Incapacity Benefit

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?

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%) ...

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 ...

Fit For Work?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK

People with crippling illnesses like cystic fibrosis and multiple sclerosis are being found fit for work in tests branded "farcical" by charities. ...

What Happened to ESA?

Stef Benstead | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

To retrain and re-evaluate all Atos assessors, as the DWP has required Atos to do, is a big task. To train new assessors in a different company, as the DWP has also said will occur as the DWP is procuring additional providers, is also a big task.

Benefit Reforms Are Putting 'Fairness Back At Heart Of Britain'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.06.2013 | UK Politics

Coalition benefit reforms are "putting fairness back at the heart of Britain", David Cameron insisted in a staunch defence of the controversial shake-...

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.

Epileptic Man Dies After Being Found 'Fit For Work'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK

The parents of a man who suffered from epilepsy and died after being stripped of his benefits have blamed his death on the stress of being found 'fit ...

Atos 'Makes Benefits Error' On One In Five Assessments

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 22.09.2012 | UK

One in five recommendations by the Atos IT firm that suggest benefit recipients are "fit for work" are overturned at appeal. Of the claimants which...

Crackdown On Ex-Pat Benefit Cheats Planned

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 10.01.2012 | UK Politics

Ministers are planning to crack down on British people living abroad who are fraudulently claiming benefits, following the publication of figures show...

Government's Use of Atos to Combat Benefit Fraud is Flawed, Costly and Counterproductive

Kit Marsters | Posted 13.07.2012 | UK Politics
Kit Marsters

Benefit scroungers. They're everywhere, according to the tabloids. They laze about, watching Sky TV on their giant plasmas, whilst decent, hardworking taxpayers pay for their various addictions and holidays abroad.

Tom Harris Defends James Purnell On Welfare Reform | Posted 30.09.2011 | UK Politics