Department for Work and Pensions

Nearly 20,000 People This Week Called on the Department for Work & Pensions to Act on Its Commitment to Reform the Fit for Work Test

Brian Dow | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Politics
Brian Dow

This week a petition with nearly 20,000 signatures was handed in to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), calling on them to act on their commitment to reform the "fit for work" test.

DWP Staff Take Home Almost Half Of A £90million Taxpayer Funded Bureaucrat 'Bonus Bonanza'

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been accused of overseeing a “bonus bonanza” after Whitehall bureaucrats pocketed more than £90million in pay-outs last year. ...

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...

The Government Tried To Get In On Back To The Future Day And Failed Spectacularly

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK

Where there is a hashtag you can bet your life there's a company trying to cash in on it with there own 'quirky' take. Sometimes it's not even a co...

'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.

IDS Blasted For 'Shocking' Comments That Labeled Disabled People 'Abnormal'

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK

The man charged with administering benefits to thousands of disabled people has been blasted for "shocking" comments made on Monday, which suggested t...

Iain Duncan Smith Reprimanded For Wrongly Docking Deaf Man's Benefits

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Politics

A deaf benefit claimant had his Job Seekers Allowance wrongly docked for four weeks by the Department for Work and Pensions, a judge has ruled. Th...

LEAKED: DWP's Official Definition Of 'Fit For Work'

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Comedy

Following startling revelations that 4,010 people died within six weeks of being deemed fit to work by the Department for Work & Pensions, many of us ...

7 People Who Died After Having Their Benefits Taken Away

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Politics

On Thursday it was revealed that more than 4,000 people had died within six weeks of being deemed "fit for work". The figures show that between Dec...

Some Real Case Studies to Help Us to Understand Benefit Sanctions

Heather Rolfe | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Politics
Heather Rolfe

What do real claimants have to say about their experiences of this system, and are they as grateful as Sarah and Zac? Evidence from case studies collected by our evaluations of two programmes suggests they are not. Sanctions rules are understood, but do not appear to be helping claimants to find work.

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...

Looks Like This Isn't The First Time The DWP Used 'Fakes' In Welfare Leaflets

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK

Fresh revelations in the row over a rubbished DWP leaflet emerged on Wednesday, when it was discovered two fake characters featured in a benefit sanct...

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.

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...

Job Centre Questioned Welfare To Man Who Cannot Walk, Talk Or Feed Himself

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics

A wheelchair-bound man who can only communicate by blinking his eye was ordered to attend a Job Centre to prove he should still receive welfare paymen...

How to Survive Mental Illness Under a Tory Government

Laura Roche | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Politics
Laura Roche

Let's be honest, it wasn't ideal having mental health issues under the previous government, but now the Tories are in power, their proposed austerity cuts to service and benefits have understandably caused shock-waves and concern for sufferers.

'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.

Leaked Government Memo Shows Details Of Planned £12bn Welfare Cuts

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Comedy

The Conservative party are planning to cut £12bn from the welfare budget - but won't reveal how those cuts will be made until after the general elect...

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

Nick Stephenson | Posted 05.04.2015 | 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 ...