'£34m wasted' on welfare reform

Government attempts to set up its flagship Universal Credit scheme have not achieved "value for money" and have already wasted £34 million, according to a damning report by the National Audit Office.

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IDS took the 'earliest action' over Universal Credit

Department for Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said problems highlighted in a report by the National Audit Office over the Government's flagship Universal Credit project were "historic" and he had intervened to sort them out.

Mr Duncan Smith told BBC Breakfast:

We took the earliest action, I brought in outside people. I lost faith in the ability of civil servants to be able to manage this programme, so brought in people from outside to ensure that this programme could be delivered within the scope of how it was planned and make sure that it was delivered within budget.

That is our belief today.

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