Press Association –
MPs have been warned that people from disadvantaged backgrounds may suffer if the government pushes ahead with plans to digitise the benefits system.
Over 70 organisations representing councils, charities, trades unions, business groups and housing organisations have raised concerns about the move, which will see benefit claimants access the flagship universal credit system online, according to the BBC.
They argue that millions who have never used the internet or have poor IT skills will be adversely effected by the push to ensure claims are made over the internet.
Some have also raised concerns that the computer systems required might not be sufficiently robust or ready in time for the launch.
The organisations have submitted more than 500 pages of written evidence to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee, which has been seen by BBC Radio 4′s The World This Weekend.
A testimony from community charity Citizens Advice says: “The new universal