UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Government’s £1m benefit overpayments is galling says Webb

Press Release   •   Jan 28, 2010 10:53 GMT

“It’s especially galling when thousands of people are forced to apply for crisis loans because the Government’s benefits system fails to deliver on time," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary.

Commenting on new figures showing that £1m in benefit payments was accidentally paid out to just 10 people, Steve Webb said:

“Doling out more than £1m in benefits overpayments to just 10 people sums up the Government’s cavalier attitude towards money.

“It’s especially galling when thousands of people are forced to apply for crisis loans because the Government’s benefits system fails to deliver on time.

“The benefits system needs to be much simpler so that help gets through to the people who need it most.”