Minister: Benefit reform not a debacle

The Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has denied the Government's flagship welfare reform programme, the Universal Credit, is a "debacle" despite admitting that more than £40 million spent on IT for the project had been written off.

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Labour: Govt has broken promises on spectacular scale

Shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves said the extent of the delay to the Government's introduction of Universal Credit was set out in data released by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) alongside the Chancellor's Autumn Statement.

David Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith repeatedly promised to deliver their flagship policy 'on time and within budget'. That claim, and the credibility they staked on it, now lie in tatters.

For months on end the Government have tried to avoid answering questions about Universal Credit but these OBR figures tell the truth of how (they) have broken their promises on a spectacular scale.

They have been forced to admit that they have completely missed their targets and Universal Credit will not now be rolled out before the election. David Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith are presiding over a complete mess and it is taxpayers who are picking up the bill with at least one hundred million pounds of their money written off.

– Shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves

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