Report finds DWP has made ‘little progress on universal credit'

  • A report has found that little progress has been made on the roll-out of universal credit with only 0.3% of people receiving it by October last year. /images/red_puzzle.jpg

    A committee report explains that less than 18,000 people were claiming universal credit by October 2014 compared to the seven million people expected in the long term, reports Inside Housing.

    "We hope the [Work and Pensions] department's expectation that this number will rise significantly by February 2016 proves to be accurate," the chair of the committee Margaret Hodge stated.

    Ms Hodge also says that she was "disappointed that the department chose to fight a protracted legal battle to prevent the publication of its programme milestones schedules against which it could be held to account publicly".

    According to a survey published by the Department for Work and Pensions, four in ten universal credit claimants have said that universal credit has not made it easier for them to claim benefits.

    A DWP spokesperson said: "Universal credit is on track and we are making good progress - almost 64,000 people have made a claim, and this time next year, universal credit will be in every Jobcentre in the country."

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