Universal Credit is now live in seven areas across the UK and will be growing to ten by spring 2014. By the end of next year, the scheme will expand to cover more of the north west.
But the Government has admitted that about 700,000 claimants of a disability benefit will not be transferred to the new Universal Credit before 2017.
The Universal Credit reforms are intended to help people back into work but the Department for Work and Pensions said its priority throughout had been the "safe and smooth" delivery of the new policy.
More top news
The proportion of ambulances hitting the eight-minute response time target in Wales has plummeted to just 42.6%.
The footballer, who was jailed for five years, claims the 'previously unavailable' information could help clear his name.
PC Steve Norton ran with baby Harrison despite wearing full body armour which weighed a stone after he stopped breathing.