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.... Councils with a statutory duty to house the homeless face heavy losses: Inside Housing found that Brent loses £178 a week for each family in a B&B. That’s no surprise, as the Osborne/Duncan Smith housing benefit cuts, cap and freeze mean state support no longer covers the rent. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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We could end the buy-to-leave scandal – if the political will was there | Polly Toynbee image
.... Councils with a statutory duty to house the homeless face heavy losses: Inside Housing found that Brent loses £178 a week for each family in a B&B. That’s no surprise, as the Osborne/Duncan Smith housing benefit cuts, cap and freeze mean state support no longer covers the rent. ...
Family of four needs 'at least' £40,800 a year, says thinktank image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 6th of July 2017 05:01:34 AM
....24 pay rise from the national living wage had been offset by a £9. 03 reduction in tax credits and housing benefit, and a £1. ...
The Observer view on the housing crisis | Observer editorial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 24th of June 2017 11:05:13 PM
. As we report today, research by Shelter shows that by 2020 more than a million households are likely to find that their housing benefit doesn’t cover the rent they pay to private landlords. ...
Philip Hammond under pressure to spend to lure voters back to Tories image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 17th of June 2017 03:00:41 PM
....George Osborne announced £12bn of welfare cuts in his summer 2015 budget as part of his plan to put government finances back into the black by 2020. These included less generous child benefit, a freeze on in-work benefits and restrictions on housing benefit. ...
Older age image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 1st of June 2017 02:31:40 AM
'I can't pay the rent' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 27th of May 2017 11:07:29 PM
....Yet the rent on her small two-bedroom flat is £1,400. Even with housing benefit of £946 a month, she is still left borrowing £300 a month from her mother, as well as using credit cards. ...
The great London property squeeze image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 04:30:19 AM
.... Since the 1980s, public housing stocks have been steadily eroded, through the combination of right to buy, which saw the sell-off of 2m council homes, and buy to let, which has resulted in 40% of those former council homes now being owned by private landlords, who rent them out for three and four times the amount that council tenants pay for the remaining local-authority-owned properties. During the 1980s a decision was taken to cease building housing for those on lower incomes and to create instead a system whereby housing benefit would “take the strain”, rising to cover increases in rents. ...
Record 60% of Britons in poverty are in working families – study image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 22nd of May 2017 04:11:53 PM
.... Most low-paid workers were not classified as poor while there were other earners in the household. The study found in-work poverty was disproportionately concentrated in households in private rented housing, who have been hit by a combination of rising rents and caps on housing benefit. ...
Labour manifesto: Extra £48.6bn in tax revenue to fund pledges image
.... . On welfare, Labour said it would "act immediately to end the worst excesses of the Conservative government's changes", including scrapping the so-called bedroom tax and restoring housing benefit for under 21s. ...
Theresa May will cause more poverty than Thatcher, Gordon Brown warns image
.... Wages have failed to keep pace with prices, while cuts to tax credits have come into force after being announced by George Osborne in 2015 as part of a renewed attempt to reduce the size of Britain’s budget deficit. Child benefit is now only paid on the first two children and housing benefit has been made less generous. ...
Bristol housing charity tops list of UK’s most-prosecuted landlords image
. A Bristol-based charity that receives thousands of pounds in housing benefit to accommodate vulnerable people has topped a list of the UK’s most-prosecuted landlords compiled by the Guardian. ...
Labour pledges 'tougher' standards for rented houses image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 1st of May 2017 05:41:38 AM
....About a quarter of this, £2. 3bn a year, was paid by housing benefit, the party said. ...
Cash in the pocket image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 31st of March 2017 09:16:50 PM
Forget Brexit: housing is the key issue for Labour | Phil McDuff image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 12:04:31 PM
.... You cannot on the one hand steadily increase the value of housing relative to the median wage, and on the other reduce the price. The last Labour government tried to bypass the contradiction, subsidising high rents through the housing benefit system. ...
