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'Get a grip on DWP chaos' demands Labour

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government

DWP figures show 33,000 households hit by benefit cap since April 2013 DWP figures show 33,000 households hit by benefit cap since April 2013

The Labour Party is set to demand that the coalition gets a grip on the "chaos" at the Department for Work and Pensions.

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves will today take part in a Commons debate concerning the current situation at the DWP.

Speaking ahead of the debate, Reeves said that Prime Minister David Cameron's "failure to get a grip on the chaos" at the DWP has created "huge distress and hardship" for thousands of people.

The MP added that the department's problems also threaten to land the taxpayer with a "huge bill".

According to Reeves, even though the government last week admitted serious failings on benefit fraud, universal credit and personal independence payments in its annual DWP report, ministers still "refuse to act".

Reeves said: “That’s why Labour has called a debate in parliament to demand Iain Duncan Smith gets a grip of his failing department starting by setting a time limit for making disability benefit assessment decisions.

"The £12.8 billion universal credit has ground to a halt and rising spending on employment support allowance is threatening to breach the government’s welfare cap.
"Ministers must publish their assessments about risks to the universal credit programme and come clean about the impact of rising benefits spending on the welfare cap.”

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