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Digital universal credit system is plagued by errors

07 September, 2024

Liberal Democrat Tom Brake says computer crashes and delays have left families in debt and at risk of eviction

Universal credit rollout in North Kensington halted after tower fire

22 June, 2017

New benefit system will not be introduced in full in July so jobcentre staff can focus on claimants affected by Grenfell blaze

Universal Credit now fully running in Burnley

16 June, 2017

The number of people claiming out of work benefits in Burnley has increased from this time last year, but is still less than in 2010

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 11 May 2017

14 June, 2017

These experimental statistics cover the total live caseload, starts and claims for Universal Credit

Scottish landlords round on 'brutal' Universal Credit

02 June, 2017

Housing associations and local authorities in Scotland have urged the UK government to reconsider on the policy

The RLA's Manifesto: A fairer approach to Welfare Reform

26 May, 2017

There are a growing number of tenants in receipt of benefits now living in the PRS

DWP tests market for appointments booking system for Universal Credit

26 May, 2017

The Department for Work and Pensions is considering procuring a dedicated appointment booking system for Universal Credit claimants

UK Government expecting pregnancies terminated after welfare reform

25 May, 2017

A charity has claimed that the UK Government seems to "be expecting that women will terminate pregnancies" in response to the two-child cap for tax credits and the so-called rape clause

Universal credit 'must be halted' argues Scottish social security minister after Inverness meeting

25 May, 2017

How many people have to suffer before the UK Government freezes the roll out of problematic new benefit changes

Rent Arrears: The human element

24 May, 2017

Rent arrears is a perennial issue for social landlords, as welfare reforms hit tenants and increases the risk they'll fall behind with their payments

Greens to unveil plans for universal basic income in manifesto launch

22 May, 2017

Party will promise to scrap Trident to help fund NHS, promise a final Brexit referendum and scrap all existing student loan debts at Monday's launch

Housing element of Universal Credit for 18-21 year olds

18 May, 2017

This briefing provides an overview of the UK Government's policy of removing entitlement to the housing costs element of Universal Credit for some 18-21 year olds

Council to build shared affordable housing due to welfare reform

10 May, 2017

The first Welsh authority to experience full roll-out of Universal Credit is planning to build more shared accommodation

Eviction trends reveal human cost of Universal Credit roll-out and welfare reform

03 May, 2017

Eviction by social landlords may have increased in recent years

UK foodbank use continues to rise

25 April, 2017

UK foodbank use continues to rise as new report highlights growing impact of Universal Credit rollout on foodbanks

Housing costs for 18 to 21 year olds

21 April, 2017

This guidance explains the rules for housing costs for 18 to 21 year olds getting Universal Credit from 1 April 2017

Housing benefit nightmare: Newcastle council tenants rack up massive rent arrears after changes

20 April, 2017

MP criticises introduction of new Universal Credit benefits system after it was tested in Newcastle - and did not go down well

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 9 Mar 2017

12 April, 2017

These experimental statistics cover the total live caseload, starts and claims for Universal Credit

Homeless 18-21 year olds still entitled to housing cost element of Universal Credit

11 April, 2017

A memo for the DWP decision makers outlines that homeless people, including those moving on, are still entitled to the housing cost element of Universal Credit

How much Universal Credit can I claim? The benefits have changed this week

11 April, 2017

Millions of people who claim a benefit called Universal Credit will see a big change this week

3 million households set to benefit from Universal Credit changes

10 April, 2017

Three million households across the country to keep more of what they earn due to a £700 million boost to Universal Credit

Welfare reform: Government must press ahead with Universal Credit, but crucial changes needed to support struggling families

10 April, 2017

As a raft of changes to the tax and benefit system come into effect, the Government is being urged to press ahead with the rollout of Universal Credit

Universal Credit's right - but we must take stock

07 April, 2017

Three priorities need immediate action to ensure Universal Credit achieves its goals and helps reduce poverty and increase living standards

The Tories are failing the poorest through benefit cuts - by choice

07 April, 2017

If the government truly wants to reduce expenditure on housing benefit it should tackle the root causes, not force young people and families from their homes

Universal Credit: a briefing

06 April, 2017

This briefing provides information and evidence on the latest developments as Universal Credit rolls out across the UK

Universal Credit and families with more than 2 children: information for stakeholders

06 April, 2017

This guidance will help you in your conversations with claimants who may be effected by the Universal Credit 2 child policy

2 child limit: claiming benefits for 2 or more children

06 April, 2017

Information about the 2 child limit for claimants

Universal Credit and families with more than 2 children: information for claimants

06 April, 2017

Information on the two child limit in Universal Credit for existing and new Universal Credit claimants

Universal credit risks destitution in Newcastle claim

03 April, 2017

People in one of the first areas where a major benefits system change has been introduced are at risk of "destitution" and "homelessness"

Housing costs element for UC claimants aged 18 to 21

03 April, 2017

This memo provides guidance on the Universal Credit Regulations 2017

The Big Idea: Universal Basic Income

31 March, 2017

The concept of a Universal Basic Income is currently attracting attention

Money manager tool for Universal Credit claimants

30 March, 2017

An online budgeting tool for people who claim Universal Credit has been launched by the Department for Work and Pensions

Change afoot for homeless families on Universal Credit?

30 March, 2017

Paying housing costs through Universal Credit is causing problems for tenants, landlords and local councils alike

Government rejects calls to halt Universal Credit roll out

29 March, 2017

The government has rejected calls to halt the roll out of Universal Credit

Councils welcome government's Universal Credit U-turn

29 March, 2017

Councils have welcomed the government's move to make households that are made homeless exempt from Universal Credit following reports rent arrears bills have started to rack up

Private landlords need a better deal from Universal Credit

27 March, 2017

Tenants and landlords rightly want to ensure that rents are paid in full and on time

UC policy to be reversed for homeless families

27 March, 2017

Homeless families set to receive housing benefit rather than universal credit due to design flaws in the new benefits system

Pressure mounts on UK government to halt universal credit

23 March, 2017

New system is leaving people destitute, renewing calls for its roll-out to be halted

Universal Credit arrears 'frightening'

22 March, 2017

The deliberate exclusion of social landlords from the Universal Credit system means arrears levels are even worse than was originally feared

SFHA welcomes Scottish Government call to halt Universal Credit full service roll-out

22 March, 2017

Feedback from SFHA members has revealed the system is causing hardship to vulnerable households and has resulted in unprecedented levels of rent arrears

Tory benefits boss slammed after dismissing concerns welfare system is forcing people into rent arrears

21 March, 2017

Damian Green claimed "teething problems" had cleared up despite council figures showing average rent arrears of more than £900 among some Universal Credit claimants

Government 'head in the sand' over Universal Credit

16 March, 2017

"Flabbergasting" response from DWP to the Commons Work and Pensions Committee downplays the impact of issues around the roll out

Housing body shares its concerns over implementation of Universal Credit

16 March, 2017

Housing professionals in Scotland have expressed concern at the potential for a negative social impact and spiralling costs as a result of implementing Universal Credit

Universal Credit Statistics

15 March, 2017

Universal Credit aims to reduce poverty, by making work pay, and to help claimants and their families to become more independent

Poplar HARCA drives down arrears with RentSense

10 March, 2017

Poplar HARCA have created efficiencies, reduced arrears and prepared themselves for Universal Credit by investing in Mobysoft's RentSense application

No DSS: Most flat shares refuse benefit claimants

09 March, 2017

Landlords are more likely to accept potential renters who own pets than people claiming benefits

Budget 2017: housing cuts in spotlight

09 March, 2017

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

Testing the water

09 March, 2017

The 'full-service' Universal Credit roll-out is being road tested in pilots across the country

The Experience of Universal Credit: A Tenant's Perspective

09 March, 2017

Housing Associations in Wales provide 158,000 affordable homes and housing related services to around 10% of the Welsh population

Rules stopping MPs helping benefit claimants to be scrapped

09 March, 2017

U-turn by ministers comes after Guardian revealed DWP was preventing MPs from pursuing individual universal credit cases

Universal Credit in crisis: Calls for roll-out to be halted

08 March, 2017

Claimants on low incomes being left destitute with the introduction of the controversial system

Universal Credit: changes to limited capability for work payments

08 March, 2017

This guide explains changes to Universal Credit limited capability for work payments from 3 April 2017

Philippa Stroud: Hammond should boost Universal Credit now - and cut the deficit through more welfare reform later

03 March, 2017

Budgets should be, and always have the potential to be, nation-changing, nation-shaping events

Impact of Universal Credit

03 March, 2017

Over four-fifths of respondents say that people on zero-hour contracts have difficulty meeting their housing costs

Universal Credit: Rollout speeds up but leaves problems in its wake

01 March, 2017

A key parliamentary committee has re-launched an inquiry into Universal Credit

Broken promises: What has happened to support for low-income working families under universal credit?

01 March, 2017

This briefing presents some of the analysis to be published in a forthcoming report assessing the impacts of cuts to benefits from 2010 to 2020

Tenants terminating tenancies as Universal Credit rolls out

01 March, 2017

Northern Housing Consortium releases its latest findings on the impact of Universal Credit

Universal Credit and you

27 February, 2017

This document gives an introduction to Universal Credit for people who are claiming it

MSPs call for action to address 'systematic problems' with Universal Credit

27 February, 2017

Serious systematic problems exist with the new Universal Credit system which will only get worse as a result of the UK government's planned closure of job centres in Scotland

Committee launches double benefits inquiry

23 February, 2017

The Work and Pensions Committee has launched two new inquiries into the benefit cap and Universal Credit, as concern mounts from the sector

MPs launch official inquiry into universal credit as criticism grows

22 February, 2017

Investigation into benefits system comes amid mounting evidence that payment delays have left thousands facing eviction

Basic income pilot considered in Glasgow

17 February, 2017

Glasgow could be the first city in the UK to pilot a basic universal income for every citizen

Susan Park appointed as Director General, Universal Credit operations

16 February, 2017

Susan Park has been appointed Director General Universal Credit Operations, accountable for its operation in jobcentres and service centres

Benefit freeze tenants 'shouldn't be taken to court for rent arrears'

16 February, 2017

Council tenants should not be taken to court if they cannot pay their rent due to benefit freezes

Landlords refuse to take on new Universal Credit claimants in Great Yarmouth

15 February, 2017

Landlords are refusing to take on tenants who are in the process of claiming for benefits

New budgeting support for Universal Credit claimants

13 February, 2017

Free online support to help Universal Credit claimants with their personal finances has been launched.

Renewed calls to halt Universal Credit pilots

10 February, 2017

The controversial benefits reform pilot scheme should be halted

'I borrowed money from my mum to buy food': life on universal credit

09 February, 2017

Recipients are falling into rent arrears because of payment delays, forcing some to rely on food banks

Freud says Universal Credit figures 'incomprehensible'

08 February, 2017

Lord Freud has defended the scheme in an evidence session, saying there is an "obsession" to find things wrong with policy

Universal credit flaws pushing claimants towards debt and eviction

07 February, 2017

Recipients falling into rent arrears because of payment delays, forcing them to turn to food banks

Benefit Cap

06 February, 2017

There is a limit on the total amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get. This is called the benefit cap

Scottish councils warn lower benefit cap putting pressure on DHP budgets

31 January, 2017

A number of Scottish councils have warned they may not be able to afford the full cost of DHPs to cover tenants' rent in the future because of the new lower benefit cap

Universal Credit move 'to benefit 700,000 homes'

30 January, 2017

The Scottish government has said up to 700,000 homes will benefit from its plans to make Universal Credit payments more flexible

Universal basic income 'worrying and expensive'

30 January, 2017

Paying everyone in Wales a universal basic income would be a "worrying and extremely expensive socialist experiment"

Scottish government 'interested' in universal basic income

27 January, 2017

The concept of a universal basic income is of "interest" to the Scottish government as one potential option to reducing poverty and inequality

Council landlords welcome Scottish Government's use of new welfare powers

19 January, 2017

Council housing staff across Scotland have welcomed the news that the Scottish Government will use its new welfare powers to allow the housing element of Universal Credit to be paid directly to landlords

DWP slammed for "shambolic" Universal Credit roll-out

18 January, 2017

MP demands figures on how many people are being put on Universal Credit in error

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 8 Dec 2016

18 January, 2017

These experimental statistics cover the total live caseload, starts and claims for Universal Credit

Universal Credit tenants in arrears increases to 86%

16 January, 2017

The percentage of council tenants on Universal Credit in rent arrears has increased to a "critically high" 86% over the past year

Universal Credit to be paid more regularly in Scotland

16 January, 2017

The Scottish Government plans to use its new social security powers for the first time to make Universal Credit payments more regular

Universal Credit - Progress Update

16 January, 2017

This publication sets out the results of a survey launched in November 2016 of 33 stock retaining councils and Arm's Length Management Organisations

First use of new Scots welfare powers over Universal Credit

13 January, 2017

The Scottish government plans use its new social security powers for the first time to increase the frequency of Universal Credit payments

Welfare changes 'damaging' to low income families

05 January, 2017

Minister for Social Security Jeane Freeman has expressed strong opposition to the UK Government on its proposal to limit the number of children in families who can qualify for Child Tax Credit

Families left with just 50p a week in housing benefit after cuts

05 January, 2017

Forty-two Grimsby-area families have been left with 50p or less a week in Housing Benefit, following rules that brought in a lower cap for claimants

Midland Heart has deployed rostrvm for Housing to tackle the impact of Universal Credit

04 January, 2017

Midland Heart is a leading UK housing, care and support business, providing 33,000 high quality affordable homes to over 70,000 customers

Universal basic income trials being considered in Scotland

03 January, 2017

Two councils, Fife and Glasgow, are investigating idea of offering everyone a fixed income regardless of earnings

New Universal Credit benefits system in East Lothian linked to petty crime

22 December, 2016

A controversial new benefits system has been cited as an increased factor in instances of petty crime

East Lothian rent arrears up 20 per cent in first three months of Universal Credit

20 December, 2016

Universal Credit has caused a 20 per cent rise in rent arrears from East Lothian Council tenants in just three months

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 10 Nov 2016

14 December, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 10 November 2016

Universal Credit roll out to begin in September 2017

07 December, 2016

Communities Minister Paul Givan today announced plans for the roll out of Universal Credit in Northern Ireland

One in three people claiming sickness benefits have conditions which are fuelled by obesity

06 December, 2016

One in three people claiming benefits because they are too sick to work have conditions which are fuelled by obesity, a government review has found

Kayleigh is on universal credit. Her first payment arrives next year

02 December, 2016

The built-in delay in universal credit payments means she and her two young children will have to rely on £34/week child benefit over Christmas

Minister who helped create the Universal Credit leaves government

02 December, 2016

A minister instrumental to Conservative welfare reform has left his government post after more than six years

Benefit sanctions

30 November, 2016

This report examines the Department for Work & Pensions' administration of benefit sanctions in Great Britain

Scotland could trial giving each citizen a universal basic income

25 November, 2016

Development of radical scheme, which would see welfare benefits including child and tax credits replaced with universal flat-rate payment, due to be tested in Fife

Widened scope of LHA cap 'to affect over 240,000 more tenancies in Scotland'

24 November, 2016

The SFHA has highlighted that 241,000 more tenants in Scotland will be affected by the announcement that all social housing tenants on Universal Credit will be brought under the new LHA cap

Autumn Statement 2016: Iain Duncan Smith tells Philip Hammond to do more to reverse welfare cuts

24 November, 2016

The former Work and Pensions Secretary welcomes moves to cushion cuts to universal credit - but says they must be a 'downpayment' only

Millions affected by universal credit cuts to be partly compensated by chancellor

22 November, 2016

Philip Hammond will attempt in the autumn statement to fulfil PM's pledge to support families who are 'just about managing'

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

Universal Credit pilot council calls for suspension

22 November, 2016

One of the councils piloting the roll-out of Universal Credit has written to the Department for Work and Pensions calling for the immediate suspension of the housing benefit part of the new system

Housing Benefit and Universal Credit: Written statement - HCWS273

21 November, 2016

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

We must reform Universal Credit to prevent it from penalising low-earners

21 November, 2016

When the government announced plans to cut £4bn of in-work social security in its summer budget last year, it was widely condemned by commentators and organisations for hitting some of the poorest working families hardest

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 13 Oct 2016

16 November, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 13 October 2016

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

Employees £3,500 a year worse off under Tories

14 November, 2016

Party says slow wage growth means chancellor should not go ahead with 'damaging cuts' to universal credit

Theresa May has kept George Osborne's most callous and stupid welfare cut in place

09 November, 2016

The benefit cap doesn't address the underlying reason why a small minority of families receive outsize benefit payments, which is that rents have soared due to a chronic shortage of new housing supply

Benefits squeeze

08 November, 2016

The lower benefit cap has kicked in, a day that many households may have been anxiously awaiting, faced with the prospect of losing up to £100 a week.

Social landlords fund research into Universal Credit

04 November, 2016

A London council has commissioned independent research into the effects of Universal Credit on social housing tenants

Direct payment to landlords could be six years away

01 November, 2016

The direct payment of the housing element of Universal Credit to social landlords may not happen until 2022

Universal Credit: and welfare cuts effect on incomes

31 October, 2016

Universal Credit is a single payment made to welfare claimants that rolls together six existing benefits whilst encouraging people into work by making work pay

Anger of IDS over £3.4bn welfare cuts: Former minister to call for cuts imposed by George Osborne to be reversed

28 October, 2016

Iain Duncan Smith resigned from Cabinet shortly before EU referendum

Iain Duncan Smith urges PM to reverse Universal Credit cuts

28 October, 2016

Former Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is urging Theresa May to reverse cuts to Universal Credit

Jobcentre areas where couples and families can claim Universal Credit

26 October, 2016

Universal Credit is already available to single people throughout Great Britain. It is also available to couples and families in some jobcentre areas

Employment support cuts could affect 45,000 disabled jobseekers

24 October, 2016

Association warns schemes set to replace current government programmes are dramatically smaller

Exceptions to the limiting of the individual Child Element of Child Tax Credit and the Child Element of Universal Credit to a maximum of two children

24 October, 2016

The consultation seeks views and evidence in relation to the detailed design and implementation of the exceptions to the policy to limit the Individual Child Element of Child Tax Credit and the Child Element of Universal Credit to a maximum of two children

DWP to create new Universal Credit tech lead role

21 October, 2016

Recruitment underway for entirely new position to oversee technology scope of the new digital service gradually being trialled as part of government's delayed welfare reforms

Theresa May faces Tory backlash over planned cuts to in-work benefits

21 October, 2016

Backbenchers girding themselves' for campaign to make new system of universal credit fairer before chancellor's autumn statement

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 6 Oct 2016

19 October, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 6 October 2016

Universal Credit opened up work for Beverley and now she's really enjoying her job

19 October, 2016

Here's how Beverley was offered the job and has continued to receive support from Universal Credit since

BME communities 'disproportionately impacted' by Universal Credit

19 October, 2016

With the BME National conference later this week, 24housing are publishing a series of pieces to mark the occasion

Universal Credit - and help with budgeting

14 October, 2016

Universal Credit is opening up work for people across the North West by making more opportunities available than ever before

Universal Credit is "less generous" than tax credits

13 October, 2016

For the first time, an authoritative statutory body has recognised that the cuts to Universal Credit announced in last summer's Budget will mean that it is much less generous than was originally planned

Rent arrears: Lost in translation

05 October, 2016

New research has claimed an indisputable link between the introduction of Universal Credit and tenants getting behind in their rent

Universal Credit: In Work Progression Randomised Control Trial

30 September, 2016

Universal Credit will support people in work to earn more

The banking needs of Universal Credit claimants: the potential role of budgeting accounts

29 September, 2016

This report presents evidence on the potential role of budgeting accounts for Universal Credit claimants

Stoke-on-Trent councillors raise concerns over Universal Credit

27 September, 2016

Dozens of benefit claimants have fallen into debt after being hit by the introduction of Universal Credit

PM needs to 'get a grip of Universal Credit roll-out'

23 September, 2016

Labour hit back on new Universal Credit guidance from the Department of Work and Pensions, which shows people's award drop if they get paid twice in one month

Universal Credit: different earning patterns and your payments

23 September, 2016

This guide provides information about different earnings patterns and how these may affect your Universal Credit payment

Jeremy Corbyn to investigate idea of universal basic income

15 September, 2016

Labour leader to 'research and test' policy that would give every citizen a taxpayer-funded income

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 1 Sept 2016

14 September, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 1 September 2016

Minister reveals 'Trusted Partner' landlords

13 September, 2016

The government has revealed the social landlords piloting a scheme to stop vulnerable Universal Credit claimants falling into debt

Magenta Living's investment in Rentsense helps to mitigate Universal Credit

12 September, 2016

Magenta Living invested in Mobysoft's predictive analytical tool Rentsense to help create efficiencies within their income function

Learning the lessons from Universal Credit

06 September, 2016

This report looks at the failure and potential recovery of Universal Credit, the ambitious government project to simplify the welfare system

The lower overall benefit cap: what do we need to know?

01 September, 2016

Last week the government confirmed that the new, lower overall benefit cap will be introduced from the 7 November

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

My challenge to Lord Freud, Minister of State for Welfare Reform: Can you live on 63pence per week for nearly seven weeks?

22 August, 2016

If the answer to that question is No, then why are you imposing a policy on Universal Credit claimants that achieves just this?

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 4 Aug 2016

17 August, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 4 August 2016

Latest universal credit roll out schedule announced

12 August, 2016

The department of work and pensions have announced the next stages of the universal credit rollout schedule

Benefit Cap

08 August, 2016

There is a limit on the total amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get. This is called the benefit cap

Social Landlord Support Pack

01 August, 2016

Getting social tenants ready for direct payment of housing costs

Universal Credit and rented housing

01 August, 2016

Guide for landlords

Universal Credit scheme delayed

21 July, 2016

Ministers have announced a further delay to the government's flagship Universal Credit scheme

Universal credit falls five years behind schedule

21 July, 2016

Troubled welfare scheme will now not be completed until 2022, the seventh announced delay since 2013

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 7 Jul 2016

20 July, 2016

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

Freud orders 'urgent' review into Universal Credit arrears

18 July, 2016

Lord David Freud has commissioned an 'urgent' review into the high rate of rent arrears owed by Universal Credit claimants

Universal Credit Statistical Ad Hoc: Data on Alternative Payment Arrangements

13 July, 2016

This publication provides ad hoc statistics on Managed Payment to Landlord (MPTL) Alternative Payment Arrangements (APAs) in Universal Credit Live Service

Universal Credit evaluation framework: 2016

11 July, 2016

This document updates the original framework by reviewing what we have done so far and setting out future evaluation plans

Universal Credit online channel usage

11 July, 2016

This publication provides ad hoc statistics on the online completion of tasks by claimants in the Universal Credit full service

Universal Credit: Data on alternative payment arrangements

11 July, 2016

Statistics on Managed Payment to Landlord (MPTL) Alternative Payment Arrangements (APAs) in the Universal Credit live service

Suffolk Housing Society takes steps to mitigate Universal Credit

08 July, 2016

Suffolk Housing Society, a social landlord in East Anglia with over 2,500 properties, has invested in Mobysoft's Rentsense solution to help them mitigate the rent cut and Universal Credit

LIN Press Release - Evaluation of the Universal Support delivered locally trials

08 July, 2016

This report presents findings from the evaluation of the 'Universal Support - delivered locally' trials, which ran in eleven areas of Great Britain between September 2014 and August/November 2015

Universal Credit forcing landlords into evictions

07 July, 2016

The Universal Credit system that replaced six means-tested benefits and tax credits is causing people to be unnecessarily evicted

Evaluation of the Universal Support delivered locally trials

07 July, 2016

This report presents findings from evaluation of the Universal Support delivered locally trials

Universal Credit expands to all claimants in 5 more areas

29 June, 2016

Universal Credit becomes available to all types of claimant in Harrogate, Richmond (North Yorkshire), Inverness, Hammersmith and Ryedale

Impact of Universal Credit

22 June, 2016

Average level of rent arrears of Universal Credit claimants in participating organisations has risen by 41.1% since roll out

DWP spending on IT contractors rockets amid Universal Credit delays

21 June, 2016

Spending on external IT contractors by the Department for Work and Pensions has rocketed to £8m every month in a desperate attempt to get the heavily delayed Universal Credit scheme back on track

NFA floats switch to monthly rent collection

15 June, 2016

NFA is gathering the views of its members on moving from weekly to monthly rent collection

Three-quarters of Benefit Claimants Worried about Future Welfare Changes

15 June, 2016

New research by the national charity Turn2us has found that 73% of low income households claiming means-tested benefits are worried about the welfare system

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 2 Jun 2016

15 June, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 2 June 2016

Debt and food banks: the legacy of universal credit's Long Hello

10 June, 2016

There is fresh evidence that lengthy waits for a first benefit payment faced by universal credit claimants trigger hunger and rent arrears

Universal Credit Leads to Rent Arrears

09 June, 2016

Universal Credit is to blame for 79% of rent arrears since its roll-out in England.

Learning from testing times

08 June, 2016

Early evidence of the impact of universal credit in Scotland's CAB network

Universal Credit leads to rent arrears

07 June, 2016

Universal Credit is to blame for 79% of rent arrears cases

If housing's your problem, Universal Basic Income isn't the answer

07 June, 2016

A lot of young people support a universal basic income

Universal Basic Income: Dream or Nightmare?

02 June, 2016

We look at a radical economic plan being put forward by Swiss campaigners - free cash for everyone

Landlords remind tenants of forthcoming benefit cap

31 May, 2016

Three County Durham landlords are advising tenants of a limit that may be placed on their benefit allowance later this year

Nearly £50 million awarded under Discretionary Housing Payments scheme in Scotland

31 May, 2016

Nearly £50 million was spent to support housing costs for those in financial hardship in Scotland during 2015/16

Universal Credit is on the way for everyone claiming benefits in East Hampshire

27 May, 2016

The man behind the roll out of the new Universal Credit benefit in East Hampshire, says he would rather help people back into work than earn much more working in the private sector

Universal Credit expands to all claimants in 5 areas today

26 May, 2016

Bath, Newcastle, Bridgwater, Rugby and Lowestoft all expand Universal Credit

Universal Credit if you have a disability or health condition: quick guide

26 May, 2016

The support that is available for Universal Credit claimants who have a disability or health condition

Benefit fraud and error at record low level

20 May, 2016

New figures show that fraud and error in the benefits system remains at the lowest level ever recorded

Implementing Direct Payment of Housing Benefit: An Evaluation of Circle Housing's HB2U Pilot Project

19 May, 2016

This report provides findings from the evaluation of Circle Housing's HB2U Housing Benefit Direct Payment Pilot project

Landlord reveals findings of direct payment 'pilot'

19 May, 2016

A housing association is calling for changes to Universal Credit, after its unofficial 'pilot' showed tenants receiving housing benefit payments direct are more likely to fall into arrears

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 5 May 2016

18 May, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 5 May 2016

Circle Housing urges Government to commit to extra support for residents moving to Universal Credit

18 May, 2016

A leading housing association is calling on the Government to commit to additional face to face support for residents before they are moved on to Universal Credit

DWP to change Universal Credit procedures

16 May, 2016

The government has pledged to improve Universal Credit procedures this summer, following concerns from social landlords that they are frequently not informed that their tenants are claiming the benefit

Universal credit is working, insists work and pensions secretary

12 May, 2016

Stephen Crabb rejects claim UC no longer serves original purpose of making people better off in work than on benefits

New DWP secretary Stephen Crabb signals further disability benefit changes to cut spending

12 May, 2016

Mr Crabb said the Government would adopt 'smart strategies' for reducing expenditure

Plans to force workers on universal credit to take second job 'risky'

12 May, 2016

MPs warn that sanctions against low-paid workers claiming benefits could be counterproductive or leave them worse off

Universal Credit will increase child poverty

11 May, 2016

Research has warned that cuts to the new benefit system undermine its stated purpose

Harlow groups defy report to support Universal Credit

06 May, 2016

Clients of support charity Home-Start Harlow have welcomed Universal Credit after a think tank criticised the benefit reform

More Trap Than Trampoline: Universal Credit Is Failing To Help People Progress

03 May, 2016

Although the new Work and Pensions Secretary has stopped cuts to disability benefits he seems to be in lock-step with his predecessor in worrying that the benefit system "locks people into workless-ness"

New Work and Pensions Secretary must reclaim Universal Credit from the Treasury

03 May, 2016

Resolution Foundation calls for major reforms as full roll-out of Universal Credit begins this month

Rollout of flagship welfare reform Universal Credit reaches historic milestone

03 May, 2016

Universal Credit is now in every jobcentre across the country for single jobseekers

Many landlords 'will stop renting to tenants on Universal Credit'

28 April, 2016

The Government's new Universal Credit payments could have a disastrous impact on the private rented sector, with more and more landlords refusing to let to tenants on benefits

All Scottish jobcentres now offer Universal Credit

26 April, 2016

Last 5 offices in Scotland switch over to offer the new service

Is universal basic income too simplistic to meet housing need?

26 April, 2016

For supporters of basic income, Beveridge's 'problem of rent' is an even bigger headache today than it was in the 40s

More than 225,000 households claiming Universal Credit

25 April, 2016

More than 225,000 people are now claiming the government's Universal Credit benefit

UK: Millions of low income families will be poorer under welfare reforms

25 April, 2016

This month, cuts to Universal Credit - the Tory government's cover scheme for slashing welfare - were implemented for some 80,000 households

The social landlords stepping in to help computer-illiterate residents

25 April, 2016

Universal credit will hugely increase demand for digital access - so housing associations have started doing more for tenants without the internet

What could a Citizen's Income do for the housing crisis?

22 April, 2016

There's been an upsurge of interest in Universal Basic Income (UBI), or Citizen's Income

Impact of capping Housing Benefit at Local Housing Allowance rates

21 April, 2016

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in his Autumn Statement that housing benefit and housing costs within Universal Credit for social housing tenants will be capped

Landlords claim Universal Credit is 'shambolic'

20 April, 2016

Universal Credit payments could have a disastrous impact on the private rented sector

Universal Credit statistics: background information and methodology

20 April, 2016

Information about Universal Credit statistics methodology including the purpose, source, definitions and limitations of statistics covered

Every jobcentre in Yorkshire now offers Universal Credit

18 April, 2016

Last 4 offices in Yorkshire switch over to new service

DWP 'punishing' low-paid full-time workers under new benefits rule

15 April, 2016

Critics say scheme under which working people claiming universal credit can be fined for failing to do enough to find more work is 'political dynamite'

Testing times ahead for Universal Credit

13 April, 2016

The government's scheme to overhaul the welfare system has been the subject of much scrutiny in Westminster, but now the same is happening outside a north London job centre

Stephen Crabb 'committed' to Universal Credit

12 April, 2016

Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb has said he is "absolutely committed" to the government's flagship Universal Credit reform

Claim tax credits before Universal Credit arrives

12 April, 2016

Low-income workers are being urged to claim any tax credits sooner rather than later

£300 million childcare boost for hard-working families under Universal Credit

11 April, 2016

Parents on Universal Credit will now be able to claim back 85% of their childcare costs when they move into work - up from 70%

Is Universal Credit doomed to fail?

