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15 May 2024
Simpler access to tax discounts for low-income households

The Welsh Government is consulting on ways to improve its Council Tax Reduction (CTR) scheme after its 2022-23 report revealed relatively low take-up from households that would potentially be entitled to support. The proposals include linking Universal Credit and the CTR scheme to allow proactive identification of eligible residents.

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22 Mar 2024
MPs call for a guarantee that benefits will be uprated annually

After campaigning over several years, Propertymark welcomes the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee’s recommendations of an annual uprate of working-age benefits and Local Housing Allowance (LHA).

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09 Jan 2024
Boost to housing support will benefit renters

Around 1.6 million private renters are set to receive an uplift to their housing support for 12 months from April 2024, as the UK Government lays legislation to raise Local Housing Allowance (LHA). The increase will benefit some of the poorest families on either Universal Credit or Housing Benefits who will gain around £800 a year on average.

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22 Nov 2023
Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2023

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) will at last be unfrozen and Universal Credit (UC) will rise under UK Government tax and spending plans announced by Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, MP, today, 22 November 2023. Rate relief and full expensing for businesses are also included.

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20 Nov 2023
Propertymark instrumental in the return of UC forum

The Department for Work and Pensions will recommence the Private Rented Sector (PRS) Universal Credit Engagement Group following Propertymark's continued lobbying.

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07 Nov 2023
Housing benefits must be reset to protect low-income households

Propertymark has co-signed a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer ahead of the Autumn Budget strongly urging action on static rates of local housing allowance (LHA) and the lack of affordable private rented homes.

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23 Oct 2023
Propertymark issues representation ahead of Autumn Budget

With a General Election on the horizon, the UK Government has an opportunity to support landlords, tenants, and property agents with the impact of the cost of living through welfare reform, bring down energy bills by improving the energy efficiency of homes and reducing the tax burden on landlords and investors to tackle the demand the crisis in the private rented sector.

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05 Jul 2023
Only 5% of rents affordable for Local Housing Allowance tenants

Figures released by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) back up evidence given to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Commons Committee by Propertymark on 28 June 2023. Head of Policy and Campaigns Timothy Douglas warned MPs of vulnerable tenants being priced out of the market.

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29 Jun 2023
Local Housing Allowance should track rents

Timothy Douglas, Propertymark's Head of Policy and Campaigns was invited to give evidence to the Department for Work and Pensions Commons Committee hearing on the current benefit levels in the UK on 28 June 2023. He outlined the impact they are having on the private rented sector.

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16 Jun 2023
Funding to help Ukrainians into their own homes

£150 million of UK-wide funding has been announced for local authorities to support Ukrainian families in sustainable accommodation in the private rented sector, help them get jobs and continue sponsorship.

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09 May 2023
Propertymark highlights issues with housing related benefits

The House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee has launched an inquiry to help inform current and future UK Government thinking on the adequacy of benefits and is also looking at the relationship between social security and the labour market.

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30 Jan 2023
Propertymark 2023 Spring Budget representation

Concentrating on three core themes to drive the housing sector forward, Propertymark has called on the UK Government to improve welfare to support vulnerable and low waged tenants, provide energy efficiency grants to support landlords and homeowners to achieve Net Zero and repeal Section 24 to reintroduce Mortgage Interest Relief and other tax deductibles for landlords.

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05 Aug 2022
Homes for Ukraine: Supply remains the biggest factor

Propertymark are feeding into the UK Government at a range of levels on different issues. In a current industry roundtable on refugee access to the Private Rented Sector (PRS) we are discussing key issues for those in the Homes for Ukraine sponsorship scheme.

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31 Mar 2022
House of Lords highlights urgent need for universal credit reform

Peers from all parties have backed a report highlighting major problems with Universal Credit (UC), including the need for immediate payments to cover the first five weeks of a claim that are not recovered from future payments.

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28 Mar 2022
Increased support with rent payments

The Northern Ireland Executive announced improvements to Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) which can be made to private tenants to cover a shortfall between benefit payments received and rent incurred.

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24 Jan 2022
Changes to Universal Credit payments to landlords

The Department for Work and Pensions have confirmed to Propertymark that changes will be made to Universal Credit Rent Arrears Payments so that they will be calculated at the same time as Direct Rent Payments.

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