25 Twitter accounts to follow in 2014 on welfare reform – the first 10

We’ve compiled a list of 25 useful Twitter accounts if you want to follow welfare reform. In this post we reveal the first 10…

1. Joseph Rowntree Fdn.  @jrf_uk,   @Helen_Barnard

Helen Barnard is Research Programme Manager at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), the social research policy charity of Quaker origins.

The JRF conducts a range of research into welfare issues, and created the MIS, the Minimum Income Standard, estimating what is an adequate income based on what the public believe to be minimum living standards.

2. ResolutionFoundation @resfoundation

Living standards report Look out for the launch of their study The State of Living Standards 2014 on February 11th.

3. Shiv Malik @shivmalik1

Guardian journalist and co-author of ‘Jilted Generation: how Britain has bankrupted its youth’.

4. Patrick Butler @patrickjbutler

Patrick Butler’s cuts blog follows housing issues the rise of food banks, and UK poverty in the Guardian.


5. Sue Marsh @suey2y

Sue Marsh has become a spokeswoman for people unable to work due to illness or disability through her ironically named blog Diary of a Benefit Scrounger


6. Shelter @Shelter

The largest national homelessness and housing charity.


7. Joe Halewood HSM, @SpeyeJoe

The supported housing expert started up hmsonline to find solutions to housing problems and offer advice to housing providers, and his bedroom tax appeal template was downloaded 240,000 times from just two web sources.

Although initially about housing that provided services, they now also advise general housing landlords.

8. Owen Jones @OwenJones84

Highly vocal left-wing journalist and Independent columnist.


9. Mark Easton @BBCMarkEaston

lifelong journalist, chronicling the story of an ever changing Britain. BBC Home Editor, author of the book, ‘Britain etc.’

10. Laura Gardiner @lauracgardiner

Laura is a senior researcher from the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (CESI) and is part of their team carrying out the Work Evaluation programme for the DWP.

Do you know of others who should be on this list? Let us know @hmiwelfare

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