11 April, 2016

Later this month Universal Credit will finally roll across the country, but the Department of Work and Pensions is being challenged in court to release files about its management in the early days

Universal credit cuts to lose low-income families up to £200 a month

11 April, 2016

Changes to be introduced on Monday will push more low-paid working families into poverty

Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit back to work schemes

01 April, 2016

Guidance about the different back to work schemes available to JSA and Universal Credit claimants

Fears council house evictions could rise due to benefits changes

01 April, 2016

Aberdeenshire's local authority has raised concerns that the number of council house evictions in the area may rise under the government's new universal credit scheme

Charity workers fear benefit claimants will struggle as Universal Credit is rolled out in SE1

31 March, 2016

It is revealed that new applicants will have to wait six weeks for first payment, and will need a bank account

Stephen Crabb urged to overhaul 'salami-sliced' universal credit system

29 March, 2016

Shadow work and pensions secretary Owen Smith says the welfare policy will hit millions of low-paid workers in the pocket

Universal Credit Support in Bradford

24 March, 2016

Social Housing provider Incommunities and Bradford District Credit Union talk to BCB Radio about their partnership with Bradford Council to support those receiving Universal Credit

Failures and u-turns: the Conservative Party's record on welfare

23 March, 2016

Welfare reform and its implementation has been a crucial test for the Conservative Party's rebrand

All Welsh jobcentres switch over to Universal Credit

21 March, 2016

Wales becomes the first nation in the UK to complete the rollout of Universal Credit

IDS loses legal challenge to keep Universal Credit problems secret

21 March, 2016

Iain Duncan Smith has lost his latest attempt to keep potentially damning Universal Credit documents secret

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 3 Mar 2016

16 March, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 3 March 2016

Tories must reverse Universal Credit cuts to show they're serious about helping savers

14 March, 2016

The Tories have been criticised for inconsistency following the announcement of their 'Help to Save' scheme

Every jobcentre in London and home counties switched to Universal Credit

14 March, 2016

Over 95% of jobcentres now offer Universal Credit

Universal Credit cuts will leave millions of families worse off

14 March, 2016

A single mum working full time on the minimum wage and who has two kids will be stripped of £554 a year

The uneven impact of welfare reform

09 March, 2016

The financial losses to places and people

Coalition of 60 national disability charities condemn Tory cuts to ESA

09 March, 2016

'The cuts to employment and support allowance and universal credit mark a step backwards for disabled people'

Universal Credit work allowances

08 March, 2016

Information about changes to the Universal Credit work allowances from April 2016

JSA sanction decisions relating to Universal Jobmatch: Jun 2013 to Jun 2015

01 March, 2016

Number of Jobseeker's Allowance sanction decisions relating to Universal Jobmatch

Compromised and under pressure: social housing in the wake of universal credit

01 March, 2016

Welfare reform has spurred record levels of debt among tenants, with 25% of council tenants on universal credit facing legal action in some areas

BT accused of 'shameless profiteering' over universal credit helpline

29 February, 2016

Tim Farron estimates the telecoms company has made a minimum of £1.49m from calls made by people struggling with the new benefits system

Universal Credit in all jobcentres in the Humber and north-east Yorkshire

29 February, 2016

New milestone reached as over 660 jobcentres now offer Universal Credit

90% of jobcentres now offer Universal Credit

22 February, 2016

Today, 16 more jobcentres will start offering the new benefit

LIN member report February 2016 - Universal Credit Update

22 February, 2016

LIN member report by Rebecca Wilkie

Iain Duncan Smith refuses to set up freephone for families claiming benefits

18 February, 2016

Universal credit system will be claimed either online or by ringing an 0345 number, which costs 45p a minute from mobile or 12p a minute from landline

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 4 Feb 2016

17 February, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 4 February 2016

Transition Rollout Schedule - Phases 1 and 2: May to December 2016

16 February, 2016

The full Universal Credit service remains on track to be delivered nationally for all types of claimants from May 2016, completing in June 2018

Universal Credit transition to full service

11 February, 2016

Local authorities and jobcentre areas that will transition to the full Universal Credit service

Universal Credit reaches 20 more jobcentres this week

08 February, 2016

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

We need to get Universal Credit back on track

04 February, 2016

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

Universal Credit: New concerns over delays and lack of clarity

04 February, 2016

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

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

03 February, 2016

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

Universal Credit and April Rent Increases

03 February, 2016

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

The (changing) effects of universal credit

03 February, 2016

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

The legal aspects behind the successful Bedroom Tax appeals

01 February, 2016

Benefits payable as DHPs are discretionary and are administered by the relevant local authority

Universal Credit available across Essex in latest rollout

01 February, 2016

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

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

27 January, 2016

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

Jobcentre areas where you can claim Universal Credit

25 January, 2016

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

Universal credit: 4 top tips for housing providers

25 January, 2016

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

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

20 January, 2016

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

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 7 Jan 2016

20 January, 2016

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

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

18 January, 2016

New milestone reached with 568 jobcentres offering the new benefit

New video launches to help end most tenancy deposit disputes

12 January, 2016

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

NFA & ARCH Welfare Reform 2015 Analysis

07 January, 2016

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

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

06 January, 2016

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

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

31 December, 2015

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

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

31 December, 2015

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

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

30 December, 2015

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

Universal Credit vs JSA - what's the difference?

22 December, 2015

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

Government response: SSAC report on Universal Credit

21 December, 2015

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

Government response to SSAC Occasional Paper 15

21 December, 2015

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

Online Universal Credit could exclude thousands

18 December, 2015

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

Universal Credit and rented housing

18 December, 2015

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

Timeline confirmed for digital Universal Credit

18 December, 2015

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

Benefit cuts under universal credit could be illegal

17 December, 2015

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

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 3 Dec 2015

16 December, 2015

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

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

15 December, 2015

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

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

14 December, 2015

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

Universal Credit now in three-quarters of all jobcentres

14 December, 2015

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

The Government must not be distracted from delivering Universal Credit

08 December, 2015

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

Universal Credit at Work (December 2015)

08 December, 2015

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

Universal Credit claimants significantly more likely to get a job

08 December, 2015

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

Welfare reforms will still take £3bn from poorest Britons

07 December, 2015

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

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

07 December, 2015

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

Universal Credit now in almost 550 jobcentres

07 December, 2015

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

Engaging with tenants is everyone's job

03 December, 2015

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

Housing provider helps transition to Universal Credit

03 December, 2015

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

Universal Credit comes into force on the Isle of Wight

02 December, 2015

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

LIN Member Report December 2015 - Spending Review and Autumn Statement

02 December, 2015

LIN member report by Claire Turner

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

27 November, 2015

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

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

27 November, 2015

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

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

26 November, 2015

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

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

25 November, 2015

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

Universal Credit now available in 70% of all jobcentres

23 November, 2015

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

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

20 November, 2015

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

Flaws in universal credit system leaving vulnerable people penniless

18 November, 2015

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

George Osborne abandons cuts to Universal Credit after IDS quit threat

16 November, 2015

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

Universal Credit now available in over 500 jobcentres

16 November, 2015

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

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 29 October 2015

11 November, 2015

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 29 October 2015

Labour hits out at Osborne's planned cuts to universal credit

09 November, 2015

Opposition says families will be worse off if taper rate is raised by chancellor, with dissent also evident among Conservatives

Universal Credit now available in nearly 70% of all jobcentres

09 November, 2015

Universal Credit reaches 492 jobcentres as 22 more start taking new claims from Monday 9 November 2015

Universal Credit: Iain Duncan Smith resists Treasury cuts

09 November, 2015

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is resisting Treasury efforts to make the new Universal Credit benefit less generous

George Osborne to raid Iain Duncan Smith's Universal Credit

06 November, 2015

George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith clash over plans to soften the impact of tax credit cuts by raiding the budget for Universal Credit

Universal Credit will make the benefits system worse for people with mental health issues

05 November, 2015

The Government's new Universal Credit welfare reform is likely to make the benefits system more hostile for people with mental health issues

Labour attempts to build support to block universal credit cuts

04 November, 2015

Opposition claims George Osborne's cost-saving measures will hit hardworking families by reducing incentives to work

Universal Credit information for claimants in Croydon, Southwark and Sutton

04 November, 2015

Universal Credit in the CR0 2 and CR0 4 postcode areas of Croydon, SE1 5 postcode area of Southwark and SM5 2, SM6 7, SM6 8 and SM6 9 postcode areas of Sutton

Universal Credit: how it can help your business

02 November, 2015

Information for employers about Universal Credit and the changes it brings

Universal Credit: how it helps you into work

02 November, 2015

If you're on a low income or out of work, Universal Credit supports you to find a job or increase the hours you work

Universal Credit now available in 470 jobcentres

02 November, 2015

Universal Credit is available in 16 more from jobcentres from Monday 2 November

Universal Credit: expression of interest for Trusted Partner Pilot

30 October, 2015

We are seeking expressions of interest from landlords to join the Trusted Partner Pilot to help Universal Credit tenants manage their rent

Universal Credit now available in over 60% of jobcentres in the UK

26 October, 2015

Over 450 jobcentres now offer Universal Credit as 25 more start taking new claims from 26 October 2015

Jobcentre areas where you can claim Universal Credit

19 October, 2015

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

Iain Duncan Smith's flagship Universal Credit roll-out is actually slowing

15 October, 2015

The scheme has been plagued by problems and delays since its launch

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 17 Sept 2015

14 October, 2015

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 17 September 2015

Universal Credit in 15 more jobcentres in Sussex, Scotland, Kent and the East Midlands

12 October, 2015

15 more jobcentres start offering Universal Credit - the new benefit that means you are better off in work

Universal Credit in 13 more jobcentres in Scotland, the Midlands and London

05 October, 2015

13 more jobcentres start offering Universal Credit - the new benefit that means you are better off in work

Bedroom tax and landlord's bedroom count - UT again

02 October, 2015

The Upper Tribunal seems to have taken an opportunity to re-state, in clear terms, one of the findings of SSWP v David Nelson and Fife Council

Universal Credit has landed

01 October, 2015

It's here, it's finally here! Universal Credit is rolling out across Scotland and I can tell you a little about what it looks like

Universal Credit in 15 more jobcentres in Suffolk, Berkshire and Yorkshire

28 September, 2015

15 more jobcentres start offering Universal Credit - the new benefit means that you are better off in work

Universal Credit digital tests to be expanded to third trial area

28 September, 2015

London Bridge will begin select trials of enhanced digital service for benefit reforms from the autumn as national rollout plans continue

National rollout of Universal Credit continues

21 September, 2015

Today, 24 more jobcentres start offering Universal Credit from Durham to Reading

Next stage of Universal Credit rollout begins

21 September, 2015

Universal Credit will be in three-quarters of all jobcentres by Christmas, as the next phase of the national rollout begins today

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 3 September 2015

16 September, 2015

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

Universal Credit statistics

16 September, 2015

These official experimental statistics cover total live caseload, starts and claims

Adapting neighbourhood management for Universal Credit

15 September, 2015

In the days of austerity Ashton Pioneer Homes have learned valuable lessons as the first pathfinder for Universal Credit

North East housing provider helping tenants transition to Universal Credit

11 September, 2015

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

Universal Credit arrival leads to loan shark warning

09 September, 2015

Ensuring that the perpetrators of illegal money lending do not prey on the most vulnerable in our societies is becoming even more important

The Universal Credit (Work Allowance) Amendment Regulations 2015

08 September, 2015

Draft proposals explaining the policy behind the intended regulatory changes, to the Social Security Advisory Committee

Iain Duncan Smith defends universal credit targets

08 September, 2015

Iain Duncan Smith came under fire regarding the failure to meet universal credit targets in the House of Commons

Work Programme: Universal Credit provider guidance

04 September, 2015

This guidance is for DWP Work Programme providers working with Universal Credit claimants

Universal credit pathfinders in devolution call

19 August, 2015

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

Universal Credit 'could make Scots carers worse off'

18 August, 2015

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

Universal Credit national expansion tranches 3 and 4

14 August, 2015

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

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

13 August, 2015

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

Universal Credit

13 August, 2015

Monthly experimental official statistics

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 30 July 2015

12 August, 2015

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

New benefits powers for Scotland

12 August, 2015

Payment revamp could help 700,000 households

Universal Credit and rented housing - frequently asked questions

11 August, 2015

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

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

11 August, 2015

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

Tenants plunge further into poverty as council rent arrears rise

07 August, 2015

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

Universal Credit Waiting Days

06 August, 2015

Guidance on seven waiting days for Universal Credit

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

31 July, 2015

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

Universal Credit : priorities for action

30 July, 2015

Social Security Advisory Committee

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

23 July, 2015

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

Universal Credit national expansion - Tranches Three and Four

23 July, 2015

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

Universal Credit: Index of Relevant Districts

21 July, 2015

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

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

21 July, 2015

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

Universal credit staff in strike action over conditions

20 July, 2015

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

Universal Credit: Index of Relevant Districts

20 July, 2015

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

A Budget for workers?

16 July, 2015

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

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

16 July, 2015

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

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 2 July 2015

15 July, 2015

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

LHA landlords to be able to request direct payment by email

15 July, 2015

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

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

14 July, 2015

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

Welfare Reform and Work Bill published

09 July, 2015

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

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

08 July, 2015

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

Universal Credit Rollout - Map

30 June, 2015

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

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

26 June, 2015

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

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

23 June, 2015

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

Welfare reform update - June 2015

19 June, 2015

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

Universal Credit: Apr 2013 to 28 May 2015

17 June, 2015

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

Why Universal Credit could lead to even more sanctions

16 June, 2015

Benefit sanction rates are already at record levels

Universal Credit comes to Lewes and Newhaven

16 June, 2015

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

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

15 June, 2015

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

Kingdom provides advice for Fife tenants on Universal Credit changes

15 June, 2015

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

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

12 June, 2015

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

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

12 June, 2015

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

Universal Credit: rent arrears form UC47

11 June, 2015

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

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

11 June, 2015

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

Universal Credit information for claimants in Croydon and Sutton

10 June, 2015

Universal Credit in the CR0 4 postcode area of Croydon and SM5 2, SM6 7, SM6 8 and SM6 9 postcode areas of Sutton

14% of adults permanently offline, despite online benefits

09 June, 2015

14% of adults surveyed don't use the internet at all, despite the benefits that being online can bring

Working families could become 'second-class savers' under universal credit

09 June, 2015

Working families moving onto universal credit could become "second-class savers", with any money put aside potentially counting against their benefit entitlement

Making the most of UC: Final report of the Resolution Foundation review of Universal Credit

08 June, 2015

The improvements necessary to enable UC to, at a minimum, make work pay and smooth the transition into work must be made before millions of families are moved onto the new system

The Guardian view on universal credit: needs more work

08 June, 2015

The Resolution Foundation has carried out an important analysis of his biggest reform of the welfare system

'Reboot' universal credit, ministers urged

08 June, 2015

Hundreds of thousands more women would be helped into work if the government "rebooted" its flagship welfare reforms

Universal Credit now available at 50% of all Scottish Jobcentres from today

08 June, 2015

All Glasgow Jobcentres now offer Universal Credit, with the new benefit that makes work always pay, available to all new single claimants

Credit where it's due? How to reform and make the most out of Universal Credit

08 June, 2015

There are some issues where a little bit of knowledge, and a lot of bluster, are all that's needed for a politician - whether government or opposition - to get through a standard media grilling

Help with budgeting your Universal Credit

05 June, 2015

This guide gives details on how Universal Credit is paid and the budgeting support available through DWP and other organisations

Universal Credit and self-employment: quick guide

05 June, 2015

The support offered by Universal Credit to help claimants start their own business and what will be expected of them in return

Universal Credit and improving your skills for work

05 June, 2015

How Universal Credit can help claimants to find work by supporting them in improving their skills

Application for third party deductions: Universal Credit

04 June, 2015

This form can be used by a creditor to request a third party deduction from a Universal Credit claimant

Universal Credit and rented housing - frequently asked questions

02 June, 2015

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

New scheme to get Kirklees tenants online

02 June, 2015

A new project to help people get online has officially been launched in two areas of Kirklees this week

Universal Credit now available at 15 more Jobcentres

01 June, 2015

Universal Credit is now available to more people at 15 more Jobcentres across the country and will make sure work always pays

Spectrum takes important steps to prepare for Universal Credit with Who's Home

29 May, 2015

Housing Partners has entered into partnership with Spectrum Housing Group for delivery of the Who's Home service

Universal Credit case studies wanted

28 May, 2015

Nine Lives Media are making another Channel 4 Dispatches about benefit changes, and are focussing on how people who are in work and on benefits are being affected

Universal Credit now available in more Scottish towns

26 May, 2015

Universal Credit arrives in Banff, Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Falkirk, Grangemouth, Stirling and Alloa. Learn about how it can benefit you

Welfare reform update - May 2015

22 May, 2015

Includes how we are responding to the Government's potential welfare reforms, changes to the Universal Credit process and the introduction of a seven-day waiting period on Universal Credit claims

Universal Credit Q&A

21 May, 2015

Summary of questions raised and discussed at the Federation's welfare reform member events Spring 2015

Seven ways social landlords can prepare for universal credit

19 May, 2015

Sanctuary Housing took part in pilot tests for the government's new benefits payment system. Here are its tips on preparing for the changeover

Universal Credit videos

18 May, 2015

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

Iain Duncan Smith gets more time to rescue the loathed universal credit

15 May, 2015

Despite the warnings, delays and write-offs, the work and pensions secretary survives to deliver this shambolic reform

How will Universal Credit make work pay?

15 May, 2015

An illustrated guide to how Universal Credit makes work pay

Graph showing how Universal Credit helps make work pay

15 May, 2015

A graph showing how Universal Credit helps make work pay

Universal Credit: Apr 2013 to May 2015

13 May, 2015

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 7 May 2015

Universal Credit roll out continues

12 May, 2015

The national roll out of Universal Credit continues with the benefit now available to new single claimants in Richmond, Kirkwall, Lerwick and Stornoway

Universal Credit welcome guide

11 May, 2015

An introduction to Universal Credit, including how it works and how it tops up your earnings to help make work pay

Five proactive things you can do to offset the impact of universal credit

06 May, 2015

Housing professionals are working proactively to counteract the changes brought about by universal credit before migration moves tenants onto the benefit

Housing Benefit for supported housing

01 May, 2015

Changes introduced by the Housing Benefit and Universal Credit (Supported Housing) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

Universal Credit rolls out in region

30 April, 2015

Only a small number of people in the Borders will be affected by this week's initial rollout of Universal Credit in the area

The latest universal credit figures are an embarrassment for the Tories

20 April, 2015

Department of Work and Pensions published their latest figures for the number of people claiming universal credit

Don't trip up: six things to watch out for with universal credit

20 April, 2015

The introduction of universal credit means big changes for social landlords and tenants

What future for Universal Credit?

20 April, 2015

Universal Credit can't reduce poverty on its own, says Chris Goulden

Universal Credit: rent arrears form

17 April, 2015

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

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 9 Apr 2015

17 April, 2015

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 9 April 2015

Universal Credit: the fantasy of a tidy world

16 April, 2015

The coalition presents its benefit reforms as fair, rational and efficient

Where will Cameron make his next cuts?

16 April, 2015

David Cameron struggled with questions on food banks when asked

Benefits payment change leads to drug war in Dumfries

15 April, 2015

Mark Frankland from First Base says drug gangs are aiming to cash in by trapping users in a spiral of debt

Labour manifesto confirms 'pause' on Universal Credit

13 April, 2015

The Labour Party's manifesto, unveiled this morning, has confirmed that the party plans to take stock of Universal Credit

SNP fails to account for billions in welfare and pensions pledge

10 April, 2015

Thinktank says cost of key promises not clear in Sturgeon's plan to raise UK public spending and lower increases would be required - or tax rises

Wheatley Group helps tenants receive £12m in unclaimed benefits

10 April, 2015

Wheatley Group has helped tenants access £12 million in unclaimed benefits in just over two years

Salmond backs SFHA's call on Universal Credit at housing hustings

09 April, 2015

Alex Salmond has backed calls by the SFHA to suspend the roll-out of Universal Credit in Scotland

George Osborne refuses to rule out child benefit cuts

08 April, 2015

Chancellor refuses to say he will not roll child benefits into the Universal Credit system, in a move that would deny 4.3 million households the payments

Eight top tips for dealing with universal credit

08 April, 2015

The introduction of universal credit brings many changes for social landlords and tenants

The language of universal credit

30 March, 2015

Universal credit brings with it new terminology which housing professionals will need to understand so they can work effectively with tenants

Universal Credit welcome guide

27 March, 2015

An introduction to Universal Credit, including how it works and how it tops up your earnings to help make work pay

Cities raise concerns at speed of universal credit rollout

27 March, 2015

Concerns have been raised about the speed of the national rollout of universal credit to two major cities

Social landlords express concern at Universal Credit roll-out

26 March, 2015

A conference took place yesterday in the Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, at the invitation of the DWP

Universal Credit and employers: frequently asked questions

26 March, 2015

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

Universal Credit: how it helps your employees and workers

25 March, 2015

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

Universal Credit for HR and payroll staff

25 March, 2015

Universal Credit helps people on a low wage by topping up their earnings, it's based on income and not hours

Unemployment down in Halton says DWP

23 March, 2015

Jobcentre Plus stresses that jobseekers will not be sanctioned for refusing zero-hour contracts as benefits begin switch to Universal Credit

Iain Duncan Smith's universal credit: bad for landlords, worse for tenants

20 March, 2015

Iain Duncan Smith's universal credit is bad news for tenants and landlords alike - and I should know

Universal Credit at risk of collapse?

20 March, 2015

The flagship welfare reform has recently been described as "in meltdown" by its own staff

Universal Credit waiting days: statement from Paul Gray

19 March, 2015

Paul Gray provides an update on the committee's consultation on the introduction of Universal Credit waiting days

An introduction to Universal Credit

18 March, 2015

Information for people claiming Universal Credit in Sutton

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 12 Mar 2015

18 March, 2015

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

Third Party Payments Creditor/Supplier Handbook

12 March, 2015

The aim of this handbook is to provide an overview of how the Third Party Deductions Scheme works for organisations and individuals who receive Third Party Payments

Coalition Britain: after the teething problems, will universal credit work?

11 March, 2015

Supporters of the coalition's flagship welfare reform programme are buoyant but some question the services efficiency.

Credit where it's due? Assessing the benefits and risks of Universal Credit

10 March, 2015

The government's plans for Universal Credit were first set out in November 2010, and its concept has received broad cross-party support

'Universal credit is an unmitigated failure'

10 March, 2015

The Tory-led coalition's oft-bungled universal credit (UC) system has been blasted as an "unmitigated failure"

IDS furious as Reeves taunts him over 1,605-year roll-out plan for universal credit

10 March, 2015

The full roll out of universal credit will now take 1,605 years based on the latest estimates, the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary has told the House of Commons

EU jobseekers barred from claiming Universal Credit

09 March, 2015

New EU migrants arriving in the UK will be prevented from claiming universal credit

Real Life Reform

09 March, 2015

Report 6 - March 2015

Universal Credit: entitlement of EEA nationals

09 March, 2015

Correspondence between SSAC and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions about the entitlement of EEA nationals to Universal Credit

Universal Credit is on the way to Swansea

05 March, 2015

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

NFA briefing on universal credit

05 March, 2015

Ready or not? Preparing for Universal Credit national roll out

Universal Credit factsheet

05 March, 2015

This factsheet contains information on universal credit

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

04 March, 2015

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

Getting Universal Credit ready is sometimes about changing lives

03 March, 2015

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

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

03 March, 2015

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

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

26 February, 2015

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

Who uses the Universal Credit system? Almost nobody

26 February, 2015

Analyst: It'll take just 120 years to complete

DWP awards two-year Universal Credit hosting contract to SCC

26 February, 2015

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

'Very little progress' on universal credit

25 February, 2015

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

Universal Credit: progress update

25 February, 2015

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

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

25 February, 2015

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

New universal credit benefits system to start in Basildon next month

24 February, 2015

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

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

23 February, 2015

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

Universal Credit - monthly experimental official statistics to February 2015

20 February, 2015

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

Universal credit changes 'raise domestic abuse fears'

19 February, 2015

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

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 12 Feb 2015

18 February, 2015

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

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

17 February, 2015

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

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

17 February, 2015

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

Universal credit

17 February, 2015

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

Universal Credit Expanded Gateway Singles Survey

17 February, 2015

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

Universal Credit Scheme Is Helping According To Iain Duncan Smith

16 February, 2015

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

With Universal Credit, work might finally pay

16 February, 2015

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

Estimating the early labour market impacts of Universal Credit

16 February, 2015

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

Q&A: Universal credit and the benefits overhaul

16 February, 2015

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

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

16 February, 2015

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

How Universal Credit helps make work pay

16 February, 2015

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

Universal Credit makes work pay

16 February, 2015

16 February 2015 the national roll out of Universal Credit begins

Universal Credit at work: spring 2015

16 February, 2015

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

Universal Credit claimant survey: Nov to Dec 2014 interim findings

16 February, 2015

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

Budgeting your Universal Credit

16 February, 2015

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

How will Universal Credit make work pay?

13 February, 2015

An illustrated guide to how Universal Credit makes work pay

Claiming Universal Credit

13 February, 2015

An illustrated guide to claiming Universal Credit

An introduction to Universal Credit

13 February, 2015

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

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

12 February, 2015

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

Against all odds, a welfare revolution is quietly under way

11 February, 2015

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

Welfare reform bill: Five schemes to provide financial support

11 February, 2015

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

No one will be out of pocket over new welfare system

11 February, 2015

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

Universal Credit videos

11 February, 2015

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

Direct Payment of Housing Benefit: Are Social Landlords Ready?

10 February, 2015

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

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

10 February, 2015

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

Universal Credit: Index of Relevant Districts

10 February, 2015

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

DWP announce 25% cut in DHP funding 2015-16

09 February, 2015

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

Universal Credit Debate

06 February, 2015

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

250 homes to take part in universal credit impact pilot

05 February, 2015

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

HB Direct issue 156

04 February, 2015

This HB Direct brings news of significant developments in Universal Credit

Universal Credit: Are you ready?

04 February, 2015

Are you ready for Universal Credit?

Government and Labour trade accusations and insults over Universal Credit progress

03 February, 2015

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

Gov dodged scrutiny of Universal Credit

03 February, 2015

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

Personal Budgeting Support and Alternative Payment Arrangements

02 February, 2015

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

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

29 January, 2015

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

Universal Credit costs will not be revealed until after general election

29 January, 2015

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

Members share experiences of adapting to Universal Credit

28 January, 2015

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

Benefit cap 'encouraging work' says PM

27 January, 2015

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

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

27 January, 2015

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

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

27 January, 2015

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

How Together Housing Group are preparing for Universal Credit

27 January, 2015

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

Why universal credit means a step change for housing associations

26 January, 2015

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

Welfare transformation comes to families in more areas

26 January, 2015

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

Jobcentre areas where you can claim Universal Credit

26 January, 2015

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

Universal Credit - monthly experimental official statistics to January 2015

26 January, 2015

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

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

23 January, 2015

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

Universal Credit data sharing between DWP and local support providers

23 January, 2015

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

Universal Credit national expansion - Tranche two

23 January, 2015

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

Universal Credit and Universal Support

22 January, 2015

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

Digital inclusion in housing? Try looking closer to home

19 January, 2015

There is no shortage of excellent digital inclusion work being done

Welfare reform update January 2015

16 January, 2015

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

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

15 January, 2015

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

Digital inclusion - Staying online

14 January, 2015

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

Letter urges IDS to suspend universal credit

12 January, 2015

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

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

Universal Credit - is it worth it?

09 January, 2015

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

Ageing-tech expert sought by DWP

09 January, 2015

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

allpay welcomes government extension of Post Office Card Account

07 January, 2015

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

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

07 January, 2015

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

Will universal credit be successfully rolled out in 2015?

06 January, 2015

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

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

06 January, 2015

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

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

05 January, 2015

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

Universal Credit now at Frome jobcentre

05 January, 2015

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

WP174 provider memo: job outcome claims with Universal Credit interest

31 December, 2014

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

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

31 December, 2014

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

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

29 December, 2014

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

Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: The longitudinal survey of tenants

19 December, 2014

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

Graph showing how Universal Credit helps make work pay

18 December, 2014

A graph showing how Universal Credit helps make work pay

Universal Credit employers' insight

18 December, 2014

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

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 11 Dec 2014

17 December, 2014

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

Iain Duncan Smith on Universal Credit introduction

16 December, 2014

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

A united view on universal credit

12 December, 2014

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

Universal credit: Treasury still to sign off business case

11 December, 2014

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

Universal Credit and employers: frequently asked questions

11 December, 2014

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

Universal Credit data sharing between DWP and local support providers

10 December, 2014

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

Universal Credit: increasing the childcare offer

09 December, 2014

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

Universal Credit national expansion

09 December, 2014

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

Social landlords 'downgrading welfare reform as a risk'

05 December, 2014

Social landlords are downgrading the threat posed by welfare reform in their business plans, following delays with the implementation of universal credit

Iain Duncan Smith's Universal Credit Set For Even More Delays

05 December, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith's much-delayed welfare project, Universal Credit, is set to take even longer to roll out across the country

Personal taxes and benefits

05 December, 2014

Presentation given at the 'Autumn Statement 2014: IFS analysis' event on 4 December 2014

George Osborne accused of putting universal credit in 'very real danger'

04 December, 2014

George Osborne was today accused of putting universal credit in "very real danger" after freezing work allowances under the new benefits system for a further year to 2018

Delays to welfare reform boost Treasury coffers

04 December, 2014

Delays in implementing universal credit will save the government more than £900 million in the next parliament through reduced payments and administrative savings

Scotland could re-introduce direct payments to landlords

03 December, 2014

The Scottish government is considering changing universal credit rules to allow housing costs to be paid directly to landlords

Iain Duncan Smith vetoed greater Scottish powers over universal credit

01 December, 2014

Holyrood allowed to vary key parts of housing elements of universal credit but not other elements after DWP intervention

Universal Credit information for claimants in Sutton

28 November, 2014

Additional information for people claiming Universal Credit in the SM5 2 postcode area of Sutton

SFHA says Smith Report is step in the right direction and makes urgent call for Universal Credit roll-out to be suspended

28 November, 2014

The SFHA gives a guarded welcome to the report published today by the Smith Commission recommending furthers powers for the Scottish Parliament

Smith Commission 'dropped welfare proposals'

28 November, 2014

Plans to give Holyrood more extensive welfare powers appear to have been struck out of the Smith Commission's report in the final days of negotiations

Universal credit: Now UK's banks turn on coalition over free bank account plan

28 November, 2014

Some of the UK's largest banks have balked at the Tory-led coalition's proposal to force them to set-up free current accounts for UC claimants

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

Scotland to control £14bn of income tax and welfare benefits in cross-party deal

28 November, 2014

Lord Smith describes agreement as 'biggest transfer of powers to the Scottish parliament since its establishment'

Universal credit eligibility guide for families makes a mockery of IDS claims

27 November, 2014

The government this week hailed the next stage in its "welfare revolution" as universal credit is made available to families for the first time

Iain Duncan Smith accused of 'burying' further delays to universal credit

27 November, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of "burying" further delays to the roll out of universal credit

The Smith Commission

27 November, 2014

Report of the Smith Commission for further devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament

Universal Credit: Watchdog warns of cost of further delays

26 November, 2014

Ministers risk racking up a multi-billion pound bill if IT systems to run their flagship benefits reforms are not introduced on time

Universal Credit: progress update

26 November, 2014

The DWP has reset Universal Credit on a sounder basis but at significant cost, by extending the time for implementation and choosing a more expensive approach

Universal Credit personal budgeting support and alternative payment arrangements guidance

25 November, 2014

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

Universal Credit frequently asked questions

25 November, 2014

Answers to some common questions about Universal Credit and how it will work

Making your Universal Credit claim

25 November, 2014

A guide that describes who can claim Universal Credit and what they will need to do in return, including attending appointments and looking for work

Universal Credit and your Claimant Commitment

25 November, 2014

How the Universal Credit Claimant Commitment works and what is expected of claimants in return for getting Universal Credit

Universal Credit and work

25 November, 2014

How Universal Credit supports claimants in looking for work and what happens when they start a part-time or full-time job

Universal Credit: your claim journey

25 November, 2014

An overview of the steps that people will take when claiming Universal Credit, from making a claim through to starting work

Welfare revolution rolls out to families: Universal Credit to be in a third of Jobcentres by spring

25 November, 2014

By spring 2015, 1 in 3 of the country's Jobcentres will be taking claims for Universal Credit

Duncan Smith rejects claims of Universal Credit's 'glacial pace'

25 November, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith told MPs Universal Credit would bring £35bn in economic benefits to the UK - as Labour attacked the "glacial pace" of its roll out

HAs fearful of sudden universal credit influx

25 November, 2014

Thirty North West housing associations have expressed fears of a sudden New Year-influx of new claimants of the government's troubled universal credit

There's more to reducing poverty than Universal Credit

25 November, 2014

Universal Credit must be made to work. But it can't lower poverty unless it is part of a comprehensive anti-poverty strategy

Universal Credit and tax credits

24 November, 2014

An overview of how people who are claiming tax credits might be affected by Universal Credit

Universal Credit: support if you are dependent on drugs or alcohol

24 November, 2014

How Universal Credit can be tailored to support a claimant if they are dependent on drugs and/or alcohol

Help with budgeting your Universal Credit

24 November, 2014

This guide gives details on how Universal Credit is paid and the budgeting support available through DWP and other organisations

Scale of arrears clawback plan sparks fears

21 November, 2014

Government-enforced changes to how landlords recoup rent arrears under universal credit could force tenants into the arms of loan sharks, housing associations have warned

Bad news for job seekers

21 November, 2014

Your warmly welcomed headline "People power saves our town's jobcentre" does not tell the whole story

Nine local authorities in first wave of accelerated Universal Credit roll-out

20 November, 2014

Nine Scottish local authorities are among the 77 councils identified for the first wave of the accelerated Universal Credit roll-out

HB G11/2014

17 November, 2014

Contains information on Fraud and Error in the benefit system

Universal credit: The 20% deduction explained

14 November, 2014

The DWP has just published a compendium of the most recent reports, relating to the development and implementation of universal credit

Figures reveal slow take up of universal credit

13 November, 2014

Only 20,540 claimants started on universal credit between April 2013 and October 2014

DWP could pay 20% of universal credit directly to landlords in arrears cases

13 November, 2014

Tenants in receipt of universal credit who fall into arrears will see up to 20% of their monthly payment diverted directly to their landlord

Universal Credit support boost for social landlords

13 November, 2014

A support pack has been designed to give social landlords practical advice on how to ensure their tenants are prepared for Universal Credit

Social landlord support pack

13 November, 2014

This guide explain what Universal Credit means for local authorities and tenants

How Universal Credit supports families

13 November, 2014

Illustrated guide showing the support Universal Credit provides to families and what is expected of them in return

Universal Credit: claimant journey for families

13 November, 2014

Illustrated guides to the steps that people will take when making a Universal Credit claim as a family

Universal Credit and families: questions and answers

13 November, 2014

This guide explains what Universal Credit will mean for families who make a Universal Credit claim

Iain Duncan Smith's Universal Credit system thrown into doubt by Government findings

12 November, 2014

The scheme would have to deal with 1.6million changes per month to people's claims, and has been dogged by delays and glitches so far

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 6 Nov 2014

12 November, 2014

Universal Credit statistics including the number of claims made up to 6 Nov 2014, starts to 9 Oct 2014 and total caseload at 9 Oct 2014

Nicola Sturgeon promises 'strong focus' on inequality

11 November, 2014

Nicola Sturgeon has promised to lead a government with a "sharp focus" on tackling inequality when she becomes first minister

Iain Duncan Smith accused of benefits cover-up over Universal Credit cash

10 November, 2014

The Work and Pensions Secretary told MPs "no money has been wasted" as he rolls most working age benefits into one - Labour branded this a lie

Tories plan to deny EU migrants out-of-work benefits under universal credit

07 November, 2014

Ministers believe unified system will be exempt from rule that labour-market benefits must be available to all EU workers

Universal Credit - an overview

06 November, 2014

This briefing provides an introduction to the potential issues surrounding Universal Credit

Universal Credit: Government proposal to take account of past earnings in repeat claims

06 November, 2014

Read our submission in response to the consultation on surpluses and self-employed losses under Universal Credit

Stop universal credit and devolve welfare system demand social landlords

05 November, 2014

Scotland's social landlords are calling for all aspects of the welfare system to be devolved and for the roll-out of universal credit to be immediately halted

UK's Universal Credit is too vital to ignore

31 October, 2014

There has been a bit of glee locally that Universal Credit is running into trouble

Leaked universal credit memo shows jobcentre staff struggling with rollout

28 October, 2014

Jobcentre whistleblower tells Dispatches that computerised benefits scheme is 'unworkable, poorly designed and out of date'

Can technology resolve our universal credit headaches?

