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Significant changes are being made to the Universal Credit system that will see the housing element of the benefit paid directly to landlords at the start of a claim.
Currently, both social and private tenants who claim the controversial benefit are responsible for making rent payments to their landlord themselves.
But research shows that many tenants would prefer to have the assurance that their rent is paid direct to the landlord and now it would appear that their right to do this will finally be introduced as part of a new Universal Credit system.
Only tenants on Universal Credit who are struggling to manage payments themselves and who are in arrears to their landlord can apply for a direct payment to landlords to be made in the form of an alternative payment arrangement (APA).
Landlords can also make the request by submitting a UC47 managed payment and rent arrears form, but just 5% of Universal Credit claimants in private rented housing have their rent paid directly to their landlord, according to the government.
But the new online system will allow private landlords to request that their tenant’s rent to be paid directly to them.
go back in time a few years and when council housing was sold off, imagine that it was sold to the current occupiers for a quid.
housing benefit bill would be reduced, people would have been able to live on much smaller wages.
any argument about a lack of social housing for people in need currently.. well ther's barely anything available anyway.
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