benefits

  • 24 Mar 2015

    By publishing today’s report on benefit sanctions it feels as if the Department for Work and Pensions Select Committee has caught up with what the churches, campaigning organisations, and benefit claimants have been saying for a long time.

  • 8 Mar 2015

    On International Women’s Day, feminist organisations and campaigners who haven’t been active on austerity and welfare reform really need to have a rethink. Otherwise, to the millions of women around the UK struggling to survive, they could look as out of touch as the politicians.

  • 2 Mar 2015

    The reason why people need to use foodbanks has been hotly debated, with government ministers and MPs blaming everything from poor budgeting to the attraction of a free lunch.

  • 21 Feb 2015

    For a few weeks I’ve been trying to write a general critique of welfare reform, addressing each policy point by point, looking at the assumptions on which it was based, what it aimed to achieve, and the effect it has had in practise. It’s been a disturbing and depressing experience.

  • 5 Feb 2015

    The Fawcett Society, the campaigning women's NGO, will today launch a new research report entitled 'Where's the Benefit?'

  • 4 Feb 2015

    People often suspect that the purpose of recent welfare reforms was not to make the system more efficient or more fair, but to make the system so hostile, punitive and humiliating that people would be deterred from claiming. A decision by the DWP has just fuelled this suspicion.

  • 29 Jan 2015

    Cutting benefits for the least well-off doesn’t help people move into work – evidence shows it just makes them poorer, says Helen Barnard, programme manager at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

  • 24 Jan 2015

    There is a new kind of poverty in Britain. It is made by politicians, and could easily be ended by politicians. The people enduring this government-enforced poverty are not on low incomes: they have no income whatsoever. They sit in dark cold homes with no money and no food. For them, budgeting and belt-tightening would be the luxury option.

  • 21 Jan 2015

    New data shows benefit claimants with mental health problems are more likely to have their benefits sanctioned than those suffering from other conditions.

  • 18 Jan 2015

    Social justice activists and trade unionists are preparing nationwide protests against the cruel use of benefit sanctions. They will take place on 19 March 2015.