MPs call for issues leaving carers with huge debts to be fixed ‘without delay’

Chair of work and pensions committee says UK government has known for years about flaws in system and needs to ‘get a grip’

A cross-party committee of MPs has urged the government to overhaul the weekly benefit for unpaid carers and fix “without delay” the issues causing thousands to rack up enormous debts.

Mel Stride, the work and pensions secretary, was told that the government had failed for five years to tackle the IT problems that have left tens of thousands of unpaid carers owing sums that had plunged many into debt and left some facing criminal prosecution.

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