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 you can read below.

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

Safe As Houses

Southwark council, along with Croydon, commissioned the first in-depth analysis of the impact of Universal Credit across both boroughs. Some of the key findings include:

  • Arrears were larger for those on Universal Credit than Housing Benefit: By week 20, UC tenants were on average £156 in arrears while HB tenants overpaid by 4% of rent due (reflecting repayments).
  • Those on UC were more likely to underpay by more: Whilst UC tenants were no more likely to underpay than HB tenants the level of underpayment varied widely. 39% of cases of underpayment being by more than 75% of rent due. The HB figure was just 8%.
  • There are likely to be significant costs to landlords: If after the period covered by the available data tenants continued to meet their rent overall (as the data for the latter weeks suggests) levels of arrears to rent would fall to around 2% for the year. Nevertheless, for a landlord with 20,000 tenants this would represent around £5.4m more than HB claimants, with arrears accumulating quickly within the space of three months.

You can read the full report here.

Fix Universal Credit

This report sets out End Hunger UK’s proposals for fixing Universal Credit in order to prevent more people going hungry, as Universal Credit continues to be rolled out across the country.

End Hunger UK brings together a wide range of national charities, faith groups, frontline organisations, academics and individuals working to tackle food poverty in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

You can read the full report here.








Top Universal Credit Issues Revealed

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

To read the full report click here.










Citizens Advice: Making a Universal Credit Claim

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

Well worth a read here.

For the executive summary click 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 read the report here.