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Fergus Wilson: The landlord who wants to put 200 families out on the street
Fergus Wilson has grown rich on the benefit recipients who rent some of his 1,000 properties. So why does he want to evict them?
The Independent - Posted 13/01/2014

Benefit cap unfairly targets Londoners, complain capital boroughs
Londoners are being “unfairly penalised” by Government welfare reforms, according to the organisation that represents the 33 borough councils, since almost half of those households hit by the benefit cap live in the capital.
Housing - Posted 13/01/2014

Think Benefits Street makes shocking TV? Try living there! A worrying dispatch from the once respectable street that's been making headlines all week
George Drummond’s mid-terrace has what estate agents call ‘kerb appeal’. Neighbouring properties could do with a good lick of paint (and a lot more besides), but Mr Drummond’s home in James Turner Street, a brisk stroll from Birmingham city centre, is as neat as a pin, inside and out.
Mail Online - Posted 12/01/2014

Benefits Street shows idle feckless no marks really are of no benefit to us
Sunday Mirror columnist Carole Malone reckons Benefits Street shows scroungers up for who they really are.
Mirror co uk - Posted 12/01/2014

Video: Benefits debate: Diane Abbott and Katie Hopkins
The majority of new housing benefit claimants are in work, while more than half of welfare goes on pensions, said Diane Abbott.
BBC - Posted 12/01/2014

Basildon badly hit by the bedroom tax
Basildon is one of the towns worst-hit by the bedroom tax in the east of England, it has been revealed.
Echo - Posted 12/01/2014

Sixty Icon Bedroom Tax suicide victim Stephanie Bottrill was EXEMPT from losing her housing benefit
Her son, Steven, says Iain Duncan Smith has "blood on his hands" - people are calling for the Work and Pensions Secretary to apologise personally to her family.
Mirror co uk - Posted 12/01/2014

Bedroom tax: The "ticking time bomb" for struggling Plymouth tenants
In April last year the Government introduced one of its most controversial policies, restricting housing benefit for people with unoccupied rooms. Nine months on the so-called “bedroom tax” remains as divisive as ever – and city housing bosses are worried the strain is starting to show. Sam Blackledge reports
The Herald - Posted 12/01/2014

Buy-to-let gurus: 'Benefits tenants owe us £800,000'
Controversial landlords Fergus and Judith Wilson say they have tenants on benefits that are £800,000 in arrears.
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 12/01/2014

Woman who took her own life over bedroom tax would have been exempt
Stephanie Bottrill, from Solihull, West Midlands, left note blaming government for financial stress before her death in May 2013.
The Guardian - Posted 12/01/2014

Housing Asssociation creates new business ‘gem' in Hattersley
An unemployed, single mother of three has created her own jewellery making business, thanks to a start-up business programme delivered by Peak Valley Housing Association.
Peak Valley Housing Association Ltd. - Posted 11/01/2014

Fergus Wilson's statement – full document
Buy-to-let tycoon writes that benefit claimants should 'get a job' in unrepentant statement after announcing this week that he is to evict tenants on welfare.
The Guardian - Posted 11/01/2014

Sixty Icon Property tycoon Fergus Wilson hits back after criticism of mass evictions
Controversial landlord spells out why his housing benefit tenants had to go – and northerners must get on their bikes.
The Guardian - Posted 11/01/2014

Sixty Icon What the housing benefit tenants say
We asked tenants to tell us about trying to rent while claiming housing benefits. This is what they told us.
The Guardian - Posted 11/01/2014

Audio: The State of...The 'Never Had It' Generation
Most of today's young adults, under 25, entered the job market since the recession started in 2008.
BBC Radio 4 - Posted 11/01/2014

Benefits tenants good and bad, say Britain's most successful landlords
Opinion among top private property owners differs as to whether working tenants are actually much different.
The Guardian - Posted 11/01/2014

Buy-to-let landlord says housing benefit claimants owe him £1m
Fergus Wilson will no longer accept housing benefit claimants, and will favour working migrants from eastern Europe.
The Guardian - Posted 11/01/2014

Sixty Icon Would you live in a cupboard for £40 per week?
Rent: it’s every Londoner’s single biggest outgoing expense, and it just keeps getting bigger.
Now.Here.This. - Posted 10/01/2014

Housing provider help to build a career in construction
In a bid to boost employment prospects in its neighbourhoods, social housing provider Riverside has teamed up with construction company Lovell to offer work experience placements.
Riverside - Posted 10/01/2014

How do we get the right help to women, at the right time?
Homelessness services have traditionally been male dominated, as men typically make up the vast majority of clients. Women make up around a quarter of St Mungo’s clients.
St Mungo's - Posted 10/01/2014

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