The new benefit cap has the potential for unintended consequences, particularly for families in the south east

Kate Webb analyses the impact of the benefit cap which recently came into force. She observes that its failure to take regional variation into account means that unintended consequences at a regional level are inevitable, with the most likely instance of this being the effect on families in the south east who are paying high private rents.  The overall benefit cap […]

London has certainly seen a big increase in private renters but it’s not the city with the biggest proportion of private renters in England

The recent census shows that renting is becoming the norm in urban areas across England. Pete Jefferys explores the implications of this trend, suggesting that it looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. This will have important consequences for voting, community and consumption. What’s the image that comes to your mind when you think of a private renter? For many people, I suspect they […]

CPI or 1 per cent rises: The real story is the missing link to rents

Yesterday’s Autumn Statement contained important announcements about the up-rating of benefits. Shelter’s Kate Webb analyses the changes in Local Housing Allowance, suggesting that while the chancellor has recognised the risk that rents will outpace LHA, it is far from certain that this has been adequately addressed.  As part of yesterday’s Autumn Statement the Chancellor announced changes to the way Local Housing Allowance […]

While the Living Wage is hugely important, it is not enough on its own to guarantee someone a life free of poverty

While the nascent political consensus around the Living Wage is to be welcomed, Shelter’s Antonia Bance questions the common assumption that all we need to do to eliminate poverty is raise wages. The Living Wage is important but it must be supplemented by renewed attention to housing issues.  It’s Living Wage Week 2012. On Monday, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Greater […]

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