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General news items and policy pieces of interest to landlords

Councils warn housing shortfall and benefit cuts fuel rising homelessness

22 March, 2017

Report calls on the government to invest in schemes that support people into the private rented sector such as a national rent deposit guarantee

Are pantry schemes the new food banks?

22 March, 2017

More than 4 million people in Britain regularly go a whole day without eating. For just £2.50 a week, food clubs are filling their cupboards

Rising food and fuel prices hoist UK inflation rate to 2.3%

21 March, 2017

Standard of living fears build as wage growth slows and inflation leaps from 1.8% in January to highest level since September 2013

Government urged to tackle zero-hours work as job figures reveal 'record high'

16 March, 2017

Unions are calling for the Government to tackle the rise in zero-hours work after new figures showed a record 905,000 people are employed on the controversial contracts in their main job

Future proofing housing supply

15 March, 2017

A report from the housing forum working group on new solutions to boost housing supply

Lack of robust thinking on affordable housing

14 March, 2017

The co-leader of the Green Party says the leading opposition parties are not doing enough to make the case for genuinely affordable housing

Call for affordable housing in London amid rent squeeze

13 March, 2017

The high cost of renting a house in London has fuelled a huge increase in the number of people in the capital who do not have enough income for a decent standard of living

Budget 2017: housing cuts in spotlight

09 March, 2017

Funding for social care and apprenticeships were the winners in a low-key Budget

Tax reforms harming access to rented housing for 'vulnerable tenants'

09 March, 2017

Vulnerable tenants are finding it harder to access rented housing because of tax changes being introduced by the Government

NLA Budget response: No news still bad news for landlords

08 March, 2017

We're pleased the Government has listened to our calls to delay the implementation of the Making Tax Digital programme

Zero hours contracts reach record levels

03 March, 2017

The number of people on controversial zero hours contracts has reached a record high of 910,000

House sellers 'should pay stamp duty'

03 March, 2017

Stamp duty should be a tax on property sellers, rather than buyers, to help those trying to buy their first home

Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2016-17 to 2021-22

03 March, 2017

Debates over living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK are often hampered by the fact that official data on household incomes are available only with a significant lag

English Housing Survey

02 March, 2017

Headline Report, 2015-16

'Affordable housing'? Not in Manchester. So we have made our own rules

02 March, 2017

Residents with an income under the national average can't afford rent at 80% of market rate

Melissa and millions like her are just one unpaid bill away from the abyss

24 February, 2017

As the cocktail of long-term austerity, rising living costs and a slumping post-Brexit economy hits, what's really frightening is the crisis that is brewing but is barely being noticed

Legal aid shakeup hands lifeline to domestic violence victims

23 February, 2017

Exclusive: Removal of five-year limit for applications follows vow by prime minister to increase domestic abuse prosecutions

Crisis backs call to ensure sanctions do not lead to homelessness

22 February, 2017

Crisis has welcomed a report by the Committee of Public Accounts which says that 'suspending benefit payments can lead to rent arrears and homelessness'

Short-term lettings industry 'to enforce 90 day limit'

22 February, 2017

Short-term letting sites suggest they will help to enforce 90-day limits, after Tom Copley forces the issue at City Hall

'Silver lining' to rental market

20 February, 2017

Silver renters on the rise as more recognise the benefits of downsizing

First-time buyers '£860 a year better off' than renters

20 February, 2017

First-time buyers in Scotland are on average about £860 a year better off than those who rent

Just about managing: Four million more people living on inadequate incomes in modern Britain

15 February, 2017

Four million more people are living below an adequate standard of living and are just about managing at best

New rents in UK up 2.6% in January, but falling in London

14 February, 2017

New rents in the UK increased by 2.6% in January overall year on year, the fastest rise for the month in two years but continued to fall in London

More must be done to end fuel poverty

13 February, 2017

Currently 2.38 million families - that is 10.6% of UK households cannot afford to keep their home warm; this is defined as being in 'fuel poverty'

Bedford foodbank funds frozen 'because of US law'

10 February, 2017

A fundraiser had £400 in donations for a UK foodbank charity frozen after his "very common name" appeared on a restriction list for the US Treasury

Mother of 'fit for work' victim calls for ministers to face criminal charges

10 February, 2017

The mother of a disabled man who starved to death after he was found "fit for work" and lost his out-of-work disability benefits has called for ministers to face criminal charges

G4S to take over welfare support for families facing deportation

10 February, 2017

Home Office expected to announce controversial contractor will provide services rather than Barnardo's charity

Letting agent jailed after fleecing vulnerable tenants of holding deposits

09 February, 2017

A letting agent who cheated over 100 tenants and worked other scams has been jailed for 45 months

High street banks 'charging more than payday lenders' on overdrafts

09 February, 2017

Borrowers who need as little as £100 could be charged up to £156 more by their bank than a payday lender would demand

Are you a landlord, first-time buyer, renter or would-be downsizer? How the Government's Housing White Paper plans will affect you

08 February, 2017

The Government has finally unveiled its plans to fix the 'broken housing market' in a white paper spanning 104 pages

These pictures show vulnerable people are living in shocking conditions because of slum landlords

08 February, 2017

Pictures showing some of Manchester's worst rented homes are revealed as part of a major crackdown on landlords

Affordable rent measures promised in housing White Paper

06 February, 2017

The government is promising a new emphasis on people who rent their homes when it unveils its housing strategy for England this week

HomeLet Rental Index - January 2017

03 February, 2017

Average rents in the UK continue to see a slower rate of rental growth compared to last year

'More must be done to tackle fuel poverty'

31 January, 2017

According to National Energy Action, fuel poverty now affects over four million households, up from one million in 2004

Conman hired AirBnB property then showed would-be tenant round pretending it was his before fleecing him of £1,600 rent deposit

30 January, 2017

Swindler hired an AirBnB property in Haringey, north London in simple scam

Reducing homelessness: The bill and beyond

27 January, 2017

In 2015, Wales changed the way it provides support to people threatened with homelessness

Rough sleeping: time to overhaul the way we understand homelessness?

26 January, 2017

The latest rough sleeping data has been released by DCLG and it shows that yet again the number of people forced to sleep on the streets has gone up

Disabled and cold: Sandra is penalised for being poor. Fuel poverty is harsh

20 January, 2017

Their freezing home makes her asthmatic son sick, but she can't access a cheaper energy tariff. So she rations heat, cuts out food and goes to bed early

Buy-to-let lenders deny claims that they are a 'stumbling block' to longer tenancies

20 January, 2017

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has hit back at claims that it is a "stumbling block" to longer tenancies in the rental sector

Sheffield named as Britain's low pay capital

19 January, 2017

Sheffield is Britain's "low pay capital" with hourly rates 10% below the national average

Combating food poverty

19 January, 2017

£350,000 to make fresh and healthy food available

Benefit freezes and "poverty premium" leave struggling families out in the cold

18 January, 2017

Rises in the cost of living will outstrip meagre increases in child benefit by 17 times by 2020

Disabled claimant takes DWP to court over email

17 January, 2017

Claimant believes DWP is breaching disability legislation

Concentrix claimant 'taking out payday loans to cope'

17 January, 2017

A benefit claimant has told the BBC she is still suffering as a result of having her payments wrongly blocked by the US contractor Concentrix

Welsh Social Landlords take new approach to January Debt

16 January, 2017

New data solution identifies those at risk to loan sharks

January is the cruellest month for families with just 50p to pay the rent

06 January, 2017

Theresa May isn't helping 'just about managing' families - she's hammering them in an ideological crusade by slashing the benefit cap

41% of Scots 'would struggle to pay small increase in rent or mortgage'

04 January, 2017

Two-fifths of tenants or homeowners in Scotland would struggle to afford their monthly housing bills if they increased by up to £50

Petrol and food prices expected to continue rising in 2017

04 January, 2017

With prices at pumps starting the year at their highest since 2014, cost of food and other essentials is also predicted to go up

More than 2.3m families living in fuel poverty in England

03 January, 2017

Tories urged to act as one in 10 households is fuel poor, rising to about one in five for those renting from private landlords

Zero hours contract staff earn £1,000 a year less than other staff doing the same job

30 December, 2016

A new report shows zero hours workers suffer a 'precarious pay penalty'

Homelessness group worker suspended for sleeping rough in council garage

28 December, 2016

Arleen Matthews suspended by organisation that manages homes for London's Haringey council after she was evicted for falling behind with rent

Where to rent in London in 2017:Tube map charting average rental costs and journey times reveals Mile End as the best-value spot for fast commutes

22 December, 2016

New Tube map displays the average rent for a one-bedroom flat near each station along the Underground, revealing Londoners pay £6.60 for each minute shaved off journey times

Half of people on emergency food supplies may go without heating this winter

21 December, 2016

Almost half of people referred to foodbanks are at risk of going cold as well as hungry this winter

Fifth of Scots struggling on pay below real living wage

19 December, 2016

The number of Scots struggling to get by on low pay is on the rise prompting fresh calls for the Scottish Government to "get to grips" with poverty among people in work

Fuel poverty in the UK

19 December, 2016

When a household can't afford adequate heating this is referred to as 'fuel poverty'

Why politicians must listen to people on low incomes

16 December, 2016

One reason UK poverty persists is that people on low incomes are often marginalised. They must have a stronger voice in democracy

Inquiry into supported housing funding reform launched

16 December, 2016

The Work and Pensions Committee and the Communities and Local Government Committee launch a joint inquiry into the Government's funding reform for supported housing

Energy companies urged to tackle 'poverty premium' paid by low income households

15 December, 2016

Representatives from the 'Big Six' energy companies attended a summit yesterday looking at ways to help low income households living in fuel poverty

Blaenau Gwent to see launch of fuel bank to help foodbank users

13 December, 2016

It is only the second area in South Wales to provide the service

Council tax bills set for further inflation-busting rises

12 December, 2016

Council tax bills across England are set for a second year of inflation-busting rises in April

The housing poverty trap means work doesn't pay

09 December, 2016

A toxic trio of high rents, low pay and cuts to in-work benefits have created a perfect storm, with housing costs fueling poverty

Study finds 7m Britons in poverty despite being from working families

07 December, 2016

More than 7 million people in the UK are living in poverty despite being part of a working family

Almost 100,000 households move out of fuel poverty

06 December, 2016

Charities warn against complacency with around 748,000 Scottish households still fuel poor

Emergency housing package for young needed

01 December, 2016

An emergency package to house young working Londoners is urgently needed in the capital

Campaign launched to move beyond foodbanks in Scotland

01 December, 2016

Charities awarded cash to find more dignified solution

Financial Conduct Authority must not hand payday lenders a Christmas present

30 November, 2016

The City watchdog is planning a review of the cap it imposed on charges. The ideal result would see it extended to other types of high cost credit

UK fuel poverty to last a lifetime

29 November, 2016

A child born in Britain today may never see fuel poverty eradicated

A toxic concoction means women of colour are hit hardest by austerity

29 November, 2016

Minority-ethnic working-class women experience triple discrimination through class, race and gender - but their voices are never heard in the austerity debate

The Autumn Statement was a let-down for 'just about managing' families. How do we talk about poverty in a way that makes politicians listen?

28 November, 2016

The Autumn Statement contained some measures aimed at helping the so-called 'just about managing' in society

'I worry about money all the time': the Jam reality in Birmingham

24 November, 2016

The households Theresa May promised to help in her first speech on the steps of Downing Street are waiting nervously

Four ways the Autumn Statement could help those who are just about managing

23 November, 2016

How can the Chancellor improve the prospects of people who are struggling to make ends meet while boosting the economy?

Chancellor to crack down on letting fees in autumn statement

23 November, 2016

Philip Hammond will also announce £1.4bn investment in affordable housing in bid to help 'just about managing' families

LHA cap will hit existing Universal Credit tenants

22 November, 2016

The government has announced the Local Housing Allowance cap will apply to all tenants who receive Universal Credit, in a significant change that could affect thousands of tenants

Funding for Supported Housing

21 November, 2016

One of the Government's key commitments is to protect the most vulnerable

New-build ground rent scandal could spark legal battles

21 November, 2016

With thousands of homebuyers caught out by rapidly rising rents, the solicitors they used may face claims of professional negligence

Councils spent £3.5bn on temporary housing in last five years

18 November, 2016

Councils in Britain have spent more than £3.5bn on temporary accommodation for homeless families in the last five years

Number of care workers on zero-hours contracts jumps to one in seven

18 November, 2016

The latest in a series on the increasingly precarious world of work finds accusations of 'endemic' abuse of minimum wage laws

Talking about poverty: how experts and the public understand UK poverty

18 November, 2016

The idea of poverty and the meaning of the term in the UK is contested, and those working to tackle poverty are finding it difficult to shift negative public attitudes and cultivate broad public support for policies to solve it

Unemployment drops to fresh 11-year low but rise in benefit claims signals jobs slowdown ahead

17 November, 2016

Britain's jobless rate fell to a fresh 11-year low in the quarter to September

Fuel poverty: How can UK tackle cold homes and high bills?

17 November, 2016

One in ten families in the UK face heating bills they cannot afford this winter

How students are striking for affordable university rent - and winning

16 November, 2016

What exactly does it take to run a successful rent protest? Student activists explain it's all about strength in numbers

Long benefit payment delays affect 92,000 claimants in one year, forcing many to use food banks

15 November, 2016

People are turning to emergency food parcels because the Government is still failing to process new claims quickly enough

Spike in food bank usage blamed on delays in benefit claims

15 November, 2016

MP Frank Field calls for five-day target to process applications, saying too many being left for too long without support

The RightMove House Price Index

15 November, 2016

No respite for first-time buyers - can the Chancellor help?

Why we need a broader approach to house building than ever before

10 November, 2016

The Prime Minister Theresa May wants to use the power of Government to repair the 'dysfunctional housing market'

Mhairi Black slams "shameful" rise in foodbank use

10 November, 2016

500,000 three-day emergency food supplies were given out in the first half of this year - over 188,500 were for children

Trussell Trust to deliver more emergency food parcels than ever before

08 November, 2016

UK's biggest food bank highlighted delays with social security payments and benefit sanctions as factors behind record use

Government to unveil fuel poverty action plan

03 November, 2016

Scottish Housing Minister Kevin Stewart is set to outline his plans to tackle fuel poverty

Record homeless toll results in £23m bill for temporary housing

03 November, 2016

More than £23m has been spent on emergency housing in the last five years as the number of homeless people hit a record high

Buying a home cheaper than renting in almost two-thirds of Britain's cities - if you can raise the deposit

31 October, 2016

Property website Zoopla found that was now the case in 60% of UK cities

Average price of a Scottish home increases 0.6 per cent

28 October, 2016

The average price of a residential property in Scotland has shown an increase of 0.6 per cent during the second quarter of the financial year

Record low interest rates help fuel demand for personal loans and credit cards

27 October, 2016

Record low interest rates are helping to fuel a strong demand for personal loans and credit cards, as consumer credit grows at its fastest levels in nearly a decade

The impact of benefit sanctioning on food insecurity: a dynamic cross-area study of food bank us age in the UK

27 October, 2016

Household food security, which may be compromised by short-term income shocks, is a key determinant of health

Hotel bills for homeless people run into billions

26 October, 2016

Councils have spent billions of pounds putting homeless people up in bed and breakfasts, hotels and private rented homes

A third of Scots are now living in fuel poverty

25 October, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of households struggle to heat their homes - despite a pledge to eradicate the problem by November

Cost of rent in London highlights squeeze on workers and families

25 October, 2016

Average rents for two-bedroom apartments in London have jumped to more than 50% of earnings across the capital

Government to support new legislation to reduce homelessness

25 October, 2016

The Homelessness Reduction Private Members Bill is to be supported by the government, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed today

Silver Renters on the rise

24 October, 2016

Four in ten people currently renting a property in the UK are now aged over 46 - with 18% aged over 55

'Can a charity help me pay my utility bills?'

24 October, 2016

There are some charitable grants available for people who are having problems affording some utility bills

Fining homeless people for being homeless is cruel and unworkable

21 October, 2016

One in 10 councils are using their powers to criminalise rough sleepers - let's hope public anger can translate into pressure to end homelessness, for good

Food banks 'a poor solution' as hungry families stay away

18 October, 2016

For every person who uses a food bank in Glasgow almost another four face going hungry

Self-employed earn less than in 2001 - and will be hit by welfare cuts

18 October, 2016

Number of people working for themselves up by half in 15 years but their average pay down £60 a week

Crackdown on rogue landlords to include new minimum bedroom size

18 October, 2016

Government proposes mandatory standard of 6.52 sq metres and licensing wider range of properties to stop exploitation of tenants

Property rentals to outstrip sales for first time since 1930s

17 October, 2016

Low supply and rising prices leads to more new lets than purchases, says estate agency

Council cuts push specialist housing for vulnerable people into the cold

11 October, 2016

Charities say 14% fall in spending by councils on supported housing for people with mental health issues is short-sighted and will cost more in the long run

£9m funding for fuel poverty in Scotland

04 October, 2016

The Scottish Government is to allocate over £9m to help drive down energy bills

Hanging on

04 October, 2016

The stresses and strains of Britain's 'just managing' families

Barwell hints at funding for sub-market rent

04 October, 2016

Gavin Barwell has given his strongest hint yet that the Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme will be changed to allow funding for sub-market rented homes

Peterborough landlords side with council over MPs in dispute over £1 million Travelodge bill for homeless families

03 October, 2016

Two landlords have dismissed arguments made by the city's MPs in the row over a £1 million hotel bill to put up homeless families

Douglas Carswell slams housing association as "Victorian landlord" over eviction of caring Clacton couple

03 October, 2016

Douglas Carswell has blasted Colne Housing for acting "disgracefully" for trying to evict a Clacton couple from a two-bed flat they had lived in for several years, while caring for an elderly relative

6.5m households put health and welfare at risk by failing to save

01 October, 2016

Millions of British households face financial disaster if their incomes dry up

Six million low-income 'worse off than 10 years ago'

30 September, 2016

Rising costs to housing and childcare have hit 'just managing' families, as identified by Theresa May in her maiden Downing Street speech

UK lenders approve fewest mortgages in nearly two years

29 September, 2016

British lenders approved the fewest mortgages in nearly two years last month as the housing market continued to slow after June's vote to leave the European Union

MPs urged to act on eviction 'crisis'

29 September, 2016

The number of households made homeless after eviction from a privately rented home is now at the highest since records began

The effect of stamp duty changes on housing market activity: April 2016

29 September, 2016

Article exploring a monthly extract of Land Registry property transaction data to analyse the impact of stamp duty changes up to and including April 2016

Debt problems with high cost credit products on the rise as payday loan issues fall

28 September, 2016

Citizens Advice says cap on payday loans should be extended to other high cost credit

AXA survey finds financial optimism among tenants

26 September, 2016

AXA have released a report claiming that despite the average tenant expecting to rent for a further decade, there is financial optimism

Disabled family forced to sleep on sofas for years as authorities can't get them house they need

26 September, 2016

A Belfast man is being forced to sleep on a living room sofa with his disabled wife and son every night because of a severe lack of suitable housing

Evening Standard comment: Dealing with food poverty: here's how

22 September, 2016

The scandal that people in struggle to feed themselves and their families while enormous amounts of food goes for animal feedis the basis of the Food for London campaign

National living wage 'failing to provide basic needs for lowest paid'

22 September, 2016

Living Wage Commission says £7.20 an hour for over-25s needs to take into account rising rents and slow wages growth

Mother forced to use food banks after tax agency ruled she was living with famous 19th century quaker Joseph Rowntree

21 September, 2016

The blunder has affected other benefits the woman depends on

Tenants spend two thirds of their take-home pay on rent as average monthly cost of a one-bed passes £1,000

20 September, 2016

Tenants paid £1,010 on average for a one bedroom home in August

Homeless charity hands out eviction notices to its own tenants

19 September, 2016

A leading homeless charity has come under fire after handing out eviction notices to tenants living in properties it owns in the capital

Ministers back down with a (partial) fix for Help to Buy Isa rules

16 September, 2016

The Government appears to have backed down over its flawed Help to Buy rules, fixing the problem in the design of a second savings scheme

Department of Communities creating 170 jobs for benefits contract

16 September, 2016

The Department of Communities is to recruit 170 staff to work on a contract it has been awarded by the UK's Department for Work and Pensions

End to council tax discount for second homes

15 September, 2016

Council tax reform legislation to tackle empty second homes

'Deeply unfair' fees of up to £900 for the poorest energy customers should be scrapped

14 September, 2016

Ofgem calls for £150 cap and blanket ban on fees for vulnerable

Nearly half of working families are cutting back on food or clothing to pay rent or mortgage

14 September, 2016

Almost 50 per cent of working families have had to cut back on essential items

The housing minister just suggested the government's 200,000 starter homes pledge might include rental properties

13 September, 2016

The remit of the government's promise to deliver 200,000 so-called starter homes by 2020 could be expanded so it includes purpose-built rental homes in the figure

Housing Statistics for Scotland 2016: Key Trends Summary

13 September, 2016

This annual publication presents statistics on housing supply and public sector housing in Scotland up to 31st March 2016

Social cleansing: The mums at the sharp end of the housing crisis

13 September, 2016

Boundary House in Welwyn Garden City is the not sort of the place you would want to raise your children

Councils should provide alternative to payday lenders

12 September, 2016

Local authorities should provide alternatives to payday lenders through credit unions

Contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours: September 2016

09 September, 2016

Estimates of the number of employment contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours are derived from our twice-yearly survey of businesses

Projects get £900,000 to tackle food poverty

06 September, 2016

Twenty-one projects to tackle food poverty will benefit from over £900,000 through a new fund established by the Scottish Government

Funding to tackle food poverty

05 September, 2016

21 projects get share of £900,000

Fewer homes for rent, as landlords move flats onto Airbnb

05 September, 2016

Landlords are taking their flats off the open market, and advertising them instead on holiday websites like Airbnb

May is urged to consider policy of 'living rents' linked to wage levels

02 September, 2016

As PM's social reform committee meets for first time, report says rental sector needs to be looked at urgently

Increase in Londoners facing bailiffs for council tax arrears

02 September, 2016

The number of low-income Londoners referred to bailiffs for council tax debt rose to nearly 20,000 last year, with people facing millions in court costs

Scottish tenants due half a million pounds in rental deposits

01 September, 2016

Staff at tenancy deposit scheme SafeDeposits Scotland are on the hunt for Scottish tenants who have forgotten to claim back their deposits

Tenancy deposits 'threatening to break £1,000 threshold'

01 September, 2016

Deposits on new rental properties are creeping closer to £1,000 and may soon be more

RLA claims holiday letting websites are making London's housing crisis worse

01 September, 2016

The growth of listings on holiday letting websites is making London's housing shortage worse

Driving Installation of Energy Efficiency Measures: Customer Research Findings

01 September, 2016

This research sought to establish what would work best and what would not work well in the design of incentives to encourage consumers to install energy efficiency measures

Poorest in Scotland 'pay more for services'

31 August, 2016

Poorer people in Scotland are paying more than others for essential services

Calls for fuel poverty plan after key target missed

31 August, 2016

Efforts to tackle fuel poverty must be redoubled after it emerged a key Scottish Government target would be missed

Life after community death: this food bank has a lesson for Labour

30 August, 2016

Two women who restored pride to a blighted town can show Jeremy Corbyn and his colleagues what a social movement could be used for

Low wages and bills 'thwart 18-35s' savings ambitions'

26 August, 2016

The under-35s are not a spendthrift generation, but are struggling to save owing to daily financial pressures and low wages

Homelessness changes: more evidence on how it really works in Wales

26 August, 2016

Last week a cross-party committee of MPs identified the principal cause of homelessness as the cost and availability of housing

Universal credit delays forcing people to food banks

25 August, 2016

Delays in government's flagship welfare reform has caused debt, rent arrears and health problems

More needs to be done to increase housing supply for all tenures

24 August, 2016

The Resolution Foundation recently reported that home ownership figures in Northern Ireland have fallen significantly by 10% in just over 10 years

More than 1.5m UK households in extreme debt

23 August, 2016

Britain in the Red study finds that people are struggling to make repayments as wages have fallen since financial crisis

Wages standstill sees over a million low-income families struggle with extreme debt

23 August, 2016

More than a million families with a household income below £30,000 are in extreme debt

Government launches review into letting agent fraud

23 August, 2016

The Government is to review whether renters' and landlords' money is adequately protected from letting agent fraud or bankruptcy

The working renters whose homes are 'at risk'

22 August, 2016

Penny and Rich Baker, who live near Bristol, have decided they have no choice but to move to a smaller house

Treasury and banks could face legal action over Help to Buy Isa scandal

22 August, 2016

The Government and banks could face legal action from thousands of savers over the Help to Buy Isa scandal

Help to Buy ISA: the real scandal

22 August, 2016

Over the weekend the Telegraph reported that there is a Help to Buy ISA "scandal" because "first-time buyers will not be able to use it on an initial deposit on their new home"

Greater Maryhill Foodbank founder charged with fraud

19 August, 2016

The founder of a high-profile Glasgow foodbank has been charged with fraud

Gloucester Foodbank to continue at new storage site

19 August, 2016

A food bank which was under threat of closure will continue to operate after a deal was made to use a storage site

And how much do you earn? Public pressure for government regulation of pay

19 August, 2016

Economics teaches that freely determined pay arrangements are likely to lead to optimal output and employment, with benefits to both employers and employees

Bank of mum and dad dealt tax blow: New rules mean parents could be hit by higher stamp duty rates

17 August, 2016

Coventry Building Society scraps 'Step Up' mortgage deal for families

New start-up offering alternative to tenancy deposit protection announces seed investment

17 August, 2016

A London-based property and financial technology start-up, Reposit, is aiming to offer an alternative to tenancy deposit protection

BPF build to rent map of the UK

16 August, 2016

The BPF build to rent map plots build to rent schemes across the UK aimed at the institutional investment market

Arrears and repossessions fall to lowest level in 20 years but rental evictions soar

16 August, 2016

While the number of people falling into arrears is at its lowest level in 20 years, rising rents and living costs have seen rental evictions soar

Scottish landlords launch new campaign against tax changes

15 August, 2016

Tax increases being imposed by the UK and Scottish governments will make it easier for irresponsible landlords to provide sub-standard housing to tenants

Arrears and possessions continue to fall

12 August, 2016

The number of mortgages in arrears continued to fall in the second quarter of this year, and is now at its lowest level since records began more than 20 years ago

Disability and Poverty

11 August, 2016

Reducing poverty among disabled people has to be at the heart of any attempts to reduce poverty overall in the United Kingdom

Tenants hit by short supply of family housing

11 August, 2016

The majority of franchise owners in the Group's 170-strong network are reporting a shortage in family housing for the rental market

The stigma of renting and the legacy of new towns

10 August, 2016

Jonn Elledge's article is mostly a realistic picture of the rental v ownership situation in the UK

Paying rent without work 'a very scary place to be'

10 August, 2016

What is it like to lose your job and not have enough money to cover your rent and childcare?

Many families could not afford a month's rent if they lost job

09 August, 2016

One in three families in England could not pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job

Jeremy Corbyn Looking At 'Universal Basic Income'; Says House Price Fall Could Help Tackle Housing Crisis

08 August, 2016

Adds house price fall could help tackle housing crisis

Government cuts to supported housing could force services to close

08 August, 2016

The plans to restrict housing benefit for vulnerable people living in supported housing are one of the most pernicious proposals from this Tory government

£1.2m to boost ethnic minority and migrant job prospects

05 August, 2016

£1.2m will be spent on a project to improve the job prospects of migrants and ethnic minorities

Going lower

05 August, 2016

Record low interest rates have been great for people with mortgages but terrible for the housing system as a whole

Affordable housing: 'affordable for who'?

05 August, 2016

Every time I hear the term 'affordable housing' being used - whether in a conversation with friends, family, Shelter clients or in a focus group - the same comment is always made: 'yes, but affordable for who...?'

Pre-payment meter price cap is watershed moment, says Ofgem

04 August, 2016

Regulator says new measures will help the most vulnerable customers but critics say they do not go far enough

Call for evidence: radical new approach to housing policy

04 August, 2016

The Tory Reform Group (TRG) has launched a public call for evidence over innovative policy proposals to address the two-fold challenge of availability and affordability of homes to rent and buy

Squalid property used to house asylum seekers receives second inspection

04 August, 2016

A London council revisits Home Office house after Guardian uncovered dozens of people living in overcrowded and potentially dangerous conditions

This is a housing crisis

03 August, 2016

Locked out of home ownership for a lifetime, the state would be left to foot the bill for Generation Rent when they are retired and still living in the high-cost, high-turnover private rented sector

Princes trust report

02 August, 2016

Young people lack optimism about their future report finds

Opinion: The Virtues of Worklessness

02 August, 2016

Rob Gershon thinks it's time to look at what buying into the worklessness myth and using free labour says about housing providers

Dozens of asylum seekers crammed into single Home Office property

02 August, 2016

Eighteen women and 15 children seeking asylum are living in filthy and dangerous conditions, Guardian investigation finds

Impact of poverty costs the UK £78bn a year

01 August, 2016

Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimates that dealing with the effects of deprivation costs £1,200 for each person in Britain

UK interest rates set to be cut by Bank of England on Thursday

01 August, 2016

Bank will publish latest inflation report and growth forecasts this week, as downgrade of Britain's economic prospects is expected

Scottish house price index

01 August, 2016

May 2016

Not a moment too soon

01 August, 2016

The end of Scotland's Right to Buy gives social landlords the opportunity to replenish the stock of social housing

Analysis: housing initiative in Brent

29 July, 2016

Enforcement officers were shocked to see a 'shanty town shack' in the back garden of an overcrowded HMO in Brent, London

How over-65 workforce has doubled in 15 years: More than one million are still in full or part-time work

29 July, 2016

The number of people over 65 who are still working has more than doubled since the beginning of the century, official figures showed yesterday

North Yorkshire's rural broadband target to be missed, council says

29 July, 2016

Some remote communities in North Yorkshire will not get high-speed broadband despite being promised 100% access by 2017, a council has admitted

'Injustice' of shorter, unhealthy lives in poorer areas

29 July, 2016

More needs to be done to tackle the inequality that leads to people living shorter and less healthy lives in poorer parts of Wales

Four million working people to face affordable housing crisis by 2024

28 July, 2016

Millions of working people will no longer be able to afford somewhere decent to live by 2024 and will need access to some type of affordable housing according to new research

Owen Smith pledges to end austerity in radical pitch to Labour's left

28 July, 2016

Policies include scrapping Department for Work and Pensions, ending public-sector pay freeze and boosting spending on NHS

Brexit migrant 'spike' warning from MPs

27 July, 2016

There could be a spike in UK migration ahead of Britain's withdrawal from the European Union and the possible end to free movement rights

Councils demand reassurance on universal broadband pledge

27 July, 2016

Councils have urged the government to 'reaffirm its commitment' to a minimum broadband speed

Council Tax: Stock of Properties

27 July, 2016

England and Wales, 2016

Domestic violence victims are disappearing from homeless statistics

27 July, 2016

Just 1,390 people are counted as homeless because of domestic violence, but government figures tell only half the story

House raid finds 'shanty shack'

27 July, 2016

Enforcement officers thought 31 people crammed into a dilapidated four-bedroomed house was bad enough - then they found the 'shanty town shack' out the back

Lone child refugees 'left in squalor' by EU nations

26 July, 2016

Thousands of lone migrant children are living in squalid conditions after being let down by European countries including the UK

Good Housing - Better Health

25 July, 2016

Report by The Academic - Practitioner Partnership

In Depth: Government urged to back Help to Buy through Brexit

25 July, 2016

A new report urges the May government to back Help to Buy and ease the housing market through the uncertainty of Brexit

London renters trying to move to flat shares to save money 'pay £2,000 in fees'

22 July, 2016

Hard-pressed Londoners who rent their homes have to shell out more than £2,000 in fees when moving into flatshare in order to save money

Theresa May is right to highlight families' struggle with housing costs - but rent is the worry, not mortgages

21 July, 2016

Theresa May's first speech as Prime Minister included a promise to empower 'working class' families

Renting to students, particularly those from overseas, may be more rewarding than risky for landlords

20 July, 2016

Are a few bad apples spoiling it for the whole bunch?

No phones, low pay, sent home for purple hair - life on a zero-hours contract

20 July, 2016

Nearly 1 million workers in the UK face the insecurity of unguaranteed shift work. Here, one agency employee reveals the trials they face, from unpaid lunch breaks to strict check-in procedures

'Vastly more' affordable housing needed to tackle Scotland's 'sobering' housing crisis

20 July, 2016

The only long-term solution for Scotland to help its struggling first time buyers is to build vastly more affordable, quality housing in the places where people want to live

No room

20 July, 2016

Despite extensive cuts to local authority budgets, millions of pounds are pouring from the public purse into youth homelessness services without any way of knowing what does and doesn't work

Cameron 'worst ever' PM for housing

19 July, 2016

David Cameron has been branded the 'worst ever' PM for housebuilding in a survey commissioned from the independent House of Commons Library

Over 87,000 London children without a permanent home

19 July, 2016

Since 2010 there has been a 44% increase in the number of London children living in temporary accommodation

House Price Index

19 July, 2016

June 2016

Middle-income families in UK resemble the poor of years past, says IFS

19 July, 2016

Households on middle incomes receive 30% of income from benefits and tax credits, a rise on 20 years ago, report finds

MPs face questions about post-Brexit housing

19 July, 2016

The chancellor will decide whether the government remains committed to social housing

Will Theresa May try to fix the broken housing market?

19 July, 2016

Some Tory MPs worry that poorer families have been denied decent homes through the government's obsession with subsidising home ownership - at the expense of social housing

EU migrants may face 'right to stay' curbs

18 July, 2016

EU migrants who come to the UK as Brexit nears may not be given the right to stay, David Davis has said

New housing minister appointed

18 July, 2016

Gavin Barwell has been appointed as the new housing minister

Bank of Mum and Dad is now paying the rent, too

18 July, 2016

Parents in Britain put hand into pocket to the tune of £1bn a year, as housing crisis grows

Millennials paying more rent than Baby Boomers

18 July, 2016

Resolution Foundation report

May day signals

15 July, 2016

Freshly installed prime minister Theresa May has already signalled she is a social reformer

How much does it cost UK councils to take in refugees?

15 July, 2016

Britain pledged to take in 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020. How close are we to that target and how does the current initiative match up to previous schemes?

Vilifying the asylum seeker next door is just plain racist

15 July, 2016

Brexit has emboldened people who publicly campaign for people fleeing torture and war to be denied even poor, cramped housing

2014 - based Household Projections: England, 2014 - 2039

14 July, 2016

DCLG statistical release

Renting in London: £500-a-month rooms are 'on the verge of extinction' as demand continues to soar

12 July, 2016

New figures reveal that nearly half the rooms in London flatshares now cost more than £750 a month

Scots rent rises among largest in UK

12 July, 2016

Tenants in Scotland have had to meet rent increases that are among the highest in the UK and accelerating at almost twice the countrywide average

Major banks 'charging more to borrow money than payday lenders'

11 July, 2016

The magazine found that some RBS customers could face costs of £90, while customers at Lloyds, HSBC and TSB could face £80

Crisis launches £150k fund for projects helping homeless people to rent

06 July, 2016

A two year funding programme has been launched offering a total of £150k to local projects supporting homeless people or those at risk of homelessness to rent a home

First Scots prosecution over failure to protect tenants' deposits expected to lead to more

05 July, 2016

First prosecution in Scotland over failure to protect tenants' deposits expected to lead to more

Will EU exit mean higher food prices and staff shortages?

