DWP Decides Teen With Bionic Leg 'Not Disabled Enough', Takes Away Her Mobility Car

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A teenager with a bionic leg has been forced to start a fund-raising campaign to keep her mobility car after she was deemed "not disabled enough" to b...

Why the DWP Are a Joke - Part Two

Imogen Groome | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Groome

My problems with the Job Centre began again the week after I'd completed work experience; by some miracle I'd been permitted to go on it and they'd of...

If The DWP's New Advert Was Honest

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Comedy

Iain Duncan Smith's Department Of Work And Pensions released a new advert recently, which cost the taxpayer £8.5 million. Despite the DWP making swee...

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...

Disability Confident 2015 - Marks for Effort, But Missing Something Key

Fleur Perry | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK
Fleur Perry

Free pen collecting is more of a sport than a hobby, and Disability Confident 2015 was as good an opportunity as any, so I thought I'd stock up on writing supplies and see what all the fuss was about.

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...

Why the DWP Are a Joke

Imogen Groome | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Groome

It truly is a sorry state of affairs when your only option, if you want to move forward with your graduate career, is to sign off jobseeker's allowance until you've done work experience, then sign back on again. Losing money because you're trying to pursue a career they don't seem willing to recognise. I mean, that's my option if they don't ring the paper and completely screw things up for me with them.

Successful 'Fit For Work' Appeals At Highest Ever Rate, New DWP Figures Show

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Politics

The share of Fit for Work decisions being overturned on appeal is at its highest ever level, figures released by the Department of Work and Pensions (...

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...

Benefits Deaths - Calling for a Public Inquiry Should Be Top Priority for the Next Labour Leader

Joe Martin | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Politics
Joe Martin

Last week the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was forced to release figures on the number of people who died shortly after being told they were...

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...

Can We Stop the Cavalry?

Fleur Perry | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Politics
Fleur Perry

At the beginning of this week, I read Iain Duncan Smith's piece "We're Building a Welfare State That Is Finally Fit for Purpose" and began writing a r...

A Group Of Student Lawyers Has Overturned 95% Of DWP Decisions Against 200 People Declared 'Fit For Work'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A group of student lawyers in Bristol has overturned 95% of decisions made by the Department of Work and Pensions in relation to 200 people it deemed ...

Tory Welfare Policy Is Killing People

John Wight | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Politics
John Wight

Five years after they first came to power as part of a coalition government with the Lib Dems, there is no doubting the passion for making the poorest and most vulnerable in society suffer torment and despair to the point of suicide and premature death which resides in the heart of every Tory.

How People Power Forced Iain Duncan Smith To Release The Statistics He Wanted To Hide

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK

The woman who started a petition for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to release the benefits 'death stats' has thanked everyone who signed ...

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 ...

Suggested Shake-Up of Sickness Benefits Continues Two Decades of Attack on the Long-Term Sick

Stef Benstead | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

There is no evidence that the work ethics of people with long-term sickness are any worse than the average person, and in some respects they are better. Studies frequently find that the long-term sick want to work - which is not the same as being able to work, but does show that fecklessness is unlikely to be the problem here.

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...

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...

The DWP Admits To Making Up Stories In Benefits Leaflets

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

The Department for Work and Pensions has been forced to edit and re-issue a leaflet after being caught fabricating testimonials from fake benefit clai...

Friends on Benefits

Chris Tavner | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Tavner

Fingers crossed I'll snare some people in to reading this blog with its almost sexy sounding title. It's fair to say though that 'friends on benefits' is a lot different to 'friends with benefits'. Simply, having a 'friend on benefits' means only one person is getting fucked.

Petition For Government To Release 'Benefits Deaths' Figures Reaches 133,000 Signatures

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK

The petition calling for the Government to release statistics showing how many people have died within six weeks of having their benefits stopped has ...

'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.