By Tony Collins
The Department for Work and Pensions has requested another legal hearing in its attempt to stop four ageing reports on the Universal Credit programme being published.
The DWP’s formal application to the Upper Tribunal (below) shows that Whitehall officials and work and pensions ministers, Iain Duncan Smith and Lord Freud, are prepared to sink more public money into fighting a judge’s ruling in March 2014 that the DWP publish the four reports
It appears the DWP does not want the reports published on a point of principle: the department does not publish any reports on any of its major IT-based change programmes.
Another reason officials and ministers have for keeping the reports confidential is that they would establish what officials knew of Universal Credit programme’s serious problems in 2012 when departmental press releases were saying the scheme was on time and within budget.
The reports could show…
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