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    1. July 23, 2015

      High-cost London housing pushes out more low-income families

      Rising rents, benefits cuts and a shortage of low-cost homes are pushing a growing number of people out of London,...

    2. July 22, 2015

      Iain Duncan Smith urges companies not to abandon sick staff

      Business chiefs will be urged to stop abandoning sick workers, as Iain Duncan Smith, work and pensions secretary,...

    1. July 21, 2015

      The risks and rewards of George Osborne’s austerity

      George Osborne is pressing ahead with a programme of public spending cuts that has few rivals in the western world. The...

    2. July 21, 2015

      Welfare vote highlights Labour’s leadership woes

      When Labour awoke to its biggest electoral defeat for a generation in May, some senior figures begged for the contest...

    3. July 21, 2015

      George Osborne’s dirigiste approach is good economics

      The 2015 election was an almost unmitigated disaster for Ed Miliband and the UK Labour party. Yet there was one...

    4. July 20, 2015

      Labour rebels defy party line on welfare vote

      A fifth of Labour MPs voted against their party’s official position on welfare on Monday night in a vote that exposed...

    5. July 19, 2015

      Austerity’s £18bn impact on local services

      Local authorities have scrapped access to vital services for 150,000 pensioners and cut child protection spending by 8...

    6. July 19, 2015

      Austerity state: Ammunition for ‘armchair auditors’

      When Sir Eric Pickles abolished the watchdog charged with overseeing England’s councils, the then-local government...

    7. July 15, 2015

      Raising minimum wage to cut poverty ‘hopeless’ - OBR economist

      George Osborne’s plan for a higher minimum wage to compensate people for lost tax credits has been criticised by an...

    8. July 14, 2015

      Labour and corporate leaders grit their teeth

      David Cameron’s 2006 commitment to “responsible capitalism” used to be mocked by Labour as little more than an...

    9. July 13, 2015

      Harriet Harman stirs Labour row over welfare cuts

      An attempt by Harriet Harman to prove that Labour can take tough decisions on welfare descended into acrimony after...

    10. July 12, 2015

      Labour will not oppose government welfare cuts, says Harman

      Harriet Harman, Labour’s acting leader, said her party will not oppose the government welfare bill and will even back...

    11. July 12, 2015

      Employers under pressure to help workers deal with stress and depression

      Employers are under pressure to help the government meet an ambitious commitment to get hundreds of thousands more...

    12. July 9, 2015

      Higher wage will not compensate for tax credit cuts, IFS says

      A higher national minimum wage will not compensate poorer working families for lost tax credits, the Institute for...

    13. July 9, 2015

      Osborne’s leaden-footed intervention that will weigh on jobs

      Who would have imagined, before the general election, that the most eye-catching new policy of the first Conservative...

    14. July 8, 2015

      Summer Budget: Osborne axes ‘unsustainable’ welfare spending

      The welfare system has moved a step closer to focusing on the elderly and the disabled after George Osborne cracked...

    15. July 6, 2015

      Cuts to tax credits to hit ethnic minorities hard, FT study finds

      Cuts to tax credits in Wednesday’s Budget are likely to hit Britain’s ethnic minority communities disproportionately...

    16. July 5, 2015

      Cameron’s war on tax credits could backfire

      Soon the guessing will be at an end. In this year’s election Britain’s Conservative party campaigned on a programme of...

    17. July 2, 2015

      Whitehall eyes sweeping housing benefit cuts

      George Osborne will next week promise to cut Britain’s housing benefit bill, which has more than doubled since 1996 to...

    18. July 1, 2015

      Duncan Smith scraps 2020 child poverty target

      The law requiring government to abolish child poverty by 2020 will be repealed, Iain Duncan Smith announced on...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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,...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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,...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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