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Investors missing out in private rented sector

06 March, 2015

UK institutional investors are significantly underinvested in the private rented sector

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

06 March, 2015

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

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

06 March, 2015

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

Powers for councils to licence landlords diluted by government

06 March, 2015

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

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

06 March, 2015

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

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

06 March, 2015

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

Disabled Southport woman gets bedroom tax Supreme Court date

05 March, 2015

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

Universal Credit factsheet

05 March, 2015

This factsheet contains information on universal credit

Reform private rent before it breaks the housing benefit bank

05 March, 2015

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

Clanmil Housing Helps Tenants become "Savvy Savers"

05 March, 2015

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

Tories consider limiting child benefit to three children

05 March, 2015

The Conservatives are considering limiting child benefit to three children

NFA briefing on universal credit

05 March, 2015

Ready or not? Preparing for Universal Credit national roll out

Because you're special: Lovable landlords dropping asking price

05 March, 2015

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

Universal Credit is on the way to Swansea

05 March, 2015

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

Disabled 'had to stay' after tax

04 March, 2015

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

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

04 March, 2015

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

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

04 March, 2015

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

HB S2/2015

04 March, 2015

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

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

04 March, 2015

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

Minister hastily backtracks after condemning benefit sanctions

04 March, 2015

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

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

04 March, 2015

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

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

04 March, 2015

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

Tory minister criticises 'inhuman inflexibility' in benefit sanctions

04 March, 2015

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

Westminster sanctions hitting lone parents hardest

03 March, 2015

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

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

03 March, 2015

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

Getting Universal Credit ready is sometimes about changing lives

03 March, 2015

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

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

03 March, 2015

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

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

03 March, 2015

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

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

03 March, 2015

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

70% rise in Dundee council house rent arrears

03 March, 2015

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

Cheshire Hunger - Understanding Emergency Food Provision in West Cheshire

03 March, 2015

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

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

02 March, 2015

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

Welfare reforms to hit lone parents

02 March, 2015

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

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

02 March, 2015

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

Landlords cash in from rising house prices

02 March, 2015

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

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

02 March, 2015

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

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

02 March, 2015

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

Labour rent cap fears halt buy-to-lets

02 March, 2015

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

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

02 March, 2015

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

HB Direct issue 157

02 March, 2015

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

Why are we Brits such snobs about renting?

27 February, 2015

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

The politics of rent control

27 February, 2015

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

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

27 February, 2015

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

Housing Benefit overpayments guide

27 February, 2015

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

UK rents up yet again in January

27 February, 2015

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

Bedroom tax victims facing council tax support cut double whammy

27 February, 2015

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

Has 'bedroom tax' killed off this Durham community?

27 February, 2015

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

HB A4/2015

27 February, 2015

Contains information on pension flexibilities

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

27 February, 2015

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

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

26 February, 2015

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

What if pensioners paid the bedroom tax?

26 February, 2015

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

DWP awards two-year Universal Credit hosting contract to SCC

26 February, 2015

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

Who uses the Universal Credit system? Almost nobody

26 February, 2015

Analyst: It'll take just 120 years to complete

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

26 February, 2015

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

Renters at higher risk of mental health problems

26 February, 2015

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

Tenants let down by poor enforcement

26 February, 2015

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

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

26 February, 2015

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

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

25 February, 2015

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

Universal Credit: progress update

25 February, 2015

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

Flexible Direct Debit days could see rent payments rise 20%

25 February, 2015

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

English housing survey 2013 to 2014: headline report

25 February, 2015

Initial findings from the English housing survey for 2013 to 2014

Welfare Reform Bill passes further consideration stage

25 February, 2015

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

Jan 15 Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

25 February, 2015

Scottish rents climb 1.3% in past twelve months

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

25 February, 2015

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

Rent rises 'slower than England'

25 February, 2015

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

Welfare handouts top £30,000 for thousands of homes

25 February, 2015

Families receiving benefits getting equivalent of £40k pay packet

Welfare Reform: Older Londoners' Perspectives

25 February, 2015

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

Retaliatory evictions and proposed changes to the law

25 February, 2015

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

Payday lenders must allow price comparison

25 February, 2015

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

'Very little progress' on universal credit

25 February, 2015

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

Sharp exchanges as bedroom tax legislation looms

24 February, 2015

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

New universal credit benefits system to start in Basildon next month

24 February, 2015

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

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

24 February, 2015

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

North East social landlords come together to raise gas safety awareness

24 February, 2015

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

Should Wales have the power to ditch the bedroom tax?

24 February, 2015

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

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

24 February, 2015

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

Six ways landlords can help social housing tenants to move home

24 February, 2015

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

Scotland hands out over 100,000 DHPs in nine months

24 February, 2015

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

Welfare bill could hit families with disabilities

24 February, 2015

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

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

24 February, 2015

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

Tenant voices

24 February, 2015

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

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

23 February, 2015

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

Bedroom tax and sanctuary schemes

23 February, 2015

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

Affordable Housing: A fair deal for rural communities

23 February, 2015

There are severe housing shortages throughout the UK

Mandatory electrical check requirements from December 2015

23 February, 2015

The Scottish Government has finalised its guidance on mandatory electrical testing

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

23 February, 2015

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

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

23 February, 2015

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

January ARLA Private Rented Sector Report

23 February, 2015

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

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

23 February, 2015

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

No means testing for pensioner benefits - David Cameron

23 February, 2015

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

Universal Credit - monthly experimental official statistics to February 2015

20 February, 2015

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

Jan 15 Buy-to-Let Index

20 February, 2015

Rents 16% higher than in 2010

Liverpool City Council launches private landlord licence

20 February, 2015

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

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

20 February, 2015

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

Half a million people have benefits suspended in welfare crackdown

20 February, 2015

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

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

20 February, 2015

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

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

20 February, 2015

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

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

20 February, 2015

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

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

20 February, 2015

LIN member report written by Neil Merrick

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

Two thirds of tenants 'pay for repairs themselves'

19 February, 2015

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

Tenants offered increase in voting power

19 February, 2015

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

Cutting councils' hardship fund will punish our most vulnerable residents

19 February, 2015

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

Universal credit changes 'raise domestic abuse fears'

19 February, 2015

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

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

19 February, 2015

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

What is welfare?

19 February, 2015

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

Sector shows improved performance in meeting value for money standards

19 February, 2015

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

'Generation rent'? We've been here before

19 February, 2015

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

HB G2/2015

18 February, 2015

Contains information on PIP improved waiting times

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 12 Feb 2015

18 February, 2015

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

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

18 February, 2015

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

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

18 February, 2015

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

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

18 February, 2015

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

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

18 February, 2015

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

Cameron rejects bishops' warning against scapegoating people on benefits

18 February, 2015

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

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

18 February, 2015

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

UK mortgage lending to landlords soared in last quarter of 2014

18 February, 2015

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

Tory youth welfare plans an attack on the north

18 February, 2015

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

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

18 February, 2015

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

Council tax debt problems overtake credit card debt

17 February, 2015

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

Universal Credit Expanded Gateway Singles Survey

17 February, 2015

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

Universal credit

17 February, 2015

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

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

17 February, 2015

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

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

17 February, 2015

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

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

17 February, 2015

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

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

17 February, 2015

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

Retrenchment, reform, continuity: welfare under the coalition

17 February, 2015

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

Scrap 'bedroom tax', says ACRE

17 February, 2015

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

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

17 February, 2015

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

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

17 February, 2015

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

The effect of changes to Local Housing Allowance on rent levels

16 February, 2015

Report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies

Budgeting your Universal Credit

16 February, 2015

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

Housing Benefit overpayment recovery good practice

16 February, 2015

Good practice for local authority staff on recovering Housing Benefit overpayments

Universal Credit claimant survey: Nov to Dec 2014 interim findings

16 February, 2015

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

Universal Credit at work: spring 2015

16 February, 2015

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

Universal Credit makes work pay

16 February, 2015

16 February 2015 the national roll out of Universal Credit begins

How Universal Credit helps make work pay

16 February, 2015

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

Touchbase DWP E-zine

16 February, 2015

February 2015

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

16 February, 2015

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

Q&A: Universal credit and the benefits overhaul

16 February, 2015

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

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

16 February, 2015

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

Estimating the early labour market impacts of Universal Credit

16 February, 2015

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

First-time buyers almost 10% better off than renting

16 February, 2015

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

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

16 February, 2015

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

With Universal Credit, work might finally pay

16 February, 2015

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

Welfare Dependency and the Size of the State

16 February, 2015

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

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

16 February, 2015

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

Universal Credit Scheme Is Helping According To Iain Duncan Smith

16 February, 2015

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

Number of evictions rise but have landlords got better?

