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By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:
Thursday 16th November 2017
Universal credit shambles could leave thousands without a home
At Prime Minister’s Questions, he read out a pre-emptive eviction letter that a lettings agency in Lincolnshire has sent to its tenants warning that it will take action to kick them out if they run up arrears.
The letter says: “GAP Property cannot sustain arrears at the potential levels universal credit could create,” adding that this “affects the vast majority” of the tenants on its books.
Universal credit is due to be rolled out to north-east Lincolnshire on December 13.
Mr Corbyn told the Prime Minister: “I suspect it’s not the only letting agency that’s sending out that kind of letter.”
He renewed his calls for Theresa May to pause the expansion of the welfare shake-up so that problems such as payment delays of around six weeks or more can be fixed.
“Blanket notices of eviction handed to tenants because of universal credit are totally unacceptable, should shock us all and bring shame on this Conservative government,” he stormed.
“Ministers have been told over and over again that the roll-out of their flagship social security policy is causing debt, hardship and homelessness and this is further proof of the devastating impact it is having.
“The Tories must immediately pause the roll-out and fix these problems that are turning people’s lives upside down.”
Ms May acknowledged there have been concerns over the welfare reforms and she claimed that the number of universal credit recipients in arrears has fallen by a third after four months.
Shadow housing secretary John Healey said in a statement: “People on ordinary incomes, both in and out of work, are paying the price for ministers’ ideology and incompetence.
“The actions of the letting agent are shocking, but the buck stops with ministers.
“During seven years of failure on housing, this government has ignored renters with no protection against poor standards, no control of rising rents and no action on constant insecurity.”
Ministers could act next week to cut the six-week wait for payments to five, a group of Tory MPs suggested yesterday.
But shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams warned: “Much more needs to be done.
“The government must confirm that alternative payment arrangements will be offered to all recipients, including fortnightly payments, and bring forward plans to restore the principle that work always pays under the programme.
“A pause to the programme’s roll-out would ensure that it does not push people into poverty and deprivation until these issues are fixed.”
Britain’s children’s commissioners wrote to Chancellor Philip Hammond calling for an immediate pause in the roll-out and for the restriction of universal credit benefits to only two children to be reconsidered before next week’s Budget.
They said it constitutes a breach of an adequate standard of living under the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.
The commissioners also called for an urgent review of the benefits freeze after the Institute for Fiscal Studies forecast a 4 per cent rise in absolute child poverty by 2021-22, three-quarters of which will be caused by benefit changes.
This would affect around 400,000 children, they said.
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