Disabled people are facing "distress and financial difficulties" as a result of the slow processing of claims under a new Government benefit scheme, a spending watchdog has found.
The National Audit Office found that claimants for the new Personal Independence Payment, which will replace Disability Living Allowance, were waiting an average 107 days for a decision on their cases, rather than the predicted processing times of 74 days.
Terminally ill patients were found to be waiting for 28 days instead of 10 days.
A backlog of 92,000 cases had built up with private contractors Atos and Capita within six months of the introduction of PIPs in some areas of the north of England.
More top news
The controversial procedure involved nuclear DNA from the mother, mitochondrial DNA from a donor, and the father's sperm.
The move comes amid a boycott of the paper in Liverpool due to its controversial coverage of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.
Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry has been charged in connection with alleged fraud offences.