Tax Credits

'I'm having sleepless nights' A single mother begs George Osborne not to slash child tax credits

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Politics

It is not the hot weather keeping single mother Nicola Marshall awake at night, but growing worries over money. The 37-year-old is unable to sleep...

If You Want Higher Wages You Need Stronger Unions

Steve Turner | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Politics
Steve Turner

Tory guru Steve Hilton has had a revelation: low pay causes poverty. From one Steve to another, welcome to the real world. But as your party is about to unveil its first full blue-blooded Tory Budget in 19 years you need to think a bit more about what - and who - drives poverty in this country... The scale of cuts - the deepest yet to our public services and benefits - will hit all but the very wealthiest. Women, the disabled, the low-waged, those not in work, those who need help with ever-spiralling housing costs and children will not be spared.

How Much Do Families Rely on Tax Credits?

Julia Unwin | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Politics
Julia Unwin

Increasing take home pay enables state support to fall back, making it the key to reducing the cost of in-work support to low earning families (whether through tax credits or under Universal Credit). But reducing in-work support without increasing take home pay first will simply result in low earning working families falling even further short of a decent living standard.

Obamacare: A British Man's Letter To The American Citizen

Karl Davis | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

Dear American Citizen, I write from the other side of the Atlantic. Our homelands are separated by a vast, malevolent body of water. Thousands of miles stand between us, yet still we share so many things, music, theatre, fashion, culture, history, high street stores and banking ties, and much more. Our military train together, and politicians lean on each other. We really aren't that different.

Is It Time To Cap Child Benefit To Two Kids?

PA | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK Politics

Families would only be able to claim benefits for two children under plans put forward by a member of David Cameron's policy board aimed at cutting bi...

Let's Stop Subsidising Big Companies to Exploit Poor People

Salman Shaheen | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Salman Shaheen

Reverse the Tory trend towards equalising corporate tax rates for small and big businesses, push rates back up for large companies and lower them for smaller ones, and slash VAT to boost the high street. It's time to move to a basic principle of a fair day's work for a fair day's pay. It's time for a mandatory living wage.

We Need Growing Numbers of Good Jobs to Tackle In-Work Poverty, Not Just Any Old Jobs

Katie Schmuecker | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Politics
Katie Schmuecker

The report from the TUC tells us that four in five of the jobs created over the last three years are in low paying sectors. Indeed, retail and residential care have been the two biggest contributors of new jobs. Now, it's important to note that not all of these jobs will be low paying but the chances are the majority of them will be. This is bad news.

Mother Pocketed Hundreds Of Thousands In Benefit Fraud

PA | Posted 23.05.2013 | UK

A mother has been found guilty of fraudulently pocketing more than £350,000 in benefits and tax credits by claiming her children had disabilities and...

Universal Credit 'Will Not Benefit Most Families'

PA | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Politics

Most families will gain nothing from the government's new Universal Credit , with ministers overstating the generosity of the benefit, a new report cl...

QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Benefits?

The Huffington Post UK | Christopher York | Posted 04.01.2013 | UK Politics

A TUC report out on Friday suggests that "widespread ignorance" is to blame for negative public perceptions of the UK welfare system. It also accus...

Childcare Costs 'Outweigh Benefits Of Work', Says Report

PA | Posted 28.10.2012 | UK

Childcare costs mean going out to work full-time is now hardly worthwhile for a growing number of "second earners" in middle and low income families, ...

The Government Have Lost the Plot and Completely Forgotten About the Single Parent

Shan Ellis | Posted 25.08.2012 | UK Politics
Shan Ellis

Gives us a break Mr. Osborne, some of us really do want better.

IDS: Go On Strike? Your Benefits Might Be Cut

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 17.08.2012 | UK Politics

Unions have reacted angrily to government plans which would see low-paid workers having their benefit payments stopped if they go on strike. Employ...

350,000 Children In Poverty Could Lose Free School Meals, Charity Warns

PA | Posted 19.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education

More than 350,000 children could lose their free school meals under the government's planned welfare reforms, a charity has warned. An analysis by ...

Ed Balls Slams Impact Of 'Tax Credits 'Bombshell

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.04.2012 | UK Politics

Changes to tax credits and benefits that come into force on Thursday will cost families £511 a year on average an analysis by a respected think tank ...

Families Facing Huge Financial Shortfall Because Of Budget, Says TUC

PA | Posted 04.04.2012 | UK Politics

Some families could lose around 20 times more than they gain from tax changes by April next year, the TUC is warning. The body said families will h...

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.

The Government Must Not Impose an Unmanageable Burden on the Poorest With Welfare Reform

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 04.05.2012 | UK Politics
Anne Marie Carrie

I believe that some plans could have huge unintended consequences that will mount even greater pressure on mums and dads who are already struggling to make ends meet.

'Bombshell': Labour Claim 200,000 Families Will Lose Out Under Tax Changes

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 11.02.2012 | UK Politics

More than 200,000 families working part-time will lose out on £4,000 a year in tax credits under changes planned by the government, Labour claimed on...

The Emperor's New Clothes: Where is Labour?

Phil Shanks | Posted 30.03.2012 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

There are better, fairer and far more effective solutions to managing our spiralling welfare benefit bill. We should turn our attention to those and away from blind retribution. I am left, however, with a burning question. Why am I the one raising this. Where is the Labour Party?