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Universal Credit claimants 'told to apply for driving licence'

By Tom Parmenter, news correspondent
A number of people claiming Universal Credit have been told to apply for provisional driving licences as a form of ID with the costs being taken from their benefits, an MP has claimed.
Liverpool Walton MP, Dan Carden, called on the Department of Work and Pensions to postpone the roll-out of Universal Credit in his constituency until after Christmas and highlighted the driving licence issue as one of many administrative problems with the new system.
In a letter to the secretary of state Amber Rudd MP, he said: "We have families experiencing poverty on an unprecedented scale and now facing further avoidable hardship in the run up to Christmas.
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