The etymology of Social Security: From Safety and Care to Disdain and Unworthiness

The following is a post built on thoughts by Dave Burns | @daveburns422    Has anyone else noticed a drift into a change in the language we use to explain the benefit system?  “Social Security” has somehow been replaced in the press and parliament by the words “Credits” and “Benefits” – Americanism’s that are generally… Continue reading The etymology of Social Security: From Safety and Care to Disdain and Unworthiness

The government response to the WoW petition is irrational, incoherent nonsense on stilts

The following was written by @suejone02063672 | It was originally posted on kittysjones.wordpress.com The Government has persistently ignored calls for a full assessment of the impact of Welfare, Social Care and NHS reform on disabled people and their families. The number of households with a disabled family member living in “absolute poverty” increased by 10%… Continue reading The government response to the WoW petition is irrational, incoherent nonsense on stilts

Who Benefits? The Welfare State and the Middle Classes

The following was written by Sean Hodges | @Howdiddly    It’s been said that the name “benefits,” when used to refer to the British welfare system, is misleading. Actually, it’s a blatant attempt at political propaganda. Since coming to power in 2010 as part of the coalition, the Conservatives have launched an all-out attack on… Continue reading Who Benefits? The Welfare State and the Middle Classes

Tax credit cuts and the tearful Tory voter

The following was written by @debhal72    The whole episode of the tearful Tory voter and the realisation that her political choice would affect the living standards of her family has left me in a dilemma. I’m generally an empathetic person that looks for the best in everyone and tries to put myself in other… Continue reading Tax credit cuts and the tearful Tory voter

The Great Living Wage Robbery | By @TellMeTheEnemy

The following was originally posted on Tell Me The Enemy – “Today’s enemy –hard  working families!“| By @TellMeTheEnemy “Cutting welfare spending is not the way to cut the budget deficit” Saturday’s Daily Telegraph featured a piece Chancellor George Osborne and Minister of State for Employment Priti Patel, defending the government’s cuts to tax credits – “There’s no… Continue reading The Great Living Wage Robbery | By @TellMeTheEnemy

Story of a severely disabled man in his late 70’s being forced out of his home

The following was written by Pauline Lane | @Antonineone1 For a period of thirteen years I worked for various charities including the CAB, and an independent housing charity with a housing advice line. This was in the south of England, and I know situations are different in other areas; I simply want to relay my… Continue reading Story of a severely disabled man in his late 70’s being forced out of his home

Time to sow the seeds of change

The following was written by Michelle (Chelley) Ryan • @chelleryn99 My home growing up, was a two bedroom local authority terrace which I shared with my mum, dad and older sister. My mum worked part time as a cleaner, and my dad was a metre reader for the electricity board. We only had one annual holiday… Continue reading Time to sow the seeds of change