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MPs' doubt over DWP decisions

The Department for Work and Pensions has been criticised for making the wrong decisions on the ability of benefit claimants to work, by the Public Accounts Committee.

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Nearly 40 per cent of DWP decisions 'overturned'

The Public Accounts Committee has published a report on the Department for Work and Pensions' Work Capability Process.

Margaret Hodge, who chairs the committee, has accused the DWP of making "poor decisions" at "considerable cost" to the taxpayer.

The report found that the department's decisions were overturned in nearly 40 per cent of appeals, and that Citizens' Advice had recorded a more than 80 per cent rise in the number of people asking for support on appeals in the last year alone.

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