Got no job? Youll get loadsa money!

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  1. What was in Margaret Thatcher said… "The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money."

    …and Labour seem to be busy pissing away our money as fast as it can.


    Welfare claimants scooped £1m worth of overpaid benefits

    Thursday January 28,2010
    By Macer Hall
    Have your say(18)

    BLUNDERS by Whitehall officials have led to 10 welfare claimants scooping more than £1million worth of overpaid benefits.
    Officials admit most of the taxpayers’ money is unlikely to be returned.

    An estimated £800million worth of benefits is paid out mistakenly every year and critics were last night enraged by the latest example of mismanagement. Shadow Work and Pensions Minister Andrew Selous said: “It is unforgivable that while taxpayers are tightening their belts, the Government is racking up more debt through poor administration. Ministers urgently need to get a grip.”

    And Liberal Democrat work and pensions spokesman Steve Webb added: “Doling out more than £1million in benefits overpayments to just 10 people sums up the Government’s cavalier attitude to money."

    “It’s especially galling when thousands are forced to apply for crisis loans because the system fails to deliver on time. It needs to be much simpler so help is given to people who need it most.”

    Whitehall figures obtained by the Conservatives yesterday showed that the Department of Work and Pensions is owed a total of £1,046,514.16 in over paid Income Support from its 10 biggest debtors. It has not been disclosed how such enormous errors were made, although the overpayments are thought to stretch back many years. Five claimants owe the department more than £100,000, the biggest debt standing at £136,567.94.

    Matthew Elliott, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Either they were paid massively excessive lump sums or the errors went on for a very long time. Either mistake is unacceptable. Taxpayers have enough bills to pay without the Government dishing out a fortune by accident.”

    Claimants whose overpayments come to light are supposed to pay the cash back, but most claim they have spent the money. In many cases, officials arrange for them to repay a fraction of the cash on a weekly or monthly basis. One benefits cheat was recently given 100 years to repay £70,000 at £14 a week.

    Junior Work and Pensions minister Helen Goodman said a task force to tackle debtors owing more than £10,000 had recovered £1.2million since last October and the overpayment recoveries were up from £180million a year in 2005-06 to more than £280million.

    She added: “Our strategy is based on preventing error entering the system, ensuring customers and staff comply with rules and identifying and correcting existing errors.”
  2. £800 million? Un fcuking believable.
  3. Yet they will crease the army and TA for cuts. The culture of not wanting to upset anyone in the dole office doesn't help. How long is it before your average slacker gets onto raising his/her voice to get their own way?

    I wish I could pay back £14 a week on my f*cking mortgage!
  5. Fronty

    Fronty Old-Salt Book Reviewer

    How many helos could come out of 800 million? I think that's nearly one of those new-fangled destroyer things too.
  6. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    How many votes does 800 million buy?

    C'mon chaps, this is realpolitik.
  7. i cant understand how they could fcuk up so bad. isn't everyone on the rock n roll paid a set amount :? . i think theres a slimmy cnut in goverment playing about with the computer n putting it in his own bank account would not be suprised if it happend
  8. Funny I thought Sean Connery was doing the talking! Imagination !
  9. I'm trying , I'm trying but can't lose the eye.
  10. According to the figures in the article it appears that £800, 000, 000.00 could buy just less than 8 votes.

    Want to know why interest rates and taxes must go up? Go figure!!!