Stop Welfare Cuts

On 20 November, the Church of England and 18 bishops added their voice to the growing number of people who are opposing the Welfare Reform Bill – mothers and other carers, disabled people, claimants, anti-poverty groups, low-waged people, people of colour, and voluntary...

"As the House of Lords debates amendments to the welfare reform bill, protesters from a range of welfare activist groups such as Single Mothers' Self Defence, Mad Pride and Right to Work gathered outside to lobby members. They were joined by Labour MP John McDonnell, who called for 'much more severe and serious opposition' from the Labour party, in the hope that parts of the bill could be...

15 December 2011

Dear Members of the House of Lords,

I am self-employed and get Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, full Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. Before that I was on JSA for a year, as I had been moved off Income Support when my daughter turned 12. I decided to try self-employment as it meant I could be more flexible to arrange work around my...

Mothers and grandmothers writing to the Lords have made a difference to their discussion about the Welfare Reform Bill. We have just sent a new letter to them (below), highlighting some key points for the debate which is continuing this week and then after the holidays, from 11 January 2012. If you would like to write to them about your personal situation and how the Bill will affect you or...

“I am appalled at John Humphrey's piece on welfare reform Today programme, 27 October 2011. He finished by saying that Beveridge failed to deal with the culture of idleness and this government must deal with the culture of entitlement. What about the right to live...

Guardian Letters, Friday 28 October 2011

We are outraged that the BBC is joining the propaganda war aimed at destroying the welfare state, Britain's most civilised and civilising legacy (Last night's TV, G2, 28 October). In the 1940s, after years of depression and slaughter,...

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People who haven’t been on benefits before and have recently lost their job, are shocked by how little money you are supposed to live on. Jobseekers get £67.50 a week, under-25s only £53.45. How can we cover the rising...

• Brings in Universal Credit to replace Jobseekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit.

• Universal Credit will have a personal allowance and additions towards rent, children, childcare costs, disability (two levels based on severity) and other needs. It is not clear what any...

Dear Member of the House of Lords,

Re: Welfare Reform Bill Amendments

I have been reading with horror about the suggested amendments to the Welfare Reform Bill. I am particularly concerned about the fact that you are planning to force mothers to become job seekers once our youngest child reaches the age of five; you said this to be true for both single mums and those whose...

10 November 2011

Dear Member of the House of Lords

I am writing to you to express my deep concern regarding the Welfare Reform Bill that is going through the House of Lords at the moment. If my partner were to lose his job, I would be forced to become a job seeker when my now six-month-old son turns five. I would have to go to job-related interviews from when he is one. This is...