Shelter said the end of the need to reapply for housing benefit every
six months or whenever someone takes up employment should see a
make it less likely that tenants will get into arrears while their
claims are processed. These measures, together with changes reducing the
amount people lose in benefits when they take up employment, will also
end the disincentive many people face to work.
Adam Sampson, director of Shelter, said: 'Housing benefit is a mess.
Delays caused by mind bogglingly complex regulations are causing people
to get into debt and at risk of homelessness through no fault of their
own. When offered work it is often not worth their while to risk debt
due to benefit delays for what may only amount to a few extra pounds
'These changes to housing benefit are a step towards a safety net that
helps people out poverty.'