Monitoring the impact of welfare reform

Read the reports from our major research project looking at the effects of welfare reform on housing associations and their tenants.

In August 2012, we commissioned Ipsos MORI and the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research to undertake a programme of research to understand the impact of welfare reform on housing associations and their tenants. 

The research project has predominately focused on the impacts of two reforms – the bedroom tax and the introduction of Universal Credit.

Welfare reform impact assessment: Final report - January 2015

This final report, produced by the Federation, provides an overview of the findings from qualitative interviews and surveys of housing associations and tenants. 

If you would like to read more detailed findings from this final stage, there are also the following full reports:

One year on: The impact of welfare reforms on housing association tenants - May 2014

Ipsos MORI research report looking at the impacts of welfare reform specifically from the tenant perspective.

Case study report - One year on: the impact of welfare reform on housing association tenants - May 2014

Ipsos MORI case study report looking at how tenants have prepared for, and reacted to changes including the bedroom tax.

Housing associations and welfare reform: facing up to the realities - May 2014

Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research report based on in-depth interviews looking at how housing associations have responded to changes.

Impact of welfare reforms on housing associations  - February 2014

Ipsos MORI findings based on a survey of housing associations and present the impacts of the reforms in the six months from April 2013

Welfare reform and housing associations – Intended and unintended consequences? – April 2013

This is a Cambridge University case study survey based on in-depth interviews with 15 housing associations.

Impact of welfare reform on housing association tenants – baseline report – April 2013

This is a tenant-focused report combining new data from the survey of housing associations from autumn 2012 and in-depth interviews with tenants.

Impact of welfare reform on housing associations – 2012 Baseline report

This first report established baseline data against which to compare the effects of the reforms when they come into force.

There are also regional supplements to this report.