Department of Work and Pensions

No Child's Life Should Be Defined By Their Family's Circumstances

Caroline Nokes | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Politics
Caroline Nokes

This week the Department for Work and Pensions published analysis on the range of disadvantages workless families face, including conflict between parents, drug and alcohol dependency, or mental health problems. While the first job of this department is to do everything we can to support people into work, we know that wider issues like these can prevent families from getting on with their lives, leaving children without the stability they need.

Domestic Abuse Victims Deserve Protection, Not Punishment

Angela Crawley | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics
Angela Crawley

The Government must urgently consider the far-reaching challenges associated with this policy, and exclude victims-survivors of domestic abuse from collection charges. That way we will ensure that the support owed to their children is paid and that those victims-survivors are not distressed further by having to make contact with a former violent partner.

Scrutiny of Benefit Sanctions Mustn't End Here

Sumi Rabindrakumar | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Sumi Rabindrakumar

For single parents, who are disproportionately affected by unfair sanctions, this is a sad state of affairs. And that's why this month's National Audit Office report on benefit sanctions is such a necessary wake-up call.

The People Who Challenged The Government On Bedroom Tax - And Won

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK

Carers to a severely disabled teenager and a victim of domestic violence both won their Court of Appeal challenges on Wednesday over the lawfulness of...

Court Rules Bedroom Tax 'Discriminatory' In Defeat For Government

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK

The grandparents of a severely disabled teenager who won a Court of Appeal challenge over the lawfulness of the so-called “bedroom tax” said they ...

DwP's Response To 'Benefit Tourism' Shows How Little Evidence It Has

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK

The Government has failed to provide any evidence to prove that migrants are travelling to the UK in order to receive in-work and out-of-work benefits...

Six Reasons To Query David Cameron's '40% Of European Migrants Are Supported By Benefits' Claim

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron’s claim that “around 40 per cent” of European Economic Area migrants are support by UK benefits is “uncertain”, according to t...

Twitter Is Mercilessly Mocking Iain Duncan Smith And He Only Has Himself To Blame

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK

People have taken to Twitter to add to the Department for Work and Pensions' bank of fabricated stories in the brilliant #fakeDWPstories hashtag. T...

Parliament Open: How Will Male Suicide Be Tackled?

James Walker | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Walker

Given the scale of this issue throughout the course of the last parliament, you have to wonder how the coalition government failed to deal with the challenge.

Ian Duncan Smith's Back-to-Cabaret Scheme

Chris Sav | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Comedy
Chris Sav

After it was confirmed that Ian Duncan Smith would remain in cabinet as the work and pensions secretary, he wasted no time and pressed ahead with his welfare reforms, one of note being the back-to-cabaret scheme.

Fifty Shades of Unemployment

Chris Sav | Posted 10.05.2015 | 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 ...