News Iain Duncan Smith blamed civil servants for not giving him the full picture of teething problems of universal credit

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.

Unemployed to be forced to sign up to Universal Jobmatch website at the centre of security concerns

Jobseekers complain that they don’t want to upload sensitive information, such as a CV

University cleaners demonstrate in London for a better living wage

Living Wage campaign's success shows politics at its very best

It's people-powered change that helps the poor and unites politicians

The Deputy Prime Minister mounted a vigorous defence of the coalition's welfare reforms

Cut benefits for wealthy pensioners, says Nick Clegg

The Deputy Prime Minister mounted a vigorous defence of the coalition's welfare reforms

Cleaners desperate for a pay rise left a note making their case on the Whitehall desk occupied during the day by Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary

Workers clean up after request for pay rise in IDS’s in-tray

Letter left for Work and Pensions Secretary results in 500 receiving the London Living Wage

Striving doesn't pay in today's Britain

As the Autumn Statement looms, the Government's failure to get Britain back to work will take centre stage, but who will pay the price? The country's welfare bill is an incredible £24bn higher than forecast, and rising, it seems, as unemployment remains higher than at the last election.

Iain Duncan Smith says welfare shake-up is biggest since the war

Universal credit system risks plunging vulnerable families into debt, warn MPs

Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, believes the reform represents the biggest shake-up of the welfare system since the Second World War

EU plans to go ahead on budget without Cameron

David Cameron has come under increasing pressure to rein in Eurosceptic members of his party after it emerged that frustrated European Union officials have begun drawing up a plan to pass a crucial seven-year budget without the UK.

Benefits could be frozen in next round of cuts

Some state benefits could be frozen next April under a Coalition trade-off being discussed by senior Cabinet ministers as they draw up a new round of welfare cuts.

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters during a campaign rally at the Hy Vee Center in Des Moines, Iowa

Tory minister Iain Duncan Smith hits out at 'appalling demonisation' of Mitt Romney in the UK media

In a break from the usual diplomatic conventions Mr Duncan Smith appeared last night to take sides in the US presidential election by making comments on Mitt Romney's business credentials

Drags to riches: Lily Savage

Boyd Tonkin: Why (some) celebs deserve applause in print

The Week In Books

If the bald look is a boon in business, why doesn’t it work in politics?

The bald head apparently now represents potency and decisiveness, but shiny-headed men are still on the sidelines

Osborne to cut Coalition's welfare budget by another £10bn a year

George Osborne will today announce moves to cut welfare spending by a further £10bn a year as he warns the Conservative conference that Britain will face continuing economic pain.

Almost 1.2m low paid people could see benefits reduced under new government scheme

Almost 1.2m low paid people could see the state handouts which top up their wages reduced unless they work longer hours, according to report published today.

Editorial: This One Nation Labour could prove a winner

Ed Miliband left the Tories looking more vulnerable than at any time since the last election

The DWP, where the Secretary of State is Iain Duncan Smith, launched an inquiry into A4e which resulted in it being stripped of one of its contracts to help the jobless find work in May after ministers concluded that continuing would be 'too great a risk'. However, the company still holds 11 contracts with the Government

Ministers missed key evidence of fraud in welfare-to-work scheme

MPs condemn DWP for lax management of A4e and failure to identify malpractice

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links