government cuts

  • 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.

  • 5 Jan 2012

    New evidence from the Institute for Fiscal Studies for the Family and Parenting Institute shows government policies and cuts hitting vulnerable families hard.

  • 31 Dec 2011

    The political ride in Britain, in Europe and more widely is set to get bumpier, sometimes alarming, and never less than fascinating, says Simon Barrow. But the key question remains: who does (and who should?) call the shots in shaping the capacity of our key institutions both to respond to popular pressures and to ride the economic tiger?

  • 14 Dec 2011

    Attacks on benefits and services are nothing new, but the situation has now become a crisis, as the latest vote in the House of Lords ( illustrates. But now is not the time to give up.

  • 14 Dec 2011

    An amendment to protect the benefits of disabled children once Universal Credit is introduced has been defeated in the House of Lords.

  • 10 Dec 2011

    The PM's decision to veto EU treaty reform on financial regulation and fiscal consolidation has drawn huge criticism, but so have some Euro proposals.