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    1. August 24, 2015

      Sickness benefits face shake-up

      Iain Duncan Smith is to promise a shake-up of sickness benefits to reduce the number of people out of work because of...

    2. August 18, 2015

      Fake benefit claimants appear in official leaflet

      Some of the benefit claimants who featured in an official leaflet about welfare changes were fake, the government has...

    1. August 10, 2015

      Michelle Mone handed role as entrepreneur tsar

      Michelle Mone, one of Scotland’s best-known businesswomen, is to become the prime minister’s “entrepreneur tsar” and...

    2. July 22, 2015

      Iain Duncan Smith urges companies not to abandon sick staff

      Business chiefs will be urged to stop abandoning sick workers, as Iain Duncan Smith, work and pensions secretary,...

    3. July 21, 2015

      George Osborne’s dirigiste approach is good economics

      The 2015 election was an almost unmitigated disaster for Ed Miliband and the UK Labour party. Yet there was one...

    4. July 12, 2015

      Employers under pressure to help workers deal with stress and depression

      Employers are under pressure to help the government meet an ambitious commitment to get hundreds of thousands more...

    5. July 8, 2015

      Summer Budget: Osborne heralds end to New Labour era

      As George Osborne rose to speak, Nigel Lawson, the last Conservative chancellor to reform the state with such unbridled...

    6. July 2, 2015

      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...

    7. July 1, 2015

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      The law requiring government to abolish child poverty by 2020 will be repealed, Iain Duncan Smith announced on...

    8. Off Message

      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...

    9. Off Message

      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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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,...

    18. 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,...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. Off Message

      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...

    28. 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)...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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 –...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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