A few days ago I blogged about the impending chaos hanging over the roll out of Universal Credit http://wp.me/p3mYc5-cd.
Here’s more on the subject…
Iain Duncan Smith’s DWP blowing £1.3million checking benefit cap by hand because computers are not ready
Ministers are blowing £1.3million on staff to carry out checks for its flagship benefits cap – because the computer system needed to do the job has yet to be built.
The £500-a-week cap was introduced in pilot areas in April as part of a crackdown to cut the welfare bill. But the Government has been forced to take on 112 workers to check what each household receives and if any are exempt from the cap.
Labour’s Shadow Employment Minister Stephen Timms blasted the waste and said: “Ministers admit they don’t have a clue how or when this problem will be solved and the taxpayer is picking up the bill to clean up the mess.” The MP added: “We need urgent assurances that this latest IT disaster won’t plunge yet another scheme into chaos.”
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