13 February, 2015

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

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

13 February, 2015

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

An introduction to Universal Credit

13 February, 2015

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

Claiming Universal Credit

13 February, 2015

An illustrated guide to claiming Universal Credit

How will Universal Credit make work pay?

13 February, 2015

An illustrated guide to how Universal Credit makes work pay

Empty Manchester homes brought back to life for bedroom tax victims

13 February, 2015

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

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

13 February, 2015

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

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

13 February, 2015

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

Evictions from rented homes hit record levels in 2014

13 February, 2015

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

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

13 February, 2015

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

Record number of sanctions imposed on jobseekers

13 February, 2015

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

Section 21: Yesterday's Vote In Parliament

12 February, 2015

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

Welfare amendment deadline looms

12 February, 2015

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

Deregulation Bill Update (TDP and Retaliatory Eviction)

12 February, 2015

All the Government amendments regarding Tenancy Deposit Protection

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

12 February, 2015

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

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

12 February, 2015

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

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

12 February, 2015

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

What are the top tenant confessions?

12 February, 2015

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

Concern over 'breakneck speed' of welfare devolution plans

12 February, 2015

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

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

12 February, 2015

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

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

11 February, 2015

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

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

11 February, 2015

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

The importance of checking your benefits entitlement

11 February, 2015

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

Universal Credit videos

11 February, 2015

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

£55m deal for 779 private rent homes in Manchester

11 February, 2015

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

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

11 February, 2015

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

No one will be out of pocket over new welfare system

11 February, 2015

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

Welfare reform bill: Five schemes to provide financial support

11 February, 2015

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

Against all odds, a welfare revolution is quietly under way

11 February, 2015

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

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

11 February, 2015

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

UK buy to let sector surging ahead

11 February, 2015

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

A quarter of councils agree to freeze council tax

10 February, 2015

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

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

10 February, 2015

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

Fraud and Error Reduction Incentive Scheme: local authority monitoring template

10 February, 2015

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

Universal Credit: Index of Relevant Districts

10 February, 2015

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

Private landlords attack 'revenge evictions' bill

10 February, 2015

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

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

10 February, 2015

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

Welfare reform: MLAs debate bill at consideration stage

10 February, 2015

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

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

10 February, 2015

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

Direct Payment of Housing Benefit: Are Social Landlords Ready?

10 February, 2015

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

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

10 February, 2015

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

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

09 February, 2015

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

DWP announce 25% cut in DHP funding 2015-16

09 February, 2015

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

More help requests from Dumfries and Galloway tenants

09 February, 2015

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

Renting law to tackle rogue landlords

09 February, 2015

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

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

09 February, 2015

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

Details emerge of planned Northern Ireland welfare changes

09 February, 2015

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

Shared care isn't occupation as a home

09 February, 2015

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

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

09 February, 2015

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

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

09 February, 2015

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

Making money like a landlord

09 February, 2015

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

Benefit Cap Quarterly Statistics: GB households capped to November 2014

06 February, 2015

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

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

06 February, 2015

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

Landlords begin 2015 on an historic high

06 February, 2015

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

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

06 February, 2015

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

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

06 February, 2015

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

Universal Credit Debate

06 February, 2015

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

Independent report on the private rental sector in England

06 February, 2015

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

Landlords to be banned from letting draughtiest homes

06 February, 2015

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

Moving On

06 February, 2015

Findings from CIH's housing mobility survey

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

05 February, 2015

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

Benefit cap: number of households capped to November 2014

05 February, 2015

Number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to November 2014

250 homes to take part in universal credit impact pilot

05 February, 2015

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

Stronger support against rogue landlords

05 February, 2015

Tenants to be given stronger protections against rogue landlords

Retaliatory eviction: policy statement on amendment to Deregulation Bill

05 February, 2015

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

Jobseeker's allowance putting women and their families at risk

05 February, 2015

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

RLA statement on Government Amendment to Deregulation Bill

05 February, 2015

RLA statement on Government Amendment to Deregulation Bill

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

05 February, 2015

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

Council tax in Caerphilly borough set to rise by 3.9%

05 February, 2015

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

Social housing tenants banned from luxury garden

05 February, 2015

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

Benefit sanctions are effective

05 February, 2015

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

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

05 February, 2015

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

Crisis Private Renting Toolkit

05 February, 2015

A guide to setting up a PRS access scheme

Silver landlords to use pension pots to buy property

05 February, 2015

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

Benefit and tax credit expenditure growth from 1951 to 2015

04 February, 2015

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

New interactive map gives landlords the lowdown on licensing

04 February, 2015

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

Time to rethink these dysfunctional benefit sanctions

04 February, 2015

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

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

04 February, 2015

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

Universal Credit: Are you ready?

04 February, 2015

Are you ready for Universal Credit?

Sanctions: staff pressured to penalise benefit claimants

04 February, 2015

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

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

04 February, 2015

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

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

04 February, 2015

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

HB Direct issue 156

04 February, 2015

This HB Direct brings news of significant developments in Universal Credit

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

03 February, 2015

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

Gov dodged scrutiny of Universal Credit

03 February, 2015

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

Government and Labour trade accusations and insults over Universal Credit progress

03 February, 2015

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

Link unemployment benefit to personal contributions, urges thinktank

03 February, 2015

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

Social Housing A force for good

03 February, 2015

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

A government agenda to dehumanise benefit claimants

03 February, 2015

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

DHP fund to be slashed by £40 million

03 February, 2015

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

Thousands of tenants set to benefit from deposit loans

03 February, 2015

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

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

03 February, 2015

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

Government costcutting plans will mean stricter measures for benefit claimants

03 February, 2015

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

Tenant who tripped on path not owned by landlord wins case

02 February, 2015

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

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

02 February, 2015

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

Personal Budgeting Support and Alternative Payment Arrangements

02 February, 2015

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

Rent control could swing the vote in Scotland

02 February, 2015

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

The danger of hanging your hat on experimental statistics

02 February, 2015

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

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

02 February, 2015

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

Gordon Brown to promise Scots higher pensions and benefits

02 February, 2015

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

Scottish private rental market 'lacking supply'

02 February, 2015

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

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

02 February, 2015

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

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

30 January, 2015

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

Working to help local people facing fuel poverty

30 January, 2015

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

HB S1/2015

30 January, 2015

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

Social landlord looks to sell empty homes as bedroom tax bites

30 January, 2015

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

The welfare debate must be about values not exceptions

30 January, 2015

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

There are more landlords in Parliament than women

30 January, 2015

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

A fair benefits system is crucial

30 January, 2015

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

Council Tax Exemptions for Charitable Housing Associations

30 January, 2015

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

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

30 January, 2015

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

Universal Credit costs will not be revealed until after general election

29 January, 2015

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

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

29 January, 2015

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

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

29 January, 2015

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

Over 31,000 Londoners facing eviction threat

29 January, 2015

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

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

29 January, 2015

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

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

29 January, 2015

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

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

29 January, 2015

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

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

29 January, 2015

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

Members share experiences of adapting to Universal Credit

28 January, 2015

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

Benefit spending and reforms: the coalition government's record

28 January, 2015

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

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

28 January, 2015

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

Personal Independence Payment new claims: ad hoc statistics

28 January, 2015

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

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

28 January, 2015

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

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

28 January, 2015

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

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

28 January, 2015

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

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

28 January, 2015

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

David Cameron is right on welfare and tax cuts

27 January, 2015

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

How Together Housing Group are preparing for Universal Credit

27 January, 2015

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

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

27 January, 2015

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

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

27 January, 2015

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

PIP postcode map (UK)

27 January, 2015

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

Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics to 30 September 2014

27 January, 2015

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

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

27 January, 2015

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

Benefit cap 'encouraging work' says PM

27 January, 2015

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

The challenges of superdiversity for social housing

27 January, 2015

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

Social Policy in Cold Climate

27 January, 2015

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

Benefits cap plan 'fairness issue'

27 January, 2015

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

Deadline for Landlord Registration Scheme approaching - Storey

26 January, 2015

Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA, has reminded landlords that they need to sign up to the Landlord Registration Scheme by 25 February

CIH and BMENational launch housing rights website for migrant renters in the private sector

26 January, 2015

A new website has been launched to provide migrants with information and advice about their housing rights in the private rented sector

Universal Credit - monthly experimental official statistics to January 2015

26 January, 2015

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

Jan 15 Tenant Arrears Tracker

26 January, 2015

Tenant finances see short-term setback

Jobcentre areas where you can claim Universal Credit

26 January, 2015

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

Welfare transformation comes to families in more areas

26 January, 2015

Universal Credit will be available to families in more areas across the country, from today

Why universal credit means a step change for housing associations

26 January, 2015

There's a lot about universal credit that is welcome - replacing six different benefits which have differing rules and payment arrangements with one as an example

Reform, Risk And Resilience: Social Housing In Scotland

26 January, 2015

The social housing sector in Scotland, chiefly housing association and council housing providers, confront a wide array of external and internal risks

'No veto' on Scots benefit changes

26 January, 2015

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has said the UK government will not be able to stop Scotland from making changes to areas of welfare benefits when they are devolved

Licensed to let?

