Welfare reform

Coronavirus has brought the welfare state back
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Coronavirus has brought the welfare state back

Public policy experts on how widespread job loses could change the UK’s thinking on welfare
25 Jun 2020
Coronavirus: how Britain will be forever changed
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Coronavirus: how Britain will be forever changed

Long-term effects of pandemic could include government spending, remote working and lower pollution
23 Mar 2020
Man who starved to death’s plea to welfare officials
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Man who starved to death’s plea to welfare officials

Errol Graham wrote letter pleading with DWP to ‘judge me fairly’
28 Feb 2020
52 ideas that changed the world - 19. The welfare state
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52 ideas that changed the world - 19. The welfare state

The model of provision is the cornerstone of many modern countries
18 Oct 2019
Councils use algorithms to decide welfare claims
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Councils use algorithms to decide welfare claims

Fears that technology is leaving vulnerable people at whim of unreliable automated systems
16 Oct 2019
Universal Credit roll-out delayed
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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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Does universal credit discriminate against single parents?

Four female plaintiffs launch legal challenge to government’s flagship welfare programme
28 Nov 2018

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Universal credit failings leave thousands in debt
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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
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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
Finland turns away from universal basic income
Finland has higher unemployment levels than other Scandinavian countries
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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
Tory MP apologises for ‘sterilisation for unemployed’ blog
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Tory MP apologises for ‘sterilisation for unemployed’ blog

Conservative Party Vice Chairman for Youth is ‘textbook example of how bloggers should think twice’
17 Jan 2018
One in five now live in poverty in the UK, report finds
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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
Government criticised over rise in homelessness
Government policy blamed for sharp rise in homelessness
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Government criticised over rise in homelessness

National Audit Office report says welfare reform is likely driver behind issue
13 Sep 2017
WELFARE:
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WELFARE:

Critics say Iain Duncan Smith's reforms will turn back the clock for disabled people - but IDS denies he's being nasty
8 Apr 2013
Iain Duncan Smith ridiculed over '£53 a week' claim
British Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith exits a vehicle in London on February 11, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS(Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty I
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Iain Duncan Smith ridiculed over '£53 a week' claim

Minister branded 'smug' and urged to prove he could live on minimum amount paid to benefits claimants
2 Apr 2013
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