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Soaring bill for housing benefit in York revealed

21 August, 2014

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

Free Budgeting Advice For Universal Credit In Bath

21 August, 2014

People claiming Universal Credit in Bath are being urged to take advantage of free budgeting advice to help them manage their money, now paid to them every month

What would a yes vote in the Scottish referendum mean for social housing?

21 August, 2014

Housing has already been devolved to the Scottish government, but a yes vote could mark big changes for social landlords

How families have survived the benefit cap is beyond me

21 August, 2014

Working in housing can some times feel as rewarding as head-butting a rather unforgiving wall

More than one in four adults forced to borrow money from family members

21 August, 2014

More than one in four adults has been forced to borrow money from family members

UK rents soaring while struggling tenants' see incomes freeze

21 August, 2014

The UK's private rented sector (PRS) tenants are being increasingly squeezed as rental costs soar in the face of static incomes

CIH warns landlords about 'unfairly pressurising' tenants to pay extra rent

21 August, 2014

The CIH has warned social landlords against putting 'unfair pressure' on tenants to pay extra rent under the rollout of universal credit

Quarterly Survey of Private Registered Providers

21 August, 2014

The June 2014 quarterly survey report is based on responses from 257 private registered providers of social housing who own or manage more than 1,000 homes

Benefit cash delays causing misery

20 August, 2014

A Five-week wait for benefit payments could push St Helens residents into rent arrears

Yorkshire taxpayer pays price as rent rises outstrip stagnant pay

20 August, 2014

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

New universal credit rules for tenants begin this week

20 August, 2014

An alteration meaning social landlords can now tell who is claiming universal credit began yesterday

Iain Duncan Smith champions welfare reform

20 August, 2014

In this speech at the Centre for Social Justice in January this year, Iain Duncan Smith argues that the coalition welfare reforms will have far-reaching benefits for society

All Welsh social landlords now have domestic violence policy

20 August, 2014

Every social landlord in Wales now has a domestic abuse policy for both tenants and staff following an intervention by the Welsh housing minister

Tablet-equipped tenants to be denied phone access to landlord

20 August, 2014

Landlord's 'Digital Deal' scheme will deny tenants phone access for queries

Bedroom tax victim claims ghost haunts spare room

20 August, 2014

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

Sinn Fein challenges ministers to spend week on benefits

20 August, 2014

Sinn Fein has challenged DUP, UUP and Alliance ministers who have backed the implementation of welfare reform to spend a week living on benefits

Clean up your local park and get a council tax rebate

20 August, 2014

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

HA's universal credit experiment records 99% rent collection rate

19 August, 2014

A Salford housing association says its experiment with direct housing benefit payments to tenants has been very successful

Total rent arrears written off by Fife Council tops £1million

19 August, 2014

Rent arrears written off as bad debts by Fife Council have shot up by £256,000 in a year to just over £1million

Social landlord launches credit union tender

19 August, 2014

A social landlord has announced plans to team up with a credit union, in a bid to offer tailored financial support to its tenants and staff

Was universal credit 'reset' attempt to hide problems?

19 August, 2014

Decision to 'reset' universal credit (UC) programme may have been an attempt to "keep information secret and prevent scrutiny"

Payday loan middlemen complaints 'more than double'

19 August, 2014

Complaints about payday loan middlemen - so-called credit broking websites - have more than doubled in the last year

Paying rent through Facebook

19 August, 2014

The stark reality is there are 8.7 million adults in the UK that have never been online - and worryingly almost half are social housing tenants

Whither Universal Credit?

19 August, 2014

Arch has been tracking the impact of the underoccupation penalty on tenants and landlords through a joint survey with CWAG and the NFA

94% of UK's social housing tenants face financial pains

19 August, 2014

The mass majority of the UK's social housing tenants have faced some kind of financial difficulty in the past six month

"Scraping the Barrel" - The Cost of Living for Social Housing Residents: Executive Summary

19 August, 2014

Today we launch the first part of our research on the cost of living for social housing residents

Spending watchdog accuses DWP of hiding universal credit's failings

19 August, 2014

Public accounts committee says that categorising the scheme as 'reset' may have been to prevent scrutiny and hide problems

DWP announces roll-out of Housing Cost Verification Trial

18 August, 2014

The DWP formally announced today the roll-out of a Housing Cost Verification trial that it had been running with New Charter Housing Association in North West England

Private rental costs soar in Scotland

18 August, 2014

Private sector rents in Scotland soared by 10% last month, bringing the average monthly cost to £636

Expert says HAs shouldn't need to collect rent upfront in wake of universal credit storm

18 August, 2014

A UC expert has said that housing associations shouldn't need to ask for rent up front

Proposals for further 10% benefit cap reduction questioned

18 August, 2014

A property expert has questioned a think tank's recommendation to cap benefits even further

Pensioners hit hardest by £9BILLION welfare spending cuts as David Cameron breaks election promise

18 August, 2014

A shock report reveals that a quarter of welfare cuts fall on pensioner households with pension credit, attendance allowance and diability living allowance for OAPs

Housing associations urge benefit claimants to pay extra rent in advance

18 August, 2014

Fears are growing that tenants will default on their payments once they are transferred to universal credit

Change to Universal Credit housing costs process

18 August, 2014

Following a successful trial in Warrington, a new housing cost verification process will be extended to all live running sites

Welfare reform: will Iain Duncan Smith's benefits revolution happen?

18 August, 2014

The work and pensions secretary has restated his determination to transform Britain's welfare system

A Better Deal for Nation Rent

18 August, 2014

In our paper Nation Rent we set out the financial investment benefits of a dynamic housing portfolio approach

LIN member report August 2014 - Stress Suffered by Staff Associated with Welfare Reform

15 August, 2014

This LIN member report is written by Kevin McCready

This LIN member report looks at how housing staff who have more personal contact with tenants are suffering from increased levels of stress and absenteeism and looks at ways to minimise this negative impact on staffing levels

Universal credit: Some hard facts

15 August, 2014

In the past I've highlighted concerns over the way the universal credit 'assessment period' operates when there is a change in the claimant's household make-up and/or financial circumstances

What's to be done about the bedroom tax?

15 August, 2014

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

UK rents up £62 in a year

15 August, 2014

The average advertised rent in Britain increased by £62 (6.56%) in July 2014 compared to the same time last year, reaching £1,029 per month

Repossessions are up - is the bedroom tax to blame?

15 August, 2014

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

UK rents 'rise by 2% in a year'

15 August, 2014

The cost of renting a home has risen by 2% in the last year, with increases seen across nearly every region of the UK

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

15 August, 2014

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

Why housing associations should not be able to pick and choose their tenants

15 August, 2014

If providers chose their tenants, the poorest and most vulnerable people could be excluded in favour of the financially independent

Social landlords showing value for money

15 August, 2014

Value for money is the name of the game for social landlords preparing their annual results

Housing pinched: Understanding which households spend the most on housing costs

15 August, 2014

Close to 1.6 million UK households - the housing pinched - are spending more than half their disposable income on the ongoing costs of housing each month

Voids fall despite welfare reform fears

15 August, 2014

Social landlords defy a previously predicted rise in empty homes

HB G8/2014

15 August, 2014

Contains information on sanction changes, HB/CTB decisions by Upper Tribunal and attribution of earnings in Housing Benefit

Universal Credit rollout could take over 1,000 years

14 August, 2014

Latest figures show just 540 people started claiming the benefit in May, the lowest monthly take-up since July 2013

Welfare reforms leaving pensioners isolated and lonely

14 August, 2014

Pensioners are being left lonely and isolated by welfare reform and the situation is set to worsen

Iain Duncan Smith hails largest drop in UK unemployment rate since 2009 but wages are squeezed

14 August, 2014

Figures show both unemployment and wages have fallen in the last quarter

Making the Most of Northern Ireland's Private Rented Sector to Meet Housing Need

14 August, 2014

The Chartered Institute of Housing, the Department for Social Development and SmartMove NI have collaboratively produced and published this thinkpiece

Outstanding council tax rises 6% to over £2.5 billion

14 August, 2014

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

Scottish Government: thousands face disability payment cuts

14 August, 2014

More than 100,000 Scots are expected to lose some, or all, of their UK disability benefits by 2018

Council to appeal tribunal defeat over 'spare room subsidy'

14 August, 2014

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

IDS doubts 'bedroom tax' disability figures

14 August, 2014

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

New tenant rules for universal credit

14 August, 2014

New system will keep landlords up to date with payment methods

Housing benefit claimants in work double

13 August, 2014

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

Universal Credit statistics: Apr 2013 to 31 May 2014

13 August, 2014

Statistics for April 2013 to 31 May 2014 with breakdowns by Jobcentre Plus office, local authority and parliamentary constituency

Universal Credit One Year In - Executive Summary

13 August, 2014

Report by NHF

The experiences of housing associations in pathfinder areas

Major study to recommend further benefit cuts and child support cap

13 August, 2014

A major study is due to recommend that the government slashes the benefit budget even further and caps child support at four children

Universal Credit One Year In - Full Report

13 August, 2014

Report by NHF

The experiences of housing associations in pathfinder areas

Floundering DWP move universal credit goalposts

13 August, 2014

The Department of Work and Pensions has moved the goalposts to make it appear that more people have signed up to its new universal credit system

Thousands could lose disability benefits, Scottish government claims

13 August, 2014

More than 100,000 people in Scotland will lose disability benefits under UK-wide welfare changes

UK jobless rate nears six-year low

13 August, 2014

UK unemployment edged closer to a six-year low in the three months to the end of June

Number of 'amateur' private landlords hits record high

13 August, 2014

Seven in 10 private landlords are now part-time or 'amateur'

Benefits fraudster who claimed £74,000 in handouts while owning £2.6million property empire that raked in £150,000 rent a year is jailed for 12 months

13 August, 2014

A benefits fraudster has been jailed after fleecing the taxpayer out of nearly £74,000 while running a £2.6million property empire

Labour rebuked over benefit increase claims

13 August, 2014

UK Statistics Authority says statistics used by Chuka Umunna, Labour's shadow business secretary, used 'factually incorrect' statistics

Housing associations should have some say in who lives in their homes

12 August, 2014

When councils nominate tenants who are not appropriate for a property, housing associations should be able to intervene

Families 'stuck in working poverty'

12 August, 2014

Families working full time at the national minimum wage are 18% short of the basic amount needed to provide a minimum standard of living

Iain Duncan Smith's delusional world of welfare reform

12 August, 2014

He's the misery man, turning to tricks and magical thinking when the flaws in his benefits plans are revealed

Increase welfare caps to keep up with the rising cost of living

12 August, 2014

With the cost of bringing up a child now approaching £90 a week, the government needs to do more to help low-earning families

Council denies putting pressure on bedroom tax suicide tenant

12 August, 2014

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

PRS landlords warned to remember tenant obligations

12 August, 2014

An organisation that represents landlords in the private rented sector has warned property owners to remember their obligations to their tenants

'Bedroom tax' M-way death inquest

12 August, 2014

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

Landlords warned they may be required to check immigration status of tenants or face £3,000 fine in plan to tackle 'beds in sheds'

12 August, 2014

Landlords may be forced to check the immigration status of prospective tenants before allowing them to rent a property from next year or face a potential hefty fine

'Financial triage' to be offered at food banks

12 August, 2014

Trussell Trust hopes debt and money advice will help clients who are struggling to manage rising food and energy prices

IDS 'to intensify welfare reforms'

11 August, 2014

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

Iain Duncan Smith to signal further welfare crackdown

11 August, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith is to signal a further crackdown on welfare in a speech suggesting that changes to the benefit system have lowered unemployment

Welfare reform must continue, Iain Duncan Smith says

11 August, 2014

Welfare reforms driving the "jobs miracle" must continue, says Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

