Nick Stephenson

Consultant, writer, UnemployedNet founder

Nick Stephenson is an economic development consultant and a writer. Having spent 15 years developing projects for workless people, Nick started UnemployedNet to help rebalance the debate on benefits and work and to promote better understanding of claimants. Nick is a passionate believer in the potential of all people, and writes to help bring to prominence the voices of those too often ignored by the mainstream media. Blogs and other writings have been featured in The Guardian and Radio 4x.

Brexit? Try Jexit As Your Job Moves Abroad

Cameron cannot be surprised that the anger of his victims is uncontrollable, and having unleashed it he is unable to point it where he wants. The furious won't be harnessed, but their jobs may disappear to the EU if they vote to leave.
16/06/2016 12:29 BST

Tory Tax Credit Rebels Forgot to Rebel

Too many Tory MPs appear to believe that speaking out against a policy provides cover for their consciences, and that actually trying to stop it is not required. In-work poverty will only increase as a result, giving the poorest people in the UK only different but equally-bad options.
23/10/2015 16:24 BST

Iain Duncan Smith Still Misleads as Labour Opposes Benefit Cap

Seasoned Duncan Smith-watchers are still left floundering as to why he is in his sixth year in the same cabinet job, and yet there he is. Labour must feel they can make serious headway against him on the new benefit cap when the arguments are so half-hearted, and Duncan Smith is doing his best to encourage them in this belief.
25/09/2015 10:20 BST

'Welfare Dependency' Is a Symptom, Not a Moral Failing

Social security has been capped and cut over and over again in the last five years, and the pattern has already been continued in the new parliament when George Osborne set out his plans for more pain in his emergency July budget.
25/08/2015 16:44 BST

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

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.
24/07/2015 17:39 BST

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

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.
03/07/2015 12:18 BST

New Benefit Cap Means Workless Private Renters Now Banned From 92% of UK

We are rapidly approaching a point where the UK's poorest, particularly those unfortunate enough to be unemployed and who have larger families, are running out of reasonable housing options. The result is likely to be an increase in the use of temporary accommodation which fails the overcrowded families within it and costs the public purse more despite reforms being marketed as part of an austerity drive.
09/06/2015 14:34 BST

McVey Loss Is No Compensation as Unemployed Wait for the Pain to Come

Only the 'haves' will truly enjoy this Conservative majority. For the unemployed the advice must be: that zero hour contract you were offered (and that Iain Duncan Smith wanted to rename)? Even if you can't live on it, you should take it, because the alternative of a civilised period on benefits with quality jobsearch support while you you look for real work is even less likely now.
08/05/2015 17:04 BST

Unemployment Falls Slow as Government Overstates Recovery

The reality of Conservative insecurity on jobs is shown by the almost total absence of work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith from the election campaign, now seen to be a poisoned chalice and damaging to the prospects of Cameron leading another government.
20/04/2015 15:43 BST

1,000 Jobs Created Every Day - But What Kind of Jobs?

1.8 million more people are in work since 2010, and that works out at roughly 1,000 per day. It is when you dig a bit deeper that things start to unravel. Only from the middle of 2013 were more employee jobs created than lost. Of the 1.1 million rise in the number in work between 2008 and 2014, 732,000 were actually in self-employment.
01/04/2015 15:29 BST