Friday, 8 January 2010

Asylum seekers wrongly paid £10m

Now before some screaming knee jerk reaction bandit starts screaming I am a the story carefully.

Then answer this, How much Grit could you get for 10 Million Quid?

Pure Labour Government, bloated, red tape bullshit.

A Home Office audit found officials mistakenly handed out £9.6 million in housing benefit and living allowances.

Overpayments happened when payouts continued even after asylum cases were concluded.

The real total could be even higher because officials at the UK Border Agency have not calculated the cost of errors made in previous years.

Critics condemned the waste of taxpayers' money, and called on ministers to "get a grip" on the problem.

Tory MP David TC Davies, who sits on the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, said: "This is yet another disgraceful waste of taxpayers' money and another huge blunder by the UK Border Agency.

"Millions of pounds are being thrown away and very little is being done to prevent it - at a time when the country is economically bankrupt."

The payouts were revealed in the Home Office's official accounts for 2008/9. They showed two-thirds of the total - nearly £7 million - was in cases where payments had been stopped but not within the required time limit.

In the remainder, payouts continued after asylum claims were rejected or approved.

Officials have been forced to write off the money because of "legal obstacles" to recovering it, the report states. Trying to recover allowances could also leave failed asylum seekers in dire poverty.


Words Fail Me........They really do!!!!

So much for my warm story to end a Friday on.

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