2014 Report details for project: Universal Credit Programme

Project name: Universal Credit Programme - there are 7 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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Organisation: DWP (D10) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2014 (data is from Sept 2013)
Category: Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: Universal Credit aims to reduce the number of workless households by reducing the financial and administrative barriers to work that exist in the current system of benefits and tax credits. It replaces the complexity of the income-related benefits system (Housing Benefit, Income Support, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, income-related Jobseeker’s Allowance, Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit) with a single payment which supports people to find work, find more work, and find better paid work.
DCA (RAG): Reset
DCA text: During 2013, the Programme was reset, culminating in the revised plans announced on 5 December 2013. These plans included: o The continued roll-out of Universal Credit to ten pathfinder sites, completed successfully on 7 April 2014 with the extension to Shotton; o The extension of this live service to include claims from couples in summer 2014, and from families in autumn 2014, with a geographical expansion to other sites in the North West; o The creation of a rigorous ‘test and learn’ strategy so that both qualitative and quantitative impacts of this live service shape further developments; o In particular, shaping the work to develop an enhanced digital service, due to start in low volumes in autumn 2014, with progressive development and greater scale through 2015-16; o With the goal of making Universal Credit available in each part of Great Britain during 2016; and with the majority of existing claims to legacy benefits then moving onto Universal Credit during 2016 and 2017. Early claimant evaluation results have been positive, showing 90% of people making claims online. Almost two-thirds of claimants think that UC provides a better financial incentive to work. Progress has also been made against National Audit Office and Public Accounts Committee recommendations, including the strengthening of governance and reporting mechanisms, improving financial management, engaging more strongly with delivery partners, and recasting the business case to reflect the new delivery plan.
Start date: 2011-11-17
End date: None
Schedule text: Delivery remains on track against plans announced on 5 December (see above). At the same time, to support this cultural transformation, the Department has: • rolled out the Claimant Commitment to all new JSA claims across the country; • introduced Universal Jobmatch, an online job posting and matching service for jobseekers and companies; • begun eleven in-work conditionality pilots to test how to best encourage claimants to progress in work • expanded improved access to digital services across the Jobcentre Plus network.
Baseline: £571.52m
Forecast: £201.40m
Variance: -64.76%
Variance text: The budget provision made for Universal Credit reflects the original funding provided to the Programme in November 2010, as part of the Department’s Spending Review 2010 settlement. The reduction in forecast spend reflects the changes in the Programme delivery and migration plans in 2013-14 since the original budget was set. The forecast reflects estimates based on plans/information as at September 2013 - full year expenditure is now estimated to be c£155m.
Whole Life Cost: £0.00m
WLCost text: The Universal Credit Business Case and whole life costs will be updated to reflect the results of ‘test and learn’ and the progressive development of plans for later years.
Notes1: Reset
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Sourcefile: IPA_2014.csv

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