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Benefits cap of £500 begins rollout

Benefits cap of £500 begins rollout

14 July 2013 Last updated at 19:00 ET About 40,000 households will be affected initially Continue reading the main story Disability benefits and you Six major changes Q&A: Universal credit Changes to housing benefits A cap on the total amount ...

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Tories dismiss tobacco link ‘smears’

Tories dismiss tobacco link ‘smears’

14 July 2013 Last updated at 07:11 ET Grant Shapps says the government has a good record on reducing smoking Labour’s questions on whether David Cameron’s elections adviser tried to influence policy on tobacco packaging amount to a “smear”, the ...

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Immigration backlog ‘tops 500,000’

Immigration backlog ‘tops 500,000’

12 July 2013 Last updated at 19:01 ET Scrapped: Four departments have replaced UKBA The backlog of unresolved immigration cases has grown to more than 500,000, a group of influential MPs has said. The Home Affairs Committee said that at ...

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PM probed on adviser’s tobacco links

PM probed on adviser’s tobacco links

13 July 2013 Last updated at 12:35 ET David Cameron denies being lobbied by Mr Crosby on tobacco policy Shadow cabinet office minister Jon Trickett has written to David Cameron to ask about his election strategist’s influence on tobacco policy. ...

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Miliband ‘must earn’ union support

Miliband ‘must earn’ union support

12 July 2013 Last updated at 20:14 ET The Unite leader has been at odds with Labour in recent weeks Unite leader Len McCluskey is to warn Ed Miliband his party reform plans will fail unless he does more to ...

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Ministers block Litvinenko inquiry

Ministers block Litvinenko inquiry

12 July 2013 Last updated at 06:16 ET The UK will not hold a public inquiry into the death of ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, the coroner in charge of his inquest has said. Sir Robert Owen had requested an inquiry ...

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No need for tax rises, says Osborne

No need for tax rises, says Osborne

11 July 2013 Last updated at 10:14 ET Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Chancellor George Osborne: “I’m clear that tax increases are not required” Continue reading the main story Spending Review: At-a-glance The Spending Review and ...

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Denis MacShane charged over expenses

Denis MacShane charged over expenses

11 July 2013 Last updated at 06:11 ET Former MP Denis MacShane is to be charged with false accounting over parliamentary expenses claims, the Crown Prosecution Service has said. Malcolm McHaffie, deputy head of the CPS special crime division said: ...

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