article 10 July 2015 UK
Darshna Soni by 'Birmingham's benefits queen': I fear eviction after budget

Will the poorer get poorer after the benefit changes announced by George Osborne? Darshna Soni meets a single mum with eight children, who is worried she could be evicted because of the welfare cap.

post 09 July 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Minimum wage upgrade does not offset benefit cuts

The Institute for Fiscal Studies finds it is undoubtedly the case that tax credit recipients in work will on average be worse off as a result of the budget changes

post 08 July 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Summer Budget 2015: topsy turvy politics

The chancellor stole some of Labour's policy clothes in his latest budget announcements, but his tendency to favour old over young has not been altered.

post 23 June 2015
Read more on FactCheck FactCheck: the truth about welfare cuts

The Conservatives say they have to find 12bn from a 220bn welfare budget. Do the numbers add up - and where should the axe fall?

article 20 June 2015 UK
End Austerity march in London
Anti-austerity protests: thousands march against cuts

Flares, placards, whistles and a few celebrities - the streets of London are filled with protesters calling for an end to the government's austerity cuts.

article 26 May 2015 UK, Greece
Pablo Iglesias (Getty)
Europe's anti-austerity movements: from Podemos to the SNP

The surge in support for the radical left Podemos party in Spain's regional elections is the latest manifestation of a spectre haunting Europe: the rise of the anti-austerity movement.

article 30 April 2015 UK
Ethelbert Road in Margate
Paraic O'Brien by Immigration Faultline: cheek by jowl on a street in Margate

Ethelbert Road in Margate is a truly globalised community, where immigrants and local Brits live side by side. Paraic O'Brien spent a week there, exploring the tensions around immigration.

article 30 April 2015 UK
Chancellor George Osborne with Lib Dem Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander (Getty)
Lib Dems reveal Tory child benefit cut proposals

Lib Dem Danny Alexander says Conservative proposals in 2012 to cut child benefit and child tax credits, show where future cuts may come. The Conservatives say those plans were not backed by the PM.

post 18 March 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Budget 2015: political tricks but no rabbit out of the hat

To avoid damage to his reputation for prudence, George Osborne's pre-election budget was short on giveaways but not without political trickery.