Universal Credit causing growing problems in Sedgemoor

Benefit tales

A DAMNING report on the chaotic implementation of Universal Credit in Sedgemoor says claimants are being forced to use food banks to survive and are running up rent arrears as they wait for claims to be handled.

Universal Credit replaced other benefits for all claimants in Sedgemoor this summer. The district is a pilot area, before Universal Credit is implemented nationally.

But the impact on people in Bridgwater and the rest of Sedgemoor is already making worrying reading.

Members of Sedgemoor District Council’s community scrutiny committee are meeting on Monday (November 28, 2016) to discuss a report put together by council staff, Citizens Advice Sedgemoor and Digilink – an organisation that helps people with online access – about the impact of Universal Credit in Sedgemoor.

The report does not make pleasant reading.

The CAB has said:

Long delays in payment are forcing people to rely on food banks to survive.

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