Benefits Cap

The Autumn Statement: Will Capping Welfare Help Vulnerable Families?

Dame Clare Tickell | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dame Clare Tickell

If Chancellor George Osborne caps welfare spending without thinking enough about those in dire need, he is at risk of making a short-sighted mistake for which children will pay the highest price. We have already seen an increasing number of children getting help only when they reach crisis point which, for many, is often too late.

The Autumn Statement: Will Capping Welfare Help Vulnerable Families?

Dame Clare Tickell | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dame Clare Tickell

If Chancellor George Osborne caps welfare spending without thinking enough about those in dire need, he is at risk of making a short-sighted mistake for which children will pay the highest price. We have already seen an increasing number of children getting help only when they reach crisis point which, for many, is often too late.

The Best Way to Cap the Benefits Bill? Tackle Its Underlying Costs

Chris Goulden | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Politics
Chris Goulden

The household cap on working-age benefits comes in today for places like York, Harrogate and the East Riding of Yorkshire after starting in London ear...

Labour's Embrace of Welfare Reform Is a Victory for the Right

John Wight | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

The Labour Party leadership's embrace of welfare reform - set out in Ed Miliband's recent keynote speech on welfare to a select audience in Newham, East London - marks a victory for the right and describes another benchmark in the political degeneration of the party that created the welfare state.

Children - The Real Victims of the Benefit Cap

Matthew Reed | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Politics
Matthew Reed

The aim of the benefit cap, according to the government, is to promote fairness between working and non-working adults by targeting workless adults. But the reality is that it is children who will be paying the price.

'Standing Up For Hardworking People'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics

Ahead of Tuesday's Commons vote on benefits uprating, the Conservatives have launched an in-your-face poster campaign across London. Grant Shapps, ...

Osborne Scraps Plan To End Housing Benefit For Under 25s

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.12.2012 | UK Politics

George Osborne is set to drop his controversial plans to end housing benefit for the under 25s after a Lib Dem revolt, reports the Guardian. The pl...

Are Plans For A Benefit Cap 'Immoral'?

PA | Posted 18.11.2012 | UK

Plans for a £500-a-week cap on household benefits have been condemned as "immoral" by a former Liberal Democrat minister in an escalation of her crit...

Benefits Cap 'Driving Claimants To Find Jobs'

PA | Posted 16.07.2012 | UK

The impending introduction of the Government's cap on benefits is already driving claimants to find jobs, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smit...

Peers Must Stop This Unjust Bedroom Tax

David Orr | Posted 15.03.2012 | UK
David Orr

We've heard a lot about the Government's headline-grabbing benefits cap, which threatens to plunge 50,000 larger families into poverty. But a separate and lesser known plan to punish social tenants for 'under-occupying' their homes is just as unfair and will hit more than 10 times that number of low-income people. This bedroom tax will have disastrous implications for a huge number of people already struggling to make ends meet in this tough economic climate, including grandparents, disabled people and smaller families.

The Welfare Reform Bill Will Tackle the Blight of Welfare Dependency

David Cameron | Posted 30.04.2012 | UK Politics
David Cameron

Today marks an historic step in the biggest welfare revolution in over 60 years. My government has taken bold action to make work pay, while protecting the vulnerable. Past governments have talked about reform, while watching the benefits bill sky rocket and generations languish on the dole and dependency. This government is delivering it. Our new law will mark the end of the culture that said a life on benefits was an acceptable alternative to work.

The Hypocrisy of Achievement

Jenni Bergman | Posted 08.04.2012 | UK Politics
Jenni Bergman

Recently a nugget of wisdom mentioned in Back to the Future has come to mind. I love the film, but this statement encapsulates a belief in achievement that is particularly pervasive in American society but is popular throughout the Western world.

The Proposed Benefits Cap Shows Just How Out of Touch the Conservatives Are

Kieran Yates | Posted 02.04.2012 | UK Politics
Kieran Yates

The recent news of the proposed housing benefit cap as part of Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reform has come as a worry. If ever we needed more proof as to the extent to which the Conservative Party have lost touch with the people of Britain, there here is a shining example.

Ping Pong: Welfare Reform Back In The Commons (LIVE)

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman & Chris Wimpress | Posted 02.04.2012 | UK Politics

MPs have voted to overturn all the key Lords amendments to the Welfare Reform Bill, with eight Liberal Democrats rebelling over government plans to re...

Welfare Reform Bill's Assault on Disabled People - Why I Protested This Weekend

Lisa Egan | Posted 30.03.2012 | UK Politics
Lisa Egan

On Saturday afternoon I, along with a couple of hundred other people, spent two hours sitting in the middle of the road at Oxford Circus. Why? To draw attention to the cruelty of the government's assault on disabled people in the Welfare Reform Bill, which finishes its journey through parliament this coming week.

Fear the Backlash From the Squeezed Middle

Thomas Byrne | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK Politics
Thomas Byrne

Has there ever been a vote that a government has ever been so desperate to lose? This was the verdict from journalists as the House of Lords voted dow...

Bishops and Benefits

Andy Hayes | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK Politics
Andy Hayes

What does it mean to be Christian in this country? Does it mean left-wing? Guardian-reader? Because that's what the debate on a benefits cap appeared to be implying this week. Until, that is, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, intervened on Wednesday.

Welfare, Fairness and Elections: Has a Government Ever Been So Happy to Lose a Vote

Ed McRandal | Posted 25.03.2012 | UK Politics
Ed McRandal

Last night the government lost a vote in the House of Lords on one of its flagship policies- capping the value of benefits that one family can receive to £26,000. You'd expect this to anger, frustrate and irritate Number 10, but I doubt it.

No to a Cap on Benefits

John Wight | Posted 24.03.2012 | UK Politics
John Wight

The latest hammer to fall in the vast experiment in human despair which the coalition calls an economic policy is a cap on welfare benefits of £500 per week per family. This is assuming it passes through the Lords, of course, which at time of writing is still to vote on it.

Why Lord Bonar Would Back a Benefits Cap

Stuart Bonar | Posted 24.03.2012 | UK Politics
Stuart Bonar

If, instead of being plain old Stuart Bonar I was swiftly ennobled to Lord Bonar of [my home city] Plymouth, I wouldn't vote alongside Paddy later today, I'd be backing the coalition.

Benefit Reforms Will 'Break Up Families'

PA | Posted 14.01.2012 | UK Politics

Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes will tonight warn that the Government's plans to cap benefits will be "harmful" and "break up families". ...

Peers Must Stop This Unjust Bedroom Tax

David Orr | Posted 14.03.2012 | UK Politics
David Orr

We've heard a lot about the Government's headline-grabbing benefits cap, which threatens to plunge 50,000 larger families into poverty. But a separate and lesser known plan to punish social tenants for 'under-occupying' their homes is just as unfair and will hit more than 10 times that number of low-income people. This bedroom tax will have disastrous implications for a huge number of people already struggling to make ends meet in this tough economic climate, including grandparents, disabled people and smaller families.