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New Book Throws Universal Credit System Into Doubt

November 12, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith’s floundering Universal Credit system will have to deal with 1.6million changes to people’s claims every month, a Government adviser has revealed.

The shocking figure throws fresh doubt over whether the Work Secretary’s flagship scheme will ever be fully up and running after being dogged by delays and glitches.

Professor John Hills reveals the scale of the challenge in a new book that explodes the “strives versus skivers” myth peddled by politicians.

Professor Hills, of the London School of Economics, warns: “This will make the system hard to run.”

It will also pile pressure on the poor, he warns in Good Times, Bad Times: the welfare myth of them and us.

“The complexity of people’s lives makes attempts to simplify the benefits system sound attractive, but that very complexity makes ‘simplification’ fraught with difficulty, threatening to make things even harder to cope with for people with little margin for errors – their own or those of official systems.”

Full story in the Mirror.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Graeme hannigan permalink
    November 12, 2014 3:42 pm

    It would be easier just to scrap the Universal Discredit system and revert back to the old welfare system, at least claimants will get the money that’s rightfully theirs.

  2. mazhar permalink
    November 13, 2014 9:48 am

    Thanks for sharing. Best wishes and prayers for all the great things you do.


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