The government has refused to reconsider its decision to freeze the Local Housing Allowance (LHA), the rate which sets how much housing benefit can be claimed by private tenants.
The government has scrapped its plans to force councils to charge higher-income tenants rents of up to market rates.
The government will put in place a new funding model to ensure supported housing can continue to help vulnerable people, says Lord Freud
One of the UK’s largest housing associations plans to discount tenants’ rents, freeze property prices and top up savings in a pioneering bid to help tenants buy their social home.
Ellen Salkeld talks about life as a financial inclusion manager at Viridian Housing
A third of councils dug into reserve budgets to support struggling tenants as their government-allocated hardship funding ran dry.
Shared ownership 2 Video
As shared ownership finally gets its big break, exclusive new data reveals how the tenure performs for the first time. Nick Duxbury reports
The Best of times Video
Efforts by the Lords to moderate the government’s Housing and Planning Act resulted in some victories. But will the concessions change the future of the sector? And what fights are still to come? Jess McCabe sits down with Lord Best
Wandle’s resident support officer Suzana Karakashi talks to Jess McCabe about helping vulnerable residents and speaking four languages
Universal Credit makes tenants responsible for their own affairs but some need help budgeting, says Lord Freud
Paint job Video
On an estate in Northern Ireland, training female tenants in the trades is bringing residents together. Reni Eddo-Lodge finds out more
Our use of technology to help tenants cope with Universal Credit typifies the resilience of the sector, says Ruth Cooke
What’s it like to combine chasing rent with helping tenants save money on energy? Jane Gould, income recovery officer at Newport City Homes, talks to Inside Housing
The government’s Pay to Stay policy is an “unfair tax on aspiration”, a body promoting tenant engagement has said.
Scott Taylor talks through his work helping residents of Ongo to keep their tenancies
Good income management is crucial to helping tenants, argues Deborah Good
Shaping the future Video
After taking over the helm at Placeshapers, how will Aspire’s Sinéad Butters steer the ship through difficult times? Martin Hilditch reports
We need to work out a solution for unaffordable rents, says Brendan Sarsfield
Over the 12 days of Christmas, we are reflecting on the best of our news, analysis and opinions coverage on the website since 1 January 2015. Each day we pick a different topic. Today we focus on the rent cut
Nearly 90% of social tenants receiving Universal Credit are in rent arrears because of a seven-week wait for the first payment, a report has revealed.
Pay to Stay will be voluntary for housing associations, after a government u-turn triggered by the desire to get the sector’s debt off the national balance sheet.
More than four in 10 young people using homelessness services face losing their accommodation because of government benefit cuts, a survey has found.
If the semantic results of the government’s broadening of the definition of affordable housing are anything to go by we’re in a mess
Housing's new dawn Video
A new dawn for the social housing sector, the Housing and Planning Bill is progressing through the House of Commons. Alex Turner looks for some clarity on some key points
Ministers are facing calls to exempt supported housing from the Local Housing Allowance cap, following warnings that schemes for vulnerable people could be scrapped.
Castle and keep Video
As older homeowners struggle with care costs, one council has a solution: rent their properties as temporary accommodation. Kate Youde reports
Emildah Chabata has helped Thames Valley Housing tenants set up in business as bakers and stallholders in her role as resident training and employment manager. She talks to Simon Brandon
An energy company has struck an exclusive deal to supply a Merseyside housing association as it targets a major expansion into social housing.
With continued welfare reform and austerity, the Living Wage is not going to make life easier for tenants, says Kevin Gulliver
Concern about housing in Britain is at its highest level for 41 years, according to an Ipsos Mori poll.
Hannah Buckley is a tenancy sustainment officer at Calico Homes. She talks to Simon Brandon about what the welfare reforms are doing to tenants
The impact assessment of the Housing Bill reveals two devils buried in the detail of proposals for a compulsory Pay to Stay
Simon Brandon talks to Damian Carter, opportunities manager at Bromford, about the qualities necessary to help find tenants jobs
We need homes people really can afford, says Alison Gelder
Casting a shadow Video
As Universal Credit continues to be rolled out, Simon Brandon finds out how members of our welfare reform focus group are dealing with the changes
Gregg Peart, a welfare rights officer at Derwentside Homes, talks to Simon Brandon about helping tenants claim the benefits they’re entitled to
Simon Brandon talks to David Hibbs, an income recovery officer at Spectrum Housing Group. Better known to his colleagues by his superhero alter ego, ‘Spreadsheet Man’
Five things landlords should know before rushing to register consumer credit activities with the Financial Conduct Authority
Ryan Dorrian is a money solutions assistant manager at Bron Afon. He talks to Simon Brandon about moving from the private sector to housing, the salary he’d pay MPs and “boom boom boom” music
Catalyst Housing and Oxford City Council have invested £1.5m in an equity loan scheme for teachers in response to fears that many are unable to continue working in Oxford.
The poorest in society are the most vulnerable to illegal loan sharks. We need alternative credit solutions, says Carol Matthews
The proportion of social housing tenants in work has risen sharply over the last ten years, the latest survey of the English housing sector has revealed.
Affordable rent should be more than just a name, says Tom Copley
Back to work Video
One landlord in Bath is working closely with the Department for Work and Pensions to offer job training to its tenants. Alex Turner reports on how the project is paying off – for unemployed residents and for the housing association
More than a third of data that social landlords hold on tenants is inaccurate or missing, according to a tech supplier to the housing sector.
Living rent could save around £5.6bn a year and see more low-cost homes available to people on low incomes, says Helen Collins
If we have a Living Wage, why not a Living Rent? Well, now we do.
Private rents have risen by more than 10% in the last year, according to figures published today.
The number of possession claims issued by social landlords has fallen year-on- year, statistics published by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) show.
A lack of housing supply is driving soaring house prices in the most expensive places to buy a home in Britain, new research has revealed.
Cash Incentive Schemes are a better alternative to Right to Buy, says Steve Walker
Housing associations should consider providing funding for a new lending system to help low-income groups at risk of bad debt.
The total cost of housing to households in England and Wales has reached almost £133 billion a year, with private rents accounting for more than a third (36 per cent) of all money spent on housing.
Landlords should put the rent they earn from their properties back into those homes and provide a good repairs service, says Michael Gelling
Landlords are fearing a rent squeeze after the United Kingdom this week entered negative consumer price inflation for the first time in more than 50 years.
Around 11,400 social housing tenants are likely to be hit by the government’s planned removal of housing benefit for young jobseekers.
Reni Eddo-Lodge finds out how a social enterprise initiative is helping solve unemployment in the Welsh valleys
The New Era estate hit the headlines after private tenants mobilised a massive protest against plans to increase rents. Now it is a test bed for a new type of fair rent that challenges the government’s - and the sector’s - definition of affordability. Nick Duxbury reports
Social landlords issued 10,000 fewer claims for possession last year as they work more closely with tenants to prevent arrears building up in the face of welfare reform.
We shouldn’t overlook the crucial role charities and housing associations play in helping people stay warm in winter, says Graham Duxbury