The experiences of families claiming LHA

By: Natalie Cass (GFK NOP)  Published: May 2013


In June 2010 the new Coalition Government announced its Emergency Budget. This spending planwas explicitly designed to reduce the deficit and included £2billion cuts to housing benefit. The Government also announced its longer term intention to reform the benefits system (‘21st CenturyWelfare’), which was described as too complex and not one which encouraged claimants to work. This report investigates how these reforms have been implemented and the impact on families.

Summary

The purpose of this research is to provide insight into the experiences of households with children
claiming housing benefit during a time of cuts and changes to benefits. All households in the
research are living in the private rented sector in London and are claiming housing benefit.
The research aims to understand the awareness of households as to the impact of national policy
changes on their incomes, and to understand how households respond to any changes. This report
details the interim findings for this study.

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