By Tony Collins
Iain Duncan Smith told the House of Commons in January 2013:
“Universal Credit is on track and on budget. The systems are not new or complex. After all, more than 60% of the total developed system is based on reusing existing IT. New developments will use tried and tested technology.
“The key difference between how this Government are doing things and how they were done before is that we have adopted commercial “agile” design principles to build the IT service for universal credit in four stages, each four months long.”
No longer does IDS say the Universal Credit programme is on time or to budget. Indeed in the House of Commons yesterday, when asked by Labour if the Treasury has approved the full business case for Universal Credit, his replies to MPs were not quite as bullish as they sometimes have been.
He spoke about the programme almost entirely in…
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