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.
Selected job seekers will be obliged to visit their Job Centre five days a week and spend 35 hours looking for work.
Cases like that of “Baby Gammy” or the adoptive mother who allegedly turned down a baby because it was born with a disability are welcome distractions from the bigger, deeper problems faced by parents and disabled children under austerity.
Rachel Reeves suggests migrants should be denied welfare until they have contributed through the tax system.
In contrast to previous recessions, after Lehman Brothers crashed the belief that excessive benefits bred indolence spread. This view was endorsed by 61 per cent by 2009.
Ministers' claims contradicted as civil service head says "we shouldn't beat about the bush: it hasn't been signed off".
The coalition has struggled to implement its Work Programme. Labour needs to ensure its latest ideas don't go awry if they make it into government.
Despite all the distress and financial hardship caused by a malfunctioning assessment process, spending on the government’s main sickness and disability benefit is set to rise.