Five asks, Welfare Conditionality and the Challenge of UC Choices
The SFHA, IRRV and CIH have highlighted the risks associated with the transition to Universal Credit for mitigating the bedroom tax. The SFHA is also working with the other UK housing federations to press for process improvements essential for Universal Credit.
The four housing federations have agreed a set of Five Asks – for improvements to the Universal Credit system that each federation can adjust to suit their own regional circumstances. The asks call for three process improvements and two policy changes (the removal of entitlement restrictions for third children and the lower benefit cap, together with the introduction of transitional protection for ‘natural’ migration). Universal Credit rollout is due to take a summer ‘firebreak’ in July and the SFHA will press for a pause to the rollout until necessary process improvements can be made.