The desire to treat all those in poverty via one policy stems from the same impulses that led to reform of poor laws in the 19th century.
The concept of Universal Credit reveals something wider about the UK's current political fixation on debt.
A new ANU computer algorithm can provide near instant answers about how to get the best bang for welfare dollars. It says we should boost Newstart and cut either pensions or family benefits.
Fixing Newstart isn't enough. We need a comprehensive inquiry into our complex and bewildering social security system, especially as it applies to single parents.
The demographics of name change petitioners today – and the reasons that they give – tell a complicated story of race, class and culture.
A new study has highlighted the damaging psychological impact of welfare conditionality on disabled people.
This shift in focus on social care funding could inject some honesty into the system.
Its extremely common, everywhere, for large numbers of people to pay no net tax. It tells us nothing about the size of the welfare state or about whether it bribes people to keep tax high.
Self-help books can help us get through difficult times by telling us we have the agency to take control. But this method can also ignore structural inequities and negatively influence public policy.
Both before, during and after conflict, wars have shaped the creation of welfare states.
The government is also dropping its attempt to scrap the energy supplement for new welfare entrants.
The universal basic income movement has a major problem: both critics and even many supporters don’t understand how much it would really cost.
Increasing numbers of parents are being accused of child abuse.
An April 2017 survey explored Americans’ opinions about government intervention and welfare policies. It found that on average, they want more from their government, but are highly polarised.
Social housing is important in the fight against homelessness. But we don't actually know that it helps vulnerable people in any other areas of life.
Social Security will have to dip into its trust fund to pay benefits this year for the first time since 1982. Should we be worried?
A long read on the decimation of British jobcentres – and why it puts the rollout of Universal Credit at risk.
The modelling shows that Coalition governments tend to be much more fiscally conservative in their tax and welfare policies than Labor governments.
Chris Bowen on the budget and Labor’s policies
Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen tells The Conversation he accepts that big business will "lobby on their own path".
Despite a public focus on punitive approaches to welfare fraud, the number of social security fraud prosecutions has fallen in recent years.