Universal Credit

The only women who won’t be adversely affected by the Budget are a select few pensioners

As was widely expected, this Budget is cautious and limited in scope. There are no grand gestures, no visionary schemes. There are small changes to a …

Theresa May

Government announce £1.5 billion U-turn on Universal Credit

<b>The Government has bowed to pressure on the controversial Universal Credit roll-out.</b><p>During his 2017 Budget announcement, Chancellor Philip Hammond …

Downing Street

A Budget 2017 Guide For People Who Don't Like Politics

Ain't no LOL like a Tory LOL.<p>Autumn Budget day - perhaps no other day in the year is as important yet simultaneously, so insipidly …

Philip Hammond

Tory Universal Credit U-turn is too late to stop poor families going hungry this Christmas

After months of pressure, the Tories have finally offered some new help to people struggling under the benefit Universal Credit.<p>But there's a catch …

Philip Hammond

Everything you need to know about Budget 2017 is right here

Chancellor Phillip Hammond has delivered his Autumn 2017 Budget statement - and it included plans to help people afford a home, money for the NHS and …

Tyneside

'I’ve heard a lot worse': Tory backbench verdicts on the budget

Reactions from Conservative MPs to Philip Hammond’s big offers on stamp duty, NHS funding and Brexit preparations<p>From hard Brexiters to remainers to universal credit rebels, has the chancellor done enough with his budget to keep Tory backbenchers happy? Here’s the first reaction from Conservative …

Brexit

Chancellor FINALLY announces £1.5BILLION Universal Credit U-turn in Autumn Budget 2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond has bowed to pressure over Universal Credit with a £1.5 billion package to cut the waiting period for payments- by a …

Brexit

Budget 2017: Universal credit waiting period cut by one week in Hammond U-turn on flagship benefits policy

Philip Hammond has bowed to intense pressure and announced a U-turn on the rollout of the Government’s flagship welfare policy, Universal Credit.<p>The …

Philip Hammond

UK Budget: £1.5bn in measures to ease Universal Credit roll-out

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a £1.5bn package designed to ease problems with the introduction of the controversial Universal Credit.<p>He …

Philip Hammond

Philip Hammond is not the man to take the battle to Jeremy Corbyn

Philip Hammond began his first Budget, in March, by playing it down its importance – for his big ideas, he suggested, we would have to wait until the autumn. It was a wait which was very nearly extended to eternity as he narrowly avoided losing his job in a post-election reshuffle. We found out …

Philip Hammond

Mums denied free milk for babies under Universal Credit

The damning effect of Universal Credit has been laid bare once more amid claims parents are being denied free milk for their babies.<p>Utterly …

Birmingham, UK

Budget 2017: Philip Hammond is not serious, and neither is this budget

The speech was lousy with bad jokes and poor solutions.<p>Philip Hammond’s second Budget was not serious, and I’m not talking about the jokes, though …

Brexit

Five Problems With The Chancellor’s Universal Credit Announcements

It is totally insufficient<p>Barcroft Media via Getty Images<p>Chancellor Philip Hammond announced some changes to Universal Credit in today’s budget. …

Philip Hammond

Budget 2017: What do Universal Credit reforms mean?

<b>People claiming the benefit universal credit will have to wait five weeks, rather than six, to receive their first payment from February 2018.</b><p>The government had been coming under mounting pressure to act after reports that many people were getting into rent arrears, problem debt or having to use …

Social Security

The UK budget: what it means for you

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has delivered another Tory austerity budget that cuts funding for public services but protects the super-rich.<p>As …

Scottish National Party

Campaigners call on Government to scrap Universal Credit ahead of the Budget

The Government has been urged to scrap its controversial Universal Credit scheme, which could leave some families without any money before …

Basic Income

Universal Credit is failing women and ethnic minorities

Universal Credit is failing those who are only just about managing, with women and black and minority ethnic (BME) households hit hardest of all, …

Race & Ethnicity

Treasury's Own Analysis Reveals Budget Will Hit Poorer Households Hardest Long-Term

Many families will end up worse off.<p>EMPICS Entertainment<p>Long-term budget decisions made by the government will hit poorer families hardest, analysis …

Social Justice

Twitter reaction to Philip Hammond’s Budget statement

Sign up to our <b>Daily</b> newsletter<p>Politicians and commentators were quick to react as Philip Hammond delivered his Autumn Budget.<p>After the Chancellor …

Philip Hammond

Philip Hammond’s Budget is no game changer and tinkering with Universal Credit is a con

Funereal Phil burying the British economy was Hammond the undertaker delivering his last rites for hope.<p>Economic growth down, down, down, down, down …

Philip Hammond

What England needs is more affordable houses, not universal credit

The botched rollout of universal credit has led to £1.3m in council rental arrears in Newcastle, the city where I, Daniel Blake was set. Ministers are making the housing crisis worse<p>Across the road from where Daniel Blake pleaded for fairness with jobcentre staff in Ken Loach’s 2016 film, a real …

Housing

Revealed: Universal Credit director wins award for… project management

You don’t have to be a member of Her Majesty’s Opposition to conclude that something has gone wrong with the Universal Credit rollout. After a series of issues including a six week wait for first payment and an expensive helpline to supposedly deal with said issues, the government is under pressure …

Project Management

Universal credit boss wins ‘project management’ award despite evidence that claimants are plunged into hardship

Critics of the troubled universal credit shake-up have reacted with disbelief after its boss won a “project management” award.<p>Neil Couling, the …

Project Management

Universal Credit Pressure Forces Philip Hammond Into £1.5bn Budget 2017 U-Turn

Six week wait slashed to five.<p>Philip Hammond has announced a dramatic U-turn on the beleaguered Universal Credit reform, pledging an extra £1.5bn to …

Philip Hammond

Tackling Homelessness Requires A Whole Society Response - And That Could Start With The Budget

Today's Budget could mark a moment of real change. The Chancellor could stand up and say that cuts to councils, Police and other crucial services …

Housing

Cuts are hitting the poorest and we haven't even seen the impact of Universal Credit yet: My Wigan Pier Story

Dave Flack, 49, is the development manager at The Basement in Liverpool - a centre providing support for homeless people in the city. He tells Claire …

George Orwell

Montrose disabled access issues highlighted in Universal Credit 'train wreck' criticism

Sign up to our <b>Daily</b> newsletter<p>An Angus councillor has warned she fears the introduction of Universal Credit in the area will be a “train wreck”.<p>SNP …

The Autumn Budget 2017 is the perfect time for a Universal Credit U-turn

When you look at the statistics, the devastation inflicted by the wait for Universal Credit is clear.<p>I am a big fan of U-turns. Last summer I wasn’t …

Food Bank

This is Philip Hammond's chance to show he is a champion of a fair society

The Chancellor does not need to abandon the plan for deficit reduction. It is still crucial to achieve a structural budget surplus.

Philip Hammond

Welcome to Britain: a land where jobs may be plentiful but are more and more precarious

The British chancellor, Philip Hammond, was roundly criticised on November 19 after claiming there were “no unemployed people” during a BBC interview …

Theresa May