Universal Credit

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.

How Can Osborne Take Pride in the Damage He's Doing?

Mark Serwotka | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Serwotka

Delivering his autumn statement, George Osborne declared he was "proud" of the changes his government is making to the state pension. Really? As a thank you for a lifetime's contribution to our society, those pensioners with no independent wealth to fall back on, are facing their retirement living in poverty.

Ministers Must Carry the Can

Stephen Timms | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Timms

The failures around the Universal Credit project, exposed by the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday, are the responsibility of David Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith, not civil servants... This failure was Iain Duncan Smith's. It goes right back to the start of the project. The idea for Universal Credit was developed in the Centre for Social Justice which Iain Duncan Smith set up. It is a good idea. It has the potential to simplify the system, and make it clearer to people how their circumstances will change if they get a job. But ministers have never got to grips with what was going to be involved.

Allegations Iain Duncan Smith Tried To Nobble Commons Committee 'Not True'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics

The government has insisted there is "no truth" to accusations Iain Duncan Smith attempted to pin the blame for "shocking" failures in his flagship we...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Don't Blame Me

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday 7 November 2013... 1) DON'T BLAME ME Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is in trouble wi...

Benefit Cap: Restoring the Welfare State Safety Net

Lord Freud | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Politics
Lord Freud

The benefit cap is now in place across the country. This means that benefit claims are limited to a fair level, a maximum of the average working household income of £500 a week. The taxpayer who funds the welfare state has the assurance that someone in receipt of benefits no longer has an income that's beyond the reach of the average working family.

Iain Duncan Smith Is Utterly Out of Touch With Reality on Universal Credit

Stephen Timms | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Politics
Stephen Timms

The government's flagship Universal Credit programme is in deep trouble. Iain Duncan-Smith has repeatedly claimed that the project is "on track". He is utterly out of touch with reality, and that's why things are going wrong. He would have done far better to come clean about the problems.

'Titanic-Sized IT Disaster'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Tom Moseley | Posted 05.09.2013 | UK Politics

The centrepiece of the government's welfare reforms has been branded a "titanic-sized IT disaster" after it was revealed that £34 million had already...

The Tories Can Ill Afford to Crow About Welfare

Simon Danczuk | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Danczuk

On welfare the Tories are starting to develop something of a swagger. Their tails are up. Their benefits cap policy, they believe, is the answer to all problems. A wild-eyed election mode fever has taken hold of the frontbench. But that is the problem with this Government. They're less concerned with the size of the problems than the size of the headlines.

The Hidden Costs of Benefits Payments

Noel Moran | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Politics
Noel Moran

Benefits and their cost have been the catch-cry of the political twitterati recently, as the Government and opposition took to the podium to speak of child benefit, a cap and winter fuel payments. Apparently, they are an expense that cannot be sustained by the UK economy regardless of our ruling party.

Universal Credit: Next Steps

Lord Freud | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics
Lord Freud

The current welfare system holds people back from getting into work and too often traps them on benefits. That has to change. That's why we are bringing in this fundamental reform. It's not just the maddening complexity of the current system - the uncertainties around whether it pays to work under the current rules have made stepping off benefits and into employment all too hard for many people.