Welfare reform resources


A range of resources to support housing associations to prepare for the impact of welfare reform.

The National Housing Federation has been working with members to identify ways to support their work to prepare for the impact of welfare reform. We have put together a range of resources to assist housing associations in their business planning and in dealing with the impact on their tenants.

We will be adding to these resources over the coming weeks as the introduction of the changes approaches.

Responding to welfare reform: a practical guide (member only) - Bringing together our advice and analysis on a range of policy, regulatory and legal questions arising from welfare reform.

Strategic planning for boards - Detailing the key areas that boards may be considering, this is for your internal use in board meetings and discussions with your executive team. It is by no means exhaustive and your organisation will no doubt have other circumstances to take into account, but it may act as a useful checklist for your short and long-term planning.

Engaging with politicians - it is vital that politicians understand the scale of the challenge faced by the sector and housing associations can play an important part in this by engaging with their local MPs and councillors. Read our tips and download factsheets for MPs and caseworkers that you can take along to meetings.

Welfare Reform Q&A (member only) - answering the tough questions that housing associations may be asked about welfare reform, this briefing was initially aimed at communications staff, but could be useful for anyone working in housing associations. Updated July 2013

Media lines (member only) - the Federation's media lines which can be adapted to suit your organisation's needs and audiences

Bedroom tax letter to the editor (member only) - we are urging members to write to their local newspaper about the bedroom tax, so have put together a sample letter to get you started.

Temporary accommodation (member only) - a factsheet for communications teams about temporary accommodation and how it is affected by welfare reform.

Digital Deal - find out about a range of opportunities offered by Online Centres Foundation to arm you and your teams to work 'digitally by default' and how to apply for the match-funding for digital projects.

Information for tenants - explaining the changes in simple, easy-to-understand terms, you can adapt this information in your own communications or download our leaflet.

Making It Fit - a toolkit to assist landlords to prepare for the bedroom tax