05 July, 2016

With sterling sliding and fuel costs rising, farmers, producers and retailers face up to rising input and sourcing costs

ARLA President says online letting agents expensive for what they do

05 July, 2016

As the new President of ARLA, Nik Madan can expect a busy year

Tory tax and benefit plans 'widen generation divide'

04 July, 2016

Split seen in EU referendum will worsen as cash redistributed to the old, independent analysis finds

Weathering the Brexit storm: What the UK voting to leave the EU means for buyers, sellers and renters

04 July, 2016

A week on from its biggest economic shock in a generation, the housing market is coming to terms with the UK leaving the EU

Divorce 'driving rise in over-50s who have to rent': Nearly a third now lease property after strong increase over the past five years

04 July, 2016

More than a third of people aged 50 and over rent, up from a quarter in 2011

The Scottish Government will not meet its target to end fuel poverty

01 July, 2016

The Scottish Government has recently stated that it will not meet its target to end fuel poverty in Scotland

Poverty after housing costs by housing tenure

01 July, 2016

Since 2002/03 the number in poverty in all but owned with mortgage tenure types has decreased

UK borrowing rises at fastest rate in more than a decade

30 June, 2016

Value of credit cards, personal loans and overdrafts rose by 9.9% on a year earlier in May

This is how the EU referendum vote could impact on UK households

29 June, 2016

Housing and banking, petrol and pensions will all feel the effects of the Brexit vote

Cut in number of homeless in Scotland

28 June, 2016

The number of people in Scotland assessed as homeless or under the threat of being homeless went down by 5% in 2015/16

Economic uncertainty means renters need security

24 June, 2016

We haven't commented on the EU referendum as a debate about the future of the country was all a bit above us. Renters are a mixed bunch and have different reasons for voting Remain or Leave

15 things Brexit may mean for property

24 June, 2016

Reactions coming in thick and fast follwing today's Brexit vote

Residents offered help to furnish their new homes

23 June, 2016

Tenants on low incomes are being helped to make their house into a home

Rent increases and rent lawfully due

23 June, 2016

A few years ago now, I was instructed by Luton Law Centre in a series of possession cases brought by BPHA in Luton and Bedford County Courts

Need to cut the use of foodbanks

23 June, 2016

The second meeting of Motherwell and Wishaw Poverty Action Network discussed how foodbank use in the area could be slashed

16% of RTB purchasers 'on housing benefit'

21 June, 2016

Around 16% of council homes sold by 10 councils under the boosted Right to Buy have been to tenants on housing benefit

Tenants arrears tracker

21 June, 2016

Serious tenant arrears fall 4% as jobs boom

Here's what £1,000 a month in rent gets you in British cities

21 June, 2016

Can you get more for your property pound in Welsh cities compared to the English equivalent?

Why is renting such a pain?

21 June, 2016

The United Kingdom is now the most expensive place to rent in Europe, with accommodation costing, on average, 43% of a tenant's income

Starving and depending on foodbanks: why we need to rethink choice, deservingness, and stigma

20 June, 2016

With the growing foodbank queues came a growing interest towards their users

Under 35, on housing benefit, and impossible to house?

16 June, 2016

The 'Local Housing Allowance cap' is already narrowing the housing options for under-35s, Inside Housing reveals, with many housing associations planning to tighten allocation rules

Spend half of your pay on rent? That's nothing out of the ordinary, you're just an average young single tenant in Britain

15 June, 2016

Young single tenants typically see half of their pay packet swallowed up in rent

Average Scottish tenancy deposits '£100 cheaper than England and Wales'

14 June, 2016

New renters in Scotland paid out on average almost £800 for a tenancy deposit over the last year

'We have been treated like garbage. We are not garbage'

14 June, 2016

A man watched as his house was sold at auction

Restoring a Nation of Home Owners

14 June, 2016

Report by Civitas

Rent fees are a step closer to being scrapped

13 June, 2016

If you rent in England, Wales or Northern Ireland then you'll know all about those fees you have to pay when you sign a rental contract with a letting agent

From the County Courts - deposits, evictions and introductory tenancies

13 June, 2016

Some county court cases reported in the indispensable 'Housing: Recent Developments' in Legal Action for May 2016

Regulator's new advisors help keep tenants at the heart of its work

13 June, 2016

The Scottish Housing Regulator has recruited a team of tenant advisors as one way of bringing a tenant perspective to the Regulator's scrutiny of landlords' services

Cost of renting one-bed property soars in UK

13 June, 2016

Workers under 30 pay almost half of monthly wages in rent, while those in London pay even more

Men's domestic violence refuge

10 June, 2016

The first north Wales refuge for men fleeing domestic abuse has opened in Flintshire

UK startup offers landlords continuous, deep surveillance of tenants' social media

10 June, 2016

New Startup That Sends Dossiers On Your Private Social Media Profiles To Potential Landlords

Number of homes to rent decreases

09 June, 2016

The repercussions of the government's stamp duty hike on second homes may already be starting to bite

New tenancy laws not enough

08 June, 2016

Pressure groups call for further powers to improve quality of rental property and keep rent increases sustainable

Room rents in commuter towns rising seven times faster than in London

03 June, 2016

Landlords may traditionally see London as the place where the highest rents are charged, but new data shows prices in commuter town are rising seven times faster than in the capital

Fair Food Fund to be set up as part of welfare reforms

02 June, 2016

The Scottish government is to establish a "Fair Food Fund" as part of efforts to tackle poverty and inequality

Telford Homes reports 42% revenue rise thanks to 'built for rent' homes

02 June, 2016

Housebuilder sells 150 homes in east London to M&G Real Estate for £63m, reflecting demand for rental properties

Call for rent controls by Scottish nurses priced out of homes near hospitals

01 June, 2016

A union of nurses is calling for action to help NHS staff in Scotland find accommodation in the areas they provide hospital care

Personal budgets allow people to control their own support and their own lives

31 May, 2016

Over the past decade, personal budgets have completely changed social care in England, despite unprecedented local authority cuts

'Shocking' safety breaches at HMO

27 May, 2016

Council officers found 'shocking' safety breaches at an unlicensed multiple occupation property that fire inspectors had already flagged up as a risk

2016 Wandsworth Food Poverty Report Launched

26 May, 2016

Our third annual Food Poverty Report is now published, looking at the triggers and causes of crisis leading to 4078 people receiving emergency food and support from Wandsworth Foodbank in the last year

Conducting surveys of tenants and service users - a guide

26 May, 2016

The passing of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010 and Social Housing Charter formed part of the legislation changes that introduced an obligation on landlords to regularly undertake surveys of their tenants

Leith flats eviction suspended

26 May, 2016

The eviction of hundreds of residents from Leith flats has been suspended after the trust that owns them failed to find a buyer

The rental trap: soaring costs mean tenants are half as likely to afford monthly outgoings as homeowners

25 May, 2016

Soaring rents are making it impossible to save for the future, trapping tenants in a precarious financial situation

Find out how much rent your spare room could make you - and it's not London seeing the fastest rises

25 May, 2016

With rents rising Britons across the country could rake in unexpected amounts renting out their spare room

Rents on the up again - breaking records in three regions

24 May, 2016

Rents are now rising at the fastest rate for six months, standing last month at an average of £793 across England and Wales

Wales' first fuel bank is giving free gas and electricity credit vouchers to eligible families

23 May, 2016

The scheme will provide credits worth £30 to eligible families in Cardiff

Osborne 'Pinocchio' over Brexit house price fall: IDS

23 May, 2016

Former cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith has compared George Osborne to "Pinocchio" over his claim that a vote to leave the EU would cause an economic shock to UK house prices

The Cheapest And Most Expensive Places To Rent In London: Mapped

20 May, 2016

If you want to rent a cheap room in London, you're best off looking in Havering or Croydon according to new government statistics

Extraordinary increases driven by buy-to-let boom

20 May, 2016

The latest data revealed by the Agency Express Property Activity Index has shown a spike in activity for the UK lettings market

Rents and property values would drop after Brexit

19 May, 2016

Associations for estate and letting agents say average UK house would be worth £2,300 less in 2018 if Britain leaves the EU

Hackney rents set to 'skyrocket' after housing bill is passed

17 May, 2016

Council tenants could see their rent "skyrocket" after the government's controversial housing bill was given Royal Assent

Torbay benefits claimants among UK's most reliant on private lettings

17 May, 2016

Torbay has the UK's second highest density of housing benefit claimants reliant on the private rental market

Iain Duncan Smith's plan to draft in job advisers to food banks quietly shelved by DWP

17 May, 2016

Owen Smith, the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said: 'It has now been revealed that the DWP has quietly given up on the national trial'

A home for just 18 months

17 May, 2016

On average, tenants get the moving itch after 18 months

Average renter stays just 18 months in a property

16 May, 2016

Renters spend an average of 18 months in a rented property before moving on

Hastings leader wants double council tax on holiday homes

16 May, 2016

The owners of holiday homes in Hastings should pay double the amount of council tax

Peers 'to back down over housing reforms'

11 May, 2016

Peers are set to back down in their battle with the Government over its flagship housing reforms and they are now expected to become law

Our rent strike at UCL has caught fire in the capital - and here's why

10 May, 2016

The threat to education access posed by university rent-setting policies isn't just a local issue. No wonder students everywhere are clamouring to join us

Housing and Planning Bill

10 May, 2016

Before I call the Minister, I wish to repeat what Mr Speaker said on 25 April

Cheaper to buy than rent in over half of UK cities

10 May, 2016

It is now cheaper to buy than rent in more than half of UK cities, according to property developer Strata Homes

Leader of Sutton Council apologises for sending mock eviction notices to thousands of people

09 May, 2016

The leader of Sutton Council has apologised for sending "crass and irresponsible" mock eviction notices to thousands of people to promote a Liberal Democrat petition

Too Poor to Eat: 8.4 million struggling to afford to eat in the UK

09 May, 2016

8.4 million struggling to afford to eat in the United Kingdom

In which British cities is renting the norm?

06 May, 2016

We write about rents a lot around here

You can rent a house in London for £700 a month

06 May, 2016

The 'one bedroom house' is in south-east London's Abbey Wood

Agent who conned 'vulnerable' tenants out of deposits is jailed

06 May, 2016

A former agent with Reeds Rains has been jailed after conning overseas student into paying deposits for accommodation that he knew he could not let to them

Empty Housing (England)

06 May, 2016

High levels of empty properties are recognised as having a serious impact on the viability of communities

Rents continue to rise across the UK and in London

05 May, 2016

Latest figures show average rent outside London rose to £764 a month, while within the capital it hit £1,543

Concern over use of bailiffs to chase council tax debts

04 May, 2016

Charities have raised concerns over councils' "aggressive" use of bailiffs to chase people in council tax arrears

Debt charities see record Council Tax arrears problems

04 May, 2016

Council Tax arrears problems among clients have hit a new high

A Warm Deal for London's Renters

03 May, 2016

The need for a London-wide minimum energy efficiency standard

Are we facing an evictions crisis?

28 April, 2016

Imagine knowing that you are going to lose your home but not knowing when the bailiffs will come knocking

Food bank warehouse opens doors to tackle food poverty across Wythenshawe

28 April, 2016

The Unit-E food storage warehouse, based in the town centre, will distribute food to seven food banks in the area

Petition against letting agent fees gathers over 250,000 signatures

28 April, 2016

A petition against letting agent fees has now gathered some 250,000 signatures

More than a million people in UK living in destitution

27 April, 2016

Research by Joseph Rowntree Foundation finds 668,000 households unable to afford essentials such as food, heating and clothes

Struggling families will soon be able to get free fuel vouchers from Cardiff foodbank

27 April, 2016

Npower is to give credits worth two weeks' worth of energy

Destitution in the UK

27 April, 2016

JRF report

More rent than pay a mortgage: the Tory dream for London has crashed and burned

26 April, 2016

The capital is now a city of tenants, proof that the Thatcherite property hegemony has had its day

Housing Bill should also include rogue tenants list

26 April, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill, which includes measures to tackle criminal landlords and letting agents, should also address the issue of problem tenants

New scheme launched to help people who rely on foodbanks

26 April, 2016

Employees at a Dundee organisation are set to donate some of their salaries in a bid to help out people who rely on foodbanks in Dundee

Five cabinet ministers' constituencies 'least hit by council budget cuts'

25 April, 2016

Theresa May, Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt among ministers whose areas escape brunt of austerity measures

Housing, energy efficiency and welfare feature high on SNP manifesto

22 April, 2016

The SNP has unveiled plans for 50,000 new affordable homes, a Warm Homes Bill to help tackle fuel poverty and a social security system based on dignity and respect

York council consults on strategy to improve private housing

22 April, 2016

York Council has opened a public consultation on its a draft strategy intended to tackle poverty and disadvantage among people living in private sector housing

Generation Rent - Living to Let

21 April, 2016

Richard Hill is one of three million young adults in the UK still living with their parents. He meets others who've gone to extreme lengths to find somewhere affordable to live

Can you rent out a home bought with a Help to Buy ISA/Lifetime ISA?

21 April, 2016

The Help to Buy ISA is a huge boon for first-time buyers. It means when you save in it for a mortgage deposit, you'll get up to £3,000 added on top

2 out of 3 ain't bad!

20 April, 2016

Too often, renting is unsafe. Our Fix Renting campaign , launched in January, focuses on three ways to make renting safer

Lifeline for London families facing eviction after charity sold their flats

20 April, 2016

Residents of Walthamstow estate unaware their homes had been sold until eviction notices were handed out

Top 10 cheapest areas to rent:Londoners are heading to Bexley borough where rents are half the average price

19 April, 2016

Londoners in search of cheaper rents should head to Bexley in the south-east corner of the capital where costs are half the average price

Rising Bristol rents are forcing people to live on the streets

19 April, 2016

The city's housing crisis is forcing more and more people onto the streets with 235 families currently living in B&Bs to prevent them from becoming homeless

How to help residents trapped by financial exclusion

18 April, 2016

Join us on Tuesday 26 April 11:30 - 13:00 BST, to discuss how professionals in councils, charities and housing can promote financial inclusion

Why the housing bill could give the Lords another victory

18 April, 2016

This badly-drafted and timed bill won't address sky-high rents or house prices - expect peers to win concessions

'Political warfare' over food bank group's million users claim hurting hungry people - MPs

18 April, 2016

The "political warfare" over discredited suggestions that more than one million people in Britain rely on food banks may have harmed the chances of genuinely hungry people getting help

No vote, no voice: Renters need to register!

15 April, 2016

Over a third of renters in London have moved 3 or more times in the last five years

Foodbank use remains at record high

15 April, 2016

Trussell Trust says that one million three day food supplies a year must not become the new normal

£100 Council Tax cut for greener homes

13 April, 2016

Welsh households could receive £100 towards their council tax by going green

The Housing and Planning Bill risks missing out half of England's young private-renting households

11 April, 2016

This afternoon, the House of Lords will kick-off the first round of voting on key amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill

'Pay £78 a week for heating and hot water', disabled tenants in Holloway sheltered accommodation told

08 April, 2016

Disabled pensioners in Holloway were sent letters by their housing association threatening a 450 per cent increase in bills

Counting the cost of becoming a nation of renters

07 April, 2016

Proof, if proof was needed, earlier this week that property prices in the capital are out of control

Buying cheaper than renting in nearly half of Britain's major cities

06 April, 2016

Glasgow, Coventry and Birmingham topped the list of places where buying beats renting

Whew! Over 1,200 deals completed by conveyancer on eve of Stamp Duty change

06 April, 2016

In the 24 hours before the Stamp Duty surcharge kicked in, Britain's largest conveyancer completed a record number of transactions

Housing and Inequality in London

05 April, 2016

Over the past 20 years the price of housing in London has quadrupled, and the number of people renting privately has grown dramatically

Rapid rise in single parent debt problems

05 April, 2016

The number of single parents approaching StepChange Debt Charity for help has doubled over the last four years and they are now the fastest growing group among its clients

Green Party pledge to push for rent controls

05 April, 2016

Sian Berry, the Green mayoral candidate for London, has issued her manifesto

Struggling generation rent is being driven into debt

04 April, 2016

Figures from charities reveal how people unable to get on the housing ladder are under pressure from overdrafts, loans and arrears in rent

UK Government's housing policy targeting homeless families is 'tantamount to social cleansing'

04 April, 2016

Charities and politicians demand urgent safeguards after Independent investigation uncovers cases of homeless children dying from neglect and abuse

Homelessness statistics make uncomfortable reading for politicians worried about welfare cuts

30 March, 2016

Last weekend's news was dominated by the political fallout from Iain Duncan Smith's resignation and by signs of growing political unease around the latest proposed cuts to welfare

En-suite education: the unstoppable rise of luxury student housing

30 March, 2016

The UK's student boom has seen a spate of new, expensive, high-spec studio flats for them to live in

The My Home Finance loan scheme is in trouble, but tenants still need affordable finance

23 March, 2016

Whatever the causes of the My Home Finance scheme's crisis, it highlights the difficulty of providing genuinely affordable loans for those who need them

Households underestimate monthly bills by £700 - while many consider themselves 'in debt' only if they owe £45k

22 March, 2016

Monthly outgoings typically £1,505 - £693 less than estimated

'Generation rent' have given up hope of buying own home

21 March, 2016

Three-quarters of people in Britain fear it will be impossible for future generations to have a home to settle down in

Tackling fuel poverty

18 March, 2016

Bromford is working towards developing a service offer around affordable warmth and fuel poverty

A sharing economy as rents rise and tenants pile in together

16 March, 2016

The average rent for new tenancies in the UK, excluding London, is now £744 per month - up 4.8% on a year ago

Housing Minister writes to councils over evictions advice following NLA pressure

15 March, 2016

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has written to all local councils in England in order to clarify homelessness guidance

As the Mayoral election nears, London renters are demanding change

15 March, 2016

In just eight weeks, London will have a new Mayor. Will they have a plan to fix London's renting crisis?

There are now 157 foodbanks operating in Wales compared to 16 between 1998 and 2010

15 March, 2016

Austerity has been blamed for the rise and it's warned that their use was now becoming 'institutionalised'

Young families priced out of rental markets in two-thirds of the UK

15 March, 2016

Figures suggest soaring rents make having children financially prohibitive for young couples in southern England and beyond

'Prices are rising at a terrifying rate': the rent worries that keep you up at night

14 March, 2016

The stress of keeping up rent or mortgage payments has sent more than a million people in the UK to the doctor

Housing Bill: From pay to stay to right to rent - the controversial legislation explained

14 March, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill is approaching its final stage in parliament before - if all goes to the government's plan - passing into law

'Broken' disability benefits need total overhaul

11 March, 2016

Fit-for-work tests and sanctions for those with chronic illness or disability should be scrapped

UK housing: Millions more face higher rents in 'perfect storm for a major renting crisis'

10 March, 2016

The number of renters in England and Wales soar will over the coming decade as millions more people are caught in a trap of high rents and house prices

UK workers on zero-hours contracts rise above 800,000

10 March, 2016

Workers on zero-hours contracts more likely to be young, part-time, women, or in full-time education

Credit cards are pushing people into damaging long-term debt

09 March, 2016

They were introduced as a convenient way to borrow over the short term, but have become dangerous debt builders

Tenant arrears tracker

08 March, 2016

Tenants reverse trend to serious rent arrears

Homelessness advocates call for evictions ban to protect older women

08 March, 2016

Anna Bligh calls for rental subsidies to help the growing number of women over the age of 55 at risk of becoming homeless

Food for fought: Politicians to face public grilling on food banks and poverty at conference set up by Trussell Trust

07 March, 2016

Food bank users are being given a voice today when they get to quiz leading politicians

Participation pays

07 March, 2016

Tenant involvement praised by minister

Plans for wide-ranging cap on energy bills expected to be scrapped

04 March, 2016

Competition watchdog likely to ditch price curbs for customers on standard tariffs amid pressure from UK's biggest suppliers

UCL rent strike: Student support in fight against 'social cleansing' and soaring accommodation costs increases

04 March, 2016

Strike organisers say amount of rent now being withheld is at over £1 million, something which could rise as more students decide whether to join the cause or not

Gloucester Foodbank appeals for depot for 25 tonnes of food

04 March, 2016

Food bank volunteers in Gloucestershire are "desperately" trying to find somewhere to store 25 tonnes of food

'Rent trap' catches aspiring first-time buyers who paid over £40,000 to landlords in five years

03 March, 2016

Renters in England forked out to landlords since 2010 the equivalent of almost a fifth of the average price of a first-time buyer's property

Greater Manchester sees record number of evictions

02 March, 2016

A record number of people were forced out of their homes after falling behind with rent, according to government stats

Landlord satisfaction across UK highest in Wales

02 March, 2016

More renters in Wales are satisfied with their landlord than in any other part of the UK

Incomes of the poor being boosted by strong employment growth, but will be hit by benefit cuts

02 March, 2016

Strong employment growth has reduced the number of people living in households with incomes below a fixed poverty line over the last two years

Rental prices force residents away

01 March, 2016

Renters are being driven out of Brighton and Hove by spiralling housing costs

In London, Renters Now Outnumber Homeowners

29 February, 2016

Over the next decade the ratio will tip even further, with wide-ranging consequences

Four million children in fuel poverty which costs the NHS £27,000 a day

26 February, 2016

Cold homes caused by unaffordable heating are having serious consequences

Asda backs down over food bank ban

26 February, 2016

Supermarket chain to allow collection points back into its UK supermarkets after backlash

IMF urges G20 to take 'bold action' on global economy

25 February, 2016

Fund's report says risks of more severe downturn are mounting as UK government battles sluggish productivity growth

Are letting agents helping to lock renters out?

24 February, 2016

Low income renters are in a precarious position

How property crowdfunding could help the next generation of homeowners

22 February, 2016

Homeownership rates among young people have declined dramatically in the UK in past decades despite nine out of ten of this group aspiring to buy a home

Exodus from EU may spark correction in the rental market

22 February, 2016

International companies could flee from London if the UK severs ties with Europe finds survey

First-time buying cheaper than renting

19 February, 2016

First-time buyers are £1,440 a year better off with their own home

English housing survey 2014 to 2015: headline report

18 February, 2016

The latest findings from the English housing survey 2014 to 2015

Asda removes food bank donation points from UK stores

18 February, 2016

Supermarket chain ceases scheme, which allowed customers to donate food bought in store or brought from home, without announcing to media

Briefing: the need for stable renting in England

17 February, 2016

This briefing sets out the case for making renting in England longer-term

Renters' rage is justified

17 February, 2016

All politicians - even the ruling Conservatives - acknowledge that there is a housing crisis in Britain

London to be transformed from city of home-owners to city of home-renters in a generation

17 February, 2016

Patterns of home ownership in London are changing fundamentally

EasyFoodstore brings in 10 item limit

15 February, 2016

Move to stop convenience store owners stockpiling goods at the 25p an item retailer

Scandal of working poor living on streets as rents soar beyond the reach of wages

15 February, 2016

Ros Wynne Jones uncovers the poverty scandal of a cleaner, a chef and bricklayer whose hard work is not enough to get them a roof over their heads

Rootless and ruled by the landlord class - the future for young adults

15 February, 2016

The disappearance of home ownership and secure employment will have a profound effect on UK cities

Tenancy Bill amendments will create significant problems for Scottish rural housing

12 February, 2016

New amendments to the Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill have the potential to create significant problems for the provision of rural homes

Tenant evictions reach highest level on record

11 February, 2016

More than 250 tenants were evicted every day in England and Wales in 2015

Poverty charity blamed for evictions after selling up to developers

08 February, 2016

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

Rents continue to grind upwards. Incomes are being left behind

08 February, 2016

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

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

08 February, 2016

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

Rental Britain

02 February, 2016

Demand for rental homes will continue to rise despite Government policies

The Tories new plan to squeeze the working poor

01 February, 2016

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

Online rental fraud rising steeply

25 January, 2016

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

Homelessness in UK soaring as rents rise and tenancies end

25 January, 2016

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

Dumfries foodbank helps hundreds since launch

21 January, 2016

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

Plan to restrict zero-hours contracts for home carers

19 January, 2016

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

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

14 January, 2016

The last Parliament saw housing become a truly national crisis

Scottish Government urged to reverse fuel poverty budget cut

13 January, 2016

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

Families feel pinch as debt rises

13 January, 2016

More households seeking advice about tackling their debts or managing money

Tories reject move to ensure rented homes fit for human habitation

13 January, 2016

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

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

12 January, 2016

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

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

11 January, 2016

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

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

11 January, 2016

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

Housing and planning bill, as amended

08 January, 2016

Consideration of bill (report stage)

Shared ownership boost for budding homeowners

07 January, 2016

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

A recap of the Housing Bill so far

06 January, 2016

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

Borrowing jumped ahead of Christmas

05 January, 2016

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

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

04 January, 2016

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

Early Christmas payday causes problems for struggling Brits' finances

04 January, 2016

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

2015 in housing: 12 months of growing crisis

29 December, 2015

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

Benefit delays leaving families hungry

29 December, 2015

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

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

23 December, 2015

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

Rent rises could soon outpace house prices

22 December, 2015

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

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

21 December, 2015

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

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

21 December, 2015

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

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

17 December, 2015

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

Londoners break tradition to start families in rented homes

17 December, 2015

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

Newcastle foodbank flooded with presents after theft

14 December, 2015

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

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

14 December, 2015

The use of food banks has soared by almost 50%

Food bank opens for young people hit by benefit sanctions

11 December, 2015

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

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

10 December, 2015

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

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

10 December, 2015

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

Council 'forcing us into fuel poverty'

09 December, 2015

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

Tenants may be saved from Leith flats eviction

08 December, 2015

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

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

08 December, 2015

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

Students rise up against soaring housing rents

07 December, 2015

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

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

07 December, 2015

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

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

07 December, 2015

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

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

07 December, 2015

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

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

04 December, 2015

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

Saving lives through mandatory electrical safety checks

03 December, 2015

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

Scottish Government issued with final demand to end fuel poverty

02 December, 2015

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

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

01 December, 2015

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

Festive crackdown to stop loan sharks exploiting vulnerable people

30 November, 2015

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

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

30 November, 2015

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

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

25 November, 2015

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

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

24 November, 2015

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

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

24 November, 2015

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

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

20 November, 2015

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

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

18 November, 2015

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

Landbay Rental Index

18 November, 2015

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

Half of low income working households struggling with energy costs

18 November, 2015

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

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

17 November, 2015

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

Renting in London: no respite for tenants spending half their income on rent

12 November, 2015

There's no let-up in the capital as renters spend more than half their income on rent - and deposits continue to soar out of reach

Food bank starts providing free sanitary products to women

11 November, 2015

A food bank has started to provide free sanitary products to women who are unable to afford them

Two million homes change tenure since 2005

10 November, 2015

1,550,000 properties have gone from being lived in by their owner to being lived in by a tenant

Poverty premium: why it costs so much more to be poor

10 November, 2015

The poorest UK households are locked out of the cheapest deals on energy and phone tariffs - but some councils are taking action

HomeLet Rental Index October 2015

10 November, 2015

When London is excluded, the average UK rental value was £749pcm - this is 3.5% higher than the same period last year (£724pcm)

DWP staff received almost £140 million in bonuses over the last three years

09 November, 2015

Bonuses at the Department for Work and Pensions totalled £42.1 million for the year 2014-2015

Rental sector to boom as first time buyers need £50,000 to proceed

06 November, 2015

The rental market looks set to benefit from the continuing housing market strength as new research claims that first time buyers need on average a minimum household income of £50,000 to purchase a house in the UK

How has England fared in building affordable homes for rent?

05 November, 2015

The government is to scrap section 106, which forced developers to build affordable homes - but it was already marred by missed targets and segregation

Government defends temporary accommodation stats

04 November, 2015

The government has fought statistic with statistic as they came under scrutiny in the Commons

Local authorities support greater power to residents

04 November, 2015

The overwhelming majority of local authority members, residents and volunteers want to see more collaboration between local authorities and communities

Housing minister attempts to ease fears of Private Tenancies Bill's ASB 'limitations'

04 November, 2015

Housing minister Margaret Burgess has reaffirmed to landlords that ASB is grounds for eviction under the new Private Tenancies Bill

Hospital food banks expose the gap between benefits and the cost of survival

30 October, 2015

With some families forced to feed themselves on just £19 a week and parents skipping meals so their children can eat, no wonder food banks are everywhere

NHS hospital to offer food parcels to patients at risk of malnutrition

29 October, 2015

Tameside, Greater Manchester, to join other hospitals in opening food bank, with staff trained to spot signs of poor nutrition

The loss of our low rent homes

29 October, 2015

At Shelter we have tried to estimate the impact that the some of the Government's housing policies might have on genuinely affordable homes

Benefit fraud clampdown 'lacks ambition'

28 October, 2015

Ministers have made progress in reducing benefit fraud and error but their efforts reveal a "paucity of ambition"

Job advisers placed in food banks

28 October, 2015

Job advisers are set to be placed in food banks across the country

The UK's fuel poverty crisis can, and must, be fixed

27 October, 2015

Our housing stock is one of the least energy-efficient in Europe. Improving it must be a national priority - energy efficiency would offer greater benefits than the HS2 rail programme

Working poor: What it's like when you have a job - but can't pay the bills

26 October, 2015

The number of people in-work who fall below the poverty line has risen by 70 per cent in London

Peers in House of Lords move to block £4.4bn cuts to tax credits

22 October, 2015

David Cameron accuses Labour and Lib Dem peers of overstepping constitutional role by seeking to block central government decision

New group to explore ways to reduce reliance on foodbanks

20 October, 2015

Representatives from poverty organisations and charities will convene today to investigate food poverty and possible solutions to Scotland's increasing reliance on foodbanks

Research on the effect of rent stabilisation measures in London

20 October, 2015

The London Assembly's Housing Committee commissioned this study as part of an investigation into the likely impact of a range of rent stabilisation measures on London's housing market

Innovative App could help social landlords tackle fuel poverty

16 October, 2015

An innovative new app for social landlords and housebuilders was officially launched this week

Historic Housing and Planning Bill will transform generation rent into generation buy

14 October, 2015

New Housing and Planning Bill has been introduced to Parliament by the government

The Housing Bill: towards better conditions for renters

14 October, 2015

There's nothing more annoying than buying a dress, paying through the roof, only for the stitching to unravel the next day

Eastern European tenants in social housing 'trebled since 2007'

13 October, 2015

The proportion of typical social housing in England being let to Eastern Europeans has trebled over the last eight years

Liverpool's Lord Mayor and Merseyside MPs sign pact to tackle fuel poverty

13 October, 2015

Merseyside MPs have joined the Lord Mayor of Liverpool in signing up to a commitment to support local organisations working to tackle fuel poverty in the region

Who benefits, and who loses out, from David Cameron's housing plan?

09 October, 2015

The prime minister's plan to scrap the affordable rental homes requirement

Research on the effect of rent stabilisation measures in London

08 October, 2015

The London Assembly's Housing Committee commissioned this study as part of an investigation into the likely impact of a range of rent stabilisation measures on London's housing market

Iain Duncan Smith tells disabled people to work their way out of poverty

07 October, 2015

The DWP secretary says benefits should not be a route out of poverty

US professor warns UK of consequences of cuts and extreme poverty

07 October, 2015

Kathryn Edin says the UK should think very carefully before following the US approach and cutting welfare to the bone

Labour warns Westminster Council: either tackle high rents or face discretionary housing payments disaster

07 October, 2015

Labour councillors today issued a stark warning to Westminster Council Leader

Bishop of Manchester says let benefit cheats off

06 October, 2015

Benefit cheats should be allowed to get away with fraud to stop innocent people being punished with sanctions and late payments

Campaigners slam 'unacceptable' rent rises

05 October, 2015

The Living Rent Campaign has called on the Scottish Government to take action following "unacceptable" rent increases of more than 8 per cent in a year in Edinburgh

Fifteen rented homes in 15 years - mine is an everyday housing story

05 October, 2015

Homeowners who function as their friends' 'landlord' are contributing to Britain's wealth divide

Treating Symptoms, Damaging Cures?

02 October, 2015

The Living Rent Campaign has called on the Scottish Government to take action following "unacceptable" rent increases of more than 8 per cent in a year in Edinburgh

New letting scheme helps tackle homelessness in Salford and Trafford

02 October, 2015

A letting scheme to help tenants find social housing in Salford and Trafford has launched a new facility, which will help tackle homelessness in the region

The hefty price of living in the capital: London renters forced to pay much more than they can afford

02 October, 2015

The average renter in London is paying £100 more than they can afford

5 top tips to keep your heating bills under control

01 October, 2015

It's beginning to get colder and that means the time to whack on the heating again is looming

'Tea cosy' homes boost health and wealth

01 October, 2015

A new development in Liverpool designed to cut fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions is also having a knock-on effect on residents' health

Roll out of 'right to rent' in Scotland could push vulnerable migrants towards illegal and unscrupulous landlords says Margaret Burgess

29 September, 2015

Vulnerable migrants in Scotland could be pushed towards illegal and unscrupulous landlords by the roll out of the Immigration Act 2014 and the linked Immigration Bill 2015

New EU boiler directive comes into force

28 September, 2015

New energy standards for home boilers entering into force this month are expected to take offline the equivalent of 47 Fukushima-type nuclear power stations

Is the growth of unsecured debt creating problems for the future?

24 September, 2015

This year marks a turning point in the story of debt in the UK

Statutory homelessness in England: April to June 2015

24 September, 2015

Data on households found to be homeless by local authorities under homelessness legislation

5% rise in homelessness reveals "desperate state" of private renting sector

24 September, 2015

13,850 households were accepted as homeless between April and June of this year

70 new businesses a day set up by benefit claimants

23 September, 2015

The New Enterprise Allowance has enabled 73,290 business starts since 2011

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

23 September, 2015

This report was undertaken by Jane Perry

Students most likely of all tenants to lose deposit money

23 September, 2015

Students are among the most likely renters to leave their properties in an inadequate condition at the end of their tenancies, and therefore are more likely to lose part of their deposit

Letting agents and tenants' groups clash over tenants' fees

22 September, 2015

Letting agents and tenants' representatives clashed, with agents vehemently defending their right to charge fees

Food banks, zero hours contracts and falling wages: are we worse off?

21 September, 2015

John McDonnell argued on last night's BBC Question Time that some of the government's economic boasts are hollow

Sitra briefing on rent reduction

21 September, 2015

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill makes a provision that housing association rents are to be reduced 1% per year for 4 years starting in April 2016

Is this case study the perfect example of what the Bristol rental market has become?

