The Department for Work and Pensions overpaid £27 million in income support to inmates who failed to report that they have been sent to jail.
Ministers insisted the fraudulent overpayments had been 'consistently low' and accounted for 'no more than an estimated 0.1% of the overall income support bill'.
£27m has been paid incorrectly from 2004 - 2009 and most of the cash was lost in income support which is a benefit for people on low income who do not have to sign on as unemployed, according to the Jobcentre Plus website.
This is another example of incompetence in government. There is little control in departments and yet, on doubt, senior civil servants in the DWP will receive bonuses for ticking all the boxes. After all to politicians the fraud overpayments were 'consistently low'.
The quicker Scotland breaks free from this deeply flawed system the better. We need to be able to take responsibility for our own mistakes and ensure that any government in an independent Scotland is accountable to us, their paymasters.