Shelter wins lobby for housing benefit

Homelessness charity Shelter is celebrating a victory this week after the Government shelved plans to dock housing benefit from tenants accused of anti-social behaviour.

The charity has been lobbying MPs and local authorities to reject the policy ever since it was first proposed in May 2002.

"We've always argued that these measures don't get to the heart of why people behave unacceptably but just create more poverty and more homelessness," said Shelter's director Adam Sampson.

A government consultation published last week showed that 75 per cent of people and 81 per cent of local authorities thought the policy "unworkable, ineffective and counter-productive".

During the campaign, Shelter promoted its Inclusion Project, a scheme developed in partnership with Rochdale Borough Council to work with people who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness as a result of alleged antisocial behaviour. The programme aims to tackle the underlying causes of their behaviour.

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