That’s right. The aim of the Tory Universal Credit system is to delay payment of any benefit, no matter how badly this affects the economy of the area where the system is being used.

Inverness (in this case) has been hit hard because it is a pilot area.

No wonder so many Scottish people want independence from the United Kingdom and its deranged, destructive Tory government.

A Highland MP claims the Universal Credit system of paying benefits is in crisis and is calling for its rollout to be halted immediately.

Drew Hendry says more than 40 per cent of his caseload relates to the controversial replacement for six benefits – Income Support, Jobseekers’ Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance (both incomed-based), Child and Working Tax Credits and Housing Benefit.

Some claimants … have reported benefits freezes of four months while their applications are processed, leaving them penniless and unable to pay for rent, gas or electricity.

“Through no fault of their own, people are being left months without money, and when they seek out help every obstacle possible is put in their way.”

One such obstacle is a premium-rate helpline on which users regularly report delays of half an hour or more. Payments have also been held up, which is hitting Highland Council’s budget. It has seen rent arrears for Universal Credit cases in Inverness Jobcentre area rise by 82 per cent from £387,040 to £704,347 since September.

Hendry added: “It seems the primary goal of the DWP is to delay payments at all costs. Even today I have had six separate constituents get in touch as their payment, due last week, still hasn’t arrived. This is after waiting months for money.”

Source: Crisis point: Highland MP calls for immediate halt to rollout of Universal Credit (From The National)

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