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
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Iain Duncan Smith's think tank the Centre for Social Justice, reported to have particular influence on Boris Johnson, announced over the weekend that they have drawn up proposals to increase the UK's state pension age to 75 by 2035.
Michael McEwan: Hopes are high for Social Security Scotland - it needs to deliver
MIchael McEwan, CS columnist and chairperson of his local disability group, says the devolution of social security powers to Scotland is an opportunity for real change that can’t be missed
SCOTLAND now has a newly formed Social Security Agency. The Scottish Act 2016 transferred new social security powers to the Scottish Parliament, allowing Scottish ministers to develop new policies on benefits, which – we all hope – will work to tackle poverty in Scotland.
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
Analysis: The DWP's Universal Credit propaganda tells you everything you need to know about this government
The DWP have spent £250,000 on an advert attempting to depict criticism of Universal Credit as fake news – it’s symbolic of just how dire this Tory Government truly is, Ben Wray finds
WHAT do you do with a policy that’s creating destitution and misery, is widely despised and has just been compared by the UN’s poverty expert to a modern version of “the nineteenth century workhouse”?
Do you increase its funding? Do you devise a new policy? Do you accept its problems and seek to fix it? Do you ask the UN poverty expert for his counsel on how to address it?
Caught between Universal Credit and AirBNB: Suzy Cargill’s story
Suzy Cargill from Edinburgh’s experience at the sharp end of ‘welfare reform’ and the housing crisis has left her homeless, and considering moving away from a city she has no desire to leave
SUZY CARGILL, 46, a musician based in Leith, Edinburgh, got a call out of the blue on 10 January.
It was someone from the DWP. They said that her Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) payments were stopping immediately, as of that phone call.
“When she said that I froze - I didn’t think that could happen,” Suzy says.
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’