The justifications, which range from vouchers going straight to a "crack den" to "nationalising children", have a lot of people scratching their heads.
What should we do with the welfare state? Invest more argue the left, better management counter the right - the truth is our troubles run deeper
David Cameron came under fire today after declaring that some benefit claimants were making a “lifestyle choice”. The Prime
The introduction of Universal Credit (UC) is having a damaging effect on millions of working families, leaving the "poorest
David Cameron has just released his Christmas message, calling on us to mark the birth of Jesus and to remember those who are hungry or lonely at Christmas. I find Cameron's message hard to stomach. David Cameron speaks of the meaning of Jesus even as his government wages class war on the poor and pursues endless war in the Middle East.
And some claimed we'd already been down that route: The major factor blocking the system taking place would be the economic
I was still signing on at the dole office when Darts, the band I joined when I was just 18 years old, had their first top ten hit record. I signed off the dole when someone in the queue pointed out that they had seen me on Top of the Pops the week before.
The truth is that a robust welfare system accompanied with a better distribution of wealth actually helps an economy, contrary to what you may have been told. By providing a strong safety net in case of difficult times, welfare actually encourages individuals to start up their own businesses or to change profession, as they know they will be protected if it all goes wrong.
Austerity Brings Extremism: Why the Welfare State Is the Key to Understanding the Rise of Europe's Far Right
Welfare state policies are the link between economic crisis, unemployment and far right party support. Welfare cuts have increased the insecurity of the European middle classes that are being hit by the economic crisis. This matters because of the implications it has for policy. By reversing austerity, which results in welfare cuts and increases insecurity, we can limit the appeal of right-wing extremism.
Maximising innovation is one of the cornerstones of the European Union's plan to revive the European economy. The recently