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80 years of inhumanity, and counting....‏

by Felix McHugh

Fri 4th Apr 2014
More reports of callousness and chaos from the world of social security appeals as revealed by welfare rights officer, Felix McHugh... [read more]

Workfare: Hardly Fair

by Felix McHugh

Mon 4th Nov 2013
Workfare has been in the news again this week. The Supreme Court ruled for Cait Reilly and against the DWP on three out of four counts, and yet IDS declared that the Department had "won" the case... [read more]

Media prejudice

by Felix McHugh

Sun 4th Aug 2013
The 6 o'clock news may not have mentioned it but an investigation by the BBC Trust criticised John Humphrys' The Future of the Welfare State... [read more]
 

The race to the bottom of the political barrel continues as claimants head for food banks

by Felix McHugh

Tue 16th Jul 2013
Felix McHugh describes how Tory policy is rolling back the clock to the Victorian era... [read more]

Universal Credit: UC what U want 2C

by Felix McHugh

Sun 2nd Jun 2013
The Major Projects Authority has serious doubts about the prospects for Iain Duncan Smith’s pet project, the Universal Credit, says Felix McHugh... [read more]

An uninformed MP and a bigoted Judge

by Felix McHugh

Sun 31st Mar 2013
Ungrateful as I feel for bashing someone who was actually trying to be helpful, it was difficult not to (a) laugh and then (b) groan at a short letter I recently received from a client’s local MP, writes Felix McHugh... [read more]
 

Waiting 17 months for an appeal (Part 2)

by Felix McHugh

Fri 18th Jan 2013
Felix McHugh reveals the outcome of Paula’s appeal... [read more]

Waiting 17 months for an appeal...

by Felix McHugh

Mon 14th Jan 2013
Paula is depressed. She has no motivation to look after herself, to eat or to get dressed. Some days she stays in bed and doesn’t open the curtains. Felix McHugh discusses the hurdles one of his clients faces in trying to navigate the welfare system.... [read more]

Ain’t football grand?

by Felix McHugh

Wed 2nd Jan 2013
For most of us an annual salary of £70,000 would be the stuff of dreams but for some young adults an offer of that nature would be considered a gross insult, says Felix McHugh... [read more]
 

Hard-working families. Aincha just sick of them?

by Felix McHugh

Thu 20th Dec 2012
Felix McHugh shines a spotlight on the propaganda spread by the mainstream parties that seeks to demonise those made unemployed or those who are too ill to work... [read more]

Walk on, walk on...

by Felix McHugh

Wed 3rd Oct 2012
When an individual with mobility problems seeks to obtain Employment and Support Allowance, simply getting to the assessment centre can be the first of many unpleasant battles. Felix McHugh reports.... [read more]

Nice little earner

by Felix McHugh

Sat 22nd Sep 2012
When it comes to dishonesty it may be that social security tribunals have more knowledge of the subject than one would expect, says Felix McHugh.... [read more]
 

Tribunals, tigers and dogs

by Felix McHugh

Sun 29th Jul 2012
Felix McHugh, author of the book Damned Scroungers, is back with more stories about his daily struggle to ensure disability claimants receive the money to which they are rightly entitled... [read more]

Who are the benefit thieves?

by Felix McHugh

Wed 9th May 2012
Lord Freud, Welfare Reform Minister, recently said: "We always push for the strongest possible punishment for benefit thieves who are stealing money from the people who need it the most".If David Freud did not exist it would be necessary for a left-wing writer to invent him, writes Felix McHugh.... [read more]

Is the BBC middle class enough?

by Felix McHugh

Sun 15th Apr 2012
Are our national media outlets the domain of the middle class, or is the truth even worse...? Felix McHugh discusses... [read more]
 

The Great ESA Robbery

by Felix McHugh

Wed 4th Apr 2012
The removal of contributory Employment and Support Allowance assessment has not been a major talking point during the Welfare Reform Act's progress onto the statute book but I believe it is actually the most pernicious of all the benefit cuts which are just about to take place, writes Felix McHugh.... [read more]

Beat the Cheat: an alternative take

by Felix McHugh

Sun 11th Mar 2012
With the Sun newspaper launching yet another campaign of 'Beat the Cheat', Felix McHugh highlights the problem of claimants being cheated out of their benefits... [read more]

Nice work indeed

by Felix McHugh

Sat 25th Feb 2012
Felix McHugh asks whether Social Security appeal tribunals provide good value for taxpayers' money... [read more]
 

Ain't football great

by Felix McHugh

Fri 10th Feb 2012
In the first LPJ sports column, Felix McHugh gives a rundown of events in the world of football... [read more]

No shortage of jobs?

by Felix McHugh

Wed 8th Feb 2012
Felix McHugh looks at the extraordinary and insulting comments made by the Minister for Disabled People... [read more]

My Granny Speech

by Felix McHugh

Thu 19th Jan 2012
Attending social security and disability appeal tribunals in 2012 is like watching a Dickens adaptation on the television, says Felix McHugh.... [read more]
 

Cancer patients: throw off the chains of dependancy

by Felix McHugh

Wed 14th Dec 2011
Felix McHugh looks at the how the Coalition government plans to cut Employment and Support Allowance to further impoverish those who have the least... [read more]

Hateful stories & hate crimes

by Felix McHugh

Wed 7th Dec 2011
Fuelled by tabloid media propaganda, Felix McHugh shows how hate crimes against disabled people are on the rise ... [read more]

The secret to obtaining DLA

by Felix McHugh

Sat 19th Nov 2011
Welfare rights worker Felix McHugh reports that, contrary to regularly repeated rumours, obtaining Disability Living Allowance is much harder than many are led to believe... [read more]