housing costs

  • Revised Benefit Cap

    Last updated: July 4, 2018
    test case

     R (DS and Others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

    The appeal in this case will be heard from 17-19 July by a 7 judge panel of the Supreme Court alongside that of R(DA and Others) v SSWP

    On 9 March 2017, CPAG issued a claim for judicial review in the High Court against the Secretary of State for Work and Pension (SSWP) to challenge the legality of the lowered benefit cap as it applies to lone parents. The case was heard on 26 March 2018, having previously been stayed and then an earlier hearing date adjourned because of the related case of DA concerning lone parents with children under two. In light of the Court of Appeal decision in DA (given on 15 March 2018), we invited the High Court in our case to dismiss our claim without a full hearing and to grant us a certificate to allow us to bypass the Court of Appeal and seek permission to appeal direct to the Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court granted permission to appeal on 4 June 2018 and the two cases of DS and DA are now to be heard together from 17-19 July 2018.

  • Maximising benefits for rent

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Thousands of tenants each year are evicted by social landlords, usually for rent arrears. Yet large amounts of housing benefit (HB) go unclaimed. With high levels of arrears in universal credit (UC), evictions seem set to be a continuing problem. This practical course is aimed at housing workers and advisers who need to maximise the uptake of housing benefit or the housing costs element of universal credit, and thereby minimise arrears and reduce the threat of eviction.


    The course covers:

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  • Housing costs for 18 to 21 year olds

    Issue 258 (June 2017)

    Gwyneth King considers changes removing entitlement to universal credit (UC) housing costs for some 18–21-year-olds.

  • Submission to the Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into housing costs support

    October 2013

    The Work and Pensions Committee is currently undertaking an inquiry into provision of support to meet housing costs in the reformed welfare system. In our submission to the Committee, we point out that many of the changes made to levels of support with housing costs over the course of this parliament disproportionately affect families with children, and will only lead to their further impoverishment.

  • Spending Review – more cuts

    Issue 219 (December 2010)

    Angela Toal examines the changes to welfare benefits and tax credits announced in the Government’s Spending Review in October 2010.

  • Interesting change: another cut in help with housing costs

    Issue 218 (October 2010)

    David Simmons explains changes to the formula for calculating the standard interest rate used to determine help with housing costs.

  • Housing costs rules revisited

    Issue 214 (February 2010)

    Simon Osborne describes the latest version of the rules relating to the 13-week waiting period for housing costs.

  • Benefit cap will tip more children into poverty

    September 28, 2014
    press release

    Responding today to reports that the Government is planning to impose a more severe benefit cap of £23,000 pa per household, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “This is likely to increase the headcount of children in poverty in working and non-working families, a move that would surely fail any credible family test. It would also bypass the root causes of higher social security spending which include soaring childcare and housing costs and low pay. Politicians from all parties need to tackle these root problems as a priority rather than ripping away money from families who are struggling every day to pay for absolute basics. "

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  • First thoughts on the ‘National Living Wage’


    A substantial increase in the National Minimum Wage for over-25s (or National Living Wage, as Osborne’s re-badging has it) can only be a good thing for low-paid workers. It should be celebrated. That much, at least, is clear.

  • Help us monitor the real impacts of welfare reform in London

    28 May 2013

    CPAG has launched a new online tool for advisers to tell us about the effects of benefit changes in London. We need your help to show the real impact of welfare reform on families.

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