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Universal Credit was designed to reduce poverty—it will do the opposite

As many as one million children could suffer as a result of the ill-conceived scheme

By Alison Garnham  

Iain Duncan Smith, the architect of Universal Credit. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Archive/PA Images

The drip-drip supply of Universal Credit stories continues. On the eve of their party conference, the Daily Telegraph reports today, several Conservative MPs have broken ranks and called on the government to pause the Universal Credit roll-out, warning that the fall-out could be as bad as the Poll Tax.

Announced in 2010, this October was supposed to be Universal Credit’s finest hour, with the benefit fully rolled out. But as things stand, it’s reached only half…

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