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Iain Duncan Smith has suggested being on benefits is a form of slavery and he is like abolitionist William Wilberforce through his introduction of welfare reforms.

Boris's comments on ‘hasty, rash, precipitous’ cyclists is classic government victim-blaming

Despite the recent deaths on London's roads, Johnson seems to believe that it is the personal choices of cyclists that determine their safety

Britons who are out of work for several years will be required to work full-time on community projects to receive state unemployment payments

Osborne's jobcentre reform is more ‘tough luck’ than ‘tough love’

Does anyone think turning up on a daily basis will really help?

Crackdown on company pension ‘rip-off charges’

OFT has found that complex fees can wipe out up to a third of a fund’s value

Iain Duncan Smith defended the universal credit system against claims it was badly managed and losing money

Universal credit chaos: Labour demands apology from Iain Duncan Smith over 'cover-up'

The Work and Pensions Secretary addressed the Commons after claims he misled Parliament over failures in the Government's flagship benefits reform programme

Labour’s Liam Byrne claims Iain Duncan Smith (pictured) has lost control of his department

Universal Credit crunch: Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reform wastes £34m – so far

Department for Work and Pensions beset by ‘weak management and poor governance’ according to the Government's own auditors, while benefits programme attacked as ‘titanic IT disaster’ by opposition

'Education underclass' of children in the UK is still in nappies when they start school

Report slams Britain's poorest parents for not preparing their children to begin lessons at five, and criticises education system for not doing more to promote 'social justice'

White working-class boys are ‘an educational underclass’ think-tank warns

White working-class British boys are in danger of becoming an “educational under-class”, the head of an influential think-tank said today.

Flower power: Prince Charles, supports alternative therapies

Private talks between Prince Charles and Cabinet ministers took place on dozens of occasions since last election

Future king's has had seven separate meetings with the PM since May 2010, and 36 in all with Coalition frontbenchers

Department for Work and Pensions forced to spend £1m on extra staff after IT delay

More than 100 civil servants will have to be employed to manually verify whether people should be hit by the new benefit cap, because of delays to the Government’s IT system for its welfare reform programme.

Labour have accused Iain Duncan Smith of letting Atos spin out of control

Value for money? Watchdog turns focus on Atos - the firm that tests people claiming sickness and disability benefits

Atos Healthcare has been paid £754m for the tests since 2005

Protesters carry placards during a protest against Atos outside the company's head office in London last year

Atos to lose monopoly after 'flawed and unacceptable' disability benefit assessments

More than 40 per cent of the reports carried out on disability benefit claimants by the back-to-work assessor Atos are flawed and unacceptable, according to an audit commissioned by the Government.

Immigration, crime, benefits: Everything you know about the state of the nation is wrong

The world we think we live in simply does not exist, and the media and politicians share the blame

A TV screen shows Edward Snowden appearing on the news, at a restaurant in Hong Kong

Snowden's case shows it's not easy to gain refugee status

If you read the tabloids you might think the UK is full of asylum seekers lazing about in Hampstead council mansions

'Telephone tax': Government departments investigated over use of premium-rate phone lines

Department for Transport earned £2.5 million from calls in two years

Back-to-work tests are unjust, says Archbishop

The Government’s back-to-work welfare assessments have been attacked by Scotland’s leading Catholic cleric.

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