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  1. November 28, 2013

    Miscalculation on student loans poses £5bn loss risk

    Ministerial miscalculations over student loan repayments have resulted in the potential loss of £5bn taxpayer-funded debt...

  2. November 12, 2013

    Labour seek ways to cut benefits bill

    Rachel Reeves last month channelled the public mood on welfare by threatening to get tough on the long-term unemployed who...

  1. Westminster Blog

    October 8, 2013

    Miliband demanded loyalty, and got it

    Despite the protestations of those close to Ed Miliband, yesterday’s Labour reshuffle looked very much like a cull of the...

  2. 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...

  3. Westminster Blog

    August 20, 2013

    Shadow cabinet reshuffle: Reeves to DWP?

    Labour people are starting to come back from their holidays, and they are in a mood little short of despair. Ed Miliband’s...

  4. July 22, 2013

    UK jobs scheme branded a failure

    The UK coalition government admitted on Monday that a £2,275 wage incentive to tackle youth unemployment had got off to a...

  5. Westminster Blog

    June 19, 2013

    Was Labour too slow to pick up "squeezed middle" theme?

    It emerged the other day that Labour set up a secret Treasury team to examine the issue of hard-pressed low-income workers...

  6. June 10, 2013

    Ministers postpone releasing data on youth jobs programme

    Ministers have postponed publishing data on a flagship youth jobs programme, sparking claims that the government is hiding...

  7. May 24, 2013

    Labour proposes to impose mergers on small UK pension schemes

    A Labour government would require trustees to impose mergers on small pension funds which fail to deliver “good value” to...

  8. 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...

  9. March 28, 2013

    Universal Credit pilot to be scaled back

    A pilot programme designed to test the government’s flagship welfare shake-up will be scaled back in the latest blow to the...

  10. 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...

  11. Westminster Blog

    January 8, 2013

    Labour's hypocrisy on 'shirkers vs workers'

    David Cameron and his party criticised for 'shirkers vs workers' rhetoric. Getty Images MPs on all sides of the Commons have...

  12. January 8, 2013

    Government stands by benefit cap

    The way the welfare system currently works is “madness”, said the work and pensions secretary on Tuesday, ahead of a House...

  13. January 2, 2013

    Stage set for welfare reform battle

    David Cameron and Nick Clegg are to put big welfare reforms at the heart of next week’s coalition midterm relaunch, setting...

  14. December 20, 2012

    Labour attacks ‘striver tax bill’

    Ministers have ratcheted up the pressure on Britain’s workless to find jobs, publishing a bill to squeeze benefits and...

  15. November 27, 2012

    Jobs scheme misses target

    Just two in every 100 unemployed people on the government’s £5bn back-to-work scheme found sustained employment in its first...

  16. November 20, 2012

    Progress seen in assessing work capability

    The coalition is making slow progress on improving assessment of people’s fitness to work but there have been some changes...

  17. Westminster Blog

    October 1, 2012

    Ed comes off worse against both Davids

    Ed Miliband cannot have enjoyed the revelation last Friday that two out of three Labour voters want to ditch him and install...

  18. September 17, 2012

    Ministers face grilling over welfare shake-up

    Iain Duncan Smith, work and pensions secretary, and Lord Freud, welfare reform minister, will face questions on Monday from...

  19. July 16, 2012

    Pension groups attack ‘misleading’ report

    Labour’s warning that pension providers’ hidden fees erode up to half of workers’ pension pots has drawn a stinging attack...

  20. July 9, 2012

    ‘Encouraging’ welfare-to-work data released

    Almost one in four participants on the government’s flagship welfare-to-work programme have completed three successive...

  21. May 15, 2012

    Miliband carries out limited reshuffle

    Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, has put the party’s policy review in the hands of Jon Cruddas, an east London backbencher,...

  22. May 14, 2012

    Miliband to get back on track with reshuffle

    Ed Miliband is planning to stamp his authority on Labour this week with an expected reshuffle and an attempt to get the...

  23. May 13, 2012

    Blair to back Labour’s economic strategy

    Tony Blair and Lord Mandelson are to add their weight to Labour’s calls for a renewed emphasis on growth in a sign that the...

  24. May 3, 2012

    Cameron in push for elected city mayors

    David Cameron made a last-ditch effort to rescue another flagship coalition policy on Thursday as he urged England’s big...

  25. April 12, 2012

    Cross-party group pushes case for elected mayors

    Greg Clark is on a mission to correct what he sees as Labour’s “emasculation” of Britain’s largest cities and its obsession...

  26. April 12, 2012

    Labour haunted by loss of Bradford West

    Birmingham’s Alum Rock Road, with its halal butchers and stockists of specialist clothes for the Hajj pilgrimage, is the...

  27. March 29, 2012

    Mayoral race lures MP from Labour’s top team

    A senior member of Labour’s frontbench team is set to quit the shadow cabinet to run for mayor of Birmingham amid...

  28. March 22, 2012

    A4e under pressure over audit findings

    A4e, the embattled welfare to work provider, has come under further pressure over new allegations that its own internal...

  29. March 7, 2012

    Remploy disabled jobs threatened

    The jobs of over 1,700 disabled people have been put at risk after ministers said that Remploy, the government-funded agency...

  30. February 29, 2012

    Ministers drop benefits threat to jobless

    Ministers have bowed to business pressure and dropped the threat of benefit sanctions for unemployed youngsters who leave a...

  31. February 26, 2012

    Labour pushes for cabinet disclosure on A4e

    Ministers are being pushed to disclose all correspondence over an embattled welfare-to-work provider after it emerged that...

  32. January 24, 2012

    Elections of mayors planned for November

    Elections for mayors in up to 11 of England’s biggest cities will go ahead in November – subject to the outcome of...

  33. January 11, 2012

    Welfare bill in tatters after Lords’ savaging

    Ministers have been humiliated in the House of Lords over their plans for sweeping changes to the benefit system, suffering...

  34. Westminster Blog

    November 25, 2011

    Exclusive: Byrne writes to Clegg to demand answers on jobs fund

    The controversy over how Nick Clegg’s £1bn jobs fund is to be paid for has overshadowed the announcement itself, much to the...

  35. November 24, 2011

    Row brews over tax credit job funding

    Ministers are facing a backlash over their plans to use a squeeze on tax credits to pay for a package of measures to boost...

  36. November 3, 2011

    Pensioners to be spared benefits squeeze

    George Osborne is expected to spare pensioners from his planned squeeze on benefits payments next April, amid signs that the...

  37. October 7, 2011

    £300m boost to childcare benefit

    An extra £300m will be spent on childcare benefits in an attempt to prevent parents losing out under plans to extend...

  38. September 28, 2011

    Labour seeks to appeal to female voters

    Labour is seeking to exploit the Conservative party’s failure to connect with millions of low-skilled female voters by...

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