Tuesday, 21 June 2016

DWP Spending On IT Contractors Rockets Amid Universal Credit Delays

Spending on external IT contractors by the DWP has rocketed to £8m every month in a desperate attempt to get the heavily delayed Universal Credit scheme back on track. Monthly workforce figures published by the DWP show that departmental spending on “specialist contractors” has more than doubled in just eight months, reaching £8,272,817 in April this year. In just over two years the number of specialist contractors working for the DWP has risen from below a hundred in March 2014 to a record high of 556 this April, the most recent month for which data is available – with the cost to the taxpayer increasing almost six-fold. Read more on the Sentinel News website.

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