Campaigns Welfare Reform and Homelessness

Report calls for Universal Credit five week wait to end

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

A report published today by the Trussell Trust reveals that people claiming Universal Credit in July 2019 experienced a 42% increase in rent arrears since rollout commenced in 2015.

The report recommends that the Government ends the five week wait for people to receive Universal Credit when applying for the scheme is ended.

The findings echo the RLA’s own recent research published last month,which revealed that more than HALF of landlords in the past twelve months who let to tenants in receipt of Universal Credit have experienced them going into rent arrears.

RLA campaigning

The RLA has been very active in its campaigning and research around welfare reform.

In August, the association published new findings on welfare reform. As well as the findings around rent arrears, the research also reveals that the majority of landlords (82%) reported that the rent arrears began after either a new claim for or migration onto Universal Credit.

Learn more about Universal Credit

The RLA runs training courses for landlords to learn more about Universal Credit. With dates coming up in Carlisle, Manchester and Birmingham, sign up today.

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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