Welcome to the first in a series of new blogs putting forward ideas on improving the benefit system and the wider experience of unemployment in the UK.
We have been accused of being too negative sometimes, criticising the government for its attacks on the workless and other poor people but offering no alternatives.
It can't have escaped your attention that there is an election in May, so this is the perfect time to set out some new policies that would improve the lot of the unemployed. Read more about Benefit policies for the 2015 election no. 1: recognise voluntary work