Housing Benefit

The Housing Crisis: Why Can't We Build More Council Houses?

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

Value-for-money has been the deafening cry of free market ideologues and politicians on the right. Keep governments out, privatize, and let the market work its magic to produce the most efficient solution, they say...

Three Million Reasons to Take Young Voters Seriously

Paul Noblet | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Noblet

Over half of young people are still undecided as to who they will vote for in May it is in the interest of both young people and politicians to work together to get as many under-25s as possible reconnected with politics and registered to vote.

Sofa Surfing Is a Huge Problem for Our Young People - Now We Must Act

Paul Noblet | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK
Paul Noblet

How can you begin to tackle a problem that you know exists but about the scale of which there are no official figures? This is the problem facing charities and the government when it comes to supporting the thousands of under-25s who have sofa surfed over the past 12 months.

Tory Minister Defends Saying Landlords Can Kick Out Benefit Claimants

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Politics

Tory minister Kris Hopkins has defended saying that it would be "perfectly legitimate" for private landlords to evict tenants on housing benefit after...

Ebbsfleet: Start of a Housing Bloom or Shed at the Bottom of the National Garden?

Paul Noblet | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Noblet

The Chancellor's plan to build Britain's first garden city in 100 years in Ebbsfleet has been welcomed by some with open arms. The promise of more homes in the south east is a good thing, but 15,000 new homes barely scratch the surface of the real number of properties needed across the country.

Proud to Be a Landlord

Phil Shanks | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

I am proud to be a landlord. I consider it a privilege to touch and improve peoples' lives by helping them into good quality accommodation. But today I don't feel so proud. Earlier this week, my attention was drawn to a Channel 4 News report on private landlords.

Prince Charles And The Queen 'Given £200,000 In Benefits'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK

Buckingham Palace has been described as "the biggest council house in Britain" as it was revealed Prince Charles and the Queen received thousands in b...

'Thousands Wrongly Hit By Bedroom Tax Changes'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK

The Government has been accused of understating the number of council tenants who have been wrongly hit by the so-called 'bedroom tax' changes to hous...

Asa Bennett

Here's Why These Two Are WRONG To Say Migrants Take British Jobs

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Did soaring immigration under the last Labour government cost British workers their jobs? That was the message from Iain Duncan Smith and Theresa ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Nick Vs Chris

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Monday 20 January 2014... 1) NICK VS CHRIS To say Nick Clegg is under pressure is an understatement...

Young People Live Lives of Luxury on Housing Benefit... Or Do They?

Paul Noblet | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
Paul Noblet

George Osborne has announced the Conservative Party would cut housing benefit for under-25s after the next election as part of £25billion spending cuts, removing a vital lifeline for many homeless young people who are already struggling financially. Such a move would be catastrophic for the 6,000 homeless young people Centrepoint supports each year.

George Osborne Plans Another £25billion in Cuts, and Wants to Take Around Half of It From Welfare

Lisa Egan | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics
Lisa Egan

So I'd like to introduce Mr Osborne to few people: Shaun Pilkington shot himself after his Employment and Support Allowance was stopped. Tim Salter ...

Private Landlord 'Blacklisting' of Housing Benefit Tenants Highlights UK Human Rights Failures

Professor Aoife Nolan | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Politics
Professor Aoife Nolan

So what can be done? There is no international human rights court that can force the UK to comply with its human rights obligations.

Housing Crisis Tips Thousands More Workers Onto Housing Benefit

David Orr | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Politics
David Orr

Despite the obvious need, the clear demand and the huge economic benefits we still fail to invest in housing. We still have the hysterical reaction of the well-heeled and well housed to the idea of new homes being built.

The Bedroom Tax - Grand Designs on Planet Esther

Sheila Gilmore | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK Politics
Sheila Gilmore

On Monday it was put to Esther McVey, the newly promoted 'Minister for the Bedroom Tax', that there is a shortage of one bedroom properties for people to move to - nothing new here - but at the same time three bedroom properties are becoming increasingly hard to let. Rarely lost for words, her answer was to blame councils and housing associations... The more I thought about this the more ridiculous it seemed.

Disabled Woman Wins Landmark Appeal On Bedroom Tax

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 03.10.2013 | UK

A disabled woman unable to share a bedroom with her husband has won an landmark appeal against the Government's so-called bedroom tax. In what is t...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Earn, Learn Or Lose Your Home

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 03.10.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday 2 October 2013... 1) EARN, LEARN OR LOSE YOUR HOME David Cameron brought the Conservative conferenc...

Ed Is Right - Bin the Bedroom Tax!

Sheila Gilmore | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Politics
Sheila Gilmore

Last week Ed Miliband pledged to bin the Government's Bedroom Tax if Labour win in 2015. This policy came into force in April, and since then working-age tenants who rent from a council or housing association and have a spare bedroom have had their weekly Housing Benefit cut by an average of £14.

Labour To Cap Welfare Spending

PA | Posted 06.06.2013 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband will bid to wrest back the initiative in the benefits debate today by pledging to cap the overall welfare bill. The Labour leader will ...

Universal Credit To Be Introduced In Four Jobcentres

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Politics

The controversial benefit reform, Universal Credit, which replaces other benefits such as jobseeker's allowance, income support and other tax credits,...

Welfare Reform: It Could Have Been Good

Stef Benstead | Posted 27.06.2013 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

It's such a shame. There was a wonderful opportunity to make something that worked. To get rid of what was failing and bring in new things that improved on the original. To end the mess and confusion. To repair the holes. Instead we have more holes. Bigger holes. Holes in places that used to work.

The Funniest #banbenefits Tweets

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Comedy

A tip of the hat to Twitter's fine Daily Mail spoof account @DMReporter, which outdid itself on Sunday when it launched the hashtag #banbenefits with ...

George Osborne Attacks 'Shrill' Critics of Benefit Cuts

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Politics

George Osborne has defended the coalition's controversial cuts in benefit payments and attacked his critics for peddling "shrill, headline-seeking non...

Felicity A Morse

Families Claim £100,000 In Housing Benefit... Really George?

HuffingtonPost.com | Felicity A Morse | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Politics

As part of his bid to justify a raft of new welfare reforms, George Osborne pointed to families claiming as much as £100,000 a year in housing benefi...

Ministers Hit Back At Church Leaders Over Benefit Reform

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK

The government has defended its controversial reforms to the welfare state in the face of attacks from church leaders, charities and opposition politi...