December 9, 2007
Benefit data sent to wrong homes
THOUSANDS of benefit claimants have been told their Post Office account details may have been accidentally sent to the wrong addresses, in the latest scandal involving lost data to shake the government, writes Marie Woolf.
The Post Office has written to apologise to 5,500 customers who use card accounts to access benefits. A leaked memo from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) says the blunder is likely to be blamed on “government incompetence”.
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