The new benefit will now be trialled at just six Jobcentres, taking the total number involved in the new regime to ten. Crucially only newly unemployed single claimants will be transferred onto the new benefit. This means bungling DWP Ministers will have no idea how the new system will handle part time or self-employed workers, people with children, disabled people or those on low incomes.
Iain Duncan Smith has said the new regime will be rolled out to all new claimants from April 2014 – a claim which now looks like pie in the sky.
The reason for the shambles is hidden in the garbled DWP press release yesterday which announced the scaling down of the pilot scheme. Apparently ministers have decided: “that they…
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