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‘We’re not scroungers’: Campaign seeks to challenge negative stereotyping of social housing

Social housing tenants are falsely and unfairly portrayed as 'benefit scroungers' in the national media, say campaigners.

Scotland on course for biggest growth in social housing since 1970s, report says

Scotland's social housing stock expected to rise by 25,000, while 120,000 council houses are lost in England.

Corbyn: Labour would buy 8,000 properties for homeless people

Leader says party would also give local authorities power to seize properties left vacant.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Council homes sold off almost three times as fast as new ones are built

Figures from 72 councils show more than 12,000 properties have been sold off since 2014 but only 4,309 have been built.

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.

Universal credit flaws pushing claimants towards debt and eviction

Guardian investigation reveals recipients falling into rent arrears because of payment delays and forced to turn to food banks.

Housing benefit cap may force 67% of women’s refuges to close – report

Women’s Aid says planned government cuts risk destroying finances of refuges for victims of domestic violence in England.

Private landlords pocketed £9.3 billion in Housing Benefit last year, new figures show

National Housing Federation says the government should free up housing associations to build more affordable homes.

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.

Right To Buy abolished in Scotland, protecting more than 15,000 social homes

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said the move "marks a major milestone in the Scottish Government’s efforts to build a sustainable housing policy for the future".

We’re scrapping right to buy in Wales to protect vulnerable families

People should be able to get on the property ladder without it depleting our social housing stock. We must ensure everybody has a decent place to live.

Government Plans Threaten Projects Offering Safe Homes To Young Adults

Housing schemes such as ‘preparatory flats’ that guide lone youngsters on to the renting ladder may be at risk due to further housing benefit cuts.

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.

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.

Benefit Cap On Social Housing Will Leave Thousands Homeless, Landlords Warn

Up to 82,000 specialist homes for most vulnerable residents, including domestic violence victims, at threat of closure.

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.

PM Says ‘No Conflict’ Between Fighting Poverty And Cutting Benefits

David Cameron sets out plan to improve life chances of the ‘left behind’, insisting strategy compatible with welfare cuts.




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.