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Benefit underpayments: the tell-tale signs of a broken system

Benefit underpayments: the tell-tale signs of a broken system

Benefit underpayments: the tell-tale signs of a broken system Photo credit: David Goehring December 22, 2015 // By: Gabriel Bristow On Monday, the parliamentary Work and Pensions Committee released its fourth report on benefit delivery , laying out the scale of incorrect benefit payments since 2010. The report highlights that the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) only narrowly missed the target it set itself in 2010 of reducing benefit overpayments to 1.7% of benefit expenditure by 2014-15. However, as the committee note, the DWP have not set any targets for reducing the underpayment of benefits. Consequently, the number of underpayments has remained largely unchanged over the same period. The DWP’s failure to even attempt a reduction in the number of benefit underpayments suggests distain for the human impact that this can have. Only last week it was reported that an ...

Full article: http://www.neweconomics.org/blog/entry/benefit-underpayme...

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