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The party would also add more than £100 a week to match the minimum wage

Over 200,000 people have contacted their council for help following the last cut to benefits, however councils cannot keep up with the demand

'Bedroom tax' and benefits cuts draining councils’ emergency funds

Authorities had been forced to dip into funds allocated to other services to cope with the surge in numbers of households appealing for help

Ed Balls will tell the Fabian society that Labour 'will look at new ways of delivering public services'

Labour toughens fiscal policy with promise to reduce national debt

Shadow Chancellor: ‘We will have to govern with less money ... we will have to make cuts too.’

Needham: she went on to fight charges for home helps, and day-centre closures

Ivy Needham: Campaigner who was awarded an MBE for her efforts to claw back millions of pounds for the Maxwell pensioners

Ivy Needham was in her late sixties and coming to terms with the loss of both her sight and hearing when she was thrust into the forefront of the campaign to get back the pension funds stolen by Robert Maxwell from his staff and from pensioners who had worked for his companies.

Davos 2014: Larry Summers slams George Osborne in fiery exchange over austerity

Larry Summers suggested the Chancellor's spending cuts prevented the British economy from growing sooner

Mark Leftly: British business must make contingency plans in case the Scots decide to go their own way

Westminster Outlook: North of the border, BAE builds an array of warships for the Ministry of Defence

The more modern town of Salford, where the latest investment of the English Cities Fund is expected to be announced

Radical thinking could back new towns with pension funds

Could Britain’s chronic housing shortage be solved by using insurers’ assets? Jamie Dunkley and Russell Lynch report

Young Syrian refugees play at the 'Container City' refugee camp at Oncupinar, Turkey

The situation for Syria's refugees is desperate. Our Government must now sign up to the UN's resettlement plan

Why are ministers so resistant to provide this limited help?

The News Matrix: Thursday 23 January 2014

Talks aim to defuse violent protests

Iain Duncan Smith opposes plans for £12bn of further cuts from next year

IDS: 'Conservatives are winning the argument on welfare'

The Conservatives are winning the argument against Labour on welfare because the debate is no longer about how much money is spent, Iain Duncan Smith will claim today.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: The S-word prompts an unseemly bout of consensus

MPs can be quite good at raising something without actually mentioning it. “As the Deputy Prime Minister knows, sorry is still the hardest word to say,” Labour’s Michael McCann said, misquoting Elton John in a preamble to a question which had nothing to with That Lib Dem Crisis.

Andy McSmith's Diary: Aidan Burley is not anti-Semitic - he's just stupid and very convincing

Aidan Burley, the Tory MP who bought a Nazi uniform for a friend to wear at a stag party, is presumably relieved by the conclusions of a report by Lord Gold, a Tory peer who was asked by the party to look into the affair. He concluded Mr Burley “is not a bad man, still less a racist or an anti-Semite” but he is stupid.

Sorry, David Blunkett – but Russell Brand has a point

Politics seems abstract, completely removed from everyday life

Ed Miliband said the Labour Party had become ‘the champion of competition’

PMQs review: Quarterback Miliband leaves the field of play with his legs intact

As some of the keen watchers of the game predicted, he chose the Syria Tactic

YouTube mashup shows Ed Balls' head bobs like the dog from the Churchill advert

Another week and another round of Prime Minister's Questions with very few answers. Yet although the reasons for Cameron and Miliband's mutual mocking changes, look a little closer and you will notice there is always one constant.

Pimco chief executive Mohamed El-Erian to leave firm

California-based Pimco gave no reason for El-Erian's departure

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