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Benefits reform: Rent arrears rise in Torfaen trial

A group of tenants in south Wales taking part in a trial of the UK government's benefits reforms have seen rent arrears rise seven-fold to £140,000 in seven months.

Landlords in the pilot area in Torfaen warn evictions could increase if the trend continues after the system for paying benefits is fully adopted.

Housing benefit is currently paid to the landlord but it will transfer to the claimant under the reforms.

The minister in charge said it would help people to manage finances better.

Felicity Evans went out door-knocking in Torfaen in January with some people from Bron Afon Community Housing for the BBC Radio Wales current affairs series Eye on Wales.

Reforms trial sees rent arrears rise

  • 11 Mar 2013
  • From the section Wales