Sanctions, Evidence and Impacts  

Yesterday morning the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee published a report on its work concerning benefit sanctions policy. Here I report the main findings of the committee’s inquiry and reflect on their recommendations, particularly with respect to evidence and the need for future research. 930 more words


En Banc Sixth Circuit Ruling on Remedies for Denial of ERISA Welfare Benefits

Earlier this month, in Rochow v. Life Ins. Co. of No. Amer., No. 12-2074, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 3532 (6th Cir. March 5, 2015), a divided Sixth Circuit, sitting… 331 more words

Employment Practices

The OBR and Welfare and Housing Benefit Spending Trends

The intrinsic difficulties facing agencies tasked to produce reliable forecasts for future years spend and caseload across different policies, are well known and understood. In the present debate over how future cuts in welfare spending will be achieved and the all too frequent implementation gap between planned savings and actual outturn spend, a degree of skepticism about deliverability is appropriate (before we get to questions of desirability or otherwise). 819 more words


Private Eye Cartoon Covers Anti-Atos & Maximarse Protests

The ‘Scene and Heard’ cartoon in this fortnight’s Private Eye is ‘Pain in the Gluteus’, covering the protests against Maximarse as it replaces Atos as the administrator of the Work Capability Assessment. 202 more words


Tory Welfare Policies Taken From Private Eye Jokes?

Among the policies now being considered and implemented by the Tories is cutting welfare benefits to people they judge as obese. Cameron or one of his lackeys tried to justify this piece of vindictiveness by saying that ‘hard-working people’ – presumably foaming Tory bigots – shouldn’t have to pay tax to support people, who can’t be bothered getting themselves fit for work. 72 more words