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Revealed: Families on housing benefit can’t afford to rent 9 in 10 homes in England
Families on housing benefit can’t afford 9 out of 10 privately rented homes in England – pushing many into homelessness.
Tenants on housing benefits turned away by letting agents
Tenants on housing benefits are being turned away by letting agents, according to an undercover investigation, which has found six letting agents have refused to let properties to people on benefits, even if they could afford the rent. Shelter and the National Housing Federation investigated 149 branches around the country, calling out major letting chains for…
Mystery of missing £400,000 housing benefit payments
Hundreds of thousands of pounds in housing benefit payments have “disappeared” after being paid to one of Britain’s biggest property agents, Channel 4 News can reveal.
Housing benefit row at prime minister’s questions
David Cameron comes under fire over the housing benefit cap in the first session of PMQs of 2014.
Row over housing benefit changes dubbed ‘bedroom tax’
Conservative MP Mark Field tells Channel 4 News he had not heard of the term “bedroom tax” before last week but that he voted for the policy behind the nickname because it will ease overcrowding.
FactCheck: Housing benefits row can’t afford slip ups
“It is also important we end the sensationalist myths about the local housing allowance reforms in 2011…In London around 750,000 private rental homes will still be affordable.” Lord Freud, minister for welfare reform, South London Press, January 11, 2011.
FactCheck: how much has the housing benefit bill increased?
Trading statistics was the order of the day when Douglas Alexander and Iain Duncan Smith went head to head in the Commons, but did the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions get his attack right?
Boris Johnson under fire for housing benefit comments
London Mayor Boris Johnson faces calls to apologise for “appalling” comments about the housing benefit row, after vowing not to accept “Kosovo-style social cleansing” in the capital.
Should MPs face the same caps as those on housing benefit?
If the government wants to take on the idea of what people can expect the state to provide, it is probably only a matter of time before somebody points the spotlight on the people making the rules for the rest of us again, and asks: “Why should they get any more than us?”
Boris Johnson joins housing benefit row
London Mayor Boris Johnson has joined the housing benefit row, saying he would resist “Kosovo-style social cleansing”. Housing Minister Grant Shapps tells Channel 4 News his language was not sensible.
FactCheck: Who’s right on housing benefit?
The claim “If you are prepared to pay, as we are, £20,000 in housing benefit, there is no reason why anyone should be left without a home.” David Cameron, Prime Minister’s Questions, 27 October 2010 The background For years, headlines about housing benefit claimants have conjured up images of scroungers living in mansions that we…
Housing benefit cap: concessions considered
The government has confirmed it is considering concessions to its plan for a cap on housing benefits, as first reported by Channel 4 News FactCheck.
Cameron to divert £70m to calm housing benefit row
David Cameron redirects £70m in government cash to calm backbench nerves over a housing benefit cap, but dismisses talk of a U-turn.
CutsCheck: concessions on housing benefit cap?
Concessions are being prepared by the government tonight I understand, after Conservative MPs expressed concern about the forthcoming housing benefit cuts. Around a dozen Tory MPs representing London seats met this afternoon in Westminster to air their grievances over the planned housing benefit cap. They want special measures for the capital – either a delay…
Coalition cracks appear over housing benefits cuts
Simon Hughes, the deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, signals cracks in the coalition as he tells Channel 4 News housing benefit cuts will not get through parliament.