The Department for Work and Pensions is to share tenant data with social landlords to simplify the administrationof universal credit, it has been confirmed.
The DWP said the new regulations would come into force on 13 February after 99% of social landlords responding to its consultation backed the proposals.
Previously, social landlords were reliant on being informed by their tenants of any switch to the new benefits system, a situation that made it difficult to plan ahead and provide help for the new claimant.
The new regulations will only apply to social landlords, including housing associations operating as charities, but not with private landlords – because they do not currently provide welfare support to tenants.
The DWP has also published a summary of responses to the consultation questions:
Q. We envisage social landlords would provide a range of support…
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