There have been several news stories around Universal Credit and other benefits recently:

Universal Credit

Labour has promised to scrap Universal Credit if they are elected, although there are voices within the charity sector and elsewhere suggesting that a wholesale change would be expensive and confusing. (See article)

Age UK has warned of the ‘horrendous impact’ that UC is having on older people, with comments that it isn’t a system that was set up with older people in mind.  (See article)

UC causes fuel poverty and increased food bank use, because of the 5-week wait for payment, according to new research from the Trussel Trust. (See article)

Pension Credit

More than a million pensioner households across the UK are living in poverty because of the government’s failure to act on unpaid pension credit, according to the older people’s charity Independent Age. (See article)

Housing benefits

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has launched a new guide to help council benefits practitioners manage complex council tax reduction (CTR) enquiries and complaints.  This might be helpful also to voluntary sector organisations working with people who could or are claiming housing benefit. (See article, with link to download guidance)

Free TV Licenses for older people

Age UK has warned of a potential rise in fraud when some free TV licenses are scrapped for older people, as people are targeted by fraudsters by email. (See article)

General poverty

Many working households are still living in poverty, with meals skipped and unpaid bills, according to new research from the TUC (See article)