LORDS

Universal Credit's design and its impact on the housing sector examined by Lords

24 April 2020

The Economic Affairs Committee holds its fourth evidence session on the economics of Universal Credit inquiry.

Witnesses

Tuesday 28 April, virtual meeting

At 3.35pm

  • Paul Gray, former Chair of the Social Security Advisory Committee
  • Gareth Morgan, Managing Director, Ferret Information Systems

At 4:35 pm

  • Cllr Victoria Mills, Southwark Council
  • Sue Ramsden, Policy Lead, National Housing Federation

Likely questions

  • How well will the Universal Credit system cope with processing the number of applications and getting payments to people on-time if unemployment reaches the levels that are forecast?
  • What are the basic principles behind the Minimum Income Floor?
  • Is the conditionality regime central to Universal Credit?
  • In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, has the Government done enough to help Universal Credit claimants to protect their security of accommodation?
  • We heard evidence that paying rents directly to landlords increases the risk that individuals will fail to pay their rent when they eventually do move into work. Do you agree?
  • What financial impact has the roll-out of Universal Credit had on the wider social and supported housing sector?

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