Universal Credit and Rent Arrears in Scotland

This event will examine how stakeholders can mitigate the impact of universal credit on tenants whilst managing risk and maintaining collection rates.

Managing the impact of the Universal Credit rollout

The Scottish Government has recently laid its newly created social security charter before the Scottish Parliament for approval.

The introduction of the charter, which promises to treat claimants with ‘dignity and respect’ comes, follows the completion of the roll-out of Universal Credit (UC) for new claimants across Scotland in December 2018.

The UC rollout is expected to have a significant impact on Scotland’s housing sector with experience from pilot areas suggesting it will lead to a more challenging collection environment for landlords.

Join Holyrood on 15 May to scrutinise latest policy developments related to welfare reform, examine how your organisation can manage the risks associated with rent arrears and maintain collection rates while balancing the interests of tenants.

Key issues we will address with you

  • Latest thinking on policy developments in welfare
  • Scrutinising challenges for tenants including payment timelines
  • Good practice in maintaining collection rates and avoiding arrears
  • The potential role of the Scottish Government’s social security powers in supporting tenants and landlords alike

Who should attend

  • Devolved and central government agencies
  • Local authorities
  • Housing associations
  • Third sector organisations interested in housing, poverty and welfare reform
  • Letting agents/property managers/landlord groups

Agenda*

10:15 Registration and Networking

11:00 Chair’s Opening Remarks

Jenni Davidson, Journalist, Holyrood Magazine

11:05 Session 1: Mitigating the Effects of the Universal Credit Rollout

  • Latest thinking on policy developments in welfare
  • Scrutinising challenges for tenants including payment timelines

11:05 Plenary Presentation

Bob Doris MSP, Convenor, Social Security Committee

11:25 Q&A

11:40 Universal Credit and Rent Arrears: Causes and Consequences for CAB Clients

This presentation will share the latest research from Citizens Advice Scotland on:

  • The causes of increasing rent arrears for CAB clients
  • Issues with Universal Credit which have contributed to rent arrears being accrued
  • Possible solutions to address the problems

Rob Gowans, Policy Officer, Citizens Advice Scotland

12:05 Mike Dailly, Solicitor Advocate, Govan Law Centre

12:25 Q&A

13:00 Lunch and Networking

13:45 Session 2: Maintaining Collections Rates and Managing Risk

  • Good practice in maintaining collection rates and avoiding arrears
  • The potential role of the Scottish Government’s social security powers in supporting tenants and landlords alike

13:45 Jeremy Hewer, Policy Lead, SFHA

14:10 Maintaining Collections and Managing Risk 

A look at the impact of UC in Scotland along with the effect of Scottish flexibilities and case studies from other landlords. 

Peter Steele, Head of Business in Scotland, Mobysoft

14:35 UC and Rent Arrears: A Perspective From Scotland’s Tenants’ Union

  • The unique problems for PRS tenants
  • What should be done to improve things for PRS tenants

Eilidh McIvor, Volunteer Organiser, Living Rent

15:00 Q&A

15:25 Chair’s Closing Remark’s

Jenni Davidson, Journalist, Holyrood Magazine

15:30 End of Day

*Agenda subject to change



Our events are CPD certified. The full day of this event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

 


Speaker callout

We are committed to bringing the latest policy information with engaging dialogue and practical case studies to make a real impact in the public sector. If you are a knowledge expert in your field or have an inspiring case study which would make an impact to Public Sector organisations, we would love to hear from you. Please email james@holyrood.com with your name and contact details, linkedin profile and a summary of your project or area or expertise and we will be in touch.

Venue
NASUWT, 35 Young Street North Lane, Edinburgh EH2 4JD | Map

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Standard rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Private Sector rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For all event enquiries please email enquiries@holyrood.com or call 0131 285 1635

Dates
15 May 2019

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