On Monday 12th November, BBCs latest Panorama investigation focused on the impact of the controversial Universal Credit, and most crucially the housing element. The programme revealed the extent of the rent
arrears problem as a result of changes to the benefits system. Paul Shamplina, founder of Landlord
Action, together with Mick Roberts, one of the UK’s largest Housing Benefit
landlords, join other industry experts in calling on the government to act now and scrap direct payments to tenants
of the housing element of Universal Credit, before the situation worsens.
Under the old system, housing allowance was paid direct to councils or private landlords. Now, in order to mirror the world of work and encourage people to be more independent, Universal Credit (UC) payments are made direct to claimants. However, when combined with the cuts in benefits, tenants are under increasing financial pressure, evidenced by the 55% rise in evictions