Unemployment Benefits

Nearly 20,000 People This Week Called on the Department for Work & Pensions to Act on Its Commitment to Reform the Fit for Work Test

Brian Dow | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Politics
Brian Dow

This week a petition with nearly 20,000 signatures was handed in to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), calling on them to act on their commitment to reform the "fit for work" test.

7 People Who Died After Having Their Benefits Taken Away

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Politics

On Thursday it was revealed that more than 4,000 people had died within six weeks of being deemed "fit for work". The figures show that between Dec...

Looks Like This Isn't The First Time The DWP Used 'Fakes' In Welfare Leaflets

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK

Fresh revelations in the row over a rubbished DWP leaflet emerged on Wednesday, when it was discovered two fake characters featured in a benefit sanct...

The DWP Admits To Making Up Stories In Benefits Leaflets

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK

The Department for Work and Pensions has been forced to edit and re-issue a leaflet after being caught fabricating testimonials from fake benefit clai...

Benefits Review for Addicts Will Fail Without Better Support for Jobless

Paul Hayes | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Hayes

The Black review presents us with an opportunity to build political momentum to overcome the policy inertia which has undermined efforts to improve the employability of all excluded groups under successive governments over many decades. It is an opportunity the treatment sector needs to seize.

Benefits Shows and Why We're All the Poorer for Them

Paul Marshall | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

This TV phenomenon plainly shows no sign of abating because last week alone we were treated to the less than tantalising trio of Britain's Benefit Tenants, Benefits by the Sea: Jaywick and Dogs on the Dole.

An Open Letter to Mr George Osborne

Becky Hopper | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Becky Hopper

George, what if we don't get that miracle job? We can't claim Housing Benefit because we're young, but we have a degree and we're employable. What are the options? Get into rent arrears? Be given our notice? Become squatters? Or... Become homeless.

Iain Duncan Smith Had Credit Card Suspended By Expenses Watchdog

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith had his expenses credit card suspended after running up debts of more than £1,000. The Work and Pensions Secretary, who last yea...

Put Children and Young People at the Heart of Policy-Making

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Politics
Sir Tony Hawkhead

The Government needs to put children and young people at the heart of its policy-making and consider how it is going to meet all of their needs. Giving all young people a fair chance to achieve their potential means recognising that some will need more help than others.

Labour's Leadership Contest and the Politics of Limbo

Tony Mckenna | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Politics
Tony Mckenna

Westminster Hall debate Organophosphate sheepdip poisoning - Jessica Morden

Does Free Childcare Actually Help Anybody?

Nash Riggins | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Politics
Nash Riggins

At this point, most voters should take it for granted that campaign promises are nothing but rubbish. Politicians can't get elected without offering the world on a silver platter, and so party manifestos tend to be embarrassingly vague and optimistic in nature. Most of them fade into oblivion immediately after election night. Well, David Cameron isn't prepared to let that happen this time around.

The Return Of Poverty Porn: Benefitting Who Exactly?

Paul Marshall | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

If the Tories want to get more people off benefits and return them to work, thereby helping to save the odd £12 billion, then Benefits Street seems a...

'Benefits Street' Is a Red Herring for the Real Issue Surrounding the Welfare State

David Mooney | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Politics
David Mooney

Deny it all you want, but at some point in your life you've been forced to clear your browsing history because of some questionable content you found yourself viewing at nearly midnight on a Friday after a stressful week. Sometimes the temptation is just too much to avoid surfing to the wrong side of the tracks and what follows is a swift re-writing of history where we pretend that we were on the phone or had dropped off for a moment instead.

Unemployment Down, Employment Up - Only If You 'Reclassify' What Those Terms Mean

Christian Garland | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

The 'record numbers' now being erroneously counted as 'in employment' like those numbers used to show 'record falls in unemployment' are concocted and made to fit into categories invented for the purposes of spin, and to be sure, the stuff of a continuing and ongoing crisis.

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

Michael Havis | Posted 18.05.2015 | 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 12.05.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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 05.04.2015 | 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.