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As the sharks circle it's time to defend universal benefits

29 September 2009
All of the main political parties have said they want to make cuts to universal benefits, such as child benefit, winter fuel allowances, bus passes and TV licenses for the over 70s.

Labour’s benefits plans hark back to workhouses

15 December 2008
James Purnell, the work and pensions secretary, is a modern version of Charles Dickens’ Mr Bumble – hypocritical, self-righteous and disdainful of the "undeserving poor".

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