Education

Universal credit: Single mums win High Court battle

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The women say the "rigid" system has left them unable to make ends meet (illustrated by models) Four working single mothers have won a High Court challenge over the government's universal credit scheme.They argued a "fundamental problem" with the system meant their monthly payments varied "enormously", leaving them out of pocket and struggling financially.Lawyers for the women said the problem was likely to
Business

Universal credit: Two-child benefit cap to be relaxed

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Amber Rudd will make her first major welfare speech on Friday Around 15,000 families with three or more children will not have their universal credit capped, the work and pensions secretary will say on Friday.A two-child limit on the benefit came into effect in April 2017 - but did not initially apply to claimants whose children were born before that date.This exemption was
UK News

Ex-Credit Suisse bankers arrested over ‘$2bn fraud scheme’

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Three former Credit Suisse bankers have been arrested over their alleged role in a $2bn (£1.5bn) fraud scheme connected to firms in Mozambique, according to US authorities.The men have been released on bail in London while the US seeks their extradition. The scheme allegedly involved loans to state-owned companies in Mozambique.Two others, including the country's former finance minister, have also been arrested. The former employees of
Politics

Get in debt or turn down job? Universal Credit’s ‘stark choice’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many parents rely on childcare to be able to work The Universal Credit system leaves too many UK claimants with children facing a stark choice between turning down jobs or getting into debt, MPs warn.The Work and Pensions Select Committee says the way parents have to pay for childcare up front, then claim it back afterwards is a "barrier to work".Committee chairman Frank
Education

Universal Credit: Single mums take government to court

[ad_1] Image caption The mothers claim single parents are being disproportionately hit by the system (picture illustrated by models) A single mum who relies on Universal Credit is challenging what she says is the government's "irrational" benefits scheme.Danielle Johnson, 25, from West Yorkshire, said: "I have never been this financially unstable before."Together with three other single mums, she is claiming in the High Court that Universal Credit disproportionately affects single
Politics

Universal credit: Amber Rudd to listen to ‘expert guidance’

[ad_1] Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has agreed to listen "very carefully" to concerns over universal credit, conceding the system "can be better".Making her first Commons appearance since getting the job on Friday, she faced calls from Labour and the SNP to halt the rollout of the single benefit.She said she would "learn from errors" and "adjust" the system, which she admitted had problems, where needed.She also rejected a
Technology

Google and Mastercard in credit card data deal

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Google has reportedly bought Mastercard credit card data in the US to help it track users' offline spending in stores.The two firms had not made the deal public but it was discovered by Bloomberg.Mastercard denied suggestions that its data could be used to identify exact purchases.The Open Rights Group told the BBC the confidential nature of the deal raised privacy issues."This raises serious concerns regarding
Politics

Universal Credit not value for money, says watchdog

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionUniversal Credit has proved controversial almost from the beginningThe government's flagship benefits system has been too slow to roll out, causes hardship, and is not delivering value for money, a watchdog has warned.The National Audit Office said the £1.9bn Universal Credit system could end up costing more to administer than the benefits system it is replacing. Some claimants waited eight months