Iain Duncan Smith

Yvette Cooper: a better Balls?

24 September 2010 18:05

One thing’s for sure: Iain Duncan Smith won’t pay much attention to Yvette Cooper’s article in the Times (£) today…

Another difference of opinion on welfare?

15 September 2010 13:47

For the briefest of moments, the welfare war seemed to have quietened down. But, this morning, a new front may…

Benefit reform – one theatre in Cameron’s war

12 September 2010 13:10

The Observer has received letters revealing that George Osborne plans to deliver net savings of ‘at least £2.5bn’ from the Employment…

What do you need to know ahead of the Spending Review – Welfare

25 August 2010 15:38

This is the fourth of our posts with Reform looking ahead to the Spending Review. The first three posts were…

A ‘regressive’ budget?

25 August 2010 14:01

The IFS has given the coalition’s opponents powder for their muskets, only it’s a little damp. The IFS’ analysis is…

A lasting truce between IDS and Osborne

24 August 2010 16:33

In the coalition, it is the rows within parties not between them that are most vicious. This is because in…

IDS versus Osborne: there can only be one winner

24 August 2010 10:36

The Quiet Man is an odd moniker for Iain Duncan Smith. There was nothing quiet about his opposition to the…

Will there be money for free schools?

23 August 2010 15:16

Some eyecatching numbers in today’s FT about how many free schools we can expect, and when. According to Department of…

Seconds out…IDS versus Osborne

22 August 2010 12:48

Infamously, George Canning and Viscount Castlereagh fought a duel over a policy disagreement; Iain Duncan Smith and George Osborne will…

The coalition’s choice over Winter Fuel Allowance

17 August 2010 19:01

The Winter Fuel Allowance has tapdanced back onto the political landscape today, and it’s all thanks to some insightful work…

IDS wins his battle, now the eyes turn to Fox

14 August 2010 14:24

Iain Martin reports that IDS has secured a £3bn fund to meet the upfront costs of his benefit reform. ‘To…

IDS’ resignation would be a catastrophe

10 August 2010 18:09

If Iain Duncan-Smith resigned from the government, the coalition would be in trouble. If Vince Cable is the coalition’s left…

Season’s greetings

10 August 2010 15:08

David Cameron’s just launched his benefit cheat crackdown (Con Home has a littlefootage). There were two notable occurrences. First, Cameron…

The questions surrounding Cameron’s benefit crackdown

10 August 2010 9:08

There were hints of toughness in his article at the weekend, but now David Cameron has rolled up his shirt…

There is no Cabinet rift on benefit reform

2 August 2010 14:54

Here’s me about to go on holiday, and the welfare wars seem to be opening up. Neil O’Brien has a…

Cameron’s circles of influence

1 August 2010 17:39

Andrew Rawnsley’s potted hierarchy of the coalition government – and especially its final sentence – is worth pulling out for…

Cameron must take this chance to end the giant evil of welfare dependency

1 August 2010 13:50

There’s been plenty political drama in these past few weeks, but the most crucial agenda – and by some margin…

IDS’s welfare reforms aren’t perfect, but he’s right to be bold

30 July 2010 18:12

So, Iain Duncan Smith has set out proposals to comprehensively reform of the welfare system. The goal is to replace…

The coalition can do more for less on benefits reform

30 July 2010 15:48

There is a lot to like about Iain Duncan Smith’s new proposals for welfare reform.  The chance to move towards…

At last, IDS gets his chance to reform benefits

30 July 2010 9:03

For some time now, we on Coffee House have been raving about Iain Duncan Smith’s plans for reforming benefits. And,…

Meeting the cost of welfare reform

22 July 2010 9:00

As far back as last September, Iain Martin wrote that Iain Duncan Smith’s plans to reform the welfare system were…

Making work pay

16 July 2010 9:14

What is the purpose of the welfare state? To protect British people from unemployment, or to protect them from jobs…

Perverse though it sounds, prisons can be a haven for opportunity

14 July 2010 13:33

So much of the welfare debate is lost in jargon and the numbingly large and depressing numbers. John Bird, founder…

Fighting talk from IDS

9 July 2010 17:15

Iain Duncan Smith is on a roll, and the roll continues with his interview on Straight Talk with Andrew Neil…

Conquering the welfare Leviathan

2 July 2010 14:17

Among the biggest of challenges facing the new government is the need to make welfare more affordable while continuing to…