I’ve been on holiday for a week (the Gower – fabulous beaches!) so what have I missed in this round-up? Leave a comment below!
Tweet of the week
Another Housing Secretary comes and goes without the Social Housing White Paper being brought into law. More than 4 years after Grenfell, we’ve had 4 ministers but still only promises to empower tenants, provide greater redress/regulation and improve the quality of social housing
— Daniel Hewitt (@DanielHewittITV) September 15, 2021
‘I’m constantly worried about being evicted’ BBC: “If my landlord asks me to leave, I’ll have to go into emergency accommodation”, said Sue, who’s 61 and owes around £2000 in unpaid rent.
Protest as flat owners hit by cladding scandal face financial ruin without help Mirror: Leaseholders face extortionate costs to fix buildings they do not own and warn many will be left bankrupt.
Countryside and Taylor Wimpey ordered to remove ‘unfair’ doubling ground rent clauses from leases MSE: An update: Countryside has agreed to remove clauses from its leases that allow it to double ground rent prices every 10 to 15 years… the changes apply to both current and new Countryside customers.
Consultation on Statement of Insolvency Practice 3.1 (Individual Voluntary Arrangements) JIC: The draft revised SIP 3.1 places more emphasis on the advice stage of the debt solution process and aims to make more explicit an Insolvency Practitioner’s (IP’s) responsibility to have procedures in place to ascertain whether the debtor has received adequate and appropriate advice on the options available to them. The consultation closes 5 November.
Resolving Insolvency: Restoring confidence in the system A report for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Business Banking: “far too many IPs view their court appointed powers as little more than a commodity to be sold to the highest bidder”.
Benefits & other news
Universal Credit cut:
- Senior Tories make last-gasp bid to block £20-a-week cut to Universal Credit with Commons vote Independent: Iain Duncan Smith and Damian Green table amendment to Monday vote on annual pensions uprating
- Cut is two hours extra work for claimants, says Therese Coffey BBC: Reality Check found “We estimate that they would have to be earning about £40 an hour for [two hours of extra work to make up for the lost £20 in universal credit], so £80 in total. Of that, £16 would go on income tax and £9.60 on National Insurance… Of course, somebody earning £40 an hour would be pretty unlikely to be on UC in the first place.”
- Yes, scrapping the Universal Credit uplift is a cut. And its impact will be devastating Prospect: The chancellor should heed warnings from across the country and his own party. This reduction will push struggling families over the edge.
- Households urged to act on bills as fire adds to leap in power costs Sky: As the £139 hike in the energy price cap prepares to take effect, families are being told time is running out to secure a fixed-price deal that will better protect them from what is likely to come.
- Four more small energy firms could go bust next week BBC: Industry sources have told the BBC that four firms have asked larger players to bid to take over the supply to one million customers.
- Competition was a farce: fewer energy firms is better Times (paywall) So what if there are only 10 or 15 suppliers? A less competitive, healthier market might be better for everyone.
Unpaid state pension: ‘I’m disgusted by delays’ BBC: Backlogs in processing applications at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) mean thousands of people have not received their entitlement on time.
Gove’s first 100 days in office: what he needs to prioritise to end the housing emergency Shelter: Looks like a good list to me!
CMA action makes funeral prices clear for grieving families gov.uk: Funeral directors and crematorium operators have a legal duty from today to present clear and comparable pricing to customers.
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