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
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.