Uni­ver­sal Credit ‘flawed’

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page -

CON­TRO­VER­SIAL changes to the ben­e­fits sys­tem should be halted, a Fife MP has claimed.

Peter Grant, SNP rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Glen­rothes, has said the UK Gov­ern­ment’s Uni­ver­sal Credit scheme is se­verely “flawed”, just months be­fore it is in­tro­duced in Fife.

He said he was par­tic­u­larly con­cerned about the abil­ity of Job Cen­tre mech­a­nisms to cope with the de­mand of in­quiries they will re­ceive when the changes are in­tro­duced in De­cem­ber.

Uni­ver­sal Credit will com­bine all ben­e­fits pay­ments into one monthly de­posit. The Depart­ment for Work and Pen­sions said bud­get­ing ad­vice and ben­e­fit ad­vances would be avail­able for claimants who needed ex­tra help man­ag­ing money.

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