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Real London Lives project shows majority in HAs are working

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Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing

Real London Lives project shows 80% in HAs are working Real London Lives project shows 80% in HAs are working

A majority (55%) of people living in housing association homes in the capital go to work each day, according to preliminary results of the Real London Lives project.

Supported by the g15 group of London’s 15 largest housing associations, the report shows:

  • Only 21% of Londoners who live in housing association homes are unemployed.
  • Low incomes mean 60% of working households require housing benefit to pay all or part of the rent
  • 25% of households find keeping up with bills a constant struggle.  This rises to 43% for those who have seen their housing benefit reduce since April 2013.

The Real London Lives project combines films and in-depth research (1,600 interviews as well as 60 in-depth qualitative interviews) to tell the real story of what it is really like living in affordable homes within London, including cost of London living, employment and welfare reform.

The research is being led by Dr Julie Rugg from the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York.

The three-year study aims to give a voice to those Londoners living in affordable housing.

See www.reallondonlives.co.uk for more detail.

Editor's note: The original report on this website has been amended to revise working figure from 80% to 55%.

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