Bedroom Tax

The Tory Policy That Will Damage Britain's Domestic Abuse Victims

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

When you bear in mind that 75% of abused women who are murdered are killed after (or as they attempt to) they leave their partners, a victim looking for housing is at risk and needs the governments' help and support.

Tory MP Attacks Theresa May On Bedroom Tax And Disability Cuts

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Politics

A Tory MP has attacked Theresa May on the bedroom tax and on proposed cuts to disability benefits. John Redwood told BBC’s Westminster Hour the Pri...

Two Families Defeat Tories Over Bedroom Tax Rulings

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK

A spina bifida sufferer and a couple who look after a grandson with severe disabilities have won rulings at the UK’s highest court over the controve...

Labour Has to Fight the Issues Which Matter to Voters - Academies Isn't One of Them

Leon Spence | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Politics
Leon Spence

It's nearly a year since we took our drubbing and it's pretty self-evident that we have not learned our lessons. Purely politically forced academisation isn't an issue which will sway many votes because to most people other things are far more important. Labour are in danger of picking the wrong fight once more...

While We Talk About Tory Splits, Let's Not Forget How United They Are in Their Treatment of the Disabled

Dan Jarvis | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Politics
Dan Jarvis

After a litany of failure, it's now time that Osborne recognised the damage and pain these cuts will cause and end his targeting of disabled people. This is the right thing to do not just for disabled people - but for all of us who believe in a fair, decent and caring country.

Thatcherism Redux is Coming Undone, As Cameron and Co. Acquire the Habit of Defeat

Christian Garland | Posted 25.02.2017 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

The incumbent Tory government of David Cameron and co. seemed to be under the illusion that since it scraped a majority at last year's general election, it could do what it liked to the country and the (post-political) 'what works' ideology of Thatcherism Redux could be freely imposed at will. Fast forward to the last few weeks and it becomes very apparent that that is not at all the case.

Iain Duncan Smith Won't Reveal How Much Taxpayer Money He Will Spend Fighting Bedroom Tax Ruling

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith refused to reveal today how much taxpayers’ money he plans to spend appealing against a court ruling that the Bedroom Tax discrimi...

Commons People Politics Podcast: Google, 'Bunch of Migrants' and A Whispering IDS

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK Politics

This week's Commons People Podcast was all about Google, and information we found using Google. SUBSCRIBE TO THE WEEKLY POLITICS PODCAST ON ITUNES ...

Iain Duncan Smith Accused Of Dodging Scrutiny Of 'Vindictive' Bedroom Tax

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of dodging scrutiny over the legality of the so-called bedroom tax, after he turned up in the Commons but allowed h...

Bedroom Tax Victims Like the Rutherfords Aren't Asking for the World - Just Some Security for Their Families

Rachel Reeves | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Rachel Reeves

When I visited the Rutherfords I promised them that if Labour won the election, cancelling the bedroom tax would be the first thing I did. When I saw the exit polls at 10pm on 7 May I thought of Warren and his grandparents. I felt we had let them down and I feared what another five years of Tory government would mean for them and the other 500,000 households paying the bedroom tax. On Tuesday, Paul and Sue got a rare piece of good news. They took the government to The Court of Appeal - and won, with the Judge concluding that the bedroom tax is unlawful because it discriminates against disabled children and in a separate case against the victims of domestic violence.

The People Who Challenged The Government On Bedroom Tax - And Won

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK

Carers to a severely disabled teenager and a victim of domestic violence both won their Court of Appeal challenges on Wednesday over the lawfulness of...

Court Rules Bedroom Tax 'Discriminatory' In Defeat For Government

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK

The grandparents of a severely disabled teenager who won a Court of Appeal challenge over the lawfulness of the so-called “bedroom tax” said they ...

