Employment and Support Allowance

Cutting Disability Benefits by £30 Per Week Won't Help People Into Work

Paul Farmer | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Politics
Paul Farmer

Removing £30 a week is a short-sighted cost-cutting move that will only backfire, causing a huge deal of extra anxiety as well as financial problems, with the potential that people are pushed even further from work than previously. We need a supportive, personalised benefits system that works with people, not against them.

On Benefits? PM Says You May Be Making A 'Lifestyle Choice'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Politics

David Cameron came under fire today after declaring that some benefit claimants were making a “lifestyle choice”. The Prime Minister used the p...

What's Wrong With the Welfare Reform Bill

Steve Ford | Posted 10.09.2016 | UK Politics
Steve Ford

'How long are you likely to have Parkinson's then?' Philip would have been pretty surprised if a friend in the pub asked him when he'd recover from ...

It's Time for a New Approach to Help People With Mental Health Problems Into Work

Paul Farmer | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Farmer

There is a significant prize here for all concerned. For people with mental health problems, a chance to find appropriate work in a supportive workplace; for employers, the opportunity to support the mental health of all staff; and for the wider economy, the potential to deliver a significant change to our society.

Taxing Disability

Lisa Egan | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Politics
Lisa Egan

Not satisfied with canning the lowest rate of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) care, or reducing the distance one can walk from 50m to 20m in order to be able to qualify for its successor benefit Personal Independence Payment (PIP)...

George Osborne Plans Another £25billion in Cuts, and Wants to Take Around Half of It From Welfare

Lisa Egan | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics
Lisa Egan

So I'd like to introduce Mr Osborne to few people: Shaun Pilkington shot himself after his Employment and Support Allowance was stopped. Tim Salter ...

Sick and Disabled People Needs Their Doctor's Support

Stef Benstead | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

When it's their word against yours, medical evidence is what proves you're not the one lying. Medical evidence is what says that you are in pain, or you are blind, or you are mentally ill. It's what confirms that you aren't making things up or exaggerating. It's what tells the decision maker to believe your evidence over what the Atos assessor said, or simply to believe your evidence at all.

878,300 Aren't Cheating the System

Stef Benstead | Posted 06.06.2013 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

The government's line - repeated several times - is that these claims were fraudulent or cheats. Without directly saying so, Grayling implied in 2011 that because "the vast majority of new claimants for sickness benefits are in fact able to return to work", it is right to assume that many current Incapacity Benefit claimants are able to work - interpretation, many are cheats, frauds or otherwise manipulating the system.

Not a Paralympic Legacy: Belief and Benefit Cuts

Musa Okwonga | Posted 02.12.2012 | UK Politics
Musa Okwonga

With the Paralympics not all that far in the rear view mirror, Duncan Smith's outlook sounds almost consistent with the theme tune of that superb tournament: that people with disabilities are Harder Than You Think, and therefore don't need so many of your tax-funded handouts. It's a seductively simple premise, but it looks to be at variance with the facts.

An Open Letter to David Cameron

Lisa Egan | Posted 05.05.2012 | UK Politics
Lisa Egan

Yo Dave! I know you're a bit busy, but I was wondering if you could help me out with something? I like to think I'm fairly clever and that my comprehension is pretty good but I'm having a bit of trouble with the blog post you wrote here on Thursday.

Disabled People Must Be Means Tested For Benefits, Insists Grayling

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress and Michael Rundle | Posted 12.01.2012 | UK Politics

The government has insisted that it will seek to reverse three significant changes to the Welfare Reform Bill made by the House of Lords last night. ...

We Must not let the Welfare Reform Bill Penalise Cancer Patients

Ciaran Devane | Posted 12.11.2011 | UK Politics
Ciaran Devane

People in the UK are rightly very protective of their welfare state; I have no doubt that it is this sense of ownership, that it is our welfare system that leads some to condemn those who they feel have broken this agreement between citizen and state.