Prisoners have been handed £41million in benefits they are not entitled to, it has emerged.

For six years Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, sickness benefits and other state hand outs have been incorrectly paid to criminals behind bars.

And the taxpayer is still owed £21million because the Department for Work and Pensions has only managed to claw back £19.7million.

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