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.
The UN's special rapporteur on extreme poverty has given a damning indictment of how austerity has hit the UK. A former UN envoy explains why his calls to uphold social rights are so crucial.
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.
Advice saves lives and provides vital support to people seeking benefits, but severe cuts mean vulnerable people are at risk.
Administrative errors and negative stereotypes lead landlords to discriminate against people on housing benefit.
A long read on the decimation of British jobcentres – and why it puts the rollout of Universal Credit at risk.
A study has revealed how former Armed Forces personnel can get ignored and mistreated by an unsympathetic social security system.
Growing numbers of people are using food banks to feed themselves and their families. But many areas where residents face a high risk of food poverty are under-serviced.
Thousands queued to buy the report by William Beveridge that would lay the foundations for Britain's modern welfare state.
The government may be backing tech innovation, but it doesn't mean Govcoin gets a free pass into the heart of civic life.
Academics deliver their verdict on Philip Hammond.
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.
Designed to ease budgetry pressures, households in Scotland on Universal Credit can now opt for a fortnightly payment instead of being paid monthly.
Means-tested benefits are designed to ensure a minimum standard of living for Britain’s poorest families.
While the government's opponents rage about benefits being cut, claims on what remains are often barely 50% of those entitled.
From April, single parents will have to look for work when their youngest child turns three.