The figures which were given me by the Council in response to a Freedom of Information Request were not accurate, owing to “IT systems updates that the reports had not calculated correctly that weekend”. The situation is worse than reported.
A council officer has given me corrected and updated figures for December 3rd.
There are 1,080 tenants on UC. Of these 829 are in arrears – 76%.
The arrears owed by UC claimants are £700,587. Overall arrears for council tenants are £1,308,547. So UC arrears comprise 53.5% of all arrears for current tenants.
The average owed by UC claimants is £845.09.
You can see the impact of Universal Credit when you compare the arrears for November 2016 when it went fully live. These were £894,903 as compared to £1,308,547 today.
December 8th 2017