Stephen McMurray: Psycho-coercion? The use of psychology in the welfare system
Social Researcher Stephen McMurray (@StephenMcMurray) analyses the role of psychology in the UK’s welfare system, finding that increasing use of psychological techniques is connected to the rise in benefit sanctions which has driven poverty and exclusion
Holyrood confronts damage done to mental health by Universal Credit
The Scottish Parliament will consider a recent report from the Scottish Association for Mental Health, which warns that the infamous welfare reform has caused hardship and emotional distress to those with mental health problems
Sean Cudden: The 6 themes my research uncovered about experiences of the benefits system
Sean Cudden, Masters student and welfare rights activist, summarises the key findings of his research on what users of the benefits system in Scotland think about it. That research has informed our series on One Person’s Journey Through the Benefits System.
‘If it weren’t for bedroom tax mitigation they’d be trying to evict me’
'So why haven't you killed yourself?': One person's journey through the benefits system Part 2 of 3
Three part series on one person’s journey through the benefits system.
IN PART 2, Anne has to deal with changes to the benefits system introduced by the Tory-Liberal Coalition Government in 2010.
Read Part 1 here.
Part 2 – The Change: ‘So why haven’t you killed yourself?’
One person's journey through the benefits system: Part 1 of 3
Sean Cudden, a Masters student and welfare rights activist, presents the first of a three part of series of one person’s journey through the benefits system based an interview with benefit claimant Anne from Glasgow, who’s harrowing story is told in her words
Hilary Long: The UN's findings on poverty in the UK reveal the rotten heart of Tory Britain
CommonSpace columnist Hilary Long looks at the findings of the UN Special Rapporteur on poverty Philip Alston’s visit to the UK. Alston has revealed the reality of a country defined by incredible levels of poverty and inequality.
PHILIP ALSTON from the United Nations has recently been investigating the poverty of a nation in 2018.
The nation he has been visiting is the fifth largest economy in the world – the UK. In spite of the Tories boast of rising employment, economic wealth and pockets of enormous wealth, a fifth of British citizens live in poverty.
Scottish Government says DWP funding for Citizen’s Advice ‘should not be at the expense of local authorities’
A new partnership between Citizens Advice and the DWP has been condemned by critics of Universal Credit
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT has emphasised that any additional funding for Citizens Advice Scotland should not come “at the expense of local authorities” while reiterating its opposition to the controversial Universal Credit roll-out, following the announcement of a £39m funding partnership between the Citizens Advice network and the UK Government’s Department of Work and Pensions.
‘A sea change’: Campaigners welcome news that @ScotGov won't use private sector in disability benefits assessments
63 per cent of claimants have won their tribunal against the DWP over denial of their PIP benefit claim
DISABILITY organisations and campaigners have welcomed the announcement that the private sector will not be involved in the Scottish Government’s disability benefits assessments.
The Scottish Government Is establishing its new social security agency after powers over 11 benefits were devolved to the Scottish Parliament, including the assessment process for Personal Independence Payment (PIP), although not Work Capability Assessments (WCA).