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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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,...

  2. July 17, 2014

    Clegg defends housing benefit reversal

    Nick Clegg on Thursday defended his decision to call for a major overhaul of the government’s spare room subsidy – the...

  3. July 15, 2014

    Over-60s have fared better than UK workers since crisis

    Pensioners and those on the verge of retirement have fared better than all working age adults since the financial crisis,...

  4. July 8, 2014

    UK welfare reform hit by universal credit delay

    The Treasury has yet to approve the latest blueprint for universal credit at least three months after it was submitted by...

  5. June 29, 2014

    Families ‘struggle to share’ in recovery

    Working families with children may struggle to share in the proceeds of a recovering UK economy, according to research by...

  6. June 27, 2014

    Minister fears ‘neglectful society’ will let the old slip through state safety net

    The state and modern families are unable to cope with the soaring numbers of elderly people in Britain’s “neglectful...

  7. June 27, 2014

    Elderly care gets new lease of life in Cornwall

    Longevity may be a widespread human aim but its fiscal consequences are preoccupying developed nations. Rising numbers of...

  8. June 23, 2014

    Labour says rest of nation can learn from Welsh job creation

    Unemployment is falling faster than anyone predicted but joblessness is still endemic among one group of people: young...

  9. June 23, 2014

    Labour to take on outsourcing companies if it wins election

    Labour will mount an assault on big outsourcing companies if it wins the election, reducing their role in delivering the...

  10. June 22, 2014

    Labour plans to halt Universal Credit for full review

    A Labour government would call a three-month halt to Universal Credit, the flagship government welfare reform, until a full...

  11. June 20, 2014

    Ed Miliband struggles to shake off leadership questions

    Miliband’s up and downs Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, likes sympathetic audiences: his big speech this week on welfare...

  12. June 20, 2014

    MPs brand disability benefit launch a ‘fiasco’

    The launch of a new disability benefit has been “nothing short of a fiasco”, a parliamentary watchdog has concluded, in the...

  13. June 15, 2014

    Labour ‘interest’ in UK paternity boost

    Labour is considering whether to back a £150m-a-year scheme to double statutory paternity leave and pay fathers almost twice...

  14. June 12, 2014

    Tax cuts not best way to help low-income families, says charity

    Tax cuts proposed by Britain’s three biggest political parties at the next general election are not a cost-effective way of...

  15. June 9, 2014

    One in five children to live in poverty, says official commission

    The coalition’s flagship welfare reform programme is failing to restore momentum to the drive to tackle child poverty,...

  16. June 4, 2014

    David Cameron to legislate targets to cut UK red tape

    David Cameron is to entrench tough targets to cut red tape beyond the lifetime of this parliament in an effort to bind the...

  17. May 27, 2014

    Lawyers seek judicial review in legal aid fight

    The legal profession’s battle over cuts to the legal aid budget intensified on Tuesday when solicitors specialising in...

  18. May 23, 2014

    Long live borough hall – it is working better than Whitehall

    It would be easy to write off this week’s local elections as irrelevant. By common consent, the UK is a highly centralised...

  19. May 22, 2014

    Confrontation flares yet crime falls on Theresa May’s beat

    Once, the thin blue line referred to the colour of the police force’s politics as well as its uniforms. But, as Theresa...

  20. May 12, 2014

    Cap on elderly care bills full of loopholes, study finds

    The cap on the cost of long-term care of the elderly is so full of loopholes that, of those aged 85 today, only 8 per cent...

  21. April 29, 2014

    Senior family judge calls for end of divorce blame game

    Divorces could be taken out of the hands of judges, with some treated as purely administrative matters and “no fault”...

  22. April 21, 2014

    Sharp rise in unrepresented parties at UK family courts

    The number of unrepresented parties appearing in family courts for child-related cases has risen sharply since 2012,...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. 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...

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