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Bedroom tax guidance panned

‘Bizarre’ government guidelines place onus on landlords not local authorities to define a bedroom

Government guidance issued to local authorities this week on how to classify a bedroom for the purposes of the bedroom tax has been panned as ‘bizarre’ and ‘wrong’ by experts. 

Rents hit 11-year high to £779 per month

Rents have hit an 11-year high with 17 per cent more tenancies being granted this year than last, a report has shown.

Sequence, a chain of estate agents with 290 branches nationwide has published their most recent report, which shows rents rose 4 per cent in August and 11 per cent annually to £779 a month.  

Over half of bedroom tax victims forced into debt

More than half of families hit by the government's controversial bedroom tax have been pushed into debt, new research has revealed.

A survey of 51 English housing associations by the National Housing Federation (NHF), found that 51% (32,432) of residents affected by the widely condemned under-occupancy policy have been unable to pay their rent between April and June. 

Party leaders urged to reject benefit claimant 'stereotypes'

A new campaign has kicked off with a letter to the UK's political party leaders urging them to reject misleading stereotypes of benefit claimants and instead focus on the needs of ordinary families on welfare.

Launched today by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), the 'People Like Us' campaign claims that the current debate about social security is failing ordinary families. 

Credit Reference Company Warns Tenancy Fraud Rises by 70%

A credit reference company has warned that much more needs to be done to combat tenancy fraud as new figures reveal that the number of detected cases of the crime increased by 70% in 2012.

Using data obtained from councils under the Freedom of Information Act, Callcredit Information Group's (CIG) research builds on a report it published last year that showed 90% of all tenancy frauds went undetected in 2011. 

Charity campaigns to banish the bedroom tax 'monster'

Housing charity Shelter Scotland has launched a campaign to get the UK government's controversial bedroom tax abolished.

The charity's 'Banish the Bedroom Tax Monster' campaign calls on Scotland’s politicians in Westminster, Holyrood and in local authorities to do more to support households affected by the under-occupancy policy. 

Labour pledges £50m to battle ‘bedroom tax’

Labour will pledge to find £50 million in Scotland’s budget in order to negate the impact of the so-called “bedroom tax” in Scotland, its finance spokesman has said.

Iain Gray, newly appointed in the post, used an interview with The Scotsman to call on the SNP government to find the cash, saying they could easily raise the money.