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Some ‘trusted’ landlords may receive benefits direct at an earlier stage

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Government officials are considering altering universal credit to allow ‘trusted’ social landlords to receive vulnerable tenants’ benefit direct before they fall into arrears.

The Department for Work and Pensions, the National Housing Federation and around 20 social landlords are discussing a scheme to allow some housing associations and councils to apply for benefit to be paid directly to them at an earlier stage.

Landlords have warned that universal credit, which replaces a range of benefits with a monthly payment, will threaten their incomes because some tenants will be incapable of managing their finances and fall into arrears.

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