Child Benefit has been changing lives for over 70 years. Eleanor Rathbone’s idea that mothers should be paid for the work of bearing and raising children was radical in its … Continue reading
Half rant, half blogpost… Most people know me through Twitter where I tweet about social issues, homelessness and austerity. At some point each day I will either tweet an article, … Continue reading
“You have to fight back.” When Capita refused to pay a grieving mother after her daughter’s tragic death, Unite Community took on the case – and won.
Susan Kemlo was still mourning her daughter, Victoria, when benefits assessment firm Capita decided to drag her through the courts over supposed “reputational damage” – sustained because a judge ruled … Continue reading
‘I’ve thought about killing myself’ Universal Credit wrecks lives – Pat and Emma were pushed to the very brink.
When Unite Community member Pat’s* husband Peter* died, she refused to leave his side for 17 hours as she held his hand for the last time. As his full-time carer … Continue reading
Dear Mr Field and Ms Allen, My name is Joanna Young and I am Chair of Trustees at Morecambe Bay Foodbank. I am sorry not to be with you today but I … Continue reading
Universal Credit is built around flawed incentives that are doing real damage – fixing it is essential
Sharon Wright, University of Glasgow; Lisa Scullion, University of Salford, and Peter Dwyer, University of York Much of the recent debate and criticism of Universal Credit has focused on … Continue reading
NB: In this article I am Charlie… Sam Wordley/Shuterstock Danny Taggart, University of Essex; Ewen Speed, University of Essex, and Jaimini Mehta, University of Essex As the UK government continues … Continue reading
World Mental Health Day on October 10th is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative … Continue reading
I often get people asking for links so here is a list of articles written about the NAO report today: REPORT: Rolling out Universal Credit – National Audit Office (NAO) … Continue reading
I was going to write a much longer piece detailing what I thought was wrong with the system and what needed to be changed, but after speaking to the Committee … Continue reading