UK Benefits

Lib Dems Head for Meltdown as They Pick Benefit Row With Tories

Nick Stephenson | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The Liberal Democrats decided early on that the politically expedient thing to do was to take ownership of all the government's actions even when they ideologically disagreed with them. Voters may accept parties changing policies over time, but they will not forget the hypocritical positions taken by a party simply to look 'governmental'.

IDS' Big Cost-Cutting Welfare Plan Could Massively Backfire

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's flagship welfare policy, universal credit, is in danger of costing more than planned as it has a perverse incentive for people to ...

Why Can't You Get a Good Job? Wrong School

Nick Stephenson | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

If you have ever wondered why you can't get a top job, it turns out that unless you went to one of a handful of the most expensive private schools in Britain, you stand very little chance of breaking in.

Disability Benefit Changes Bring UN Probe Over 'Grave' Human Rights Violations

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Politics

The United Nations has launched an investigation into whether Iain Duncan Smith's disability benefit changes have led to "grave or systemic violations...

The Terror of Austerity: How the Coalition's Cuts Are Killing Us

Louisa Ackermann | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Politics
Louisa Ackermann

When people steal from the state through benefit fraud (usually out of desperation), there's public outcry. But when the state steals from the people by failing to provide even a basic standard of living, whilst corruption and tax evasion runs unchecked, we're told it's all part of a necessary strategy for economic recovery.

The Myth of Britain's Social Recovery

Tom Johnson | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

In the first wave of 'problem families', 32% had a disability or long term illness and 82% had a problem related to education, while 15% had children with a problem of substance abuse. This suffering can not be combatted by slashing budgets, but investing time, care and resources into tackling the root causes of these problems, as well as their aftermath.

IDS Has Accepted What Some Of You Already Know

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has accepted that he has become a "hate figure' to some people due to his controversial changes to the benefits system. The work ...

White Dee To Go Head-To-Head With Tory At Conservative Party Conference

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics

Party political conferences are usually the preserve of MPs, party activists, tired journalists, political geeks and throngs of lobbyists. But among t...

Jobcentres 'Do More Harm Than Good' - Whistleblower

Nick Stephenson | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Jobcentres have faced huge criticism over the last few weeks, and now an insider has come forward to tell his story of how management and the government, together with some dodgy frontline staff, are ruining the service from within:

6 Things Cameron Ignored To Scaremonger About Benefit Tourism

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has unveiled a further clampdown on European migrants' ability to claim benefits in a bid to tackle what he called the "magnetic pull" o...

Oakley Review Shows Need for a Full Enquiry Into Benefit Sanctions

Nick Stephenson | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Leaving aside how horribly low UK benefit payments are, when people can have their income removed and be thrown into penury for missing a single meeting (regardless of the reason), for applying for 34 jobs in a week rather than 35, not to mention the fraudulent activities of some jobcentre staff, the value basis of the system has been subverted and justifies its abolition.

IDS Finds Poor Hit Hardest By His Benefit-Stripping Decisions

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's benefit sanctions are poorly understood and hit "vulnerable" jobseekers the hardest, a report commissioned by the Department for W...

Top Tories Want Iain Duncan Smith To Shut All Jobcentres

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith is reportedly being urged by senior Tories to shut down all Jobcentres and let private companies and charities to step in to help Br...

IDS Survives Cabinet Cull But McVey Promotion Means Nothing to Unemployed

Nick Stephenson | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Hated work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith survived the Tory night of the long knives to keep his cabinet job. But in a move which is more about presentation than policy, employment minister and Smith deputy Esther McVey will also attend cabinet meetings.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Was Maggie Involved In Paedo Cover-up?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Sunday 13 July 2014... 1) WAS MAGGIE INVOLVED IN PAEDO COVER-UP? From the Sunday People: "Margaret Thatch...

Hunger Close To Home

David Bradford | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK
David Bradford

Food banks in Lewes, East Sussex, the town of Bill's breakfasts, artisan loaves and gourmet everything? There must be some mistake... surely? My week...

New NAO Report on Work Programme Shows Poor Performance

Stef Benstead | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

Compared to previous programmes, the Work Programme is not helping more people into work or keeping them in work longer. As we move into more favourable economic conditions the WP should improve, but comparisons to previous programmes (that operated under unfavourable conditions) would then become invalid...

Time for a Fresh Approach to Disability Benefits

Paul Farmer | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Farmer

Whoever forms the next Government must acknowledge and tackle the many barriers people with mental health problems face in finding and retaining a job. The benefits system is very complex and we often hear how people struggle to navigate it, so we also need to ensure such individuals can access advice and support to help them.

Labour Goes Back to the New as It Panders to Benefit Haters

Nick Stephenson | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The UK already has the lowest level of unemployment benefit in western Europe, and one of the highest levels of inequality, so taking from one side to give to the other would be an obvious solution to the economic issue.

Sick And Disabled Suffering Due To IDS' Benefits 'Fiasco'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics

Thousands of terminally ill and disabled Britons have been caused unnecessary suffering due to Iain Duncan Smith's "shocking" flagship benefits plans,...

IDS' Scheme Branded A 'Fiasco' By MPs

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics

A flagship government welfare scheme is a "fiasco" that has caused unnecessary distress to thousands of sick and disabled people, MPs have warned. ...

Labour's Plans Could Destroy the Welfare State, Not Save It

Daniel Sage | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Sage

A good start for Labour would have been to expand the contributory principle, not further target it, whilst explicitly focusing on supporting young people, rather than restricting access to social security. If the causes of such deep, attitudinal change in the UK are indeed linked to the decline of the contributory principle and the changing views of young people, today's proposals by Labour could end up having the complete opposite effect.

Waiting to Benefit

Ciaran Devane | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK
Ciaran Devane

Jodie is 31 and lives in London, last October she was given the devastating news that she had breast cancer. A few weeks later she was told it had spread to her bones. She had to give up work almost immediately and suddenly found herself with barely enough money to live on. Jodie was advised by her nurse to apply for the Personal Independence Payment, the UK's main disability benefit, which would offer her some financial support. She applied in November, but seven months on and she is still waiting to find out if she is eligible. She is now at crisis point, struggling to pay for day-to-day expenses such as food and bills. This is unacceptable.

Why Oxfam Is Right to Care About Poverty on Our Doorstep

Priya Shetty | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Politics
Priya Shetty

Somehow, there's a bizarre idea of the nobility of poverty in developing countries. It's as if there's a better quality of poor person in India or parts of Africa - people in rags, probably with limbs missing, who beg pleadingly for a few coins.

Why Has IDS Declared War On The Big Issue?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has lashed out at the Big Issue magazine, claiming that "more and more" migrants were using the magazine as a way to claim benefits....