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The case for Universal Credit is disintegrating

The implementation problems are severe. On Wednesday, Hammond must reaffirm the government's commitment to a fair benefits system

By Josephine Tucker  

Iain Duncan Smith, the chief architect of Universal Credit ©Jonathan Brady/PA Archive/PA Images

The rollout of universal credit, hailed by its chief architect Iain Duncan Smith as “the biggest change since Beveridge introduced the welfare system” and dogged by delays and IT problems, is now finally gathering pace. But alarms about its shortcomings are getting louder, too. The Budget on Wednesday provides the government with a chance to address these head-on.

The core idea behind Universal Credit was to replace a web of different payment systems, overseen by different agencies,…

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