Universal Credit Breakfast Briefing

27 Mar 2018
314 - 320 Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8DP

In this standalone session on Universal Credit, Eugene Nixon from the London Borough of Southwark will presented on the 'Safe as Houses' report, changes since the report was published and next steps for funders.                

The report looked at tenants’ experiences of Universal Credit in the London Boroughs of Southwark and Croydon - not just statistics, and actual rent accounts which show real evidence of the cycle of borrowing and debt.

Since the report was published in autumn last year, big changes were announced by the Government in the November Budget. These take effect fully from April and should result in significant improvements. However this does not mean that the shift to Universal Credit will be entirely smooth-sailing.

The next frontier for funders is ensuring that the support needs of tenants/residents with complex needs are met as they transition to the new system. The Government has begun to outline its plans for what it calls “managed migration” – the final phase in the national rollout of Universal Credit which is expected to commence next year. Eugene briefed attendees on his concerns about the rollout, what Government should be doing to prepare and how funders may support that effort

Click here for slides from the meeting.