By Tony Collins
This is the independent Universal Credit Project Assessment Review that lawyers for the Department for Work and Pensions went through numerous FOI tribunal appeals trying to keep hidden.
It was written for the DWP by the Cabinet Office’s Major Projects Authority. Interviewees included Iain Duncan Smith and Lord Freud who was – and is – a work and pensions minister.
In 2012 Lord Freud signed off the DWP’s recommendation that an FOI request for the report’s release be refused.
The now-released report is remarkable for its professionalism and neutrality. It’s also remarkably ordinary given the number of words that have been crafted by the DWP’s lawyers to FOI tribunals and appeals in an effort to keep the report from…
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