Tag Archives: facts

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 […]

What our social landlords are saying…

We’ve had a look at the messages Brent social landlords are putting out around the bedroom tax and other benefit changes and linked to them below. If you’re a social landlord or council tenant and you have received a notification you’re willing to share, please email us at brenthousingaction@gmail.com – We’re interested in finding out […]

Brent Housing Action flyers

We’ve produced a little flyer that you can download and print to tell your neighbours about the bedroom tax and the Brent campaign against it. You can download it below… bedroom tax print flyer  – this gives some info about BHA and some basic info about who the bedroom tax will and wont affect (this […]

Proposed Brent Discretionary Housing Payment Scheme 2013/14

Brent published this report back in December – it outlines the categories of household which will be eligible for ‘discretionary payments’ in either the short or long term to help them sustain their housing in the face of benefits cuts and breaks down how Brent thinks it will spend the funds. The report suggests that […]

Universal Credit: The Facts

Universal Credit is being launched in October 2013, alongside a plan to introduce a cap, or ceiling, on the total amount of benefit that can be claimed so that workless households should no longer receive more in benefits than the average earnings of working households, or ‘than what they could reasonably expect to earn from working’. A ‘household’ is defined […]

Introducing the ‘Occupied Bedroom Tax’…

Crisis are spreading awareness of a new threat – being termed the ‘occupied bedroom tax’ – due for introduction in October 2013. At the moment, if you are receiving Housing Benefit and have another adult ‘non-dependent’ living in your house, a certain amount is deducted from your HB each week to reflect the fact that they […]

An argument for a mass challenge

The SPeye blog has a great post highlighting the possible impact of widespread challenge of housing benefit changes and advocating for affected residents to challenge, appeal and resist until the cost and bureaucracy of the changes make it impossible for councils to continue to enforce them. It’s a pretty long post, with lots of details […]

Housing 4 All

This is the story of the Counihan-Sanchez family. This documentary, produced by the Counihan Sanchez Campaign, shows what happened when one family were faced with homelessness due to the withdrawal of their housing benefit. It’s worth watching – it’s both a terrible story of a family being let down by the benefits system and council […]