According to one of its own press releases, the Government is wasting approximately £167 million each year due to error and mistakes in the Benefits system.
It's OK though, they've not had a shock momentary lapse into honesty, as ever with a Government press release it's what isn't said that is most revealing.
The official line is that the Department of Work and Pension is going to launch "drive to reduce money lost to customer and official error in the benefit system which is expected to save £1billion by 2012".
Thus, by implication, witout the drive they concede the system is not fit for purpose and would lose a billion over the next six year without change (roughly £167m per year). Given they've been in power for ten years and been tinkering all the time, I dread to think how much they've lost due to error in that time.