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  1. August 7, 2014

    Lord Freud predicts faster drop in UK’s economic inactivity

    Changes to the welfare system will accelerate the UK’s already startling drop in economic inactivity, a minister has said....

  2. October 22, 2013

    Flagship UK welfare website was cyber attack target

    Hackers have targeted the UK government’s flagship welfare reform website, underlining the risks of a scheme that requires...

  1. April 28, 2013

    Revolution comes to town with universal credit pilot

    A market town on the edge of the Pennine hills will on Monday be the focus for the government’s welfare revolution, when a...

  2. Westminster Blog

    March 19, 2013

    Changes to state pension will give exchequer enormous stealth windfall

    George Osborne will use his Budget on Wednesday to announce a further squeeze on public sector spending and pay to shore up...

  3. March 18, 2013

    Osborne to tighten public sector squeeze

    George Osborne will use his Budget on Wednesday to announce a further squeeze on public sector spending and pay to shore up...

  4. January 16, 2013

    Ministers aim to cure ‘sicknote Britain’

    The coalition will announce a health advice service on Thursday that aims to cure “sicknote Britain” and help 500,000 people...

  5. November 13, 2012

    Lender’s £1m in loans were ‘unlawful’

    One of the UK’s oldest credit unions has been censured after it was found to have issued more than £1m in unlawful loans,...

  6. November 4, 2012

    Social tenants to be responsible for own rent

    Housing associations will be forced to play a more active role in the lives of their tenants, under changes that will make...

  7. September 17, 2012

    Ministers face grilling over welfare shake-up

    Iain Duncan Smith, work and pensions secretary, and Lord Freud, welfare reform minister, will face questions on Monday from...

  8. September 4, 2012

    Memo to the new ministers – ignore the briefing

    This morning, eight new secretaries of state will sit at their new desks. Their predecessors’ family photos and coffee cups...

  9. July 25, 2012

    Asbestos-linked cancer patients covered

    Some cancer victims who developed the disease after being exposed to asbestos at work should find it easier to claim...

  10. July 17, 2012

    Universal credit to go live in 2013

    The flagship reform of the welfare system is “on track, on budget, on time” ministers insisted on Tuesday as they brushed...

  11. May 10, 2012

    Report calls for expansion of credit unions

    The scale of lower-income Britons’ reliance on expensive lending was laid bare on Thursday in a government-commissioned...

  12. February 29, 2012

    Welfare reform bill passed

    David Cameron has hailed the government’s “historic” welfare reforms, which were passed on Wednesday night after peers...

  13. February 15, 2012

    Flat jobless data lift hopes for revival

    Further rises in unemployment remain likely, economists warned, though a flat set of monthly labour market data on Wednesday...

  14. December 14, 2011

    Government dealt blow on council houses

    Ministers have suffered an embarrassing defeat in the Lords over the government’s plans to encourage people to move into...

  15. November 22, 2011

    Councils to set rules on crisis loans

    A big shake-up in crisis loans and grants to the poor will scrap national criteria and allow local authorities to determine...

  16. September 12, 2011

    Landlords challenge housing benefits cut

    The rationale for the government’s big cuts to housing benefit has been challenged by the body that represents housing...

  17. June 19, 2011

    Rethink on women’s pensions reform

    Ministers are drawing up plans to delay raising the retirement age for women after a concerted campaign from Liberal...

  18. June 12, 2011

    Government backpedals on benefits

    Britain’s ruling coalition is to modify its plan for a rigid £26,000 annual cap on the total benefits that can be claimed by...

  19. April 1, 2011

    Reform offers blueprint for range of services

    “This is the ultimate blueprint for delivering a wide range of government services in the future – and one that governments...

  20. April 1, 2011

    Back-to-work preferred providers named

    Ingeus Deloitte proved the big winner on Friday as the government announced its preferred providers for a £3bn to £5bn...

  21. March 15, 2011

    Cabinet clashes over control of £4.8bn benefits

    Iain Duncan Smith is fighting to save his welfare reform promise to make “work always pay” in a cabinet row over handing...

  22. March 10, 2011

    Changes proposed for sick pay rules

    Employers would be required to take out income protection insurance for their employees rather than give them statutory sick...

  23. March 8, 2011

    Welfare-to-work contract goals doubted

    In front of ministers are more than 170 bids from 30 organisations for 18 contract packages to launch a nationwide...

  24. February 16, 2011

    Benefits means test set to hit family savers

    A new means test will penalise more than 600,000 working families for saving, according to analysis of official moves to...

  25. February 10, 2011

    Voluntary sector risks being ‘squeezed out’

    Is the “Big Society” in danger of becoming Big Serco? The question will hover in the air on Monday when the work and...

  26. December 22, 2010

    Welfare-to-work sector to get less up front

    Britain’s welfare-to-work industry and its bankers are likely to have their Christmas ruined as the government spells out on...

  27. Westminster Blog

    November 18, 2010

    What has gone wrong with welfare-to-work?

    Chris Grayling on Wednesday launched a full-frontal assault on Labour’s flagship welfare-to-work programme. Whether you...

  28. September 30, 2010

    Lenders shun mortgage plan for jobless

    Mortgage lenders are resisting pressure by Lord Freud, the welfare reform minister, to agree a scheme to prevent home...

  29. September 16, 2010

    Huge cuts put back-to-work drive in peril

    The government could be facing the embarrassment of a huge cut – up to 80 per cent, on some estimates – in its...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. June 29, 2010

    Welfare to work proposals sought to help 2m

    Bids to join the government's hugely expanded welfare-to-work programme will be invited today, with the aim of getting it...

  34. June 29, 2010

    Welfare to work proposals sought to help 2m

    Bids to join the government’s hugely expanded welfare-to-work programme will be invited on Tuesday, with the aim of getting...

  35. June 28, 2010

    Ministers court City to fund jobs scheme

    Chris Grayling and Lord Freud, the employment and welfare reform ministers, are to launch a charm offensive in the City to...

  36. June 28, 2010

    Ministers court City to fund jobs scheme

    Chris Grayling and Lord Freud, the employment and welfare reform ministers, are to launch a charm offensive in the City to...

  37. June 24, 2010

    Fresh welfare cuts on way

    George Osborne has heralded a fresh onslaught on Britain's £200bn welfare bill, in an attempt to prevent his deficit...

  38. 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...

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