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MPs are right to call for a new supported housing allowance

02/05/2017 | By Alistair Smyth

The National Housing Federation (NHF) is backing calls for a new allowance based on actual supported housing costs. NHF head of policy Alistair Smyth explains why

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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.


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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Priced out

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


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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Government refuses to publish housing benefit cut assessment

07/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has refused to publish its equalities assessment into the removal of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds.

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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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Regulations published for under-21 housing benefit cut

03/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

The government has published its regulations on the removal of the housing element of Universal Credit from under-21s, which is due to come into force next month.

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Scottish ministers demand 'urgent reassurance' over housing benefit changes

27/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Scottish ministers have demanded “urgent reassurance” from the UK government over the scrapping of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds.


LHA cap is just part of a much bigger issue


The decision to restrict housing benefit to LHA rates is just a part of a wider issue of how we house our ageing population, says Jules Birch

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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.


Scottish ministers warn against bedroom tax 'clawback'

20/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Scottish ministers have urged the UK government not to cap claimants’ benefits when the Scottish Government abolishes the bedroom tax.


Landlords tighten up affordability criteria under lower benefit cap

03/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

An increasing number of housing associations are making more stringent checks into the ability of new tenants to pay their rent, as the new lower benefit cap takes effect.

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Scottish councils warn lower benefit cap putting pressure on DHP budgets

31/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

A number of Scottish councils have warned they may not be able to afford the full cost of Discretionary Housing Payments to cover tenants’ rent in the future because of the new lower benefit cap.

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An Inside Housing investigation has found that thousands of people on low incomes are choosing to live in caravans and mobile homes. Martin Hilditch uncovers a hidden world that raises questions about the housing benefit system

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New benefit cap comes into effect

07/11/2016 | By Carl Brown

The lower benefit cap has come into effect today.


Recipe for homelessness

02/11/2016 | By Sam Lister

Theresa May promised to create a country for everyone but the new lower benefit cap will put thousands of families at risk of homelessness, says Sam Lister


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.

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Lower benefit cap will 'hit 116,000 families'

01/11/2016 | By Carl Brown , Sophie Barnes

The new lower benefit cap will affect 116,000 families, with a significant number of private renters hit by cuts of £100 a week, new analysis by the Chartered Institute of Housing shows.

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The customer is always right?

24/10/2016 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

Jules Birch blogs on the issues raised by I, Daniel Blake and No Place to Call Home

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Back to the future

07/10/2016 | By Ann O'Byrne

Private house builders and housing associations cannot provide the homes we desperately need – only councils can do that, says Anne O’Byrne


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 'welfare reform winter' is coming

12/08/2016 | By Brendan Sarsfield

We need to prepare for the winter of welfare changes ahead, says Brendan Sarsfield


Job search

11/07/2016 | By Ian Simpson

With tenants under increasing financial pressure, social landlords need to help them find work, says Ian Simpson

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Freud faces criticism for lack of 'LHA cap' clarity

29/06/2016 | By Corin Williams

The welfare reform minister faced criticism for failing to provide details of the government’s plan for funding supported housing, despite recommendations from the sector to solve the impasse.


Landlords warn against post Brexit welfare cuts

29/06/2016 | By Heather Spurr

Low-income tenants will struggle to cope if the government implements a further round of benefit cuts following the Brexit vote, housing associations have warned.

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Under 35, on housing benefit, and impossible to house? Video

16/06/2016 | By Jess McCabe

The ‘Local Housing Allowance cap’ is already narrowing the housing options for under-35s, Inside Housing reveals, with many housing associations planning to tighten allocation rules. Jess McCabe reports

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NFA floats switch to monthly rent collection

15/06/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The National Federation of Arm’s-Length Management Organisations (NFA) is gathering the views of its members on moving from weekly to monthly rent collection.

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