It was interesting to read today just how much the future Prime Minister's Tax Credit scheme has cost the country (that is cost the tax payer) "Around £9 billion in tax credits has been paid out in error since their launch in 2003 – of which almost £5 billion might never be recovered, it was claimed today. Official figures released indicate that HM Revenue & Customs overpaid £1.7bn in 2005/2006 bring the total overpayment since 2003/2005 to £5.7bn. The government is already writing off £1.9bn of this as irrecoverable. But research by the Liberal Democrat’s indicates that the government has also incorrectly paid out around £3.6 billion in fraud and error since 2003, most of which will never be recovered, meaning that more than £9 billion has been wrongly paid out of which up to £5 billion will be lost." This afternoon Ruth Kelly is also to announce a delay in the start of HIPS for new house sales - it's been in planning for 18 months and was due to take effect on the 1st June - this is now being postponed for 8 weeks while they frantically sort out this mess. What price the new ID card scheme and changes in planning law?