David Gauke: ‘Universal Credit is about transforming lives’
Following mounting pressure from MPs from all parties, yesterday’s budget included measures to address some backbench criticisms over the way the new Universal Credit system is being rolled out. Many claimants have struggled to cope with long waits for the payments to come through. Today the Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke announced that from…
Debbie Abrahams: ‘Catastrophes’ in universal credit roll-out
Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Debbie Abrahams discusses the Commons vote on universal credit.
David Gauke: ‘Too many cases where people are waiting too long’ for universal credit
Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke discusses universal credit.
MPs debate universal credit
MPs have been debating the pros and cons of universal credit all afternoon.
Government rejects universal credit pause
The Prime Minister set out today to stave off any rebellion over the universal credit rollout by announcing a u-turn on the premium rate telephone helpline for claimants. Within a month it’ll be free. Labour had wanted a pause to the changes, amid claims that it will leave some people destitute. Andy Davies has been to Bath to…
FactCheck: Jeremy Corbyn’s claims about universal credit
Jeremy Corbyn talked about universal credit and its effects on tenant evictions and child poverty. We take a look at his claims.
FactCheck: is universal credit becoming another government IT disaster?
Should we credit Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith when he insists that his universal credit project will come in on time and in budget? FactCheck casts a sceptical eye.
FactCheck: Cutting through the confusion on disabled benefits
People who claim now should not be worse off in the short term. That is an important point that charities have sometimes been guilty of failing to spell out.
Universal Credits will have some ‘losers’
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith says there will be “no losers” as a result of changing to a Universal Credit when he presented his White Paper to the Commons today. Is he right?