The decision by the UK Government to freeze Local Housing Allowance rates could put tenancies at risk across Scotland, housing minister Kevin Stewart has warned. Mr Stewart has written to the UK Government his expressing disappointment at secretary of state for pensions Thér&eg
Housing minister Kevin Stewart has written to secretary of state for work and pensions Thérèse Coffey to urge her to reconsider the decision to freeze Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates for the coming financial year. The Scottish Government said the decision on LHA rates, which i
Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s decision to ensure the Local Housing Allowance is guaranteed to cover at least 30% of market rents in a claimant’s area has been welcomed by Shelter Scotland. The announcement came in last week’s package of support for workers in which it was also revealed
Housing minister Kevin Stewart has called on the UK Government to deliver a multi-year plan for investment to prevent future welfare cuts putting more people at risk of homelessness. Last month the UK Government revealed it will increase Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates in line with the Cons
Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates are to be increased to be in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate from April, the UK Government has confirmed. The change could result in 900,000 people seeing their benefits increase and will see the amount of housing benefit received by c
A new investigation has highlighted the dearth of accommodation that families on benefits can afford in Scotland’s largest cities and in rural areas.
As CIH Scotland submits evidence to the Scottish Parliament's social security committee, policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell takes a look at some of the current problems with Universal Credit. In 2010 the Coalition Government unveiled plans that would shake the foundations of the welfare sta
CIH: Benefit freeze puts private renting out of reach for low-income tenants and risks fuelling homelessness
Annie Mauger Even the lowest private rents are now out of reach for people on low incomes – putting thousands at increased risk of homelessness, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has found.
John Blackwood Landlords are ready to play their part to help ensure households on lower incomes are not priced out of city living, says John Blackwood at the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL).
Aoife Deery outlines Shelter Scotland’s concerns about the impact welfare reform is having on renters. Last week, the Scottish Government published its third report into the impact of welfare reform, which confirms worries that the private rented sector is increasingly unaffordable for many and es
Concerns have been raised that more people could lose their homes after the cost of a typical two-bed private rental property rose by 4.4% in the last year. Nationally the average rent on a two-bed property is £643 this year up from £616 in 2016 and the charity says that people will struggle to co
Derek Mackay The Scottish Government is calling on Chancellor Philip Hammond to abandon their “failed” austerity agenda and stop the rollout of Universal Credit to enable “fundamental flaws” to be fixed.
David Bookbinder The UK government’s U-turn on imposing the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap to supported housing and the wider social housing sector is to be welcomed but we are not out of the woods yet, says David Bookbinder.
Kate Webb Adopting a bunker mentality is flawed when credible warnings are stacking up, says Kate Webb.
The UK government has dropped proposals to impose the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap to supported housing and the wider social housing sector following widespread criticism of the policy. Due to come into force for social tenants in April 2019, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) proposals