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It’s just mistake after mistake’ – stories from the universal credit catastrophe – 21st November 2017
Chancellor, keep a million children out of poverty. Fix universal credit – 20th November 2017
Universal credit: Tory ministers ordered to fix new welfare system after embarrassing defeat – 17th November 2017
Theresa May faces Commons defeat over Universal Credit payment delays – 16th November 2017
Universal credit: Children’s commissioner calls for pause – 15th November 2017
Brits spend £6.5million ringing Universal Credit helpline between April and September – 14th November 2017
Chancellor urged to fix ‘fundamental flaws’ in Universal Credit – 13th November 2017
Department for Work and Pensions refuses to disclose Universal Credit reports -3rd November 2017
Time To Make Universal Credit Fit For Purpose In 21st Century Britain – 2nd November 2017
The government’s own logic shows Universal Credit makes no sense – 1st November 2017
Reverse cuts or backing for universal credit may collapse, says thinktank – 31st October 2017
Conservatives ‘planning Budget U-turn’ over rollout of Universal Credit regime – 30th October 2017
Theresa May under pressure as influential committee tells her to cut Universal Credit waiting time – 27th October 2017
Backbench Tories hint at significant universal credit climbdown – 23rd October 2017
Theresa May rejects calls to pause Universal Credit roll-out as Government scraps helpline charges – 19th October 2017
The many, many reasons Universal Credit is not fit for purpose – 18th October 2017
Universal Credit: MPs to debate rollout amid Labour pause call – 18th October 2017
Universal credit: DWP withholding bad news, says senior MP – 17th October 2017
Pressure grows to make universal credit helpline free of charge – 13th October 2017
Revealed: What Really Happens When You Call The Universal Credit Helpline – 12th October 2017
Morning Briefing: Gauke faces down MPs over Universal Credit roll-out – 11th October 2017
Government warned Universal Credit could render claimants ‘homeless by Christmas’ – 10th October 2017
Councils fear surge in evictions as universal credit rollout accelerates – 9th October 2017
Universal Credit Is Too ‘Universal’ And Is Failing The Needs Of Single Parents – 6th October 2017
How Universal Credit advance payments can force struggling people into debt – 6th October 2017
New Scotland-only options for Universal Credit begin – 5th October 2017
What is universal credit – and what’s the problem? – 4th October 2017
Universal Credit to roll out nationwide despite Tory rebellion, Work and Pensions Secretary confirms – 2nd October 2017



Tory rebellion throws Universal Credit reforms into chaos – 29th September 2017
Calls for rethink as Universal Credit rolled out in Northern Ireland – 28th September 2017
Newcastle was chosen for an experiment with Universal Credit and it was a disaster – 27th September 2017
Advice NI: ‘Suspend introduction of Universal Credit’ – 26th September 2017
Universal credit ‘making financial abuse easier‘ – 25th September 2017
The Universal Credit nightmare shows there’s nothing more dangerous than a good idea – 22nd September 2017
Roll out for Universal Credit – 21st September 2017
Eastbourne MP brands Universal Credit a ‘train wreck’ – 20th September 2017
Universal credit a train wreck that must be stopped, Lib Dems say – 18th September 2017
Citizens Advice responds to new Universal Credit figures – 15th September 2017
Universal Credit delays leave claimants to ‘drop off a cliff’ in rent arrears, hear MPs – 14th September 2017
Universal Credit: Increasing Numbers Of Tenants Falling Behind With Rent – 13th September 2017
Citizens Advice calls for Universal Credit ‘pause’ – 12th September 2017
Roll-out of Universal Credit benefits reform is ‘disaster waiting to happen’ – 11th September 2017
Universal Credit was supposed to help those out of work not force families to food banks – 8th September 2017
Inquiry into Universal Credit follows landlords’ criticism – 6th September 2017
MP backs charities’ plea to halt universal credit roll-out – 5th September 2017
Universal credit has caused untold hardship. But the worst is yet to come – 1st September 2017
Scottish charities call for halt to Universal Credit rollout – 31st August 2017
Government rejects plea to delay Christmas benefit changes despite fears they will lead families into debt – 30th August 2017
DWP launches new helpline for landlords – 23rd August 2017
Universal credit: ID issues with Irish passport – 23rd August 2017
Welfare reforms allowing government to “massage down” true figures of those sanctioned – 22nd August 2017
Food banks still plugging the gaps as welfare falls short – 21st August 2017



