Despite years of wasted money, political turmoil, Whitehall infighting, failed IT and departmental chaos, universal credit is being claimed by less than 4,000 individuals in the UK. What went wrong with the government's flagship welfare reform?
The PM's piece on welfare reform makes no reference to Iain Duncan Smith's troubled programme.
Duncan Smith's crusade to force eight million people onto a botched new benefit is a recipe for debt, eviction, poverty and distress.
More bad news for Duncan Smith as the National Audit Office says there are "considerable weaknesses" in the department's financial controls over the programme.
Work and Pensions Secretary says incapacity benefit story was "nothing to do with the department" and adds: "I've tried to get my colleagues at Central Office to check first".
The Work and Pensions Secretary says he "never wanted to dwell on figures" after the OBR forecasts less than 10% of his original target will be met.
On the day of George Osborne's Autumn Statement, the Work and Pensions Secretary finally admits that he will miss his Universal Credit deadline of 2017.
New figures show just 2,150 are claiming the payment, leaving the government 997,850 short of its original target of one million.
If the doctrine of ministerial responsibility means anything, the Work and Pensions Secretary should have resigned over the failure of Universal Credit long ago.
The new welfare system has been launched in just one new area, Hammersmith, rather than six as planned.