News & Blogs

Find our latest press releases and news here, as well as our blogs that have been written by our staff, volunteers and clients.
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    The stigma surrounding Social Security, and how we can challenge it

    Our clients face a diversity of challenges when engaging with the social security system, but one issue that almost all have experienced, is that of stigma. In this blog, a number of our clients share the conversations that we’ve been having about stigma in our client workshops – in particular, what forms stigma can take and why it must be challenged.

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    Ignore and refute: Government’s response to the Work and Pensions Select Committee’s Universal Credit report

    At the beginning of the year, the Government responded to the Work and Pensions Select Committee’s report ‘Universal Credit: The wait for a first payment.’ This report contained extensive evidence from a range of stakeholders on the hardship Universal Credit’s (UC) design flaws, including the minimum five week wait for a first payment, is causing – as well as considered recommendations put forward by the Committee that could help alleviate these. The Government’s response was pitiful – it ignored and refuted the evidence, instead outlining how it will continue to push forward with policies that have very little regard for the people who depend on them for support.

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    Why claiming UC has been a “saviour” is misleading

    A recent article from The Times stated that Universal Credit (UC) “has been a surprisingly efficient saviour for millions hit by the pandemic.” At Z2K, we know first-hand how misleading this claim is. For too many of the people we help, UC causes financial and emotional hardship and has failed to be of support during Covid-19.

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    “I am unable to continue living like this, there’s no end in sight” – Government must urgently scrap No Recourse to Public Funds

    When a policy has as severe an impact as No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) does, there is an expectation that the Prime Minister will at least themselves be aware of its serious implications and attempt to defend its existence. It was particularly concerning, therefore, that when questioned by the Liaison Committee on the 27th of May; Boris Johnson confessed that he was not aware of what NRPF even was.

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    A social security system for the long-term, not just COVID-19

    Our Social Security system should act as a safety net. With the outbreak of COVID-19, the number of people needing its support has risen by over a million, and the cracks that have been there for years are suddenly at the forefront of a lot more people’s attention.

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    Why Universal Credit was flawed from the start

    The Lords Economic Affairs Committee has just held an inquiry into Universal Credit (UC). As Z2K outlined in our response to this inquiry, 10 years on and many delays later, UC is failing to deliver on its original aims because these aims were either misconceived or subject to bad design decisions.