Welfare Reforms

Are Welfare Payments Being Unfairly Stopped?

PA | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK

Around 68,000 benefit claimants are having their welfare payments stopped unfairly each year, heightening demand for food banks, a think tank has clai...

The Bedroom Tax in Scotland Is Over: A Victory for Tenants

Alan Wyllie | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

This victory is not down to just one campaign or one person. This victory is due to the hard work of EVERYONE who joined the fight against the bedroom tax. And for that, I will be eternally grateful.

Iain Duncan Smith Under Fire Over Delays To Universal Credit

Huffington Post/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Is Iain Duncan Smith on the way out? The Prime Minister's spokesman told journalists on Monday morning that David Cameron has full confidence in hi...

Mehdi Hasan

Lib Dem Party President Blasts Coalition's Nuclear Plant Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Politics

The Lib Dem party president Tim Farron has said he "seriously questions" the decision to build Britain's first new nuclear power plant in a generation...

How Many Households Has The Bedroom Tax Pushed Into Rent Arrears?

Huffington PostUK/PA | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Politics

A quarter of households hit by the 'bedroom tax' have been pushed into rent arrears for the first time, just five-and-a-half months after it was intro...

The Government Are Feckless, Neglectful and Abusive - My Speech at the #TUC2013

Jack Monroe | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Politics
Jack Monroe

George Osborne's latest announcement is that "austerity works" as though we are all just living in a snapshot of a nostalgic poster of post-war Britain. You sit at home in your coat. Drag yourself to the cooker to pour some tinned tomatoes over some cold pasta, and try not to hurl it across the room in frustration when your toddler tells you he doesn't want it. But there isn't anything else. But aren't we supposed to just keep calm and carry on? There's nothing cosy and nostalgic about missing days of meals, turning the heating off for two consecutive winters and every bloody day and night in between.

UN Sends In Adviser To Investigate 'Bedroom Tax'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK

Raquel Rolnik, a senior United Nations official, is in the UK at the invitation of the government to examine whether the "bedroom tax" will impact on ...

Grant Shapps Attacks BBC For Claiming Benefit Cuts Will Cause 'Armageddon'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK Politics

The Conservative Party has stepped up its attack on the BBC, accusing the broadcaster of "irresponsible" negative coverage of the coalition's cuts to ...

Mehdi Hasan

Meet Ed Miliband's Consigliere

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Politics

In a rare interview with Mehdi Hasan, Ed Miliband's closest aide and ally, Stewart Wood, talks about life in opposition, Ed Balls' ministerial future ...

Support For Tories Doubles Amongst Young People

Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK Politics

The Conservative party have seen a surge in support from young people under the leadership of David Cameron, in part due to their unrelenting pursuit ...

Food Banks Feed Half A Million Of UK's 'Hidden Hungry'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK

Britain's "hidden hunger" is affecting half a million people who turn to food banks and an urgent parliamentary inquiry is desperately needed, chariti...

Disabled Campaigners Lose High Court Battle

PA | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK

Five disabled people have lost their High Court challenge over the government's decision to abolish a scheme that helps them live independently. Th...

Welfare Reforms 'Will Take £19bn A Year Out Of Economy'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.04.2013 | UK

The government's welfare reforms will take almost £19 billion a year out of the UK economy and hit the poorest communities in northern England the ha...

The Iain Duncan Smith Petition Has Been Delivered, But the Struggle Continues...

Dom Aversano | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Politics
Dom Aversano

Eight days ago I started a petition hoping for a few thousand signatures. The petition is now not much shy of half a million. Yesterday I handed it into the Department for Work and Pensions. This is my short account of what happened.

Benefit Reforms Are Putting 'Fairness Back At Heart Of Britain'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.06.2013 | UK Politics

Coalition benefit reforms are "putting fairness back at the heart of Britain", David Cameron insisted in a staunch defence of the controversial shake-...

Time for Contrition and Humility: A Letter to Iain Duncan Smith

Richard Moran | Posted 02.06.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Moran

You seem to be a little confused as to why people have reacted so strongly to your recent comments about welfare reforms.

Why I Want Iain Duncan Smith to Try Living on £53 a Week

Dom Aversano | Posted 02.06.2013 | UK Politics
Dom Aversano

The petition is a modern democratic tool, and this one in particular represents over 350,000 people concerned by the welfare reforms. It is Iain Duncan Smith who is obfuscating from serious issues, and refusing so far, to answer in any meaningful way to his electorate.

Felicity A Morse

Families Claim £100,000 In Housing Benefit... Really George?

HuffingtonPost.com | Felicity A Morse | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Politics

As part of his bid to justify a raft of new welfare reforms, George Osborne pointed to families claiming as much as £100,000 a year in housing benefi...

Ministers 'Worryingly Unaware' Of Impact Of Housing Benefit Cuts

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Politics

The Department of Work and Pensions has little idea how plans to cut housing benefit will affect claimants and if the reforms will even save money, MP...

Tory Councillor Claims Food Banks 'For People Who Can't Budget'

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics

A Tory councillor's comments have been condemned as "disgraceful" after he claimed food banks "merely enable those who can't budget" and allowed peopl...

Felicity A Morse

'We Are The Scapegoats, Doing Nothing Is Not An Option'

HuffingtonPost.com | Felicity A Morse | Posted 01.11.2012 | UK

A disability campaigner who set up an e-petition to stop government benefit cuts has vowed to continue her fight, after gaining more than 62,000 signa...

Iain Duncan Smith Calls For Cuts To 'Destructive' Benefits

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.10.2012 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith is to say some benefits promote "destructive" behaviour, as the government seeks to make massive further cuts to welfare. Chancel...

Felicity A Morse

Five Years On From Fiona Pilkington's Death, What Have We Learnt?

HuffingtonPost.com | Felicity A Morse | Posted 23.10.2012 | UK

Tuesday marks five years since Fiona Pilkington set fire to her car in a Leicestershire lay-by, killing both herself and her 18-year-old disabled daug...

Scrapping Disability Living Allowance Will Push Disabled People Into 'Poverty Debt And Isolation'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.10.2012 | UK

Around 500,000 disabled people are expected to lose out when the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is scrapped, a new report has claimed. There has...

Cameron 'Considering' Varying Welfare Payments Across UK

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 25.06.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron is "interested" in exploring the idea of varying welfare payments across the UK to reflect differences in wages and the cost of living, ...