Department Work and Pensions

Disability Benefit Changes Bring UN Probe Over 'Grave' Human Rights Violations

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Politics

The United Nations has launched an investigation into whether Iain Duncan Smith's disability benefit changes have led to "grave or systemic violations...

IDS Finds Poor Hit Hardest By His Benefit-Stripping Decisions

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's benefit sanctions are poorly understood and hit "vulnerable" jobseekers the hardest, a report commissioned by the Department for W...

Jobseekers To Lose Benefits If They Don't Take Zero-Hours Jobs

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Politics

Jobseekers face being stripped of their benefits if they refuse to take some forms of zero-hours contracts under the coalition's welfare reforms. C...

IDS Has Most Government Staff On 'Poverty Wages'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's Department for Work and Pensions has nearly two-thirds of government workers on less than the living wage of £7.65 per hour, acco...

How Much Did IDS Charge You For Media Training?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith splashed out £75,000 of taxpayers' money on media training for gaffe-prone junior minister Lord Freud and officials at the Departme...

Benefits Stigma Means a Quarter Lie When They Receive Welfare Payments

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK

The vicious stigma of a life on benefits means more than a quarter of people have lied when they are forced to use government safety nets, worried tha...

Will 'Bedroom Tax' Punish Pensioners'?

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

Some pensioners with spare rooms will be hit by reductions in housing benefit under what critics dub the Government's "bedroom tax", the Department of...

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'Dark Days Are Coming' When Disability Living Allowance Changes

HuffingtonPost.com | Felicity A Morse | Posted 22.10.2012 | UK

Disabled people insist the Disability Living Allowance is a “lifeline” and impending changes to the benefit are a “huge worry” after a report ...

Epileptic Man Dies After Being Found 'Fit For Work'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK

The parents of a man who suffered from epilepsy and died after being stripped of his benefits have blamed his death on the stress of being found 'fit ...

Atos 'Makes Benefits Error' On One In Five Assessments

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 22.09.2012 | UK

One in five recommendations by the Atos IT firm that suggest benefit recipients are "fit for work" are overturned at appeal. Of the claimants which...

Government's Poverty Tsar Offers Grim Assessment For Young People

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 17.12.2011 | UK Politics

The government's approach to tackling poverty is akin to putting out a "bushfire with odd pails of water", according to the coalition's poverty tsar F...