17th July 2013
As of 29 July 2013 a new system of Employment Tribunal fees will come into force in conjunction with the introduction of the new Employment Tribunal (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2013. This set of regs entirely replaces the previous rules of procedure for the Employment Tribunal, in effect constituting a kind of codification.
This is also the first time that users of the Employment Tribunal will have to pay fees to access the system (although in the past the Employment Tribunal did retain the disrection to awards costs in rare circumstances of improper use). These new fees can ...
17th July 2013
Renfrewshire Council has made available new forms for applying for Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) for tenants who may not qualify for as much Housing Benefit as they need in order to be able to afford their accomodation, for example those affacted by the recent introduction of the so-called 'Bedroom Tax'. You can download the new forms below:
25th June 2013
Recently a number of clients have presented to RLC seeking advice on decisions taken by the Benefits Authorities (e.g. DWP, HMRC etc) to the effect that they are living together as a couple whereas these clients would seek to challenge these decisions.
Sometimes a couple separate, yet the authorities may attempt to treat them as still a couple.
Sometimes two separate individuals share accommodation for a variety of reasons, e.g. so one may care for the other, yet they are not a couple.
The authorities take a holistic approach to such cases, taking into consideration many factors, none ...
21st May 2013
The UK Government is cutting social security benefits, including Housing Benefit. From April 2013 the Welfare Reform Act 2012 and Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2012 introduce ‘under occupancy’ rules, the so-called ‘Bedroom tax’. This affects tenants of councils and housing associations who rely on Housing Benefit to pay their rent, in whole or in part, who are of working age, and whose home has more bedrooms than the law considers necessary for their family’s needs. It is estimated almost 100,000 tenants could be affected across Scotland, losing on average £12 a week, and as much as £22 in ...
20th March 2013
From Scottish Government webiste: www.scotland.gov.uk
Landlords should consider all possible options and use all reasonable means to prevent evictions of housing tenants struggling to pay rent due to the bedroom tax, Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said today.
The Scottish Government has called for the UK Government’s under occupancy measures, that will cut housing benefit for those deemed to have a spare room, to be scrapped.
However, the policy remains set to come into force in April, and the Scottish Government has already made extra funding available to help provide advice and support for those who will ...
19th March 2013
Click the image for the latest Annual Report...
4th March 2013
Please click here to see new welfare benefits rates from April 2013
8th February 2013
The UK Government is introducing changes to Housing Benefit which will cause financial hardship to many people. The so-called 'Bedroom Tax' will penalise tenants deemed to have 'spare' rooms in their home, or deemed not to be making appropriate use of available space, e.g. by making children share bedrooms. Yet the Government has not made any serious commitment to improving the availability of affordable social sector rented accommodation so that people may 'downsize' where appropriate. Please sign the online petition against the Bedroom Tax, submitted by Mike Dailly of Govan Law Centre: Click here to link to Petition.
1st February 2013
5th December 2012
The Carrington Dean Group held a conference on Monday 3rd December to debate recent changes to the law of eviction & repossession in Scotland. The full event was live streamed and is now available to watch on video. The sessions are divided