My speech to Labour Party Conference in Brighton, 23rd September 2013

Conference – It’s a privilege to open this debate, a debate we approach with a passion and care. That’s not a sign of weakness, that’s a sign of our strength. We are so much stronger and our policy is so much better for the work of Unison’s Liz Snape, the TUC’s Kay Carberry, for the […]

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Universal Credit now in total chaos – PAC hearing response

David Cameron’s flagship project is now in total chaos.   Parliament’s watchdog has blown apart yet another cover-up by Iain Duncan Smith who it seems has tried to hide further write-offs on his disaster-hit Universal Credit project. We’re now told there was no ministerial accountability and financial control was so weak that secretaries were signing […]

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September 12th, 2013

Damning NAO report reveals Universal Credit has become Universal Chaos

Today’s NAO report reveals the extent to which Iain Duncan Smith has lost his grip on Universal Credit, in the face of years of warnings for DWP to get their multi-billion pound scheme back on track.   The damning report lays bare the chaos surrounding the government’s flagship welfare reform.   Throughout the programme the […]

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September 5th, 2013

Universal Credit has been massively delayed and is now unlikely to be fully up and running until late in the next parliament

In his July 2010 Green Paper ‘21st Century Welfare’, Iain Duncan Smith downplayed the scale of the major IT project which has now led to delays in the implementation of Universal Credit.   The Green Paper included claim that: “The IT changes that would be necessary to deliver a more integrated system would not constitute a […]

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April 29th, 2013

BYRNE DEMANDS WEST COAST MAINLINE STYLE ENQUIRY INTO DWP’S £130MILLION FIASCO

Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Liam Byrne, is today demanding a West Coast Mainline style enquiry into government incompetence which has placed at risk £130 million of public money at risk. Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary said: “Bungling DWP ministers have turned their back to work schemes into a West Coast […]

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March 19th, 2013

Cameron’s Bedroom Tax has descended into total chaos

Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to changes announced to the Bedroom Tax, said: “David Cameron’s Bedroom Tax has descended into total chaos. Today’s announcement doesn’t bring forward one extra penny for victims of this wretched tax. “Ministers have said nothing today to guarantee disabled children will be protected from his hated […]

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March 12th, 2013

My line in the Sunday Times story on yet more chaos in the bedroom tax – now even some families with small dining rooms will be hit.

“The Bedroom Tax is now in total chaos. This week the Prime Minister showed he hadn’t got the first idea how the scheme works and now we learn in some parts of the country even dining rooms will be hit. The whole thing is a complete mess. Ministers must get a grip of this shambles […]

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March 11th, 2013

Damning report exposes chaos and confusion at heart of Tory-led Government

Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to today’s PAC report criticising the Government’s handling of the Work Capability Assessment, said: “This damning report exposes the chaos and confusion at the heart of the Tory-led Government. “Help for disabled people needed careful change yet Iain Duncan Smith has behaved like a bull […]

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February 12th, 2013

Universal Credit hitting the strivers

You can always tell when this government is in trouble because they look for someone else to blame, someone else to attack.   So it is no surprise that after being forced to admit that his economic plans have been a disaster, George Osborne lashed out.   No growth, more debt, higher unemployment, and guess […]

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December 12th, 2012

My comment on the DWP Select Committee’s report into Universal Credit

Two and a half years in the government doesn’t seem to have a clue about the big questions its got to get right. If ministers don’t wake up and get a grip soon then universal credit is going to continue its rapid descent into universal chaos, spelling disaster for millions of Britain’s families.   The […]

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November 22nd, 2012