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Huge Backlog Of Benefits Appeals In Kettering

People in Kettering are waiting almost a year for the chance to appeal benefit decisions they think are wrong, more than twice the national average.

The Ministry of Justice, which runs the system of tribunals, acknowledges the problem and says it is taking steps to remedy it but some people tell BBC Radio Northampton that they're flat broke and suffering because of a bottlenecked system and assessments they think are wrong.

Reporter Tom Percival speaks to Scott Spiers from Kettering and to Theresa Cox from Barton Seagrave. Both have Fibromyalgia and both are experiencing long delays in having their appeals heard.

Stuart talks to the Conservative MP for Kettering, Philip Hollobone, and to Martin Lord from the Citizen's Advice Bureau.

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• how much litter was dropped in a Wellingborough street over the weekend?
• Rockingham Castle is decorated in the style of Christmas in the year 1881
• Northampton Saints get the better of London Irish for the second time in as many weeks
• Brackley Town face Gillingham in their FA Cup replay in front of TV cameras
• hundreds of events in Northamptonshire raise funds for Children In Need

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