Universal Credit Shambles, Channel Four and Radio Four.

Ipswich Unemployed Action.

Iain Duncan Smith Owns Up to Failure (not).

Last night (Monday October the 27th) two important programmes were shown on Welfare ‘reform’.

Both  left a deep impression.

The second was perhaps the most revealing – it was by Jonathan Porter, former DWP chief Economist, former chief Economist at the Cabinet Office (Note word ‘former’).

Inside Welfare Reform. (Radio Four) basically laid bare the crumbling wreck that is Universal Credit.

Writing in the Guardian on the same say day Porter says,

This decade’s flagship programme – the integration of the six major working-age benefits intouniversal credit – is far behind schedule, with tens of millions of pounds of IT investment already written off and much more to come. The NAO’s verdict has been damning, describing weak management, ineffective control, and poor governance, with both ministers and civil servants coming in for severe criticism. External experts – most…

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