Welfare reform: The impact of underoccupation on neighbourhoods

New research on under-occupation reveals full impact of Welfare Reform Cuts

New research published today by the Housing Futures Network, paints a vivid picture of the likely impact of the Government’s ‘bedroom tax’ on local neighbourhoods. The Government is proposing to reduce housing benefit for working age social housing tenants deemed to be under-occupying their homes in accordance with a very strict bedroom standard, an average cut of £14 per week for those affected.

The research, co-ordinated by the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, looks in detail at the effect of the cuts in four neighbourhoods across the country – inTranmere/Rock Ferry in Wirral, Lewisham in London, Chorley in Lancashire and Low Ford in Sunderland.

The Housing Futures Network was established in 2008 to examine the future of social housing in the UK. Its members are four of the largest housing providers in the country; Affinity Sutton, Gentoo, Places for People and Riverside.

Please note this research was conducted prior to Affinity Sutton merging with Circle Housing to create your new housing association Clarion Housing.

Read the research