UK Benefits

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...

This Is Stephen Crabb's Voting Record On Welfare And Benefits

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 19.03.2016 | UK

Stephen Crabb, the new Work and Pensions Secretary, has consistently voted for reducing housing benefit, his voting record shows. Crabb has also sided...

A Heartfelt Post on the Disability Benefit Cuts

Martyn Sibley | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Politics
Martyn Sibley

Since leaving my job at Scope, I've concentrated on lifestyle content. My view has been the world is so much better for disabled people. With financial investment for care support, equipment/technology and living adaptions; disabled people finally could aspire to more in life.

How Being a Disability Benefit Claimant Happened to Me

Claire Ayres | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK
Claire Ayres

The government like to paint a picture of benefits claimants as being debt-ridden addicts who can't be bothered to work. I want to try and dispel this picture a bit, if I can. I don't smoke, drink, take drugs (except what is prescribed to me). I only claim ESA and PIP not housing benefit or anything like that. We don't claim carer's allowance for my husband even though we are entitled to it.

People Power Forces MPs To Debate Reversing Osborne's Disability Benefit Cuts

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK

George Osborne faces a threat to his plans to slash disability benefits as MPs poise to re-debate the controversial cuts. A petition that has garnered...

We Need to Reduce Barriers Not Benefits

Richard Kramer | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Kramer

We know that it costs more to live in our society if you're disabled but all too often the most vulnerable people are the ones hit hardest by the Government's spending cuts.

Partially Blind Amputee Told He's Not Disabled Enough To Receive Benefits

The Huffington Post | Eve Hartley | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK

A partially-sighted amputee has revealed his shock after being told he is not considered to be "disabled enough" to receive benefits. Richard Hart, f...

George Osborne's £1bn Disability Cuts To 'Fund Middle-Class Tax Giveaway' Is Sparking Fury

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 12.03.2016 | UK

George Osborne's reported plan to use a billion pound benefit cut for disabled people to fund tax giveaways for the middle-class has sparked outrage f...

Dead Soldier's Family Blame Benefit Cut For 'Taking Away His Lifeline'

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK

The family of a soldier who died after having his benefits cut are appealing for funds for a public inquiry into whether Iain Duncan Smith's departmen...

Cutting Disability Benefits by £30 Per Week Won't Help People Into Work

Paul Farmer | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Farmer

Removing £30 a week is a short-sighted cost-cutting move that will only backfire, causing a huge deal of extra anxiety as well as financial problems, with the potential that people are pushed even further from work than previously. We need a supportive, personalised benefits system that works with people, not against them.

Furious Tory MP Issues Powerful 'Warning Shot' To Her Own Party On Disability Cuts

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK

An enraged Conservative MP has issued a "warning shot to government" as she vowed to fight her own party's cuts to disability support. Heidi Allen...

Millions Of Children Prepare To Face Families' Benefit Freeze Imposed By IDS

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK

More than seven million children will be affected by family members being hit by a four-year benefit freeze, research has shown. The Children’s S...

The (Working) Benefits of Being a Millennial

Carolina Are | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Carolina Are

Sure, Millennials have it a lot harder when it comes to making their job count. We will probably have worked 100 jobs by the age of 60, all while still renting a house in the middle of nowhere and commuting to work for hours. But we will also be able to change our job titles to something outlandish and, most importantly, shape our company and its products rather than letting them shape us.

On Benefits? PM Says You May Be Making A 'Lifestyle Choice'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Politics

David Cameron came under fire today after declaring that some benefit claimants were making a “lifestyle choice”. The Prime Minister used the p...

Is This Really So Hard to Understand?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Politics
Mik Scarlet

What is most ridiculous is that as most disabled people come by their impairment later in life it is very likely that the very people who are so upset by this system of support may have to call on it one day, when they need it the most. Bet they call it fair then.

Foodbank Britain at Christmas

Richard Burden | Posted 24.12.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

In the last month my team and I have referred about the same number of people to the foodbank for assistance as we did in the ten months before that... The sheer scale of the operation these days is both astonishing and impressive. The fact that it has to be so big, though, underlines that something is fundamentally wrong with the way Britain operates at the moment.

Finland Could Have The Perfect Answer To The British Welfare State

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK

Finland's government is formulating plans to scrap benefits completely and to give each of its citizens the same basic income of 800 euros (£574) a m...

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...