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
Firms that fail to address the pay gap between male and female employees with be listed in new league tables.
John Kerry says US and Russian diplomats have agreed to implement a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria
A young man dramatically rescued by the Turkish coastguard from a sinking boat has spoken of his ordeal.