26 January, 2015

By 25 February 2015 private landlords in Northern Ireland have to be registered with the landlord registration scheme

Jobless are being punished with hunger for claiming unemployment benefit

26 January, 2015

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

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

26 January, 2015

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

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

26 January, 2015

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

Tailor benefits to match local needs and costs

26 January, 2015

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

Poverty and devolution: The role of devolved governments in a strong national social security system

23 January, 2015

This report assesses the impact of different localised approaches to reducing poverty

Universal Credit national expansion - Tranche two

23 January, 2015

In the jobcentre areas listed here, Universal Credit will roll out to new claims from single people who would otherwise have been eligible for Jobseeker's Allowance

Universal Credit data sharing between DWP and local support providers

23 January, 2015

Having carefully considered responses, we intend to continue as stated in the consultation documents and lay regulations on 23 January 2015, which will come into force on 13 February 2015

Why letting council tenants own their homes is a mistake

23 January, 2015

Selling off more council houses is no answer to Britain's housing problems,

SFHA calls on Prime Minister to delay roll-out of Universal Credit at launch of Draft Clauses

23 January, 2015

At the launch event for the Draft Clauses for further powers for Scotland, Mary Taylor, asked the Prime Minister to consider suspending the roll-out of Universal Credit

Social landlords 'still uncertain' about value for money rules

23 January, 2015

Survey finds social landlords think rules could be more clear

SNP will fight Westminster veto over welfare changes

23 January, 2015

First minister hits back as David Cameron pledges to prevent SNP from taking part in English-only votes

The effect of the coalition's tax and benefit changes on household incomes and work incentives

23 January, 2015

The coalition government has introduced a large number of tax and benefit changes during its five years in office

Low-income households with children and the very rich have lost the most from coalition's tax and benefit changes

23 January, 2015

The coalition government has implemented a set of tax changes which, broadly speaking, have left middle income households better off and have hit high income households

Food bank receives critical cash boost

22 January, 2015

Social landlord Isos has committed to supporting the crucial work of the West Northumberland Food Bank for a second year to help feed those in need

Social tenant evicted after sons' reign of terror

22 January, 2015

A family from Birkenhead has been evicted from their social housing property after a string of anti-social behaviour

Food banks: MPs call for fresh inquiry into scale of UK food poverty

22 January, 2015

A cross-party group of MPs has called on government to commission research into the extent and causes of food insecurity and the growth in food banks

HB A3/2015

22 January, 2015

Contains information on fraud and error reduction incentive scheme questions and answers

Dec 14 Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

22 January, 2015

Rent rises tumble during 2014

Housing Benefit: statistics on speed of processing 2014 to 2015

22 January, 2015

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

Universal Credit and Universal Support

22 January, 2015

Lord Freud's, Minister for Welfare Reform, speech to the Local Government Association (LGA) about Universal Credit and Universal Support

Scotland: Welfare changes at a glance

22 January, 2015

This factsheet sets out the impact of the draft clauses laid in Parliament on the responsibility for the welfare system in Scotland

New Scottish Parliament powers plan published

22 January, 2015

The UK government has published plans for new Scottish Parliament powers, but SNP ministers said they had been significantly watered down

'We need to adapt to the new digital landscape'

21 January, 2015

Ahead of CIH's latest digital housing event, Nick Atkin, chief executive of Halton Housing Trust, says social landlords must look to other industries and embrace new technology

Should I support 'rent control'? The devil is in the detail

21 January, 2015

At the beginning of the month the Independent reported that 'almost nobody in the UK is opposed to rent controls'; polling showed that 59% of people supported their reintroduction. 7% were in opposition and a sizeable 34% didn't know

Full employment alone will not close the living standards gap

21 January, 2015

Full employment must go hand-in-hand with better pay and government support for low-paid workers as a new report highlights the gulf in living standards for many families, says Katie Schmeucker

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

21 January, 2015

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

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

21 January, 2015

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

Householders hoping to get green deal assessments are out of pocket

21 January, 2015

Householders who arranged a green deal assessment through a firm called Tivium believing it was part of the government's official scheme are out of pocket after the firm failed to carry out promised work

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

21 January, 2015

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

The estate we're in:how working class people became the 'problem'

21 January, 2015

My study of St Ann's in Nottingham where I lived for many years shows how pernicious the idea of the feckless poor has become. I will continue to fight against these stigmatising views

DWP stopping benefits of 100 people with mental health problems everyday

21 January, 2015

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is stopping the benefits of people with mental health problems at a rate of over 100 a day, new data has shown

Visa warns social landlords of possible rent payments bombshell

21 January, 2015

Housing associations and local authorities are being alerted to changes in transaction costs for rent payments made using a debit card

Social landlord puts £8,000 into food bank

21 January, 2015

A North East social landlord has put nearly £8,000 into a food bank to help support its staffing costs and provide advice and support to people currently using the service

An evaluation of Holiday Kitchen 2014: Learning, food and play for families who need it most in the West Midlands

20 January, 2015

Holiday Kitchen has been pioneered by Ashrammoseley, part of the Accord group

Regulator raps landlord over gas safety failures

20 January, 2015

A 20,500-home housing association has become the latest social landlord rapped by the English social housing regulator for failing to carry out sufficient gas safety checks

Tenant voices

20 January, 2015

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

30-year tenant evicted as council tackles ASB across borough

20 January, 2015

A nightmare tenant whose drunken arguments with her son made her neighbours' lives a misery has been evicted from her North London home of 30 years

Redress scheme sees letting agent complaints rise

20 January, 2015

The Property Redress Scheme has led to an increase in the number of consumer complaints being made against lettings, property management and estate agents

Citizens Advice Scotland calls for a halt to introduction of PIP until new Scottish system introduced

20 January, 2015

Citizens Advice Scotland's Chief Executive has written to the Secretaries of State for Scotland and Work and Pensions calling for a halt to the introduction of the new PIP

Where is housing heading?

20 January, 2015

Social housing's alternative futures

Housing association's new chief executive welcomes 'milestone' move into private rented sector

20 January, 2015

The new chief executive of a housing association has hailed its decision to move into the private rented sector as a "milestone" moment for the organisation

HomeLet Rental Index

20 January, 2015

The data included in the HomeLet Rental Index is gathered from our tenant referencing service

Government puts rocket boosters under plans to get troubled families back to work

19 January, 2015

Plans announced to do more to get some of England's hardest to help families back to work

Revealed: thousands of Britons on benefits across EU

19 January, 2015

At least 30,000 Britons on unemployment benefit in EU

Dec 14 Buy-to-Let Index

19 January, 2015

Rents rise 3% over course of 2014

Households below a minimum income standard: 2008/09 to 2012/13

19 January, 2015

The Minimum Income Standard (MIS) defines an 'adequate' income based on what the public think people need for a minimum acceptable living standard

HB G1/2015

19 January, 2015

Contains information on Personal Independence Payment roll

UK's renters forking out £300 on agent fees

19 January, 2015

More than four in 10 of the UK's PRS tenants are being hit by an average of £298 in letting agent and landlord fees every time they move home

Digital inclusion in housing? Try looking closer to home

19 January, 2015

There is no shortage of excellent digital inclusion work being done

Killer fees and creepy landlords: Welcome to renting in the UK

19 January, 2015

Watch out for this advert on Gumtree: "I have 1 bedroom apartment any nice lady or girl want to share free?"

