Rick, perhaps more apt is how IDS sees it, namely Universal Credit as a Universal Panacea to the welfare problems - an UC-UP in other words.
Forget the easy comments like this and instead concentrate on what is being developed.
A massive real time IT system, and as Colin correctly points out above these never work (and not just dont work on time) - and we see an It system commissioned to work at an operating capacity of 5000 claims per day or 1.8m claims per year.
HB claims need to be checked yearly and there are over 5m of them alone and this figure is rising. The IT system for UC is not fit for purpose if it cant process what is known to be needed to process - ie 5m+ HB claims as just one example.
This is ineptitude of the highest order. Even if the IT system ticks over like a Lamborghini engine it still cant cope with known demand!!
Its reported to cost £2bn as well, though doubtless it will overrun that cost as all large scale IT systems do.
If an employee makes a stupid and obvious mistake such as this that costs an employer £2000 then s/he is likely to be demoted or sacked (and this govt ant to allow employers to sack people just because they dont like them!) Yet IDS has cost me, you and every taxpayer a million times this with this £2bn+ IT system that will never be fit for purpose.
It is staggering in its incompetence if it can only deal with 5000 claims per day.
With 5m+ HB claims currently in payment then that is 13,700 claims per day and thats just one benefit UC is set to replace. Add on all other benefits all of whom need to be reviewed at least yearly and the scale of this incompetence starts to emerge.
Its that incompetent that calling it a dog's breakfast or pig's ear would be giving it false praise.
As I have said so many times before will somebody please donate a £2 calculator to this coalition so they can do some arithmetic!!!