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    1. June 26, 2015

      Chart that tells a story — tax credits

      What does this show? This chart shows how the value of child and working tax credit payments, broken down by claimant group,...

    2. June 25, 2015

      Army reservist plans ‘unachievable,’ watchdog warns

      A plan to hire part-time soldiers to help plug gaps left by defence cuts “appears to be unachievable”, according to an...

    1. 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 rather...

    2. June 21, 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 signalled...

    3. June 20, 2015

      Protesters throng London to oppose UK government’s austerity plan

      LONDON, June 20 — Tens of thousands of anti-austerity protesters massed outside Britain’s parliament on Saturday to...

    4. June 11, 2015

      Officials struggle to balance work and welfare cuts

      When George Osborne promised a Conservative-led government would cut £12bn from the welfare bill rather than implement...

    5. June 8, 2015

      Universal credit tweak could help 460,000 into work, says study

      Up to 460,000 more people could be helped into work if the government corrected flaws in its welfare reform policy,...

    6. June 7, 2015

      British welfare provides no sanctuary from work

      The UK does not provide especially generous welfare to people of working age. This may surprise anyone familiar with its...

    7. June 5, 2015

      Benefit cuts threaten buy-to-let landlords’ income

      Buy-to-let landlords face growing financial pressure as the government’s benefit cuts threaten rental income in some of...

    8. June 4, 2015

      Britain shows US the benefits of targeted welfare

      Once the US was viewed as an employment powerhouse in which a weak system of welfare support drove people to accept...

    9. June 3, 2015

      OECD urges Osborne to ease back on UK spending cuts

      Pressure mounted on George Osborne on Wednesday to ease back on the pace of austerity when an international organisation...

    10. June 3, 2015

      A plan to help Britain’s precious little burdens

      Few issues are as vexatious for families in Britain as the need to find affordable childcare. In a society where both...

    11. June 3, 2015

      ‘Sir Angel’ exposes devil in the detail of UK cuts

      David Cameron’s vision for his second term is about to crash into fiscal reality as George Osborne prepares his summer...

    12. June 3, 2015

      Cameron faced with directly imposing welfare cuts on Belfast

      David Cameron is facing the prospect of having to impose welfare reform on Northern Ireland directly from London, following...

    13. June 3, 2015

      The low-paid in Britain need the taxpayer’s pound

      Sometimes a public policy idea is so good it can withstand the whims of politicians. That is the proud history of Britain’s...

    14. 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 to...

    15. June 1, 2015

      Free childcare pledge needs full funding, experts warn

      Giving working parents more free childcare was a key Conservative manifesto pledge -- and this week David Cameron declared...

    16. 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 welfare...

    17. May 29, 2015

      Spending watchdog criticises sweeping UK welfare reforms

      Britain’s spending watchdog has criticised the implementation of sweeping welfare reforms, pointing to unrealistic deadlines...

    18. May 27, 2015

      Stakes high in Northern Ireland welfare reform crisis

      Northern Ireland is no stranger to political crises. Every time the Democratic Unionist party or Sinn Féin has a grievance —...

    19. May 26, 2015

      Northern Ireland faces political crisis over welfare cuts

      The governments in London and Dublin are facing a crisis with the devolved administration in Northern Ireland over its...

    20. May 26, 2015

      Think-tank says £12bn in UK welfare cuts will be hard to achieve

      Welfare changes to be highlighted in the Queen’s Speech will save only a fraction of the £12bn the government wants to cut...

    21. 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, the...

    22. May 13, 2015

      Cameron should use mandate to transform the welfare state

      There are two ways to reduce spending on public services: make them more efficient, or ask them to do less. The first way,...

    23. 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 to...

    24. April 30, 2015

      General election: Tories and Lib Dems clash over benefits

      George Osborne on Thursday rejected Liberal Democrat claims that the Conservatives had put forward “secret” proposals to cut...

    25. April 28, 2015

      Miliband to shift campaign focus back to cost of living

      Ed Miliband will try to shift the UK general election campaign back to living standards on Wednesday by promising that a...

    26. April 20, 2015

      Britons back further welfare cuts, says poll

      George Osborne’s plan to make further cuts to Britain’s welfare bill has the support of 75 per cent of voters, who still...

    27. April 9, 2015

      Growth in UK food banks linked to welfare cuts, study finds

      A clear link between the rapid expansion of food banks in the UK and cuts to welfare and other local services under the...

    28. March 31, 2015

      David Cameron says Tories can still win majority

      David Cameron insisted the Conservative party was capable of winning an outright majority in May’s general election, warning...

    29. March 27, 2015

      David Cameron promises to create a ‘truly seven-day’ NHS

      David Cameron has sought to neutralise Labour’s election strategy with the promise of a “truly seven-day” NHS if the...

    30. February 25, 2015

      Lack of progress on universal credit

      Very little progress has been made in delivering the government’s flagship welfare reform, universal credit, despite £700m...

    31. February 20, 2015

      Childcare costs rise by a third in five years

      The cost of pre-school childcare has risen by a third since 2010 and rising costs will soon overwhelm increases in financial...

    32. February 17, 2015

      Tories to ‘discipline’ young benefit claimants

      Young benefit claimants who have spent months out of education, work or training will be compelled to carry out community...

    33. 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...

    34. January 27, 2015

      Cameron attacks welfare dependency

      David Cameron on Tuesday marked the final 100 days to the general election by pledging to reduce the benefits cap to £23,000...

    35. January 27, 2015

      Coalition has failed to tackle regional imbalances, report says

      The UK government has failed to tackle regional imbalances, fix the apprenticeship system and help the long-term unemployed...

    36. January 26, 2015

      Cameron says Tory government would cap benefits at £23,000

      David Cameron has confirmed that a new Conservative government would cut the annual benefits cap to £23,000, a move that he...

    37. January 22, 2015

      State pension advice revised after complaints

      State pension forecasts sent to tens of thousands of people preparing for retirement are to be reviewed after complaints...

    38. December 24, 2014

      Labour attacks shortage of housing for young families

      Labour has accused the government of a failure to tackle the housing shortage with the claim that more than 87,000 children...

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