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Where did Universal credit all go wrong?- podcast

PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:47 pm
by Dolphin
Wed 7 Nov 2018 03.00 GMT
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The government’s universal credit policy is the biggest shake-up to benefits since the creation of the welfare state in the 1940s. It aims to simplify a sprawling system of different payments into one monthly allowance. But there is a moral mission behind it, too: to show claimants in stark terms that they will always be better off in work than on benefits.

After years of delays, IT problems, funding cuts and political strife, the pressure has been building on the government to address public concerns. Two former prime ministers warned of the potential for social unrest. In response, the chancellor has agreed to inject new funding, but will it be enough?

The Guardian’s social policy editor, Patrick Butler, traces the history of universal credit back to a germ of an idea dismissed as too complicated by Tony Blair’s Labour government, through to its troubled implementation by Iain Duncan Smith, and the budget cuts that caused such outrage.

Listen to the podcast here - ... y-in-focus