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25

Aug

Iain Duncan Smith and the misdiagnosis of ESA

Yesterday, in what was billed as a major speech on welfare reform, the Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith indicated that the Employment & Support Allowance benefit w…

  • Author: Ceri Hughes
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

26

Jun

Councils need to think about how to mitigate sanctions

This week we released our new report which charts the growth of benefit sanctions in Great Britain over the last number of years. In 2014, there were some 686,000 benefit sanctions…

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

22

Jun

A rethink on benefit sanctions is long overdue

Last week, we published our report examining the trends in benefit sanctions over the last number of years. There were 686,000 in 2014, the vast majority of which for Jobseeker&rsq…

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

20

Apr

Taxing disability benefits is plain wrong

Noting that many disability benefit recipients are in the top half of the income distribution as a justification for taxing them betrays a misunderstanding of the purpose of these …

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

26

Nov

While the number of benefit claimants is falling, flaws are emerging in the system

Welfare reform has been one of the most controversial parts of the coalition government’s reform programme since coming to power in 2010. A New Policy Institute report&n…

  • Author: Theo Barry Born
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

01

Oct

Working-age benefits should be linked to earnings – always

George Osborne’s announcement that working-age benefits are to be frozen from April 2016 can be defended on grounds of both pragmatism and principle. Principles, however, are not j…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

08

Aug

Benefit recipients must not be pawns in policy games

The High Court’s decision that Sandwell’s residency test for entitlement to council tax support was “unlawful” was a moment of sanity in the contradictory w…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Local Government

26

Jun

Help to Buy, but not to keep?

The safety net for owner-occupiers is less effective than for renters and changes under UC will exacerbate this situation. Housing is high on the political agenda these days, with…

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

24

Apr

No easy way out on welfare reform for Northern Ireland

The arithmetic of welfare reform does not offer the Northern Ireland Assembly a way to avoid difficult decisions The political debate on welfare reform continues in Northern Irela…

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

22

Apr

Welfare reforms have cut the 'safety net' for 1.75 million families

The last in our 'safety net’ blog series, this blog looks at how many families have an income below the ‘safety net’ as a result of welfare reforms. Research released this week by…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

17

Apr

Is a 'safety net' the right thing for disabled people?

Disabled people have been especially hard hit by the cuts to the social security safety net. But is it a “safety net” that disabled people need? In the previous blogs in this seri…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

15

Apr

The 'safety net' for private renters is shrinking fast

In the third of our safety net series we look at the role housing benefit and how, through a series of subtle changes, the safety net for renters is shrinking fast. There are two …

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

09

Apr

Labour and Conservatives are choosing the poll tax over the 'safety net'

In our opening blog yesterday, we used Cameron’s row with the Catholic hierarchy to make the point that alongside the better known cash benefits, the social security safety net als…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

07

Apr

Is there still a safety net and, if so, what is it?

On the day when those claiming social security benefits see an annual increase in the money they get, we launch a series of blogs looking at what is happening to the 'safety net'. …

  • Authors: Hannah Aldridge, Peter Kenway
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

17

Feb

Both the Archbishop and the Minister are right in their argument over welfare reform

In an interview with the Telegraph , Archbishop Vincent Nichols portrays the government’s programme of welfare reform as having “torn apart” the “basic safe…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

10

Jan

Welfare reform: playing it straight, not playing it tough

‘Tougher than the Tories when it comes to slashing the benefits bill’ was how Rachel Reeves positioned herself and Labour when she was appointed Shadow Secretary of Sta…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

08

Jan

Faith in simple reform is damaging the welfare state

With an annual budget last year of more than £220 billion, stewardship of social security is one of any government's greatest responsibilities. Many things could be said about how …

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

09

Dec

The many faces of UK poverty

Yesterday, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published our annual Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion report, tracking changes in poverty across a range of indicators such as low …

  • Author: Sabrina Bushe
  • Category: Income and Poverty

07

Nov

Are sanctions driving people off JSA?

The figures on the number of sanctions imposed on recipients of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) published today by the Department for Work show that 420,000 people had their JSA …

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform