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Wednesday, 30 January 2013
Welfare cash cards
Claudia Wood, deputy director at the think-tank Demos, debates the benefits of welfare cash cards in the Guardian. She says that currently about 25% of local authorities are using prepay cards and another 30% plan on doing so next year, mainly to distribute direct payments in social care. The cards are proving beneficial in cutting down on administration. Brent Council has estimated that it was receiving 25,000 pieces of paper a year from care users, and it now expects a 10% reduction in its personal budget costs by using prepay cards.