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Coalition chops support for those affected by housing benefit cuts

Thu, 30/01/2014 - 17:14 -- nick

The government has announced a reduction in the support available for those affected by its housing benefit cuts.

This follows on from reductions in previous years and is likely to mean more hardship for unemployed people.

In the year 2013-14, the coalition made £180 million available to councils through the Discretionary Housing Fund, which replaced the far bigger Social Fund.

Bedroom tax leaves a third of tenants in arrears

Thu, 19/09/2013 - 12:44 -- nick

The bedroom tax has already left a third of social housing tenants in debt, according to an investigation by the TUC.

The union body submitted freedom of information requests to all of the UK's local authorities, and 114 responded.

They showed that 50,000 tenants have fallen into rent arrears despite the policy only having been introduced in April.

This represents a third of all residents of affected council and housing association homes, but in some areas the figure is more than half.

Bedroom tax pushes thousands into debt, with more to suffer

Fri, 05/07/2013 - 12:13 -- nick

The bedroom tax has pushed thousands of Merseyside residents into debt, despite only operating for 100 days, the National Housing Federation (NHF) has said.

NHF surveyed landlords that own 91% of all social housing on Merseyside, one of the poorest areas of the UK, and they said that 14,000 of their tenants are already in rent arrears following this change.

The new tax cuts an average of £14 per week from the housing benefit payments of those who have a spare bedroom in their council or housing association home.

Bedroom tax effect 'worse than feared'

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 14:58 -- nick

The impact of the bedroom tax has been worse than feared, according to the National Housing Federation.

The tax was introduced by the government in the belief that some housing benefit claimants have more space than they need in their homes, at a time when larger families were experiencing overcrowding.

Those people in social housing who have a spare bedroom have had their housing benefit cut by an average of £14 per week.

It had been expected that some tenants would move on to smaller properties as a response to the cut.

Universal Credit protects tenants, but misunderstands low paid work

Thu, 27/06/2013 - 15:09 -- nick

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced protections for tenants under the new Universal Credit system.

Speaking at the Chartered Institute of Housing Annual Conference in Manchester, Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud said that three levels of protection will exist:

Bleak week for benefit claimants

Tue, 02/04/2013 - 20:43 -- nick

This month sees some of the government's biggest benefit cuts since it came to power in 2010.

According to the Child Poverty Action Group, 42 benefit changes will be made, including some affecting millions of people.

Those that particularly affect unemployed people include:

PM: cut housing benefit for under-25s

Mon, 25/06/2012 - 12:24 -- nick
The prime minister has suggested that people under the age of 25 could lose the right to housing benefit, as part of moves to cut the welfare bill. Scrapping the benefit for that age group would save almost £2bn a year. But a senior Lib Dem warned that the priority was to get young people into work, training or education to avoid "repeating the mistakes of the 1980s".

'Social cleansing' housing benefit cap row: Grant Shapps hits back

Mon, 30/04/2012 - 19:07 -- nick

The government has defended its housing benefit cap after it emerged London's Newham council was trying to find homes for some families 160 miles away.

The council has been accused of "social cleansing", but its mayor said the benefit cap had pushed people out of expensive parts of London to Newham which did not have enough homes.

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