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    1. November 21, 2014

      Aviva closes in on deal to buy Friends Life

      Aviva has reached a preliminary deal to buy its smaller FTSE 100 rival Friends Life for £5.6bn, in a sign of how George...

    2. 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”,...

    1. 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...

    2. 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 –...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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....

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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,...

    17. 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...

    18. 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,...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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,...

    31. June 5, 2014

      Civil servants lack skills for big projects says Whitehall chief

      Civil servants often lack the skills to execute and deliver big projects, such as universal credit, says the new head of...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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”...

    38. 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,...

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