UK Welfare

The Axeman Cometh: Osborne's Welfare Hit-List

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Politics

The amount of benefits a family living outside London can receive could be capped at £20,000 under a swathe of measures to scale back the welfare bil...

You Can't Eat GCSEs, Iain Duncan Smith, and They Won't Keep You Warm

Nick Stephenson | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The child poverty figure was out this week, and it surprised many people by showing no overall rise. This wasn't the success the Conservatives tried to present it as; there is a target in place that commits the government to eradicating child poverty by 2020, the end of the current parliament, and this needs the figure to fall significantly every year with 2.3 million still below the breadline.

The Government Is Capping Deaf Young People's Ambitions And Aspirations

Susan Daniels | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK
Susan Daniels

What of those deaf young people who need ongoing regular support in order to thrive and prosper at work? The cap has sent them a very clear signal - to cap their aspirations and settle for something beneath their hopes and expectations.

Iain Duncan Smith Had Credit Card Suspended By Expenses Watchdog

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith had his expenses credit card suspended after running up debts of more than £1,000. The Work and Pensions Secretary, who last yea...

An Open Letter to IDS and George Osborne - Let's Create a New Industrial Revolution to Benefit Britain, NOT Keep Britain on Benefits

John Bird | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
John Bird

The continuing misuse of benefit is a human rights abuse where recipients are walled off from democracy and opportunity. But ministers, please reflect on where this culture arose; in the corridors of power itself. And the cure is to be found in work that finally gives this blighted sector of society the chance to catch up on lost time spent in the miasma of benefit.

'Why Let Facts Get In The Way Of Spin?' TUC Hit Back On Welfare Report

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics

A report claiming over half of UK households get more in benefits than they pay in taxes is “extremely misleading” as it includes pensioners, acco...

Political Battles Between Inclusion and Welfare

Simon Stevens | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Simon Stevens

I would like to suggest that when the coalition government came into power in May 2010, there was a major shift in the way many sick and disabled peop...

Iain Duncan Smith Caught Misleading Again - Benefit Death Figures to Be Published

Nick Stephenson | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

We are used to Iain Duncan Smith misleading us in all sorts of ways. Last month a leaked document from his Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) sho...

Child Poverty Figures Make 'Grim Reading'

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, has hailed the number of children living in relative poverty in UK falling to its lowest level sin...

David Cameron Hails Troubled Families Success. But Has It Really Saved £1.2bn?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron announced a dramatic expansion of his 'troubled families' programme today as he claimed it had "turned around" the lives of nearly all ...

Job Centre Questioned Welfare To Man Who Cannot Walk, Talk Or Feed Himself

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics

A wheelchair-bound man who can only communicate by blinking his eye was ordered to attend a Job Centre to prove he should still receive welfare paymen...

Creating a Blueprint for Local Action Against Hunger

Frank Field | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Politics
Frank Field

I set up just over a year ago a cross-party inquiry with two objectives: first, to try and find out why so many people - some 600,000 across Britain - have to rely on their local food bank to stave off hunger; and second, to come up with some solutions which might begin to ameliorate their circumstances.

Is the Real Price of Childcare Child Poverty?

Octavia Holland | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Octavia Holland

The government is committed to make work pay and deliver a fairer welfare system. It also has a duty to reduce child poverty enshrined in the Child Poverty Act. Acting on childcare for those who need it most - and acting now - will go some way to realising these promises.

The Waugh Zone June 22 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday June 22, 2015... 1) WELL-FAIR STATE It was Ali G who put the question most famously t...

Osborne Rejects His Own Welfare Spending Figures

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Politics

George Osborne's latest claim over the "unsustainable" level of welfare spending has become mired in confusion after his own officials dismissed it as...

Caring Through Crisis - Why the Social Care System Is Failing

Paul M. Davies | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Paul M. Davies

After five years of caring for my wife it has been made clear to me that there fundamental problem in the way that social care is delivered in the UK. The system is geared toward supporting people only when they've reached a point of crisis.

New Benefit Cap Means Workless Private Renters Now Banned From 92% of UK

Nick Stephenson | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

We are rapidly approaching a point where the UK's poorest, particularly those unfortunate enough to be unemployed and who have larger families, are running out of reasonable housing options. The result is likely to be an increase in the use of temporary accommodation which fails the overcrowded families within it and costs the public purse more despite reforms being marketed as part of an austerity drive.

People vs Austerity: An Assembly of Hope

Zion Lights | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
Zion Lights

Two years on and we find ourselves further burdened by cuts and now reeling from the impact of a Tory government, Conned once again by our broken electoral system. So what's the alternative? We organise. We march. We stand.

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.