18 September, 2015

Frances Lewis has struggled to find a rented home for her and her four-year-old daughter Matilda

Government back-to-work scheme failing thousands with mental health problems

18 September, 2015

The latest statistics from the DWP reveal that less than 9 per cent of people with mental health problems currently being supported by ESA have been helped into a job by the Work Programme

New strategic working group to help tackle fuel poverty

18 September, 2015

A short life strategic working group will be set up to help the on-going efforts to tackle fuel poverty

Rent caps will cut housing supply by 50k

17 September, 2015

A Conservative City Hall hopeful has attacked Labour proposals for rent controls, saying such market interventions would reduce rental revenues and ultimately cut into the capital's housing supply

The refugee crisis will hit the UK's working class areas hardest

16 September, 2015

There's a risk of resentment towards people being given asylum in communities that already feel powerless and under pressure

Breaking Point

16 September, 2015

The Crisis in Accessible Housing and Adaptations

Zero-hours contracts 'have helped to break link between unemployment and crime'

16 September, 2015

The changing nature of the British jobs market has broken the link between unemployment and crime, according to new research

North of England holds greatest proportion of long-term empty homes

14 September, 2015

Research published by Empty Homes shows the proportion of homes that are long-term empty is greatest in the north of England

New Birmingham scheme to help rough sleepers

11 September, 2015

A scheme which aims to avoid putting homeless people in custody has been launched in Birmingham

Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion in Wales 2015

11 September, 2015

New report by NPI, shows that 23% of people in Wales are living in poverty

House Price Index

11 September, 2015

August 2015

Mortgage Monitor

11 September, 2015

September 2015

Caroline Flint urges 'protected' energy tariff for vulnerable customers

10 September, 2015

Shadow energy secretary says price set by regulator would help consumers who do not switch tariffs and are getting a bad deal for gas and electricity

Work Programme 'failing the most vulnerable young Scots'

10 September, 2015

Some of the most vulnerable young people in Scotland are not getting the support they need to help them into work

Preventing Homelessness and Reducing Reoffending

10 September, 2015

Insights from service users of the Supporting Prisoners; Advice Network, Scotland

Benefit delay forces our clients to use foodbanks

08 September, 2015

We welcomed the new committee's decision to launch this inquiry as we know delays and errors in the delivery of benefits cause real harm to our clients

Problem debt: number of households affected rises by a quarter

08 September, 2015

New research finds 3.2 million families spent at least 25% of their gross monthly pay servicing unsecured debt in 2014

Jobseekers 'face dip in living standards'

07 September, 2015

Out-of-work couples with children face "a decade of sharply declining living standards" owing to changes made to benefits

Food banks are 'storing-up a health nightmare for the future' due to food's lack of nutritional standards

07 September, 2015

Many are struggling to store and distribute fresh produce, forcing suppliers to only hand out dried, tinned or powdered produce

Right to Rent pilot branded a 'fiasco' by top housing lawyer

07 September, 2015

A leading housing lawyer has condemned feedback on the Right to Rent pilot scheme as a fiasco and "even worse than I expected"

London rental barometer shows cooling

04 September, 2015

The central London rental market cooled last month, partly in reaction to economic uncertainty

Budget Buddies will help neighbours deal with benefit changes

04 September, 2015

A group of tenants from a Ripley-based housing association have signed up to help their friends and neighbours get into better financial shape and prepare for wholesale changes to the UK benefit system

UK living wage increase set to benefit more than 3m women

03 September, 2015

Increase outlined by George Osborne in July budget set to raise pay for 30% of female workforce

Right to Rent leads to 'discrimination'

03 September, 2015

A trial to force landlords to evict tenants who lose the right to live in the UK has led to "increased racial profiling"

Employee contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours: 2015 update

03 September, 2015

ONS produces biannual estimates of the number of contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours

"Poverty pay" hits more than half of women working part-time in parts of Merseyside

02 September, 2015

New figures show how widespread low pay is among women in part-time jobs

Guinness denies unfair treatment of single mother faced with eviction from Brixton flat

01 September, 2015

Trade unionists and community campaigners will stage a demonstration outside Lambeth County Court today in support of a single mother they claim faces being unfairly evicted from her Brixton flat

Majority of renters experience deposit disputes

28 August, 2015

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

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

27 August, 2015

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

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

27 August, 2015

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

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

26 August, 2015

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

Letting agents in Scotland and Wales get ready for mandatory licensing

26 August, 2015

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

The changing face of personal debt

26 August, 2015

Levels of unsecured personal debt in the UK are growing

Renters pay £30 a week for government housing failure

25 August, 2015

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

Pensioner buy-to-let hotspots revealed

25 August, 2015

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

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

25 August, 2015

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

Long term landlords characterise the market

25 August, 2015

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

Rowallane credit union placed into liquidation

24 August, 2015

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

Hoxton tenants to pay personalised rents

19 August, 2015

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

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

19 August, 2015

Council bosses say hundreds of people have been caught committing offences

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

18 August, 2015

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

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

18 August, 2015

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

Camila Batmanghelidjh set to open children's food bank

17 August, 2015

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

Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics Quarterly, England and Wales

14 August, 2015

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

Mortgage arrears and repossessions continue to fall in second quarter

14 August, 2015

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

A Changing State - Food banks on the front line

12 August, 2015

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

Glasgow Credit Union scheme to help first time buyers

12 August, 2015

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

Renters don't need to ditch the capital - yet

10 August, 2015

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

Homelet Rental Index July 2015

10 August, 2015

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

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

07 August, 2015

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

Student lives put at risk by negligent landlords

05 August, 2015

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

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

05 August, 2015

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

Tenant who missed rent payment was beaten up in street

05 August, 2015

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

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

03 August, 2015

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

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

31 July, 2015

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

Scrutiny Live - Findings with Evidence

31 July, 2015

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

Insolvency Service: Personal insolvencies at 10-year low

30 July, 2015

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

Dumfries foodbank opening 'broke rules' claims MP

29 July, 2015

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

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

29 July, 2015

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

High rents force 1 in 3 young Brits into debt

28 July, 2015

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

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

27 July, 2015

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

Trussell Trust defends Dumfries foodbank decision

24 July, 2015

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

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

24 July, 2015

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

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

23 July, 2015

Scottish rents climb 3.1% in a year

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

22 July, 2015

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

Watchdog backs DWP refusal to release 49 benefit deaths reports

20 July, 2015

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

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

20 July, 2015

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

English housing survey 2013 to 2014: household report

17 July, 2015

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

Seven things we learned from the English Housing Survey household report

17 July, 2015

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

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

14 July, 2015

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

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

14 July, 2015

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

Cuts could affect tenants

14 July, 2015

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

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

08 July, 2015

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

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

07 July, 2015

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

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

07 July, 2015

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

Terminally ill benefit claimants asked when they expect to die

07 July, 2015

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

How to effectively manage void properties

07 July, 2015

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

Telling The Real Story of Benefits

06 July, 2015

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

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

03 July, 2015

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

Time for tax reform

02 July, 2015

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

Discretionary Housing Payments

02 July, 2015

Briefing Paper

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

01 July, 2015

Scots' rent peak after record monthly jump

How much do families rely on tax credits?

01 July, 2015

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

The Benefit Cap

01 July, 2015

Briefing Paper

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

01 July, 2015

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

Scottish Housing Regulator welcomes new report on value for money

30 June, 2015

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

Prime London rents exceed £100 a day

30 June, 2015

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

Nightmare for landlord whose tenant claimed false disrepair

30 June, 2015

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

New online toolkit launched to help landlords keep houses safe

30 June, 2015

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

Properties being let in shortest time on record

29 June, 2015

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

Future funding outlook for councils 2019/20

29 June, 2015

Interim 2015 update

Eroding Child Benefit

29 June, 2015

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

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

29 June, 2015

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

The Effects of Taxes and Benefits on Household Income

29 June, 2015

Financial Year Ending 2014

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

26 June, 2015

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

Slump in supply of properties available to rent

26 June, 2015

The supply of available rental property has fallen, says ARLA

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

25 June, 2015

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

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

25 June, 2015

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

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

24 June, 2015

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

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

24 June, 2015

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

UK Housing Review

24 June, 2015

2015 Briefing Paper

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

23 June, 2015

Defining, managing and demonstrating Value for Money in Scotland

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

22 June, 2015

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

Benefits changes threaten young dads

22 June, 2015

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

The UK needs a living rent for a living wage

22 June, 2015

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

Tackling fuel poverty - carrot or the stick?

19 June, 2015

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

Experian calculates the price social tenants pay for poverty

19 June, 2015

Poverty comes at a premium

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

19 June, 2015

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

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

18 June, 2015

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

Ideas to tackle poverty for the long term

18 June, 2015

An IPPR approach to reducing poverty

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

18 June, 2015

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

Scots private sector rents up nine per cent

17 June, 2015

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

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

16 June, 2015

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

London rents exceed £1,500pm for first time

16 June, 2015

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

Food poverty made me feel ashamed

15 June, 2015

Mark lived in his home for more than 16 years

Rents crack a new record in London and rise throughout UK

15 June, 2015

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

Big fall in payday loan problems reported to Citizens Advice

12 June, 2015

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

Former CIH President raises more than £40,000 for foodbank charity

11 June, 2015

Former Chartered Institute of Housing President Steve Stride has raised more than £40,000 for charity

Thousands of tenants sign-up to new landlord agreement

09 June, 2015

Almost 13,000 tenants have signed up to a new agreement following the transfer of ownership of their home

The reality of Britain in 2015... food banks, welfare cuts and privatisation

08 June, 2015

Columnist Aled Blake tells of his experience helping his mother out at the local food bank and says he hates what they represent

Camden Council attacks Airbnb for pushing up rents, reducing supply

05 June, 2015

Camden Council has attacked holiday-let websites like Airbnb for allegedly pushing up rents in the area

Could Right to Buy be extended to private tenants

05 June, 2015

A Labour MP has said that the "inevitable logic" is to give private tenants the same right to acquire their home at a discount

Tenants demand their own Minister as more are forced to rent for longer

04 June, 2015

More than 60% of renters favour the appointment of a Minister with specific responsibility for tenants

Berlin becomes first German city to make rent cap a reality

03 June, 2015

Capital pioneers law prohibiting landlords from charging new tenants more than 10% above local average

Calling UK tenants - it's time to push for Berlin-style rent controls

03 June, 2015

Berlin's authorities, seeing the effect of spiralling rents in London, are bringing in controls to ensure the city remains habitable for all

I'm calling on the Government to ban food waste because no-one should be starving in the UK

02 June, 2015

With food bank visits at an all-time high, the amount supermarkets are throwing away is appalling

Generation Rent renews call for letting agent fees to be banned

01 June, 2015

Generation Rent has renewed its call for a ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants

We want our own government minister

29 May, 2015

Britain's tenants would overwhelmingly support the appointment of a government minister solely responsible for tenancy issues

Do transparent fees mean better renting?

29 May, 2015

Amid the pomp and ceremony of the Queens Speech on Wednesday, you may have missed the rather more low key news that a key part of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 came into effect

Demand for foodbank soars in York and Selby

29 May, 2015

Foodbank demand in York and Selby has risen again, although less steeply than the national average

Annual Fuel Poverty Statistics Report, 2015

29 May, 2015

The aim of this publication is to provide a comprehensive view of the latest statistical trends and analysis of fuel poverty in England

6 things your landlord doesn't have to do that you probably wish they did

29 May, 2015

There are a number of areas where Britain's tenants get very little protection

Legal help: where to go and how to pay

28 May, 2015

This note provides information about where to seek legal help and advice

More complaints about agents being made to advertising watchdog

28 May, 2015

The Advertising Standards Authority dealt with a record number of complaints last year, including those made by and about estate agents

Ofgem to investigate 'forcibly installed' pre-pay meters

27 May, 2015

More than half a million pre-payment energy meters have been forcibly installed in people's homes over the last six years

Welfare scandal as disabled are driven to use food banks

26 May, 2015

Nearly 70% of users at a Glasgow foodbank identify themselves as having a disability

A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people

26 May, 2015

Deepening divisions between the haves and have-nots will increase the number of people requiring emergency food assistance

People still facing daily money worries and concerns about future finances

26 May, 2015

New figures from Citizens Advice reveal falling consumer debt and unemployment issues yet many people across all income scales still face daily money worries

Poverty forced people to turn to food banks and now it's forcing them into fuel banks

22 May, 2015

A fuel bank has opened in a church in London to help those who cannot afford to pay for their energy bills

We're well on the way to becoming a nation of renters

22 May, 2015

The housing crisis affects people in many ways, but one of the most obvious shifts we've seen is the number of us who can't afford a home of our own

LibDems uneasy over sharing tenants' rent history with credit reference agency

20 May, 2015

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have expressed concern over a letter which they say has been sent to tenants by Coastal Housing Group

Wonga aims for reinvention in new payday lending ads

19 May, 2015

Short-term lender Wonga has swapped its controversial puppets for "hard-working dinner ladies and mums"

Escalating row between newsagents and PayPoint could affect thousands of rent and council tax payers

19 May, 2015

Thousands of residents across the country who use PayPoint outlets to make rent, council tax and utility payments could be affected by a row between the payments company and newsagents

Out of a home: The tenants forced to leave town

18 May, 2015

Just two families cling on here. The tenants of the other 140 houses have been evicted over the last five months, to make way for a private development

April 2015 HomeLet Rental Index

15 May, 2015

Average rents in newly agreed tenancies have risen almost everywhere across the UK

Boris Johnson launches 'social supermarkets' fund to tackle food poverty

15 May, 2015

Mayor of London Boris Johnson today took the food bank debate to a whole new level by launching a £300,000 fund to create 'social supermarkets'

Disability payments delay 'forced claimants to use food banks'

15 May, 2015

Two disabled people had to turn to loan sharks and food banks because the government took so long to process their benefit claims

Tenancy Sustainment

15 May, 2015

Summary Report May 2015

Tenant evictions reach six-year high amid rising rents and benefit cuts

14 May, 2015

Bailiffs in England and Wales evicted more than 11,000 families in the first three months of 2015, 51% higher than in same period five years ago

10% of all households are in fuel poverty - including 1 in 5 young people

14 May, 2015

Who would you think are in fuel poverty in England? Would it surprise you to find out that one in five young people are? Or that almost one in five private renters are?

Alternative Queen's Speech for housing 'to protect renters and wean country off rising house prices'

12 May, 2015

Housing campaign group Generation Rent today called on the new government to agree a strategy to "jumpstart" housebuilding and create a fair deal for people renting

Food bank realities: The mother thrilled to get hot water bottles so her children didn't have to go to bed in coats

12 May, 2015

A blind pensioner living on custard creams after falling behind with gas payments is also among the tales of hardship seen every day by just one Welsh food bank

Why are so many people being evicted in Coalition Britain?

08 May, 2015

Caught in a collision of unemployment, precarious jobs and reduced public services

1.26 million priced out of home ownership under the coalition

07 May, 2015

3.8m private renters are unable to afford the average first home, new analysis from PricedOut finds today

Andover Food Bank have released worrying figures revealing that five per cent of Test Valley population used food banks last year

07 May, 2015

More than 1,700 deprived kids were forced to use Andover food bank for toiletries, nappies and nutrition in 2014

High rents a far bigger concern for tenants than agents' fees

06 May, 2015

The biggest concerns of tenants are the cost of renting and buying

Number of MPs who earn from renting out property rises by a third

06 May, 2015

One in four MPs now a landlord, as figures show 153 members declared an income from rental property in 2015 - an increase of 36 since 2010

Ban on letting fees could be disaster for tenants

05 May, 2015

A ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants could have a disastrous effect, the president of ARLA has warned

Those food bank data: complicated yes; exaggerated, no

05 May, 2015

Recent reports that 1.1m people went to Trussell Trust food banks last year stoked controversy about how food bank use is counted

Fuel poverty killed 15,000 people last winter

01 May, 2015

An estimated 15,000 people died unnecessarily between December and March because they were living in homes they couldn't afford to heat

Money advice leads to £3m savings for tenants

01 May, 2015

Tenants in County Durham are now more than £3m better off thanks to the advice and support provided by their local housing association

Renters are left out in the cold in the run up to the general election

01 May, 2015

The housing crisis has been a key issue this election, but there is no promise of a brighter future for the many who will rent their homes for the foreseeable future

Food banks: 'Most people at the school gates have used them'

01 May, 2015

Five years ago, food banks were a rarity. Now there are more than 1,000 across the UK

Agent jailed for ten months after hanging on to tenants' deposits

30 April, 2015

An agent who hung on to thousands of pounds of tenants' deposits as cash-flow has been jailed

Over 50,000 families shipped out of London in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents

30 April, 2015

Councils are currently moving homeless mothers and children out of their boroughs at a rate of close to 500 families a week

A million tenants could lose their rental properties

30 April, 2015

Labour's pledge to introduce new anti-landlord rental policies could result in up to a million tenants losing their rental properties

Millions wiped off value of housebuilders as Miliband promise rent controls, land grabs and stamp duty cut for first-time buyers

28 April, 2015

Millions of pounds were wiped off the value of leading housebuilders today after Labour announced a raft of new policies on housing

Why Labour's rent cap won't make your rent cheaper

27 April, 2015

Sounds a bit strange to say this but it's absolutely true, however, it will make your tenure more secure

Fuel banks pilot scheme aims to address austerity-era dilemma of 'heat or eat'

24 April, 2015

Fuel voucher for families who use prepayment meters will be available to those in crisis referred to food banks by welfare advice agencies, GPs and social workers

How to fix the UK's poverty problem? Listen to people at a food bank

24 April, 2015

Stopped benefits, low wages, soaring bills - and bare cupboards

Senior Tory tells local hustings he's not sure food banks are a bad thing

24 April, 2015

Until recently Dominic Grieve was the Tory Attorney General, and a member of David Cameron's Cabinet

Cracking down on the payday lender Wonga is just the first step

23 April, 2015

Better regulation of the payday loans industry is welcome. Now we need to help people deal with their debts in a sustainable, affordable way

Tackling fuel poverty

23 April, 2015

£224 million national scheme to launch in September

Rents rise 15% since May 2010

23 April, 2015

Residential rents have risen by 15.2% over the course of this Parliament

Almost half of renters feels there's no place like home

23 April, 2015

L&Q has revealed that almost half of renters feel unable to consider the place where they live a proper home

The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know

23 April, 2015

If a prison decided to implement a policy of punishing its inmates by cutting their food supply, it would be universally condemned as a human rights abuse

Foodbank use tops one million for first time says Trussell Trust

22 April, 2015

Record numbers seek help from UK's biggest foodbank charity

From benefits to bricks and other housing policy ideas

22 April, 2015

Abigail Davies looks back on her time as former assistant director of policy and practice at the Chartered Institute of Housing, and ponders what the future may hold for housing

What can be done about the rising number of food banks?

21 April, 2015

The number using food banks continues to rise. What's being done about the problem of public hunger, and what must we do next?

Food banks not fault of 'nasty party'

21 April, 2015

Food bank usage rose 10-fold under Labour

Newly let property rents up in the UK while others remain stable

21 April, 2015

Rents in the UK remain stable for renewed and occupied tenancies but continue to increase for newly let properties in the first quarter of 2015

Wonga dives into red after scandals and crackdown

20 April, 2015

Wonga, the biggest payday lender in the UK, has plunged deeply into the red

Solution to zero-hours contracts is to rebrand them

20 April, 2015

Conservative work and pensions secretary blames Labour and the media for scare stories about contracts he says should be renamed 'flexible-hours contracts'

Cameron suggests rise in food bank use is down to better advertising

20 April, 2015

After George Osborne's difficult Marr interview last week (where he failed to answer the same question 18 times) it was David Cameron's turn on the Marr sofa today

Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them

20 April, 2015

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid continues, despite the IMF and Germany praise for Osborne and Britain's 'jobs miracle'

What the political parties offer renters

17 April, 2015

Fancy spending a few hours wading through political jargon to find out what each of the parties are offering renters?

Zero-hours contracts should be renamed 'flexible-hours contracts' and are good for your work-life balance

17 April, 2015

The work and pensions secretary says the contracts are actually 'good'

The fuel poverty strategy - what does it mean for social landlords?

16 April, 2015

In 2014 the Government unveiled a revised fuel poverty target

Where will Cameron make his next cuts?

16 April, 2015

David Cameron struggled with questions on food banks when asked

Tenants to Benefit from Renewable Heat

16 April, 2015

The UK's most ambitious retrofit upgrades programme featuring ground source heat pumps in social housing is set to halve the energy costs of over 130 residents

How many young people could benefit from Help-to-Rent?

16 April, 2015

The Liberal Democrats have proposed to make government loans available to young adults so they can cover the costs of a tenancy deposit

TSB pilots buy-to-let mortgages as boom continues despite housing crisis

16 April, 2015

Buy-to-let landlords have been unwittingly dragged into the election debate by both sides

Ending Expensive Social Tenancies

15 April, 2015

Fairness, higher growth and more homes

Liberal Democrat Manifesto raises worrying ambiguity on key issues for landlords

15 April, 2015

Tis the season of party election manifesto's and today saw the launch of the Liberal Democrats manifesto

Agent says "99.5% of tenants don't know about redress"

13 April, 2015

A lettings agent claims to have discovered that an amazing 99.5 per cent of them know nothing of any of the three redress schemes which apply across the PRS

Warm Homes scheme brings 2,000 people out of fuel poverty and cuts A&E admissions by 30%

10 April, 2015

A ground-breaking council-backed ECO scheme in Oldham has helped more than 2,000 people out of fuel poverty and achieved a 30% reduction in A&E admissions

Increased food bank use linked to areas where unemployment is higher and benefit cuts are deeper

09 April, 2015

There is "clear evidence" linking increased food bank use with UK areas that have seen greater unemployment and welfare and government spending cuts

Austerity, sanctions, and the rise of food banks in the UK

09 April, 2015

Doctors are witnessing increasing numbers of patients seeking referrals to food banks in the United Kingdom

The bedroom tax would be abolished 'in a matter of months' under a new Labour government

08 April, 2015

Rachel Reeves, shadow work and pensions secretary, visited a Barry food bank which has seen the number of people use it increase by 500 in just two years

Half a million more people summoned to court over unpaid council tax, after benefits scrapped

07 April, 2015

Half a million more people were summoned to court last year over unpaid council tax

Council privately rent houses - as 1,700 still on waiting list

07 April, 2015

Council houses are being offered for rent on the open market because people do not want to live in them

Tenant wins battle to stop Westminster council moving her out of London

07 April, 2015

Titina Nzolameso prevents council moving her family to Milton Keynes in a supreme court ruling that will impact how local authorities house the homeless

Cardiff Council slaps warning on payday loan web pages

07 April, 2015

More than 300 payday loan sites will trigger a warning page when accessed on public computers in libraries and community centres

Property report: Renters in line for better deals

02 April, 2015

Things just got easier for 'generation rent'

A rising economic tide, but many left drowning in debt

01 April, 2015

Despite positive economic news rapidly increasing numbers of people are seeking help for debt problems

Give zero-hours workers regular contracts after 3 months

01 April, 2015

Labour leader plans to give employees legal right to a regular contract after 12 weeks' continuous work but critics say employers will sack staff before deadline

Tenants 'could deliberately damage properties' to avoid eviction

01 April, 2015

Tenants trying to avoid eviction could abuse a new legal system designed to ban revenge evictions, by deliberately damaging properties

Tenancy deposit scheme overhauled by the Deregulation Act 2015 - Retrospectively!

31 March, 2015

On 26 March 2015 changes to the tenancy deposit scheme under the Deregulation Act 2015 came into force

Mayor of Newham hits out as Eric Pickles given right to veto private landlord licensing schemes

30 March, 2015

The Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales has slammed new powers that will give Communities Secretary Eric Pickles the right to veto local authority private landlord licensing schemes

Housing Health and Safety Rating System - Guidance for Landlords and Property Related Professionals

30 March, 2015

This document has been prepared in light of the Housing Act 2004 (the Act) for those owners and landlords who have a limited number of properties

Number of people in Wales seeking advice from debt charity StepChange grows by 84% over three years

27 March, 2015

StepChange said household bills were the main problem with arrears on rent, council tax and water bills all increasing since 2011

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion in Scotland 2015

26 March, 2015

The changing face of poverty in Scotland: young adults and those privately renting now at greater risk

Food Poverty in the UK - a state of Inertia

26 March, 2015

Food Poverty has been a national media concern since back in 2012

Iain Duncan Smith refuses to meet with food bank charity about poverty - then meets with investment bankers about it instead

25 March, 2015

Iain Duncan Smith has refused to meet with Britain's biggest food bank charity for over a year

Labour pledges to end dependency on food banks with welfare reforms

25 March, 2015

Party is promising to scrap benefit sanctions and low pay culture that it believes is forcing people to turn to food banks

London's rental price growth slowing in 2015

24 March, 2015

Rents rise in seven out of twelve regions across the UK in the three months to February 2015

600,000 fewer workless households since 2010: Workless households now lowest in a decade

24 March, 2015

New figures show the number of workless households has fallen by more than 600,000 since 2010, the lowest in a decade

Public Attitudes to Poverty, Inequality and Welfare in Scotland and Britain

24 March, 2015

Scottish Government Communities Analytical Services 2015

Food bank users at risk of developing nutritional problems

19 March, 2015

People who rely on food banks risk developing nutritional problems because of the lack of fresh produce

Fruit and vegetable vouchers could buy poorer people a more nutritious diet

19 March, 2015

A pilot scheme in London is helping families provide healthier meals for their children while supporting local markets

What George Osborne did for Generation Rent

18 March, 2015

London couples on a steady income see the prospect of ever owning their own home receding to zero

Labour vows to reduce reliance on food banks if it comes to power

18 March, 2015

Shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves blames benefits delays and welfare sanctions for an increase in food bank use

"Surprised and saddened": MSPs react to Mundell food bank evidence

18 March, 2015

Scottish Parliament has announced that it has sent evidence, which shows the link between the UK welfare reforms and an increase in the use of food banks

Rip-off rents: Britain's priciest places to be a tenant

17 March, 2015

The UK housing supply crisis hits tenants in the pocket as rents soar, but where are the most expensive places for lettings?

Westward tenants benefit from Tesco food bank

17 March, 2015

Alexandra House, Westward's supported housing scheme for single people in Exmouth, is now benefiting from food donations

A Recipe for Inequality

16 March, 2015

Why our food system is leaving low-income households behind

Cambridge one-bed rental prices rise by half in less than two years

12 March, 2015

Spiralling costs of renting in Cambridge are leaving those on housing benefit further and further behind

Supreme Court protects disabled tenants from eviction

12 March, 2015

There is often little that some tenants can do if their landlord decides they want the property back

Food bank Britain: why it only takes one week of school holidays to tip families into food poverty

10 March, 2015

Missing out on free school meals for just one week at half term is tipping some families into acute food poverty

Cheshire Hunger - Understanding Emergency Food Provision in West Cheshire

03 March, 2015

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

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

03 March, 2015

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

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

27 February, 2015

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

Why are we Brits such snobs about renting?

27 February, 2015

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

Payday lenders must allow price comparison

25 February, 2015

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

Rent rises 'slower than England'

25 February, 2015

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

English housing survey 2013 to 2014: headline report

25 February, 2015

Initial findings from the English housing survey for 2013 to 2014

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

24 February, 2015

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

January ARLA Private Rented Sector Report

23 February, 2015

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

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

20 February, 2015

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

Jan 15 Buy-to-Let Index

20 February, 2015

Rents 16% higher than in 2010

'Generation rent'? We've been here before

19 February, 2015

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

Sector shows improved performance in meeting value for money standards

19 February, 2015

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

Tenants offered increase in voting power

19 February, 2015

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

Two thirds of tenants 'pay for repairs themselves'

19 February, 2015

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

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

17 February, 2015

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

First-time buyers almost 10% better off than renting

16 February, 2015

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

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

16 February, 2015

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

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

13 February, 2015

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

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

11 February, 2015

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

Rent control could swing the vote in Scotland

02 February, 2015

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

Working to help local people facing fuel poverty

30 January, 2015

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

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

29 January, 2015

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

Social Policy in Cold Climate

27 January, 2015

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

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

26 January, 2015

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

Jobless are being punished with hunger for claiming unemployment benefit

26 January, 2015

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

New Scottish Parliament powers plan published

22 January, 2015

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

Dec 14 Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

22 January, 2015

Rent rises tumble during 2014

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

22 January, 2015

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

HomeLet Rental Index

20 January, 2015

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

Redress scheme sees letting agent complaints rise

20 January, 2015

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

Regulator raps landlord over gas safety failures

20 January, 2015

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

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

20 January, 2015

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

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

19 January, 2015

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

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

19 January, 2015

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

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

19 January, 2015

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

Record numbers use Scottish food banks

16 January, 2015

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

Increase in councils' rent loss from empty properties

16 January, 2015

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

Enhanced Court Fees

16 January, 2015

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

Cash incentive for residents

15 January, 2015

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

Sheffield City Council to cut jobs and raise council tax

15 January, 2015

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

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

14 January, 2015

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

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

14 January, 2015

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

Can credit unions provide a viable alternative to payday lenders?

14 January, 2015

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

Credit unions 'can't compete' with payday lenders

13 January, 2015

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

Connected Housing Initiative speaks out on the fight against digital exclusion

12 January, 2015

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

Warmer Homes

09 January, 2015

Improving fuel poverty and energy efficiency policy in the UK

Tenant anger over plan to share personal details

09 January, 2015

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

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

09 January, 2015

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

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

07 January, 2015

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

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

06 January, 2015

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

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

06 January, 2015

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

Millions fear missing January's rent or mortgage payments

05 January, 2015

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

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

05 January, 2015

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

Tenants 'should get new rights'

05 January, 2015

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

Payday lender rules come into effect

02 January, 2015

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

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

02 January, 2015

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

New reforms cut red tape for house builders and tenants

31 December, 2014

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

Over 73,000 Scots reliant on food banks

31 December, 2014

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

Family Finances Report

29 December, 2014

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

Food bank use jumps 20% in Wales

29 December, 2014

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

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

24 December, 2014

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

Thieves steal food bank supplies

24 December, 2014

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

More than one million British families now live in fuel poverty

23 December, 2014

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

Poorest UK households pay almost half their income in tax

22 December, 2014

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

Welfare Reform Committee to discuss food bank rise with minister

22 December, 2014

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

Engaging with tenants

22 December, 2014

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

High court holds LB Enfield as acting unlawfully when imposing licensing

22 December, 2014

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

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

22 December, 2014

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

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

22 December, 2014

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

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

19 December, 2014

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

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

19 December, 2014

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

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

19 December, 2014

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

Discretionary Housing Payments statistics

19 December, 2014

Statistics on local authorities' use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds

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

18 December, 2014

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

Work Programme evaluation: participant experience

18 December, 2014

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

Social housing lettings in England: April 2013 to March 2014

17 December, 2014

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

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

17 December, 2014

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

Benefit claimants 'forced out of central London'

16 December, 2014

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

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

16 December, 2014

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

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

15 December, 2014

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

Priority debts

15 December, 2014

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

Food bank use tiny compared with Germany, says minister

15 December, 2014

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

The Benefits of Tackling Worklessness and Low Pay

15 December, 2014

Joseph Rowntree Report

Focus on Inequality and Growth

15 December, 2014

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

Bedroom tax latest - Opposites repel

15 December, 2014

Bedroom Tax opinion article

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

11 December, 2014

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

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

11 December, 2014

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

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

10 December, 2014

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

Sheffield gets Christmas spirit by telling residents to pay their rent

10 December, 2014

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

Households in fuel poverty require 'additional policies'

10 December, 2014

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

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

10 December, 2014

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

Food banks: Duncan Smith promises positive response after critical report

09 December, 2014

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

Minister demands government does more to combat fuel poverty

09 December, 2014

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

Feeding Britain

08 December, 2014

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

'Pay benefits faster' to reduce hunger

08 December, 2014

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

How people have come to depend on food banks to survive

08 December, 2014

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

Majority of Brits on good terms with their landlord

08 December, 2014

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

London council loses landmark unlawful eviction case

05 December, 2014

The Supreme Court has ruled that statutory damages for unlawful eviction of tenants should be calculated in the same way for social landlords as it is for private landlords

Oxford, Brighton and Bath overtake areas of London as the most unaffordable places to rent

05 December, 2014

Towns and cities such as Oxford and Brighton have overtaken areas of London as the most unaffordable places in the country to rent

How much?! Damages for unlawfully evicted secure tenants

05 December, 2014

So, if a local authority unlawfully evicts a secure tenant (and yes, it happens) what should the measure of damages be?

Joint tenancy rights

04 December, 2014

The Supreme Court has ruled one partner can end a joint tenancy without breaching the other tenant's human rights

Food, fuel, finance - tackling the poverty premium

04 December, 2014

Conventional anti-poverty strategies have principally focused on measures to boost household incomes. But can we find ways of tackling poverty by reducing household costs?

Payday loan brokers subject to emergency action as regulator steps in

02 December, 2014

Seven blocked from taking on new business and three of those in line for 'enforcement action' over fees charged

Missing the target

01 December, 2014

Tax cuts and low to middle income Britain

'The toilet is in the shower': vulnerable tenants in tiny £258 a week flats hit with 'revenge evictions'

01 December, 2014

Tenants in Stoke Newington flats threatened with eviction after complaining about noise from music rehearsal studios below

Renters' woes revealed as 'hotspot' map of Britain published

01 December, 2014

London is Britain's vermin capital while renters in Yorkshire make the most repair requests and Scottish tenants have a big problem with heating

Payday loan middlemen face crackdown

01 December, 2014

Thousands of payday loan middlemen face tough new rules after the City watchdog highlighted "blatantly unfair" treatment of customers

Food banks: 'Rapid rise in demand' for emergency food parcels says Advice NI

28 November, 2014

There has been a rapid rise in the amount of people in Northern Ireland seeking access to food banks

A challenging time - supporting customers with money management

28 November, 2014

Welfare reform has presented a number of challenges to housing associations and their customers, and minimising the risks presented, continues to be a focus

The cost of renting in your 20s? £66,800

27 November, 2014

'Generation Rent' is in denial about the eye-watering sums they are paying to landlords,

'Letting agent charged £1,260 to change two names - then evicted us'

27 November, 2014

'I can replace you easily. Pay or you're out,' agent tells tenants renting £3,600-a-month house

Scottish rent rises out pace rest of UK

26 November, 2014

Property rents have risen faster in Scotland than in England and Wales over the past year

Voices from the frontline

25 November, 2014

Our launch publication explores the experiences of people with complex needs and the frontline staff who are working with them

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion 2014

24 November, 2014

Our annual assessment of progress in tackling poverty and disadvantage across the UK

Deadline to the Breadline

24 November, 2014

If a household's income suffers an unexpected shock and suddenly stops, their money would run out in just 26 days on average

Immigration minister James Brokenshire on new rules requiring landlords to check tenants' right to be in the UK

24 November, 2014

When we don't have firm - but fair - controls on immigration, everyone suffers

£311k to send benefit claimants to financial advice charities

21 November, 2014

The Social Security Agency spent £311,000 on a scheme which told benefit claimants where they could get free advice on managing their money

99.5% of people unaware of new renter protection rules

21 November, 2014

Just one person in 200 is aware government scheme designed to protect renters exists

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

20 November, 2014

The use of emergency food aid in the UK, particularly in the form of food banks, has dramatically increased

Food banks - when is research evidence 'good enough?'

20 November, 2014

What lies behind the rise in people using food banks in Britain?

Coastline embarks on stock improvement to tackle fuel poverty

19 November, 2014

Cornwall's Coastline Housing Association has launched an ambitious plan to reduce fuel poverty for up to 4,000 tenants by 2019

Statistics reveal modest rent rises in private sector for most regions in Scotland

19 November, 2014

New statistics have revealed mixed trends in private sector rent levels across Scotland with modest rises below the rate of inflation in most areas between 2010 and 2014

Food banks say welfare reform is fuelling demand

19 November, 2014

An organisation which runs food banks says nearly half of all its referrals in Wales last year were due to changes or delays to benefits payments

Welfare cuts will increase fire risk for poorer families

19 November, 2014

Firefighters have warned the government that cutting provisions that help low income families replace old and unsafe electrical goods could increase the risk of fire and fatalities

A third of people are planning to take out short-term credit to pay for Christmas

18 November, 2014

Latest research show that one third of people are planning to take out some kind of short-term credit to pay for Christmas

Tenants get eviction reprieve but future still uncertain

18 November, 2014

Tenants facing eviction from a London estate have won an eleventh hour reprieve - but are still facing an uncertain future

What will the housing market look like in 2040?

17 November, 2014

This research explores how the housing market is likely to change in the coming decades, and how this will affect poverty

Credit unions gallop ahead with help from pop stars, politicians and royalty

17 November, 2014

An old form of borrowing and saving is getting a new lease of life with everyone from Camilla to Imelda May getting an account

Food for thought

14 November, 2014

An insight into why young people in England access foodbanks

Will 'world first' energy pilot see tenants' fuel bills fall?

