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Universal Credit shambles uncovered in new report

A damning report by the National Audit Office has severely criticised the government’s Universal Credit reforms.

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Lobbying Bill “lets Lynton Crosby off the hook, but gags charities and campaigners from having a say.”

TweetThe government’s proposed Lobbying Bill has come under heavy criticism amid fears that it will adversely affect charities and other organisations. The Bill would place a cap on the amount that organisations, not including political parties, can spend during elections. Shadow Leader of the House of Commons Angela Eagle has said: “This is a Bill […]

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Unhealthy lifestyles and government inaction

A new study from the British Heart Foundation reveals shocking statistics about how unhealthy British kids are. But if the government is serious about improving children’s health it has to do something about poverty.

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Lib Dem members prefer 2015 coalition with Labour to continuing one with Tories

Liberal Democrat members would overwhelmingly prefer a post-2015 alliance with Labour to a continuing one with the Tories, according to a new poll for the Liberal Democrat Voice website.

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Legal aid changes will allow abuses of power by public authorities against the most vulnerable

Last week justice secretary Chris Grayling withdrew his proposal to deny those accused in the criminal courts and reliant on legal aid the right to choose who will represent them.

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Amnesty International condemns coalition for assault on disabled

At its AGM on April 14 2013, Amnesty International UK passed a resolution on the Human Rights of sick and disabled people in the UK.

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Manufacturing’s ‘winter of discontent’ continues

Claims by the coalition government that the UK’s beleaguered manufacturing sector is beginning to show signs of recovery were dealt another blow this week by the reliable Markit/CIPS purchasing managers’ index (PMI), which showed that manufacturing contracted in the first quarter of 2013.

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Cutting the minimum wage won’t be what boosts growth

At a time when the mainstream political discourse seems preoccupied with boosting low pay, living wages and a citizens income it seems odd that the Conservatives would float the idea of reducing the National Minimum Wage. As many have rushed to point out, most evidence suggests that it boosts growth, putting money in the pockets of those most likely to spend

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Comment: Mean, miserable legislation from a mean, miserable government

TweetBy Caroline Lucas MP (Green Party, Brighton Pavilion) MPs are today debating a grossly unfair piece of legislation that proposes to sever the long-standing link between welfare support and inflation. If it makes it onto the statute books, the Welfare Benefit Uprating Bill will, without question hit the poorest in our society the hardest, including […]

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The mid-term report, and the report on that report

TweetThis afternoon saw a reaffirmation of coalition vows from the Conservatives and Lib Dems, along with a host of statements of values, all outlined in their ‘mid-term report’. Inevitably, Labour has retorted with a document of their own outlining the ways in which they believe the coalition to have failed. Differences between government and opposition […]

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