UK Welfare

Everybody Loses When Young People Are Out of Work

Denise Hatton | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Politics
Denise Hatton

If this government is committed to doing this and giving young people a decent start in life, this Queen's Speech needs to first focus on providing them with a safe and stable environment that allows young people the chance to flourish and reach their full potential - to which Housing Benefit plays an important role.

Government Must Ensure Past Mistakes Affecting Disabled People Are Not Repeated

Richard Kramer | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Kramer

We need to navigate another approach in order to break down the "them and us" mentality. Both government and the disability sector should explore how we can both reframe the debate and work together to deliver a good life for disabled people.

Dear Conservative Voter

Ben Moore | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics
Ben Moore

Dear Conservative Voter, Hello. Congratulations on the party you voted for winning the General Election. You must be pleased. You are probably also aware that a lot of people aren't so pleased. Roughly four fifths of the electorate didn't vote Conservative including, to be fair, a lot who didn't vote at all...

What Now for the National Minimum Wage?

George Wilson | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK
George Wilson

The social justice case for a higher minimum wage will not be heard again alone. Rather the destabilising language of economics will be used to promote and obstruct a policy that will be relied upon by millions.

'Benefits Street' Is a Red Herring for the Real Issue Surrounding the Welfare State

David Mooney | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Politics
David Mooney

Deny it all you want, but at some point in your life you've been forced to clear your browsing history because of some questionable content you found yourself viewing at nearly midnight on a Friday after a stressful week. Sometimes the temptation is just too much to avoid surfing to the wrong side of the tracks and what follows is a swift re-writing of history where we pretend that we were on the phone or had dropped off for a moment instead.

No, the Tories Aren't Trying to Screw You Over

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Politics
Lukas Mikelionis

I really hope I don't have to tell you how false this conspiracy is, although I might just be a part of that exact vile Tory plot.

McVey Loss Is No Compensation as Unemployed Wait for the Pain to Come

Nick Stephenson | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Only the 'haves' will truly enjoy this Conservative majority. For the unemployed the advice must be: that zero hour contract you were offered (and that Iain Duncan Smith wanted to rename)? Even if you can't live on it, you should take it, because the alternative of a civilised period on benefits with quality jobsearch support while you you look for real work is even less likely now.

IDS Claims He Doesn't Know Where £12Billion Benefit Cuts Will Fall - But Did He Mislead Voters?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

As part of the interesting 'maths' in their manifesto, the Tories have committed to £12 billion more cuts in benefit payments over the next parliament. In interview after interview MPs and ministers have consistently refused to say where these cuts will come from, including multiple times to the BBC's Andrew Neil on The Daily Politics ever since the promise was made.

Which Political Party Is Good for Disabled People?

Simon Stevens | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

This election has been a confusing yet dull election. What was 5 years ago a traditional two and a half horse race has now exploded into a rainbow of parties, although they all seem to be fighting in their own ways for the middle ground, promising to be safe rather than bold.

Over One Million Britons Fed by Foodbanks - Why?

Valdemar Alsop | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Politics
Valdemar Alsop

With over one million people using Trussell Trust Foodbanks, I couldn't help but reflect on what Jon said: he wanted to be out of a job for the right reasons. The Foodbank doesn't want to exist. Jon, however, looks like he might be working for a while yet.

Why I'm Voting Labour

Gregor Cubie | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Politics
Gregor Cubie

A University professor who would put a sign on his door saying "Away Fighting The Forces of Capitalism" when he was out of office once told me that the reason populism tends to pool around reactionary right-wing ideas is that the motivations for, and expected benefits of left-wing ideologies are less easily quantifiable and thus harder to express.

Do Politicians Understand Social Care?

Beth Britton | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Politics
Beth Britton

With electioneering in full swing, I am a frustrated voter. Not because of the endless talk of the deficit, austerity and immigration, but because while the NHS and healthcare feature in pretty much every political debate, by comparison social care is the poor relation.

