Slave #Britain: Duncan Smith covering up his Universal Credit mistakes again (#bedroomtax #ids #universalcredit #welfare)

moreidsliesWe seem to be writing about Duncan Smith regularly, and the theme seems to be the same most of the time – Duncan Smith covering up his mistakes or lying about his welfare reforms.

The latest is criticism is from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) who accuse the Duncan Smith/DWP of hiding the failings of Universal Credit, although we are not sure if Duncan Smith has done a very good job of hiding them because the majority of the public seem well aware of the vast waste of taxpayer’s money and the travesty Duncan Smith is responsible for.

The PAC has highlighted the obviously devious tactic of ‘resetting’ which was introduced by the government for major projects. It indicates that the target for projects are ‘reset’ which avoids them being rated by the Major Projects Authority (MPA) and being included in the MPAs annual report.

So far the only project to receive the ‘reset’ rating is Universal Credit, which was used in 2013.

Universal Credit started to be implemented three years ago, and has been the subject of continual criticism from monitoring organisations. The most notable criticism being the waste of taxpayer’s money on the failed IT project.

The report by the PAC said that the ‘reset’ category seemed to have been introduced specifically for the Universal Credit project.

“We are particularly concerned that the decision to award a ‘reset’ rating to the universal credit project was an attempt to keep information secret and prevent scrutiny,” the report said.

“The ‘reset’ category was introduced for the 2013-14 report and was only applied to this one project. The MPA confirmed that the decision to give universal credit a reset rating was ultimately made by ministers,” it added.

Without the scrutiny of the MPA, problems with Universal Credit – especially concerning finances – were not made public, nor those responsible (Duncan Smith) brought to account.

Margaret Hodge, chair of the committee, said “The MPA should publish more information on each project, including the amount spent to date, even if this means reviewing the government’s transparency policy. We are particularly concerned that the decision to award a ‘reset’ rating to the universal credit project may have been an attempt to keep information secret and prevent scrutiny.”

Originally, the government stated that the Universal Credit project would result in savings of £38bn by 2013. However, the cost of the project has skyrocketed as blunder after blunder has resulted in significant overspend.

Estimates place the current spend on Universal Credit in the region of over £620 million, of which £130 million was ‘written off’ in 2013 by the DWP because of an unusable IT system. The DWP are now having to spend an additional £90 million on IT, bringing the total cost of the loss, just on IT, to the taxpayer to £220 million.

The cost of the project is expected to be far more than the original estimate of £2.24 billion.

Despite exposure of the obvious deceptions of the DWP and Duncan Smith, Duncan Smith still insists that the project is on track and will save £38 billion of taxpayer’s money over its lifetime. The only reason Duncan Smith can claim that the project is on track is because of the numerous adjustments to the project’s targets and the ‘reset’. As far as ‘savings’ to the public purse are concerned it is doubtful that any savings will be made at all, and any such savings could only be achieved through the ‘creative accounting’ of the DWP.

The projected savings claimed by Duncan Smith do not take into account the horrendous waste of taxpayer’s money in areas directly affected by his blunders. For example the increased costs to councils in providing support to people who fall foul of Duncan Smith’s draconian measures and incompetence.

If we consider associated factors then Universal Credit is set to cost the taxpayer much more than the original estimated cost, and will probably end up costing the taxpayer much more than the system in place before it, wiping out any claimed benefits.

But we shouldn’t expect anything else form this proven liar and manipulator and his cronies.

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One thought on “Slave #Britain: Duncan Smith covering up his Universal Credit mistakes again (#bedroomtax #ids #universalcredit #welfare)

  1. Originally, the government stated that the Universal Credit project would result in savings of £38bn by 2013 wrong again wasnt they
    The cost of the project is expected to be far more than the original estimate of £2.24 billion. yet wasnt it around this and that that this man will fix it all while all around him crumbles down yet hes still in that job denying anythings wrong with uc

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