Posts in the category of: Universal credit

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

by Liam Byrne | 23.09.13

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

by Liam Byrne | 12.09.13

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

by Liam Byrne | 29.04.13

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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by Liam Byrne | 19.03.13

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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Cameron’s Bedroom Tax has descended into total chaos

by Liam Byrne | 12.03.13

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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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.

by Liam Byrne | 11.03.13

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

by Liam Byrne | 12.02.13

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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Universal Credit hitting the strivers

by Liam Byrne | 12.12.12

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

by Liam Byrne | 22.11.12

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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Ministers must take action before Universal Credit becomes a multi-billion pound disaster

by Liam Byrne | 11.11.12

Quoted in the Independent on Sunday’s article “Benefits reform under threat after IT glitch”, Liam Byrne said, “Universal Credit is in danger of descending into total chaos. Iain Duncan Smith’s flagship scheme is late and over budget, top officials are heading for the hills and no-one seems to believe the massive IT system is on […]

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