13 November, 2014

Hundreds of council tenants are set to benefit from cheaper energy bills thanks to a world first trial

Angus food bank donations given a vital boost

13 November, 2014

A Tayside charity has doubled its food bank donations in Angus by asking local supermarkets to get involved

Cap on the cost of credit will help fight exploitative payday lending

12 November, 2014

New evidence from Citizens Advice reveals North East and West Midlands are payday loan hotspots

Escape Plan: Understanding who progresses from low pay and who gets stuck

12 November, 2014

Our findings highlight that employees can move into higher paying roles but escaping completely from low pay is more difficult

Public are positive towards contribution and value of social housing

12 November, 2014

The British public are positive about the contribution and value of social housing

Record-breaking number of people in jobs

12 November, 2014

A record-breaking number of people are now in work, averaging over 13,000 more people in jobs every single week over the last year

Payday loan charges cap announced by FCA

11 November, 2014

A cap on the amount that payday lenders can charge their customers has been announced by the City regulator

More households can benefit from renewable heating

11 November, 2014

More social landlords and their tenants could soon be benefitting from renewable heating, helping them have warmer homes and lower bills

Latest foodbank figures top 900,000

10 November, 2014

Life has got worse not better for poorest in 2013/14, and this is just the tip of the iceberg

Two thirds of renters overcharged by letting agents

10 November, 2014

Back in 2013, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) described the private lettings market as 'dysfunctional'

Tenants to present petition asking for rent freeze

10 November, 2014

Peabody residents will hand over a petition today with more than 1,000 signatures to ask for a year's rent freeze

UK Government 'in denial' about human cost of welfare reforms

10 November, 2014

A Holyrood committee has called on Scotland Office minister David Mundell to keep a promise to meet food bank providers

Payday loans crackdown 'will hit the poor' and leave families without credit

07 November, 2014

A government crackdown on legal "loan sharks" will leave poor families without any access to credit

Fuel poverty and its effect on our health

07 November, 2014

If your energy bill had come down in line with the drop in wholesale prices, you'd be better off by around £70

Number of workless households in Wales falls

07 November, 2014

The number of households where no one has a job fell in all but four of the 22 local authorities in Wales between 2012 and 2013

The Work Programme

06 November, 2014

Twenty-first Report of Session 2014-15

Work Programme adviser: 'Almost every day one of my clients mentioned feeling suicidal'

06 November, 2014

Whistleblower says her job was box ticking, sanctioning sick people who had little chance of employment, and she wasn't able to treat clients as human beings

Renters need reform now - not the promise of a house in seven years

06 November, 2014

Will Labour break the grip of the home ownership political orthodoxy?

Landlord's plan to ban tenants on zero-hour contracts slammed

06 November, 2014

A property expert has slammed a major landlord's plan to ban tenants employed on zero-hour contracts from renting his properties

Understanding the Role of Immigrants' Legal Status: Evidence from Policy Experiments

05 November, 2014

European migrants to the UK are not a drain on Britain's finances and pay out far more in taxes than they receive in state benefits

Pay your child maintenance or damage your credit rating

05 November, 2014

Separated parents who fail to contribute financially to the upbringing of their children, face ruining their credit rating from next year

Zero-hours contract workers turned away by some of UK's biggest landlords

03 November, 2014

As well as high rents, workers with no fixed hours or income face problems finding a landlord who will agree to house them

I'm on benefits and I'm not proud to be on them

03 November, 2014

I am 35 living in Somerset, working voluntarily within my community. I have two children and one has special needs

More powers for Scotland could help improve housing system

03 November, 2014

Giving the Scottish government extra powers could help it build more homes and improve the country's housing system

Generation Rent: ignored, insecure - and on the rise

03 November, 2014

Politicians ignore the number of people renting property at their peril - they could become a hugely powerful political faction

New rules for buy to let lending on the way

03 November, 2014

Chancellor George Osborne is warning the government may restrict buy to let borrowing with loan caps and rent cover limits

Council becomes first to use new anti-social powers to evict tenants

31 October, 2014

Oldham Council is believed to have become the first local authority in the country to use new anti-social behaviour powers to remove tenants from a property

Salford families are waiting more than a month for housing claim decisions

31 October, 2014

Households are having to wait on average 36 days for a decision on whether they can get help to pay the rent

MPs urged to prepare for shift among voters towards renting

30 October, 2014

Politicians have been urged to take the concerns of tenants more seriously after research indicated that more than 100 MPs will represent renter-dominated constituencies

Renter Power

30 October, 2014

Is Parliament's paradigm of home ownership coming to an end?

Building the future

30 October, 2014

The economic and fiscal impacts of making homes energy efficient

A Democratic Tenant Conversation

30 October, 2014

Results of the T.A.R.O.E. National Survey of Tenant

Payday loan brokers regularly raid bank accounts of poor customers

29 October, 2014

Natwest receives hundreds of complaints daily from vulnerable people who have unexpectedly had money taken from accounts

Partnership with Credit Union helping tenants to get ahead financially

29 October, 2014

Lewisham Homes' partnership with the Lewisham Plus Credit Union provides financial support to residents through basic budgeting, loans, current accounts

Five ways housing associations can improve their customer service

28 October, 2014

To survive in a more commercial world, housing providers need better customer service

Wales' rental market is lagging behind the rest of Britain with almost no growth over the last year

27 October, 2014

Private rental prices grew just 0.2% across Wales from September 2013 to September this year according to the Index of Private Housing Rental Prices

Almost half of British renters might never be able to afford to buy a home

24 October, 2014

The spiralling cost of buying a first home in the UK means that almost half of all renters are not sure they will ever be able to get on the property ladder

Government rejects social landlords' gas access call

24 October, 2014

Campaign to allow housing associations greater access to homes to save £500m receives major blow

MPs launch inquiry into 'revenge' evictions bill

24 October, 2014

A group of MPs has launched an inquiry into a Liberal Democrat bill to outlaw 'revenge' evictions

Landmark appeal against out-of-London placements refused

23 October, 2014

Councils can house tenants outside of London without carrying out a detailed assessment of all the available properties nearby

Lower benefit cap would 'push affordable rents out of reach'

23 October, 2014

Affordable rents would be out of reach for families on benefit in London if welfare is capped at £23,000 a year

PRS and buy-to-let trends overview 2013/2014

22 October, 2014

For many, 2013 was a year of further recovery which revived optimism and confidence in the sector; this positive sentiment was echoed by many Paragon landlords operating in the PRS

Welfare advice scores £450,000 for WHG tenants

22 October, 2014

Thousands of residents in a Midlands town have collectively gained over £450,000 thanks to their social landlord's money advisors

Government posters to target benefit fraud

21 October, 2014

The government is launching an advertising campaign urging benefit claimants to report changes in circumstances or face prison

Rent price growth eases

21 October, 2014

For two consecutive months the UK has experienced an easing in rental price growth, with twice as many regions seeing rental price falls than those recording an increase

Government must help younger renters, says housing law firm Winckworth Sherwood

21 October, 2014

Renting a flat if you're under 35 is now the "new normal" with a housing law firm urging the government to do more for young people looking for PRS accommodation

New report reveals majority of social housing tenants who can work, are in work

21 October, 2014

While the majority of Londoners think people in social housing are unemployed, new research reveals that 74% of those who can work do

Sept 14 Buy-to-Let Index

20 October, 2014

Rents hit fresh record despite sharp slow down in annual rises

Highest rents on record in the South East, East Anglia and Scotland

20 October, 2014

Rents increase £66 every month in year on year comparison - London market climbs £118 in Q3 2014 and is £230 higher than October 2013

Landlord let vulnerable tenant live in squalor and misery for over a year

20 October, 2014

A landlord has been branded unfit to let out property after allowing a vulnerable woman to live in squalor for over a year

Understanding the new ASB Act - essential reading for landlords

20 October, 2014

ASB consultant Gez Kinsella shares his thoughts on preparations for the new Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act

Housing association drops mandatory conditions from tenancy agreements

20 October, 2014

A housing association has quietly dropped mandatory conditions from its tenancy agreements after a pilot found they were not needed

Landlords and tenants behaving responsibly

20 October, 2014

International Tenants Day on 6th October saw the launch of the Responsible Housing CSR Code of Conduct at a major conference of 150 delegates

DWP condemned over benefit losses

17 October, 2014

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

Generation Y turning to high-cost credit

17 October, 2014

62 per cent of young people using high-interest credit are turning to payday loans

Helping tenants get online

17 October, 2014

This week, thousands of people across the country are being inspired to get online and see what the internet could do for them

Scotland's jobless total falls by record 40,000

16 October, 2014

Unemployment in Scotland fell by 40,000 between June and August to stand at 151,000

How to take down economic inequality

16 October, 2014

The global gap between incomes, wealth and living standards is a long-standing failure of human ingenuity and purpose

The Real Britain Index: a more accurate measure of living standards

16 October, 2014

The rate at which prices are increasing is, according to the government's preferred measure, gradually slowing down

The regulation of private sector letting and managing agents (England)

16 October, 2014

There is no overarching statutory regulation of private sector letting or managing agents in England or any legal requirement for them to belong to a trade association

Rent increase blow to landlords

16 October, 2014

Housing experts are warning that landlords face a costs squeeze under the reformed social rent formula as a result of unprecedentedly low inflation rates

Welfare spending cap plans hit by rising housing and incapacity benefit bills

16 October, 2014

OBR also warns public finances suffering despite the recovery as workers take low-paid jobs so pay correspondingly less tax

Tory Councillor Dawn Barnett Wants Food Bank Ban For People On 'Good Benefits'

15 October, 2014

A Tory councillor who once described golliwogs as "nostalgic, not racist" has called for those on "good benefits" to be banned from using food banks as they can afford food

Families' health at risk as rogue landlords refuse repairs

15 October, 2014

More than 1 in 10 renting families have suffered health problems in the past year because of their landlords failing to deal with bad living conditions

Council launches tenancy fraud amnesty

15 October, 2014

Haringey Council has launched an amnesty for tenants that are illegally subletting their council homes

Social housing tenants' debt widening income divide

15 October, 2014

A housing association's research into the impact of financial and economic changes on households has uncovered a widening income gap between its tenants

Record year for credit union as thousands of new members join

15 October, 2014

A credit union has had a record year, as more and more people turn to it for help with low cost loans

Home Truths 2014/15: Yorkshire and Humber

15 October, 2014

Broken Market, Broken Dreams, a new report by the National Housing Federation, is an analysis of the housing market in Yorkshire and Humber

Tenant Leading Change is about tenants and landlords coming together to support effective tenant involvement

14 October, 2014

The Government wants to see all social landlords offer tenants the chance to get involved and take control of their neighbourhoods

Campaign against illegal evictions to launch in Scotland

14 October, 2014

A campaign targeting landlords' illegal eviction of tenants is launching in Scotland today

Do They Know Its Christmas? was released exactly thirty years ago to publicise third world food crisis

14 October, 2014

Severnside Housing has its Digital Den in Meole Brace that is available for everyone to use

Scottish Government invests millions in fuel poverty scheme

14 October, 2014

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that the Scottish Government will invest millions in a new national fuel poverty scheme from 2015

Residents urged to support foodbanks in face of growing demand

14 October, 2014

The Trussell Trust in Blackwood, New Tredegar and Risca fed a staggering 1,821 people between April and September 2014

Bogus letting agents rent through Airbnb to fleece would-be tenants

13 October, 2014

The owner of this flat let it out for a weekend through Airbnb. She returned to find five 'tenants' - who'd in total paid £8,500 in deposits and expected to move in permanently

Tackling Food Poverty Together

13 October, 2014

Greater Manchester Tackling Food Poverty Together - a week of action 13-19th October 2014

Renting redress scheme launched and no-one notices

13 October, 2014

No-one noticed this week when a complaints scheme aimed at stopping letting agents using misleading adverts, charging excessive fees and not carrying out repairs was launched

Young people being failed by PRS

13 October, 2014

The government should be doing more to help young people into the private rented sector (PRS)

Scottish Government pushes to tackle fuel poverty

13 October, 2014

The Scottish Government has launched a campaign to help people reduce their winter fuel bills and called for bids for a fuel poverty contract worth £224m

Access To Private Rented Housing For The Under 35s

13 October, 2014

The purpose of the APPG is to raise awareness of the private rented housing sector in Parliament

'Tenants are being judged by the standards of Benefits Street'

10 October, 2014

Should social landlords be imposing conditions on tenants as part of their tenancy agreements?

Benefit rule 'worse than poor law'

10 October, 2014

A plan to make people wait seven days before they are entitled to benefit has been slammed as 'worse than the poor law'

New rules spurs reminder of the importance of tenant checks

10 October, 2014

The NLA is reminding landlords about the importance of conducting tenant checks shortly before new legislation will require them to check the immigration status of every new tenant

A new fuel poverty strategy for England

10 October, 2014

The Federation welcomes and fully supports the proposal for an energy efficiency target of Energy Performance Certificate Band C for all homes in fuel poverty

England's 'rent-trap': just another reason housing is now a top 5 issue for voters

09 October, 2014

The last few weeks have seen senior politicians in all parties clamber over each other to promise bold action to solve our housing shortage

How to ... create sustainable tenancies

09 October, 2014

Housing providers are now thinking radically about how they deliver front-line services to respond to the unprecedented changes they face as a result of welfare reform

Council housing standards must improve

09 October, 2014

Local authorities in Wales are in danger of providing a second class service for their tenants due to the slow progress in bringing their homes up to scratch

CMA sets out proposals to lower payday loan costs

09 October, 2014

The CMA has set out proposals to increase price competition between payday lenders and help borrowers get a better deal

New service offers tenants rent savings on mobile top ups

09 October, 2014

Social housing tenants are being offered a new service that allows them to save money on their rent when they top up their mobile phone

Wonga banned from using ad that didn't mention 5,853% interest rate

08 October, 2014

Payday loan firm told by Advertising Standards Authority that commercial breaches code after complaint from Citizens Advice

'Limited' licensing judicial review to go ahead

07 October, 2014

Both sides are claiming victory in a High Court test case over whether a local authority's landlord licensing scheme should be subject to judicial review

Lettings agents and property managers: redress schemes

07 October, 2014

Information on the requirement for lettings agents and property managers in England to belong to a government approved redress scheme

Councils urge Government to reconsider scrapping local welfare assistance fund

06 October, 2014

One in six local authorities will abandon any crisis safety net, forcing families to use food banks or loan sharks

Food Poverty: Experts Say Foodbanks Are Inevitable in the UK

03 October, 2014

Food insecurity and malnutrition in the UK is a much wider problem than has been recognised

Tenant escapes eviction after taking five years to clear garden of scrap and cars

03 October, 2014

A social housing tenant has narrowly avoided being evicted by her social landlord, after finally cleaning up her garden

Majority of UK's private renters being ripped-off by letting agents

03 October, 2014

A majority of the UK's private rented sector (PRS) tenants believe that the fees charged by letting agents are poor value for money

Property ombudsman reveals sharp rise in complaints about lettings agents

02 October, 2014

There's been a sharp rise in the number of complaints made about lettings agents ahead of the requirement that came into effect today that they register with an approved redress scheme

A living rent?

01 October, 2014

Mark Lupton and Helen Collins from Savills Housing Consultancy explain how their rent model linked to household income would work

Landlords warned over Legionnaires' disease responsibility

01 October, 2014

Landlords have been warned that recent changes to legislation means they have a responsibility to make sure their tenants are not exposed to the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease

Complaints about letting agents rise 37%

01 October, 2014

Complaints about letting agents rose by 37% in the first half of the year, an ombudsman has revealed as new legislation to curb rogue agents comes into force

Benefit cut could force social landlords to turn tenants away

01 October, 2014

Housing associations warn Conservative policy would also prevent them from building new homes as funding dries up

Pre-paid benefits cards fuel booze-and-fags stereotype

01 October, 2014

Benefits claimants do not spend all their money on booze and fags if they are left to their own devices

Know your rights: The new rules for the rental market that will protect against bad landlords - and six tips for tenants

30 September, 2014

From October 1, every lettings agent must be a member of an ombudsman-style scheme

£4.5 million to heat social rented homes

30 September, 2014

The Scottish government has announced a £4.5 million scheme to improve the energy performance of 1,600 social housing homes

Grave concerns that Tories' latest benefit cut plans will drive homelessness

29 September, 2014

A charity has expressed grave concerns that the Tories' plans to axe housing benefit for single 18-21 years olds could lead to a further rise in homelessness

Poll Digest - Social - Circle Housing Group Social Housing Survey

29 September, 2014

Almost half of Britons believe social housing tenants choose to claim benefits as a lifestyle choice

Landlord fined after breaching a raft of health and safety regulations with flats found to 'be a danger to live in'

26 September, 2014

Flats deemed a danger after a series of breaches found during insepection

Tenants trust social landlords for advice on energy savings

26 September, 2014

A study has found associations managing property are in the best position to offer help, ahead of energy charities and family and friends

Social housing chief executives' enormous pay packets are indefensible

26 September, 2014

While social tenants suffer benefit cuts and rent hikes, the salaries of those in charge of housing them continue to soar

Is Labour genuinely committed to social rent?

26 September, 2014

Labour needs to explain the role it sees for genuine social housing after May

How to rent - Updated Guide

25 September, 2014

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

Low Pay and the Cost of Living: A Supply-Side Approach

25 September, 2014

The 'cost of living crisis' is now a substantial part of the UK's political discourse

Housing associations rally internet providers to help more residents get online

24 September, 2014

26 housing associations, 12 IT companies and 18 influencers were brought together to discuss how to work together to help more social housing residents get online

Fifty Families

24 September, 2014

Exploding the myths about the unemployed

Over 400,000 private landlords' properties damaged by tenants

24 September, 2014

Research has revealed that 28% of the country's private landlords have had their property damaged by tenants in the last 12 months

Credit union borrowers save £millions

24 September, 2014

Londoners who have taken out loans with of the city's credit unions have saved £6.5 million in interest payments and other charges over the last 12 months

Top tips on avoiding fuel poverty this year

22 September, 2014

Julian Scott from Yarlington Housing Group tells Ben McGrail how we can avoid fuel poverty and explains why they've employed two new 'energy advisors' for their residents

A tenth of landlords unable to confirm their tenants are gas safe

22 September, 2014

One in ten landlords are unable to confirm their tenants are living in a gas safe home, according to new research by British Gas and Shelter

Campaign to beef up social landlord's legal powers to access properties for mandatory gas safety checks

22 September, 2014

Campaigners are calling on the Government to beef up legal powers to allow regulated social landlords to access their properties to carry out mandatory gas safety checks

Housing (Wales) Bill 2014

19 September, 2014

One of the key elements of the Act is introduction of a compulsory registration and licensing scheme for private rented sector landlords and letting and management agents

Landlords' strategies to address poverty and disadvantage

18 September, 2014

Low-rent housing has played a significant role in reducing poverty in England

How to... increase demand for hard to let properties

17 September, 2014

Hard to let properties have always posed a challenge to landlords and void properties are an inevitable aspect of housing management

Ban payday adverts from TV and radio before 9pm, parents demand

16 September, 2014

Experts warn of impact of debt on children after research finds more than a third think commercials are fun or exciting

Tenants evicted over messy gardens

15 September, 2014

A number of social housing tenants who refused to tidy up their gardens have been evicted

UK's soaring rental market shows signs of easing

15 September, 2014

The UK's soaring rental market showed signs of easing last month

Thousands forced to rely on foodbanks over low income and benefit delays

12 September, 2014

Two-thirds of people who needed a foodbank to feed themselves last year did so because they were living on a low income or had benefits issues

The scandal of Britain's fuel poverty deaths

12 September, 2014

Thousands of people die each winter in the UK as a result of being unable to heat their homes. Are we doing enough to help them?

Women will die' as legal aid becomes more difficult for victims of domestic abuse to get

11 September, 2014

Campaigners say the tightening of legal aid rules and budget cuts are putting victims of domestic violence at greater risk

More than half of tenants have problems with landlords and letting agents

10 September, 2014

One in seven tenants say that their problems have never been resolved

Private landlords should be subjected to more stringent gas safety checks

10 September, 2014

The Gas Safety Trust today called for private landlords to be subjected to more stringent gas safety checks

Councils urged to continue welfare support after emergency funding ends in April 2015

09 September, 2014

Local authorities must not leave vulnerable people in the lurch when central government emergency funding comes to an end in April 2015

Helping tenants to make a house a home

09 September, 2014

A new pilot scheme in Sparkbrook could revolutionise the way new tenants learn to set up home in Birmingham

Second class citizens

09 September, 2014

The personal impact of the public debate on benefits

I'm on benefits - so no landlord would rent my family a house

09 September, 2014

Negative attitudes towards people supported by benefits undermine the help that any safety net provides

Think-tank criticises 'pointless' Labour rent cap scheme

08 September, 2014

Ed Miliband's proposal to put a cap on rent increases will push up cost of living and exacerbate Britain's chronic housing shortage

Brent housing benefit tenant living in 'unfit' room

05 September, 2014

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

Unions demand Labour ends UK fuel poverty

04 September, 2014

Eight of the UK's largest trade unions have called on the Labour Party to develop a domestic energy efficiency programme that cuts bills

A record number of people are looking for extra hours to top up their wages

04 September, 2014

The number of people who are under-employed has increased by nearly 100,000 over the last two years, according to new analysis published by the TUC today

Payday loan debt continues to soar

04 September, 2014

The number of people getting into debt with payday loan companies has risen drastically in the last year

What's really happened to rents in Scotland?

03 September, 2014

Last week, Estate Agent LSL Property Services used the release of their Buy-to-Let index to claim that the ban on letting fees in Scotland has caused a 'rent hike'

Eviction for fraudsters who lied on social housing applications

03 September, 2014

Two people who claimed they needed social housing have been evicted from their homes after making false claims on their applications

Payday loan hardship cases up 42%

02 September, 2014

The number of people struggling with payday loans has risen by 42% in the past year

Enfield tears up rules in radical attempt to ease housing problem

02 September, 2014

Pushed into a corner by soaring prices, greedy landlords and a cap on benefits, one London council has embarked on a daring set of untested policies

Free school meal scheme begins

02 September, 2014

First children between the ages of five and seven to begin receiving a free lunch

The Big Tenant Survey

01 September, 2014

The vast majority of social housing tenants do not feel listened to or cared about by their landlords

Rental demand soars as seven potential tenants chase every property

01 September, 2014

Demand for rental properties across the UK grows by 18pc on an annual basis amid shrinking supply

We know tax credits were overpaid. Now it's revealed the figure is £5.6bn

01 September, 2014

The debt owed to government after more than a decade of overpaying tax credits to some of Britain's poorest citizens has now reached more than £5.6bn

Eat or pay the rent, Shelter warns of stark choice facing working parents

01 September, 2014

Working parents are cutting back on buying food in an effort to keep up with their rent or mortgage payments

Scottish landlord data 'will empower social housing tenants'

29 August, 2014

Council and housing association tenants in Scotland are to be given more information about how well their landlord is performing

Churchill Home Insurance research reveals social renters experience more household crime than homeowners

29 August, 2014

Social renters are the tenancy group worst affected by household crime according to new research released by Churchill Home Insurance

Tenant fees ban has speeded up Scottish rent rises

29 August, 2014

The ban on tenant fees has pushed up rents since it was introduced in Scotland in 2012

10.5% of working parents in England skip meals to pay rent

28 August, 2014

Shelter also found that 37% cut back on buying food and 13% put off buying new shoes for their children to meet housing cost

Social tenants left without gas reconnected

28 August, 2014

More than 210 of 250 social homes in Wales left without fuel after water entered gas supply pipes have now been reconnected

1st October date confirmed for letting agent redress

28 August, 2014

Officials have confirmed that the legal requirement for all letting agents in England to provide access to impartial redress will come into force on 1 October 2014

Working families forced to cut back to pay their housing costs

28 August, 2014

Working parents are struggling to make ends meet, with the equivalent of 880,000 working parents skipping a meal in the past year to pay their housing costs

Scottish rents rise as estate agents blame tenancy fees ban

27 August, 2014

Scottish estate agents are blaming the country's ban on tenancy fees for a recent rise in rents

Citizens Advice Scotland in 'rogue' payday brokers warning

27 August, 2014

Scots who want to take out a payday loan are being "ripped off" by online middlemen before they even get to apply for the money

Landlord fined for renting room that could only be entered on all fours

26 August, 2014

Tenants would need to be less than 2 feet 4 inches tall to walk to the Hendon room's door

Move to Midlands or be homeless: London mum brands council 'inhumane'

26 August, 2014

Cecilia Bruce-Annan has been told to move with her three children to Stoke-on-Trent because of the benefits cap

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

26 August, 2014

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

Boards shrink for housing associations but diversity is static

22 August, 2014

60% of current board members weren't in place in 2010/11 - but demographics barely shift

Landlord fined for renting room that could only be entered on all fours

22 August, 2014

Tenants would need to be less than 2 feet 4 inches tall to walk to the Hendon room's door

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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Number of 'amateur' private landlords hits record high

13 August, 2014

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

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

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

'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

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

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

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

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

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

Food poverty in Scotland 'not acceptable' says Sturgeon

11 August, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cunning Plan sees Facebook rent payment system created

05 August, 2014

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

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

'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

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

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

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

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

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

Stepping Stones

30 July, 2014

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

'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

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

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

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

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

'We have created a mess'

29 July, 2014

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

The next "generation rent"

28 July, 2014

Has the baby boom generation really had it all?

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

Tackling fuel poverty

28 July, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Homelessness axed from housing minister's brief

24 July, 2014

The housing minister will no longer have responsibility for homelessness

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

Government's fuel poverty proposals slammed

23 July, 2014

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

The rise of middle-aged renters

23 July, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

Benefits Street series 2

14 July, 2014

Follow-up documentary Immigrant Street has locals worried

Britain's debt hotspots revealed

14 July, 2014

The postcodes where households owe the most on personal loans

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

Fuel cell pilot hopes to slash tenant energy use

11 July, 2014

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

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

Renting to homeless is too risky

10 July, 2014

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

£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

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

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

Payday complaints double in two years

08 July, 2014

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

£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

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

On My Own

07 July, 2014

Barnardos report on young care leavers

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

We say end over 65s PIP assessments

07 July, 2014

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

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

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

Racist incidents deter tenants in Belfast

04 July, 2014

Offers of housing turned down because of fears of racial prejudice

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?

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'

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

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

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

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

Households Below Average Income

01 July, 2014

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

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'

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

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

'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

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

'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

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

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

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%

Eviction cases reach Supreme Court

27 June, 2014

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

Tenants at risk over Care Act

26 June, 2014

New legislation may cause councils to cut funding for vulnerable people

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

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

Child poverty strategy launched

26 June, 2014

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

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?

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

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

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

25 June, 2014

A study looking into tenant's energy use

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

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

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

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

Stop disability benefits 'fiasco'

20 June, 2014

Thousands forced to rely on loans and charity

Rogue landlords exploit deposit protection loophole

19 June, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

Evictions on rise as landlords toughen up

13 June, 2014

Survey shows landlords protecting income by dealing with arrears more robustly

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

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

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

Payday loan firms not competitive

12 June, 2014

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

Hundreds of thousands hit by benefits backlog

12 June, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Landlords to identify violent extremists

06 June, 2014

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

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

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

Behind the scenes at a foodbank

06 June, 2014

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

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

Rent deadlock drives landlord out of boroughs

05 June, 2014

Lack of assurances means association will build larger homes elsewhere

Riverside supports Durham Food Bank

05 June, 2014

Durham Foodbank provides emergency food for local people in crisis

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

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

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

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

A minimum income standard for the UK in 2014

03 June, 2014

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

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

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 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

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

A fair start for everyone

29 May, 2014

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

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'

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

Helping Tenants to Combat Poverty

29 May, 2014

Practical Interventions in Housing

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

Rents for Social Housing from 2015-16

23 May, 2014

Consultation: Summary of Responses

Legal battle looms over rent reform

23 May, 2014

Stock transfer associations say new rent regime will cost them millions

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

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

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

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

4,000 English households risk losing homes every week

22 May, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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"

Will tenants ever pay their rent by smartphone?

20 May, 2014

More people are using mobile apps to make digital payments. Landlords need to get savvy now

Head of Coast and Country blames government welfare reforms for rise in tenants losing homes

20 May, 2014

The number of possession claims by social landlords is on the rise in Redcar and Cleveland, Middlesbrough and in Stockton

Govt proposals for greater clarity on lettings agents fees welcomed by landlords

19 May, 2014

Landlords have welcomed Government proposals to improve the transparency of fees charged by lettings agents

Soaring energy and housing costs force poorest homes to turn to food banks

19 May, 2014

All-party parliamentary inquiry, co-chaired by Labour's Frank Field, finds evidence behind growth in food banks

DWP caught out after falsifying figures about disabled people

19 May, 2014

The DWP has been caught out by the watchdog for repeatedly making false claims about the numbers of people living on disability benefits

Ed Miliband sets out Labour's minimum wage plans

19 May, 2014

Ed Miliband says a Labour government would set a statutory minimum wage target linked to average earnings, as he set out plans to tackle low pay

Online logbook puts Birmingham tenants in control of digital future

16 May, 2014

The process of learning digital skills starts with the very first time a tenant logs into the system

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

15 May, 2014

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

Rise in food banks not due to welfare reforms says UK minister

14 May, 2014

The UK employment minister has said rising food bank use is not the fault of Westminster's welfare reforms

SPF warns of negative impact of rent controls on fledgling build-to-rent sector

14 May, 2014

SPF has sounded a note of caution over the proposed rent caps that will be debated as part of the Scottish Housing Bill

New affordable warmth scheme must not exclude PRS tenants

13 May, 2014

Proposals for achieving affordable warmth must continue to bring private tenants out of fuel poverty

Letting agents 'will have to publish their fees in full'

13 May, 2014

The government has said letting agents will face a new obligation to display full details of their fees both on their websites and in their offices

'Letting agent fee ban will increase rent costs'

13 May, 2014

Banning fees charged to tenants by letting agents will push rent costs up

Clegg will vote against banning letting agent fees

13 May, 2014

Nick Clegg has said that the government will vote against Labour's push to ban letting agent fees today

Government set to miss benefit fraud targets

13 May, 2014

The government is behind on its targets to tackle fraud in the benefit system, a report is expected to say on Thursday

The living wage was a good start - but what we really need now is a living rent

13 May, 2014

Housing costs take up an enormous amount of income for renters and frequent increases risk dismantling communities

MPs to warn ministers over benefit fraud

12 May, 2014

Ministers are on course to miss their targets to reduce the amount of taxpayers' money stolen by benefit cheats and lost due to errors by officials

MPs urged to support ban on letting agent fees

12 May, 2014

MPs will be given a chance to ban letting agent fees tomorrow, after the Labour Party tabled an amendment on the Consumers Rights Bill

Zero-hours abuses must be stopped

12 May, 2014

The rise of zero-hours contracts in the UK has increased concerns they are being used to exploit workers

Eric Pickles accused of forcing vulnerable families towards loan sharks

09 May, 2014

Four Tory council leaders criticise communities secretary's decision to scrap £347m local welfare assistance fund

Rent controls would critically damage private rented sector in Wales

08 May, 2014

Rent controls would critically damage any prospects of growth in the private rented sector in Wales according to Douglas Haig

Landlord possession claims at decade high

08 May, 2014

The number of renters at risk of losing their homes is at its highest level for a decade

Where is housing?

07 May, 2014

What role for social renting in the new world?

Where is housing?

07 May, 2014

So what's not to like about social renting?

Mortgage Voice: Mapping the Mortgage Market; Meeting Market Need

07 May, 2014

Consumer Attitudes and Analysis

Council fined over mouldy flat

06 May, 2014

A London Council has been ordered to pay £1,000 after failing to deal with 'serious damp and mould' in a tenant's flat

Tenant evicted 'because he wanted hot water'

06 May, 2014

Britain's most controversial landlords, the Wilsons, gave a tenant an eviction notice days after he asked them to fix his boiler

Thousands could be hit by 'back door' energy cutoffs

06 May, 2014

Energy suppliers accused of not giving early help to vulnerable households on prepayment meters

Labour's renting reforms: what do tenants and landlords want?

06 May, 2014

We asked people whether Ed Miliband's promise of three-year tenancies and stricter eviction rules would make a difference

'Agoraphobic' singing benefits cheat swindled £35,000

06 May, 2014

A pub singer who claimed he was agoraphobic managed to swindle £35,000 in incapacity benefits

Cameron: Increase in food bank use all about better promotion and nothing to do with poverty

02 May, 2014

PM David Cameron says the increase in the use of food banks is due to the fact they are "properly advertised and promoted"

Private landlords reap the benefits from a lack of social housing

01 May, 2014

A trade union has spoken out against a growing buy-to-let rental sector it says is costing the country a fortune in public money that could be better spent building social housing

DWP and payday loans 'driving food bank use'

01 May, 2014

The Department of Work and Pension and payday loan firms are pushing more people to use food banks

Foodbank opens for those in 'full time employment'

01 May, 2014

Due to a "rapid rise" in demand Cardiff is to get a fifth foodbank

Eric Pickles backs RLA's longer term tenancy proposals

01 May, 2014

The Department for Communities and Local Government has made clear its eagerness to establish reforms based on consensus within the industry

Council housing - more than cheap rent and taxpayer 'subsidies'

01 May, 2014

Thoughts about community and social housing, which naturally contain a (mercifully short) moan about bedroom tax

Benefit cuts and food banks usage not related

30 April, 2014

The rise of food banks is the result of 'poor people maximising their economic choices' and has not been caused by tougher rules over benefit payments

Cardiff opens fifth food bank as DWP director blames rise on poor people 'maximising economic choices'

30 April, 2014

A work services director at the Department for Works and Pensions has claimed that the explosion in food banks is a consequence of poor people 'maximising their economic choices'

A million futures: halving the disability employment gap

29 April, 2014

Scope Report - New research with hundreds of disabled people found that a lack of flexibility in the workplace is a critical issue

Rough sleeping on the increase in London

29 April, 2014

The number of people sleeping rough in London has risen again despite the country's economic recovery

Reliance on credit cards could increase council tax bill by 3..%

29 April, 2014

Alarming data about peoples' credit card habits and their reliance on using their plastic for household bills

Rent controls will ruin tenant finances, claim landlords

29 April, 2014

The RLA has spoken out against the idea of rent controls, claiming they would damage tenants' budgets in introduced

Rogue landlords who are getting rich at the taxpayers' expense should face crackdown say Tessa Munt MP

28 April, 2014

More needs to be done to protect renters from being evicted when they complain

Lower poverty in Scotland: pinning down the change

28 April, 2014

Poverty levels in Scotland are falling and are now lower than in the rest of the UK

Zero-hours crackdown plan unveiled by Labour leader

25 April, 2014

Ed Miliband will detail plans to tackle the "epidemic" of zero-hours contracts in a speech in Scotland

Food banks make me sick

25 April, 2014

24 Dash opinion piece

First Time Buyer Tracker

25 April, 2014

April 2014

Census suggests 1.1 million households in England and Wales were overcrowded

24 April, 2014

ONS census analysis on occupancy ratings by household type

Residents to benefit from free Wifi thanks to Trust project

24 April, 2014

Knowsley Housing Trust introduces scheme that allows residents of Gaywood Green free access to WiFi

Payday lending summit staged in Glasgow

23 April, 2014

Plans to reduce the number of payday lenders on the high street are being discussed at Scotland's first payday lending summit in Glasgow

Bishop delivering food poverty letter to Cameron's office met by police

23 April, 2014

David Cameron's constituency office called the police as the Bishop of Oxford and Reverend Hebden tried to present an open letter on food poverty

Credit union in 'Europe's richest borough' coverts wealthy residents

23 April, 2014

A credit union in the 'richest borough in Europe' is making a play for more of its wealthy residents to get on board to support some of the area's estimated 24,500 struggling families

Jumping the Shark

22 April, 2014

Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)report

A quarter of teachers bring food into school to help hungry pupils

22 April, 2014

Teachers are having to bring in food to give their pupils breakfast every day because they are too hungry and exhausted to learn as a result of increased poverty, according to a new report

Just one in 29 benefit cheats goes to jail despite ministers' promises to crack down on swindlers

22 April, 2014

Just 250 out of of 7,188 benefits cheats were put behind bars in 2012, despite claims from Westminster that a tougher stance would be taken on swindlers

Hundreds diagnosed with malnutrition in Wales amid anger over dependence on foodbanks

22 April, 2014

Doctors have diagnosed hundreds of patients in Wales with malnutrition over recent years, amid anger about soaring dependence on foodbanks

Food bank sees donations soar 1000% after 'utterly vile' Mail on Sunday attack

22 April, 2014

A food bank charity has seen donations soar by over 1000% in the wake of a widely slammed Mail on Sunday article that attacked the organisation

Two in three associations pay living wage

17 April, 2014

The majority of landlords are helping to keep employees above the breadline

Financial situation deteriorating for majority of low income social housing tenants

17 April, 2014

Almost two thirds of social housing households feel that their financial situation has worsened in the last year

Life of a food bank user: no gas, no cooker, benefits delayed

17 April, 2014

I just met Keith, from Watford. He used to crew a Nimrod in the RAF. Now his most challenging mission is to feed himself on £58.92 a week

Food bank charity 'is misleading the public': Claim that 1m need food parcels 'just self promotion'

17 April, 2014

Claims that 1,000,000 people resorted to emergency supplies from food banks were dismissed as 'misleading and emotionally manipulative'

A fifth of landlords have had disputes with tenants

16 April, 2014

Disputes were overwhelmingly related to the state of the property

Food banks see 'shocking' rise in number of users

16 April, 2014

A food bank charity says it has handed out 913,000 food parcels in the last year, up from 347,000 the year before

Massive rise in food poverty as nearly 1 million flock to food banks

16 April, 2014

Nearly 1,000,000 Brits received three days' emergency food from Trussell Trust food banks in 2013-14

Latest foodbank figures top 900,000

16 April, 2014

Life has got worse not better for the poorest in 2013/14

All letting agents told to sign up to compensation scheme as complaints against estate agents rise

15 April, 2014

All lettings agents will be forced to join a compensation scheme that will investigate complaints and force redress to tenants

Is a new JSA sanctions storm brewing?

