housing benefit

  • Looking for families affected by the benefit cap

    9 August 2016

    This autumn the benefit cap will be cut, squeezing low-income families even further and pushing more people into poverty. We are looking for test cases to legally challenge the benefit cap.

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  • New analysis highlights child poverty risks of Chancellor’s new spending cap

    March 18, 2014
    press release

    New analysis commissioned by Child Poverty Action Group from the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Essex University highlights how the expected budget announcement on capping Annually Managed Expenditure (AME) could drive up UK child poverty rates.

    The ‘AME cap’ will set an annual ceiling on overall spending for working age support through tax credits and benefits for low paid workers, carers, disabled people and single parents.

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  • Plugging the gap? DHPs in the light of housing benefit cuts

    Issue 224 (October 2011)

    Edward Graham takes a look at discretionary housing payments (DHPs) and considers their scope to help claimants meet their rent in the light of the cuts to housing benefit (HB).

  • Pregnant students and means-tested benefits

    Issue 194 (October 2006)

    David Simmons examines the barriers to accessing means-tested benefits for full-time students who have to interrupt their studies because of pregnancy.

  • Promoting fairness? Lowering the benefit cap will push more families into poverty


    This autumn the benefit cap will be cut, squeezing low-income families even further and pushing more people into poverty. The Welfare Reform & Work Act 2016 lowers the cap to £23,000 per annum for families (or £15,410 for single claimants) in London and £20,000 for families (or £13,400 for single claimants) outside of London. There are currently 3.9 million children living in poverty. Projections from the Institute for Fiscal Studies suggests that child poverty could rise by 50 per cent by 2020. Tightening the cap and taking away more support from low-income households will have a devastating effect on families and children.

  • Refugees and benefits

    Issue 215 (April 2010)

    Mark Willis examines the rights of refugees to claim benefits and the problems that can arise.

  • Rights (and wrongs) of sanctions

    24 July 2014

    At Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), we’ve had longstanding concerns about the use of sanctions, which are basically cuts to benefit payments of up to 100% for up to 3 years, and the obvious knock-on impacts on child poverty.  And as the letter in today's Times that we and others have signed shows, we’re not alone in having profound concerns with how sanctions are working.

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  • SCoWR response to the housing benefit in supported accommodation consultation


    In October 2011, SCoWR issued a response to the housing benefit in supported accommodation consultation.This response outlines the consensus of opinion which exists among SCoWR members over key concerns with the UK Government’s proposal to reform provision of Housing Benefit to those people living in supported accommodation. Many of our members are also providing their own, detailed responses. It is intended to complement those provided by individual members

  • Supreme Court to decide on ‘unlawful’ bedroom tax


    Following last month’s victory in the Court of Appeal, the battle continues for Paul and Sue Rutherford and their severely disabled grandson, Warren. The Court held that the ‘bedroom tax’ (or under-occupancy penalty) is in breach of the Human Rights Act 1998, unlawfully discriminating against disabled children requiring overnight care and victims of domestic violence living in Sanctuary Scheme Homes (in the case of ‘A’). The Government was quick to appeal this decision. We have been representing the Rutherford family since 2013 and will be in the Supreme Court defending the Court of Appeal’s decision from 29 February. SSWP v Rutherfords has been joined with other bedroom tax cases, MA & Others and A.

  • The 'local housing allowance' rules

    Issue 201 (February 2008)

    New housing benefit (HB) rent restriction1rules - the 'local housing allowance' (LHA) rules - are due to be introduced nationwide from 7 April 2008. Far from simplifying the HB rules, a new layer of complexity will be added. An additional difficulty is that, until 6 April 2009, there will be two versions of some of the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006 and the Housing Benefit (State Pension Credit) Regulations 2006.2 Carolyn George sets out the detail.

    • 1. Reg 13C HB Regs; reg 13C HB(SPC) Regs
    • 2. The amendments are made by the Housing Benefit (Local Housing Allowance and Information Sharing) Amendment Regulations 2007 SI No 2868, the Housing Benefit (State Pension Credit)(Local Housing Allowance and Information Sharing) Amendment Regulations 2007 SI No 2869 and the Housing Benefit (Local Housing Allowance, Miscellaneous and Consequential) Amendment Regulations 2007 SI No 2870. Some amendments to these are in the pipeline. The old versions continue to apply to a particular claimant until the first of specified events occurs, or if earlier, 6 April 2009: see reg 1(5)-(7) HB(LHA&IS)A Regs and reg 1(5)-(7) HB(SPC)(LHA&IS)A Regs.