Welfare Reform Bill concerns

17 February 2011

Man and woman

Housing proposals outlined in the Welfare Reform Bill will do little to support the Government’s aim to get people back into work, Shelter said today.

Shelter’s Chief Executive Campbell Robb said:

‘Plans to remove the link between housing benefit and the housing costs people pay will push those seeking work out of their homes and into areas with fewer job opportunities.

‘In the current economic climate when further job losses are predicted over the coming months, now is the very worst time to make it more difficult for people to find and keep employment and to take away the housing safety net that helps those who do lose their jobs to stay in their homes.

‘While we are pleased that the Government has listened to organisations like Shelter and reconsidered measures to cut housing benefit after 12 months for those unable to find jobs, we remain extremely concerned about the impact of other cuts to housing benefit on people who are out of work.

‘While Shelter supports the aim to simplify the benefits system and make work pay, there is a real concern that we will see a further rise in homelessness if these changes go ahead.’