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Public Accounts Committee report: 'Universal Credit: early progress'

Response to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report: 'Universal Credit: early progress'

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Responding to the report a DWP Spokesperson said:

Universal Credit is a vital reform that rewards work instead of trapping people on benefits. It will ultimately bring a £38 billion economic benefit to society.

This report doesn’t take into account our new leadership team, or our progress on delivery. We have already taken comprehensive action including strengthening governance, supplier management and financial controls.

Since we have last spoken to the PAC, we have also launched Universal Credit in Hammersmith, which will expand to further areas later this month and the Claimant Commitment is rolling out to Jobcentres across the country.

We don’t recognise the write off figure quoted by the committee and expect this to be substantially less. The head of Universal Credit Howard Shiplee has been clear that there is real potential to use much of the existing IT. We will announce our plans for the next phase of UC delivery shortly.

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Published 7 November 2013