milton Keynes?

18 August, 2015

Earlier this month the Government announced that they are going to axe housing benefits for 18-21 year-olds

SNP students call for Scottish Government to back rent controls

18 August, 2015

Youth group are latest to support Living Rent campaign to control housing costs

Government U-turn on longer private sector tenancies

17 August, 2015

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has backtracked on suggestions that the government may introduce longer standard tenancy agreements in the private rental sector

Citizens Advice lobbying for more private rental regulation

17 August, 2015

The Citizens Advice charity is urging people to lobby for more controls over the private rental sector

Four in ten ex-council flats now in private rented sector

17 August, 2015

Nearly 40% of all ex-council flats sold under the Right to Buy in England are now almost certainly being rented out privately

HB G8/2015

17 August, 2015

Information for all housing benefit staff

Rent controls are not the answer to tackling housing shortage in private rented sector

17 August, 2015

There has never been more consensus in Scotland that we need a thriving, vibrant and investable private rented sector

Camila Batmanghelidjh set to open children's food bank

17 August, 2015

Founder of collapsed Kids Company says 50 former staff have volunteered to help run Kids Dining Room in south London

Profit or purpose? The fight over the future of social housing in Britain

17 August, 2015

A housing association's decision to stop building homes for the poor has left the sector divided over its future. Is this the beginning of the end for social housing?

Deregulation will only make things worse for desperate tenants

17 August, 2015

The calls for a lower standard of housing for the poorest reminds us that arguments about rights to shelter are not won yet

Go to work 'bootcamp' or lose your benefits, jobless youths are told: Unemployed will be given three-weeks of training on writing CVs and interview technique

17 August, 2015

Jobless youngsters will be sent on a three-week work 'bootcamp' or face losing their benefits

Right to Buy: 40% of homes sold under Government scheme are being let out privately

14 August, 2015

Almost 40 per cent of former council homes sold on the cheap under the Government's Right to Buy scheme are now being let out on the hugely expensive private rental market

Ill-judged welfare cuts have puts thousands at risk

14 August, 2015

In the last three months alone over 10,000 households have lost their home

Number of people evicted from rented homes has soared since housing benefit cuts began

14 August, 2015

The number of people being evicted from their rented homes has increased by almost 50 per cent since housing benefit cuts were introduced four years ago

Universal Credit national expansion tranches 3 and 4

14 August, 2015

Local authorities and jobcentre areas that will begin to deliver Universal Credit as part of national expansion during 2015 and 2016

'Stark warning' on welfare cuts after number of homeless families soars 47% - what's changed

14 August, 2015

The number of families forced into B&Bs and other temporary accommodation is on the up

Peter Robinson welcomes 'serious' welfare reform summer talks with Sinn Fein

14 August, 2015

Northern Ireland's First Minister has indicated progress has been made in talks to resolve a row over welfare reform

Mortgage arrears and repossessions continue to fall in second quarter

14 August, 2015

The repossession rate - already at its lowest since records began - continued to fall in the second quarter of 2015

Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics Quarterly, England and Wales

14 August, 2015

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

Agents warned new licensing scheme is one of most complex to date

14 August, 2015

A licensing scheme described by an expert as one of the most complex to date is set to go live on November 1

HB A10/2015

14 August, 2015

April Uprating: Clarification of effective dates for Housing Benefit

HB A9/2015

14 August, 2015

Discretionary Housing Payment Guidance 2015

LIN Press Release - New Discretionary Housing Payments Guidance (DHP)

14 August, 2015

A local authority's decision to take the care component of disability living allowance when assessing DHP's was unlawful, the high court has said

The claimants, Mr and Mrs Hardy, who are both disabled and both receive the care and mobility components of DLA, live in a three bedroom property. They have lived in their current home for around 20 years, but were caught by the 'bedroom tax' when their housing benefit was reduced as a result of their having a spare bedroom.

House Price Index

13 August, 2015

July 2015

High success rate in ESA sanction challenges

13 August, 2015

New DWP statistics show that almost 67,000 sanctions applied to employment and support allowance claimants under new regime

New Discretionary Housing Payments guidance

13 August, 2015

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

Hardy, R v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. A local authority's decision to take the care component of disability living allowance (DLA) into account when assessing discretionary housing payments (DHPs) was unlawful, the High Court has said

English Housing Survey bulletin

13 August, 2015

A newsletter for users of the English Housing Survey

Council tenants set to save more than £1.4m in heating bills

13 August, 2015

Sheffield council tenants are set to save more than £1.4million on their annual heating bills through a new initiative being delivered to thousands of council homes across the city

Course helps Sheffield young people live independently

13 August, 2015

A housing scheme for vulnerable young people in Sheffield is celebrating having its very own training course nationally accredited for the first time

London borough of Newham has highest social rents in England and Wales

13 August, 2015

The London borough of Newham has the highest average social rent in England and Wales, according to housing costs analysis from the Office for National Statistics

Universal Credit

13 August, 2015

Monthly experimental official statistics

Dumfries foodbank faces funding shortfall

13 August, 2015

A foodbank in Dumfries has said it needs to raise £15,000 by January in order to continue to keep going

Universal Credit payment revamp 'could help 700,000 households'

13 August, 2015

New powers to make changes over how Universal Credit is paid will eventually affect over 700,000 households across the country, according to the Scottish Government

Glasgow Credit Union scheme to help first time buyers

12 August, 2015

A new scheme is to be launched which will allow people in Glasgow who cannot afford a deposit to buy their home

A new way to get 6pc from buy-to-let

12 August, 2015

Specialist buy-to-let lender Paragon is raising a further tranche of cash - and offering investors in its bonds 6pc returns

High street crackdown means you'll need a bigger deposit and face tighter checks for a buy-to-let loan

12 August, 2015

Landlords looking for a buy-to-let mortgage are being warned they could face tighter checks and higher interest rates when they look to snap up more properties

Labour issues warning on benefits restriction plan

12 August, 2015

Labour has warned most people would find it unacceptable if British workers under the age of 22 are prevented from receiving tax credits and housing benefits

Half of landlords affected by removal of wear and tear allowance

12 August, 2015

Almost half (47 per cent) of landlords will be affected by the removal of the annual wear and tear allowance

New benefits powers for Scotland

12 August, 2015

Payment revamp could help 700,000 households

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 30 July 2015

12 August, 2015

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 30 July 2015

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

12 August, 2015

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

Census output area data on workless benefit claimants: to Feb 2015

12 August, 2015

Number of people by area claiming Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support and other income-related benefits

Housing Benefit caseload statistics

12 August, 2015

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

A Changing State - Food banks on the front line

12 August, 2015

George Osbourne recently called for suggestions from public services on how to save £20bn in the autumn spending review

Welsh council tax debt: 6,000 struggling to pay bill

12 August, 2015

Over 6,000 people are struggling to pay council tax bills in Wales - double the number a year ago

The homelessness monitor: Wales 2015

11 August, 2015

The homelessness monitor is a longitudinal study that provides an independent analysis of the impact on homelessness of recent economic and policy developments across the UK

The key areas of interest are the homelessness consequences of the post-2007 economic recession, and the subsequent recovery, as well as welfare reform and cuts

Universal Credit: Concerns those on benefits won't cope with monthly budgeting

11 August, 2015

"They'll have to pay their rent themselves, pay bills and budget for food. We know that we'll have more people coming in here,"

People need affordable housing not a cap on benefits

11 August, 2015

63,000 families have had their benefits capped to date

Tax credits betray the hard-working majority. Scrapping them only harms the workshy

11 August, 2015

If we really care about the plight of "hard-working families", might it not be a good idea if we work out who these families actually are before we offer billions of pounds of taxpayers' money to them?

Private rental growth in UK centred in regional cities

11 August, 2015

The growth of the private rented sector in the UK continues and there is evidence that activity in this market is market is increasingly clustering in cities around the country

Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA, has encouraged students, and all those living in privately rented accommodation, to ensure their deposits are protected

11 August, 2015

The 'Tenancy Deposit Scheme' reminder comes at a time when students are arranging accommodation before they begin the new academic year

Universal Credit and rented housing - frequently asked questions

11 August, 2015

This document provides private and social sector landlords with up to date information on Universal Credit

£1/2 m welfare and debt relief for Eden residents

11 August, 2015

A partnership linking Eden Housing Association and The Cumbria Law Centre has seen Eden tenants benefit from an estimated £1/2 million in welfare and debt relief

Homelet Rental Index July 2015

10 August, 2015

In the three months to July, average rental values for new tenancies in the UK were 11.8% higher than the same period last year

Sheltered housing and extra care housing by LA in Wales (March 2015)

10 August, 2015

Social rented stock for Welsh social landlords by local authority area by the number of sheltered housing and extra care housing units of accommodation

Tenants who face eviction every year

10 August, 2015

Letting agents and landlords are using Section 21 notices to force private renters into signing new contracts at higher rents

'Cruel' cuts to asylum-seekers' support payments will push children into poverty

10 August, 2015

Tens of thousands of asylum-seekers with children will be pushed deeper into poverty by "cruel" cuts to their support payments which come into force on 10 August

Rogue landlords and letting agents to get stiffer fines in rental market shakeup

10 August, 2015

Government proposals include blacklisting rogues and forcing them to repay rent taken since the start of a tenancy, as well as civil penalties

Tenure trends and cross tenure analysis

10 August, 2015

Data on the nature and number of tenancies at both the regional and national level

Renters don't need to ditch the capital - yet

10 August, 2015

London workers trying to save money on rent and travel costs should move to Bexley

Bailiff regulation reforms leave landlords exposed

10 August, 2015

Commercial landlords have raised concerns that changes made to bailiff regulation last year have made it easier for tenants to pay their rent late and remove valuable items from their premises ahead of debt collection

Knock knock knockin' on tenant's door

10 August, 2015

It has been over a year since the MoJ replaced a commercial landlord's centuries-old right of distress against his tenant to recover outstanding rent arrears

Good tenants/bad landlords or good landlords/bad tenants?

10 August, 2015

Registered private landlord John shares his frustrations about bad tenants and calls for balance in any new regulation of the private rented sector

Tenants plunge further into poverty as council rent arrears rise

07 August, 2015

There are warning signs that people in West Dunbartonshire are falling further into poverty as rent arrears continue to rise at the local authority

Clock ticks down to blanket licensing scheme as objectors go to court

07 August, 2015

A decision on whether to allow a legal challenge to a blanket licensing scheme is expected next Thursday, August 13

Buy to let: not a saint, not a sinner

07 August, 2015

Is there a risk that the buy-to-let sector may be taking too much of the rap for a wider policy failure to deliver adequate housing supply more generally?

