Apparently ministers have already written off £34m, which has been wasted on failed IT programmes for the Universal Credit system.
Of course, that’s not Iain Duncan Smith’s fault, even though he’s in charge. As usual with the Coalition, it’s someone else’s fault. Duncan Smith is blaming the civil service, but we wouldn’t be surprised if he’d rather put the blame at the door of those in need of support in the first place.
Here’s a press release from the PCS union:
Responding to Iain Duncan Smith’s criticism of civil servants following publication of a damning National Audit Office report into universal credit, Public and Commercial Services union general secretary Mark Serwotka said:
“Universal credit is not a disaster of a policy because of the civil service, it is failing because it is built on Iain Duncan Smith’s ideology and the myth that people are better off on benefits.
“Civil servants were placed in an impossible position by Duncan Smith who insisted on a wildly ambitious timetable for such a massive change to our social security system, and who now continues to refuse to acknowledge the programme is in trouble.
“Staff have also been let down by so-called IT experts and consultants from outside the civil service who promised a state of the art system then abjectly failed to deliver it.”