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Welfare reform - housing and social security: second follow-up paper

A report following the 2019 Annual Report on Welfare Reform focusing on the impact of UK Government Social Security policy on housing.

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Footnotes

1 Scottish Government (2019), Welfare reform: annual report 2019, p 3

2 Based on caseload data available from Department for Work and Pensions (2019), StatXplore.

3 Department for Work and Pensions (2019), StatXplore

4 Scottish Government (2019) Housing Revenue Account statistics: Scottish local authority housing income and expenditure 2018/19

5 Audit Scotland (2017) Housing Revenue Account 2016/17

6 This Scottish Government estimate is calculated using CPI inflation outturn and forecast data from Office for Budget Responsibility (2019), The economy forecast – Inflation.

7 Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group: final recommendations report - https://www.gov.scot/publications/homelessness-and-rough-sleeping-action-group-final-report/

8 Scottish Government (2018), Welfare reform: annual report 2018

9 Scottish Government (2019), Scottish household survey 2018: annual report, p. 49

10 Scottish Government estimate based on data from Department of Work and Pensions (2019), Stat-Xplore. The most recent official data shows there were around 350,000 households claiming Housing Benefit in Scotland in May 2019, and around 109,000 households claiming UC with a Housing Element in their award.

11 This Scottish Government estimate is based on data from Department of Work and Pensions (2019), Stat-Xplore and Department of Work and Pensions (2019), Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2019, benefit expenditure by country and region tables.

12 Scottish Government (2019), Poverty and income inequality in Scotland: 2015-2018, Supplementary poverty tables, Table 3.

13 Scottish Government (2019), Welfare reform: annual report 2019, p. 12

14 Scottish Government (2019), Welfare reform: annual report 2019, p 3

15 This Scottish Government estimate is calculated using CPI inflation outturn and forecast data from Office for Budget Responsibility (2019), The economy forecast – Inflation.

16 Scottish Government analysis based on Department for Work and Pensions (2019), Benefit Cap: number of households capped to May 2019. Benefit Cap statistics in this section refer to May 2019 data.

17 Benefit Cap caseload peaked a few months after the November 2016 cap reduction. Figure 1 focuses on the time since that peak, measuring how the caseload has changed under fixed eligibility criteria.

18 Homelessness application data throughout this section is taken from Scottish Government (2019), Homelessness in Scotland: Annual Publication 2018-19.

19 https://twitter.com/dwppressoffice/status/1191369714095788032

20 Scottish Government (2019), Universal Credit Scottish choices - management information to end August 2019

21 Scottish Government (2019), Scottish household survey 2018: annual report

22 StatXplore

23 Stat-Xplore provides the breakdown of LHA claimants by employment status only for non-passported HB claims (which is roughly ~50% of all LHA claims entitled to 2-bed rate). People can be passported to Housing Benefit from other benefits. For example, someone eligible for Jobseekers Allowance can be also eligible for Housing Benefit.

24 Crisis (2019)

25 Scottish Government (2018); Crisis (2019)

26 National Housing Association (2019)

27 Local Housing Allowance: Options for reform (2018)

28 Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee report (2019) Social Security Support for Housing

29 Social Security Committee Social Security Support for Housing (2019) Submission from CAS

30 Scottish Government (2019) Housing Revenue Account statistics: Scottish local authority housing income and expenditure 2018/19

31 Social Security Committee Social Security Support for Housing (2019) Submission from COSLA

32 The Housing Revenue Account sets out income and expenditure in relation to a local authority's own direct provision of housing, for more information see the Scottish Public Finance Manual

33 Audit Scotland (2017) Housing Revenue Account 2016/17

34 Social Security Committee Social Security Support for Housing (2019) Submission from CoSLA

35 Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee report (2019) Support for Housing

36 Scottish Federation Housing Associations (2019) Universal Credit Survey Results January 2019

37 Shelter (2019) From the frontline: Universal Credit and the broken housing safety net

38 Parliamentary Business Publications and Records (2019) DWP Universal Credit: Written question - 257147

39 Shelter (2019) From the frontline: Universal Credit and the broken housing safety net

40 Policy in Practice (2019) Financial resilience and the transition to Universal Credit

41 Social Security Committee (21 March 2019) Official Report: Meeting of the Social Security Committee

42 Social Security Committee (25 April 2019) Official Report: Meeting of the Social Security Committee

43 Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee report (2019) Social Security Support for Housing

44 House of Commons Library Briefing Paper No.6547 (2019) Housing costs in Universal Credit

45 Policy in Practice (2019) Financial resilience and the transition to Universal Credit

46 Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee report (2019) Social Security Support for Housing

47 Social Security Committee Social Security Support for Housing (2019) Submission from SFHA

48 Scottish Government (2019) Housing Statistics for Scotland 2019: Key Trends Summary

49 Scottish Government (2019) Housing Statistics for Scotland 2019: Key Trends Summary

50 Scottish Government (2019) Housing Statistics for Scotland 2019: Key Trends Summary

51 Scottish Housing Regulator (2019) Charter indicators and data by outcomes and standards

52 Scottish Government (2018) Housing statistics 2018: key trends summary

53 Social Security Committee Social Security Support for Housing (2019) Submission from SAL

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