Social Housing should be scrapped in favour of single cash payments - IEA study claims

A new study of social housing by Peter King, Reader in Social Thought at De Montfort University*, argues that all present government support for social housing – including Housing Benefit and subsidises paid to social housing providers – should be scrapped and replaced with a single means-tested cash benefit paid to those on low incomes.

Potentially £20bn would be available for a direct cash benefit using money from the present Housing Benefit and social housing subsidy schemes. The cash benefit would be paid directly to the recipient and depend on local housing costs, but would not have to be spent on housing.

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