London boroughs face £23m rent arrears due to Universal Credit

By Martin Ford | 22 July 2020

The rollout of Universal Credit is leading to thousands of council tenants falling behind on rent payments, new research commissioned by London Councils has found.

Two-thirds of tenants saw a ‘significant’ increase in rent arrears, averaging £240, within 12 weeks of claiming Universal Credit according to the report from the Smith Institute, commissioned by Southwark LBC on behalf of London Councils.

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