Jon Shaw looks at when housing benefit (HB) awards can (and cannot) be suspended and then terminated.
22 March 2019
Evidence submitted for the Social Security Committee's inquiry on social security support for housing.
31 January 2019
Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and homeless charity Shelter are supporting a Supreme Court case today on behalf of a lone mother who was treated as intentionally homeless because she didn’t use her non-housing benefits that are intended to cover other living costs to cover the £35 weekly gap between her housing benefit and her rent.
08 August 2018
In the ‘simple’ world of universal credit, monthly assessment periods are the supposedly ‘neat’ way of judging what financial support families should get based on their earnings and circumstances.
06 August 2018
This report identifies a range of problems arising from the rigid system of monthly assessment of both income and circumstances in universal credit, based on cases from CPAG’s Early Warning System, and proposes practical solutions.
12 July 2018
In the Commons last week, Work and Pensions ministers responded to concerns about universal credit by offering to look at individual constituency cases MPs were raising, where things might not be going quite right.
10 July 2018
This report brings together cases from our early warning system, analysing the most common universal credit problems we're seeing. The top issues include administrative errors, problems with housing costs and difficulties making a claim.
This case concerns the removal of the spare room subsidy, widely referred to as the ‘bedroom tax’, in cases where a bedroom is too small for two children to share.
Gwyneth King considers changes removing entitlement to universal credit (UC) housing costs for some 18–21-year-olds.