11:44 AM, 3rd July 2017, About 5 years ago 5
On Tuesday 27th June 2017 there was a debate in the House of Commons on Universal Credit, Damian Hinds Minister for Employment informed the audience that DWP recognised the concerns raised and are working to resolve them.
To date over a million people have made a Universal Credit Claim with £530,000 currently on the new benefit, more people are now on Universal Credit than on JSA.
Under the full service 99% of claims are made online DWP have conducted a survey on those on the scheme, apparently 82% of claimants have said they are satisfied with the new system.
Landlords were a key topic in the debate and it appears that DWP are aware of the issues faced with Housing, because of this they have introduced a Housing Confidence Scheme whereby work coaches now speak with claimants about Housing and look at their budgeting and any difficulties that they may face making it easier to facilitate direct payments to Landlords.
The UC 47 has been redesigned with improvements making it easier for the landlord to complete and apply for direct payments and receive payments faster.
Currently, DWP are working on ways to make it easier for Landlords to find out the status of APA’s and will announce the details in the near future.
You can watch the debate by following the below link:
Alternatively you can follow the below link to read the transcript:
After watching the debate are you confident in the proposed changes and would you house someone on Universal Credit?
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