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12 December 2018

Universal Credit Christmas misery

The shocking effects of Universal Credit have been revealed by the ordeal faced by one mother this Christmas.

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28 November 2018

Nat West's benefit-claimant eviction policy

Nat West bank made an ultimatum to a Belfast landlord seeking to remortgage their buy-to-let flat - either evict your vulnerable older tenant or seek a mortgage elsewhere.

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28 November 2018

Scrap the Tories' Universal Credit now!

New Tory Department for Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd, of Windrush-scandal notoriety, hailed Universal Credit (UC) as a "tremendous force for good". It's been so good that in her constituency, food bank use went up by 87% in Hastings in the year following UC roll-out.

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28 November 2018

End "poverty, ill health and despair":a benefits adviser speaks out against the cuts

I have worked, since leaving college - 22 years - solely in benefits. I have witnessed the systematic destruction of a support system meant to help those who need it most, creating a widespread situation

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21 November 2018

Housing arrears double, suicide risk soars - scrap Universal Credit!

General election now to reverse welfare attacks: Universal Credit claimants are being pushed into serious mental health problems, with some even considering suicide, according to public health researchers in the North East.

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17 October 2018

Universal credit = universal misery

Theresa May said 'the end of austerity is in sight'

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25 July 2018

Universal credit causes 24m rent arrears

The inept Tory government is yet again in the firing line after further details emerged about the shambolic roll-out of the cruel 'universal credit' welfare system

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11 July 2018

Minister's benefits lie: sack the Tories - and scrap universal credit

Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey arrogantly refuses to step down, after admitting to "inadvertently" misleading MPs about problems with the already unpopular 'universal credit' welfare restructure.

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20 June 2018

Universal Credit delivers claimant misery

Fight for liveable benefits, real support and decent jobs: The government's flagship welfare reform, Universal Credit, has been well and truly savaged by the National Audit Office.

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24 January 2018

Universal credit: set up to fail

Only a few days after the roll-out of the Tories' new 'universal credit' benefits system, the working poor, disabled and most vulnerable in our society are already suffering.

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3 January 2018

Tory prescription for mental illness: stress and bureaucracy

As an individual with mental health issues, it has been my misfortune to experience directly just how capitalist society, Britain 2017, treats such people. I can't imagine that my experience is particularly unique.

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3 January 2018

Thousands live in tents and sheds - seize empty homes

Over 60,000 homes in England and Wales have been vacant for more than two years. At the same time, 9,100 people live in tents. And in London alone around 9,000 'beds in sheds' fill secret slums.

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25 October 2017

Universal Credit chaos: Tories punish the poor

The government seems hell-bent on rolling out Universal Credit, but even many of their own MPs don't agree - another fracture in this divided minority government

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18 October 2017

Young people being strangled by debts

Take the wealth off the super-rich - no to the Tories' scapegoating of pensioners!: Over a third of young people are in debt - on average by 2,989 - says the Money Advice Trust

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20 September 2017

Fight expansion of disastrous 'Universal Credit' welfare system

Nearly half of claimants in rent arrears: We campaign for an end to in-work poverty, a living wage for all workers, and living benefits without compulsion

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6 September 2017

UN slams Tories for disabled rights ruin

Reverse all the cuts now!: A damning UN report has criticised the government's attacks on disabled people in Britain. It states legislation has "failed to recognise living independently and being included in the community as a human right."

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19 April 2017

Benefits workers oppose 'rape clause' and two-child limit

The prospect of explaining this inhumane process to women who have already experienced horrific trauma is unacceptable

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12 April 2017

Scrap the Tory 'rape clause' and all benefit attacks

Changes to child tax credits and the 'Universal Credit' benefit system will mean that people making a new claim from 6 April will have the number of children they can claim for capped at two. One exception to this is if the third child was born as a result of what the government calls "non-consensual conception."

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29 March 2017

Universal Credit is making the housing crisis worse

The roll-out of the 'Universal Credit' benefits system seems to be making an already desperate social housing situation a whole lot worse

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28 February 2017

Hands off our Jobcentre!

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced a proposed large-scale reduction of its office estate by 20%, including Jobcentres and back-of-house offices with a further reduction of 10% by office co-location.

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