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

January 9, 2018 12:52 PM
By Stephen Lloyd MP
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Stephen Lloyd (By Chris McAndrew (https://beta.parliament.uk/media/yhEkjW57) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)"The Conservative's roll out of Universal Credit risks driving up homelessness.

"That's what I will warn in a debate in Westminster Hall this morning.

"Without urgent reform of the housing benefit element of Universal Credit, disaster will occur in what is an already dysfunctional housing market.

"If those urgent changes are not made to the Government's new benefit, 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."