Future generations of pensioners should get state pension but no extra benefits, Iain Duncan Smith warnsWork and Pensions Secretary insists handouts like winter fuel allowance and TV licence are safe for current pensionersBut 'next generation' will be encouraged to save to remove 'any extra dependence on the state'Coalition plans single-tier pension of around 155-a-weekLinking state pension age to life expectancy 'will mean working until 70' By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 09:11 GMT, 8 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:32 GMT, 8 January 2013 Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, pictured arriving at Number 10 yesterday, said coalition reforms mean future generations would only need the state pension The next generation of pensioners should not need to receive extra benefits like free TV licences and help with heating bills, Iain Duncan Smith suggested today.
Monumental deceit: How our politicians have lied and lied about the true purpose of the European behemoth | UPDATED: 09:32 GMT, 1 January 2013 Fateful: Forty years ago today, Edward Heath took us into what was then called the 'Common Market' Forty years ago today, in what was arguably the most fateful political move ever made by a British Prime Minister, Edward Heath took us into what was then called the ‘Common Market’. Such a step had scarcely been mentioned at the previous General Election, and the British people had very little idea of what they were letting themselves in for, other than a trading arrangement that might make it easier for us to sell our goods to our Continental neighbours. Four decades later, the picture could scarcely look more different
Unions now provide 81% of donations to Labour as they have given 20million since Miliband became leaderIt marks a steep 22 per cent rise from Gordon Brown's leadershipTories claim Ed Miliband is even further in thrall to union baronsLargest donor is Unite with 7.5 million given over two years | UPDATED: 03:53 GMT, 31 December 2012 Labour has banked more than 20million in funding from unions since Ed Miliband became leader. The money accounts for 81 per cent of donations to the party over the past two years. It marks a steep rise from Gordon Brown's leadership, when unions provided 59 per cent of donations to the party.
Kate’s royal twins spark a succession row, China buys Greece — and polygamy is legalised… | UPDATED: 23:40 GMT, 28 December 2012 Thought the world of politics was beyond satire Then read SIMON HEFFER’s tongue-in-cheek predictions for the coming year… Moving forward: David Cameron makes his long-awaited speech on the future of Europe, saying he wants to renegotiate our arrangement January: David Cameron makes his long-awaited speech on the future of Europe, saying he wants to renegotiate our arrangement.
Daycare cuts hit 20,000 pensioners: Warning that elderly could be left isolated and lonely as councils reduce spending on social care Councils reduced spending on social care by 500million since 2010Number of elderly receiving daycare reduced by almost a quarter since 2009 Age UK says 'crisis' in social care is making people lead 'isolated existence' | UPDATED: 00:01 GMT, 28 December 2012 Tens of thousands of frail older people risk being left lonely and isolated as a result of cuts to daycare facilities, a charity has discovered. Recently-released official figures show that the number of older people receiving such care from their council has plummetted by almost a quarter in the past two years alone
'Well-off pensioners should donate winter fuel allowance to charity', says government minister Charities Minister Nick Hurd says he would welcome decision by pensioners to give money away | UPDATED: 09:43 GMT, 27 December 2012 Well-off pensioners who do not need their winter fuel allowance should donate the money to charity, a government minister has said. Charities Minister Nick Hurd said he would congratulate any pensioner who chose to give away the allowance to good causes. The benefit is worth 200 for pensioner households and 300 for those over 80
The real priority is to keep families together | UPDATED: 23:26 GMT, 26 December 2012 As a rule, judges should keep well clear of the political arena. But when a man sees as much as the High Court’s Sir Paul Coleridge of the devastation caused by family breakdown, it is easy to understand why he feels a duty to speak out.
Baroness Thatcher 'in good spirits' and set to spend Christmas in hospital as she recovers from minor operationFormer PM was moved to a London hospital last week after suffering abdominal pains87-year-old had growth removed from her bladder | UPDATED: 16:21 GMT, 24 December 2012 Baroness Thatcher remained in hospital today as she recovered from minor surgery. The 87-year-old former prime minister is expected to spend Christmas there after being operated on three days ago to remove a growth from her bladder after suffering pain earlier in the week. Following the operation, she was said to be 'in good spirits', and a spokeswoman this afternoon said there had been no change in her condition
Baroness Thatcher 'to spend Christmas in hospital' as she continues to recover from minor operationSources close to the family said the former PM was doing wellShe was moved to a London hospital last week after suffering abdominal pains | UPDATED: 00:33 GMT, 24 December 2012 Margaret Thatcher is expected to spend Christmas in hospital after undergoing a minor operation last Friday. Britain’s first female prime minister was said by friends to be recovering well and has her daughter Carol, 59, at her side.
Bust-up in Commons Tea Room between Tory MPs as gay marriage rift threatens to tear party apart Supporter Gavin Barwell clashed with anti-gay marriage Sir Gerald HowarthRow comes as Cameron accused of 'not listening' to the party over the issueMore than 100 MPs expected to rebel in vote expected next month | UPDATED: 23:50 GMT, 22 December 2012 David Cameron was last night battling to contain his party split over gay marriage after a delegation of senior MPs urged him to reconsider the plans – and two Tories had a ‘toxic’ public argument in the Commons over the issue. The confrontation between fiercely anti-gay marriage MP Sir Gerald Howarth and rising star Gavin Barwell took place in front of shocked colleagues in the Commons Tea Room. One onlooker told The Mail on Sunday that ‘offensive words relating to sexual orientation’ were used – although this aspect of the exchange is denied by the men.