Newly formed group commissions welfare research project

Nick Horne

Nick Horne

Knightstone Housing is among eleven housing organisations in the region that have formed the lobby group, South West Housing Association Influence and Leadership Organisation (HAILO).

The group has commissioned Professor Anne Power and her team at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to conduct an 18 month longitudinal study, looking at how the government’s welfare reform programme will influence tenants’ work opportunities throughout the region.

The research is titled ‘Work Incentives After Welfare Reform and will include residents in urban, rural and coastal locations.

It will look at issues such as how welfare reform is influencing residents’ choices and the barrers and consequences on residents who are in work, seeking work or workless.

Nick Horne, Chief Executive of Knightstone and founder member of HAILO, comments: ‘Through HAILO, the largest housing associations in the south west are joining forces to influence positive change on the big housing, economic growth and social issues that most affect our residents and communities.

“The outcomes of this study will highlight practical ways to improve welfare reform and into work programmes, for the benefit of associations, residents and government’.

Professor Anne Power, Professor of Social Policy at LSE, comments: “This is a very exciting contract that will bring us close to the ground and help us understand tenants’ views on the welfare reforms.”

HAILO’s final report, will be published in the autumn of 2014 and will follow welfare reform’s wider impacts on homelessness, poverty, local services, community involvement and private renting.