Universal Credit staff describe chaos behind scenes of flagship Tory reform | Politics | The Guardian

Looking back, this is worth a read. It’s one of our my popular blogs.

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This is an amazing, MUST READ story in the Guardian. Check it out!

via Universal Credit staff describe chaos behind scenes of flagship Tory reform | Politics | The Guardian.

Personally, I am not at all surprised by the omnishambles created at the DwP (Department of Works & Pensions), on David Cameron‘s shift.

Let me pick at a few threads that have contributed to the chaos.

Firstly, complex IT programs in the UK Public Sector are a grave yard of changing requirements, political meddling, ineffective stakeholder management,  excessive governance, failing functionality, poor transformation management, and eye-watering budget overruns.

Secondly,  excessive austerity has meant that, at every level in the Public Sector, that the better qualified and more able staff have taken generous payoffs and moved to greener pastures.

Thirdly, the Public Sector has increasingly become at the mercy…

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  1. In August 2013 I answered Dr Alf’s original blog and warned of what would happen to Universal Credit the mental brainchild of Lord Freud,a City grandee with no conception of what thought processes a benefit recipient or Housing Benefit recipient has.
    My late father as a buy to let landlord and I understood and understand that mentality very well and the concept of Universal Credit and benefit recipients budgetting as if they had the thought processes that the rest of us have to use meant that Universal Credit was always doomed.
    George Osborne the Chancellor recognised the problem and argued against Duncan Smith whose Universal Credit pilots all failed in over 80% of cases making the implementation timetable slip to the point where rollout was delayed by 12 months.
    Benefit recipients by and large do not budget are feckless people who go to lenders like Wonga,get themselves into trouble by producing babies that they cannot afford and then expect everyone else to pay for their housing,their food and their spending money.
    What they need is an economy that produces work which pays them enough to live on and a method of systems building and container conversion that can provide housing of an affordable nature.
    Converted containers are already being used as housing in East London as are IKEA systems built houses.
    We need lots more of them and people on benefits could and should be assigned to construction firms and made to build them for their benefits plus a small topup.
    Putting benefit recipients in those shipping containers and systems built properties on brownfield land would eliminate the need to pay Housing Benefit and eliminate the need for Universal Credit.
    Where insufficient brownfield land existed then one would hollow out hillsides and put the dwellings underground in a concrete shell with sunlight piped in via a sunpipe.
    Countryside could then be replaced on top and no-one would have their views spoilt and best of all the benefits bill would fall and people would be housed.

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