Following the recent petition ” Universal housing benefits to be paid to landlords ” the Employment Minister has said that the DWP will have the capability to make payments to landlords for social and private tenants.
Responding to questions from shadow Work and Pensions Minister Stephen Timms and written questions in parliament, Chris Grayling also announced that the government would use an agreement with Citibank to make universal credit payments to people who do not have bank accounts.
The Universal Credit system goes live in October 2013, whereby payments will be made directly to tenants; leaving it up to them to pay their rent or not.
We believe that all tenants should have the right to decide if their rents are paid directly to their landlord – to help those on low incomes avoid debt and arrears.
Landlord Referencing Services recognise that this is positive step in the right direction but until something is written in stone we remain sceptical.
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