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Benefit simplication should involve the Banks


Posted by Ian Makgill, Managing Director, Ticon UK Ltd

The benefit simplification plans outlined by Iain Duncan-Smith last week indicate that the Coalition Government will move towards a top up mechanism for benefit payments.

Do prepaid cards provide an effective solution to the administrative challenges of managing Individual Budgets?


Posted by Ian Makgill, Managing Director, Ticon UK Ltd

Delivering Individual Budgets is a complex and costly practice for Local Authorities, with paper-based reconciliation processes requiring hours of administration to monitor care commissioning transactions effectively. Whilst some find that a lighter-tough approach may reduce the bureaucratic burden, this may lack the diligence required when monitoring the most vulnerable customers and is much more open to fraud. Recovering funds due to changes in customer circumstances can also present significant issues for the administering authority.


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