caring, Social Policy

Happy PIPaversary to us!

Our one year PIPaversary came and went shortly before Christmas, in a blur of end of term tiredness. One whole year since we opened our claim for government payments to help meet the added costs of disability. For those unfamiliar, PIP stands for Personal Independence Payments and is there to help with the added cost… Continue reading Happy PIPaversary to us!

Events, History, Methods, Oral History, Reflection, Social Policy

Child Poverty Action Group Witness Seminar

On 6th January 2015 I attended a Witness Seminar at the Institute for Contemporary British History on the history of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in the 70s and 80s, as part of their forthcoming 50th Birthday celebrations. Not only was I interested to hear about how such a high-profile organisation had handled the… Continue reading Child Poverty Action Group Witness Seminar

Comment, Social Policy, Youth

Linking young peoples’ benefits to training

The Labour Party are set to announce their plans for cuts to the welfare budget. It is being reported that among them is a plan to link benefits for young people to training. For young people between 18-21 who do have such training, the Job Seekers Allowance will be replaced by a payment that will… Continue reading Linking young peoples’ benefits to training

Comment, History, Social Policy, VAHS

Charity Closures and Changing Fortunes

This post originally appeared on the VAHS blog in January 2013. In all of the pre-Christmas frivolity you may be forgiven for having missed an article in the Observer late last year, detailing how one in six charities could face closure this year. In the cold light of a New Year when many households are tightening belts… Continue reading Charity Closures and Changing Fortunes

Comment, History, Social Policy

Will the Lobbying Bill become a defining moment in voluntary action history?

In a previous blog post for VAHS in January 2013 about predicted charity closures, I pointed out that historically the fortunes of the voluntary sector have ebbed and flowed. I argued that the flexibility and adaptability of the sector was one of its key strengths and that it would reconfigure on this occasion too. In that instance I… Continue reading Will the Lobbying Bill become a defining moment in voluntary action history?