tax credits

Is George Osborne destined to be a lame tribute act for proper Labour politicians?

29 January 2016 13:38

Claiming credit for things that are nothing to do with you is where trouble starts in politics. You can claim…

Welfare reform is no longer the sole responsibility of the DWP

18 January 2016 15:22

The government came to office in 2010 with the promise of revolutionising the welfare state as we have known it.…

It’s time to smash the whole welfare system

27 November 2015 17:40

George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, with its backtracking on the slashing of tax credits, leaves a huge question hanging over 21st-century…

Why the tax credit cuts had to go

25 November 2015 19:51

In the peroration of his statement today, George Osborne declared that the Tories were ‘the mainstream representatives of the working…

Sketch: Chairman Mao gets flung across the Commons

25 November 2015 16:59

That was a funny way to say sorry. Osborne kicked off his autumn statement with a Niagara of self-congratulation. He…

George Osborne’s retreat on tax credits is genuine – and warmly welcome

25 November 2015 15:45

Today, George Osborne stepped back from the brink. The Chancellor has reversed his calamitous plan to tear away tax credits from…

Tracey Crouch interview: I wasn’t sure I wanted to be a minister

12 November 2015 9:28

Usually when the Prime Minister offers a backbencher their first ministerial post, they trip over their shoelaces in the rush…

George Osborne and the death of Tory idealism

11 November 2015 8:13

The kindest way to treat your enemies is to hate them. Hate them and you don’t understand them or their…

Does George Osborne really want to make himself the scourge of the strivers?

6 November 2015 11:59

Without George Osborne, we’d probably be living under Prime Minister Ed Miliband right now. His value to the government goes…

Five solutions for avoiding cuts to tax credits

5 November 2015 12:32

While the Tories are still thinking about how to solve their tax credits quandary, the Resolution Foundation has come up with…

PMQs: jeering Tories let themselves down

4 November 2015 13:24

Today’s session of Prime Minister’s Questions was pointless. Describing any session as pointless is in itself a little pointless, as…

Osborne’s ‘living wage’ will help richer households the most

1 November 2015 15:09

Last week’s tax credit debacle has highlighted how even well-informed people believe that the £9 minimum wage (misleadingly dubbed ‘living…

The real problem is George Osborne’s attitude to budgets

30 October 2015 17:18

The government’s reaction to Monday night’s vote on tax credits was to institute a review of the Lords’ powers. The…

The public oppose the tax credit cuts, according to a new poll

30 October 2015 13:30

Voters support reducing the size of the welfare state but not necessarily through cutting tax credits. According to a new…

What can George Osborne do to fix the tax credits mess?

29 October 2015 18:50

The government needs to get thinking quickly about a new tax credits proposal that is acceptable to the Commons and…

Tory MPs hold their breath for tax credit changes

29 October 2015 11:00

George Osborne received a fulsome banging of desks last night at the 1922 Committee, joking that he should come back…

Heidi Allen mistaken for a Labour MP by national radio station

28 October 2015 17:18

After Heidi Allen gave a barnstorming maiden speech last week criticising her own party over tax credit cuts, the Tory…

PMQs: Corbyn hones his skills as Leader of the Opposition, but not as an election winner

28 October 2015 13:36

Jeremy Corbyn’s growing confidence at Prime Minister’s Questions is almost perfectly in step with his growing unpopularity outside the Chamber.…

William Hague prepares to go to war in the Lords

28 October 2015 11:42

On Monday night the Tories were narrowly defeated in the Lords by 289 to 272 on their plans to cut…

John McDonnell vs. George Osborne on tax credits: a surprisingly calm and serious affair

27 October 2015 14:27

George Osborne and John McDonnell went head-to-head at Treasury Questions today and one topic predictably dominated: tax credits. There was a…

Ministers must now work out how to avoid a similar showdown with the Lords

27 October 2015 13:25

Unsurprisingly, the double defeat in the Lords on tax credits came up at Cabinet today. Baroness Stowell, Leader of the…

Chris Grayling: we’ll figure out how to take a measured approach with the Lords ‘in the next few hours’

27 October 2015 9:26

After the government’s humiliating defeats in the House of Lords yesterday over tax credits, how will it seek revenge on…

Going to war with the Lords over tax credits would retoxify the Conservatives

26 October 2015 21:09

With a gossamer Tory majority in the Commons and no majority at all in the Lords, confrontation between the two chambers…

Number 10 lashes out at Lords on tax credits vote

26 October 2015 20:50

Number 10’s response to the government being defeated twice in the Lords on tax credits is, unsurprisingly, to say that…

Government defeated twice in the Lords on tax credits

26 October 2015 20:16

The government was defeated twice in the Lords tonight on tax credits, with the motions put down by Baroness Meacher…