IDS denies benefit blame claims

The Work and Pensions Secretary has denied reports he tried to blame officials for the failures in the Government's flagship benefit reform scheme. A critical report by MPs claimed at least £140m had been wasted by the Universal Credit programme.

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No 10: 'Everyone has to take responsibility' on policies

David Cameron's official spokesman sidestepped repeated questions from reporters whether the Prime Minister was "confident" that Universal Credit would be delivered on time and on budget.

He said: "The department is working to the 2017 timetable. That is the timetable that the department continues to work to."

Pressed on whether it was right for ministers, rather than senior officials, to take responsibility for failings in implementing major policies, the No 10 spokesman said the Prime Minister had previously insisted that "everyone has to take their responsibility."

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