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With the Welfare Reform Act 2012 heralding the introduction of some of the most significant changes to the administration and distribution of benefits in recent times, the National Housing Federation has commissioned Ipsos MORI and Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research to assess how these changes impact across the housing association sector in England. 

The baseline report was published in late 2012 and this case report builds on that with the results of 15 in depth case study housing associations. 

The report highlights the high degree of uncertainty for housing associations around much of the impact of welfare reform, and in particular the unknown ways in which tenants will respond. Overall, housing associations are concerned around rising rent arrears in the short term resulting from the size criteria affecting under-occupiers, and in the longer term from the change in payment methods under Universal Credit. 

Further reports will be published later in the year and early 2014 which will explore how these measures, and others are affecting the housing association sector in practice.

Publication Date

1st May 2013