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MP’s Claim Universal Credit Is Another Government White Elephant

MP’s Claim Universal Credit Is Another Government White Elephant

Universal Credit Roll-Out faces major delays

The current Local Housing Allowance (LHA) benefit system is likely to continue until at least 2017 for the majority of private rental sector (PRS) landlords and tenants in most of the UK, following major delays to the roll-out of the new Universal Credit system.

Universal Credit was originally due to be rolled out nationally to all new tenants claiming benefits from October this year, however due to continued problems, the controversial welfare reform measure will just be extended to an additional six jobcentres.

The delay is being blamed on poor IT by Government ministers, leading to claims that Universal Credit is just another Government white elephant.

Universal Credit was heralded by its proponents as an easier way to deliver state benefits including housing benefit or LHA and tax credits into one lump sum paid monthly to claimants, but its proposal saw an immediate backlash from PRS landlords, letting agents and landlord associations over the abolition of direct rent payments to landlords.

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2011 Census shows Millions own holiday homes in UK or overseas

2011 Census shows Millions own holiday homes in UK or overseas

New data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that in the 2011 Census, over 165,000 people listed a holiday home in the UK as a second address and a higher proportion listed additional properties overseas.

ONS figures said that according to the 2011 Census data, 165,095 people stayed at a holiday home in the UK for 30 days or more a year.

The UK local authorities with the largest recorded number of second addresses used for holidays were:

  • Cornwall – 10,169
  • Gwynedd (North West Wales) – 7,784

Gwynedd, which covers part of the Snowdonia National Park and the Lyn Peninsula, headed a league table of UK local authorities with the highest rate of people with second addresses, used for holidays, with 64 people from outside the area listing secondary addresses for every 1,000 usual local authority residents.

1.57 Million (2.8%) residents in England and Wales reported having a holiday home either in the UK, but under another local authority, or overseas, that they used for 30 days or more every year.

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