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DWP denies delay to Universal Credit launch date

November 15, 2012

 

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has denied reports that the timeline for Universal Credit, its welfare reform project, will be delayed.

The Financial Times reported on Tuesday that the government is “prepared to delay its flagship welfare reform amid fears the complex changes may need to be more thoroughly tested”. A spokesman for DWP however said: “The timeline for bringing existing benefit claimants onto Universal Credit remains unchanged and we will roll out a pathfinder of the new benefit in April next year.”

The administration of Universal Credit, the basis of the government’s flagship welfare reform, due for completion in 2017, relies on payroll Real Time Information (RTI) to provide timely and accurate earnings data via HMRC to DWP.

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