28 October, 2014

As we continue to prepare for the onset of universal credit, many organisations are naturally looking at the technological solutions in the market place to help them

Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit back to work schemes

27 October, 2014

Guidance about the different back to work schemes available to JSA and Universal Credit claimants

Universal credit is a tale of failure that's still unfolding

27 October, 2014

The wildly over-ambitious timetable, the soaring costs, the human suffering - Iain Duncan Smith's flagship policy has been flagship disaster

Universal Credit: changing the culture of Jobcentre Plus

27 October, 2014

Policy in Practice recently went to see Universal Credit (UC) live in Hammersmith Jobcentre Plus

16% of 'universal credit renters' in arrears after three months

24 October, 2014

Sixteen percent of universal credit claimants who rent a property found themselves in arrears after three months of claiming the new benefit

Why universal credit won't be universal until 2018. At the earliest

23 October, 2014

It's the best of times and worst of times for welfare secretary Iain Duncan Smith

Reasons to be cheerful from Iain Duncan Smith?

23 October, 2014

Borrowing may be up, immigration rising and the number of foreign prisoners stubbornly high

Universal Credit at Work

23 October, 2014

It was four years ago that we published a Government White Paper entitled 'Universal Credit: welfare that works'

Universal credit will be rolled out by 2018

22 October, 2014

Most benefit claimants will have transferred onto the government's universal credit scheme by the end of 2018

Universal Credit: transforming the welfare state

22 October, 2014

People are doing more to find work as Universal Credit begins to help people move into work more quickly

Universal Credit Pathfinder Evaluation

22 October, 2014

This report provides the main findings from the evaluation of the Universal Credit Pathfinder

Comparison of Universal Credit and Jobseeker's Allowance outcomes

22 October, 2014

Analysis of Universal Credit claims to estimate the proportion that would be in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance at 30 day intervals

Progress Housing Group gets involved with Get Online Week

21 October, 2014

Lancashire-based Progress Housing Group is encouraging its tenants to find out more about the benefits of getting online as part of a national campaign

Reform fit for our time

17 October, 2014

Universal credit is going nationwide

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

Data Sharing and Universal Credit

17 October, 2014

The DWP consulted on changes that will allow information to be shared with social landlords about Universal Credit claims

Consultation on Universal Credit 'waiting days'

17 October, 2014

The Social Security Advisory Committee is consulting on proposals that certain Universal Credit claimants must wait seven days before they are entitled to benefit

How a jump in Universal Credit statistics was overstated by 25%

16 October, 2014

Counts are now made on the 2nd Thursday each month, meaning that the latest month-on-month increase in caseload was 25% overstated

Sector backs government's universal credit alert plan

16 October, 2014

Housing organisations have broadly welcomed government proposals to alert social landlords when their tenants move on to universal credit

Universal Credit: Apr 2013 to Sep 2014

15 October, 2014

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

'We need answers on universal credit'

15 October, 2014

Latest government figures show that 14,170 people were claiming universal credit by September 11

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

IDS confirms Universal Credit rollout plan

14 October, 2014

Universal Credit will be available in all jobcentres from February to new single claimants previously eligible for Jobseekers' Allowance

Iain Duncan Smith's benefits chaos may cost taxpayers £1.25 billion as Universal Credit bill soars

13 October, 2014

The cost of the bunging Tory's benefit reforms would be enough to build four new hospitals, 45 schools or fund 10,000 hospital beds for a year

Plans announced for accelerated rollout of Universal Credit

13 October, 2014

The government has announced that Universal Credit will now be rolled out nationally for new single applicants from February next year

Social housing tenants get bespoke BT internet service

10 October, 2014

Social housing tenants are now able to get access to an internet service specifically designed for them, after the launch of a new system by BT Business

Oldham Universal Credit pilot reveals flaws in Universal Credit causing hardship to tenants

10 October, 2014

A social landlord in one of the Universal Credit pilot areas has highlighted the havoc it's wreaking on tenants' ability to manage their finances

Welfare row: The changes, the cost, and the likely effects

09 October, 2014

The "enhancement of the GB welfare system" which Peter Robinson is urging Sinn Fein to accept was brought to ministers in June last year

HA prepares tenants for 'greatest change to benefits in a generation'

08 October, 2014

A Welsh housing association is taking action to prepare its tenants for the introduction of the government's controversial flagship reform of the benefits system UC

Universal Credit rolled out to 50th North West job centre

08 October, 2014

Universal Credit has been one of the coalition government's most controversial reforms

Universal credit's flaws exposed by tenants as system forces some to pay day lenders

07 October, 2014

A North West housing association has said a survey of its tenants has exposed flaws in the government's universal credit (UC) system

Universal Support - delivered locally: information for local authorities

07 October, 2014

How local authorities and DWP will work together to trial support for Universal Credit claimants: Universal Support - delivered locally

Iain Duncan Smith: 'My mission is to lift people out of poverty and I will not give up'

07 October, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith on his vocation to help the poor, why Britain must get a better deal from the EU and his love of Austen and Eminem

Universal Credit - maximising the 'housing costs' element

06 October, 2014

One of the most common questions we get asked by social landlords is: "How much of the tenant's rent are we likely to receive and when will we receive it?"

Universal credit data sharing will help landlords support social tenants

06 October, 2014

Allpay has welcomed a consultation by the DWP seeking views on sharing UC claimant information with social landlords and local authorities

Universal credit delay call rejected

02 October, 2014

The UK government has rejected a call by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to halt the introduction of universal credit in Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon calls for delay to universal credit launch in Scotland

02 October, 2014

Tories and Labour want to devolve powers over housing benefit, which deputy first minister says is in effect being abolished

DWP stakeholder bulletin for national organisations: September 2014

01 October, 2014

Our stakeholder bulletin has news and policy information for chief executives and others in national stakeholder organisations - September 2014

Landlords' bedroom tax prep

01 October, 2014

The members of our welfare reform focus group are preparing for the next round of welfare changes: universal credit

Government to speed up universal credit roll out

30 September, 2014

The government has announced that the roll out of its troubled universal credit (UC) programme is to be accelerated

Number of people making a claim application to Universal Credit

30 September, 2014

The number of people making a claim application to Universal Credit from April 2013 to 11 September 2014

Universal Credit Rollout

30 September, 2014

Watch this short film and find out how Universal Credit is being introduced across the UK

Universal Credit Analysis

29 September, 2014

The current system of working age benefits is confusing and often unreliable

Plans announced for accelerated rollout of Universal Credit after success in north west

29 September, 2014

DWP announce that Universal Credit will be rolled out to all Jobcentres and local authorities across the country from early next year

Jobcentres where you can claim Universal Credit

29 September, 2014

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

Why the self-employed need to wake up to the threat posed by Universal Credit

26 September, 2014

In theory Universal Credit is a dream policy. The idea has been to streamline the welfare system, rolling six means-tested benefits into one so that work will always pay

Calico encourages customers to get online ahead of Universal Credit

26 September, 2014

Calico is giving customers who don't use the internet the opportunity to see for themselves how getting online can make a real difference to their lives

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

Help with Universal Credit

24 September, 2014

Residents are being urged to get in touch with RBH if they need help in adjusting to Universal Credit (UC) as it is rolled out across the borough

Landlord plans own universal credit pilot

23 September, 2014

Coastline Housing is planning its own pilot of universal credit in an attempt to assess the 'real impact' of the flagship benefit reform

Controversial benefits shake-up rolled out to more areas of Greater Manchester

23 September, 2014

Universal Credit, first trialled in Ashton-under-Lyne last year, is now available to jobseekers in Cheetham Hill, Newton Heath and Wythenshawe

Boost for social landlords as DWP consults on missing piece of universal credit jigsaw

22 September, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions today launched a consultation on one of the key missing pieces of the universal credit jigsaw

Labour in power could abandon universal credit

19 September, 2014

Policy could be dumped within months if it wins election next year

Universal Credit data sharing with social landlords

19 September, 2014

Seeks views on allowing DWP to share information with social landlords to enable them to support tenants claiming Universal Credit

Universal Credit - experimental official statistics to August 2014

17 September, 2014

More than 11,000 households were claiming universal credit last month

LIN Member Report September 2014 - Universal Credit an update & How to work effectively with tenants on UC

16 September, 2014

This LIN member report is written by Rebecca Wilkie

Warning over government IT systems should Scotland vote for independence

15 September, 2014

The IT infrastructure of the entire public sector will be shaken up should Scotland vote for independence

Rebalancing universal credit: Making it work for disabled people

12 September, 2014

This report focuses on support for disabled people under universal credit

Universal Credit: A policy under review

09 September, 2014

Universal Credit represents the most significant transformation of our welfare system, merging six separate out-of and in-work benefits into one

Universal Credit set to be rolled out across West Lancashire

08 September, 2014

Lord David Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform talks to The Advertiser about the impact of the change

Universal credit help scheme trialled

04 September, 2014

Assessments and guidance aim to prevent tenants falling into arrears

Universal credit 'on life-support' as clock ticks down on Treasury funding guarantee

03 September, 2014

Universal credit is on 'life-support' with only 247 days of guaranteed funding left

Universal Credit business case to be signed off 'very shortly'

02 September, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith, is insisting that the business case for the troubled Universal Credit programme is expected "very shortly"

Free childcare for more two-year-olds

28 August, 2014

Hundreds more working families in west Cheshire will be eligible for free childcare for their two-year-olds from September

DWP's new universal credit 'safeguards' include paying the rent itself

27 August, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions is stepping up its efforts to keep tenant arrears down under universal credit

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

27 August, 2014

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

Benefit reform lands claimants in debt

26 August, 2014

Leaked figures reveal that benefit claimants on the UC system have become mired in debt, forcing the government to step in to pay their rent

Poor families wave goodbye to Bank Holiday beach trip

26 August, 2014

No-frills day trip to coast costs up to £172. One in five families can't afford trips from any towns surveyed

LIN Press Release - Universal Credit and Credit Unions - DWP update

26 August, 2014

Universal Credit & Credit Unions - Update statement from the DWP

Call for clarity on latest universal credit phase

22 August, 2014

Officials at DWP are to hold a meeting to discuss how to resolve a technical difficulty in cancelling HB when claimants switch to UC

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

21 August, 2014

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

Free Budgeting Advice For Universal Credit In Bath

21 August, 2014

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

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

New universal credit rules for tenants begin this week

20 August, 2014

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

Benefit cash delays causing misery

20 August, 2014

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

Spending watchdog accuses DWP of hiding universal credit's failings

19 August, 2014

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

Whither Universal Credit?

19 August, 2014

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

Was universal credit 'reset' attempt to hide problems?

19 August, 2014

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

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

19 August, 2014

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

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

18 August, 2014

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

Change to Universal Credit housing costs process

18 August, 2014

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

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

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

18 August, 2014

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

DWP announces roll-out of Housing Cost Verification Trial

18 August, 2014

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

Universal credit: Some hard facts

15 August, 2014

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

New tenant rules for universal credit

14 August, 2014

New system will keep landlords up to date with payment methods

Universal Credit rollout could take over 1,000 years

14 August, 2014

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

Floundering DWP move universal credit goalposts

13 August, 2014

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

Universal Credit One Year In - Full Report

13 August, 2014

Report by NHF

Universal Credit statistics: Apr 2013 to 31 May 2014

13 August, 2014

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

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

Welfare reform must continue, Iain Duncan Smith says

11 August, 2014

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

A rent first approach to Universal Credit

08 August, 2014

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

Universal Credit: moving deductions from benefits for rent arrears

06 August, 2014

Deductions from benefits for rent arrears - migration to UC

Universal credit staff costs 'unsustainable'

01 August, 2014

Housing association trial suggests it faces £1.2m hit

DWP plotting 'secret' universal credit plans

31 July, 2014

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

Universal credit safeguards are working

31 July, 2014

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

A new disability minister to take on the reforms

29 July, 2014

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

Universal Credit launches in local area

28 July, 2014

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

A bold plan to make welfare more personalised and responsive

23 July, 2014

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

Government to update communications with benefit claimants

22 July, 2014

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

6,000 people claiming universal credit

18 July, 2014

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

Universal Credit

17 July, 2014

Experimental official statistics to April 2014

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

11 July, 2014

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

The introduction of Universal Credit to couples

11 July, 2014

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

Islington selected for universal credit trial

11 July, 2014

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

Touchbase DWP e-zine

10 July, 2014

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

Local support announced for jobseekers to help prepare for Universal Credit

10 July, 2014

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

Duncan Smith denies 'deception' over universal credit

09 July, 2014

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

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

08 July, 2014

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

DWP accused of 'black propaganda' in universal credit debate

08 July, 2014

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

Universal Credit: Towards an effective poverty reduction strategy

03 July, 2014

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

Five jobcentres start offering Universal Credit to couples

02 July, 2014

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

Households Below Average Income

01 July, 2014

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

Reeves versus Duncan Smith - universal credit debate highlights

01 July, 2014

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

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

30 June, 2014

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

Universal Credit to take the first new claims for couples

30 June, 2014

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

DWP loses universal credit documents appeal

27 June, 2014

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

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

25 June, 2014

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

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

23 June, 2014

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

Report of a telephone survey with g15 tenants

23 June, 2014

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

Universal credit extended to four more areas

23 June, 2014

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

Tenants unprepared for Universal Credit

23 June, 2014

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

We will protect you

20 June, 2014

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

Universal Credit policy to expand to 90 jobcentres

20 June, 2014

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

Further Universal Credit roll out in the North West

19 June, 2014

Universal Credit will be introduced in additional jobcentres from 23 June

Government considering new rules for universal credit

19 June, 2014

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

Cuts may undermine work incentives in universal credit

18 June, 2014

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

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

18 June, 2014

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

All aboard the universal credit bus

18 June, 2014

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

Call for country-wide universal credit rollout

18 June, 2014

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

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

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

17 June, 2014

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

HB G6/2014

17 June, 2014

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

HB A12/2014

16 June, 2014

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

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

13 June, 2014

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

Universal Credit statistics: Apr 2013 to 31 March 2014

12 June, 2014

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

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

12 June, 2014

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

Increased benefits 'help poor more'

12 June, 2014

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

How the other 40,000 live

12 June, 2014

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

Top tribunals judge questions universal credit 'disappearance'

11 June, 2014

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

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

09 June, 2014

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

The 3 S's of Universal Credit

09 June, 2014

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

Back to square one for universal credit

04 June, 2014

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

Scottish independence: Call to increase minimum wage

04 June, 2014

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

DWP refuses to disclose universal credit alternative payment figures

03 June, 2014

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

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

03 June, 2014

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

Government agrees specialist housing team for universal credit

30 May, 2014

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

Government claims 'digital success' with Universal Credit

30 May, 2014

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

A fair start for everyone

29 May, 2014

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

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

29 May, 2014

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

Universal Credit service improvements

29 May, 2014

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

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

28 May, 2014

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

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

27 May, 2014

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

Major Projects Authority's annual assessment

27 May, 2014

Annual Report 2013-2014

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

27 May, 2014

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

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

Universal credit 'reset' after catalogue of blunders

23 May, 2014

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

IDS continues to block universal credit report

22 May, 2014

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

Young Men Most Likely to be on Universal Credit

22 May, 2014

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

Iain Duncan Smith continues to hide reports showing failure of universal credit

21 May, 2014

The DWP is continuing to block publication of reports set to reveal the failure of the Universal Credit scheme, despite a series of rulings insisting they should be released

Universal Credit - the critical issues

20 May, 2014

Universal Credit is the biggest change in the welfare benefits system in a generation - getting it wrong is just not an option

Benefit reforms: One year on, universal credit is not working

19 May, 2014

The people of Warrington have been feeling like Iain Duncan Smith's guinea pigs

Nearly 6,000 people on universal credit

16 May, 2014

Statistics on universal credit pilots, show that between April 2013 and Feb 2014, a total of 5,910 people started claiming universal credit

Here for everyone

16 May, 2014

The roll-out of universal credit is moving steadily forward and employers and claimants are already seeing benefits, says Lord David Freud

MPs warn of fraud uncertainties surrounding universal credit

16 May, 2014

It remains uncertain how the Department for Work and Pensions will manage the housing costs element of universal credit

The Universal Credit (Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2014

16 May, 2014

Treatment of ongoing entitlement to certain benefits: benefit cap

MPs fear housing fraud could thwart Universal Credit savings

16 May, 2014

MPs have raised fears welfare savings promised by the introduction of Universal Credit (UC) could be undermined

Universal Credit fraud fears raised by MPs

15 May, 2014

Government attempts to cut fraud by introducing the Universal Credit risk being "seriously undermined" by issues with housing benefits

BPF calls for DWP to assist housing professionals maintain tenancies

15 May, 2014

Government should do its utmost to ensure that its flagship welfare policy, Universal Credit, does not further increase pressure on housing benefit claimants in the private rented sector

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

Universal Credit

14 May, 2014

Local Support Services Expression of Interest Trialling Prospectus

Fears over digital move for universal credit

08 May, 2014

There are fresh concerns that people on low incomes will struggle to access the digital service for universal credit as it is rolled out across the North West

Is zero-hours move fair?

07 May, 2014

The government has announced jobseekers risk losing their benefits if they turn down certain zero-hours contracts without good reason

Fear that Universal Credit will leave tenants struggling

06 May, 2014

National Housing Federation research demonstrates that people aren't ready for such significant upheaval

Fears Universal Credit will leave tenants struggling

02 May, 2014

Seven in ten not ready for shift to online benefits system

Universal Credit: First year of welfare transformation and north west next steps

30 April, 2014

The expansion of the full Universal Credit benefit to the rest of the north west of England will start in June

Full universal credit to be rolled out across whole of North West

30 April, 2014

The government's flagship reform of the benefit system, universal credit, is to be rolled out in full across the whole of the North West from June

Universal Credit: First year of welfare transformation and north west next steps

29 April, 2014

The expansion of the full Universal Credit benefit to the rest of the north west of England will start in June

DWP calls on digital services framework for new pension system

28 April, 2014

The DWP is planning to procure more services from the digital services framework, this time for a beta version of its new state pension system

Universal Credit: Rent arrears form

28 April, 2014

DWP form for applying for rent arrears deductions

Thamesbank and Hounslow Council Help for struggling families

25 April, 2014

Residents struggling with the impact of welfare reform will be able to get help managing their finances thanks to a partnership between Hounslow Council and Thamesbank

Are you borrowing to pay your rent or mortgage?

17 April, 2014

Many feel they have no choice but to borrow in order to pay their rent or mortgage each month

Universal Credit: experimental official statistics to January 2014

16 April, 2014

Universal Credit is a new benefit that has started to replace six existing benefits and tax credits with a single monthly payment

MPs less than impressed with DWP's costly IT fiasco and "snail's pace" roll out of Universal Credit

10 April, 2014

The Government's implementation of UC is proceeding at a "snail's pace" and local authorities will now have to administer new claims for housing benefit for at least two years longer than previously thought

Universal Credit inquiry 'hampered by ministers'

09 April, 2014

A Commons committee has accused the government of "hampering" its scrutiny of the Universal Credit welfare policy

Universal Credit implementation: monitoring DWP's performance in 2012-13

09 April, 2014

There remains worrying uncertainty about the new Universal Credit IT system

Universal Credit confusion risks driving large landlords away from housing benefit tenants

09 April, 2014

Confusion over how rent arrears will be tackled under the Universal Credit has prompted almost four in 10 larger landlords to reduce the number of properties they let to welfare recipients

'Black-hole' of universal credit should be stopped in Wales

08 April, 2014

The Welsh Government is calling for Westminster to rethink its controversial new welfare benefit

Universal Credit starts in Wales

08 April, 2014

New jobseekers in Shotton can claim Universal Credit from 7 April 2014 as the new benefit rolls out

Universal Credit first for Deeside jobseekers

08 April, 2014

Jobseekers in Deeside will be the first in Wales to be able to make a claim for Universal Credit

HB Direct

06 April, 2014

Issue 148 May 2014 - a transition update about the Public Services Network

Council temporary housing funding cut

04 April, 2014

Local authorities to lose money under new universal credit system

Direct Payments Demonstration Projects Landlord Learning Document

01 April, 2014

This publication pulls together key issues and learning that the organisations involved collectively agree on and also provides practical examples.

HB Direct

01 April, 2014

Issue 147 April 2014 - Preparing for Universal Credit and Direct Payment Demonstrations Project and Removal of Spare Room Subsidy Toolkit

HB A9/2014

31 March, 2014

Contains information on temporary accommodation in Housing Benefit and Universal Credit

George Osborne hails reforms as key to economic recovery

31 March, 2014

Chancellor lauds creation of more than 1.3m posts as tax and welfare changes 'encourage jobs growth' across Britain

Residents more than £500,000 better off with help from Contour Homes

27 March, 2014

Residents struggling to cope with the benefits system are more than £500,000 better off because of help from one of the North West's biggest housing associations

Lack of trust 'major barrier' to financial inclusion ahead of universal credit roll-out

27 March, 2014

People's reluctance is one of the biggest concerns facing housing providers and local authorities ahead of the roll-out of universal credit

Universal credit and 'exempt accommodation' - changes explained

25 March, 2014

For many months the housing charity Homeless Link has been in close discussion with the Department for Work and Pensions to resolve the challenges of universal credit

More than 8000 Milton Keynes families will get help with childcare costs

25 March, 2014

A major childcare package is set to help 8820 families in Milton Keynes

Research to look at impact of welfare reforms in Essex

24 March, 2014

Nationally, the impact of reforms like the bedroom tax and universal credit has already been making the headlines

7 ways Universal Credit will be a better deal

20 March, 2014

New figures show 4,280 people started claiming Universal Credit by the end of 2013 - as the national roll-out of the new benefit continues

Universal Credit statistics: Apr 2013 to 31 Dec 2013

20 March, 2014

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

Benefit changes tackle 'dependency'

14 March, 2014

Big benefit changes, which start being introduced in Wales next month, will help transform a 'dependency' culture

Universal Credit Boss Steps Down After Only A Year In The Job

13 March, 2014

DWP Chief Information Officer has stepped down from his role overseeing the roll-out of Universal Credit after only a year in charge

Universal Credit: Iain Duncan Smith and welfare changes

11 March, 2014

The work and pensions secretary has started the biggest overhaul of the UK's welfare state since it was brought in

Circle Housing chief urges housing leaders to tackle welfare reform together

10 March, 2014

Mark Rogers has urged the housing industry, government and third sector agencies to pull together and support customers affected by welfare reform

Iain Duncan Smith takes viewers' questions on welfare

10 March, 2014

Universal Credit and welfare reforms meant 'millions will be better off', promised the work and pensions secretary

Landlord's arrears rise by £241,000 during universal credit pilot

05 March, 2014

A pilot of direct payments to 1,000 tenants saw arrears rise by £241,000, with an average debt of £130 per person

Councils spending £3m on food poverty and food banks

04 March, 2014

Almost £3m of public money is being used to help tackle food poverty, BBC Panorama has discovered

FOI response to Universal Credit IT system query

04 March, 2014

Estimates of the cost of using private IT firms to complete the UC IT system without government digital involvement

HB Direct

03 March, 2014

Issue 146 March Edition

Government 'cannot ignore food bank rise' says bishop

03 March, 2014

A bishop has said the government cannot ignore the rise in the number of food banks across the UK

FOI request in relation to Universal Credit and self employment

03 March, 2014

Freedom of Information request 201/2014

DWP: Housing benefit will be sanctioned

27 February, 2014

Part-time workers judged to be doing too little to find full-time work face having their benefit for housing costs sanctioned by the government for the first time under universal credit

Universal Credit expands to Bath and Harrogate

24 February, 2014

New jobseekers in Bath and Harrogate will be able to make a claim for Universal Credit today as the new benefit rolls out

Universal Credit: Government's welfare reform 'may be scrapped after next election'

20 February, 2014

IT glitches and low numbers threaten £2bn project

Universal Credit: The real flaw in IDS's benefits reform is the timetable

20 February, 2014

Implementation was always going to be slow and tricky

Universal Credit: New claimant figures

19 February, 2014

New figures show 3,610 people claimed Universal Credit up to 30 November 2013

Benefit reforms are hiding the true number of unemployed

17 February, 2014

Universal credit recipients don't appear in jobless figures, linked to jobseeker's allowance

Households 'worse off' in benefit reform says Bevan Foundation boss

17 February, 2014

Reaction to claims by a Welsh government report that the nation's economy is losing £930m every year because of welfare reform

Universal Credit IT 'probably over ambitious'

07 February, 2014

Max Tse said that most of the problems at DWP were down to governance

Top tips for letting to benefits tenants

05 February, 2014

Following speculation that buy-to-let landlords could shun tenants on benefits after the introduction of the universal credit scheme George Spencer offers advice to landlords

Latest universal credit chief working part-time since Christmas

05 February, 2014

The man brought in to 'rescue' universal credit has been working part-time since Christmas due to being off sick with bronchitis

Iain Duncan Smith's doomed Universal Credit scheme cost £225k Per Person

05 February, 2014

The project has already cost the taxpayer £612million and has been dogged by delays and IT blunders

Tenants continue to be baffled by universal credit

04 February, 2014

The government's stuttering universal credit system is continuing to baffle tenants

Iain Duncan Smith faces angry MPs over universal credit

04 February, 2014

Work and pensions secretary questioned about failures in IT system used to implement new benefit

Duncan Smith: MPs 'cannot run' my department

04 February, 2014

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has told MPs they "cannot run" his department as he defended decisions taken over key welfare reforms

NHF calls for overhaul of universal credit payment rules

03 February, 2014

The National Housing Federation has called for an overhaul of universal credit switch-back rules in the wake of concerns from landlords

NHF calls for overhaul of universal credit payment rules

31 January, 2014

Alternative payment process criticised by pilot landlords in north west

White knuckle ride

31 January, 2014

Social landlords taking part in the universal credit pathfinder projects have found themselves on a roller-coaster ride

Universal credit: DWP answers key questions on housing payments

30 January, 2014

The DWP has published a new guide for social landlords to help them understand and plan for the direct payment of housing costs under UC

Iain Duncan Smith Blasts Council Of Europe 'Lunacy' Over 'Inadequate' UK Benefits Warning

30 January, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith has lashed out at the Council of Europe's "lunacy" for calling on the UK to raise the amount of benefits paid out

Benefit cap: still no proof that it persuades the unemployed to get a job

29 January, 2014

A committee of MPs has demanded that ministers prove the benefit cap works. But even if they couldn't would they scrap it?

Universal Credit rolling out - what it means for employers

29 January, 2014

Lord Freud discusses how Universal Credit will help employees to work more hours and calls on employers to champion the new benefit

Universal Credit and rented housing

29 January, 2014

This document explains what Universal Credit means for landlords and tenants

ICO backs DWP refusal to publish universal credit risk document

28 January, 2014

The Information Commissioner has upheld a decision by the DWP to refuse to publish its 'risk register' for universal credit

Crooked grandmother evicted from council home

28 January, 2014

A woman who fraudulently claimed £42,000 in benefits has been evicted from her council home

Universal Credit - experimental official statistics to October 2013

23 January, 2014

Universal Credit is a new benefit that has started to replace six existing benefits and tax credits with a single monthly payment

Government celebrates high universal credit take-up by under-25s

23 January, 2014

The government is celebrating new figures that show nearly 3,000 people started claiming its new welfare system, universal credit

Social landlord optimises rent payments ahead of universal credit with pioneering agreement

23 January, 2014

A social landlord is optimising rent payments from tenants ahead of universal credit through a pioneering agreement with its local credit union

Department for Work and Pensions mid-year report April 2013 to September 2013

23 January, 2014

Report on progress made against the department's objectives for the first half of the financial year 2013 to 2014

Universal Credit improves work incentives for young people

22 January, 2014

New figures show that 2,960 people started claiming Universal Credit in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire areas from April 2013 to the end of October 2013

More landlords turn away housing benefit claimants

21 January, 2014

A survey finds that of the landlords who currently let to people on benefits, more than half say they won't after the roll-out of universal credit

Pioneering pair launch a new service for landlords

15 January, 2014

Two entrepreneurs with years of experience of dealing with housing benefits and recovering rent arrears have launched an innovative letting agency for landlords with tenants on benefits

Scotland: Key issues at-a-glance

15 January, 2014

This page summarises the implications of the referendum for pensions and welfare

Universal Credit on the Red Button

14 January, 2014

Information about Universal Credit and finding work is now available by hitting the red button on the TV remote control

Why landlords are shunning profitable benefit tenants

13 January, 2014

Benefit claimants are more profitable than many types of tenants, but landlords are turning them away

HB Direct issue - January 2014

10 January, 2014

DWP newsletter which includes information about how people who do not have internet access at home can now find information about Universal Credit by hitting the red button on their TV remote control

Maude denies Universal Credit rift with Duncan Smith

09 January, 2014

Claims of a rift between two government departments over Universal Credit were 'simply incorrect'

Touchbase DWP e-zine

09 January, 2014

Updates on the rollouts of both Universal Credit and the Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Government's flagship benefits scheme faces more delays after rift

08 January, 2014

Documents reveal friction between Department for Work and Pensions and Cabinet Office as IT problems mount

Francis Maude denies IT row with Iain Duncan Smith

08 January, 2014

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has denied falling out with Iain Duncan Smith over the government's flagship universal credit scheme

How councils can prepare residents for universal credit

03 January, 2014

Findings show that 90% of Citizen's Advice clients are not ready for universal credit - so what can councils do?

