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