The shameless Tories have betrayed the self-employed – and themselves | John Harris image
.... The morning after the budget, newspaper pages brimmed with testimony from sole traders and small-business owners, as if Philip Hammond’s budget pushed them to the brink of destitution. By contrast, there have been no tears for young people about to be denied housing benefit, nor the millions of people hit by drastic programmes of forced council cuts that continue apace. ...
Rents are 'out of step' with incomes, housing body warns image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 12:01:21 AM
....The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) said those on low incomes faced further difficulties as its members were predicting that rents would rise by more than 20% over the next five years. Rics said around a third of members it had polled thought homeless people and those on housing benefits had seen their access to rented properties fall. ...
What the 2017 budget means for you image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 05:18:09 PM
Budget will hold no big surprises on spending or tax, chancellor says image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 06:33:22 AM
....5bn, or 6%, by the end of the parliament. This sum is in addition to departmental cuts already going through the system and £12bn of welfare cuts targeted at housing benefit and tax credit claimants, which will deliver real-terms cuts in every year and maintain the combined cost of these two benefits at £50bn until 2019-20. ...
Work-around image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 12:56:12 AM
.... . "Once I hit a threshold of £73 a week they start drastically reducing the housing benefit which effectively means I'm not taking a salary and I'm having to rely on my tax credits to basically feed me and keep the house warm. ...
Booming gig economy costs £4bn in lost tax and benefit payouts, says TUC image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of February 2017 07:01:36 AM
....The UK’s growing legions of low-paid, self-employed workers and those on zero-hours contracts earn significantly less than regular employees and therefore pay less tax and national insurance. Their relatively low earnings also make them more likely to need to rely on in-work benefits such as tax credits and housing benefit, the TUC said. ...
Uber driver tells MPs: I work 90 hours but still need to claim benefits image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of February 2017 07:56:05 PM
....Syed Khalil, who drives for Uber in London, said it was usual practice for drivers to work as long as 100 hours a week and claimed the company did not prevent drivers from logging on to do so. After paying about £500 a month on insurance and towards the purchase of his car, Khalil said he was still on such a low income that he needed to claim housing benefit. ...
Housing benefit claimants increasingly shut out of private rental market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 21st of January 2017 07:00:28 AM
.... Check out the rental listings on websites such as Rightmove, or press your nose against the window of your local lettings agent, and you will often see “No DSS”. It means the landlord or agent won’t rent a property to someone on housing benefit or local housing allowance, though some younger readers might not even know what “DSS” stands for (it’s Department of Social Security, and was replaced by the Department for Work and Pensions 16 years ago). ...
Direct Line turns its back on homeowners trying to help refugees image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 21st of January 2017 07:00:28 AM
....”. In a statement Direct Line said: “Unfortunately we are unable to provide landlord insurance for tenants receiving housing benefits. ...
Bleak trend of low, part-time wages in UK is revealed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 13th of January 2017 06:01:09 AM
....Benefits for the low paid, which until recently kept pace with inflation, have also influenced the income gap. Successive governments used tax credits and housing benefit to close the growing income deficit faced by low-paid households, though austerity cuts in recent years have reversed the trend. ...
Wonder why so many BHS workers are relying on charity? Here’s what we face | Grant Atterbury image
.... Such letters make their arrival known with a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach and a fleeting thought in the back of your mind reminding you that there’s always someone sitting at a desk somewhere just itching to kick you while you’re down. The first letter was from my local authority’s housing benefit department telling me that, while I was now entitled to full benefits, they would be unable to pay them for any period prior to my informing them that I was unable to meet the cost of November’s rent payment. ...
Another London pop-up: the project that could ease the housing crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 02:46:42 PM
.... They were designed by Richard Rogers’ architectural practice, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP), which worked in partnership with the council, the construction company AECOM and insulation company SIG. When the residents moved in, rents were generally paid through housing benefit, but most now pay at least part of the rent. ...
