welfare

  • 17 Aug 2015

    The WOW campaign today launches a new e-petition to remind the government that they have failed to honour the parliamentary motion in support of the WOWpetition.

  • 3 Aug 2015

    David Clapson died with no food in his stomach, three weeks after his Jobseekers Allowance was stopped due to a benefit sanction. David, a 59 year old diabetic who had served in the Army and cared for his late mother, was desperately seeking work when he fell foul of the sanctions regime. The DWP said,
    "Sanctions are only used as a last resort for a tiny minority who don’t follow the rules.."

  • 24 Jul 2015

    On 3rd July 2015, a group of leading Catholics wrote to Iain Duncan Smith regarding his welfare reforms.We are delighted that the Minister took the time to reply to the issues raised and have published his response here.However, we believe the Minister has missed the point on the harm he is causing. We have therefore sent him the following letter in reply.

  • 24 Jul 2015

    On 3rd July 2015, a group of leading Catholics published an open letter to Iain Duncan Smith calling on him to change his approach to welfare reform. We are delighted the Minister has taken the time to respond to the letter, and publish it in full below.

  • 24 Jul 2015

    The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has replied to a group of prominent Catholics who have criticised the UK government’s welfare policies as deeply harmful – but the authors of their Open Letter to Iain Duncan Smith say that he is still missing the point on the harm his policies are causing.

  • 23 Jul 2015

    We are constantly being told that the British public has swallowed the 'scroungers and skivers' rhetoric about benefit claimants, and is broadly in favour of welfare cuts. Any politician who opposes these cuts is widely portrayed as unrealistic and unelectable. But what if that is not true, and the public's attitude is actually far less harsh than the Westminster bubble would have us believe?

  • 21 Jul 2015

    Last night's welfare debate in the House of Commons (20th July 2015) was a less than edifying experience. On the one hand, there were Conservative politicians arguing that the bill, which just piles on the cruelty created by the 2012 Welfare Act, was all about improving lives blighted by dependency. On the other, were the Labour leadership, who were prepared to lay down an amendment, but not to vote against it, despite a significant rebellion from their back bench.

  • 14 Jul 2015

    This time last year we took the Department of Work and Pensions to a judicial review to decide if they properly consulted about cutting help for people who can only walk a few metres.

  • 10 Jul 2015

    Within hours of Wednesday’s budget, a video was circulating round social media of Iain Duncan Smith punching the air with delight. Given that even the Daily Mail has noticed the damage the budget is going to do to the poorest,many saw that as yet another sign of the minister’s heartlessness.

  • 9 Jul 2015

    There are many things to despair of in George Osborne’s Summer Budget but the one that makes my heart sink most is proposed changes to the Employment Support Allowance (ESA).