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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. December 21, 2014

      A Christian leader who is living in the real world

      Across much of the western world, Christmas has long lost its connotation as a religious festival and seems increasingly a...

    13. December 19, 2014

      Fighting fires in public sector pensions

      There was a robust and well-attended debate in parliament on Monday night, featuring passionate speeches, strongly held...

    14. December 15, 2014

      Benefits cap cuts welfare bill by only one thousandth

      The cap on the total benefits for any household has cut the UK’s annual welfare bill by only one thousandth, according to an...

    15. December 12, 2014

      UK pension reform has been hyped, says Labour

      The government has come under fire over claims the new state pension will be more generous after a poll suggested that large...

    16. December 12, 2014

      A pundit’s misplaced homage to Wigan Pier

      Talk of fiscal policy is fairly certain to make any radio listener want to switch off. Even an event as dramatic as George...

    17. December 8, 2014

      Food banks are a blight on modern Britain

      On many measures Britain has rarely been more prosperous. More people than ever are in work, and the Christmas shopping...

    18. December 8, 2014

      Food banks report deepens coalition tension

      A report on the use of food banks by impoverished Britons is expected to deepen long-running coalition battles over future...

    19. December 4, 2014

      OBR foresees further setback for universal credit

      The government’s key welfare reform, universal credit, is already running years behind schedule, but Britain’s fiscal...

    20. November 26, 2014

      UK’s universal credit benefit faces more delay

      The UK’s flagship welfare programme faces more delays, with the National Audit Office warning that the universal credit’s...

    21. November 23, 2014

      TV’s return to ‘Benefits Street’ derided as poverty tourism

      On hearing that Channel 4 begins showing another series of its Skint documentaries on Monday, this time filmed in Grimsby,...

    22. November 10, 2014

      Britain and the cuts: Savings targeted from welfare spending

      David Cameron on Monday claimed the next election would be “a competition about who can make savings most efficiently”,...

    23. November 10, 2014

      Britain and the cuts: Haringey council wrestles with benefits cap

      At Haringey Citizens Advice Bureau, Lynn Hannah, chief executive, is experiencing first hand the impact of one of the...

    24. November 6, 2014

      UK government spending on benefits falls for first time in decade

      Government expenditure on benefit payments has fallen for the first time in 10 years – in both real and nominal terms –...

    25. October 29, 2014

      Number of workless UK households drops

      The proportion of workless households in the UK has fallen the most since records began, according to new data from the...

    26. October 22, 2014

      Iain Duncan Smith scraps targets for universal credit rollout

      Iain Duncan Smith has abandoned targets for moving people on to his troubled welfare reform programme, saying only that he...

    27. October 16, 2014

      Raising personal tax allowance costs more than expected, says OBR

      The costs of government policy of increasing the personal allowance, the threshold where people start paying income tax, are...

    28. October 3, 2014

      Focus E15 Mothers face eviction after fight over living costs

      A group of young mothers occupying a housing estate in east London will be evicted on Tuesday after a highly publicised...

    29. September 29, 2014

      Britain’s welfare measures take it closer to US-style system

      Promised measures by the Conservatives to control the benefits bill take Britain’s welfare state further towards a US-style...

    30. September 29, 2014

      George Osborne takes a gamble with pledge to squeeze welfare

      George Osborne promised to squeeze welfare spending by a further £3.2bn as he pledged to “level” with voters about the tough...

    31. September 29, 2014

      Osborne sets out plans to curb welfare bill

      George Osborne said a Tory government would save £3bn by freezing benefits for working-age people for two years after the...

    32. September 8, 2014

      Think-tank raises concerns on costs of universal credit

      The government’s flagship welfare policy, universal credit, risks creating a perverse incentive for people to limit their...

    33. August 11, 2014

      Iain Duncan Smith defends welfare reforms

      Iain Duncan Smith will launch a strong defence of his achievements as work and pensions secretary, having endured months of...

    34. August 7, 2014

      Lord Freud predicts faster drop in UK’s economic inactivity

      Changes to the welfare system will accelerate the UK’s already startling drop in economic inactivity, a minister has said....

    35. July 28, 2014

      London’s employers warn of economic effect of soaring housing costs

      London’s employers say that soaring housing costs are making it harder to find staff and pushing up wages, damaging the...

    36. July 23, 2014

      UK private sector tenants have highest rents and poorest housing

      The UK’s growing ranks of private sector tenants face the highest housing costs in the country, according to figures...

    37. July 22, 2014

      Claimants ‘unclear’ on benefits sanctions

      The government has been accused of not communicating effectively its decision to withhold benefits from some claimants who...

    38. July 21, 2014

      UK job centres face call for competition

      Private companies and charities should be able to compete with government agencies to help unemployed people find work,...

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