The universal credit cut is outrageous, but this callousness is nothing new | Frances Ryan

From the bedroom tax to ESA reductions, a gulf between those who make policy and those affected by it has brought a decade of misery

Next month, universal credit will be cut back by £20 to its pre-pandemic level. A policy that will – by the admission of the government’s own internal analysis – likely cause “catastrophic” suffering, pushing 800,000 people into poverty.

The cut has been described as unprecedented, but this is one more contraction in the decade-long shrinking of the British welfare state. The bedroom tax penalised social housing tenants for supposed “under-occupancy”, in practice docking housing benefit for some [...]

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