Sunday, December 6, 2020

Housing

Ombudsman warns of the ‘human cost’ of housing benefit errors

Familes are facing homelessness because of errors in the way local authorities calculate housing benefit entitlements.

Housing benefit shortfall forcing families to sacrifice food shopping to pay rent

Government urged to increase housing benefit to help tackle rising homelessness.

Young family with disabled child left homeless after benefits blunder

Council failed to correctly calculate the family's housing benefit entitlement and wrongly told landlord they owed £8,000 in overpaid benefits.

Pregnant homeless woman left to sleep on hard floor

Tower Hamlets council failed in their duty of care to protect a pregnant woman from homelessness.

‘Housing First’ programme lifts 200 homeless people off the streets this Christmas

Government backed programme mirrors similar successful schemes seen across Europe.

New figures reveal the shocking extent of England’s homelessness epidemic

One in every two hundred people in England will be homeless this Christmas, shocking new report reveals.

Ending the Universal Credit five week wait ‘must be a priority for new UK government’

Reducing poverty and fixing Universal Credit must be put at the top of Government's policy agenda, say housing groups.

A child becomes homeless in Britain every eight minutes, report reveals

Shelter calls on every political party to put housing at the top of its domestic agenda.

Rogue landlords face being put out of business under new Labour plans

New "charter of renters’ rights" aims to put power back in the hands of tenants.

Man wins Supreme Court ‘bedroom tax’ case

Supreme Court ruling offers hope to a number of disabled people hit by the cruel bedroom tax policy.

Next government must commit to ending fuel poverty, say campaigners

More than 15,000 winter deaths in 2017/18 were caused by people living in cold homes.

Next government ‘must act’ on policies that cause ‘preventable problems’, says Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice calls for major reforms to welfare and housing.

Jeremy Corbyn pledges to end in-work poverty and food bank use within five years

Labour leader pledged to deliver "real change" that will improve the "lives of millions".

Homeless should have say in policy making, says study

Policy makers should listen to people who have a personal experience of homelessness to help tackle the rising problem.

Tenancy reforms leave private renters at risk of ‘revenge evictions’

Tenants who complain about or request repairs unfairly removed from their homes.

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