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Joanna Young: A letter to MPs on the rise of #foodbank use in Morecambe Bay

Dear Mr Field and Ms Allen, My name is Joanna Young and I am Chair of Trustees at Morecambe Bay Foodbank. I am sorry not to be with you today but I … Continue reading

February 12, 2019 · 1 Comment

Universal Credit is built around flawed incentives that are doing real damage – fixing it is essential

Sharon Wright, University of Glasgow; Lisa Scullion, University of Salford, and Peter Dwyer, University of York Much of the recent debate and criticism of Universal Credit has focused on the … Continue reading

October 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Constant anxiety of benefit sanctions is toxic for mental health of disabled people

NB: In this article I am Charlie… Sam Wordley/Shuterstock Danny Taggart, University of Essex; Ewen Speed, University of Essex, and Jaimini Mehta, University of Essex As the UK government continues … Continue reading

October 22, 2018 · 1 Comment

#WorldMentalHealthDay should be the catalyst to scrap Universal Credit

World Mental Health Day on October 10th is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative … Continue reading

October 9, 2018 · 1 Comment

NAO Universal Credit Report – links to articles

I often get people asking for links so here is a list of articles written about the NAO report today: REPORT: Rolling out Universal Credit – National Audit Office (NAO) … Continue reading

June 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

My personal submission to the Work & Pensions Benefit Sanctions inquiry

I was going to write a much longer piece detailing what I thought was wrong with the system and what needed to be changed, but after speaking to the Committee … Continue reading

May 17, 2018 · 6 Comments

Why are Britain’s jobcentres disappearing?

Disappearing from a high street near you. http://www.shutterstock.com Dan Finn, University of Portsmouth The jobcentre. It used to be a staple of the British high street, where the unemployed went … Continue reading

May 10, 2018 · 2 Comments