With the built-in 42-day delay in benefit payments, Universal Credit can easily be calculated by hand – so the only reason the taxpayer can possibly have been made to spend so much money on a computer scheme is to keep the money from being used elsewhere.

Have you noticed that the £15.8 billion, quoted in this article from the summer, is less than the amount George Osborne wants to cut from the Department for Work and Pensions’ budget?

To a Tory, it seems any price is worth paying if it harms the poor.

The overall cost of Iain Duncan Smith’s key welfare scheme appears to have risen by £3bn to £15.8bn in two years, according to an official report that shows several other significant government programmes are also in danger of collapsing.

Universal credit, the troubled programme that plans to roll six welfare benefits into one payment, has also suffered a further year’s delay and will not be fully implemented until 2020.

Source: Labour says universal credit will take 495 years to roll out as costs rise £3bn | Society | The Guardian

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