DWP still spending “significant sums” on Universal Credit scheme, say auditors

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By Tony Collins

The National Audit Office has again qualified the annual accounts of the Department for Work and Pensions.

Amyas Morse, head of the NAO,  says the level of fraud and error at the DWP remains “unacceptably high”. His office published the DWP’s annual report and accounts today.

“The Department’s accounts, and those of predecessor Departments administering this expenditure, have received similar qualified audit opinions since 1988-89.

“Issuing an audit qualification is a serious matter, and the fact that similar qualifications have been in place for such a long period of time does not lessen that seriousness.

“I consider that the overall value of fraud and error in benefit expenditure remains unacceptably high, and the qualification of my audit opinion reflects that.”

On Universal Credit Morse says that the DWP  acknowledges that actions to improve programme management, through the existing IT functionality and the development of the digital end-state solution, and…

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