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TOPIC: Highlanders owe nearly £1 million in Universal Credit rent arrears

Highlanders owe nearly £1 million in Universal Credit rent arrears 15 Jul 2017 07:56 #3658

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Highland Council leaders slam "ludicrously flawed" Universal Credit system.

Posted by Steven Preece - Jul 11, 2017

DWP headquarters, Caxton House, London. Photo by Paul Billanie for Welfare Weekly.
Scottish Highlanders on the UK Government’s flagship Universal Credit benefits system have been left with rent arrears totaling almost £1 million, as Council leaders slam the “ludicrously flawed” system and call for its rollout to be delayed.
Universal Credit is replacing a number of existing state benefits with one single monthly payment, and has faced heavy criticism from politicians and charities alike.

New claimants and those who report changes in their circumstances are forced to wait at least six weeks before receiving an initial payment, leaving many unable to pay rent and dependent on food banks.

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