Service users and practitioners face a tough time if all the regulations of the Welfare Reform Bill are passed, argues Neil Bateman, as there is too much emphasis on compulsion rather than persuasion
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How will changes this autumn affect current and future benefit claimants unable to work through illness or disability?
Neil Bateman examines the changes and gauges opinions
There is a growing faith-based charity movement in the UK providing meals to the poor. Neil Bateman asks whether welfare reform in the UK will see the movement expanding to US proportions.
Earlier this month, MPs slammed Jobcentre Plus for leaving 21 million phone calls unanswered in 2004-5.(1) Despite government claims of improvements, stories of poor service continue to mount, argues Neil Bateman
The proposed shake-up to incapacity benefit is based on dubious theories, outdated facts and unhelpful targets, argues Neil Bateman
Poorly administered and fundamentally unfair, the Social Fund is not making much of a contribution to poverty targets. So why doesn't the government replace it, asks Neil Bateman.
Since Labour came to office in 1997 local authority anti-poverty strategies have been marginalised by national initiatives. But, says Neil Bateman, poverty is worse in some respects and there is much that councils can do.
Obtaining jobseekers' allowance under the severe hardship payment rule is extremely tough, reports Neil Bateman.
Tax credits are an important weapon in the government's war on poverty. Yet problems of take-up and the effects of the poverty trap may blunt their success, says welfare rights expert Neil Bateman.
Neil Bateman talks through rules governing how to claim disability living allowance; a vital benefit for those parents with a disabled child.
The new tax credits have been dogged by delays, which has left many families facing financial hardship. But there is a system of emergency payments. Neil Bateman outlines how to claim.
Under 18-year-olds have been served poorly by the benefits system for far too long. But change is in the air writes Neil Bateman.
Benefits expert Neil Bateman pans the current labyrinthine support system for 16 and 17 year olds, and points to how welfare payments can be used to promote social inclusion.
Neil Bateman of Lapland County Council social
services department interviews client Mr S Claus.
Neil Bateman explains how to find out who
qualifies for the minimum income guarantee for pensioners.
Be wary of housing departments that fail to
assess people who are homeless, says Neil Bateman.
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