Benefit cap: number of households capped to May 2015

07 August, 2015

Number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to May

Social housing stock and rents

07 August, 2015

An annual report which includes information on the number of dwellings, bedsits and bedspaces owned or partly owned by local authorities and registered social landlords

There continued to be a very slight increase in socially rented housing stock

Thousands of tenants face eviction at short notice

07 August, 2015

Thousands of tenants in the private rented sector face eviction at short notice when their homes are repossessed

Pilot scheme forcing landlords to check tenants' immigration status 'has failed'

07 August, 2015

Damning assessment presented by government's own data and separate investigations will raise fears the scheme could prove unworkable

Cameron's flagship crackdown on illegal migrants renting homes caught just SEVEN landlords and fined them £800 each

07 August, 2015

David Cameron's flagship plan to stop landlords renting flats to illegal immigrants has so far caught just seven people

Help to secure a rental home: the MOD Tenancy Deposit Loan Scheme

07 August, 2015

The MOD has launched a scheme that allows defence personnel to apply for a loan to meet the cost of a deposit for a rental property

Universal Credit Waiting Days

06 August, 2015

Guidance on seven waiting days for Universal Credit

Benefit cap: thousands of people move into work or off Housing Benefit

06 August, 2015

According to new figures, 25,300 people who had their benefits capped moved into work, reduced their Housing Benefit claim or no longer claim Housing Benefit at all

Thousands of tenants face eviction at short notice - Citizens Advice

06 August, 2015

Thousands of tenants in the private rented sector face eviction at short notice when their homes are repossessed, according to Citizens Advice

Interest rates going up? Not so fast

06 August, 2015

After the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee again held UK interest rates at 0.5% - for the 78th straight month - experts have cautioned against the growing belief that the only way is up

Social housing became less affordable over past decade

06 August, 2015

Office of National Statistics information

One in six jobseekers have allowance stopped by DWP each year

06 August, 2015

Guardian research contradicts government claims that only a small minority of jobseekers have been affected by increasingly severe welfare policies

Second Consultation on a New Tenancy for the Private Sector

06 August, 2015

Analysis of Consultation Responses

Quakers welcome House of Lords amendment to Charities Bill as right to buy threat looms

06 August, 2015

The Quaker movement is backing a House of Lords amendment to the Charities Bill that will protect homes under threat from government plans to extend the right to buy to housing associations

Tackling the Housing Crisis

06 August, 2015

Report by Jeremy Corbyn

Scottish Government handed petition demanding rent controls

06 August, 2015

A petition demanding rent controls has been handed in to the Scottish housing minister

Tenant who missed rent payment was beaten up in street

05 August, 2015

A man who attacked a tenant who missed a rent payment has been jailed for seven years

Young people are on benefits out of necessity, not out of choice

05 August, 2015

Housing and unemployment benefits for the young support thousands of parents, care leavers and homeless people, who ought to be protected

Illegal rent fees 'are still being charged'

05 August, 2015

Some letting agents in Scotland are still charging private tenants illegal fees

How far is Sinn Fein going to let welfare sulk go?

05 August, 2015

It was interesting to note that when Martin McGuinness was told by the Government "there is no more money"

Benefit cuts mean this summer holiday has been even more hungry than usual

05 August, 2015

High demand for Scottish charities giving youngsters hot meals in the holidays shows the devastating impact of benefit cuts as parents struggle to feed their children while schools are shut

Britain's housing system is an example of just how bad it can get for renters

05 August, 2015

Europeans enjoy more rights and stabler rents than people in the UK, who suffer from the uniquely British phenomenon of amateur landlords

A Tenancy Deposit or Rent in Advance?

05 August, 2015

An interesting decision from Scotland has highlighted the distinction between a tenancy deposit and rent collected in advance

Student lives put at risk by negligent landlords

05 August, 2015

Landlords and letting agents are threatening student lives by failing to sort out dangerous electrical problems

Support cut-off for refused asylum seekers may affect 2,900 families in UK

05 August, 2015

Home Office ministers calculate savings of £49m a year in move to withdraw state pay-outs of £36.95 a week to rejected applicants

Decision imminent on legal challenge to Croydon Council's landlord licensing scheme

05 August, 2015

A final decision on the legal challenge of the council's landlord licensing scheme is expected next Thursday

'Right-to-Rent'

04 August, 2015

NLA update

Uncertain Futures

04 August, 2015

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

This report seeks to challenge some of the assumptions underpinning the argument that many young people are choosing a life on benefits

Chaos! Can agents and landlords cope after being 'dumped' with immigration nightmare?

04 August, 2015

Concerns are rising that the imminent roll-out of Right to Rent has been badly thought out on grounds too numerous to mention

HB Direct issue 161

04 August, 2015

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

Families of refused asylum seekers to be stripped of automatic right to financial support

04 August, 2015

Home Office ministers to adopt more hardline approach to those who have exhausted appeal rights, to demonstrate that UK is not 'land of milk and honey'

Tackling rogue landlords and improving the private rental sector

04 August, 2015

The private rented sector is an important part of our housing market, housing 4.4 million households in England

The government wants to support good landlords who provide decent well maintained homes, and avoid further regulation on them

'Britain's generous welfare system behind pupils' lack of ambition,'

04 August, 2015

British students are less motivated to study hard if they know they will get government handouts

British citizens without passports being turned away by landlords

04 August, 2015

Evidence emerges that scheme requiring private landlords not to rent to illegal immigrants may be affecting British citizens

British Landlords Banned From Leasing Energy Inefficient Buildings

04 August, 2015

Buildings in the UK that fail to satisfy minimum energy performance benchmarks will soon be prohibited from leasing to tenants

Right To Rent immigration checks: agents happy, landlords not

04 August, 2015

There has been a mixed reaction to the government's announcement that agents and landlords face jail if they fail to conduct Right To Rent checks or fail to evict known illegal migrants from privately rented properties

New measures to crackdown on illegal immigrants renting properties

03 August, 2015

New measures to crackdown on rogue landlords and make Britain an even harder place for illegal migrants to operate will be announced today

Welfare reform stalemate stymies Civil Service job cull

03 August, 2015

Hundreds of civil servants are facing uncertainty as the go-ahead for Stormont's public sector jobs cull hangs in the balance

Landlords threatened with jail if they rent to illegal immigrants but tenants won't automatically be kicked out of the UK

03 August, 2015

The government's latest attempt to get a grip on illegal immigration was plunged into confusion today amid doubts it will lead to anyone being kicked out of Britain

Concerns raised over plan to strip failed asylum seeker families of benefits

03 August, 2015

Home Office accused of 'morally reprehensible' action over plan to remove automatic right to benefits from families who do not win asylum

Some tax credits recipients will keep only 7p of every extra pound earned

03 August, 2015

It found that in the current financial year, they lose 90.6p of every extra pound they earn - But after the Budget cuts take effect, the figure would rise to 93p

Immigration Bill: Landlords 'must evict' illegal immigrants

03 August, 2015

Landlords will be expected to evict tenants who lose the right to live in England under new measures to clamp down on illegal immigration

Bedroom Tax and separated families - UT again

03 August, 2015

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

SNP renews attack over tax credit changes

03 August, 2015

Almost 350,000 Scottish children will be worse off as a result of "shameful" changes made by the UK government to tax credits

UK proposals to strip obese claimants of benefits 'flawed and unethical'

03 August, 2015

Experts say evidence shows that psychological treatment doesn't work if patients are coerced into accepting treatment

New licensing regime will 'hound' tenants in their homes

03 August, 2015

A local authority has been attacked over its plans for a selective licensing scheme which will force landlords or their agents to inspect their properties every month

New repayment rules to make it even harder for graduates to get on housing ladder

03 August, 2015

New graduates will find it harder than ever to get on the housing ladder

Council Tax: what it is, how much it costs and how to save money

01 August, 2015

Council Tax is used to help pay for services such as waste collection, street lighting and cleaning, and police and fire services

Stricter Universal Credit rules could affect half of Britain's children

31 July, 2015

Britain's welfare system is undergoing huge change, and cuts are coming too. Here's what's planned - and how it could affect working families

Cuts to council tax benefits have gone largely unreported - but the consequences are big news for Britain's poorest

31 July, 2015

The axe has been devolved, with big consequences for Britain's poorest families

How George Osborne could kill off Britain's bu-to-let business

31 July, 2015

In 1995, buy-to-let was a great investment. Over the last 20 years there's probably been none better

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, April to June 2015

31 July, 2015

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

A word on what's missing from the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

31 July, 2015

Since the Chancellor's budget earlier this month, here at Crisis we've been worrying about some of the drastic cuts to housing benefit that were announced

Scrutiny Live - Findings with Evidence

31 July, 2015

When we got together to plan Scrutiny Live earlier this year, we couldn't have imagined the support and encouragement we would get from so many people

Engage with your tenants on national issues. Support them to have their say. Don't assume you know what they want you to say

Living Rent Campaign hands in 8,000 strong petition calling for rent controls

31 July, 2015

The Living Rent Campaign will today hand in a petition calling for the re-introduction of rent controls

Landlords challenged to recognise trafficked tenants

31 July, 2015

Landlords and letting agents are being urged to watch out for trafficked tenants

Labour accuses Tories of pushing tax credit cuts through Parliament without proper scrutiny

31 July, 2015

Harriet Harman wants the £6bn in cuts to be examined by the Commons Treasury and Work and Pensions Select Committees

Work Programme provider guidance

30 July, 2015

DWP provider guidance for the Work Programme

Universal Credit : priorities for action

30 July, 2015

Social Security Advisory Committee

Free Alarms Fan Flames of Confusion

30 July, 2015

NLA information on free smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

Employment and Support Allowance Sanctions

30 July, 2015

Information leaflet

Government pledges to get people on 'sick benefit' back into work

30 July, 2015

The government has launched a review into how best to 'support' benefit claimants with addictions and potentially treatable conditions back into work

Too poor to pay

30 July, 2015

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

Bailiffs sent out 13,000 times in a year over late London council tax bills

Opinion: The right to play

30 July, 2015

Affinity Sutton has taken the decision to remove all 'No ball games' signs on its estates

Insolvency Service: Personal insolvencies at 10-year low

30 July, 2015

The number of people being declared insolvent has fallen to its lowest level for nearly a decade according to the Insolvency Service

An independent review into the impact on employment outcomes of drug or alcohol addiction, and obesity

29 July, 2015

The government has commissioned Professor Dame Carol Black to undertake an independent review

A call for evidence to inform an independent review into the effects on employment outcomes of drug or alcohol addiction and obesity

Housing rent reduction policy will hit plans to build 42,000 new homes

29 July, 2015

Proposals announced in the Summer Budget to lower rents for social housing tenants could force district councils to scrap plans to build an extra 40,000 new homes over the next 30 years

Buy-to-let enthusiasm can drive new supply if we demolish housing barriers

29 July, 2015

It was at the time of another landmark Budget - Nigel Lawson's in 1988 - that the UK's rental market as we know it first began to emerge

Dumfries foodbank opening 'broke rules' claims MP

29 July, 2015

Dumfries and Galloway SNP MP Richard Arkless has claimed David Mundell may have broken House of Commons rules by opening a foodbank in his constituency

Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics: 2014/15

29 July, 2015

This publication provides information on the Scottish Welfare Fund for the period 2014/15 (1st April 2014 to 31 March 2015)

These statistics are being published as experimental statistics

Obese people and drug users who refuse treatment could have benefits cut

29 July, 2015

David Cameron launches review by Dame Carol Black of welfare for those with drug, alcohol or obesity problems

Birmingham's council tax income lowest in the country because of cheap housing

29 July, 2015

City average of £737 per household despite the council tax rate being one of the highest nationally

Responding to welfare reform in Wales

29 July, 2015

The major focus of the UK Government's reforms covered by the Auditor General's report were the changes to Housing Benefit

Over recent years, numbers claiming Housing Benefit in Great Britain had increased significantly

HB A8/2015

29 July, 2015

European Economic Area right to reside - permanent residence status

How will the 'benefit cap' affect me?

28 July, 2015

Who does the 'benefit cap' apply to and what will be the effect of the changes to it announced in the Budget?

