UK Benefits

How I Survived Art Education and Made It Into the Art World

Antony Micallef | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Antony Micallef

I was lucky enough to enter the art world at a stage when urban art was just about to take off. I started out showing in small group exhibitions around 2005 with artists like Banksy and a few others. The scene then exploded.

Poor Sir Malcolm Rifkind - From a Welfare Recipient

John Sargeant | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

I can sympathise you want a professional pay package to compensate you for the sacrifice you have made in public service. I can only apologise that sacrificing my own professional career to continue the care of my disabled brother, saving the tax payer £80,000 a year, was not enough to keep you in the manner you wish to be accustomed.

Forget Who Killed Lucy Beale, Who Killed the British Viewer's Sense of Perspective?

Karl Davis | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Karl Davis

With the greatest of respect, TV fiction is like other fiction types. It is escapism. It suspends the boundaries of reality. That is, after all the only possible reason the writers on Eastenders get away with entire families living in large houses in London, whilst earning no money for themselves.

Is the Opposition to Sanctions Used to Justify Bigotry?

Simon Stevens | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

I wish everyone would start really examining what they are saying before using disabled people as pawns in their childish political games, but I fear too few people actually care about how disabled people are portrayed or desire us to be fully included into society as equal citizens.

No, 'Guardian', Failure IDS Is Not the Tories' Election 'Secret Weapon'

Nick Stephenson | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

In a world where the Mail points out the failures in a flagship Tory policy and the Guardian falsely eulogises it, it is hard to get a handle on the world around us.

Fat Cats Told: Change Your Lifestyle Or Lose Your Benefits

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Comedy

Fat cats face losing their benefits if they don't curb their excessive lifestyles. Bankers, CEOs and more could lose benefits such as huge bonus pa...

Cameron Wanted To Crackdown Even Harder On Obese Benefit-Claimants

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been reined in by senior cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith over his plan to strip benefits from the obese and drug addicts if they ...

Tories Want To Put The Unemployed Under Even More Pressure

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith is reportedly considering new cost-cutting plans to force all unemployed people to "sign on" at the Jobcentre twice as often in orde...

Should We Hate Benefit Fraudsters?

Rabah Kherbane | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rabah Kherbane

If it is "cost" that truly concerns us, why do we focus so much attention on "benefit fraud" or even welfare, which relatively have an invisible economic impact? Is our concern genuine, or is it more an issue of bitterness?

Do the Tories Really Care About Poor People?

Nash Riggins | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Politics
Nash Riggins

Face it: over the last five years, Britain's social safety net has been reduced to tatters. We're letting more and more of the country's most at-risk individuals slip into deprivation. Yet even as food bank parcels continue to fly off the shelves at breakneck speed, we're still being asked to forgo basic empathy in the name of economic growth.

Here's One Famous Endorsement Miliband Seriously Doesn't Want

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Politics

One of the stars of the controversial documentary series Benefits Street, White Dee, has announced she is "swaying towards" voting Labour. Dee, als...

Cameron's Top Election Priority - Take More Money Away From Poor People

Nick Stephenson | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Today marks the important point at which there are exactly 100 days to go until the general election. All the party leaders have marked the occasion by setting out their most important policies, knowing that they will have the eyes of the country on them...

Why Woman Expecting 12th Child Would Rather Be A Single Mum

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A woman who is expecting her twelfth child has said that she would rather be a single mum on benefits than stay with her cheating husband. Cheryl P...

This Ukip Candidate Wants To Ban Benefit Claimants From Driving

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Politics

A Ukip general election candidate has come under attack over a leaflet which suggests benefit claimants should be banned from driving. Cllr Lynton...

Not Everyone on Benefits Is Trying to Cheat the System

Frances Hutchinson | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics
Frances Hutchinson

I don't want a fancy life, just enough of one so I do not go stark raving mad with boredom and loneliness... If more of the public were aware of what being on Job Seeker's is like long-term, they might be less negative towards us.

Tories Aspire to Full Employment - But Will Do Nothing to Get There

Nick Stephenson | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

For full employment to become a reality, any government needs to ensure all of Britain benefits from prosperity. The coalition would rather make empty rhetorical gestures than actually work towards real opportunities for all.

Will Celebrity Big Brother Finally End Katie Hopkins as a Benefit Commentator?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The line up of this year's Celebrity Big Brother has been announced, and it shows a familiar bunch of has-beens, never-weres, side-show freaks and fake controversialists. Into that last category falls Katie Hopkins, newspaper columnist and scourge of the unemployed and benefit claimants...

IDS Urged To Stop Controversial Benefit Stripping Regime

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has been urged to suspend his controversial benefit sanctions until a review is carried out of their impact, particularly on the men...

Hull's Taxi Drivers and the Luftwaffe - Lessons About the Past and Warnings About the Future..

Karl Davis | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK
Karl Davis

Recent debates around the whole "local driver" issue involving a local taxi firm are illustrated beautifully by two buildings on Hull's Holderness Road. They are connected by real proximity, but separated by the passage of 70 years. Yards from 35 taxi's bustling taxi office stands the Boyes store, built on the site of what was the Savoy Cinema.

Tory Benefits Cap Helping Embarrassingly Few People Into Work

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's flagship cap on benefits has failed to help most benefit claimants into work, analysis by his own department suggests. The work...

George Osborne: Pursuing Austerity Like the Spoils of a Feckless War

Karl Davis | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

Like conflict, austerity leaves people scarred, changing them forever, and disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable. It is ultimately self defeating. Most tellingly, it is the poorest who suffer most under austerity, as in war, whilst the richest always profit...

IDS' Big Welfare Project Is Getting Even More Shambolic

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's much-delayed welfare project, Universal Credit, is set to take even longer to roll out across the country, the government's budget...

Autumn Statement: We Need a Social Security System That Invests in People

Geraldine Blake | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK Politics
Geraldine Blake

While within Westminster the debate continues to go round and round, here in Newham the urgency for Government action is clear. Tomorrow, the Chancellor should start to reframe social security as a long-term investment rather than a bill in which to find politically easy yet socially damaging short-term.

Skills Shortages Hold Back the UK - So Why Can't the Unemployed Get Training?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The UK's job market appears to be doing pretty well, but scratch the surface and life looks a whole lot less rosy for unemployed people.

Tories May Have Some Explaining To Do Over This Report On Food Bank Demand

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK

More than half of people driven by acute poverty to apply for emergency food aid are there because of delays, sudden cuts or sanctions imposed on welf...