Independent research into housing benefit reform is published today.
The first report from an independent research consortium led by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University covers the early months of housing benefit reform in Autumn 2011.
Researchers from the consortium worked with landlords and tenants in 19 local authority areas across Great Britain to assess attitudes to housing benefit reform in the private sector.
The housing benefit reforms are designed to bring fairness back to a system that has seen costs spiralling out of control and reverse benefit dependency.
Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud said:
This research has been a valuable resource. It will help us to monitor our reforms and inform future thinking. I want to thank the consortium for their work.
The research published today gives us an early insight into what is really happening and I am encouraged that it shows that the many scare stories about the effects of housing benefit reform are not materialising. We will continue to monitor this activity over the next year.
Ian Cole, Professor of Housing Studies, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR), said:
This is the first report to be published from the review of the impact of recent changes to Local Housing Allowances and Housing Benefit in the private rented sector.
In providing early findings from initial surveys with private landlords and Housing Benefit claimants, I believe the report provides a useful empirical basis for our subsequent research, not least given the widespread interest that is being shown in the impact of these important policy measures.
The consortium’s research started in April 2011 and will run until June 2013 and covers the effects of:
The full report is available here: http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/rports2011-2012/rrep798.pdf
Further reports will be published later this year and in 2013.
Notes to editors
- The consortium is led by Ian Cole, Professor of Housing Studies, from the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University.
- Other key team members included Peter Kemp of Oxford Institute of Social Policy, Carl Emmerson of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and Ben Marshall from IPSOS-MORI.
- The Scottish Government along with the Department of Communities and Local Government and Welsh Assembly Government are working in close partnership with the DWP and each contributing to the costs of the review.
- The Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University is one of the UK’s leading academic research centres specialising in social and economic regeneration, housing and labour market analysis.