Today, 20 July, will be the second anniversary of my brother David Clapson's death. His benefits were stopped after he missed just one meeting at the Job Centre. He was diabetic and without the £71.70 a week from his jobseeker's allowance he couldn't afford to eat or top up his electricity card to keep the fridge where he kept his insulin working. My brother died three weeks after his benefits were stopped. He was 59.
The church of England has been around since the end of the sixth century, while parliament has only been around in its present form since 1801. The church is far older, it has far more supporters, and if the government thinks that by ignoring it, it will just shut up and go away, then they are in for a very big surprise.
The government's flagship Universal Credit programme is in deep trouble. Iain Duncan-Smith has repeatedly claimed that the project is "on track". He is utterly out of touch with reality, and that's why things are going wrong. He would have done far better to come clean about the problems.
Enter the search term "spare bedroom subsidy" and it returns 211,000 results. Reasonably impressive, you might think. But search for "bedroom tax" and you will find 1,120,000 results, more than five times as many. As with the poll tax, the public has decided which version they believe sums up the idea.
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David Cameron has stepped up clashes with Labour by insisting the case of child killer Mick Philpott did raise "wider questions
As part of his bid to justify a raft of new welfare reforms, George Osborne pointed to families claiming as much as £100,000
The Department of Work and Pensions has little idea how plans to cut housing benefit will affect claimants and if the reforms