Responding to the UK Government’s proposals for reform of the benefits system Gordon MacRae, Head of Communications and Policy, Shelter Scotland, the housing and homelessness charity said:
“Shelter Scotland has been campaigning for reform of our benefits system for years, and welcomes any proposals that aim to simplify the system and tackle disincentives to work.
“For many of our clients, housing benefit in particular creates real barriers which mean they are financially no better off, and in some cases worse off, by returning to work.
“However, the proposals are unclear about the level of housing support that will be available, and it’s vital that any new system allows people to access decent and affordable housing.
“With brutal cuts to housing benefit already announced from next year, any further reductions to the support people receive will mean even bigger shortfalls in rent for households already struggling to keep a roof over their head.”
Notes to Editors:
1. Shelter Scotland, the housing and homelessness charity. Shelter Scotland believes that everyone should have a home. We help people find and keep a home. We campaign for decent housing for all.
2. Spokespeople are available for interview, telephone the media office on 0844 515 2442. An ISDN line number is available for broadcast interviews.
3. For more information about Shelter Scotland visit www.shelter.org.uk
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