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UK govt's flagship £13bn IT rollout will take 1,222 years

Qedward (2499046) writes | about a month ago

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Qedward (2499046) writes "The number of people claiming benefits in the UK via the £12.8 billion Universal Credit welfare programme has fallen to the slowest rate for almost a year, according to the latest statistics from the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP).

Just 540 people started claiming the benefit in May, the lowest monthly take-up figure since July last year, when 400 new claimants started receiving Universal Credit.

There are approximately 5.4 million people currently claiming working age benefits in the UK.

According to shadow work and pensions minister Rachel Reeves, at the current rate of progress it will take 1,222 years for Universal Credit to be rolled out across the country, meaning the deployment will finish in 3236."

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