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Welfare Reform

Feasibility study of the prospect of developing a viable housing model for those entitled only to access the shared accommodation rate
Community Housing Cymru and the Welsh Local Government Association have commissioned CCHPR to undertake a study into viable housing models for single people only entitled to the housing benefit shared accommodation rate.
Benefit Cap: In-depth interviews with affected claimants
The DWP commissioned CCHPR to undertake a series of qualitative interviews with households affected by the Benefit Cap.
The role of the private rented sector in preventing homelessness: Identifying good practice and the impact of policy change
The report is in three main parts: identifying good practice; implications of welfare reform; and strategies, solutions and models. The report concluded that while there were clearly many challenges facing private rented sector access schemes in the coming months and years, there were also many examples of good practice in addressing them. Overall, while there was no single solution that works in all housing markets, PRS access schemes were piloting a range of approaches and responding well to the challenges posed by welfare reform. The situation in London was more difficult, but nevertheless schemes were optimistic. PRS access schemes had grown over the previous ten years and seemed likely to continue to do so, despite the challenges posed by welfare reforms.
Housing costs, affordability and rent setting
Affinity Sutton commissioned this work from CCHPR to update and build on the definitions of affordability discussed in previous work on market-pegged social rents and local income distributions to determine rent levels that may be deemed affordable according to local incomes and/or earnings, taking account of the impact of geography, household size/composition and the current changes in welfare benefits.
Evaluation of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy and household Benefit Cap
This evaluation sought to understand the impact of the size criteria on claimants, landlords and other stakeholders and to explore how households responded to the reduction in their benefits.
Qualitative study on the impact of welfare reforms on Riverside tenants
Riverside is undertaking a study aiming to gain a more detailed understanding of the impact of welfare reforms and wider economic change on Riverside households. Anna Clarke, from CCHPR, was an advisor on the project.
Welfare Reform Impact Assessment
CCHPR provided specialist input to IPSOS MORI as part of an extended piece of work for the National Housing Federation, looking at the impact of current welfare reforms on housing associations and their tenants.
Unfinished business, building an effective safety net for home owners and the housing market
In 2012, the Government was looking to end temporary support measures for home-buyers that were introduced during the economic and housing market downturn, but there had been no progress on agreeing a more effective safety net for the future. This project was commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in order to review the current safety net for home owners, how it might change in the light of government reforms and, looking to the future, whether a better and more sustainable safety net could be provided.
Rural housing at a time of economic change
The Commission for Rural Communities funded CCHPR to carry out research into rural housing. The project looked specifically at the issues of changing rent levels and housing quality, the impact of policy change on rural areas, and whether some people are unable to remain in rural areas.
Facing the future: The future role and financing of social housing
The Housing Futures Network commissioned CCHPR to produce new work looking at the future of the social housing sector. The work looked at the future options for financing the sector, and the implications of the latest policy reforms, including welfare reform, housing benefits and under-occupation.
Housing benefit changes and their effects on the private rented sector
The project looks at short- and longer-term influences on the supply of private rented housing to poorer households in Britain. The new 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.