15 April, 2014

In recent months we've seen a huge leap in the numbers of people coming to Citizens Advice Bureaux seeking advice about sanctions on their JSA

Millions of private renters putting up with substandard homes

14 April, 2014

A third of private rented homes in England are failing decency standards

Almost four million families could be just one paycheque away from losing their home

14 April, 2014

Millions of working families in the UK could not pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job

SFHA welcomes launch of domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) but expresses concerns over Green Deal Assessments for social housing stock

14 April, 2014

The SFHA has welcomed the launch of the domestic RHI but has called on the Government to forgo Green Deal Assessments for social housing stock

3,000 jobless European migrants on benefits

14 April, 2014

New figures show extent of benefits tourism by unemployed European migrants as Iain Duncan Smith tightens the rules to stamp out abuse

From food banks to property bubbles - the moral decay that blights Britain

14 April, 2014

Social historians will have no difficulty in giving an accurate portrait of the decline of today's Britain

Help for those in food poverty

11 April, 2014

People who have to access Scotland's food banks will receive help through a support package of £1 million over the next two years

Food bank provision & welfare reform in the UK

10 April, 2014

This brief is focused on the impact of recent welfare reform in the UK on driving need for food bank provision

Need for food banks is caused by welfare cuts

09 April, 2014

Report warns that as social security safety nets become weaker, charity provision could replace state-funded schemes

Social landlords may need to lower rents

09 April, 2014

Social landlords may be forced to lower rents because tenants cannot keep up with soaring housing costs

New measures to protect the integrity of the benefits system

08 April, 2014

The government has announced new rules to deter claimants from committing benefit fraud, and ensure stolen money is returned.

Renters may abandon a government that fails to stand up for their rights

08 April, 2014

The government's efforts to improve standards for private renters do not go far enough - and it could cost them in the polls

Landlords are wrong and tenants right? The two sides of the eviction story

07 April, 2014

We tell two cautionary tales of rent eviction: one from a landlord's point of view and the other from a tenant's

Ed Balls says that the average British family is £974 worse off than in 2010

04 April, 2014

Coalition is taking far more than it gives, says shadow chancellor as the Tory rise in personal tax allowance to £10,000 starts

Second home owners could face double council tax hike

04 April, 2014

Council tax on holiday and other second homes could be doubled under proposals unveiled by the Welsh government

Benefits sanctions give landlords cause for concern

04 April, 2014

Jobseekers' Allowance sanctions regime is unfair in its decision-making process says Scottish Federation of Housing Associations report

Council threatens residents with bailiffs

04 April, 2014

Cardiff Council has threatened its residents with bailiff action if they fail to clear their debts

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

03 April, 2014

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

Take politics out of food bank debate

02 April, 2014

We cannot rely on anecdotes, hearsay and unsubstantiated statistics, says John Glen at launch of inquiry into food poverty

Right Time Right Place

02 April, 2014

Engaging with the Private Rented Sector

Warning for rogue payday loan firms

01 April, 2014

The Financial Conduct Authority watchdog has warned it will 'take out' payday lenders who do not follow stricter new rules

Bedroom tax driving hungry tenants to food banks

01 April, 2014

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

DCLG to merge with DWP

01 April, 2014

The Department for Communities and Local Government is set to merge with the Department for Work and Pensions

Executive Summary UK Fuel Poverty Monitor 2013-2014

31 March, 2014

National Energy Action and Energy Action Scotland are national charities working to increase investment in energy efficiency to tackle fuel poverty

Why young people are losing faith in the welfare state

31 March, 2014

Recent proposals for benefit reform have centred upon the argument that at present many people feel they get nothing for something from the welfare state

'Urgent action' needed to hit fuel poverty targets

28 March, 2014

National targets to eradicate fuel poverty will be missed unless politicians take urgent action to tackle the 'cold-homes crisis'

Council tax held down for all but the poor

27 March, 2014

As the government holds down council tax increases for a fourth year in a row, it's ignoring the hikes faced by millions of low income households

Renters cutting back on heating and eating due to cost of rent

26 March, 2014

Two in five private renters (39%) are cutting back on heating because of the cost of rent, while a third (33%) are skimping on food

Eating and heating sidelined as PRS tenants try to cope with soaring rents

26 March, 2014

Escalating rent costs are forcing two in five of those in the private rented sector to cut back on heating, while a third are avoiding buying food

Woman killed herself over benefits cut

26 March, 2014

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland finds that woman took her own life after assessor docked benefits by 30%

Real-terms cut in Council Tax for fourth year

26 March, 2014

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

Working and workless households, 4th Quarter 2004 to 2013

25 March, 2014

Homes in which no-one has a job has fallen

Housing and local government leaders pledge joint action on climate change and fuel poverty

25 March, 2014

Liverpool City Region today pledged closer working to raise the priority of addressing global climate change and fuel poverty for the benefit of the people

Work and Welfare Reform

25 March, 2014

Impact in the South West

Return of the slumlords

25 March, 2014

In 1918, 90 per cent of the UK population were private tenants, but the squalid legacy of the Victorian industrial city was not 'fit for heroes'

Rogue landlords in London avoiding £183m in tax

24 March, 2014

Rogue landlords are costing the treasury £183 million in tax by not declaring rent receipts in London alone

Digital inclusion: housing providers need to think mobile

24 March, 2014

Residents are increasingly accessing the internet via mobiles - and social housing providers must react to the trend

Payday loan advert ban on children's TV ruled out

24 March, 2014

Payday loan adverts could still be aired on children's TV despite a call from a committee of MPs for a ban

People using food banks spend the money they save on junk food

21 March, 2014

People use food banks to get basic items free and spend their remaining cash on junk food, Lord Tebbit claimed yesterday

Second London council to introduce landlord licensing scheme

21 March, 2014

A second London council will introduce mandatory borough wide landlord licensing in the autumn

Salix Homes teams up with Community Switch to help Salford tenants save money on energy bills

21 March, 2014

Salford-based Salix Homes is working with Community Switch to help its tenants to save money by switching to a cheaper energy supplier

Britons are among the LEAST hungry in the developed world

19 March, 2014

The number of families saying they are going hungry has fallen over the past five years - as the number of food banks has risen

Employment rate hits 5 year high fuelled by private sector growth

19 March, 2014

The employment rate has hit a 5 year high and a record 30.19 million people are now in jobs

Budget Submission 2014

19 March, 2014

JRF has responded to the consultation on the Budget 2014 using our evidence about how policy could best support people and places in poverty

Pension reforms open door to property investment

19 March, 2014

Commenting on today's Budget announcement

DWP and food bank referrals: 'a way to keep your job but salve your conscience'

18 March, 2014

Internal documents show how Jobcentre staff send benefits claimants to food banks

Half of social housing tenants forced to choose between food and fuel

18 March, 2014

Half of a social landlord's tenants think their energy bills are too high, with some even choosing between paying bills and buying food

Landlords confident of UK's financial recovery

18 March, 2014

Landlords' confidence in the UK's financial markets has tripled over the last year

Tenants borrow to pay bills

17 March, 2014

Hard-up families are borrowing money on a regular basis to pay their bills and keep their heads above water

First tenants benefit from multi-million pound energy efficiency project

17 March, 2014

Work has begun on a multi-million pound energy efficiency project that could see The Gateshead Housing Company and Home Group tenants fuel bills reduce

Bailiffs given access to benefit claimants' credit records

14 March, 2014

DWP gets new power as part of effort to make it easier to confiscate possessions from people who make fraudulent claims

300,000 fewer social homes will receive insulation due to proposed cuts

14 March, 2014

Proposed government cuts to retrofit subsidy funding will result in almost 300,000 fewer social rented homes receiving insulation over the life of the scheme

Credit check plan to crack down on benefit cheats

14 March, 2014

Benefit cheats will be subject to credit checks to see if they have any high-value assets

Energy bills may rise by £600 a year

14 March, 2014

Cost of building power stations, replacing grids and erecting wind farms will add £640 a year to household bills

DWP advising jobcentres on sending claimants to food banks

12 March, 2014

Government insists charities form no part of welfare system and this is merely a 'signpost', but 'high level process' in place

Payday lenders to face review over collection methods

12 March, 2014

Payday lenders will be subject to an inquiry into the way they collect debts and manage borrowers in arrears

Council puts £10m into fund for homeless families

11 March, 2014

A local authority is to invest in a property fund that is designed to own and manage accommodation for homeless people stuck on waiting lists

George Osborne's tax cuts penalise single-earner families with a stay-at-home parent

11 March, 2014

A Church of England bishop has accused the Government of penalising stay-at-home mothers and carers

CIH and Shelter at loggerheads over housing bill

11 March, 2014

A row has broken out between Shelter and the Chartered Institute of Housing over proposed Scottish legislation

It's very hard to know why people go to food banks

10 March, 2014

A Tory welfare minister is under fire for claiming it is 'very hard to know why' people go to food banks

Landlord exposed 'substantial' number of tenants to gas safety risk

06 March, 2014

A 60,000-home landlord failed to carry out a 'significant number' of gas safety checks exposing tenants to potential harm

Work Programme - competitive market delivering constant improvement

06 March, 2014

Nearly half a million people have been helped into jobs through the Work Programme and new measures will continue to improve the scheme

Foodbank user endures 12-mile walk

06 March, 2014

A Fife foodbank user walked 12 miles from Ballingry to Dunfermline to access a service

Taking on the payday lenders: Council's cash boost for credit union

05 March, 2014

Haringey Council is to loan £250,000 to a borough credit union, in a move designed to drive people away from payday lenders

Half of country 'will be renting within 30 years'

04 March, 2014

Half the country could be renting within 30 years

Food banks explosion: 'We were feeding 30 a week now it's 1,600'

04 March, 2014

Times are so tough, volunteers are being forced to supply 'kettle boxes' for those no longer able to use a cooker due to soaring energy costs

'Bleak outlook' for 870,000 living in poverty in Scotland

04 March, 2014

More than 870,000 people in Scotland are living in poverty

Poor 'Driven To Food Banks' By Benefits Curbs

04 March, 2014

Nearly 70,000 are wrongly having benefits removed leaving them struggling to eat

Number of people seeking help for payday loan problems doubles and average debts exceed monthly pay of borrowers

28 February, 2014

The number of people seeking help with payday loan problems from Stepchange almost doubled in the last year

National Minimum Wage boost welcome but more needed to help working poor

27 February, 2014

The National Minimum Wage falls well short of the amount people need to cover costs and achieve an adequate standard of living in the UK

Debt charity reports big rise in payday loan problems

27 February, 2014

A leading debt advice charity says it has seen a big rise in the number of clients with payday loan problems

£2.3 million to support hard working families with child care

25 February, 2014

Councils across Wales are to receive £2.3 million of funding to help provide quality, affordable child care out of school hours

Homelessness PRS scheme lands £2m government funding

25 February, 2014

A Crisis scheme helping single homeless people into private rented sector homes has been given a £2 million funding boost by the government

Renting in London: our readers' stories

25 February, 2014

An article on the increasingly fraught London renting market elicited many accounts from our readers

Government accused of suppressing the damning report that suggests its flagship welfare reforms are forcing ever more people to resort to food banks

21 February, 2014

Welfare reforms are forcing many more people to resort to emergency food handouts

Food bank use soars 400% in two years

21 February, 2014

Food bank use amongst Londoners has soared by 393% over the last two years

Social landlord agrees immigration deal with the Home Office

21 February, 2014

Glasgow landlord to report suspicions over legal status of housing applicants

Church of England bishops demand action over hunger

20 February, 2014

Forty-three Christian leaders, including 27 Anglican bishops, have signed a letter urging David Cameron to ensure people get enough to eat

PM announces Council Tax refunds for flood hit households

20 February, 2014

Government will make £4 million available to fund Council Tax rebates for people whose homes have been flooded

Council accused of 'social cleansing' after halving housing waiting list

19 February, 2014

A campaign group has accused Brent Council of 'social cleansing' after it more than halved its housing waiting list

Two thirds of new claimants for disability benefit are rejected

19 February, 2014

Almost two thirds of new claimants assessed for the Government's re-designed disability benefit have been turned down

Counting the Cuts

19 February, 2014

Report in regards to the impact of the UK Governments cuts programme

43 per cent reduction in landlords seeking vacant possession

18 February, 2014

The NLA reports a 43 per cent reduction in the number of landlords seeking vacant possession of their properties year on year

Tory-run councils will ignore pleas from ministers and impose tax rises

18 February, 2014

Dozens of Conservative councils will defy pleas from ministers and impose council tax rises on their residents in April

Social landlords still struggling with anti social behaviour

17 February, 2014

Taking quick and effective action in serious anti social behaviour cases remains challenging

Almond tenants to benefit from free insulation

17 February, 2014

Households in West Lothian are set to benefit from cheaper heating bills through a new energy efficiency project

20% rise in number of tenants being evicted from their homes in Wales

17 February, 2014

Landlord possession claims have soared by 20% in the past year

Landlord group campaigns against selective licensing

17 February, 2014

The NLA has launched a social media campaign against the introduction of selective licensing in certain parts of England

Number of home repossessions falls to lowest level since 2007

14 February, 2014

The number of home repossessions by banks and building societies fell to its lowest annual level for six years according to Council of Mortgage lenders report

Pensioner hid thousands in savings while claiming benefits

14 February, 2014

A pensioner has been given a suspended prison sentence after it was discovered he had concealed a fortune of £130,000 while claiming benefits for eight years

'Tragedy' of 200,000 'hardcore' jobless

13 February, 2014

Wales has 200,000 'hardcore unemployed' people who have 'never worked a day in their lives'

The State of Living Standards

12 February, 2014

The Resolution Foundation's annual audit of living standards in Britain

The hidden families who have to share

11 February, 2014

New analysis of the 2011 census has revealed that almost 300,000 'concealed families' share their home with another family in England and Wales

Couple on benefits are said to have conned a string of landlords

11 February, 2014

A married couple on benefits lived in a string of luxury homes before fleeing without paying rent, reports suggest

Helping unemployed young people to find private-sector work

11 February, 2014

Joseph Rowntree Report

Londoners can't afford to cook food bank hand-outs as energy bills soar

10 February, 2014

An astonishing 68% of Londoners have cut back on heating their homes in the wake of big energy price hikes, a survey has revealed

Changes to state pensions will hit the poorest, warns think tank

10 February, 2014

Inequalities set to grow as people in the most deprived parts of the country live healthy lives 20 years shorter than the average

New Legal Aid Ruling

10 February, 2014

Shelter policy blog

Landlord loan rates dive to new low

04 February, 2014

Buy-to-let mortgages are now cheaper than before the credit crisis

Tories are taxing poor while ignoring 'Billionaires Row' scandal, says Labour

03 February, 2014

MP says The Bishops Avenue is 'stark example of empty homes problem' and wants councils to be given powers to treble rates

'Poll tax mark II' pushes Britain's poorest into debt

03 February, 2014

Cuts in council tax benefit to thousands force householders to pawn goods and fend off bailiffs

More than 600,000 parents facing a salary cut as curbs on child benefit bite

31 January, 2014

More than 600,000 parents affected by the Government's controversial child benefit changes could be hit by an unexpected drop in their salary

Report: Renters reject workplace pensions

31 January, 2014

Renters are significantly more likely than homeowners to reject their workplace pension schemes

The role of Jobcentre Plus in the reformed welfare system

30 January, 2014

Make better use of Jobcentre resources; promote longer-term outputs; and mitigate the risks of perverse, target-driven behaviour

Non-domestic rates collected by local councils in England: forecast for 2013 to 2014

30 January, 2014

Details of the forecasts of national non-domestic rates to be collected by local authorities in England

DWP helps cut telephone call costs from March 2014

29 January, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions will start to introduce alternative 0345 phone numbers for its major call lines from March 2014

The Index 2013

27 January, 2014

The results of a tenant survey that was designed to find out about the issues affecting residents' lives

Cameron quizzed over 'suppressed' food bank report

22 January, 2014

David Cameron was asked whether the government report into food poverty and food bank use has been 'suppressed' in Prime Minister's Questions today

Food bank issues parcels for those too poor to heat dinner

21 January, 2014

Charity distributes products that can be prepared by adding boiling water or eaten cold in a 'sign of how bad things are'

Payday lenders to share information as research reveals almost a million took loans last year

17 January, 2014

Payday lenders including Wonga are to start using a new 'real-time' information sharing service about consumers'

Rental costs fell in December

17 January, 2014

The cost of renting a home in England and Wales fell by 1% in December compared with the previous month

Cold homes make 23% of social housing tenants ill

16 January, 2014

More than a fifth of social housing tenants have suffered ill health as a result of cold homes, as they struggle to cope with spiralling energy bills

Private renters to benefit from £5.4m fuel poverty fund

09 January, 2014

Thousands of private renters and homeowners will receive free boilers and insulation under a £5.4 million programme

Payday loan companies 'should face levy to fund debt advice services'

09 January, 2014

Low commission recommends creation of £100m-a-year fund to be paid for by government, lottery and payday lenders

Three ways to improve how you handle housing complaints

09 January, 2014

Handling complaints well can save time and resources later on. Here's how you can resolve them more effectively

Credit Unions are a better way of solving January money problems

06 January, 2014

The Scottish Government are urging those who feel they need help with financial difficulties to consider a credit union instead of a payday loan company

300,000 poor people live more than 1km from free cash machine

02 January, 2014

Labour MP Frank Field says figures show it is 'time to take the gloves off', with not enough progress in poorer areas

Money has corrupted us. We no longer understand what it's worth

02 January, 2014

It's time we made money do what we want, rather than letting it diminish and degrade us

Ministers scrap £20m scheme to keep elderly warm

02 January, 2014

Ministers 'shameful' for scrapping £20m scheme to keep pensioners warm

Smoke Alarms in Private Lets

01 January, 2014

Scottish Government has produced revised statutory guidance on the requirements for smoke alarms

Councils allow bailiff aggression, says Citizens Advice

23 December, 2013

Citizens Advice is accusing councils of letting bailiffs get away with threatening and aggressive behaviour when collecting council tax debts

Tackling Homelessness Must Be New Year Priority

20 December, 2013

John Morris, chief executive, Trident Social Investment Group - Opinion piece

Buy-to-let Index

20 December, 2013

November 2013

MPs call for payday loan advert ban on children's TV

20 December, 2013

A committee of MPs has called for a ban on payday loan advertising on children's television, but the industry regards its report as wide of the mark

The Financial & Social Cost of Evictions

19 December, 2013

Recent reports show the number of pre-eviction notices soaring by 26% across UK social housing

Life on the Edge? - Report

18 December, 2013

Wakefield and District Housing's story of the first 200 days of the under-occupation penalty

House Price Index Scotland

18 December, 2013

Oct 2013

House Price Index Wales

18 December, 2013

Oct 2013

House Price Index

16 December, 2013

November 2013

Food Poverty: 1.5m UK Pensioners Struggling

13 December, 2013

More than 1.5 million British pensioners are now living in food poverty

Welfare minister urges local councils to invest in food banks

13 December, 2013

Lord Freud accused of backing away from principle of welfare after saying local authorities should 'ramp up support in kind'

Scotland sees drop in number of homes suffering from fuel poverty

11 December, 2013

The number of Scottish households living in fuel poverty has seen a major drop

George Osborne's U-turn could add £200bn to energy bills

11 December, 2013

Chancellor's plan to scrap climate change targets could cost every household £8,000

Inside the food bank on David Cameron's doorstep where desperate families need help just to eat

09 December, 2013

Although Banbury and Chipping Norton are market towns in the same rural county, their populations lead very different lives

Preparing for Universal Credit Implementation

06 December, 2013

Key questions and answers for Local Authorities

Food poverty 'now a health emergency'

04 December, 2013

Food poverty in the UK has now become such a big problem that it should be seen as a 'public health emergency'

Young, poor, repeat borrowers with children: Payday lender's own survey reveals portrait of its 'average' customer

03 December, 2013

The majority of people applying for its short-term loans are on salaries of less than £20,000

Fuel poverty: Ministers 'shifting goalposts'

02 December, 2013

A committee of MPs has accused ministers of 'shifting the goalposts' to reduce the number of households in England classed as in fuel poverty

Stop changes to energy bill or commit to ending fuel poverty

02 December, 2013

The changes to the 'fuel poverty definition and target' should be stopped if the government isn't prepared to commit to end fuel poverty

Equality Analysis for Housing Benefit

02 December, 2013

Uprating Local Housing Allowance by 1 per cent and the targeted affordability funding

Food poverty: MPs call for 'delayed' food banks report to be published

29 November, 2013

All-party group says the findings of the Defra report will kick start a proper debate on the causes of food poverty in the UK

Universal Credit encourages people to look for jobs

29 November, 2013

Research shows that Universal Credit claimants do more to get into work than jobseekers claiming under the current system

Payday loans: New law to cap costs

25 November, 2013

The government is to introduce a new law to cap the cost of payday loans

Foodbank partnership to help vulnerable tenants

25 November, 2013

A housing association has gone into partnership with a food bank to help tenants struggling with debt and unemployment

Rural-poverty: when the food bank is only 20 miles away

21 November, 2013

Low-income families skip meals because they can't afford to get to the nearest shop to buy groceries, and walk for hours to get a charity food parcel

Scottish Index

15 November, 2013

Sep 13

Sneaky electricity hikes to hit 2.6million of poorest homes this winter

14 November, 2013

People who rely on electricity to heat their homes will be landed with an even bigger spike than that seen in the gas market

Survey finds landlords in limbo over ECO contracts

14 November, 2013

Rumours that the UK's main subsidy for energy efficiency work on homes may be scrapped or considerably altered have left social landlords wondering about the fate of contracts worth millions

£2,000 fuel bills on the way, consumers warned

13 November, 2013

Forecast comes as EDF announces 3.9% rise and National Audit Office casts doubts on government price predictions

Seven simple ways you can help residents reduce their energy bills

12 November, 2013

As energy prices soar many face a choice between heating and eating. Here's how you can help people in your communities

House Price Index

12 November, 2013

Oct 13

UK fuel poverty levels second only to Estonia

30 October, 2013

Research shows Britain has a higher number of people struggling to pay their energy bills than every European country bar one

Energy firms 'overcharge by £3.7bn a year'

30 October, 2013

MPs told that some suppliers cannot justify increases in household bills

North Tyneside Council takes action against payday loan firms

28 October, 2013

Payday loan firms will be banned from setting up businesses in commercial property owned by a Tyneside council

Payday loans defended by new consumer champion

28 October, 2013

Head of a City watchdog, Sue Lewis, compares taking a high-interest loan with dining out on her credit card

Two housing benefit cheats sentenced

25 October, 2013

Hambleton District Council has prosecuted two benefit cheats after its fraud team discovered the offenders had failed to tell the authority of changes to their work arrangements

Fuel poverty: 'Leaky homes' must be better insulated

25 October, 2013

Four of the big six energy companies have announced price rises in recent weeks, adding pressure to household budgets over the winter

Campaigners lobby David Cameron over cold homes

25 October, 2013

Fuel poverty campaigners have written to Prime Minister David Cameron demanding cross-party action on the 'national crisis' of cold homes

Homeless to live in shipping containers for up to five years in bid to tackle housing shortage

22 October, 2013

The converted containers will provide temporary homes for a period of five years for 36 men and women with a history of homelessness

Credit union offers cheap online payday-style loans

21 October, 2013

A credit union says that more than 6,000 customers have now successfully applied online for its payday-style loans

Labour plans payday lenders levy to fund low-cost credit

17 October, 2013

Labour has pledged to impose a levy on the profits of payday lenders to help support lower-cost lending from credit unions and boost money advice services

Underlying causes of food poverty rise are complex

17 October, 2013

It is certainly true that food poverty is getting more acute and that the government is doing very little about it

Cameron asked if he is 'proud' of food bank use tripling in a year

16 October, 2013

A charity has found the number of people relying on their food banks has tripled in a year

Rent model to drive up average affordable rents

10 October, 2013

Boris Johnson's affordable rent policy will result in a higher-than-expected price hike which will force low income residents out of London

Middle-class people are the benefit fraudsters it's OK to like

10 October, 2013

So 165,000 high-earning parents claiming child benefit have not yet signed up for self-assessment. Yet they don't get demonised

Most people agree benefits are an important safety net for people charity poll reveals

09 October, 2013

Most people agree that benefits are an important safety net to support people

Family of 12 to get Ipswich council homes joined together

09 October, 2013

Plans to knock two Ipswich council houses together for a family with 10 children have sparked a petition from neighbours opposing it

Local workless families to benefit from launch of new Families Programme in Peterborough

09 October, 2013

Peterborough's largest housing association has joined forces with public service provider Reed to deliver the European Social Funds' Families Programme

Wonga 'Mr Sandman' ad banned by Advertising Standards Authority

09 October, 2013

ASA says ad by payday lender Wonga gave impression that taking out a high-interest loan could be done lightly

Heat or eat?

08 October, 2013

Patrick Butler's recent Guardian article, drawing on testimonies of people in Liverpool forced to choose whether to go without meals or heating, is extraordinary

How many young single parents are claiming Housing Benefit?

07 October, 2013

After Cameron hinted at a new 'earn or learn' policy whereby under 25s would lose their Housing Benefit if they refuse to work or stay in education

Payday loans action: it makes sense to focus on the vulnerable borrowers

04 October, 2013

The Financial Conduct Authority has tried to protect punters whom Wonga et el should not be lending to in the first place

Food banks can become bad habit among poor people

04 October, 2013

Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, said: 'We can't make food banks part of the welfare state... it can become a habit'

Crackdown on payday loan companies

03 October, 2013

A clampdown on payday lenders which will see an end to firms giving loans the green light in 10 minutes has been announced by the City regulator

Benefit cap hits more than 8,000 householders

03 October, 2013

The government's cap on the total amount of benefits a non-working household can receive has affected 8,400 households between April and August

Financial watchdog outlines new proposals for payday loans

03 October, 2013

A mandatory check on whether borrowers can afford a payday loan could be introduced from 1 April 2014

HB-Direct Issue 141 October Edition

01 October, 2013

October 2013 edition of HB Direct

Opinion: Let's fight back against tenancy fraud

27 September, 2013

Housing tenancy fraud costs tax payers millions each year. Here a fraud investigator at Viridian Housing, shares the initiatives that the housing association has implemented to tackle tenancy fraud

Rural broadband rollout: Taxpayers being 'ripped off', say MPs

26 September, 2013

The taxpayer is being "ripped off" over the cost of rolling out broadband to rural areas of the UK, MPs have said

Property websites: 15 great alternatives to Rightmove

25 September, 2013

Online property sales are dominated by a handful of websites, but there are many others with a different focus, specialist criteria and alternative search facilities

Glasgow's credit unions are pushing out payday lenders

23 September, 2013

One in four Glaswegians now have a credit union account as the city boosts community lending to tackle spiralling personal debt

Study finds 1 in 3 homeless people on jobseekers faced penalties

23 September, 2013

The government's benefit sanctions have disproportionately affected homeless people

Private landlords slam NHF chief's call for rent cap

23 September, 2013

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has slammed the National Housing Federation (NHF) chief executive's call for rental controls

Private landlords 'surprised' at Orr's call for rent controls

23 September, 2013

An organisation representing private landlords has expressed its surprise and dismay at NHF chief David Orr's calls for rent controls

Eligible Loan Deduction Scheme

20 September, 2013

DWP Guidance

Yorkshire MP claims need for food banks is a 'disgrace'

19 September, 2013

A Barnsley MP has said that the need for people to use food banks in Britain is a 'disgrace'

UNISON fights back against payday lenders

19 September, 2013

credit unions would out-compete the chief executive of Wonga's payday lending company

Free school lunch for every child in infant school

18 September, 2013

Nick Clegg announces free school lunch for every child in state-funded infant school and disadvantaged students in further education

Study shows tenants found it harder to heat homes last winter

17 September, 2013

Tenants found it harder to heat their homes last winter due to a 'steady erosion of the gap between income and expenditure'

Tougher penalties for benefit crooks welcomed by social landlord

17 September, 2013

Guinness South has welcomed government proposals to increase jail terms for benefit cheats to up to 10 years

Benefit cheats face 10 years in prison as Keir Starmer sets out 'tough' new Crown Prosecution Service guidelines

17 September, 2013

Director of Public Prosecutions said those suspected of benefit cheating can now be charged under the Fraud Act

Party leaders urged to reject benefit claimant 'stereotypes'

12 September, 2013

A new campaign has kicked off with a letter to the UK's political party leaders urging them to reject misleading stereotypes of benefit claimants

Michael Gove: poor have only themselves to blame for food banks

11 September, 2013

Michael Gove has blamed the rise in food banks on the behaviour of poorer people

Record numbers of people in work as employment rises by 80,000 in 3 months

11 September, 2013

Latest employment figures from the Office for National Statistics: September 2013

First Time Buyer Monitor

10 September, 2013

August 2013

Attitudes of different generations to the welfare system

09 September, 2013

Why has support for the welfare system fallen dramatically over the last two decades - and how have generational attitudes changed

Facebook could be used to decide if borrowers should get a loan

30 August, 2013

The Facebook and Twitter accounts of borrowers could be analysed by banks to decide whether they should give people in Britain a loan or mortgage

The workers who can never make ends meet

27 August, 2013

Four million suffer sleepless nights because they run out of money every single month

New Council Tax cut for families staying together

27 August, 2013

Ending unfair 'family tax penalty' will support extended families and provide more affordable housing

English seaside towns suffer from above-average deprivation

22 August, 2013

Skegness most deprived out of 57 large and medium-sized resorts in 2010, according to analysis by the ONS

26,000 new businesses set up by entrepreneurial jobseekers

21 August, 2013

Jobseekers have set up more than 26,000 new businesses under the New Enterprise Allowance scheme according to DWP

Scottish Index

16 August, 2013

June 2013

Four more payday lenders quit the market

15 August, 2013

Another four payday lenders have left the market amid a crackdown on the industry that is forcing firms to prove their practices are up to scratch

Britain's dole queues shrink but young people remain the hardest hit

15 August, 2013

Number claiming JSA is at lowest level since 2009, as ministers seize on figures to claim economic boost

Pawnbroker stops payday loans and describes Wonga's rates as 'ludicrous'

13 August, 2013

H&T pawnbrokers can no longer afford to make loans at 13% rate since cheque guarantee cards withdrawn

Payday loan adverts banned in Plymouth city centre

13 August, 2013

Payday loan adverts have been banned from billboards and bus stops by Plymouth City Council, while Cheshire East Council has banned access to their websites from its computers

Jail for 'parasitic' £90,000 benefits cheat

12 August, 2013

A man who illegally raked in almost £90,000 in benefits using two passports held in different names has been jailed for two years

House Price Index

09 August, 2013

July 2013

'If the middle are being squeezed, the poor are being starved'

09 August, 2013

Look beyond the headline figures at the values underpinning housing policy and its impact on tenants

Mortgage Monitor

09 August, 2013

July 2013

Cap payday loan interest

06 August, 2013

The UK government should cap the interest rates of payday loan companies to better regulate the industry

Aerial imaging reveals over 6,000 suspected 'beds in sheds'

02 August, 2013

Slough Borough Council is planning a crackdown on illegally occupied 'beds in sheds' after aerial thermal imaging revealed 6,139 suspect outbuildings

Financial struggles with bills and debts 'worsen'

02 August, 2013

More than half of UK adults are struggling to keep up with bills and debt repayments, a major survey of people's finances has suggested

Credit union comes to high street

01 August, 2013

A Welsh credit union has opened its first high street branch

Church of England: People are not aware of credit unions

26 July, 2013

Reverend Malcolm Brown explains why the Church of England wants to put payday lenders out of business by building up a network of credit unions.

