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    1. February 7, 2016

      Jeb Bush fights to stay relevant

      “Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet man,” Iain Duncan Smith said during his disastrous tenure as leader...

    2. February 3, 2016

      Universal credit to cut welfare spending by £2.7bn a year

      The government’s benefit reforms will cut welfare spending by £2.7bn a year and will hit working people on low incomes...

    1. January 11, 2016

      Cameron restricts Eurosceptic ministers’ ability to speak out

      David Cameron put his Eurosceptic ministers back on a leash as they prepare to speak out against British membership of...

    2. Brussels Blog

      January 6, 2016

      Cameron's toughest Brexit task: Tory party management

      This is our new daily Brussels Briefing. To receive it via email every morning, sign up here. David Cameron, the...

    3. January 5, 2016

      Cameron will allow ministers to campaign for Brexit

      David Cameron has said he will allow Eurosceptic cabinet ministers to campaign for Britain to leave the EU in this...

    4. December 9, 2015

      Britain’s illusory debate on Europe and migration

      When the EU’s 28 heads of government meet in Brussels next week, they will hold their first discussion over David...

    5. December 8, 2015

      Universal credit will benefit UK companies, Duncan Smith says

      Iain Duncan Smith has published new figures which he said showed that universal credit will benefit British companies...

    6. December 8, 2015

      Cameron seeks solution to EU deal deadlock

      David Cameron flies to Warsaw on Wednesday for the most “delicate” part of his EU renegotiation: trying to persuade...

    7. November 9, 2015

      Education and development spending due to fall to record low

      Spending on education and economic development will fall to its lowest share of the government budget on record by the...

    8. November 9, 2015

      UK to step up spending on spies to counter attacks

      The number of spies trying to stop terrorist attacks will rise as a result of a landmark defence report that will be...

    9. November 9, 2015

      Low interest rates hand Osborne option to scale back cuts

      Continuing low interest rates have handed George Osborne a windfall ahead of this month’s spending review, leading to...

    10. November 6, 2015

      Osborne to turn screws on cabinet colleagues resisting cuts

      George Osborne will turn the screws on those senior cabinet colleagues who are resisting cuts next week as the Treasury...

    11. November 2, 2015

      Government to propose extra welfare powers for Scotland

      David Mundell is to propose changes to the Scotland Bill this week, as the Scottish secretary attempts to rebut...

    12. October 28, 2015

      Corbyn presses PM on tax credit cuts

      David Cameron declined to say whether anyone would be worse off as a result of tax credit cuts, after Jeremy Corbyn...

    13. October 8, 2015

      Think-tank challenges PM’s ‘war on poverty’

      David Cameron’s call for an “all-out assault on poverty” was challenged on Thursday by a think-tank analysis suggesting...

    14. September 1, 2015

      Brexit campaign targets 8 cabinet ministers

      Eight cabinet ministers have been approached by the start-up No campaign about possibly joining the push for Brexit,...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. August 11, 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...

    18. 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,...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. June 22, 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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,...

    34. 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,...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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