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Benefits system in ‘dire situation’ over lack of funding, MLAs told

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Conor Murphy

Conor Murphy

Conor Murphy

The benefits system is at breaking point after it was revealed the department responsible was facing a “doomsday scenario” around funding.

At a meeting of Stormont’s Communities Committee yesterday it was learned that plans to hire 900 staff had been paused despite an increase of more than 126% in universal credit claimants over the past 10 months.

The number of claimants is expected to rise further when the UK Government’s furlough scheme ends.


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