MILLIONS OWED TO THE GOVERNMENT DUE TO 'OVERPAYMENT' ERRORS TO TENANTS
- 28 Mar
New figures reveal that the government is owed almost £2 billion due to 'overpayment' errors to tenants.
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) complained about wasting money that belongs to taxpayers, yesterday.
The following official figures were released:
- Following a £240 million rise in the past year, the total amount of housing benefit "overpayment" is presently £1.94 billion
- In 2008-2009, the total amount was around £750 million
- In London, the average outstanding debt is £243 per claimant, £72 in Wales, £91 in the North-East and £105 in Scotland
According to the Sun, chief exec at the Taxpayers Alliance, John O'Connell, said:
"The welfare system remains so complicated that even officials at DWP are struggling to get their sums right.
"The Department has to improve because when we're trying to make billions of pounds worth of savings, avoidable errors are wasting huge amounts of taxpayers' money."
Lib Dem, Chief Tim Farron also said:
"...Those who have been overpaid, through no fault of their own, may then find themselves with an unexpected bill. For low-income families, this can be disastrous."
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