article 25 November 2015 UK
George Osborne scraps controversial tax credit reforms

In a surprise move, the Chancellor tells MPs that his much-criticised plans to cut tax credits to working families are to be abandoned entirely.

post 11 November 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Brown to Osborne: 'rip up your tax credit cuts'

The former prime minister Gordon Brown passionately defends the tax credit system he created, but is less willing to pass comment on Jeremy Corbyn and his suitability as a future Labour PM.

article 27 October 2015 UK
George Osborne
Tax credits: Osborne says reforms will continue

Chancellor George Osborne says tax credit reforms will go ahead, despite the government's dramatic defeat in the Lords on cuts for millions of low-income families.

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
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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.