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Labour slams welfare 'chaos'

Labour will today blame "chaos" at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for extra bills of £1.4 billion to the taxpayer.

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'Biggest cost' to DWP will be extra job seekers

Key points from Mr Byrne's speech will include:

  • The biggest cost will come from extra job seeker allowance claims because of the slow take-up of the youth contract.
  • Current targets will be missed by 92 percent which will cost the Treasury by £457 million.
  • Implementing universal credit will cost £300 million, failures by Atos £287 million and work programme £140 million.
  • The bedroom tax will cost £102.5 million.
  • Rising fraud and error cost the Treasury £140 million.

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