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Universal Credit: Inverness

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 227440, tabled on 12 March 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the introduction of universal credit on the level of rent arrears among claimants in the Inverness area.

Answered on

18 March 2015

In December 2014, we published the independent evaluation of the Universal Credit Direct Payment Demonstration Projects. This report showed that asking claimants to take responsibility for paying their rent did not lead to big increases in rent arrears. We are drawing on the findings from these Projects as part of our approach to continually improving the service. The reports can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/direct-payment-demonstration-projects-final-reports