Just stop.

Don’t you just love the Tories. Their next election slogan should definitely be ‘The Conservatives – the party that goes on giving’.

Day after day we get to read announcements about their much flaunted austerity drive and where the axe is going to fall next. 680 more words

General Political Rants

Tax Credit Payments Limited to Two Kids


Have you noticed that it is always the poorest or the most needy who seem to be the last to receive any kind of pay-out. Often you hear of food parcels and monetary gifts headed their way and then these seem to be intercepted en-route, never to land into the hands of those who could really use it.. 160 more words

Tax Credit

The Moynihan Report (March 1965) and "instability" in "the black family"

This blog is about The Moynihan Report and the Politics of Controversy, written by sociologists Lee Rainwater and William L. Yancey, published by MIT Press in 1966, the gist of which turned out to be fine tuning the interactions between social scientists and the administrative state to correct the pathology viewed as inherent in the “matriarchal,” hence deteriorating, “black family.” 874 more words

Civil Rights Movement

Cameron Mathieson's family wins Supreme Court case against DWP

Original post from BBC News


A family has won its legal bid to challenge limits on welfare payments to severely disabled children in hospital. 666 more words


Trends in out-of-work benefit claimants in Britain

As long-term readers will know, I’m intrigued by people’s beliefs about the benefit system, and their truthfulness or falsity of these beliefs. Later in the summer, I’ll talk about a new aspect of this: people’s perceptions of how many out-of-work benefit claimants exist, and whether they think this has risen or fallen. 790 more words

Blog Posts

Kirk accuses Government of undermining post office network in Louth

Local TD Seamus Kirk has accused the Government of continuing to undermine the post office network across County Louth.

Deputy Kirk made the comments after the Department of Social Protection issued another letter to social welfare recipients recommending that they use financial institutions to receive their welfare payments.  277 more words

Local Government

Australia to cut benefits if kids aren't vaccinated - CNN.com

Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children can lose up to $11,000 of welfare benefits a year under a new government policy, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced. 270 more words

Geographical Areas