Lord Freud

Gender Pay Gap? It's Gone, Says Minister

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK Politics

The gender pay gap has ‘disappeared’ for young women, a Conservative minister has declared, as new figures showed record employment in the UK. ...

An MP Thinks Another Government Welfare Reform Is Failing

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Politics

The Government's welfare mastermind has been warned plans to get millions of benefits claimants on to a flagship single hand-out within five years is ...

David Mellor's Rant And 10 Other Political Slip-Ups Caught On Tape

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Politics

Secret recordings and undercover opponents have been hugely perilous for politicos ever since the Watergate Scandal poisoned Richard Nixon's career in...

An Open Letter to the LGBT+ Community

Lisa Egan | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Egan

The miners were probably the hardest hit during that particular 4 year term of office. And it was deeply heartening to hear a story about another oppressed group the government loathed - the LGBT community - coming to the support of others in solidarity just because it was the right thing to do.

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.

Loads Of People Want This Tory Minister Sacked

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Politics

Protesters have gathered outside the Department for Work and Pensions demanding the sacking of welfare minister Lord Freud, who was recorded suggestin...

How It Feels To Be Worth Less

Mik Scarlet | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Politics
Mik Scarlet

Our labour is worth just the same as anyone else's. Don't let society carve into to stone what we know to be wrong by allowing this opinion to go unchallenged...

Freud's Minimum Wage Slip

George Wilson | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Politics
George Wilson

As for Freud, at best, carelessness, and a poor understanding of his department and the people that it serves may prove less a slip and more a great fall; Labour are set to table a Commons motion of no confidence in him to be voted on later this month.

#WaterstonesTexan, The Apprentice And More: It's The Week In 50 Funny Tweets

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Comedy

What a week of excitement! In politics, Douglas Carswell was sworn in as Ukip's first MP: Congratulations to new Ukip MP Douglas Carswell on almost...

Mehdi's Minute: Freudian Slips, Tory 'Traitors' and the Fight Against Ebola

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on Lord Freud's latest gaffe, on the disabled and the minimum wage, on the ongoing Tory/Ukip love-in and on how Dave is trying to dodge the debates? Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

How Valuable Are You To The Tories? Use Our Easy Chart!

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Comedy

In light of Lord Freud's recent comments about the disabled, it's worth reminding ourselves of exactly where we all stand in the eyes of the Conservat...

Lord Freud 'Not Worth £300 A Day Expenses,' Say Disabled People

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Comedy

Disabled people in Britain have caused controversy by suggesting that Lord Freud is "not worth the full £300 daily expenses" he is entitled to. ...

Freud Revelation Exposes Weakness in David Cameron's Technique

Will Black | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

The public, media and political response to the revelation that Lord Freud, in a fringe meeting at Conservative Party conference, suggested that some people with disabilities are not "worth" the minimum wage and perhaps should instead work for as little as £2 an hour, has been fascinating.

Nick Clegg Attacks Lord Freud For 'Deeply Offensive' Disability Comments

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Politics

Welfare Reform Minister Lord Freud's comments suggesting that some disabled people are "not worth" the minimum wage were "offensive", Nick Clegg has s...

Millionaire Tory Peer's Disabled Remarks Are Hardly His First Gaffe...

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Politics

Tory welfare minister Lord Freud has issued a "full and unreserved" apology after a recording emerged of him suggesting that disabled people were "not...

Tory Minister Urged To Resign For Saying Disabled 'Not Worth' Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Politics

Tory welfare minister Lord Freud has been urged to resign after he suggested that disabled people are "not worth" being paid the full minimum wage. ...

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 ...