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Impact of Universal Credit on council budgets 31/08/2017 Labelled as Finance

Following publication of our latest Welfare Reform Survey and our meeting with the National Audit Office we are seeking more information from our member councils on the impact of Universal Credit (UC) on council budgets.


ARCH and the National Federation of Almos (NFA) recently published our latest report and survey into the impact of welfare reform on landlords and tenants. In our report "Pause for Thought" we made a number of calls on government including the creation of a transitional funding pot for landlords to enable them to effectively manage the rollout of UC and adequately support vulnerable tenants in the transition to UC.


Following publication of our report we met with the National Audit Office (NAO) which is undertaking a review of the implementation of UC. The NAO is seeking information and any evidence of the impact of UC on council budgets and therefore found our report of particular interest. As a result of those discussions we are now asking our members to complete a short additional survey to gather the detailed evidence of the impact of UC on council budgets including, for example, whether councils have had to increase the provision for bad debts in the Housing Revenue Account and/or employ additional staff to support tenants in the changeover to UC.


We will be writing direct to the lead contact at each of our member councils to ask them to complete and return this additional survey by 15 September 2017 to inform our further discussions with the NAO.  Please watch out for the survey and return it as soon as possible.


Alternatively, you can download a copy of the survey here.

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