Author Archives: Declan Gaffney

James Turner Street exists: Benefits Street doesn’t

52 per cent of the people in the areas where Benefits Street was filmed are in employment.

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How the public massively overestimates benefit fraud

The huge discrepancy between the reality and public perceptions of benefit fraud legitimates government reforms and backs Labour into a political corner.

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Fraser “see no evidence” Nelson wrong on UK benefits generosity

Declan Gaffney disproves Fraser Nelson’s claims that UK benefits “are some of the most generous in Europe”.

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The benefits Britons want to save are the ones the Tories want to cut

Declan Gaffney examines Progress’ report on the support for benefits cuts in depth, and finds that it doesn’t show what it purports to show

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Will the government take away money from disabled people on a hunch?

The coalition is cutting support to people with disabilities without having piloted changes. Are ministers willing to hurt the most vulnerable on a hunch?

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Everyone concerned about welfare reform needs to step up to the mark

Declan Gaffney with the latest from the “Spartacus Report” into Responsible Reform of social security.

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Labour’s untenable position on social security and disability

Controversy rages about Liam Byrne and Labour’s developing position on social security reform as indicated in articles in the Daily Mail and The Guardian.

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Does the child poverty agenda now belong to the Conservatives?

Declan Gaffney looks at the British Social Attitudes Survey 2011 and asks whether the child poverty agenda now belongs to Iain Duncan Smith’s Conservatives.

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Relaxing worker protection to boost employment belongs to the last century

Declan Gaffney runs down the reasons why we shouldn’t expect any more employment if we cut workers’ rights.

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Mail and Telegraph race to see who can smear more disabled people

Declan Gaffney uncovers the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph’s latest smearing of disabled people, and asks whether the DWP had anything to do with them.

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