Tuesday, January 23, 2018


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Social housing crisis can no longer be ignored, says housing chief

David Orr says Grenfell Tower fire highlighted neglect of sector - government must urgently make money available.

Revealed: universal credit sends rent arrears soaring

Housing chiefs’ warning on effect of flagship Tory welfare reform.

DWP data proves Universal Credit is in ‘total disarray’, say Labour

One in four Universal Credit claimants are waiting longer than six weeks to receive their first payment, while half have experienced rent arrears.

Universal Credit roll-out a ‘ticking timebomb’, say private landlords

Private landlords say the flagship welfare reform is already forcing a growing number of their tenants into rent arrears.

English councils’ local welfare schemes in ‘meltdown’

New report reveals that two-thirds of English councils have closed or cut emergency funds, causing greater hardship to low-income families.

Government rebuked for failing to address homelessness crisis

National Audit Office says ministers have no grip on the causes of issue that costs the taxpayer more than £1bn a year.

Two million UK families face £50-a-week cut in income

Households with children make up more than 80% of those set to lose out as pressure grows for end to austerity.

Benefit cap blamed for 85% cut in new homes for vulnerable people

Ministers urged to ditch proposals as housing associations postpone and cancel schemes for elderly and disabled.

Council leaders call for a ‘national renaissance’ in council house building

Council leaders call on the government to help local authorities build more 'genuinely affordable' homes.

Almost 90% of Universal Credit tenants are in rent arrears, warns Council

South Lanarkshire Council says tenants in receipt of universal credit have accrued rent arrears totaling more than half a million pounds.

Number of UK homeless expected to double by 2041, Crisis warns

Charity’s research predicts 575,000 people in Britain will have no roof over their heads unless government takes urgent action.

Tory cuts robbing Scottish Council homelessness funding, say SNP

Crucial support disappearing as Tory austerity continues to hit the most vulnerable.

Homeless people in Oxford threatened with £2,500 fines

City council under fire after legal notices pinned to rough sleepers’ bags left in shop doorways.

Universal Credit causing ‘considerable hardship’ for council housing tenants

Report calls on the government to halt the roll-out of Universal Credit until "the system works properly".

100 tenants a day lose homes as rising rents and benefit freeze hit

Charities demand action to tackle toll of soaring housing costs, welfare cuts and ‘no fault’ evictions.

Number of homeless children in temporary housing soars 37% in three years

Charities call on the government to take urgent action to tackle the growing homeless crisis.

New ‘homeless village’ to open in time for Christmas

Innovative project will provide housing for up to 20 people affected by homelessness in Scotland.

Highlanders owe nearly £1 million in Universal Credit rent arrears

Highland Council leaders slam "ludicrously flawed" Universal Credit system.

Rural homelessness ‘hidden crisis’ needs attention, says thinktank

Research revealed the number of people sleeping rough in the countryside rose by up to 32% in the past five years.

Tory home ownership schemes more likely to benefit the better-off

Schemes are doing little to help poorer households to get on the property ladder, says Social Mobility Commission report.

Theresa May urged to stand by manifesto pledge to end rough sleeping

Report reveals that 8,108 people were seen rough sleeping in London over the last year.

Thousands could die from cold homes this winter, charities warn

Charities call for an urgent summit to work to resolve the growing crisis of fuel poverty in the UK.