UK Benefits

Autumn Statement - Don't Celebrate Tax Credit Reversal Just Yet

Nick Stephenson | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The Autumn Statement provides a second bite of the cherry for a Chancellor to clear up the mistakes they made in their budget earlier in the year. We...

The Government Has Been Discriminating Against Disabled People Again

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK

Iain Duncan Smith suffered defeat on Thursday when a High Court judge ruled that his plan to cap carers' benefits was discriminatory. The ruling co...

Everyone Including The Sun Is Claiming Osborne's U-Turn As Their Own 'Big Win'

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK

Labour, SNP, Lib Dem and Green MPs - and even the Sun newspaper - are all behind the Osborne backdown over tax credits today, if their claims on Twitt...

Why the DWP Are a Joke - Part Two

Imogen Groome | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Groome

My problems with the Job Centre began again the week after I'd completed work experience; by some miracle I'd been permitted to go on it and they'd of...

Today's Debate on Tax Credits Is a Defining Moment for Holyrood

Kezia Dugdale | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Politics
Kezia Dugdale

Labour will always put those on lower and middle incomes first. That's why we will restore the tax credits that families in Scotland lose, once the powers to do so are devolved... If the SNP do not vote for this motion to restore the money lost from tax credits it will confirm once and for all that the politics of grievance is more important to them than helping working families in Scotland.

The DWP Is Refusing To Investigate Effects Of Benefit Sanctions On Mental Health

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK

The Government on Monday refused to investigate the effects of benefit cuts to thousands of people's mental health. Department for Work and Pension...

A Nation of Scroungers

Jess Phillips | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

Benefits claimants are not some woman with seven kids pushing a pram while smoking a fag. Benefits claimants are not toothless young men sat in their pants playing Grand Theft Auto. They look like me, they look like your dad, they look like your nan.

Iain Duncan Smith's Conference Speech: Same Old Song, Same Bum Notes

Nick Stephenson | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The Conservative Party conference reached its own squeezed middle yesterday, as Iain Duncan Smith was hidden away in the Tuesday graveyard shift with his unfounded boasts of 'compassion' and 'tolerance'.

Jokes About Dying Pensioners' Benefit Cuts Were 'Crass', Think Tank Chief Admits

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK

A think-tank director has apologised for "crass and offensive" remarks during a discussion over cutting pensioners' benefits at the Conservative Party...

Iain Duncan Smith Still Misleads as Labour Opposes Benefit Cap

Nick Stephenson | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Seasoned Duncan Smith-watchers are still left floundering as to why he is in his sixth year in the same cabinet job, and yet there he is. Labour must feel they can make serious headway against him on the new benefit cap when the arguments are so half-hearted, and Duncan Smith is doing his best to encourage them in this belief.

Man Took His Own Life Because Of Being Declared 'Fit To Work'

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK

A man with depression took his own life as a direct result of being found "fit to work" by government benefit assessors, a "ground breaking" coroner's...

'Yes, But Why Are All the Refugees Coming Here?'

Chris Tavner | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Tavner

In my last blog I noted how public opinion appeared to be changing around the issue of refugees following the tragic death of Aylan Kurdi. Even Th...

'Tougher Than Tories' Rachel Reeves Leaves Labour Front Bench, But Won't Be Missed

Nick Stephenson | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

It is fair to say that Reeves was not popular among unemployed people, apparently misunderstanding the meaning of the word 'opposition' and racing Iain Duncan Smith towards an ever-more-draconian position on social security, caring little for the victims created on the way.

What's Wrong With the Welfare Reform Bill

Steve Ford | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Politics
Steve Ford

'How long are you likely to have Parkinson's then?' Philip would have been pretty surprised if a friend in the pub asked him when he'd recover from ...

Hungry and Homeless - Asylum Seekers Deserve Better Support

Jasvir Singh | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK
Jasvir Singh

Syrian refugee brothers waiting to be transported to pre-registration centre in Röszke, Hungary. UNHCR/ Zsuzsanna Gal Europe hasn't seen a refugee...

Tory Welfare Policy Is Killing People

John Wight | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Politics
John Wight

Five years after they first came to power as part of a coalition government with the Lib Dems, there is no doubting the passion for making the poorest and most vulnerable in society suffer torment and despair to the point of suicide and premature death which resides in the heart of every Tory.

How People Power Forced Iain Duncan Smith To Release The Statistics He Wanted To Hide

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK

The woman who started a petition for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to release the benefits 'death stats' has thanked everyone who signed ...

'Welfare Dependency' Is a Symptom, Not a Moral Failing

Nick Stephenson | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Social security has been capped and cut over and over again in the last five years, and the pattern has already been continued in the new parliament when George Osborne set out his plans for more pain in his emergency July budget.

50,000 People Want Iain Duncan Smith To Resign For Lying To The Public

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Politics

A petition calling for Iain Duncan Smith to resign for lying to the public has been signed by over 50,000 people. The Department for Work and Pensi...

Jobless Youths Told 'Do Jobs Boot Camp Or Lose Benefits'

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK

Jobless young adults will face losing benefits unless they take part in a "boot camp" to get them ready for the world of work, the Government's "Earn ...

Cameron's EU Renegotiation Plans May Have Just Lost Him The Support Of Young People

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK

Tens of thousands of young people could lose their right to claim benefits for four years as part of radical new proposals to curb payments to EU migr...

Death of National Insurance Could Mean the Death of Universal State Benefits

Nick Stephenson | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Those who still have a sentimental attachment to children shouldn't worry: Duncan Smith is in the process of redefining child poverty so you won't have to hear about the suffering his policies create as their experiences grow more miserable but they fit within a happier category. If NI and income tax are joined, expect to see the welfare state look radically different within a very short time.

Friends on Benefits

Chris Tavner | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Tavner

Fingers crossed I'll snare some people in to reading this blog with its almost sexy sounding title. It's fair to say though that 'friends on benefits' is a lot different to 'friends with benefits'. Simply, having a 'friend on benefits' means only one person is getting fucked.

More Evidence That Welfare Dependence Can Be Reversed - From A Focused Chancellor!

Charlie Mullins | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

This budget provides evidence not only of George Osborn's determination to transform the UK's high tax, high welfare economy into a more prosperous low tax, low welfare dependence one, but also of the real possibility that if we stick to a combination of push and pull policies, this once considered impossible outcome, can be achieved.

Budget 2015 Does Not Deliver a Caring Britain

Natalie Bennett | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Today George Osborne squandered a huge opportunity. He could have learned the lessons that led to the economic crisis, started to build a fair and sustainable economy and given Britain the tools it needs to help in the fight against climate change. Instead his backwards priorities led him to sacrifice the poor and the planet in the name of a "long-term economic plan" that is failing to secure our future.