Housing Benefit

Can Charities Counter Housing Decisions That Leave Vulnerable People at Risk?

Beth Burgess | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK
Beth Burgess

Thousands of pounds, which might have been spent on B&B accommodation, substance- or violence-related hospital admissions, and re-imprisonment are saved when people are supported to heal and grow with specialist services and safe accommodation.

For People With Mental Illness, Supported Housing Is a Lifeline - It Must Not Be Put at Risk

Luciana Berger | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

People with mental illness need advice, support and professional care. As I know from conversations at the Shaw Street project, for those living independently, a little extra support can make a huge difference to their lives. We have seen some excellent progress in specialist centres. All of that is now at risk. Once again, ministers' desire to cut back budgets will hammer vulnerable people, and end up costing us all more down the line.

5 Things George Osborne Doesn't Want You To Mention About His Spending Review

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Politics

George Osborne’s spending review was a political masterclass, neutralising the biggest threats to the Government’s and his own reputation - tax cr...

He Won't Admit It, But the Rebellious Lords Have Saved George Osborne's Bacon

Craig Berry | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Craig Berry

At the risk of feeding the collective hysteria that characterises public perceptions (or prejudices) of welfare spending, benefit cuts have not yet been one of the main contributors to the coalition or Conservative governments' austerity agenda.

Too Many Young People Are Leaving Home to Escape Violence and Abuse

Ben Wardlaw | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Wardlaw

Imagine the atmosphere in your home, the place you're supposed to feel safest, becoming so unbearable you simply can't stay? This is the reality for far too many young people, and even more are on the brink of disaster. You don't see that moment of crisis coming. You're left not knowing what to do or where to go next.

Cameron's EU Renegotiation Plans May Have Just Lost Him The Support Of Young People

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK

Tens of thousands of young people could lose their right to claim benefits for four years as part of radical new proposals to curb payments to EU migr...

Through 100 Days, Government Housing Policy Veers Between 'Fiddling While the UK Burns' to the Outright Disastrous

Seb Klier | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Politics
Seb Klier

Given the huge policy shifts that the Conservatives committed to in their manifesto on housing, it comes as no surprise that they have moved very quickly in a wide range of areas. Unfortunately, much of their output ranges between policies that could be termed 'fiddling while the UK burns' through to the outright disastrous.

Government Housing Policy: A Step in the Right Direction to Solve Housing Crisis

Simon Thomas | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Thomas

So, here we are. After months of speculation, manifesto pledges, and - finally - the general election, the new government is in place, and their house...

An Open Letter to Mr George Osborne

Becky Hopper | Posted 09.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Becky Hopper

George, what if we don't get that miracle job? We can't claim Housing Benefit because we're young, but we have a degree and we're employable. What are the options? Get into rent arrears? Be given our notice? Become squatters? Or... Become homeless.

Meet The Invisible Group That George Osborne's Budget Will Hit The Hardest

The Huffington Post UK | Jessie Thompson | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK

Young people from abusive families, many of whom have become estranged, will be trapped in toxic situations under a series of announcements made in ye...

The Government Must Think Again and Protect Young People Put at Risk By Their Welfare Reform

Jess Phillips | Posted 18.06.2016 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

Most young people go to university, have interest free loans, or stay living with their parents well in to their twenties. I'll wager this is the case for 99% of the people sitting braying in the chamber at Westminster.

Everybody Loses When Young People Are Out of Work

Denise Hatton | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Politics
Denise Hatton

If this government is committed to doing this and giving young people a decent start in life, this Queen's Speech needs to first focus on providing them with a safe and stable environment that allows young people the chance to flourish and reach their full potential - to which Housing Benefit plays an important role.

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

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 10.04.2015 | 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 07.04.2015 | 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.