Headlines: October 16th, 1998

The body that represents housing associations has given strong support to many of the Government’s proposals for welfare reform outlined earlier this summer in its green paper ‘New Contract for Welfare’.But the National Housing Federation says the single biggest obstacle to reform is the current regulation around housing benefit.

It says that the benefit, which helps pay the housing costs of families with low incomes, needs simplifying.

The Federation says it also needs to be better linked to people’s ability to pay, so that if someone gets low-paid work they aren’t worse off through loss of benefit.

And it wants to work in a better partnership with local government over housing benefit administration, rather than being seen as ‘adversaries’ in the process.

The response to the greeen paper has just been published on the Federation’s website, at www.housing.org.uk