These people proposing this direct payment are not in touch with the real world !
('Tenants taking responsibility for their rent payments will foster a strong sense of citizenship')....since when does giving a man a fist full of dollars encourage citizenship?
As a private landlord I have already felt the result of giving money ,supposedly to pay rent ,to dss tenants.
Since its implementation,direct payment of LHA has lost over 7% of our income stream per annum through rent arrears alone.
I hope that the social landlords are ready for that kind of bite!
These welfare dependant people dont want jobs ,they want money to spend on drink and drugs.Universal credit is not going to solve that.
They require education, not some rent money thrown at them, to make them more responsible citizens.
Closest thing I have seen is the 'Pay rent first' billboards of the Glasgow HA.