Universal credit

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MP raises concern over Bulgarian nationals’ UK benefit suspensions
Kate Osamor raises concern that Bulgarians are being unfairly targeted for benefit fraud investigation

Amelia Gentleman

06, Dec, 2021 @8:03 PM

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‘It hits you when people say they can’t afford milk’: the superhero plumber who keeps his community warm
James Anderson dropped everything to offer free or low-cost services across Burnley and beyond

Sirin Kale, the Guardian Angel

04, Dec, 2021 @11:00 AM

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One in 10 UK families will struggle to cover basics this winter, charity finds
Citizens Advice calls for government action to help the 3m households hit by a cost of living crunch

Patrick Butler Social policy editor

25, Nov, 2021 @12:01 AM

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Ministers ‘lost control of universal credit fraud in Covid crisis’
MPs say £8.3bn overpaid in 2020-21 due to fraud and errors, nearly double previous year’s total

Patrick Butler Social policy editor

17, Nov, 2021 @12:01 AM

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Real living wage rise puts pressure on UK government to raise minimum wage
Living Wage Foundation’s minimum rate rises by 40p to £9.90 an hour, largely due to higher fuel costs and rents

Joanna Partridge

15, Nov, 2021 @12:01 AM

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Universal credit claimants were sent unlawful demands to repay, says charity
People who claimed during suspension of face-to-face checks told to return thousands of pounds, says CPAG

Patrick Butler

13, Nov, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The government insists that I owe £583, but it won’t tell me why
All a letter specified was the amount of the debt and how to repay it to the Department of Work and Pensions

Anna Tims

10, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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The system is failing those who can’t work
Letters: A reader describes how delays in crucial benefit assessments are making life unbearable for many people with disabilities


09, Nov, 2021 @5:51 PM

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Don’t be fooled by Rishi Sunak’s conjuring trick | Letters
Letters: The autumn budget makes life harder for many on universal credit, say Robin Spencer and Carolyn Sutton, while Bernie Evans hopes it will provide ammunition for Labour, and Sebastian Monblat is baffled by the idea of cheaper booze


28, Oct, 2021 @5:16 PM

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The Guardian view on Rishi Sunak’s budget: more politics than economics | Editorial
Editorial: The chancellor’s speech was all about the next election, stupid


27, Oct, 2021 @6:13 PM

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Millions will not benefit from Sunak’s ‘tax cut for low paid’, say activists
Campaigners say plan provides no extra support for people who are unemployed or unable to work

Patrick Butler Social policy editor

27, Oct, 2021 @4:21 PM

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Budget 2021: Sunak softens universal credit cuts to tackle squeeze on families
Chancellor announces measures to help households, with lower alcohol and fuel duties

Richard Partington and Jessica Elgot

27, Oct, 2021 @1:07 PM

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