Friday, November 22, 2019
Home All Categories Universal Credit Project In Disarray

Universal Credit Project In Disarray

Cheshire East Labour Group Press Release:

The Work and Pensions Committee has confirmed the reports of the National Audit Office of serious failings in the management of the Universal Credit project and has complained of the failure to provide accurate and timely information about the project.

In their report released on 9 April, the committee notes that the original IT proposal has been scrapped and £34m written off.

The committee then considers the replacement digital solution, and caustically reports that it is unclear.

• How it will work
• When it will be ready
• How much it will cost
• Who will do the work to develop and build it.

There has already been a succession of timetable alterations and given the lack of control over the project it seems inevitable that there will be further delays and problems.

Cllr Ken Edwards, Labour Councillor for Macclesfield Central, said:

“This committee findings confirm what we knew all along that Universal Credit was a great idea in theory but impossible to put into practice without massive investment and huge risk to claimants’ rights and the government’s reputation.

“This government is fundamentally incompetent. From the Treasury we had 3 and half years of unmitigated recession driven by austerity ideology or a cynical desire to manipulate the economic cycle for electoral purposes.

“We have had the fiasco of the National Planning Policy Framework which created a huge vacuum in planning terms which Councils like Cheshire East manifestly have failed to fill.

“We had the amazingly unprecedented top down rehash of the National Health Service.

“Now we have the Titanic of Universal Credit moving slowly towards the iceberg of the election.”

Labour Group Leader Cllr David Newton said:

“This project has been a complete botch since it began. Ian Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary has been so obsessed with forcing people into work without any proper regard to their real circumstances, that he failed to make proper provision for the establishment of sensible machinery to manage it.

“Because of the severe delays, many people now find themselves in arrears with their rents, and it is no fault of their own.

“This sort of mess always ensues when dogma rules over reality. What might have become a sensible system runs the risk of becoming a shambles and, as usual, it is the weak and vulnerable who suffer the most.”

-Advertisement-

Cllr Sam Corcoran, Labour Councillor for Sandbach Heath & East, said:

“The benefits system does need to be reformed and simplified. It is tragic that the Conservatives have mismanaged this project so badly and tried to force through ideological reforms without addressing the practical problems of how it will work.

“Millions of pounds have been wasted on failed IT projects and it is still unclear how it will work, when it will be ready and how much it will cost. The Conservatives are out of touch and have no coherent plans.”

Universal Credit: Local Government Information Unit Briefing (pdf)

 

Sam Corcoran – Cheshire East Labour Group Media Relations Officer

Follow Us

16,675FansLike
9,397FollowersFollow

Trending Now

A homeless person dies every 19 hours in austerity Britain

Services are failing to protect homelessness people, say campaigners.

UK pensioners ‘suffering the worst poverty rate in western Europe’

Tories warned against further rises to the state pension age.

Benefit payment dates over Christmas and New Year 2019-20

You may receive benefit payments early over Christmas and New Year. Check here to see if this applies to you and your family.

Benefit claimants told to fork out £1400 to record disability assessments

Disabled people told to pay for expensive specialist equipment if they want benefit assessments to be recorded.

‘Pensionless Pensioner’ Brands UK Government Most Brutal ‘Regime’ In Living Memory

Woman stripped of her right to state pension says the UK Government doesn't care whether vulnerable people live or die.

More News

Carers missing out on £1.5bn in unclaimed benefits

Unpaid carers urged to check their benefit entitlement.

General Election 2019: What are Labour’s plans for social security and pensions?

Find out how Labour's plans for social security are very different to what we've seen over the last decade.

Labour declares ‘war on poverty’ and pledges to scrap Tory welfare reforms

Tory austerity has entrenched poverty and destitution across Britain, say Labour.

Disabled man found dead at Jobcentre within months of being declared ‘fit for work’ by the DWP

Campaigners have called for benefit assessments to be suspended after the man's sudden death.

800,000 more children from working households pushed into poverty since 2010

Labour says the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats "should hang their heads in shame".

Follow Us

16,675FansLike
9,397FollowersFollow

More Articles Like This