benefit cuts

  • December 15, 2013

    Jenny (not her real name) describes herself as “a medicated production”. In preparation for our meeting, she had recourse to a morphine patch. She explained that she always tried to “dress nicely and take care with my hair and make up when I go out or meet people.”

  • October 9, 2013

    Dear Iain Duncan Smith

    I believe you live in a beautiful house – a 16th century Tudor farmhouse which belongs to your father-in-law. Perhaps you'll expect me to be angry or envious. But I'm not. It's natural for people to want to help their children and the more you have, the more you can give.

  • August 10, 2013

    The UK government must take action to offset the impact of its austerity policies on disabled and older women, a United Nations committee says.

  • July 17, 2013

    Under Universal Credit, families working full time could have less disposable income than part-timers, according to a new report for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

  • July 15, 2013

    Opposition by churches to harsh treatment of the poor is welcome, as further benefit cuts hit hard-up households. It is important to work with, and learn from, those with a long track record of resisting economic injustice.

  • June 7, 2013

    Government figures released yesterday (6 June) show that the number of homeless households in England is the highest for five years.

  • May 23, 2013

    The government is using many of the classic tools of propaganda to influence our thinking about 'welfare' and those who receive it, says Jill Segger. She argues that we need to turn again to the real meaning of Jesus' transformative relationships with the despised.

  • April 23, 2013

    Shelter reports a surge in demand for advice services as the high cost of housing, living costs and cuts to housing support leave people struggling to pay for their homes.

  • April 12, 2013

    One in three people could not pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job, new figures from Shelter have revealed.

  • April 6, 2013

    Hundreds of millionaire bankers will enjoy an extra £54,000 on average each year from 6 April 2013, thanks to a cut in the top UK tax rate (assuming they pay taxes here and opposition calculations are correct). A massive state bailout previously saved many banks, after their sector triggered an economic crisis in which numerous taxpayers suffered. By coincidence, Mick Philpott – whose crimes are being exploited by the Chancellor and Prime Minister to undermine the principle of social security – also apparently received £54,000 a year from public funds.