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‘Computer says no’: Rishi Sunak under fire for blaming ageing IT for failure to hike benefits

By Rob Merrick
REUTERS

Rishi Sunak is under fire after an extraordinary claim that “computer says no” forced him to impose real-terms benefits cuts in his spring mini-budget.

The chancellor has been strongly criticised for increasing payments to struggling people by only 3.1 per cent last month – far below the inflation rate of 7 per cent and rising.

Now Mr Sunak has blamed the government’s antique computer system, despite previously suggesting it would be too costly and that other help is available.

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Rishi Sunak blasted for using 'Computer Says No' excuse to cut benefits for millions
The Chancellor admitted 'it sounds like an excuse' after he blamed IT 'problems' for a real-terms benefit cut. Experts told…
Rishi Sunak blames IT problems for not raising benefits in line with soaring inflation
The Tory chancellor left himself open to ridicule when he blamed the UK Government's IT systems for not raising benefits…
Cabinet ministers launch unprecedented attack on Bank of England over inflation crisis
Senior government figure suggests Rishi Sunak should do more to hold Andrew Bailey, the Bank Governor, to account
Rishi Sunak says technical problems stopped him raising benefits more
Chancellor blames DWP computers that allow uplift only once a year, in claims labelled ‘pathetic’ by Jonathan Ashworth
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Cabinet ministers ‘criticise Bank of England over rising inflation’
A senior minister said the Bank of England’s job is to keep inflation at two per cent
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