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Housing Benefit reductions for private tenants had little impact on rents; some recipients moved to cheaper homes

Carl Emmerson, Andrew Hood and Robert Joyce
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A package of cuts to Housing Benefit for about 900,000 tenants in the private rented sector has so far had little impact on average rents, but has affected the housing choices of some claimants. These are among the findings of new IFS research, published today by the Department for Work and Pensions as part of the independent evaluation of the reforms, which were phased in during 2011 and 2012.

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This report is one of a series of research papers that form the final outputs from the independent evaluation of the recent changes to Local Housing Allowances (LHAs) and Housing Benefit in the private rented sector in Great Britain.