These are the final reports of DWP’s independent review evaluating the impact of changes to the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) system of Housing Benefit (HB). The changes were introduced from April 2011.
We have published a summary report and 4 technical reports containing findings from a mixture of quantitative and qualitative research:
a follow-up survey and interviews with landlords and focus groups with housing and benefits advisers
an econometric analysis of administrative data on HB claims assessed under the LHA rules to estimate the impact of the changes on existing HB claimants assessed under those rules
a follow-up survey and interviews with affected claimants
an analysis of the impact of the LHA changes on HB claims at local authority district level between January 2010 and August 2013
Updated table on page 46 of 'Econometric analysis of the impacts of Local Housing Allowance reforms on existing claimants'. This corrects estimates of the effects of LHA reforms on people likely to be affected by a changes in the scope of the 'shared accommodation rate'.