Housing benefit

Government loses ‘bedroom tax’ vote

5 September 2014 14:02

The government has just lost a vote in the House of Commons on the ‘bedroom tax’/removal of the spare-room subsidy/underoccupancy…

Rachel Reeves’s ‘staggering’ and ‘astonishing’ future of welfare speech

7 August 2014 11:26

Rachel Reeves, the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, gave a speech earlier this week on the future of the welfare…

Lib Dem manifesto horsetrading begins

2 April 2014 18:09

After Tim Farron set out a new position for the Lib Dems on the ‘bedroom tax’ this morning, Labour wants…

Removing housing benefit for under-25s will help glue families together

10 October 2013 12:23

People who support removing housing benefit for young people always focus on two arguments: finance and fairness. The former concerns…

Tory MPs complained to the Prime Minister about the bedroom tax at a lunch. Picture: Getty

Tory MPs lobby David Cameron on the ‘bedroom tax’

4 March 2013 17:25

Liam Byrne launched Labour’s campaign on the ‘bedroom tax’ today, while Helen Goodman, who was the Labour minister responsible for…

Damian McBride giving evidence to MPs this morning.

The ‘bedroom tax’ shows Downing Street does need a Damian McBride character

27 February 2013 13:14

MPs are debating that Cut With the Awkward Name, the Under-occupation of Social Housing: Housing Benefit Entitlement, also known by…

PMQs sketch: Ed Miliband vs David Cameron on the ‘bedroom tax’

6 February 2013 16:06

It was cynical. It was shameless. It was low-down politics in every way. But Miliband’s stunt at PMQs very nearly…

PMQs: Ed Miliband’s ‘bedroom tax’ attacks ignore the facts

6 February 2013 12:58

At a particularly unedifying PMQs today, one Labour MP even suggested that ministers need cognitive behavioural therapy. The cause of…

The Tories have been consulting their members on what their welfare policy should be for 2015. Picture: Getty

Cut housing benefit for under-25s? Yes, but be careful, say Tory members

4 December 2012 10:00

George Osborne might have failed to get his housing benefit cut for the under-25s past the Lib Dems in time…

Tim Loughton on a visit as Children's Minister. Picture: Getty

Sacked ministers make trouble at Treasury questions

6 November 2012 15:08

Treasury Questions was a little quieter than usual today: George Osborne is away and so Ed Balls left the questions…

Low-paid workers are often recipients of housing benefit. Picture: Getty

David Cameron must beware of hitting his dream ‘striver’ voters

9 October 2012 16:33

Now that the Tories have at least agreed within their own party that they can find £10 billion of further…

Waiting for welfare reform

6 November 2010 10:31

After a summer of sporadic announcements, IDS’ welfare reforms will be published in a white paper next week. As in…

EXCLUSIVE: What about those who aren’t pulling a housing benefit scam?

3 November 2010 18:16

Most sensible taxpayers think Britain’s current housing benefit costs to be a terrific scam. In the last five years the…

It is when Boris comes from the right that he is a threat to Cameron

30 October 2010 18:21

The ease with which Number 10 dealt with Boris Johnson’s sally on housing benefit has revealed something important. A challenge…