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This project aimed to increase the usage of our recent research to develop an optimal method to estimate household income distributions at the very local level, drawing on data from (amongst other sources) the Family Resources Survey, Labour Force Survey, Census, English Household Survey, and Household Projections by the Office for National Statistics. Estimates of income with and without housing benefit are critical if a social housing provider is to optimise (i) rental income from new and existing developments while taking into account the proposed income thresholds for social housing tenants (‘Pay to Stay’), and (ii) shared ownership development opportunities. Some of the largest housing associations have already commissioned our research to obtain data for the geographical areas in which they operate. This project sought to explore the potential to reach smaller associations who may not have the research and technical staff seeking out such knowledge, and may lack resources for research.

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Funder

ESRC IAA

Project Start Date

January 2016