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'£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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Universal Credit report 'does not cover recent progress'

An assessment of the Government's flagship Universal Credit did not cover progress made since April this year, a spokesman for the Department for Work and Pensions said today, after the National Audit Office claimed that it had written off more than £30 million in failed IT.

The report does not cover the significant developments we've made since April including the go-live in Greater Manchester, our progress on the IT challenge, the latest plans for expansion from October, or the fact that we brought in two of the country's leading project management experts to lead UC.

The NAO itself concludes that Universal Credit can go on to achieve considerable benefits for society.

– Spokesman, Department for Work and Pensions

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