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  • Nolan Sister: My benefit case hell
    Nolan Sister: My benefit case hell Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Singer Linda Nolan has revealed she was "scared to death" at the prospect of appearing in court after she was accused of being a benefits cheat. More »

  • Nolan cautioned over benefits claim
    Nolan cautioned over benefits claim Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Singer Linda Nolan has been given a caution after she was accused of being a benefits cheat. More »

  • PM urges Greeks to defy creditors
    PM urges Greeks to defy creditors Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Defiant Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has urged his people to reject terms set by his country's creditors, insisting a No vote in Sunday's referendum would strengthen his negotiating hand. More »

  • Benefits reformer Freud promoted
    Benefits reformer Freud promoted Wed, May 13, 2015

    The architect of the Government's welfare reforms has been promoted as David Cameron made more appointments to his first Conservative-only administration. More »

  • Nolan 'faces benefits fraud charge'
    Nolan 'faces benefits fraud charge' Sun, May 10, 2015

    Pop singer Linda Nolan is to appear in court for alleged benefit fraud totalling £12,000, it has been reported. More »

  • Critics target welfare sanctions ahead of UK election
    Critics target welfare sanctions ahead of UK election Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Punishments against unemployed people deemed not doing enough to find work rises the ranks as an election issue. More »

  • Esther McVey: I Want To Be PM One Day
    Esther McVey: I Want To Be PM One Day Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Employment Minister Esther McVey has said the one thing that no MP ever admits to: She wants to be Prime Minister. Asked if she wanted the top job during a Loose Women interview, the Tory MP responded: "If I had to give a yes or a no, I'll be honest and say ‘yes’. More »

  • Barbara Keeley MP: Making room for carers Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    Labour MP, Barbara Keeley, says the failure to exempt carers from the Bedroom Tax is illogical and unfair.The Carers Bedroom Entitlement (Social Housing Sector) Bill aims to exempt unpaid family carers and those needing overnight care from the Bedroom Tax. The Bill would exempt households with one additional room if a member of the household is entitled to a carer’s allowance. The Bill would also widen the exemption to households in which a person needs overnight care.The failure to exempt carers from the Bedroom Tax shows this Government’s complete disregard for fairness. ... More »

  • UK telecoms regulator names top Treasury official as new CEO Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    By Sarah Young LONDON (Reuters) - British communications regulator Ofcom named Sharon White as its new chief executive on Tuesday, turning to the top Treasury civil servant to steer it through what is expected to be a time of much change for the telecommunications and media markets. White will take up the role in March 2015, joining from Britain's finance ministry where she has spent the last year in charge of managing the country's public finances as second permanent secretary. ... More »

  • George Galloway Attacker Jailed For 16 Months
    George Galloway Attacker Jailed For 16 Months Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    A drug addict who attacked George Galloway in a London street, branding him an "anti-Semite little man", has been jailed for 16 months. More »

  • Facebook fail: Wedding pictures catch out benefit cheat bride
    Facebook fail: Wedding pictures catch out benefit cheat bride Thu, Nov 6, 2014

    A benefit cheat who claimed she was a single mum-of-three to swindle £57,000 of taxpayers’ cash has been jailed – after she posted pictures of her wedding day on Facebook. More »

  • Girl Kept As Slave Wins £100,000 Compensation
    Girl Kept As Slave Wins £100,000 Compensation Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    A deaf and mute girl who was trafficked into the UK, repeatedly raped and forced to carry out domestic tasks, has won more than £100,000 compensation in a landmark legal case. More »

  • After the Referendum: Could Labour go the way of the Tories in Scotland?
    After the Referendum: Could Labour go the way of the Tories in Scotland? Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    September went out with a political bang in a manner that has shaken the three main established parties to an extent that few could have imagined just four short weeks ago. The standing of each of the three principle party leaders has also been weakened over the course of last month and there's little time between now and the dissolution of Parliament on 30 March 2015 to mend the breaches. More »

  • Energy Firms Grant £140 Each for 1.7 Million Pensioners' Bills
    Energy Firms Grant £140 Each for 1.7 Million Pensioners' Bills Fri, Oct 3, 2014

    The government has revealed energy firms will extend the Warm Home Discount Scheme to 200,000 more pensioners in a bid to help with their gas and electricity bills. More »

  • UK MPs Unite to Abolish Controversial 'Bedroom Tax'
    UK MPs Unite to Abolish Controversial 'Bedroom Tax' Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    One of the Coalition's most controversial policies, the 'bedroom tax', looks set to be abolished after Labour and the Liberal Democrats united to vote against the subsidy More »

