This project estimated working households’ net income distributions at local authority level. 'Net income' was defined as income excluding income-related benefits – most notably, Housing Benefit.
- Housing associations are currently in need of delivering more hybrid housing options - most notably the Affordable Rent (AR) Programme.
- The target of 80% of market rents implies prospective tenants will be on moderate, but not the lowest, incomes, and are thus less likely to be on Housing Benefit; an appropriate or optimal level of AR in each local market is still not settled, and is the subject of debate amongst housing providers.
- One of the bases for setting an AR is household income net of income-related benefits, such as Housing Benefit. Calculating this is not easy because lack of detailed information on household income components in local areas.
- CCHPR has been commissioned by Riverside Group to provide estimate the latest net income distribution of working households by type at local authority are level. Net income means income net of housing and other income-related benefits but includes non-income related benefits.