Category - housing benefit

  • February 23, 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.

  • January 30, 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.

  • January 23, 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.

  • January 23, 2012

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

  • January 23, 2012

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

  • January 14, 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.

  • September 13, 2011

    Especially in areas where affordable housing is scarce, many of us – even if not about to be displaced ourselves – have friends or relatives who are about to lose their homes, with all that this involves, says Savi Hensman, explaining why the government’s programme of draconian cuts to housing benefit are so harmful.

  • July 14, 2011

    New figures reveal that one in four London children are living in overcrowded homes.

  • July 5, 2011

    Government ministers may have seen analysis showing proposed changes to welfare benefits could make 40,000 families homeless.

  • June 30, 2011

    Local government councillors are worried they will be unable to cope with the strain on public services caused by cuts to housing benefit.