UK Benefits

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.

Political Parties Challenged on Welfare by Disabled People and Their Families

James Bolton | Posted 16.06.2015 | 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 07.06.2015 | 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 31.05.2015 | 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.