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Landlords who refuse to rent to housing benefit claimants may be breaking the law

Landlords and letting agents urged to drop "no DSS" after woman is awarded £2,000 compensation in sex discrimination case.

Universal Credit ‘shambles’ leaves Scottish tenants vulnerable to eviction, warns SNP MP

Figures show 29% of landlords have already evicted a tenant for Universal Credit rent arrears.

Rogue landlords making millions out of housing benefits

‘Lockdown’ is a model that can make £56,000 a year from public funds. But the scandal goes on.

Survey reveals impact of proposed funding cuts on women fleeing abuse

Women’s Aid says 39% of refuges will have to close in England under plans to remove supported housing from welfare system.

Landlord threatens mass evictions ahead of universal credit rollout

Lincolnshire property firms sends formal notice of possession to all tenants in case universal credit leads to rent arrears.

Six-week wait for universal credit set to be reduced

Government preparing to trim wait for new benefit after Tory backbenchers raised concerns about impact on constituents.

Housing benefit cap U-turn ‘ends undue stress and anxiety’

SNP welcome climbdown but say a the delay in changes to the policy has caused ‘undue stress and anxiety to the supported housing sector.’

Theresa May performs major U-turn on plans to cap housing benefit

PM says government will no longer roll out changes that would have capped benefit for social housing and supported homes.

Rethink on housing benefit cap for elderly and vulnerable

Move follows outcry from charities and evidence that housing projects have been abandoned.

Benefit cuts leave hundreds of thousands exposed to rent increases

At least 500,000 households are facing a shortfall between rent and their housing benefit entitlement.

Councils fear surge in evictions as universal credit rollout accelerates

Housing federation says new system poses challenge to landlords, and Guardian investigation reveals claimants’ frustration.

Hammond urged to scrap benefit cap as 1 million face homelessness

Shelter calls on chancellor to act in next month’s budget while council leaders attack failure to fix ‘broken’ housing market.

Tory welfare cuts ‘pushing people into poverty and homelessness’

Shelter Scotland says welfare changes 'directly threaten tenancies and risk pushing more people into homelessness'.

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.

Britain’s unclaimed benefits: four million families miss out on £12.4 billion

Why aren't people entitled to benefits claiming them?

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.

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.

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.




Man missing part of his skull told he’s ‘not disabled enough’ for disability benefits

"You can literally feel my brain and the edges of my skull where it’s been cut off".

DWP underpaid benefits to 70,000 sick and disabled people, say auditors

DWP face an extra bill of up to £830 million in backdated Employment and Support Allowance payments.

Employment grant for disabled people to rise by £15k, but is it enough?

Critics argue £57k cap on 'Access To Work' scheme should be lifted completely.

Grieving daughter handed her mother’s ashes to benefits assessor to prove she wasn’t ‘fit for work’

Inexcusable and heartless blunder by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Scrap ‘highly regressive’ council tax, says thinktank

Resolution Foundation says levy now resembles much maligned poll tax and should be replaced with more progressive system.

Tory welfare cuts ‘£3bn deeper than expected’

New figures reveal the freeze on working age benefits will erode household incomes much more deeply than originally forecast.