Googling 'Compassionate Conservatism' - No Results Found

Jess Phillips | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

Today I will stand in the commons, with my Labour colleagues and do our job of reminding the other side to be nice. I will tell the story of lives saved in refuge and the lives lost without it. I will remind them that we don't all have a summer house in Cannes we can retreat to when hubby is being frightful. Nor can we just get a girl in to help if Mother can't get about anymore. Most of us don't have a private workforce to turn to when we are scared, or frail, ill or can't cope.

The Tories Are Governing From the Shadows and This Week's Information Dump Proves It

Jon Ashworth | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

While in opposition David Cameron famously claimed that "sunlight is the best disinfectant". But as 2015 draws to a close this will go down as the year when the Prime Minister's commitment to open and transparent government was finally abandoned. As Parliament rose for Christmas recess the Tories slipped out no fewer than 36 ministerial statements and 424 reports and releases. And 'taking out the trash day', as this practice has come to be known, didn't fail to disappoint.

Why We Should Feel Sorry for Oldham West No Matter What The Result: From A Non-Partisan Voter

Lydia Suffield | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lydia Suffield

Oh, Oldham West. Poor, poor Oldham West. By the time you read this article, we might already know the results of Thursday's by-election. I'm already t...

Aylan Kurdi - Maybe we can be allowed to care for everyone now

Chris Tavner | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Tavner

Aylun Kurdi There are times when you see a noticeable shift in public opinion, and sometimes a simple image can be all that is needed to trigger it....

The Labour Leadership: Why Electability Matters

Will Porter | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK Politics
Will Porter

Forgive the diatribe and the finger pointing but the election result was a shock yet not one big enough that appears to have shaken sense into people. People are now even starting to question whether electability matters? I can only assume these people live very comfortable lives.

If Only Welfare Really Was an Election Issue

Dave Clements | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

The opponents of welfare reform are outraged that 1 in 5 'jobseekers' are sanctioned because they are not, er, seeking a job. They are beside themselv...

Why I'm Voting Labour

Gregor Cubie | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Gregor Cubie

A University professor who would put a sign on his door saying "Away Fighting The Forces of Capitalism" when he was out of office once told me that the reason populism tends to pool around reactionary right-wing ideas is that the motivations for, and expected benefits of left-wing ideologies are less easily quantifiable and thus harder to express.

Farage Lambasts 'Divisive' Bedroom Tax

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Politics

Nigel Farage met a tearful voter upset by the "bedroom tax" on Monday, insisting Ukip did not support the "divisive" coalition policy. Pamela Vaughan,...

The Mansion Tax Debate

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

This debate is interesting not only because it represents the prevailing cultures of the two main parties. It's also interesting because of the stark parallels between the mansion tax and the bedroom tax - a particularly tendentious Tory policy.

'Sexist' Daily Mail Attack On Pregnant Labour MP Has Minister Fuming

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Politics

A Lib Dem minister has condemned The Daily Mail's "staggeringly sexist" attack on pregnant Labour frontbencher Rachel Reeves, which has dismissing her...

This Tory MP Says Pregnant Women Are Not Eligible For Cabinet

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron has slapped down a Tory backbencher who suggested that a pregnant Labour frontbencher may struggle to "handle" becoming a cabinet minist...

Do the Tories Really Care About Poor People?

Nash Riggins | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Politics
Nash Riggins

Face it: over the last five years, Britain's social safety net has been reduced to tatters. We're letting more and more of the country's most at-risk individuals slip into deprivation. Yet even as food bank parcels continue to fly off the shelves at breakneck speed, we're still being asked to forgo basic empathy in the name of economic growth.

Owen Jones - A Response to the Labour Party's Betrayal

Michael Abberton | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Politics
Michael Abberton

Blair's new Thatcherism and warmongering pushed me from Labour long ago, but still every new tory-lite policy Miliband's Labour announces seems like a fresh betrayal. It's high time the base support Labour takes for granted realised that continuing to vote Labour is not in their best interest. It's time for a real change, for the common good.