Response - Reducing Dependency, Increasing opportunity: Options for the Future of Welfare to Work

By: Thomas Crawshaw
Published: June 2007

Response - Reducing Dependency, Increasing Opportunity: Options for the Future of Welfare to Work

Shelter believes that the Government's welfare to work agenda must focus strongly on the potential of Housing Benefit Reform to overcome work disincentives and to provide extra support for the 'in work' poor. We have highlighted in our submission a number of areas which we believe deserve close consideration:


  • Housing Benefit tapers and tax credits

  • Interaction with Working Tax Credit

  • Earnings disregard

  • Changes of circumstance

  • Single Room Rent and benefit shortfalls

  • Temporary accommodation and Working Future pilot