News: Parliamentary Work & Pensions Committee recalling IDS on Monday for grilling on Universal Credit v3.0
Today it has been announced that the Parliamentary Work and Pensions Committee is recalling IDS on Monday (3rd Feb 2014) to grill him in detail on the money wasted so far on Universal Credit (v1.0 written off and v2.0, the temporary fix) and why the new ‘digital solution’ (a.k.a. v3.0) will succeed when the previous two versions have failed to deliver…
Last year a wrangle between the NAO and the DWP delayed the sign-off of DWP’s accounts by 6 months. The accounts were finally sent to MPs just a few days before the Work & Pensions committee hearing where the Secretary of State, Iain Duncan Smith, revealed that £303m had been spent on developing the IT, and that £40m will be written off now, with £91m to be written off over the next 3 years with temporary IT used only until 2017.
Under close cross-examination by Teresa Pearce MP, he further explained that a further £107m of IT expenditure was not ‘capitalised’ at all leaving no useful software asset.
Anecdotal evidence is appearing that private landlords are turning away claimants that will be put onto the new monthly credit as they will not receive direct payments from DWP. (See my TV interview here)
Since then the DWP has announced that it will be developing totally new IT a ‘Universal Credit 3.0’ if you will. I understand that DWP now feels it can do without the Cabinet Office experts from GDS who worked so closely with them for 3 months recently to produce a ‘proof of concept’ of Universal Credit v3.0 – a video demo that was showcased first on this Blog here.
But the saga continues, with the GDS ‘geeks in sandals’ being barred from DWP’s ‘fortress’ Caxton House HQ, and DWP is now trying to recruit an internally managed team to continue the build of Universal Credit v3.0 without further GDS involvement.
With only 2,500 claimants live on Universal Credit v2.0 so far after 9 months of live running, IDS will be explaining the costs of Universal Credit implementation, including IT expenditure and why the new ‘digital solution’ (a.k.a. v3.0) will succeed when the previous two versions have failed to deliver.