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Jessica Elgot

'Selfish' Food Bank Users Spent Money On Booze And Drugs, Says Tory

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK

A Tory councillor has been slammed after she labelled some food bank users "selfish", claiming they spend money of booze and drugs instead of feeding ...

Tory Minister Lord Freud Keeps Being Called 'Lord Fraud' By Parliament

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Politics

As the minister wheeled out to defend the government's so-called "bedroom tax" in the House of Lords, Conservative minister Lord Freud is not too popu...

Tory Peers Said Some Pretty Insulting Things About Food Banks Last Night

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics

Lord Tebbit has called on the government to investigate if people using food banks are in fact spending their money on junk food. Speaking in the H...

How Much Did Cable Charge You To Train His Team For TV?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Politics

Vince Cable has spent nearly £11,000 since 2010 on media training for his junior ministers at the Department for Business and two senior civil servan...

How Much Did IDS Charge You For Media Training?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith splashed out £75,000 of taxpayers' money on media training for gaffe-prone junior minister Lord Freud and officials at the Departme...

Iain Duncan Smith Accuses Trussell Trust Food Bank Charity Of 'Scaremongering'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Tory Iain Duncan Smith has accused a major food bank charity of "scaremongering", whilst attacking it messaging as being "political". Having refuse...

Benefit Cap: Restoring the Welfare State Safety Net

Lord Freud | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Politics
Lord Freud

The benefit cap is now in place across the country. This means that benefit claims are limited to a fair level, a maximum of the average working household income of £500 a week. The taxpayer who funds the welfare state has the assurance that someone in receipt of benefits no longer has an income that's beyond the reach of the average working family.

Universal Credit: Next Steps

Lord Freud | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics
Lord Freud

The current welfare system holds people back from getting into work and too often traps them on benefits. That has to change. That's why we are bringing in this fundamental reform. It's not just the maddening complexity of the current system - the uncertainties around whether it pays to work under the current rules have made stepping off benefits and into employment all too hard for many people.

Food Bank Use Tripled After Welfare Changes

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK

Three times as many people received emergency supplies from Trussell Trust food banks in the three months from April this year compared with the same ...

Jessica Elgot

Benefit Problems Not Linked To Rise In Food Banks, Says Millionaire Tory

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK

Lord Freud, the millionaire Tory minister, has told the House of Lords that there is no evidence that the growth of food banks is linked to growing po...

'Who Wants To Evict A Millionaire?' Ask Protesters (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK

Hundreds of anti-cuts activists have delivered "eviction notices" to the homes of Lord Freud and Iain Duncan-Smith, in civil disobedience actions to p...

Politicians Should be Forced to Find Out How Their Constituents Live if They Want to Be Our Representatives

Thomas Midlane | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Politics
Thomas Midlane

Empathy is an absolutely crucial part of the political picture. Take the Coalition's spending cuts. It's easy to see a policy in terms of numbers and strategies. It isn't until you seem the damage they have wrought up close that the human element begins to loom into focus.

Lord Freud, Welfare Minister, Says People Choose 'Lifestyle' Of Benefits

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.11.2012 | UK Politics

Too many people on benefits see it as a "lifestyle choice" rather than a safety net, welfare minister Lord Freud has said. The comments led to disa...

Universal Credit Will Create a Benefits System We Are All Proud Of

Lord Freud | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK Politics
Lord Freud

Universal Credit will create a benefits system that will secure the safety net we are all proud of - with £2 billion a year more in benefits paid out and around 900,000 children and adults being lifted out of poverty - and ensure people are actively helped by the Welfare State into independence. Currently the system actively holds people back from getting into work and we have a duty to stop this.

New £2,000 Benefit Fraud Fine Comes Into Effect

PA | Posted 08.05.2012 | UK

Benefit cheats will be fined up to £2,000 without being taken to court under new powers from Tuesday, which the Government said will save the taxpaye...

If The Cap Fits

Alex Andreou | Posted 25.03.2012 | UK Politics
Alex Andreou

Usually one has to tune into the Jeremy Kyle Show to hear as plentiful a flow of populist, self-righteous, ill-thought diarrhoea as that which emanated from the government yesterday. Indignation was the mot-de-jour for assorted ministers, wheeled out to express their incredulity at the latest defeat in the Lords.

Government Suffers Three Lords Defeats On Welfare Reform

Huffington Post UK / PA | Michael Rundle | Posted 12.03.2012 | UK Politics

The government has suffered three defeats in the Lords over welfare reform. Planned restrictions on employment and support allowance (ESA) affectin...

'Disastrous' Tax Will Force Kids To Share Rooms And Hurt Foster Families, Say Experts

Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 12.12.2011 | UK Politics

Expert have urged peers to halt the government's proposed "bedroom tax" amid claims it will have "disastrous" consequences. In a blog for the Huffi...

Doctors Should Lose Power To Sign Off Patients Long-Term, Says Tory Minister

PA | Posted 19.01.2012 | UK Politics

Stripping GPs of the power to sign patients off on long-term sick leave could lead to "fewer wasted lives", a Tory minister has insisted. Lord Freu...