  • Margaret Hodge: Government Failing to Collect £22bn Debt Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    The Government has been neglectful about collecting £22bn of debt owed to certain of its offices and and tends to make large, periodical write offs, according to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). PAC chair Margaret Hodge said: "While the Treasury and the Cabinet Office say they are belatedly developing a cross-government strategy for debt, we are concerned that the centre has taken so long to drive improvements in debt collection, given that this should be a basic business activity, and given the huge volume of bad debts that are written off each year." More »

  • Mansfield Bodies In Garden: Couple Guilty
    Mansfield Bodies In Garden: Couple Guilty Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    Susan Edwards, 55, and her husband Christopher, 57, showed no emotion as the verdicts were read out at Nottingham Crown Court. Her parents, Patricia and William Wycherley, were each shot twice at close range in 1998 and their bodies hid in their own backyard at Blenheim Close, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. More »

  • Delays to disabled benefits a 'fiasco', MPs say
    Delays to disabled benefits a 'fiasco', MPs say Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    MPs have decried a flagship government welfare scheme for people with disabilities as "a fiasco" after some claimants were left waiting six months to receive benefits. More »

  • Trapped in a bureaucratic nightmare as money runs out: The reality of life under …
    Trapped in a bureaucratic nightmare as money runs out: The reality of life under … Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    More evidence emerges of lives ruined by private contractor Atos, as MPs issue a devastating attack on the government for handing them new disability contracts despite their failure on work capability assessments More »

  • Government's Social Mobility Tsar Slams Coalition Child Poverty Plan
    Government's Social Mobility Tsar Slams Coalition Child Poverty Plan Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    The UK government's poverty tsar has branded its plan to tackle child poverty a "farce". Alan Milburn, a Labour MP and chairman of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, claimed that the government's draft child poverty strategy is a missed opportunity. Milburn made the comments as the commission found that 3.5 million children will be in absolute poverty - almost five times the number needed to meet the government's legal obligation to end child poverty by 2020 - and that the government lacks "any credible plan to get back on track". The research, carried out for the commission by Landman Economics and the National Institute for Economic and Social Research, found that the 2020 child poverty targets will be missed by a large margin even if the UK achieves Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development recommended employment rates. More »

  • Britain's 2020 child poverty goal unattainable: study
    Britain's 2020 child poverty goal unattainable: study Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    A government pledge to tackle child poverty is set to be broken as 3.5 million children will remain poor by 2020, a watchdog said on Monday. More »

  • Britain's zero-hour contracts eyed by other countries
    Britain's zero-hour contracts eyed by other countries Sun, Jun 1, 2014

    Commuters walk across London Bridge in the early morning fog in central London, on April 30, 2014 More »

  • Scottish Independence Will Lead to a Job Loss, Capital Flight and Industry Deconstruction …
    Scottish Independence Will Lead to a Job Loss, Capital Flight and Industry Deconstruction … Fri, May 30, 2014

    Scottish people will vote in an independence referendum on 18 September this year and will be asked the straight "yes/no" question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" However, notably, only the Scottish National Party (SNP) has produced claims that independence will not only be a lot less painful than everyone is talking about but the country will be able to retain much of the benefits of remaining in the 307-union but without having to bear the brunt of breaking away. The SNP's forthright leader Alex Salmond has been widely criticised as being "deluded" and "lying" to Scots over the socio-economic implications of independence. "Scotland is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, more prosperous per head than the UK, France and Japan," said Salmond, on 30 May. More »

  • Iain Duncan Smith continues to hide reports showing failure of universal cr …
    Iain Duncan Smith continues to hide reports showing failure of universal cr … Wed, May 21, 2014

    DWP claims publication of reports would have a "chilling effect" More »

  • Iain Duncan Smith used false statistics to justify disability benefit cuts
    Iain Duncan Smith used false statistics to justify disability benefit cuts Fri, May 16, 2014

    DWP claimed majority put on benefits for life without medical checks. More »

  • UK Unemployment: Young Men Most Likely to be on Universal Credit
    UK Unemployment: Young Men Most Likely to be on Universal Credit Wed, May 14, 2014

    Young men make up the majority of new claimants for the UK government's new benefits system. According to figures from the Department of Work and Pensions, more than six in ten (63%) of new claims for Universal Credit are for people under 25 and only 4% of claimants are over 50. Universal Credit was been introduced by the Coalition Government to place six exiting benefits and tax credits , including Income Support and Housing Benefit, with a single monthly payment. The research also revealed that 5,910 people have started on Universal Credit between April 2013 and 28 February 2014. More »

  • HMRC's raid on your bank account: MPs warn of 'judge and jury'  …
    HMRC's raid on your bank account: MPs warn of 'judge and jury'  … Fri, May 9, 2014

    New government powers to take money directly from the bank accounts of people who are considered to have paid too little tax have been attacked by an influential group of MPs. More »

