Richard Garside summarises the early developments in the coalition government's ambitious and controversial Universal Credit programme.
The House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee has criticised the Department for Work and Pensions for hampering its inquiry into the roll-out of the Universal Credit. According to the Financial Times (free registration required), the Department failed to provide 'accurate, timely and detailed information' to the Committee.
Department for Work and Pensions beset by ‘weak management and poor governance’ according to the Government's own auditors, while benefits programme attacked as ‘titanic IT disaster’ by opposition reports The Independent
Polly Toynbee takes a look at the universal credit in her Guardian column.
'Take a single parent with two children: if she works a day and a half on the minimum wage, it's worth her while and she takes home, with the credit, £268. But if she decides to work three days a week she only earns £6 more. If she goes full-time, she is actually worse off, falling back with £2 less.'