Housing allocations and meeting housing need: getting the balance right
About the eventTime: 11.00am-12.00pm
Speaker: Faye Greaves, policy and practice officer, Chartered Institute of Housing
Chair: Debbie Larner, head of practice, Chartered Institute of Housing
What will you learn?
A combination of welfare reform measures have made it more difficult for people on low incomes to afford a tenancy, even in the social rented sector, existing tenants are struggling to avoid building rent arrears on their account.
It is becoming common practice for registered providers to carry out affordability assessments as part of their pre-tenancy work, aiming to identify those who need additional support to sustain a tenancy. These assessments can also, for some landlords, lead to a refusal of a tenancy in line with allocation policies.
Many landlords are reviewing their policies to mitigate the impact of welfare reforms including:
- The cap on help tenants receive towards their housing costs to the appropriate LHA rate (LHA cap)
- Universal Credit
- The benefit cap
- The under-occupation penalty (bedroom tax)
- Removal of automatic entitlement to help with housing costs for 18-21 year olds
This session will explore the impact of these measures in more detail and will cover how providers can consider a range of options to ensure they retain a viable offer for people affected by cuts to their benefit entitlement at the same time as limiting the likelihood of tenant arrears increasing. Delegates will have the opportunity to find out how other providers have developed their services so they can continue to offer affordable accommodation for people affected by welfare reform.
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