Massive public support for rent controls in the UK, but no political will

19 January, 2015

Support for rent controls is gaining momentum in the UK as continuously climbing property prices are making housing unaffordable for middle class and young families

Value for money statements - Four ways you can make yours far better

19 January, 2015

The Homes and Communities Agency has written to 160 landlords warning them to do better on meeting the requirements of the value for money standard

Almost four in ten families with children are struggling to make ends meet

19 January, 2015

Families with children are now at greater risk than any other group of having an inadequate income

Enhanced Court Fees

16 January, 2015

The Government Response to Part 2 of the Consultation on Reform of Court Fees and Further Proposals for Consultation

Committee Announces Second Evidence Session Into Benefit Sanctions

16 January, 2015

The Work and Pensions Select Committee has announced the second of three evidence sessions into controversial benefit sanctions

Stop talking about renting a home as though people have a choice

16 January, 2015

Private landlords are trying to make renting seem like a lifestyle option. The truth is that most renters are locked out of home Ownership, and could be for decades

Welfare reform update January 2015

16 January, 2015

Includes details of Universal Credit Week, welfare reform research and the latest on data sharing

HB A2/2015

16 January, 2015

Contains information on War Pensions: Uprating 2015-16

Landlord who put tenants' lives at risk prosecuted

16 January, 2015

Oldham Council has prosecuted a private landlord for failing to ensure his properties were safe to live in

Private rents up 3% over 2014

16 January, 2015

Rents in the private rented sector (PRS) rose by 3% across England and Wales in 2014, leaving tenants paying an average of £767 a month

Where now for local welfare schemes?

16 January, 2015

This chapter places the study in context by looking at the financial pressures faced by low income households, including those arising from Government's programme of welfare reforms

Increase in councils' rent loss from empty properties

16 January, 2015

The amount of rent English councils lost due to empty homes rose for the second consecutive year in 2013/14

Record numbers use Scottish food banks

16 January, 2015

A record number of adults and children relied upon food banks in Scotland in December

Hundreds of households in temporary accommodation for more than a decade

16 January, 2015

Nearly 700 households in London have been living in temporary accommodation for more than a decade

Universal Credit data sharing with local support providers: a consultation on draft regulations

15 January, 2015

The Department for Work and Pensions is consulting on a second set of regulations for Universal Credit, looking at Universal Support

Sheffield City Council to cut jobs and raise council tax

15 January, 2015

Sheffield City Council is planning to cut up to 200 jobs and raise council tax by 1.99% in an attempt to save £63m from next year's budget

Even more social rented homes lost in 2014 than in 2013

15 January, 2015

Statistics published just before Christmas show that the loss of housing let at social rents is speeding up

Council ends bedroom tax support for vast majority of tenants

15 January, 2015

A council has ended financial assistance for the vast majority of tenants hit by welfare cuts after spending most of its fund to provide emergency support

Cash incentive for residents

15 January, 2015

A cash incentive has been launched by Essex housing association Colne to help residents avoid getting into debt with high-interest and payday lenders

Buy-to-let borrowing grows while other buyers struggle

15 January, 2015

Lending to landlords is up 9pc over the year, while lending to mainstream homeowners and first-time buyers falls

Welfare reform forces up repairs costs

15 January, 2015

Housing associations in parts of England have been forced to increase spending on repairs and maintenance to entice new tenants into larger homes due to the government's welfare reforms

Half of money set aside for local welfare left unspent

15 January, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of applicants for emergency financial help turned away by councils

Touchbase DWP E-zine

15 January, 2015

January 2015

New landlord licence scheme to improve parts of Hartlepool

14 January, 2015

Private landlords operating in parts of Hartlepool are set to require a licence as part of a proposed new scheme

Renting uncovered

14 January, 2015

Evaluating consumer protections in the private rental sector

Digital inclusion - Staying online

14 January, 2015

Rapid changes in digital technology pose challenges for tenants and landlords alike. Louise Kingdon asks how the social housing sector should respond

Can credit unions provide a viable alternative to payday lenders?

14 January, 2015

With the cap on short-term loans now in force, people may turn to loan sharks for crisis funds. I've joined my local credit union to help it plug the gap

Jargon Buster a guide to housing jargon for tenants and housing staff

14 January, 2015

This quick and easy Jargon Buster gives explanations to some of the many terms and acronyms Tenants and Housing Staff may come across in relation to Social Housing

The private rented sector is a success story

14 January, 2015

The starting gun has been fired on the general election campaign and the political slanging match has already begun

Three quarters of low income families say children's health hit by cold homes

14 January, 2015

A huge 78% of low income families struggled with their energy bills in the last year, with children's health and wellbeing harmed by strained family finances

Housing association's energy advice team helps tenants save over £80,000

14 January, 2015

A housing association has helped to tackle fuel poverty amongst its tenants by helping them to collectively save over £80,000

Politicians urged to make private rented sector 'first choice' for housing

14 January, 2015

Politicians have a golden opportunity to make private rented housing a "first choice" for those seeking a place to live

Local Welfare Cuts: A Risky Business

14 January, 2015

This Thursday, the consultation on the Local Government Finance Settlement closes

Middle class hardest hit by benefit cuts and tax rises

14 January, 2015

Institute for Fiscal Studies finds families with both parents earning £54k or more have been hardest hit

Refund rights needed for private renters

13 January, 2015

Citizens Advice says private renters should get their money back when the home they're paying rent for is dangerously uninhabitable

A chance to boost standards in the private rented sector

13 January, 2015

New figures from Savills have revealed that private landlords have made £177 billion from rising house prices in five years

Payday

13 January, 2015

Landlords must ensure they help tenants manage their finances as welfare reforms push low-income households towards payday lenders

Disability Rights UK on the impact of sanctions

13 January, 2015

Disability Rights UK featured in the televised Work and Pensions select committee evidence gathering on the impact of benefit sanctions on January 7th

High street lettings agency debut for council

13 January, 2015

The housing department of an east London local authority has made its high street debut with its very own lettings agency

'Chronic social housing shortage' leaves 1 in 10 homeless households in temporary accommodation for over a year

13 January, 2015

One in 10 homeless households in Scotland spend more than a year in temporary accommodation

Housing benefit fraud and error report published

13 January, 2015

The Department has failed to tackle problems with Housing Benefit fraud and error quickly or convincingly according to the Public Accounts Committee's report

Credit unions 'can't compete' with payday lenders

13 January, 2015

Credit unions in Wales find it "impossible" to compete with the marketing budgets of payday lenders

Thousands of homes across the North were already waiting to downsize before Bedroom Tax came into force

13 January, 2015

New figures have sparked fury from MPs who say the government knew a chronic shortage of housing would leave families unfairly losing money

Losses due to housing benefit fraud and errors rising

13 January, 2015

DWP overpaid claimants with £1.4bn of taxpayers' money in 2013/14 and failed to tackle underpayment

Connected Housing Initiative speaks out on the fight against digital exclusion

12 January, 2015

'Work with Internet providers to develop affordable, flexible home internet for the digitally excluded' says Housing Association lobby group, CIH

HB A1/2015

12 January, 2015

Contains information on Real Time Information Bulk Data Matching Initiative - Frequently Asked Questions

£4,000 fine for landlord who left tenant in dangerous house

12 January, 2015

A private landlord who left a tenant living in a damp and dangerous house has been hit with a £4,000 fine

Letter urges IDS to suspend universal credit

12 January, 2015

An open letter signed by nearly 60 civic organisations from across Scotland has been sent to work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith

Storey signals move to bring Welfare Bill to the Assembly

12 January, 2015

The minister for social development said he would shortly be bringing forward a paper to the Assembly that would allow the Welfare Reform Bill to progress to the house

Warning plans to shake-up benefit system will 'wreak havoc' with the poor

12 January, 2015

Westminster plans to shake up the benefits system before related powers are passed to Holyrood could "wreak havoc" with the most vulnerable people in society

Disabled tenants to challenge bedroom tax in supreme court

12 January, 2015

Rights groups say tax is unfair to people with physical problems who cannot trade down to smaller, rented property

Miliband 'open' to benefit cap cut

12 January, 2015

Ed Miliband has said he is "open to" a reduction in the £26,000 limit on household benefit payments

One in five people who bought their council house in upmarket Westminster were living on housing benefit

12 January, 2015

One in five people who bought their council home in one of Britain's wealthiest areas was receiving housing benefit when they applied

Rent caps and protests: the housing issues to watch out for in 2015

09 January, 2015

With unaffordable homes, unrest among young people and a general election, here are the four issues that will dominate the housing headlines this year

Flats refurb scheme halves tenants' heating bills

09 January, 2015

Tenants living in three blocks of flats in east Manchester have had their annual heating bills halved, thanks to a refurbishment scheme

Labour push for private rented sector improvements in Westminster

09 January, 2015

Labour councillors in Westminster have called for an urgent improvement of the borough's private rented sector

Housing benefit debate

09 January, 2015

MPs took part in a Labour led opposition day debate on the abolition of social sector size criteria in housing benefit - or "scrapping the bedroom tax"

Ageing-tech expert sought by DWP

09 January, 2015

The government is seeking an expert in systems that are more than 40 years old to revamp technology used by the Department for Work and Pensions

Universal Credit - is it worth it?

