More than three quarters of council tenants claiming Universal Credit (UC) in South Lanarkshire are in rent arrears. The shocking figure was revealed in a report on welfare reform which went before councillors on the technical and housing resources committee. It states as of March 31 this year 79 per cent of tenants who were in receipt of UC were in arrears.
Commenting on the figures, Clare Haughey MSP said:
“These figures released by South Lanarkshire Council are deeply alarming, but sadly they are not surprising. Since the full-service roll-out of Universal Credit last year, I am hearing of more and more constituents who are finding themselves in financial difficulties through no fault of their own.
“The UK Government’s welfare system as a whole is cruel and inhumane, however Universal Credit is one reform too far. Not only is Universal Credit disastrous for the person in receipt of it, but it is also preventing local authorities, like South Lanarkshire Council, from using money to benefit our communities.
“The Scottish Government will continue to fight for the halt of the roll-out of Universal Credit so that necessary changes to the system can be implemented, and stop punishing those who need our help most.”
Date published: 1st June 2018