Flagship Benefit Reform Limps from Crisis to Crisis.
This was reported a week ago: Universal credit rollout in North Kensington halted after tower fire.
New benefit system will not be introduced in full in July so jobcentre staff can focus on claimants affected by Grenfell blaze.
Officials have halted the planned rollout of universal credit into North Kensington, west London, next month, saying they want jobcentre staff to focus on supporting claimants affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
Universal credit, which pulls together six separate benefits into one monthly payment, has been dogged by criticism that design flaws and payment delays were causing low-income claimants to run up rent arrears and rely on food banks.
We have still to find out the details of how those affected by mass evacuations of Tower Blocks will be treated by Universal Credit.
The prospect is not looking good.
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