We have programming peeps around here. How bad is this as a mistake? Is it take the person who designed the calendar part of the system out the back and shoot them? Or is it execute them in front of all pour encourager les autres?
The Department for Work and Pensions has abandoned its lengthy legal battle to avoid fixing a “perverse” design feature in universal credit that has left thousands of working claimants hundreds of pounds a year out of pocket.
The minister for welfare delivery, Will Quince, told MPs he accepted that the DWP must correct the feature, which has resulted in serious budgeting problems for some claimants who are paid at the end of the month.
The issue currently affects claimants whose wages are paid two days earlier than usual when the month ends on a weekend or bank holiday. The system assumes they have been paid twice in a single universal credit assessment period, and none in the next, meaning their benefit payments fluctuate wildly.
I have absolutely no idea of course, this being both technical and hard. But I do assume that someone, somewhere, in some sort of computing system somewhere, has already solved this problem. So, why is it in this system here?