universal credit

Benefits rule changes could cost pensioners in UK thousands a year

Benefits rule changes could cost pensioners in UK thousands a year

From 15 May, new pensioners with partners under 65 can no longer claim pension creditThousands of poorer UK pensioners who have partners of working age could lose up to £7,000 a year in top-ups as a
'I've absolutely had enough': Tory MP embarks on anti-austerity tour

'I've absolutely had enough': Tory MP embarks on anti-austerity tour

Heidi Allen joins former Labour MP Frank Field on mission to highlight the poverty caused by her party’s policiesHeidi Allen and Frank Field make an odd partnership at first glance. Allen, 44, the
Universal credit scores lowest for satisfaction in benefits survey

Universal credit scores lowest for satisfaction in benefits survey

Official findings reveal one in 10 claimants were ‘very dissatisfied’ with experienceUniversal credit has the lowest claimant satisfaction rates of any welfare benefit, according to an official survey
Minor tweaks can’t address the deep, inhuman flaws of universal credit | Patrick Butler

Minor tweaks can’t address the deep, inhuman flaws of universal credit | Patrick Butler

A new Channel 4 documentary meets those struggling on the new benefit – and gives the lie to ministers’ cheery PRYou have to hand it to Nathan: benefit-sanctioned, hungry, and waiting weeks for the
Single mum left suicidal after Universal Credit ended ‘due to Job Centre error’

Single mum left suicidal after Universal Credit ended ‘due to Job Centre error’

Her money was abruptly cut off, leaving her unable to afford her food, rent or supplies for two-year-old son.
'Universal credit is a nightmare – the stress is overwhelming'

'Universal credit is a nightmare – the stress is overwhelming'

Jacqueline Widick, 47, on how osteoarthritis has left her struggling to pay her billsName: Jacqueline Widick Age: 47 Income: universal credit of £732 a month Occupation: former administratorI’m on
I shouldn’t have to pay more to survive because I am disabled, but that is my reality

I shouldn’t have to pay more to survive because I am disabled, but that is my reality

Scope’s latest research has found that disabled adults face extra costs of £583 a month.
Understaffed and overworked: Why I’ve joined my Universal Credit colleagues on strike

Understaffed and overworked: Why I’ve joined my Universal Credit colleagues on strike

I feel like we supply a glorified call centre service where we can’t give claimants the time and reassurance they deserve.
Parents forced to rely on ‘baby banks’ for children’s basics under Universal Credit

Parents forced to rely on ‘baby banks’ for children’s basics under Universal Credit

'A healthcare worker will come to me and say "I've been to see a mum, she's got two nappies left and the baby is sleeping on the floor" and that's when we do whatever we can.'
Family on Universal Credit forced to live in glamping pod

Family on Universal Credit forced to live in glamping pod

Nicola Ibbotson has slammed Cornwall Council for placing her family in a £500-a-week one-bedroom chalet.
Man left sarcastic note ‘thanking Universal Credit’ before killing himself
Almost 2m people will lose £1,000 a year with universal credit – study

Almost 2m people will lose £1,000 a year with universal credit – study

Those on disability benefits and low incomes will be among worst affected, IFS concludesAlmost 2 million people will lose more than £1,000 a year following the switch to universal credit, with those
Almost 2,000,000 people will lose £1,000 a year with Universal Credit

Almost 2,000,000 people will lose £1,000 a year with Universal Credit

Labour's shadow work and pensions secretary Margaret Greenwood said the report made it clear 'that it's hitting the poorest hardest'.
Two tales from the frontline of austerity | Letters

Two tales from the frontline of austerity | Letters

Universal credit’s effect on food bank use may be greater than statistics suggest, says Jane Middleton, while an anonymous reader eligible for £1.26 a month of the benefit wonders how many others are
Two tales from the frontline of austerity | Letters

Two tales from the frontline of austerity | Letters

Universal credit’s effect on food bank use may be greater than statistics suggest, says Jane Middleton, while an anonymous reader eligible for £1.26 a month of the benefit wonders how many others are
Cruel and chaotic? No, in the DWP’s fantasy land, universal credit is a huge success | Polly Toynbee

Cruel and chaotic? No, in the DWP’s fantasy land, universal credit is a huge success | Polly Toynbee

In a visit to a jobcentre, staff told me all was fine. Off the record, others talk of brutal cuts causing starvation and despairCome with me on an eerie visit, where we step through the looking glass
Universal credit is failing military veterans, study finds

Universal credit is failing military veterans, study finds

Veterans with complex needs report overwhelmingly negative experiences of benefits systemEx-service personnel with physical and mental health issues have described how they felt ignored and let down
Families ‘pushed further into poverty by two child limit on benefits’

Families ‘pushed further into poverty by two child limit on benefits’

Families cannot afford to 'buy food, pay for rent or heat their homes because of new benefit rules'.
Summer holidays: how to get help with the childcare costs

Summer holidays: how to get help with the childcare costs

Government schemes cover more than nursery fees – they can also help pay for some camps and clubsSorting out childcare for the school summer holiday can be stressful and costly – but there is
Dad’s crying selfie moments before suicide after being left with just £4.61

Dad’s crying selfie moments before suicide after being left with just £4.61

Phillip Herron had fallen behind with rent and was trying to feed his three children, who he had left his job as a factory worker to look after.