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Does means testing help the poorest?

22 May 2012
Tory minister Iain Duncan Smith says that only the poorest should get state funding for care in their old age. The idea is linked to government reforms to introducing means testing for certain benefits, which means people have to prove their poverty before they can claim them.

Welfare reforms will kick 500,000 off disability benefits

15 May 2012
The Tories’ welfare reforms will kick half a million disabled people off benefits—according to the government’s own figures.

Basildon Council's fake fraud case

15 May 2012
Basildon Council used fake evidence to accuse a single mother Mandy Barratt for benefit fraud. It claimed it received a phone call reporting her, but it has emerged that this never happened. The investigation was really triggered by a news article.

Tories snatch kids' support

15 May 2012
The Tories announced plans to give parents of children with special educational needs more "choice" in support. This is part of the cuts agenda. It will snatch support from hundreds of thousands of children who need it.

The real impact of incapacity benefits 'reforms'

08 November 2011
The Tories will force nearly a million people off incapacity benefits and leave 600,000 with no benefits at all, according to new research. Nearly 2.6 million claimants currently receive the benefit.

Suicide after benefit cuts

30 August 2011
An unemployed man has committed suicide in Wandsworth, south London, after his housing benefit was cut. This would have forced Richard Sanderson and his wife Petra to move.

Tories, not parents, to blame for child poverty

07 December 2010
The Tories blame ordinary people for their own poverty to justify benefit cuts. They paint a picture of parents as feckless scroungers who can’t be bothered to find a job and help their children.

Is there a generation that has ‘never worked’?

21 September 2010
The government and the right wing media are stepping up their war on people who claim benefits, claiming that there are millions of "workshy scroungers" living off the hard work of the rest of the population.

As the sharks circle it's time to defend universal benefits

29 September 2009
All of the main political parties have said they want to make cuts to universal benefits, such as child benefit, winter fuel allowances, bus passes and TV licenses for the over 70s.

Labour’s benefits plans hark back to workhouses

15 December 2008
James Purnell, the work and pensions secretary, is a modern version of Charles Dickens’ Mr Bumble – hypocritical, self-righteous and disdainful of the "undeserving poor".

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