Benefit claims wait 'unacceptable'

A Welsh charity wants the rollout of a new benefit payment for the sick and disabled to be halted until "unacceptable" delays are resolved.

Disability Wales fears that delays in awarding Personal Independence Payments (PIP) are causing hardship. There are reports of some claimants waiting up to 11 months for their first payment. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said it is committed to driving down waiting times. PIP began to be rolled out across the UK in 2013 and will eventually replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for working-age claimants. Read the full story.
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