Category - welfare

  • 11 Feb 2013

    TS Eliot warned us: “Humankind cannot bear very much reality.” The incapacity may manifest as a readiness to believe what suits us rather than what is truthful. It is a tendency shamelessly exploited by power.

  • 4 Feb 2013

    Housing Justice has launched a new campaign website where people facing welfare cuts tell their stories of hardship and coping with the changes.

  • 29 Jan 2013

    Last night’s Panorama programme (BBC1, 28 January 2013) was sickening, but for those interested in disability or welfare issues, sadly not so shocking.

  • 28 Jan 2013

    Church Action on Poverty has launched a shocking new report which exposes the huge harm done by politicians and the media to poor and vulnerable people.

  • 28 Jan 2013

    As part of the Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) debate and consultation on referendum issues, Edinburgh TUC (ETUC) is organising a series of workshops on key issues facing Scotland and its capital.

  • 27 Jan 2013

    Oxfam Scotland has backed a report by Dr Jim McCormick and SCVO on the impact of social security cuts, saying they will increase poverty.

  • 26 Jan 2013

    On Monday 28 January SI 2012 No. 3096, Social Security: The Employment and Support Allowance (Amendment) Regulations 2012 come into force - unless you, and MPs, act.

  • 24 Jan 2013

    Welfare campaigners are continuing their push to reach 100,000 signatures on an e-government petition which calls for a cumulative impact assessment of welfare reform in the UK, and a 'new deal' for sick and disabled people based on their needs, abilities and ambitions.

  • 23 Jan 2013

    This week (20 January 2013) the thinktank Demos (“ideas and action to promote the common good”) has published its report Faithful Providers, which argues that faith-based organisations should be used more as public service providers. Simon Barrow offers an initial response, highlighting some of the problematic assumptions and stances within the report, setting out the background to successive government's interest in co-opting faith providers, and pointing towards a more radical Christian stance which roots service in a tradition of modelling and advocating a different social order based on justice and equality.

  • 17 Jan 2013

    On 28 January 2013 the government is due to make a set of changes to the Work Capability Assessment (WCA). The WCA is the flawed ‘fitness to work’ test which assesses whether sick and disabled people can get Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), a benefit designed to help and support very unwell or profoundly disabled people into work.