Poverty and problematic debt: What can social housing providers do?

Author: Whitfield, Grahame

Publisher: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Publication date: June 2013

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The current economic situation and planned welfare reform have led to concerns over a potential increase in problematic debt (not only rent arrears) among social housing residents. This round up looks at how the social housing sector can ensure their response takes their tenants' wider circumstances into account.

This round up provides suggestions on what social housing providers can do to address poverty and help prevent tenants from moving into problematic debt and rent arrears. There are many things registered providers are already doing – or can consider – to put reducing poverty and problematic debt at the heart of delivering their business.