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Disabled benefit claim delays 'causing distress'

Disabled people are facing "distress and financial difficulties" as they are being forced to wait longer for the processing of claims under a new Government benefit scheme, according to the National Audit Office.

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Delays in PIP assessments 'reduce expected savings'

Delays in processing claims under the new Personal Independence Payment have reduced the amount the Government expected to save by £140 million, the National Audit Office said.

Delays have cut the amount the Government expected to save as a result of the benefit changes. Credit: PA Wire

The backlog in cases have cut expected savings over the course of this Parliament, with the DWP now forecast to save £640 million a year by 2015, rather than its orginial prediction of £780 million.

Each new PIP claim - worth between £21 and £134 a week to disabled claimants - costs an average £182 to administer, compared to £49 under DLA, the report said.

However, the DWP said it still expects to achieve annual savings of £3 billion by 2018/19, with 3.6 million claims assessed by 2018.

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