UK Benefits

Do the Tories Really Care About Poor People?

Nash Riggins | Posted 30.01.2015 | 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 27.01.2015 | 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...

This Ukip Candidate Wants To Ban Benefit Claimants From Driving

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Politics

A Ukip general election candidate has come under attack over a leaflet which suggests benefit claimants should be banned from driving. Cllr Lynton...

Not Everyone on Benefits Is Trying to Cheat the System

Frances Hutchinson | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics
Frances Hutchinson

I don't want a fancy life, just enough of one so I do not go stark raving mad with boredom and loneliness... If more of the public were aware of what being on Job Seeker's is like long-term, they might be less negative towards us.

Tories Aspire to Full Employment - But Will Do Nothing to Get There

Nick Stephenson | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

For full employment to become a reality, any government needs to ensure all of Britain benefits from prosperity. The coalition would rather make empty rhetorical gestures than actually work towards real opportunities for all.

Will Celebrity Big Brother Finally End Katie Hopkins as a Benefit Commentator?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The line up of this year's Celebrity Big Brother has been announced, and it shows a familiar bunch of has-beens, never-weres, side-show freaks and fake controversialists. Into that last category falls Katie Hopkins, newspaper columnist and scourge of the unemployed and benefit claimants...

IDS Urged To Stop Controversial Benefit Stripping Regime

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has been urged to suspend his controversial benefit sanctions until a review is carried out of their impact, particularly on the men...

Hull's Taxi Drivers and the Luftwaffe - Lessons About the Past and Warnings About the Future..

Karl Davis | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK
Karl Davis

Recent debates around the whole "local driver" issue involving a local taxi firm are illustrated beautifully by two buildings on Hull's Holderness Road. They are connected by real proximity, but separated by the passage of 70 years. Yards from 35 taxi's bustling taxi office stands the Boyes store, built on the site of what was the Savoy Cinema.

Tory Benefits Cap Helping Embarrassingly Few People Into Work

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's flagship cap on benefits has failed to help most benefit claimants into work, analysis by his own department suggests. The work...

George Osborne: Pursuing Austerity Like the Spoils of a Feckless War

Karl Davis | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

Like conflict, austerity leaves people scarred, changing them forever, and disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable. It is ultimately self defeating. Most tellingly, it is the poorest who suffer most under austerity, as in war, whilst the richest always profit...

IDS' Big Welfare Project Is Getting Even More Shambolic

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's much-delayed welfare project, Universal Credit, is set to take even longer to roll out across the country, the government's budget...

Autumn Statement: We Need a Social Security System That Invests in People

Geraldine Blake | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK Politics
Geraldine Blake

While within Westminster the debate continues to go round and round, here in Newham the urgency for Government action is clear. Tomorrow, the Chancellor should start to reframe social security as a long-term investment rather than a bill in which to find politically easy yet socially damaging short-term.

Skills Shortages Hold Back the UK - So Why Can't the Unemployed Get Training?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The UK's job market appears to be doing pretty well, but scratch the surface and life looks a whole lot less rosy for unemployed people.

Tories May Have Some Explaining To Do Over This Report On Food Bank Demand

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK

More than half of people driven by acute poverty to apply for emergency food aid are there because of delays, sudden cuts or sanctions imposed on welf...

The Struggle for Values - In and Out of the Modern Job Market

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

The unemployed are far from valueless - far from the cynical self-serving schemers they are often made out to be. Instead, they have found ways to adapt, to live and to find worth in the world that is theirs at present.

Did IDS Know Universal Credit Was 'Off Track' Well Before He Admitted Failures?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has come under fire after one of the advisers behind his flagship benefits programme revealed that he knew it was going "off track" ...

C4's Dispatches on Universal Credit - An End to Victim-Blaming?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Dispatches didn't feel the need to offer 'context' by touring the areas where those appearing lived, showing graffiti and broken windows, shouting kids on BMX bikes and people drinking in the street and asking us to judge all residents as morally lacking. It focused on issues instead of personalities, and viewers came out actually understanding the problems as a result.

IDS Goes After Benefit Fraudsters, But What About These 3 Bigger Costs?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's Department for Work and Pensions has launched a new advertising campaign encouraging people to phone a hotline if they suspect som...

Lord Freud 'Not Worth £300 A Day Expenses,' Say Disabled People

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Comedy

Disabled people in Britain have caused controversy by suggesting that Lord Freud is "not worth the full £300 daily expenses" he is entitled to. ...

Freud Revelation Exposes Weakness in David Cameron's Technique

Will Black | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

The public, media and political response to the revelation that Lord Freud, in a fringe meeting at Conservative Party conference, suggested that some people with disabilities are not "worth" the minimum wage and perhaps should instead work for as little as £2 an hour, has been fascinating.

Millionaire Tory Peer's Disabled Remarks Are Hardly His First Gaffe...

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Politics

Tory welfare minister Lord Freud has issued a "full and unreserved" apology after a recording emerged of him suggesting that disabled people were "not...

Three-Quarters Support £23k Tory Benefit Cap - But Why?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

This comes as no surprise; the drift of anti-welfare opinions has been rightwards for years, and only gets more judgemental. The explanation for why so many are willing to see their fellow citizens living in absolute penury has a few parts.

Entire Universe In Shock As Political Commentator White Dee Threatens To Vote Ukip

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK

Benefits Street star Deirdre Kelly, better known as White Dee, has condemned the Tories for being "out of touch with the real world" and revealed she ...