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Housing Benefit – the government answers questions

London flats

The housing law bulletin issued by Garden Court Chambers every week had some interesting links to housing benefit related items this week. Most interesting of all perhaps was a link to the Government’s response to the Work & Pensions Select Committee’s report on the forthcoming housing benefit changes. Here are a few points I have…

Housing Benefit changes – an update

Alan Smith

I received a very useful briefing recently from Alan Smith (pictured), housing officer at Hartsmere Borough Council, and he has kindly given me permission to reproduce this for you all. Budgetary Changes being made to Housing Benefit (NB: Except where stated, existing HB recipients will be affected from their tenancy anniversary, or possibly sooner if…

Housing benefit and LHA – what are they thinking?

The remains of Grumbeg Village, site of one of the Highland clearances

Our regular guest blogger Ben Reeve-Lewis gets out his soapbox, and even peers into his crystal ball … Housing benefit and LHA – what are they thinking? I notice today that after climbing down over prison sentences for knife crime the government is also getting,……well not exactly cold, but definitely chilly feet about housing benefit…

Housing benefit and ethnic cleansing

Losing your home is never nice

The problem Reading the press this weekend we learn that Boris Johnson has likened it to “Kosovo-style social cleansing” in the capital and has vowed to resist it. An analysis prepared for him predicts a “50% increase in homelessness acceptances in the first year of the changes”. Labour MP Chris Bryant talks about the poor…



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