Recognising that Welfare Reform is a fundamental change to the benefit system with the potential to have wide-ranging repercussions for tenants and landlords in both the social and private rented sectors, the Housing Executive’s Research Unit has prioritised research in this area.

This report briefly summarises the context of Welfare Reform in Great Britain and Northern Ireland before setting out the various welfare changes and considering the potential impacts of each benefit change on tenants and landlords.  Given the limited Northern Ireland-specific research evidence available at the time of writing, this analysis draws on the existing body of research and statistics from Great Britain and some high level figures from Northern Ireland to help identify how the changes are likely to impact Northern Ireland from a housing perspective.