Participation not punishment should be the area of focus for any fair dinkum welfare reform.
This is a quick companion piece to Mick’s on welfare reform cuts. Gerry Adams issued a longish statement last week on the issue, which presumably can be taken as the current Sinn Féin position. These are a few relevant extracts: The DUP has repeatedly demonstrated an unwillingness to participate positively in any of the institutions. Instead more...
So, at Stormont the DUP and Sinn Fein have informed the ministers of the other parties that they will have to take the brunt of the spending cuts which follow on foot of the OFMdFM parties to come to terms with the relatively generous terms offered Northern Ireland by the Chancellor of Exchequer… #179628975 / more...
White Dee, the woman made famous by a Channel 4 Television Show about benefit claimants in Birmingham, is to speak at Conservative Party Conference on Welfare Reform, according to the Daily Mail. Deirdre "Dee" Kelly is being hailed by the party as an expert after she boasted that she had held down a job since March, just over six months. Show More Summary
IDS: BENEFIT CUTS ‘VITAL’ FOR ECONOMY Cutting benefits is vital for the economic recovery, Iain Duncan Smith will say today. The Work and Pensions Secretary will use a speech to argue that the coalition government’s welfare reforms will lead to a “more contented future”. Show More Summary
David Cameron’s government can boast a number of very serious Conservative achievements, such as welfare reform and the steady re-establishment of standards of British schools. However, there have also been some puzzling lapses, of which the most outlandish is health minister Jane Ellison's demented project to impose so-called plain packaging on cigarettes. I wrote about [...]
So, the man who pretended to feed the poor at a soup kitchen has released his plan for welfare reform. This week, Paul Ryan, who cashed federal support checks in the form of social security payments after his dad died, wants to stop federal support of the needy. Show More Summary
?Reform conservatism? is all the rage in the GOP these days. From middle class plans in ?Room to Grow? to anti-poverty reform ideas from Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan, many on the right are rushing to prove they can ?govern?...
Ed Schultz spent a portion of his opening monologue on his MSNBC show Thursday attacking Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his latest policy proposal to reform government welfare programs, declaring that Ryan is “more radical than...Show More Summary
Earlier today, Tim Montgomerie, referring to a Times leader, tweeted: (1) Record, unexpected jobs growth. (2) Massive reform of welfare incentives. Could the two be connected? The answer could be: not much. To see why, let's ask the question we...
The big story yesterday on all my usual political blog stops was about a woman who was arrested because she let her 9-year old daughter play in the park alone. The woman was poor, black, and worked at McDonalds and did not seemingly have a personal social support network. From what I’ve read, she used…
Proposed Abbott Government reforms to the welfare safety net may condemn young people to a youth spent in debt.
The majority of GPs in a survey carried out by The BMJ say their workload has soared in the past year because of their patients' financial hardship under new government rules for receiving benefits. Two thirds believe patients' health...Show More Summary
Despite the myths being pushed by the Abbott Government, Australia's welfare spending is far from unsustainable. Ignoring the evidence means missing the chance for real reform, writes Ben Eltham.
The Abbott Government's likely expansion of welfare reforms, including the quarantining of people's entitlements has been done before, just not to 'us', writes Chris Graham.
Some welfarists say that welfare reform will help animals because reform causes a price increase and that decreases demand. This position shows that welfarists do not understand the economics of animal agriculture or of welfare reform. Show More Summary
A response to Thomas Edsall's critique of the welfare system's rightward shift.
New figures show that more than £20 million specifically set aside to help people adapt to welfare reforms was not spent by local authorities last year. This shows that Labour stories about councils running out of running were exaggerated. These reforms are fixing the broken welfare system by restoring fairness. Labour left a complicated system that […]
The Labour Party has spent the last four years opposing every proposal the present Coalition Government has made to reform the welfare state - including the decision to stop paying child benefit to people earning over £60,000 a year....Show More Summary