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Bedroom Tax – hurting just like we said it would

17 Dec 2015, by in Society & Welfare

This was MPs’ last day before the holidays and the department for Work and Pensions celebrated by publishing fourteen – count them – reports, releases and statements. In this take out the trash glut you might be forgiven for missing the excitingly titled Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy: Final Report. [For those of us with…

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“You don’t look disabled”

03 Dec 2015, by in Society & Welfare

To mark international day of disabled people on 3 December, the TUC has published guidance for trade union representatives and disabled workers under the title “You don’t look disabled”.  The individual case studies it presents show why it is needed. Much of the population assumes that disabled people use wheelchairs to get around, or carry white sticks.…

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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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