Damning report exposes chaos and confusion at heart of Tory-led Government - Byrne

8 February 2013

Liam ByrneLiam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to today’s PAC report criticising the Government’s handling of the Work Capability Assessment, said:

“This damning report exposes the chaos and confusion at the heart of the Tory-led Government.

“Help for disabled people needed careful change yet Iain Duncan Smith has behaved like a bull in a china shop and now we see the price for the taxpayers and thousands of vulnerable people.

“David Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith have botched the Work Programme, lost a grip on Universal Credit and it’s now clear they’ve lost control of yet another reform costing multi-millions and causing millions huge distress.

"We warned the Government against a 'big bang' roll-out of this sensitive test in 2011. We said ‘get it right first’ but instead, ministers went hell for leather forcing thousands to jump through hoops which their own advisors said were wrong and costs the country £110 million a year.

“The Government has got to listen to Labour's call for fast and fundamental change of the test before any more money is wasted and any more people are hurt.”