Universal Credit shambles – “Not value for money” says the NAO

Universal Credit

Universal Credit

A damning report from the National Audit Office has poured scorn over the Tories flagship welfare programme – Universal Credit. The scheme has not delivered value for money, its roll out has been slower than intended and has caused hardship for many people, according to a damning official report. The NAO said the scheme cost more to administer than the previous system of six benefits it replaced, including job seeker’s allowance, tax credit and housing benefit and that it was uncertain if UC would ever deliver value for money.

The report “blows up” the Department for Work and Pension’s (DWP) assertion that everything was going well. Labour will scrap the punitive Tory welfare system, scrap the Work Capability and Personal Independence Payment assessments and replace them with a personalised, holistic assessment process that provides each individual with a tailored plan, building on their strengths and addressing barriers.

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June 26, 2018

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