Policy forum - Welfare reform and housing

Start date: 
Wed, 06/06/2012
Closing date: 
Wed, 06/06/2012
Room 9206 Cantor Building
Event contact: 
Dr Tony Gore and Ryan Powell

Ian Cole - Sheffield Hallam University
Sam Lister - Chartered Institute of Housing 

The government's plans for 'welfare reform' are at the centre of the overall strategy to reduce the deficit and curtail levels of public expenditure. Nowhere is this more evident than in their policies to revise the housing benefit system in both the social and private rented sectors. These measures will have a direct impact on the experiences of tenants and landlords in the rented sector and equally crucial wider consequences for the budgets of low income households, the viability of future housing investment, patterns of residential mobility, and levels of affordability in different types of housing market.

This Policy Forum will bring together an expert overview of the main features of welfare reform in housing finance, some early findings from a major review of the new measures affecting Local Housing Allowances in the private rented sector across the country, and a view from 'the sharp end' about the impact of policy on current and future priorities for a leading housing association operating in different local housing markets. An event not to be missed.

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