The chairman of the Parliamentary Work and Pensions Committee,
Rt Hon Frank Field MP, has written to ARCH seeking views on
letter to ARCH, the chair of the influential Work and
Pensions Committee has highlighted the Committee's ongoing
monitoring of the introduction of Universal Credit and the
Committee's call for evidence on several areas. They're seeking
ARCH's thoughts and observations on the following issues:
- How long people waiting for Universal Credit claim to be
processed and the impact this is having.
- How claimants manage with being paid Universal Credit monthly
- If Universal Credit has improved accuracy of payments.
- The impact Universal Credit is having on rent arrears, the
effect it's having on landlords and claimants, and how to improve
- The impact is Universal Credit having on income and costs of
local authorities, housing associations, charities and other local
- If Universal Credit working and how could it be improved.
ARCH has previously highlighted the impact of Universal Credit
on tenant rent arrears through a series of
ongoing surveys on the impact of Welfare Reform.
ARCH chief executive, John Bibby, said:
"The fact that ARCH has been formally asked to submit
evidence to a Parliamentary Committee reflects our growing
reputation as the voice of the stock retained sector. The regular
Welfare Reform survey we've carried out with the NFA has earned us
a sound reputation in identifying the, often unintended,
consequences of Government Policy.
"We'll be working with the NFA on a response, which we'll
base largely around the findings of our latest survey. In the
meantime I'd welcome any views and comments (and evidence) from
ARCH members in response to the specific questions raised in Frank
Field's letter as it may affect your council and tenants."
To send your comments, please email ARCH policy advisor, Matthew
Warburton at firstname.lastname@example.org by
close of play, Wednesday 16 March 2017.