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One thing’s for certain, universal credit, the government’s flagship policy for the radical reform of the benefit system, is on its way. It will replace a whole range of working age benefits and tax credits, including housing benefit. What’s still uncertain though, is how housing providers will be paid the rent they are owed by tenants reliant on benefits.
Welfare reformers say housing support must be part of the universal credit and go direct to tenants to make the new system simple, efficient and transparent.
But social landlords and lenders say direct payments underpin the whole system of private finance (A step too far, Inside Housing, 17 June).
As the Welfare Reform Bill makes its passage through parliament, attempts to find a compromise continue. After three years of conflicting signals, the final outcome is still unclear. Read More: