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In the 2012 Budget, George Osborne confirmed proposals to introduce an initial flat-rate pension of £140 per week for those with a 30-year national insurance record, starting in 2016. The Guardian reported: The government says the long-awaited change, which will see the current basic state pension and second state pension (S2P, formerly known as Serps) […]

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At the Conservative Party Conference in October 2010, George Osborne announced the end of universal child benefit, stating that higher-rate taxpayers would become ineligible for it from 2013 onwards. The New Statesman reported: This means that all households in which at least one person earns £44,000 or more will lose out, although a family with […]

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As C4 News reported of the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review: The mobility component of disability living allowance for those in residential care will also be removed. It will affect the estimated 58,000 DLA claimants in care homes. Here’s the BBC’s report of the government’s u-turn on this policy: Controversial plans to axe some benefit payments […]

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The government announced plans to scrap Labour’s Future Jobs Fund in May 2010 when David Laws and George Osborne announced plans to cut: “£320m from ending ineffective elements of employment programmes, including ending further rollout of temporary jobs through the Young Person’s Guarantee (the ‘Future Jobs Fund’) and removing recruitment subsidies from the ‘Six-Month Offer’.” […]

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In the June 2010 emergency budget, George Osborne announced housing benefit would be cut by 10% for people who have been on Jobseeker’s Allowance for 12 months or more. The government, however, have u-turned on this, as The Guardian reports: The government has dropped plans to impose a 10% cut in housing benefit on anyone […]

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During the election campaign, David Cameron outlined the Conservatives’ pensioner pledge, which included a “personal promise to protect the Winter Fuel Payment”. The Tory leader vowed: “I will protect your Winter Fuel Payment.” However, a few months on, the government has announced that older people will have to wait at least six years longer to […]

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