09 January, 2015

In November 2010 the government published Universal Credit: welfare that works, which set out proposals for a radical shake-up of benefits and tax credits for people of working age

Welfare reform: Betws tenant says life 'hard' with extra costs

09 January, 2015

A tenant on benefits describes the difficulty in managing after having to pay £12 a week more for having a spare room

Welfare reform: Building new homes 'takes time'

09 January, 2015

A housing association says building more smaller homes for people feeling the impact of welfare reforms cannot happen overnight

Inventive responses to welfare reform

09 January, 2015

Rhondda Housing working with FareShare Cymru - to develop a practical and inventive solution to poverty and debt

'Bedroom Tax' cost Caerphilly Council tenants £2.1m as arrears and evictions rise

09 January, 2015

Caerphilly Council tenants have been forced to pay out an extra £2.1 million in rent since the 'Bedroom Tax' came in - almost £1,050 each

Tenant anger over plan to share personal details

09 January, 2015

Plans to share a host of data on benefit claimants, including health records and IT literacy, with landlords and charities have been condemned by a national tenant organisation

Impact of welfare reforms on housing associations

09 January, 2015

Effects and responses by landlords

Warmer Homes

09 January, 2015

Improving fuel poverty and energy efficiency policy in the UK

Ringing up an eviction bill

08 January, 2015

Statutory damages for unlawful eviction must be calculated the same way for private and social sector tenants

Labour would end this Government's demonisation of benefits claimants

08 January, 2015

This afternoon I will be leading a debate on the treatment - or more accurately the demonisation - of benefits claimants

Immigrants' abuse of benefits system must be fixed

08 January, 2015

The German Chancellor backs David Cameron's bid to reform the welfare system, but says freedom of movement must stay

Budgets raided to support tenants hit by welfare cuts

08 January, 2015

Cash-strapped town halls are raiding housing budgets to provide emergency assistance to those hit by welfare reform

£21.9bn of BTL mortgage repayments shows staggering scale of landlord investment

08 January, 2015

The combined cost of buy to let (BTL) mortgage repayments in the last 12 months is £21.9bn according to the UK's leading landlord association

Managing the Impact of Welfare Reform Changes on Social Housing Tenants in Wales

08 January, 2015

This report looks at the impact of welfare reform changes on social housing tenants in Wales

Tenant finances getting worse in the UK private rented sector

08 January, 2015

Tenants in the UK have felt a financial setback with the number falling into serious rental arrears rising on an annual basis for the first time since 2012

Government urged to suspend benefit sanctions regime

08 January, 2015

MPs hear that the sanctions regime has changed to create a punitive culture of fear - especially amongst the disabled

Welfare reform impact assessment: Final report

08 January, 2015

Read the final report from our major research project looking at the effects of welfare reform on housing associations and their tenants

Benefits are top worry for elderly in Sheffield

07 January, 2015

Benefits are the most common worry for older people in Sheffield

Welfare reform advice fund tops £4 million

07 January, 2015

Extra cash to help poverty-stricken Scots

Andrew Dunn of the University of Lincoln discusses research on jobseekers' attitudes to employment

07 January, 2015

The coalition's increased use of conditionality for claimants of JSA is part of a policy trend that is underpinned by politicians' belief that many people prefer benefits to employment

Are you suffering from rent arrears?

07 January, 2015

If your tenants aren't paying their rent that can have a huge impact on your finances, as a landlord

Homelessness in Scotland 2014: Getting behind the statistics

07 January, 2015

There has been a marked decrease in the number of homeless applications, with 36,457 applications made in 2013-14

Benefits sanction regime needs 'fundamental reform'

07 January, 2015

The representative body for the employment support sector has called for an urgent overhaul of the current benefit sanctions regime

allpay welcomes government extension of Post Office Card Account

07 January, 2015

Payment specialist allpay has welcomed a seven-year extension of the Post Office Card Account

Rise in homeless among private rental tenants

07 January, 2015

Almost a fifth of homeless applications now come from the private rented sector

High house prices breed a new generation of 'revolving door' renters

07 January, 2015

Almost a million more people in England rent their home than they did five years ago

The return of rent control?

06 January, 2015

An idea that was supposedly buried a generation ago is rising rapidly up the housing policy agenda

Impact of welfare reform on Scottish households to be investigated

06 January, 2015

New research on the impact of welfare reform on Scottish households has been commissioned by a Scottish Parliament committee for 2015

Wheatley Group helps thousands of tenants keep warm this winter

06 January, 2015

Thousands of older tenants are being helped to stay warm and cosy this winter

Statistics on ESA and IB/SDA claimants with a drug misuse condition in Scotland: May 2014

06 January, 2015

Statistics on ESA and IB/SDA claimants with a drug misuse condition in south Lanarkshire and Scotland: May 2014

The number of IB and ESA claimants with alcoholism by LA: Aug 2013 to May 2014

06 January, 2015

FOI for numbers of IB and ESA claimants with alcoholism by local authority: August 2013 to May 2014

Will universal credit be successfully rolled out in 2015?

06 January, 2015

This month we asked two experts if universal credit will fare well in 2015

Public wi-fi won't lift poorest out of digital exclusion - charity boss

06 January, 2015

Providing internet access in public places will not help the 20% of UK consumers who aren't online, the head of a digital skills charity has said

Rent setting for social housing tenancies (England)

06 January, 2015

This note explains policy developments in relation to setting social housing rent levels in England since 2002

Shortfall in council tax support funding likely to hit low-income families

06 January, 2015

Rising numbers of families on low incomes are likely to face bigger council tax bills this year because of a shortfall in government funding for council tax support

Universal Credit now at Frome jobcentre

05 January, 2015

Frome Jobcentre is one of 150 Jobcentres around the country that will start taking Universal Credit claims for the first time from February

Tenants 'should get new rights'

05 January, 2015

Tenants of private landlords should be given new rights to stay in their home as long as they please as well as guarantees that their rent will not increase above inflation

Majority of UK supports rent controls

05 January, 2015

Over half of Brits support the return of rent controls

Suicides highlight the grim toll of benefits sanctions in austerity Britain

05 January, 2015

Department for Work and Pensions investigates 60 claimant suicides, with sanctioning connected to crime and depression

Tory councillor Mark Winn says food banks are only used by 'those with drug, alcohol and mental health problems'

05 January, 2015

A Tory councillor has provoked a Twitter backlash after claiming that food banks are only visited by "those with drug, alcohol and mental health problems"

Iain Duncan Smith to accelerate benefit reforms to stop Labour reversing them

05 January, 2015

Benefits reform will be one of the key battlegrounds at May's general election and the suggestion that Mr Duncan Smith wants to bed in fully his benefit reforms will infuriate Labour

Until the UK introduces rent controls, so many of us will continue to face lifetimes of exploitation

05 January, 2015

By capping rental costs and lowering house prices for landlords, we can make the UK housing market fair once again

Millions fear missing January's rent or mortgage payments

05 January, 2015

Interest rate rise would put many more in trouble, with almost 60% saying they are already struggling to meet housing costs

Candidate hits out after bedroom-tax bid rejected

02 January, 2015

Labour's candidate for Berwick in next year's General Election has hit out at the incumbent MP for again voting in favour of the so-called bedroom tax

New rules will protect consumers from harmful fee-charging credit broking practices

02 January, 2015

New rules have been introduced by the FCA today to tackle poor practice in the credit broking market which is causing serious detriment to consumers

Under-occupation of social housing: Housing Benefit entitlement

02 January, 2015

This note provides information on who is affected by the under-occupation deduction in the social rented sector (also referred to as the 'spare room subsidy' and the 'bedroom tax')

Payday lender rules come into effect

02 January, 2015

City watchdog rules have come into effect today aimed at stopping spiralling debts due to payday lending

Six in 10 'back rent controls'

02 January, 2015

Six in 10 British adults back a return to controls on private rents

The Future of Private Renting

02 January, 2015

Shaping a fairer market for tenants and taxpayers

HB Direct issue 155

02 January, 2015

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

Council vows to protect tenants with rents freeze

01 January, 2015

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

Can this landlord evict his tenants under a contractual agreement to evict under short notice?

