Universal Credit: Household Debt

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st May 2018.

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Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions 12:00 am, 21st May 2018

As the hon. Lady will know, a report that was published last year by the National Federation of ALMOs found that more than three quarters of tenants who started claiming universal credit were already in rent arrears. Other research shows that after four months on universal credit the number of claimants in arrears fell by a third. The key point is to make sure that we get help to individuals and that is precisely what the budget changes the Secretary of State has outlined do.