Benefit Cuts

Ian Duncan Smith Calls On Theresa May To Scrap £3.4bn Benefits Cut

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Politics

The former Tory Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith has called on the Prime Minster to scrap a planned £3.4bn cut to Universal Credit. Dunca...

Ken Loach Doesn't Mince His Words Firing Back At Tory Damian Green

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK

Ken Loach has hit back at Damian Green in an ongoing war of words with the Cabinet minister over his new film’s searing critique of welfare cuts. ...

How The New Benefits Cap Would Make Things Worse For The ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Family

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK

The lowering of the benefit cap by as much as £6,000 a year from next week will throw some 300,000 children closer to homelessness, new research has ...

Internecine Tory Warfare to Go With the Recurrent Habit of Defeat

Christian Garland | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

Last week's National Apprenticeship Week was full of discussion. We heard about the productivity gains of hiring apprentices, and concerns around the gender divide. We celebrated the amazing things apprentices have achieved, and heard from business leaders who are pledging to create more apprenticeships.

Cameron 'Disappointed And Puzzled' At IDS Resignation

The Huffington Post | Paul Vale | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Politics

David Cameron said on Friday he is "puzzled and disappointed" by the dramatic resignation of Iain Duncan Smith, who quit the Cabinet with a scathing a...

'No System is Perfect' - IDS Speaks on Benefit Deaths

Kate Milner | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Politics
Kate Milner

Even IDS himself admits that aspects of this are "absolutely appalling". When I brought up the story of the woman who was being told her benefits were being cut on the day she died, he agreed that the case was one of those things that "went wrong" and said that he always apologises to people that suffer from those kind of things. Weirdly though, I couldn't pin him down on whether he'd actually apologised to that particular family or not. It's almost like he's a politician.

Tory 'Free Money' Savings Plan Under Fire

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Politics

A new saving scheme for low-paid workers has been blasted by Labour amid claims that the ‘free money’ plan will be dwarfed by in-work benefit cuts...

Child Poverty To Rise - Thanks To Osborne's Cuts

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Politics

Tory benefit cuts will lead to more than 2.6 million British children living in poverty by 2020, a new study has revealed. The research by the Inst...

Iain Duncan Smith Still Misleads as Labour Opposes Benefit Cap

Nick Stephenson | Posted 24.09.2016 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Seasoned Duncan Smith-watchers are still left floundering as to why he is in his sixth year in the same cabinet job, and yet there he is. Labour must feel they can make serious headway against him on the new benefit cap when the arguments are so half-hearted, and Duncan Smith is doing his best to encourage them in this belief.

'Welfare Dependency' Is a Symptom, Not a Moral Failing

Nick Stephenson | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Social security has been capped and cut over and over again in the last five years, and the pattern has already been continued in the new parliament when George Osborne set out his plans for more pain in his emergency July budget.

Death of National Insurance Could Mean the Death of Universal State Benefits

Nick Stephenson | Posted 23.07.2016 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Those who still have a sentimental attachment to children shouldn't worry: Duncan Smith is in the process of redefining child poverty so you won't have to hear about the suffering his policies create as their experiences grow more miserable but they fit within a happier category. If NI and income tax are joined, expect to see the welfare state look radically different within a very short time.

My Message to George - Protect Disabled People from Benefit Cuts

Mark Lever | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Lever

David Cameron has spoken of his belief in a 'compassionate nation' - one that protects the most vulnerable. If his Government is serious about this, they need to make sure that they protect all disability benefits and housing benefit for younger disabled people. Only then will people on the autism spectrum receive the support they need to live independent and fulfilling lives.

How to Survive Mental Illness Under a Tory Government

Laura Roche | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Politics
Laura Roche

Let's be honest, it wasn't ideal having mental health issues under the previous government, but now the Tories are in power, their proposed austerity cuts to service and benefits have understandably caused shock-waves and concern for sufferers.

How Can the Coalition Have 'Saved' £21billion on Welfare, If Spending Did Not Fall?

Henry Stewart | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Politics
Henry Stewart

Can it really be called a saving, though, if spending has not been reduced? It feels a bit like when you come back with your shopping, having "saved" £40 but having spent the same as you always do. More seriously if the Coalition savings did not lead to any actual reduction in the welfare bill, can the Conservatives use their track record to justify that they will save a further £12 billion?

Leaked Government Memo Shows Details Of Planned £12bn Welfare Cuts

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Comedy

The Conservative party are planning to cut £12bn from the welfare budget - but won't reveal how those cuts will be made until after the general elect...

Three Million Reasons to Take Young Voters Seriously

Paul Noblet | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Noblet

Over half of young people are still undecided as to who they will vote for in May it is in the interest of both young people and politicians to work together to get as many under-25s as possible reconnected with politics and registered to vote.

Cameron's Top Election Priority - Take More Money Away From Poor People

Nick Stephenson | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Today marks the important point at which there are exactly 100 days to go until the general election. All the party leaders have marked the occasion by setting out their most important policies, knowing that they will have the eyes of the country on them...

How George Osborne Would Allocate (Some of) the Pain

Tony Dolphin | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Dolphin

A cynical reading of the Chancellor' speech, therefore, would note that having announced that £25billion of spending cuts are needed, he only detailed where £3billion would be found. What about the other £22billion? It's a safe bet that we will not hear much about them before the general election.

The Benefit Cap Is Harming Victims of Domestic Violence

Anastasia Richardson | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Politics
Anastasia Richardson

The Benefit Cap limits the total benefits a family can receive to £500 per week. For a single person, the limit is £350. The benefit cap is putting some of the most vulnerable people in our society - women fleeing domestic violence with their children - at risk of serious harm.

Half-Naked Man Hurls Tiles At Police In Protest Over Benefits

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK

A disgruntled man flung roof tiles from the top of his terraced home in a six-hour protest at the government's welfare policies as police attempted to...

About That 'Fuck the Poor?' Thing

Adrian Grist | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK
Adrian Grist

This 'social experiment' leads us to the conclusion we're all total bastards. And I must be a bastard too, because when I see a man with a sandwich board rattling his unsanctioned charity tin without any clue as to which charity (if any) he is working for, I too would ignore him.

Your Benefits Just Got Cut Again

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics

Benefits have been cut again today, as the annual 1% cash terms increase is effectively a cut as it is still below the rate of inflation. The real ...

Cameron's Benefit Cuts Savaged By Bishops

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK

David Cameron's benefit cuts have been savaged by 27 bishops, who say they have caused a "national crisis". The Church of England leaders directly ...

The Big Benefits Row: Where Were the Disabled People?

Lisa Egan | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lisa Egan

But given that disabled people are more hit by the cuts than any other group of people; they shouldn't have just kept Sue and Dee in the line-up: They should have had additional disabled people up there too.

IDS Blasts Council Of Europe 'Lunacy' For Warning On 'Inadequate' UK Benefits

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has lashed out at the Council of Europe's "lunacy" for calling on the UK to raise the amount of benefits paid out from their "manife...