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231: Monitoring the Longer-Term Impact of Choice-based Lettings

231: Monitoring the Longer-Term Impact of Choice-based Lettings

Published 5 October 2006
Type(s) Reports and summaries
Site Housing
Product code 06HC03845/25
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Summary

The Department's Choice-based Lettings (CBL) programme was introduced as a pilot scheme in 2001. CBL systems are intended to 'open up' the letting of social housing. CBL allows housing applicants to view details on, choose between, and apply (or 'bid') for currently available-to-let properties. This contrasts with traditional housing allocation systems where applicants are normally faced with only the stark choice of whether to accept or reject a property deemed 'suitable' by a social landlord. In this way, CBL aims to transform the letting of social housing from a producer-driven function to a
consumer-led service.

This research summary presents findings from two inter-linked studies commissioned by the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) in 2004. These build on earlier studies evaluating the Department's CBL pilot programme. Whilst the pilot evaluation touched on CBL's outcomes and impacts, the pilot schemes had not been operational long enough to provide conclusive evidence about longer term effects - for example, in relation to residential stability and minority ethnic housing choices. The current research was intended to explore such longer term effects. The study was largely based on eleven case study CBL schemes in England and two in Scotland.

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