Support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system

Inquiry status: report published, awaiting government response

This inquiry considers the Government's welfare reforms in relation to housing benefits. It specifically looks at:

  • Local Housing Allowance reforms
  • Direct payment of housing costs to claimants
  • Household benefit cap 
  • Social sector size criteria 
  • Localised council tax support

This inquiry explores the implications of the reforms for: landlords, local authorities, and claimants, particularly those in vulnerable groups. The inquiry considers new and innovative responses to the changes to housing support already taking place, which could help shape future approaches. 



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