With sensible changes to things like direct payments and access to information, the new system can work better for everybody.
Posts Tagged: Welfare Reform
Ideas for the Budget 5) James Kirkup: Ditch the surplus target. Build new towns. Raise inheritance taxes and boost universal credit.
The Social Market Foundation isn’t tied to any party. We’re centrists – our advice and ideas on offer to anyone who wants to put common sense ahead of ideology.
The Chancellor should also support life-long learning through training vouchers, and offer tax breaks for politically independent trade unions.
It’s good that the absurd telephone charges have been scrapped – but the bigger problem remains unresolved.
The rebels are right – Universal Credit is a good reform, endangered by a poor decision on its implementation
Ministers would do well to listen to their colleagues who want to improve – not destroy – this laudable change to the welfare system.
“What we want is Universal Credit which is simpler, more straightforward, and which makes sure that work always pays.”
It needs investment, but is a vast improvement on the system it replaces. The MPs who want a delay are misguided.
Alex Burghart: Why Universal Credit is needed. How it helps people find work. And what must be done to make it even better.
It’s important that the Government does more to publicise the fact that people can apply for an advance on their benefits with a repayment period of six months.
This Government must be about more than Brexit, and there are a range of practical steps we can and should take straight away.
“We’re badly trailing in the polls. Corbyn’s up and you’re down. You hired me to get things done and tell you how I see it. Here goes.”
Half of all food bank users are disabled, and we know that appropriate, secure, properly-paid work is the best route out of poverty.
If the electorate still credit Labour with being the party that cares, it will always have a short path back to power.
Cameron’s decision to leave the federalist, centre-right bloc was bewailed by Remainers. How do they feel about its call for a continent-wide ban on veils?
By making it hard to guarantee rent payments, pursue debts, or get information on tenants, the current system undermines confidence and restricts supply.
Hammond was right to postpone the date by which he aims to achieve a balanced budget. But whether or not Tory MPs really have the appetite for one is doubtful.