UK Welfare

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 25.06.2014 | 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 24.06.2014 | 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 20.06.2014 | 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 20.06.2014 | 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. ...

Labour's Plans Could Destroy the Welfare State, Not Save It

Daniel Sage | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Sage

A good start for Labour would have been to expand the contributory principle, not further target it, whilst explicitly focusing on supporting young people, rather than restricting access to social security. If the causes of such deep, attitudinal change in the UK are indeed linked to the decline of the contributory principle and the changing views of young people, today's proposals by Labour could end up having the complete opposite effect.

Waiting to Benefit

Ciaran Devane | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK
Ciaran Devane

Jodie is 31 and lives in London, last October she was given the devastating news that she had breast cancer. A few weeks later she was told it had spread to her bones. She had to give up work almost immediately and suddenly found herself with barely enough money to live on. Jodie was advised by her nurse to apply for the Personal Independence Payment, the UK's main disability benefit, which would offer her some financial support. She applied in November, but seven months on and she is still waiting to find out if she is eligible. She is now at crisis point, struggling to pay for day-to-day expenses such as food and bills. This is unacceptable.

Supporting Outcomes Together

Simon Stevens | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I have been a user of the welfare state and social care most of my life as well as being involved in its development in one way or another from many perspectives, and this has provided me an broad insight to its strengths and weaknesses, and how it could be developed for the benefit of everyone, providing a system suitable for the 21st Century.

Still Hungry for Answers on Foodbanks

Dave Clements | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

There is good reason to point to welfare changes as having the single most sizeable bearing on the rise in foodbanks and the take-up of food parcels. According to the Trust (ever-reliable in recording its foodbank activity), in 2013/14 benefit delays accounted for the highest number of referrals.

Fresh Thinking: Longitude Problem Solved

Rebecca Rose | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK
Rebecca Rose

Voting has begun on the selection of the most pressing issue of our day: ensuring universal access to safe water, providing everyone with nutritious a...

Lucy Sherriff

Could The Disability Student Allowance Cuts Actually Be A GOOD Idea? | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The government's announcement it would be slashing funding to support disabled students was not received well by those the scheme endeavoured to help....

Jessica Elgot

Our Health Is Getting Worse, For The First Time Since WW2, Experts Warn | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.05.2014 | UK

The UK is in danger of standards of nutrition regressing decades and undoing the advances made since World War Two, a coalition of 170 public health e...

The Hypocrisy of the Labour Party on Welfare Reform

Liam Marshall-Ascough | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Politics
Liam Marshall-Ascough

The Labour Party and some on the left are the biggest hypocrites when it comes to helping those most in need and raising the living standards of the poorest in our society. I'd like to pose the question of what has the Labour Party done for the people they say the government are letting down?

Asa Bennett

IDS Snubs Benefits Street Residents... As He's Too Busy | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith rejected an invitation to meet the residents of James Turner Street, made famous on the controversial Channel 4 documentary Benefits...