welfare reform

  • 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.

  • 25 Feb 2013

    When did sick and disabled people become 'fair game' for mockery in the UK?

    Over the last few years the way certain elements of the media have portrayed these sections of the population as ‘scroungers’ and ‘benefit cheats’ has been depressing, but today the Daily Mail reached a new low. In this article dramatic claims were made about the numbers of new claimants for Disability Living Allowance, describing a rush to claim the benefit before new more stringent rules are introduced.

  • 23 Feb 2013

    As elements of the government’s Welfare Reform programme meet growing opposition, the Secretary of State comes under increasing pressure. Defeat in the Court of Appeal over Workfare and increasingly vocal opposition to the bedroom tax has seen Iain Duncan Smith stridently defending his policies.

  • 31 Dec 2012

    The 'war on welfare' (WOW) petition initiative launched earlier this month needs 100,000 people to sign up to help trigger a Westminster debate on the issue.

  • 31 Dec 2012

    Should the welfare system be reformed? Is the tax credit system flawed? Is a universal credit a good idea in principle? The answer to all these questions is 'yes'. But if the question is about whether the government is tackling these issues in the correct way, the answer is 'no'. A huge change of direction is required.

  • 31 Dec 2012

    As the government continues its aggressive rhetoric against benefits and claimants, welfare campaigners have pledged to continue their struggle for justice.

  • 20 Dec 2012

    Less than 48 hours after it was launched, more than 5,000 people have signed an e-petition calling for an independent assessment of welfare changes.

  • 19 Dec 2012

    A petition by disabled people calling for an independent inquiry into the impact of the government's welfare changes has produced a huge surge of support.

  • 19 Dec 2012

    Yesterday evening, an ever expanding group of sick and disabled people, carers and families launched an e-petition demanding an independent, cumulative review of the impact of changes to the welfare and benefits system.

  • 19 Dec 2012

    Ekklesia is pleased to support the following e-government petition (http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/43154), tabled by Francesca Martinez and WOW (War on Welfare) disability campaigners, calling for a cumulative impact assessment of Welfare Reform and a new deal for disabled people. The wording is as follows. Supporters can click the link below to sign.