Policy briefing: Housing advice

By: Elizabeth O'Hara  Published: September 2010


Shelter estimates that over 1.2m adults have problems with their rented housing and over half a million have a problem with homelessness. The housing system can be difficult to navigate alone. Most people with a housing problem will need some sort of information or advice. However, those most likely to have a problem are often the least able to pay for it. Publicly funded advice ensures that the poorest and most vulnerable can obtain advice on housing matters.

Summary

If housing advice services are cut, homelessness, destitution and housing need will increase. This will result in greater costs to the wider economy, making any such cut a false saving.

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