Care and support

The latest news, opinion and analysis on sheltered and supported housing, home care, and work with vulnerable groups including the homeless and rough sleepers.

Court of appeal

Council faces High Court challenge over crisis payment conditions


The High Court has given the go-ahead to a legal challenge that could prevent councils forcing people to join a work programme or move home as conditions of receiving housing crisis payment awards.

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Benefit overpayments linked to increase of in-work claimants


An increase in the overpayments of housing benefit could be because of an increase in the number of claimants in work, according to the spending watchdog.

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Watchdog fines council £1,000 for pregnant woman 'gatekeeping'


A London borough has been ordered to pay £1,000 and apologise to a homeless mother who officers told were ‘wasting their time’.

Tenant Desposit Scheme, generation rent, lettings

Average rents hit record high, says report


Average rents in the South East, East Anglia and Scotland are at their highest recorded levels, according to property services company Move with Us.

Welsh housing

Welsh Government releases hate crime guidance for landlords


The Welsh Government has issued guidance on dealing with hate crime for social landlords with Tai Pawb, an equality focussed Welsh landlord.

homeless child

High housing costs 'dragging children into poverty'


High housing costs are ‘dragging more children into poverty’ and ‘damaging living standards’ of young people, according to a report out today.

rough sleeping in London is down

Charity report busts winter night shelter myth


More than half of guests in winter night shelters last year were street homeless, research has found.

More care and support news


Disabled rights


The councillor whose disabled employment question to Lord Freud unleashed a torrent of criticism on the welfare minister writes a blog exclusively for Inside Housing

Nick Abbey

Scratching the surface


A strategy to increase the housing options for elderly people would have a positive impact on the young and old

Kathleen Kelly

Tackling poverty post Lyons


The Lyons review paves the way for new homes, but Kathleen Kelly says we need more to ensure housing protects against poverty.

oliver colvile

The young ones


More needs to be done to improve the standard of private rented homes with increasing numbers of young people relying on the sector, says Oliver Colvile

Pete Apps

Rejoice or despair?


Progressive housing policies won’t see the sector rushing to vote Lib Dem, says Pete Apps

Heather Spurr

Border disputes


The UK is leading the way on helping homeless migrants into destitution, writes Heather Spurr

Solicitor, Child Poverty Action Group

Crisis loans rescued from crisis


Mike Spencer reflects on the charity Child Poverty Action Group’s recent win on funding for low income families in a crisis

Paul Anderson

Who benefits?


Government plans to increase barriers for young people to benefits could lead to more becoming homeless, argues Paul Anderson

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