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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...

Tory Minister Took Money Off High-Cost Loan Boss 'Exploiting Vulnerable'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 22.05.2014 | UK Politics

Employment minister Esther McVey has come under fire for accepting a £10,000 donation from the millionaire boss of a high-cost loan company that give...

Atos to Leave WCA Contract Early

Stef Benstead | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

The government should take this opportunity to think very carefully about whether the WCA is the right assessment to continue with. At the very least they shouldn't bind the next government to lengthy contracts for delivering WCAs if that will hinder the opportunity to give the WCA the massive overhaul, even total replacement, that it very much needs.

May To Cut Migration, By Redefining It

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Politics

Theresa May has been accused of trying to "make the figures fit the politics" over proposals to cut net migration by nearly 20,000 a year by shortenin...

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...

Universal Jobmatch Farce Shows Coalition Doesn't Understand the Real Cost of Cuts

Nick Stephenson | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The government is planning to end its Universal Jobmatch contract early with the scheme descending into farce. Signing up to the site is a condition of receiving Jobseeker's Allowance for most unemployed people, who have been forced to use it under threat of losing their benefits...

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, ...

Stripped Of Benefits? IDS Could Charge You To Appeal

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's Department for Work and Pensions could charge those who have been automatically stripped of benefits to fight the decision in an a...

IDS Has 'No Idea' How Much He's Paying To Get Young Into Sex Industry Jobs

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has come under fire after the Department for Work and Pensions admitted it does not know how much it is paying adult employers in go...

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?

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...

Million Sick People Found 'Fit For Work' By DWP

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Almost a million people who applied for sickness benefit have instead been found fit for work, according to figures published today. A third (32%) ...

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.

Dear Government: Let's Talk About Reality

Stef Benstead | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

So let's stop living in a theoretical world where Big Society is what happens when a subsection of those with surplus try to help those in need but don't have enough to meet all the need, and let's start living in the real world where the body best placed to be Big Society and to make Big Society work is you.

2013 in Unemployment - Media and Government Combine to Kick the Workless

Nick Stephenson | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The one apparent bright spot, the fall in unemployment, came with more caveats than the average party election manifesto. More are working part-time only because they can't find full-time work while those earning less than premiership footballers have lost hundreds more pounds this year as wages still haven't kept pace with inflation.

The Welfare Reform Scam

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

The government's claim that it is protecting disabled people from cuts is, of course, nonsense. Deep cuts are being made to disability benefits and to social care, which is now used by 25% fewer people. But government is expert in disguising its actions and finding someone else to blame.

DWP - Too Political, Not Independent Enough?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The separation between government and civil service is a vital one. Governments come and go, but the civil service is permanent, and only works when it stands apart and acts as a bulwark against the worst excesses of politicians. So a press release that found on the Department of Work and Pensions website on Monday tips over an invisible but vital line of trust.

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.

The Children of Iain Duncan Smith's Sanctions Are Cold and Suffering

Nick Stephenson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Among the UK's three million poor children, itself a shameful number in a wealthy society, more than half said their home was too cold last winter, three-quarters said they often worried about money, and a quarter said their house had damp or mould.

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.

Supreme Court Slams IDS On Poundland 'Back To Work' Scheme

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK

Poundland was not enforcing slave labour via the Government's "back to work" scheme, but the UK's highest court has ruled the scheme was legally flawe...

Public Disenfranchisement With Politics: A Myth or Reality?

Dan Holliday | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Holliday

It has been said that the British political system is bankrupt. One scandal after another has seen people lose faith in Britain's institutions and in the political process as a whole. A new paradigm way of thinking is needed. Is this mere unhelpful rhetoric, or genuinely the deal?

Let's Close Down the DWP

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

In the UK today disabled people are astonished by the absurdity of a whole new system that has emerged out of the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) ...

Responding to Rachel Reeves

Stef Benstead | Posted 12.12.2013 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

I am sick of hearing about what politicians think, or about what they think the public thinks, or about what the public thinks. I'm not interested in what people think. I'm interested in what they know and what evidence that knowledge is based on...

LOOK: Government Produces Cringe-Worth Rap About Pensions

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.10.2013 | UK

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