Labour: Leaked DWP staff reports 'utterly damning'

Labour's Stephen Timms said Ian Duncan Smith's Universal Credit system was "in deep trouble." Credit: PA

Stephen Timms, Labour’s shadow employment minister, said strongly critical reports of DWP management by staff were "utterly damning."

“These testimonies from the heart of the Universal Credit programme are utterly damning. No strategic leadership, no plan, no idea.

"The scheme is in chaos. The truth is Universal Credit is in crisis and everyone knows it.

"It’s time for Iain Duncan Smith to admit this project is in deep trouble, come clean about how bad things are, and ask for help, because if things stay as they are this flagship will sink – taking hundreds of millions of pounds of public money with it.”