Category - housing benefit

  • 20 May 2012

    According to news reports, the UK government plans to stop ‘subsidising’ social housing for households in England with an income of more than £60,000, who will be expected to pay the full market rent. Many people will agree: why should taxpayers contribute to the rent of better-off families in such homes? Except that they do not.

  • 2 May 2012

    These were to be the 'legacy olympics'. Regeneration of run down areas, the enthusing of young people with the ideals of sport and healthy activity, the showcasing of the UK (or at least its south-eastern segment), new stadia and facilities - all these have been presented as the quid pro quo for massive expenditure and the likelihood of a gridlocked capital city.

  • 24 Apr 2012

    Newham Council has written to housing associations across the country, including one in Stoke, in an attempt to find accommodation for the 32,000 families on its housing waiting list.

  • 9 Mar 2012

    Figures published by Department for Communities and Local Government show 48,510 households across England were accepted as homeless by local authorities in 2011

  • 23 Feb 2012

    Government plans to cut the housing benefit of social tenants with spare rooms will drive "thousands into poverty", the National Housing Federation has warned.

  • 30 Jan 2012

    Dear Iain

    You once described yourself as “the quiet man”. It didn't quite work for you at the time, which is a pity, because quietness implies a capacity for reflection, listening and, in the words of our Quaker 'Advices and Queries', for finding space to “consider it possible you may be mistaken”. These are not qualities which are much in evidence among our noisier politicians.

  • 23 Jan 2012

    The government has been defeated in the House of Lords in a key part of its attempts to reduce the benefits available to unemployed people and part-time workers.

  • 23 Jan 2012

    The government has admitted that its household benefits cap will apply to part-time workers as well as to unemployed people.

  • 23 Jan 2012

    The government's revised impact assessment of the household benefit cap was only published this morning. It was full of surprises, none pleasant.

  • 14 Jan 2012

    Many people have not yet realised the full impact of housing benefit and other welfare reforms threatening further hardship for those already disadvantaged. On political if not humanitarian grounds, the government would do well to stop targeting those in greatest need, says Savi Hensman, examining the specific issue of housing benefit.