There is a new report out on the impact of Universal credit on rent arrears. But there is a difference with this one. It is not one of the ‘usual suspects’ – Shelter, Citizens Advice, BHT, etc. – warning the Department for Work and Pensions about the problems being caused by one aspect or another of Universal Credit. No, this one is from Ipsos Mori on behalf of the DWP itself.
It found that of those in arrears, in half the cases the arrears started after they had made their claim for Universal Credit.
Ipsos Mori said that 38% of renters on Universal Credit were in arrears eight weeks after making a claim. This fell to 31% five months after making the claim. 77% said this was the first time they had been arrears in their current accommodation.
When will the DWP finally admit that Universal Credit is an unmitigated failure, and when will they put a halt to this disastrous policy?