Category Information & Stats

Brent’s Private Rental Sector Licensing Consultation closes tomorrow!

If you haven’t completed Brent’s heavily advertised Private Rental Sector Consultation Questionnaire yet, you now only have until midday tomorrow, 10th March 2014 to do so. If you’re renting in the private sector, a private landlord, or have a property or business in Willesden Green, Harlesden or Wembley Central you really do need to read […]

Day of Action – Sat 27th July

So, with loads going on across the country as part of the Day of Action against benefit cuts, we decided to hit Wembley Central again and spread word of the benefit caps coming to Brent. Despite some valiant competition from some very musical religious folk, we spent a few hours getting the message across – […]

Some ‘highlights’ on the impact of benefit changes..

We’ve been for a wander around the web – and here are some informative snippets to give you a picture of what’s going on. Click through to read the full stories, or join us on Facebook where we share news and information.. So, to start… how are we doing so far? Everything is fine – […]

Average Brent Rents V Current Housing Benefit Levels V The Benefit Cap

In the blue corner, we have… Average rents in Brent, as found today at! In the red corner, we have…. Current Housing Benefit limits! …. Aaaaannnd in the.. pink? corner (Column 3 below)… we have the Benefit Cap. Figures are taken from SPeye – and show how the £350 and £500 Benefit Cap will break down […]

Do you need help?

If you have been sent a letter warning you that your benefits are going to be cut or suspect that the Benefit Cap will push you into arrears, have a look at some of the links below for advice and support on challenging or resisting the changes… please comment if you have any more useful […]

Lodgers to cost HB £3.4 billion per year more and get rid of the bedroom tax? Yes!

Reblogged from Speye The coalition say one option to the social tenant hit by bedroom tax is to take in a lodger.  Sod that is a typical first reaction as stranger danger immediately springs to mind, yet that is a stupid and superficial association as I explain below. When we look at taking in a […]

A ‘guide to doorknocking’…

If you would like to help out by taking information about benefit changes or copies of the petition out on your street, it can feel a bit intimidating. Here’s a quick guide to get you started: Why we’re doorknocking: We want to make sure that people, even those not affected by cuts, have information about […]

A follow up on Network Stadium…

When the Counihan-Sanchez family discovered that their elderly mother had received a needlessly worrying letter from Network Stadium (her landlord) warning her of possible cuts to her benefits, they were shocked. Not only had Mrs Counihan passed away a number of days previously, she was also a pensioner and therefore should never have been sent […]

‘Cack-handed’ Eviction Notices reach Harringey Residents

Some disturbing news hit the pages of The Guardian yesterday – tenants participating in the trial of what they describe as ‘the government’s controversial benefit cap’ are being sent eviction letters suggesting they may need to leave their homes within 14 days because the welfare changes mean they “may not be able to afford the rent”. The […]

The DWP’s guidance to local authorities…

Check this out: This is what the Department for Work and Pensions tells Brent Council to tell you. Interesting lines… “Bedroom size 12. We will not be defining what we mean by a bedroom in legislation and there is no definition of a minimum bedroom size set out in regulations. It will be up to […]