Universal Credit

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

Christian Garland | Posted 11.03.2015 | 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 17.02.2015 | 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 creat...

IDS Reckons Universal Credit Is Helping, Lots Of People Disagree

PA | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has defended his flagship Universal Credit scheme, insisting evidence shows it is helping people find work quicker and earn more. ...

IDS' Big Welfare Project Is Getting Even More Shambolic

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's much-delayed welfare project, Universal Credit, is set to take even longer to roll out across the country, the government's budget...

Did IDS Know Universal Credit Was 'Off Track' Well Before He Admitted Failures?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has come under fire after one of the advisers behind his flagship benefits programme revealed that he knew it was going "off track" ...

C4's Dispatches on Universal Credit - An End to Victim-Blaming?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Dispatches didn't feel the need to offer 'context' by touring the areas where those appearing lived, showing graffiti and broken windows, shouting kids on BMX bikes and people drinking in the street and asking us to judge all residents as morally lacking. It focused on issues instead of personalities, and viewers came out actually understanding the problems as a result.

An Open Letter to the LGBT+ Community

Lisa Egan | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Egan

The miners were probably the hardest hit during that particular 4 year term of office. And it was deeply heartening to hear a story about another oppressed group the government loathed - the LGBT community - coming to the support of others in solidarity just because it was the right thing to do.

Taxing Disability

Lisa Egan | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Politics
Lisa Egan

Not satisfied with canning the lowest rate of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) care, or reducing the distance one can walk from 50m to 20m in order to be able to qualify for its successor benefit Personal Independence Payment (PIP)...

IDS' Big Cost-Cutting Welfare Plan Could Massively Backfire

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's flagship welfare policy, universal credit, is in danger of costing more than planned as it has a perverse incentive for people to ...

No Reshuffle at DWP - But Better Implementation of Its Flagship Universal Credit Is Needed

Liam Crosby | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Politics
Liam Crosby

It's essential that the Universal Credit project is moved along, and an unchanged ministerial team at the DWP in today's reshuffle shouldn't mean an unchanged approach to this reform. Universal Credit needs action and clarity now, not the obfuscation and posturing we've seen in recent months.

Time for a Fresh Approach to Disability Benefits

Paul Farmer | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Farmer

Whoever forms the next Government must acknowledge and tackle the many barriers people with mental health problems face in finding and retaining a job. The benefits system is very complex and we often hear how people struggle to navigate it, so we also need to ensure such individuals can access advice and support to help them.

IDS Doesn't Want You To Know How Badly His Universal Credit Scheme Is Failing

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith and his fellow ministers have been accused of obstructing MPs' attempts to scrutinise his flagship Universal Credit welfare scheme b...

Iain Duncan Smith: Using Disabled People as Guinea Pigs Since June 2013

Sheila Gilmore | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Politics
Sheila Gilmore

PIP has been available to new claimants since June 2013. Most of those who are currently on DLA will not go through the reassessment process until October 2015. However those whose award runs out before that date or whose circumstances change will still be called in, potentially piling delay upon delay.

IDS Dismisses Scrutiny as MPs Give Him a Mauling on Universal Credit

Nick Stephenson | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Iain Duncan Smith appeared in front of the work and pensions committee of MPs yesterday, but decided against illuminating them - and us - about his work. His Universal Credit scheme, widely recognised to be failing due in great part to his poor management and lack of financial acumen, was the main item on the agenda.

It's Time for a New Debate on Welfare

Nash Riggins | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Politics
Nash Riggins

Much like the IT errors that transformed Barack Obama's revolutionary dream of affordable healthcare for all Americans into a conservative pundit's wet dream, Iain Duncan Smith's universal credit system has been dogged by design flaws from day one.

Universal Credit - All Stick and No Carrot!

Sheila Gilmore | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Politics
Sheila Gilmore

Despite the government's constant claims about Universal Credit making work pay, all we have at present is the sizeable stick of the Claimant Commitment, long before any of the carrot is in sight!

Private Sector Experts To 'Save' Universal Credit And HS2

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

The government is drafting in around one hundred private sector troubleshooters to save some of their riskiest projects, like the flagship Universal C...

Iain Duncan Smith: George Osborne Has 'Confidence' In Me

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has insisted he has the confidence of George Osborne, amid accusations he is in "denial" over the problems facing his flagship benef...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Were Tories 'Complicit' in Apartheid?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday 10 December... 1) WERE TORIES 'COMPLICIT' WITH APARTHEID? Don't mess with Peter Hain. Speaking in th...

Scared About My Welfare Reforms? Don't Blame Me

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has blamed Tory party headquarters, party chairman Grant Shapps, journalists from right-wing papers and Labour "moaning" for causing...

Iain Duncan Smith Under Fire Over Delays To Universal Credit

Huffington Post/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Is Iain Duncan Smith on the way out? The Prime Minister's spokesman told journalists on Monday morning that David Cameron has full confidence in hi...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: IDS, In Deep Shambles

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday 9 December... 1) IDS, IN DEEP SHAMBLES In his own semi-shambolic response to the Autumn Statement las...

Universal Credit, the Government's Flagship Welfare Policy, Has Become a Fiasco

Stephen Timms | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Timms

Universal Credit is the government's flagship welfare reform. It has become a fiasco. Ministers failed at the outset to grasp the scale of it. Now the prime minister has failed to get a grip, or even to resolve the dispute between his Ministers. Rescuing the project is going to be tough. Thursday's development gives no hint that the current administration is up to the task.