Iain Duncan Smith is under further scrutiny as the public accounts committee accuses his department of obscuring problems with the universal credit scheme.
Parliament's public spending accused ministers in the DWP of hiding the failings of the coalition's troubled universal credit scheme.
Ministers started implementing UC three years ago, but have been criticised by successive watchdogs for failing to come clean about the problems the DWP has experienced with the technology.
A project management expert tackles the universal credit maze and identifies problems with its delivery
More than £600m has been spent on the massive universal credit project, intended to replace a hotchpotch of benefits and tax credit topups with a simple, single monthly payment to claimants that would include a "subsidy to work". A claimant will be sure that, for every extra £1 earned, no more than 65p will be removed from their existing benefits.
The welfare-to-work provider A4e has prematurely pulled out of a £17m contract to deliver education and training to prisoners in 12 London prisons on the grounds that it was unable to run the contract at a profit.
Announcing that it would be terminating its contract, the company said delivering the Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) had become "extremely challenging" in the past two years because of "a number of constraints" which had "a heavy impact on learner attendance, completion and achievements".
Official figures for the first quarter of 2014 showed sanctions on Employment and Support Allowance claimants were some 4.5 times higher than in the same quarter in 2013 - although the 2014 figure still includes those appealing.
Only ESA claimants in the work-related activity group, where an adviser assists them with training and skills, can be subject to sanctions, which are handed out for failing to attend a mandatory interview or failing to take part in a work-related activity.
New analysis published by the TUC has shown that the majority of claimants who will be hit by the government’s new five-week wait welfare reform are short-term claimants who only claim the benefit for a few weeks. The full analysis, undertaken by the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion, can be found here.
New immigrants from the EU will only be able to claim welfare payments for three months under new plans by David Cameron.
The prime minister has announced the further tightening of the rules for new arrivals claiming benefits, saying that the "magnetic pull" of UK benefits had to be addressed so people came for the right reasons and the rules "put Britain first".
Three disgruntled former civil servants have set up a website offering emergency advice to welfare claimants who believe their benefits have been wrongly docked.
The three women behind the initiative, who have remained anonymous, all worked for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) before setting up the website. They allege that many Jobcentre staff are instructed to veto a set proportion of claims, although this allegation is strongly denied by the department.
The growing housing benefit bill, particularly for those in work, is responsible for much of the increase in welfare costs, rather than out of work benefits for the idle poor, argues Rachel Reeves, the shadow work and pensions secretary.
Using figures drawn from the House of Commons library, she argues that the number of working people claiming housing benefit is due to double between 2010/11 and 2018/19. This increase in working people claiming housing benefit would cost £12.9 bn – or £488 for every British household between 2010/11 and 2018/19.