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TOPIC: Number of Scots seeking advice for rent arrears soars 47% in five years

Number of Scots seeking advice for rent arrears soars 47% in five years 21 Oct 2018 04:19 #10637

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The number of Scottish households seeking help with rent arrears has increased by a shocking 47% over the last five years, according to new evidence published by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS).

In a new report, CAS finds that changes to the social security system are driving an increase in the number of people experiencing rent arrears and cite Universal Credit as one of the biggest causes.

CAS highlight how rent arrears have soared since the introduction of the Tories’ flagship welfare reform, which merges six legacy benefits into one single monthly payment.

welfareweekly.com/number-of-scots-seeking-advice-for-rent-arrears-soars-47-in-five-years/
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Number of Scots seeking advice for rent arrears soars 47% in five years 21 Oct 2018 09:22 #10640

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I currently have a Housing Benefit claim ongoing and I know UC would mess it up. Especially if I ever have to claim it, which I`m avoiding like the plaque. If my ESA WRAG is stopped soon I know this will affect my housing benefit and the circus will begin of phone calls, letters and worry.
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Number of Scots seeking advice for rent arrears soars 47% in five years 21 Oct 2018 12:02 #10642

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Worst thing they ever did was Merge HB with Other Benefits into UC, the two are NOT Compatibly,
Recipe for Disaster and Soaring Homelessness. :angry:
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Number of Scots seeking advice for rent arrears soars 47% in five years 21 Oct 2018 15:42 #10652

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I agree Paul. The two should remain as separate entities and only the UC element that covers the standard allowance should be affected . I`ve read on various platforms that when UC is stopped or sanctioned that the HB element is not affected and is still paid, BUT…..the fruit is in the pudding. If a benefit stops for any reason, this is flagged up on the local authority system and generates letters to households that their - `Housing Benefit has been suspended under X housing act blah,blah…`

So if HB is not affected, why then do we get these suspension letters? Seems to me that they are very much tied to one another rather than separate payments.
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