Welfare reforms 'will force families out of the borough' because of high housing costs, charity organiser says

28 July, 2015

Families will be forced out of the borough by impending welfare reforms, Kingston Foodbank has warned

65% of landlords considering rent rises following budget

28 July, 2015

Interim findings from a survey of landlords by the RLA has found that 65% are now considering increasing rents as a direct result of the budget

'Bedroom tax' cash help for Welsh tenants urged by AMs

28 July, 2015

Social housing tenants hit by the so-called bedroom tax should get more financial help from the Welsh government

High rents force 1 in 3 young Brits into debt

28 July, 2015

Many Brits under the age of 25 simply can't cope with their housing costs, according to one report, and are turning to credit cards and loans instead

Buy-to-let hotspots revealed: London top of 'buoyant' market for investors snapping up homes - but Birmingham, Manchester and Nottingham rise

28 July, 2015

Landlords looking to invest in buy-to-let properties are still flocking to the capital, as London sits at the top of a list of UK hotspots

Welsh government urged to take lead on opposing welfare changes

28 July, 2015

Labour-led administration must do more to protect citizens from impact of policies such as bedroom tax

Buy to let us ... boost a pension, buy a property and help our children

28 July, 2015

Despite George Osborne's budget crackdown, there's a growing breed of 'amateur' investors using buy-to-let for many different reasons

Pensioner landlord risks being criminalised if blanket licensing goes ahead

27 July, 2015

A landlord has spelled out to EYE just how devastating the consequences of a blanket licensing scheme will be if it goes ahead

One buy-to-let mortgage should be enough for anyone

27 July, 2015

What a wonderful suggestion from Helen Simpson

Survey reveals that more than a third of the UK support welfare cuts

27 July, 2015

1120 participants were asked which of the conservative party's visions for welfare reform they supported

Payday loans customers win back £10m as lender caves in over unfair fees

27 July, 2015

Payday lender Cash Genie has set up the compensation scheme with the Financial Conduct Authority

Review of benefit sanctions urged amid concern over regime's effectiveness

27 July, 2015

Advisers to Iain Duncan Smith say there is no hard evidence that stopping payments to claimants is helping people get jobs

What It's Really Like To Be Young, British, And On Housing Benefit

27 July, 2015

The chancellor has announced that he will end automatic entitlement to housing benefit for people aged 18-21

Benefits cap: Unemployed families 'risk eviction' if they don't pay shortfall

27 July, 2015

Unemployed families will have to make up a £50-a-week shortfall in rent or risk eviction when the Government's benefits cap is lowered

New benefits scheme to be tried in Didcot

27 July, 2015

A pilot programme giving Didcot residents greater responsibility over paying their housing benefit has been labelled 'fantastic' by town mayor Des Healy

Council tenants in Cardiff are £1m in arrears - and that's up since the bedroom tax was introduced

27 July, 2015

Bedroom tax is blamed for contributing to the £1m owed to Cardiff council

MPs launch inquiry into the holes in our benefits safety net

27 July, 2015

We learned this week that MPs are to explore many of the concerns we've been raising about the holes that have been created in our benefits safety net

Call to allow local authorities to scrap council tax in favour of more local alternatives

26 July, 2015

A think tank has unveiled radical plans which would give local authorities the power to scrap council tax and business rates and replace them with a range of other levies

Discretionary housing payments

25 July, 2015

Discretionary housing payments offer a lifeline for tenants who need extra help with housing costs or to offset the harmful effects of the bedroom tax

Rogue Landlord Database

24 July, 2015

Environmental Health News on-line

The rogue landlord database lists every prosecution under the Housing Act 2004 between 2006 and 2014

The benefit cap risks turning half of England into a ghetto

24 July, 2015

Housing benefit cuts will see poor families on benefits priced almost completely out of the south - and even some northern cities. Where will they go?

Private renters: the squeeze and then the freeze

24 July, 2015

You will hear us talk a lot about our concern that rents are rising

Criminal landlord database shows what protections we still need

24 July, 2015

EHN has done us all a huge service by publishing a list of landlords with convictions for housing offences

Half of landlords say they will make tenants pay more rent to cover Budget tax break cuts

24 July, 2015

Half of landlords intend to increase rents in response to measures in the Chancellor's budget

Private rents predicted to soar over next five years

24 July, 2015

The cost to tenants of private renting is on the up

George Osborne's social housing rent cut to save tenants £s, cost Cheltenham Borough Council £7m

24 July, 2015

With one hand he giveth and with the other he taketh away

Bashing buy-to-let landlords will push up rents and hit the UK economy hard

24 July, 2015

Buy-to-let landlords have a huge advantage in the market as they can offset their mortgage interest payments against their income

Rents in EVERY London postcode are 'unaffordable' for workers on Living Wage

24 July, 2015

Rent in every London postcode is now "unaffordable" for low-paid workers - even those on the London Living Wage

Trussell Trust defends Dumfries foodbank decision

24 July, 2015

A charity has defended its decision to invite Scotland's only Conservative MP to open a new foodbank

Universal Credit national expansion - Tranches Three and Four

23 July, 2015

On 16 February 2015 the DWP began the national expansion of Universal Credit to the remaining areas across Great Britain

Benefit safety net 'holes' warning from Bevan Foundation

23 July, 2015

More people will be driven further into poverty unless Welsh policymakers react to a shake-up of the UK's welfare system

What is the government's five-year vision for social housing?

23 July, 2015

After the right to buy and cuts to rental income take effect, social housing will be a far smaller player in the housing market

Call for evidence on DWP benefit delivery

23 July, 2015

The Work and Pensions Committee is calling for evidence on the accuracy and timeliness of benefit delivery by the DWP

Worklessness, welfare and social housing

23 July, 2015

Getting people back into work is a major priority for the Government and housing associations

Our report 'Worklessness, welfare and social housing', produced by the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion, takes a new approach to understanding and responding to worklessness

Councils 'frustrated' by DWP's 'lack of clarity' over Universal Credit

23 July, 2015

A lack of "clear information" from the DWP is preventing councils from properly preparing for the switch to Universal Credit

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill

23 July, 2015

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill had its second reading in the House of Commons on Monday

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

23 July, 2015

Scottish rents climb 3.1% in a year

Osborne poised for 'imminent' new crackdown on buy-to-let

23 July, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne could crack down on the buy-to-let sector "imminently"

Osborne got it wrong, says RLA as survey finds tax changes prompt landlords to consider upping rents

22 July, 2015

Changes to the way private landlords are taxed have prompted a majority of landlords to consider pushing up their rents

Labour's welfare confusion mirrors society's wider dilemmas

22 July, 2015

Divisions within the party reflect the fact the rhetoric of hostility to austerity is not enough but the range of options is small

Labour made 'a mess' of welfare vote

22 July, 2015

Labour made "a mess" of its approach to the government's Welfare Bill and is "crying out for leadership"

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

22 July, 2015

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

Over 150,000 people are in receipt of house benefit

22 July, 2015

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

Welsh Labour rebellion as a quarter of Wales' MPs say No to Government's welfare shakeup

22 July, 2015

The Labour unrest comes as new research shows more than three million people could lost an average of £1,350 a year

Poor households renting privately doubled 2008 - 2013

22 July, 2015

Providing affordable and good quality rented accommodation has the potential to help people out of poverty

400,000 landlords affected by property damage

22 July, 2015

An estimated 400,000 landlords in the UK (29 per cent) have had their property damaged by tenants in the last 12 months

HB G7/2015

22 July, 2015

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

DWP accused of still stalling over release of controversial disability benefit death stats

22 July, 2015

Data on the numbers of disability benefit claimants who died after being found fit to work may still not be published for months

Buy-to-let: five ways landlords can beat new tax hikes

22 July, 2015

The removal of mortgage interest tax relief, announced in the Budget and effective from 2017, will hit hundreds of thousands of property investors

Findings from the local authority insight survey wave 28: Universal Credit

21 July, 2015

This research presents findings from wave 28 of the local authority insight survey. It looks at preparations for Universal Credit

Universal Credit: Index of Relevant Districts

21 July, 2015

Local authorities and jobcentre areas that will begin to deliver Universal Credit as part of national expansion during 2015 and 2016

48 Labour MPs 'swim through vomit' to oppose £12bn welfare cuts

21 July, 2015

Almost 50 Labour MPs ignored the party whip to vote against the government's £12 billion in welfare cuts

Opinion: Email separated but not yet divorced

21 July, 2015

How are we coping without email?

Free school meals served over holiday

21 July, 2015

North Ayrshire Council is serving thousands of free dinners to children over the summer holidays

Benefit cuts to hit huge number of children, government figures show

21 July, 2015

Study identifies more than 330,000 youngsters who will lose out in policy that will take £300m out of pockets of affected families in first full year

Social rent cut set to take £2.6bn from councils

21 July, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne's decision to cut social housing rents by 1% in each of the next four years will cost local authorities a total of £2.6bn in lost revenue

Welfare bill: Labour is in emotional trauma after revolt, says David Blunkett

21 July, 2015

Former home secretary says the vote, in which Harriet Harman had urged MPs to abstain, has placed focus on party being divided

Lower benefit caps 'will exclude poor families from large parts of England'

21 July, 2015

Study finds plans to cut benefit cap to £20,000 will make many areas of south-east, south-west and some northern cities unaffordable

Welfare cuts backed amid Labour revolt

21 July, 2015

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

JRF Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Second Reading

20 July, 2015

This briefing addresses the welfare Reform and work Bill in the form in which it will be read to the House of Commons

Universal Credit: Index of Relevant Districts

20 July, 2015

Local authorities and jobcentre areas that will begin to deliver Universal Credit as part of national expansion during 2015 and 2016

The five most controversial welfare cuts the Government is making

20 July, 2015

Scores of Labour MPs are set to defy their acting leader and vote against the Government's planned welfare changes and cuts

The Welfare Bill - Cause for Concern

20 July, 2015

This afternoon, MPs will be debating the Welfare Reform & Work Bill in the House of Commons

Universal credit staff in strike action over conditions

20 July, 2015

DWP staff in Glasgow and Bolton are taking part in a 48-hour strike in a dispute over the delivery of benefits changes

Rent rises are "pedal to the metal" says Your Move and Reeds Rains boss

20 July, 2015

A national estate agency chain has called for the construction of more homes as a "national priority" after revealing rents have risen at their fastest rate since 2009 with no sign of the pace letting up

'Don't betray Wales' Plaid Cymru tells Labour as party urges MPs to vote against welfare changes

20 July, 2015

Plaid's Hywel Williams argues 'tens of thousands of working families' face cuts to tax credits, and Lib Dem Mark Williams also pledges to oppose the changes

Single parents will be forced to start looking for work when their children reach three or face having their benefits axed under latest welfare crackdown

20 July, 2015

The Government are to lower the age which allows single parents to claim benefit money for having children

Watchdog backs DWP refusal to release 49 benefit deaths reports

20 July, 2015

The DWP has been told by the information watchdog that it does not need to release secret reviews it carried out into the deaths of 49 benefit claimants

SNP set to do battle over budget welfare cuts

20 July, 2015

The bitter divide between UK and Scottish ministers over welfare policy will deepen further today

Blackpool consults on expansion of selective licensing to town centre

20 July, 2015

A nationally acclaimed selection licensing scheme in Blackpool could be set to expand as the council looks at rolling it out to the town centre

George Osborne calls on Labour MPs to back welfare changes in Commons vote

20 July, 2015

Writing in the Guardian, the chancellor says 'moderate' Labour MPs should recognise that the public largely supports the plans

400,000 landlords affected by property damage

17 July, 2015

An estimated 400,000 landlords in the UK have had their property damaged by tenants in the last 12 months, according to the latest research from the NLA

Seven things we learned from the English Housing Survey household report

17 July, 2015

Chartered Institute of Housing comments on the headlines from the English Housing Survey household report 2013/14

Asylum seekers with children to have support payments cut

17 July, 2015

Ministers say current UK payment system gives asylum seekers' families 'significantly more cash than necessary' to meet essential needs

Where do we add value? - It's the local economy, stupid.

17 July, 2015

Weaver Vale Trust Report

This report estimates the economic impact of the housing, retail, financial inclusion and employment programmes operated by Weaver Vale Housing Trust in 2014/15

Harman seeks to end Labour row with 'reasoned amendment' to welfare bill

17 July, 2015

Acting Labour leader hopes amendment setting out reasons why bill should be rejected can end fighting within party

English housing survey 2013 to 2014: household report

17 July, 2015

Annual report on households in England, covering themes such as housing needs, housing moves, and vulnerable and disadvantaged groups

Tenants in England spend half their pay on rent

17 July, 2015

London tenants pay 72% of earnings on rent, according to latest figures from the English Housing Survey

Carney indicates interest rates may rise at 'turn of year'

17 July, 2015

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has indicated that UK interest rates could rise 'at the turn of this year'

Private rental licensing will give council £470,000 windfall

16 July, 2015

Yet another council is proposing a licence on properties let out in the private rental sector - this time suggesting one of the country's highest fees of £580 per home

Universal Credit staff in Bolton set to strike next week over 'oppressive' working conditions

16 July, 2015

Staff in Bolton working on the Government's flagship Universal Credit programme are set to strike for two days next week over claims of 'increasingly oppressive' working conditions

HB S8 /2015

16 July, 2015

Contains information on Payment of New Burdens relating to the Single Fraud Investigation Service for 2015/16

Benefit cuts are linked to a surprise fall in births as women delay starting a family until they feel more financially secure

16 July, 2015

Benefit cuts could have triggered a fall in younger women having children

Housing benefit for under-21s is a vital safety net

16 July, 2015

Osborne wants young people to 'earn or learn', but benefit cuts can push the vulnerable even further from the workforce

A Budget for workers?

