Welfare reform

Iain Duncan Smith assesses the government’s welfare record

30 June 2017 13:00

When the Conservatives returned to power in 2010, in coalition with the Lib Dems, lifting people out of poverty was…

Iain Duncan Smith warns government in danger of ‘dividing society’

20 March 2016 10:28

In one of the most extraordinary political interviews of recent times, Iain Duncan Smith has warned that the government ‘is…

Stephen Crabb: how my mother inspired my vision of welfare reform

19 March 2016 11:00

Earlier, I republished my interview with Stephen Crabb, the new Work and Pensions Secretary. He was, then, Wales Secretary – not all…

Squeeze are wrong: the Tories are hellbent on fixing welfare, not destroying it

10 January 2016 14:33

Squeeze were at their best in the 1970s, and this morning demonstrated that their political ideas haven’t much evolved from…

If Iain Duncan Smith resigns over Osborne’s strivers tax, he’ll endanger his own legacy

7 November 2015 14:57

Yesterday, the Daily Telegraph disclosed that George Osborne was planning to open a second front in his rather bizarre confrontation…

Labour defaults to Universal Credit attack at welfare questions

7 September 2015 18:03

Labour has had a difficult summer over welfare, so it’s no surprise its frontbench played it safe at Work and Pensions questions today.…

Labour tries to calm row on welfare reform

13 July 2015 16:05

Labour is trying to clarify its position on welfare reform ahead of tonight’s PLP meeting. Sources say that the party…

David Cameron should support work through tax cuts, not more apprenticeships

27 January 2015 9:00

In a Telegraph interview, David Cameron today pledges to cut the welfare cap – to £23,000 from £26,000 – to…

Can Iain Duncan Smith force Labour to continue his welfare reforms?

25 November 2014 9:51

Iain Duncan Smith is taking the fight to Labour today, accusing them of being the ‘party of welfare’ with their…

Poverty comes in red and blue – a reply to the Guardian’s Michael White

18 November 2014 15:03

I have the honour of having my Ch4 Dispatches documentary, now available online, reviewed by Michael White in the Guardian today. I…

The NHS Wales disaster vindicates Tony Blair, not David Cameron

24 October 2014 11:09

As someone who believes that a Labour government would be a calamity for Britain, I ought not to mind the…

The Scottish jobs miracle is an argument for Union, not independence

17 September 2014 19:09

One of the more bizarre aspects of the Scottish independence debate is the idea that UK welfare reform somehow doesn’t…

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…

A bold plan to make welfare more personalised and responsive

22 July 2014 11:59

Jobs must surely be one of the great success stories of this government: 1.8 million more people in work, and…

Mental health and benefits: ministers get the wrong end of the stick

13 July 2014 17:19

Every so often when ministers are considering a policy, they send a little kite up to see how it’s received.…

Universal Credit ‘hasn’t been signed off’ – what does that mean?

8 July 2014 8:57

Is Universal Credit progressing as well as it should? Yesterday Sir Bob Kerslake, who is not consistently helpful to political…

The conservative case against Iain Duncan Smith

30 June 2014 18:04

Labour held a debate on Iain Duncan Smith’s stewardship of the welfare state today. Tory MPs backed their man, as…

The British jobs miracle

19 March 2014 22:38

George Osborne rather glossed over the single most solid piece of good news in the Budget today: the Jobs Miracle.…

Iain Duncan Smith ties himself into universal knots over welfare reform

9 March 2014 13:50

Will Universal Credit ever become universal and will the lowest paid still face an effective tax rate of a sometimes…

Why bishops are useful for the Left – for now

19 February 2014 15:22

Even though, as I said earlier, it makes sense for David Cameron to come out fighting in favour of his…