Universal credit

The Universal Credit is supposed to streamline benefits from October 2013. Picture: Getty.

Budget leaves Universal Credit claimants in precarious position over Christmas

23 November 2017 17:52

If Philip Hammond’s Budget was designed to stave off any particularly pressing problems, rather than really building the Britain that…

Revealed: Universal Credit director wins award for… project management

22 November 2017 9:25

You don’t have to be a member of Her Majesty’s Opposition to conclude that something has gone wrong with the…

Can the Tories defend the six-week wait for Universal Credit?

25 October 2017 13:26

Jeremy Corbyn went on universal credit again at PMQs today. Theresa May was better than she was last week. She…

Laura Pidcock fails to practise what her party preaches

25 October 2017 12:39

Oh dear. When a Tory MP missed last week’s Opposition Day debate on universal credit to referee at a Barcelona match,…

The Universal Credit is supposed to streamline benefits from October 2013. Picture: Getty.

Will Universal Credit conform to the normal pattern of policy disasters?

23 October 2017 17:50

How far is the government going to row back on Universal Credit? This afternoon an emergency debate has been granted…

Tory MPs threaten to rebel and vote for government policy

19 October 2017 17:17

The talk of the Commons tearoom today is last night’s Opposition Day vote on Universal Credit. This is unusual: Opposition…

The universal credit row is a sign of the trouble ahead for government whips

18 October 2017 17:54

Wednesday’s Opposition Day debate calling for the universal credit rollout to be paused offers a lesson in how quickly Theresa…

Does the rule of law cover the poor?

9 October 2017 18:17

Belatedly, the disastrous rollout of Universal Credit has become a media ‘talking point’.  I could do with less praise for…

How powerful can the Tory Universal Credit rebellion really be?

9 October 2017 16:36

One of the brewing Tory rows of the autumn looks to be over Universal Credit, with Heidi Allen now claiming…

If Iain Duncan Smith resigns over Osborne’s strivers tax, he’ll endanger his own legacy

7 November 2015 14:57

Yesterday, the Daily Telegraph disclosed that George Osborne was planning to open a second front in his rather bizarre confrontation…

Does George Osborne really want to make himself the scourge of the strivers?

6 November 2015 11:59

Without George Osborne, we’d probably be living under Prime Minister Ed Miliband right now. His value to the government goes…

Labour defaults to Universal Credit attack at welfare questions

7 September 2015 18:03

Labour has had a difficult summer over welfare, so it’s no surprise its frontbench played it safe at Work and Pensions questions today.…

Ten things you need to know about Labour’s manifesto

13 April 2015 15:45

Labour has launched its election manifesto in Manchester today, entitled ‘Britain can be better’. The document (pdf here) includes some…

George Osborne’s press conference leaves questions unanswered

7 April 2015 12:29

This is supposed to be the week when people start thinking about the General Election. George Osborne certainly thinks voters…

Labour’s weak welfare attack leaves Tories to chant tribal slogans in Commons

26 January 2015 16:55

Today’s Work and Pensions Questions was taken almost exclusively by Esther McVey – to the extent that when Steve Webb…

The Scottish jobs miracle is an argument for Union, not independence

17 September 2014 19:09

One of the more bizarre aspects of the Scottish independence debate is the idea that UK welfare reform somehow doesn’t…

Universal Credit ‘hasn’t been signed off’ – what does that mean?

8 July 2014 8:57

Is Universal Credit progressing as well as it should? Yesterday Sir Bob Kerslake, who is not consistently helpful to political…

The conservative case against Iain Duncan Smith

30 June 2014 18:04

Labour held a debate on Iain Duncan Smith’s stewardship of the welfare state today. Tory MPs backed their man, as…

We get few answers from the Work and Pensions grudge match

23 June 2014 17:41

Departmental questions have, by this stage of the parliament, all developed their own characters. There is the colourful combat of…

Even Iain Duncan Smith’s critics can’t reject his welfare reforms

7 April 2014 18:18

Iain Duncan Smith’s speech today setting out the moral mission behind his welfare reforms (his series of interventions doing this…

Iain Duncan Smith ties himself into universal knots over welfare reform

9 March 2014 13:50

Will Universal Credit ever become universal and will the lowest paid still face an effective tax rate of a sometimes…

Did an archbishop really call for more public spending in response to food bank usage?

18 February 2014 19:33

Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, has spent an awful lot of time since his recent interview with the Telegraph clarifying…

Iain Duncan Smith

Guinea-pigging, carpets and foreign language courses: the universal credit fog

3 February 2014 21:17

You can tell how little someone respects and admires someone by the number of times they say ‘with respect’. Based…

Universal Credit is turning into an IT project disaster

10 December 2013 19:02

Universal Credit has replaced Labour’s NHS supercomputer as the ABC of how not to manage an IT project. Just six…

Pathfindering and lobster pots: IDS defends Universal credit

9 December 2013 22:01

If you’d judged the success of universal credit purely on Iain Duncan Smith’s tone at the Work and Pensions select…