The £100m plan to end rough sleeping in England
Will we ever end rough sleeping? Amid rocketing levels of homelessness, the government has set out a wide-ranging strategy to eradicate the problem by 2027. Could it work?
Return of the state: May’s ‘shared society’
The UK’s Conservative party has agreed on one point since the 1980s: governments should not do too much. But today the prime minister, Theresa May, will reject that view. Is she right?
Exploitation row over reality TV’s ‘Benefits St’
The documentary ‘Benefits Street’ aims to show life in areas where most people are on welfare. Is it an accurate portrayal? Or are accusations of exploiting the participants justified?
Fight over morality of benefit caps splits UK
This week major changes to the British welfare system begin. Supporters say people must be encouraged into work that pays. Critics say deprived communities will be ground down.
Cameron calls for tighter rules for immigrants
The Prime Minister says the UK is seen as a ‘soft touch’ for benefit tourists. But most migrants travel the globe to find work. Should nations welcome their efforts or erect more barriers?
Osborne and Balls clash over fate of the nation
Chancellor George Osborne yesterday delivered his economic plan to MPs and a disdainful opposition. But what do the complicated figures and bold promises in the Autumn Statement mean?
Welfare cut back further in shrinking economy
The Conservatives say benefits encourage idleness and lack of responsibility. Labour say proposed reforms will hurt the vulnerable. What would a fair system look like?
Survey shows Britons hardened by austerity
An annual poll of British attitudes portrays a nation grappling with economic turmoil: tough on immigration, tough on welfare – but tough on the government as well.
Paralympians go for gold in London 2012
It is day five of the Paralympics, and the medals are stacking up. This year, new technology and investment means athletes are faster and stronger than ever. What is the secret to this success?
Church of England launches attack on ‘unjust’ laws
Vulnerable children are at grave risk from planned changes to the benefits system, warn the UK’s top bishops. This reopens a profound debate about the merits of the welfare state.