Direct payments: A possible solution but not without controversy

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Bill Payments, Central Government, Universal Credit

A new report from the think-tank Demos explores the potential of prepaid cards as a possible method of delivering Universal Credit payments to the unbanked but, as author Claudia Wood explains, it isn't without controversy. Housing benefit is a divisive issue at the moment. Alongside headline grabbing cuts, the Government is piloting the paying of housing benefit direct to claimants rather than landlords. This prepares the ground for Universal Credit, where housing benefit will be rolled into a lar...

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