One way of judging how reasonable the level of benefit payments is in the UK is through comparing our rate with our neighbours'. This blog does just that, using European Union figures. So where do we come in the European unemployment benefit league table? Read more about Is the level of Jobseeker’s Allowance fair?
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When subjects as emotive as unemployment, disability and money are involved, it's important to represent them as accurately as possible. Not everyone seems to agree... Read more about Keep it accurate
Do you know what the government's changes in housing benefit mean? You might be surprised at how many low income people are affected. Take a look below to understand why they are so harmful to individuals and our society. Read more about What will the changes in housing benefit mean?
This blog covers the thorny issue of the rights and responsibilities that benefit recipients have. There are more questions than answers here, and we hope that you will help us fill in the gaps. Read more about What should we have to do for our benefits?
Should we all stand by the side of the road holding signs asking for work to prove our commitment? With 2.7 m unemployed people in the UK we'd need a lot of new pavements... Read more about What Can America Teach Us About Unemployment?
The government and other service providers need to ask unemployed and economically inactive people's opinions about all services and laws that affect us. How else will they be able to ensure they are successful and meet our needs? Read more about Ask Us!
What are benefits for? When the main out-of-work benefit was renamed from Unemployment Benefit to Jobseekers’ Allowance the reason given was that it was felt that unemployed people should think of their payments as being income paid for undertaking job seeking activities rather than for existing in unemployment; an active rather than passive state.
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