Universal Credit

Is Universal Credit fit for purpose?
In Focus

Is Universal Credit fit for purpose?

The system was designed to make claiming simpler - but critics say it creates ‘misery’
19 Jan 2021
DWP planning laws to snoop on Universal Credit claimants
Job Centre UK
In Brief

DWP planning laws to snoop on Universal Credit claimants

Officials want access to the data for crackdown on fraudulent claims
22 Oct 2020
Instant Opinion: the red wall ‘wants a U‑turn’ from Johnson
Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street flanked by Chancellor Rishi Sunak
In Depth

Instant Opinion: the red wall ‘wants a U‑turn’ from Johnson

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 13 October
13 Oct 2020
Quiz of The Week: 28 March - 3 April
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Quiz of The Week: 28 March - 3 April

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3 Apr 2020
The great universal credit swindle
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In Brief

The great universal credit swindle

Multimillion-pound benefit scam is exposed as fraudsters target flagship scheme
9 Jul 2019
Child hunger: is the Government breaking human rights laws?
Wandsworth food bank
In Brief

Child hunger: is the Government breaking human rights laws?

Human Rights Watch report says Tory welfare cuts caused ‘hunger crisis’
20 May 2019
Food bank use hits record high in Britain
Wandsworth food bank
In Brief

Food bank use hits record high in Britain

Government benefit policies blamed as charity hands out 1.5m parcels in 12 months
25 Apr 2019

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New inquiry into benefits claimants forced into prostitution
Could prostitution soon be effectively decriminalised?
In Brief

New inquiry into benefits claimants forced into prostitution

MPs to investigate whether universal credit failures means women have to sell their bodies
19 Mar 2019
Why universal credit is like the Victorian workhouse
Hubert von Herkomer - Westminster Union
In Depth

Why universal credit is like the Victorian workhouse

Policy coheres quite closely to that of amendments to the poor law in 1834, says history professor
16 Jan 2019
Universal Credit roll-out delayed
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In Brief

Universal Credit roll-out delayed

Vote to extend government’s flagship welfare programme to three million new claimants has been pushed back
7 Jan 2019
Does universal credit discriminate against single parents?
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In Brief

Does universal credit discriminate against single parents?

Four female plaintiffs launch legal challenge to government’s flagship welfare programme
28 Nov 2018
What is universal credit?
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In Depth

What is universal credit?

Government’s flagship welfare project aims to simplify benefits system but has been beset by controversy
16 Oct 2018
Universal credit failings leave thousands in debt
A Job Centre in Bristol
In Brief

Universal credit failings leave thousands in debt

‘Complex’ flagship welfare programme forcing people into rent arrears - and food banks
24 Jul 2018
Esther McVey ‘misled’ MPs over universal credit
Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey leaves Downing Street
In Brief

Esther McVey ‘misled’ MPs over universal credit

Work and Pensions secretary makes partial apology but also disputes some of the watchdog’s findings
5 Jul 2018
Universal credit ‘may never deliver value for money’
People queuing outside a Job Centre in east London
In Depth

Universal credit ‘may never deliver value for money’

Damning independent audit of welfare reform finds it is running behind schedule and not delivering on aims
15 Jun 2018
Finland turns away from universal basic income
Finland has higher unemployment levels than other Scandinavian countries
In Brief

Finland turns away from universal basic income

Government will not expand scheme that gives unconditional monthly payments instead of means-tested benefits
24 Apr 2018
Government U-turn on axing housing benefit for young people
Esther McVey
In Brief

Government U-turn on axing housing benefit for young people

Policy reversal follows outcry from homelessness charities
29 Mar 2018
Children to ‘go hungry’ after free school meals cuts
Up to a million children could lose out under free school meal cuts
In Brief

Children to ‘go hungry’ after free school meals cuts

Tories face backlash for exempting Northern Ireland from reforms which could affect one million children
14 Mar 2018
Why are 300,000 jobless Britons not claiming benefits?
Hundreds of thousands of people are not claiming their benefits
In Brief

Why are 300,000 jobless Britons not claiming benefits?

Resolution Foundation report urges Government to do more to help UK’s ‘forgotten unemployed’
3 Jan 2018
One in five now live in poverty in the UK, report finds
Poverty
In Depth

One in five now live in poverty in the UK, report finds

400,000 extra children and 300,000 extra pensioners among the poorest compared to 2013
4 Dec 2017
Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Monday 29 Apr 2013
Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Monday 29 Apr 2013

29 Apr 2013