Unemployment Benefits

Divert Jobseeker Benefits to Fund Apprenticeships

Andrew Boff | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Boff

Imagine if we get just half of the Capital's 33,200 young JSA claimants off benefits and into apprenticeships, it would free up hundreds of millions of pounds to help fund these opportunities, getting our youngsters out of the job centre and into the workplace.

Ebbsfleet: Start of a Housing Bloom or Shed at the Bottom of the National Garden?

Paul Noblet | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Noblet

The Chancellor's plan to build Britain's first garden city in 100 years in Ebbsfleet has been welcomed by some with open arms. The promise of more homes in the south east is a good thing, but 15,000 new homes barely scratch the surface of the real number of properties needed across the country.

Jobseeker's Allowance Needs to Come Into This Century

Leigh Jones | Posted 10.03.2014 | 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.

68,000 Wrongly Sanctioned Shows the Benefit System Is Broken

Nick Stephenson | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Those who want to suggest solutions to the sanctions issue - one of the biggest facing unemployed people in the UK - need to acknowledge that the system that implements it is broken and delivers far more misery and poverty than justice.

Claimants to Be Locked Out of Appeals as Government Denies Access to Justice

Nick Stephenson | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

A secret internal document from the Department for Work and Pensions shows that the coalition is planning to charge claimants for appealing against benefit sanctions.

Stripped Of Benefits? IDS Could Charge You To Appeal

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's Department for Work and Pensions could charge those who have been automatically stripped of benefits to fight the decision in an a...

David Cameron's Moral Mission

Jeni Harvery | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Politics
Jeni Harvery

I found myself reading David Cameron's rebuttal with increasing disbelief. His language full of perceived, principled righteousness, he talked of being on a "moral mission," of "doing what was right," and of "giving new hope" to those currently struggling below the breadline.

Cameron 'Should Get The Facts Right' On Welfare Reform

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron's claim that the number of households without work doubled under the last Labour government has been disproved by the official figures. ...

Let's Change Benefits Britain for the Better

Charlie Mullins | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

I dropped out of school at 15 with no qualifications, in much the same situation as the residents of James Turner Street on Channel 4's Benefits Street. But thanks to a plumbing apprenticeship, hard work and an old box of tools I bought at an auction, I now own London's biggest independent plumbing firm, which I built myself from the ground up.

IDS Dismisses Scrutiny as MPs Give Him a Mauling on Universal Credit

Nick Stephenson | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Iain Duncan Smith appeared in front of the work and pensions committee of MPs yesterday, but decided against illuminating them - and us - about his work. His Universal Credit scheme, widely recognised to be failing due in great part to his poor management and lack of financial acumen, was the main item on the agenda.

Benefits Street Stars Charged With Drug Offences

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Police have charged a number of people living in TV's "Benefits Street" with drug offences. The charges follow a series of raids carried out last y...

Does Iain Duncan Smith Do His Research by Watching TV?

Polly Courtney | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
Polly Courtney

What Iain Duncan Smith is doing, quite unashamedly, is using propaganda to justify his hideous reforms that serve to push deprived communities further into poverty, rather than lift them out.

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?

Jobless Forgotten in Coverage of Interest Rates as Unemployment Falls

Nick Stephenson | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Unemployment has shown a big fall in the last three months and now stands at 7.1% of the working population. But coverage of the issue has focused on the likely result of this fall on interest rates. Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, has said he will not raise interest rates, which have been stuck at 0.5% since 2009, until unemployment drops to 7%.

Strangle Lies and Spin About Our Welfare State

Mark Serwotka | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Serwotka

Screaming headlines in the tabloid press - shamefully parroted by much of the rest of our media and compounded by unrepresentative and degrading TV programmes like Benefits Street - are solely designed to smear our welfare state and the people who rely on it.

'Misleading And Inaccurate'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

A think tank has been accused of putting forward "misleading and inaccurate myths" after publishing a report saying that almost one in four single-par...

Channel 4 Promises Live TV Debate Response To Benefits Street

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Channel 4 has commissioned a live TV debate in response to the bitter backlash against Benefits Street, which critics say exploited its participants a...

'Many People Are Heading For Victorian-Era Forced Penury'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reforms are forcing many Britons into "forced penury" as they mark an increasing return to the principles of the Victorian...

My Friends Are Racists

Gina Lyons | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK
Gina Lyons

People don't mean any genuine harm, on anyone I would have to believe, but like mine, many working class families read The Sun newspaper and early on adopt a belief that all Muslims bomb people, that the country is overran with immigrants and that people on benefits are lazy *****.

Twitter Death Threats Against #BenefitsStreet Residents

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Critics have dubbed Channel 4's Benefit's Street "irresponsible" and "divisive" broadcasting, pitting neighbours against each other and encouraging th...

Tory MP Calls For 'Two Child Limit' On Benefits

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 14.12.2013 | UK

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...

Desperate Enough to Be Exploited? Have We Got a Job For You...

Katie Winrow | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Katie Winrow

Yesterday, in an article on the Huffington Post, I read quotes from Sir Stuart Rose, CEO of Ocado and Lance Batchelor, CEO of Domino's, in relation to immigration and the British work ethic. To be quite frank, I was incredulous. These men are no doubt highly intelligent individuals, with an intrinsic understanding of the political and economic aspects of both free trade and the labour markets.

The Pains of Rural Poverty Are Very Real

Steve Rose | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Steve Rose

Sherborne is a postcard of upper and middle-class tranquillity in Dorset. Famous for its historic abbey and private schools. But Sherborne is a Potemkin town. Look beyond the superficiality and the poverty is very real.

The Welfare Reform Scam

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

The government's claim that it is protecting disabled people from cuts is, of course, nonsense. Deep cuts are being made to disability benefits and to social care, which is now used by 25% fewer people. But government is expert in disguising its actions and finding someone else to blame.

As Straw Struggles, the Conservatives Concede - A Balance Must Be Found for the UK's Immigration Policy

Sarosh Zaiwalla | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sarosh Zaiwalla

While Jack Straw may feel this was a policy blunder from his party, I do not believe this to be such a clear cut issue. It has been shown on countless occasions that immigrants coming to the UK bring a tangible profitable contribution to the economy.