HMRC ICT doubts put question mark over Universal Credit timing

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The Coalition's plans to introduce a Universal Credit system might be delayed because HM Revenues & Customs doubts it can produce the necessary real-time ICT systems.

HMRC got a £100 million extra boost in the CSR to build a new real-time system to better track people's job changes, with the system also providing the foundation for government plans for a universal credit benefits programme. But the Public Accounts committee heard this week that there may be delays in delivering that after HMRC said that it might not be able to get the necessary systems in place in time.

“The universal credit programme, in its infancy or pre-programme state, will require DWP to extract that information from HMRC," said Dame Lesley Strathie, Permanent Secretary and Chief Executiv...

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