UK Benefits

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 15.07.2014 | 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 11.07.2014 | 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 07.07.2014 | 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 25.06.2014 | 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 20.06.2014 | 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 19.06.2014 | 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 18.06.2014 | 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 13.06.2014 | 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....

UK: Divisive Narratives Around Migration Can Fuel Tensions in Communities

Barry Navarro | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Politics
Barry Navarro

According a YouGov poll published for the first time since the start of the financial crisis, the economy no longer tops the list of issues the British public is most concerned about: immigration is now on a par with the economy, with 52% or respondents saying it's the main issue facing the UK today.

Jessica Elgot

Our Health Is Getting Worse, For The First Time Since WW2, Experts Warn

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.05.2014 | UK

The UK is in danger of standards of nutrition regressing decades and undoing the advances made since World War Two, a coalition of 170 public health e...

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...

The Hypocrisy of the Labour Party on Welfare Reform

Liam Marshall-Ascough | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Politics
Liam Marshall-Ascough

The Labour Party and some on the left are the biggest hypocrites when it comes to helping those most in need and raising the living standards of the poorest in our society. I'd like to pose the question of what has the Labour Party done for the people they say the government are letting down?

Asa Bennett

IDS Snubs Benefits Street Residents... As He's Too Busy

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith rejected an invitation to meet the residents of James Turner Street, made famous on the controversial Channel 4 documentary Benefits...

Slashing Benefits Won't Make Entrepreneurs, IDS Warned

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith is "wrong" to suggest that the coalition's benefits cuts were helping create a new generation of entrepreneurs, a think-tank has war...

Reality TV Has Jumped the Shark

Paul Blanchard | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Blanchard

Roll on a remarkable short time to 2014 and we have Benefits Street. Nothing subtle here. Basically we get to watch people living in a street where most are on benefits. Call me old-fashioned but there is something distasteful about this.

IDS Tells EU Critic: You Hate Britain

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has lashed out at EU Employment Commissioner Laszlo Andor after he warned that the UK government's benefits restrictions looked "nas...

Britain Has 'Violated Right To Nutrition' As 1m Now Use Food Banks

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK

The British government has been accused of violating the human right to food, and international law, as it was revealed nearly one million adults and ...