16 July, 2015

The impact of the Summer Budget on work incentives in Universal Credit

The combination of increases in the minimum wage, cuts to income tax and sharp reductions in working-age welfare presented in the Summer Budget produces a complex mix of winners and losers

Labour Party faces Commons vote divide over welfare

16 July, 2015

The Labour Party faces an open split over the government's planned cuts to benefits spending

"Housing benefit saved me as a teenager"

16 July, 2015

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

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

16 July, 2015

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

LHA landlords to be able to request direct payment by email

15 July, 2015

A new facility to enable Landlords to email Alternative Payment Arrangement applications to Universal Credit will be available from 15th July 2015

Landlords in Wales to 'Rent Smart' from the Autumn

15 July, 2015

The Welsh Government has launched the 'Rent Smart Wales' brand ahead of introducing licensing of all private landlords in the Autumn

Lone parents receiving JSA: monthly claimant count

15 July, 2015

A monthly count of lone parents receiving Jobseeker's Allowance in Great Britain from April 2005 to May 2015

Children in out-of-work benefit households: 31 May 2014

15 July, 2015

The number of children who lived in households where a parent or guardian claimed an out-of-work benefit at 31 May 2014

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 2 July 2015

15 July, 2015

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 2 July 2015

Landlords of HMOs offered licensing discount

15 July, 2015

Exeter City Council have launched an incentive to drive up the standards of properties for tenants

Mhairi Black attacks housing benefit cuts in maiden Commons speech

15 July, 2015

After housing benefit for under-21s abolished in budget, new MP says she is now only 20-year-old whom chancellor is helping with housing

Corbyn backs Parliamentary motion on DWP deaths

15 July, 2015

MPs are being urged to support a Parliamentary motion calling on the Conservative Government to publish death statistics relating to people on benefit

The government's plans are nothing short of an attack on social housing

15 July, 2015

Social housing used not to be the preserve of the few. That's a ideal worth harking back to

Tenant could claim back rent from unlicensed landlord

15 July, 2015

A landlord who failed to properly manage a home he rented out has become the first landlord prosecuted under a council's selective licensing regime

The impact of welfare changes

15 July, 2015

Poverty exists, in a variety of manifestations, on our doorstep in our communities

LIN Member Report July 2015 - The Summer Budget

14 July, 2015

LIN member report written by Neil Merrick.

Cuts could affect tenants

14 July, 2015

Plans to cut tax relief for landlords to help first-time buyers, have received a cool response from Plymouth estate agents

Wales' new licensing system for landlords, Rent Smart Wales, launches this autumn

14 July, 2015

All landlords will have to register with Rent Smart Wales and register their properties

David Cameron is open to introducing private insurance for sickness and unemployment benefits

14 July, 2015

David Cameron is open to the idea of workers funding their own unemployment or sickness benefits privately through financial products

Buy-to-let lenders face longer-term pain

14 July, 2015

Tax changes in the Budget could be a major blow to specialist lenders, analysts warn

Harriet Harman struggles to hold Labour together over welfare changes

14 July, 2015

MPs give interim leader lukewarm response at parliamentary Labour party meeting over response to welfare reform bill

If Labour want to be a credible opposition, they should oppose the government's benefits cap

14 July, 2015

We're often told that politicians have to make "hard decisions"

Lies, Damn Lies and the Welfare Debate

14 July, 2015

Next week the Government plans to bring forward a new Bill on welfare reform

What do low-paid workers think would improve their working lives?

14 July, 2015

This study explores the experiences and perceptions of low-paid, low-income workers in the retail, hospitality and care sectors

How do these workers feel about work, and what do they think would most improve their working lives?

Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015 delegated powers

14 July, 2015

This publication identifies the provisions for delegated, or secondary, legislation in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015

Universal Credit in 14 more Jobcentres in London, Cornwall and Wales

14 July, 2015

Today 14 more Jobcentres start offering Universal Credit - the new benefit that makes work always pay

Harriet Harman seeks to defuse Labour welfare row

13 July, 2015

Labour's acting leader Harriet Harman has sought to defuse a row over the scale of her party's support for welfare cuts

Benefit Cap modelling

13 July, 2015

NHF Report

Briefing on Benefit Cap modelling which indicates the difference between housing credit and average rent for families with two and three children

Key PIP mobility judgment issued

13 July, 2015

An important legal judgment has been issued that may lead to the award of the PIP mobility component to disabled people, with conditions such as depression, panic attacks or anxiety

Number of UK property millionaires tops half a million

13 July, 2015

The number of homeowners in Britain whose property is worth £1m or more making them 'property millionaires' has exceeded half a million for the first time, according to Zoopla

£3.8bn paid out in benefits to families with four children or more

13 July, 2015

New statistics show the scale of benefits paid out to large families, after Chancellor announces plans to limit tax credit support to two children

£3.2 million funding to help victims of domestic violence and abuse

13 July, 2015

The government has pledged to support the victims of domestic violence and abuse through a £3.2 million fund to boost the provision of services including refuges

More than 200,000 unemployed people endured 'appalling' bureaucratic delays while benefit claims were assessed

13 July, 2015

More than 200,000 unemployed people endured 'appalling' bureaucratic delays last year while their benefit claims were assessed, it has been disclosed

Credit unions 'good value for money' but must be easier to access, survey says

13 July, 2015

Three times more consumers use payday loans or 'loan sharks' than credit unions, despite the astronomical interest rates

Osborne drops tax bombshell that will wipe out bulk of buy-to-let profits

13 July, 2015

The chancellor's speech contained a number of surprises, but for landlords it was a particular shock

Bedroom tax sent council house rent arrears soaring in Swansea

10 July, 2015

Council house rent arrears shot up as a result of the bedroom tax, according to housing officers in Swansea

Bank alert over steep rise in buy-to-let properties

10 July, 2015

The Bank of England is looking at ways to curb risks to financial stability that might be posed by the burgeoning buy-to-let market

Osborne opens the door to council tax hikes: Chancellor quietly drops 2% cap from Budget

10 July, 2015

Council tax rises could be on the horizon after no mention of a new freeze was made in the Budget

Budget 2015: Campaigners hit back as landlords hint at rent rises

10 July, 2015

Campaigners for rent controls have hit back at Scottish landlords who may be planning to raise rents in response to a reduction in the amount of tax relief for buy-to-let mortgages

Budget reaction 2015: North Wales families will be hit hard by welfare cuts

10 July, 2015

Osborne's announcement what it will mean for us

Benefit changes and distributional analysis

10 July, 2015

Changes announced yesterday reduce benefit spending by £12 billion in 2019-20

Most working-age benefits frozen in cash terms until April 2020

CH 62 2015

10 July, 2015

Housing and council tax benefits - payments that are eligible for HB

CH 144 2015

10 July, 2015

Housing and council tax benefits - occupation of the home, two homes and temporary absence

Taxing Times Ahead

09 July, 2015

NLA Blog

Housing and the budget: what you need to know

09 July, 2015

In a budget with a heavy focus on housing, we've rounded up the key policies from the chancellor's briefcase

Benefit changes

09 July, 2015

Who will be affected?

Summer Budget 2015

09 July, 2015

Key announcements

Welfare Reform and Work Bill published

09 July, 2015

Following the announcement made in the Chancellor's speech on the Summer Budget, the Government has published the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Cuts to tax credits in budget hit women twice as hard as men, says Labour

09 July, 2015

George Osborne guilty of 'shameful betrayal of parents' by cutting child tax credit says Yvette Cooper, as Andy Burnham says chancellor has divided young and old

George Osborne to slash social security payments by £46bn in next five years

09 July, 2015

Charities and thinktanks warn cuts focusing on tax credits and housing benefit could see child poverty soar and harm ill and disabled people

Rent rises forecast after Osborne's tax-relief cut for landlords

09 July, 2015

From April 2017 landlords will no longer be able to claim tax reliefs worth 40% or 45% of the interest payments on their buy-to-let mortgages

There are other options to balance the books besides cutting our safety net

08 July, 2015

Today the Chancellor is set to unveil up to £12 billion of the cuts in welfare that he the first committed to a year and a half ago

Summer Budget: Social housing and welfare - the details

08 July, 2015

George Osborne today delivered sweeping changes to rents and benefits in a Summer Budget that could change the face of social housing forever

Citizens Impact Assessment - Lowering the Benefit Cap

08 July, 2015

The Government has set out plans to lower the overall benefit cap to £23,000 per year

'We could raise rents if we lose tax breaks,' UK landlords warn Osborne ahead of summer Budget

08 July, 2015

Landlords say they may be forced to hike rents if Chancellor George Osborne sweeps away lucrative tax breaks in tomorrow's Budget

Benefit cap will pitch thousands more British children into poverty

08 July, 2015

The cynical benefit cap expected in George Osborne's budget is emblematic of the Tories' £12bn welfare cuts, immiserating hundreds of thousands of families

'There's never any money left': threat of welfare cuts alarms Blackburn families

08 July, 2015

Wednesday's budget is expected to include sweeping cuts to child and working tax credits, leaving families dependent on them anxious about the future

Universal Credit staff vote to strike over 'inadequate' IT systems

08 July, 2015

Employees at centres in Glasgow and Bolton say they face an 'increasingly oppressive working environment'

Budget 2015: SNP says Osborne 'taking from the poor'

08 July, 2015

George Osborne has been accused of being the "high priest of an austerity cult" after he set out plans to cut the welfare budget by £12bn

Letting agent and landlords support reform of private renting

08 July, 2015

A leading letting agent has backed a charity campaign to reform the private rented sector in Scotland

Benefits cap change 'may lead to reduced rates in Wales'

08 July, 2015

A reduced benefits cap outside London could lead to lower benefit rates in Wales

Budget 2015: Welsh warning over welfare cuts

08 July, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled plans for £12bn of welfare cuts in his Budget, amid warnings from Wales about the impact on the poorest in society

George Osborne says benefits should be capped at £20,000 to meet average earnings - but working families take home £31,500

08 July, 2015

It is our youngest that will disproportionately bear the brunt of the lower income cap

Will Osborne's social housing rent rises for high-earners discourage work?

08 July, 2015

Despite rallying against the culture of worklessness, the UK chancellor's budget plans seem to discourage tenants from work - and further divide communities

Buy-to-let: How today's Budget will affect landlords

08 July, 2015

Landlords could see their profits wiped out as the Chancellor targets the buy-to-let market

Minimum wage would have to double to almost £12 an hour for families to live without tax credits

07 July, 2015

George Osborne confirmed he will cut tax credits in Wednesday's budget

The Myth of "Broken Britain": Welfare Reform and the Production of Ignorance

07 July, 2015

This article takes on the challenge of what Robert Proctor calls "agnotology" (the study of ignorance) to analyse the current assault on the British welfare state

Emma Freud on the plight of the first-time landlord

07 July, 2015

It's too big, it's too small and the people who send their people to look round my house - the trials and tribulations of renting out your home

Hundreds of North East families set to lose up to £6,000 in Chancellor's benefits squeeze

07 July, 2015

North East MPs warn plans to cut benefits will cause hardship in region because of historic lower wage levels

How is the welfare budget spent?

07 July, 2015

In the financial year 2013/14, the UK government spent £251 billion on welfare, which made up 37% of all government spending

Investors make 40% better returns on HMOs than standard buy-to-lets

07 July, 2015

HMOs were by far the best performing asset class over the four year period from 2010-14

How to effectively manage void properties

07 July, 2015

Re-letting empty properties is a core function for housing providers

Terminally ill benefit claimants asked when they expect to die

07 July, 2015

Frank Field writes to work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, over claims of 'intrusive and painful questioning' by assessors

SNP attack Tory budget as 'sermon from an austerity cult'

07 July, 2015

The SNP's comments come as new figures suggest almost half of families in Scotland could be left struggling if plans to cut working tax credits go ahead

How did we get to this welfare state?

