Category - welfare reform

  • 8 Feb 2012

    The coalition can force its welfare changes through using procedural measures, minor concessions and ‘financial privilege’ to do so. But the long-term political fall-out from all of this could be immense, says Simon Barrow. The warfare over welfare has shown just how powerful citizens’ action and web-based crowd sourcing can be.

  • 5 Feb 2012

    "The problem with the truth is that it’s complicated. Lies are simple, they can be altered to fit any audience, they can be sensational without any boring honest bits to dilute the story. Honesty doesn’t make headlines. That’s the problem with the Welfare Reform Bill..."

  • 3 Feb 2012

    Disability Rights UK, a membership organisation representing over 500 NGOs across the country, has strongly criticised the government's Welfare Reform Bill.

  • 3 Feb 2012

    SNP Work and Pensions spokeswoman Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP has hit out the ‘compassionless UK coalition’ and its controversial Welfare Reform Bill.

  • 2 Feb 2012

    National Housing Federation chief David Orr has produced the most succinct and compelling short rebuttal of the so-called 'bed tax' in the government's deeply flawed Welfare Reform Bill.

  • 2 Feb 2012

    The government's overturning of House of Lords amendments to the Welfare Reform Bill was “totally wrong”, says the National Housing Federation.

  • 2 Feb 2012

    People living with cancer have warned MPs that the Westminster government's welfare changes could push patients and their families into poverty.

  • 2 Feb 2012

    Mental health charity Mind says that it "will continue to fight for improvements to the welfare and benefits system", despite yesterday's disappointing votes.

  • 2 Feb 2012

    Disabled actor, writer and comedian Francesca Martinez, who has been outspoken in support of those challenging the impact on vulnerable people of the Welfare Reform Bill (WRB), put the matter powerfully and poignantly on the This Week TV politics show: the government, she said, is "morally disabled" in its approach to these issues and to the human effect of its policies.

  • 2 Feb 2012

    The government's minister for disabled people, Maria Miller, yesterday reiterated in the House of Commons her oft-made claim that charities back the coalition's welfare reform policies.