2016 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: 2016 (data is from Sept 2015)
Category: Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: Universal Credit involves the merger of six separate benefits and tax credits for working age people bringing together in and out of work systems into one system to make work pay. When fully rolled out it is expected that up to 7 million households will receive Universal Credit.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: The delivery confidence assessment awarded at the Infrastructure Projects Authority (and associated Major Projects Review Group) Review in October 2015 reflected the significant progress the Programme has made since the previous rating given in March 2014. In awarding an Amber delivery confidence assessment, the IPA acknowledged that the Universal Credit Programme: • has made considerable progress; • has strong leadership in place; • is integrated with partners with stakeholders actively engaged (with plans in place to strengthen further); • has a single agreed end-to-end delivery plan; • is rolling out at pace Universal Credit nationally to single unemployed claimants across GB, and • is demonstrating evidence of positive Labour Market effects. The Programme has implemented all recommendations from earlier IPA reviews. The latest IPA recommendations have been accepted by the Programme, and action owners have been assigned and implementation action plans drawn up. All recommendations and action plans will be subject to regular monitoring and independent scrutiny to ensure all necessary action is being taken to address and close the recommendations at the earliest opportunity.
Start date: 2011-11-17
End date: 2020-04-30
Schedule text: Delivery remains on track. HMT have approved the Universal Credit Outline Business Case. National Rollout of Universal Credit to single unemployed claimants, in 712 Jobcentres and 380 Local Authorities, completed as planned in April 2016. UC is now available across the whole of Great Britain. A cohort analysis of the first 8,000 people to claim Universal Credit against a comparator for Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) shows that Universal Credit claimants spend 10 hours more per week looking for work, are 8% more likely to be in work and, on average, work 12 days longer than people on JSA. Testing of the digitally enabled service for all Universal Credit claimants continues to expand and is now in eight jobcentres The full service began rolling out nationally from May 2016. From May 2016, the full service will be delivered in phases initially at 5 jobcentres per month, then scaled up to 50 jobcentres a month in 2017. As each jobcentre rolls out, all new claims will be to Universal Credit, and it will no longer be possible, in that location, to make a new claim to JSA, Employment Support Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit or Tax Credits. By the middle of 2018 this transition will be complete and it will no longer be possible to make a claim for legacy benefits or Tax Credits anywhere in Great Britain. Finally, the migration of claimants in receipt of legacy benefits on a national scale will begin in 2018 with Universal Credit completing by May 2021.
Baseline: £585.49m
Forecast: £429.33m
Variance: -26.67%
Variance text: Forecast spend in 2015-16 is below budget primarily due to the economic impact of lower unemployment, coupled with lower estimates of IT costs to support the national expansion of Universal Credit to single unemployed claimants and the development of the Digital Service.
Whole Life Cost: £15,844.02m
WLCost text: The budgeted whole life cost figure reflects the Strategic Outline Business Case as approved by HMT in September 2014 and excluded the impact of savings expected to be delivered by the Programme. An updated Outline Business Case was approved in December 2015 and reflects the substantial changes that have taken place in the intervening period.
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Sourcefile: IPA_2016.csv

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