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Tories Weigh Up Options For £12bn Welfare Cuts

Party rallied support on basis of balancing the books but knows it can be tarred as nasty if cuts are seen as unfair.

The Tories’ £12bn Of Welfare Cuts Could Come Back To Haunt Them

Such huge cutbacks won’t just hit the mythical scroungers, but also people who may have voted the Conservatives in.

Revealed: Coalition Proposals To Cut Welfare For Sick, Poor, Young And Disabled

‘Extremely controversial’ ideas by civil servants include benefit freeze and making it harder for sick people to claim state aid, leaked papers show.

Cameron Avoids Ruling Out Child Benefit Cuts After Question Time Grilling

Prime minister again stops short of explicitly ruling out changes to child benefit in Leeds following Lib Dem leak on proposed plans from 2012.

Danny Alexander Exposes ‘Secret’ Tory Plans For £8bn In Welfare Cuts

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.

PM Does Not Rule Out More Tax Credit Cuts After Labour Claim Of ‘Secret Plan’

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.

Far More NHS Contracts Going To Private Firms Than Ministers Admit, Figures Show

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.

Solution To Zero-Hours Contracts Is To Rebrand Them, Says Iain Duncan Smith

Zero-hours contracts should be rebranded as “flexible-hours contracts”, Iain Duncan Smith, the Conservative work and pensions secretary, has said.

Hundreds Of Mental Health Experts Issue Rallying Call Against Austerity

400 counsellors, psychotherapists and others sign letter saying ‘society thrown completely off balance’ by ‘emotional toxicity of neoliberal thinking’.

Lib Dems Will Not Enter Tory Coalition If £12bn Welfare Cuts Made – Nick Clegg

Party leader says Conservatives want poorest to make additional sacrifices while not asking the richest to pay more taxes to balance books.

Labour Manifesto Pledges To Boost Minimum Wage And Cut Deficit

Ed Miliband promises that a ‘fiscally responsible’ Labour government would help the low-paid and working families without resorting to extra borrowing.

Tory Austerity Will Eat Up The Welfare State

With Britain’s most vulnerable already suffering badly, few are safe from the £12bn social security cuts planned under a new Conservative-led government.

Conservative Spending Cuts Will Hit Middle-Income Families, Says Labour

Chancellor declines to rule out proposal to save £4.8bn by wrapping child benefit into universal credit.

Families Worse Off Under Tories By £1,100 A year On Average, Says Ed Balls

Labour highlights figures showing cost to families with children from rise in VAT and cuts to tax credits under Conservatives.

Workers On Zero-Hours Contracts To Get Regular Contracts After 3 Months

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.

Labour To Rule Out VAT Rise In Election Manifesto

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.

Labour Vows To Reduce Reliance On Food Banks If It Comes To Power

Shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves blames benefits delays and welfare sanctions for an increase in food bank use.

Tory Youth Welfare Plans An Attack On The North, Lib Dems Say

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.

Unemployed Will Have To Do Community Work Under Tories, Says Cameron

Prime minister says he is in effect abolishing youth unemployment in speech that puts changes to welfare system at heart of Conservative manifesto.

David Cameron Calls On Obese To Accept Help Or Risk Losing Benefits

Conservatives consider whether to reduce or withhold payments worth about £100 a week for those they consider could do more to help themselves.




Tory welfare cuts ‘£3bn deeper than expected’

New figures reveal the freeze on working age benefits will erode household incomes much more deeply than originally forecast.

Corbyn urged to win votes by pledging £10bn more on care for disabled elderly

Fabian Society research identifies shortfall in funding for 1.2 million older people.

Terminally ill to be given priority over benefit underpayments, says McVey

Work and Pensions Secretary vowed to prioritise "any individuals whom we know from our systems to be terminally ill".

Austerity will have cast an extra 1.5m children into poverty by 2021

Lone-parents, disabled children and ethnic minorities will be among worst-hit, says EHRC.

Childcare voucher changes delayed after Commons debate

Government agrees to keep system open for six more months after pressure from Labour.

Reverse universal credit cuts, Iain Duncan Smith tells chancellor

Thinktank says 340,000 people could be taken out of poverty if Philip Hammond takes action.