universal credit

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Universal Credit is beginning to look like the Child Support Agency on steroids.

THE firebrand SNP MP, Mhairi Black, has made a name for herself condemning the UK government’s benefit reforms. So it came as some surprise recently when she began her speech in the Universal Credit debate by praising it. She said that replacing the cumbersome system of multiple benefits – jobseeker’s allowance, housing benefit, working tax credit, … Continue reading

The rape clause shows Tories are still the Nasty Party.

On any level, the  rape clause is an abomination. The idea of compelling victims of rape to revisit the experience and compile evidence in order to claim benefits is simply inhumane, not least to the children so identified. It is also unworkable. It will require bureaucrats to adjudicate on sensitive issues like marital rape and … Continue reading

Universal Basic Income would be universal poverty. Cutting the working week is better.

T WAS just too good to be true. The level-headed Swiss aren’t persuaded that a citizen’s income for every adult makes sense, and they voted massively against the idea in their referendum at the weekend. I have to say, I probably would have been in the No camp. However, a citizen’s income, or universal basic … Continue reading

Tax credit cuts have only been postponed – all the more reason to oppose them.

U-TURN if you want to, the Chancellor is for turning. There are many lessons from last week’s epic policy reversal by George Osborne on tax credits, but the most important is that civic action and intelligent opposition can force important concessions, even from this most right-wing of Conservative governments. If the arguments are right, ministers … Continue reading

Osborne is guilty of creative accounting on an epic scale. But at least those tax credit cuts are stopped

Budgets that look good on the day generally come apart by the weekend. Yesterday’s speech from the Chancellor was technically a spending statement but the same rule applies. However, the positive impact of George Osborne’s biggest ever U-turn may last a little longer. The tax credit reductions that could have left the poorest families in … Continue reading

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