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DWP cover-up over Universal Credit IT project?

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By Tony Collins

In March 2012 a contact who was close to the Universal Credit IT project called me about problems on the scheme – using a phone box because of concern that mobile phones were insecure.

The contact said a deadline in April (2012)  to lock-down features in the Universal Credit IT project was not going to be met and that the failure would jeopardise the go-live date of October 2013 for the start of Universal Credit.

The contact also said the Government would make an announcement on the scheme in September which may refer to a write-off of at least £150m on the IT project.  Officials were reluctant to impart the whole truth to ministers, suggested the contact. Oracle was said to be having trouble handling functionality.

It was a difficult conversation to write up at the time because the Department for Work and Pensions claimed without reservations that…

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