A protest in Trafalgar Square in 1990 against the poll tax.
Will this be the coalition’s poll tax moment?
By George Eaton - 10 January 11:20

The 10 per cent cut to Council Tax Benefit will force many to pay the tax for the first time. It could prove the most disastrous of the coalition's welfare reforms.

How academies covertly select pupils
By George Eaton - 10 January 8:50

The Academies Commission warns that the schools are gaming the system by holding "social" events with prospective parents and pre-admission meetings.

The dangers of payment-by-results in probation
By Sonia Sodha - 09 January 18:30

Grayling's reforms show the coalition hasn't learned from the failure of the Work Programme.

What does a left-wing 'rebalancing' look like?
By Andrew Harrop - 09 January 15:57

To stand apart from Cameron and Clegg, Miliband needs a radical agenda for the bottom half of the labour market.

Balls would "retire to the back benches" if Miliband tried to move him
By George Eaton - 09 January 14:15

Allies of the shadow chancellor tell Kevin Maguire that he won't accept another job in the shadow cabinet.

PMQs review: Miliband edges a stale contest
By George Eaton - 09 January 13:11

The Labour leader found his stride after declaring that Cameron was "a PR man who can't even do a relaunch".

We should use Winter Fuel Payments to fund social care reform
By Paul Burstow - 09 January 11:29

Asking the better off to sacrifice a £300-a-year benefit, could save the same people tens of thousands of pounds in care bills.

Who are the Lib Dem welfare rebels?
By George Eaton - 09 January 9:21

Four Lib Dems, including Sarah Teather and Julian Huppert, voted against the bill and two abstained.

Cameron's EU strategy puts party interests before the national interest
By Douglas Alexander - 08 January 17:01

A pledge to hold an in/out referendum will appease Tory MPs, but it will not deliver for Britain.

David Miliband's speech against the Welfare Uprating Bill: full text
By David Miliband - 08 January 16:24

"It is intolerable then to blame the unemployed for their poverty and our deficit."

The poorest and the disabled are hit hardest by the benefit cuts
By George Eaton - 08 January 14:52

The government's Impact Assessment shows that the poorest 10 per cent of households lose the most from the decision to raise benefits by just 1 per cent.

The coalition's cap on benefit increases will mean a surge in child poverty
By Alison Garnham - 08 January 11:21

Raising benefits by less than the rate of inflation is a poverty-producing policy.

Childcare tax breaks risk helping the rich the most
By Vidhya Alakeson - 08 January 10:08

At present, there are almost no voucher recipients among the poorest 40 per cent of households.

Why the Welfare Uprating Bill deserves to be defeated
By George Eaton - 08 January 8:34

Osborne's plan to cut benefits will force more of the poorest families to choose between heating and eating.

Clegg has nothing to lose and much to gain from his phone-in show
By Richard Morris - 07 January 16:39

The Lib Dem leader should use his new LBC radio slot to give his critics both barrels.

Cameron commits to TV debates in 2015
By George Eaton - 07 January 15:34

After being accused by Labour of "running scared", Cameron says "we should go on having" TV debates.

Lord Hill, the new leader of the House of Lords.
Cameron promotes Lord Hill: the minister who tried to resign
By George Eaton - 07 January 13:14

Lord Hill, the minister who Cameron wouldn't listen to, replaces Lord Strathclyde as leader of the House of Lords.

Is David Miliband set for a shadow cabinet return in 2014?
By George Eaton - 07 January 11:08

The former foreign secretary "is beginning to give serious thought" to a comeback.

New Statesman
Coalition Mid-Term review: David Cameron and Nick Clegg's foreword
By New Statesman - 07 January 9:01

"We will continue to put political partisanship to one side to govern in the long-term interests of the country."

Would a new Lib Dem leader help the Tories win in 2015?
By George Eaton - 07 January 8:38

Why some Tories believe that the replacement of Clegg with Vince Cable or Tim Farron is essential to their election chances.

British business recognises that the UK belongs in the EU
By David Miliband - 05 January 16:54

The EU is an asset for Britain, not a hindrance. Unlike Tory MPs, our businesses haven't forgotten that.

Goal posts stand in a children's park in the Gorton area of Manchester.
Our welfare system is broken, but Labour and the Tories just trade myths
By Rafael Behr - 04 January 16:13

Rather than arguing about policy and practice, both parties encourage a futile debate about motivation and motive.

Balls's job guarantee is a left-wing idea wrapped in right-wing rhetoric
By Hannah Meltzer - 04 January 15:29

Labour's 'tough' message risks encouraging the belief that benefit claimants seek to avoid work.

What the Lib Dems need to do to get back on track in 2013
By Richard Morris - 04 January 14:46

Stopping the worst excesses of the Tories is not enough. The party needs radical new policies.

The poll that shows Labour can win the argument over benefits
By George Eaton - 04 January 13:23

The better educated people are about the benefits system, the less likely they are to support the coalition's reforms.

The child benefit reforms are a disaster waiting to happen
By Amna Silim - 04 January 10:22

Osborne has underestimated the perverse incentives that removing the benefit from higher earners will create.

Cameron defends "intense" conversation with Rebekah Brooks
By George Eaton - 04 January 8:56

Prime Minister says: "My wife’s cousin had a party and I went, it’s not a big deal."

Labour unveils jobs guarantee for the long-term unemployed
By George Eaton - 03 January 23:13

Ed Balls announces new policy to be funded by reducing pension tax relief for those earning over £150,000.

Labour begins the year ahead but Cameron is still preferred to Miliband
By George Eaton - 03 January 14:30

First poll of the year gives Labour a 12-point lead but Cameron is eight points ahead as "the best prime minister".

The child benefit tax could be a disaster for the coalition
By George Eaton - 03 January 8:58

More than 300,000 households have not been informed that they must either stop claiming child benefit or pay a new tax.

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