Posts under ‘Benefits’

The targeting, severity and impact of benefit sanctions needs urgent review

by Michael Meacher.

This is the edited text of a speech I made on Thursday in the House of Commons, in a debate I initiated on the many cases of sanctions being wrongfully applied to benefit recipients, calling on the Government to review the targeting, severity and impact of such sanctions. The process of sanctioning benefit recipients is now […]

A million people were sanctioned and deprived of benefit in the last year

by Michael Meacher.

The scandal of wrongly sanctioning people and depriving them of all benefit for either 4 weeks, 13 weeks or (almost unbelievably) 156 weeks for trivial, ill-considered or utterly unjustified reasons is too little understood by the general public. I will quote a few examples from my own constituency experience or from Citizens Advice across the […]

Innocent JSA recipients lose all benefit while guilty bankers bailed out by their new banks: what’s new in Tory Britain?

by Michael Meacher.

Next Thursday I have secured a debate on the floor of the House on the sanctioning of benefit recipients. The details about the sheer injustice of the practice, its inappropriate targeting and its devastating impacts, all of which are horrendous, I shall spell out in full, but I will also be making another comparison. Why […]

Welfare cap – full list of Labour rebels and abstainers

by Jon Lansman.

In the vote this afternoon, there were 13 Labour MPs who voted against the Welfare Cap, including the two tellers, as well as three Plaid Cymru, one Respect, three SDLP, and five SNP MPs. Thirty-eight Labour MPs abstained or were absent from the vote. The following people voted against the Welfare Cap:

Why I’m voting against the benefit cap

by Diane Abbott.

This is the text of Diane Abbott’s speech in the House of Commons this afternoon against a ‘welfare cap’. Details of voting will be published as soon as it is available. Any member of the public watching this debate this afternoon and listening to people jeer, laugh, smirk and joke might imagine that some Members […]

Five reasons why Labour MPs should oppose the welfare cap

by Andrew Fisher.

Despite Ed Balls saying Labour will back the welfare cap, because Ed Miliband has already expressed support for a welfare cap, here are five reasons why Labour MPs should vote against on Wednesday (26 March). If you have a Labour MP, email them (using this template letter). 1.    It means need is subject to an […]

Lobby your MP to join Labour rebellion against social security cap

by Conrad Landin.

The New Statesman report today that Labour MPs including Diane Abbott, Ian Lavery and John McDonnell are planning to vote against capping benefit, when a vote on this issue takes place this Wednesday, “with more to follow”. Abbott told the Statesman that the benefit cap was “part of a political narrative which demonises welfare claimants; most […]

The precariat – just one small mishap away from a cascade of misery

by Deborah Padfield.

When austerity emerged as government’s response to the 2008 crash, people on low incomes faced cumulative increases in poverty. Cuts to transport, social housing and care, health, welfare benefits, legal aid and public funding of the voluntary sector were among the obvious contributors. Five years on, and more cumulative impoverishment faces those whose stagnant wages […]

One rule for benefit claimants, another for the tax avoiders.

by Michael Meacher.

The latest figures collected by Oxfam indicate nearly a million persons have been ‘sanctioned’ (i.e. deprived of all benefits for a month for the first infringement, often trivial, for 3 months for the second, and 3 years for the third) in the last 15 months and that the numbers using foodbanks are now well over half a million. […]

Dave’s moral crusade to cut welfare

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Can’t find employment and dread the fortnightly grilling down the job centre? Can’t afford the bedroom tax so have to rely on food banks to get you and yours through the week? At the end of your tether because you’re waiting an age for the appeal against your Work Capability Assessment decision, which found you […]

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