Jackie Esposito and Sue Dawson. Great Yarmouth landlords who are owed thousands of pounds in rent arrears brought about by the introduction of universal credit [Image: Nick Butcher].

If any Tory government service can be described as a “bottomless money pit”, it is Universal Credit – although that may not seem the case to those who have been thrown onto this abysmal excuse for a benefit.

Universal Credit has cost billions to develop, over many years (as detailed on This Blog – search ‘Universal Credit’ and read for yourself) – and it still doesn’t work.

Lengthy delays in payments mean the fabric of society in trial areas like Great Yarmouth is being torn up.

Now, what do you think your caring, compassionate Conservative government plans to do about it?

I’ll tell you: Nothing.

A welfare revolution has left a trail of damage to people’s lives in Great Yarmouth.

Landlords claim they are threatened with financial ruin, tenants have been evicted and fallen into arrears and the town’s foodbank said it has seen a 300pc rise in demand. They blame the problems on Yarmouth being picked as a pilot for a benefit system called universal credit.

Universal Credit, which replaces six other benefits with one payment, was introduced to Yarmouth in April, but there have been delays of three months for claimants to get money.

It will be rolled out to the rest of the region over the next two years.

The government hopes it will get more people working, but people in the town accused the government of using them as “guinea pigs” and said the long delay in payments was hitting everybody from the most vulnerable tenants to the health system.

Source: ‘We’re being used as guinea pigs’ – impact of universal credit welfare revolution felt hardest in Yarmouth – Politics – Eastern Daily Press

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