Welfare State

On Benefits? PM Says You May Be Making A 'Lifestyle Choice'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Politics

David Cameron came under fire today after declaring that some benefit claimants were making a “lifestyle choice”. The Prime Minister used the p...

Iain Duncan Smith's Benefit Changes Slammed By Three Reports In One Day

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK

The introduction of Universal Credit (UC) is having a damaging effect on millions of working families, leaving the "poorest running up the down escala...

Cameron Wants Us to Remember Jesus' Birth - But Not His Life

Symon Hill | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Politics
Symon Hill

David Cameron has just released his Christmas message, calling on us to mark the birth of Jesus and to remember those who are hungry or lonely at Christmas. I find Cameron's message hard to stomach. David Cameron speaks of the meaning of Jesus even as his government wages class war on the poor and pursues endless war in the Middle East.

Finland Could Have The Perfect Answer To The British Welfare State

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK

Finland's government is formulating plans to scrap benefits completely and to give each of its citizens the same basic income of 800 euros (£574) a m...

Reminiscing: Rock on the Dole

Horace Trubridge | Posted 27.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Horace Trubridge

I was still signing on at the dole office when Darts, the band I joined when I was just 18 years old, had their first top ten hit record. I signed off the dole when someone in the queue pointed out that they had seen me on Top of the Pops the week before.

How to Challenge the Myths of Austerity

Bradley Allsop | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

The truth is that a robust welfare system accompanied with a better distribution of wealth actually helps an economy, contrary to what you may have been told. By providing a strong safety net in case of difficult times, welfare actually encourages individuals to start up their own businesses or to change profession, as they know they will be protected if it all goes wrong.

Austerity Brings Extremism: Why the Welfare State Is the Key to Understanding the Rise of Europe's Far Right

Daphne Halikiopoulou | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK Politics
Daphne Halikiopoulou

Welfare state policies are the link between economic crisis, unemployment and far right party support. Welfare cuts have increased the insecurity of the European middle classes that are being hit by the economic crisis. This matters because of the implications it has for policy. By reversing austerity, which results in welfare cuts and increases insecurity, we can limit the appeal of right-wing extremism.

Innovation - The Necessity of Failure and the Necessity of the Welfare State

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

Maximising innovation is one of the cornerstones of the European Union's plan to revive the European economy. The recently adopted Horizon 2020 progra...

Protectors of the Poor, Get Wise and Get Real! Stop Advocating Policies You Wouldn't Want for Your Own Children

John Bird | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Politics
John Bird

I wonder now, as we prepare for draconian cuts, if we should not be petitioning for constructive utilisation of budgets, budgets for social change, rather than shrill and angry complaints. Should we not jettison our outrage at government policy as little more than theatrical, and instead constructively temper our minds to solutions. We should learn to box clever. I get a distinct feeling that many of the angriest welfare cuts critics shout as though fascism has won, the poor have be driven into the streets, and all social good has been routed. These representatives of the poor might want to start involving the poor in their own redemption out of poverty.

Picking Through the Wreckage - The Future of Progressive Politics

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

My friends in Scotland, many of whom used to be Labour supporters, have now left Labour to join the SNP or the Greens. There is no mystery to this. This is not about 'nationalism' it is about values; it is about justice. Scots are saying that they have more faith in themselves than they do in London.

Should We Re-elect the Worst British Government for 75 Years?

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

I am not a partisan man. Although I was once, many years ago, a member of the Liberal Democrats, I have since tried to help make the world a better pl...

Why Social Enterprise Will Not Replace Social Welfare Programs

Tim Curtis | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Politics
Tim Curtis

Social enterprise is a great idea, but still will not, and cannot, replace state social welfare programs. Don't get me wrong, I'm not against social enterprise. Indeed, I have worked for social enterprises all my working life and I champion the causes across the University of Northampton in the UK, where I now work. I have started, stopped, advised, been a director of, researched and published about, social enterprises over the last twenty years.

What Monopoly Teaches Us About Capitalism and the Welfare State

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

Attacks on the welfare state by politicians of all parties are now commonplace. It seems we've forgotten what the welfare state is for and why it is so important. It's time to take a fresh look at the welfare state and the game of Monopoly helps us do just that.

Foodbanks Bad, Welfare State Good?

Dave Clements | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

It is demeaning, they argue, to stand in line for a food parcel. But is it really any less demeaning to stand in a not dissimilar line at the door of a job centre or welfare office. Don't both turn people into state dependents?

Britain Has 'Violated Right To Nutrition' As 1m Now Use Food Banks

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK

The British government has been accused of violating the human right to food, and international law, as it was revealed nearly one million adults and ...

Voters Believe Welfare State Will Be Gone In A Generation, According To ComRes Poll

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK

Most voters believe the welfare state will have shrunk or be almost wiped out within a generation, polling has found. Some 87% of adults think the sys...

Why Are We Ignoring the Human Cost of Benefits Street?

Louis Degenhardt | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Louis Degenhardt

Benefits Street has provided a unique opportunity - it has made the nature of our welfare state an unprecedentedly hot topic. That chance needs to be seized upon by progressives everywhere. They must not get lost in the smaller picture, but change the nature of the debate itself.

Benefits Street: Easy Prey

Rosie Kelly | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Kelly

Not only does Benefits Street propagate the myth of the work-shy, morally reprehensible benefits scrounger, it also neglects the majority of benefits claimants. Contrary to popular belief, most are not on unemployment benefits. In fact, the largest part of the welfare bill is spent on state pensions, with disability benefits and family benefits also coming in costing substantially more than unemployment.

Benefits Street: Turning Anger Down the Right Path

Oliver Carter-Esdale | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Carter-Esdale

It is true that some of the residents of James Turner Street have not made the best nor wisest of decisions during their lives, but the response that the programme has generated has been both violent and deeply concerning.

WATCH: Owen Jones Tears Into Channel 4 Over Benefits Street

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Columnist Owen Jones has torn into Channel 4's editor, responsible for the controversial programme Benefits Street, calling it "a medieval stocks upda...

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...

The Way We Help People Does Not Help People

Dominic Frisby | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dominic Frisby

The highest form of charity, argued the 12th-century Jewish philosopher Maimonides, is when the help given enables the receiver to become self- sufficient. But our systems of state charity - aka welfare - have too frequently had the opposite effect: they have actually created dependency. It is time to re-think the way we help people.

Is It Time To Cap Child Benefit To Two Kids?

PA | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK Politics

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...

I Don't Like the Bedroom Tax Either, But...

Dave Clements | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

There's not much to like about the bedroom tax. Ed Miliband, ever-desperate to engineer a connection with a bored and far-from-convinced electorate,...

Left Unity Will Fight for the Poor If Labour Won't

Salman Shaheen | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Salman Shaheen

We need a party that will stand by trade unions, not cut them adrift as they face yet another damaging setback for workers' rights at Grangemouth. We need a socialist party, a party that will fight as vigorously to defend the rights of the oppressed as the Tories do to defend the pockets of the privileged. Labour used to be these things, but no more.