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The Government will have to spend £2bn more on benefits than it planned a year ago because of delays to two flagship projects, official documents have revealed.

Figures in the Office for Budget Responsibility's forecasts, published alongside the Autumn Statement, threaten to undermine George Osborne's much-heralded welfare cap, which is at the heart of his bid to slash state spending over the next five years. The figures reveal that processing delays have added to the welfare bill.

Rachel Reeves, the shadow Work and Pensions minister, claimed the statistics were another example of what she called "Tory welfare waste".

The OBR's economic outlook reveals the Department for Work and Pensions will have to spend £1bn more on incapacity benefits this year than planned a year ago, because of delays to the process of assessing people for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), and a further £1bn more on disability-benefit spending than planned because of delays to the roll-out of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

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+1 #2 carruthers 2014-12-10 09:14
George Osborne must be really kicking himself for setting up the OBR - clearly they didn't understand that they were supposed to be the sort of "independent experts" who always said that the Tories were doing absolutely the right thing.

On second thoughts, he's probably itching to kick them. He doesn't look like the sort of man who kicks himself for any reason.
+2 #1 wendy 2014-12-08 10:27
I was always led to believe that to become an MP you had to be clever, a good but not always, a private education, now these days a bit of common sense will do. I am not particularly a political person but PLEASE,PLEASE why can`t the people in government just STOP WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO THE WELFARE, go back to the original system and instead of wasting all those BILLIONS OF POUNDS (and to use a phrase they love to use,) ALL THE HARD WORKING PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY`S MONEY, why don`t they use this money to find the people who are abusing the system and getting money they don`t need and put a stop to that, get it all back off them and start helping the REAL GENUINE people of this country who NEED HELP. We are not scroungers, most of us have worked hard all our lives and paid into the system and taxes etc. and are just asking for a little of that money back, we need help, we really are poorly and disabled. It`s the MP`s and the Bank`s who have put this country on it`s knees, the Bank`s with their huge unnecessary bonuses and the MP`s extra large pay rises, high salaries, claiming for two homes personal drivers, 1st Class travel etc. etc. but we don`t get barely enough to live on. Welfare seems to be always the one to be reformed, to be "looked at". Please we need help not to be a permanent Target. Surely anyone can see by now what IDS is attempting to do is clearly not working, he is just throwing good money after bad, not one of his Grand Schemes have worked and they will not work in the future, definitely not fairly anyway.

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