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Direct payments on housing benefit in doubt

It sparks a major u-turn by the Department for Work and Pensions – who in its Universal Credit White Paper, released in November, acknowledged the importance of “protecting rental income for social landlords”.

At a British Property Federation conference this month, Lord Freud revealed that direct payments would be phased out of the social housing sector and used as a “matter of exception where required” rather than as a matter of course.

The Welfare Reform Bill is due to be published this month. Read More:


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