'I worry about money all the time': the Jam reality in Birmingham image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 08:59:52 AM
....She is in a difficult situation financially, but questions whether the family should be described as just about managing, or more realistically, as one that is teetering on the edge of catastrophe, a Toteoc, or as one which is not OK by any stretch of the imagination, a Nobasoti (neither expression yet in political usage). She is due to start a new job this week in a furniture shop, but has only been given an eight-hour-a-week contract, which leaves her and her husband (struggling to find work after a heart attack) with a huge shortfall, since the lowering of the overall benefit cap earlier this month reduced her housing benefit payments from about £640 a month to 50p. ...
'Just about managing' families to be £2,500 a year worse off by 2020 – study image
....The study is based on the financial circumstances of 187,475 households in 17 district, council and metropolitan borough councils in England, Scotland and Wales under a mix of political control. The analysis, which uses housing benefit and council tax data supplied by the local authorities, gauges the cumulative impact of various welfare reforms, including the benefit cap, housing benefit freezes, bedroom tax and universal credit changes. ...
Housing squeeze image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 17th of November 2016 12:17:40 AM
.... He pays £450 a month, and gets about £700 a month from his state pension. He also receives £250 a month housing benefit. ...
Let's hope 'buy as you go' isn't just another chancers' lottery image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of November 2016 10:52:38 AM
....For those who do use the scheme, there must be a question about what would happen if their circumstances change during the 25-year period, when incomes could, of course, go down as well as up. It’s not clear whether housing benefit would support the equity part of the rental payment if income falls within these levels. ...
UK austerity policies 'amount to violations of disabled people's rights' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 7th of November 2016 05:49:14 PM
....The bedroom tax and other cuts to housing support had led disproportionately to debt and eviction, it says. “Evidence indicates that persons with disabilities affected by cuts in their housing benefits have undergone high levels of stress anxiety and depression as a consequence of the shortfalls in their budget. ...
New benefit cap starts amid fears for single parents image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 7th of November 2016 12:02:28 AM
.... If they want to avoid the benefit cap they only have to be working 16 hours a week and we will be providing free childcare to enable them to do that," he said. The cap - which, in total, is now set to affect an estimated 88,000 households primarily with high rents or large families - relates to a string of benefits for those aged 16 to 64 including child tax credit, housing benefit, jobseeker's allowance and income support, but excludes some others such as disability living allowance. ...
Self-employed earn less than in 2001 – and will be hit by welfare cuts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 17th of October 2016 11:01:22 PM
....20 an hour. It added that 20% of families with self-employed workers were claiming in-work benefits such as tax credits and housing benefits and that when these were replaced by universal credit – which is being phased in by 2022 – many were set to be worse off since the amount they could claim would be based on an assumption that they were earning the equivalent of an employee on the national living wage. ...
Shelter: More than four in 10 people face homes which fail acceptable standards image
.... "It's a lot of money - six months' rent up front, when you think it's £1,300 a month for rent. "Now the landlords have changed the rules anyway and said no-one wants tenants with housing benefit, but I would need part housing benefit to help me pay for it. ...
Wealth of people in their 30s has 'halved in a decade' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 29th of September 2016 11:00:48 PM
....Laura Gardiner, from the Resolution Foundation think tank which works to improve the living standards of those in the UK, said this was not just a problem for the 30-something generation - often referred to as Millennials. "If we have far higher proportions of pensioners renting in years to come this is going to put a far higher cost on the state to support them through things like housing benefit - this is an individual and collective problem," she said. ...
Record numbers left homeless after eviction by private landlords in England image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of September 2016 02:21:44 PM
....The problem was particularly acute in London, accounting for 41% of all homelessness acceptances in the capital during the period, according to figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The end of an AST has rapidly become the single biggest cause of homelessness in recent years, triggered by spiralling rent rises and cuts to housing benefit support. ...
Fancy living in a historic city centre pad for about £120 a week? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 17th of September 2016 06:00:41 AM
.... Probably the common factor is that they don’t have families to call on – there’s no one in the area, or they have lost touch with their family,” O’Halloran adds. Around a third of the charity’s residents are on full housing benefit so don’t have to pay anything towards their rent, and another third are self-funding the full cost of their accommodation. ...
