Universal Credit: 'Carefully selected' tenants struggling to cope with direct payments

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Universal Credit and also in Bill Payments, Housing

By Neil Merrick Tenants taking part in the Government’s ‘direct payment’ pilots are running up larger rent arrears than other families whose housing benefit is still paid straight to their landlord, according to one of the housing associations involved. Figures from Bron Afon Community Housing show that tenants given responsibility for settling their rent using benefit paid to them direct by the Department for Work and Pensions owe an average of £100 more than other hou...

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