UK Benefits

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...

Theresa May: Forget the Heels, It's the Hat Trick That Should Worry You...

Karl Davis | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

She is every bit as canny, strong, and cunning as her predeccessor, and the other beige politicos who have gone before her into and out of Downing Street, probably more so in fact. She is every bit as embroiled in the Westminster game as the men, and we cannot forget that as she takes charge of the country.

Holly Willoughby Loses Her Cool With 'Britain's Most Shameless Mum'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Entertainment

Holly Willoughby seriously lost her cool on Tuesday's (7 June) edition of 'This Morning', as she challenged a mum-of-12 over her £40,000-a-year benef...

Partially Paralysed Man With Half A Skull Has DWP 'Fit For Work' Ruling Overturned

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK

A partially paralysed man who had half his skull removed after suffering a stroke has had his benefits reinstated and an original ‘fit for work’ d...

Ken Loach Attacks Austerity In Cannes Acceptance Speech

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK

Ken Loach's new film I, Daniel Blake, which depicts the failings of the UK's welfare system, has won the Palme D'Or at Cannes Film Festival. The Briti...

Ken Loach's New Film Slamming UK Benefits System Reduced Cannes Critics To Tears

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK

UPDATE: 'I, Daniel Blake' wins Palme D’Or at Cannes Film Festival. Ken Loach's new film that takes an uncompromising look at the UK's welfare system...

Happy New Tax Year! 4 Groups Affected By Today's Benefit's Freeze

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK

A freeze on working-age benefits unveiled by George Osborne in last Summer's budget comes into force today, and is set to affect 11 million families a...

Reflections on Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

Ed Green | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK
Ed Green

First, I've a personal interest to declare. My twin sister Jenny, who died nearly 20 years ago when we were 27, had cerebral palsy. It's been part of the fabric of my life as the non-disabled twin. I certainly wouldn't need an awareness month to bring it to my attention.

It's Time for Government to Stop, Listen and Learn From Opposition to Disability Benefit Cuts

Richard Kramer | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Kramer

The aftermath of the Budget, has seen the opposition to disability benefit cuts pick up pace, with a growing consensus from all parties that the Chancellor shouldn't be asking those who can least afford it to make sacrifices.

Cameron Insists He’s ‘Compassionate’ After Disability Cuts Suffer Final Blow

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Politics

David Cameron will today defend his brand of "modern compassionate conservatism" as the government prepares to formally drop cuts to disabled benefits...