Shelter’s Income and expenditure figures highlighted13:57 PM, 4th February 2019
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Finally the DWP announce that they are launching an inquiry into whether Universal Credit (UC) is pushing claimants into rent arrears.
This was revealed by Caroline Dineage, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions), in the House of Commons and I’m sure we as landlords will be very interested to see this report.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Dineage confirmed the report was to investigate the actual rent arrears levels for UC claimants and said: “The Department for Work and Pensions is currently undertaking work to investigate the reality of rent arrears in Universal Credit. It aims to understand the true level of rent arrears for tenants, what is causing them, and any impacts Universal Credit may be having.”
“We have to be careful not to scaremonger on this issue. A National Federation of Arm’s Length Management Organisations report says that three quarters of tenants who started to claim universal credit were already in arrears, and research shows that after four months the number of claimants in arrears has fallen by a third.”
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