Housing Association Innovation in Delivering Affordable Credit
Author: Yvette Hartfree, Danny Friedman, James Ronicle, Sharon Collard and Kate Smith
Publication date: July 2016
Funded by: Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Published by: Joseph Rowntree Foundation / University of Bristol
This research looks at what housing associations are doing to help their tenants access affordable credit, and how effective these schemes are. The research draws on a literature review and 13 in-depth case studies of affordable credit schemes.
This report shows that:
- a main benefit reported for tenants who received an affordable loan was the ability to meet essential needs. Other benefits were improved financial inclusion and money saved in lower interest payments (compared to using high-cost credit);
- the evidence was limited regarding whether the take-up of affordable loans replaced tenants' use of high-cost credit;.
- low take-up of schemes by tenants was a commonly reported problem;
- affordable credit schemes can help some tenants to meet essential needs, but not those who lack the spare disposable income to afford loan repayments; and
- a strength of the case study schemes was that they were part of wider financial inclusion and anti-poverty strategies.
- Housing association innovation in delivering affordable credit - Report (PDF, 5,085kB)
- Housing association innovation in delivering affordable credit - Findings (PDF, 159kB)
- Housing Association Innovation in Delivering Affordable Credit - Case Studies (PDF, 658kB)