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Universal Credit U-turn

 
April 19th 2017
 

Ministers are caving to ongoing pressure to rethink Universal Credit as it causes issues with housing homeless families.

Universal Credit forces homeless families in short-term accommodation to wait six weeks to qualify for rent support, which is incompatible with the law that requires councils to find more suitable housing for the families within those six weeks.

Local authorities have reported that rent collection for emergency accommodation has collapsed since the Universal Credit digital service started last year.

The Guardian reported that Croydon Council faces a £2.5million rent bill due to families being hosted in Bed & Breakfasts - a burden on the taxpayer that was covered by housing benefit in the old system.

 
 
 

April/May 2017

 

Contents

Rogue landlords

Dual diagnosis

Object Hunters

Benefit cut for the young

Glasgow street death

Christian kitchen made homeless... again

Universal Credit U-turn

Welfare Fund to fill gaps

Calls for 'help-to-rent' scheme

Cop case takes the biscuit

PSPOs still a threat

The Homeless Barbers

Cardiff homeless rates soar

New resource for job seekers

The Homeless Period

Finland sets new benchmark

U.S. budget trumps poor

Tiny houses: good or bad?

Peru floods

'Work-for-a-day' pilot project

'Safe Space' for Sydney

 

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