Department for Work and Pensions

IDS Fails on Freedom of Information - As He Did With Us in 2013

Nick Stephenson | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), bane of the lives of unemployed people, has refused a legitimate request for information from a BBC reporter.

Tories Want To Put The Unemployed Under Even More Pressure

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith is reportedly considering new cost-cutting plans to force all unemployed people to "sign on" at the Jobcentre twice as often in orde...

Cameron's Own Numbers Don't Actually Support His Benefits Cap Claims

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron has insisted that reducing the annual benefits cap to £23,000 would cause a new "stampede to the job centre", despite a swathe of evide...

IDS Is Struggling To Stop Losing Your Money

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's Department for Work and Pensions has been severely criticised by the Whitehall spending watchdog for failing to curb the "escalati...

Taxing Disability

Lisa Egan | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Politics
Lisa Egan

Not satisfied with canning the lowest rate of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) care, or reducing the distance one can walk from 50m to 20m in order to be able to qualify for its successor benefit Personal Independence Payment (PIP)...

How Can Local Enterprise Partnerships Ensure Older Workers Are Used More Effectively to Achieve Economic Growth?

Chris Ball | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK
Chris Ball

Yesterday I attended a meeting of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) together with various Jobcentre Plus and DWP people in Stoke on Trent. Its purpose was to consider the above question. The Minister for Pensions, Steve Webb, was not there (he sent a supportive message).

IDS' Big Cost-Cutting Welfare Plan Could Massively Backfire

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's flagship welfare policy, universal credit, is in danger of costing more than planned as it has a perverse incentive for people to ...

Guardian 'Should Be Blacklisted', Government Press Chief Says

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK

The Guardian newspaper should be "blackballed" and prevented from joining the new press regulatory body because "day after day, it gets its facts wron...

Coalition Finds New Way to Bash Claimants - Immediate Sanctions

Nick Stephenson | Posted 07.06.2014 | 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.

Atos Declared Unfit For Work

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Comedy

Atos Healthcare has been declared unfit for work by the Department for Work and Pensions. The decision followed months of assessments, during which...

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, ...

No Room for Rip-Off Pension Schemes in the Workplace

Peter Vicary-Smith | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Vicary-Smith

The Regulatory Policy Committee's recent response to the Department of Work and Pensions' (DWP) Impact Assessment on a pension charge cap is disappointing, and seems to be more concerned about the impact on pension companies' profits than the potential benefits to consumers.

Personal Independence Payment: More Haste, Less Speed

Sheila Gilmore | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sheila Gilmore

DWP Ministers once more find themselves making a virtue out of a necessity as they announced on Saturday that the roll out of Personal Independence Payment would be slower than planned.

Woman Dies After Being Judged 'Fit For Work'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK

A woman has died only nine days after the government declared her fit for work. Linda Wootton was dying on a hospital bed as the ruling to remove h...

Mother Pocketed Hundreds Of Thousands In Benefit Fraud

PA | Posted 23.05.2013 | UK

A mother has been found guilty of fraudulently pocketing more than £350,000 in benefits and tax credits by claiming her children had disabilities and...

Victory for Welfare Campaigners Is a Step in the Right Direction

Paul Farmer | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK
Paul Farmer

Mind, together with the charities National Autistic Society and Rethink Mental Illness, took the decision to intervene in a legal case involving two people with mental health problems who felt that the WCA didn't take sufficient account of their needs. We thought it was vital to intervene to communicate the experiences of the thousands of people who get in touch with us and help the court come to the right conclusion.

Archbishop Seeks To Defuse Welfare Row

PA | Posted 12.03.2013 | UK Politics

The new Archbishop of Canterbury has backed away from a row with ministers over welfare changes - and admitted he used to claim benefits himself. J...

Charlie Thomas

Are Jobs Stats Masking The Poorly Treated Self-Employed? | Charlie Thomas | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK

The government's employment figures, due to be published on Wednesday, have been skewed by a surge in self employment, according to Trade Unions Congr...

When the Bough Breaks...

Phil Shanks | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

The range of needs met through supported housing is indeed diverse and the challenges vary across the country. Leaving the task of allocating resources to local authorities makes sense.

'Many Households With Disabled People Are Already Struggling'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.10.2012 | UK

Up to half a million disabled people and their families could be worse off under the new system of Universal Credit once it is fully implemented - wit...

Department Of Sick And Pensions?

Charlie Thomas | Posted 16.10.2012 | UK

More than 600 staff were dismissed from Iain Duncan Smith's Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) for their poor work attendance record last year, acc...

'Hypocrisy' from IDS Over Claims Scotland Can't Pay Its Own Welfare Bill

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK Politics

Work and Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of "hypocrisy" by the Scottish government after he claimed Scotland couldn't afford its...

Benefits Could Be Frozen For Two Years

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.09.2012 | UK

Benefits could be frozen for two years, with welfare linked to average pay, rather than inflation, according to BBC Newsnight. A Department for Wor...

Duncan Smith: Monthly Benefit Payments 'Will Help Poorest'

PA | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK Politics

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has insisted shifting to monthly benefit payments would help the poorest and dismissed claims the move w...

Universal Credit Is Coming

PA | Posted 10.09.2012 | UK Politics

The government will press ahead with plans to scrap the current benefits system and replace it with a single, monthly payment, Iain Duncan Smith has s...