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Rachel Reeves said the Liberal Democrats' calls for the housing benefit reform, know as the bedroom tax, to be rethought following problems in implementation represented “staggering hypocrisy”. “This is staggering hypocrisy from the Libe... Continue to article
Rachel Reeves warned that workers were becoming worse off, even as unemployment continues to fall. “Of course it is welcome that unemployment is falling and that more people are in work, but it’s also very concerning that the numbers tod... Continue to article
Rachel Reeves called for the National Audit Office to assess the viability of Universal Credit following claims that the business case has not yet been approved by the Treasury. “For months Iain Duncan Smith has been saying that Univer... Continue to article
Rachel Reeves MP, Labour's Shadow DWP Secretary, responding to the NAO report on the Government's Work Programme, said: "The National Audit Office’s report shows the Work Programme is not working. This damning report confirms the Governme... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron announces a rail improvements package for Cornwall on a visit to the South West and visits Scotland to discuss the union Labour leader Ed Miliband (10.05), shadow chancellor Ed Balls (09.25), shadow business ... Continue to article
The full roll-out of Universal Credit is due to be completed by 2017, Iain Duncan Smith has said. The Work and Pensions Secretary told MPs that 11,000 people are receiving benefits through the scheme and the Government has started the ro... Continue to article
Rachel Reeves said the Labour party would get social security spending under control in a way the Coalition had failed to do. “We want to be tough in getting down the welfare bill. Actually under this Government, welfare spending is goin... Continue to article
Along with Rachel Reeves and the Head of Labour’s Policy Review, Jon Cruddas, I am delighted to be here with you launching the IPPR’s Condition of Britain report. For years, IPPR has done brilliant work to help us respond to the challeng... Continue to article
Rachel Reeves explained the thinking behind today’s welfare announcement from Labour. “At the moment if you are out of work you can’t go back and do training. If you do you’ll lose your benefits. So this is saying that we want to do exactl... Continue to article
Rachel Reeves welcomed a fall in unemployment but warned that wages were being outstripped by inflation. "Yes, of course it's good news that unemployment is coming down. But we still have 150,000 young people who are out of work which is... Continue to article
Government reshuffle expected this week Prime minister David Cameron meets Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reindfelt, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte in Sweden. He also opens the International Festival ... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron attends the G7 summit and meets with US president Barack Obama in Brussels The Newark by-election takes place for the seat vacated by former Conservative MP Patrick Mercer. Results and analysis will be avail... Continue to article
This will be welcome news for lower earners and part time workers, who tend to be women and who have historically fared worse in pension provision says GMB GMB commented on the announcement that the Labour Party policy is to lower the th... Continue to article
TUC press release The TUC has welcomed proposals made today (Thursday) by Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Rachel Reeves to lower the earnings trigger for pensions auto-enrolment and set up a commission under David Blake t... Continue to article
Labour press release Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, today launches an independent taskforce to look at how to boost savers retirement income. The taskforce, chaired by Professor David Blake, Director of th... Continue to article
Labour press release More than 1.5 million people - including more than one million women - could benefit from increased pension provision under new plans being examined by the Labour Party. The proposals being considered by the part... Continue to article
Rachel Reeves said she agreed with some of the remarks made by Labour MP Simon Danczuk, who called for the party to be more straight-talking. “I’m sympathetic to a lot of what Simon has just said and as somebody who’s been out knocking o... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron undertakes a regional tour Business secretary Vince Cable continues his visit to China Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael and trade minister Lord Livingston address the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce (12.... Continue to article
Rachel Reeves has called for greater clarity following government confirmation that jobseekers could lose benefits if they refuse work on a zero-hours contract. “The government need to be very clear about who exactly is going to be sa... Continue to article
Rachel Reeves accused UKIP leader Nigel Farage of having ducked a fight by not standing in the Newark by-election. "Well, of course it poses a challenge to all parties, but we had the by-election recently in Wythenshawe and Sale East aft... Continue to article
Labour has hit out at the Government's borrowing record, with Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rachel Reeves saying the Coalition is set to borrow a "staggering £158bn more than planned".
The Government received a boost today by better-than-expected figures on public sector borrowing. Public sector net borrowing was £18.1bn in November, a decrease from £20.4bn 12 months ago, while the UK’s net debt was estimated at £977.1bn.
Nick Clegg has been accused of deliberately misleading parliament over the reasons the government cancelled the Sheffield Forgesmasters loan. Labour MPs Barry Gardiner and Rachel Reeves have written to the parliamentary standards watchdog on the subject.
Ken Clarke sparked a fresh row today after declaring that 'a prolonged recession' will lead to a new crime wave. Shadow Chief Secretary Rachel Reeves seized on the Justice Secretary's remarks to MPs as proof that the Coalition was 'planning for a recession rather than preventing it'.
Ms Reeves said that Cabinet members “should be taking urgent action to get our economy growing again, not wringing their hands” about an inevitable recession.
Speaking at Justice questions in the House of Commons today, Mr Clarke had said: “It is possible, with the prolonged recession, with the long period of youth unemployment, there’ll be an increase in acquisitive crime, that is the experience we have in this country. What we’re doing is responding to that and the prison service is responding very well.”
The Labour party has announced in full the new appointments to the shadow front benches. Newly elected MPs Rachel Reeves, Johnny Reynolds, Tom Greatrex, Luciana Berger and Gloria De Piero have been given junior positions. Longer serving MPs including failed Labour leadership contender Diane Abbott, Wayne David, Andy Slaughter, Karen Buck and Alison Sebeck have also been given roles. Chuka Umunna and Anne McGuire have been appointed as private parliamentary secretaries (PPS) to new Labour leader Ed Miliband. Some notable omissions from the list include Ben Bradshaw, David Lammy, Tom Harris and Pat McFadden who all stood for shadow cabinet positions.
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