Numbers are largely viewed as holding the truth. But this is an unrealistic expectation.
The government has had to rethink its roll-out of Universal Credit – but small tweaks to the system won't prevent people on housing benefit from being evicted.
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.
Young people are being put off claiming benefits – and it's costing both them, and society.
The system of welfare conditionality that underpins Universal Credit is ineffective at moving people off social security and into work.
A new study has highlighted the damaging psychological impact of welfare conditionality on disabled people.
The best way to help young people into work is to listen to their aspirations, and cater to their needs.
No longer can young people invest in their education and work their way into secure employment. The health impacts of this job insecurity are profound.
Administrative errors and negative stereotypes lead landlords to discriminate against people on housing benefit.
The universal basic income movement has a major problem: both critics and even many supporters don’t understand how much it would really cost.
A long read on the decimation of British jobcentres – and why it puts the rollout of Universal Credit at risk.
Perpetual uncertainty and changes to the way disability benefits work take a heavy toll on claimants.
Thousands queued to buy the report by William Beveridge that would lay the foundations for Britain's modern welfare state.
What if governments paid everyone a certain amount of money to cover basic needs?
Sears Canada's bankruptcy should alert employees and regulators alike to rethink defined-benefit pensions.
It was meant to provide a more streamlined and coherent system – but it isn't working.
The rollout of the new benefit system will not be paused – but it is causing real hardship.
New research on implicit attitudes to people who receive benefits shows how pervasive hostility towards them is.
Savouring the pleasures in life is linked to better health and well-being. And no, that doesn't necessarily mean binge drinking or all-night wild parties.