Understanding social housing tenants' rent payment behaviour: evidence from Great Britain

HICKMAN, Paul (2021). Understanding social housing tenants' rent payment behaviour: evidence from Great Britain. Housing Studies, 36 (2), 235-257.

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The Governments of many Western countries have been increasingly concerned with influencing the behaviour of their citizens. One way that they have done this is by giving them new responsibilities. In the UK, an example of this is 'direct payment' which sees social housing tenants in receipt of income-related housing allowance ('Housing Benefit') assuming responsibility for paying their rent. Drawing on a comprehensive data-set generated by the direct payment pilot evaluation, this paper examines tenants' rent payment behaviour. It draws on a conceptual framework from behavioural science - COM-B - which presents behaviour (B) as a result of the interaction between the capabilities (C) of subjects, the opportunity (O) they have to enact behaviours, and their motivation (M). Tenants' behaviour was influenced by all elements of the model, with it being more than just a consequence of opportunity, and their financial circumstances, specifically, although it was the most important one.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1205 Urban and Regional Planning; 1402 Applied Economics; 1604 Human Geography; Urban & Regional Planning
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2019.1697799
Page Range: 235-257
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2019 11:11
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2021 11:15
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/25487

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