DWP In Denial About UC, Say MPs

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The government has been accused of presiding over a “culture of indifference” about the hardship caused by universal credit.

A committee of MPs said “denial and defensiveness” by the Department for Work and Pensions was a significant risk to the flagship welfare reform.

Universal credit is leading to increased debt, rent arrears and food bank use, the MPs said.

The DWP said it would consider the report and had already made changes.

The Commons Public Accounts Committee report comes after it was revealed the rollout of universal credit would be delayed again, and with the government under growing pressure to put more money into the system.

The committee said the programme was now unlikely to be complete before 2023.

Committee chairwoman Meg Hiller told BBC Radio 5 Live the government had “turned a deaf ear” to concerns.

“It’s been so defensive about it, it’s ridiculous,” she added.

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