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Poor housing conditions targeted as council moves to enforce licences for 10,000 homes
Landlords of up to 10,000 private homes in Brent will have to apply for licences under proposals designed to stamp out poor conditions, overcrowding and anti-social behaviour.
24 Housing - Posted 13/01/2014

Sixty Icon Liverpool mayor pledges support for tenants hit by bedroom tax error
The Mayor of Liverpool has pledged to support residents who have been wrongly hit by the bedroom tax after it emerged that thousands of people across the country may be exempt.
24 Housing - Posted 13/01/2014

Blundering councils overpay staff £50m at same time as cutting spending on public services
Blundering councils have wrongly overpaid staff by more than £50 million – while slashing spending on basic public services.
Mail Online - Posted 13/01/2014

Labour to focus on smaller firms and sites in new housing plan
Labour's shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds will announce a new housing policy today and admit that the UK has underbuilt for the last 30 years, including under previous Labour governments.
City A.M. - Posted 13/01/2014

More council houses needed, says Labour
Shadow housing minister accuses coalition government of presiding over lowest level of housebuilding since 1920s.
The Guardian - Posted 13/01/2014

Loophole means thousands wrongly hit by 'bedroom tax' in line for a refund
Thousands of social housing tenants have been wrongly hit by the so-called 'bedroom tax' and are in line for a refund of their money, it has emerged.
Mail Online - Posted 12/01/2014

Nick Clegg compares Tory child benefit plans to MAOIST CHINA: Deputy PM objects to 'Chinese-style family policy' restricting handouts after the first two children
Nick Clegg launched an astonishing attack on a Tory MP's idea to restrict child benefit payments, comparing it to policies championed by Maoist China.
Mail Online - Posted 12/01/2014

Nick Clegg attacks limit on child benefit as 'Chinese-style family policy'
Lib Dem leader intensifies attack on welfare cuts and says Tories are locked in 'deathly embrace' with Ukip.
The Guardian - Posted 12/01/2014

'I'm no slouch on welfare reform' - Nick Clegg
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has attacked the welfare reform plans of Conservative coalition partners calling it "Chinese-style family policy" on The Andrew Marr Show.
BBC - Posted 12/01/2014

Benefits capped for 33,000 households
New figures show almost 33,000 households had their benefits capped by November 2013.
GOV.UK - Posted 12/01/2014

Sixty Icon Housing holds key to success at next election, says Labour
Jobs and homes can be created by initiative to encourage small firms, claims shadow minister.
The Independent - Posted 12/01/2014

Sixty Icon First council announces bedroom tax refunds since revelation of legal loophole
Exeter City Council has revealed that "a small of number" of its tenants are due bedroom tax refunds after the revelation that some of the policy's victims are legally exempt.
24 Housing - Posted 11/01/2014

Council slammed after breaking promise to replace right to buy homes
Westminster City Council has been slammed after selling off 66 flats under the right to buy scheme and failing to replace them with new homes.
24 Housing - Posted 11/01/2014

Sixty Icon Transparency urged over out-of-London homeless placements
Councils that failed to share information about homeless families being placed out of London have been called on to be more ‘transparent’.
Inside Housing - Posted 11/01/2014

Sixty Icon DWP: 'Less than 5,000 are exempt from paying bedroom tax'
The Department for Work and Pensions said the number of housing benefit recipients who are exempt from paying the bedroom tax due to a legal loophole is estimated to be "less than 5,000".
24 Housing - Posted 10/01/2014

Sixty Icon Government steps up efforts to sell-off social housing stock
The government is to offer more incentives to help social housing tenants take up the right to buy in 2014, communities secretary Eric Pickles has announced.
24 Housing - Posted 10/01/2014

MP says pensioners should pay bedroom tax too
Canterbury MP Julian Brazier says that pensioners on housing benefit should not be exempt from the bedroom tax and forced to downsize to make way for young families.
Canterbury Times - Posted 10/01/2014

Conservative MP calls for rural communities to be freed from bedroom tax
A Conservative MP has called on the government to make small rural communities exempt from the bedroom tax.
24 Housing - Posted 10/01/2014

Sixty Icon Tory MP Anne McIntosh joins revolt against bedroom tax
One of the region’s Conservative MPs yesterday (Thursday, January 9) joined the revolt against the ‘bedroom tax’ – calling for an exemption for rural areas.
The Northern Echo - Posted 10/01/2014

Just one third of region's housing need achieved last year, Labour warns
Just one-third of the new houses the region badly needs were built last year, Labour warned yesterday (Wednesday) – a worrying gap of almost 19,000 homes.
The Northern Echo - Posted 10/01/2014

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