Another Appeal Another Defeat for the DWP to Go With the Collapse of Workfare

Christian Garland | Posted 01.05.2017 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

Last week, the Court of Appeal ruled against the DWP again, meaning it could well be obliged to repay £130million in benefit payments to claimants who were 'sanctioned' after "refusing" workfare

Internecine Tory Warfare to Go With the Recurrent Habit of Defeat

Christian Garland | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

Last week's National Apprenticeship Week was full of discussion. We heard about the productivity gains of hiring apprentices, and concerns around the gender divide. We celebrated the amazing things apprentices have achieved, and heard from business leaders who are pledging to create more apprenticeships.

The Tory Myth of 'Full Employment' and the Reality: Austerity, 'Self-Employment', Chronic Underemployment and Workfare

Christian Garland | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

The unexpected Tory election victory last month no one seriously expected - least of all the Tory party - broke with the horror of a nightmare become ...

Mass Workfare, Mass Sanctioning, Food Banks and Pay Day Loans: Welcome to the Recovery

Christian Garland | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

The apparent 'economic recovery' of the UK of May 2015, can be seen in the extremely dubious terms set by the formerly incumbent Conservative-led coalition government, and none more so than in the widespread use of food banks and payday loans by the unemployed, and 'working poor' alike.

A Controversial Proposition - An Honest Day's Work for an Honest Day's Pay

Michael Havis | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Politics
Michael Havis

The life of a jobseeker is not that of a bon viveur. It wasn't when I graduated amid a deep recession, nor is it today. Still, there was once a basic dignity in it if you were making an effort. Not for much longer it would seem.

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...

IDS Has 'No Idea' How Much He's Paying To Get Young Into Sex Industry Jobs

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has come under fire after the Department for Work and Pensions admitted it does not know how much it is paying adult employers in go...

Government: We'll Help You Work On A Porn Film...

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

The government is keen to get young people into work, even if it involves working on a porn film set or in a sex shop, according to official guidance ...

How Much Does British Culture Cost?

Jacob Brookman | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jacob Brookman

Signature Pictures is a London-based film production enterprise. Their #FutureFilm initiative suggested it was a good idea to offer Workfare volunteers roles on a short film. This way, the company would benefit from interns - the way nearly every production does anyway - and would produce a film that would give NEETs meaningful and constructive professional experience.

Five Things to Set on Fire Which Aren't Katie Hopkins

Rebecca Winson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Rebecca Winson

Hopkins has been rude about fat children and snobbish about working-class ones, but has she ever really done anything which really merits a 30-foot steel effigy of her being burned in front of a baying mob high off toffee apples?

Supreme Court Slams IDS On Poundland 'Back To Work' Scheme

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK

Poundland was not enforcing slave labour via the Government's "back to work" scheme, but the UK's highest court has ruled the scheme was legally flawe...

Tories are Destroying Cameron's "Land of Opportunity

Sam Fowles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

David Cameron's conference address may have been a long way from that sweaty room behind the church hall, but his tone was exactly the same: Overbearing, condescending, burnished with a membrane deep veneer of sincerity. We all know the world doesn't owe us a living Dave. We've been living in it all our lives.

The Politics of Ivy

Jane Mansour | Posted 07.12.2013 | UK Politics
Jane Mansour

David Cameron's criticism of Labour captures the broader frustration of many listening to the political parties play benefit bingo over the last few weeks. Shirkers - check; something for nothing - check; hard-working - check; tough - check; work that pays - check.

Long-Term Unemployed Wombles ‘Still Picking Litter 45 Years Later'

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Comedy

The Chancellor George Osborne's plans for the long-term unemployed to carry out community service work such as picking litter have been attacked after...

Asa Bennett

Would Osborne's 'Work-For-Your-Dole' Plan Actually Work? | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Politics

George Osborne has unveiled a major benefits clampdown that could affect hundreds of thousands of claimants currently going through the coalition's fl...

Policy Exchange: Is Community Workfare Fair?

Stef Benstead | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

Public belief is at times widely disparate from reality. An Ipsos Mori poll showed this some months back by asking people to answer a selection of questions. The results showed a large gap between what the public thinks is true and what is true.

Felicity A Morse

Homebase Deny Using Work Experience Staff To Cut Costs | Felicity A Morse | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Politics

Homebase have denied using work experience staff to cut costs after an internal memo appearing to encourage managers to do so began circulating online...

Iain Duncan Smith, In An Ideal World...

Tiernan Douieb | Posted 01.06.2013 | UK Comedy
Tiernan Douieb

As his lips curled around the stained mug and the hot mud water reached his throat, he wished for the umpteenth time that he had never said that he could easily live on £53 a week. Iain did not know exactly how many times he'd wished this. He just knew it was more than he'd had non-tea or abuse bricks thrown through the window.

Exploitative Workfare Scheme Was a Disaster - Now the Government Must Pay the Price of Failure

Caroline Lucas | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

By failing to vote against this Bill, Labour is effectively supporting the Government and indicating that it, like David Cameron's administration, sees no problem in bringing in emergency legislation to overturn a court's findings when it goes against them.

The DWP Is Guilty of Incompetence on an Industrial Scale

Liam Byrne | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK Politics
Liam Byrne

The chaos at DWP knows no bounds. They've given us a Work Programme worse than doing nothing. Universal Credit is descending into universal chaos. And now the department has bodged its regulations so badly that a Court of Appeal judgement has struck down its general power to issue sanctions of any kind shape or form. Incredible.

Workfare Is Modernised Slavery

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

Workfare is not only bad economics it is morally wrong. Workfare is a modern form of slavery. This may seem an extreme statement, for we tend to associate slavery with racial oppression, when black people were forced to work for white farmers. But slavery is not always racial and it is not always achieved by violence.

Angry Iain Duncan Smith And LBC Host Row Over Workfare

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Politics

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith lost his rag on a radio show on Wednesday in a bristling exchange with LBC's James O'Brien over workfare...

IDS Says Some People Think They're Above Stacking Shelves - Not Him, of Course

Planet Ivy | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Politics
Planet Ivy

Potential MPs should only be able to stand as a candidate if they'd done a year long work placement (paid at the going rate, let's not stoop to their level). I don't care where - could be in a solicitors, could be in a cafe, but they should know that where they choose could affect the voters' choice.

'You're Not Too Good To Stack Shelves'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | JE | Posted 17.02.2013 | UK

Iain Duncan Smith lashed out at graduates who consider themselves "too good" to stack supermarket shelves as he vowed not to back down after a flagshi...

My Partly Political Broadcast

Tiernan Douieb | Posted 17.04.2013 | UK Comedy
Tiernan Douieb

Partly Political Broadcast is a new, hopefully weekly project between me and excellent filmmaker Ben Hilton. It's a short of burst of comedy, with pointed views about the week's goings ons, which we decided we should do because, well, no one else was.