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.
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Benefit expenditure is primarily focused on pensions, housing costs and the collapse in middle-income salaries.
Simon Duffy looks at how the tax benefit system really works and wonders who are the real beneficiaries of this system?
Ben Baumberg of the LSE provides an overview of the cuts in UK benefits and how they target disabled people.
Citizen K explores the strange paradoxes of the UK's benefit system and argues for a system of basic income.
Anna-Carin Fagerlind Ståhl shows how dangerous myths have evolved that protect government and business from accountability for bad employment practices.
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.