New London Councils Report

Date Posted: 10 November 2011

The independent research was commissioned by London Councils, the umbrella organisation for London’s 33 local authorities, to examine how the government’s plans to overhaul the benefits system will affect the capital. The report, “Does the cap fit? An analysis of the impact of welfare reform in London” looks at the records of over 480 000 households receiving housing benefit across 24 boroughs, and suggests that the changes to be implemented through the government's welfare reform and introduction of the new 'Universal Credit' are likely to significantly impact on households in London, because the government’s policy takes no account of higher housing costs in the capital.