Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Freud Orders 'Urgent' Review Into Universal Credit Arrears

Lord Freud has commissioned an “urgent” review into the high rate of rent arrears owed by Universal Credit claimants. The welfare reform minister said the number of Universal Credit claimants in debt was higher than he had expected. He described the proportion of claimants already in arrears before they switched over to direct payment of benefit for housing costs under Universal Credit as “frightening”. Speaking in the House of Lords, Lord Freud revealed that he had “commissioned work from the department to help understand the true level and causes of these arrears”. Read more on Inside Housing.

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