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    1. 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...

    2. February 2, 2016

      David Cameron seeks to win round central Europe to EU deal

      If there were any doubt where Britain’s hard-fought renegotiation plan with Brussels runs the greatest risk of being...

    1. January 27, 2016

      Government loses legal challenge to ‘bedroom tax’

      The government has lost a high-profile legal challenge to the “bedroom tax” brought by a domestic abuse victim and the...

    2. January 18, 2016

      Ex-minister urges reforms to get benefits claimants into work

      More reforms are needed to help the most disadvantaged benefits claimants find work and encourage those on low wages to...

    3. December 28, 2015

      Housing benefits freeze hits landlords as well as low-paid tenants

      More than half a million low-paid tenants face a financial shortfall after the government froze rent subsidies, in a...

    4. December 17, 2015

      Milburn tells UK government to share social burden with companies

      Ministers must be wary of shifting too much of the burden for raising families’ living standards to employers, the head...

    5. December 8, 2015

      Brussels examines option for UK migration brake

      Brussels is looking at options for Britain to restrict EU immigration if it overwhelms public services, potentially...

    6. 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...

    7. November 25, 2015

      Autumn Statement: How did Osborne pull off his tax credit U-turn?

      After twin revolts from the Lords and his own backbenchers, George Osborne has cancelled most of his plans to cut...

    8. November 25, 2015

      Autumn Statement: tax credits U-turn hits welfare cap pledge

      George Osborne bowed to mounting political pressure on Wednesday by ditching most of his planned cuts to tax credits in...

    9. November 25, 2015

      Autumn Statement: Osborne’s tax credit U-turn is sign of weakness

      The British parliament customarily receives the chancellor of the exchequer’s set-piece statements in silence so,...

    10. November 25, 2015

      Autumn Statement: tax, pensions, savings and investments

      In this year’s Autumn Statement, George Osborne, the chancellor, made headlines by climbing down on planned cuts to...

    11. November 13, 2015

      Not what the doctor ordered

      For the National Health Service, Christmas is coming early — and once again it is a season of despair. Junior doctors...

    12. November 13, 2015

      Osborne eyes housing benefit cuts in search of £2bn savings

      George Osborne is trying to find about £2bn in alternative benefits savings as he attempts to lessen the impact of his...

    13. November 13, 2015

      MPs attack ‘staggering’ lack of Kids Company scrutiny

      A “staggering” lack of scrutiny by “naive” civil servants allowed Kids Company to consume more than £40m of taxpayers’...

    14. November 12, 2015

      Cuts to tax credits are both a crime and a blunder

      Often, little decisions are more revealing than big ones. The UK government’s overall fiscal objectives are significant...

    15. November 11, 2015

      MPs call for halt to tax credit changes and overhaul of system

      Changes to tax credits should be halted for a year while the system is overhauled, an influential...

    16. November 9, 2015

      George Osborne’s cuts cannot penalise working poor

      George Osborne has a penchant for setting political snares for his opponents. As Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer...

    17. 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...

    18. November 6, 2015

      Osborne ponders options to avoid tax credits U-turn

      The delicate art of the U-turn has been performed by many chancellors over the years. When George Osborne reassesses...

    19. November 4, 2015

      Scottish National party vows to make up tax credit cuts shortfall

      The Scottish National party has committed to trying to make up losses that would be suffered by low-income people under...

    20. 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...

    21. October 28, 2015

      UK MPs to probe reforms to state pension

      MPs will investigate how the government has told people about a planned overhaul of the state pension, in response to...

    22. October 27, 2015

      Lords defeat triggers look at budget surplus target

      George Osborne could relax his target for a £10bn budget surplus by 2020 to help “lessen the impact” of cuts to tax...

    23. October 27, 2015

      George Osborne needs to learn from his tax credit defeat

      Five months after their decisive election victory, the Conservatives ought to be basking in the glow of success. The...

    24. October 27, 2015

      Tax credit cuts: Osborne promises to lessen impact of reforms

      George Osborne has told MPs he will lessen the impact of his planned cuts to tax credits, as he defended his record...

    25. October 27, 2015

      Stealth would have spared George Osborne a bruising Lords defeat

      Tax credits have become the most divisive issue in British politics, splitting government from opposition, both leading...

    26. October 27, 2015

      Free Lunch: Tax credit conundrum

      Fools rush in The UK government’s showdown with the House of Lords over the plan to cut tax credits — which the...

    27. October 27, 2015

      Commons leader warns of changes to Lords after tax credits defeat

      The Conservative leader of the House of Commons has warned “there will have to be change” in the House of Lords after...

    28. October 27, 2015

      Tax credit cuts: Who will be affected?

      On Monday Labour and Liberal Democrat peers in the House of Lords could trigger a constitutional clash by supporting...

    29. October 26, 2015

      George Osborne’s tanks on Labour’s lawn blow up

      At his Summer Budget in July, two months on from the Conservative election victory he helped plot, George Osborne set...

    30. October 26, 2015

      Osborne to rethink tax credits after Lords defeat

      George Osborne said he would rethink his cuts to tax credits after the House of Lords on Monday handed the chancellor a...

    31. October 26, 2015

      Few viable tax credit ‘tweaking’ options, say experts

      Welfare experts have made clear there are few viable options for “tweaking” the government’s contentious tax credit...

    32. October 26, 2015

      Lords clash over George Osborne’s £4bn tax credit cuts

      Peers clashed on Monday over whether the unelected House of Lords had the right to block George Osborne’s cut to tax...

    33. October 26, 2015

      Tax the wealthy to atone for George Osborne’s raid on the poor

      In 2004, a young MP staring down the barrel of prolonged opposition thought about writing a book. George Osborne wanted...

    34. October 26, 2015

      House of Lords more willing to challenge government

      Despite an average age of 70 and a preference for starting work in the afternoon, over the past 16 years members of the...

    35. October 26, 2015

      Minister warns peers not to block tax credit plans

      Peers would overstep their constitutional role if they block or delay plans to cut more than £4bn in tax credits, the...

    36. October 25, 2015

      George Osborne looks set to give ground over UK tax credits

      George Osborne faces a showdown with the House of Lords on Monday over his plan to cut £4.6bn of tax credits, amid the...

    37. October 25, 2015

      Britain’s tax credit row triggers pension debate

      David Cameron and George Osborne have repeatedly declared since their election victory in May that the Conservatives...

    38. October 25, 2015

      First woman bishop in House of Lords to pursue ‘wellbeing of all’

      Like the proverbial curate’s egg, Rachel Treweek’s appointment to the House of Lords on Monday as the first female...

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