When IT Meets Politics:

Universal Credit

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May 11, 2015  4:50 PM

What difference will the election result make to the Digital World?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
4G, 5G, apprenticeships, BDUK, BT, Capita, dwp, European Union, HMRC, IPv6, MITIE, NAO, Serco, SME, Socitm, Universal Credit

The first and most obvious difference that the election has made is that sterling and the stock market have both risen: with telecoms (BT and Colt) and outsourcing companies (Capita, MITIE and Serco) rising above the trend. The general rise indicates that the pressure on public finances is...

December 18, 2014  9:19 AM

Christmas Stocking Fillers for Digital Government Anoraks: 1) Verify invitation to tender

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, CCS, D5, Direct.Gov, DPA, dwp, GDS, idap, UKAS, Universal Credit

Press cover for the latest phase of the Government Online Identity framework is beginning to emerge.


March 8, 2014  12:48 PM

Agile is not enough, neither is “systems integration” – we need a new approach to Digital Government

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Agile, Cabinet office, Ebay, Facebook, HMRC, Universal Credit

John Alexander and I have been exchanging e-mails over my analysis of the tensions between Cabinet Office and the "Silos of State" over the way forward for the delivery of public services, including how much of the problem is technology and how much is using arguments over technology are proxies...


January 9, 2014  2:28 PM

The “rift” between Cabinet Office and DWP indicates that the new HMG IT Strategy is for real

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
cabinetoffice, dwp, HMRC, Technical support, Universal Credit

I have just compared the original story about the "rift" between Cabinet Office and DWP with the refutation as...


December 9, 2013  9:37 AM

Minister under fire for putting the brakes on a project that was off the rails

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
cabinetoffice, howardshiplee, Today, Universal Credit

Which is better - that Ministers intervene when a project is clearly off the rails, or that they do not? ...


November 16, 2013  7:42 AM

Who won the battle between DWP and Cabinet Office over ID Policy?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BIS, BSI, business case, Cabinet office, cabinetoffice, dwp, Eurim, European Commission, experian, Fogging, identity, nist, oix, OJEU, RTI, STORK, tScheme, Universal Credit, Verizon

We know who lost in the battle between DWP and Cabinet Office over ID Policy - the taxpayer and the private sector bidders. Who won, apart from the fraudsters?

The fraudsters appear to be looting more from DWP and HMRC than the annual spend of GCHQ (even including that paid for by the...


November 9, 2013  9:18 AM

Who was, is or will be “responsible”, and to whom, for IT success in DWP?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Australia, Cabinet office, Centrelink, CIO, CTO, dwp, PAC, permanentsecretary, Universal Credit

The recriminations as to whether the "The Minister" or "the Permanent Secretary" was "to blame" for the current situation regarding the Universal Credit programme raises some basic issues of...


November 7, 2013  6:56 PM

Should G-Cloud and the GDS be taken seriously as contenders to run Universal Credit?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, CloudStore, dwp, G-Cloud, HMRC, Oracle, RTI, Universal Credit

Today's release of the Public Account Committee savaging of DWP officials and the departmental response that it does not take account of the changes made...


September 9, 2013  12:04 PM

Is Universal Credit on the right track?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Agile, bermudatriangle, howardshiplee, NAO, PAC, PASC, Universal Credit

The publication of the PASC report on Civil Service Reform, "Truth to Power" , a day after the  the NAO report on the...


July 24, 2013  9:01 AM

HMRC Real Time Information pilot meets the “Real” World. Is Nominet about to do the same?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Domain name, Nominet, Universal Credit

I have just been looking at press cover for the report of the HMRC Real Time Information pilot, on whose success current plans for the introduction of


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