Welfare Reform Bill

Disability Cuts Are Affecting Students' Futures

Layla Haidrani | Posted 21.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Layla Haidrani

The government need to stop creating barriers for disabled students if they want them to participate in society. Disabled students want to make a difference in society and participate, evident in the rise in applications for university. Yet extra funding and finance from welfare benefits is essential for this to occur.

Former Paralympian: I Was Forced To Crawl Off A Train

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK

Former Paralympian Baroness Grey-Thompson has revealed to Channel 4 News that she recently had to crawl off a train unassisted, prompting the question...

An Austere View on Welfare

Dave Clements | Posted 25.05.2012 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

As we get ever more accustomed to austerity, with the granny-taxing budget of last week only the latest attack on living standards, it is perhaps worth revisiting the welfare discussion anew.

Peers Must Stop This Unjust Bedroom Tax

David Orr | Posted 15.03.2012 | UK
David Orr

We've heard a lot about the Government's headline-grabbing benefits cap, which threatens to plunge 50,000 larger families into poverty. But a separate and lesser known plan to punish social tenants for 'under-occupying' their homes is just as unfair and will hit more than 10 times that number of low-income people. This bedroom tax will have disastrous implications for a huge number of people already struggling to make ends meet in this tough economic climate, including grandparents, disabled people and smaller families.

The Poorest Must Not Pay the Heaviest Price

Justin Forsyth | Posted 13.05.2012 | UK Politics
Justin Forsyth

Rachel works 22 hours a week in a pharmacy but after rent, bills and childcare she often has only £10 left for food and other household essentials for her and her two-year old son Luca. She skips her own meals to be able to give food to Luca, and is constantly worried about money. Rachel has been told she'd be better off on benefits, but she wants to work.

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 Welfare Reform Bill Will Tackle the Blight of Welfare Dependency

David Cameron | Posted 30.04.2012 | UK Politics
David Cameron

Today marks an historic step in the biggest welfare revolution in over 60 years. My government has taken bold action to make work pay, while protecting the vulnerable. Past governments have talked about reform, while watching the benefits bill sky rocket and generations languish on the dole and dependency. This government is delivering it. Our new law will mark the end of the culture that said a life on benefits was an acceptable alternative to work.

Lords Back Down On Welfare Reform - It's Law

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 01.03.2012 | UK Politics

The House of Lords has passed the Welfare Reform Bill, having withdrawn its only remaining objection to the government's flagship piece of legislation...

Emma Harrison HIts Back Against Wrongdoing Claims

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.04.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron's former "family champion" Emma Harrison has denied any wrongdoing over reports she received £1.7 million from leasing out properties -...

Emma Harrison HIts Back Against Wrongdoing Claims

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.04.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron's former "family champion" Emma Harrison has denied any wrongdoing over reports she received £1.7 million from leasing out properties -...

PMQs Liveblog - Any MPs Giving Up Rudeness For Lent?

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress & Ned Simons | Posted 22.02.2012 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband appeared to be having fun at prime minister's questions today, having found an issue to beat David Cameron with. The Labour leader used...

Government Overturns Lords Over Bedroom Tax In The Commons

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 21.02.2012 | UK Politics

The Commons has voted to overturn objections to the so-called "Bedroom Tax" from the House of Lords for a second time, in the latest twist in the long...

A House Divided: The Cost of Financial Privilege

Caroline Davey | Posted 18.04.2012 | UK Politics
Caroline Davey

If they say that a week is a long time in politics, then the last three have felt like an eternity. For anyone following the final parliamentary stage...

Disability Activism is in Crisis: We Need Support From Somewhere, but Who do We Turn To?

Matthew Bond | Posted 20.04.2012 | UK Politics
Matthew Bond

I have watched many of my fellow disabled activists fight against the injustices that are being doled out by the government, the right wing press and now, sadly, the general public.

Live On Benefits? Tory MP Doesn't Seem Keen

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.02.2012 | UK Politics

Tory MP Sam Gyimah has apparently ducked an invitation to live on benefits for a week, after being challenged to do so during a debate on BBC Radio FI...

Another Defeat For The Government In The Lords On Welfare Reform

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.04.2012 | UK Politics

The government's Welfare Reform Bill has been defeated once again in the Lords over the so-called "bedroom tax". Peers have attempted to force conces...

Welfare Reform Back In The Lords After Government Vetoes

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.02.2012 | UK Politics

The House of Lords is packed as peers consider their next response to the long-running saga surrounding the Welfare Reform Bill. Labour are trying to...

Government To Use 'Nuclear Option' On Welfare Reform

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 01.02.2012 | UK Politics

The government will try to push the Welfare Reform Bill through Parliament by declaring all of the Lords amendments to it null and void under the "fin...

LIVE: PMQs From The Commons

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 01.04.2012 | UK Politics

PMQs was particularly rowdy this week, partly because of the bruisers on the order paper and partly due to the looming showdown with the Lords on the ...

High Noon For MPs and Peers Over The Welfare Reform Bill

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 31.01.2012 | UK Politics

The Government has been defeated for a seventh time in the Lords on the Welfare Reform Bill, this time over the amount paid to children who are receiv...

Welfare Reform Bill's Assault on Disabled People - Why I Protested This Weekend

Lisa Egan | Posted 30.03.2012 | UK Politics
Lisa Egan

On Saturday afternoon I, along with a couple of hundred other people, spent two hours sitting in the middle of the road at Oxford Circus. Why? To draw attention to the cruelty of the government's assault on disabled people in the Welfare Reform Bill, which finishes its journey through parliament this coming week.

Iain Duncan Smith Vows To Overturn Lords On CSA And Benefit Caps

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.01.2012 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has pledged to overturn the House of Lords' amendments to his Welfare Reform Bill, including the vote to cancel charges for single p...

Another Lords Defeat.. And This Time By A Massive Majority

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.03.2012 | UK Politics

The government has suffered another defeat on its Welfare Reform Bill in the House of Lords - and this time by an unprecedented majority. Peers vo...

'Daring And Disruptive' Action Planned To Protest Welfare Bill

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 25.01.2012 | UK

Disability activists and protest group UK Uncut will join forces to protest against the government's welfare reforms on Saturday. The group promis...

IDS Urges Bishops To Back Off Ahead Of Crucial Lords Vote On Welfare

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 22.01.2012 | UK Politics

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has hit out at bishops trying to block his welfare reforms, accusing them of ignoring the concerns of or...