Universal Credit

UK Foodbank Figures Are Still Increasing, But This Year Something's New

David McAuley | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Politics
David McAuley

This is the first time The Trussell Trust has released a report which outlines observations from foodbanks about the impact of a policy-level change and what can be done to ease any adverse side effects, before it's fully rolled out across the UK. We're raising foodbanks' concerns now, before it's fully rolled out, so our insights can inform efforts to make sure the values on which Universal Credit is built are delivered in practice as it unfolds.

Left In Limbo: How Housing Benefit Changes Will Leave Young People Out In The Cold

Richard Hughes | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Politics
Richard Hughes

While YMCA recognises the ideological premise behind the removal of automatic housing support for some young people with exemptions, it can only have the impact the Government desires with major policy change. That is why we are calling on the Government to take immediate action to address the failings in the policy.

For Carol's Sake, For Christ's Sake, We Must Look After The Poor

Bishop Paul Bayes | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK
Bishop Paul Bayes

Liverpool is a proud city with some of the finest civic buildings in England. A couple of weeks ago I was in the opulent setting of one of these, and I was angry. Standing in the finery of St Georges Hall I was reminded of the once-great wealth of this trading port. And, as I shared a platform with its current Mayor Joe Anderson, I was angry.

Britain's Richest 10% Spend More On Wine Than The Poorest 10% Spend On Water

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK

Britain’s richest spend as much on wine each year as the country’s poorest do on their water bills, analysis of new figures has found. The Office ...

Families Who Are Just-About-Managing Need Real Help Now

Matthew Reed | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Matthew Reed

If the Government's promise to help the JAMs is going to stick then ministers must go further still - by scrapping the benefits freeze and the two-child cap, and restoring the family element of Tax Credits and original work allowances to Universal Credit.

DWP 'Should End Strict Sanctions And Conditions On Benefits'

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Politics

Forcing the unemployed to regularly turn up to Job Centres is harmful and counter-productive, the Government’s own ‘behavioural’ policy unit has...

The Failings Of The Universal Credit System Need To Be Addressed And Addressed Fast

Tom Brake | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Brake

Iain Duncan Smith's project, which he has long since walked away from and left in the hands of others, is on the rocks. The Government have chosen to test a critical system by running it live, with real data, affecting real people and causing many casualties.

Welfare Reforms Delayed. Again

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Politics

The Government’s chaotic flagship welfare reform faces its seventh delay, ministers announced on the last day before MPs go on summer holiday. Minis...

The Waugh Zone May 3, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday May 3, 2016… 1) COUNTDOWN CONUNDRUM The papers are full of Leicester City’s remarkable Premier...

Rising Joblessness 'Could Be Good Thing'

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Politics

Business bosses faced a backlash today after claiming that a rise in unemployment “could be a good thing”. The Institute of Directors (IoD) came u...

Chancellor - Childcare Can Help Level the Playing Field and Create a Strong Incentive to Work... But It's Not Doing So Yet

Imelda Redmond | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Politics
Imelda Redmond

Childcare is a critical part of modern infrastructure. As vital in getting parents into work as any train line or motorway, yet we don't hear the same long-term, national rallying calls for similar levels of investment.

Tory 'Free Money' Savings Plan Under Fire

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Politics

A new saving scheme for low-paid workers has been blasted by Labour amid claims that the ‘free money’ plan will be dwarfed by in-work benefit cuts...

'Deceitful' Government Used Junior Doctors' Row To 'Bury Bad News'

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 13.02.2016 | UK Politics

LATEST: Junior Doctors Could Still Foil Hunt's Contract Imposition The Government has been accused of “deceit” for using its row with junior do...

Iain Duncan Smith's Benefit Changes Slammed By Three Reports In One Day

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK

The introduction of Universal Credit (UC) is having a damaging effect on millions of working families, leaving the "poorest running up the down escala...

The Waugh Zone February 3, 2016

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday February 3, 2016… 1) POO STICKS? After PMQs, David Cameron makes his Commons statement on his ...

How Osborne's Fake 'Living Wage' Could Trap Many in Poverty

Dave Prentis | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Politics
Dave Prentis

Last summer George Osborne stood up in Parliament and said - echoing an argument we've made so many times before - that Britain needs a pay rise. We will hold him to that, because it can't be acceptable to create a system where so many of the young are locked into poverty, where low-paid workers are told they're earning a 'living wage' when they're still unable to make ends meet, and where contractors paid for out of our taxes use government spin to justify low pay for our people.

Universal Credit's Future Depends on Whether It's the Economics or the Politics That Comes First for the Treasury

Torsten Bell | Posted 04.12.2016 | UK Politics
Torsten Bell

Today Universal Credit hardly exists in the real world. In 2015-16, 4.5million households were meant to be receiving it. But in reality only 140,000 people - mostly singles without children - are currently on it, despite expectations that UC will be operational (for simple cases at least) in all Jobcentres by April next year.

'Tougher Than Tories' Rachel Reeves Leaves Labour Front Bench, But Won't Be Missed

Nick Stephenson | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

It is fair to say that Reeves was not popular among unemployed people, apparently misunderstanding the meaning of the word 'opposition' and racing Iain Duncan Smith towards an ever-more-draconian position on social security, caring little for the victims created on the way.

The National Living Wage Is a Bold Step Forward on Low Pay - But It Won't Make the Living Standards Challenge Disappear

Conor D'Arcy | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK
Conor D'Arcy

The 'National Living Wage' - a top-up to the minimum wage for workers aged 25 and over - was the rabbit pulled from the Chancellor's Red Box at the Summer Budget back in July. But beyond the headline figures published alongside it, it was hard to be sure who the main beneficiaries would be. A new report by the Resolution Foundation breaks down just who is set to gain, where and by how much.

IDS Welcomes Record Universal Credit Applications

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has welcomed new figures that show a record number of people applying for the Universal Credit. According to the Department of Wo...

'Benefits Street' Is a Red Herring for the Real Issue Surrounding the Welfare State

David Mooney | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Politics
David Mooney

Deny it all you want, but at some point in your life you've been forced to clear your browsing history because of some questionable content you found yourself viewing at nearly midnight on a Friday after a stressful week. Sometimes the temptation is just too much to avoid surfing to the wrong side of the tracks and what follows is a swift re-writing of history where we pretend that we were on the phone or had dropped off for a moment instead.

War on the Poor, War on the Majority: 2+2=5, We're Electioneering

Christian Garland | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

The war on the poor aka 'welfare reform' is being waged with that much more ferocity and that much more cynicism in the weeks up to the General Electi...

IDS Is Making 'Very Little Progress' With His Flagship Welfare Scheme

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's flagship welfare policy Universal Credit is making "very little progress", an influential committee of MPs have warned. Univers...

No, 'Guardian', Failure IDS Is Not the Tories' Election 'Secret Weapon'

Nick Stephenson | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

In a world where the Mail points out the failures in a flagship Tory policy and the Guardian falsely eulogises it, it is hard to get a handle on the world around us.

Universal Credit Explained In One Handy Fact Sheet

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Comedy

The government has begun its roll-out of universal credit. Here's what you need to know about the benefits system overhaul... (Fact sheet created f...