Universal credit roll-out should be halted, say Labour – 31st July 2017
MP responds to Universal Credit warning – 27th July 2017
Councils losing £6.7m in Universal Credit arrears – 26th July 2017
Halt UC roll out say social housing managers – 25th July 2017
Charity’s concerns over Universal Credit before full West Dorset roll out – 21st July 2017
Charity warns of Universal Credit crisis in Blackpool – 20th July 2017
New Tory rules for Disabled Universal Credit claimants: Get a job or lose all money for a year – 18th July 2017
‘Universal Credit putting people’s financial security at risk’, claims Citizens Advice Taunton – 14th July 2017
Labour warning amid growing number of working people claiming universal credit – 13th July 2017
Highlanders owe nearly £1 million in Universal Credit rent arrears – 12th July 2017
DWP rejects charity’s Universal Credit pause calls – 11th July 2017
125 new jobs in NI to deliver universal credit services – 10th July 2017
Universal Credit ‘failing’ Welsh families, charity claims – 7th July 2017
DWP announces jobcentre mergers and council co-location plans – 6th July 2017
Roll-out of online claims system could hit families at Christmas – 4th July 2017
UK welfare cuts causing £4 billion fall for benefits in Scotland – 30th June 2017
Four reasons why welfare reform is a delusion – 28th June 2017
Housing Benefit: The Black Hole That Continues To Grow – 26th June 2017
Single parents win benefits cap High Court challenge – 23rd June 2017
Director General Neil Couling answers questions on Universal Credit APA Scheme – 21st June 2017
UK food bank usage at record high – 14th June 2017
UK welfare reform has been a ‘car crash’, say those on the front line – 9th June 2017
Universal credit is being used as a hit on the self-employed – 8th June 2017
DWP seeks multiple roles to support Universal Credit data needs – 6th June 2017
Britain’s poor face another round of painful benefit cuts – 5th June 2017


Universal Credit seeks booking system to support up to 30 million appointments – 25th May 2017
21,000 young Scots face losing over £22m in rent from planned LHA cap – 23rd May 2017
An open letter to DWP Neil Couling regarding Universal Credit – 16th May 2017
Universal Credit help service case study – 12th May 2017
Council to build shared affordable housing due to welfare reform – 11th May 2017
Campaigners back MPs’ urgent pleas for a change to universal credit – 5th May 2017
Two-thirds of BTL lenders block housing benefit tenants – 4th May 2017
Universal credit doesn’t reward hard work. It makes the most vulnerable pay – 2nd May 2017



Can DWP meet its revised 2022 target for completion of Universal Credit? – 27th April 2017
Food banks report record demand amid universal credit chaos – 25th April 2017
No Stormont deal could see welfare reform with hard edge – 20th April 2017
Women ‘hardest hit’ by UK welfare cuts, says minister – 19th April 2017
Everything you need to know about the new Universal Credit system – what it is, who’s affected, what you get paid and how to claim – 12th April 2017
Universal Credit benefits just changed TODAY – here’s how it will affect you – 11th April 2017
Changes to Universal Credit needed says Joseph Rowntree Fund – 7th April 2017
How much money do people claiming Universal Credit benefits actually get? – 6th April 2017
Up to 11,000 affected by under-21 benefit cap by 2021 – 5th April 2017
Benefit changes ‘could push 200,000 children into poverty‘ – 3rd April 2017
Money manager tool for Universal Credit claimants – 31st March 2017
Homeless households to be made exempt from Universal Credit – 30th March 2017
Government rejects calls to halt Universal Credit roll out – 29th March 2017
Ministers to reverse universal credit policy for homeless families – 27th March 2017
Universal Credit: Claimants ‘stealing food’ to eat due to benefit delays – 24th March 2017
Pressure mounts on UK government to halt universal credit – 23rd March 2017
The truth about the roll out of Universal Credit – 21st March 2017
DWP in denial about Universal Credit hardship, says Work and Pensions Committee – 17th March 2017
Warning as rent arrears soar after Universal Credit pilot is rolled out in Scotland – 13th March 2017
Universal credit claimants ‘turning to loan sharks because of payment delays’ – 10th March 2017
What welfare changes did Philip Hammond make in his Budget 2017? – 9th March 2017
Dear Chancellor Philip Hammond: It’s time to fix Universal Credit – 9th March 2017
The case for Universal Credit is disintegrating – 8th March 2017
Tory benefit changes will cost working single parents up to £2,850 a year by 2020, new research reveals – 6th March 2017
Universal credit cuts hit families with children hardest, study finds – 2nd March 2017
Universal Credit: What can we learn from the roll-out so far? – 1st March 2017
Concerns raised over ‘daunting’ changes to universal credit – 28th February 2017
MPs launch investigation into ‘punishing’ Universal Credit rollout – 23rd February 2017
Benefit claimants face poverty at hands of erratic sanctions system – 21st February 2017
On Universal Credit? This tool could help you manage your money better – 20th February 2017
Universal Credit: from benefits panacea to government blunder – 17th February 2017
DWP creates new DG role for Universal Credit – 17th February 2017
Universal credit recipients to get money advice – 16th February 2017
New budgeting support for Universal Credit claimants – 14th February 2017
Who is banging their head against a wall with Universal Credit? – 14th February 2017
Universal credit issues driving tenants into debt, ex-minister admits – 9th February 2017
Universal credit may ‘take decades to perfect’ – 9th February 2017
MPs sound warning over delays in Universal Credit payments – 8th February 2017
‘Punishment for the self-employed’: Farmers slam Universal Credit introduction in NI – 8th February 2017
Universal Credit in Newcastle – five key questions claimants need answering – 8th February 2017
Universal credit flaws pushing claimants towards debt and eviction – 8th February 2017
Universal Credit needs to be slowed down and changed – 7th February 2017
‘Terrifying’ scenario as universal credit blamed for huge Highland shortfall – 3rd February 2017
Widowed parents to lose out in benefits change – 1st February 2017




