UK Benefits

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.

How Much Of The Government Budget Really Goes On Welfare?

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics

Chancellor George Osborne is revealing today where the promised £12bn of welfare cuts will fall. His emergency Budget address lays out the Govern...

You Can't Eat GCSEs, Iain Duncan Smith, and They Won't Keep You Warm

Nick Stephenson | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The child poverty figure was out this week, and it surprised many people by showing no overall rise. This wasn't the success the Conservatives tried to present it as; there is a target in place that commits the government to eradicating child poverty by 2020, the end of the current parliament, and this needs the figure to fall significantly every year with 2.3 million still below the breadline.

The Government Is Capping Deaf Young People's Ambitions And Aspirations

Susan Daniels | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK
Susan Daniels

What of those deaf young people who need ongoing regular support in order to thrive and prosper at work? The cap has sent them a very clear signal - to cap their aspirations and settle for something beneath their hopes and expectations.

An Open Letter to IDS and George Osborne - Let's Create a New Industrial Revolution to Benefit Britain, NOT Keep Britain on Benefits

John Bird | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
John Bird

The continuing misuse of benefit is a human rights abuse where recipients are walled off from democracy and opportunity. But ministers, please reflect on where this culture arose; in the corridors of power itself. And the cure is to be found in work that finally gives this blighted sector of society the chance to catch up on lost time spent in the miasma of benefit.

Iain Duncan Smith Caught Misleading Again - Benefit Death Figures to Be Published

Nick Stephenson | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

We are used to Iain Duncan Smith misleading us in all sorts of ways. Last month a leaked document from his Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) sho...

Ex-'Corrie' Star Opens Up About Life On Benefits

The Huffington Post UK | Ashley Percival | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Entertainment

Former ‘Coronation Street’ star Bruce Jones has opened up about his life, living on benefits. It was revealed that the actor, who played Les B...

Petition For Government To Release 'Benefits Deaths' Figures Reaches 133,000 Signatures

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK

The petition calling for the Government to release statistics showing how many people have died within six weeks of having their benefits stopped has ...

The Government Doesn't Want You To Know How Many People Died After Their Benefits Were Stopped

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK

A petition has been launched after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) blocked the publication of statistics showing how many people have died ...

New Benefit Cap Means Workless Private Renters Now Banned From 92% of UK

Nick Stephenson | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

We are rapidly approaching a point where the UK's poorest, particularly those unfortunate enough to be unemployed and who have larger families, are running out of reasonable housing options. The result is likely to be an increase in the use of temporary accommodation which fails the overcrowded families within it and costs the public purse more despite reforms being marketed as part of an austerity drive.

Sturgeon Lambasts Scotland Bill Over Westminster's Ability To Veto

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Politics

Nicola Sturgeon lambasted a Bill designed to give Scotland broad new powers on Thursday, saying it failed to deliver on the findings of the cross-part...

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 23.06.2015 | 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 17.06.2015 | 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.