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Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey apologises for misleading parliament as pressure grows on h

Britain's Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Esther McVey arrives in Downing Street in London, May 1, 2018. Reuters / Simon Dawson

The UK Work and Pensions Secretary has been forced to apologise for "misleading" parliament following an explosive letter from the government spending watchdog which accused her of making "incorrect" claims about the government's new benefits scheme in parliament.

The extraordinary letter from the National Audit Office (NAO) came after she disowned its highly critical report on Universal Credit, the government's troubled attempt to overhaul the benefits system, the roll-out of which McVey is responsible for.

McVey, the work and pensions secretary, claimed in parliament last week that the damning study — which highlighted the severe financial problems caused for claimants by delays in receiving payments under the new system — was out-of-date.

But Auditor General Sir Amyas Morse took the highly unusual step of writing an open letter to McVey to rebut her claims and to "clarify the facts," suggesting the report had been "fully agreed" with senior officials at her department days earlier.

He said McVey had refused to meet him, misrepresented his report, and said her claim that Universal Credit is working "has not been proven."

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McVey denied intending to mislead Parliament.

"While speaking in parliament in answer to questions to the NAO I mistakenly said the NAO had asked for the rollout of universal credit to be continued at a faster rate and be speeded up," she told the Commons.

"In fact, the NAO did not say that Mr Speaker and I want to apologise to you and the House for inadvertently misleading you."

Culled from Business Insider

My view: It's hard to tell when politicians are telling the truth as they always spin their statement when they're caught giving misleading information, I don't think she should resign as she has apologised.