UK Welfare

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 19.03.2015 | 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...

Poor Sir Malcolm Rifkind - From a Welfare Recipient

John Sargeant | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

I can sympathise you want a professional pay package to compensate you for the sacrifice you have made in public service. I can only apologise that sacrificing my own professional career to continue the care of my disabled brother, saving the tax payer £80,000 a year, was not enough to keep you in the manner you wish to be accustomed.

No, 'Guardian', Failure IDS Is Not the Tories' Election 'Secret Weapon'

Nick Stephenson | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

In a world where the Mail points out the failures in a flagship Tory policy and the Guardian falsely eulogises it, it is hard to get a handle on the world around us.

Cameron Wanted To Crackdown Even Harder On Obese Benefit-Claimants

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been reined in by senior cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith over his plan to strip benefits from the obese and drug addicts if they ...

Giving Away Homes Would Be Bonkers

David Orr | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Politics
David Orr

If you are an avid reader of the Daily Telegraph or Times you will be aware that there is a new round of speculation that some of our politicians are interested in extending the Right to Buy to housing associations... If there is a serious proposal to legislate again, it will fail again. And here's why.

Society Must Empower Disabled People to Take Risks

Simon Stevens | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I feel benefit sanctions is a perfect example to show how many people within society have issues with regarding disabled people as capable beings who can take risks and indeed have the right to take risks. But it is still too common for the media and others to portray disabled people as incapable, who often need carers to take risks on their behalf.

IDS Fails on Freedom of Information - As He Did With Us in 2013

Nick Stephenson | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), bane of the lives of unemployed people, has refused a legitimate request for information from a BBC reporter.

What Natalie Should Have Said - How to Fund the Green Party's Citizen's Income Policy

Joseph Finlay | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Politics
Joseph Finlay

Bennett should have explained that by definition the Citizen's Income 'costs' very little - it is in fact a rearrangement of existing benefits and tax allowances. The main difference is that it gives each citizen those benefits and allowances automatically, without making them jump through hoops and subjecting them to complex means testing.

Cameron's Top Election Priority - Take More Money Away From Poor People

Nick Stephenson | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Today marks the important point at which there are exactly 100 days to go until the general election. All the party leaders have marked the occasion by setting out their most important policies, knowing that they will have the eyes of the country on them...

Jobseeker Sanctions: Necessary Tool to Push the Workshy Into Employment or Heartless Mechanism to Lower the Benefit Bill?

Kirsty McHugh | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Politics
Kirsty McHugh

It seems that politicians are wedded to imposing conditions in return for benefits and that sanctions will remain part of that regime. However, employment support providers know that you achieve most with jobseekers when the relationship is positive, providers are trusted and jobseekers want to work.

Will Celebrity Big Brother Finally End Katie Hopkins as a Benefit Commentator?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The line up of this year's Celebrity Big Brother has been announced, and it shows a familiar bunch of has-beens, never-weres, side-show freaks and fake controversialists. Into that last category falls Katie Hopkins, newspaper columnist and scourge of the unemployed and benefit claimants...

Warning - May Not Include Disabled People

Simon Stevens | Posted 08.03.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

Disability will be talked about through the bitter election ahead, but when the term is banded about as a synonym for poverty, it is important to question if this is merely political hot air, or really what a range of disabled people believe and think? I doubt in most cases it will be the latter and I fear the general public will sadly remain fooled into seeing disability as just a welfare issue without ever hearing from all disabled people.

2014: Year of the Poor?

Dave Clements | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

The badly off, and the rest of us for that matter, are being stalked by a political class and charitable sector more interested in changing people's behaviour than solving society's problems.