Bishop of Warrington's warning on universal credit

24 December, 2013

A bishop has warned the UK risks "losing the safety net" the benefit system "should provide" as the new universal credit is brought in

Delays to Lord Freud's pledge

20 December, 2013

Civil servants are encountering serious complications fulfilling Lord David Freud's pledge to protect vulnerable and disabled people from the 'unintended consequences' of welfare reform

Self - employment and Universal Credit

20 December, 2013

A detailed guide for advisers

Curbs on EU benefits to come into force on 1 January

18 December, 2013

New rules on how long EU jobseekers will have to wait to claim benefits are to be brought in early

Life on the Edge? - Report

18 December, 2013

Wakefield and District Housing's story of the first 200 days of the under-occupation penalty

Call For 'Bedroom Tax' To Be Scrapped

18 December, 2013

In a pointed report, the Scottish Affairs Committee has called on the government in London to scrap the reforms

Freud: 'Why should we hurry with universal credit?'

16 December, 2013

The rollout of universal credit for the most vulnerable people will take 'as much time as it takes'

Universal Credit: guidance for local authorities on implementation

16 December, 2013

Key Questions and Answers for Local Authorities

Citizens Advice Bureau issues warning over introduction of Universal Credit

16 December, 2013

York CAB has warned it will need more resources to cope with soaring demand for help when Universal Credit is introduced

Cameron rejects child benefit cap proposal

16 December, 2013

David Cameron has rejected a proposal from a member of the number 10 policy board to limit child benefit to two children for every family

Universal Credit: working together for improved outcomes

13 December, 2013

How DWP and local authorities are working together to implement Universal Credit

Stealth cuts are making universal credit toxic to the working poor

13 December, 2013

Concerns about IT bungling and delays obscure a series of cuts that are changing the policy's character before it's even in place

Direct Payment Demonstration Project: Learning and Payment figures

12 December, 2013

Feedback and payment figures on direct payments of Housing Benefit to tenants in Direct Payment Demonstration Projects areas - December 2013

25% of housing benefit payments switched back to landlords

12 December, 2013

One in four tenants on the UC direct payment demonstration projects have had their benefit switched back to their landlords due to rent arrears

Commons clash over Universal Credit

11 December, 2013

The government is prioritising the 'safe and secure' delivery of Universal Credit

NAO report highlights UC concerns

11 December, 2013

This National Audit Office report reiterates the earlier NAO report 'Universal Credit: early progress' published in September 2013

MPs to examine delays in Universal Credit introduction

10 December, 2013

MPs are to examine problems hampering the implementation of the central pillar of government changes to the welfare system

MP sorry for money 'wasted' on Universal Credit system

10 December, 2013

A Conservative MP on the Work and Pensions Select Committee has apologised for money wasted on rolling out the Universal Credit System

Landlords 'Avoid Tenants On Universal Credit'

10 December, 2013

Sky News has obtained figures which suggest a rising number of landlords are steering clear of benefit claimants over fears of non-payment

Universal credit failed IT system write-off increased by £6m

10 December, 2013

But Iain Duncan Smith's department says cost of more software over next five years will be revised downward

Iain Duncan Smith confronts claims DWP staff given targets to stop benefits

10 December, 2013

Whistleblower says staff warned they would be disciplined unless they increased number of claimants coming off register

Families Facing 'Heat or Eat' Dilemma This Christmas

10 December, 2013

Ten housing providers have united to investigate how changes to the benefits system and Welfare to Work initiatives are affecting their customers

Universal Credit will threaten rent setting freedom

10 December, 2013

A greater proportion of social housing tenants will be on benefit under Universal Credit than is currently the case under Housing Benefit

Duncan Smith defends Universal Credit from growing criticism

09 December, 2013

Iain Duncan Smith has rejected claims his flagship welfare policy will miss key targets and insisted the IT system underpinning it 'seems to be fine'

Benefits capped in almost 1,000 Scottish households

09 December, 2013

Almost 1,000 households have already had their benefits capped in Scotland since the introduction of benefit changes

Iain Duncan Smith: Universal Credit reform 'on budget'

09 December, 2013

The work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has told that the government's Universal Credit reform remains "on budget"

Thousands of Sheffield council tenants urged to open jam jar accounts ahead of universal credit

09 December, 2013

Sign up to jam jar accounts being offered by the city's credit union ahead of direct payments being introduced under universal credit

Proposed benefit and pension rates 2014 to 2015

09 December, 2013

A list of the proposed benefit and pension rates for 2014 to 2015

The Human Impact of Welfare Reform Exposed

09 December, 2013

Ministers hope the Government's flagship welfare reform will teach people to be more responsible but can they shoulder the burden?

Delays to Universal Credit Cause Concern

06 December, 2013

Commenting on reports today that Universal Credit may not be fully implemented across the country by the 2017 deadline

Around 50% of households affected by benefit cap in London

06 December, 2013

A government report has revealed today that 47 per cent of households affected by the benefit cap to October were in London

Universal Credit has become the one-eyed mother-in-law of the Coalition

06 December, 2013

Universal Credit has now become the one-eyed mother-in-law of the Coalition government

Benefit Cap - number of households capped, data to October 2013, GB

06 December, 2013

Households on out-of-work benefits will no longer receive more in welfare payments than the average weekly wage for working households

Universal credit - an IT fiasco?

05 December, 2013

It's an ambitious plan to transform the benefits system - but it looks as though the technology meant to power universal credit is turning into an IT disaster

Universal Credit may not hit 2017 deadline

05 December, 2013

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has told the BBC that the Universal Credit programme may not be complete by 2017 as planned

Universal Credit progress

05 December, 2013

Universal Credit will account for £70 billion of benefit spending each year, and bring a £38 billion economic benefit to society over 10 years

Universal Credit may not hit 2017 deadline, says Duncan Smith

05 December, 2013

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has told the BBC that the Universal Credit programme may not be complete by 2017 as planned

Universal Credit progress

05 December, 2013

DWP - Written Ministerial statement

Universal Credit: Housing association pilots prepaid card for automatic rent payments

04 December, 2013

Housing association Moat is piloting a prepaid card that will help its tenants pay their rent when they receive housing benefit direct under UC

DWP reveals universal credit numbers

03 December, 2013

A total of 2,150 people started claiming universal credit in the first four pathfinder areas

Securing rental income through Universal Credit

03 December, 2013

Are landlords doing all they can to make their preferred payment methods attractive to residents?

Universal Credit claimants in Pathfinder areas

03 December, 2013

Key findings between April 2013 and 30th September

More borrowing under universal credit scheme

02 December, 2013

New review of pilot projects shows universal credit claimants are resorting to payday lenders, overdrafts and other loans

Residents without bank accounts at risk of arrears under new benefits system

02 December, 2013

Universal credit will be paid directly into bank accounts, but a worrying number of social housing residents do not yet have one

Limited Universal Credit pilot sees 90% of people claim benefits online

02 December, 2013

An interim report into the use of the new Universal Credit welfare system has found that 90 percent of people in the pilot claimed their benefits online

Hastings 'under pressure' from London benefit families

29 November, 2013

An East Sussex council says it is concerned about the number of benefit dependent families being moved out of London into Hastings

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

Bedroom tax: stress and struggle as benefits clawback hits home

28 November, 2013

Claimants explain how the policy has forced changes, from heating cutbacks to fruitless hunts for smaller homes

Association tenants 'working but claiming benefit'

28 November, 2013

The majority of London's housing association tenants are in work, but still require housing benefit to pay their rent

Wakefield and District Housing reveals plans for digital hub

28 November, 2013

WDH has revealed plans for a new state-of-the-art digital suite offering free computer access to the public in Wakefield city centre

New mums on low incomes will find it harder to make work pay under Universal Credit

28 November, 2013

A failing in the design of the Universal Credit system will undermine the Coalition's stated intention

The Tipping Point

28 November, 2013

This report considers the impact of the changes in welfare support on social landlords' income, arrears, collection costs and empty properties

Majority of employed London tenants still require housing benefit

28 November, 2013

The majority of London's housing association tenants are in work but still require housing benefit to pay their rent

SNP: Independent Scotland 'would remove housing benefit from universal credit'

27 November, 2013

An independent Scotland would remove housing benefit from universal credit and maintain direct payments to landlords, an SNP white paper has said

White Paper: Health, wellbeing and social protection

26 November, 2013

Eleanor Bradford analyses the part of the White Paper that looks at health, wellbeing and social protection

DWP issue guidance on Bedroom Tax in Universal Credit

26 November, 2013

This memo gives guidance on changes introduced by the Housing Benefit and Universal Credit Regulations 2013

Scotland pledges to end bedroom tax and PIP

26 November, 2013

An independent Scottish Government pledges to abolish the bedroom tax, stop PIP and Universal Credit roll out

Payday lenders see benefit reforms as an 'opportunity'

26 November, 2013

Controversial payday lenders could profit from major changes to the benefit system by giving money to those struggling to make ends meet after reforms are rolled out

Inverness first in Scotland to operate Universal Credit

25 November, 2013

Inverness has become the first place in Scotland to operate the UK government's Universal Credit benefit

Universal Credit expands to Rugby and Inverness

25 November, 2013

New jobseekers in Inverness and Rugby will be able to make a claim for Universal Credit today as the new benefit rolls out

Training people to use universal credit 'could cost hundreds of millions'

22 November, 2013

Research shows many benefit claimants will need extensive help to get online, open bank accounts and manage budgets

Housing benefit reform: Housing associations struggle to let 700 homes

20 November, 2013

Changes to benefits payments have led to difficulties letting affordable homes and may stop hundreds more being built every year

Universal Credit rollout

18 November, 2013

Further details of the rollout schedule are now available with Rugby and Inverness the next areas to take Universal Credit claims from 25 November

Halton mulls online-only move for 90% of customers

15 November, 2013

A landlord is considering giving tenants tablets and smartphones as part of a drive to get 90 per cent of its customers online only by 2018 in a bid to cut costs in the face of welfare reform

Universal credit and a very public mess

12 November, 2013

The fortress mentality in the Department for Work and Pensions is exacerbated by the standoff between Iain Duncan Smith and his civil servants over welfare reform

Landlord fears rent arrears rise under Universal Credit

08 November, 2013

A private sector landlord with more than 700 homes says benefit changes could put his business at risk

CHC respond to 'Universal Credit Early Progress' report

08 November, 2013

Today the Public Accounts Committee have launched a report looking at 'Universal Credit Early Progress'

Government no comprehensive plan for Universal Credit

08 November, 2013

The Public Accounts Committee has published its 30th Report on Universal Credit: early progress

Universal credit scheme will waste at least £140m, say MPs

07 November, 2013

Committee criticises 'alarmingly weak' management and questions whether project can be delivered by 2017 deadline

PM backs Iain Duncan Smith over Universal Credit 'failures'

07 November, 2013

David Cameron has backed Iain Duncan Smith's handling of Universal Credit after a report by MPs claimed the welfare shake-up had gone wrong

Q&A: Universal credit and the benefits overhaul

07 November, 2013

The introduction of the government's flagship universal credit benefit - a new payment that marks the biggest overhaul

Public Accounts Committee report: 'Universal Credit: early progress'

07 November, 2013

DWP Response to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report: 'Universal Credit: early progress'

DWP ministers to decide whether to scrap all of the £300m Universal Credit IT

06 November, 2013

Ministers at the DWP are to decide whether to immediately scrap all of the £300m Universal Credit IT systems and start again from scratch

Universal Credit: early progress

05 November, 2013

The Public Accounts Committee publishes its 30th Report on Universal Credit: early progress

Single parents bear brunt of benefits changes

04 November, 2013

Universal credit and a new childcare voucher forecast to hit struggling lower-income households hardest

Universal credit: £120m could be written off to rescue welfare reform

01 November, 2013

Labour says ministers in disarray as leaked documents reveal two options for saving project to merge benefits and tax credits

Impact of welfare reform on people with disabilities

31 October, 2013

The Welfare Reform Act introduces Universal Credit, replacing most means tested benefits

DWP delays universal credit pilot roll out

29 October, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions has again changed the timetable for the roll out of universal credit

More Universal Credit delays

29 October, 2013

Instead of the expected six Jobcentre areas, selected for the much vaunted roll out of Universal Credit, Hammersmith will be the sole 'flagship' for the new benefit

Universal credit: 'a genuine and bold reform to how we do welfare'

29 October, 2013

National Housing Federation chief David Orr has described Universal Credit as 'a genuine and bold reform to how we do welfare'

Universal Credit scheme rolls out

28 October, 2013

The government's flagship welfare reform - Universal Credit - is starting the next phase of its national launch but far more slowly than intended

Universal Credit scheme is 'massive transformation'

28 October, 2013

Changes to the welfare system are still on track according to the minister in charge

Universal Credit expands to London

28 October, 2013

New jobseekers in Hammersmith will be able to make a claim for Universal Credit

Freud 'not in a position' to give timetable for universal credit

28 October, 2013

Lord Freud has said he is 'not in a position' to say when couples and children will be moved onto universal credit

The Wales Report

25 October, 2013

Tenants in Wales say they can't cope with changes to the benefits system

Crunch time

25 October, 2013

Without government support, universal credit will come as a nasty shock to many households

Rent debts mount in Torfaen universal credit pilot

24 October, 2013

A leading economist says changes to housing benefits will result in a need for increased government spending on advice and support for tenants

Report highlights people opting to stay and pay bedroom tax

22 October, 2013

An examination of the bedroom tax in Scotland has found that the 'pull factors' keeping people in their current homes and communities outweighed the 'push driver' of the charge

Benefit changes rent arrears amnesty 'would need caution'

21 October, 2013

Any rent arrears amnesty as part of efforts to mitigate changes to the welfare system should be approached with caution

Landlords slam welfare pilots

18 October, 2013

Landlords in the universal credit pathfinder areas are complaining of poor communication from the Department for Work and Pensions

Alan Milburn says child poverty 'no longer problem of the workless and work-shy'

17 October, 2013

Working parents in Britain 'simply do not earn enough to escape poverty'

Credit where credit's due

11 October, 2013

Universal credit pilot projects show direct payment of benefits to tenants does work

DWP slammed for 'shocking lack of financial control' on universal credit

08 October, 2013

A 'good news only' culture masked a 'shocking lack of financial control' of the government's universal credit programme

Jobseekers embrace digital revolution

07 October, 2013

The way people claim benefits is being revolutionised with the proportion of claims made online more than doubling in a year

Millions 'will struggle' with Universal Credit payments

02 October, 2013

Millions of benefits claimants will struggle to manage their money under Universal Credit

More than 2.7m people will struggle with universal credit

02 October, 2013

A survey released today has found more than 2.7 million benefit recipients think they will struggle to make sense of their payments

Give social landlords funding for advising tenants about universal credit

19 September, 2013

Social landlords must be funded to provide advice to tenants if universal credit is going to succeed

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'

Universal Credit works for employers: quick guide

18 September, 2013

A quick guide for partner organisations about what Universal Credit means for employers

Welsh: Universal Credit works for employers

18 September, 2013

A quick guide for partner organisations about what Universal Credit means for employers in Welsh

Touchbase DWP e-zine

16 September, 2013

September 2013 - report on the roll out of the benefit cap to the final 40 local authority areas which began on 12 August and will be completed at the end of September

Benefit fraud could lead to 10-year jail terms,

16 September, 2013

Benefit cheats in England and Wales could face longer jail terms of up to 10 years, following new guidance from the director of public prosecutions

Longer sentences for benefit fraud: will it work?

16 September, 2013

The latest effort to 'get tough' on benefit fraud will see maximum sentences increased to ten years

£200m of Universal Credit IT could be scrapped, MPs told

12 September, 2013

A further £200m of IT work on the troubled Universal Credit programme could still be written off

Universal Credit - How even agile development couldn't keep this mega-project on track

11 September, 2013

ZD net have published an article which considers how the Universal Credit programme, described as the world's biggest agile software project, has run into cost overruns and delays

Universal credit hits new snag as David Cameron casts doubt on timetable

11 September, 2013

Prime minister says he is not 'religious' about meeting 2017 date, leading Labour to claim 'Iain Duncan Smith's promises have been shot to pieces by his boss'

UK's lowest-paid employees to be classed as 'not working enough'

09 September, 2013

One million people could be pushed to earn more - or have their benefits cut, says Department for Work and Pensions

Universal credit: Iain Duncan Smith blames civil servants for IT failings

06 September, 2013

Cabinet minister takes rare step of publicly blaming civil servants after report says they have weak control of welfare project

Q&A: Universal credit and the benefits overhaul

06 September, 2013

The first trial of universal credit - a new payment that marks the biggest overhaul of the benefits system since the 1940s

Universal Credit: early progress

05 September, 2013

Report from the National Audit Office

David Cameron's £2.4bn universal credit project riddled with problems

05 September, 2013

£34m wasted on failed IT programmes and Labour says report proves cover up of issues that put welfare claimants at risk

Work for the Dole

05 September, 2013

A proposal to fix welfare dependency

Universal credit IT systems in question

05 September, 2013

The Head of the IT project for Universal Credit at the Department of Work and Pensions is being forced to defend the project

'Titanic-sized IT disaster' universal credit is 'overly ambitious'

05 September, 2013

The government's universal credit system has been slammed by the National Audit Office as overly ambitious in both its timetable and scope

Watchdog slams DWP for 'weak management' of universal credit

05 September, 2013

The implementation of universal credit suffered from 'weak management, ineffective control and poor governance'

Universal credit: Welfare reform 'poor value' watchdog says

05 September, 2013

The government's flagship welfare reform has been badly managed, is "overambitious" and poor value for money, the spending watchdog has said

Universal Credit: The First 100 days

03 September, 2013

Speech by Howard Shiplee, a former Olympics executive who was drafted in to direct the Universal Credit scheme

Universal Credit has been plagued by problems, says director

03 September, 2013

Britain's welfare reforms have been undermined by a series of "missteps" with officials in denial over emerging problems

Proportion of UK workless households falls to record low

29 August, 2013

Official figures show 17.1% of all households have no adult aged 16-64 in work, down from 17.9% a year earlier

Fraudster claimed benefits despite having thousands in savings

29 August, 2013

A benefit cheat who claimed almost £14,000 in job seeker's allowance while having undeclared savings of £16,000 tied up in a property has been prosecuted

DWP 'chaos' to cost £1.4bn, says Labour's Liam Byrne

21 August, 2013

Iain Duncan Smith's flagship welfare programmes have gone so badly wrong they are set to cost taxpayers £1.4bn, his Labour shadow has claimed

The local impacts of welfare reform

12 August, 2013

CESI Report

Digital Deal: 12 projects to help social tenants get online

12 August, 2013

The government's Digital Deal has provided funding for internet services and training to social housing tenants

Benefit cap completes roll-out

12 August, 2013

The government's benefits cap begins its roll-out into the country's final council areas

3,000 families affected by benefit cap

08 August, 2013

Nearly 3,000 households have had their incomes slashed as a result of the total benefits cap trialled in four London boroughs

Universal Credit could limit benefit access, Labour warns

07 August, 2013

Entitlement to free school meals, legal aid and a range of health measures threatened by new system

Iain Duncan Smith's DWP blowing £1.3million checking benefit cap by hand because computers are not ready

07 August, 2013

The Government has had to take on 112 workers to check what each household receives in the pilot areas

Universal credit is doomed - one-size-fits-all suits no one

07 August, 2013

Simplifying benefits is not a new idea. But cutting everyone down to the same size is hopeless in the face of differing needs

Responses to the Universal Credit local support services framework

05 August, 2013

In February this year Lord Freud published the Universal Credit Local Support Services Framework which was developed in partnership with local authorities

Universal Credit staff describe chaos behind scenes of flagship Tory reform

05 August, 2013

DWP employees criticise environment of poor management and high stress in leaked internal survey

Sanctions and conditionality briefing

02 August, 2013

New conditions and associated sanctions are being attached to welfare benefits. This is intended to reflect the principle behind Universal Credit that people who can, must look for work - NHF report

Universal Credit comes to Oldham and Warrington

29 July, 2013

New jobseekers in Oldham and Warrington will now be able to make a claim to Universal Credit

The sector needs a new vision to mitigate risk

24 July, 2013

From the introduction of Universal Credit to the decline in government funding, less reliable income streams are becoming more critical

Implementing Universal Credit

16 July, 2013

The implementation of Universal Credit in the Pathfinder and plans for rolling-out the next stage

DWP finally admits Universal Credit IT not up to scratch - calling in GDS

15 July, 2013

It claims that any 'enhanced IT solution' needs to be cost effective and delivered on time

Universal credit is simple: work more and get paid less

15 July, 2013

This Tory benefit reform was meant to give people incentives to work - but crunch the figures and you find the opposite is true

Universal Credit: The scheme faces difficulties that must be resolved before it is rolled out

12 July, 2013

Nigel Keohane examines the government's Universal Credit scheme and points out five areas of concern

9 in 10 claimants 'not ready' for universal credit

11 July, 2013

New research by Citizens Advice shows nine out of 10 people are not ready for universal credit

Duncan Smith issues warning to payday lenders

11 July, 2013

Iain Duncan Smith has vowed action against payday loan companies who lend money to benefit claimants

Universal credit: National roll-out delayed, claims Labour

11 July, 2013

The national roll-out of the government's flagship universal credit scheme has been hit by fresh delays, Labour claims

LIN press release - Universal Credit will expand to 6 new Jobcentres starting from October 2013

10 July, 2013

Ministers set out the next stage of the roll out for Universal Credit following the successful launch in April

More trouble for IDS: how claimants are unprepared for Universal Credit

09 July, 2013

Ahead of Duncan Smith's grilling by MPs, a new study shows 92 per cent of claimants are unprepared for the new system in at least one area

Duncan Smith and Freud to face MPs on Universal Credit progress

09 July, 2013

UC architects Iain Duncan Smith and Lord Freud will face the Work and Pensions Select Committee on the government's revolution of the welfare system

Universal credit fears revealed through Citizens Advice survey

08 July, 2013

Survey conducted by charity suggests 90% of benefit claimants will be unprepared for new single payment benefits scheme

Wandsworth Council to partner with credit union to help residents cope with Universal Credit

04 July, 2013

Wandsworth Council has agreed to enter into partnership with a credit union to help its residents cope with Universal Credit

Government plans will draw more people into welfare system

04 July, 2013

A little-noticed effect of the government's universal credit scheme is that it draws more people into the benefit system

Direct Payment of Universal Credit to Landlords Provides Greatest Protection Against Arrears

02 July, 2013

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has welcomed the announcement

Freud Announces Universal Credit Protection for Tenants and Landlords

02 July, 2013

Protection for renters claiming Universal Credit and their landlords has been announced by the Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud

Universal Credit hits Wigan as 'slow, safe and controlled' roll-out continues

01 July, 2013

Universal Credit can now be claimed by people living in Wigan from today as the new benefits system continued its 'slow, safe and controlled roll-out'

Universal Credit roll-out progresses

01 July, 2013

Next step in the roll-out of Universal Credit and the reforms to the welfare system

LIN Press Release - Freud: Universal Credit protection for tenants and landlords

28 June, 2013

Universal Credit and Direct Payments information

Lord Freud offers new direct payment 'guarantees' to protect social landlords

27 June, 2013

Lord Freud today announced further concessions on Universal Credit direct payments as he sought to appease social landlords' concerns over the controversial policy

Direct Payments system

27 June, 2013

Speech by Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform

Freud: Universal Credit protection for tenants and landlords

27 June, 2013

Protection for renters claiming Universal Credit and their landlords was announced by the Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud

Benefit cap 'driving families from London'

26 June, 2013

The introduction of the benefit cap and direct payments of universal credit already appear to be driving some families from London

Universal Credit could cut poverty - but only if the government will spend money on it

24 June, 2013

Ask the government about the poverty impacts of its austerity programme and the answer is always the same: universal credit

What do you know?

21 June, 2013

Universal credit has started. Claimants in Manchester are receiving payments right now

Cuts and bruises

21 June, 2013

Over the past two-and-a-half years, Inside Housing has carried many warnings about the likely dire impacts of welfare reform on tenants and social landlords

Welfare reform piles pressure on victims of domestic violence

20 June, 2013

The universal credit scheme risks putting women supported by refuges in debt, and threatens the survival of the refuge service

Plans to deduct rent arrears from benefits will not work says Landlord Action

18 June, 2013

Landlord Action has expressed concerns for both landlords and tenants over plans to deduct Universal Credit payments in order to recoup rent arrears

Universal Credit 'switchback' details published

13 June, 2013

The government has responded to a Communities and Local Government Select Committee report

Credit unions to take on payday lenders with higher cap on rates

13 June, 2013

Britain's credit unions will be allowed to increase the interest they charge on loans in a bid to stop people turning to payday lenders

Leeds council proposes plan to combat poverty and payday loans

13 June, 2013

More than 2,400 council tenants have fallen behind on their rent in Leeds since changes to housing benefit came into effect

Will £24 PCs help Britain's poor get online?

12 June, 2013

A new Microsoft-backed scheme is aiming to get the poorest Brits online by selling refurbished laptops and PCs for as little as £24

Majority of private landlords wary of Universal Credit

12 June, 2013

The majority of private landlords remain concerned about the impact that UC will have on the sector

Landlords Wary of Universal Credit

12 June, 2013

According to the latest research from the National Landlords Association, landlords remain concerned over the impact of Universal Credit

Tenants driven from private rented sector in anticipation of benefit cap

11 June, 2013

With just weeks to go before the benefit cap takes effect, landlords are locking out tenants supported by state benefits

Lord Freud exclusive: 'We are listening to social landlords on Universal Credit'

10 June, 2013

Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud says the Universal Credit demonstration projects have helped to shape new thinking around direct payments to tenants

Universal credit docked to recover rent arrears

10 June, 2013

A mechanism to automatically recover rent arrears is to be introduced alongside the direct payment of housing benefit to tenants

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

UK faces European Court over benefits for EU nationals

31 May, 2013

The European Commission is taking the British government to court for alleged discrimination after it refused to pay welfare benefits

Incapacity benefit test claims 'conflated figures' - watchdog

31 May, 2013

Suggestions that 878,300 benefit claimants dropped their claims rather than take a medical test have been challenged by the statistics watchdog

Universal credit assessments are a recipe for confusion for leaseholders

22 May, 2013

Government guidance notes offer an insight into the startling complexity around how benefit assessments will be made

Universal credit assessments are a recipe for confusion for leaseholders

21 May, 2013

Government guidance notes offer an insight into the startling complexity around how benefit assessments will be made

The truth about universal credit

21 May, 2013

Universal Credit was officially launched on a very small scale at the end of last month in Ashton-under-Lyne in Lancashire

Universal credit landlord concerned by rising debt

20 May, 2013

The housing association at the heart of the first universal credit pathfinder has expressed concern about rising levels of tenant debt

Three top tips for creating a successful digital inclusion strategy

20 May, 2013

A strategy is crucial in combating digital exclusion, but what should be included and how can you make it work?

Universal Credit Local Support Services Framework

20 May, 2013

Message from Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform

Universal Credit direct payment pilots to be extended for further six months

16 May, 2013

The Universal Credit direct payment demonstration projects will be extended for a further six months, Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud has announced

Seven million UK adults have never used internet

16 May, 2013

Office for National Statistics survey shows that those least likely to have gone online are the over-75s

Welsh Questions, TV's Michael Fabricant and sofabeds

15 May, 2013

Michael Fabricant found time in his busy schedule to drop in on Welsh Question Time

Universal Credit: Warning over online benefit claims

14 May, 2013

More than three quarters of benefit claimants in Scotland would struggle to apply for payments online

Three quarters of Scots could lose benefits because they can't use the internet

14 May, 2013

A worrying number of Scots claimants may miss out because of new rules forcing them to apply online

Scottish independence: Sturgeon says taxes would not rise to pay welfare bill

13 May, 2013

Taxes would not have to rise in an independent Scotland to pay for the SNP's welfare proposals

LIN Member Report May 2013 - Direct Payments to Tenants and the Impact on Rent Arrears

13 May, 2013

This LIN member report is written by Vivienne Ashley

Universal Credit toolkit for partner organisations

10 May, 2013

A toolkit to inform partner organisations about Universal Credit and to help them explain the changes to claimants

Westminster seals free internet deal

10 May, 2013

Westminster Council has signed a deal which will eventually roll out free internet access to more than 22,000 households

Will Universal Credit Work?

08 May, 2013

New report by Child Poverty Action Group and the TUC suggests that Universal Credit is in danger of failing to deliver on its key objectives

105,000 Scots to be hit by bedroom tax - new figures

07 May, 2013

More than 100,000 people living in Scotland will be affected by the bedroom tax

How the bedroom tax unfolds: the letters and home visits people are getting

07 May, 2013

We're talking to people who have been told they must pay the bedroom tax and we're following their stories, to see how this frightening tax unfolds

Family in fully occupied house hit by bedroom tax

07 May, 2013

A family say they are being asked to pay the controversial 'bedroom tax' - despite living with four children in a three bedroom house

Bedroom tax: Domestic violence victim may lose home after panic room is classed as spare bedroom

07 May, 2013

The mum-of-one was abused by the thug, also arrested for attempted murder of a police officer

New SSAC report recommends improvements for Universal Credit support

07 May, 2013

The Government is in the process of delivering the most far-reaching reform of the UK's social security system for 65 years

Landlords to get benefits of tenants in arrears

01 May, 2013

Payment of benefit will be switched back to social landlords when tenants accrue two months of arrears during universal credit 'pathfinders'

Universal Credit: Landlords to receive direct payments after two months of arrears

01 May, 2013

Housing benefit payments will be sent directly to landlords after tenants have gone into two months of arrears during the Universal Credit pathfinders

Teething troubles on day one of universal credit pilot scheme

30 April, 2013

At the town hall in Tameside, the first place to pilot the scheme, no claimants turned up in person on day one

Dorset Police issue warning to benefits cuts protesters

30 April, 2013

Dorset Police has warned organisers of a direct action campaign against government benefit cuts they may be breaking the law

Universal credit: Major benefits changes come into effect

30 April, 2013

A massive shake-up in the UK benefits system has begun, with the first claims being made for new universal credit payments

Universal Credit and Legal Aid Means Testing

29 April, 2013

Universal Credit becomes 'passporting' benefit from April 2013

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

Universal credit pilot to launch with only a few dozen claimants

29 April, 2013

Radical scaling back of pilot to include only most straightforward cases causes concern for charities and opposition parties

Universal credit: the essential guide

29 April, 2013

The flagship policy in the government's welfare reform programme is now being piloted & is due to go live nationally this October.

