Jobcentres sources are suggesting that Iain Ducan Smith will attempt to roll out Universal Credit across the country in February 2015. This will allow the Tories to pretend that the project is on track and functioning in the run up to the general election.
Don’t believe a word of it. This is Iain Duncan Smith’s biggest benefit fraud yet. The truth is that Universal Credit looks no closer to being a functional and scalable system than it did when the Secretary of State first scribbled down plans for wide-ranging reform of the benefits system on the back of an evelope in 2010.
Universal Credit will only be inflicted on new, single claimants on the unemployment benefit Jobseeker’s Allowance. This has already been the case in the pilot schemes for the new benefit, and represents the simplest, and easiest to process claims. As reported by Channel 4’s Dispataches last night, should…
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