Caroline Flint has welcomed a victory for one in twenty of the Doncaster claimants of Employment and Support Allowance, who were underpaid by the Department for Work and Pensions following their transfer from Incapacity Benefit.
The Government announcement of repayments, which is expected to cost £390 million, follows a damning report by the powerful Commons Public Accounts Committee, of which Ms Flint is a member. At least 70,000 claimants lost out across England and Wales due to Government mistakes.
PAC: GOVERNMENT FAILURE ON TEACHER NUMBERS ADDS TO PRESSURE ON SCHOOLS
Growing sense of crisis for schools in England struggling to retain and develop teaching workforce
The powerful Commons Public Accounts Committee issued a warning this week, as it reported on the Government failure to retain teachers and support them adequately in their work.
The Committee found that the number of teachers leaving the profession for reasons other than retirement has increased from just three in every hundred to eight in every hundred. Workload was cited as the main reason, with a typical teacher working 54 hours each week.