Conflicting Policies

Just as nature takes millions of years to regain diversity after a mass extinction, so neighbourhoods take years, even decades, to build...

Bedroom Tax Despair

It’s been a pretty depressing day. Disabled people have fought for change after change to the government’s cuts and austerity measures....

Something for nothing cultures

I’m getting sick of this ‘something for nothing’ attitude that MPs seem to have regarding social security. They complain about giving...

Beveridge Principles

When Sir William Beveridge wrote his report on social insurance he identified five giant evils: squalor, ignorance,  want, idleness and...

A week of poverty statistics

It seems to be a week of poverty. Median income is below its level in 2009-10. Work isn’t a route out of poverty. Being in full-time work...

Who pays to employ sick people?

Many people are disabled because they are chronically sick.  These people cannot turn up to work regularly, because any given day they...

The disappointment of Universal Credit

It’s such a shame. There was a wonderful opportunity to make something that worked. To get rid of what was failing and bring in new...

Living on benefits

£53 a week. Could you do it? Most people think not.  Interestingly, those on higher incomes are more likely to think that they could do...

Disabled man is not a fraud

Yesterday, the Daily Mail ran the astounding story that a disabled man qualified for the benefits he received.  Their surprise was great...

Benefit sanctions

Jobcentre staff are being set targets for sanctioning claimants, and are encouraged to employ methods that are more likely to result in...

Taking from the poor, Part 2

The sheep story continues… Note that the traveller represents the recession, the rich man is the wealthy of this country and the poor men...

Benefits and the Budget

George Osborne has decided that benefits will be up-rated at 1% for the next three years.  Previously, they would have been uprated in...

Taking from the poor

In the Old Testament of the Bible there is a story about King David and an affair he had.  The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a...

Sickness and suicide

“84% of GPs say they have patients who have presented with mental health problems such as stress, anxiety or depression as a result of...