Bedroom Tax


Manifestly without reason

09/11/2016 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

As the Supreme Court rules on the bedroom tax, other controversial policies are manifestly without details, says Jules Birch


Mixed outcome

09/11/2016 | By Giles Peaker

Lawyer Giles Peaker takes a closer look at the implications of the Supreme Court’s bedroom tax judgements

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Victory for disability bedroom tax appeals in Supreme Court

09/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of two bedroom tax appeals from families who argued they had suffered unlawful discrimination due to their disability.


SFHA calls for more ambitious welfare policy

02/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government is not ambitious enough in its social security plans and should use its powers to create a new benefit to mitigate against welfare reforms.


Northern brain drain

10/10/2016 | By Carol Matthews

The affordability of homes in the North should help retain talented graduates but many still opt for the South, says Carol Matthews

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G15: bedroom tax failing to free up larger homes

17/08/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The bedroom tax is failing to free up larger social homes in London, according to research by the G15 group of housing associations.

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A 'pensioner bedroom tax'

05/08/2016 | By Carol Matthews

Capping housing benefits for pensioners risks bringing in a new bedroom tax, says Carol Matthews

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Arrears spike following bedroom tax

22/07/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The proportion of social housing tenants with rent arrears spiked following the introduction of the bedroom tax, new data reveals.

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For use in Inside Housing, 17 June 2016

The Best of times Video

17/06/2016 | By Jess McCabe

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


From the frontline: Suzana Karakashi

15/06/2016 | By Jess McCabe

Wandle’s resident support officer Suzana Karakashi talks to Jess McCabe about helping vulnerable residents and speaking four languages

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Human rights watchdog to review welfare reforms

07/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

A human rights watchdog is to launch an inquiry into the effects of the government’s welfare reforms on minority groups.

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Court rules bedroom tax is unlawful

27/01/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The bedroom tax unlawfully discriminates against domestic violence victims and disabled children, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

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MPs call for action over 'unfair' DHP criteria

12/01/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) “must address” local Discretionary Housing Payment criteria which have “unintentionally and unfairly excluded” disabled people from financial support, a parliamentary committee has concluded.

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New Year’s wishes

04/01/2016 | By Matthew Gardiner

Changes that would make the housing world a little better in 2016, according to Matthew Gardiner

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Freud: Bedroom tax leads to better use of housing

22/12/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Lord David Freud has defended the bedroom tax following an official report last week that found just 8% of social tenants had downsized in response to the policy.

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Bedroom tax tenants 'fail to downsize'

18/12/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Just 8% of tenants hit by the bedroom tax have moved to smaller properties, an official study commissioned by the government has found.


Grim reality

17/12/2015 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

Jules Birch blogs on the long-awaited independent verdict on the impact of the bedroom tax

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Scottish housing capital budget increases 29%

16/12/2015 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has increased its annual housing capital budget by 29%, which it says will allow it to build up to 9,000 affordable homes next year.