Headlines: August 21st, 2014

The Public Accounts Committee is critical of the way in which the monitoring body for major government IT projects avoided disclosing the escalating cost of the project by resetting the rating. The Committee said that this may have been an attempt to keep information secret and prevent scrutiny.

Universal Credit will roll up six benefits into what is claimed to be a simpler system which encourages work.

The Major Projects Authority monitors progress of projects and categorizes them with red amber green rating. The annual report sets out the cost of the projects. The report published earlier this year described Universal Credit as a new project without a rating, although it launched three years ago.

This new start was based on the creation of a new programme design for Universal Credit drawn up at the end of 2013. The existing Pathfinder system will continue in use to develop processes and procedures, and it will run alongside the new design which will use open source to store and access data.

The existing Pathfinder system will continue in use to develop processes and procedures. This ensures that learning from the Pathfinder system will be incorporated into the new system. The Pathfinder will function alongside development of the digital approach. It it is likely to be a cloud-based service.

As a result of giving the project a new start the expenditure so far has been obscured. Some estimates put the write off figure at £140m