UK Welfare

Poverty Needs a New Story

Barry Knight | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK
Barry Knight

Solutions to poverty have focussed on "doing to" the poor, rather than allowing them to do it for themselves or doing it with them. The poverty lobby needs to shift its mind-set from transactional policies that shift resources to transformational processes that shift power, and work together for a more inclusive model of change.

Unmet Legal Need

Bina Patel | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK
Bina Patel

Hogan Lovells alongside the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Pro Bono recently launched a report highlighting the lack of legal services in Lon...

General Election 2017: Labour Leads On Work And Welfare As Tories Run Out Of Ideas

Nick Stephenson | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The Conservative manifesto provides broad-brush sketches of some ideas, but only the Labour manifesto shows the power of government to make much-needed change in work and benefits.

No Child's Life Should Be Defined By Their Family's Circumstances

Caroline Nokes | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Politics
Caroline Nokes

This week the Department for Work and Pensions published analysis on the range of disadvantages workless families face, including conflict between parents, drug and alcohol dependency, or mental health problems. While the first job of this department is to do everything we can to support people into work, we know that wider issues like these can prevent families from getting on with their lives, leaving children without the stability they need.

Only Labour Has The Ideas And The Will To Unlock The Potential Of The Scottish Parliament

Kezia Dugdale | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Politics
Kezia Dugdale

Closing the gap between the richest and the rest will be better for our whole economy. More working class people having more money in their pockets will stimulate our economy from the ground up. That's why under my leadership, Scottish Labour has relentlessly pursued an agenda to use the powers of the Scottish Parliament to invest in our economy, not carry on the cuts. 

Cutting Employment And Support Allowance Won't Help Britain Back To Work

Joe Dromey | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Politics
Joe Dromey

For too long, the government's approach to the welfare bill has been focused simply on cutting entitlements, rather than addressing the underlying causes. If the government want to reduce the number of people on ESA and deliver on their commitments on mental health, they should scrap these cuts and instead focus on prevention, on supporting people and on turning off the tap.

Money Matters - Theresa May Must Take Rising Child Poverty Seriously To Tackle Social Justice

Sumi Rabindrakumar | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Politics
Sumi Rabindrakumar

If this government is as committed to reducing poverty as it claims, its social justice strategy must avoid the blame-game when supporting families, and set out a vision for how we can move towards adequate incomes and sustainable work.

Britain's Richest 10% Spend More On Wine Than The Poorest 10% Spend On Water

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK

Britain’s richest spend as much on wine each year as the country’s poorest do on their water bills, analysis of new figures has found. The Office ...

Taking Money From People With Parkinson's Won't Get Them Into Work

Phil Reynolds | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK
Phil Reynolds

The Government must scrap this terrible ESA cut and focus instead on improving the accuracy of the assessment process, so that people with Parkinson's and other conditions get the right support first time and are not bullied into work inappropriately.

Have Disabled People Been A Victim Of Post-Truth?

Simon Stevens | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

The liberal media are as guilty of post-truth as anyone else, particularly focusing on people with impairments as a part of the new poor only they can protect from 'Trumpmania'. Post-truth is a central part of the general car crash of politics and society internationally we are currently witnessing, where people with impairments have particularly become a part of the casualty list.

Impairment-Related Assessments Should Be About Removing Barriers

Simon Stevens | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

It is very easy to complain about how a system is not working but it is much harder to come up with new solutions to replace broken ones. It is also easy to talk about rights but much harder to ensure any system implement rights on an individual level, providing real benefit as opposed to simply political analysis.

I Am Proud To Say That Work Has Set Me Free

Simon Stevens | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Portraying work is something evil and unobtainable for anyone with any kind of impairment is deeply harmful to people's place in society as well as their personal identities. In defining work is the activity of helping others in any way, it is simply wrong to assume people with impairments can only be in a position of taking as opposed to giving.

Go And See 'I, Daniel Blake', Theresa May Told

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn has told Theresa May she should watch the Ken Loach film ‘I, Daniel Blake’, and take the Work And Pensions Secretary with her. At Pr...

How The New Benefits Cap Would Make Things Worse For The ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Family

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK

The lowering of the benefit cap by as much as £6,000 a year from next week will throw some 300,000 children closer to homelessness, new research has ...

The Truth Behind 'I, Daniel Blake' - And Why Families Have Even More to Lose

Sumi Rabindrakumar | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sumi Rabindrakumar

"Is that the point?" So asks Daniel Blake, the lead in Ken Loach's latest film pushed to breaking point by our labyrinthine benefits system. Obstructi...

"I, Daniel Blake" Has Reinvigorated My Passion For Social Justice And My Anger Towards The UK's Welfare System. Here's Why

Lee Burkwood | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Politics
Lee Burkwood

Last Saturday, I went to see a film called "I, Daniel Blake". It focuses on a man who suffered a major heart attack and yet was still deemed fit to wo...

DWP 'Should End Strict Sanctions And Conditions On Benefits'

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Politics

Forcing the unemployed to regularly turn up to Job Centres is harmful and counter-productive, the Government’s own ‘behavioural’ policy unit has...

Everyone Loves A Puppy, Don't They?

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 13.09.2017 | 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 17.07.2017 | 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 02.07.2017 | 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 06.05.2017 | 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 09.04.2017 | 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 27.03.2017 | 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 17.03.2017 | 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.