By Tony Collins
Yesterday in Parliament Iain Duncan Smith gave a statement on Universal Credit – then MPs asked him questions. Conservative MP Nigel Mills asked IDS a straightforward question:
“Can the secretary of state confirm that the Treasury has now signed off the whole business case and laid to rest that fear that they were not going to do that?”
IDS gave a clear reply: “That is exactly what was being asked before the summer break and the answer is they have …”
But the UC programme has not received Treasury approval for the full business case, nor even the outline business case. Today’s National Audit Office report “Universal Credit: progress update” says that the UC programme received approval in September 2014 for the “strategic outline business case” only.
An NAO official says this is a “long way from Treasury approval” of the full business case.
Until the full…
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