Question S5O-00620: Universal Credit Changes

17 Feb 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how the ability to make twice-monthly payments and pay the housing element of universal credit directly to landlords compares with the current monthly payment system.

Answered by Jeane Freeman (01/02/2017):By making Universal Credit payments more flexible and adaptable we are giving people in Scotland more choice and control over how they manage their budget.

During our social security consultation, DWP’s monthly payments were repeatedly raised as a problem. Twice-monthly payments can make life a bit easier for low income households who have to make a tight budget work for them and their family.

Direct payments to landlords can also help people manage their income better, as well as providing rental security and minimising rent arrears for local authorities and landlords.

Current Status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 01/02/2017