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Seven Years Of Noel Pearson Trials Have Led Aurukun To The Bottom Of the National Heap

In this special New Matilda feature, Amy McQuire demolishes the reforms - and the propaganda - that is the Cape York Welfare Reform Trials.

Understanding Labour's Abstentions

I'm going to have a stab at understanding the gyrations of leadership candidates in recent days around the Welfare Reform Bill and how only 48 Labour MPs voted against it. But because this is the internet a qualifier is necessary. Labour MPs last night should not have sat on their hands, they should have voted against. Show More Summary

The welfare crisis deepens. The DUP are making common cause with Sinn Fein over George Osborne’s cuts

6 days agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

The Guardian’s Politics Live feature reports an analysis of the impact of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill on the working poor.  Read across locally, it has the effect of adding the DUP’s opposition to the UK’s government’s budget strategy  to Sinn Fein’s, albeit on more limited grounds. The analysis was made by the highly reputable, unbiased more...

The Welfare Bill has passed — and revealed a split in Labour

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill has, as expected, passed its second reading in the House of Commons, with 48 Labour MPs defying their party whip and voting against, while… Continue reading The post The Welfare Bill has passed — and revealed a split in Labour appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The benefit cut that isn’t quite as it seems

MPs are voting on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill this afternoon, with the big story being about Labour turmoil over the second reading. Harriet Harman’s amendment looks rather forlorn… Continue reading The post The benefit cut that isn’t quite as it seems appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

“Sinn Féin were not in court today. Councillor Kelly was, and he was acquitted of all charges.”

Entirely unrelated to Sinn Féin’s opposition to welfare reform… Last week a Deputy District Magistrate in Londonderry acquitted Sinn Féin Councillor Colin Kelly on charges of fraudulently claiming over £19,000 in Housing Benefit and Job Seekers Allowance between November 2010 and March 2014 – when he was a member of Derry City Council.  He is currently a councillor on more...

Labour MPs push for an amendment to the welfare bill

The Labour welfare rebellion advances further, with Helen Goodman tabling a ‘reasoned amendment’ to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill. She says she has the support of 40 Labour MPs… Continue reading The post Labour MPs push for an amendment to the welfare bill appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

PMQs Sketch: Cameron’s lurches to the left

‘Put that on your leaflets,’ snarled Cameron at PMQs. Inwardly he was gloating. Labour voted against Tory welfare reforms last night so the PM was able to boast that Labour… Continue reading The post PMQs Sketch: Cameron’s lurches to the left appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

What should be done about welfare? Don’t ask the Shadow Cabinet

The Shadow Cabinet has split all ways on what to do about welfare. Andy Burnham says he wants a reasoned amendment to the second reading of the welfare reform and… Continue reading The post What should be done about welfare? Don’t ask the Shadow Cabinet appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Andy Burnham may end up supporting Harman’s line on welfare bill anyway

Andy Burnham has been vociferous in his opposition to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, and made his views clear at a stormy meeting of the Shadow Cabinet this morning.… Continue reading The post Andy Burnham may end up supporting Harman’s line on welfare bill anyway appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Labour tries to calm row on welfare reform

Labour is trying to clarify its position on welfare reform ahead of tonight’s PLP meeting. Sources say that the party will abstain on the ‘broad brush’ of the Welfare Reform… Continue reading The post Labour tries to calm row on welfare reform appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Why does George Osborne hate women and Northerners?

George Osborne is actually boasting about how it will be women and Northerners who lose their jobs as a result of his national living wage: The chancellor, George Osborne, will respond to claims his budget welfare reforms hit the poor hardest by saying women and those based outside London and the south-east will be the […]

Welfare Reform Campaigns, Single-Issue Campaigns, and Animal Exploitation: Perfect Together

Welfare reform campaigns and single-issue campaigns (SICs) necessarily promote animal exploitation. In order to see this clearly and easily, consider that the entire point of these campaigns is to build coalitions that involve animal exploiters. Show More Summary

Where do the welfare changes in the Budget leave the UK’s proposals to reform EU free movement rules?

The changes to the minimum wage and welfare benefits set out in Chancellor George Osborne’s Summer Budget could have a knock-on effect on the UK's desire to reform EU rules around migrants' access to benefits. Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki assesses the various implications. Show More Summary

De-Industrialisation, ‘New Speenhamland’ and Neo-Liberalism: Government Subsidies to Low Wage Employers

Efforts to reform social welfare programs in England operated on the assumption that lack of consistent work (as in periods of unemployment) and overly large families were the big drivers of poverty. But the majority of poor now areShow More Summary

Using data for public good – launch of Detail Data

4 weeks agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

NICVA’s relationship with investigative journalism website The Detail began with the reporting on the umbrella organisation’s research paper on The Impact of Welfare Reform on Northern Ireland. Lisa McElherron said she was thrilled to launch the Detail Data project. NICVA had been keen (1) to better tell the stories of the sector they represent; (2) more...

Ryan's step-by-step future plans start with trade

[...] Ryan wants to overturn Obama's signature health care law. Taxes and welfare reform come next — all within the six years House rules allow him to remain chairman. [...] then?

Nationalist Parties need to shift away from the “blame the Tories” narrative and embrace the Welfare Reform debate

2 months agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Nationalism needs a new economic narrative and if you didn’t believe that before, the complete debacle over Welfare Reform is proof positive of the inability to construct a proper narrative on our current economic situation or a long term strategy for fiscal rectitude and a prosperous economy. We are faced at the moment with a more...

Welfare Insanity (28/03/14)

Labour has opposed every welfare reform proposed by the Coalition Government at Westminster including changes that now prevent people on much better than average salaries (£60,000 plus) being able to claim child benefit, for example....Show More Summary

The Coalition's welfare reforms miss the mark

The Abbott Government should put more emphasis on creating new jobs rather than cutting off payments to those who can’t find one.

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