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Government defeated in bedroom tax case

27/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

A couple who had their housing benefit reduced because they were unable to share a bedroom due to a severe disability have defeated the government in court for the second time.

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SFHA warns Scottish DHP budget will be 'overwhelmed'

06/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has increased Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) funding to almost £58m to mitigate the impact of welfare cuts in the first year it has control over DHPs.

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Government to make bedroom tax change five months after court judgment

01/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government will change its bedroom tax regulations five months after the Supreme Court ruled the policy was discriminatory for some households with a disabled person.

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UK government refuses Scottish Government's social security proposals

22/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish and UK governments are in a dispute over abolishing the bedroom tax and removing housing benefit for 18-21 year olds.

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Kerslake: government should rethink welfare changes

26/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Former civil service chief and crossbench peer Lord Bob Kerslake has called on the government to look again at welfare changes in light of increasing homelessness and the rising cost of support.

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Winning the election may prove easier than fixing housing

18/04/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

OPINION: Theresa May could win in June but she will still face a deepening housing crisis, says Jules Birch

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21/03/2017 | By David Pipe

Channel 4’s flagship documentary this week showed the real impact on the government’s benefit cap, even if the case studies could have been better, says David Pipe

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Lower benefit cap pushing people out of private rented sector

09/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing benefit recipients are being pushed out of the UK private rental market, a survey of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors members has revealed.

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Scottish Government to cover the loss of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds

27/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government will extend its welfare fund to include all 18 to 21-year-olds hit by the removal of housing benefit, set to be introduced from April.

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Scottish ministers call for halt to Universal Credit roll-out

22/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has called for an immediate halt to the roll-out of Universal Credit because it is concerned the new system is pushing more people into debt.

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'Serious issues' with Universal Credit roll-out, warns CIH Scotland

13/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

There are “serious issues” with the roll-out of Universal Credit with “spiralling costs” for social landlords supporting tenants, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) in Scotland has warned.

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Vivid seeks US investors following merger completion

28/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

A new 30,000-home social landlord is in talks with foreign investors about loans of up to £200m as it scales up its development ambitions.

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Hyde issues £400m bond at 3% interest rate

27/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

A London housing association has issued a £400m bond at an interest rate of 3%, putting it among the cheapest individual deals secured in the sector.

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Bristol launches £57m grant package for local associations

27/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Bristol City Council will launch a £57m package of grant funding for local social landlords today as it seeks to boost affordable housing in the city.

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