Welfare claimants face 12-week waits for new benefit Universal Credit putting them ‘at risk of eviction’

The stark warning came tonight from Croydon Council, a key pilot area for the “full digital service” of Universal Credit

People who move onto the Tories’ flagship welfare scheme are waiting nearly three months for payments to roll in – putting them at risk of eviction, a town hall boss has said.

The stark warning came tonight from Croydon Council in south London, a key pilot area for the “full digital service” of Universal Credit.

The system rolls six benefits including Jobseeker’s Allowance, Housing Benefit and Child Tax Credit into one payment and is slowly being phased in across the UK after several delays.

But analysts have claimed millions will face overall cuts due to changes in “work allowances” under the new system.

Mark Fowler, Croydon Council’s director of welfare, said some single people under 35 had their payments cut from £155 a week to just £72 in the new scheme.

read more: http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/problems-with-the-introduction-of-universal-credit-are-putting-croydon-s-most-vulnerable-at-risk/story-30086475-detail/story.html

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