Welfare reform sparks sharp rise in complaints

26 July, 2013

Welfare reforms have contributed to a sharp increase in complaints and enquiries made to the housing ombudsman

Why we're fighting to make our city free of payday loan companies

25 July, 2013

A Plymouth councillor explains plans to ban high interest lenders

LIN Press Release - Freud: Universal Credit protection for tenants and landlords

28 June, 2013

Universal Credit and Direct Payments information

Rough sleeping in London increases by 13%

20 June, 2013

The number of people sleeping rough on London's streets has increased by 13% in a year

Clampdown on councils using heavy-handed bailiffs

17 June, 2013

New guidelines for councils set out that they should no longer be collecting 'contractual kickbacks' from bailiffs or employing those seeking to exploit residents through 'phantom visits' or excessive fees

'Cold homes are a disgrace'

12 June, 2013

Is this, as David Cameron claims, the 'greenest government ever'? Friends of the Earth's Andy Atkins says its policies offer only tiny steps in the right direction

Insulate to accumulate

12 June, 2013

The government's green deal programme means money wasted heating energy-inefficient properties can be invested in improving them. Fiona Harvey weighs up the pros and cons

Council's figures reveal it saves six from homelessness everyday

12 June, 2013

Southwark Council saves six people a day from homelessness, according to new figures

Welfare reform to 'push up' homelessness in Wales

11 June, 2013

The UK government's welfare reforms are likely to increase homelessness in Wales

Dozens of local councils close to collapse, says MPs' committee

07 June, 2013

Public accounts committee warns that some councils may have to be bailed out unless plans are made to prop them up

Ministers order crackdown on councils illegally housing homeless residents

07 June, 2013

Councils under pressure to help families stay in their homes rather than re-housing them in temporary accommodation

Use housing benefit cash to build 80,000 social homes a year

04 June, 2013

More than 80,000 new homes could be built in Britain each year if just half of the country's total annual housing benefit bill was invested in new stock

Housing group calls the Samaritans as welfare reforms take their toll

04 June, 2013

Housing group Riverside has enlisted the help of the Samaritans to train its customer service centre staff after an alarming jump in the number of calls from distressed tenants

Shelter launches website aimed at solving young people's housing problems

03 June, 2013

Housing charity Shelter has launched a new website designed to assist people working with young people on their housing and homelessness problems

Lone parents receiving Jobseeker's Allowance: claimant count

29 May, 2013

A breakdown of the headline count to show recipient numbers at the end of May 2013, following the roll out of Lone Parent Obligations

Poverty, Participation and Choice

29 May, 2013

Joseph Rowntree Report

Homeless in London? Here's a train ticket for Birmingham

28 May, 2013

The plight of a mother and daughter forced to live in a hotel room 127 miles from their former home in the capital

Food banks struggle to feed hungry as demand rises

28 May, 2013

Charities torn between helping those in need and resisting prospect of taking over duty previously fulfilled by state

Work Programme staff struggle to help unemployed when 'jobs aren't there'

22 May, 2013

In Hull, shortage of work leaves jobseekers - and their employment coaches - feeling demoralised

Wales House Price Index

22 May, 2013

March 2013

Law 'should change' to stop B&B use

21 May, 2013

A flagship Conservative council has called for law changes to prevent it 'frittering away millions of pounds' on housing people in temporary accommodation

Credit Crunched

15 May, 2013

Report by the Consumer Finance Association

Living on a budget: Readers' stories

09 May, 2013

A recent article about how little money someone can realistically live on generated a big response from readers

Demand for hardship fund surges

09 May, 2013

Councils across England have reported a huge surge in applications for help from an emergency hardship fund since the launch of the bedroom tax on 1 April

Council Tax: empty homes premium

08 May, 2013

Council Tax empty homes premium: guidance for properties for sale and letting

Calls over payday loans to charity double

08 May, 2013

The number of people seeking a charity's help with payday loans has doubled in a year

Which? poll says many 'borrowing money for food'

06 May, 2013

One in five UK households borrowed money or used savings to cover food costs in April, a Which? survey says

Universal credit 'will destroy people'

03 May, 2013

BBC News interviews

Fraud squad

03 May, 2013

An investigation in Westminster has uncovered housing benefit fraud on a grand scale - Kate Youde examines what went wrong and finds out what lessons other councils can learn

Older and disabled people 'put off' energy efficiency schemes

02 May, 2013

Complexity and fear of taking on debt are significant concerns, unpublished government research shows

Universal credit: Major benefits shake-up begins

29 April, 2013

A massive shake-up in the UK benefits system starts with the first claims being made for the new universal credit payment

A terrace house for £1 or £250m - Britain's bizarre housing crisis

25 April, 2013

This grotesque juxtaposition of housing in Stoke and London perfectly reflects the imbalance inherent in our economy

Why are poor people seen as culpable for the things they suffer?

25 April, 2013

The case of a refugee blamed for the mould in her flat is typical of a trend to blame the poor for problems disadvantage creates

Living in a bedsit is good enough for me

25 April, 2013

As our houses shrink, and aspirations grow, sometimes it's best to accept the brown carpet beneath our feet, and be thankful

Notting Hill Housing Group enters innovative PRS deal

24 April, 2013

Notting Hill Housing Group has joined the Greater London Authority and the Homes and Communities Agency to create a £90m private rented sector portfolio

Number of people turning to food banks triples in a year

24 April, 2013

Charity says up to 650 more food banks are needed across UK to cope with surging demand

Homelessness Transition Fund

24 April, 2013

Homeless charities across England can now apply for grants of up £150k to invest in new ways of preventing and tackling rough sleeping

Shelter reports surge in demand for advice

23 April, 2013

Shelter has reported a surge in demand for help from people struggling to pay for their homes in the last year

10,000 property firms mis-sold interest-rate 'protection' agreements

22 April, 2013

Thousands of property firms were targeted by banks mis-selling complex interest-rate "protection" agreements, a law firm has claimed

Letting agents face tougher scrutiny

18 April, 2013

Letting agents and residential managing agents will now have to sign up to a recognised ombudsman scheme following an amendment to a bill currently going through parliament

Wates Living Space invests in QSH and Steve Partridge becomes new CFO

18 April, 2013

QSH acts an interface to match housing needs with institutional finance, enabling Housing Associations and Local Authorities to build much-needed affordable homes without government subsidy

Little boxes, fewer homes

17 April, 2013

Shelter report

Sharp London homelessness rise

15 April, 2013

Benefit cuts, soaring house prices and rents have pushed up homelessness in London three times faster than England as a whole

House Price Index

12 April, 2013

March 2013

Forest YMCA offers converted shipping containers to homeless

11 April, 2013

Young homeless people in east London could soon be living in converted shipping containers as part of plans to help them save up for permanent homes

Safety nets are vital when 3 in 10 are on the edge

11 April, 2013

Shelter Policy Blog

Northern focus: the budget offered little for housing and less up north

11 April, 2013

Key decisions were postponed in a budget that neglected local growth, the north and hard-working families

Fund to help councils reach homelessness standard

10 April, 2013

The government has pledged £1.7 million to its 'gold standard' initiative to improve homelessness services in England

Government axes homeless advisors

28 March, 2013

Councils raise concerns over losing vital support as rough sleeping rises

Homelessness: 'If you think it's bad now, it's about to get worse'

25 March, 2013

Figures show a 6% rise in homelessness applications. Welfare reform and the closure of services will exacerbate the problem

Homelessness rises as benefits are cut - coincidence?

25 March, 2013

Todays homelessness statistics reveal the reality for people at the sharp end of Britain's housing crisis

Picturing homelessness

22 March, 2013

The homelessness community has a responsibility to try and reshape how society views the people it supports

Annual figures show 10% rise in homelessness

22 March, 2013

The number of applicants accepted as homeless in England last year shot up 10 per cent from the year before

Government 'woefully unprepared' to cope with UK's ageing population

15 March, 2013

The government has been warned that it is "woefully unprepared" for the UK's ageing population

Who will house the poor?

15 March, 2013

Today's benefit cuts and housing crises are taking us back to Victorian times. The government must listen to its critics, says Bill Randall

Bedroom tax: why you should march against this heartless, pointless 'reform'

15 March, 2013

Mass evictions of the most vulnerable are no way to tackle the housing benefit bill, and we must do all we can to stop them

'Bedroom tax will stop new homes being built'

07 March, 2013

The forthcoming bedroom tax will limit the amount of new homes social landlords are able to build, according to a speaker at a CIH South East Conference

OFT acts against leading payday lenders and proposes to refer the sector to Competition Commission

07 March, 2013

The OFT is giving the leading 50 payday lenders, accounting for 90 per cent of the payday market, 12 weeks to change their business practices or risk losing their licences

Food banks are thriving, much to the government's embarrassment

05 March, 2013

Volunteers rallying to distribute food aid to those who can no longer afford to put a meal on the table isn't the big society David Cameron planned

East meets west

04 March, 2013

Three hundred households in Greater Manchester are set to benefit from highly efficient heating systems thanks to £20 million from the Japanese government

300% rise in demand for youth emergency accommodation

04 March, 2013

Depaul UK's campaign is calling on the 7.5 million households nationwide that have spare rooms to consider making it available to a young homeless person

The links between housing and poverty

01 March, 2013

Joseph Rowntree report

Call for regulation of PRS to prevent homelessness

27 February, 2013

Regulation of the private rented sector (PRS) is one of several measures being called for to help end homelessness in England

Loan shark suspect to appear in court

22 February, 2013

A suspected loan shark has been charged with illegal money lending

Welsh House Prices

22 February, 2013

Dec 2012

Minister fears housing benefit plan risks rise in homelessness

21 February, 2013

Danny Alexander urges Iain Duncan Smith to think again, saying vulnerable tenants may lose homes

Nick Clegg: Elderly should sell homes or pay mansion tax

21 February, 2013

Elderly people with homes worth more than £2million should consider selling them or risk paying a mansion tax from their estates after they die, Nick Clegg has said

Plan to move London homeless to Peterborough is 'social cleansing', says MP

20 February, 2013

Plans to allow a London council to build homes in Peterborough for its tenants have been criticised by an MP as "social cleansing"

Regional Labour Market Statistics

20 February, 2013

Long-term unemployment fell by 15,000 this quarter to its lowest level for nearly a year, according to official figures

Internet Access Quarterly Update - Q4

20 February, 2013

The latest quarterly statistical release about Internet use by adults aged 16 years and over shows that adults who are less likely to have used the Internet include the elderly and the disabled

Council housing homeless families in £1,500 per week hotel rooms

15 February, 2013

Westminster City Council is paying over £1,500 per week to house homeless families in West End hotel rooms

Scottish House Prices

14 February, 2013

December 2012

Esurv Mortgage Monitor

14 February, 2013

January 2013

Birmingham homeless fears for benefit reform

13 February, 2013

The YMCA in Birmingham has warned reforms to benefits will create more homelessness in the city

Medway landlords urged to take benefit tenants

08 February, 2013

A Kent council is urging private landlords to let more properties to people on benefits to help solve the area's rising homelessness problem

Bristol mayor seeks to raid homelessness fund

08 February, 2013

A west country council is considering axing its entire homelessness prevention budget next financial year in a bid to save cash

Liverpool's sheltered housing and homeless hostels under threat as council looks to save

07 February, 2013

Liverpool City Council is reviewing funding for two homeless hostels and is also considering withdrawing part-funding for sheltered housing wardens as it looks to make savings of £32m

Camborne homeless shelter owner fined for overcrowding

05 February, 2013

A woman who houses homeless and troubled men has been fined for failing to license her home and overcrowding

Scotland's law to end homelessness: a bold policy which needs more action

01 February, 2013

Scotland's commitment to abolishing homelessness is one of the strongest in the developed world but that policy is coming unstuck through cuts and uneven delivery

Homeless people could drop down housing list in Thanet

29 January, 2013

Homeless people in part of Kent may be bumped down housing waiting lists under plans being considered by a council

Hate rising energy costs? Green Deal With It

28 January, 2013

The Green Deal is the Government's new initiative giving homes a new way of paying for energy efficient improvements such as insulation/new heating systems

Cleaning up the bailiff industry

25 January, 2013

Vulnerable people will be protected from aggressive bailiffs but businesses will still be able to collect debts fairly under new laws to clean up the industry

Getting homeless people back to work

24 January, 2013

South London YMCA has received a grant of more than £54,000 from the London Housing Foundation to help homeless people get back to work

DWP Youth Contract

18 January, 2013

Cash is on the table for businesses to employ youth in 2013

Housing costs giving over a quarter of people sleepless nights

17 January, 2013

One in four people in Scotland are losing sleep over the stress of housing costs, a new survey has revealed

Police officer sentenced for housing benefit fraud

17 January, 2013

A former Suffolk police officer has been handed a 12-month community supervision order after admitting fraudulently claiming housing and council tax benefits

Councils win cash to tackle fuel poverty

17 January, 2013

Councils and third sector organisations have been allocated £46 million of government funding to tackle fuel poverty

DWP accused of penalising disabled with last-minute changes to mobility payments

16 January, 2013

Thousands of disabled people face losing out on vital benefits

Homelessness applications drop 13 per cent

16 January, 2013

Homelessness applications in Scotland have fallen 13 per cent since last year, according to the latest government figures

Homelessness Statistics

16 January, 2013

The latest Scottish Government statistics

Pension reform means we must claim all benefits for a minimum income retirement

16 January, 2013

The new simplified state pension provides a safety net so that most pensioners should achieve an acceptable standard of living

Increase in number of new homeless

16 January, 2013

Job cuts, family break-ups and quick fix loans are responsible for the rise in numbers of Northern Ireland's new homeless

Council searching southern England for homes for homeless families

15 January, 2013

Croydon Council is searching southern England for properties as it seeks to fix its homelessness crisis

What happens when Generation Rent become generation spent?

14 January, 2013

Property assets can be crucial in helping to fund care in old age, but with homeownership in sharp decline how are the younger generation going to pay for care when they need it?

'Simpler' flat-rate state pension unveiled

14 January, 2013

Plans for a "simple" flat-rate state pension paid to new pensioners from April 2017 at the earliest are being outlined by the government

Flat-rate state pension 'expected to start in 2017'

14 January, 2013

A new flat-rate state pension likely to start in April 2017 will be outlined by the government on Monday

New year - new start up support for disabled entrepreneurs

14 January, 2013

Budding disabled entrepreneurs will get extra support to start up their own business in 2013, Minister for Disabled People Esther McVey announced

Benefit caps 'will lead' to increased homelessness

09 January, 2013

A leading landlord organisation has warned that government plans to cap benefits are likely to lead to an increase in homelessness

Sustainable housing movement held back by lack of tenant data

07 January, 2013

The Naked House experiment proves the impact on energy bills, but the real challenge is changing resident behaviour

Manchester residents urged to buy their fuel in bulk

04 January, 2013

Residents in Greater Manchester are being urged to join a bulk-buy fuel scheme - that could see each household cutting £250 from its energy bills

Enterprise Clubs - support for self-employment

04 January, 2013

Enterprise Clubs - make the most of local knowledge and resources to help unemployed people in their communities set up as self-employed or start their own business

Home-work: Helping London's social tenants into employment

02 January, 2013

Report by The Centre for London

Land Registry reports house price growth

02 January, 2013

House prices in England and Wales went up 0.3 % between October and November last year, according to Land Registry figures

10 things about 2012: part 2

31 December, 2012

From: Inside edge

Housing benefit cheat scammed Rotherham Council out of £27,000

28 December, 2012

A benefit fraudster has been jailed for wrongly claiming more than £47,000 over a 14-year period

APR on payday loan 'staggering 7,200,000%'

27 December, 2012

A Labour MP has called on the Gov to commit to firm statutory regulation for payday loan companies after one agreement where the APR was a staggering 7,200,000%

50 ways to save: examples of sensible savings in local government

21 December, 2012

This document sets out 50 examples of sensible savings that councils could make and contains practical tips and guidance

Food poverty warning as London school pupils start day without breakfast

18 December, 2012

Large numbers of London school pupils are starting the day without breakfast, a new survey has suggested

Providers missing out on social media

14 December, 2012

Housing associations must take advantage of social media for better engagement with their tenants, a study has found

Homeless people worse off financially for working

14 December, 2012

Homeless people moving into employment can find they are financially worse off for working and commonly accrue debts

Renters would 'have to rough sleep' if evicted

11 December, 2012

One in five renters would have to sleep on the streets for the first night if evicted, according to research published by a homelessness charity

Latest on Universal Credit

10 December, 2012

10 December 2012 - Universal Credit and related regulations laid before Parliament

Evaluation of Support for the Very Long-Term Unemployed Trailblazer

07 December, 2012

This DWP report presents findings from an evaluation of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) mandatory Support for the Very Long-Term Unemployed trailblazer

George Osborne's Autumn Statement: Reactions

06 December, 2012

Reaction to George Osborne's Autumn Statement

Osborne unveils fresh welfare cuts

06 December, 2012

George Osborne has announced a series of welfare cuts in his autumn statement

Chancellor plans to bring 50,000 homes on to the market

06 December, 2012

Autumn statement unveils plans to use infrastructure capital fund to accelerate existing housing schemes

Social housing and the autumn statement: all in it together?

06 December, 2012

It is still not clear how much, if any, of the £5bn capital injection has gone to affordable housing or to new homes over the next three years

The Autumn Statement: Austerity here to stay

06 December, 2012

Austerity is here to stay. That is tough for everyone - but hardest for the poorest

Warning on benefit cuts amid rise in homelessness

05 December, 2012

Rise in statutory homelessness has disproportionately affected families with children, Crisis report says

Housing could lose out in £5bn spending spree

05 December, 2012

George Osborne is set to unveil a £5 billion boost to fund a wave of stalled infrastructure projects today but the housing sector could miss out

Welfare budget under spotlight - Autumn Statement

05 December, 2012

The welfare budget is set to come under further assault today as chancellor George Osborne delivers his Autumn Statement

Autumn Statement: At-a-glance summary of key point

05 December, 2012

Chancellor George Osborne has updated MPs on the state of the economy and the government's future plans in his Autumn Statemen

Osborne unveils fresh welfare cuts

05 December, 2012

George Osborne has announced a series of welfare cuts in his autumn statement

Government to push ahead with 'pay to stay'

05 December, 2012

The government has confirmed it is pressing ahead with plans to charge high-earning social tenants more rent

Housebuilding stifled by government funding rules

04 December, 2012

Treasury limits on investment are preventing councils and Almos from building up to 60,000 new homes over the next five years

Moat splits resident services into three tiers to influence tenant behaviour

04 December, 2012

Moat residents who are in rental arrears will no longer qualify for a cosmetic repairs service from February

Government taxes your spare room

04 December, 2012

We all know that money is tight but for thousands of social housing tenants things could be about to get even tighter

Young and Homeless 2012

04 December, 2012

A study published by Homeless Link has argued that reduced welfare support for young people is already increasing their chances of becoming homeless

Government Policies: Giving communities more power in planning local development

03 December, 2012

We want people to be able to influence decisions about new and modified buildings and facilities in their area.

Expert round up: the future of Almos

03 December, 2012

Compilation of opinions on arm's-length management organisations

Housing ALMOs branching out to deliver range of services

03 December, 2012

ALMOs are branching out from their core business of managing council homes to provide a growing range of services for other landlords

Prisk: State land sell-off could yield 33,000 new homes

30 November, 2012

The Government has sold enough public sector land to build an estimated 33,000 new homes, the housing minister has revealed

Tackling poverty and inequality need to be at the heart of plans

30 November, 2012

Tackling poverty and inequality need to be at the heart of any plan for economic growth in the North of England

An army of benefit scroungers? The evidence just doesn't stack up

29 November, 2012

Our research into people on low incomes found little sign of the stereotype of the workshy claimant who doesn't deserve help

Three factors that make a supported housing scheme a success

29 November, 2012

A not-for-profit organisation has helped develop a scheme that supports individuals with learning disabilities and diverse needs

RICs Members reveal damaging impact of empty property rates

28 November, 2012

Results of research from our expert members into the effect of business rates on empty property

Localism will fail unless government and housing associations get joined up

28 November, 2012

The Government's localism agenda will fail unless the current disconnection between housing associations and Westminster is overcome

Poor housing can 'lead to mental health problems'

27 November, 2012

Councils, landlords and other agencies should work together to help vulnerable people living in bedsits

Welfare-to-work: Official figures show job target missed

27 November, 2012

The government's flagship welfare-to-work programme has failed to hit its main target, official figures show

Acting on Localism: The role of housing associations

27 November, 2012

The role of housing associations in driving a community agenda. A new ResPublica report

Threat to crisis loans puts critical work to house ex-offenders at risk

26 November, 2012

Organisations cutting re-offending by finding stable accommodation for former prisoners face a funding shortage

Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2012

26 November, 2012

Extent of in-work poverty is laid bare in a new Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) report today

Back-to-work scheme 'failing homeless'

26 November, 2012

Homeless people are being failed by the government's flagship back-to-work programme despite large amounts of public money

Jail for benefit cheating company director who owned two houses

22 November, 2012

A woman who fraudulently claimed £50,000 in benefits whilst owning two houses and working as a company director has been jailed

Smart for all - Understanding consumer vulnerability during the experience of smart meter installation

22 November, 2012

National Energy Action (NEA) and Consumer Focus Report

OFT goes after 50 payday lenders

20 November, 2012

The OFT (Office of Fair Trading) has started formal investigations into 50 payday lenders over aggressive debt collection practices

Innovative rough sleeper project opens in London

15 November, 2012

An innovative project has been launched in London to help former rough sleepers turn their lives around and sustain accommodation

Scottish House Prices

15 November, 2012

Sep 2012

Unemployment drops below 8% but JSA claimant level rises

14 November, 2012

The unemployment rate has fallen below 8% for the first time since January 2009 but the amount of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has risen, new figures show

Landlord sells care business

14 November, 2012

Viridian Housing has announced the sale of eight residential care homes in order to focus on their housing services

Helping the homeless

14 November, 2012

Housing the homeless is among the serious of responsibilites for a local authority

Plan to fit 'super-fast broadband' to London council flats

13 November, 2012

Wandsworth Council is considering options to give council tenants access to fibre optic broadband

Esurv Mortgage Monitor

12 November, 2012

October 2012

'Deserving' families to get council housing priority

12 November, 2012

Homeless families will be rehoused to free up social homes for ex-servicemen and people who volunteer

House Price Index

12 November, 2012

October 2012

Rough sleeping scheme forced to add beds

12 November, 2012

The London mayors flagship rough sleeping initiative has been forced to procure temporary bed spaces to prevent its assessment centre 'silting up' with homeless people

As Christmas comes, the poor will be left to turn to legal loan sharks to pay off debts

09 November, 2012

Legal loan sharks take advantage of those who need money most - a cap is desperately needed before debt for some people is out of their control

'We're bracing ourselves'

09 November, 2012

Report by 24dash

Audit Commission doubles tenancy fraud estimates to nearly 100,000

09 November, 2012

Up to 98,000 socially rented properties in England are being used fraudulently, according to the Audit Commission's revised tenancy fraud figures

Homelessness (Suitability of Accommodation) (England) Order 2012

09 November, 2012

Government's response to the consultation

Half of payday loan users 'cannot afford repayments'

08 November, 2012

Almost half (48%) of those who have taken out payday loans cannot afford to repay the debt, Which? research has revealed

The cost of running a home

06 November, 2012

A guide from Wolverhampton Homes which aims to give an idea of those costs that tenants will have to budget for when running their own home

Why we should provide social housing tenants with free broadband

06 November, 2012

It's not a vote-winner and it won't make me popular, but social tenants need free internet access

Home Truths 2012: East of England

05 November, 2012

Report by the National Housing Federation - an analysis and forecast of East of England's housing market

Dispelling the myth that social housing is a barrier to work

05 November, 2012

Information from Riverside Housing Association

Households face green deal credit check

02 November, 2012

Tenants with a poor credit history could be excluded from the government's flagship energy-efficiency scheme

Welfare cuts will lead to shortfall in affordable homes

01 November, 2012

Decrease in government spending set to leave low income families with a stark choice: buy less food or move out

Net supply of housing: 2011-12, England

01 November, 2012

The latest England net supply of housing statistics produced by Communities and Local Government

Residents in crisis can bank on support from their HA

29 October, 2012

Residents in crisis will be receiving food and support more quickly than ever thanks to Thames Valley Housing Association

Five million paid less than living wage, says KPMG

29 October, 2012

One in five workers in the UK is paid less than required for a basic standard of living, a report has said

Unlawful subletting: Bill could force Sky and banks to hand over data

26 October, 2012

Banks, building societies, utility companies and even Sky TV could all be forced to hand over data to social landlords to help them detect and prosecute instances of fraud

Legal aid cuts 'will exacerbate benefit delays'

26 October, 2012

Charities have warned that delays in transferring successful asylum seekers from Home Office support to mainstream benefits could get worse when legal aid cuts kick in next year

Welsh Index

25 October, 2012

August 2012

Scotland: 77% of 'severely disadvantaged' families living in social housing

23 October, 2012

A new report has estimated that up to 24,000 families in Scotland face severe disadvantages, of which 77% are currently living in social housing

Pupils teach tenants to get online

22 October, 2012

A group of youngsters from Chester-le-Street in County Durham turned from pupils to teachers after training local people on how to use social media

The future goes digital for Sanctuary residents

22 October, 2012

Residents from across Brighton are to be given the opportunity to get online and surf the web thanks to a new Sanctuary Housing initiative

From the Wirral to West London: homelessness soars

22 October, 2012

Homelessness is on the increase across England

Possible changes to Rotherham council homes tenancies

19 October, 2012

New tenants in larger council houses in Rotherham may no longer be offered life-long tenancies in an attempt to cut the number of families waiting for accommodation

More people in employment than ever before

18 October, 2012

There are more people in employment than ever before, according to new statistics

Aspiring entrepreneurs helped to kick-start new businesses

18 October, 2012

33,000 extra jobseekers will be given help to set up their own business under a scheme aimed at unlocking the potential of aspiring entrepreneurs

The challenges for disadvantaged young people seeking work

18 October, 2012

Joseph Rowntree Report

Scottish Index

18 October, 2012

August 2012

Why digital exclusion is a social care issue

17 October, 2012

As our society becomes increasingly digitalised, figures reveal a large proportion of those not online have a disability or are elderly

Who is to blame for illegal use of B&B accommodation?

17 October, 2012

More homeless families are being housed in unsafe and often unlawful accommodation by councils - a result of local government inefficiency or central government policy?

DWP: 11,000 jobs shed in last year

16 October, 2012

The DWP has shed nearly 11,000 full-time equivalent members of staff since March 2011, according to the National Audit Office

Call for rent limits on former Council properties

16 October, 2012

Labour seeks curbs on buy-to-let investors charging inflated rent

UK food banks used by record number, says Trussell Trust

16 October, 2012

A record number of people received emergency food from UK food banks in the last six months, according to The Trussell Trust

Sep 2012 House Price Index

15 October, 2012

September 2012

Mortgage Monitor

15 October, 2012

September 2012

Housing costs force 1 in 10 back to Mum and Dad

15 October, 2012

Almost one in ten people aged between 20 and 40 - equivalent to 1.6 million people - are living with their parents because they can't afford to rent or buy a home

Council Tax changes

12 October, 2012

Report by the NHF

House Price Index

12 October, 2012

October 2012

Back to the 1980s: the rising tide of bed and breakfast accommodation

11 October, 2012

A surge in the number of homeless families is forcing councils to place them, sometimes unlawfully, in temporary accommodation

British Gas and Shelter launch 'Decent Homes' for private rented sector

10 October, 2012

Shelter and British Gas have launched an ambitious partnership to improve the standard of one million homes in a kind of Decent Homes programme for the private rented sector

LSL New Build Index

09 October, 2012

September 2012

Croydon racks up £1.5m B&B bill for homeless families

05 October, 2012

Croydon Council shelled out more than £1.5m in the first 7 months of this year to one B&B provider

Benefit data held back by councils

05 October, 2012

Councils are delaying sharing vital benefit information with housing associations because of IT limitations and fears of breaching data protection rules

Landlord complaints increasing, says charity Shelter

04 October, 2012

Complaints about landlords in England have risen by more than a quarter in recent years, the charity Shelter says

Labour considers curbs on universal benefits to pay for social care

04 October, 2012

Pensions and winter fuel allowance of the better-off may be cut as party tries introduces new 'one nation' concept

3 landlords sign up to council's lettings scheme

04 October, 2012

A council has already seen three landlords sign up to its new service for helping families into accommodation

Putting problems on the map

03 October, 2012

Consumer Focus report

Partnership opportunity with Jobcentre Plus in South Yorkshire

03 October, 2012

Jobcentre Plus wants to work with partners to support families across South Yorkshire who are affected by intergenerational worklessness

First Time Buyer Monitor

03 October, 2012

August 2012

Welfare changes could restrict volunteering, warns Volunteering England

02 October, 2012

Volunteering England has voiced concern about the intention under universal credit to restrict the number of hours someone can volunteer

Top tips: the future of housing finance

01 October, 2012

Comments from the Guardians discussion on the challenges of housing finance

Green Deal explained - video

01 October, 2012

A short animated video offering a clear and concise explanation of the UK Government-backed Green Deal

Quids in: The impact of financial skills training for social housing tenants

01 October, 2012

Personal Finance Research Centre University of Bristol

Shelter could leave Cumbria over 'huge' legal aid cut

28 September, 2012

The housing charity Shelter could pull out of Cumbria because of "huge" cuts to legal aid, the BBC has learned

Lib Dem conference: 'Millionaire' pensioners may face benefit cuts

28 September, 2012

The Liberal Democrats are looking at curbing all age-related universal benefits for pensioners with assets of more than £1m

£1billion to improve council homes set to boost economy

28 September, 2012

The Housing Minister has confirmed nearly £1b to bring sub-standard council homes up to scratch will be allocated to 41 councils over the next 2 years

Council reports surge in right to buy applications

27 September, 2012

A Conservative-run council has said it is expecting a 400 per cent increase in right to buy applications following the government's decision to increase discounts

Welsh Index

26 September, 2012

July 2012

Finding new investment through a tenants mutual

26 September, 2012

As the wealth gap between owners and tenants reaches £100,000, could a mutual find new funding for social housing while reducing inequality?

Charity reports big rise in homeless young

25 September, 2012

A homelessness charity in Kent has seen the number of young people approaching its services nearly double since the start of the year

It's social housing - so why are the needy locked out?

24 September, 2012

Developers and a London council are excluding anyone with mental health problems from a £500m scheme

Top tips: managing temporary accommodation

24 September, 2012

Comments from the Guardians discussion on how housing associations can improve temporary accommodation

Top tips: managing community planning

24 September, 2012

Comments from the Guardians discussion on how what barriers have councils and communities encountered while implementing the government's vision for planning

Speech by Mark Prisk

20 September, 2012

Housing Minister Mark Prisk's speech to the National Housing Federation's annual conference in Birmingham

Universal Jobmatch

19 September, 2012

Frequently asked questions for jobseekers

Consumers hit by rising cost of essentials

18 September, 2012

Which? takes a historic look at living standards

Freud: New financial products to help Universal Credit claimants manage money

18 September, 2012

Ministers are calling for a range of suppliers to explore the feasibility of new financial products to help benefit claimants budget and manage their money

Tackling the poverty premium in social housing

17 September, 2012

A Big Lottery Fund scheme is helping landlords to provide financial advice for tenants to help stop a spiral of debt and evictions

Homeless families in B&B accommodation up by 44%

17 September, 2012

National Housing Federation points to rise as 20 councils warned about housing families in B&Bs for 'unacceptably long time'

Benefit cap prompts B&B fears for 26,000 families

17 September, 2012

The National Housing Federation (NHF) wants the Government to clarify next April's benefit cap rules

Iain Duncan Smith moots plan to reshuffle benefits staff

14 September, 2012

Some of the 20,000 HB staff under threat by the forthcoming Universal Credit system could be found new roles dealing with Council Tax Benefit

Squatters can occupy a part of society's architecture too

14 September, 2012

By co-operating with community and council to reopen Friern Barnet library, squatters are showing the good they can do

DWP urged to subsidise new bank accounts ahead of Universal Credit

14 September, 2012

The Government should create a set of standards for 'Budget Accounts' (jam jars) - which safeguard rental income for housing associations according to new report

Pay to stay: rents for high income social tenants

14 September, 2012

Response to the proposal that social landlords should be able to require tenants in social rented housing on high incomes to pay higher rents

L&Q to offer cheap green deal package

13 September, 2012

London & Quadrant HA plans to use hundreds of millions of pounds raised on the bond market to help deliver the government's flagship retrofit scheme

Warm Front Changes Eligibility

13 September, 2012

The eligibility for Warm Front has now changed with additional benefits being added

Housing bodies dismiss 'pay to stay'

13 September, 2012

Housing groups have poured cold water on government plans to charge higher earning social tenants more rent

904,000 have been out of work for over a year

12 September, 2012

New figures from the ONS show that the amount of people out of work for over a year rose to 904,000 between May and Jul 2012, up from 882,000 between Feb and Apr

Housing associations talking to DWP over 'benefit verifier' role

10 September, 2012

Places for People and several other large housing associations have been in talks with the DWP about joint-working initiatives to smooth the roll-out of UC next year

Newham fears benefit cap blow for temporary households

10 September, 2012

The London borough of Newham wants the Government to drop planned restrictions on councils housing families outside of their area

Homeless Westminster families offered housing 54 miles away

10 September, 2012

Homeless families in Westminster are being offered accommodation as distant as Bletchley - 54 miles away

Top tips: housing and the economy

10 September, 2012

Comments from the Guardians discussion around what role housing can play in the nation's economic recovery?

Get yourself connected

10 September, 2012

Bromford Group has launched a social networking site to help its tenants access training and jobs

Top tips: housing and the economy

08 September, 2012

Comments from the Guardians discussion on what role can housing play in the nation's economic recovery

Tower blocks mooted for London borough’s B&B crisis

07 September, 2012

A London council says the pressure on temporary accommodation in the borough is so bad that it may look at moving people to cheaper areas or start allocating flats in tower blocks to families

Statutory Homelessness: April to June Quarter 2012, England

07 September, 2012

The latest National Statistics on Statutory Homelessness, for April to June 2012

Charity concerned welfare reform is increasing homelessness

07 September, 2012

Homeless Link is concerned that welfare reform could be driving an increase in homelessness - as new figures show an alarming rise in cases of people losing their homes

It Shouldn't Happen Here

06 September, 2012

Parents go hungry to feed children, according to research from Save The Children

Scottish food parcel requests double in a year

05 September, 2012

Benefit delays and welfare reforms are driving a rising need for food parcels, according to Citizens Advice Scotland

London council to open credit union accounts

05 September, 2012

Islington Council are opening credit union accounts for all new tenants as part of a move to minimise the impact of welfare reform

Safety net against homelessness continues to 2015

04 September, 2012

Support secured for those facing homelessness

Gingerbread report - Unintended consequences

04 September, 2012

New Gingerbread research shows that poorest working families will have any increase in income reduced by 65 per cent

The number of hardship awards in 2011/12

04 September, 2012

DWP report

Advice on dealing with squatters in your home

04 September, 2012

This publication is aimed at informing property owners about the new offence and the procedures for regaining possession of their properties from squatters

Delivering the social fund at London-level: opportunities and risks

04 September, 2012

New CPAG report also highlights local authorities' concern that funding for start up and administrative costs of new schemes is inadequate

Supported housing rent row sparks care crisis

31 August, 2012

Benefit payment disputes leave supported housing providers running on empty

We need all our young people to be working and contributing

29 August, 2012

Employment Minister Chris Grayling and London Mayor Boris Johnson today launched a new project to help young Londoners

Favouring PRS a bad idea, says landlord

24 August, 2012

A major London-based social landlord has warned the government against introducing policies to promote market rent housing ahead of affordable homes

'Daring' scheme to sell empty council homes for £1 set for approval

22 August, 2012

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is expected to push forward with 'daring' plans to sell empty homes to working families for £1, following expected cabinet approval later this month

Social tenants to accept bedroom tax penalty

22 August, 2012

Nearly half of social tenants who will be affected by the government's 'bedroom tax' are not prepared to move to smaller properties, research has found

Household debt soars as living costs rise

22 August, 2012

Average household debt has passed £10,000 as families struggle to cope with rising living costs, a study has found

Lottery funding to help tenants manage finances

22 August, 2012

Nearly £32 million of lottery funding has been allocated to 37 projects to help social housing tenants improve their financial management

London's housing crisis hotspots1 in 10 Londoners are on council housing waiting lists

22 August, 2012

Andrew Fisher from the Left Economics Advisory Panel (LEAP) explains the latest shocking waiting list statistics

Council backs plans to make wealthier council tenants 'pay fair share'

21 August, 2012

Wandsworth Council has backed plans for a change in the law that would make wealthier council tenants pay "their fair share of housing rent"

Shapps rules out leaseholder 'exploitation' laws

21 August, 2012

The housing minister has ruled out legislation to protect leaseholders despite a television documentary suggesting councils are profiting from repairs deals

Case law argues London's priced out tenants are 'homeless'

21 August, 2012

Legal precedent demands that tenants unable to meet unaffordable housing costs are legally homeless - What does this mean in today's London?

