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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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,...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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,...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. April 11, 2013

    FT Austerity Audit: Welfare changes challenge ingrained ideas

    A food bank opens in a wealthy Buckinghamshire town; in hard-hit Blackpool, the local authority switchboard is besieged...

  31. April 1, 2013

    Duncan Smith defends benefit changes

    Iain Duncan Smith, secretary of state for work and pensions, has insisted his reforms are fair and critical, as the biggest...

  32. March 20, 2013

    Budget 2013: Osborne signals tough decisions on welfare

    Much-trailed announcements to help defray the costs of social care, help young people on to the housing ladder and give...

  33. March 18, 2013

    Families to receive childcare boost

    Millions of working families will each receive up to £1,200 a year to help pay for childcare under plans to be announced by...

  34. March 12, 2013

    Duncan Smith tweaks housing benefit cuts

    Iain Duncan Smith has made fresh concessions on his controversial plan to cut housing benefit for social housing tenants...

  35. Westminster Blog

    March 12, 2013

    Tory MPs lash out at Welby

    This morning we reported in the FT that bishops in the House of Lords are leading an attempt to exempt children from the...

  36. March 11, 2013

    Bishops pile on pressure over welfare

    Anglican bishops are gearing up for the next stage of their fight against ministers’ welfare reforms, even as Tory MPs...

  37. Westminster Blog

    March 11, 2013

    IDS concedes on 'bedroom tax'

    Labour continues to pile the pressure onto Iain Duncan Smith over reductions in housing benefit to those who have one or...

  38. March 8, 2013

    A ‘simple rule’ about migrants and benefits

    ‘Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary said the number of EU migrants claiming benefits in Britain had reached...

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