Universal Credit hurting more people than it helps is a damning condemnation of the Conservatives’ flagship welfare cuts programme.

Experts at the respected think tank ­Resolution Foundation calculate 46% of ­families will lose out, exceeding the 39% ­estimated to gain. This is a massive fail when most poor homes have someone in work.

Cities such as ­Liverpool, with higher ­proportions of single parents and disabled people, are hit even harder.

It must be replaced with a system that guarantees work pays and nobody is left behind.

Those five-week waits for initial payments impose ­intolerable strains on households.

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Huge increases in the number of people relying on foodbank charity to eat should be the nail in the coffin of this initiative.

Let’s replace a universally discredited failure with something fairer and better.

Keep on track

HS2’s budget is careering out of control – more than trebling in cost to a forecast £106billion from the original £33billion budgeted for.

But now isn’t the moment for new rail lines to hit the buffers when extra seats and faster trains are vital if the Midlands and the North are to share prosperity with the South East.

Pictured: Artist’s impression of a HS2 train

Examining every penny of planned ­expenditure to sustain public and political consent is required to save the project.

HS2 reviewer Doug Oakervee’s detailed report must be published immediately so we have all the facts for an informed decision.

Beeb tougher

When BBC boss Tony Hall he retires won’t qualify for a free TV licence at 75.

The outgoing Director-General allowed the Tories to impose cuts which affect elderly viewers with much lower pensions than his.

The BBC must appoint a tough successor who’ll defend the corporation’s independence, refusing to turn over for Conservative bullies.





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