Department of Work and Pensions

Fifty Shades of Unemployment

Chris Sav | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Comedy
Chris Sav

I have to be honest and say that I didn't really read the contract, but after briefly skimming it I did notice some key words such as 'self loathing' and 'punishment.' I assumed this was all part of the job seeking process so I went ahead and signed.

The Support I Get So That I Can Work Might Be Taken Away

Julie Fernandez | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Julie Fernandez

I'm disabled, I work six days a week running my own craft business, and I employ 11 people. I also have a successful media career. I'm only able to do all of this because I get support under the government's Access to Work scheme - but I'm totally stressed out at the moment because it's under review and I've been told that it might be taken away.

Iain Duncan Smith's New Reforms Are Well Fair if You Ask Me

Charlie Mullins | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

Of course, Labour have been quick to criticise Mr Duncan Smith but the strength of the UK labour market - with record numbers of people in work, accompanied by dramatic falls in the number of the UK's unemployed - is plain evidence that his reforms are having an impact.

IDS Caught Out For 'Foul Play' Over Official Stats For FOURTH Time In A Year

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has been caught up in a new row over his department's dodgy use of official figures, the fourth in a year. The controversy erupt...

Stop Paying To Get Young Into Sex Jobs, Labour Tells Govt

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Politics

Ministers have come under pressure to stop helping young people work in strip clubs and porn film sets as the government offers £2,275 for every full...

Exploding the Myths Around Benefit Levels and the European Committee of Social Rights

Professor Aoife Nolan | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Professor Aoife Nolan

Wednesday saw Iain Duncan Smith expressing outrage about the findings of the European Committee of Social Rights on the UK's recent report to that body... So what is the all the fuss about? Who is this Committee that has raised the hackles of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions?

Mothers' Challenge To Benefit Cap

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK

Three single mothers and their children are challenging the legality of the Government's flagship "benefit cap" policy in the Court of Appeal. Two ...

Thousands Of Tenants Due Refund Over Bedroom Tax

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The Government has been accused of a shambolic roll-out of the Bedroom Tax, with thousands of tenants wrongly hit and due a refund. The Department ...

Christmas Benefit Payments Error Hits Thousands

PA | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK

Up to 32,000 people have not received benefit payments in time for Christmas due to an administrative error. Money for some jobseekers, low earners...

Ministers Must Carry the Can

Stephen Timms | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Timms

The failures around the Universal Credit project, exposed by the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday, are the responsibility of David Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith, not civil servants... This failure was Iain Duncan Smith's. It goes right back to the start of the project. The idea for Universal Credit was developed in the Centre for Social Justice which Iain Duncan Smith set up. It is a good idea. It has the potential to simplify the system, and make it clearer to people how their circumstances will change if they get a job. But ministers have never got to grips with what was going to be involved.

Jessica Elgot

Benefit Problems Not Linked To Rise In Food Banks, Says Millionaire Tory | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK

Lord Freud, the millionaire Tory minister, has told the House of Lords that there is no evidence that the growth of food banks is linked to growing po...

Jessica Elgot

Two Thirds Of Children In Poverty 'From Working Families' | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK

A dramatic rise in children living in poverty-stricken working families has alarmed campaigners, with the government urged to take actions by charitie...

Felicity A Morse

Council To Reclassify Rooms To Help Tenants Dodge Bedroom Tax | Felicity A Morse | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK

Leeds council has confirmed it will reclassify hundreds of rooms in council houses in a bid to help residents avoid the so-called "bedroom tax." Ac...

Bedroom Tax Illegally Discriminates Against Disabled People, Court Hears

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK

The High Court has been asked to declare that the government's so-called "bedroom tax" unlawfully discriminates against disabled people, in ten cases ...

Government's Controversial 'Nudge-Unit' To Become Profit-Making

Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK

The government's controversial "nudge unit", which encourages people to make better lifestyle choices, is to be part-privatised, transforming it into ...

Felicity A Morse

DWP Accused Of Giving 'Fake' Psychometric Tests To Jobseekers | Felicity A Morse | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK

A psychometric test given to jobseekers in parts of England, seemingly to help them find their "signature strengths", has been labelled "patronising" ...

Universal Credit To Be Introduced In Four Jobcentres

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Politics

The controversial benefit reform, Universal Credit, which replaces other benefits such as jobseeker's allowance, income support and other tax credits,...

Felicity A Morse

Homebase Deny Using Work Experience Staff To Cut Costs | Felicity A Morse | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Politics

Homebase have denied using work experience staff to cut costs after an internal memo appearing to encourage managers to do so began circulating online...

The Bedroom Tax: A Perfectly Mad System?

Enya Quin-Jarvis | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Enya Quin-Jarvis

With an increasing demand for properties, combined with an acute shortage of social housing, the idea of taxing council tenants who maintain a spare room seems reasonable, but a closer investigation into the matter reveals that this taxation may be affecting societies most vulnerable whilst only adding to a worsening housing situation.

Politicians Should be Forced to Find Out How Their Constituents Live if They Want to Be Our Representatives

Thomas Midlane | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Politics
Thomas Midlane

Empathy is an absolutely crucial part of the political picture. Take the Coalition's spending cuts. It's easy to see a policy in terms of numbers and strategies. It isn't until you seem the damage they have wrought up close that the human element begins to loom into focus.

Felicity A Morse

Families Claim £100,000 In Housing Benefit... Really George? | Felicity A Morse | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Politics

As part of his bid to justify a raft of new welfare reforms, George Osborne pointed to families claiming as much as £100,000 a year in housing benefi...

Ministers 'Worryingly Unaware' Of Impact Of Housing Benefit Cuts

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Politics

The Department of Work and Pensions has little idea how plans to cut housing benefit will affect claimants and if the reforms will even save money, MP...

The DWP Is Guilty of Incompetence on an Industrial Scale

Liam Byrne | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK Politics
Liam Byrne

The chaos at DWP knows no bounds. They've given us a Work Programme worse than doing nothing. Universal Credit is descending into universal chaos. And now the department has bodged its regulations so badly that a Court of Appeal judgement has struck down its general power to issue sanctions of any kind shape or form. Incredible.

'You're Not Too Good To Stack Shelves'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | JE | Posted 17.02.2013 | UK

Iain Duncan Smith lashed out at graduates who consider themselves "too good" to stack supermarket shelves as he vowed not to back down after a flagshi...

My Partly Political Broadcast

Tiernan Douieb | Posted 17.04.2013 | UK Comedy
Tiernan Douieb

Partly Political Broadcast is a new, hopefully weekly project between me and excellent filmmaker Ben Hilton. It's a short of burst of comedy, with pointed views about the week's goings ons, which we decided we should do because, well, no one else was.