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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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....

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. December 9, 2013

      Universal Credit IT failures have cost over £40m

      IT failures within the government’s troubled universal credit welfare programme have cost more than £40m so far, Iain Duncan...

    15. December 8, 2013

      Iain Duncan Smith says welfare reform on track to ‘change lives’

      Iain Duncan Smith will on Monday write off tens of millions spent on IT in the troubled rollout of his universal credit...

    16. December 5, 2013

      Government misses welfare reform deadline

      The deadline for completing the government’s flagship welfare reform will be missed, Iain Duncan Smith has announced, in a...

    17. November 14, 2013

      MPs challenged in ‘back-door funding’ row

      Nick Clegg is among more than 200 MPs facing questions over office rental arrangements that critics say amount to a...

    18. November 7, 2013

      Duncan Smith stands by under-fire welfare mandarin

      Iain Duncan Smith has endorsed his top official at the department for work and pensions despite a second critical report on...

    19. October 30, 2013

      UK’s Supreme Court rules ‘workfare’ legally flawed

      A scheme that requires unemployed people to do unpaid work as a condition of receiving welfare benefits was today ruled...

    20. October 26, 2013

      UK welfare reforms postponed

      A planned national rollout of changes to disability benefit as part of the government’s sweeping welfare reforms is to be...

    21. 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...

    22. October 7, 2013

      Labour’s modernisers lose out to high-flying intake

      Ed Miliband demoted a trio of leading figures from the Blairite wing of the Labour party on Monday as he sought to inject...

    23. September 27, 2013

      Long-term jobless to do unpaid work or lose benefits

      People who have been out of work for a long time will be forced to do unpaid work to receive benefits under Conservative...

    24. September 17, 2013

      US can learn from UK on benefits, says pensions minister

      Americans should learn lessons from the UK’s determination to strengthen obligations on benefit claimants to look for work...

    25. September 9, 2013

      Cameron to attack speed of civil service reform

      David Cameron will criticise the slow pace of civil service reform when he appears before a high-powered committee of MPs on...

    26. September 5, 2013

      Haste makes waste on benefits reform

      It takes a certain amount of chutzpah to insist – as Iain Duncan Smith, welfare secretary, did on Thursday – that the UK...

    27. September 5, 2013

      Fallout grows over welfare failings

      A senior civil servant is expected to pay the price for failings over the government’s flagship welfare reform, as Iain...

    28. September 5, 2013

      Spending watchdog criticises Duncan Smith’s welfare shake-up

      The government’s flagship welfare reform programme has been blighted by “weak management, ineffective control and poor...

    29. July 22, 2013

      Facts finally collide with ideology on Europe

      There have been some glum faces around David Cameron’s cabinet table of late. To the chagrin of some eurosceptic colleagues,...

    30. July 19, 2013

      Welfare and the Tinker Bell policy

      ‘The benefit cap starts being introduced across the country today, restoring fairness to the welfare state . . . with the...

    31. July 15, 2013

      UK benefits cap is great politics but cynical policy

      On Monday the coalition government’s most popular policy begins to be implemented in full across the UK. David Cameron was...

    32. July 10, 2013

      Slow rollout for universal credit fuels political row

      A “progressive national rollout” of the coalition’s welfare reform will now begin in just six additional jobcentres, the...

    33. May 30, 2013

      UK faces court action over EU migrants’ access to benefits

      Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, heralded a new power struggle between London and Brussels on Thursday,...

    34. Westminster Blog

      May 9, 2013

      IDS in trouble again over stats

      Last year I got a call from someone at DWP. The call went roughly as follows: DWP: We’ve got a story for you. Figures show...

    35. May 3, 2013

      Kodak finds snappy pension solution

      Dear Kodak Pensioner: we cannot pay your benefits this month, but here’s a big box full of assorted camera films for you to...

    36. April 28, 2013

      UK government asks wealthy pensioners to pay back benefits

      Britain’s wealthy pensioners were on Sunday encouraged to pay back their winter fuel allowance and other benefits, as...

    37. 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...

    38. April 18, 2013

      Heseltine urges action on business support

      Lord Heseltine has urged regional development leaders to lobby MPs and ministers as the Whitehall battle over devolving...

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