Benefit Cuts

How to Survive Mental Illness Under a Tory Government

Laura Roche | Posted 02.06.2015 | 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...

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...