welfare reform

welfare reform

Latest Universal Credit Survey reveals rent arrears exceed £6.68 million

30 August, 20170 Comments
A report measuring the impact of Welfare Reform on tenants and landlords in England, reveals the undue stress and hardship individuals are experiencing claiming Universal Credit – where nearly a third of all households living in council and ALMO owned homes were in rent arrears as at the 31st March 2017. Undertaken in May 2017,
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Landlords and politicians demand overhaul of flawed welfare reform policy

08 February, 20170 Comments
Landlords and politicians are demanding an overhaul of the UK’s welfare system, claiming that thousands of benefit claimants are facing rent arrears, debt and eviction as a direct result of policy design flaws within the Universal Credit model. The Government’s ‘flagship welfare reform’ sees six benefit payouts combined into one monthly payment, replacing some of the
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First Ever Universal Credit fraud and error stats released

24 May, 20160 Comments
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published its first annual fraud and error findings for its Universal Credit (UC) welfare reform programme, as part of a wider benefit system report for the 2015/16 period. According to the latest DWP figures, overpayment rates for the programme were recorded at 7.3% during the last full
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Dangerous practices continue, despite a string of legal judgments – Do we actually care about our young people?

23 July, 20140 Comments
Young people should not be living in B&Bs   Local authorities are continuing to place 16- and 17-year-olds in bed and breakfast accommodation despite legal judgments Bed and breakfasts lack the stability and support that vulnerable young people require, and may increase the risks they face. Composite: guardian.co.uk The use of bed and breakfast accommodation
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Just 1 bad tenant can wipe out an entire pension pot …

08 April, 20140 Comments
With 25% of retirees planning to user their pension pot to buy an annuity, following reforms announced in this year’s Budget, LRS wonders how prepared these ‘silver-savers’ actually are for becoming a landlord. Following the biggest shake-up of the pensions system in generations, pensioners can now take more of their pension pot as up-front cash,
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Accurate tenant referencing and landlord communication is the way forward

03 February, 20140 Comments
With the impending welfare reform via Universal Credit, legislation to tackle illegal immigration, more landlord Licensing schemes being implemented and stories such as Landlord Fergus Wilson’s recently hitting the headlines; landlords and letting agents need to realise the severe implications if they continue to go about their business without the means of accurate and thorough
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