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Our Universal Credit research mentioned in MPs oral questions session

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

New research from RLA PEARL on the roll out of Universal Credit has been covered in the media extensively, and was mentioned twice during an oral questions session with MPs on the topic yesterday.

In the session, The Chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, Frank Field MP, asked an oral question to the Government on the roll out of Universal Credit.

Contributing to the discussion, Karen Buck MP mentioned the findings of the latest research report from RLA PEARL, which reveals that two thirds of private landlords are concerned about (and have experienced) universal credit tenants falling into arrears, and that the average arrears owed has doubled in the last year.

Ms Buck then asked what urgent action would be taken to resolve the issue.

Also in the oral questions session, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Margaret Greenwood MP called on the Government to stop the roll-out of Universal Credit, adding that ‘more than 80 organisations’, including the RLA, have expressed concern over the roll-out of Universal Credit.

The full transcript of the oral questions session can be read here.

Today (Wednesday) the RLA is pleased to be included in important discussions with Neil Couling and the DWP, to talk about Universal Credit and Managed Migration.

Extensive media coverage

As well as being cited by MPs this week, the new research has also received an extensive amount of media coverage.

On Friday, our Policy Director David Smith discussed the key findings from the research on BBC Radio 4 and over the weekend the piece was included in a  range of national newspapers and blogs, including The Independent and The Huffington Post.

You can read all of the media coverage below.

Landlords issue stark warning over universal credit as two thirds see tenants fall into debt The Independent

Two Thirds Of Landlords With Tenants On Universal Credit Are Owed Rent Arrears, New Study Shows Huffington Post

Two in three tenants on Universal Credit can’t pay their rent on time, landlords say The Sun

Rent arrears involving tenants on Universal Credit have surged, say landlords MSN Money

Nearly two thirds of PRS tenants claiming Universal Credit in arrears Inside Housing

New research reveals impact of Universal Credit on PRS 24 Housing

Rent arrears involving tenants on Universal Credit have surged, say landlords AOL

Sharp rise in rent arrears involving tenants on Universal Credit Landlord Today

Arrears rocket for tenants on Universal Credit Letting Agent Today

New reports are ‘another damning indictment’ into Universal Credit roll-out Scottish Housing News

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About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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