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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.

A fifth of young people are homeless – you just can’t see them

People sleeping rough are vastly outnumbered by those whose homelessness we don’t see. More needs to be done to reach the most vulnerable.

Plans To Hand Control Of £5bn Benefit To Councils ‘Could Restrict Older People’s Care’

Responsibility for attendance allowance could be transferred to local authorities, but critics say it is disguised cost-cutting.

The Housing Association That Will No Longer Build Homes For The Poor

Genesis housing association blames the government in its decision to drop social housing, but funds thinktanks that influence policies which force its hand.

The Benefit Cap Risks Turning Half Of England Into A Ghetto

Housing benefit cuts will see poor families on benefits priced almost completely out of the south – and even some northern cities. Where will they go?

Experts Encourage More Social Housing Investment As A Way To Lower Welfare Bill

Two reports in a week propose government investment can reduce a housing benefit bill that could reach £200bn by 2060 if left unchecked.

The Government Is Quietly Making A U-Turn On Universal Credit

A small but significant concession to the controversial system is being tested in Oldham. Perhaps the government is finally noticing the warning signs.

The Reduced Benefit Cap Could Be The Killer Blow For Social Housing

As rents have risen, a lower benefit cap could leave thousands of Londoners facing eviction and relocation – and their landlords facing an identity crisis.

Housing Benefit Cuts For Under-21s Would Be Disastrous For Young People

The cost of evictions, homelessness and temporary accommodation would all but wipe out the controversial policy’s predicted savings.

Iain Duncan Smith Gets More Time To Rescue The Loathed Universal Credit

Despite the warnings, delays and write-offs, the work and pensions secretary survives to deliver this shambolic reform – to the groans of housing providers.

People Hit By Council Tax Support Cuts Are Broke, But The System Is Broken

Court rooms are clogged with people who have fallen behind on payments since support funds were axed, yet the rich still fail to pay their fair share of the tax.

Reduced Benefit Cap Would ‘Force Large Families Out Of The South-East’

Tory plans to reduce benefit cap to £23,000 a year would leave large families on benefits unable to afford rent and facing relocation elsewhere in UK.




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.

Corbyn urged to win votes by pledging £10bn more on care for disabled elderly

Fabian Society research identifies shortfall in funding for 1.2 million older people.