Universal Credit will drive up homelessness as people struggle to rent homes

The Liberal Democrats are leading calls for the reform of the housing cost element of Universal Credit before a “disaster occurs in an already dysfunctional housing market”.

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The Liberal Democrats are leading calls for the reform of the housing cost element of Universal Credit before a “disaster occurs in an already dysfunctional housing market”.

They are calling on the Department for Work and Pensions to make some further changes to the way they administer the housing element of Universal Credit before it is too late.

Carshalton & Wallington MP Tom Brake said:

"If further urgent changes are not made to Universal Credit, homelessness will skyrocket and the private rental sector will prove even more resistant to tenants on benefits.

"The government has the opportunity to improve the chronic housing shortage across the country by making Universal Credit payments to landlords the default option.

"Despite the chaos created by the shambolic rollout of Universal Credit, opportunities for positive action remain if the government actually listens to those trying to make the system work."

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