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Perhaps the answer has something to do with blame.

The government can blame railway companies for what some seem to be labelling out-of-control cost increases on improvement projects.

But Universal Credit is a plan initiated by the Conservative Party, and the Conservative Party must be seen to be right. Right?

So the cost continues to rocket out of control, creating knock-on problems across government budgets, and the Gentleman Ranker, Iain Duncan Smith, gets to make silly claims that everything is under control when it clearly isn’t.

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.

The figures are disclosed in a Major Projects Authority report. It also shows that more than half of all of the government’s leading projects, including HS2, are in danger of failing.

Universal Credit is late, and expensive – and even when it arrives, it will harm people rather than helping them.

It is as pointless as the Work and Pensions secretary himself.

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

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