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Around 700,000 claimants will not transfer to the new system until 2018 at the earliest, Department of Work and Pensions admits
Sir Jeremy personally intervenes to stop Work and Pensions Secretary blaming Robert Devereux for universal credit programme debacle
To the public this is no more than an SW1 issue, to the Whitehall mandarins it represents an earthquake
A benefits fraudster who fled to the Costa del Sol ahead of sentencing in 2008 has been jailed for three years.
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
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'
Future king's has had seven separate meetings with the PM since May 2010, and 36 in all with Coalition frontbenchers
Atos Healthcare has been paid £754m for the tests since 2005
These departments only account for around 20 per cent of the cuts George Osborne needs to make
Ms Phillips found mirth in the aftermath of Woolwich. Plus, let's hope the Commons treats IDS gently over this statistics snafu
As The Independent reports, Iain Duncan Smith appeared to backtrack today over his controversial suggestion that better off pensioners should hand back their winter fuel allowances and free bus passes and TV licences to the Government.
Alan Milburn and Baroness Shephard call on Government to ‘put its money where its mouth is’
Ministers tonight significantly scaled back plans to begin piloting their controversial universal credit programme next month amid fears that the scheme is behind schedule and facing major problems.
Explosion in numbers dependent on hand-outs from 29,000 in 2009-10 to nearly 300,000 in 2012-13
Labour claimed the controversial "bedroom tax" was unravelling after the Government exempted foster carers and parents of armed forces personnel from housing benefit deductions if they have spare rooms.
This was a venom-free cri de coeur, as anyone who read it would have spotted