Crack open the champagne! Iain Duncan Smith’s flagship welfare policy has now been extended to a Jobcentre in Shotton, Wales, bringing the total number running the scheme to, errr, ten — or 1.3% of the 740 offices in the UK.
The latest figures show that the benefit has cost more than £200,000 per claimant to implement. The original deadline for the programme was October 2015 … but documentation accompanying last week budget stated:
“based on current plans, Universal Credit will be fully available in each part of Great Britain during 2016”
But this spin was later ‘clarified’, with the DWP explaining the benefit would be available in all Jobcentres — but not to all claimants.
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