01 January, 2015

I know it is very frustrating when tenants fail to pay rent, but that is one of the hazards of being a landlord

Red tape regime as 600,000 self-employed must fill in tax form every MONTH

31 December, 2014

The Tories' controversial Universal Credit system will force 600,000 of those who get in-work benefits to submit fresh accounts to the Government every month

Over 73,000 Scots reliant on food banks

31 December, 2014

More than 73,000 people in Scotland are relying on food banks to survive

WP174 provider memo: job outcome claims with Universal Credit interest

31 December, 2014

Work Programme provider memo WP174 about job outcome and sustained job outcome claims with Universal Credit interest

WP173 provider memo: Working Tax Credits and self-employment

31 December, 2014

Work Programme provider memo WP173 about Working Tax Credits and self-employment

New reforms cut red tape for house builders and tenants

31 December, 2014

New reforms to reduce bureaucracy for house builders and measures to protect tenants introduced in the latest Statement of New Regulation

Iain Duncan Smith:'We'll root out the benefits cheats who pretend to be ill for money'

30 December, 2014

Britain's benefit system is seen as a money-making scam by criminals, Iain Duncan Smith warned yesterday

Number of evicted tenants is soaring

30 December, 2014

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

Support for those hit by Tory cuts will continue

30 December, 2014

Support for those hit by Tory welfare cuts will continue in 2015, the SNP has said today

Universal credit to change the way Burnham and Highbridge jobless claim benefits in the New Year

29 December, 2014

Universal credit to change the way Bridgwater jobless claim benefits in the New Year

The three biggest themes in welfare reform last year

29 December, 2014

The three biggest themes in welfare reform last year. Carl Brown reports

One in four landlords line up rent rises of more than 3pc for 2015

29 December, 2014

More than one in four landlords plan to increase their rent next year by at least triple the rate of inflation

Food bank use jumps 20% in Wales

29 December, 2014

The number of people using food banks in Wales has continued to rise

Impact Of Welfare Reforms On Households To Be Examined

29 December, 2014

New research on the impact of welfare reform on Scottish households has been commissioned by a Scottish Parliament committee for 2015

Devon and Cornwall council tax arrears soar

29 December, 2014

Council tax arrears have risen sharply in the past five years, according to statistics from local authorities in Devon and Cornwall

Tory benefits freeze means tax cuts won't help low-income families

29 December, 2014

'They will be running just to stand still,' says Resolution Foundation

Family Finances Report

29 December, 2014

The Aviva Family Finances Report looks at the contrasting fortunes of different family types, and has been examining data about their financial situations since 2011

Birmingham's bedroom tax fund nearly dry

24 December, 2014

Fears for poor as hardship pot for housing benefit changes in city set to run out

Benefit cuts are already being blamed for the deaths of many vulnerable people, but there could be 60 more that we never hear about

24 December, 2014

The Government are still weighing up whether their reviews into benefits-related deaths are in the "public interest"

Housing association lowers proposed rent increase

24 December, 2014

A Scottish housing association has cut back on proposed rent increases as tenants struggle to cope with the cost of living

Thieves steal food bank supplies

24 December, 2014

Burglars stole food and other items from a Welsh food bank last week

CIH comment on Stormont deal announcement

24 December, 2014

We remain hopeful that local politicians will take sensible steps to avoid the impact of the bedroom tax here

Give and Take - How Conservatives think about welfare

24 December, 2014

Since the middle of the twentieth century, 'welfare' has been increasingly provided by the government

Deal agreed on Northern Ireland welfare reform

24 December, 2014

A £1.9bn agreement on welfare reform and the budget for Northern Ireland has been reached this afternoon, following gruelling talks lasting more than 40 hours

Energy firms urged to offer prepay customers a 'debt holiday'

24 December, 2014

Citizens Advice is calling on all energy companies to give prepayment customers a 'debt holiday' this winter

Labour Holyrood candidate slams SNP for voting down amendments to the Housing Bill which would "make the private rented sector fairer"

23 December, 2014

SNP MSP Margaret Burgess has defended the Scottish Goverment's housing record following criticism by Kilwinning Councillor Joe Cullinane

Bedroom tax is punishing families

23 December, 2014

Last year in Amber Valley, over 800 familes lost an average of over £750 each thanks to the bedroom tax

The benefit cap is making central London a no-go zone for low income families

23 December, 2014

Families who have lived their whole lives in central London are being forced out by a perfect storm of falling wages, rocketing house prices and government cuts

More than one million British families now live in fuel poverty

23 December, 2014

Families hit by a combination of soaring energy costs and the squeeze on benefits

Landlord receives maximum £20,000 fine for not applying for a selective licence

23 December, 2014

A London-based landlord, previously fined £15,000 for failing to comply with selective licensing, has again been fined £20,000 for renting out a property without a selective licence

Reshaping housing tenure in the UK: the role of buy-to-let

23 December, 2014

There has been much misunderstanding about the role of buy-to-let in the UK housing market since ARLA and innovative mortgage lenders launched the buy-to-let mortgage initiative 18 years ago

The future of social housing - a look ahead to 2015

23 December, 2014

What do you anticipate will be the biggest challenge facing Housing Associations during 2015

Three million people are struggling to pay their rent

23 December, 2014

The Federation finds that the equivalent of three million people are struggling to pay their rent

Paying your rent this Christmas

22 December, 2014

Have a look at this video which shows the difficulties of paying your rent at Christmas and gives some options and guidance to help you out

Spare rooms, myth or reality? Let's have a 'common sense' bedroom standard

22 December, 2014

A lot has been written about the under-occupation penalty

Tenants could be left homeless by decision not to include private rented properties in Flood Re insurance cap scheme

22 December, 2014

The Government has come under fire from the RLA over its decision not to include private rented properties in its flood insurance cap scheme

A fifth of last year's Christmas borrowers are still in the red

22 December, 2014

Survey reveals six million adults expect to use a credit or loan product to pay for this Christmas - up on last year

High court holds LB Enfield as acting unlawfully when imposing licensing

22 December, 2014

The High Court has held that a local authority acted unlawfully when designating the whole of its area as subject to additional and selective licensing under the Housing Act 2004

Northern Ireland given welfare reform ultimatum

22 December, 2014

The impasse on welfare reform must be resolved today, the Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers said yesterday

40% of PRS landlords to raise rents in 2015

22 December, 2014

Four in 10 landlords (40%) in the private rented sector (PRS) say they plan to raise rents in 2015

Engaging with tenants

22 December, 2014

This year has been the year UKHousing decided to take to social media en masse

Welfare Reform Committee to discuss food bank rise with minister

22 December, 2014

The Scotland Office Minister has agreed to meet with members of the Welfare Reform Committee in the New Year to discuss the rise in food bank usage

NI welfare system: What changes are proposed

22 December, 2014

The welfare system in Northern Ireland is legally and practically a devolved matter

2015 Benefit uprating - Commons Library Standard Note

22 December, 2014

Since April 2013, there have been two main factors used to increase benefits

Poorest UK households pay almost half their income in tax

22 December, 2014

Analysis of ONS figures puts average gross income of poorest 10% at £9,743, but only £5,132 after all taxes deducted

Local Welfare Assistance: How much are people worth?

