UNDER questioning from MPs, Work and Pensions Secretary Well, he was never likely to admit to being in charge of a plan doomed to failure, was he?
He remains confident - at least while in public view - that the project, aimed at delivering [pounds]38bn of longterm economic benefits, is on track and that the "vast, vast majority" would be claimingUniversalCredit by 2017.
It is, however, hard to believe that bold prediction. By Mr
Thatmay be small in the context of the predicted economic boost but, at a time we are all being told every penny counts, it remains an embarrassing waste.
It is not Labour's claims that only a fraction of those expected to be switched to the new benefit will do so on schedule that really worries us.
Clearly, opposition MPs have a sharp axe to grindwhen it comes to flagship Government policies.
What concerns us more are the alarm bells being sounded by civil servants trying tomake the systemwork on the frontline.
It is theywho are privatelywarning that the system, developed at a cost of [pounds]300m, isn't coping and that a good dealmore than [pounds]40mwill end up being written off.
We should all hope that Mr
UNDER questioning from MPs, Work and Pensions Secretary
Well, he was never likely to admit to being in charge of a plan doomed to failure, was he?