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  1. July 22, 2014

    Claimants ‘unclear’ on benefits sanctions

    The government has been accused of not communicating effectively its decision to withhold benefits from some claimants who...

  2. May 29, 2014

    Labour backs coalition plans for ‘collective pensions’

    Labour has thrown its weight behind coalition plans for “collective pensions” which could increase pensioners’ income by up...

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  1. April 23, 2014

    DWP warns on shared welfare system with independent Scotland

    The Department for Work and Pensions has signalled it will take a tough line on breaking up the welfare system in the event...

  2. January 8, 2014

    Digital driving licence scheme could lead to lower car insurance

    Motorists could see their annual insurance premiums fall £15 under government plans to put all driving records online as the...

  3. April 4, 2012

    Rallying call to business to give youngsters a chance

    The Department for Work and Pensions has launched its £1bn Youth Contract, aimed at finding jobs for young unemployed...

  4. March 29, 2012

    Contingency plans laid for end of A4e deal

    Contingency plans have been made for the possibility that A4e, one of the biggest private sector partners for the...

  5. March 28, 2012

    Osborne battle over £10bn welfare cut

    Plans by the chancellor to take £10bn a year, or almost £1 in £20, out of the welfare budget are being openly resisted by...

  6. March 9, 2012

    A4e faces fresh investigation into fraud

    The Department for Work and Pensions has ordered an independent audiot of all of its contracts with troubled welfare to work...

  7. March 6, 2012

    Incentives to find jobs for ex-prisoners

    Companies and charities are to receive £5,600 each time they get an ex-prisoner back into work and keep them employed for...

  8. February 29, 2012

    Alarm on jobs aide ignored by No 10

    Downing Street ignored warnings that appointing Emma Harrison as the prime minister’s adviser on “troubled families” could...

  9. February 26, 2012

    Labour pushes for cabinet disclosure on A4e

    Ministers are being pushed to disclose all correspondence over an embattled welfare-to-work provider after it emerged that...

  10. February 22, 2012

    Group in fraud probe has been investigated nine times

    Pressure is building on the government to suspend A4e from its £5bn back-to-work scheme after it emerged the company,...

  11. January 31, 2012

    Civil servants to form mutual

    Ministers are poised to launch one of the biggest experiments in public sector reform when they convert part of the work and...

  12. January 27, 2012

    Scheme must find work for thousands more than expected

    Companies running the government’s flagship £5bn back-to-work scheme will have to find work for hundreds of thousands more...

  13. January 19, 2012

    It’s the government making us feel old

    From Mr Trevor Pateman. Sir, A study by the Department for Work and Pensions finds that the average Briton believes that old...

  14. December 2, 2011

    Bitter inheritance

    He was a middle-aged bureaucrat earning €1,500 ($2,000) a month working in the department of social security. She was the...

  15. August 24, 2011

    Coalition work scheme raises doubts

    A warning from a think-tank that nine out of 10 contractors on the government’s £5bn work programme are set to miss...

  16. August 14, 2011

    Ministers plan removal of rioters’ benefits

    Ministers are drawing up controversial plans to remove benefits from those convicted of taking part in the riots that...

  17. August 4, 2011

    Benefit reforms hit childcare support cash

    Ministers are locked in tense negotiations about the future of childcare benefits after the department for work and pensions...

  18. June 20, 2011

    Private sector backtracks on ‘offshoring’

    Moves this month by Birmingham city council and Hewlett-Packard, contractor for the Department for Work and Pensions, to...

  19. June 7, 2011

    New rules to protect the many from the few

    It has been another uneasy week for relatives of the residents of the 700 care homes in Britain run by the struggling...

  20. April 27, 2011

    Staffline buys welfare-to-work agency

    Staffline, the blue-collar hiring agency, has made its first venture into welfare-to-work provision, as the government...

  21. April 26, 2011

    Pensioners miss out on state benefits

    Hundreds of thousands of pensioners are in danger of missing out on more than £20,000-worth of benefits in retirement, as...

  22. February 15, 2011

    Cuts threaten job finders for disabled

    Many hundreds of staff who help people with disabilities to get back into work have been told they face redundancy following...

  23. February 13, 2011

    Public sector pension benefits face one-third cut

    Some 5m current and former public sector workers could see their retirement benefits cut by one-third following changes to...

  24. January 12, 2011

    Ombudsman attacks UK ministries

    Fierce criticism of Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Child Support Agency has...

  25. December 3, 2010

    Pension U-turn boosts control

    Tens of thousands of investors will keep more control over their retirement benefits after the government announced a...

  26. October 13, 2010

    Threat to cold weather cash

    Payments to help several million pensioners and others on low incomes cope with fuel bills in freezing weather could be cut...

  27. August 18, 2010

    Rise in national insurance contributions likely

    As Matthew Vincent of FT Money reported previously, the Department for Work and Pensions is looking to outlaw the practice...

  28. August 11, 2010

    Real-time PAYE to boost incentive to work

    A radical revamp to the way the pay-as-you-earn tax system works looks set to hold the key to plans being drawn up by Iain...

  29. July 28, 2010

    Real-time PAYE to boost incentive to work

    A radical revamp to the way the pay-as-you-earn tax system works looks set to hold the key to plans being drawn up by Iain...

  30. July 6, 2010

    City asked to invest in work schemes

    Lord Freud, the former investment banker who is minister for welfare reform, goes to the City on Tuesday to sell what he...

  31. June 24, 2010

    Extra cuts in welfare spending loom

    Further big cuts in welfare expenditure are on the way in an attempt to reduce the 25 per cent spending cuts that...

  32. June 23, 2010

    Extra cuts in welfare spending loom

    Lord Freud: ‘We are putting the incentives in place to work’ Further big cuts in welfare expenditure are on the way in an...

  33. June 3, 2010

    Fast pace set on welfare-to-work

    The fate of many hundreds of millions of pounds worth of existing contracts to get the unemployed and people with...

  34. May 28, 2010

    Benefits system faces radical overhaul

    A spectacular simplification of the benefits system, designed to make even very part-time work pay and to remove what are in...

  35. May 17, 2010

    Field eyes child poverty role

    Frank Field, Labour's former minister for welfare reform, is prepared to chair the independent commission on abolishing...

  36. May 16, 2010

    Field eyes child poverty role

    Frank Field, Labour’s former minister for welfare reform, is prepared to chair the independent commission on abolishing...

  37. March 25, 2010

    'Unfair' homes benefit tackled

    The most expensive 1 per cent of properties will be excluded from housing benefit calculations in an attempt to save...

  38. March 24, 2010

    UK to slap tax on landlines in October

    Every landline in the country will be subject from October 1 to a new 50p monthly tax which the government says is necessary...

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