Housing association tenants â€˜working but claiming benefits'
Research has revealed that the majority of London’s housing associations are in employment but still need housing benefit.
Launched this week by the g15 group of London’s largest housing associations, The Real London Lives project shows that only 21% of tenants are unemployed.
60% of people need housing benefit to pay all or part of their rent, the research by Centre for Housing Policy at University of York has found, reports Inside Housing.
The project will look at the effect of the welfare changes on 1,640 tenants over three years. The initial interviews have revealed that whilst 25% of tenants found that keeping up with bills a “real struggle” this rose to 43% when looking at people who had had their benefits reduced since April.
Brendan Sarsfield, Chair of the g15 group of London’s largest housing associations which set up Real London Lives said: “We’ve started this project because there is so much debate in housing that’s not based in fact. We house one in ten Londoners. Our residents – our customers – are bus drivers, they work in the NHS, they work for the local council. We want to get their stories out there so that the future housing debate is informed by fact and not fiction.”
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