Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith - the person ultimately responsible for the delivery of Universal Credit - has been touring TV and radio stations this morning, and facing questions in the House of Commons, to try to present a positive light on the
In an unprecedented show of partial openness, the head of the troubled Universal Credit programme has gone public on some of the problems in the government's flagship welfare reform project.
This apparent change of heart over the secrecy surrounding Universal Credit is likely to have...
So, what's really going on with the Universal Credit IT programme?
If you trust journalistic warning bells - and believe the saying that there's no smoke without fire -...
Oh dear. It's one thing to win a multimillion-pound government IT contract only to later be exposed for running late and over budget - what IT supplier hasn't done that a few times? But to win a £300m deal and lose it before it has even started - surely that takes some doing.
When a major government IT project goes wrong, one of the most frequent causes is the mismatch between political necessity and technological reality. If a minister needs to hit a date to enact a new policy, "the IT isn't ready" is not considered an acceptable excuse. Shortcuts must be found,...
Not only are we not encouraging enough young people into IT, but those who do want to work in the profession can't find a job.
The dilemma is exemplified by the experiences of