Universal Credit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 13th September 2013.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when a recipient of universal credit accrues eight weeks' rent arrears and is moved to managed payments, how long will it be before they are moved back to direct payments.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Under universal credit we will return claimants to direct payment of rent once we are satisfied that they are in a position to manage their affairs. We expect that managed payments will remain in place at least until the outstanding arrears have been recovered. One of the failings of the current system is that decisions to move claimants to managed payments of rent are not systematically reviewed. How long managed payments remain in place beyond that will depend upon individual circumstance but we expect most claimants would not be switched back to direct payments for a further six months.

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