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Universal Credit: Housing

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 13631, tabled on 27 October 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that landlords receive the expected rent payments for tenants in properties in areas where universal credit is rolled out.

Answered on

30 October 2015

Universal Credit is usually paid directly to claimants as a single monthly sum.


In certain circumstances, such as where a claimant is identified as vulnerable, the Department may make alternative payment arrangements for rent to be paid directly to landlords.


The Department is also conducting a pilot with a selection of landlords from the social housing sector where the landlord can identify claimants with a need for alternative payments arrangements and make recommendations to DWP for rapid implementation of direct payments.

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