Jobseekers Allowance

DWP 'Should End Strict Sanctions And Conditions On Benefits'

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Politics

Forcing the unemployed to regularly turn up to Job Centres is harmful and counter-productive, the Government’s own ‘behavioural’ policy unit has...

More Than 2,600 Died Within Six Weeks Of Being Deemed 'Fit For Work', Reveal Government

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Politics

More than 2,650 people died within six weeks of being found “fit for work”, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has revealed. Figures re...

'Benefits Street' Is a Red Herring for the Real Issue Surrounding the Welfare State

David Mooney | Posted 12.05.2016 | 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.

A Controversial Proposition - An Honest Day's Work for an Honest Day's Pay

Michael Havis | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Politics
Michael Havis

The life of a jobseeker is not that of a bon viveur. It wasn't when I graduated amid a deep recession, nor is it today. Still, there was once a basic dignity in it if you were making an effort. Not for much longer it would seem.

Jobseeker Sanctions: Necessary Tool to Push the Workshy Into Employment or Heartless Mechanism to Lower the Benefit Bill?

Kirsty McHugh | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Politics
Kirsty McHugh

It seems that politicians are wedded to imposing conditions in return for benefits and that sanctions will remain part of that regime. However, employment support providers know that you achieve most with jobseekers when the relationship is positive, providers are trusted and jobseekers want to work.

Cameron Wins the Election With Barnstorming Conference Speech

Charlie Mullins | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

I had the pleasure of hearing David Cameron's speech in Birmingham yesterday after spending the last few days at the Tory conference campaigning for apprenticeships. To my mind, he won the election right then and there.

Labour's Plans Could Destroy the Welfare State, Not Save It

Daniel Sage | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Sage

A good start for Labour would have been to expand the contributory principle, not further target it, whilst explicitly focusing on supporting young people, rather than restricting access to social security. If the causes of such deep, attitudinal change in the UK are indeed linked to the decline of the contributory principle and the changing views of young people, today's proposals by Labour could end up having the complete opposite effect.

Jobseeker's Allowance Needs to Come Into This Century

Leigh Jones | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Politics
Leigh Jones

It's in the interest of the taxpayer to make it difficult for those who need to to jump through the benefits hoops. However, this goes further than that. This is a system in need of immediate, wholesale reform. IDS has worked to make the whole jobseeking process online, which is great, but putting an old-fashioned bureaucracy onto the internet isn't the same as modernising it.

Asa Bennett

Is It Moral To Strip Benefits For Weeks Just For Missing An Interview? | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg was taken to task on his LBC radio show by "William from Stafford" over how government welfare changes were forcing the poor to increasingl...

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?

The Top Ten Ukip Arguments (And Why They Are False)

Kieran Turner-Dave | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
Kieran Turner-Dave

Immigrants are not a strain on the public sector, austerity is. Moreover, if Ukip truly believe that "Britain is full", should the party be urging its members to stop procreating? Same-sex relationships would surely be far more patriotic?

The View From Benefits Street

Laurence Stellings | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK
Laurence Stellings

While few political commentators, bloggers and pundits have yet to offer a view on Channel 4's Benefits Street, a programme dubbed 'poverty porn' by critics, there is one voice largely missing from the debate: that of those receiving benefits across Britain.

Christmas Benefit Payments Error Hits Thousands

PA | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK

Up to 32,000 people have not received benefit payments in time for Christmas due to an administrative error. Money for some jobseekers, low earners...

How More Zero-Hours Contracts Could Help Solve the Huge Employee Shortfall and Adult Care Crisis

Ian McMullon | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Politics
Ian McMullon

The combination of cuts to social care budgets and a growing demand for services in health and social care further substantiates what I have thought for some time; zero-hour contracts are the key to solving two crises the UK - high unemployment levels and adult social care.

The Reality of Being Young and Unemployed at Christmas

Kate Ansell | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kate Ansell

This time of year is meant to be fun, but the twinkling lights, shiny shop fronts, looped yuletide tunes and nights out can make a hole in your pocket seem enormous. It's a reminder for many that they are out of work and can't afford to have the Christmas on display on the high street...

Immigrants On Benefits Rises By 40%

The Huffington Post/ PA | Posted 29.08.2013 | UK

The number of immigrants claiming benefits in the UK has risen by 40% over the last four years, according to newly emerged figures. More than 400,...

We All Pay Your Benefits - An Exercise in 'Divide and Rule'

Steve Rose | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Politics
Steve Rose

According to the BBC's programme information: "Nick Hewer and Margaret Mountford want to discover how much benefit is enough to live on and if work is worth it." The experiment promises to bring both groups together an effort to 'learn' their stories. Except, there's one huge problem with this premise - it presupposes the idea that anyone unfortunate enough to be unemployed pays no taxes.

Universal Credit To Be Introduced In Four Jobcentres

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Politics

The controversial benefit reform, Universal Credit, which replaces other benefits such as jobseeker's allowance, income support and other tax credits,...

Welfare Reforms 'Leave System More Open To Benefit Fraud'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.04.2013 | UK Politics

MPs have raised fears that the government's huge welfare shake-up actually leaves the system more open to benefit fraud. A report by the Communitie...

Unemployment Increases To 2.52 Million

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.03.2013 | UK

Budget 2013 live : Follow George Osborne's announcement here with our 'At A Glance' guide to all the big decisions on the economy. Unemployment has...

Work Experience: Why You Should Probably Lie to Your Jobcentre

Sarah Woolley | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Woolley

I never expected to rely on my Jobcentre, but their conditions for my independent efforts penalised my attempts to help myself. So, tough luck if you believe in making your own opportunities. Local jobs in Ipswich were non-existent or beyond my skill set: boiler repair and work with vulnerable people.

The Dreaded Sign On Day

Nick Trutwein | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nick Trutwein

We are very lucky to have a Government that will provide, and I know first hand that their financial assistance does help, but it is those who abuse the system that stigmatise the unemployed who are simply enduring a difficult time through no fault of their own.

Government to Force Unemployed to Take Jobs With Few Employment Rights?

Joe O'Donnell | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK
Joe O'Donnell

This is a depressing time for anyone who believes that the State should help ensure equality of bargaining power between employers and employees.

The Beveridge Legacy

Alison Garnham | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Politics
Alison Garnham

Beveridge pointed the way to mutual support and pooling risk - principles we should return to if we truly intend to be all in it together.

Unemployment Drops By 7,000

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.09.2012 | UK

Unemployment fell by 7,000 between May and July to 2.59 million, official figures have shown. The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance l...