Shaky foundations


This report from UK think tank Bright Blue looks at the scale and cost of state support for housing costs.

Bright Blue’s new analysis shows that the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic is exacerbating the housing crisis in urban areas, with London boroughs in particular experiencing the biggest rise in England in the proportion of all households claiming state support for housing costs. The analysis compares the increase in the proportion of all households claiming state support for housing costs between February and November 2020, the first nine months of the pandemic, in each English local authority. The data on the number of claims for state support for housing costs is derived from two official DWP data releases on both Housing Benefit and the Housing Element of Universal Credit claims. The analysis comes at the same time as Bright Blue launches a high-profile cross-party, cross-sectoral commission to advise on reforms to the social security system to support the post-Covid-19 economic recovery and strengthen the UK’s safety net in the long-term.

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