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Theresa May Faces Battle As Labour Calls On Tory Rebels To Help Halt Universal Credit Roll-Out

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 17.10.2017 | UK Politics

Theresa May is facing a fight to force through a major overhaul of benefit payments, after Labour called on Tory MPs not fully behind the policy to he...

Woman Reveals How Five-Week Universal Credit Wait Almost Drove Her To Suicide

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 18.10.2017 | UK Politics

A woman has revealed how a five-week wait to access benefits through the new Universal Credit almost drove her to suicide. Maria Amos was left with n...

DWP Forced Into Embarrassing Backtrack With Universal Credit Admission

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 13.10.2017 | UK

The government has been forced into an embarrassing backtrack after admitting Universal Credit claimants need to call a costly helpline to receive wel...

PIP: The Truth Is Out

Mik Scarlet | Posted 17.09.2017 | UK Politics
Mik Scarlet

The government claimed that PIP would be a fairer benefit which would help more disabled people and assist in the fight against fraud. From the outset however, disabled people raised their voices in concern, and ever since there has been a growing clamour of stories from people who have been failed by the new PIP assessment process... No matter how you spin the latest statistics, for those who the Personal Independence Payment was designed to help it's been a nightmare. Isn't it time that the voices of disabled people were listened to, and this failed benefit change was over turned?

Be Bold For Change: The Rape Clause And Why The Government Needs International Women's Day

Nathalie Greenfield | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Nathalie Greenfield

Wednesday 8th March is the International Women's Day. The campaign theme this year is 'Be Bold For Change', and the IWD website asks people all over the world to fight for a better, more inclusive, gender-equal world.

'Disabled Genocide' Of Tory Austerity Torn Apart On The Last Leg

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 04.03.2017 | UK

Adam Hills and Alex Brooker have launched a scathing attack on Tory disability cuts likening them to a “genocide” against disabled people. The hos...

The Waugh Zone February 27, 2017

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday, February 27… 1) WINNING HERE? Just imagine if the returning officer in the Copeland by-election ha...

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.

Why We Must Save Glasgow's Job Centres

Stewart McDonald | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Politics
Stewart McDonald

It's time for Ministers to get out of their grand offices, leave the ministerial car behind and come and see how difficult they will make it for thousands of Glaswegians to get to the Job Centre. Perhaps then they will see the damage they will inflict and think again on this extraordinary attack on Scotland's largest city.

The Waugh Zone November 30, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday, November 30… 1) DONALD, DUCK! At PMQs a fortnight ago, Jeremy Corbyn exploited Tory discomfort ...

How The New Benefits Cap Would Make Things Worse For The ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Family

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK

The lowering of the benefit cap by as much as £6,000 a year from next week will throw some 300,000 children closer to homelessness, new research has ...

Combatting Ageism, Fear and Loathing in Brexit Britai

Jilly Forster | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK
Jilly Forster

For many years ageist attitudes and behaviours have gone unchallenged in the UK. With Brexit deepening the generational divide and triggering an outpouring of ageist vitriol, the need to tackle age discrimination is now more urgent than ever before.

This Tweet From The DWP Is Baffling, Amusing And Angering All In Equal Measure

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK

Like an uncle at a wedding trying to get down with the kids by busting out some terrible moves, the DWP has taken a rather interesting approach to try...

Ken Loach's New Film Slamming UK Benefits System Reduced Cannes Critics To Tears

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK

UPDATE: 'I, Daniel Blake' wins Palme D’Or at Cannes Film Festival. Ken Loach's new film that takes an uncompromising look at the UK's welfare system...

Partially Paralysed Man With Half A Skull Declared 'Fit For Work' By DWP

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 14.05.2016 | UK

A partially paralysed man who had half his skull removed after suffering a stroke has been declared 'fit for work' and had his benefits cut. Kenny Bai...

Another Appeal Another Defeat for the DWP to Go With the Collapse of Workfare

Christian Garland | Posted 01.05.2017 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

Last week, the Court of Appeal ruled against the DWP again, meaning it could well be obliged to repay £130million in benefit payments to claimants who were 'sanctioned' after "refusing" workfare

Drug Treatment Disinvestment Undermines UK Attempts to Show International Leadership

Paul Hayes | Posted 22.04.2017 | UK Politics
Paul Hayes

The UK Government's message to the UN is right - robust investment and light-touch enforcement is the path forward - but those words will ring hollow if we fail to heed them at home.

The Misleading Research at the Heart of Disability Cuts

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

In the wake of the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith, the UK Government's attack on disability benefits has only just started to receive mainstream cov...

'Those Who Need It Most'? The Disability Benefits Discourse Has to Change

James Downs | Posted 01.04.2017 | UK Politics
James Downs

Speaking at a European council summit in Brussels last month, David Cameron stated that welfare payments to disabled people had increased by £4bn in ...

How Osborne Can Turn the Tables on IDS

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

If the Chancellor does nothing, or too little, he will be forever tainted as the worst kind of Tory - the kind that merely seeks to entrench advantage for the benefit of his own class. But if the Chancellor were to adopt this simple 10 point plan he could become the best kind of Tory - a new Peel or Disraeli. The choice is, almost entirely, his.

Charities Cannot Ignore Political Events and Should Be Ready to Pounce

John Tizard | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Charities have rightly been arguing against specific benefit cuts on behalf of their members and their beneficiaries; drawing evidence from disabled people, carers and also from their own professional staff; and making the case for excluding some of the most vulnerable and poorest members of society from further cuts to their limited income.

We Have to Start Thinking 'Less'

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Professionally we grew up, our children's services and child care theory and practice developed, in times of plenty, and by extension, of certainty. We never dreamed we would one day dread the implications of a world where plenty and certainty were not present.

How to Get Disabled People to Take the Government's Leap Into the Unknown After ESA Cuts

Vicky McDermott | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Politics
Vicky McDermott

In the next few hours the debate over the future of Employment and Support Allowance will be decided. The impact on many disabled people could be significant. The government's defeat in the House of Lords on Monday offered disabled people at risk of losing as much as £30 a week in benefit support, a temporary reprieve.

Thatcherism Redux is Coming Undone, As Cameron and Co. Acquire the Habit of Defeat

Christian Garland | Posted 25.02.2017 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

The incumbent Tory government of David Cameron and co. seemed to be under the illusion that since it scraped a majority at last year's general election, it could do what it liked to the country and the (post-political) 'what works' ideology of Thatcherism Redux could be freely imposed at will. Fast forward to the last few weeks and it becomes very apparent that that is not at all the case.

These Student Lawyers Are Remarkably Successful At Overturning DWP 'Fit To Work' Rulings

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A group of student lawyers volunteering at a law centre in Bristol have claimed a remarkable 96% success rate in overturning decisions by the Departme...