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Scottish Government to cover the loss of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds

27/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government will extend its welfare fund to include all 18 to 21-year-olds hit by the removal of housing benefit, set to be introduced from April.

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Scottish ministers call for halt to Universal Credit roll-out

22/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has called for an immediate halt to the roll-out of Universal Credit because it is concerned the new system is pushing more people into debt.

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'Serious issues' with Universal Credit roll-out, warns CIH Scotland

13/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

There are “serious issues” with the roll-out of Universal Credit with “spiralling costs” for social landlords supporting tenants, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) in Scotland has warned.

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Is Universal Credit really helping people to help themselves?


Vivian Davies of Family Mosaic questions whether Universal Credit in its current form is fulfilling its true goal

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Universal Credit tenants in arrears increases to 86%

16/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The percentage of council tenants on Universal Credit in rent arrears has increased to a “critically high” 86% over the past year, sparking “extreme concern” among councils.

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Universal Credit pilot council calls for suspension

21/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

One of the councils piloting the roll-out of Universal Credit has written to the Department for Work and Pensions calling for the immediate suspension of the housing benefit part of the new system.

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New benefit cap comes into effect

07/11/2016 | By Carl Brown

The lower benefit cap has come into effect today.

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Social landlords fund research into Universal Credit

03/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

A London council has commissioned independent research into the effects of Universal Credit on social housing tenants.


SFHA calls for more ambitious welfare policy

02/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government is not ambitious enough in its social security plans and should use its powers to create a new benefit to mitigate against welfare reforms.

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Lower benefit cap will 'hit 116,000 families'

01/11/2016 | By Carl Brown , Sophie Barnes

The new lower benefit cap will affect 116,000 families, with a significant number of private renters hit by cuts of £100 a week, new analysis by the Chartered Institute of Housing shows.

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Minister reveals 'Trusted Partner' landlords

12/09/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The government has revealed the social landlords piloting a scheme to stop vulnerable Universal Credit claimants falling into debt.


G15: bedroom tax failing to free up larger homes

17/08/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The bedroom tax is failing to free up larger social homes in London, according to research by the G15 group of housing associations.

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A 'welfare reform winter' is coming

12/08/2016 | By Brendan Sarsfield

We need to prepare for the winter of welfare changes ahead, says Brendan Sarsfield

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Universal Credit roll-out delayed by further year

21/07/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The roll-out of Universal Credit has been delayed by a further year, the new work and pensions secretary has announced.

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Freud orders 'urgent' review into Universal Credit arrears

18/07/2016 | By Heather Spurr

Lord David Freud has commissioned an “urgent” review into the high rate of rent arrears owed by Universal Credit claimants.

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Landlords warn against post Brexit welfare cuts

29/06/2016 | By Heather Spurr

Low-income tenants will struggle to cope if the government implements a further round of benefit cuts following the Brexit vote, housing associations have warned.

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10% rise in Universal Credit claimants

19/05/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The number of people claiming Universal Credit rose by 10% between March and April this year, official statistics reveal.

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Landlord reveals findings of direct payment 'pilot'

18/05/2016 | By Heather Spurr

A housing association is calling for changes to Universal Credit, after its unofficial ‘pilot’ showed tenants receiving housing benefit payments direct are more likely to fall into arrears.

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DWP to change Universal Credit procedures

16/05/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The government has pledged to improve Universal Credit procedures this summer, following concerns from social landlords that they are frequently not informed that their tenants are claiming the benefit.

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On track

10/05/2016 | By Ruth Cooke

Our use of technology to help tenants cope with Universal Credit typifies the resilience of the sector, says Ruth Cooke

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