Authorities had been forced to dip into funds allocated to other services to cope with the surge in numbers of households appealing for help
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Monday 13 January 2014
In the often unintelligible acronym- and jargon-crazed world of Work and Pensions Questions, no-one could accuse the right-wing Tory Philip Davies of not telling it like he thinks it is.
Monday 02 December 2013
The DWP said In Work Credits created a perverse incentive not to work as they were only open to claimants once they had been on benefits for a year
Monday 12 August 2013
Shadow immigration minister Chris Bryant has backed down from his blunt claim that the supermarket giant Tesco had undercut the wages of its British employees by recruiting from eastern Europe.
Cameron's new star advisor Jim Messina accused of involvement in 'the most homophobic political advert in US history'
Sunday 04 August 2013
The allegations date back to Messina's time as chief of staff to Max Baucus
Tuesday 11 June 2013
The gentleman appreciates beauty in many spheres of human endeavour
Thursday 29 November 2012
UK Border Agency staff failed to check thousands of tip-offs about overseas students including whether they had actually enrolled on courses, a report said today.
Tuesday 27 November 2012
Our diarist on the frosty welcome awaiting the return of the native
Thursday 01 November 2012
When it comes to the Leveson Inquiry, David Cameron is full of warm words. Yesterday's Prime Minister's Questions was no exception. For all that Labour's Steve Rotherham tried to goad him, Mr Cameron was full of reassurances about the need for proper regulation of the press and reminders that it was he who had set up the probe in the first place.
Thursday 18 October 2012
David Cameron is under pressure to release private emails exchanged with Rebekah Brooks that he has withheld from the Leveson Inquiry, after extraordinary scenes in the House of Commons in which he refused to answer a question on the issue.
Wednesday 17 October 2012
Labour says Downing Street must show there is no cover-up over News Corp messages
Saturday 04 August 2012
Mississippi's Governor has described the refusal by a predominantly white church to allow a black couple to get married there as "unfortunate".
Sunday 22 July 2012
The Home Office allowed 250 foreign criminals who should have been deported at the end of their prison sentences to stay in Britain without their cases being considered by a court, it was reported today.
Thursday 28 June 2012
"Isn't it stupid that," the Tory lady began – and then stopped. What a world of possibilities opened up for us. What is stupid is the Government hasn't offered free puppies to all children under five. No wonder their reputation for competence is shot.
Tuesday 22 May 2012
The Commons standards watchdog has been asked to examine claims that three former News International executives lied to MPs examining the phone-hacking scandal.
Thursday 22 March 2012
A Government minister was urged to “recognise the importance of geography” today after claiming Britain was bigger than Morocco.
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
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- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'