Minor tweaks can’t address the deep, inhuman flaws of universal credit | Patrick Butler

Politics The Guardian

A new Channel 4 documentary meets those struggling on the new benefit – and gives the lie to ministers’ cheery PR You have to hand it to Nathan: benefit-sanctioned, hungry, and waiting weeks for the renewal of his universal credit payment, he takes the dog out into the fields and catches himself a rabbit for dinner. Back at home he and his partner, Abbey, skin it. They eat rabbit soup, the dog gets to chew on the rabbit head. There may be few jobs, the dole doesn’t stretch far, and the price of baked beans has gone up; but starvation can be held at bay, he reckons, if you are prepared to hunt …

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