Food poverty in Scotland 'not acceptable' says Sturgeon

11 August, 2014

The level of food poverty in Scotland is "simply not acceptable"

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

11 August, 2014

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

Huge fine for landlords who rented out unsafe property

11 August, 2014

Two landlords have been prosecuted and ordered to pay a total of £65,970 after renting out an unsafe House in Multiple Occupation

Cutting benefits outside London could save millions

11 August, 2014

Policy Exchange suggests that benefit payments should be cut outside London and the South East

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

11 August, 2014

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

Cutting benefits is vital for economy

11 August, 2014

The Work and Pensions Secretary will use a speech to say the economy will never fully recover unless families on benefits return to work

Controversial private landlord loses assault appeal

08 August, 2014

Fergus Wilson, the private landlord of around 1,000 homes who said he would be evicting tenants claiming housing benefit has lost an appeal against his conviction for assaulting a local estate agent

25% of PRS tenants have waited a week for repairs

08 August, 2014

Nearly a 25% of people living in the PRS have been left waiting at least a week for broken down central heating, blocked drains or leaking pipes

Social landlord's care worker arrested after 16 poisoned

08 August, 2014

A 23-year-old female care worker has been placed in a psychiatric unit

A rent first approach to Universal Credit

08 August, 2014

Outlines the changes introduced to tackle the challenge to housing association income posed by Universal Credit

Council staff are not overpaid - far from it

08 August, 2014

Where the Taxpayers' Alliance sees waste, I see investment in our communities - and not enough of it

Families still struggling to cope

08 August, 2014

People are still worried about rising living costs despite a growing economy

Nearly 100 new homes for rent at below market rates

08 August, 2014

Nearly 100 new affordable homes are to be built at Western Harbour in Leith through the ground-breaking National Housing Trust initiative

Concerns over localised funding for supported housing

08 August, 2014

The government wants to localise funding for supported housing. Heather Spurr explains why this has landlords so worried

ASB drops as Sovereign replaces concrete with grass for Christchurch residents

08 August, 2014

Sovereign housing association has seen anti-social behaviour drop after building residents in Christchurch a new communal area

Landlord alliance to sell energy to tenants

08 August, 2014

Landlords with 357,000 homes to form company to sell energy at cost price

Housing set to be hardest hit by budget cuts

08 August, 2014

Housing is set to be hit hardest in the round of cuts to council spending on local services this year

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

07 August, 2014

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

Call to reboot council tax to fund affordable homes

07 August, 2014

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

Social landlord is making a meal of things

07 August, 2014

A social landlord is offering breakfasts, lunches and learning activities to 500 families in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull this summer

Dewsbury couple win spare bedroom housing benefit fight

07 August, 2014

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

Council forced to write off £1.1 million in rent arrears following IT fault

07 August, 2014

An east London council has been forced to write-off £1.1 million in rent arrears following a malfunction with an IT system

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

07 August, 2014

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

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

07 August, 2014

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

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

06 August, 2014

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

The government needs to understand the impact of its own housing policies

06 August, 2014

A number of different figures have popped out this week which should worry anyone who is even a little bit sentient

Workers on benefit 'will double'

06 August, 2014

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

Scotland to set its own housing benefit if independence is rejected

06 August, 2014

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

London borough to limit average rent to below £100 per week

06 August, 2014

An inner-London borough has pledged to keep rents below an average of £100 per week for council tenants in the face of a lack of affordable housing in the capital

Bedroom tax stories: Sam

06 August, 2014

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

Developing a Scottish benefits system

06 August, 2014

David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg have agreed that Scotland will be allowed to set its own levels of income tax and benefits if the country rejects independence

Universal Credit: moving deductions from benefits for rent arrears

06 August, 2014

Deductions from benefits for rent arrears - migration to UC

Touchbase DWP E-zine

06 August, 2014

August 2014

Total hit by bedroom tax loophole revealed

05 August, 2014

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

Help for housing costs is forcing up the UK benefits

05 August, 2014

Rachel Reeves highlights how housing payments make up 14% of welfare spending, with more working people claiming benefit

'Poverty pay' doubles number of workers claiming housing benefit

05 August, 2014

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

North west landlord scores record surplus despite welfare reform

05 August, 2014

Great Places Housing Group has posted a record surplus of £9.3m for 2013/14

Landmark bedroom tax ruling issued

05 August, 2014

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

Cunning Plan sees Facebook rent payment system created

05 August, 2014

Social housing tenants in Salford can now pay their rent via Facebook

Iain Duncan Smith: Ready to sail into sunset?

05 August, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith shuffles along the bench to take his seat opposite me in a Westminster restaurant buzzing with hobnobbing hacks and politicians

Number of people in work claiming housing benefit soars

05 August, 2014

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

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

04 August, 2014

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

PRS tenants see deposits soar by 34%

04 August, 2014

Tenants in the private rented sector have seen their deposits soar by 34% since 2007

Liverpool's PRS tenants get charter

04 August, 2014

Tenants living in Liverpool's private rented sector are to be given more information about their rights and responsibilities

Council tax: how does your bill compare?

04 August, 2014

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

Former DWP staff go rogue to help benefit claimants

04 August, 2014

Website set up to offer advice inundated with messages from people claiming their benefits were unfairly cut

'No one should die penniless and alone' : the victims of Britain's harsh welfare sanctions

04 August, 2014

David Clapson was found dead last year after his benefits were stopped on the grounds that he wasn't taking the search for work seriously

Court quashes Peabody eviction of vulnerable tenant

04 August, 2014

A housing association's attempt to evict a 58-year-old disabled man has been quashed after a judge ruled it did not follow its own policies for dealing with vulnerable tenants

Benefit cuts have pushed more people into work

04 August, 2014

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

HB Direct

01 August, 2014

Issue 151 - August 2014

London PRS rents now costing 60% of monthly salary

01 August, 2014

Rents in London's private rented sector now cost more than 60% of the average monthly salary

Social landlord doubles surplus

01 August, 2014

Cost-cutting measures result in £40.2m surplus, despite drop in turnover

Landlord fined after keeping nine unrelated tenants including baby in filthy and infested family home

01 August, 2014

A landlord has been ordered to pay nearly £19,000 after his tenants were found to be living in unsafe, squalid conditions with an infestation of mice

Court quashes Peabody eviction of vulnerable tenant

01 August, 2014

A housing association's attempt to evict a 58-year-old disabled man has been quashed after a judge ruled it did not follow its own policies

Local authority slapped by judge over 'irrational and unfair' council tax policy

01 August, 2014

A local authority's decision to ban council tax support for residents has been branded "irrational and unfair" by a judge

£millions in right to buy fraud uncovered by council

01 August, 2014

Barnet Council has uncovered nearly £12 million in right to buy, tenancy and benefit fraud in a 12-month period

Universal credit staff costs 'unsustainable'

01 August, 2014

Housing association trial suggests it faces £1.2m hit

Social housing and social investment

01 August, 2014

Report published by the DWP into Social housing

This report looks at the relationship between housing provided for people on low incomes or with particular needs and social investment

Bedroom tax impact on grant allocations

01 August, 2014

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

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

31 July, 2014

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

Tenants pin hopes on bedroom tax speed dating

31 July, 2014

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

Universal credit safeguards are working

31 July, 2014

By Lord Freud, the government's minister for welfare reform and one of the chief architects of universal credit

Injunction for PRS tenant after death threats to social housing resident

31 July, 2014

A PRS tenant has been given an anti-social behaviour injunction after making threats of violence towards a neighbour living in social housing

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

31 July, 2014

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

DWP plotting 'secret' universal credit plans

31 July, 2014

Labour MP has claimed the governemnt is keeping plans "under wraps" about Universal Credit

Private rents in Wales fall against inflation

31 July, 2014

Rents in Wales have fallen year-on-year in comparison to inflation

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

31 July, 2014

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

'Poor doors': not the worst thing about social housing

31 July, 2014

Separate entrances are nothing new, and the truth is that social housing providers demand them

Local authority's 'benefit tourism' rule discriminated against residents

31 July, 2014

Sandwell council's policy, designed to deter low-income families from south-east moving to the area, harmed locals

Genesis surplus down 10%

31 July, 2014

Genesis Housing Association has seen its annual surplus decrease by just under 10% to £40.1m

Social landlord more than doubles anticipated surplus

31 July, 2014

Circle Housing has produced a surplus of £44.5m for 2013/14, more than doubling the £20m it had targeted at the start of the year

Councils shun flagship government homelessness scheme

31 July, 2014

London boroughs are 'increasingly unwilling' to take part in the government's programme for single homeless people

Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions resulting from Universal Jobmatch conditions: Jun 2013 to Dec 2013

30 July, 2014

Statistics on Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions resulting from Universal Jobmatch conditions from June 2013 to December 2013

Eight housing apprenticeships launched in Sheffield

30 July, 2014

Sheffield City Council has launched a new apprenticeship scheme in all aspects of housing for "enthusiastic" young people

Unemployed? Don't go to your local jobcentre

30 July, 2014

Jobcentres have failed young people abysmally. This redundant service should be replaced by effective local job brokerages

'Poor doors' show why we can't rely on developers for affordable housing

30 July, 2014

While the idea of mixed communities and mixed tenure was always faintly patronising, even not-so-affordable housing is now bitterly resisted

What's really happening to rents?

30 July, 2014

Are rents rising more slowly than house prices? That's what the figures from the Office for National Statistics suggests

Stepping Stones

30 July, 2014

The role of the voluntary sector in future welfare to work schemes

How can volunteers and voluntary organisations provide much needed engagement with local people? This report aims to tackle these questions and provides real examples of how services can be commissioned in a way that truly enables community-led delivery

Calculating social wellbeing

30 July, 2014

By having a standard way of calculating social impact, Affinity Sutton has worked out the value of community investment programmes compare to other projects

Council, charity and disabled man team up to take government to court

30 July, 2014

Islington Council, a disabled man in Cheshire and charity Child Poverty Action Group have teamed up to take High Court action against the government

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

30 July, 2014

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

Social landlord reports record £75m surplus

30 July, 2014

Affinity Sutton has reported a record £75m surplus, despite deciding to limit its exposure to the sales market

Personal insolvencies rise sparks fears for struggling households

30 July, 2014

Surge in individuals unable to repay their debts prompted fresh warnings over impact of future interest rate increase

Couple jailed for £188,000 benefits fraud

29 July, 2014

A couple has been jailed for carrying out a seven-year fraud, using money to buy properties and finance mortgage repayments

'We have created a mess'

29 July, 2014

Since 2010 England has seen a NET loss of 35,000 social rented homes every year

A new disability minister to take on the reforms

29 July, 2014

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

Barriers to housing delivery - update : Private sector housing development on larger sites in London

29 July, 2014

This report's conclusion can be summarised as 'big schemes in London are commencing units in line with the numbers required to meet housing need'

West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative Delivers Amazing Savings On Fuel For Tenants

29 July, 2014

West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative has announced its fuel prices for its much vaunted Biomass Energy Project

Meeting the value for money standard - is your organisation on track?

