Department for Work and Pensions

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?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Government Could Fine Sick And Disabled Claimants Who Refuse To Work £71 Per Week

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.09.2012 | UK

The government is considering enforcing tougher sanctions for sick and disabled benefit claimants who refuse to take steps to get back into the work p...

Convicted Rapist Who Won £5m On Lottery To Be Sentenced For £13,000 Benefit Fraud

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.09.2012 | UK

A convicted rapist who won nearly £5 million on the lottery is due to be sentenced today for fraudulently claiming around £13,000 in benefits. Ed...

Universal Credit 'Late And Over Budget'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.09.2012 | UK Politics

The Government's flagship universal credit is late and £100m over budget, Labour claimed on Monday. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith ...

Defusing Domestic Rows and Saving Cash? We've Got an App for That!

Fiona Wood | Posted 27.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Wood

Whether married or not, many spouses and cohabitees are understandably keen to resume their newly single lives with as much financial security as possible. That necessity is magnified when there are children to take care of and provide for.

Graduate Challenges 'Illegal' Poundland Work Experience In Court

PA | Posted 26.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

An unemployed graduate is challenging the legality of a government work experience scheme that she says forced her to work for free in Poundland. C...

Minister Refuses To Hear Case Of Cancer Sufferer Whose Benefits Were Cut

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 25.06.2012 | UK Politics

A government minister has refused to meet with an MP about her constituent suffering from breast cancer whose benefits have been cut. Helen Goodman...

'Glaring Holes' In Welfare-To-Work Fraud Control

PA | Posted 15.05.2012 | UK

Ministers have been accused of leaving "glaring holes" in fraud controls on welfare-to-work firm A4e as one of its contracts was axed. The National...