DWP bosses defend Universal Credit in grilling by MSPs

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has defended Universal Credit despite a sharp rise in people left unable to pay their rent in the parts of Scotland where the benefit was first launched.

DWP bosses faced questions from MSPs after hearing rent arrears have increased by an estimated £5.7 million in areas where Universal Credit was first rolled out.

Although they said they have “done an awful lot” to address problems with the new benefit, roughly 15% of people’s first payments are still late or wrong.

Addressing members of the Holyrood…
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