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Chair comments on DWP's predictions of the benefits of Universal Credit

07 June 2018

Commenting on DWP’s pre-release to journalists this afternoon of its headline predictions of the benefits of Universal Credit, Rt Hon Frank Field MP, Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee said:

‘Don’t we all want to make our dreams a reality? Here’s the Department again extrapolating from a bunch of untested assumptions. The NAO is taking a hard look at the Department’s tendency to refer to dreams as if they’re reality. I will also be asking the Department again to publish the business case in full to enable proper scrutiny, rather than this bullish piece of guesswork.”

The Committee has previously commented on the fallibility of the assumptions underlying DWP’s claims for the benefits of Universal Credit.

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