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April sees changes to Universal Credit

Friday 27 April 2018

Following pressure from ARLA Propertymark and the sector, changes were announced to Universal Credit at the Autumn Budget 2017. On 11 April 2018 the Government introduced additional payments to help people transition to Universal Credit and measures that will see temporary housing costs come out of Universal Credit and paid through Housing Benefit.

The changes mean that new claimants already getting support with their housing costs will be provided with an additional payment of two weeks of their housing benefit to support them as they transition to Universal Credit. A move that is designed to help address the issue of rent arears for those who most need it.

It also means that people in temporary accommodation who move out and claim Universal Credit housing costs will receive housing costs for the whole monthly period, even if they move two weeks into their assessment period.

Universal Credit replaces six existing benefits (Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; Income-related Employment and Support Allowance; Income Support; Child Tax Credit; Working Tax Credit; Housing Benefit or Local Housing Allowance). The new system is based on a single monthly payment (rather than every two weeks) paid in arrears directly to a bank account. Payments include all eligible housing costs meaning that claimants will be responsible for paying their rent themselves.

ARLA Propertymark is a member of the Department for Work and Pensions Strategic PRS Landlord Group. We've raised concerns with the Government for some time now over Universal Credit payments not being processed quickly enough, which can cause distress and hardship to claimants, and has also led to some landlords deciding not to rent properties to those in receipt of the benefit.

Universal Credit is being introduced in stages across the UK by postcode area. Log into the members’ area to download our Fact Sheet.