2018 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: 2018 (data is from Sept 2017)
Category: Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: Universal Credit replaces six separate benefits and tax credits for working age people, bringing together in and out of work systems into one, to make work pay. When fully rolled out it is expected that up to 7 million households will benefit from Universal Credit. Legislated for in 2012-13, it has now entered implementation phase. Planned benefits are: • Improved employment outcomes • Improving efficiency through automation • Reducing fraud and error • Controlling welfare costs • Providing a safety net For each benefit, the Programme has identified Key Performance Indicators and demonstration methodologies underpinned by supporting data and lead indicators. The Benefit Realisation Steering Group (BRSG) provides senior oversight and ongoing assurance of progress on behalf of the SRO.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: The latest IPA Health Check took place early September 2017 and assessed the Programme’s readiness to move to scale from October.
Start date: 2011-11-17
End date: 2022-06-30
Schedule text: Overall status remains AMBER, in line with the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) delivery confidence assessment. We have approval of the UC Outline Business Case and funding drawdown through to the end of April 2018 and are currently developing the Full Business Case for approval in spring 2018. In order to implement the Autumn Budget 2017 measures we have revised the roll-out schedule which will now complete in December 2018. The Programme continues its gradual, safe and secure delivery approach. We have successfully implemented the Full Service in 235 offices, as planned, continuing the scaling up from October 2017. The migration of claimants from legacy benefits will commence in July 2019 and complete in March 2022. All Critical Milestones continue to be delivered on time with evidence to date that UC claimants are consistently more likely to be in employment than under Legacy benefits.
Baseline: £853.42m
Forecast: £683.08m
Variance: -20.00%
Variance text: Forecast spend in 2017/18 is below budget primarily due to - lower estimates of operational resource costs following revisions to roll out schedules and volumes for the Full Service; and, savings on IT recurrent costs.
Whole Life Cost: £13,573.72m
WLCost text: The budgeted whole life cost figure reflects the Outline Business Case as approved by HMT in December 2015 and excludes the impact of savings expected to be delivered by the Programme.
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Sourcefile: IPA_2018.csv

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