benefits

  • 25 Feb 2013

    Channel 4 television's respected 'Dispatches' series will carry a programme on Disability Living Allowance at 8pm tonight (Monday 25 February). It is entitled, perhaps rather sweepingly and unhelpfully, 'Britain on Benefits'. Nonetheless, it will be important viewing.

  • 18 Feb 2013

    UK Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has reportedly repeated unfair misrepresentations against a young woman whose court battle exposed the injustice of forcing unemployed people to work for free.

  • 11 Feb 2013

    TS Eliot warned us: “Humankind cannot bear very much reality.” The incapacity may manifest as a readiness to believe what suits us rather than what is truthful. It is a tendency shamelessly exploited by power.

  • 4 Feb 2013

    Housing Justice has launched a new campaign website where people facing welfare cuts tell their stories of hardship and coping with the changes.

  • 15 Jan 2013

    The Green Party in England and Wales has criticised the government’s changes to disability benefits as insensitive to the real needs of disabled people.

  • 14 Jan 2013

    In January last year (2012) I predicted that thousands of disabled people would lose their Motability vehicles under the Government’s draft criteria for Personal Independence Payment (PIP), set to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) under the Welfare Reform Act. When the Government published the final version of the criteria recently, it turned out that the reality is far, far worse than we could have imagined. That is one of the harsh realities of the We Are Spartacus 'Emergency - Stop' report and campaign launched today.

  • 10 Jan 2013

    The UK government’s Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill will hit even seriously ill people and their families, specialists have pointed out. The controversial measure involves limiting increases in most working-age benefits to one per cent a year for three years from 2013-14 – a drop in real terms, since the cost of living is rising considerably faster.

  • 10 Jan 2013

    New Trades Union Congress General Secretary Frances O'Grady says the welfare benefits uprating cap is unfair and a big political risk for the government.

  • 9 Jan 2013

    Government claims that disabled people have been protected in the government's Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill are untrue, say critics of the measure.

  • 9 Jan 2013

    The social action arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales says the Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill will "hurt the poorest individuals and families".