UK Benefits

Reality TV Has Jumped the Shark

Paul Blanchard | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Blanchard

Roll on a remarkable short time to 2014 and we have Benefits Street. Nothing subtle here. Basically we get to watch people living in a street where most are on benefits. Call me old-fashioned but there is something distasteful about this.

IDS Tells EU Critic: You Hate Britain

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has lashed out at EU Employment Commissioner Laszlo Andor after he warned that the UK government's benefits restrictions looked "nas...

Britain Has 'Violated Right To Nutrition' As 1m Now Use Food Banks

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK

The British government has been accused of violating the human right to food, and international law, as it was revealed nearly one million adults and ...

Iain Duncan Smith's Speech Does Not Reflect the Reality for Most People

Paul Farmer | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Farmer

It's time politicians of all parties commit to being accurate and respectful when talking about benefits and those supported by them. It's vital they do more to understand the real lives and challenges people face by refusing to promote harmful stereotypes.

Atos Told Dying Scientist He Was Fit To Work

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK

A scientist given 18 months to live by doctors was declared fit to work by Atos and died penniless because he lacked the energy to appeal, his family ...

About That 'Fuck the Poor?' Thing

Adrian Grist | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK
Adrian Grist

This 'social experiment' leads us to the conclusion we're all total bastards. And I must be a bastard too, because when I see a man with a sandwich board rattling his unsanctioned charity tin without any clue as to which charity (if any) he is working for, I too would ignore him.

IDS Doesn't Want You To Know How Badly His Universal Credit Scheme Is Failing

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith and his fellow ministers have been accused of obstructing MPs' attempts to scrutinise his flagship Universal Credit welfare scheme b...

Coalition Finds New Way to Bash Claimants - Immediate Sanctions

Nick Stephenson | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Those who believed the government had exhausted its supply of welfare-demonising policies were in for a cruel shock as the Tories reached down the back of the sofa and pulled out another billy club.

Daydreaming of 'Support England'

Simon Stevens | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK
Simon Stevens

I have always been a daydreamer since I was a child, thinking up big ideas to how I would improve a specific company, or part of the government, in great detail. I think it may be a part of my mild bipolar, a way to focus my thoughts, as well as solving the bigger problems in life.

Your Benefits Just Got Cut Again

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics

Benefits have been cut again today, as the annual 1% cash terms increase is effectively a cut as it is still below the rate of inflation. The real ...

Why I Voted for an Overall Cap on Social Security Spending

Sheila Gilmore | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Sheila Gilmore

There has been some confusion between the overall spending cap and the individual benefit cap which came into force last September. The latter has an automatic effect on a single person whose total weekly benefit income reaches £350, and a couple or anyone with children whose income reaches £500.

Atos to Leave WCA Contract Early

Stef Benstead | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

The government should take this opportunity to think very carefully about whether the WCA is the right assessment to continue with. At the very least they shouldn't bind the next government to lengthy contracts for delivering WCAs if that will hinder the opportunity to give the WCA the massive overhaul, even total replacement, that it very much needs.

Labour Has Betrayed Its Supporters by Voting for the Welfare Cap

Salman Shaheen | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Politics
Salman Shaheen

The real betrayal of Britain's poorest and most vulnerable people was Labour's support for this toxic policy. With 13 honourable exceptions who all deserve praise for actually doing what they were elected to do, Labour MPs acquiescently lined up behind the welfare cap. If an antelope feeds its calf to a lion, that's pretty shocking.

Divert Jobseeker Benefits to Fund Apprenticeships

Andrew Boff | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Boff

Imagine if we get just half of the Capital's 33,200 young JSA claimants off benefits and into apprenticeships, it would free up hundreds of millions of pounds to help fund these opportunities, getting our youngsters out of the job centre and into the workplace.

The Welfare Cap Will Leave Many Disabled People Fearful for Their Future

Sue Brown | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Politics
Sue Brown

All too often disabled people are being hit the hardest by this Government's spending cuts. Many disabled people are struggling to make ends meet as they face long delays for assessment for PIP, have been hit by the bedroom tax and experience cuts to social care. In reality, the only way to keep spending below the newly announced welfare cap will be to restrict benefits for this same group.

Atos Will Stop Doing 'Fit-For-Work' Tests On Benefit Claimants Early

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Politics

Atos Healthcare is quitting its contract to carry out "fit-for-work" tests on disability benefit claimants before it is due to end next year, the gove...

Ed Miliband Faces Labour Rebellion For Backing Welfare Cap

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband faces a rebellion of Labour MPs today and claims he is "playing politics" as the government moves to write into law a cap on overall welfa...

White Dee 'Turns Down £100,000' To Stay On Benefits

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK

Benefits Street's Deirdre Kelly has apparently turned down £100,000 to carry on receiving state benefits. Her agent Barry Tomes told the Birmingha...

'Try One Of Our Unemployed People First'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has urged British employers to try to take on an unemployed Briton first before offering a job to a foreign worker. The work and ...

Osborne's 'Smoke And Mirrors' Over Welfare Cap

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne's decision to cap spending on benefits in the next parliament at £119 billion has been dismissed as "smoke and mirrors", by a leading ...

Atos and the 'Negligence and Complicity' of the BMA Leadership

Alan Wyllie | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

It is disgraceful that this pathetic and spineless IT company - that allowed itself to be compromised by vindictive welfare reforms - is anywhere near the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Why I'm Saying No to Cervical Screening

Jade Lane | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jade Lane

An inconspicuous-looking white envelope dropped through my letterbox last week. Inside it contained an invitation to participate in the NHS's cervical screening programme. Do you know what I did next? I put it in the bin.

IDS' Benefits Changes Are 'All On The Verge Of Meltdown'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's Department for Work and Pensions is on the verge of a "meltdown" over its three major benefits programmes, warned Margaret Hodge, ...

Bob Crow - Omnitotemic in the Age of the Omnishambles...

Karl Davis | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

Whether people like or loathe Bob Crow, his contribution to the industrial and political demographic cannot be diminished by partisan bias. Keep that contribution alive. Join a union. Fight for your rights as a worker deserving of respect and equity. Push for the alternative.

Jobseeker's Allowance Needs to Come Into This Century

Leigh Jones | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Politics
Leigh Jones

It's in the interest of the taxpayer to make it difficult for those who need to to jump through the benefits hoops. However, this goes further than that. This is a system in need of immediate, wholesale reform. IDS has worked to make the whole jobseeking process online, which is great, but putting an old-fashioned bureaucracy onto the internet isn't the same as modernising it.