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Party rallied support on basis of balancing the books but knows it can be tarred as nasty if cuts are seen as unfair.
Such huge cutbacks won’t just hit the mythical scroungers, but also people who may have voted the Conservatives in.
‘Extremely controversial’ ideas by civil servants include benefit freeze and making it harder for sick people to claim state aid, leaked papers show.
Prime minister again stops short of explicitly ruling out changes to child benefit in Leeds following Lib Dem leak on proposed plans from 2012.
Lib Dem chief secretary accuses Tories of ‘trying to con the British people’ by concealing until after the election plans for major reforms to child benefits and child tax credits.
David Cameron says he will press on with welfare reforms after Miliband’s earlier claim Tories have plan for cuts to tax credits that would devastate family finances.
Figures detailing who is being awarded contracts to provide clinical services appear to undermine government’s claim 6% of NHS budget goes to private firms.
Zero-hours contracts should be rebranded as “flexible-hours contracts”, Iain Duncan Smith, the Conservative work and pensions secretary, has said.
400 counsellors, psychotherapists and others sign letter saying ‘society thrown completely off balance’ by ‘emotional toxicity of neoliberal thinking’.
Party leader says Conservatives want poorest to make additional sacrifices while not asking the richest to pay more taxes to balance books.
Ed Miliband promises that a ‘fiscally responsible’ Labour government would help the low-paid and working families without resorting to extra borrowing.
With Britain’s most vulnerable already suffering badly, few are safe from the £12bn social security cuts planned under a new Conservative-led government.
Chancellor declines to rule out proposal to save £4.8bn by wrapping child benefit into universal credit.
Labour highlights figures showing cost to families with children from rise in VAT and cuts to tax credits under Conservatives.
Ed Miliband plans to give employees legal right to a regular contract after 12 weeks’ continuous work but critics say employers will sack staff before deadline.
Pledge is designed to increase pressure on Tories, who raised VAT in June 2010 even though David Cameron had previously said he had no plans to do so.
Shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves blames benefits delays and welfare sanctions for an increase in food bank use.
Party produces analysis showing those most affected by the policy to make school leavers do community work or face losing state support will be in non Tory-voting areas.
Prime minister says he is in effect abolishing youth unemployment in speech that puts changes to welfare system at heart of Conservative manifesto.
Conservatives consider whether to reduce or withhold payments worth about £100 a week for those they consider could do more to help themselves.