A charity says the local rollout of the Government's controversial Universal Credit is already having a devastating effect on some claimants.
The East Durham Trust says it has helped scores of people who have moved on to the new system since it was introduced in the area last week.
It adds some claimants have been told they can expect no payment for at least one month.
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East Durham Trust
T: 0191 5693511
Charity No: 1117642
Company No: 05934124