Universal Credit and housing

Document type
Briefing
Author(s)
Webb, Kate
Publisher
Shelter
Date of publication
1 June 2012
Subject(s)
Housing and Homelessness, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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Universal Credit aims to simplify the benefit system by unifying a number of means-tested benefits. This will mean claimants only have to report personal information and changes in circumstances to one agency. Shelter supports attempts to simplify the benefit system, and agrees that the rationalisation of different benefit streams is long overdue. But simplification must be driven from the point of view of the claimant interacting with the system. Many of the perceived complexities of the housing benefit system have evolved over time to recognise the complexities of individuals’ lives. This ability to respond to complexity must not be lost in a move towards a one size fits all model

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