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SALFORD UNIVERSAL CREDIT RENT ARREARS DOUBLE THAT OF NON-UNIVERSAL CREDIT TENANTS
 

Star date: 16th November 2018

INCREDIBLE ARREARS INDICTMENT OF UNIVERSAL CREDIT

In a new City West Housing report for Salford City Council, it is revealed that, in Salford, the percentage of tenants on Universal Credit and in rent arrears is over double that for tenants who are not on Universal Credit. The figure is 78% compared to 37%.

City West currently has 1109 tenants claiming Universal Credit, and the company states that "The overall rent collection rate for these tenants for 18/19 is 93.05%, which is significantly lower than our collection rate for all tenants." It's yet another shocking indictment of the controversial benefit system.

Full details here...


Next week, Salford City Council will consider the latest report from City West Housing Trust, part of which is an update on its tenants claiming Universal Credit (UC).

Despite having two dedicated officers to help its 1109 tenants who are on Universal Credit, the company reports that, while the officers have managed to 'maximise tenants' income by £106,000, "The overall rent collection rate for these tenants for 18/19 is 93.05%, which is significantly lower than our collection rate for all tenants".

In Salford as a whole, the report notes, "37% of non-UC tenants are in arrears with an average arrears balance of £431. For those tenants on UC, 78% of them are in arrears with an average balance of £676" – which is over double the percentage

Even more shocking is the amount of money being taken off people who are claiming UC for such arrears...up to £100 per month.

Tenants living in City West properties can have their rent deducted at source from payments by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), known as Alternative Payment Arrangement (APA)...

"This cohort of tenants will also be paying off their arrears either themselves or through a Rent Direct payment from the DWP" the report states "If the DWP are paying this then the deductions towards their rent arrears is far greater - up to 20% of their personal allowance, circa £70 - £100 per month - than if the customer was self-paying, which is usually around £15 per month."

The rent collection rate for City West tenants who have this APA arrangement in place is 95.75%. For those who pay rent themselves, the rate is 91.2%. Which underlines everything about Universal Credit that has been flagged up by activists, Salford advice organisations and poverty charities.

Further down the report the company adds ominously that "We continue to source external funding through St Martin's in the Field Vicar's Relief Fund which offers small grants to help prevent homelessness..."

See also previous related Salford Star article: Salford Universal Credit Claimant Told To Live on £47 Per Week – click here 

Mr brexit wrote
at 06:56:49 on 25 November 2018
@rossi, are you the Rossi that was on here championing our great mayor, the one who live on Salford precinct, apologies if your not, not been on this site for a long time. I said on here many years ago that Salford was to become the new London, I’ve been proven right, as in London the Londoner’s have been forced out, so it is happening to Salfordians, social cleansing, property speculators can smell profit. Our Labour Party representatives have climbed on the money making train with them, but as someone else has commented on, Salford will slowly turn conservative, but our Labour Party reps won’t care because they’ll have filled there boot and pockets with our money and our future. Mind how you go. Keep voting Labour for social cleansing
 
The Fiddler wrote
at 13:51:42 on 19 November 2018
James .... isn't that exactly the reason why a welfare system exists.... to help those who CAN'T help themselves ?
 
James wrote
at 09:19:14 on 19 November 2018
Why shouldn't claimants be responsible for their own rent payments? If they'd rather spend their money on a night out or hair extensions, that's their problem. About time they had some responsibility thrown at them.
 
kenny wrote
at 19:56:35 on 17 November 2018
Rossi.. So right but not only councillors and the Mayor, where are our two Lady Mp's. In hiding some would say. You never hear from them unless for a photo opportunity to boost their high opinion of themselves. Come on Ladies from Hiding and stand up for the people who voted for you.
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 19:56:00 on 17 November 2018
Bang on right Kenny. I know loads of benefit people, housing people, welfare people etc. They all say this problem coming up years ago. Sending rent direct was simple, and cheap to operate and it worked. Sorting out all the arrears problems, forget the human and social cost for a minute, costs a fortune in admin and legal costs, social workers time ect. It is just a Tory idea to show people how the full weight of the law will be on people if they do not comply and do as they are told.
 
kenny wrote
at 09:42:10 on 17 November 2018
Right from the start of UC the government was asked to keep paying direct rent to landlords. Duncan_smith insisted "NO", they had to pay rent themselves from their UC benefit. They was told time and time again rents would fall behind but would not listen. This rent problem is 99% of UC problems.
 
ROSSI wrote
at 09:42:00 on 17 November 2018
isn't it about time that our Councillors and the Mayor actually stood up and said something. You never hear a word coming out of the mouths of this bunch of Cuckolds. Not a dicky bird. Why is this? Don't they actually care about a sizeable percentage of their Citizenry? I just don't get it. I actually live near to the guy that was given the chance to take over from Paul Longshaw. This bloke is an African called Wilson, and nobody ever sees him. I have it on good authority from someone that has tried contacting him, that he NEVER returns her emails or answers any of her calls. what good is this? What this is, this is Salford Labour for you. They've been around for so long that they take being in power as a "right", and thus, they have a contempt for the electorate and Salford's citizenry in general. These wasters SHOULD be speaking up about all of this Universal Credit shit, but they remain SILENT, as ALWAYS> Useless bunch of No Marks. If they had any decency, they would be ashamed.
 
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