benefits

  • 18 Dec 2014

    With growing numbers of working people struggling to survive, immigration is often blamed for suppressing wages. The police raid on a factory in Rochdale where immigrants were allegedly forced to work for £25 per week, reminds us that there are exploitative employers willing to take advantage of immigrants. But it could also be argued that government policy plays a major role in suppressing wages.

  • 5 Nov 2014

    UK immigrants who arrived since 2000 are less likely to receive benefits and less likely to live in social housing than UK natives, says UCL research.

  • 8 Oct 2014

    As Iain Duncan Smith was being lauded at the Conservative Party Conference for ending ‘a culture of dependency’ through welfare reform, one wondered how many people present knew or cared about one significant but unmentioned fact.

  • 7 Oct 2014

    The UK Chancellor’s announcement about freezing working-age benefits from 2016, hailed at the recent Conservative Party conference, is a 'blow to millions'.

  • 3 Sep 2014

    Misrepresentation by government departments is an abuse of community, says Jill Segger. She suggests that the behaviour of the DWP not only contravenes the Cabinet Office guidance on goverment communications, but violates the commandment against bearing false witness.

  • 29 May 2014

    Two weeks ago my friend Yvonne became so ill doctors felt it necessary to put her into a medically induced coma, to save her life. Thankfully, she is now out of the coma, receiving regular kidney dialysis, but still quite sick.

  • 23 Feb 2014

    A leading trade unionist has agreed with church leaders that harsh benefit sanctions undermine a vital safety net for vulnerable people.

  • 19 Feb 2014

    Four major Churches have criticised the PM for not understanding his Government’s own figures nor the reality of destitution.

  • 26 Jan 2014

    Much has been written about how determined the government is to set the working poor against the workless poor. But less attention has been paid to the skill with which Conservative politicians are pushing the buttons of Middle England.

  • 13 Jan 2014

    “Channel 4’s Benefits Street programme shows why we need to stand alongside people in poverty," says the Director of Church Action on Poverty.