By repeatedly insisting that the "bedroom tax" was not a tax, the Prime Minister gave the phrase new life.
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.
Rather than defending existing social security entitlements, politicians need to mobilise public support for a new set of social investment priorities.
The latest round of welfare cuts will accelerate the rise in homelessness and leave low-income families struggling to find rented accomodation.
Charles Kennedy, Sarah Teather and seven others vote against bill capping benefit increases at 1 per cent for each of the next three years.
Lib Dem rebels table amendment to Welfare Uprating Bill calling for benefits to increase in line with average earnings, rather than Osborne's 1 per cent.
The coalition hasn’t resolved the role the welfare system should play in supporting families with children. The impasse on childcare policy reflects this.
The tiny minority that runs big business and politics has failed the hard-working majority in Britain.