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The Government has announced a £5million expansion of the Mandatory Work Activity scheme, requiring more jobseekers to do a month's full time activity to help them back into work. The expansion will allow for as many as 60-70,000 referrals to the scheme each year

The IPPR briefing, The Long View, contributed to by the CBI, stresses the importance of addressing long-term public services reform challenges now

Rachel Reeves MP, Labour's shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, in response to reports that the government is to make partial u-turns on the pasty tax and caravan tax, said

 

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The UK did better than many other rich countries in reducing child poverty and deprivation during the early years of the financial crisis. But the current government's policies to reduce spending will reverse this, and more children will grow up in poverty

 

New fraud and error figures show why fundamental reform of the benefits system is so vital, Ministers said today

 

Responding to the announcement today (Tuesday) that the government is to cut the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) budget, outsource its helpline and scale back the public sector equalities duty, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said..

 

The Commons Public Accounts Committee publishes its 84th Report of Session 2010-12, Department for Work and Pensions: the introduction of the Work Programme

 

Low to middle income households were reliant on borrowing to fund much of their spending for more than a decade before the financial crisis, according to a new report for the independent think tank the Resolution Foundation

 

Thousands of people who have been on sickness benefits for more than 15 years have been found fit to work and will now get support to help them back into a job, new analysis reveals today

 

Thousands of public sector employees will be taking industrial action across the country today against the unrelenting onslaught on their pensions by the government

 

Thousands of public sector employees will be taking industrial action across the country tomorrow (Thursday, 10 May) against the unrelenting onslaught on their pensions by the government

 

Letters are being sent this week to households who may be affected by the benefit cap, Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud has announced

 

A new TUC Touchstone pamphlet published today (Friday) argues that successive governments have undermined the social security system so that it no longer enjoys popular support

 

Top economic organisation, the OECD, has been asked to investigate the ‘blatant violations’ perpetrated by Liverpool packaging company, Mayr-Melnhof Packaging (MMP), which has unlawfully dismissed more than 140 workers

 

A civil service pension scheme has become the government's first mutualised Whitehall service

 

A rise in the cost of stamps has come into force after weeks of stockpiling by some consumers

 

Unite, Britain's biggest union, has given Ford UK notice of its intention to hold a ballot for industrial action over pensions

 

Today the Pensions Policy Institute publishes new research which considers the implications for retirement income of Government policies to extend working lives

 

Public Accounts Committee publishes report which, on the basis of evidence from the Cabinet Office, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Ministry of Justice, examined changes to arm's length bodies across government

 

Many multi-national companies are paying a lower rate of tax on their profits than most people pay on their income or when buying items subject to VAT, the TUC says today (Thursday) as it urges the government to launch a comprehensive review of the tax system to ensure that everyone pays their fair share

 

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