It was reported today that Duncan Smith’s flagship Universal Credit programme may not be complete by 2017 as originally planned.
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As someone who joined the Labour Party under John Major’s period as Prime Minister, I find it odd to agree with his comments on Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms.
A damning report by the National Audit Office has severely criticised the government’s Universal Credit reforms.
It is well known these cuts have been savage, unfair, and that they seriously affect the disabled. But what if they actually targeted the disabled, hitting them the hardest, piling all the harshest cuts on the services that are actually the most vital?
If there is anything that really gets up the nose of the right it’s single mothers on benefits. No, in fact it’s any parents claiming benefits, as the sorry media sage around Mick Philpott demonstrated.
It is disappointing to again see the BBC reporting government statistics on the benefits cap without even the remotest hint of challenge as to what they mean.
Tory MEP Daniel Hannan has a piece in today’s Telegraph in which he claims the left has “lost its moral compass on welfare”.
A cap on the total amount of benefits that people receive begins rolling out across England, Wales and Scotland today. The cap applies to those aged 16 to 64 and means that couples and lone parents will no longer receive more than £500 a week, with single people limited to a maximum of £350 a week.
The disabled people’s benefits assessment has once again come under fire, with the launch of a petition calling Iain Duncan Smith to stop the benefits re-assessment of people living with mental illness.
There has been considerable furore over the fake psychometric ‘test’ the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been forcing jobseekers to use under the threat of ‘sanction’ (immediate loss of benefits) since I revealed it in April and the Guardian newspaper published its own account of the story at the beginning of May.