Poorer renters at risk from homelessness as benefit shortfall grows image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of August 2016 11:01:04 PM
. Hundreds of thousands of low-income households in Britain are facing a living standards crisis that by 2020 will see them struggling to meet a £100-a-month shortfall between rents and housing benefit payments, according to the Fabian Society. ...
The Guardian view on housing policy: a rethink is needed | Editorial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 11th of August 2016 06:41:58 PM
....4 million people on council waiting lists. The cost of housing benefit for tenants in private accommodation is soaring along with rents – and homelessness. ...
Right-to-buy reform urged as council leaders fear for social housing image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of August 2016 11:01:21 PM
....3 million housing association tenants was a key part of the Conservative manifesto at last year’s general election. The LGA warned that the fall in the number of much-needed council homes would exacerbate the housing crisis and increase homelessness and spending on housing benefit at a time when there were 1. ...
Many families could not afford a month's rent if they lost job - Shelter image
...."I was able to cover one month's rent from money I had in the bank - but even that was a struggle. "I had to apply for discretionary housing benefit and move my debts on to a payment plan, which will now affect all my future credit rating. ...

Angela Eagle told by police not to meet constituents as Jeremy Corbyn warns all MPs could face reselection 
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...."It is not only women who face workplace discrimination but disabled workers, the youngest and oldest workers, black and ethnic minority workers," he said. "Young workers are institutionally discriminated against, not entitled to the full minimum wage, not entitled to equal rates of housing benefit and so many are now saddled with huge student debts. ...
Cameron’s housing legacy was a glut of luxury apartments – Theresa May must clean up ​the mess image
.... That would have been only 16,000 homes a year but would have been a significant change of pace from the low thousands now. What kiboshed the whole thing? Councils’ plans to borrow and spend were based on the assumption that economic recovery would boost inflation, that housing benefits and rents could rise above inflation, and that they would borrow against the projected upside. ...
We need 'later homes' for older people, not just starter homes for the young image
....We advocate an extension of the help-to-buy scheme, currently only available to the young, to help those buying new property in older age. We also call for the Department for Work and Pensions to ensure its policies for capping housing benefit do not deter investment in extra care and specialist housing for older people. ...
Nearly one in six workers in England and Wales in insecure work image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of June 2016 11:01:35 PM
.... Eight in 10 people in work said a steady job with regular pay increased productivity and 86% said it increased their loyalty. Previous research with staff and volunteers from the Citizens Advice network found 83% of people with fluctuating work patterns seeking the charity’s help were struggling with debt and 87% faced delays or problems with in-work benefits such as working tax credits and housing benefit. ...
Number of UK landlords rises to 1.75 million image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 29th of May 2016 11:01:17 PM
.... It said last week that the profits of six in 10 landlords would fall after the removal of some tax relief. In order to recover costs, one in five landlords could stop renting to higher-risk tenants, such as those on housing benefit. ...
Jeremy Corbyn calls for new economics to tackle 'grotesque inequality' image
.... The party’s former leader Ed Miliband said before the 2015 general election that landlords should only be able to raise rents by less than inflation for the duration of a contract. McDonnell reiterated the party’s plan to build 100,000 new council houses a year, funded from housing benefit savings. ...
Affordable housing sell-off 'would add £4bn to benefit bill' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 19th of April 2016 06:00:16 AM
. The government’s proposed sell-off of thousands of affordable homes could add more than £4bn to the housing benefit bill over the next 30 years, Labour has claimed. ...
The startup that wants to replace letting agents image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of April 2016 10:00:05 AM
....Trippe and her two co-founders Iban Benzal and Lais de Almeida are continually developing an algorithm that tells London landlords, who have entered details about their property, what it can be reasonably rented out for with minimal delay. It combines open data from the Land Registry with local authority data on housing benefit and rent levels in London as well as Bank of England economic data. ...
