UK Welfare

2016: The Year of Mental Health

Danny Bowman | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK
Danny Bowman

The past year has been a positive one for mental health, £600 million worth of investment for young people's mental health services but there are still major issues effecting the recovery of many sufferers. So here's my five step plan for 2016 and why I believe it will be the year of change for mental health.

Homelessness Being Fuelled By Benefits Sanctions - Report

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Politics

One-in-five people made homeless in the last year were forced onto the streets after the Government stripped them of welfare payments, a survey has cl...

WCA May Have Failed But What Activists Want Is Worse

Simon Stevens | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK
Simon Stevens

The Work Capacity Assessment (WCA) for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) has been controversial to many people, and there has been plenty of call...

Autumn Statement - Don't Celebrate Tax Credit Reversal Just Yet

Nick Stephenson | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The Autumn Statement provides a second bite of the cherry for a Chancellor to clear up the mistakes they made in their budget earlier in the year. We...

Almost 600 Suicides Could Be Related To DWP Work Assessments, Claims New Research

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Politics

Almost 600 “additional” suicides could be related to the Government’s Work Capability Assessments, according to research published today. A s...

The Government Are Destroying the Futures of Young People: we Cannot Suffer in Silence

Tom Bailey | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Bailey

In 2005, David Cameron was elected as leader of the Conservatives in the hope that his youthful and moderate image would appeal to younger voters. He ...

Mental Health, Employment and the Use of Sanctions: What the Evidence Tells Us

Andy Bell | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Politics
Andy Bell

The number of people with mental health problems being given benefit sanctions is rising rapidly, according to figures reported in The Independent this week. In the same week, a call on the Government to review the impact of sanctions on people with mental health problems was refused, despite growing anecdotal evidence of the risks they can pose.

Cameron's Anti-Migration Plans 'Totally Undercut' - By Osborne

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Politics

George Osborne’s national living wage will hand a £3,000 a year pay boost to EU migrants and fatally undermine Tory plans to curb European immigrat...

PMQs Verdict: Corbyn's Getting Better But Cameron's Seen Worse

Lydia Suffield | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lydia Suffield

PMQs today made it pretty clear: Corbyn is starting to employ that headmaster stare. Today, it went from a rather stern warning look to a full-on, narrow-eyed, flashing-gazed glare at the Tory front bench who promptly erupted from muffled laughter to full-on cheers, accompanied by the classic chanting of "Ooooh", which reminded me all too strongly of schooldays seated in front of a well-intentioned but sadly incompetent supply teacher.

Could Tax Credit Changes Mark a Turning Point in Public Opinion on Welfare?

Matt Hawkins | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Politics
Matt Hawkins

Maybe it won't just be in-work benefits that are seen as vital but all forms: Employment and Support Allowance, Personal Independence Payments, Jobseeker's. Sometimes it takes having your behaviour changed and putting yourself in someone else's shoes to change your opinion. Unwittingly, Osborne might be about to nudge a large group of people into swapping shoes with those they once condemned.

A Nation of Scroungers

Jess Phillips | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

Benefits claimants are not some woman with seven kids pushing a pram while smoking a fag. Benefits claimants are not toothless young men sat in their pants playing Grand Theft Auto. They look like me, they look like your dad, they look like your nan.

Iain Duncan Smith's Conference Speech: Same Old Song, Same Bum Notes

Nick Stephenson | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The Conservative Party conference reached its own squeezed middle yesterday, as Iain Duncan Smith was hidden away in the Tuesday graveyard shift with his unfounded boasts of 'compassion' and 'tolerance'.

IDS Is Blaming His Failure As Tory Leader On Osama bin Laden

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Politics

The 9/11 terrorist attacks and subsequent wars were the cause of Iain Duncan Smith's failure to become prime minister, he claimed this week. The no...

Jokes About Dying Pensioners' Benefit Cuts Were 'Crass', Think Tank Chief Admits

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK

A think-tank director has apologised for "crass and offensive" remarks during a discussion over cutting pensioners' benefits at the Conservative Party...

Jeremy Hunt Says Cuts To Tax Credits Will Teach Brits Chinese Work Ethic

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Politics

Jeremy Hunt has suggested people in receipt of tax credits must work harder as he said cuts to the benefit send an "important cultural signal" by enco...

Iain Duncan Smith Still Misleads as Labour Opposes Benefit Cap

Nick Stephenson | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Seasoned Duncan Smith-watchers are still left floundering as to why he is in his sixth year in the same cabinet job, and yet there he is. Labour must feel they can make serious headway against him on the new benefit cap when the arguments are so half-hearted, and Duncan Smith is doing his best to encourage them in this belief.

Tax Credit Cuts Will Hit Single Parents Hardest

Octavia Holland | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Politics
Octavia Holland

We are very worried the cuts to tax credits put a further barrier in place for these single parents who want to support their families in work. Because if upping your hours, or winning that promotion means you lose more tax credit cuts than you gain in pay, taking that next step might not make financial sense.

Me, Me, Me

Emma Porcelli | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Parents
Emma Porcelli

In all the turmoil though, it is so important to have time out. As a person, it is your basic right to have a bit of time to yourself. Self-importance and well-being are vital in being a good parent. If you are frazzled, the household will be frazzled. Kids sense tension and will just play up more. It is a vicious circle.

Jeremy Corbyn: Tories Are Poverty Deniers

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn blasted the Tories as “poverty deniers” today as he attacked the Government's record on poverty. The new Labour leader hit out at...

'Tougher Than Tories' Rachel Reeves Leaves Labour Front Bench, But Won't Be Missed

Nick Stephenson | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

It is fair to say that Reeves was not popular among unemployed people, apparently misunderstanding the meaning of the word 'opposition' and racing Iain Duncan Smith towards an ever-more-draconian position on social security, caring little for the victims created on the way.

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...