Changes to Universal Credit ‘could help 700,000 homes’ – 30th January 2017
Universal Credit progress examined – 25th January 2017
Evans and SNP clash over Universal Credit – 23rd January 2017
DWP slammed for “shambolic” Universal Credit roll-out – 19th January 2017
Universal Credit flexibility plans welcomed – 17th January 2017
Universal Credit tenants in arrears increases to 86% – 16th January 2017
Universal Credit leaving people destitute – 12th January 2017
Universal Credit system is increasingly Kafka-esque – 11th January 2017
Universal Credit: 800,000 self-employed Brits could miss out on benefits – 10th January 2017
Homelessness fears as benefit cap hits Liverpool families today – 9th January 2017
Welfare changes ‘damaging’ to low income families, minister warns – 6th January 2017
Need for rethink on Bedroom Tax II – 3rd January 2017
Government lost control of welfare reforms, says outgoing minister responsible – 22nd December 2016
Universal Credit arrears soar in Scottish council – 20th December 2016
Universal Credit affecting vulnerable people & putting strain on council staff – 19th December 2016
Thousands of benefit staff face the axe as Tories ramp up plans to cut cash with Universal Credit – 16th December 2016
Universal Credit having ‘considerable impact’ on arrears levels – 15th December 2016
Thousands of families teetering on brink of homelessness this Christmas after benefit changes – 13th December 2016
The housing poverty trap means work doesn’t pay – 9th December 2016
Universal Credit will start in NI in September – 7th December 2016
Minister who helped create the Universal Credit leaves government – 2nd December 2016
DWP urged to do more to monitor impact of benefit sanctions – 1st December 2016
No evidence welfare sanctions work, says National Audit Office – 30th November 2016
Universal credit: the debate has changed under May’s leadership but issues remain – 24th November 2016
This is how the Autumn Statement will affect your Universal Credit – 24th November 2016
Local Housing Allowance cap to apply to those on Universal Credit – 23rd November 2016
Universal Credit pilot council calls for suspension – 22nd November 2016
Millions affected by universal credit cuts to be partly compensated by chancellor – 22nd November 2016
Philip Hammond refuses to rule out return of the £1300-a-year Universal Credit payments to help poorer households – 21st November 2016
Tory MPs call for welfare cuts rethink after pause motion passed – 18th November 2016
Charities urges halt to disability benefit cuts ahead of debate – 17th November 2016
Long benefit payment delays affect 92,000 claimants in one year, forcing many to use food banks – 15th November 2016
What do you want to know about welfare changes in Scotland? – 10th November 2016
Here’s how many children are living in poverty in your community – 9th November 2016
Iain Duncan Smith: Cutting Universal Credit work allowances would harm those in greatest need of help – 8th November 2016
This new benefit cap comes into effect from today – 7th November 2016
Spending watchdog urges clearer plans for cutting benefit system fraud and error – 4th November 2016
PMQs: Corbyn and May on welfare and Universal Credit – 3rd November 2016
Heidi Allen: It’s time to take the shackles off Universal Credit – 2nd November 2016


Government to overhaul ‘fundamentally flawed’ work capability assessments for disabled people – 31st October 2016
Strict DWP Sanctions On Benefits Claimants Are Harmful And Counter-Productive, ‘Nudge Unit’ Warns – 21st October 2016
Stop trying to fix poor people – fix poverty – 19th October 2016
Self-employed earn less than in 2001 – and will be hit by welfare cuts – 18th October 2016
Universal Credit – and help with budgeting – 14th October 2016
How benefit cuts will hit the 50,000 homes project – 14th October 2016
Official: Universal Credit is “less generous” than tax credits – 13th October 2016
Why Has Universal Credit Been Such A Disaster For The Government? – 12th October 2016
General needs tenants could ‘face income shortfalls’ – 10th October 2016
Women’s groups fight Universal Credit payee switch as an attack on equality – 7th October 2016
Success of government digital service ‘being undermined’, warns Maude – 5th October 2016

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