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Leaked DWP Welfare Report Shows 'Shape of Things to Come'

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

A leaked document has revealed the UK Government’s controversial welfare reform is at risk because of the speed and depth of the cuts imposed on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The leaked internal review reveals Iain Duncan Smith’s department is struggling to meet "extremely challenging" demands of over £1bn of efficiency savings over the next two years and these pressures could disrupt plans to roll out benefits reforms.

The review does not include the Universal Credit scheme which a Parliament report had stated was so badly managed, it could write-off up to £425 million - £36 million of which reflects Scotland’s pro-rata share.

Commenting, Banff & Buchan MP and SNP Westminster spokesperson for Work & Pensions Dr Eilidh Whiteford said:

“This is deeply worrying- the review warns that these department cuts could jeopardise public-facing services.

“Following the damning Parliament report on the Universal Credit scheme, this is further evidence that the UK government cannot be trusted when it comes to reforming our pensions, child maintenance and disability benefits. We already knew the Tory- Lib Dem government’s welfare reforms were discriminatory, but we can also see the extent of how badly managed it all is.

“It doesn’t have to be this way. Scotland has already made its opposition to welfare cuts absolutely clear, and a very clear majority of Scots want the Scottish Parliament to be given full powers over taxation and welfare. It is becoming clear to increasing numbers of people that only a Yes vote will deliver the kind of powers they want and Scotland needs.”

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