post 16 April 2014
Read more from Paul Mason on his blog Life of a food bank user: no gas, no cooker, benefits delayed

Benefit delays or benefit sanctions are the major factor driving people to use food banks says the charity that runs hundreds of them across the country.

post 04 April 2014
Read more from Jackie Long on her blog The unexpected costs of the 'welfare revolution'

If the government's "welfare revolution" is to work , then it has to work in places like Torfaen, a south Wales community where direct payments are being trialled.

post 01 April 2014
Read more from Jackie Long on her blog Families hit hard by scrapping of council tax benefits

If you're one of the 2.34 million low-income families who used to get council tax benefit, you'll be paying on average 149 more in council tax this year than just over a year ago.

article 01 April 2014 UK
It is 12 months since the government introduced its spare room subsidy, dubbed the
by 'Bedroom tax' - one year on, is it working?

It is 12 months since the government removed its spare room subsidy, dubbed the "bedroom tax" by critics. It is designed to save money and free up under-occupied homes, so what effect has it had?

post 27 March 2014
Read more from Victoria Macdonald on her blog Poor reviews: social care website highlights problems

Too many elderly people are being let down by the agencies meant to be helping them with basic care say their friends and relatives.

post 27 March 2014
Read more from Jackie Long on her blog Now Atos is judged unfit for fit-to-work tests, what next?

Atos is to pull out of a contract to carry out fit-to-work tests early, and will pay a financial settlement as a result. But the company clearly feels it is not the only guilty party.

post 12 March 2014
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Work programme needs more work

It's not written in the most strident language, but a report the government has been sitting on contains confirmation that one of the DWP's pet projects is failing in one of its central tasks.

article 06 March 2014 UK
Job Centre sign (Getty)
Up to a third of jobs on government website are suspect

An investigation by Channel 4 News finds that as many as one-in-three jobs now advertised on the government's Universal Jobmatch website are suspect.

article 26 February 2014 UK
Disability benefits contractor runs into trouble - video

There are problems with the delivery of the Personal Independence Payment, the new benefit to replace the Disability Living Allowance.