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We are the umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in Southwark. We support charities, community groups and individuals through capacity building, networks and training.


There is a growing body of research examining the impact of the introduction of Universal Credit on both individuals and local authorities, some of which we have listed here.

We have focused on reports that can potentially be used to as evidence in funding applications or campaigning initiatives.

Safe As Houses

Southwark Council commissioned the Smith Institute to carry out research examining the impact of Universal Credit on council tenants, particularly in terms of their ability to keep up with rent payments. This research has been set out in three reports, called Safe as Houses. Download them here

Top Universal Credit Issues Revealed

The Child Poverty Action Group published a report in 2018 focusing on the most common problems associated with Universal Credit. These include administrative errors, problems with housing costs and difficulties making a claim. Download the full report here 

Citizen’s Advice Southwark: Making a Universal Credit Claim

Citizens Advice published a comprehensive report in 2018 detailing the journey of Universal Credit since its inception, its flawed roll-out, and its impact on claimants. Download it here

Rolling Out Universal Credit

Whilst the National Audit Office is fairly critical in its report assessing the value of money of the introduction of Universal Credit, it concludes that there is no practical alternative other than to continue to continue with its roll out. You can download the report here