Benefit payments computer system shelved

September 5, 2006

A major computer system used to process benefits payments has been shelved, the Government confirmed today.

The system, known as the Benefits Reprocessing Payments Programme, was “refocused” in the light of “concerns about the progress” of the programme, the Department for Work and Pensions said.

The BBC Radio 4 Today programme reported that it had cost £141 million in the three years since it had been first set up and had been designed to save around £60 million for the taxpayer.

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