Housing Benefits

Dear David Cameron: A Letter From the Young Me You Denied Benefits

Rebecca Winson | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Politics
Rebecca Winson

When I was younger, I claimed housing benefit and JSA solidly for a year. I did it so I could live in a place where I could find a job I could turn into a meaningful career, a meaningful existence. I grew up in an area short of prospects, short of jobs. I did not have parents who could fund a year long series of internships. I had to rely on the state to get me on my feet.

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...

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 ...

Cap in Hand or Cap in Rents

Phil Shanks | Posted 16.02.2013 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

Despite claiming to stand up for hard working families, Mr Osborne's measures are hitting the working poor as well as the allegedly feckless where it really hurts. If the government truly wants to represent working families, it needs to take a different aim to reduce welfare spend.

Government Warned Against Scrapping Support For The Homeless

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK

The government has been warned not to "sweep away" safety nets preventing people from falling into homelessness, as a charity revealed the number of p...

Sink or Swim?

Ryan Shorthouse | Posted 17.11.2012 | UK Politics
Ryan Shorthouse

When Iain Duncan Smith defends the Universal Credit in front of the Work and Pensions Select Committee this afternoon, most people will focus on the scheme's overall viability. But even if the Universal Credit does get off the ground, it currently leaves claimants to either sink or swim.

Shared Ambition

Phil Shanks | Posted 07.02.2012 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

I share an ambition with the communities secretary to provide more affordable, more sustainable homes for the future. The question is, at a time when private sector rents are set to rise by 20% over the next five years, how are we going to achieve this?

Housing Scheme That Penalises Unemployed Gains Ground

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 28.11.2011 | UK

Councils around the UK could roll out a scheme pioneered by Westminster Council, in which those who work are prioritised for housing benefit. The s...