Welfare State

Why Social Enterprise Will Not Replace Social Welfare Programs

Tim Curtis | Posted 17.12.2014 | 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 30.10.2014 | 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.

Paying MPs More Just Risks More Corruption

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

We could reduce this risk by creating a basic income for all citizens and then not paying politicians anything. Or alternatively we could demand that politicians don't set their own salary. We, the people should set their salaries, by plebiscite.

The Government's War on Welfare Sickens Me

Alan Wyllie | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

The attacks on the poor, working poor and disabled under the guise of "Welfare Reform" by the Tory-led Government has caused untold damage to households and families up and down the country. It would appear that the Government believes that welfare claimants should pay the most for the mistakes of the financial sector.

Benefit Cap: Restoring the Welfare State Safety Net

Lord Freud | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Politics
Lord Freud

The benefit cap is now in place across the country. This means that benefit claims are limited to a fair level, a maximum of the average working household income of £500 a week. The taxpayer who funds the welfare state has the assurance that someone in receipt of benefits no longer has an income that's beyond the reach of the average working family.

ATOS Bashing Is Just a Fad

Simon Stevens | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

ATOS bashing is a trend that masks a deep dislike and pity for disabled people as 'other' rather than included members of society, and simply adds fuel for the eugenics movement since if disabled people are naturally and automatically unemployable, what is the next logical conclusion?

Welcome to the Era of Welfare Without the State

Syed Kamall | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Politics
Syed Kamall

The biggest challenge facing most European governments is how to put their countries' finances back on an even keel. In Britain, so much of our government budget goes on welfare that clawing the country out of debt will inevitably involve cutting back more of the welfare state while continuing to protect those most in need.

Iain Duncan Smith Is Utterly Out of Touch With Reality on Universal Credit

Stephen Timms | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Politics
Stephen Timms

The government's flagship Universal Credit programme is in deep trouble. Iain Duncan-Smith has repeatedly claimed that the project is "on track". He is utterly out of touch with reality, and that's why things are going wrong. He would have done far better to come clean about the problems.

Could You Live On 1949-Style Benefits?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK

Could today's benefits claimants stand the strict rules, conditions and means testing imposed by the 1949 welfare state? In a striking new document...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Cameron, Crosby And The Ciggies

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Sunday 14 July 2013... 1) CAMERON, CROSBY AND THE CIGGIES David Cameron never really probed former comms chi...

'Get Up, Stand Up for Your Rights' Could Be Difficult if You Are Disabled!

Dr Nicholas M. Almond | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Nicholas M. Almond

It is completely right that individuals who are claiming disability related benefits, when they are not disabled, should be stopped. However this does not mean that every single person with a disability should go through the Spanish inquisition.

Welfare Myth Four - Welfare Caused the Crisis

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

The myth most often used by politicians to justify their attack on the welfare state is that welfare spending is somehow unaffordable and is to blame for the current crisis. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Child Benefit Cuts And Caps Will Not Be Reversed Under Labour

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband is to say he would not reverse the coalition's cuts to child benefit for the better off and that he supports a benefit cap. The party l...