A group of housing organisations have warned that Universal Credit is ‘flawed’ and is causing debt, suffering and hardship for millions.

The National Housing Federation, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, Community Housing Cymru and the Northern Irish Federation of Housing Associations all called on the Government to change their flagship welfare policy, which merges six existing benefits into one, before it is rolled out to all parts of the country this year.

Surveys of 118 housing associations in England, Wales, and Scotland have revealed that their Universal Credit tenants are in £24m of rent arrears.

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