LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s welfare minister Esther McVey apologised on Wednesday for making deceptive remarks to parliament a few controversial reform however didn’t publicly provide her resignation.
McVey made the apology after spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) took the bizarre step of publicly criticising her, saying she misinterpreted a report to make it look as if a much-criticised welfare reform is working nicely.
Being proven to have intentionally misled parliament is a resigning offence underneath the ministerial code of conduct.
Last month, the NAO warned the rollout of “Universal Credit” – aimed toward simplifying welfare funds to claimants – could price greater than the system it’s changing.
McVey conceded that she was mistaken in claiming the watchdog had requested for the rollout of the programme to be sped up, and apologised for deceptive lawmakers.
“While speaking in parliament in answer to questions on the NAO report into universal credit, I mistakenly said that the NAO had asked for the rollout of universal credit to continue at a faster rate and to be speeded up,” she stated.
“I want to apologise to … the House for inadvertently misleading you.”
Universal credit score goals to simplify funds to claimants by consolidating six various kinds of state advantages into one.
But a sequence of administration failures, costly IT blunders and design faults imply the undertaking has price many instances greater than initially predicted and it has fallen not less than 5 years not on time.
The government is urgent forward with it, regardless of issues voiced by some lawmakers that some claimants have to attend too lengthy to obtain funds and criticism that it dangers harming weak residents.
Reporting By Andrew MacAskill and Paul Sandle; enhancing by Stephen Addison