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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.

War on the Poor, War on the Majority: 2+2=5, We're Electioneering

Christian Garland | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

The war on the poor aka 'welfare reform' is being waged with that much more ferocity and that much more cynicism in the weeks up to the General Electi...

#Hospitalglam Matters Because My Appearance Doesn't Reflect the Severity of My Illness

Jade Hamnett | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jade Hamnett

When you have an invisible condition, you can face an additional level of scrutiny and are often having to work much harder to prove how ill you feel. So it's not surprising that sometimes I feel like I'm losing myself.

IDS Fails on Freedom of Information - As He Did With Us in 2013

Nick Stephenson | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), bane of the lives of unemployed people, has refused a legitimate request for information from a BBC reporter.

Its Cost Is Just One of the Myths Around 'Welfare'

Professor John Hills | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK Politics
Professor John Hills

Most of what costs the bulk of our spending on the welfare state - and the part whose cost is rising as the population ages - are the things that nearly everyone benefits from as they move through the life cycle - schools, the NHS and pensions, on top of child benefits and tax credits for families when they have children.

What Does Saving Independent Living Fund Really Mean?

Simon Stevens | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK
Simon Stevens

I believe what is happening with Access to Work, where the soul of helping and supporting people as been replaced by a sanitised entitlement procedure that is built upon distrust and disharmony, is a very good indicator of what is likely to happen.

What Is Lord Freud Worth?

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

It is perhaps natural to confuse real human worth with salaries, celebrity or power - it's not an uncommon mistake - what is really upsetting is to see this error turned into an ongoing policy which crushes disabled people or indeed any group that the powerful deem less worthy.

This DWP Referendum Memo 'Could Have Been Written A Lot More Sensitively'

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has defended a memo sent to staff telling them they had to support the UK Government in its objective to ma...

Are 50,000 Young People 'Missing' in Our Employment System?

Stephen Evans | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Stephen Evans

Exam results are the start of the journey for young people, with so many possibilities and opportunities ahead. We need to make sure that our employment and skills system gives them the right support at the right time to make the most of these.

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...