Social landlords’ ‘hands tied’ over Universal Credit

Another Universal Credit scandal from the Department for Work and Pensions.

These are not errors or mistakes. They can’t be.

The problems with this system – and all the others – have been reported so many times that those responsible for dealing with them must know how to solve them.

They simply haven’t bothered.

Social landlords are “working with their hands tied” when trying to help tenants on Universal Credit as rent arrears continue to rise, the Northern Housing Consortium (NHC) has warned.

the membership body said 69% of housing providers in the North of England reported receiving inconsistent information about Universal Credit from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Two-thirds said rent arrears are increasing, with 73% of these blaming the welfare reform programme.

Only 14% of the social landlords surveyed said Universal Credit has met its core objective of making work pay.

Source: Inside Housing – News – Social landlords’ ‘hands tied’ over Universal Credit, says report

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