By Tony Collins
Has the Department for Work and Pensions put itself, to some extent, beyond the scrutiny of Parliament on the Universal Credit IT programme?
Today’s report of the Public Accounts Committee Universal Credit progress update was drafted by the National Audit Office. All of the committee’s reports are effectively more strongly-worded NAO reports.
If the Department for Work and Pensions cannot be open with its own auditors – the National Audit Office audits the department’s annual accounts – are the DWP’s most senior officials in the happy position of being accountable to nobody on the Universal Credit IT programme?
The National Audit Office and the committee found the Department for Work and Pensions “selective or even inaccurate” when giving some information to the committee.
In answering some questions, the committee found officials “evasive”.
Today’s PAC report says:
“We remain disappointed by the persistent lack of clarity and evasive responses by…
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