Benefit payment delays have exposed tens of thousands to hardship in past year, official figures show

Delays in processing benefit payments left tens of thousands of people exposed to hardship in the past year, with some waiting weeks on end without state support, newly released official figures show.

Between March 2015 and February 2016, 154,309 people waited more than 10 days for a Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claim to be processed, according to stats released by the Government in response to questions from the Labour MP Frank Field.

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GEMAP are currently working on a pilot scheme with Job Centre Plus which will help clients avoid sanctions. In time, we plan to publish data associated with this project, as and when there is significant information to report. Watch this space.