The RLA met Stephen Timms, the shadow works and pensions minister, at the Labour Party Conference, to discuss the “looming debacle” of Universal Credit.
The Assiociation’s Alan Ward and Chris Town met Mr. Timms after he had publicly announced the establishment of a group to review the implementation of Universal Credit. At a fringe event during the Conference in Brighton, Mr. Timms had claimed the implementation of Universal Credit welfare reform was a “looming debacle” that needed urgent attention.
During his meeting with the RLA, Mr. Timms was informed of the problems that landlords and tenants would face with the welfare reforms, primarily the inability of the new system to allow direct payments of the housing benefit element to landlords.
The shadow minister promised to study the RLA’s concerns and continue dialogue with the Association once the new group had agreed a programme of work.
- IMAGE: Stephen Timms (left) meets the RLA’s Chris Town (centre) and Alan Ward.
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