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Crisis responds to proposed changes to Universal Credit

In response to Amber Rudd’s, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, decision to make direct payments to private landlords easier Crisis Chief Executive, Jon Sparkes, said: “We welcome today's announcement on Universal Credit, in particular making direct payments to landlords available to more people that need it.

“However, the years of under investment in housing benefit continues to be a major cause of homelessness and is undermining the success of the Universal Credit; leaving many to struggle with rent arrears, or worse, being forced into homelessness. We need urgent action now, so that Universal Credit covers the true cost of people's rent.

“The Government must address the current system to ensure stability for private renters and halt the spiralling costs of expensive temporary accommodation.”