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      Whitehall eyes sweeping housing benefit cuts

      George Osborne will next week promise to cut Britain’s housing benefit bill, which has more than doubled since 1996 to...

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      Duncan Smith scraps 2020 child poverty target

      The law requiring government to abolish child poverty by 2020 will be repealed, Iain Duncan Smith announced on Wednesday,...

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      July 1, 2015

      A new approach to child poverty

      Poverty has many causes. The subject is studied by economists, sociologists, historians and epidemiologists, as well as...

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      June 29, 2015

      Can companies be shamed into paying higher wages?

      Iain Duncan Smith has said he wants employers to pay higher wages to employees who receive tax credits. Like other critics...

    3. June 25, 2015

      Incomes rise fastest for UK’s poorer households

      A broad measure of Britain’s income inequality has fallen to the lowest level for almost a generation, official figures...

    4. June 22, 2015

      David Cameron wants wage rises to replace benefits

      Iain Duncan Smith, the welfare secretary, has exhorted companies to “pay their full share” of workers’ remuneration rather...

    5. June 21, 2015

      Cameron signals assault on tax credits in search for welfare cuts

      Britain must stop the “merry-go-round” of handing out welfare support to those in jobs, David Cameron said as he signalled...

    6. June 14, 2015

      Insurers say vague rules delayed access to pension cash

      Insurers have urged the government not to enter into a blame game over the troubled rollout of pension freedoms, saying that...

    7. June 2, 2015

      Eurosceptics brought into cabinet committee on EU reforms

      David Cameron has brought senior Conservative eurosceptics into the inner council that will decide Britain’s demands for a...

    8. June 1, 2015

      David Cameron rules out cuts to child benefit

      David Cameron has ruled out any changes to child benefit during this parliament, further narrowing the range of options to...

    9. June 1, 2015

      Families with more than two children to lose child benefit

      Families with more than two children will lose child benefit under plans being drawn up by Iain Duncan Smith, the welfare...

    10. May 20, 2015

      Cameron starts push for reform with EU leaders

      David Cameron will fly to Riga on Thursday night for the start of a push to secure a British reform agenda in the EU, as...

    11. May 14, 2015

      Thousands of claimants found work after benefits cap, says minister

      More than 20,000 people whose benefits have been capped have subsequently found work or claimed less housing benefit, the...

    12. May 12, 2015

      Duncan Smith now has to deliver on vision for welfare reform

      Iain Duncan Smith’s reappointment as work and pensions secretary this week signals the government’s renewed commitment to...

    13. May 10, 2015

      Tory big guns return to pressing in-trays and unfinished jobs

      George Osborne George Osborne returns to the Treasury to continue trying to complete the job of balancing Britain’s budget,...

    14. May 10, 2015

      David Cameron promises renewal — with familiar faces

      David Cameron will on Monday put the finishing touches to his cabinet and address his 330 newly elected Conservative MPs,...

    15. February 16, 2015

      Duncan Smith rolls out universal credit payment

      Iain Duncan Smith, work and pensions secretary, said the government’s welfare reforms had saved the taxpayer £50bn and...

    16. February 12, 2015

      Tories seek Right to Buy for housing association tenants

      More than 2m people living in social housing could be given the chance to buy their homes under a Conservative party plan to...

    17. December 15, 2014

      Benefits cap cuts welfare bill by only one thousandth

      The cap on the total benefits for any household has cut the UK’s annual welfare bill by only one thousandth, according to an...

    18. December 15, 2014

      David Cameron to defend goal of budget surplus in next parliament

      David Cameron will defend Conservative plans to run a budget surplus in the next parliament, in the face of renewed claims...

    19. December 10, 2014

      Single parent employment reaches record high in UK

      Single parents were more likely to be in employment than ever before in 2014, according to an analysis published by the...

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      December 8, 2014

      A way forward on food banks

      It is often the little things that, in the final instance, make people visit food banks. Earlier in the year, at two food...

    21. Westminster Blog

      November 20, 2014

      Why Labour has made no net gains at by-elections this Parliament

      Ed Miliband has fought 20 by-elections as leader of the Labour party: during this time he has gained one seat (Corby) and...

    22. November 18, 2014

      Publicity drive for state pension shake-up

      The government has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of big changes to the state pension which are due to come into...

    23. October 22, 2014

      Iain Duncan Smith scraps targets for universal credit rollout

      Iain Duncan Smith has abandoned targets for moving people on to his troubled welfare reform programme, saying only that he...

    24. September 29, 2014

      Universal credit project boss Howard Shiplee quits

      Universal credit, the troubled welfare reform programme, has undergone yet another change of leadership following the...

    25. August 12, 2014

      Duncan Smith hopes for vindication from UK jobs data

      If, as expected, employment data published on Wednesday show that more jobs are being created, Iain Duncan Smith will seize...

    26. August 11, 2014

      Iain Duncan Smith defends welfare reforms

      Iain Duncan Smith will launch a strong defence of his achievements as work and pensions secretary, having endured months of...

    27. August 6, 2014

      Focus turns to Boris Johnson’s past Westminster stint

      Forced to grovel to the citizens of Liverpool; a Remembrance Day wreath charged to his expenses; dismissed from his job over...

    28. July 11, 2014

      David Cameron puts ministers on alert for imminent reshuffle

      David Cameron has put his ministers on alert for a reshuffle on Monday amid suggestions that the shake-up of the...

    29. July 9, 2014

      Sacking Sir Humphrey is not the answer

      What is the purpose of the British civil service? Should it exist simply to implement the will of elected politicians – a...

    30. June 20, 2014

      MPs brand disability benefit launch a ‘fiasco’

      The launch of a new disability benefit has been “nothing short of a fiasco”, a parliamentary watchdog has concluded, in the...

    31. June 16, 2014

      Supermac returns to haunt David Cameron

      David Cameron once said Harold Macmillan, the patrician Conservative prime minister from 1957-63, was his political hero....

    32. May 16, 2014

      Conservative right wing backs down from Cameron revolt

      David Cameron’s critics on the Conservative right have abandoned plans for a full-scale revolt against his leadership if the...

    33. April 6, 2014

      Miller clings on to cabinet post amid media ‘witch hunt’

      Maria Miller was clinging on to her cabinet post last night as senior colleagues depicted the culture secretary embroiled in...

    34. March 23, 2014

      Labour party gets behind flexible UK pensions

      Labour has belatedly swung its weight behind government plans to overhaul pensions, several days after shadow chancellor Ed...

    35. February 27, 2014

      Treasury blocks Duncan Smith plan to alter child poverty measure

      Iain Duncan Smith has been forced to shelve a plan to find a new way of measuring child poverty after the Treasury...

    36. February 16, 2014

      UK Conservatives face defeat unless they woo ethnic voters

      David Cameron has an ethnic minority problem. With just 16 per cent of support among voters across these communities in...

    37. February 3, 2014

      Universal credit suffers new blow as project leader takes sick leave

      The former Olympics executive brought in to Whitehall to rescue the “universal credit” has been off sick for a month in the...

    38. January 23, 2014

      Union leaders challenge Duncan Smith on welfare reforms

      Iain Duncan Smith has been challenged by union leaders after saying that the coalition’s welfare changes have helped make...

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