Global experience shows that increasing subsidies to parents, rather than investing in services directly, is a costly and ineffective approach.
It is the sense of chronic impermanence in Downing Street that fuels leadership speculation.
Policy irony of the day: the Tories reject minimum alcohol pricing because it "hits the poorest hardest".
After the Business Secretary's dramatic suggestion that the government should borrow for growth, the PM will denounce those who would "plunge us back into the abyss".
The £30m fund promised by David Cameron will cover just £2.71 of the £14-a-week loss in housing benefit facing disabled claimants.
To emulate the Labour government's achievements at Gleneagles in 2005, the Prime Minister needs to make progress on transparency and tax.
In response to a New Statesman freedom of information request, the government says that the release of the figures could threaten "collective responsibility".
A single parent working part-time on the minimum wage could pay £404 more in council tax from this April.
The decision to reduce the budget for council tax support by 10 per cent means low-income households face a tax increase of up to £600.
The government claims to want to reduce costs and increase quality. It can't have it both ways.