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Universal Credit Motion, 01/12/14 [S]

Motion lodged before the Scottish Parliament on 1 December 2014 by Christina McKelvie (SNP) on Universal Credit Implementation Failures. 

The full text of the motion reads:

That the Parliament notes with concern findings in the National Audit Office report, Universal Credit: progress update, that auditors were unable to tell whether the programme would provide value for money and that there has been a failure to put contingency plans in place to cope with any failures in the digital service being created to deliver the universal credit; understands that the Department for Work and Pensions admits that at least £239 million of IT investment has been wasted to date; further notes that the start of the replacement of tax credits by universal credit due from January 2015 has been abandoned and the previously promised end date for the full project has slid from 2017 to 2019, and considers that the clear lack of leadership in this project and the UK Government’s inability to introduce large-scale IT systems shows that full devolution of tax and benefits to the Scottish Parliament is the best way to ensure vulnerable people in Scotland are given the benefits they are entitled to.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Business Bulletin 1 December 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Business Bulletin 1 December 2014