Defensive responses on Twitter from the Department of Work and Pensions to the Channel 4 series Skint Britain appear tone-deaf.
The concept of Universal Credit reveals something wider about the UK's current political fixation on debt.
The rollout of the new benefit system will not be paused – but it is causing real hardship.
From April, single parents will have to look for work when their youngest child turns three.
New ONS data indicate that the UK's poorest households are doing better and the richest are worse off. But this isn't the full picture.