• January 17, 2012

    Yesterday I went to meet the "Amendment Lords" ahead of today's crucial votes in the second chamber, where the Welfare Reform Bill (WRB) debate moves from Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), the income replacement benefit for people with work-limiting conditions, to Disability Living Allowance (DLA), which is intended to help with the extra costs people incur as a result of severe disability.

  • January 12, 2012

    "One of the most fascinating things about the government's wobble on welfare this week has been the critical role of a new breed of disability campaigner in successfully marshalling public and political opposition to the reforms." writes Patrick Butler, Head of Society, Health and Education at the Guardian, today.

  • January 12, 2012

    The UK government will press ahead with controversial welfare reforms, according to employment minister Chris Grayling. As a result of powerful evidence from disabled people and their supporters, including the ‘Responsible Reform’ report, several aspects of the Welfare Reform Bill were defeated in the House of Lords on 11 January 2012.

  • January 12, 2012

    The extraordinary triple victory on specific benefit issues in the House of Lords on 11 January 2012 has raised questions for a number of people about the larger situation regarding the Welfare Reform Bill. Some of the bill might be helpful, but I want to be very clear today about which parts sick and disabled campaigners know to be unacceptable - and why.

  • January 12, 2012

    Buoyed by a stunning victory in the House of Lords, disabled rights activists and their supporters are pledging to step up the campaign for welfare justice.

  • January 11, 2012

    The government has suffered an extraordinary threefold defeat on its Welfare Reform Bill in the House of Lords, as campaigners and peers combined to oppose cuts.

  • January 5, 2012

    New evidence from the Institute for Fiscal Studies for the Family and Parenting Institute shows government policies and cuts hitting vulnerable families hard.

  • December 31, 2011

    The political ride in Britain, in Europe and more widely is set to get bumpier, sometimes alarming, and never less than fascinating, says Simon Barrow. But the key question remains: who does (and who should?) call the shots in shaping the capacity of our key institutions both to respond to popular pressures and to ride the economic tiger?

  • December 14, 2011

    Attacks on benefits and services are nothing new, but the situation has now become a crisis, as the latest vote in the House of Lords ( illustrates. But now is not the time to give up.

  • December 14, 2011

    An amendment to protect the benefits of disabled children once Universal Credit is introduced has been defeated in the House of Lords.