29 July, 2014

Social housing providers have been struggling to meet the value for money standard set up by the Homes and Communities Agency

Call for community volunteers to pay less council tax

29 July, 2014

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

EU migrants will lose benefits after just three months under new Tory plans

29 July, 2014

Moves are designed to hammer home the message to new arrivals that they cannot expect to get 'something for nothing'

Boris Johnson rules out 'poor door' ban on London housing developments

29 July, 2014

Mayor says he will discourage use of separate entrances for poorer tenants, but argues they help keep housing costs down

London rents more than double rest of UK

28 July, 2014

For the first time in recorded history, the average cost of renting a home in Greater London is more than double the cost across the rest of the UK

Nearly 60pc of rented homes fail inspections

28 July, 2014

Close to 60pc of all private rental premises that were inspected by local authorities last year failed basic minimum requirements

Universal Credit launches in local area

28 July, 2014

New jobseekers in the Wilmslow area will join the Government's new benefits system when they start to claim Universal Credit for the first time

Killed by benefits cuts: Starving soldier died 'as result of Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reform'

28 July, 2014

Diabetic David Clapson, 59, died with just £3.44 left in his account after his Jobseeker's Allowance was axed because he missed an appointment

Padiham man wrongly claimed £52,000 housing benefit

28 July, 2014

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

Affordable housing tenants given separate doors in luxury developments

28 July, 2014

Social tenants are being forced to enter through separate 'poor doors' in multi-million-pound London developments

Tackling fuel poverty

28 July, 2014

Social landlords should not wait for government targets in order to respond to fuel poverty

Council tax bombshell: Cardiff rates could rise by 5% a year for three years

28 July, 2014

Councillor Graham Hinchey makes the revelation during a debate at a full council meeting

The next "generation rent"

28 July, 2014

Has the baby boom generation really had it all?

Rental Index

28 July, 2014

Tenants in London now pay rents that double those across the rest of Britain

Government response: SSAC report on the cumulative impact of welfare reform

25 July, 2014

A letter from the Minister for Welfare Reform to the chair of SSAC responding to the SSAC report on the cumulative impact of welfare reform

Generation rent is here to stay and deserves a fair deal

25 July, 2014

The English Housing Survey tells us what we already know - we need affordable renting

Private rents rise 1% in a year

25 July, 2014

Private rental prices increased by just 1% in the year to June, roughly a third of the rent increases faced by social tenants and well below inflation

Hard up renters turning to payday lenders for deposits

25 July, 2014

Renters are being priced out of house and home by deposits that have soared by 50% since the financial crisis began

Call for tenant rating system

25 July, 2014

Private landlords have called for councils to rate prospective tenants' behaviour through 'traffic light schemes'

Should large families face benefit sanctions?

25 July, 2014

As a leading think tank says parents should only be able to claim child benefit for their first four children

Landlords' multi-billion-pound fuel poverty hit

25 July, 2014

The government's fuel poverty strategy has left social landlords responsible for funding billions of pounds of improvement works

Digital isn't everything - many social housing tenants prefer paper

25 July, 2014

Just under half of all adults who have never been online live in social housing, so perhaps it's time to recognise the role of print

London landlords urge rent overhaul

25 July, 2014

London's 15 largest housing associations are calling for the government to review rent setting for tenants

The future of social housing

25 July, 2014

This week the Homes and Communities Agency and GLA both published details of the funding they have allocated through their affordable homes programmes

Council tax rises hit Britain's poor hardest

25 July, 2014

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

LIN member report July 2014 - Money goes begging: how councils could spend more on discretionary housing payments

24 July, 2014

This LIN member report is written by Neil Merrick

This LIN member report highlights that many Local Authorities have, again, not spent the full amount of their DHP budget, in fact the latest figures show that more than £20m that local authorities were allocated to spend on DHP payments in 2013/14 remained unspent. This money has now been lost as local authorities cannot carry over any underspend from 2013/14 to 2014/15. A record £165m is available for councils to allocate in DHPs in 2014/15.

Bad news for landlords as Green Deal fund is slashed

24 July, 2014

NLA comments on the reduction of Green Deal Home Improvement Funds for solid wall insulation from £6000 to £4000

Homelessness axed from housing minister's brief

24 July, 2014

The housing minister will no longer have responsibility for homelessness

MPs say Employment and Support Allowance needs 'fundamental redesign'

24 July, 2014

The ESA system has serious flaws causing "considerable distress and anxiety" and requires "fundamental redesign", according to the Work and Pensions Committee

Great housing divide

24 July, 2014

Three-quarters of over-55s live in their own homes but two-thirds of under-35s are forced to rent

A lifestyle choice for families?

24 July, 2014

Report from LSE on private renting in London, New York, Berlin and Randstad

Stormont welfare stand-off may be close to resolution

24 July, 2014

Outline agreement has finally been reached to resolve Stormont's spending stalemate

Disabled people's 'fit for work' assessments should be scrapped

24 July, 2014

Select committee finds that eligibility tests for benefits are inaccurate and system fails to help claimants back into work

Councils failing to spend £millions in DHPs as families struggle

24 July, 2014

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

Young adults face housing squeeze, English Housing Survey shows

24 July, 2014

A growing proportion of young people have been squeezed out of the housing market in England and are renting privately instead

Is social housing a failed brand?

23 July, 2014

Social housing is now a damaged brand. Housing associations need to return to their roots

A bold plan to make welfare more personalised and responsive

23 July, 2014

Jobs must surely be one of the great success stories of this government: 1.8 million more people in work

'Social housing should not be more expensive than affordable housing'

23 July, 2014

As a growing number of people cannot afford private rent, we roundup the main points from our debate on affordable housing

Social and private renters

23 July, 2014

Demographic and economic data on social and private renters

Warning to landlords and tenants after 'near miss' from communal blaze

23 July, 2014

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has warned tenants and landlords of the dangers of leaving combustible materials in communal areas

English housing survey 2012 to 2013: household report

23 July, 2014

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

The rise of middle-aged renters

23 July, 2014

Single young professionals are increasingly choosing to settle in family suburbs rather than city centres

Government's fuel poverty proposals slammed

23 July, 2014

The government has been slammed by campaigners over plans announced today to target fuel poverty

UK Housing Boom: Landlords Outside Central London Making Biggest Returns

23 July, 2014

Landlords are making better returns on their investments in cities outside of central London amid rising rents and property prices

Be tough on the causes of benefits

22 July, 2014

To reduce the benefits bill, the government needs to address issues such as high rents and low wages rather than tightening eligibility for what can be claimed

Generation Rent hits out at tenancy deposit 'rip off'

22 July, 2014

Campaign group Generation Rent has criticised the fact that renters are missing out on interest on their tenancy deposits

Government to update communications with benefit claimants

22 July, 2014

The government is updating the way it talks to benefit claimants following an independent review of Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions

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

22 July, 2014

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

Joined Up Welfare - The next steps for personalisation

22 July, 2014

Policy Exchange wants to see a high growth, enterprise led economy in the UK with freer markets driving growth and opportunity

Mental health problems, low skills, family disruption, criminal history, social networks that don’t encourage work, substance abuse, physical health issues, disabilities, unstable housing, lack of resources - more than one in ten adults in Britain suffer from multiple disadvantages of these kind at any one time, including many of the most vulnerable people in our society

Osborne plays down benefit reports

22 July, 2014

Chancellor George Osborne has sought to play down reports that the Conservatives are backing plans to stop families claiming child benefit for more than four children

The 'scroungers' fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes

22 July, 2014

Carl Havern is a model Big Society citizen. He volunteers for three different causes every week and cares passionately about improving his community

Government to update dealings with claimants after report finds sanctions hitting most vulnerable

22 July, 2014

The government has announced that is to update the way it talks to benefit claimants

Landlords expecting stable growth

21 July, 2014

Almost 100% of landlords report that tenant demand is currently stable or growing

Labour calls for bedroom tax vote in the autumn

21 July, 2014

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

Generation landlord: is it time to invest in a buy-to-let?

21 July, 2014

As fears of pension shortfalls increase, more investors are putting their money in buy-top-let properties

Poll finds 75% of renters have never switched energy supplier

21 July, 2014

More than 75% of bill payers living in rented accommodation have never switched their energy supplier

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

21 July, 2014

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

Nick Clegg 'spineless' on bedroom tax

21 July, 2014

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

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

21 July, 2014

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

900,000 landlords face buy-to-let tax probe: Second home owners face investigation as concern grows over undeclared profits

21 July, 2014

Landlords and second home owners face a crackdown as concerns grow over the boom in buy-to-let mortgages

Bedroom tax is forcing poorest citizens into unmanageable debt

18 July, 2014

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

Buy to Let Income

18 July, 2014

LSL Report July 2014

6,000 people claiming universal credit

18 July, 2014

Nearly 6,000 people were claiming the new universal credit benefit payment at the end of April

HB G7/2014

18 July, 2014

Contains information on DHP and PIP

Migrants remain in hostels to avoid losing housing benefit

18 July, 2014

Welfare reforms are causing supported housing to be 'clogged up'

Disabled people struggling in unfit homes

18 July, 2014

People with disabilities are struggling in unfit accommodation because councils are failing to adapt their homes

The impact of recent reforms to Local Housing Allowances: Summary of key findings

18 July, 2014

DWP Report

This report summarises the main findings from a series of technical research papers that form the final outputs from the independent evaluation of the recent changes to HB claims assessed under the LHA rules in the PRS

What's the secret behind our jobs miracle? Welfare reform

18 July, 2014

Bizarrely, Nick Clegg is running away from a policy that has been a world-beating success

Buy-to-let: the rise of the mega landlords

18 July, 2014

They quit their run-of-the-mill jobs and instead made hundreds of millions from buy-to-let. How did they do it?

Dramatic rise of families forced out of London

18 July, 2014

The number of homeless households forced to move outside London has risen by nearly 40 per cent in one year

Property rents rise at twice speed of average earnings

18 July, 2014

Monthly cost of renting a home increased on average by £10 in June to £747, which is a year-on-year increase of 1.4%

Council tax: a chaotic way to impoverish the already poor

17 July, 2014

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

Universal Credit

17 July, 2014

Experimental official statistics to April 2014

Downsizing with the bedroom tax

17 July, 2014

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

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

17 July, 2014

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

London's poor struggling with 'new poll tax'

17 July, 2014

CPAG Report

London's poorest families are struggling to afford to live in the face of a "new poll tax", according to this report

Unemployment in Wales falls by 6,000 remaining at 6.6%

17 July, 2014

Unemployment in Wales has fallen by 6,000 in the three months to May, official figures show

Hope for homeless families in need of Legal Aid

17 July, 2014

New ruling by the High Court has ruled that Government changes, which would have left homeless families without help, have been ruled 'unauthorised, discriminatory and impossible to justify'

Thinktank proposes cap on child benefit to cut welfare spending

17 July, 2014

Policy Exchange claim limiting child benefit to four children per household could save around £1bn per parliament

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

17 July, 2014

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

LSL Property Services' Tenant Arrears Tracker reveals 35% drop in tenants severely behind on rent payments

17 July, 2014

The number of tenants severely behind on rent payments has fallen by 35,000 (35%) in the last 12 months

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

17 July, 2014

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

Don't mention social housing

16 July, 2014

Here is the speech delivered by Tom Murtha, SHOUT campaigner and former Midland Heart chief executive

The social housing brand is broken

16 July, 2014

Boris Worral, writing in a personal capacity as someone with experience of campaign and lobby work, responds to Tom Murtha

Local Housing Allowance: monitoring the impact of changes

16 July, 2014

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

This report summarises the main findings from a series of technical research papers that form the final outputs from the independent evaluation of the recent changes to Housing Benefit claims assessed under the Local Housing Allowance rules in the private rented sector in Great Britain, which were rolled out to claimants between April 2011 and December 2012

12% of Welfare fund not spent

16 July, 2014

The Scottish Government has been accused of failing the most vulnerable after it was revealed more than 10% of the fund was not spent

Digital inclusion can benefit both colleagues and customers

16 July, 2014

A hands-on approach to digital inclusion makes a definite impact, but providers need to look at their internal strategies and infrastructure

Child poverty - a collective responsibility this summer

16 July, 2014

With the summer holidays now upon us, how can housing providers better meet the needs of the low-income families they house?

