The Government's benefits cap will struggle to meet its objectives of saving taxpayers' money and encouraging people into work, a report has found.
The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) studied the results of the cap in Haringey, one of four London boroughs chosen as pilot areas for the scheme.
The UK's housing system is in crisis due to a lack of housing stock. Shelter estimates that there is a need for 250.000 new homes to be build per year and that is just for England alone. It is pretty much universally accepted that successive governments did not find building homes politically-attractive and, due to the short-sighted ineptitude, there are simply not enough homes especially in the social sector.
So how does the Tory-led government tackle the housing shortage crisis? Do they listen to housing and business experts and build more homes? No, they ignored these experts. Their solution to the housing shortage crisis is to manipulate the benefits system so that tenants on a low incomes pay for the housing crisis via cuts to Housing Benefit.
A cash package worth nearly £400,000 has landed in council coffers to help those affected by the ‘bedroom tax’.
The news was welcomed by Linlithgow MSP Fiona Hyslop who called the measure an “unfair tax”.
The government's benefit cap will struggle to meet its aims of encouraging people into work and saving taxpayers' money, a report suggests.
The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) looked at the London borough of Haringey, one of four pilot areas.
A MAJOR survey of social landlords has found that rent arrears have risen in some of Scotland's poorest communities since the introduction of the so-called bedroom tax.
New figures show that the amount owed to residential social landlords (RSLs) such as housing associations soared by nearly £800,000 after the welfare reform was introduced in April this year.
The average buy-to-let investor in England and Wales earned a total return of £12,129 in the year to September, and that figure could double over the next 12 months.
According to the latest buy-to-let index from LSL Property Services, the average BTL investor enjoyed a total annual return of 7.4% in September, up sharply from 6.1% in August.
The average financial loss faced by social housing tenants as a
result of the government's controversial bedroom tax could heat a family
home for almost a week, a North West-based housing association has
According to the Regenda Group, the average £14 a week cut in housing
benefits which tenants are facing is equivalent to the cost of six days
heating every week.
is a human right. That isn’t just my opinion, but also that of the
authors of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article 25 of the
declaration, concerning the right to an adequate standard of living, is
clear on the matter:
‘Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the
health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food,
clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social
services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment,
sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in
circumstances beyond his control.’ (emphasis on housing is my own).
Homelessness projects are closing down, levels of staff are reducing and bed spaces are being lost as housing budgets are squeezed, research published today reveals.
Homeless Link, an umbrella body, said 133 homelessness projects had closed and 4,000 beds in hostels and second stage accommodation had been lost since 2010.
A Birmingham MP has been called ‘misguided’ over his ‘idiotic’ suggestion that social housing tenants should get a lodger to avoid paying the bedroom tax.
Lib Dem MP for Yardley John Hemming suggested that with few
one-bedroom properties available in the city, tenants would do better to
take someone in.
Labour MPs from across Wales have rounded on the Government to attack the so-called bedroom tax and changes to housing benefits.
Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith used Welsh Questions to attack the
policy that Ed Miliband last month pledged to repeal if Labour wins the
2015 general election.
David Cameron may be forced to rethink his plan to deny under-25s an
automatic right to state benefits because many of the people losing out
would be single parents.
Nick Clegg is worried that parents could be affected by proposals to
restrict housing benefit for the more than one million “Neets” – young
people not in education, employment or training – under a strategy
announced by the Prime Minister at last week’s Conservative Party
Domestic violence affects one in four women in their lives. Two women
a week are killed by a partner or former partner and three quarters of a
million children in the UK witness domestic violence every year.
The introduction of the bedroom tax is having an unacceptable and dangerous impact on women who have experienced domestic violence, and councils must take action.
Figures released today showed the number of
private tenants in severe arrears – two months or more behind on their
rent – has fallen sharply to the lowest level in two years.
The latest Tenant Arrears Tracker figures, by LSL Property
Services, are the lowest since the third quarter of 2011 when the number
last stood below 70,000.
The Conservative Party will look at axing housing support for under-25s as part of its manifesto for the next election, the prime minister confirmed this week.
Setting a clear direction of travel, David Cameron told delegates at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester on Wednesday that he wanted to see ‘bold action’ in ending welfare dependency among young people.
The National Empty Homes Loan Fund (NEHLF) has received enquiries for funding worth over £1 million in its first month.
The scheme, which is aimed at bringing some of England’s 710,000 empty homes back into affordable use, has been inundated with enquiries as property owners apply for funds to renovate their houses.
A WOMAN who cannot share a bedroom with her partner because of disability has won a landmark ruling that reducing her welfare benefits under the bedroom tax is a breach of her human rights.
The woman, who has multiple sclerosis, won her appeal against Glasgow City Council’s decision to apply the 14 per cent deduction for her “spare” bedroom at a tribunal hearing.
Adults and children with disabilities who are challenging the government’s bedroom tax have been granted permission to take their fight to the Court of Appeal after losing a High Court challenge earlier this year.
Giving his reasons for granting an appeal hearing, the Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Aikens said that the cases "raise issues of public importance concerning the amended housing benefit scheme and the needs of disabled/ young people and so should be considered by the Court of Appeal. Further, the points raised in the grounds of appeal and the proposed ‘skeleton’ argument have a reasonable prospect of success.”