Housing

Early Warning System e-bulletin - December 2021

December 2021
This month, we have heard a lot about housing costs. Some claimants are losing 50 per cent or more of their housing costs help after splitting up with a partner or suffering a bereavement. People in certain kinds of housing are wrongly getting turned down both for housing benefit and for the housing costs element of universal credit.

Universal Credit - Housing Costs, 30 & 31 March 2023 ONLINE

30th March 2023 to 31st March 2023
Online
Universal credit (UC) claimants often have difficulties getting their Housing Costs element included in their claim and having the right amount paid on time. This one-day course, delivered over two...

Universal Credit - Housing Costs, 1 & 2 December 2022 ONLINE

1st December 2022 to 2nd December 2022
Online
Universal credit (UC) claimants often have difficulties getting their Housing Costs element included in their claim and having the right amount paid on time. This one-day course, delivered over two...

Universal Credit - Housing Costs, 7 & 8 July 2022 ONLINE

7th July 2022 to 8th July 2022
Online
Universal credit (UC) claimants often have difficulties getting their Housing Costs element included in their claim and having the right amount paid on time. This one-day course, delivered over two...

Universal credit and access to justice: applying the law automatically

20 September 2021
This report focuses on some of the problems UC claimants are experiencing both making a claim for UC and receiving accurate payments, which appear to be caused by the digitalisation and automation of the UC system. Claimants who have specific life circumstances are experiencing similar problems because the UC computer system seems unable to calculate their UC payment correctly and in accordance with the law.

Post-COVID policy: child poverty, social security and housing

20 July 2021
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the life of every child and their family in the country. Families with children have been among the worst affected, with job losses and increased costs of living from repeated lockdowns and school closures, causing many families to struggle financially. The pandemic has made life much harder for low-income households, those already living in insecure housing and at risk of homelessness, and those with precarious immigration status.

The Cost of a Child in London

09 June 2021
This report draws on evidence from studies of minimum household costs in London to comment on the size of differences in children’s costs in various categories. This analysis builds on new research on a ‘Minimum Income Standard for London’.

Hitting home: the benefit cap and child homelessness

31 May 2021
Since 2013, the benefit cap has meant that many families don’t have enough money to pay their rent. This isn’t a matter of opinion, it’s explicit in the way that benefits are calculated.

Universal Credit - Housing Costs, 17 & 18 March 2022 ONLINE

17th March 2022 to 18th March 2022
Online
Universal credit (UC) claimants often have difficulties getting their Housing Costs element included in their claim and having the right amount paid on time. This one-day course (delivered over four...

Making the links: Poverty, austerity and children’s social care

05 August 2020
What effect have poverty and austerity had on children and families? Earlier this year Child Poverty Action Group, Association of Directors of Children’s Services and researchers from the Child Welfare Inequalities Project surveyed social workers on the frontline, and the report of what they told us – out this week - makes for sobering reading.