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

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 Bob Doris MSP, Convenor, Social Security Committee

11:25 Q&A

11:40 Rob Gowans, Policy Officer, Citizens Advice Scotland

12:05 Speaker TBC

12:25 Q&A

13:00 Lunch and Networking

13:45 Session 2: Maintatining 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 Speaker TBC

14:05 Speaker TBC

14:25 Speaker TBC

14:45 Speaker TBC

15:05 Q&A

15:25 Chair’s Closing Remark’s

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.

 

 

Venue
Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course.

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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