UK Benefits

Government Must Ensure Past Mistakes Affecting Disabled People Are Not Repeated

Richard Kramer | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Kramer

We need to navigate another approach in order to break down the "them and us" mentality. Both government and the disability sector should explore how we can both reframe the debate and work together to deliver a good life for disabled people.

'Benefits Street' Is a Red Herring for the Real Issue Surrounding the Welfare State

David Mooney | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Politics
David Mooney

Deny it all you want, but at some point in your life you've been forced to clear your browsing history because of some questionable content you found yourself viewing at nearly midnight on a Friday after a stressful week. Sometimes the temptation is just too much to avoid surfing to the wrong side of the tracks and what follows is a swift re-writing of history where we pretend that we were on the phone or had dropped off for a moment instead.

McVey Loss Is No Compensation as Unemployed Wait for the Pain to Come

Nick Stephenson | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Only the 'haves' will truly enjoy this Conservative majority. For the unemployed the advice must be: that zero hour contract you were offered (and that Iain Duncan Smith wanted to rename)? Even if you can't live on it, you should take it, because the alternative of a civilised period on benefits with quality jobsearch support while you you look for real work is even less likely now.

IDS Claims He Doesn't Know Where £12Billion Benefit Cuts Will Fall - But Did He Mislead Voters?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

As part of the interesting 'maths' in their manifesto, the Tories have committed to £12 billion more cuts in benefit payments over the next parliament. In interview after interview MPs and ministers have consistently refused to say where these cuts will come from, including multiple times to the BBC's Andrew Neil on The Daily Politics ever since the promise was made.

Should We Re-elect the Worst British Government for 75 Years?

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

I am not a partisan man. Although I was once, many years ago, a member of the Liberal Democrats, I have since tried to help make the world a better pl...

Unemployment Falls Slow as Government Overstates Recovery

Nick Stephenson | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The reality of Conservative insecurity on jobs is shown by the almost total absence of work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith from the election campaign, now seen to be a poisoned chalice and damaging to the prospects of Cameron leading another government.

Political Parties Challenged on Welfare by Disabled People and Their Families

James Bolton | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Politics
James Bolton

The hottest day of the year so far was a fitting backdrop to a debate that had the potential to be one of the most heated of the election campaign...

People Tell Me What I'm Doing Is Amazing, but Just Taking the Time to Get in Touch. That's Amazing.

Suzanne Burnett | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Parents
Suzanne Burnett

Although coping with an invisible illness isn't just about how you feel. Yes I am in pain every second of every day but I can manage my pain. I also get horrific migraines and all kind kinds symptoms pop up that I don't expect. What makes life difficult is attitude, not mine.

1,000 Jobs Created Every Day - But What Kind of Jobs?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

1.8 million more people are in work since 2010, and that works out at roughly 1,000 per day. It is when you dig a bit deeper that things start to unravel. Only from the middle of 2013 were more employee jobs created than lost. Of the 1.1 million rise in the number in work between 2008 and 2014, 732,000 were actually in self-employment.

An Open Letter to Boris Johnson

Dan Holliday | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Politics
Dan Holliday

Dear Boris, Yesterday on your Facebook page, you posted a lengthy diatribe against 'Lefties', which captured my interest.

What's Behind the Surge in Poverty Porn? We Are

Michael Havis | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics
Michael Havis

Documentaries about benefits and those who get them can be insightful, but when you're tuning in for a thrill it's poverty porn - so do remember to feel a tad ashamed when the credits roll.

Tory Minister Hits Out At Own Party's 'Inhuman' Benefit Sanctions

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Politics

A senior Conservative minister has risked opening up a party rift after lashing out at the “inhuman” application of benefit sanctions, a regime ov...

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

Antony Micallef | Posted 29.04.2015 | 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 25.04.2015 | 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 23.04.2015 | 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 18.04.2015 | 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 18.04.2015 | 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 04.04.2015 | 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 30.03.2015 | 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 29.03.2015 | 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...