This report forms the final output from the evaluation of the Key Worker Living (KWL) programme commissioned by DCLG and is produced by GHK Consulting Ltd (GHK) and the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS) at the University of Birmingham. The work was undertaken between January 2005 and March 2006.
KWL is a DCLG-funded programme which was launched in March 2004 to address recruitment and retention problems for public sector Key Workers by providing housing solutions for these workers in areas of high cost housing.
The KWL programme offers workers, predominantly front line staff working in education, health or community safety:
- An equity loan of up to £50,000 (or £100,000 in London for schoolteachers who meet particular eligibility criteria) to help them buy a home on the open market (Homebuy).
- Shared-ownership or reduced rental of new homes built by Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) (New Build).
This is a formative evaluation designed to assess the early outcomes of the programme and to make recommendations on how the programme might be improved.
The specific aims of the evaluation are to:
- Provide an overview of the take-up of the KWL programme.
- Evaluate the performance of the KWL programme both in terms of inputs, outputs and outcomes.
- Evaluate KWL in terms of value for money for government and recipients, looking at its impact on labour recruitment and retention, the extent to which it provides access to affordable housing for beneficiaries and housing and labour market dead weight.
- Evaluate the administration of the KWL programme.
- Make recommendations for improving the delivery, targeting and cost effectiveness of KWL to provide early feedback on the programme’s performance and to inform key decisions for any new programme.