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23

May

Despite cuts to housing benefit, claimants are remaining in London

There has been widespread concern that reforms to housing benefit are driving poorer people out of London, particularly from the most expensive areas. Now, 5 years on from those fi…

  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

05

Jan

The private rented sector is broken, the Housing Bill should do more to fix it

Today the Housing and Planning Bill is being debated in the House of Commons. Whilst most of the attention so far has been on changes to social housing, the Bill is also parliament…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

03

Nov

Poverty has not left east London, but it has changed

One of the big changes in this year’s London’s Poverty Profile is around the “good news” – falling numbers of people claiming out of work benefits, rising numbers of people in work…

  • Category: Income and Poverty

27

Nov

Housing problems for private renters do not stop at affordability: quality and security are also crucial

The growing number of private renters in poverty has been one of the biggest poverty changes in recent years. This poses challenges not just in terms of affordability, but quality …

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

16

Sep

Scotland’s future poverty challenges

As the vote and polls have gotten closer, Westminster has promised to give more powers to Scotland even if it remains in the union. But what powers are needed for Scotland to tackl…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Income and Poverty

26

Jun

Help to Buy, but not to keep?

The safety net for owner-occupiers is less effective than for renters and changes under UC will exacerbate this situation. Housing is high on the political agenda these days, with…

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

17

Jun

Housing benefit cuts in London push low-paid families into poverty

As the latest data shows London’s rents are more than double the national average, our report looks what this means for working and workless poor in the capital and the impac…

  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

28

Apr

The independence referendum debate on housing in Scotland needs to go beyond the so-called 'bedroom tax'

With less than six months until the independence vote, the housing debate in Scotland needs to go beyond abolishing the ‘bedroom tax’ The main focus of the Scottish In…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Income and Poverty

15

Apr

The 'safety net' for private renters is shrinking fast

In the third of our safety net series we look at the role housing benefit and how, through a series of subtle changes, the safety net for renters is shrinking fast. There are two …

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

06

Mar

Even working households need help to pay for ‘affordable housing’

Rises in social sector rents undermine work, welfare reform and deficit reduction. The headline finding in last week’s English Housing Survey was that there are now more private r…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

28

Feb

The stalled child poverty strategy requires a radical response: the newly-housed homeless show how

Is “a home not a dwelling, sound, affordable and secure” now the rock on which efforts to end child poverty should be built? This was the week when the government was expected fin…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Income and Poverty

05

Nov

Are housing costs really rising?

Last week's ONS figures pointed to something very important about the developing “cost of living crisis” – but the message is not quite what it seemed at first sight. The figures …

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

14

Oct

Big changes in London poverty patterns

Today, Trust for London published our London Poverty Profile 2013; the fourth in series of reports looking at a range of indicators of poverty and disadvantage. These include low i…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Income and Poverty

06

Jun

What to look for in the poverty statistics

Next Thursday, the DWP releases its annual Households Below Average Income publication. It is the most reliable source of data on household incomes, income inequality and poverty. …

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Income and Poverty

01

May

We need more retirement-friendly housing, not more 'retirement housing'

Last week, Alex Morton from Policy Exchange argued that "more homes, tailored to the needs of older homeowners, will help free up family-sized properties for the younger generation…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

01

May

A little more income doesn't go a long way in retirement housing

As part of the Hanover@50 debate about the future of housing for older people which launched last week, the Fabian Society considered the implications of increasing incomes among o…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

03

Apr

The great shame of the bedroom tax is that it is a missed opportunity

This week, we are posting a series of blogs that look at the main changes to social security benefits introduced this ‘Black April’. All impact mainly or wholly on low income house…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

25

Mar

Half the increase in homelessness results from the private rented sector

Last week saw the publication of the latest set of homelessness statistics. The number of households in temporary accommodation in October-December 2012 is 9% up on the same time t…

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

28

Feb

Housing, poverty and the private rented sector

Today JRF published a findings paper on the links between housing and poverty. It covers the headline housing and poverty statistics but also the dynamics between housing, work and…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness