To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure effective joint working between his Department and relevant partners before introducing universal credit in new areas.
As part of our planning process we carry out a thorough internal and external assessment to ensure that Universal Credit can be rolled out safely and securely, and a strong delivery model exists between the department and local partners.
For example, internal delivery milestones must be checked and agreed to ensure that Jobcentres and their staff are ready to roll out Universal Credit. As part of this process external delivery partners will need to sign and agree a Delivery Partnership Agreement (DPA) to outline what services they will provide and to make available funded support for those who need extra help. In addition local authorities will need to sign and agree a Readiness Certificate to confirm that they are ready to roll out Universal Credit.