Benefit Cuts

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...

Grandfather Found Dead After Letter Told Him Benefits Would Be Stopped

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A grandfather has been found dead after reportedly telling friends he had become distressed by his financial circumstances, compounded by having his E...

Three-Quarters Support Benefit Cap - But the Reasons Are All Too Clear

Nick Stephenson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Those who read newspapers or listen to politicians are fed the same diet of anti-claimant rhetoric which bears little resemblance to the grinding reality of life on the dole, which provides only poverty-level income and vulnerability. So here are seven truths about benefits and joblessness to help balance the debate...

Benefits For Severely Disabled Man Cut By 400%..

Manchester Evening News | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK

The family of a man with severe learning disabilities say his funding was slashed - without him being assessed. ...

Grant Shapps Attacks BBC For Claiming Benefit Cuts Will Cause 'Armageddon'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK Politics

The Conservative Party has stepped up its attack on the BBC, accusing the broadcaster of "irresponsible" negative coverage of the coalition's cuts to ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Cameron 'Careful' On Crosby Questions

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 19 July 2013... 1) CAMERON 'CAREFUL' ON CROSBY QUESTIONS Twelve times David Cameron has been asked wh...

Ned Simons

George Osborne Could Be Forced To Impose £6bn Tax Rise, Says IFS

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 27.06.2013 | UK Politics

George Osborne could be forced to raise an extra £6bn in taxes after the 2015 general election despite his latest round of spending cuts, the Institu...

10 Things Worse Than George Osborne's £10 Burger

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 27.06.2013 | UK Comedy

Some are up in arms that a millionaire spent £10 on a burger. Us? Not so much. Probably because that seems like a fairly normal price for a burger in...

Cuts Will Come From Whitehall Not Benefits, George Osborne Insists

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Politics

George Osborne has indicated there will be no further cuts to benefits, after he revealed seven government departments had already signed up to slash ...

Grandmother 'Blamed Bedroom Tax For Death'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK

A grandmother killed herself because she was struggling to afford the government's 'bedroom tax', her son has claimed. Stephanie Bottrill left a no...

The Real Effect of the Benefit Cuts

Beth Saward | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Beth Saward

The cuts aren't the only problem though. Delays in benefits can be disastrous for those receiving them and it occurs more often than it should. When you're operating on such a tight budget, any hiccup in receiving money has a knock-on effect. If your housing benefit, for example, arrives a week late and you're paying rent on a weekly basis, what do you do for that week? Do you prioritise food over rent?

Universal Credit To Be Introduced In Four Jobcentres

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Politics

The controversial benefit reform, Universal Credit, which replaces other benefits such as jobseeker's allowance, income support and other tax credits,...

David Cameron: 'Wales Needed The A Team But Got The Muppet Show'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has said British enterprise needs to up its game in the face of growing competition from developing nations at the Welsh Conservatives A...

Bedding Out: When Taking to Your Bed Is Both Activism and Art

Jo Verrent | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jo Verrent

The cuts are hideous. There have been protests and petitions and a growing argument within the disability movement about the nature of activism. For me, Bedding Out also asks is getting angry and shouting the only way to affect change?

Benefit Cuts 'Targeting Most Deprived Areas'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK Politics

The government's welfare reforms will see as much as £850 taken away from individual residents in some of the most deprived areas of the country, Lab...

Disabled Man Takes His Own Life After Benefits Stopped

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK

A man took his own life after worrying about how he would survive after his benefits were stopped, a coroner has said. Nicholas Barker, a former fa...

Who Are the People on Benefits?

Anastasia Richardson | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Anastasia Richardson

So who are the people on benefits, really? The answer actually seems to be most of us. 64% of families, and about 30million individual people - half the total population of the UK. The people on benefits are our friends, colleagues and neighbours, our families, ourselves.

Welfare Myth Three - The Poor Don't Pay Taxes

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

A common rhetorical trick for politicians is to talk about 'looking after the tax payer'. However the reality is that they are often only really concerned with particular tax payers - the electoral groups that determine the outcomes of elections - often people on middle-incomes.