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Universal DisCredit

Universal Credit is the ‘reform’ of the benefit system which was developed by the Conservative politician Iain Duncan Smith and the think tank he established, ironically called the Centre for Social Justice. 

Universal Credit is a bad policy based on false assumptions about people on low incomes. It has led to an increase in suicide and mental illness and it has enmeshed millions in a system of bureaucratic monitoring, control and punishment.

This film was developed by The Canary online newspaper in partnership with Videoblogg Productions

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Simon Duffy

Simon Duffy

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The Different Kinds of UK Benefits

Graphic: All UK Benefits

Benefit expenditure is primarily focused on pensions, housing costs and the collapse in middle-income salaries.

Who Really Benefits from Welfare?

Who Really Benefits from Welfare?

Simon Duffy looks at how the tax benefit system really works and wonders who are the real beneficiaries of this system?

Cuts to UK Benefits

Cuts to UK Benefits

Ben Baumberg of the LSE provides an overview of the cuts in UK benefits and how they target disabled people.

Carers Benefits and Basic Income

Carers Benefits and Basic Income

Citizen K explores the strange paradoxes of the UK's benefit system and argues for a system of basic income.

The Reality of Disability Benefits

The Reality of Disability Benefits

One man's experience of disability benefits.

Myths About Work and Mental Health

Myths About Work and Mental Health

Anna-Carin Fagerlind Ståhl shows how dangerous myths have evolved that protect government and business from accountability for bad employment practices.

Essentials of Basic Income

Essentials of Basic Income

Annie Miller's short book provides an ideal definition of basic income and provides a framework for campaigners to clarify what it means and what flexibility it allows.

The Injustice of Benefit Sanctions

The Injustice of Benefit Sanctions

The welfare system has become punitive, even more bureaucratic and humiliating. It delivers pain instead of support and disregards people's basic needs.