'Universal Credit to create average monthly rent arrears of £180'

29 April, 2013

The government's shake-up of the benefits system, Universal Credit will create average monthly rent arrears of £180, according to a law firm

Mothers and children lose out in benefit changes

29 April, 2013

Iain Duncan Smith's universal credit poses a serious threat to women's independence

Universal credit 'will destroy people'

29 April, 2013

A small number of benefit claimants in Greater Manchester will start to receive the new 'universal credit' from today

Universal Credit launches in Manchester

29 April, 2013

Universal Credit is launched in parts of the North-West

Government's Universal Credit system begins

29 April, 2013

The government's new Universal Credit system has begun to be rolled-out today, in four North West towns

Universal credit has great potential for positive social change

26 April, 2013

The architect of universal credit says local authorities must ask what role they can play in local welfare support

Coventry libraries' online time rises for welfare tests

22 April, 2013

The amount of free internet access in Coventry's libraries has been doubled to two hours because people were struggling to complete new welfare reform online assessments in an hour

Housing benefit change 'complete madness'

16 April, 2013

UK government changes to housing benefit are "complete madness", a Welsh government minister has told MPs

Benefits stigma in Britain - new Turn2us research

15 April, 2013

public vastly overestimated the numbers of people 'claiming falsely' or 'committing fraud'

Universal Credit: Majority of benefit claimants concerned about welfare reform

12 April, 2013

Up to 85% of benefit claimants are concerned about the introduction of Universal Credit, a new survey has revealed

Housing sector aiming to get tenants on the internet with 'Spring Online'

09 April, 2013

Housing providers across the UK are to help their tenants get internet access as they take part in this year's 'Spring Online' campaign

Live discussion: direct payment demonstration pilots

08 April, 2013

The government's pilot schemes have seen arrears double in the first four months, but what can be learned from the six schemes' progress so far?

Government pledges £400k universal credit IT cash

08 April, 2013

Social landlords can bid for a share of £400,000 government funding to help tenants improve their internet skills

A slice of life

08 April, 2013

Over the next year, Inside Housing will track the impact on their businesses and lives through this new welfare reform focus group

Discretionary Housing Payments Guidance Manual

05 April, 2013

April 2013 Good Practice Guide for DHP's

Housing benefit changes may prompt return of rent collectors

05 April, 2013

Nine in 10 housing professionals predict increased arrears under universal credit, requiring landlords to rethink rent collection methods

Strike a Digital Deal to help people get online

05 April, 2013

Social landlords are urged to bid for funding to design innovative projects to help their tenants get online with the launch of Digital Deal

Universal Credit: MPs raise fraud concerns

04 April, 2013

The government must give a "swift assurance" that the introduction of Universal Credit will not cause a rise in benefit fraud, MPs have said

Council tenants can rent out spare rooms

04 April, 2013

Social housing tenants will be allowed to make thousands of pounds by renting out their spare rooms and their benefits will be unaffected, ministers have admitted

Bedroom Tax: Some Home Truths

03 April, 2013

Bedroom tax could cost taxpayers more, not less, according to new NHF report

The Bedroom tax map of Britain: where will it hit hardest?

03 April, 2013

The National Housing Federation has worked out what this will mean per year for claimants in each constituency across the country

Universal Credit: MPs raise fraud concerns

03 April, 2013

The government must give a "swift assurance" that the introduction of Universal Credit will not cause a rise in benefit fraud

Universal Credit and future funding: social housing sector reveals its greatest fears

03 April, 2013

Housing associations are nearly as concerned with funding as they are with Universal Credit

Scottish government says law to prevent 'bedroom tax' evictions is unnecessary

02 April, 2013

The Scottish government has rejected Labour's call for emergency legislation to prevent tenants being evicted as a result of arrears caused by the so-called "bedroom tax".

Benefits reform trial scaled back

02 April, 2013

The government is to scale back some of its plans to test a radical new reform to the welfare system

Universal Credit: service charges

01 April, 2013

Guidance for landlords

Campaigners warn of IT risk of benefit changes

28 March, 2013

Benefit claimants who lack technology skills could lose out under planned changes to the benefits system, campaigners have warned.

Universal Credit - Pathfinder update

28 March, 2013

The DWP have confirmed that Universal Credit would start early in the Manchester and Cheshire areas from the end of April, before progressively rolling out nationally from October

Benefit changes: Who will be affected?

27 March, 2013

Hundreds of thousands of households across the UK will be affected by changes to benefits from April

Universal Credit toolkit for partner organisations

25 March, 2013

This toolkit is for organisations, particularly those in the Pathfinder locations, to inform them about Universal Credit and to help explain the changes that Universal Credit will bring

The Universal Credit Regulations 2013

22 March, 2013

Final Universal Credit regulations now published

Ministers may increase direct payment exceptions

22 March, 2013

More people might be switched from direct payment of benefit under universal credit than ministers first thought, a civil servant has said

DWP and Treasury in standoff over £145 million Universal Credit fund

21 March, 2013

Millions of pounds of funding announced by the DWP for the creation of budgeting accounts may not be available after all

Budget 2013: What does it mean for you?

20 March, 2013

Chancellor George Osborne said his Budget would be "for people who work hard and aspire to get on"

London Assembly demands 'urgent review' of Universal Credit over direct payment fears

19 March, 2013

The London Assembly has called on the Mayor to launch an 'urgent review' of the potential impact on London of the Government's plans to change the way housing benefits are paid

Young social tenants get help with bedroom tax and benefits cap

19 March, 2013

Young social tenants are to receive help with money management ahead of the government's bedroom tax and benefits cap

Universal credit threatens eviction amnesty

19 March, 2013

Councils that have pledged not to evict tenants who run up arrears as a result of the government's 'bedroom tax' could struggle

Scots children 'should not miss out' on free school meals

19 March, 2013

Child poverty campaigners in Scotland have said that no one should miss out as a result of changes to the UK welfare system

How will the housing benefit changes work?

18 March, 2013

A forthcoming change in housing benefit rules has been dubbed the "bedroom tax" by Labour and, for many, the name has stuck

Council: no tenant to be evicted over bedroom tax

18 March, 2013

A council has declared that none of its social tenants will be evicted if they cannot afford to pay the government's forthcoming bedroom tax

Eviction fears over universal credit housing changes

18 March, 2013

The government says it'll empower tenants, but there's growing concern that changes to the way housing benefit works could lead to more evictions

Thousands protest against bedroom tax

18 March, 2013

Thousands of people have gathered at demonstrations across the UK to protest against the government's 'bedroom tax' penalty for under-occupation of social housing

Bedroom tax: drastic u-turns, partial concessions, and spin

15 March, 2013

The most significant - and potentially most politically damaging - bodyswerve on the bedroom tax this week was slipped out without fanfare

Birmingham landlord finds just 6% of tenants will downsize

15 March, 2013

A survey of residents by a Castle Vale Community Housing Association has found that only 6 per cent intend to move to a smaller house as a result of the 'bedroom tax'

Courts will fill up with tenants, lawyers warn

15 March, 2013

Lawyers expect courts to be inundated with 'thousands' of legal cases following the introduction of the government's 'bedroom tax' next month

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

Foster carers with more than one child will still face 'bedroom tax'

14 March, 2013

Carers' exemption from under-occupancy charge does not extend to more than one 'spare bedroom', ministers reveal

Welsh seek control of welfare cuts support budget

14 March, 2013

The Welsh housing minister has called for the UK government to devolve discretionary housing payments to the Welsh administration

What will be the impact of the bedroom tax in Northern Ireland?

13 March, 2013

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive manages three-bedroom homes. It faces unique pressures over benefit reform

Bedroom tax 'in chaos' after Iain Duncan Smith announces exemptions

13 March, 2013

Work and pensions secretary says foster carers and parents with children in armed forces will not have to pay for spare bedrooms

Universal credit pilots issue digital access warning

13 March, 2013

Three projects testing aspects of the government's universal credit welfare reform have warned there are serious flaws in the way people access the scheme

IDS pledges to protect disabled children

12 March, 2013

The work and pensions secretary has pledged to protect disabled children who will be hit by the bedroom tax

Charity launches spare rooms campaign

12 March, 2013

Depaul UK is calling on UK households with spare rooms to offer them to homeless young people

Council's bedroom tax avoidance house swap event creates 200 viewing requests

12 March, 2013

Croydon Council's house swapping event has led to almost 200 requests to view properties.

LIN Press Release - Partial U-turn over bedroom tax

12 March, 2013

Partial U-turn over bedroom tax announced by Iain Duncan Smith

HB/CTB U2/2013

12 March, 2013

Housing and Council Tax Benefit Circular - Court of Appeal judgement: Burnip, Trengove and Gorry

Welfare reform trial sees rent arrears rise in Torfaen

11 March, 2013

Tenants in south Wales taking part in a trial of the UK government's benefits reforms have seen rent arrears rise seven-fold to £140,000 in seven months

Archbishop of Canterbury attacks Government welfare reforms

11 March, 2013

The Archbishop of Canterbury is supporting a campaign to derail a key part of the Government's welfare reforms

IDS on warpath after Archbishop attacks 'immoral' welfare reforms

11 March, 2013

Iain Duncan Smith has hit back after his welfare reform plans were attacked as "immoral" by the Archbishop of Canterbury

Scottish Government pledges £2.5 million support for households hit by bedroom tax

11 March, 2013

The Scottish government have announced £2.5 million in extra funding for social landlords to help their tenant cope with the bedroom tax and other welfare reforms

Occupancy Analyser

11 March, 2013

Wirral Partnership Homes has launched a new 'occupancy analyser' toolkit to help assess the financial impact of the bedroom tax on its future income

Three quarters of bedroom tax tenants won't move

11 March, 2013

Three quarters of tenants who will be affected by the bedroom tax would refuse to move even if smaller properties were available, according to research conducted by Aspire HA

80,000 People in London fall foul of Bedroom Tax

11 March, 2013

Thousands of low-income families across the capital will be forced to pay more rent or move out of their homes when the bedroom tax comes in according to NHF

Bedroom tax fact check

08 March, 2013

Following Prime Minister's Questions this article looks at the claims made about who will be exempt from the bedroom tax

Tenants asked to sign bedroom tax disclaimer

08 March, 2013

A Liverpool-based housing association is asking tenants to sign forms that say they accept they will be hit with legal action if they don't pay their rent as a result of the 'bedroom tax'

Orbit recycles hundreds of old computers to help tenants get online

08 March, 2013

Orbit Group is recycling hundreds of old computers to help tenants get online ahead of the government's imminent welfare reforms

Anger on the streets

08 March, 2013

Protests against the government's controversial bedroom tax are being staged across the country ahead of the policy's implementation on 1 April

Minister casts doubt on PM's housing benefit claim

08 March, 2013

A senior Conservative has cast doubt on claims by David Cameron that severely disabled children are exempt from what critics have dubbed the "bedroom tax"

'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

'Under-occupancy charge is not a tax' says PM

07 March, 2013

The Prime Minister has been defending the coalition's "under-occupancy charge", which has been dubbed "bedroom tax", at Prime Ministers Questions

Universal Credit: Proposal for Direct Payments trigger

07 March, 2013

CIH has joined forces with the National Housing Federation and Community Housing Cymru to advise the government

DWP sets date for national benefit cap roll-out

07 March, 2013

The national roll-out of the benefit cap will begin on 15th July announced the Department for Work and Pensions

Universal credit benefits system 'in meltdown', claims Labour

06 March, 2013

Labour claims work on universal credit system has been halted but DWP insists plans for April completion are still on course

Benefit changes: Residents look to 'swap properties'

06 March, 2013

People in Croydon who may lose out of benefits as the government changes its rules on spare bedrooms have said the changes will have a big impact on their lives

Bedroom tax to be introduced before legal challenge

06 March, 2013

A legal challenge to the government's penalty for the under-occupation of social housing will not go ahead until after the policy is introduced on 1 April

The perfect storm: 'There will be an almighty crash in the autumn'

05 March, 2013

The bedroom tax, the benefit cap, the new council tax regime and a range of other welfare cuts are upon us. Throw in cuts to legal aid, advice services and the state of the UK economy and we're faced with two powerful weather fronts and a hurricane

Digital access will make or break Universal Credit, say charities and HAs

05 March, 2013

Housing associations and policy consultants revealed their primary concern about Universal Credit to be access to computers and the internet for claimants

New bedroom tax figures show local impact

05 March, 2013

New figures estimating the numbers of people hit by the bedroom tax at constituency level have been released by the National Housing Federation

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

Nationwide to stop lending to landlords with Local Housing Allowance tenants

01 March, 2013

Mortgage provider Nationwide, which provides mortgages for over a third of the buy-to-let market, has withdrawn from lending to new landlord customers with LHA tenants

Benefit cap will force more children to move schools mid-year, says thinktank

01 March, 2013

RSA warns that poorer children are more likely to have their education disrupted if they are forced out of affluent areas

'Bedroom tax' legal challenge

01 March, 2013

A disabled couple have gone to the High Court to take legal action against the Government's so-called bedroom tax

Exclusive: Benefit claimants offered £6,500 to move out

28 February, 2013

Labour-run Brent LBC will offer 150 benefit recipients with large families a one-off payment of £6,500 to move out of the borough, under a proposed £1m 'new start' scheme for those hit hard by welfare cuts

Rent arrears rise predicted by housing associations

28 February, 2013

The vast majority of Scotland's housing associations are predicting that rent arrears will rise next year because of changes to benefits

Welfare reforms could spark a decade of destitution

27 February, 2013

Universal credit could have helped reduce poverty, but its haphazard implementation alongside sweeping changes will put people and businesses at risk

Bedroom tax will cost taxpayers more

26 February, 2013

The coming bedroom tax will end up costing Scottish taxpayers more not less, Shelter Scotland has warned.

DWP: bedroom tax will not be changed

25 February, 2013

There will be no changes made to the bedroom tax according to the Department for Work and Pensions

Bedroom tax protestors joining 'benefit justice summit'

25 February, 2013

Tenants protesting against the bedroom tax and other welfare cuts are to join a 'benefit justice summit'

The bedroom tax ignores the link between home and health

25 February, 2013

The emotional costs of 'bedroom tax' could far exceed savings in housing benefits according to JRF

Coast & Country launches mass protest against the bedroom tax

25 February, 2013

Coast & Country is harnessing the voice of tens of thousands of social housing tenants from across the North East to launch a mass protest against the bedroom tax - speaker from LIN Director Claire Turner opens this event

Bedroom tax will hit poorer students

25 February, 2013

The bedroom tax could hit students already struggling to survive without financial support from their parents

Top tips: managing the bedroom tax in social housing

25 February, 2013

How can housing providers protect tenants and their bottom lines from the impact of the under-occupation penalty? Our experts share their advice

DWP rules out changes to bedroom tax

22 February, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions has insisted there will be no change to the bedroom tax following reports that Iain Duncan Smith has asked officials to look at how the policy will affect disabled people

Home swap service to tackle welfare reform

22 February, 2013

Social landlords are to set up a national mobility scheme to help tenants move to avoid the impact of the government’s welfare reforms and to find work

Challenging Times, Changing Lives

22 February, 2013

Welfare reforms will fail to result in positive changes unless the government and social landlords increase support services for tenants, Riverside study warns

Charities say millions without internet access will face benefits struggle

22 February, 2013

Online-only Universal Credit system will come into force later this year following the closure of many advice centres

Analysing the impact of the UK Government's welfare reforms in Wales - stage 2

21 February, 2013

Ministerial Task and Finish Group on Welfare Reform stage 2 analysis

'Bedroom tax' rules re-examined

21 February, 2013

Welfare secretary Iain Duncan Smith has instructed officials to "look again" at how the "bedroom tax" will affect disabled people, the BBC has been told

Government backtracks on pensioner bedroom tax

21 February, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions has pledged to protect some of the pensioners that could be hit by the bedroom tax

Southwark Council pilot findings cast doubt on viability of Direct Payment of benefits

21 February, 2013

A London council has projected it faces a rocketing £14 million increase in rent arrears once the direct payment of HB to tenants comes into effect later this year

Universal credit: more tenants face eviction and rent arrears

20 February, 2013

Emerging findings from direct payment pilots suggest vulnerable housing benefit claimants will struggle with new measures

Is the 'bedroom tax' fair?

20 February, 2013

MPs Helen Goodman and Richard Harrington debate whether people should have their benefits cut if they have a spare room

Free IT courses for Dale & Valley Homes' customers

19 February, 2013

Council tenants in Wear Valley are being offered the chance to learn computer skills for free

Government brings in trouble-shooter to get its Universal Credit benefits programme on track before launch

19 February, 2013

Government takes action after flagship programme is hit by death of IT head and other staff problems

Peers refuse to sanction criticism of universal credit

18 February, 2013

Peers have rejected a motion criticising universal credit as the Lords voted through regulations to introduce the flagship welfare reform policy

Councils must prepare for the unexpected as universal credit rolls out

18 February, 2013

Local authorities can't afford to employ more staff, but they must find a way to deal with increased contact from worried residents

LIN Press Release - Information on Direct payment of Universal Credit Housing costs direct to landlords

15 February, 2013

Universal Credit (UC) - Guidance on Personal Budgeting Support

Child poverty 'should be tackled not measured'

15 February, 2013

The government should focus less on how to measure child poverty and more on how to eradicate it, a leading children's charity has argued

LIN Member Report February 2013 - Universal Credit and its Implications on Rental Payments

15 February, 2013

This LIN member report is written by Leanne Tasker

Direct payments housing association: 'Welfare reforms could cost us £10m a year'

14 February, 2013

Wakefield and District HA who are taking part in the DWP Direct Payment demonstration projects says the Government's welfare reforms could end up costing it £10million a year

'Social landlords don't have to collect the bedroom tax'

14 February, 2013

Current claims that the bedroom tax will increase the housing benefit bill by forcing under occupiers into the private sector are one dimensional

Tenants get lessons in IT and savings

14 February, 2013

Whitefriars Housing has teamed up with Henley College and is giving its tenants lessons in IT and how to save and manage their money

Benefit cuts: London tenants told to move away from Capital

14 February, 2013

Camden council is considering shipping tenants that'll be hit by the coming benefit cuts as far away as Leicester and Birmingham

London council forced to move families away

14 February, 2013

A London council is considering moving up to 2,817 people miles out of the borough because benefit changes mean they will struggle to pay private sector rents

Universal Credit

14 February, 2013

Guidance on personal budgeting support

Thousands of carers set to lose benefits

13 February, 2013

Thousands of carers in England, Wales and Scotland are set to lose benefits when new disability-claim rules start

Room without review: Thoughts on tackling the bedroom tax

12 February, 2013

Report from nearlylegal - housing law, news and comment

How 'bedroom tax' will impact on communities

12 February, 2013

BBC information video

Universal Credit - Local support services framework

11 February, 2013

The Local support services framework states it will be up to the DWP to make exceptions to normal payment rules such as paying the housing element of Universal Credit direct to landlords

LIN Press Release - Universal Credit (UC)

11 February, 2013

The local support services framework for the government's flagship welfare reform, Universal Credit, states it will be up to the DWP to make exceptions to normal payment rules such as paying the housing element of the credit to landlords

Would you like a new house in your life? Try speed dating

11 February, 2013

Housing associations in Bristol are inviting their tenants to a 'Speed Dating for Houses' event, in an effort to confront the coming 'bedroom tax'

Bedroom tax 'won't work in Liverpool'

11 February, 2013

The government's bedroom tax won't work in Liverpool, a housing association targeted by protestors has said

DWP insists universal credit plans are 'on track'

07 February, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions has insisted its plans for universal credit are on track, despite criticism from MPs

Landlord calls for more advice on universal credit

07 February, 2013

Every benefit claimant moving on to universal credit should have a guarantee of face-to-face money advice

'Bedroom tax' will cost taxpayers more

06 February, 2013

The government's controversial new "bedroom tax" will cost rather than save money in parts of the country, it has been claimed

Universal Credit: 'Carefully selected' tenants struggling to cope with direct payments

06 February, 2013

Tenants taking part in the Government's 'direct payment' pilots are running up larger rent arrears than other families whose housing benefit is still paid straight to their landlord

'Bedroom tax': Carer criticises housing benefit cut

06 February, 2013

A man who gave up work to care for his sick wife is "disgusted" at the so-called "bedroom tax" which may see him lose £60 a month in housing benefit

Vulnerable claimants will get support they need under Universal Credit, Ministers tell select committee

05 February, 2013

Ministers reiterated their commitment to supporting vulnerable claimants in their response to the Work and Pensions Select Committee Report into Universal Credit today

Universal Credit implementation: Government response to the Work and Pensions Select Committee

05 February, 2013

On 5 February 2013, the Government published its response to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee report on Universal Credit implementation

Warning over 'bedroom tax' evictions

04 February, 2013

Tenants in social housing with a spare room could be facing a cut in housing benefit

Under-occupation and the new policy framework

04 February, 2013

Report by the Cambridge Centre for Housing & Planning Research

Benefit Cap

01 February, 2013

DWP information leaflet - updated

Benefits: How to claim your entitlement

30 January, 2013

How can you find out what benefits and tax credits you may be entitled to?

Rent cards could avoid direct payment problems

30 January, 2013

Housing benefit could be put on pre-payment cards to ensure it is spent on rent, a think tank has suggested

Going spare

29 January, 2013

With just 62 days left the bedroom tax has gone mainstream in parliament and the national press

Set in place solid foundations - Then tackle the myriad of welfare reforms

28 January, 2013

LIN complimentary report for landlords

Lord Freud: 3 million families will be better off under Universal Credit

28 January, 2013

Lord Freud will today deliver a speech at the Capita Group conference in London, in which he will give an update on the progress of Universal Credit

Freud: Direct payments will not reduce incomes

28 January, 2013

Lord David Freud said he does not expect landlords to 'suffer sudden losses of income' as a result of direct payment of benefit to tenants

The spare bedroom tax: a mess of contradiction and impossibility

28 January, 2013

In April the new 'spare bedroom tax' comes into force, meaning many low-income families and disabled people will be forced to move or face yet more cuts. The implications are frightening

Universal Credit

28 January, 2013

Lord Freud conference speech

Benefit cap 'driving families from London'

26 January, 2013

The introduction of the benefit cap and direct payments of universal credit already appear to be driving some families from London

landlords should get systems in place before Universal Credit

25 January, 2013

Here Claire Turner, director of LIN, argues that landlords should take steps to prepare for Universal Credit before payments are made direct to tenants

Extending labour market interventions to in-work claimants - call for ideas

25 January, 2013

DWP call for ideas seeks views on how DWP can support people in work and in receipt of UC to help them: Increase their earnings, Develop their skills and qualifications and Achieve financial independence

Evictions warning over housing benefit reforms

24 January, 2013

Changes to housing benefit later this year could lead to a rise in evictions, a key housing body has warned

Millions to struggle with rents under welfare reforms

24 January, 2013

A million people living in social housing could struggle with their rent and end up in debt as a result of the Government's welfare shakeup

People and households claiming Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment and other benefits

23 January, 2013

Department for Work and Pensions Official Statistics Consultation

Universal Credit: part-timers to get monthly statements and texts from DWP

22 January, 2013

The DWP might start sending part-time workers claiming UC, monthly statements & texts to tell them how much better off they could be if they increased their hours

MPs debate impact of 'bedroom tax' changes in Wales

22 January, 2013

MPs will discuss the impact of a so-called "bedroom tax" which will impose an under-occupancy penalty on tenants

Planned 1% benefits rises cap backed by MPs

22 January, 2013

Labour MPs have failed to block controversial plans to cap working-age benefit rises at 1% as the proposals passed through the House of Commons

Workers who claim benefits told to increase hours or lose universal credit

22 January, 2013

Part-time workers could receive monthly statements telling them how much better off they would be if they increased hours

Who will speak up for the universal welfare state now?

22 January, 2013

With even some on the left calling for an end to winter fuel payments and the like, it is time to go back to first principles

DWP information bulletin on Universal Credit

21 January, 2013

Part-time workers could receive monthly statements and texts telling them how much better off they would be if they increased their hours under Universal Credit

Benefits and child credits squeeze pushes 200,000 children into poverty

18 January, 2013

Government admits statistic that Labour says shows children are victims of Tory 'games' and 'economic failure'

Councils protest at benefit cap switch

18 January, 2013

Councils being hit first by the benefits cap plan to lobby the government over fears they will be disadvantaged by the surprise move

Landlord to host 'soap opera' about benefit changes

17 January, 2013

New Charter Homes is turning its offices into the venue for a 'soap opera' to help tell tenants about important changes to their welfare benefits

Universal Credit Calculator

15 January, 2013

Policy in Practice Universal Credit Calculator

Benefits reform 'to force 1 in 4 into poverty'

14 January, 2013

One in four Scots will be living in poverty by the end of the decade if the coalition government forges ahead with 'criminal welfare reforms'

The direct payment guinea pigs

11 January, 2013

Inside Housing examines the results of six pilot projects, which have been testing the new system since June, to find out what landlords can expect

High childcare costs making it impossible for families to escape poverty

09 January, 2013

The Government should increase the proportion of childcare costs covered through Universal Credit from 70 to 80% to help poorer families, a new report claims

LIN Press release - Universal Credit Service Charges

09 January, 2013

Universal Credit service charges - guidance for landlords

DWP Digital Strategy

08 January, 2013

The DWP Digital Strategy sets out how the Department will become digital by default, by developing high quality digital services which people prefer to use

Message to private landlords: give universal credit a chance

08 January, 2013

The government's new benefits system is dreaded by landlords, but it has the potential to improve the process for all

Tenants urged to bank on landlord to help pay rent as benefits changes loom

08 January, 2013

Bradford's biggest social housing group is offering thousands of tenants a cash incentive to join a credit union to try to safeguard their benefit payments

Paying to work: childcare and child poverty

07 January, 2013

Barnardo's research

Labour urges temporary jobs for long-term unemployed

04 January, 2013

Labour has said it would offer the long-term unemployed a guarantee of a six-month job if it was in government

Measures to reduce Housing Benefit expenditure - an overview

03 January, 2013

Briefing by the Libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

Paying the housing element of Universal Credit direct to tenants in social rented housing

03 January, 2013

Briefing by the Libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

LIN Memebr Report January 2013 - The Household Benefit Cap

03 January, 2013

Briefing by the Libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

Battle over plan to cap benefits ahead of Commons vote

02 January, 2013

It is unfair for benefits to rise at a faster rate than wages, the work and pensions secretary has said ahead of a key Commons vote on capping benefits

Battle over plan to cap benefits ahead of Commons vote

02 January, 2013

It is unfair for benefits to rise at a faster rate than wages, the work and pensions secretary has said ahead of a key Commons vote on capping benefits

DWP confirms benefit cap to be trialled in 4 London boroughs

21 December, 2012

The Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed that the benefits cap will be introduced across four London boroughs in April

LIN Press Release - Benefit Cap news

21 December, 2012

Benefit Cap news: Phased roll-out

Tenants handed computers in Christmas giveaway

21 December, 2012

Newlon Fusion, the community arm of Newlon Housing Trust is presenting tenants with computers and training as part of work to prepare for the impact of welfare reforms

Editor's blog: my Christmas wish is for housing to find a voice on welfare

21 December, 2012

Latest evidence on rent arrears under universal credit is damning, but next analysis will come too late

Benefit Cap implementation

20 December, 2012

The Department for Work and Pensions today confirmed the four London local authorities where the Benefit Cap roll out will start in April

Direct payment projects warn of creeping arrears

18 December, 2012

The creeping of arrears in the direct payment demonstration projects is further evidence landlords will need to provide a range of payment options

Direct Payment projects: Rent worth more than £500,000 not collected

17 December, 2012

More than £500k of rent was not collected by RSL's and LA's during the first four months of the Government's Direct Payment Demonstration Projects

Housing provider's adviser army to prepare 1000s of tenants for welfare reform

17 December, 2012

A housing provider is sending out an army of advisers to inform its tenants about the Government's imminent welfare reforms

LIN Press release - Direct payment pilots report increased arrears

17 December, 2012

Landlords testing direct payment of benefit failed to collect 8 per cent of rent on average in the first four months of the six pilot projects

Criticism prompts universal credit changes

13 December, 2012

The Department for Work and Pensions has re-drafted universal credit regulations in response to sector concerns about service charges

Universal Credit: 2 million will be better off refusing work

13 December, 2012

More than two million people will be better off if they refuse extra work under Iain Duncan Smith's flagship reforms to welfare

Existing claimants protected under universal credit

12 December, 2012

The Department for Work and Pensions has insisted no households currently claiming benefit will lose out under universal credit

Universal Credit regulations briefing

12 December, 2012

Universal Credit Briefing from the NHF

Direct payments will require landlord to collect extra £23m a year

10 December, 2012

Golden Gates has warned that the move to pay housing benefit directly to tenants as part of UC will require it to collect an extra £23m each year

Latest on Universal Credit

10 December, 2012

10 December 2012 - Universal Credit and related regulations laid before Parliament

Direct payment to cost pilot landlord £8 million a year

07 December, 2012

The Department for Work and Pensions has insisted its plans for direct payment of benefit will proceed despite a landlord on a pilot project claiming the policy will cost it £8 million a year

Universal Credit

01 December, 2012

2013 Focus LA Led Pilots Monthly Update November 2012

Autumn statement: what it means for housing

29 November, 2012

Find out all about the autumn statement, what it means for the sector and what we expect

DWP IT system causes benefit data backlog

26 November, 2012

Concerned councils left overloaded by system crucial to government welfare reforms

Quarter of tenants need help with universal credit

26 November, 2012

Around a quarter of social tenants will need support with the switch to universal credit if they are to avoid financial risk

Getting the design of Universal Credit right now is critical to its success

23 November, 2012

Responding to the DWP select committee report, 'Universal Credit implementation: meeting the needs of vulnerable claimants', CIH urges government to take note of the findings in the report

PDF: Making work pay: Universal credit and low income working households

23 November, 2012

Making work pay considers whether low income working households will be better off under universal credit than the current benefits system

Universal Credit Reforms Going Too Far, Too Fast

23 November, 2012

A report published today warns that significant concerns remain about the potential impact of the Universal Credit changes on some of the most vulnerable benefit claimants

Universal Credit inquiry echoes findings from direct payments trials

23 November, 2012

Landlords will need to provide a range of payment options for their tenants to help safeguard their rental income under Universal Credit, writes Nick Peplow, business development director at allpay

Landlords back MPs' call to delay direct payments under Universal Credit

23 November, 2012

Housing associations have backed a call from MPs to delay the direct payment of housing benefit to social tenants under Universal Credit

Welfare reform and not paying the rent

23 November, 2012

Government plans to change the way social housing tenants pay their rent, could have serious consequences for some of the poorest people in Britain

Universal Credit implementation: meeting the needs of vulnerable claimants

23 November, 2012

Work and Pensions Committee - Third Report

Benefits stigma in Britain

22 November, 2012

Report by Turn2us

Poorest 400,000 families worse off under universal credit, finds report

22 November, 2012

Chartered Institute of Housing says lone-parent households, those on minimum wage and officially in poverty will lose out

'Bedroom tax' dilemma for social housing tenants

20 November, 2012

Research seen by the BBC suggests almost 95,000 people in England could be forced into arrears because there are no smaller homes for them to move into

Social tenants' finances and vulnerability to direct payments

20 November, 2012

NHF report which identifies those who will struggle with move to Universal Credit

Cable defends 'immoral' benefit cap

19 November, 2012

Vince Cable has defended the coalition government's £26,000-a-year benefits cap following criticism from a high profile Liberal Democrat colleague.