NatWest criticised over loan to firm that evicted vulnerable families image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of April 2016 07:20:07 AM
....“If they claim to have any wider social and ethical responsibility then it’s a horrendous move if a load of people are decamped from an area where they were making a perfectly reasonable living,” she said. “They’re going to potentially have to get housing benefit wherever they end up, or a few people are eligible for council help. ...
What’s in David Cameron’s tax returns: a few strokes of luck but no shady shenanigans image
.... Few would have expected the story at the end of the week to be that David Cameron had overstated his income for tax purposes. He did, however, take the allowance in 2010-11 (when it was worth around £8,000 to him), even though he and Samantha were already bringing in £60,000 in rent, which might not impress those who are losing housing benefits under the so-called “bedroom tax” that he was soon to impose. ...
Pru pay: executives live by different rules image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 31st of March 2016 06:32:42 PM
.... Companies with strong share prices sleep quietly these days. But, before they tick the “approve” box, let’s hope a few investors query the housing benefits granted to Mike Wells, Thiam’s successor, after his move to London from the US. ...
Bank bailout v Tata bailout – how the costs compare image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 31st of March 2016 11:37:35 AM
....Other benefits would be adjusted too – for example people with children who had been paying the higher tax rate would be able to start claiming child benefit again once unemployed. The amount of housing benefit they can claim to subsidise the rent they are being charged might also change. ...
Pop-up village in south-east London to house homeless families image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 18th of March 2016 06:15:26 PM
.... Rents on the new homes have not been finalised, but are expected to be set somewhere between social rents and market rents, said Endean. They will be paid through housing benefit. ...
What the 2016 budget means for you image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of March 2016 06:42:36 PM
....2016-17 Jobseeker’s allowance is frozen for the next four years, so remains at £3,801 a year. Any housing benefit he may receive is also frozen for that period. ...
Is this really a budget for Generation Y? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of March 2016 03:41:12 PM
.... The last surviving middle class tax break – 40% relief on pension contributions – was spared the axe after fierce opposition by the well-off. The same lobbyists have raised barely a murmur about the freezing of child tax credit, child benefit, housing benefit and employment support allowance that all starts in April. ...
George Osborne's budgets taking heavy toll on millennials image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of March 2016 12:31:20 PM
. More than five years of George Osborne’s budgets have left young Britons with mounting student debt, depleted housing benefits, and cuts to youth employment and wage support, as millennials continue to weather the fallout from the financial crisis. ...
Revealed: income for young British families falls as pensioners prosper image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of March 2016 11:08:38 AM
....Osborne’s previous budgets have seen young people lose out in comparison with the rest of the population. Measures have included cuts to youth services, the tripling of the upper limit on university tuition fees and limiting housing benefit for under-35s to those living in shared accommodation. ...
1 in 3 UK savers use BISCUIT tins instead of banks to save cash image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of March 2016 07:45:00 AM
....Retired people fail to claim £3. 5billion in pension credit and housing benefit every year, according to the Department for Work and Pensions. ...
Pensions system favours the richest | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of March 2016 06:49:20 PM
.... This cynical political act should be seen against a backdrop of the obvious enthusiasm Osborne and Duncan Smith have shown for reforming aspects of the social security system on the basis that it was unaffordable, unsustainable and unacceptable. Capping families’ entitlements, reducing housing benefit and removing tax credits from many has saved some public funds – but how many of us consider that to be a price worth paying so that the best-paid can have public money to build their personal pension pots? This delay may be considered electorally sound for now, but the British people don’t like unfairness, and whoever leads the Tory party into the next election will find it difficult to explain why billions of pounds should not be taken away from top-rate taxpayers. ...
Social housing benefit cap deferred for a year image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of March 2016 02:21:46 PM
. The government has backed down over plans to cap housing benefit payments on social rented properties, a move that campaigners had warned would make thousands of vulnerable tenants homeless. ...
More families are renting and fewer people expect to ever own a home image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of February 2016 10:19:52 AM
. The latest English Housing Survey has highlighted a number of trends in housing, including the leap in the number of families renting privately, the rise of people in work claiming housing benefit, and many people’s thwarted dreams of home ownership. ...
