-Iain Duncan Smith suggested wealthy pensioners should voluntarily hand back their universal benefit payments
-The commons public accounts committee said the Chancellors £310bn plan to boost economic growth through infrastructure projects was unrealistic about how much private capital there was and said that taxpayers could end up shouldering the cost. This follows IMF comments on a week private sector
-Gov proposing to encourage communities to drop opposition to local fracking in exchange for cheaper energy bills
-Surgeons commissioned by government to determine when patients should be offered treatment in acknowledgement of the postcode lottery
-A majority of the public believe the governments economic plans have failed according to a com-res survey
-EU votes for ban on pesticides
-Cabinet launches attack on ring-fenced NHS budget, uprising within the cabinet is being dubbed the ‘national union of ministers’ by the treasury
-Cuts may be hit hard on early years as Department of Education looks to cut 2.5bn but the schools budget remains protected
-Prisoners have to work harder to earn privileges, 10,000 is the 2015 target for no. of inmates working in jail
-largest privatisation programme since 1980 is to be implemented by coalition as 1 in 6 civil servants could be transferred into the private sector including the nudge unit and possibly the ONS. They are to become ‘mutuals’ like co-ops, part owned by workers, the private sector and government.
-Osborne faces being forced to set aside up to £9bn for a stand alone bank crisis fund for the EU after being cornered in Brussels, previous allies Germany and Sweden agree with the principle.
-The £5bn work programme will reallocate contracts to different private firms if the current private firms don’t get people back into work quicker
-Following awful radio interview for Miliband on VAT tax cut causing an increase in borrowing, the tories say it will lead to 18.8bn more borrowing