Young benefit claimants must do 30 hours of weekly 'community work'

15 November, 2012

A new mandatory scheme designed to get young people off of benefits has been announced by Mark Hoban, the employment minister

Freud admits reforms could force families to move

15 November, 2012

The minister for welfare reform Lord David Freud has admitted that a reduced cap on housing benefit could force families in high-value areas to move

Universal credit 'will not benefit everyone'

14 November, 2012

The government's new universal credit will penalise some single parents if they work longer hours, according to a new report

Universal Credit: Timeline for switching existing claimants 'unchanged', says DWP

14 November, 2012

DWP says the timeline for bringing existing benefit claimants on to Universal Credit “remains unchanged”, following rumours of delays in the national press

Government claim that universal credit will always make work pay for single parents is at risk of failure, new research shows

13 November, 2012

Universal credit will fail to provide all working single parent families with a route out of poverty, and act as a disincentive to work longer hours for some

Benefits reform under threat after IT glitch

12 November, 2012

National roll-out of flagship policy delayed by at least a year as costs soar and key personnel quit

Cutting housing benefit for under-25s 'is unworkable and irresponsible'

12 November, 2012

Crisis says move to save £1.8bn risks condemning thousands of vulnerable young people to homelessness

McCausland rules out call for six-month freeze on government's 'bedroom tax'

12 November, 2012

Northern Ireland's social development minister has ruled out any postponement of the "bedroom tax", due to be introduced in April next year

RLA/SAL Universal Credit Survey

09 November, 2012

Landlords in the PRS have rejected the Government's welfare reform plans for HB, and point to a lack of housing in the sector to cope with the Government's changes

HB Direct

09 November, 2012

November 2012 - includes information on Council Tax Support, Supported 'exempt' accommodation and Universal Credit, Temporary accommodation, Universal Credit and the HB Direct pilots

Knock, knock

09 November, 2012

Who's there? This is the question Aspire Housing is asking tenants during visits to their homes to find out who will be hit by the bedroom tax next April

Direct payment tenants taken to court

08 November, 2012

One of the HA's involved in the Government's direct payment demonstration projects has warned social landlords to get strict with their arrears policy ahead of UC

DWP replaces Universal Credit programme director

08 November, 2012

The DWP has replaced the man heading up the Universal Credit programme but insisted the project is still on time and on budget

£5.67: the value of £1 spent on confidence and skills for tenants

08 November, 2012

With the Social Value Act coming into force next year, housing associations are fighting to prove their financial worth

Iain Duncan Smith: direct payments to remain for refuges

07 November, 2012

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has told MPs that domestic violence victims will see their housing benefit paid directy to their refuge under Universal Credit

Universal Credit: 'It's not too late to get it right'

07 November, 2012

Without urgent changes to Universal Credit, the Government risks undermining its own reforms, according to a new report supported by the JRF

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

The best of British banking

06 November, 2012

A report by Accent on basic bank accounts for Consumer Focus

PDF: Lost benefits - An article from February 2004

05 November, 2012

Disturbing results from a trial of direct housing benefit payments mean the government should think long and hard before applying the reform to the social sector

Bedroom Tax Guidance

05 November, 2012

CIH Scotland - This practice guidance is aimed primarily at Scottish social landlords - i.e. local authority landlords and registered social landlords

April is the cruellest month

05 November, 2012

Every time you think you have got your head around the impact of the April 2013 welfare changes you realise you have forgotten something that makes it even worse

Evaluation of the Direct Payment Demonstration Projects- Emerging Learning

02 November, 2012

This is the second report in this series

Managing the Impact of Housing Benefit Reform

02 November, 2012

National Audit Office Report

NIFHA calls for bedroom tax delay

02 November, 2012

The Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations has called for a six month postponement to the introduction of the under-occupation penalty

Landlords plan bank account

02 November, 2012

A group of Greater Manchester landlords is working with local credit unions to set up a new type of bank account to help thousands of tenants who could be made worse off by welfare reform

Direct payments landlord wants policy u-turn

02 November, 2012

The CEX of Wakefield and District Housing who are involved in the Government's direct payment demonstration projects says he hopes the results will change policy to allow tenants to retain the choice to have HB paid to their landlord

Council stands to lose £70m in welfare shake-up

01 November, 2012

One of England's largest local authorities stands to lose £70m over the next five years as its tenants feel the brunt of welfare cuts

No regrets, says direct payments landlord

31 October, 2012

Family Mosaic says it's pleased it's taken part in the Direct Payment demonstration project as it has given it a better understanding of how to prepare itself and its tenants ahead of UC

Housing associations and provision for destitute migrants

31 October, 2012

Social landlords can take advantage of a pack that has been launched to prevent migrants being homeless

Tenants using range of payment options in Universal Credit trial

31 October, 2012

Tenants involved in the Government's direct payment demonstration projects are preferring to use a range of options to pay their rent, according to the DWP

Gaining from growth

31 October, 2012

Resolution Foundation Report

Universal Credit a 'potential poverty trap'

30 October, 2012

Universal Credit has major flaws that will need to be addressed to avoid becoming a potential poverty trap, a new report has concluded

DWP issues warnings to households in benefit cap hotspots

30 October, 2012

Nearly 89,000 households across Great Britain may be affected by next April's household benefit cap, with 42% living in social housing, according to the DWP

DWP holds back data on direct payment pilots

30 October, 2012

The Department for Work and Pensions has insisted tenants are ready to manage their own money but is not yet releasing data from its direct payment pilot projects

Freud: Universal Credit switch will be simple for most - but we must prepare early

30 October, 2012

New research shows the majority of claimants are ready to manage their own money, including paying their rent direct to landlords, ahead of Universal Credit, Lord Freud the Minister for Welfare Reform announced today.

Universal Credit: without urgent changes the Government risks undermining its own reforms

30 October, 2012

The Government's arguments for welfare reform are well rehearsed

Lord Freud told to explain 'unique circumstances' of direct payments concession

29 October, 2012

A Labour MP has called for an urgent debate or statement from Lord Freud as to why he has let tenants in Northern Ireland continue to have HB paid directly to their landlord under UC

Sanctions and conditionality briefing

29 October, 2012

NHF Report

Localising support for council tax: Re-stated default scheme universal credit provisions

29 October, 2012

Re-stated default scheme universal credit provisions taking into account minor amendments/simplifications since the July 2012 publication

Localising support for council tax: Explanatory note on re-stated default scheme universal credit provisions

29 October, 2012

Explanatory note on re-stated default scheme universal credit provisions, detailing how these support work incentives and take into account minor amendments/simplifications since the July 2012 publication

IDS plans 'two-child' family benefit cap

26 October, 2012

Families claiming child-related benefits may find the amount they are entitled to capped at two children, the work and pensions secretary said today

Are banks turning their backs on state-sponsored Universal Credit accounts?

26 October, 2012

It appears not all is going to plan with the DWP's attempts to get a national payment supplier to offer 'budgeting accounts' for Universal Credit claimants

Lib Dems will not back child benefits cap

26 October, 2012

The Liberal Democrats will not back a call from the work and pensions secretary to cap child-related benefits for families with more than two children

Millions set aside to cover welfare costs

26 October, 2012

The UK's largest landlords are stockpiling cash in preparation for next year's onslaught of welfare reforms

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

No welfare concessions for Scotland and Wales

26 October, 2012

The Scottish and Welsh governments are unlikely to gain concessions on welfare reform, despite Northern Irish politicians successfully challenging the changes

Universal Credit: Northern Ireland to continue direct payments to landlords

23 October, 2012

Tenants in Northern Ireland will still be able to have their housing costs paid directly to their landlord, it has been announced

Housing benefit limit only for future claimants

22 October, 2012

Plans to end housing benefit for under-25s would only apply to new claimants, the Department for Work and Pensions has said

Home Truths 2012: the housing market in England

22 October, 2012

This National Housing Federation report says that by the next election one million earners will be dependent on welfare to afford rent

Workers will have to run down savings for Universal Credit, warns think tank

19 October, 2012

A think tank has warned how Universal Credit will penalise working families who have saved for their futures

Minister's domestic abuse warning about welfare reforms

19 October, 2012

Welfare reforms could make it harder for female victims of domestic abuse to leave violent partners, according to Welsh government minister

Industry pans payment control

19 October, 2012

Plans to introduce pre-payment cards to restrict how groups of people spend their benefit money risk stigmatising claimants, housing organisations have warned

Is the benefit system too baffling to be solved?

18 October, 2012

Simplifying welfare is a top government priority. But why are benefits so baffling?

Tenants 'not confident' about direct payments

18 October, 2012

One in three social housing tenants on benefit are not confident they can keep up to date with rental payments if they receive their benefit direct, a report has found

Cameron 'standing up for wrong people' in benefit cuts row

18 October, 2012

David Cameron has been accused of "standing up for the wrong people" as charities warn that up to half a million disabled people will be worse off under Universal Credit

Holes in the Safety Net: The impact of Universal Credit on disabled people and their families

17 October, 2012

A report by the Children's Society, Citizens Advice and Disability Rights UK says 100,000 households with children could have incomes reduced by up to £28pw

Council offering £25k payout to tenants who downsize homes

17 October, 2012

Camden Council is offering up to £25k for tenants to downsize to smaller homes

Lords fear bedroom tax will hurt disabled tenants

17 October, 2012

Peers have raised concerns about the impact of the bedroom tax on disabled people - and said discretionary housing payments will do little to help the problem

Optimising welfare reform outcomes for social tenants

16 October, 2012

Understanding the financial management issues for different tenant groups - report by Policis

LIN Member Report October 2012 - How to tackle under-occupation

15 October, 2012

This LIN member report is written by Rebecca Wilkie.

120,000 troubled families could be legally banned from spending benefits on alcohol and tobacco

15 October, 2012

Troubled families living on benefits will be legally barred from spending welfare money on alcohol and tobacco, under plans being drawn up in Whitehall

Universal Credit: The benefit cut for workers that has 'escaped notice'

15 October, 2012

A Labour MP has hit out at plans to dock the benefits of workers under Universal Credit which he says has almost "escaped notice".

Discretionary Housing payments

12 October, 2012

Report by the NHF

Data sharing

12 October, 2012

Report by the NHF

Q&A: Universal Credit and the benefits overhaul

10 October, 2012

The NI Assembly is debating the Welfare Reform Bill which is set to mark the biggest overhaul of the benefits system since the 1940s - BBC news item

Technology could limit how benefits are spent

10 October, 2012

Think tank Demos has called for the government to use new technology to control how people spend their benefit

Osborne's housing benefit proposals 'will hit families with children hardest'

09 October, 2012

Charities say impact of cutting housing benefit for under-25s would be to discourage mobility and increase homelessness

Conservative conference: Welfare needs 'cultural shift'

09 October, 2012

The government will bring about a "complete cultural shift" in its efforts to end reliance on benefits, Iain Duncan Smith has promised

Tory MP outlines exemptions to under-25s benefit cut

09 October, 2012

Plans to stop under-25s claiming housing benefit would not affect anyone coming out of care or fleeing domestic violence, a parliamentary aide has clarified

Benefit pilot avoids arrears

08 October, 2012

A Scottish housing association claims to have so far avoided arrears in its universal credit direct payment pilot by not insisting on direct debits

Transforming Childcare, Changing Lives: Making sure that work pays

08 October, 2012

A position paper by the Centre for Social Justice

Conditions Uncertain

08 October, 2012

Resolution Foundation report

George Osborne in £10bn benefit cut vow

08 October, 2012

Chancellor George Osborne will tell the Tory conference that the government is determined to cut a further £10bn from the benefits budget to fight the deficit

Universal Credit and HB cuts: something for something?

08 October, 2012

Shelter Policy Blog

Anger mounts as chancellor commits Tories to £10bn of welfare cuts

08 October, 2012

Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed the Conservative Party's pledge to find £10bn of welfare savings by the first full year of the next Parliament, despite warnings from charities and housing providers

Cut rents, not benefits, Tories told

08 October, 2012

A politician has warned that further cuts to welfare for young Londoners could exacerbate rising homelessness and harm the economy

Bedroom tax: concern over homeless lodger scheme

05 October, 2012

Crawley BC has played down concerns tenants will be forced to take in a homeless lodger in its bid to mitigate the impacts of the Government's under-occupation penalties

HB Direct

05 October, 2012

October 2012 - includes information about welfare reforms and the benefit cap

Universal credit

05 October, 2012

Child poverty action group (CPAG) guidance

Public want controls on benefit spending

04 October, 2012

The majority of the public want benefit spend monitored, according to a recent poll

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

Housing association steps up interventions on direct payment project

03 October, 2012

One of the HA's involved in the Government's direct payment demonstration projects says more interventions are being taken to collect unpaid rent

Housing associations call on DWP to answer 'big questions' on supported housing

03 October, 2012

The National Housing Federation is calling on the Government to answer the "big questions" on the future of housing benefit for supported housing

'Cack-handed' delivery threatens universal credit

03 October, 2012

Shadow employment minister Stephen Timms has slammed the government's welfare reform programme

Changes to Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions from 22 October 2012

02 October, 2012

The new regulations introduce a regime of fixed period sanctions, to replace the existing sanction rules and move claimants closer to the sanction regime planned for Universal Credit

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

Universal credit

02 October, 2012

Disability Rights Factsheet

Universal Credit could exclude people without Internet access

01 October, 2012

People with little or no IT skills could have difficulty applying for the UK Government's new Universal Credit

Universal Credit: Claimants could keep fortnightly payments for two years

28 September, 2012

Welfare reform minister Lord Freud says Universal Credit claimants could keep fortnightly payments for up to two years with their cases reviewed periodically

How to - Help tenants manage their money

27 September, 2012

CIH guide for housing staff

Welfare bill could lead to increase in homeless

27 September, 2012

People on benefits could be made homeless if housing payments are no longer made directly to landlords as part of the proposed welfare reforms, an MLA has warned

Universal Credit regulations date

26 September, 2012

Ministers have confirmed that Universal Credit regulations will be laid after the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Autumn Statement on 5 December

Universal Credit Announcements

26 September, 2012

In a letter to the SSAC the DWP has confirmed that initially exempt accommodation cases will still be handled as part of HB rather than as part of universal credit housing costs

DWP Stakeholder Bulletin

25 September, 2012

September 2012

Universal credit to exclude supported housing costs

25 September, 2012

Homelessness charities have welcomed a decision by the Department for Work and Pensions to exclude supported accommodation from universal credit

Jobs, skills and unemployment in Scotland 2012

25 September, 2012

CESI report

Iain Duncan Smith: Universal Credit 'about positive incentives'

21 September, 2012

Iain Duncan Smith says that the changes were about "improving incomes for people who are doing the right thing" and providing "positive incentives"

Iain Duncan Smith: Universal Credit 'not about cuts'

21 September, 2012

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith denied that the plans were a cover for cuts, and said they would provide "positive incentives" for workers

Government eyes end to benefits and inflation link

21 September, 2012

The government is considering ending the automatic annual increase in benefits in line with inflation

Burgess vows to mitigate impact of welfare reforms

21 September, 2012

The new Scottish housing and welfare minister has vowed to help the poorest members of society cope with reforms to the benefits system which 'threaten to hit Scots hard'

Lord Freud: Supported housing 'won't be roped into Universal Credit'

20 September, 2012

Lord Freud has said that exempt supported accommodation "won't be roped into Universal Credit"

LIN Press release - Update on Universal Credit

20 September, 2012

Update on Universal Credit - includes information on supported housing, UC payment frequency, self-employed and budgeting accounts

Housing association warns sector after direct payments blow

19 September, 2012

Payment errors in the first 2 months of a project to pay tenants HB directly has seen a HA warn the sector over the importance of communication with LA's, residents and the DWP

Universal Credit: Freud lays down criteria for new bank accounts

19 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 under Universal Credit

Cyberfraud threatens welfare reform, warns minister

19 September, 2012

Online security risks pose serious threat to government's universal credit welfare reform, says Lord Freud

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

New monthly universal credit scheme to go ahead, says IDS

18 September, 2012

One of the biggest attempted reforms of Britain's welfare system will go ahead according to the Gov's timetable despite a host of warnings about what could go wrong

DWP clarifies advance payments' for Universal Credit claimants

18 September, 2012

Welfare reform minister Lord Freud says benefit claimants used to being paid fortnightly will be able to opt in for an advance payment to bridge them on to the monthly system of Universal Credit

Sink or Swim? The impact of the Universal Credit

17 September, 2012

Social Market Foundation Report

Welfare reform is not ready and should be delayed for a year, says Labour

17 September, 2012

Opposition attacks universal credit scheme for having too many unresolved problems ahead of planned launch in 2013

Top tips: improving digital inclusion

17 September, 2012

Comments from the Guardians discussion on how housing can get residents online

The housing benefits cap means a wretched life for thousands in B&Bs

17 September, 2012

Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reform will leave families already on the lowest housing rung with nowhere to go

Universal credit timetable 'on track and on time'

17 September, 2012

Downing Street has dismissed calls to delay the introduction of the universal credit benefit system

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

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

IDS refuses to publish Universal Credit business case

14 September, 2012

Labour's shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne has criticised Iain Duncan Smith for refusing to publish the full plans behind Universal Credit

Touch base - DWP e-zine

13 September, 2012

September 2012

LIN Member Report September 2012 - Case Study - Helping Landlords to prepare for Welfare Reform

13 September, 2012

This LIN member report is written by Claire Turner and Peter Hall

Landlord fears Universal Credit could deter self-employed

12 September, 2012

A housing association has warned the Government that strict new rules for Universal Credit could "totally undermine" efforts by landlords to support residents starting up their own businesses

IDS to look at 'social housing broadband tariff' for Universal Credit

12 September, 2012

Iain Duncan Smith says the Government will explore a 'social housing broadband tariff' to enable those to claim the new Universal Credit online

Ministers explore 'social housing tariff' for internet

12 September, 2012

The government will examine ways of introducing cut price internet access for social tenants as part of the roll out of universal credit

The Parent Trap: Childcare cuts under Universal Credit

11 September, 2012

The Children's Society has published a report raising concerns about the impact of the loss of support with childcare costs through Housing Benefit under Universal Credit

IDS urged to come clean on 'secret business case' behind Universal Credit

11 September, 2012

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith says the Government has "absolutely nothing to hide" around the cost of implementing Universal Credit

Housing association boss becomes credit union chair

11 September, 2012

The chief executive of a housing association has been appointed the chair of a credit union and plans to use his organisation's own resources to grow the union and expand its services

Universal credits and changes to benefit claims debate

11 September, 2012

The row over the new universal credits - with a government bid to simplify benefits - saw Welfare Secretary Iain Duncan Smith face questions from MPs in the Commons

Fortnightly payments to stay under universal credit

11 September, 2012

Benefits will continue to be paid fortnightly under the government's welfare reforms if recipients are unable to manage monthly budgeting

Editorial: Welfare reform cannot be an excuse for cuts

11 September, 2012

Moving from fortnightly to monthly benefit payments could increase the grip of pay-day loan skills on those in society who lack budgeting skills says this Independent editorial item

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

Fears raised over digital benefits

10 September, 2012

MPs have been warned that people from disadvantaged backgrounds may suffer if the government pushes ahead with plans to digitise the benefits system

Universal credit scheme will rot soul of low-paid, says Frank Field

10 September, 2012

Government's poverty tsar says welfare reform programme is 'practically unachievable' and heading for disaster

It Shouldn't Happen Here

06 September, 2012

Parents go hungry to feed children, according to research from Save The Children

Housing association offers £10,000 to release spare bedrooms

06 September, 2012

To tackle the bedroom tax, Viridian has introduced an incentive scheme helping under-occupiers switch accommodation.

Plans to move Iain Duncan Smith is hardly reassuring for housing associations

05 September, 2012

According to reports, IDS was offered the Ministry of Justice role, with the Government keen on the hard-line approach of Chris Grayling to spearhead its further assault on the welfare bill

'Spare room tax' will affect disabled people says Bromford Group

04 September, 2012

People with disabilities in the West Midlands could be severely affected by changes to the benefits system, warns Bromford Group

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

Freud announces successful Local Authority led Universal Credit pilots

03 September, 2012

The DWP has named the local authorities that will pilot support for Universal Credit claimants ahead of its implementation next October

NHF commissions welfare reform study

03 September, 2012

The NHF has commissioned Ipsos Mori & Cambridge University to carry out a sector-wide assessment of how the gov's welfare changes will hit landlords and their tenants

Discretionary Housing Payments Consultation

28 August, 2012

NHF consultation response

Universal Credit

28 August, 2012

NHF submission to MPs' inquiry

Fear of poverty: just like it was in 1912?

27 August, 2012

Living in cuts-and-austerity Britain is generating the same anxieties as those expressed by the Edwardian poor, claims the Salvation Army

Landlords pay tenants to open 'jam jar' accounts

24 August, 2012

Housing associations are paying tenants to open credit union accounts to protect their rental income from forthcoming welfare reforms.By encouraging tenants to open 'jam jar' accounts the organisations hope to ease the impact of the universal credit, which will be phased in from October 2013.

Beating the bedroom tax

23 August, 2012

Landlords will do what they can to help under-occupying tenants, but concerns remain for disabled tenants

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

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?

Tenants in under-occupied homes will have to move

21 August, 2012

Tenants who live in homes with more bedrooms than people will be moved - or face losing their housing benefits

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

Tenants on direct payment pilots pay rent on time

17 August, 2012

The majority of tenants of two landlords taking part in direct payment pilot projects have made their first rent payments on time

Publicising discretionary hardship fund criticised

17 August, 2012

A call on councils to more aggressively promote a hardship fund by the Department for Work and Pensions has been criticised

Feeling the strain - DHPs

17 August, 2012

An in-depth look at the system of Discretionary Housing Payments by Keith Cooper, Inside Housing

The impact of Welfare Reform on housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland

17 August, 2012

Scottish Federation of Housing Associations Report

Publicising discretionary hardship fund criticised

17 August, 2012

A call on councils to more aggressively promote a hardship fund by the Department for Work and Pensions has been criticised

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

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

Women's Aid concerns over Universal Credit and Housing Benefit changes

15 August, 2012

Charity Women's Aid has voiced concerns over the implementation of Universal Credit and changes to Housing Benefit

Touch base - DWP e-zine

15 August, 2012

August 2012

Landlord urges tenants to use 'jam jar' accounts

15 August, 2012

A west midlands landlord is encouraging tenants to set up 'jam jar' accounts with a local credit union to help them manage their finances once welfare reforms come into force

Universal credit penalties 'will increase debt'

15 August, 2012

Penalties for benefit recipients who run up debts - including rent arrears - are too high and will lead to hardship and a cycle of debt, a homelessness group has warned

Creating a reward society through the social housing sector

15 August, 2012

To get the society you want, you must reward the type of behaviour you want to see. Banks already know this, but what about housing providers?

Housing benefit caps see tenants move out of London borough

14 August, 2012

Over 30% of HB clmts in Camden who were claiming LHA when the caps were introduced last year have either moved out of the borough or have met the rent out of other income

Benefit cap

14 August, 2012

Frequently asked questions for local authorities

LIN Member Report August 2012 - Welfare Reform Case Study - Vela Group

13 August, 2012

This LIN member report is written by Claire Turner, Lynn McPartlin and Anthony Scarre.

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

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

Editor's blog: five unanswered questions about welfare reform

13 August, 2012

With the weight of expectation lying on their shoulders, housing providers wait for clarity and confidence from government

Should social landlords pass on the bedroom tax to tenants?

10 August, 2012

The tax on underoccupation could cost social landlords more than it saves. Reducing rent could be the answer

Councils stockpile benefits war chest

10 August, 2012

Councils are stockpiling money from a hardship fund that helps tenants hit by welfare reforms because they are expecting a huge jump in need next year

Bedroom tax offer for training tenants

10 August, 2012

Liverpool Mutual Homes is planning to pay the bedroom tax for tenants who complete training programmes or voluntary activities on its estates

Localising the social fund: moving too fast?

09 August, 2012

Councils are left with little time to prepare for the responsibility of awarding crisis loans and community care grants

DWP: 'no plans' to increase bedroom tax reductions

09 August, 2012

The DWP says it currently has "no plans" to amend the percentage reduction rates for the 'bedroom tax' that will hit social housing tenants next April

Social Security Advisory Committee's call for evidence on the Universal Credit regulations

09 August, 2012

Council of Mortgage Lenders response (part 1) to the SSAC: Universal Credit and related regulations

Credit crunch

09 August, 2012

From: Inside edge

Social Security Advisory Committee's call for evidence on the Universal Credit regulations

09 August, 2012

Council of Mortgage Lenders response (part 2) to the SSAC: Universal Credit and related regulations

LIN Press release - Evaluation of the Direct Payment Demonstration Projects

09 August, 2012

Evaluation of the Direct Payment Demonstration Projects- Emerging Learning

Housing benefit: 'Homes will have to be handed to the private sector'

09 August, 2012

Notting Hill Housing faces an end to 700 tenancies when the housing benefit cap hits London households next year

Calls for Edinburgh report on welfare reform

08 August, 2012

The impact of the government's welfare reform is likely to be scrutinised by Edinburgh Council

Universal credit doesn't help tenants off benefits and into work

08 August, 2012

New regulations remove the incentives that support unemployed residents back into work

What is 'vulnerable'?

08 August, 2012

If you thought the new Universal Credit regulations were done, dusted and ready for implementation, you'd be wrong.

Working lives: preparing for direct payment of housing benefit

08 August, 2012

Vulnerable tenants will see housing benefit paid directly to their landlord despite Universal Credit. But who is considered vulnerable?

Fears over 38-day wait for Universal Credit

07 August, 2012

The Government should allow all Universal Credit claimants to opt for fortnightly payments for a temporary period

Drop in families claiming housing benefit over £30,000

07 August, 2012

Nearly 1,400 families received in excess of £30,000 in housing benefit as of March 2012, official figures show

Lord Freud: 'We must allow people to run their lives independently'

07 August, 2012

The architect of welfare reform on how the DWP will tackle low pay and how the housing sector can help tenants off benefits

Wales to launch 'NHS-style' welfare service

06 August, 2012

Welsh housing minister pledges to create an 'NHS-type' welfare advice service to cope with a predicted spike in the number of people hit by welfare reforms

Rent a Room scheme

03 August, 2012

Adactus Survey Results

Universal Credit for local authorities

03 August, 2012

The DWP has announced that Bolton and Glasgow Benefit Centres will provide the telephony and processing services for the Universal Credit Pathfinder

Council to sell empty homes for £1 to tenants hit by housing benefit cuts

02 August, 2012

Stoke-on-Trent Council wants to offer loans of £30k to families hit by housing benefit cuts to refurbish empty homes which it will sell to them for a £1

Universal Credit: Confusion over who informs DWP of rent changes

02 August, 2012

Housing Associations are seeking clarity over who will inform the DWP about annual rent increases under Universal Credit

DHPs - Public Consultation

02 August, 2012

Consultation seeking views on the Discretionary Housing Payments guidance manual. Consultation closing date 31.8.12

HB/CTB A6/2012

02 August, 2012

HB/CTB circular - Court of Appeal judgment: Burnip, Trengove and Gorry

Getting tenants online: housing officers as digital champions

02 August, 2012

There is a serious lack of personal digital skills in the UK and we need a new kind of housing officer who can train tenants

LIN Press release - DWP model documents

01 August, 2012

Support for Housing Benefit claimants to meet any rent shortfall - model documents

Social Security Advisory Committee's call for evidence on the Universal Credit regulations

01 August, 2012

Crisis response to the SSAC consultation on Universal Credit

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

Housing associations offer £50 cashback for tenants to switch to direct debit

01 August, 2012

Adactus Group tenants are being offered £50 cashback if they switch to paying their rent by direct debit

Social Security Advisory Committee's call for evidence on the Universal Credit regulations

01 August, 2012

St Mungo's response to the SSAC: Universal Credit and related regulations

Social Security Advisory Committee's call for evidence on the Universal Credit regulations

31 July, 2012

NHF response to the SSAC: Universal Credit and related regulations

Understanding Downsizing

31 July, 2012

An Intergenerational Foundation report

Lib Dems plot revolt over Tory plans for more welfare cuts

31 July, 2012

Grassroots wants to fight next election with pledge to wipe out deficit by raising taxes on wealthy

Social Security Advisory Committee's call for evidence on the Universal Credit regulations

31 July, 2012

CIH response response to the SSAC: Universal Credit and related regulations

Benefit reforms will cause 'family breakdown'

27 July, 2012

New rules will leave young benefit claimants struggling to contribute towards their households' rent, leading to family breakdown, housing bodies have warned

Are social landlords prepared for universal credit?

26 July, 2012

Social housing can learn from the private rented sector to prepare for the government's new welfare scheme

Plan to cut 'bedroom tax' death exemption period under Universal Credit

26 July, 2012

Gov plans to cut the time allowed after a death before a tenant becomes eligible for 'bedroom tax' penalties is "harsh and unnecessary", according to NHF

Fears over benefit entitlement for supported housing under Universal Credit

26 July, 2012

A charity is awaiting a Gov response on the future of HB for supported housing amid fears that would see the system moving from "one of entitlement to one of discretion"

Housing association offers tenants up to £10,000 for spare rooms

26 July, 2012

Viridian housing association is offering tenants up to £10,000 to downsize ahead of new rules which come in next April penalising social tenants with spare bedrooms

Benefit reforms will cause 'family breakdown'

26 July, 2012

New rules will leave young benefit claimants struggling to contribute towards their households' rent, leading to family breakdown, housing bodies have warned

Universal Credit Regulations: SSAC call for evidence

24 July, 2012

Read this new briefing before sending your response to the Social Security Advisory Committee

Benefit cap factsheet

24 July, 2012

Updated 24.7.12

LIN press release - HB Direct and Service charges

24 July, 2012

Information on Housing Benefit Direct and Service Charges under Universal Credit

Freud names local authority pilot long-list for Universal Credit

23 July, 2012

The DWP have named fifteen local authorities in England recommended as potential pilot sites for Universal Credit

Freud: Bedroom tax will ease overcrowding

23 July, 2012

The coalition government's bedroom tax will ease overcrowding and help tackle the shortage of social housing, Lord David Freud has said

Tenant discovers 'bedroom tax' loophole

19 July, 2012

We learn this week that a tenant who had pored through the regs had discovered a loophole in the 'bedroom tax' regs and had duly informed their L/L

Welfare reform: direct payment landlord hires 20 staff to support tenants

18 July, 2012

WDH (part of the direct payment demonstration project) has recruited 20 previously unemployed people to offer support to tenants hit by welfare reform

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

Welfare Benefit Reform

18 July, 2012

A Private Landlord Briefing

Benefit cap

17 July, 2012

Ad hoc statistics on early feedback from claimants who are at risk of having their benefit capped in April 2013

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

Government claims benefit cap is already pushing people into work

17 July, 2012

1,700 claimants who may have been affected by next April's household benefit cap have moved into work with a further 5,000 requesting back-to-work support

Universal Credit benefit reforms 'threatened by IT system'

16 July, 2012

Flagship reforms of the welfare system are under threat because the IT scheme behind the project is £100m over budget and plagued by glitches

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?

Landlord offers 'budgeting accounts' ahead of Universal Credit

13 July, 2012

Walsall Housing Group, is signing tenants up to new budgeting accounts - offered through its local credit union - ahead of Universal Credit next year

DWP to close bedroom tax loophole

12 July, 2012

The Department for Work and Pensions has pledged to close a loophole which would have inadvertently exempted long-term housing association tenants from the bedroom tax

Tenants tell landlord they can take 'bedroom tax' hit

12 July, 2012

A housing association in the North West says some of the 2,300 tenants it has started to contact about housing benefit cuts believe they can afford to stay in their homes

Yarlington Housing Group asks tenants to downsize

12 July, 2012

A housing association in Somerset has begun asking its tenants to consider downsizing to free up larger family-sized houses

Bereavement Benefit for the 21st Century

11 July, 2012

New proposals for better supporting people on benefits after the loss of a spouse or civil partner have been set out by Lord Freud

Jargon warning after 40 different households ignore same benefit cut letter

10 July, 2012

Lambeth councillor warns social landlords to carefully consider communications to tenants around welfare reform after 40 households ignore benefit cut letter

Extra 20,000 'under-occupiers' to lose housing benefit entitlement

09 July, 2012

The Government has doubled the number of partial HB claimants it believes will lose all of their entitlement as a result of the new under-occupation rules

Universal credit to support payments to landlords

09 July, 2012

The government will have the ability to make payments of the housing element of universal credit direct to landlords from the start of the scheme

Universal Credit - frequently asked questions

09 July, 2012

Frequently asked questions on the Universal Credit benefits system.

Under 25s to be offered two-year council tenancies in London borough

09 July, 2012

Most young people under 25 will be offered 2 year fixed-term tenancies in Barnet, while the majority of new tenants will be offered 5 year terms

Universal Credit Policy Briefing Note

06 July, 2012

Transitional Protection

Deal struck to allow tenants without bank accounts to receive Universal Credit

06 July, 2012

The Government has struck a deal to allow tenants without bank accounts to receive the new Universal Credit directly from next year

How to - Reduce underoccupation

06 July, 2012

CIH good practice Guide

Data-sharing and welfare reform

05 July, 2012

New powers from 2 July allow local authorities to share information with social landlords on who may be affected by the bedroom tax and benefit cap

Housing benefit cut 'will see rise in homelessness'

05 July, 2012

Poll shows majority concerned about fallout from Cameron's plan to end aid for under-25s

Petition calls for rethink on direct payment

05 July, 2012

Private landlords have set up a petition urging the government to rethink its approach to making housing benefit payments direct to tenants

Benefit Cap

03 July, 2012

Frequently asked questions

Housing Association and Welfare Rights Best Practice Guide

01 July, 2012

Scottish Federation Of Housing Association publication

Are social landlords prepared for universal credit?