07 July, 2015

We think of the welfare state as a creation of the 20th Century but its roots stretch back to Elizabethan times

The benefit cap didn't cause 30,000 to get back into work

07 July, 2015

It's not correct to say that 30,000 people have moved into work after having their benefits capped

Will wages fill the tax credit gap? Don't Budget for it

07 July, 2015

Recent high-profile converts are bringing headlines and new vim to the debate on working poverty

Six ways the Government can tackle poverty and work with food banks

07 July, 2015

Poverty is always with us. For some of the world, it is absolute

The legal challenge to the 'bedroom tax' - a new hope

07 July, 2015

Desmond Rutledge reviews the prospects of the bedroom tax litigation succeeding in the light of the recent Supreme Court judgment in the household benefit cap case

Making renting fit for families

06 July, 2015

A quarter of families now bring up their children in the private rented sector (PRS). But the sector is not fit for families

Telling The Real Story of Benefits

06 July, 2015

Too often those who have been helped by benefits get ignored, misrepresented or at worst blamed for their situation

George Osborne's emergency budget has social housing tenants in its sights

06 July, 2015

George Osborne has social housing tenants firmly in his sights in this week's emergency budget

Osborne announces cut in benefits cap to £20,000 a year outside London

06 July, 2015

Chancellor says £23,000 figure in manifesto only applies in Greater London as he launches further attacks on BBC during interview about welfare savings

George Osborne: £12bn in welfare savings have been found

06 July, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne says he has identified how the government will make the £12bn of welfare cuts promised in the Conservative election manifesto

George Osborne's tax credit cuts will 'affect more than seven million children'

06 July, 2015

More than seven million children will be hit by the proposed cuts to tax credits to be announced in George Osborne's post-election Budget on Wednesday

Is Britain sitting on a £200bn buy-to-let time-bomb? Landlords borrow vast sums to fund property empires

06 July, 2015

Joe Kennedy, millionaire investor, businessman and father of the powerful American political family, knew precisely when to run like hell from an 'investment opportunity'

3rd Report, 2015 (Session 4): Women and Social Security

06 July, 2015

This report sets out the findings and recommendations made by the Welfare Reform Committee on its inquiry into the impact of welfare reform on women

The Committee has heard evidence which suggests that there is an existing inequality for women which has been aggravated by the recent reforms to the social security system

Welsh Conservative leader says benefits cap is 'fair'

06 July, 2015

Plans to impose a lower benefits cap outside London is fair

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

06 July, 2015

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

JRF budget briefing: Using the July 2015 budget to tackle poverty

06 July, 2015

Cutting welfare without addressing the economic causes of poverty in the UK will mean many families on low incomes face increased hardship and insecurity

Public sector could save billions without cutting frontline services

03 July, 2015

Whitehall can expect huge cuts in the emergency budget but there is scope for major efficiencies in procurement and shared services

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

03 July, 2015

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

Conservatives see best chance in 18 years to cut welfare bill

03 July, 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives have their best chance in almost two decades to remould Britain's economy next week

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

03 July, 2015

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

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

03 July, 2015

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

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

03 July, 2015

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

Call for tax 'flaws' to be examined to encourage investment in renting market

03 July, 2015

A commission looking at alternatives to the council tax should tackle "flaws" in the system to encourage more investment in the private rented sector

Council facing judicial review over private sector licensing

03 July, 2015

Landlords have launched a legal challenge to plans by a local authority to charge for licences to manage properties

Housing benefit 'savings considered by ministers'

03 July, 2015

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

Social housing sector continues in a strong financial position

02 July, 2015

The social housing sector remains in a strong financial position with access to sufficient finance

Millions spent papering over the cracks of bedroom tax disaster

02 July, 2015

Merseyside councils last year paid out £4.6 million in discretionary housing payments (DHPs) to help households affected by the bedroom tax

Croydon Council to license all private rented homes from 1 October 2015

02 July, 2015

Landlords and letting agents operating in Croydon are being warned they have three months to get their properties licensed or face possible legal action

How We Work

02 July, 2015

The Scottish Housing Regulator has made more information available about how it assesses risk in registered social landlords (RSLs) and local authorities

In this report, we set out the detail of how we assess risk for RSLs, the information we use and how we decide upon our level engagement with each RSL

UK government votes down Scotland Bill's welfare amendments

02 July, 2015

Amendments to the Scotland Bill have been rejected by the UK government

Now Charles's charity joins protests against welfare cuts that 'make it harder for jobless young people to get work'

02 July, 2015

The Prince of Wales' personal charity yesterday joined the chorus of protests against welfare reforms

Discretionary Housing Payments

02 July, 2015

Briefing Paper

This briefing paper looks at the eligibility for DHPs, the funding, the evidence used and DHPs in Scotland and Wales

Quarterly Survey of Private Registered Providers

02 July, 2015

The survey indicates that the sector as a whole remains financially strong with access to sufficient finance

The quarterly survey report is based on responses from 253 private registered providers (PRPs) of social housing who own or manage more than 1,000 homes

Time for tax reform

02 July, 2015

The 8 July Budget may prove to be George Osborne's best chance to bring in some much-needed reforms to our creaking and increasingly incoherent tax system

Agents and landlords rise up in anger against new licensing scheme

01 July, 2015

A LA faces the possibility of a judicial review just 3 months ahead of its plans to introduce Newham-style blanket licensing of all rental properties

Families struggle to close budget gap despite a pause in the rise of the cost of living

01 July, 2015

The cost of a decent standard of living, as defined by the public, has stopped rising for the first time since the recession began

The Benefit Cap

01 July, 2015

Briefing Paper

This briefing explains how the household benefit cap operates and considers evidence of its impact to date

Bedroom tax protesters campaign at the Senedd

01 July, 2015

Campaigners from across South Wales attended the protest at the Senedd against the Bedroom Tax

Labour and SNP accuse Tories of failing to deliver Smith on welfare

01 July, 2015

Labour and the SNP have both accused David Cameron's Government of failing to deliver the Smith Commission proposals on extra welfare powers

Views sought on welfare powers use

01 July, 2015

MSPs are seeking views on how proposed new powers over welfare should be used to design a benefits system in Scotland

Economic Bulletin

01 July, 2015

Welfare Dependency Falls But Still Much Further To Go

This report reveals that 51.5% of households still receive more from the state than they pay in tax

Scots charities fire welfare warning to UK government

01 July, 2015

13 biggest charities, anti-poverty groups and welfare campaigners have warned the UK government that cuts will signal a financial death knell

How much do families rely on tax credits?

01 July, 2015

Reducing in-work support without increasing take-home pay first will mean low-earning families fall even further short of a decent living standard

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

01 July, 2015

Scots' rent peak after record monthly jump

HB Direct Issue 160

01 July, 2015

This edition covers Housing Benefit subsidy, Personal Independence Payment and Single Fraud Investigation Service

What do we know about the links between housing and poverty?

30 June, 2015

There is a real danger that, on current trends, the UK's housing system will create poverty, rather than provide protection against it.

Poverty and low incomes prevent people from accessing potential housing options, and make others hard to sustain.

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments Financial year 2014/15

30 June, 2015

This statistical release presents analysis of information submitted to DWP by local authorities.

This statistical release presents analysis of information submitted to DWP by local authorities, covering the financial year April 2014 to March 2015. Local authorities provide details of their use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds to DWP twice a year. These are published for the first 6 months of the financial year and for the whole of the financial year.

Half of households receive more in benefits than they pay in taxes

30 June, 2015

More than 13 million households in Britain receive more in benefits than they pay in taxes

New online toolkit launched to help landlords keep houses safe

30 June, 2015

A new online tool has been launched, aimed at making rented homes safe and legally compliant

Nightmare for landlord whose tenant claimed false disrepair

30 June, 2015

Evictions specialist Paul Shamplina has again hit out at the impending change in the law

Housing associations excluding homeless tenants

30 June, 2015

Demanding rent in advance is at odds with the ethos and role of social landlords and stops homeless people getting accommodation

Score Annual Summary Report

30 June, 2015

2014-15

Score is a collection of information from Registered Social Landlords about the new lets they make in a given year

Political Battles Between Inclusion and Welfare

30 June, 2015

There was a major shift in the way many sick and disabled people have organised themselves to protest against 'welfare reforms'

Prime London rents exceed £100 a day

30 June, 2015

The average rent on a two-bedroom flat is £707 a week

Scottish Housing Regulator welcomes new report on value for money

30 June, 2015

The Scottish Housing Regulator has welcomed a new report contributing to the debate on what value for money means

Further welfare cuts would severely hit those least able to cope

30 June, 2015

Charities, churches and frontline community organisations across Scotland are dealing with the impact of cuts to services and benefits

Universal Credit Rollout - Map

30 June, 2015

This map shows the Jobcentre Plus offices where you can now claim Universal Credit

HB S7/2015

29 June, 2015

New Burdens payment for the Real Time Information bulk data matching initiative

Housing and Poverty

29 June, 2015

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

This report is a round-up of evidence on the relationship between housing and poverty. This publication presents evidence emerging from JRF's Housing and poverty research programme

The Effects of Taxes and Benefits on Household Income

29 June, 2015

Financial Year Ending 2014

The overall impact of taxes and benefits are that they lead to income being shared more equally between households

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

29 June, 2015

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

Newcastle City Council 'forced' to plunder welfare funds

29 June, 2015

A north-east of England council says government budget cuts are forcing it to use funding earmarked for vulnerable residents

Right to rent: all landlords must check immigration status or face £3,000 fine

29 June, 2015

Landlords in England will be responsible for spotting illegal tenants 'from September' after a trial in the West Midlands results in fines

Lettings agent report warns private rental sector is hotting up

29 June, 2015

Pressure in the private rental sector has increased, according to the Association of Residential Lettings Agents

Eroding Child Benefit

29 June, 2015

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

This report shows that by the time of the next election a family with two children is already likely to be more than £9 a week - £470 a year - worse off, regardless of further cuts that may not yet have been announced

Future funding outlook for councils 2019/20

29 June, 2015

Interim 2015 update

Councils in England could face a £3.3 billion reduction in central government funding for local services in 2016/17

Properties being let in shortest time on record

29 June, 2015

One third of new lets are being agreed before the existing tenant moves out

New bids to reform private rented sector

26 June, 2015

A new private member's Bill where private tenants registering for council tax would give details of the tenure and their landlord

Slump in supply of properties available to rent

26 June, 2015

The supply of available rental property has fallen, says ARLA

Major Projects Authority Annual Report

26 June, 2015

2014-15

This report reveals an increase in lifetime cost since changes to the plan made to 'reset' the troubled welfare reform programme

Labour says universal credit will take 495 years to roll out as costs rise £3bn

26 June, 2015

Cost of IDS's troubled plan for benefits rises to £15.8bn as Major Projects Authority report reveals HS2 also among schemes at high risk of failing

Is welfare reform working?

