Research from the National Housing Federation and Shelter shows that at least 1 in 10 rental properties in England are likely to be advertised unlawfully by discriminating against people who rely on housing benefit.

The research analysed around 86000 letting agent adverts on Zoopla, finding 8710 of these specified  “no DSS” or “no housing benefits”.

High house prices and a shortage of social housing means an increasing number of people now rent privately.

There are more than £1.4 million people in England who rely on housing benefit to pay for some or all of their rent, with women and people with disabilities being disproportionately represented.