29 June, 2012

Housing benefit will be paid directly to tenants from October 2013 - are social landlords prepared for the changeover - Guardian online poll

Fewer service charges to be covered by benefits

29 June, 2012

Proposed new rules could lead to fewer service charges being covered by housing benefit, sector experts have warned

New banking concept to protect rents

29 June, 2012

Gentoo is in talks with credit unions about setting up 'jam jar accounts' to protect its income stream

Benefit 'shock' in draft Universal Credit regs

29 June, 2012

Benefit claimants absent from home due to long-term hospital care will only be eligible for 6 months HB not 12 months, under the draft UC regulations

MPs 'surprised' at Cameron's attack on his Government's benefit reform

29 June, 2012

MPs have expressed "surprise" at the Prime Minster's attack on non-dependant deductions which have been reformed by his Government

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

MSPs pass Scottish welfare changes

28 June, 2012

Proposed new laws to "limit the impact" of UK-wide welfare reforms in Scotland have been passed by MSPs

Cameron takes aim at non-dependant deductions

26 June, 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron has taken aim at non-dependant deductions (NDD) when referring to families who want their adult children to stay living at home

DWP Stakeholder Bulletin

26 June, 2012

June 2012

Are social landlords prepared for universal credit?

26 June, 2012

Social housing can learn from the private rented sector to prepare for the government's new welfare scheme

David Cameron's 17 ideas to cut extra £10bn from welfare

26 June, 2012

David Cameron's proposals come on top of restrictions to benefits in the Welfare Act, to be introduced from 2013

Welfare Wales: 'Confusion' on regional benefits

26 June, 2012

Welsh ministers have accused the UK coalition government of "a great deal of confusion" over the idea of regional benefits

Cameron to axe housing benefits for feckless under 25s

25 June, 2012

Prime Minister reveals housing benefit will be scrapped for under 25s and dole money will be stopped for those who refuse to find work

Cameron targeting social housing entry age with benefit bill assault

25 June, 2012

Iain Duncan Smith says the prime minister's discussion on welfare support is partly focusing on the average age at which people enter into social housing, currently 21

The Social Security (Information-sharing in relation to Welfare Services etc.) Regulations 2012

25 June, 2012

Data sharing regulations for social sector landlords which covers information referring to housing benefit, under-occupation, the benefits cap etc

Is scrapping housing benefit for under-25s a good idea?

25 June, 2012

The prime minister David Cameron says the policy would save £2bn a year, and send out a clear message on welfare

Welfare speech

25 June, 2012

Speech by Prime Minister David Cameron on welfare, at Bluewater, Kent on Monday 25th June, 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron considers benefit cuts

24 June, 2012

BBC One's Sunday Politics video clip

Government to end extended payments

22 June, 2012

The new benefits system will disincentivise people to work by abolishing temporary payments which cover claimants' housing costs when they find a job

UK's largest stock-holding council in 'bedroom tax' avoidance bid

22 June, 2012

The UK's largest stock holding council says a new consortium will help tenants avoid benefit cuts and protect landlords' rental income

Scottish landlords issue warning over welfare cuts

21 June, 2012

The changes to welfare payments will put at risk efforts to improve social housing and build new affordable homes, according to housing reps in Scotland

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

Universal Credit and related regulations - a call for evidence

20 June, 2012

The closing date for responses is 27 July 2012

Universal Credit

19 June, 2012

Information for local authorities

50,000 North East families to be hit by 'bedroom tax'

18 June, 2012

Up to 50,000 North East families could be affected by the so-called 'bedroom tax', figures from the National Housing Federation highlight

Universal Credit regulations

18 June, 2012

Welfare reform draft regulations and policy briefing notes

Housing Benefit Cap regulations

18 June, 2012

Welfare Reform Regulations

DWP submits draft universal credit and benefit cap regulations to Social Security Advisory Committee

15 June, 2012

It was announced in parliament yesterday that draft universal credit regulations would be published shortly

Walsall's biggest social landlord eyes bigger credit union take-up

14 June, 2012

Walsall-based social landlord whg says it's working with its local credit union to support tenants hit by the Government's welfare reforms

LIN Member Report June 2012 - More money to spare: How local authorities are still failing to award discretionary housing payments

14 June, 2012

LIN June member report by Neil Merrick which looks at the DHP fund, which is one measure, that could help offset the impact of the Welfare Reforms

Direct payments: Council no longer fearing dramatic increase in arrears

14 June, 2012

One of the councils involved in the Government's HB demonstration projects says it no longer fears a dramatic increase in arrears

Discretionary Housing Payments in Wales

14 June, 2012

Shelter Cymru - policy briefing

Mandatory consideration of revision before appeal

13 June, 2012

Government interim response to public consultation

Housing 2012: the sector must meet the challenge of welfare reform

13 June, 2012

Housing is key to the transformation of the welfare system and breaking dependency, says the minister for welfare reform

Direct housing benefit switch to 'shake' confidence of investors

12 June, 2012

CEX of Bromford Group warns Government that plans to pay HB direct to tenants will "shake" the confidence of institutional investors

Premium phone line fined for targeting vulnerable

12 June, 2012

A premium rate phone line claiming to help people on benefits find accommodation in the private rented sector has been fined £100,000

Universal credit in Scotland: why we're taking part in a direct payment pilot

12 June, 2012

Dunedin Canmore is the only Scottish housing association to trial direct payment of housing benefit early - here's why

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

Touchbase DWP e-zine

11 June, 2012

June 2012

Lord Freud exclusive: 'Poorest should be prepared to take greatest risks'

11 June, 2012

24housing Editor Jon Land meets Welfare Reform Minister Lord Freud to talk about Universal Credit demonstration projects & under-occupation rules

Universal credit won't affect ratings

08 June, 2012

Leading credit rating agencies has moved to downplay fears that welfare reform measures could negatively affect investors' confidence

Top tips: Preparing for Universal Credit

06 June, 2012

Advice on how social housing can prepare for the government's new welfare system

Why strands of universal credit don't knit together

06 June, 2012

As far as welfare reform policy goes, universal credit is sheer lunacy, and any creaks in the system could lead to anyone feeling the axe

Benefit cap

06 June, 2012

DWP on-line Benefit Cap Calculator

Bridging the Gap: Sustaining online engagement

01 June, 2012

Communications consumer panel report

Face to face and telephone support under universal credit will be geared towards helping claimants use online channel, says Lord Freud

01 June, 2012

Speech by Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform, at the National Digital Conference

Landlords do not plan to reclassify their homes

01 June, 2012

The majority of England's largest social landlords have ruled out reclassifying properties to enable tenants to avoid the 'bedroom tax'

Reforms to Council Tax benefit 'could undermine Universal Credit'

01 June, 2012

Government plans to localise council tax benefit while cutting funding for it by 10% threatens to undermine the new Universal Credit system

Touchbase DWP e-zine

01 June, 2012

June 2012

Computer says no

31 May, 2012

Sixteen months from now, the first claimants will start receiving Universal Credit. How will the IT systems cope?

Benefits spending blows out by £9bn

31 May, 2012

Benefit spending will be £9bn higher than planned because of Coalition's failure to get people off welfare, research suggests

Benefit cap factsheet

31 May, 2012

From April 2013 the Benefit cap will be implemented for new and existing claimants via a deduction from Housing Benefit

'Sad indictment we can review taxes on pasties but not on bedrooms

30 May, 2012

A CEX has expressed disappointment that while amending its VAT plans for pasty products, the Gov is still pushing through its 'bedroom tax'

Amount of young adults living with parents rises 20%

30 May, 2012

Nearly 3 million young adults were living with their parents in 2011, an increase of nearly 500,000 from 1997 according to the Office of National Statistics

Housing benefit changes

28 May, 2012

Advice and information for tenants

Work-for-free programme to be expanded by government

28 May, 2012

DWP plans to extend its scheme which forces the long-term unemployed to take unpaid work or lose benefits

Early roll out of Universal Credit to go live in Manchester and Cheshire

25 May, 2012

Universal Credit will go live in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire region in April 2013 – six months before the national roll-out

Fraud Guide

25 May, 2012

The Fraud Guide is used by DWP staff who investigate allegations of benefit fraud

Freud insists welfare reforms are cutting rents

25 May, 2012

Lord David Freud has insisted that rents are coming down as a result of the coalition's welfare reforms

Ruling could force 'bedroom tax' change

24 May, 2012

Charity warns - The Gov will have to amend the under-occupation housing benefit rules pending its decision to appeal against a recent court judgement

Direct payment could double rent arrears

24 May, 2012

Housing associations are anticipating rent arrears could double as a result of moves to pay housing welfare payments direct to tenants

New Universal Credit benefit to be tested in North West

24 May, 2012

The new single benefit, which the government claims will simplify the welfare system, is to be introduced six months earlier than planned

Housing Association bids to help residents caught in a new benefit trap

24 May, 2012

SHA is taking action to ensure its tenants are forewarned about new HB rules which could leave them up to £14 a week worse off

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

Violent offenders forced into shared accommodation by welfare changes

23 May, 2012

Attempts to protect tenants from harm are flawed, leaving dangerous and vulnerable people slipping through the net

Freud under fire for bedroom tax 'ruse'

23 May, 2012

Housing professionals have demanded the welfare minister 'own up' to the motivation for the government's controversial bedroom tax

Near 30,000 increase in housing benefit recipients pushes claims over 5 million

21 May, 2012

The number of people claiming housing benefit has topped 5 million, according to Government statistics

Danger system will 'explode around the edges', warns housing boss

18 May, 2012

A CEX has warned there are "real dangers" in the way the Government is cutting welfare payments

Court ruling could force rethink on bedroom tax

18 May, 2012

The government could be forced to make changes to its controversial bedroom tax policy following a Court of Appeal ruling this week

LIN Member Report May 2012 - Welfare Reform - Key Changes to Benefits in 2012/13

17 May, 2012

This LIN member report is written by Peter Hall

£25bn further welfare cuts? 'Froth'

17 May, 2012

Lord David Freud has dismissed reports that the prime minister is considering £25 billion of further welfare cuts as 'froth'

DWP chooses partners for Universal Credit pathfinder

17 May, 2012

The DWP has chosen partners for its Universal Credit pathfinder which will road test the system "end-to-end" six months before it comes in for real

Lord Freud urges 'rational approach' to bedroom definitions

17 May, 2012

The architect of the Government's welfare reforms has urged social landlords to take a 'rational approach' to bedroom definitions ahead of HB changes

The housing benefit drain from central London begins

17 May, 2012

A woman born and raised in Ladbroke Grove in west London has been moved out to Dagenham following the government's cut to housing benefit

Complex benefit system leading to fraud and error

17 May, 2012

New fraud and error figures show why fundamental reform of the benefits system is so vital, Ministers have said

Smartphones and tablets save £1m a year for frontline housing staff

16 May, 2012

ALMO Your Homes Newcastle has invested in new software that will help overhaul its tenant concierge service

HB Direct Newsletter May 2012

16 May, 2012

May 2012

MSPs support Scottish welfare changes

16 May, 2012

Proposed new laws to "limit the impact" of UK-wide welfare reforms in Scotland should be passed, MSPs have said

Report questions legality of household benefit cap

15 May, 2012

The government may have broken equality laws when introducing the total household benefits cap, according to watchdog the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Welfare changes could harm work programme

15 May, 2012

The Department for Work and Pensions has failed to consider the impact welfare reform will have on its flagship employment programme, according to a group of MPs

Getting to grips with the nation's welfare

15 May, 2012

Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reforms are welcome but we need to go further

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

Support for people on sickness benefits to get back into the workplace

14 May, 2012

Thousands of people who have been on sickness benefits for more than 15 years have been found fit to work and will now get support to help them back into a job, new analysis reveals

Eviction fear after housing benefit changes

14 May, 2012

BBC Welfare Reforms video

Balancing rights and responsibilities - rebuilding the social security system in the 21st century

11 May, 2012

Malcolm Wicks argues many voters have lost faith in the welfare system and that to revive it the contributory principle needs to be restored

Parliament fails to accommodate growing housing problem

11 May, 2012

Letters to the Guardian

Flat rentals hit record highs as tenants forced to pay small homes premium

10 May, 2012

The cost of renting a flat in the UK has a reached record high, with tenants being forced to pay a premium for smaller properties, according to property website FindaProperty.com

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

The woman who lives in a shed: how London landlords are cashing in

10 May, 2012

Council finds people living in everything from massively overcrowded houses to a walk-in freezer - and the problem is getting worse

Housing association leads way on direct benefit payments in Scotland

09 May, 2012

Dunedin Canmore Housing Association are the first social landlord in Scotland to take part in the DWP demonstration projects

Bedroom tax: 'In the eye of the perfect storm'

09 May, 2012

with less than a year before it comes into effect, how are those housing associations and their tenants preparing for it in the North of England

Benefits Rates Card

09 May, 2012

From April 2012 - 2013

Save money, downsize

08 May, 2012

Landlord re-launches its 'downsizing' scheme to help assist tenants who may face difficulty with the HB, Welfare Reform, underoccupancy cuts

Government gives one year's notice of benefit cap

08 May, 2012

Letters are being sent this week to households who may be affected by the benefit cap

More than 11,000 households claim benefits worth more than higher rate taxpayers' earnings

07 May, 2012

The figure was disclosed by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith before letters are sent to households this week explaining a new cap on benefits

The future of HB in supported and sheltered housing

07 May, 2012

Support Solutions briefing

Housing providers' approaches to tackling worklessness

04 May, 2012

Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion report

Thousands get first warning they may lose their homes as Coalition's benefits cuts arrive

04 May, 2012

Over 90,000 people begin to hear how they will be affected by the new benefits cap

Thousands to learn if their homes are at risk

04 May, 2012

The National Housing Federation is urging councils to share information with housing associations as thousands of households find out their homes could be put at risk by benefit cuts

Landlords risk breaching loan agreements if they reclassify properties to protect their tenants from the 'bedroom tax'

04 May, 2012

Landlords risk breaching loan agreements if they reclassify properties to protect their tenants from the 'bedroom tax'

Income and Expenditure form

03 May, 2012

Complete an income and expenditure form to ensure that income exceeds expenditure and a tenant has enough excess income to pay any rent shortfall

NHF Finance policy quarterly update

02 May, 2012

Spring 2012 - The update provides a snapshot of a range of finance policy issues including information on Welfare Reform

Charity chief hits out at 'inhumane' work test

02 May, 2012

The government's test to assess whether individuals are suitable for employment is an 'inhumane ordeal' for homeless people, according to head of Crisis

Changes to contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance

01 May, 2012

On 1 May 2012 the Welfare Reform Act 2012 introduced two changes to contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Welfare Reform Briefing

01 May, 2012

Universal Credit Q&A

Fears welfare reforms will increase fast-track evictions

30 April, 2012

Landlords will fast-track possession claims using ‘draconian’ legal measures to defend their businesses against the impact of welfare reform

Duncan Smith opposes Osborne's £10bn welfare cut

30 April, 2012

The work and pensions secretary has suggested £10 billion of further welfare cuts threatened by the chancellor would be opposed by his department

Peer pressure

30 April, 2012

The government's welfare reforms faced a fierce opponent in Lord Richard Best as he battled to protect society’s poorest people

Welfare Reform assessing the impact on children

30 April, 2012

Welfare Reform Bill reports by Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY)

New Housing Benefit Regulations (Under-occupation)

30 April, 2012

Read how the draft regulations which govern how the size criteria, also known as the bedroom tax, will be applied. Explanatory cover note by DWP

New Housing Benefit Regulations (Under-occupation)

30 April, 2012

Read the draft regulations

'We're not a dumping ground for London's poor', says Derby councillor

27 April, 2012

A Derby councillor has hit out at proposals that could see London boroughs relocating homeless housing benefit claimants in the East Midlands

Dromey asks London councils to reveal numbers of displaced LHA claimants

27 April, 2012

Labour's Shadow Housing Minister and Shadow Minister for London have written to London councils asking how many homeless people are being housed outside the capital

Bedroom tax deal struck

27 April, 2012

RSL strikes deal with LA to continue providing 1 & 2 bed homes for homeless people, despite smaller properties being prioritised for tenants hit by bedroom tax

Minister's Benefit remarks refuted

27 April, 2012

Housing experts have criticised Grant Shapps over comments he made about housing benefit claimants in the wake of the news Newham Council plans to move hundreds of tenants outside the borough

Lord Freud calls on councils to pilot Universal Credit support

27 April, 2012

DWP and LGA joint prospectus calling on LA's to deliver pilots to support residents in preparation for the introduction of Universal Credit in 2013

Welfare Reform Act

27 April, 2012

Briefing paper from the CIH

Calls for Government to reform LHA following Newham re-housing row

26 April, 2012

Newham Council's plans to re-house 500 families 100 miles away claiming that they can't afford to stay in the borough with HB caps has provoked a media backlash

Newham's housing crisis is an issue of basic morality

26 April, 2012

Peaks & Plains Housing Trust discarded its letter in disgust at the 'lazy' approach to tackling policy change

Newham's housing crisis is a warning sign

25 April, 2012

The London borough's plea for Stoke on Trent to take tenants is indicative of a risky cocktail of pressures in the housing market

Waltham Forest admits moving residents to Luton, Margate and Walsall

25 April, 2012

Waltham Forest is the latest London borough to come under scruinty over its decision to house residents in other parts of the country due to a shortage of suitable homes

Westminster weighs up offer to house homeless in the East Midlands

25 April, 2012

A London borough is considering an offer from a hotel group to re-house dozens of homeless housing benefit claimants to Derby and Nottingham

Send Newham families to Stoke? It reflects a broken housing policy

25 April, 2012

Affordable homes are being demolished, while the budget for new builds is halved and the building industry stagnates

'Social cleansing' housing benefit cap row: Grant Shapps hits back

24 April, 2012

The government has defended its housing benefit cap after it emerged London's Newham council was trying to find homes for some families 160 miles away

The Newham Council letter to Stoke-based Brighter Futures Housing Association - in full

24 April, 2012

Here is the text of the letter from Newham Council to Stoke-on-Trent-based Brighter Futures Housing Association requesting that it leases accommodation to more than 500 families

Q&A: Rehousing families on benefits

24 April, 2012

Newham council has been accused of "social cleansing" in London. What is meant by social cleansing, and what will it mean for the city?

Fed warns Newham problems are 'tip of iceberg'

24 April, 2012

Moves by a London council to house families hundreds of miles away from the capital are just the 'tip of the iceberg' the National Housing Federation has warned

Families priced out by benefits cap

24 April, 2012

Shelter is urging the Government to consider the damage inflicted on families by cuts to housing benefit

Poorest will be hardest hit by 'botched' Universal Credit roll-out

23 April, 2012

The Government's "botched" roll out of Universal Credit threatens to penalise the poorest in society Unison warn

A policy report on the future of free school meals

20 April, 2012

Childrens Society report

Bedroom tax: 'Why it's the homeless and the elderly that should be worrying'

20 April, 2012

The far-reaching impact of a policy trimming around the edges of benefit expenditure continues to claim new potential victims

Councils not asking landlords to lower rents

20 April, 2012

Three-quarters of private landlords have not been approached by councils about reducing rents in return for direct payment of local housing allowance

Tackling the bedroom tax: finding new homes for cash-strapped tenants

19 April, 2012

Liverpool Mutual Homes has launched a Mersey-wide lettings scheme to help tenants avoid the penalty for under occupation

Housing chief predicts 'acceleration' of Universal Credit claims

19 April, 2012

CEX believes the Government may look to 'accelerate' the transition of benefit claimants on to Universal Credit to achieve projected welfare savings

DWP to 'leave out definition of bedroom' in under-occupation rules

18 April, 2012

The DWP is set to leave out the definition of a bedroom in its published regulations for the under-occupation penalties for social housing tenants

Car dealer hit with fine over benefit fraud

18 April, 2012

A man who bought and sold cars worth up to £540,000 has been found guilty of benefit fraud after failing to declare money earned while trading

Benefit and Pension rates

18 April, 2012

April 2012

Impact assessing the abolition of working age DLA

17 April, 2012

Disability Rights UK report

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

Government to invoke controversial rule in bid to squash LASPO changes

17 April, 2012

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that it will invite the House of Commons to invoke 'financial privilege' to overrule eight of the amendments

Right to Buy hits Westminster rents

17 April, 2012

Westminster Council has negotiated with owners of former council flats to lower rents for households affected by the housing benefit cap

LIN press release - Under occupation and under-35's

16 April, 2012

LIN press release and information leaflet

Warning over housing benefit plan for under-25s

13 April, 2012

Attempts to simplify benefits through universal credit will fail if the government accepts a controversial proposal to stop out-of-work under-25s receiving housing benefit

Cutting housing benefit for under-25s ultimately saves nothing

13 April, 2012

Young housing benefit claimants are infantilised by policymakers, who are ignoring structural economic problems

Real Time Information PAYE pilot goes live at HMRC

12 April, 2012

HMRC has launched a pilot of Real Time Information (RTI) for PAYE.

Ending housing benefit for under-25s? A policy with more holes than a sieve

11 April, 2012

This out-of-touch plan, slipped out just before the bank holiday getaway, contains so many flaws that it surely can't be serious

Benefit cap factsheet

11 April, 2012

DWP information factsheet

'Bedroom tax is a complete change of direction for housing'

10 April, 2012

Discussion on the impact of the 'bedroom tax'

Concern over plan to withdraw housing benefit from under-25s

10 April, 2012

Government proposal would hit thousands of vulnerable young people, charities and campaign groups warn

Abundance of land, shortage of housing

10 April, 2012

The government's 'timid' planning reform will not solve the housing crisis, according to a new report by the Institute of Economic Affairs

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

Family budgets hit by 'Bad Friday' bombshell

05 April, 2012

CPAG briefing on the cuts, which families will be affected and the consequences for child poverty

Get Set for Welfare Reform

02 April, 2012

LIN and PHHS can provide support for social sector landlords dealing with the Welfare Reforms

Cost of housing benefit grows as working households struggle to pay rent

02 April, 2012

Almost all new benefit claimants are in employment but hit by wage freezes and shorter hours, study finds

Bishop warns housing benefit cap will lead to 'torn and fractured communities'

30 March, 2012

The former Bishop of Southwark has warned that the Gov's housing benefit cap poses "a real threat to families living in central London communities"

The Growth of In-Work Housing Benefit Claimants: Evidence and policy implications

30 March, 2012

This research analyses the growth of HB claimant numbers in Great Britain in 2010/2011, including the rapid growth in the number of in-work HB claims

Welfare reform: the dangers to older people's housing

30 March, 2012

The Welfare Reform Act will hit older people and their housing providers hard and risks overlooking important changes to vulnerable tenants

Biggest upgrade to PAYE system to go live in April

30 March, 2012

The government is due to go live with the biggest upgrade to the PAYE IT system since the 1950s within the next two weeks.

When affordable rents are no longer affordable

29 March, 2012

The Government is introducing a £500pw cap on household benefits from 2013, but at the same time, is raising the rents for those on the lowest incomes

Universal Credit: The impact on Passported Benefits

28 March, 2012

DWP have published the government's response to SSAC's report into the impact of Universal Credit on passported benefits

Committee seeking views on welfare reform

27 March, 2012

A parliamentary committee in Scotland has called for suggestions for how Scotland should implement the Welfare Reform Act

Welfare Reform Bill

26 March, 2012

A new Bill has been published

Benefit IT system 'not fully operational' for launch

23 March, 2012

DWP admit the IT system handling direct payment of housing benefit to tenants will not be fully operational by the implementation date - October 2013

Landlords join up to avoid 'bedroom tax'

23 March, 2012

Landlords across Merseyside are launching a region-wide home swap scheme in a bid to protect their tenants and rental income from the impact of the government's 'bedroom tax'

Universal credit

23 March, 2012

In small halls across Northern Ireland, community leaders are starting to brief people about what they can expect from welfare reform

Universal Credit: Banks unlikely to deliver new financial products ahead of direct payments trial - DWP

22 March, 2012

DWP admit banks are unlikely to deliver new financial products to help social sector manage direct HB payments to tenants in time for demonstration projects

Social landlord considers 'affordability assessments' on prospective new tenants

22 March, 2012

Hyde Housing are considering carrying out 'affordability assessments' on prospective new tenants

Scope response to the Budget

22 March, 2012

Responding to the Chancellor's announcement of the possibility of a further £10 billion of cuts to welfare, Richard Hawkes, CEX of Scope, said:

Critics say cuts in housing benefits will hit most vulnerable

22 March, 2012

Case study - Stephen is a 28-year-old unemployed single man who is about to be hit by the so-called "bedroom tax"

Social landlord fears £1.3 million loss as 2,000 homes declared 'under-occupied'

21 March, 2012

2,000 properties owned by Liverpool Mutual Homes are officially under-occupied based on the Gov's definition of the term according to the landlord

Chancellor threatens further welfare cuts

21 March, 2012

George Osborne has today raised the prospect of further welfare spending cuts in the next spending review

Welfare reform fears prompt small rent increase

20 March, 2012

Knowsley Housing Trust is limiting its rent increase to tenants in preparation for the impact that welfare changes will have

Housing associations bolster rent arrears teams ahead of benefit changes

19 March, 2012

Housing associations are looking to bolster their rent arrears teams ahead of the Government changes to the benefits system, according to research by Badenoch & Clark

MP Adrian Sanders warns on regional benefits system

19 March, 2012

A localised welfare system would penalise deprived parts of the South West, a Devon MP has said

Welfare reform warning to Scottish councils

16 March, 2012

Audit Scotland has warned of 'significant implications' for councils over the introduction of the universal credit as part of the Welfare Reform Act

Landlord's arrears fears over monthly payment of Universal Credit

16 March, 2012

A HA has spent thousands of pounds on debt advice and targeted campaigns to help tenants pay their rent and sustain their tenancies ahead of UC

DWP to consult on social homes under-occupation

16 March, 2012

The government has said that it 'does not expect' changes to the shared accommodation rate to be applied to social housing tenants

Why the shared room rate doesn't add up

15 March, 2012

Forcing housing benefit claimants under 35 to share a house leaves vulnerable tenants such as single pregnant women at risk

Universal Credit Information leaflet

15 March, 2012

Tenants information leaflet

Ending Child Poverty: Ensuring Universal Credit supports working mums

14 March, 2012

How will Universal Credit affect poor families? Report by Save the Children

MPs and peers to examine private rented sector

14 March, 2012

A Parliamentary group is to examine the impact welfare reforms will have on young people in the private rented sector

Westminster's new leader hits back at 'social cleansing' accusations

14 March, 2012

Westminster residents will be hit hard by the benefits cap, but the council's new leader, Philippa Roe, says they needn't go far

Benefit reforms 'will hit single working mothers' warns Save The Children

13 March, 2012

Single working mothers in Wales will be hardest hit by reforms to the benefits system, a charity has claimed

Sex offenders forced into shared houses

12 March, 2012

Paedophiles and rapists who used to receive payments enabling them to live on their own could be moved into shared homes with women and children, due to housing benefit reforms

Landlords braced for impact of benefit reform

12 March, 2012

Social landlords are preparing to commit significant amounts of extra cash and resources to ready themselves for the impact of the Welfare Reforms

Grayling backs housing association paid work pilots for young unemployed

12 March, 2012

Unemployed young people will be given the chance to get on the career ladder thanks to a group of social housing providers

Risk warning issued over universal credit

12 March, 2012

The government is taking unnecessary risks through its plans to move to a centralised system for administering benefits, a welfare expert has warned

Welfare Reform Act 2012

12 March, 2012

Legislation

Conservative MP calls on landlords to pilot 'jam jar' accounts for Universal Credit

09 March, 2012

A Conservative MP has called for RSL's to pilot an existing type of bank account to help tenants better manage their finances ahead of Universal Credit in 2013

Minister Announces £6.6 Million Funding for Citizens Advice Cymru

09 March, 2012

Local Government and Communities Minister Carl Sargeant has announced funding of over £6 million for the next three financial years for Citizens Advice Cymru

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

Landlords 'refusing to let to those on benefits', says council leader

08 March, 2012

Private landlords are starting to refuse to let to those on benefits, the leader of Brighton and Hove City Council told housing professionals

Welfare Bill turns law 'marking biggest reform for 60 years'

08 March, 2012

The Welfare Reform Bill became law today containing some of the biggest changes to the system for 60 years

Iain Duncan Smith: Welfare reforms realised

08 March, 2012

Iain Duncan Smith's Welfare Reform Bill has now become law marking an historic moment for the Coalition Government

LIN Member Report March 2012 - Welfare Reform - What Next?

08 March, 2012

This LIN member report is written by Peter Hall, Director, PHHS.

Welfare Reform Act 2012: key issues

08 March, 2012

Read briefings on the key issues contained in the Welfare Reform Act 2012

Touchbase DWP e-zine

07 March, 2012

March 2012

Third of Londoners expect to leave due to high housing costs

07 March, 2012

Almost a third (30%) of Londoners say they expect to be driven out of the capital by the high cost of housing, a new survey by housing and homelessness charity Shelter reveals

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

NICVA fears welfare reform will hit poor hardest

06 March, 2012

The body which represents the voluntary sector has warned that the government's welfare reform bill will take £500m a year out of the NI economy

Lords abandon new bid for statutory welfare review

06 March, 2012

A renewed attempt to get an independent review of the impact of the government's welfare reforms enshrined in law has been abandoned

Breaking the Bank : Family Fortunes

05 March, 2012

Families are facing an unprecedented squeeze on their finances and spending as little as £2 a day on food, according to charity Family Action

National Housing Federation disappointed over 'bedroom tax' result

02 March, 2012

The chief executive of the National Housing Federation has said it is 'hugely disappointing' that the government has succeeded in forcing its plans for a 'bedroom tax' through parliament

DWP and HMRC Universal Credit communications

01 March, 2012

This note is about the process for selection of telephony and processing sites to deliver the first phases of Universal Credit

Benefit claims being 'cleansed' prior to Universal Credit

01 March, 2012

Benefit claims are in the process of being "case cleansed" ahead of the roll out of Universal Credit, the Government has said.

Welfare Reform Bill passes final House of Lords hurdle

01 March, 2012

The government's controversial Welfare Reform Bill has passed its final hurdle in the House of Lords

Cameron on Welfare Reform: 'An historic moment'

01 March, 2012

The Government's Welfare Reform Bill finally passed on Wednesday night after peers dropped their final resistance to the measures

Government promises independent review of 'bedroom tax'

01 March, 2012

The Government has promised to set up an independent review on the impact of the bedroom tax following the passing of the controversial Welfare Reform Bill

Welfare Reform Bill reaches conclusion

01 March, 2012

The Welfare Reform Bill came to the end of the consideration of amendments stage (ping pong) in the House of Lords on Wednesday 29 February 2012

Peer in bid to make welfare reform transparent

29 February, 2012

Crossbench peer Lord Richard Best has tabled a last-ditch amendment aimed at making the impact of controversial welfare reforms more transparent

Charities warn of welfare reform damage

29 February, 2012

One in four people in Wales will be affected by welfare reform, a coalition of poverty charities and voluntary organisations has warned

Analysing the impact of the UK Government's welfare reforms in Wales - Stage 1 Analysis

29 February, 2012

The Welsh Govs Ministerial Task and Finish Group for Welfare Reform has commissioned a programme of work to assess the impact of the UK Govs welfare reforms in Wales

Welfare Reform - Implications for Tenancy and Allocations Policies and Strategies

28 February, 2012

PHHS report which sets out the key welfare reform implications to consider building into social housing tenancy & allocations policies and strategies

Benefit reform 'could put 6,000 children into poverty'

28 February, 2012

The number of cases of child poverty in Wales will increase by 6,000 next year as a result of changes to the tax and benefits system

Benefits families could pay off £1m mortgage

27 February, 2012

Almost 100 families are raking in enough HB to fund a £1million mortgage, raising fresh doubts over the Government's cap, according to latest figures

London handed lion's share of £15m housing benefit support cash

27 February, 2012

London has received the lion's share of a funding package announced by the Government to help councils and benefit claimants hit by welfare cuts

Workfare's unfair blame game

27 February, 2012

New Statesman report

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

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

Cameron rejects call to correct private rents claim

23 February, 2012

David Cameron has refused to correct his claim that private sector rents are falling despite research carried out by Inside Housing that proves the opposite is true

Ken Loach: Government is 'cleansing' London

23 February, 2012

Ken Loach has accused the government of using benefit reform to 'cleanse' central London of poor people because it feels they disfigure the capital

Bedroom tax warning

23 February, 2012

The Scottish Gov has again warned the UK Gov that their Housing Benefit reforms will remove over £54 million a year from the Scottish economy

Universal Credit - weapon against benefit fraudsters

23 February, 2012

UC will reduce fraud and error in the benefits system, as new figures confirm the current system is too complex and still open to abuse and error

Massive drop in households claiming housing benefit over cap in Westminster

22 February, 2012

More than 1,000 households in Westminster are no longer living in homes requiring housing benefit higher than the new national caps, it has emerged

Government wins 'bedroom tax' vote

22 February, 2012

The government has comfortably won a vote on the controversial 'bedroom tax.'

