Pounds 3billion Benefits Shambles; Blunkett's TV Jibe at Workshy ROAD WORKERS COMPENSATION CLAIMS

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Pounds 3billion Benefits Shambles; Blunkett's TV Jibe at Workshy ROAD WORKERS COMPENSATION CLAIMS


Byline: By Pippa Crerar

DAVID BLUNKETT admitted the benefits system was "crackers" yesterday as it emerged fraud and bungles cost taxpayers pounds 3billion a year.

He vowed to cut through the red tape that left the system open to abuse and pledged to avoid "sticking plaster" solutions.

The Work and Pensions Secretary also had a tough message for the workshy - stop watching daytime TV and get a job.

And he insisted work was a cure for depression and stress.

Blunkett claimed: "If people will reconnect with life, getting out, volunteering, being able to re-associate with the world of work, suddenly they come alive again.

"That will overcome depression and stress a lot more than people sitting at home watching daytime television."

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have slashed unemployment benefit fraud by 38 per cent since Labour came to power.

But the Government are now under pressure to cut the total of 2.7 million people claiming incapacity benefit.

Glasgow receives the highest amount in the UK - pounds 316million a year.

The pressure intensified yesterday as a high-profile group of MPs savaged the DWP for failing to crack down on fraudsters and system errors. …

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