Government watchdog criticises fitness for work system

20 August, 2012

Richard Hawkes, Chief Executive of Scope, responds to reports of 'weaknesses' in the system set up to oversee the work capability assessment by the NAO

HomeSwap Direct searches set to hit 1.5 million

20 August, 2012

Housing minister Grant Shapps has announced that searches on the HomeSwap Direct website are set to hit 1.5 million

Your Homes Newcastle Take A Dramatic Approach To Tenant Arrears

20 August, 2012

Your Homes Newcastle has taken an innovative approach to arrears recovery as part of their ongoing staff development

Homelessness costs government 'millions'

20 August, 2012

Councils in England spend nearly £345 million on homelessness a year, a Communities and Local Government department paper reveals

Social homes funding plan 'blindingly obvious', says housing minister

20 August, 2012

Selling highest-value properties could generate £4.5bn to build up to 170,000 social homes a year, says Policy Exchange

House prices rise three times as much as incomes over ten years

17 August, 2012

The cost of buying a home in England increased by more than three times the rate of an average salary over the past 10 years, according to research from the NHF

Matchmaking service to reduce Scottish empty homes

17 August, 2012

A new matchmaking service is hoping to tackle Scotland's empty homes problem by introducing owners of vacant properties to would-be buyers

Record numbers pushed into part-time work

16 August, 2012

The number of people working part time because they can’t get a full-time job has hit a record high, official figures show

Government told to step-in if welfare cuts increase homelessness

16 August, 2012

A national charity wants a commitment from the Government to 'respond quickly' should welfare reform lead to a rise in homelessness

Charity demands welfare policy rethink as homelessness grows

16 August, 2012

Councils intervene in 199,000 cases in England but fewer houses are being built

DWP opportunities for local partnership working

16 August, 2012

DWP aspire to join up public services such as health, housing, transport, employment and skills to help local people back into work

Making every contact count: A joint approach to preventing homelessness

16 August, 2012

DWP report looking at how services can be managed in a way that prevents any household from reaching a crisis point where they are faced with homelessness

Housing Charity launches £100,000 rent fund

15 August, 2012

A charity has launched a £100,000 rent fund to help out young workers who may be affected by government cuts to benefits

How do homeless young people view 'hard-hitting' ads depicting them?

15 August, 2012

Stereotypes are unhelpful, but young homeless people appreciate that maximising donations is crucial

Welfare reform will leave social tenants perpetually poor

13 August, 2012

Households already struggling before the financial crisis are now find their incomes eroded, creating greater dependency

House Price Index

13 August, 2012

July 2012

esurv Mortgage Monitor

13 August, 2012

July 2012

Tory councils failing to implement housing policies labelled 'disturbing'

13 August, 2012

Some councils are failing to implement the Gov's allocations reform that urge LA's to give additional priority to those in/seeking work or making a contribution to society

Personal Independence Payment

13 August, 2012

Information for support organisations and advisers

Why are older people exempted from the impact of welfare reform?

13 August, 2012

Elderly people commonly underoccupy property, overconsume assets, and put pressure on rent and house prices

Landlords fight to access green subsidy brokerage

10 August, 2012

Social landlords are fighting to ensure they are not excluded from accessing a brokerage system that will distribute millions of pounds of vital green subsidy funding

Man made homeless over housing benefit cuts in tent protest outside council

08 August, 2012

A homeless man pitched his tent outside Swindon Council's offices after he claimed housing benefit cuts made him homeless - and was rehoused hours later

Millions still available for social landlords to make homes warmer

08 August, 2012

Funding to get low carbon heating into the homes of hundreds of social housing tenants is still up for grabs for LA's, HA's and other registered providers of social housing

Green Deal registrations open as £7m start-up cash announced

08 August, 2012

A £7m loan from the DECC will allow new Green Deal providers to access cash - through a not-for-profit mutual - allowing them to offer energy upgrades to homes

Universal Jobmatch

08 August, 2012

DWP's Universal Jobmatch will be one of the UK's largest jobsites and will automatically match a jobseeker's CV and skills to jobs that suit their needs

Understanding unit costs of housing providers: regression analysis

08 August, 2012

The social housing regulator has called on housing providers to do more to achieve value for money, after finding it cannot account for significant variations in costs between providers

Fixed term tenancies: no 'Higgs boson' for the housing sector

08 August, 2012

Shorter tenancies have their advocates and detractors, but they won't solve housing's problems

Councils and housing associations told to auction off empty homes

07 August, 2012

Private landlords are standing ready to bring back into use empty social housing, according to a new survey and are calling for the vacant dwellings to be auctioned

Hilary Benn: Council tax benefit reform like poll tax

07 August, 2012

Hilary Benn has slammed the government's council tax benefit reform, likening the policy to the poll tax

Welfare reform reinforces suspicion of social housing and its tenants

07 August, 2012

The coalition government disregards the complexity of the benefits system and personal hardship at its peril

Stoke-on-Trent empty homes purchase offer plans

07 August, 2012

Empty homes in Stoke-on-Trent could be offered to residents for a 'nominal fee' in a bid to improve neighbourhoods under plans by the city council

Top tips: how to unite housing and health

06 August, 2012

Comments from the Guardians discussion on how housing and health professionals can work closer together

Judge rejects claims that work schemes are forced labour

06 August, 2012

Schemes to help unemployed people get work are not slave labour, a Judicial review has ruled

Half a million disabled people may lose benefits under reforms

03 August, 2012

Charities react with horror as Government announce Atos and Capita win 3 contracts to run a new work-capability check for disabled people

Broadband service to help Scunthorpe tenants get online

01 August, 2012

A superfast broadband scheme is due to be rolled out to social housing tenants in North Lincolnshire to encourage them to access the internet

Understanding Downsizing

31 July, 2012

An Intergenerational Foundation report

How Mental Capacity Act responsibilities go beyond 'duty of care'

31 July, 2012

Article, reproduced from the English Community Care Association newsletter

Loan shark must pay back £52,000 or face jail

30 July, 2012

A convicted loan shark has been ordered to pay back all of her available assets to the courts, or be jailed for 18 months

Council fined £83,000 for multiple gas safety breaches

30 July, 2012

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has pleaded guilty to a catalogue of safety failings which put many of its tenants at increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning

Editor's blog: welfare reform could push vulnerable families into debt

30 July, 2012

As a doorstep lender reports a 17% rise in profits, can landlords prevent tenants resorting to creditors to plug the gap?

Homelessness: consultation response

30 July, 2012

NHF response to new regulations on housing homeless families in the private rented sector

Crisis report published on 1st year private renting schemes

30 July, 2012

Crisis Private Renting Access Programme Yr 1 report

Council looks at care-home conversions to soften 'bedroom tax' blow

27 July, 2012

A Stoke-on-Trent councillor says the LA is going to have to look at converting care homes and unwanted city council buildings into 1 & 2 bed accommodation

Landlord warns welfare reform risks development

27 July, 2012

One of the UK's largest housing providers has warned that the Welfare Reform Act could affect its ability to build new homes

The poll tax is back from the dead - it's Cameron localism

25 July, 2012

The council tax benefit 'reform' is yet another example of the axe being devolved - and of the poorest being hit hardest

Tax and benefit policy: insights from behavioural economics

25 July, 2012

Institute for Fiscal Studies report

Money management help for Newcastle tenants

24 July, 2012

Newcastle tenants are being offered assistance with budgeting, benefit advice and help with moving home

Tenants equipped with the facts on Right to Buy

24 July, 2012

A dedicated call centre and website have gone live to ensure aspiring social sector home owners can get advice about changes to the Right to Buy scheme

Work Capability Assessments - getting them right first time

24 July, 2012

The latest figures show that 55 per cent of new claimants who go through the Work Capability Assessment are found fit for some form of work

Housing ladder requirements: partner, degree and generous relatives

23 July, 2012

Research carried out for the Guardian reveals how difficult the credit crunch has made things for first-time home buyers

Welsh tenants struggling as incomes drop to lowest in UK

23 July, 2012

Welsh tenants are struggling after a reduction in incomes has seen them earn less than tenants anywhere else in the UK

Rents rise in England and Wales, says survey

23 July, 2012

Rents in London rose again to hit a new high for the second month in succession, according to figures from LSL

Older tenants feeling the pinch as incomes drop

20 July, 2012

Older tenants are struggling as rents rise and incomes drop, new research reveals

UK housing third least affordable in Europe

20 July, 2012

Families in the UK are among the worst off in Europe when it comes to housing costs

Estimates of the number of people facing inadequate retirement incomes

19 July, 2012

Almost 11 million Brits are facing inadequate retirement incomes according to new figures from the Department for Work and Pensions

New figures, published by the Office for National Statistics

19 July, 2012

New figures show a rise in employment compared to the previous quarter, up 181,000 to 29.35m

Scottish House Price Index

19 July, 2012

June 2012

Landlords liable for injury caused by tenant repairs

19 July, 2012

Landlords will have to carry out checks on their properties after a landmark court case ruled they are liable for injury caused by work carried out by tenants

Online push for Universal Credit claims

18 July, 2012

Claimants of a new universal benefit will be pushed to complete forms online when the new system starts next year

The 'despair' and 'loneliness' of austerity Britain

18 July, 2012

One London council has begun researching the reality of public spending cuts on vulnerable people, and it's grim

Green deal will 'fail' without fuel poverty changes

18 July, 2012

Consumer groups have written to the energy and climate change secretary warning the green deal could 'fail on all fronts' if it is not improved

Campaigners call for urgent rethink on self-employed rules under universal credit

17 July, 2012

These views were set out in a letter to the Welfare Reform Minister, Lord Freud, from the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG

42% of renters cannot afford to save deposit for own home

16 July, 2012

New research has found that 42% of renters cannot afford to save a deposit for their own home

Yorkshire council prosecutes subletting tenant

16 July, 2012

A Yorkshire council has become one of the first in the country to successfully prosecute a tenant for subletting a council home

Over 3,500 Westminster council flats now owned by private landlords

16 July, 2012

Over 3,500 former Westminster council flats sold under the Right To Buy are now in the hands of private landlords

When worlds collide: regeneration and the bedroom tax crisis

13 July, 2012

The government's policies on housing will hit the north hard, and with few local Conservative representatives who will fight back?

Still 'poor practice' in Work Programme, says housing association

13 July, 2012

One of the leading housing associations involved in the Government's £5bn Work Programme has revealed there is still 'poor practice' in the scheme

Families feel the big squeeze as overcrowding spreads

13 July, 2012

One in four London children living in cramped conditions, with problem affecting previously untouched areas of Britain

Editor's blog: is the housing crisis redesigning how we live?

13 July, 2012

Micro units and luxury flatshares are heralded as the future of private renting, but what about more co-operative ways of living?

Esurv Mortgage Monitor

13 July, 2012

June 2012

House Price Index

13 July, 2012

June 2012

House prices may be falling but homebuyers are digging their way out of debt

12 July, 2012

House prices may be falling but homebuyers are digging their way out of debt, according to one of Britain's biggest firms of bailiffs

Housing groups join forces to develop 'fully flexible tenure' model

12 July, 2012

A group of South East-based HA's are joining forces to develop a deliverable model of 'fully flexible tenure' allowing tenants to move towards home ownership

Universal Credit and changes to in-work incentives

12 July, 2012

Three job entry payments are to be phased out in readiness for the introduction of Universal Credit which aims to improve work incentives

Most social tenants fall below acceptable income

11 July, 2012

More than 90% of households in social housing in England have an income level below that needed to maintain a socially acceptable standard of living

Is London's rough sleeping strategy working?

11 July, 2012

Boris Johnson criticised as "dangerously complacent" as figures show a year-on-year rise of 43% in rough sleeping in London

New Build Index

10 July, 2012

July 2012

A minimum income standard for the UK in 2012

10 July, 2012

Joseph Rowntree report

YouGov: over 50% support housing benefit cut for under 25s

09 July, 2012

A YouGov poll has found that 53% of respondents support the Prime Minister's plans to cut housing benefits for the under 25s

First Work Programme data shows promising signs

09 July, 2012

First Government data on the Work Programme suggests the scheme is having a positive effect in helping the long-term unemployed

English Housing Survey: Household Report 2010-11

06 July, 2012

Published July 2012

Homelessness figures continue to rise

06 July, 2012

Recently released figures show a 16% increase in the number of homelessness acceptances between Jan & Mar 2012, compared to the same quarter last year

Government expands vital in-work support to disabled young people

06 July, 2012

Young disabled jobseekers on work experience will now be able to access the Government's Access to Work scheme

Fears benefit reform will lead to surge in bailiffs recovering debts

05 July, 2012

Former housing minister warns the Gov's planned £500m cut in council tax benefit is expected to prompt a surge in bailiffs recovering council tax debts

Three million cash-strapped Brits fail to save

05 July, 2012

Consumers are saving less each month as low interest rate returns on cash fail to offer an incentive

Conservative-led council looks to move homeless outside London borough

04 July, 2012

Croydon Council is looking at offering homeless households accommodation outside the borough due to a lack of council houses & high private sector rents

Government plan to build 80,000 affordable homes at risk of falling short

04 July, 2012

Report says half of homes are scheduled to be built in 2015 - the scheme's final year - and there is no room for manoeuvre

Number of new homes in Wales trebles

04 July, 2012

The number of new homes registered by social landlords in Wales has more than trebled, according to statistics released by the NHBC

Lottery winner Edward Putman admits benefit fraud

04 July, 2012

A man who won nearly £5m on the lottery has admitted fraudulently claiming about £13,000 in benefits

Relaxation of planning rules for change of use from commercial to residential

04 July, 2012

Summary of consultation responses and the Government's response to the consultation

Child maintenance payments made by benefit claimants to double

03 July, 2012

Parents on income-related benefits who live apart from their children are to have the amount of child maintenance they must pay increased from £5 to £10 per week

Top tips: how can housing staff help prevent homelessness?

02 July, 2012

Comments from the Guardians discussion on housing's role in the prevention of homelessness

London sees 43% rise in rough sleeping

02 July, 2012

The number of people sleeping rough on the streets of London has increased 43 per cent in the last year

Welfare cuts: welcome to the era of vouchers for the poor

02 July, 2012

Families in financial crisis are likely to be offered storecards/vouchers, under reforms that transfer responsibility for the social fund to LA's

Hull fraudster claimed £100k housing benefit

02 July, 2012

A HULL businessman who claimed more than £100,000 in false housing benefit has been forced to pay most of the money back

Duncan Smith takes welfare reform crusade to US

29 June, 2012

Iain Duncan Smith has delivered a speech on the UK Government's welfare reforms to the House of Congress in Washington DC

Welsh Property Index

28 June, 2012

April 2012

Barking and Dagenham revealed as England's 'repossession risk' hotspot

28 June, 2012

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has the highest home repossession risk in England, according to new research from Shelter

First Time Buyer monitor

28 June, 2012

June 2012

Make jobs, not cuts, to reduce reliance on the state

28 June, 2012

Most people want to work, so cutting welfare won't help: only a co-ordinated effort in Whitehall will truly reduce dependency

Freud announces further investment to secure future of credit unions

27 June, 2012

Credit unions will receive up to £38m of investment to modernise and expand so they can support one million more people, according to Lord Freud

Homeownership drop to create £8bn benefit bill

27 June, 2012

The cost of HB for elderly people will soar by £8b a year by 2060 unless steps are taken to address falling homeownership, a think tank has warned

Shock rise in UK jobless claims as unemployment falls

21 June, 2012

A surprise increase in the number of people claiming jobless benefits in May overshadowed an overall drop in unemployment

Employment and Support Allowance claimant journey

21 June, 2012

DWP stakeholder information pack

Mind the digital housing gap

21 June, 2012

There is a huge amount of housing advice online that can guide through complex issues. But those most in need are the least able to take advantage

Grant Shapps' 'beds in sheds' taskforce: the ingredients for success

20 June, 2012

The housing minister's attempt to tackle illegal and unsuitable accommodation must not put vulnerable tenants onto the streets

Housing associations could be the landlord of choice for Generation Rent

20 June, 2012

With their experience providing decent, affordable homes, housing associations could dominate the private rental market

House asking prices reach a new record high of £246,000

20 June, 2012

The Rightmove House Price Index

House Price Index

19 June, 2012

May 2012

E.surv mortgage monitor

19 June, 2012

May 2012

Pay to stay: consultation is first step to ghettoisation

19 June, 2012

Housing minister Grant Shapps plans to make social housing part of the welfare and benefits system - qualify or you're out

Law could be rewritten to enforce pay to stay

18 June, 2012

The government is prepared to change the law to force high-earning tenants to pay more rent, the housing minister has said

The growing financial plight of social housing tenants

15 June, 2012

Article around research carried out by by the Human City Institute

What's in it for me? - Using the benefits of energy efficiency to overcome the barriers

15 June, 2012

Consumer Focus research into innovative ways to engage people in energy efficiency

New Build Index

14 June, 2012

May 2012

Households Below Average Income

14 June, 2012

The latest national statistics on Households Below Average Income produced by the Department for Work and Pensions

Ending child poverty by 2020 - Progress made and lessons learnt

12 June, 2012

Child poverty gains at risk, says Child Poverty Action Group study

Grant Shapps welcomes 'dramatic' increase in affordable homes

12 June, 2012

New figures show that affordable housing starts in the 6 month period to March 2012 were up by nearly 15,000

Green deal changes to benefit low-income homes

12 June, 2012

The government has changed its flagship retrofit programme to allow an extra 100,000 low-income households a year to receive energy efficiency works

Universal Credit will support young people in work

11 June, 2012

Young people will receive greater incentives to get into work under Universal Credit, Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud has said

Is there a proven link between housing and happiness?

07 June, 2012

Academic research in the UK has failed to analyse whether housing makes a difference, but international studies suggest it is essential

LGA report: Housing needs infrastructure

07 June, 2012

Ensuring new housing development comes with roads, schools and parks is vital to tackling the housing crisis and overcoming public opposition

Benefits cap Calculator

07 June, 2012

There is now an online benefits cap calculator on the DirectGov website, where you can test how the benefits cap might affect you

Threefold rise in families being housed in B&Bs

06 June, 2012

Councils say cap on benefits makes other options for homeless unaffordable, especially in London

Pensioners miss out on thousands of pounds

06 June, 2012

Millions of pensioners are missing out on almost £1,000 a year by failing to claim state benefits to which they are entitled

Are we becoming a nation of mummy's boys and daddy's girls?

01 June, 2012

The number of young adults living with their parents has risen by a fifth in fourteen years - Guardian news report

Homelessness (Suitability of Accommodation) (England) Order 2012

31 May, 2012

Consultation closing date 26 July 2012

Charities reduce staff and services as cutbacks bite

29 May, 2012

The vast majority of charities are reducing services and staff due to government cutbacks, a report has found

Is it time to set up a specialist housing court system?

29 May, 2012

Delays cost homeowners money and encourage landlords to take the law into their own hands - A new court could help

Creasy hits out as Government opts for 'self-regulation' of payday loans industry

28 May, 2012

Labour MP Stella Creasy has expressed her disappointment at the Government's "repeated failure" to tackle the problems caused by high cost loans

Social landlord explores Green Deal provider status

28 May, 2012

Another social landlord is exploring registering as a provider under the Government's Green Deal

Woman jailed for benefit fraud after using false name to get council house

28 May, 2012

A woman has been jailed for 16 months for defrauding Southwark Council of more than £34k in benefits

A guide to Income Support

28 May, 2012

A guide for professional and voluntary advisers and others who want to know more about Income Support

Housing association offers vulnerable tenants financial advice

25 May, 2012

Riverside Housing Association is piloting a free money advice service for its tenants

Welsh House Price Index

24 May, 2012

March 2012

Local guidelines for retrofit must not be a planning afterthought

24 May, 2012

If the Green Deal is to be successful, streets of UK homes will need to be 'overcoated' with external thermal insulation

Council suspends Right-to-Buy for 10 years to 'safeguard stock'

24 May, 2012

Aberdeen City Council has agreed plans to suspend the Right-to-Buy in 50 letting areas of the city for a period of 10 years

Going Back To Basics With Bank Accounts

24 May, 2012

South Tyneside Homes is looking to help council tenants manage their money by linking up with two high-street financial service providers

Council suspends Right-to-Buy for 10 years to 'safeguard stock'

23 May, 2012

Aberdeen City Council has agreed plans to suspend the Right-to-Buy in 50 letting areas of the city for a period of 10 years

Shapps helps to defeat 'payday loans' cap

23 May, 2012

Grant Shapps has helped defeat an amendment to the Financial Services Bill that would have capped the total costs that can be charged for 'payday loans'

Window cleaner benefit cheat Thomas Kenny jailed

23 May, 2012

A Bootle man who was caught on camera working as a window cleaner while claiming disability benefits has been jailed for a £33,000 benefit fraud

Swifter justice for 'neighbours from hell'

23 May, 2012

Nightmare tenants whose persistent antisocial behaviour causes misery and fear for their local communities will face swifter justice

Wage incentive for young disabled people

23 May, 2012

A new wage incentive scheme to encourage employers to give young disabled people further work opportunities has been announced

Church Urban Fund finds 'poorest' in north-west England

22 May, 2012

Nine out of ten of the poorest areas in England are in the North West, a church charity has said

Creasy seeks cross-party support for payday loans cap

22 May, 2012

Labour's Stella Creasey is calling for a cap on the total costs that can be charged for "payday loans"

Cornwall social housing tenants get £4m fuel poverty boost

22 May, 2012

A £4 million initiative could lift hundreds of Cornwall's social housing tenants out of fuel poverty

Localising Support for Council Tax

21 May, 2012

Taking work incentives into account

New Which? research exposes payday loan failings

18 May, 2012

Struggling consumers in payday loan debt trap

Private rents rise again

18 May, 2012

Private rents in England and Wales rose by 0.5% in April, according to letting agency group LSL Property Services

Birmingham food bank helping mums-to-be

18 May, 2012

The news has been full of stories about the growth of food banks, but what is it like to be pregnant and hungry

Wounded heroes beat MoD in benefits battle

18 May, 2012

Wounded war heroes are to keep their disability benefits for life after the PM stepped in to halt a bid to cut them

House Building: March Quarter 2012, England

17 May, 2012

The latest statistics report on the period January to March 2012

Positive steps in improving labour market

16 May, 2012

DWP Statement on new figures published by the Office for National Statistics

Scottish House Price Index

16 May, 2012

March 2012

Revamped Right to Buy to deliver thousands of new homes

15 May, 2012

Details of how thousands of new affordable homes will be built using cash from the Government's reinvigorated Right to Buy scheme are unveiled

Council severs link between homelessness applications and social tenancies

14 May, 2012

Hammersmith and Fulham Council is to sever the link between a homelessness application and a social housing tenancy as it overhauls allocations policy

Couples on more than £40,000 'will not be entitled to council home'

14 May, 2012

Couples who are paid more than £40,000 a year will not be entitled to council homes under plans being drawn up by Hammersmith and Fulham

House Price Index England and Wales

11 May, 2012

April 2012

Esurv Mortgage Monitor

11 May, 2012

April 2012

Landlords sceptical about green deal

11 May, 2012

Social landlords believe the government's flagship retrofit scheme will be unpopular with their tenants

The impact of employment changes on poverty in 2020

10 May, 2012

Joseph Rowntree report

Housing providers' approaches to tackling worklessness

10 May, 2012

HACT and Inclusion report outlining how housing providers can increase the impact of employment and skills programmes aimed at getting residents into work

Nearly 10,000 repossessions in 3 months but CML says it may 'revise down' 2012 forecast

10 May, 2012

There were nearly 10,000 repossessions in the first quarter of this year - according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders

An intergenerational solution to the housing quagmire

10 May, 2012

Rather than pitching generation against generation, a more international approach could help young and old alike

Repossessions by local authority - visualised and listed

10 May, 2012

The number of repossessions has remained steady in the first quarter of 2012. These are the latest figures for each court and local authority in England and Wales

Alliance Homes sets up free solar scheme

03 May, 2012

A housing association is helping cash-poor social landlords defy cuts to government subsidies by installing solar panels with no upfront cost

Community groups could get extra green deal cash

03 May, 2012

Groups of tenants who sign up for work to improve the energy efficiency of their homes could get cash payments from the government

Tory borough plans to move homeless away from London

03 May, 2012

Anyone claiming to be homeless will be offered accommodation 'potentially outside' Hammersmith & Fulham

Disabled jobless to miss out on Clegg help

03 May, 2012

Subsidies for taking on unemployed youths do not extend to a programme for the disabled

Homeless face losing council housing guarantee

03 May, 2012

A flagship Conservative council in London would no longer automatically guarantee social housing to homeless applicants under new plans

Royal Assent for Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill

02 May, 2012

Legal Aid Bill receives Royal Assent

Politicians' negative perceptions of payday loans 'not shared by customers' - research

01 May, 2012

The Consumer Finance Association (CFA) believes policy-makers 'misunderstand' the value of payday loans to the people who use them - following major research

How repossessions reveal the hidden truth about modern housing

01 May, 2012

Mortgage lenders fail to support homeowners when they get into difficulty, pushing to take back the keys far too soon

Housing association's guide to Work Programme success

30 April, 2012

The Government's £5bn Work Programme has received mixed reviews from the housing associations and charities involved, but Bromford Housing Group believes it can be a success

Government's pledge on child maintenance arrears as new figures show thousands of CSA parents owe 5-figure sums

27 April, 2012

The Minister in charge of the child maintenance system has promised intensive action against irresponsible parents who have failed to support their children

Forced labour in the UK: the business angle

25 April, 2012

Joseph Rowntree report

Legal aid cuts threaten thousands of children

25 April, 2012

Campaigners have warned thousands of children could be hit by restrictions on legal aid in housing cases

Help to get boxed-in generation up the property ladder

24 April, 2012

Minister pledges to help those growing out of their properties

Back to the future? Race, housing and a changing society

20 April, 2012

Thatcherism sparked a wave of BME housing organisations with millions invested in supporting communities. What went wrong?

Grayling: Labour market showing more signs of stability but we still have challenges ahead

19 April, 2012

New figures published by the Office for National Statistics show another rise in employment, up 53,000 to 29.172m

Downing Street hosting the self-build boom

19 April, 2012

A package of new support to give as many people as possible the opportunity to build their own homes has been announced

Birthright to social housing allocation fosters little support among public

19 April, 2012

Local links and community involvement are considered more important in housing allocation than nationality

Housing charity closure sparks homelessness fears

18 April, 2012

A housing charity which found accommodation for tenants in "severe need" has been put into liquidation sparking fears dozens of people could be left homeless

Scotland House Price Index

18 April, 2012

Feb 2012

What does the right-to-buy scheme mean for LSVT landlords?

17 April, 2012

After deducting costs and the sharing agreement, some will be left with well below 30% of the cost of building a new home

Household incomes' biggest drop in 15 years as family finance squeeze goes on

17 April, 2012

Household incomes saw their biggest drop in 15 years in 2011 as the squeeze on family finances increased

Housing crisis will force our kids out of London, say parents

17 April, 2012

New poll reveals - London parents fear their children won't be able to live in the capital in future due to its severe lack of affordable housing

Women still hit hardest by job losses, with 4,000 more unemployed

17 April, 2012

Women continue to be harder hit by job losses, with an extra 4,000 out of work in the three months

New research reveals true benefits of work experience

17 April, 2012

Young people taking part in a Government-backed work experience placement are more likely to get off benefits and into work, according to research

Housing affordability for keyworkers improves

16 April, 2012

Housing affordability for key public sector workers has greatly improved in the last few years with 41% of towns now affordable compared to just 3% in 2007

House Price Index

16 April, 2012

March 2012

Mortgage Monitor

16 April, 2012

March 2012

How long before a housing association quits the Work Programme?

13 April, 2012

One of the coalition's flagship policies designed to reduce benefit dependency - but the £5bn Work Programme has been dogged by bad headlines

Council faces tenancy agreements court threat

13 April, 2012

Tenants are planning to take Hackney Council to the High Court in a bid to halt changes to their tenancy agreements

Homeless figure doubts

13 April, 2012

The head of Shelter in Scotland has said official homelessness figures for the country misrepresent the true scale of the problem

Young homeless underestimated by Britons, says survey

12 April, 2012

The level of young homelessness in the UK is underestimated by over two-thirds (68%) of Britons, a survey suggests

Why government guidance on allocations is 'wholly inadequate'

12 April, 2012

New code on the allocation of social housing is a wasted opportunity to support local authorities to make crucial choices

Government appoints George Clarke as empty homes adviser

11 April, 2012

Architect and TV presenter George Clarke is to be an independent adviser to the Government to help bring thousands of empty homes back into use

Families put 'under pressure' by rising cost of living

10 April, 2012

The spiralling cost of living in Wales is putting 'unbearable pressure' on families struggling to cope with the financial downturn, charities have warned

UK unemployment will get worse before it gets better

10 April, 2012

Everyone knows it's tough to get a job right now. But it's going to get worse before it gets better. That’s the judgement of the Office for Budget Responsibility

Kicking out youth deprivation

05 April, 2012

The UK is one of the world's most developed economies but nearly 4m children are living in poverty, what can be done to improve their life chances?

Homelessness: 'We're entering a very nasty period'

05 April, 2012

The country is entering a "very nasty period" as homelessness soars to levels "unseen for 25 years", Big Issue founder John Bird has warned

Council urged to keep social rents and tenancies

04 April, 2012

A local authority has been told to maintain a commitment to socially rented homes and security of tenure by a commission it set up to assess housing issues

Revamped Right to Buy is chance of a lifetime for tenants

03 April, 2012

A new generation of social tenants have been handed the keys to homeownership, as the government launch a reinvigorated Right to Buy

Youth Contract

03 April, 2012

The Youth Contract will provide new opportunities for 18-24 years olds, including apprenticeships and voluntary work experience placements

House prices rise for first time in 20 months

02 April, 2012

Increased demand and a scarcity of housing for sale were behind the first monthly rise in house prices for 20 months, according to property analysts Hometrack

And the UK's most affordable city is...

02 April, 2012

Salford has been found to be the UK's most affordable city, new research shows

Tory councils making biggest cuts to SP services

30 March, 2012

More than half of the councils making the biggest cuts to services for vulnerable people are Conservative-run, despite the government urging local authorities to maintain budgets

Tenants banned from moving if home is damaged

30 March, 2012

A local authority is cracking down on tenants who trash their council homes before moving on to a new one by forcing them to pay before they leave

Homeless charities warn cuts are pushing up number of rough sleepers

29 March, 2012

Early signs of homeless crisis emerge as result of cuts to housing services and specialist support, report says

National Policy Planning Framework

28 March, 2012

NLA response

Homelessness crisis looms as cuts bite - survey

28 March, 2012

A combination of rising demand and funding cuts is pushing the country into a homelessness crisis, new research by Homeless Link reveals

National Planning Policy Framework 'weakens' definition of affordable housing

28 March, 2012

Shelter says it's "extremely disappointed" that the revised National Planning Policy Framework has "weakened" the definition of affordable housing

National Planning Policy Framework

27 March, 2012

New planning framework that supports growth, helps creates homes and jobs and puts unprecedented power into the hands of communities has now been published

Services cut for 46,000 vulnerable people

26 March, 2012

Over 46,000 vulnerable people have had care services scrapped/scaled back after council budget cuts terminated hundreds of support contracts

Budget 2012 briefing

26 March, 2012

Comprehensive Budget briefing for housing associations which summarises all the Budget announcements and changes relevant to the housing sector

Real-terms council tax cut

23 March, 2012

Residents will get more help with their cost of living from the real terms council tax cut delivered by Governments freeze grant deal

House Price Index - Wales

23 March, 2012

January 2012

Distributional impact of tax and welfare changes on households

22 March, 2012

This is a summary of the impact on households of personal tax changes, tax credits, benefits and indirect tax changes being implemented in 2013-14

Peer withdraws attempt to change squatting law

22 March, 2012

A peer has withdrawn amendments to a bill which seeks to ban squatting after assurances were given that they could be brought back at a later stage of the debate

Overhyped Budget does little for families

22 March, 2012

Budget key points - CPAG

Budget 2012

22 March, 2012

CLG website

Croydon's homeless reject housing offer in Manchester and Walsall

21 March, 2012

Homeless families in the London borough of Croydon have rejected the council's offer to move them into temporary accommodation in the North of England

Charities hit by funding switch to business

21 March, 2012

When it comes to government grants, the voluntary sector must take its place in line behind businesses, railway companies and housing associations

Budget

21 March, 2012

2012

Budget Statement 2012

21 March, 2012

Summary

What will budget 2012 mean for UK poverty?

20 March, 2012

Joseph Rowntree report

Houses see 'biggest price bounce for eight years'

20 March, 2012

Average asking prices for houses rose by 1.6% this month - and are seeing their strongest start to the year since 2004, according to Rightmove

Government urges councils not to slash spending on Supporting People

20 March, 2012

Councils must 'invest to save' and protect their most disadvantaged residents, Housing Minister Grant Shapps has said

Fear of repossession hitting families

19 March, 2012

A homelessness charity has revealed that the fear of repossession is gripping households as more than one family a day has been coming to it asking for help

Squatting law reforms 'could cost taxpayers £790m over five years'

19 March, 2012

Extension of squatting law could cost 20 times official estimates and wipe out legal aid budget savings, campaigners warn

Scottish House Price Index

16 March, 2012

January 2012

Energy Efficiency Changes for Landlords

16 March, 2012

Landlords are being reminded about changes to Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) which will affect rental properties in the UK

Housing benefit recipients near 5 million

15 March, 2012

The number of housing benefit claimants has risen to almost 5 million, according to the latest figures

Social Justice

14 March, 2012

Government strategy for Social Justice aims to give individuals and families facing multiple disadvantages the support and tools they need

Number of people living in B&Bs increases by 26%

14 March, 2012

The number of people in London living in bed and breakfast accommodation increased by 26% last year

Two year sentence for false passport fraudster

13 March, 2012

A benefit fraudster has been sentenced to two years in jail after using a fake French passport to claim £100,000 in payments

Housing's critical role in improving health

12 March, 2012

Housing associations can play a major part in reducing the human and financial impact of illness and poor health

The Government's housing boost

12 March, 2012

Is it a crisis if you don't own your home?

'Right to buy' discount could be increased for tenants

12 March, 2012

Social housing tenants could be offered discounts of up to £75,000 under plans to increase the numbers exercising the "right to buy" their home in England

Unlocking aspiration for a new generation of home buyers

12 March, 2012

Details of two ambitious schemes that will get Britain building thousands of new homes, has been unveiled by the Government

Street homelessness rises by 23%

12 March, 2012

Latest Government statistics have shown a rise of 23% in street homelessness in England, between autumn 2010 and autumn 2011

Right to Buy - at a glance

12 March, 2012

Key points on the Right to Buy scheme

House Price Index

12 March, 2012

February 2012

Homelessness figures show near 40% spike in B&B use

09 March, 2012

The number of homeless households put into bed and breakfast (B&B) hotels has risen from 2,210 to 3,170 in 2011, a 37% increase

Rise of 11% in homeless in Wales seeking council help

09 March, 2012

More than 15,000 people sought council help for being homeless in Wales during 2011, up 11% on the previous year, figures obtained by BBC Wales show

Safety net of support working to protect thousands at risk

09 March, 2012

Grant Shapps said new figures, showing a 14% increase in the number of households accepted for homelessness help, underlined that people were still suffering from the legacy of a debt-laden economy

Direct payments: are rent arrears set to rocket?

