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POOREST MAY HAVE BILL PAYMENT HELP WITHDRAWN

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The Independent (p8) claims to have seen a leaked document stating that the benefits agency should not help poor pe...
The Independent (p8) claims to have seen a leaked document stating that the benefits agency should not help poor people with heating, electricity, gas, water and council tax bills.

The leaked document says that the policy was agreed at a meeting with social security secretary Peter Lilley, and that the agency should 'not be in the business of social banking/debt management and should seek to develop a disengagement strategy, leading ultimately to the withdrawal of the direct payments scheme.'

The benefits agency told the paper that the whole matter was under review and that ministers were 'still thinking' about the issue.
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