UK Benefits

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...

Benefits Sanctions Cost More Than They Save, Damning Report Finds

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Politics

Benefits sanctions cost more to administer than they save, a damning report of the Government’s welfare crackdown has found. The National Audit Offi...

Single Parents With Babies And Toddlers Thrown Into Crisis Under Benefit Cap

Laura Dewar | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Dewar

Families hit by the cap are set to lose an average of £60 a week, but we have heard from parents who will lose significantly more. The effect will be immediate for many: unable to pay their rent and facing the prospect of eviction and homelessness, cutting back on food for themselves and their children, homes that are cold and damp as heating becomes a luxury they can't afford.

Improving Lives - The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper

Richard Kramer | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK
Richard Kramer

The long-awaited Government green paper Improving Lives, launched on Monday. The Green Paper sets out the Government's proposals for how to support m...

How The New Benefits Cap Would Make Things Worse For The ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Family

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK

The lowering of the benefit cap by as much as £6,000 a year from next week will throw some 300,000 children closer to homelessness, new research has ...

DWP 'Should End Strict Sanctions And Conditions On Benefits'

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Politics

Forcing the unemployed to regularly turn up to Job Centres is harmful and counter-productive, the Government’s own ‘behavioural’ policy unit has...

The Failings Of The Universal Credit System Need To Be Addressed And Addressed Fast

Tom Brake | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Brake

Iain Duncan Smith's project, which he has long since walked away from and left in the hands of others, is on the rocks. The Government have chosen to test a critical system by running it live, with real data, affecting real people and causing many casualties.

Tory MP Forced To Backtrack On Disability Protest Criticism After Fierce Backlash

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK

A Tory MP has been forced to backtrack on criticism of a disability protest after he sparked a backlash online. Richard Benyon posted a picture of ca...