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Welfare Reform on the Web (July 2008): Homelessness - UK

Breaking the benefits trap for homeless families

I. Mogensen and P. Bivand

Working Brief, May 2008, p. 18-19

Reports on an evaluation of a Greater London Authority pilot project which sought to remove the benefits trap for homeless families living in high-rent temporary accommodation and to ensure that moving into work made financial sense to them. The project aimed to increase employment by subsidising the high rents paid by these households in temporary private sector leased accommodation to bring them down to social housing levels, and by providing direct services to address other barriers to employment. The evaluation concluded that the project delivered a range of positive outcomes and confirmed the adverse impact of high rents on work incentives.

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