Iain Duncan Smith

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…

War of words

28 June 2010 11:31

Yvette Cooper has condemned IDS’ ‘nasty’ rhetoric this morning and claimed that the government’s proposals are about ideological cuts, not…

Smashing the welfare ghettos

27 June 2010 11:59

There’s nothing quiet about Iain Duncan Smith this morning. Echoing Norman Tebbitt’s infamous ‘On yer Bike’ comments of 1981, Duncan…

Re-invigorating retirement

24 June 2010 13:46

The retirement age must rise, timing is the sole contention. Yvette Cooper asserts that the coalition’s acceleration of the planned…

How good intentions can be counterproductive

23 June 2010 15:37

Might the coalition’s emphasis on fairness be making it harder to get people off welfare and into work? Not a…

The road to recovery

23 June 2010 13:20

This is a slow-burning budget. Not because Osborne has concealed, like Gordon Brown did, but because the reverse is true.…

Field gets to work

11 June 2010 9:07

The Times leads with the story that Frank Field, the government’s independent poverty advisor, is recommending that child benefit be…

The war on poverty opens a second front

5 June 2010 10:54

I detest the use of the word ‘Czar’. Everything has a Czar – potato regulation, multi-story car parks and Twitter…

The IDS agenda could help to end the benefits trap

27 May 2010 12:41

Yesterday, it was Michael Gove’s schools agenda. Today, it’s the other main reason to get behind the coalition: IDS’s plans…

How the coalition will work

20 May 2010 11:21

The full coalition agreement, released this morning, is fascinating enough in itself.  Here we have a step-by-step guide for how…

What to do with all that knowledge on welfare

17 May 2010 16:17

Is Frank Field back? The Labour MP has spent much of his life talking about the poor. Judging by reports…

Frank Field would complete the Tories’ welfare reform jigsaw

17 May 2010 11:37

So now the coalition stretches as far as Labour, with the news that Frank Field is beinglined up as an…

Reasons for real hope amid the misplaced optimism

12 May 2010 18:41

Today’s civil partnership between two men who look uncannily like each other will, I suspect, be remembered as a festival…

Iain Duncan Smith’s appointment is a triumph for the welfare agenda

12 May 2010 12:33

Of all the Cabinet positions announced so far, one is more eyecatching, and holds more promise, than all the rest:…

Making social reform affordable

18 January 2010 15:31

Last week we heard that the Tory leadership are considering limiting their £20-a-week marriage tax break to make the policy…

The man who hopes to unseat Harman

25 November 2009 16:56

The papers have been stuffed with articles recently about the current crop of Tory party candidates – but few have…

Where to start cutting

21 November 2009 15:30

Michael Portillo believes that a future Tory government, like those that came before it, will not succeed in cutting public…

The centre left asks how? Well, here’s how

11 November 2009 13:46

The One Nation sentiments that David Cameron expressed at last night’s Hugo Young lecture have been almost uniformly applauded. Labour’s…

Iain Duncan Smith’s overlooked "affordable policy solutions"

28 October 2009 14:00

After his superb work with the Centre for Social Justice, it’s encouraging that Iain Duncan Smith is being tasked by…

Is David Cameron going to be the last Prime Minister of the United Kingdom?

12 October 2009 3:16

Could David Cameron be the last Prime Minister of the United Kingdom? Clearly we’re getting ahead of ourselves here, but……

Cameron’s revolutionary speech

8 October 2009 17:04

This was one of the best speeches I have heard David Cameron give. It may not have been a masterpiece…