This morning’s Guardian reports on leaked proposals for Universal Credit, reviewing alternative options for Universal Credit – trying to fix what’s broken, or starting again. It suggests that whatever the Government does, only 25,000 people would be likely to be within the scheme by the next selection. That’s out of 8.5 million it’s supposed to cover. The Government does however have another option, which is to do nothing and pretend. All it has to do is to say that JSA claimants are now receiving Universal Credit (Jobseeker), or that ESA claimants are receiving Universal Credit (Employment and Support). This is a much more practical route than all the jiggery-pokery with computers, and the government could say it almost in good faith, knowing that they’ve already introduced several key elements, including online claims, conditionality and the claimant commitment.
4th November: Computer Weekly has suggested that both options would lead to the bulk of the work done to date on IT being scrapped, either immediately or after a delay.