Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of attempting to hide the bad news by announcing it at the same time as the Autumn Statement

New Universal Credit benefits system to miss 2017 deadline, admit ministers

Around 700,000 claimants will not transfer to the new system until 2018 at the earliest, Department of Work and Pensions admits

George Osborne said in June that the savings from delaying the state pension age were 'absolutely enormous'

Autumn Statement will make the winter of old age colder and harder for today's young people

Will there even be state pensions by the time my children grow up?

What have we learned from the Autumn Statement?

The plan is working, the Chancellor said with a smile

Harriet Harman: Amazon should give a donation to a women’s refuge

PMQs: Are Clegg, Cameron and Osborne now leaders of the besieged centre?

There was plenty of interest in the House of Commons today, but first Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman unexpectedly managed to embarrass herself

David Cameron is currently on a three day trip to China

No tax cuts until end of decade says Prime Minister with married couples set to benefit further

Prime Minister said austerity measures will remain in place past 2018 but would like to “extend” tax breaks for married couples when possible

The Leader of the Commons, Andrew Lansley, and his Liberal Democrat deputy, Tom Brake, have proposed that in future years no more than three amendments to the Queen’s Speech will be allowed

Andy McSmith's Diary: An ingenious solution to blue-on-blue attacks - ban them

It’s the blue-on-blue attacks that really upset David Cameron, when Tory MPs launch a raid against their own government.

The BBC Trust has rejected a complaint over its decision not to play Ding, Dong, The Witch Is Dead in full after Lady Thatcher's death

BBC defends decision to ban 'Ding, Dong, The Witch Is Dead' song after Lady Thatcher's death

The song was at the centre of a campaign by opponents of the former prime minister who tried to get it to top the charts after she died

UK construction sector growing at its fastest pace in six years

Britain's construction sector expanded at its fastest pace in six years in November, hitting its highest levels of output and employment since August 2007, according to newly released data.

Boris Johnson is seen as a possible challenger to David Cameron's leadership of the Conservative Party

David Cameron brushes Boris Johnson aside over IQ comments

The Prime Minister has asserted that the London mayor was speaking for himself when he commented that some people are not clever enough to be a success

Lloyds confirms Lord Blackwell as next chairman

Lloyds Banking Group today confimed that Lord Blackwell will be its next chairman putting an end to weeks of speculation.

David Cameron will hope his China trade delegation make good progress

The money shot: David Cameron’s Chinese entourage

Cameron’s priorities clear as stars of British business join trade mission

Official figures have revealed that the Government is breaking its promise to ensure that a new council house or flat is built to replace every one sold to tenants

Ministers ‘breaking promise over new council homes’

The Government is breaking its promise to ensure that a new council house or flat is built to replace every one sold to tenants, official figures have revealed.

Back to square one: Isa Muaza’s botched deportation reflects badly on Britain

Ms May should reconsider her approach to this case, and to others like it

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement should have good news on the deficit and employment – even if the national debt remains disturbingly high

Things are looking up for the economy, but don't get too excited

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement should have good news on the deficit and employment – even if the national debt remains disturbingly high

Mr Miliband deserves a break

He understands people's problems and has a good grasp of policy detail

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