Iain Duncan Smith’s suggestion that child benefit should only be paid for the first two children in a family is symbolic, not practical. It is designed to plant the idea that poor people deserve to be poor.
Beveridge and Attlee shaped their politics at Toynbee Hall, in the East End of London. As this beacon of social reform prepares to mark its 130th anniversary, we recall its role in the making of modern Britain and draw lessons for today.
A new report shows the early signs of claimant numbers decreasing, but serious problems nevertheless emerging with how the system operates.
Under the bedroom tax regime, a panic room built to keep a woman and her son safe from abuse has been deemed a “spare bedroom”.
Amid rising structural inequality, average earners are treading water. Regressive austerity politics has lulled the middle classes into a state of passive forbearance.
Harry Leslie Smith, a 91-year-old RAF veteran born into an impoverished mining family, recalls a Britain without a welfare state.
Inadequate wages and extortionate rents are pushing up the housing benefit bill.
Benefits claimants do not spend all their money on booze and fags if they are left to their own devices. Suggesting that they do is to adhere to a stereotype that isn’t supported by evidence.
It is very easy to arbitrarily cut benefits rather than do anything about why people might need them.
A reduction in the cap from £26,000 to £23,000 would dramatically increase child poverty.