UK Benefits

Rees-Mogg Highlights Just How Out Of Touch He And Government Really Are

James Woods | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Politics
James Woods

The latest 'trendy' Tory, Jacob Rees-Mogg, has described food banks as "rather uplifting" saying that the public's voluntary support "shows what a compassionate country we are". The Tory MP who represents North East Somerset spoke to LBC where he attributed the rise in the use of food banks to people "knowing that they are there" before claiming the previous Labour government had failed to inform people of their existence.

Disability Benefit Reforms Are Actually Making People More Ill, Report Finds

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK

A new benefits system for disabled people is making their health worse, leaving many isolated and struggling to pay for food and bills, according to a...

Attitudes Haven't Changed? What A Surprise

Lynley Gregory | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lynley Gregory

As a wheelchair user due to chronic pain, I find the self same discrimination within my own social circle. They sometimes make comments about the appearance of a disabled person in the news and make assumptions about them based on their appearance.

Letter To The Prime Minister

Lisa Wootton | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Parents
Lisa Wootton

everybody banner Nobody plans on becoming a special needs parent. Nobody. You don't visualize the future caring for your child for the rest of your life. Inadvertently you are training them to be independent from a very young age.

My PIP Diary Part Four - The Stacked Deck

Mik Scarlet | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK
Mik Scarlet

They are who PIP was designed to help. Yet we are thrust into a situation where we are having to fight to prove our impairments, battle to describe what that they mean to our lives and give out deeply personal and private information to anyone who asks.

The Benefits Cap: Social Cleansing Of London

Cookie Kibbles | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK
Cookie Kibbles

Don't forget that this could be any of us at any time. No matter how safe you feel, life can change in an instant and one day it could be you who is being jeered at and being told to leave London and stop complaining. How would you feel then?

The 'Real' Cost Of Being Disabled

Lynley Gregory | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lynley Gregory

In many ways, the meaning of the word 'cost' to me is the 'cost' of losing my independence, my ability to walk, my hard-earned career and the 'cost' to my partner and family of my intense, chronic pain needing continuous care. But there is also a financial cost to being disabled that I never even thought about before, but that very quickly became apparent.

My PIP Diary Part Three - The Confusion Of The Assessors

Mik Scarlet | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK
Mik Scarlet

How many people would just accept a lower award terrified at the chance losing the payments all together or requiring an infamous face to face assessment? The government claims PIP was introduced to make the process "fairer and more affordable". I think it's clear the emphasis is on affordable. So now I wait for another letter, to see what the outcome is of my challenge to the PIP decision.

General Election 2017: Labour Leads On Work And Welfare As Tories Run Out Of Ideas

Nick Stephenson | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The Conservative manifesto provides broad-brush sketches of some ideas, but only the Labour manifesto shows the power of government to make much-needed change in work and benefits.

Money! Can't Live Without It, Can't Take It With You

Krissy Johnson | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK
Krissy Johnson

Money. The thing that makes the world go round. The thing we throw ourselves into cars and trains to earn. Hard to get on without it really. So what...

My PIP Diary Part Two - The Battle Through Paperwork Mountain

Mik Scarlet | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK
Mik Scarlet

I now am gripped by a fear that a benefit that ensures I can work, as it funds my car through the Motability scheme, may be taken away from me. With the horror stories of people with obvious impairments that equally make walking impossible losing their PIP funding it is a real possibility. Of course looking on the bright side, with my medical records having so many mistakes in them, I'm damn lucky I'm here at all!

How The £30-A-Week Cut To ESA Will Have A Devastating Impact For People With A Learning Disability, Like Me

Danny Brice | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK
Danny Brice

But this week, the Government has brought in a cut to a key disability benefit, Employment and Support Allowance, that I and thousands of disabled people rely on. For new people claiming this benefit from April 1st, they will receive £30 a week less. That is a huge amount when you think so many disabled people live in poverty.

