Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow DWP Secretary, responding to today’s Public Accounts Committee Select Committee report, said:
“The welfare revolution we were promised is descending into total chaos, and its hardworking families paying the price.
“The report reveals the woeful inadequacy of Discretionary Housing Payments to help people hit by the Bedroom Tax. And now even the Government’s own modelling shows that their changes to Housing Benefit will end up costing more than they save – what a shambles.
“This report lays bare the undeniable truth – under this Government the Department for Work and Pensions hasn’t got the first idea what it is doing. Ministers simply do not know what impact their housing benefit changes will have.”