Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry into Child Poverty

By: Patrick South  Published: January 2004


This briefing summarises Shelter's position on the following aspects of Government's reform agenda for housing benefit:

  • local housing allowances (LHAs)
  • extending LHAs to the social sector
  • removing the option for tenants renting privately to have their benefit paid direct to their landlord

The briefing also considers:

  • the benefits of introducing a housing tax credit
  • issues concerning the payment of housing benefit to those living in TA.

This submission followed up Shelter's oral evidence session in December 2003.