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Universal Credit scheme wasted millions says report

A benefits scheme launched in the North West has wasted more than £30m according to a report.

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

It was piloted at the job centre in Ashton Under Lyne. The government says it agrees with the report's findings. Ralph Blunsom has the story:


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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