Unemployment Benefits

What's Behind the Surge in Poverty Porn? We Are

Michael Havis | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Politics
Michael Havis

Documentaries about benefits and those who get them can be insightful, but when you're tuning in for a thrill it's poverty porn - so do remember to feel a tad ashamed when the credits roll.

The Job Is Not "Done" When It Comes to Youth Unemployment

Rosi Prescott | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK
Rosi Prescott

The government must be challenged so that we can create a generation that no longer feels lost or bereft of employment prospects. Not only will this save billions of pounds in public finance, it will also help with the wider economy, reduce crime, support skills shortages, and boost our nation's productivity.

Jobseekers are People, Not Just Statistics

Teresa Scott | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK
Teresa Scott

I believe that now the economy is back on track and the statistics consistently tell a positive story, perhaps it is time to remember that people are people, and to really think about what is holding back those who remain unemployed and what we all can do to help them.

Fat Cats Told: Change Your Lifestyle Or Lose Your Benefits

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Comedy

Fat cats face losing their benefits if they don't curb their excessive lifestyles. Bankers, CEOs and more could lose benefits such as huge bonus pa...

IDS Fails on Freedom of Information - As He Did With Us in 2013

Nick Stephenson | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), bane of the lives of unemployed people, has refused a legitimate request for information from a BBC reporter.

Excuses Over Not Paying Minimum Wage are Complete Rubbish

Charlie Mullins | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

Seriously, if these company bosses are struggling to work out an hourly rate on a calculator, you have to wonder how they manage to guide these multi-million pound operations to ring up such large profits. The answer is they can't be arsed, and they just don't care

How Have Millionaire Tories Convinced Us Immigrants and the Poor Are to Blame for Poverty?

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 07.03.2015 | UK Politics
Rob Owen Bell

As long as the public continues to accept the assurances of the rich that we have to suffer so that they don't have to, the bitterness created will continue to create divisions between ethnic and religious communities that should be working together to destroy zero hour contracts and ensure proper funding for the NHS.

Useful Idiots Nigel Farage and Russell Brand Are Helping Pave the Way for the Victory of the New/Old Tory Right

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK Politics
Rob Owen Bell

It is difficult to know whether novelty sock puppet Nigel Farage thinks he and his squinty-eyed troop of yokels have really become a force in UK politics or if he is in fact a fully paid-up stooge of a vast conspiracy of right-wing Tories who communicate via secret messages in the weave of their tweed that only they can understand.

'Skint' Vs 'Posh People' - Inequality and the Great Class Divide

Becky Hopper | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Becky Hopper

With 'Posh People' - based on the readership of Tatler magazine - on one channel and 'Skint' on another, it's probably time to address the growing inequality and the huge class divide...

Cameron To Set Out 'Red Lines' On EU Immigration

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK

David Cameron will promise to block European Union migrants from claiming welfare for the first four years after they arrive in Britain as he sets out...

In-Work Poverty Is Something We Must Do Our Utmost to Eradicate

Christian Wolmar | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Wolmar

The UK is the sixth largest economy in the world by GDP. London is booming and is the pick of Europe for the headquarters of some of the world's biggest companies. In that context it is simply unacceptable to see how many people are being trapped by low pay.

Its Cost Is Just One of the Myths Around 'Welfare'

Professor John Hills | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK Politics
Professor John Hills

Most of what costs the bulk of our spending on the welfare state - and the part whose cost is rising as the population ages - are the things that nearly everyone benefits from as they move through the life cycle - schools, the NHS and pensions, on top of child benefits and tax credits for families when they have children.

'Too Generous'? Well, That Depends on the Definition

Emma Flowers | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Flowers

My brief story is completely tangential to this, but it did illuminate me as to how "generous" the system is. and just how easy it is to claim from it. I had never- like many; I was an observer- with opinions that labelled me as one of those "middle-class lefties".

IDS Goes After Benefit Fraudsters, But What About These 3 Bigger Costs?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's Department for Work and Pensions has launched a new advertising campaign encouraging people to phone a hotline if they suspect som...

To Troll, or Not to Troll?

Olga Levancuka | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Tech
Olga Levancuka

Even if the trolls are posting in response to the strange and at times controversial views of Katie Hopkins and others alike, the time to challenge the trolls has come. Because the trolls who provoke and the trolls who respond are no better.

How Have We Got Ourselves Into Such a Mess as a Society That Some People Find Themselves Needing Assistance?

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

I'm not going to argue that every single person who ever walks into a foodbank hasn't made mistakes when handling money; no doubt some have. But the majority seem to be people who have been hit by a crisis in life. Whether it's due to an illness or sudden job loss, they come from all walks of life.

Zero Hours Contracts Will Keep People on Benefits

Charlie Mullins | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

How can you tie individuals to a workplace yet offer no guarantee of work or pay each week? Don't even get me started on the fact that these rogue employers often get away with denying their staff any sick pay or holiday pay!

The Support I Get So That I Can Work Might Be Taken Away

Julie Fernandez | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Julie Fernandez

I'm disabled, I work six days a week running my own craft business, and I employ 11 people. I also have a successful media career. I'm only able to do all of this because I get support under the government's Access to Work scheme - but I'm totally stressed out at the moment because it's under review and I've been told that it might be taken away.

IDS Finds Poor Hit Hardest By His Benefit-Stripping Decisions

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's benefit sanctions are poorly understood and hit "vulnerable" jobseekers the hardest, a report commissioned by the Department for W...

Hunger Close To Home

David Bradford | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK
David Bradford

Food banks in Lewes, East Sussex, the town of Bill's breakfasts, artisan loaves and gourmet everything? There must be some mistake... surely? My week...

The Minimum Wage Is Worthless Unless It's a Living One

Charlie Mullins | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

We need to make people want to work in this country and as far as I'm concerned we should abolish the National Minimum Wage, and replace it with a National Living Wage.

Unemployed and Middle Aged: Do We Face a Jobless Future?

Daniel Warner | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Warner

When 'official' figures put UK unemployment at a five-year low and the government insist we are in the middle of a 'jobs boom', for those of us who have already had a career, there isn't a bright light at the end of the tunnel.

Stitch on the Black Triangles and Be Done With It!

Rob McDowall | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

Vilification of benefit claimants and disabled people is endemic, perhaps the government should just stitch on the black triangles and be done with it or bring in the Welfare Games to keep us at a more manageable number and remind us how grateful we are for all the 'pitty money' (in Simon Stevens words) that we get.

Help to Work: Won't Help Won't Work

James Coe | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
James Coe

Long term unemployed people will have their benefits cut unless they visit a Job Centre everyday, undertake voluntary work or undertake training. If those out of work fail to partake in one of these tasks they will initially lose four weeks Job Seekers Allowance in the first instance then 13 weeks for a second failure.

Divert Jobseeker Benefits to Fund Apprenticeships

Andrew Boff | Posted 27.05.2014 | 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.