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Half of Universal Credit claimants ‘struggling to keep a roof over their heads’ 06 Feb 2019 08:45 #13774

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Citizens Advice warns that far too many Universal Credit claimants are still struggling to keep a roof over the heads.

Half of all people who claim the Government’s flaship welfare reform Universal Credit are struggling to keep a roof over the heads, according to new research by a leading UK charity.

Citizens Advice says one in two people who were supported by the charity in claiming Universal Credit had fallen behind on rent or mortgage payments, despite the minimum waiting time for an initial payment being reduced from six to five weeks.

It was also found that 60% of people helped by the charity are asking for advances while they wait for their first payment to come through.

The report also reveals that debt problems are more prevelant among Universal Credit claimants than people claiming other forms of benefit, with 24% seeking advice for debt issues.

According to the report, 47% said they have no money left after essential living costs (such as food, housing and transport) to pay other bills, or are spending more than their total earnings.

More than 4 in 5 (82%) hold priority debt such as council tax, rent arrears or mortgage payments, and energy debts.

Citizens Advice are calling on the government to make ‘Alternative Payment Arrangements’ more widely available, so that housing costs can be paid directly to landlords.

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Half of Universal Credit claimants ‘struggling to keep a roof over their heads’ 06 Feb 2019 14:11 #13794

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'A mother of three says she has nearly been made homeless twice in two years due to the new Universal Credit benefits system.

Lisa Dunnington says the new system, which rolls six benefits into one, has pushed her into debt.

Citizens Advice says Lisa's story is not unusual, with half of the people it helps with the system struggling to pay rent or mortgages.'

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Half of Universal Credit claimants ‘struggling to keep a roof over their heads’ 06 Feb 2019 14:34 #13798

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Call for universal credit overhaul amid fears of looming evictions crisis
www.theguardian.com/society/2019/feb/06/call-for-universal-credit-overhaul-amid-fears-of-looming-evictions-crisis
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Half of Universal Credit claimants ‘struggling to keep a roof over their heads’ 06 Feb 2019 14:44 #13802

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Universal credit claimants 'six times more likely' to fall into rent arrears despite government reforms
www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/universal-credit-rent-arrears-delay-housing-citizens-advice-a8764696.html
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Half of Universal Credit claimants ‘struggling to keep a roof over their heads’ 06 Feb 2019 14:45 #13803

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Universal credit: Half of claimants struggling to keep roof over their heads, says damning Citizens Advice report
inews.co.uk/inews-lifestyle/money/universal-credit-report-citizens-advice-claimants-dwp-benefits-system/
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Half of Universal Credit claimants ‘struggling to keep a roof over their heads’ 06 Feb 2019 14:47 #13804

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Universal Credit sees Brits 'struggling to keep a roof over their heads'
www.mirror.co.uk/money/universal-credit-sees-brits-struggling-13956514
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Half of Universal Credit claimants ‘struggling to keep a roof over their heads’ 06 Feb 2019 14:48 #13805

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Dr Jon Orrell claims Universal Credit is making more people homeless
www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/17410467.dr-jon-orrell-claims-universal-credit-is-making-more-people-homeless/
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Half of Universal Credit claimants ‘struggling to keep a roof over their heads’ 07 Feb 2019 15:19 #13867

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Landlords are refusing to let homes to people on Universal Credit - and this is why
Letting agents worried that claimants won't receive enough money to pay the rent
www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/uk-news/landlords-refusing-homes-people-universal-15792347
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