DWP denies change to Universal Credit timeline
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has denied reports that the timeline for Universal Credit (UC) will be delayed.
The Financial Times claimed yesterday that the government is “prepared to delay its flagship welfare reform amid fears the complex changes may need to be more thoroughly tested”.
However A DWP spokesman said: “The timeline for bringing existing benefit claimants onto UC remains unchanged and we will roll out a pathfinder of the new benefit in April next year.”
The administration of the government’s welfare reform, due for completion in 2017, relies on payroll Real Time Information (RTI) data.