UK Welfare

Has Labour Lost Its Natural Friendship With Disabled People?

Simon Stevens | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

Labour is no longer my natural friend, and it needs to work hard to deserve my friendship again. While many left wing 'disabled' activists (most of which were not active before 2010) will still argue Labour is the party for all disabled people, I believe the silent majority of disabled people will feel abandoned by them.

UN To Investigate British Government Over Human Rights Abuses

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 30.08.2015 | UK

The United Nations is due to visit the UK to investigate whether the government's welfare reforms have led to “grave or systematic violations” of ...

More Than 2,600 Died Within Six Weeks Of Being Deemed 'Fit For Work', Reveal Government

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Politics

More than 2,650 people died within six weeks of being found “fit for work”, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has revealed. Figures re...

'Welfare Dependency' Is a Symptom, Not a Moral Failing

Nick Stephenson | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Social security has been capped and cut over and over again in the last five years, and the pattern has already been continued in the new parliament when George Osborne set out his plans for more pain in his emergency July budget.

Iain Duncan Smith Accused Of 'New Attack On Disabled People"

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of launching a "new attack on disabled people" after announcing plans for a benefits shakeup to get more people o...

Looks Like This Isn't The First Time The DWP Used 'Fakes' In Welfare Leaflets

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK

Fresh revelations in the row over a rubbished DWP leaflet emerged on Wednesday, when it was discovered two fake characters featured in a benefit sanct...

The DWP Admits To Making Up Stories In Benefits Leaflets

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK

The Department for Work and Pensions has been forced to edit and re-issue a leaflet after being caught fabricating testimonials from fake benefit clai...

We're Building a Welfare State That Is Finally Fit for Purpose

Iain Duncan Smith | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Politics
Iain Duncan Smith

With near record employment in this country, and long term unemployment at its lowest level since 2009, there are more opportunities than ever for people to make the move from benefits to work, and that is why we must continue to press ahead with our reforms. We're building a welfare state that is finally fit for purpose. A system that supports people when they need it, but doesn't trap them into a life on benefits. A system that rewards work, instead of dependency. This is what this one nation Government is delivering.

Cuts Will Push Children Fleeing Violence Even Deeper Into Poverty

Peter Grigg | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK
Peter Grigg

Today marks another major setback for families fleeing violence, war and persecution as new government cuts to asylum support come into force. In a single stroke, the Government's decision to cut crucial financial support for these families will cause severe hardship to thousands of children in the UK, leaving many children living on just £5 a day.

As a Low Income Single Parent, I Feel That No Matter How Hard I Work, I Will Always Be Struggling to Provide for My Children

Janette Davey | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Politics
Janette Davey

Eight months after the Conservative's conference, came the Budget. A budget that promised to help working people. Yet, for me and millions of other low income working parents, instead of helping us, we are going to be struggling financially.

Don't Get Mad, Get Corbyn

Bethan Forrest | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Politics
Bethan Forrest

Dear leadership candidates for the Labour Party, Before the quelled vitriol that has sizzled the top of my oesophagus for some time now has the oppor...

The Corbyn Effect

Anthony Davis | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Politics
Anthony Davis

Call it Lefty, Marxist, Socialist or simply Old Labour - Jeremy Corbyn is one of a brave few who are prepared to stand up for those without a voice, who would otherwise be silenced by the Tory dictatorship.

Death of National Insurance Could Mean the Death of Universal State Benefits

Nick Stephenson | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Those who still have a sentimental attachment to children shouldn't worry: Duncan Smith is in the process of redefining child poverty so you won't have to hear about the suffering his policies create as their experiences grow more miserable but they fit within a happier category. If NI and income tax are joined, expect to see the welfare state look radically different within a very short time.

Cooper: Labour 'Bruised And Confused' By Welfare Split

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics

Labour splits over Tory welfare plans deepened today as both Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham vowed to sort out the 'confusion' of the party's stance on...

Why Harriet's Welfare Betrayal Requires Drastic Action

Ben Moore | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics
Ben Moore

It's 11:18 on the evening of Tuesday 20 July and I've just read that George Osborne's Welfare Bill has passed through the House of Commons in the face...

SNP and the Lib Dems Are Now the Real Oppposition

Stephen Donnan | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Donnan

The Opposition that doesn't Oppose is not something to aspire to. If Labour hadn't permanently destroyed any chance of recapturing those left wing votes they have lost to the SNP in Scotland or to the Greens and Plaid Cymru in England and Wales before the election then they have assured that outcome tonight.

Sick Joke: Labour MPs Rebel On 'Nauseating' Tory Welfare Bill

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics

Nearly 50 Labour MPs defied Harriet Harman to vote against the Tory welfare bill, slamming its cuts to child tax credits and child poverty targets. ...

Harman Caves To Labour Pressure To Oppose Welfare Bill

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Politics

Harriet Harman has caved in to huge pressure from Labour MPs and leadership contenders to table an amendment opposing the Tories' welfare cuts. The...

The Waugh Zone July 16, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday July 16, 2015... 1) SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND When John Humphrys said this mornin...

Disabled People Are Not the Property of the Government

Simon Stevens | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK
Simon Stevens

I refuse to be just a number and a prisoner of the government just because 'I am disabled', and my attitude makes me a free person. I merely want other sick and disabled people to escape the chains they have chosen for themselves, and become free to see their full potential as real users of services.

Get Tougher On Tory Welfare Plans, Andy Burnham Says

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Politics

Andy Burnham has declared his strong opposition to Tory benefit cuts by urging Harriet Harman to reject the Government’s Welfare Bill unless ministe...

A Letter to My Elected Representative - Thank You for Representing Me

Kate Milner | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Politics
Kate Milner

From me, thanks. You represent me. I didn't vote for you and I never will, which seems churlish when you clearly have my best interests at heart. But this nagging voice inside me keeps saying that maybe democracy shouldn't just be for the white, middle class families. Maybe, just maybe, it should be for everyone.

Lies, Damn Lies and the Welfare Debate

Emily Thornberry | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Politics
Emily Thornberry

So in the interest of setting the record straight, I've picked out my top seven tall Tory tales (there are many more than seven, but as space is limited I've kept myself to the worst offenders) and put them together with the actual facts. Without a willing handmaiden in the Murdoch press empire to help me, I'm relying on you to spread the word...

Don't Let the Piecemeal Policies Distract - This Is a 'Tory' Budget

Beth Miller | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Politics
Beth Miller

It's a budget of which young people and those working on the lowest incomes are the biggest victims. Don't let the piecemeal soundbite policies distract from that. It's a political master class in creating the perception of centrist policies while pursuing an ideologically right wing economic agenda that appeases those who turn out and vote, older people and the wealthy.

More Evidence That Welfare Dependence Can Be Reversed - From A Focused Chancellor!

Charlie Mullins | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

This budget provides evidence not only of George Osborn's determination to transform the UK's high tax, high welfare economy into a more prosperous low tax, low welfare dependence one, but also of the real possibility that if we stick to a combination of push and pull policies, this once considered impossible outcome, can be achieved.