Tag Archives: welfare reform

One In A Million

I’m sure his family love him but I am REALLY getting tired of spending my Christmas with Iain Duncan Smith and am hoping the bi-annual ESA renewal form isn’t going to turn into a new household tradition. Wrapping paper? Check. Tinsel? Check. New nerve conduction test? Damn, there’s always something… Nearly a million people who applied […]

Balancing Act – UK Conservative Party Conference 2012

The government is determined to cut a further £10bn from the benefits budget to fight the deficit, Chancellor George Osborne has told the Tory conference. One idea he suggested was limiting the number of children in a family that should be supported on benefits. He said the better-off would pay more in taxes, but the […]

Mind the Welfare Gap

To William Beveridge it was about eradicating evil – the “giant evils” of squalor, ignorance, want, idleness and disease. To David Cameron it is about encouraging citizens to do the right thing – to work, to save, to take personal responsibility. The prime minister urges us today to go back to first principles in thinking […]

It’s Just Not Cricket

In an interview this weekend, PM David Cameron has revealed that he’s hoping for a new kind of fairness in the coming year. While emphasising there will be no let up in dealing with the deficit, Mr Cameron clearly wants 2012 to be different. He wants to establish a new “fairness” agenda that will, he […]

As Blind as the Prat

  A CWMCARN man faces having his incapacity benefit stopped after being declared fit to work despite being registered blind and suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Tony Harris, 51, of Tribute Avenue, was called for a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) reassessment in November due to him claiming £199 every fortnight in incapacity benefit. Mr […]

Iain Duncan Smith is a cheap f*ck

  I imagine that £10 is less than even the most desperate British street-walker would accept for being screwed in this economic climate. It is however the generous “Christmas Bonus” I’ve received as a benefits claimant just days before the DWP sent me a lovely additional present in the form of a distinctive brown envelope […]

Compassionate Conservatism

Thousands of seriously ill cancer patients will be forced to take medical tests and face “back to work” interviews, despite assurances from ministers that they would not make it harder for the sick to get welfare, charities have warned. Buried in a report to ministers by Prof Malcolm Harrington, the government adviser on testing welfare […]

Moral Hazard isn’t just for Poor People

What has amused me most about the financial crisis are the endless media interviews with “real” people (and the occasional self-confessed bludger auditioning for Shameless). Those chosen are more usually hardworking folk previously on average incomes who are claiming welfare for the first time in their lives and getting a rude shock at the paucity […]

Uncivil Penalties

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to face fines of at least £50 for “preventable” errors in their benefits claims. The government expects to levy more than £60m in these civil penalties in the next four years, it revealed in its welfare reform proposals. Errors could include failure to inform the authorities of a […]

Objectively Disordered #ombh

In December the UK coalition government announced that as well as reducing the bill for Disability Living Allowance by 20%, they now intended to abolish the benefit meant to help pay for the additional costs of being disabled and replace it with a harsher ESA-style “Personal Independence Payment”. A foreshortened public consultation over Xmas and […]