Universal Credit: a correction

Once again, I’m grateful to Computer Weekly for drawing attention to a point I would have certainly missed otherwise.  On the basis of a previously published Cabinet Office figure, I have been telling people, including the Devolution Committee, that the implementation of Universal Credit was scheduled to cost £12,845 million.  The cost this year is scheduled to be £323.8m, so it is difficult to see where this figure comes from.   The latest figures from the Major Projects Authority are buried in a CSV spreadsheet though available in some other formats. Column CU tells us that by 2020, the implementation of Universal Credit will cost £15,844.02m, a round three billion pounds more than the last estimate.    The entry claims that “Delivery remains on track against plans announced in September 2014.”

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