Universal Credit full roll-out

The full area by area roll-out of Universal Credit has now been published and plans can be properly made for dealing with the consequences. Below, I’ve presented the monthly roll-out schedule by local authority area (other than the initial pilots which are still listed by Jobcentre). As the roll-out is by Jobcentre, some councils are […]

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The Pensions Triple Lock – is support for pensioners all that it seems?

One of the iconic policies of the coalition government was the pensions ‘triple lock’. This guarantees an increase in pension incomes of the highest of inflationary increases to prices, wages or a minimum of 2.5%. With inflation extremely low, this has meant 2.5% annual increases to state pensions since the introduction in 2011. In contrast […]

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Do tax cuts help the low-paid?

On the Guardian website today, the figures on their piece looking at what the budget means for various households were provided by me, in conjunction with Stepchange Debt Charity. The key information from the piece is that the tax cuts that will take effect from April have very different impacts on people with benefits than on […]

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