Our social affairs editor looks at the issues affecting modern Britain in an era of spending cuts and high unemployment.
In the glorious, oak-panelled chamber of the Lords there has been no fury, no barracking, no shouting.
The debate is not speedily delivered. The voices are courteous and slow, some quiver slightly with age. But all of this belies the ferocity of what is being said.
The debate is on the right to die – or “murder by physician” as opponents would have it (even the shorthand for describing the subject matter cannot be agreed upon).
And the language has been combative, provocative, inflammatory even.
With the assisted dying bill due to be debated on Friday, what impact will Lord Carey’s controversial intervention make?
Started in the 1970s, the Paedophile Information Exchange is a window on a world 40 years ago which may hold vital clues to today’s investigations.
8,000 children under the age of 18 have been accused of sexually abusing another child over the past two years, offences including serious sexual assault and rape.
Writing about Universal Credit is a bit like writing about a celebrity marriage. You know it’s in trouble , you just don’t know how much or exactly why.
Two reports attacking major areas of the government’s planned benefits reforms suggest there may come a point when the universal credit policy has to be redrawn.
Charities working with the poorest in society say government attitudes to their work are increasingly hostile.
This piece is not news. It’s not new. The Department for Work and Pensions told me. Four or five times. But I thought it was worth marking anyway.
A complaint about Department for Work and Pensions claims about Disability Living Allowance is upheld by the UK Statistics Authority.