For Carol's Sake, For Christ's Sake, We Must Look After The Poor

Bishop Paul Bayes | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK
Bishop Paul Bayes

Liverpool is a proud city with some of the finest civic buildings in England. A couple of weeks ago I was in the opulent setting of one of these, and I was angry. Standing in the finery of St Georges Hall I was reminded of the once-great wealth of this trading port. And, as I shared a platform with its current Mayor Joe Anderson, I was angry.

My P.I.P. Diary - The Saga Begins

Mik Scarlet | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Mik Scarlet

As I was helped out of the bath, I admitted to my wife how I was feeling and she hugged me. She told me I was not a burden, yet I can't under estimate how much beginning the PIP application process has impacted on my confidence and mental health

Giving People With Learning Disabilities Access To Work

Judith Elizabeth Davey | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK
Judith Elizabeth Davey

From employers' negative attitudes and views, to limited support in finding jobs, there are many reasons why people with learning disabilities struggl...

PIP Is Vital But The Insecurity Is 'Overwhelming'

Mark Atkinson | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Politics
Mark Atkinson

We are calling on the government to rethink its decision. Before making any further changes to PIP the government must urgently address the very real concerns that disabled people have and reform the PIP assessment so that it accurately captures the extra costs disabled people face.

The Great British Benefits Handout: Love Is All They Need

Lee Healey | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Lee Healey

Looking down at people on benefits is unhelpful. It's counterproductive, mean and unnecessary. What families on benefits need right now, in this changing world is love, support and a chance.

How ONS Family Spending Data Punctures Poverty Myths

Dr Wanda Wyporska | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK
Dr Wanda Wyporska

Anyone who has lived in poverty knows that it is not a life of luxury, but one of hard grind. Millions of people throughout the country are faced with desperate choices, not, for example, whether to buy Nike or Reebok, but whether to pay the rent or feed their children.

'We Are Facing A System In Denial': Hidden Homelessness In UK Is At Crisis Point

Seyi Obakin | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK
Seyi Obakin

Centrepoint's research shows that for each one of those young people we see on the streets, dozens more are sleeping on the sofas of extended family and friends and, in some cases, in the beds of strangers.

When Dreams Are Supplanted By Nightmares, Health Flies Out The Window

Rob Atkinson | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK
Rob Atkinson

I read a thoughtful and persuasive article the other day, headlined "Nobody dreams of being homeless". It was about aspiration versus reality; the thi...

2017 Needs To Be The Year Major Improvements Are Made For People With A Learning Disability

Ismail Kaji | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK
Ismail Kaji

There is a big opportunity with employment. As someone with a learning disability, I know the struggles of finding work. Employers rarely seem to see past learning disability on your application, and employers are not confident enough to employ people with a learning disability.

This Is How Much Two Private Companies Earn From Fit-For-Work Assessments

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 27.12.2016 | UK

Two private companies have earned more than half a billion pounds over four years conducting fit-for-work assessments of disability benefit claimants....

Scrutiny of Benefit Sanctions Mustn't End Here

Sumi Rabindrakumar | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Sumi Rabindrakumar

For single parents, who are disproportionately affected by unfair sanctions, this is a sad state of affairs. And that's why this month's National Audit Office report on benefit sanctions is such a necessary wake-up call.

Sanction First, Ask Questions Later

Ben Warwick | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Politics
Ben Warwick

When sanctioned, people are thrown from having little income into having none at all. Hunger, homelessness and impacts on people's health inevitably result. The country has already been shamed at the UN, in film, and in Parliament. What will it take before we live up to our tradition of fairness and due process?

Tory MP David Nuttall Accused Of Saying Benefits Claimants Are ‘Terrified They Might Get A Job’

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Politics

.@PeterGrantMP & @MhairiBlack shoot down the absurd comments from a Tory MP. Duty of any Govt is to protect our citizens. #TacklingSanctions pic.twitt...