By Tony Collins
Iain Duncan Smith has told MPs that the costs of the Universal Credit project are £652m to March 2014 – which is about £36,222 per successful claimant.
The figure includes the money paid to the DWP’s Universal Credit IT suppliers which was £303m by the end of 2012/13. An updated figure will be published in a UC report by the National Audit Office due to be published near the end of this month.
The costs of Universal Credit per successful claimant are disproportionately high for an IT-enabled programme that has been running for more than three years because numbers on the system are small.
If the UC programme were complete, at a forecast cost of £1.8bn, and the predicted 7.7 million people were receiving the benefit, the scheme’s delivery costs per claimant would be only about £234.
As at October 2014 17,850 people were on the Universal Credit caseload. IDS told the Work…
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