Councils forced to commit ‘valuable resources’ to cope with UC roll out
Local authorities are being forced to commit ‘valuable resources’ to tackling the effects of Universal Credit (UC), Labour has said.
Universal Credit reports to be released to committee
Pensions secretary David Gauke has reluctantly agreed to release a series of Universal Credit impact reports to a select committee, but pleaded for them not to be leaked to the public.
Budget 2017: Devolution and housing key planks in speech
Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Budget has seen the chancellor unveil a raft of new devolution deals, measures to boost housing and changes to resolve issues with controversial Universal Credit.
'Revised timetable' for Universal Credit rollout
The Government has caved into pressure and changed the timetable for the rollout of Universal Credit (UC), The MJ has learnt.
Council in cash plea over Universal Credit impact
Croydon LBC has asked the Government for urgent extra funding after being hit by soaring costs to prevent families on Universal Credit (UC) from becoming homeless.
Children's commissioner adds to calls for Universal Credit pause
The children’s commissioner Anne Longfield will ask the Treasury to pause the rollout of Universal Credit (UC) for families with children.
More powers call after welfare reform report
The Government’s welfare reform objectives are being undermined by a string of financial challenges facing local authorities, new research has suggested.
Pause the rollout of UC - WLGA
The rollout of Universal Credit (UC) must be paused, the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has urged.
Arrears set to skyrocket as UC rolls out
Rent arrears among council tenants claiming Universal Credit (UC) across the UK could reach several hundred million pounds, a new report has warned just days after the Government reaffirmed its commitment to the programme.
Universal Credit: Councils looking at rent arrears worth millions
Rent arrears among council tenants claiming Universal Credit across the UK could reach several hundred million pounds by the end of the rollout, a new report has warned.
'Firebreak' in Universal Credit rollout but government stands firm
Work and pensions secretary David Gauke has said there will be a ‘firebreak’ in the rollout of Universal Credit in January, but insisted this was always part of the plan.
Birmingham fearing welfare crisis if UC rollout continues
Britain’s biggest local authority claims it faces a homelessness and debt crisis if ministers plough ahead with the rollout of the Universal Credit (UC) regime.
Committee chair claims minister ignoring Universal Credit concerns
A senior MP has warned Whitehall may be withholding ‘bad news’ in order to present the ‘mega reform’ as a success.
Authorities ‘are vital port of call for advice about UC’
Universal Credit (UC) recipients who seek advice on managing their money are more likely to turn to local authorities for help than government agencies, new research has revealed.
Gauke: Universal Credit rollout going to plan
Work and pensions secretary David Gauke has told MPs that the rollout of Universal Credit (UC) is ‘proceeding to plan, gradually and sensibly’ despite mounting concerns.
Burnham adds to Universal Credit pause calls
Greater Manchester’s estimated 400 rough sleepers could at least double if the Government fails to pause the rollout of Universal Credit (UC), the region’s mayor Andy Burnham has said.
4 wheel drive woman on . . . Universal Credit
No Tarquin, you can’t possibly have more money for sweets.
Ploughing ahead with Universal Credit is not a sign of strength
While attention since the Conservative conference has been targeted at Theresa May's coughing, the rollout of Universal Credit presents some serious implications to local government. Heather Jameson argues the situation can be rescued, with a pause.
Financial fears grow in face of UC rollout
Pressure was this week piled on ministers as they vowed to push ahead with the troubled Universal Credit (UC) rollout.
Government to press ahead with Universal Credit despite growing criticism
Work and pensions secretary, David Gauke, has committed to pressing ahead with Universal Credit despite growing opposition.