So let's get this straight. The Treasury introduces tax credit and pays out billions of pounds a year. It then finds it's got its sums wrong and tries to reclaim the billions it has overpaid. People hand back the money which they think they have rightfully claimed and many of them have to resort to Salvation Army food parcels. Even though the problem has been identified the Treasury continues to pay out nearly £2 billion more than it ought to. And now, having paid the money out and then reclaimed it, it's giving it back because of a legal challenge. You couldn't make it up.
And who presided over this mess? Yup, Gordon Brown.
And when George Osborne says he will match Labour's spending plans you really wonder what planet he is living on. Here's a least £2 billion which could be saved in Year One.