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Up to 32,000 people have not received benefit payments in time for Christmas due to an administrative error.
Money for some jobseekers, low earners and pensioners was due to go into accounts today, but will not now arrive until December 27.
Those affected include new claimants, those owed arrears, and people awarded Social Fund budgeting loans for "essentials" such as clothes, rent and furniture.
The Department for Work and Pensions stressed that if individuals had contacted them by 5pm this evening the payment will have been rushed through within three hours.
Iain Duncan Smith has claimed that the benefit cap has already pushed more people in to work before it starts in four London boroughs on Monday.
The benefit cap sets a clear limit for how much support the welfare state will provide – the average wage for working households.
But it's also a strong incentive for people to move into work and even before the cap comes in we are seeing thousands of people seeking help and moving off benefits.
We have a very clear message: we will provide support to those who need it, but the days of outrageous claims giving people incomes far above those of working families are over.
The Department for Work and Pensions has calculated the savings that the exchequer could expect if the benefit cap passes this evening.Read the full story ›
Benefits cheats should be shamed by having their photo pinned to every lamppost in their street, an official at the DWP said.Read the full story ›
The Government's welfare reform plan is due to replace several different benefits in 2013 including Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit, Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, and Working Tax Credit.
The Coalition Government has identified two key problems with the current system: work incentives are poor, and the system is too complex.
They are reforming the system to help people to move into and progress in work, while supporting the most vulnerable.
Universal Credit is also intended to encourage claimants to work, by allowing them to keep more of their benefits when they start to earn.
If I had my way I would put their photograph onevery lamppost in the street where they live because it is a very distressingthing for genuinely disabled people to see the reputation of disabled peopledamaged in the way that [it] is by those people."
Benefit fraud takes money away from the most vulnerable and costs the taxpayer over a £1billion a year.
"We work hard to tackle this problem at the frontline and regularly highlight the work of our fraud investigation teams as a warning to potential benefit cheats that they will be caught."