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post 22 October 2014
Read more from Paul Mason on his blog Why universal credit won't be universal until 2018. At the earliest.

Benefit claimants in areas piloting the new universal credit seem to like it. But with its roll-out taking much longer than anticipated, are government hopes for billions of pounds of savings misplace

post 29 September 2014
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Osborne benefits freeze: political genius or death wish?

Senior Tories say they've road-tested today's announcement to death. There is strong voter support; it has gone down "extremely well" in the focus groups.

post 29 September 2014
Read more on FactCheck FactCheck: How great is Osborne's Britain?

Britain's economy is a world-beating powerhouse, according to the chancellor. Are we really outpacing every major advanced economy on the planet?

video 29 September 2014 UK

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Tory minister: 'We won't sign pact with Ukip' - video

Speaking at the Tory party conference, Culture Secretary Sajid Javid tells Channel 4 News that having a pact with Ukip "would be the wrong course of action ... we dont need a pact with any party".

article 29 September 2014 Politics
Benefits
Benefits frozen in fresh attack on welfare spending

Working-age benefits will be frozen for two years, Chancellor George Osborne tells the Conservative party conference in Birmingham.

article 17 September 2014 UK
Unemployment falls by 146,000 to 2.02 million - with the latest official figures showing the largest annual drop in a quarter of a century (Getty)
Unemployment falls but pay growth stutters

Unemployment falls by 146,000 to 2.02 million - with the latest official figures showing the largest annual drop in a quarter of a century.

post 16 September 2014
Read more on FactCheck FactCheck Scotland: has the Scottish government protected the NHS?

The Scottish government says it's protected Scotland's NHS from Tory cuts. FactCheck gives the yes campaign's claims a check-up.

article 07 September 2014 UK, Scotland
News
Independence vote goes down to the wire

A YouGov poll puts the yes and no camps almost neck and neck, as Chancellor George Osborne promises new powers if Scotland stays in the union.

article 19 August 2014 UK
Rail passengers will have to pay an extra 3.5 per cent for their season tickets in January on top of the big increases they have seen since the last election (Getty)
Fair fares? Cost of rail tickets rises as wages stagnate

Rail passengers will have to pay an extra 3.5 per cent for their season tickets in January on top of the big increases they have seen since the last election.