From the TUC

Society & Welfare (page 3)

Why no fanfare to the end of workfare?

27 Nov 2015, by in Society & Welfare

Compulsory unpaid work experience (‘workfare’) has long and rightly been criticised by by the TUC and others. Yet it now looks like the government may be planning to quietly end it. Buried in the Comprehensive Spending Review document, on page 89 to be precise, is this little nugget: “As the numbers claiming benefits come down, spending on…

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Are young people really just scroungers?

26 Nov 2015, by in Society & Welfare

There is a growing rhetoric that young people are lazy, work-shy and have an astonishing sense of entitlement. Such smears have been stated by employers, have saturated the media and are echoed by eminent politicians. For example in 2014 David Cameron said: “I want us to end the idea that aged 18 you can leave school,…

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The broken child poverty pledge

16 Nov 2015, by in Society & Welfare

I have a post at, (written on behalf of the End Child Poverty coalition) looking at the Welfare Reform and Work Bill – if passed, it will mean the government no longer has to report to Parliament on progress helping children out of poverty. This will mean that there will be no point at…

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