Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry into Child Poverty

By: Patrick South  Published: January 2004

Shelter submitted evidence (January 2004) on Housing Benefit to the Work and Pensions Committee Inquiry into Child Poverty. Shelter believes it is important that reforms to housing benefit support the Government's child poverty objectives.


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.