Tory Esther McVey DENIES Universal Credit has been too brutal

Tory welfare chief Esther McVey today flatly denied Universal Credit has been too brutal – despite unveiling yet more climbdowns over the flagship benefit. The Work and Pensions Secretary admitted she is “working on” changes that are “still needed” to the six-in-one welfare system – five years and a million claimants after it launched. They…

Treasury X Factor: Tory MPs belatedly summoned to find the money for NHS pledge

How do you discover the cash to pay for a ₤ 20bn NHS financing pledge? Typically such discussions– and ultimate calculations– would be made before the cash was announced. However, Theresa May chose to ditch the rulebook today when she revealed her federal government’s funding bundle to boost health costs by approximately 3.4 per cent…