Iain Duncan Smith is advertising for yet another director general for the failing Universal Credit scheme — meaning the disastrous programme could clock up eight different bosses in a little more than five years.
With the DWP project behind schedule and just £34 million of IT set to be usable from more than £600 million spent (if it ever reaches completion) the successful applicant will be earning every penny of their £140,000 salary — as the job spec requires them to rewind time and perform magic tricks:
“Ensuring the Universal Credit Programme is … organised to deliver to agreed time, cost and quality criteria.”
Here’s the run-down of the current postholder and his predecessors:
- December 2010: Terry Moran (director general)
- October 2011: Malcolm Whitehouse (programme director)
- November 2012: Philip Langsdale (died a month into post)
- December 2012: Hilary Reynolds (programme director)
- March 2013: David Pitchford (interim chief executive)
- May 2013: Howard Shiplee (director general)
- October 2014: Neil Couling (director general)
Someone still has a job though, eh Iain!