The government has outlined plans to sell the details of every single man and woman on welfare, it has been revealed.
This information would include health records and IT literacy and debts. Under the plans, landlords, charities, the government and third party organisations would receive access to those records.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said that those who fail to supply the requested information would be banned from claiming benefits.
Michael Gelling, chair of the tenants’ and residents’ Organisation of England (TAROE), described the government’s proposals as ‘dangerous’ and ‘too far’.
He said: “I don’t know how secure my landlords’ IT systems are. It’s very, very dangerous stuff without having a conversation with people. [The information] is none of social landlords’ business, as long as the rent is getting paid.
“The DWP shouldn’t be telling organisations people are on universal credit. Some people, not everybody, can actually manage their benefits and get on with their life. Why does the landlord need to know?”.
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