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Treasury has still not signed off universal credit

Universal credit is still on the amber-red warning list of the Major Projects Authority and the business case for the new benefit has still not been signed off by the Treasury, it was revealed at a public accounts committee meeting yesterday.

According to evidence given by civil servants, a ‘twin track’ approach to delivering the benefit could lead to all but £34m of a £697m IT programme being written off, if the new digital system now being trialled is a success. However, so far only 17 claimants have used the new digital system.

The Treasury says that it may be next summer before it can decide whether to sign off the business case for universal credit.

Meanwhile, Neil Couling, one of the DWP staff now in charge of universal credit told the committee he had been ‘blown away’ by how positively claimants had responded to the new benefit.

Couling previously gave evidence to the Scottish parliament that claimants welcome the ‘jolt’ of being sanctioned so much that “jobcentres across the country have been inundated with thank you cards from people who have received sanctions.”

You can watch the public accounts committee session on parliament tv.

Read more on this story in the Guardian


+3 #6 angela 2014-12-13 09:33
It goes to show just how far away these people are from the real world when they come out with rubbish like this but the real shame is there is a great deal who beleave he is right
+2 #5 Rubyred 2014-12-11 23:08
At Welfare Benefits Awareness day today for my job, we were told that Universal Credit had been rolled out in some areas of the UK and pilot schemes were doing well.
Ive not heard any mention of UC being a benefit that people are receiving, does anyone know of its existence anywhere yet?
+3 #4 Bill 2014-12-11 16:21
Thats that sorted then.... in this Season of Goodwill and Awards Ceremonies Mr Neil Couling wins the ''Pratt of the Year'' gong.

May God bless him and all that sail in him!! The Twit.

+7 #3 David 2014-12-11 14:08
Couling - he mst be taking the micturation! Thank you cards. Whatever next? Claimants going to food banks to get food to give parties for job centre staff? Yeah right
+6 #2 summertrain 2014-12-11 14:07
claimants welcome the ‘jolt’ of being sanctioned so much that “jobcentres across the country have been inundated with thank you cards from people who have received sanctions.”
Really!. :D Anyone who believes this blatant propaganda, and indeed downright lies, deserves this rotten Government.
+3 #1 blue peter 2014-12-11 12:28
Sharon White’s source on Universal Credit ‘Amber/Red’ status her husband? https://brianwernham.wordpress.com/2014/12/11/sharon-whites-source-on-universal-credit-amberred-status-her-husband/

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