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DWP replaces Universal Credit programme director DWP replaces Universal Credit programme director

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has replaced the man heading up the Universal Credit programme but insisted the project is still on time and on budget.

Hilary Reynolds has taken over the role of programme director from Malcolm Whitehouse who has so far brought the programme to its current stage.

Universal Credit will replace the six income-based benefits and tax credits with a single monthly payment paid directly to claimants from October 2013. The mirgration of claimants to the new system will take around four years.

The change in personnel, said employment minister Mark Hoban, is to reflect the programme moving from the design and build stage to delivery.

He said: “With the pathfinder starting in six months, the Universal Credit programme is moving from designing and building the system to its safe delivery in operations. With this change of emphasis, Malcolm Whitehouse, who has brought the programme successfully to this key stage, with plans in place for the April pathfinder, will hand over his role as programme director to Hilary Reynolds on 5 November. Malcolm will work closely with Hilary to ensure a smooth transition.”

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith insisted to MPs this week the programme was on track.

Quizzed by shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne in Parliament, Mr Duncan Smith said “the four-year process will be completed exactly as we have intended, on time and on budget.”

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