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Universal Credit ‘shambles’ leaves Scottish tenants vulnerable to eviction, warns SNP MP

Figures show 29% of landlords have already evicted a tenant for Universal Credit rent arrears.

Rogue landlords making millions out of housing benefits

‘Lockdown’ is a model that can make £56,000 a year from public funds. But the scandal goes on.

Survey reveals impact of proposed funding cuts on women fleeing abuse

Women’s Aid says 39% of refuges will have to close in England under plans to remove supported housing from welfare system.

Universal credit wait reduced to five weeks

Tories welcome changes to hardship loans and housing benefit but Labour calls for welfare system rollout to be paused and fixed.

Landlord threatens mass evictions ahead of universal credit rollout

Lincolnshire property firms sends formal notice of possession to all tenants in case universal credit leads to rent arrears.

Six-week wait for universal credit set to be reduced

Government preparing to trim wait for new benefit after Tory backbenchers raised concerns about impact on constituents.

Lower benefit cap putting thousands at risk of poverty and homelessness

Chancellor Philip Hammond urged to use the upcoming budget to scrap the lower benefit cap.

Housing benefit cap U-turn ‘ends undue stress and anxiety’

SNP welcome climbdown but say a the delay in changes to the policy has caused ‘undue stress and anxiety to the supported housing sector.’

Theresa May performs major U-turn on plans to cap housing benefit

PM says government will no longer roll out changes that would have capped benefit for social housing and supported homes.

Rethink on housing benefit cap for elderly and vulnerable

Move follows outcry from charities and evidence that housing projects have been abandoned.

Benefit cuts leave hundreds of thousands exposed to rent increases

At least 500,000 households are facing a shortfall between rent and their housing benefit entitlement.

Councils fear surge in evictions as universal credit rollout accelerates

Housing federation says new system poses challenge to landlords, and Guardian investigation reveals claimants’ frustration.

Ministers told to cut wait for new benefit amid evidence it is causing debt

Report raised ‘very serious concerns’ with government over delay before first payment.

Social housing crisis can no longer be ignored, says housing chief

David Orr says Grenfell Tower fire highlighted neglect of sector - government must urgently make money available.

Revealed: universal credit sends rent arrears soaring

Housing chiefs’ warning on effect of flagship Tory welfare reform.

DWP data proves Universal Credit is in ‘total disarray’, say Labour

One in four Universal Credit claimants are waiting longer than six weeks to receive their first payment, while half have experienced rent arrears.

Universal Credit roll-out a ‘ticking timebomb’, say private landlords

Private landlords say the flagship welfare reform is already forcing a growing number of their tenants into rent arrears.

Government rebuked for failing to address homelessness crisis

National Audit Office says ministers have no grip on the causes of issue that costs the taxpayer more than £1bn a year.

Almost 90% of Universal Credit tenants are in rent arrears, warns Council

South Lanarkshire Council says tenants in receipt of universal credit have accrued rent arrears totaling more than half a million pounds.

Tory cuts robbing Scottish Council homelessness funding, say SNP

Crucial support disappearing as Tory austerity continues to hit the most vulnerable.

Universal Credit causing ‘considerable hardship’ for council housing tenants

Report calls on the government to halt the roll-out of Universal Credit until "the system works properly".

100 tenants a day lose homes as rising rents and benefit freeze hit

Charities demand action to tackle toll of soaring housing costs, welfare cuts and ‘no fault’ evictions.

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