Universal credit

The Tories only have themselves to blame for Labour’s threat to Universal Credit

28 September 2019 17:29

The Labour Party is buzzing about in Iain Duncan Smith’s constituency today, threatening both to unseat the former Conservative leader…

Amber Rudd changes the Tory tune on food banks

11 February 2019 17:14

What’s behind the rise in demand for food banks? Over the past few years, the default Conservative line has been…

Amber Rudd admits Universal Credit is in trouble

19 November 2018 17:08

Amber Rudd left the Home Office over the Windrush scandal and has joined the Work and Pensions department just as…

Do ministers understand how financial abuse works?

17 October 2018 21:44

Another question to the Prime Minister today that’s worth noting came from Labour MP Danielle Rowley on Universal Credit. She…

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

Delays to Universal Credit won’t fix its fundamental flaw

16 October 2018 12:00

It’s rare that a government pauses the implementation of a flagship policy. There’s so much ego involved in these matters…

Will the Tories have the wit to save Universal Credit – and themselves?

12 October 2018 14:32

The row over Universal Credit is a reminder that reforming welfare is the toughest job in politics. The question, right…

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…