Housing Benefit

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

Paul Noblet | Posted 18.03.2014 | 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 28.02.2014 | 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...

Families Going Hungry To Keep Their Homes

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK

More than five million families with children cut back on food last year as they struggled to stay in their homes, a charity has said. Some 42% of ...

Ministers 'Worryingly Unaware' Of Impact Of Housing Benefit Cuts

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Politics

The Department of Work and Pensions has little idea how plans to cut housing benefit will affect claimants and if the reforms will even save money, MP...

Call for a U-Turn on 'Bedroom Tax' for Foster Carers

Dominic Stevenson | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Politics
Dominic Stevenson

Eleven children's charities, including the Fostering Network, TACT, The Who Cares? Trust and Barnardo's have this week written to Work and Pensions Minister Iain Duncan-Smith MP and Chancellor George Osborne MP to ask for foster carers to be exempt from under-occupancy penalties.

Let's Go Fishing - How the Media Is Used to Match People to Government Policies on Welfare

Hayley Meachin | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

Since the coalition government was elected, the manifesto promise of the Big Society has morphed into relentless bashing of benefit claimants via the media. Whether stories originate from press officers or from journalists, the results are the same. Strivers vs. Shirkers, benefit scroungers, large families fleecing the public purse, single mums, teen mums, are all headlines that fuel the increasingly hate-filled rhetoric against benefit claimants.