benefits

  • February 4, 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.

  • January 29, 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.

  • January 24, 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.

  • January 21, 2015

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

  • January 18, 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.

  • January 18, 2015

    The Anglican Bishop of Carlisle has spoken out strongly against punitive sanctions and misleading claims about benefit cheats.

  • December 18, 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.

  • November 5, 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.

  • October 8, 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.

  • October 7, 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'.