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The Guardian view on universal credit: fix this cruel, expensive fiasco | Editorial 14 Jun 7:01pm The Guardian view on universal credit: fix this cruel, expensive fiasco | Editorial
Ministers promised it would save money and cut fraud. But welfare reform has failed to deliver – and brought misery to manyThe language is descriptive; the tone is dry. The authors are auditors and civil servants, and their evaluation of universal credit will have been scrutinised by Department for Work and Pensions officials before its release. But there is no mistaking the meaning of today’s report. Eight years after the flagship welfare project was launched by Iain Duncan Smith, the verdict from the public spending watchdog is in: it is a fiasco. Not only is it not working now, after £1.9bn has been spent. The National Audit Office sees no reason to believe that it ever will. The original promise, that 300,000 unemployment benefit claimants would get jobs, is impossible to measure. The savings supposed to be generated by efficiency and the reduction of fraud have not materialised. These two pledges – that more people would work; that public money would be better spent – were the point of this programme. That neither is deliverable is a disaster.
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Steve Bell on Brexit and job cuts – cartoon 14 Jun 2:01pm Steve Bell on Brexit and job cuts – cartoon
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The Guardian view on the SNP’s protests: signs of weakness and strength | Editorial 14 Jun 1:30pm The Guardian view on the SNP’s protests: signs of weakness and strength | Editorial
Scotland’s governing party has been in power for 11 years. Independence is stalled and Nicola Sturgeon has low ratings, but the party still shapes the agendaScotland was short-changed in
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Who’s to blame for the ecological apocalypse? | Letters 14 Jun 1:09pm Who’s to blame for the ecological apocalypse? | Letters
Readers respond to Chris Packham’s recent observations on environmental destruction, and to the suggestion that one positive step would be for us to give up our petsIf we’ve normalised the ecological damage we are doing to our country, as Chris Packham suggests, it’s only because as individuals we feel helpless (
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The private-public model is still the best option for our railways | Letters 14 Jun 1:09pm The private-public model is still the best option for our railways | Letters
Longer franchises are key to reforming the railways, says
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UK Sport funding policy needs change | Letter 14 Jun 1:09pm UK Sport funding policy needs change | Letter
Governing bodies of 12 British sports call for all Paralympic and Olympic sports to receive at least a baseline level of fundingThe athletes within the sports cast aside by UK Sport’s current investment policy have little hope for change as UK Sport looks ahead to Paris 2024 (
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Fight for women’s equality never ends | Letters 14 Jun 1:07pm Fight for women’s equality never ends | Letters
Rights that we thought were ours can be lost again, says
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When the Kop worshipped a saint | Brief letters 14 Jun 1:06pm When the Kop worshipped a saint | Brief letters
Arthur C Clarke | Vegan tropes | Hadrian’s Wall | Honoured Liverpool FC players | Morris MinorsAs with so many things, Arthur C Clarke foresaw the contamination of other worlds (
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Care for our children is in crisis. We must give their families more help | Louise Tickle 14 Jun 12:33pm Care for our children is in crisis. We must give their families more help | Louise Tickle
The state spends a spiralling amount on vulnerable children fails to protect them. We need to focus on supporting parentsJudges are only meant to speak in court, and they may not pronounce on government policy. So it’s a rare day when a judge turns whistleblower. It’s practically unknown for two senior judges to state publicly, in terms, that there’s a crisis in our care system which is damaging children and families across the land. But Andrew McFarlane, the incoming president of the high court’s family division, this week agreed with his predecessor James Munby, who warned in 2016 that the
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Theresa May could honour Grenfell victims by fixing the housing crisis | Polly Toynbee 14 Jun 12:07pm Theresa May could honour Grenfell victims by fixing the housing crisis | Polly Toynbee
A housing green paper is due shortly – it should be dedicated to those who died in the fire, with a pledge for a surge in new social housingIn a few years’ time, what will be left of
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In dark times, we need heroes – this one is a raccoon | Hannah Jane Parkinson 14 Jun 11:44am In dark times, we need heroes – this one is a raccoon | Hannah Jane Parkinson
In the interests of our collective mental health, we need good, fun news as well as bad – so thank you, MPR raccoon The last time a raccoon hit global news, it was Conrad,
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No more Wetherspoons champagne after Brexit. It doesn’t go with gammon anyway | Jack Bernhardt 14 Jun 10:06am No more Wetherspoons champagne after Brexit. It doesn’t go with gammon anyway | Jack Bernhardt
Tim Martin, the pub chain boss, won’t stock European drinks any more. If you like that stuff, you’re not really BritishI am so tired of red-faced, middle-aged men telling me Brexit will be fine. Nigel Farage, Arron Banks, Andy Wigmore, Daniel Hannan – they’ve all merged into one super-Brexiteer in my mind, possibly called Edmund, a pint surgically attached to one hand, a phone in the other, typing obscenities with pudgy fingers to tweet to
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The SNP’s Brexit walkout shows Westminster’s contempt for Scotland can’t go on | Dani Garavelli 14 Jun 8:02am The SNP’s Brexit walkout shows Westminster’s contempt for Scotland can’t go on | Dani Garavelli
The government’s sneering attitude to Scottish issues raised by the EU withdrawal bill has put devolution back into the newsIt must be surreal to be accused of organising a publicity stunt by members of the party that brought us the
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May’s Brexit crunch moment in parliament was just the first of many | Martin Kettle 14 Jun 7:59am May’s Brexit crunch moment in parliament was just the first of many | Martin Kettle
The prime minister has kept the show on the road. But she can’t avoid the fact that parliament wants a soft Brexit foreverThe case
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Grenfell Tower, one year on: community members discuss | Zain Miah and others 14 Jun 4:27am Grenfell Tower, one year on: community members discuss | Zain Miah and others
On the first anniversary of the fire that claimed 72 lives in west London, many questions remain. Those close to the disaster reflect on its impact
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Carers save Britain billions every year. They need more support | Frances Ryan 14 Jun 3:00am Carers save Britain billions every year. They need more support | Frances Ryan
There are 6.5 million carers in the UK working for free. It’s time to pay them what they’re worthIt’s National Carers Week, and I’m awaiting the government’s social media accounts sending their warmest congrats. You know the sort; tweets from a minister celebrating the
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When will gig economy companies admit that their workers have rights? | Jason Moyer-Lee 14 Jun 2:00am When will gig economy companies admit that their workers have rights? | Jason Moyer-Lee
The supreme court ruling against Pimlico Plumbers is just the most recent to assert that workers have employment rights
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Kate Hoey’s quirks are no longer funny – she should resign 14 Jun 1:00am Kate Hoey’s quirks are no longer funny – she should resign
The Labour Brexiter is completely out of tune with anyone who votes for her The Tory party isn’t the only one with its mavericks, its lone wolves, its daredevil firebrands who will choose garbled controversialism over consistency just for the lols.
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The Tories’ chaotic Brexit has lost the trust of business, and jobs will go | Aditya Chakrabortty 14 Jun 1:00am The Tories’ chaotic Brexit has lost the trust of business, and jobs will go | Aditya Chakrabortty
Theresa May’s desperate survival act within her party means companies are having to plan for worst-case scenarios. Thousands of workers will be hit Early summer, and Westminster politics is a glorified beach read. Will the former SAS (Reserve) hardman David Davis
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