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Universal Credit 'wastes £30m'

A government welfare scheme piloted in the North West has wasted more than 30 million pounds in failed IT according to a new report.

The public spending watchdog claims the Universal Credit payment was set up in without bosses knowing how it would work.

A trial began in Ashton Under Lyne earlier this year.

In a damning report, the National Audit Office (NAO) said the project championed by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith had been beset by "weak management, ineffective control and poor governance".

Universal Credit is due to replace a bundle of means-tested benefits by 2017, with the department estimating it will save #38 billion in administration, fraud and error costs by 2023.

Sajjad Karim MEP 'overjoyed' at homecoming of Atiya

I was delighted to be able to assist GMP to bring this case to a satisfactory fruition.

The two Greater Manchester Police officers who have provided continued support for this case for over three years but the real credit goes to Atiya's mum, Gemma, who never gave up.

I am also very grateful to the Pakistani authorities who did the work on the ground to locate Atiya.

– Sajjad Karim MEP

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Pakistani authorities 'helped get Atiya back'

"I was delighted to be able to assist GMP to bring this case to a satisfactory fruition.

"Two Greater Manchester Police officers have provided continued support for this case for over three years but the real credit goes to Atiya's mum, Gemma, who never gave up.

"I am also very grateful to the Pakistani authorities who did the work on the ground to locate Atiya."

– North West MEP Sajjad Karim

Investigation into kidnapped girl 'long and hard' - police

"This has been a long and hard investigation which has thankfully culminated in Atiya being on her way home.

"Throughout the three years of her disappearance, her mother Gemma has understandably been sick with worry. She had not heard from her beloved daughter and did not know whether she would ever set eyes upon her again.

"However, Gemma, alongside ourselves and a variety of organisations, were determined we would not give up and remained dedicated to finding her. Thanks to this determination and the help from the Pakistani authorities, we have the outcome we were hoping for."

– Detective Superintendent Phil Owen, Greater Manchester Police's Child Protection Unit
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