This latest report from UK think tank The Smith Institute looks at Universal Credit and rent arrears in Southwark.
This report is the third the Smith Institute has produced for Southwark Council tracking the impact of UC on rent payments but the first to look at UC post reform. It draws on previous findings, including using the results from the first report on the rent payments of tenants that moved onto the legacy HB system to act as a baseline for some comparisons. The report also seeks to understand whether rent payments improve with time and arrears are paid down. It also compares the two groups to examine whether reforms at a national level or within the council have led to improved outcomes, and, if so, in what way. Such insights presented without prejudice are intended to help improve what remains a relatively new and untested system.
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