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Chancellor George Osborne is having to spend £25bn more on welfare than he planned this parliament because of rising demand for housing and disability benefits, Labour claimed on Sunday.

Figures commissioned from the House of Commons library by Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, and Rachel Reeves, the shadow work and pensions secretary, suggest the bill for welfare is still predicted to go up significantly despite Conservative party claims to be saving money on benefits. Labour said a key cause of the higher than expected spending is that more people in work are having to rely on benefits because of low wages, as well as mismanaged reforms at the Department for Work and Pensions.

Their analysis of official figures suggests the government has overspent by £1.4bn on housing benefit for people in work, with the number of claimants increasing by more than 50% since 2010 and set to double by 2019.

The party also said the government has spent £8bn more than planned on incapacity benefits due to “chaotic delivery of reforms and failure to help disabled people into work”.

Balls and Reeves told the Politics Home website that:

The government has spent over £8 billion more than they planned on incapacity benefits due to their chaotic delivery of reforms and failure to help disabled people into work.

Delays to the delivery of the Personal Independence Payment have meant not only uncertainty for thousands of disabled people, but a mounting cost to the public purse, with £1.7 billion more spent than planned over the parliament.

And £130 million has been wasted on failed IT for Universal Credit, which is still only reaching less than one per cent of its intended caseload.

Read the full story in the Guardianand the Politics Home website

Comments  

#4 Chris29 2014-12-03 17:42
I consider this bad news, it suggests if labour win the election they will target incapacity benefits, since they felt the need to highlight it.
+1 #3 Paul Richards 2014-11-20 22:16
Hi buster & Seth La,
Yes, I agree entirely in both of your thoughts.
Again, all of this is totally unexpected!!The Tory Coalition is driving down wages, pushing up Working Tax Credits. Claimed benefits are going up, BUT this terrible Government is 'in the right' - (in more ways than one!!). HOW THEY ARE MISERABLY FAILING, BUT OF COURSE THEY WILL NOT ADMIT ANY OF IT.
The Mass Media (being totally right wing and on their side) - will also not admit it. What a dreadful disgrace - and the general public has no say - we might as well be in China or North Korea - we might then have a little bit more of a say!!!!!
And then, on top of it all, - our 'Government' says we must hold onto our 'democracy' whilst condemning other countries whose 'democracies' are not as good as ours!
Who is this Tory/Coalition Government trying to fool!!
+1 #2 Seth Laa 2014-11-17 20:12
TO Buster, I could not agree more, well said matey
+4 #1 buster 2014-11-17 14:54
I would love to see this story highlighted on mainstream news channels, however, this is not going to happen because it will no doubt be too politically sensitive, with an election around the corner.

If any other government department had over spent by this amount, for example, health, education or prisons, it would be plastered all other the TV news channels, and heads would role; moreover, if this were to happen under Labour's watch - things would be so very different.

With people like the Murdoch's running the country, these stories that shed a light on the real complexities of Social Security, that the Country faces, will be continually brushed under the luxurious shag-pile carpets that these disgusting people tread on. Although, this is in itself a fairly complicated situation, considering the relationship with the Murdoch's and TORY Blair and even Good old Gordon Brown. This is why swathes of disadvantaged people are left feeling confused and abandoned the length and breadth of Britain.

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