Government blowing £1.3million checking benefit cap by hand because computers are not ready

A few days ago I blogged about the impending chaos hanging over the roll out of Universal Credit http://wp.me/p3mYc5-cd.
Here’s more on the subject…

Benefit tales

Iain Duncan Smith’s DWP blowing £1.3million checking benefit cap by hand because computers are not ready

Ministers are blowing £1.3million on staff to carry out checks for its ­flagship benefits cap – because the computer system needed to do the job has yet to be built.

The £500-a-week cap was introduced in pilot areas in April as part of a crackdown to cut the welfare bill. But the Government has been forced to take on 112 workers to check what each ­household receives and if any are exempt from the cap.

Labour’s Shadow ­Employment Minister Stephen Timms blasted the waste and said: “Ministers admit they don’t have a clue how or when this problem will be solved and the taxpayer is picking up the bill to clean up the mess.” The MP added: “We need urgent assurances that this latest IT disaster won’t plunge yet another scheme into chaos.”

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