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Harlow residents: Get on-line or lose your benefits?

Politics / Sun 21st Sep 2014 at 01:23pm

LAST week, YH received a phone call from a resident who told us that their elderly father has cancer and now has a change of circumstances.

A family representative contacted Harlow Council and asked for a relevant form.

According to our source, they told them that there was no longer that form on paper.

The family member tried to explain that their stricken parent did not have the internet and could not come in for an interview.

It looks like this resident faces a bleak future.

Francis Maude said in the future most public services would only be available on the internet “because we think that is a better thing for people’s lives”.

Mr Maude said that online ‘refuseniks’ who did not want to use computers would be able to apply for a one-off lesson from to help them get on to the internet.

But he said that in future the Government would only make services available over the internet, in the same way an airline sells tickets.

Was this an “idle threat” or a real change to the lives of Harlow pensioners.

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