The path to success? - Shelter's research on Housing Benefit reform: the final report

By: Liam Reynolds  Published: October 2006

Reform to the Housing Benefit (HB) system, featuring a flat-rate Local Housing Allowance (LHA) and direct payment of benefit to tenants, was trialled over a two-year period in nine areas, also known as Pathfinders.


Shelter monitored these reforms over the two-year period in both Pathfinder and control areas, building a large database of private rented property advertisements, conducting telephone research among landlords, and gathering feedback from advice workers on the ground.


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