THERE are fresh concerns that people on low incomes will struggle to access the digital service for universal credit as its is rolled out across the North West.

A new survey by the National Housing Federation of working age social housing tenants affected by the welfare reforms has been conducted by Ipsos-MORI.

It shows 49 per cent of those affected by welfare reforms don’t have internet access, with 54 per cent not confident filling in online forms; Ninety per cent would prefer benefits to be paid direct to their landlord and73 per cent of those are not confident budgeting monthly.