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CCHPR was commissioned by Riverside Group to provide estimates of the latest net income distribution of working households by type at local authority area level.  Net income means income net of housing and other income-related benefits but includes non-income related benefits.

There is evidence that housing associations are in need of delivering more hybrid housing options - most notably, the Affordable Rent (AR) Programme. A target of 80% of market rents implied that prospective tenants would be on moderate, but not the lowest, incomes, and are thus less likely to be on Housing Benefit; the appropriate or optimal level of AR in each local market, not being settled, was the subject of debate amongst housing providers.