Councils ignoring mayor's plea to hit empty homes with 150% council tax bill

16 July, 2014

Boris Johnson has lobbied London local authorities to apply a 50% council tax premium on homes that have been empty for more than two years

ALMOs bringing hundreds of empty homes back into use

16 July, 2014

Housing ALMOs are managing to bring hundreds of empty homes across England back into use

Bringing empty homes back into use is a stated priority for the Coalition Government and for many councils across the county. As part of the Comprehensive Spending Review in October 2010, the Government announced a £100m fund to bring more empty homes back into use and included tackling empty homes as a key priority in its 2011 Housing Strategy

Ratings agency to review negative social sector outlook after 'promising developments'

16 July, 2014

A ratings agency will review its negative outlook after reporting housing associations have 'coped well' with recent challenges

FCA proposes payday loans cap of 0.8% per day

16 July, 2014

Plans for a cap on the amount that payday lenders can charge their customers have been announced by the City regulator

Report on living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK

15 July, 2014

Report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies

Poorest and youngest suffer as poverty rises and living standards tumble

Thousands of tenants without rent arrears face eviction

15 July, 2014

A growing number of private sector tenants are facing eviction despite being up to date with rent, a charity has revealed

Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy

15 July, 2014

DWP report interim report

Thousands of low-income tenants have been plunged into "heat or eat" hardship as a result of the bedroom tax, according to this analysis of the policy's impact

The growth of the private rented sector: what do local authorities think?

15 July, 2014

Report from The Smith Institute

This report aims to understand views from local government on the changing role of the PRS in local housing markets

Exeter tenants evicted from flats with 'no warning'

15 July, 2014

More than 40 people including children have been evicted from a block of flats in a raid by bailiffs

Council benefits complaints rise

15 July, 2014

Complaints about English local councils' handling of tax and benefits soared by more than a quarter last year, according to the local Government Ombudsman

Mark Carney faces an almost impossible decision on interest rates

15 July, 2014

In this unsettled climate the Bank of England governor has little chance of predicting the effect of an interest rate rise

Inflation and house prices data to fuel interest rate debate

15 July, 2014

Consumer price inflation and property price figures out from Office for National Statistics

Benefit payments rose during recession

15 July, 2014

Welfare claimants were protected from the recession and actually saw their income rise as people faced pay cuts and job losses, Institute for Fiscal studies finds

Dignity and Opportunity for All: Securing the rights of disabled people in the austerity era

15 July, 2014

Report published by Just Fair

This report finds that the UK government is in breach of its legal obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of disabled people

RLA furious over 'scaremongering' private rental data

14 July, 2014

The RLA is up in arms over a housing organisation's claim that rents in Wales' private rented sector have risen sharply.

Keeping rent arrears stable

14 July, 2014

By John Bryson, employment and inclusion manager, East Thames

My Bedroom Tax Story

14 July, 2014

Under-occupied blog

Britain's debt hotspots revealed

14 July, 2014

The postcodes where households owe the most on personal loans

Tenants face eviction as landlords capitalise on rising house prices

14 July, 2014

Soaring numbers of people in private rented homes face eviction despite being up to date with their rent because rising house prices are prompting landlords to ask tenants to leave

Benefits Street series 2

14 July, 2014

Follow-up documentary Immigrant Street has locals worried

Green deal: what next for government's energy efficiency scheme?

14 July, 2014

Efforts to revive the flagging policy still fail to address critics' concerns over cost and complications

Households clear out new £7,600 per home Green Deal cashback

14 July, 2014

The most generous cashback in the Government's overhauled Green Deal scheme could be gone in one month, the Telegraph can disclose

Does traditional social housing have a future?

14 July, 2014

24 Housing debate

Labour calls for regular checks on child poverty

14 July, 2014

As figures show an extra 300,000 children living in households that cannot afford to keep their house warm, Labour accuses Osborne of ignoring the issue

Islington selected for universal credit trial

11 July, 2014

The London Borough of Islington has been selected to trial a new support system for residents

UK government's welfare reforms piling misery on the poorest households

11 July, 2014

The devastating impact of the government's welfare reforms on people living in social housing is laid bare in the Real Life Reform report

Social landlord offers cash for occupancy

11 July, 2014

Guinness Partnership is offering buyers at its east London development a £10,000 cash incentive to live in its properties

Number of 'amateur' landlords reaches record levels

11 July, 2014

The number of part-time or 'amateur' landlords has reached its highest ever level

How to tackle digital exclusion (and avoid the common pitfalls)

11 July, 2014

Going digital has huge benefits, but it equally presents dangers that some people could be left out in the cold

'Community work for homes' scheme to be trialled by landlord

11 July, 2014

New tenants compelled to commit to volunteering in 'aspirational' project

Fuel cell pilot hopes to slash tenant energy use

11 July, 2014

Landlords trialling eco-friendly heating systems that are cheaper for tenants

The introduction of Universal Credit to couples

11 July, 2014

This briefing looks at the implications for housing associations and tenants of the roll out to include couples

Iain Duncan Smith: Sir Bob Kerslake was right about universal credit business case

11 July, 2014

IDS has been forced to admit that the lifetime business case for the implementation of UC has not yet been signed off by the Treasury

London's biggest landlords record £1bn surplus

11 July, 2014

Capital's 15 biggest associations generate £1bn surplus on back of capital's property boom

Five tips for handling rent arrears

10 July, 2014

Experts offer their advice on how housing providers can better manage arrears and help residents struggling to pay rent

NLA challenges homeless charities to do more

10 July, 2014

The NLA has challenged homeless charities and agencies to think more like landlords to help the homeless in to private housing

Renting to homeless is too risky

10 July, 2014

Charities must do more to improve private landlords' confidence in letting to homeless people

Lord Freud announces welfare reform support projects

10 July, 2014

Lord David Freud has announced 11 new projects to trial ways of helping benefit claimants cope with welfare reform

Local support announced for jobseekers to help prepare for Universal Credit

10 July, 2014

Jobseekers to get extra help to get online and manage their finances on a monthly basis to prepare for the world of work under Universal Credit

Over a million public sector workers walk out in UK-wide strikes

10 July, 2014

More than a million public sector workers are striking in disputes about pay and coalition cuts

Council facing 'disproportionate' cuts of £44 per home

10 July, 2014

Camden Council has complained that it is facing a further budget gap of £70 million because of coalition cuts - which it must close by 2018

Fall in wages could be 20% more than estimated

10 July, 2014

Average wages in Britain have fallen more than official figures suggest due to shift to self employment

Bridgend Council workers 'are turning to foodbanks and benefits to survive'

10 July, 2014

Claim comes as local government staff go on strike over pay

Scottish regulator reports on landlords' failures

10 July, 2014

Scottish social landlords are being urged to make it easier for tenants to report failures in performance

53,000 troubled families' lives turned around

10 July, 2014

Councils have been praised for turning around the lives of almost 53,000 troubled families in little over 2 years

Price of electricity could double over next 20 years

10 July, 2014

Pipes and pylons operator says failure to invest more in local gas production would leave country 90% dependent on imports

Social landlord's record-breaking £174m surplus

10 July, 2014

L&Q has generated a mammoth £174m surplus, smashing the sector record it set last year by more than half

Touchbase DWP e-zine

10 July, 2014

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

Digital exclusion is a modern social evil we can abolish

09 July, 2014

Almost 20% of the UK population still lack basic internet skills, but there's a tremendous opportunity to empower people, transform lives and support vulnerable groups

CH 18 2014

09 July, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - Meaning of "change of circumstances" in Reg 67 (c) of the Council Tax Benefit Regulations 2006

Scottish independence: Better Together says welfare cuts would be needed

09 July, 2014

Better Together have launched a paper that claims that pensions and benefits are more secure in Scotland as part of the UK

DWP staff lack empathy and communicate poorly, report claims

09 July, 2014

The DWP staff have been slammed by participants in a CAB Cymru report for the way they communicate and for offering a lack of support to claimants hit by welfare reform

Government in court over disability benefit changes

09 July, 2014

Court proceedings will begin in Birmingham to determine whether the Government's decision to change the eligibility criteria for PIP was unlawful

Payday loan victims urged to speak out

09 July, 2014

The Financial Ombudsman Service has urged people struggling with payday loans to confront the 'shame factor' and seek help

£10,000 donation for credit union

09 July, 2014

A credit union has said that a £10,000 donation it has received from a global law firm will help it bring affordable loans

Duncan Smith denies 'deception' over universal credit

09 July, 2014

A Labour MP has accused ministers of a "deliberate act of deception" over whether the Treasury has signed off the business case for universal credit

Funding affordable housing

08 July, 2014

Low income housing tax credits in the USA and their potential in the UK

A United States-style model involving private investment supported by tax credits could be an alternative to the current system of social housing grant funding in the United Kingdom

DWP accused of 'black propaganda' in universal credit debate

08 July, 2014

Glenda Jackson has attacked the Department of Work and Pensions for embarking on a programme of "black propaganda"

'Forging Futures' for social housing

08 July, 2014

Dr Chris Handy, chair of the Matrix Strategy Committee and chief executive of the Accord Group

Better Together says welfare cuts needed

08 July, 2014

The pro-Union campaign has said that cuts to public spending would be needed in an independent Scotland

The Beveridge report revisited

08 July, 2014

Where now for the welfare state?

After unprecedented public spending cuts, The Guardian revisit Sir William Beveridge's welfare state 70 years on and explore the modern evils that society professionals must battle and defeat

Welfare reform 'takes toll on poor'

08 July, 2014

Vulnerable people are being forced into hardship due to welfare reform

Social landlord's staff to strike after being forced to 'work for free'

08 July, 2014

A Scottish social landlord's maintenance staff will take industrial action after being forced to work extra hours 'for free'

To Put Up and Shut Up?

08 July, 2014

Speaking to PRs on our helpline there seem to be two issues that come up time and time again; bad conditions and the threat of eviction

Bid to help tenants with complants

08 July, 2014

The Government is taking steps to ensure social tenants are aware of the correct procedure for complaining about their landlord

£1million energy advice programme opens for business

08 July, 2014

Householders and tenants up and down the country are set to benefit from an extensive programme of energy saving advice

Payday complaints double in two years

08 July, 2014

Complaints about payday loans have more than doubled in the last two years

Treasury has not signed off on Duncan Smith's universal credit

08 July, 2014

Head of civil service admits Treasury is only releasing money for troubled Tory policy after 'conditional reassurances' on progress

We say end over 65s PIP assessments

07 July, 2014

Disability Rights UK calls for end to automatic PIP assessment for over 65s

Social housing tenants must get the service they deserve

07 July, 2014

Tenants have a right to know how to complain if they get a poor service from their social landlord

London landlords jubilant as rents reach '£1 High Club'

07 July, 2014

Delighted central London landlords have seen average weekly rents climb to £1.05 per square foot, meaning only one thing: Payday

Young mother faces prison after receiving £52,000 meant for social landlord

07 July, 2014

A woman from Lichfield has been ordered to pay back outstanding money that was wrongly transferred to her bank account by Lichfield Council

Britain's biggest buy-to-let landlords to sell entire portfolio of properties

07 July, 2014

Sale of nearly 1,000 homes in Ashford and Maidstone area likely to net Fergus and Judith Wilson at least £100m

On my Own

07 July, 2014

Barnardos report on young care leavers

Many young people leaving the care system are struggling to find housing or are living in unsuitable, unsafe or insecure accommodation, new research has revealed

Public urged to take part in HMO survey

07 July, 2014

Exeter City Council is eager to find out what its residents think about houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)

Minister announces boost to roll out digital inclusion for hard to reach groups

07 July, 2014

A major push to target people who are not yet online was announced by the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty

The law on renting needs changing: it's far too easy for landlords to evict

07 July, 2014

A tenant evicted after complaining about a plumbing problem lost his court case, but each year tenants do suffer 'revenge' evictions

IDS anger as former Marxist Raquel Rolnik attacks his benefit cuts

07 July, 2014

A group of United Nations poverty 'ambassadors' has launched a bizarre attack on the Coalition's welfare reforms

Renting brings lower yields for buy-to-let landlords as property prices rise

07 July, 2014

Buy-to-let landlords are facing a squeeze on rental yields because of rising property prices, according to mortgage broker, Mortgages for Business

Of course landlords turn away benefit claimants. Let's move the debate on

04 July, 2014

Would you rather politicians simply stuck their heads in the sand?

