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A system intended to promote social solidarity has had the opposite effect
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Polling suggests that even in its traditional heartlands, Labour has a lot of convincing to do. The Guardian Northerner's political commentor Ed Jacobs stacks up the figures
Two words have dominated recent debate about benefits cuts, but if we accept either of them we allow ourselves to be diverted from the discussion we should be having
Experts warned yesterday that new welfare cuts that threaten to plunge more children into poverty, slash support for Britain's working poor and lock the unemployed out of jobs are based on "bogus claims."
Former Lib Dem minister Sarah Teather has said she will rebel against the coalition and vote against plans to cut benefit payments.
The Conservatives could go into the next general election with a plan to introduce regional benefits which would vary according to living costs around the country.
The coalition's review lacks information on social care funding and ministers fail to grasp the important role of communities, argues Melanie Henwood
The Government’s controversial plans for a real-terms cut in working-age benefits have cleared their first Commons hurdle by 324 votes to 268, majority 56.
A former Lib Dem minister has accused the Coalition of sowing "envy and division" over its benefits squeeze and pledged to rebel against new laws limiting welfare payments.
Rather than envy and division - isn't she rather doing her job? Good for her, I say!
Paul Burstow, the former care minister, has said stripping winter fuel payments from all but the poorest of pensioners in order to pay for elderly care could be one of the Government's key legacies.