UK Benefits

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...

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 ...