26 June, 2015

Today was the day, when we'd see a sharp rise in poverty as official figures included the full impact of welfare cuts for the first time

The impacts of welfare reform on residents in Brighton & Hove

26 June, 2015

A report to Brighton & Hove City Council from the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion and Rocket Science UK

This report assess the impacts of government welfare reforms on Brighton & Hove residents and services, to explore how residents have responded to changes, and to provide the Council with recommendations on the design and delivery of future support and services

Benefit cap will lead to 'inevitable' increase in homelessness

26 June, 2015

The proposed reduction to the benefit cap will "inevitably lead to a sharp increase in homelessness"

Income-Related Benefits:Estimates of Take-up - Financial Year 2013/14

26 June, 2015

June 2015

This report looks at the amount of money claimed for Welfare, Housing Benefit, Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support and Pension Credit

Regulator's National Panel says quality of homes central to tenant satisfaction

26 June, 2015

The quality of tenants' homes, speed of emergency repairs response and affordability are central to tenant satisfaction

Evictions, child poverty, homelessness - London borough issues stark warning over new benefit cap

26 June, 2015

A London borough today warned that a £3,000 reduction in the benefit cap could have a devastating impact on its most impoverished families

Welfare cuts axe falling in the wrong place

25 June, 2015

We are led to believe Britain is beginning to boom again with wages up, jobs-a-plenty and inflation lower than a rattlesnake's belly

Living wage in the social housing sector: what housing associations told us

25 June, 2015

Lowest-paid staff in social housing sector receive below the living wage, at an average of £7.69 per hour, Guardian survey finds

Figures detailing benefit-related deaths to be published, says David Cameron

25 June, 2015

Prime minister's disclosure, in wake of 200,000-strong petition, comes two days after IDS's claim in parliament that such data did not exist

Homelessness rises as more private tenancies end

25 June, 2015

13,520 households in England accepted as statutorily homeless between January 1 and March 31 this year - rise of 8% on the first quarter of last year

Rental Yield Data Table

25 June, 2015

Social Housing v Private Rent Yield Comparison

David Cameron under pressure from Tory MPs to review controversial 'bedroom tax'

25 June, 2015

Conservative MPs reported the controversial policy proved hugely unpopular on the doorsteps during the general election campaign

Conference to put PRS tenancy agreement proposal under the spotlight

25 June, 2015

Reforming Scotland's private rented sector to make it fit for the 21st Century and fair for all is the theme of a major conference

Housing Generation Rent

25 June, 2015

'Welfare reform hitting vulnerable young people in the housing market'

This report situated young people's housing experiences within the broader social, economic and political context in Scotland

As Cameron and Osborne wield the axe to find an extra £12billion, here's where the welfare budget is really spent

25 June, 2015

David Cameron and George Osborne have two weeks to find £12billion in extra cuts from the benefits budget

£21 billion saved? Welfare spending over the last parliament

25 June, 2015

£21 billion of welfare savings last parliament, £12 billion this parliament. Pleasingly symmetrical but politically controversial figures

Private renters in UK pay double the European average

24 June, 2015

Despite the growing number of private renters in the UK, PR remains comparably unattractive to many and often viewed as the 'tenure of last resort'

MP introducing measure to crack down on criminal landlords

24 June, 2015

The measure being introduced to parliament would require tenants to provide details of their landlord on council tax registration forms

Government accused of discriminating against private rented sector

24 June, 2015

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

UK Housing Review

24 June, 2015

2015 Briefing Paper

Drawing on the latest statistics, the Briefing therefore assesses the implications of new policy and market developments in twelve key topic areas, beginning with an overall synopsis of the challenges now faced

'Welfare reform hitting vulnerable young people in the housing market'

24 June, 2015

Young people face considerable challenges navigating the housing market

Conservative MP challenges government on link between food banks and benefit sanctions

24 June, 2015

Priti Patel came under attack yesterday over the government's reluctance to recognise the link between benefit sanctions and rise in food bank use

CIH chief executive says housing sector will hold government to account over radical plans

24 June, 2015

The housing world "must engage" with government on its "radical & far-reaching" plans for the sector but needs to ensure policy is based on evidence

The Only Way is Renting: Essex dominates most in demand rental hotspots

24 June, 2015

6 of the top 10 rental hotspots outside Greater London are in Essex, with Stevenage in Hertfordshire just pipping Southend to the post as number one

The moral case for welfare reform

24 June, 2015

The Prime Minister makes the right case for spending less on benefits

People choose to be poor and disabled - this is the logic behind the Tories' £12bn of welfare cuts

24 June, 2015

The idea that benefit claimants can be scared or starved out of poverty is a complete myth

Universal Credit in 10 more Jobcentres across England, Scotland and Wales

23 June, 2015

Today, 10 more Jobcentres start offering Universal Credit in Scotland, Wales, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and the Black Country

Female Labour Supply, Human Capital and Welfare Reform

23 June, 2015

Estimate a dynamic model of employment, human capital accumulation - including education, and savings for women in the UK, exploiting policy changes

An analysis of both the incentive effects and the welfare implications of tax credits and income support programs and we account for their insurance value

How the welfare budget is spent and options for savings

23 June, 2015

The government says it needs to find a further £12bn in savings from the annual welfare bill to meet its goal of balancing the books by 2017-8

The charts that show how much each benefit costs and which are most in danger of George Osborne and David Cameron's £12bn axe

23 June, 2015

The total welfare bill is a staggering £220bn - around 30 per cent of all public spending

IDS warned of social housing evictions risk posed by lower benefit cap and universal credit

23 June, 2015

A lower benefit cap combined with the introduction of direct rent payments under universal credit could lead to a rise in evictions from social housing

People on benefits are dying. It's time for some transparency

23 June, 2015

The DWP's benefits crackdown includes threatening a disabled man who can't walk or talk

Five ways David Cameron can cut tax credits without making workers worse off

23 June, 2015

David Cameron wants to cut in-work tax credits, and wants companies to pay staff more. How can he do it?

When talking about benefit cuts it's unhelpful to refer to the "£220 billion" welfare budget

23 June, 2015

The £220 billion figure given includes expenditure on state pensions and universal pensioner benefits too-something the Conservatives have committed to increase

How do you know if you are providing value for money?

23 June, 2015

Defining, managing and demonstrating Value for Money in Scotland

Our findings reflect the practical experience in implementing VFM (Value For Money) of housing workers and tenants from local authorities and housing associations

UK benefits cuts: Working families could lose up to £1,690 in tax credits, ministers warned

23 June, 2015

Families with two children could lose up to £1,690 if the Government implements deep cuts to tax credits in its drive to slash spending on welfare

Q&A: Tax credits explained

23 June, 2015

The government says it needs to find a further £12bn in savings from the annual welfare bill to meet its goal of balancing the books by 2017-18

Iain Duncan Smith refuses to rule out cutting disability benefits, but says he will be 'kind'

23 June, 2015

Ministers have refused to rule out making further cuts to disability benefits as speculation grows about exactly where the Government's welfare cuts will fall

Give & Take

23 June, 2015

How conservatives think about welfare

The primary focus of this report is outlining the different views and principles of conservatives

Softening the ground to cut in-work benefits

23 June, 2015

Many have expressed doubts as to whether the government will go through with the full £12 billion of benefit cuts

Benefit cuts - coming soon

22 June, 2015

"You identify a million people who you'd like to take £1,000 away from and I'll do it."

CIH accused of 'scaremongering' over impact of benefit cap on housing association families

22 June, 2015

The CIH was today accused of "scaremongering" after it published research showing how a reduction in the benefit cap would make many parts of England "off limits"

Migrant benefits scandal: 12,000 children living abroad sent tax credits from Britain

22 June, 2015

Almost 12,000 children living outside the UK are being supported by tax credits sent home from Britain

Leaving the nest - are you prepared for the bedroom tax?

22 June, 2015

If you are in receipt of Housing Benefit (HB), you need to start looking at your options for dealing with the bedroom tax

The UK needs a living rent for a living wage

22 June, 2015

With the right framework housing associations are ready to deliver on the Governments aspirations for more new homes and full employment

Benefits changes threaten young dads

22 June, 2015

Young, single dads could struggle to have their child stay overnight with them, if housing benefit changes proposed by the government go ahead

Benefit cap cut will force families out of South East England, say housing experts

22 June, 2015

The Government is pressing ahead with moves to reduce the limit households can receive in benefits from £26,000 to £23,000

The DWP won't tell anyone how many people have died after having their benefits stopped

22 June, 2015

Over 200,000 people have signed a petition asking the Government to publish figures on how many people have died after having benefits stopped

Home ownership down and renting up for first time in a century

22 June, 2015

The decade 2001 to 2011 saw substantial changes in longstanding trends in home ownership and renting

Osborne to proceed with £12bn welfare cuts despite anti-austerity protests

22 June, 2015

Chancellor dismisses reports the cuts could be delayed or scaled back, saying details will be in next month's budget

The Guardian view on benefits reform: Labour needs a compelling response

22 June, 2015

With the latest cuts likely to hit the poorest and most vulnerable the hardest, this could be the issue that makes or breaks the Labour party

'I was faced with electrocution or eviction'

22 June, 2015

Tanz explains the steps she took to challenge her landlord's revenge eviction

Landlords asked: What does your agent charge you for repairs

22 June, 2015

The Residential Landlords Association has launched a survey among its members into letting agent fees charged to landlords on repairs

Welfare reform update - June 2015

19 June, 2015

Includes our submission to the emergency Budget, new seven-day waiting period for Universal Credit and details of new reports on welfare reform

May 15 Buy-to-Let Index

19 June, 2015

Rents driven to new all-time record by divergent south eastern regions

Landlord and tenant rental property responsibilities guide

19 June, 2015

New guidance has been published online to help tenants and landlords address their own responsibilities when it comes to DIY tasks and maintenance

On Britain's left, there's growing talk of a national rent strike

19 June, 2015

"As far as I'm concerned, all rent is theft," says David Dahlborn

Social rent setting policy proposed for NI

19 June, 2015

DSD yesterday briefed the Social Development Committee on proposals for a social rent setting policy for Northern Ireland

Regulating The Standard

19 June, 2015

This new version of 'Regulating the Standards' outlines the regulator's operational approach to assessing providers' compliance with the economic and consumer standards

Those standards and the requirements they place upon registered providers are set out in separate documents available on the HCA pages on GOV.UK

No children, no dogs, no DSS: The alternative landlord guide

19 June, 2015

In our swollen, overheated private rental market, some letting agencies have started to misbehave

The election has finally opened Tory eyes to the disaster of the bedroom tax

19 June, 2015

After praising the bedroom tax for five years, Tory MPs returned from their constituency doorsteps with a better understanding of the chaos it has caused

Experian calculates the price social tenants pay for poverty

19 June, 2015

Poverty comes at a premium

Tackling fuel poverty - carrot or the stick?

19 June, 2015

The debate raged on at the CIH Scotland Energy Efficiency, Fuel Poverty and Renewables event

'One person had her housing benefit stopped while in hospital giving birth'

19 June, 2015

As a support officer for a housing provider, I help people who are one step away from homelessness

The time is right to reduce our welfare bill

19 June, 2015

Much to the dismay of Britain's would-be "progressive alliance", there was more good news on the UK economy on Wednesday

Cutting housing benefit - one brick at a time

18 June, 2015

Consensus has broken out in the fractious world of welfare reform

Work Programme helps drive long-term unemployment to 5 year low

18 June, 2015

The biggest employment programme Britain has ever seen has helped push long-term unemployment to its lowest level in more than 5 years

Britain responsible for 'unsustainable' 7% of world's welfare spend

18 June, 2015

Chancellor deploys figure at PMQs as a justification for the government's plan to target £12bn in welfare spending cuts 'so that work pays'

Welfare spending, wage growth and housing: factchecking Prime Minister's Questions

18 June, 2015

George Osborne stood in for the PM at this week's clashes in the Commons, with Hilary Benn at the despatch box for Labour

Ideas to tackle poverty for the long term

18 June, 2015

An IPPR approach to reducing poverty

This report contributes to JRF's developing anti-poverty strategy for the UK. It proposes five ideas to reduce poverty which could make a substantial impact in the long term, including boosting social investment and redesigning back-to-work support for disabled people

Tenants calling UK government - is anyone out there?