19 December, 2014

Imagine for a minute that you're 74 years old, and you've fled your abusive partner after decades of cruelty

Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: The longitudinal survey of tenants

19 December, 2014

This report is one of a series of outputs from the evaluation of the Direct Payment Demonstration Projects

More than 130 councils on course to run out of DHP

19 December, 2014

Emergency funds to support those worst affected by welfare reform are on course to run out before the end of the financial year in 132 local authorities

Discretionary Housing Payments statistics

19 December, 2014

Statistics on local authorities' use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds

HB G12/2014

19 December, 2014

Contains information on 2015/16 Housing Benefit administration subsidy arrangement

HB A18 /2014

19 December, 2014

Contains information on Housing Benefit: Uprating 2015-16

From benefit claimant to boss: over 60,000 new businesses set up with government backing

19 December, 2014

Over 450 new businesses every week have been set up over the last year thanks to a government scheme

Social housing providers warned full impact of welfare reform yet to come

19 December, 2014

The social housing sector is yet to feel the full impact of the Tory-led coalition's welfare reforms

Only a minority of UK landlords experience disputes with damage top of the list

19 December, 2014

Image Over the last 12 months under 10% of UK landlords have experienced a tenant dispute but when it does happen it usually concerns damage

Buy-to-let landlords with older homes will be forced to install insulation and double-glazing or face a ban from taking tenants

19 December, 2014

Landlords who rent out properties built in the Victorian era and early part of the twentieth century may be forced to make upgrades to make them more energy efficient

DWP rapped over benefit cap claims

19 December, 2014

The DWP has been rebuked by the statistics watchdog over a claim that more than 12,000 households have found work or stopped welfare claims because of the benefit cap

Social landlords 'could be breaking criminal law' over consumer regulation

19 December, 2014

Housing associations providing debt advice to tenants without authorisation from the UK financial watchdog are breaking criminal laws

Cuts to local welfare schemes 'a Christmas present to loan sharks'

19 December, 2014

Government refusal to guarantee funding for schemes will force families to turn to food banks and loan sharks

Cabinet split over crisis fund for vulnerable people

18 December, 2014

Osborne is said to be resisting calls by Pickles to save fund for people hit by floods or domestic violence or who run out of food

Budget has a 'serious omission' on welfare reform penalties

18 December, 2014

The draft budget for Northern Ireland 'does not really balance' and fails to account for welfare reform penalties

Government shreds vital safety net for poorest people

18 December, 2014

A London local authority has slammed the government for axing a "vital safety net" for some the poorest residents in its borough

Housing costs for tenants in social housing

18 December, 2014

Research about communications with social housing tenants affected by the removal of the spare room subsidy

Work Programme evaluation: participant experience

18 December, 2014

This research is part of a comprehensive evaluation of the Work Programme, to provide an independent assessment of delivery and performance

Universal Credit employers' insight

18 December, 2014

Qualitative research with employers to help inform the design and implementation of Universal Credit

Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: final reports

18 December, 2014

Final evaluation of the Direct Payment Demonstration Project relating to the direct payment of Housing Benefit to tenants in social housing

Graph showing how Universal Credit helps make work pay

18 December, 2014

A graph showing how Universal Credit helps make work pay

Outlook for household finances hits survey - record high amid falling inflation expectations

18 December, 2014

This release contains the December findings from the Markit HFI, intended to anticipate changing consumer behaviour accurately.

Minister claims waiting list reductions 'show bedroom tax is working'

18 December, 2014

A government minister has claimed reduced social housing waiting lists provide evidence that the bedroom tax is working

New database names and maps private landlords convicted under Housing Act

18 December, 2014

Database provides private renters with the first at-a-glance guide to landlords and letting agents who have been prosecuted

Forced to pay the cruel Bedroom Tax because of the death of her hero son in Afghanistan

17 December, 2014

Moe Bland was forced to downsize because she no longer needed the room that was once inhabited by her son who died in the army

Think Rent First

17 December, 2014

Homes for Northumberland (HfN) is urging its tenants to put their rent first this Christmas

Labour to push for vote to repeal bedroom tax

17 December, 2014

Labour is hoping to push through a vote on repealing the bedroom tax in an opposition day debate today

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 11 Dec 2014

17 December, 2014

Official experimental Universal Credit statistics and how the department will manage the release of further statistics

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to October 2014

17 December, 2014

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

A Christmas Bedroom Tax Tale: Dark Tomorrows

17 December, 2014

After five more years of coalition government, Rob Gershon looks back from a future where we didn't get rid of the bedroom tax

1 in 6 people use their credit cards to pay housing costs

17 December, 2014

For most people, paying your mortgage or rent each month is your biggest bill

Coping with the cap?

17 December, 2014

In 2013 the government introduced a cap on the amount that some working-age families can receive in benefits

Scottish council tax arrears 'highest in UK'

17 December, 2014

Scots have the highest level of council tax arrears and payday loan debts in the UK

How a group of tenants got their social landlord to take their damp problems seriously

17 December, 2014

A group of social housing tenants operating under the collective pseudonym 'Bessy Banks' started an online campaign to get their landlord Bromford Housing Group to sort out damp problems

Social housing app brings a touch of 'Tinder' to house swaps and wins £40,000 open data innovation prize

17 December, 2014

A new smartphone app, MoveMaker, has won the Housing Open Data Challenge

Social housing lettings in England: April 2013 to March 2014

17 December, 2014

DCLG collects and publishes official statistics relating to deprivation, fire and rescue services, housing and homelessness, local government finance, planning performance and land use

Landlords owed more than £800m in unpaid rent

16 December, 2014

32 per cent of landlords in the UK say they have experienced rent arrears in the last 12 months

Post Office service for pensioners and benefit claimants to be safeguarded with new government contract

16 December, 2014

A new £250 million contract, to protect vulnerable pensioners, benefit claimants and help safeguard the future of the Post Office, agreed by the government

Bedroom tax: size matters sometimes

16 December, 2014

A new Housing Benefit Upper Tribunal decision means that Housing Act 1985 overcrowding rules cannot be applied in bedroom tax cases

How the DWP's bedroom tax guidance has trumped the law

16 December, 2014

Some time ago, I wrote a blog piece about the possibility that Lord Freud was skirting around the legal decisions that had been made in a case that underpinned a lot of the early legal discussion about bedroom tax

Iain Duncan Smith on Universal Credit introduction

16 December, 2014

One in three job centres will be using Universal Credit by the spring of 2015, and "pretty much everybody" on it by 2019

IDS's 'fit for work' projections in tatters

16 December, 2014

Sickness benefits claimants were not 'faking it'

Post welfare or fully integrated: what will social care be like in a decade?

16 December, 2014

Four possible scenarios for social services in Scotland in 2025

In-depth interviews with people affected by the Benefit Cap

16 December, 2014

In 2013, the Government introduced a cap on the total amount of benefit that most working-age households could receive

Pickles under attack over plan for referendums on council tax rises

16 December, 2014

Theresa May and the Lib Dems say votes will cost money and decision will cause real-term cuts in budgets

More research needed on 'revenge evictions'

16 December, 2014

Legislation might not be the best way of stopping 'revenge evictions' and more research should be done on the scale of the problem

Benefit claimants 'forced out of central London'

16 December, 2014

Low income families are being forced out of the capital, Labour has said, after revealing a 27% drop in housing benefit claimants in central London

Touchbase DWP E-zine

16 December, 2014

December 2014

Coping with the cap?

15 December, 2014

Report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies

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

15 December, 2014

Commons Library Standard Note

This note summarises some key findings of the ongoing studies into the impact of the under-occupation deduction from Housing Benefit (HB) which has applied to social housing tenants since April 2013

The Benefits of Tackling Worklessness and Low Pay

15 December, 2014

Joseph Rowntree Report

This report explores the gains to government and to local economies of reducing worklessness and low pay, in terms of a reduced social security bill, increased economic activity and overall benefits to society.

