Universal Credit will go ahead - despite landlords' concerns
Universal Credit will be rolled out as planned, Work and Pensions Secretary, David Gauke MP has confirmed, despite concerns raised by landlords.
On Monday, in his key note speech to the Conservative Party Conference, he acknowledged first claimants faced delays of six weeks or more 'before they receive a penny.'
“But I am determined to ensure that those who need support earlier in the month will get it," he said.
"It is already the case that if people need help before the first full benefit payment, they can quickly get an advance to help tide them over.
“Increasing numbers of people now claim this – since June, the majority of claimants did so. However, I can announce today that we are refreshing the guidance to DWP staff to ensure that anyone who needs an advance payment will be offered it up-front.
“Claimants who want an advance payment will not have to wait six weeks. They will receive this advance within five working days.
“And if someone is in immediate need, then we fast track the payment, meaning they will receive it on the same day.
“Universal Credit is working. So, I can confirm that the rollout will continue, and to the planned timetable.
“We’re not going to rush things – it is more important to get this right than to do this quickly, and this won’t be completed until 2022. But across the country, we will continue to transform our welfare system to further support those who aspire to work.”
The Department for Work and Pensions has published the commencement order confirming those plans to accelerate the roll out of Universal Credit.
Simple Landlords Insurance has published a guide for landlords with tenants who claim, or are in the process of applying for, Universal Credit.
The Residential Landlords Association recently asked for the roll-out of Universal Credit to be paused – a call echoed by experts across the buy-to-let industry.