Racist incidents deter tenants in Belfast

04 July, 2014

Offers of housing turned down because of fears of racial prejudice

The extent of single homeless cuts

04 July, 2014

Freedom of Information Act requests shows how single homeless people have been disproportionately hit by council budget cuts

Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: learning and payment figures: May 2014

04 July, 2014

Information about payments and other feedback from the 6 Housing Benefit Direct Payment Demonstration projects that ran until December 2013

Bristol failing housing charity 'to evict all tenants'

04 July, 2014

All the tenants of a failing housing charity for vulnerable people in Bristol are being evicted

The next generation rent?

04 July, 2014

Robert Flint, solicitor, Winckworth Sherwood

Common Allocations Policy

04 July, 2014

Ceredigion County Council has drafted a Common Allocations Policy

Food bank advice for shoplifters in north Wales

04 July, 2014

Shoplifters in north Wales will be given details of food banks after evidence that offences are being committed to obtain food

Balancing risks after Cosmopolitan

04 July, 2014

The lesson from the Cosmopolitan crisis is that landlords must calculate and manage their risk

Regulatory fees for associations on hold

04 July, 2014

HCA fees for housing associations will not now come into effect in April

Angry councils lay down the law to control rogue landlords

04 July, 2014

London councils are rebelling against the Government's refusal to introduce licensing for private landlords and are setting up schemes

'Do your research'

03 July, 2014

NLA warns councils that their lack of understanding of the realities of the PRS is hampering efforts to improve standards

Council considers rent cap scheme for private landlords

03 July, 2014

London School of Economics to examine a council's proposals for rent control

IDS promises PIP 16 week turnaround

03 July, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith has promised that, before the end of the year, those claiming PIP will wait no longer than 16 weeks for a decision

Universal Credit: Towards an effective poverty reduction strategy

03 July, 2014

The report asserts that people will have to work fewer hours to escape poverty under Universal Credit

The key findings of the report are that Universal Credit will have a net positive impact on poverty through both 'pockets' and 'prospects'. However we find that the impact varies by both household type and income level

Burdening tenants with extra conditions doesn't work

03 July, 2014

The opinion of Alison Inman, CIH and TPAS board member and former chair of the National Federation of ALMOs

Welsh government beats digital exclusion targets

03 July, 2014

The Welsh Government has published a set of revised targets for reducing digital exclusion after surpassing its original aims

The distributional effects of the UK government's tax and welfare reforms in Wales

03 July, 2014

Institute for Fiscal Studies' analysis of Welfare Reforms in Wales

This report is an updated analysis of the personal tax and benefit reforms implemented, or due to be implemented, by the UK's coalition government from when it was elected in May 2010 up to and including April 2015. This includes those measures that had been pre-announced by the previous Labour government which the new government chose to implement. Attention is restricted to personal tax and benefit reforms alone: it does not examine the impact of reforms to corporation tax and other taxes formally paid by businesses, nor the impact of changes to spending on public services

Protest against residents being made 'homeless' during estate regeneration

03 July, 2014

Campaigners and residents of a London estate, currently undergoing regeneration, are protesting about tenants being made 'homeless'

Council finance broken

03 July, 2014

Councils in England and Wales should stop "moaning from the sidelines" and help redesign the totally broken local government finance system

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

03 July, 2014

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

Social landlord defends Asian housing priority after outcry

03 July, 2014

Social landlord Orbit Housing has been accused of discrimination after apparently giving priority to Asian people at one of its housing schemes

Five jobcentres start offering Universal Credit to couples

02 July, 2014

Five jobcentres have started offering Universal Credit to couples as well as single people

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

02 July, 2014

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

Bedroom tax victims helped out by new housing developments

02 July, 2014

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

Sanctioned: what benefit?

02 July, 2014

Thousands of sick, disabled and unemployed Scots are being left in poverty as their benefit payments are stopped

This report is one of the most detailed examinations of the impact of sanctions in Scotland so far. It provides an analysis of the current system, its impact on clients , real case evidence and the findings of a survey of Scottish CAB advisers. We also provide 16 recommendations that are needed to the current system and why they are needed.

Homeless get jobless benefit boost

02 July, 2014

Newly-homeless unemployed people may no longer be stripped of jobless benefits if they stop seeking work while they look for a new place

Council house evictions in Lambeth are symptom of 'profit making culture'

02 July, 2014

The borough of Lambeth is gripped by a 'profit making culture' over the emptying of council houses

Bill to ban retaliatory evictions launched

02 July, 2014

A Liberal Democrat MP has launched a private members bill seeking to outlaw retaliatory evictions

MP claims evictions are hampering government's Troubled Families programme

02 July, 2014

Eric Pickles has been forced to defend the Troubled Families programme after a Labour MP claimed the housing crisis had hampered its impact

New rules for payday lenders come into effect

02 July, 2014

Short-term lenders will no longer be able to roll over loans more than twice or repeatedly raid accounts

Hopkins 'clarifies' comments about tenants on housing benefit

01 July, 2014

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

MP proposes bill to end 'revenge evictions'

01 July, 2014

A Lib Dem MP is introducing a new bill in the House of Commons to end so-called 'revenge evictions'

Reeves versus Duncan Smith - universal credit debate highlights

01 July, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith was once again forced to defend universal credit in the House of Commons yesterday

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

01 July, 2014

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

Households Below Average Income

01 July, 2014

An analysis of the income distribution 1994/95 - 2012/13 July 2014

The Journey to Work: Welfare reform for the next Parliament

01 July, 2014

Unemployed social tenants who are willing to move for work should be prioritised for discretionary housing payments

Fuel Poverty - Tackling the Triple Injustice

01 July, 2014

The Green Housing Forum is a place for social housing professionals to engage, network, share ideas and disseminate good practice around sustainability

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

01 July, 2014

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

Welcome to 'Shanty Town' Britain: Desperate Britons are paying £20 a week to landlords renting out 'beds in sheds' as UK's housing crisis spirals

01 July, 2014

The grim reality of Britain's housing crisis has been laid bare by these pictures of the slum-like conditions endured by the most desperate people in UK society

Social housing tenant survey results 'deeply worrying'

01 July, 2014

The results of a social housing tenant survey have been described as 'deeply disturbing', with residents caught in a spiral of poverty which is affecting their health and wellbeing

Government eases sanctions for homeless people

01 July, 2014

Homeless people have been granted new exemptions from benefit sanctions under regulations laid before parliament today

HB Direct

01 July, 2014

Issue 150 July 2014 - Universal Credit expansion across north west England

Universal Credit to take the first new claims for couples

30 June, 2014

Universal Credit will be extended again as the service opens up to new claims from couples

Private landlords might be warming to national register

30 June, 2014

The UK's private landlords may be warming to the idea of a national landlords register

Cumbria Welfare Reform Commission 2014

30 June, 2014

Report of findings June 2014

EU migrants milking benefits will be KICKED OUT of Britain

30 June, 2014

Jobless EU migrants who have been claiming benefits for the past six months and show no signs of being able to find work could be forced to leave the UK from Tuesday

Universal credit 'could be beginning of the end' for homeless charity

30 June, 2014

A homelessness charity has said the introduction of universal credit could be the beginning of the end of its service

Labour keen for further housing spending devolution

30 June, 2014

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

'Get a grip on DWP chaos' demands Labour

30 June, 2014

The Labour Party is set to demand that the coalition gets a grip on the "chaos" at the Department for Work and Pensions

The inconvenient truth - quality of tenant data is average at best

30 June, 2014

Social housing has never been at the forefront of technology, and arguably has never needed to be

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

30 June, 2014

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

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

30 June, 2014

The SFHA has welcomed the issue of a letter

New UK child poverty strategy 'ignores impact of government's welfare reforms'

30 June, 2014

The Child Poverty Action Group has accused the government of ignoring the impact of its welfare reforms in drawing up its new child poverty strategy

Rogue landlords should face nationwide bans

27 June, 2014

Cross-party group's report suggests nationwide banning orders, a national licence for landlords, plus a guide for tenants on renting a property

Eviction cases reach Supreme Court

27 June, 2014

Two potentially significant housing cases are being heard in the highest court in England this week

Fuel bill-busting tenants reveal secrets

27 June, 2014

A couple explained to delegates at the CIH conference this week how they managed to cut their domestic gas & electricity bills by 50%

Rise in tenancy terminations

27 June, 2014

As the number of notices seeking possession rises, Carl Brown investigates why landlords are taking a tougher line

Is income being distributed fairly through benefits and taxation?

27 June, 2014

52% of households received more in benefits than they paid to the state but the poorest are paying the biggest proportion of their income in tax

Benefits link to food banks use: MP

27 June, 2014

Some people have gone to food banks because their benefits have been cut or delayed, a Conservative minister has said

'Beds in sheds' building in north-west London is torn down by council

27 June, 2014

A council has taken landmark action to demolish an outbuilding which it suspected would have been used as an illegal "beds in sheds" dwelling

PRS landlord wants section 106 relaxed

27 June, 2014

A private rented sector landlord is calling for local authorities to adjust section 106 requirements for private rented sector landlords

Five commandments for landlords after Cosmopolitan

27 June, 2014

The Cosmopolitan crisis had a huge impact on the housing sector. The five commandments to enable landlords avoid the pitfalls of the past

DWP loses universal credit documents appeal

27 June, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions has lost an upper tribunal appeal over documents concerning the progress of UC implementation

Child poverty strategy launched

26 June, 2014

Supporting families into work, improving living standards and raising educational attainment are the fundamental aims set out

Welfare reforms boost skills training by 40%

26 June, 2014

Welfare reforms have boosted the number of benefit claimants training to improve their skills by almost 40%

Mayor signs anti-eviction petition to Tottenham letting agent

26 June, 2014

A tenant facing eviction has delivered a petition signed by the mayor of Tower Hamlets and 18 councillors to his landlord's letting agent

Labour motion on private rented sector defeated

26 June, 2014

A motion to introduce longer term tenancies and ban letting agency fees has been defeated during an opposition day debate in the House of Commons

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

26 June, 2014

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

Benefit fraud and errors of £16m discovered by Audit Scotland

26 June, 2014

Benefit fraud and errors worth £16m, including money claimed by illegal immigrants, have been identified by the public spending watchdog

Tenants at risk over Care Act

26 June, 2014

New legislation may cause councils to cut funding for vulnerable people

Link between affordable rents and higher levels of child poverty

26 June, 2014

Affordable rent is linked with higher levels of child poverty, CEX of the Child Poverty Action Group told the CIH conference

Peers round on Lord Freud over bedroom tax

26 June, 2014

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

Shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds unveils Labour's plans to reform the private rented sector

26 June, 2014

A Labour Government would reform the private rented sector - banning letting agent fees being put onto tenants

UK Housing Review

26 June, 2014

An update to the UKHR 2014

Within one year of the end of office, the coalition government's plans for housing, welfare benefits and the economy are now showing their effects. Economic recovery has begun, but so far while house prices and transactions have moved upwards new housing output remains depressingly low compared with growing needs. Drawing on the latest statistics, the Briefing assesses the implications of policy and market changes in twelve key topic areas, together with dedicated pages on Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the English regions

LIN Press Release: Discretionary Housing Payment Underspend

25 June, 2014

More than £20 million specifically earmarked to help people adapt to welfare reforms was not spent by local authorities last year

