welfare

  • January 16, 2012

    As the Welfare Reform Bill returns to the Lords, the Lib Dems' deputy leader warns that benefits cap will "damage the lives of hundreds of thousands of children."

  • January 14, 2012

    Many people have not yet realised the full impact of housing benefit and other welfare reforms threatening further hardship for those already disadvantaged. On political if not humanitarian grounds, the government would do well to stop targeting those in greatest need, says Savi Hensman, examining the specific issue of housing benefit.

  • January 13, 2012

    GPs have overwhelmingly backed moves for government's Health and Social Care Bill - which many see as a privatisation move - to be scrapped.

  • 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 12, 2012

    Children's Commissioner Maggie Atkinson has published a damning assessment of the impact of the Welfare Reform Bill on children's rights in England.

  • 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 11, 2012

    Catholic Archbishop of Southwark Peter Smith says “thousands of families” will be affected by government welfare and legal aid changes and cuts.