Universal Credit: Why is Major Projects Authority silent? Where is the Treasury approval promised to MPs just weeks ago?
Why is Major Projects Authority silent?
Where is the Treasury approval promised to MPs just weeks ago?
Today saw the publication of the annual Major Projects Authority report, and the disclosure of its assessment of the largest 199 Government projects.
As always it is the silences that are the most interesting.
Major Project Authority refuses to comment on Universal Credit
The MPA has declined to reveal its assessment of the current ‘Traffic Light’ status of the Universal Credit Programme. It has instead created a special status of ‘Project Reset’ that excludes DWP’s flagship programme from objective assessment . The report reveals that DWP are now £300m behind schedule on development of Universal Credit.
Has the Treasury rejected the recently revised Universal Credit Business Case?
MPs on the Work and Pensions Committee were promised that the ‘reset’ business case would be approved by Treasury ‘mid-April’. DWP was so sure of this that the promise was quoted in the MPs report published on the 2nd April:
I have left two enquiries with the DWP Press Office regarding this over the last fortnight, but no response.
“Treasury approval of the Universal Credit business case needs a Green Light” from MPA”
Dr. Norma Wood, the Interim Head of MPA, told MPs on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) this last year, but John Manzoni took over as head 100 days ago, so maybe MPA’s strategy has changed?
More to come on this blog about today’s Major Projects Authority report:
- The HS2 Project is rated as Amber/Red
- What is MPA’s assessment of the other 197 major projects?