The research into Tranmere and Rock Ferry fed into a wider piece of work by the Housing Futures Network.
This research also looked at areas including Lee (Lewisham), Clayton Brook (Chorley) and Low Ford (Sunderland). It found that 32 per cent of tenants in these areas would be likely to seek a move to a smaller home but there was 'a substantial mismatch between the availability of one-bedroom homes and the number of households requiring them'.
In Sunderland it found that 'more than eight years' worth of one-bed relets would be required' to rehouse all the under-occupiers. It adds that 'it will therefore be impossible for many social landlords to offer most under-occupying tenants a chance to move anywhere smaller in the forseeable future'.
It adds that: 'the reforms are likely to result in social landlords in all parts of England substantially altering their allocation policies to avoid the risk of a housing benefit shortfall, meaning that working-age single people and couples without children will have substantially less chance of being housed'.
This is the link to the report:http:/bit.ly/xwe0Lt
Looking at some of the above comments it would indeed also be great if supporters of the reforms posted with ideas about how social landlords should help their tenants if they are under-occupying on this scale. Is it just the case that tenants should pay up - in which case it is easy to see why the reform is increasingly referred to as the bedroom tax - or are there immediate options available that will not result in the HB bill increases?