UK Welfare

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Simon Stevens | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I know I have more care and support than many people with my level of impairment, although I work and I am driven to make a bigger contribution to society because that is who I am, rather than anything I have chosen.

Iain Duncan Smith's Speech Does Not Reflect the Reality for Most People

Paul Farmer | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Farmer

It's time politicians of all parties commit to being accurate and respectful when talking about benefits and those supported by them. It's vital they do more to understand the real lives and challenges people face by refusing to promote harmful stereotypes.

Household Finances on the Edge

Peter Tutton | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Tutton

Our major survey of British family finances finds that 15 million people are already showing signs of financial difficulty, 13million wouldn't have the savings to keep up with their essentials bills for a month if their income dropped by a quarter, and 16million would consider using unsecured credit to keep up with essentials.

IDS Doesn't Want You To Know How Badly His Universal Credit Scheme Is Failing

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith and his fellow ministers have been accused of obstructing MPs' attempts to scrutinise his flagship Universal Credit welfare scheme b...

Iain Duncan Smith's New Reforms Are Well Fair if You Ask Me

Charlie Mullins | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

Of course, Labour have been quick to criticise Mr Duncan Smith but the strength of the UK labour market - with record numbers of people in work, accompanied by dramatic falls in the number of the UK's unemployed - is plain evidence that his reforms are having an impact.

Coalition Finds New Way to Bash Claimants - Immediate Sanctions

Nick Stephenson | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Those who believed the government had exhausted its supply of welfare-demonising policies were in for a cruel shock as the Tories reached down the back of the sofa and pulled out another billy club.

Daydreaming of 'Support England'

Simon Stevens | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK
Simon Stevens

I have always been a daydreamer since I was a child, thinking up big ideas to how I would improve a specific company, or part of the government, in great detail. I think it may be a part of my mild bipolar, a way to focus my thoughts, as well as solving the bigger problems in life.

Your Benefits Just Got Cut Again

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics

Benefits have been cut again today, as the annual 1% cash terms increase is effectively a cut as it is still below the rate of inflation. The real ...

Waking Up to Reality on Welfare Reform

Geraldine Blake | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Politics
Geraldine Blake

The fact that the most ambitious welfare reforms since 1945 are struggling to achieve their policy objectives should concern anyone who cares about building a better society. We need a more nuanced and supportive approach to reforming welfare - one which takes into account the variety of individuals circumstances and capabilities

There Is a Big Different Between Charity and Begging

Simon Stevens | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Many disabled people require specialist equipment, technology or other assistance in one way or another, and it is not almost possible to get this from NHS services, Access to Work or other government schemes, and so they need to apply to charities for assistance.

Why I Voted for an Overall Cap on Social Security Spending

Sheila Gilmore | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Sheila Gilmore

There has been some confusion between the overall spending cap and the individual benefit cap which came into force last September. The latter has an automatic effect on a single person whose total weekly benefit income reaches £350, and a couple or anyone with children whose income reaches £500.

The Political Grounding of American Christianity

Tony Sobrado | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Tony Sobrado

In a stunningly ironic way it is the political equivalent of survival of the fittest that seeks shelter under a religious cannon. The religious Americans have there ultimate dream cake and eat it: the pre-eminence of self-regard on this earth is the right thing to do for yourself, others and God and as a consequence you are spiritually rewarded for it in the afterlife.

Labour Has Betrayed Its Supporters by Voting for the Welfare Cap

Salman Shaheen | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Politics
Salman Shaheen

The real betrayal of Britain's poorest and most vulnerable people was Labour's support for this toxic policy. With 13 honourable exceptions who all deserve praise for actually doing what they were elected to do, Labour MPs acquiescently lined up behind the welfare cap. If an antelope feeds its calf to a lion, that's pretty shocking.

Atos Will Stop Doing 'Fit-For-Work' Tests On Benefit Claimants Early

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Politics

Atos Healthcare is quitting its contract to carry out "fit-for-work" tests on disability benefit claimants before it is due to end next year, the gove...

The Welfare Cap Alone Won't Bring Down Spending

Helen Donohoe | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics
Helen Donohoe

Whatever the merits of an overall cap on welfare spending and however it is going to work, it's clear that on its own it's not enough. This debate on welfare and poverty is taking the focus from where it is most needed - helping vulnerable children and their families.

IDS' Benefits Changes Are 'All On The Verge Of Meltdown'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's Department for Work and Pensions is on the verge of a "meltdown" over its three major benefits programmes, warned Margaret Hodge, ...

Day Two of My 40 Day 'End Hunger Fast'

Keith Hebden | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Politics
Keith Hebden

After months of organising, meetings, prayer, and listening to grassroots groups, bishops and charities I have finally begun my forty day fast. For the next forty days - Ash Wednesday until Palm Sunday - I'm going to eat no food. I'll have a glass of fruit juice each morning and the water left over from steamed vegetables in the evening; and keep hydrated of course.

IDS Caught Out For 'Foul Play' Over Official Stats For FOURTH Time In A Year

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has been caught up in a new row over his department's dodgy use of official figures, the fourth in a year. The controversy erupt...

IDS Faces Probe Over 'Bogus' Jobs Advertised For Job Hunters

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's Department of Work and Pensions could be investigated after it emerged that over a third of a million jobs it advertises for job h...

I Do Not Want a Fair Society

Simon Stevens | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK
Simon Stevens

When you bang that drum for a 'fair society', maybe for a second ask yourself if that is really what you want? Or do we deserve something much better where we can all win and not just pretend to win? An inclusive society?

68,000 Wrongly Sanctioned Shows the Benefit System Is Broken

Nick Stephenson | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Those who want to suggest solutions to the sanctions issue - one of the biggest facing unemployed people in the UK - need to acknowledge that the system that implements it is broken and delivers far more misery and poverty than justice.

68,000 People Have Their Benefits Stopped Unfairly Each Year

PA | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Politics

Around 68,000 benefit claimants are having their welfare payments stopped unfairly each year, heightening demand for food banks, a think tank has clai...

Are Welfare Payments Being Unfairly Stopped?

PA | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK

Around 68,000 benefit claimants are having their welfare payments stopped unfairly each year, heightening demand for food banks, a think tank has clai...

From Benefits Street to Famous, Rich and Hungry - Poverty Porn? Nah, It's Just Reality TV

Dave Clements | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Dave Clements

Next month, as part of the Sport Relief season of programmes (I know, yawn), we lucky viewers will be treated to seeing the likes of the Dragon's Den's Theo Paphitis and some spoilt rich 'star' off Made in Chelsea quite literally slumming it with people living in 'food poverty' (whatever that is supposed to mean).

Why Osborne And IDS Are Wrong On Child Poverty - In 10 Shocking Facts

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Politics

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has backed down on plans to redefine how child poverty is measured, after critics leapt up to warn that ...