Our social affairs editor looks at the issues affecting modern Britain in an era of spending cuts and high unemployment.
At times, listening to the evidence in the Bullfinch trial, it was genuinely hard to believe anyone could mete out the sort of brutal sexual violence these men were accused of carrying out, against girls as young as 11.
This is the moment when we get George Osborne’s famed fairytale scrounger, idling in bed with the curtains drawn all day, up and off his backside and into work. Or do we?
The reality for many is a hugely stressful fight to get something that you might hope would be a given – a place at school where your child is safe, happy and getting the best possible
It’s hard not to avoid a subtext in the government’s new council tax support scheme, that it’s part of a move to encourage – or push – people back into work.
Is “Govian” a word? Obviously it’s not but I think it ought to be. For today’s A-level reforms, announced by the secretary of state for education, are, well…very
Schools are not allowed to interview prospective parents, but that has not stopped some academies from engaging in some creative ways of selecting potential pupils.
Skivers versus strivers? It’s not as simple as that – go to Newcastle and you find many people desperately searching for work and anxious not to be stigmatised as scroungers.
The Work Programme figures are not a disaster, says the employment minister. But not one of the 18 providers met the government’s end of first year minimum target on sustainable work.
The company and Work and Pensions insisted the figures we broadcast were misleading and incomplete and we should wait for their official numbers. Well the wait is nearly over.
The shocking details of what happened to one girl involved in the Rochdale abuse scandal is at odds with the official language of the report published today.