Benefits

Employees lose out after salary sacrifice perks scrapped

29 November 2016 12:50

If you’re not familiar with the term, then ‘salary sacrifice’ is a bit of a puzzler. Just what is your…

Does George Osborne really want to make himself the scourge of the strivers?

6 November 2015 11:59

Without George Osborne, we’d probably be living under Prime Minister Ed Miliband right now. His value to the government goes…

The benefit cut that isn’t quite as it seems

20 July 2015 16:30

MPs are voting on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill this afternoon, with the big story being about Labour turmoil…

Harriet Harman: Labour will not do ‘blanket opposition’

12 July 2015 14:43

Ever since Labour started having to respond to Tory policy announcements, there have been little fissures in the party over…

How George Osborne’s Budget makes work pay less

10 July 2015 17:24

In his Budget, the Chancellor claimed that ‘those currently on the minimum wage will see their pay rise by over…

A British policeman shouldn’t take orders from a radical Islamist preacher

23 June 2015 16:58

Each year Anjem Choudary earns more in benefits than a soldier does starting off in our armed forces. This is…

Political tribalism at its worst

5 February 2015 17:44

If you want an illustration of just how damaging tribalism can be in politics, look no further than this Westminster…

A mother’s choice: kill oneself or be ‘forced to work’

30 January 2015 9:53

I suspect that you were as appalled as I by the plight of young mum, Marie Buchan, from Selly Oak…

Poverty comes in red and blue – a reply to the Guardian’s Michael White

18 November 2014 15:03

I have the honour of having my Ch4 Dispatches documentary, now available online, reviewed by Michael White in the Guardian today. I…

White Dee: I might back Ukip instead of Labour

29 September 2014 12:01

Back in February, Benefits Street star ‘White Dee’ promised to give David Cameron a ‘run for his money’. In her…

Employment is booming. What does Rachel Reeves have to add?

22 June 2014 14:24

Here’s a funny thing: Labour claims to be the ‘party of work’, but the Tories have reasonable claim to be…

Five things you need to know about the latest British Social Attitudes survey

17 June 2014 17:03

How have British attitudes changed over the last decade? The latest British Social Attitudes survey is out today, suggesting that…

A pound of state benefits has less impact than a pound from independent earnings

13 June 2014 10:08

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF)  published a paper on Wednesday comparing a range of policies to help low paid workers.…

UKIP stand by their latest trouble man

25 April 2014 14:37

More trouble for Ukip this morning: it seems that yet another party official has some colourful views about ‘people of…

New Labour’s greatest failure

16 April 2014 18:58

My friend and critic Jonathan Portes obviously took exception to my remarks about Keynesianism having been disproven. His entertaining rebuttal…

Foodbank statistics present problems for the coalition – and for Labour

16 April 2014 11:47

Despite the stream of very good economic news (as described by Fraser and James), you won’t catch ministers saying that…

Would ending unpopular benefits test contract really solve the problem?

22 February 2014 8:30

What will happen to the much-maligned contractor that carries out the government’s work capability assessments which determine whether a sick…

Why bishops are useful for the Left – for now

19 February 2014 15:22

Even though, as I said earlier, it makes sense for David Cameron to come out fighting in favour of his…

My experience of last night’s Benefits Street debate

18 February 2014 14:59

I spent yesterday evening in Birmingham with the residents of ‘Benefits Street’, assorted pundits and politicians. It was a slightly…

Explaining the IDS vs Osborne split on welfare

24 January 2014 11:29

‘Do you know what they used to call us?’ asked Theresa May ten years ago. ‘The nasty party.’ No one…

The Tories’ hunger games

16 January 2014 11:59

Last night I went to hear Chris Mould of the Trussell Trust speak at my local church. The scene appeared…

Demonising? Episode 2 of ‘Benefits Street’ flatters a very ugly picture

13 January 2014 21:36

The Synthetic Outrage Squad has been out in force over Channel 4’s Benefits Street, dubbing the series ‘poverty porn’ that…

George Osborne’s New Year speech on the economy

6 January 2014 11:59

Earlier today the Chancellor gave a speech on the economy where he set up a choice for politicians: cut back…

Cap child benefit? There are better ways to cut the welfare bill

16 December 2013 14:38

David Davis is plainly right that the Tories are just testing the water to see how talk about capping child…

The government must prevent young people from falling into the benefits trap

20 November 2013 16:24

Despite promises to be ‘tougher than the Tories’ with regards the welfare bill, shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves…