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Universal Credit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 10th September 2013.

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Photo of Alistair Darling Alistair Darling Labour, Edinburgh South West

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department made of the cost of introducing universal credit by 2010; and what his most recent estimate is of (a) its cost to date and (b) the total cost when universal credit has been fully implemented.

Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

In 2010, the projected costs, for the implementation of universal credit were £2 billion across the SR10 years (2011-12 to 2014-15).

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave Mr Byrne, on 15 May 2013, Hansard, column 329W.

Of the £2 billion budget, spend in 2011-12 was 5%, and in 2012-13 16%. Plans continue to be developed to support the gradual roll-out from autumn 2013 within budget.

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