OBRâ€™s figures will bolster disability groupsâ€™ calls for overhaul of PIP system
Changes to the disability benefits system that has caused huge hardship to some of the countryâ€™s most vulnerable people has cost the government more than Â£4bn more in extra welfare payments than ministers estimated.
The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), the Treasuryâ€™s independent forecasting unit, said predictions by the Department for Work and Pensions dramatically under-estimated the costs of rolling out the personal independent payments (PIP) system, which began to replace disability living allowance (DLA) in 2013.
A saving of Â£2bn was expected by 2018, but that has since been revised to an over-spend by Â£1.5bn to Â£2bn, leaving an estimated Â£4.2bn gap in the public finances.
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