housing benefit

  • 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.

  • December 14, 2010

    The UK housing charity Shelter has warned of a rise in homelessness as new research reveals the number of households in rent or mortgage arrears has more than doubled in the past year.

  • October 21, 2010

    Among the Chancellor’s targets in the Comprehensive Spending Review are social housing and those who need it. The capital budget has been slashed, and new tenants may face being charged up to 80 per cent of market rents.

  • August 15, 2010

    The coalition government's cuts to housing benefit could lead to increased debt and homelessness, according to Green Party leader Caroline Lucas MP.