Concerns raised over lack of RTI back-up plan

By Matthew Thompson | 6th January 2014 | 1 min read

While Real Time Information has made “good progress” so far, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has raised concerns over the fact that almost a year after the introduction of RTI. there is still no comprehensive back-up plan in place in the event of its failure.

There are further fears that the lack of a disaster recovery plan could have a knock on effect on the successful implementation of Universal Credits, as this will work hand in hand with RTI.

PAC chair Margaret Hodge commented: “The successful implementation of Universal Credit depends on HMRC working effectively with the DWP, both because Universal Credit uses information transferred to it from RTI to calculate payments to claimants and because it will eventually replace tax credits.

However, delays in receiving information from RTI, or any system failures, are likely to affect payments to individual claimants, and RTI currently lacks full disaster recovery arrangements.”

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