Torfaen is a pilot area for the Universal Credit system of benefit payments
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Rent debts mount in Torfaen universal credit pilot

A leading economist says changes to housing benefits will result in a need for increased government spending on advice and support for tenants.

Under Universal Credit - the scheme to overhaul the benefits system - benefits will be paid to tenants rather than landlords.

But figures from a pilot project in Torfaen show tenants are going into arrears because they are struggling to cope with the changes.

Helen Callaghan examines the issue - see more on The Wales Report with Huw Edwards on BBC One Wales on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 at 22:35 BST.

  • 23 Oct 2013
  • From the section Wales
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