18 June, 2015

Social housing tenants are a diverse bunch

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

18 June, 2015

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

Why the government's long-term economic plan should include building more social rented homes

18 June, 2015

CIH policy adviser John Perry examines the case for building more low-rent homes set out in a new report

Licensing scheme extended to thousands more shared houses and flats across Brighton and Hove

18 June, 2015

A licensing scheme has been extended to thousands more shared houses and flats across Brighton and Hove

Britain has 1% of the global population but spends 7% of the world's benefits

18 June, 2015

Britain has only one per cent of the world's population but accounts for 7 per cent of all welfare spending on the planet

The basic rights of people with a learning disability are threatened by welfare cuts

18 June, 2015

Campaigners fought for more than 60 years so people with a learning disability can make their own choices in life and be part of mainstream society

330,000 tenancy deposits at risk and landlords in danger of fines as important deadline approaches

17 June, 2015

Landlords could risk facing heavy fines if they fail to protect their tenants' deposits before an important new deadline on 23rd June

HB G6/2015

17 June, 2015

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to April 2015

17 June, 2015

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

Universal Credit: Apr 2013 to 28 May 2015

17 June, 2015

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 28 May 2015

1.3 million social housing tenants miss out on savings

17 June, 2015

People in social housing to get fair and affordable access to essential, everyday services

Lord Freud quotes housing associations to defend bedroom tax from critics

17 June, 2015

The impact of the bedroom tax on housing associations and their tenants has not been as severe as critics suggest

Building New Social Rent Homes

17 June, 2015

A report by Capital Economics for SHOUT and the NFA #BuildToSave

Evaluating the economic case for building 100,000 new social rent homes each year

Lettings industry is descending into disrepute - warning

17 June, 2015

The private rented sector is rapidly descending into a trough of total disrepute

Axe child benefit

17 June, 2015

Child benefit should be scrapped and some welfare payments to disabled people should be taxed as part of efforts to cut the amount of the social security budget going to middle-class claimants

Building the new private rented sector: issues and prospects (England)

17 June, 2015

This briefing paper sets out measures taken by the Government, and policy proposals from those within the private rented sector, to increase the supply of privately rented properties in England

Since 2012-13 private rental has been the second largest housing tenure in England behind owner occupation, overtaking social housing

How to run a country: working age welfare

17 June, 2015

The welfare state is central to the wellbeing of the nation

Moving towards a new welfare state

17 June, 2015

The Treasury will currently be working overtime to complete the Chancellor's Emergency Budget in time for July 8

Scots private sector rents up nine per cent

17 June, 2015

A new tenant in Scotland is paying 9.2 per cent more on average than a year ago

The rise of sanctioning in Great Britain

16 June, 2015

Benefit sanctions have become an increasingly prominent part of the social security system in Great Britain

There were 686,000 benefit sanctions in Great Britain in 2014

Universal Credit comes to Lewes and Newhaven

16 June, 2015

Benefit claimants in Lewes, Newhaven and Eastbourne are now able to receive Universal Credit at their local Jobcentre

Why Universal Credit could lead to even more sanctions

16 June, 2015

Benefit sanction rates are already at record levels

London borough introduces licensing amnesty for HMO landlords

16 June, 2015

A London borough has introduced an amnesty on the licensing of houses in multiple occupation

Landlord fails in claim after tenant quits without notice

16 June, 2015

This month's case looks at a dispute over a claim made by a landlord against the tenants' deposit for rent in lieu of notice

London rents exceed £1,500pm for first time

16 June, 2015

Rents have risen in all 12 UK regions in the three months to May 2015 compared to last year

Scottish government renews call for extra powers on tax and welfare

16 June, 2015

John Swinney asks for Holyrood to be given control of £8.5bn of national insurance, £3bn corporation tax, the new universal credit and minimum wage

1 in 3 ESA claimants waiting more than 8 months for a decision

16 June, 2015

The latest ESA statistics released last week show that one third of claimants have still not had a decision on their claim after 8-11 months

'I'd heard of food banks, but only on TV'

16 June, 2015

Gill, who suffers from severe arthritis and mental health difficulties, was left in extreme financial distress when the benefit payments she received for her disabilities were suspended

Alarm at subdued home-buying lending while buy-to-let sectors grows apace

16 June, 2015

A decline in mortgage lending for the purpose of buying a home while borrowing for buy-to-let grows has prompted one property services business to express its alarm at the imbalance

Anti-social behaviour in private housing (England)

16 June, 2015

This briefing paper provides summary of the key remedies available to victims of ASB who live next door to private tenants or anti-social owner-occupiers

Kingdom provides advice for Fife tenants on Universal Credit changes

15 June, 2015

Over eighty Fife tenants have attended events in Dunfermline and Glenrothes to receive support and advice on the forthcoming implementation of Universal Credit

Bedroom Tax too extreme even for Tory backbench

15 June, 2015

The SNP is today renewing its call for the abolition of the Bedroom Tax - after it emerged that even Tory MPs are calling for the policy to be revisited

How long must a family friendly private tenancy be?

15 June, 2015

The case for longer tenancies in the private rented sector couldn't be clearer

Universal Credit now available at 6 more Jobcentres in Cornwall and Newcastle

15 June, 2015

Today Universal Credit is available to more people in 6 more Jobcentres across the country and will make sure work always pays

Rents crack a new record in London and rise throughout UK

15 June, 2015

Average new rents in London have gone through the £1,500 barrier for the first time

Assessing the proposal to cut £5 billion from Child Tax Credit

15 June, 2015

Last week, the BBC reported that the government was contemplating a major reduction in Child Tax Credit

Landlords should be forced to provide cooker and fridge

15 June, 2015

All-party Feeding Britain group of MPs warns that food bank clients are forced to buy expensive processed meals as private-sector accommodation lacks facilities

Strengthening the voice of private tenants

15 June, 2015

A house is more than bricks and mortar, it's also a home

Food poverty made me feel ashamed

15 June, 2015

Mark lived in his home for more than 16 years

Landlords could launch legal challenge over licensing scheme warns property guru

15 June, 2015

Redbridge Council has been warned it could "have a battle on its hands" from landlords who could launch a judicial review over a licensing scheme

Unstoppable rise of the PRS: 20% more letting agents in three years

12 June, 2015

New data reveals that the number of letting agents has increased by 20% over the past three years

Agents continue to keep pressure up over Scottish rent reforms

12 June, 2015

The lettings industry in Scotland is continuing to keep up its pressure on the Government over its proposed reforms for the sector

Buy to let surges in UK as first time buyer activity retreats

12 June, 2015

May has seen an acceleration in property valuations for buy to let landlords, while first time buyer activity has retreated

Big fall in payday loan problems reported to Citizens Advice

12 June, 2015

After an FCA clampdown on the sector, the number of cases in England and Wales nearly halves to 5,554 in first three months of 2015

George Osborne under pressure to slow welfare cuts

12 June, 2015

Chancellor urged to accept some 'loss of face' to avoid lasting damage to Tories amid warnings his spending plans will force him to slash child tax credits

Private landlords claim they face discrimination when it comes to Universal Credit protections

12 June, 2015

The Government has been accused of discriminating against private landlords when it comes to the roll-out of its Universal Credit benefit reform

The government is quietly making a U-turn on universal credit

12 June, 2015

A small but significant concession to the controversial system is being tested in Oldham. Perhaps the government is finally noticing the warning signs

Benefits for working families could be slashed by £5billion: Tax credits may be reduced as part of Osborne's plans to cut welfare spending

12 June, 2015

Benefits for working families could be slashed to save up to £5billion in George Osborne's emergency Budget

The Universal Credit (Waiting Days) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (S.I. 2015 No. 1362): SSAC report

11 June, 2015

A SSAC report on the Universal Credit (Waiting Days) Amendment Regulations 2015. It includes a government statement

Universal Credit: rent arrears form UC47

11 June, 2015

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

Huge jump in buy-to-let activity as first-timers fall back

11 June, 2015

There has been a major acceleration in property valuations for buy-to-let landlords, while first-time buyer activity has retreated

George Osborne considering £5bn cuts to child tax credits

11 June, 2015

The government is considering reducing tax credits for millions of working families as part of its £12bn welfare cuts

Dozens of families "being made homeless" by benefits cap

11 June, 2015

Tooting MP Sadiq Khan criticised the Government for making nearly 100 Wandsworth families homeless due to the benefits cap

Former CIH President raises more than £40,000 for foodbank charity

11 June, 2015

Former Chartered Institute of Housing President Steve Stride has raised more than £40,000 for charity

Welfare trends report

11 June, 2015

This is our second Welfare trends report (WTR), in which we examine trends in public spending on different elements of the welfare system

The term 'welfare' means different things to different people

Birmingham the City for buy to let landlords

11 June, 2015

Birmingham has been a city that has been criticised by outsiders for its concrete and industry

Bedroom tax ruling 'opens the door' for separated parents

11 June, 2015

A tribunal in England has ruled that separated parents are being wrongly charged with the 'bedroom tax' in a ruling that can open the floodgates for thousands of claimants

PRS awaits new tenancy regime consultation outcome

11 June, 2015

The private rented sector is fully aware it has a crucial role to play in tackling Scotland's housing crisis

Redbridge Council to implement borough wide property licensing

11 June, 2015

Thousands more private rented properties look set to be licensed following a decision by Redbridge Council

Letting agents warned over new tenancy deposit deadline

11 June, 2015

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says the government's controversial Deregulation Act, which is now in force, is creating critical new tenancy deposit deadlines which agents must take into account

Buy-to-let surge leads to smallest number of homes on sale since 1978

11 June, 2015

The number of homes for sale has plunged to its lowest level since records began in 1978 - as a buy-to-let boom takes an increasing amount of property off the market

Universal Credit information for claimants in Croydon and Sutton

10 June, 2015

Universal Credit in the CR0 4 postcode area of Croydon and SM5 2, SM6 7, SM6 8 and SM6 9 postcode areas of Sutton

Lettings industry could be walking into 'reputational' time bomb

10 June, 2015

The lettings industry risks sleep walking into an administrative and reputational time bomb just months away

Cash-strapped Trading Standards in no rush to police new letting agents law

10 June, 2015

A letter seen by Eye suggests that cash-strapped Trading Standards will not be rushing to enforce a new law that, on paper, requires strict compliance by letting agents

Andy Burnham jeered at first Labour leadership hustings over benefits cap

10 June, 2015

Frontrunner to be next leader receives less than warm response at event during union conference after refusing to say whether he opposes £23,000 annual cap

Build more affordable homes, boost standards for private renters and help councils tackle rogue landlords

10 June, 2015

The chancellor should use next month's emergency budget to build more affordable homes, improve standards for private renters and give councils more resources to tackle rogue landlords

Scrap bedroom tax, Tories tell PM: Cameron warned the measure is a 'fly in the "One Nation" ointment'

10 June, 2015

David Cameron is facing pressure from his own party to ditch the so-called 'bedroom tax'

Justin Tomlinson, Minister for Disabled People, writes about the recent Personal Independence Payment (PIP) ruling

10 June, 2015

This article follows the High Court ruling on the case of 2 disabled people who faced delays waiting for their PIP claims to be processed

Flawed benefits test is pushing people to the brink

10 June, 2015

The British Psychological Society has today released a new report calling for fundamental reform of the Work Capability Assessment

New Benefit Cap Means Workless Private Renters Now Banned From 92% of UK

10 June, 2015

A reduction in the benefit cap was a centre piece of the Tory manifesto in the run-up to May's election

Thousands of tenants sign-up to new landlord agreement

09 June, 2015

Almost 13,000 tenants have signed up to a new agreement following the transfer of ownership of their home

Why sorry is the hardest word for the DWP over disability benefit fiasco

09 June, 2015

The 'unlawful' delay of the personal independence payment for disabled people is just the latest in a dismal list of benefit reform failures

Taxing disability benefits is not a 'welfare saving', it's a deeply unfair cut

09 June, 2015

Life costs on average £550 more a month if you are disabled

Reducing the benefit bill by helping people into work: joint submission to the emergency budget

09 June, 2015

We believe housing associations are the most consistently successful public-private partnership in the economy today

Personal Independence Payment myth buster

09 June, 2015

The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) myth buster aims to provide reassurance on some common misunderstandings about PIP

Working families could become 'second-class savers' under universal credit

09 June, 2015

Working families moving onto universal credit could become "second-class savers", with any money put aside potentially counting against their benefit entitlement

Welfare Reform Committee

09 June, 2015

The Welfare Reform Committee took evidence from Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil on 9 June 2015

Buy-to-let tycoon Fergus Wilson: 'I sold 50 Ashford semis to a Chinese estate agent'

