Universal Credit — [Geraint Davies in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:09 pm on 19th April 2017.

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Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions 4:09 pm, 19th April 2017

If the right hon. Gentleman will forgive me, I will not, or I will run out of time.

Let me assure the House that I recognise what a complex and important issue housing arrears are. Many different factors are at play. As colleagues know, UC pays housing costs directly to the claimants and they pay rent to their landlord. That mirrors the world of work, which is an important part of the fundamental culture change I mentioned. That of course has been the case for some time, since the Labour Government rolled out the local housing allowance in the private rented sector in April 2008.