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Find our latest press releases and news here, as well as our blogs that have been written by our staff, volunteers and clients.
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    In 2021 Tenants are Still at the Mercy of their Landlord

    As part of our work profiling the voices of tenants in the Private Rented Sector (PRS), Katarina tells a story of mistreatment, disrespect, and lack of compassion from landlords who know the power they have over her

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    A Hidden Army of Women: Fibromyalgia & Living with Chronic Pain

    When applying for Social Security benefits such as Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP), people with fibromyalgia and chronic pain join the “hidden army” of those whose health conditions are consistently misunderstood and easily overlooked by the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) and its private health-care assessors.

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    Renters need change now

    Housing law allows landlords to evict tenants without giving a reason – meaning people like Okwuchi often face prejudice or are punished for asking for repairs. It’s this insecurity faced by tenants that the Government promised to address with a new Renters Reform Bill, and we’ve joined the Renters Reform Coalition to hold them to that.

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    Retrospective on Remote Social Security Hearings

    Prior to the national lockdown, Z2K’s Tribunal representation project largely revolved around client contact. From our initial meeting with clients at outreach sessions and appointments at our offices to scan their paperwork, to clients meeting their representative and ultimately attending the Tribunal with them on the day of their hearing.

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    Legacy Benefits – a year of denial

    A year ago, I was one of millions watching the Chancellor’s press conference outlining an emergency package for businesses and individuals affected by the lockdown. When he announced that the Standard Allowance for Universal Credit (UC) would go up by £20 a week, I remember being shocked.

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    “I have given you an explanation on your Universal Credit payment, unfortunately it is not for me to comment or discuss your question on how you are to survive”

    This was the response my client Sarah* received when she asked her Universal Credit case manager how she, her partner and 2 children were supposed to live on £73 for the entire month. Sarah had been hit by the benefit cap, a policy which has been in place since April 2013 and according to Child Poverty Action Group is now having a devastating impact on up to 250 000 households.