Welfare reforms are beginning to bite hard in Midlothian, councillors have been told.
Rent arrears have more than doubled compared with the 2012 figure and there has been a ten-fold increase in activity for the Home Swapper scheme.
As low-wage households struggle to cope with limited budgets, Midlothian Council is bracing itself for additional administrative demands.
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