The government’s housing benefits policy is in disarray as judges have ruled a crucial test to confirm how big a house a tenant qualifies to rent discriminates against the disabled.
The housing benefit regulations, which came into force in April 2012, were criticised as flawed in the Court of Appeal because they do not allow benefit payments for an extra room if a disabled person has a carer or a disabled child cannot share a room with other children. Continue reading Housing benefit rules breach disabled rights, says court
Rents of around a third of private rented homes in Britain are beyond the financial reach of the poorest families as government welfare cuts start to bite.
More than 800,000 buy to let homes are now too expensive for housing benefit claimants and many face a stark choice – cut living costs to pay rents or try to find a cheaper home, says research published by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Continue reading Benefit Cuts Price Poor Families Out of Buy to Let
Judges have deemed new government rules to cap housing benefit and rental home sizes do not discriminate against poor families.
The Child Poverty Action group launched a legal challenge against the shake-up of housing benefit rules as part of the government’s universal credit policy.
As part of the welfare review, the government changed housing benefit rules in April to restrict the maximum size of a rented home to four bedrooms and to limit the cash councils pay families on housing benefit. Continue reading Judge Kicks Out Housing Benefit Legal Challenge
"Housing associations unite to try block changes"
Major housing organisations in the private and social rental sectors have joined forces to fight the government proposals to pay housing benefits direct to tenants.
The move affects the way millions of tenants are likely to pay their rents – especially the 20 per cent of tenants who have never had to budget for housing costs before.
The concern is tenants will spend the money on other living costs and lifestyle expenses rather than pay rent, leading to a massive amount of rent arrears. Continue reading Call for U-turn on Plan to Pay Rents to Tenants
Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has launched a short consultation period asking for views on planned change from landlords, organisations and individuals.
Thousands of singles could be looking for shared house accommodation as controversial proposals limiting housing benefit for young adults have taken a step forward with a Government announcement today. Continue reading Landlords can have say over housing benefit changes