08 March, 2012

Nearly a decade ago, L&Q trialled paying housing benefit directly to social tenants with disastrous results. The group’s rent arrears nearly doubled

London's housing crisis demands more than a mansion tax

08 March, 2012

The next mayor will receive new powers in relation to London's housing policy - it's a chance that must be taken

MPs demand tighter rules for payday loan firms

08 March, 2012

MPs have called for tougher regulation of companies that issue short term 'payday' loans

Government to support thousands more disabled people into mainstream employment

08 March, 2012

Disability employment services should be focused on disabled people themselves, rather than institutions, so they can access mainstream jobs

Statutory Homelessness: October - December Quarter 2011, England

08 March, 2012

The latest National Statistics on Statutory Homelessness for October to December 2011, England

Local authorities block offenders' access to housing

07 March, 2012

Ex-offenders face significant barriers from local authorities when they are trying to secure accommodation, according to research

Westminster council's two-year tenancy bid 'to tackle youth unemployment'

07 March, 2012

Westminster City Council is to offer 2 year social housing tenancies to young people in work or embarking on higher education/training

Wrexham homeless inquiries soar to record level

07 March, 2012

A record number of people are contacting Wrexham council for advice on homelessness

Social justice and the future of flood insurance

07 March, 2012

Joseph Rowntree report

Payment by results model to tackle rough sleeping

07 March, 2012

The government is introducing a 'payment by results' funding model for charities working to get rough sleepers off the streets of London

Up to 90% of tenancy frauds go undetected - research

06 March, 2012

Up to 90 % of all tenancy fraud cases are going undetected while nearly 3/4 of all UK LAs did not uncover a single case of housing fraud in 2011

Youth homelessness: Falling through the net?

06 March, 2012

Life for Britain's younger generation doesn't seem to be getting easier, young people now face an additional problem - of ending up on the streets

"Apprenticeships in the home" for tenants

06 March, 2012

Grant Shapps has offered wannabe decorators and carpenters the opportunity to become "an apprentice in the home" & get paid to hone their skills

Government launches employment support for prisoners

06 March, 2012

The Government is launching a major overhaul of the employment support prisoners receive when they leave jail

Fuel poverty to rise by 38% despite green deal

05 March, 2012

The number of fuel poor households living in English social housing is expected to soar by 38% by 2016 despite the gov's energy efficiency policies

First cash for neglected neighbourhoods to bring empty homes back into use

05 March, 2012

The first cash payments to tackle the scourge of empty homes has been announced

Free transport may go to 'offset welfare reform'

02 March, 2012

Free transport for better off pensioners may have to be withdrawn to help offset the impact of welfare reform in NI, according to minister

Highly Charged - Landlords urged to be more open with leaseholders

02 March, 2012

London Assembly's planning and housing committee report

Guidance for landlords

01 March, 2012

Electrical Safety Council (ESC) guidance for landlords outlines the simple steps landlords can take to ensure the electrical safety of their properties

Warning over right to buy risk

01 March, 2012

A high proportion of homeowners who were bailed out by the government's mortgage rescue scheme in the north of England bought their homes under the right to buy

Why retirement villages are building in popularity

29 February, 2012

Retirement communities can be an attractive option for older people. But does the model work as well for those with disabilities?

London council to deliver 'UK's first privately funded social housing scheme'

29 February, 2012

Barking and Dagenham LB has secured private funding to build nearly 500 homes for people on its waiting list

Immigrants housed in back garden squalor plead for deportation

29 February, 2012

Illegal immigrants being housed at the back of rows of terraced houses in west London are trapped in squalor unable to return home, it has been reported

Ministers drop work experience scheme sanctions

29 February, 2012

Ministers have dropped the threat of sanctions for unemployed youngsters on a controversial work experience scheme

Study finds green deal will not address fuel poverty

28 February, 2012

Fuel poverty in the UK is set to increase by 40 per cent by 2016 despite the introduction of government energy efficiency schemes, according to research

How to swap homes with another housing association

28 February, 2012

In February, Metropolitan and A2Dominian swapped almost 800 properties, raising a host of potential problems

Council to underwrite deposits for first time buyers with £2m fund

27 February, 2012

Leeds City Council is joining a scheme to help first-time buyers secure mortgages

Married soldiers 'face losing homes'

27 February, 2012

Married soldiers living in Army accommodation could lose their homes under proposals being considered by the Ministry of Defence, it has been reported

Workfare's unfair blame game

27 February, 2012

New Statesman report

Andrew Stunell offers £100m boost to breathe life back into empty homes

27 February, 2012

Neighbourhoods suffering the blight of empty homes could benefit from a £100m boost to bring properties back into use and provide stable homes for families in need

Homeless Link calls for councils to stop cuts

24 February, 2012

Councils must stop slashing homelessness services and instead invest more in prevention, Homeless Link demands

Number of rough sleepers in England rises by a fifth

24 February, 2012

Charities warn homelessness will rise further as local authority and housing benefit cuts take effect

Six-month curfew for legal assistant who cheated on benefits

24 February, 2012

A London legal assistant has been sentenced to a six-month curfew order and will have to repay over £7,000 following a prosecution for housing benefits fraud

Concern for homeless living under M4 flyover

24 February, 2012

Hounslow LB has urged the Indian High Commission to work in partnership with the council to help around 50 homeless people living under the M4 flyover

A4e chief Emma Harrison steps down from Government role

24 February, 2012

Entrepreneur Emma Harrison has stepped down from her Gov role as a "family champion" following a fraud investigation at her welfare-to-work company A4e

Over half of London's rough sleepers now non-UK nationals

24 February, 2012

The latest statistics for England shows the number of people sleeping rough increased by 23 per cent since last year

OFT launches review into payday lending

24 February, 2012

The OFT has launched an extensive review of the payday lending sector

Shared home scheme for former homeless

24 February, 2012

A homelessness charity in London has set up a housing project to help people affected by housing benefit reforms

Charity helps students get hands-on to increase their chance of finding work

23 February, 2012

A charity is looking to increase its numbers of volunteers to help students in Birmingham have a better chance of finding employment

Rough Sleeping England - Autumn 2011

23 February, 2012

The Rough Sleeping Statistics England - Autumn 2011 statistical release

Rough sleeping up 23% in a year

23 February, 2012

The Rough Sleeping Statistics England - Autumn 2011 figures show there were 2,181 rough sleepers in Autumn, up 413 from the same time last year

Dec 2011 Welsh Index

23 February, 2012

Welsh house prices rise by 0.3% in December. Wales is the only region in Great Britain other than London where prices have increased annually

How can local government build sustainable urban neighbourhoods?

22 February, 2012

This Joseph Rowntree report presents ideas drawn from research and case studies on how to develop sustainable new communities

UK house prices slumped by 24% since 2007 - Halifax

21 February, 2012

Average house prices in the UK have fallen by 24% since 2007 and the beginning of the economic downturn, new research by Halifax reveals.

A revolution in affordable housing

21 February, 2012

A US housing concept has helped people to buy cheap homes. An east London scheme aims to replicate it

DWP urged to drop A4e following fraud probe

21 February, 2012

MPs are calling on the government to consider suspending all contracts with back-to-work firm A4e following a fraud investigation

Landlord's fraud team recovers 20 homes in subletting crackdown

20 February, 2012

A social landlord's fraud team has recovered 20 properties in its first year of operation, saving taxpayers more than £360,000 a year

Securing good housing standards for migrants

20 February, 2012

John Perry, Policy Adviser at the CIH and author of the report, calls on Gov to ensure good standards are available to all private rented sector tenants

'Funding' and 'status' holding landlords back from tackling subletting

20 February, 2012

The Government has announced plans to get tough on tenants subletting their social or council home

Council offers up free land to landlord in new homes bid

17 February, 2012

A West Midlands council is offering up some of its land at no cost to a housing association in a bid to deliver affordable homes in the region

Council in bid to boost first-time buyer numbers

17 February, 2012

A council is to discuss proposals to give first time buyers a discount on their deposits in a bid to boost its flailing housing market

London borough to give all army veterans priority for council housing

17 February, 2012

Southwark Council has announced plans to give all army veterans greater priority for council housing

Digital services - getting people online

17 February, 2012

DWP online services which put the customer in greater control of their job search and benefit activity

Lords tempted by bid to decriminalise squatting in long-term empty homes

16 February, 2012

Proposals by a Lib Dem peer to decriminalise squatting in homes that have stayed empty for more than 6 months are likely to gain support in House of Lords

Woman's £100,000 benefit fraud 'largest council has ever uncovered'

16 February, 2012

A Merton woman has been sentenced to eight months in prison after being found guilty of fraudulently claiming over £100,000 in benefits

London borough detects '8,000 fraudulent council tax claims'

16 February, 2012

A London borough has saved more than £2 million after it uncovered 8,000 incorrect claims for council tax discounts

Record number of lodgers as families look for extra cash

15 February, 2012

January 2012 saw the highest ever number of homeowners renting out spare rooms as thousands of families look for alternative incomes, new figures reveals

UK unemployment jumps to 2.67 million

15 February, 2012

UK unemployment jumped by 48,000 in the quarter to December reaching a jobless rate of 8.4 per cent, the worst figure since the end of 1995

Overwhelming demand to Get Britain Building

15 February, 2012

A Government scheme to get builders back on stalled sites and work restarted on homes has had an overwhelming response and is three times oversubscribed

Unemployment set to soar in 2012 as private sector plans redundancies

13 February, 2012

Unemployment in the UK could reach 2.85m by the end of 2012 as the jobs market faces its most difficult quarter since the recession, CIPD warns

New Westminster council leader urged to tackle '800 families in B&Bs'

13 February, 2012

The future leader of Westminster City Council has been urged to cut the number of families languishing in temporary accommodation, often B&Bs

Tax credit change could cost families £4k a year

13 February, 2012

Low income families with parents in part-time work could lose nearly £4,000 per year because of a change in tax credits, according to Labour Party

Oxford's emergency housing bill quadruples

13 February, 2012

More than £65,000 was spent by Oxford City Council putting people in emergency accommodation such as hotels in 2011

When shared ownership goes sour

13 February, 2012

Shared ownership is sold as the answer for those desperate for a foot on the housing ladder. But, as one London couple found, it can become a trap if circumstances change

Fuel Poverty Awareness

10 February, 2012

More than seven million households in the UK are currently estimated to be living in fuel poverty according to the charity National Energy Action

House price index

10 February, 2012

January 2012

Rough sleeping figures rocket across England

10 February, 2012

Significant numbers of councils saw their rough sleeping figures rise by more than 100 per cent last year

Landlord fined for renting unsafe property

08 February, 2012

A landlord who flouted fire safety rules while renting out an unlicensed home has been fined following an investigation by housing officers

Hostels under threat as council reviews funding

07 February, 2012

A homelessness hostel in Leeds is to close after the council cut its funding as part of a move to increase the use of self-contained accommodation

Disabled people experiencing 'benefit scrounger' abuse

07 February, 2012

The government's focus on alleged fraud and overclaiming to justify cuts in disability benefits has caused an increase in resentment and abuse directed at disabled people

Subletting in some London boroughs 'as high as 10% of tenancies'

07 February, 2012

Subletting in some London boroughs is as high as 10% of tenancies according to credit experts Experian

London councillor who sublet her social home gets prison sentence

07 February, 2012

An east London councillor faces the sack after being sentenced to 16 weeks in jail for housing benefit fraud

Jail for benefits cheat who falsely claimed £60,000

07 February, 2012

A London woman who falsely claimed more than £60,000 of benefits has been jailed for nine months

Gloucestershire Nightstop warns homeless numbers will rise under proposed housing benefit cap

07 February, 2012

A Gloucestershire charity has warned that more people will become homeless because of government plans to cap housing benefit

Volunteers to get new skills with contractor deal

07 February, 2012

A training programme has been set up to provide users of a supported living scheme with new skills to find work and live independently

Tenants face ASB check for social housing allocations

06 February, 2012

Previous convictions of ASB will be taken into account in the allocation of social housing if new proposals from the Scottish Government go ahead

Tower Hamlets Councillor Shelina Akhtar sacked for benefit fraud

06 February, 2012

An east London councillor has been sacked after being jailed for 16 weeks for benefit fraud

Enterprise Clubs - support for self-employment

03 February, 2012

This is a Great Britain wide initiative targeted at unemployed people interested in self-employment

Shapps: housing is central to economic recovery

01 February, 2012

The housing minister has told councils and housing associations that building new homes will be central to improving the country's economy

Housing Update

01 February, 2012

Statement by the Minister for Housing Grants Shapps about the Government's action on housing, following publication of the Housing Strategy in Nov 2011

List of Registered Providers

01 February, 2012

Comprehensive list of Housing Associations

Buying home 16% cheaper than renting - Halifax

31 January, 2012

Buying a three-bedroom property in the UK now costs around £100 a month more than renting, new research by Halifax reveals

Homelessness 'rose 25% in England over past three years'

31 January, 2012

The number of households declared in need of emergency accommodation in England rose by about 25% over the past three years, new figures suggest

Top 10 tips Toolkit - Added Value Marketing

30 January, 2012

Marketing top tips for housing organisations from the Word Association

Serving Deprived Communities in a recession

26 January, 2012

Joseph Rowntree report

Rotherham families offered food fund

21 January, 2012

Struggling families in South Yorkshire are being offered help with their food bills through Christmas in a bid to stop people borrowing from loan sharks

Housing association chiefs debate Right to Buy extension

19 January, 2012

Calls to extend the Right to Buy to all housing association tenants have been greeted with a mixed response

UK unemployment rises by 118,000 to 2.68 million

18 January, 2012

UK unemployment rose by 118,000 to 2.68 million in the three months to November 2011 - the highest level for 17 years, according to official figures

Historic powers in the Localism Act pass down to communities

18 January, 2012

The Localism Act, takes power from central government and hands it back to local authorities and communities

House Price Index

17 January, 2012

November 2011

New Build Index

17 January, 2012

April 2012

Wandsworth Council joins fight against loan sharks

16 January, 2012

Trading standards officers at Wandsworth Council have signed up to a partnership designed to crack down on loan sharks operating in the borough

House Price Index

13 January, 2012

December 2011

Housing associations get credit union boost

12 January, 2012

Changes to legislation surrounding credit unions will make it easier for housing association tenants to borrow money and use credit services

Child Poverty Map of the UK

10 January, 2012

A new child poverty map by the Campaign to End Child Poverty reveals East London and Manchester have UK's highest levels of child poverty

£20million for safety net against repossession

09 January, 2012

Housing Minister Grant Shapps today announced a new £20million safety net to help ensure that mortgage repossession remains the last resort for struggling homeowners

Right to buy 2.0

06 January, 2012

Institute of Public Policy briefing

Councils given the freedom to stop people playing the social housing system

05 January, 2012

Housing minister Grant Shapps has published new allocations guidance to 'put an end to injustice' in social housing.

Allocation of accommodation: Guidance for local housing authorities in England - Consultation

05 January, 2012

CLG consultation on new draft statutory guidance on social housing allocations for local authorities in England. Consultation closing date 30.3.12

Millions rely on credit to pay for home

04 January, 2012

Almost one million people have taken out a payday loan to help pay their rent or mortgage in the last 12 months, according to new research from Shelter

Shapps to launch crackdown on sublet social housing

03 January, 2012

Council tenants who sublet their homes could face prosecution and potential prison sentences as part of a new year crackdown on abuse of social housing

New deal will help older people live at home for longer

03 January, 2012

CLG have launched a new deal to help older people to continue living comfortably in their own homes

Mansfield Council asks residents: how many homes should we build?

29 December, 2011

Residents in Mansfield are being asked how many new dwellings should be built over the next 20 years up to 2031

Number of first-time buyers 'lowest since 1974'

28 December, 2011

The number of first-time buyers (FTBs) in the UK has plummeted to the lowest annual total since records began in 1974, data from Halifax shows

Reform needed to halt 'lost decade' of housebuilding

28 December, 2011

The UK is at risk of a 'lost decade' of housebuilding unless the development industry is reformed, a think-tank has warned

Unemployment set to rise in 2012, suggests CIPD

28 December, 2011

Unemployment will rise further in 2012, peaking at 2.85m in 2013 from 2.64m currently, says the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Woman jailed for £25,000 benefit fraud

23 December, 2011

A Shropshire woman has been sentenced to 26 weeks in prison after being found guilty of housing benefit and council tax benefit fraud

Revitalised Right to Buy will unleash a new generation of home ownership

22 December, 2011

CLG consultation - closing date 2nd February 2012

RTB might not deliver one-for-one replacement

22 December, 2011

Research claims the government will not be able to deliver on its promise to provide a replacement affordable rent home for every sale under RTB

First-ever fund will offer £20million support for single homeless people

21 December, 2011

CLG have announced a further £20m to provide single people facing homelessness the help they need to get back on their feet

Wales hit by five-year high of homelessness

21 December, 2011

Homelessness in Wales is at a five year high, according to newly released figures

Downturn hits rural homeless harder, says charity

19 December, 2011

A homeless charity is warning that the effects of the economic downturn are being felt more in rural areas than in cities

Rough sleeping scheme gets national roll-out

19 December, 2011

Communities across England are to be handed thousands of pounds today to set up a scheme which pledges to end rough sleeping

Minister urges public to be part of the solution to rough sleeping this Christmas

16 December, 2011

CLG have urged people to help solve rough sleeping this Christmas by calling local hotlines if they see someone sleeping on the pavement

Tenants warned on payday loans as complaints rise

15 December, 2011

Tenants have been warned to seek alternatives to payday loans as a consumer watchdog announced an investigation into short-term lending

Tackling troubled families

15 December, 2011

Plans to radically transform the lives of the country's most troubled families have been announced

labour market shows signs of stabilising

14 December, 2011

The rise in the number claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) shows signs of slowing - up 3,000 this month to 1.6 million

Council cuts: the Manhattanisation of central London

13 December, 2011

Westminster's proposed 'civic contract' foreshadows increasing social inequality in the capital

'Huge interest' for credit unions in Universal Credit roll-out

12 December, 2011

From next month social landlords will be able to choose their credit union provider – whatever their location

Westminster Council plans to amend tenancies with 'civic contracts'

12 December, 2011

Westminster City Council's plans to draw up 'civic contracts' for its residents-calling a social home in the borough a 'privilege and not a right'

House Price Index

09 December, 2011

December 2011

CLG welcomes largest year-on-year drop in number of empty homes

08 December, 2011

Families across the country in need of a stable home could benefit from thousands of formerly long term empty homes being made available

Struggling households should seek support

08 December, 2011

CLG advise households faced with the threat of homelessness this Christmas to seek help and advice as soon as they can

British public take dim view of benefit claimants and don't want new housing built

07 December, 2011

Over half the British public believe state benefits are too high and discourage the unemployed from finding jobs, according to a new report

Mortgage support shift a danger, say lenders

07 December, 2011

Lenders have raised concerns about potential changes to the way support is given to those struggling to pay their mortgage

Sustainable income standards: Towards a greener minimum?

07 December, 2011

Are changes towards 'greener' forms of consumption compatible with preserving a minimum acceptable standard of living?

Lifetime Neighbourhoods

06 December, 2011

CLG report which gives practice examples of Lifetime Neighbourhoods ie places designed to be inclusive regardless of age or disability

Employment and skills in the North of England

05 December, 2011

This NEFC paper provides an analysis of some of the key employment and skills challenges facing the economies of the North of England

Sheffield Council spends £21,000 on plea for savings ideas

05 December, 2011

Sheffield Council spent £21,000 on leaflets asking members of the public for ideas about how it can save money

Average house price has risen by 357% in last 25 years - Halifax

02 December, 2011

Houses built before 1919 have seen the largest surge in prices over the past 25 years, according to new research from Halifax

Croydon calls for serious debate on housing after 'moving homeless to Hull' headlines

02 December, 2011

Croydon Council has called for a 'serious debate' on the acute housing crisis facing the borough

Homeless Londoners face move to Hull

01 December, 2011

A London council is considering rehoming people in Yorkshire following a surge of people in emergency accommodation

Local Authority Housing Statistics

01 December, 2011

England: 2010-11: Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix and Business Plan Statistical Appendix

Housing Stock, England

01 December, 2011

Dwelling Stock estimates, England, 2011

Social housing and benefit services to be hit by national day of strike action

30 November, 2011

Social housing and benefit services are set to be hit by a national day of strike action over Gov plans to make public sector workers work longer

Grant Shapps hails progress towards decent social homes

30 November, 2011

CLG have hailed the rapid and impressive progress that has been made to improve the nation's social housing stock

Rural councils 'need to think outside the box' to deliver homes on the farm

30 November, 2011

Communities Minister Andrew Stunell has called on farmers and rural councils to 'think outside the box' to deliver more affordable housing

National Housing Federation response to Chancellor's Autumn Statement

29 November, 2011

The National Housing Federation has attacked the chancellor for ignoring the housing sector in his new infrastructure investment plan

£1bn scheme will 'provide hope' to young jobless

25 November, 2011

The three-year youth contract scheme will give employers subsidies worth £2,275 to take on 160,000 18-to 24-year-olds for six months

Manchester charity Barnabus says homeless numbers have doubled

25 November, 2011

A Manchester homeless charity has said the number of people seeking help from it has doubled in the past year

Clegg quizzed over benefits freeze to fund new £1bn job contracts

25 November, 2011

Nick Clegg has been quizzed over reports suggesting the Gov's new £1bn package to provide work for the jobless will be funded by a benefits freeze

Work programme: Equality impact assessment

25 November, 2011

DWP report

£71 million to end the legacy of England's Ghost Streets

24 November, 2011

More than £71 million allocated to help families trapped in half-empty and abandoned streets, due to a controversial 2002 regeneration scheme

Tackling worklessness - 'getting the balance right'

23 November, 2011

Wandsworth council has announced it is piloting a scheme that will see new tenants evicted if they don't find work

Sickness absence review

21 November, 2011

DWP review of the sickness absence system in Great Britain in order to help combat the 140 million days lost to sickness absence every year

New Build Indemnity Scheme

21 November, 2011

This will provide a guarantee for up to 100,000 new mortgages at up to 95% loan to value for new build properties in England

Tenant Checks are not an optional extra

18 November, 2011

Landlords are reminded to carry out background checks on potential tenants before letting their properties.

A plain English guide to the Localism Act

18 November, 2011

This document describes the main measures of the Localism Act

UK unemployment increases to 2.62m

17 November, 2011

UK unemployment rose by 129,000 in the three months to September to 2.62 million, as youth unemployment rose above a million

Legal aid in welfare: the tool we can't afford to lose

16 November, 2011

A new report exposes the serious consequences for disabled people if the Government goes ahead with plans to cut Legal Aid

House Price Index

15 November, 2011

September 2011

100th UK foodbank launched

11 November, 2011

Foodbanks are opening at an unprecedented rate to meet the high demand for emergency food aid: in 2011

House Price Index

11 November, 2011

October 2011

Councils 'lose £7m in false bank account scam'

10 November, 2011

Councils have been conned out of more than £7m by criminals using information put on Council websites under transparency drives

Localism Bill passes through Parliament

08 November, 2011

The government's flagship Localism Bill has completed its passage through Parliament, 18 months after it was unveiled by the coalition

Changing direction: Should social housing be a hand up or hand out?

04 November, 2011

Family Mosaic HA has commissioned independent research with its tenants to look at the challenges a five-year tenancy would present

Rogue landlord housed 21 people in 'unsafe accommodation'

03 November, 2011

Twenty one people have been re-housed by Hackney Council after they were found to be living in unsafe and unauthorised rented accommodation

Public Sector Service Satisfaction Index

02 November, 2011

The public service satisfaction index (PSSI) looks at consumer satisfaction across 23 public services

35,000 face loss of home before Christmas

01 November, 2011

An estimated 35,000 people across Britain face the prospect of losing their homes between now and Christmas according to research by Shelter

House Price Index - September 2011

01 November, 2011

The number of completed house sales in England and Wales decreased by 11% in July compared to the same time last year, new data has revealed

New law to put service families at top of housing queue

31 October, 2011

Councils could be forced by law to put military families at the top of the housing queue under new plans to be announced by ministers within weeks

House prices still falling

31 October, 2011

House prices in England and Wales fell once again in October as the supply of housing continued to outstrip demand in the private sales market

Tenant Services Authority: Letters to housing providers

27 October, 2011

This page links to letters written to the CEX's of housing providers explaining how the changes to social housing regulation will affect them

Nationwide home swaps become 'just a click away'

27 October, 2011

CLG has launched a national scheme allowing social housing tenants wanting to swap their home to see every available property in the country

Majority of Councils admit housing cuts will put vulnerable at risk

27 October, 2011

Almost 88% of Local Authorities admit that cuts to housing support 'will put vulnerable people at risk' according to a new report

Government releases plans to criminalise squatting

26 October, 2011

Justice secretary plans to criminalise squatting and strengthen law of self-defence for those who confront intruders

Build now or pay later? Funding new housing supply

25 October, 2011

IPPR briefing paper asks: 'If we are to increase housing supply, how are we to pay for it?'

Ministers urged to define affordable housing

25 October, 2011

Campaigners have called on the government to strengthen the definition of affordable housing in planning reform

Grant Shapps calls on social landlords to help their tenants reduce energy bills

24 October, 2011

CLG have called on social landlords to help their tenants by taking steps that could save each tenant up to £500 a year on energy bills

Money towards winter fuel bills

21 October, 2011

Winter Fuel Payments are paid depending on people's circumstances in a qualifying week. The qualifying week for winter 2011/12 is 19-25 Sep 2011

Shelter launches online teaching resource

21 October, 2011

Shelter and Nationwide, has created a series of new, online resources which are available for secondary school teachers of Key Stage 4

Welsh Housing Policy: Where next

20 October, 2011

Joseph Rowntree report

Call for 30 year mortgages

20 October, 2011

CLG have called on lenders to consider offering more longer-term fixed mortgages of as much as 30 years

Hoarding of Housing: The intergenerational crisis in the Housing Market

19 October, 2011

The Intergenerational Foundation report 'Hoarding of Housing' highlights how much of Britain's housing is "unused" despite the housing shortage

Scottish House price index

19 October, 2011

August 2011

Hills Fuel Poverty Review

19 October, 2011

Professor Hills' interim report of his independent review of fuel poverty

On the record - Energy suppliers and credit reference information

15 October, 2011

Consumer Focus report which identifies concerns about some of the potential unintended impacts from increased use of credit reference information

New Troubled Families Team

12 October, 2011

Louise Casey is appointed as the Head of the New Troubled Families Team

Grayling: unemployment rises as Government announces more support for young people

12 October, 2011

New figures published by the Office for National Statistics show a rise in unemployment of 114,000 to 2.56 million

Child and working-age poverty

11 October, 2011

Universal Credit not enough to prevent a decade of rising poverty - report by the Institute of Fiscal Studies

House Price Index

11 October, 2011

August 2011

Housing benefit consultant jailed for murder

10 October, 2011

John Zebedee was known throughout the housing sector as one of the authors of the annual 'Guide to housing benefit and council tax benefit'

Social housing in central London 'a privilege, not a right'

07 October, 2011

Westminster's cabinet member for housing has defended the council's plans to give workers and job searchers extra points in the allocations criteria

Council shuns 'Affordable Rent' to build 1,800 social homes

06 October, 2011

24dash.com news report

Welcome rise in affordable housing

06 October, 2011

Housing Minister Grant Shapps has welcomed new figures showing the largest increase in the supply of affordable homes since the mid-1990s

Investing in housing despite UK cuts

06 October, 2011

Targeted capital investment to boost the number of affordable homes in Scotland, protect jobs and stimulate economic growth.

Government on track to provide land for 100,000 new homes

05 October, 2011

Government plans to release formerly-used public land with enough capacity to build up to 100,000 new homes by 2015

Affordable Housing Supply, England, 2010-2011

05 October, 2011

The latest statistics on gross affordable housing supply in England

Right to Buy

03 October, 2011

Government to restore attractive discounts for tenants to buy council homes. This doesn't include RSL tenants with the Right to Acquire

Council tax freeze

03 October, 2011

The Government has set aside an extra £805 million to help freeze next years Council Tax bills

Iain Duncan Smith: No to EU 'benefit tourists'

03 October, 2011

Iain Duncan Smith has spoken out about 'benefit tourists' during the Conservative party conference in Manchester

Squatting: a homelessness issue

03 October, 2011

Report commissioned by Crisis and other organisations

Youth unemployment - A million reasons to act?

01 October, 2011

Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (CESI) report

Making Ends Meet

29 September, 2011

Research findings on low-income consumer experiences of using a range of financial management products and services

Supporting independence?

29 September, 2011

Evaluation of the teenage parent supported housing pilot

Minister launches Gypsy and Traveller Framework

29 September, 2011

How the Welsh Government will ensure Gypsy and Traveller communities have fair and equal access to key priorities including accommodation

Real time data matching

29 September, 2011

Audit Commission - placing greater emphasis on fraud prevention

Social housing and benefits system 'should reward the right people'

27 September, 2011

At the Labour Party Conference Ed Miliband has said the current welfare system needed 'fixing' as it wasn't delivering the right results

State of housing in England's 10 biggest cities

26 September, 2011

Shelter and Places for People carried out a housing health check with nearly 3,000 residents from across England. 24dash.com news report

Communities in the driving seat

22 September, 2011

A study of Participatory Budgeting in England

Does income inequality cause health and social problems?

22 September, 2011

Joseph Rowntree report

Social Housing sector responding effectively to testing economic climate

22 September, 2011

The social housing sector continues to manage difficult economic conditions effectively according to a Social Housing Regulator report

Plans to strip tenants of direct ombudsman access to be watered down

22 September, 2011

Plans to strip tenants of their right to complain directly to the Housing Ombudsman about a social landlord look set to be watered down

More power for communities to bring empty homes back into use

20 September, 2011

Community groups will be able to apply for Government cash to bring empty homes that blight neighbourhoods back into use

Social Housing Sales, England, 2010-11

20 September, 2011

The latest statistics on social housing sales in England in 2010-11

House Price Index - July 2011

13 September, 2011

The latest UK house price index statistics produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government

Jobseeker's allowance claimants who don't speak English may lose benefits

13 September, 2011

People claiming jobseeker's allowance who do not learn English will lose some benefits, under plans announced by the prime minister

Cuts in CAB funding leaving thousands with nowhere to turn for help

07 September, 2011

The CAB has published evidence that substantial cuts to funding is leaving thousands of people with nowhere to turn for help

Affordable credit: lessons from abroad

03 September, 2011

We all borrow money at some point and the British propensity to do so is striking in comparison to our European neighbours

More Homes and Better Places

02 September, 2011

Solutions to address the scale of housing need - report by the building and social housing federation (BSHF)

International Union of Tenants opposes eviction of rioters

01 September, 2011

The International Union of Tenants is strongly opposing the collective evictions of rioters’ families in England

Shapps: more powers for communities to choose boats on water alongside bricks and mortar

27 August, 2011

Housing Minister Grant Shapps has urged local authorities not to become landlocked in meeting local housing needs.

Housing Market Analysis

26 August, 2011

Oxford Economics report - July 2011

UK migration: the leadership role of housing providers

25 August, 2011

Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust report

A guide to delivering Financial Inclusion

23 August, 2011

A guide to better financial management

House Price Index - June 2011

17 August, 2011

The latest UK house price index statistics produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government

UK housing market remains flat

09 August, 2011

Activity in the housing market remained flat during July, with house prices slipping further, according to the July 2011 RICS UK Housing Market survey

Baby boomers put retirement at risk

28 July, 2011

Britain's housing crisis is forcing the baby boomer generation to risk their financial security in old age according to a report by shelter

Reinvent the welfare state with salary insurance?

26 July, 2011

People who lose their jobs could receive up to 70% of previous earnings for up to six months - Guarian news report

Huge energy price hike puts more pressure on cash-strapped consumers

21 July, 2011

Announcement from consumer focus

A £14m fund to empower communities and build safer neighbourhoods

20 July, 2011

Two new funds are being made available to the voluntary sector to empower communities to take action against crime and anti-social behaviour

Housing Benefit Reform - Supported Housing

19 July, 2011

DWP consultation on proposals to change how HB helps those living in supported housing in the social and voluntary sector with their rent

House Price Index

12 July, 2011

The latest UK house price index statistics produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government

Regional Development Agency land and property to be transferred to the Homes and Communities Agency

06 July, 2011

News announcement from the Homes and Communities Agency

Allowable Solutions for Zero Carbon Homes - towards a workable framework

05 July, 2011

Zero Carbon Hubs proposals for a delivery framework for Allowable Solutions.

Public attitudes to housing in England

05 July, 2011

Report based on the results from the British Social Attitudes survey

Grant Shapps calls for more 'mates mortgages' to help struggling first time buyers

05 July, 2011

Housing Minister Grant Shapps has called on lenders to offer 'mates mortgages' so younger first time buyers can club together and take their first step on the property ladder.

A minimum income standard for the UK in 2011

05 July, 2011

Joseph Rowntree report

English Housing Survey 2009-10 Household Report

05 July, 2011

The Department for Communities and Local Government have published the English Housing Survey Household Report 2009-10 on Tuesday 5 July 2011.

Tackling worklessness in Wales

05 July, 2011

Sheffield Hallam university report

Eric Pickles warns David Cameron of rise in homeless families risk

04 July, 2011

A leaked letter, from the office of Eric Pickles has warned that welfare reform will make 40,000 more families homeless

Market-pegged social rents & local income distributions

01 July, 2011

Report looks at the interaction of potential new higher rent levels with the total benefit cap proposed by the government

The end of the affair - implications of declining home ownership

21 June, 2011

Report by the Smith Institute

DWP Worklessness Co-design

14 June, 2011

DWP has been working with five Local Authorities to Co-design solutions to local issues of worklessnessin order to address local problems.

Getting in, staying in and getting on:Disability employment support fit for the future

09 June, 2011

An independent review of the Government's specialist disability employment programmes by RADAR, the UK's largest disability campaigning organisation

New Enterprise Allowance

07 June, 2011

Extra help to unemployed people who want to start their own business

Supporting Youth employment

12 May, 2011

An overview of the Government's approach

Relaxation of planning rules for change of use from commercial to residential

08 April, 2011

CLG Consultation runs from 8.4.11 to 30.6.11

Work, welfare and worklessness: what role for local authorities in a changing landscape?

01 April, 2011

Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (CESI) report

Oxford City Council - Benefits service inspection

24 March, 2011

The benefits service provided by Oxford City Council is 'poor' and has 'uncertain' prospects for improvement.

Making the most of the private rented sector in Wales

22 March, 2011

Ring-fenced fund needed to tackle problem of empty homes

Advice on dealing with squatters in your home

21 March, 2011

This guidance updates the version published on 8 November 2010 22 March 2011

Borough of Broxbourne - Benefits service inspection

24 February, 2011

The Borough of Broxbourne's benefits service has been awarded a 'fair' one-star rating with 'promising' prospects for improvement.

Wiltshire Council - Benefits service inspection

17 February, 2011

Wiltshire Council provides a 'fair' one-star benefits service with 'promising' prospects for improvement.

London Borough of Hounslow - Benefits service re-inspection

17 February, 2011

London Borough of Hounslow provides a 'fair' one-star benefits service with 'promising' prospects for improvement.

Cornwall Council - Benefits service inspection

17 February, 2011

Cornwall Council provides a 'fair' one-star benefits service with 'promising' prospects for improvement.

Wakefield Council - Benefits service inspection

17 February, 2011

Wakefield Council provides a 'good' two-star benefits service with 'promising' prospects for improvement.

Central Bedfordshire Council - Benefits service inspection

13 January, 2011

The benefits service provided to customers by Central Bedfordshire Council is 'poor' with 'poor' prospects for improvement.

Redditch Borough Council - Benefits Service re-inspection

06 January, 2011

Redditch Borough Council provides a 'good', two-star benefits service that has 'promising' prospects for improvement.

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