Minister: Universal Credit launch has been 'pretty lamentable'

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has admitted to ITV News that the implementation of the Universal Credit system was "pretty lamentable" in its first two years. He added that it was "very regrettable" so much money had been wasted.

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DWP: IDS has 'not shied away from tough decisions'

In response to Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude's admission that the implementation of the Universal Credit system has been "pretty lamentable", the Department for Work and Pensions has told ITV News Iain Duncan Smith has "not shied away from any tough decisions" over the policy:

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DWP spox says Iain Duncan Smith has not shied away from any tough decisions in terms of Universal Credit development and implementation.

Watch: Cabinet Office minister says it was "very regrettable" so much had been wasted on Universal Credit

Labour: 'When will IDS get a grip on Universal Credit?'

Labour's shadow work and pension secretary Rachel Reeves has asked "when will the PM and IDS [Iain Duncan Smith] get a grip" on Universal Credit, after Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude admitted to ITV News that its implementation had been "pretty lamentable" so far:

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Even cabinet ministers are now admitting Universal Credit is a shambles. When will PM and IDS get a grip? http://t.co/atKNnM5yU7

Watch: Cabinet Office minister says it was "very regrettable" so much had been wasted on Universal Credit

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