Universal Credit

If Universal Credit Rollout Continues, Foodbanks Won't Be Able To Catch Everyone Who Falls

Garry Lemon | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK
Garry Lemon

What we must not become is a charity safety net that catches people because our benefits system is fundamentally flawed. Not just for moral or ethical reasons, but because all of the evidence on Universal Credit leads us to believe that even with the enormous generosity of our donors and the hard work and sacrifice of our volunteers and staff, we will simply not be able to catch everybody who falls.

Universal Credit Squeeze Leaving Tenants Behind With Their Rent, Landlords Warn

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK

Increasing numbers of tenants on Universal Credit are falling behind with rent payments, landlords have said, just weeks before the benefit is rolled ...

It Should Be A Lifeline - But Too Often, Our Benefits System Is Failing Care Leavers

Sam Royston | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Politics
Sam Royston

Alarmingly, the new system of Universal Credit does not seem to be improving the lot of many care leavers - particularly those with disabilities or children of their own. For example, a 21-year-old whose disability limits their capability for work and who rents a one-bed flat from a housing association, could lose half of their disposal income making a new claim under Universal Credit compared to the old system.

Jobcentre Closures Are Yet Another Nasty Act From The Nasty Party

Dan Carden | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Politics
Dan Carden

We have only a matter of weeks to stave off these cold-hearted closures. I know that there are MPs across the house, including on the Conservative benches, who see these closures as simply a step too far. Today, I appeal to them: join me, stand up for your constituents and let's work together to stop this rotten policy.

We Can All Contribute To A Fairer Society

Michael Angus | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK
Michael Angus

I believe we can all contribute to a fairer society. Individuals can help by supporting their local project through donations of goods or cash. Volunteers who can contribute regularly or corporate groups that come for a day make a huge difference and mean we can increase our service offer. Companies can donate unwanted goods to charities, and reduce waste at the same time. All these actions together should not be underestimated, they make a significant difference.

The Draconian Benefit Cap Is Ideological And Serves No Purpose But To Harm

Alison Thewliss | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Politics
Alison Thewliss

The benefit cap places the burden of the UK government's failed economic strategy on the shoulders of the most disadvantaged in society. The Tories would do well to heed the result of the election and accept they have no mandate for their callous cuts... They must halt this counterproductive agenda of austerity immediately, listen to the voices of those being impacted by it, listen to the voices of experts, and stimulate the economy with the investment necessary to allow for opportunity, fairness and prosperity to flourish.

BBC QT Audience Member Slammed For 'Ignorant' Comment On Foodbank Users

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK

A BBC Question Time audience member was widely condemned last night for suggesting people only use foodbanks because they spend their money on cigaret...

Pregnant Women Considering Abortions Because Of Tories' Benefit Cap, MPs Reveal

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Politics

Pregnant women are considering abortions because of the impact of the Government’s new benefit cap, MPs revealed today. Last November, the Tories sl...

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 13.09.2017 | 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.