LGA responds to Citizen's Advice report on impact of Universal Credit

“The ability of councils to provide extra support to people to keep rent arrears down is becoming increasingly limited and we also remain concerned about the Government’s significant reductions in Housing Benefit, which can leave people struggling to pay their rent."


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Responding to the report, Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board, said:

“This report provides further evidence that people on Universal Credit are struggling to pay their rent. The Government was right to have announced measures in the Budget to partly address this, but it is vital that they work closely with councils to make sure that they are as effective as possible.

“The ability of councils to provide extra support to people to keep rent arrears down is becoming increasingly limited and we also remain concerned about the Government’s significant reductions in Housing Benefit, which can leave people struggling to pay their rent.

“Councils want to work with the Government and partners, including Citizens Advice, to ensure that the design and implementation of housing support, welfare reform and Universal Credit works for people.”