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.
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.
The lower benefit cap has come into effect today.
A London council has commissioned independent research into the effects of Universal Credit on social housing tenants.
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.
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.
The government has revealed the social landlords piloting a scheme to stop vulnerable Universal Credit claimants falling into debt.
The bedroom tax is failing to free up larger social homes in London, according to research by the G15 group of housing associations.
We need to prepare for the winter of welfare changes ahead, says Brendan Sarsfield
The roll-out of Universal Credit has been delayed by a further year, the new work and pensions secretary has announced.
Lord David Freud has commissioned an “urgent” review into the high rate of rent arrears owed by Universal Credit claimants.
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.
The number of people claiming Universal Credit rose by 10% between March and April this year, official statistics reveal.
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.
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.
Our use of technology to help tenants cope with Universal Credit typifies the resilience of the sector, says Ruth Cooke
More than 225,000 people are now claiming the government’s Universal Credit benefit, official statistics show.
The Scottish Government will have control over certain housing welfare powers following devolution negotiations with the UK government.
Social landlords issued 10,000 fewer claims for possession in 2015 than the previous year, according to government statistics published this week.