Iain Duncan Smith quizzed by MPs on universal credit problems

After being criticised for delays and extra costs relating to the new benefit system, work and pension’s secretary Iain Duncan Smith has told MPs that there is no “debacle” in the universal credit system.

Work and pensions select committee members quizzed Iain Duncan Smithon Monday about his use of statistics and delays which mean the system might not be fully functional until 2017.

He was put on the spot after a letter came out which said the department had written off £40.1m in IT costs, a £6m increase on initial estimates, and will write down a further £91m of software in its value over the next five years.

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