New figures show that almost two-thirds (63%) of councils paid out less than their total Discretionary Housing Payment allocation to tenants, leaving £13.3 million left over

Lord Freud: IDS took decision to 'reset' universal credit

25 June, 2014

Lord Freud has reassured peers that the decision to 'reset' universal credit does not put the flagship policy in jeopardy

'Bizarre' that landlords don't comply with FOI Act

25 June, 2014

The information commissioner has said it is 'bizarre' that large housing associations do not have to comply with the Freedom of Information Act

Housing staff must get closer to tenants

25 June, 2014

Frontline housing staff believe they will need to work more closely with tenants in the future

'Hardened' attitudes over disability

25 June, 2014

Disabled people are suffering from "hardened" attitudes as well as benefit cuts amid the debate about welfare reform

David Cameron message to Northern Ireland over welfare reform

25 June, 2014

PM has said Northern Ireland people must understand welfare reform is to return people to work, not to cut the budget for benefit payments

'Smileys' could cut fuel bills by £80 a year

25 June, 2014

A study looking into tenant's energy use

A major new study of people's energy use in the home has found that giving people feedback on their energy use can have as big an impact in cutting bills as installing loft insulation or upgrading a boiler - a saving equivalent to 2.7m tonnes of carbon per year for the UK

Further cuts to the poor are inevitable

25 June, 2014

Lord Daniel Finkelstein, a Conservative peer and friend of George Osborne, said today that further cuts to the poor are inevitable

Private renters feel the effect of the high cost of housing

25 June, 2014

Ipsos MORI survey for the Chartered Institute of Housing

A newly commissioned poll, conducted on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Housing, shows that private renters are currently feeling the effects of the high cost of housing. Thirty-nine per cent of those living in private rented homes agree they might have to leave their local area in the future because the cost of housing is too high, compared with 20% across Great Britain as a whole

Alex Salmond's local income tax 'to cost families £550 extra'

25 June, 2014

Scottish Parliament economists calculate how much a local income tax would cost

Why housing providers should enquire about their tenants' sexuality

25 June, 2014

Questions about sexuality, religion and disability can be seen as invasive, but can organisations use the data to provide better services?

Tories 'should amend bedroom tax'

25 June, 2014

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

£10bn ready to be invested in private rented sector

25 June, 2014

There is £10 billion of new money ready to be invested in the UK's professional private rented sector

The impact of welfare reform

24 June, 2014

The impact of welfare reform on social landlords and tenants

Welfare reform was one of the early targets of drastic public spending cuts. This research examines the impact on two of the groups most directly affected: social landlords and their tenants

Housing benefit size criteria

24 June, 2014

Impacts for social sector tenants and options for reform

Reductions in levels of Housing Benefit for social sector tenants based on occupancy levels were introduced in April 2013. It is often referred to as the 'spare room subsidy', 'under-occupancy charge' and 'bedroom tax' but this study uses the more neutral term of the 'Housing Benefit size criteria'. It sets out a range of reform options that would reduce adverse impacts of the policy

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments 2013 to 2014

24 June, 2014

Analysis of the use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds by local authorities for the financial year 2013 to 2014

£20 million support for welfare reform claimants unspent

24 June, 2014

More than £20 million specifically earmarked to help people adapt to welfare reforms was not spent by local authorities last year

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment: first independent review

24 June, 2014

DWP has commissioned Paul Gray CB to undertake an independent review of how the Personal Independence Payment assessment is working

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

24 June, 2014

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

Council's licensing scheme to target rogue landlords

24 June, 2014

Rogue landlords who provide poor quality housing are the target of a new licensing scheme to improve private rented accommodation for tenants in Croydon

Performance of the private rental market in Northern Ireland - Summary Research Report July - December 2013

24 June, 2014

The continued growth of the Northern Ireland rental market means there remains considerable interest and debate on the viability and sustainability of the private rental market

Call for landlords to be forced to check electric wires

24 June, 2014

Campaigners are calling for a change in the law to make landlords in England conduct mandatory checks on electrical fittings in rented properties

First Minister to highlight £1bn investment in social housing

24 June, 2014

The £1bn spent by the Scottish Government on social housing in recent years is 'good for our economy and good for our society'

5th Report, 2014 (Session 4): Report on Local Impact of Welfare Reform

23 June, 2014

Statistical 'proof' that welfare reform hits the poorest individuals hardest has been obtained by MSPs

Tenants unprepared for Universal Credit

23 June, 2014

Riverside working with New Direction and Barclays, has been preparing its tenants for welfare reform, specifically Universal Credit, to help them cope with the changes

Universal credit extended to four more areas

23 June, 2014

Universal credit was extended to four more areas of the north west of England

Bedrooms: Living, moving and relaxing

23 June, 2014

A couple of new bedroom tax FTT decisions

Report of a telephone survey with g15 tenants

23 June, 2014

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

Rachel Reeves: Labour will 'pause' Universal Credit if we win power

23 June, 2014

The shadow work and pensions minister says that Labour would not 'throw good money after bad' on the troubled benefit

DWP denies risk of rising disability benefits breaching welfare spending cap

23 June, 2014

Leaked documents suggested cost of employment and support allowance left government vulnerable to breach of self-imposed cap

Church of England to open credit union in its 'war on Wonga'

23 June, 2014

All members of the Church of England will be able to join church-endorsed credit union within five years

Homeless figures treble among private rental tenants

23 June, 2014

The number of people made homeless when a private tenancy ends has trebled in the last five years

Housing crisis taking its toll on private renters

23 June, 2014

More than a third of private renters in Great Britain fear having to move out of their local area because of the high cost of housing

Personal Independence Payment

20 June, 2014

The DWP has rushed the introduction of PIP and the non-piloting of the new benefit has led to long and unacceptable delays to disabled people who have claimed it

Q&A: The benefits cap and you

20 June, 2014

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

Universal Credit policy to expand to 90 jobcentres

20 June, 2014

The government's flagship welfare policy, Universal Credit, is to be introduced in 90 jobcentres in north-west England

Poor quality and tenure issues mean most councillors do not see PRS as top priority

20 June, 2014

Only 2% of councillors in England see the private rented sector supply of housing as their top priority for new housing supply

Tenants should be treated as customers too

20 June, 2014

Scrutiny of landlords' performance benefits all

We will protect you

20 June, 2014

Universal credit is still a work in progress, but that means proper safeguards are being put in place

Benefit cuts for the young - secret agreement

20 June, 2014

There is widespread agreement about the need to cut benefits for young people but it doesn't suit the political parties to admit this

Stop disability benefits 'fiasco'

20 June, 2014

Thousands forced to rely on loans and charity

Renting 'cheaper in real terms'

20 June, 2014

Private sector rents have been getting cheaper in real terms throughout the last year as stability returns to the market

Firms won't need to hire foreign workers any more, claims IDS: Benefits reforms 'make part-time jobs attractive'

20 June, 2014

Unemployed Britons are being made to take jobs currently filled chiefly by immigrant workers thanks to sweeping reforms of the benefits system

Government 'could breach its own welfare spending cap'

20 June, 2014

The government could breach its self-imposed cap on welfare spending as a result of the cost of the main sickness benefit

Supreme Court to hear landmark council tax rebate case

19 June, 2014

A landmark case concerning local authorities' obligations when carrying out public consultations will be heard by the Supreme Court today

Government considering new rules for universal credit

19 June, 2014

Some 'trusted' landlords may receive benefits direct at an earlier stage

DWP capped access to discretionary housing fund

19 June, 2014

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

Government moves to reassure landlords over Superstrike

19 June, 2014

Following a year of concerted lobbying and pressure by the industry, the DCLG has tabled amendments to the Deregulation Bill

CIH NI welcomes new Private Rented Access Scheme for Homeless

19 June, 2014

CIH NI policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright welcomes a new scheme from the Housing Executive and SmartMove NI that aims to tackle homelessness

Letting agents in Scotland want compulsory code of conduct

19 June, 2014

More than 80% of Scotland's letting agents want a compulsory code of conduct

Thousands left in limbo in benefit appeals system grinding to a halt

19 June, 2014

An extra 'mandatory reconsideration' stage added to the disability benefits appeal process by government is creating huge suffering

Further Universal Credit roll out in the North West

19 June, 2014

Universal Credit will be introduced in additional jobcentres from 23 June

Rogue landlords exploit deposit protection loophole

19 June, 2014

Legislation to rein in bad landlords and agents can leave tenants out of pocket

Labour to cut youth benefits and focus on path to work

19 June, 2014

Labour leader sets out reforms based on training incentives as poll finds 78% of voters think welfare system unfair

Call for country-wide universal credit rollout

18 June, 2014

The government should roll out its universal credit system across the country rather than phasing it in through pilots

Housing rent deposits rise 50% since 2007

18 June, 2014

Lobby group Generation Rent calls for longer tenancies and a landlords' register as average deposits rise to £900

Report to call for 'radical reform' of welfare state

18 June, 2014

Plans for a radical overhaul of the welfare state will be published in a report that will be launched by Ed Miliband on Thursday

All aboard the universal credit bus

18 June, 2014

Salix Homes is using a community bus to help tenants get ready for universal credit which is being introduced in Salford this summer

Quantifying the extent of space shortages: English dwellings

18 June, 2014

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

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

18 June, 2014

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

Fresh perspective on renting

18 June, 2014

A new manifesto for private renters published today highlights the new thinking on housing emerging ahead of the general election

Can the changes to LHA achieve their aims in London's housing market?

18 June, 2014

A report by New Policy Institute for Shelter

Renting in Tower Hamlets 'now more expensive than in leafy Richmond'

18 June, 2014

Soaring rents in popular east London boroughs such as Hackney and Tower Hamlets have overtaken those in affluent west London areas for the first time

Cuts may undermine work incentives in universal credit

18 June, 2014

Thinktank launches expert review of welfare scheme, saying policy changes have not received sufficient scrutiny

LIN member report June 2014 - Response of Housing Associations to "Helping People to Find and Stay in Work"

17 June, 2014

This LIN member report is written by Kevin McCready

This LIN member report reviews the various ways that Housing Associations work with tenants to improve their employment prospects and the various approaches that have been taken

HB G6/2014

17 June, 2014

Contains information on work capability assessment independent review and official experimental Universal Credit statistics

Budding entrepreneurs helped off benefits

17 June, 2014

Around 2,000 businesses a month have been set up over the past year by people who have moved from claiming benefits to being their own boss

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

17 June, 2014

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

What should be in the Renter's Manifesto?

17 June, 2014

There is one year until the 2015 General Election and housing will be a central issue

Social landlords could build 100,000 new homes a year

17 June, 2014

Social Housing Under Threat - a campaign for social housing - launches this week

Lottery funding for Coventry food poverty

17 June, 2014

More than £370,000 in lottery funding has been awarded to tackle food poverty in Coventry - home to one of the UK's busiest food banks

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

17 June, 2014

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

Council offers bond in place of deposit to PRS landlords

17 June, 2014

South Northamptonshire Council is offering landlords a bond instead of a cash deposit in an effort to ease tenants into the private rented sector

Letting agents 'must publish fees' says minister

17 June, 2014

Tenants will be able to 'shop around' for a letting agent that does not charge excessive fees under Government plans to fine those that do not display their costs

Welfare Reforms Hit Londoners Hardest

16 June, 2014

36% of London's children live below the poverty line

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

16 June, 2014

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

Benefit blunder apology to evicted Pulborough family

16 June, 2014

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

Consumer protection law for lettings professionals

16 June, 2014

Guidance for lettings professionals on complying with consumer protection laws, and laws about dealing with other businesses

Politicians just don't understand what it's like to be a renter

16 June, 2014

The 335 MPs who rent a second home on expenses do not experience the reality of life in the private rented sector

The poor need free food says Rowan Williams: Former Archbishop of Canterbury attacks the Government's benefits policy

16 June, 2014

Rowan Williams reignited the debate over food banks yesterday by claiming a generation of children is growing up with 'anxiety and deprivation'

Labour policy report calls for radical reform of welfare state

16 June, 2014

Thinktank's report for policy review will propose benefits be linked more closely to contributions

Majority of UK landlords reject tenants on benefits

16 June, 2014

Eight out of 10 landlords in the UK refuse tenants whose rent is paid by local authorities with just 18% happy to let to this group

HB A12/2014

16 June, 2014

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

Why is only one social landlord signed up to the digital inclusion charter?

