Evaluation of Department for Work & Pensions Underoccupier Incentive Scheme
In-House Report No. 99
By Hal Pawson and Stephen Sinclair
This evaluation, commissioned by the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), presents an interim assessment of the DWP's incentive payments scheme that began as a pilot in 2000 / 2001. The scheme was designed to encourage council tenants that were eligible for HB and were under-occupying their homes to move to smaller properties. The pilot, undertaken in the London boroughs of Croydon, Haringey and Newham, is scheduled to run until 2003. The Department decided to commission an interim assessment of the scheme in its first year of operation. This evaluation was based upon in-depth interviews with key local authority staff, analysis of administrative data on under-occupier moves, and in-depth interviews with current under-occupiers as well as former tenants that had moved to smaller accommodation with the aid of an incentive payment.
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