You Can't Have a Big Society in a Small State

Georgia Elander | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Georgia Elander

In the past week, we've seen four new election manifestos - but with both Labour and the Tories struggling to make any kind of decisive poll gain, some old ideas are rearing their heads. The Tories, failing to achieve the desperately-awaited 'crossover' in the polls, are very rapidly ditching their stern economic message of 'tough choices' and attempting to resurrect the groaning corpse of the 'big society.'

Unemployment Falls Slow as Government Overstates Recovery

Nick Stephenson | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The reality of Conservative insecurity on jobs is shown by the almost total absence of work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith from the election campaign, now seen to be a poisoned chalice and damaging to the prospects of Cameron leading another government.

Political Parties Challenged on Welfare by Disabled People and Their Families

James Bolton | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Politics
James Bolton

The hottest day of the year so far was a fitting backdrop to a debate that had the potential to be one of the most heated of the election campaign...

The Real 'Health Tourism': Brits in the Rest of Europe

Giles Goodall | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Politics
Giles Goodall

The big ones are Spain, France, and Germany, where British visitors cost local health services up to a staggering 34 times more than their visitors to the UK do. Just four of the 27 other EU countries spent less on treating British visitors than the NHS did on their nationals (Bulgaria, Latvia, Romania and Lithuania).

Inclusion Comes From Within

Simon Stevens | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I have always had a more individualistic view of inclusion. By this, I mean I believe only I can decide if I wish to be included into society. I always had a naivety to what I could and could not do, and I can honestly say that I have always found a way of doing anything that I put my mind to doing.

I Voted Conservative in 2010: I Will Never Vote for Them Again

Jon Young | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Politics
Jon Young

In the next five years I learned that the promises of ex-PR man David Cameron were nothing more than a calculated attempt to rid the Tories of the 'nasty party' image that was standing in the way of them gaining power.

This Election's Lies Seek to Divide Us- Don't Let Them

Bradley Allsop | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

Politicians are cheap stage magicians, using misdirection and smokescreens in the form of struggling families and individuals that happened to be born in a different part of the world to distract from systemic issues that their chums profit from.

1,000 Jobs Created Every Day - But What Kind of Jobs?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

1.8 million more people are in work since 2010, and that works out at roughly 1,000 per day. It is when you dig a bit deeper that things start to unravel. Only from the middle of 2013 were more employee jobs created than lost. Of the 1.1 million rise in the number in work between 2008 and 2014, 732,000 were actually in self-employment.

Is the Extra £74 Million on Local Welfare Funds Too Little Too Late?

Gerri McAndrew | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Politics
Gerri McAndrew

It is our fear that the gaps in the net are getting larger and more families in crisis are falling through, unrecognised and receiving no help. This will have a detrimental effect on their wellbeing, leaving many problems to snowball rather than being resolved. Storing up problems cost us more as a society in the long term.

Labour: A Tale of Dichotomies

Hannah Buchanan | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics
Hannah Buchanan

I am a traditional Labour supporter. I believe in fairness and equal opportunities for all. Just last night when interviewed by a market research company carrying out polling, I gave Labour maximum ratings as the party I am most likely to vote for in the General Election. However I have become furious at comments made by Rachel Reeves in the Guardian.

Osborne's Welfare Remarks Were An Open Goal For Katie Hopkins...

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK

Backbench MPs are not the only ones who were driven into a frenzy by the minute detail of financial policy being read out by a man in a suit today. ...

Tory Minister Hits Out At Own Party's 'Inhuman' Benefit Sanctions

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Politics

A senior Conservative minister has risked opening up a party rift after lashing out at the “inhuman” application of benefit sanctions, a regime ov...

IDS Is Making 'Very Little Progress' With His Flagship Welfare Scheme

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's flagship welfare policy Universal Credit is making "very little progress", an influential committee of MPs have warned. Univers...