While some benefit claimants may be adding to the delay in payments, it is completely wrong for the Minister to state this as a reason, as the DWP systems are always open to question as can be found with ESA and PIP.

Landlords should not have to rely on claimants to pay them as the housing benefit should be paid directly to them. This was a problem identified some years ago and in these instances the benefit was paid direct to the landlords, to reverse this makes no sense.

But that goes without saying for many areas connected to Government for, from my experience if it makes no sense the Government will do it.

Benefit tales

A government minister has defended the “disaster” of introducing universal credit to Great Yarmouth – and blamed benefit claimants for some of the problems.

Universal Credit replaced six other welfare allowances, including housing benefit, with one monthly payment in Yarmouth and Lowestoft this spring. But delays in claimants getting the money has led to some of the poorest tenants falling into rent arrears and being evicted.

Landlords and councils are owed tens of thousands of pounds in rent, while charities say it has led to more demand on soup kitchens and their services. Paul Cunningham, chairman of the Eastern Landlords’ Association, described the new system as a “disaster”.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council wrote to work and pensions secretary Damian Green in November about the problems caused by the delays in paying universal credit.

In a letter responding to the council, Mr Green wrote the roll-out of the new benefit system…

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