Universal Credit: Hundreds of tenants in debt due to admin error – BBC News

An error over universal credit (UC) has left hundreds of Housing Executive tenants with rent arrears totalling £296,000.

More than 650 tenants are affected, because money was sent to them instead of landlords, meaning it was spent before some realised.

NI’s system is meant to pay the rent directly to landlords.

The Department for Communities says UC statements now provide a breakdown of the amount of housing support.

Those statements also indicate whether or not it has been paid to a landlord.

The department, which oversees welfare support, says it is working with claimants and landlords to ensure direct payments are made as early as possible.

The Housing Executive, which is Northern Ireland’s largest social housing landlord, said the majority of the 662 cases now had subsequent payments made to it directly.

A spokesman said: “A strategic solution is being developed by the department which will ensure payments relating to housing costs will be made

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