Magazine article Public Finance

Social Housing Does Not Affect Tenants' Work Prospects

Magazine article Public Finance

Social Housing Does Not Affect Tenants' Work Prospects

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Housing association tenants have dismissed suggestions that they find it more difficult to get jobs because they live in social housing.

Just 5% of tenants surveyed by the Housing Corporation thought the fact that they rented from a registered social landlord made it hard to find work, compared with 16% who believed their attempts to gain employment were affected by where they lived.

The study of 1,400 tenants, members of the corporation's residents' panel, follows a proposal earlier this year from housing minister Caroline Flint that tenants moving into social housing should sign commitment contracts' demonstrating their willingness to seek work.

New housing association tenants are three times more likely than other households to be unemployed. A study in 2006/07 found that half of working-age tenants who moved into social housing lacked jobs. …

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