13 June, 2014

Despite being well placed to get people online, few organisations have signed up to be a part of the government's official strategy

Tribunal tells councils to end tax on empty homes

13 June, 2014

Housing associations win case against London boroughs charging tax

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

13 June, 2014

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

Minister welcomes sharp fall in appeals against benefit decisions

13 June, 2014

The number of benefit decision appeals dropped by 79% to 32,546 between January and March 2014, compared to same time last year

£200,000 fine for rogue landlord's 'bed in shed'

13 June, 2014

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay more than £200,000 - or go to prison

Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill published

13 June, 2014

The first step towards setting out in law the permanent arrangements for the £33 million SWF has been made with the introduction of the Welfare Funds (Scotland)

'Time bomb' warning on migrant welfare cut

13 June, 2014

Loss of 'transitional protection' benefit may put migrants on streets

Energy saving devices could save tenants hundreds of pounds

13 June, 2014

Thousands of tenants are going to benefit from cheaper utility bills thanks to new energy saving devices

Why should council tenants be left behind?

13 June, 2014

Did you know nationally that 82% of people are online but if you live in social housing - the figure is more likely to be 64%

Pushing pay-to-stay

13 June, 2014

The government wants tenants to tell social landlords if their incomes rise to more than £60,000 a year - and then see their rents leap

Food bank charity 'was threatened with closure by Iain Duncan Smith's aide'

13 June, 2014

A senior aide to Iain Duncan Smith was accused last night of threatening to 'shut down' Britain's main provider of food banks

Evictions on rise as landlords toughen up

13 June, 2014

Survey shows landlords protecting income by dealing with arrears more robustly

The state of that bedroom

12 June, 2014

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

How the other 40,000 live

12 June, 2014

Statistics show Wales has been hit harder by the removal of the spare room subsidy or 'bedroom tax' than any other part of the UK

Why we should give a monkeys about the PRS

12 June, 2014

Ahead of CIH Cymru's 3rd annual PRS summit Julie Nicholas asks the difficult question: When is a primate like a privately rented home?

Fuel Poverty, England 2012: Statistical press release

12 June, 2014

Through the Energy Act 2013, the Government has laid the ground for a new legal framework to monitor fuel poverty in England using the Low Income High Costs Indicator

MP welcomes move to force letting agents to publish fees

12 June, 2014

Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron has welcomed the government's decision to force letting agents to publish full tariffs of their fees

Increased benefits 'help poor more'

12 June, 2014

Increasing benefits for low income workers would be a cheaper and more effective way of helping struggling families than tax cuts floated by the major parties

Will universal credit create discerning tenants? Perhaps - but that's not point

12 June, 2014

Hopes for a new generation of responsible renters will be undone by the risk of rising arrears

Universal Credit statistics: Apr 2013 to 31 March 2014

12 June, 2014

Universal Credit statistics: April 2013 to 31 March 2014 with breakdowns by Jobcentre Plus office, local authority and parliamentary constituency

Hundreds of thousands hit by benefits backlog

12 June, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by a benefits backlog

Payday loan firms not competitive

12 June, 2014

Payday lenders lack price competition, so customers may be paying too much for their loans

Countrywide Monthly Lettings Index - May 2014

12 June, 2014

Landlords achieve greater returns on their rental property as capital appreciation grows significantly

Families are slipping through the welfare net into hunger and poverty

11 June, 2014

10-year-old Cara described how it feels to be hungry in Britain in 2014

Welfare reform puts single people at risk of homelessness

11 June, 2014

Study of risk factors in the north east finds rent arrears, food poverty and crime on the rise. Homelessness will come next

How to personalise a rented property

11 June, 2014

If you rent your property, it can often feel like a challenge to make you house feel like a home due to the restrictions that landlords put in place

Top tribunals judge questions universal credit 'disappearance'

11 June, 2014

A senior tribunals judge has thrown doubt over the future of universal credit after it 'disappeared' from Department for Work and Pensions forecasts on the number of predicted appeals

4th Report, 2014 (Session 4): Interim Report on the New Benefit Sanctions Regime: Tough Love or Tough Luck?

11 June, 2014

A review of the benefits sanctions regime has been called for by a group of MSPs in another critical report of the welfare system

Renters turn to Shelter as revenge evictions soar

11 June, 2014

New figures from the Shelter helpline today show a massive rise in calls from renters at risk of losing their homes

The social housing stigma: how to fight the stereotyping of social tenants

11 June, 2014

Residents are not the scroungers they are often portrayed as, but social housing is hardly a workers' paradise

Quarterly survey of private registered providers

11 June, 2014

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

Welfare Reform is working in South Ribble

11 June, 2014

Labour opposed all welfare reforms proposed by the government as the Conservatives put into place their long-term economic plan to turn around the economy

MP wants watchdog to probe 'overtly political' Oxfam campaign

11 June, 2014

The Charity Commission is assessing whether a promotional campaign by Oxfam broke its rules by criticising the government's austerity programme

London has the highest child poverty rates and highest housing costs in the UK

11 June, 2014

Get angry about people playing the system by all means, but start at the top and work your way down if you expect to be taken seriously

Families on the brink: welfare reform in London

11 June, 2014

London has the highest child poverty rates and highest housing costs in the UK

'Phase out' private rent and build more council homes

10 June, 2014

A trade union has called for the private rented sector to be 'phased out' in favour of a massive council house building programme

Scotland's 'worst performing' council for arrears slammed

10 June, 2014

A council has been issued with a damning report on its rent collection, after a review by the Scottish Housing Regulator

'Rent controls could have saved London tenants £2,800'

10 June, 2014

If the rent control model advocated by a majority of the London Assembly had been brought in, the capital's private tenants would have saved £2,796 in the two years

PRS to come under the spotlight

10 June, 2014

The future of Scotland's private rented sector will come under the spotlight tomorrow

How to rent

10 June, 2014

This guide is for people who are looking for a house or flat to rent

Court costs soar to 150% as eviction cases are on the rise

10 June, 2014

Halton Housing Trust warns customers that they face a significant rise in court costs of up to 150 per cent

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

10 June, 2014

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

End to outdated laws will allow Londoners to let homes for extra cash

10 June, 2014

Eric Pickles announces the end of rules that prevent short-term renting of private homes

MPs claiming £millions to rent second homes

10 June, 2014

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

Thousands of social homes to benefit from ££0m British Gas solar partnership

09 June, 2014

More than 6,000 social homes will become rooftop solar sites as part of a £60m partnership between British Gas, Social Finance and Gen Community

Where are we now with VFM self-assessment?

09 June, 2014

Over the past six months the HCA has not minced its words: it is not happy with the sector's response to the VFM standard

The 3 S's of Universal Credit

09 June, 2014

Many would argue that we have not seen such change in the welfare system since the creation of the welfare state

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

09 June, 2014

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

DWP starts IT overhaul as it commits to 25% SMB spend

09 June, 2014

The DWP has committed to increasing its spend with SMBs to 25% of expenditure as it outlined its revised IT transformation programme

Bedroom Tax - Gambling with our Futures

09 June, 2014

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

Ministers reject food banks' 20million meals figure

09 June, 2014

Charities in row with Government after it emerges half of meals are handed out to good causes such as lunch clubs

Ineligible welfare claimants keep benefits after going unchallenged in court

09 June, 2014

Welfare claimants who should have their benefits cut under government rules are keeping their higher payouts due to a lack of government representation at tribunals

Below the Breadline: The relentless rise of food poverty in Britain

09 June, 2014

Although the UK is the seventh richest country in the world, it is also deeply unequal, and millions of families across the UK are living below the breadline

Touchbase DWP e-zine

09 June, 2014

June 2014- includes information on the latest jobs figures which show that employment is continuing to rise with a record number of people, over 30.4 million, now in work

Behind the scenes at a foodbank

06 June, 2014

It's estimated that over 500,000 people across the UK now access food banks

Riverside helps tenants claim over £350,000

06 June, 2014

In the first year since Government changes to the benefits system, Riverside Carlisle's Money Advice Service has increased the amount their tenants have been eligible to claim

BPF says build-to-rent fund has laid the foundations for long-term PRS success

06 June, 2014

The property industry will today hear how the Build-to-Rent Fund, PRS Taskforce and the Montague Review have played important roles

Iain Duncan Smith says Big Issue magazine is 'helping UK benefit tourists'

06 June, 2014

Mr Duncan Smith said the magazine was being used 'more and more' as a foothold for Romanians to access tax credits

Ticking the box for housing: latest poll results

06 June, 2014

What do CIH members think of Labour's proposals for the private rented sector?

Poorer households council tax support extended in Wales

06 June, 2014

Benefits to help poorer households in Wales pay council tax will be paid beyond the 2016 assembly election

Stormont probes growing demand for food banks

06 June, 2014

Stormont has launched an investigation into the growing demand for food banks by desperate families across Northern Ireland

Landlords to identify violent extremists

06 June, 2014

Manchester police to launch national scheme training housing staff to spot tenants vulnerable to radicalisation

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

06 June, 2014

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

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

05 June, 2014

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

Bedroom tax judicial review fails

05 June, 2014

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

Anti-bedroom tax campaigners to gather in Manchester

05 June, 2014

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

Riverside supports Durham Food Bank

05 June, 2014

Durham Foodbank provides emergency food for local people in crisis

Rent deadlock drives landlord out of boroughs

05 June, 2014

Lack of assurances means association will build larger homes elsewhere

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

05 June, 2014

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

Poorer households council tax support extended in Wales

05 June, 2014

Benefits to help poorer households in Wales pay council tax will be paid beyond the next assembly election

Labour to encourage culture of rental increases

05 June, 2014

The Labour Party's proposal to introduce an annual indexation of rents will leave more tenants out of pocket and only exacerbate high rents in the UK

HB S5/2014

05 June, 2014

Rent Rebate Subsidy Limitation information - 2014/15

What would welfare look like in an independent Scotland?

04 June, 2014

The Scottish government's working group reports today on recommended changes to the benefits system after a yes vote

Scottish independence: Call to increase minimum wage

04 June, 2014

An expert group on welfare set up by the Scottish government has recommended a substantial rise in the minimum wage

The injustice of our council tax system demands redress

04 June, 2014

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

Back to square one for universal credit

04 June, 2014

The controversial welfare benefit has been classified as an entirely new project by a Whitehall body, so it's not too late to make the necessary changes

Crackdown on landlords who fail to tackle criminal behaviour

04 June, 2014

New powers to clamp down on private rented sector landlords who do not take action against organised crime in their properties are expected to be announced today in the Queen's speech

Re-thinking Welfare: Fair, Personal and Simple

04 June, 2014

This is the 2nd report of the Expert Working Group on Welfare looking at the medium and long term options for welfare in an independent Scotland

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

04 June, 2014

Summary of responses June 2014

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

04 June, 2014

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

Stop interfering over benefits, Iain Duncan Smith tells EU as he demands new rights to curb handouts

04 June, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith opened up a new front in the Tory battle with Brussels last night, demanding new rights for Britain to restrict welfare handouts for EU migrants

A minimum income standard for the UK in 2014

03 June, 2014

How much money do you need for an adequate standard of living?

