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As MPs begin consideration of the Government’s Welfare Reform Bill, the RLA is calling for tenants to be given the right to choose who receives their benefits, as evidence shows that many are falling into arrears and would prefer the security of knowing their rent has been paid.
Whilst the Government argue that paying housing benefits direct to tenants promotes financial responsibility, research previously commissioned by Shelter has suggested that of those tenants who would like their benefits paid to their landlord, 95% are struggling to manage their own finances. Despite this, they are denied the ability to make a choice for themselves. Read More: