One in six private rented homes ‘unsafe’

  According to a Citizens Advice report , 740,000 households are living in privately rented homes that are physically unsafe. Private renters are no longer just students: the most common type of household in the sector is now a couple with children. In this report, Citizens Advice consider what such sub-standard housing looks like, how [Read more]

London cost of living 20-50% higher than rest of UK

This blog post was written by Tom Owen, volunteer at LVSC A recent Loughborough University / Trust for London study shows that it costs 20% – 50% more for households in London to reach a minimum decent standard of living than elsewhere in the UK. One in three Londoners, and 43% of people in families [Read more]

Respublica report on the role of housing associations in driving a community agenda

The latest report from ResPublica, Acting on Localism: The role of housing associations in driving a community agenda (PDF), examines the role of housing associations as actors and catalysts for a vibrant and transformative localism. It warns that the localism agenda will fail unless the disconnect between government and local institutions such as housing associations [Read more]

Housing benefit cap: can you live on 62p a day? | Tim Leunig | Comment is free | The Guardian

Imagine two sets of people, both renting from private landlords. One is an Islington couple who have never worked. The other is an Oldham family with four children, where the working parent has just lost his or her job. The Islington couple currently receive £250 a week in housing benefit, while the Oldham family gets [Read more]

Universal Credit: 19 Jan 2012: Hansard Written Answers and Statements – TheyWorkForYou

Stephen Timms (East Ham, Labour) To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what role he expects housing benefit staff in local authorities to play in delivering universal credit. Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 19 January 2012, c920W) Chris Grayling (Minister of State (Employment), Work and Pensions; Epsom and Ewell, Conservative) The Welfare [Read more]

190 families to be hit most by benefit cap | Storytracker | PoliticsHome

190 families with ten or more children, currently receiving £60,000 in benefits, will be hardest hit by the Government’s new benefit cap, it has been revealed by the Department for Work and Pensions. Iain Duncan Smith’s plans for a benefit cap, currently making its way through Parliament, prevents one family receiving more than £26,000 per [Read more]

Letters: Poor Londoners will be hit hardest by housing benefit caps | Society | The Guardian

London will be hit hardest, so why hasn’t its mayor, Boris Johnson, argued for a regional variation to the housing benefit caps? Why hasn’t he demanded a comprehensive impact assessment? And, above all, why does he have not one single policy to deal with extortionate rent levels in his new housing strategy? via Letters: Poor [Read more]