UK Welfare

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 17.02.2015 | 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 12.02.2015 | 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 10.02.2015 | 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 03.02.2015 | 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 01.02.2015 | 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.

Tory Benefits Cap Helping Embarrassingly Few People Into Work

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's flagship cap on benefits has failed to help most benefit claimants into work, analysis by his own department suggests. The work...

IDS' Big Welfare Project Is Getting Even More Shambolic

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's much-delayed welfare project, Universal Credit, is set to take even longer to roll out across the country, the government's budget...

Autumn Statement: A Long-Term Economic Plan Should Have a Poverty-free UK at Its Heart

Julia Unwin | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Politics
Julia Unwin

The Autumn Statement was the Government's last chance to ensure the economic recovery does not bypass the worst off. This opportunity was missed.

Skills Shortages Hold Back the UK - So Why Can't the Unemployed Get Training?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The UK's job market appears to be doing pretty well, but scratch the surface and life looks a whole lot less rosy for unemployed people.

Cameron To Set Out 'Red Lines' On EU Immigration

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK

David Cameron will promise to block European Union migrants from claiming welfare for the first four years after they arrive in Britain as he sets out...

Local Councils Must Stand Together to Resist the Cuts

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

The political elite might be able to ignore or shut down a few exasperated councillors. But they could not ignore a surge of localism and defiance from councils up and down the country who have had enough of watching this government place us and our residents in straitjackets.

In-Work Poverty Is Something We Must Do Our Utmost to Eradicate

Christian Wolmar | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Wolmar

The UK is the sixth largest economy in the world by GDP. London is booming and is the pick of Europe for the headquarters of some of the world's biggest companies. In that context it is simply unacceptable to see how many people are being trapped by low pay.

The Welfare Debate Impacts the Assisting Dying Debate

Simon Stevens | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

Securing a positive future for all sick and disabled people will not come from dirty politics and cheap headlines, but rather it will come from putting our differences aside and digging deep to reveal and challenge the prejudices against us, even those from within, that have existed since we were living in caves. Only by doing this will the issues of welfare and assisting dying be framed in a new and positive way.

People With Learning Disabilities Know What's Wrong and What Matters

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK
Dr Simon Duffy

People with learning disabilities are an important group, who don't often get heard. If anyone does speak for them it's usually well-intentioned professionals or family members. This tends to encourage the false belief that people with learning disabilities are a rather strange and unfortunate group, who need pity and charity. Nothing could be further from the truth.