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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.

Low-income households at risk as mortgage support benefit is axed

Crucial welfare payment will be turned into a loan from 2018, affecting 124,000 individuals who rely on it.

Four in 10 right-to-buy homes are now owned by private landlords

Tenants living in homes sold under Margaret Thatcher’s scheme now pay twice the rents charged by local authorities.

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.

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.

MPs launch official inquiry into universal credit as criticism grows

Investigation into benefits system comes amid mounting evidence that payment delays have left thousands facing eviction.

Older people to get help to downsize to free up family homes

Housing white paper to incentivise building of sheltered accommodation to encourage older people to sell large houses.

Record numbers left homeless after eviction by private landlords in England

End of an assured shorthold tenancy cited by nearly a third of newly homeless households, figures show.

‘Living rent’ should be central to Tory housing policy, says thinktank

Thinktank Renewal proposes a ‘living rent’ for low wage workers and the option to purchase a home after two years of renting.

Right-to-buy reform urged as council leaders fear for social housing

Figures show that replacements for homes sold under the right-to-buy scheme fell by 27% last year, worsening the housing crisis.

350,000 Renters Put At Risk Of Eviction, According To Report

A survey by Shelter finds 148,000 renting households were in danger of losing their home during the past year, equivalent to 350,000 people.

Selling Off Affordable Homes ‘Would Add £4bn To Housing Benefit Bill’

Labour says sale of council and housing association property will force poorer people into expensive private rented accommodation.

Homelessness Crisis: Ministers Consider ‘Prevention Duty’ For Councils

Change in law would force local authorities to give advice and support to anyone at risk of homelessness.

Social Housing Benefit Cap Deferred For A Year

Government delays implementing policy while it carries out review of impact on tenants in supported housing.

Tenant Evictions Reach Highest Level On Record

More than 250 tenants were evicted every day in England and Wales in 2015, according to Ministry of Justice figures.

Right To Buy Puts 40% Of Ex-Council Homes In Private Rental – MPs’ Report

Forcing councils to sell off homes and extending right to buy will further profit private landlords, Commons’ committee finds.

Tory Bill Could Cost UK Nearly 200,000 Council Houses, Warns Labour

Shadow housing minister says forcing councils to sell could see homes bought by overseas investors and buy-to-let landlords rather than those in housing need.

Number Of Homeless Families Living In B&Bs Hits 12-Year High In England

DCLG figures reveal 45% rise in households with children living in emergency bed and breakfast accommodation.

Labour Considers Biggest Social Housebuilding Drive Since 70s

Shadow housing minister John Healey says government could build 100,000 council houses and housing association homes a year.

Council Houses Have Been Sold At 70% Under Their Market Value

The discounts are bigger than those ever envisaged by Margaret Thatcher and amount to almost £4bn, a Guardian investigation has found.

Government Cuts Mortgage Support

161,000 people claiming the support will lose out on means-tested benefit from July 2015.

Evictions Rocket As Welfare Reforms And Rising Property Prices Hit Home

As thousands of tenants face court battles to keep the bailiffs at bay, housing charities call for greater protection for renters




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.

Terminally ill to be given priority over benefit underpayments, says McVey

Work and Pensions Secretary vowed to prioritise "any individuals whom we know from our systems to be terminally ill".

Austerity will have cast an extra 1.5m children into poverty by 2021

Lone-parents, disabled children and ethnic minorities will be among worst-hit, says EHRC.

Childcare voucher changes delayed after Commons debate

Government agrees to keep system open for six more months after pressure from Labour.

Reverse universal credit cuts, Iain Duncan Smith tells chancellor

Thinktank says 340,000 people could be taken out of poverty if Philip Hammond takes action.