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Cambridge Centre for Housing & Planning Research


The project looked at the short and longer term influences on the supply of private rented housing to poorer households in Britain. The Government’s emergency budget of June 2010 proposed substantial reductions in the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) payments made to private tenants who cannot afford their rent.

Phase 1 of the project was a simulation of the effects of these changes on household budgets, and aimed to provide estimates of households at risk of arrears and having to move house involuntarily. This research was intended to provide evidence to a number of official enquiries into the changes. 

The second phase of the project looked at the longer-term implications of the measures for the private rented sector. In particular, it looked at where within local rental markets would properties remain affordable to LHA claimants in the following five years.

Housing Benefit reform and the spatial segregation of low-income households in London

This working paper analyses in detail how the government's Housing Benefit reforms will affect where in London low-income private tenants will be able to find affordable housing. We show that almost all of inner London will be largely unaffordable by 2016, and that HB claimants are likely to become increasingly concentrated in disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

How will changes to Local Housing Allowance affect low-income tenants in private rented housing?

This working paper presents a detailed analysis of the effects of proposed changes to LHA on private tenants. It estimates numbers who will be moved into income poverty and numbers moved into severe housing difficulty. It also looks at the longer-term effects of the measures on poorer private tenants.

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Project Start Date

9th August 2010