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Universal Credit to be taken from claimants and handed to landlords directly 12 Jan 2019 04:54 #12832

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The new rules, that promise to offer more security to landlords and tenants, come after a report found 2 in 10 refuse to let to Universal Credit claimants.

The Government has today announced a new online system that will pay private landlords of those on Universal Credit directly.

It comes after a report found thousands of properties in the market are carrying disclaimers that block people on benefits because of unreliable payments linked to the new six-in-one initiative.

Unlike previous benefits, claimants of Universal Credit are paid one monthly sum that they must budget accordingly.

This includes managing their rent and paying private landlords directly - however charity Shelter said combined with the five week wait for initial payments, it's led to a spike in homelessness since being pushed through.

"The measures announced today will ensure that landlords can receive rent from those on Universal Credit directly into their accounts. This important change will help strengthen the choices and opportunities available for those on Universal Credit to secure the homes they and their families need." secretary of state for housing, communities and local government, James Brokenshire, said on Friday.

At present, 20% of claimants with housing costs already have rent paid directly to landlord.

"One third of UC claimants in social rented housing have their rent paid direct to the landlord," secretary of state for work and pensions Amber Rudd added.

"But in the private sector that number's only 5%.

"People in the private rented sector already face a far higher risk of losing their tenancy.


I guess this means that when pepole get underpaid they will just give everything ot the landlords and leave claimants with nothing to live on :angry:
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