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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-11more like thismore than 2019-04-11
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions remove filter
hansard heading Universal Credit: Housing remove filter
house id 1 more like this
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she had made of the effect of the roll out of universal credit on levels of rent arrears in the London borough of Croydon. more like this
tabling member constituency Croydon North more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Steve Reed remove filter
uin 244110 more like this
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-04-24more like thismore than 2019-04-24
answer text <p>We have not made an assessment of this nature, as it is wrong to attribute any change in rent arrears solely to Universal Credit. The initial analytical work we have carried out with a single housing provider suggests that many tenants are arriving on Universal Credit with pre-existing rent arrears, that their arrears tend to increase prior to making a claim for Universal Credit, and that Universal Credit actually appears to be helping to clear arrears over time. We are currently extending this analysis to include a number of housing providers. It will be published when completed. Furthermore, according to latest figures (November 2018) only about 8% of social rented households were on Universal Credit; therefore it is difficult to see how a national trend can be attributed to Universal Credit.</p><p> </p><p>We have responded to concerns in this area by putting a number of safeguards in place - 100% advances repayable over 12 months, increasing to 16 months in October 2021; a two-week Transition to Universal Credit Housing Payment; a new Help to Claim service; and Managed Payment to Landlord Arrangements, which allow for payments direct to the landlord if the tenant is likely to have difficulty in managing their rent payments, is unlikely to pay their rent or is in rent arrears equivalent to eight weeks.</p>
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-04-24T10:17:09.407Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-24T10:17:09.407Z
answering member
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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label Biography information for Steve Reed more like this