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Welfare reform fraud fears

MPs have raised concerns the Government's welfare shake-up will leave the benefits system more vulnerable to fraud with changes to IT fraud prevention systems and a possible exodus of experienced staff.

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Rent arrears fear at welfare reform

MPs have highlighted concerns that the new Universal Credit scheme could result in increased rent arrears as housing support will be paid directly to tenants instead of landlords.

Social tenants are at risk of falling into arrears, MPs have warned. Credit: PA

It urged the Government to give a clear definition of the circumstances under which a tenant would be considered "vulnerable", and would therefore have their rent paid directly to the landlord.

The committee also said that the Government should be doing more to raise awareness about the changes and advising claimants to contact their local authority to find out more through advertising.

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