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Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy: interim evaluation report

This interim report presents early findings from the evaluation of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (RSRS).

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This interim report presents early findings from the evaluation of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (RSRS).

The objectives of this project are to evaluate:

  • the preparation and implementation of the policy changes by local authorities and social landlords
  • the extent of increased mobility within the social housing sector leading to more effective use of the housing stock
  • the extent to which more people are in work, working increased hours or earning increased incomes as a result of the RSRS
  • the effects of the RSRS, and responses to it, of:
    • claimants
    • landlords
    • local authorities
    • voluntary and statutory organisations and advice services
    • funders lending to social landlords

A follow up survey of the affected claimants and further survey of landlords and case study work will take place during 2014. The findings from that second wave of research will give a fuller picture of what the effects of RSRS have been.

We published the final report on 17 December 2015.

The interim report evaluation was carried out by Ipsos MORI and the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research.

Authors: Anna Clarke, Lewis Hill, Ben Marshall, Sarah Monk, Isabella Pereira, Eleanor Thomson, Christine Whitehead and Peter Williams

Published 15 July 2014