09 June, 2015

Fergus Wilson, the original 'buy-to-let king' with 1,000 Kent properties, has sold 50 of them to a Chinese buyer

This site lets you review your landlord

09 June, 2015

If you're a landlord, you're likely to have the pick of hundreds of tenants replying to your property listing

Labour urged to adopt radical welfare reform rather than support Tory cuts

09 June, 2015

Labour is being urged to embrace radical welfare reform in an attempt to stop George Osborne laying another "political trap" for the party by challenging it to support his £12bn of benefit cuts

14% of adults permanently offline, despite online benefits

09 June, 2015

14% of adults surveyed don't use the internet at all, despite the benefits that being online can bring

Mandatory licensing: immigration red tape will tie me up in knots says the accidental landlord

09 June, 2015

The accidental landlord is nervous at the prospect of mandatory licensing

Credit where it's due? How to reform and make the most out of Universal Credit

08 June, 2015

There are some issues where a little bit of knowledge, and a lot of bluster, are all that's needed for a politician - whether government or opposition - to get through a standard media grilling

Universal Credit now available at 50% of all Scottish Jobcentres from today

08 June, 2015

All Glasgow Jobcentres now offer Universal Credit, with the new benefit that makes work always pay, available to all new single claimants

'Reboot' universal credit, ministers urged

08 June, 2015

Hundreds of thousands more women would be helped into work if the government "rebooted" its flagship welfare reforms

Countdown under way towards tenancy deposit protection

08 June, 2015

There are just days left in which to protect historic tenancy deposits

Landlord body vents fury as another licensing scheme gets go-ahead

08 June, 2015

Just one person has been given responsibility for deciding whether up to 8,000 more private rental properties should be licensed in her borough

Buy-to-let returns 'will fall by 60pc in a year'

08 June, 2015

Buy-to-let returns will plunge in the next 12 months

Give Scotland more power over welfare, Labour and SNP tell the Tories

08 June, 2015

Labour is set to join forces with the Scottish National Party by demanding more powers for the Scottish Parliament over welfare

The reality of Britain in 2015... food banks, welfare cuts and privatisation

08 June, 2015

Columnist Aled Blake tells of his experience helping his mother out at the local food bank and says he hates what they represent

The Guardian view on universal credit: needs more work

08 June, 2015

The Resolution Foundation has carried out an important analysis of his biggest reform of the welfare system

Making the most of UC: Final report of the Resolution Foundation review of Universal Credit

08 June, 2015

The improvements necessary to enable UC to, at a minimum, make work pay and smooth the transition into work must be made before millions of families are moved onto the new system

Through analysing the evidence, it became apparent to us that the policy focus in UC must shift from reducing worklessness to encouraging and supporting all members of a household into decent, sustainable work

Universal Credit and improving your skills for work

05 June, 2015

How Universal Credit can help claimants to find work by supporting them in improving their skills

Universal Credit and self-employment: quick guide

05 June, 2015

The support offered by Universal Credit to help claimants start their own business and what will be expected of them in return

Help with budgeting your Universal Credit

05 June, 2015

This guide gives details on how Universal Credit is paid and the budgeting support available through DWP and other organisations

Private landlords call for 'urgent meeting' with minister after EU VAT bombshell

05 June, 2015

Private landlords are calling for urgent discussions with the government following a ruling by the European Court of Justice that they claim will make it more expensive to insulate homes

PIPs disability benefit delay unlawful

05 June, 2015

A delay in paying welfare benefits to two disabled people was unlawful, the High Court has ruled

Could Right to Buy be extended to private tenants

05 June, 2015

A Labour MP has said that the "inevitable logic" is to give private tenants the same right to acquire their home at a discount

Camden Council attacks Airbnb for pushing up rents, reducing supply

05 June, 2015

Camden Council has attacked holiday-let websites like Airbnb for allegedly pushing up rents in the area

Disability benefits: Court to rule on delay test case

05 June, 2015

The High Court is expected to rule later on whether the government took too long to process benefit claims by two disabled people

Concerns over how £12bn welfare cuts will affect devolved social security powers

05 June, 2015

Social justice secretary Alex Neil has called for an inter-governmental meeting to discuss the implications of a planned £12 billion welfare cut on powers contained in the new Scotland Bill

Tenants demand their own Minister as more are forced to rent for longer

04 June, 2015

More than 60% of renters favour the appointment of a Minister with specific responsibility for tenants

Landlords granted appeal of West Brom buy-to-let tracker rate rise

04 June, 2015

A group of tenacious landlords is continuing its legal battle against West Bromwich

The Benefit Cap: hamstringing housing associations?

04 June, 2015

The government has confirmed that the Benefit Cap will be lowered from £500 to £442 a week (£23,000 a year)

Application for third party deductions: Universal Credit

04 June, 2015

This form can be used by a creditor to request a third party deduction from a Universal Credit claimant

Housing benefit to be targeted in Osborne's welfare cuts

04 June, 2015

Housing benefit could be cut by over 10% in George Osborne's July Budget as the government attempts to deliver its commitment to reduce welfare spending by £12 billion in two years

Northern Ireland political crisis deepens as parties fail to reach agreement over welfare reform

04 June, 2015

The situation at Stormont "looks increasingly grim" the Secretary of State has warned after talks to resolve the welfare crisis broke up without progress yesterday

Iain Duncan Smith to fight David Cameron over cuts to child benefit

04 June, 2015

Work and Pensions Secretary has not given up on his plans to slash benefit, despite the Prime Minister publicly slapping him down

Cameron fails to rule out cuts to disability benefits

04 June, 2015

Asked in the Commons if he stood by the commitments he made on disability benefits during the election campaign

Two more authorities poised to bring in licensing schemes

04 June, 2015

Two more London councils are poised to introduce additional licensing schemes

Talks set to continue at Stormont over Welfare Reform

03 June, 2015

The Government is prepared for weeks more of talks on Welfare Reform and the Stormont House Agreement

Calling UK tenants - it's time to push for Berlin-style rent controls

03 June, 2015

Berlin's authorities, seeing the effect of spiralling rents in London, are bringing in controls to ensure the city remains habitable for all

Thinking about joining the buy-to-let boom? Britain's property hotspots for landlord returns revealed

03 June, 2015

So where are the best buy-to-let profits to be made?

How to make your buy-to-let property irresistible to house-hunting tenants

03 June, 2015

Choosing a buy-to-let can be an exciting project - who doesn't love house hunting?

Daily catch-up: £12bn welfare spending cuts - more achievable in theory than in practice

03 June, 2015

Plus Moose Allain's cartoon, and some ancient history of the campaign for 'fair votes'

Behaviour change and welfare reform: If it's working it's hurting?

03 June, 2015

Where will the axe fall? It's the question that's been preoccupying us here at Shelter, as we wait for confirmation of the government's £12 billion planned cuts

Cameron and Harman on child benefit and tax credits

03 June, 2015

The prime minister was asked about welfare pledges by Harriet Harman, and whether he was committed to keeping child benefit and tax credits for the full five years of the new Parliament

Northern Ireland crisis talks fail to resolve standoff over welfare reforms

03 June, 2015

Cross-party cooperation under strain after Stormont Castle crunch meeting attended by leaders of five main parties, Theresa Villiers, and Charlie Flanagan

Berlin becomes first German city to make rent cap a reality

03 June, 2015

Capital pioneers law prohibiting landlords from charging new tenants more than 10% above local average

Benefits cap will leave 'tens of thousands' of children surviving on £3 or less a day

03 June, 2015

The Tory Government plans to reduce the benefits cap to £23,000 a year. This is who it's going to affect the most and why

New scheme to get Kirklees tenants online

02 June, 2015

A new project to help people get online has officially been launched in two areas of Kirklees this week

Cutting Child Benefit but increasing free childcare - where is the poverty test?

02 June, 2015

Cutting the deficit while reducing poverty and improving prospects is a mighty challenge

I'm calling on the Government to ban food waste because no-one should be starving in the UK

02 June, 2015

With food bank visits at an all-time high, the amount supermarkets are throwing away is appalling

How to join the buy to let boom: The top 10 tips, how to buy a rental home empire and avoid being taken for a ride by tenants

02 June, 2015

The essential dos and don'ts of buying and renting out a home, how you could build a buy-to-let empire and how to keep good tenants - and avoid the bad ones

How to build a rental home empire: Why stop at one property? Invest wisely and you'll be surprised at what's possible

02 June, 2015

Vanessa Warwick and Nick Tadd desperately needed a new way of life. The married couple had grown tired of their day jobs and, as they hit their 40s, wanted more independence

UK government urged to improve welfare reform implementation

02 June, 2015

The UK government's spending watchdog has criticised the DWP for its failure to anticipate problems in its implementation of welfare reform

Disability Benefit Receipt and Reform: Reconciling Trends in the United Kingdom

02 June, 2015

The UK has enacted a number of reforms to the structure of disability benefits that has made it a major case study for other countries thinking of reform

The reduced benefit cap could be the killer blow for social housing

02 June, 2015

As rents have risen, a lower benefit cap could leave thousands of Londoners facing eviction and relocation - and their landlords facing an identity crisis

IDS DID rule out cuts to Child Benefit & Child Tax Credits on BBCDP show

02 June, 2015

The front page of the Times was revealed on social media and on Newsnight stating that IDS is furious as Cameron has ruled out cuts to Child Benefit

Universal Credit and rented housing - frequently asked questions

02 June, 2015

This document provides private and social sector landlords with up to date information on Universal Credit

Housing the Nation: Ensuring councils can deliver more and better homes

02 June, 2015

At this timely seminar APSE and the TCPA will launch a high-profile research study which demonstrates that local authorities can - and want to - deliver more and better housing

The report aims to address key issues for councils in delivering and managing more social and affordable housing, and sets out key recommendations for the new Government

Is a £12bn welfare cut achievable? Only with a big pay rise!

02 June, 2015

The government made the Queen say "northern powerhouse" in her speech but, having decided one silly phrase was enough, stopped short of making her say "£12 billion welfare cuts"

Labour's new shadow chancellor is against rent control... and guess what, he's a landlord

02 June, 2015

Labour should not have sought to control rents by regulating landlords

Universal Credit now available at 15 more Jobcentres

01 June, 2015

Universal Credit is now available to more people at 15 more Jobcentres across the country and will make sure work always pays

Challenging Bedroom Tax Decisions

01 June, 2015

Tool kit for challenging bedroom tax decisions

The social sector size criteria or 'Bedroom Tax' rules were introduced in April 2013 and affect social tenants of working age who are deemed by the Housing Benefit Office to be living in a property larger than they need

Benefit Cap Quarterly Statistics: GB households capped to February 2015

01 June, 2015

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

Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary

01 June, 2015

The number of Jobseeker's Allowance claimants was 45,350. This represents a decrease of 11,590 in the last year

£800 agency fee to rent £650-a-month one-bed flat

01 June, 2015

Prospective tenant Rory Gray couldn't believe the list of 'nonsense' charges he faced from Fulfords in Exeter

High Court Orders Benefit Cap Judicial Review

01 June, 2015

The high court has ordered an urgent judicial review into the benefit cap and its impact on disabled people and their carers

Letting agents hit tenants with 'reservation' fees

01 June, 2015

Some firms are asking would-be renters to cough up an upfront fee if they want their application to proceed

New buy-to-let investor portal launches today

01 June, 2015

A new portal is launched today, dealing purely with property investment listings

Generation Rent renews call for letting agent fees to be banned

01 June, 2015

Generation Rent has renewed its call for a ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants

Cameron's landlord licensing scheme: Important update

01 June, 2015

Just over a week after David Cameron's announcement of a national mandatory licensing scheme for private landlords, there has now been clarification

The Impacts of Welfare Reform in Scotland

01 June, 2015

The aim of the study is to explore the impacts of ongoing changes to the welfare system on a range of households in Scotland over time

This report provides a review of the literature and presents the results of the first sweep of interviews which took place from September 2013 to January 2014

HB Direct issue 159

01 June, 2015

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

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