This involves moving people out of their local area un-voluntarily. It is important that is method is only used as a last resort after all other housing avenues have been explored within the area and this has to be evidenced by the LA. Research shows however, that in some cases this process is not followed and the evidence that is available on out of borough placements demonstrate that it can have detrimental impact on the applicant in several areas such as health and finances.
Currently, there is a key gap in the existing data meaning that there is a lack of understanding into alternative ways of using out of borough placements such as voluntary schemes run by HomeFinder UK. In partnership with King's College, we aim to change this with an evaluation into how effective such schemes are and what savings, if any, are made to the public purse as a consequence.
For this evaluation we will conduct a randomised control trial to evaluate the impact of the HomeFinder UK scheme and out-of-borough movements.
The evaluation focuses on three key areas, impact evaluation, implementation evaluation and process evaluation and cost evaluation.
The recruitment stage has now begun and surveys and interviews are due to start in October 2022. These will be spread over a 6 month period with the evaluation and final findings being published in June 2023.
In this project we examine the primary drivers of tenancy insecurity and its relationship with homelessness in the UK.
This project assesses whether better value for money can be achieved by redirecting money which is currently spent on housing benefit and universal credit.