Direct payments of welfare

The discussion focused on what is seen as a crisis. The direct payment of housing benefit means that people sometimes don’t use it to pay the rent and there are knock on effects with debt following people. There should be earlier intervention to allow direct payments to landlords.

Why the contribution is important

Early intervention stops debt building up and becoming unmanageable, and bigger problems.

by FairerScotlandAdmin2 on October 15, 2015 at 04:35PM

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  • Posted by FairerScotlandAdmin2 November 10, 2015 at 12:07

    Idea from Fairer Scotland Dumfries Planning Event:

    People should have had the choice from the start around what to do about whether they should receive rent or have payment of rent direct to landlords.

    Are the Scottish government doing enough to tackle the risks of rent being paid to claimants? Are they allowing, or requiring, rent for vulnerable groups to be paid straight to landlords to safeguard people against debts? There should be ways to make sure debt doesn’t develop and that support is made available for people. Early intervention where there are debt problems needs to be a high priority in order to alleviate later problems. This links to the importance of training and information points, as it is important to get everyone who is providing advice or in contact with the public to pick up issues early and intervene, for example, where individuals could be claiming an additional benefit or getting other help.

    There is a safeguarding issue here as some vulnerable people maybe forced to pay money to other people.
    However, people should have control over their lives. Saying to people “we respect your ability to manage” helps empower them. Children should learn from a young age to manage money through financial education in schools.

    This is important as it would help prevent further problems and ensure that issues do not spiral.
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