Welfare System

UK Foodbank Figures Are Still Increasing, But This Year Something's New

David McAuley | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Politics
David McAuley

This is the first time The Trussell Trust has released a report which outlines observations from foodbanks about the impact of a policy-level change and what can be done to ease any adverse side effects, before it's fully rolled out across the UK. We're raising foodbanks' concerns now, before it's fully rolled out, so our insights can inform efforts to make sure the values on which Universal Credit is built are delivered in practice as it unfolds.

Benefit Sanctions: Another Government Failure

Debbie Abrahams | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Politics
Debbie Abrahams

The Government must now listen to the NAO who have called for a wide ranging review of sanctions policy, particularly as the Department rolls out Universal Credit. The implementation of Universal Credit has already been plagued with chaos and delay - seven delays to the roll out timetable to date.

What's Wrong With Benefit Sanctions?

Chris Mould | Posted 28.08.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Mould

Why does behaviour we would think outrageous if it were a business owner trying it, get given the okay when it's people administering the benefits system that do it? What justifies the rules being so very different?

David Miliband Condemns 'Broken' Political System

PA | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Politics

David Miliband has condemned a "broken" political system which left parties under the control of "small groups". The former foreign secretary lost ...

Hate-Mongering Will Not Fix the Welfare System, Common Sense Will

Mahmood Naji | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Mahmood Naji

The welfare system, not benefit claimants, deserves the full, unmitigated might of British grumbling. Why? Because the current system does not reward any attempt to find work and no one should be expected to develop a social conscience while foregoing personal gain.

Felicity A Morse

Demand For Food Banks Goes Up Five-Fold Under Coalition

HuffingtonPost.com | Felicity A Morse | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK

The number of people using food banks has increased five-fold since the coalition came to power, and nearly tripled over the last year, with almost 35...

Liberal Media's Crocodile Tears for Thatcher Reflects Disconnect Between Political Elite and Ordinary People

Richard Sudan | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Sudan

The people throwing street parties shouldn't be condemned, they should be listened to. Is it any wonder, at a time when we are being told we need to tighten our belts that during Thatcher's funeral which will be funded by the state, many people are planning to turn up and protest? The dismantling of the welfare state and the NHS at present is the Conservative party's continuation of Thatcher's ideology of yesterday.

Skivers Being 'Let Off The Hook'

PA | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK Politics

Labour's deputy leader admitted on Sunday it was understandable that workers felt "resentful" about benefits claimants that do not want a job as the p...

IDS Says Some People Think They're Above Stacking Shelves - Not Him, of Course

Planet Ivy | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Politics
Planet Ivy

Potential MPs should only be able to stand as a candidate if they'd done a year long work placement (paid at the going rate, let's not stoop to their level). I don't care where - could be in a solicitors, could be in a cafe, but they should know that where they choose could affect the voters' choice.

An Over-Centralised Welfare System Is Killing the United Kingdom

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

ew people realise that the UK is one of the most centralised welfare systems in the world. Whitehall controls healthcare, education, tax and benefits. Local government controls only social care and a few other minor services. It doesn't need to be this way.

The Child Benefit Changes Are Chaotic, Unfair and Perverse

Catherine McKinnell | Posted 08.03.2013 | UK Politics
Catherine McKinnell

Instead of welfare reform that is tough, fair and that works, David Cameron and George Osborne are pressing ahead with a chaotic, unfair and perverse policy. And once again it is striving families who are paying the price.

Government Assault on Our Welfare System Is Based on Myth and Prejudice, Not Evidence

Frances O’Grady | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

Of course it's right that we should debate social security spending. After all it constitutes nearly 30% of all government spending - over £200bn a year. But the arguments should be based on evidence, not myths. And arguments should address the root causes of the growing welfare bill - not least the lack of affordable housing and the need for a living wage.

Child Benefit Changes Could Cause Considerable Complications

Anita Monteith | Posted 29.12.2012 | UK Politics
Anita Monteith

ICAEW is worried we are going to see the same operational problems arising that we saw for tax credits - especially for those with fluctuating incomes. We want a simplified tax system that is as clear and efficient as possible. However as you can see from the issues raised, this charge will add considerable complications.

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...

Miliband Targets 'Asset Strippers'

PA | Posted 26.11.2011 | UK Politics

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Bad businesses and bad neighbours are to be targeted by Labour leader Ed Miliband in his keynote speech to the party's conference...