UK Welfare

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 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.