  • Scottish Independence Will Cost Taxpayers £450 Extra Annually for Pensions, …
    Scottish Independence Will Cost Taxpayers £450 Extra Annually for Pensions, … Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    The UK government claims that Scottish independence will cost the taxpayer hundreds of pounds more each year as the state pension bill will rise for each working-age adult. According to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), which based its analysis on the Scottish National Party's (SNP) pledges, an independent Scotland will cost an extra £450 (€547, $756) per working age adult until around 2030. "This country has a long history of a strong welfare state, which we can rightly be proud of," said Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith. "As part of the UK, Scottish people benefit from this resilient and unified system, which delivers the same support everywhere irrespective of peaks and troughs in economies of the nations or demographic differences. More »

  • Food banks are 'profiteering', government claims
    Food banks are 'profiteering', government claims Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    The government today accused food bank operators of profiteering and "publicity-seeking", after new figures revealed a surge in the number of people resorting to their use. More »

  • Bedroom Tax One Year On: What is the Real Cost of the Controversial Policy?
    Bedroom Tax One Year On: What is the Real Cost of the Controversial Policy? Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    Bedroom tax was initially introduced to "save the taxpayer money" much like every other thing the government introduces. Bedroom tax was a term that was coined by the Labour party and it stuck – probably because it's a catchier title than 'a change in housing benefits entitlements'. It meant that people who received housing benefit would get less if they lived in a housing association or council property that had one or more spare rooms – vis-à-vis, more space than they needed. This meant that if a tenant had one spare room, then they would lose 14% of their housing benefit, two or more spare rooms and they were hit with a 25% reduction. More »

  • Government announces 0.75 percent cap on annual pension scheme charges
    Government announces 0.75 percent cap on annual pension scheme charges Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    By Jemima Kelly and Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Annual charges on workplace pension schemes that automatically enrol their members will be capped at 0.75 percent from April 2015 in what the pensions minister called "an end to rip-off pension charges". The charge cap, announced by Pensions Minister Steve Webb in the Commons on Thursday, is a further blow to the UK insurance industry following reforms scrapping compulsory annuity purchases announced by Chancellor George Osborne last week. "This government will be the first to get an iron grip on the issue of pension charges," Webb told parliament. "We are going to put charges in a vice and we will tighten the pressure year after year." Webb said that further changes would be made after the cap was implemented, with schemes being prohibited from taking sales commissions from pension schemes after April 2016. More »

  • UK announces 0.75 percent cap on annual pension scheme charges
    UK announces 0.75 percent cap on annual pension scheme charges Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    By Jemima Kelly and Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Annual charges on British workplace pension schemes that automatically enrol their members will be capped at 0.75 percent from April 2015 in what the UK pensions minister called "an end to rip-off pension charges". The charge cap, announced by Pensions Minister Steve Webb in the House of Commons on Thursday, is a further blow to the UK insurance industry following reforms scrapping compulsory annuity purchases announced by UK finance minister George Osborne last week. "This government will be the first to get an iron grip on the issue of pension charges," Webb told parliament. "We are going to put charges in a vice and we will tighten the pressure year after year." Webb said that further changes would be made after the cap was implemented, with schemes being prohibited from taking sales commissions from pension schemes after April 2016. More »

  • 'Intensely relaxed': Cable undermines Home Office immigration fight …
    'Intensely relaxed': Cable undermines Home Office immigration fight … Thu, Mar 6, 2014

    A Home Office fight-back on immigration following embarrasing revelations about Theresa May's use of statistics has been undermined by the business secretary. More »

  • Government Apologies For Telling Coma Patient Sheila Holt to Find Work
    Government Apologies For Telling Coma Patient Sheila Holt to Find Work Fri, Feb 28, 2014

    A government minister has apologised to a woman in Rochdale after she received a letter from the government demanding she look for work, despite being in a coma. Mike Penning, minister for disabled people, told the House of Commons he apologised "unreservedly" to the family of Sheila Holt after she was invited to a Department of Work and Pensions "intensive job-focused activity" despite being critically ill in hospital. Penning said clearly something had "gone wrong" after he was challenged in the Commons by Holt's Rochdale MP, Simon Danczuk. Holt was sectioned under the Mental Health Act in December after a "manic episode" when she struggled to cope with an eight-day back-to-work scheme run by Atos. More »

  • Archbishop of Westminster Launches Scathing Attack on UK Government Benefit …
    Archbishop of Westminster Launches Scathing Attack on UK Government Benefit … Sat, Feb 15, 2014

    The most senior Catholic cleric in England and Wales has described the government's welfare cuts as a "disgrace" because they threaten the country's most vulnerable with "hunger and destitution". The Archbishop of Westminster, cardinal-designate Vincent Nichols, said the UK coalition government's social reforms have "torn apart" the safety net for the country's poorest families, leaving them with nothing if they fail to deal correctly with state bureaucracy. More »