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Community Housing Cymru, a body representing housing associations and housing mutuals in Wales, has reported that Universal Credit is increasingly leading to social housing tenants falling into arrears. 

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Benefits, Welfare Reform

The Scottish Government's 2018 Annual Report on Welfare Reform has estimated that UK Government welfare cuts mean that £3.7 billion less is going to be on social security in Scotland by 2020/21. Additionally, the report find that reduced benefit spending is a key driver of increased poverty rates for lone parent families and families with three or more children. 

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Benefits, Outside NI, Welfare Reform

Research conducted by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has found that Universal Credit claimants set to lose hundreds of pounds a year, simply as a result of when their paydays and assessment dates fall.

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Benefits, Regulation, Welfare Reform

A recent ruling in England could assist those that had been in receipt of receipt of disability premiums with legacy benefits and who have since migrated to Universal Credit.

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Benefits, Outside NI, Policy

The impact of Welfare Reform on housing

A briefing document for the All Party Group created and presented by Housing Rights in June 2018. 

The document highlights three key areas of concern and included a focus on the situation post 2020 when the current scheme of mitigation payments are due to expire.

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Benefits, Welfare Reform, Policy, Affordability

The Falls and Shankill become the first areas in Belfast to have Universal Credit introduced on the 13 June 2018.

Universal Credit will replace Housing Benefit, Working Tax Credits, Child Tax Credit, Income Support, Income based Job Seekers Allowance and income related Employment and Support Allowance.  Anyone of working age who gets these benefits will be affected.

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Benefits, Welfare Reform

Lurgan, Newcastle and Kilkeel are the next areas in Northern Ireland to have Universal Credit introduced on the 30 May 2018.

This new benefit will replace Housing Benefit, Working Tax Credits, Child Tax Credit, Income Support, Income based Job Seekers Allowance and income related Employment and Support Allowance.  Anyone of working age who gets these benefits will be affected.

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Benefits, Money Matters, Welfare Reform

Newry and Downpatrick are the next areas in Northern Ireland to have Universal Credit introduced on the 16 May 2018.

This new benefit will replace Housing Benefit, Working Tax Credits, Child Tax Credit, Income Support, Income based Job Seekers Allowance and income related Employment and Support Allowance.  Anyone of working age who gets these benefits will be affected.

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Benefits, Welfare Reform

Back in November 2017, Chancellor for the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond, announced a £1.5 billion package to address some of the concerns which have been raised in relation to Universal Credit. One of the main measures introduced was the concept of a “Housing Benefit transitional payment for Universal Credit claimants”.

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Benefits, Money Matters, Welfare Reform, Affordability

The House of Commons has published a briefing paper “Can private landlords refuse to let to Housing Benefit claimants?”. The paper discusses private landlords’ reluctance to let to Housing Benefit claimants and considers whether this is a form of discrimination.

Some of the suggested reasons why landlords may be reluctant to rent to Housing Benefit claimants include;

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Benefits, Legislation, Homelessness

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