Universal Credit in a time of crisis

A report from the National Housing Federation sets out findings from a tracking survey of 23 housing associations in England before and during the coronavirus pandemic and interviews with 10 of those surveyed, alongside national statistics. The organisations surveyed represent 10% of all housing associations homes across England. We were one of those associations.

Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, the number of social rented households in England claiming the housing element of Universal Credit has increased by 39%. Given the increasing number of people claiming Universal Credit, they wanted to find out whether coronavirus had affected tenants’ ability to pay their rent, and any differences for people on Universal Credit.

What do you think of their findings?