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post 05 September 2014
Read more from Jackie Long on her blog The end of the spare room subsidy? No

Rachel Reeves' optimism and excitement are perhaps a little premature, even after today's government defeat in parliament over reform of the spare room subsidy.

article 05 September 2014 Politics
The Liberal Democrats and Conservatives have clashed over a Commons bill that is seeking to reform the government's so-called
Coalition split over controversial 'bedroom tax'

The Liberal Democrats and Conservatives clash over a Commons bill that is seeking to reform the government's so-called "bedroom tax".

article 07 August 2014 UK
The risk of fraudulent, misleading and confusing ads appearing on the government's Universal Jobmatch website is higher than private equivalents, according to the National Audit Office.
Government website plagued with bogus and duplicated job ads

The risk of fraudulent, misleading and confusing ads appearing on the government's Universal Jobmatch website is higher than private equivalents, according to the National Audit Office.

video 15 July 2014 Politics

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Reshuffle not just a public school merry-go-round - video

David Cameron's reshuffle is an attempt to make a fundamental change in how the Conservatives are perceived by voters, says Paul Mason.

article 20 June 2014 UK
A flagship government welfare scheme is causing unnecessary distress to thousands of sick and disabled people because of long delays, MPs are warning.
Disabled benefits shake-up a 'fiasco', say MPs

A flagship government welfare scheme is causing unnecessary distress to thousands of sick and disabled people because of long delays, MPs are warning.

article 09 June 2014
Becky's manga cartoon
Breadline Kids: breaking the cycle of food poverty

Becky lives in Hull with her mother and sister. The family has just 1.20 per person, per day, to spend on food. She created a manga cartoon to describe the challenges of living in food poverty.

article 19 May 2014
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by Beyond GDP: measuring happiness with eyeglasses and birdsong

A UN committee says we should consider measures beyond GDP to really see how successful, wealthy and happy a nation is. Here's why.

article 29 April 2014 UK
After years in the doldrums, Britain appears to be in the midst of  sustainable growth. But it is not good news all round (Reuters)
by Why not everyone is benefiting from economic growth

After years in the doldrums, Britain appears to be in the midst of sustainable growth. But it's not good news all round.

post 16 April 2014
Read more from Paul Mason on his blog Life of a food bank user: no gas, no cooker, benefits delayed

Benefit delays or benefit sanctions are the major factor driving people to use food banks says the charity that runs hundreds of them across the country.