Welfare reforms 'impacting on children'

03 June, 2014

The UK Government has been criticised in a row about the impact of controversial welfare reforms on children

The EU's wise advice to the UK shouldn't be ignored

03 June, 2014

It's not up to the unelected commission to determine Britain's policies, but it has reason and evidence on its side

DWP refuses to disclose universal credit alternative payment figures

03 June, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions has refused to disclose figures relating to the number of alternative payment arrangements made under universal credit

Helping renters doesn't have to mean harming landlords

03 June, 2014

You often hear people suggest the way to fix the problems with private renting is for renters to simply complain or shop around

European Commission questions UK government's welfare and housing policies

03 June, 2014

The European Commission has called on the UK government to ensure its welfare reforms contribute to the reduction of child poverty in low-income households

Lottery funding awarded to South West charities

03 June, 2014

A project in Cornwall supporting male victims of domestic abuse has been awarded more than £400,000 in lottery funding

Find out what happened when an AM tried living on benefits for a week

03 June, 2014

Rebecca Evans AM writes about her week of living on the equivalent of Jobseeker's Allowance, to examine the impact of welfare reform

Landlords face prosecution over criminal tenants

03 June, 2014

New offence to be announced in the Queen's Speech will make it an offence to turn a blind eye to criminal behaviour on your property

Wirral council accused of 'persecution' over bedroom tax

03 June, 2014

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

HB A11/2014

03 June, 2014

Contains information on the process to obtain appropriate claimant Personal Independence Payment information not available via the Customer Information System

HB Direct

03 June, 2014

Issue 149 June 2014 - a look at the reasons why not all of you are using the Valuation Office Agency's VICTER system

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

02 June, 2014

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

We need a new deal for tenants

02 June, 2014

Labour Leader Ed Miliband is surely right in principle to propose greater regulation of the private rented market

Councils stifling local housing investment

02 June, 2014

The majority of landlords considering future property purchases plan to buy in their local area

Government offers £500,000 to combat massive rise in food bank usage

02 June, 2014

The Scottish government is offering food aid organisations the chance to apply for funding through its £500,000 Emergency Food Fund

Jersey minister says rent control 'doesn't work'

02 June, 2014

Jersey's housing minister says he has deep reservations over calls for rent controls

Government scores bedroom tax own goal

02 June, 2014

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

Family loses High Court challenge against bedroom tax

02 June, 2014

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

Department of Work and Pensions in denial on food banks

02 June, 2014

The Department of Work and Pensions within the UK Government is in denial about the cause of the increase in food bank use

Government claims 'digital success' with Universal Credit

30 May, 2014

Widening access to Universal Credit information across a range of digital devices is proving popular with claimants & boosting digital skills

Caring through the night

30 May, 2014

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

Government scores bedroom tax own goal

30 May, 2014

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

Are housing associations really killing off social housing?

30 May, 2014

Critics may not like the tough decisions social landlords have taken, but we are more focused than ever on our social purpose

Government agrees specialist housing team for universal credit

30 May, 2014

The government has agreed to include a specialist housing team within the universal credit service centre

Council tax hardship payments judgment victory

30 May, 2014

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

Family of disabled grandchild lose spare bedroom fight

30 May, 2014

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

GLA to be flexible over retrofit plans

30 May, 2014

Landlords will not be forced to carry out work they cannot afford

Landlords call for clarity on pay-to-stay rent rules

30 May, 2014

Providers encouraged to charge high-earning tenants more rent

Government considering new laws to stop 'retaliatory evictions' of private tenants

30 May, 2014

DCLG considering introducing legislation to outlaw the 'retaliatory eviction' of tenants who complain to landlords about poor conditions

Universal Credit service improvements

29 May, 2014

Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed some changes to Universal Credit service, which should benefit landlords and tenants

Boris Johnson's private rental accreditation scheme dismissed as a PR stunt

29 May, 2014

A campaign group for PRs has declared the accreditation scheme for PR sector landlords as an expensive PR stunt, doing little to help tenants

Helping Tenants to Combat Poverty

29 May, 2014

Practical Interventions in Housing

The tough economic climate, public sector austerity and welfare reform combined mean that many individuals and families are struggling to make ends meet. While the economy is said to be recovering, many households and communities are not feeling the benefit and the numbers in poverty are expected to increase

Generation Rent blasts 1.1 million empty homes as overcrowding rises

29 May, 2014

The OfNS has found a 25% increase in households with six or more people, and a 25% increase in unoccupied homes from 878,000 to 1.1 million

London rental standard is a 'meaningless gimmick'

29 May, 2014

Tom Copley, Labour London Assembly and housing spokesperson, has described the London Rental Standard as a 'meaningless gimmick'

Universal Credit: 100,000 views on the red button, smartphone apps and Facebook

29 May, 2014

Interactive TV, smartphone apps and social media has been used to view over 100,000 pages of Universal Credit information

CIH warns worst offenders may 'simply ignore' new London Rental Standard

29 May, 2014

The mayor of London's new London Rental Standard, sets out standards for landlord and letting agent accreditation schemes

A fair start for everyone

29 May, 2014

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

The new report from Save the Children 'A Fair Start for Every Child', reveals that children have paid the highest price in the recession, with families having been hit by a "triple whammy" of years of flat wages, cuts to benefits and the rising cost of living

New Approaches

29 May, 2014

New approaches of tackling tenancy fraud

This briefing will explore how housing providers across England have approached the fraudulent use of social housing, including preventing and detecting a range of fraudulent activities. It will highlight emerging issues and risks in tackling tenancy fraud and establish good practice from providers in how to meet these new challenges

Should the social housing regulator charge for regulation?

29 May, 2014

What impact could the proposals have and is there merit to charging for regulation?

Bedroom tax pushes households into debt and fear of eviction

29 May, 2014

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

Housing Benefit: Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs)

28 May, 2014

Parliamentary briefing note

'Bedroom tax' hitting North hard

28 May, 2014

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

Iain Duncan Smith has failed on Universal Credit. He must be replaced

28 May, 2014

He has proved himself to be inept at managing its implementation over the past three years

Cost of renting rises 10% to average of £777 a month

28 May, 2014

The cost of renting has soared by 10 per cent during the past year as the supply of properties fails to keep pace with tenant demand

Millions of our kids are living in poverty - when are we going to do something about it?

28 May, 2014

If the economy is growing, why are 3.5 million children living in poverty?

One year on: The impact of welfare reforms on housing association tenants

28 May, 2014

Ipsos MORI research report looking at the impacts of welfare reform specifically from the tenant perspective

If payday lenders are quitting Britain, what comes next?

28 May, 2014

Loan sharks will move in unless people in poorer communities can borrow from legitimate local sources like credit unions

Council turns to private sector landlords to solve housing crisis

28 May, 2014

A council has appealed to private rented sector landlords to offer homes for families on its waiting list

Reading and Brighton offer fastest growing returns for landlords as young professionals give up on London

28 May, 2014

Reading and Brighton provided the biggest jump in potential returns for landlords last year as a flight of priced-out young professionals from London boosted rents in the towns

The real cost-of-living-crisis: Five million British children 'sentenced to life of poverty thanks to welfare reforms'

28 May, 2014

Children in working families, rather than beggars and vagrants, are the face of modern poverty in Britain today

Octavia trial makes district heating hot topic for social landlords

27 May, 2014

A project by Octavia Housing is helping landlords re-think how they deliver heat and tackle fuel poverty in thousands of social housing properties

Concerns as charity helps more homeless

27 May, 2014

A homelessness charity has revealed a large increase in the number of people needing help in Chorley - and fears that demand could still rise further

'Vulnerable people' will be caught up in Universal Credit fiasco warns Oldham MP

27 May, 2014

Debbie Abrahams, warns there remains an uncertainty about the Universal credit IT system and the way vulnerable people will be supported with the changed it brings

Govt proposes no benefits for 7 days

27 May, 2014

The SSAC has launched a public consultation on the Government's intention to extend the number of days a claimant must wait before they are entitled to receive certain benefits from 3 to 7

Council tax arrears now biggest debt problem reported to Citizens Advice

27 May, 2014

One in five people reporting debt problems to Citizens Advice has a council tax arrears issue

Council tax arrears become most common debt case at Citizens Advice

27 May, 2014

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

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

27 May, 2014

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

Major Projects Authority's annual assessment

27 May, 2014

Annual Report 2013-2014

Delays to universal credit lead watchdog to rate it as a new project

27 May, 2014

Due to the delays to universal credit, a government watchdog has assessed it as 'reset' meaning it is considered a new scheme

Government proposal to extend benefit waiting days: consultation announced

23 May, 2014

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

Relief for 'bedroom tax' 'victims'

23 May, 2014

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

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

23 May, 2014

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

Localising Council Tax support administration subsidy grant determination (2014 to 2015)

23 May, 2014

This document sets out the distribution of subsidy paid to local authorities in England

Direction on the rent standard 2014

23 May, 2014

This direction will apply to standards set by the social housing regulator in relation to rent for registered providers from 1 April 2015

Guidance on rents for social housing

23 May, 2014

This guidance sets out the government's policy on rents for social housing from April 2015 onwards

Can the PRS do even more to help meet housing need?

23 May, 2014

The pendulum of housing investment has swung from the public to the private rented sector in the last decade

Universal credit 'reset' after catalogue of blunders

23 May, 2014

The government's spluttering flagship reform of the benefits system has been officially 'reset'

Legal battle looms over rent reform

23 May, 2014

Stock transfer associations say new rent regime will cost them millions

Rents for Social Housing from 2015-16

23 May, 2014

Consultation: Summary of Responses

I'm a renter - and guess what? I love it

22 May, 2014

Renting your home doesn't have to be grim and rootless, it's only the desperate rush to buy that makes it seem a worst-case scenario

One third of Torbay households claiming housing benefits

22 May, 2014

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

Ukip housing spokesman making a fortune from immigrants on housing benefit

22 May, 2014

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

Young Men Most Likely to be on Universal Credit

22 May, 2014

More than six in ten (63%) of new claims for Universal Credit are for people under 25 and only 4% of claimants are over 50

Call for bedroom tax scrap for the abused

22 May, 2014

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

Beamish welcomes rent reform

22 May, 2014

South Scotland MSP Claudia Beamish has backed plans to reform the private rented sector in Scotland

Affordable homes to beat 'bedroom tax' in Telford

22 May, 2014

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

4,000 English households risk losing homes every week

22 May, 2014

215,000 homes in England are at risk of eviction or repossession

Four ways to help tenants appeal against bedroom tax

22 May, 2014

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

IDS continues to block universal credit report

22 May, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith is continuing to block the publication of reports believed to reveal the failure of the universal credit scheme

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments: first independent review

21 May, 2014

DWP - The first independent review of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment process

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

21 May, 2014

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

PRS tenant campaign group accused of 'playing to people's fears'

21 May, 2014

A campaign group that fights for tenants in the private rented sector has been accused of "playing to people's fears" and "failing to provide a true reflection of the sector"

DWP 'leads the way in openness and transparency'

21 May, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions is a pioneer of truthfulness regarding statistics, one of its spokespersons has said

Iain Duncan Smith continues to hide reports showing failure of universal credit

21 May, 2014

The DWP is continuing to block publication of reports set to reveal the failure of the Universal Credit scheme, despite a series of rulings insisting they should be released

Tenants fail to check fate of their deposits

21 May, 2014

More than half of tenants (53%) admit they never check if landlords put their deposits in mandatory tenancy deposit schemes

Shapps council bungles bedroom tax leaflet

21 May, 2014

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

Bedroom Tax - one year on

21 May, 2014

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

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

21 May, 2014

Scottish Affairs Committee - Fourteenth Report

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