The citizens and taxpayers in this country should always be grateful for the light that the National Audit Office shines on dismal Government policy implementation. Universal Credit looks like making it into the all top time top ten alongside such other gems as the National patient records system. Sadly this one has not only been a waste of taxpayers money it has also had real impact on people's lives, which of course always results in further taxpayer costs to cover off homelessness etc.
Recently Directors of Children's Services pointed out to current and future risks of the number of children taken into care as a result of universal credit implementation. This should not be a surprise to the DWP given the warnings from local government but they appear to be very much in the mode of the three wise monkeys - "see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil". Hopefully this damning report will drive change before its too late.
Universal Credit ‘could cost more than current benefits system’, said the BBC. ‘Universal credit ’may never deliver value for money’ said Sky News. ‘It’s official: universal credit is a colossal, costly, hellish catastrophe’, added the Guardian. Even the Daily Mail went with the headline: ‘Universal Credit system is ‘bad value for money’ and took too long to roll out, damning report finds’. As far as PR disasters go, today’s report from the National Audit Office about the Department for Work & Pensions’ handling of changes to the benefits system is up there with the best (or should that be worst?) of them