My pick of last week’s news is the set of depressing articles on renting.
Tweet of the week
WHAT THERE IS MONEY FOR:
£37bn on a failed Test & Trace
£billions on dodgy PPE deals for cronies
£16bn on bombs & guns
£200m on a big yacht
WHAT THERE ISN’T MONEY FOR:
Proper pay rise for nurses
Proper education for kids
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) June 3, 2021
- ‘Lowest ever’ rates on two and five-year fixed mortgages launched – check if you can save £1,000s MSE: 1.17% for 5 years…
- House prices cannot stay at eight times earnings, but getting that ratio back to a sustainable level will be a bumpy ride Mail: Democracies cannot tolerate a situation where young people can’t afford to buy a home if they don’t have family money to get them started.
- Eviction ban: A million are in fear of losing their homes, charity says BBC: “The government needs to develop a financial package which ensures that benefits cover the rents of those in receipt of them”.
- Renters’ Rights Awareness Week Generation Rent: a series of webinars for renters, 14-20 June.
- ‘My landlord stole my identity to avoid paying council tax after I’d moved out’ Times (paywall): Property owners are regularly faking letters from former tenants to avoid bills.
- Updated s.21 flowchart Nearly Legal: now at 15 pages “Simply for my sanity in doing this, section 21 can’t be abolished soon enough”.
- ‘My landlord wants six months’ rent upfront’ BBC In 2019, the government brought in new rules in England, which … introduced a cap on deposits. But there is no legal limit on how many months’ rent can be asked for in advance.
- One in four Londoners in temporary housing outside their local area Guardian: Some families placed in cities more than 200 miles away such as Manchester and Bradford.
High cost credit:
- Amigo faces collapse after failed bid to cap payouts BBC: Amigo has said it will not appeal [last week’s judgment] and was, instead, investigating all options – including an alternative plan, or insolvency.
- Sunny customers owed refunds paid at 3.21p in the £ my article
- Could the Consumer Council for Water’s affordability recommendations help solve wider utilities debt? StepChange: automatic enrollment, a single social tariff, less use of HCEOs – all good idea across the energy sector as well.
- How get a broadband bill discount as Citizens Advice warns 2.5million are behind on bills Sun: Households on Universal Credit are nine times as likely to be behind on their payments compared to others not on the benefit.
Ex-reality TV stars’ ‘misleading’ debt ads banned BBC: Instagram ads failed to mentions risks in IVAs, oversimplified application process and were not marked as adverts.
Half of debt clients wish they had sought advice sooner Scottish Housing News: Citizens Advice Scotland is publishing the data as it launches its ‘Money Advice Matters’ campaign, encouraging people to not delay and seek advice about financial worries.
Swery’s debt repayment RPG The Good Life delayed to autumn 2021 Eurogamer: a “daily life RPG” that follows the adventures of Naomi, a New York photojournalist who moves to the English town of Rainy Woods in order to pay off a massive debt. What could possibly go wrong? Well there is a grisly murder mystery and people transforming into cats and dogs…
Benefits & other news
Gambling logos feature 700 times in football match, says C4 documentary Guardian: Ex-Scottish Tory chief says ‘radical rethink’ of industry’s ‘parasitic’ ties with the sport is needed.
Food Poverty Consumer Council NI: A short film about low-income consumers’ access to healthy, affordable food.
Technology and low pay Resolution Foundation – webinar on 8 June on how Workertech can help build a better post-Covid future for workers.
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