‘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.
A London local authority will pay up to half a million pounds to families it housed in bed and breakfasts for more than six weeks following an official inquiry.
A report by the Local Government Ombudsman published today found the local authority’s actions were unjust after it housed homeless families in B&Bs beyond six-weeks.
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.
More than 50,000 people affected by the so-called bedroom tax have fallen behind on rent and face eviction.
The statistics reveal the scale of debt created by the Government’s under-occupancy charge, as one council house tenant in three has been pushed into rent arrears since it was introduced in April.
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.
Delegates at the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow will today hear the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations' (SFHA) demand for a repeal of the bedroom tax.
The SFHA believes that the government's controversial under-occupancy policy is "deeply flawed" and that it is causing widespread disruption to Scotland's social housing sector.
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.
The United Nations' special rapporteur on the right to adequate housing has told the Tory-led coalition that it should abolish its controversial bedroom tax.
Raquel Rolnik spoke to social housing tenants across the country during a two-week visit and heard "shocking" accounts from those hit by the under-occupancy policy.
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.
A tenant has won one of the first tribunal appeals against the bedroom tax.
Annie Harrower-Gray had her appeal against Fife Council’s decision to cut her benefit upheld by a first-tier tribunal in Scotland following a hearing on 26 August.
Dozy Michael Gove has been ridiculed for dropping a Bedroom Tax clanger today.
The Education Secretary said for children to flourish it is crucial they have their own room - but it is BANNED under his Government’s hated tax.
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 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.