Ed Miliband has embraced the coalition's cap on welfare spending in a major speech dismissed by the Conservatives as "completely empty".
Labour leader Ed Miliband has journeyed all the way to east London to deliver a major speech setting his party's direction of travel on welfare spending. Here's the check-against-delivery version of his speech in full.
The first pilot schemes in the rollout of the coalition's benefit reforms are beginning today, but are facing criticism for not testing the way families will be affected.
Unless Miliband issues a distinctive challenge to the debate on welfare reform he will allow the right to dominate the argument.
Households in four London boroughs are the first to face the coalition's cap on monthly benefit payments, ahead of a broader national rollout later this year.
Tony Blair offered a stinging critique of Ed Miliband's leadership today, in his most outspoken public attack on his successor's leadership since he took control of the Labour party.
Payment-by-results' failure is behind the "extremely poor" performance of the work programme, MPs have suggested.
A government scheme which forced a woman to work for Poundland without pay was unlawful, the court of appeal found today.
Read David Miliband's full intervention on the benefit cap debate.
The debate over the cap on benefits led to a spectacularly emotional and bad-tempered Commons debate today, as Labour and the Tories tried to gain public support in a battle which could form a key dividing line at the next election.
BREAKING: Labour have a policy. A whole one. Not a mouldy one they've peeled out from the bottom pages of an old manifesto and shoved into the microwave, or an indignant criticism of a Conservative policy.
This is a key moment for the future of welfare reform.
Nick Clegg was accused of trying "every trick in the book" to distance himself from his record today, after he made a keynote speech describing the Liberal Democrats as the only genuine party of the middle ground.
The chancellor going mad – pressing ahead with the same old policies and expecting different results.
The new universal credit could be inaccessible to those who need it most, according to an influential committee of MPs.
The government's flagship welfare reforms could be making people in work worse off, in a move which would discourage longer working hours.
Families dependent on benefits could have the amount they receive limited when they have two children, the work and pensions secretary said today.
Plans to cut benefits have been "knocked on the head", Nick Clegg claimed today.
Massive cuts to welfare will increase poverty without reducing people's dependency on the state.
Government officials should avoid the temptation to define an 'acceptable level of fraud', MPs have said, as a probe into allegations of malpractice at a major government contractor continues.
Are those on benefits being treated unfairly by the coalition? Ministers are preventing them from receiving more than £26k a year, leaving many with nowhere to turn. Just like the rest of us, then…
Campaigners are reeling after George Osborne raised the prospect of an extra £10 billion of welfare cuts in his Budget statement yesterday.
Shadow employment minister Stephen Timms comments on the National Audit Office's report revealing the government overegged the impact of its work programme:
CBI chief policy director Katja Hall comments on the National Audit Office's report revealing the government overegged the impact of its work programme:
National Audit Office chief Amyas Morse sums up the contents of the NAO's report on the work programme: "The Department for Work and Pensions has made a significant effort to learn the lessons of previous welfare to work programmes.