The announcement that the pilots of Universal Credit have been delayed has to be welcome. The scheme was due to run in four pilot areas; three of those four will now start in July instead of April. The delay has been described as an ’embarrassing setback’, but there are worse forms of embarrassment. The scheme was supposed to start for new claimants in October, and over the next four years it is still scheduled to run for well over eight million people. The more that can be done to reduce the possibility of things going wrong, the better it will be for those people. This is not a race.