Peter Aldous calls for quicker first payments for universal credit

24th October 2017

Peter Aldous welcomes Government efforts to improve universal credit and calls for first payments to be made far more quickly and for alternative payment arrangements to be available to private sector landlords on the same basis as social landlords.

I pay tribute to the Minister. Since February, he has engaged with my constituency to improve universal credit. Taking into account the debates we have had over the past few days, does he not agree that to make universal credit truly flexible and personalised but also fair, it is necessary to ensure that first payments are made far more quickly and that private sector landlords can set up alternative payment arrangements on the same basis as social landlords?

We are continuing to improve processes, and that includes my hon. Friend’s point about ensuring that alternative payment arrangements in the private rented sector work as well as they can. He and I have had the opportunity to discuss this issue.

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