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RLA urges a right to direct UC rent payments

RLA urges a right to direct UC rent payments

Citizen’s Advice report reveals 49% of those it helps with Universal Credit are in arrears over housing payments.


The RLA has backed Citizen’s Advice over a need for more changes to Universal Credit – urging the “immediate” introduction of a right to direct landlord payments.


Responding to a report published by Citizens Advice, showing 49% of those it helps with Universal Credit are in arrears on their housing payments, Chris Town, RLA vice chair, said: “One of the main drivers of rent arrears has been that tenants cannot routinely choose to have the housing element of Universal Credit paid directly to their landlord at the start of a claim.


“Many tenants prefer to have the assurance that their rent is paid and their right to do this should be introduced immediately.”


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