UK Welfare

Disability Benefit Changes Bring UN Probe Over 'Grave' Human Rights Violations

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Politics

The United Nations has launched an investigation into whether Iain Duncan Smith's disability benefit changes have led to "grave or systemic violations...

The Myth of Britain's Social Recovery

Tom Johnson | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

In the first wave of 'problem families', 32% had a disability or long term illness and 82% had a problem related to education, while 15% had children with a problem of substance abuse. This suffering can not be combatted by slashing budgets, but investing time, care and resources into tackling the root causes of these problems, as well as their aftermath.

IDS Has Accepted What Some Of You Already Know

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has accepted that he has become a "hate figure' to some people due to his controversial changes to the benefits system. The work ...

A Question of Trust

Dr Aarathi Prasad | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Aarathi Prasad

I am a skeptic. Some years ago, my mother 'blamed' this on my education in science. And it's true, over the years of analysing molecules and ideas I have become extraordinarily critical. I challenge most things I read in the news; doctors' diagnoses and marketing campaigns

White Dee To Go Head-To-Head With Tory At Conservative Party Conference

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics

Party political conferences are usually the preserve of MPs, party activists, tired journalists, political geeks and throngs of lobbyists. But among t...

Asa Bennett

'Catastrophic' And 'Pathetic' Miliband Under Fire From Labour Grassroots

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband's policy agenda has been branded "pathetic", "catastrophic", "mealy-mouthed" and "bland" by the Labour Party's grassroots. The critici...

Jobcentres 'Do More Harm Than Good' - Whistleblower

Nick Stephenson | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Jobcentres have faced huge criticism over the last few weeks, and now an insider has come forward to tell his story of how management and the government, together with some dodgy frontline staff, are ruining the service from within:

Have Anti-Cuts Protests Damaged the Portrayal of Disabled People?

Simon Stevens | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK
Simon Stevens

The portrayal of disabled people is a complex affair as the many different interest groups try to portray us as a collective for their own agendas, when in reality we are just a collection of individuals labelled by society because of our difficulties, when the reality is we have very little else in common.

6 Things Cameron Ignored To Scaremonger About Benefit Tourism

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has unveiled a further clampdown on European migrants' ability to claim benefits in a bid to tackle what he called the "magnetic pull" o...

Was It Something I Said? IT Firm Pulls Out Of Job Scheme Just Days After Osborne Visit

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Politics

A computer repair firm in Bristol pulled out of the government's workfare scheme just days after being visited by George Osborne to promote its involv...

No Reshuffle at DWP - But Better Implementation of Its Flagship Universal Credit Is Needed

Liam Crosby | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Politics
Liam Crosby

It's essential that the Universal Credit project is moved along, and an unchanged ministerial team at the DWP in today's reshuffle shouldn't mean an unchanged approach to this reform. Universal Credit needs action and clarity now, not the obfuscation and posturing we've seen in recent months.

IDS Survives Cabinet Cull But McVey Promotion Means Nothing to Unemployed

Nick Stephenson | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Hated work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith survived the Tory night of the long knives to keep his cabinet job. But in a move which is more about presentation than policy, employment minister and Smith deputy Esther McVey will also attend cabinet meetings.

Hunger Close To Home

David Bradford | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK
David Bradford

Food banks in Lewes, East Sussex, the town of Bill's breakfasts, artisan loaves and gourmet everything? There must be some mistake... surely? My week...

Are the Treatments Costly?

Richard Layard | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Layard

Depression reduces your length of life as much as smoking does... pay for more psychological therapy and it will cost you nothing because of the savings on physical healthcare. The finances of healthcare actually improve through spending more on therapy.

Was the Government's Decision to Tighten Disability Benefits Unlawful?

Claire Nurden | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Politics
Claire Nurden

As a charity representing thousands of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) it's concerning when we see sensationalised stories in the media about 'benefit cheats' and 'disability scroungers'. These unappealing headlines, along with the much publicised Government benefit crackdown, do little to help members of the public understand what it's really like to live with a disability.

Please Don't Save the Independent Living Fund

Simon Stevens | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Simon Stevens

The Independent Living Fund (ILF) has supported people with high support needs since 1998, currently 17000 users, with the original aim of keeping people out of residential care in a very different environment to the one we have now.

Things Can Only Get Better?

Stephen Evans | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

The General Election is just 10 months away. But the focus of its debate is a generational challenge to share the benefits of growth, in an environment of ongoing reductions in public spending. The good news is that the current squeeze in living standards is not inevitable and there are choices we make to reach a different outcome.

Millions In Taxpayers' Money Being Paid To Underperforming Contractors

PA | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK

Tens of millions of pounds of taxpayers' money is being paid out in bonuses to under-performing contractors responsible for delivering the Government'...

'100,000 More Children Are Now Living In Severe Poverty'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of failing to help children out of poverty after the release of "shocking" new figures. According to the latest ...

Time for a Fresh Approach to Disability Benefits

Paul Farmer | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Farmer

Whoever forms the next Government must acknowledge and tackle the many barriers people with mental health problems face in finding and retaining a job. The benefits system is very complex and we often hear how people struggle to navigate it, so we also need to ensure such individuals can access advice and support to help them.

For Young People Let Down by Labour, the Greens Offer a Voice of Hope

Paul Cohen | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Cohen

With Labour joining the Coalition in supporting the propagation of their depressing, victimising message, will you consider the alternative message being offered by the Greens?

To Win in 2015, Tories, Labour and Lib Dems Need to Think Cities

Ben Harrison | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Harrison

The election itself will inevitably focus on issues that matter most to voters - from jobs and housing to wages and welfare. But it is less well recognised that the election in 2015 will be determined primarily in our urban areas, and that the fortunes of each of the major political parties depend upon how they perform in, and help support, UK cities.

Labour Goes Back to the New as It Panders to Benefit Haters

Nick Stephenson | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The UK already has the lowest level of unemployment benefit in western Europe, and one of the highest levels of inequality, so taking from one side to give to the other would be an obvious solution to the economic issue.

Sick And Disabled Suffering Due To IDS' Benefits 'Fiasco'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics

Thousands of terminally ill and disabled Britons have been caused unnecessary suffering due to Iain Duncan Smith's "shocking" flagship benefits plans,...

IDS' Scheme Branded A 'Fiasco' By MPs

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics

A flagship government welfare scheme is a "fiasco" that has caused unnecessary distress to thousands of sick and disabled people, MPs have warned. ...