Category Archives: Social Justice

Another Department for Work and Pensions failure?

More than two thirds of people on the government’s controversial Work Programme are still without a job after two years on the scheme, according to new figures.

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Why Iain Duncan Smith should resign

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TweetHis welfare schemes keep imploding, severely ill people keep being declared fit for work and so many people are falling through cracks in the benefits system that food bank use surpassed a million this year. Yet Iain Duncan Smith soldiers on. The media seem obsessed with discussing Ed Miliband’s appearance, but the man who has […]

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Jump in working housing benefit claimants makes mockery of coalition welfare claims

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A jump in the number of housing benefit claimants shows the government is prioritising being ‘tough’ about benefits ahead of being correct about them.

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Until ESA is reformed, the rights won by generations of disability campaigners will evaporate

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The new Spartacus report proposes an alternative to the broken ESA system.

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Government hampering scrutiny of universal credit, say MPs

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The Work and Pensions Select Committee has today accused the government of “hampering” its inquiry into Universal Credit.

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Labour has betrayed its supporters on the welfare cap

TweetThe Tory austerity drive – bound up as it is in the barefaced lie that Britain was brought low in 2008 by benefit scroungers and not reckless bankers – was never about fixing the economy. It was about shrinking the state. As such, it was hardly surprising to see Cameron’s Etonian class warriors lining up […]

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Holyrood versus Whitehall on the Bedroom Tax

The Scottish and UK governments are on a collision course over the bedroom tax.

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Bedroom tax ‘iniquitous and inhumane’, say MSPs

The bedroom tax “is iniquitous and inhumane and may well breach tenants’ human rights”, according to a new report.

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SNP and Labour unite to seek bedroom tax repeal

Labour has agreed to work with the SNP to look at legal ways of removing the bedroom tax.

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Review: Human InSecurity: Fear, Deprivation and Abuse in India

Is Indian democracy broken? Carl Packman looks at a new book by Ram Mashru which examines how the Indian establishment is setting back democracy.

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