Benefit changes make it harder for homeless to rent property, says Crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of February 2016 06:01:25 AM
....It said people were finding themselves stuck in a homelessness trap, with the competitive rental market leading to high upfront costs as well as fewer places to rent. The charity’s survey of more than 800 landlords found that 82% were unwilling to offer homes to people who did not already have a fixed address, and that direct payments of universal credit and housing benefit had made two-thirds more reluctant to do so. ...
Social housing: tenants will need to live in an area for four years to be eligible image
....The change will be enacted by the European commission proposing new secondary legislation to exclude non-EU nationals who marry EU citizens from free movement rights if they have no prior lawful residence in a European country. In detailing how the “emergency brake” will work, the white paper makes a fresh claim that European nationals account for 10% of the £25bn spent on in-work benefits such as working tax credits and housing benefit in 2013/14. ...
How to solve the housing crisis image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 21st of February 2016 09:06:16 PM
.... . The way you fix it is that you tax the people who do well out of the housing market a bit more and give more at the other end to those who do badly – so look again at housing benefit, look again at social rent, and look at increasing council tax rates on higher value homes, and you look at capital gains tax on those residences when they’re sold. ...
Sheltered housing 'hit by benefit cuts' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of February 2016 01:46:01 AM
. Hundreds of planned new sheltered accommodation units have been delayed or scrapped owing to proposed cuts to housing benefit, the BBC has learned. ...
Under-35s in the UK face becoming permanent renters, warns thinktank image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 13th of February 2016 06:00:39 AM
....A separate study by the Residential Landlords Association has found that new government benefit changes to be introduced in April could result in young people unable to get a home of their own also finding themselves squeezed out of rented property. The survey found that 76% of landlords said they would be reluctant to let property to those aged 18-to-21 as a result of the decision to prevent this age group from claiming housing benefit. ...
MPs slam funding plans for right to buy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of February 2016 01:50:22 PM
....2bn from housing budgets by 2020 as a result of government cuts in social housing rents. “This loss of social rented housing risks pushing more families into the private rented sector, driving up housing benefit spending and rents and making it more difficult for families to save the deposit needed for their first house. ...
Welcome to the bank where financial advice is free – it’s a food bank image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 30th of January 2016 07:00:18 AM
....” Christmas, she says, was tough: “Thank God for the pound shops and Primark!”. Universal credit rolls six benefits and tax credits (including housing benefit, the child and working tax credit, and income-based jobseeker’s allowance) into one monthly payment. ...
Changeover to universal credit is driving people into long-term debt | Lizzie Presser image
.... Clarke couldn’t even afford the bus fare she needed to hand out her CV to local restaurants. In May, UC will extend to all new claimants of jobseeker’s allowance, employment and support allowance, income support, housing benefit, working tax credit and child tax credit. ...
Benefit cap on social housing will leave thousands homeless, landlords warn image
....Tens of thousands of tenants in sheltered housing, including frail older residents, domestic violence victims and people with mental illness may become homeless as a result of benefit cuts, landlords have said. Government plans to cap housing benefit for social rented properties from April will put an estimated 82,000 specialist homes under threat of closure, leaving an estimated 50,000 vulnerable tenants who are unable to work without support. ...
Northern cities head list of UK's low-wage, high-welfare economies image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 25th of January 2016 12:01:04 AM
....The report also highlights challenges in high-wage cities, largely stemming from a lack of affordable housing. Welfare spending had grown at a much faster rate in high-wage cities, with benefit payments more than 50% higher than in other places – largely due to high demand for housing resulting in increased housing benefit payments. ...
Five steps to fixing the UK housing crisis in 2016 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 1st of January 2016 09:12:27 AM
.... With lower house prices, there’s no impetus to build properties to downsize into. The result? Either households starve and stay, or they move into the more expensive private sector, costing the state more in housing benefit in the long term. ...

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