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.