Labour: we would cut benefits bill

Labour: we would cut benefits bill Liam Byrne calls for cross-party talks and claims Tory opponent is wasting £1.4bn on mistakes within department.
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35 of 1,000 sacked Remploy workers have found new jobs, says Labour

Government urged to halt closure of factories that provide employment for disabled people as those made redundant struggle for workLabour has called for a halt to the closure of Remploy factories, which provide employment for disabled people, after it emerged that despite ministerial promises to help sacked workers back into work only 3% of those […]
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Jobseekers: slump in numbers entering government ‘back-to-work’ scheme

Coalition work programme ‘grinding to a halt’, warns Labour, as total July referrals halve, year on yearGovernment plans to get jobless people into work are “grinding to a halt”, Labour warned, after official figures revealed that the numbers being referred to the flagship employment scheme have slumped.Figures newly published show there were 878,000 referrals to […]
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450,000 disabled people to lose out under universal credit, study finds

One in 10 disabled households with children fear they might lose their home as a result of cuts, report saysNearly half a million disabled people and their families could lose up to £58 a week under the coalition’s flagship welfare policy – cuts so deep that one in 10 disabled households with children fear they […]
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Labour in Commons challenge over big benefit shakeup

Ian Duncan Smith faces questions over whether he should delay implementation of universal credit until key issues are settledIain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, is being urged to clarify whether he is on course to start implementing the biggest postwar change in welfare payment next April amid signs the cost is escalating.Labour is […]
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Duncan Smith complains of bias at BBC

Minister singles out economics editor Stephanie Flanders, accusing her of ‘peeing all over British industry’Iain Duncan Smith’s department has made a formal complaint to the BBC claiming its coverage of the government is biased.The work and pensions secretary singled out the broadcaster’s economics editor, Stephanie Flanders, for the harshest criticism, accusing her of “peeing all […]
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Pension industry denies Labour claims of ripping off savers

Association of British Insurers accuse ministers of using outdated information and focusing on specialist schemesLabour was embroiled in a row with pensions providers on Sunday over accusations that the pensions industry is ripping off savers and denying them a decent retirement.The Association of British Insurers, which represents the largest pension providers, said Labour had used […]
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Labour attacks work programme ‘chaos’ after forecasts revised

Government almost halves number of people expected to use scheme, raising fears of job losses among welfare-to-work staffThe government’s flagship employment scheme is facing an “almighty mess”, Labour has said, after a revision of official forecasts showed a million fewer people would be eligible.In the latest blow to the work programme, in which companies are […]
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Work programme is successful, ministers claim

Data shows one in four on scheme has stayed off benefits for 13 weeks, but no figures on how many have found a jobThe government’s flagship employment scheme is working, ministers have claimed, after data was released showing about one in four jobless people who had joined the work programme had stayed off benefits for […]
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Pay freeze to last until 2020

Thinktank says rich will prosper but ‘squeezed middle’ will not regain pre-recession earning power for eight yearsMillions of ordinary families are unlikely to see their earnings return to pre-recession levels until at least 2020, a report from a leading thinktank has warned. But it predicts that the income of the wealthy will continue to rise […]
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