Housing

Two-thirds of those hit by bedroom tax are behind with rent

Wed, 12/02/2014 - 13:22 -- nick

Two-thirds of households hit by the bedroom tax are in rent arrears.

The shock findings of the National Housing Federation (NHF), which represents the UK's housing associations, show that more than a third had fallen into debt because of the charge.

It used polling firm Ipsos-Mori to survey 183 associations, and the firm found that thousands could simply not cope with the change.

The bedroom tax takes an average of £14 per week from the benefits of those with a bedroom they don't use, and £25 from those with two.

High housing costs mean unemployed can't afford to move for work

Mon, 13/01/2014 - 13:20 -- nick

The high cost of housing means unemployed people cannot afford to move for work, threatening to trap them in areas with few jobs and to derail the fragile recovery.

A report by Priced Out, the pressure group aiming to push housing up the political agenda, has released a report showing that the places where jobs are being created have some of the UK's highest rents.

This can disqualify many jobseekers from higher unemployment areas from taking up these opportunities.

'Social cleansing' housing benefit cap row: Grant Shapps hits back

Mon, 30/04/2012 - 19:07 -- nick

The government has defended its housing benefit cap after it emerged London's Newham council was trying to find homes for some families 160 miles away.

The council has been accused of "social cleansing", but its mayor said the benefit cap had pushed people out of expensive parts of London to Newham which did not have enough homes.

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