Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Fraud could do with some budgeting support himself after his recent trial to help benefit claimants manage their money proved to be an embarrassing flop that squandered £4 million of tax payer’s money.
Under Universal Credit all benefits will have to be claimed online, despite many claimants having no access to the internet and some having no experience of using computers. Benefit payments are also to be made monthly and there is a minimum five week waiting period for new claims. For the small group of claimants transferred onto the new system this in particular is already causing desperate suffering – a recent evaluation found that almost half of Universal Credit claimants were in rent arrears.
This was not supposed to be a problem according to comedy toff Lord Fraud who is over-seeing much of the introduction of Universal Credit. A new budgeting support scheme…
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