Safe as Houses 3: Have government reforms to Universal Credit reduced the rent arrears of Southwark's tenants

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Hunter, Paul
Smith Institute
Date of publication
1 August 2019
Social Policy, Housing and Homelessness, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This report asks whether there has been an improvement in rent payment behaviour since reforms to Universal Credit (UC) were introduced in 2018. It also examines the impact of UC after tenants have transitioned onto the new benefit.

To answer these questions the report analyses and compares the experiences of two groups of tenants that transitioned onto UC at different times. The first group did so between August to October 2016 and the second between April and June 2018.

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