Welfare Bill: MPs overturn Lords defeat on spare rooms

22 February, 2012

MPs have voted to overturn Lords' call for changes to the controversial plans for a so-called "bedroom tax", which is part of the Welfare Reform Bill

Bedroom tax vote will hit thousands, warns Federation

22 February, 2012

Thousands of families in social housing face being driven into poverty after the Gov rejected moves to protect vulnerable people from the bedroom tax

'Blow to thousands' as Government forges ahead with 'bedroom tax'

22 February, 2012

Thousands face being "driven into poverty" as a result of the Government forging ahead with plans to cut the HB of social tenants with spare rooms

Disabled people face unlimited unpaid work or cuts in benefit

21 February, 2012

Mental health groups and charities attack plans drawn up by Department for Work and Pensions

Benefit cuts will require extra support for migrants

21 February, 2012

Changes to HB mean government ministers, social housing providers and private landlords need to give more help to migrants, a new report has found

Benefit families speak out

21 February, 2012

Working family with benefits

New disability tests 'must prove fair and accurate'

20 February, 2012

The gov must ensure new welfare assessments planned for disabled people are "accurate and fair" before they are rolled out nationally MPs have said

Government's bedroom tax 'could create future housing crisis'

17 February, 2012

The Government's proposed 'bedroom tax' could create a future housing crisis, according to a housing chief executive

Housing benefit cap forces families to leave central London or be homeless

17 February, 2012

As schools struggle to cope with the disruption caused to children, a council officer declares: 'To live in Westminster is a privilege, not a right'

Government to overturn latest 'bedroom tax' exemption

16 February, 2012

The Gov is seeking to overturn a House of Lords amendment to the 'spare bedroom tax' which will cut the HB of social housing tenants with spare rooms

Government urged to rethink bedroom tax given second Lords defeat

16 February, 2012

The CIH is urging government to agree concessions on its proposed 'bedroom tax' before the Welfare Reform Bill is returned to the House of Commons

Universal credit

16 February, 2012

CPAG report

Ministers lose Lords welfare vote

15 February, 2012

Gov plans to cut the housing benefit of social tenants living in homes with spare rooms has been dealt another major defeat in the House of Lords

Fresh plan to overturn new welfare amendments

15 February, 2012

The government will seek to overturn the latest amendment to the welfare reform bill agreed by the House of Lords

Peers in new bid to exempt vulnerable from 'bedroom tax'

14 February, 2012

Gov's Welfare Reform Bill faces fresh opposition in House of Lords after crossbencher peer tables new amendments to limit the impact of the "bedroom" tax

Poll backs one spare room limit for tenants

13 February, 2012

More than two thirds of Inside Housing readers think social tenants on housing benefit should be allowed to have one spare room

Tenants see 'loss of £100,000' in first wave of housing benefit cuts

10 February, 2012

HB changes to non-dep deductions have cost tenants of a West Midlands housing association £100,000 - with a further £100,000 cut expected next year

Welfare reform calendar 2011 - 2013

10 February, 2012

The Welfare Reform Bill is about to receive royal assent and will radically alter the benefits system

Welfare Reform is 'greatest challenge to housing sector'

09 February, 2012

The Welfare Reform presents the 'greatest challenge' to the housing sector, according to the president of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH)

SDLP and British government in welfare talks

09 February, 2012

The SDLP have told the government they must show "flexibility and discretion" when it comes to changing the benefits system in Northern Ireland

Mandatory consideration of revision before appeal

09 February, 2012

DWP consultation - issues relevant to the implementation and operation of the appeals reform provisions in the Welfare Reform Bill - consultation closes 4.5.12

Flint: ban benefit payments for substandard homes

09 February, 2012

Private landlords whose homes do not meet minimum energy efficiency standards should be not be able to house tenants on housing benefit, the shadow energy secretary has argued

SDLP delegation to meet minister over benefits reform

08 February, 2012

An SDLP delegation is to meet the minister for welfare reform later to discuss changes to the benefits system

Peers urged to find new exemption to 'bedroom tax'

08 February, 2012

Controversial plans to cut the housing benefit of tenants living in homes with 'spare rooms' returns to the House of Lords next Tuesday

Localism, Welfare Reform and Housing Market Change: Identifying the issues and responding to the challenge

08 February, 2012

HB cuts could see private landlords 'subdivide' homes for smaller families displaced from social housing leading to overcrowding and homelessness

Impact of welfare reform on the south east housing market - opportunity or hindrance?

08 February, 2012

A CIH report claims that the proposed welfare reforms present serious challenges for the south east & a benefit cap may not be enough to incentivise people to work

Slashing benefits is a breeze when you disregard the detail

08 February, 2012

Warnings over the unfairness of cuts to child benefit and other payments are simply being ignored by the government

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

Government advisor warns of benefit cap harm

07 February, 2012

Plans to cap benefits at £26,000 could harm vulnerable families and needs to be rolled out carefully, a government adviser has warned

Minister calls on landlords to boost credit unions ahead of likely Post Office link-up

06 February, 2012

Welfare reform minister Lord Freud has called on councils and social landlords to help boost their local credit unions

Government benefit cap 'based on myths'

03 February, 2012

The Government's proposed benefits cap is based on a set of myths, a leading charity has claimed

Anger as government halts welfare bill changes

03 February, 2012

The government has come under fire for seeking to use a parliamentary mechanism to prevent further attempts by the House of Lords to change the Welfare Reform Bill

Watchdog shuts down sale and rent back market

03 February, 2012

The Financial Services Authority has shut down the market for businesses that buy homes from struggling homeowners and then rent them back to them

MPs reverse Lords welfare defeats

02 February, 2012

MPs have overturned a series of defeats inflicted on the government's welfare reform bill in the House of Lords

Lords amendments to Welfare Reform Bill beaten

02 February, 2012

The government has succeeded in overturning a series of crucial amendments made by the Lords to the Welfare Reform Bill

Councils forced to meet housing benefit shortfall

02 February, 2012

Local authorities are having to dig into their own budgets to help people meet housing costs, according to government figures

Councils fail to spend £1m earmarked for people at risk of homelessness

01 February, 2012

Six local authorities spend only half the DHP money allocated to them for needy families by the Department for Work and Pensions

Benefit cap: Landlord backs 'nine-months grace' for claimants

01 February, 2012

A housing association has welcomed reports that the Government is to introduce a nine-month transitional period for families affected by the £26,000-a-year benefits cap

'Bedroom tax could cripple me', says father

01 February, 2012

Housing association Bromford is calling for choice and incentives for customers, not penalties, as a planned 'bedroom tax' is discussed in the House of Commons

Labour tables welfare motion as Shapps backs bill

01 February, 2012

The Labour party has tabled a motion calling for the benefit cap to be set by an independent body according to local circumstances, ahead of a series of crunch votes on the Welfare Reform Bill

Under occupation cuts 'would not deliver savings'

01 February, 2012

Proposed cuts to HB for under occupation would cause severe hardship for tenants and not deliver the expected savings, analysis has found

Welfare reform bill - benefit cap Commons live debate

01 February, 2012

Welfare reform bill - benefit cap Commons live debate from the Guardian

CIH briefing on direct payment demonstration projects

01 February, 2012

Frequently Asked Questions

Universal Credit

01 February, 2012

Child Poverty Action Group fact sheet

Analysing the impact of the UK Government's welfare reforms in Wales - stage 1

01 February, 2012

Ministerial Task and Finish Group on Welfare Reform stage 1 report

Landlord estimates arrears bill hit ahead of direct payments pilot

31 January, 2012

David Ashmore, GreenSquare CEX, reveals the landlord's "best estimate" on the impact of direct payments on its arrears bill and considers what's ahead

The impact of cutting housing benefit on under-occupiers in social housing

31 January, 2012

Research reveals the real cost of the bedroom tax

Iain Duncan Smith defiant over benefits cap but concessions expected

30 January, 2012

Removing child benefit from the Government's proposed welfare cap would be "ludicrous" Iain Duncan Smith has said

Labour to back welfare benefits cap

30 January, 2012

Labour party expected to vote in favour of a benefits cap, providing it is set higher in expensive areas such as London

Housing experts warn of homelessness threat

30 January, 2012

The Gov has been warned that its plans for welfare reform are likely to have an impact on homelessness figures and increase the use of B & B's by LA's

Labour wants benefit cap to be set locally

30 January, 2012

Labour has called for the proposed total benefits cap to be set locally rather than at the national limit of £26,000

Tenants demand protection from welfare cuts

30 January, 2012

Campaigners are calling on social landlords not to evict tenants who fall behind on rent payments because of housing benefit cuts

Housing chief calls for child benefit probe after welfare cap rejection

27 January, 2012

A housing boss has called for more clarity on how child benefit is spent - after peers in the House of Lords rejected plans to include it in the £26,000 benefit cap

Housing associations urged to back NHF 'bedroom tax' campaign

27 January, 2012

The NHF is calling on housing associations to support a new campaign to fight a 'bedroom tax' on tenants considered to be under occupying their homes

Peers press for details on benefits help

27 January, 2012

The government has come under pressure to publish details of promised transitional arrangements to help people affected by the impact of the proposed total benefits cap

CIH: expect child benefit victory to be overturned

27 January, 2012

The CIH is urging L/Ls to prepare for the consequences of the proposed benefits cap, despite a key defeat for the Gov in the House of Lords this week

London boroughs to be hit hardest by benefit cap

26 January, 2012

54% of London's boroughs contain more than 1,000 households that will be worse off as a result of the government's forthcoming benefit cap

Landlords take 'bedroom tax' fight to MPs

26 January, 2012

Landlords are throwing their weight behind a campaign to stop a 'bedroom tax' on tenants deemed to be underoccupying their homes

PM attacks Labour for 'hypocritical' benefit stance

26 January, 2012

David Cameron has accused Labour of 'hypocrisy' for voting to change the way the £26,000 total benefits cap is calculated despite backing the policy in principle

Welfare reform: Housing association reveals direct payment plans

25 January, 2012

The CEX of Wakefield and District Housing, discusses the landlord's involvement in the 12-month direct payment pilot and what it hopes to learn

Ex-Archbishop Carey attacks bishops over benefit cap

25 January, 2012

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has criticised Church of England bishops for opposing the government's £26,000-a-year cap on benefits

Welfare reform: household benefit cap Q&A

24 January, 2012

Ministers say a £26,000 cap on the amount of benefits families can receive will cut the deficit and incentivise people to find work - fidn out more

Government undeterred over benefits after Lords defeat

24 January, 2012

The government has vowed to press ahead with controversial plans to limit welfare payments despite a defeat in the House of Lords

Benefit cap defeat 'flies in face of public opinion' - DWP

24 January, 2012

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) says last night's defeat of the £26,000 a year benefits cap in the House of Lords "flies in the face of public opinion".

Landlord to 'rigorously test' direct benefit payments in pilot

24 January, 2012

A housing chief says piloting direct benefit payments to social tenants ahead of Universal Credit will help the landlord "rigorously test the new system" ahead of its implementation in 2013

Benefit cap defeat will be reversed, says Clegg

24 January, 2012

Nick Clegg says ministers will seek to overturn a Lords defeat for plans to cap benefits for households at £26k when the bill returns to the Commons

DWP Stakeholder Bulletin - January 2012

23 January, 2012

This bulletin includes updates on amendments to the Welfare Reform Bill and an update on the switch from DLA to Personal Independence payments (PIP)

Welfare reform bill: household benefit cap Lords debate - live discussion

23 January, 2012

The government is under pressure over proposals critics say will plunge tens of thousands of children into poverty

The Essential Guide to Squeezed Britain

23 January, 2012

The proportion of low and middle income (LMI) earners aged under 35 and renting has more than tripled from 14% in the late 1980s to 47% now, according to the Resolution Foundation

Benefit cut raises housing concerns for u'25s

23 January, 2012

Homelessness charities have raised concerns about the ability of young people to access housing in the private sector following housing benefit cuts brought in this month

Housing benefit cap: can you live on 62p a day?

22 January, 2012

The housing benefit cap will mainly hit stable families on low incomes. Surely this can't be what George Osborne wanted

Paddy Ashdown takes on coalition over benefits cap

22 January, 2012

Former Lib Dem leader says he will vote against government on welfare changes because of effect they would have on children

Leak reveals benefits cap will hit 100,000 children

22 January, 2012

Official figures show many families will be pushed into poverty by coalition reform

Landlord keen on credit union investment ahead of Universal Credit

20 January, 2012

A Merseyside-based housing association says it could invest in its local credit union to support its tenants under Universal Credit

Private tenants urged not to bury their heads in the sand

20 January, 2012

Private tenants in receipt of housing benefit have been urged to contact landlords to negotiate rents. News article by landlord Portfolio

Mixed reaction to Universal Credit direct payment pilots

20 January, 2012

CIH welcomes the direct payments trial with Housing Associations, but the RLA have slammed the trials claiming Private Rented Sector tenants have been "let down"

Benefits cap not about punishing people - Duncan Smith

20 January, 2012

Iain Duncan Smith has told the BBC a planned benefits cap is not "about punishing people", and has said people are "not suffering" under his reforms

Lodger rules to ease impact of bedroom tax

20 January, 2012

Tenants will be able to keep rental income from lodgers without it affecting their benefit entitlement under proposed rule changes

Direct Payment Pilots announced

19 January, 2012

Landlord Information Network Press release

No Scottish housing association or council named in DWP's direct benefits pilot

19 January, 2012

There are currently no Scottish LA's or HA's signed up to pilot the direct payment of housing benefit to social tenants

Welfare amendments face government fight

19 January, 2012

The government will seek to overturn all amendments to the Welfare Reform Bill when it returns to the House of Commons later in the year

Welfare reform bill - household benefit cap live discussion

19 January, 2012

Government faces further controversy as Lords prepare to debate proposed £26,000 family benefit cap

ALMO offers up to £2,000 for tenants to downsize

18 January, 2012

South Lakes Housing which manages some 3,500 homes in Cumbria is providing up to £2,000 for tenants to voluntarily downsize

Welfare changes row

18 January, 2012

BBC Welfare Reforms Q&A's

The cuts in London: where will Lucy live?

17 January, 2012

A case study looking at the impact of Government Housing Benefit caps

Benefit cut to leave 14,000 Manchester tenants worse off

17 January, 2012

Plans to cut the HB from tenants living in homes with spare rooms from 2013 would leave 14,000 social housing residents in Manchester worse off

Government has 'no plans' to change benefit cap

17 January, 2012

The Department for Work and Pensions has said there are no plans to change the £26,000 cap on benefits despite calls from senior Liberal Democrats

Hughes warns benefit cap will 'break up families'

16 January, 2012

The deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats has attacked the government's plans to cap benefits as part of its overhaul of the welfare system

David Cameron considers extra £25bn of welfare cuts

16 January, 2012

David Cameron is considering ordering billions of pounds in extra welfare cuts proposed in a confidential Downing Street policy paper, The Daily Telegraph can disclose

Peers launch second benefit plans rebellion

13 January, 2012

The government is facing a second battle inside a month to get housing benefit reforms agreed by the House of Lords

MPs call for single body to 'oversee' benefits

12 January, 2012

There should be a single body responsible for overseeing the 'interaction' between different benefits, according to Commons public accounts committee report

Government urged to re-think welfare changes after crushing Lords defeat

12 January, 2012

The Government has been urged to re-think its welfare reform plans after they were dealt a crushing blow in the House of Lords last night

Housing benefit reforms: a huge gamble on rent cuts

12 January, 2012

The government's hope that the cut in housing benefit will result in landlords lowering their rents could backfire.

Number 10 defends PM's private rents claim

12 January, 2012

Number 10 has defended the prime minister's claim that private rents are falling as a result of the coalition government's welfare reforms

David Cameron claims housing benefit cuts have slashed rents

11 January, 2012

David Cameron claims the Gov's HB cuts have brought down rent levels across the country, despite evidence to suggest they are continuing to reach record highs

Benefits system has given people 'false sense of security'

10 January, 2012

Labour leader Ed Miliband says he is not against a household benefit cap and a fairer allocations system for social housing

Local Housing Allowance caps risk 'ghettoising low-income families'

10 January, 2012

New HB caps for existing tenants in the private rented sector risk 'ghettoising low-income families', according to a London charity

The Lords are the last hope to soften the blows aimed at the poor

10 January, 2012

Poor and disabled people are in line for a battery of financial hits of unprecedented intensity under welfare reforms

The impact of welfare reform on housing (CASE report)

10 January, 2012

This paper finds a number of policy areas where perceived short-term savings are likely to be overshadowed by a set of complex problems in the longer-term

Government inflated cost of benefit defeat

06 January, 2012

The government's claim that its 'bedroom tax' defeat will cost taxpayers around £300 million in lost savings has been disputed by the NHF

Social security 'reforms' are a litany of welfare cuts

06 January, 2012

Labour has ducked the fight so far, but the truth will out: this is the tightest squeeze on children's living standards yet seen - Guardian news article

Families with children to be worst affected by benefit cuts - IFS

05 January, 2012

Families with children are going to fare much worse than childless couples as a result of benefit cuts, research by the IFS reveals

Impact of housing benefit cap 'worse in Wales' - CIH

05 January, 2012

More than 30,000 homes in Wales will be out of reach of people on HB as a result of the Government's HB cap, according to CIH

Families with children hit by tax and benefit changes

04 January, 2012

Families with children will be hardest hit by tax and benefit changes aimed at cutting the deficit, according to the Family and Parenting Institute

Housing benefit cuts injure us all

03 January, 2012

The effects of removing support from those most vulnerable to homelessness will be felt across society

Available rented housing cuts in your area: download the data

02 January, 2012

The cuts to housing benefit in Jan will leave many people searching for cheaper places to stay,this Guardian report looks at the impact of the cuts

Last Christmas with the kids

29 December, 2011

Changes to local housing allowance could block separated parents from having access to their children

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

Announcement on direct payment pilots delayed until New Year

23 December, 2011

The Gov has put back the date it will announce the 6 housing Associations & councils who will road test direct benefit payments to tenants to next year

MSPs to withhold consent from UK Welfare Reform Bill

22 December, 2011

MSPs are set to formally protest against changes to the UK benefits system, which some claim will see cuts in payments to the most vulnerable

Where's the peace and goodwill for those on housing benefit?

21 December, 2011

There was no room at the inn for Mary and Joseph,& there's little Xmas cheer for those who will struggle with their rents once the HB cap kicks in

Build to Let: Rethinking the use of housing benefit to help families out of temporary accommodation

20 December, 2011

NLGN report - building new homes for social rent across 10 London boroughs would be cheaper than housing people in B&Bs and temporary accommodation

Duncan Smith's answer to the housing crisis won't help the poorest

20 December, 2011

Housing benefit reforms could price the low-paid out of the rental market

Lord Freud: Government to review direct payments to tenants

16 December, 2011

The Government has announced it is to review its plans to pay housing benefit direct to tenants under the new Universal Credit system

DWP anger at defeat of bedroom tax

16 December, 2011

A Department for Work and Pensions source reacted angrily to the government's shock House of Lords defeat over welfare reform

Government loses bedroom tax vote after peer brands it 'cruel nonsense'

15 December, 2011

The Gov faced a fierce backlash in the House of Lords where plans to dock the HB of tenants living in homes with a spare room were defeated

Peers urged to back 'bedroom tax' amendment

14 December, 2011

Ahead of the crunch vote in the House of Lords on under-occupation, The Times has published a letter from David Orr, CEX of the NHF

Welfare reform testing NI's 'parity principle'

13 December, 2011

Will Northern Ireland and England have two different welfare systems?

Tenants face £26 a week cut for under-occupation

09 December, 2011

Social tenants on housing benefit who are deemed to be under-occupying their homes stand to lose up to £26.65 a week under government plans

Homeless households increase by 13%

09 December, 2011

Recession, cuts, and high rents have contributed to an 'alarming' leap in the number of homeless people in England

Housing Benefit cuts

08 December, 2011

Crisis Policy Briefing

Ministers urged on Welfare Reform Bill

08 December, 2011

Scottish ministers have been urged to think about new laws to soften the "significant" impact of planned changes to the UK benefits system

HB Direct newsletter December 2011

07 December, 2011

HB Direct Newsletter

Transcript of the speech by Minister for Welfare Reform Lord David Freud

07 December, 2011

Capita Welfare Reform Conference on 6 December 2011. He talks about the Universal Credit and Support for Mortgage Interest payments.

Austerity: the rise of the Royle family lifestyle

07 December, 2011

Recession has led to a boom in "multi-generational households" seeking shelter from financial hardship.

LIN member report - Latest news on Welfare Reform

06 December, 2011

This LIN member report is written by Peter Hall, Director, PHHS

Universal Credit may not hit tenants until 2017

06 December, 2011

Almost 500,000 HB claimants could continue to receive their money in the same way up to 4 years after the implementation of Universal Credit

Housing benefit caps force families out of town

06 December, 2011

Benefit caps are pushing the poorest families out of inner-city areas into already overstretched boroughs

Housing benefit cuts: young people face a homelessness 'perfect storm'

06 December, 2011

Recession and spending cuts have already caused a spike in youth homelessness

Martha Lane Fox: almost half offline population lives in social housing

05 December, 2011

The UK digital champion calls on housing professionals to play their part in bridging the digital divide

Touchbase e-zine

05 December, 2011

DWP monthly publication - December 2011

Debt advice could save landlords £50 million

05 December, 2011

Housing associations should invest in debt advice programmes to avoid evictions and tackle homelessness, a new study claims

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion 2011

02 December, 2011

Joseph Rowntree report

Get Britain working

02 December, 2011

Get Britain working - back to work support from Jobcentre Plus - FAQs

Spending cuts blamed for rising benefit bill

02 December, 2011

Housing bodies have blamed government spending cuts for adding nearly £2 billion to the cost of housing benefit over the next five years

Cuts fail to halt £2bn rise in housing benefit costs

01 December, 2011

Housing benefit costs will rise by nearly £2 billion by 2016 despite government efforts to cut the bill

Ministers announce U-turn on mobility benefit cut

01 December, 2011

Controversial plans to axe some benefit payments to disabled people living in care homes are being dropped

Lone parent obligations: work, childcare and the Jobseeker's Allowance regime

01 December, 2011

Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (CESI) report

Lord Freud resists benefit cap amendments

29 November, 2011

Welfare reform minister Lord Freud has faced more questions in parliament from peers worried about the proposed benefit cap for workless households

Scottish Housing Benefit changes

28 November, 2011

Information briefings from the Scottish Gov considering the impact of these measures on households in Scotland and on Scottish housing policy

Benefit threat to human rights

25 November, 2011

Whitehall plans to cap benefit for workless households could violate the Human Rights Act, according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Benefits cap to hit 5,000 Westminster tenants

25 November, 2011

Up to 5,000 private tenants in Westminster are going to be directly affected by the benefits cap from 2013

LIN member report - How to survive Welfare Reform, top tips

24 November, 2011

This LIN member report is written by Peter Hall, Director, PHHS

Freud rejects change to calculation of cap

22 November, 2011

Welfare reform minister Lord Freud has indicated the government is not willing to change the way the proposed £500pw cap on benefits is calculated

London boroughs could buckle over housing benefit cuts

16 November, 2011

Cheaper London boroughs could buckle as a result of housing benefit cuts in the private sector, a politician in the city has warned

Benefit warning to 'under-employed' tenants

14 November, 2011

Employed tenants could have their housing benefit cut if they do not work enough hours and do not look for more or better paid work.

Welfare reform to hit 133,000 London households

11 November, 2011

Does the Cap fit? An analysis of the impact of Welfare Reform in London. A research report commissioned by London Councils

Community work for the long term unemployed

10 November, 2011

People unemployed for more than two years who haven't secured sustainable employment could be referred onto compulsory community work placements

Welfare Reform Bill Universal Credit - Equality Impact Assessment

10 November, 2011

This assessment provides a brief outline of the relative impact of Universal Credit on the different groups as defined by equality legislation

New tenancy being looked at for direct payments switch

10 November, 2011

A new type of tenancy agreement is being considered to reduce the impact of HB being paid directly to tenants under Universal Credit

Deadline for direct payment pilot has now closed

09 November, 2011

The deadline for social L/L's wanting to apply to take part in the Department for Work and Pensions direct payment of benefit pilots has now closed

Universal Credit: crunch decisions to be made on housing payments

08 November, 2011

Government ministers will meet this week as they look to define the 'vulnerability criteria' for social sector landlords

Tenants take their welfare reform concerns to Parliament

08 November, 2011

Tenants from 15 housing associations have taken their concerns about proposed welfare reforms to Parliament

Social housing reform:

06 November, 2011

Which areas will become unaffordable for low-income households?

Welfare reform: progress to date

05 November, 2011

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Benefits changes 'will hit poorest'

02 November, 2011

Reforming benefits could undo attempts to improve life chances in Wales, First Minister Carwyn Jones has warned

Next steps for moving claimants onto Universal Credit are announced

02 November, 2011

The timetable for the introduction of the new Universal Credit has been published by the government

Benefits cut for offenders could rise to £25

29 October, 2011

The maximum amount that people on benefit can have docked to pay fines will increase to £25 a week, the government has said

Britons back squeeze on welfare benefits, suggests poll

27 October, 2011

British people are overwhelmingly in favour of having a welfare state, but most want it tightened up, a poll for BBC News suggests

Universal Credit

25 October, 2011

Information updated with a case study from Colchester Borough Council on realising the benefits of e-claim

Vulnerable tenants 'likely to be higher than 10%'

24 October, 2011

According to June Barnes, East Thames Chief Executive, ahead of the Universal Credit pilot

Lord Freud refuses to budge on direct payments to tenants

21 October, 2011

An amendment which would have given tenants the choice to have their HB paid directly to their landlord under Universal Credit has been withdrawn

Court rules to allow discriminatory impacts of Housing Benefit cuts

17 October, 2011

The High Court of Justice has passed down judgment in favour of the Government in a Judicial Review brought by Child Poverty Action Group

Universal Credit

14 October, 2011

Councils should retain administrative responsibility for housing benefit, a report by CLG select committee has warned

Peers urged to 'stand by tenants' in direct payments battle

12 October, 2011

Housing bodies call on the Gov to accept an amendment to the Welfare Reform Bill which would enable tenants to choose who receives their HB

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

DWP: Perceptions of welfare reform and universal credit

10 October, 2011

Report presenting findings of a study carried out between Dec 10-Jan 11 which explores the views of claimants, staff, employers and the wider public

Universal Credit briefing notes

10 October, 2011

Updated 10 October 2011

How social sector landlords can be paid benefits direct

05 October, 2011

LIN member report by Claire Turner looks at how, following Welfare Reform, HB payments could continue to be paid directly to social sector landlords

How private sector landlords can be paid benefits direct

05 October, 2011

LIN member report by Claire Turner, Director, LIN, looks at how HB payments could be paid directly to private sector landlords

Welfare worries

26 September, 2011

Universal Credit at the top of The Treasury "to watch" list, at risk of running over schedule, over budget or failing to be launched at all

Universal Credit

23 September, 2011

Questions and Answers - latest information from DWP

LIN welcomes direct payment pilots but remains concerned over the lack of tenant choice

19 September, 2011

Landlord Information Network press release

Leaked letter reveals Michael Gove's concerns over Universal Credit

16 September, 2011

A leaked letter has revealed concerns about the switch to the new Universal Credit system from 2013 and its impact on vulnerable families

Anger as Welfare Reform Bill debate 'squirreled away' from public scrutiny

14 September, 2011

Peers have agreed to hold the committee stage of the Welfare Reform Bill away from the main chamber of the House of Lords

Lord Freud reveals direct payments pilots at NHF conference

14 September, 2011

Welfare reform minister Lord Freud has announced half-a-dozen pilots that will test out direct payments to social housing tenants

Under Universal Credit the majority of claimants renting in the social sector will begin receiving benefits direct

14 September, 2011

Six Demonstration Projects are being set up to trial direct payments to Housing Benefit claimants living in social sector housing

English language training for job seekers on benefits

14 September, 2011

Jobseekers whose lack of English is preventing them from getting a job will have to attend English language training or lose benefits

Speech by Lord David Freud, Welfare Minister

14 September, 2011

At the National Housing Federation Annual Conference

Public accounts committee's question welfare reforms

13 September, 2011

Concerns raised about Whitehall's ability to deliver welfare reforms, while at the same time cutting £2.7bn from the DWP

Landlords unite to challenge government on tenants' welfare payments

13 September, 2011

The aim is to get an amendment into the Welfare Reform Bill allowing tenants the choice of having HB paid directly to their landlord

Discretionary Housing Payments data 2010/11

13 September, 2011

Discretionary Housing Payments data for the year 2010/11 by local authority, their allocation and the proportion actually used by the LA

Welfare benefits to be paid monthly

13 September, 2011

Many welfare benefits will be paid monthly in an effort to prepare people for the world of work, ministers have said.

Universal Credit

12 September, 2011

Information on Universal Credit briefing notes has been updated by DWP

Top tips: the financial impact of welfare reform

10 September, 2011

What impact will the government's welfare reforms have on local government finance?

Lone parents combining work and welfare: the role of mini jobs and other interventions

01 September, 2011

Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion CESI) report

10-point guide to housing benefit changes and what they mean for social care

08 August, 2011

News report from Communitycare.co.uk

The work programme

03 August, 2011

The DWP Work Programme is a major new payment-for-results welfare-to-work programme that has now launched throughout Great Britain.

Government's Welfare Reform Bill delayed

15 July, 2011

The Government has been forced to delay the 2nd Reading of the Welfare Reform Bill until 13.9.11.

Welfare Reform Bill - Lords 2nd Reading

14 July, 2011

National Housing Federation Briefing paper

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion in Wales 2011

07 July, 2011

Joseph Rowntree report

A minimum income standard for the UK in 2011

05 July, 2011

Joseph Rowntree report

Current welfare system 'completely broken'

01 July, 2011

claims Ian Duncan Smith

Money on the move

24 June, 2011

The introduction of a universal credit has left landlords wondering if benefits will bypass them and leave rent unpaid

Review of the provision of passported benefits under Universal Credit

22 June, 2011

DWP consultation on possible approaches. Consultation start date: 15 June 2011. Consultation end date: 22 July 2011

Universal Credit briefing notes

22 June, 2011

DWP policy

UK Housing review June 2011

21 June, 2011

Chartered Institute of Housing report by Hal Pawson and Steve Wilcox

Making work pay in London under Universal Credit

01 June, 2011

Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (CESI) report

Reducing under occupation

01 June, 2011

Housing practice magazine

Welfare Reform April 2011 (private sector)

01 April, 2011

Welfare reform and the forthcoming changes to Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowance. Member report by Claire Turner, Director, LIN

Welfare Reform April 2011 (social sector)

01 April, 2011

Welfare reform and the forthcoming changes to Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowance. Member report by Claire Turner, Director, LIN (report added to site 5.10.11)

Welfare Reform Bill 2011

16 February, 2011

On 16 February 2011 the Welfare Reform Bill was introduced to Parliament. The Bill legislates for the biggest change to the welfare system for over 60 years.

Benefits cap to hit 5,000 Westminster tenants

25 January, 2011

Up to 5,000 private tenants in Westminster are going to be directly affected by the benefits cap from 2013, according to the man responsible for housing in the borough

Universal credit - Welfare that works

11 November, 2010

The Coalition Government's plans to introduce legislation to reform the welfare system by creating a new Universal Credit

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