Tuesday, 22 March 2011

£635,000 benefits blunder at Flintshire County Council

FLINTSHIRE County Council could lose out on hundreds of thousands of pounds after a series of benefits blunders.

A damning report by the Wales Audit Office (WAO) has identified a catalogue of ‘weaknesses’ in the authority’s complex housing benefit payment system, including an overpayment to tenants of more than £235,000.

And, as a result of a separate error, it could also have to pay back as much as £397,000 to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) due to an over-claim for housing benefit reimbursement.

Cllr Bernie Attridge, deputy leader of the Labour opposition, has demanded resignations over the mistakes.

He said: “There is total incompetence at the helm of Flintshire County Council and enough is enough.

Kerry Feather, the council’s head of finance, said: “The findings of the WAO are being taken very seriously and urgent action is being taken.

My comment: If this happened in a private company heads would have rolled already. Flintshire on the other hand can pass the cost onto the taxpayer and no doubt the Head of Finance will keep their job. (Remuneration £100,397. Basic Pay £81,960, Employers contribution to pension £18,277, Expense Allowance £160. Source Taxpayers Alliance Rich List

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