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  1. April 15, 2014

    Nearly 1m turn to food banks as demand triples in past year

    Nearly a million people have received emergency food supplies in the past year, almost triple the previous number, according...

  2. April 9, 2014

    UK welfare reform ‘exceedingly slow’

    The government is unlikely to meet a much delayed deadline for its flagship welfare reform because implementation is...

  1. April 8, 2014

    Jobless migrants who claim children’s benefits face tougher rules

    Tougher rules for jobless migrants claiming children’s benefits were unveiled by the government on Tuesday in a signal “that...

  2. April 2, 2014

    MPs criticise welfare reform one year on

    The impact of coalition welfare reforms is highlighted on Wednesday in critical reports on changes to housing benefit...

  3. April 1, 2014

    Providence buys unemployment adviser Ingeus for $225m

    The wife of former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd, Therese Rein, has sold a business that provides assistance to the...

  4. March 30, 2014

    UK austerity towns keep afloat as bigger wave approaches

    A year after the most stringent round of benefit changes for more than 60 years took effect, hard-pressed communities are...

  5. March 30, 2014

    Retail revival helps pull Hastings back from brink

    Dance music blasts through the open doors of a shiny new shop in the southern English seaside town of Hastings . For a place...

  6. March 27, 2014

    UK tests for disabled claimants in chaos as Atos quits contract

    Attempts to tighten up scrutiny of disability claimants have been thrown into chaos after the government’s key provider of...

  7. March 26, 2014

    Balls joins Osborne to vote for welfare cap despite trap claims

    George Osborne and Ed Balls walked through the Commons division lobbies together on Wednesday as MPs from all parties voted...

  8. March 24, 2014

    Citizens Advice Bureau reports surge in rent arrears

    The Citizens Advice Bureau has reported a 26 per cent rise in the number of people in social housing who asked for its help...

  9. March 19, 2014

    Budget 2014: Osborne outlines ‘comply or explain’ cap on welfare

    The cap on overall welfare spending laid out by George Osborne on Wednesday changes little in terms of the known trajectory...

  10. March 18, 2014

    UK Budget 2014: Osborne offers comfort to professionals

    George Osborne reminded wealthy professionals on Tuesday that his party had not deserted them in his courting of...

  11. March 14, 2014

    Middle class loses out on tax perks and benefits

    George Osborne is expected to signal further cuts to the welfare budget in next week’s Budget, cementing an important shift...

  12. March 14, 2014

    Charities step in to fill austerity gap

    It is 5.30pm on a Thursday and at Grove Road primary school assembly hall, parents, infants and teachers are bopping to the...

  13. Off Message

    March 3, 2014

    A better benefits idea

    The rise in demand for food banks is partly related to changes to the benefits system. One of these changes is the...

  14. March 3, 2014

    Unfair block on welfare boosts food bank demand, says think-tank

    About 68,000 benefit claimants each year are having their welfare payments stopped unfairly, which is increasing demand for...

  15. March 2, 2014

    Charities’ leader attacks PM’s drive to reform public services

    The prime minister’s drive to open up public services is threatening to replace “public sector monopolies with private...

  16. February 28, 2014

    Sorry decline of English social housing

    ‘In 2012-13, the private rented sector overtook the social rented sector to become the second largest tenure in England.’...

  17. 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...

  18. February 21, 2014

    Disabled tenants lose UK bedroom tax housing benefit appeal

    The UK government’s imposition of a so-called bedroom tax, while controversial, is lawful and does not unduly discriminate...

  19. February 20, 2014

    Clergy preach to Cameron on benefit reform

    Henry II may have cursed his bad luck in having one turbulent priest, but David Cameron has 43. After a week of broadsides...

  20. February 20, 2014

    Outsource group seeks exit from UK £500m benefits contract after death threats

    Persistent death threats against staff who decide whether sick and disabled people are eligible for benefits have forced the...

  21. February 19, 2014

    EU warns UK against plans to limit benefits for migrants

    Britain risks being dragged to court by Brussels over its plan to curb access to social security benefits for European...

  22. February 18, 2014

    Labour looks to develop, not ditch, Conservative project

    Labour is to set up a review of universal credit to ensure the programme is not dropped and to look at how the project can...

  23. February 18, 2014

    Decision time looms for UK universal credit

    The government’s flagship welfare reform must start delivering results by the next election or risk being drastically scaled...

  24. February 14, 2014

    UK police and army face 40% job cuts in five years, IFS warns

    The police and military could have to shed up to 40 per cent of their workers if health and education are protected from...

  25. February 11, 2014

    Privatise workplace benefits, urges MP

    More than £3bn worth of benefits paid to people in work should be privatised, a Conservative MP has suggested, in one of the...

  26. February 10, 2014

    Nick Clegg to attack George Osborne ‘assault’ on working poor

    George Osborne is launching an “assault on hardworking people”, Nick Clegg will say on Monday night, arguing that taxes...

  27. 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...

  28. January 24, 2014

    UK ministers cap government IT contracts at £100m

    New rules published on Friday have set a limit of £100m for government IT contracts. The changes comes after a National...

  29. January 22, 2014

    Insurers dash government hopes of early products for elderly care

    Insurers have dashed government hopes of early products covering the cost of long-term care for the elderly, undermining one...

  30. January 21, 2014

    UK pensions minister Steve Webb stands firm on charges cap

    The government has said it remains committed to ensuring workplace pension savers get value for money after reports that it...

  31. January 20, 2014

    Labour and Tories seek to seize ground in welfare state battle

    A pre-election arms race over how to make the welfare state affordable for the long term kicked off on Monday, against the...

  32. January 20, 2014

    Labour to strengthen contributory element of welfare system

    Rachel Reeves, shadow welfare secretary, on Monday floated plans to give more money to jobseekers who have been working for...

  33. January 14, 2014

    Ed Miliband challenged on pledge to help middle class Britain

    Ed Miliband was challenged on Tuesday to explain how he could fulfil his promise to reward those who contribute to the...

  34. January 8, 2014

    Digital driving licence scheme could lead to lower car insurance

    Motorists could see their annual insurance premiums fall £15 under government plans to put all driving records online as the...

  35. January 6, 2014

    Outsourcers foster growing role in social care for children

    When public services are outsourced to private companies, it is rarely the case that the most economical solution is widely...

  36. January 6, 2014

    Polish foreign minister attacks Cameron remarks on child benefit

    Poland’s foreign minister took to Twitter on Monday to attack remarks by David Cameron criticising UK child benefit that is...

  37. January 6, 2014

    Chancellor George Osborne targets £12bn of fresh spending cuts

    George Osborne on Monday warned that £25bn of public spending cuts would be needed after the election to close Britain’s...

  38. January 5, 2014

    Osborne to insist on need to continue UK spending cuts

    George Osborne will on Monday warn that years of spending cuts lie ahead even as the prime minister seeks to reassure the...

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