New DWP proposals to protect landlords’ rental incomes are in danger of trapping people in their homes, creating a modern day version of a debtor’s prison.{jcomments on}

Last year Lord Freud committed to protecting landlords’ rental incomes under Universal Credit. To do this, DWP propose that tenants in rent arrears have 40% of their core benefits deducted until rent arrears are cleared – that’s 40% taken from JSA, Income Support or Standard Allowance under Universal Credit.

DWP have not put forward a rationale for the 40% rate.

But the 40% rate should definitely ring a bell, because it’s the same punishing rate people are sanctioned by if Jobcentre Plus decide they aren’t trying hard enough to get a job. So is it the case that people in rent arrears simply aren’t trying hard enough to pay their rent?

Read the full story including Shelter’s proposals on the Shelter policy blog


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