• 4 Mar 2012

    Edinburgh’s library services are threatened with cuts to the service overall, including reductions in hours, community and trade union activists say.

  • 3 Mar 2012

    The latest public sector jobs figures published by the Office for National Statistics make grim reading for those concerned with sustainable employment.

  • 23 Feb 2012

    Government plans to cut the housing benefit of social tenants with spare rooms will drive "thousands into poverty", the National Housing Federation has warned.

  • 6 Feb 2012

    “Britain’s social housing estates, once stepping stones of opportunity, are now ghettos for our poorest people,” Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, declared in 2009.

  • 30 Jan 2012

    Dear Iain

    You once described yourself as “the quiet man”. It didn't quite work for you at the time, which is a pity, because quietness implies a capacity for reflection, listening and, in the words of our Quaker 'Advices and Queries', for finding space to “consider it possible you may be mistaken”. These are not qualities which are much in evidence among our noisier politicians.

  • 26 Jan 2012

    The government has suffered its sixth defeat on its controversial Welfare Reform Bill, and disabled and anti-cuts campaigners are taking to the streets.

  • 23 Jan 2012

    The Welfare Reform Bill debate has now given way to open warfare, says Simon Barrow. These latest battles are as much about the soul (or lack of it) of the coalition project as they are about money or the demographics of power. The government can command majorities in both Houses. But it is losing the argument, losing good will and storing up massive costs - financial and political - for the future.

  • 23 Jan 2012

    With Liberal Democrats deeply divided on welfare reform, senior coalition figures have united to attack bishops and faith leaders over benefit capping.

  • 20 Jan 2012

    Why is the UK government so determined to slash benefits and public services for sick and disabled people and carers? Many people have pointed out the flaws in a harsh Welfare Reform Bill targeting those who are already badly-off.

  • 17 Jan 2012

    Speaking on BBC Radio 4's World at One, ahead of the House of Lords Welfare Reform Bill (WRB) debate today, Parliamentary-Under Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Maria Miller sought to sound reassuring and reasonable. But the key points she made were either highly debatable or plain wrong. And the stakes are high. The government is attempting to move from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to an untried Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and to cut around £2.7 billion from the benefits system for the most vulnerable people.