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DWP slammed over rising number of benefit underpayments

Proportion of benefit claimants who have been underpaid due to official errors has risen by 86% since 2011-12.

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The SNP has slammed the Tories over their mismanagement of welfare, after official figures showed that the number of people claiming benefits who have been underpaid has almost doubled.

New analysis shows that the proportion of claimants who have been underpaid due to official errors has risen by 86% to almost 1,000 since 2011/2012.

The total number of claimants underpaid by the DWP has risen by 64% since then.

The SNP has cited these figures as further proof that Westminster is failing on welfare and reiterated demands for the transfer of all social security powers to the Scottish Parliament.

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SNP MSP Bob Doris said: “The Tories have an appalling record of failure and mismanagement when it comes to social security – and this is yet further proof that the Tory welfare cuts and reforms aren’t working.

“No system will be free of human error – but the rising number of DWP mistakes point to a systemic problem, rather than mistakes by individual staff.

“The roll-out of Universal Credit has been a disaster but Tory ministers have pushed on despite being warned of the horrific impact on those caught at the sharp end.  

“It is simply not good enough that people in crisis situations have been left without money to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads due to Tory mistakes.

“Scotland has made its opposition to Tory welfare cuts abundantly clear.

“If the Tories can’t fix the system they put in place – social security powers should be transferred to Holyrood so that we can build a system which puts dignity and fairness at its heart.”

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