Universal Credit: government closer to recognising failure?

An almost apolitical assessment of the DWP’s universal credit programme still concludes it’s pretty much a busted flush. If only Smith WOULD do millions of us a favour and resign!

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Universal Credit – the amalgamation of various welfare payments into one unified entitlement which will vary in “real time” as claimants’ circumstances change – is at the very heart of the British government‘s plans to reform the welfare state. The idea is that the welfare system will “make work pay”. Once that meant it would have a shallow taper – in other words, the loss of benefit as claimants got work would be reduced: today that aim seems less clearly expressed, but that is another issue I won’t go into here.

Universal Credit is also the world’s biggest ever “agile development” software project and a massive financial and social (and hence political) risk for the government. Unless delivered on time and on budget then the consequences are grave – some of the most vulnerable people in society could be left literally destitute, with all that entails…

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4 responses to “Universal Credit: government closer to recognising failure?

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  2. The report is out of date… however things are worse than the reports findings. I read another article (annoyingly I can’t remember where) where someone had extracted the relevant data from the spreadsheet which said roughly “with pathfinders at x/y/z” however since that time the pathfinders have been massively scaled back to just one JCP and the scope of the live test data has been reduced from multiple cases to just “single, newly unemployed.” So yes, its out of date and its new level should really be upgraded to “star trek; red shirt” status.


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