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Tory backbenchers in Universal Credit revolt

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Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

Twelve backbench MPs have demanded the suspension of the roll-out of Universal Credit – backing a call made by the RLA

In a letter to Work and Pensions Secretary David Guake, the MPs raised concerns that claimants face a six week wait for benefits payment when switching to Universal Credit.

The MPs who signed the letter include Andrew Selous, a former parliamentary aide to Iain Duncan Smith and Heidi Allen.

These issues were among concerns raised by the RLA, with senior policy officer Natalie Williamson  giving evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee earlier this month-examining the troubled roll-out.

Following the evidence session, the Rt Hon Frank Field wrote to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions after the evidence session with a number of key concerns.

It read: “We were concerned to hear about a lack of support from DWP for private sector landlords who have UC claimants as tenants-a substantial change from the locally administered Housing Benefit system”.

A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: “The vast majority of claimants are comfortable managing their money, and for anyone who needs extra help, we have budgeting advice and benefit advances.

“Continuing to roll-out Universal Credit in a safe and controlled way will mean many more will benefit from moving into employment.”

The RLA Advice Team often receive questions from landlords about Universal Credit tenants. Read a recent Call of the Week here. 

The RLA also offer training courses around Universal Credit, and guides for members which can be viewed here.

 

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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