Wading through ‘info-overload’ amidst the pandemic

We understand that amidst these uncertain times, there is an enormous amount of new information being released every day. One of the things we are hearing is that, because every individual’s circumstances are different, landlords are finding it difficult to cut through all of the information in order to access what is relevant to them.

Guiding Landlords through COVID-19

Concern about the COVID-19 outbreak is mounting around the world with the situation developing and changing fast. We are all having to take steps to deal with the issues that arise as a result of this unprecedented situation, but with so much information landlords and tenants are finding it difficult to decipher fact from fiction.

Thousands of landlords need to understand Universal Credit

As The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) grapples with nearly one million new claimants applying for Universal Credit following the outbreak of COVID-19, Caridon Landlord Solutions, part of Caridon Group, says landlords should educate themselves on the Universal Credit system now so that they can support their tenants and both mitigate the risk of rental arrears.

Changes to UC in Budget should be permanent

Last week, in his first budget as chancellor, Rishi Sunak announced a £30bn package to tackle the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak. One of the measures included temporarily removing the Minimum Income Floor for Universal Credit claimants, to ensure those on zero-contract hours and the self-employed are not financially worse off if they are forced not to work due to the spread of Coronavirus.

Advance Payments - Kicking the can down the street

This week, the final episode of the BBC2’s "Universal Credit: Inside the Welfare State" aired. Amid mounting criticism, DWP opened the door to BBC cameras. Among the various topics on the final episode, the problems associated with advance payments took centre stage. The final episode took place in Bolton, which has unusually high levels of unemployment for people aged between 17 and 24. Around 500 people move onto Universal Credit every month.

“Like going to a chippy that’s got no chips”

Episode 2 - ‘Universal Credit: Inside the Welfare State When Universal Credit was launched, it was promised it would be cheaper to run than the old system. Since 2010, an estimated £37 billion has been cut from the welfare budget and 25,000 staff working in jobcentres. The plight of this was highlighted in this week’s second episode of BBC’s Universal Credit: Inside the Welfare State. The documentary visited Toxteth Jobcentre in Merseyside, where 2000 people sign up or move over to Universal Credit every month.