Views sought on impact of Universal Credit

The results of a survey seeking to gauge the impact of Universal Credit on the way tenants pay their rent and how it is collected by their social landlord will be revealed at the National Housing Federation’s Housing Finance conference next month.

Launched by payment specialists allpay – which works with more than 70 of the top 100 housing associations – the survey seeks to gauge housing professionals’ views on the impact it could have on payment methods and budgeting patterns and whether they expect the direct payment of housing benefit to social tenants to still be the default position under Universal Credit in 2017.

allpay will be exhibiting at the event on March 20-21 and will present the results of the survey alongside ways it's currently supporting landlords ahead of Universal Credit.

The introduction of Universal Credit will see six income-related benefits absorbed into one monthly payment paid directly to claimants.

The Government’s default position is to pay the benefit directly into bank accounts and for people to claim online.

You can take the survey here.

Results of the survey will be published at the NHF's Housing Finance Conference on 20-21 March