The ever-changing bosses of Universal Credit

Lost track of how many people have been in charge of Universal Credit so far? We’re here to help.


Universal Credit, the government’s flagship welfare reform project, was announced by work and pensions minister Iain Duncan Smith at the Conservative party conference in 2010. The government said it aimed to merge six benefits into one single monthly payment by 2015.

Four years down the line the new benefit is available in just one in six jobcentres with 36,000 claiming Universal Credit out of an expected 5.4 million. Influential Public Accounts Committee chair has said she expects IT write-offs from the programme will reach £500 million.

The deadline has been scrapped and the project has had a dizzying array of bosses since it launched in 2012. Here they are, from the start until now.