UK Welfare

Don't Get Mad, Get Corbyn

Bethan Forrest | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Politics
Bethan Forrest

Dear leadership candidates for the Labour Party, Before the quelled vitriol that has sizzled the top of my oesophagus for some time now has the oppor...

The Corbyn Effect

Anthony Davis | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Politics
Anthony Davis

Call it Lefty, Marxist, Socialist or simply Old Labour - Jeremy Corbyn is one of a brave few who are prepared to stand up for those without a voice, who would otherwise be silenced by the Tory dictatorship.

Death of National Insurance Could Mean the Death of Universal State Benefits

Nick Stephenson | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Those who still have a sentimental attachment to children shouldn't worry: Duncan Smith is in the process of redefining child poverty so you won't have to hear about the suffering his policies create as their experiences grow more miserable but they fit within a happier category. If NI and income tax are joined, expect to see the welfare state look radically different within a very short time.

Cooper: Labour 'Bruised And Confused' By Welfare Split

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics

Labour splits over Tory welfare plans deepened today as both Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham vowed to sort out the 'confusion' of the party's stance on...

Why Harriet's Welfare Betrayal Requires Drastic Action

Ben Moore | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics
Ben Moore

It's 11:18 on the evening of Tuesday 20 July and I've just read that George Osborne's Welfare Bill has passed through the House of Commons in the face...

SNP and the Lib Dems Are Now the Real Oppposition

Stephen Donnan | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Donnan

The Opposition that doesn't Oppose is not something to aspire to. If Labour hadn't permanently destroyed any chance of recapturing those left wing votes they have lost to the SNP in Scotland or to the Greens and Plaid Cymru in England and Wales before the election then they have assured that outcome tonight.

Sick Joke: Labour MPs Rebel On 'Nauseating' Tory Welfare Bill

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics

Nearly 50 Labour MPs defied Harriet Harman to vote against the Tory welfare bill, slamming its cuts to child tax credits and child poverty targets. ...

Harman Caves To Labour Pressure To Oppose Welfare Bill

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Politics

Harriet Harman has caved in to huge pressure from Labour MPs and leadership contenders to table an amendment opposing the Tories' welfare cuts. The...

The Waugh Zone July 16, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday July 16, 2015... 1) SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND When John Humphrys said this mornin...

Disabled People Are Not the Property of the Government

Simon Stevens | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK
Simon Stevens

I refuse to be just a number and a prisoner of the government just because 'I am disabled', and my attitude makes me a free person. I merely want other sick and disabled people to escape the chains they have chosen for themselves, and become free to see their full potential as real users of services.

Get Tougher On Tory Welfare Plans, Andy Burnham Says

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Politics

Andy Burnham has declared his strong opposition to Tory benefit cuts by urging Harriet Harman to reject the Government’s Welfare Bill unless ministe...

A Letter to My Elected Representative - Thank You for Representing Me

Kate Milner | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Politics
Kate Milner

From me, thanks. You represent me. I didn't vote for you and I never will, which seems churlish when you clearly have my best interests at heart. But this nagging voice inside me keeps saying that maybe democracy shouldn't just be for the white, middle class families. Maybe, just maybe, it should be for everyone.

Lies, Damn Lies and the Welfare Debate

Emily Thornberry | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Politics
Emily Thornberry

So in the interest of setting the record straight, I've picked out my top seven tall Tory tales (there are many more than seven, but as space is limited I've kept myself to the worst offenders) and put them together with the actual facts. Without a willing handmaiden in the Murdoch press empire to help me, I'm relying on you to spread the word...

Don't Let the Piecemeal Policies Distract - This Is a 'Tory' Budget

Beth Miller | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Politics
Beth Miller

It's a budget of which young people and those working on the lowest incomes are the biggest victims. Don't let the piecemeal soundbite policies distract from that. It's a political master class in creating the perception of centrist policies while pursuing an ideologically right wing economic agenda that appeases those who turn out and vote, older people and the wealthy.

More Evidence That Welfare Dependence Can Be Reversed - From A Focused Chancellor!

Charlie Mullins | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

This budget provides evidence not only of George Osborn's determination to transform the UK's high tax, high welfare economy into a more prosperous low tax, low welfare dependence one, but also of the real possibility that if we stick to a combination of push and pull policies, this once considered impossible outcome, can be achieved.

Budget 2015 Does Not Deliver a Caring Britain

Natalie Bennett | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Today George Osborne squandered a huge opportunity. He could have learned the lessons that led to the economic crisis, started to build a fair and sustainable economy and given Britain the tools it needs to help in the fight against climate change. Instead his backwards priorities led him to sacrifice the poor and the planet in the name of a "long-term economic plan" that is failing to secure our future.

How Much Of The Government Budget Really Goes On Welfare?

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics

Chancellor George Osborne is revealing today where the promised £12bn of welfare cuts will fall. His emergency Budget address lays out the Govern...

'Pain Rather Than Gain': The Winners And Losers Of This Year's Tory Budget

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK

George Osborne is releasing his first Budget as chancellor of a majority Conservative government, having previously been limited by the demands of the...

Budget Won't Create a Youth Homelessness Funding Crisis - We're Already Facing One

Paul Noblet | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Noblet

The aftermath of the Budget will be dominated by talk of who is better or worse off, but will it come too late for some of the most vulnerable people in our society? Support for youth homelessness is not on the verge of a funding crisis. It's already in one.

The Axeman Cometh: Osborne's Welfare Hit-List

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Politics

The amount of benefits a family living outside London can receive could be capped at £20,000 under a swathe of measures to scale back the welfare bil...

You Can't Eat GCSEs, Iain Duncan Smith, and They Won't Keep You Warm

Nick Stephenson | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The child poverty figure was out this week, and it surprised many people by showing no overall rise. This wasn't the success the Conservatives tried to present it as; there is a target in place that commits the government to eradicating child poverty by 2020, the end of the current parliament, and this needs the figure to fall significantly every year with 2.3 million still below the breadline.

The Government Is Capping Deaf Young People's Ambitions And Aspirations

Susan Daniels | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK
Susan Daniels

What of those deaf young people who need ongoing regular support in order to thrive and prosper at work? The cap has sent them a very clear signal - to cap their aspirations and settle for something beneath their hopes and expectations.

Iain Duncan Smith Had Credit Card Suspended By Expenses Watchdog

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith had his expenses credit card suspended after running up debts of more than £1,000. The Work and Pensions Secretary, who last yea...

An Open Letter to IDS and George Osborne - Let's Create a New Industrial Revolution to Benefit Britain, NOT Keep Britain on Benefits

John Bird | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
John Bird

The continuing misuse of benefit is a human rights abuse where recipients are walled off from democracy and opportunity. But ministers, please reflect on where this culture arose; in the corridors of power itself. And the cure is to be found in work that finally gives this blighted sector of society the chance to catch up on lost time spent in the miasma of benefit.

'Why Let Facts Get In The Way Of Spin?' TUC Hit Back On Welfare Report

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics

A report claiming over half of UK households get more in benefits than they pay in taxes is “extremely misleading” as it includes pensioners, acco...