Published: 24th Jul 2018

Claims under the Government’s controversial Universal Credit programme are faltering because the application process is too complicated, a charity has warned. Citizens Advice has warned more than a third of people helped by them struggle to provide the evidence needed to complete their Universal Credit claim. And for the people helped who qualify for extra costs under Universal Credit, around half (48%) found it difficult to provide evidence for health conditions and 40% found found it difficult to provide evidence for housing. The charity also found that people receiving their first full payment late stood a higher chance of getting into greater debt, or falling into it.  When people didn’t receive their first Universal Credit payment on time, their chances of being in debt increased by a quarter (23%). They were also 60% more likely to borrow money from a lender to help tide them over. According to the charity, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)