Bedroom tax latest - Opposites repel

15 December, 2014

Bedroom Tax opinion article

Focus on Inequality and Growth

15 December, 2014

Report from the OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs

Food bank use tiny compared with Germany, says minister

15 December, 2014

The number of people using food banks in the UK is "tiny" compared with Germany, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has told the BBC

Child benefit may be limited to two children, says Iain Duncan Smith

15 December, 2014

Minister hints that move 'to help behavioural change' is being considered despite fears it could alienate parents

Benefits cap is getting more into work, research claims

15 December, 2014

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

Priority debts

15 December, 2014

Some bills are classed as priorities. This is because the consequences of not paying them is more serious than the consequences of not paying others

Millions of Britons to get fee-free basic accounts under Treasury's 'landmark deal' with lenders

15 December, 2014

The UK Treasury will unveil a "landmark deal" with nine lenders in the country to provide fee-free accounts to millions of consumers

A united view on universal credit

12 December, 2014

The independence of families relies on the successful roll-out of universal credit, argues Lord David Freud

How to create sustainable tenancies

12 December, 2014

What's the best way of creating sustainable tenancies? Business improvement consultant Cath Davies shares her top tips for social landlords

Council launches crackdown on landlords' poor accommodation

12 December, 2014

Oldham Council is set to introduce a licensing scheme for private landlords to stamp out the letting of poor quality accommodation

Local authority housing statistics : year ending March 2014

12 December, 2014

The focus of this statistical release is on social housing that is owned and managed by local authorities

Landmark case as agent is held to account over tenants' behaviour

12 December, 2014

A landmark ruling could have implications for letting agents and landlords in connection with the behaviour of tenants

Public perceptions of social tenants and the social rented sector

12 December, 2014

The British public are positive towards contribution and value of social housing

Low wages force Britain to spend £900m more on tax credits than planned

12 December, 2014

Taxpayers have been hit by a bill for an extra £900m in wage top-ups in the past year because so many of the new jobs being created are low-paid

Record number of homeless families in 'out of area' temporary accommodation

12 December, 2014

High rents and housing benefit cap making it harder for councils to find safe and decent places in local area

HB Bulletin U6/2014

12 December, 2014

Upper Tribunal decisions CSH/41/14 and CSH/42/14

We need rent controls to help solve London's housing crisis

11 December, 2014

The words "rent control" are anathema to housing policy wonks and Westminster politician

Six ways to reduce evictions

11 December, 2014

Evictions are at an all-time high as benefit cuts take their toll on residents. How can housing providers buck the trend and help people to stay in their homes?

DWP overturns bedroom tax room size judgement

11 December, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions has overturned a tribunal's decision to exempt two brothers from the bedroom tax due to room size

Council tenant evictions soar following bedroom tax introduction

11 December, 2014

The number of council tenants evicted for rent arrears soared by 19% in the first year of the bedroom tax

London has 75% of England's temporary accommodation households

11 December, 2014

The number of London households in temporary accommodation accounts for 75% of England's total

ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments: claims made to Mar 2014 and appeals to Sept 2014

11 December, 2014

Work Capability Assessment outcomes for new Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claims and incapacity benefits claims converted to ESA

Sanctions for JSA and ESA claimants with dependent children in Scotland from June 2012 to May 2013

11 December, 2014

FOI query for number of sanctions for JSA and ESA claimants with dependent children in Scotland from 1 June 2012 to 31 May 2013

Back-to-work schemes are 'making mental illness worse' says charity

11 December, 2014

The government's back-to-work schemes are ineffective and damaging for people with mental health problems

Universal Credit and employers: frequently asked questions

11 December, 2014

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

Universal credit: Treasury still to sign off business case

11 December, 2014

Treasury spokeswoman tells MPs money spent so far is 'value for money' despite tens of millions being written off in IT

Diane Abbott pledges rent controls in mayoral bid

11 December, 2014

A London mayoral hopeful has pledged to cap private rents in the capital and levy cash from private landlords to build more social housing

Looking beyond food banks to dig up the roots of hunger in Britain

10 December, 2014

We do not support or propose the institutionalisation of food banks in their current form

Should private landlords be 'amateur border guards'?

10 December, 2014

New measures requiring private landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants started to come into force on 1 December

Households in fuel poverty require 'additional policies'

10 December, 2014

Families living in poverty will need additional help to pay their fuel bills

Universal Credit data sharing between DWP and local support providers

10 December, 2014

The DWP are seeking views on data sharing between DWP and local support providers

Statistics on ESA claimants with an adverse sanction decision by disease in GB: Jan to Mar 2014

10 December, 2014

Employment and Support Allowance claimants with an adverse sanction decision by the International Classification of Diseases summary code

Sheffield gets Christmas spirit by telling residents to pay their rent

10 December, 2014

Sheffield Council is urging its tenants "to put their rent first this Christmas" and offering them a chance to win £250 of shopping vouchers

Safe and Decent Homes: Solutions for a better private rented sector

10 December, 2014

In 2014, renting from a private landlord is the only housing option for an increasing number of families

Benefit sanctions and the re-emergence of street begging

10 December, 2014

Have you noticed an increase in street begging in recent months? I know I have, and it has come as something of a surprise

Thousands of working families forced to depend on charity handouts this Christmas

10 December, 2014

Organisers of festive hampers for low-income households say the numbers receiving help are higher than ever

Bedroom tax has saved taxpayer £830m

09 December, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith has claimed the government has saved £830m as a result of the bedroom tax, and is on track to save £1bn over two years

Government pilots benefit sanctions scheme for homeless

09 December, 2014

The government is piloting a scheme aimed at preventing vulnerable homeless people being hit by benefit sanctions

Universal Credit national expansion

09 December, 2014

List of the local authorities and jobcentres that will begin to deliver Universal Credit between February and April 2015

Local welfare assistance scheme policy guidance

09 December, 2014

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has published one hundred and fifty local welfare assistance scheme policy documents

Minister demands government does more to combat fuel poverty

09 December, 2014

The Scottish government's housing minister has demanded that the Tory-led coalition does more to cut energy bills for vulnerable households

Welfare Reform Committee

09 December, 2014

MSPs took evidence from witnesses John Lindsay and James Nesbit about their experience of welfare reform and its impact on mental health

Britain's rental crisis: 61% of renters have suffered damp, mould or leaking roofs

09 December, 2014

The plight of millions of people living in damp, mouldy or mice-infested rented homes has prompted campaigners to call for a national register of landlords

£90m benefits giveaway... fraud and error result in huge overpayments to claimants

09 December, 2014

Fraud and error resulted in more than £90m worth of benefits being overpaid in Northern Ireland last year

Food banks: Duncan Smith promises positive response after critical report

09 December, 2014

Work and pensions secretary promises reforms to help stop people 'stumbling into' process of benefits sanctions

Universal Credit: increasing the childcare offer

09 December, 2014

Report on increasing the Universal Credit childcare offer and how it will interact with Tax-Free Childcare

Tenant evicted due to state of garden

08 December, 2014

Nottingham City Homes is warning its tenants to make sure they keep their gardens tidy - or else face eviction as one former tenant has

Paying tax on rent to landlords abroad

08 December, 2014

How tenants and letting agents in the UK pay tax on behalf of landlords abroad under the Non-resident Landlord (NRL) Scheme

JSA adverse sanction decisions by age group and length of claim in GB: Apr 2013 to Mar 2014

08 December, 2014

Adverse sanction decisions on Jobseeker's Allowance claims by age group and length of claim in Great Britain from April 2013 to March 2014

Over 900,000 benefit sanctions imposed on JSA claimants during 12-month period

08 December, 2014

The government imposed over 900,000 benefit sanctions on Job Seeker's Allowance claimants during a 12-month period, a freedom of information request has revealed

Majority of Brits on good terms with their landlord

08 December, 2014

The majority of Britain's renters are fond of their landlord

Group to examine impact of welfare reforms on Scotland

08 December, 2014

A new group is being launched in Glasgow to examine the impact of welfare reforms on Scotland

Women bear 85% of burden after Coalition's tax and benefit tweaks

08 December, 2014

£22bn of £26bn made from benefit reforms taken from women

How people have come to depend on food banks to survive

08 December, 2014

A former army nurse and a mother of three talk about how food banks have been the last line of support

'Pay benefits faster' to reduce hunger

08 December, 2014

An income squeeze, benefit delays and excessive utility bills are blamed by a cross-party group of MPs for a huge rise in the use of food banks

Feeding Britain

08 December, 2014

A strategy for zero hunger in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

CSH 42 2014

08 December, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits - other

CSH 41 2014

08 December, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits - other

The elephant in the bedroom

08 December, 2014

Finally, the long awaited Upper Tribunal decision on room size and the bedroom tax has been released

Will your vote count? - A look at the parties' policies on housing and welfare

08 December, 2014

LIN member report written by Neil Merrick

This LIN member report looks at what is likely to happen to the bedroom tax, universal credit and the benefit cap under different political leadership.

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