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Everyone Loves A Puppy, Don't They?

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

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DWP Is a Tough Brief But One That Encompasses the Biggest Tests of Theresa May's Bold Commitments

Clare McNeil | Posted 16.07.2016 | UK Politics
Clare McNeil

Dear Secretary of State for Work and Pensions... You will be at the helm of the Department for Work and Pensions in circumstances few would have predicted a few weeks ago: a worsening labour market and the prospect of a recession. Adjusting your department to this new reality should be your top priority.

Humanity, You're Fired!

Adam Hamdy | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Tech
Adam Hamdy

"The market has decided this is my stuff," won't work for much longer because there soon won't be enough people with jobs to support a market. The next phase of the history of stuff might be, "We all get the same stuff," but that sounds suspiciously like socialism, which can't possibly be right...

Why Supermarkets Have a Duty to Provide Better Labelling for Milk

Jonty Whittleton | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK
Jonty Whittleton

Up to a fifth of dairy cows in the UK are kept indoors in factory farms all year round, never feeling the grass beneath their feet or the sun on their backs. In Denmark 85 per cent of farms were grazing cows on grass in 2001, but by 2010 this had reduced to just 35 per cent . In the US the majority of dairy farms are industrial-scale indoor systems which can house tens of thousands of cows.

Mamas and the Panama Papers

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Politics
Vanessa Olorenshaw

So there we have it. Some men are more equal than others - in exposure to tax liability, at least. The Panama Papers have revealed just how deviously and unethically many wealthy individuals protect their assets, reduce their exposure to tax, and pay as little into or back to their communities as they can get away with.

Happy New Tax Year! 4 Groups Affected By Today's Benefit's Freeze

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK

A freeze on working-age benefits unveiled by George Osborne in last Summer's budget comes into force today, and is set to affect 11 million families a...

Reflections on Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

Ed Green | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK
Ed Green

First, I've a personal interest to declare. My twin sister Jenny, who died nearly 20 years ago when we were 27, had cerebral palsy. It's been part of the fabric of my life as the non-disabled twin. I certainly wouldn't need an awareness month to bring it to my attention.

Chancellor - Childcare Can Help Level the Playing Field and Create a Strong Incentive to Work... But It's Not Doing So Yet

Imelda Redmond | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Politics
Imelda Redmond

Childcare is a critical part of modern infrastructure. As vital in getting parents into work as any train line or motorway, yet we don't hear the same long-term, national rallying calls for similar levels of investment.

How to Get Disabled People to Take the Government's Leap Into the Unknown After ESA Cuts

Vicky McDermott | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Politics
Vicky McDermott

In the next few hours the debate over the future of Employment and Support Allowance will be decided. The impact on many disabled people could be significant. The government's defeat in the House of Lords on Monday offered disabled people at risk of losing as much as £30 a week in benefit support, a temporary reprieve.

Do We Need a Minister for Mental Health?

Danny Bowman | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bowman

In the past couple of months mental health has well and truly come to the forefront of the UK government; with all political parties talking about how they believe we can improve mental health services and with mental health effecting nearly every department of government, is it time for this government to create a minister for mental health in their cabinet?

Young People Reveal Holes in the Foster Care Safety Net

Andrew Lam | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew Lam

Liberty Dycus, 23, who was adopted from Ethiopia as a child, ended up in foster care after being abused. She says that when she emancipated at 19, sh...

We Need to Support More Disabled People Into Work. Cutting ESA Isn't the Answer

Mark Atkinson | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Atkinson

Half a million disabled people will be affected by the Government's plans to reduce Employment and Support Allowance by around £30 a week.

Cutting Disability Benefits by £30 Per Week Won't Help People Into Work

Paul Farmer | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Farmer

Removing £30 a week is a short-sighted cost-cutting move that will only backfire, causing a huge deal of extra anxiety as well as financial problems, with the potential that people are pushed even further from work than previously. We need a supportive, personalised benefits system that works with people, not against them.

Furious Tory MP Issues Powerful 'Warning Shot' To Her Own Party On Disability Cuts

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK

An enraged Conservative MP has issued a "warning shot to government" as she vowed to fight her own party's cuts to disability support. Heidi Allen...

Millions Of Children Prepare To Face Families' Benefit Freeze Imposed By IDS

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK

More than seven million children will be affected by family members being hit by a four-year benefit freeze, research has shown. The Children’s S...

Changing the Conversation on Health and Social Care

Simon Stevens | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

I would like to change the conversation, moving to a point when people ask for what they need to perform relevant activities that allows them to meet their outcomes. In the spirit of 'best value', they may need to explain why one more expensive solution is better able to meet their needs to deliver outcomes than a cheaper solution.

The Conservatives Are Forcing Us to Accept Less State Support - But It Doesn't Have to Be This Way

Matt Hawkins | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK Politics
Matt Hawkins

The problem is that we have been so overwhelmed by this assault from central government we are no longer shocked when another basic right gets flushed down the drain. It's not just satire that this government is intent on killing: they are annihilating any expectation we have that politicians are on our side and that government can, should, or could do anything to help us.

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...