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Loose change: It’s all the Tories think benefit claimants are worth; that’s why people are being short-changed across the UK, and not just in Scotland.

See the headline? That’s what politicians are asking after the Department for Work and Pensions was found to have made “errors” that have nearly doubled the number of people underpaid since 2011.

The proportion of claimants who have been underpaid due to official errors has risen by 86 per cent to almost 1,000.

The total number of claimants underpaid by the DWP has risen by 64 per cent.

I find this odd. Are the figures saying that the number of claimants has fallen, while the number being underpaid has increased? It’s not entirely clear.

The SNP has used the revelation to demand that the administration of benefit payments in Scotland should be handed over to the Scottish government.

Personally, This Writer supports the demand wholeheartedly. The Welsh government should do the same, as far as I’m concerned, and possibly the Northern Irish government too, now that it is back up and running.

But I don’t see it getting much traction.

Tories like underpayments. They keep the poor hungry and desperate, which is exactly how the Tories like us.

They hope the situation will result in either the poor signing off and finding jobs, or in many deaths. It’s all the same to Boris Johnson, I assure you.

They will certainly act to make sure that this situation continues into the future.

Source: DWP slammed over rising number of benefit underpayments

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