UK Welfare

IDS Goes After Benefit Fraudsters, But What About These 3 Bigger Costs?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's Department for Work and Pensions has launched a new advertising campaign encouraging people to phone a hotline if they suspect som...

Loads Of People Want This Tory Minister Sacked

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Politics

Protesters have gathered outside the Department for Work and Pensions demanding the sacking of welfare minister Lord Freud, who was recorded suggestin...

How It Feels To Be Worth Less

Mik Scarlet | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Politics
Mik Scarlet

Our labour is worth just the same as anyone else's. Don't let society carve into to stone what we know to be wrong by allowing this opinion to go unchallenged...

Freud's Minimum Wage Slip

George Wilson | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Politics
George Wilson

As for Freud, at best, carelessness, and a poor understanding of his department and the people that it serves may prove less a slip and more a great fall; Labour are set to table a Commons motion of no confidence in him to be voted on later this month.

Millionaire Tory Peer's Disabled Remarks Are Hardly His First Gaffe...

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Politics

Tory welfare minister Lord Freud has issued a "full and unreserved" apology after a recording emerged of him suggesting that disabled people were "not...

Three-Quarters Support £23k Tory Benefit Cap - But Why?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

This comes as no surprise; the drift of anti-welfare opinions has been rightwards for years, and only gets more judgemental. The explanation for why so many are willing to see their fellow citizens living in absolute penury has a few parts.

Dear David Cameron: A Letter From the Young Me You Denied Benefits

Rebecca Winson | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Politics
Rebecca Winson

When I was younger, I claimed housing benefit and JSA solidly for a year. I did it so I could live in a place where I could find a job I could turn into a meaningful career, a meaningful existence. I grew up in an area short of prospects, short of jobs. I did not have parents who could fund a year long series of internships. I had to rely on the state to get me on my feet.

£25bn More Cuts Are Needed, Says Osborne

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Politics

Chancellor George Osborne has announced an uncompromising squeeze on benefits, freezing welfare for working Brits until 2017 in a move he said would s...

Could Scotland's 'No' Vote Lead to a Revolution for the Unemployed?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The people of Scotland have spoken, and they believe we are better together after all. The dust hasn't settled on this historic vote, but the win for 'no' was gained by English politicians entering the fray at the last minute and promising more powers for the region...

Even the Most Time-Stretched of Us Could - And Should - Be Able to Share a Cuppa With a Lonely Human Being

Clare Finney | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Finney

I am 26. I met Rachel, an 86-year-old British Ghanian, through an elderly befriending scheme in Islington. We've been chatting, sipping tea or shandy and half-watching Home and Away every week for the past two years.

How Have We Got Ourselves Into Such a Mess as a Society That Some People Find Themselves Needing Assistance?

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

I'm not going to argue that every single person who ever walks into a foodbank hasn't made mistakes when handling money; no doubt some have. But the majority seem to be people who have been hit by a crisis in life. Whether it's due to an illness or sudden job loss, they come from all walks of life.

The Benefit Cap Is Harming Victims of Domestic Violence

Anastasia Richardson | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Politics
Anastasia Richardson

The Benefit Cap limits the total benefits a family can receive to £500 per week. For a single person, the limit is £350. The benefit cap is putting some of the most vulnerable people in our society - women fleeing domestic violence with their children - at risk of serious harm.

Labour Is Not Going to Deliver on Disability

Simon Stevens | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

It is absolutely obvious that most disabled activists are unhappy with this coalition government, and many dislike and even hate Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) with a passion. This government, particularly in terms of welfare reforms, has made many major and undisputable mistakes however you wish to look at it or what you think on the policies. However, the important question is will Labour do any better?

Lib Dems Head for Meltdown as They Pick Benefit Row With Tories

Nick Stephenson | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The Liberal Democrats decided early on that the politically expedient thing to do was to take ownership of all the government's actions even when they ideologically disagreed with them. Voters may accept parties changing policies over time, but they will not forget the hypocritical positions taken by a party simply to look 'governmental'.

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Clare Pelham | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Pelham

Amazingly, providing good housing with care will likely mean that we free hospital beds where so many people stay because there is nowhere safe or suitable for them to be discharged. And so save our wonderful NHS much-needed money.

Six Ways to Thrive as a Carer at University

Paul M. Davies | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Paul M. Davies

Studying for a degree as a carer was the biggest challenge of my life. I was pushed to my limits as I fought to juggle the two... If you're willing to fight for it, there's no reason why being a carer should exclude you from going to university.

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 17.10.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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 06.10.2014 | 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 05.10.2014 | 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...