Police boss’ benefits fears

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Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner has warned that the Government’s benefit changes could lead to a surge in offending.

In an open letter written this week, Stephen Bett warned Norfolk MPs and council bosses that a reduction in benefit allowances could have ‘catastrophic repercussions’ for the police.

“My worry is that the changes to housing and welfare benefits will result in some people turning to crime in order to bridge the shortfall caused by reductions in the sums they will receive.

“While accepting the Government has to prioritise the tackling of the country’s financial deficit, it must not create a nonsense framework which causes more problems than it solves,” he said.

He also raised fears over the Universal Credit, which will see residents receive a single monthly payment for income, tax and housing benefits.