Blog: Five weeks is too long

It’s difficult to see how Universal Credit can continue to deliver anything but misery for many. It’s difficult to see how any government – even this one – can justify ploughing on regardless in the face of such overwhelming evidence. The government needs to end the five week wait – but they also need to think again about Universal Credit, full stop, before any more damage is done.

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General election 2017: pay and the cost of living

With just a few days until the election, UNISON looks at what the main parties have to say on two of the issues most important to our members

A run on the bank

The rise of food banks are the most visible face of the poverty crisis affecting the UK in 2017 – they’re the country’s new emergency service. We spent a few days at one to find out more

Food banks hope to give Britain’s ‘hidden poor’ a festive Christmas

As Britain succumbs to a poverty crisis, food banks are calling on people’s support to help those less fortunate, including children, who are facing hunger

‘What kind of world have we created?’

Director Ken Loach talks about his acclaimed new film, which deals with the ‘conscious cruelty’ of the benefits system, leading people towards food banks and homelessness