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    1. April 27, 2016

      David Cameron takes aim at fund managers’ hidden charges

      David Cameron has waded into the debate on fund managers’ hidden charges, saying that consumers’ lack of understanding...

    2. April 12, 2016

      Stephen Crabb vows to eradicate UK jobs gap for disabled

      The new UK work and pensions secretary is attempting to draw a line under recent rows over disability benefits, using...

    1. April 4, 2016

      Long-term unemployed funding to be cut

      Ministers are set to slash funding for programmes to help the long-term unemployed, sharply reducing the role of...

    2. March 30, 2016

      The National Living Wage: a story in charts

      The national living wage, which is introduced this week, will force companies to pay their lowest-earning employees...

    3. March 25, 2016

      George Osborne damaged but survives week of chaos

      David Cameron and George Osborne feared they could lose the entire Budget in the aftermath of the row over disability...

    4. March 24, 2016

      Osborne fights back after Budget battering

      George Osborne on Thursday tried to draw a line under the disastrous political unravelling of his Budget, turning his...

    5. March 22, 2016

      Osborne seeks to limit damage after cuts ‘mistake’

      George Osborne fought to save his chancellorship on Tuesday, admitting he had made “a mistake” in trying to cut...

    6. March 21, 2016

      Crabb signals end to welfare cuts

      Stephen Crabb, the new work and pensions secretary, stunned MPs on Monday by suggesting a six-year crackdown on welfare...

    7. March 21, 2016

      Welfare cuts cannot only fall on the working poor

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

    8. March 21, 2016

      New pensions minister Stephen Crabb steps into the limelight

      In British politics, becoming the cabinet minister in charge of pensions has not been a good omen. Since the job...

    9. March 21, 2016

      Cameron moves to stamp authority on Tories

      David Cameron has made an impassioned defence of his record as prime minister, insisting he is committed to improving...

    10. March 21, 2016

      Cameron set for Commons showdown after Duncan Smith quits

      David Cameron faces a parliamentary confrontation on Monday after dissent over his government’s cuts to disability...

    11. March 20, 2016

      Duncan Smith’s departure threatens to derail universal credit

      Away from the controversy over disability benefit, Iain Duncan Smith’s departure threatens what was to be his lasting...

    12. March 20, 2016

      Iain Duncan Smith thrusts dagger at chinks in the Tories’ armour

      It was not only a resignation; it was also a suicide bombing, by a man who has a short fuse, and accumulated...

    13. March 20, 2016

      Uncomfortable truths of George Osborne’s fiscal policy

      Iain Duncan Smith once described himself as the quiet man of British politics. After his tumultuous resignation as work...

    14. March 20, 2016

      Tories battle to contain internal civil war

      Downing Street was on Sunday battling to contain a civil war within the Conservative party as the fallout from the...

    15. March 20, 2016

      Welfare straits: How benefits saga hurt Osborne

      In private, George Osborne admits some policies only made it into the last Conservative manifesto because it was felt...

    16. March 20, 2016

      Personal experience of welfare system may help Crabb at DwP

      The son of a single mother who grew up on a Welsh council estate, Stephen Crabb, the new work and pensions secretary,...

    17. March 20, 2016

      UK minister Duncan Smith’s departure sows political chaos

      When Iain Duncan Smith quit as Britain’s pensions minister on Friday, it was perhaps the most explosive resignation in...

    18. March 20, 2016

      Iain Duncan Smith launches fresh attacks on government over welfare

      Former work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has launched a stinging attack on the government as the...

    19. March 19, 2016

      Stephen Crabb replaces Duncan Smith as work and pensions secretary

      Stephen Crabb has been appointed work and pensions secretary as David Cameron moved swiftly on Saturday to try to...

    20. March 19, 2016

      Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation risks tearing Tories apart

      Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation on Friday evening was a shock. The former work and pensions secretary has been unhappy...

    21. March 19, 2016

      Iain Duncan Smith quits with fierce attack on Osborne

      Iain Duncan Smith has dramatically quit as work and pensions secretary, claiming he had been forced by George Osborne...

    22. March 18, 2016

      Quiet man lights fire under Tory tensions

      George Osborne was under instruction from Downing Street to keep his Budget low key, play it safe and avoid inflaming...

    23. March 18, 2016

      Disability benefits row sparks Conservative blame game

      George Osborne had hoped to use his spring Budget as the moment to calm Tory nerves after weeks of infighting over...

    24. March 18, 2016

      A disability benefits U-turn will damage Osborne’s reputation

      A Budget often unravels a day or two after it has been delivered and this year’s has been no different. George...

    25. March 17, 2016

      Osborne faces rebellion over cuts to disability benefits

      George Osborne’s Budget balancing act became even more precarious as he faced a growing rebellion by Tory MPs over a...

    26. March 17, 2016

      Osborne faces rebellion over disabled welfare reform

      George Osborne is facing a growing rebellion among fellow Conservative MPs over welfare reforms that will mean disabled...

    27. March 9, 2016

      Welfare reform: Merthyr Tydfil struggles but shows signs of life

      Its last mine closed more than 30 years ago but Merthyr Tydfil, in the valleys of south Wales, is still struggling to...

    28. March 9, 2016

      Welfare reform: affluent Guildford immune to benefit cuts

      Surrounded by glittering shelves of rings, necklaces and silverware, Harry Diamond says his luxury jewellery business...

    29. March 9, 2016

      Welfare reform: resilient Blackpool braced for round two of cuts

      Once politicians decamped annually to Blackpool to commune with their party faithful at the Winter Gardens, the famous...

    30. March 9, 2016

      Larger UK families to bear brunt of £13bn in welfare cuts

      Larger families will be the most severely hit by George Osborne’s objective to shave £13bn off the cost of welfare,...

    31. February 26, 2016

      Tories drop attempt to redefine child poverty after wide opposition

      An attempt at radically changing the way child poverty is measured has been abandoned by Iain Duncan Smith, the work...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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