Latest Issue

The DWP can take out as many adverts as it likes—Universal Credit still won’t be fit for purpose

Universal Credit clearly isn’t working: the propaganda drive glimpsed in today's Metro is a last-ditch attempt to stymie the bad press. It's time to scrap it

By Dawn Foster  

The DWP's PR campaign has backfired. Photo: PA

Pick up a copy of the Metro today and you’ll be treated to a four-page “advertising feature” paid for by the Department for Work and Pensions defending Universal Credit, the discredited policy causing misery and poverty around Britain. So £250,00 of public money has been used in an attempt to convince people the documentation by both MPs and journalists of the system’s flaws, and horrendous pain it causes, is false. 

The delays and errors embedded in Universal Credit have caused so…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect