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
Prime Minister David Cameron’s claim that buy to let landlords are dropping rents in response to the Government’s welfare reforms is untrue, according to information from councils.
Cameron told the House of Commons that the new welfare policy was forcing landlords to cut rents, but social housing magazine Inside Housing tested the claim by sending freedom of information requests to every council in England. Continue reading Cameron’s housing benefit gaffe exposed by councils
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
Plans to slash housing benefit face a court challenge because they are unfair to disadvantaged families with children.
The Child Poverty Action Group has announced they are launching action to take the government to the High Court for a judicial review of benefit changes that take effect from April 1. Continue reading Charity’s legal challenge to housing benefit cuts
Landlords can have a say about government reforms on local housing benefit for private tenants by taking up an invitation from the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).
The RLA has sent out a plea to thousands of members to participate in an online survey. Continue reading Have your say when MPs debate housing benefit reform